Celebrate the Season Seussian Style!
November 29-December 30, 2019
The Springfield Museums
Celebrate the season Seussian-style at the Springfield Museums! Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the Springfield Museums offer a wide variety of festive programs for kids, families, and adults.
“Be prepared to have fun, learn, and make memories as you experience our museum galleries!” said Kay Simpson, President and CEO of the Springfield Museums. “We are committed to creating experiences that are accessible to all and combine a variety of ways to gather information: hands-on activities, reading and looking, even tasting and smelling.” As a Universal Participation designee, the Springfield Museums are striving to ensure that everyone who visits finds something that makes them feel truly at home.
The Museums are particularly excited to offer annual favorites like the Gingerbread Competition and Exhibit, Culture & Cocktails, Countdown to Christmas, and School Vacation Week. “We have so many people who look forward to our holiday events,” said Sharon Ferrara, Welcome Center Supervisor, and co-coordinator of the popular Culture & Cocktails series. “Our staff love getting cookies and cider ready for families as they come to see the lights in the Quadrangle and meet Santa, Mrs. Clause, and the Grinch. We recognize families who come every year and they tell us how much this is part of their tradition for the season.”
Family Fun Days at the Springfield Museums include “edutainment,” said Family Engagement Coordinator Jenny Powers. “I am especially happy when I see family members across generations sharing ah-hah moments.” For this holiday season Powers is bringing back the popular STEM-learning station Mt. Crumpit Derby, where participants design a mini-sleigh to race down a mini-mountain and see who can bring the Grinch down to Whoville the fastest! And School Vacation Week—Everything Is Awesome: Build It Week—will feature magic, guest appearances, and lots of LEGO fun.
The Museums are also offering two exhibits with a sweet focus on candy. Sweet: A Tasty Journey, the Wood Museum of Springfield History, is a fully immersive, interactive history of candy and candy-making. As a complementary exhibit, Sweet on Springfield: The Confection Connection offers a history of local candy and confection makers. “I am always amazed at how entrepreneurial Springfield businesses were—and the energy and reach is no different for confections businesses,” said Maggie Humberston, Curator of Library and Archives at the Springfield Museums.
Grinchmas at the Springfield Museums begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through December 30. Details on programing and exhibits below.
Hollywood & the Holidays
November 29–December 31, 2019
Springfield Science Museum
Experience the annual gingerbread competition and exhibit that meshes two of our favorite things—baking and creativity! Amazing gingerbread creations inspired by holiday movies created by local bakeries, schools, adults and kids displayed along with festively decorated holiday trees, enchanting lights, and a backdrop of beautifully painted murals. Visitors will have a chance to vote for their favorite!
November 29, 10 am–5 pm
Our holiday season kick-off featuring the Grinch! Free with museum admission.
Hollywood & the Holidays, 10 am-5 pm
Amazing gingerbread creations inspired by holiday movies created by local bakeries, schools, adults and kids displayed along with festively decorated holiday trees, enchanting lights, and a backdrop of beautifully painted murals. Vote for your favorite! (Exhibit on view through December 31.)
Mount Crumpit Derby, 12-4 pm
Design a mini-sleigh to race down our mini-mountain and see who can bring the Grinch down to Whoville the fastest!
Art Discovery Center, 12-4 pm
Trace Chinese characters, try on costumes, play gallery games, peek under lift-up panels on the Wall of Symbols to discover the meaning behind Asian motifs, put on a puppet show, and make an art project. Today’s Project: Make a Gingerbread House Card.
Christmas Photo Booth, 12-4 pm
Pose as a snowflake, star, or Christmas tree!
Music of The Three Wise Men, 1-3 pm
The Three Wise Men are a funky, jazzy, Christmas-y brass trio from Western Massachusetts. Enjoy their own brand of musical gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Meet the Grinch, 1-4 pm
Meet the furry green recluse who lives above Whoville. Get a photo taken, and give him a hug or a high five.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cartoon & Sing-a-Long; 3-3:30 pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 Christmas animated musical comedy television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the story of the Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. Sing-a-Long to the classic songs!
November 29: 5–7 pm
The spectacular architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds of the Quadrangle will sparkle and shimmer against a dazzling outdoor lighting display. This festive holiday celebration features appearances by Santa Claus and the Grinch, rides on a fanciful train, performances of holiday music by the Sci Tech Band and special guests, visits to the Hollywood and the Holidays gingerbread exhibition and free cider and cookies!
Free and open to the public!
Countdown to Christmas
December 7 and December 14, 10 am–5 pm
Get ready for the big day with holiday-themed family activities. Free with museum admission!
Meet Santa, 11 am-2 pm
Bring your Christmas list and your camera to meet Kris Kringle! Meet everyone’s favorite jolly old elf in the Gingerbread: Hollywood and the Holidays exhibit. Every child 12 and under will get to choose a gift, while supplies last.
Santa’s Workshop, 11 am-3 pm
You’re the elf in Santa’s Workshop! Make your own gift to give a special loved one, complete with trimmings including card and gift tag. Options include magnet sets, photos in mosaic frames, and cup lanterns.
Mount Crumpit Derby, 11 am-3 pm
Use all of your STEM skills to design a mini-sleigh to race down our mini-mountain and see who can bring the Grinch down to Whoville the fastest!
Meet the Grinch, 12-3 pm
Meet the lovable curmudgeon whose heart grew three sizes, and get a high five or a hug.
Art Discovery Center, 12-4 pm
Chinese characters, try on costumes, play gallery games, peek under lift-up panels on the Wall of Symbols to discover the meaning behind Asian motifs, and put on a puppet show. This Week’s Project: Make a Gingerbread Card.
Culture & Cocktails: Hollywood and the Holidays
December 12: 5–8 pm
Cost: $20; Cost for Members: $10
Mix up the weekday with a toast to culture, community, and conversation!
Celebrate the season in the Gingerbread: Hollywood and the Holidays special exhibit, dress as your favorite holiday movie character, watch a gingerbread decorating demonstration with Chef Eric, and experience a special planetarium show. Plus music, festive hors d’oeuvres and cocktails!
Includes entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar. Ages 21 and up. Advance purchase suggested.
December 19, 12:15–1 pm
Cost: $4; Members: $2
As part of the popular lunchtime lecture series, Museums a la Carte, folk duo Three of Cups presents traditional folk music of the season from the British Isles and the U.S. This presentation will include music for Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as midwinter carols, and also a special look at what it takes to make a good wassailing song. Three of Cups is Springfield-native Ann-Marie Messbauer on vocals, fiddle, and guitar; and Deborah Claar, from Burlington, MA, on vocals, tambourine, and even occasionally jingle bells. They have been performing together for thirty years.
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.
Everything is Awesome! Build It Week
December 27-30: 10 am–5 pm (Sunday, December 29, hours are 11 am-5 pm)
Live your LEGO dreams at the Museums. Each day is a little different from the one before and each features a guest appearance, including David White, Illustrator, 11 am-1 pm, Saturday, December 28. White is a Western Massachusetts-based artist who specializes in designing giant robots, or mecha, for video games and books.
Free with museum admission!