Summer Festival Days Begin

Family fun is in store for visitors to the Springfield Museums from July 10 through August 17 during "Summer Festival Days," six-weeks of live performances, arts and crafts workshops, hands-on science, and storytelling.

"Summer Festival Days" programs are sponsored by Bank of America and the Eugene A. Dexter Charitable Fund through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Tuesday through Friday: Live animal demonstrations, Wed. & Fri., 11:30 a.m.-noon, Science Museum. Hands-on Family Science Adventures, Tues. & Thurs., noon-3 p.m.; Wed. & Fri., 1-3:45 p.m., Science Museum. Planetarium shows, 11:15 a.m., noon, 1 & 2 p.m., Science Museum (additional fee). Crafts and Costumes, noon-3:45 p.m., Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center, G.W.V. Smith Art Museum. Week of July 10-13 – Pirates & Princesses Week Tuesday, July 10 Storyteller and children's author Nora Dooley performs "Mary Read, Retired Pirate," 12:30 p.m. Make a crown or a tiara, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 Sing-a-long with Cinderella and have your picture taken with her after the show, 12:30 p.m. Make a crown or a tiara, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, July 12 Make a pirate eye patch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 13 Romper Rhythm and Puppets presents "Pirates Ahoy," 12:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts. Make a pirate eye patch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Future programs in the "Summer Festival Days" series are: July 17-20 – African Safari July 24-27 – The Magic of Science July 31-August 3 – Here Be Dragons August 7-10 – Summer Circus August 14-17 – Ancient Culture Quest