"Ancient Adventures" summer programs for families at the Springfield Museums will continue the week of July 18 with activities centered on ancient India.
"Ancient Adventures" 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. Daily, Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Pan for gems and fossils in the "Museum Mining Company's" rushing river sluice (additional fee; proceeds support the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden). Ongoing – Go on a scavenger hunt through the new gallery and win a prize. Noon-3:30 p.m. – Make take-home crafts and meet costumed characters from ages past. Noon-3:45 p.m. – Hands-on Family Science Adventures 1, 2 & 3 p.m. – Planetarium shows (additional fee) Noon- 4 p.m. – Try on costumes and make "ancient art." Tuesday, July 18 Noon-3:30 p.m. – Make a "been," a traditional Indian flute. Wednesday, July 19 12:30 p.m. – Watch a yoga demonstration and try some moves yourself. Noon-3:30 p.m. – Make an Indian bracelet. Thursday, July 20 Noon-3:30 p.m. – Make a dancing cobra craft and a temporary henna tattoo. Friday, July 21 12:30 p.m. – Traditional South Asian dance performance by "Takademi," a dance and music group based in Northampton. Noon-3:30 p.m. – Make an Indian bracelet and a temporary henna tattoo. Upcoming programs in the "Ancient Adventures" series are: July 25-28: Ancient China August 1-4: Ancient Greece & Rome August 8-11: The Ancient Americas