The Springfield Museums are closed, but engagement is OPEN! The Wacky and Wild Seussian Science Festival, originally planned as one of the Museums’ exciting, in-person family engagement events, is now a VIRTUAL EVENT set for Saturday, June 27, from 10 am to 5 pm.
“The fun does not need to stop just because the Museums are closed!” said Jenny Powers, Family Engagement Coordinator. “We want our visitors to know we are thinking about them and working hard to make sure they can still have a wonderful Museums experience.”
When the Museums closed March 14 in the community health effort to stem the spread of Covid-19, they pivoted quickly to offer the Engage Page with virtual museum experiences, worksheets, video, and other fun interactives. From the success of special virtual events such as the Earth Day Festival, Astronomy Day, and School Vacation Week, the Museums knew they could find a strong audience for the Seussian Science Festival.
Whereas many of the previous virtual Museums events were free during the early closure, this event will have a fee of $5 for nonmembers and $3 for members. Virtual Visitors can register and pay for the event on the Museums website https://springfieldmuseums.org/program/wacky-wild-seussian-science-festival/.
What can you expect for your entrance fee? “The most fabulous fun that blends literacy and science,” Powers said. “All in the spirit of Dr. Seuss, who revolutionized learning to read by making it fun!” Many of the activities were inspired by the Dr. Seuss Learning Library books, especially those with science themes, Powers said.
The Wacky and Wild Seussian Science Festival is chock-full of activities that expand visitors’ understanding of the scientific underpinnings of life—from discovering why leaves are important to trees to developing skills as a bird sleuth. Through live and recorded video, educators help guide visitors in activities that include book readings, scientific experiments, and craft making. Downloadable activities help visitors with experiments and art activities that get their minds working and their bodies outside.
To make the Seussian Science Festival even more robust, the Museums have partnered with the Springfield Public Library, the Silvio O. Conte U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge, The Center for Ecotechnology, and New England Public Media which airs The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot about That on PBS Kids. Each partner is offering activities that expand the experience from the computer to the out of doors.
“In this unprecedented time of closure and social distancing, we are pleased to be able to offer a Springfield Museums experience even when we are still closed,” said Kay Simpson, President and CEO of the Springfield Museums. “We are very much looking forward to reopening soon with new protocols to help keep us all safer together. Meantime, it is good to have FUN!”
Visitors can register for the Wacky and Wild Seussian Science Festival at https://springfieldmuseums.org/program/wacky-wild-seussian-science-festival/
WACKY AND WILD SEUSSIAN SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
I Can Name 50 Trees Today: Learn why leaves are so important to trees, the job that they do, and how to identify trees in your neighborhood. Learn to make a leaf rubbing. Print your leaf identification sheet and go on a hunt in your neighborhood.
There’s No Space Like Space: Learn about constellations and make models of the ones you might see at this time of year using simple materials like marshmallows and toothpicks.
Who Hatches the Egg? Take a close look at an edible egg and learn how even the hard to see parts help the egg grow.
Safari, So Good: Make a pair of toilet paper tube binoculars and go on a safari looking for local wildlife in your neighborhood.
Hark a Shark: Learn about sharks’ unique adaptations and do a science experiment that helps us understand why sharks move so easily through the ocean.
Fine Feathered Friends: From the Silvio O. Conte U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge, be a bird sleuth! Learn about birds and how humans study and protect them locally.
LIVE VIDEOS (Facebook and Zoom, links provided with registration)
Welcome to the Wild and Wacky Seussian Science Festival: Family Engagement Coordinator Jenny Powers welcomes visitors and talks about the activities for the day, kicking off with a science demonstration.
Inspired by The Lorax: Ellen Sulzycki, Children’s Room Supervisor for Springfield Public Library, will read aloud from a book about environmental science, continuing Dr. Seuss’s legacy of environmental education.
Miles and Miles of Reptiles: Meet the animals of the Springfield Museums’ Solutia Live Animal’s Reptile Wall. Learn what defines a reptile and each animal’s unique adaptations that help them survive.
African Hall Tour with Family Engagement Coordinator Jenny.
For Caregivers: Blending literacy and science for fun AND learning all summer!
From the Cat’s Corner: From the Thing-a-ma-jigger to the Inside Your Outsides machine, the Cat in the Hat has invented all kinds of wacky ways to travel. Compare his machines and then invent your own to clean up a mess. (Laura Sutter, Program Coordinator, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum)
There’s No Place Like Space read by Olivia Stuck, Family Engagement Intern.
Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: After playing outside, come indoors for a healthy treat. Learn to make your own healthy snacks as you’re invited into Professor Knows A. Lot’s kitchen.
What Cat is That? From your domestic cat to African Lions, we’ll compare, contrast, and explore the adaptations of several felines along with some fun facts, too.
There’s No Place Like Space: What stars can we see in tonight’s sky? How do you know what to look for? Join our planetarium instructor and teacher Kevin to learn more about what to look for tonight.
Yoga Practice with Animal Poses Inspired by Nature: Join Beth Wadden, Senior Teacher from Heartsong Yoga Center, to enjoy some playful, easy-to-follow yoga poses inspired animals featured in the Cat in the Hat learning library.
Little Roots Virtual Music Class: Perfect for our littles learners, ages 0-6. Sing a variety of songs with themes including animals and nature. Enjoy songs that feature opportunities for movement with household props and instruments.
Sponsored in part by a community grant from Walmart Supercenter 1967, Springfield, MA.
About The Springfield Museums
THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native.
The Museums are temporarily closed in response to the community health effort to slow and stem the spread of COVID-19. We will open again with great celebration once it is safe to do so.
Looking forward to reopening, the Museums have been purchasing CDC-recommended cleaning supplies in abundance; adding Plexiglas shields and no-touch credit card machines at the Welcome Center desk, Museum Store, and Blake House Café; increasing the signage for safety protocols including wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent washing of hands; installing one-way traffic indicators for each museum and the Quadrangle Green; and securing personal protective equipment for staff.
All visitors and staff are required to wear masks and keep socially distanced throughout their visit.