Explore the Festival of Lights with our friends from the Springfield Jewish Community Center. Free with museum admission!
Talking Hands Theater presents The Mystery of Hanukkah Harry, 2:15 pm
Join Joshua Finkelstein and his best friend Danny as they go on a quest for the identity of the mysterious Hanukkah Harry. They’ll ask for help from the audience as they try to sort out the clues they get from their family and community. Their shenanigans will have the whole audience laughing, yet the show also contains an important lesson about the essence of Hanukkah. As Josh and Danny discover, Hanukkah Harry doesn’t deliver presents; he is alive in anyone who stands up for him or herself and creates a miracle for the people he or she loves. A family show for all ages.
Olive Tasting, 11 am-2 pm
What is the connection of olives to Hanukkah? Come taste a variety of different olives and learn more about what makes them an integral part of Hanukkah celebrations.
Learn to Play Dreidel, 11 am-2 pm
Play this traditional Hanukkah game for chocolate gelt and take home a dreidel of your very own, while supplies last.
Live Animal Demonstration, 11 am-2 pm
Meet the reptiles that live in the museum’s Live Animal Center! Learn which animals are nocturnal, diurnal, and crepuscular.
Candle Rolling Station, 11 am-2 pm
Roll your own beeswax candle and visit the bees that call the Springfield Science Museum home.
Magnetic Poetry Board, 11 am-2 pm
Come create silly sentences with all kind of silly and thematic words.
Art Discovery Center, noon-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 art project: Make a Menorah.
Latke Tasting, 1-2 pm
Latkes are pancakes made of grated potato and cooked in oil. Enjoy this tasty treat with sour cream or apple sauce!