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Summer Spectacular: Cats and Dogs Day

August 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

All activities are FREE with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Today’s Highlights

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, 11 am-2 pm
Meet this lovable star of Norman Bridwell’s most popular book series and two PBS shows! Greet Clifford for a photo op, hug, or a high five!

Meet the Cat in the Hat, 11 am-2 pm
Get a high five or a hug, and get your photo taken with Dr. Seuss’s most famous character!

Puppy Playland, 11 am-3 pm
Would you like to be a veterinarian? How about a dog groomer? Or do you just love playing with pets? Come to Puppy Playland for a room full of fun, with books, playdoh, dramatic play, and more.

Animal Rescue, 11 am-3 pm
Meet the people who work hard to rescue animals, keep them safe, and help them find permanent homes! Come meet the folks from Dakin or Thomas J. O’Connor and maybe even make some furry friends too.

The Truth About Fu Dogs, 11 am-3 pm
Did you know that Fu Dogs aren’t really dogs at all? What do they symbolize and where are they from? Visit three sets of Fu Dogs in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and learn what kind of feline they really are!

Bubble Parties on the Quad, Noon- 2pm
Join the fun, exciting, and interactive party! Dance to kid-friendly music and songs they know and like. Dance the limbo, with hula hoops, bubbles, and more. Inclement weather won’t stop the fun, but in case of rain we’ll have an indoor DJ Dance Party.

Ongoing Activities

Family Science Adventures, 11 am-2 pm
Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities they have in store for you!

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 project: Faux Stained Glass Fish

Cat’s Corner, 10 am-4 pm
Our Dr. Seuss-themed drop-in space on the Lower Level of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Stop in to read some of Ted Geisel’s original stories along with lots of other picture books, plus take part in facilitated art and literacy activities.

Summer Spectacular is sponsored by Charles H. Hall Foundation, a Bank of America Trustee.


August 10, 2018
10:00 am–5:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


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