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Stomp, Chomp, and Roar: April School Vacation at the Springfield Museums
April 15 @ 10:30 am - April 19 @ 5:00 pm
Get ready for some dino-mite fun in the galleries for April School Vacation Week!
Monday & Tuesday, April 15 & 16 – Living Dinosaurs, Noon-1 pm
Birds are dinosaurs’ closest living relatives! Their origins are in a group of theropods that emerged during the Mesozoic Era. Learn more about the birds that inhabit ZOO in Forest Park and Education Center and get up close during these animal encounters.
Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18 – Fossil Identification with the Rock, Fossil & Dinosaur Shop, 11 am-2 pm
Millions of years ago dinosaurs roamed our area! Learn about our prehistoric world through hands-on fossil identification activities, perfect for any budding paleontologists!
Thursday, April 18 – Jurassic Roadshow, 11 am-3 pm
Discover the the science, history, and art of the Connecticut River Valley’s dinosaur footprints and trace impressions. Some of the first dinosaur remains in the United States were found in New England in the 19th century, mostly in the form of footprints.
Friday, April 19 – Dinosaur Train Activities, 11 am-3 pm
Join WGBY for all things dinosaur with PBS KIDS Dinosaur Train! This popular program celebrates children’s fascination with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills. Fun and learning will prevail with educational games on PBS KIDS Playtime Pads, take-home activity sheets, parent resources, and more. Kids will also learn how to make a Dinosaur Train field guide of amazing creatures that Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family discover on their whimsical voyages through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes, and oceans.
Meet Buddy the Dinosaur, 11 am-2 pm
Meet the star of PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train! Buddy’s appearance is made possible by a partnership with WGBY.
Visit “Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas,” 10 am-5 pm
This special exhibition explores how technology has advanced the field of paleontology through lifelike models and computer simulations.
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!
Dinosaur Dig, 11 am-3 pm
Why do we find more dinosaur footprints in some areas and more skeletons in others? Why do some footprints have five toes and some have three? Come dig in our dinosaur pits and make a fossil to take home.
Paleontology Lab, 11 am-3 pm
How long was a Cryolophosaurus? How about Mapusaurus or a Compsognathus? Choose a dinosaur and roll out our extra-long tape to find out how long the dinosaurs really were. Assemble a model dinosaur skeleton, examine dinosaur claws, and more.
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: Watercolor a T-Rex.
Dinosaurs Love Dancing, 1-3 pm
Join the dinosaur-themed family dance party every afternoon with DJ Marty Fullwood. Dance your heart out to classic songs through music of today.
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