Sometimes we only have to look out our back door to get a sense of history and science, and that is how I felt as I walked through the Museum of Science in Springfield recently.
While it isn’t the Boston Children’s Science Museum, this place does have a lot of nifty hands on things for kids and adults to learn about the science of the earth, species that have lived and died on this planet, as well as outside of our planet with meteorites, astronomy including the Seymour Planetarium.
Five Museums at the Quadrangle in Springfield, MA (20 minutes from Bradley, 35 minutes from Hartford)
There are actually 5 museums at the Quadrangle. The Science Museum, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Michel and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the newly opened Museum of Springfield History across the parking lot. On this particular trip I only got a chance to enjoy the Science Museum and Dr. Seuss’s Memorial Park but I certainly did enjoy it. In fact I took along my junior reporter, Evelyn (my 92-year-old gram) who also got a kick out of the many hands on displays.
Dr. Seuss Memorial Garden Park
See a Dr. Seuss Memorial Slide-show. Photos taken 3/10/2010
Michael McAuliffe of the Springfield Republican News reported recently that Dr. Seuss’ birthday was celebrated a few weeks ago on a Saturday. Dr. Seuss would have been 106 this year.
Dr. Seuss has been reported to have been a positive influence on reading and creativity, and recently Kristina M. Sampson, museums program director for the Springfield Museums and Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, said “the birthday celebration featured scavenger hunts and a cake contest and typically draws about 1000 people.”
Dr. Seuss Books. And some of his legendary quotes (3 below). When I was a kid, my brother, sister and I used to make up rhymes just like Dr. Seuss.
Here are quotes you may have heard that came from the great Dr.
And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.
— Dr. Seuss
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
— Dr. Seuss
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
— Dr. Seuss
Born as Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904 – 1991), Dr. Seuss was best-known for his classic children’s books under his pen name. Among his most popular books includes “The Cat in the Hat”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Green Eggs and Ham” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”. (Great Inspirational Quotes)
Flying into Bradley Airport or just looking for something to do in the Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA area that is adult and kid friendly?
Upcoming Exhibitions at the Museums at the Quadrangle in Springfield MA:
• American Watercolor Society: Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, March 16 – May 23
• Black Holes: Springfield Science Museums, March 12, 2010 – May 2, 2010
• The YoYo People – Special Wicked Cool Family Program, April 2 11am – 4pm
• School Vacation- Earth Week – April 19 – April 23, 11am – 4pm
• Astronomy Day – Saturday, April 24 12pm – 4pm
Springfield Museum Events:
• 3/14: Slavery in the Connecticut River Valley
• 3/28: Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and Natural Ice Industry in N.E.
• 4/11: The underground Railroad in Western Massachusetts
• 4/18: Celebrate Earth Day 11am – 4pm
• 4/25: Springfield and the California Gold Rush
• 5/1: Earth Day Clean Up Community Event 8:30am-3pm, phone 413-263-6800 x404
Current Tickets prices: Adults $12.50, Seniors $9.00, College Students w/#ID $9.00, Kids 3-17 $6.50, Under 3 – free.
Parking: Lots on Edwards and State Streets.
Contact them: 413-263-6800 for tours, birthday parties, hours, camp ins, facilities rental, and travel program. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103
For locals, they offer discounts on ticket sales, weekly lecture series at lunch time where guests can bring a lunch and learn more about art and history. There is a nominal fee. For more information, call 413-263-6800 x488 or go to springfieldmuseums.org.
Get a sneak peek of a few of the animals on display.
A visit to the Quadrangle and the Science Museum in Downtown Springfield, MA
Springfield Museums Pamphlets
Springfield Republican News, 3/3/2010
Author’s note: Some of the sponsors that support The Springfield Museums are: United Bank, Mass Mutual, Bank of America, Big Y, Hasbro, TD Bank, and MCC are among their many donors.
This is an excellent place to bring scout troops, school classes, it’s handicap accessible, and great for family trips. Informative and beautiful environment for those who want to learn more about the local heritage in the New England area.