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Springfield Museums, School Vacation Week

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Get Animated: February School Vacation

Visit the Springfield Museums during school vacation week (Feb 19-23), where you can Get Animated with family-friendly and fun activities that emphasize the wonder of Animationland. Free with museum admission.

Get Animated

Breaking down the art and science of animation.

Join Tracey the pencil dog and her crew—Rooth, Drop, Inky, Uno, and Kari—on a fantastically immersive journey to create stories using science and imagination. Dive into the world of storytelling and channel your creativity to develop your own animated production using storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making, and more! The quirky cast of characters and hands-on interactives break down the process step-by-step to reveal how animated features are created. Animationland empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn, and tell their own stories through animation.

Inspired by our special exhibit Animationland, play with optical illusions, try your hand at origami, design a comic strip, and more. Free with museum admission!

Activities and locations subject to change. Please pick up a daily schedule in our Welcome Center.

Ongoing Activities

Spark!Lab, 10:30 am-4 pm
Automata were an early form of robotic toy featuring moving scenes and characters. Design your own figure and use a hand crank to bring it to life! Also explore zoetropes. Second Floor, Springfield Science Museum

Try Your Eye, 11 am-3 pm
Play with optical illusions—the base of animation. African Hall, First Floor, Springfield Science Museum

The Science of Sound, 11 am-3 pm
How do we hear? Learn about the science of sound with a variety of hands-on activities. Mammal Hall, First Floor, Springfield Science Museum

Be An Illustrator, 11 am-3 pm
Design a comic strip or flip book to tell a tale of your favorite character or one of your own creation. Discovery Lab, Lower Level, Springfield Science Museum

Jumping Frog, 12-4 pm
Using the Japanese art of paper folding, create a jumping frog! Art Discovery Center, Second Floor, GWV Smith Art Museum

Animationland is presented in collaboration with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.


February 19
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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