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Springfield Museums offer lots of family fun

SPRINGFIELD " The Springfield Museums Family Fun series will continue on April 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Sylvia and the Magic Trunk. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by TD Banknorth. Scheduled Presentations 12:30 and 2 p.m., D Amour Museum of Fine Arts " Ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher delights audiences will a colorful cast of wise-cracking characters in the The Magic Trunk. Children will meet a hilarious opossum, fall in love with an adorable baby stega-dragon and see a mysterious picture come to life. Ongoing Activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Science Museum " See Reptiles, Dinosaurs and Birds: The Real Connection, a special exhibit of robotic and live creatures (additional fee). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., D Amour Museum of Fine Arts " Go on an I Spy scavenger hunt through the museum galleries. 11:15 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m., Science Museum " See a planetarium show (additional fee). 11:30 a.m. to noon, Science Museum " See a live animal demonstration featuring snakes and turtles. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., G.W.V. Smith Art Museum " Make your own Moppet Puppet. Noon to 3:45 p.m., G.W.V. Smith Art Museum " Make your own elephant puppet. 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., Science Museum " Experiment with electricity, chemistry and weather in Hands-on Family Science. The Springfield Museums are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards St. in downtown Springfield. Free parking is available in the Edwards Street parking lots. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Science Museum open Tuesday thorugh Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $5 for children three to 17, and free for children under three and museum members. Springfield residents receive free general admission with proof of address. The fee provides admission to all four Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. For more information, call 263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

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