Top Springfield Family Museums

When visiting the Greater Springfield area with children, there's no need to fear that they'll be bored. The numerous museums in the region will interest even the youngest family member. Here are just a few of the many things to see and do.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden: Springfield, Mass.

At last, a place where your kids can tell the Grinch right to his face to keep his hands off Christmas. At this open-air testament to the genius of Theodore Seuss Geisel, they can marvel at the ears of Horton the Elephant, plant a kiss on Thidwick the Moose or just sit quietly and enjoy a picnic lunch. Don't forget your camera.

Children's Museum at Indian House Memorial: Deerfield, Mass.

The “Indian House” is a replica built in 1929 of the 1699 Ensign John Sheldon House. Children can relive the past through 18th century dress, playing with old-time toys, writing with a quill pen, making a tavern game and more. Also on site is the Memorial Hall Museum also on site at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, one of New England’s oldest museums.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: Amherst, Mass.

What child hasn't fallen in love with the lively illustrations in his favorite picture books? The best of these colorful, comical and often fanciful works of art now occupy places of honor on the walls of the Eric Carle Museum. After saying hello to their favorites in the exhibits, your youngsters are welcome to visit the studio where they can create their own personal examples of picture book art.

Childrens' Museum at Holyoke: Holyoke, Mass.

At this interactive paradise, your children can scale a curvy climber, splash at a water table or anchor the 6 o'clock news. It's all about imagination and countless chances to pretend. You might have trouble getting your kids to leave.

New England Air Museum: Windsor Locks, Mass.

Youngsters who yearn for the wild blue yonder now have a chance to live the dream. While the youngest ones play pilot in an exact replica of a Grumman E-1B Tracer Cockpit 3, those age seven and up can experience the thrills of a full-motion air flight simulator. Each of the Air Museum's many child-centered activities offers an interactive introduction to the science behind the aerospace industry.

Titanic Museum: Springfield, Mass.

Tucked away in the back of a jewelry store, this unusual museum could be the perfect destination for the Titanic buff. Here, you can view a rare collection of artifacts that once belonged to survivors of the disaster. You can also see the actual wireless message that attempted to warn the ship's captain of the looming iceberg's actual location. If the captain had actually seen the wire, things might have gone somewhat differently.

There's More Where Those Came From

These are just a few of the things to see and do with children in and around the Greater Springfield area. You're sure to discover some favorites of your own.

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