Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb

Scores of visitors took advantage of free admission at the Springfield Museums in Massachusetts last Friday. It was part of Fun Fridays at locations throughout the state, a program that runs through August 31, being made available by the Highland Street Foundation. Intended for individuals and families, what a fabulous bargain.

A LEGO knight.

All four museums within The Quadrangle in downtown Springfield were included. They are the Springfield Science Museum, George Vincent Smith Art Museum, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Wood Museum of Springfield History. A  fee was being charged for the Seymour Planetarium.

LEGO model of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland.

Among the numerous attractions was the Castle Adventure inside the science museum. An exhibit of LEGO brick decorations, secret passageways, thrones, knights in armor and a dragon’s liar. Kids, and or grown up kids, could use tables filled with LEGO blocks at multiple building stations to construct their own castles.

Several activities and demonstrations at the museum were interactive. Youngsters could don the clothing of the days of Camelot and joust, compare their weight on earth to the other planets by stepping on a Planetary Scale or attempt to put together earthquake proof buildings … the opportunities went on and on . A dinosaur exhibit was also popular.

Those who decide to check out the museums will not want miss a chance to spend some time in the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden. Located in the center of The Quadrangle, it is comprised of captivating sculptures depicting many of the characters made famous in Dr. Seuss’ books, as well as, Dr. Seuss himself seated at his desk with his most famous creation at his side – the Cat in the Hat. Admission to the sculpture garden is always free.

The Quadrangle is located at 220 State Street.

For more information go to http://www.quardrangle.org. or call 413-263-6800.