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Illinois State Museum Announces Two Family Programs

On Saturday, February 12, the Illinois State Museum will present two free family programs. Celebrate Cultural Diversity! from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Music Around the World Super Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Museum will be filled with displays, hands-on activities, and crafts highlighting India, Italy, Georgia, Greece, Russia, the Underground Railroad, and more to Celebrate Cultural Diversity! Music Around the World Super Saturday will introduce children and families to instruments and music from many different cultures. Children will make instruments from recycled materials while listening to live and recorded music.

In addition to ongoing activities, there will be live performances throughout the day:

Noon – Interactive Brazilian Martial Arts demonstration presented by Capoeira Volta Ao Mundo
1:00 p.m. – “Fun with Fables” by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis
2:00 p.m. – “Dances of India” showcasing traditional Indian dances
3:00 p.m. – “Around the World in 60 Minutes” with Brian “Fox” Ellis touring the globe with songs and stories.
These events are sponsored by Bank of Springfield, and are free and open to the public. For more information contact Nina Walthall at 217-782-0061 or e-mail at [email protected].

The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street (the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets) in Springfield, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby, and the building is ADA accessible.

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