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Great Hall Family Learning Exhibit – Reading the Rocky Book of the Past 10:00 am
Great Hall Family Learning Exhibit – Reading the Rocky Book of the Past @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – Apr 1 @ 4:00 pm
February 17—April 1 Great Hall Family Learning Exhibit Reading the Rocky Book of the Past: Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley An exhibit about the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and local people, like Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. Designed for fun family learning by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), the space includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today’s museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and more! Be sure to come to the opening event Saturday, February 17, 1-4 pm. (During some of the larger events in the Great Hall in February and March, the exhibit might not be fully visible. Please check our events calendar or call 413-863-3221 to find out more.)
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Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham 10:00 am
Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – May 30 @ 4:00 pm
April 6—May 30     Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham A conceptual watercolor portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time.  Join us for a reception on 4/28, 1:30-3:30 pm in the Great Hall.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Ducks 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Ducks @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Ducks 4/13: Ducks; 4/20: Bobcats; 4/27 Who Lives in a Tree? Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lenny Zarcone 7:00 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lenny Zarcone @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lenny Zarcone An evening of musical comedy. Lenny will entertain with a range of music genres: Great American Songbook, Jazz Standards, pop music from the 60’s & 70’s and more. Some sing-a-longs and a round or two of “Name That Tune” and maybe a little juggling to add to the variety & fun. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum will be open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12,  free for children. Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free nature programming for the public. The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible.  
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April School Vacation Week – Open Every Day All Week! 10:00 am
April School Vacation Week – Open Every Day All Week! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 14—Sunday, April 22 April School Vacation Week—Open Every Day All Week! We are expanding our spring hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for Earth Week investigation stations, habitat diorama scavenger hunts, and games to explore the grounds. Bring your bike for the Canalside Rail Trail.
Teaching Creatures presents: Animals of Spring 10:30 am
Teaching Creatures presents: Animals of Spring @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Teaching Creatures presents: Animals of Spring Hurray for Spring! Join Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures as she talks about what animals were doing all winter and what they are up to now that spring has arrived. Meet in the Great Hall, as Rae brings amphibians, reptiles, and a mammal or two to help us all celebrate the new season. This program is free and for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come early as seating may be limited.
Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS presents “from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler 4:00 pm
Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS presents “from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS “from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler Tickets are $15 for this festival happening all evening in Turners Falls. One ticket is good for the whole festival! Art includes original dance, theater, music, spoken word, and installation art in downtown Turners Falls. “from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler explores the universality and depth of one of America’s most revered poets, Walt Whitman. For a full schedule to RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS visit  http://www.eggtooth.org or  www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Bobcats 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Bobcats @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  Kidleidoscope Story Hour 4/20: Bobcats; 4/27 Who Lives in a Tree? Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten 1:00 pm
Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten After a terrible tornado in 2011 in Brimfield, MA, the clean-up crew found an itty-bitty kitten in the wreckage. The courageous kitten was named Toto and nursed back to health by a rescue worker named Jonathan and by others. Jonathan went on to write a children’s book about Toto’s adventure. Join the author and Toto too for a read-along of Toto the Tornado Kitten and celebrate those who help others! Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries.
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Earth Day Open House: Put Yourself in the Big Picture 10:00 am
Earth Day Open House: Put Yourself in the Big Picture @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  Earth Day Open House: Put Yourself in the Big Picture All ages are welcome to join us for activities and games to help you make a difference in the Connecticut River Watershed. Our exhibits ask: how have people helped or hurt the habitats in our watershed? What will you do to help?
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Arbor Day – Who lives in a tree? 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Arbor Day – Who lives in a tree? @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  Kidleidoscope Story Hour Arbor Day:  Who Lives in a Tree? Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
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Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Make a Difference 10:00 am
Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Make a Difference @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Make a Difference The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to the Great Falls Discovery Center to lend a hand during this day of volunteer service to our state parks. To discuss any special accommodations or needs you may have for the day, please call (413) 863-3221. To register please visit www.mass.gov/dcr.
Great Hall Exhibit Artist Reception: Cindi Oldham’s Seen/Unseen 1:30 pm
Great Hall Exhibit Artist Reception: Cindi Oldham’s Seen/Unseen @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Great Hall Exhibit Artist Reception: Cindi Oldham’s Seen/Unseen Seen/Unseen is a conceptual portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time. The viewer can see the subject’s likeness in their portraits while learning a little bit about each one of them by reading the narratives that correspond with them. You may learn something about them that is often overlooked, something that one can only notice when they take a second look, or something that has been right there in plain sight, yet invisible. Until now. Sponsored by The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community.
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Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week with “Your Exquisite Corpse” 10:00 am
Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week with “Your Exquisite Corpse” @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week with “Your Exquisite Corpse” Join Nina Rossi for a collaborative and interactive exhibit based on the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse. Figure paintings with the Head/Shoulders and Legs/Feet executed by two different artists will be exhibited. Accompanying each figure will be a short text or poem also created by multiple writers and poets. Visitors will have opportunities to interact with the event, including a chance to have the artists and writers use them as inspiration. They may have their head/Shoulders or Legs/Feet photographed by the artists for use in the Exquisite Corpse project. Visitors can watch artists create Exquisite Corpse paintings from photo sources during event. They may contribute random text for use in the stories that complete each Exquisite Corpse.
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