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Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Groundhogs 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Groundhogs @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Groundhogs 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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Half Day Discovery Day: Winter Survival 1:00 pm
Half Day Discovery Day: Winter Survival @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Half Day Discovery Day: Winter Survival Gill-Montague school students get a half day off. Why not discover something new? Join Olivia and Sam from the Student Conservation Association for a fun filled hour of winter survival. Learn how our furry friends make it through harsh winters. For ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, but all are welcome to join us for stories, games, and crafts!
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Rabbits 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Rabbits @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Rabbits 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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Investigation Station: Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife 10:00 am
Investigation Station: Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm
  For all ages, stop by our Welcome Desk to make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist— all in honor of your favorite animal. Learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Porcupines 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Porcupines @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Porcupines 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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Great Hall Exhibit: “The Time of My Life”; Vintage Views of Western Massachusetts 10:00 am
Great Hall Exhibit: “The Time of My Life”; Vintage Views of Western Massachusetts @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm
“Having the time of my life.” So wrote Bernice on a postcard sent to her “Ma” in the early 20th century—one among many cards from Memorial Hall Museum’s collection, now in the Great Hall. Enlarged postcard scenes take visitors on an imaginary road trip, with stops at Mount Tom, Mount Holyoke Summit House, Sugarloaf, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Shelburne Falls and the Mohawk Trail. Sit down and relax with reproduction postal souvenir albums, a hands-on stereoscope, and a Viewmaster with other area scenes that paint pictures of civic pride and new ideas about leisure and travel. Before cell phones and social media, the picture postcard reigned supreme. Sponsored by Memorial Hall Museum.
Special Open Hours for School Vacation Week! 10:00 am
Special Open Hours for School Vacation Week! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm
Open 10 am to 4 pm every day, Feb. 16 – 24. Stop by for a variety of investigation stations all week at the front entrance to the center, on how wildlife adapt to winter —mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians. For all ages, especially children, accompanied by an adult.
Memorial Hall Museum presents: An Opening Event- “The Time of My Life” Exhibit 1:00 pm
Memorial Hall Museum presents: An Opening Event- “The Time of My Life” Exhibit @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  During this two hour opening reception, enjoy refreshments with vacation-style picnic fare, make your own postal souvenir album, craft a postcard message, and don some vintage accessories for a photo shoot with a giant postcard backdrop. Several ongoing hands-on activities available after the opening reception.
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Get in Touch with Winter, and Not Get (too) Cold 10:30 am
Get in Touch with Winter, and Not Get (too) Cold @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Just like us, other animals have lots of ways to live during winter. What is hibernation and which animals do this?  See and feel how wildlife copes with cold, snow, and wind.  Meet DCR’s Environmental Educator Gini Traub in the Great Hall for a hands-on family program of experiments and demonstrations that help us make these discoveries. Weather permitting, we may investigate outdoors. Bundle up! For school-age children, their grown-ups, siblings and friends.
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Discovering Trees 1:30 pm
Discovering Trees @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Trees are all around us; they shade us on our walks, they hold up birds’ nests in their branches, they pop with color in the springtime, they inspire our creativity and wonder. But sometimes we forget they’re there at all! This winter break, join Student Conservation Association service members as we rediscover the magic of trees. We will give our wholehearted attention to these gentle giants, and take home some reminders of what trees mean to us. Program is appropriate for families, school-age children, their grown-ups, siblings and friends; bring weatherproof clothes and shoes. Meet in the Great Hall.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour-  Snakes 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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