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Kids' Events and Calendar - October 2019

Scouting Resources
Scout leaders, the IDNR Division of Education has resources that you can use to help teach about Illinois' animals, plants and other topics. Videos, publications, resources trunks/packs for loan, activities and other information can be found through the links on the new "Scouting Resources" Web page. Visit it today!
October Program Schedule from the Illinois State Museum
The following programs are being presented by the Illinois State Museum (ISM) in Springfield during the month of October. For additional information about any of the programs, please contact or 217-558-6696. Unless otherwise listed, events take place at the at the Illinois State Museum at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield. Daytime events, unless otherwise listed, are free with admission.
Ogden-Fettie: A Native American Floodplain Earthwork Complex in the Central Illinois River Valley
Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Dr. Michael Wiant
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Ogden-Fettie is among the oldest Native American floodplain earthwork complexes in the Midwest. While preparing the property for long-term hay production, archaeologists had an opportunity to collect artifacts from the site. When combined with previous archaeological work at the site, the results provide perspective on the rise of Havana culture circa 2,100 B.P., subsequent use of the site and a long-standing theory that several of the mounds were encompassed by a moat. When this study is coupled with new research on artifacts collected by the Odgen family, we learn that the Ogden-Fettie site is a key to our understanding of Havana culture and its domination of the Illinois River valley for nearly four centuries. Research by Ken Farnsworth, Montana Martin, and Kelvin Sampson will be referenced in this talk. Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum.
Get Creative Super Saturday
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free with admission
Come celebrate all the ways that people can express their creativity in their free time. Learn about hobbies and crafts with displays, games and crafts. In addition to trying various arts and crafts with hands-on activities, visitors will enjoy an exhibit of photographs, art, quilts and more created by ISM staff as part of the Springfield Area Arts Council’s “On My Own Time” program. Members of the Prairie Weavers Guild will be demonstrating weaving and spinning in honor of National Spinning and Weaving Week. You are sure to go home inspired to get creative at home. Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact or 217-782-6044. The series is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
I Spy... Story Time
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Free with Museum admission
I spy with my little eye… shapes and colors! Shapes and colors are all around us, found in nature and in art. What shapes and colors can you find in our stories and craft? Story Time is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. On the second Tuesday of each month, visitors will enjoy picture books, a craft and objects from the Museum’s collections. For additional information, please contact or 217-782-6044. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
Noah Derksen
Music at the Museum Series
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
Born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. With a self-described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah’s introspective nature is immediately apparent, felt through honest and poetic lyricism alongside aesthetic musical arrangements. He'll be joined by the very talented Elise on violin. Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit
The Past Tense and the Present (is Still) Tense: Travel in Northern Greece, Albania and North Mecedonia
Brown Bag Program presented by presenter Dr. Richard Leary
Wednesday, October 16, 12:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Research and Collections Center
1011 East Ash Street, Springfield, IL
Free, donations appreciated
Richard Leary will tell of a trip that covered an immense time, from the Neolithic to the political and economic tensions of the present. He visited Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins, churches and museums, witnessing the results of 500 years of Ottoman oppression as well as Nazi and communistic oppression. Enjoy tales of lovely scenery, good food and great wines. Join us for a taste of the history and scenery but not the food and wine. Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research and Collections Center at 1011 East Ash Street in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed via the gate on Ash Street and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets.
Play Museum Closed on Sunday, October 20
The Play Museum exhibit will be closed to the public on Sunday, October 20, 2019, for a Museum Society member event. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. The Play Museum will resume its normal hours of operation on Monday, October 21, 2019.
Halloween Family Members Event
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free with registration for members only
Don your costume and come to the Museum for an afternoon of family fun. Activities will include “bobbing” for apples, Halloween crafts and fun creepy creature films in the Auditorium. Participants can enjoy a flashlight tour of the “Play Museum in the Dark” decked out for the holiday. This event is free with registration for members of the Illinois State Museum Society. Members with any membership level are invited. Visit to register by Sunday, October 13, 2019. If you are not a member you can also join the Society or renew your membership while registering. For more information or to register by phone contact or 217-782-6044.