Film Fest and Museum Passports Bring Summer Fun for Families to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield

Karen Everingham
Film Fest and Museum Passports Bring Summer Fun for Families to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum’s popular Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest – scheduled for each Tuesday during June and July at the museum in Springfield – will feature 30-minute fun and engaging films for children and the entire family. 

With a different film featured each week, topics will include everything from dinosaurs and rocks, to bats and birds. The film series is recommended for children ages 3-8.  With films showing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Tuesday, the series is great for daycare classes, summer camp groups, and families. Registration is only requested for groups of 10 or more. For a schedule of film titles or to register a group, email or call 217-782-5949.

Museum Passport Program
The Museum Passport Program is back for the summer of 2017, with a series of search activities helping lead visitors to discover “Incredible Illinois at the Illinois State Museum. Families can search exhibitions for the wildlife, rocks, art, plants, and people of Illinois. Participants will enjoy seeing the Illinois State Museum in a new way, and might just win a prize.

A new search will be available every two weeks starting on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day). Upon completion of each search, children will receive a stamp for their passport and a drawing entry for an ISM sand pail full of summer prizes (one entry per two-week period per child). The program will end on August 7.  Children can complete all five search activities to fill their passports.

For more information, contact Karen Everingham at or call 217-782-5949. The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m.  The Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield.  Museum admission:  $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for children, seniors, and veterans.
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