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  Where Are The Wild Things? at the Illinois State Museum   

October 28, 2012—Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Annual Halloween Festival promotes safe, healthy, and fun activities

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum’s popular annual Halloween festival, Where Are the Wild Things?, will be held Sunday, October 28 from Noon until 4:00 p.m. This event is designed for children 12 and under, and guests are encouraged to come in costume. The Museum is partnering with genH Coalition to present natural science and health activities for children throughout the day. Children will learn about heart health while seeing pig hearts dissected, explore a bat cave, play games, and more. New this year, players from the Springfield Jr. Blues will get kids moving with a fun Halloween hockey activity course. Live entertainment will include:

  • Magic with Eldon Roak at 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. and
  • Comedic juggling by Troy Roark at 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.

Each child will win prizes by completing activities and will be eligible to win door prizes, such as fishing poles, toys, books, and other educational and recreational items, thanks to donations from many area businesses.

Admission at the door is $2 for children and $1 for adults. Proceeds from this event support educational programs at the Museum throughout the year. genH Coalition, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, WDBR 103.7 FM, and many local sponsors have helped make this event possible. For more information and a complete list of sponsors and door prize donors, visit the Museum’s Web site or contact Elizabeth Bazan at or 217.782.5993. For a press photo visit:

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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