Region – The celebration at Higgins Armory Museum was called "King for a Day" and fathers and grandfathers gained free admission to the museum, making it a great day to visit one of our favorite museums in the area.
My children always want to visit the Great Hall first, with its amazing collection that features arms and armor from throughout the ages. The building itself is a perfect complement to the collection and you can imagine yourself in a castle surrounded by knights from centuries ago. Our second stop is usually the Quest Gallery, which has an interactive learning area for children including an oversize chess set, helmets and medieval clothing to try on, a book corner and building area. During the summer there will also be a daily heraldic shield making workshop off ered.
Arms and armor demonstrations are scheduled during the day as well in the auditorium and audience participation is an enjoyable
" part of the presentation. Additional programs are also offered on a rotating basis including presentations by a costumed Roman legionary or Viking warrior.
A special event this summer will celebrate the release of the new Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows." Higgins Armory Museum will be transformed into the Hogwarts School featured in the book. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, costume contest, readings, overnight at the museum and a copy of the newly released book. Each child who attends must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Friday July 20 date for the program is already full but the museum is off ering an additional evening Saturday July 21. Advanced registration is required.
More information about this event and the entire summer off erings at Higgins Armory Museum, located on 100 Barber Avenue in Worcester, is available by calling 508-853-6015 or at www. higgins.org.