Penguin Plunge moved to Feb. 27

Spectators watch a past Penguin Plunge from the shores of Hampton Ponds. Due to COVID-19, this year’s plunge on Feb. 27 will have no spectators. (THE WESTFIELD NEWS PHOTO)

Registration and fundraising is open now

WESTFIELD – The annual Penguin Plunge has been postponed to Feb. 27.

The fundraiser, which benefits Amelia Park Children’s Museum, was slated for the end of January but was pushed to a later date.

“The decision to postpone the Penguin Plunge for four weeks originated from the additional time needed by DCR to review the site application,” said Museum director Ray Radigan. “However, we see this as an opportunity to raise additional support.  The money raised by the Plunge goes to providing a safe and welcoming place for children to learn and play. This event is crucial in supporting the work of Amelia Park Children’s Museum throughout the whole year.  Long after the ice on Hampton Ponds has melted, the Plunge is still providing an educational playspace for children and caregivers.”

Radigan said the community has continued to rallya round the museum and the Plunge.

“Despite the overwhelming challenges of the past year, the local business community has continued to show its support for the event and for Amelia Park Children’s Museum,” he said. ” Though several past sponsors have not been able to offer support this year, we have been fortunate to have multiple first-time Plunge sponsors.”

The event takes place at Hampton Ponds each year, with brave “penguins” making their way into the icy waters to raise funds that help Museum operations. Some participants dive right in and get it over with, while others tip-toe their way through the pond.

Typically, spectators fill the beach and cheer folks on, however because of COVID-19, there will be no spectators this year. Instead, Westfield’s Community Programming Channel 15 will livestream the event.

According to the Museum website, “this year’s Penguin Plunge will be a little bit different than usual. There will still be frigid water, wild costumes, and lots of prizes. But we are putting several safety protocols in place.”

In addition to not having spectators, plunge times will be scheduled in advance. Plunge participants will arrive no more than 10 minutes before their scheduled time and will be allowed no more than one guest. Prizes will still be awarded.

Awards and Prizes

Penguin Excelsior – 2021 Plunger Raising the Most Money wins $500 Cash

Individual Best Costume Award

Best Team Costume Award

Participants can register completely online at or can download the registration form and pledge sheet, fill out the registration form and either email it to [email protected] or print it out and mail it back.

Your support sustains Amelia Park Children’s Museum through the whole year by providing a safe and welcoming place for children to learn, explore, and grow. The Museum, at 29 South Broad St., is open Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Call 413-572-4014 to schedule a visit.



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