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April 2016

4/30
Saturday
Maypole Dancing
04/30/2016
10:30am - 11am
Come dance around the Museum & Theatre's Maypole. Twirl brightly colored ribbon as we dance, sing and celebrate spring!

Free with admission
4/30
Saturday
Main Stage Performance: The Circus Ship
04/30/2016
1:00pm

Tickets are SOLD OUT for the run of the show!

A circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, and the animals on board must swim through chilly waters to the nearest shore. Unexpected friendships unfold through courage, kindness, and traditional Maine island hospitality. With humor and empathy, Van Dusen's circus menagerie comes to life in a new play ideal for all ages. The Circus Ship is based on the book by the same name by local author Chris Van Dusen. Adapted for our stage by Reba Short with live musical accompaniment by Brittany Cook.

Produced with generous support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust. Adapted with permission by Candlewick Press Inc.
The Circus Ship is copyright 2009 by Chris Van Dusen and published by Candlewick Press Inc.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play.
4/30
Saturday
May Day Basket Weaving
04/30/2016
3-4pm
May Day tradition is to fill up a basket of flowers and secretly leave it on a neighbor's doorstep! Come use colorful ribbon and felt to make your own woven May Day basket - you could keep it yourself, or give it away as a surprise for someone you love.

Free with admission
4/30
Saturday
Main Stage Performance: The Circus Ship
04/30/2016
4:00pm

Tickets are SOLD OUT for the run of the show!

A circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, and the animals on board must swim through chilly waters to the nearest shore. Unexpected friendships unfold through courage, kindness, and traditional Maine island hospitality. With humor and empathy, Van Dusen's circus menagerie comes to life in a new play ideal for all ages. The Circus Ship is based on the book by the same name by local author Chris Van Dusen. Adapted for our stage by Reba Short with live musical accompaniment by Brittany Cook.

Produced with generous support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust. Adapted with permission by Candlewick Press Inc.
The Circus Ship is copyright 2009 by Chris Van Dusen and published by Candlewick Press Inc.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play.

May 2016

5/1
Sunday
Maypole Dancing
05/01/2016
10:30-11am
Come dance around the Museum & Theatre's Maypole. Twirl brightly colored ribbon as we dance, sing and celebrate spring!

Free with admission.
5/1
Sunday
Paint-A-Flower-Pot Workshop (R$)
05/01/2016
11:30am-12pm
All children report to the garden! Where do plants come from and what do they need to grow? Discover the answers to these questions as you paint your own terracotta flower pot and plant a special seed to take home.

$4 flower pot/member, $5 flower pot/visitor plus admission.
Register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/1
Sunday
May Day Basket Weaving
05/01/2016
1-2pm
May Day tradition is to fill up a basket of flowers and secretly leaving it on a neighbor's doorstep! Come use colorful ribbon and felt to make your own woven May Day basket - you could keep it yourself, or give it away as a surprise for someone you love.

Free with admission.
5/1
Sunday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/01/2016
2-2:30pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/2
Monday
Members' Monday
05/02/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
5/2
Monday
Members' Monday: Collaborative Art Time
05/02/2016
9-11am
Do you like to draw, collage, and create art? All ages are invited to come and add your unique touch to a special collaborative art project. Let's work together to create something awesome!

Free with admission.
5/3
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Playdough Construction Site
05/03/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a playful and dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll create a construction site with playdough, rocks, and sticks. Then, we'll set our cars and trucks loose to zoom around our creation!
Ideal for ages 18 months to 36 months.

Free with admission.
5/3
Tuesday
Fur, Feathers, Scales
05/03/2016
11-11:30am
Why do some animals have fur, some have feathers, and others have scales? Join us for this playful, tactile science program for a chance to touch a variety of different animal furs and feathers.

Free with admission.
5/3
Tuesday
Paint Monsters
05/03/2016
2-2:30pm
Make your own colorful monster creation using paint our special monster-making straws! Add facial features, arms, and legs to your heart's content during this multi-media art project.

Free with admission.
5/3
Tuesday
Sunken Treasure Water Play
05/03/2016
3-3:30pm
Let's discover what makes boats float and why rocks sink. Together we will test out different hypotheses as we create boats using materials such as clay, wood and plastic. Then, we'll see how much treasure they can hold before sinking.

Free with admission.
5/3
Tuesday
Dramatic Imagination Class: Little Red Riding Hood (Ages 5-8) (R$)
05/03/2016
3:30-5pm
"Grandmother, what big eyes you have!" ... "All the better to see you with my dear!"
Whether you'd like to play Little Red or the Wolf, now's the time to show off your acting chops and get up on our stage! This May, we'll explore this exciting (and somewhat creepy) story in our Dress Up Theatre using our bodies, voices and improvisational theatre games. This class is designed for early elementary school students between the ages of 5 and 8 who enjoy stretching their imaginations and putting on a show. Actors will learn team building warm-up games, trust exercises, and focusing games to help them think on their feet. Actors will receive scripts and perform a play for family and friends on May 24 at 4:30pm. This is a good class to take if you're interested in auditioning for our main stage shows in the coming year.
This class meets on the following dates: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 and 5/24.
$60 for members / $80 for visitors.

Please sign up early! This workshop requires two or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
5/4
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting: Blueberries for Sal (Ages 3-5) (R$)
05/04/2016
10:15-11:15am
What would you do if you saw a bear? Would you run away? What if you became a bear? In this story, we'll pretend to be people and bears looking for berries to eat in the Maine woods.
The Teensy Weensy acting program is a literacy and creative development series of classes for ages 3-5. Over a period of four weeks, young actors dive into a story, processing it with imagination, puppetry, movement and storytelling. Literacy plays an important role in the class structure as actors use their voices and begin to recognize letters on the page. On May 25 at 11am, young actors and their teacher will put on a show for families and friends. This is an excellent opportunity for pre-school aged children to give acting a try, become storytellers and follow directions in a group.
This class meets on the following dates: 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25. $60 for members / $80 for visitors. To register for this class, call 828-1234 x231 register online, or stop by the front desk.

Please sign up early! This workshop requires two or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
5/4
Wednesday
Collaborative Art: Sea Shell Mandalas
05/04/2016
10:45-11:15am
Discover the ancient Indian art of mandala making using our collection of seashells. We'll explore pattern, symmetry, and more as we work together to create a seashell masterpiece!

Free with admission.
5/4
Wednesday
Paint-A-Flower-Pot Workshop (R$)
05/04/2016
3:30-4:30 PM
All children report to the garden! Where do plants come from and what do they need to grow? Discover the answers to these questions as you paint your own terracotta flower pot and plant a special seed to take home.

$4/flower pot members, $5/flower pot plus admission for visitors.
Register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/5
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Messy Paint Time!
05/05/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic and playful art program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll discover the designs cars leave behind as we zoom our toy cars through paint. We'll explore vertical and horizontal lines, zigzags, and more!
Ideal for ages 18 months to 36 months.

Free with admission.
5/5
Thursday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/05/2016
10:45-11:15am
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/5
Thursday
All About Beavers
05/05/2016
1:30-2pm
Come learn about the largest rodent on Earth as we explore the lives of beavers! We'll build mini beaver dams, discover the strength of beaver teeth with our replica beaver skull, learn how beavers communicate with their tails and make a beaver tail craft to take home.

Free with admission.
5/5
Thursday
Open Art Studio
05/05/2016
2:45-3:45pm
Express your creativity during this open-ended art program. With an emphasis on multi-media projects and learning to use recycled materials, this dynamic and lively program is great for all ages.

Free with admission
5/6
Friday
Explore Science: Magic of Chemistry (Ages 4-5) (R$)
05/06/2016
10-11am
Experience the magic of chemistry in this exploratory, hands-on science class! We will conduct eye-opening experiments, including making elephant toothpaste, turning liquids into solids, concocting recipes for slime and more! Along the way we'll use real scientific tools, keep a scientific journal and learn fun ways to answer our scientific questions.
Explore Science classes offer 5-8 year olds the opportunity to explore STEM topics through playful experiments and games while also getting the opportunity to use real scientific instruments.
Magic of Chemistry is a four-week class meeting Fridays, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. This is a drop-off program, and space is limited so sign up today!

$60/member, $80/visitor.
To sign up, call 207-828-1234x231, register online or stop by the front desk.

Please sign up early! This workshop requires two or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
*This class is funded through the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. Partial scholarships are available. Please contact Laura Poppick for more information at 828-1234 ext. 229 or laura@kitetails.org
5/6
Friday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
05/06/2016
11:15-11:45am
How many suds and how many scrubs does it take to rid your hands of germs? Come play a handwashing game and find out! We'll learn different ways that germs are spread, and then use a special hand lotion that makes our hands glow until we wash all of our germs away.

Free with admission.
5/6
Friday
Lady Llama Puppet Show
05/06/2016
11:30am-12pm
Come meet the elegant, the fantastic Lady Llama and all her favorite friends. Hear some silly songs, join the moo-off, and help her find a pesky crocodile!

Free with admission.
5/6
Friday
Star Show: Medusa!
05/06/2016
2-3pm
Join us to learn about this Gorgon monster, find her constellation in our Starlab, play a stone statue game and make a paper mask to take home!

Free with admission.
5/6
Friday
$2 Friday
05/06/2016
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person.
Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission
5/6
Friday
First Friday: Collaborative Art
05/06/2016
6-7pm
Discover the process of working with many artists as we create our own version of a famous work of art. Add a small part of your own or stay for the whole process!

Free with admission.
5/7
Saturday
Explore Bird Migration: Offsite Bird Banding Field Trip to West Falmouth (R$)
05/07/2016
9-10am
As springtime returns, so do colorful migratory birds that fill the sky with color and music. Experience what it's like to be an ornithologist, a person who studies these birds, on this offsite field trip at River Point Conservation Area! We'll join ornithologists from the Biodiversity Research Institute and watch them gently catch birds in a net, wrap a band around their ankle for future studies, and then set them free again.
Recommended for ages 4+.

$5/member, $7/visitor.
To sign up call 207-828-1234 ext. 231, stop by the front desk, or register online.

Please sign up early! This field trip requires two or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the field trip.

*Personal transportation is required for this field trip. Participants will receive a confirmation letter upon registering with information about parking near the River Point Conservation Area.
5/7
Saturday
Fibonacci Art
05/07/2016
10:30-11am
Come learn all about the Fibonacci sequence, then create your own representation of this fascinating rule using collage!

Free with admission.
5/7
Saturday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
05/07/2016
11-11:30am
Check out our troupe of life-sized educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission.
5/7
Saturday
Felting Planets and Moons Workshop (R$)
05/07/2016
11:30am-12:30pm
Discover the process of felting with colorful wool. Pick your favorite colors, design a planet or comet, and make your design a reality with soap and water. Each child will make one planet or comet.
Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

$5/member, $7/visitor plus admission.
To sign up call 828-1234x231, register online, or stop by the front desk.
5/7
Saturday
Play In Just One Day: Where the Wild Things Are (Ages 5-9) (R$)
05/07/2016
2-4pm
Have you ever wanted to try acting? Is the stage calling your name? In just two hours, we'll put on a show! Using the familiar story of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, we'll imagine far off lands, play some theatre games and make the story our own. This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. At the end of the workshop, caregivers will be invited to watch a short performance of the story, and a pizza break will be provided before the show.

$15/member, $20/visitor.
To sign up for this workshop, call 828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
5/7
Saturday
Science Spotlight
05/07/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection of artifacts includes live animals, fossils, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered! Join our science educator for our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
5/8
Sunday
Mother's Day!
05/08/2016
10am-5pm
Happy Mother's Day! Today we are honoring the special mothers in our lives by offering FREE ADMISSION to all mothers and grandmothers. Come join the celebration as we make Mother's Day crepe paper bouquets, heart pancakes and more!

Free with admission.
5/8
Sunday
Heart Pancake Sunday
05/08/2016
10:15-11:15am
Wake up to heart-shaped pancakes at the Museum & Theatre! Together we will measure ingredients and mix the batter to whip up this breakfast treat. Once golden brown, pancakes will be served alongside the story, If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.

Free with admission.
5/8
Sunday
Flower Petal Playdough (R$)
05/08/2016
11:30am-12:30pm
Come make your own special springtime playdough! Together we'll measure and stir our playdough, then in mix flower petals. Take your playdough home to create countless unique and beautiful creations!

$4/member, $5/visitor plus admission.
To sign up call 828-1234 x231, register online or stop by the front desk.
5/8
Sunday
Mother's Day Flower Bouquet
05/08/2016
2-2:30pm
Create a beautiful crape-paper flower bouquet to rival even the most beautiful flowers! Make one to take home and share with a special mom in your life.

Free with admission.
5/9
Monday
Members' Monday
05/09/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
5/9
Monday
Members' Monday: A Butterfly's Life: Chrysalis
05/09/2016
10-10:30am
Come witness the lifecycle of butterflies up close! Over three weeks, we will watch as painted lady caterpillars transform into butterflies. Learn what's happening inside a chrysalis and make a chrysalis craft!

Free with admission.
5/10
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Spring Sing-Along
05/10/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a playful and dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll sing our sillies out while learning about rhythm and melody.
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
5/10
Tuesday
Whale Tales
05/10/2016
11-11:30am
Join us for a story time devoted to the largest animals on Earth - whales! We'll read playful stories featuring whale characters and have the opportunity to touch real whale artifacts including baleen, vertebrae, and teeth.

Free with admission.
5/10
Tuesday
Paint Monsters
05/10/2016
2-2:30pm
Make your own colorful monster creation using paint our special monster-making straws! Add facial features, arms, and legs to your heart's content during this multi-media art project.

Free with admission.
5/10
Tuesday
Sunken Treasure Water Play
05/10/2016
3-3:30pm
Let's discover what makes boats float and why rocks sink. Together we will test out different hypotheses as we create boats using materials such as clay, wood and plastic. Then, we'll see how much treasure they can hold before sinking.

Free with admission.
5/11
Wednesday
Meet the Masters: Claude Monet
05/11/2016
10:45-11:15am
Who was Claude Monet? Learn about this famous artist and some of his celebrated works, then create your own water-lily masterpiece.

Free with admission.
5/11
Wednesday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/11/2016
2:30-3:15pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/11
Wednesday
Auditions: Written in the Stars: Greek Constellations Stories Come to Life
05/11/2016
3-5pm
This summer, the Museum & Theatre will be producing three plays based on famous stories from Greek mythology:

Perseus and Medusa: Rehearsals May 17- June 29, Performances June 30-July 16
The Twelve Labors of Hercules: Rehearsals June 7-July 20, Performances July 21-August 5
Icarus and Daedalus: Rehearsals July 11-August 10, Performances August 11-August 27

Auditions are open to all children ages 8 & up. Please prepare a short (one minute) monologue to show that you can become a character very different from yourself. Actors are seen in order of the time of their arrival by the Artistic Director and the Stage Manager. Each audition lasts about five minutes. It is free to audition. If cast, there is no cost to participate as an actor or a backstage crew member for our productions. Please attend auditions with a parent or guardian, and bring a summer calendar showing rehearsal availability. Rehearsals & shows are primarily Tuesday-Saturday. For more info: email reba@kitetails.org or click here.

Free to audition.
5/12
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Messy Paint Time!
05/12/2016
10:15am
Join us for a dynamic and playful art program open to our youngest visitors. Explore the process of painting as we work together to decorate a tree branch. Add a dash of glitter, a splash of paint, or some festive pom poms; it's up to you! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
5/12
Thursday
Parachute Pizza
05/12/2016
10:45am
Let's gear up our imaginations as we turn a parachute into a pizza! We will read the story Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philomen Sturges, then we will roll out our parachute, fill it with toppings, and watch it bubble as we wave it up and down!

Free with admission.
5/12
Thursday
All About Beavers
05/12/2016
1:30-2pm
Come learn about the largest rodent on Earth as we explore the lives of beavers! We'll build mini beaver dams, discover the strength of beaver teeth with our replica beaver skull, learn how beavers communicate with their tails and make a beaver tail craft to take home.

Free with admission.
5/12
Thursday
Open Art Studio
05/12/2016
2:45-3:45pm
Express your creativity during this open-ended art program. With an emphasis on multi-media projects and learning to use recycled materials, this dynamic and lively program is great for all ages.

Free with admission.
5/13
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
05/13/2016
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters! If they are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write these heroes letters thanking them for keeping us safe and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission
5/13
Friday
Meet the Masters: Mark Rothko
05/13/2016
11-11:30am
Who was Mark Rothko? Learn about this famous abstract expressionist and try your hand at a Rothko-inspired creation of your own.

Free with admission.
5/13
Friday
Lady Llama Puppet Show
05/13/2016
11:30am-12pm
Come meet the elegant, the fantastic Lady Llama and all her favorite friends. Hear some silly songs, join the moo-off, and help her find a pesky crocodile!

Free with admission.
5/13
Friday
Star Show: Medusa!
05/13/2016
2-3pm
Join us to learn about this Gorgon monster, find her constellation in our Starlab, play a stone statue game and make a paper mask to take home!

Free with admission.
5/13
Friday
2016 Annual Auction: Every Child is an Artist
05/13/2016
6-10pm
Join the Museum & Theatre from 6-10pm on May 13, 2016 at the Portland Company on Fore Street in Portland for an evening of great company, delicious food and drink, and terrific auction items! We'll be shaking things up a bit this year and we would love to have you join us as a guest, donor, or sponsor for what we hope will be our best event yet!

This year's theme is "Every Child is an Artist" and to celebrate, we'll be featuring children's art as part of our art auction. Of course we'll also have all the fabulous live and silent auction items our guests have come to expect.

For more information about the Annual Auction, please click here!
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
5/14
Saturday
Parachute Pizza
05/14/2016
10:15-10:45am
Let's gear up our imaginations as we turn a parachute into a pizza! We will read the story Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philomen Sturges, then we will roll out our parachute, fill it with toppings, and watch it bubble as we wave it up and down!

Free with admission.
5/14
Saturday
Improv Show: Mainey Acts (R$)
05/14/2016
11am-12pm
In the spirit of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", whole families, local actors and actors from our own children's theatre will create scenes based on suggestions from the audience! We welcome participation on all levels, and there are plenty of opportunities to get onstage yourself! If you'd like to learn more about how to be part of our improv troupe, contact reba@kitetails.org for more details.
Mainey Acts is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission.
For tickets call 828-1234 x231, register online or stop by the front desk.
5/14
Saturday
Animal Art Time
05/14/2016
12-12:30pm
Explore the world of animals through drawing, sculpture and drama. All ages are welcome to partake in this unique art exploration as we embark on an art safari and create bear paw prints, painted turtle shells, feathery owls and other animal art creations.

Free with admission.
5/14
Saturday
Star Show: Medusa!
05/14/2016
2-3pm
Join us to learn about this Gorgon monster, find her constellation in our Starlab, play a stone statue game and make a paper mask to take home!

Free with admission.
5/15
Sunday
Meet the Animals
05/15/2016
10:30-11:30am
Join us to meet a real, live animal and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life. Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the furry and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
5/15
Sunday
Science Spotlight
05/15/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection of artifacts includes live animals, fossils, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered! Join our science educator for our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
5/16
Monday
Members' Monday
05/16/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
5/16
Monday
Members' Monday: A Butterfly's Life: Butterfly
05/16/2016
10-10:30am
Come witness the life cycle of butterflies up close! Over three weeks, we will watch as painted lady caterpillars transform into butterflies. Come see our butterflies in flight! Help set our butterflies free, if they are ready, and make a butterfly craft!

Free with admission.
5/17
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Pancakes, Pancakes!
05/17/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic and playful program open to our youngest visitors. This week we're ready to do some cooking! We'll read Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle and make our very own yummy pancakes.

Free with admission.
5/17
Tuesday
Messy Chemistry
05/17/2016
11-11:30am
Scientific discoveries rarely happen without a mess. Join us for some fun, messy chemistry as we use stir plates, pipettes, test tubes and colorful liquids to make our own scientific discoveries!

Free with admission.
5/17
Tuesday
Paint Monsters
05/17/2016
2-2:30pm
Make your own colorful monster creation using paint our special monster-making straws! Add facial features, arms, and legs to your heart's content during this multi-media art project.

Free with admission.
5/17
Tuesday
Sunken Treasure Water Play
05/17/2016
3-3:30pm
Let's discover what makes boats float and why rocks sink. Together we will test out different hypotheses as we create boats using materials such as clay, wood and plastic. Then, we'll see how much treasure they can hold before sinking.

Free with admission.
5/18
Wednesday
Miniature Masterpieces
05/18/2016
10:45-11:15am
Let's discover the art of painting on a small scale as we create miniature masterpieces! Paint a picture of your favorite person, place, or animal - it's up to you!

Free with admission.
5/18
Wednesday
Parachute Pizza
05/18/2016
2:30-3pm
Let's gear up our imaginations as we turn a parachute into a pizza! We will read the story Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philomen Sturges, then we will roll out our parachute, fill it with toppings, and watch it bubble as we wave it up and down!

Free with admission.
5/18
Wednesday
Flower Petal Playdough (R$)
05/18/2016
3:30-4:30pm
Come make your own special springtime playdough! Together we'll measure and stir our playdough, then in mix flower petals. Take your playdough home to create countless unique and beautiful creations!

$4/member, $5/visitor plus admission.
To sign up call 828-1234 x231, register online or stop by the front desk.
5/19
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Sun Catchers
05/19/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic and playful program open to our youngest visitors. This week we'll be making sun catchers, just in time for summer!
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
5/19
Thursday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/19/2016
10:45am
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/19
Thursday
All About Beavers
05/19/2016
1:30-2pm
Come learn about the largest rodent on Earth as we explore the lives of beavers! We'll build mini beaver dams, discover the strength of beaver teeth with our replica beaver skull, learn how beavers communicate with their tails and make a beaver tail craft to take home.

Free with admission.
5/19
Thursday
Open Art Studio
05/19/2016
2:45-3:45pm
Express your creativity during this open-ended art program. With an emphasis on multi-media projects and learning to use recycled materials, this dynamic and lively program is great for all ages.

Free with admission.
5/20
Friday
Fibonacci Art
05/20/2016
10:45-11:15am
Come learn all about the Fibonacci sequence, then create your own representation of this fascinating rule using collage!

Free with admission.
5/20
Friday
Lady Llama Puppet Show
05/20/2016
11:30am-12pm
Come meet the elegant, the fantastic Lady Llama and all her favorite friends. Hear some silly songs, join the moo-off, and help her find a pesky crocodile!

Free with admission.
5/20
Friday
Star Show: Medusa!
05/20/2016
2-3pm
Join us to learn about this Gorgon monster, find her constellation in our Starlab, play a stone statue game and make a paper mask to take home!

Free with admission.
5/21
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
05/21/2016
9-10am
Play Our Way is the perfect time for children affected by the Autism spectrum, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the Museum & Theatre. This low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges allows families to explore our exhibits at a quieter time, take part in art and tactile programming with a staff educator, and meet other families from the community. Our staff will make special adjustments to our exhibit lighting and sound design, and noise-reducing headphones will be available.

Normal admission prices apply, and families are welcome to stay and play throughout the day at no additional cost.

RSVP: If you plan on attending, please RSVP to lily@kitetails.org. By having an estimate of how many families to expect, we will be able to better ensure a calm and welcoming play environment. We understand that plans can change suddenly so pre-payment is not required, and regular admission will be charged at the door. Our aim is to offer a no-pressure and fun environment for everyone!
5/21
Saturday
Kite Making Workshop (R$)
05/21/2016
11-11:30am
As springtime winds whip through the air and warmer weather approaches, we'll make kites to celebrate the changing of the seasons! At the end of the workshop, we'll give our kites a try in the backyard.

$4 per kite/member, $5 per kite/visitor plus admission.
For sign up call 828-1234 x231, register online or stop by the front desk.
5/21
Saturday
Meet a Bunny
05/21/2016
1-1:45pm
Would you like to practice holding a bunny and learn how to understand bunny behaviors? If so, join us for this special visit from Friends of Willow, a rabbit rescue in Southern Maine, and have a chance to interact with some friendly, adoptable bunnies.

Free with admission.
5/21
Saturday
Play in Just One Day: Ferdinand the Bull (Ages 5-9) (R$)
05/21/2016
2-4pm
Have you ever wanted to try acting? Is the stage calling your name? In just two hours, we'll put on a show!
Using the familiar story of Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf, we'll imagine a bullfight and play some theatre games to make the story our own. At the end of the workshop, caregivers will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. A pizza break will be provided before the show. This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9.

$15/member, $20/visitor.
To sign up for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
5/21
Saturday
Science Spotlight
05/21/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection of artifacts includes live animals, fossils, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered! Join our science educator for our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
5/22
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/22/2016
10:30-11am
Explore the lives of tide pool creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank program! Touch sea stars, snails, mussels and more in this interactive science program.

Free with admission.
5/22
Sunday
Flower Petal Playdough (R$)
05/22/2016
11am-12pm
Come make your own special springtime playdough! Together we'll measure and stir our playdough, then in mix flower petals. Take your playdough home to create countless unique and beautiful creations!

$4/member, $5/visitor plus admission.
To sign up call 828-1234 x231, register online or stop by the front desk.
5/22
Sunday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/22/2016
2-2:30pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/23
Monday
Members' Monday
05/23/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
5/23
Monday
Members' Monday: Seed to Flower Art
05/23/2016
10-10:30am
During this program, we'll use real seeds to make textured art. See what seeds are big and which are small, and learn what plants they become when they grow!

Free with admission.
5/24
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Parachute Games
05/24/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic and playful program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll have a blast playing with our colorful parachute.
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
5/24
Tuesday
Fur, Feathers, Scales
05/24/2016
11-11:30am
Why do some animals have fur, others have feathers, and others have scales? Join us for this playful, tactile science program and have the chance to touch a variety of different animal furs and feathers.

Free with admission.
5/24
Tuesday
Paint Monsters
05/24/2016
2-2:30pm
Make your own colorful monster creation using paint our special monster-making straws! Add facial features, arms, and legs to your heart's content during this multi-media art project.

Free with admission.
5/24
Tuesday
Sunken Treasure Water Play
05/24/2016
3-3:30pm
Let's discover what makes boats float and why rocks sink. Together we will test out different hypotheses as we create boats using materials such as clay, wood and plastic. Then, we'll see how much treasure they can hold before sinking.

Free with admission.
5/25
Wednesday
Honeybee Art Time
05/25/2016
10:45-11:15am
Join us as we learn about our live honeybees through art. We'll use a variety of materials to create our own honeybee masterpieces.

Free with admission.
5/25
Wednesday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/25/2016
2:30-3pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/26
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Messy Paint Time!
05/26/2016
10:45-11:15am
Join us for a playful and dynamic art program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll test out cotton ball painting. Dip fluffy cotton balls into a variety of colors to create a masterpiece to take home.
Ideal for ages 18 months to 36 months.

Free with admission.
5/26
Thursday
Parachute Pizza
05/26/2016
10:45-11:15am
Let's gear up our imaginations as we turn a parachute into a pizza! We will read the story Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philomen Sturges, then we will roll out our parachute, fill it with toppings, and watch it bubble as we wave it up and down!

Free with admission.
5/26
Thursday
All About Beavers
05/26/2016
1:30-2pm
Come learn about the largest rodent on Earth as we explore the lives of beavers! We'll build mini beaver dams, discover the strength of beaver teeth with our replica beaver skull, learn how beavers communicate with their tails and make a beaver tail craft to take home.

Free with admission.
5/26
Thursday
Open Art Studio
05/26/2016
2:45-3:45pm
Express your creativity during this open-ended art program. With an emphasis on multi-media projects and learning to use recycled materials, this dynamic and lively program is great for all ages.

Free with admission.
5/27
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
05/27/2016
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters! If they are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write these heroes letters thanking them for keeping us safe and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission
5/27
Friday
Meet the Masters: Seeing Blue with Picasso
05/27/2016
11-11:30am
Come learn all about tinting and shading as we combine white or black paint with blue paint, just like Picasso did! See examples of Picasso's famous Blue Period works, discuss why he chose to focus on shades of blue, and test out your shading and tinting skills.

Free with admission.
5/27
Friday
Star Show: Medusa!
05/27/2016
2-3pm
Join us to learn about this Gorgon monster, find her constellation in our Starlab, play a stone statue game and make a paper mask to take home!

Free with admission.
5/28
Saturday
Happy Birthday, Museum & Theatre!
05/28/2016
10:30am-4:30pm
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is 40 years old, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! From cupcake decorating and party-hat making to pin-the-tail on the kite, there will be party festivities all day long! Enjoy light refreshments, get something special painted on your hand or cheek, and help us create a collaborative birthday mural to celebrate happy memories of PLAY! We look forward to celebrating with you - RSVP's not required!

Free with admission.
5/28
Saturday
Star Show: Medusa!
05/28/2016
2-3pm
Join us to learn about this Gorgon monster, find her constellation in our Starlab, play a stone statue game and make a paper mask to take home!

Free with admission.
5/29
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/29/2016
10:30-11am
Explore the lives of tide pool creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank program! Touch sea stars, snails, mussels and more in this interactive science program.

Free with admission.
5/29
Sunday
Paint-A-Flower-Pot Workshop (R$)
05/29/2016
11am-Noon
All children report to the garden! Where do plants come from and what do they need to grow? Discover the answers to these questions as you paint your own terracotta flower pot and plant a special seed to take home.
$4 flower pot/member, $5 flower pot/ visitor plus admission.
Register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/29
Sunday
Family Face Painting
05/29/2016
2-2:30pm
We'll provide face paints and picture prompts to inspire your imagination as you try your hand at painting your own face or the face of a family member! Adults and children are welcome to take turns being the artist. Pictures and giggles are encouraged.

Free with admission.
5/30
Monday
Family Face Painting
05/30/2016
10:30-11am
We'll provide face paints and picture prompts to inspire your imagination as you try your hand at painting your own face or the face of a family member! Adults and children are welcome to take turns being the artist. Pictures and giggles are encouraged.

Free with admission.
5/30
Monday
Paint-A-Flower-Pot Workshop (R$)
05/30/2016
11:30am-12:30pm
All children report to the garden! Where do plants come from and what do they need to grow? Discover the answers to these questions as you paint your own terracotta flower pot and plant a special seed to take home.
$4 flower pot/member, $5 flower pot/visitor plus admission.
Register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/30
Monday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/30/2016
2pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Cheerio Treats for the Birds
05/31/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a playful and dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll make special, healthy treats for springtime birds.
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Whale Tales
05/31/2016
11am
Join us for a story time devoted to the largest animals on Earth - whales! We'll read playful stories featuring whale characters and have the opportunity to touch real whale artifacts including baleen, vertebrae, and teeth.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Paint Monsters
05/31/2016
2pm
Make your own colorful monster creation using paint our special monster-making straws! Add facial features, arms, and legs to your heart's content during this multi-media art project.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/31/2016
3pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.