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April 2017

4/27
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Seed Planting
04/27/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll celebrate spring by planting seeds for the Museum & Theatre's garden. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
4/27
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Munching our Way Through the Rainbow
04/27/2017
11:30am-12pm
Today we're diving into the color GREEN! Together, we'll make a yogurt dip and taste test a variety of green fruits. Come find a new favorite!

Free with admission
4/27
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Mary Cassatt
04/27/2017
3-3:30pm
Who was Mary Cassatt? Learn about this famous Impressionist, compare and contrast her various portraits of people wearing hats or bonnets, and make your own hat or bonnet.

Free with admission
4/28
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
04/28/2017
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write letters to them thanking them for keeping us safe and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission
4/28
Friday
The Man Who Planted Trees Puppet Show
04/28/2017
11-11:30am
What if you could save the world by planting trees? Join us for this interactive puppet show telling the magical tale of one man who did just that: planted trees and made the world a better place.

Free with admission
4/28
Friday
Make a Colorful Walking Stick
04/28/2017
11:30am-12pm
Learn about the importance of trees and paint a colorful walking stick for your next outdoor adventure!

Free with admission
4/28
Friday
Celebrate National Poetry Month
04/28/2017
2-2:30pm
We're growing a new poet-tree and exploring a favorite poem every day. Discover rhythm and language through art, music, movement, or theatre. We have so many poems that we're excited to share, so when you're on your way out, make sure to pick a poem off the tree to take home!

Free with admission
4/28
Friday
Camera Obscura: Counting Trees
04/28/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we head upstairs to view a panoramic view of Portland from a room without windows. Today, we'll see how many trees we can find in downtown Portland in honor of Arbor Day.

Free with admission
4/28
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Little Mermaid
04/28/2017
4-5pm
Under the sea lives a mermaid who longs for legs and the chance to dance among humans, while on land lives a prince who dreams of living among the fish! In this original re-telling of the fairy tale, we meet these classic characters and their plucky younger siblings for an ocean adventure about finding your home, and finding your voice.

Adapted by local playwright Jennifer Reck, Directed by Allison McCall, and based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Little Mermaid is performed for children and families by our company of young actors. The Little Mermaid is produced with support from the Margaret E Burnham Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

4/28
Friday
Scientific Imagination: Food Science!
04/28/2017
4-5pm
Join us as we bust open the after-school snack and learn all about the science behind the food we eat. We'll tackle why popcorn pops, conduct yeast experiments to make fluffy bread, construct a solar cooker for melty 's'mores, cook up rock candy, and more! This class is designed for ages 5-9. Classes run 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19. $60/members, $75/visitors.

Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk. Early registration is encouraged.

4/29
Saturday
Day of Rock!
04/29/2017
10:15am-4pm
Today we're celebrating all things Rock and Roll with our friends at Maine Academy of Modern Music. Start your day with a Rock and Roll dance party featuring the sweet tunes of one of MAMM's featured bands. Later, make your own music in a festive sing along, or learn how some real rocks roll with a special demonstration of mineral magic.
4/29
Saturday
Rock and Roll Dance Party
04/29/2017
10:15-11:15am
Ring in our Day of Rock and dance to the rockin' tunes of a featured band from the Maine Academy of Modern Music.

Free with admission
4/29
Saturday
Main Stage Production: The Little Mermaid
04/29/2017
1-2pm
Under the sea lives a mermaid who longs for legs and the chance to dance among humans, while on land lives a prince who dreams of living among the fish! In this original re-telling of the fairy tale, we meet these classic characters and their plucky younger siblings for an ocean adventure about finding your home, and finding your voice.

Adapted by local playwright Jennifer Reck, Directed by Allison McCall, and based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Little Mermaid is performed for children and families by our company of young actors. The Little Mermaid is produced with support from the Margaret E Burnham Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

4/29
Saturday
Meet the Arts: Percussion Exploration
04/29/2017
2:30-3pm
Come shake, rattle and roll during this festive sing along. Explore a variety of percussion instruments as we learn a silly song to celebrate our Day of Rock!

Free with admission
4/29
Saturday
Science Spotlight: Rock Magic
04/29/2017
3-3:30pm
Learn about minerals and magnets by taking a close look at them under the microscope.

Free with admission
4/29
Saturday
Main Stage Production: The Little Mermaid
04/29/2017
4-5pm
Under the sea lives a mermaid who longs for legs and the chance to dance among humans, while on land lives a prince who dreams of living among the fish! In this original re-telling of the fairy tale, we meet these classic characters and their plucky younger siblings for an ocean adventure about finding your home, and finding your voice.

Adapted by local playwright Jennifer Reck, Directed by Allison McCall, and based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Little Mermaid is performed for children and families by our company of young actors. The Little Mermaid is produced with support from the Margaret E Burnham Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

4/30
Sunday
Dinosaur Day!
04/30/2017
10:15am-5pm
Travel back to prehistoric times as we celebrate our Day-O-Saurus! Meet our living yellow bellied slider turtles and learn how they are descendants of prehistoric beasts. Later, act out Goldilocks and the three Dinosaurs, touch our dinosaur fossil replicas, and create a dinosaur footprint map. If you enjoy today's activities, you might want to register for our week long Dinosaur summer camp July 24-28!

4/30
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Meet Descendants of Prehistoric Animals
04/30/2017
10:30-11am
Did you know turtles were around during the time of the dinosaurs? Come meet Eloise, Bizzy-Bob, Dill and Nigel, our yellow-bellied slider turtles and find out what they have in common with prehistoric beasts.

Free with admission
4/30
Sunday
Make Your Own Dinosaur Fossils!
04/30/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Millions of years ago dinosaurs trekked across the land leaving their footprints behind. Now it is up to you to take the role of paleontologist to conduct a mock dig for dinosaur bones, put clues together to solve a prehistoric mystery and make your own dinosaur fossils to take home. This workshop is ideal for ages 3+.

$6/members, $8/visitor plus admission. To register sign up online, call (207) 828-1234, or visit the front desk today.

4/30
Sunday
Dinosaur Footprint Map
04/30/2017
1-1:30pm
Create a map of a prehistoric world with dinosaur footprint clues.

Free with admission
4/30
Sunday
Science Spotlight: Fantastic Fossils
04/30/2017
2-2:30pm
In this hands-on program, we'll learn how dinosaur fossils were created touch fossil replicas and take a look at a Triceratops horn fossil.

Free with admission
4/30
Sunday
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Stage Story
04/30/2017
3-3:30pm
Goldilocks has gotten herself in quite the pickle this time. Join us for this silly twist on an old classic.

Free with admission

May 2017

5/1
Monday
Members' Monday
05/01/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
5/1
Monday
Members' Monday: Big Play Day
05/01/2017
9-11am
Today Waynflete high school students are joining us for large-scale fun! With our special guests from Waynflete, we'll finger paint, play with oobleck, create landscapes out of playdough, and get a special spring face painting!
5/2
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: The Possum and the Peeper
05/02/2017
10:15-11am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other caregivers and children? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read The Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter to celebrate spring. Then, build a collaborative pond habitat, create a froggy footprint art project, and sing a froggy song!

Free with admission
5/2
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
05/02/2017
11:30-12pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
5/2
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Picasso Mask Making
05/02/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us as we learn about Pablo Picasso's favorite artistic movement: Cubism! We'll observe the topsy, turvey mixed up faces of Picasso's painting and create our own Picasso-inspired masks. Add a nose where your ear should be or an eye where your mouth should be! Anything goes in Cubism!

Free with admission
5/2
Tuesday
Celebrate Culture: Ma Famille, Gia dinh toi, My Family, & More
05/02/2017
3-3:30pm
Families are all different shapes and sizes. Through drawing and storytelling, we'll share our family stories!

Free with admission
5/3
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
05/03/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time!

Free with admission
5/3
Wednesday
Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Math Exploration
05/03/2017
11-11:30am
Explore proportions and volume in our sensory table and learn ways to bring math into everyday activities...like bath time!

Free with admission
5/3
Wednesday
Garden Art Time
05/03/2017
11:30am-12pm
How does our garden grow? Join us as we explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse. Then, create a garden-inspired colorful creation to take home!

Free with admission
5/3
Wednesday
Scientist Spotlight: Jane Goodall
05/03/2017
2-2:30pm
Meet the scientist, Jane Goodall, and learn about her childhood and what inspired her to become a scientist and messenger for peace.

Free with admission
5/4
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Bogs for Froglets
05/04/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll create habitats out of play dough, rocks, moss, and more to mimic the home of our live American Bullfrogs. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
5/4
Thursday
Dreams: A Shadow Story
05/04/2017
11-11:30am
Learn about shadows and colors as we explore the book, Dreams by Ezra Jack Keats.

Free with admission
5/4
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Red Pepper Hummus
05/04/2017
11:30am-12pm
Eat your way through the rainbow. Join us today to make RED pepper hummus.

Free with admission
5/4
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Piet Mondrian Collages
05/04/2017
3-3:30pm
Who was Piet Mondrian? Learn about this famous artist, how he used the primary colors to create iconic works, and create a Mondrian-inspired collage to take home.

Free with admission
5/5
Friday
Thank You Card Making
05/05/2017
10:15-10:45am
Have you recently received a gift, a piece of advice, or just want to thank someone for being great? Join us as we create colorful cards to thank special people.

Free with admission
5/5
Friday
Meet the Arts: Smoosh Art
05/05/2017
11:30am-12pm
Discover the process of smoosh art. We'll make designs out of colorful paint and then place a layer of plastic over our designs and "smoosh" our creations. Peel back and plastic and see how your creation has transformed.

Free with admission
5/5
Friday
Science of the Senses: Oobleck Time
05/05/2017
1-1:30pm
Join us as we explore one of the most fun non- Newtonian fluids around, oobleck! Then get messy and see how the oobleck morphs on our light-up sensory table.

Free with admission
5/5
Friday
Stage Story: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
05/05/2017
2-2:30pm
You think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs, but what about what the wolf has to say!? Join us on stage and act out this classic story - with a twist!

Free with admission
5/5
Friday
Camera Obscura: Into an Eyeball
05/05/2017
3-3:30pm
Learn all about how your eyes work and then use the power of light to see a panoramic view of Portland.

Free with admission
5/5
Friday
Our Town Farmers' Market "First Look"
05/05/2017
3-5pm
Join us for a "first look" of our new, revitalized market! The Farmers' Market will feature a fish market, produce stand, flower cart, and stone oven bakery. Activities will help children develop early math, spatial relation, and logic skills through imaginative play.
5/5
Friday
$2 Friday
05/05/2017
5-8pm
In an effort to best serve our community, we are open late the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person. We strive to share the Children's Museum &Theatre experience at an affordable rate with families who may not be able to visit during regular business hours. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission
5/5
Friday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
05/05/2017
5-5:30pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, 'look' or 'see'." Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. 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
5/5
Friday
First Friday Art Time
05/05/2017
6-7pm
Join us for a collaborative art time in the Explore Some More Room. Stop by to find out what we're creating this evening.

Free with admission
5/6
Saturday
Marathon Day!
05/06/2017
11am-2pm
Bring your sneakers to run through our course or help cheer from the sidelines! We'll have a sign making table beforehand and plenty of noisemakers to get the runners rearing to go! After, join us to make your own laurel wreath, learn about the history of the races, and contribute your footprint to our own marathon map.
5/6
Saturday
DIY Felt Slippers
05/06/2017
11-11:30am
Marathon runners like to put on comfy slippers to rest their tired feet. Join us to create your own slippers out of colorful felt. We'll measure, size your feet, and help you sew a simple stitch to complete your slipper. Then, finish your slippers with a variety of decorations.

$12/pair of slippers. To register, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, register online, or stop by the front desk. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

5/6
Saturday
Marathon Sign Ups, Sign Making, and Stretch Station
05/06/2017
11-11:45am
This is the spot to gather for your race day essentials. Sign up, learn the course, stretch and warm up, and if you're cheering a racer on, make a sign!

Free with admission
5/6
Saturday
The Big Race!
05/06/2017
12-12:30pm
Bring your sneakers to run through our course or help cheer from the sidelines. Stop at a water station to hydrate and push yourself to the finish line!

Free with admission
5/6
Saturday
Marathon Art Time
05/06/2017
12:15-1:45pm
Did you know that marathon running dates back to Ancient Greece? Join us as we observe ancient depictions of Greek runners and create your own masterpiece in typical Ancient greek ceramic colors: orange and black.

Free with admission
5/6
Saturday
The Big Race (Number Two!)
05/06/2017
1-1:30pm
Bring your sneakers to run through our course or help cheer from the sidelines. Stop at a water station to hydrate and push yourself to the finish line!

Free with admission
5/6
Saturday
Science Spotlight: Your Body During a Race
05/06/2017
1:30-2pm
From carbo-loading to cramps, learn all about what happens to your body when you run.

Free with admission
5/7
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
05/07/2017
10:30-11am
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
5/7
Sunday
Bubble Wand Making Workshop
05/07/2017
11:30am-12pm
Experiment with different bubble solutions to see what makes the best bubbles and make a unique bubble wand to take home.

$4/wand plus admission. To register, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, register online, or stop by the front desk.

5/7
Sunday
Architecture Hour: Build A Home for the Three Little Pigs
05/07/2017
2-3pm
Not all materials stand up against the windpipes of the big bad wolf. Now is your chance to experiment with different building materials to see if you can build a study house for the pigs.

Free with admission
5/7
Sunday
Stage Story: Three Little Pigs
05/07/2017
3:30-4pm
"Little Pig, little pig, let me in!" Act out the classic story of The Three Little Pigs live on our stage or just watch a great show.

Free with admission
5/8
Monday
Members' Monday
05/08/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
5/8
Monday
Members Monday in the Garden: Mud Pies
05/08/2017
10-10:30am
This week we will get messy as we make mud pies and mud pie art.
5/9
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: Tap the Magic Tree
05/09/2017
10:15-11am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other caregivers and children? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. Then, try tree yoga, explore tree specimens, and paint with new spring leaves.

Free with admission
5/9
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Turtle Time
05/09/2017
11:30am-12pm
Stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time.

Free with admission
5/9
Tuesday
Goodnight Moon & Other Naptime Stories
05/09/2017
12-12:30pm
Join us under the light of the moon in our mini-planetarium to read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and other stories to get your little ones ready for a naptime.

Free with admission
5/9
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Beautiful Oops!
05/09/2017
2-2:30pm
Read Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg and hear how a mistake can spark creative inspiration. Then, paint your own unique masterpiece by creating your own spill on a piece of paper.

Free with admission
5/9
Tuesday
Culture Craft: Explore Waponahki Art
05/09/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore artwork painted by young members of the four Native Tribes in Maine and make your own artwork inspired by nature.

Free with admission
5/10
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
05/10/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
5/10
Wednesday
Science: Arctic Freeze
05/10/2017
11-11:30am
Oh no! Some of the Museum & Theatre's toys are stuck in blocks of ice. Can you help get them out?

Free with admission
5/10
Wednesday
Garden Art Time
05/10/2017
11:30am-12pm
How does our garden grow? Join us as we explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse. Then, create a garden-inspired colorful creation to take home.

Free with admission
5/10
Wednesday
Blast Off for a Space Adventure!
05/10/2017
3-3:30pm
Step into a pretend rocketship, countdown from 10 and blast off into the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium. Together we will use a miniature solar system to explore the stars, planets and the moon.

Free with admission
5/11
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Show
05/11/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll share an abridged star story in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
5/11
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Munching our Way Through the Rainbow
05/11/2017
11:30am-12pm
Today we're diving into the color GREEN! Together, we'll make a yogurt dip and taste test a variety of green fruits. Come find a new favorite.

Free with admission
5/11
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Pointillism with Georges Seurat
05/11/2017
3-3:30pm
Who was Georges Seurat? Learn all about this great artist and find out how he painted with tiny dots of color. We'll transport ourselves to sunny France as we look at his seaside paintings and try our hand at our own pointillism masterpieces.

Free with admission
5/12
Friday
Puppet Show: Mixed Up Chameleon
05/12/2017
10:15-10:45am
Come help a very mixed up chameleon figure out how he feels.

Free with admission
5/12
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
05/12/2017
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write letters to them thanking them for keeping us safe and play together in our firetruck exhibit!

Free with admission
5/12
Friday
Meet the Arts: Spring Screen Printing
05/12/2017
11-11:30am
Explore the age-old process of printmaking during this messy program. Use pre-cut shapes to create a design or pattern, then have your design silkscreened onto a piece of fabric to take home.

Free with admission
5/12
Friday
Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Math Exploration
05/12/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore proportions and volume in our sensory table and learn ways to bring math into everyday activities like bath time!

Free with admission
5/12
Friday
Blue Whales on Free Street
05/12/2017
2-2:30pm
Learn about the largest creature on the earth, the blue whale, and play some games to try to understand just how large these animals are.

Free with admission
5/12
Friday
Camera Obscura: Where Science Meets Art
05/12/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we explore how artists used camera obscuras to create perfect perspective, then try your hand at tracing a panoramic view of Portland.

Free with admission
5/13
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
05/13/2017
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits during a quiet time and meet other families from the community. This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the Museum & Theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will be available. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment. Now FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX!
5/13
Saturday
Jungle Day
05/13/2017
10am-5pm
Get ready for adventure as we travel deep into the jungle today. Slither like a snake, create some jungle art to take home and touch a real python skin. Listen to a Just-So Story by Rudyard Kipling (The same author who wrote The Jungle Book) or attend a Little Play of Dalov Ipcar's Spots and Stripes.

If you enjoy today's festivities consider signing up for our Jungle Book Theatre Camp!

Consider registering for our Jungle Book Summer Camp!
5/13
Saturday
Jungles Across the Globe
05/13/2017
10:15-11am
Touch a real python skin and bear fur as we learn about jungle animals and their unique adaptations across the globe.

Free with admission
5/13
Saturday
Make a Tiger-Striped Hula Hoop
05/13/2017
11-11:30am
Join us to make your own custom hula hoop. We'll measure, cut, and size a hula hoop to your height. Then, decorate your hula hoop with colorful tape. We'll have patterns for tiger stripes, python skin, or leopard spots to celebrate Jungle Book Day, or come up with your own creative pattern.

$12/members, $14/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk.

5/13
Saturday
Just So Story: The Crab That Played With The Sea
05/13/2017
12-12:30pm
Once upon a time, a great magician taught all of the animals how to play...except for one! Using our bodies, voices, puppets, and musical instruments, we'll act out the story of the king crab named Pau Amma and what happened when he played with the sea. This story is adapted from a Just So Story by Rudyard Kipling.

Free with admission
5/13
Saturday
Little Play: Stripes and Spots
05/13/2017
2-2:30pm
When a little leopard and a little tiger set out to eat only things with stripes or spots, a great adventure begins. In our Little Play, actors use handmade marionettes and images from the story to bring this playful tale to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long and provides opportunities for the audience to play along.

Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy. Stripes and Spots is based on the book by Maine children's author and illustrator, Dalov Ipcar. Copyright 1953, 1961 by Dahlov Ipcar. Copyright renewed 2012 by Dahlov Ipcar. Produced by arrangement with McIntosh and Otis, Inc.

$4 plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk.

5/13
Saturday
Jungle Art
05/13/2017
3:30-4:30pm
Join us as we explore the art of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book. We'll take a look at Kipling's original illustrations and try our hand at depicting jungle animals.

Free with admission
5/14
Sunday
Mother's Day
05/14/2017
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 in on the celebration as we make Mother's Day extra special!
5/14
Sunday
Mother's Day Brunch
05/14/2017
10-11am
Come share in a special Mother's Day snack of fruit and heart shaped pancakes with a special mother in your life.

Free with admission
5/14
Sunday
Make a Magic Sun Bead Necklace
05/14/2017
11:30am-12pm
Learn all about our wonderful star, the Sun and make your own necklace from UV sensitive beads that change color in the sunshine! You can give the necklace to your Mother or keep it for yourself! (You may want to make two!)

Recommended for ages 3 and up. $5/necklace plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk.

5/14
Sunday
Celebrate Culture: Ma Mere, Me Toi, My Mom
05/14/2017
2-2:30pm
There are special moms all around the world. Share what you love about your mom through drawing and storytelling.

Free with admission
5/14
Sunday
The Root Children Stage Story
05/14/2017
4-4:30pm
The root children spend the winter asleep. When spring comes, they wake, sew themselves new gowns, and clean and paint the beetles and bugs. Help tell the story of the tiny folk who change the seasons. Based on the book by Sibylle von Olfers.

Free with admission
5/15
Monday
Members' Monday
05/15/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
5/15
Monday
Members' Monday In the Garden: Plant a Seed
05/15/2017
10-10:30am
Help plant some seeds and give them some love so they grow big and strong.
5/16
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: Z is For Moose
05/16/2017
10:15-11am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other caregivers and children? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read Z is For Moose by Kelly Bingham. Then, try an ABC movement game, search for letters in our sensory table, create an ABC collage, and, of course, sing the ABCs.

Free with admission
5/16
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
05/16/2017
11:30am-12pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
5/16
Tuesday
Star Show: Orion the Hunter
05/16/2017
12-12:30pm
Join us as we learn about this famous constellation and find out why we see Orion in the summer sky and Scorpio in the winter sky.

Free with admission
5/16
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Lego Blueprints
05/16/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us as we stamp Lego into paint and create a two-dimensional plan for a Lego creation!

Free with admission
5/16
Tuesday
Celebrate Culture: Ma Famille, Gia dnh toi, My Family, & More
05/16/2017
3-3:30pm
Families are all different shapes and sizes. Through drawing and storytelling, we'll share our family stories.

Free with admission
5/17
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
05/17/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
5/17
Wednesday
Germs-a-Glow!
05/17/2017
11:30am-12pm
How many suds and how many scrubs does it take to rid your hands of germs? Learn about how germs spread and play a hand-washing game where you can see the results. Then create a silly story about the journey of a germ complete with bubble art illustrations.

Free with admission
5/17
Wednesday
Garden Art Time
05/17/2017
12-12:30pm
How does our garden grow? Join us as we explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse. Then, create a garden-inspired colorful creation to take home!

Free with admission
5/17
Wednesday
Star Show: The White Tiger
05/17/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us in the space shuttle to learn about the Chinese constellation of the White Tiger! Do you know any other stories about tigers? We can share them under the stars!

Free with admission
5/18
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Wee Wigglers Dance Party
05/18/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll wiggle and groove to festive tunes and start the day off with some gross motor skills activities. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
5/18
Thursday
Dreams: A Shadow Story
05/18/2017
11-11:30am
Learn about shadows and colors as we explore the book, Dreams by Ezra Jack Keats.

Free with admission
5/18
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Orange Carrot Slaw
05/18/2017
11:30am-12pm
Eat your way through the rainbow. Join us today to make ORANGE carrot slaw.

Free with admission
5/18
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Circus Art with Toulouse Lautrec
05/18/2017
3-3:30pm
Who was Toulouse Lautrec? Learn about this great artist and his love of the circus. Then create your own circus-themed art to take home.

Free with admission
5/19
Friday
Dragon Breath
05/19/2017
10:15-10:45am
Come move, dance, and breath as we learn about what happens to our brains when we feel different emotions. Then learn some preschool-friendly coping mechanisms to harness your inner dragon.

Free with admission
5/19
Friday
Meet the Arts: Picasso Mask Making
05/19/2017
11-11:30am
Join us as we learn about Pablo Picasso's favorite artistic movement: Cubism. We'll observe the topsy, turvey mixed up faces of Picasso's painting and create our own Picasso-inspired masks. Add a nose where your ear should be or an eye where your mouth should be; anything goes in Cubism!

Free with admission
5/19
Friday
Musical Patterns
05/19/2017
2-2:30pm
Rock out with sounds and patterns in this musical math activity.

Free with admission
5/19
Friday
Stage Story: The Paper Bag Princess
05/19/2017
3-3:30pm
Wear a paperbag and help a princess trick a dragon to save the prince. Based on the book by Robert Munsch.

Free with admission
5/20
Saturday
Monster Mash
05/20/2017
10:15-11am
Show off your ghoulish moves, learn the Thriller dance, and act like a purple people eater! We're breaking out our Halloween party playlist for a magical monster mash!

Free with admission
5/20
Saturday
Wizard, Monster and Fairy Weekend!
05/20/2017
10:30am-4pm
Welcome, Wizards, Monsters and Fairies! Join us for a weekend of potions, magic spells and pixie dust at the Museum & Theatre. Create fizzing potions, find magic in the stars, act out fairy stories, and do the Monster Mash! Wear a costume if you like; we're expecting all kinds of magical creatures and beasts. If you enjoy today's imaginative activities, you might want to register for one of our camps!
Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!
5/20
Saturday
Make a Flying Broomstick
05/20/2017
11am-12pm
Abracadabra, witches and wizards! Come create your very own flying broomstick during this messy, hands on workshop. We'll paint designs and glue glitter, stars, and more onto pre-made natural wood broomsticks that's sure to take you on magical adventures for years to come. Each broomstick measures approximately four feet.

$12/broom plus the cost of admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk. Early registration is encouraged.

5/20
Saturday
Make a Wizard Hat
05/20/2017
3-3:30pm
Make your own pointy wizard hat. Add glitter, stars, ribbons, and more to cast the perfect spell.

Free with admission
5/20
Saturday
Monsterpiece Theatre!
05/20/2017
4-4:30pm
Come visit with our monstrous museum puppets and help them put on their own versions of classic tales.

Free with admission
5/21
Sunday
Wizard, Monster and Fairy Weekend continues!
05/21/2017
10:30am-4pm
Welcome, Wizards, Monsters and Fairies! Join us for a weekend of potions, magic spells and pixie dust at the Museum & Theatre. Create fizzing potions, find magic in the stars, act out fairy stories, and do the Monster Mash! Wear a costume if you like; we're expecting all kinds of magical creatures and beasts. If you enjoy today's imaginative activities, you might want to register for one of our camps!
Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!
5/21
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Enchanted Frogs
05/21/2017
10:30-11am
Find out if the Museum & Theatre frogs are enchanted, learn a little more about them and watch a live frog feeding.

Free with admission
5/21
Sunday
Monster is Different
05/21/2017
11-11:30am
Sully the big blue monster may look different from me and you, but he has a lot in common on the inside. Join us to read a silly story about embracing our differences and meet some new friends along the way.

Free with admission
5/21
Sunday
Monster Mash
05/21/2017
12-1pm
Show off your ghoulish moves, learn the Thriller dance, and act like a purple people eater. We're breaking out our Halloween party playlist for a magical monster mash!

Free with admission
5/21
Sunday
Stage Story: The Root Children
05/21/2017
3:30-4pm
The root children spend the winter asleep. When spring comes, they wake, sew themselves new gowns, and clean and paint the beetles and bugs. Help tell the story of the tiny folk who change the seasons. Based on the book by Sibylle von Olfers.

Free with admission
5/22
Monday
Members' Monday
05/22/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
5/22
Monday
Members' Monday in the Garden: Nature Painting
05/22/2017
10-10:30am
This week we will create art inspired by the natural world around us using leaves as our brushes and and plants as our muse.
5/23
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: Dragons Love Tacos
05/23/2017
10:15-11am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other caregivers and children? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. Then, create a dragon collage, explore our sensory table, and meet our very own dragon puppet who loves tacos, but detests spicy salsa.

Free with admission
5/23
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Turtle Time
05/23/2017
11:30am-12pm
Stretch like a turtle, touch a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time.

Free with admission
5/23
Tuesday
Star Show: The Black Tortoise
05/23/2017
12-12:30pm
Come find the old black tortoise who lives in the Lake of Stars as we learn about this Chinese constellation.

Free with admission
5/23
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Fibonacci Art
05/23/2017
2-2:30pm
Learn about this magical sequence of numbers, then create a Fibonacci-inspired collage to take home.

Free with admission
5/23
Tuesday
Culture Craft: Explore Waponahki Art
05/23/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore artwork painted by young members of the four Native Tribes in Maine and make your own artwork inspired by nature.

Free with admission
5/24
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
05/24/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
5/24
Wednesday
Musical Patterns
05/24/2017
11-11:30am
Rock out with sounds and patterns in this musical math activity.

Free with admission
5/24
Wednesday
Garden Art Time
05/24/2017
11:30am-12pm
How does our garden grow? Join us as we explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse. Then, create a garden-inspired colorful creation to take home.

Free with admission
5/24
Wednesday
Microbial Art Time
05/24/2017
2-2:30pm
Did you know that germs and bacteria are often unique shapes and colors under a microscope? We'll observe a variety of common microbes in magnified images, then sketch what we see.

Free with admission
5/25
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Mixed Up Chameleon Puppet Show
05/25/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll help a very mixed up chameleon figure out who he really wants to be. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
5/25
Thursday
Dragon Breath
05/25/2017
11-11:30am
Come move, dance, and breath as we learn about what happens to our brains when we feel different emotions. Then learn some preschool-friendly coping mechanisms to harness your inner dragon.

Free with admission
5/25
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Munching our Way Through the Rainbow
05/25/2017
11:30am-12pm
Today we're diving into the color GREEN! Together, we'll make a yogurt dip and taste test a variety of green fruits. Come find a new favorite!

Free with admission
5/25
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Claude Monet
05/25/2017
3-3:30pm
Who was Claude Monet? Learn about this great artist and how he re-invented painting en plein air. Then, create your own Monet-inspired masterpiece to take home.

Free with admission
5/26
Friday
Thank you Card Making
05/26/2017
10:15-10:45am
Have you recently received a gift, a piece of advice, or just want to thank someone for being great? Join us as we create colorful cards to thank special people!

Free with admission
5/26
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
05/26/2017
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write letters to them thanking them for keeping us safe and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission
5/26
Friday
Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Math Exploration
05/26/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore proportions and volume in our sensory table and learn ways to bring math into everyday activities like bath time!

Free with admission
5/26
Friday
Science of the Senses: Oobleck Time
05/26/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us as we explore one of the most fun non- Newtonian fluids around, oobleck! Then get messy and see how the oobleck morphs on our light-up sensory table.

Free with admission
5/26
Friday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
05/26/2017
4-4:30pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, 'look' or 'see.' Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. 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
5/27
Saturday
Musical Patterns
05/27/2017
10:45-11:15am
Rock out with sounds and patterns in this musical math activity.

Free with admission
5/27
Saturday
Urban Ecologists
05/27/2017
11:30am-12pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny--and not so tiny--creatures that make their home in the Museum and Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
5/27
Saturday
Paint a Lobster Buoy
05/27/2017
2-2:30pm
Explore the history of lobstering in Maine and paint your own lobster buoy! Sketch a design on your buoy, then fill it in with colorful paint. Each buoy measures approximately 4"x11" and comes with a central hanging rope.

$12/members, $14/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk today. Early registration is encouraged.

5/27
Saturday
Meet the Arts: Meet the Violin
05/27/2017
3:30-4pm
Learn about the smallest member of the String Family. Hear live violin music, touch a real violin, and learn to recognize the melody of traditional nursery rhymes.

Free with admission
5/28
Sunday
Ooey Gooey Sunday
05/28/2017
10:30am-4pm
Get messy this Sunday and make a gooey mess! If you enjoy oobleck, mud and slime, we have a treat for you today!
Also--make sure to check out our Ooey Gooey camp this summer!
5/28
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
05/28/2017
10:30-11am
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Explore your senses in our live tide pool touch tank.

Free with admission
5/28
Sunday
Science of the Senses: Oobleck Time
05/28/2017
12-12:30pm
Explore one of the most fun non-Newtonian fluids around, oobleck! Then get messy and see how the oobleck morphs on our light-up sensory table.

Free with admission
5/28
Sunday
Ooey-Gooey Stories
05/28/2017
2:30-3pm
Come read memoirs of mud and stories of slime like Mudkins by Stephen Gammell. While we read, dip your hands into our ooey-gooey sensory table to help build a giant mud pie!

Free with admission
5/28
Sunday
Sensory Sensation Art Exploration
05/28/2017
3-4pm
Slippery, gritty, lumpy, and puffy--explore your senses with this all hands in, textured finger painting activity!

Free with admission
5/29
Monday
Gravity Painting
05/29/2017
10:30-11am
A waterfall of color will appear as we use eye-droppers, watercolors and gravity to make a unique piece of art.

Free with admission
5/29
Monday
Architecture Hour: Build a Home for the Three Little Pigs
05/29/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Not all materials stand up against the windpipes of the big bad wolf. Now is your chance to experiment with different building materials to see if you can build a study house for the pigs.

Free with admission
5/29
Monday
Explore the World: Vietnamese Moon Story
05/29/2017
2-2:30pm
Step into the starry night of our mini-planetarium and help tell the Vietnamese folk tale of the Moon Boy known as Chu Choi, a boy who loved to play tricks on other people.

Free with admission
5/30
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: Zin, Zin, Zin A Violin
05/30/2017
10:15-11am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other caregivers and children? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read Zin, Zin, Zin a Violin by Lloyd Moss. Then, play a music movement game, make a musical instrument out of recycled materials, and hear live violin music.

Free with admission
5/30
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
05/30/2017
11:30am-12pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
5/30
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Little Blue and Little Yellow
05/30/2017
2-2:30pm
Come hear the story of two best friends, Little Blue and Little Yellow. Then, explore mixing these two primary colors together to create green.

Free with admission
5/30
Tuesday
Culture Craft: Explore Waponahki Art
05/30/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore artwork painted by young members of the four Native Tribes in Maine and make your own artwork inspired by nature.

Free with admission
5/31
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
05/31/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
5/31
Wednesday
Garden Art Time
05/31/2017
11:30am-12pm
How does our garden grow? Join us as we explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse. Then, create a garden-inspired colorful creation to take home.

Free with admission
5/31
Wednesday
Scientist Spotlight: Jane Goodall
05/31/2017
2-2:30pm
Meet the scientist, Jane Goodall, and learn about her childhood and what inspired her to become a scientist and messenger for peace.

Free with admission