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August 2018

8/15
Wednesday
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Slam Poetry
08/15/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Play with the rhythm, beat, and tempo of words! Then move and shake along with instruments to Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Free with admission
8/15
Wednesday
Cardboard Tube Sculptures
08/15/2018
12:30 p.m.- 1 p.m.
Layer, balance, and stack cardboard cylinders into a unique 3D sculpture to take home. Create a miniature world, a cylindrical city, or an abstract design during this sticky process.

Free with admission
8/15
Wednesday
Bumble Bees and 747s: Biomimicry All Around
08/15/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
From bumble bees and butterfly wings, fleas knees, and bees' shoulders, learn how nature inspires scientific innovation.

Free with admission
8/16
Thursday
Young Engineers
08/16/2018
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Learn what it means to tinker and engineer through story-based challenges such as building a sturdy chair for baby bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special powers, or designing a way to squeeze your own lemonade.

Free with admission
8/16
Thursday
Turtle Portraits
08/16/2018
1 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Come meet our LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles and draw their portraits! Take inspiration from our live turtles, touch real turtle artifacts, and explore creating your own representation of our turtles to take home.

Free with admission
8/16
Thursday
Piggy Bank Creation Station
08/16/2018
3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Design and create your own piggy bank as we talk about saving, spending, and sharing our resources. Make it a classic pig shape or create your own creature.

Free with admission
8/17
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
08/17/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters, what their job entails, and learn about fire safety (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
8/17
Friday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
08/17/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough that changes color with the heat of your hands.

$8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

8/17
Friday
Coding for Kids
08/17/2018
3 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Learn precoding or early computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program aimed at preschool age children.

Free with admission
8/18
Saturday
Summer Bubble Art
08/18/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Create colorful bubble art to take home. Stir up a batch of colorful bubble solution the blow bubbles onto your paper and see what marks they leave behind.

Free with admission
8/18
Saturday
Make a Hula Hoop
08/18/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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.

$14 each (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk today. Early registration is encouraged.

8/18
Saturday
Epic Pop Rockets
08/18/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
3..2..1..blast off! We're sending rockets flying high in the sky. Design and create your own paper rocket then harness the power of baking soda and vinegar to send it flying high in the sky in the Museum & Theatre's backyard.

Free with admission
8/19
Sunday
Family Portrait Painting
08/19/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Who are all the members of your family? Share and paint a family portrait to take home.

Free with admission
8/19
Sunday
Dinosaur Discovery
08/19/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Calling all future paleontologists! Explore replica dinosaur fossils and use clues to imagine how dinosaurs lived 150 million years ago.

Free with admission
8/19
Sunday
Culture Kitchen: Poori
08/19/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Explore the world with your taste buds as we mix, scoop, and fry a traditional a bread recipe shared with us by our Maine neighbor Sabina Freedman.

Free with admission
8/20
Monday
Stars & Space Summer Camp (week-long)
08/20/2018
9am-12pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Stars & Space Camp, running August 20-24 (9am-12pm), recommended for ages 4-6.

3...2...1... blast off into a week among the stars! Explore the stars in our mini-planetarium as we learn about Greek and Chinese constellations and even create our own star stories. Create a felted planet, design your own telescope, and train like a real astronaut. We'll travel to the planets in our solar system and find out what life would be like on Mars.

$165/camper (members receive 10% off). Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

8/20
Monday
Blueberries for Sal Stage Story
08/20/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Imagine you're Sal on a trip up blueberry hill to pick some delicious fruit with your mother. Now imagine you're a bear cub foraging for food. Act out this delightfully comic tale of mistaken identities by Maine author Robert McCloskey.

Free with admission
8/20
Monday
Art Around the World: Yayoi Kasuma
08/20/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Yayoi Kasuma is a Japanese artist who creates art using polka-dots. Step into the shoes of Kasuma as you create a polka-dot masterpiece.

Free with admission
8/20
Monday
Forest Animal Printmaking
08/20/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Roll paint onto forest animal wood block and rubber stamps. Stamp them on paper and see what marks they leave behind. Create a forest scene as we experiment with design, color, and composition.

Free with admission
8/20
Monday
Pirate Dinosaur Art Time
08/20/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Go on an adventure on the high seas as we read Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto, then stretch your imaginations and artistic skills by creating a pirate dinosaur of your own. Bring your dinosaur home, or leave it to help captain our own dinosaur pirate ship!

Free with admission
8/21
Tuesday
Dinosaur Discovery
08/21/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Calling all future paleontologists! Explore replica dinosaur fossils and use clues to imagine how dinosaurs lived 150 million years ago.

Free with admission
8/21
Tuesday
Act it Out: The Life Cycle of the Butterfly
08/21/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world, but the monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings, is among the most easily recognizable of the species. Meet the Museum & Theatre's special monarch guests, and use drama to act out the incredible life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly.

Free with admission
8/21
Tuesday
Collaborative Cloth Dyeing
08/21/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Did you know people have been working together to create colorful cloth for thousands of years? We'll try our hands at working together to create a colorful creation using pipettes and colorful dye. Add one drop of color or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
8/22
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Blueberries for Sal
08/22/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Celebrate the arrival of Maine blueberry season by making blueberry chia seed pudding and reading Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

Free with admission
8/22
Wednesday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
08/22/2018
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
8/22
Wednesday
Bee Friendly Sign Making
08/22/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
What are the plants that make bees buzz? Learn about what these friendly pollinators need and then help create signs to hang around the community to encourage our neighbors to help save the bees.

Free with admission
8/23
Thursday
Coding for Kids
08/23/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Learn precoding or early computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program aimed at preschool age children.

Free with admission
8/23
Thursday
The Physics of Slime
08/23/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
You certainly know it when you see it, but what is slime? Grab your goggles and experiment with the unique physical properties that make slime so appealing to the senses!

Free with admission
8/23
Thursday
The Rhythm Machine Game
08/23/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grab a percussion instrument and add a unique sound to our rhythm machine. We'll need bells, drums, shakers, and more as we create a soundscape together.

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
The Bugliest Bug Event with Raising Readers
08/24/2018
11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Do you have six legs? Do you wiggle or crawl? Could you be the buggliest bug of them all?

Celebrate The Bugliest Bug, written by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Scott Nash. Join us for a special visit by illustrator Scott Nash from 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m., create a bug crown, search for insects throughout the Museum & Theatre, learn about important insect adaptations and innovations, and more.

This event is generously supported by Raising Readers. Raising Readers is a statewide program funded by the Libra Foundation, led and administered by MaineHealth, in collaboration with EMHS, and support from The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Through well child visits, many 5-year-old children in Maine will receive The Bugliest Bug from their pediatrician this year or next.

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Bug Ballet
08/24/2018
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Learn about insects and the unique ways they move. Then transform yourself and dance in our own Bug Ballet!

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Creepy Crawly Hunt in Discovery Woods
08/24/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
There are all kinds of creepy crawly insects and arachnids hidden in Discovery Woods today. Can you help find them all in this Buggliest Bug scavenger hunt? (For those with a fear of insects- don't worry, they're just pretend!)

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Bumble Bees and 747s: Biomimicry all Around
08/24/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
From bumble bees and butterfly wings, fleas knees, and bees' shoulders, learn how nature inspires scientific innovation.

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Buggy Face Painting & Crown Making
08/24/2018
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Create and decorate your own bug-inspired crown and have your face painted to get ready for our feature event: Meet The Buggliest Bug Illustrator: Scott Nash at 1:30 p.m.

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Meet The Buggliest Bug Illustrator: Scott Nash
08/24/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Find out who created the amazing pictures in The Buggliest Bug. We'll meet Portland's own Scott Nash and hear a special interactive reading of this buggy story.

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Anthropod Zoo with the Maine Entomological Society
08/24/2018
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Stop by to meet special guest, Jon Wallace from the Maine Entomological Society and experience his anthropod zoo.

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Rock-Paper-Scissors: BUG VERSION!
08/24/2018
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Use your bodies and imaginations to become different insects while we play a very large, very buggy version of Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Free with admission
8/24
Friday
Bugliest Bug Fashion Show
08/24/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Do you have six legs? Do you wiggle or crawl? Could you be the bugliest bug of them all? Walk the runway to music showing off your bugliest innovations and adaptations!

Free with admission
8/25
Saturday
Whale Tales of Maine
08/25/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Take on the waves of Casco Bay for a grand adventure! Climb aboard the Museum & Theatre's boat, touch real whale artifacts, hear history from the islands, and finish with a first-hand tall tale from Burt Dow, Deep Water Man (written by classic Maine author, Robert McCloskey).

Free with admission
8/25
Saturday
Mood Mud: Color Changing Playdough
08/25/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough that changes color with the heat of your hands.

$8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

8/25
Saturday
The Enormous Crocodile Stage Story
08/25/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Deep in a muddy river lives an enormous crocodile who is hungry for one thing...children! This story is not for the faint of heart, we need brave and tricky actors to join us on stage and become the animals that outsmart this hungry, greedy crocodile in this interactive stage story based on Roald Dahl's story!

Free with admission
8/25
Saturday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
08/25/2018
3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Travel down the Nile under the stars and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them.

Free with admission
8/26
Sunday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
08/26/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay...and how you can help.

Free with admission
8/26
Sunday
Moscow Ballet New Horizons Program
08/26/2018
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Today, a special guest from the Moscow Ballet will be sharing her story. Learn a traditional Russian folk dance with a ballerina from the Moscow Ballet.

Free with admission
8/26
Sunday
Mood Mud: Color Changing Playdough
08/26/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough that changes color with the heat of your hands.

$8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

8/26
Sunday
The Physics of Slime
08/26/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
You certainly know it when you see it, but what is slime? Grab your goggles and experiment with the unique physical properties that make slime so appealing to the senses!

Free with admission
8/27
Monday
Blue Block Obstacle Course
08/27/2018
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Challenge your body and your brain to jump, crawl, build and slide in the ultimate blue block obstacle course.

Free with admission
8/27
Monday
Pirate Dinosaur Art Time
08/27/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Go on an adventure on the high seas as we read Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto, then stretch your imaginations and artistic skills by creating a pirate dinosaur of your own. Bring your dinosaur home, or leave it to help captain our own dinosaur pirate ship!

Free with admission
8/28
Tuesday
Ice Cream Cone Print Making
08/28/2018
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
We all scream for ice cream! Roll paint onto our waffle cone stamps and press them down onto paper then see how many colorful scoops of ice cream you can stamp on top of your cone for a delicious 2D design.

Free with admission
8/28
Tuesday
Family Portrait Painting
08/28/2018
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Who are all the members of your family? Share and paint a family portrait to take home.

Free with admission
8/28
Tuesday
Puppet Show: Three Billy Goats Gruff
08/28/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Who's that clip-clopping on my bridge? Get excited to help tell the tale of three silly goats and a grumpy t-t-t-t-troll during this interactive puppet show. Ideal for ages 18 months to five years and their caregivers looking for opportunities to develop audience skills, explore preschool math concepts, and empathize with a grumpy troll friend.

Free with admission
8/29
Wednesday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
08/29/2018
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures, learn about the changes in Casco Bay, and how you can help.

Free with admission
8/29
Wednesday
Turtle Portraits
08/29/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Come meet our LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles and draw their portrait! Take inspiration from our live turtles, touch real turtle artifacts, then explore creating your own representation of our turtles to take home.

Free with admission
8/29
Wednesday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
08/29/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3: 00 p.m.
Examine changes in pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
8/30
Thursday
Whale Tales of Maine
08/30/2018
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Take on the waves of Casco Bay for a grand adventure! Climb aboard the Museum & Theatre's boat, touch real whale artifacts, hear history from the islands, and finish with a first-hand tall tale from Burt Dow, Deep Water Man (written by classic Maine author, Robert McCloskey).

Free with admission
8/30
Thursday
Piggy Bank Creation Station
08/30/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Design and create your own piggy bank as we talk about saving, spending, and sharing our resources. Make it a classic pig shape or create your own creature.

Free with admission
8/30
Thursday
21st Century Dinos
08/30/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Step into the shoes of a paleontologist, and discover for yourself the connections between dinosaurs and animals today.

Free with admission
8/30
Thursday
Early Bird Audition Workshop: Charlotte's Web
08/30/2018
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Do you feel the bright lights of the stage calling your name? Here's your chance to see our theatre space, learn more about what it's like to be a part of a Main Stage production, and go through the steps of auditioning for a play. This is a great chance to ask questions and find the right monologue, poem, or song for your future audition!
Designed for ages 7+.

Free to attend; however, registration is required.

Registration coming soon!