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December 2016

12/8
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Messy Texture Art
12/08/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic art program open to our youngest visitors. Today, we will explore moving textured rollers through paint to create a colorful collaborative mural. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
12/8
Thursday
Polar Star Show
12/08/2016
11-11:30am
The polar night sky is full of wonder, from the North Star right over head to the occasional explosion of northern lights. Join us in our mini-planetarium to gaze up at the stars and imagine life in the Arctic.

Free with admission
12/8
Thursday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppets
12/08/2016
2-2:30pm
Have you ever heard the story of the giant Abiyoyo? He had long fingernails because he never cut 'em and slobbery teeth because he never brushed 'em! Help tell the folk story of Abiyoyo with shadow puppets and song!

Free with admission
12/8
Thursday
DIY Toy Makers Club (R$)
12/08/2016
4-5pm
Want to learn how to make your own toys with simple household tools? Join us for this drop-off class designed for ages 4 - 8. We'll learn how to make mini-robots out of toothbrush heads and small motors, flower presses, toy rafts, and more! At the end of the workshop, you'll go home with a creation or two for yourself or to give to friends and family! Sign up for one, or all three workshops, we'll make something different each week! This is a drop-off program, and space is limited so sign up today.

$15/members, $20/visitors. To register, call 207-828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.

12/9
Friday
Habitat Building: Bogs for Frogs
12/09/2016
10:30-11am
Join us as we create a collaborative pond habitat. We'll get to know our LIVE tadpoles and frogs as we observe and learn about these creatures. Then, we'll use a variety of natural materials to replicate the pond habitat and let the Museum & Theatre's toy frogs splash and play in our creation.

Free with admission.
12/9
Friday
Little Play: Corduroy (R$)
12/09/2016
2-2:30pm
When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. In the elevator, he discovers a mountain, and in the furniture department, he finds a palace. Will he find what he really needs: love and a home? In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images from the picture book to make stories come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is interactive and approximately thirty minutes long. Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and are based on literature from the OWL pre-k curriculum. Based on the book, Corduroy, copyright 1964 by Don Freeman. Produced by arrangement with Viking Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Registration will be available soon.
12/9
Friday
Celebrate Peace: Ornament Making
12/09/2016
3-3:30pm
Join us for a weekly program that inspires peace in the world, our community, and in ourselves. This week, we'll create peace dove ornaments to celebrate the season. Add your ornament to our tree or bring it home with you!

Free with admission
12/10
Saturday
Polar Star Show
12/10/2016
11-11:30am
The polar night sky is full of wonder, from the North Star right over head to the occasional explosion of northern lights. Join us in our mini-planetarium to gaze up at the stars and imagine life in the Arctic.

Free with admission
12/10
Saturday
Stage Story: Jan Brett's The Mitten
12/10/2016
12:15-12:45pm
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!

Free with admission
12/10
Saturday
Audition Workshop (R)
12/10/2016
1-2:30pm
Learn more about our theatre program and upcoming auditions for our next mainstage production, Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales! As a group, we will work on how to prepare for a children's theatre audition with special focus on acting out songs. Actors can bring lyrics to their favorite song or choose from our monologue selection. This workshop is great for new and experienced actors alike.

This is a drop-off program, and space is limited so registration is required. Register online, call 207-828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.
12/10
Saturday
Grandparents & Me Gingerbread House Building (R$)
12/10/2016
2-3pm
Gingerbread house making is a holiday tradition that should not be missed by any generation. Grandparents and their grandchildren of all ages are invited to create a special gingerbread house complete with colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles, and anything else that your imaginations dream up. We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, a wide array of classic candy, white icing perfect for icicles and candy sticking and a holiday snack. Sip on mugs of cocoa and collaborate together to create a gingerbread house full of love and laughter. House is 7" high by 5.75" wide by 6" deep.

This workshop tends to sell out, so register early! $30/house for members, $35/house for visitors. To register, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. Ages 2 & up.

UPDATE: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, AS WE HAVE SOLD OUT OF GINGERBREAD HOUSES
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12/10
Saturday
Science Spotlight
12/10/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, and more.

Free with admission
12/11
Sunday
Celebrate Narnia!
12/11/2016
11am-3pm
Step through the wardrobe this holiday season and visit a classic winter wonderland- Narnia! Meet characters from our upcoming production of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, have tea with Mr. Tumnus, write a letter to Aslan and play freeze tag with the White Witch.

11-11:30am: Tea with Mr. Tumnus
Meet by the lamp post and have a cup of tea with dear Mr. Tumnus.

11:30am-12:30pm: Holiday Magic: Gingerbread House Making & A Visit from Father Christmas
Celebrate the holidays with your family as you craft colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles and anything else you dream up! Whether this is your first or 50th gingerbread house this festive tradition has something for everyone. We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, an array of candy, icing and mugs of rich hot cocoa for each family. While you decorate, keep your eyes out for a special visit from Father Christmas, coming straight from Narnia, the imaginary world invented by C.S. Louis and brought to life in the Museum & Theatre's performance of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Up to 5 family members may share a house. House is 7" high by 5.75" wide by 6" deep. $30/house for members, $35/house for visitors. To register, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

12:30-1pm: Narnia Crown Making
Come make and decorate your own crown in honor of our Main Stage production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We'll learn about this exciting story of four children who save a kingdom from one hundred years of winter, then we'll create a custom crowns so you can attend the play as a king or queen!
Free with admission

1-1:30pm: Play Freeze Tag with the White Witch
Don't let the White Witch turn you to a stone statue in this fast paced game of freeze tag.

1:30-2pm: Hero Adventure Stage Story In The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis created the enduring characters Lucy the Valiant, Peter the Magnificent, Edmund the Just, and Susan the Gentle. In this interactive Stage Story we will choose our own adventure and our own royal names befitting the goodness in each of us. Come join the adventure!
Free with admission

2-2:30pm: Turkish Delight and Creamy Cocoa Tasting Come and taste these treats from the land of Narnia and the White Witch herself!
Free with admission

2:30-3pm: Write a Letter to Aslan The Great Lion Aslan would love to hear from you about how to make this world or Narnia a better place. You can draw him a lion picture too!
12/11
Sunday
Holiday Magic: Gingerbread House Making & A Visit from Father Christmas
12/11/2016
11:30am-12:30pm
Celebrate the holidays with your family as you craft colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles and anything else you dream up! Whether this is your first or 50th gingerbread house this festive tradition has something for everyone. We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, an array of candy, icing and mugs of rich hot cocoa for each family. While you decorate, keep your eyes out for a special visit from Father Christmas, coming straight from Narnia, the imaginary world invented by C.S. Louis and brought to life in the Museum & Theatre's performance of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. House is 7" high by 5.75" wide by 6" deep.

This workshop tends to sell out. $30/house for members, $35/house for visitors. To register, call 828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or register online. Ages 2 & up.

UPDATE: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, AS WE HAVE SOLD OUT OF GINGERBREAD HOUSES
12/12
Monday
Member's Monday: Winter Mural & Storytime
12/12/2016
9:30am-10:30am
Join us for an exploration of winter in Maine as we use wax resist painting and painter's tape to make a snowflake mural that will be both beautiful and a chance to learn and grow. As our art dries we will read The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Free with admission
12/13
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Snow Paint
12/13/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. Today, we'll read Snow Dance by Lezlie Evans. Then, we'll mix up our own snow paint and create wintery pictures to take home. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
12/13
Tuesday
Snowflake Bentley Art Time
12/13/2016
11:30am-12pm
Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike? We'll learn about the man who first discovered this fascinating fact as we read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Then, we'll create our own unique snowflakes using traditional scissors and paper techniques. Non-scissor options will be available for our youngest snowflake enthusiasts.

Free with admission
12/13
Tuesday
Peppermint Chemistry
12/13/2016
2pm-2:30pm
What will happen when we mix baking soda, vinegar and a tray of peppermints? Come find out as we discover all the ways we can make our peppermints dissolve into fizzy fun.

Free with Admission
12/14
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Spiced Cider
12/14/2016
10:30-11:30am
Calling all kids to the kitchen! Test your spice knowledge as we play a spice guessing game and then mix a delicious batch of spiced cider that is sure to get us into the holiday spirit. Sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission
12/14
Wednesday
Narnia Crown Making
12/14/2016
11:30am-12pm
Come make and decorate your own crown in honor of our Main Stage production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We'll learn about this exciting story of four children who save a kingdom from one hundred years of winter, then we'll create a custom crowns so you can attend the play as a king or queen!

Free with admission
12/14
Wednesday
Sensory Snow Globe Workshop (R$)
12/14/2016
3-3:30pm
Create a winter wonderland snow globe by filling a jar with confetti snowflakes, sparkling jewels and stars. Our finished products will sparkle and swirl for hours of whimsical playtime. $7/members, $8 visitors plus admission. To register, call 828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or register online.
12/15
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Ice Exploration
12/15/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. Today, we'll work to rescue cars and trucks from ice! We'll use eye droppers of salt water to quickly melt the ice away while practicing fine motor skills. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
12/15
Thursday
Hero Adventure Stage Story
12/15/2016
11-11:30am
In The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis created the enduring characters Lucy the Valiant, Peter the Magnificent, Edmund the Just, and Susan the Gentle. In this interactive Stage Story we will choose our own adventure and our own royal names befitting the goodness in each of us. Come join the adventure!

Free with admission
12/15
Thursday
Tortoise Ballet
12/15/2016
2-2:30pm
Listen to the sounds of Camille Saint- Saens's "Carnival of the Animals", learn about animals' physical characteristics, meet our own live turtles, and move to the music!

Free with admission
12/15
Thursday
DIY Toy Makers Club (R$)
12/15/2016
4-5pm
Want to learn how to make your own toys with simple household tools? Join us for this drop-off class designed for ages 4 - 8. We'll learn how to make mini-robots out of toothbrush heads and small motors, flower presses, toy rafts, and more! At the end of the workshop, you'll go home with a creation or two for yourself or to give to friends and family! Sign up for one, or all three workshops, we'll make something different each week! This is a drop-off program, and space is limited so sign up today.

$15/members, $20/visitors. To register, call 207-828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.
12/16
Friday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
12/16/2016
10:30-11am
How many suds and how many scrubs does it take to rid your hands of germs? Come find out by playing a handwashing game! We'll learn different ways germs spread, and then we'll use special hand lotion that makes our hands glow until we wash all of our germs away.

Free with admission
12/16
Friday
Pick a Pet Pretend Play
12/16/2016
11-11:30am
Join the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland to find out what it takes to care of and be responsible for a pet. In this simulation, you can take a survey to find out what type of pet would be best for you. Investigate pets in that species to see who you like the most and the supplies you would need to care for the pet. Take home a picture of a pet at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland who needs a home. Check on the website to see when your special friend is rescued!

Free with admission
12/16
Friday
Lion Art Time
12/16/2016
3-3:30pm
Join us as we create lion masks in honor of our Main Stage production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Learn about Aslan, the wise lion who helps four children save their kingdom, and create your own lion mask to wear to the play.

Free with admission
12/16
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/16/2016
4-6pm
Join us for opening night of our holiday production of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and celebrate with the actors after the show! When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk, or purchase online. $18, or two punches on a theatre punch pass. (Includes admission to the party after the show).

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12/17
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
12/17/2016
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 at a quieter 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!
Please RSVP to Lily O'Brien at or 207-828-1234 x227.
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12/17
Saturday
Creatures of the Deep
12/17/2016
10:30-11am
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we will meet vampire squid, lantern fish and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission
12/17
Saturday
Beeswax Candle Making Workshop (R$)
12/17/2016
11-11:30am
Discover the process of beeswax candle making! We will dip wicks into melted beeswax to create a handmade candle as we talk about this ancient process and the important healing properties of beeswax. These makes great homemade gifts for the holiday season!

$7/member, $8/visitor plus admission. To register, call 207-828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or register online.
12/17
Saturday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/17/2016
1-2pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/17
Saturday
Lion Art Time
12/17/2016
2-2:30pm
Join us as we create lion masks in honor of our Main Stage production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Learn about Aslan, the wise lion who helps four children save their kingdom, and create your own lion mask to wear to the play.

Free with admission
12/17
Saturday
Science Spotlight
12/17/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, and more.

Free with admission
12/17
Saturday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/17/2016
4-5pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/18
Sunday
Meet the Animals
12/18/2016
10:30-11am
Meet a real, live pet 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 funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission
12/18
Sunday
Kwanzaa Celebration
12/18/2016
11am-12:30pm
What is Kwanzaa? Have you ever heard of the seven Kwanza principles that include community and creativity? Come explore this unique celebration with teacher and story teller Linda Ashe Ford as she shares the story of her African American ancestors. In the spirit of community, we will have a snack together of traditional Kwanzaa foods and make a Kwanzaa craft to take home.

Free with admission
12/18
Sunday
Turkish Delight and Creamy Cocoa Tasting
12/18/2016
11:30am- 12pm
Come and taste these treats from the land of Narnia and the White Witch herself!

Free with admission
12/18
Sunday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/18/2016
1-2pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/18
Sunday
Peppermint Chemistry
12/18/2016
2:30-3pm
What will happen when we mix baking soda, vinegar and a tray of peppermints? Come find out as we discover all the ways we can make our peppermints dissolve into fizzy fun.

Free with admission
12/18
Sunday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/18/2016
4-5pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/19
Monday
Member's Monday: No Snow Snowman Building & Storytime
12/19/2016
9:30-10:30am
How can we make a snowman without snow? Join us for an exploration of basic engineering principles as we experiment with different types of bases and tower shapes. If you don't watch out the tricky force of gravity will cause our snowmen to tumble down! Together we will read The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

Free with admission
12/20
Tuesday
Collaborative Snowstorm Painting
12/20/2016
10:30-11am
Help us create a snowstorm on paper! We'll read Snow Dance by Lezlie Evans for inspiration. Then, we'll roll marbles through white paint to create a collaborative snowstorm painting.

Free with admission
12/20
Tuesday
Hero Adventure Stage Story
12/20/2016
11-11:30am
In The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis created the enduring characters Lucy the Valiant, Peter the Magnificent, Edmund the Just, and Susan the Gentle. In this interactive Stage Story we will choose our own adventure and our own royal names befitting the goodness in each of us. Come join the adventure!

Free with admission
12/20
Tuesday
Crafting the Adventure of the Gingerbread Man
12/20/2016
3:30-4:00pm
The Gingerbread Man is on the run again! Everyone will get a piece of paper splattered with gingerbread paint. Can you spy the gingerbread man somewhere on the paper? Outline your character then use your imaginations to make up a new Gingerbread Man story.

Free with admission
12/21
Wednesday
Peppermint Chemistry
12/21/2016
10:30-11
What will happen when we mix baking soda, vinegar and a tray of peppermints? Come find out as we discover all the ways we can make our peppermints dissolve into fizzy fun.

Free with Admission
12/21
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/21/2016
11am-12pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/21
Wednesday
Countdown to New Year's Art Time
12/21/2016
12:30-1pm
It is TEN days until 2017! Stop by to create your own countdown paper chain to mark the days until January. Decorate 10 small pieces of paper, attach them into a chain, and get ready to countdown... 10...9...8...

Free with admission
12/21
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/21/2016
2-3pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/21
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Easy Granola
12/21/2016
3:30-4:15pm
Calling all kids to the kitchen! Practice measuring and mixing as we find out how easy it is to make healthy homemade granola. Sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission
12/22
Thursday
Holiday Ornament Making
12/22/2016
10:30-11am
Create a festive ornament for the holiday season. We'll read The Night Tree by Eve Bunting and use a variety of materials to create ornaments to take home with you and decorate your own night tree to feed the animals.

Free with admission
12/22
Thursday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/22/2016
11am-12pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/22
Thursday
Polar Star Show
12/22/2016
12:30-1pm
The polar night sky is full of wonder, from the North Star right over head to the occasional explosion of northern lights. Join us in our mini-planetarium to gaze up at the stars and imagine life in the Arctic.

Free with admission
12/22
Thursday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/22/2016
2-3pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/22
Thursday
Full Body Musical Art
12/22/2016
3:30- 4pm
From your toes to the tips of your fingers, use your whole body to move to music in this large-scale gross motor art exploration.

Free with admission
12/23
Friday
Lion Art Time
12/23/2016
10:30-11am
Join us as we create lion masks in honor of our Main Stage production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Learn about Aslan, the wise lion who helps four children save their kingdom, and create your own lion mask to wear to the play.

Free with admission
12/23
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/23/2016
11am-12pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/23
Friday
Hanukkah Celebration
12/23/2016
12-2pm
Happy Hanukkah! The joyful Jewish festival of lights kicks off this weekend. Join us to celebrate by making your own menorah (candle holder) to take home, learn how to play the game dreidel, snack on chocolate Hanukkah gelt, and sing classic Hanukkah songs! You might even learn some Hebrew words along the way!

Free with admission
12/23
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/23/2016
2-3pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/26
Monday
Holiday Camp Smorgasbord -- All Week Long! (Ages 5 - 8) (R$)
12/26/2016
9am-12pm
Looking for adventure this week? We have five days of holiday camp to spark your curiosity, challenge your senses and, of course, play with new friends. Explore the Museum and Theatre through science, art and music. Each day of camp offers a different theme, but the one thing you'll do for sure is... PLAY! Get a sneak peek behind the scenes and explore before the museum & theatre is open to the public. Thrive with a small group; we keep our camp size small so each camper gets the attention they need and deserve. Find your spark this winter at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. We encourage participants to sign up for the whole week, however, pro-rated options are available. Please call or visit the front desk for options.

Storytelling Monday: Master the art of storytelling through music, theater, and paint! With a magical bard as our guide, we'll explore three stories: a musical tale, a spooky legend, and lastly, a humorous twist on an old classic. (Note: The spooky legend is of the silly variety, so if you're faint of heart, don't fret.) Then we'll create our own story stones to use as tools to harness the storyteller within us all.

Live Animal Tuesday: Get a front row seat to see a Spark's Ark Live Animal Show, meet the honey bees for art time and honey tasting, and dive into our tide pool touch tank to meet sea-stars, urchins and more!

Artsy Wednesday: Join us for day of BIG, messy art! We'll create giant marble paintings, explore large-scale gravity painting, and make our own constellation self-portraits taking inspiration from a star show in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium.

Theatre Thursday: Join us for a day of Narnia-inspired theatre! The day will include playing acting games in our theatre; going on an exclusive back-stage tour of our play; then meeting the cast of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and see the play at 11am!

Science Friday: Meet our yellow bellied slider turtles, examine a living sea-star, and study the movement of our frogs. We'll make science journals to record our adventures in and discover how science is all around us.

$135/member, $160/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. Individual days of camp may be pro-rated as available. Please sign up early! This camp requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm December 22nd.
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12/26
Monday
Craft & Storytime: Animal Prints in the Snow
12/26/2016
11-11:30am
Join us for an exploration of winter in Maine as we explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of animal tracks and furs. Using playdough we will compare our footprints to different animal footprints and learn what makes each special. Together we will read a wonderful winter story.

Free with admission
12/26
Monday
Snowflake Bentley Storytime
12/26/2016
2-2:30pm
Do you love the snow? William Bentley loved snow so much he was called Snowflake Bentley. We will experiment with paper cut outs to make symmetrical snowflakes and read a story about Snowflake Bentley who discovered something about snowflakes that no one else knew--come find out what it was!

Free with admission
12/26
Monday
Water Molecule Dance
12/26/2016
3-3:30pm
In this musical journey, we'll explore the life of a water molecule in its many states. Come move and wiggle to the changing temperature!

Free with admission
12/27
Tuesday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
12/27/2016
10:30-11am
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue! Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a flying squirrel!

Reservations highly recommended. $5/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. Online registration will be available soon.
12/27
Tuesday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
12/27/2016
11-11:30am
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue! Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a flying squirrel!

Reservations highly recommended. $5/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. Online registration will be available soon.
12/27
Tuesday
Hero Adventure Stage Story
12/27/2016
2-2:30pm
In The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis created the enduring characters Lucy the Valiant, Peter the Magnificent, Edmund the Just, and Susan the Gentle. In this interactive Stage Story we will choose our own adventure and our own royal names befitting the goodness in each of us. Come join the adventure!

Free with admission
12/27
Tuesday
Peppermint Chemistry
12/27/2016
3-3:30pm
What will happen when we mix baking soda, vinegar and a tray of peppermints? Come find out as we use the scientific method to hypothesize, observe, and discover all the ways we can make our peppermints dissolve into fizzy fun.

Free with Admission
12/28
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Spiced Cider
12/28/2016
10:30-11:30am
Calling all kids to the kitchen! Test your spice knowledge as we play a spice guessing game and then mix a delicious batch of spiced cider that is sure to get us into the holiday spirit. Sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission
12/28
Wednesday
Stage Story: Jan Brett's The Mitten
12/28/2016
12:30-1pm
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!

Free with admission
12/28
Wednesday
Fizzing Paint!
12/28/2016
2-2:30pm
Create a fizzing masterpiece to celebrate the New Year! We'll mix colorful pigments with baking soda and paint this mixture onto paper. Then, we'll squeeze drops of vinegar onto your paper to create fizzing bursts of color.

Free with admission
12/28
Wednesday
American Doll & Friends Tea Party (R$)
12/28/2016
3-4:30pm
This special event is for you and your favorite doll, stuffed animal, or action figure! Put on your special tea time outfit and practice your best etiquette as we travel back in time for a special tea party fit for a queen! We will play parlor games, go for an imaginary stage coach ride, make butter the old fashion way, create a craft to take home, and have a special tea time snack.

Recommended for ages 5+ This is a drop-off program. $18/child for members, $22/child for visitors. Space is limited to sign up today! To register for this party call 828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or register online.
12/29
Thursday
Polar Star Show
12/29/2016
10:30-11am
The polar night sky is full of wonder, from the North Star right over head to the occasional explosion of northern lights. Join us in our mini-planetarium to gaze up at the stars and imagine life in the Arctic.

Free with admission
12/29
Thursday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/29/2016
11am-12pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/29
Thursday
Turkish Delight and Creamy Cocoa Tasting
12/29/2016
1-1:30pm
Come and taste these treats from the land of Narnia and the White Witch herself!

Free with admission
12/29
Thursday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/29/2016
2-3pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/29
Thursday
Rhythm Painting
12/29/2016
3:30-4pm
Explore the visual beat with drum and rhythm painting to music.

Free with admission
12/30
Friday
Habitat Building: Bogs for Frogs
12/30/2016
10:30-11am
Join us as we create a collaborative pond habitat. We'll get to know our LIVE tadpoles and frogs as we observe and learn about these creatures. Then, we'll use a variety of natural materials to replicate the pond habitat and let the Museum & Theatre's toy frogs splash and play in our creation.

Free with admission
12/30
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/30/2016
11am-12pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/30
Friday
Open Art Studio
12/30/2016
12:30-1pm
Explore a variety of materials during this open-ended program. We'll use recycled cardboard, bubble wrap, milk cartons, pompoms, and more to create whatever and however you would like. We'll provide the materials, you bring the inspiration!

Free with admission
12/30
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (R$)
12/30/2016
2-3pm
When Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter a wardrobe in England, they find themselves transported to another world; the land of Narnia. Filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals, Narnia is magical, but a white witch has covered the land in snow and cold. With the help of a beaver family, a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and a powerful lion called Aslan, the family must release Narnia from its snowy imprisonment. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe features a talented cast of 19 actors ages 8-16 telling stories for kids, by kids. This legendary tale of adventure is best for ages 4 and up.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is presented by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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

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12/30
Friday
Tortoise Ballet
12/30/2016
3-3:30pm
Listen to the sounds of Camille Saint- Saens's "Carnival of the Animals," learn about animals' physical characteristics, meet our own live turtles, and move to the music!

Free with admission
12/30
Friday
Owl Pellet Dissection (R$)
12/30/2016
3:30- 4pm
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will get his/her own owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner!

Suggested for ages 4 and up. $5/member, $7/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or register online.
12/31
Saturday
New Years at Noon
12/31/2016
10am-12:15pm
5..4..3..2..1..Happy 2017! Count down, dance and play in your jammies with loads of other children and hundreds of balloons! We'll have a roaring good time as we celebrate the new year on the early side, well before midnight! Join us by 11:30am to be sure to share in the fun. At 12:00, the balloons will drop and "pop pop pop!"

Free with admission
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12/31
Saturday
Best of 2016 Storytime
12/31/2016
1-4:30pm
Still here in your jammies? Snuggle up for a cozy story time as we read some award winning children's books of 2016. Each hour after noon will feature a different story.

Free with admission
12/31
Saturday
Create-a-Calendar (R$)
12/31/2016
2-3pm
Join us for a festive workshop to celebrate the coming year. We'll create twelve works of art using a variety of materials. Then, attach them into a 2017 calendar to enjoy all year long. Create one calendar by yourself or work as a group of family and friends.

$12/member or $14/visitor. To register, call 207-828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or register online.