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January 2015

1/28
Wednesday
Calls of the Wild
01/28/2015
10:30am
Learn the calls of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with admission.
1/28
Wednesday
Constellation Night Lights (R$)
01/28/2015
11:30am
Join us in our mini planetarium for a private tour of the constellations in the night sky. Then create your own star-filled night light to cast constellations on your walls! Adults welcome to participate, too.

$13/night light for members, $14/night light for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
1/28
Wednesday
Winter Art: Snowy Tree Landscapes
01/28/2015
3:30 pm
Let's celebrate the season by making wintry mixed-media works of art.

Free with admission.
1/29
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Balls and Bowls
01/29/2015
10:30am
Balls are fun, but they're even more fun with bowls! Let's practice fine and gross motor skills with many different sized balls. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
1/29
Thursday
Nature Story Time
01/29/2015
11am
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
1/29
Thursday
Honeybee Huddle
01/29/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
1/30
Friday
Act It Out: Revolting Rhymes
01/30/2015
11:30am
Come get silly in the Dress Up Theatre and act out some of Roald Dahl's most revolting rhymes! We'll use ridiculous props and costumes to bring some of these silly stories to life!

Free with admission.
1/30
Friday
Ice Excavators
01/30/2015
2pm
Uh oh, some of the museum artifacts have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different chiseling and heat-inducing tools.

Free with admission.
1/30
Friday
Fruit Dissection
01/30/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits, but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission
1/31
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
01/31/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission
1/31
Saturday
Hidden Words: Exploring with Microscopes
01/31/2015
11:30am
Free with admission.
1/31
Saturday
Squid Dissection (R$)
01/31/2015
12:30pm
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join science educator Laura Poppick to learn all about squid - inside and out - in this hands-on dissection workshop! We'll compare the squid's body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures live their lives underwater, and create sketches of our dissection to take home. Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
1/31
Saturday
Open Art Studio
01/31/2015
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission
1/31
Saturday
Science Spotlight
01/31/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission

February 2015

2/1
Sunday
Pancake Sunday
02/01/2015
11am
Guess what... it's Pancake Sunday! Come help us make pancakes from scratch. Each month we'll have a different optional ingredient you can try. It's a pancake party!

Free with admission.
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2/1
Sunday
Giant Candy Art
02/01/2015
12-1pm
Help decorate the museum for Wonka Weekend and the debut the Children's Museum & Theatre's performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by making life-size lollypops and peppermints.

Free with admission.
2/1
Sunday
Rag Rug Weaving (R$)
02/01/2015
2pm
What are your clothes made out of? How are they made? Learn how woven material surrounds us everywhere we go and discover how to weave with strips of fabric to create a vibrant kid-sized storage bag. Ages 5 and up.

$9/members, $10/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/1
Sunday
Create-a-Valentine
02/01/2015
3pm
Valentine's Day is coming up, which means it's time to get crafty! We'll use a variety of materials and techniques to make a one-of-a-kind valentine for someone you love.

Free with admission.
2/2
Monday
Members' Monday: Dinosaur Fossil Exploration
02/02/2015
10am
Did you know we have an amazing collection of prehistoric fossil replicas? We'll learn about different types of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals through hands-on exploration of our collection.

Free with admission.
2/3
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
02/03/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
2/3
Tuesday
Rhythm Play: Make a Rhyme
02/03/2015
11am
Can you find a rhyme for "tree"? What about "giraffe"? Let's work on music and literacy skills while also getting silly.

Free with admission.
2/3
Tuesday
Giant Candy Art
02/03/2015
12:30pm
Help decorate the museum for Wonka Weekend and the debut the Children's Museum & Theatre's performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by making life-size lollypops and peppermints.

Free with admission.
2/3
Tuesday
Honeybee Huddle
02/03/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
2/3
Tuesday
Rock Detectives
02/03/2015
3pm
Did you know more than 4,000 different types of minerals exist on Earth? Come explore our large collection of colorful crystals and play a memory game to learn how to identify them.

Free with admission.
2/3
Tuesday
Stone Soup: Theatre Class for 6-8 year olds (R$)
02/03/2015
4-5pm
Attention 6-8 year olds! We know you're excited to act on our stage, and we have a special class for you. This is a chance for you to learn all about acting from how to develop a character to what a monologue is. Get some experience before you audition for your first theatre show. Sign up for Stone Soup! Join a village of people who make a very special pot of soup with an unexpected ingredient.

Payment required at time of registration. Class meets Tuesdays from 4-5pm. (Class meets 2/3-2/24 with a final performance for family and friends on Tuesday 2/24 at 4:45pm.) This is a drop-off program; space is limited. Sign up today!

6-8 year olds / 4 week session.

$60/child for members and $80/child for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/4
Wednesday
Creatures of the Night
02/04/2015
10:30am
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with admission.
2/4
Wednesday
Paper Making (R$)
02/04/2015
11:30am
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/4
Wednesday
Create-a-Valentine
02/04/2015
3:30pm
Valentine's Day is coming up, which means it's time to get crafty! We'll use a variety of materials and techniques to make a one-of-a-kind valentine for someone you love.

Free with admission.
2/5
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Instrument Exploration
02/05/2015
10:30am
Loud, quiet, fast, and slow! You can make all kinds of sounds with instruments. Let's explore some different percussive sounds by getting hands-on with some instruments.

Free with admission.
2/5
Thursday
Nature Story Time
02/05/2015
11am
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission
2/5
Thursday
The Enormous Crocodile (R$)
02/05/2015
11:30am
Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!

Come see this wild live action theatre show for young audiences featuring our own Theatre Director Reba Short and local actress Allison McCall. Reba and Allison will act out the story of The Enormous Crocodile using puppets, masks, silly costumes and interaction! This show is best for audiences 2-6 years old.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk
2/5
Thursday
Giant Candy Art
02/05/2015
2pm
Help decorate the museum for Wonka Weekend and the debut the Children's Museum & Theatre's performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by making life-size lollypops and peppermints.

Free with admission.
2/5
Thursday
Pet Portraits
02/05/2015
2:30pm
Do you have a special furry, finned, or scaly friend? Let's show our love for our pets by creating a pet portrait. We'll explore examples of animals in art, and used mixed media to create our own homage to our animal friends.

Free with admission.
2/5
Thursday
Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Art
02/05/2015
3pm
Before markers and colored pencils were invented, early artists used pigments from rocks and minerals to create colorful art! Join us as we dig into the colorful depths of our rock and mineral collection to create your own sparkly mineral art and fossil rubbings.

Free with admission.
2/6
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
02/06/2015
10:30am
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 visit, we'll read fire safety books and write letters to them thanking them for their great work!

Free with admission.
2/6
Friday
Act It Out: Revolting Rhymes
02/06/2015
11:30am
Come get silly in the Dress Up Theatre and act out some of Roald Dahl's most revolting rhymes! We'll use ridiculous props and costumes to bring some of these silly stories to life!

Free with admission.
2/6
Friday
Tree Ring Riddles
02/06/2015
2pm
Tree rings reveal all sorts of mysteries about a tree's life. Learn how to be a tree detective by taking a closer look at the patterns in these rings -- and then create a tree ring craft to take home! Free with admission.
2/6
Friday
Fruit Dissection
02/06/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits, but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission.
2/6
Friday
$2 First Friday
02/06/2015
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for $2/person.

Members and children under eighteen months receive free general admission.

$2 admission.
2/6
Friday
Sneak Peek: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
02/06/2015
6pm PPL; 7:30pm CMTM
Our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory actors will be showing a sneak peek performance at Portland Public Library at 6pm and in our Dress Up Theatre at 7:30. Come check out what we have in store for you with this great live performance!
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2/7
Saturday
Play Our Way: Private Playtime for Families Affected by Autism
02/07/2015
8-10am
Families of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are invited to the Museum for a special, private playtime. The Museum will be closed to the general public, providing a more conducive play environment. Our staff has made adjustments to the lighting in our exhibit and play areas, and noise-reducing headphones will be available. Play Our Way is free, and pre-registration is not required - just come over for as little or as long as you like!

The Play Our Way monthly playtimes will continue through February 2015 thanks to the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.

For more information about this program, contact Louisa Donelson at Louisa@kitetails.org or call 828-1234 x227
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2/7
Saturday
Wonka Weekend!
02/07/2015
10am-5pm
This weekend is filled with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activities as we get ready for the show: D.I.Y. candy-necklace-making, bubble gum blowing competitions, candy art projects, and Wonka-land's famous chocolate river milk!
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2/7
Saturday
Candy Necklaces
02/07/2015
10:30am
String colorful confections together to make a fabulous necklace that is all the fashion in Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory! You can even wear your candy necklace to the Children's Museum & Theatre's performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the following dates:

Friday, February 13 at 4pm
Saturdays & Sundays, February 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 1pm & 4pm
Wednesday & Thursday, February 18 & 19 at 11am & 2pm
Friday, February 20 at 1pm and 4pm

Free with admission.
2/7
Saturday
The Great Glass Elevator Show
02/07/2015
11am
Let's take an imagination exploration of Portland, pretending we're in Willy Wonka's great glass elevator! We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a glass elevator!

Free with admission.
2/7
Saturday
Butter Making
02/07/2015
11:30am
What would delectable cakes and tarts be without a bit of butter inside? Celebrate Wonka Weekend with us by learning how to make homemade butter! We'll test-taste our treat with something sweet once our butter making is complete.

Free with admission.
2/7
Saturday
Kaleidoscope Class (R$)
02/07/2015
12:30pm
Learn how to connect tubes, mirrors and beads to create your own optical toy. We'll use mylar-coated cardboard for mirrors and cardboard tubes to make a kaleidoscope that will produce symmetrical patterns with every twist and turn. Best for ages 6+.

$8/kaleidoscope for members, $9/kaleidoscope for visitors plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/7
Saturday
Open Art Studio
02/07/2015
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
2/7
Saturday
Science Spotlight: Sugar Crystals
02/07/2015
3:30-4:30pm
Did you know that sugar grains are actually tiny crystals? Join Museum science educator Laura Poppick to explore the microscopic world of sugary sweets in this sweet, hands-on science program.

Free with admission.
2/8
Sunday
Wonka Weekend!
02/08/2015
10am-1pm
This weekend is filled with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activities as we get ready for the show: D.I.Y. candy-necklace-making, bubble gum blowing competitions, candy art projects, and Wonka-land's famous chocolate river milk!
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2/8
Sunday
Life-Size Candy Land Game!
02/08/2015
11am
Candy Land is waiting for you with yummy gum drops and chocolate goo! Become a player on a life-size Candy Land board and navigate your way past sticky licorice and squares of color. Work with your fellow players to get everyone across the finish line!

Free with admission.
2/8
Sunday
Candy Necklaces
02/08/2015
12pm
String colorful confections together to make a fabulous necklace that is all the fashion in Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory! You can even wear your candy necklace to the Children's Museum & Theatre's performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the following dates:

Friday, February 13 at 4pm
Saturdays & Sundays, February 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 1pm & 4pm
Wednesday & Thursday, February 18 & 19 at 11am & 2pm
Friday, February 20 at 1pm and 4pm

Free with admission.
2/8
Sunday
Create-a-Valentine
02/08/2015
1pm
Valentine's Day is coming up, which means it's time to get crafty! We'll use a variety of materials and techniques to make a one-of-a-kind valentine for someone you love.

Free with admission.
2/8
Sunday
Mini Moviemakers: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (R$)
02/08/2015
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short claymation movie in the style of Wallace and Gromit. You'll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published. Ideal for ages 6+.

$16/members, $22/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/9
Monday
Members' Monday: Finger-painted Valentines
02/09/2015
10am
Let's make valentines in the most fun way possible: finger-painting! Explore textures and colors as you make something special for a loved one.

Free with admission.
2/10
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
02/10/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
2/10
Tuesday
Rhythm Play: Make a Rhyme
02/10/2015
11am
Can you find a rhyme for "tree"? What about "giraffe"? Let's work on music and literacy skills while also getting silly.

Free with admission.
2/10
Tuesday
Love Bugs
02/10/2015
11:30am
A special craft time inspirited by insects, heart shapes, red and pink, and love.

Free with admission.
2/10
Tuesday
Love Potion Lab
02/10/2015
1pm
Liquids, solids, cups, jars and bowls, spoons and stirrers, measuring cups, squeeze bottles, shakers and more. These are the fixin's for a fantastically experimental potion-making session.

Free with admission.
2/10
Tuesday
Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Art Valentines
02/10/2015
2:30pm
Before markers and colored pencils were invented, early artists used pigments from rocks and minerals to create colorful art! Join us as we dig into the colorful depths of our rock and mineral collection to create your own sparkly mineral art and fossil rubbings. Makes a great valentine!

Free with admission.
2/10
Tuesday
Tree Ring Riddles
02/10/2015
3pm
Tree rings reveal all sorts of mysteries about a tree's life. Learn how to be a tree detective by taking a closer look at the patterns in these rings -- and then create a tree ring craft to take home! Free with admission.
2/11
Wednesday
Love Potion Lab
02/11/2015
10:30am
Liquids, solids, cups, jars and bowls, spoons and stirrers, measuring cups, squeeze bottles, shakers and more. These are the fixin's for a fantastically experimental potion-making session.

Free with admission.
2/11
Wednesday
Paper Making (R$)
02/11/2015
11:30am
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/11
Wednesday
Create-a-Valentine
02/11/2015
3:30pm
Valentine's Day is coming up, which means it's time to get crafty! We'll use a variety of materials and techniques to make a one-of-a-kind valentine for someone you love.

Free with admission.
2/12
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Finger-Painted Valentines
02/12/2015
10:30am
Let's make valentines in the most fun way possible: finger-painting! Explore textures and colors as you make something special for a loved one. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
2/12
Thursday
Anatomical Valentines
02/12/2015
11am
The heart you see on the average Valentine is a rough representation of an actual heart. In this art and science program, you will learn about the anatomy of the heart and create an anatomical Valentine for a loved one.

Free with admission.
2/12
Thursday
Love Bugs
02/12/2015
1pm
A special craft time inspirited by insects, heart shapes, red and pink, and love.

Free with admission.
2/12
Thursday
A Picnic for the Birds
02/12/2015
2:30pm
Let's show the birds how much we care by creating seed feeders. We'll hang them in our Shipyard trees.

Free with admission.
2/12
Thursday
Ice Excavators
02/12/2015
3pm
Uh oh, some of the museum artifacts have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different chiseling and heat-inducing tools.

Free with admission.
2/13
Friday
Love Bugs
02/13/2015
10:30am
A special craft time inspirited by insects, heart shapes, red and pink, and love.

Free with admission.
2/13
Friday
Valentine Sing-and-Dance-Along
02/13/2015
11am
Move and groove to live music specially selected for Valentine's Day! Dance with colorful scarves or someone special, whether it's a family member, a friend or a stuffed animal, and, of course, feel free to sing along.

Free with admission.
2/13
Friday
Act It Out: Revolting Rhymes
02/13/2015
11:30am
Come get silly in the Dress Up Theatre and act out some of Roald Dahl's most revolting rhymes! We'll use ridiculous props and costumes to bring some of these silly stories to life!

Free with admission.
2/13
Friday
Anatomical Valentines
02/13/2015
12pm
The heart you see on the average Valentine is a rough representation of an actual heart. In this art and science program, you will learn about the anatomy of the heart and create an anatomical Valentine for a loved one.

Free with admission.
2/13
Friday
Honeybee Huddle
02/13/2015
3pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
2/13
Friday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/13/2015
4pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/13
Friday
Turtle Science Girl Scout Overnight (R$)
02/13/2015
5:30pm-9:00am
Go behind the scenes at this after-hours event all about... turtles! Learn about the anatomy and biology of four live Yellow Bellied Slider turtles, explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls, and make your own observations though art projects. After the program, enjoy free playtime, sleep in one of our three floors of exhibits and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Pre-registration is required.

Registration deadline is January 21. $27 per girl, $15 per adult. Registration Deadline is January 21. This program has been planned in conjunction with the Girls Scouts of Maine Counsel. To register please visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org or call (888) 922-4763.
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2/14
Saturday
Love Day!
02/14/2015
10am-5pm
Celebrate Valentine's Day, Museum & Theatre style! Make a love potion, play conversation heart bingo, write letters of appreciation to those you love, construct anatomical heart art, make a love bug craft and listen to your own heartbeat!
2/14
Saturday
Love Bugs
02/14/2015
10:30am
A special craft time inspirited by insects, heart shapes, red and pink, and love.

Free with admission.
2/14
Saturday
Family Activity: Genealogy Trees
02/14/2015
11:30am
During this family program, we'll use the composition of a tree trunk and branches to visually map our relatives. Just as all trees are different, so are family structures so we will strive to creatively cater to these individualities. Only basic knowledge of families is required (a child, a guardian and even a pet are plenty!). Take home a sketch that may inspire more extensive family tree projects at home.

Free with admission.
2/14
Saturday
Build a Periscope (R$)
02/14/2015
12:30pm
See the world from a whole new angle in our Build a Periscope workshop! We'll start with a private tour of the museum's Camera Obscura exhibit, and then get to work learning how to build our own mini periscopes to take home.

Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$8/member, $9/visitor plus admission.
2/14
Saturday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/14/2015
1pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/14
Saturday
Open Art Studio
02/14/2015
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
2/14
Saturday
Science Spotlight
02/14/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
2/14
Saturday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/14/2015
4pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/15
Sunday
Indian Dance Performance: Bharatanatyam
02/15/2015
11am
What is Bharatanatyam? Come to this interactive dance performance and find out! Local classical Indian dance teacher Anca Gooje will share this beautiful ancient form of dance from India.

Free with admission.
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2/15
Sunday
Love Birds!
02/15/2015
12pm
Have you ever wondered how animals show their love? Well, birds show their love through colorful feathers and nests of course! Come create feather art and try your hand at building a Bowerbird nest.

Free with admission.
2/15
Sunday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/15/2015
1pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/15
Sunday
Snow Making! (R$)
02/15/2015
2pm
Let it snow... inside and outside! Make and take home crunchy, cool and white snowballs that are safe for play during bath time, at the kitchen table and beyond!

$5/members, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/15
Sunday
Lunar New Year: Good Luck Characters
02/15/2015
3pm
How do you write "Luck," "Fortune," and "Love" in Chinese? Come try it out and make a festive decoration to hang in your home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/15
Sunday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/15/2015
4pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/16
Monday
Lunar New Year Celebrations
02/16/2015
10am-5pm
Make your vacation week special by celebrating the Lunar New Year with us! Come learn about this holiday celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other countries. We'll explore customs and traditions through interactive art projects, cooking classes, stories, and more.
2/16
Monday
Presidents' Day Monday Hours
02/16/2015
10am-5pm
It's Presidents' Day (and school vacation here in Maine), so we will be open for programming all day! Members' Monday will return next week, on February 23rd.
2/16
Monday
Lunar New Year: Good Luck Characters
02/16/2015
11am
How do you write "Luck," "Fortune," and "Love" in Chinese? Come try it out and make a festive decoration to hang in your home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/16
Monday
Lunar New Year: Make Your Own Dumplings (R$)
02/16/2015
12:30pm
Dumplings are a favorite food to serve at celebrations in many Asian countries. Today we'll make an easy vegetarian version in honor of the Lunar New Year!

$4/person (two dumplings). Sign up at the front desk the day of to save your spot.
2/16
Monday
Lunar New Year: Chinese Zodiac Art
02/16/2015
3pm
Were you born in the year of the tiger, horse, or rat? Come find out, and then make a Zodiac-inspired work of art to take home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/17
Tuesday
Science Exploration Mini Camp (R$)
02/17/2015
2/17-2/19, 9am-12pm
Join us for three days of curiosity quenching science exploration! We'll use the museum's exhibits and natural artifacts as prompts for fun experiments, art projects, and games. We'll travel to the deep sea with puppets and costumes, learn about the stars in the night sky within our mini planetarium, investigate dinosaur fossil replicas, and practice our scientific sleuthing skills all along the way! This is a drop-off camp for ages 5-8. Runs 2/17-2/19.

$90/member, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/17
Tuesday
Lunar New Year Celebrations
02/17/2015
10am-5pm
Make your vacation week special by celebrating the Lunar New Year with us! Come learn about this holiday celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other countries. We'll explore customs and traditions through interactive art projects, cooking classes, stories, and more.
2/17
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
02/17/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
2/17
Tuesday
Lunar New Year: Make Your Own Dumplings (R$)
02/17/2015
11am
Dumplings are a favorite food to serve at celebrations in many Asian countries. Today we'll make an easy vegetarian version in honor of the Lunar New Year!

$4/person (two dumplings). Sign up at the front desk the day of to save your spot.
2/17
Tuesday
Lunar New Year: Good Luck Characters
02/17/2015
11:30am
How do you write "Luck," "Fortune," and "Love" in Chinese? Come try it out and make a festive decoration to hang in your home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/17
Tuesday
Mini-Robot Lab (R$)
02/17/2015
2pm
We'll supply a motor, batteries, toothbrush and instruction; you supply the imagination to create your own, motorized mini-robot. Decorate and design the robot with accoutrements that will determine the way it moves. Best for ages 7 and up.

$12/robot for members, $13 robot for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/17
Tuesday
Honeybee Huddle
02/17/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
2/17
Tuesday
Rock Detectives
02/17/2015
3pm
Did you know more than 4,000 different types of minerals exist on Earth? Come explore our large collection of colorful crystals and play a memory game to learn how to identify them.

Free with admission.
2/17
Tuesday
Mini-Robot Lab (R$)
02/17/2015
3:30 pm
We'll supply a motor, batteries, toothbrush and instruction; you supply the imagination to create your own, motorized mini-robot. Decorate and design the robot with accoutrements that will determine the way it moves. Best for ages 7 and up.

$12/robot for members, $13 robot for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/18
Wednesday
Lunar New Year Celebrations
02/18/2015
10am-5pm
Make your vacation week special by celebrating the Lunar New Year with us! Come learn about this holiday celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other countries. We'll explore customs and traditions through interactive art projects, cooking classes, stories, and more.
2/18
Wednesday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/18/2015
11am
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/18
Wednesday
Lunar New Year: Good Luck Characters
02/18/2015
11:30am
How do you write "Luck," "Fortune," and "Love" in Chinese? Come try it out and make a festive decoration to hang in your home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/18
Wednesday
Constellation Night Lights (R$)
02/18/2015
1pm
Join us in our mini planetarium for a private tour of the constellations in the night sky. Then create your own star-filled night light to cast constellations on your walls! Adults welcome to participate, too.

$13/night light for members, $14/night light for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/18
Wednesday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/18/2015
2pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/18
Wednesday
Lunar New Year: Chinese Zodiac Art
02/18/2015
2:30pm
Were you born in the year of the tiger, horse, or rat? Come find out, and then make a Zodiac-inspired work of art to take home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/18
Wednesday
Lunar New Year: Sweet Rice Balls (R$)
02/18/2015
3:30pm
Have you ever had soup that is sweet? We'll make sticky rice dough and then cook it in a sugar syrup - a special dessert often enjoyed during the Lunar New Year.

$4/person (four rice balls). Sign up at the front desk the day of to save your spot.
2/19
Thursday
Lunar New Year Celebrations
02/19/2015
10am-5pm
Make your vacation week special by celebrating the Lunar New Year with us! Come learn about this holiday celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other countries. We'll explore customs and traditions through interactive art projects, cooking classes, stories, and more.
2/19
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Dragon Puppet Time
02/19/2015
10:30am
Happy Lunar New Year! Let's celebrate with dragon puppets and other creatures - a sign of strength in Chinese culture. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
2/19
Thursday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/19/2015
11am
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/19
Thursday
Lunar New Year: Good Luck Characters
02/19/2015
12pm
How do you write "Luck," "Fortune," and "Love" in Chinese? Come try it out and make a festive decoration to hang in your home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/19
Thursday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/19/2015
2pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/19
Thursday
Hidden Words: Exploring with Microscopes
02/19/2015
2:30pm
Free with admission.
2/19
Thursday
Lunar New Year: Sweet Rice Balls (R$)
02/19/2015
3pm
Have you ever had soup that is sweet? We'll make sticky rice dough and then cook it in a sugar syrup - a special dessert often enjoyed during the Lunar New Year.

$4/person (four rice balls). Sign up at the front desk the day of to save your spot.
2/19
Thursday
Butter Making
02/19/2015
4pm
Can you believe you can make butter in less than 5 minutes? Learn how to whip up a quick batch of delicious, creamy homemade butter and then enjoy it on a fresh piece of bread!

Free with admission.
2/20
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
02/20/2015
10:30am
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 visit, we'll read fire safety books and write letters to them thanking them for their great work!

Free with admission.
2/20
Friday
Willy Wonka's Rhythm Factory
02/20/2015
11am
Let's make Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory come to life with wild mechanical sounds! Be part of a chocolate or candy making machine as we use percussion and other silly sounds to dream up the atmosphere from Roald Dahl's classic children's story.

Free with admission.
2/20
Friday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/20/2015
1pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/20
Friday
Mini-Robot Lab (R$)
02/20/2015
2:30pm
We'll supply a motor, batteries, toothbrush and instruction; you supply the imagination to create your own, motorized mini-robot. Decorate and design the robot with accoutrements that will determine the way it moves. Best for ages 7 and up.

$12/robot for members, $13 robot for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/20
Friday
Fruit Dissection
02/20/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits, but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission.
2/20
Friday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/20/2015
4pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/21
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
02/21/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
2/21
Saturday
Mini-Robot Lab (R$)
02/21/2015
11:30am
We'll supply a motor, batteries, toothbrush and instruction; you supply the imagination to create your own, motorized mini-robot. Decorate and design the robot with accoutrements that will determine the way it moves. Best for ages 7 and up.

$12/robot for members, $13 robot for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/21
Saturday
Perspective Drawing
02/21/2015
12:30pm
Come play with our Camera Obscura just as master artists have for centuries -- to trace scenes and make colorful masterpieces inspired by the world around us.

Free with admission.
2/21
Saturday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/21/2015
1pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/21
Saturday
Open Art Studio
02/21/2015
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
2/21
Saturday
Science Spotlight
02/21/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
2/21
Saturday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/21/2015
4pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/22
Sunday
Indian Dance Class: Bharatanatyam (R$)
02/22/2015
11am
Join classically trained dance teacher Anca Gooje in this three-week class series to learn a basic introduction to Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance from India. Anca has trained in India with Bharatanatyam masters and has performed in many venues.

Ages 6+; register by 5pm 2/21. Classes will meet on 2/22, 3/1, and 3/8 with a small public performance on 3/8 for Holi, the festival of spring. 3-week session cost is $45/members, $60/visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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2/22
Sunday
Snow Crystal Art
02/22/2015
12pm
Learn how to make beautiful sparkling and spiraling art with everyday household items!

Free with admission.
2/22
Sunday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/22/2015
1pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/22
Sunday
Sowing Seeds: Peas and Greens
02/22/2015
3pm
It might still be chilly outside, but it's warming up inside our greenhouse! We'll read a story and then plant the first spring crops: peas, spinach, arugula and radishes inside of our backyard greenhouse.

Free with admission.
2/22
Sunday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (R$)
02/22/2015
4pm
Congratulations! This is your golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's famous magical chocolate factory with Charlie Bucket and four other far less well-behaved children. Our talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences with an immersive experience in our Dress Up Theatre. Watch this deliciously cautionary tale unfold before you!

Original story by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Richard R. George, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to tickets purchased on the day of the performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 23rd!
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2/23
Monday
Members' Monday: Turtle Time
02/23/2015
10am
Have you met our four yellow-bellied sliders? Get up close and personal with Nigel, Dill, Bizzy Bob and Eloise and learn all about different kinds of turtles and their environments.

Free with admission.
2/24
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
02/24/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
2/24
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
02/24/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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2/24
Tuesday
Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Art
02/24/2015
2:30pm
Before markers and colored pencils were invented, early artists used pigments from rocks and minerals to create colorful art! Join us as we dig into the colorful depths of our rock and mineral collection to create your own sparkly mineral art and fossil rubbings.

Free with admission.
2/24
Tuesday
Tree Ring Riddles
02/24/2015
3pm
Tree rings reveal all sorts of mysteries about a tree's life. Learn how to be a tree detective by taking a closer look at the patterns in these rings -- and then create a tree ring craft to take home! Free with admission.
2/24
Tuesday
Audition Workshop: Robin Hood (R)
02/24/2015
3:30-5pm
If you're between the ages of 8 and 17, and you'd like to audition for Robin Hood come to this audition workshop to find out what it's all about. We'll tell you all about our upcoming play, explain what it's like to be one of our young actors and take you through the audition process. This workshop is for anyone, veteran and fledgling actors alike.

To register for this free workshop, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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2/25
Wednesday
Calls of the Wild
02/25/2015
10:30am
Learn the calls of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with admission.
2/25
Wednesday
Sea Life Glitter Globes (R$)
02/25/2015
11:30am
Build your own glitter-globe full of your favorite sea creatures! In this fun, hands-on program you'll create your own marine world while also learning fun facts about your favorite sea creatures.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/25
Wednesday
Lunar New Year: Good Luck Characters
02/25/2015
3:30pm
How do you write "Luck," "Fortune," and "Love" in Chinese? Come try it out and make a festive decoration to hang in your home for the Lunar New Year.

Free with admission.
2/26
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Musical Animal Storytime
02/26/2015
10:30am
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and work on our literacy skills at the same time. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
2/26
Thursday
Nature Story Time
02/26/2015
11am
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission
2/26
Thursday
Pet Portraits
02/26/2015
2:30pm
Do you have a special furry, finned, or scaly friend? Let's show our love for our pets by creating a pet portrait. We'll explore examples of animals in art, and used mixed media to create our own homage to our animal friends.

Free with admission.
2/26
Thursday
Ice Excavators
02/26/2015
3pm
Uh oh, some of the Museum artifacts have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different chiseling and heat-inducing tools.

Free with admission.
2/27
Friday
Morning Music: Around the World (R$)
02/27/2015
10:15-11am
Morning Music is a four-week exploratory early music education class for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers/caregivers that helps provide a foundation for musical learning. Early music education helps babies and toddlers develop listening and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and awareness of space and rhythm. Music also forms community: we will all work together, take turns and make connections as we work on our songs and skills.

Let's see how music from different parts of the world can change the way we interact with music! From lullabies to fast dances, what songs are children learning around the globe? Using movement, rhythm and a little bit of puppetry, we'll learn about the origins of the musical instruments we'll be using in class, sing songs from around the world in English and even make rhythm to a song in a different language! At the end of the session, caregivers will receive take-home packets of songs in English and three other languages and suggested activities to bring the songs to life at home.

$60/child for members, $80/child for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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2/27
Friday
Big and Messy Art
02/27/2015
11am
With a different project each week, join us to get messy, re-use materials and make some group art. Great for every age!

Free with admission.
2/27
Friday
Honeybee Huddle
02/27/2015
3pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
2/28
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
02/28/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
2/28
Saturday
All Day Art!
02/28/2015
11:30am-3:30pm
The art studio is staying open extra long today! Drop in for a quick project, or spend the day on various projects. Arts educator Louisa will be on hand to provide instruction, inspiration and fun with assistance from professional guest artists. Bring your own ideas, or we'll suggest some for you. Expect a lot of mess, a lot of materials and a lot of experimentation!

Free with admission.
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2/28
Saturday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
02/28/2015
12:30pm
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! Show is half-hour in length.

Reservations highly recommended.

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/28
Saturday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
02/28/2015
1pm
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! Show is half-hour in length.

Reservations highly recommended.

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
2/28
Saturday
Science Spotlight
02/28/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.

March 2015

3/1
Sunday
Tie-Dyed Butterflies
03/01/2015
12pm
Butterflies are a sign of spring and summer! Come welcome the next season by making colorful tie-dyed butterflies!

Free with admission.
3/1
Sunday
Rag Rug Weaving (R$)
03/01/2015
2pm
What are your clothes made out of? How are they made? Learn how woven material surrounds us everywhere we go and discover how to weave with rags to create a handy kid-sized storage bag. Ages 5 and up.

$9/members, $10/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/1
Sunday
Origami Art
03/01/2015
3pm
Learn about the traditional Japanese art of Origami. Will you make a heart, swan, or airplane?

Free with admission.
3/2
Monday
Members' Monday: Constellation Exploration
03/02/2015
10am
Have you ever found the Big Dipper? Let's look at different constellations in the stars and hear their stories.

Free with admission.
3/3
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/03/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/3
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/03/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/3
Tuesday
Honeybee Huddle
03/03/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
3/3
Tuesday
Rock Detectives
03/03/2015
3pm
Did you know more than 4,000 different types of minerals exist on Earth? Come explore our large collection of colorful crystals and play a memory game to learn how to identify them.

Free with admission.
3/3
Tuesday
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: Theatre Class for 6-8 Year Olds
03/03/2015
4-5pm
Attention 6-8 year olds! We know you're excited to act on our stage, and we have a special class for you. This is a chance for you to learn all about acting from how to develop a character to what a monologue is. Get some experience before you audition for your first theatre show. Sign up for The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! Do you think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs? Think again! We'll have a silly adventure with a sneezy wolf and some sassy pigs. Payment required at time of registration. Class meets Tuesdays from 4-5:00. (Class meets 3/3-3/17 with a final performance for family and friends on Tuesday 3/17 at 4:45pm.) This is a drop-off program; space is limited. Sign up today!

6-8 year olds / 3 week session.

$45/child for members and $60/child for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/4
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Parties FIRST CLASS in SIX week series!
03/04/2015
10:15-11:15am
What's Teensy Weensy Acting Class? A literacy and creative development program for ages 3-5. Over a period of six weeks, young actors dive into a story, processing it with imagination, puppetry, music and dance. At the end of the last class, young actors put on a show for their families. This is an excellent opportunity for preschool-age children to give acting a try, become storytellers and work as a group.

Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Parties: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and April 1 and 8.

Have you ever wondered if animals have a favorite food? In this Teensy Weensy class we will be acting out two of the silliest children's books on the New York Times best sellers list, Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Prepare to sneak around like a pizza loving raccoon or crunch on some tacos like a fire-breathing dragon! Caregivers, family and friends are invited to an 11am show on April 8.

$90/member, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/4
Wednesday
Science Spotlight
03/04/2015
10:30-11:30am
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission
3/4
Wednesday
Paper Making (R$)
03/04/2015
11:30am
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/4
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Animal Storytime
03/04/2015
3:30pm
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and get creative.

Free with admission.
3/5
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Oobleck!
03/05/2015
10:30am
Ooey, gooey oobleck! Let's explore interesting textures and make a crazy substance that's neither solid nor liquid. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
3/5
Thursday
Big and Messy Art
03/05/2015
11am
With a different project each week, join us to get messy, re-use materials and make some group art. Great for every age!

Free with admission.
3/5
Thursday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Strega Nona (R$)
03/05/2015
11:30am
Have you ever heard of Strega Nona and her magic pasta pot? In two hours we will learn a story, rehearse, and put on a play for our families! This workshop is best for children age 3-7 years old.

$15/member, $20/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/5
Thursday
Nature Story Time
03/05/2015
3pm
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
3/5
Thursday
New! Art Class for Girls Ages 6-9 (R$)
03/05/2015
3:30-5:45pm
Art is a powerful vehicle for expression and communication, even at a very young age. This four session class will allow young girls to develop their sense of selves through art, friendship and their feelings using authentic artistic techniques and materials. Each class will begin by viewing a piece of art as a prompt to build observational skills and broaden our understanding of historical context and personal interpretation. We'll discuss each piece in relation to our own experiences and then work on a project that represents our own individual points of view. Projects will encourage personal character development and confidence-building in a thoughtful and supportive environment.

Materials may include paint, collage, text, fabric and/or clay depending on interest of the participants. Our workshops offer a unique opportunity for children to meet other children from a variety of backgrounds. This is a drop-off class instructed by museum educator and teaching artist, Louisa Donelson.

FMI contact Louisa@kitetails.org. Cost is $80 for 4 weeks for members/$95 for visitors. Scholarship memberships available.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/6
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
03/06/2015
10:30am
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 visit, we'll read fire safety books and write letters to them thanking them for their great work!

Free with admission.
3/6
Friday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/06/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/6
Friday
Fruit Dissection
03/06/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits, but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission.
3/6
Friday
$2 First Friday
03/06/2015
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for $2/person.

Members and children under eighteen months receive free general admission.

$2 admission.
3/7
Saturday
Holi Storytime
03/07/2015
10:30am
Where did the name "Holi" come from? And what is Holi all about? Join us to hear the story of Prahlad and Holika and learn where the celebration of Holi came from.

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Hear Scenes from the Play: Robin Hood
03/07/2015
11am
Do you want to hear a sneak peek of our spring script? On the fence about auditioning? Come listen to professional and CMTM actors read scenes from this age-old story for the public.

Free with admission.
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3/7
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/07/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Butter Making
03/07/2015
11:30pm
Can you believe you can make butter in less than 5 minutes? Learn how to whip up a quick batch of delicious, creamy homemade butter and then enjoy it on a fresh piece of bread!

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Mini-Robot Lab (R$)
03/07/2015
12:30pm
We'll supply a motor, batteries, toothbrush and instruction; you supply the imagination to create your own, motorized mini-robot. Decorate and design the robot with accoutrements that will determine the way it moves. Best for ages 7 and up.

$12/robot for members, $13 robot for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/7
Saturday
Open Art Studio: Colors of India
03/07/2015
2-3pm
Holi Hai! Let's use brightly colored pigments from India to celebrate Holi and make some beautiful artwork.

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Science Spotlight
03/07/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Play with Color!
03/08/2015
11am
During Holi, the Hindu festival of color and spring, streets and people are covered with color powder! Come celebrate Holi by playing with color and creating your own color powder art!

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Holi Story Time: The Legend of Holika and Prahlad
03/08/2015
12pm
Have you ever heard a story about an evil king, a strong faithful prince, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil? Come learn about legend surrounding the Holi, the Hindu festival of color and spring and compare it to stories you know.

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Masala Chai and Cookies
03/08/2015
1pm
In Hindi, "Masala Chai" means "spiced tea." Learn about the many spices of India and taste some sweet, spicy, creamy Masala Chai - enjoyed with cookies, of course!

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Mini Moviemakers: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (R$)
03/08/2015
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short claymation movie in the style of Wallace and Gromit. You'll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published. Ideal for ages 6+.

$16/members, $22/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/9
Monday
Members' Monday: Shaker Making
03/09/2015
10am
Let's make some music! We'll use everyday materials to make fun shakers to take home.

Free with admission.
3/10
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/10/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/10
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/10/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/10
Tuesday
Glaciation Station
03/10/2015
11am
Did you know ice can flow like a river? Join us in a chilly science experiment to learn how glaciers flow like rivers and how these ice rivers helped shape the land the museum sits on today!

Free with admission.
3/10
Tuesday
Tree Ring Riddles
03/10/2015
2:30pm
Tree rings reveal all sorts of mysteries about a tree's life. Learn how to be a tree detective by taking a closer look at the patterns in these rings -- and then create a tree ring craft to take home!

Free with admission.
3/11
Wednesday
Creatures of the Night
03/11/2015
10:30am
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with admission.
3/11
Wednesday
Sea Life Glitter Globes (R$)
03/11/2015
11:30am
Build your own glitter-globe full of your favorite sea creatures! In this fun, hands-on program you'll create your own marine world while also learning fun facts about your favorite sea creatures.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/11
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Animal Storytime
03/11/2015
3:30pm
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and get creative.

Free with admission.
3/12
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Shaker Making
03/12/2015
10:30am
Let's make some music! We'll use everyday materials to make fun shakers to take home. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
3/12
Thursday
Fairytale Fill in the Blank
03/12/2015
11am
Free with admission.
3/12
Thursday
Nature Story Time
03/12/2015
3pm
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
3/13
Friday
Pet Portraits
03/13/2015
11am
Do you have a special furry, finned, or scaly friend? Let's show our love for our pets by creating a pet portrait. We'll explore examples of animals in art, and used mixed media to create our own homage to our animal friends.

Free with admission.
3/13
Friday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/13/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/13
Friday
Honeybee Huddle
03/13/2015
3pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
3/14
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/14/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/14
Saturday
Family Activity: Genealogy Trees
03/14/2015
11:30am
During this family program, we'll use the composition of a tree trunk and branches to visually map our relatives. Just as all trees are different, so are family structures so we will strive to creatively cater to these individualities. Only basic knowledge of families is required (a child, a guardian and even a pet are plenty!). Take home a sketch that may inspire more extensive family tree projects at home.

Free with admission.
3/14
Saturday
Squid Dissection (R$)
03/14/2015
12:30pm
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join science educator Laura Poppick to learn all about squid - inside and out - in this hands-on dissection workshop! We'll compare the squid's body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures live their lives underwater, and create sketches of our dissection to take home.

Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/14
Saturday
Open Art Studio
03/14/2015
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/14
Saturday
Science Spotlight
03/14/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/15
Sunday
Pancake Sunday
03/15/2015
11am
Guess what... it's Pancake Sunday! Come help us make pancakes from scratch. Each month we'll have a different optional ingredient you can try. It's a pancake party!

Free with admission.
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3/15
Sunday
Snow Crystal Art
03/15/2015
12pm
Learn how to make beautiful sparkling and spiraling art with everyday household items!

Free with admission.
3/15
Sunday
Stuffed Mitten Animals! (R$)
03/15/2015
2pm
Do you have a mitten that's lost its other half? Learn how to turn that lonely winter mitten into a cozy stuffed animal that will keep you company all year around! Create dogs, bears, frogs or any animal in your imagination. Each participant will receive a mitten to stuff and mold. Finally, participants will choose from a selection of eye, ears, noses and mouths to bring your mitten animal to life! Ages 3 & up.

$9/members, $10/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/15
Sunday
Origami Art
03/15/2015
3pm
Learn about the traditional Japanese art of Origami. Will you make a heart, swan, or airplane?

Free with admission.
3/16
Monday
Members' Monday: Finger-Painted Eggs
03/16/2015
10am
Let's celebrate spring and make some colorful eggs the most fun way possible - with Finger paint!

Free with admission.
3/17
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/17/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/17
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/17/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/17
Tuesday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/17/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/17
Tuesday
Honeybee Huddle
03/17/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
3/17
Tuesday
Rock Detectives
03/17/2015
3pm
Did you know more than 4,000 different types of minerals exist on Earth? Come explore our large collection of colorful crystals and play a memory game to learn how to identify them.

Free with admission.
3/18
Wednesday
Science Spotlight
03/18/2015
10:30-11:30am
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/18
Wednesday
Paper Making (R$)
03/18/2015
11:30am
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/18
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Animal Storytime
03/18/2015
3:30pm
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and get creative.

Free with admission.
3/19
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Finger-Painted Eggs
03/19/2015
10:30am
Let's celebrate spring and make some colorful eggs the most fun way possible - with finger paint! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
3/19
Thursday
Pet Portraits
03/19/2015
10:30am
Do you have a special furry, finned, or scaly friend? Let's show our love for our pets by creating a pet portrait. We'll explore examples of animals in art, and used mixed media to create our own homage to our animal friends.

Free with admission.
3/19
Thursday
Robin Hood Puppet Show (R$)
03/19/2015
11:30am
Our own Theatre Director Reba Short and local actress Allison McCall will use animal hand puppets to tell the story of Robin Hood to very young children. The story will use songs and poetry to bring the story to life and provide an opportunity for young actors to join us onstage.

This show is best for audiences 2-6 years old.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/19
Thursday
Nature Story Time
03/19/2015
3pm
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
3/20
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
03/20/2015
10:30am
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 visit, we'll read fire safety books and write letters to them thanking them for their great work!

Free with admission.
3/20
Friday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/20/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/20
Friday
Fruit Dissection
03/20/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits, but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission.
3/21
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/21/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/21
Saturday
Spring Equinox: Lunar Star Show
03/21/2015
11:30am
Join us for a special Lunar Star Show today to explore the science behind the Spring Equinox!

Free with admission.
3/21
Saturday
Kaleidoscope Class (R$)
03/21/2015
12:30pm
Learn how to connect tubes, mirrors and beads to create your own optical toy. We'll use mylar-coated cardboard for mirrors and cardboard tubes to make a kaleidoscope that will produce symmetrical patterns with every twist and turn. Best for ages 6+.

$8/kaleidoscope for members, $9/kaleidoscope for visitors plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/21
Saturday
Open Art Studio
03/21/2015
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/21
Saturday
Improvisation Games with Our Theatre Actors (R$)
03/21/2015
3pm
Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like "Who's Line is it Anyway?", you're invited to join us for games like "What are you doing?", "Freeze" and "Bus stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!

The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/21
Saturday
Spring Equinox: Flower Planting
03/21/2015
3:30-4:30pm
In honor of the arrival of spring, plant a flower seed that will blossom as temperatures continue to warm up!

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Rhythm Play: Rain Storm
03/22/2015
11am
Drip, Drip, Bong! What does rain and thunder sound like to you? Talk about what the arrival of the Equinox means for our weather in Maine and experiment with various instruments and beats to create the sounds of spring rain.

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Apple Print Art
03/22/2015
12pm
Are you ready for spring? Use fruits and vegetables as stamps to create images of flowers, shamrocks and trees. Your finished art piece will remind you of all the growth that happens during spring!

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Celebrate Spring: Equinox Around the World
03/22/2015
1pm
How do people celebrate spring? There are so many ways! Learn about different spring celebrations and then decorate an egg to take home.

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Slime Time! ($)
03/22/2015
3pm
It's time to make some slime! We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime.

$4/child, sign up the day of at the front desk.
3/23
Monday
Members' Monday: Mud Pies
03/23/2015
10am
Mud, mud, I love mud! Let's celebrate "mud season" by making messy, ooey gooey pies. You may want to bring a change of clothes!

Free with admission.
3/24
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/24/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/24
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/24/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/24
Tuesday
Glaciation Station
03/24/2015
2:30pm
Did you know ice can flow like a river? Join us in a chilly science experiment to learn how glaciers flow like rivers and how these ice rivers helped shape the land the museum sits on today!

Free with admission.
3/24
Tuesday
Tree Ring Riddles
03/24/2015
3pm
Tree rings reveal all sorts of mysteries about a tree's life. Learn how to be a tree detective by taking a closer look at the patterns in these rings -- and then create a tree ring craft to take home!

Free with admission.
3/25
Wednesday
Calls of the Wild
03/25/2015
10:30am
Learn the calls of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with admission.
3/25
Wednesday
Sea Life Glitter Globes (R$)
03/25/2015
11:30am
Build your own glitter-globe full of your favorite sea creatures! In this fun, hands-on program you'll create your own marine world while also learning fun facts about your favorite sea creatures.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/25
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Animal Storytime
03/25/2015
3:30pm
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and get creative.

Free with admission.
3/26
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Mud Pies
03/26/2015
10:30am
Mud, mud, I love mud! Let's celebrate "mud season" by making messy, ooey gooey pies. You may want to bring a change of clothes! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

3/26
Thursday
Big and Messy Art
03/26/2015
11am
With a different project each week, join us to get messy, re-use materials and make some group art. Great for every age!

Free with admission.
3/26
Thursday
Nature Story Time
03/26/2015
3pm
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
3/27
Friday
Songs of Spring
03/27/2015
10:30am
Spring is here! Let's celebrate with songs and rhythm activities about rain, flowers and other things we'll see this spring.

Free with admission.
3/27
Friday
Big and Messy Art
03/27/2015
11am
With a different project each week, join us to get messy, re-use materials and make some group art. Great for every age!

Free with admission.
3/27
Friday
Robin Hood Puppet Show (R$)
03/27/2015
11:30am
Our own Theatre Director Reba Short and local actress Allison McCall will use animal hand puppets to tell the story of Robin Hood to very young children. The story will use songs and poetry to bring the story to life and provide an opportunity for young actors to join us onstage.

This show is best for audiences 2-6 years old.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/27
Friday
Honeybee Huddle
03/27/2015
3pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/28/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
Family Activity: Genealogy Trees
03/28/2015
11:30am
During this family program, we'll use the composition of a tree trunk and branches to visually map our relatives. Just as all trees are different, so are family structures so we will strive to creatively cater to these individualities. Only basic knowledge of families is required (a child, a guardian and even a pet are plenty!). Take home a sketch that may inspire more extensive family tree projects at home.

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
Build a Periscope (R$)
03/28/2015
12:30pm
See the world from a whole new angle in our Build a Periscope workshop! We'll start with a private tour of the museum's Camera Obscura exhibit and then get to work learning how to build our own mini periscopes to take home.

Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$8/member, $9/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/28
Saturday
Open Art Studio
03/28/2015
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
03/28/2015
3pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. FMI call 828-1234 x 247.

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
Science Spotlight
03/28/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Stuffed Mitten Animals! (R$)
03/29/2015
11am
Do you have a mitten that's lost its other half? Learn how to turn that lonely winter mitten into a cozy stuffed animal that will keep you company all year around! Create dogs, bears, frogs or any animal in your imagination. Each participant will receive a mitten to stuff and mold. Finally, participants will choose from a selection of eye, ears, noses and mouths to bring your mitten animal to life! Ages 3 & up.

$9/members, $10/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/29
Sunday
Sowing Seeds: Peas and Greens
03/29/2015
12pm
It might still be chilly outside, but it's warming up inside our greenhouse! We'll read a story and then plant the first spring crops: peas, spinach, arugula and radishes inside of our backyard greenhouse.

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
03/29/2015
1pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Spring Face Painting
03/29/2015
2pm
Spring is coming! Celebrate with some springy face painting. Will you choose a flower, sunshine, or baby chick?

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Matt Heaton Live: Children's Music Concert for All Ages! (R$)
03/29/2015
3pm
Audiences may not realize Matt Heaton's children's music is "children's music!" First and foremost, it is groovy, engaging and fun. Playing with skill and whimsy on guitar & banjo, Matt brings in elements of rockabilly, folk, soul and surf to entertain adults as well as kids. With shockingly listenable versions of classics like "Wheels on the Bus" alongside original compositions like "Outside Toy," Matt's shows are a high energy explosion of all ages enjoyment and education. Warning: Singing along may take place!

Heaton is a skilled entertainer for kids, with a repertoire of kid-friendly folk & surf-inspired originals and reworked classics. Like musicians before him, he took a keen interest in music for kids after the birth of his son, leading engaging sing-alongs that he hoped adults could enjoy, too. Armed with a bundle of new and traditional material, he organized a whole lot of extra babysitting and created his new CD, "Happy You Made It." Matt Heaton also performs in the well-known Irish music duo of Matt & Shannon Heaton.

$5 per person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/30
Monday
Members' Monday: Spring Face Painting
03/30/2015
10am
Spring is coming! Celebrate with some springy face painting. Will you choose a flower, sunshine, or baby chick?

Free with admission.
3/31
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/31/2015
10:30-11:30am
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
3/31
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/31/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/31
Tuesday
Honeybee Huddle
03/31/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.