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July 2015

7/2
Thursday
Tempest Rain Dance
07/02/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Time to shake and swirl like the giant storm in Shakespeare's The Tempest! Let's work together to use creative movement, rain shakers and wind to make the sound and shape of a storm.

Free with admission.
7/3
Friday
Firefighter Friday
07/03/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
7/3
Friday
Shakespeare's Music & Magic
07/03/2015
10:45am
There are all kinds of magical tunes in the words of William Shakespeare! Join musician Brittany Cook to make some noise as a stormy sea, dance along to an enchanting fairy song, or cause some mischief like clever witches.

Free with admission.
7/3
Friday
Weather Wonders
07/03/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Weather is a hot topic - especially during the summer in Maine! Join us for a round of games and experiments as we delve into the wonders that form everyday weather. We'll look at different cloud formations, explore how hail stones grow and if the weather cooperates, we'll learn how to build our own sundials!

Free with admission.
7/3
Friday
$2 First Friday
07/03/2015
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 are always admitted free.

$2 admission.
7/4
Saturday
Independence Day - CLOSED
07/04/2015
10am-5pm
We are closed today in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open tomorrow, July 5th, at 10am. Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
7/5
Sunday
Macbeth Chemistry
07/05/2015
10:45-11:45am
"Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn and caldron bubble!" Come learn the science behind the bubbling caldrons in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Instead of witches' magic, we will experiment with the chemical reactions that occur between acids and bases to make colorful and bubbly concoctions!

Free with admission.
7/5
Sunday
Shakespeare Story Puppets
07/05/2015
2:45-3:45pm
In preparation for the Museum & Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will be making puppets of the most famous characters in Shakespeare's The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth. Start practicing your donkey brays and witches' cackles!

Free with admission.
7/6
Monday
Down to the Sea Camp for Ages 6-8 (R$)
07/06/2015
July 6 through July 10, 9am-12pm
Anchors aweigh! Dip into the fictional world of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Maine author Chris Van Dusen in our brand new Magee-themed outdoor exhibit. Each day will bring a new adventure as we learn how to build mini rafts, step inside our life-size inflatable humpback whale, investigate real tide pool creatures, and discover ship wrecks. Along the way, we'll create our own group adventure book that we'll take home at the end of the week!

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
7/6
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Butterflies
07/06/2015
10:45-11:45am
There are thousands of kinds of butterflies, all with different patterns and markings. Let's learn about a few of them and then make a butterfly sculpture to take home.

Free with admission.
7/6
Monday
Block Printing
07/06/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Come put a modern twist on this century-old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
7/6
Monday
Midsummer Magic Potion
07/06/2015
2:45-3:45pm
If you had a magic potion, would you use it to fly, turn into an animal, or become a dance star? Time to use your imagination and dabble in the magical world of colors, glitter and natural materials to create your own magic potion in celebration of the Museum & Theatre's performance of Shakespeare's Stories!

Free with admission.
7/7
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Sea Creature Block Prints
07/07/2015
10:45-11:45am
Maine is famous for its coastline - we'll learn about some of its inhabitants and make a sea creature seascape using block prints.

Free with admission.
7/7
Tuesday
Art + Design Play: Straw Sculptures
07/07/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Unleash your inner architect, and see what you can build with a few simple materials. We'll learn about geometric shapes, form, and force while building some amazing sculptures.

Free with admission.
7/7
Tuesday
Urban Ecologists
07/07/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
7/8
Wednesday
Sprouting History
07/08/2015
10:45-11:45am
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
7/8
Wednesday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: Macbeth
07/08/2015
12pm
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth!

Free with admission.
7/8
Wednesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
07/08/2015
2:45-3:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
7/9
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Chalk Painting
07/09/2015
10:45-11:45am
Have you ever painted... with chalk? We'll learn about different color relationships and explore an unusual technique with chalk pastels to make colorful, creative masterpieces.

Free with admission.
7/9
Thursday
Renaissance Dancing
07/09/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Put on your dancing shoes and your favorite outfit to dance like the lords and ladies during Shakespeare's time. We welcome all ages to learn and dance one of the most famous Renaissance dances, the pavane!

Free with admission.
7/10
Friday
Shakespeare's Music & Magic
07/10/2015
10:45am
There are all kinds of magical tunes in the words of William Shakespeare! Join musician Brittany Cook to make some noise as a stormy sea, dance along to an enchanting fairy song, or cause some mischief like clever witches.

Free with admission.
7/10
Friday
Tempest Rain Dance
07/10/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Time to shake and swirl like the giant storm in Shakespeare's The Tempest! Let's work together to use creative movement, rain shakers and wind to make the sound and shape of a storm.

Free with admission.
7/10
Friday
Wacky Gardening
07/10/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Throw on a funky hat or costume and join us for some wacky gardening! We'll weed Mr. Magee's garden, plant seeds, water our plants, and harvest any fresh vegetables that may be ripe. Along the way we'll sing songs, learn how soil forms, and discover how plants make food from the sun.

Free with admission.
7/11
Saturday
Midsummer Magic Potion
07/11/2015
12:15-1:15pm
If you had a magic potion, would you use it to fly, turn into an animal, or become a dance star? Time to use your imagination and dabble in the magical world of colors, glitter and natural materials to create your own magic potion in celebration of the Museum & Theatre's performance of Shakespeare's Stories!

Free with admission.
7/11
Saturday
Mainey Acts (R$)
07/11/2015
1:45pm
MAINEY ACTS is our new improvisation theatre troupe with kids and adults onstage together! In the spirit of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", whole families, local actors and actors in our own children's theatre will create scenes based on suggestions from the audience! We welcome participation on all levels, and there are plenty of opportunities to get onstage yourself! If you'd like to learn more about how to be part of our improv troupe, contact reba@kitetails.org for more details.

Mainey Acts is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
7/11
Saturday
Create a Storybook
07/11/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own stories from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
7/12
Sunday
Origami Art
07/12/2015
10:45-11:45am
The Japanese created Origami, but you can now find it all over the world. We'll learn about this traditional folded paper art form with different designs, papers, and ideas for you to try!

Free with admission.
7/12
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Turtle Drawings
07/12/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident yellow-bellied slider turtles. Touch a real turtle shell, learn about turtle adaptations and behaviors, and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
7/13
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Spiders
07/13/2015
10:45-11:45am
Spiders are arachnids, not insects! From their amazing eyes to multiple legs, we'll learn about these helpful creatures and then make a spider sculpture out of a variety of materials. Free with admission.
7/13
Monday
Shakespeare Story Puppets
07/13/2015
12:45-1:45pm
In preparation for the Museum & Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will be making puppets of the most famous characters in Shakespeare's The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth. Start practicing your donkey brays and witches' cackles!

Free with admission.
7/13
Monday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
07/13/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
7/14
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Thumbprint Fish
07/14/2015
10:45-11:45am
Fish have scales that protect and help them move. Let's take inspiration from some amazing patterns found on different kinds of fish and make some scaly art - using our fingerprints!

Free with admission.
7/14
Tuesday
Art + Design Play: Straw Sculptures
07/14/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Unleash your inner architect, and see what you can build with a few simple materials. We'll learn about geometric shapes, form, and force while building some amazing sculptures.

Free with admission.
7/15
Wednesday
Sea Creature Feature
07/15/2015
10:45-11:45am
Have you touched a sea star lately? What about a hermit crab? Get up close and personal with our tide pool creatures in the touch tank. Maybe you'll find a spiny sea urchin!

Free with admission.
7/15
Wednesday
Renaissance Dancing
07/15/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Put on your dancing shoes and your favorite outfit to dance like the lords and ladies during Shakespeare's time. We welcome all ages to learn and dance one of the most famous Renaissance dances, the pavane!

Free with admission.
7/15
Wednesday
Create a Storybook
07/15/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own stories from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
7/16
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Wax Resist Paintings
07/16/2015
10:45-11:45am
What happens when you paint on something oily? We'll conduct a science experiment with a "wax resist" technique using crayons and watercolors and make a work of art at the same time.

Free with admission.
7/16
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
07/16/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
7/16
Thursday
Cassat String Quartet: Interactive Performance
07/16/2015
1pm
Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In this special children's show the quartet will perform in the open Playscape exhibit, allowing children and families to move and play during the show.

Free with admission.
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7/16
Thursday
Slippery Suds: A Handwashing Game
07/16/2015
2pm
Why can't we clean our hands with just plain water? How does soap help rid our hands of germs? Come find out as we get messy (and then clean!) in this fun handwashing game!

Free with admission.
7/16
Thursday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
07/16/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
7/17
Friday
Firefighter Friday
07/17/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
7/17
Friday
Shakespeare's Music & Magic
07/17/2015
10:45am
There are all kinds of magical tunes in the words of William Shakespeare! Join musician Brittany Cook to make some noise as a stormy sea, dance along to an enchanting fairy song, or cause some mischief like clever witches.

Free with admission.
7/17
Friday
Eid-al-Fitr Celebration
07/17/2015
12:45pm
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This is an exciting and big celebration. Come celebrate and learn about this special holiday by sharing traditional food and pastimes!

Free with admission.
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7/17
Friday
Weather Wonders
07/17/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Weather is a hot topic - especially during the summer in Maine! Join us for a round of games and experiments as we delve into the wonders that form everyday weather. We'll look at different cloud formations, explore how hail stones grow and if the weather cooperates, we'll learn how to build our own sundials!

Free with admission.
7/18
Saturday
Science Saturday Field Trip: Tide Pool Exploration at Willard Beach (R$)
07/18/2015
9-10am Offsite at Willard Beach
Tide pools contain troves of fascinating creatures! Get up close and personal with periwinkle snails, hermit crabs, and other mysterious critters during this month's Science Saturday field trip to Willard Beach. Science educator Laura Poppick will start off with a series of interactive games and activities to get everyone acquainted with the tidal environment, and will then leave time for guided exploration to see what we sorts of incredible life we can discover!

$4 per person. To register, call (207) 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. Recommended for ages 5+ Funded by Fairchild Semiconductor.

Note: This event does not take place at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Personal transportation required. Program participants will meet at the Southern Maine Community College campus. Participants will receive a confirmation letter upon registering with more information about parking and the program.
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7/18
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
07/18/2015
10:30-11:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life. Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
7/18
Saturday
Eid-al-Fitr Cards
07/18/2015
12:15pm
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. In addition to feasting and getting together with family, Muslims also celebrate this holiday with acts of generosity. Come and make a special card, drawing or message to give to someone special or another museum visitor in honor of Eid-al-Fitr!

Free with admission.
7/18
Saturday
Kids on the Block: Superears and Bionic Legs
07/18/2015
1:45pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! In Superears, Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, 'look' or 'see.'" In Bionic Legs, Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission.
7/18
Saturday
Tinkering with The Tempest: Desert Island Skills
07/18/2015
3:15-4:15pm
To celebrate the opening of our Shakespeare's Stories production this month, we're delving into Shakespeare's The Tempest and imagining what it would be like to be stuck on a deserted island. We'll learn to how to tie different types of knots, navigate by the sun and stars, make our own food, and play games to entertain ourselves while stuck on a stormy island.

Free with admission.
7/19
Sunday
Art + Design Play: Straw Sculptures
07/19/2015
10:45-11:45am
Unleash your inner architect, and see what you can build with a few simple materials. We'll learn about geometric shapes, form, and force while building some amazing sculptures.

Free with admission.
7/19
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Sea Creature Drawings
07/19/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Touch a real sea star, learn about hermit crabs and sea urchins and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
7/20
Monday
Invention Camp for Ages 6-8 (R$)
07/20/2015
July 20-24, 9-12am
When did chocolate chip cookies get their chips? What is silly putty made of? How do rockets reach the moon? In this hands-on, exploratory camp we'll learn about inventions in cooking, games, transportation and art that led to favorite foods, memorable pastimes and new ideas. We'll experiment with a range of materials from circuits and baking ingredients to the Museum & Theatre's magnetic arm and Camera Obscura. Each day you will make creations like popsicles and bottle rockets to investigate how and why inventions happen. Then put on your thinking cap as you become the inventor and make a special invention to take home at the end of the week!

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
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7/20
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Butterflies
07/20/2015
10:45-11:45am
There are thousands of kinds of butterflies, all with different patterns and markings. Let's learn about a few of them and then make a butterfly sculpture to take home.

Free with admission.
7/20
Monday
Shakespeare Story Puppets
07/20/2015
2:45-3:45pm
In preparation for the Museum & Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will be making puppets of the most famous characters in Shakespeare's The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth. Start practicing your donkey brays and witches' cackles!

Free with admission.
7/21
Tuesday
Urban Ecologists
07/21/2015
10:45-11:45am
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
7/21
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
07/21/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
7/21
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Sea Creature Block Prints
07/21/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Maine is famous for its coastline - we'll learn about some of its inhabitants and make a sea creature seascape using block prints.

Free with admission.
7/22
Wednesday
Mr. Harley Live! (R$)
07/22/2015
11am
Join us for a special concert with singer and songwriter Mr. Harley! A delight to children of all ages, Mr. Harley has performed at events such as the Commonground Fair. Sing along or dance to songs from his well-loved albums at this lively mini concert.

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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7/22
Wednesday
Wacky Gardening
07/22/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Throw on a funky hat or costume and join us for some wacky gardening! We'll weed Mr. Magee's garden, plant seeds, water our plants, and harvest any fresh vegetables that may be ripe. Along the way we'll sing songs, learn how soil forms, and discover how plants make food from the sun.

Free with admission.
7/22
Wednesday
Midsummer Magic Potion
07/22/2015
2:45-3:45pm
If you had a magic potion, would you use it to fly, turn into an animal, or become a dance star? Time to use your imagination and dabble in the magical world of colors, glitter and natural materials to create your own magic potion in celebration of the Museum & Theatre's performance of Shakespeare's Stories!

Free with admission.
7/22
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories Opening Night! (R$)
07/22/2015
6pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/23
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Chalk Painting
07/23/2015
10:45-11:45am
Have you ever painted... with chalk? We'll learn about different color relationships and explore an unusual technique with chalk pastels to make colorful, creative masterpieces.

Free with admission.
7/23
Thursday
Tinkering with The Tempest: Desert Island Skills
07/23/2015
12:45-1:45pm
To celebrate the opening of our Shakespeare's Stories production this month, we're delving into Shakespeare's The Tempest and imagining what it would be like to be stuck on a deserted island. We'll learn to how to tie different types of knots, navigate by the sun and stars, make our own food, and play games to entertain ourselves while stuck on a stormy island.

Free with admission.
7/23
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/23/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/23
Thursday
Block Printing
07/23/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come put a modern twist on this century-old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
7/23
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/23/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/24
Friday
Shakespeare's Music & Magic
07/24/2015
10:45am
There are all kinds of magical tunes in the words of William Shakespeare! Join musician Brittany Cook to make some noise as a stormy sea, dance along to an enchanting fairy song, or cause some mischief like clever witches.

Free with admission.
7/24
Friday
Free DIY Camera-Making and Photography Workshop! (R)
07/24/2015
1-4pm
Cameras are incredible tools and actually pretty easy to make! Join us for an interactive DIY camera-making workshop to build your own pinhole camera using common household tools. We'll start with a private tour of the Museum & Theatre's Camera Obscura, and then jump into making our own cameras with the help of USM Professor of Art Rose Marasco and photographer Amy Hagberg. We'll have time to take a photograph with our cameras, and we'll finish with a short trip to the Maine College of Art darkroom to develop our first image!

This is a FREE family workshop - parents and siblings are encouraged to join. Recommended for ages 5+.

Registration is required. To sign up, call 207-828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Funded by the Rines/Thompson Fund.
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7/24
Friday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/24/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/24
Friday
Tempest Rain Dance
07/24/2015
3:45-4:45pm
Time to shake and swirl like the giant storm in Shakespeare's The Tempest! Let's work together to use creative movement, rain shakers and wind to make the sound and shape of a storm.

Free with admission.
7/24
Friday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/24/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/25
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/25/2015
11am
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/25
Saturday
Weather Wonders
07/25/2015
12:15-1:15pm
Weather is a hot topic - especially during the summer in Maine! Join us for a round of games and experiments as we delve into the wonders that form everyday weather. We'll look at different cloud formations, explore how hail stones grow and if the weather cooperates, we'll learn how to build our own sundials!

Free with admission.
7/25
Saturday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
07/25/2015
1:45pm
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Free with admission.
7/25
Saturday
Urban Ecologists
07/25/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
7/26
Sunday
Origami Art
07/26/2015
10:45-11:45am
The Japanese created Origami, but you can now find it all over the world. We'll learn about this traditional folded paper art form with different designs, papers, and ideas for you to try!

Free with admission.
7/26
Sunday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/26/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.
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7/26
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Turtle Drawings
07/26/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident yellow-bellied slider turtles. Touch a real turtle shell, learn about turtle adaptations and behaviors, and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
7/27
Monday
Stories in the Kitchen Camp (R$)
07/27/2015
July 27 through 31, 9am-12pm
Do dragons really love tacos? What does happen if you give a mouse a cookie? In this camp, we'll explore the world of cooking through some of our favorite story books and dramatic play. Each morning, we'll explore stories such as If You Give a Pig a Pancak and Green Eggs and Ham that will provide culinary inspiration for the rest of the day. We'll combine math, reading, and theater skills - all while cooking up something delicious! We'll even use our backyard garden and greenhouse to provide fresh ingredients for our menu. Bon appetit!

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
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7/27
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Spiders
07/27/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Spiders are arachnids, not insects! From their amazing eyes to multiple legs, we'll learn about these helpful creatures and then make a spider sculpture out of a variety of materials. Free with admission.
7/28
Tuesday
Tinkering with The Tempest: Desert Island Skills
07/28/2015
10:45-11:45am
To celebrate the opening of our Shakespeare's Stories production this month, we're delving into Shakespeare's The Tempest and imagining what it would be like to be stuck on a deserted island. We'll learn to how to tie different types of knots, navigate by the sun and stars, make our own food, and play games to entertain ourselves while stuck on a stormy island.

Free with admission.
7/28
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
07/28/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
7/28
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Thumbprint Fish
07/28/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Fish have scales that protect and help them move. Let's take inspiration from some amazing patterns found on different kinds of fish and make some scaly art - using our fingerprints!

Free with admission.
7/29
Wednesday
Wacky Gardening
07/29/2015
10:45-11:45am
Throw on a funky hat or costume and join us for some wacky gardening! We'll weed Mr. Magee's garden, plant seeds, water our plants, and harvest any fresh vegetables that may be ripe. Along the way we'll sing songs, learn how soil forms, and discover how plants make food from the sun.

Free with admission.
7/29
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/29/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/29
Wednesday
Weather Wonders
07/29/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Weather is a hot topic - especially during the summer in Maine! Join us for a round of games and experiments as we delve into the wonders that form everyday weather. We'll look at different cloud formations, explore how hail stones grow and if the weather cooperates, we'll learn how to build our own sundials!

Free with admission.
7/29
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/29/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/30
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
07/30/2015
10:45-11:45am
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
7/30
Thursday
Kid Chemistry Lab
07/30/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
7/30
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/30/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/30
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Wax Resist Paintings
07/30/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What happens when you paint on something oily? We'll conduct a science experiment with a "wax resist" technique using crayons and watercolors and make a work of art at the same time.

Free with admission.
7/30
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/30/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/31
Friday
Shakespeare's Music & Magic
07/31/2015
10:45am
There are all kinds of magical tunes in the words of William Shakespeare! Join musician Brittany Cook to make some noise as a stormy sea, dance along to an enchanting fairy song, or cause some mischief like clever witches.

Free with admission.
7/31
Friday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/31/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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7/31
Friday
Tinkering with The Tempest: Desert Island Skills
07/31/2015
2:45-3:45pm
To celebrate the opening of our Shakespeare's Stories production this month, we're delving into Shakespeare's The Tempest and imagining what it would be like to be stuck on a deserted island. We'll learn to how to tie different types of knots, navigate by the sun and stars, make our own food, and play games to entertain ourselves while stuck on a stormy island.

Free with admission.
7/31
Friday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/31/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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August 2015

8/1
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
08/01/2015
11am
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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8/1
Saturday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: Macbeth
08/01/2015
1:45pm
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth!

Free with admission.
8/1
Saturday
Lobsters & Moose: Maine Animal Mix-Up
08/01/2015
3:15-4:15pm
What if lobsters had antlers and moose had claws? Learn about the biology of these hallmark Maine creatures, then play around and make a wacky craft that combines these animals' body parts to create your own highly adapted Maine super-creature.

Free with admission.
8/2
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Sea Creature Drawings
08/02/2015
10:45-11:45am
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Touch a real sea star, learn about hermit crabs and sea urchins and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/2
Sunday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/02/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/2
Sunday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
08/02/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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8/3
Monday
Arts Around the World Camp for Ages 6-8 (R$)
08/03/2015
August 3rd through 7th, 9am-12pm
Pack your passports and creativity - we're going on an art adventure! Create arts and crafts inspired by cultures from around the world. Using our We Are Maine multicultural exhibit and one of a kind artifacts from the Museum & Theatre's collection, we'll explore a variety of traditional and modern crafts while learning about geography. Projects may include Japanese one stroke paintings, ancient weaving techniques, Ghanaian inspired textiles and Guatemalan worry dolls. Students will work on daily projects, as well as a week-long project.

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
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8/3
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Butterflies
08/03/2015
10:45-11:45am
There are thousands of kinds of butterflies, all with different patterns and markings. Let's learn about a few of them and then make a butterfly sculpture to take home.

Free with admission.
8/3
Monday
Summer Sun Science Lab
08/03/2015
2:45-3:45pm
From beach days to pizza, heat makes some of our favorite activities possible! But what exactly is heat and how does it work? Each week we will conduct a different heat experiment using various materials such as mini hot air balloons and solar ovens. Scientists of all ages are welcome to experiment and, if the sun permits, try a solar snack!

Free with admission.
8/4
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
08/04/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.
8/4
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
08/04/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
8/4
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Sea Creature Block Prints
08/04/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Maine is famous for its coastline - we'll learn about some of its inhabitants and make a sea creature seascape using block prints.

Free with admission.
8/5
Wednesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
08/05/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup," build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
8/5
Wednesday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
08/05/2015
12pm
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Free with admission.
8/5
Wednesday
Time Travelers
08/05/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
8/6
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Chalk Painting
08/06/2015
10:45-11:45am
Have you ever painted... with chalk? We'll learn about different color relationships and explore an unusual technique with chalk pastels to make colorful, creative masterpieces.

Free with admission.
8/6
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
08/06/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/6
Thursday
Sprouting History
08/06/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Firefighter Friday
08/07/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/07/2015
10:45-11:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Meet Chris Van Dusen, Author of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee!
08/07/2015
11am-12pm
In celebration of our newest exhibit, Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure, local Maine author Chris Van Dusen will visit the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. You are welcome to bring your favorite Chris Van Dusen book (you can purchase one in our kiosk!) for Mr. Van Dusen to autograph. Bookmarks and Museum & Theatre fliers can also be autographed! While there may be a line for this event, there will be plenty to do while waiting; play on Mr. Magee's motorboat, take a picnic into the garden, and splash in the large whale fountain. The new sand play area is particularly great for toddlers and the large shipwreck climber is excellent for the more adventurous older kids.
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8/7
Friday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: Macbeth
08/07/2015
12:45pm
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth!

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Sustainable Footprints
08/07/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Let's use our bodies as game pieces in a life-sized sustainability board game! We'll learn how daily activities affect oceans, forests and farmland, and practice basic math skills to calculate how we can minimize pollution and keep Earth healthy.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
$2 First Friday
08/07/2015
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 are always admitted free.

$2 admission.
8/8
Saturday
Squid Dissection (R$)
08/08/2015
12:30-1:30pm
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. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/8
Saturday
Kids on the Block: Superears and Bionic Legs
08/08/2015
1:45pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! In Superears, Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, 'look' or 'see.'" In Bionic Legs, Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission.
8/8
Saturday
Wacky Gardening
08/08/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Throw on a funky hat or costume and join us for some wacky gardening! We'll weed Mr. Magee's garden, plant seeds, water our plants, and harvest any fresh vegetables that may be ripe. Along the way we'll sing songs, learn how soil forms, and discover how plants make food from the sun.

Free with admission.
8/9
Sunday
Origami Art
08/09/2015
10:45-11:45am
The Japanese created Origami, but you can now find it all over the world. We'll learn about this traditional folded paper art form with different designs, papers, and ideas for you to try!

Free with admission.
8/9
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Turtle Drawings
08/09/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident yellow-bellied slider turtles. Touch a real turtle shell, learn about turtle adaptations and behaviors and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/10
Monday
Magic, Mayhem & Macbeth Camp for Ages 6-8 (R$)
08/10/2015
August 10th through 14th, 9am-12pm
Double double, toil and trouble! Fire burn and cauldron bubble! In this theatre camp we will dive head first into the magic and witchiness of Shakespeare's Macbeth! Through learning the play's original text we will piece together our own story of a greedy Scottish king complete with shadow puppets, music and unique choreography. By studying Shakespeare's plays, children have a unique opportunity to build vocabulary and literacy while strengthening their confidence and appreciation for a good story. We will be joined by young actors from our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories and put on a play for friends and family on the final day of camp.

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
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8/10
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Spiders
08/10/2015
10:45-11:45am
Spiders are arachnids, not insects! From their amazing eyes to multiple legs, we'll learn about these helpful creatures and then make a spider sculpture out of a variety of materials. Free with admission.
8/10
Monday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/10/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/10
Monday
Sprouting History
08/10/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
8/11
Tuesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
08/11/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup," build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
8/11
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
08/11/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
8/11
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Thumbprint Fish
08/11/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Fish have scales that protect and help them move. Let's take inspiration from some amazing patterns found on different kinds of fish and make some scaly art - using our fingerprints!

Free with admission.
8/12
Wednesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
08/12/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.
8/12
Wednesday
Summer Sun Science Lab
08/12/2015
2:45-3:45pm
From beach days to pizza, heat makes some of our favorite activities possible! But what exactly is heat and how does it work? Each week we will conduct a different heat experiment using various materials such as mini hot air balloons and solar ovens. Scientists of all ages are welcome to experiment and, if the sun permits, try a solar snack!

Free with admission.
8/13
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Wax Resist Paintings
08/13/2015
10:45-11:45am
What happens when you paint on something oily? We'll conduct a science experiment with a "wax resist" technique using crayons and watercolors and make a work of art at the same time.

Free with admission.
8/13
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
08/13/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/13
Thursday
Time Travelers
08/13/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
8/14
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/14/2015
10:45-11:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/14
Friday
Free DIY Camera-Making and Photography Workshop! (R)
08/14/2015
1-4pm
Cameras are incredible tools, and actually pretty easy to make! Join us for an interactive DIY camera-making workshop to build your own pinhole camera using common household tools. We'll start with a private tour of the Museum & Theatre's Camera Obscura, and then jump into making our own cameras with the help of Portland photographer Amy Hagberg. We'll have time to take a photograph with our cameras, and we'll finish with a short trip to the Maine College of Art darkroom to develop our first image!

This is a FREE family workshop - parents and siblings are encouraged to join.

Recommended for ages 5+.

Registration is required. To sign up, call 207-828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Funded by the Rines/Thompson Fund.
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8/14
Friday
Art in Motion: Thaumatropes
08/14/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Take your first steps in animation by drawing and coloring two pictures and watching how motion makes those two pictures merge before your eyes!

Free with admission.
8/15
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
08/15/2015
10:30-11:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life. Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
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8/15
Saturday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
08/15/2015
12:15-1:15pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
8/15
Saturday
Lobsters & Moose: Maine Animal Mix-Up
08/15/2015
3:15-4:15pm
What if lobsters had antlers and moose had claws? Learn about the biology of these hallmark Maine creatures, then play around and make a wacky craft that combines these animals' body parts to create your own highly adapted Maine super-creature.

Free with admission.
8/16
Sunday
Art + Design Play: Straw Sculptures
08/16/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come put a modern twist on this century old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
8/16
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Sea Creature Drawings
08/16/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Touch a real sea star, learn about hermit crabs and sea urchins and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/17
Monday
Ooey Gooey Science Camp for Ages 4-6 (R$)
08/17/2015
August 17th through 21st, 9am-12pm
Science is messy! Join us for a week of playful experiments and ooey gooey exploration. We'll create fields of erupting volcanoes, dance in tubs of oobleck, and use the Museum & Theatre's live animal exhibits to investigate the mucky worlds of ponds and tide pools. We'll also go outside to dig up wriggly worms in the garden, splash in the Museum & Theatre's new whale fountain, and mix up slime to take home as we celebrate curiosity-quenching messes.

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
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8/17
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Butterflies
08/17/2015
10:45-11:45am
There are thousands of kinds of butterflies, all with different patterns and markings. Let's learn about a few of them and then make a butterfly sculpture to take home.

Free with admission.
8/17
Monday
Create a Storybook
08/17/2015
12:45-1:45pm
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own stories from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
8/17
Monday
Whale Finger Puppets
08/17/2015
2:45-3:45pm
It's time to get crafty! Create a whale finger puppet that can play, make friends, and go on an adventure, just like the whales in Chris Van Dusen's book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.

Free with admission.
8/18
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Sea Creature Block Prints
08/18/2015
10:45-11:45am
Maine is famous for its coastline - we'll learn about some of its inhabitants and make a sea creature seascape using block prints.

Free with admission.
8/18
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
08/18/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.
8/19
Wednesday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/19/2015
10:45-11:45am
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/19
Wednesday
Put on a Play In Just One Day: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (R$)
08/19/2015
12-2pm
In this two hour workshop you might want to be careful what you wish for! From magic pebbles to morals, this drop-off theatre workshop will provide the opportunity for young actors ages 5-9 to try acting on our stage. Pizza break included! At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story.

$15 for members, $20 for visitors. To register for this workshop, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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8/19
Wednesday
Sustainable Footprints
08/19/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Let's use our bodies as game pieces in a life-sized sustainability board game! We'll learn how daily activities affect oceans, forests and farmland, and practice basic math skills to calculate how we can minimize pollution and keep Earth healthy.

Free with admission.
8/20
Thursday
Summer Sun Science Lab
08/20/2015
12:45-1:45pm
From beach days to pizza, heat makes some of our favorite activities possible! But what exactly is heat and how does it work? Each week we will conduct a different heat experiment using various materials such as mini hot air balloons and solar ovens. Scientists of all ages are welcome to experiment and, if the sun permits, try a solar snack!

Free with admission.
8/20
Thursday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
08/20/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How many suds and how many scrubs does it take to rid your hands of germs? Come find out by playing a handwashing game! We'll learn different ways germs spread, and then we'll use special hand lotion that makes our hands glow until we wash all of our germs away.

Free with admission.
8/20
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
08/20/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Firefighter Friday
08/21/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/21/2015
10:45-11:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: Macbeth
08/21/2015
12:45pm
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth!

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Time Travelers
08/21/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
8/22
Saturday
Art in Motion: Flip Books
08/22/2015
12:15pm
Take your first step in animation by trying out basic flip book techniques. Get the chance to watch a short film made with flip books just like yours!

Free with admission.
8/22
Saturday
Mainey Acts (R$)
08/22/2015
1:45pm
MAINEY ACTS is our new improvisation theatre troupe with kids and adults onstage together! In the spirit of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", whole families, local actors and actors in our own children's theatre will create scenes based on suggestions from the audience! We welcome participation on all levels, and there are plenty of opportunities to get onstage yourself! If you'd like to learn more about how to be part of our improv troupe, contact reba@kitetails.org for more details.

Mainey Acts is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/22
Saturday
Sprouting History
08/22/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
8/23
Sunday
Puppy Finger Puppets
08/23/2015
10:45-11:45am
It's time to get crafty! Create a puppy finger puppet that can play, make friends, and go on an adventure, just like the dog Dee in Chris Van Dusen's book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.

Free with admission.
8/23
Sunday
Music, Movement and Dance
08/23/2015
2:45pm
Music is our muse as we learn stretches, play musical games and experiment with different elements and styles of dance.

Free with admission.
8/24
Monday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
08/24/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
8/24
Monday
Block Printing
08/24/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come put a modern twist on this century old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
8/25
Tuesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
08/25/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup," build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
8/25
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
08/25/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
8/26
Wednesday
Weather Wonders
08/26/2015
10:45-11:45am
Weather is a hot topic - especially during the summer in Maine! Join us for a round of games and experiments as we delve into the wonders that form everyday weather. We'll look at different cloud formations, explore how hail stones grow and if the weather cooperates, we'll learn how to build our own sundials!

Free with admission.
8/26
Wednesday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Where the Wild Things Are (R$)
08/26/2015
12-2pm
In this two hour workshop, we will use our bodies and voices to tell the exciting adventure of Where the Wild Things Are! This is a drop off theatre workshop for ages 5-9 to give acting a try on our stage. Pizza break included! At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story.

$15 for members, $20 for visitors. To register for this workshop, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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8/26
Wednesday
Create a Storybook
08/26/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own story from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
8/26
Wednesday
Audition Workshop (R)
08/26/2015
3:30-5pm
If you're between the ages of 8 and 17 and you'd like to audition for our fall production of The Witches, we recommend you attend 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. We'll even give you a monologue!

To register for this free workshop, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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8/27
Thursday
Sustainable Footprints
08/27/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Let's use our bodies as game pieces in a life-sized sustainability board game! We'll learn how daily activities affect oceans, forests and farmland, and practice basic math skills to calculate how we can minimize pollution and keep Earth healthy.

Free with admission.
8/27
Thursday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/27/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/28
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/28/2015
10:45-11:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/28
Friday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: The Tempest
08/28/2015
12:45pm
The opening scene of The Tempest takes place on a ship at sea. Together we will act out the terrible storm that leads to a shipwreck this magical play by William Shakespeare.

Free with admission.
8/28
Friday
Lobsters & Moose: Maine Animal Mix-Up
08/28/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What if lobsters had antlers and moose had claws? Learn about the biology of these hallmark Maine creatures, then play around and make a wacky craft that combines these animals' body parts to create your own highly adapted Maine super-creature.

Free with admission.
8/29
Saturday
Squid Dissection (R$)
08/29/2015
12:30-1:30pm
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. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/29
Saturday
Kids on the Block: Superears and Bionic Legs
08/29/2015
1:45pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! In Superears, Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, 'look' or 'see.'" In Bionic Legs, Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission.
8/29
Saturday
Urban Ecologists
08/29/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/30
Sunday
Origami Art
08/30/2015
10:45-11:45am
The Japanese created Origami, but you can now find it all over the world. We'll learn about this traditional folded paper art form with different designs, papers, and ideas for you to try!

Free with admission.
8/30
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Sea Creature Drawings
08/30/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Touch a real sea star, learn about hermit crabs and sea urchins and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/31
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Spiders
08/31/2015
10:45-11:45am
Spiders are arachnids, not insects! From their amazing eyes to multiple legs, we'll learn about these helpful creatures and then make a spider sculpture out of a variety of materials. Free with admission.
8/31
Monday
Block Printing
08/31/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Come put a modern twist on this century old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
8/31
Monday
Art in Motion: Phenakistoscope
08/31/2015
2:45-3:45pm
This early animation entertainment may be difficult to say, but it is easy to make! Choose a wheel of images to color and when you spin it, a moving scene plays before your eyes!

Free with admission.

September 2015

9/4
Friday
$2 First Friday
09/04/2015
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 are always admitted free.

$2 admission.