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June 2018

6/21
Thursday
Solstice Story Time: To Be Like the Sun
06/21/2018
1:30-2pm
Let's celebrate the coming of the sun and summer with a sunflower story. Plant your own sunflower seed and act out a story about sunflowers to celebrate the solstice.

Free with admission
6/21
Thursday
Act it Out: The Dramatic Life Cycle of the Butterfly
06/21/2018
2:30-3pm
There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world, but the Monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings, is among the most easily recognizable of the species. Meet the Museum & Theatre's special monarch guests, and use drama to act out the incredible life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly.

Free with admission
6/22
Friday
Construction Zone: Weighing and Loading
06/22/2018
10:30-11am
Celebrate the first phase of the Museum & Theatre's construction project at Thompson's Point. Load up our toy construction vehicles and see how much dirt and sand they can carry as we explore the science of pre-loading dirt onto a construction site.

Free with admission
6/22
Friday
Puppet Show: Stripes and Spots
06/22/2018
11-11:30am
Chomp like a crocodile, flap like a butterfly, and giggle like a monkey as we tell the story of the little striped tiger and a little spotted leopard during this interactive puppet show. Ideal for ages 18 months to five years and their caregivers looking for opportunities to develop listening skills and explore the important preschool concept: same vs. different.

Free with admission
6/22
Friday
School's Out Summer Bash!
06/22/2018
1:30-3:30pm
Kick off another glorious Maine summer with the Museum & Theatre! Pile on the toppings at a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar, follow the clues in a Museum & Theatre-wide scavenger hunt, and jam to some tunes in the backyard under the sun!

Free with admission
6/23
Saturday
Bee-Friendly Sign Making
06/23/2018
10:30-11am
What are the plants that make bees buzz? Learn about what these friendly pollinators need and then help create signs to hang around the community to encourage our neighbors to help save the bees.

Free with admission
6/23
Saturday
Make a Flying Broomstick
06/23/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Abracadabra, witches and wizards! Come create your very own flying broomstick during this messy, hands on workshop. We'll paint designs and glue glitter, stars, and more onto a pre-made natural wood broomstick that's sure to take you on magical adventures for years to come. Each broomstick measures approximately four feet.

$12/broomstick (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Early registration is encouraged.

6/23
Saturday
Science Spotlight: DNA Extraction
06/23/2018
1:30-2pm
Use simple household supplies to extract the DNA from a piece of fruit all while learning how DNA is the hereditary material that directs the construction of living things.

Free with admission
6/23
Saturday
Make a Marble Roller Coaster
06/23/2018
2:30-3:30pm
Challenge your engineering mind by designing and creating your own marble roller coaster. Connect recycled materials together to create shoots, tunnels, and loop-de-loops to send your marble on a wild roller coaster ride.

Free with admission
6/24
Sunday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
06/24/2018
10:30-11am
Travel down the Nile under the stars and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them.

Free with admission
6/24
Sunday
Strawberry Shortcake Making
06/24/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
All ages are invited to be chefs to squish fresh strawberries, whip fresh Maine cream, and bake up buttery biscuits to create a personal sized strawberry shortcake from scratch. Bon appetit!

$4/shortcake plus admission (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount).

6/24
Sunday
The Root Children Stage Story
06/24/2018
1-1:30pm
When spring comes, the Root Children wake from their earthy beds, shine and paint the beetles and bugs, and grow colorful flowers. Help tell this story of the tiny folk who change the seasons. Based on the book by Sibylle von Olfers.

Free with admission
6/24
Sunday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
06/24/2018
3-3:30pm
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
6/25
Monday
Ooey Gooey Summer Camp (week-long)
06/25/2018
9am-12pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Ooey Gooey Camp, running June 25-29 (9am-12pm), recommended for ages 4-6.

Dive right into this tactile adventure with all that is ooey and gooey! Mix up edible, glow in the dark, and color changing slime, erupt giant volcanoes, explode marshmallows, create 3D textured finger painting, and more!

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

Registration for this camp is closed.
6/25
Monday
Dinosaur Dancing
06/25/2018
10:30-11am
Do the "triassic twist and brontosaurus bump" as we read and dance along to Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields.

Free with admission
6/25
Monday
Art around the World: Diwali, India
06/25/2018
1:30-2:15pm
Celebrate the Museum & Theatre's newest exhibit Creating Communities as we explore Anne Sibley O'Brien's paintings of art around the world. Create art alongside Maine neighbor Kavya Bhanupriya as she teaches the Indian art of rangoli.

Free with admission
6/25
Monday
Engineering Hour: Build Birds' Nests
06/25/2018
3-4pm
Did you know that eagle nests can be up to five feet long and strong enough to support a whole eagle family? Come explore different bird homes and use your engineering skills to build a sturdy bird nest.

Free with admission
6/26
Tuesday
Act it Out: The Dramatic Life Cycle of the Butterfly
06/26/2018
11-11:30am
There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world, but the Monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings, is among the most easily recognizable of the species. Meet the Museum & Theatre's special monarch guests, and use drama to act out the incredible life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly.

Free with admission
6/26
Tuesday
Math in Nature: Petal Power
06/26/2018
1-1:30pm
Did you know that most flowers have an odd number of petals? Explore the magic of the Fibonacci sequence and find out why by designing your own flower collage to take home.

Free with admission
6/26
Tuesday
Dinosaur Dancing
06/26/2018
2:30-3pm
Do the "triassic twist and brontosaurus bump" as we read and dance along to Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields.

Free with admission
6/27
Wednesday
Build a Bug Art Time
06/27/2018
10:30-11am
Design and create your own creepy crawly collage. Add eyes, antennae, legs, and stingers to create a bug inspired by real spring insects in Maine.

Free with admission
6/27
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Blueberries for Sal
06/27/2018
11:30am-12pm
Celebrate the arrival of Maine blueberry season by making blueberry chia seed pudding and reading Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

Free with admission
6/27
Wednesday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
06/27/2018
1:30-2pm
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
6/27
Wednesday
Meet the Masters: Vermeer & the Camera Obscura
06/27/2018
2:30-3pm
Did you know that artist, Johannes Vermeer, used his own version of the camera obscura to create his paintings? Find out how the Camera Obscura works and test your hand at using it to create a picture of the Portland waterfront.

Free with admission
6/28
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: We're Going on a Bear Hunt
06/28/2018
10:15-11am
Based on the story by Michael Rosen, experiment with instruments, movements, and new words (onomatopoeia!) as we set out on our very own bear hunt.

Free with admission
6/28
Thursday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
06/28/2018
11:30am-12pm
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
6/28
Thursday
Scribble Art Time
06/28/2018
1:30-2pm
Taking inspiration from artist, Vince Low, we'll create a unique design out of only scribbles. We'll see a few of Vince Low's creations and get scribbling together. Add one scribble or fill in the whole canvas!

Free with admission
6/28
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
06/28/2018
2:30-3pm
Examine changes in pressure and the effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
6/29
Friday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
06/29/2018
10:30-11am
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
6/29
Friday
Construction Zone: Painting with Diggers & Dozers
06/29/2018
11-11:30am
Put on a hard hat, pop on a construction smock, and get excited about the Museum & Theatre's exciting building plans by zooming and zig-zagging dump trucks and cement mixers through paint.

Free with admission
6/29
Friday
Puppet Show: The Town Mouse & The Country Mouse
06/29/2018
11:30am-12pm
Do you live in the city? Do you live in the country? Follow the adventure of a proud Town Mouse when he visits his cousin in the country and find out what happens when the Town Mouse invites the Country Mouse to the city. Ideal for ages 18 months to 5 years and their caregivers looking for opportunities to develop audience skills and explore the difference between urban and rural environments.

Free with admission
6/29
Friday
Bee-Friendly Sign Making
06/29/2018
1:30-2pm
What are the plants that make bees buzz? Learn about what these friendly pollinators need and then help create signs to hang around the community to encourage our neighbors to help save the bees.

Free with admission
6/29
Friday
Create a Mind Jar
06/29/2018
3-3:30pm
What's going on in your brain when you feel sad, mad, happy, and excited? Find out while you create a mind jar to help harness the power of your brain.

Free with admission
6/30
Saturday
Ocean Exploration: Tide Pool Touch Tank
06/30/2018
10:30-11am
Meet and touch our live marine creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Meet sea stars, blue mussels, and more.

Free with admission
6/30
Saturday
Lobster Buoy Workshop
06/30/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Design and paint your own lobster buoy! Sketch out a design using markers and tape, then make your design a reality with colorful paint! Bring your buoy home to decorate your porch, your bedroom, or gift it to a friend. Each buoy measures approximately 4x11 inches.

$16/buoy (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

6/30
Saturday
Sunflower Art Time
06/30/2018
1:30-2pm
Did you know that sunflowers help clean the soil and make the ground healthy for other plants to grow? Find out all about this sunny superhero plant and create your own sunflower painting to take home.

Free with admission
6/30
Saturday
Science Spotlight: DNA Extraction
06/30/2018
2:30-3pm
Use simple household supplies to extract the DNA from a piece of fruit all while learning how DNA is the hereditary material that directs the construction of living things.

Free with admission

July 2018

7/1
Sunday
Bubble Wand Workshop
07/01/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Experiment with different bubble solutions to see what makes the best bubbles and make a unique bubble wand to take home!

$7/wand plus admission (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount).

7/9
Monday
Musical Ukulele Summer Camp (week-long)
07/09/2018
9am-12pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Musical Ukulele Camp, running July 9-13 (9am-12pm), recommended for ages 6-8.

Explore all things ukulele this summer. Learn or review basic chords and strumming techniques as we put together a variety of songs. Create your own musical instrument out of recycled materials, play rhythm and sound games, make a songbook to share with family and friends, and meet a local musician. Each participant will need a ukulele for the duration of the class. Please contact lily [at] kitetails.org for questions about instruments.

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

7/16
Monday
Dinosaur Summer Camp (week-long)
07/16/2018
9am-12pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Dinosaur Camp, running July 16-20 (9am-12pm), recommended for ages 4-6.

Discover prehistory by traveling back in time in a theatrical dinosaur adventure, become a scientist to dig up replica dinosaur bones, create your own fossils, and get messy with volcanic eruptions. Unearth the Museum & Theatre's fossil and fossil replicas, including life-size model of a T-rex jaw bone!

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

Registration for this camp is now closed.
7/23
Monday
Treasure Hunt Theatre Camp (week-long)
07/23/2018
9am-12pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Treasure Hunt Theatre Camp, running July 23-27 (9am-12pm), recommended for ages 4-6.

Ahoy, mateys! Join us for a week of swashbuckling adventure and searching for buried treasure! Build your own pirate ship for adventures on the high seas, follow treasure maps to buried treasure, attend a Main Stage Production of Treasure Island and meet actors from the play. Just don't be fooled by that tricky Long John Silver!

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

7/30
Monday
Treasure Island Acting Summer Camp (week-long)
07/30/2018
9am-12pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Treasure Island Acting Camp, running July 30-August 3 (9am-12pm), recommended for ages 6-8. NEW! Register for this camp and Ooey Gooey Plus Camp this same week, running 12:30-3:30...and your camper can stay for the whole day, all week!

Shiver me timbers! Put on your pirate hats, open your spy-glasses and join us for a week of acting camp inspired by Treasure Island. Stretch your dramatic muscles and get more comfortable on stage, as we tell our own version of this beloved tale. Create props and costumes to complete the experience. Family and friends are invited to attend a short performance on the last day of camp.

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

7/30
Monday
Ooey Gooey EXTREME EXPERIMENTS Summer Camp (week-long)
07/30/2018
12:30-3:30pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Ooey Gooey Plus, Extreme Experiments Camp, running July 30-August 3 (12:30-3:30pm), recommended for ages 6-8. NEW! Register for this camp and Treasure Island Acting Camp this same week, running 9-12...and your camper can stay for the whole day, all week!

Dissect squids, open up owl pellets, grow mold mountains, and create five unique varieties of slime (one to take home each day) perfect for hands on experimentation. Grab your lab coats and goggles as we smell, taste, touch, and observe all that is wonderfully ooey gooey.

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

August 2018

8/6
Monday
Engineering Art Summer Camp (week-long)
08/06/2018
9am-12pm
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camp season is open! Join us for Engineering Art Camp, running August 6-10 (9am-12pm), recommended for ages 6-8.

Swing and rock giant pendulum and catapult paintings, light up electric star scapes, grow mossy 3D scenes, build structures from your wildest imagination, and more as we push the bounds of science and art. Perfect for the young scientist in search of creative ways to experiment with physics, engineering, and biology.

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

8/13
Monday
All-Day Theatre Camp: Shakespeare, Improv, and More
08/13/2018
9am-3:30pm
If you've ever seen one of our Main Stage shows and thought "I want to do that!" this camp is for you! Join us for five full days in the theatre to bolster your confidence in the spotlight and get ready for your first audition! In the mornings we'll explore Shakespeare, and improvisation in the afternoons. At the end of camp we'll perform a 25 minute adaption of the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer's Night Dream, complete with lights, costumes, fairies, and mischief!

$330/camper (members receive 10% off). Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

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

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

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