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July 2016

7/31
Sunday
Maple Syrup Sunday
07/31/2016
11am
Do you know how maple syrup is made? Come explore the process as we whip up a pancake brunch. Our exploration of this special Maine treat will be complete with a maple taste test!

Free with admission.
7/31
Sunday
Heatin' Up: Sun Tea Tasting
07/31/2016
2pm
Learn about the sun and its heating powers as we brew and taste some of our own sun tea!

Free with admission.
7/31
Sunday
Garden Squad
07/31/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.

August 2016

8/1
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Carrot Pancakes
08/01/2016
10:30am
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks!
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
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8/1
Monday
Textile Discovery: Finger Knitting
08/01/2016
11am
Join us as we discover the art of textiles through finger knitting, burlap sewing, and Kente cloth style soap printing.

Free with admission.
8/1
Monday
Blueberry Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/01/2016
2pm
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make blueberry ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop too!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $4/child for members, $5/child for visitors, plus admission.
8/2
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Art Time
08/02/2016
11am
Come hear the story Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and learn all about how Mr. Magee and his dog Dee end up stuck in a tree! Then recreate your favorite part of the story using a variety of materials.

Free with admission .
8/2
Tuesday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Louise Nevelson
08/02/2016
Noon
Join us as we learn about one of Maine's great artists! This week, we'll learn about Louise Nevelson as we create wooden sculptures inspired by her later works.

Free with admission.
8/2
Tuesday
Paper Plate Masks
08/02/2016
2pm
Make your own paper-plate mask based on the comedy and tragedy masks of ancient Greece, and pretend you're someone else on our stage.

Free with Admission.
8/2
Tuesday
Circuit Challenge
08/02/2016
3pm
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/2
Tuesday
Nature Fairy Crowns
08/02/2016
4pm
Come discover nature's magic during this craft time! We will use felt, twine and natural objects to craft flowering fairy crowns.

Free with admission.
8/3
Wednesday
Lupine Lady Art Time
08/03/2016
11am
Join as we read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and learn about the three things we must do when we grow up. Then, create your own lupine-inspired artwork!

Free with admission.
8/3
Wednesday
New England Folk Dancing
08/03/2016
Noon
Let's get our feet stomping and arms twirling as we dance together and discover traditional New England contra dance moves like do-si-do, sashay, and more!

Free with admission.
8/3
Wednesday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
08/03/2016
3pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along!
Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum. The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven. Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/3
Wednesday
Sailboat Making Station
08/03/2016
4pm
Come design and create your own boat out of recycled materials. Then, test if it will sink or float as we let our ships set sail down the Museum & Theatre's stream!

Free with admission.
8/4
Thursday
Make a Hula Hoop Workshop (R$)
08/04/2016
10:30am
Discover the process of creating a custom hula hoop. We'll measure and make a hula hoop fit to your height. Then, we'll decorate your creation and test out your hooping skills as we learn about the physics of hula hooping!

$10/member and $12/visitor. To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk today.
8/4
Thursday
Greek Monster Yoga
08/04/2016
11am
Join us for some relaxing (but exciting!) yoga and transform your body into some of the famous monsters of Greek mythology! You can even learn some of the stories along the way.

Free with admission.
8/4
Thursday
Summer Sand Play Dough
08/04/2016
11:30am
We'll bring the beach to the Museum & Theatre with our very own sand play dough! Join us as we roll, shape, and mold our homemade textured dough into various shapes and creations. We'll even add sea glass and sea shells!

Free with admission.
8/4
Thursday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
08/04/2016
1pm
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game 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.
8/4
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
08/04/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

8/5
Friday
Fly Like Icarus
08/05/2016
11am
Join us to learn about different kinds of wings. Then use your bodies and imaginations to fly around the second floor and tell us what you see!

Free with admission.
8/5
Friday
Garden Art Time
08/05/2016
12:30pm
Come check out the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden! Join us as we explore the greenhouse and raised beds. Then create your own garden-inspired artwork using a variety of materials.

Free with admission.
8/5
Friday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Andrew Wyeth
08/05/2016
2pm
Join us as we learn about one of Maine's great artists. This week, we'll mix egg tempera paint just like Andrew Wyeth did, and then create Wyeth-inspired artwork using our homemade paint.

Free with admission.
8/5
Friday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
08/05/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

8/5
Friday
$2 First Friday
08/05/2016
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.
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8/5
Friday
Main Stage Theatre Meet and Greet!
08/05/2016
5:30-6:15pm
Learn more about our main stage theatre program and gain confidence on the stage! Find out more about our 2016-2017 main stage season, and how you can audition for The Hobbit. We will be playing games and acting out parts of the story. Our theatre staff will be available to answer any questions about how to get involved in a show.

Free with admission.
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8/6
Saturday
Offsite Tide Pooling Field Trip at Willard Beach (R$)
08/06/2016
9-10am
Jump outside and explore the amazing world of tide pools with us during this offsite family field trip! SMCC marine biology professor Megan McCuller will join us as we peek under rocks and between seaweed in search of creatures like anemones, periwinkles, mussels, and more on Willard Beach. Then we'll step inside Megan's lab to learn more about what it's like to be a marine biologist. Recommended for ages 4+.
$5/member, $7/visitor. To register, call 207-828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk.

*Personal transportation is required for this field trip. Participants will receive a confirmation email upon registering with information about parking on the SMCC campus.

Please sign up early! This field trip requires two or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
8/6
Saturday
Make your Own Costume: Athenian Style (R$) Ages 5-9
08/06/2016
10:30am-12:30pm
What should you wear to see a Greek Mythology play this summer? The clothes of Ancient Greece of course! In this special costuming workshop you can fashion your own toga, stola, palla, laurel wreath and even your own sandals to watch ancient Greek plays in style!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants mid-way through the workshop. Registration fee includes two tickets for a Main Stage Theatre show in our 2016 summer season.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
8/6
Saturday
Maine Nature Bracelet Making
08/06/2016
11am
Come design and create your own nature bracelet with materials from Portland's natural environment. Add leaves, flower petals, and more to create a colorful accessory.

Free with admission.
8/6
Saturday
Science Spotlight
08/06/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
8/6
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
08/06/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

8/7
Sunday
Stage Story: Laugh with Longfellow
08/07/2016
11am
Did you know the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had a silly side? Act out his adventurous poem "The Children's Hour" and use your imaginations to plot, rush, and ramble over castle walls - and discover something wonderful on the other side.

Free with admission.
8/7
Sunday
The Dot: Make Your Mark
08/07/2016
2pm
Join us and explore all the different ways to dot, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot. Together, we'll build our own giant, hanging piece to celebrate the artist in us all!

Free with admission.
8/7
Sunday
Olympic Running Games
08/07/2016
3pm
Longtime Mainer Joan Benoit Samuelson made history as the first gold medalist in the Women's Marathon. As the 2016 Summer Olympics are underway, let's stretch, run and jump in a series of movement games and dream that we are the athlete reaching across the finish line just like Joan!

Free with admission.
8/8
Monday
The Dot: Make Your Mark
08/08/2016
11am
Join us and explore all the different ways to dot, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot. Together, we'll build our own giant, hanging piece to celebrate the artist in us all!

Free with admission.
8/8
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Carrot Pancakes
08/08/2016
2pm
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks!
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
8/8
Monday
Olympic Running Games
08/08/2016
4pm
Longtime Mainer Joan Benoit Samuelson made history as the first gold medalist in the Women's Marathon. As the 2016 Summer Olympics are underway, let's stretch, run and jump in a series of movement games and dream that we are the athlete reaching across the finish line just like Joan!

Free with admission.
8/9
Tuesday
Homemade Paint Brush Art
08/09/2016
11am
Discover the process of painting with our natural, homemade paint brushes. We'll tie and tape various natural materials to a stick to create a paint brush. Then, we'll dip our brushes in paint and create colorful designs!

Free with admission.
8/9
Tuesday
Celebrate Peace: Human Bingo Game
08/09/2016
Noon
Join us for this weekly program focused on inspiring peace and collaboration in ourselves, our community, and our world. This week, we'll play a giant game of bingo throughout the Museum & Theatre. During this interactive game, you'll get a chance to meet other families as you try to fill in your bingo sheet!

Free with admission.
8/9
Tuesday
Spinning Webs with E.B. White
08/09/2016
4pm
Do you know the famous book, Charlotte's Web? Come explore this fun story about a spider who spins words in her web to save a pig. Then make your own special spider message using sticks and yarn. What will your web say?

Free with admission.
8/10
Wednesday
Ice Excavators
08/10/2016
11am
Uh-oh, some of the Museum & Theatre toys have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different tools and techniques.

Free with admission.
8/10
Wednesday
Ocean Commotion Art Time
08/10/2016
Noon
Join us as we explore the wonders of the ocean with a creative craft. Each week, we'll dive into the world of a different sea creature. This week, we'll explore whales as we create our own mini whale tail puppet.

Free with admission.
8/10
Wednesday
Little Plays: Three Billy Goats Gruff ($)
08/10/2016
3pm
Three hungry goats hope to cross Troll Bridge to eat the tender grass that grows on the other side. Unfortunately, a troll lives under Troll Bridge! He has stinky breath and won't let the goats pass! The goats must think of a way to trick the troll, and cross the bridge.
In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and puppets from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along!
Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/10
Wednesday
Maker Station: Sculptural Faces
08/10/2016
4pm
Stop on by to create your own sculpture out of recycled materials. This week, we'll use scrap wood, plastic bottle caps, bubble wrap, and more to create a face during this open-ended art time.

Free with admission.
8/11
Thursday
Squid Dissection (R$)
08/11/2016
10:30am
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join science educator Laura Poppick to learn all about squid - inside and out - in this hands-on dissection workshop! We'll compare the squid's body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures live their lives underwater, and create sketches of our dissection to take home.

Suggested for ages 4 and up. $5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/11
Thursday
Circuit Challenge
08/11/2016
11:30am
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/11
Thursday
Shell and Sand Art
08/11/2016
Noon
Join us as we create beautiful designs and patterns with sand. We'll enjoy the texture of sand as we glue sand and seashells onto paper.

Free with admission.
8/11
Thursday
Olympic Running Games
08/11/2016
2pm
Longtime Mainer Joan Benoit Samuelson made history as the first gold medalist in the Women's Marathon. As the 2016 Summer Olympics are underway, let's stretch, run and jump in a series of movement games and dream that we are the athlete reaching across the finish line just like Joan!

Free with admission.
8/11
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/11/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/12
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
08/12/2016
10:30am
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue! Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a flying squirrel! Reservations highly recommended.

$5/person plus admission. Tickets sales coming soon!
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8/12
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
08/12/2016
11am
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue! Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a flying squirrel! Reservations highly recommended.

$5/person plus admission. Tickets sales coming soon!
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
8/12
Friday
Lupine Lady Art Time
08/12/2016
11:30am
Join as we read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and learn about the three things we must do when we grow up. Then, create your own lupine-inspired artwork!

Free with admission.
8/12
Friday
Fly Like Icarus
08/12/2016
1pm
Join us to learn about different kinds of wings. Then use your bodies and imaginations to fly around the second floor and tell us what you see!

Free with admission.
8/12
Friday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Winslow Homer
08/12/2016
2pm
Join us as we learn about one of Maine's great artists! We'll discover the different types of boats Homer liked to depict. Then, create your own nautical watercolor in the spirit of Homer's ocean-inspired works.

Free with admission

Bonus: Head next door to the Portland Museum of Art to see an original Winslow Homer. Children under 14 admitted free!
8/12
Friday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/12/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/13
Saturday
Play in One Day: Masks! (R$) Ages 5-9
08/13/2016
10:30am-12:30pm
Since ancient times, people have used masks to perform different characters in a story. Have you ever made a mask and worn it? In this special two hour workshop, young actors and artists will decorate mask forms and use the masks to perform a play for friends and family! After we perform the play, you'll have a mask to take home!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. At the end of the workshop, caregivers will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants before the show.

$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. Registration fee includes two tickets for a Main Stage Theatre show in our 2016 summer season.
To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
8/13
Saturday
Circuit Challenge
08/13/2016
11am
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/13
Saturday
Science Spotlight
08/13/2016
2-3pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
8/13
Saturday
Greek Star Show
08/13/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
8/13
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/13/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/14
Sunday
Garden Squad
08/14/2016
11am
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
8/14
Sunday
Egypt in the Stars
08/14/2016
2pm
Take a journey through an ancient Egyptian calendar year as we follow the powerful star Sothis across the sky. Through this story of destruction and rebirth, we'll learn how ancient Egyptians used mythology to explain natural events occurring all around them. Join us after for some hieroglyphic writing in the Explore Some More room!

Free with admission.
8/14
Sunday
Science Spotlight
08/14/2016
3pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
8/15
Monday
Moose Tracks Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/15/2016
10:30am
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make moose tracks ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $4/child for members, $5/child for visitors plus admission.
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8/15
Monday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppets
08/15/2016
11am
Help tell the folk story of Abiyoyo, the dreaded giant, with shadow puppets!

Free with admission.
8/15
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Mini Broccoli Quiche
08/15/2016
1pm
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks!
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
8/15
Monday
Master Class: Acting with Masks (R$) Ages 9-14
08/15/2016
3-5pm
When you act with a mask, every move you make must be exaggerated. Learn the basics of Commedia Del Arte to make a mask come alive!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop. Registration fee includes two tickets for a Main Stage Theatre show in our 2016 summer season.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
8/16
Tuesday
Birds of Prey
08/16/2016
11am
Join us for a series of games as we learn how eagles, osprey, and owls use their eyes, beaks, and talons to capture food for their families.

Free with admission.
8/16
Tuesday
Circuit Challenge
08/16/2016
Noon
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/16
Tuesday
Celebrate Peace: Helping Hands Mural
08/16/2016
2pm
Join us for a weekly program focused on inspiring peace in ourselves, our community, and our world. This week, we'll work together to explore what peace means to us during this mixed-media art project.

Free with admission.
8/16
Tuesday
Stage Story: Laugh with Longfellow
08/16/2016
4pm
Did you know the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had a silly side? Act out his adventurous poem "The Children's Hour" and use your imaginations to plot, rush, and ramble over castle walls - and discover something wonderful on the other side.

Free with admission.
8/17
Wednesday
Ice Excavators
08/17/2016
11am
Uh-oh, some of the Museum & Theatre toys have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different tools and techniques.

Free with admission.
8/17
Wednesday
Maine Nature Printmaking
08/17/2016
Noon
Join us as we learn about the age-old tradition of printmaking. Create your own design in colorful ink, then stamp paper onto your creation to create a print of your design!

Free with admission.
8/17
Wednesday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
08/17/2016
3-3:30pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum.
The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven.
Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front
8/17
Wednesday
Ocean Commotion Art Time
08/17/2016
4pm
Join us as we explore the wonders of the ocean with a creative craft. Each week, we'll dive into the world of a different sea creature. This week, we'll explore whales as we create our own mini whale tail puppet.

Free with admission.
8/18
Thursday
Owl Pellet Dissection (R$)
08/18/2016
10:30-11am
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will get his/her own owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner!
Suggested for ages 4 and up. Caregivers are welcome to participate.

$5/member, $7/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/18
Thursday
Ferns and Flowers Art Time
08/18/2016
11am
Explore the world of Maine wildflowers and ferns as we observe various petal colors and leaf shapes. Then, create your own close-up drawing of your favorite plant!

Free with admission.
8/18
Thursday
Meet the Violin
08/18/2016
Noon
Come learn all about the violin! Explore how the violin has changed over time, discover how it makes sound, and listen to the different types of music the violin can create.

Free with Admission.
8/18
Thursday
Olympic Running Games
08/18/2016
2pm
Longtime Mainer Joan Benoit Samuelson made history as the first gold medalist in the Women's Marathon. As the 2016 Summer Olympics are underway, let's stretch, run and jump in a series of movement games and dream that we are the athlete reaching across the finish line just like Joan!

Free with admission.
8/18
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/18/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/19
Friday
Ice Excavators
08/19/2016
11am
Uh-oh, some of the Museum & Theatre toys have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different tools and techniques.

Free with admission.
8/19
Friday
Mythological Music
08/19/2016
1-1:30pm
Explore some of the different musical and earthly sounds of Greek mythology! Learn about Heracles' lyre, make the sounds of Icarus' seagull friends, explore the sounds of the night sky that inspire Ariande to dance, or even play a song that puts Cerberus to sleep...

Free with admission
8/19
Friday
Meet the Masters: Georgia OKeeffe
08/19/2016
2-2:30pm
Who was Georgia O'Keefe? Learn about this great artist, observe several of her paintings, and learn how nature inspired many of her famous works. Then, make your own nature-inspired painting with the help of our O'Keefe-inspired still-life.

Free with admission

Bonus: Head next door to the Portland Museum of Art to see an original Georgia O'Keeffe in their feature exhibit.
8/19
Friday
Greek Star Show
08/19/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
8/19
Friday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/19/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/20
Saturday
Collaborative Art: Papier Mache
08/20/2016
11-11:30am
Stop by our collaborative art time to add to our papier mache creation. Add one piece of gooey paper or stay for the whole process!

Free with admission.
8/20
Saturday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
08/20/2016
11:30am
Check out our troupe of life-sized educational puppets with real stories just like real kids!
Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission.
8/20
Saturday
Make your Own Costume: Athenian Style (R$) Ages 5-9
08/20/2016
12:30-2:30pm
What should you wear to see a Greek Mythology play this summer? The clothes of Ancient Greece of course! In this special costuming workshop you can fashion your own toga, stola, palla, laurel wreath and even your own sandals to watch ancient Greek plays in style!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants mid-way through the workshop. Registration fee includes two tickets for a Main Stage Theatre show in our 2016 summer season.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
8/20
Saturday
Fibonacci Art Time
08/20/2016
3-3:30pm
Learn about the Fibonacci sequence, where it appears in art and nature, and why it's important. Then, create your own representation of this fascinating sequence using collage!

Free with admission
8/20
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/20/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/21
Sunday
Meet the Animals!
08/21/2016
10:30am
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.
8/21
Sunday
Textile Discovery: Burlap Sewing
08/21/2016
2pm
Join us as we discover the art of textiles through finger knitting, burlap sewing, and Kente cloth style soap printing.

Free with admission.
8/21
Sunday
Garden Squad
08/21/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
8/22
Monday
Heatin' Up: Sun Tea Tasting
08/22/2016
11am
Learn about the sun and its heating powers as we brew and taste some of our own sun tea!

Free with admission.
8/22
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Quick Pickles
08/22/2016
2pm
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks!
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
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8/22
Monday
Master Class: Glee Jam (R$) Ages 9-14
08/22/2016
3-5pm
Sing your heart out in this acapella jam session with our own musical director, Brittany Cook!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop. Registration fee includes two tickets for a Main Stage Theatre show in our 2016 summer season.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
8/22
Monday
Stage Story: Laugh with Longfellow
08/22/2016
4pm
Did you know the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had a silly side? Act out his adventurous poem "The Children's Hour" and use your imaginations to plot, rush, and ramble over castle walls - and discover something wonderful on the other side.

Free with admission.
8/23
Tuesday
Birds of Prey
08/23/2016
11am
Join us for a series of games as we learn how eagles, osprey, and owls use their eyes, beaks, and talons to capture food for their families.

Free with admission.
8/23
Tuesday
Circuit Challenge
08/23/2016
Noon
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/23
Tuesday
Garden Art Time
08/23/2016
2pm
Come check out the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden! Join us as we explore the greenhouse and raised beds. Then create your own garden-inspired artwork using a variety of materials.

Free with admission.
8/23
Tuesday
Spinning Webs with E.B. White
08/23/2016
4pm
Do you know the famous book, Charlotte's Web? Come explore this fun story about a spider who spins words in her web to save a pig. Then make your own special spider message using sticks and yarn. What will your web say?

Free with admission.
8/24
Wednesday
Ice Excavators
08/24/2016
11am
Uh-oh, some of the Museum & Theatre toys have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different tools and techniques.

Free with admission.
8/24
Wednesday
Follow the Drinking Gourd Star Show
08/24/2016
Noon
Together we will sing Follow the Drinking Gourd under the glowing stars in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium. Can you find the big dipper? Our song will tell us about this special constellation that guided people out of slavery.

Free with admission.
8/24
Wednesday
Little Plays: The Three Billy Goats Gruff ($)
08/24/2016
3-3:30pm
Three hungry goats who hope to cross Troll Bridge to eat the tender grass that grows on the other side. Unfortunately, a troll lives under Troll Bridge! He has stinky breath and won't let the goats pass! The goats must think of a way to trick the troll, and cross the bridge.
In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and puppets from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/24
Wednesday
Auditions: The Hobbit
08/24/2016
3:30-5pm
This October, the Museum & Theatre will be producing The Hobbit by Patricia Gray on our main stage.
Auditions are open to all children age 8 to 17. If you're interested in joining the ensemble, plan to arrive at 3:30 to participate in a 3/4 hour improvisation workshop to audition. If you would like to be considered for a larger role (Bilbo, Gandolf, Thorin, Gollum or Smaug) prepare a short one minute monologue and plan to stay until 5pm. It is free to audition.
If cast, there is no cost to participate as an actor or a backstage crew member for our productions. Please attend auditions with a parent or guardian, and bring a fall calendar showing your availability for rehearsals. Only actors available for all performances in October are eligible to be cast.

For more info: email Reba
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8/24
Wednesday
Down To The Sea Art Time
08/24/2016
4-4:30pm
Come hear the story Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and learn all about how Mr. Magee and his dog Dee end up stuck in a tree! Then recreate your favorite part of the story using a variety of materials.

Free with admission.
8/24
Wednesday
Play Our Way
08/24/2016
5:30-7:30pm
Come experience the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time, explore art and tactile programming, and meet other families from the community. This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the museum and theatre.
Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will be available. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment.
Normal admission prices apply; however, families are welcome to arrive during our normal operating hours at no additional cost.
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8/25
Thursday
Make A Hula Hoop Workshop (R$)
08/25/2016
10:30-11am
Discover the process of creating a custom hula hoop. We'll measure and make a hula hoop fit to your height. Then, we'll decorate your creation and test out your hooping skills as we learn about the physics of hula hooping!

$10/member, $12/visitor. To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x231, visit kitetails.org, or stop by the front desk today.
8/25
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Veggie Cookies
08/25/2016
11am
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks!
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
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8/25
Thursday
Lupine Lady Art Time
08/25/2016
Noon
Join as we read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and learn about the three things we must do when we grow up. Then, create your own lupine-inspired artwork!

Free with admission.
8/25
Thursday
Mainely Moose
08/25/2016
2-2:30pm
Moose love to make their home in Maine. Join us to explore real moose artifacts - including fur, teeth, and antlers - and learn how these animals survive through the heat of the summer and chill of the long Maine winters. Then make a moose track craft to take home!

Free with admission
8/25
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/25/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/26
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
08/26/2016
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write letters to them thanking them for keeping us safe, and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission.
8/26
Friday
Birds of Prey
08/26/2016
11am
Join us for a series of games as we learn how eagles, osprey, and owls use their eyes, beaks, and talons to capture food for their families.

Free with admission.
8/26
Friday
Mythological Music
08/26/2016
1-1:30pm
Explore some of the different musical and earthly sounds of Greek mythology! Learn about Heracles' lyre, make the sounds of Icarus' seagull friends, explore the sounds of the night sky that inspire Ariande to dance, or even play a song that puts Cerberus to sleep...

Free with admission.
8/26
Friday
Celebrate Peace: "I Am From" Poems
08/26/2016
2-2:30pm
Join us for this weekly program focused on inspiring peace in ourselves, our community, and our world. This week, we'll create "I Am From" poems to share our individual uniqueness and collective memory.

Free with admission.
8/26
Friday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/26/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/27
Saturday
Garden Harvest Fest
08/27/2016
10am-12pm
Celebrate a bountiful summer of fresh vegetables by harvesting the ripe treats in our greenhouse and garden! We'll test-taste quick pickles made from our cucumbers, rake our empty beds to prepare them for fall, and make garden art.
8/27
Saturday
Garden Mural Art
08/27/2016
11-11:30am
Explore the Museum & Theatre's garden as we create a nature-inspired mural. Add one vegetable or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission.
8/27
Saturday
Meet the Masters: Alexander Calder
08/27/2016
1-1:30pm
Who was Alexander Calder? Join us as we explore Calder's art works and learn about his life story. Then, we'll twist, bend, and shape wire into a structure, face, or animal to create a Calder-inspired creation.

Free with admission.

Bonus: Head next door to the Portland Museum of Art to see an original Alexander Calder with your family!
8/27
Saturday
Science Spotlight
08/27/2016
2-3pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
8/27
Saturday
Greek Star Show
08/27/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
8/27
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Perseus and Medusa (R$)
08/27/2016
4-5pm
Perseus is a young prince who has been sent on an impossible quest by an evil king: defeat the snake-haired monster Medusa, who can turn people to stone with a single glance! With help from some mystical creatures and magical items, can Perseus outwit Medusa before she turns him to stone? Find out in this family-friendly production of the ancient Greek myth about the world's first adventure hero.
Perseus and Medusa is a special Children's Museum & Theatre Alumni Production, featuring high school and college age actors who acted on our stage between 2008-2015!
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
8/28
Sunday
Maple Syrup Sunday
08/28/2016
11am
Do you know how maple syrup is made? Come explore the process as we whip up a pancake brunch. Our exploration of this special Maine treat will be complete with a maple taste test!

Free with admission.
8/28
Sunday
Garden Squad
08/28/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
8/29
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Beet Brownies
08/29/2016
10:30am
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks!
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
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8/29
Monday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppets
08/29/2016
11am
Help tell the folk story of Abiyoyo, the dreaded giant, with shadow puppets!

Free with admission.
8/29
Monday
Blueberry Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/29/2016
2pm
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make blueberry ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop too!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $4/child for members, $5/child for visitors, plus admission.
8/30
Tuesday
Birds of Prey
08/30/2016
11am
Join us for a series of games as we learn how eagles, osprey, and owls use their eyes, beaks, and talons to capture food for their families.

Free with admission.
8/30
Tuesday
Ocean Commotion Art Time
08/30/2016
2pm
Join us as we explore the wonders of the ocean with a creative craft. Each week, we'll dive into the world of a different sea creature. This week, we'll explore whales as we create our own mini whale tail puppet.

Free with admission.
8/30
Tuesday
Stage Story: Laugh with Longfellow
08/30/2016
4pm
Did you know the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had a silly side? Act out his adventurous poem "The Children's Hour" and use your imaginations to plot, rush, and ramble over castle walls - and discover something wonderful on the other side.

Free with admission.
8/31
Wednesday
Ice Excavators
08/31/2016
11am
Uh-oh, some of the Museum & Theatre toys have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different tools and techniques.

Free with admission.
8/31
Wednesday
Weaving Words Blanket
08/31/2016
Noon
Do you have a favorite word? Come write it on a quilt square and add it to a multilingual, multi-color blanket that will grow throughout the summer. Come explore the beauty of language and discover how art weaves us all together.

Free with admission.
8/31
Wednesday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
08/31/2016
3-3:30pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum.
The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven.
Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front
8/31
Wednesday
Maine Nature Printmaking
08/31/2016
4pm
Join us as we learn about the age-old tradition of printmaking. Create your own design in colorful ink, then stamp paper onto your creation to create a print of your design!

Free with admission.

September 2016

9/1
Thursday
Spinning Webs with E.B. White
09/01/2016
4pm
Do you know the famous book, Charlotte's Web? Come explore this fun story about a spider who spins words in her web to save a pig. Then make your own special spider message using sticks and yarn. What will your web say?

Free with admission.
9/2
Friday
$2 First Friday
09/02/2016
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.
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9/2
Friday
Main Stage Theatre Meet and Greet!
09/02/2016
5:15-6:15pm
Learn more about our main stage theatre program and gain confidence on the stage! Find out more about our 2016-2017 main stage season, and how you can audition for The Hobbit. We will be playing games and acting out parts of the story. Our theatre staff will be available to answer any questions about how to get involved in a show.

Free with admission.
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9/3
Saturday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Winslow Homer
09/03/2016
11am
Join us as we learn about one of Maine's great artists! We'll discover the different types of boats Homer liked to depict. Then, create your own nautical watercolor in the spirit of Homer's ocean-inspired works.

Free with admission

Bonus: Head next door to the Portland Museum of Art to see an original Winslow Homer. Children under 14 admitted free!
9/3
Saturday
Play in One Day: Masks! (R$) Ages 5-9
09/03/2016
12-2pm
Since ancient times, people have used masks to perform different characters in a story. Have you ever made a mask and worn it? In this special two hour workshop, young actors and artists will decorate mask forms and use the masks to perform a play for friends and family! After we perform the play, you'll have a mask to take home!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. At the end of the workshop, caregivers will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants before the show.

$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
9/3
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/03/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
9/4
Sunday
Moose Tracks Ice Cream Making (R$)
09/04/2016
11am
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make moose tracks ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $4/child for members, $5/child for visitors plus admission.
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9/7
Wednesday
Spinning Webs with E.B. White
09/07/2016
11am
Do you know the famous book, Charlotte's Web? Come explore this fun story about a spider who spins words in her web to save a pig. Then make your own special spider message using sticks and yarn. What will your web say?

Free with admission.
9/10
Saturday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
09/10/2016
1pm
Check out our troupe of life-sized educational puppets with real stories just like real kids!
Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission.
9/10
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/10/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
9/12
Monday
Master Class: Glee Jam (R$) Ages 9-14
09/12/2016
3-5pm
Sing your heart out in this acapella jam session with our own musical director, Brittany Cook!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
9/17
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
09/17/2016
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time, explore art and tactile programming, and meet other families from the community.
This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the museum and theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will be available. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment.
Normal admission prices apply; however, families are welcome to stay and play into our normal operating hours at no additional cost.
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9/17
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/17/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
9/18
Sunday
Meet the Animals!
09/18/2016
10:30am
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.
9/19
Monday
11th Annual Golf Tournament
09/19/2016
12-6:30pm
Join us and celebrate 11 years of golf for a great cause!

SCHEDULE
12:00pm Light Lunch and Registration
1pm Shotgun Start
5:30/6:00pm Barbeque Dinner, Contests, Auction and Prizes

PRICING
$560 Per Foursome
$155 Per Person
Registration includes light lunch, greens fees, golf carts, snacks on course, barbeque dinner and awards.

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9/21
Wednesday
Family Face Painting
09/21/2016
11am
We'll provide face paints and picture prompts to inspire your imagination as you try your hand at painting your own face or the face of a family member! Adults and children are welcome to take turns being the artist. Pictures and giggles are encouraged.

Free with admission.
9/26
Monday
Members' Monday
09/26/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
9/26
Monday
Member's Monday: Family Face Painting
09/26/2016
10am
We'll provide face paints and picture prompts to inspire your imagination as you try your hand at painting your own face or the face of a family member! Adults and children are welcome to take turns being the artist. Pictures and giggles are encouraged.

Free with admission.