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May 2015

5/22
Friday
Songs of Spring
05/22/2015
10:30am
Spring is here! Let's celebrate with songs and rhythm activities about rain, flowers and other things we see in the spring.

Free with Admission.
5/22
Friday
Digging up Dinosaurs
05/22/2015
11am-12:30pm
Help gather clues about these giants of the past! Work like paleontologists to unearth fossils and become fossil detectives! Make hypotheses about what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and where they lived. Read a dinosaur book, help create a life-size drawing of a dinosaur and then use your dinosaur knowledge and imaginations to pretend you are a dinosaur!

Free with admission.
5/22
Friday
Science Mystery Lab
05/22/2015
2:30-4pm
How many grains of sand exist on Earth? Why can't ostriches fly? These are some of the mysteries we'll try to solve in our weekly Science Mystery Lab! Each week we'll dig into the Museum & Theatre's collection of natural materials as we tackle questions about the world around us. Throughout the month, we'll explore basic concepts in biology, chemistry, geology and physics.

Free with admission.
5/23
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
05/23/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
5/23
Saturday
Flower Press Making (R$)
05/23/2015
11:30am
Preserve colorful spring blossoms by building your own flower press! We'll provide all the materials and flowers to start you off on your first round of pressings, explore the basic anatomy of flowers, and then spend time beautifying our presses. Adults welcome to participate, too.

$8/press for members, $9/press for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/23
Saturday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Secret Pizza Party (R$)
05/23/2015
2-4pm
In this two hour workshop, we will act like raccoons, make paper plate masks, and stealthily act out Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. This is a drop off workshop for ages 5-9 to give acting a try on our stage. At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. OTTO Pizza will be provided at the end of the class.

Pre-registration by 5pm 5/22 is required. $12/member, $15/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/23
Saturday
Science Spotlight
05/23/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science education staff on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
5/24
Sunday
Open Art Studio: Flower Collages
05/24/2015
11am-12pm
Spring is on its way! Let's get in the spirit by making some collaged, flower-inspired art. We'll have all kinds of materials to choose from.

Free with admission.
5/24
Sunday
Spring Face Painting
05/24/2015
2:30pm
Spring is here, so let's celebrate with some colorful face paint. Will you choose a butterfly, honeybee or a green leaf?

Free with admission.
5/25
Monday
Shadow Puppet Play: Three Little Pigs
05/25/2015
11am
Do you know the story of the Three Little Pigs? Help us tell it with shadow puppets in our Camera Obscura!

Free with admission.
5/25
Monday
Spring Face Painting
05/25/2015
12pm
Spring is here, so let's celebrate with some colorful face paint. Will you choose a butterfly, honeybee or a green leaf?

Free with admission.
5/25
Monday
Creative Story Time: One Fish Two Fish
05/25/2015
2:30-4:30pm
We'll read a story together and then make a work of art inspired by the book! Today we'll read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss and make some wacky, silly, fishy art.

Free with admission.
5/26
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: The Tempest
05/26/2015
11am
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 in this magical play by William Shakespeare. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
5/26
Tuesday
Forest, Pond, and Stream Games
05/26/2015
2-3:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's Ranger Station is full of fascinating plants and animals! Join us for a round of interactive games as we become sneaky owls, strong turtles, cunning bats, and sturdy trees. We'll learn how plants and animals live together and support each other across forests, ponds, and streams of Maine.

Free with admission.
5/27
Wednesday
Crafty Naturalists: Exploring Maine Birds
05/27/2015
10:30am-12pm
Fresh winds of spring have brought Maine new flocks of migrating birds! Learn all about our new chirping neighbors in this interactive art and science program. We'll practice common bird calls, make bird art, and explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of bird feathers and skull replicas. Each week, we'll highlight a different bird of Maine including puffins, loons, seagulls, and chickadees!

Free with admission.
5/27
Wednesday
Boat Building
05/27/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do anchors sink and boats float? Come explore the laws of gravity and buoyancy as you create and test the durability of handheld rafts, boats and submarines. Each week we will tackle a new boat-making challenge with a different set of materials including juice boxes, pasta noodles, paper, sticks, plastic bottles and egg cartons.

Free with admission.
5/28
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Fresh Spring Rolls
05/28/2015
10:30am-12pm
Every month we're looking for a new way to eat healthy. We'll learn how to make amazingly easy, healthy snacks that also taste great. This month we're making fresh spring rolls with a delicious dipping sauce!

Free with admission.
5/28
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
05/28/2015
3-4:30pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Let's experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms on our big drum! Each week we will also create a handmade percussion instrument and use it to keep the beat as we read a rhythmic story or poem.

Free with admission.
5/29
Friday
Morning Music: Jamberry Jams (R$)
05/29/2015
10:15-11am
Morning Music is a four-week exploratory early music education class for children ages 0-3 and their parents/caregivers that helps provide a foundation for musical learning. Early music education helps babies and toddlers develop listening and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and awareness of space and rhythm. Music also forms community: we will all work together, take turns and make connections as we work on our songs and skills.

Summer is almost here! Let's get moving and grooving into berry-picking season with the rhythmic children's book Jamberry by Bruce Degan. Following the story of a little boy and a bear searching for berries, we'll help them out by counting, clapping and stomping along to the rhythm. We'll also be dancing and moving to some other favorite bear and teddy bear jams, and maybe even acting and dancing like bears ourselves! Over the course of four weeks, we'll see how we can change our rhythm to make the songs go fast, slow, loud and soft, and how that changes the way we move and listen to music.

At the end of the session, caregivers will receive a packet of movement and rhythm exercises to bring some of our class activities home. Class meets Fridays, May 29th, and June 12th, 19th and 26th. (Note: no class June 5th.)

$60/member, $80/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/29
Friday
Digging up Dinosaurs
05/29/2015
11am-12:30pm
Help gather clues about these giants of the past! Work like paleontologists to unearth fossils and become fossil detectives! Make hypotheses about what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and where they lived. Read a dinosaur book, help create a life-size drawing of a dinosaur and then use your dinosaur knowledge and imaginations to pretend you are a dinosaur!

Free with admission.
5/29
Friday
Science Mystery Lab
05/29/2015
2:30-4pm
How many grains of sand exist on Earth? Why can't ostriches fly? These are some of the mysteries we'll try to solve in our weekly Science Mystery Lab! Each week we'll dig into the Museum & Theatre's collection of natural materials as we tackle questions about the world around us. Throughout the month, we'll explore basic concepts in biology, chemistry, geology and physics.

Free with admission.
5/30
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
05/30/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
5/30
Saturday
Creatures of the Night
05/30/2015
11:30am
Join us in our mini-planetarium as we play games to explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with admission.
5/30
Saturday
Kite Making (R$)
05/30/2015
12:30pm
As springtime winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard.

$4/member, $5/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/30
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
05/30/2015
2pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences.

Free with admission.
5/30
Saturday
Science Spotlight
05/30/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science education staff on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
5/31
Sunday
Open Art Studio: Flower Collages
05/31/2015
11am-12pm
Spring is on its way! Let's get in the spirit by making some collaged, flower-inspired art. We'll have all kinds of materials to choose from.

Free with admission.
5/31
Sunday
Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (R$)
05/31/2015
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short stop-motion animation movie. You'll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published.

Ideal for ages 6+. $16/members, $22/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

June 2015

6/1
Monday
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: the Musical (R$)
06/01/2015
10:15-11am
Are you a young aspiring actress or actor? Become a member of our cast as we bring Eric Carle's classic story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to life! We will be combining the story of the caterpillar's journey through various foods with creative instrumentation and set design to create a truly unique performance.

For ages 3-5. Classes will take place Mondays from June 1st to 15th from 10:15-11:00.
Parents and caregivers are invited to view the performance on Monday, June 15th at 10:30.

$45/members, $60/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/1
Monday
Alphabet City
06/01/2015
11:30am-12:30pm
Have you ever noticed that rain boots make the letter "L" and our dinner plate looks like an "O"? Search through the pictures in Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City to find letters hidden in the everyday objects around us. Then, using milk carton buildings, we will make our own city with an Art Museum, Bowling Alley, Cookie Shop, Diner and other special Maine locations all beginning with specific letters of the alphabet.

Free with admission.
6/1
Monday
Creative Story Time: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
06/01/2015
2:30-4:30pm
Who is Amos McGee? Only the world's finest zookeeper! Join us for an interactive reading of this story and then get your face painted like a wild animal. Will you be a lion or a zebra? We'll also make some animal art inspired by the story.

Free with admission.
6/2
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Fingerpainted Monoprints
06/02/2015
10:30am-12pm
Who's ready to get messy and make some art? Today we'll use fingerpaint, our hands, and the TABLE to make some one-of-a-kind monoprints. You might want to wear a smock!

Free with admission.
6/2
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: Macbeth
06/02/2015
11am
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth! To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/2
Tuesday
Fruit Science
06/02/2015
2-3:30pm
Do you know the real difference between apples and oranges? Have you ever wondered why some fruits have many seeds and some have just one? Find out in our weekly fruit science program! We'll do a fruit dissection, make fruit crafts, play a fruit memory game, and even have a chance to test-taste some local fruits.

Free with admission.
6/2
Tuesday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/02/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/3
Wednesday
Crafty Naturalists: Marine Mammals
06/03/2015
10:30am-12pm
Now that summer is finally here, let's head to the beach! Or at least pretend to as we explore our collection of marine mammal artifacts in this interactive art and science program. We'll practice common marine mammal songs, make whale and seal art, and play games to learn just how big some of our marine counterparts can grow. Each week we'll highlight a different fascinating species!

Free with admission.
6/3
Wednesday
Boat Building
06/03/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do anchors sink and boats float? Come explore the laws of gravity and buoyancy as you create and test the durability of handheld rafts, boats and submarines. Each week we will tackle a new boat-making challenge with a different set of materials including juice boxes, pasta noodles, paper, sticks, plastic bottles and egg cartons.

Free with admission.
6/3
Wednesday
Audition Workshop: Shakespeare's Stories (R)
06/03/2015
3:30-5pm
Would you like some help choosing the right Shakespeare monologue for auditions? Our team of Theatre Educators will help you find the perfect monologue, and offer some advice and coaching to give you confidence in the audition room for our summer production, Shakespeare's Stories!

To register, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. This is a free workshop, but registration is required.
6/4
Thursday
Water Wonders: Drop-Off Class for Ages 3-5 (R$)
06/04/2015
10:15-11:15am
Let's get silly and creative as we explore the world of water! In this class designed for ages 3-5, we'll play games and do art projects to learn about creatures that live in ponds, oceans, and rivers. We'll make costumes of our favorite aquatic creatures, make mini-rafts out of sticks that float in our stream, and jump around like frogs. At the end of the session, we'll go home with a booklet of our activities so we can try them out at home!

This is a drop-off program, and space is limited, so sign up today.
Water Wonders is a 3-week class: Thursdays June 4-18.
$45/members, $60/visitors. To register, call 207-828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/4
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Cauliflower Tater Tots
06/04/2015
10:30am-12pm
Every month we're looking for a new way to eat healthy. We'll learn how to make amazingly easy, healthy snacks that also taste great. Did you know that you can make tater tots out of cauliflower? Yum! Space is limited; sign up the day of at the front desk. This program is sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
6/4
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/04/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/4
Thursday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/04/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/5
Friday
Firefighter Appreciation Friday
06/05/2015
10:30-11:30am
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.
6/6
Saturday
Coastal Ecosystem Field Trip to Portland's East End Beach (R$)
06/06/2015
9-10am Offsite at East End Beach
Join science educator Laura Poppick for an hour of ecological exploration at Portland's East End Beach!
We'll use authentic scientific tools to explore what it means to live in an urban ecosystem. We'll play games, write in a nature journal, identify wildlife, and become more familiar with the coastal wildlife of Portland.

$4 per person. To register, call 207-828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.
Recommended for ages 5+.
Note: This event does not take place at Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Personal transportation required. Program participants will meet in the East End Beach lower parking lot on Cutter Street. Upon registering, participants will receive a confirmation letter with more information about the program.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/6
Saturday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/06/2015
9:30am-12pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/6
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/06/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/6
Saturday
Kite Making (R$)
06/06/2015
11:30am
As springtime winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard.

$4/member, $5/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/6
Saturday
Improvisation with our Theatre Actors! (R$)
06/06/2015
2pm
Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like "Who's Line is it Anyway?", you're invited to join us for games like "What are you doing?", "Freeze" and "Bus stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!

The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/6
Saturday
Science Spotlight
06/06/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science education staff on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
6/7
Sunday
Open Art Studio: Origami Creations
06/07/2015
11am-12pm
Did you know that Origami originated in Japan? Learn about this ancient art of paper folding and then make your own creations to take home. We'll have directions for different designs - or you can make up your own!

Free with admission.
6/7
Sunday
Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (R$)
06/07/2015
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short stop-motion animation movie. You'll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published.

Ideal for ages 6+. $16/members, $22/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/8
Monday
Alphabet City
06/08/2015
11:30am-12:30pm
Have you ever noticed that rain boots make the letter "L" and our dinner plate looks like an "O"? Search through the pictures in Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City to find letters hidden in the everyday objects around us. Then, using milk carton buildings, we will make our own city with an Art Museum, Bowling Alley, Cookie Shop, Diner and other special Maine locations all beginning with specific letters of the alphabet.

Free with admission.
6/8
Monday
Creative Story Time: One Fish Two Fish
06/08/2015
2:30-4:30pm
We'll read a story together and then make a work of art inspired by the book! Today we'll read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss and make some wacky, silly, fishy art.

Free with admission
6/9
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Silly Stamps
06/09/2015
10:30am-12pm
Did you know that using stamps is a form of printmaking? We'll use all kinds of different stamps to create colorful, hand-printed works of art. Warning: you may get messy!

Free with admission
6/9
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
06/09/2015
11am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/9
Tuesday
Fruit Science
06/09/2015
2-3:30pm
Do you know the real difference between apples and oranges? Have you ever wondered why some fruits have many seeds and some have just one? Find out in our weekly fruit science program! We'll do a fruit dissection, make fruit crafts, play a fruit memory game, and even have a chance to test-taste some local fruits.

Free with admission.
6/9
Tuesday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/09/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/10
Wednesday
Crafty Naturalists: Marine Mammals
06/10/2015
10:30am-12pm
Now that summer is finally here, let's head to the beach! Or at least pretend to as we explore our collection of marine mammal artifacts in this interactive art and science program. We'll practice common marine mammal songs, make whale and seal art, and play games to learn just how big some of our marine counterparts can grow. Each week we'll highlight a different fascinating species!

Free with admission.
6/10
Wednesday
Boat Building
06/10/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do anchors sink and boats float? Come explore the laws of gravity and buoyancy as you create and test the durability of handheld rafts, boats and submarines. Each week we will tackle a new boat-making challenge with a different set of materials including juice boxes, pasta noodles, paper, sticks, plastic bottles and egg cartons.

Free with admission.
6/11
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Crunchy Cereal Bars
06/11/2015
10:30am-12pm
Every month we're looking for a new way to eat healthy. We'll learn how to make amazingly easy, healthy snacks that also taste great. This month we're making our own cereal bars - perfect for a quick breakfast or snack!

Free with admission.
6/11
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/11/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/11
Thursday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/11/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/12
Friday
Digging Up Dinosaurs
06/12/2015
11am-12:30pm
Help gather clues about these giants of the past! Work like paleontologists to unearth fossils and become fossil detectives! Make hypotheses about what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and where they lived. Read a dinosaur book, help create a life-size drawing of a dinosaur and then use your dinosaur knowledge and imaginations to pretend you are a dinosaur!

Free with admission.
6/12
Friday
Rockin' Out: Fossils, Rocks and Minerals
06/12/2015
2:30-4pm
Join science educator Laura Poppick for a weekly programming all about geology! We'll explore our collection of minerals from Maine, play games to learn about the rock cycle, explore how we use rocks and minerals in everyday life, and make rock and mineral art! Each week will highlight a different type of fascinating stone.

Free with admission.
6/13
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/13/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/13
Saturday
Bubble Wands (R$)
06/13/2015
12pm
Mix out your own solution of bubbles and then learn how to make a bubble wand that will create a bubble that may be even bigger than you!

$5 per child. For reservations call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/13
Saturday
Paper Finger Puppets
06/13/2015
2pm
With some scissors and a lot of creativity bring a paper finger puppet to life and see what adventure awaits you and your new puppet!

Free with admission.
6/13
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
06/13/2015
3pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences.

Free with admission.
6/13
Saturday
Science Spotlight
06/13/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science education staff on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
6/14
Sunday
Open Art Studio: Origami Creations
06/14/2015
11am-12pm
Did you know that Origami originated in Japan? Learn about this ancient art of paper folding and then make your own creations to take home. We'll have directions for different designs - or you can make up your own!

Free with admission.
6/14
Sunday
Young Astronomers: Scientific Star Show
06/14/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered how many stars are in the sky? Or what makes up a galaxy? In this special scientific star show, we'll learn all kinds of amazing facts about the celestial bodies in the night sky.

Free with admission.
6/15
Monday
Alphabet City
06/15/2015
11:30am-12:30pm
Have you ever noticed that rain boots make the letter "L" and our dinner plate looks like an "O"? Search through the pictures in Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City to find letters hidden in the everyday objects around us. Then, using milk carton buildings, we will make our own city with an Art Museum, Bowling Alley, Cookie Shop, Diner and other special Maine locations all beginning with specific letters of the alphabet.

Free with admission.
6/15
Monday
Creative Story Time: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
06/15/2015
2:30-4:30pm
Who is Amos McGee? Only the world's finest zookeeper! Join us for an interactive reading of this story and then get your face painted like a wild animal. Will you be a lion or a zebra? We'll also make some animal art inspired by the story.

Free with admission.
6/16
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Fingerpainted Monoprints
06/16/2015
10:30am-12pm
Who's ready to get messy and make some art? Today we'll use fingerpaint, our hands, and the TABLE to make some one-of-a-kind monoprints. You might want to wear a smock!

Free with admission.
6/16
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: The Tempest
06/16/2015
11am
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 in this magical play by William Shakespeare. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/16
Tuesday
Fruit Science
06/16/2015
2-3:30pm
Do you know the real difference between apples and oranges? Have you ever wondered why some fruits have many seeds and some have just one? Find out in our weekly fruit science program! We'll do a fruit dissection, make fruit crafts, play a fruit memory game, and even have a chance to test-taste some local fruits.

Free with admission.
6/17
Wednesday
Crafty Naturalists: Marine Mammals
06/17/2015
10:30am-12pm
Now that summer is finally here, let's head to the beach! Or at least pretend to as we explore our collection of marine mammal artifacts in this interactive art and science program. We'll practice common marine mammal songs, make whale and seal art, and play games to learn just how big some of our marine counterparts can grow. Each week we'll highlight a different fascinating species!

Free with admission.
6/17
Wednesday
Boat Building
06/17/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do anchors sink and boats float? Come explore the laws of gravity and buoyancy as you create and test the durability of handheld rafts, boats and submarines. Each week we will tackle a new boat-making challenge with a different set of materials including juice boxes, pasta noodles, paper, sticks, plastic bottles and egg cartons.

Free with admission.
6/18
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Easy Little Bread
06/18/2015
10:30am-12pm
Every month we're looking for a new way to eat healthy. We'll learn how to make amazingly easy, healthy snacks that also taste great. This month we're making fresh bread from scratch - it's easier than it looks!

Free with admission.
6/18
Thursday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
06/18/2015
06/18/2015 - 12:00 PM
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.
6/18
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/18/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/19
Friday
Firefighter Appreciation Friday
06/19/2015
10:30-11:30am
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.
6/19
Friday
Digging Up Dinosaurs
06/19/2015
11am-12:30pm
Help gather clues about these giants of the past! Work like paleontologists to unearth fossils and become fossil detectives! Make hypotheses about what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and where they lived. Read a dinosaur book, help create a life-size drawing of a dinosaur and then use your dinosaur knowledge and imaginations to pretend you are a dinosaur!

Free with admission.
6/19
Friday
Rockin' Out: Fossils, Rocks and Minerals
06/19/2015
2:30-4pm
Join science educator Laura Poppick for a weekly programming all about geology! We'll explore our collection of minerals from Maine, play games to learn about the rock cycle, explore how we use rocks and minerals in everyday life, and make rock and mineral art! Each week will highlight a different type of fascinating stone.

Free with admission.
6/20
Saturday
Marine Life Field Trip to South Portland's Willard Beach (R$)
06/20/2015
9-10am Offsite at Willard Beach
Calling all young marine biologists! Join science educator Laura Poppick and Southern Maine Community College marine biologist Brian Tarbox for a family field trip to South Portland's Willard Beach! We'll collect shallow water fish and critters to examine up close, and play games to learn how these creatures tie into the broader marine food web. At the end of the trip, we'll return the creatures to the ocean and take a sneak peek at Brian's lab!

$4 per person. To register, call 207-828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.
Recommended for ages 5+. Funded by Fairchild Semiconductor.
Note: This event does not take place at Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Personal transportation required. Program participants will meet at the Southern Maine Community College Campus. Participants will receive a confirmation letter upon registering with more information about parking and the program.
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6/20
Saturday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Secret Pizza Party (R$)
06/20/2015
10am-12pm
In this two hour workshop, we will act like raccoons, make paper plate masks, and stealthily act out Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. This is a drop off workshop for ages 5-9 to give acting a try on our stage. At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. OTTO Pizza will be provided at the end of the class.

Pre-registration by 5pm 5/22 is required. $12/member, $15/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/20
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
06/20/2015
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 furry and feathered members of your family. Free with admission.
6/20
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/20/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/20
Saturday
Midsommar Celebration
06/20/2015
11am-3pm
Midsommar is the Swedish celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The longest day means more sun and more play! Come celebrate in traditional Swedish fashion by dancing around the maypole, making flower head wreaths, competing in an egg walk and enjoying spring foods like strawberries and whipped cream.

Free with admission.
6/20
Saturday
Improvisation with our Theatre Actors! (R$)
06/20/2015
2pm
Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like "Who's Line is it Anyway?", you're invited to join us for games like "What are you doing?", "Freeze" and "Bus stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!

The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/20
Saturday
Science Spotlight
06/20/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science education staff on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
6/21
Sunday
Father's Day!
06/21/2015
10am-5pm
Happy Father's Day! All dads will receive free admission today!
6/21
Sunday
Father's Day Open Art Studio: Origami Creations
06/21/2015
11am-12pm
Did you know that Origami originated in Japan? Learn about this ancient art of paper folding and then make up something special for Dad. We'll have directions for different designs - or you can make up your own!

Free with admission.
6/21
Sunday
Father's Day: Paint a Portrait
06/21/2015
2pm
Calling all artists! Let's make a special present for Dad he'll love: a portrait. Whether you choose to make a self-portrait or a portrait of your #1 Pop, we'll have all kinds of art materials on hand to make your masterpiece.

Free with admission.
6/22
Monday
Alphabet City
06/22/2015
10:30am-12pm
Have you ever noticed that rain boots make the letter "L" and our dinner plate looks like an "O"? Search through the pictures in Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City to find letters hidden in the everyday objects around us. Then, using milk carton buildings, we will make our own city with an Art Museum, Bowling Alley, Cookie Shop, Diner and other special Maine locations all beginning with specific letters of the alphabet.

Free with admission.
6/22
Monday
Shadow Puppet Play: Three Little Pigs
06/22/2015
3pm
Do you know the story of the Three Little Pigs? Help us tell it with shadow puppets in our Camera Obscura!

Free with admission.
6/23
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: Macbeth
06/23/2015
11am
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth! To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/23
Tuesday
Fruit Science
06/23/2015
2-3:30pm
Do you know the real difference between apples and oranges? Have you ever wondered why some fruits have many seeds and some have just one? Find out in our weekly fruit science program! We'll do a fruit dissection, make fruit crafts, play a fruit memory game, and even have a chance to test-taste some local fruits.

Free with admission.
6/24
Wednesday
Crafty Naturalists: Marine Mammals
06/24/2015
10:30am-12pm
Now that summer is finally here, let's head to the beach! Or at least pretend to as we explore our collection of marine mammal artifacts in this interactive art and science program. We'll practice common marine mammal songs, make whale and seal art, and play games to learn just how big some of our marine counterparts can grow. Each week we'll highlight a different fascinating species!

Free with admission.
6/24
Wednesday
Boat Building
06/24/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do anchors sink and boats float? Come explore the laws of gravity and buoyancy as you create and test the durability of handheld rafts, boats and submarines. Each week we will tackle a new boat-making challenge with a different set of materials including juice boxes, pasta noodles, paper, sticks, plastic bottles and egg cartons.

Free with admission.
6/25
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/25/2015
3-4:30pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/26
Friday
Digging Up Dinosaurs
06/26/2015
11am-12:30pm
Help gather clues about these giants of the past! Work like paleontologists to unearth fossils and become fossil detectives! Make hypotheses about what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and where they lived. Read a dinosaur book, help create a life-size drawing of a dinosaur and then use your dinosaur knowledge and imaginations to pretend you are a dinosaur!

Free with admission.
6/26
Friday
Rockin' Out: Fossils, Rocks and Minerals
06/26/2015
2:30-4pm
Join science educator Laura Poppick for a weekly programming all about geology! We'll explore our collection of minerals from Maine, play games to learn about the rock cycle, explore how we use rocks and minerals in everyday life, and make rock and mineral art! Each week will highlight a different type of fascinating stone.

Free with admission.
6/27
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/27/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/27
Saturday
Bubble Wands (R$)
06/27/2015
12pm
Mix out your own solution of bubbles and then learn how to make a bubble wand that will create a bubble that may be even bigger than you!

$5 per child. For reservations call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/27
Saturday
Paper Finger Puppets
06/27/2015
2pm
With some scissors and a lot of creativity bring a paper finger puppet to life and see what adventure awaits you and your new puppet!

Free with admission.
6/28
Sunday
Rob Duquette Live! (R$)
06/28/2015
12pm
Join us for a mini concert and instrument exploration featuring local musician Rob Duqette! Rob Duquette is a multi-instrumentalist with an emphasis on drums and percussion. A full time music educator and composer since 1998, Rob regularly teaches drums, percussion and guitar.

$4/person plus admission. For tickets visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/28
Sunday
Science Spotlight
06/28/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science education staff on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
6/29
Monday
Alphabet City
06/29/2015
10:30am-12pm
Have you ever noticed that rain boots make the letter "L" and our dinner plate looks like an "O"? Search through the pictures in Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City to find letters hidden in the everyday objects around us. Then, using milk carton buildings, we will make our own city with an Art Museum, Bowling Alley, Cookie Shop, Diner and other special Maine locations all beginning with specific letters of the alphabet.

Free with admission.
6/29
Monday
Creative Story Time: One Fish Two Fish
06/29/2015
2:30-4:30pm
We'll read a story together and then make a work of art inspired by the book! Today we'll read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss and make some wacky, silly, fishy art.

Free with admission
6/30
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Silly Stamps
06/30/2015
10:30am-12pm
Did you know that using stamps is a form of printmaking? We'll use all kinds of different stamps to create colorful, hand-printed works of art. Warning: you may get messy!

Free with admission.
6/30
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
06/30/2015
11am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/30
Tuesday
Fruit Science
06/30/2015
2-3:30pm
Do you know the real difference between apples and oranges? Have you ever wondered why some fruits have many seeds and some have just one? Find out in our weekly fruit science program! We'll do a fruit dissection, make fruit crafts, play a fruit memory game, and even have a chance to test-taste some local fruits.

Free with admission.