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February 2017

2/24
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show
02/24/2017
10:30-11am
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 fox! Reservations highly recommended.

$6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/24
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show
02/24/2017
11-11:30am
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 fox! Reservations highly recommended.

$6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/24
Friday
Funky Roquefort Dance Party
02/24/2017
11:30am-12pm
Learn dance moves inspired by the stinkiest of cheeses, including the Funky Roquefort and the Classic Stilton, at a special stinky cheese dance party with special guest DJ Ugly Duck and the Stinky Cheese Man himself!

Free with admission
2/24
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
02/24/2017
1-2pm
It's Jack (and his giant!), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you've never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, you'll meet some crazy characters: sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and very stinky cheese, of course. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and produced through special arrangement with Playscripts.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

2/24
Friday
Volcanoes and Earthquakes
02/24/2017
2:30-3pm
We'll make the earth shake and lava flow as we learn about the wonders of the inner Earth.

Free with admission
2/24
Friday
Star Show: The Black Tortoise
02/24/2017
3-3:30pm
Come find the Old Black Tortoise who lives in the Lake of Stars as we learn about this Chinese constellation.

Free with admission
2/24
Friday
Main Stage Production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
02/24/2017
4-5pm
It's Jack (and his giant!), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you've never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, you'll meet some crazy characters: sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and very stinky cheese, of course. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and produced through special arrangement with Playscripts.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

2/25
Saturday
Bee Celebration
02/25/2017
10:15-11:30am
Bee busy this morning and celebrate Bees! We'll make our own hive out of cardboard and recycled materials test and compare flavors of all kinds of honey, and even learn a bee dance!

Free with admission
2/25
Saturday
Beehive Creation
02/25/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us as we create a large-scale beehive out of cardboard and other recycled materials. Add one cell to the hive or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
2/25
Saturday
Be A Bee Honey Tasting
02/25/2017
11-11:30am
Honey is always delicious, but did you know that honey made by different beehives can have different flavors? Join us to meet the Museum & Theatre's live honeybees, taste delectable honey that they made this summer, and compare it to the flavor of honey made by bees from around the country. We'll also have a chance to be bees and practice the dance they use to communicate with each other!

Free with admission
2/25
Saturday
Beeswax Candle Making
02/25/2017
11-11:30am
Discover the process of creating your own hand-dipped beeswax candle. Learn to tie a candle wick, slowly dip the wick into hot wax, and watch as a candle slowly forms.

$6/members, $8/visitors plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk.

2/25
Saturday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
02/25/2017
12-12:30pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
2/25
Saturday
Main Stage Production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
02/25/2017
1-2pm
It's Jack (and his giant!), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you've never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, you'll meet some crazy characters: sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and very stinky cheese, of course. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and produced through special arrangement with Playscripts.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

2/25
Saturday
Magic of Medicine with UNE Pharmacy Students
02/25/2017
2-3pm
Have you ever wondered how medicine pills are made or how medicine dissolves in our bodies? Join students from the University of New England Pharmacy program to explore the magic of medicine! They'll bring some of their medicine making tools and answer questions about what it's like to be a pharmacist during this interactive science show.

Free with admission
2/25
Saturday
Star Show: The Black Tortoise
02/25/2017
3-3:30pm
Come find the Old Black Tortoise who lives in the Lake of Stars as we learn about this Chinese constellation.br>
Free with admission
2/25
Saturday
Main Stage Production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
02/25/2017
4-5pm
It's Jack (and his giant!), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you've never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, you'll meet some crazy characters: sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and very stinky cheese, of course. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and produced through special arrangement with Playscripts.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

2/26
Sunday
Fairy Tale Breakfast
02/26/2017
10:30-11am
In honor of the Museum & Theatre's Mainstage Production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, we'll be preparing and serving up the food of fables! Come taste the muffins Little Red Riding Hood brings to her grandmother, sample the beans from Jack's bean stalk, and even get a visit from Goldilocks who will taste the porridge we make to see if it is just right!

$4 per plate, plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk.

2/26
Sunday
Science: Light Catcher Sculpture
02/26/2017
11-11:30am
Experiment with how light moves through different materials and make your own transparent recycled material sculpture. Test out your creations with our light table and bring them home to hang in your window!

Free with admission
2/26
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
02/26/2017
11:30am-12pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
2/26
Sunday
Main Stage Production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
02/26/2017
1-2pm
It's Jack (and his giant!), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you've never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, you'll meet some crazy characters: sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and very stinky cheese, of course. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and produced through special arrangement with Playscripts.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

2/26
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: A Frog's World
02/26/2017
2:30-3pm
How do frogs hear, see, touch, smell and taste? How do you? Learn all about amphibian senses in a frog's world.

Free with admission
2/26
Sunday
Main Stage Production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
02/26/2017
4-5pm
It's Jack (and his giant!), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you've never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, you'll meet some crazy characters: sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and very stinky cheese, of course. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and produced through special arrangement with Playscripts.

$10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

2/27
Monday
Members' Monday from 9-11am
02/27/2017
9-11am
We are open from 9-11am for Members only.
2/27
Monday
Members' Monday Play Group: All things Seuss
02/27/2017
10-10:30am
In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be diving into the magical world of Dr. Seuss. Come together each week to read a classic Dr. Seuss story and participate in a related craft and sensory activity.

Free with admission
2/28
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: The Cat in the Hat
02/28/2017
10:15-11:15am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other parents and caregivers? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll kick off Read Across America Week with a Seuss celebration. Read The Cat in the Hat, discover our sensory table, test your balance like the Cat in the Hat, and create your own red and white hat to take home. If you are willing and able, please bring in a new or gently used hat (or mittens, gloves, or scarf) to be donated to Maine children in need.

Free with admission
2/28
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Meet Yertle the Turtle
02/28/2017
11-11:30am
Come learn about our LIVE turtles and read Yertle the Turtle in honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday.

Free with admission
2/28
Tuesday
Star Show: Orion the Hunter
02/28/2017
12-12:30pm
Join us as we learn about this famous constellation and find out why we see Orion in the summer sky and Scorpio in the winter sky.

Free with admission
2/28
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Red Fish, Blue Fish Art
02/28/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us as we celebrate Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a special Seuss-inspired art time.

Free with admission
2/28
Tuesday
Kitchen Culture: Bread from Around the World
02/28/2017
3-3:30pm
Learn about bread around the world while we make our own bread and read The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss.

Free with admission

March 2017

3/1
Wednesday
Big, Messy Seuss Art
03/01/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time. Today, we'll be making truffula trees to help turn the Museum & Theatre into a Seussy wonderland.

Free with admission
3/1
Wednesday
Culture Kitchen: Bread from Around the World
03/01/2017
11-11:30am
Cook your very own bread and spread your butter as a Yook or a Zook! All are welcome in our Culture Kitchen as we learn about bread from around the world.

Free with admission
3/1
Wednesday
Wiggle Wednesday: The Foot Book Game
03/01/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us as we get our wiggles on as we play The Foot Book movement game in honor of Read Across America Week and Dr Seuss' birthday.

Free with admission
3/1
Wednesday
The Search for Maisy
03/01/2017
12-12:30pm
In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be celebrating Seuss stories all over our Museum & Theatre. Read the story Horton Hatches an Egg and use the Camera Obscura to help Horton find Maizy that lazy bird.

Free with admission
3/1
Wednesday
Creature Feature: Meet Yertle the Turtle
03/01/2017
2-2:30pm
Come learn about our LIVE turtles and read Yertle the Turtle in honor of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' Birthday.

Free with admission
3/1
Wednesday
Blast Off for a Space Adventure!
03/01/2017
3-3:30pm
Step into a pretend rocketship, countdown from 10 and blast off into the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium! Together we will use storytelling, miniature solar system, and shadow puppets to explore the stars, planets, and moon.

Free with admission
3/1
Wednesday
Fairy Godmother Afternoon
03/01/2017
3:30-4pm
All family members are invited to meet a grandmother from the Portland community for a special inter-generational sharing time. Learn a craft, hear a story, or even taste a special treat while honoring the special place all grandmothers hold in our heart.

Free with admission
3/1
Wednesday
Afterschool Imagination Series
Arts Imagination: Celebrate Rhythm & Sound
03/01/2017
4-5pm
Join us as we explore all things "rhythm" during this collaborative, musical adventure. Throughout this 4-week class, we'll create a chorus of sounds out of everyday objects such as trash cans, brooms, and buckets. We'll learn basic rhythmical patterns and even create our own sound patterns! Then, we'll arrange them into our own unique songs to be performed at the end of our time together. This class is designed for ages 6 to 9. Class meets 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, and 3/22. $60 members, $80 visitors.

Register for all three of our different after school imagination classes (at 4-week sessions) and receive a $30 discount ($150 members, $210 visitors)! Click here to register for all three!
  • Arts Imagination: Celebrate Rhythm & Sound: Wednesdays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, & 3/22
  • Dramatic Imagination: The Story of the Journey: Thursdays 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, & 3/23
  • Scientific Imagination: Discover Dinosaurs: Fridays 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24
Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk. Sign up today, space is limited!

3/2
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Celebrate Seuss
03/02/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program ideal for ages 18-36 months. This week, we'll celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday together with Seuss-themed craft and a special storytime.

Free with admission
3/2
Thursday
Science of the Senses: Seuss Makes Oobleck
03/02/2017
10:30-11am
Join us to make ooey gooey Seussified Oobleck and read a portion of Dr. Seuss' book Bartholomew and the Oobleck to celebrate Seuss week!

Free with admission
3/2
Thursday
SEUSSY Stage Story: The Sneetches!
03/02/2017
11-11:30am
Sneetches, big and small! We are excited to announce that Sylvester McMonkey McBean has arrived with his infamous star on and star off machines! Become a sneetch today at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Don't worry, all stars are removable.

Free with admission
3/2
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Green Eggs!
03/02/2017
11:30am-12pm
What do green eggs really taste like? Let's find out! In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday, we will be cooking green eggs and reading the famous book that inspired the dish.

Free with admission
3/2
Thursday
Creatures of the Deep
03/02/2017
12-12:30pm
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we will meet vampire squid, lantern fish, and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission
3/2
Thursday
Live Creature Feature: Frog Relays
03/02/2017
12:30-1pm
Learn about the life cycle of a frog and watch our live frogs for inspiration before launching into a series of frog-jump games.

Free with admission
3/2
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Celebrate Seuss!
03/02/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us for a creative, Seuss-themed craft to celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Today we'll be painting with truffula trees!

Free with admission
3/2
Thursday
Afterschool Imagination Series
Dramatic Imagination: The Story of the Journey
03/02/2017
4-5pm
Have you ever made up a story based on what you see in a picture? In this 4-week creative drama class, we'll create our own play inspired by Journey, a book without words by Aaron Becker. As a group, we'll go on a collective journey and tell the story we see in the pictures. By the end of this series, we'll have a unique performance to act out for our friends and family on the final day of class. This class is designed for ages 6 to 9. Class meets 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, and 3/23. $60 members, $80 visitors.

Register for all three of our different after school imagination classes (at 4-week sessions) and receive a $30 discount ($150 members, $210 visitors)! Click here to register for all three!
  • Arts Imagination: Celebrate Rhythm & Sound: Wednesdays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, & 3/22
  • Dramatic Imagination: The Story of the Journey: Thursdays 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, & 3/23
  • Scientific Imagination: Discover Dinosaurs: Fridays 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24
Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk. Sign up today, space is limited!

3/3
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
03/03/2017
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
3/3
Friday
Live Creature Feature: Dr. Seuss Turtle Time
03/03/2017
12:30-1pm
Stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time. We'll take a special close look at our turtles' webbed feet and read Dr. Seuss' The Foot Book, in celebration of Seuss Week!

Free with admission
3/3
Friday
SEUSSY Stage Story: The Sneetches!
03/03/2017
1-1:30pm
Sneetches, big and small! We are excited to announce that Sylvester McMonkey McBean has arrived with his infamous star on and star off machines! Become a sneetch today at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Don't worry, if you have a star on your belly, you can get it removed and if you do have a star, we can help you with that too, as we act out the classic tale of The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.

Free with admission
3/3
Friday
Meet the Arts: Celebrate Seuss!
03/03/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us for a creative, Seuss-themed craft to celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Today we'll be painting with truffula trees!

Free with admission
3/3
Friday
Afterschool Imagination Series
Scientific Imagination: Discover Dinosaurs
03/03/2017
4-5pm
Discover the incredible world of dinosaurs in this 4-week science class! We'll put on our paleontologist hats and explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of real ancient animal fossils--including a real dinosaur fossil! We'll practice digging for bones, keep a scientific journal, act out the lives of dinosaurs, and meet other prehistoric creatures along the way. This class is designed for ages 6 to 9. Class meets Fridays 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, and 3/24. $60 members, $80 visitors.

Register for all three of our different after school imagination classes (at 4-week sessions) and receive a $30 discount ($150 members, $210 visitors)! Click here to register for all three!
  • Arts Imagination: Celebrate Rhythm & Sound: Wednesdays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, & 3/22
  • Dramatic Imagination: The Story of the Journey: Thursdays 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, & 3/23
  • Scientific Imagination: Discover Dinosaurs: Fridays 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24
Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk. Sign up today, space is limited!

3/3
Friday
$2 Friday
03/03/2017
5-8pm
In an effort to serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person. We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre experience with families who may not be able to visit during regular business hours or do to the cost of regular admission. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission
3/3
Friday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
03/03/2017
5:30-6pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, "look" or "see." Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission
3/3
Friday
Celebrate Seuss!
03/03/2017
6-7pm
Join us for a creative, Seuss-themed craft to celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday.

Free with admission
3/4
Saturday
Creature Feature: Meet Yertle the Turtle
03/04/2017
10:15-11am
Come learn about our LIVE turtles and read Yertle the Turtle in honor of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' Birthday.

Free with admission
3/4
Saturday
Celebrate Seuss Day!
03/04/2017
10:30am-4:30pm
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish...we're celebrating Dr. Seuss all day long in honor of Read Across America Week! Meet our yellow-bellied slider turtles as we read Yertle the Turtle, help Horton find Maizy with help from our camera obscura, join our Cat in the Hat dance party, get up on stage and act out Sneetches on the Beaches, make green ooblek, and much more! Stop by for one Seussy program or stay for the whole day!
3/4
Saturday
Meet the Arts: SEUSSY ART
03/04/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us for a creative, Seuss-themed craft to celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday.

Free with admission
3/4
Saturday
Cat in the Hat Dance Party
03/04/2017
12:15-1pm
Stop by the Playscape to get moving and grooving with DJ Cat in the Hat. We'll twist and shout to our favorite tunes and get our wiggles out by playing a Foot Book movement game--all in honor of Seuss Day at the Museum & Theatre!

Free with admission
3/4
Saturday
Storytelling Around the World: The Butter Battle Book!
03/04/2017
2-2:30pm
The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but eat it differently. Is this worth starting a war? In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday, we will be reading and acting out Seuss' cautionary tale.

Free with admission
3/4
Saturday
Ooblek Exploration
03/04/2017
2:30-3pm
Join us as we mix and play with ooey gooey ooblek! We'll discover the story of Bartholemew & the Ooblek and get messy during this sensory program.

Free with admission
3/4
Saturday
SEUSSY Stage Story: The Sneetches!
03/04/2017
3-3:30pm
Sneetches, big and small! We're excited to announce that Sylvester McMonkey McBean has arrived with his infamous 'star on and star off' machines! Become a sneetch today at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Don't worry, if you have a star on your belly, you can get it removed. If you do have a star, we can help you with that too, as we act out the classic tale of The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss.

Free with admission
3/4
Saturday
Oh the Places You'll Go Story Time
03/04/2017
4:15-4:45pm
Stop by the We Are Maine: Where Are They Now? exhibit to read a Seuss favorite, Oh The Places You'll Go.

Free with admission
3/5
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: A Frog's World
03/05/2017
10:30-11am
How do frogs hear, see, touch, smell, and taste? How do you? Learn all about amphibian senses in a frog's world.

Free with admission
3/5
Sunday
Puppets Around the World: Vietnam!
03/05/2017
11-11:30am
Find out more about the puppet traditions of Vietnam and create your own shadow puppet to take home.

Free with admission
3/5
Sunday
Explore the World: Vietnamese Moon Story
03/05/2017
11:30am-12pm
Step into the starry night of the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium and help tell the Vietnamese folk tale of the Moon Boy, known as Chu Choi, who liked to play tricks on other people.

Free with admission
3/5
Sunday
Waponahki Paint Pals
03/05/2017
2-3pm
Make a friend through art! This winter, the Museum & Theatre is hosting the Waponahki Student Art Show on loan from the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor Maine. Come explore the artwork painted by children like you who are members of one of the four Native Tribes in Maine. See how they depict their lives through art. Then you get the chance to create an art piece in response. Draw, paint, or print a picture of your favorite animal or family, or something that represents you. Your finished art piece will travel back to the Waponahki student artists, so they get to learn a little about you too! This exciting art exchange is sponsored by the P. W. Sprague Memorial Foundation.

Free with admission
3/5
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
03/05/2017
3:30-4pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
3/6
Monday
Members' Monday from 9-11am
03/06/2017
9-11am
We are open from 9-11am for Members only.
3/6
Monday
Members' Monday Play Group: All things Seuss
03/06/2017
10-10:30am
In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be diving into the magical world of Dr. Seuss for the whole month of March. Come together each week to read a classic Dr. Seuss story and participate in a related activity.

Free with admission
3/7
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: A Color of His Own
03/07/2017
10:15-11:15am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other parents and caregivers? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read A color of His Own and follow a curious chameleon as he searches for his true identity. Discover who's hiding in our sensory table, make a chameleon print, and sing a color song.

Free with admission
3/7
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: A Frog's World
03/07/2017
11-11:30am
How do frogs hear, see, touch, smell, and taste? How do you? Learn all about amphibian senses in a frog's world.

Free with admission
3/7
Tuesday
Goodnight Moon & Other Naptime Stories
03/07/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us under the light of the moon in our mini-planetarium to read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and other stories to get your little ones ready for a naptime.

Free with admission
3/7
Tuesday
Camera Obscura: Rainbow Making
03/07/2017
12-12:30pm
Experiment with prisms, mirrors, and water to create indoor rainbows.

Free with admission
3/7
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Frida Kahlo
03/07/2017
2-2:30pm
Who was Frida Kahlo? Learn all about her interesting life and create your own Kahlo-inspired creation.

Free with admission
3/7
Tuesday
Waponahki Paint Pals
03/07/2017
3-4pm
Make a friend through art! This winter the Museum & Theatre is hosting the Waponahki Student Art Show on loan from the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor Maine. Come explore the artwork painted by children like you who are members of one of the four Native Tribes in Maine. See how they depict their lives through art. Then you get the chance to create an art piece in response. Draw, paint, or print a picture of your favorite animal, or family, or something that represents you. Your finished art piece will travel back to the Waponahki student artists, so they get to learn a little about you too! This exciting art exchange is sponsored by the P. W. Sprague Memorial Foundation.

Free with admission
3/8
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
03/08/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
3/8
Wednesday
Fairy Godmother Morning
03/08/2017
11-11:30am
All family members are invited to meet a grandmother from the Portland community for a special inter-generational sharing time. Learn a craft, hear a story, or even taste a special treat while honoring the special place all grandmothers hold in our heart.

Free with admission
3/8
Wednesday
Wiggle Wednesday: Parachute Play
03/08/2017
11:30am-12pm
Let's get our colorful parachute flying over our heads as we play classic parachute games together.

Free with admission
3/8
Wednesday
Touch Tank Story Time
03/08/2017
2-2:30pm
Meet and touch our LIVE sea creatures as we read Eric Carle's A House for Hermit Crab.

Free with admission
3/8
Wednesday
Blast Off for a Space Adventure!
03/08/2017
3-3:30pm
Step into a pretend rocketship, countdown from 10...and blast off into the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium! Together we'll use a miniature solar system to explore the stars, planets, and the moon.

Free with admission
3/9
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Spring Sing Along
03/09/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll sing silly songs to start the day. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
3/9
Thursday
Science of the Senses: Tricks of the Eye
03/09/2017
10:30-11am
Learn how our eyes work, experience the whimsy of optical illusions, and explore how our Camera Obscura exhibit works like an eyeball.

Free with admission
3/9
Thursday
Puppet Show: Calm Down Sully!
03/09/2017
11-11:30am
Presenting a live interactive puppet show all about being an ordinary, not-so-scary monster. Our favorite blue puppet Sully will take you through an ordinary day in his life. Sometimes Sully lets his emotions get out of control. Whether he's happy or sad, angry or excited, his heart just starts beating fast and he starts going wild! You can help teach Sully how to name the feeling and take three deep belly breaths. Together we can teach Sully how to calm down!

Free with admission
3/9
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Roots & Shoots
03/09/2017
11:30am-12pm
Mix, measure, and cook nutritious winter snacks using seasonal and local roots and shoots like kale, squash, and carrots. Read a story or do an art project while the snack is cooking and then enjoy!

Free with admission
3/9
Thursday
Creatures of the Deep
03/09/2017
12-12:30pm
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we will meet vampire squid, lantern fish, and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission
3/9
Thursday
Live Creature Feature: Frog Relays
03/09/2017
12:30-1pm
Learn about the life cycle of a frog and observe our live frogs for inspiration before launching into a series of frog-jump games.

Free with admission
3/9
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Louise Nevelson
03/09/2017
3-3:30pm
Who was Louise Nevelson? Learn about this Maine artist, then create your own Nevelson-inspired creation.

Free with admission.
3/10
Friday
Celebrate Peace: Empathy Bracelets
03/10/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us as we read Quiet as a Cricket and discover all the emotion through the magic of metaphor. Then, create your own empathy bracelet to represent the many emotions we feel.

Free with admission
3/10
Friday
Camera Obscura: 332 Years of Magic
03/10/2017
11-11:30am
Did you know the apparatus on the top of our building was invented 332 years ago? Join us for a panoramic view of Portland from a room without windows as we imagine life in the 1600s.

Free with admission
3/10
Friday
Science: Magnet Madness
03/10/2017
11:30am-12pm
Feel the force of magnetic attraction as we explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of eclectic magnets! From magnetite rocks to magnetic spheres, horseshoes and rods, we'll discover the invisible power of metals.

Free with admission
3/10
Friday
Stage Story: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
03/10/2017
12-12:30pm
"Who's been sitting in my chair?" Act out the classic story live on our stage or just watch a great show!

Free with admission
3/10
Friday
Live Creature Feature: Turtle Time
03/10/2017
12:30-1pm
Stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time.

Free with admission
3/10
Friday
Under the Sea Star Show
03/10/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us in the Space Shuttle where we look at constellations related to the ocean and learn some of their stories. Do you recognize any other sea creatures in the sky?

Free with admission
3/10
Friday
Meet the Arts: Kindah Khalidy
03/10/2017
3-3:30pm
Learn about this painter and textile designer, then create your own Khalidy-inspired creation.

Free with admission
3/11
Saturday
Hula Hoop Dance Party
03/11/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us as we kick of Science and Engineering Day with a hula hoop dance party in the Playscape. We'll get our bodies moving and grooving as we explore the science of motion through hula hooping!

Free with admission
3/11
Saturday
Meet the Arts: Lego Blueprints
03/11/2017
1-1:30pm
Join us as we stamp Lego into paint and create a two-dimensional plan for a Lego creation!

Free with admission
3/11
Saturday
Collaborative Art: Beehive Making
03/11/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we make a large-scale beehive out of cardboard and other recycled materials. Add one cell to the hive or stay for the whole process!

Free with admission
3/12
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
03/12/2017
10:15-10:30am
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
3/12
Sunday
Holi Celebration
03/12/2017
10:30am-12pm
Vibrant, beautiful colors fill the air during Holi, the Hindu celebration of spring. Celebrate with us as we finger paint with colorful Holi powder, share in traditional Indian foods, decorate hands with henna, and learn how this holiday is celebrated in Maine and around the world!

Free with admission
3/12
Sunday
Make Your Own Dinosaur Fossils!
03/12/2017
2-3pm
Millions of years ago dinosaurs trekked across the land leaving their footprints behind. Now it is up to you to take the role of paleontologist to conduct a mock dig for dinosaur bones, put clues together to solve a prehistoric mystery, and make your own dinosaur fossils to take home. This workshop is ideal for ages 3+.

$6/members, $8/visitors plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

3/12
Sunday
Theater: Interrupting Chicken Stage Story
03/12/2017
2:30-3pm
Help put Little Red Chicken to bed with a bedtime story. Just make sure not to include any of the scary parts to classic tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, or the little chicken might jump into the story to make some changes of her own.

Free with admission
3/12
Sunday
Meet the Arts: Swimmy's Oceanscape Printmaking
03/12/2017
3:30-4pm
Read the story Swimmy and explore different organic textures and shapes to create your own watery illustration.

Free with admission
3/13
Monday
Members' Monday from 9-11am
03/13/2017
9-11am
We are open from 9-11am for Members only.
3/13
Monday
Members' Monday Play Group: All things Seuss
03/13/2017
10-10:30am
In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday we will be diving into the magical world of Dr. Seuss! Come together each week to read a classic Dr. Seuss story and participate in a related craft and sensory activity.

Free with admission
3/14
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: What Does the Fox Say?
03/14/2017
10:15-11:15am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other parents and caregivers? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read What Does the Fox Say? Join us as we become dogs that "woof" and cats that "meow" and find out what that cheeky fox says! We'll explore animal tracks, forest animal artifacts, and dance like wild animals.

Free with admission
3/14
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Watercolors by the Sea
03/14/2017
11-11:30am
Explore creatures in their habitats in our tide pool touch tank, plus what you see in your own watercolor painting.

Free with admission
3/14
Tuesday
Star Show: Orion the Hunter
03/14/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us as we learn about this famous constellation and find out why we see Orion in the summer sky and Scorpio in the winter sky.

Free with admission
3/14
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Swimmy's Oceanscape Printmaking
03/14/2017
2-2:30pm
Read the story, Swimmy, and explore different organic textures and shapes to create your own watery illustration.

Free with admission
3/14
Tuesday
Waponahki Paint Pals
03/14/2017
3-3:30pm
Make a friend through art! This winter the Museum & Theatre is hosting the Waponahki Student Art Show on loan from the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor Maine. Come explore the artwork painted by children like you who are members of one of the four Native Tribes in Maine. See how they depict their lives through art. Then you get the chance to create an art piece in response. Draw, paint, or print a picture of your favorite animal, or family, or something that represents you. Your finished art piece will travel back to the Waponahki student artists, so they get to learn a little about you too! This exciting art exchange is sponsored by the P. W. Sprague Memorial Foundation.

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
03/15/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Storytelling Around the World: The Gigantic Turnip!
03/15/2017
11-11:30am
Once upon a time in Russia, an old man planted a turnip. You won't believe how many people and animals had to work together to pull the turnip out of the ground! Join us to act out this hilarious story from Russia!

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Wiggle Wednesday: Yoga Storytime
03/15/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us as we stretch and bend our way through wintertime stories.

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Camera Obscura: Rainbow Making
03/15/2017
12-12:30pm
Experiment with prisms, mirrors, and water to create indoor rainbows.

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Turtle Time
03/15/2017
2-2:30pm
Come meet the gang: Dill, Eloise, Busy Bob, and Nigel, and learn about turtles and tortoises across the globe.

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Blast Off for a Space Adventure!
03/15/2017
3-3:30pm
Step into a pretend rocketship, countdown from 10...and blast off into the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium! Together we'll use storytelling, a miniature solar system, and shadow puppets to explore the stars, planets, and moon!

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Fairy Godmother Afternoon
03/15/2017
3:30-4pm
All family members are invited to meet a grandmother from the Portland community for a special inter-generational sharing time. Learn a craft, hear a story, or even taste a special treat while honoring the special place all grandmothers hold in our heart.

Free with admission
3/15
Wednesday
Fairy Godmother Afternoon
03/15/2017
3:30-4pm
All family members are invited to meet a grandmother from the Portland community for a special inter-generational sharing time. Learn a craft, hear a story or even taste a special treat while honoring the special place all grandmothers hold in our heart.

Free with admission
3/16
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Turtle Splash!
03/16/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. Meet our LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtle as we explore the world of turtles and tortoises. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
3/16
Thursday
Science of the Senses: Tricks of the Eye
03/16/2017
10:30-11am
Learn how our eyes work, experience the whimsy of optical illusions, and explore how our Camera Obscura exhibit works like an eyeball.

Free with admission
3/16
Thursday
Puppet Show: Calm Down Sully!
03/16/2017
11-11:30am
Presenting a live interactive puppet show all about being an ordinary, not-so-scary monster. Our favorite blue puppet Sully will take you through an ordinary day in his life. Sometimes Sully lets his emotions get out of control. Whether he's happy or sad, angry or excited, his heart just starts beating fast and he starts going wild! You can help teach Sully how to name the feeling and take three deep belly breaths. Together we can teach Sully how to calm down!

Free with admission
3/16
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Roots & Shoots
03/16/2017
11:30am-12pm
Mix, measure, and cook nutritious winter snacks using seasonal and local roots and shoots like kale, squash and carrots. Read a story or do an art project while the snack is cooking and then enjoy!

Free with admission
3/16
Thursday
Creatures of the Deep
03/16/2017
12-12:30pm
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we will meet vampire squid, lantern fish, and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission
3/16
Thursday
Live Creature Feature: Frog Relays
03/16/2017
12:30-1pm
Learn about the life cycle of a frog and watch our live frogs for inspiration before launching into a series of frog-jump games.

Free with admission
3/16
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Georgia O'Keeffe
03/16/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we explore the life and works of Georgia O'Keeffe to celebrate Women's History Month. Create your own nature-inspired painting.

Free with admission
3/17
Friday
St. Patrick's Day!
03/17/2017
10:15am-3:30pm
Put on your favorite green clothing and come celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Museum & Theatre! Join us as we start the day with a game of Musical Shamrocks, learn about the Legend of the Leprechaun, and bake Irish Soda Bread. Then, spend time meeting our favorite green animals: the turtles and the frogs! Finish off the festivities with an open-ended art time as we read Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Green and mix yellow and blue into the color of the day...Green!

Free with admission
3/17
Friday
Musical Shamrocks Game
03/17/2017
10:15-10:45am
Come kick-off our St. Patrick's Day Celebration with an interactive game of Musical Shamrocks that's sure to get you hopping and jumping like a leprechaun.

Free with admission
3/17
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
03/17/2017
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
3/17
Friday
Culture Kitchen: Irish Soda Bread
03/17/2017
11-11:30am
Discover the process of baking Irish Soda Bread as we explore Irish culture, the science of baking, and more.

Free with admission
3/17
Friday
Live Creature Feature: Turtle Time
03/17/2017
12:30-1pm
Stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time.

Free with admission
3/17
Friday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/17/2017
1:30-2pm
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we'll be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story of the magical little gold seekers from Ireland.

Free with admission
3/17
Friday
Meet the Arts: Painting Green
03/17/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we celebrate the color of the day: green! We'll read Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and practice mixing and painting various shades of every leprechaun's favorite color.

Free with admission
3/18
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
03/18/2017
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time 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 & 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.

Now FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX! Please RSVP to Lily O'Brien at Lily@kitetails.org or call (207) 828-1234 ext. 227.
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3/18
Saturday
Math Games
03/18/2017
10:30-11am
One, two, three, what shape do you see? Join us for a round of counting, sorting, and measuring games to playfully practice our math skills.

Free with admission
3/18
Saturday
Magic Carpet Making
03/18/2017
11am-12pm
Design and decorate your own magic carpet during this hands-on, messy workshop. We'll create and sketch a design onto a pre-made canvas carpet, then decorate your design with a variety of colors. Finally, seal your design with a waterproofer for an all-weather carpet. Each carpet measures 24" x 48" -- the perfect size to be used as a wizard's doormat or bedroom decoration when it isn't being used for flying adventures!

$12/members, $14/visitors. Register below, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk.

3/18
Saturday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
03/18/2017
12-12:30pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
3/18
Saturday
Celebrate Culture: Transylvanian Folk Arts
03/18/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we explore Transylvania, Romania during this interactive celebration.

Free with admission
3/18
Saturday
Science Spotlight
03/18/2017
3:30-4pm
Join our science educator during our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, and more! The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered.

Free with admission
3/19
Sunday
Meet the Animals
03/19/2017
10:30-11:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life! Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission
3/19
Sunday
Storytelling Around the World: The Gigantic Turnip!
03/19/2017
11:30am-12pm
Once upon a time in Russia, an old man planted a turnip. You won't believe how many people and animals had to work together to pull the turnip out of the ground! Join us to act out this hilarious story from Russia!

Free with admission
3/19
Sunday
Science: Playdough Engineers
03/19/2017
2-2:30pm
Use a combination of playdough and legos to forge a tiny city!

Free with admission
3/19
Sunday
Zen Den: Dragon Breath
03/19/2017
2:30-3pm
Come move, dance, and breath as we learn about what happens to our brains when we feel angry. Then learn some preschool-friendly coping mechanisms to harness your inner dragon.

Free with admission
3/19
Sunday
Theatre: Where the Wild Things Are Stage Story
03/19/2017
3-3:30pm
Hop in your private boat and help tell this classic tale!

Free with admission
3/20
Monday
Members' Monday from 9-11am
03/20/2017
9-11am
We are open from 9-11am for Members only.
3/20
Monday
Members' Monday Play Group: All things Seuss
03/20/2017
10-10:30am
In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be diving into the magical world of Dr. Seuss. Come together each week to read a classic Dr. Seuss story and participate in a related craft and sensory activity!

Free with admission
3/21
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: All the World
03/21/2017
10:15-11:15am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other parents and caregivers? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read All the World and explore the world around us as we get ready to wake up the Earth after a long winter nap. Dig in our muddy sensory table, play a collaborative circle game, and create a green and blue decoupage lantern to help spread light throughout the world.

Free with admission
3/21
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: The Other Frog Prince
03/21/2017
11-11:30am
Come meet our live bullfrogs and help tell one very silly story, The Other Frog Prince from the classic Stinky Cheese Man anthology.

Free with admission
3/21
Tuesday
Star Show: The Black Tortoise
03/21/2017
11:30am-12pm
Come find the Old Black Tortoise who lives in the Lake of Stars as we learn about this Chinese constellation.

Free with admission
3/21
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Swimmy's Oceanscape Printmaking
03/21/2017
2-2:30pm
Read the story Swimmy and explore different organic textures and shapes to create your own watery illustration.

Free with admission
3/21
Tuesday
Celebrate Culture: Explore Appalachia
03/21/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we learn about Southern Appalachia during this interactive story and craft time.

Free with admission
3/22
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
03/22/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
3/22
Wednesday
Storytelling Around the World: The Gigantic Turnip!
03/22/2017
11-11:30am
Once upon a time in Russia, an old man planted a turnip. You won't believe how many people and animals had to work together to pull the turnip out of the ground! Join us to act out this hilarious Russian story!

Free with admission
3/22
Wednesday
Wiggle Wednesday: Dinosaur Stomp!
03/22/2017
11:30am-12pm
Can you tip-toe like a pterodactyl or stomp like a stegosaurus? We'll get our bodies moving and grooving during this interactive movement game!

Free with admission
3/22
Wednesday
Creature Feature: The Bees Knees
03/22/2017
2-2:30pm
Learn about the things our live honey bees love. Then we'll dance just like the bees do.

Free with admission
3/22
Wednesday
Star Show: Choose Your Own Adventure!
03/22/2017
3-3:30pm
Learn about the stars in the night sky and join us for a special Maine constellation edition where you, the audience, help tell the story.

Free with admission
3/23
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Painting Nature
03/23/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll collaboratively decorate a tree branch. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
3/23
Thursday
Science of the Senses: Tricks of the Eye
03/23/2017
10:30-11am
Learn how our eyes work, experience the whimsy of optical illusions, and explore how our Camera Obscura exhibit works like an eyeball.

Free with admission
3/23
Thursday
Puppet Show: Speak Up Sully!
03/23/2017
11-11:30am
Presenting a live interactive puppet show all about being an ordinary, not-so-scary monster. Our favorite blue puppet Sully will take you through an ordinary day in his life. When Sully asks for what he wants in a little tiny voice, no one can hear him. To get what he needs, Sully needs to find a strong, respectful voice. Sully will go searching for this voice all over the Museum & Theatre. Will you help him find it? Do you have a strong, respectful voice that you can share?

Free with admission
3/23
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Roots & Shoots
03/23/2017
11:30am-12pm
Mix, measure and cook nutritious winter snacks using seasonal and local roots and shoots like kale, squash, and carrots. Read a story or do an art project while the snack is cooking and then enjoy!

Free with admission
3/23
Thursday
Creatures of the Deep
03/23/2017
12-12:30pm
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we will meet vampire squid, lantern fish, and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission
3/23
Thursday
Live Creature Feature: Frog Relays
03/23/2017
12:30-1pm
Learn about the life cycle of a frog and observe our live frogs for inspiration before launching into a series of frog-jump games.

Free with admission
3/23
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Paper-Making
03/23/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we discover the process of paper-making and celebrate recycling during this messy, hands-on program.

Free with admission
3/24
Friday
Puppet Show: Fair Ways to Play
03/24/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for an interactive puppet show that's all about sharing, caring...and joining in!

Free with admission
3/24
Friday
Camera Obscura: Eyeball Exploration
03/24/2017
11-11:30am
Did you know we have a giant eyeball on the third floor of the Museum & Theatre? Come see for yourself during this interactive Camera Obscura show!

Free with admission
3/24
Friday
Science: Magnet Madness
03/24/2017
11:30am-12pm
Feel the force of magnetic attraction as we explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of eclectic magnets! From magnetite rocks to magnetic spheres, horseshoes, and rods, we'll discover the invisible power of metals.

Free with admission
3/24
Friday
Live Creature Feature: Turtle Time
03/24/2017
12-12:30pm
Stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time.

Free with admission
3/24
Friday
Stage Story: Little Red Riding Hood
03/24/2017
1:30-2pm
"Grandma, what big eyes you have..." Act out the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood live on our stage, or just watch a great show!

Free with admission
3/24
Friday
Under the Sea Star Show
03/24/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us in the Space Shuttle, where we'll look at constellations related to the ocean and learn some of their stories. Do you recognize any other sea creatures in the sky?

Free with admission
3/24
Friday
Meet the Arts: Kiki Smith
03/24/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we learn about the life and work of contemporary artist Kiki Smith. Create your own Kiki Smith-inspired creation to celebrate Women's History Month.

Free with admission
3/25
Saturday
Math Games
03/25/2017
10:30-11am
One, two, three, what shape do you see? Join us for a round of counting, sorting, and measuring games to playfully practice our math skills.

Free with admission
3/25
Saturday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
03/25/2017
11:30am-12pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
3/25
Saturday
Magic Carpet Making
03/25/2017
12:30-1:30pm
Design and decorate your own magic carpet during this hands-on, messy workshop. We'll create and sketch a design onto a pre-made canvas carpet, then decorate your design with a variety of colors. Finally, seal your design with a waterproofer for an all-weather carpet. Each carpet measures 24" x 48" -- the perfect size to be used as a wizard's doormat or bedroom decoration when it isn't being used for flying adventures!

$12/members, $14/visitors. Register below, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk.

3/25
Saturday
Star Show: The Black Tortoise
03/25/2017
2:30-3pm
Come find the Old Black Tortoise who lives in the Lake of Stars as we learn about this Chinese constellation.

Free with admission
3/25
Saturday
Magic of Medicine with UNE Pharmacy Students
03/25/2017
3:30-4:30pm
Have you ever wondered how medicine pills are made or how medicine dissolves in our bodies? Join students from the University of New England Pharmacy program to explore the magic of medicine! They'll bring some of their medicine making tools and answer questions about what it's like to be a pharmacist during this interactive science show.

Free with admission
3/26
Sunday
Zen Den: Dragon Breath
03/26/2017
10:30-11am
Come move, dance, and breath as we learn about what happens to our brains when we feel angry. Then learn some preschool-friendly coping mechanisms to harness your inner dragon.

Free with admission
3/26
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
03/26/2017
11-11:30am
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
3/26
Sunday
Art and Imagination Workshop: A Private Boat Sailed By...
03/26/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Transport yourself to your very own land of Where the Wild Things Are, with two of the most important pieces of the story: a private boat, and your own imagination! Sculpt and paint your own boat and set sail. Together, we'll return back home to a "still hot" treat of warm soup! Take home your handmade boat at the end of the workshop. Recommended for ages 4+.

$5/members, $7/visitors plus admission. Register for this workshop below, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 229, or stop by the front desk.

3/26
Sunday
Science: Light Table Excavation
03/26/2017
2-2:30pm
Explore with sand and science at the sensory light table.

Free with admission
3/26
Sunday
Storytelling Around the World: One Thousand Pails of Water
03/26/2017
2:30-3pm
Once upon a time in Japan, a whale swam too close to the shore. The tide went out and one child convinced his town to save the whale with One Thousand Pails of Water. Act out this very big story using very small objects.

Free with admission
3/26
Sunday
Theater: "Abiyoyo" Shadow Puppet Story
03/26/2017
3-3:30pm
Help tell the folk story Abiyoyo -- about a green-toothed, cow-gobbling, music-loving giant -- with shadow puppets.

Free with admission
3/27
Monday
Members' Monday from 9-11am
03/27/2017
9-11am
We are open from 9-11am for Members only.
3/27
Monday
Members' Monday Play Group: All things Seuss
03/27/2017
10-10:30am
We'll dive into the magical world of Dr. Seuss for the whole month of March. Each week, we'll read a classic Dr. Seuss story and participate in a related activity.

Free with admission
3/28
Tuesday
Little Kid Morning Out: It's Ok to be Different
03/28/2017
10:15-11:15am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Looking for a way to socialize with other parents and caregivers? Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week we'll read It's Ok to be Different by Todd Parr and discover why it's good to be different. Then explore our sensory table and compare our similarities and differences during a silly movement game. Finally, we'll test out the many different ways we can paint: Can you paint with your elbows? Can you paint with your nose? Let's challenge ourselves to try them all.

Free with admission
3/28
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: The Bees Knees
03/28/2017
11-11:30am
Learn about the things our live honey bees love. Then we'll dance just like the bees do.

Free with admission
3/28
Tuesday
Goodnight Moon & Other Naptime Stories
03/28/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us under the light of the moon in our mini-planetarium to read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and other stories to get your little ones ready for a naptime.

Free with admission
3/28
Tuesday
Camera Obscura: Inside an Eyeball
03/28/2017
12:30-1pm
Jump into our "eyeball" room, and learn all about how our eyes work. Then take a tour of Portland from our own Camera Obscura light mechanism.

Free with admission
3/28
Tuesday
Culture Kitchen: Irish Soda Bread
03/28/2017
3-3:30pm
Discover the process of baking Irish Soda Bread as we explore Irish culture, the science of baking, and more.

Free with admission
3/29
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art
03/29/2017
10:15-10:45am
Stop by for some big, messy art during this collaborative, process-based art time.

Free with admission
3/29
Wednesday
Storytelling Around the World: One Thousand Pails of Water
03/29/2017
11-11:30am
Once upon a time in Japan, a whale swam too close to the shore. The tide went out and one child convinced his town to save the whale with One Thousand Pails of Water. Act out this very big story using very small objects.

Free with admission
3/29
Wednesday
Camera Obscura: Working Waterfront Tour
03/29/2017
11:30am-12pm
We'll tour the Portland peninsula from above as we look for barges, ferries, cranes, and more.

Free with admission
3/29
Wednesday
Star Show: Constellation Yoga
03/29/2017
12-12:30pm
Stretch like Leo the Lion and bend like Ursa Major the Bear during this interactive, movement-based star show.

Free with admission
3/29
Wednesday
Creature Feature: The Bees Knees
03/29/2017
2-2:30pm
Learn about the things our live honey bees love. Then we'll dance just like the bees do.

Free with admission
3/29
Wednesday
Star Show: Choose Your Own Adventure!
03/29/2017
3-3:30pm
Learn about the stars in the night sky and join us for a special Maine constellation edition where you, the audience, help tell the story.

Free with admission
3/30
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Puffy Paint Exploration
03/30/2017
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic program ideal for ages 18-36 months. This week, we'll explore puffy paint!

Free with admission
3/30
Thursday
Science of the Senses: Tricks of the Eye
03/30/2017
10:30-11am
Learn how our eyes work, experience the whimsy of optical illusions, and explore how our Camera Obscura exhibit works like an eyeball!

Free with admission
3/30
Thursday
Puppet Show: Speak Up Sully!
03/30/2017
11-11:30am
Presenting a live, interactive puppet show all about being an ordinary, not-so-scary monster. Our favorite blue puppet Sully will take you through an ordinary day in his life. When Sully asks for what he wants in a little tiny voice, no one can hear him. To get what he needs, Sully needs to find a strong, respectful voice. Sully will go searching for this voice all over the museum and theatre. Will you help him find it? Do you have a strong, respectful voice that you can share?

Free with admission
3/30
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Roots & Shoots
03/30/2017
11:30am-12pm
Mix, measure, and cook nutritious winter snacks using seasonal and local roots and shoots like kale, squash, and carrots. Read a story or do an art project while the snack is cooking and then enjoy!

Free with admission
3/30
Thursday
Creatures of the Deep
03/30/2017
12-12:30pm
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we'll meet vampire squid, lantern fish and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission
3/30
Thursday
Live Creature Feature: Frog Relays
03/30/2017
12:30-1pm
Learn about the life cycle of a frog and watch our live frogs for inspiration before launching into a series of frog-jump games.

Free with admission
3/30
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Kindah Khalidy
03/30/2017
3-3:30pm
Learn about this painter and textile designer, then create your own Khalidy-inspired creation.

Free with admission
3/31
Friday
Puppet Show: The Mixed Up Chameleon
03/31/2017
10:15-10:45am
Help a very mixed up chameleon figure out how he feels.

Free with admission
3/31
Friday
Camera Obscura: 332 Years of Magic
03/31/2017
11-11:30am
Did you know the apparatus on the top of our building was invented 332 years ago? Join us for a panoramic view of Portland from a room without windows as we imagine life in the 1600s.

Free with admission
3/31
Friday
Science: Magnet Madness
03/31/2017
11:30am-12pm
Feel the force of magnetic attraction as we explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of eclectic magnets! From magnetite rocks to magnetic spheres, horseshoes, and rods, we'll discover the invisible power of metals.

Free with admission
3/31
Friday
Live Creature Feature: Turtle Time
03/31/2017
12-12:30pm
Stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time.

Free with admission
3/31
Friday
Stage Story: The Three Little Pigs
03/31/2017
1:30-2pm
"Little pig, little pig, let me come in!" Act out the classic story of The Three Little Pigs, or just watch in this interactive performance in our Dress-Up Theatre.

Free with admission
3/31
Friday
Under the Sea Star Show
03/31/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us in the Space Shuttle to look at constellations related to the ocean and learn some of their stories. Do you recognize any other sea creatures in the sky?

Free with admission
3/31
Friday
Meet the Arts: Paper-Making
03/31/2017
3-3:30pm
Join us as we discover the process of paper-making and celebrate recycling during this messy, hands-on program.

Free with admission

April 2017

4/1
Saturday
Explore the Arts: Pencil Sharpening
04/01/2017
11-11:30am
Join us for an exciting process art program that's all about pencils! Choose from a variety of pencils, then try your hand at the age-old tradition of pencil sharpening. We'll provide the pencils, you provide the inspiration.

Free with admission
4/1
Saturday
Live Creature Feature: Sharks, Mermaids, and Baby Dolphins
04/01/2017
2-2:30pm
Join us to meet our newest members of our tide pool touch tank including a great white shark, a friendly mermaid, and a baby dolphin. Careful not to get splashed by these oversized friends!

Free with admission