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September 2018

9/26
Wednesday
Creative Movement with a Special Guest from Portland Ballet
09/26/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Do you love to jump, skip, tiptoe, and twirl? Get moving with our Special Guest from Portland Ballet's Young Dancer Program and explore the connection between movement and music in a fun, low-key environment.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
9/26
Wednesday
Food Science: Kale Chips
09/26/2018
11:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Kale can be harvested from July to January (and sometimes even longer!). Discover what makes kale a superfood from its tiny molecules to its big leafy greens as we make cheesy Kale chips.

Free with admission
9/26
Wednesday
Piggy Bank Creation Station
09/26/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Design and build your own piggy bank from recycled materials in honor of our Main Stage Production, Charlotte's Web. Add eyes, ears, noses, and toes to create your own unique, penny-loving pig.
Designed for ages 2-12 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
9/27
Thursday
Meet Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department
09/27/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department will be joining us today to read her favorite book, Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the story, you'll have a chance to ask Coreena questions and find out more about the police in our community.

Free with admission
9/27
Thursday
Collaborative Art: Painting Nature
09/27/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Let's work together to create something beautiful. We'll decorate a tree branch in beautiful autumn colors with paint, glitter, and pom-poms. Add one splotch of paint or stay for the whole collaborative process.
Designed for ages 2-5 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
9/27
Thursday
Book Club for Grown-Ups
09/27/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join Museum & Theatre educators and members to discuss UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Ed.D. This will be a discussion-based reading group and it is recommended to have read the book prior to attending. This month we will focus on Part One-- Developing Empathy.

Free with admission
9/28
Friday
Little Feminists Story Time
09/28/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Boys and girls, spark you imaginations and be inspired! In this storytime for all, listen and compare a fairytale with a nonfiction story about women who have changed the world.

Free with admission
9/28
Friday
Coding for Kids
09/28/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Learn simple computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program tailored to preschool-age children.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
9/28
Friday
Book Club for Grown-Ups
09/28/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join Museum & Theatre educators and members to discuss UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Ed.D. This will be a discussion-based reading group and it is recommended to read the book prior to attending. This month we will focus on Part One-- Developing Empathy.

Free with admission
9/28
Friday
Collaborative Sumi Ink Painting
09/28/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Let's work together to create something beautiful. We'll explore the tradition of sumi ink painting by using black ink to create unique, calligraphy-inspired designs on a large piece of cloth. Add one swoosh of ink or stay for the entire collaborative process.
Designed for ages 4-10 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
9/29
Saturday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
09/29/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
9/29
Saturday
Miniature Tree House Workshop
09/29/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design and decorate your own wooden tree house during this messy workshop. Add roofing, decorate each room, and make figures and creatures to live in your creation. $20 per wooden tree house (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.
Ideal for ages 3-9 and their grown-ups.

9/29
Saturday
(Not So) Spooky Shadow Puppet Show
09/29/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Use the science of light and shadow to tell the tale of The Pale Green Pants With Nobody Inside, a spooky Dr.Seuss story with a very silly ending.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
9/30
Sunday
Play Dough Engineering
09/30/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Can your play dough tower reach the ceiling? Can your bridge support a mastodon? Test the limits of engineering and design as we use play dough, popsicle sticks, boards, and blocks to build both bigger and better.

Free with admission
9/30
Sunday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
09/30/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough that changes color with the heat of your hands.
$8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

9/30
Sunday
Wiggle with Worms
09/30/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wiggling and squiggling invertebrates help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch, and study live earthworms and learn how they help our planet thrive.

Free with admission

October 2018

10/1
Monday
Members' Monday: Green Bean String Along
10/01/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join in a green bean string along as we preserve green beans by stringing them on a thread. They will dry and be ready for hearty winter soups. Practice your fine-motor skills and sing along to Fall tunes as you string beans to take home.
10/2
Tuesday
Treat Yourself Tuesday
10/02/2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rise and Shine! To celebrate the Fall, the Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!
10/2
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
10/02/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
10/2
Tuesday
100 Color Challenge
10/02/2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Every color is created from a combination of just three primary colors. Become the "paint master" and accept the challenge to paint 100 different colors using only red, blue, and yellow.

Free with admission
10/2
Tuesday
Turtle Shell Prints
10/02/2018
2:30-3 p.m.
Turtles and tortoises, oh my! Explore the different types of turtle and tortoise shells by examining turtle and tortoise replicas, as well as observing LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles. Design and create your own turtle shell print to take home.
Designed for ages 2-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/3
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
10/03/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In Laura Numeroff's story If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, we find out that mice like chocolate chip cookies. But, what about pumpkin cookies? Join us in the kitchen to whip up a batch of healthy pumpkin cookies, get your face painted to become a mouse, and then treat your little mousey self to a delicious treat.

Free with admission
10/3
Wednesday
Coding for Kids
10/03/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Learn simple computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program tailored to preschool age children. Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/4
Thursday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppet Story
10/04/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Discover how a shadow is made and help tell the folk story, Abiyoyo, about a green-toothed, cow-gobbling, music-loving giant.

Free with admission
10/4
Thursday
Collaborative Art: Miniature Hot Air Balloons
10/04/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join together with artists of all ages to craft collaborative miniature hot air balloons. Using the age-old process of paper mȃche, we'll create balloon shapes and then attach baskets below to create a large-scale mobile. Add just one ooey gooey piece of paper or stay for the whole messy undertaking.
Designed for ages 2-12 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/5
Friday
Painting Blue with Picasso
10/05/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Dive into Picasso's "blue period" as we mix various shades of blue paint to create our own blue masterpieces. What happens when you add white paint to blue paint? What happens when you add black? We'll explore all things ombre during this experiential program.
Designed for all ages.

Free with admission
10/5
Friday
Live Animal Visit with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
10/05/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meet a live animal, learn about its behavior, its adaptations, and how to care for a pet in this hands-on program with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Free with admission
10/5
Friday
Game of Shadows Puppet Creation
10/05/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A noise is in the garden... let's go and see! Find out what it could be. Then, create your own shadow puppet and craft your very own mysterious tale using Herve Tullet's Game of Shadows as inspiration.
Designed for ages 3-8 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/5
Friday
$2 Friday from 5-8 p.m.
10/05/2018
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
To best serve our community, we are open late the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. for $2/person. We strive to share the Museum & Theatre experience at an affordable rate and with families who may not be able to visit during regular business hours. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.
10/5
Friday
Little Feminists' Story Time
10/05/2018
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Spark your imaginations and be inspired! In this storytime for all, listen to and compare a fairytale with a nonfiction story about women who have changed the world.

Free with admission
10/6
Saturday
Play Your Way: Sensory Saturday
10/06/2018
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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 during a quiet 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 also be available. Only 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!
To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.

10/6
Saturday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
10/06/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures, and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact our aquatic friends.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/6
Saturday
Miniature Tree House Workshop
10/06/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design and decorate your own wooden tree house during this messy workshop. Add roofing, decorate each room, and make figures and creatures to live in your creation. $20 per tree house (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.
Ideal for ages 3-9 and their grownups.

10/6
Saturday
Young Engineers
10/06/2018
2:30 - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for baby bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special abilities, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/7
Sunday
Story of the Penobscot River
10/07/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
In celebration of Indigenous Peoples and the land we now call Maine, join us for an interactive storytelling program at our stream table to trace the history of the Penobscot River. This is a story of thousands of fish, one third of Maine's water supply, and unprecedented teamwork.

Free with admission
10/7
Sunday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
10/07/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic play dough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

10/7
Sunday
Germs-a-Glow
10/07/2018
2:30 - 3 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny microbes live all around us! While some are helpful, some are called germs and can make us sick. Learn how germs spread by using a blacklight and see the positive result of good hand-washing techniques for yourself.
Designed for ages 3-8 and their grownups.

Sponsored by The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

Free with admission
10/8
Monday
Wiggle with Worms
10/08/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Wiggling and squiggling invertebrates help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch, and study live earthworms and learn how they help our planet thrive.

Free with admission
10/8
Monday
Story of the Penobscot River
10/08/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In celebration of Indigenous Peoples and the land we now call Maine, join us for an interactive storytelling program at our stream table to trace the history of the Penobscot River. This is a story of thousands of fish, one third of Maine's water supply, and unprecedented teamwork.

Free with admission
10/8
Monday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
10/08/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
10/8
Monday
Nature's Paint Brushes Art Time
10/08/2018
3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
To honor the land now known as Maine, experiment using natural objects like needles, leaves and sticks as paint brushes to create nature-inspired art.

Free with admission
10/9
Tuesday
Treat Yourself Tuesday
10/09/2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rise and Shine! To celebrate the Fall, the Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!
10/9
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
10/09/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
10/9
Tuesday
MINDS AT PLAY: Tuesday Morning Family Music Class
10/09/2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Explore music as a family and experience the joy and diversity of song in an inclusive and welcoming setting. We'll test out a variety of instruments, learn finger plays, and sing and dance to new, traditional, and world music. Designed for ages 0 to 4 and all caregivers. Class meets Tuesday mornings: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30. $70 per session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org
10/9
Tuesday
The Little Old Lady Who Was NOT Afraid of Anything
10/09/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In this Halloween tradition, meet the Little Old Lady Who Was NOT Afraid Of Anything, and see if you can be the first to spook her. Loosely based on the story by Linda Williams.

Free with admission
10/9
Tuesday
Moon Phase Printmaking
10/09/2018
2:30 - 3 p.m.
Have you seen the moon change shape in the sky? Explore the phases of the moon and learn why people have been tracking moon patterns for thousands of years. Then, create your own moon phase banner to take home.
Designed for ages 3-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/9
Tuesday
MINDS AT PLAY: Tuesday Afternoon Acting Class
10/09/2018
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Are the bright lights of the stage calling your name? Join our four-week theatre ensemble class, and work/play as a team under the guidance of a professional director to write, memorize, and perform an original production. Designed for ages 6 to 9. Class meets Tuesday afternoons:10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30. $70 per session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

10/10
Wednesday
MINDS AT PLAY: Wednesday Morning Drama Class
10/10/2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Through imaginative play, acting, songs, theatre games, and stories we will empower our youngest performers to harness the power of their voices and gain self-confidence on the stage. Designed for ages 3 to 5. Class meets Wednesday mornings: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 10.31. $70 per session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234, or visit kitetails.org

10/10
Wednesday
Kitchen Science: Pumpkin Dissection
10/10/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
What's a pumpkin? What's inside a gourd? Make predictions as we dissect. Then, compile your tasty observations as we munch on roasted Fall fruit.

Free with admission
10/10
Wednesday
Collaborative Sumi Ink Painting
10/10/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Let's work together to create something beautiful. Today, we'll explore the tradition of sumi ink painting by using black ink to create unique calligraphy-inspired designs on a large piece of cloth. Add one swoosh of ink or stay for the entire collaborative process.
Designed for ages 4-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/10
Wednesday
MINDS AT PLAY: Wednesday Afternoon Science Class
10/10/2018
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Science is NOT a sideline sport! Here at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, we take experimentation seriously -- which can often lead to messy, tasty, or flat-out strange results. If you enjoy extreme investigation, join us for this hands-on, authentic dive into the scientific method. Designed for ages 6 to 9. Class meets Wednesday afternoons:10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31. $70 per session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234, or visit kitetails.org

10/11
Thursday
MINDS AT PLAY: Thursday Morning Science Class
10/11/2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Do you ever find yourself drawn to mud puddles, entranced by earthworms, or enraptured by a cloudy sky? Embrace the "why," and dig into the scientific method with this hands-on, playful science class. Designed for ages 3 to 5. Class meets Thursday mornings: 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, and 11/1. $70 per session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234, or visit kitetails.org.

10/11
Thursday
A Visit from Officer Coreena of the Portland Police Department
10/11/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department will be joining us today to read her favorite story, Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the reading, you'll have a chance to ask Coreena questions and find out more about the police in our community.

Free with admission
10/11
Thursday
Turtle Shell Prints
10/11/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Turtles and tortoises, oh my! Explore the different types of turtle and tortoise shells by examining turtle and tortoise replicas, as well as observing LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles. Design and create your own turtle shell print to take home.
Designed for ages 2 to 10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/11
Thursday
MINDS AT PLAY: Thursday Afternoon Music Class
10/11/2018
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Take music-making to a whole new level during this interactive, open-ended series. Using the ukulele as a jumping-off point, you'll learn to play new instruments, write songs, and jam with new friends. Designed for ages 6 to 9. Class meets Thursday afternoons: 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, and 11/1.$70 per session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). Participants will need a ukulele for the duration of the class. To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234, or visit kitetails.org. For instrument questions, contact Lily O'Brien at lily@kitetails.org.

10/12
Friday
Collaborative Art: Painting Nature
10/12/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Let's work together to create something beautiful. We'll decorate a tree branch in autumn colors with paint, glitter, and pom poms. Add one splotch of paint or stay for the whole collaborative process. Designed for ages 2 to 5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/12
Friday
The Little Old Lady Who Was NOT Afraid of Anything
10/12/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In this Halloween tradition, meet the Little Old Lady Who Was NOT Afraid of Anything, and see if you can be the first to spook her. Loosely based on the story by Linda Williams.

Free with admission
10/12
Friday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
10/12/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Travel down the Nile river at night and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to help explain the world around them.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/13
Saturday
Painting Blue with Picasso
10/13/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Dive into Picasso's "blue period" as we mix various shades of blue paint to create our own blue masterpieces. What happens when you add white paint to blue paint? What happens when you add black? We'll explore all things ombre during this experiential program.

Free with admission
10/13
Saturday
Squid Dissection
10/13/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Do you know that squids crush their food with bird-like beaks and have glands full of ink they spray when scared? Join us to learn all about squid - inside and out - in this hands-on dissection workshop! We'll compare the squid's body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures spend their lives underwater, and create sketches to take home. Suggested for ages 4 and up. $12 (members receive 10% off). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

10/13
Saturday
Moon Phase Printmaking
10/13/2018
2:30 - 3 p.m.
Have you seen the moon change shape in the sky? Explore the phases of the moon and learn why people have been tracking moon patterns for thousands of years. Then create your own moon phase banner to take home.
Designed for ages 3-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/14
Sunday
Meet the Turtles
10/14/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet our LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
10/14
Sunday
Squid Dissection
10/14/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Do you know that squids crush their food with bird-like beaks and have glands full of ink they spray when scared? Join us to learn all about squid - inside and out - in this hands-on dissection workshop! We'll compare the squid's body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures live their lives underwater, and create sketches of our dissection to take home. Suggested for ages 4 and up. $12 (members receive 10% off). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org.

10/14
Sunday
Wiggle with Worms
10/14/2018
2:30 - 3 p.m.
Wiggling and squiggling invertebrates help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch, and study live red wigglers and learn how they do good for the planet.

Free with admission
10/15
Monday
Members' Monday: Dinosaur Dancing
10/15/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Do the "triassic twist and brontosaurus bump" as we read and dance along with Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields.
10/16
Tuesday
Treat Yourself Tuesday
10/16/2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rise and Shine! To celebrate the Fall, the Museum & Theatre will open at 9 a.m. (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!
10/16
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
10/16/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
10/16
Tuesday
Create a Super Creature
10/16/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activate your imagination and sharpen your scientific acumen as you mix and match animal adaptations like wings, claws, fins, and scales to make super creatures.

Free with admission
10/17
Wednesday
Coding for Kids
10/17/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Learn simple computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program tailored to preschool age children.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/17
Wednesday
County Fair Pumpkin Pies
10/17/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate "Fair Season" as we bake up mini pumpkin pies to eat.

Free with admission
10/17
Wednesday
Collaborative Sumi Ink Painting
10/17/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Let's work together to create something beautiful. Today, we'll explore the tradition of sumi ink painting by using black ink to create unique calligraphy-inspired designs on a large piece of cloth. Add one swoosh of ink or stay for the entire collaborative process.
Designed for ages 4-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/18
Thursday
Buried Treasure Scavenger Hunt
10/18/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Get your bearings and use the map to find special treasure where "X" marks the spot. Then, design your own treasure map or follow one made by a Museum & Theatre friend.

Free with admission
10/18
Thursday
Game of Shadows Puppet Creation
10/18/2018
12 - 12:30 p.m.
A noise is in the garden... let's go and see! Find out what it could be. Then, create your own shadow puppet and craft your very own mysterious tale using Herve Tullet's Game of Shadows as inspiration.
Designed for ages 3-8 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/18
Thursday
Audition Workshop: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
10/18/2018
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thinking about auditioning but would like to learn more? Attend our FREE Audition Workshops to learn all about the process and what it's like to be in a Main Stage production! We will answer questions, help actors find and practice monologues, talk about how to audition with songs, and walk through a mock audition so actors feel prepared for the big day. Free to attend, but registration is required. To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.

10/19
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
10/19/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent upon firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, we'll learn instead about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
10/19
Friday
Turtle Shell Prints
10/19/2018
12 - 12:30 p.m.
Turtles and tortoises, oh my! Explore the different types of turtle and tortoise shells by examining turtle and tortoise replicas, as well as observing LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles. Design and create your own turtle shell print to take home.
Designed for ages 2-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/19
Friday
Young Engineers
10/19/2018
3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Take on a story based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for baby bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special abilities, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/20
Saturday
Meet the Turtles
10/20/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
10/20
Saturday
Owl Pellet Dissection
10/20/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will receive an owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner! Suggested for ages 4 and up. Caregivers are welcome to participate. $8 (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

10/20
Saturday
Painting Blue with Picasso
10/20/2018
2:30 - 3 p.m.
Dive into Picasso's "blue period" as we mix various shades of blue paint to create our own blue masterpieces. What happens when you add white paint to blue paint? What happens when you add black? We'll explore all things ombre during this experiential program.

Free with admission
10/20
Saturday
Celebrate Culture: Get Ready for Dia de Los Muertos
10/20/2018
3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Get ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, a November holiday that honors loved ones who are no longer with us. Explore how families prepare for Dia de los Muertos celebrations right here in Maine. Create a yellow paper marigold to take home and learn how you can celebrate this holiday with your own family.

Free with admission
10/21
Sunday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
10/21/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/21
Sunday
Story of the Penobscot River
10/21/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In honor of the Native people living on the land we now call Maine, join us for an interactive storytelling program at our stream table to trace the history of the Penobscot River. This is a story of thousands of fish, one third of Maine's water supply, and unprecedented teamwork.

Free with admission
10/21
Sunday
Pumpkin Dissection
10/21/2018
2:30 - 3 p.m.
What's a pumpkin? What's inside a gourd? Make predictions as we dissect.

Free with admission
10/22
Monday
Member's Monday: Pumpkin Dissection
10/22/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
What's a pumpkin? What's inside a gourd? Make predictions as we dissect.
10/23
Tuesday
Treat Yourself Tuesday
10/23/2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rise and Shine! To celebrate the Fall, the Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!
10/23
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
10/23/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
10/23
Tuesday
Honey Bee Mystery
10/23/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
How do honey bees beat their wings 200 times per second, collect enough nectar to feed 50,000, and still find time for dancing? Come explore the answers to these and other mysteries as we buzz into the world of the Museum & Theatre's very own honey bees.

Free with admission
10/23
Tuesday
Moon Phase Printmaking
10/23/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Have you seen the moon change shape in the sky? Explore the phases of the moon and learn why people have been tracking moon patterns for thousands of years. Then, create your own moon phase banner to take home.
Designed for ages 3-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/24
Wednesday
Creative Movement with a Special Guest from Portland Ballet
10/24/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Do you love to jump, skip, tiptoe, and twirl? Get moving with our Special Guest from Portland Ballet's Young Dancer Program, and explore the connection between movement and music in a fun, low-key environment.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/24
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Wilbur's Pumpkin Sweet-Potato Apple Mash
10/24/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In honor of the opening of our Main Stage Production of Charlotte's Web, join us for Wilbur the Pig's favorite mashed-up treat!

Free with admission
10/24
Wednesday
Book Club for Grown-Ups
10/24/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join Museum & Theatre educators and members to discuss UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Ed.D. This will be a discussion-based reading group and it is recommended to have read the book prior to attending. This month we will focus on Part Two-- Practicing Empathy.

Free with admission
10/25
Thursday
Meet Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department
10/25/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department will be joining us today to read her favorite story Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the reading, you'll have a chance to ask Coreena questions and find out more about the police in our community.

Free with admission
10/25
Thursday
Book Club for Grown-Ups
10/25/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join Museum & Theatre educators and members to discuss UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Ed.D. This will be a discussion-based reading group and it is recommended to have read the book prior to attending. This month we will focus on Part Two-- Practicing Empathy.

Free with admission
10/25
Thursday
(Not- So) Spooky Shadow Puppet Show
10/25/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Use the science of light and shadow to help tell the tale of "the pale green pants with nobody inside," a spooky Dr. Seuss tale with a very silly ending.

Free with admission
10/26
Friday
(Not- So) Spooky Shadow Puppet Show
10/26/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Use the science of light and shadow to help tell the tale of "the pale green pants with nobody inside", a spooky Dr. Suess tale with a very silly ending.

Free with admission
10/26
Friday
The Little Old Lady Who Was NOT Afraid of Anything
10/26/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In this Halloween tradition, meet the Little Old Lady Who Was NOT Afraid of Anything, and see if you can be the first to spook her. Loosely based on the story by Linda Williams.

Free with admission
10/26
Friday
Piggy Bank Creation Station
10/26/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Design and build your own piggy bank from recycled materials in honor of our Main Stage Production, Charlotte's Web. Add eyes, ears, noses, and toes to create your own unique, penny-loving porcine.
Designed for ages 2-12 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/26
Friday
Main Stage Production: Charlotte's Web Opening Night!
10/26/2018
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Meet Wilbur, the irresistible young pig; Fern, a girl who truly understands animals; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who helps teach Wilbur the true meaning of friendship. Based on the novel by E.B. White and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, Charlotte's Web, performed with permission from Dramatic Publishing by our company of young actors. After the show, meet the performers for a special gala celebration! $18/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

Tickets coming soon!
10/27
Saturday
Halloween Bash 2018
10/27/2018
10:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
Get ready to raise a ruckus at The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine! We're taking over All Hollow's Eve early with music, games, and more: participate in a massive scavenger hunt for treats, watch a particularly spooky shadow show, and get messy with some gross art. Don't forget your costume, and come join us in this Halloween bash for the ages.

Free with admission
10/27
Saturday
(Not- So) Spooky Shadow Puppet Show
10/27/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Use the science of light and shadow to help tell the tale of "the pale green pants with nobody inside," a spooky Dr. Seuss tale with a very silly ending.

Free with admission
10/27
Saturday
The Museum & Theatre Presents: A Terribly "Tricky" Scavenger Hunt
10/27/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Follow the clues to make your way through The Museum & Theatre exhibits. Reach the end to claim a sweet treat! (Choose your level of difficulty for an individual hunt fit for all ages.)

Free with admission
10/27
Saturday
The Museum & Theatre Presents: A Terribly "Tricky" Scavenger Hunt
10/27/2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Follow the clues to make your way through The Museum & Theatre exhibits. Reach the end to claim a sweet treat! (Choose your difficulty level for a hunt fit for all ages.)

Free with admission
10/27
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Charlotte's Web
10/27/2018
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Meet Wilbur, the irresistible young pig; Fern, a girl who understands animals; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who helps teach Wilbur the true meaning of friendship. Based on the novel by E.B. White and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, Charlotte's Web, performed with permission from Dramatic Publishing by our company of young actors. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

10/28
Sunday
Pumpkin Dissection
10/28/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
What's a pumpkin? What's a gourd? Make predictions as we dissect. Then compile some tasty observations as we munch on roasted fall fruit.

Free with admission
10/28
Sunday
Owl Pellet Dissection
10/28/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will receive an owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner! Suggested for ages 4 and up. Caregivers are welcome to participate. $8 (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

10/28
Sunday
The Museum & Theatre Presents: A Terribly "Tricky" Scavenger Hunt
10/28/2018
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Follow the clues to make your way through The Museum & Theatre exhibits. Reach the end to claim a sweet treat! (Choose your difficulty level for a hunt fit for all ages.)

Free with admission
10/28
Sunday
Main Stage Production: Charlotte's Web
10/28/2018
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Meet Wilbur, the irresistible young pig; Fern, a girl who understands animals; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who helps teach Wilbur the true meaning of friendship. Based on the novel by E.B. White and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, Charlotte's Web, performed with permission from Dramatic Publishing by our company of young actors. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

10/28
Sunday
The Museum & Theatre Presents: A Terribly "Tricky" Scavenger Hunt
10/28/2018
3 - 4 p.m.
Follow the clues to make your way through The Museum & Theatre exhibits. Reach the end to claim a sweet treat! (Choose your difficulty level for a hunt fit for all ages.)

Free with admission
10/28
Sunday
Main Stage Production: Charlotte's Web
10/28/2018
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Meet Wilbur, the irresistible young pig; Fern, a girl who understands animals; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who helps teach Wilbur the true meaning of friendship. Based on the novel by E.B. White and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, Charlotte's Web, performed with permission from Dramatic Publishing by our company of young actors. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

10/29
Monday
Members' Monday: Halloween Mask Making
10/29/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
BOO! Whether you have a Halloween costume ready or not, join us for an open art studio with plenty of spooky mask-making materials. Turn yourself into a moon, parrot or imaginary creature - it's totally up to you!
10/29
Monday
Last Chance Auditions: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
10/29/2018
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
We are currently seeking actors ages 8-17 for our December production of the musical, ALEXANDER! Prepare a one minute monologue or song and bring your calendars. It is always free to audition for our productions, and if you are cast in the play it is also free to participate. To sign up, for more information, or to see a calendar, please email Theatre Educator Allison McCall: allison@kitetails.org.
10/30
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
10/30/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
10/30
Tuesday
Meteor Shower Space Adventure
10/30/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Blast off into the Museum & Theatre's mini planetarium, see star constellations, orbit like the planets, and buckle-up for a bumpy ride exploring the science of meteors.

Free with admission
10/30
Tuesday
Game of Shadows Puppet Creation
10/30/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
A noise is in the garden... let's go and see! Find out what it could be. Then create your own shadow puppet and craft your very own mysterious tale using Herve Tullet's Game of Shadows as inspiration.
Designed for ages 3-8 and their grownups.

Free with admission
10/31
Wednesday
Where the Wild Things Are Halloween Rumpus
10/31/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Let the wild rumpus begin! Put on your costume and join us for toddler-friendly trick-or-treating, mask-making, and a costume parade around The Children's Museum & Theatre in our very own Where the Wild Things Are-themed bash.

Free with admission
10/31
Wednesday
(Not- So) Spooky Shadow Puppet Show
10/31/2018
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Use the science of light and shadow to help tell the tale of "the pale green pants with nobody inside," a spooky Dr. Suess tale with a very silly ending.

Free with admission
10/31
Wednesday
Game of Shadows Puppet Creation
10/31/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A noise is in the garden... let's go and see! Find out what it could be. Then create your own shadow puppet and craft your very own mysterious tale using Herve Tullet's Game of Shadows as inspiration.
Designed for ages 3-8 and their grownups.

Free with admission

November 2018

11/11
Sunday
Play Your Way: Sensory Saturday
11/11/2018
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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 during a quiet 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 also be available. Only 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!
To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.

December 2018

12/8
Saturday
Play Your Way: Sensory Saturday
12/08/2018
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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 during a quiet 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 also be available. Only 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!
To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.