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July 2014

7/29
Tuesday
Fairy City Construction
07/29/2014
11am
We're pretty experienced at making fairy houses, but we have never made a fairy apartment complex. Will you help construct a fairy city in our Shipyard? We'll need a post office, bus station, supermarket and library to start. Using natural, recycled and new materials we'll construct a community perfect for winged beings.

Free with admission.

7/29
Tuesday
Handmade Dinosaur Soap Workshop (R$)
07/29/2014
12:30pm-1:30pm
Using the melt and pour technique, learn to make your own bar of glycerin soap. This easy and safe process allows participants to custom color their soap and choose their own dino figurine to set inside. Kids will love to wash their hands, working their way to the dino in the center! $6/soap bar for members, $7/soap bar for visitors plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. Please allow 1 hour for soap to cool.

7/29
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
07/29/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.

7/30
Wednesday
Alice in Wonderland Playtime
07/30/2014
11am
Come to a special tea party hosted by our friend the Mad Hatter and some puppets from Alice in Wonderland! Hop like a bunny who's late for an appointment and be a guest in the madness as we play out a scene from our exciting fall play!

Free with admission.

7/30
Wednesday
Kite Making (R$)
07/30/2014
1:30-2:30pm
As winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard. $7/member kite, $8/visitor kite plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
7/30
Wednesday
Creatures of the Night
07/30/2014
3:30pm
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with admission.

7/31
Thursday
Fairy City Construction
07/31/2014
2pm
We're pretty experienced at making fairy houses, but we have never made a fairy apartment complex. Will you help construct a fairy city in our Shipyard? We'll need a post office, bus station, supermarket and library to start. Using natural, recycled and new materials we'll construct a community perfect for winged beings.

Free with admission.

7/31
Thursday
Map Making
07/31/2014
3pm
Discover some of the tools that explorers once used to navigate the world! Check out our collection of local, statewide and worldwide maps, and create a map of your own.

Free with admission.

August 2014

8/1
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
08/01/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firemen are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll make our own fire truck snack instead. What will you use for the ladder, headlights, wheels and cab? We'll provide the materials you design the truck!

Free with Admission.
8/1
Friday
Meet the Turtles!
08/01/2014
11:30am
Have you met our four yellow-bellied slider turtles? We'll learn all about turtle anatomy, as well as different types of turtles and their habitats, then meet one of our live turtles up-close and in person.

Free with Admission.
8/1
Friday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
08/01/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission.
8/1
Friday
Animal Ears
08/01/2014
3pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission.
8/1
Friday
$2 First Friday
08/01/2014
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for $2/person. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission.
8/2
Saturday
Meet a Professional Moose Caller
08/02/2014
11am
Have you ever wondered what a moose sounds like? Do all moose sound the same? How do they communicate with each other, and what clues can you listen for in the woods if you are looking for a moose? Join special guest registered Maine guide Matt Tinker to explore moose calls and artifacts. Matt lives in Maine moose country where he guides canoe trips, hiking trips and moose-watching expeditions.

Free with Admission.
8/2
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
08/02/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission.
8/2
Saturday
Open Art Studio
08/02/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/2
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
08/02/2014
3:30-4:30pm
Science can be a little messy. From the stinky to the gooey to the downright gross, we'll explore the world of science through hands-on experiments, playful stories and curious questions. Let's explore the world around us!

Free with admission.
8/3
Sunday
Creatures of the Night
08/03/2014
11am
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with Admission.
8/3
Sunday
Young Engineers: Bridge Building
08/03/2014
12:30pm
What does it take to build a bridge? Come to our Playscape exhibit to find out! We'll use big blue blocks to build a bridge that you can walk across.

Free with Admission.
8/3
Sunday
Guided Rock Climbing
08/03/2014
2pm
Rock on! Learn new tips to improve your rock climbing skills, then test them on our rock climbing wall.

Free with Admission.
8/3
Sunday
Blueberry Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/03/2014
3pm
Have you ever made ice cream? Join us to make blueberry ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a scoop, of course! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/4
Monday
Origami Art
08/04/2014
11am
Can you fold a paper heart? What about a swan or an airplane? We'll have step-by-step instructions for you so you can make your own Origami creation to take home.

Free with admission.
8/4
Monday
Slime Time! (R$)
08/04/2014
12:30pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/4
Monday
Kitchen Chemistry
08/04/2014
2pm
When two mystery ingredients combine, they make a bubbling, fizzing chemical reaction! We'll use materials you can find in your own kitchen to create a controlled science experiment and test for results.

Free with Admission.
8/4
Monday
Art in the Garden: Vegetable Drawings
08/04/2014
3pm
We've got all kinds of things growing in our garden - let's make some art out of them! What will you draw - a carrot, tomato or cucumber plant? Or maybe a blueberry bush?

Free with Admission.
8/5
Tuesday
Animal Art: Spots and Stripes
08/05/2014
11am
There are many different animals with beautiful spots and crazy stripes. We'll learn about a few of them and then make some animal-inspired pattern art!

Free with Admission.
8/5
Tuesday
Cyanotype Art (Sun Prints) (R$)
08/05/2014
12:30pm
We'll use the power of the sun and ultra-violet--light-sensitive paper to create a piece of unique solar art. Sign up at the front desk to save your spot.

$3/print for members, $4/print for visitors plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/5
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
08/05/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/6
Wednesday
Young Engineers: Bridge Building
08/06/2014
11am
What does it take to build a bridge? Come to our Playscape exhibit to find out! We'll use big blue blocks to build a bridge that you can walk across.

Free with Admission.
8/6
Wednesday
Paper Making (R$)
08/06/2014
1:30pm
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/6
Wednesday
American Girls Craft Club: Felicity (R$)
08/06/2014
3-5pm
Ready to get crafty? At American Girls Craft Club, we'll learn about different American Girls through crafts and snacks. Today we'll make a kite that will really fly - just like Felicity would have used. For a snack, we'll make "Johnnycakes" from scratch. Feel free to bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal!
This is a drop-off program; best for ages 6+.
$22/member, $25/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk by 5pm Sunday, June 29th.
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8/6
Wednesday
Art in the Garden: Fingerprint Flowers
08/06/2014
3:30 pm
There are all kinds of flowers blooming in our backyard garden - let's use our fingers and some paint to make some flower-inspired art outside!

Free with Admission.
8/7
Thursday
Fairy City Construction
08/07/2014
10:30am
We're pretty experienced at making fairy houses, but we have never made a fairy apartment complex. Will you help construct a fairy city in our Shipyard? We'll need a post office, bus station, supermarket and library to start. Using natural, recycled and new materials we'll construct a community perfect for winged beings.

Free with Admission.
8/7
Thursday
Special Star Show
08/07/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with Admission.
8/7
Thursday
Theatre Games: Alice in Wonderland
08/07/2014
3pm
This is a special drama workshop led by our theatre director Reba Short. Children and Caregivers of all ages are invited to take part in drama games that help us explore characters with our bodies, try out different voices, and act out scenes exploring our upcoming play. All are welcome, no acting experience required.

Free with Admission.
8/8
Friday
Fairy City Construction
08/08/2014
10:30am
We're pretty experienced at making fairy houses, but we have never made a fairy apartment complex. Will you help construct a fairy city in our Shipyard? We'll need a post office, bus station, supermarket and library to start. Using natural, recycled and new materials we'll construct a community perfect for winged beings.

Free with Admission.
8/8
Friday
Calls of the Wild
08/08/2014
11am
Learn the sounds of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with Admission.
8/8
Friday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
08/08/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission.
8/8
Friday
Animal Ears
08/08/2014
2pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission.
8/9
Saturday
Perspective Drawing
08/09/2014
10:30am
Come use our Camera Obscura just as master artists have for centuries -- to trace scenes and make colorful masterpieces inspired by the world around us.

Free with Admission.
8/9
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
08/09/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape -- all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission.
8/9
Saturday
Fashion Class: Design-a-headband (R$)
08/09/2014
12:30pm
Choose from a selection of ribbons, trimmings and notions to make your own elastic headband. This is the most customizable headband on the block! Adults welcome to participate, too.

$8/headband for members, $9/headband for visitors plus admission.

To sign up call 828-1234 x231, visit kitetails.org or stop by the front desk.
8/9
Saturday
Open Art Studio
08/09/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/9
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
08/09/2014
3:30 pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

Free with Admission.
8/10
Sunday
Blueberry Fest
08/10/2014
10:30am-12:30pm
It's blueberry season! Join us as we celebrate Maine's prized fruit. We'll make blueberry pancakes, tend to our blueberry plants in our garden, make blueberry art and learn about how blueberries help us grow healthy and strong.

Free with Admission.
8/10
Sunday
Young Engineers: Bridge Building
08/10/2014
11am
What does it take to build a bridge? Come to our Playscape exhibit to find out! We'll use big blue blocks to build a bridge that you can walk across.

Free with Admission.
8/10
Sunday
Kite Making (R$)
08/10/2014
12:30pm
As winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard.

$7/member kite, $8/visitor kite plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/10
Sunday
Blueberry Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/10/2014
3pm
Have you ever made ice cream? Join us to make blueberry ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a scoop, of course! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/10
Sunday
Perspective Drawing
08/10/2014
3pm
Come use our Camera Obscura just as master artists have for centuries -- to trace scenes and make colorful masterpieces inspired by the world around us.

Free with Admission.
8/11
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Berries and Cream
08/11/2014
11am
During our monthly Cooking Healthy series, we learn how to make delicious, nutritious foods you can easily make at home. Today we're going to make a delicious dessert with local berries and a secret protein-packed ingredient! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental and is free with admission.
8/11
Monday
Slime Time! (R$)
08/11/2014
12:30pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/11
Monday
Kitchen Chemistry
08/11/2014
2pm
When two mystery ingredients combine, they make a bubbling, fizzing chemical reaction! We'll use materials you can find in your own kitchen to create a controlled science experiment and test for results.

Free with Admission.
8/11
Monday
Art in the Garden: Vegetable Drawings
08/11/2014
3pm
We've got all kinds of things growing in our garden - let's make some art out of them! What will you draw - a carrot, tomato or cucumber plant? Or maybe a blueberry bush?

Free with Admission.
8/12
Tuesday
Animal Art: Spots and Stripes
08/12/2014
11am
There are many different animals with beautiful spots and crazy stripes. We'll learn about a few of them and then make some animal-inspired pattern art!

Free with Admission.
8/12
Tuesday
Fashion Class: Design-a-headband (R$)
08/12/2014
1:30pm
Choose from a selection of ribbons, trimmings and notions to make your own elastic headband. This is the most customizable headband on the block! Adults welcome to participate, too.

$8/headband for members, $9/headband for visitors plus admission.

To sign up call 828-1234 x231, visit kitetails.org or stop by the front desk.
8/12
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
08/12/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/13
Wednesday
Shadow Puppet Show
08/13/2014
11am
Let's create stories with our hands against the backdrop of our colorful light wall in our very dramatic Camera Obscura room.

Free with Admission.
8/13
Wednesday
Maine Fruit Smoothie Making (R$)
08/13/2014
1:30pm
We'll make delicious smoothies from local fruits, milk, yogurt and honey and learn how using local ingredients can make food tastier and healthier for our growing bodies.

$5/member paper, $6/visitor paper plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/13
Wednesday
Art in the Garden: Fingerprint Flowers
08/13/2014
3:30 pm
There are all kinds of flowers blooming in our backyard garden - let's use our fingers and some paint to make some flower-inspired art outside!

Free with Admission.
8/14
Thursday
Play with Words
08/14/2014
11am
Can you think of a rhyme for "meatball?" What about "butterfly?" We'll get silly and explore different sounds and rhymes for as many words as we can think of.

Free with Admission.
8/14
Thursday
Special Star Show
08/14/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with Admission.
8/14
Thursday
PJ's and Popsicles!
08/14/2014
3pm
Join us and a special guest from the PJ Library program through the Jewish Community Alliance to learn about the Jewish practices of tzedakah (giving to charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). We'll read a story together and then explore ways we can make a difference, too. Oh, and to keep cool, there will be popsicles to snack on!

Free with Admission.
8/15
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
08/15/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firemen are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll make our own fire truck snack instead. What will you use for the ladder, headlights, wheels and cab? We'll provide the materials you design the truck!

8/15
Friday
Meet the Turtles!
08/15/2014
11:30am
Have you met our four yellow-bellied slider turtles? We'll learn all about turtle anatomy, as well as different types of turtles and their habitats, then meet one of our live turtles up-close and in person.

Free with Admission.
8/15
Friday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
08/15/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission.
8/15
Friday
Animal Ears
08/15/2014
3pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission.
8/16
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
08/16/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape -- all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission.
8/16
Saturday
Paper Making (R$)
08/16/2014
12:30pm
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/16
Saturday
Open Art Studio
08/16/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/16
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
08/16/2014
3:30 pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

Free with Admission.
8/17
Sunday
Busy Bee Day
08/17/2014
10:30am-12:30pm
Bzzz ... bees buzz around us all summer, working hard to help our plants grow! Join us as we celebrate these buzzers. We'll explore the museum's bee hive, test-taste their honey, put on a busy bee performance together and plant flower seeds to invite bees to our homes.

Free with Admission
8/17
Sunday
Young Engineers: Bridge Building
08/17/2014
12:30pm
What does it take to build a bridge? Come to our Playscape exhibit to find out! We'll use big blue blocks to build a bridge that you can walk across.

Free with Admission.
8/17
Sunday
Guided Rock Climbing
08/17/2014
2pm
Rock on! Learn new tips to improve your rock climbing skills, then test them on our rock climbing wall.

Free with Admission.
8/17
Sunday
Blueberry Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/17/2014
2pm
Have you ever made ice cream? Join us to make blueberry ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a scoop, of course! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/18
Monday
Meet the Turtles!
08/18/2014
11am
Have you met our four yellow-bellied slider turtles? We'll learn all about turtle anatomy, as well as different types of turtles and their habitats, then meet one of our live turtles up-close and in person.

Free with Admission.
8/18
Monday
Rob Duquette Live! (R$)
08/18/2014
12pm
Join us for a mini concert and instrument exploration featuring local musician Rob Duqette! Rob Duquette is a multi-instrumentalist musician with an emphasis on drums and percussion. A full time music educator and composer since 1998, Rob regularly teaches drums, percussion and guitar.

$4/person plus admission. For tickets visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/18
Monday
Slime Time! (R$)
08/18/2014
2pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/18
Monday
Art in the Garden: Vegetable Drawings
08/18/2014
3pm
We've got all kinds of things growing in our garden - let's make some art out of them! What will you draw - a carrot, tomato or cucumber plant? Or maybe a blueberry bush?

Free with Admission.
8/19
Tuesday
The Eyeball Show
08/19/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape -- all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission.
8/19
Tuesday
Slime Time! (R$)
08/19/2014
12:30pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/19
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
08/19/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/20
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class Preview
08/20/2014
11am
Do you know a young actor who is ready for the stage? Did you know we offer theatre classes for 3-5 year olds on Wednesdays beginning mid September? On select Wednesdays leading up to the class we'll offer preview classes. With museum admission you can meet the teacher, learn some games and see if you'd like to take a Teensy Weensy Class!

Free with Admission.
8/20
Wednesday
Maine Fruit Smoothie Making (R$)
08/20/2014
1:30pm
We'll make delicious smoothies from local fruits, milk, yogurt and honey and learn how using local ingredients can make food tastier and healthier for our growing bodies.

$5/member paper, $6/visitor paper plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/20
Wednesday
Art in the Garden: Fingerprint Flowers
08/20/2014
3:30 pm
There are all kinds of flowers blooming in our backyard garden - let's use our fingers and some paint to make some flower-inspired art outside!

Free with Admission.
8/21
Thursday
Special Star Show
08/21/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with Admission.
8/21
Thursday
Fashion Class: Design-a-headband (R$)
08/21/2014
12pm
Choose from a selection of ribbons, trimmings and notions to make your own elastic headband. This is the most customizable headband on the block! Adults welcome to participate, too.

$8/headband for members, $9/headband for visitors plus admission.

To sign up call 828-1234 x231, visit kitetails.org or stop by the front desk.
8/21
Thursday
Theatre Games: Alice in Wonderland
08/21/2014
3pm
This is a special drama workshop led by our theatre director Reba Short. Children and Caregivers of all ages are invited to take part in drama games that help us explore characters with our bodies, try out different voices, and act out scenes exploring our upcoming play. All are welcome, no acting experience required.

Free with Admission.
8/22
Friday
Fairy City Construction
08/22/2014
10:30am
We're pretty experienced at making fairy houses, but we have never made a fairy apartment complex. Will you help construct a fairy city in our Shipyard? We'll need a post office, bus station, supermarket and library to start. Using natural, recycled and new materials we'll construct a community perfect for winged beings.

Free with Admission.
8/22
Friday
Alice in Wonderland Playtime
08/22/2014
11:30am
Come to a special tea party hosted by our friend the Mad Hatter and some puppets from Alice in Wonderland! Hop like a bunny who's late for an appointment and be a guest in the madness as we play out a scene from our exciting fall play!

Free with Admission.
8/22
Friday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
08/22/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission.
8/22
Friday
Animal Ears
08/22/2014
3pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission.
8/23
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
08/23/2014
10:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life. Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the furry and feathered members of your family.

Free with Admission.
8/23
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
08/23/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape -- all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission.
8/23
Saturday
Kite Making (R$)
08/23/2014
12:30pm
As winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard.

$7/member kite, $8/visitor kite plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/23
Saturday
Open Art Studio
08/23/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/23
Saturday
Improv Show! (R$)
08/23/2014
2:30pm
Watch young theatre actors put on a play, off the top of their heads! They will ask for suggestions from you and make up scenes based on your suggestions in the spirit of Who's Line is it Anyway? This show is sure to make you laugh!

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/23
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
08/23/2014
3:30 pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

Free with Admission.
8/24
Sunday
Guided Rock Climbing
08/24/2014
11am
Rock on! Learn new tips to improve your rock climbing skills, then test them on our rock climbing wall.

Free with Admission.
8/24
Sunday
Slime Time! (R$)
08/24/2014
12:30pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/24
Sunday
Perspective Drawing
08/24/2014
3pm
Come use our Camera Obscura just as master artists have for centuries -- to trace scenes and make colorful masterpieces inspired by the world around us.

Free with Admission.
8/25
Monday
Origami Art
08/25/2014
11am
Can you fold a paper heart? What about a swan or an airplane? We'll have step-by-step instructions for you so you can make your own Origami creation to take home.

Free with admission.
8/25
Monday
Slime Time! (R$)
08/25/2014
12:30pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
8/25
Monday
Kitchen Chemistry
08/25/2014
2pm
When two mystery ingredients combine, they make a bubbling, fizzing chemical reaction! We'll use materials you can find in your own kitchen to create a controlled science experiment and test for results.

Free with Admission.
8/25
Monday
Art in the Garden: Vegetable Drawings
08/25/2014
3pm
We've got all kinds of things growing in our garden - let's make some art out of them! What will you draw - a carrot, tomato or cucumber plant? Or maybe a blueberry bush?

Free with Admission.
8/26
Tuesday
Animal Art: Spots and Stripes
08/26/2014
11am
There are many different animals with beautiful spots and crazy stripes. We'll learn about a few of them and then make some animal-inspired pattern art!

Free with Admission.
8/26
Tuesday
Cyanotype Art (Sun Prints) (R$)
08/26/2014
12:30pm
We'll use the power of the sun and ultra-violet--light-sensitive paper to create a piece of unique solar art. Sign up at the front desk to save your spot.

$3/print for members, $4/print for visitors plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/26
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
08/26/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/27
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class Preview
08/27/2014
11am
Do you know a young actor who is ready for the stage? Did you know we offer theatre classes for 3-5 year olds on Wednesdays beginning mid September? On select Wednesdays leading up to the class we'll offer preview classes. With museum admission you can meet the teacher, learn some games and see if you'd like to take a Teensy Weensy Class!

Free with Admission.
8/27
Wednesday
Maine Fruit Smoothie Making (R$)
08/27/2014
1:30pm
We'll make delicious smoothies from local fruits, milk, yogurt and honey and learn how using local ingredients can make food tastier and healthier for our growing bodies.

$5/member paper, $6/visitor paper plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/27
Wednesday
Art in the Garden: Fingerprint Flowers
08/27/2014
3:30 pm
There are all kinds of flowers blooming in our backyard garden - let's use our fingers and some paint to make some flower-inspired art outside!

Free with Admission.
8/28
Thursday
Special Star Show
08/28/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with Admission.
8/28
Thursday
Theatre Games: Alice in Wonderland
08/28/2014
3pm
This is a special drama workshop led by our theatre director Reba Short. Children and Caregivers of all ages are invited to take part in drama games that help us explore characters with our bodies, try out different voices, and act out scenes exploring our upcoming play. All are welcome, no acting experience required.

Free with Admission.
8/28
Thursday
Audition Workshop (R)
08/28/2014
3:30-5pm
If you're thinking about auditioning for Alice in Wonderland, check out our free audition workshop. No acting experience is required; newcomers are welcome.

To register, contact Reba@kitetails.org.
8/28
Thursday
Ornithology 101
08/28/2014
3:30pm
Meet us in the Ranger Station to explore the mysterious world of birds. We'll look at skulls, bones, feathers, nests and beaks. What makes a bird a bird anyway? And how are they related to dinosaurs?

Free with Admission.
8/29
Friday
Fairy City Construction
08/29/2014
10:30am
We're pretty experienced at making fairy houses, but we have never made a fairy apartment complex. Will you help construct a fairy city in our Shipyard? We'll need a post office, bus station, supermarket and library to start. Using natural, recycled and new materials we'll construct a community perfect for winged beings.

Free with Admission.
8/29
Friday
Alice in Wonderland Playtime
08/29/2014
11:30am
Come to a special tea party hosted by our friend the Mad Hatter and some puppets from Alice in Wonderland! Hop like a bunny who's late for an appointment and be a guest in the madness as we play out a scene from our exciting fall play!

Free with Admission.
8/29
Friday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
08/29/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission.
8/29
Friday
Animal Ears
08/29/2014
3pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission.
8/30
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
08/30/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape -- all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission.
8/30
Saturday
Kite Making (R$)
08/30/2014
12:30pm
As winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard.

$7/member kite, $8/visitor kite plus admission.

For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/30
Saturday
Open Art Studio
08/30/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission.
8/30
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
08/30/2014
3:30 pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

Free with Admission.
8/30
Saturday
Wonderland Sneak Peek
08/30/2014
4pm
Hear Actors read scenes from our own Alice in Wonderland adaptation!

Do you want to hear a sneak peek of this brand new adaptation for our theatre? Come hear actors read scenes from our new play, Alice in Wonderland! Free with Admission.
8/31
Sunday
Rock On! Geology Exploration
08/31/2014
10:30am-12:30pm
Rocks are full of stories to be discovered. Come explore the Museum's extensive rock collection, make some mineral art and learn how to be rock detectives using all sorts of tools.

Free with Admission.
8/31
Sunday
Young Engineers: Bridge Building
08/31/2014
12:30pm
What does it take to build a bridge? Come to our Playscape exhibit to find out! We'll use big blue blocks to build a bridge that you can walk across.

Free with Admission.
8/31
Sunday
Guided Rock Climbing
08/31/2014
2pm
Rock on! Learn new tips to improve your rock climbing skills, then test them on our rock climbing wall.

Free with Admission.
8/31
Sunday
Blueberry Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/31/2014
3pm
Have you ever made ice cream? Join us to make blueberry ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a scoop, of course! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.