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April 2014

4/17
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Finger-painted Eggs!
04/17/2014
10:30am
Let's get messy, explore our senses, and decorate a beautiful little egg for spring. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
4/17
Thursday
Star Show
04/17/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
4/17
Thursday
Baba Yaga Storytime
04/17/2014
3pm
Who is Baba Yaga? She's a mean old witch, famous in traditional Russian folktales. Come hear a (slightly) scary story and try drinking some sbiten, a warm, sweet drink made with honey and spices. Then come back and see our new play, Cinderella, where Baba Yaga makes a special appearance!
4/17
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
04/17/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
4/18
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
04/18/2014
10:15am
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.
4/18
Friday
Meet a Princess
04/18/2014
11:30am
A princess will be holding court in the Dress Up Theatre. Come donned in your most royal attire to curtsey for this special guest!
Free with admission.
4/18
Friday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/18/2014
4pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/19
Saturday
Before Hours: Easter Egg Hunt
04/19/2014
9am
Tickets for this event are sold out.

Join us for an eggcellent eye-spy eggvestigation. That mysterious Easter bunny hid so many toy and candy filled eggs throughout our three floors of exhibits, and it's your job to find them! We'll provide a safe under-3 area for little egg-hunters plus a golden egg challenge for those eggstra adventurous hunters! Coffee, muffins and juice will be provided. Bring your own basket.

Pre-registration is suggested and space is limited.
$6 per person for members, $7 per person plus admission for visitors.
4/19
Saturday
MIT Concert Band
04/19/2014
10:30am
Hear a special presentation of the MIT Concert Band! The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concert Band was founded by students in the fall of 1948. Band members range from burgeoning scientists and engineers, esteemed alumni, to members of the Cambridge community with a shared passion for music. When not practicing their studies, the band members are playing awesome music such as Grainger, Shostakovich, Whitacre, Hindemith and more.
Free with admission.
4/19
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
04/19/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
4/19
Saturday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/19/2014
1pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/19
Saturday
Open Art Studio
04/19/2014
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.
4/19
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
04/19/2014
3:30 pm
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.
4/19
Saturday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/19/2014
4pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/20
Sunday
Closed for Easter Sunday
04/20/2014
We reopen to the public Monday April 21st 10am-5pm
4/21
Monday
Mini-Camp: Natural History & Art
04/21/2014
Monday-Wednesday 9-12
Would you like to compare the molar of a Mastodon with the razor-sharp tooth of a Megalodon? Maybe you've always wanted to make art inspired by snake scales and owl feathers. In this three-day camp, we'll investigate both the science and the beauty of living things. Hands-on exploration of our artifact collections and live animals will provide inspiration for nature drawings and paintings; well work on realistic drawing skills while also learning about some of the incredible plants and animals that inhabit the earth.
Ages: 7-10.
Monday 4/21-Wednesday 4/23, 9am-12pm daily.

$90/members, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Registration Deadline: Saturday April 19 4:30pm
4/21
Monday
Open to the Public
04/21/2014
10am-5pm
4/21
Monday
Lead Free Kids
04/21/2014
11am
The City of Portland's Lead Free Kids representative Vicki Wills will be here to answer your questions and provide information to help prevent Lead Poisoning. This is your chance to talk to an expert and receive a free Lead Dust Test Kit to take home. While supplies last.
4/21
Monday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
04/21/2014
12pm
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue! Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a flying squirrel!
Reservations highly recommended.
$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/21
Monday
Wacky Play-Doh Sculptures
04/21/2014
2:30pm
Free with admission.
4/21
Monday
Young Engineers: Tall Towers
04/21/2014
3:30pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Today we'll learn how to make a tower as tall as possible.
Free with admission.
4/22
Tuesday
Earth Day!
04/22/2014
10:30am-4:30pm
Join us for a day of earth-friendly activities. We'll have seeds to plant, mud to play with, all kinds of natural materials to make art with and more! Meet caterpillars and moths up-close with David Champlin, USM Biology professor, and his collection of tobacco hornworms at 11am. Make a birdfeeder from all natural materials. Throughout the day we'll have earthy story times, special face painting, and meeting live creatures such as worms, turtles, and sea creatures.
In the afternoon while supplies last, visitors can take home a seedling to plant, compliments of Hancock Lumber!
4/22
Tuesday
Incredible Insects
04/22/2014
11am
Meet caterpillars and moths up-close with David Champlin, USM Biology professor, and his collection of tobacco hornworms. Learn all about these amazing creatures and their life cycle - you'll be able to touch, pick up and examine them to your heart's content!
Free with admission.
4/22
Tuesday
Earth Jams Concert with Matt Loosigan (R$)
04/22/2014
12:30pm
Matt is a folk singer/guitarist specializing in playful, funny songs about ecology and being green. Join him as he works his musical magic in this interactive and fun music show. Inspired by Matt's incredibly dynamic voice and charismatic performance style, participants will sing, play, and dance along as this musical wizard pulls giggles out of his guitar.
$4/person. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/22
Tuesday
Earth Day Story Time: The Tiny Seed
04/22/2014
2pm
Hear Eric Carle's story The Tiny Seed and then plant your own seed to take home.
Free with admission.
4/23
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
04/23/2014
11am-12pm
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.
4/23
Wednesday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/23/2014
11:30am
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/23
Wednesday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/23/2014
3pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/23
Wednesday
Color Play: Complimentary Colors
04/23/2014
3:30pm
We'll learn all about color through fun and messy art projects. What are complimentary colors? Join us today to find out.
Free with admission.
4/24
Thursday
Mini-camp: Geology Adventures
04/24/2014
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am-12pm
In this mini-camp children will explore rocks and gems through miniature excavation, dramatic role playing, fossil making, mineral painting, investigation of ancient rock artifacts and tools, and even cooking. We'll learn about the rocks we use daily (and might not notice!) and the rocks that are under our feet. Each day campers will partake in a special crystal growing project and leave with their own specimen at the end of the week.

Ages: 7-10.
Thursday 4/24, Friday 4/25 and Saturday 4/26, 9am-12pm daily.

$90/members, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday April 23rd 4:30pm.
4/24
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Play-Doh Sculptures
04/24/2014
10:30am
Let's work on fine motor skills and smoosh, squeeze, build and roll! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
4/24
Thursday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/24/2014
11:30am
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/24
Thursday
Star Show
04/24/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
4/24
Thursday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/24/2014
3pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/24
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
04/24/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
4/25
Friday
Build a Bird Nest! (R$)
04/25/2014
1:30pm
Aren't bird nests beautiful? Let's make our own! First, decorate your basket with colorful fabrics and paper and yarn and sticks. Next, paint your eggs and nestle them in the bottom on a blanket of feathers. Then, play!
$8/member, $9/visitor plus admission.
For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/25
Friday
Riddles & Jokes Hour
04/25/2014
3pm-4pm
Free with admission.
4/25
Friday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/25/2014
4pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/26
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
04/26/2014
10:30 am
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.
4/26
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
04/26/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
4/26
Saturday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/26/2014
1pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/26
Saturday
Open Art Studio
04/26/2014
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.
4/26
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
04/26/2014
3:30 pm
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.
4/26
Saturday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/26/2014
4pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/27
Sunday
Flower Fest!
04/27/2014
10:30am-12:30pm
Flower power! Learn all about different kinds of flowers and their amazing adaptations - just in time for spring. We'll have messy, colorful art projects; taste some flowery treats, plant flower seeds to take home and turn our faces into flowers with face paint!
Free with admission.
4/27
Sunday
Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale
04/27/2014
4pm
As the final show of our main stage season, our company of young actors will be presenting Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling of the classic story, where we will meet the Cinderella from three other cultures: the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Broken Wing, the Cinderella story from the Micmac tribe. Cinderella: the World's Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL, and through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.
$8/member, $9/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/28
Monday
Members' Monday: Percussive Story Time
04/28/2014
10am
Free with admission.
4/29
Tuesday
Artist at Work: Erin McGee Ferrell paints traditional Hmong Attire
04/29/2014
11am-2pm
Maine artist Erin McGee Ferrell visits our Just Sew Stories exhibit to paint a portrait of exhibit co-curator, Kue John Lor in traditional Hmong attire. The Hmong people are an Asian ethnic group known for their elaborate cloth work, on display in our exhibit. The clothing is detailed with fine embroidery, vibrant color and textures which Erin will translate onto canvas.
Visitors can observe Erin paint from life and are invited to experiment with textile design using chalk pastels in our open art studio.
Free with admission.
4/29
Tuesday
Papier-mache Party!
04/29/2014
3-4pm
We're working today with globs of papier-mache! Join us to get messy, re-use materials and make some group sculptures.
Free with admission.
4/30
Wednesday
Artist at Work: Erin McGee Ferrell paints traditional Hmong Attire
04/30/2014
11am-2pm
Maine artist Erin McGee Ferrell visits our Just Sew Stories exhibit to paint a portrait of exhibit co-curator, Kue John Lor in traditional Hmong attire. The Hmong people are an Asian ethnic group known for their elaborate cloth work, on display in our exhibit. The clothing is detailed with fine embroidery, vibrant color and textures which Erin will translate onto canvas.
Visitors can observe Erin paint from life and are invited to experiment with textile design using chalk pastels in our open art studio.
Free with admission.
4/30
Wednesday
Young Engineers: Tall Towers
04/30/2014
3:30pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Today we'll learn how to make a tower as tall as possible.
Free with admission.

May 2014

5/1
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Balloon Ball
05/01/2014
10:30am
Do you love balloons? Let's practice our hand-eye coordination while having a ball with balloons.
Ideal for ages 18--36 months.
Free with admission
5/1
Thursday
Star Show
05/01/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
5/1
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/01/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
5/2
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
05/02/2014
10:15am
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.
5/2
Friday
Meet Knight Nelly and her Stick-horse, Rufus! (R$)
05/02/2014
11:30am
Ready to fight glubbery beasts and rescue a princess on stilts? In this interactive performance, our own Theatre Artistic Director Reba Short takes on the character of "Knight Nelly" and through clowning, performance, magic and mime, will engage young audience members in cooperative imaginative play. Audience members will meet Knight Nelly and participate in a magical adventure in the dress up theatre.
Appropriate for ages 3-6.
$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/2
Friday
Closing at 5pm
05/02/2014
5pm
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine will be closing at 5pm on Friday May 2nd in order to host our annual auction at Ocean Gateway.
There will be no $2 First Friday this evening.
Please join us on Friday June 6th for the next $2 Friday.
5/3
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
05/03/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
5/3
Saturday
Slime ($)
05/03/2014
12:30pm
Would you like to make some ooey, gooey, slime? Let's mix up a batch for you to take home. You can even choose your own color!
$4/member, $5/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/3
Saturday
Open Art Studio
05/03/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.
Free with admission.
5/3
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
05/03/2014
3:30 pm
Science can be a little messy. From the stinky to the gooey to the downright gross, we'll explore the world of science through hands-on experiments, playful stories and curious questions. Let's explore the world around us!
Free with admission.
5/3
Saturday
Improv Games with Our Children's Theatre Actors (R$)
05/03/2014
4pm
You know what our children's theatre actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing a play? They play improv games, and they want to play some with you! In the spirit of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?" You're invited to join us for games like "What Are You Doing?" "Freeze" and "Bus Stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!
$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/4
Sunday
Young Engineers: Tall Towers
05/04/2014
11am
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Today we'll learn how to make a tower as tall as possible.
Free with admission.
5/4
Sunday
Cooking Healthy: Gluten-Free Zucchini Lasagna
05/04/2014
2pm
During our monthly Cooking Healthy series, we learn how to make delicious, nutritious foods you can easily make at home. Today we're going to make gluten-free lasagna with a special ingredient: zucchini noodles! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.
This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental and is free with admission.
5/5
Monday
Members' Monday: Chinese Star Show
05/05/2014
10am
Free with admission.
5/6
Tuesday
Sing-a-long Story Time
05/06/2014
11am
Free with admission.
5/6
Tuesday
Mother's Day Gift Making: Thumbprint Pendant Necklace (R$)
05/06/2014
11am-12pm
A great Mother's Day gift. Using polymer clay we'll use our thumbs to make a heart shape on a charm. Next we will bake them to harden and finish with a metallic thread. Workshop run time is one hour to allow for baking and cooling.
$7/member necklace, $8/visitor necklace plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/6
Tuesday
Does it Dissolve?
05/06/2014
3pm
Explore liquids, solids and the in-betweens by experimenting with concoctions.
Free with admission.
5/7
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
05/07/2014
11am-12pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.
Free with admission.
5/7
Wednesday
Color Play: Warm and Cold
05/07/2014
3:30pm
We'll learn all about color through fun and messy art projects. Today we'll explore "cold" and "warm" colors.
Free with admission.
5/8
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Shape Scavenger Hunt
05/08/2014
10:30am
Let's practice our visual recognition skills by going on a scavenger hunt! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
5/8
Thursday
Mother's Day Gift Making: Thumbprint Pendant Necklace (R$)
05/08/2014
11am-12pm
A great Mother's Day gift. Using polymer clay we'll use our thumbs to make a heart shape on a charm. Next we will bake them to harden and finish with a metallic thread. Workshop run time is one hour to allow for baking and cooling.
$7/member necklace, $8/visitor necklace plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/8
Thursday
Star Show
05/08/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
5/8
Thursday
Audition Workshop
05/08/2014
3-5pm
If you're thinking about auditioning for The Road to Hope: An Elephant's Story and you've never auditioned before, check out our free audition workshop. No acting experience is required; newcomers are welcome.
To register for this free workshop, email reba@kitetails.org.
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5/8
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/08/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
5/9
Friday
Eye-Spy Slime Game
05/09/2014
10:30am
Free with admission.
5/10
Saturday
Animal Friends
05/10/2014
10:30am
Join the staff of the Animal Refuge League and learn about your favorite pets! You'll have a chance to meet and touch a real, live animal.
Free with admission.
5/10
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
05/10/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
5/10
Saturday
Open Art Studio
05/10/2014
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.
5/10
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
05/10/2014
3:30 pm
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.
5/10
Saturday
Improv Games with Our Children's Theatre Actors (R$)
05/10/2014
4pm
You know what our children's theatre actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing a play? They play improv games, and they want to play some with you! In the spirit of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?" You're invited to join us for games like "What Are You Doing?" "Freeze" and "Bus Stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!
$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/11
Sunday
Mother's Day
05/11/2014
10am-5pm
Open 10am-5pm with free admission for all mothers!
5/11
Sunday
Mother's Day Tea Party!
05/11/2014
10:30am-12pm
Let's celebrate Mother's Day by appreciating Mom. Today, all mothers and grandmothers receive free admission to the Museum & Theatre! Do a little baking and help make scones from scratch, then come to our tea party and enjoy them with tea or lemonade. We'll have "Mom Appreciation" questions for you to use while you share a special snack together. We'll also have materials to make colorful spring paper flowers: a perfect gift for Mom.
5/11
Sunday
Colorful Card Making
05/11/2014
12:30pm
Let's make a card for Mom using lots of bright, colorful materials.
Free with admission.
5/11
Sunday
Garden Growing Club: Greens and Peas (R$)
05/11/2014
3-5pm
Ready to get dirty? At Garden Growing Club, we'll learn about the science of plants and different gardening techniques to try at home. Today we'll learn about different kinds of seeds and plant greens and peas in our backyard garden! Afterwards, we'll get creative and make planters to fill and take home.
This is a drop-off program; a light snack will be provided.
Best for ages 5+. $22/member, $25/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/12
Monday
Members' Monday: Ooey Gooey Oobleck
05/12/2014
10am
Free with admission.
5/13
Tuesday
Sing-a-long Story Time
05/13/2014
05/13/2014 - 11:30 AM
Free with admission.
5/13
Tuesday
Artist at Work: Erin McGee Ferrell paints traditional Hmong Attire
05/13/2014
11am-2pm
Maine artist Erin McGee Ferrell visits our Just Sew Stories exhibit to paint a portrait of exhibit co-curator, Kue John Lor in traditional Hmong attire. The Hmong people are an Asian ethnic group known for their elaborate cloth work, on display in our exhibit. The clothing is detailed with fine embroidery, vibrant color and textures which Erin will translate onto canvas.
Visitors can observe Erin paint from life and are invited to experiment with textile design using chalk pastels in our open art studio.
Free with admission.
5/13
Tuesday
Wacky Play-Doh Sculptures
05/13/2014
12:30pm
Free with admission.
5/13
Tuesday
Photo Detectives
05/13/2014
3pm
We'll explore photos from Maine that are over a hundred years old! Who or what is in each photo? What do you think life was like then?
Free with admission.
5/13
Tuesday
Preview Reading: The Road to Hope: An Elephant's Story (R)
05/13/2014
3:30-5pm
Are you considering auditioning for a show? Do you want to hear a sneak peek of this brand new script? Hear actors read scenes from this original new play about the elephants living in Hope, Maine and imagine yourself on the stage.
Auditions on Thursday May 15th.
Free with admission but register ahead to read a part: email reba@kitetails.org.
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5/14
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
05/14/2014
11am-12pm
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.
5/14
Wednesday
Young Engineers: Build-a-City
05/14/2014
3:30pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Today we'll learn how cities are built and then design and make our own.
Free with admission.
5/15
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Ooey Gooey Oobleck
05/15/2014
10:30am
What is Oobleck? Come get your hands squishy, slimy, and messy to find out! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
5/15
Thursday
Star Show
05/15/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
5/15
Thursday
Auditions for The Road to Hope: An Elephant's Story
05/15/2014
3-5pm
We're looking for young actors between the ages of 8 and 17 to bring the story The Road to Hope: An Elephant's Story to life for younger children this summer. If you are interested in performing on our stage, please prepare a one minute monologue and arrive anytime between 3 and 5.
For more information, contact Theatre Director Reba Short. reba@kitetails.org
No fee.
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5/15
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/15/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
5/16
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
05/16/2014
10:15am
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.
5/16
Friday
Meet Knight Nelly and her Stick-horse, Rufus! (R$)
05/16/2014
11:30am
Ready to fight glubbery beasts and rescue a princess on stilts? In this interactive performance, our own Theatre Artistic Director Reba Short takes on the character of "Knight Nelly" and through clowning, performance, magic and mime, will engage young audience members in cooperative imaginative play. Audience members will meet Knight Nelly and participate in a magical adventure in the dress up theatre. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/16
Friday
Giant Building Challenge
05/16/2014
3pm
Using our giant blue blocks, help a group of animals overcome an obstacle course of quick sand and sharks and get to safety. What is the most efficient way to solve this problem? Well work as a team to engineer creative solutions to a new challenge each week.
Free with admission.
5/17
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
05/17/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
5/17
Saturday
Open Art Studio
05/17/2014
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.
5/17
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
05/17/2014
3:30 pm
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.
5/18
Sunday
Color Play: Warm and Cold
05/18/2014
2pm
We'll learn all about color through fun and messy art projects. Today we'll explore "cold" and "warm" colors. Free with admission.
5/19
Monday
Members' Monday: Shaker Making
05/19/2014
10am
Free with admission.
5/20
Tuesday
Sing-a-long Story Time
05/20/2014
11am
Free with admission.
5/20
Tuesday
Does it Dissolve?
05/20/2014
3pm
Explore liquids, solids and the in-betweens by experimenting with concoctions.
Free with admission.
5/21
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
05/21/2014
11am-12pm
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.
5/21
Wednesday
Color Play: Warm and Cold
05/21/2014
3:30pm
We'll learn all about color through fun and messy art projects. Today we'll explore "cold" and "warm" colors.
Free with admission.
5/22
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Shaker Making
05/22/2014
10:30am
Let's work on fine motor skills and make a noisemaker at the same time. Ideal for 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
5/22
Thursday
Folk Music Sing-a-long!
05/22/2014
11:30am
Join us for a group sing-a-long with several local folk musicians.
Free with admission.
5/22
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/22/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
5/23
Friday
Eye-Spy Slime Game
05/23/2014
10:30am
Free with admission.
5/23
Friday
Photo Detectives
05/23/2014
3pm
We'll explore photos from Maine that are over a hundred years old! Who or what is in each photo? What do you think life was like then?
Free with admission.
5/24
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
05/24/2014
10:30 am
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.
5/24
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
05/24/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
5/24
Saturday
Family Tree Art and Genealogy Workshop (R$)
05/24/2014
11:30am-12:30pm
Do you have a family tree? We may not all have one hanging on our wall, but we all have the history to make one. In this hour workshop family units are invited to paint their own tree on canvas and transform it into a genealogical map dating as little or as far as you choose. This workshop aims to connect families with our pasts, give children a sense of history, and provide context to understand the world. As all trees are different so are family structures, so we will strive to creatively cater to these individualities. Please come with basic knowledge of one's own genealogy (don't forget to include your pets!)
$15/member, $16/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/24
Saturday
Open Art Studio
05/24/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.
Free with admission.
5/24
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
05/24/2014
3:30 pm
Science can be a little messy. From the stinky to the gooey to the downright gross, we'll explore the world of science through hands-on experiments, playful stories and curious questions. Let's explore the world around us!
Free with admission.
5/25
Sunday
Young Engineers: Build-a-City
05/25/2014
12:30pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Today we'll learn how cities are built and then design and make our own.
Free with admission.
5/25
Sunday
Garden Growing Club: Beans and Cukes (R$)
05/25/2014
3-5pm
Ready to get dirty? At Garden Growing Club, we'll learn about the science of plants and different gardening techniques to try at home. Today we'll learn about what a "fruit" really is - and how it's different from a vegetable. Afterwards, we'll work in the garden and make planters to fill and take home. This is a drop-off program; a light snack will be provided. Best for ages 5+.
$22/member, $25/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/26
Monday
Color Play: Warm and Cold
05/26/2014
11am
We'll learn all about color through fun and messy art projects. Today we'll explore "cold" and "warm" colors.
Free with admission.
5/26
Monday
Young Engineers: Build-a-City
05/26/2014
1pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Today we'll learn how cities are built and then design and make our own.
Free with admission
5/26
Monday
American Girls Craft Club: Samantha (R$)
05/26/2014
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 seashell-decorated picture frame, just like Samantha would have. For a snack, we'll make tea and cream cheese sandwiches!
This is a drop-off program; best for ages 6+.
$22/member, $25/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/27
Tuesday
Wacky Play-Doh Sculptures
05/27/2014
11am
Free with admission.
5/27
Tuesday
Photo Detectives
05/27/2014
3pm
We'll explore photos from Maine that are over a hundred years old! Who or what is in each photo? What do you think life was like then?
Free with admission.
5/28
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
05/28/2014
11am-12pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.
Free with admission.
5/28
Wednesday
Young Engineers: Build-a-City
05/28/2014
3:30 pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Today we'll learn how cities are built and then design and make our own.
Free with admission.
5/29
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Finger-painting!
05/29/2014
10:30am
Who doesn't like finger-painting? Let's get messy and make some colorful artwork, too. Ideal for 18-36 months. Free with admission.
5/29
Thursday
Star Show
05/29/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
5/29
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/29/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
5/30
Friday
Does it Dissolve?
05/30/2014
10:30am
Explore liquids, solids and the in-betweens by experimenting with concoctions. Free with admission.
5/30
Friday
Meet Knight Nelly and her Stick-horse, Rufus! (R$)
05/30/2014
11:30am
Ready to fight glubbery beasts and rescue a princess on stilts? In this interactive performance, our own Theatre Artistic Director Reba Short takes on the character of "Knight Nelly" and through clowning, performance, magic and mime, will engage young audience members in cooperative imaginative play. Audience members will meet Knight Nelly and participate in a magical adventure in the dress up theatre. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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5/30
Friday
Giant Building Challenge
05/30/2014
3:30pm
Using our giant blue blocks, help a group of animals overcome an obstacle course of quick sand and sharks and get to safety. What is the most efficient way to solve this problem? Well work as a team to engineer creative solutions to a new challenge each week.
Free with admission.
5/31
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
05/31/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
5/31
Saturday
Open Art Studio
05/31/2014
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.
5/31
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
05/31/2014
3:30 pm
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.

June 2014

6/1
Sunday
Cooking Healthy: Tortilla Soup
06/01/2014
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 tortilla soup, packed with veggies and vegetarian protein! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.
This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental and is free with admission.
6/1
Sunday
Ramadan Star Show
06/01/2014
11am
Did you know that Ramadan follows the lunar calendar? Learn about the phases of the moon and this important Muslim holiday in this special star show.
Free with admission.
6/2
Monday
Learning Letters: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
06/02/2014
11:30am
Let's work on our letters of the alphabet by hearing a story and getting silly with some puppets! Today we'll read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and learn all about the letter C.
Free with admission.
6/3
Tuesday
5% Day at Whole Foods Market
06/03/2014
8am-10pm
Join us at Whole Food Market on Tuesday, June 3rd from 8am-10pm for our 4th annual 5% day at Whole Foods Market, Portland to raise awareness and funds for early childhood education. 5% of all purchases at Whole Food market in June 3rd will be donated to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine!
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6/3
Tuesday
Sing-a-long Story Time
06/03/2014
11am
Free with admission.
6/3
Tuesday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/03/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/3
Tuesday
Photo Detectives
06/03/2014
3:30pm
We'll explore photos from Maine that are over a hundred years old! Who or what is in each photo? What do you think life was like then?
Free with admission
6/4
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
06/04/2014
11am-12pm
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.
6/4
Wednesday
Color Play: Contrast and Compare
06/04/2014
3:30pm
We'll learn all about color through fun and messy art projects. Today we'll see how different colors "react" when they're next to each other.
Free with admission.
6/5
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Parachute Play
06/05/2014
10:30am
We'll practice our colors and work on our gross motor skills while playing with a giant parachute! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
6/5
Thursday
Star Show
06/05/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
6/5
Thursday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/05/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/5
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
06/05/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
6/6
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
06/06/2014
10:15am
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.
6/6
Friday
$2 First Friday
06/06/2014
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.
$2 admission.
6/7
Saturday
Animal Friends
06/07/2014
10:30am
Join the staff of the Animal Refuge League and learn about your favorite pets! You'll have a chance to meet and touch a real, live animal.
Free with admission.
6/7
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
06/07/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
6/7
Saturday
Open Art Studio
06/07/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.
Free with admission.
6/7
Saturday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/07/2014
3pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/7
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
06/07/2014
3:30 pm
Science can be a little messy. From the stinky to the gooey to the downright gross, we'll explore the world of science through hands-on experiments, playful stories and curious questions. Let's explore the world around us!
Free with admission.
6/8
Sunday
Ramadan Star Show
06/08/2014
12:30pm
Did you know that Ramadan follows the lunar calendar? Learn about the phases of the moon and this important Muslim holiday in this special star show.
Free with admission.
6/8
Sunday
Garden Growing Club: Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant (R$)
06/08/2014
3-5pm
Ready to get dirty? At Garden Growing Club, we'll learn about the science of plants and different gardening techniques to try at home. Today we'll learn about the nightshade family: tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. Then we'll work in the garden and choose a nightshade to plant and take home.
This is a drop-off program; a light snack will be provided. Best for ages 5+.
$22/member, $25/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/9
Monday
Learning Letters: Dragon Love Tacos
06/09/2014
11:30am
Let's work on our letters of the alphabet by hearing a story and getting silly with some puppets! Today we'll read Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and learn all about the letter D.
Free with admission.
6/9
Monday
Origami Art
06/09/2014
3pm
Free with admission.
6/10
Tuesday
Sing-a-long Story Time
06/10/2014
11am
Free with admission.
6/10
Tuesday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/10/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/10
Tuesday
Would You Rather?
06/10/2014
3pm
Would you rather swim in spaghetti or Jell-O? Would you rather live underwater or in outer space? Would you rather play this game or play in the exhibits...? This silly game is a great way of exploring deductive reasoning skills while sharing thoughts and opinions on a variety of silly topics.
Free with admission.
6/11
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
06/11/2014
11am-12pm
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.
6/11
Wednesday
Young Engineers: Design-a-Car
06/11/2014
3:30pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Do you know how a car works? We'll learn about the wheel and axle and then build a "car" of our own.
Free with admission.
6/12
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Mud Pies
06/12/2014
10:30am
Squish, squash, smoosh! Let's get our hands dirty and play with mud. You'll probably want to bring a change of clothes! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
6/12
Thursday
Star Show
06/12/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
6/12
Thursday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/12/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/12
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
06/12/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
6/13
Friday
Meet Knight Nelly and her Stick-horse, Rufus! (R$)
06/13/2014
11:30am
Ready to fight glubbery beasts and rescue a princess on stilts? In this interactive performance, our own Theatre Artistic Director Reba Short takes on the character of "Knight Nelly" and through clowning, performance, magic and mime, will engage young audience members in cooperative imaginative play. Audience members will meet Knight Nelly and participate in a magical adventure in the dress up theatre. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/13
Friday
Father's Day Gift: Thumbprint Key Chain (R$)
06/13/2014
3:30 pm
Make dad a utilitarian key chain embossed with the thumbprints of his favorite wee ones! Using polymer clay we'll imprint our thumbs into a disc-shaped charm. We'll bake them to harden and finish by adding a key ring. Dad will love to carry this symbol of his kin wherever he goes! Workshop run time is one hour to allow for baking.
Best for ages 2+
$7/member keychain, $8/visitor keychain plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/14
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
06/14/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
6/14
Saturday
Father's Day Gift: Thumbprint Key Chain (R$)
06/14/2014
12:30pm
Make dad a utilitarian key chain embossed with the thumbprints of his favorite wee ones! Using polymer clay we'll imprint our thumbs into a disc-shaped charm. We'll bake them to harden and finish by adding a key ring. Dad will love to carry this symbol of his kin wherever he goes! Workshop run time is one hour to allow for baking.
Best for ages 2+
$7/member keychain, $8/visitor keychain plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/14
Saturday
Open Art Studio
06/14/2014
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.
6/14
Saturday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/14/2014
3pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/14
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
06/14/2014
3:30 pm
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.
6/15
Sunday
Father's Day Party!
06/15/2014
10:30 am-12:30pm
This morning, celebrate your Dad! Join us to cook up something special, make art projects together and hear stories. And dads play for FREE on Father's Day!
Free with admission.
6/15
Sunday
Origami Card Making
06/15/2014
2pm
Want to make a super special card for Dad? Learn some origami tricks and then turn your creation into a Father's Day card.
Free with admission.
6/16
Monday
Learning Letters: Where the Wild Things Are
06/16/2014
11:30am
Let's work on our letters of the alphabet by hearing a story and getting silly with some puppets! Today we'll read Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and learn all about the letter W.
Free with admission.
6/17
Tuesday
Sing-a-long Story Time
06/17/2014
11am
Free with admission.
6/17
Tuesday
Wacky Play-Doh Sculptures
06/17/2014
12:30pm
Free with admission.
6/17
Tuesday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/17/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/17
Tuesday
Would You Rather?
06/17/2014
3pm
Would you rather swim in spaghetti or Jell-O? Would you rather live underwater or in outer space? Would you rather play this game or play in the exhibits...? This silly game is a great way of exploring deductive reasoning skills while sharing thoughts and opinions on a variety of silly topics.
Free with admission.
6/18
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
06/18/2014
11am-12pm
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.
6/18
Wednesday
Color Play: Contrast and Compare
06/18/2014
3:30pm
We'll learn all about color through fun and messy art projects. Today we'll see how different colors "react" when they're next to each other.
Free with admission.
6/19
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Bubbles!
06/19/2014
10:30am
Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere! Let's take advantage of the warm weather and play with bubbles in the backyard. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
6/19
Thursday
Star Show
06/19/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
6/19
Thursday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/19/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/19
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
06/19/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
6/20
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
06/20/2014
10:15am
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.
6/20
Friday
Riddles & Jokes Hour
06/20/2014
3-4pm
Free with admission.
6/21
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
06/21/2014
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.
6/21
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
06/21/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
6/21
Saturday
Fossil Making Workshop (R$)
06/21/2014
11:30am
Check out some real and replica fossils from plants and dinosaurs as inspiration to make your own faux fossil. We'll talk about how fossils are made then make realistic models from natural sculpture materials like clay and plaster. Take your fossil home and add it to your rock collection or place it outside to watch it return to nature.
Best for ages 5+
$6/member, $7/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/21
Saturday
Open Art Studio
06/21/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.
Free with admission.
6/21
Saturday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/21/2014
3pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/22
Sunday
Summer Solstice Party
06/22/2014
10:30am
It's the sunniest time of the year. Let's celebrate long, sunny days with a Solstice party! We'll make some celestial artwork, share some fresh snacks, play a solar system game, and have moon, sun, and stars face painting.
Free with admission.
6/22
Sunday
Garden Growing Club: Sunflowers! (R$)
06/22/2014
3-5pm
Ready to get dirty? At Garden Growing Club, we'll learn about the science of plants and different gardening techniques to try at home. Today we'll learn about why and how plants make flowers. Then we'll work in the garden and plant some sunflower seeds to take home. This is a drop-off program; a light snack will be provided.
Best for ages 5+.
$22/member, $25/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/23
Monday
Out of this World Acting Camp
06/23/2014
9-12pm
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6/23
Monday
Learning Letters: One Fish Two Fish
06/23/2014
11:30am
Let's work on our letters of the alphabet by hearing a story and getting silly with some puppets! Today we'll read One Fish Two Fish by Dr. Seuss and learn all about the letter F.
Free with admission.
6/23
Monday
Origami Art
06/23/2014
3pm
Free with admission.
6/24
Tuesday
Out of this World Acting Camp
06/24/2014
9-12pm
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6/24
Tuesday
Folk Music Sing-a-long!
06/24/2014
11am
Join us for a group sing-a-long with several local folk musicians.
Free with admission.
6/24
Tuesday
Fossil Making Workshop (R$)
06/24/2014
12:30pm
Check out some real and replica fossils from plants and dinosaurs as inspiration to make your own faux fossil. We'll talk about how fossils are made then make realistic models from natural sculpture materials like clay and plaster. Take your fossil home and add it to your rock collection or place it outside to watch it return to nature.
Best for ages 5+.
$6/member, $7/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/24
Tuesday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/24/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/24
Tuesday
Would You Rather?
06/24/2014
3pm
Would you rather swim in spaghetti or Jell-O? Would you rather live underwater or in outer space? Would you rather play this game or play in the exhibits...? This silly game is a great way of exploring deductive reasoning skills while sharing thoughts and opinions on a variety of silly topics.
6/25
Wednesday
Out of this World Acting Camp
06/25/2014
9-12pm
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6/25
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
06/25/2014
11am-12pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.
Free with admission.
6/25
Wednesday
Young Engineers: Design-a-Car
06/25/2014
2pm
Come develop your engineering skills with giant blue blocks! Do you know how a car works? We'll learn about the wheel and axle and then build a "car" of our own.
Free with admission
6/25
Wednesday
American Girls Craft Club: Kirsten (R$)
06/25/2014
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 Midsummer Wreath with lots of colorful flowers. For a snack, we'll make our own fresh butter and enjoy it with some rye bread. 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.
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6/26
Thursday
Out of this World Acting Camp
06/26/2014
9-12pm
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6/26
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Water Play
06/26/2014
10:30am
Splish, splash - let's get wet! We'll have different toys, materials, and containers to experiment with in water. Bring some dry clothes!
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.
Free with admission.
6/26
Thursday
Star Show
06/26/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the stories that are hidden in the night sky.
Free with admission.
6/26
Thursday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/26/2014
2pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/26
Thursday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
06/26/2014
3:30pm
Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum's saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter-tidal zone.
Free with admission.
6/27
Friday
Out of this World Acting Camp
06/27/2014
9-12pm
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6/27
Friday
Eye-Spy Slime Game
06/27/2014
10:30am
Free with admission.
6/27
Friday
What Does The Cat Say? Puppet Show
06/27/2014
11:30am
Free with admission.
6/28
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
06/28/2014
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 in a giant eyeball!
Free with admission.
6/28
Saturday
Open Art Studio
06/28/2014
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.
6/28
Saturday
Child's Garden of Verses
06/28/2014
3pm
Come see an actor bring one of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems to life in our garden.
This program is funded by the PW Sprague Memorial Foundation and is free with admission.
6/28
Saturday
Giant Building Challenge
06/28/2014
3:30 pm
Using our giant blue blocks, help a group of animals overcome an obstacle course of quick sand and sharks and get to safety. What is the most efficient way to solve this problem? Well work as a team to engineer creative solutions to a new challenge each week.
Free with admission.
6/28
Saturday
Smooshy Smelly Science
06/28/2014
3:30 pm
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.
6/29
Sunday
Ramadan Star Show
06/29/2014
11am
Did you know that Ramadan follows the lunar calendar? Learn about the phases of the moon and this important Muslim holiday in this special star show.
Free with admission.
6/29
Sunday
Eating Healthy: Frozen Strawberry Snacks
06/29/2014
2pm
During our Eating Healthy series, we learn how to make delicious, nutritious foods you can easily make at home. Today we're going to make Frozen Strawberry Snacks - a great source of fruit, calcium and protein! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.
This program is sponsored by the Wal-Mart Falmouth Store and is free with admission.
6/30
Monday
American Girls Craft Club: Felicity (R$)
06/30/2014
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.
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July 2014

7/1
Tuesday
Flatbread Fundraiser for Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
07/01/2014
5pm-10pm
Feeling hungry? Pizza purchases on Tuesday July 1st at Flatbread restaurant in Portland, Maine will directly benefit our non-profit efforts at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine! For each large pizza sold on this evening, the Children's Museum & Theatre will receive $3.50 and for each small pizza, $1.75. Eat dinner and donate at the same time! Thank you for your support. OFFSITE: Flatbread, 72 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine. (207 772-8777