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March 2015

3/6
Friday
Morning Music: Around the World (R$)
03/06/2015
10:15-11am
Morning Music is an exploratory early music education class for children ages 0-3 and their parents/caregivers that helps provide a foundation for musical learning. Early music education helps babies and toddlers develop listening and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and awareness of space and rhythm. Music also forms community: we will all work together, take turns and make connections as we work on our songs and skills.

Let's see how music from different parts of the world can change the way we interact with music! From lullabies to fast dances, what songs are children learning around the globe? Using movement, rhythm and a little bit of puppetry, we'll learn about the origins of the musical instruments we'll be using in class, sing songs from around the world in English and even make rhythm to a song in a different language! At the end of the session, caregivers will receive take-home packets of songs in English and three other languages and suggested activities to bring the songs to life at home.

Class meets Fridays, March 6th, 13th and 20th.

Sign up for one class for $20, or save when you join all 3! $45/member for 3 classes, $60/visitor for 3 classes. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/6
Friday
Firefighter Safety & Appreciation
03/06/2015
10:30am
Do you love firefighters? Would you like to thank them for their hard work? Join us to write letters to your town's firefighters. We'll draw pictures, tell them why we think they are so brave and practice our letter writing and addressing skills. And the end, we'll stamp the envelope and send it off!

Free with admission.
3/6
Friday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/06/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/6
Friday
Fruit Dissection
03/06/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits, but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission.
3/6
Friday
$2 First Friday
03/06/2015
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 receive free general admission.

$2 admission.
3/7
Saturday
Holi Storytime
03/07/2015
10:30am
Where did the name "Holi" come from? And what is Holi all about? Join us to hear the story of Prahlad and Holika and learn where the celebration of Holi came from.

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Hear Scenes from the Play: Robin Hood
03/07/2015
11am
Do you want to hear a sneak peek of our spring script? On the fence about auditioning? Come listen to professional and CMTM actors read scenes from this age-old story for the public.

Free with admission.
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3/7
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/07/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Butter Making
03/07/2015
11:30pm
Can you believe you can make butter in less than 5 minutes? Learn how to whip up a quick batch of delicious, creamy homemade butter and then enjoy it on a fresh piece of bread!

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Mini-Robot Lab (R$)
03/07/2015
12:30pm
We'll supply a motor, batteries, toothbrush and instruction; you supply the imagination to create your own, motorized mini-robot. Decorate and design the robot with accoutrements that will determine the way it moves. Best for ages 7 and up.

$12/robot for members, $13 robot for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/7
Saturday
Open Art Studio: Colors of India
03/07/2015
2-3pm
Holi Hai! Let's use brightly colored pigments from India to celebrate Holi and make some beautiful artwork.

Free with admission.
3/7
Saturday
Science Spotlight
03/07/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Play with Color!
03/08/2015
11am
During Holi, the Hindu festival of color and spring, streets and people are covered with color powder! Come celebrate Holi by playing with color and creating your own color powder art!

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Holi Story Time: The Legend of Holika and Prahlad
03/08/2015
12pm
Have you ever heard a story about an evil king, a strong faithful prince, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil? Come learn about legend surrounding the Holi, the Hindu festival of color and spring and compare it to stories you know.

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Masala Chai and Cookies
03/08/2015
1pm
In Hindi, "Masala Chai" means "spiced tea." Learn about the many spices of India and taste some sweet, spicy, creamy Masala Chai - enjoyed with cookies, of course!

Free with admission.
3/8
Sunday
Mini Moviemakers: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (R$)
03/08/2015
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short claymation movie in the style of Wallace and Gromit. You'll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published. Ideal for ages 6+.

$16/members, $22/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/9
Monday
Members' Monday: Shaker Making
03/09/2015
10am
Let's make some music! We'll use everyday materials to make fun shakers to take home.

Free with admission.
3/10
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/10/2015
10:30-11:30am
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.
3/10
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/10/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/10
Tuesday
Glaciation Station
03/10/2015
2:30pm
Did you know ice can flow like a river? Join us in a chilly science experiment to learn how glaciers flow like rivers and how these ice rivers helped shape the land the museum sits on today!

Free with admission.
3/10
Tuesday
Tree Ring Riddles
03/10/2015
3pm
Tree rings reveal all sorts of mysteries about a tree's life. Learn how to be a tree detective by taking a closer look at the patterns in these rings -- and then create a tree ring craft to take home!

Free with admission.
3/11
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Parties
03/11/2015
10:15-11:15am
What's Teensy Weensy Acting Class? A literacy and creative development program for ages 3-5. Over a period of six weeks, young actors dive into a story, processing it with imagination, puppetry, music and dance. At the end of the last class, young actors put on a show for their families. This is an excellent opportunity for preschool-age children to give acting a try, become storytellers and work as a group.

Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Parties: Wednesdays, March 11, 18 and 25 and April 1 and 8.

Have you ever wondered if animals have a favorite food? In this Teensy Weensy class we will be acting out two of the silliest children's books on the New York Times best sellers list, Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Prepare to sneak around like a pizza loving raccoon or crunch on some tacos like a fire-breathing dragon! Caregivers, family and friends are invited to an 11am show on April 8.

$75/member, $100/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/11
Wednesday
Creatures of the Night
03/11/2015
10:30am
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with admission.
3/11
Wednesday
Sea Life Glitter Globes (R$)
03/11/2015
11:30am
Build your own glitter-globe full of your favorite sea creatures! In this fun, hands-on program you'll create your own marine world while also learning fun facts about your favorite sea creatures.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/11
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Animal Storytime
03/11/2015
3:30pm
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and get creative.

Free with admission.
3/12
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Shaker Making
03/12/2015
10:30am
Let's make some music! We'll use everyday materials to make fun shakers to take home. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
3/12
Thursday
Nature Story Time
03/12/2015
3pm
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
3/13
Friday
Morning Music: Around the World (R$)
03/13/2015
10:15-11am
Morning Music is an exploratory early music education class for children ages 0-3 and their parents/caregivers that helps provide a foundation for musical learning. Early music education helps babies and toddlers develop listening and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and awareness of space and rhythm. Music also forms community: we will all work together, take turns and make connections as we work on our songs and skills.

Let's see how music from different parts of the world can change the way we interact with music! From lullabies to fast dances, what songs are children learning around the globe? Using movement, rhythm and a little bit of puppetry, we'll learn about the origins of the musical instruments we'll be using in class, sing songs from around the world in English and even make rhythm to a song in a different language! At the end of the session, caregivers will receive take-home packets of songs in English and three other languages and suggested activities to bring the songs to life at home.

Class meets Fridays, March 13th and 20th.

Sign up for one class for $20, or save when you join for two! $30/member for 2 classes, $45/visitor for 2 classes. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/13
Friday
Pet Portraits
03/13/2015
11am
Do you have a special furry, finned, or scaly friend? Let's show our love for our pets by creating a pet portrait. We'll explore examples of animals in art, and used mixed media to create our own homage to our animal friends.

Free with admission.
3/13
Friday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/13/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/13
Friday
Honeybee Huddle
03/13/2015
3pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
3/14
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/14/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/14
Saturday
Squid Dissection (R$)
03/14/2015
12:30pm
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join science educator Laura Poppick to learn all about squid - inside and out - in this hands-on dissection workshop! We'll compare the squid's body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures live their lives underwater, and create sketches of our dissection to take home.

Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/14
Saturday
Open Art Studio
03/14/2015
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.
3/14
Saturday
Science Spotlight
03/14/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/15
Sunday
Pancake Sunday
03/15/2015
11am
Guess what... it's Pancake Sunday! Come help us make pancakes from scratch. Each month we'll have a different optional ingredient you can try. It's a pancake party!

Free with admission.
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3/15
Sunday
Snow Crystal Art
03/15/2015
12pm
Learn how to make beautiful sparkling and spiraling art with everyday household items!

Free with admission.
3/15
Sunday
Stuffed Mitten Animals! (R$)
03/15/2015
2pm
Do you have a mitten that's lost its other half? Learn how to turn that lonely winter mitten into a cozy stuffed animal that will keep you company all year around! Create dogs, bears, frogs or any animal in your imagination. Each participant will receive a mitten to stuff and mold. Finally, participants will choose from a selection of eye, ears, noses and mouths to bring your mitten animal to life! Ages 3 & up.

$9/members, $10/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/15
Sunday
Origami Art
03/15/2015
3pm
Learn about the traditional Japanese art of Origami. Will you make a heart, swan, or airplane?

Free with admission.
3/16
Monday
Members' Monday: Finger-Painted Eggs
03/16/2015
10am
Let's celebrate spring and make some colorful eggs the most fun way possible - with Finger paint!

Free with admission.
3/17
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/17/2015
10:30-11:30am
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.
3/17
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/17/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
3/17
Tuesday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/17/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/17
Tuesday
Honeybee Huddle
03/17/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
3/17
Tuesday
Rock Detectives
03/17/2015
3pm
Did you know more than 4,000 different types of minerals exist on Earth? Come explore our large collection of colorful crystals and play a memory game to learn how to identify them.

Free with admission.
3/18
Wednesday
5% Benefit Day at Whole Foods Market - Portland!
03/18/2015
8am-10pm
Join us on Wednesday, March 18th from 8am-10pm for our fifth annual 5% day at Whole Foods Market! Visit with museum staff and volunteers, work on a craft project, or just say "hi" while you're shopping. Our friends at Whole Foods Market, sponsors of our popular grocery store exhibit since 2010, will be donating 5% of all purchases to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

Fill up on healthy groceries while helping to support the Museum & Theatre!

Whole Foods Market is located at 2 Somerset Street in Portland.
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3/18
Wednesday
Science Spotlight
03/18/2015
10:30-11:30am
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/18
Wednesday
Paper Making (R$)
03/18/2015
11:30am
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.
3/18
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Animal Storytime
03/18/2015
3:30pm
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and get creative.

Free with admission.
3/19
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Finger-Painted Eggs
03/19/2015
10:30am
Let's celebrate spring and make some colorful eggs the most fun way possible - with finger paint! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
3/19
Thursday
Robin Hood Puppet Show (R$)
03/19/2015
11:30am
Our own Theatre Director Reba Short and local actress Allison McCall will use animal hand puppets to tell the story of Robin Hood to very young children. The story will use songs and poetry to bring the story to life and provide an opportunity for young actors to join us onstage.

This show is best for audiences 2-6 years old.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/19
Thursday
Nature Story Time
03/19/2015
3pm
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
3/20
Friday
Firefighter Safety & Appreciation
03/20/2015
10:30am
Do you love firefighters? Would you like to thank them for their hard work? Join us to write letters to your town's firefighters. We'll draw pictures, tell them why we think they are so brave and practice our letter writing and addressing skills. And the end, we'll stamp the envelope and send it off!

Free with admission.
3/20
Friday
Legend of the Leprechaun
03/20/2015
11:30am
To honor St. Patrick's Day, we will be telling the legend of the leprechaun. Join us in the Dress Up Theatre to hear an authentic story from Ireland.

Free with admission.
3/20
Friday
Fruit Dissection
03/20/2015
3pm
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits, but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission.
3/21
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
03/21/2015
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.
3/21
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/21/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/21
Saturday
Spring Equinox: Lunar Star Show
03/21/2015
11:30am
Join us for a special Lunar Star Show today to explore the science behind the Spring Equinox!

Free with admission.
3/21
Saturday
Kaleidoscope Class (R$)
03/21/2015
12:30pm
Learn how to connect tubes, mirrors and beads to create your own optical toy. We'll use mylar-coated cardboard for mirrors and cardboard tubes to make a kaleidoscope that will produce symmetrical patterns with every twist and turn. Best for ages 6+.

$8/kaleidoscope for members, $9/kaleidoscope for visitors plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/21
Saturday
Open Art Studio
03/21/2015
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.
3/21
Saturday
Improvisation Games with Our Theatre Actors (R$)
03/21/2015
3pm
Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like "Who's Line is it Anyway?", you're invited to join us for games like "What are you doing?", "Freeze" and "Bus stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!

The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/21
Saturday
Spring Equinox: Flower Planting
03/21/2015
3:30-4:30pm
In honor of the arrival of spring, plant a flower seed that will blossom as temperatures continue to warm up!

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Rhythm Play: Rain Storm
03/22/2015
11am
Drip, Drip, Bong! What does rain and thunder sound like to you? Talk about what the arrival of the Equinox means for our weather in Maine and experiment with various instruments and beats to create the sounds of spring rain.

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Apple Print Art
03/22/2015
12pm
Are you ready for spring? Use fruits and vegetables as stamps to create images of flowers, shamrocks and trees. Your finished art piece will remind you of all the growth that happens during spring!

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Celebrate Spring: Equinox Around the World
03/22/2015
1pm
How do people celebrate spring? There are so many ways! Learn about different spring celebrations and then decorate an egg to take home.

Free with admission.
3/22
Sunday
Slime Time! ($)
03/22/2015
3pm
It's time to make some slime! We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime.

$4/child, sign up the day of at the front desk.
3/23
Monday
Members' Monday: Mud Pies
03/23/2015
10am
Mud, mud, I love mud! Let's celebrate "mud season" by making messy, ooey gooey pies. You may want to bring a change of clothes!

Free with admission.
3/24
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/24/2015
10:30-11:30am
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.
3/24
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/24/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/24
Tuesday
Glaciation Station
03/24/2015
2:30pm
Did you know ice can flow like a river? Join us in a chilly science experiment to learn how glaciers flow like rivers and how these ice rivers helped shape the land the museum sits on today!

Free with admission.
3/24
Tuesday
Tree Ring Riddles
03/24/2015
3pm
Tree rings reveal all sorts of mysteries about a tree's life. Learn how to be a tree detective by taking a closer look at the patterns in these rings -- and then create a tree ring craft to take home!

Free with admission.
3/25
Wednesday
Calls of the Wild
03/25/2015
10:30am
Learn the calls of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with admission.
3/25
Wednesday
Sea Life Glitter Globes (R$)
03/25/2015
11:30am
Build your own glitter-globe full of your favorite sea creatures! In this fun, hands-on program you'll create your own marine world while also learning fun facts about your favorite sea creatures.

$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/25
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Animal Storytime
03/25/2015
3:30pm
Can you play a drum like a bear? Shake a maraca like a snake? Let's play with musical instruments and get creative.

Free with admission.
3/26
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Mud Pies
03/26/2015
10:30am
Mud, mud, I love mud! Let's celebrate "mud season" by making messy, ooey gooey pies. You may want to bring a change of clothes! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

3/26
Thursday
Nature Story Time
03/26/2015
3pm
The wild world around us contains heaps of adventure, humor, and wonder. Join us as we read a collection of storybooks inspired by the natural world!

Free with admission.
3/27
Friday
Songs of Spring
03/27/2015
10:30am
Spring is here! Let's celebrate with songs and rhythm activities about rain, flowers and other things we'll see this spring.

Free with admission.
3/27
Friday
Big and Messy Art
03/27/2015
11am
With a different project each week, join us to get messy, re-use materials and make some group art. Great for every age!

Free with admission.
3/27
Friday
Robin Hood Puppet Show (R$)
03/27/2015
11:30am
Our own Theatre Director Reba Short and local actress Allison McCall will use animal hand puppets to tell the story of Robin Hood to very young children. The story will use songs and poetry to bring the story to life and provide an opportunity for young actors to join us onstage.

This show is best for audiences 2-6 years old.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/27
Friday
Honeybee Huddle
03/27/2015
3pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
03/28/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
Build a Periscope (R$)
03/28/2015
12:30pm
See the world from a whole new angle in our Build a Periscope workshop! We'll start with a private tour of the museum's Camera Obscura exhibit and then get to work learning how to build our own mini periscopes to take home.

Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$8/member, $9/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/28
Saturday
Arctic Exploration with the Pearry-MacMillan Arctic Museum!
03/28/2015
1:30-2:30pm
Let's celebrate the end of a very snowy winter by exploring the Arctic with visiting curators from the Pearry-MacMillan Arctic Museum! We'll have a chance to touch a walrus tusk and muskox down, try on snow goggles that would shield eyes from bright white snow, and learn how early explorers survived the harsh conditions of the icy Arctic.

Free with admission.
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3/28
Saturday
Open Art Studio
03/28/2015
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.
3/28
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
03/28/2015
3pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. FMI call 828-1234 x 247.

Free with admission.
3/28
Saturday
Science Spotlight
03/28/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The museum's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Stuffed Mitten Animals! (R$)
03/29/2015
11am
Do you have a mitten that's lost its other half? Learn how to turn that lonely winter mitten into a cozy stuffed animal that will keep you company all year around! Create dogs, bears, frogs or any animal in your imagination. Each participant will receive a mitten to stuff and mold. Finally, participants will choose from a selection of eye, ears, noses and mouths to bring your mitten animal to life! Ages 3 & up.

$9/members, $10/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
3/29
Sunday
Sowing Seeds: Peas and Greens
03/29/2015
12pm
It might still be chilly outside, but it's warming up inside our greenhouse! We'll read a story and then plant the first spring crops: peas, spinach, arugula and radishes inside of our backyard greenhouse.

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
03/29/2015
1pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Spring Face Painting
03/29/2015
2pm
Spring is coming! Celebrate with some springy face painting. Will you choose a flower, sunshine, or baby chick?

Free with admission.
3/29
Sunday
Matt Heaton Live: Children's Music Concert for All Ages! (R$)
03/29/2015
3pm
Audiences may not realize Matt Heaton's children's music is "children's music!" First and foremost, it is groovy, engaging and fun. Playing with skill and whimsy on guitar & banjo, Matt brings in elements of rockabilly, folk, soul and surf to entertain adults as well as kids. With shockingly listenable versions of classics like "Wheels on the Bus" alongside original compositions like "Outside Toy," Matt's shows are a high energy explosion of all ages enjoyment and education. Warning: Singing along may take place!

Heaton is a skilled entertainer for kids, with a repertoire of kid-friendly folk & surf-inspired originals and reworked classics. Like musicians before him, he took a keen interest in music for kids after the birth of his son, leading engaging sing-alongs that he hoped adults could enjoy, too. Armed with a bundle of new and traditional material, he organized a whole lot of extra babysitting and created his new CD, "Happy You Made It." Matt Heaton also performs in the well-known Irish music duo of Matt & Shannon Heaton.

$5 per person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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3/30
Monday
Members' Monday: Spring Face Painting
03/30/2015
10am
Spring is coming! Celebrate with some springy face painting. Will you choose a flower, sunshine, or baby chick?

Free with admission.
3/31
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
03/31/2015
10:30-11:30am
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.
3/31
Tuesday
Rhyme, Read, Dance!
03/31/2015
11am
Join Anca Gooje, Classical Indian Dance teacher, for a fun-filled class of moving, counting, rhyming, and reading. We'll use our bodies to make different shapes, tell stories, and practice the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

For ages 3+. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Free with admission.
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3/31
Tuesday
Honeybee Huddle
03/31/2015
2:30pm
Many insects don't survive the cold of winter, but honeybees do! Join us for a series of games at our live honeybee hive to explore how honeybees survive the long, frigid winters of Maine.

Free with admission.

April 2015

4/4
Saturday
Before Hours Easter Egg Hunt (R$)
04/04/2015
8:30-9:30am
Join us for an eggcellent, eye-spy, eggvestigation. There will be hundreds of filled eggs throughout our exhibits, including a safe area for toddlers and a golden egg challenge for adventurous egg-hunters! Bring your own basket and pre-register.

$10 per person (adults and children), $15 to stay & play. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/4
Saturday
Passover Celebration
04/04/2015
11:30am-1:30pm
Join us to make traditional Passover snacks, play games, and learn more about this joyful Jewish holiday.

Free with admission.
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4/12
Sunday
Celebrate Korea
04/12/2015
Event time TBD
Join our friends from the Korean Language School to learn more about the culture, language, and landscape of Korea.

Free with admission.
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4/19
Sunday
Taiko Drumming Fest
04/19/2015
11am
Our new Taiko Drumming exhibit opens this weekend - join us to hear some amazing percussive music from Japan, sample Japanese food, and more! Funded by the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.

Free with admission.
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4/21
Tuesday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
04/21/2015
12:30pm
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet live animals and hear some amazing stories of animal rescue!

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/21
Tuesday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
04/21/2015
1pm
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet live animals and hear some amazing stories of animal rescue!

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/22
Wednesday
Earth Day Celebration
04/22/2015
10am-5pm
Celebrate Earth Day with a full day of interactive science programs, Earth-inspired art projects, puppet shows, and general merriment in honor of the planet we call home.

Free with admission.
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