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November 2014

11/21
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
11/21/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll read fire safety books and write letters to them thanking them for their great work!

Free with admission.
11/21
Friday
Paper Making (R$)
11/21/2014
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.
11/21
Friday
Edible Rock Cycle
11/21/2014
3pm
Learn all about the rock cycle while making a delicious mess of edible "minerals" and "magma"!

Free with Admission.
11/22
Saturday
Star Day!
11/22/2014
10:30am-4:30pm
Twinke twinkle little...star bellied Sneetch? Wait a second, how does that song go? Stars might be something to sing about, but we think they're something to celebrate! Today we'll have stars on the brain as we explore the stars in the night sky, stories of the stars, sea stars in the touch tank, and stars on stage. Come be a star with us as we celebrate the second annual STAR DAY at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine!

Free with admission.
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11/22
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
11/22/2014
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!
11/22
Saturday
Creatures of the Night
11/22/2014
11am
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with Admission
11/22
Saturday
Starry Nights: Make a Constellation Night Light (R$)
11/22/2014
12:30-1:30pm
Join us in our mini planetarium for a private tour of the constellations in the night sky. Then create your own star-filled night light to cast constellations on your walls! Adults welcome to participate, too.

$13/night light for members, $14/night light for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
11/22
Saturday
Open Art Studio
11/22/2014
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.
11/22
Saturday
Sea Star Study
11/22/2014
3:30 pm
Come take an up-close and personal look at a living sea star! We'll have magnifying glasses and other tools available to examine our specimen in detail and learn all about the way this fascinating creature eats, walks, and lives its life in wavy tide pools.

Free with admission.
11/22
Saturday
Solar System Necklaces (R$)
11/22/2014
4-5pm
Using colorful polymer clay learn to make your own solar system bead set. Study the colors, textures and proportions of the real planets through NASA photos then create planet beads. We'll bake them to harden and string them into a necklace.

$8/bead set for members and $9/bead set plus admission for visitors.

Ages 3 & up.

To register, visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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11/23
Sunday
Pancake Sunday
11/23/2014
10:30am-12pm
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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11/23
Sunday
Slime Time! ($)
11/23/2014
2pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix!

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission. Sign up the day of at the front desk.
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11/23
Sunday
Turtle Time!
11/23/2014
3pm
Make your own observations when you get up close and personal with live yellow-bellied slider turtles. Learn about the anatomy and physiology of various turtles and tortoises from land and sea. Explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls.

Free with admission
11/24
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
11/24/2014
9-11am for Members only.
To purchase or renew a membership, click here.
11/24
Monday
Members' Monday: Constellation Exploration
11/24/2014
10am
What's your favorite constellation? Orion? The Big Dipper? Learn all about different Greek constellations in our mini planetarium.
11/25
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
11/25/2014
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.
11/25
Tuesday
Shadow Puppet Play: The Three Little Pigs
11/25/2014
11:30am
Let's have fun in our Lights, Camera, Color! exhibit with shadow puppets. Today we'll tell the story of the three little pigs.

Free with admission.
11/25
Tuesday
Break and Re-Make: Electronic Dissection
11/25/2014
12:30-1:30pm
Use real tools to take apart electronics to discover what's inside. Add a special challenge of re-constructing the object.

Free with admission.
11/25
Tuesday
Calls of the Wild
11/25/2014
3pm
Learn the sounds of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with Admission.
11/26
Wednesday
Nature Charades
11/26/2014
10:30am
Come play a wild game of charades with us as we learn the movements of different animals and use our bodies to act them out!

Free with admission.
11/26
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Musical Storytime
11/26/2014
3:30 pm
If an elephant played a drum, what would it sound like? What about a bird? Join us on an exciting narrative journey as we play different drums and other instruments to tell a dramatic, musical story.

Free with admission.
11/27
Thursday
Thanksgiving - CLOSED
11/27/2014
All day
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is closed for Thanksgiving Day. We will open again on Friday, 11/28 at 10am for our usual opening hours. See you then!
11/28
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
11/28/2014
11am-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.
11/28
Friday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
11/28/2014
12:30pm
Our troupe of life-size educational puppets is back 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.

Free with admission. For more information, please call 828-1234 x 247.
11/28
Friday
Mitten Puppets (R$)
11/28/2014
1:30-2:30pm
We'll provide the mittens, and you provide the inspiration! We're transforming basic mittens into animals by adding googly eyes, ears, tongues, antlers - you name it! What will you make? Cat? Reindeer? Fox? Dino? Each participant will receive a set of mittens and choose from a selection of adornments to affix, creating creative mitten puppets. Ages 3 & up.

$9/mitten set for members, $10/mitten set for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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11/28
Friday
Glaciation Station
11/28/2014
3pm
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.
11/29
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
11/29/2014
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!
11/29
Saturday
Break and Re-Make: Electronic Dissection
11/29/2014
11:30am-12:30pm
Use real tools to take apart electronics to discover what's inside. Add a special challenge of re-constructing the object.

Free with admission.
11/29
Saturday
Mitten Puppets (R$)
11/29/2014
12:30-1:30pm
We'll provide the mittens, and you provide the inspiration! We're transforming basic mittens into animals by adding googly eyes, ears, tongues, antlers - you name it! What will you make? Cat? Reindeer? Fox? Dino? Each participant will receive a set of mittens and choose from a selection of adornments to affix, creating creative mitten puppets. Ages 3 & up.

$9/mitten set for members, $10/mitten set for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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11/29
Saturday
Open Art Studio
11/29/2014
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.
11/29
Saturday
Improv Show and Games (R$)
11/29/2014
3pm
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 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.
11/29
Saturday
Mars Mission
11/29/2014
3:30pm
Could humans ever live on Mars? Join us in our Child Inventor Service to come up with a packing list of things we would need to prepare for a trip to Mars. Then test out the Museum's custom-built Mars rover robotic arm!

Free with Admission.
11/30
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
11/30/2014
10:30am
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 intertidal zone.

Free with admission.
11/30
Sunday
Tree Lighting Ceremony
11/30/2014
11am-12pm
Help kick off the holiday season by joining us for hot cocoa, festive tunes, and ornament making as we light our Christmas tree!

Free with admission.
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11/30
Sunday
Gift-Making Workshop: Decoupage Journals (R$)
11/30/2014
12:30-1:30pm
In this crafty workshop, we'll personalize our own hardcover notebook to turn into a special journal, sketchbook or scrapbook by using the art of decoupage. We'll have lots of patterns, designs, and pictures to work with so you can make a one-of-a-kind notebook! Ideal for ages 5 and up.

$12/person for members, $13/person for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
11/30
Sunday
Capoeira Festival!
11/30/2014
2-4pm
What is Capoeira? It's part music, part dance, part martial art. Join Mestre Beck, a highly trained Capoeira master, to learn all about this Brazilian performing art. We'll make drums, see a live Capoeira performance, and sample some Brazilian foods -- and explore our brand-new exhibit, Rhythm Play.

Free with admission.
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December 2014

12/1
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
12/01/2014
9-11am for Members only.
To purchase or renew a membership, click here.
12/1
Monday
Members' Monday: Wintry Face Painting
12/01/2014
10am
Would you like a snowflake painted on your cheek? What about a penguin? Decorate yourself with fun, festive designs that wash right off!
12/2
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
12/02/2014
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.
12/2
Tuesday
Holiday Card Making
12/02/2014
11:30am
Let's use festive art materials to make one-of-a-kind greeting cards for friends and family.

Free with admission.
12/2
Tuesday
Creatures of the Night
12/02/2014
3pm
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with Admission
12/2
Tuesday
The Gingerbread Friends: Theatre Class for 6-8 year-olds (R$)
12/02/2014
3:30-5pm
Attention 6-8 year olds! We know you're excited to act on our stage, and we have a special class for you. This is a chance for you to learn all about acting from how to develop a character to what a monologue is. Get some experience before you audition for your first theatre show. Sign up for The Gingerbread Friends!

Join a little gingerbread cookie who's on an adventure - and has lots of exciting encounters along the way. We also might snack on some real gingerbread, just to help us get in character!

Payment required at time of registration. Class meets Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 (12/2-12/23 with a final performance for family and friends on Tuesday 12/23 at 4:30pm). This is a drop- off program; space is limited. Sign up today!

6-8 year olds / 4 week session.

$60/child for members and $80/child for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/3
Wednesday
Nature Charades
12/03/2014
10:30am
Come play a wild game of charades with us as we learn the movements of different animals and use our bodies to act them out!

Free with admission.
12/3
Wednesday
Dreidel Play!
12/03/2014
11:30am
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is coming up soon! Celebrate by learning to play the classic game of dreidel, and by singing fun dreidel songs.

Free with Admission.
12/3
Wednesday
Slime Time! ($)
12/03/2014
2:30pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
12/3
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Shaker Making
12/03/2014
3:30pm
Our new exhibit, Rhythm Play, explores all kinds of drums and other percussive instruments. Learn about how sound is made and then make your own shaker to take home.

Free with admission.
12/4
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Shaker Making
12/04/2014
10:30am
Let's practice our fine motor skills and make shakers to take home. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
12/4
Thursday
Peter Rabbit Puppet Show (R$)
12/04/2014
11:30am
Hop along with Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail in this interactive puppet show. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor's garden and on his journey.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/4
Thursday
Calls of the Wild
12/04/2014
12:30pm
Learn the sounds of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with Admission.
12/4
Thursday
Would You Rather?
12/04/2014
2:30pm
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.
12/5
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
12/05/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll read fire safety books and write letters to them thanking them for their great work!

Free with admission.
12/5
Friday
Slime Time! ($)
12/05/2014
11:30am
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
12/5
Friday
Glaciation Station
12/05/2014
3pm
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.
12/5
Friday
$2 Friday 5-8pm
12/05/2014
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 5-8pm for $2/person.

Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission.
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12/6
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
12/06/2014
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!
12/6
Saturday
Creatures of the Night
12/06/2014
3pm
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with Admission
12/6
Saturday
Gingerbread House Workshop (R$)
12/06/2014
12:30-1:30pm
If you've ever dreamed of the delicious gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel visited, then this workshop is for you! We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, candy, icing, instruction and hot cocoa for each participant. Make it a team effort - up to four people can share a house. House is 7" high by 5 3/4" wide by 6" deep.

Ages 3 & up.

$30/house for members and $35/house for visitors.

To register, visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/6
Saturday
Wonderful Puffins with National Audubon's Project Puffin (R$)
12/06/2014
2pm
Join educator and biologist "Seabird Sue" Schubel from National Audubon's Project Puffin to explore the lives and adaptations of the amazing Atlantic Puffin! Maine is the only state in the U.S. where Atlantic Puffins nest - they are found on just four islands here.

With a variety of show and touch items and a take-home seabird craft, visitors will learn all about puffins through this interactive science program. There will also be puffin costumes for puffin play time!

Reservations recommended.
$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/6
Saturday
Open Art Studio
12/06/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
12/6
Saturday
Mars Mission
12/06/2014
3:30pm
Could humans ever live on Mars? Join us in our Child Inventor Service to come up with a packing list of things we would need to prepare for a trip to Mars. Then test out the Museum's custom-built Mars rover robotic arm!

Free with Admission.
12/7
Sunday
Pancake Sunday
12/07/2014
10:30am-12pm
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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12/7
Sunday
Gingerbread House Workshop (R$)
12/07/2014
2-3pm
If you've ever dreamed of the delicious gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel visited, then this workshop is for you! We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, candy, icing, instruction and hot cocoa for each participant. Make it a team effort - up to four people can share a house. House is 7" high by 5 3/4" wide by 6" deep.

Ages 3 & up.

$30/house for members and $35/house for visitors.

To register, visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/7
Sunday
Turtle Time!
12/07/2014
3:30 pm
Make your own observations when you get up close and personal with live yellow-bellied slider turtles. Learn about the anatomy and physiology of various turtles and tortoises from land and sea. Explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls.

Free with admission.
12/8
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
12/08/2014
9-11am for Members only.
To purchase or renew a membership, click here.
12/8
Monday
Members' Monday: The Polar Express
12/08/2014
10am
Have you read The Polar Express? Join us for hot cocoa and a story that will transport you all the way to the North Pole. All aboard!
12/9
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
12/09/2014
10:30am
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.
12/9
Tuesday
Cooking Healthy: Kale Chips
12/09/2014
11am
During our monthly Cooking Healthy series, we learn how to make delicious, nutritious foods you can easily make at home. Today we're going to make vitamin- and fiber-packed kale chips -- you'll never need to eat potato chips again! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental and is free with admission.
12/9
Tuesday
Calls of the Wild
12/09/2014
3pm
Learn the sounds of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with Admission.
12/10
Wednesday
Dreidel Play!
12/10/2014
11:30am
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is coming up soon! Celebrate by learning to play the classic game of dreidel, and by singing fun dreidel songs.

Free with Admission.
12/10
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Shaker Making
12/10/2014
3:30pm
Our new exhibit, Rhythm Play, explores all kinds of drums and other percussive instruments. Learn about how sound is made and then make your own shaker to take home.

Free with admission.
12/11
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Peppermint Salt Dough
12/11/2014
10:30am
It's winter, which means it's the perfect time for peppermint! Use all of your senses to make some sweet-smelling salt dough that you can play with. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
12/11
Thursday
Backyard Science
12/11/2014
11:30am
Did you know the Museum's backyard contains dozens of creatures living throughout it? Help the Museum document all of these animals as we explore the unexpected habitats different creatures call home.

Free with Admission.
12/11
Thursday
Break and Re-Make: Electronic Dissection
12/11/2014
2-3pm
Use real tools to take apart electronics to discover what's inside. Add a special challenge of re-constructing the object.

Free with admission.
12/11
Thursday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/11/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/12
Friday
Beatrix Potter's Sing Along Carols
12/12/2014
11am
Sing along to some of the Christmas carols and winter songs that were popular in the late 1800s when Beatrix Potter was a little girl. Join us in Beatrix's nursery to sing songs, learn about a popular Victorian parlor instrument, and dance like a bunny or one of Beatrix's other favorite animals in the London snow!

Free with admission.
12/12
Friday
Gingerbread House Workshop (R$)
12/12/2014
11:30am-12:30pm
If you've ever dreamed of the delicious gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel visited, then this workshop is for you! We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, candy, icing, instruction and hot cocoa for each participant. Make it a team effort - up to four people can share a house. House is 7" high by 5 3/4" wide by 6" deep.

Ages 3 & up.

$30/house for members and $35/house for visitors.

To register, visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/12
Friday
Glaciation Station
12/12/2014
3pm
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.
12/12
Friday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/12/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/13
Saturday
Play Our Way: Private Playtime for Families Affected by Autism
12/13/2014
8-10am
Families of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are invited to the Museum & Theatre for a special, private playtime. The Museum & Theatre will be closed to the general public, providing a more conducive play environment. Our staff has made adjustments to the lighting in our exhibit and play areas and noise-reducing headphones will be available.

Play Our Way admission is free from 8:000-10:00am, and pre-registration is not required. This program is made possible by support from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.

For more information, contact Louisa@kitetails.org or call 207-828-1234.
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12/13
Saturday
Gingerbread House Workshop (R$)
12/13/2014
11am-12pm
If you've ever dreamed of the delicious gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel visited, then this workshop is for you! We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, candy, icing, instruction and hot cocoa for each participant. Make it a team effort - up to four people can share a house. House is 7" high by 5 3/4" wide by 6" deep.

Ages 3 & up.

$30/house for members and $35/house for visitors.

To register, visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/13
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
12/13/2014
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!
12/13
Saturday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/13/2014
1pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/13
Saturday
Hanukkah Celebration
12/13/2014
2-3pm
Happy Hanukkah! Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with us by making your own menorah (candle holder) and by singing classic Hanukkah songs.

Free with admission.
12/13
Saturday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/13/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

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12/14
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
12/14/2014
11am
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 intertidal zone.

Free with admission.
12/14
Sunday
Beatrix Potter Animal Track Art
12/14/2014
12pm
There are all kinds of forest animals in Beatrix Potter's stories. Can you figure out who each character is by their tracks left in the snow? Learn about different types of animal tracks and then use rubber replicas to make your own animal track art.

Free with admission.
12/14
Sunday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/14/2014
1pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/14
Sunday
The Art of Snowflakes
12/14/2014
3pm
Do you know how snowflakes form? Learn all about these amazing, tiny ice crystals and then make some paper snowflakes to take home.

Free with admission.
12/14
Sunday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/14/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/15
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
12/15/2014
9-11am for Members only.
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12/15
Monday
Members' Monday: Holiday Cards
12/15/2014
10am
Would you like to make a card for someone special? Let's use festive art materials to make a holiday card you can send in the mail today. We'll even give you an envelope!
12/16
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
12/16/2014
10:30am
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.
12/16
Tuesday
Holiday Card Making
12/16/2014
11:30am
Let's use festive art materials to make one-of-a-kind greeting cards for friends and family.

Free with admission.
12/16
Tuesday
Special Star Show
12/16/2014
3pm
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with admission.
12/17
Wednesday
Meet the Turtles!
12/17/2014
10:30am
Have you met our four yellow-bellied slider turtles? We'll learn all about turtle anatomy, as well as different types of turtles and their habitats, then meet one of our live turtles up-close and in person.

Free with Admission.
12/17
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Shaker Making
12/17/2014
3:30pm
Our new exhibit, Rhythm Play, explores all kinds of drums and other percussive instruments. Learn about how sound is made and then make your own shaker to take home.

Free with admission.
12/18
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Ice Cube Art
12/18/2014
10:30am
It's cold outside! Let's make winter-inspired art using ice as our materials. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
12/18
Thursday
Blue Blocks: Create a Creature
12/18/2014
11:30am
We'll explore how different animals take on very different shapes, and then use our giant blue blocks to create a life-sized sculpture of any creature we choose - real, or entirely made up!

Free with Admission.
12/18
Thursday
Would You Rather?
12/18/2014
2:30pm
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.
12/18
Thursday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/18/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/19
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
12/19/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll read fire safety books and write letters to them thanking them for their great work!

Free with admission.
12/19
Friday
Beatrix Potter's Sing Along Carols
12/19/2014
11am
Sing along to some of the Christmas carols and winter songs that were popular in the late 1800s when Beatrix Potter was a little girl. Join us in Beatrix's nursery to sing songs, learn about a popular Victorian parlor instrument, and dance like a bunny or one of Beatrix's other favorite animals in the London snow!

Free with admission.
12/19
Friday
Slime Time! ($)
12/19/2014
11:30am
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
12/19
Friday
Shadow Puppet Show
12/19/2014
3pm
Let's create stories with our hands against the backdrop of our colorful light wall in our very dramatic Camera Obscura room.

Free with admission.
12/19
Friday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/19/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/20
Saturday
Winter Animal Day
12/20/2014
10:30am-4:30pm
From real, live animals to animal skulls, join us to discover an array of Maine animals. Using real artifacts from the Museum & Theatre's collection, compare the natural abilities and limitations of a variety of animals - even humans! Handle amazing animal artifacts like a moose antler, a turtle shell, mammal teeth, skulls and furs.

To make the event extra-special, purchase tickets to Beatrix Potter Christmas to see young actors as animals celebrating the holidays in a magical way on stage.
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12/20
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
12/20/2014
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.
12/20
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
12/20/2014
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!
12/20
Saturday
Nature Charades
12/20/2014
11:30am
Come play a wild game of charades with us as we learn the movements of different animals and use our bodies to act them out!

Free with admission.
12/20
Saturday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/20/2014
1pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/20
Saturday
Calls of the Wild
12/20/2014
3:30pm
Learn the sounds of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with Admission.
12/20
Saturday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/20/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/21
Sunday
Gift-Making Workshop: Decoupage Journals (R$)
12/21/2014
11am-12pm
In this crafty workshop, we'll personalize our own hardcover notebook to turn into a special journal, sketchbook or scrapbook by using the art of decoupage. We'll have lots of patterns, designs, and pictures to work with so you can make a one-of-a-kind notebook! Ideal for ages 5 and up.

$12/person for members, $13/person for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
12/21
Sunday
Turtle Time!
12/21/2014
12pm
Make your own observations when you get up close and personal with live yellow-bellied slider turtles. Learn about the anatomy and physiology of various turtles and tortoises from land and sea. Explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls.

Free with admission.
12/21
Sunday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/21/2014
1pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

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12/21
Sunday
Dreidel Games
12/21/2014
2pm
Have you ever played dreidel? Whether you're an expert or a beginner, come join this fun game traditionally played during Hanukkah. We'll even have a special prize for every player to take home!

Free with admission.
12/21
Sunday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/21/2014
4pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/22
Monday
Beatrix Potter Animal Track Art
12/22/2014
10:30am
There are all kinds of forest animals in Beatrix Potter's stories. Can you figure out who each character is by their tracks left in the snow? Learn about different types of animal tracks and then use rubber replicas to make your own animal track art.

Free with admission.
12/22
Monday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/22/2014
11am
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/22
Monday
Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments
12/22/2014
11:30am
Dasher, Dancer and the rest come to life with a press of a finger! Come and create personalized decorations for your tree at home!

Free with admission.
12/22
Monday
Beatrix Potter's Christmas (R$)
12/22/2014
1pm
Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddle Duck, and Mrs. Tittle Mouse all began as pets in Beatrix Potter's upstairs bedroom. With Victorian socialite parents and a brother at boarding school, young Beatrix found solace and comfort in her animal friends. Making up stories about these pets in her care helped Beatrix feel loved over the Christmas holiday. The playful stories later became popular books that continue to inspire generations of children. The imaginative world of Beatrix Potter will come to life in our Dress Up Theatre this holiday season. Come see our theatre actors tell a story of the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Tickets will be on sale this November - stay tuned!

Tickets purchased online are subject to service fees.
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12/22
Monday
The Art of Snowflakes
12/22/2014
2:30pm
Do you know how snowflakes form? Learn all about these amazing, tiny ice crystals and then make some paper snowflakes to take home.

Free with admission.
12/23
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
12/23/2014
10:30am
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.
12/23
Tuesday
Holiday Card Making
12/23/2014
11:30am
Let's use festive art materials to make one-of-a-kind greeting cards for friends and family.

Free with admission.
12/23
Tuesday
Glitter Slime Time ($)
12/23/2014
1pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. We'll add some glitter to make your slime sparkle just like snow! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
12/23
Tuesday
Special Star Show
12/23/2014
3pm
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with admission.
12/24
Wednesday
Christmas Eve - CLOSED
12/24/2014
All day
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is closed for Christmas Eve. We will open again on Friday, 12/26 at 10am for our usual opening hours. See you then!
12/25
Thursday
Christmas Day - CLOSED
12/25/2014
All day
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is closed for Christmas Day. We will open again on Friday, 12/26 at 10am for our usual opening hours. See you then!
12/26
Friday
Animal Ears
12/26/2014
11am
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission.
12/26
Friday
Marionette Time
12/26/2014
11:30am
Meet in our newest exhibit, the Playscape, for some puppet fun!

Free with admission.
12/26
Friday
Slime Time! ($)
12/26/2014
12pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
12/26
Friday
Sewing Skills: Homemade Animal Puppets (R$)
12/26/2014
1:30-3:30pm
Want to learn how to make your own toys? Join us for our monthly sewing program this fall to learn very basic sewing skills and create your own personalized toys! This month, we will create goofy animal puppets from scratch, and end our session with an animal puppet show. Beginning sewers welcome!

This is a drop-off program. Recommended for ages 5+.

$18/member, $20/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/26
Friday
Winter Rhythm
12/26/2014
2pm
What does snowfall sound like? What animals can you hear at this time of year? Let's explore our instrument collection as we dance to and create some snowy rhythms and tell a winter story with music.

Free with admission.
12/27
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
12/27/2014
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.
12/27
Saturday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show (R$)
12/27/2014
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.

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/27
Saturday
Starry Nights: Make a Constellation Night Light (R$)
12/27/2014
2-3pm
Join us in our mini planetarium for a private tour of the constellations in the night sky. Then create your own star-filled night light to cast constellations on your walls! Adults welcome to participate, too.

$13/night light for members, $14/night light for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
12/27
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
12/27/2014
3pm
Our troupe of life-size educational puppets is back 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.

Free with admission. For more information, please call 828-1234 x 247.
12/27
Saturday
Backyard Science
12/27/2014
3:30 pm
Did you know the Museum's backyard contains dozens of creatures living throughout it? Help the Museum document all of these animals as we explore the unexpected habitats different creatures call home.

Free with Admission.
12/28
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
12/28/2014
11am
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 intertidal zone.

Free with admission.
12/28
Sunday
Incredible Insects
12/28/2014
12-1pm
Meet caterpillars and moths up-close when David Champlin, USM Biology professor, visits with 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.
12/28
Sunday
Glitter Slime Time ($)
12/28/2014
1pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. We'll add some glitter to make your slime sparkle just like snow! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
12/28
Sunday
Explore a Story: The Legend of the Poinsettia
12/28/2014
2pm
Listen to Tomie dePaola's story, The Legend of the Poinsettia, and learn the meaning behind the special Mexican legend--that all gifts are special no matter how small!

Free with admission.
12/28
Sunday
Animal Track Art
12/28/2014
3pm
What can you tell by an animal's track left in the mud or snow? A lot! Learn about different types of animal tracks and then use rubber replicas to make your own animal track art.

Free with admission.
12/29
Monday
Animal Track Art
12/29/2014
10:30am
What can you tell by an animal's track left in the mud or snow? A lot! Learn about different types of animal tracks and then use rubber replicas to make your own animal track art.

Free with admission.
12/29
Monday
Rhythm Play: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
12/29/2014
11:30am
Let's make some beats in our Rhythm Play exhibit! Explore the sound of drums as we beat together to the rhythm of the favorite childhood story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
12/29
Monday
Glitter Slime Time ($)
12/29/2014
1pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. We'll add some glitter to make your slime sparkle just like snow! Sign up the day of at the front desk.

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission.
12/29
Monday
Pinecone Bird Feeders
12/29/2014
2:30pm
Come and make a winter snack for the birds in your neighborhood!

Free with admission.
12/29
Monday
The Art of Snowflakes
12/29/2014
3:30 pm
Do you know how snowflakes form? Learn all about these amazing, tiny ice crystals and then make some paper snowflakes to take home.

Free with admission.
12/30
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
12/30/2014
10:30am
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.
12/30
Tuesday
Peter Rabbit Puppet Show (R$)
12/30/2014
11:30am
Hop along with Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail in interactive puppet show. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor's garden, and help him on his journey.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
12/30
Tuesday
The Art of Snowflakes
12/30/2014
1pm
Do you know how snowflakes form? Learn all about these amazing, tiny ice crystals and then make some paper snowflakes to take home.

Free with admission.
12/30
Tuesday
Mitten Puppets (R$)
12/30/2014
2-3pm
We'll provide the mittens, and you provide the inspiration! We're transforming basic mittens into animals by adding googly eyes, ears, tongues, antlers - you name it! What will you make? Cat? Reindeer? Fox? Dino? Each participant will receive a set of mittens and choose from a selection of adornments to affix, creating creative mitten puppets. Ages 3 & up.

$9/mitten set for members, $10/mitten set for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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12/30
Tuesday
Calls of the Wild
12/30/2014
3pm
Learn the sounds of your favorite wild creatures, then join us in a chorus of sound as we practice making the calls ourselves.

Free with Admission.
12/31
Wednesday
New Years at Noon! PJ Party
12/31/2014
10am-12pm
5..4..3..2..1..Happy 2015! Count down to 2015 in your jammies with loads of children and hundreds of balloons! We'll have a roaring good time as we celebrate the new year on the early side - well before midnight! Join us by 11:30am to be sure to share in the fun.

Free with admission.
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12/31
Wednesday
New Years at Two
12/31/2014
2-3pm
For those who want to enjoy the New Years Celebration in a quieter way, join us from 2-3pm for hat-making and merriment. There will not be a balloon drop at 2pm, so if you'd like to celebrate with the pop pop pop of 500 balloons, arrive on the earlier side by 11:45 today.

Free with admission.
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12/31
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Shaker Making
12/31/2014
3:30pm
Our new exhibit, Rhythm Play, explores all kinds of drums and other percussive instruments. Learn about how sound is made and then make your own shaker to take home.

Free with admission.

January 2015

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Thursday
New Years Day - CLOSED
01/01/2015
All day
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is closed for New Years Day. Happy New Year! Join us again on Friday, 1/2, during our regular opening hours of 10am-5pm.
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Friday
$2 Friday 5-8pm
01/02/2015
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 5-8pm for $2/person.

Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission.
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