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November 2018

11/13
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
11/13/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
11/13
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
11/13/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
11/13
Tuesday
Community Dia de los Muertos Altar
11/13/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by families living here in Maine. People create altars with pictures and objects of to honor the memories of families that are no longer with them. You are invited to draw a family portrait, share a picture, tell a story or contribute a photo honoring a family member to the Museum & Theatre altar.The altar will be up from November 1-November 21. The Museum & Theatre cannot guarantee objects are returned to families.

Free with admission
11/13
Tuesday
Life-Sized Self Portraits
11/13/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Roll out a giant piece of paper, trace your upper-body shadow. Use paint, markers, collage, and more to make your portrait look like the ultimate artistic impression of yourself.

Free with admission
11/14
Wednesday
Snowsong Whistling Painting Time
11/14/2018
10:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.
As autumn turns into winter, you can almost hear the sounds of hot pies baking, red squirrels packing, sleigh bells jingling, and other reminders that the season is about to change. Share the magic of the first snowfall during this story and art time.

Free with admission
11/14
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: The Popcorn Book
11/14/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Discover the history of popcorn and long ago legends about this crunchy snack. Then, pop up cinnamon spiced corn (and eat it too!).

Free with admission
11/14
Wednesday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
11/14/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet and touch our LIVE tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them. Designed for ages 5-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/15
Thursday
Tiny Tunes: If You're a Monster and You Know It
11/15/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Show your claws, and clash your teeth, it's time for a monster-inspired sing along! Show of your monster moves as we write our very own monster music to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.Ideal for ages 2-5 and their grown-ups (or really anyone who loves monsters)!

Free with admission
11/15
Thursday
Germs-a-Glow
11/15/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny microbes live all around us! While some are helpful, some are called germs and can make us sick. Learn how germs spread by using a black light and see the results of good hand washing techniques for yourself. Designed for ages 3-8 and their grownups Sponsored by The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
11/15
Thursday
Honey Bee Mystery
11/15/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
How do honey bees beat their wings 200 times per second, collect enough nectar to feed 50,000 and still have time for dancing? Come find the answers to these and other mysteries as we buzz into the world of the Museum & Theatre's honey bees.

Free with admission
11/16
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
11/16/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community,learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
11/16
Friday
Collaborative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture
11/16/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Our Monarch butterfly friends may be flying south to Mexico, but we need your help creating large-scale mixed media replica of a magnificent monarch. Bend wire to add wings and a body, then paper mache orange and black wings to complete the creation as we explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists.

Free with admission
11/16
Friday
Young Engineers
11/16/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for Baby Bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special features, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade. Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/17
Saturday
Play Your Way: Sensory Saturday
11/17/2018
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits during a quiet time and meet other families from the community.
This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the Museum & Theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will also be available. Only a limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment. Now FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX!
To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.

11/17
Saturday
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Slam Poetry
11/17/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Play with the rhythm, rhyme, and repetition of words! Then move and shake to Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/17
Saturday
Wooden Sword and Shield Workshop
11/17/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Do you dare to defeat dragons? Are you brave enough to gallop straight into the face of danger? Then we have the perfect accessory for you! Join us as we decorate a wooden sword and shield that will last for many years worth of adventures. Design a detailed coat of arms or just explore splashing paint to create a colorful design of your choosing. $20 per sword and shield (Museum & Theater members receive 10% off). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org
Ideal for ages 3-7 and their grownups.

11/17
Saturday
Collaborative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture
11/17/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Our Monarch butterfly friends may be flying south to Mexico, but we need your help creating large-scale mixed media replica of a magnificent monarch. Bend wire to add wings and a body, then paper mache orange and black wings to complete the creation as we explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists.

Free with admission
11/18
Sunday
Community Dia de los Muertos Altar
11/18/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by families living here in Maine. People create altars with pictures and objects of to honor the memories of families that are no longer with them. You are invited to draw a family portrait, share a picture, tell a story or contribute a photo honoring a family member to the Museum & Theatre altar.The altar will be up from November 1-November 21. The Museum & Theatre cannot guarantee objects are returned to families.

Free with admission
11/18
Sunday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
11/18/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

11/18
Sunday
Electric Circuit Lab
11/18/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
As the days grow shorter, complete an electric circuit to brighten up the day. Experiment with light bulbs, fans, motors, and more!

Free with admission
11/19
Monday
Members' Monday: Abiyoyo Shadow Puppet Story
11/19/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Discover how a shadow is made and help tell the folk story,Abiyoyo, about a green-toothed, cow-gobbling, music-loving giant.
11/20
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
11/20/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
11/20
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
11/20/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
11/20
Tuesday
Dia de los Muertos Flowers for Family
11/20/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Cempasuchil, or the "flower of the dead" adorn altars tables during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations from Maine to Mexico. Make a paper cempasuchil to honor someone special in your family or add to the Museum & Theatre Dia de los Muertos altar.

Free with admission
11/20
Tuesday
Collaborative Art: Dragon Scales & Tales
11/20/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Help us create a large-scale collaborative dragon. Design and decorate a scaley piece of the dragon as we share a story about silly, grumpy, happy, and not-so-brave dragons. Add one scale or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
11/21
Wednesday
Collaborative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture
11/21/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Our Monarch butterfly friends may be flying south to Mexico, but we need your help creating large-scale mixed media replica of a magnificent monarch. Bend wire to add wings and a body, then paper mache orange and black wings to complete the creation as we explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists.

Free with admission
11/21
Wednesday
Coding for Kids
11/21/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Learn simple computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program tailored to preschool age children. Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/21
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen : "Casey at the Bat"
11/21/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day..." Cook up some ballpark caramel corn and listen to a rendition of poem, "Casey at the Bat".

Free with admission
11/21
Wednesday
Owl Pellet Dissection
11/21/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will receive an owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner! Suggested for ages 4 and up. Caregivers are welcome to participate. $8 (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

11/21
Wednesday
Collaborative Art: Thankful Tree Creation
11/21/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Celebrate the practice of giving thanks and creating something beautiful together in honor of Thanksgiving. Create a colorful leaf, write or draw something you're thankful for, and hang your completed leaf on our three dimensional tree. Add one leaf or decorate a whole branch with your thankfulness.

Free with admission
11/23
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
11/23/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

Registration coming soon!
11/23
Friday
Collaborative Art: Let's Make a Rainbow
11/23/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists as we create a rainbow masterpiece. Add one red stripe or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
11/23
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
11/23/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

Registration coming soon!
11/23
Friday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
11/23/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Examine changes in pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
11/23
Friday
Collaborative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture
11/23/2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Our Monarch butterfly friends may be flying south to Mexico, but we need your help creating large-scale mixed media replica of a magnificent monarch. Bend wire to add wings and a body, then paper mache orange and black wings to complete the creation as we explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists.

Free with admission
11/23
Friday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
11/23/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

11/24
Saturday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppet Story
11/24/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Discover how a shadow is made and help tell the folk story, Abiyoyo about a green-toothed, cow-gobbling, music-loving giant.

Free with admission
11/24
Saturday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
11/24/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream.

Free with admission
11/24
Saturday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
11/24/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Travel down the Nile at night and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them. Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/24
Saturday
The Paperbag Princess Stage Story
11/24/2018
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Princess Elizabeth has it all: a castle, fancy clothes, and a prince... until a fire-breathing dragon decides wreck everything! What is a princess to do? Join us on stage as we live the adventure, outwit a dragon, and rescue a poor prince.

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
Holiday Tree Lighting & Celebration
11/25/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
It may be dark and wintry outside, but the Museum & Theatre's two story tree is about to spread some light! Come share in our joy and cheer with cookie decorating, hot chocolate drinking, and ornament making. At noon, count down to see the Museum & Theatre's Giant Oak Tree light up for the season!
Ideal for all ages!

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/25/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
Enlarging Marshmallow & Hot Cocoa
11/25/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows. Finish off our science experiment by examining the taste of marshmallows and hot cocoa.

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
The Mitten Stage Story
11/25/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
11/26
Monday
Members' Monday: Kids Cook!
11/26/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Calling all kids to the kitchen this Monday to measure, mix and munch on popcorn marshmallow balls.
11/27
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
11/27/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
11/27
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
11/27/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
11/27
Tuesday
The Enchanted Forest
11/27/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be an elf, giant or fairy living in an enchanted forest! Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
11/27
Tuesday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/27/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/28/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Creative Movement with A Special Guest from Portland Ballet
11/28/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Do you love to jump, skip, tiptoe, and twirl? Get moving with our special guest from Portland Ballet School's Young Dancer Program and explore the connection between movement and music in a fun, low-key environment.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Popcorn Poetry
11/28/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Listen to popcorn poetry and then use your creative side to mix up your own personalized batch of popcorn.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Meet the Turtles
11/28/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
11/29
Thursday
Meet Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department
11/29/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department will be joining us today to read her favorite book, Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the story, you'll have a chance to ask Coreena questions and find out more about the police in our community.

Free with admission
11/29
Thursday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/29/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/29
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
11/29/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream.

Free with admission
11/30
Friday
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Slam Poetry
11/30/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Play with the rhythm, rhyme, and repetition of words! Then move and shake to Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/30
Friday
The Royal Castle
11/30/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be a King, Queen, Princess, Prince, Knight or Dragon living in the Royal Castle! Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
11/30
Friday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
11/30/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Travel down the Nile at night and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission

December 2018

12/1
Saturday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/01/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/1
Saturday
Meet the Turtles
12/01/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/1
Saturday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
12/01/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

12/1
Saturday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
12/01/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/1
Saturday
Extra Yarn Art
12/01/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Inspired by a tale about a magical box of yarn, create colorful sweaters for things that don't even wear sweaters and spread a little joy.

Free with admission
12/2
Sunday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/02/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
12/2
Sunday
Eight Days of Hannukkah: Latkes
12/02/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today savory smells are in the air as we fry up traditional latkes.
Recommended for Ages 2+

Free with admission
12/2
Sunday
Young Engineers
12/02/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for Baby Bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special features, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/3
Monday
Member's Monday: Menorah Making
12/03/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Today, get your crafting skills ready as you make your own Menorah.
12/4
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
12/04/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
12/4
Tuesday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Menorah Making
12/04/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today get your crafting skills ready and make your own Menorah.
Recommended for Ages 2+

Free with admission
12/4
Tuesday
The Enchanted Forest
12/04/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be an elf, giant or fairy living in an enchanted forest! Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
12/5
Wednesday
Snowsong Whistling Painting Time
12/05/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
As autumn turns into winter, you can almost hear the sounds of hot pies baking, red squirrels packing, sleigh bells jingling, and other reminders that the season is about to change. Share the magic of the first snowfall during this story and art time.

Free with admission
12/5
Wednesday
Culture Kitchen: Hanukkah Lakes
12/05/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In honor of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, we will be making we will fry up traditional latkes.

Free with admission
12/5
Wednesday
21st Century Dinos
12/05/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Step into the shoes of a paleontologist and discover for yourself the connections between ancient dinosaurs and animals today.
Designed for ages 4-10 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
12/6
Thursday
Penny the Storyteller
12/06/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Listen to tales from around the world such as "Abiyoyo" and "The Foolish Frog" told by our special guest storyteller, Penny.

Free with admission
12/6
Thursday
Collaborative Art: Dragon Scales & Tales
12/06/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Help us create a large-scale collaborative dragon. Design and decorate a scaley piece of the dragon as we share a story about silly, grumpy, happy, and not-so-brave dragons. Add one scale or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
12/6
Thursday
Eight Days of Hannukkah: Latkes
12/06/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today savory smells are in the air as we fry up traditional latkes.

Free with admission
12/7
Friday
Live Animal Visit with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
12/07/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meet a live animal, learn about its behavior, adaptations, and how to care for a pet in this hands-on program with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Free with admission
12/8
Saturday
Play Your Way: Sensory Saturday
12/08/2018
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits during a quiet time and meet other families from the community. This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the Museum & Theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will also be available. Only a limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment. Now FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX!
To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.

12/8
Saturday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/08/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
12/8
Saturday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Dreidel
12/08/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today gather-round as we spin the dreidel and hope to win it all.

Free with admission
12/8
Saturday
Collaborative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture
12/08/2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Our Monarch butterfly friends may be flying South to Mexico, but we need your help creating large-scale mixed media replica of a magnificent monarch. Bend wire to add wings and a body, then paper mache orange and black wings to complete the creation as we explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists.

Free with admission
12/9
Sunday
Celebrate Saint Lucia's Day
12/09/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Many families in Sweden celebrate hope and light on December 13th, St. Lucia's Day. Decorate star boy hats, feast on traditional ginger snaps and even join in a Saint Lucia's Day parade.

Free with admission
12/9
Sunday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/09/2018
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/9
Sunday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Dreidel
12/09/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today gather-round as we spin the dreidel and hope to win it all.

Free with admission
12/10
Monday
Member's Monday: Holiday Hats
12/10/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
In Sweden young children balance wreaths of candles and tall star hats on their heads to celebrate St. Lucia's Day. Can you balance a pretend wreath of candles? Come test your balance and try on fun holiday hats.

12/11
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
12/11/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
12/11
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
12/11/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
12/11
Tuesday
Indoor Winter Games
12/11/2018
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be outside while you're inside! Pretend to build a snowman, catch a snowflake, or go for a toboggan ride. Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
12/11
Tuesday
Tiny Tunes: If You're a Monster and You Know It
12/11/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Show your claws, and clash your teeth, it's time for a monster-inspired sing along! Show of your monster moves as we write our very own monster music to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.
Ideal for ages 2-5 and their grown-ups (or really anyone who loves monsters).

Free with admission
12/11
Tuesday
Honey Bee Mystery
12/11/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
How do honey bees beat their wings 200 times per second, collect enough nectar to feed 50,000, and still have time for dancing? Come find the answers to these and other mysteries as we buzz into the world of the Museum & Theatre's honey bees.

Free with admission
12/12
Wednesday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/12/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage. Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/12
Wednesday
Kitchen Science: Griddle Cakes
12/12/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Use the scientific method to find the perfect recipe for griddle cakes by testing varying amounts of sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda!).

Free with admission
12/12
Wednesday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/12/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream.

Free with admission
12/13
Thursday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/13/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/13
Thursday
Saint Lucia Story & Crown Making
12/13/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In Sweden young children balance wreaths of candles and tall star hats on their heads to celebrate Saint Lucia's Day. Hear the story of Santa Lucia and create your own crown to celebrate this special day.

Free with admission
12/13
Thursday
Extra Yarn Art
12/13/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Inspired by a tale about a magical box of yarn, create colorful sweaters for things that don't even wear sweaters and spread a little joy.

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Little Feminists Story Time
12/14/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Spark you imaginations and be inspired! In this story time for all, listen and compare a fairy tale with a nonfiction story about women who have changed the world.

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Snowsong Whistling Painting Time
12/14/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
As autumn turns into winter, you can almost hear the sounds of hot pies baking, red squirrels packing, sleigh bells jingling, and other reminders that the season is about to change. Share the magic of the first snowfall during this story and art time.

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Electric Circuit Lab
12/14/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
As the days grow shorter, complete an electric circuit to brighten up the day. Experiment with light bulbs, fans, motors, and more!

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Winter Wonderland Cabin Making Workshop
12/14/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Design and decorate your own wooden cabin during this messy, festive workshop. Add snowy roofing, decorate each cozy room, and make figures and creatures to live in your creation. Cabin measures approximately 14 x 16 x 5 inches. $30 per wooden house (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org Ideal for ages 2-102.

Registration coming soon!
12/15
Saturday
The Victorian Nutcracker Preview with Portland Ballet
12/15/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
You're invited to a special guest performance by Portland Ballet. Watch a short preview of The Victorian Nutcracker, meet the dancers, and hear how they will bring this classic story to life on stage this winter season.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
Mitten Madness
12/15/2018
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Make cherished family memories this holiday season with a cozy weekend at the Museum & Theatre. Celebrate the winter weather with Jan Brett's The Mitten, a classic story of a surprising shelter that kept stretching to fit each new occupant. Show off your forest animal dance moves, have your face painted, watch Museum & Theatre actors act out the story, and explore forest animal artifacts during this weekend-long celebration.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
The Mitten: An Interactive Play for All Ages
12/15/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Experience the magic of live theatre as actors from the Museum & Theatre's Main Stage productions bring Jan Brett's The Mitten to life on stage. The cast will tell this classic story of sharing a home and finding a place for each new person who comes along. Get ready to be part of the adventure; help Nicki find his lost mitten or teach Bear the appropriate sneezing technique.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
Why Sea Stars Don't Need Mittens
12/15/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Take a dive in our Tide Pool Touch Tank and find out why some creatures need their habitat to be nice and cold. Meet and touch live sea stars, blue mussels, and more and find out just how cold Casco Bay needs to stay to protect these treasured ocean friends.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
Jan Brett Celebration
12/15/2018
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
'Tis the season to snuggle up with a good book and our featured author, Jan Brett, has so many to choose from! We'll read as many of her festive tales as we can during this celebration. Stay for one story or the whole fun-filled adventure.
Ideal for ages 0-100.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
Science of the Sneeze: A Handwashing Game
12/15/2018
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
**Spoiler alert!** Once the forest animals in Jan Brett's The Mitten squeeze themselves into a lost mitten, the mouse causes the bear to sneeze and the mitten's occupants go flying through the air. Find out why we sneeze during this interactive science experiment. Then, practice good hand washing techniques to keep you healthy all winter long.
Ideal for ages 4-10 and caregivers.

Free with admission
12/16
Sunday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/16/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
12/16
Sunday
100 Color Challenge
12/16/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Every color is created from a combination of just three primary colors. Be the paint master and accept the challenge to paint 100 different colors using only red, blue, and yellow.

Free with admission
12/16
Sunday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/16/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/17
Monday
Members' Monday: The Mitten Stage Story
12/17/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

12/18
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
12/18/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
12/18
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
12/18/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
12/18
Tuesday
We Shine Our Light Sing-Along
12/18/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
It's that magical time of year when many New Mainer and Rooted Mainer families share special traditions to honor the darkest time of the year. Learn a song all about sharing the light within us all and sing about traditions new and old. Then, share your own winter traditions and help add them to our song.

Free with admission
12/18
Tuesday
Snowsong Whistling Painting Time
12/18/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
As autumn turns into winter, you can almost hear the sounds of hot pies baking, red squirrels packing, sleigh bells jingling, and other reminders that the season is about to change. Share the magic of the first snowfall during this story and art time.

Free with admission
12/19
Wednesday
Science of the Sneeze: A Handwashing Game
12/19/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
**Spoiler alert!** Once the forest animals in Jan Brett's The Mitten squeeze themselves into a lost mitten, the mouse causes the bear to sneeze and the mitten's occupants go flying through the air. Find out why we sneeze during this interactive science experiment. Then, practice good hand washing techniques to keep you healthy all winter long.
Ideal for ages 4-10 and caregivers.

Free with admission
12/19
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Orange Cranberry Muffins
12/19/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Discover the process of harvesting cranberries (a Maine commodity!) as we whip up a batch of tasty cranberry muffins.

Free with admission
12/19
Wednesday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/19/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
Coding for Kids
12/20/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Learn simple computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program tailored to preschool age children.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/20/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
Collaborative Heart Art
12/20/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Experience the process of working with many artists as we create a Chris Uphues-inspired mural. Trace hearts onto a giant piece of paper or try drawing them free-hand. Then, taking inspiration from Uphues' street art, we'll add facial features to each heart.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
Young Engineers
12/20/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for Baby Bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special features, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
12/21/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent upon firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, we'll learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/21/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
Makers Toy Lab
12/21/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activate your imaginations to design and construct a moving toy. Explore the materials and technology needed to build galactic slingshots, gliding fart rockets, gyroscopes, or wonky-upside-down vision specs.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
Winter Wonderland Cabin Making Workshop
12/21/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Design and decorate your own wooden cabin during this messy, festive workshop. Add snowy roofing, decorate each cozy room, and make figures and creatures to live in your creation. Cabin measures approximately 14 x 16 x 5 inches. $30 per wooden cabin (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org
Ideal for ages 2-102.

Registration coming soon!
12/22
Saturday
Gingerbread Tea Party
12/22/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate the age-old tradition of baking and eating gingerbread during the holiday season. Decorate a gingerbread person, help create a life-size cardboard gingerbread house, and try a special holiday ginger tea while we hear a story about The Gingerbread Man.

Free with admission
12/22
Saturday
21st Century Dinos
12/22/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Step into the shoes of a paleontologist and discover for yourself the connections between ancient dinosaurs and animals today.
Designed for ages 4-10 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
12/22
Saturday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/22/2018
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
12/22
Saturday
Centrifugal Force Art Time
12/22/2018
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Harness the magic of physics to create your own unique circle art during this messy art time. Add red, blue, or yellow paint, then give it a spin and watch as the colors blend together.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
12/23/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Meet the Turtles
12/23/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Mood Mud: Holiday Themed Color-Changing Playdough
12/23/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
12/23
Sunday
Dramatic Reading of The Night Before Christmas
12/23/2018
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Get cozy with a hot chocolate under the twinkle lights for a dramatic rendition of The Night Before Christmas.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Dramatic Reading of The Night Before Christmas
12/23/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Get cozy with a hot chocolate under the twinkle lights for a dramatic rendition of The Night Before Christmas.

Free with admission
12/26
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: The Gingerbread Man
12/26/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Run, run as fast as you can! Mix up a batch of tasty gingerbread, but make sure to keep an eye on that tricky fellow when the time is up!

Free with admission
12/26
Wednesday
Young Engineers
12/26/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share!Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for Baby Bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special features, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/26
Wednesday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Opening Night!
12/26/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $18/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off).Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Thursday
Theatre Thursday Workshop
12/27/2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Spend a morning behind the scenes of Main Stage Production, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Play theatre games, meet the cast of Alexander, and attend the show with new and old friends. Designed for ages 5-9. $30 per child, includes a ticket to the 11am Main Stage Performance (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

Tickets coming soon!
12/27
Thursday
Meet the Turtles
12/27/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/27
Thursday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/27/2018
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Thursday
Makers Toy Lab
12/27/2018
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Activate your imaginations to design and construct a moving toy. Explore the materials and technology needed to build galactic slingshots, gliding fart rockets, gyroscopes, or wonky-upside-down vision specs.

Free with admission
12/27
Thursday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/27/2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Thursday
The Museum & Theatre Book Awards 2018
12/27/2018
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Authors from around the world have been writing up a storm this year and we're celebrating their hard work with a mini read-a-thon. We'll read as many of this year's top books to celebrate the magic of a good book. Then, vote on your favorite book to help pick the Museum & Theatre's Book of The Year.

Free with admission
12/28
Friday
Animal Art Workshop with Sparks Ark
12/28/2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Taking inspiration from the Museum & Theatre's live animals, create a print of your favorite creature-- real or imagined! Then, attend Sparks Ark Live Animal Show and meet animals like fuzzy chinchillas, a fox, or an owl! Designed for ages 5-9. $30 per child, includes a ticket to Sparks Ark Live Animal Show and all materials (members receive a 10% discount).To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
12/28
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
12/28/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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 fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

Registration coming soon!
12/28
Friday
Meteor Shower Space Adventure
12/28/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Blast off into the Museum & Theatre's mini planetarium, see star constellations, orbit like the planets, and buckle-up for a bumpy ride exploring the science of meteors.

Free with admission
12/28
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
12/28/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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 fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

Tickets coming soon!
12/28
Friday
Meet the Turtles
12/28/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/28
Friday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/28/2018
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/28
Friday
The Museum & Theatre Book Awards 2018
12/28/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Authors from around the world have been writing up a storm this year and we're celebrating their hard work with a mini read-a-thon. We'll read as many of this year's top books to celebrate the magic of a good book. Then, vote on your favorite book to help pick the Museum & Theatre's Book of The Year.

Free with admission
12/28
Friday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/28/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/29
Saturday
Giant Puzzle Creation
12/29/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
We're making a giant puzzle and we need your help! Design and decorate a large puzzle piece by yourself or with a friend. Then, watch as we fit each piece together to create a giant puzzle installation.

Free with admission
12/29
Saturday
Meet the Turtles
12/29/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/29
Saturday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/29/2018
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/29
Saturday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/29/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/30
Sunday
The Museum & Theatre Book Awards 2018
12/30/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Authors from around the world have been writing up a storm this year and we're celebrating their hard work with a mini read-a-thon. We'll read as many of this year's top books to celebrate the magic of a good book. Then, vote on your favorite book to help pick the Museum & Theatre's Book of The Year.

Free with admission
12/30
Sunday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/30/2018
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/30
Sunday
Young Engineers: New Years' Ball Drop
12/30/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! New Year's Eve is right around the corner and many in the world will watch the ball drop in Times Square, New York. Construct your own building out of everyday materials that will withstand the drop of tennis balls, beach balls and even soccer balls!

Free with admission
12/30
Sunday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/30/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.