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September 2014

9/21
Sunday
Art in the Garden: Leaf Rubbings
09/21/2014
11am
Let's get outside and make some art! Join us in our backyard as we learn about different types of leaves and make some botanical art at the same time.

Free with Admission
9/21
Sunday
Paper Making (R$)
09/21/2014
12:30pm
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/21
Sunday
Rosh Hashanah
09/21/2014
2:30pm
It's the birthday of the world! Join the museum and PJ Library to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year and the world's birthday. Our birthday party will include stories, crafts, apple taste testing and a honeybee science activity.

Free with Admission
9/22
Monday
Members' Monday: Fingerpainted Monoprints
09/22/2014
10am
Free with admission.
9/23
Tuesday
Rosh Hashanah Storytime
09/23/2014
11am
Free with admission.
9/23
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
09/23/2014
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
9/24
Wednesday
Sowing Seeds: Vegetable Harvest
09/24/2014
3:30 pm
It's September, which means harvest time! Join us to see what's ready to pick and eat in our backyard garden. You'll get to taste something fresh and maybe even take something home to cook with dinner!

Free with Admission
9/25
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Fort-building
09/25/2014
10:30am
Let's build forts with our big blue blocks and then use them to hide and play peek-a-boo! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with Admission
9/25
Thursday
Special Star Show
09/25/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with Admission
9/25
Thursday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
09/25/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission
9/26
Friday
Music Exploration
09/26/2014
10:15am
It's time to explore our musical instrument collection! What kind of sounds do these different instruments make? We'll explore rhythm and sound with music and dance, and sing or tell a story with music together.

This program is recommended for children ages 1-4 and their families and is free with admission.
9/26
Friday
Ha Ha Ha
09/26/2014
10:30am
It is joke time! Share jokes, learn jokes, laugh at jokes, make jokes...

Free with Admission
9/26
Friday
Puppet Show: The Walrus and the Carpenter (R$)
09/26/2014
11:30am
The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking hand and hand, they wept like anything to see such quantities of sand.
Join us for a puppet show based on the famous poem by Lewis Carroll: The Walrus and the Carpenter. Meet the famous characters of this story, plus a half dozen oysters.

$3/members, $4/visitors plus admission.
9/26
Friday
Animal Ears
09/26/2014
3pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with admission.
9/27
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
09/27/2014
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
9/27
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
09/27/2014
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 inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission
9/27
Saturday
Kite Making (R$)
09/27/2014
12:30pm
As winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard.

$7/member kite, $8/visitor kite plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/27
Saturday
Open Art Studio
09/27/2014
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
9/27
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
09/27/2014
3:30pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

Free with Admission
9/28
Sunday
Maine Animal Adaptations
09/28/2014
10:30am
Maine is full of diverse animals with all sorts of body parts that help them live in this sometimes harsh environment. Join us as we explore real pelts, skulls, paws and teeth of animals from Maine and learn how they live their lives here.

Free with Admission
9/28
Sunday
Origami Art
09/28/2014
12:30pm
Can you fold a paper heart? What about a swan or an airplane? We'll have step-by-step instructions for you so you can make your own Origami creation to take home.

9/28
Sunday
Guided Rock Climbing
09/28/2014
2pm
Rock on! Learn new tips to improve your rock climbing skills, then test them on our rock climbing wall.

Free with Admission
9/28
Sunday
Block Printing Workshop (R$)
09/28/2014
3pm
Have you ever wanted to try printmaking? In this workshop, we'll make block prints - called "relief" printing - from inking the plate to numbering your prints, you'll learn how to do everything like a real printmaker. You'll even get to take your plate and several prints home with you!

$9/members, $10/visitors. To register, call (207) 828-1234 x241 or stop by the front desk by 12pm Sunday September 14.
9/29
Monday
Members' Monday: Face Painting
09/29/2014
10am
Free with admission.
9/30
Tuesday
Animal Art: Butterfly Collages
09/30/2014
11am
There are so many different kinds of butterflies, and they all help pollinate plants in different ways. Let's learn about butterflies and make a beautiful butterfly collage to take home!

Free with Admission
9/30
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
09/30/2014
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

October 2014

10/1
Wednesday
Nature Charades
10/01/2014
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.
10/1
Wednesday
Sewing Skills: Homemade Animal Puppets (R$)
10/01/2014
3-5pm
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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10/1
Wednesday
Autumn Art: Leaf Rubbings
10/01/2014
3:30pm
Now is the time to collect lots and lots of beautiful leaves. We'll show you how to make some colorful art using them!

Free with admission.
10/2
Thursday
Nature Poetry
10/02/2014
11:30am
The natural world inspires all sorts of rhymes and rhythms within us. Join us as we read nature-inspired verses and then come up with poems of our own.

Free with admission.
10/2
Thursday
Fossil Making Workshop (R$)
10/02/2014
3:30pm
Check out some real and replica fossils from plants and dinosaurs as inspiration to make your own faux fossil. We'll talk about how fossils are made then make realistic models from natural sculpture materials like clay and plaster. Take your fossil home and add it to your rock collection, or place it outside to watch it return to nature.

Best for ages 4+. Please allow 1 hour for fossil to set.

$5 per fossil for members, $6 per fossil plus admission for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/3
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
10/03/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firemen are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll talk about fire safety in the Museum & Theatre's play fire truck!

Free with admission.
10/3
Friday
Sea Star Study
10/03/2014
3pm
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.
10/3
Friday
$2 Friday 5-8pm
10/03/2014
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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10/4
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
10/04/2014
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.
10/4
Saturday
Would You Rather?
10/04/2014
12pm
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.
10/4
Saturday
Improv Show & Games (R$)
10/04/2014
2pm
You know what our theatre actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing for a performance? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?" you're invited to join us for games like "What are you doing?" "Freeze" and "Bus stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/4
Saturday
Open Art Studio
10/04/2014
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.
10/4
Saturday
Soil Science
10/04/2014
3:30pm
Want to get your hands dirty? Come learn how soil forms over thousands of years, and help us test the chemistry of our own soil in the garden!

Free with admission.
10/5
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
10/05/2014
11am
Have you ever met a sea star in our touch tank? What about an urchin? Join us to get up close and personal with our sea creatures.

Free with admission.
10/5
Sunday
Autumn Art: Leaf Rubbings
10/05/2014
1pm
Now is the time to collect lots and lots of beautiful leaves. We'll show you how to make some colorful art using them!

Free with admission.
10/5
Sunday
Mini Moviemakers: Stop Motion Animation (R$)
10/05/2014
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short claymation movie in the style of "Wallace and Gromit." You'll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published.

Ideal for ages 6+. This is a drop-off program.

$12/members, $14/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk by 12pm Sunday 10/5.
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10/6
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
10/06/2014
9-11am
10/6
Monday
Member's Monday: Autumn Leaf Rubbings
10/06/2014
10am
Now is the time to collect lots and lots of beautiful leaves. We'll show you how to make some colorful art using them!
10/7
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
10/07/2014
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.
10/7
Tuesday
Cooking Healthy: Homemade Applesauce
10/07/2014
11:30am
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 homemade applesauce - a not-too-sweet treat loaded with fiber. Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
10/7
Tuesday
Calls of the Wild
10/07/2014
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.
10/8
Wednesday
Nature Charades
10/08/2014
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.
10/8
Wednesday
Sukkot Celebration
10/08/2014
3-4pm
It's Sukkot, the Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest! Come celebrate with us by decorating our sukkah, a traditional hut created on this holiday and by harvesting the last of our fall vegetables in the garden!

Free with admission.
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10/8
Wednesday
Autumn Art: Leaf Rubbings
10/08/2014
3:30pm
Now is the time to collect lots and lots of beautiful leaves. We'll show you how to make some colorful art using them!

Free with admission.
10/9
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Oodles of Noodles
10/09/2014
10:30am
Let's get squishing and squeezing with something unexpected: noodles! We'll use our senses to explore different textures, shapes and sizes! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
10/9
Thursday
Backyard Science
10/09/2014
11:30am
Did you know our backyard contains dozens of creatures living throughout it? Help us document all of these animals as we explore the unexpected habitats different creatures call home.

Free with admission.
10/9
Thursday
Open Art Studio
10/09/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with admission.
10/10
Friday
Sea Star Study
10/10/2014
3pm
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.
10/11
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
10/11/2014
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.
10/11
Saturday
Fossil Making Workshop (R$)
10/11/2014
11:30am-12:30pm
Check out some real and replica fossils from plants and dinosaurs as inspiration to make your own faux fossil. We'll talk about how fossils are made then make realistic models from natural sculpture materials like clay and plaster. Take your fossil home and add it to your rock collection or place it outside to watch it return to nature.

Best for ages 4+. Please allow 1 hour for fossil to set.

$5 per fossil for members, $6 per fossil plus admission for visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/11
Saturday
Open Art Studio
10/11/2014
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.
10/11
Saturday
Kids on the Block
10/11/2014
3pm
Our troupe of life-size educational puppets is back with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nation-wide program using Bunraku puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences. For more information, call 828-1234 x 247.

Free with admission.
10/11
Saturday
Family Tree Art and Genealogy Workshop (R$)
10/11/2014
3:30-4:30pm
Do you have a family tree? We may not all have one hanging on our wall, but we all have the history to make one. In this hour workshop family units are invited to create their own tree art on canvas and transform it into a genealogical map dating as recent or as distant as you choose. This workshop aims to connect families with our pasts, give children a sense of history, and provide context to understand the world. As all trees are different, so are family structures. We will strive to creatively cater to individuality. Participants are asked to come with very basic knowledge of your family's genealogy (a child, a guardian and even a pet is enough!).

$15/member family, $16/visitor family. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/12
Sunday
Celebrate Diwali!
10/12/2014
10:30am-12:30pm
Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light, is coming right up on October 23rd. Celebrate with us by making clay "diya" (oil candles), decorating hands with henna, tasting some special snacks and learning all about this beautiful holiday where good triumphs over evil.

Free with admission.
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10/12
Sunday
Turtle Time!
10/12/2014
2pm
Make your own observations when you get up close and personal with live yellow-bellied slider turtles. Learn about the anatomy and biology of various turtles and tortoises from land and sea. Explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls.

Free with admission.
10/12
Sunday
Eyeball Slime Time! ($)
10/12/2014
3pm
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 even throw in a few eyeballs in honor of Halloween!

$3/child for members, $4/child for visitors plus admission. Sign up the day of at the front desk.
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10/13
Monday
Columbus Day: Open to the public 10am - 5pm
10/13/2014
10am-5pm
Member's Monday hours will resume Monday, October 20th.
10/13
Monday
Diwali Glitter Painting
10/13/2014
10:30am
Learn about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, and make a festive glitter painting to celebrate.

Free with admission.
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10/13
Monday
Star Show
10/13/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and constellations. Hear Diné/Navajo, Chinese or Greek tales as you learn the facts and stories that surround the night sky.

Free with admission.
10/13
Monday
The Eyeball Show
10/13/2014
1pm
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.
10/13
Monday
Mini Moviemakers: Stop Motion Animation (R$)
10/13/2014
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short claymation movie in the style of "Wallace and Gromit." You'll learn about how animation works, and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published.

Ideal for ages 6+. This is a drop-off program.

$12/members, $14/visitors. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk by 12pm Sunday 12/14.
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10/14
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
10/14/2014
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.
10/14
Tuesday
The Print Shop
10/14/2014
11:30am
What's The Print Shop? It's a time to experiment with stamps, stencils and other printmaking materials. Make a one-of-a-kind masterpiece or a set of notecards - it's up to you! Bring yourself and your creativity.

Free with admission.
10/14
Tuesday
The Walrus and the Carpenter (R$)
10/14/2014
11:30am
The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking hand and hand, they wept like anything to see such quantities of sand. Join us for a puppet show based on the famous poem by Lewis Carol: The Walrus and the Carpenter. Meet the famous characters of this story, plus a half dozen oysters.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/14
Tuesday
Migration Exploration
10/14/2014
3pm
As many birds and other animals begin traveling hundreds - or even thousands - of miles south for the winter, we will explore what these animals need to do to survive these long treks and how we can spot some of the animals as they pass through Maine!

Free with admission.
10/15
Wednesday
Backyard Science
10/15/2014
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.
10/15
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Capoeira
10/15/2014
3:30pm
What is Capoeira? It's Brazilian martial art-meets-music-meets-dance, and we've got a brand new exhibit all about it! Join us to learn more about this amazing cultural tradition and then make a drum of your own to take home.

Free with admission.
10/16
Thursday
Toddler Pumpkin Decoration (R$)
10/16/2014
10-11am
Decorating a pumpkin or gourd need not require knives or carving skills. Join us to decorate your own mini, no-carve pumpkin. We'll offer you and your child a variety of methods and styles. Will you drip paint and glitter or collage and personify your pumpkin with a funny face? Perhaps you'll choose a combination!

Ages 18 months to 3 years. $7/pumpkin for members, $8/pumpkin plus admission for visitors.

To register visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/16
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Glitter Oobleck
10/16/2014
10:30am
Do you love glitter? In honor of the Hindu festival Diwali, we'll make some extra-special glitter oobleck to play with. Warning: this is messy, ooey and gooey!

Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
10/16
Thursday
Marionette Time
10/16/2014
11:30am
Meet in our newest exhibit, the Playscape, for some puppet fun!

Free with admission.
10/16
Thursday
Pumpkin Decoration Workshop (R$)
10/16/2014
3-4pm
Create a spooky or silly pumpkin at our annual workshop. Enjoy apple cider and tasty autumn treats while you carve and decorate your jack-o-lantern. Instruction, safe child-friendly carving saws and ideas provided! Alternative, no-carve decorating options are also available.

Recommended for ages 4 with adult assistance. Under 4 years old? See our special workshops for Toddlers here. Advance reservations encouraged.

$13/pumpkin members, $15/pumpkin visitors. To register, visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/17
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
10/17/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firemen are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll talk about fire safety in the Museum & Theatre's play fire truck!

Free with admission.
10/17
Friday
Wonderland Mask Making
10/17/2014
3pm
It's almost Halloween! Choose your favorite Alice in Wonderland character from the Museum & Theatre's fall production, and create a wonderfully unique mask to wear on October 31st!

Free with admission.
10/17
Friday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/17/2014
4-5pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/17
Friday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/17/2014
6-7pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/18
Saturday
Play Our Way: Private Playtime for Families Affected by Autism
10/18/2014
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 8-10am, 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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10/18
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
10/18/2014
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.
10/18
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
10/18/2014
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.
10/18
Saturday
Wondering About Wonderland
10/18/2014
12pm
Do you know what it is like in Alice's Wonderland? It can be a wacky place where things aren't always as they seem, strange animals are around every corner, and shape shifting is frequent occurrence. Inspired by these unique story elements let's write our own funky fairy tale. To make the day extra special, be sure to purchase tickets to watch the Museum & Theatre's production of Alice in Wonderland.

Free with admission.
10/18
Saturday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/18/2014
1-2pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/18
Saturday
Soil Science
10/18/2014
3:30pm
Want to get your hands dirty? Come learn how soil forms over thousands of years, and help us test the chemistry of our own soil in the Museum & Theatre garden!

Free with admission.
10/18
Saturday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/18/2014
4-5pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/19
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
10/19/2014
11am
Have you ever met a sea star in our touch tank? What about an urchin? Join us to get up close and personal with our sea creatures.

Free with admission.
10/19
Sunday
Rhythm Play: Capoeira
10/19/2014
12pm
What is Capoeira? It's Brazilian martial art-meets-music-meets-dance and we've got a brand new exhibit all about it! Join us to learn more about this amazing cultural tradition and then make a drum of your own to take home.

Free with admission.
10/19
Sunday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/19/2014
1-2pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/19
Sunday
Diwali Glitter Painting
10/19/2014
3pm
Learn about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, and make a festive glitter painting to celebrate.

Free with admission.
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10/19
Sunday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/19/2014
4-5pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/20
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
10/20/2014
9-11am
10/20
Monday
Member's Monday: Diwali Glitter Painting
10/20/2014
10am
Learn about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, and make a festive glitter painting to celebrate.

Free with admission.
10/21
Tuesday
Eating Healthy: Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
10/21/2014
11:30am
During our monthly Eating Healthy series, we learn how to make delicious, nutritious foods you can easily make at home. Today we're going to make carrot oatmeal cookies; a sneaky and delicious way to get your vegetables! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.

This program is sponsored by Wal-Mart Falmouth Store.

Free with admission.
10/21
Tuesday
Calls of the Wild
10/21/2014
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.
10/21
Tuesday
Pumpkin Decoration Workshop (R$)
10/21/2014
3:30-4:30pm
Create a spooky or silly pumpkin at our annual workshop. Enjoy apple cider and tasty autumn treats while you carve and decorate your jack-o-lantern. Instruction, safe child-friendly carving saws and ideas provided! Alternative, no-carve decorating options are also available.

Recommended for ages 4 with adult assistance. Under 4 years old? See our special workshops for Toddlers here. Advance reservations encouraged.

$13/pumpkin members, $15/pumpkin visitors. To register, visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/22
Wednesday
Nature Charades
10/22/2014
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.
10/22
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Capoeira
10/22/2014
3:30pm
What is Capoeira? It's Brazilian martial art-meets-music-meets-dance and we've got a brand new exhibit all about it! Join us to learn more about this amazing cultural tradition and then make a drum of your own to take home.

Free with admission.
10/23
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Balls and Bowls
10/23/2014
10:30am
What's more fun than a ball? A ball with a bowl! Let's practice hand-eye coordination and play with lots of different balls and containers. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
10/23
Thursday
Nature Poetry
10/23/2014
11:30am
The natural world inspires all sorts of rhymes and rhythms within us. Join us as we read nature-inspired verses and then come up with poems of our own.

Free with admission.
10/23
Thursday
Wondering About Wonderland
10/23/2014
2pm
Do you know what it is like in Alice's Wonderland? It can be a wacky place where things aren't always as they seem, strange animals are around every corner, and shape shifting is frequent occurrence. Inspired by these unique story elements let's write our own funky fairy tale. To make the day extra special, be sure to purchase tickets to watch the Museum & Theatre's production of Alice in Wonderland.

Free with admission.
10/23
Thursday
Lights on Afterschool Celebration: Free Admission
10/23/2014
3-6pm
What are you doing after school today? Join us for a celebration hosted by the Maine Afterschool Network!

Engage in hands-on experiences in a safe environment designed for families at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine! The Museum & Theatre will be open later than usual (until 6pm!) with free admission to all visitors from 3pm-6pm in support of after school programs.

Special events include science, technology, engineering and math programs including Mars Mission, Science in the Kitchen, Circuit Lab and Gravity Painting.
10/23
Thursday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/23/2014
4-5pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/24
Friday
Toddler Pumpkin Decoration (R$)
10/24/2014
10:30-11:30am
Decorating a pumpkin or gourd need not require knives or carving skills. Join us to decorate your own mini, no-carve pumpkin. We'll offer you and your child a variety of methods and styles. Will you drip paint and glitter or collage and personify your pumpkin with a funny face? Perhaps you'll choose a combination!

Ages 18 months to 3 years. $7/pumpkin for members, $8/pumpkin plus admission for visitors.

To register visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/24
Friday
Migration Exploration
10/24/2014
11:30am
As many birds and other animals begin traveling hundreds - or even thousands - of miles south for the winter, we will explore what these animals need to do to survive these long treks, and how we can spot some of the animals as they pass through Maine!

Free with admission.
10/24
Friday
Marionette Time
10/24/2014
2pm
Meet in our newest exhibit, the Playscape, for some puppet fun!

Free with admission.
10/24
Friday
Wonderland Mask Making
10/24/2014
3pm
It's almost Halloween! Choose your favorite Alice in Wonderland character from the Museum's fall theatre production, and create a wonderfully unique mask to wear on October 31st!

Free with Admission.
10/24
Friday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/24/2014
4-5pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/25
Saturday
Scenes from the play: Beatrix Potter Christmas
10/25/2014
10:30-11:30am
Do you want to hear a sneak peek of our holiday script? Are you on the fence about auditioning? Come listen to actors read scenes from this charming imaginative story.

Free with admission.
10/25
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
10/25/2014
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.
10/25
Saturday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/25/2014
1-2pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/25
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
10/25/2014
3:30pm
You can create science experiments with ingredients from your home kitchen! Join us to mix and bubble as we explore the wonderful world of kitchen chemistry!

Free with admission.
10/25
Saturday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/25/2014
4-5pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/26
Sunday
Pancake Sunday!
10/26/2014
10:30am-12:00pm
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.
10/26
Sunday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/26/2014
1-2pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/26
Sunday
Turtle Time!
10/26/2014
3pm
Make your own observations when you get up close and personal with live yellow-bellied slider turtles. Learn about the anatomy and biology of various turtles and tortoises from land and sea. Explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls.

Free with admission.
10/26
Sunday
Alice in Wonderland (R$)
10/26/2014
4-5pm
One afternoon, a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole, and suddenly nothing is as it should be. Now Alice begins a strange but magical journey through Wonderland. The many curious creatures she meets ask a similar question: "Who are you?" As Alice ventures further into Wonderland, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. This is a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale full of riddles, poems and songs that will have you thinking "as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" Adapted and with live musical performance by Brittany Cook.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance: $9/member, $10 visitors, $17 stay and play.

Processing fees apply.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th.
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10/27
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
10/27/2014
9-11am
10/27
Monday
Member's Monday: Jack O'Lantern Collages
10/27/2014
10am
Will your pumpkin be silly, spooky, or sweet? Let's make festive paper pumpkin art using unexpected collage materials.
10/28
Tuesday
Toddler Pumpkin Decoration (R$)
10/28/2014
10:30-11:30am
Decorating a pumpkin or gourd need not require knives or carving skills. Join us to decorate your own mini, no-carve pumpkin. We'll offer you and your child a variety of methods and styles. Will you drip paint and glitter or collage and personify your pumpkin with a funny face? Perhaps you'll choose a combination!

Ages 18 months to 3 years. $7/pumpkin for members, $8/pumpkin plus admission for visitors.

To register visit kitetails.org, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/28
Tuesday
Jack O'Lantern Collages
10/28/2014
12pm
Will your pumpkin be silly, spooky, or sweet? Let's make festive paper pumpkin art using unexpected collage materials.

Free with admission.
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10/28
Tuesday
Migration Exploration
10/28/2014
3pm
As many birds and other animals begin traveling hundreds - or even thousands - of miles south for the winter, we will explore what these animals need to do to survive these long treks, and how we can spot some of the animals as they pass through Maine!

Free with admission.
10/29
Wednesday
Nature Charades
10/29/2014
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.
10/29
Wednesday
Rhythm Play: Capoeira
10/29/2014
2pm
What is Capoeira? It's Brazilian martial art-meets-music-meets-dance and we've got a brand new exhibit all about it! Join us to learn more about this amazing cultural tradition and then make a drum of your own to take home.

Free with admission.
10/29
Wednesday
Sewing Skills: Stuffed Animals (R$)
10/29/2014
3-5pm
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 explore the basic body parts of our favorite animals, and then create stuffed animals to play with at home. 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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November 2014

11/3
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
11/03/2014
9-11am
11/10
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
11/10/2014
9-11am
11/17
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
11/17/2014
9-11am
11/24
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
11/24/2014
9-11am

December 2014

12/1
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
12/01/2014
9-11am
12/8
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
12/08/2014
9-11am
12/15
Monday
9-11am Members Monday
12/15/2014
9-11am