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April 2015

4/1
Wednesday
Tiny Tinkerers
04/01/2015
10:30am-12pm
Have you ever seen a bridge made of spaghetti? Or a castle made of jello? Let's make our own fantastical constructions out of strange and silly materials! We'll become young engineers as we exercise our basic building skills. Each week will highlight a new challenge with a different set of materials including blocks, playing cards, foods and fabrics.

Free with admission.
4/1
Wednesday
Creative Story Time: Turtle Splash!
04/01/2015
2:30-4:30pm
Have you met our yellow-bellied slider turtles? We'll read and act out the book Turtle Splash! by Cathryn Falwell and explore turtle artifacts from the Museum & Theatre's collection, as well as get up close and personal with one of our live turtles. We'll also use turtle puppets to create and tell our own animal story - and paint our own faces like turtles!

Free with admission.
4/2
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Dragons Love Tacos
04/02/2015
10am-12pm
What is a dragon's favorite food? Tacos, of course! We'll read Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and find out just what happens when a dragon encounters hot sauce. Then we'll make our own dragon masks to wear and cook up some breakfast tacos to gobble up!

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
4/2
Thursday
Silly, Slimy Science Class: Amazing Earth (R$)
04/02/2015
10:15-11:15am
Science is everywhere and for everyone! In this class designed for ages 3-5, we'll get messy and silly as we hone our creative and critical thinking skills. This month, we'll explore planet Earth by making bubbling fields of volcanoes, building mountains out of jell-o, acting out different types of weather, and using fossils and minerals from the Museum & Theatre's collection to create glimmering artwork. All participants will take home a journal at the end of the month containing details of how to try these games and experiments at home!

Class meets Thursdays April 2,9,16 and 30 (no class during vacation week) from 10:15-11:15am. This is a drop-off program, and space is limited, so sign up today!

3-5 year olds / 4 week session.

$60/child for members and $75/child for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/2
Thursday
Improv Games!
04/02/2015
2pm
Do you like to imagine and laugh? Pretend you are walking through sticky honey or that you are kernel of popcorn. See how far your imagination can stretch!

Free with admission.
4/2
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
04/02/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
4/3
Friday
Robin Hood Sing-Along Ballads
04/03/2015
10:30am
Let's sing some merry, adventurous tunes about Robin Hood, England's famous archer who robs from the rich and gives to the poor.

Free with Admission.
4/3
Friday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
04/03/2015
11:30am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
4/3
Friday
Science Mystery Lab
04/03/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do zebras have stripes? Why can't penguins fly? These are some of the mysteries we'll try to solve in our weekly Science Mystery Lab! Each week we'll dig into the Museum & Theatre's collection of natural materials to help us tackle questions about the world around us. We'll vary our mysteries throughout the month to cover basic, fascinating concepts in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Free with admission.
4/3
Friday
$2 First Friday
04/03/2015
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for $2/person.

$2 admission.
4/3
Friday
Robin Hood Sneak Peek!
04/03/2015
7:20pm
See a special sneak preview scene from our upcoming production of Robin Hood! Watch the scene, meet the young actors and play some theatre games. This is a good opportunity to see if this play is right for you child, and the perfect time to buy your tickets to the show opening April 17.
4/4
Saturday
Before Hours Easter Egg Hunt (R$)
04/04/2015
8:30-9:30am
Join us for an eggcellent, eye-spy, eggvestigation. There will be hundreds of filled eggs throughout our exhibits, including a safe area for toddlers and a golden egg challenge for adventurous egg-hunters! Bring your own basket. Refreshments included!

This event tends to sell out - purchasing in advance is highly encouraged!

$8/member, $9/visitor, $15/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.
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4/4
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
04/04/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
4/4
Saturday
Passover Celebration
04/04/2015
11:30am-1pm
Join us to make traditional Passover snacks, play games, and learn more about this joyful Jewish holiday.

Free with admission.
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4/4
Saturday
Music, Movement and Dance
04/04/2015
2:30pm
Music is our muse as we learn stretches, play musical games and experiment with differ elements and styles of dance.

Free with admission.
4/4
Saturday
Science Spotlight
04/04/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
4/5
Sunday
Easter Sunday - CLOSED
04/05/2015
10am-5pm
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is closed for Easter Sunday.

Members, we hope you'll join us for Members' Monday tomorrow, 4/6 from 9-11am! We will be open to the public again for our normal opening hours on Tuesday, April 7th. See you then!
4/6
Monday
Members' Monday: Rain Painting
04/06/2015
10am
April showers bring May flowers! Let's make a beautiful painting out of raindrops.

Free with admission.
4/7
Tuesday
Open Art Studio: April Showers
04/07/2015
10am-12pm
April showers bring May flowers! Taking inspiration from the impressionist painter Claude Monet, we'll experiment with different kinds of paint, brushes, water, and droppers to make a beautiful rainy day scene. We'll also learn all about different kinds of clouds by making a cloud collage.

Free with admission.
4/7
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
04/07/2015
11am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
4/7
Tuesday
Exploring Density Science Experiment
04/07/2015
12pm
What floats in water and what does not? Let's make a guess and then experiment with different materials to see if we can figure it out!

Free with admission.
4/7
Tuesday
Inside Insects
04/07/2015
2-3:30pm
As snow thaws and plants begin to bud, a fresh new group of animals will start creeping through Portland: Insects! Learn all about these fascinating, six-legged creatures as we play games, create art projects, and explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of live insects. Each week will highlight a different type of creepy crawler.

Free with admission.
4/7
Tuesday
Acting Class for 6-8 year-olds: Where The Wild Things Are (R$)
04/07/2015
4-5pm
Attention 6-8 year olds! We know you're excited to act on our stage, and we have a special class for you. This is a chance for you to learn all about acting from how to develop a character to what a monologue is. Get some experience before you audition for your first theatre show. Sign up for Where The Wild Things Are! We'll go on an incredible adventure and turn ourselves into Wild Things.

Class meets Tuesdays from 4-5pm. (Class meets 4/7-4/28 with a final performance for family and friends on Tuesday 4/28 at 4:45pm.) This is a drop-off program; space is limited. Sign up today!

6-8 year olds / 3 week session. $45/child for members and $60/child for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/8
Wednesday
Tiny Tinkerers
04/08/2015
10:30am-12pm
Have you ever seen a bridge made of spaghetti? Or a castle made of jello? Let's make our own fantastical constructions out of strange and silly materials! We'll become young engineers as we exercise our basic building skills. Each week will highlight a new challenge with a different set of materials including blocks, playing cards, foods and fabrics.

Free with admission.
4/8
Wednesday
Creative Story Time: Turtle Splash!
04/08/2015
2:30-4:30pm
Have you met our yellow-bellied slider turtles? We'll read and act out the book Turtle Splash! by Cathryn Falwell and explore turtle artifacts from the Museum & Theatre's collection, as well as get up close and personal with one of our live turtles. We'll also use turtle puppets to create and tell our own animal story - and paint our own faces like turtles!

Free with admission.
4/9
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Dragons Love Tacos
04/09/2015
10am-12pm
What is a dragon's favorite food? Tacos, of course! We'll read Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and find out just what happens when a dragon encounters hot sauce. Then we'll make our own dragon masks to wear and cook up some breakfast tacos to gobble up!

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
4/9
Thursday
Improv Games!
04/09/2015
2pm
Do you like to imagine and laugh? Pretend you are walking through sticky honey or that you are kernel of popcorn. See how far your imagination can stretch!

Free with admission.
4/9
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
04/09/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
4/10
Friday
Robin Hood Sing-Along Ballads
04/10/2015
10:30am
Let's sing some merry, adventurous tunes about Robin Hood, England's famous archer who robs from the rich and gives to the poor.

Free with Admission.
4/10
Friday
Robin Hood Paper Hats
04/10/2015
11:30am
In the spirit of the Museum & Theatre's most recent production of Robin Hood, come learn how to make a paper hat in the style of Robin Hood's famous feathered cap.

Free with admission.
4/10
Friday
Science Mystery Lab
04/10/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do zebras have stripes? Why can't penguins fly? These are some of the mysteries we'll try to solve in our weekly Science Mystery Lab! Each week we'll dig into the Museum & Theatre's collection of natural materials to help us tackle questions about the world around us. We'll vary our mysteries throughout the month to cover basic, fascinating concepts in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Free with admission.
4/11
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
04/11/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
4/11
Saturday
Music, Movement and Dance
04/11/2015
11:30am
Music is our muse as we learn stretches, play musical games and experiment with differ elements and styles of dance.

Free with admission.
4/11
Saturday
Migration with the National Audubon Society's Project Puffin (R$)
04/11/2015
12:30-1:30pm
Have you noticed different birds outside now that spring is here? Come learn about WHERE birds go, HOW they know the way there and back, and WHY they travel during the spring with the National Audubon Society's Project Puffin! Seabird Sue - a birdwatcher in her woods and beyond - will offer a variety of hands-on activities as we take a close look at bird nests, feathers, lightweight bones, and even get to dress up as a puffin during this interactive science program. Space is limited, purchase your tickets today!

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/11
Saturday
Science Spotlight
04/11/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
4/12
Sunday
Celebrate Korea
04/12/2015
11am-12:30pm
Join our friends from the Korean Language School to learn more about the culture, language, and landscape of Korea.

Free with admission.
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4/12
Sunday
Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (R$)
04/12/2015
3-4:30pm
Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we'll work together to make a short stop-motion animation movie. You'll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it's published. Ideal for ages 6+.

$16/members, $22/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/13
Monday
Members' Monday: Chinese Star Show
04/13/2015
10am
Have you every looked at the stars in the night sky? Would you like to learn some new constellations? Come hear about the Blue Dragon, Red Bird, and more at this special star show.

Free with admission.
4/14
Tuesday
Open Art Studio: April Showers
04/14/2015
10am-12pm
April showers bring May flowers! Taking inspiration from the impressionist painter Claude Monet, we'll experiment with different kinds of paint, brushes, water, and droppers to make a beautiful rainy day scene. We'll also learn all about different kinds of clouds by making a cloud collage.

Free with admission.
4/14
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: The Tempest
04/14/2015
11am
The opening scene of The Tempest takes place on a ship at sea. Together we will act out the terrible storm that leads to a shipwreck in this magical play by William Shakespeare. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
4/14
Tuesday
Exploring Density Science Experiment
04/14/2015
12pm
What floats in water and what does not? Let's make a guess and then experiment with different materials to see if we can figure it out!

Free with admission.
4/14
Tuesday
Inside Insects
04/14/2015
2-3:30pm
As snow thaws and plants begin to bud, a fresh new group of animals will start creeping through Portland: Insects! Learn all about these fascinating, six-legged creatures as we play games, create art projects, and explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of live insects. Each week will highlight a different type of creepy crawler.

Free with admission.
4/15
Wednesday
Tiny Tinkerers
04/15/2015
10:30am-12pm
Have you ever seen a bridge made of spaghetti? Or a castle made of jello? Let's make our own fantastical constructions out of strange and silly materials! We'll become young engineers as we exercise our basic building skills. Each week will highlight a new challenge with a different set of materials including blocks, playing cards, foods and fabrics.

Free with admission.
4/15
Wednesday
Creative Story Time: The Tiny Seed
04/15/2015
2:30-4:30pm
What kind of journey does a seed take? We'll hear one tale in Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed, and then plant our own seed to take home and grow. We'll also learn about different kinds of seeds and how they travel, then have a chance to make some observational botanical drawings.

Free with admission.
4/16
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Dragons Love Tacos
04/16/2015
10am-12pm
What is a dragon's favorite food? Tacos, of course! We'll read Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and find out just what happens when a dragon encounters hot sauce. Then we'll make our own dragon masks to wear and cook up some breakfast tacos to gobble up!

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
4/16
Thursday
Improv Games!
04/16/2015
2pm
Do you like to imagine and laugh? Pretend you are walking through sticky honey or that you are kernel of popcorn. See how far your imagination can stretch!

Free with admission.
4/16
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
04/16/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
4/17
Friday
Robin Hood Paper Hats
04/17/2015
11:30am
In the spirit of the Museum & Theatre's most recent production of Robin Hood, come learn how to make a paper hat in the style of Robin Hood's famous feathered cap.

Free with admission.
4/17
Friday
Science Mystery Lab
04/17/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do zebras have stripes? Why can't penguins fly? These are some of the mysteries we'll try to solve in our weekly Science Mystery Lab! Each week we'll dig into the Museum & Theatre's collection of natural materials to help us tackle questions about the world around us. We'll vary our mysteries throughout the month to cover basic, fascinating concepts in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Free with admission.
4/17
Friday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance Opening Night! (R$)
04/17/2015
4pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/18
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
04/18/2015
10:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life. Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the furry and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
4/18
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
04/18/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
4/18
Saturday
Fruit Dissection
04/18/2015
11:30am
Have you ever wondered why peaches have pits but apples have seeds? Or why bananas split in three separate pieces? Join us as we dissect common fruits and learn why they look the way they do.

Free with admission.
4/18
Saturday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/18/2015
1pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/18
Saturday
Science Spotlight
04/18/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
4/18
Saturday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/18/2015
4pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/19
Sunday
Taiko Drumming Fest
04/19/2015
11am-12pm
Our new Taiko Drumming exhibit opens this weekend - join us to hear some amazing percussive music from Japan, sample Japanese food, and more! Funded by the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.

Free with admission.
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4/19
Sunday
Music, Movement and Dance
04/19/2015
12pm
Music is our muse as we learn stretches, play musical games and experiment with differ elements and styles of dance.

Free with admission.
4/19
Sunday
Mud Paint
04/19/2015
2pm
It's mud season! Finger paint and explore texture with sandy and colorful paints to make a fun piece of springtime artwork!

Free with admission.
4/19
Sunday
Origami Art
04/19/2015
3pm
Have you wanted to try origami? We'll have a variety of easy and intermediate origami folds to try, with instructions to take home.

Free with admission.
4/19
Sunday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/19/2015
4pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/20
Monday
Patriots' Day - OPEN!
04/20/2015
10am-5pm
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is OPEN all day today in observance of Patriots' Day, and the start of April Vacation here in Maine!

Members: join us for usual Member hours starting at 9; we will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm for a full day of programming. Members' Monday will return next week, on April 27th.
4/20
Monday
Flower Collages
04/20/2015
10:30am
April showers bring May flowers! Let's make a colorful flower collage with cut paper.

Free with admission.
4/20
Monday
National Poetry Month: Dr. Seuss
04/20/2015
11:30am
Did you know that it's National Poetry Month? Let's celebrate by reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss stories together.

Free with admission.
4/20
Monday
Sketchbook Making Workshop (R$)
04/20/2015
3-4pm
Calling all artists! Would you like to make your own personalized sketchbook and then fill the first page with a self portrait? We'll have all kinds of art supplies to decorate your special book and a trained artist to give you some drawing tips.

$8/members, $10/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/20
Monday
Exploring Density Science Experiment
04/20/2015
3:30pm
What floats in water and what does not? Let's make a guess and then experiment with different materials to see if we can figure it out!

Free with admission.
4/21
Tuesday
Spring Break Science Exploration Mini Camp (R$)
04/21/2015
4/21-4/23, 9am-12pm
Join us for three days of curiosity quenching science exploration! We'll use the museum's exhibits and natural artifacts as prompts for fun experiments, art projects, and games. We'll learn about incredible springtime insects, explore ocean depths, become mini-meteorologists, and solve scientific riddles along the way! This is a drop-off camp for ages 5-8. Runs 4/21-4/23.

$90/member, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/21
Tuesday
Open Art Studio: Spring Flowers
04/21/2015
10am-12pm
Spring is almost here, which means lots of colorful flowers. We'll learn about the artist Georgia O'Keefe, who is famous for making beautiful paintings of flowers - then make our own colorful works of art to take home. We'll use paint, collage, markers, tissue paper and pastels to make a multimedia masterpiece.

Free with admission.
4/21
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: Macbeth
04/21/2015
11am
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth! To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

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

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

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/21
Tuesday
Inside Insects
04/21/2015
2-3:30pm
As snow thaws and plants begin to bud, a fresh new group of animals will start creeping through Portland: Insects! Learn all about these fascinating, six-legged creatures as we play games, create art projects, and explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of live insects. Each week will highlight a different type of creepy crawler.

Free with admission.
4/22
Wednesday
Earth Day Celebration
04/22/2015
10am-5pm
Celebrate Earth Day with a full day of interactive science programs, Earth-inspired art projects, puppet shows, and general merriment in honor of the planet we call home.

Free with admission.
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4/22
Wednesday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/22/2015
11am
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/22
Wednesday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/22/2015
2pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/22
Wednesday
Creative Story Time: The Tiny Seed
04/22/2015
2:30-4:30pm
What kind of journey does a seed take? We'll hear one tale in Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed, and then plant our own seed to take home and grow. We'll also learn about different kinds of seeds and how they travel, then have a chance to make some observational botanical drawings.

Free with admission.
4/22
Wednesday
What Would You Do If You Were Robin Hood?
04/22/2015
3:30pm
Following the 2pm show, audience and visitors are invited to participate in an interactive theatre workshop. Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but is that just? Is stealing ever okay? What would you do?

All audience members will have the opportunity to step into Robin Hood's shoes and consider how they would react in this ethical dilemma. This is a chance to encourage literacy and problem-solving skills through direct engagement with the performing arts. Presented with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
4/23
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Tops and Bottoms
04/23/2015
10am-12pm
What's the best part of a vegetable, the top or bottom? We'll find out in a silly story called Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens, and then investigate our own garden to see if we can find some veggies growing. We'll also cook up a tasty snack using some fresh spring carrots and radishes.

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
4/23
Thursday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/23/2015
11am
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/23
Thursday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/23/2015
2pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/23
Thursday
American Girls Club (R$)
04/23/2015
3-5pm
You and your doll are invited to a special memory-making event. Experience what makes each doll special, play a timeless game, share a tasty snack, and make matching flower crowns for you and your doll to take home. Grab your doll and let your imagination soar!

Drop-off program, $12 member/$15 visitor. For reservations call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/23
Thursday
What Would You Do If You Were Robin Hood?
04/23/2015
3:30pm
Following the 2pm show, audience and visitors are invited to participate in an interactive theatre workshop. Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but is that just? Is stealing ever okay? What would you do?

All audience members will have the opportunity to step into Robin Hood's shoes and consider how they would react in this ethical dilemma. This is a chance to encourage literacy and problem-solving skills through direct engagement with the performing arts. Presented with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
4/24
Friday
Morning Music: Mini Mozarts (R$)
04/24/2015
10:15-11am
Morning Music is a four-week exploratory early music education class for children ages 0-3 and their parents/caregivers that helps provide a foundation for musical learning. Early music education helps babies and toddlers develop listening and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and awareness of space and rhythm. Music also forms community: we will all work together, take turns and make connections as we work on our songs and skills.

Let's get classical! In this session, we'll dance and groove to some classical music from sonatas to operas. Using the picture book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, and music from composers like Mozart and Benjamin Britten, we'll learn what an orchestra is and use some percussion instruments and pretty chimes and bells to explore rhythm, pitch and tone in a mini-orchestra ourselves! At the end of the session, caregivers will receive packets with activities based on the exercises we do and music we use in class, and suggestions of ways to bring classical music home.

Four-week session meets Fridays, April 24th through May 15th.

$60/member, $80/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
4/24
Friday
Science Mystery Lab
04/24/2015
2:30-4pm
Why do zebras have stripes? Why can't penguins fly? These are some of the mysteries we'll try to solve in our weekly Science Mystery Lab! Each week we'll dig into the Museum & Theatre's collection of natural materials to help us tackle questions about the world around us. We'll vary our mysteries throughout the month to cover basic, fascinating concepts in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Free with admission.
4/24
Friday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/24/2015
4pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/25
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
04/25/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
4/25
Saturday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/25/2015
1pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/25
Saturday
Science Spotlight
04/25/2015
3:30-4:30pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join science educator Laura Poppick on her weekly Science Spotlight as she highlights the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
4/25
Saturday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/25/2015
4pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/26
Sunday
National Poetry Month: Dr. Seuss
04/26/2015
11am
Did you know that it's National Poetry Month? Let's celebrate by reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss stories together.

Free with admission.
4/26
Sunday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/26/2015
1pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/26
Sunday
Robin Hood: Theatre Performance (R$)
04/26/2015
4pm
Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil' J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine's premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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4/27
Monday
Members' Monday: Ooey, Gooey Oobleck
04/27/2015
10am
What is Oobleck? Come get your hands squishy, slimy, and messy to find out!

Free with admission.
4/28
Tuesday
Open Art Studio: Spring Flowers
04/28/2015
10am-12pm
Spring is almost here, which means lots of colorful flowers. We'll learn about the artist Georgia O'Keefe, who is famous for making beautiful paintings of flowers - then make our own colorful works of art to take home. We'll use paint, collage, markers, tissue paper and pastels to make a multimedia masterpiece.

Free with admission.
4/28
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
04/28/2015
11am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
4/28
Tuesday
Inside Insects
04/28/2015
2-3:30pm
As snow thaws and plants begin to bud, a fresh new group of animals will start creeping through Portland: Insects! Learn all about these fascinating, six-legged creatures as we play games, create art projects, and explore the Museum & Theatre's collection of live insects. Each week will highlight a different type of creepy crawler.

Free with admission.
4/29
Wednesday
Shakespeare's Greatest Hits Teensy Weensy Acting Class (R$)
04/29/2015
10:15-11:15am
Over a period of six weeks, our very youngest actors will dive into the stories and language of William Shakespeare, processing it with imagination, puppetry, music and dance. This is the prime age range to begin learning the poetry of William Shakespeare and an excellent opportunity for preschool age children to get a head start in vocabulary acquisition, public speaking, metaphors and movement. At the end of the last class, young actors put on a show for their families.

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits: Wednesdays, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 and June 3.
Caregivers, family and friends are invited to an 11am show on June 3.

$90/member, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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4/29
Wednesday
Tiny Tinkerers
04/29/2015
10:30am-12pm
Have you ever seen a bridge made of spaghetti? Or a castle made of jello? Let's make our own fantastical constructions out of strange and silly materials! We'll become young engineers as we exercise our basic building skills. Each week will highlight a new challenge with a different set of materials including blocks, playing cards, foods and fabrics.

Free with admission.
4/29
Wednesday
Creative Story Time: The Tiny Seed
04/29/2015
2:30-4:30pm
What kind of journey does a seed take? We'll hear one tale in Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed, and then plant our own seed to take home and grow. We'll also learn about different kinds of seeds and how they travel, then have a chance to make some observational botanical drawings.

Free with admission.
4/30
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Tops and Bottoms
04/30/2015
10am-12pm
What's the best part of a vegetable, the top or bottom? We'll find out in a silly story called Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens, and then investigate our own garden to see if we can find some veggies growing. We'll also cook up a tasty snack using some fresh spring carrots and radishes.

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
4/30
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
04/30/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.

May 2015

5/1
Friday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
05/01/2015
10:30am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
5/1
Friday
Paper Rose Making
05/01/2015
11:30am
Does your mom like flowers? Learn how to use paper to make a bouquet of flowers that will stay beautiful forever.

Free with admission.
5/1
Friday
$2 First Friday
05/01/2015
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for $2/person.

$2 admission.
5/3
Sunday
Mother's Day Craft
05/03/2015
12pm
Mother's Day is just around the corner. Think of all the special things your mom does for you in your life. Your imagination is the limit when you come to make a crafty card to show her how thankful you are!

Free with admission.
5/3
Sunday
Maraca Making
05/03/2015
1pm
Mexicans and Americans will often celebrate the holiday Dos de Mayo (meaning the Second of May). Two hundred years ago this was a day when an important victory was won for Mexican independence. Today people celebrate this day with music. Come make your own special instrument that you can play to celebrate your special days!

Free with admission.
5/5
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: The Tempest
05/05/2015
11am
The opening scene of The Tempest takes place on a ship at sea. Together we will act out the terrible storm that leads to a shipwreck in this magical play by William Shakespeare. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
5/5
Tuesday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
05/05/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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5/7
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
05/07/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
5/7
Thursday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
05/07/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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5/8
Friday
Paper Rose Making
05/08/2015
11:30am
Does your mom like flowers? Learn how to use paper to make a bouquet of flowers that will stay beautiful forever.

Free with admission.
5/9
Saturday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
05/09/2015
9:30am-12pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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5/9
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
05/09/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
5/9
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
05/09/2015
3pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences.

Free with admission.
5/12
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: Macbeth
05/12/2015
11am
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth! To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
5/12
Tuesday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
05/12/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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5/14
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
05/14/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
5/14
Thursday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
05/14/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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5/16
Saturday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
05/16/2015
9:30am-12pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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5/16
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
05/16/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
5/16
Saturday
Improvisation with our Theatre Actors! (R$)
05/16/2015
2pm
Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like "Who's Line is it Anyway?", you're invited to join us for games like "What are you doing?", "Freeze" and "Bus stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!

The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/17
Sunday
Music, Movement and Dance
05/17/2015
12pm
Music is our muse as we learn stretches, play musical games and experiment with differ elements and styles of dance.

Free with admission.
5/17
Sunday
Melting Ice Science Experiment
05/17/2015
1pm
What happens when you mix ice and salt? Make a guess, and then observe your mini-glacier as you create colorful landscapes with liquid water colors!

Free with admission.
5/19
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
05/19/2015
11am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
5/21
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
05/21/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
5/22
Friday
Songs of Spring
05/22/2015
10am
Spring is here! Let's celebrate with songs and rhythm activities about rain, flowers and other things we see in the spring.

Free with Admission.
5/23
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
05/23/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
5/23
Saturday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Secret Pizza Party (R$)
05/23/2015
2-4pm
In this two hour workshop, we will act like raccoons, make paper plate masks, and stealthily act out Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. This is a drop off workshop for ages 5-9 to give acting a try on our stage. At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. OTTO Pizza will be provided at the end of the class.

Pre-registration by 5pm 5/22 is required. $12/member, $15/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/26
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: The Tempest
05/26/2015
11am
The opening scene of The Tempest takes place on a ship at sea. Together we will act out the terrible storm that leads to a shipwreck in this magical play by William Shakespeare. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
5/28
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
05/28/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
5/29
Friday
Morning Music: Jamberry Jams (R$)
05/29/2015
10:15-11am
Morning Music is a four-week exploratory early music education class for children ages 0-3 and their parents/caregivers that helps provide a foundation for musical learning. Early music education helps babies and toddlers develop listening and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and awareness of space and rhythm. Music also forms community: we will all work together, take turns and make connections as we work on our songs and skills.

Summer is almost here! Let's get moving and grooving into berry-picking season with the rhythmic children's book Jamberry by Bruce Degan. Following the story of a little boy and a bear searching for berries, we'll help them out by counting, clapping and stomping along to the rhythm. We'll also be dancing and moving to some other favorite bear and teddy bear jams, and maybe even acting and dancing like bears ourselves! Over the course of four weeks, we'll see how we can change our rhythm to make the songs go fast, slow, loud and soft, and how that changes the way we move and listen to music.

At the end of the session, caregivers will receive a packet of movement and rhythm exercises to bring some of our class activities home. Class meets Fridays, May 29th, and June 12th, 19th and 26th. (Note: no class June 5th.)

$60/member, $80/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/30
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
05/30/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
5/30
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
05/30/2015
2pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences.

Free with admission.

June 2015

6/2
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: Macbeth
06/02/2015
11am
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth! To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/2
Tuesday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/02/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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6/3
Wednesday
Audition Workshop: Shakespeare's Stories (R)
06/03/2015
3:30-5pm
Would you like some help choosing the right Shakespeare monologue for auditions? Our team of Theatre Educators will help you find the perfect monologue, and offer some advice and coaching to give you confidence in the audition room for our summer production, Shakespeare's Stories!

To register, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. This is a free workshop, but registration is required.
6/4
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/04/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/4
Thursday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/04/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
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6/6
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/06/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/6
Saturday
Improvisation with our Theatre Actors! (R$)
06/06/2015
2pm
Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren't rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like "Who's Line is it Anyway?", you're invited to join us for games like "What are you doing?", "Freeze" and "Bus stop!" We aren't sure what will happen, but we guarantee you'll laugh!

The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/7
Sunday
Bubble Wands (R$)
06/07/2015
12pm
Mix up your own solution of bubbles and then learn how to make a bubble wand that will create a bubble that may be even bigger than you!

$5 per child. For reservations call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/7
Sunday
Paper Finger Puppets
06/07/2015
2pm
With some scissors and a lot of creativity bring a paper finger puppet to life and see what adventure awaits you and your new puppet!

Free with admission.
6/9
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
06/09/2015
11am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/9
Tuesday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/09/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/11
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/11/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/11
Thursday
Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17 (R)
06/11/2015
3:30-6pm
In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare's Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/13
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/13/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/13
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
06/13/2015
3pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences.

Free with admission.
6/14
Sunday
Father's Day!
06/14/2015
10am-5pm
Happy Father's Day! Today we are offering free admission for all dads all day long!
6/16
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: The Tempest
06/16/2015
11am
The opening scene of The Tempest takes place on a ship at sea. Together we will act out the terrible storm that leads to a shipwreck in this magical play by William Shakespeare. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/18
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/18/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/20
Saturday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Secret Pizza Party (R$)
06/20/2015
10:30am-12:30pm
In this two hour workshop, we will act like raccoons, make paper plate masks, and stealthily act out Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. This is a drop off workshop for ages 5-9 to give acting a try on our stage. At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. OTTO Pizza will be provided at the end of the class.

Pre-registration by 5pm 5/22 is required. $12/member, $15/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
6/20
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/20/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/23
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: Macbeth
06/23/2015
11am
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth! To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.
6/25
Thursday
Rhythm Play: Percussion!
06/25/2015
3pm
Do you like to beat on drums? Play drums fast, slow, loud and soft. Experiment with creating, repeating and layering rhythms.

Free with admission.
6/27
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
06/27/2015
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be in a giant eyeball!

Free with admission.
6/28
Sunday
Rock'in Art
06/28/2015
1pm
Discover how to use transform an everyday rock into beautiful floral art piece.

Free with admission.
6/28
Sunday
Aluminum Boat Challenge
06/28/2015
3pm
Can you make the strongest boat? Come experiment to see what causes boats to float and sink. For the final challenge we will all work together to create the best and strongest boat!

Free with admission.
6/30
Tuesday
Shakespeare Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
06/30/2015
11am
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. This grand Shakespeariment is designed for all ages, sponsored by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

Free with admission.