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June 2017

6/27
Tuesday
Blossom's Flower Cart
06/27/2017
10:30-11am
Meet Blossom, the flower-seller of our new market! She just received a shipment of fresh blooms but needs help sorting them by size and color. It's hard when you see colors the way Blossom does. She thinks blue is red, and purple is green. Help her try to sort them out!

Free with admission
6/27
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
06/27/2017
11:30am-12pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine!

Free with admission
6/27
Tuesday
Animals and Hats
06/27/2017
2-2:30pm
With inspiration from author and illustrator John Klassen, draw your favorite animal wearing a hat. Read I Want My Hat Back, and We Found a Hat, then make up your own story about how the animal you drew got this popular accessory!

Free with admission
6/27
Tuesday
Culture Craft: Explore Waponahki Art
06/27/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore artwork painted by young members of the four Native Tribes in Maine and make your own artwork inspired by nature!

Free with admission
6/28
Wednesday
I Can Paint With My Eyes Shut!
06/28/2017
10:15-10:45am
Inspired by Dr. Seuss' I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, explore your senses and paint on a giant canvas with your eyes closed!

Free with admission
6/28
Wednesday
Magic Potion Creation
06/28/2017
11-11:30am
Bubble...fizz...pop...it's magic potion time! Mix natural ingredients and watercolors to make creative and imaginative magic potions.

Free with admission
6/28
Wednesday
Music and Movement: Kids in Motion!
06/28/2017
1:30-2pm
Take a trip back to the 80's with this classic kids dance along mix!

Free with admission
6/28
Wednesday
Urban Ecologists
06/28/2017
3:30-4:30pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny--and not so tiny--creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission
6/29
Thursday
Microbial Art Time
06/29/2017
10:30-11am
Did you know that germs and diseases are often unique shapes and colors under a microscope? We'll observe a variety of common microbes in magnified images then sketch what we see using a variety of colors!

Free with admission
6/29
Thursday
Dreams: A Shadow Story
06/29/2017
11:30am-12pm
Learn about shadows and colors as we explore the book Dreams by Ezra Jack Keats!

Free with admission
6/29
Thursday
Stage Story: Interrupting Chicken
06/29/2017
2-2:30pm
Help put Little Red Chicken to bed with a bedtime story. Warning: if you mention the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, the little chicken might jump into the story to make some changes of her own!

Free with admission
6/29
Thursday
Explore the World: Vietnamese Moon Story
06/29/2017
3-3:30pm
Step into the starry night of our mini-planetarium and help tell the Vietnamese folk tale of the Moon Boy known as Chu Choi, a boy who loved to play tricks on other people.

Free with admission
6/30
Friday
Monster is Different
06/30/2017
10:15-10:45am
Sully the big blue monster looks different from me and you, but we have a lot in common on the inside. Join us to read a story about embracing our differences and meet some new friends along the way!

Free with admission
6/30
Friday
Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Math Exploration
06/30/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore proportions and volume in our sensory table and learn ways to bring math into everyday activities like bath time!

Free with admission
6/30
Friday
Germs-a-Glow!
06/30/2017
1:30-2pm
How many suds and how many scrubs does it take to rid your hands of germs? Learn about how germs spread and play a handwashing game where you can see the results. Then create a silly story about the journey of germs with bubble art illustrations!

Fee with admission
6/30
Friday
Just So Story: How the Whale Got His Throat
06/30/2017
2:30-3pm
Join us around our very own whales in the backyard where we will hear this story by Rudyard Kipling, and then become whales ourselves!

Free with admission

July 2017

7/1
Saturday
Schoolhouse Rock Dance
07/01/2017
10:15-11:15am
Shake your way into summer to "Conjunction Junction" and all the classics!

Free with admission
7/1
Saturday
Paint a Lobster Buoy
07/01/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Explore the history of lobstering in Maine and paint your own lobster buoy! Sketch a design on your buoy, then fill it in with colorful paint. Each buoy measures approximately 4"x11" and comes with a central hanging rope.

$12/members, $14/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk. Early registration is encouraged.

7/1
Saturday
Creature Feature: The Bees Knees
07/01/2017
12-12:30pm
Learn about the things our live honey bees love! Then we'll dance just like the bees do.

Free with admission
7/1
Saturday
Lupine Lady Art Time
07/01/2017
2:30-3pm
Create your own lupine-inspired art work, and read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, during this open-ended art time.

Free with admission
7/1
Saturday
Urban Ecologists
07/01/2017
3:30-4:30pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny--and not so tiny--creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission
7/2
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
07/02/2017
10:15-10:45am
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
7/2
Sunday
Celebrate Culture: Eid al-Fitr
07/02/2017
10:45am-12pm
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This is an exciting and big celebration. Come explore how our Maine Neighbor Abass Ali celebrates with his family by sampling sambusa, decorating hands with henna, and observing the moon. All are welcome to explore this exciting celebration!

Free with admission
7/2
Sunday
Rainbow Slime
07/02/2017
2-3pm
Make your own brilliant slime to take home: Borax free and safe for kids!

$3/members, $4/visitors plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk. Early registration is encouraged.

7/2
Sunday
Tour de France: Wheel and Axle Challenge
07/02/2017
3:30-4pm
How do we get our stick bikes moving down the mountains? Explore simple machines to make a movable bike.

Free with admission
7/3
Monday
Culture Kitchen: Herbs Around the World
07/03/2017
11-11:30am
Travel around the world with your taste buds! Explore herbs that grow here in Maine and around the world through stories, imaginary time travel, and cooking.

Free with admission
7/3
Monday
Wishes with Glenda the Good Witch
07/03/2017
1-1:30pm
Our theatre will be turning into the land of Oz this summer! Visit with Glenda, the Good Witch of the East, who can grant wishes with her magical bubble, and meet one of the actors from our summer play: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.

Free with admission
7/3
Monday
Architecture Hour: Rescue Mr. McGee and Dog Dee
07/03/2017
2-3pm
In the story Down to the Sea with Mr. McGee, Mr. McGee and his little dog get stuck up in the tree. Use your building skills and everyday objects like wood, rope and pulleys to design a rescue mission!

Free with admission
7/4
Tuesday
Closed for Independence Day
07/04/2017
10am-5pm
We are closed for the July 4th. Happy Independence Day!
7/5
Wednesday
Stories Around the World: Les Trois Petits Cochons
07/05/2017
10:30-11am
Little pig, little pig let me in...Join us for a dramatic telling of this classic tale en francais. We'll learn phrases from the Three Little Pigs in French then help tell the story to practice what we've learned!

Free with admission
7/5
Wednesday
Architecture Hour: Helmet for the Egg
07/05/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
You know that wearing a helmet is essential when riding a bike. Well, the Museum & Theatre has an egg friend that needs a helmet for a race! Can you design a helmet to keep the egg safe?

Free with admission
7/5
Wednesday
DIY Beach Mat
07/05/2017
2-3pm
Create your own canvas beach mat during this messy, hands-on workshop! Design and trace a design onto a pre-made canvas carpet, then make your design a reality using colorful paint. Beach mats measure approximately 48" x 20".

$12/members, $14/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk.

7/6
Thursday
Green Thumb Art Time
07/06/2017
10:30-11am
How does our garden grow? Explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse to learn about different types of fruits and vegetables and how to care for them. Taking inspiration from our garden, create a colorful art work to take home!

Free with admission
7/6
Thursday
Culture Kitchen: Chinese Dumplings
07/06/2017
11:30am-12pm
Travel around the world with your taste buds! Today our Museum & Theatre volunteer Katie Han will teach us to make traditional Chinese Dumplings.

Free with admission
7/6
Thursday
Ozian Camera Obscura
07/06/2017
3-3:30pm
The Wizard from the land of Oz uses some sneaky tricks with light and shadow to make himself great and powerful...and to keep an eye on the rest of Oz! Take a guided tour of the Camera Obscura, learn the science behind how our eye balls work, and view the city of Portland using some of the same sneaky tricks as the Wizard!

Free with admission
7/7
Friday
Play Market
07/07/2017
11-11:30am
Join us for a game of market! Begin with ten tokens and see how much you can spend, save or give in this fast-paced money game.

Free with admission
7/7
Friday
Open Art Studio
07/07/2017
1-2pm
Come on up to the Explore Some More room to create a special project to take home. This hands-on, messy project is sure to get your creativity going! Stay for a few minutes of colorful fun or stay for the whole hour!

Free with admission
7/7
Friday
Just So Story: How The Whale Got His Throat
07/07/2017
2-2:30pm
Whales' mouths are so big! Ever wondered why they don't just gobble up everything around them? Join us around our very own whale fountain in the backyard where we will act out a story by Rudyard Kipling to learn a very silly answer.

Free with admission
7/7
Friday
$2 Friday
07/07/2017
5-8pm
To best serve our community, we are open late the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person. We strive to share the Museum & Theatre experience at an affordable rate with families who may not be able to visit during regular business hours. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.
7/8
Saturday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
07/08/2017
10:30-11am
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
7/8
Saturday
DIY Beach Mat
07/08/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Create your own canvas beach mat during this messy, hands-on workshop. Design and trace a design onto a pre-made canvas carpet, then make your design a reality using colorful paint. Beach mats measure approximately 48" x 20".

$12/members, $14/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk.

7/8
Saturday
Stewardship Scouts: Story of a Lake
07/08/2017
1:30-2pm
Have you played in one of Maine's 2,677 lakes this summer? Gather around our miniature, indoor lake and join us for an interactive story and hands on science experiment. We'll find out how we can keep our lakes happy and healthy.

Free with admission
7/8
Saturday
Green Thumb Art Time
07/08/2017
3-3:30pm
How does our garden grow? Explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse to learn about different types of fruits and vegetables and how to care for them. Taking inspiration from our garden, create a colorful art work to take home!

Free with admission
7/9
Sunday
Ocean of Oobleck
07/09/2017
10:30-11am
Get messy and create a squishy, hard goo of cornstarch and water. Squish with your fingers and your toes!

Free with admission
7/9
Sunday
Star Show: Orion the Hunter
07/09/2017
1-1:30pm
Join us as we learn about this famous constellation and find out why we see Orion in the summer sky and Scorpio in the winter sky.

Free with admission
7/9
Sunday
The Amazing Egg
07/09/2017
3:30-4pm
Explore our collection of real and replica eggs all the way from dinosaurs to hummingbirds and learn all about the life cycle of creatures that hatch from and lay eggs.

Free with admission
7/10
Monday
Balloon Science
07/10/2017
10:30-11am
Ever wondered how hot air balloons stay up or why we don't see them flying in the winter time? Explore the effects of hot and cold air on balloons, and decorate your own hot air balloons to take home.

Free with admission
7/10
Monday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
07/10/2017
11:30am-12pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
7/10
Monday
Build a Sapphire City
07/10/2017
3-3:30pm
Dorothy travels through the Land of Oz to reach the Emerald City...Let's help her by making our very own city out of blue blocks! Join us in the Playscape and let your imagination run wild as we make a magical Sapphire City and meet actors from our summer play: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.

Free with admission
7/11
Tuesday
Teddy Bear Picnic in the Garden
07/11/2017
11am-2pm
If you go down to our backyard today, you're sure of a great surprise! If you go down in our backyard today, you'd better go in disguise. Today's the day the teddy bears (and dolls, action figures, and other plush friends) have their picnic! Spend the morning making bracelets for special furry friends, make and taste sun tea and other yummy snacks, sing a teddy bear song, and more!
  • 11-11:30am: Teddy Bear Sing Along
  • 12-1pm: Teddy Bear Sun Tea & Other Treats
  • 1:30-2pm: Teddy Bear Parachute Play
Free with admission
7/11
Tuesday
Teddy Bear Sing Along
07/11/2017
11-11:30am
Warm up your voice and sing a song with us today. Learn the song behind our Teddy Bear Picnic celebrations that's sure to have you and your favorite bear singing and dancing all the way home.

Free with admission
7/11
Tuesday
Teddy Bear Sun Tea & Other Treats
07/11/2017
12-1pm
Did you know that teddy bears drink honey tea at their picnics? Make and taste sun tea and other honey-themed snacks. Don't forget to share some with your favorite bear!

Free with admission
7/11
Tuesday
Teddy Bear Parachute Play
07/11/2017
1:30-2pm
Does your teddy bear have dreams of flying? Send your special bear flying high into the sky with the Museum & Theatre's colorful parachute!

Free with admission
7/12
Wednesday
Stories Around the World: Les Trois Petits Cochons
07/12/2017
10:30-11am
Little pig, little pig let me in...Join us for a dramatic telling of this classic tale en francais! We'll learn phrases from the Three Little Pigs in French then help tell the story to practice what we've learned.

Free with admission
7/12
Wednesday
Play Market
07/12/2017
11-11:30am
Join us for a game of market! Begin with ten tokens and see how much you can spend, save or give in this fast-paced money game!

Free with admission
7/12
Wednesday
Clam Chowder for Lunch
07/12/2017
12:30-1pm
Looking for a family-friendly lunch spot? Stay right here at the Museum & Theatre! Help us make a pot of New England clam chowder as we follow a special family recipe. While our chowder is cooking, we'll read One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey and finish our time together with a delicious cup of chowder (with oyster crackers, of course)!

$3/members, $4/visitors plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk. Advanced registration is encouraged.

7/12
Wednesday
Solve the Rainbow Mystery
07/12/2017
3-3:30pm
Where do rainbows come from? Experiment with light and water and discover how rainbows form. We'll paint rainbows on our cheeks or hands after we solved the mystery!

Free with admission
7/13
Thursday
Culture Kitchen: Crepes
07/13/2017
11-11:30am
Help us make traditional French crepes in honor of the 104th Tour de France. We'll measure and mix the ingredients as we follow a special family recipe. While our crepes cook, we'll learn about Tour de France and we'll track the racers' progress as they bicycle across France!

Free with admission
7/13
Thursday
Cassatt String Quartet with guest Narrator Anna Gravel present Lighthouse Keeper by Delvyn Case
07/13/2017
2-2:45pm
Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In this special family-friendly show, the Cassatt String Quartet and narrator Anna Gravel will perform Lighthouse Keeper: The Story of Abbie Burgess by Delvyn Case. Guest narrator Anna is a film and stage actress, singer and filmmaker who discovered her passion for acting at age 8 and went on to earn her BA in Theater from University of Southern Maine.

Lighthouse Keeper is based upon the inspiring, true story of Abbie Burgess Grant, the teenager who heroically tended a lighthouse off the Maine coast during one of the greatest Nor'easters of the nineteenth century, saving the lives of countless sailors. In this interactive performance, children sing along with Abbie, urging her to face her fears as she climbs the lighthouse stairs, chips the ice off the great windows high above the raging sea, and steadies her hand as she lights the wicks of the great beacon. Please note seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Free with admission
7/13
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
07/13/2017
3:30-4pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all within the confines of our pressure jar!

Free with admission
7/14
Friday
Play Market
07/14/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a game of market! Begin with ten tokens and see how much you can spend, save or give in this fast-paced money game!

Free with admission
7/14
Friday
Clam Chowder for Lunch
07/14/2017
12:30-1pm
Looking for a family-friendly lunch spot? Stay right here at the Museum & Theatre! Help us make a pot of New England clam chowder as we follow a special family recipe. While our chowder is cooking, we'll read One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey and finish our time together with a delicious cup of chowder (with oyster crackers, of course)!

$3/members, $4/visitors plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk. Advanced registration is encouraged.

7/14
Friday
Active Planet: Volcanos, Earthquakes, and Tectonic Plates!
07/14/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes and test out your knowledge in our mini earthquake simulator!

Free with admission
7/15
Saturday
Winter Wonderland Day
07/15/2017
11am-3pm
Are you ready for cooler weather? Tired of sunburns, melting ice cream, and itchy bug bites? Join us for a chilly day of fun! We'll make snow paint, hear a winter story under the stars in our mini-planetarium, learn about the coldest places on earth, and more. Don't forget to try winter face painting and help us melt a giant iceberg inside of the Museum & Theatre!
  • 11-11:30am: Arctic Animal Sing-Along
  • 1-1:30pm: Polar Star Show
  • 2:30-3pm: Meet the Arts: Snow Paint
Free with admission
7/15
Saturday
Arctic Animal Sing-Along
07/15/2017
11-11:30am
Arctic Animals have learned to live where it's very cold and nights are very long. Learn a song all about animals you might see on the Arctic tundra based on the book Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Wind Blows by Marianne Berkes.

Free with admission
7/15
Saturday
Polar Star Show
07/15/2017
1-1:30pm
The polar night sky is full of wonder, from the North Star right over head to the occasional explosion of the northern lights! Join us in our mini-planetarium to gaze up into the stars and imagine living in the Arctic.

Free with admission
7/15
Saturday
Meet the Arts: Snow Paint
07/15/2017
2:30-3pm
Try out this winter classic in the middle of the summer! Mix up a batch of sparkly snow paint and read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats during this open-ended art time.

Free with admission
7/16
Sunday
Celebrate Culture: Forks, Fingers and Chopsticks
07/16/2017
11-11:30am
People around the world eat all different ways. Come sample some universally delicious foods and try out different eating utensils used around the world!

Free with admission
7/16
Sunday
Camera Obscura: Where Science Meets Art
07/16/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us as we explore how artists used camera obscuras to create perfect perspective, then try your hand at tracing a panoramic view of Portland.

Free with admission
7/16
Sunday
Tour de France: Wheel and Axle Challenge
07/16/2017
3-3:30pm
How do we get our stick bikes moving down the mountains? Explore simple machines to make a movable bike!

Free with admission
7/17
Monday
Tour de France: Wheel and Axle Challenge
07/17/2017
11-11:30am
How do we get our stick bikes moving down the mountains? Explore simple machines to make a movable bike!

Free with admission
7/17
Monday
Bargain Hunter in the Farmers' Market
07/17/2017
1-1:30pm
Play a character in our market today! Bake bread, sell fish and flowers, and see how many tokens you can earn in a day's work. Beware of bargain shoppers that may try to get you to lower your prices!

Free with admission
7/17
Monday
The Amazing Egg
07/17/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore our collection of real and replica eggs all the way from dinosaurs to hummingbirds and learn all about the life cycle of creatures that hatch from and lay eggs!

Free with admission
7/18
Tuesday
Tour de France: French Sing-Along
07/18/2017
10:30-11am
Can you point to your tete (head), epaules (shoulders), genoux (knee) and orteils (toes)? Sing familiar songs like "Head, shoulders, knees and toes" along with new songs to explore the French language through music!

Free with admission
7/18
Tuesday
Culture Kitchen: Herbs Around the World
07/18/2017
11:30am-12pm
Travel around the world with your taste buds! Explore herbs that grow here in Maine and around the world through stories, imaginary time travel, and cooking.

Free with admission
7/18
Tuesday
Cabinets of Curiosities
07/18/2017
2:30-3pm
Did you know that the first museum opened in 1683 and was known as a Cabinet of Curiosity? Create your own collecting box out of recycled materials to start your own miniature museum!

Free with admission
7/19
Wednesday
Stewardship Scouts: Story of a Lake
07/19/2017
11-11:30am
Have you played in one of Maine's 2,677 lakes this summer? Gather around our miniature, indoor lake and join us for an interactive story and hands on science experiment. We'll find out how we can keep our lakes happy and healthy!

Free with admission
7/19
Wednesday
Rainbow Slime
07/19/2017
11:30am-12pm
Make your own brilliant slime to take home: Borax free and safe for kids!

$3/members, $4/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk.

7/19
Wednesday
Meet the Arts: Matisse in the Garden
07/19/2017
3-3:30pm
Did you know that Henri Matisse took inspiration from the natural world? Join us in our backyard garden to create a Matisse-inspired collage!

Free with admission
7/20
Thursday
Stories Around the World: Les Trois Petits Cochons
07/20/2017
10:30-11am
Little pig, little pig let me in...Join us for a dramatic telling of this classic tale en francais! We'll learn phrases from the Three Little Pigs in French then help tell the story to practice what we've learned.

Free with admission
7/20
Thursday
Culture Kitchen: Vietnamese Che
07/20/2017
11:30am-12pm
Travel around the world with your taste buds. Make a traditional Vietnamese pudding called Che.

Free with admission
7/20
Thursday
Destruction Zone!
07/20/2017
3:30-4pm
Experiment with small scale wrecking balls. Build towers and use physics to knock them down!

Free with admission
7/21
Friday
On-the-Go Puppet Theatres
07/21/2017
10:30-11am
Does your summer involve long car rides to the beach or the mountains? Stop by to create your own miniature puppet theatres out of recycled materials! Create your own puppet characters and give them a unique backdrop. Bring your creation home for hours of storytelling fun.

Free with admission
7/21
Friday
Ukulele Ladies Sing-Along
07/21/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us for a summer song with the Museum & Theatre's own Uku-Rock Band, The Ukulele Ladies! We'll warm up our voices and bodies and learn a song together.

Free with admission
7/21
Friday
Active Planet: Volcanos, Earthquakes, and Tectonic Plates!
07/21/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes and test out your knowledge in our mini earthquake simulator!

Free with admission
7/22
Saturday
Robot Dance Party
07/22/2017
10:15-11:15am
Get moving and grooving like a robot during this interactive dance party. We'll turn on the tunes and practice our robot dancing while sliding, building and playing in the Museum & Theatre's Playscape.

Free with admission
7/22
Saturday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
07/22/2017
1-1:30pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
7/22
Saturday
Open Art Studio
07/22/2017
3-4pm
Come on up to the Explore Some More room to create a special project to take home. Join us for a hands-on, messy project that's sure to get your creativity going. Stay for a few minutes of colorful fun or stay for the whole hour.

Free with admission
7/23
Sunday
Tour de France Day
07/23/2017
10:30am-3pm
Kiddos start your wheels! Bike on over to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine to get your adventure going. From 10:30am-3pm we will be celebrating the end of one of the biggest bike races in the world by exploring French culture and bicycles. Cook crepes, sing French songs, build a wheel and axle, get silly with balloon pedaling, and make a helmet safe enough for an egg!
  • 10:30-11am: Tour de France: Croque Monsieur ou Madame
  • 11-11:30am: Tour de France: Lavender Art
  • 11:30am-12:30pm: Architecture Hour: Helmet for the Egg
  • 1-1:30pm: Tour de France: Wheel and Axle Challenge
  • 2:30pm-3pm: Tour de France: Bicycle Locomotion
Free with admission
7/23
Sunday
Tour de France: Croque Monsieur ou Madame
07/23/2017
10:30-11am
As cyclists race through the Tour de France, we will explore a tour of French cuisine. Join us in the kitchen as we make and taste a traditional Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame and a lavender milkshake.

Free with admission
7/23
Sunday
Tour de France: Lavender Art
07/23/2017
11-11:30am
Come use lavender buds and natural objects to create nature keepsakes in the spirit of the Provence region in France, famous for lavender fields.

Free with admission
7/23
Sunday
Architecture Hour: Helmet for the Egg
07/23/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
You know that wearing a helmet is essential when riding a bike. Well, the Museum & Theatre has an egg friend that needs a helmet for a race! Can you design a helmet to keep the egg safe?

Free with admission
7/23
Sunday
Tour de France: Wheel and Axle Challenge
07/23/2017
1-1:30pm
How do we get our stick bikes moving down the mountains? Explore simple machines to make a movable bike.

Free with admission
7/23
Sunday
Tour de France: Bicycle Locomotion
07/23/2017
2:30-3pm
Have you ever stretched out on your back and peddled your feet up in the air like you're riding an imaginary bicycle? That's what we will do as we pedal balloons and beach balls around the Museum & Theatre playscape!

Free with admission
7/24
Monday
Bargain Hunter in the Farmers' Market
07/24/2017
10:30-11am
Play a character in our market today. Bake the bread, sell the fish, sell the flowers, and see how many tokens you can earn in a day's work! Beware of bargain shoppers that may try to get you to lower your prices!

Free with admission
7/24
Monday
Trap a Tornado in a Jar
07/24/2017
11:30am-12pm
Dorothy travels to Oz when her house gets caught in a tornado. Now it's our turn to trap a tornado in a jar! Join us for this twist-y experiment and learn the science behind tornados.

Free with admission
7/24
Monday
Zen Den: There's No Place Like Home
07/24/2017
2-2:30pm
Dorothy from Kansas has a problem: she has gone on a great adventure, but now she misses home! Join Dorothy to read a story about missing home and explore how our faces and bodies change when we feel homesick. Then turn it around and find ways to comfort yourself when you miss home the most. Bring your favorite toy or stuffy and we can help Dorothy feel better!

Free with admission
7/25
Tuesday
On-the-Go Puppet Theatres
07/25/2017
11-11:30am
Does your summer involve long car rides to the beach or the mountains? Stop by to create your own miniature puppet theatres out of recycled materials! Create your own puppet characters and give them a unique backdrop. Bring your creation home for hours of storytelling fun.

Free with admission
7/25
Tuesday
Stewardship Scouts: Story of a Lake
07/25/2017
1-1:30pm
Have you played in one of Maine's 2,677 lakes this summer? Gather around our miniature, indoor lake and join us for an interactive story and hands on science experiment. We'll find out how we can keep our lakes happy and healthy!

Free with admission
7/25
Tuesday
Solve the Rainbow Mystery
07/25/2017
3-3:30pm
Where do rainbows come from? Experiment with light and water and discover how rainbows form. We'll paint rainbows on our cheeks or hands after we solve the mystery!

Free with admission
7/26
Wednesday
Music and Movement
07/26/2017
10:30-11am
Listen to music, play games, and express yourself with dance and instruments while learning about rhythm, tempo, and volume.

Free with admission
7/26
Wednesday
Cabinets of Curiosities
07/26/2017
11:30am-12pm
Did you know that the first western museum opened in 1683 and was known as a Cabinet of Curiosity? Create your own collecting box out of recycled materials to start your own miniature museum!

Free with admission
7/26
Wednesday
Make a Flying Broomstick
07/26/2017
2-3pm
Being a Witch in Oz means you need to get places FAST! And what better way than a broomstick? Create your very own broomstick, decide if you're a Good Witch or feeling a little wicked, and meet one of our actors from our summer play: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz! Paint designs with glue, glitter, and stars onto natural wood broomsticks. Each broomstick measures approximately four feet.

$10/members, $12/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk.

7/26
Wednesday
Wickedly Tricky Theatre Games
07/26/2017
3:30-4pm
The Witch of the West from Oz has a problem: she is feeling so wicked and tricky, she has turned green! Join the Witch of the West to read a story about being tricky and explore how our faces and bodies change when we feel wicked!

Free with admission
7/27
Thursday
Sign Language Songs
07/27/2017
10:30-11am
Sing songs and learn sign language in this developmental language and literacy program for our smallest visitors. We'll learn basic signs for early communication and familiar songs and rhymes.

Free with admission
7/27
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Matisse in the Garden
07/27/2017
11:30am-12pm
Did you know that Henri Matisse took inspiration from the natural world? Join us in our backyard garden to create a Matisse-inspired collage.

Free with admission
7/27
Thursday
Moon Squirter Tomato Tasting
07/27/2017
1-1:30pm
In this food science program, we'll learn all about tomatoes and taste test different varieties. Compare our garden tomatoes or Farmers' Market with grocery store varieties. Before you leave grab a new tomato recipe to try out at home!

Free with admission
7/27
Thursday
Build a Sapphire City
07/27/2017
3:30-4pm
Dorothy travels through the Land of Oz to reach the Emerald City...Let's help her by making our very own city out of blue blocks! Join us in the playscape and let your imagination run wild as we make a magical Sapphire City, and meet actors from our summer play: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.

Free with admission
7/28
Friday
Robot Dance Party
07/28/2017
10:30-11:15am
Get moving and grooving like a robot during this interactive dance party! We'll turn on the tunes and practice our robot dancing while sliding, building and playing in the Museum & Theatre's Playscape.

Free with admission
7/28
Friday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
07/28/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all within the confines of our pressure jar!

Free with admission
7/28
Friday
Green Thumb Art Time
07/28/2017
2:30-3pm
How does our garden grow? Explore the Museum & Theatre's backyard garden and greenhouse to learn about different types of fruits and vegetables and how to care for them. Taking inspiration from our garden, create a colorful art work to take home!

Free with admission
7/28
Friday
Main Stage Production: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz Opening Night Gala
07/28/2017
4-5pm
Join us for our Opening Night Gala and celebrate opening night of our show! We'll have a party with the actors after the performance.

Dorothy and her little dog are lost in the land of Oz and need help following the yellow brick road all the way back to home sweet home--Kansas. Can you help them? In this special main stage play that invites audience participation, the munchkins of Oz are played by you! Dorothy meets all kinds of friends along the way: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, two witches (one friendly and one wicked) all on the way to see a great and powerful wizard.

By Steve and Kathy Hotchner, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing Company. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors.

$9/members, $10/visitors, $16 to stay and play and see the show. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

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7/29
Saturday
Meet the Arts: Giacometti Sculptures
07/29/2017
10:30-11am
Explore the unique sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and create your own sculpture out of aluminum foil to take home!

Free with admission
7/29
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
07/29/2017
11am-12pm
Dorothy and her little dog are lost in the land of Oz and need help following the yellow brick road all the way back to home sweet home--Kansas. Can you help them? In this special main stage play that invites audience participation, the munchkins of Oz are played by you! Dorothy meets all kinds of friends along the way: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, two witches (one friendly and one wicked) all on the way to see a great and powerful wizard.

By Steve and Kathy Hotchner, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing Company. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors.

$9/members, $10/visitors, $16 to stay and play and see the show. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

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7/29
Saturday
Destruction Zone!
07/29/2017
12:30-1pm
Experiment with small scale wrecking balls. Build towers and use physics to knock them down!

Free with admission
7/29
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
07/29/2017
1-2pm
Dorothy and her little dog are lost in the land of Oz and need help following the yellow brick road all the way back to home sweet home--Kansas. Can you help them? In this special main stage play that invites audience participation, the munchkins of Oz are played by you! Dorothy meets all kinds of friends along the way: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, two witches (one friendly and one wicked) all on the way to see a great and powerful wizard.

By Steve and Kathy Hotchner, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing Company. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors.

$9/members, $10/visitors, $16 to stay and play and see the show. Purchase tickets online, call (800) 838-3006, or stop by the front desk.

Tickets will be available soon!
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7/29
Saturday
Make a Flying Broomstick
07/29/2017
3-4pm
Being a Witch in Oz means you need to get places FAST! And what better way than a broomstick? Create your very own broomstick, decide if you're a Good Witch or feeling a little wicked, and meet one of our actors from our summer play: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz! Paint designs with glue, glitter, and stars onto natural wood broomsticks. Each broomstick measures approximately four feet.>br>
$10/members, $12/visitors. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk.

7/30
Sunday
Shadow Puppet Show
07/30/2017
11-11:30am
Join us for an interactive shadow puppet show! We'll discover the science behind shadow, then tell a story together.

Free with admission
7/30
Sunday
Bubble Wand Workshop
07/30/2017
11:30am-12pm
Create your very own bubble wand like the one used by Glenda the Good Witch in our production of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz! Experiment with different bubble solutions to see what makes the best bubbles and make a unique bubble wand to help Dorothy and her friends reach the Emerald City! Before we can help her, the question is: Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

$5/wand plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, visit or stop by the front desk.

7/30
Sunday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
07/30/2017
1-1:30pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all within the confines of our pressure jar!

Free with admission
7/30
Sunday
Culture Kitchen: Indian Chai
07/30/2017
3-3:30pm
Travel around the world with your taste buds! Smell, identify and mix spices to make traditional Indian Chai.

Free with admission
7/31
Monday
Trap a Tornado in a Jar
07/31/2017
11-11:30am
Dorothy travels to Oz when her house gets caught in a tornado, now it's our turn to trap a tornado in a jar! Join us for this twist-y experiment and learn the science behind tornados.

Free with admission
7/31
Monday
Culture Kitchen: Herbs Around the World
07/31/2017
1-1:30pm
Travel around the world with your taste buds! Explore herbs that grow here in Maine and around the world through stories, imaginary time travel, and cooking.

Free with admission
7/31
Monday
Wickedly Tricky Theatre Games
07/31/2017
3-3:30pm
The Witch of the West from Oz has a problem: she is feeling so wicked and tricky, she has turned green! Join the Witch of the West to read a story about being tricky and explore how our faces and bodies change when we feel wicked!

Free with admission