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August 2016

8/28
Sunday
Maple Syrup Sunday
08/28/2016
11am
Do you know how maple syrup is made? Come explore the process as we whip up a pancake brunch. Our exploration of this special Maine treat will be complete with a maple taste test!

Free with admission.
8/28
Sunday
Garden Squad
08/28/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
8/29
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Beet Brownies
08/29/2016
10:30am
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks!
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
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8/29
Monday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppets
08/29/2016
11am
Help tell the folk story of Abiyoyo, the dreaded giant, with shadow puppets!

Free with admission.
8/29
Monday
Blueberry Ice Cream Making (R$)
08/29/2016
2pm
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make blueberry ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop too!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $4/child for members, $5/child for visitors, plus admission.
8/30
Tuesday
Birds of Prey
08/30/2016
11am
Join us for a series of games as we learn how eagles, osprey, and owls use their eyes, beaks, and talons to capture food for their families.

Free with admission.
8/30
Tuesday
Ocean Commotion Art Time
08/30/2016
2pm
Join us as we explore the wonders of the ocean with a creative craft. Each week, we'll dive into the world of a different sea creature. This week, we'll explore whales as we create our own mini whale tail puppet.

Free with admission.
8/30
Tuesday
Stage Story: Laugh with Longfellow
08/30/2016
4pm
Did you know the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had a silly side? Act out his adventurous poem "The Children's Hour" and use your imaginations to plot, rush, and ramble over castle walls - and discover something wonderful on the other side.

Free with admission.
8/31
Wednesday
Ice Excavators
08/31/2016
11am
Uh-oh, some of the Museum & Theatre toys have become frozen in blocks of ice! Help us figure out the fastest, most effective way to melt these objects free from the ice using a variety of different tools and techniques.

Free with admission.
8/31
Wednesday
Weaving Words Blanket
08/31/2016
Noon
Do you have a favorite word? Come write it on a quilt square and add it to a multilingual, multi-color blanket that will grow throughout the summer. Come explore the beauty of language and discover how art weaves us all together.

Free with admission.
8/31
Wednesday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
08/31/2016
3-3:30pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum.
The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven.
Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front
8/31
Wednesday
Maine Nature Printmaking
08/31/2016
4pm
Join us as we learn about the age-old tradition of printmaking. Create your own design in colorful ink, then stamp paper onto your creation to create a print of your design!

Free with admission.

September 2016

9/1
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Sing Along
09/01/2016
10:15am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors! This week, we'll sing our sillies out while we explore various percussion instruments. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
9/1
Thursday
Mainely Moose
09/01/2016
2-2:30pm
Moose love to make their home in Maine. Join us to explore real moose artifacts - including fur, teeth, and antlers - and learn how these animals survive through the heat of the summer and chill of the long Maine winters. Then make a moose track craft to take home!

Free with admission
9/1
Thursday
Spinning Webs with E.B. White
09/01/2016
4pm
Do you know the famous book, Charlotte's Web? Come explore this fun story about a spider who spins words in her web to save a pig. Then make your own special spider message using sticks and yarn. What will your web say?

Free with admission.
9/2
Friday
Joyful Children's Day
09/02/2016
10am-8pm
Childhood is a joy to be celebrated! Joyful Children's Day is a free admission day for everyone, in honor of children everywhere.

In addition to the Museum & Theatre being open free of charge all day from 10am to 8pm, local artists, performers, and musicians will perform throughout the day in a showcase of local art. We invite you and your family to join us for this incredible community gathering.

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

10:30am - Mediation
11am - Yoga
11:30am - Storytelling
11:45am & 4pm - Meet a princess
1pm - Meet a bug biologist
3pm - Meet a doctor while playing in the Be Well Center exhibit
4pm - Comedy magic show
5pm - Stilt-walking
5pm - Live music while you play!
5:30pm - Nature Tables
6:30pm Ukulele sing-a-long!

The idea for Joyful Children's Day was born from the intense sadness we felt after the events at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, prompting us to come upon the idea of opening our doors for a day and inviting the community to come to a safe and joyful space. Since then, the day has evolved into a wonderful opportunity for community members to join us for performances, activities, and other acts of volunteering. Please join us for the 4th annual Joyful Children's Day!
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9/2
Friday
Main Stage Theatre Meet and Greet!
09/02/2016
5:15-6:15pm
Learn more about our main stage theatre program and gain confidence on the stage! Find out more about our 2016-2017 main stage season, and how you can audition for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. We will be playing games and acting out parts of the story. Our theatre staff will be available to answer any questions about how to get involved in a show.

Free with admission.
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9/3
Saturday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Winslow Homer
09/03/2016
11am
Join us as we learn about one of Maine's great artists! We'll discover the different types of boats Homer liked to depict. Then, create your own nautical watercolor in the spirit of Homer's ocean-inspired works.

Free with admission

Bonus: Head next door to the Portland Museum of Art to see an original Winslow Homer. Children under 14 admitted free!
9/3
Saturday
Owl Pellet Dissection (R$)
09/03/2016
11:30am-Noon
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will get his/her own owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner!

Suggested for ages 4 and up. Caregivers are welcome to participate. $5/child member, $7/child visitor, plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk.
9/3
Saturday
Play in One Day: Masks! (R$) Ages 5-9
09/03/2016
12-2pm
Since ancient times, people have used masks to perform different characters in a story. Have you ever made a mask and worn it? In this special two hour workshop, young actors and artists will decorate mask forms and use the masks to perform a play for friends and family! After we perform the play, you'll have a mask to take home!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. At the end of the workshop, caregivers will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants before the show.

$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
9/3
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/03/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
9/4
Sunday
Moose Tracks Ice Cream Making (R$)
09/04/2016
11am
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make moose tracks ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $4/child for members, $5/child for visitors plus admission.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
9/4
Sunday
Animal Yoga
09/04/2016
2pm
Stretch like a cat and moo like a cow during this yoga time for tots. We will practice balance and self-control while pretending to be lots of different animals!

Free with admission.
9/5
Monday
Harvest Moon Art
09/05/2016
10:30am
The harvest moon is special because it only comes once a year. Come learn about this extra big moon and create a collaborative harvest moon mural.

Free with admission.
9/5
Monday
Egypt in the Stars
09/05/2016
11:00am
Take a journey through an ancient Egyptian calendar year as we follow the powerful star Sothis across the sky. Through this story of destruction and rebirth, well learn how ancient Egyptians used mythology to explain natural events occurring all around them. Join us after for some hieroglyphic writing in the Explore Some More room!

Free with admission.
9/5
Monday
Blue Whale Problems
09/05/2016
1:00pm
Come join us as we delve into the real nuts and bolts of owning the largest creature on the planet with the silly book, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problems. Then get out your measuring tapes as we crack some blue whale math problems to put in perspective just how HUGE these creatures really are!

Free with admission.
9/5
Monday
Moose Tracks Ice Cream Making (R$)
09/05/2016
2pm- 3pm
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make moose tracks ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $4/child for members, $5/child for visitors plus admission.
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9/6
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Whale Tales
09/06/2016
10:15am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll dive into the worlds of the largest mammals on Earth. Read a whale story, sing a whale song and more! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
9/6
Tuesday
Mini-Raft Building
09/06/2016
11:30am
Make a simple raft from twigs and rubberbands, then test your raft's strength in our outdoor fountain. Can you make your raft strong enough to tow a toy boat? We'll problem solve to make our rafts as strong and buoyant as can be!

Free with admission.
9/6
Tuesday
Animal Yoga
09/06/2016
2pm
Stretch like a cat and moo like a cow during this yoga time for tots. We will practice balance and self-control while pretending to be lots of different animals!

Free with admission.
9/7
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: ABC, 123 Preview! ($)
09/07/2016
10:15-11:15am
Do you like using your imagination, puppetry, and storytelling? How about dramatic play, pretending and acting on the stage? If you do, you might be ready for an acting class!
We offer acting classes for our youngest performers throughout the school year. Our ABC 123 Teensy Weensy preview is a chance to see if acting class is right for you! This is an excellent opportunity for pre-school aged children to give acting a try, become storytellers and follow directions in a group.

$7/members, $10/visitors plus the cost of admission. To register call 207-828-1234, register online, or stop by our front desk!
9/7
Wednesday
Spinning Webs with E.B. White
09/07/2016
11am
Do you know the famous book, Charlotte's Web? Come explore this fun story about a spider who spins words in her web to save a pig. Then make your own special spider message using sticks and yarn. What will your web say?

Free with admission.
9/7
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
09/07/2016
2pm
Join us for an open-ended art time. We'll test out a variety of materials in our Explore Some More Room.

Free with admission.
9/8
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Cheerio Necklaces
09/08/2016
10:15am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll practice threading as we create necklaces made of cheerios. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
9/8
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Cauliflower Popcorn
09/08/2016
11am
Calling all kids to the kitchen! Come learn about where food comes from while we follow recipes to mix up some snacks that are as healthy as they are tasty.
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
9/8
Thursday
Mainely Moose
09/08/2016
2-2:30pm
Moose love to make their home in Maine. Join us to explore real moose artifacts - including fur, teeth, and antlers - and learn how these animals survive through the heat of the summer and chill of the long Maine winters. Then make a moose track craft to take home!

Free with admission
9/9
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
09/09/2016
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write letters to them thanking them for keeping us safe, and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission.
9/9
Friday
Painting with Sound
09/09/2016
Noon
Join us as we combine music and art during this dynamic program. We'll attach jingle bells to our paint brushes and discover the designs and sound we can create at the same time!

Free with admission.
9/9
Friday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
09/09/2016
12:15-12:45pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum.
The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven.
Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front
9/9
Friday
Mythological Music
09/09/2016
2pm
Explore some of the different musical and earthly sounds of Greek mythology! Learn about Heracles' lyre, make the sounds of Icarus' seagull friends, explore the sounds of the night sky that inspire Ariande to dance, or even play a song that puts Cerberus to sleep...

Free with admission
9/9
Friday
Dramatic Imagination Class: Fairly Stupid Tales from the Stinky Cheese Man (R$) Ages 5-9
09/09/2016
3:30-5pm
Pretend you're Jack, or Little Red Running Shorts, or the Little Red Hen, or the Other Frog Prince, or (of course), The Stinky Cheese Man in this mixed up fairy tale acting class! As a group, we'll explore the very silly stories written by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and act them out!

This class is designed for early elementary school students between the ages of 5 and 9 who desire to stretch their imaginations and put on a show. Actors will learn team building warm-up games, trust exercises, and focusing games to help think on their feet. Perhaps this play will give you the confidence to audition when we do The Stinky Cheese Man on our main stage this winter!
Class meets on the following dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30. $60 for members / $80 for visitors. To register for this class, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Please sign up early! This workshop requires two or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the first workshop.
9/10
Saturday
Ancient Beasts
09/10/2016
11am
Mammoths and mastodons and dinosaurs, oh my! Join us as we investigate the captivating lives of giant animals that once roamed the planet thousands or even millions of years ago.

Free with admission.
9/10
Saturday
Create-a-Crayon Workshop (R$)
09/10/2016
11:30am
Create your very own multi-colored crayon! Choose from a variety of colors and shapes, and even add a dash of glitter for an extra festive crayon. Then, we'll read The Day the Crayons Quit while we wait for our crayon creations to bake.

$4/participant for members, $5/participant for visitors, plus admission. To register call 207-828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk.
9/10
Saturday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
09/10/2016
1pm
Check out our troupe of life-sized 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. Each show offers an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards.

Free with admission.
9/10
Saturday
Play in One Day: Dragon Stories! (R$) Ages 5 - 9
09/10/2016
3-5pm
Dragons are magical, mystical creatures that breathe fire, bring luck, and guard treasure! In this special two hour theatre workshop, we'll pretend to be dragons and make up our own dragon story. This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
9/10
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/10/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
9/11
Sunday
Harvest Moon Art
09/11/2016
11am
The harvest moon is special because it only comes once a year. Come learn about this extra big moon and create a collaborative harvest moon mural.

Free with admission.
9/11
Sunday
Ice Cream Making (R$)
09/11/2016
12-12:30pm
On warm summer days, we all scream for ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make vanilla ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop!

Sign up the day of at the front desk.
$4/member, $5/visitor plus admission.
9/12
Monday
Members' Monday
09/12/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
9/12
Monday
Member's Monday: Apple Prints
09/12/2016
10-10:30am
Fall is apple season! Come dissect an apple to learn about its different parts and make an apple print art piece.

Free with admission.
9/12
Monday
Acting 101: Singing for Actors (Ages 9-14) (R$)
09/12/2016
3-5pm
Learn a song from our upcoming show, get the inside scoop on singing tips for actors and sing your heart out in this acapella jam session with our own musical director, Brittany Cook! No previous acting experience necessary.
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop. Registration fee includes two tickets for our next show, The Hobbit.

$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
9/13
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Messy Paint Time
09/13/2016
10:15am
Join us for a dynamic art program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll paint with dinosaurs. Practice dipping our dinosaur friends in paint and then stomp them across your paper to see what tracks they leave behind! Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
9/13
Tuesday
Mini-Raft Building
09/13/2016
11:30am
Make a simple raft from twigs and rubberbands, then test your raft's strength in our outdoor fountain. Can you make your raft strong enough to tow a toy boat? We'll problem solve to make our rafts as strong and buoyant as can be!

Free with admission.
9/13
Tuesday
Harvest Moon Art
09/13/2016
2pm
The harvest moon is special because it only comes once a year. Come learn about this extra big moon and create a collaborative harvest moon mural.

Free with admission.
9/14
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: ABC, 123 Preview! ($)
09/14/2016
10:15-11:15am
Do you like using your imagination, puppetry, and storytelling? How about dramatic play, pretending and acting on the stage? If you do, you might be ready for an acting class!
We offer acting classes for our youngest performers throughout the school year. Our ABC 123 Teensy Weensy preview is a chance to see if acting class is right for you! This is an excellent opportunity for pre-school aged children to give acting a try, become storytellers and follow directions in a group.

$7/members, $10/visitors plus the cost of admission. To register call 207-828-1234, register online, or stop by our front desk!
9/14
Wednesday
Harvest Moon Art
09/14/2016
11am
The harvest moon is special because it only comes once a year. Come learn about this extra big moon and create a collaborative harvest moon mural.

Free with admission.
9/14
Wednesday
Meet the Masters: Seeing Blue with Picasso
09/14/2016
2pm
Learn all about tinting and shading as we experiment to see what happens when we combine white or black paint with blue paint, just like Picasso! See examples of Picasso's famous Blue Period works, discuss why Picasso chose to focus on shades of blue, and test out your shading and tinting skills.

Free with admission.
9/15
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Tortillas
09/15/2016
11am
Calling all kids to the kitchen! Come learn about where food comes from while we follow recipes to mix up some snacks that are as healthy as they are tasty.
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
9/15
Thursday
Mainely Moose
09/15/2016
2-2:30pm
Moose love to make their home in Maine. Join us to explore real moose artifacts - including fur, teeth, and antlers - and learn how these animals survive through the heat of the summer and chill of the long Maine winters. Then make a moose track craft to take home!

Free with admission
9/16
Friday
Painting with Sound
09/16/2016
10:30-11am
Join us as we combine music and art during this dynamic program. We'll attach jingle bells to our paint brushes and discover the designs and sound we can create at the same time!

Free with admission.
9/16
Friday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
09/16/2016
12:30-1pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum.
The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven.
Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front
9/16
Friday
Mythological Music
09/16/2016
2pm
Explore some of the different musical and earthly sounds of Greek mythology! Learn about Heracles' lyre, make the sounds of Icarus' seagull friends, explore the sounds of the night sky that inspire Ariande to dance, or even play a song that puts Cerberus to sleep...

Free with admission
9/16
Friday
Ancient Beasts
09/16/2016
4pm
Mammoths and mastodons and dinosaurs, oh my! Join us as we investigate the captivating lives of giant animals that once roamed the planet thousands or even millions of years ago.

Free with admission.
9/17
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
09/17/2016
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time, explore art and tactile programming, and meet other families from the community.
This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the museum and theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will be available. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment.
$5/person, or $10/person to stay and play.
Questions? Contact:
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9/17
Saturday
Design A Wizard Hat
09/17/2016
11-11:30am
Calling all sorcerers and sorceresses! Stop by to create a magical, mystical hat. Add glitter, feathers, pompoms, and more to decorate this very important part of every wizard's wardrobe.

Free with admission
9/17
Saturday
Owl Pellet Dissection (R$)
09/17/2016
11:30am-Noon
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will get his/her own owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner!

Suggested for ages 4 and up. Caregivers are welcome to participate. $5/child member, $7/child visitor, plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk.
9/17
Saturday
Improv Show: Mainey Acts (R$)
09/17/2016
12:30-1:15pm
In the spirit of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", whole families, local actors and actors in our own children's theatre will create scenes based on suggestions from the audience! We welcome participation on all levels, and there are plenty of opportunities to get onstage yourself! If you'd like to learn more about how to be part of our improv troupe, contact reba@kitetails.org for more details.
Mainey Acts is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/17
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/17/2016
3:15-4:15pm
The Museum & Theatre's collection includes live animal, fossil, and rock specimens waiting to be uncovered. Join our science educator on our weekly Science Spotlight as we highlight the incredible world of reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, fossils, and more.

Free with admission.
9/18
Sunday
Meet the Animals!
09/18/2016
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 funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
9/18
Sunday
Fall Apple Art
09/18/2016
2-2:30pm
Fall is apple season! Come dissect an apple to learn about its different parts and make an apple print art piece.

Free with admission
9/19
Monday
Members' Monday
09/19/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
9/19
Monday
Members' Monday: Touch Tank Exploration
09/19/2016
10-10:30am
It's time to open the touch tank! Come see and touch live tidepool creatures and learn all about what it is like to live in the ocean.

Free with admission
9/19
Monday
11th Annual Golf Tournament
09/19/2016
12-6:30pm
Join us and celebrate 11 years of golf for a great cause!

SCHEDULE
12:00pm Light Lunch and Registration
1pm Shotgun Start
5:30/6:00pm Barbeque Dinner, Contests, Auction and Prizes

PRICING
$560 Per Foursome
$155 Per Person
Registration includes light lunch, greens fees, golf carts, snacks on course, barbeque dinner and awards.

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9/20
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Painting with Sound
09/20/2016
10:15am
Join us as we combine music and art during this dynamic program. We'll attach jingle bells to our paint brushes and discover the designs and sound we can create at the same time!

Free with admission.
9/20
Tuesday
Mini-Raft Building
09/20/2016
11:30am
Make a simple raft from twigs and rubberbands, then test your raft's strength in our outdoor fountain. Can you make your raft strong enough to tow a toy boat? We'll problem solve to make our rafts as strong and buoyant as can be!

Free with admission.
9/20
Tuesday
Animal Yoga
09/20/2016
3pm
Stretch like a cat and moo like a cow during this yoga time for tots. We will practice balance and self-control while pretending to be lots of different animals!

Free with admission.
9/21
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: ABC, 123 Preview! ($)
09/21/2016
10:15-11:15am
Do you like using your imagination, puppetry, and storytelling? How about dramatic play, pretending and acting on the stage? If you do, you might be ready for an acting class!
We offer acting classes for our youngest performers throughout the school year. Our ABC 123 Teensy Weensy preview is a chance to see if acting class is right for you! This is an excellent opportunity for pre-school aged children to give acting a try, become storytellers and follow directions in a group.

$7/members, $10/visitors plus the cost of admission. To register call 207-828-1234, register online, or stop by our front desk!
9/21
Wednesday
Family Face Painting
09/21/2016
11am
We'll provide face paints and picture prompts to inspire your imagination as you try your hand at painting your own face or the face of a family member! Adults and children are welcome to take turns being the artist. Pictures and giggles are encouraged.

Free with admission.
9/21
Wednesday
Press Here Art Time
09/21/2016
3-3:30pm
We'll read Press Here by Herve Tullet to inspire our creativity. Then, we'll jump into creating a colorful project inspired by the book.

Free with admission
9/22
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Playdough Construction Site
09/22/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll create a construction site with playdough, sticks, stones, and more! Then, we'll let our cars and trucks zoom through our creations. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
9/22
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Homemade Granola
09/22/2016
11am
Calling all kids to the kitchen! Come learn about where food comes from while we follow recipes to mix up some snacks that are as healthy as they are tasty.
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
9/22
Thursday
Mainely Moose
09/22/2016
2-2:30pm
Moose love to make their home in Maine. Join us to explore real moose artifacts - including fur, teeth, and antlers - and learn how these animals survive through the heat of the summer and chill of the long Maine winters. Then make a moose track craft to take home!

Free with admission
9/23
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
09/23/2016
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write letters to them thanking them for keeping us safe, and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission.
9/23
Friday
Collaborative Art: Circles & Dots
09/23/2016
11-11:30am
Come read The Dot by Peter Reynolds and learn how getting started can be the hardest part of a creative endeavor. Then, test your own creativity as we create a collaborative mural out of circles!

Free with admission
9/23
Friday
Little Plays: The Three Billy Goats Gruff ($)
09/23/2016
12:30-1pm
Three hungry goats who hope to cross Troll Bridge to eat the tender grass that grows on the other side. Unfortunately, a troll lives under Troll Bridge! He has stinky breath and won't let the goats pass! The goats must think of a way to trick the troll, and cross the bridge.
In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and puppets from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/23
Friday
Mythological Music
09/23/2016
2pm
Explore some of the different musical and earthly sounds of Greek mythology! Learn about Heracles' lyre, make the sounds of Icarus' seagull friends, explore the sounds of the night sky that inspire Ariande to dance, or even play a song that puts Cerberus to sleep...

Free with admission
9/23
Friday
Ancient Beasts
09/23/2016
4pm
Mammoths and mastodons and dinosaurs, oh my! Join us as we investigate the captivating lives of giant animals that once roamed the planet thousands or even millions of years ago.

Free with admission.
9/24
Saturday
Animal Yoga
09/24/2016
11am
Stretch like a cat and moo like a cow during this yoga time for tots. We will practice balance and self-control while pretending to be lots of different animals!

Free with admission.
9/24
Saturday
Fall Apple Art
09/24/2016
2-2:30pm
Fall is apple season! Come dissect an apple to learn about its different parts and make an apple print art piece.

Free with admission
9/24
Saturday
Play in One Day: Dragon Stories! (R$) Ages 5 - 9
09/24/2016
3-5pm
Dragons are magical, mystical creatures that breathe fire, bring luck, and guard treasure! In this special two hour theatre workshop, we'll pretend to be dragons and make up our own dragon story. This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
9/25
Sunday
Pigs & Pancakes
09/25/2016
11-11:30am
What happens when you give a pig a pancake? We'll find out when we read If you Give a Pig a Pancake and learn all about the adventures of a mischievous pig. Then, we'll test our cooking skills as we make our own batch of delicious pancakes.

Free with admission
9/25
Sunday
Meet the Masters: Pointillism with Georges Seurat
09/25/2016
2-2:30pm
Who was Georges Seurat? Learn all about this great artist and find out how he painted with tiny dots of color. We'll transport ourselves to sunny France as we look at his seaside paintings and try our hand at our own pointillism masterpieces.

Free with admission
9/26
Monday
Members' Monday
09/26/2016
9-11am
This is a special time when the Museum & Theatre is open just for members. The Museum & Theatre is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Want to become a member? Join today!
9/26
Monday
Member's Monday: Family Face Painting
09/26/2016
10am
We'll provide face paints and picture prompts to inspire your imagination as you try your hand at painting your own face or the face of a family member! Adults and children are welcome to take turns being the artist. Pictures and giggles are encouraged.

Free with admission.
9/27
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Messy Art Time
09/27/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic art time open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll roll pine cones in paint to discover the pattern that they leave behind. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
9/27
Tuesday
Mini-Raft Building
09/27/2016
11:30am
Make a simple raft from twigs and rubberbands, then test your raft's strength in our outdoor fountain. Can you make your raft strong enough to tow a toy boat? We'll problem solve to make our rafts as strong and buoyant as can be!

Free with admission.
9/27
Tuesday
Fall Apple Art
09/27/2016
2-2:30pm
Fall is apple season! Come dissect an apple to learn about its different parts and make an apple print art piece.

Free with admission
9/28
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: ABC, 123 Preview! ($)
09/28/2016
10:15-11:15am
Do you like using your imagination, puppetry, and storytelling? How about dramatic play, pretending and acting on the stage? If you do, you might be ready for an acting class!
We offer acting classes for our youngest performers throughout the school year. Our ABC 123 Teensy Weensy preview is a chance to see if acting class is right for you! This is an excellent opportunity for pre-school aged children to give acting a try, become storytellers and follow directions in a group.

$7/members, $10/visitors plus the cost of admission. To register call 207-828-1234, register online, or stop by our front desk!
9/28
Wednesday
Animal Yoga
09/28/2016
11am
Stretch like a cat and moo like a cow during this yoga time for tots. We will practice balance and self-control while pretending to be lots of different animals!

Free with admission.
9/28
Wednesday
Explore Paleontology: Create-A-Dinosaur Fossil
09/28/2016
2-2:30pm
Using the Museum & Theatre's prehistoric fossil replicas as our inspiration, we'll explore the fossilization process. Then, we'll make dinosaur fossil to take home with our homemade clay!

Free with admission
9/29
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Messy Art Time
09/29/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a dynamic art program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll use our under the sea stamps to create a collaborative ocean mural. Add one fish or stay for the whole project. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
9/29
Thursday
Cooking Healthy: Fruit Smoothies
09/29/2016
11am
Calling all kids to the kitchen! Come learn about where food comes from while we follow recipes to mix up some snacks that are as healthy as they are tasty.
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
9/29
Thursday
Mainely Moose
09/29/2016
2-2:30pm
Moose love to make their home in Maine. Join us to explore real moose artifacts - including fur, teeth, and antlers - and learn how these animals survive through the heat of the summer and chill of the long Maine winters. Then make a moose track craft to take home!

Free with admission
9/30
Friday
Marbled Paper Art
09/30/2016
10:30-11am
Come learn about the process of printmaking using shaving cream, food coloring, and paper. We'll make a colorful marble pattern and stamp paper down to create a print.

Free with admission
9/30
Friday
Little Plays: The Three Billy Goats Gruff ($)
09/30/2016
12:30-1pm
Three hungry goats who hope to cross Troll Bridge to eat the tender grass that grows on the other side. Unfortunately, a troll lives under Troll Bridge! He has stinky breath and won't let the goats pass! The goats must think of a way to trick the troll, and cross the bridge.
In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and puppets from the story to make a story come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long, and provides opportunities for the audience to play along! Little Plays are funded in part through the generous support of the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Foundation for the Arts.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/30
Friday
Mythological Music
09/30/2016
2pm
Explore some of the different musical and earthly sounds of Greek mythology! Learn about Heracles' lyre, make the sounds of Icarus' seagull friends, explore the sounds of the night sky that inspire Ariande to dance, or even play a song that puts Cerberus to sleep...

Free with admission

November 2016

11/19
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
11/19/2016
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time, explore art and tactile programming, and meet other families from the community.
This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the museum and theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will be available. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment.
$5/person, or $10/person to stay and play.
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