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August 2017

8/17
Thursday
Music and Movement
08/17/2017
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
8/17
Thursday
The Amazing Egg
08/17/2017
11:30am-12pm
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
8/17
Thursday
Solve the Rainbow Mystery
08/17/2017
3-3:30pm
Where do rainbows come from? Experiment with light and water and discover how rainbows form. We will paint rainbows on our cheeks or hands when we have solved the mystery!

Free with admission
8/17
Thursday
White Tiger Star Show
08/17/2017
4-4:30pm
Join us in the space shuttle where we will learn about the four main constellations of Ancient China and tell the story of the White Tiger, guardian of the West. Do you know any other stories about tigers? We can share them under the stars!

Free with admission
8/18
Friday
Sign Language Songs
08/18/2017
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
8/18
Friday
Scientist Spotlight: Sylvia Earle
08/18/2017
11:30am-12pm
Meet Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, explorer, biologist, and conservationist, and learn how she made discoveries in the ocean, or as she calls it, "the blue heart of planet" at our own live tide pool.

Free with admission
8/18
Friday
Build a Sapphire City
08/18/2017
2:30-3pm
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
8/18
Friday
Main Stage Production: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
08/18/2017
4-5pm
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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8/19
Saturday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
08/19/2017
10:30-11am
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
8/19
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
08/19/2017
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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8/19
Saturday
Backyard Bard
08/19/2017
12:30-1pm
Visit with our Backyard Bard, help tell a story, and play games using small objects and hand painted story stones!

Free with admission
8/19
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
08/19/2017
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.

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8/19
Saturday
Wickedly Tricky Theatre Games
08/19/2017
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
8/20
Sunday
Ocean of Oobleck
08/20/2017
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
8/20
Sunday
Squid Dissection
08/20/2017
11:45am-12:30pm
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join us to learn all about squid--inside and out--in this hands-on dissection workshop! We'll compare the squid's body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures live their lives underwater, and create sketches of our dissection to take home. Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$5/members, $6/visitors plus admission. Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk.
8/20
Sunday
Architecture Hour: Animal Cracker Club House
08/20/2017
1-2pm
Using pulleys, levers, and the laws of physics design a super cool clubhouse for some animal cracker friends!

Free with admission
8/20
Sunday
Shadow Puppet Show
08/20/2017
3:30-4pm
Join us for an interactive shadow puppet show. We'll discover the science behind shadow, then tell a story together.

Free with admission
8/21
Monday
Parade at the Market
08/21/2017
10:30-11am
Watch or act out a parade of funny, silly and wacky customers in our new Farmers' Market!

Free with admission
8/21
Monday
Celebrate Culture: Forks, Fingers and Chopsticks
08/21/2017
11:30am-12pm
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
8/21
Monday
Just So Story: The Crab That Played With The Sea
08/21/2017
3-3:30pm
Long ago, a Great Magician taught all of the animals how to play--except for one! Together we will tell the magical story of Pau Amma the King Crab by Rudyard Kipling by using our bodies, voices, and instruments.

Free with admission
8/22
Tuesday
Stewardship Scouts: Story of a Lake
08/22/2017
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
8/22
Tuesday
Kindergarten Here I Come: Sharing Snack
08/22/2017
11:30am-12pm
There are two apples...and many of us! Practice mathematics as you divide the apples into halves and quarters to share with all of our friends.

Free with admission
8/22
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Matisse in the Garden
08/22/2017
2:30-3pm
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
8/23
Wednesday
Sign Language Songs
08/23/2017
10:30-11am
Sings 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
8/23
Wednesday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Andrew Wyeth
08/23/2017
11:30am-12pm
Learn about one of Maine's great artists! This week we'll mix egg tempera paint just like Andrew Wyeth. Then, create Wyeth-inspired painting using our homemade paint.

Free with admission
8/23
Wednesday
Bristle Bots
08/23/2017
2-3pm
Use science and technology to create your own mini working robot. A micro motor transforms a typical toothbrush into a tiny moving creature! Suggested for ages 4 and up.

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

8/23
Wednesday
Vietnamese Tet Game: Bau Cua Ca Cop
08/23/2017
3:30-4pm
What do a fish, a shrimp, a crab, a rooster a gourd, and a deer have in common? They are all part of the traditional Tet game Bau Cua Ca Cop. Come roll the dice, and see if you can win!

Free with admission
8/24
Thursday
Kindergarten Here I Come: Dressed and Ready to Go!
08/24/2017
10:30-11am
What do I wear to school? What do I wear to bed? Sort through crazy, fun, and ordinary costumes and choose what clothes are perfect for kindergarten and other adventures!

Free with admission
8/24
Thursday
Cabinets of Curiosities
08/24/2017
11:30am-12pm
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
8/24
Thursday
The Amazing Egg
08/24/2017
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
8/25
Friday
Music and Movement
08/25/2017
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
8/25
Friday
Navy Band Northeast Brass Quintet & Woodwind Trio
08/25/2017
11:30am-12pm
Celebrate Navy Week in Portland with music! Navy Band Northeast's Brass Quintet and Woodwind Trio will perform at the Museum & Theatre for a family & kid friendly informal performance.

Free performance (admission fees apply to Museum & Theatre visits)
8/25
Friday
The Take Apart Club
08/25/2017
3-3:30pm
Have you ever wondered what's inside the electronics we use every day? Join us as we use a variety of tools to take apart old computers, printers, and stereos. Take out just one screw or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
8/26
Saturday
Robot Dance Party
08/26/2017
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
8/26
Saturday
Bristle Bots
08/26/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Use science and technology to create your own mini working robot. A micro motor transforms a typical toothbrush into a tiny moving creature! Suggested for ages 4 and up.

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

8/26
Saturday
Lupine Lady Art Time
08/26/2017
2-2:30pm
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.
8/26
Saturday
Scientist Spotlight: Sylvia Earle
08/26/2017
3:30-4pm
Meet Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, explorer, biologist, and conservationist, and learn how she made discoveries in the ocean, or as she calls it, "the blue heart of planet" at our own live tide pool.

Free with admission
8/27
Sunday
DIY Twinkle Lights
08/27/2017
11am-12pm
Design and create your own unique set of twinkle lights to hang in your room or brighten a summer garden party! Add beads, fabric, and tissue paper to each light to transform your string into fireflies, a colorful party decoration, a night light, and more while we listen to music and summer stories.

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

8/27
Sunday
End of Summer Shebang!
08/27/2017
11am-4pm
Send summer off with a bang! We'll play all sorts of games, dance, and celebrate!
  • 11:30am-12pm: Life-Size Candy Land Game
  • 1-1:30pm: A Giant's Game of Tic-Tac-Toe
  • 2-2:30pm: Vietnamese Tet Game: Bau Cua Ca Cop
  • 3-4pm: End of Summer Party with Maine Marimba Ensemble
Free with admission
8/27
Sunday
Life-Size Candy Land Game
08/27/2017
11:30am-12pm
Candy Land is waiting for you with yummy gum drops and chocolate goo! Become a player on a life-size Candy Land board and navigate your way past sticky licorice and squares of color! Work with your fellow players to get everyone across the finish line.

Free with admission
8/27
Sunday
A Giant's Game of Tic-Tac-Toe
08/27/2017
1-1:30pm
Test your skills on our giant sized tic-tac-toe board! Play with a friend or make your way up the beanstalk to compete in our "Cloud Master Tournament" with a giant sized prize.

Free with admission
8/27
Sunday
Vietnamese Tet Game: Bau Cua Ca Cop
08/27/2017
2-2:30pm
What do a fish, a shrimp, a crab, a rooster a gourd, and a deer have in common? They are all part of the traditional Tet game Bau Cua Ca Cop. Come roll the dice, and see if you can win!

Free with admission
8/27
Sunday
End of Summer Party with Maine Marimba Ensemble
08/27/2017
3-4pm
Dance and groove to the Maine Marimba Ensemble as they play traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on handcrafted marimbas! This a musical experience you don't want to miss!

Free with admission
8/28
Monday
Kindergarten Here I Come: Storytime
08/28/2017
10:30-11am
Attention kids headed to kindergarten! Come along as we read stories about getting ready for school, adventures in the classroom and share our own hopes for the coming year.

Free with admission
8/28
Monday
White Tiger Star Show
08/28/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us in the space shuttle where we will learn about the four main constellations of Ancient China and tell the story of the White Tiger, guardian of the West. Do you know any other stories about tigers? We can share them under the stars!

Free with admission
8/28
Monday
Just So Story: How The Whale Got His Throat
08/28/2017
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
8/28
Monday
Architecture Hour: Rescue Mr. Magee and Dog Dee
08/28/2017
3:30-4:30pm
In the story Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, Mr. Magee 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
8/29
Tuesday
Paint the Town Art Time
08/29/2017
10:30-11am
Use simple geometric shapes to stamp a colorful neighborhood. Will you create a cityscape or a townscape? Just one house on a hill? Use markers and pens to fill in the people, animals and other details to finish your masterpiece.

Free with admission
8/29
Tuesday
Kindergarten Here I Come: Dressed and Ready to Go!
08/29/2017
11:30am-12pm
What do I wear to school? What do I wear to bed? Sort through crazy, fun and ordinary costumes and choose what clothes are perfect for kindergarten and other adventures.

Free with admission
8/29
Tuesday
Cabinets of Curiosities
08/29/2017
3-3:30pm
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
8/30
Wednesday
Culture Kitchen: Herbs Around the World
08/30/2017
10:30-11am
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
8/30
Wednesday
Clam Chowder for Lunch
08/30/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
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, or stop by the front desk.

8/30
Wednesday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
08/30/2017
3-3:30pm
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
8/31
Thursday
Ocean of Oobleck
08/31/2017
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
8/31
Thursday
Active Planet: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tectonic Plates!
08/31/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes and test out your knowledge in our mini earthquake simulator!

Free with admission
8/31
Thursday
Stewardship Scouts: Story of a Lake
08/31/2017
2:30-3pm
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

September 2017

9/1
Friday
Sign Language Songs
09/01/2017
11-11:30am
Sings 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
9/1
Friday
Just So Story: The Crab That Played With The Sea
09/01/2017
12:30-1pm
Long ago, a Great Magician taught all of the animals how to play--except for one! Together we will tell the magical story of Pau Amma the King Crab by Rudyard Kipling by using our bodies, voices, and instruments.

Free with admission
9/1
Friday
Stories Around the World: Les Trois Petits Cochons
09/01/2017
2-2:30pm
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
9/1
Friday
Green Thumb Art Time
09/01/2017
3:30-4pm
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
9/1
Friday
$2 Friday
09/01/2017
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.
9/2
Saturday
Paint the Town Art Time
09/02/2017
11-11:30am
Use simple geometric shapes to stamp a colorful neighborhood. Will you create a cityscape or a townscape? Just one house on a hill? Use markers and pens to fill in the people, animals and other details to finish your masterpiece.

Free with admission
9/2
Saturday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
09/02/2017
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
9/2
Saturday
Cabinets of Curiosities
09/02/2017
3-3:30pm
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
9/3
Sunday
Plant Dissection
09/03/2017
11-11:30am
A flower is more than just its pedals. In this scientific flower dissection, learn how flowers grow and get food.

Free with admission
9/3
Sunday
Star Show: Orion the Hunter
09/03/2017
11:30am-12pm
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
9/3
Sunday
Architecture Hour: Rescue Mr. Magee and Dog Dee
09/03/2017
2-3pm
In the story Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, Mr. Magee 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
9/4
Monday
Parade at the Market
09/04/2017
11-11:30am
Watch or act out a parade of funny, silly and wacky customers in our new Farmers' Market.

Free with admission
9/4
Monday
Camera Obscura: Where Science Meets Art
09/04/2017
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
9/4
Monday
Culture Kitchen: Herbs Around the World
09/04/2017
3:30-4pm
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
9/11
Monday
12th Annual Golf Tournament
09/11/2017
12-7pm
Registration is now underway for the 12th Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine! The day begins with light lunch and registration at 12 noon, with a shotgun start at 1pm. A barbeque dinner with prizes and an auction will follow the tournament, at approximately 5:30pm. Families and individuals are welcome to attend the barbeque dinner portion as well!

Register online, in person, or by phone. $155/Individuals, $560/foursomes (save $60!)...both include a cart, lunch, snacks, barbeque dinner, and souvenir. Dinner reception only: $20/adults, $9/kids.