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September 2014

9/2
Tuesday
Animal Art: Butterfly Collages
09/02/2014
11am
There are so many different kinds of butterflies, and they all help pollinate plants in different ways. Let's learn about butterflies and make a beautiful butterfly collage to take home!

Free with Admission
9/2
Tuesday
Origami Art
09/02/2014
12:30pm
Can you fold a paper heart? What about a swan or an airplane? We'll have step-by-step instructions for you so you can make your own Origami creation to take home.

Free with Admission
9/2
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
09/02/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/3
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class Preview
09/03/2014
11am
Do you know a young actor who is ready for the stage? Did you know we offer theatre classes for 3-5 year olds on Wednesday beginning mid September? On select Wednesdays leading up to the class we'll offer preview classes. With museum admission you can meet the teacher, learn some games and see if you'd like to take a Teensy Weensy Class!

Free with Admission
9/3
Wednesday
Sowing Seeds: Vegetable Harvest
09/03/2014
3:30 pm
It's September, which means harvest time! Join us to see what's ready to pick and eat in our backyard garden. You'll get to taste something fresh and maybe even take something home to cook with dinner!

Free with Admission
9/4
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Dough Mixtures
09/04/2014
10:30am
Let's mix up our own salt dough! We'll use our senses and fine motor skills to make our own batch to take home. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with Admission
9/4
Thursday
Fairy City Construction
09/04/2014
11am
We're pretty experienced at making fairy houses, but we have never made a fairy apartment complex. Will you help construct a fairy city in our Shipyard? We'll need a post office, bus station, supermarket and library to start. Using natural, recycled and new materials we'll construct a community perfect for winged beings.

Free with Admission
9/4
Thursday
Special Star Show
09/04/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with Admission
9/4
Thursday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
09/04/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission
9/4
Thursday
Auditions for Alice in Wonderland
09/04/2014
3-5pm
We're looking for young actors between the ages of 8 and 17 to bring the story Alice in Wonderland to life for younger children this October. If you are interested in performing on our stage, please prepare a one minute monologue and arrive anytime between 3 and 5pm.

For more information, contact Theatre Director Reba Short. reba@kitetails.org
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9/5
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
09/05/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firemen are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll make our own fire truck snack instead. What will you use for the ladder, headlights, wheels and cab? We'll provide the materials you design the truck!

Free with Admission
9/5
Friday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
09/05/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission
9/5
Friday
Animal Ears
09/05/2014
3pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission
9/5
Friday
$2 First Friday
09/05/2014
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for $2/person. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission
9/6
Saturday
Nature Poetry
09/06/2014
10:30am
The natural world inspires all sorts of rhymes and rhythms within us. Join us as we read nature-inspired verses and then come up with poems of our own.

Free with Admission
9/6
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
09/06/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission
9/6
Saturday
Kite Making (R$)
09/06/2014
12:30pm
As winds whip through the air with warmer weather, let's make kites to celebrate the changing seasons! We'll test them out in our backyard.

$7/member kite, $8/visitor kite plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/6
Saturday
Open Art Studio
09/06/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/6
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
09/06/2014
3:30pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

Free with Admission
9/7
Sunday
Sowing Seeds: Vegetable Harvest
09/07/2014
11am
It's September, which means harvest time! Join us to see what's ready to pick and eat in our backyard garden. You'll get to taste something fresh and maybe even take something home to cook with dinner!

Free with Admission
9/7
Sunday
Paper Making (R$)
09/07/2014
12:30pm
Come get a little messy as we pulp up fibers, flowers and leaves to create beautiful home-made paper.

$4/member paper, $5/visitor paper plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/7
Sunday
Origami Art
09/07/2014
2pm
Can you fold a paper heart? What about a swan or an airplane? We'll have step-by-step instructions for you so you can make your own Origami creation to take home.

Free with Admission
9/7
Sunday
Perspective Drawing
09/07/2014
3pm
Come use our Camera Obscura just as master artists have for centuries -- to trace scenes and make colorful masterpieces inspired by the world around us.

Free with Admission
9/8
Monday
Members' Monday: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
09/08/2014
10am
Will there be enough room? Let's read this classic alphabet book together while experimenting with rhythm and percussion instruments.

Free with Admission
9/9
Tuesday
Cooking Healthy: Cottage Cheese Muffins
09/09/2014
11am
During our monthly Cooking Healthy series, we learn how to make delicious, nutritious foods you can easily make at home. Today we're going to make protein-packed savory muffins made with cottage cheese! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental and is free with admission.
9/9
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
09/09/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/9
Tuesday
Theatre Class for 6-8 year olds (R$): Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald
09/09/2014
3:30-5pm
Attention 6-8 year olds! We know you're excited to act on our stage, and we have a special class for you. This is a chance for you to learn all about acting from how to develop a character to what a monologue is. Get some experience before you audition for your first theatre show. Sign up for Little Beaver and the Echo! Join a little beaver who's on an adventure to find a friend - and discovers a duck, an otter, and other animals along the way. Payment required at time of registration. Class meets Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00. (Class meets 9/9-9/30 with a final performance for family and friends on Tuesday 9/30 at 4:30pm.)

This is a drop-off program; space is limited. Sign up today!

6-8 year olds / 4 week session. ($90 for members / $120 for visitors)
9/10
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Class: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party (R$)
09/10/2014
10:15-11:15am
What's Teensy Weensy Acting Class?
A literacy and creative development program for ages 3-5. Over a period of six weeks, young actors dive into a story, processing it with imagination, puppetry, music and dance. At the end of the last class, young actors put on a show for their families. This is an excellent opportunity for preschool-age children to give acting a try, become storytellers and work as a group.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 24,and October 1, 8, and 15. We'll act out being Mad Hatters, March Hares, Door Mice and even the White Rabbit himself! Caregivers, family and friends are invited to an 11am show on October 15.

$90/member, $115/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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9/10
Wednesday
Sowing Seeds: Vegetable Harvest
09/10/2014
3:30 pm
It's September, which means harvest time! Join us to see what's ready to pick and eat in our backyard garden. You'll get to taste something fresh and maybe even take something home to cook with dinner!

Free with Admission
9/11
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Musical Storytime
09/11/2014
10:30am
Do you know the story "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom?" We'll read this classic book together and use some percussive instruments at the same time.

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

Free with Admission
9/12
Friday
Ha Ha Ha
09/12/2014
10:30am
It is joke time! Share jokes, learn jokes, laugh at jokes, make jokes...

Free with Admission
9/12
Friday
Puppet Show: The Walrus and the Carpenter (R$)
09/12/2014
11:30am
The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking hand and hand, they wept like anything to see such quantities of sand.
Join us for a puppet show based on the famous poem by Lewis Carroll: The Walrus and the Carpenter. Meet the famous characters of this story, plus a half dozen oysters.

$3/members, $4/visitors plus admission.
9/12
Friday
Animal Ears
09/12/2014
3:30pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission
9/13
Saturday
Guided Rock Climbing
09/13/2014
10:30am
Rock on! Learn new tips to improve your rock climbing skills, then test them on our rock climbing wall.

Free with Admission
9/13
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
09/13/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission
9/13
Saturday
Slime Time! ($)
09/13/2014
12:30pm
While learning about chemical reactions, create your own bag of slime to take home. We'll mix together seemingly normal ingredients to make a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky slime. Gooey and educational is our favorite mix!

Sign up the day of at the front desk. $3/child for members, $4/child for visitors.
9/13
Saturday
Open Art Studio
09/13/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/13
Saturday
Improv Show! (R$)
09/13/2014
2:30pm
Watch young theatre actors put on a play, off the top of their heads! They will ask for suggestions from you and make up scenes based on your suggestions in the spirit of Who's Line is it Anyway? This show is sure to make you laugh!

$3/member, $4/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/13
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
09/13/2014
3:30pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

Free with Admission
9/14
Sunday
Creatures of the Night
09/14/2014
11am
Join us in our planetarium as we explore how different types of nocturnal animals navigate the world at night.

Free with Admission
9/14
Sunday
Eating Healthy: Homemade Hummus
09/14/2014
12:30pm
During our Eating Healthy series, we learn how to make delicious, nutritious foods you can easily make at home. Today we're going to make homemade hummus - perfect for dipping with carrots! Along with samples, we'll have recipes to take home.

This program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental and is free with admission.
9/14
Sunday
Guided Rock Climbing
09/14/2014
2pm
Rock on! Learn new tips to improve your rock climbing skills, then test them on our rock climbing wall.

Free with Admission
9/14
Sunday
Block Printing Workshop (R$)
09/14/2014
3pm
Have you ever wanted to try printmaking? In this workshop, we'll make block prints - called "relief" printing - from inking the plate to numbering your prints, you'll learn how to do everything like a real printmaker. You'll even get to take your plate and several prints home with you!

$9/members, $10/visitors. To register, call (207) 828-1234 x241 or stop by the front desk by 12pm Sunday September 14.
9/15
Monday
Members' Monday: Sea Creature Feature
09/15/2014
10am
Have you ever met a sea star in our touch tank? What about an urchin? Join us to get up close and personal with our sea creatures.

Free with Admission
9/16
Tuesday
Animal Art: Butterfly Collages
09/16/2014
11am
There are so many different kinds of butterflies, and they all help pollinate plants in different ways. Let's learn about butterflies and make a beautiful butterfly collage to take home!

Free with Admission
9/16
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
09/16/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/17
Wednesday
Sowing Seeds: Vegetable Harvest
09/17/2014
3:30 pm
It's September, which means harvest time! Join us to see what's ready to pick and eat in our backyard garden. You'll get to taste something fresh and maybe even take something home to cook with dinner!

Free with Admission
9/18
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Veggie Scavenger Hunt
09/18/2014
10:30am
How many carrots can you find? Let's use our visual recognition skills and go on a scavenger hunt in the Toddler Park. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with Admission
9/18
Thursday
Special Star Show
09/18/2014
11:30am
Explore the stars and tales of ancient Greek constellations, then come up with your own stories from the shapes you see in the night sky.

Free with Admission
9/18
Thursday
Old Fashioned Yard Games
09/18/2014
2pm
Learn and play marbles, ring toss, pick-up-sticks, and more. What traditional children's games are your favorites?

Free with Admission
9/19
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
09/19/2014
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firemen are too busy fighting fires to visit, we'll make our own fire truck snack instead. What will you use for the ladder, headlights, wheels and cab? We'll provide the materials you design the truck!

Free with Admission
9/19
Friday
Puppet Show: The Walrus and the Carpenter (R$)
09/19/2014
11:30am
The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking hand and hand, they wept like anything to see such quantities of sand.
Join us for a puppet show based on the famous poem by Lewis Carroll: The Walrus and the Carpenter. Meet the famous characters of this story, plus a half dozen oysters.

$3/members, $4/visitors plus admission.
9/19
Friday
Animal Ears
09/19/2014
3pm
From tiny holes in fish heads, to ginormous elephant flappers, animal ears vary greatly across the animal kingdom. Come play some hearing games with us as we explore how it feels to have different types of ears.

Free with Admission
9/20
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
09/20/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

Free with Admission
9/20
Saturday
Theatre Games: Alice in Wonderland
09/20/2014
12:30pm
This is a special drama workshop led by our theatre director Reba Short. Children and Caregivers of all ages are invited to take part in drama games that help us explore characters with our bodies, try out different voices, and act out scenes exploring our upcoming play. All are welcome, no acting experience required.

Free with Admission
9/20
Saturday
Open Art Studio
09/20/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/20
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
09/20/2014
3:30pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

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

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

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

Free with Admission
9/22
Monday
Members' Monday: Fingerpainted Monoprints
09/22/2014
10am
Free with admission.
9/23
Tuesday
Rosh Hashanah Storytime
09/23/2014
11am
Free with admission.
9/23
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
09/23/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/24
Wednesday
Sowing Seeds: Vegetable Harvest
09/24/2014
3:30 pm
It's September, which means harvest time! Join us to see what's ready to pick and eat in our backyard garden. You'll get to taste something fresh and maybe even take something home to cook with dinner!

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

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

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

Free with Admission
9/26
Friday
Ha Ha Ha
09/26/2014
10:30am
It is joke time! Share jokes, learn jokes, laugh at jokes, make jokes...

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

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

Free with admission.
9/27
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
09/27/2014
10:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life. Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the furry and feathered members of your family.

Free with Admission
9/27
Saturday
The Eyeball Show
09/27/2014
11am
Learn all about the human eye, bouncing light and antique cameras. We'll use our unique periscopic Camera Obscura (Latin for "dark room") to take you on a visual tour of Portland's city and seascape - all while pretending to be inside a giant eyeball!

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

$7/member kite, $8/visitor kite plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
9/27
Saturday
Open Art Studio
09/27/2014
2-3pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission
9/27
Saturday
Science in the Kitchen
09/27/2014
3:30pm
Kitchens are for cooking but also for discoveries! Come get messy and curious with us using common kitchen utensils and ingredients.

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

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

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

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

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

Free with Admission
9/30
Tuesday
Open Art Studio
09/30/2014
3-4pm
The art studio is open! The studio offers an art-making opportunity that explores art concepts, materials and techniques. An arts educator will help kids and grown-ups create using a variety of materials like paint, recycled sculpture materials, drawing tools, collage or clay.

Free with Admission