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May 2016

5/27
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
05/27/2016
10:30-11am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters! If they are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write these heroes letters thanking them for keeping us safe and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission
5/27
Friday
Meet the Masters: Seeing Blue with Picasso
05/27/2016
11-11:30am
Come learn all about tinting and shading as we combine white or black paint with blue paint, just like Picasso did! See examples of Picasso's famous Blue Period works, discuss why he chose to focus on shades of blue, and test out your shading and tinting skills.

Free with admission.
5/27
Friday
Star Show: Medusa!
05/27/2016
2-3pm
Join us to learn about this Gorgon monster, find her constellation in our Starlab, play a stone statue game and make a paper mask to take home!

Free with admission.
5/28
Saturday
Happy Birthday, Museum & Theatre!
05/28/2016
10:30am-4:30pm
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is 40 years old, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! From cupcake decorating and party-hat making to pin-the-tail on the kite, there will be party festivities all day long! Enjoy light refreshments, get something special painted on your hand or cheek, and help us create a collaborative birthday mural to celebrate happy memories of PLAY! We look forward to celebrating with you - RSVP's not required!

Free with admission.
5/28
Saturday
Memories of Play Mural
05/28/2016
10:30am - 11:30am
Join us as we celebrate 40 years of PLAY with an interactive mural! Visitors of all ages are invited to share their memories of play - with us at the Museum & Theatre or elsewhere - using a variety of materials. Add one reflection to the mural or stay for the whole process!

Free with admission.
5/28
Saturday
Birthday Cupcake Decorating!
05/28/2016
11:15am - 1:15pm
Celebrate our 40th Birthday by decorating a delicious mini cupcake! We'll supply the cupcakes, frosting, and decorations - you supply the creativity, and then enjoy your treat! While supplies last.

Free with admission.
5/28
Saturday
Pin the Tail on the Kite!
05/28/2016
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Join us for this classic party game, with a Museum & Theatre twist! We'll have paper kites to decorate and take with you to continue the game at home.

Free with admission.
5/28
Saturday
Memories of Play Mural
05/28/2016
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Join us as we celebrate 40 years of PLAY with an interactive mural! Visitors of all ages are invited to share their memories of play - with us at the Museum & Theatre or elsewhere - using a variety of materials. Add one reflection to the mural or stay for the whole process!

Free with admission.
5/29
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
05/29/2016
10:30-11am
Explore the lives of tide pool creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank program! Touch sea stars, snails, mussels and more in this interactive science program.

Free with admission.
5/29
Sunday
Paint-A-Flower-Pot Workshop (R$)
05/29/2016
11am-Noon
All children report to the garden! Where do plants come from and what do they need to grow? Discover the answers to these questions as you paint your own terracotta flower pot and plant a special seed to take home.
$4 flower pot/member, $5 flower pot/ visitor plus admission.
Register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/29
Sunday
Fairy Garden Rocks
05/29/2016
1pm
Come decorate rocks using decoupage and tissue to make a special fairy garden decoration.

Free with admission.
5/29
Sunday
Family Face Painting
05/29/2016
2-2:30pm
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.
5/29
Sunday
Fairy Crowns
05/29/2016
3pm
Use pipe cleaners and felt flowers to create your very own garden fairy crown.

Free with admission.
5/30
Monday
Family Face Painting
05/30/2016
10:30-11am
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.
5/30
Monday
Paint-A-Flower-Pot Workshop (R$)
05/30/2016
11:30am-12:30pm
All children report to the garden! Where do plants come from and what do they need to grow? Discover the answers to these questions as you paint your own terracotta flower pot and plant a special seed to take home.
$4 flower pot/member, $5 flower pot/visitor plus admission.
Register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
5/30
Monday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/30/2016
2pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.
5/30
Monday
Fairy Crowns
05/30/2016
3pm
Use pipe cleaners and felt flowers to create your very own garden fairy crown.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Cheerio Treats for the Birds
05/31/2016
10:15-10:45am
Join us for a playful and dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll make special, healthy treats for springtime birds.
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Whale Tales
05/31/2016
11am
Join us for a story time devoted to the largest animals on Earth - whales! We'll read playful stories featuring whale characters and have the opportunity to touch real whale artifacts including baleen, vertebrae, and teeth.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Paint Monsters
05/31/2016
2pm
Make your own colorful monster creation using paint our special monster-making straws! Add facial features, arms, and legs to your heart's content during this multi-media art project.

Free with admission.
5/31
Tuesday
Little Blue Riding Hood Puppet Show
05/31/2016
3pm
Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Blue Riding Hood... or was it Little Yellow Riding Hood? Our storytelling puppets are all mixed up! Come help them figure out which colors and animals are really part of the story, and discover the happy ending.

Free with admission.

June 2016

6/1
Wednesday
Create-a-Crayon Workshop (R$)
06/01/2016
10:15am
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.

$3/participant for members, $4/participant for visitors plus admission.
To register call 207-828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/1
Wednesday
Open Art Studio
06/01/2016
11am
Play with your creativity during this open-ended art program. With an emphasis on multi-media projects and learning to use recycled materials, this dynamic and lively program is great for all ages.

Free with admission.
6/1
Wednesday
Tales Come True: The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
06/01/2016
11:30am-12:30pm
Have you ever wanted to make the perfect home for a pet? After reading about a boy who transforms his room into a forest for his pet salamander in The Salamander Room, we will use our imaginations to create our own mini-forest bedrooms complete with moss covered rocks and salamander friends!

Free with admission.
6/1
Wednesday
Animal Art Time
06/01/2016
2:30pm
Explore the world of animals through drawing, sculpture and drama. All ages are welcome to take part in this unique art exploration as we embark on an art safari and create bear paw prints, painted turtle shells, feathery owls and other animal art creations.

Free with admission.
6/2
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Messy Watercolors!
06/02/2016
10:15am
Join us for a dynamic and playful art program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we will explore watercolor art. We'll mix pigment with water and discover this wet and drippy art-form.
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
6/2
Thursday
Bubble Wand Making Workshop (R$)
06/02/2016
10:45am
Experiment with different bubble solutions to see what makes the best bubbles, play a game to learn how bubbles form, and then make a unique bubble wand and solution to take home!

$4/participant for members, $5/participant for visitors plus admission.
For tickets call 207-828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/2
Thursday
Creatures of the Deep
06/02/2016
1:30pm
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we will meet vampire squid, lanternfish, and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission.
6/2
Thursday
Open Art Studio
06/02/2016
2:45-3:45pm
Play with your creativity during this open-ended art program. With an emphasis on multi-media projects and learning to use recycled materials, this dynamic and lively program is great for all ages.

Free with admission.
6/3
Friday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
06/03/2016
10:45am
How many suds and how many scrubs does it take to rid your hands of germs? Come find out by playing a handwashing game! We'll learn different ways germs spread, and then we'll use special hand lotion that makes our hands glow until we wash all of our germs away.

Free with admission.
6/3
Friday
Lady Llama Puppet Show!
06/03/2016
11:30am
Come meet the elegant, the fantastic Lady Llama and all her favorite friends. Hear some silly songs, join the moo-off, and help her find a pesky crocodile!

Free with admission.
6/3
Friday
Star Story: The Monsters of Ancient Greece!
06/03/2016
2-3pm
Do you know how many monsters pop up in ancient Greek mythology? A lot of them! This hour is for monster lovers like the ancient Greeks! Identify monster constellations in our starlab, color your own monster trading card to take home, and transform into a monster on our stage!

Free with admission.
6/3
Friday
Explore Dinosaurs
06/03/2016
3pm
Rooaar...who's there? A dinosaur! Join us to imagine a world filled with these fascinating beasts as we delve into our dinosaur fossil replicas, dig for dinosaur bones and create make-believe dinosaur fossils. We'll also have a chance to touch a real dinosaur fossil from the Museum & Theatre's collection!

Free with admission.
6/3
Friday
$2 Friday
06/03/2016
5-8pm
We strive to share the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for $2/person.

$2 admission applies.
Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.
6/3
Friday
Main Stage Theatre Meet and Greet!
06/03/2016
5-6pm
Learn more about our main stage theatre program and gain confidence on the stage! Find out more about our summer theatre shows, Written in the Stars, and how you can audition for Icarus and Daedalus. Play theatre games and meet our summer theatre directors. Our theatre staff will be available to answer any questions about how to get involved in a show.

Free with $2/person admission.
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6/3
Friday
First Friday: Collaborative Art
06/03/2016
6-7pm
Discover the process of working with many artists as we create our own version of a famous work of art. Add a small part or stay for the whole process!

Free with $2/person admission.
6/4
Saturday
Auditions: Written in the Stars: Icarus and Daedalus
06/04/2016
10:30am-12pm
We're looking for young actors 8-17 years old to be part of our main stage show, Icarus and Daedalus. To audition join us for games and movement. We want to see how you can pretend to fly - no need to prepare a monologue. No experience required and newcomers are welcome! The production will run July 21-August 5.

For more info: email reba@kitetails.org.
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6/4
Saturday
Science in the Garden
06/04/2016
10:30-11:30am
Our garden is a great place for scientific discovery! Join us to explore how our plants create sugar from sunlight, how soil forms from worm droppings, and how insects and plants work together to keep our garden ecosystem healthy through a series of interactive games.

Free with admission
6/4
Saturday
Creatures of the Deep
06/04/2016
1pm
Dive into the ocean depths with us as we discover strange, fascinating animals that live in the dark abyss. We'll turn the room into a watery wonderland where we will meet vampire squid, lanternfish, and other amazing creatures.

Free with admission.
6/4
Saturday
Goat's Milk Soap Making Workshop (R$)
06/04/2016
2pm
Join us as we make natural, goat's milk soap. Learn about the process of soap making and the health benefits of adding goat's milk to our soap recipe. We'll melt and mix the ingredients together, then carefully pour the mixture into a mold for you to take home.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

$6/participant for members, $8/participant for visitors plus admission.
To register call 207-828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/4
Saturday
Science Spotlight
06/04/2016
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.
6/5
Sunday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
06/05/2016
10:30am
Explore the lives of tide pool creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank program! Touch sea stars, snails, mussels and more in this interactive science program.

Free with admission.
6/5
Sunday
Bubble Wand Making Workshop (R$)
06/05/2016
11am-12pm
Experiment with different bubble solutions to see what makes the best bubbles, play a game to learn how bubbles form, and then make a unique bubble wand and solution to take home!

$4/participant for members, $5/participant for visitors plus admission.
For tickets call 207-828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/5
Sunday
Korean Drumming Demonstration and Craft
06/05/2016
2pm
Come join in the rhythm of traditional Korean drumming! Make your own mini janggu, a traditional Korean drum. Then play along with Ip Boon Park, co-creator of the Museum & Theatre's Korean drumming exhibit, as she demonstrates traditional janggu rhythm.

Free with admission.
6/6
Monday
Collaborative Garden Mural
06/06/2016
10:30am
Come draw roots, stems and flowers together and make a beautiful, collaborative garden mural as we investigate the parts of a plant and how plants grow.

Free with admission.
6/7
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Fire Truck Story Time
06/07/2016
10:15am
Join us for a playful and dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll read a firetruck story in the Museum & Theatre's fire truck exhibit!
Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
6/7
Tuesday
Cooking Class: Strawberry Shortcake (R$)
06/07/2016
11am-12pm
Join us in the kitchen as we investigate chemical reactions in baking, dissect strawberries to learn about parts of fruit, and discover how to make homemade whipped cream. All of our kitchen experiments will result in a tasty June treat - strawberry shortcake!

$5/participant for members, $7/participant plus admission for visitors.

To register call 828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.
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6/7
Tuesday
Messy Chemistry
06/07/2016
1pm
Scientific discoveries rarely happen without a mess. Join us for some fun, messy chemistry as we use stir plates, pipettes, test tubes and colorful liquids to come up with our own scientific discoveries!

Free with admission.
6/8
Wednesday
Create-a-Crayon Workshop (R$)
06/08/2016
10:15-11:15am
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.

$3/participant for members, $4/participant for visitors plus admission.

To register call 207-828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
6/8
Wednesday
Meet the Masters: Claude Monet
06/08/2016
11:30am
Who was Claude Monet? Learn about this famous artist and observe his waterlily paintings. Then, try your hand at creating your own flower-inspired artwork.

Free with admission.