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July 2015

7/28
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Thumbprint Fish
07/28/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Fish have scales that protect and help them move. Let's take inspiration from some amazing patterns found on different kinds of fish and make some scaly art - using our fingerprints!

Free with admission.
7/29
Wednesday
Wacky Gardening
07/29/2015
10:45-11:45am
Throw on a funky hat or costume and join us for some wacky gardening! We'll weed Mr. Magee's garden, plant seeds, water our plants, and harvest any fresh vegetables that may be ripe. Along the way we'll sing songs, learn how soil forms, and discover how plants make food from the sun.

Free with admission.
7/29
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/29/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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7/29
Wednesday
Weather Wonders
07/29/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Weather is a hot topic - especially during the summer in Maine! Join us for a round of games and experiments as we delve into the wonders that form everyday weather. We'll look at different cloud formations, explore how hail stones grow and if the weather cooperates, we'll learn how to build our own sundials!

Free with admission.
7/29
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/29/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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7/30
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
07/30/2015
10:45-11:45am
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
7/30
Thursday
Kid Chemistry Lab
07/30/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
7/30
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/30/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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7/30
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Wax Resist Paintings
07/30/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What happens when you paint on something oily? We'll conduct a science experiment with a "wax resist" technique using crayons and watercolors and make a work of art at the same time.

Free with admission.
7/30
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/30/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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7/31
Friday
Shakespeare's Music & Magic
07/31/2015
10:45am
There are all kinds of magical tunes in the words of William Shakespeare! Join musician Brittany Cook to make some noise as a stormy sea, dance along to an enchanting fairy song, or cause some mischief like clever witches.

Free with admission.
7/31
Friday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/31/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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7/31
Friday
Tinkering with The Tempest: Desert Island Skills
07/31/2015
2:45-3:45pm
To celebrate the opening of our Shakespeare's Stories production this month, we're delving into Shakespeare's The Tempest and imagining what it would be like to be stuck on a deserted island. We'll learn to how to tie different types of knots, navigate by the sun and stars, make our own food, and play games to entertain ourselves while stuck on a stormy island.

Free with admission.
7/31
Friday
Interactive Capoeira Performance
07/31/2015
3:30pm
What is Capoeira? Part martial art and part dance, this sport from Brazil develops teamwork, communication skills, and fitness. We'll have a group of both adult and kid Capoeiristas from Maine and across the world show us their skills - and teach us a few moves, too!

This event is free with Museum & Theatre admission.
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7/31
Friday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
07/31/2015
5pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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August 2015

8/1
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
08/01/2015
11am
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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8/1
Saturday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: Macbeth
08/01/2015
1:45pm
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth!

Free with admission.
8/1
Saturday
Lobsters & Moose: Maine Animal Mix-Up
08/01/2015
3:15-4:15pm
What if lobsters had antlers and moose had claws? Learn about the biology of these hallmark Maine creatures, then play around and make a wacky craft that combines these animals' body parts to create your own highly adapted Maine super-creature.

Free with admission.
8/2
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Sea Creature Drawings
08/02/2015
10:45-11:45am
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Touch a real sea star, learn about hermit crabs and sea urchins and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/2
Sunday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/02/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/2
Sunday
Main Stage Production: Shakespeare's Stories (R$)
08/02/2015
2pm
Discover a shipwreck, find a witch's spell, and meet a donkey who was once a man! In our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories, we will perform shortened adaptations of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream and discover the magic of Shakespeare's original language.

Wizards, witches, fairies and kids all come together to celebrate the historical works of theatre's most notorious playwright. This project is part of our summer Shakespeare celebration, proving it's never too early (or too late!) to learn some Shakespeare!

Based on the original stories of William Shakespeare, adapted by Allison McCall, Kristen Voyvodich, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Reba Short. This production is possible with the generous support of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.

For tickets: $10 (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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8/3
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Butterflies
08/03/2015
10:45-11:45am
There are thousands of kinds of butterflies, all with different patterns and markings. Let's learn about a few of them and then make a butterfly sculpture to take home.

Free with admission.
8/3
Monday
Summer Sun Science Lab
08/03/2015
2:45-3:45pm
From beach days to pizza, heat makes some of our favorite activities possible! But what exactly is heat and how does it work? Each week we will conduct a different heat experiment using various materials such as mini hot air balloons and solar ovens. Scientists of all ages are welcome to experiment and, if the sun permits, try a solar snack!

Free with admission.
8/4
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
08/04/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.
8/4
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
08/04/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
8/4
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Sea Creature Block Prints
08/04/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Maine is famous for its coastline - we'll learn about some of its inhabitants and make a sea creature seascape using block prints.

Free with admission.
8/5
Wednesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
08/05/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup," build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
8/5
Wednesday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream
08/05/2015
12pm
Fall in love with the poetry and a silly story from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Free with admission.
8/5
Wednesday
Time Travelers
08/05/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
8/6
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Chalk Painting
08/06/2015
10:45-11:45am
Have you ever painted... with chalk? We'll learn about different color relationships and explore an unusual technique with chalk pastels to make colorful, creative masterpieces.

Free with admission.
8/6
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
08/06/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/6
Thursday
Sprouting History
08/06/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Firefighter Friday
08/07/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/07/2015
10:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Meet Chris Van Dusen, Author of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee!
08/07/2015
11am-12pm
In celebration of our newest exhibit, Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure, local Maine author Chris Van Dusen will visit the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. You are welcome to bring your favorite Chris Van Dusen book (you can purchase one in our kiosk!) for Mr. Van Dusen to autograph. Bookmarks and Museum & Theatre fliers can also be autographed! While there may be a line for this event, there will be plenty to do while waiting; play on Mr. Magee's motorboat, take a picnic into the garden, and splash in the large whale fountain. The new sand play area is particularly great for toddlers and the large shipwreck climber is excellent for the more adventurous older kids.
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8/7
Friday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: Macbeth
08/07/2015
12:45pm
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth!

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
Sustainable Footprints
08/07/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Let's use our bodies as game pieces in a life-sized sustainability board game! We'll learn how daily activities affect oceans, forests and farmland, and practice basic math skills to calculate how we can minimize pollution and keep Earth healthy.

Free with admission.
8/7
Friday
$2 First Friday
08/07/2015
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.

$2 admission.
8/8
Saturday
Squid Dissection (R$)
08/08/2015
12:30-1:30pm
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join science educator Laura Poppick 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/member, $6/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/8
Saturday
Kids on the Block: Superears and Bionic Legs
08/08/2015
1:45pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! In Superears, Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, 'look' or 'see.'" In Bionic Legs, Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. 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.
8/8
Saturday
Wacky Gardening
08/08/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Throw on a funky hat or costume and join us for some wacky gardening! We'll weed Mr. Magee's garden, plant seeds, water our plants, and harvest any fresh vegetables that may be ripe. Along the way we'll sing songs, learn how soil forms, and discover how plants make food from the sun.

Free with admission.
8/9
Sunday
Origami Art
08/09/2015
10:45-11:45am
The Japanese created Origami, but you can now find it all over the world. We'll learn about this traditional folded paper art form with different designs, papers, and ideas for you to try!

Free with admission.
8/9
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Turtle Drawings
08/09/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident yellow-bellied slider turtles. Touch a real turtle shell, learn about turtle adaptations and behaviors and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/10
Monday
Magic, Mayhem & Macbeth Camp for Ages 6-8 (R$)
08/10/2015
August 10th through 14th, 9am-12pm
Double double, toil and trouble! Fire burn and cauldron bubble! In this theatre camp we will dive head first into the magic and witchiness of Shakespeare's Macbeth! Through learning the play's original text we will piece together our own story of a greedy Scottish king complete with shadow puppets, music and unique choreography. By studying Shakespeare's plays, children have a unique opportunity to build vocabulary and literacy while strengthening their confidence and appreciation for a good story. We will be joined by young actors from our summer production of Shakespeare's Stories and put on a play for friends and family on the final day of camp.

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
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8/10
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Spiders
08/10/2015
10:45-11:45am
Spiders are arachnids, not insects! From their amazing eyes to multiple legs, we'll learn about these helpful creatures and then make a spider sculpture out of a variety of materials. Free with admission.
8/10
Monday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/10/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/10
Monday
Sprouting History
08/10/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
8/11
Tuesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
08/11/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup," build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
8/11
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
08/11/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
8/11
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Thumbprint Fish
08/11/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Fish have scales that protect and help them move. Let's take inspiration from some amazing patterns found on different kinds of fish and make some scaly art - using our fingerprints!

Free with admission.
8/12
Wednesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
08/12/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.
8/12
Wednesday
Summer Sun Science Lab
08/12/2015
2:45-3:45pm
From beach days to pizza, heat makes some of our favorite activities possible! But what exactly is heat and how does it work? Each week we will conduct a different heat experiment using various materials such as mini hot air balloons and solar ovens. Scientists of all ages are welcome to experiment and, if the sun permits, try a solar snack!

Free with admission.
8/13
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Wax Resist Paintings
08/13/2015
10:45-11:45am
What happens when you paint on something oily? We'll conduct a science experiment with a "wax resist" technique using crayons and watercolors and make a work of art at the same time.

Free with admission.
8/13
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
08/13/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/13
Thursday
Time Travelers
08/13/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
8/14
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/14/2015
10:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/14
Friday
Free DIY Camera-Making and Photography Workshop! (R)
08/14/2015
1-4pm
Cameras are incredible tools, and actually pretty easy to make! Join us for an interactive DIY camera-making workshop to build your own pinhole camera using common household tools. We'll start with a private tour of the Museum & Theatre's Camera Obscura, and then jump into making our own cameras with the help of Portland photographer Amy Hagberg. We'll have time to take a photograph with our cameras, and we'll finish with a short trip to the Maine College of Art darkroom to develop our first image!

This is a FREE family workshop - parents and siblings are encouraged to join.

Recommended for ages 5+.

Registration is required. To sign up, call 207-828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Funded by the Rines/Thompson Fund.
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8/14
Friday
Art in Motion: Thaumatropes
08/14/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Take your first steps in animation by drawing and coloring two pictures and watching how motion makes those two pictures merge before your eyes!

Free with admission.
8/15
Saturday
Meet the Animals!
08/15/2015
10:30-11:30am
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.
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8/15
Saturday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
08/15/2015
12:15-1:15pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
8/15
Saturday
Lobsters & Moose: Maine Animal Mix-Up
08/15/2015
3:15-4:15pm
What if lobsters had antlers and moose had claws? Learn about the biology of these hallmark Maine creatures, then play around and make a wacky craft that combines these animals' body parts to create your own highly adapted Maine super-creature.

Free with admission.
8/16
Sunday
Art + Design Play: Straw Sculptures
08/16/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come put a modern twist on this century old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
8/16
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Sea Creature Drawings
08/16/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Touch a real sea star, learn about hermit crabs and sea urchins and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/17
Monday
Ooey Gooey Science Camp for Ages 4-6 (R$)
08/17/2015
August 17th through 21st, 9am-12pm
Science is messy! Join us for a week of playful experiments and ooey gooey exploration. We'll create fields of erupting volcanoes, dance in tubs of oobleck, and use the Museum & Theatre's live animal exhibits to investigate the mucky worlds of ponds and tide pools. We'll also go outside to dig up wriggly worms in the garden, splash in the Museum & Theatre's new whale fountain, and mix up slime to take home as we celebrate curiosity-quenching messes.

Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.
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8/17
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Butterflies
08/17/2015
10:45-11:45am
There are thousands of kinds of butterflies, all with different patterns and markings. Let's learn about a few of them and then make a butterfly sculpture to take home.

Free with admission.
8/17
Monday
Create a Storybook
08/17/2015
12:45-1:45pm
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own stories from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
8/17
Monday
Whale Finger Puppets
08/17/2015
2:45-3:45pm
It's time to get crafty! Create a whale finger puppet that can play, make friends, and go on an adventure, just like the whales in Chris Van Dusen's book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.

Free with admission.
8/18
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Sea Creature Block Prints
08/18/2015
10:45-11:45am
Maine is famous for its coastline - we'll learn about some of its inhabitants and make a sea creature seascape using block prints.

Free with admission.
8/18
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
08/18/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.
8/19
Wednesday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/19/2015
10:45-11:45am
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/19
Wednesday
Put on a Play In Just One Day: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (R$)
08/19/2015
12-2pm
In this two hour workshop you might want to be careful what you wish for! From magic pebbles to morals, this drop-off theatre workshop will provide the opportunity for young actors ages 5-9 to try acting on our stage. Pizza break included! At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story.

$15 for members, $20 for visitors. To register for this workshop, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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8/19
Wednesday
Sustainable Footprints
08/19/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Let's use our bodies as game pieces in a life-sized sustainability board game! We'll learn how daily activities affect oceans, forests and farmland, and practice basic math skills to calculate how we can minimize pollution and keep Earth healthy.

Free with admission.
8/20
Thursday
Summer Sun Science Lab
08/20/2015
12:45-1:45pm
From beach days to pizza, heat makes some of our favorite activities possible! But what exactly is heat and how does it work? Each week we will conduct a different heat experiment using various materials such as mini hot air balloons and solar ovens. Scientists of all ages are welcome to experiment and, if the sun permits, try a solar snack!

Free with admission.
8/20
Thursday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
08/20/2015
2pm
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.
8/20
Thursday
Urban Ecologists
08/20/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Firefighter Friday
08/21/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/21/2015
10:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: Macbeth
08/21/2015
12:45pm
'Tis the witching hour! Act like witches and learn some lines from one of Shakespeare's most famously haunting plays: Macbeth!

Free with admission.
8/21
Friday
Time Travelers
08/21/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
8/22
Saturday
Art in Motion: Flip Books
08/22/2015
12:15pm
Take your first step in animation by trying out basic flip book techniques. Get the chance to watch a short film made with flip books just like yours!

Free with admission.
8/22
Saturday
Mainey Acts (R$)
08/22/2015
1:45pm
MAINEY ACTS is our new improvisation theatre troupe with kids and adults onstage together! 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 register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/22
Saturday
Sprouting History
08/22/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
8/23
Sunday
Puppy Finger Puppets
08/23/2015
10:45-11:45am
It's time to get crafty! Create a puppy finger puppet that can play, make friends, and go on an adventure, just like the dog Dee in Chris Van Dusen's book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.

Free with admission.
8/23
Sunday
Music, Movement and Dance
08/23/2015
2:45pm
Music is our muse as we learn stretches, play musical games and experiment with different elements and styles of dance.

Free with admission.
8/24
Monday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
08/24/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
8/24
Monday
Block Printing
08/24/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come put a modern twist on this century old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
8/25
Tuesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
08/25/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup," build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
8/25
Tuesday
Kid Chemistry Lab
08/25/2015
12:45-1:45pm
How do glow-in-the-dark stickers get their glow? Why does oil float on water? Join us for an hour of playful experiments and games as we discover the magic of chemistry in the world around us.

Free with admission.
8/26
Wednesday
Weather Wonders
08/26/2015
10:45-11:45am
Weather is a hot topic - especially during the summer in Maine! Join us for a round of games and experiments as we delve into the wonders that form everyday weather. We'll look at different cloud formations, explore how hail stones grow and if the weather cooperates, we'll learn how to build our own sundials!

Free with admission.
8/26
Wednesday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Where the Wild Things Are (R$)
08/26/2015
12-2pm
In this two hour workshop, we will use our bodies and voices to tell the exciting adventure of Where the Wild Things Are! This is a drop off theatre workshop for ages 5-9 to give acting a try on our stage. Pizza break included! At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story.

$15 for members, $20 for visitors. To register for this workshop, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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8/26
Wednesday
Create a Storybook
08/26/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own story from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
8/26
Wednesday
Audition Workshop (R)
08/26/2015
3:30-5pm
If you're between the ages of 8 and 17 and you'd like to audition for our fall production of The Witches, we recommend you attend this audition workshop to find out what it's all about. We'll tell you all about our upcoming play, explain what it's like to be one of our young actors and take you through the audition process. We'll even give you a monologue!

To register for this free workshop, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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8/27
Thursday
Sustainable Footprints
08/27/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Let's use our bodies as game pieces in a life-sized sustainability board game! We'll learn how daily activities affect oceans, forests and farmland, and practice basic math skills to calculate how we can minimize pollution and keep Earth healthy.

Free with admission.
8/27
Thursday
Make & Melt Ice Castles
08/27/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Become an ice artist, make a castle, melt a road and paint with colored ice. This open-ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
8/28
Friday
Poems with a Beat
08/28/2015
10:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
8/28
Friday
Shakespeariment Stage Story: The Tempest
08/28/2015
12:45pm
The opening scene of The Tempest takes place on a ship at sea. Together we will act out the terrible storm that leads to a shipwreck this magical play by William Shakespeare.

Free with admission.
8/28
Friday
Lobsters & Moose: Maine Animal Mix-Up
08/28/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What if lobsters had antlers and moose had claws? Learn about the biology of these hallmark Maine creatures, then play around and make a wacky craft that combines these animals' body parts to create your own highly adapted Maine super-creature.

Free with admission.
8/29
Saturday
Squid Dissection (R$)
08/29/2015
12:30-1:30pm
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join science educator Laura Poppick 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/member, $6/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/29
Saturday
Kids on the Block: Superears and Bionic Legs
08/29/2015
1:45pm
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! In Superears, Brenda introduces us to Renaldo, who explains, "I don't mind when you use words like, 'look' or 'see.'" In Bionic Legs, Mark explains how his "cruiser" helps him get around. 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.
8/29
Saturday
Urban Ecologists
08/29/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny - and not so tiny - creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
8/30
Sunday
Origami Art
08/30/2015
10:45-11:45am
The Japanese created Origami, but you can now find it all over the world. We'll learn about this traditional folded paper art form with different designs, papers, and ideas for you to try!

Free with admission.
8/30
Sunday
Young Naturalists: Sea Creature Drawings
08/30/2015
2:45-3:45pm
We'll practice our scientific observation and life drawing skills by spending time with our resident sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank. Touch a real sea star, learn about hermit crabs and sea urchins and spend some time making an observational drawing to take home.

Free with admission.
8/31
Monday
Create-a-Creature: Spiders
08/31/2015
10:45-11:45am
Spiders are arachnids, not insects! From their amazing eyes to multiple legs, we'll learn about these helpful creatures and then make a spider sculpture out of a variety of materials. Free with admission.
8/31
Monday
Block Printing
08/31/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Come put a modern twist on this century old technique and learn how to print letters, patterns and pictures using a variety of wacky and wonderful materials. You will leave seeing the possibility of art in every object and with an art piece of your own!

Free with admission.
8/31
Monday
Art in Motion: Phenakistoscope
08/31/2015
2:45-3:45pm
This early animation entertainment may be difficult to say, but it is easy to make! Choose a wheel of images to color and when you spin it, a moving scene plays before your eyes!

Free with admission.

September 2015

9/1
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
09/01/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea, and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.
9/1
Tuesday
Edible Science Lab
09/01/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Join us for an hour of delectable scientific experimentation. We'll learn all about the rock cycle while making a delicious mess of edible "magma", churn butter from scratch, and stir up a batch of tasty slime!

Free with admission.
9/1
Tuesday
Big Messy Art: Thumbprint Fish
09/01/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Fish have scales that protect and help them move. Let's take inspiration from some amazing patterns found on different kinds of fish and make some scaly art - using our fingerprints!

Free with admission.
9/1
Tuesday
Auditions: The Witches
09/01/2015
3-5pm
We're looking for talented young actors to be part of the cast of Roald Dahl's The Witches this fall. No experience required and newcomers are welcome! Please come between 3-5pm with a one minute audition monologue prepared. The fall production will run October 22-November 1. Only actors available for rehearsal in September and October will be cast.

For more information, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 247 or email reba@kitetails.org
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9/2
Wednesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
09/02/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup", build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
9/2
Wednesday
Sprouting History
09/02/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Every seed is a little time capsule waiting to sprout! Over a series of weeks we will plant and nurture heirloom seeds that will grow into the same herbs that people in Maine used 200 years ago for cooking, medicine and crafts. Come help tend to the herb garden and make a historical herbal craft.

Free with admission.
9/3
Thursday
Big Messy Art: Chalk Painting
09/03/2015
10:45-11:45am
Have you ever painted... with chalk? We'll learn about different color relationships and explore an unusual technique with chalk pastels to make colorful, creative masterpieces.

Free with admission.
9/3
Thursday
Lobsters & Moose: Maine Animal Mix-Up
09/03/2015
12:45-1:45pm
What if lobsters had antlers and moose had claws? Learn about the biology of these hallmark Maine creatures, then play around and make a wacky craft that combines these animals' body parts to create your own highly adapted Maine super-creature.

Free with admission.
9/3
Thursday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
09/03/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
9/4
Friday
Firefighter Friday
09/04/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
9/4
Friday
Poems with a Beat
09/04/2015
10:45am
Any poem can be a song if we add some rhythm to it - let's make some noise! We'll explore our musical instrument collection and perform some new and classic children's poems set to a brand new beat.

Free with admission.
9/4
Friday
Little Play: Corduroy (R$)
09/04/2015
2pm
This is a story of a brave teddy bear with a wild imagination. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. In the elevator, he discovers a mountain, and in the furniture department, he finds a palace.

In our new series, "Little Plays," actors will use simple props and costumes to make stories come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long and is accompanied by a fifteen minute interactive workshop after the show. Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and gross motor development and are based on stories from the OWL pre-K curriculum.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/4
Friday
Urban Ecologists
09/04/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny--and not so tiny--creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
9/4
Friday
$2 First Friday
09/04/2015
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.
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9/5
Saturday
Garden Harvest: Preserving Green Beans
09/05/2015
12:15pm
Garden Harvest: Preserving Green Beans Time to get green beans ready for winter! In times before refrigerators green beans were dried out to use throughout the winter. Help dry beans and learn about how other food can be preserved for the winter!

Free with admission.
9/5
Saturday
Put on a Play in Just One Day: Where the Wild Things Are (R$)
09/05/2015
1-3pm
In this two hour workshop, we will use our bodies and voices to tell the exciting adventure of Where the Wild Things Are! This is a drop off theatre workshop for ages 5-9 to give acting a try on our stage. Pizza break included! At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to watch a short performance of the story.

$15 for members, $20 for visitors. To register for this workshop, call828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

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9/5
Saturday
Garden Harvest: Garlic Planting
09/05/2015
3:15-4:15pm
To celebrate the end of the summer growing season, join us by planting a whole new round of veggies that can tolerate the harsh Maine winters: garlic! We'll work together to clear a bed, add compost, and plant garlic that will grow through the winter and spring.

Free with admission.
9/6
Sunday
Garden Harvest: Veggie Scavenger Hunt
09/06/2015
10:45-11:45am
It's September, which means it's time to harvest! Look for different edibles growing in our backyard garden, then taste the fruits of your labor.

Free with admission.
9/6
Sunday
Garden Harvest: Botanical Drawing
09/06/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Let's celebrate the harvest season by making some garden-inspired art. We'll have plenty of different plants to provide inspiration for a nature-inspired masterpiece to take home.

Free with admission.
9/7
Monday
OPEN: LABOR DAY
09/07/2015
10am-5pm
We are open for play all day today! Happy Labor Day! Members' Monday returns next Monday, September 14th.
9/7
Monday
Time Travelers
09/07/2015
10:45-11:45am
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
9/7
Monday
Create a Storybook
09/07/2015
10:45-11:45am
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer-space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own story from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
9/8
Tuesday
Dramatic Imagination Class: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (R$)
09/08/2015
3:30-5pm
Have you ever had a bad day? Well, Alexander's day is horrible! Actors will work as a team to act out the scenarios that Alexander encounters on his epic terrible day.

The Dramatic Imagination Class is designed for early elementary school students between the ages of 5 and 8 who desire to stretch their imaginations and put on a show. Actors will learn team building warm-up games, trust exercises, and improvisation games to help think on their feet. Actors will receive scripts and will perform a play for family and friends on September 29 at 4:30. This is an important class to take if you want to audition for our main stage shows after you turn eight.

$60 for members / $80 for visitors. To register for this four-week class (9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29), call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Sign up for a whole year of Dramatic Imagination classes (seven 4 week sessions) by September 1 and save! $360 for members & $460 for visitors.

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9/9
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: Stellaluna (R$)
09/09/2015
10:15-11:15am
What happens when this baby fruit bat is adopted by a nest of birds? Actors will act out the story of Stellaluna with their bodies, voices and special imaginative props and puppets.

The Teensy Weensy Acting program is a literacy and creative development series of classes for ages 3-5. Over a period of four weeks, young actors dive into a story, processing it with imagination, puppetry, movement and storytelling. Literacy plays an important role in the class structure, as actors use their voices to speak words and begin to recognize letters on the page.

At the end of the last class on September 30th, young actors and their teacher puts on a show for their families and friends at 11am. This is an excellent opportunity for preschool age children to give acting a try, become storytellers and follow directions in a group.

$60 for members / $80 for visitors. To register for this four-week class (9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30), call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Sign up for a whole year of Teensy Weensy classes (seven 4 week sessions) by September 1 and save! $360 for members & $460 for visitors.

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9/10
Thursday
Edible Science Lab
09/10/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for an hour of delectable scientific experimentation. We'll learn all about the rock cycle while making a delicious mess of edible "magma", churn butter from scratch, and stir up a batch of tasty slime!

Free with admission.
9/10
Thursday
DIY Toy Makers Club (R$)
09/10/2015
4-5pm
Want to learn how to make your own toys with simple household tools? Then join us for this drop-off class designed for ages 5-8. We'll learn how to make mini-robots out of toothbrush heads and small motors, pinhole cameras that actually take pictures, flower presses, toy rafts, and more! At the end of the session, we'll go home with a booklet of instructions for how to make our creations so we can make more at home!

This is a drop-off program, and space is limited so sign up today. DIY Toy Makers Club is a 3-week class: Thursdays Sept. 10, 17, and 24.

$45/members, $60/visitors. To register, call 207-828-1234x231 or stop by the front desk.

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9/11
Friday
Morning Music: Orchestra! (R$)
09/11/2015
10:15-11am
What's an orchestra? What kinds of music can we make when we add different sounds together? In this four-week class just for toddlers, we'll explore fast, slow, loud and soft tunes. Each week we'll add something new to our orchestra! Using the picture book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss and Marjorie Priceman and both modern and classical songs for some inspiration, we'll count, dance, and play instruments as we explore rhythm and tone. At the end of the session, caregivers will receive packets with activities based on the exercises and music we use in class.

Morning Music is an exploratory early music education class for children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers that helps provide a foundation for musical learning. Early musical education helps toddlers develop listening and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and awareness of space and rhythm. Music also forms community: we will all work together, take turns and make connections as we work on our songs and skills. Four-week class meets on Fridays, September 11th through October 2nd.

$60/member, $80/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/11
Friday
Little Play: Corduroy (R$)
09/11/2015
2pm
This is a story of a brave teddy bear with a wild imagination. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. In the elevator, he discovers a mountain, and in the furniture department, he finds a palace.

In our new series, "Little Plays," actors will use simple props and costumes to make stories come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long and is accompanied by a fifteen minute interactive workshop after the show. Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and gross motor development and are based on stories from the OWL pre-K curriculum.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/12
Saturday
Owl Pellet Dissection (R$)
09/12/2015
12:15-1:15pm
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 their own owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner! Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$4/member, $5/visitor. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/12
Saturday
Little Play: Corduroy (R$)
09/12/2015
1pm
This is a story of a brave teddy bear with a wild imagination. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. In the elevator, he discovers a mountain, and in the furniture department, he finds a palace.

In our new series, "Little Plays," actors will use simple props and costumes to make stories come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long and is accompanied by a fifteen minute interactive workshop after the show. Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and gross motor development and are based on stories from the OWL pre-K curriculum.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/12
Saturday
Urban Ecologists
09/12/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny--and not so tiny--creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
9/13
Sunday
Dream Pillow Making (R$)
09/13/2015
12:45-1:45pm
Make a special pillow filled with lavender, rose petals and other herbs that will help you sleep. Victorian women even believed herbs would help hold on to good memories and chase away bad dreams. Fill up the pillow with herbs of your choice and decorate it to make your own sweet dreams!

$7/members, $8/visitor plus admission. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/15
Tuesday
Maine & Me Exploration Workshop for Ages 3-5 (R$)
09/15/2015
10:15-11:15am
From its coastline to its creatures there is a lot to love about Maine! Come explore the history of our state through culinary ventures, crafts, games and wildlife observation. By the end of the workshop you will have made a cod fish cake, played drop-the-hankie, tied fisherman's knots, made art with moose hooves and much more! This program is recommended for ages 3-5. Four-week class runs September 15-October 6. $60 members/$80 non-members. To register, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/15
Tuesday
Edible Science Lab
09/15/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for an hour of delectable scientific experimentation. We'll learn all about the rock cycle while making a delicious mess of edible "magma", churn butter from scratch, and stir up a batch of tasty slime!

Free with admission.
9/16
Wednesday
Down to the Sea Theatrical
09/16/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Come experience our new outdoor exhibit based on the book Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen. Using the exhibit as our stage we will act out this great story by meeting water-spouting whales, getting stuck in a tree and making it back home safe and sound!

Free with admission.
9/17
Thursday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
09/17/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup", build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
9/17
Thursday
Create a Storybook
09/17/2015
2:45-3:45pm
What happens when a little whale exhales a huge breath of air? Does she lift a boat? Cover the sun? Send a snail to outer-space? All ages are invited to discover the fun of narrative through pictures, words and drama to create their own story from beginning to end.

Free with admission.
9/18
Friday
Firefighter Friday
09/18/2015
10:30am
Firefighters are important members of our community. Let's learn about how they safely fight fires and thank them for their hard work. Come meet a firefighter and touch the gear that protects him or her as you explore the fire truck! If the firefighters are called off to duty, we will read a story and draw pictures to send to the firefighters as a thank you.

Free with admission.
9/18
Friday
Little Play: Corduroy (R$)
09/18/2015
2pm
This is a story of a brave teddy bear with a wild imagination. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. In the elevator, he discovers a mountain, and in the furniture department, he finds a palace.

In our new series, "Little Plays," actors will use simple props and costumes to make stories come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long and is accompanied by a fifteen minute interactive workshop after the show. Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and gross motor development and are based on stories from the OWL pre-K curriculum.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/18
Friday
Urban Ecologists
09/18/2015
2:45-3:45pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny--and not so tiny--creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
9/19
Saturday
Time Travelers
09/19/2015
12:15-1:15pm
Jump into the past by playing games thought up before computers, churning butter, and getting soapy & sudsy in a historical laundry tub! Through hands-on experiences discover the differences between your life today and the life of New England kids 200 years ago.

Free with admission.
9/19
Saturday
Mainey Acts (R$)
09/19/2015
1pm
MAINEY ACTS is our new improvisation theatre troupe with kids and adults onstage together! In the spirit of shows like "Who's 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.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

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9/19
Saturday
Urban Ecologists
09/19/2015
3:15-4:15pm
Calling all young ecologists! Did you know ecosystems exist everywhere, even in cities like Portland? Come join us for an hour of scientific exploration as we investigate the tiny--and not so tiny--creatures that make their home in the Museum & Theatre's urban backyard. We'll make nature journals, use real scientific tools to make observations, and we'll also play some ecology games!

Free with admission.
9/21
Monday
10th Annual Golf Tournament
09/21/2015
12-7pm, offsite at Nonesuch River Golf Club, Scarborough ME
Please join us for our 10th Annual Golf Tournament!

Friends, members, donors and sponsors of the Museum & Theatre have joined us for a little fun (and fundraising) in the sun for nine years of our Golf Tournament - this year, for the 10th anniversary, we're changing things up a bit with a new start time and a family barbeque dinner at the end of the day. Golfers of all skill levels are invited to participate! Not a golfer? Learn more about how you can get involved as a corporate or individual sponsor or donor. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament directly support the Museum & Theatre's interactive exhibits, educational programming, theatre productions and general operations.

TIMES:
12:00pm registration and light lunch
1:00pm shotgun start
5:30/6:00pm barbeque reception, contests, auction and prizes

REGISTRATION: $150 for an individual player, $540 for a foursome. Registration fees include light lunch, greens fees and golf carts, snacks on the course, barbeque dinner and awards.
NEW! Barbeque Dinner only: $20 adults / $9 kids. Help support the Museum & Theatre by joining us for a cookout at the golf course after tournament play ends. Families are welcome!

For more information about our 10th Annual Golf Tournament, including player registration, attending the barbeque reception, donations and corporate sponsorships, please contact Alicia at (207) 828-1234 x242 or alicia@kitetails.org.

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9/22
Tuesday
Soil, Sand and Stones: Geology Exploration
09/22/2015
10:45-11:45am
Join us for a round of geology games and experiments! We'll cook up some delicious "soil soup", build sand castles, make our own sand from rocks, and explore the Museum & Theatre's extensive collection of beautiful minerals.

Free with admission.
9/25
Friday
Little Play: Corduroy (R$)
09/25/2015
2pm
This is a story of a brave teddy bear with a wild imagination. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. In the elevator, he discovers a mountain, and in the furniture department, he finds a palace.

In our new series, "Little Plays," actors will use simple props and costumes to make stories come to life for very young audiences. Each little play is approximately thirty minutes long and is accompanied by a fifteen minute interactive workshop after the show. Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and gross motor development and are based on stories from the OWL pre-K curriculum.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

9/26
Saturday
Mainey Acts (R$)
09/26/2015
1pm
MAINEY ACTS is our new improvisation theatre troupe with kids and adults onstage together! In the spirit of shows like "Who's 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.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

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9/29
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Rhyme Hunt
09/29/2015
10:45-11:45am
Come navigate the Museum & Theatre's new Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure exhibit as we hunt for rhymes. We'll learn about whale tails, tall sails, and trees by the sea, and also save time to come up with our own rhymes!

Free with admission.

October 2015

10/2
Friday
$2 First Friday
10/02/2015
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.
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10/10
Saturday
Meet Chris Van Dusen, Author of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee!
10/10/2015
11am-12pm
In celebration of our newest exhibit, Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure, local Maine author Chris Van Dusen will visit the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. You are welcome to bring your favorite Chris Van Dusen book (you can purchase one in our kiosk!) for Mr. Van Dusen to autograph. Bookmarks and Museum & Theatre fliers can also be autographed! While there may be a line for this event, there will be plenty to do while waiting; play on Mr. Magee's motorboat, take a picnic into the garden, and splash in the large whale fountain. The new sand play area is particularly great for toddlers and the large shipwreck climber is excellent for the more adventurous older kids.
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