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September 2016

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

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

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

Free with admission.
9/27
Tuesday
Fall Apple Art
09/27/2016
2-2:30pm
Fall is apple season! Come appreciate apples with a story and a tasting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free with admission

October 2016

10/1
Saturday
Block Party at Deering Oaks Park!
10/01/2016
10am-Noon
Join us for a free, outdoor party to celebrate play-based learning in our community! We'll spend the morning building with the Museum & Theatre's big blue blocks, creating a collaborative mural, and exploring family face painting near the playground at Deering Oaks Park.
Staff and volunteers will also be available to talk about how Play=Learning at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.
10/1
Saturday
Arctic Exploration
10/01/2016
11am-Noon
Join us to experience the life of an Arctic explorer and learn about the Iñupiaqs of Alaska. In collaboration with the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, we'll make snow goggles, discover Arctic wildlife, and find ways to stay warm in the extreme cold!

Free with admission.
10/1
Saturday
Polar Star Show
10/01/2016
1pm
The polar night sky is full of wonder, from the North Star right over head to the occasional explosion of northern lights. Join us in our mini-planetarium to gaze up at the stars and imagine life in the Arctic.

Free with admission.
10/1
Saturday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
10/01/2016
1:30pm
Check out our troupe of life-sized educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Learn about Cerebral Palsy and Vision Impairment by watching a show. 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.
10/1
Saturday
Autumn Art Time
10/01/2016
2pm
Come celebrate the season with a festive autumn art project! We'll use a variety of materials to make a creative craft taking our inspiration from The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

Free with admission
10/1
Saturday
Light up the Aurora
10/01/2016
3:15-4:15pm
In collaboration with the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, we'll discover the science behind the aurora borealis and then make an aurora-inspired craft to take home.

Free with admission.
10/2
Sunday
Arctic Ice Castles
10/02/2016
10:30am
Your Arctic journey continues as we explore the world of Arctic ice and glaciers by building our own ice castles. This open ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss! This program is ideal for ages 6-10.

Free with admission.
10/2
Sunday
Make a Wizard Cloak (R$)
10/02/2016
11am-12pm
Make your own cloak fit for treasure hunting, dragon slaying, giant eagle rides, or whatever adventure might fit your fancy. For inspiration, we'll begin with some Hobbit tales about dragons and treasure and then jump into creating our own cloaks! We'll end by journeying around the museum to test out our new adventure wear.

Ideal for ages 5+. This is a drop off program.
To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk today.

$15/member, $20/visitor.
10/2
Sunday
Autumn Leaf Art
10/02/2016
2pm
Have you noticed the leaves changing colors around your home? The Museum & Theatre has a problem: our leaves are still green! Can you help by using paints, leaf rubbings and paper cutouts to create colorful fall branches to usher in the changing season?

Free with admission.
10/2
Sunday
Water Molecule Dance
10/02/2016
3pm
In this musical journey, we'll explore the life of a water molecule in its many states. Come move and wiggle to the changing temperature!

Free with admission.
10/3
Monday
Member's Monday: Ice Castle Building
10/03/2016
9:30-10:30am
Explore the world of Arctic ice and glaciers this morning by building our own ice castles. This week we're celebrating all things Arctic in honor of the Arctic Council meeting right here in Portland. This open ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss!

Free with admission.
10/4
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Polar Playdough
10/04/2016
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. Today, we're celebrating the Arctic in honor of The Arctic Council Meeting happening right here in Portland. We'll play with ooey gooey play dough as we create a habitat for arctic creatures. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission.
10/4
Tuesday
Light up the Aurora
10/04/2016
10:30am-12pm
In collaboration with the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, we'll discover the science behind the aurora borealis and then make an aurora-inspired craft to take home.

Free with admission.
10/4
Tuesday
Arctic Animal Sing-Along
10/04/2016
11:30am
Arctic Animals have learned to live where it's very cold and nights are very long. Learn a song all about animals you might see on the Arctic tundra based on the book Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Wind Blows by Marianne Berkes.

Free with admission.
10/4
Tuesday
Arctic Art Time: Northern Lights
10/04/2016
3-4pm
Discover the magic of the northern lights also called, 'Aurora Borealis'. We'll create our own version of the northern lights using a variety of materials in honor of the Arctic Council Meeting happening right here in Portland! This program is ideal for ages 6-10.

Free with admission.
10/5
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting: This is Not My Hat (Ages 3-5) (R$)
10/05/2016
10:15-11:15am
Imagine you're a tiny fish wearing a hat that happens to fit you perfectly. Is it yours? If it's not your hat, trouble could be following close behind! We'll explore Jon Klassen's hilarious mystery by acting it out on the stage, hats included!

The Teensy Weensy theatre 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, music, 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 October 26, young actors and their teacher put on a show for their families and friends at 11am.

This is an excellent opportunity for pre-school aged children to give acting a try, become storytellers and follow directions in a group. Each participant will make a hat to take home at the end of class. This class meets on the following dates: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19 and 10/26.

Please sign up early! This workshop requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.

$60 for members / $80 for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/5
Wednesday
Arctic Exploration
10/05/2016
10:30am-Noon
Join us to experience the life of an Arctic explorer and learn about the Iñupiaqs of Alaska. In collaboration with the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, we'll make snow goggles, discover Arctic wildlife, and find ways to stay warm in the extreme cold!

Free with admission.
10/5
Wednesday
Arctic Animal Sing-Along
10/05/2016
11:30am
Arctic Animals have learned to live where it's very cold and nights are very long. Learn a song all about animals you might see on the Arctic tundra based on the book Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Wind Blows by Marianne Berkes.

Free with admission.
10/5
Wednesday
Arctic Ice Castles
10/05/2016
3-4pm
Your Arctic journey continues as we explore the world of Arctic ice and glaciers by building our own ice castles. This open ended, interactive art creation is too cool to miss! This program is ideal for ages 6-10.

Free with admission.
10/6
Thursday
Celebrate the Arctic Day
10/06/2016
10:15am-4:30pm
International members of the Arctic Council are meeting in Portland this week to discuss sustainability in the Arctic. Join us to celebrate the northernmost part of our planet and the amazing ways this part of the Earth differs from the rest.
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10/6
Thursday
Tiny Tots: Polar Bear Story Time
10/06/2016
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. Today, we'll explore the world of polar bears! Read a polar bear story, play an iceberg hopping game, and discover how polar bears stay warm in the arctic. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
10/6
Thursday
Light up the Aurora
10/06/2016
10:30am
In collaboration with the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, we'll discover the science behind the aurora borealis and then make an aurora-inspired craft to take home.

Free with admission.
10/6
Thursday
Arctic Freeze Ice Cream (R$)
10/06/2016
11am-12pm
Get ready to plunge your spoon into arctic temperatures! Together we will learn how easy it is to make homemade vanilla ice cream with an arctic twist, by adding white chocolate swirls and sparkling ice sprinkles to top off your frozen treat. While our ice cream is churning we will do an arctic craft and artifact exploration.

$5/child for members, $6/child for visitors plus admission.
To register call 207-828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/6
Thursday
Polar Star Show
10/06/2016
11:45am
The polar night sky is full of wonder, from the North Star right over head to the occasional explosion of northern lights. Join us in our mini-planetarium to gaze up at the stars and imagine life in the Arctic.

Free with admission.
10/6
Thursday
Arctic Naturalists
10/06/2016
2-3pm
What plants and wildlife might you find on a journey to the Arctic? Join us for this special program to learn about the habitats of the north, and discover some animals you may also find in Maine! This program is offered in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.

Free with admission.
10/6
Thursday
Light up the Aurora
10/06/2016
3:30-4:30pm
In collaboration with the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, we'll discover the science behind the aurora borealis and then make an aurora-inspired craft to take home.

Free with admission.
10/7
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
10/07/2016
10:30am
It's our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are too busy fighting fires to join us, we'll write letters to them thanking them for keeping us safe, and play together in our firetruck exhibit.

Free with admission.
10/7
Friday
Owl Pellet Dissection (R$)
10/07/2016
11:30am
Owls may appear calm and wise, but did you know that they are also vicious nighttime hunters? Delve into the eating habits of owls in this hands-on science workshop. Each participant will get his/her own owl pellet to dissect so that we can see for ourselves what an owl ate for dinner!
Suggested for ages 4 and up.

$5/member, $7/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/7
Friday
Flashlight Story Time
10/07/2016
1:30pm
Join us under the stars for a flashlight story about a nocturnal creature.

Free with admission.
10/7
Friday
Celebrate Peace: Empathy Bracelets
10/07/2016
3pm
Join us for a weekly program that inspires peace in the world, our community, and in ourselves. This week, we'll read Quiet as a Cricket by Audrey Wood and experience different emotions through the magic of metaphors. Then, we'll create our own empathy bracelets to represent a variety of emotions and discover the importance of understanding that everyone around us experiences these feelings.

Free with admission.
10/7
Friday
$2 Friday
10/07/2016
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.
Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2/person admission applies.
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10/7
Friday
The Hobbit preview at First Friday
10/07/2016
5:30pm
Curious about the upcoming main stage production of The Hobbit? Stop by the Dress-Up Theatre to catch some sneak-peek scenes from the play, meet the actors, and ask questions about our theatre program! The Museum & Theatre has a theatre for kids, by kids featuring actors ages 8-17, performing for all ages.

Free with admission.
10/7
Friday
The Hobbit preview at Portland Public Library
10/07/2016
6:30-7:15pm
Join us for a preview of the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine's performance of The Hobbit, in Rines Auditorium. Check out some scenes from the upcoming production. Meet the actors, play a game, and find out more about the theatre for kids, by kids right here in Portland.
10/8
Saturday
Carrot Dissection
10/08/2016
10:30am
Join us to discover how carrots suck water out of the earth, store sugars for the winter, and do so much more during this interactive veggie dissection.

Free with admission.
10/8
Saturday
Hula Hoop Making Workshop (R$)
10/08/2016
11am-12pm
Discover the process of creating a custom hula hoop. You'll measure and make a hula hoop fit to your height. Then, we'll decorate your creation and test out your hooping skills!

$10/member, $12/visitor. To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk today.
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10/8
Saturday
Riddles with Bilbo and Gollum
10/08/2016
1pm
In a hole under a hill lives a very non-adventurous creature named Bilbo, and deep within a cave under a far-away mountain lives a very mysterious creature named Gollum. What do these two have in common? They both love riddles! Join us to outsmart this unlikely pair! Jokes, riddles, and puns are welcome - and maybe you'll learn some new ones to tell your friends!

Free with admission.
10/8
Saturday
Action Art!
10/08/2016
2pm
Discover the process of creating art without your hands! We'll challenge ourselves to create a collaborative mural with our feet, elbows, and more during this dynamic program filled with comradery and problem solving.

Free with admission.
10/8
Saturday
Dragon Puppets! (R$)
10/08/2016
3-5pm
Did you know there are many, many different kinds of dragons? Some live in the sky, some live in the ocean, some live in caves, and some just really love tacos. Join us for this art and theatre workshop that's all about dragons! While we share our favorite stories about dragons (and perhaps learn some new ones), we will make our own dragon puppets that we will use to bring one or more of these stories to life on the stage! We will create both with our hands and bodies, and explore different means of storytelling.

$10/participant for members, $12/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission.
To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
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10/8
Saturday
Science Spotlight
10/08/2016
3:15pm
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, and more.

Free with admission.
10/20
Thursday
Make a Wizard Cloak (R$)
10/20/2016
4-5pm
Make your own cloak fit for treasure hunting, dragon slaying, giant eagle rides, or whatever adventure might fit your fancy. For inspiration, we'll begin with some Hobbit tales about dragons and treasure and then jump into creating our own cloaks! We'll end by journeying around the museum to test out our new adventure wear.

Ideal for ages 5+. This is a drop off program.
To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk today.

$15/member, $20/visitor.
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November 2016

11/19
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
11/19/2016
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time and meet other families from the community. This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the Museum & Theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will be available. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment.
$5/visitor from 9-10am, or $10/visitor to stay and play all day.
Please RSVP to Lily O'Brien at or 207-828-1234 x227.
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