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June 2016

6/30
Thursday
Tales Come True: The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
06/30/2016
10:30am
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.
6/30
Thursday
Open Art Studio
06/30/2016
1-2pm
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.
6/30
Thursday
Fairytale Finger Puppets
06/30/2016
3-3:30pm
Bring the tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Robin Hood to life! Each week we will be making finger puppets from one of these classic fairy tales and putting on a finger puppet play.

Free with admission
6/30
Thursday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
06/30/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.

July 2016

7/1
Friday
Culture Spotlight: Ramadan
07/01/2016
10:30-11:30am
Learn about the traditions of Ramadan through storytelling, hands-on activities, and special snacks with Habso Omane, a member of Portland's Muslim community. All faiths welcome and encouraged to join.

Free with admission.
7/1
Friday
Fly Like Icarus
07/01/2016
11am
Join us to learn about different kinds of wings. Then use your bodies and imaginations to fly around the second floor and tell us what you see!

Free with admission.
7/1
Friday
Liquid Fireworks
07/01/2016
2pm
Celebrate summertime with underwater fireworks! Learn about viscosity and color theory as we watch colorful pops of color combine in water. Then test out your own combination of colors to create your own exciting fireworks display!

Free with admission.
7/1
Friday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/01/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/1
Friday
$2 First Friday
07/01/2016
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 admission.
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7/2
Saturday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
07/02/2016
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.
7/2
Saturday
Play in One Day: Masks! (R$) Ages 5-9
07/02/2016
12-2pm
Since ancient times, people have used masks to perform different characters in a story. Have you ever made a mask and worn it? In this special two hour workshop, young actors and artists will decorate mask forms and use the masks to perform a play for friends and family! After we perform the play, you'll have a mask to take home!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. At the end of the workshop, caregivers will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants before the show.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
7/2
Saturday
Collaborative Art: Pendulum Painting
07/02/2016
2pm
We'll explore one creative use for a pendulum with this colorful project! We'll create a pendulum using various household items, then use it to create a painting.

Free with admission.
7/2
Saturday
Greek Star Show
07/02/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
7/2
Saturday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/02/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/3
Sunday
Culture Spotlight: Ramadan
07/03/2016
11am-12pm
Learn about the traditions of Ramadan through storytelling, hands-on activities, and special snacks with Habso Omane, a member of Portland's Muslim community. All faiths welcome and encouraged to join.

Free with admission.
7/3
Sunday
Garden Squad
07/03/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
7/4
Monday
CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
07/04/2016
10am-5pm
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine will be CLOSED all day for the 4th of July. Enjoy the holiday!
7/5
Tuesday
Bee Chat & Honey Tasting
07/05/2016
11:30am
Did you know the taste of honey depends on the flowers from which it's made? Join us to taste the nuanced differences in honey from around the country. Then watch our live honeybee hive hard at work making their own batch of honey!

Free with admission.
7/5
Tuesday
Mini-Raft Building
07/05/2016
Noon
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.
7/5
Tuesday
Paper Plate Masks
07/05/2016
2pm
Make your own paper-plate mask based on the comedy and tragedy masks of ancient Greece, and pretend you're someone else on our stage.

Free with Admission.
7/6
Wednesday
Busy Beavers
07/06/2016
11am
Chomp, chomp, chomp! Beavers are busily building lodges for their families throughout Maine's ponds and lakes. Join us to learn more about this hard working rodent, and try your hand at building a mini beaver lodge.

Free with admission.
7/6
Wednesday
New England Folk Dancing
07/06/2016
Noon
Let's get our feet stomping and arms twirling as we dance together and discover traditional New England contra dance moves like do-si-do, sashay, and more!

Free with admission.
7/6
Wednesday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
07/06/2016
3pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images 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 designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum. The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven. 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.
7/6
Wednesday
Ocean Commotion Art Time
07/06/2016
4pm
Join us as we explore the wonder of the ocean with a creative craft. Each week, we'll dive into the world of a different sea creature. This week, we'll explore whales!

Free with admission.
7/7
Thursday
Make a Hula Hoop Workshop (R$)
07/07/2016
10:30-11:30am
Discover the process of creating a custom hula hoop. We'll measure and make a hula hoop fit to your height. Then, we'll decorate your creation and test out your hooping skills as we learn about the physics of hula hooping!

$10/member and $12/visitor. To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk today.
7/7
Thursday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
07/07/2016
11am
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game 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.
7/7
Thursday
Maine Nature Printmaking
07/07/2016
Noon
Join us as we learn about the age-old tradition of printmaking! Create your own design in colorful ink, then stamp paper onto your creation to create a print of your design.

Free with admission.
7/7
Thursday
Maine Wildflower Pressing
07/07/2016
2pm
Maine summers are full of colorful wild flower blooms. Take some of this color home with you as we learn a quick and easy way to press flowers and preserve them through the cold months ahead.

Free with admission.
7/7
Thursday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/07/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/8
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
07/08/2016
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.
7/8
Friday
Greek Monster Yoga
07/08/2016
11am
Join us for some relaxing (but exciting!) yoga and transform your body into some of the famous monsters of Greek mythology! You can even learn some of the stories along the way.

Free with admission.
7/8
Friday
Ocean Giants
07/08/2016
Noon
Explore the oversized world of ocean creatures as we investigate real humpback whale baleen, a replica great white shark tooth, and a replica giant squid beak. Then make a craft to celebrate the largest creature on Earth - the blue whale!

Free with admission.
7/8
Friday
Down to the Sea Art Time
07/08/2016
2pm
Come hear the story Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and learn all about how Mr. Magee and his dog Dee end up stuck in a tree! Then recreate your favorite part of the story using a variety of materials.

Free with admission .
7/8
Friday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/08/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/9
Saturday
Offsite Tide Pooling Field Trip at Willard Beach (R$)
07/09/2016
9-10am
Jump outside and explore the amazing world of tide pools with us during this offsite family field trip! SMCC marine biology professor Megan McCuller will join us as we peek under rocks and between seaweed in search of creatures like anemones, periwinkles, mussels, and more on Willard Beach. Then we'll step inside Megan's lab to learn more about what it's like to be a marine biologist.

Recommended for ages 4+. $5/member, $7/visitor. To register, call 207-828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk.

*Personal transportation is required for this field trip. Participants will receive a confirmation email upon registering with information about parking on the SMCC campus.

Please sign up early! This field trip requires two or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm the day before the workshop.
7/9
Saturday
Celebrate Peace: Garden Yoga
07/09/2016
11am
Join us for a weekly program focused on inspiring peace in ourselves, our community, and our world. This week, explore the Museum & Theatre's garden through movement and play. We'll wake up our bodies as we try various garden-inspired yoga poses.

Free with admission.
7/9
Saturday
Make your Own Costume: Athenian Style (R$) Ages 5-9
07/09/2016
12-2pm
What should you wear to see a Greek Mythology play this summer? The clothes of Ancient Greece of course! In this special costuming workshop you can fashion your own toga, stola, palla, laurel wreath and even your own sandals to watch ancient Greek plays in style!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants mid-way through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
7/9
Saturday
Science Spotlight
07/09/2016
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.
7/9
Saturday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/09/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/10
Sunday
Maple Syrup Sunday
07/10/2016
11am
Do you know how maple syrup is made? Come explore the process as we whip up a pancake brunch. Our exploration of this special Maine treat will be complete with a maple taste test!

Free with admission.
7/10
Sunday
Teddy Bear Picnic!
07/10/2016
2-3pm
If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, you'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic!

Join us for a good old fashioned Teddy Bear Picnic outside in our own Museum & Theatre backyard! Bring your own bear from home or borrow a friend from us. We'll snack on Teddy Grahams and lemonade and dance the afternoon away!

Free with admission.
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7/10
Sunday
Garden Squad
07/10/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
7/11
Monday
Egypt in the Stars
07/11/2016
11am
Take a journey through an ancient Egyptian calendar year as we follow the powerful star Sothis across the sky. Through this story of destruction and rebirth, we'll learn how ancient Egyptians used mythology to explain natural events occurring all around them. Join us after for some hieroglyphic writing in the Explore Some More room!

Free with admission.
7/11
Monday
Superpower Science Experiment
07/11/2016
Noon
Discover science right at your fingertips. We'll use kitchen ingredients to explore surface tension and the properties of water to create swirling colors and waves with just the press of a finger.

Free with admission.
7/11
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Green Bean French Fries
07/11/2016
2pm
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks. Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
7/11
Monday
Master Class: Acting with Masks (R$) Ages 9 - 14
07/11/2016
3-5pm
When you act with a mask, every move you make must be exaggerated. Learn the basics of Commedia Del Arte to make a mask come alive!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
7/12
Tuesday
Bee Chat & Honey Tasting
07/12/2016
11am
Did you know the taste of honey depends on the flowers from which it's made? Join us to taste the nuanced differences in honey from around the country. Then watch our live honeybee hive hard at work making their own batch of honey!

Free with admission.
7/12
Tuesday
Mini-Raft Building
07/12/2016
Noon
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.
7/12
Tuesday
Leaf People Art
07/12/2016
2pm
Make a person or creature out of natural materials! We'll use leaves, twigs, and other natural materials from our community to create leaf people to take home.

Free with admission.
7/12
Tuesday
Superpower Science Experiment
07/12/2016
4pm
Discover science right at your fingertips. We'll use kitchen ingredients to explore surface tension and the properties of water to create swirling colors and waves with just the press of a finger.

Free with admission.
7/13
Wednesday
Busy Beavers
07/13/2016
11am
Chomp, chomp, chomp! Beavers are busily building lodges for their families throughout Maine's ponds and lakes. Join us to learn more about this hard working rodent, and try your hand at building a mini beaver lodge.

Free with admission.
7/13
Wednesday
Follow the Drinking Gourd Star Show
07/13/2016
Noon
Together we will sing Follow the Drinking Gourd under the glowing stars in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium. Can you find the big dipper? Our song will tell us about this special constellation that guided people out of slavery.

Free with admission.
7/13
Wednesday
Little Plays: Three Billy Goats Gruff ($)
07/13/2016
3pm
Three hungry goats 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.
7/13
Wednesday
Shell and Sand Art
07/13/2016
4pm
Join us as we create beautiful designs and patterns with sand. We'll enjoy the texture of sand as we glue sand and seashells onto paper.

Free with admission.
7/14
Thursday
Squid Dissection (R$)
07/14/2016
10:30am
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 plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
7/14
Thursday
Culture Spotlight: India
07/14/2016
11am-Noon
Join a member of Portland's Indian community for hands-on activities and crafts that explore this country's unique traditions.

Free with admission.
7/14
Thursday
Greek Monster Yoga
07/14/2016
1pm
Join us for some relaxing (but exciting!) yoga and transform your body into some of the famous monsters of Greek mythology! You can even learn some of the stories along the way.

Free with admission.
7/14
Thursday
Circuit Challenge
07/14/2016
2pm
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
7/14
Thursday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/14/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/15
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
07/15/2016
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.
7/15
Friday
Fly Like Icarus
07/15/2016
11am
Join us to learn about different kinds of wings. Then use your bodies and imaginations to fly around the second floor and tell us what you see!

Free with admission.
7/15
Friday
Ocean Giants
07/15/2016
2pm
Explore the oversized world of ocean creatures as we investigate real humpback whale baleen, a replica great white shark tooth, and a replica giant squid beak. Then make a craft to celebrate the largest creature on Earth - the blue whale!

Free with admission.
7/15
Friday
Greek Star Show
07/15/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
7/15
Friday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/15/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/16
Saturday
Twelve Labors Relay Race
07/16/2016
11am
Heracles had to complete twelve labors in order to return home. Test your own strength by joining our backyard Olympiad!

Free with Admission.
7/16
Saturday
Make your Own Costume: Athenian Style (R$) Ages 5-9
07/16/2016
12-2pm
What should you wear to see a Greek Mythology play this summer? The clothes of Ancient Greece of course! In this special costuming workshop you can fashion your own toga, stola, palla, laurel wreath and even your own sandals to watch ancient Greek plays in style!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants mid-way through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
7/16
Saturday
Circuit Challenge
07/16/2016
1pm
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
7/16
Saturday
Main Stage Production, The Twelve Labors of Heracles (R$)
07/16/2016
4-5pm
Meet Heracles, a normal kid with a name fit for the son of Zeus! When a new kid in the neighborhood takes his action figurine, Heracles must complete twelve challenges to get his favorite toy back. Everyday objects and neighborhood pets become monsters of mythic proportions and Heracles learns that, with confidence and imagination, he can rise to become a true hero. This modern take on Heracles is fun for the whole family! No monsters were harmed in the making of this play.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, or stop by the front desk.
7/17
Sunday
Meet the Animals!
07/17/2016
10:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life! Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
7/17
Sunday
Blue Whale Problems
07/17/2016
2pm
Come join us as we delve into the real nuts and bolts of owning the largest creature on the planet with the silly book, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problems. Then get out your measuring tapes as we crack some blue whale math problems to put in perspective just how HUGE these creatures really are!

Free with admission.
7/17
Sunday
Garden Squad
07/17/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
7/17
Sunday
Science Spotlight
07/17/2016
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.
7/18
Monday
Egypt in the Stars
07/18/2016
11am
Take a journey through an ancient Egyptian calendar year as we follow the powerful star Sothis across the sky. Through this story of destruction and rebirth, we'll learn how ancient Egyptians used mythology to explain natural events occurring all around them. Join us after for some hieroglyphic writing in the Explore Some More room!

Free with admission.
7/18
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Homemade Salsa
07/18/2016
2pm
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats. Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks.
Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
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7/18
Monday
Family Face Painting
07/18/2016
4pm
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.
7/19
Tuesday
Bee Chat & Honey Tasting
07/19/2016
11am
Did you know the taste of honey depends on the flowers from which it's made? Join us to taste the nuanced differences in honey from around the country. Then watch our live honeybee hive hard at work making their own batch of honey!

Free with admission.
7/19
Tuesday
Mini-Raft Building
07/19/2016
Noon
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.
7/19
Tuesday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Andrew Wyeth
07/19/2016
2pm
Join us as we learn about one of Maine's great artists. This week, we'll mix egg tempera paint just like Andrew Wyeth did, and then create Wyeth-inspired artwork using our homemade paint.

Free with admission.
7/19
Tuesday
Weaving Words Blanket
07/19/2016
4pm
Do you have a favorite word? Come write it on a quilt square and add it to a multilingual, multi-color blanket that will grow throughout the summer. Come explore the beauty of language and discover how art weaves us all together.

Free with admission.
7/20
Wednesday
Busy Beavers
07/20/2016
11am
Chomp, chomp, chomp! Beavers are busily building lodges for their families throughout Maine's ponds and lakes. Join us to learn more about this hard working rodent, and try your hand at building a mini beaver lodge.

Free with admission.
7/20
Wednesday
New England Folk Dancing
07/20/2016
Noon
Let's get our feet stomping and arms twirling as we dance together and discover traditional New England contra dance moves like do-si-do, sashay, and more!

Free with admission.
7/20
Wednesday
David Sharpe, Live: Children's Concert! (R$)
07/20/2016
2pm
David Sharpe, or as his fans call him, "PapaHugs," has been playing guitar and creating music for over 20 years. His children and grandchildren have been his biggest inspiration in the creation of his original children's music. David's passion is writing, recording and performing children's music. Join us for a live musical concert with David!
$5 per person, plus admission.

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7/20
Wednesday
Ferns and Flowers Art Time
07/20/2016
4pm
Explore the world of Maine wildflowers and ferns as we observe various petal colors and leaf shapes. Then, create your own close-up drawing of your favorite plant!

Free with admission.
7/21
Thursday
Squid Dissection (R$)
07/21/2016
10:30am
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 plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
7/21
Thursday
Ocean Giants
07/21/2016
11:30am
Explore the oversized world of ocean creatures as we investigate real humpback whale baleen, a replica great white shark tooth, and a replica giant squid beak. Then make a craft to celebrate the largest creature on Earth - the blue whale!

Free with admission.
7/21
Thursday
Mini-Raft Building
07/21/2016
Noon
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.
7/21
Thursday
Cassat String Quartet Family Concert (R$)
07/21/2016
1pm
Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Cassat String Quartet will join us at the Museum & Theatre for a very special performance designed for families.
Meet the instruments, from viola to cello, in a relaxed environment designed to give young children and families the chance to experience the magic of a classical concert.
$5 per person plus admission.
"...thoughtful, lively and technically flawless performance." -Maine Sunday Telegram

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7/21
Thursday
Greek Star Show
07/21/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
7/21
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
07/21/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

7/22
Friday
Labyrinth Building in our Playscape
07/22/2016
1pm
Meet Daedalus, an inventor, and help him build a labyrinth out of blue blocks to help him trap the Minotaur!

Free with admission.
7/22
Friday
Greek Star Show
07/22/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
7/22
Friday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
07/22/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

7/23
Saturday
Circuit Challenge
07/23/2016
11:30am
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
7/23
Saturday
Play in One Day: Masks! (R$) Ages 5-9
07/23/2016
12-2pm
Since ancient times, people have used masks to perform different characters in a story. Have you ever made a mask and worn it? In this special two hour workshop, young actors and artists will decorate mask forms and use the masks to perform a play for friends and family! After we perform the play, you'll have a mask to take home!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. At the end of the workshop, caregivers will be invited to watch a short performance of the story. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants before the show.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
7/23
Saturday
Science Spotlight
07/23/2016
2:30-3pm
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.
7/23
Saturday
Greek Star Show
07/23/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
7/23
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
07/23/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

7/24
Sunday
Follow the Drinking Gourd Star Show
07/24/2016
11am
Together we will sing Follow the Drinking Gourd under the glowing stars in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium. Can you find the big dipper? Our song will tell us about this special constellation that guided people out of slavery.

Free with admission.
7/24
Sunday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppets
07/24/2016
2pm
Help tell the folk story of Abiyoyo, the dreaded giant, with shadow puppets!

Free with admission.
7/24
Sunday
Garden Squad
07/24/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.
7/25
Monday
Textile Discovery: Ghanaian Soap Printing
07/25/2016
11am
Join us as we discover the art of textiles through finger knitting, burlap sewing, and Kente cloth style soap printing.

Free with admission.
7/25
Monday
Cooking Healthy: Greenhouse Garden Dip
07/25/2016
2pm
The Museum & Theatre's urban garden is growing some tasty treats! Come see what vegetables are ready to harvest and mix up some healthy garden-to-table snacks.

Cooking Healthy is generously sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission.
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7/25
Monday
Master Class: Glee Jam (R$) Ages 9-14
07/25/2016
3-5pm
Sing your heart out in this acapella jam session with our own musical director, Brittany Cook!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
7/25
Monday
Nature Fairy Crowns
07/25/2016
4pm
Come discover nature's magic during this craft time! We will use felt, twine and natural objects to craft flowering fairy crowns.

Free with admission.
7/26
Tuesday
Pretzel Baking with Walter the Baker
07/26/2016
11am
Do you know how the pretzel was invented? Come twist and tie pretzel dough into your favorite shape. Then, as we wait for our pretzels to bake, we'll read Walter the Baker by Eric Carle and learn how the pretzel was first created.

Free with admission.
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7/26
Tuesday
Sailboat Making Station
07/26/2016
Noon
Come design and create your own boat out of recycled materials. Then, test if it will sink or float as we let our ships set sail down the Museum & Theatre's stream!

Free with admission.
7/26
Tuesday
Superpower Science Experiment
07/26/2016
2pm
Discover science right at your fingertips. We'll use kitchen ingredients to explore surface tension and the properties of water to create swirling colors and waves with just the press of a finger.

Free with admission.
7/26
Tuesday
Maine Blueberry Painting
07/26/2016
4pm
Not only are blueberries delicious, they are also a natural paint! Mix and blend to get different shades of blue to create a uniquely Maine piece of art.

Free with admission.
7/27
Wednesday
Lupine Lady Art Time
07/27/2016
11am
Join as we read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and learn about the three things we must do when we grow up. Then, create your own lupine-inspired artwork!

Free with admission.
7/27
Wednesday
Cathryn Falwell Book Reading & Signing
07/27/2016
Noon-1pm
Today is a special opportunity to meet Maine Author and Illustrator Cathryn Falwell. Ms. Falwell has written many beloved children's books which beautifully depict the uniqueness of all individuals and the joy found in the natural world around us including Turtle Splash and Feast for 10. Join us as we get into the growing season with Falwell's reading of Rainbow Stew followed by a book signing! Bring your own book for purchase your favorites from the Museum & Theatre store.

Free with admission.
7/27
Wednesday
Little Plays: Three Billy Goats Gruff ($)
07/27/2016
3pm
Three hungry goats 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.
7/27
Wednesday
Celebrate Peace: Human Bingo Game
07/27/2016
4pm
Join us for this weekly program focused on inspiring peace and collaboration in ourselves, our community, and our world. This week, we'll play a giant game of bingo throughout the Museum & Theatre. During this interactive game, you'll get a chance to meet other families as you try to fill in your bingo sheet!

Free with admission.
7/27
Wednesday
Play Our Way
07/27/2016
5:30-7:30pm
Come experience the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time, explore art and tactile programming, 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 and 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.
Normal admission prices apply; however, families are welcome to arrive during our normal operating hours at no additional cost.
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7/28
Thursday
Paint-a-Lobster Buoy (R$)
07/28/2016
10:30-11:30am
Discover the world of lobstering in Maine during this exciting workshop! Learn about the history of lobstering as you paint your very own lobster buoy. Add your own unique design or paint of the classic Maine patterns.

$10/member or $12/visitor. To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x 231, register online, or stop by the front desk today! (Note: Lobstering license not included!)
7/28
Thursday
Culture Spotlight: India
07/28/2016
11am-Noon
Join a member of Portland's Indian community for hands-on activities and crafts that explore this country's unique traditions.

Free with admission.
7/28
Thursday
Meet the Violin
07/28/2016
Noon
Come learn all about the violin! Explore how the violin has changed over time, discover how it makes sound, and listen to the different types of music the violin can create.

Free with Admission.
7/28
Thursday
Maine Wildflower Pressing
07/28/2016
2pm
Maine summers are full of colorful wild flower blooms. Take some of this color home with you as we learn a quick and easy way to press flowers and preserve them through the cold months ahead.

Free with admission.
7/28
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
07/28/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

7/29
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
07/29/2016
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.
7/29
Friday
Design-a-Lighthouse
07/29/2016
11am
Did you know there are more than 60 lighthouses in Maine? Join us in our Playscape exhibit to create a lighthouse out of big blue blocks and learn why these beacons are so important.

Free with admission.
7/29
Friday
Labyrinth Building in our Playscape
07/29/2016
1pm
Meet Daedalus, an inventor, and help him build a labyrinth out of blue blocks to help him trap the Minotaur!

Free with admission.
7/29
Friday
Ocean Giants
07/29/2016
2pm
Explore the oversized world of ocean creatures as we investigate real humpback whale baleen, a replica great white shark tooth, and a replica giant squid beak. Then make a craft to celebrate the largest creature on Earth - the blue whale!

Free with admission.
7/29
Friday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
07/29/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

7/30
Saturday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
07/30/2016
11am
Check out our troupe of life-sized educational puppets with real stories just like real kids!
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.
7/30
Saturday
Shell and Sand Art
07/30/2016
11:30am
Join us as we create beautiful designs and patterns with sand. We'll enjoy the texture of sand as we glue sand and seashells onto paper.

Free with admission.
7/30
Saturday
Sailboat Making Station
07/30/2016
2pm
Come design and create your own boat out of recycled materials. Then, test if it will sink or float as we let our ships set sail down the Museum & Theatre's stream!

Free with admission.
7/30
Saturday
Greek Star Show
07/30/2016
3pm
Bask under the stars of our mini planetarium during this star show. We'll tell ancient myths of Greek constellations that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Free with admission.
7/30
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
07/30/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

7/31
Sunday
Maple Syrup Sunday
07/31/2016
11am
Do you know how maple syrup is made? Come explore the process as we whip up a pancake brunch. Our exploration of this special Maine treat will be complete with a maple taste test!

Free with admission.
7/31
Sunday
Heatin' Up: Sun Tea Tasting
07/31/2016
2pm
Learn about the sun and its heating powers as we brew and taste some of our own sun tea!

Free with admission.
7/31
Sunday
Garden Squad
07/31/2016
3pm
Join us as we cheer on the Museum & Theatre's garden plants and help them grow, grow, grow! Water the plants, test the soil for nutrients, hunt for helpful garden insects like honeybees and butterflies, and make a banner illustrating what plants need to grow.

Free with admission.

August 2016

8/2
Tuesday
Down to the Sea Art Time
08/02/2016
11am
Come hear the story Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and learn all about how Mr. Magee and his dog Dee end up stuck in a tree! Then recreate your favorite part of the story using a variety of materials.

Free with admission .
8/2
Tuesday
Paper Plate Masks
08/02/2016
2pm
Make your own paper-plate mask based on the comedy and tragedy masks of ancient Greece, and pretend you're someone else on our stage.

Free with Admission.
8/2
Tuesday
Circuit Challenge
08/02/2016
3pm
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/2
Tuesday
Nature Fairy Crowns
08/02/2016
4pm
Come discover nature's magic during this craft time! We will use felt, twine and natural objects to craft flowering fairy crowns.

Free with admission.
8/3
Wednesday
Lupine Lady Art Time
08/03/2016
11am
Join as we read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and learn about the three things we must do when we grow up. Then, create your own lupine-inspired artwork!

Free with admission.
8/3
Wednesday
New England Folk Dancing
08/03/2016
Noon
Let's get our feet stomping and arms twirling as we dance together and discover traditional New England contra dance moves like do-si-do, sashay, and more!

Free with admission.
8/3
Wednesday
Little Plays: The Lion and the Little Red Bird ($)
08/03/2016
3pm
One day, a little red bird saw a lion with a colorful tail. This began an unlikely friendship based on art and music. In our Little Plays, actors use simple props and images 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 designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum. The Lion and the Little Red Bird is based on the book by Elisa Kleven. 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.
8/3
Wednesday
Sailboat Making Station
08/03/2016
4pm
Come design and create your own boat out of recycled materials. Then, test if it will sink or float as we let our ships set sail down the Museum & Theatre's stream!

Free with admission.
8/4
Thursday
Make a Hula Hoop Workshop (R$)
08/04/2016
10:30am
Discover the process of creating a custom hula hoop. We'll measure and make a hula hoop fit to your height. Then, we'll decorate your creation and test out your hooping skills as we learn about the physics of hula hooping!

$10/member and $12/visitor. To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x231, register online, or stop by the front desk today.
8/4
Thursday
Greek Monster Yoga
08/04/2016
11am
Join us for some relaxing (but exciting!) yoga and transform your body into some of the famous monsters of Greek mythology! You can even learn some of the stories along the way.

Free with admission.
8/4
Thursday
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game
08/04/2016
1pm
Germs-a-Glow: A Handwashing Game 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.
8/4
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
08/04/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

8/5
Friday
Fly Like Icarus
08/05/2016
11am
Join us to learn about different kinds of wings. Then use your bodies and imaginations to fly around the second floor and tell us what you see!

Free with admission.
8/5
Friday
Maine Artist Spotlight: Andrew Wyeth
08/05/2016
2pm
Join us as we learn about one of Maine's great artists. This week, we'll mix egg tempera paint just like Andrew Wyeth did, and then create Wyeth-inspired artwork using our homemade paint.

Free with admission.
8/5
Friday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
08/05/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

8/5
Friday
$2 First Friday
08/05/2016
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.

$2 admission.
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8/6
Saturday
Make your Own Costume: Athenian Style (R$) Ages 5-9
08/06/2016
10:30am-12:30pm
What should you wear to see a Greek Mythology play this summer? The clothes of Ancient Greece of course! In this special costuming workshop you can fashion your own toga, stola, palla, laurel wreath and even your own sandals to watch ancient Greek plays in style!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants mid-way through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
8/6
Saturday
Science Spotlight
08/06/2016
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.
8/6
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Icarus and Daedalus (R$)
08/06/2016
4-5pm
Master craftsman Daedalus just wants a quiet, ordinary life, while his son Icarus dreams of having adventures like the heroes in his favorite myths. When Daedalus accepts a job to build a Labyrinth - a maze impossible to solve - to trap a monstrous minotaur, he and his son find themselves on a much bigger adventure than they ever expected! Daedalus must use his intelligence and talent to save himself and Icarus. His master escape plan comes with two very serious rules: don't fly too high, and don't fly too low.
Written in the Stars: Greek Mythology Comes to Life is supported through generous support from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust.

$10 per person (Museum & Theatre members receive $1 off per ticket), $16/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, register online, stop by the front desk.

8/9
Tuesday
Celebrate Peace: Human Bingo Game
08/09/2016
Noon
Join us for this weekly program focused on inspiring peace and collaboration in ourselves, our community, and our world. This week, we'll play a giant game of bingo throughout the Museum & Theatre. During this interactive game, you'll get a chance to meet other families as you try to fill in your bingo sheet!

Free with admission.
8/10
Wednesday
Little Plays: Three Billy Goats Gruff ($)
08/10/2016
3pm
Three hungry goats 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, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/11
Thursday
Squid Dissection (R$)
08/11/2016
10:30am
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 plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
8/11
Thursday
Circuit Challenge
08/11/2016
11:30am
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/11
Thursday
Shell and Sand Art
08/11/2016
Noon
Join us as we create beautiful designs and patterns with sand. We'll enjoy the texture of sand as we glue sand and seashells onto paper.

Free with admission.
8/12
Friday
Lupine Lady Art Time
08/12/2016
11:30am
Join as we read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and learn about the three things we must do when we grow up. Then, create your own lupine-inspired artwork!

Free with admission.
8/13
Saturday
Circuit Challenge
08/13/2016
11am
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/13
Saturday
Science Spotlight
08/13/2016
2-3pm
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.
8/14
Sunday
Science Spotlight
08/14/2016
3pm
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.
8/15
Monday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppets
08/15/2016
11am
Help tell the folk story of Abiyoyo, the dreaded giant, with shadow puppets!

Free with admission.
8/15
Monday
Egypt in the Stars
08/15/2016
2pm
Take a journey through an ancient Egyptian calendar year as we follow the powerful star Sothis across the sky. Through this story of destruction and rebirth, we'll learn how ancient Egyptians used mythology to explain natural events occurring all around them. Join us after for some hieroglyphic writing in the Explore Some More room!

Free with admission.
8/15
Monday
Master Class: Acting with Masks (R$) Ages 9 - 14
08/15/2016
3-5pm
When you act with a mask, every move you make must be exaggerated. Learn the basics of Commedia Del Arte to make a mask come alive!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
8/16
Tuesday
Circuit Challenge
08/16/2016
Noon
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/18
Thursday
Ferns and Flowers Art Time
08/18/2016
11am
Explore the world of Maine wildflowers and ferns as we observe various petal colors and leaf shapes. Then, create your own close-up drawing of your favorite plant!

Free with admission.
8/18
Thursday
Meet the Violin
08/18/2016
Noon
Come learn all about the violin! Explore how the violin has changed over time, discover how it makes sound, and listen to the different types of music the violin can create.

Free with Admission.
8/20
Saturday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
08/20/2016
11:30am
Check out our troupe of life-sized educational puppets with real stories just like real kids!
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.
8/20
Saturday
Make your Own Costume: Athenian Style (R$) Ages 5-9
08/20/2016
12:30-2:30pm
What should you wear to see a Greek Mythology play this summer? The clothes of Ancient Greece of course! In this special costuming workshop you can fashion your own toga, stola, palla, laurel wreath and even your own sandals to watch ancient Greek plays in style!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 5-9. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants mid-way through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors plus the cost of admission. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
8/21
Sunday
Meet the Animals!
08/21/2016
10:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life! Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
8/22
Monday
Heatin' Up: Sun Tea Tasting
08/22/2016
11am
Learn about the sun and its heating powers as we brew and taste some of our own sun tea!

Free with admission.
8/22
Monday
Master Class: Glee Jam (R$) Ages 9-14
08/22/2016
3-5pm
Sing your heart out in this acapella jam session with our own musical director, Brittany Cook!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
8/23
Tuesday
Circuit Challenge
08/23/2016
Noon
Flex your engineering muscles with our circuit board challenge! We'll build simple circuits that make light bulbs glow, fans blow, and music boxes beep.

Free with admission.
8/24
Wednesday
Follow the Drinking Gourd Star Show
08/24/2016
Noon
Together we will sing Follow the Drinking Gourd under the glowing stars in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium. Can you find the big dipper? Our song will tell us about this special constellation that guided people out of slavery.

Free with admission.
8/24
Wednesday
Play Our Way
08/24/2016
5:30-7:30pm
Come experience the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time, explore art and tactile programming, 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 and 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.
Normal admission prices apply; however, families are welcome to arrive during our normal operating hours at no additional cost.
Questions? Contact:
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
8/25
Thursday
Lupine Lady Art Time
08/25/2016
Noon
Join as we read one of Maine's favorite children's books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and learn about the three things we must do when we grow up. Then, create your own lupine-inspired artwork!

Free with admission.
8/27
Saturday
Science Spotlight
08/27/2016
2-3pm
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.
8/28
Sunday
Maple Syrup Sunday
08/28/2016
11am
Do you know how maple syrup is made? Come explore the process as we whip up a pancake brunch. Our exploration of this special Maine treat will be complete with a maple taste test!

Free with admission.
8/29
Monday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppets
08/29/2016
11am
Help tell the folk story of Abiyoyo, the dreaded giant, with shadow puppets!

Free with admission.
8/31
Wednesday
Weaving Words Blanket
08/31/2016
Noon
Do you have a favorite word? Come write it on a quilt square and add it to a multilingual, multi-color blanket that will grow throughout the summer. Come explore the beauty of language and discover how art weaves us all together.

Free with admission.

September 2016

9/3
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/03/2016
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.
9/10
Saturday
Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
09/10/2016
1pm
Check out our troupe of life-sized educational puppets with real stories just like real kids!
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.
9/10
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/10/2016
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.
9/12
Monday
Master Class: Glee Jam (R$) Ages 9-14
09/12/2016
3-5pm
Sing your heart out in this acapella jam session with our own musical director, Brittany Cook!
This is a drop-off theatre workshop for ages 9-14. A healthy snack break will be provided to participants midway through the workshop.
$15/participant for members, $20/participant for visitors. To register for this workshop, register online, call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

*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.
9/17
Saturday
Play Our Way: Sensory Saturday
09/17/2016
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits at a quieter time, explore art and tactile programming, 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 and 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.
Normal admission prices apply; however, families are welcome to stay and play into our normal operating hours at no additional cost.
Questions? Contact:
Enter your email address to receive a reminder of this event!
9/17
Saturday
Science Spotlight
09/17/2016
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.
9/18
Sunday
Meet the Animals!
09/18/2016
10:30am
Meet a real, live pet and talk to an animal caregiver about what it takes to have a pet in your life! Join a humane educator from the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk to learn about caring for the funny and feathered members of your family.

Free with admission.
9/21
Wednesday
Family Face Painting
09/21/2016
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.
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.