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November 2017

11/21
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Handprint Turkeys
11/21/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll create this classic craft in honor of Thanksgiving. Ideal for ages 18-36 months but all ages are welcome.

Free with admission
11/21
Tuesday
Vietnamese Tet Game: Bau Cua Ca Cop
11/21/2017
11:15-11:45am
What does a fish, a shrimp, a crab, a rooster, a gourd, and a deer have in common? They are all part of the traditional Tet game Bau Cua Ca Cop. Come roll the dice and see if you can win!

Free with admission
11/21
Tuesday
Voyage to Vietnam: Collaborative Mai Flower Tree
11/21/2017
2:30-3pm
Come celebrate our feature exhibit: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with a collaborative art project. Learn about the importance of the yellow mai flower, hear the tale of the mai flower and create your own flower to be added to our collaborative Mai Flower Tree.

Free with admission
11/22
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art :Turkey Tracks Stamping
11/22/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a messy, hands-on art program. We'll use turkey track stamps to create a colorful collaborative mural to celebrate Thanksgiving and learn how to identify turkey foot-prints if we see them in the woods.

Free with admission
11/22
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Fire Roasted Peppers
11/22/2017
11:15-11:45am
Eating vegetables is more fun when you're a dragon! This month, Cooking Healthy is celebrating the Museum & Theatre's main stage production, The Reluctant Dragon. Join us today to make fire roasted peppers that little dragons will love. This program is sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
11/22
Wednesday
Wellness Wednesday: Caring for Bears
11/22/2017
12-12:30pm
Doctors, nurses and EMTs, oh my! We need your help taking care of our hurt teddy bears in our Be Well Center. Scrub in and help save the day during this interactive play time. Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
11/22
Wednesday
Where Science Meets Art: Chromatography
11/22/2017
1-1:30pm
Meet us at the magical place when science meets art. We'll create colorful designs using the primary colors, then dip our creations in water and see how many colors appear.

Free with admission
11/22
Wednesday
Culture Kitchen: Pies around the World
11/22/2017
2:30-3pm
Tis' the season for apple pie, pumpkin pie and all foods tucked into flakey crusts. Come explore pies around the world, learn where apple pie originated, and make your own festive hand pie!

Free with admission
11/23
Thursday
Closed for Thanksgiving
11/23/2017
The Museum & Theatre is closed on Thursday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
11/24
Friday
Imagine More Store Discount Days
11/24/2017
During normal business hours
Receive an additional 10% off merchandise from our Imagine More Store from Friday, November 24 through Monday, November 27. Members receive and additional 10% off their 10% member discount!
11/24
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
11/24/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
11/24
Friday
Sustainability Day
11/24/2017
11am-4pm
Go green at the Museum & Theatre on this special day to celebrate our planet Earth. Stop by to learn about our planet's oceans and waterways, create collaborative recycled art, meet our favorite pollinators, and more!
  • 11:15-11:45am: Stewardship Scouts: Story of a Lake
  • 11-11:30: Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show ($6 plus admission)
  • 11:30am-12pm:Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show ($6 plus admission)
  • 12-12:30pm: Meet the Arts: Recycled Art
  • 1-1:30pm: Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
  • 2:30-3pm: Screen Printing Workshop: DIY Canvas Bag ($12/bag)
  • 3-3:30pm: Kids on the Block Puppet Show
  • 3:30-4pm: Honey Bee Chat
11/24
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show
11/24/2017
11-11:30am
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue. Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a fox! Reservations highly recommended.

Online sales have ended for this event. For tickets, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk during normal business hours.

11/24
Friday
Stewardship Scouts: Story of a Lake
11/24/2017
11:15-11:45am
Have you ever played in one of Maine's 2,677 lakes? How have people affected lakes and how can we keep our lakes happy and healthy? Gather around our miniature, indoor lake and for an interactive story and hands-on science experiment.

Free with admission
11/24
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show
11/24/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue. Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a fox! Reservations highly recommended.

Online sales have ended for this event. For tickets, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk during normal business hours.

11/24
Friday
Meet the Arts: Recycled Art
11/24/2017
12-12:30pm
Explore the process of working with many artists to create a collaborative masterpiece using a variety of recycled materials. Add one detail or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
11/24
Friday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
11/24/2017
1-1:30pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
11/24
Friday
Screen Printing Workshop: DIY Canvas Bag
11/24/2017
2:30-3pm
Explore the process of screen printing during this messy and hands-on workshop. Create a design using pre-cut shapes and screen print your design onto a canvas bag. The perfect workshop to get ready for winter library trips, after-school activities, or gifts for family and friends.

$12/bag (Museum & Theatre visitors receive 10% off). Recommended for ages 3 and up. Online sales have ended for this event. Register by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

11/24
Friday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
11/24/2017
3-3:30pm
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
11/24
Friday
Live Creature Feature: Honeybee Chat
11/24/2017
3:30-4pm
Stop by to observe our live honeybees. Learn about the different types of bees, explore the lifecycle of the honeybee, and search for our queen bee.

Free with admission
11/25
Saturday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
11/25/2017
10:30-11am
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
11/25
Saturday
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop
11/25/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Celebrate the holidays with your family as you craft colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles, and anything else you dream up! Whether this is your first or 50th gingerbread house, this festive tradition has something for everyone!

We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, an array of candy and icing, plus mugs of rich hot cocoa for each family!

$35/house (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off.) Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Recommended for ages 2 & up.

11/25
Saturday
Winter Tree Brush Paintings
11/25/2017
12-12:30pm
Learn about conifer trees and explore painting with different shapes and textures on paper.

Free with admission
11/25
Saturday
Daring Densities
11/25/2017
2-2:30pm
Giant floating rocks and tiny sinking spheres! Explore and observe this sink or float experiment that defies logic, that is, until you understand all about...density!

Free with admission
11/25
Saturday
Aurora Borealis Art Time
11/25/2017
2:30-3pm
Have you seen the Northern Lights? Join us as we create a colorful version of this light show using a variety of materials and learn about how and why the Northern lights occur.

Free with admission
11/25
Saturday
Silent Movies on Stage: Make the Music!
11/25/2017
4-4:30pm
Act out a silent story and use instruments to set the tone, all while practicing patterns and working together to synchronize music and movement.

Free with admission
11/26
Sunday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
11/26/2017
10:30-11am
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
11/26
Sunday
Holiday Light Celebration
11/26/2017
10:45am-12pm
It may be cold and wintery outside, but the Museum & Theatre is aglow with lights and holiday cheer! Discover how people around the world bring light into their homes this season while making natural ornaments for forest friends, creating an indoor snowstorm and exploring indoor twinkle-lit woods. At noon, countdown to our annual tree lighting and see the Museum & Theatre's tree ablaze with lights and the sparkling ornaments.

Free with admission
11/26
Sunday
Craft a Snowflake
11/26/2017
1-1:30pm
Make a paper snowflake, or ten! Let's see if we can cut and craft paper to make a beautiful paper snowflake snowstorm.

Free with admission
11/26
Sunday
Forest Friend Ornament Making
11/26/2017
2-2:30pm
Spread some cheer to our friends in the forest this winter making healthy snacks with sunbutter and seeds to hang on outside trees.

Free with admission
11/26
Sunday
Twinkling Turtles
11/26/2017
3-3:30pm
Come meet our Yellow Bellied Sliders in our tree lit forest. Meet these turtles and discover other turtles around the world.

Free with admission
11/27
Monday
Members' Monday
11/27/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
11/27
Monday
Members' Monday: Indoor Snow Castles
11/27/2017
10-10:30am
Snow or shine we will make indoor snow castles with glitter, color and sticky snow made of baking soda and water.

Free with admission
11/28
Tuesday
Vietnamese Stage Story: Legend of Banh Chung
11/28/2017
11:30am-12pm
Put on a traditional Vietnamese ao dai and step inside Vietnamese legend of Banh Chung. Act or just watch the story of a young prince who made the famous foods eaten on the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Free with admission
11/28
Tuesday
Vietnamese Zodiac Art Time
11/28/2017
2:30-3pm
Were you born in the year of the tiger? Or the buffalo or cat? Come find out which animal represents your birth year in honor of our feature exhibit: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival. Then create your own animal-inspired print to take home.

Free with admission
11/29
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: Squirrel Nutkin
11/29/2017
10:15-11:15am
Join Squirrel Nutkin and his brother Twinkleberry on an exciting adventure to gather nuts on Owl Island. If you enjoy acting out stories on stage, join us to act out the story of a tricky little squirrel as told by Beatrix Potter. The Teensy Weensy Acting class is an opportunity for 3 to 5 year olds to gain confidence on the stage with the help of music, puppets, and props. If you have an active imagination and love telling stories on the stage, this class is for you! Family and friends are invited to join on the last day of class for a special 11am performance of Squirrel Nutkin. This class is designed for ages 3-5. Classes run 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20.

$70 for this 4-week class (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Early registration is encouraged.

Online registration is no longer available for this class. Register by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.
11/29
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Drip Painting
11/29/2017
10:30-11am
Stop by for this "don't try this at home" weekly art activity. This week, we'll let water colors drip and drop to create a large-scale collaborative wall hanging.

Free with admission
11/29
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Fire Roasted Peppers
11/29/2017
11:15-11:45am
Eating vegetables is more fun when you're a dragon! Join us today to make fire roasted peppers that little dragons will love. This program is sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
11/29
Wednesday
Vietnamese Stage Story: Legend of Banh Chung
11/29/2017
2:30-3pm
Put on a traditional Vietnamese ao dai and step inside Vietnamese legend of Banh Chung. Act or just watch the story of a young prince who made the famous foods eaten on the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Free with admission
11/30
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Make Way for Ducklings
11/30/2017
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, the classic story about a duck family in Boston. Create a duck parade with music and movements, retell the story in the sensory table, and paint with feathers.

Free with admission
11/30
Thursday
Yoga
11/30/2017
11:15-11:45am
Kids and adults are welcome to participate in some inclusive yoga and meditation practices for healthy bodies and developing minds. Techniques are part of pediatric yoga practice for children of all abilities and behaviors.

Free with admission
11/30
Thursday
Leaf Man
11/30/2017
3:30-4pm
With inspiration from the book, Leaf Man, by Lois Elhert, explore the shapes and textures of natural fall materials to create your own illustrations.

Free with admission
11/30
Thursday
Musical Imagination: Ukulele Class
11/30/2017
4-5pm
Join us as we dive into the world of ukuleles during this four week class. Learn basic strumming, chord patterns, and a variety of simple songs as we explore creating music together. Each participant will create a songbook to take home. Class meets 4-5pm Thursdays for four weeks: 11/30-12/21. Early registration is encouraged. Each participant will need a ukulele for the duration of the class. Please contact lily@kitetails.org for questions about instruments.

$70/4-week class (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

December 2017

12/1
Friday
Stage Story: Jan Brett's The Mitten
12/01/2017
10:30-11am
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!

Free with admission
12/1
Friday
A Visit From The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
12/01/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us the first Friday of the month from 11:30-12:30 for storytime with Animal Refuge League. Listen to animal themed story books, talk about animal care, and meet an adoptable ARLGP animal!

Free with admission
12/1
Friday
Silent Movies on Stage: Make the Music
12/01/2017
2:30-3pm
Act out a silent story and use instruments to set the tone, all while practicing patterns and working together to synchronize music and movement.

Free with admission
12/1
Friday
$2 Friday
12/01/2017
5-8pm
To best serve our community, we are open late the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person. We strive to share the Museum & Theatre experience at an affordable rate with families who may not be able to visit during regular business hours. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.
12/1
Friday
Kids on the Block Puppet Show
12/01/2017
6-6:30pm
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
12/2
Saturday
Aurora Borealis Art Time
12/02/2017
10:30-11am
Have you seen the Northern Lights? Join us as we create a colorful version of this light show using a variety of materials and learn about how and why the Northern lights occur.

Free with admission
12/2
Saturday
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop and Visit from St. Nick!
12/02/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Celebrate the holidays with your family as you craft colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles, and anything else you dream up! Whether this is your first or 50th gingerbread house, this festive tradition has something for everyone!

We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, an array of candy and icing, plus mugs of rich hot cocoa for each family. While you decorate, keep your eyes out for a special visit from St. Nicholas.

$35/house (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off.) Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Recommended for ages 2 & up.

12/2
Saturday
Collaborative Catapult Making
12/02/2017
2-2:30pm
Did you know the first known catapult was invented in 400 BCE? That's thousands of years ago! Stop by to help us create a catapult using a variety of materials. We'll work together to design and test our machine.

Free with admission
12/2
Saturday
Collaborative Art: Painting with Catapults
12/02/2017
3-3:30pm
Stop by to help us use our catapult to toss paint at a large-scale collaborative mural. We'll harness the magic of physics to send colorful paint splotches hurtling towards a large mural!

Free with admission
12/3
Sunday
Opposites Finger Painting
12/03/2017
10:30-11am
Cold and warm, rough, and smooth, explore opposites in this all-hands-in, sensory activity.

Free with admission
12/3
Sunday
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop and Visit from St. Nick!
12/03/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Celebrate the holidays with your family as you craft colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles, and anything else you dream up! Whether this is your first or 50th gingerbread house, this festive tradition has something for everyone!

We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, an array of candy and icing, plus mugs of rich hot cocoa for each family. While you decorate, keep your eyes out for a special visit from St. Nicholas.

$35/house (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off.) Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Recommended for ages 2 & up.

12/3
Sunday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/03/2017
2-2:30pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar!

Free with admission
12/3
Sunday
Worms in Winter
12/03/2017
3-4pm
Most worms are deep underground for the winter, but the Museum & Theatre worms are ready to wiggle! Come meet our earth worms and learn how worms make our food as we harvest worm castings.

Free with admission
12/4
Monday
Members' Monday
12/04/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
12/4
Monday
Members' Monday: Parachute Snowstorm
12/04/2017
10-10:30am
Roll out the Museum & Theatre's parachute, fill it with a whole bunch of recycled paper snowballs, and then shake, bounce, and tumble the snow to create a gleeful bizzard!

Free with admission.
12/5
Tuesday
Water Puppet Show
12/05/2017
11:15-11:45am
Water puppetry, or making puppets dance on water, is a tradition that dates back to the 11th century in Vietnam. Learn more about this traditional art form by helping to tell the Vietnamese tale Why Ducks Sleep On One Leg.

Free with admission
12/5
Tuesday
Live Creature Feature: Touch Tank
12/05/2017
1:30-2pm
Sea stars and sea snails and seaweed, oh my! Join us to touch and learn about tide pool creatures found along the coast of Maine.

Free with admission
12/5
Tuesday
Vietnamese Moon Story
12/05/2017
2:30-3pm
Step into the starry night of our mini-planetarium and use shadow puppets to tell the Vietnamese folk tale of how a boy named Chu Choi flew all the way to the moon!

Free with admission
12/6
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Ooey Gooey Oil Art
12/06/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a "don't try this at home" messy art activity. This week, we'll explore why oil and water do not mix and create bubble designs on paper using oil, color and water.

Free with admission
12/6
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Flavors and Figures
12/06/2017
11:15-11:45am
Today we're diving into the color PURPLE! Explore new foods, make predictions, and build charts and graphs in this this especially tasty healthy foods program. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
12/6
Wednesday
Leaf Man
12/06/2017
2:30-3pm
With inspiration from the book, Leaf Man, by Lois Elhert, explore the shapes and textures of natural fall materials to create your own illustrations.

Free with admission
12/7
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: It Looked Like Spilt Milk
12/07/2017
10:30-11:15am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw, practice cloud yoga, sing some cloud songs, and create some accidental art.

Free with admission
12/7
Thursday
Vietnamese Zodiac Art Time
12/07/2017
11:30am-12pm
Celebrate our feature exhibit, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with an interactive art and story time. Meet the twelve animals of the Vietnamese zodiac and hear how each animal was chosen by the Emperor! Then create a collaborative mural featuring our twelve animal friends.

Free with admission
12/7
Thursday
Daring Densities
12/07/2017
3-3:30pm
Giant floating rocks and tiny sinking spheres! Explore and observe this sink or float experiment that defies logic, that is, until you understand all about...density!

Free with admission
12/8
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
12/08/2017
10:30-11:15am
Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
12/8
Friday
Fibonacci Art Time
12/08/2017
11:15-11:45am
Come learn about this magical sequence of numbers and observe it in the natural world. Then create a Fibonacci-inspired collage.

Free with admission
12/8
Friday
My How You've Grown, Mr. Bear
12/08/2017
2:30-3pm
Learn how to check a heart rate, weigh, and measure growth, and take the temperatures of our extremely fuzzy patients--the teddy bears! Together, we'll practice math and counting skills while learning the science of health. Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
12/9
Saturday
Where Science Meets Art: Turtle Shell Prints
12/09/2017
10:30-11am
Turtles and tortoises, oh my! Explore the different types of turtle and tortoise shells and observe LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles. Design and create your own turtle shell print to take home.

Free with admission
12/9
Saturday
*TOP SECRET* DIY Elf Workshop
12/09/2017
11am-3pm
Celebrate the spirit of giving and get to work making your own toys and gifts in the Museum & Theatre's own Elf Workshop! The Elves have been hard at work transforming our theatre into a bonafide magical North Pole workshop. Now, you can purchase "Elf Tokens" that can be traded for a variety of homemade gifts for friends and family members! When you're done creating, wrap your gift up with paper, ribbon, and a cheery tag, of course! Ask about special times if you'd like to catch the big boss himself...Santa!

$5 for red tokens, $10 for green (sold at the Museum & Theatre).

GIFTS INCLUDE:
Red Tokens ($5)
Set of 2 Wooden Cars
Toy Train
Toy Bus
Walnut Mouse Home Ornament
Hanging Tea Light Jar
Holiday Slime
Wooden Play Blocks
Mussel Shell Ornament or Necklace
Wooden Picture Frame Ornament
Toy Fish

Green Tokens ($10)
Battery Powered Twinkle Lights
Ceramic Mug
Canvas Tote Bag
Canvas Zip Pouch

Red + Green Tokens ($15)
Paint a Holiday Lobster Buoy
12/9
Saturday
Voyage to Vietnam: Collaborative Mai Flower Tree
12/09/2017
11:30am-12pm
Celebrate our feature exhibit: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with a collaborative art project. Hear the tale of the mai flower and create your own flower to be added to our collaborative Mai Flower Tree!

Free with admission
12/9
Saturday
Active Planet
12/09/2017
2:30-3pm
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes and test out your knowledge in our mini earthquake simulator!

Free with admission
12/10
Sunday
*TOP SECRET* DIY Elf Workshop
12/10/2017
11am-3pm
Celebrate the spirit of giving and get to work making your own toys and gifts in the Museum & Theatre's own Elf Workshop! The Elves have been hard at work transforming our theatre into a bonafide magical North Pole workshop. Now, you can purchase "Elf Tokens" that can be traded for a variety of homemade gifts for friends and family members! When you're done creating, wrap your gift up with paper, ribbon, and a cheery tag, of course! Ask about special times if you'd like to catch the big boss himself...Santa!

$5 for small gift tokens, $10 for large (sold at the Museum & Theatre). Workshop is open all day.

GIFT EXAMPLES INCLUDE:
Small ($5 elf tolkens)
Create bubble wands for frozen bubbles
Make peppermint hot chocolate mix
Make holiday soaps
Paint-it-yourself wooden car
Paint-it-yourself walnut mouse home ornament
Make a Christmas light jar
Decoupage tin treasure boxes
Make a holiday crayon

Large ($10 elf tolkens)
Make a glow in the dark sensory night light
Decorate a string of Christmas lights
Paint-it-yourself mug
Paint-it-yourself canvas re-useable shopping bag
12/10
Sunday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/10/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
12/10
Sunday
Celebrate St. Lucia's Day
12/10/2017
2-3pm
Many in Sweden celebrate St. Lucia's Day--a celebration about hope and light. Join us to celebrate St. Lucia's Day by decorating star boy hats, feasting on traditional ginger snaps, and even join in a St. Lucia parade wearing a faux candle crown!

Free with admission
12/11
Monday
Members' Monday
12/11/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
12/11
Monday
Members' Monday: Holiday Hats
12/11/2017
10-10:30am
In Sweden young kids balance wreaths of candles and tall star hats on their heads to celebrate St. Lucia's Day. Can you balance a pretend wreath of faux candles? Come see if you can balance with the wreath or other fun holiday hats.

Free with admission
12/12
Tuesday
Water Puppet Show
12/12/2017
11:15-11:45am
A tradition that dates back to the 11th century in Vietnam is water puppetry, or making puppets dance on water. Learn more about this traditional art form by helping to tell the Vietnamese tale Why Ducks Sleep On One Leg. Free with admission
12/12
Tuesday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Dreidel
12/12/2017
3-3:30pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day! Today gather-round as we spin the dreidel and hope to win it all.

Free with admission
12/13
Wednesday
Wellness Wednesday: Caring for Bears
12/13/2017
11-11:30am
Doctors, nurses and EMTs, oh my! We need your help taking care of our hurt teddy bears in our Be Well Center. Scrub in and help save the day during this interactive play time! Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
12/13
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Flavors and Figures
12/13/2017
11:15-11:45am
Today we're diving into the color PURPLE! Explore new foods, make predictions, and build charts and graphs in this this especially tasty healthy foods program. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
12/13
Wednesday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Latkes
12/13/2017
3-3:30pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today sweet smells are in the air as we fry up traditional latkes.

Free with admission
12/14
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Swimmy
12/14/2017
10:30-11:15am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, Swimmy by Leo Leoni, a tale about a lonely little fish who finally finds his place in the ocean. Explore the book further as we practice warm water ocean yoga, retell the story in our sensory table, and complete our own ocean scape multi textured artwork similar to the illustrations in the book.

Free with admission
12/14
Thursday
Germs-a- Glow!
12/14/2017
11:15-11:45am
How many suds and how many scrubs does it take to rid your hands of germs? Come find out by playing a handwashing game! We'll learn different ways germs spread, and then we'll use special hand lotion that makes our hands glow until we wash all of our germs away. Sponsored by Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
12/14
Thursday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Menorah Making
12/14/2017
3-3:30pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today get your crafting skills ready as you make your own Menorah.

Free with admission
12/15
Friday
Stage Story: Jan Brett's The Mitten
12/15/2017
10:30-11:15am
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!

Free with admission
12/15
Friday
My How You've Grown, Mr. Bear
12/15/2017
11:30am-12pm
Learn how to check a heart rate, weigh and measure growth, and take the temperatures of our extremely fuzzy patients--the teddy bears! Together, we'll practice math and counting skills while learning the science of health. Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
12/15
Friday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Story of Lights
12/15/2017
3-3:30pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today gather-round as we tell the story of lights--what Hanukkah is all about!

Free with admission
12/16
Saturday
Voyage to Vietnam: Collaborative Mai Flower Tree
12/16/2017
10:30-11am
Celebrate our feature exhibit: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with a collaborative art project. Hear the tale of the mai flower and create your own flower to be added to our collaborative Mai Flower Tree.

Free with admission
12/16
Saturday
Christmas Carols with the Portland Community Chorus
12/16/2017
11-11:30am
Join us for hot cocoa and carols as we celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year together with Maine's own Portland Community Chorus.

Free with admission
12/16
Saturday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Dreidel
12/16/2017
3-3:30pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today gather-round as we spin the dreidel and hope to win it all!

Free with admission
12/17
Sunday
Snowflake Bentley Crafts & Storytime
12/17/2017
10:30-11am
Do you love the snow? William Bentley loved snow so much he was called Snowflake Bentley. We'll experiment with snowflake paper cut outs to make symmetrical snowflakes and read a story about Snowflake Bentley who discovered something about snowflakes that no one else knew--come find out what it was!

Free with admission
12/17
Sunday
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop and Visit from St. Nick!
12/17/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Celebrate the holidays with your family as you craft colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles, and anything else you dream up! Whether this is your first or 50th gingerbread house, this festive tradition has something for everyone!

We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, an array of candy and icing, plus mugs of rich hot cocoa for each family. While you decorate, keep your eyes out for a special visit from St. Nicholas.

$35/house (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off.) Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Recommended for ages 2 & up.

12/17
Sunday
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop and Visit from St. Nick!
12/17/2017
1-2pm
Celebrate the holidays with your family as you craft colorful gumdrop chimneys, slanting roofs shingled with confections, dangling frosting icicles, and anything else you dream up! Whether this is your first or 50th gingerbread house, this festive tradition has something for everyone!

We'll supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, an array of candy and icing, plus mugs of rich hot cocoa for each family. While you decorate, keep your eyes out for a special visit from St. Nicholas.

$35/house (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off.) Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231 or stop by the front desk. Recommended for ages 2 & up.

12/17
Sunday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Latkes
12/17/2017
3-3:30pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today sweet smells are in the air as we fry up traditional latkes.

Free with admission
12/18
Monday
Members' Monday
12/18/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
12/18
Monday
Members' Monday: Menorah Making
12/18/2017
10-10:30am
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Today get your crafting skills ready as you make your own Menorah!
12/19
Tuesday
Vietnamese Tet Game: Bau Cua Ca Cop
12/19/2017
11:15-11:45am
What does a fish, a shrimp, a crab, a rooster a gourd, and a deer have in common? They are all part of the traditional Tet game Bau Cua Ca Cop. Come roll the dice and see if you can win!

Free with admission
12/19
Tuesday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Story of Lights
12/19/2017
3-3:30pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today gather-round as we tell the story of lights--what Hanukkah is all about!

Free with admission
12/20
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Painting Nature
12/20/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a messy art time perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. This week, we'll paint tree branches with winter colors. Our colorful branches will later become part of the Museum & Theatre's Gratitude Tree!

Free with admission
12/20
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Flavors and Figures
12/20/2017
11:15-11:45am
Today we're diving into the color PURPLE! Explore new foods, make predictions, and build charts and graphs in this this especially tasty healthy foods program. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
12/20
Wednesday
Stage Story: Jan Brett's The Mitten
12/20/2017
2-2:30pm
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!

Free with admission
12/21
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Trois Petits Cochons
12/21/2017
10:30-11:15am
Join us for a dynamic program perfect for our youngest visitors. This week, we'll read Trois Petits Cochons. You may recognize the story of three piggy architects and a big, grumpy wolf. We'll learn pieces of the dialogue in French and act out the story. We'll also create a piggy craft and sing a piggy song.

Free with admission
12/21
Thursday
Vietnamese Shadow Story: Why the Sea is Salty
12/21/2017
11:15-11:45am
Help tell the story of a fisherman, a magic salt grinder, and the Princess of the Sea in this interactive shadow story for all ages!

Free with admission
12/21
Thursday
Active Planet
12/21/2017
3-3:30pm
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes and test out your knowledge in our mini earthquake simulator!

Free with admission
12/22
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
12/22/2017
10:30-11:15am
Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
12/22
Friday
Batik Art Time
12/22/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore the ancient process of batik during this messy art time. Create a design in white crayon, then paint over your drawing and watch your design show through.

Free with admission
12/22
Friday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/22/2017
1:30-2pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
12/22
Friday
Silent Movies on Stage: Make the Music!
12/22/2017
2:30-3pm
Act out a silent story and use instruments to set the tone, all while practicing patterns and working together to synchronize music and movement.

Free with admission
12/23
Saturday
Dinosaur Holiday Party
12/23/2017
10:30am-2pm
Come get into the Mesozoic spirit during this festive holiday party. Hear a dramatic telling of A Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas, try Swampwater Punch and other treats, and learn a special dinosaur song that's sure to keep you caroling all the way home. Don't forget to come in costume!

Free with admission
12/23
Saturday
Dinosaur Fossil Ornaments Workshop
12/23/2017
11:30am-12:30pm
Make a festive holiday ornament featuring your favorite dinosaur! We'll roll out a batch of salt dough and stamp fossil replicas into the dough to create a unique ornament. Pop it in the oven and add a string when it's finished. This is the perfect decoration for your home or gift for someone special.

$6/ornament plus admission (Museum & Theatre Members receive 10% off). Register online, (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk.

12/24
Sunday
Closed on December 24th
12/24/2017
10am-5pm
We are closed on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th. Happy Holidays!
12/25
Monday
Closed on December 25th
12/25/2017
10am-5pm
We are closed on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th. Happy Holidays!
12/26
Tuesday
Stage Story: Jan Brett's The Mitten
12/26/2017
11-11:30am
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!

Free with admission
12/26
Tuesday
Wiggle with Worms
12/26/2017
1:30-2pm
Wiggle with the Museum & Theatre earthworms, make scientific observations and learn how these little friends help us grow food.

Free with admission
12/26
Tuesday
Vietnamese Zodiac Art Time
12/26/2017
2-2:30pm
Celebrate our feature exhibit, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with an interactive art and story time. Meet the twelve animals of the Vietnamese zodiac and hear how each animal was chosen by the Emperor. Then create a collaborative mural featuring our twelve animal friends!

Free with admission
12/26
Tuesday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam Opening Night!
12/26/2017
4-5pm
Join us for Opening Night of Wonder Tales from Vietnam and and meet the actors at a festive gala party after the play. Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$18, or two punches on a theatre punch pass. (Includes admission to the party after the show). Members receive 10% off. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or at the front desk.

12/27
Wednesday
Active Planet
12/27/2017
10:30-11am
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes and test out your knowledge in our mini earthquake simulator!

Free with admission
12/27
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/27/2017
11am-12pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Wednesday
Collaborative Catapult Making
12/27/2017
1-1:30pm
Did you know the first known catapult was invented in 400 BCE? That's thousands of years ago! Stop by to help us create a catapult using a variety of materials. We'll work together to design and test our machine.

Free with admission
12/27
Wednesday
Collaborative Art: Painting with Catapults
12/27/2017
2-2:30pm
Stop by to help us use our catapult to toss paint at a large-scale collaborative mural. We'll harness the magic of physics to send colorful paint splotches hurtling towards a large mural.

Free with admission
12/27
Wednesday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/27/2017
2-3pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Wednesday
Feast on Fruits of Vietnam
12/27/2017
4-4:30pm
Have you ever had dragon fruit? Or cantaloupe? Some fruits grown in Vietnam might be familiar and others brand new. Taste fruits grown in Vietnam and make fruit pictures using paper and glue.

Free with admission
12/28
Thursday
Wiggle with Worms
12/28/2017
10:30-11am
Wiggle with the Museum & Theatre earthworms, make scientific observations, and learn how these little friends help us grow food.

Free with admission
12/28
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/28/2017
11am-12pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/28
Thursday
Vietnamese Shadow Story: Why the Sea is Salty
12/28/2017
1-1:30pm
Help tell the story of a fisherman, a magic salt grinder, and the Princess of the Sea in this interactive shadow story for all ages!

Free with admission
12/28
Thursday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/28/2017
2-3pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/28
Thursday
Three Billy Goats Gruff Puppet Show
12/28/2017
4-4:30pm
Who's that clip clopping across by bridge? Help us tell this age-old tale as we help three goats cross the bridge safely to find something to eat.

Free with admission
12/29
Friday
Vietnamese Shadow Story: Why the Sea is Salty
12/29/2017
10:30-11am
Help tell the story of a fisherman, a magic salt grinder, and the Princess of the Sea in this interactive shadow story for all ages!

Free with admission
12/29
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show
12/29/2017
11-11:30am
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue. Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl, and a fox! Reservations highly recommended.

$6/person plus admission (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/29
Friday
Sparks' Ark Live Animal Show
12/29/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue. Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl, and a fox! Reservations highly recommended.

$6/person plus admission (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/29
Friday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/29/2017
1-2pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/29
Friday
Voyage to Vietnam: Collaborative Mai Flower Tree
12/29/2017
2:30-3pm
Celebrate our feature exhibit: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with a collaborative art project. Hear the tale of the mai flower and create your own flower to be added to our collaborative Mai Flower Tree!

Free with admission
12/29
Friday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/29/2017
4-5pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/30
Saturday
Collaborative Catapult Making
12/30/2017
10:30-11am
Did you know the first known catapult was invented in 400 BCE? That's thousands of years ago! Stop by to help us create a catapult using a variety of materials. We'll work together to design and test our machine.

Free with admission
12/30
Saturday
Active Planet
12/30/2017
11-11:30am
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes and test out your knowledge in our mini earthquake simulator!

Free with admission
12/30
Saturday
Collaborative Art: Painting with Catapults
12/30/2017
11:30am-12pm
Stop by to help us use our catapult to toss paint at a large-scale collaborative mural. We'll harness the magic of physics to send colorful paint splotches hurtling towards a large mural.

Free with admission
12/30
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/30/2017
1-2pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/30
Saturday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/30/2017
2:30-3pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar!

Free with admission
12/30
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
12/30/2017
4-5pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/31
Sunday
New Years at Noon
12/31/2017
10am-12:15pm
5...4...3...2...1...Happy 2018! Count down, dance and play in your jammies with loads of other children and hundreds of balloons! We'll have a roaring good time as we celebrate the new year on the early side--well before midnight! Join us by 11:30am to be sure to share in the fun. At 12:00, the balloons will drop and "pop pop pop!"

Free with admission
12/31
Sunday
Dream Big Art
12/31/2017
10:30-11am
New Years is a time for new beginnings. This year come dream big at the Museum & Theatre and create a personal art piece capturing your dreams for the new year!

Free with admission
12/31
Sunday
Raucous and Roaring Noisemakers and Crowns
12/31/2017
11-11:30am
Create your own instrument and headwear to ring in the new year!

Free with admission
12/31
Sunday
Best Kids Jams of 2017 Dance Party
12/31/2017
11:30am-12pm
Dance yourself into the new year with the the top children's hits of 2017!

Free with admission
12/31
Sunday
New Years At Noon
12/31/2017
12-12:05pm
5...4...3...2...1... Happy 2018! Gather around as we welcome in the new year with a traditional balloon drop at noon.

Free with admission
12/31
Sunday
Best of 2017 Read-A-Thon
12/31/2017
12:30-4pm
Snuggle up for a cozy storytime as we read some award winning children's books of 2017. Each hour will feature a different story!

Free with admission
12/31
Sunday
Raucous and Roaring Noisemakers and Crowns
12/31/2017
2-2:30pm
Create your own instrument and headwear to ring in the new year!

Free with admission
12/31
Sunday
Dream Big Art
12/31/2017
2:30-3pm
New Years is a time for new beginnings. This year come dream big at the Museum & Theatre and create a personal art piece capturing your dreams for the new year!

Free with admission

January 2018

1/1
Monday
Closed for New Years Day
01/01/2018
10am-5pm
Closed Monday, January 1, 2018, for New Years Day. Happy New Years!
1/2
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Bogs for Froglets
01/02/2018
10:30-11am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll get to know our American Bullfrog, Belinda, as we build pond habitats out of playdough, stones, stick and more. Ideal for ages 18-26 months but open to all ages.

Free with admission
1/2
Tuesday
Snowflake Bentley Crafts & Storytime
01/02/2018
11:15-11:45am
Do you love the snow? William Bentley loved snow so much he was called Snowflake Bentley. We will experiment with snowflake paper cut outs to make symmetrical snowflakes and read a story about Snowflake Bentley who discovered something about snowflakes that no one else knew...come find out what it was!

Free with admission
1/2
Tuesday
Fruits and Veggies Play Time
01/02/2018
1:30-2pm
What makes a fruit a fruit? What makes a vegetable a vegetable? Join us in our Farmers' Market to help one very confused farmer figure out how to sort his produce. Sort one strawberry or stay for the whole game. Sponsored by TD Bank

Free with admission
1/2
Tuesday
Auditions: James and the Giant Peach
01/02/2018
3-5pm
We're looking for actors between the ages of 8-17 for our next play! All actors interested in auditioning must prepare a one minute monologue, poem, or song to perform at the auditions. Don't forget to bring a parent or guardian and your calendar...we'll ask you to take a look at our rehearsal schedule! Our auditions are done on a first come, first serve basis, and each audition lasts approximately 5 minutes. Performances will be February 16-March 4, 2018. If you have any questions or would like to look at our tentative rehearsal calendar in advance, please contact Theatre Educator Allison McCall at allison@kitetails.org.
1/3
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Mix It Up!
01/03/2018
10:30-11am
Stop by for an interactive story and messy art time. We'll read Mix It Up! By Herve Tullet in honor of National Family Literacy Week. Then, see how many colors we can create from red, blue, and yellow as we create colorful collaborative mural.

Free with admission
1/3
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Flavors and Figures
01/03/2018
11:15-11:45am
Today we're diving into the color PURPLE! Explore new foods, make predictions, and build charts and graphs in this this especially tasty healthy foods program. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
1/3
Wednesday
My How You've Grown, Mr. Bear
01/03/2018
2:30-3pm
Learn how to check a heart rate, weigh and measure growth, and take the temperatures of our extremely fuzzy patients...the teddy bears! Together, we'll practice math and counting skills while learning the science of health. Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
1/3
Wednesday
Auditions: James and the Giant Peach
01/03/2018
3-5pm
We're looking for actors between the ages of 8-17 for our next play! All actors interested in auditioning must prepare a one minute monologue, poem, or song to perform at the auditions. Don't forget to bring a parent or guardian and your calendar...we'll ask you to take a look at our rehearsal schedule! Our auditions are done on a first come, first serve basis, and each audition lasts approximately 5 minutes. Performances will be February 16-March 4, 2018. If you have any questions or would like to look at our tentative rehearsal calendar in advance, please contact Theatre Educator Allison McCall at allison@kitetails.org.
1/4
Thursday
Closed Thursday, January 4 due to inclement weather
01/04/2018
10am-5pm
We are closed Thursday, January 4 due to inclement weather. Weather permitting, we plan to reopen tomorrow at 10am.
1/5
Friday
Daring Densities
01/05/2018
10:30-11:15am
Giant floating rocks and tiny sinking spheres! Explore and observe this sink or float experiment that defies logic, that is, until you understand all about...density!

Free with admission
1/5
Friday
Flurries of Furries: Live Animal Visit with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
01/05/2018
11:30am-12pm
Meet a live animal, learn about their behavior, adaptations, and how to care for a pet in this hands-on program with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Free with admission
1/5
Friday
Where Science Meets Art: Chromatography
01/05/2018
2-2:30pm
Meet us at the magical place where science meets art. We'll create colorful designs using the primary colors, then dip our creations in water and see how many colors appear.

Free with admission
1/5
Friday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
01/05/2018
4-5pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/5
Friday
$2 First Friday, 5-8 PM
01/05/2018
5-8pm
To best serve our community, we are open late the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person. We strive to share the Museum & Theatre experience at an affordable rate with families who may not be able to visit during regular business hours. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.
1/6
Saturday
Tet Festival Celebration
01/06/2018
10:30am-2pm
Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Join us to celebrate Tet and explore the immersive exhibit Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival. Shop for special holiday fruits in the Marketplace, pose for interactive family photos, dress up in customary Ao Dai, then even make your own firework display! Meet local Vietnamese-Americans who will share traditional foods, stories and lead us in a child-sized lion dance! The Voyage to Vietnam ends this weekend...don't miss this opportunity to explore Vietnamese culture and meet our Vietnamese neighbors in Maine!
1/6
Saturday
Vietnamese Zodiac Art Time
01/06/2018
10:30-11:15am
Were you born in the year of the tiger? Or the buffalo or cat? Meet the twelve animals of the Vietnamese zodiac and hear how each animal was chosen by the Emperor. Then create a collaborative mural featuring twelve animal friends!

Free with admission
1/6
Saturday
Feast on Fruits of Vietnam
01/06/2018
11-11:45am
Have you ever tried a dragon fruit? Or cantaloupe? Some fruits grown in Vietnam might be familiar and others brand new. Come taste fruits grown in Vietnam and make fruit pictures using paper and glue.

Free with admission
1/6
Saturday
Why the Sea is Salty Shadow Puppet Show
01/06/2018
11:30am-12pm
Help tell the story of a fisherman, a magic salt grinder, and the Princess of the Sea in this interactive shadow story for all ages.

Free with admission
1/6
Saturday
Professional Lion Dance Performance
01/06/2018
12-12:30pm
Celebrate the end of the Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival exhibit and the beginning of the Tet holiday season by watching the spectacular performance of The Imperial Lion Dance Team from Worcester, Massachusetts! Experience traditional music, acrobatic dancers and beautiful traditional lion dance costumes.

Free with admission
1/6
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
01/06/2018
1-2pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/6
Saturday
Lion Dance
01/06/2018
3-3:30pm
The drums are playing and the cymbals are clanging. Now it's your turn to lead the lion dance! Try on a child-sized lion dance costume and jump and sway to bring the lion to life.

Free with admission
1/6
Saturday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
01/06/2018
4-5pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/7
Sunday
Tet Festival Celebration
01/07/2018
10:30am-2pm
Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Join us to celebrate Tet and explore the immersive exhibit Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival. Shop for special holiday fruits in the Marketplace, pose for interactive family photos, dress up in customary Ao Dai, then even make your own firework display! Meet local Vietnamese-Americans who will share traditional foods, stories and lead us in a child-sized lion dance! The Voyage to Vietnam ends this weekend...don't miss this opportunity to explore Vietnamese culture and meet our Vietnamese neighbors in Maine!
1/7
Sunday
Vietnamese Moon Story
01/07/2018
10:30-11am
Step into the starry night of our mini-planetarium and use shadow puppets to tell the Vietnamese folk tale of how a boy named Chu Choi flew all the way to the moon.

Free with admission
1/7
Sunday
Feast on Fruits of Vietnam
01/07/2018
11-11:45am
Have you ever tried a dragon fruit? Or cantaloupe? Some fruits grown in Vietnam might be familiar and others brand new. Come taste fruits grown in Vietnam and make fruit pictures using paper and glue.

Free with admission
1/7
Sunday
Why the Sea is Salty Shadow Puppet Show
01/07/2018
11:30am-12pm
Help tell the story of a fisherman, a magic salt grinder, and the Princess of the Sea in this interactive shadow story for all ages.

Free with admission
1/7
Sunday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
01/07/2018
1-2pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/7
Sunday
Lion Dance
01/07/2018
3-3:30pm
The drums are playing and the cymbals are clanging. Now it's your turn to lead the lion dance! Try on a child-sized lion dance costume and jump and sway to bring the lion to life.

Free with admission
1/7
Sunday
Main Stage Production: Wonder Tales of Vietnam
01/07/2018
4-5pm
Have you ever wondered why ducks sleep on one leg? Why the sea is salty? Why the toad croaks so loud before it rains? See stories that you've never heard of before brought to life on our stage. Meet the heroes like... Rooster! Toad! And Swarm of Bees! Cheer on the animals of the zodiac race, learn a new dance called the salt grinder, and journey to heaven for a meeting with the great and powerful Jade Emperor and his hound of heaven. Performed for children and their families by our company of young actors. Adapted for our stage by Brent Askari and with help from cultural consultant Linh Nghiem, and directed by Reba Short.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/8
Monday
Members' Monday
01/08/2018
9-11am
Open from 9-11am for members only.
1/8
Monday
Members' Monday: Animal Storytime
01/08/2018
10-10:30am
Cuddle up with a cozy animal puppet and read Jan Brett's The Mitten.
1/9
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Winter Sing Along
01/09/2018
10:15-10:45am
Need a cabin fever reliever? Celebrate the season with a festive sing-along! Hear a classic winter song or discover a new favorite.

Free with admission
1/9
Tuesday
The World on Stage: Iraqi Shadow Puppet Story
01/09/2018
11-11:30am
When the goat builds a house, and the sheep refuses to help, where will she go in the winter? Discover lessons in sharing and caring as we use shadow puppets to tell this traditional Iraqi story translated by Portland resident Muntather Alsawad.

Free with admission
1/9
Tuesday
Wiggle with Worms
01/09/2018
1:30-2pm
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing! Come meet, touch, and study live earth worms and learn how they are good for the planet!

Free with admission
1/9
Tuesday
On-the-Go Puppet Theatres
01/09/2018
2-2:30pm
Make your own miniature puppet theatres out of recycled materials! We'll create our own puppet characters and give them a unique backdrop. Bring your creation home for hours of storytelling fun.

Free with admission
1/9
Tuesday
Music Imagination: Intermediate Ukulele Class
01/09/2018
4-5pm
Tune up and start strumming during this fun continuation of our ukulele classes! We'll review the basics and then jump into more advanced chords and strumming patterns. Each participant will create a songbook to take home.

This class is designed for ages 7-10. Class meets Tuesdays 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, and 1/30. $70 for this 4-week class (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Early registration is encouraged. Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk. Each participant will need a ukulele for the duration of the class.

1/10
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: Where the Wild Things Are
01/10/2018
10:15-11:15am
Are you a wild thing? Are you ready to travel along with Max on a journey to Where the Wild Things Live? The Teensy Weensy Acting class is an opportunity for 3 to 5 year olds to gain confidence on the stage with the help of music, puppets, and props. If you have an active imagination and love telling stories on the stage, this class is for you! Family and friends are invited to join on the last day of class for a special 11am performance of Where the Wild Things Are. Class meets 10:15-11:15am on Wednesdays for four weeks: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31.

$70 for this 4-week class (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Early registration is encouraged. Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/10
Wednesday
Big Messy Art: Painting Nature
01/10/2018
10:30-11am
Roll up your sleeves and put on a smock, it's time for big, messy art! Each week, we'll explore a different process-based art project ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. This week, we'll work together to decorate a tree branch with paint and pompoms.

Free with admission
1/10
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Banana Pancakes!
01/10/2018
11:15-11:45am
This month we discover a different healthy pancake each week! Join us today to make two ingredient banana pancakes. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
1/10
Wednesday
Tensile Bubbles
01/10/2018
2-2:30pm
Bubbles aren't just spheres anymore! Get your engineering brain going as we create a cubic or pyramid shape bubble wand out of a variety of materials. Dip it in bubble solution and watch as a unique bubble pattern forms!

Free with admission
1/10
Wednesday
Auditions: James and the Giant Peach
01/10/2018
3-5pm
We're looking for actors between the ages of 8-17 for our next play! All actors interested in auditioning must prepare a one minute monologue, poem, or song to perform at the auditions. Don't forget to bring a parent or guardian and your calendar...we'll ask you to take a look at our rehearsal schedule! Our auditions are done on a first come, first serve basis, and each audition lasts approximately 5 minutes. Performances will be February 16-March 4, 2018. If you have any questions or would like to look at our tentative rehearsal calendar in advance, please contact Theatre Educator Allison McCall at allison@kitetails.org.
1/11
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
01/11/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Ron Barrett, dance like the animals do, and create our own wacky clothing conundrums.

Free with admission
1/11
Thursday
Bogs for Frogs
01/11/2018
11-11:30am
Help create a collaborative pond habitat. We'll get to know our LIVE tadpoles and frogs as we observe and learn about these creatures. We'll use a variety of natural materials to replicate the pond habitat and let the Museum & Theatre's toy frogs splash and play in our creation.

Free with admission
1/11
Thursday
Banh Tet Play Dough
01/11/2018
11:30am-12pm
Pack and mold a Vietnamese Banh Tet or Banh chung, a savory cake made from sticky rice and eaten during the tet festival. We'll use play dough made from rice flour and fabric banana leaves as we learn the story behind this beloved treat.

Free with admission
1/11
Thursday
Open Art Studio
01/11/2018
2:30-3pm
It's time to get creative! We could be creating the Museum & Theatre's next big collaborative art piece, designing a prop for a Main Stage production, or exploring a new medium in this open-ended art program.

Free with admission
1/11
Thursday
Music Imagination: Meet the Ukulele
01/11/2018
4-5pm
Dive into the world of ukuleles during this four-week class. Learn basic strumming, chord patterns, and a variety of simple songs as we explore creating music together. Each participant will create a songbook to take home. This is designed for ages 4-8. Class meets 4-5pm on Thursdays for four weeks: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, and 2/1.

$70 for this 4-week class (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Early registration is encouraged. Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk. Each participant will need a ukulele for the duration of the class. Please contact lily@kitetails.org for questions about instruments.

1/12
Friday
Create a Mind Jar
01/12/2018
10:30-11am
Learn about what happens in your brain when you feel sad, mad, happy, and excited. Create a mind jar to help you harness the power of your brain.

Free with admission
1/12
Friday
Louis the I, King of the Sheep Stage Story
01/12/2018
11:30am-12pm
What would you do if a crown landed at your feet? There's a good chance you'd pick it up and put it on, just to see how it looked and felt. Read and act out the story of Louis the I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec, and discover what kind of ruler you might be.

Free with admission
1/12
Friday
Open Art Studio
01/12/2018
1-1:30pm
It's time to get creative! We could be creating the Museum & Theatre's next big collaborative art piece, designing a prop for a Main Stage production, or exploring a new medium in this open-ended art program.

Free with admission
1/12
Friday
The Enormous Crocodile Stage Story
01/12/2018
2-2:30pm
Deep in a muddy river lives an enormous crocodile who is hungry for one thing...children! This story is not for the faint of heart. We need brave and tricky actors to join us on stage and become the animals that out-smart this hungry, greedy crocodile in this interactive stage story based on Roald Dahl's story!

Free with admission
1/12
Friday
It Looked Like Spilt Milk: Accidental Art
01/12/2018
3-3:30pm
Crash! You've just spilled a cup of white paint all over the Museum & Theatre's art table! No need to fret! Use your imagination to find shapes and forms in your own accidental art.

Free with admission
1/12
Friday
Dramatic Imagination: Revolting Rhymes
01/12/2018
4-5pm
Calling all actors! Are you tired of hearing the same old fairy tales with the same old happy endings? Here's your chance to jump on stage and shake things up with Roald Dahl's twisted-takes on some old classics.

Dramatic Imagination is an opportunity for young actors to gain confidence on stage through games and working with a script. This class is a great stepping stone for actors interested in our Main Stage productions. Family and friends are invited to join on the last day of class for a special performance at 4:45pm of some Revolting Rhymes. This class is designed for ages 6-8. Class meets 4-5pm Fridays for four weeks: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, and 2/2.

$70 for this 4-week class (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Early registration is encouraged. Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/13
Saturday
Welcome Back, Playscape!
01/13/2018
10:15am-12:15pm
We're sliding, climbing, dancing and singing all morning in honor of our Playscape's return. We'll kick off the celebration with a dance party to get moving and grooving, and draw and write love notes to decorate our beloved climbing structure!

Free with admission
1/13
Saturday
Beeswax Candle Making
01/13/2018
11:30am-12pm
Experience the age-old technique of candle making during this hands-on workshop. Learn how to trim and tie a wick, then create your own candle by dipping a wick into beeswax.

$8/candle plus admission (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/13
Saturday
For Kids, By Kids: Young Artist Spotlight
01/13/2018
2-3pm
Stop by to meet and create with one of Greater Portland's young artists! Test out the featured artist's favorite medium, find out what it's like to be an artist, and try your hand at creating something special to take home.

Free with admission
1/13
Saturday
VOICES Boston Choral Concert
01/13/2018
3-3:30pm
We are happy to host VOICES Boston, an internationally acclaimed children's chorus on tour from Brookline, Massachusetts. VOICES Boston choristers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year. VOICES Boston serves 130 children, ages 5-14, from the Greater Boston area.

Free with admission
1/13
Saturday
Musical Snowflake Collage
01/13/2018
3-3:45pm
Create a snowflake collage out of recycled sheet music as we listen to the beautiful music of Voices Boston choir.

Free with admission
1/14
Sunday
Peace Jam
01/14/2018
10:30-11am
Get creative and brainstorm all the things peace can be...from big to small and silly to serious; we can all contribute to a more peaceful world in our own ways. Then, we'll decorate a jelly jar with your hopes and plans to spread a little bit of your own peace jam today! Perfect for a night light or candle holder.

Free with admission
1/14
Sunday
Wiggle with Worms
01/14/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch, and study live earth worms and learn how they're good for the planet.

Free with admission
1/14
Sunday
Dream Banner Creation
01/14/2018
1:30-2pm
Using multi-colored handprints, create a banner that celebrates dreaming, sharing, and making friends.

Free with admission
1/14
Sunday
Martin's Legacy Storytime
01/14/2018
2:30-3pm
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join us for Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Free with admission
1/14
Sunday
Slime University
01/14/2018
3:30-4:30pm
In this hour-long slime seminar, explore diverse varieties of the slimy stuff, including edible, impact-resistant, and polyvinyl dissolving slime, test out viscosities, and make some of your own "Bio Putty" to take home. Perfect for the young slime science enthusiast! Class includes 6 slime varieties and 3 slimes to take home. Ideal for ages 5+.

$16/class pass (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/15
Monday
OPEN for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01/15/2018
10am-5pm
We're open from 10am-5pm for Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
1/15
Monday
Dream Banner Creation
01/15/2018
10:30-11am
Using multi-colored handprints, create a banner that celebrates dreaming, sharing, and making friends.

Free with admission
1/15
Monday
Move Forward Theatre Challenge
01/15/2018
11:30am-12pm
Martin Luther King Jr. says, "...whatever you do, you have to keep moving..." so let's accept this challenge! How creative can you get with your body to keep moving? Join us for a theatrical challenge of exploring the ways our bodies move: from flying, to running, to crawling, and more.

Free with admission
1/15
Monday
Louis the I, King of the Sheep Stage Story
01/15/2018
12:30-1pm
What would you do if a crown landed at your feet? There's a good chance you'd pick it up and put it on, just to see how it looked and felt! Read and act out the story of Louis the I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec, and discover what kind of ruler you might be.

Free with admission
1/15
Monday
Philosophy for Kids: What is Peace?
01/15/2018
1:30-2pm
What does peace feel, smell and sound like? Explore peace in yourselves, your community, and your world through the book What does Peace Feel Like by V. Radunsky, and expressive, sensory art.

Free with admission
1/15
Monday
Dream Art
01/15/2018
2:30-3pm
Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, "I have a dream..." and so do we! What do you dream about at night, or what kind of day dreams take you away? Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by using art to share your dreams.

Free with admission
1/15
Monday
Global Fashion Show
01/15/2018
3-4pm
Celebrate fashion from all over the world! Cheer for local Mainers rocking the runway wearing traditional clothing from their culture of origin and get a chance to try on different traditional clothing and be a runway star! Do you have a special outfit? Come dressed to walk the runway and join the fashion show.

Free with admission
1/16
Tuesday
Tiny Tots:Car Painting
01/16/2018
10:15-10:45am
See what tracks cars leave behind as we zoom them through paint! How many colors we can create as we zoom our trucks and cars through red, blue, and yellow?

Free with admission
1/16
Tuesday
The World on Stage: Iraqi Shadow Puppet Story
01/16/2018
11-11:30am
When the goat builds a house and the sheep refuses to help, where will she go in the winter? Discover lessons in sharing and caring as we use shadow puppets to tell this traditional Iraqi story translated by Portland resident Muntather Alsawad.

Free with admission
1/16
Tuesday
Wiggle with Worms
01/16/2018
1:30-2pm
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch, and study live earth worms and learn how they are good for the planet.

Free with admission
1/16
Tuesday
Painting Blue with Picasso
01/16/2018
2:30-3pm
Learn about Picasso's Blue Period as we mix white, blue, and black together to create different shades of blue. Create your own blue masterpiece to take home!

Free with admission
1/17
Wednesday
Closed Wednesday, January 17 due to inclement weather
01/17/2018
10am-5pm
We are closed on Wednesday, January 17th, due to inclement weather.
1/18
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Turtle Island
01/18/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry, practice balancing like the Turtle in the story, and create our own island submerged in water.

Free with admission
1/18
Thursday
Opposites Finger Painting
01/18/2018
11-11:30am
Cold and warm, rough and smooth...explore opposites in this all-hands-in, sensory activity.

Free with admission
1/18
Thursday
Winter Sing-Along
01/18/2018
11:30am-12pm
Join a festive sing-along to get your wiggles out and celebrate the season. Hear a classic winter song or discover a new favorite.

Free with admission
1/18
Thursday
Collaborative Penguin Art
01/18/2018
2:30-3pm
Help create a life-size emperor penguin collage out of recycled materials. Glue one colorful piece or add a whole penguin wing and experience the process of working with many artists.

Free with admission
1/18
Thursday
Teeth and Skulls
01/18/2018
3-3:30pm
Learn about animal adaptations by exploring moose teeth, owl skulls, and other animal artifacts.

Free with admission
1/19
Friday
Opposites Finger Painting
01/19/2018
10:30-11am
Cold and warm, rough and smooth- explore opposites in this all hands in, sensory activity.

Free with admission
1/19
Friday
Three Billy Goats Puppet Show
01/19/2018
11:30am-12pm
Compare goats of different sizes, from the smallest to the biggest, in this silly puppet show about the grass that's always greener on the other side.

Free with admission
1/19
Friday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
01/19/2018
1-1:30pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
1/19
Friday
Buggy Theatre Games
01/19/2018
2-2:30pm
James Henry Trotter goes on a wonderful adventure inside a giant peach with some unusual friends... human-sized insects! Join us for some silly theatre games where we will use our bodies and imaginations to become these different buggy friends.

Free with admission
1/19
Friday
Open Art Studio
01/19/2018
3-4pm
It's time to get creative! We could be creating the Museum & Theatre's next big collaborative art piece, designing a prop for a Main Stage production, or exploring a new medium in this open-ended art program.

Free with admission
1/20
Saturday
Welcome Back, Playscape!
01/20/2018
10:15am-12:15pm
We're sliding, climbing, dancing and singing all morning in honor of our Playscape's return. We'll kick off the celebration with a dance party to get moving and grooving, and draw and write love notes to decorate our beloved climbing structure!

Free with admission
1/20
Saturday
Lobster Buoy Workshop
01/20/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Discover the process of designing and painting your own lobster buoy! Sketch out a design using markers and tape, then make your design a reality with colorful paint! Each buoy measures approximately 4x11 inches. $16/buoy (Museum & Theatre of receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/20
Saturday
Reduce, Reuse Recycle: Collaborative Crayon Making
01/20/2018
1:30-2pm
Create beautiful new crayons out of our old, broken crayons. Help sort crayons by color, break them into small pieces and press them into molds. Add a dash of glitter for an extra festive crayon. Stop back at another art program to see your crayon creations in action!

Free with admission
1/20
Saturday
Why The Sea is Salty: A Vietnamese Myth
01/20/2018
2:30-3pm
Thousands of years ago, it was believed that seawater had been tasteless until one fateful day. Explore the science of light and shadow in this interactive show about a kind fisherman, The Princess of the Sea, and the wish that changed it all.

Free with admission
1/21
Sunday
Summer Memories Art Time
01/21/2018
10:30-11am
Summer may seem far off, but if you close your eyes perhaps you'll see summer's green grass, red flowers, and yellow beach sand. These are the summer colors we will find in the story Frederick by Leo Lionni. We'll read the story together, explore why seasons change, and make our own summer color creation.

Free with admission
1/21
Sunday
Interrupting Chicken Puppet Story
01/21/2018
11:30am-12pm
With a story, help put Little Red Chicken down for her nap. Just make sure not to include any of the scary parts to classic tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, or the little chicken might jump into the story to make some changes of her own!

Free with admission
1/21
Sunday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
01/21/2018
1:30-2pm
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
1/21
Sunday
Vietnamese Moon Story
01/21/2018
2:30-3pm
Step into the starry night of our mini-planetarium and use shadow puppets to tell the Vietnamese folk tale of how a boy named Chu Choi few all the way to the moon.

Free with admission
1/22
Monday
Members' Monday
01/22/2018
9-11am
Open from 9-11am for members only.
1/22
Monday
Members' Monday: Dream Banner Creation
01/22/2018
10-10:30am
Using multi-colored handprints, create a banner that celebrates dreaming, sharing, and making friends.

Free with admission.
1/23
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Bogs for Frogs
01/23/2018
10:15-10:45am
Meet our LIVE tadpoles and frogs then use a variety of natural materials to create a collaborative pond habitat and let the Museum & Theatre's toy frogs plash and play in our creation.

Free with admission
1/23
Tuesday
The World on Stage: Iraqi Shadow Puppet Story
01/23/2018
11-11:30am
When the goat builds a house and the sheep refuses to help, where will she go in the winter? Discover lessons in sharing and caring as we use shadow puppets to tell this traditional Iraqi story translated by Portland resident Muntather Alsawad.

Free with admission
1/23
Tuesday
Wiggle with Worms
01/23/2018
1:30-2pm
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch, and study live earth worms and learn how they're good for the planet.

Free with admission
1/23
Tuesday
On-the-Go Puppet Theatres
01/23/2018
2:30-3pm
Make your own miniature puppet theatres out of recycled materials. We'll create our own puppet characters and give them a unique backdrop. Bring your creation home for hours of storytelling fun.

Free with admission
1/24
Wednesday
Caring for Bears
01/24/2018
10:30-11am
Doctors, nurses, and EMTs, oh my! We need your help taking care of our hurt teddy bears in our Be Well Center. Scrub in and help save the day during this interactive play time! Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
1/24
Wednesday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
01/24/2018
11-11:30am
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat and is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
1/24
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Oatmeal Pancakes!
01/24/2018
11:15-11:45am
This month we discover a different healthy pancake each week. Join us today to make fiber-rich oatmeal pancakes. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
1/24
Wednesday
Painting Blue with Picasso
01/24/2018
1:30-2pm
Learn about Picasso's Blue Period as we mix white, blue, and black together to create different shades of blue. Create your own blue masterpiece to take home.

Free with admission
1/24
Wednesday
Banh Tet Play Dough
01/24/2018
2:30-3pm
Pack and mold a Vietnamese Banh Tet or Baanh chung, a savory cake made from sticky rice and eaten during the tet festival. We'll use play dough made from rice flour and fabric banana leaves as we learn the story behind this beloved treat.

Free with admission
1/25
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: The Napping House
01/25/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, music, and art programming. This week, we'll read The Napping House by Audry and Don Wood, sing and play instruments to sleepy nap-time tunes, and create warm and cool colored contrasting illustrations.

Free with admission
1/25
Thursday
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Show
01/25/2018
11-11:30am
Join us in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium for an abbreviated star show perfect for toddlers and babies. We'll sing under the songs and point out favorite animal constellations.

Free with admission
1/25
Thursday
Watercolor Experimentation
01/25/2018
11:30am-12pm
Experiment with things that resist watercolor and create a unique painting using science.

Free with admission
1/25
Thursday
What the Lady Bird Heard Stage Story
01/25/2018
2:30-3pm
Find out how the lady bird saves the day when two robbers try to steal the prize cow. We'll need actors to become barnyard animals and audience members to "moo" and "cluck" from their seats.

Free with admission
1/25
Thursday
Shadow Puppet Show: Abiyoyo
01/25/2018
3-3:30pm
Discover the science of light and shadow and use what you've learned to help tell a shadow puppet story.

Free with admission
1/26
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
01/26/2018
10:30-11:15am
Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, learn about fire safety and what their job entails (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
1/26
Friday
Three Billy Goats Gruff Puppet Show
01/26/2018
11:30am-12pm
Compare goats of different sizes, from the smallest to the biggest, in this silly puppet show about the grass that's always greener on the other side.

Free with admission
1/26
Friday
Daring Densities
01/26/2018
1-1:30pm
Giant floating rocks and tiny sinking spheres! Explore and observe this sink or float experiment that defies logic, that is, until you understand all about... density!

Free with admission
1/26
Friday
The Enormous Crocodile Stage Story
01/26/2018
2-3pm
Deep in a muddy river lives an enormous crocodile who is hungry for one thing...children! This story is not for the faint of heart, we need brave and tricky actors to join us on stage and become the animals that out-smart this hungry, greedy crocodile in this interactive stage story based on Roald Dahl's story!

Free with admission
1/26
Friday
Open Art Studio
01/26/2018
3-3:30pm
It's time to get creative! We could be creating the Museum & Theatre's next big collaborative art piece, designing a prop for a Main Stage production, or exploring a new medium in this open-ended art program.

Free with admission
1/26
Friday
Slime University
01/26/2018
4-5pm
In this hour-long slime seminar, explore diverse varieties of the slimy stuff including edible, impact resistant, and polyvinyl dissolving slime, test out viscosities, and make some of your own "Bio Puddy" to take home. Perfect for the young slime science enthusiast! Class includes 6+ slime varieties and 3 take home slimes. Ideal for ages 5+.

$16/class (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/27
Saturday
Welcome Back, Playscape!
01/27/2018
10:15am-12:15pm
We're sliding, climbing, dancing, and singing all morning in honor of our Playscape's return! We'll kick off the celebration with a dance party to get moving and grooving. Get a chance to listen to the LIVE tunes of local young musicians, The Root Bros, and draw and write love notes to decorate our beloved climbing structure.

Free with admission
1/27
Saturday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
01/27/2018
11:30am-12pm
Explore how changes in pressure affect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
1/27
Saturday
Fancy Forks Workshop
01/27/2018
2-3pm
Create your very own decorated fork and spoon during this messy workshop. Take an ordinary fork and spoon then adorn it with colorful clay to create a unique utensil. This is the perfect opportunity to create cutlery that won't be forgotten at the bottom of your lunch bag or the perfect mess kit for spring camping adventures!

$10/cutlery set (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk today.

1/27
Saturday
Cochenille Beetle Painting
01/27/2018
2:30-3pm
This ancient dye method uses beetles as pigment! Learn about its history, how we use it today, and try it for yourself.

Free with admission
1/28
Sunday
Philosophy for Kids: What is Peace?
01/28/2018
10:30-11am
What does peace feel, smell, and sound like? Explore peace in yourselves, your community, and your world through the book What Does Peace Feel Like by V. Radunsky, and expressive, sensory art.

Free with admission
1/28
Sunday
Winter Bubble Wand Making
01/28/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Let's find out what happens to bubbles when they freeze! Make a bubble wand, play a bubble science game, and then head outside for some frozen bubble fun.

$6/bubble wand plus admission (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/28
Sunday
Cochenille Beetle Painting
01/28/2018
1:30-2pm
This ancient dye method uses beetles as pigment! Learn about its history, how we use it today, and try it for yourself.

Free with admission
1/28
Sunday
The World on Stage: Iraqi Shadow Puppet Story
01/28/2018
2:30-3pm
When the goat builds a house and the sheep refuses to help, where will she go in the winter? Discover lessons in sharing and caring as we use shadow puppets to tell this traditional Iraqi story translated by Portland resident Muntather Alsawad.

Free with admission
1/29
Monday
Members' Monday
01/29/2018
9-11am
Open from 9-11am for members only.
1/29
Monday
Members' Monday: Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
01/29/2018
10-10:30am
Do the "triassic twist and brontosaurus bump" as we read and dance along to Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields.

If this sounds like fun, check out our Teensy Weensy Acting Class that begins Wednesday, February 7th. This is a class that meets four times, especially designed for 3-5 year-olds to get their feet wet on the stage. Members receive 10% off all classes and workshops. Registration will be available shortly.
1/30
Tuesday
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Show
01/30/2018
10:15-10:45am
Join us in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium for an abbreviated star show perfect for toddlers and babies. We'll sing under the songs and point out our favorite animal constellations.

Free with admission
1/30
Tuesday
The World on Stage: Iraqi Shadow Puppet Story
01/30/2018
11-11:30am
When the goat builds a house and the sheep refuses to help, where will she go in the winter? Discover lessons in sharing and caring as we use shadow puppets to tell this traditional Iraqi story translated by Portland resident Muntather Alsawad.

Free with admission
1/30
Tuesday
Wiggle with Worms
01/30/2018
1:30-2pm
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch, and study live earth worms and learn how they are good for the planet.

Free with admission
1/30
Tuesday
Collaborative Penguin Art
01/30/2018
2:30-3pm
Help create a life-size emperor penguin collage out of recycled materials! Glue one colorful piece or add a whole penguin wing and experience the process of working with other artists.

Free with admission
1/31
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Drip Painting
01/31/2018
10:30-11am
Roll up your sleeves and put on a smock, it's time for big, messy art! Each week, we'll explore a different process-based art project ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. This week, try drip painting as we splash colorful watercolors onto a collaborative mural.

Free with admission
1/31
Wednesday
Natural Paint Brushes
01/31/2018
11-11:30am
Explore different textures and shapes from nature, craft your own paintbrushes, and create an art piece to take home.

Free with admission
1/31
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Blueberry Pancakes!
01/31/2018
11:15-11:45am
This month we discover a different healthy pancake each week. Join us today to make pancakes with a taste of Maine blueberries full of healthy antioxidants. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
1/31
Wednesday
Tide Pool Touch Tank
01/31/2018
3-3:30pm
Roll up your sleeves and get a chance to meet and touch LIVE tide pool creatures like sea stars, blue mussels and sea urchins.

Free with admission
1/31
Wednesday
Ocean Face Painting
01/31/2018
3:30-4pm
Come pick out a ocean-inspired design and have it painted on your hand or face! Will you pick a big blue whale? An orange sea star? A red crab?

Free with admission
1/31
Wednesday
Bogs for Frogs
01/31/2018
4-4:30pm
Meet our LIVE tadpoles and frogs then use a variety of natural materials to create a collaborative pond habitat and let the Museum & Theatre's toy frogs splash and play in our creation.

Free with admission

February 2018

2/1
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Green
02/01/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read Green by Laura Vaccaro and bring a little springtime color into this midwinter morning. Mix blue and yellow together to create beautiful shades of green, sing a green-inspired song and explore ooey, gooey green ooblek.

Free with admission
2/1
Thursday
Theatre: Where the Wild Things Are Stage Story
02/01/2018
11:30am-12pm
Hop in your private boat and help tell the classic tale.

Free with admission
2/1
Thursday
Bogs for Frogs
02/01/2018
2:30-3pm
Meet our LIVE tadpoles and frogs then use a variety of natural materials to create a collaborative pond habitat and let the Museum & Theatre's toy frogs splash and play in our creation.

Free with admission
2/1
Thursday
Natural Paint Brushes
02/01/2018
3-3:30pm
Explore different textures and shapes from nature, craft your own paintbrushes, and create a piece of artwork to take home.

Free with admission
2/1
Thursday
Audition Workshop
02/01/2018
3:30-5pm
Can you hear the bright lights and the stage calling your name? Are you curious about what it's like to perform in a main stage production at the Museum & Theatre? Join us for a free workshop where we'll meet actors from our current play, get silly with theatre games, and walk through what it's like to audition at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Bring your own audition material, or we can help you find a monologue. This is designed for ages 7 and up. This workshop is free, however registration is required.

2/2
Friday
A Visit From The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
02/02/2018
11:30am-12pm
Join us the first Friday of the month from 11:30am-12:30pm for storytime with Animal Refuge League. Listen to animal-themed story books, talk about animal care, and meet an adoptable ARLGP animal.

Free with admission
2/2
Friday
Meet Belinda the Bullfrog
02/02/2018
1-1:30pm
Meet our beloved bullfrog, Belinda, learn about her life, and discover why her unique habitat and is so vital to our planet.

Free with admission
2/2
Friday
Buggy Theatre Games
02/02/2018
2-2:30pm
James Henry Trotter goes on a wonderful adventure inside a giant peach with some unusual friends... human-sized insects! Join us for silly theatre games where we'll use our bodies and imaginations to become these different buggy friends!

Free with admission
2/2
Friday
It Looked Like Spilt Milk: Accidental Art
02/02/2018
3-3:30pm
Crash! You've just spilled a cup of white paint all over the Museum & Theatre's art table! No need to fret. In honor of Youth Art Month, use your imagination to find shapes and forms in your own accidental art.

Free with admission
2/2
Friday
$2 First Friday, 5-8 PM
02/02/2018
5-8pm
To best serve our community, we are open late the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person. We strive to share the Museum & Theatre experience at an affordable rate with families who may not be able to visit during regular business hours. Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.
2/3
Saturday
On-the-Go Puppet Theatres
02/03/2018
10:30-11am
Make your own miniature puppet theatres out of recycled materials! We'll create our own puppet characters and give them a unique backdrop. Bring your creation home for hours of storytelling fun.

Free with admission
2/3
Saturday
Mood Mud: Heat Sensitive Playdough
02/03/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Mix up a batch of your own thermochromatic playdough that changes color with the heat of your hands! $8/batch plus admission (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/3
Saturday
Collaborative Acorn Art with local artist Meaghan Nathanson
02/03/2018
1:30-3pm
We're working with local artist, Meaghan Nathanson, to create a large-scale oak tree out of acorns and we need your help! Add one acorn or a whole branch to our tree during this hands-on collaborative art project.

Free with admission
2/3
Saturday
Our Ocean: The Blue Heart of Our Planet
02/03/2018
3:30-4pm
Did you know that while the ocean takes up a whopping 70% of our planet, we've explored only about 5% of it? Join us at our live tide pool touch tank to explore with magnifying glasses, microscopes, and your own hands as we discover the importance of protecting our waters. Even the youngest explorers can make a difference!

Free with admission
2/4
Sunday
Move and Groove
02/04/2018
10:30-11am
Did you know that when you move your body, the connections in your brain grow? Get your brain and your body working together as we sing, dance, and play.

Free with admission
2/4
Sunday
Kids Explore Culture: PyeongChang, Korea
02/04/2018
11:30am-12:30pm
Explore PyeongChang, Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Play a Korean drum called an janggu, try your hand at traditional Korean games, and sample Korean food.

Free with admission
2/4
Sunday
Scientific Watercolor Exploration
02/04/2018
1:30-2pm
Experiment with things that resist watercolor and create a unique painting using science.

Free with admission
2/4
Sunday
Summer Memories Art Time
02/04/2018
2:30-3pm
Summer may seem far off, but if you close your eyes perhaps you'll see summer's green grass, red flowers, and yellow beach sand. These are the summer colors we will find in the story Frederick by Leo Lionni. We'll read the story together, explore why seasons change, and make our own summer color creation.

Free with admission
2/5
Monday
Members' Monday
02/05/2018
9-11am
Open from 9-11am for members only.
2/5
Monday
Members' Monday: Jazzy Art Time with Ella Fitzgerald
02/05/2018
10-10:30am
Music is our muse: celebrate one of the greatest jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to the swing and sway of the tunes and let the music inspire your art creation.
2/6
Tuesday
Gravity Painting
02/06/2018
11-11:30am
Calling all artists! Help create a large-scale collaborative project Use eye-droppers, watercolors and gravity to make a waterfall of color.

Free with admission
2/6
Tuesday
Astronauts in Outer Space Movement Story
02/06/2018
11:30am-12pm
Calling all tiny dancers! We need your help to tell a story about some astronauts that travel to outer space. Use dance and your body to explore weight, directions and gravity to different kinds of music.

Free with admission
2/6
Tuesday
Holi Shadow Puppet Story
02/06/2018
1:30-2pm
Help tell the story of Prahlad and Holika, the characters behind the color-filled, Hindu holiday called Holi.

Free with admission
2/6
Tuesday
Reduce, Reuse Recycle: Collaborative Crayon Making
02/06/2018
2:30-3pm
Create beautiful new crayons out of our old, broken crayons. Help sort crayons by color, break them into small pieces and press them into molds. Add a dash of glitter for an extra festive crayon. Stop back at another art program to see your crayon creations in action!

Free with admission
2/7
Wednesday
Block Play with Caps for Sale
02/07/2018
10:30-11am
The man selling caps has fallen asleep and some curious creatures have stolen them all! Stack and build your own story with blocks while we read.

Free with admission
2/7
Wednesday
Creating Community Art: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
02/07/2018
11-11:30am
It's time to get creative and experience the process of working with many artists in honor of our new exhibit! Create a collaborative sculpture using recycled plastic bottles as we play with light, color, and design to create something beautiful together.

Free with admission
2/7
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Beet Brownies
02/07/2018
11:15-11:45am
Hearts are red, can brownies be red? Find out as we make healthy chocolate beet brownies! Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
2/7
Wednesday
Closing at 12:00 Noon
02/07/2018
12-5pm
We are closing today at 12pm due to the impending storm. Weather permitting, we plan to open on Thursday, February 8 at 10am.
2/8
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Sora and the Cloud
02/08/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, Sora and the Cloud by Felicia Hoshino, pretend we're clouds and choose our own adventure, make a cotton ball cloud, and create cloud music.

Free with admission
2/8
Thursday
Natural Paint Brushes
02/08/2018
11:30am-12pm
Explore different textures and shapes from nature, craft your own paint brushes, and create a piece of artwork to take home.

Free with admission
2/8
Thursday
Active Planet
02/08/2018
3-3:30pm
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes while diving into the Museum & Theatre's collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils.

Free with admission
2/9
Friday
The Mitten Stage Story
02/09/2018
10:30-11am
Help tell the story of The Mitten by Jan Brett. We'll need moose, bear, mole, rabbit, badger, and more to act out this winter tale.

Free with admission
2/9
Friday
All Things Arctic Celebration
02/09/2018
10:45am-12:30pm
We're trekking north to explore one of the coldest places on earth through science, art, culture, and more. Create an Aurora Borealis art project, try arctic goggles, and attend a star show in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium!

Free with admission
2/9
Friday
Our Ocean: The Blue Heart of Our Planet
02/09/2018
3-3:30pm
Did you know that while the ocean takes up a whopping 70% of our planet, we've explored only about 5% of it? Join us at our live tide pool touch tank to explore with magnifying glasses, microscopes, and your own hands as we discover the importance of protecting our waters. Even the youngest explorers can make a difference!

Free with admission
2/10
Saturday
Day of Rock with Maine Academy of Modern Music!
02/10/2018
10:30am-1:30pm
Join the talented young musicians of Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) and rock out to covers and classics all morning! Listen, dance, jive, explore instruments, create collaborative art, choose some rockin' face paint, and create your own rock pet!

Free with admission
2/10
Saturday
Story of a Cat
02/10/2018
2:30-3pm
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and the Museum & Theatre are teaming up to help adult cats find their forever homes. We need your help! Meet the cats, learn their personalities and preferences, and use your imagination to draw portraits and write fanciful backstories for each of these unique fuzzy friends. Don't forget to catch the Museum & Theatre's dramatic adaptation of Puss in Boots on the main stage opening on Thursday April 12th and running through April vacation.

We are also collecting wet cat food for cats in need. If you have cans you'd like to donate, bring them to the Museum & Theatre collection site for the whole month of April. Funding for this project is provided by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.

Free with admission
2/10
Saturday
Active Planet
02/10/2018
3:30-4pm
Explore the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes while diving into the Museum & Theatre's collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils.

Free with admission
2/11
Sunday
Happy Hearts Face Painting
02/11/2018
10:30-11am
Choose to have hearts and other special Valentine's Day pictures painted on your check or hand.

Free with admission
2/11
Sunday
Valentine Creation Station Party
02/11/2018
10:45-11:45am
Pom poms, glitter, and doilies, oh my! Love can be a messy thing so grab a smock and a glass of pink punch and get crafting right here at the Museum & Theatre!

Free with admission
2/11
Sunday
Portland Bandit Scavenger Hunt
02/11/2018
11am-12pm
Every Valentine's Day, a mysterious bandit covers Portland in paper hearts, spreading joy and love throughout the city. Follow clues to discover paper hearts right here in the Museum & Theatre! Find all 12 and receive a sweet treat!

Free with admission
2/11
Sunday
Happy Hearts Face Painting
02/11/2018
12-12:30pm
Choose to have hearts and other special Valentine's Day pictures painted on your check or hand.

Free with admission
2/11
Sunday
Valentine Creation Station Party
02/11/2018
1:45-2:45pm
Pom poms, glitter, and doilies oh my! Love can be a messy thing, after all, so grab a smock and a glass of pink punch and get crafting right here at the Museum & Theatre.

Free with admission
2/11
Sunday
Portland Bandit Scavenger Hunt
02/11/2018
2-3pm
Every Valentine's Day, a mysterious bandit covers Portland in paper hearts, spreading joy and love throughout the city. Follow clues to discover paper hearts right here in the Museum & Theatre! Find all 12 and receive a sweet treat!

Free with admission
2/11
Sunday
Happy Hearts Face Painting
02/11/2018
3:30-4pm
Choose to have hearts and other special Valentine's Day pictures painted on your check or hand.

Free with admission
2/12
Monday
Members' Monday
02/12/2018
9-11am
Open from 9-11am for members only.
2/12
Monday
Members' Monday Valentine Making
02/12/2018
10-10:30am
Love, glitter, and crayons are in the air as we craft Valentines for loved ones near and far.
2/13
Tuesday
Kids Explore Culture: PyeongChang, Korea
02/13/2018
10:15-11:15am
Explore PyeongChang, Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Play a Korean drum called an janggu, try your hand at traditional Korean games and sample some Korean food.

Free with admission
2/13
Tuesday
An Underwater Sea Adventure Movement Story
02/13/2018
11-11:30am
Calling all tiny dancers! We need your help to tell an underwater sea adventure story. Discover different creatures in the ocean by hearing ocean rhymes, making shapes with your body, and dancing to different songs.

Free with admission
2/13
Tuesday
Valentine Creation Station Party
02/13/2018
1-2pm
Pom poms, glitter, and doilies oh my! Love can be a messy thing after all, so grab a smock and a glass of pink punch and get crafting right here at the Museum & Theatre.

Free with admission
2/13
Tuesday
Wiggle with Worms
02/13/2018
3-3:30pm
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch and study live earth worms and learn how they are good for the planet.

Free with admission
2/14
Wednesday
Teensy Weensy Acting Class: Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
02/14/2018
10:15-11am
Explore the world of dinosaurs through dance and dramatic play as we act out Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields. Get your scales sharpened and instruments ready as we do the "triassic twist and brontosaurus bump" to act out a rumpus dinosaur party.

The Teensy Weensy Acting class is an opportunity for 3 to 5 year olds to gain confidence on the stage with the help of music, puppets, and props. If you have an active imagination and love telling stories on the stage, this class is for you! Family and friends are invited to join on the last day of class for a special 11am performance of Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp. Classes run Wednesdays 2/14, (no class February break) 2/28, 3/7, and 3/14.

$70 for this 4-week class (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Early registration is encouraged. Register online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/14
Wednesday
Valentine Creation Station
02/14/2018
10:30-11:30am
Pom poms, glitter, and doilies oh my! Love can be a messy thing after all, so grab a smock and get crafting right here at the Museum & Theatre!

Free with admission
2/14
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Magical Mystery Magenta Cookies
02/14/2018
11:15-11:45am
You heard us correctly, our mystery cookies have a secret ingredient that turns them bright magenta! Taste test these delicious treats and discover what makes them truly unique. (Pssst! They're made from beets!) Sponsored by Delta Dental

Free with admission
2/14
Wednesday
Happy Hearts Face Painting
02/14/2018
11:30am-12:15pm
Choose to have hearts and other special Valentine's Day pictures painted on your check or hand.

Free with admission
2/14
Wednesday
Scientific Watercolor Exploration
02/14/2018
2:30-3pm
Experiment with things that resist watercolor and create a unique painting using science.

Free with admission
2/15
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: A Bear's Year
02/15/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, A Bear's Year by Kathy Duval, pretend we are bears hibernating for winter, explore animal foot prints in playdough, and make a collage of what you love most about nature!

Free with admission
2/15
Thursday
Why The Sea is Salty: A Vietnamese Myth
02/15/2018
11:30am-12pm
Thousands of years ago, it was believed that seawater had been tasteless until one fateful day. Explore lights and shadow in this interactive show about a kind fisherman, The Princess of the Sea, and the wish that changed it all.

Free with admission
2/15
Thursday
Holi Finger Painting
02/15/2018
2:30-3pm
Get colorful! Holi is the Indian spring festival of colors. Celebrate by finger painting with dyed powder and see how people in India throw powder in the air to cover everything in vibrant colors.

Free with admission
2/15
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
02/15/2018
3-3:30pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
2/16
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
02/16/2018
10:30-11:15am
Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, learn about fire safety and what their job entails (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
2/16
Friday
An Underwater Sea Adventure Movement Story
02/16/2018
11-11:30am
Calling all tiny dancers! We need your help to tell an underwater sea adventure story. Discover different creatures in the ocean by hearing ocean rhymes, making shapes with your body, and dancing to different songs.

Free with admission
2/16
Friday
Revolting Rhymes
02/16/2018
1-1:30pm
Are you tired of the same old fairy tales? Do you think poetry is boring? Think again! Act out some of Roald Dahl's twisted takes on these classic stories and even create some Revolting Rhymes of your own!

Free with admission
2/16
Friday
Glow Worm Science and Art
02/16/2018
2-2:30pm
Learn about the marvelous glow worm and create your own glow in the dark art.

Free with admission
2/16
Friday
Mainstage Production: James and the Giant Peach Opening Night!
02/16/2018
4-5pm
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, and he hasn't got a friend in the world. That is, not until he meets a mysterious man with even more mysterious items in his pocket. Join James and his new-found insect friends as they venture all the way from an English garden, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City...inside a giant peach!

Adapted by Richard R. George, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing Company, performed for children and their families by our company of young actors directed by Reba Short.

$18 or two punches on a theatre punch pass (includes party after the show). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/17
Saturday
Winter Luge Racing
02/17/2018
10:30-11am
Lean back, hold tight, and slide your way down the playscape luge course! Create obstacles to increase the difficulty or help time your friends!

Free with admission
2/17
Saturday
Farmers' Market Madness!
02/17/2018
12:30-1pm
The farmers at the Farmers' Market need your help! They're in search of workers to keep track of the most popular foods in the market and decide what needs more planting. Learn about supply and demand and practice hands on math. Sponsored by TD Bank

Free with admission
2/17
Saturday
Mainstage Production: James and the Giant Peach
02/17/2018
1-2pm
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, and he hasn't got a friend in the world. That is, not until he meets a mysterious man with even more mysterious items in his pocket. Join James and his new-found insect friends as they venture all the way from an English garden, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City...inside a giant peach!

Adapted by Richard R. George, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing Company, performed for children and their families by our company of young actors directed by Reba Short.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/17
Saturday
Story of a Cat
02/17/2018
2:30-3pm
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and the Museum & Theatre are teaming up to help adult cats find their forever homes. We need your help! Meet the cats, learn their personalities and preferences, and use your imagination to draw portraits and write fanciful backstories for each of these unique fuzzy friends. Don't forget to catch the Museum & Theatre's dramatic adaptation of Puss in Boots on the main stage opening on Thursday April 12th and running through April vacation.

We're also collecting wet cat food for cats in need. If you have cans you'd like to donate, bring them to the Museum & Theatre collection site for the whole month of April. Funding for this project is provided by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.
2/17
Saturday
Mainstage Production: James and the Giant Peach
02/17/2018
4-5pm
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, and he hasn't got a friend in the world. That is, not until he meets a mysterious man with even more mysterious items in his pocket. Join James and his new-found insect friends as they venture all the way from an English garden, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City...inside a giant peach!

Adapted by Richard R. George, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing Company, performed for children and their families by our company of young actors directed by Reba Short.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/17
Saturday
Germs-a Glow
02/17/2018
4:15-4:45pm
Learn about the microscopic microbes that live all around us. While some are helpful, some are called germs and can make us sick. Learn how germs spread using a blacklight visual and see the results of good hand washing techniques for yourself! Sponsored by Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Free with admission
2/18
Sunday
Daring Densities
02/18/2018
10:30-11am
Giant floating rocks and tiny sinking spheres! Explore and observe this sink or float experiment that defies logic, that is, until you understand all about...density!

Free with admission
2/18
Sunday
Worm Friends of James and the Giant Peach
02/18/2018
11:30am-12pm
Come meet the real-life earthworms that inspired the worm characters in Roald Dahl's story James and the Giant Peach!

Free with admission
2/18
Sunday
Mainstage Production: James and the Giant Peach
02/18/2018
1-2pm
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, and he hasn't got a friend in the world. That is, not until he meets a mysterious man with even more mysterious items in his pocket. Join James and his new-found insect friends as they venture all the way from an English garden, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City...inside a giant peach!

Adapted by Richard R. George, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing Company, performed for children and their families by our company of young actors directed by Reba Short.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/18
Sunday
Bridge Building
02/18/2018
2-2:30pm
Have you ever heard of the London Bridge or the Golden Gate bridge? Now it's your turn to construct an architectural masterpiece strong enough to walk on using the Museum & Theatre's Imagination Blue Blocks!

Free with admission
2/18
Sunday
Mainstage Production: James and the Giant Peach
02/18/2018
4-5pm
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, and he hasn't got a friend in the world. That is, not until he meets a mysterious man with even more mysterious items in his pocket. Join James and his new-found insect friends as they venture all the way from an English garden, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City...inside a giant peach!

Adapted by Richard R. George, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing Company, performed for children and their families by our company of young actors directed by Reba Short.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/19
Monday
OPEN for Presidents' Day
02/19/2018
9am-5pm
We're open at 9am on Presidents' Day!
2/19
Monday
Star Day
02/19/2018
10:30am-4:30pm
Calling all stargazers! The days are short and the nights are long, which means we have a lot of time to gaze at the stars. Spend the day searching for constellations in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium, searching for sea stars in the tide pool touch tank, and creating huge shooting star art!
  • 10:30am: Star Show
  • 10:45-11:45am: Shooting Star Art
  • 11:00-11:30am: Tide Pool Touch Tank
  • 11:30am-12pm: Shooting star scavenger hunt
  • 12-12:30pm: Star Show
  • 12:30-1pm: Star Story Time
  • 1-1:30pm: Tide Pool Touch Tank
  • 2-2:30pm: Camera Obscura: The Sun Star
  • 2:30-3pm: Playdough Planets
  • 3-3:30pm: Tide Pool Touch Tank
  • 3:30-4pm: Star Show Story time
  • 4-4:30pm: Star Show
Free with admission
2/20
Tuesday
February Vacation Camp
02/20/2018
9am-12pm
Spark your curiosity, challenge your senses and, of course, play with new friends at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine's February Vacation Camp! Each of the three days offers a different theme, but the one thing you'll do for sure is...PLAY!

Get a sneak peek behind the scenes and explore before the Museum & Theatre is open to the public. Thrive with a small group; we keep our camp size small so campers get the attention they need and deserve. Designed for ages 5-8. Snacks are provided. $50 per day (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Register online via the links above, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk. Please sign up early! This camp fills up fast!

2/20
Tuesday
Indoor Camping Day
02/20/2018
10:30am-4:30pm
It may be too chilly outside for stargazing and s'more making, so we're bringing the fun indoors. Join us for a star show in our mini-planetarium, explore nocturnal animal artifacts, learn how to set up a tent in Discovery Woods, sing campfire songs, and more!
  • 10:30am: Star Show
  • 10:45-11am: Campfire Story: Where the Wild Things Are
  • 11:30am-12pm: Set up a Tent
  • 12-12:30pm: Campfire Sing-Along
  • 12:30-1pm: Star Show
  • 1-1:30pm: Creature Feature: Turtles
  • 1:30-2pm: S'more Making
  • 2:30-3pm: Star Show
  • 3-3:30pm: Campfire Sing-Along
  • 3:30-4pm: Creature Feature: Nocturnal Animals
  • 4-4:30pm: Campfire Story: Where the Wild Things Are
Free with admission
2/21
Wednesday
Winter Luge Racing
02/21/2018
10:30-11am
Lean back, hold tight, and slide your way down the playscape luge course! Create obstacles to increase the difficulty or help time your friends.

Free with admission
2/21
Wednesday
Mainstage Production: James and the Giant Peach
02/21/2018
11am-12pm
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, and he hasn't got a friend in the world. That is, not until he meets a mysterious man with even more mysterious items in his pocket. Join James and his new-found insect friends as they venture all the way from an English garden, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City...inside a giant peach!

Adapted by Richard R. George, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing Company, performed for children and their families by our company of young actors directed by Reba Short.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/21
Wednesday
Peach Party: A Glowing Good Time
02/21/2018
12-1pm
James' giant peach is quite dark inside--thankfully, Glow- worm lights the way. Grab a glow stick, dance with giant insects, listen to firefly tales, and taste test a peach treat in honor of James and the Giant Peach.

Free with admission
2/21
Wednesday
For Kids, By Kids: Young Artist Spotlight
02/21/2018
1-2pm
Stop by to meet and create with one of Greater Portland's young artists. Test out the featured artist's favorite medium, find out what it's like to be an artist, and try your hand at creating something special to take home.

Free with admission
2/21
Wednesday
Mainstage Production: James and the Giant Peach
02/21/2018
2-3pm
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, and he hasn't got a friend in the world. That is, not until he meets a mysterious man with even more mysterious items in his pocket. Join James and his new-found insect friends as they venture all the way from an English garden, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City...inside a giant peach!

Adapted by Richard R. George, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing Company, performed for children and their families by our company of young actors directed by Reba Short.

$10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off), $16 to stay and play. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.