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November 2018

11/23
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
11/23/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

11/23
Friday
Collaborative Art: Let's Make a Rainbow
11/23/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists as we create a rainbow masterpiece. Add one red stripe or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
11/23
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
11/23/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

11/23
Friday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
11/23/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Examine changes in pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
11/23
Friday
Collaborative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture
11/23/2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Our Monarch butterfly friends may be flying south to Mexico, but we need your help creating large-scale mixed media replica of a magnificent monarch. Bend wire to add wings and a body, then paper mache orange and black wings to complete the creation as we explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists.

Free with admission
11/23
Friday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
11/23/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

11/24
Saturday
Abiyoyo Shadow Puppet Story
11/24/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Discover how a shadow is made and help tell the folk story, Abiyoyo about a green-toothed, cow-gobbling, music-loving giant.

Free with admission
11/24
Saturday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
11/24/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream.

Free with admission
11/24
Saturday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
11/24/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Travel down the Nile at night and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them. Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/24
Saturday
The Paperbag Princess Stage Story
11/24/2018
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Princess Elizabeth has it all: a castle, fancy clothes, and a prince... until a fire-breathing dragon decides wreck everything! What is a princess to do? Join us on stage as we live the adventure, outwit a dragon, and rescue a poor prince.

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
Holiday Tree Lighting & Celebration
11/25/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
It may be dark and wintry outside, but the Museum & Theatre's two story tree is about to spread some light! Come share in our joy and cheer with cookie decorating, hot chocolate drinking, and ornament making. At noon, count down to see the Museum & Theatre's Giant Oak Tree light up for the season!
Ideal for all ages!

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/25/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
Enlarging Marshmallow & Hot Cocoa
11/25/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows. Finish off our science experiment by examining the taste of marshmallows and hot cocoa.

Free with admission
11/25
Sunday
The Mitten Stage Story
11/25/2018
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
11/26
Monday
Members' Monday: Kids Cook!
11/26/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Calling all kids to the kitchen this Monday to measure, mix and munch on popcorn marshmallow balls.
11/27
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
11/27/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
11/27
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
11/27/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
11/27
Tuesday
The Enchanted Forest
11/27/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be an elf, giant or fairy living in an enchanted forest! Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
11/27
Tuesday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/27/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/28/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Creative Movement with A Special Guest from Portland Ballet
11/28/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Do you love to jump, skip, tiptoe, and twirl? Get moving with our special guest from Portland Ballet School's Young Dancer Program and explore the connection between movement and music in a fun, low-key environment.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Popcorn Poetry
11/28/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Listen to popcorn poetry and then use your creative side to mix up your own personalized batch of popcorn.

Free with admission
11/28
Wednesday
Meet the Turtles
11/28/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
11/29
Thursday
Meet Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department
11/29/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department will be joining us today to read her favorite book, Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the story, you'll have a chance to ask Coreena questions and find out more about the police in our community.

Free with admission
11/29
Thursday
Holiday Decoration Station
11/29/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, make a paper dreidel, and sprinkle glitter on snowflakes. Get creative and craft with festive materials to make your own special ornament to take home or put on our Museum & Theatre tree.

Free with admission
11/29
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
11/29/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream.

Free with admission
11/30
Friday
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Slam Poetry
11/30/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Play with the rhythm, rhyme, and repetition of words! Then move and shake to Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
11/30
Friday
The Royal Castle
11/30/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be a King, Queen, Princess, Prince, Knight or Dragon living in the Royal Castle! Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
11/30
Friday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
11/30/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Travel down the Nile at night and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission

December 2018

12/1
Saturday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/01/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/1
Saturday
Meet the Turtles
12/01/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/1
Saturday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
12/01/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

12/1
Saturday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
12/01/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/1
Saturday
Extra Yarn Art
12/01/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Inspired by a tale about a magical box of yarn, create colorful sweaters for things that don't even wear sweaters and spread a little joy.

Free with admission
12/2
Sunday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/02/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

12/2
Sunday
Eight Days of Hannukkah: Latkes
12/02/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today savory smells are in the air as we fry up traditional latkes.
Recommended for Ages 2+

Free with admission
12/2
Sunday
Young Engineers
12/02/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for Baby Bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special features, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/3
Monday
Member's Monday: Menorah Making
12/03/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Today, get your crafting skills ready as you make your own Menorah.
12/4
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
12/04/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
12/4
Tuesday
Find Your Flock: Parenting Discussions with Birth Roots
12/04/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for dynamic, inclusive discussions focusing on the phases of early parenthood. Birth Roots, a community-based education and perinatal support organization, will facilitate conversation and share their unique model of perinatal care, one that is responsive to the whole person. Caregivers of new babies through young toddlers will benefit from our Birth Roots gatherings, focusing on community-building during early parenthood.

Free with admission
12/4
Tuesday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Menorah Making
12/04/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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 and make your own Menorah.
Recommended for Ages 2+

Free with admission
12/4
Tuesday
The Enchanted Forest
12/04/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be an elf, giant or fairy living in an enchanted forest! Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
12/5
Wednesday
Speaking Classes
12/05/2018
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
In partnership with Portland Adult Education, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is launching Family Speaking Classes for parents looking for opportunities to learn and practice English language skills! FREE for children ages 0-4 and parents/caregivers. Drop-in for one class or attend all three.

Portland Adult Education will guide the conversation circle while Museum & Theatre staff will provide related educational activities for children. Includes free play time in the exhibits.

12/5
Wednesday
Snowsong Whistling Painting Time
12/05/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
As autumn turns into winter, you can almost hear the sounds of hot pies baking, red squirrels packing, sleigh bells jingling, and other reminders that the season is about to change. Share the magic of the first snowfall during this story and art time.

Free with admission
12/5
Wednesday
Culture Kitchen: Hanukkah Latkes
12/05/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In honor of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, we will be making we will fry up traditional latkes.

Free with admission
12/5
Wednesday
21st Century Dinos
12/05/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Step into the shoes of a paleontologist and discover for yourself the connections between ancient dinosaurs and animals today.
Designed for ages 4-10 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
12/6
Thursday
Penny the Storyteller
12/06/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Listen to tales from around the world such as "Abiyoyo" and "The Foolish Frog" told by our special guest storyteller, Penny.

Free with admission
12/6
Thursday
Collaborative Art: Dragon Scales & Tales
12/06/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Help us create a large-scale collaborative dragon. Design and decorate a scaley piece of the dragon as we share a story about silly, grumpy, happy, and not-so-brave dragons. Add one scale or stay for the whole process.

Free with admission
12/6
Thursday
Eight Days of Hannukkah: Latkes
12/06/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us every day for eight days as we explore a Hanukkah tradition each day. Today savory smells are in the air as we fry up traditional latkes.

Free with admission
12/7
Friday
Live Animal Visit with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
12/07/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meet a live animal, learn about its 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
12/8
Saturday
Play Your Way: Sensory Saturday
12/08/2018
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key, inclusive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Play in our exhibits during a quiet time and meet other families from the community. This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the Museum & Theatre. Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will also be available. Only a limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment. Now FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX!
To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.

12/8
Saturday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/08/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

12/8
Saturday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Dreidel
12/08/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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
12/8
Saturday
Collaborative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture
12/08/2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Our Monarch butterfly friends may be flying South to Mexico, but we need your help creating large-scale mixed media replica of a magnificent monarch. Bend wire to add wings and a body, then paper mache orange and black wings to complete the creation as we explore the process of creating something beautiful with many artists.

Free with admission
12/9
Sunday
Celebrate Saint Lucia's Day
12/09/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Many families in Sweden celebrate hope and light on December 13th, St. Lucia's Day. Decorate star boy hats, feast on traditional ginger snaps and even join in a Saint Lucia's Day parade.

Free with admission
12/9
Sunday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/09/2018
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/9
Sunday
Eight Days of Hanukkah: Dreidel
12/09/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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
12/10
Monday
Member's Monday: Holiday Hats
12/10/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
In Sweden young children balance wreaths of candles and tall star hats on their heads to celebrate St. Lucia's Day. Can you balance a pretend wreath of candles? Come test your balance and try on fun holiday hats.

12/11
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
12/11/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
12/11
Tuesday
Indoor Winter Games
12/11/2018
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Activate your imagination in our theatre today and pretend to be outside while you're inside! Pretend to build a snowman, catch a snowflake, or go for a toboggan ride. Be part of the story or just watch in this drama game for all ages.

Free with admission
12/11
Tuesday
Tiny Tunes: If You're a Monster and You Know It
12/11/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Show your claws, and clash your teeth, it's time for a monster-inspired sing along! Show of your monster moves as we write our very own monster music to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.
Ideal for ages 2-5 and their grown-ups (or really anyone who loves monsters).

Free with admission
12/11
Tuesday
Honey Bee Mystery
12/11/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
How do honey bees beat their wings 200 times per second, collect enough nectar to feed 50,000, and still have time for dancing? Come find the answers to these and other mysteries as we buzz into the world of the Museum & Theatre's honey bees.

Free with admission
12/12
Wednesday
Speaking Classes
12/12/2018
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
In partnership with Portland Adult Education, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is launching Family Speaking Classes for parents looking for opportunities to learn and practice English language skills! FREE for children ages 0-4 and parents/caregivers. Drop-in for one class or attend all three.

Portland Adult Education will guide the conversation circle while Museum & Theatre staff will provide related educational activities for children. Includes free play time in the exhibits.

12/12
Wednesday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/12/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage. Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/12
Wednesday
Kitchen Science: Griddle Cakes
12/12/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Use the scientific method to find the perfect recipe for griddle cakes by testing varying amounts of sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda!).

Free with admission
12/12
Wednesday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/12/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Examine changes in air pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream.

Free with admission
12/13
Thursday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/13/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/13
Thursday
Saint Lucia Story & Crown Making
12/13/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In Sweden young children balance wreaths of candles and tall star hats on their heads to celebrate Saint Lucia's Day. Hear the story of Santa Lucia and create your own crown to celebrate this special day.

Free with admission
12/13
Thursday
Extra Yarn Art
12/13/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Inspired by a tale about a magical box of yarn, create colorful sweaters for things that don't even wear sweaters and spread a little joy.

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Little Feminists Story Time
12/14/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Spark you imaginations and be inspired! In this story time for all, listen and compare a fairy tale with a nonfiction story about women who have changed the world.

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Snowsong Whistling Painting Time
12/14/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
As autumn turns into winter, you can almost hear the sounds of hot pies baking, red squirrels packing, sleigh bells jingling, and other reminders that the season is about to change. Share the magic of the first snowfall during this story and art time.

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Electric Circuit Lab
12/14/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
As the days grow shorter, complete an electric circuit to brighten up the day. Experiment with light bulbs, fans, motors, and more!

Free with admission
12/14
Friday
Winter Wonderland Cabin Making Workshop
12/14/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Design and decorate your own wooden cabin during this messy, festive workshop. Add snowy roofing, decorate each cozy room, and make figures and creatures to live in your creation. Cabin measures approximately 14 x 16 x 5 inches. $30 per wooden house (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org Ideal for ages 2-102.

12/15
Saturday
The Victorian Nutcracker Preview with Portland Ballet
12/15/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
You're invited to a special guest performance by Portland Ballet. Watch a short preview of The Victorian Nutcracker, meet the dancers, and hear how they will bring this classic story to life on stage this winter season.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
Mitten Madness
12/15/2018
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Make cherished family memories this holiday season with a cozy weekend at the Museum & Theatre. Celebrate the winter weather with Jan Brett's The Mitten, a classic story of a surprising shelter that kept stretching to fit each new occupant. Show off your forest animal dance moves, have your face painted, watch Museum & Theatre actors act out the story, and explore forest animal artifacts during this weekend-long celebration.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Please note: While there has been some confusion, this is not an author event. Jan Brett will not be attending this celebration. We are simply excited to read, act out, and celebrate the spirit of The Mitten and other wonderful holiday stories.

Free with admission.
12/15
Saturday
The Mitten: An Interactive Play for All Ages
12/15/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Experience the magic of live theatre as actors from the Museum & Theatre's Main Stage productions bring Jan Brett's The Mitten to life on stage. The cast will tell this classic story of sharing a home and finding a place for each new person who comes along. Get ready to be part of the adventure; help Nicki find his lost mitten or teach Bear the appropriate sneezing technique.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
Why Crabs Don't Need Mittens
12/15/2018
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Take a dive in our Tide Pool Touch Tank and find out why some creatures need their habitat to be nice and cold. Meet and touch live sea stars, blue mussels, and more and find out just how cold Casco Bay needs to stay to protect these treasured ocean friends.

Free with admission
12/15
Saturday
Festive Holiday Storytime
12/15/2018
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
'Tis the season to snuggle up with a good book...and there are so many great holiday stories to choose from! We'll read as many festive tales as we can. Stay for one story or the whole fun-filled adventure.

Ideal for ages 0-100.

Please note: This is not an author event. Jan Brett will not be attending this celebration. We are simply excited to read, act out, and celebrate the spirit of The Mitten and other wonderful holiday stories.

Free with admission.
12/15
Saturday
Science of the Sneeze: A Handwashing Game
12/15/2018
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
**Spoiler alert!** Once the forest animals in Jan Brett's The Mitten squeeze themselves into a lost mitten, the mouse causes the bear to sneeze and the mitten's occupants go flying through the air. Find out why we sneeze during this interactive science experiment. Then, practice good hand washing techniques to keep you healthy all winter long.
Ideal for ages 4-10 and caregivers.

Free with admission
12/16
Sunday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/16/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

12/16
Sunday
100 Color Challenge
12/16/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Every color is created from a combination of just three primary colors. Be the paint master and accept the challenge to paint 100 different colors using only red, blue, and yellow.

Free with admission
12/16
Sunday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/16/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/17
Monday
Members' Monday: The Mitten Stage Story
12/17/2018
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

12/18
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
12/18/2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and Shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9am (one hour earlier) on Tuesday mornings. Does your little one get up extra early or take a morning nap? Come for an early morning of play!

Children under 18 months are free!
12/18
Tuesday
We Shine Our Light Sing-Along
12/18/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
It's that magical time of year when many New Mainer and Rooted Mainer families share special traditions to honor the darkest time of the year. Learn a song all about sharing the light within us all and sing about traditions new and old. Then, share your own winter traditions and help add them to our song.

Free with admission
12/18
Tuesday
Snowsong Whistling Painting Time
12/18/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
As autumn turns into winter, you can almost hear the sounds of hot pies baking, red squirrels packing, sleigh bells jingling, and other reminders that the season is about to change. Share the magic of the first snowfall during this story and art time.

Free with admission
12/19
Wednesday
Speaking Classes
12/19/2018
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
In partnership with Portland Adult Education, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is launching Family Speaking Classes for parents looking for opportunities to learn and practice English language skills! FREE for children ages 0-4 and parents/caregivers. Drop-in for one class or attend all three.

Portland Adult Education will guide the conversation circle while Museum & Theatre staff will provide related educational activities for children. Includes free play time in the exhibits.

12/19
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Orange Cranberry Muffins
12/19/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Discover the process of harvesting cranberries (a Maine commodity!) as we whip up a batch of tasty cranberry muffins.

Free with admission
12/19
Wednesday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/19/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
Coding for Kids
12/20/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Learn simple computer programming skills through stories and games in this interactive program tailored to preschool age children.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/20/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
Collaborative Heart Art
12/20/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Experience the process of working with many artists as we create a Chris Uphues-inspired mural. Trace hearts onto a giant piece of paper or try drawing them free-hand. Then, taking inspiration from Uphues' street art, we'll add facial features to each heart.

Free with admission
12/20
Thursday
Young Engineers
12/20/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for Baby Bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special features, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
12/21/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent upon firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, we'll learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
The Mitten Stage Story
12/21/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Help act out this magical tale by Jan Brett as a bear, badger, or tiny mouse on our own dress-up theatre stage.

Looking to spread the spirit of The Mitten? Help us share 150 pairs of mittens with children experiencing homelessness this winter. Give your donation to the Front Desk and watch as our lobby becomes covered with mittens.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
Makers Toy Lab
12/21/2018
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Activate your imaginations to design and construct a moving toy. Explore the materials and technology needed to build galactic slingshots, gliding fart rockets, gyroscopes, or wonky-upside-down vision specs.

Free with admission
12/21
Friday
Winter Wonderland Cabin Making Workshop
12/21/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Design and decorate your own wooden cabin during this messy, festive workshop. Add snowy roofing, decorate each cozy room, and make figures and creatures to live in your creation. Cabin measures approximately 14 x 16 x 5 inches. $30 per wooden cabin (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org
Ideal for ages 2-102.

12/22
Saturday
Gingerbread Tea Party
12/22/2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate the age-old tradition of baking and eating gingerbread during the holiday season. Decorate a gingerbread person, help create a life-size cardboard gingerbread house, and try a special holiday ginger tea while we hear a story about The Gingerbread Man.

Free with admission
12/22
Saturday
21st Century Dinos
12/22/2018
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Step into the shoes of a paleontologist and discover for yourself the connections between ancient dinosaurs and animals today.
Designed for ages 4-10 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
12/22
Saturday
Hand-Make a Holiday Gift
12/22/2018
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Design, craft, and paint your very own gifts for the loved ones in your life. Choose from zippy wooden cars and trains, glittering mussel shells and Maine-themed ornaments, twinkling firefly tea lights, ferocious wooden dinosaurs, and much more. Each gift is $3 or $5, depending on size and includes ribbons, custom wrapping paper, and a tag. (Members receive a 10% discount.) To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

12/22
Saturday
Centripetal Force Art Time
12/22/2018
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Harness the magic of physics to create your own unique circle art during this messy art time. Add red, blue, or yellow paint, then give it a spin and watch as the colors blend together.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
12/23/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures and learn about the changes in Casco Bay that impact them.
Designed for ages 5-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Meet the Turtles
12/23/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Mood Mud: Holiday Themed Color-Changing Playdough
12/23/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromic playdough; it changes color thanks to the heat of your hands. $8/batch (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

12/23
Sunday
Dramatic Reading of The Night Before Christmas
12/23/2018
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Get cozy with a hot chocolate under the twinkle lights for a dramatic rendition of The Night Before Christmas.

Free with admission
12/23
Sunday
Dramatic Reading of The Night Before Christmas
12/23/2018
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Get cozy with a hot chocolate under the twinkle lights for a dramatic rendition of The Night Before Christmas.

Free with admission
12/24
Monday
Closed All Day
12/24/2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We will be closed all day today. Happy Holidays!
12/25
Tuesday
Closed All Day
12/25/2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We will be closed all day today. Happy Holidays!
12/26
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: The Gingerbread Man
12/26/2018
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Run, run as fast as you can! Mix up a batch of tasty gingerbread, but make sure to keep an eye on that tricky fellow when the time is up!

Free with admission
12/26
Wednesday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow: Cocoa Edition
12/26/2018
1-1:30pm
Experiment with air pressure and vacuums in this delightfully tasty experimentation.

Free with admission
12/26
Wednesday
Young Engineers
12/26/2018
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share!Take on a story-based challenge such as making a sturdy chair for Baby Bear, crafting a mechanism for Rapunzel, building a car with special features, or figuring out a way to squeeze your own lemonade.
Designed for ages 6-10 and their grownups.

Free with admission
12/26
Wednesday
The Physics of Slime
12/26/2018
3:30-4 p.m.
You certainly know it when you see it, but what is slime? Grab your goggles and experiment with the unique physical properties that make slime so appealing to the senses!

Free with admission
12/26
Wednesday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Opening Night!
12/26/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $18/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off).Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Thursday
Theatre Thursday Workshop
12/27/2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Spend a morning behind the scenes of Main Stage Production, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Play theatre games, meet the cast of Alexander, and attend the show with new and old friends. Designed for ages 5-9. $30 per child, includes a ticket to the 11am Main Stage Performance (members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org

12/27
Thursday
Meet the Turtles
12/27/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/27
Thursday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/27/2018
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Thursday
Makers Toy Lab
12/27/2018
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Activate your imaginations to design and construct a moving toy. Explore the materials and technology needed to build galactic slingshots, gliding fart rockets, gyroscopes, or wonky-upside-down vision specs.

Free with admission
12/27
Thursday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/27/2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/27
Thursday
The Museum & Theatre Book Awards 2018
12/27/2018
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Authors from around the world have been writing up a storm this year and we're celebrating their hard work with a mini read-a-thon. We'll read as many of this year's top books to celebrate the magic of a good book. Then, vote on your favorite book to help pick the Museum & Theatre's Book of The Year.

Free with admission
12/28
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
12/28/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/28
Friday
Meteor Shower Space Adventure
12/28/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Blast off into the Museum & Theatre's mini planetarium, see star constellations, orbit like the planets, and buckle-up for a bumpy ride exploring the science of meteors.

Free with admission
12/28
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
12/28/2018
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/28
Friday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/28/2018
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/28
Friday
The Museum & Theatre Book Awards 2018
12/28/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Authors from around the world have been writing up a storm this year and we're celebrating their hard work with a mini read-a-thon. We'll read as many of this year's top books to celebrate the magic of a good book. Then, vote on your favorite book to help pick the Museum & Theatre's Book of The Year.

Free with admission
12/28
Friday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/28/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/29
Saturday
Giant Puzzle Creation
12/29/2018
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
We're making a giant puzzle and we need your help! Design and decorate a large puzzle piece by yourself or with a friend. Then, watch as we fit each piece together to create a giant puzzle installation.

Free with admission
12/29
Saturday
Meet the Turtles
12/29/2018
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meet our live yellow-bellied slider turtles and learn about turtles around the world as we stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and explore turtle habitats.

Free with admission
12/29
Saturday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/29/2018
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/29
Saturday
Experimentation Station: Sink or Float
12/29/2018
3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Design and create your own miniature boat or raft out of recycled materials. Fasten a mast and sail, create a sturdy bow, and let your boat set sail on the Museum & Theatres indoor stream to see if your boat will have a successful maiden voyage.

Free with admission
12/29
Saturday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/29/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/30
Sunday
The Museum & Theatre Book Awards 2018
12/30/2018
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Authors from around the world have been writing up a storm this year and we're celebrating their hard work with a mini read-a-thon. We'll read as many of this year's top books to celebrate the magic of a good book. Then, vote on your favorite book to help pick the Museum & Theatre's Book of The Year.

Free with admission
12/30
Sunday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/30/2018
12-12:30 p.m.
Experiment with air pressure and vacuums in this delightfully tasty experimentation.

Free with admission
12/30
Sunday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/30/2018
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/30
Sunday
Young Engineers: New Years' Ball Drop
12/30/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! New Year's Eve is right around the corner and many in the world will watch the ball drop in Times Square, New York. Construct your own building out of everyday materials that will withstand the drop of tennis balls, beach balls and even soccer balls!

Free with admission
12/30
Sunday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
12/30/2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

12/31
Monday
Confetti Pit
12/31/2018
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Celebrate the new year by counting down and playing in a shredded paper confetti pit.

Free with admission
12/31
Monday
Best Kids Jams of 2019
12/31/2018
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Dance yourself into the new year with the top children's hits of 2018.

Free with admission
12/31
Monday
New Year's at Noon
12/31/2018
12 p.m.- 12:05 p.m.
5...4...3...2...1 Happy New Year! Bring in the new year at the Children's Museum & Theatre as we count down to a spectacular ball drop in the Museum & Theatre Playscape. Purchase a commemorative new year's ball to take home.

Free with admission.

12/31
Monday
Best of 2018 Read-A-Thon
12/31/2018
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Stay in your PJs and snuggle into the theatre while we read our very favorite books of 2018.

Free with admission
12/31
Monday
Young Engineers: New Years' Ball Drop
12/31/2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share! New Year's Eve is right around the corner and many in the world will watch the ball drop in Times Square, New York. Construct your own building out of everyday materials that will withstand the drop of tennis balls, beach balls and even soccer balls!

Free with admission

January 2019

1/2
Wednesday
Engineering Masters
01/02/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Find out what it means to tinker and engineer through a story-based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel, and find a solution for a pesky squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
1/2
Wednesday
Mainstage Season Auditions: The Three Little Pigs and Peter Rabbit
01/02/2019
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
We are currently seeking actors ages 8-17 for our next two mainstage productions! Prepare a one-minute monologue and bring your calendars. The Three Little Pigs will be staged over February break, with Peter Rabbit following in April. It is always free to audition for our productions and if you are cast in the play it is also free to participate. For more information or to see a rehearsal and production calendar, please email theatre@kitetails.org.
1/3
Thursday
Star Stamping Art Time
01/03/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Explore dipping stamps in paint and pressing them down onto paper during this messy art time. Ideal for ages 1-4 and their grownups.

Free with admission
1/3
Thursday
Penny the Storyteller
01/03/2019
10:30-11 a.m.
Listen to tales from around the world such as Abiyoyo and The Foolish Frog told by our special guest storyteller, Penny.

Free with admission
1/3
Thursday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to save the world!
01/03/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Calling all Superheros: Welcome to Action! Headquarters, our newest exhibit in the Museum & Theatre Lower Level. First-- to the phone booth! In the phone booth you will disclose your super powers and change into your costume. Next-- you will be sent on a secret mission to save the world.

Free with admission
1/3
Thursday
Main Stage Season Auditions: The Three Little Pigs and Peter Rabbit
01/03/2019
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
We are currently seeking actors ages 8-17 for our next two mainstage productions! Prepare a one-minute monologue and bring your calendars. The Three Little Pigs will be staged over February break, with Peter Rabbit following in April. It is always free to audition for our productions, and if you are cast in the play it is also free to participate. For more information or to see a rehearsal and production calendar, please email theatre@kitetails.org.
1/4
Friday
Engineering Masters: 3 Pigs
01/04/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Lear what it means to tinker and engineer as you create a house that stands up to the winds of wolf.

Free with admission
1/4
Friday
Live Animal Visit with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
01/04/2019
11:30 a.m.-12pm
Meet a live animal, learn about its 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
1/4
Friday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
01/04/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk. Note: This show's ticket includes First Friday admission (5-8pm)! See the play and stay and play!

1/5
Saturday
Paper Birch Tree Art Time
01/05/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Did you know that the paper birch tree was named due to its thin white bark that peels into paper life layers? Create your own birch tree collage using recycled materials including newspaper and real birch bark.

Free with admission
1/5
Saturday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
01/05/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/5
Saturday
Engineering Masters
01/05/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Find out what it means to tinker and engineer through a story-based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel, and find a solution for a pesky squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
1/5
Saturday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
01/05/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/6
Sunday
Engineering Masters: 3 Pigs
01/06/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Lear what it means to tinker and engineer as you create a house that stands up to the winds of wolf.

Free with admission
1/6
Sunday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
01/06/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/6
Sunday
Bumble Bees and 747s: Biomimicry all Around
01/06/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
From bumble bees and butterfly wings, fleas knees, and bees' shoulders, learn how nature inspires scientific innovation. Get inspired and create your own design!

Free with admission
1/6
Sunday
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
01/06/2019
4-5 p.m.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Adapted for the stage by author Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham, produced with permission by Dramatic Publishing. $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/7
Monday
Members' Monday: Parachute Snow Storm
01/07/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Get ready for an indoor snowstorm. Let's 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 blizzard.

1/8
Tuesday
ONE HOUR DELAY- OPEN AT 11am TODAY
01/08/2019
open at 11am
Due to the winter weather, the Museum & Theatre will be opening at 11am today, one hour later than usual. Please travel safely!
1/8
Tuesday
Tiny Tunes: If You're a Monster and You Know It
01/08/2019
11:15 a.m. -11:45 a.m.
Bare your claws, and clash your teeth, it's time for a monster-inspired sing along! Show off your monster moves as we write our very own monster music to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.
Ideal for ages 2-5 and their grown-ups (or really anyone who loves monsters).

Free with admission
1/8
Tuesday
Animal Tracks
01/08/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Make different animal tracks in playdough, and discover how to recognize real animal tracks in the snow on winter walks.

Free with admission
1/9
Wednesday
ALERT: CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER
01/09/2019
closed today
Due to the winter weather mix, the Museum & Theatre will be closed today.
1/10
Thursday
Meet Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department
01/10/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Officer Coreena from the Portland Police Department will be joining us today to read her favorite book, Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the story, you'll have a chance to ask Coreena questions and find out more about the police in our community.

Free with admission
1/10
Thursday
Life-Sized Self Portraits
01/10/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Roll out a giant piece of paper and trace your upper-body shadow. Use paint, markers, collage, and more to make your portrait look like the ultimate artistic impression of yourself.

Free with admission
1/10
Thursday
It's Alive: Microbes!
01/10/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some germs can make us sick. Check out microbes under a microscope, learn how germs spread using a blacklight visual, and see the results of good hand washing techniques for yourself.

Free with admission
1/11
Friday
Shadow Puppet Show: Abiyoyo
01/11/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Discover the science of light and shadow and use what you've learned to help tell a shadow puppet story about a smelly, music loving giant.

Free with admission
1/11
Friday
Aurora Borealis Art Time
01/11/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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
1/11
Friday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to save the world!
01/11/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Calling all Superheroes: Welcome to Action! Headquarters, our newest exhibit in the Museum & Theatre Lower Level. First-- to the phone booth! In the phone booth you will disclose your super powers and change into your costume. Next-- you will be sent on a secret mission to save the world.

Free with admission
1/12
Saturday
It's Alive: Microbes!
01/12/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some germs can make us sick. Check out microbes under a microscope, learn how germs spread using a blacklight visual, and see the results of good hand washing techniques for yourself.

Free with admission
1/12
Saturday
Beeswax Candle Making
01/12/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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 (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). To register, 207-828-1234, visit kitetails.org or stop by the front desk. Ideal for ages 3 and up.
1/12
Saturday
Engineer Masters
01/12/2019
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Find out what it means to tinker and engineer through a story-based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel, and find a solution for a pesky squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
1/12
Saturday
Open Art Studio
01/12/2019
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
It's time to get creative! We will 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
1/13
Sunday
Animal Tracks
01/13/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Make different animal tracks in playdough, and discover how to recognize real animal tracks in the snow on winter walks.

Free with admission
1/13
Sunday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
01/13/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromatic playdough that changes color with the heat of your hands. A perfect experiment to explore heat and how it moves! $8 (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/13
Sunday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
01/13/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Examine changes in pressure and its effect on molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and exploding shaving cream all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
1/14
Monday
Members' Monday: Turtles
01/14/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Come meet our live yellow-bellied-slider turtles and read Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry.

Free with admission
1/15
Tuesday
Animal Tracks
01/15/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Make different animal tracks in playdough, and discover how to recognize real animal tracks in the snow on winter walks.

Free with admission
1/15
Tuesday
Imaginary Playgrounds Art Time
01/15/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Have you ever dreamed of designing your own playground? Use a variety of recycled materials to create your own miniature play space. Will you add swings? Slides? A flying trapeze? Anything is possible!

Free with admission
1/16
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
01/16/2019
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Practice your English speaking skills, meet new friends, and bring your children to play in the Museum & Theatre exhibits. Parents and caregivers will practice basic conversation skills and learn vocabulary in a low-key, inclusive conversation circle lead by Portland Adult Education. Children ages 0-4 will play in the exhibits and explore preschool activities guided by Museum & Theatre educators.

FREE to participate. No registration is required. Please contact Lily O'Brien with questions at 207-828-1234 x227 or lily@kitetails.org
1/16
Wednesday
MINDS AT PLAY: Three Littles Drama Class
01/16/2019
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Have you ever noticed how so many stories feature three little animals? The Three Little Pigs, The Three Blind Mice, The Three Little Bears, The Three Little Kittens-- There are so many! In this class, we'll explore three little animal stories and make-up our own through imaginative play, acting, songs, theatre games. Caregivers can join in a participatory performance at the final class. Designed for ages 3 to 5.

Class meets Wednesday mornings: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6.$70 per 4-class session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234, or visit kitetails.org

1/16
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Snowy Day
01/16/2019
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Snowy day or not, join us in the kitchen to make snowball cookies, get cozy and read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Free with admission
1/16
Wednesday
Into the Line: Art Exploration
01/16/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
When we look at art, lines can be like roller coasters for your eyes, exciting your brain and pulling you in. But what is a line? Explore for yourself with different drawing techniques that use your whole body to create art.

Free with admission
1/17
Thursday
Toddler Storytime
01/17/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Discover the art of storytelling through song, puppets, and dance. Outsmart a giant, sing a mouse to sleep, and maybe even go on a bear hunt!

Free with admission
1/17
Thursday
Animal Tracks
01/17/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Make different animal tracks in playdough, and discover how to recognize real animal tracks in the snow on winter walks.

Free with admission
1/17
Thursday
MINDS AT PLAY: Ukulele Class
01/17/2019
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Take music-making to a whole new level during this interactive, open-ended series. Using the ukulele as a jumping-off point, you'll learn to play new instruments, write songs, and jam with new friends. Designed for ages 6 to 9.

Class meets Thursday afternoons: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7. $70 per 4-class session (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% discount). Participants will need a ukulele for the duration of the class. To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234, or visit kitetails.org. For instrument questions, contact Lily O'Brien at lily@kitetails.org

1/18
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
01/18/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent upon firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, we'll learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
1/18
Friday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to save the world!
01/18/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Calling all Superheroes: Welcome to Action! Headquarters, our newest exhibit in the Museum & Theatre Lower Level. First-- to the phone booth! In the phone booth you will disclose your super powers and change into your costume. Next-- you will be sent on a secret mission to save the world.

Free with admission
1/18
Friday
Imaginary Playgrounds Art Time
01/18/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Have you ever dreamed of designing your own playground? Use a variety of recycled materials to create your own miniature play space. Will you add swings? Slides? A flying trapeze? Anything is possible!

Free with admission
1/19
Saturday
Bumble Bees and 747s: Biomimicry all Around
01/19/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
From bumble bees and butterfly wings, fleas knees, and bees' shoulders, learn how nature inspires scientific innovation. Get inspired and create your own design!

Free with admission
1/19
Saturday
Mood Mud: Color-Changing Playdough
01/19/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Measure and mix a batch of your own thermochromatic playdough that changes color with the heat of your hands. A perfect experiment to explore heat and how it moves! $8 (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/19
Saturday
Collaborative Art: Monster Painting
01/19/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Explore the process of making monsters with many artists. Follow a silly set of rules to create monsters with ridiculous features, like six eyes or twelve noses!

Free with admission
1/19
Saturday
Engineer Masters
01/19/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Find out what it means to tinker and engineer through a story-based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel, and find a solution for a pesky squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
1/20
Sunday
CLOSED TODAY
01/20/2019
all day
Due to the winter weather and for the safety of our staff and visitors, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine will be closed today, Sunday January 20th. We plan to re-open tomorrow, Monday January 21st, from 10am-5pm for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We hope to see you soon!
1/21
Monday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
01/21/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/21
Monday
Happy Birthday Martin Story Time
01/21/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we will read Happy Birthday Martin Luther by Jean Marzollo to explore Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of peace.

Free with admission.
1/21
Monday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
01/21/2019
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

1/21
Monday
Philosophy for Kids: What is Peace?
01/21/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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
1/21
Monday
All Ages Poetry Slam
01/21/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Express emotions, mitigate metaphors and relax into rhythms. Snap your fingers for this poetry slam for all ages. To sign up in advance to read a poem, email theatre@kitetails.org.

Free with admission
1/22
Tuesday
Animal Tracks
01/22/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Make different animal tracks in playdough, and discover how to recognize real animal tracks in the snow on winter walks.

Free with admission
1/22
Tuesday
Imaginary Playgrounds Art Time
01/22/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Have you ever dreamed of designing your own playground? Use a variety of recycled materials to create your own miniature play space. Will you add swings? Slides? A flying trapeze? Anything is possible!

Free with admission
1/23
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
01/23/2019
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Practice your English speaking skills, meet new friends, and bring your children to play in the Museum & Theatre exhibits. Parents and caregivers will practice basic conversation skills and learn vocabulary in a low-key, inclusive conversation circle lead by Portland Adult Education. Children ages 0-4 will play in the exhibits and explore preschool activities guided by Museum & Theatre educators.

FREE to participate. No registration is required. Please contact Lily O'Brien with questions at 207-828-1234 x227 or lily@kitetails.org
1/23
Wednesday
Food Science: Snowflake Crepes
01/23/2019
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
No one snowflake looks the same, but all snowflake crepes taste delicious. Join us in the kitchen to explore snowflake science and make snowflake shaped crepes.

Free with admission
1/23
Wednesday
Creative Movement with A Special Guest from Portland Ballet
01/23/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Do you love to jump, skip, tiptoe, and twirl? Get moving with our special guest from Portland Ballet School's Young Dancer Program and explore the connection between movement and music in a fun, low-key environment.
Designed for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups.

Free with admission
1/23
Wednesday
Woodblock Printing Art Time
01/23/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dip wooden blocks in paint and see what shapes they leave behind as you stamp them down onto paper. Create an intricate design or just experience the process of dipping and dotting with paint. Ideal for ages 1-5 and caregivers.

Free with admission
1/24
Thursday
The Big Traffic Jam Art Time
01/24/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Experience the process of making something beautiful with many artists! Dip a car in your favorite color and create winding roads and tracks together.

Free with admission
1/24
Thursday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to save the world!
01/24/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Calling all Superheroes: Welcome to Action! Headquarters, our newest exhibit in the Museum & Theatre Lower Level. First-- to the phone booth! In the phone booth you will disclose your super powers and change into your costume. Next-- you will be sent on a secret mission to save the world.

Free with admission
1/24
Thursday
Public Meeting for Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine Brownfield Remediation Proposal to the EPA
01/24/2019
5:00 PM
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine will be conducting a public meeting on January 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM to gather comments on the draft Brownfields Cleanup Grant application being submitted to the federal EPA for the cleanup of the new Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine site located at Thompson's Point in Portland, Maine. The meeting will be held at the current location of the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine located at 142 Free Street in Portland, Maine. The draft grant application is also available for public review and comment by inquiry with Emily Ruger at the Museum & Theatre front desk at the above address. The draft grant application will be available for public comment from January 16, 2019 through January 30, 2019. An electronic version of the draft document can also be emailed to any interested party. Please contact Emily Ruger, Executive Assistant of the Museum & Theatre, at 207-828-1234 ex. 228 or emily@kitetails.org to receive a copy or to submit formal comments on the draft documents. Please note the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) previously underwent a 30-day public comment period from March 26 through April 25, 2018. No public comments were received, but additional comments are accepted during this current comment period.
1/25
Friday
I Can Paint With My Eyes Shut
01/25/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Listen to Dr. Seuss' I Can Read With My Eyes Shut and explore the art of finger painting-- blindfolded!

Free with admission
1/25
Friday
Snowy Owl Art Time
01/25/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Create your own rendition of a snowy owl during this open-ended art time. Explore painting, gluing, and stamping to create your own unique owl.

Free with admission
1/26
Saturday
Superhero Day
01/26/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Museum & Theatre explorers, assemble! It's time to celebrate the Grand Opening of our newest exhibit in our Lower Level Theatre: Action! Headquarters with a whole day of adventure. Learn about the superpowers of marine creatures, have your face painted like your favorite superhero, and explore our new exhibit during an interactive stage story.

1/26
Saturday
Superhero Face Painting
01/26/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Choose from a variety of superhero designs and have it painted on your hand or face as we kick of our Superhero Celebration!

Free with admission
1/26
Saturday
Superhero Cape Making Workshop
01/26/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Are you a hero in need of a cape? Join us to design and create your own superhero cape during this hands-on, messy workshop. Choose from a variety of base colors and measure it to fit just right. Then, design your own emblem to make your cape unique to your superpower. $14/cape (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). To register, call 207-828-1234, visit kitetails.org, or stop by the front desk today.

1/26
Saturday
Help a Superhero Save the Day
01/26/2019
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit, Action! Headquarters with a fast-paced improvisational story. Help a superhero save the day up on stage or from your seats!

Free with admission
1/26
Saturday
Superpowers of Light
01/26/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Harness the powers of light to SEE across great distances from a room with NO windows. Then explore creatures in the wild with amazing powers of sight.

Free with admission
1/26
Saturday
Underwater Superpowers
01/26/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Did you know that each of the marine creatures in the Museum & Theatre's Tide Pool Touch Tank have a super power? Witness the amazing strength of the sea star's suction feet, the rock-solid shell of the blue mussel, and more.

Free with admission
1/27
Sunday
Lunar New Year Celebrations
01/27/2019
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend! We'll learn about this holiday celebrated in China and Korea and how our Maine neighbors are celebrating here. Make zodiac animal art, design paper lanterns and enjoy some tasty Lunar New Year treats.

Free with admission
1/27
Sunday
I Can Paint With My Eyes Shut
01/27/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Listen to Dr. Seuss' I Can Read With My Eyes Shut and explore the art of finger painting-- blindfolded!

Free with admission
1/27
Sunday
Lunar New Year Storytime: The Kitchen God
01/27/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Have you heard the story of the Kitchen God who ate too much candy? Come listen to this ancient Chinese story and learn why many people put candy out on their table this time of year.

Free with admission
1/28
Monday
Members' Monday: Family Face Painting
01/28/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
We'll provide face paints as you try your hand at painting your own face or the face of a family member! Adults and children are welcome to take turns being the artist. Pictures and giggles encouraged.

Free with admission
1/29
Tuesday
Lunar New Year Storytime: The Kitchen God
01/29/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Have you heard the story of the Kitchen God who ate too much candy? Come listen to this ancient Chinese story and learn why many people put candy out on their table this time of year.

Free with admission
1/29
Tuesday
Action! Headquarters:Mission to save the world!
01/29/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Calling all Superheroes: Welcome to Action! Headquarters, our newest exhibit in the Museum & Theatre Lower Level. First-- to the phone booth! In the phone booth you will disclose your super powers and change into your costume. Next-- you will be sent on a secret mission to save the world.

Free with admission
1/30
Wednesday
ONE HOUR DELAY- OPEN AT 11am TODAY
01/30/2019
open at 11am
Due to the winter weather, we will be opening at 11am today. We look forward to seeing you soon!
1/30
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Potato Snowballs
01/30/2019
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Calling all families to the kitchen to make potato snowballs, a healthy and easy twist on mashed potatoes.
Sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Free with admission
1/30
Wednesday
Engineer Masters: 3 Pigs
01/30/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer as you create a house that stands up to the winds of wolf.

Free with admission
1/31
Thursday
Chicka Chicka Boom BoomSlam Poetry
01/31/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Play with the rhythm, beat, and tempo of words! Then move and shake along with instruments to Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Free with admission
1/31
Thursday
Big Traffic Jam Art Time
01/31/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Experience the process of making something beautiful with many artists! Dip a car in your favorite color and create winding roads and tracks together.

Free with admission

February 2019

2/1
Friday
Imaginary Playgrounds Art Time
02/01/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Have you ever dreamed of designing your own playground? Use a variety of recycled materials to create your own miniature play space. Will you add swings? Slides? A flying trapeze? Anything is possible!

Free with admission
2/1
Friday
Live Animal Visit with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
02/01/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meet a live animal, learn about its 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
2/1
Friday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
02/01/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Travel down the Nile under the stars and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them.

Free with admission
2/2
Saturday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
02/02/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures, learn about the changes in Casco Bay, and how you can help.

Free with admission
2/2
Saturday
Winter Wonderland Camera Obscura Show
02/02/2019
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Harness the magic of light and color and take a panoramic tour of Portland from a room without any windows. Explore the 300-year old technology of the camera obscura as we look for snowy trees, icy Bug Lighthouse, and snowplows galore. Ideal for ages 3-12.

Free with admission
2/2
Saturday
It's Alive: Microbes
02/02/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some germs can make us sick. Check out microbes under a microscope, learn how germs spread using a blacklight visual, and see the results of good hand washing techniques for yourself.

Free with admission
2/3
Sunday
Animal Tracks
02/03/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Make different animal tracks in playdough, and discover how to recognize real animal tracks in the snow on winter walks.

Free with admission
2/3
Sunday
Create a Rainbow-Making Machine
02/03/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Discover the magic of light and optics as you design your own spinning prism rainbow machine to hang up at home! This workshop includes a private tour of our Lights Camera Color Exhibit. $11 (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount). Register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/3
Sunday
Culture Kitchen: Chinese Dumpling
02/03/2019
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Bring in the Lunar New Year by making traditional Chinese Dumplings with Museum & Theatre volunteer Katie Han.

Free with admission
2/3
Sunday
Shadow Puppet Show: Abiyoyo
02/03/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Discover the science of light and shadow and use what you've learned to help tell a shadow puppet story about a smelly, music loving giant.

Free with admission
2/4
Monday
Members' Monday: Zodiac Animals
02/04/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
According to the Lunar calendar and Chinese tradition, 2019 is the year of the pig. Join us to make zodiac art.
2/5
Tuesday
Jazzy Art Time with Ella Fitzgerald
02/05/2019
11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Music is our muse: celebrate one of the greatest jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to the swing and sway of the tunes and let it inspire your art creation.

Free with admission
2/5
Tuesday
Parachute Snowstorm
02/05/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Get ready for an indoor snowstorm. Let's 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 blizzard.

Free with admission
2/5
Tuesday
Lunar New Year Storytime: The Kitchen God
02/05/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Have you heard the story of the Kitchen God who ate too much candy? Come listen to this ancient Chinese story and learn why many people put candy out on their table this time of year.

Free with admission
2/6
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
02/06/2019
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Practice your English speaking skills, meet new friends, and bring your children to play in the Museum & Theatre exhibits. Parents and caregivers will practice basic conversation skills and learn vocabulary in a low-key, inclusive conversation circle lead by Portland Adult Education. Children ages 0-4 will play in the exhibits and explore preschool activities guided by Museum & Theatre educators.

FREE to participate. No registration is required. Please contact Lily O'Brien with questions at 207-828-1234 x227 or lily@kitetails.org
2/6
Wednesday
Culture Kitchen: Spring Rolls
02/06/2019
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
In honor of the first day of the Chinese New Year join us in the kitchen to make fresh spring rolls with a member of the Maine Chinese-American community.

Free with admission
2/6
Wednesday
Lunar New Year Storytime: The Kitchen God
02/06/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Have you heard the story of the Kitchen God who ate too much candy? Come listen to this ancient Chinese story and learn why many people put candy out on their table this time of year.

Free with admission
2/7
Thursday
Animal Tracks
02/07/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Make different animal tracks in playdough, and discover how to recognize real animal tracks in the snow on winter walks.

Free with admission
2/7
Thursday
Mini Ice Castle Building
02/07/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
We'll discuss the architectural features of castles and make our own castles out of ice cubes. Experiment with this chilly building technique as we test our design and building skills.

Free with admission
2/8
Friday
Mini Ice Castle Building
02/08/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
We'll discuss the architectural features of castles and make our own castles out of ice cubes. Experiment with this chilly building technique as we test our design and building skills.

Free with admission
2/8
Friday
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Slam Poetry
02/08/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Play with the rhythm, beat, and tempo of words! Then move and shake along with instruments to Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Free with admission
2/8
Friday
Stage Story: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
02/08/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
We all know one version of the Three Little Pigs... and the Big Bad Wolf has something to say about it! Join us on stage to act out the classic story of the Three Little Pigs as told by a wolf who just needs some help with his baking!

Free with admission
2/8
Friday
Into the Line: Art Exploration
02/08/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
When we look at art, lines can be like roller coasters for your eyes, exciting your brain and pulling you in. But what is a line? Explore for yourself with different drawing techniques that use your whole body to create art.

Free with admission
2/9
Saturday
Play Your Way: Valentine's Day Party!
02/09/2019
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Not sure if the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is the right fit for your child? Come try out the Museum & Theatre during a low-key, inclusive playtime for families with sensory integration challenges. This month, we'll celebrate Valentine's Day with valentine making and a special love-themed dance party downstairs in our lower-level theater.

The Museum & Theatre is committed to welcoming all families each and every day; this is a special time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to play in our exhibits during a quieter time and meet other families in the community. Educators will be on-hand to answer any questions you have about the Museum & Theatre's projects and programs and to support your family's needs.

Now FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX! To register, call 207-828-1234, stop by the front desk, or visit kitetails.org.

2/9
Saturday
LOVE WEEKEND
02/09/2019
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In honor of Valentine's Day, let's celebrate L-O-V-E all around! Sing your heart out in a love sing-a long, craft your own unique Valentine, and see if you can follow the clues in a mysterious scavenger hunt inspired by the "Portland Love Bandit"! Love is in the air and sweet prizes abound at the Museum & Theatre.
2/9
Saturday
Valentine Bandit Scavenger Hunt
02/09/2019
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Every Valentine's Day, the Valentine Bandit mysteriously covers Portland in red hearts, spreading joy and love. Follow mysterious clues to discover all the hearts hidden throughout the Museum & Theatre for a sweet treat!

Free with admission.
2/9
Saturday
Happy Hearts Face Painting
02/09/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Pick out a Valentine's Day-inspired design and have it painted on your hand or face.

Free with admission
2/9
Saturday
Turtle 'Tines: Create a Valentine for the Turtles
02/09/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Observe and learn about our yellow-bellied slider turtles, Nigel, Eloise, Bizzy-Bob, and Dill. Then, use stamps, frills, watercolors, and pom poms to create your own personalized valentine for your favorite turtle.

Free with admission
2/9
Saturday
Love Song Sing Along
02/09/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate the love with a special song as we explore percussion instruments and learn a Valentine's Day tune.

Free with admission
2/10
Sunday
LOVE WEEKEND
02/10/2019
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In honor of Valentine's Day, let's celebrate L-O-V-E all around! Sing your heart out in a love sing-a long, craft your own unique Valentine, and see if you can follow the clues in a mysterious scavenger hunt inspired by the "Portland Love Bandit"! Love is in the air and sweet prizes abound at the Museum & Theatre.
2/10
Sunday
Happy Hearts Face Painting
02/10/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Pick out a Valentine's Day-inspired design and have it painted on your hand or face.

Free with admission
2/10
Sunday
Valentine Bandit Scavenger Hunt
02/10/2019
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Every Valentine's Day, the Valentine Bandit mysteriously covers Portland in red hearts, spreading joy and love. Follow mysterious clues to discover all the hearts hidden throughout the Museum & Theatre this year.

Free with admission
2/10
Sunday
Love Song Sing Along
02/10/2019
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the love with a special song as we explore percussion instruments and learn a Valentine's Day tune.

Free with admission
2/10
Sunday
Valentine Creation Station
02/10/2019
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Use stamps, frills, watercolors, pom poms, and glitter to create your own personalized Valentine's card explosion for the loved one on your list.

Free with admission
2/10
Sunday
Turtle 'Tines: Create a Valentine for the Turtles
02/10/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Observe and learn about our yellow-bellied slider turtles, Nigel, Eloise, Bizzy-Bob, and Dill. Then, use stamps, frills, watercolors, and pom poms to create your own personalized valentine for your favorite turtle.

Free with admission
2/11
Monday
Members' Monday: Valentine Creation Station
02/11/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Pom poms, glitter, and doilies oh my! Grab a smock and craft a special Valentine for someone you love.

Free with admission
2/12
Tuesday
The Kissing Hand Art Time
02/12/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate Valentine's Day a little early with hand print art and a story about feeling loved even when your special grownup isn't there.

Free with admission
2/12
Tuesday
Engineer Masters: 3 Pigs
02/12/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer as you create a house that stands up to the winds of wolf.

Free with admission
2/13
Wednesday
WINTER WEATHER CLOSING
02/13/2019
closed today
For the safety of our staff and visitors, the Museum & Theatre will be closed today due to the winter weather.
2/14
Thursday
Valentine's Day Party
02/14/2019
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Pop on some pink or red and join us for a festive, toddler-friendly celebration in honor of Valentine's Day. Create a unique valentine for someone special, decorate a tasty treat, and wiggle to love songs to celebrate the day. Ideal for ages 1-4 and their grownups.

Free with admission
2/14
Thursday
Valentine Creation Station
02/14/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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
Thursday
Happy Hearts Face Painting
02/14/2019
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Pick out a Valentine's Day-inspired design and have it painted on your face or hand.

Free with admission
2/14
Thursday
Cookie Decorating Station
02/14/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Grab some icing and get creative as we craft a tasty treat to celebrate the day.

Free with admission
2/14
Thursday
Love Bug Boogie Dance Party
02/14/2019
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Twist and shout your way to naptime as we finish our morning of fun together with Valentine's Day tunes. Stay for one song or for the whole party.

Free with admission
2/14
Thursday
Turtle 'Tines: Create a Valentine for the Turtles
02/14/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Observe and learn about our yellow-bellied slider turtles, Nigel, Eloise, Bizzy-Bob, and Dill. Then, use stamps, frills, watercolors, and pom poms to create your own personalized valentine for your favorite turtle.

Free with admission
2/15
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
02/15/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent upon firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, we'll learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
2/15
Friday
Into the Line: Art Exploration
02/15/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
When we look at art, lines can be like roller coasters for your eyes, exciting your brain and pulling you in. But what is a line? Explore for yourself with different drawing techniques that use your whole body to create art.

Free with admission
2/15
Friday
Parachute Snowstorm
02/15/2019
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Get ready for an indoor snowstorm. Let's 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 blizzard.

Free with admission.
2/15
Friday
Stage Story: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
02/15/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
We all know one version of The Three Little Pigs... and the Big Bad Wolf has something to say about it! Join us on stage to act out the classic story of The Three Little Pigs as told by a wolf who just needs some help with his baking!

Free with admission
2/15
Friday
Engineer Masters: 3 Pigs
02/15/2019
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer as you create a house that stands up to the winds of wolf.

Free with admission
2/15
Friday
Piggy Face Painting
02/15/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate opening night of our Main Stage production: The Three Little Pigs with porcine-inspired face painting.

Free with admission
2/15
Friday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs Opening Night!
02/15/2019
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

$18/ticket includes admission to the party after the show. (Museum & Theatre members receive 10% off). Purchase tickets online, by phone at (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/16
Saturday
Winter Wonderland Camera Obscura Show
02/16/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Harness the magic of light and color and take a panoramic tour of Portland from a room without any windows. Explore the 300-year old technology of the camera obscura as we look for snowy trees, icy Bug Lighthouse, and snowplows galore. Ideal for ages 3-12.

Free with admission
2/16
Saturday
Engineer Masters: 3 Pigs
02/16/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer as you create a house that stands up to the winds of wolf.

Free with admission
2/16
Saturday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/16/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/16
Saturday
Piggy Face Painting
02/16/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate our Main Stage production: The Three Little Pigs with porcine-inspired face painting.

Free with admission
2/16
Saturday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/16/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/17
Sunday
Pancakes for Pigs
02/17/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
In honor of our main stage production, The Three Little Pigs, you are invited to mix up a batch of pancakes and enjoy them as a snack while we read If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.

Free with admission
2/17
Sunday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/17/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/17
Sunday
Three Little Pigs Engineering Challenge
02/17/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Not all materials stand up against the windpipes of the big bad wolf. Now is your chance to experiment with different building materials to see if you can build a study house for the pigs.

Free with admission
2/17
Sunday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/17/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/18
Monday
Bubble Wand Making Workshop
02/18/2019
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Experiment with different bubble solutions to see what makes the best bubbles and make a unique bubble wand to take home. $7 per wand (members get 10% discount) Register online with the link below, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/18
Monday
Parachute Snowstorm
02/18/2019
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Get ready for an indoor snowstorm. Let's 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 blizzard.

Free with admission.
2/18
Monday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to Save the World!
02/18/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Calling all Superheroes: Welcome to Action! Headquarters, our newest exhibit in the Museum & Theatre Lower Level. First-- to the phone booth! In the phone booth you will disclose your super powers and change into your costume. Next-- you will be sent on a secret mission to save the world.

Free with admission
2/19
Tuesday
Cabin Fever Reliever Dance Party
02/19/2019
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Start your morning off right with a upbeat dance party for all ages. Show off your dance moves or learn some new ones as we celebrate vacation week at the Museum & Theatre!

Free with admission
2/19
Tuesday
Star Stories: Orion the Hunter
02/19/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Step inside the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium and explore the constellations in the night sky. Look for Orion and his famous jeweled belt and hear the story of how he became a constellation.

Free with admission
2/19
Tuesday
Gargantuan Volcano Eruptions
02/19/2019
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Calling all volcanologists! Help build a large-scale volcano in our backyard. Learn about the important parts of a volcano including a conduit, throat, and chamber. Then, watch as the volcano erupts!

Free with admission
2/19
Tuesday
Three Billy Goats Gruff Puppet Show
02/19/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Compare goats of different sizes, from the smallest to the biggest, in this silly puppet performance that contemplates whether the grass is always greener on the other side.

Free with admission
2/20
Wednesday
Cabin Fever Reliever Dance Party
02/20/2019
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Start your morning off right with an upbeat dance party for all ages. Show off your dance moves or learn some new ones as we celebrate vacation week at the Museum & Theatre!

Free with admission
2/20
Wednesday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/20/2019
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/20
Wednesday
Will it sting me: What do pollinators do for you?
02/20/2019
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Meet with biologist and conservationist, Eric Venturini, from the National Resources Conservation Service and learn all about native bees and pollinators!

Free with admission
2/20
Wednesday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/20/2019
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/20
Wednesday
Make a Map of Portland
02/20/2019
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Using a variety of art supplies and images, work together to create a collaborative, mixed-media rendition of Portland. Include the library, schools, supermarkets, fire stations, and more as we learn about community helpers and the geography of our city.

Free with admission
2/21
Thursday
Cabin Fever Reliever Dance Party
02/21/2019
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Start your morning off right with a upbeat dance party for all ages. Show off your dance moves or learn some new ones as we celebrate vacation week at the Museum & Theatre!

Free with admission
2/21
Thursday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/21/2019
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/21
Thursday
On-the-Go Puppet Theatres
02/21/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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
2/21
Thursday
Winter Wonderland Camera Obscura Show
02/21/2019
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Harness the magic of light and color and take a panoramic tour of Portland from a room without any windows. Explore the 300-year old technology of the camera obscura as we look for snowy trees, icy Bug Lighthouse, and snowplows galore. Ideal for ages 3-12.

Free with admission
2/21
Thursday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/21/2019
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/21
Thursday
Gargantuan Volcano Eruptions
02/21/2019
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Calling all volcanologists! Help build a large-scale volcano in our backyard. Learn about the important parts of a volcano including a conduit, throat, and chamber. Then, watch as the volcano erupts! Ideal for ages 4-10.

Free with admission
2/21
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
02/21/2019
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Explore how changes in pressure effects molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

Free with admission
2/22
Friday
Cabin Fever Reliever Dance Party
02/22/2019
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Start your morning off right with an upbeat dance party for all ages. Show off your dance moves or learn some new ones as we celebrate vacation week at the Museum & Theatre!

Free with admission
2/22
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
02/22/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/22
Friday
Sparks Ark Live Animal Show
02/22/2019
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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 Fennec fox! Reservations highly recommended. $6/person plus admission. For tickets, register online, call (207) 828-1234, or stop by the front desk.

2/22
Friday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/22/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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

2/22
Friday
Painting with Catapults
02/22/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Art is not a sideline sport at the Museum & Theatre! Combine the magic of physics and art to take "messy" to a whole new level. Help assemble a simple catapult and then get to work creating a messy masterpieces with a team of artists. Send one painted pom pom flying or stay for the whole process. Ideal for ages 4-12.

Free with admission
2/22
Friday
Ancient Egyptian Star Show
02/22/2019
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Travel down the Nile under the stars and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used the stars to explain the world around them.

Free with admission
2/22
Friday
Main Stage Theatre Production: The Three Little Pigs
02/22/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
You may think you know this story, but you've never before seen it like this. This piggy tail is full of audience participation, radical plot twists and musical montages. Little Red Riding Hood makes a special appearance as a friendly real estate agent, and a Simple Machines Fairy appears in a puff of smoke to teach the pigs how to build houses. The play is centered around a courtroom drama in which Judge Spoon and his Froggy Bailiff get to the bottom of who truly owns the land-- the pigs or the wolves. To top it off (spoiler alert!) we are tripling the wolves, for three times the huffing and puffing trouble! Hilarity ensues with this over-the-top version of our very favorite story. Adapted and directed by Museum & Theatre Director of Theatre & Education Reba Askari and performed by our company of young actors.

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