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October 2017

10/22
Sunday
Celebrate Culture: Diwali Celebration
10/22/2017
10:45am-12:15pm
Come celebrate, Diwali is the Hindu celebration of light. Although this holiday is celebrated differently across the many regions of India and places all over the globe, the universal theme is good triumphing over evil. Join us at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine to see how Hindu families celebrate in Maine by making clay lamps called diyas, designing henna tattoos, and snacking on traditional foods!

Free with admission
10/23
Monday
Members' Monday
10/23/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
10/23
Monday
Members' Monday: Diwali Dance Party
10/23/2017
10:30-11am
In celebration of the Hindu festival of light, we'll get our boogie on to Bollywood dance tunes!
10/24
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Shape Monster Collages
10/24/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a dynamic program for youngest visitors. This week, we'll glue and paste to create silly monsters out of triangles, circles, rectangles and other shapes. Ideal for ages 18-36 months, but open to all ages.

Free with admission
10/24
Tuesday
Vietnamese Tale Stage Story
10/24/2017
11:15-11:45am
Put on a traditional Vietnamese ao dai and step inside Vietnamese legend of Banh Chung. Act or just watch the story of Banh Chung and how he made the famous foods eaten on the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Free with admission
10/25
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Autumn Splash
10/25/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a messy, hands-on art time. Today we'll create a collaborate fall mural using the colors of the season: orange, red, and yellow.

Free with admission
10/25
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: What's in an Egg?
10/25/2017
11:15-11:45am
Did you know that the protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food? Find out what makes an egg an egg while we make a tasty egg treat!

Sponsored by Delta Dental

Free with admission
10/26
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Little Beaver and the Echo
10/26/2017
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald. Then we will create a collaborative beaver dam, play an echo game, and meet Little Beaver's friends. Free with admission
10/26
Thursday
Vietnamese Tale Stage Story
10/26/2017
11:15-11:45am
Put on a traditional Vietnamese ao dai and step inside Vietnamese legend of Banh Chung. Act or just watch the story of Banh Chung and how he made the famous foods eaten on the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Free with admission
10/27
Friday
Fire Safety Friday
10/27/2017
10:30-11am
Meet with local firefighters and take a tour of their truck in this interactive fire safety lesson for both children and caregivers. Because helping our community always comes first, the firefighters may be unavailable to visit. If so, meet us at our own fire truck exhibit to learn about the inner workings of a fire station through dramatic play.

Free with admission
10/27
Friday
Stage Story: The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda Davis
10/27/2017
11:30am-12pm
There once was a little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything. She told all spooky things to go away. Join her on an adventure through the woods where a few scary things turn out to be a wonderful surprise!

Free with admission
10/28
Saturday
Play Your Way: Trick Or Treat!
10/28/2017
9-10am
This event is now FULL. Please see our website for future happenings of Play Your Way.

Come experience a low-key, indoor Halloween at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a festive playtime for children with sensory integration challenges. Follow a trick or treat visual map to find treats throughout the Museum & Theatre, play in our exhibits, and show off your costume in a warm and inviting atmosphere. This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to experience the Museum & Theatre and celebrate the season.

Our staff will make special adjustments to our normal exhibit lighting and sound design; noise-reducing headphones will be available. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment.

Now FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX! RSVP to Lily O'Brien at lily@kitetails.org or (207) 828-1234 ext. 227.
10/28
Saturday
SLIMAPALOOZA: Mixing and Measuring
10/28/2017
10:30am-12pm
Help make glorious amounts of goo during this messy, hands-on part of our Halloween celebration! We're getting ready for 'Goo or Boo' in the afternoon (Think 'Trick or Treat' only with slime instead of treats) and we need you to help make the slime. Stop by a Slime Time Station to whip up a variety of gooey concoctions and make sure we're fully stocked for an afternoon of fun!

Free with admission
10/28
Saturday
Spooktacular Sensory Adventure
10/28/2017
12-12:30pm
It's a monsterous adventure full of anticipation, laughs, and spooky characters fit for all ages! Journey along with us and experience the thrills through this interactive adventure tale. Smell the smells! Feel the heat! Brave the frights and make it home safe and sound. Recommended for ages 3+, but all are welcome.

Free with admission
10/29
Sunday
Spooktacular Science Experiments
10/29/2017
10:30-11am
Join the UNE Pharmacy Students for some spooky and enchanting Halloween experiment...if you dare!

Free with admission
10/29
Sunday
Spooktacular Sensory Adventure
10/29/2017
12-12:30pm
It's a monsterous adventure full of anticipation, laughs, and spooky characters fit for all ages! Journey along with us and experience the thrills through this interactive adventure tale. Smell the smells! Feel the heat! Brave the frights and make it home safe and sound. Recommended for ages 3+, but all are welcome.

Free with admission
10/30
Monday
Members' Monday
10/30/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
10/30
Monday
Members' Monday: Pumpkin Art Time
10/30/2017
10-10:30am
Stop by to create your own paper jack-o-lantern collage. Add eyes, ears, and more to create a silly or spooky face!

Free with admission
10/31
Tuesday
Monster Mash Dance Party
10/31/2017
10:15-10:45am
Get moving and grooving to classic Halloween hits and show off your costume during our up beat dance party.

Free with admission
10/31
Tuesday
A Wee Halloween
10/31/2017
10:30am-12:30pm
Join us for a warm and indoor Halloween perfect for babies, tots and preschoolers. Get wiggling and show off your costume during our Monster Mash dance party, create a paper jack-o-lantern, explore our gooey sensory table, and more. Don't forget to trick-or-treat at the Museum & Theatre's front desk!

Free with admission
10/31
Tuesday
Ooey Gooey Goo Exploration
10/31/2017
10:45-11:15am
Roll up your sleeves and see what's brewing in our sensory table.

Free with admission
10/31
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Paper Jack-o-lanterns
10/31/2017
11:15-11:45am
Stop by to create your own paper jack-o-lantern collage. Add eyes, ears, and more to create a silly or spooky face!

Free with admission
10/31
Tuesday
Halloween Creature Feature
10/31/2017
11:45am-12:15pm
Learn all about bats, owls, and more as we explore the creatures of the season using the Museum & Theatre's own collection of animal artifacts.

Free with admission

November 2017

11/1
Wednesday
Reading Together Week: November 1st-4th
11/01/2017
Join us as we dive into the world of Mix It Up, Press Here, and Let's Play author, Herve Tullet in honor of National Family Literacy Week. Read these beloved interactive stories, create collaborative colorful painting inspired by Tullet's illustrations, create your own stories and more during this week-long celebration!

Free with admission
11/1
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Mix It Up!
11/01/2017
10:30-11am
Stop by for an interactive story and messy art time. We'll read Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet in honor of National Family Literacy Week. Then see how many colors we can create from red, blue, and yellow as we create colorful collaborative mural!

Free with admission
11/1
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Doodle Cook
11/01/2017
11:15-11:45am
Could you doodle a noodle? Could you craft a crepe? Do both during this artful and foody cooking program in honor of Herve Tullet, a French author and illustrator who brought dozens of magical books into the hands of children. This program is sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
11/2
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: I Am Blop!
11/02/2017
10:15-11am
Celebrate National Family Literacy Week with a dynamic program featuring Herve Tullet's I Am Blop! We'll dive into the world of Blop and encounter preschool concepts, including up and down, single and plural, individual and family, and city and countryside. Then explore our sensory table, create a Blop-inspired craft and play a collaborative movement game.

Free with admission
11/2
Thursday
Reading Together Week: Game of Light
11/02/2017
11:15-11:45am
Join us under the stars in our mini planetarium as we explore the unique ways light moves and transforms within the imaginative story Game of Light.

Free with admission
11/3
Friday
Reading Together Week: The Game of Finger Worms
11/03/2017
10:30-11am
The Finger Worms are here to play! Join us for this wonderfully silly tale full of strategic holes for your very own "finger worms" to explore within the illustrations. Use your imagination and create your own finger worm illustration to take home.

Free with admission
11/3
Friday
Flurries of Furries: Live Animal Visit with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
11/03/2017
11:30am-12pm
Meet a live animal, learn about their behavior, adaptations, and how to care for a pet in this hands-on program with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Free with admission
11/4
Saturday
Reading Together Week: Press Here Movement Game
11/04/2017
11-11:30am
Experience a dramatic telling of Herve Tullet's choose your own adventure, Press Here, and then act out the story on your feet in a fast-paced movement game.

Free with admission
11/5
Sunday
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
11/05/2017
10:15am-12:15pm
Decorate sugar skull cookies, craft a Dia de los Muertos mask, construct a Dia de los Muertos altar, play loteria, and taste traditional foods to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, a holiday that honors loved ones who have passed. Come see how families are continuing the traditions of Dia de los Muertos right here in Maine!

Free with admission
11/6
Monday
Members' Monday
11/06/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
11/6
Monday
Members' Monday: Dia de los Muertos Flower Making
11/06/2017
10-10:30am
Flowers are an important part of the Dia de los Muertos holiday. This Monday we'll make a collaborative tissue paper collage!
11/7
Tuesday
Election Day: Name Our Crab
11/07/2017
10:30-11:15am
Have you met our newest crab friend in our Tide Pool Touch Tank? Stop by to meet and touch our tide pool creatures and vote on our crab's name!

Free with admission
11/7
Tuesday
Vietnamese Tet Game: Bau Cua Ca Cop
11/07/2017
11:15-11:45am
What do a fish, a shrimp, a crab, a rooster a gourd, and a deer have in common? They are all part of the traditional Tet game Bau Cua Ca Cop. Come roll the dice and see if you can win!

Free with admission
11/8
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Ooey Gooey Oil Art
11/08/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a "don't try this at home" messy art activity. This week, we'll explore why oil and water do not mix and create bubble designs on paper using oil, color, and water.

Free with admission
11/8
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Dragon Fire Salsa
11/08/2017
11:15-11:45am
Eating vegetables is more fun when you're a dragon! This month Cooking Healthy is celebrating the Museum & Theatre main stage production, The Reluctant Dragon. Join us today to make healthy salsa that all little dragons will love. This program is sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
11/9
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Journey
11/09/2017
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic program perfect for our youngest visitors. This week, we'll read Journey by Aaron Becker and follow the adventures of a young girl from her lonely bedroom to a magical world of boats, hot air balloons and castle towers. Help us create a mural of our own imaginative world, build a cardboard castle, and explore our sensory table.

Free with admission
11/9
Thursday
Leaf Man
11/09/2017
11:15-11:45am
With inspiration from the book, Leaf Man, by Lois Elhert, explore the shapes and textures of natural fall materials to create your own illustrations.
Free with admission
11/10
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
11/10/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a chance to meet Portland's firefighters, dependent on firefighter availability. If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck!

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

Free with admission
11/11
Saturday
Play Your Way: Sensory Saturday
11/11/2017
9-10am
Come experience the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine during a low-key inclusive play time. This is a perfect time for families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or anyone who would benefit from a quieter experience to come and enjoy the Museum & Theatre. Noise reducing headphones and visual maps will be available.

RSVP to lily@kitetails.org or (207) 828-1234 ext. 227. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to ensure a calm and welcoming play environment. FREE thanks to our long-time partner WEX!
11/11
Saturday
Veterans Day Parade Viewing
11/11/2017
10:45-11:15am
Looking for an indoor place to watch the parade? Join us for a unique Camera Obscura show and use the power of light to watch the floats and banners go by.

Free with admission
11/11
Saturday
Card Making Station
11/11/2017
11:30am-12pm
Stop by to design and create greeting cards for children who have parents currently deployed overseas in the military.

Free with admission
11/12
Sunday
Design Your Dragon
11/12/2017
11am-12pm
Listen to tales of ferocious as well as pleasant and personable dragons, create your own dragon persona, and build stained glass dragon wings and a dragon face to try on for yourself.

Free with admission
11/13
Monday
Members' Monday
11/13/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
11/13
Monday
Members' Monday: Jan Brett's The Mitten
11/13/2017
10-10:30am
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!
11/14
Tuesday
Tiny Tots: Leaf People Art Time
11/14/2017
10:30-11am
Join us for a dynamic program open to our youngest visitors. This week, we'll create creature leaf people collages to celebrate the season. Ideal for ages 18-36 months.

Free with admission
11/14
Tuesday
Fruits and Veggies Play Time
11/14/2017
11:15-11:45am
What makes a fruit a fruit? What makes a vegetable a vegetable? Join us in our Farmers' Market to help one very confused farmer figure out how to sort his produce. Sort one strawberry or stay for the whole game! Sponsored by TD Bank.

Free with admission
11/15
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Drip Painting
11/15/2017
10:30-11:30am
Stop by for this "don't try this at home" weekly art activity. This week, we'll let water colors drip and drop to create a large-scale collaborative wall hanging.

Free with admission
11/15
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Dragon Fire Salsa
11/15/2017
11:15-11:45am
Eating vegetables is more fun when you're a dragon! This month Cooking Healthy is celebrating the Museum & Theatre mainstage production, The Reluctant Dragon. Join us today to make healthy salsa little dragons will love. This program is sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
11/16
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Sonya's Chickens
11/16/2017
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of programming. This week, we'll read Sonya's Chickens by Phoebe Wahl. Then, search for wooden eggs in our sensory table, learn a chicken dance, and try painting with feathers.

Free with admission
11/16
Thursday
Collaborative Art: Bringing the Rain to Kapita Plain
11/16/2017
11:30am-12pm
Join us for a story and art time featuring Bringing the Rain to Kapita Plain by Verna Aardema. Find out how one eagle feather helped save the plain from drought, then design and paint a feather to be added to our newest art installation - a giant set of colorful wings!

Free with admission
11/17
Friday
Silent Movies on Stage: Make the Music!
11/17/2017
10:30-11am
Act out a silent story and use instruments to set the tone, all while practicing patterns and working together to synchronize music and movement.

Free with admission
11/17
Friday
Aurora Borealis Art Time
11/17/2017
11:30am-12pm
Have you seen the Northern Lights? Join us as we create a colorful version of this light show using a variety of materials and learn about how and why the Northern lights occur.

Free with admission
11/18
Saturday
Voyage to Vietnam: Collaborative Mai Flower Tree
11/18/2017
11-11:30am
Come celebrate our feature exhibit: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with a collaborative art project. Learn about the importance of the yellow mai flower, hear the tale of the mai flower, and create your own flower to be added to our collaborative Mai Flower Tree.

Free with admission
11/19
Sunday
Vietnamese Moon Story
11/19/2017
11-11:30am
Step into the starry night of our mini-planetarium and use shadow puppets to tell the Vietnamese folk tale of how a boy named Chu Choi flew all the way to the moon.

Free with admission
11/20
Monday
Members' Monday
11/20/2017
9-11am
We are open 9-11am for members only.
11/20
Monday
Members' Monday: Fall Feather Art
11/20/2017
10-10:30am
Practice fine motor skills as we swish, swirl, and fly feathers across our paper to make a special fall art you can give to someone you are thankful for.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free with admission

December 2017

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

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

Free with admission
12/2
Saturday
Aurora Borealis Art Time
12/02/2017
10:30-11am
Have you seen the Northern Lights? Join us as we create a colorful version of this light show using a variety of materials and learn about how and why the Northern lights occur.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free with admission
12/9
Saturday
Voyage to Vietnam: Collaborative Mai Flower Tree
12/09/2017
11:30am-12pm
Celebrate our feature exhibit: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with a collaborative art project. Hear the tale of the mai flower and create your own flower to be added to our collaborative Mai Flower Tree!

Free with admission
12/10
Sunday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
12/10/2017
11:30am-12pm
Explore how changes in pressure effect molecules by creating massive marshmallows, bursting balloons, and boiling water all in our all within the confines of our pressure jar.

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

Free with admission
12/12
Tuesday
Water Puppet Show
12/12/2017
11:15-11:45am
A tradition that dates back to the 11th century in Vietnam is water puppetry, or making puppets dance on water. Learn more about this traditional art form by helping to tell the Vietnamese tale Why Ducks Sleep On One Leg. Free with admission
12/13
Wednesday
Wellness Wednesday: Caring for Bears
12/13/2017
11-11:30am
Doctors, nurses and EMTs, oh my! We need your help taking care of our hurt teddy bears in our Be Well Center. Scrub in and help save the day during this interactive play time! Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/26
Tuesday
Stage Story: Jan Brett's The Mitten
12/26/2017
11-11:30am
Have you ever lost something while playing outside? Imagine if some forest animals made a home in something that once belonged to you! Act like your favorite animal finding shelter in a lost mitten as we play with Jan Brett's winter classic!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free with admission

January 2018

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

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

Free with admission
1/3
Wednesday
Big, Messy Art: Mix It Up!
01/03/2018
10:30-11am
Stop by for an interactive story and messy art time. We'll read Mix It Up! By Herve Tullet in honor of National Family Literacy Week. Then, see how many colors we can create from red, blue, and yellow as we create colorful collaborative mural.

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

Free with admission
1/5
Friday
Daring Densities
01/05/2018
10:30-11:15am
Giant floating rocks and tiny sinking spheres! Explore and observe this sink or float experiment that defies logic, that is, until you understand all about...density!

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

Free with admission
1/6
Saturday
Vietnamese Zodiac Art Time
01/06/2018
10:30-11:15am
Were you born in the year of the tiger? Or the buffalo or cat? Meet the twelve animals of the Vietnamese zodiac and hear how each animal was chosen by the Emperor. Then create a collaborative mural featuring twelve animal friends!

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

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

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

Free with admission
1/7
Sunday
Vietnamese Moon Story
01/07/2018
10:30-11am
Step into the starry night of our mini-planetarium and use shadow puppets to tell the Vietnamese folk tale of how a boy named Chu Choi flew all the way to the moon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free with admission
1/11
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
01/11/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Ron Barrett, dance like the animals do, and create our own wacky clothing conundrums.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free with admission
1/15
Monday
Dream Banner Creation
01/15/2018
10:30-11am
Using multi-colored handprints, create a banner that celebrates dreaming, sharing, and making friends.

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

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

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

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

Free with admission
1/18
Thursday
Little Kid Morning Out: Turtle Island
01/18/2018
10:15-11am
Join us for a dynamic morning of storytelling, movement, and art programming. This week, we'll read, Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry, practice balancing like the Turtle in the story, and create our own island submerged in water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free with admission.