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April 2019

4/22
Monday
Members' Monday: Earth Day Worm Exploration!
04/22/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Let's celebrate Earth Day by meeting our live worms and learn how these worms help our gardens grow.
4/23
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
04/23/2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9 am (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!
4/23
Tuesday
Puppet Show: The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
04/23/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Once upon a time there was a little rabbit who wished for red wings like a robin. Come see this classic story told with puppets, found objects, and audience participation.

Free with admission
4/23
Tuesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
04/23/2019
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 11am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
4/23
Tuesday
Artist Spotlight: Burcin Kirik’s Rainbow Glitter Art
04/23/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Local artist Burcin Kirik is inspired by color, glitter and beautiful things around us. Meet Burcin and explore four of her vibrant and sparkly art pieces. Then create your own art or stories using Burcin's art as inspiration. Take your art home, or have the option of adding your art to a Museum & Theatre gallery show summer 2019.

Free with admission
4/23
Tuesday
Swirling Ink Art Time
04/23/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Dip a thread in jewel-toned inks and see what marks they leave behind as you test out a unique technique that will leave swirling spirals on your page.

Free with admission
4/24
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
04/24/2019
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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
4/24
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Puffy and Fluffy Cloud Eggs
04/24/2019
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Find out what's crackin' in our kitchen as we explore eggs of shapes and sizes to make tasty and healthy dishes. Today read Nimby by Jasper Thompkins and bake some fluffy, puffy cloud eggs.

Free with admission
4/24
Wednesday
Creative Movement with A Special Guest from Portland Ballet
04/24/2019
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
4/24
Wednesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
04/24/2019
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 12-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
4/24
Wednesday
Shadow Puppet Show: Abiyoyo
04/24/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 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
4/25
Thursday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
04/25/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 10am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
4/25
Thursday
Tiny Tots: "Inch by Inch" Sing-Along
04/25/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Did you know plants grow bigger if you sing to them? We’ll explore why and join our voices to sing to the Museum & Theatre's garden seedlings. Ideal for ages 18-36 months and their caregivers looking for opportunities to develop sound awareness and practice empathy.

Free with admission
4/25
Thursday
Collaborative Heart Art
04/25/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 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
4/26
Friday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
04/26/2019
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 9-11am and 12-3pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
4/26
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
04/26/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
4/26
Friday
Construction Zone: Painting with Diggers & Dozers
04/26/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Put on a hard hat, pop on a construction smock, and get excited about the Museum & Theatre's exciting building plans by zooming and zig-zagging dump trucks and cement mixers through paint.

Free with admission
4/26
Friday
Act It Out: Peter Rabbit
04/26/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Peter Rabbit is tired of all the rules of being a rabbit, so he decides to try being something else! Could he be a squirrel, or a mouse, or a hedgehog? Stretch your muscles and imaginations through movement and theatre games as we become the different animals Peter Rabbit meets on his adventures - and keep away from Mr. McGregor!

Free with admission
4/26
Friday
MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION: A Peter Rabbit Tale
04/26/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Peter Rabbit doesn't think life as a rabbit is all it's cracked up to be. His mother is always making him do chores, and Peter's had just about all he can take of his sisters and brothers. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live -- somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants, and be free of responsibility. As Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realize his life at home might not have been so bad after all. Written by Sarah Brandt and Neal Richardson, based on the characters of Beatrix Potter, produced with permission by Playscripts Inc, 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.

4/27
Saturday
It's Alive: Microbes!
04/27/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some called 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
4/27
Saturday
MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION: A Peter Rabbit Tale
04/27/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Peter Rabbit doesn't think life as a rabbit is all it's cracked up to be. His mother is always making him do chores, and Peter's had just about all he can take of his sisters and brothers. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live -- somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants, and be free of responsibility. As Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realize his life at home might not have been so bad after all. Written by Sarah Brandt and Neal Richardson, based on the characters of Beatrix Potter, produced with permission by Playscripts Inc, 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.

4/27
Saturday
Camera Obscura Show
04/27/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
How do our eyes really work? Find out inside our Camera Obscura, a room-sized optical exhibit demonstrating principles of light, perspective, and vision. Discover the similarities between cameras, our eyeballs, and periscopes in this interactive show.

Free with admission
4/27
Saturday
MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION: A Peter Rabbit Tale
04/27/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Peter Rabbit doesn't think life as a rabbit is all it's cracked up to be. His mother is always making him do chores, and Peter's had just about all he can take of his sisters and brothers. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live -- somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants, and be free of responsibility. As Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realize his life at home might not have been so bad after all. Written by Sarah Brandt and Neal Richardson, based on the characters of Beatrix Potter, produced with permission by Playscripts Inc, 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.

4/28
Sunday
April Rain Song: When Art, Poetry, and Sound Collide
04/28/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Drop colorful raindrops on paper wrapped around tin cans and frying pans to create your own visual and auditory piece of art inspired by April Rain Song by Langston Hughes.

Free with admission
4/28
Sunday
MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION: A Peter Rabbit Tale
04/28/2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Peter Rabbit doesn't think life as a rabbit is all it's cracked up to be. His mother is always making him do chores, and Peter's had just about all he can take of his sisters and brothers. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live -- somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants, and be free of responsibility. As Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realize his life at home might not have been so bad after all. Written by Sarah Brandt and Neal Richardson, based on the characters of Beatrix Potter, produced with permission by Playscripts Inc, 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.

4/28
Sunday
Journey of a Pollen Puff
04/28/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
In this fast-paced dramatic game we will transform into bees to collect as much pollen as we can. Discover how pollination is essential for the foods we eat.

Free with admission
4/28
Sunday
MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION: A Peter Rabbit Tale
04/28/2019
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Peter Rabbit doesn't think life as a rabbit is all it's cracked up to be. His mother is always making him do chores, and Peter's had just about all he can take of his sisters and brothers. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live -- somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants, and be free of responsibility. As Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realize his life at home might not have been so bad after all. Written by Sarah Brandt and Neal Richardson, based on the characters of Beatrix Potter, produced with permission by Playscripts Inc, 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.

4/29
Monday
Members' Monday: Tide Pool Touch Tank
04/29/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Meet animals and plants from Casco Bay. Use your scientific observation skills to identify different species of crabs, mollusks, and seaweed.

4/30
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
04/30/2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9 am (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!
4/30
Tuesday
EGGsploration
04/30/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Did you know that eagle nests can be up to five feet long and strong enough to support a whole family of eagles!? Come explore different bird eggs and nests and work collaboratively to make robin's nest.

Free with admission
4/30
Tuesday
Meet the Turtles
04/30/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Stretch like a turtle, feel a real turtle shell, and watch our turtles play during turtle time.

Free with admission.
4/30
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Matisse in the Garden
04/30/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Did you know that Henri Matisse took inspiration from the natural world? Join us to create a Matisse-inspired collage.

Free with admission

May 2019

5/1
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/01/2019
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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/1
Wednesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/01/2019
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 11:30am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/1
Wednesday
Shadow Puppet Show: Abiyoyo
05/01/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 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
5/2
Thursday
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Slam Poetry
05/02/2019
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
5/2
Thursday
Kids Cook: Clover Honey Brittle
05/02/2019
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buzz into the kitchen this May to explore how bees help our food grow, and make some tasty bee inspired snacks. Discover nature's sugar as we make our own spring honey brittle.

Free with admission
5/2
Thursday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/02/2019
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 12am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/2
Thursday
April Rain Song: When Art, Poetry, and Sound Collide
05/02/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Drop colorful raindrops on paper wrapped around tin cans and frying pans to create your own visual and auditory piece of art inspired by April Rain Song by Langston Hughes.

Free with admission
5/3
Friday
Puppet Show: The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
05/03/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Once upon a time there was a little rabbit who wished for red wings like a robin. Come see this classic story told with puppets, found objects, and audience participation.

Free with admission
5/3
Friday
Live Animal Visit with the Animal Rescue League of Greater Portland
05/03/2019
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
5/3
Friday
It's Alive: Microbes!
05/03/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some called 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
5/4
Saturday
Super Hero Day
05/04/2019
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
May the fourth be with you! Put on a costume, and stop by The Children's Museum & Theatre to celebrate your favorite superheroes and fandoms.

Free with admission
5/4
Saturday
Intergalactic Star Show
05/04/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Travel through space and time and discover wonders of the galaxy.

Free with admission
5/4
Saturday
Superhero Face Painting
05/04/2019
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Choose from the classics or create your own persona.

Free with admission
5/4
Saturday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to save the world!
05/04/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.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
5/4
Saturday
Create a Super Creature
05/04/2019
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Discover extreme animal adaptations and design your own super sidekick.

Free with admission
5/4
Saturday
Comic Book Workshop
05/04/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Choose your hero, powers, and adversary, and build a world. Join our resident fandom expert, Amanda to create your very own comic book.

Free with admission
5/4
Saturday
Crime Fighting Turtle Time
05/04/2019
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Harkening back to the classic TV cartoon, come share a slice of pizza with the Museum & Theatre's own four famous shelled avengers.

Free with admission
5/4
Saturday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to save the world!
05/04/2019
3 p.m. - 3:30 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
5/5
Sunday
Action! Headquarters: Mission to save the world!
05/05/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.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
5/5
Sunday
Paint a Planter
05/05/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Paint a planter for someone special in your life. Then fill it with soil and your very own seed!

$8 per planter (members receive 10% off). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
5/5
Sunday
Developing Minds Lab with Boston University
05/05/2019
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Participate in study while you play a game that explores how children keep track of moving objects all around. This skill helps us ride a bike, drive a car, or navigate a busy children’s museum! Meet the scientists behind the experiment and see science in action.

Free with admission
5/5
Sunday
Unicorn Horns and Dragon Tails Art Time
05/05/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Activate your imagination and sharpen your scientific acumen as you mix and match animal adaptations like wings, claws, fins, and scales to make super creatures and the habitats where they thrive.

Free with admission
5/6
Monday
Members’ Monday: Family Face Paint
05/06/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate the new month with family face paint! 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
5/7
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
05/07/2019
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!
5/7
Tuesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/07/2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 9am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/7
Tuesday
Parachute Pizza
05/07/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Turn a parachute into a pizza with your imagination! Roll out our parachute and cover it with flying balls as a pizza topping.

Free with admission
5/7
Tuesday
Artist Spotlight: Burcin Kirik’s Rainbow Glitter Art
05/07/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Local artist Burcin Kirik is inspired by color, glitter and beautiful things around us. Meet Burcin and explore four of her vibrant and sparkly art pieces. Then create your own art or stories using Burcin's art as inspiration. Take your art home, or have the option of adding your art to a Museum & Theatre gallery show summer 2019.

Free with admission
5/7
Tuesday
Meet the Turtles
05/07/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 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
5/8
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/08/2019
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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/8
Wednesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/08/2019
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 11am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/8
Wednesday
Kids Cook: Honey Butter
05/08/2019
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buzz into the kitchen this May to explore how bees help our food grow, and make some tasty bee inspired snacks. Today whip up homemade butter and mix with local honey for a sweet spring snack.

Free with admission
5/8
Wednesday
It's Alive: Microbes!
05/08/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some called 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
5/9
Thursday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/09/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 10am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/9
Thursday
Meet Officer Coreena
05/09/2019
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
5/9
Thursday
Painting Blue with Picasso
05/09/2019
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Learn about Picasso's Blue Period as we mix white, blue and black together to create different shades of blue. Create your own blue masterpiece to take home.

Free with admission
5/9
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
05/09/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 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
5/9
Thursday
MINDS AT PLAY: Ukulele Class
05/09/2019
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: 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, and 5/30. $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.

Registration coming soon!
5/10
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
05/10/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
5/10
Friday
Puppet Show: Three Billy Goats Gruff
05/10/2019
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Who's that clip clopping on my bridge? Get excited to help tell the tale of three silly goats and a grumpy t-t-t-t-troll during this interactive puppet show. Ideal for ages 18 months to five years and their caregivers looking for opportunities to develop audience skills, explore preschool math concepts, and empathize with a grumpy troll friend.

Free with admission
5/10
Friday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/10/2019
12:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 12:15am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/10
Friday
Coding for Kids
05/10/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Learn early coding skills through stories and games in this interactive program aimed at preschool age children.

Free with admission
5/11
Saturday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/11/2019
9 a.m. - 10 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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/11
Saturday
Playscape Dance Party
05/11/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Start your Saturday morning off right with the festive tunes in the Museum & Theatre's Playscape. Show off your dance moves or party on the play structure as we kick off the weekend at the Museum & Theatre.

Free with admission
5/11
Saturday
Wooden Sword and Shield Workshop
05/11/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Do you dare to defeat dragons? Are you brave enough to gallop into the face of danger? We have the perfect accessory for you! Join us as we decorate a wooden sword and shield that will last for many years of adventures. Design a detailed coat of arms or just explore splashing paint to create a colorful design. $20 per sword and shield (members receive 10% off). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
5/11
Saturday
The Root Children Stage Story
05/11/2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
When spring comes, the Root Children wake from their earthy beds, shine and paint the beetles and bugs, and grow colorful flowers. Help tell this story of the fairies who change the seasons. This stage story is based on the book by Sibylle von Olfers.

Free with admission
5/11
Saturday
Engineer Masters
05/11/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer through a story based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel and design a solution for a squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
5/12
Sunday
Mother's Day Admission
05/12/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Happy Mother’s Day! Today we are honoring the special mother’s in our lives by offering FREE ADMISSION to all mothers and grandmothers! Join the celebration.
5/12
Sunday
Mother's Day Maker Station
05/12/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Celebrate the mom's in your life by making them a heartfelt card, sculpture, or drawing to make their day special.

Free with admission
5/12
Sunday
Paint a Planter
05/12/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Paint a planter for a special mother in your life. Then fill it with soil and your very own seed! $8 per planter(members receive 10% off). To register, stop by the front desk, call 207-828-1234 or visit kitetails.org

Registration coming soon!
5/12
Sunday
The Root Children Stage Story
05/12/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
When spring comes, the Root Children wake from their earthy beds, shine and paint the beetles and bugs, and grow colorful flowers. Help tell this story of the fairies who change the seasons. Based on the book by Sibylle von Olfers.

Free with admission
5/13
Monday
Members’ Monday: Flower Art
05/13/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate May flowers by making some art with real flower petals.
5/14
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
05/14/2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9 a.m. (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!
5/14
Tuesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/14/2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 9am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!
5/14
Tuesday
Parachute Pizza
05/14/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Turn a parachute into a pizza with your imagination! Roll out our parachute and top it with flying balls.

Free with admission
5/14
Tuesday
Wiggle with Worms
05/14/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch and study live earth worms and learn how they are good for the planet.

Free with admission
5/14
Tuesday
Swirling Ink Art Time
05/14/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Dip a thread in jewel-toned inks and see what marks they leave behind as you test out a unique technique that will leave swirling spirals on your page.

Free with admission
5/15
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/15/2019
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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/15
Wednesday
Kids Cook: Flower Petal Cookies
05/15/2019
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buzz into the kitchen this May to explore how bees help our food grow, and make some tasty bee inspired snacks. Today, mix, bake, and much a delightful spring cookie made with edible wild flowers.

Free with admission
5/15
Wednesday
It’s Alive: Microbes!
05/15/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some called 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
5/16
Thursday
Toddler Storytime
05/16/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 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
5/16
Thursday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/16/2019
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 11:30am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/16
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
05/16/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 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
5/16
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Matisse in the Garden
05/16/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Did you know that Henri Matisse took inspiration from the natural world? Join us to create a Matisse-inspired collage.

Free with admission
5/17
Friday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/17/2019
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 11:30am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/17
Friday
Engineer Masters
05/17/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer through a story based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel and design a solution for a squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
5/17
Friday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
05/17/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures, learn about the changes in Casco Bay, and how you can help.

Free with admission
5/18
Saturday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/18/2019
9 a.m. - 10 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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/18
Saturday
Paper Flower Still Life Art
05/18/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Explore two-dimensional design during this spring-inspired art time. Replicate your favorite spring flower or invent your own.

Free with admission
5/18
Saturday
Mood Mud: Color Changing Playdough
05/18/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.

Registration coming soon!
5/18
Saturday
Turtle Shell Prints
05/18/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Turtles and tortoises, oh my! Explore the different types of turtle and tortoise shells by observing LIVE yellow-bellied slider turtles. Design and create your own turtle shell print to take home.

Free with admission
5/19
Sunday
Star Show
05/19/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Travel through the galaxy in our mini planetarium. Learn about the science of the stars and hear ancient stories about the constellations.
,br> Free with admission
5/19
Sunday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
05/19/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 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
5/19
Sunday
Meet the Turtle Squad
05/19/2019
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Learn about turtles and tortoises across the globe and meet our very own live yellow bellied slider turtles: Bizzy Bob, Nigel, Dill, and Eloise.

Free with admission Quinn RS
5/19
Sunday
Camera Obscura Show
05/19/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Explore light and sight in our very own camera obscura. Leave with a whole new perspective on the world around us.

Free with admission
5/20
Monday
Members’ Monday Dance Party
05/20/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Start your Monday morning off right with tunes in the Museum & Theatre’s Playscape. Show off your dance moves or party on the play structure.
5/21
Tuesday
Treat Your Toddler Tuesday
05/21/2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rise and shine! The Museum & Theatre will open at 9 am (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!

Please note: This is the final Treat Your Toddler Tuesday morning this spring.
5/21
Tuesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/21/2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 9am-5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/21
Tuesday
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Show
05/21/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us in the Museum & Theatre's mini-planetarium for an abbreviated star show perfect for toddlers and babies. We'll sing under the songs and point out favorite animal constellations.

Free with admission
5/21
Tuesday
Artist Spotlight: Burcin Kirik's Rainbow Glitter Art
05/21/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Local artist Burcin Kirik is inspired by color, glitter and beautiful things around us. Meet Burcin and explore four of her vibrant and sparkly art pieces. Then create your own art or stories using Burcin's art as inspiration. Take your art home, or have the option of adding your art to a Museum & Theatre gallery show summer 2019.

Free with admission
5/21
Tuesday
Ice Cream Cone Print Making
05/21/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
We all scream for ice cream! Roll paint onto our waffle cone stamps and press them down onto paper then see how many colorful scoops of ice cream you can stamp on top of your cone for a delicious 2D design.

Free with admission
5/22
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/22/2019
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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/22
Wednesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/22/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 10 am - 5 pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/22
Wednesday
Cooking Healthy: Bee Pollen Smoothie
05/22/2019
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buzz into the kitchen this May to explore how bees help our food grow, and make some tasty bee inspired snacks. Today explore pollination on your taste buds as we make a fruit smoothie (brought to you by pollination) sprinkled with pollen grains. Sponsored by Delta Dental.

Free with admission
5/22
Wednesday
Engineer Masters
05/22/2019
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer through a story based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel and design a solution for a squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
5/23
Thursday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/23/2019
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 10am-3pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/23
Thursday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
05/23/2019
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
5/23
Thursday
Meet the Arts: Matisse in the Garden
05/23/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Did you know that Henri Matisse took inspiration from the natural world? Join us to create a Matisse-inspired collage.

Free with admission
5/23
Thursday
Into the Line: Art Exploration
05/23/2019
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
5/23
Thursday
NEW EXHIBIT OPENING, just for members!
05/23/2019
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Be the first to experience our newest exhibit, Cloud City! Ever wonder what it’s like to be up in the clouds? Cloud City is an immersive, sensory rich environment designed to evoke a visitor’s sense of wonder and exploration. Drift away in the dreamy atmosphere while exploring with friends and family. This is a special, evening event for current Museum & Theatre members only. Light refreshments and fun activities throughout the night will help us celebrate this dreamy new exhibit. Play in the entire Museum & Theatre at this special evening event designed for members of all ages. To RSVP, call 207-828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Online registration coming soon!
5/24
Friday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/24/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 10 am - 5 pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/24
Friday
Meet the Portland Firefighters
05/24/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet Portland's firefighters and learn what their job entails (dependent on firefighter availability). If the firefighters are out helping the community, learn about fire safety and real firefighter emergency protocol in the Museum & Theatre's own fire truck.

Free with admission
5/24
Friday
The Big Feast Art Time
05/24/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Find a spot at the table and help us paint a yummy feast that's good enough to eat! Add a fork and a knife, then fill in your plate with your favorite food as we share in the magic of creating something beautiful together.

Free with admission
5/24
Friday
It's Alive: Microbes!
05/24/2019
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Invisible to the naked eye, tiny living microbes are all around us! While some are helpful, some called 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
5/25
Saturday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/25/2019
9 a.m. - 10 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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/25
Saturday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
05/25/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.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
5/25
Saturday
Paint a Lobster Buoy Workshop
05/25/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Paint your own lobster buoy during this messy, hands-on workshop. Add your own unique design or paint of the classic Maine patterns. $16/buoy (Member’s receive 10% discount). To sign up call (207) 828-1234 x 231, visit kitetails.org, or stop by the front desk today!

Registration coming soon!
5/25
Saturday
Ice Cream Cone Print Making
05/25/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
We all scream for ice cream! Roll paint onto our waffle cone stamps and press them down onto paper then see how many colorful scoops of ice cream you can stamp on top of your cone for a delicious 2D design.

Free with admission
5/26
Sunday
Engineer Masters
05/26/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer through a story based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel and design a solution for a squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission
5/26
Sunday
Ice Cream Making
05/26/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Get ready for summer by making homemade ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make ice cream from scratch. You'll get to eat a big scoop too! Sign up the day of at the front desk. $5 per ice cream chef (members get a 10% discount).
5/26
Sunday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
05/26/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures, learn about the changes in Casco Bay, and how you can help.

Free with admission
5/27
Monday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/27/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 10 am - 5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/27
Monday
Unicorn Horns and Dragon Tails Art Time
05/27/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Activate your imagination and sharpen your scientific acumen as you mix and match animal adaptations like wings, claws, fins, and scales to make super creatures and the habitats where they thrive.

Free with admission
5/27
Monday
Ice Cream Making
05/27/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Get ready for summer by making homemade ice cream! Discover how easy and fun it is to measure and mix simple ingredients to make ice cream from scratch. You’ll get to eat a big scoop too! Sign up the day of at the front desk. $5 per ice cream chef (members get a 10% discount).
5/27
Monday
Memorial Day Story Time
05/27/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
In honor of Memorial Day and the women and men who have given their lives to serve the United States we will read The Wall by Eve Bunting, a story about a boy and his dad who visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C..

Recommended for children six years and older and their adults.

Free with admission
5/27
Monday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
05/27/2019
3:30 p.m. - 4 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
5/28
Tuesday
Stage Story: The Three Little Pigs
05/28/2019
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
"Little Pig, little pig, let me come in!" Act out the classic story of The Three Little Pigs live on our stage or help us tell the story together.

Free with admission
5/28
Tuesday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/28/2019
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 11 am - 5pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/28
Tuesday
Star Show: Orion the Hunter
05/28/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us as we learn about this famous constellation and find out why we see Orion in the summer sky and Scorpio in the winter sky.

Free with admission
5/28
Tuesday
Meet the Arts: Matisse in the Garden
05/28/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Did you know that Henri Matisse took inspiration from the natural world? Join us to create a Matisse-inspired collage. Learn about this artist who loved shape and color or just explore pasting shapes for the first time.

Free with admission
5/29
Wednesday
Speaking Class for New Mainers
05/29/2019
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. Children ages 0-4 will explore exhibits and take part in guided-play with 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
5/29
Wednesday
Stories in the Kitchen: Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard
05/29/2019
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buzz into the kitchen this May to explore how bees help our food grow, and make some tasty bee inspired snacks. Today read, Walter the Baker, by Eric Carle while shaping homemade pretzels and mixing honey into a savory honey mustard dip.

Free with admission
5/29
Wednesday
Creative Movement with A Special Guest from Portland Ballet
05/29/2019
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
5/29
Wednesday
Touch Tank: How Climate Change Effects Casco Bay
05/29/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Meet and touch our live tide pool creatures, learn about the changes in Casco Bay, and how you can help.

Free with admission
5/30
Thursday
Action! Headquarters Open for Play
05/30/2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our newest Superhero exhibit is open for business today from 10 am - 5 pm. The world is waiting for superheroes like you to save the day!

Free with admission
5/30
Thursday
The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow
05/30/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 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
5/30
Thursday
Paper Flower Still Life Art
05/30/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Explore two-dimensional design during this spring-inspired art time. Replicate your favorite spring flower or invent your own.

Free with admission
5/31
Friday
Wiggle with Worms
05/31/2019
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Wiggling and squiggling earthworms help keep plants growing. Come meet, touch and study live earth worms and learn how they are good for the planet.

Free with admission
5/31
Friday
Monster Painting
05/31/2019
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Help create monsters of all shapes and sizes during this messy painting time. Follow a silly set of directions that will lead to monsters with twelves noses or eight claws.

Free with admission
5/31
Friday
Engineer Masters
05/31/2019
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Think, build, test, and share. Learn what it means to tinker and engineer through a story based challenge. Put yourself the shoes of a crafty squirrel and design a solution for a squirrel-proof bird feeder.

Free with admission