Onsite Programs & Group Visits

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Exploring We Are Maine
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding a program can enhance your group's experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier - please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

Click here to download our complete brochure of onsite, outreach, and kit rentals.

Booking a Visit to the Museum

Group reservations must be confirmed with a Museum & Theatre staff person at least 24 hours in advance. Please begin by clicking the appropriate link below to submit your group reservation request. A staff member will contact you to confirm that your requested time is available, arrange the details of your visit and process payment.

Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit.
Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit with a Program.

During our programs, our educators share a variety of scientific and cultural resources with your group, encouraging hands-on learning, discovery and engagement.

We frequently revise our programs to ensure a high quality experience for students and educators. If you have booked a program in the past and you want to be sure that specific features are still included, please discuss your expectations at the time of booking.

FMI call (207) 828-1234 ext. 232 or email

Schedule a two-hour visit on Tuesday through Friday (9:30am-5pm).

Group Size
Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group admission rates.

Admission Rates
  • $8.50 per person for a two hour visit to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own!
  • $9.50 per person for a two hour visit with a program: visit includes time to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own.
Two adults per 10 children are admitted free. Payment can be made on the day of the visit. Checks, credit cards and purchase orders are accepted.

Theatre Rates
  • $8 per ticket to a main stage theatre production.
  • $16.50 per person for a ticket to a main stage theatre production, plus 2 hours of exhibit play.
  • $450 buys a private showing of a main stage theatre production for up to 60 people.
Special Offer!
Receive $0.50 off each admission when your group visits in September, October, January, or February.

Click here to download our complete brochure of onsite, outreach, and kit rentals.

2018-2019 School Programs

Fair Ways to Play
Get ready for an interactive puppet show using Imagination Playground Blue Blocks™ and a friendly, blue monster puppet named Sully. Along with building challenges, a puppeteer facilitates fair ways to play, negotiations with peers, and vocalizing needs. This program complements any social-emotional learning curriculum.
Related Exhibits: Dress Up Theatre, Playscape

Light and Shadow Play
Explore the folktale, Abiyoyo, in this unique and hands-on program that combines science, storytelling, and theatre. Journey through the physics of light and shadow before diving into this classic tale using interactive shadow puppets. Use your whole body to tell a story and learn a song!
Related Exhibits: Dress Up Theatre; Lights, Camera, Color

Story of a Lake
Using a lake replica, storytelling, and natural science, experience how humans have impacted Maine lakes over the past three hundred years. Discover the plants and animals affected by pollution, learn how humans have worked to clean Maine lakes, and problem solve ways to keep Maine's waterways healthy for generations to come.
Related Exhibits: Ranger Station; Discovery Woods

We Are Maine: Cultural Heritage Exploration
Meet two families, originally from different places around the world who now live in Maine. Their cultural stories explore family traditions, foods, and holidays through first-person narrated videos. Launch into dynamic discussion, active games, and collaborative art, all celebrating the differences between and the similarities among us all.
Related Exhibits: Creating Communities

Meet the Turtles
Get up close and personal with live yellow-bellied slider turtles! Use scientific observation skills while exploring real turtle artifacts such as shells and skulls. Learn all about the anatomy and biology of various turtles and tortoises from the land and sea before meeting a live turtle.
Related Exhibits: Ranger Station; Discovery Woods; Tide Pool Touch Tank

Maine Animal Adaptations
Discover an array of Maine animal adaptations using real artifacts from our collection. Compare the natural abilities and limitations of a variety of animals through role-play interactions. Handle and explore amazing animal artifacts like moose antlers, turtle shells, mammal teeth, skulls, and furs. Also available as a three week kit rental.
Related Exhibit: Ranger Station; Discovery Woods

Ocean Exploration
Use imagination and puppetry to journey deep into the ocean. With the help of light levels to explore ocean zones, students transform into ocean-dwelling creatures in our Theatre and meet live creatures from the intertidal zone by visiting to our Tide Pool Touch Tank. There is a fifteen person minimum for this program.
Related Exhibits: Tide Pool Touch Tank; Dress Up Theatre; Lights, Camera, Color; Lobster Boat

Dinosaur Fossil Detectives
Through the eyes of four different scientists (Fossil Hunter, Paleontologist, Evolutionary Biologist, and Paleoartist) learn how clues from the past can be pieced together to provide a deeper understanding of extinct creatures. Use movement and dramatic play to explore how a fossil is made. Take on the role of a scientist to answer questions. Finally, share your knowledge as we explore current research and new findings about these magnificent beasts. Also available as a three week kit rental.
Related Exhibits: Ranger Station, Discovery Woods

Camera Obscura
Discover the early technology that combined the natural power of light and our own eyes to spark innovations such as photography and film. In this full-room exhibit, explore the principles of light, perspective, and vision. Then take a tour of Portland using our Periscopic Camera Obscura as it projects real-time, video-like images.
Related Exhibits: Lights, Camera, Color

Mini-Planetarium Show: STARLAB®
What is a star made of? How did ancient people use stars both as a compass and calendar? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our StarLab dome. We’ll also analyze a set of stars and make up our own constellation myth. *This program requires a large space such as a gymnasium or cafeteria
Related Exhibits: Space Shuttle

Take the Stage: Improvisational Theatre Games (New!)
Engage your group with dramatic games and activities to encourage public speaking, improvisational thinking, and problem solving. This workshop is easily adaptable for any age group and promotes confidence, team-building, taking turns, and listening. Ask about adding teacher resources and/or our Playmaking Residency Program which can be tailored to your school's curriculum.
Related Exhibits: Dress-Up Theatre

Collaborative Art: Mapmaking (New!)
Using a variety of art supplies and images, work together to create a collaborative, mixed-media rendition of your unique community. Include the library, school, market, fire station, park, and post office as we learn about community helpers and the geography.
Related Exhibits: Our Town, Creating Community

Three Billy Goats Gruff Puppet Show
Experience the magic of live theatre with a puppet show for your group. Puppet shows encourage literacy through storytelling and offer opportunities for the audience to sing and play along. Compare goats of different sizes, from the smallest to the biggest, in this silly puppet performance that contemplates whether the grass is always greener on the other side. Three Billy Goats Gruff is performed by two actor-educators and is available for groups of 15-60 (children and adults).
Related Exhibits: Dress-Up Theatre

Growing Worms' Growing Garden (New!)
Discover how living things around us grow. Meet live red wiggler worms at every stage of life, from egg to adult, and learn how they help the plants around them grow. Harvest worm castings (nutrient rich worm droppings) to fertilize a seed. Then, take this seed back with you and watch it grow into a big strong plant.
Related Exhibits: Down to the Sea Garden Greenhouse

Coming in January

Simple Machines (New!)
Discover 6 simple machine models (level, screw, wheel and axel, pulley, inclined plane, and wedge) with hands-on exploration and real-life examples in action. Then, put your knowledge to the test with literature-based engineering challenges.
Related Exhibits: Have A Ball

Our 2018-2019 Theatre Season

Engage and inspire your students! The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine produces theatre for kids, by kids. Shows are approximately one-hour long and are available on select dates. Inquire about seating availability in our performance space or limited dates for private performances in our 2018-2019 season.
Exhibit Links: Dress-Up Theatre; dramatic play, puppetry, and costumes available in many exhibits.

This year's shows are:
  • November 2018: Charlotte's Web
  • December 2018: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • February 2019: The Three Little Pigs
  • April 2019: The Adventure of Peter Rabbit

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