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!

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 x232 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
  • $7 per person for a two hour visit to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own!
  • $8 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.
  • $15 per person for a ticket to a main stage theatre production, plus 2 hours of exhibit play.
  • $475 buys a private showing of a main stage theatre production for up to 65 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, overnights, and kit rentals.

Our 2016-2017 Theatre Season

Consider checking out our next show! The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine produces theatre for kids, by kids, in the Dress-Up Theatre. Inspire your students with live theatre! Shows are approximately 1 hour long. Shows available on select dates. Inquire about seat availability for select shows or limited select dates for a private performance.
Exhibit Links: Dress-Up Theatre; dramatic play, puppetry, and costumes available in many exhibits.

This year's shows are:
  • October: The Hobbit
  • December: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • February: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
  • April: The Little Mermaid

2016-2017 School Programs

Camera Obscura
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, and then create a collaborative piece of Camera Obscura art to take back to your classroom.
Exhibit Links: Lights, Camera, Color

Dinosaur Fossil Detectives
What is a fossil, and what can it tell us? Experience the life of a fossil through dramatic play and then explore our collection of prehistoric fossil replicas to determine which creatures they once belonged to. You'll get to touch and examine casts of dinosaur fossils, as well as our T Rex jawbone replica. Also available as a three week kit rental.
Exhibit Links: Ranger Station, Discovery Woods

Maine Mammal Adaptations
Discover an array of Maine animal adaptations using drama and real artifacts from our collection. Compare the natural abilities and limitations of a variety of animals - even humans! Handle and explore amazing animal artifacts like a moose antler, a turtle shell, mammal teeth, skulls and furs. Also available as a three week kit rental.
Exhibit Links: Ranger Station, Discovery Woods

Meet the Turtles
Get up close and personal with live yellow-bellied slider turtles! Practice your observation skills while exploring real turtle artifacts, like shells and skulls. Learn all about the anatomy and biology of various turtles and tortoises from the land and sea, and then meet one of our turtles in person.
Exhibit Links: Ranger Station, Discovery Woods, Tide Pool Touch Tank

Preschool Special! Little Plays
Experience the magic of live theatre as a story comes to life in your classroom. Each Little Play provides opportunities for the audience to play along with actors. Little Plays are designed to encourage literacy and use stories from the OWL pre-k curriculum. Stories include Stripes and Spots by Dalov Ipcar, 3 Billy Goats Gruff, and Corduroy by Don Freeman. This show is available for groups of up to 60 people (children and adults).

Exhibit Links: Dress-Up Theatre

Ocean Exploration
Use imagination and puppetry to journey deep into the ocean. With the help of light levels and movement students will explore the intertidal, sunlight, twilight and midnight zones. Students will transform into ocean-dwelling creatures and act out a show in our Dress-Up Theatre.
Exhibit Links: Tide Pool Touch Tank; Dress-Up Theatre; Lights, Camera, Color

Rocks and Minerals of Maine
Uncover the secrets of Maine's rocks and minerals using real specimens from our stunning collection. Work in teams to handle and investigate watermelon tourmaline, green fluorite and more as we experience what it's like to be a geologist discovering the amazing beauty of Earth’s hidden gems.
Exhibit Links: Discovery Woods, Shipyard, Tide Pool Touch Tank, Ranger Station.

Kids on the Block
Educate your students about visual impairment and cerebral palsy with a Kids on the Block puppet show! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down barriers and create empathy and understanding. Each booking includes two puppet skits and an opportunity for the audience to ask the puppets questions afterwards. This show is available for groups of up to 60 people (children and adults).
Exhibit Links: Dress-Up Theatre

Simple Machines
When you use simple machines to solve silly problems, you earn superhero powers! Learn how to find practical solutions to real world problems and make work easier by rotating through five simple machine model stations.
Exhibit Links: The Playscape, Sawmill

Mini-Plantarium Show: STARLAB®
What is a star made of? How did ancient people use stars as a compass? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our 20-foot inflatable StarLab dome. We'll also analyze a set of stars and make up our own constellation myth. Choose a cultural theme: Greek, Navajo/Dine*, or Chinese.
*available September-March
Exhibit Links: Space Shuttle, We Are Maine

Sustainable Footprints
How can we work together to preserve our planet? We'll use our bodies as game pieces in a life-sized sustainability board game to learn how daily activities affect oceans, forests and farmlands. Working in teams, we'll practice basic math skills to calculate how we can minimize our pollution footprints and help the Earth.
Exhibit Links: Growing Kids Greenhouse and Garden, Lobster Boat, Farm, Grocery Store, Sawmill

Take the Stage: The Three Little Pigs
Bring the classic story of pigs and wolves to life with a series of dramatic games and activities that will engage your entire class. This workshop is easily adaptable for any age group and promotes confidence, team-building, taking turns and listening. Other stories available upon request for an additional $25 fee.
Exhibit Links: Dress-Up Theatre

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