Outreach Programs


Dinosaur Fossil Detectives
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine can come to you! Outreach programs bring the Museum & Theatre's resources and expertise directly to your school.

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

Rates:
Rates vary by program and are listed in program descriptions, below. There is a two program minimum beyond 10 miles and a three program minimum beyond 25 miles of the Museum & Theatre. Programs can accommodate a maximum of 25 students unless otherwise noted.

Reservations: To book an Outreach Program please begin by clicking the link below to submit your program request. A staff member will contact you to confirm that your requested time is available, arrange the details of your program and process payment.

Please note: We frequently revise our school 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.

Click here to complete an online Outreach Program request form.

For more information call (207) 828-1234 ext. 232 or email .

Program Topics:


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

2017/18 Outreach Programs


Early Childhood Programs:


Fair Ways to Play (New!)
Our friendly monster puppet Sully is touring Maine and spreading kindness everywhere he visits! With this interactive puppet show, students will role-play fair ways to play, negotiate with peers, and vocalize needs in the preschool classroom. This program will complement any social emotional learning curriculum.
Ideal Grades: PreK-2
Rates: $100

Light and Shadow Play (New!)
Explore the South African folktale, Abiyoyo, in this unique and hands-on program that combines science, art, 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 manipulate the shadows to tell a story and learn a song!
Ideal Grades: PreK-2
Rates: $100

Puppet Show: Stripes and Spots
Explore things that are the same and things that are different through the eyes of a young striped tiger and a young spotted leopard who set out in search of something to eat. By Maine writer and illustrator Dahlov Ipcar and produced with permission from Islandport Press.
Ideal Grades: PreK-2
Rates: $150 (can accomodate up to 60 people)

Puppet Show: 3 Billy Goats Gruff
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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-2
Rates: $150 (can accomodate up to 60 people)

Science/STEM:


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 and puppet 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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100 Outreach; $125 Kit

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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100

Story of a Lake (New!)
Using a lake replica, storytelling, and natural science experience how humans have impacted Maine lakes over the past three hundred years. Explore how humans have used Maine lakes, discover 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. Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100

The Life of Istar, a Humpback Whale (Most Popular!)
Using storytelling, props, artifacts, and a giant whale model, we’ll share the life story of Istar, a real humpback whale who lived in the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about what humpbacks eat, where they swim, and how they survive in the ocean. After learning about this famous whale’s life, we’ll go inside an inflatable 45-foot, life-size replica of her body. *This program requires a large space such as a gymnasium or cafeteria. Outdoor reservations have restrictions based on weather conditions. Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $150

Dinosaur Fossil Detectives
What is a fossil, and what can it tell us? Travel back in time by completing a Mesozoic timeline, experience the life of a fossil through dramatic play, and explore our collection of prehistoric fossil replicas to determine the creatures to which they once belonged. Touch and examine casts of dinosaur fossils, as well as our life size T-Rex jawbone replica! Also available as a three week kit rental.
Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $100 Outreach; $125 Kits

Rocks and Minerals of Maine
Uncover the secrets of Maine’s rocks and minerals using real specimens from our stunning collection. Handle and investigate watermelon tourmaline, green fluorite, and more as we experience what it’s like to be geologists discovering the amazing beauty of earth’s hidden gems. Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $100

Culture:


STARLAB® What is a star made of? How did ancient people use stars as a compass and calendar? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our 20-foot inflatable StarLab dome!
Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $150

We Are Maine: Cultural Heritage Exploration (New!)
Explore cultures all around us by meeting two families, originally from different places around the world, who now live in Maine. These stories of culture explore family traditions, foods, and holidays through first-person narrated videos. Launch into dynamic discussion, active games, and collaborative art, all celebrating the differences and similarities among all of us.
Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $100

Theatre:


Take the Stage: The Three Little Pigs
Bring the classic story of pigs and a wolf 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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100

Puppet Show: Kids on the Block
Promote acceptance of difference and disability awareness 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.
Ideal Grades: 1-5
Rates: $150 (can accomodate up to 60 people)

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