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, 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 .


2018-2019 Outreach Programs

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

Early Childhood 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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-1
Rates: $100

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!
Ideal Grades: PreK-2
Rates: $100

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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-2
Rates:$100

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).
Ideal Grades: PreK-2
Rates: $150

Theatre Programs:


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.
Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $100

Playmaking Residency! (New!)
Use your student's own voices to bring curriculum to life on stage. With the help of a Museum & Theatre educator, students interpret material using writing, improvisational acting, and movement-based games. This residency can complement any curriculum, but works best with history, science, and/or language arts.
Ideal Grades: 3-6
Rates: $300/day There is a two day minimum for this program.

Science Programs:


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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100

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

The Life of Istar, a Humpback Whale (Most Popular!)
Using storytelling, artifacts, and a giant whale model, learn 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 thrive in the ocean. After learning about this famous whale’s life, 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
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 currentresearch and new findings about these magnificent beasts. Also available as a three week kit rental.
Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100 Outreach

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. Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $100

Culture Programs:


We Are Maine: Cultural Heritage Exploration (New!)
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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100

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.
Ideal Grades: PreK-5
Rates: $100

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
Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $150

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.
Ideal Grades: K-5
Rates: $100

Heating Up: Climate Change & Sustainability in Maine (New!)
Locate microscopic plants and climb inside a life-sized, inflatable humpback whale to learn first-hand how life on earth is connected. In this multidisciplinary approach to science, discover how Maine's waters, from lakes to rivers to oceans, are affected by climate change.
Ideal Grades: 2-Adult
Rates: $150


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