Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine 2015 Summer Camps


Please find our registration form for 2015 Summer Camps here.



ANIMAL ARTS CAMP | AGES 4 - 6
JUNE 22 - 26 • 9am-Noon
What is it like to swim through the water like a giant whale or fly like an eagle? Animal lovers, bring your imaginations as we travel together around the world! We’ll use live animals, animals from story books and imagined animals as inspiration for a week of art making. Projects will include magical bird mobiles, scaly snake skin texture art and silly painted pet portraits. We will use drama to explore animal behavior and adaptations. We’ll also take a trip next door to the Portland Museum of Art to explore animals in art from history and modern times.
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.

DOWN TO THE SEA CAMP | AGES 6 - 8
JUL 6 - 10 • 9am-Noon
Anchors aweigh! Dip into the fictional world of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Maine author Chris Van Dusen in our brand new Magee-themed outdoor exhibit. Each day will bring a new adventure as we learn how to build mini rafts, step inside our life-size inflatable humpback whale, investigate real tide pool creatures, and discover ship wrecks. Along the way, we’ll create our own group adventure book that we’ll take home at the end of the week!
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM: FAIRY ACTING CAMP | AGES 4 - 6
JULY 13 - 17 • 9am-Noon
Young actors, do you enjoy stories of fairies, kings, queens, and … donkeys? In this camp we will explore the magical tale of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Through learning the play’s original text we will piece together our own strange love story of the fairy queen Titania and a magic flower. We will also create fairy dances, plant flowers and act like donkeys! By learning Shakespeare’s plays at an early age, young children have a unique opportunity to build vocabulary and literacy while strengthening their confidence and appreciation for a good story. We will be joined by young actors from our summer production of Shakespeare’s Stories and put on a play for friends and family on the final day of camp.
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.

ART SAFARI | AGES 6 - 8
JULY 20 - 24 • 9am-Noon
If you love wildlife and art, this camp is for you! Make plaster sculptures of snakes, mixed media animal masks, and textured rubbings from turtle shells. Animals have influenced art since the very first cave paintings 40,000 years ago, and we’ll use them as inspiration for learning formal art elements such as shape, form, pattern, color, and line. We’ll observe our own live turtles and tidepool creatures for real-life subjects, as well as use our imaginations for fantastical creature art. Children will work on daily projects and a larger week long project. We’ll also take a trip next door to the Portland Museum of Art to explore animals in art from history and modern times.
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.

STORIES IN THE KITCHEN CAMP | AGES 4 - 6
JULY 27 - 31 • 9am-Noon
Do dragons really love tacos? What does happen if you give a mouse a cookie? In this camp, we’ll explore the world of cooking through some of our favorite story books and dramatic play. Each morning, we’ll explore stories such as If You Give a Pig a Pancake and Green Eggs and Ham that will provide culinary inspiration for the rest of the day. We’ll combine math, reading, and theater skills – all while cooking up something delicious! We’ll even use our backyard garden and greenhouse to provide fresh ingredients for our menu. Bon appetit!
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.

ARTS AROUND THE WORLD CAMP | AGES 6 - 8
AUGUST 3 - 7 • 9am-Noon
Pack your passports and creativity – we’re going on an art adventure! Create arts and crafts inspired by cultures from around the world. Using our We Are Maine multi-cultural exhibit and one of a kind artifacts from the museum’s collection, we’ll explore a variety of traditional and modern crafts while learning about geography. Projects may include Japanese one stroke paintings, ancient weaving techniques, Ghanaian inspired textiles and Guatemalan worry dolls. Students will work on daily projects, as well as a week-long project.
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.

MAGIC, MAYHEM, AND MACBETH CAMP | AGES 6 - 8
AUGUST 10 - 14 • 9am-Noon
Double double, toil and trouble! Fire burn and cauldron bubble! In this theatre camp we will dive head first into the magic and witchiness of Shakespeare’s Macbeth! Through learning the play’s original text we will piece together our own story of a greedy Scottish king complete with shadow puppets, music and unique choreography. By studying Shakespeare’s plays, children have a unique opportunity to build vocabulary and literacy while strengthening their confidence and appreciation for a good story. We will be joined by young actors from our summer production of Shakespeare’s Stories and put on a play for friends and family on the final day of camp.
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.

OOEY GOOEY SCIENCE CAMP | AGES 4 - 6
AUGUST 17 - 21 • 9am-Noon
Science is messy! Join us for a week of playful experiments and ooey gooey exploration. We’ll create fields of erupting volcanoes, dance in tubs of oobleck, and use the Museum’s &Theatre’s live animal exhibits to investigate the mucky worlds of ponds and tide pools. We’ll also go outside to dig up wriggly worms in the garden, splash in the Museum’s new whale fountain, and mix up slime to take home as we celebrate curiosity-quenching messes.
Cost is $140 for members and $165 for non-members.