Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine and IDEXX partner to enhance STEM education in Maine

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is thrilled to announce a $500,000 leadership commitment from IDEXX to create The IDEXX STEM Learning Hub in the new Museum & Theatre on Thompson’s Point, scheduled to open in 2020. This creative collaboration is designed to enhance opportunities for experiential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning for Maine kids and families.

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We welcome children and families to play, learn, and grow. We are here for you each and every day.

Dear Community,
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine welcomes the many newly arriving asylum seeking families to Portland. We stand with the City and all of those helping children and families with their needs of food, shelter, and health care. We exist to inspire discovery and play for all children, and we are ready to offer educational and play opportunities to all new families in our community when they are ready for us.

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"Silly Slime" with Museum & Theatre Educator, Sam!

Usually, we define substances as solid, liquid, or gas- the three states of matter.  Solids, consist of tightly packed molecules that move very little. Liquids, have molecules that flow and move around each other. And in gasses, the molecules are very fast and far apart... Which raises the question, what do we do about something that can look and feel solid but actually moves more like a liquid?

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Sensory Saturday: Egg Hunt

One of the best parts of programming, activities, and special events at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is that members, visitors, and friends are always welcome to share their ideas for us to turn into a reality! This spring, we're bringing one-such idea to you: The first ever Play Your Way Before-Hours Egg Hunt. The Play Your Way special morning hours are designed for anyone who might benefit from a quieter play time and egg hunt experience!

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Introducing: Cloud City

Our team is beyond excited for this wondrous addition to our Museum & Theatre! Cloud City is spectacularly designed to energize and awaken a sense of wonder and exploration through your senses. Now, you’re probably thinking… well, what does that mean?

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The Holi Celebration

On Sunday March 24th the Museum & Theatre joins together again with members of Maine’s community to celebrate Holi, the Hindu celebration of spring and color.

Holi gets its name from Holika, who, according to Hindu religion, was the name of an evil enchantress. As the story goes, a good and kind prince named Prahlad was trapped by the evil enchantress, Holika. Yet, through a series of events, Prahlad was saved by his goodness and loyalty to Lord Vishnu, while the evil Holika was burned. Thus, on the night before Holi, many families have massive bonfires to celebrate this moment when good conquered over evil.

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World Water Day & Sustainability

With an economy that relies on the health of Maine’s waters and land, and a population of people dedicated to the outdoors, the Museum & Theatre seeks to rally and excite our community to take part in preserving our natural resources. Children and families use the Museum & Theatre as a resource to learn more about our environment and how to protect it, and the Museum & Theatre plans to grow that impact through expanded programming and exhibits.

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Culture Cooking: Spring Rolls

Today special culture kitchen guest, Stalla Austin, taught me and a group of Museum & Theatre visitors how to make a traditional Chinese spring roll in honor of the Chinese New Year. Stella is an experienced cook who grew up celebrating the Chinese New Year, which is traditionally filled with family, red lanterns, traditions of good luck and of course food! These spring rolls are the most delicious spring roll ever.

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What to Expect at a Play Your Way Event

In an effort to welcome more families, we offer special Play Your Way events to invite families affected by Autism, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other challenges to play in our exhibits during a quieter time and meet other families in the community. Play Your Way events are the perfect time to try out the Museum & Theatre and see if it’s a good fit for your family.

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