It’s hot, sunny and totally summer in Maine. I grew up spending many summer nights with my family slurping up sweet, sticky ice cream. This summer we are making many batches of ice cream at the Museum & Theatre, and I want to share a special recipe that will be perfect to make at home to satisfy most any picky eater and all who love cool summer treats.Read More
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.Read More
Our camps are off to a delicious start at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine! Our first camp of the summer was Candy Cook Camp, for ages 4-6. I had the sweet opportunity to join camp mid-week as a photographer and camp reporter.Read More
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.
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?Read More
Easy and so much FUN to make (and eat, of course)!
Here are the ingredients you'll need to perfect this salty and sweet snack:
Saltine Crackers (1 box)
The new exhibit, Cloud City, will challenge your perception!
Let’s talk light… Upon entering Cloud City, visitors will see a scene of clouds projected across the entire space. Here’s where we begin to tamper with your sense of wonder and perspective:Read More
In Maine and across North East America, March is the season for maple syrup. Cold nights and warm days wake up the maple trees and the sap begins to run. Take advantage of this special time of year by using maple syrup to sweeten up winter root vegetables.Read More
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!Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This week we were excited to see many of our regular cooks, and welcome some new faces to our Wednesday kitchen program. Today we go gluten free, but acknowledge that this cauliflower crust is delicious in its own right.
Get your aprons on, clear the counter and let’s begin!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
It’s definitely worth enjoying the cold snowy days while they are here, however; also worthwhile is a warm, cheesy comfort food inspired by the need for something to warm the insides on cold days. If you are snowed in, this can be the perfect way to get a little messy, practice fine motor skills and eat some nutrient rich greens.Read More
A team made of those who will fight crime, protect the city, and rescue people in distress? Little do most know, deep down in the Theatre of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is a secret lair where heroes are made...
Introducing: Action Headquarters
...Where you can become the hero Portland deserves!Read More