For all Ages

See a Theatre Show

Engage and inspire your students! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine produces theatre for kids, by kids. Shows seat up to 60 people, are approximately one-hour long and are available on select dates. Inquire about seat availability in our performance space or limited dates for private performances.

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Show: $450 full show

Field Trip: $8-$16.50/person

Outreach: call for more information


The Life of Istar, A Humpback Whale

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 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.

Field Trip: not available

Outreach: $150


Collaborative Community Map-making

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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Growing Worm’s Growing Garden

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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100

 

Early Childhood & Preschool

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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Ocean Exploration

Use imagination and puppetry to journey deep into the ocean. With the help of light levels to explore ocean zones, students transform into ocean-dwelling creatures in our Theatre and meet live creatures from the intertidal zone by visiting to our Tide Pool Touch Tank.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: not available

 

Preschool to Grade 3

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!

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Puppet Show: 3 Billy Goats Gruff

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).

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $150


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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Rainbow Discovery

Discover the optics behind rainbows and color and learn how different animals see the world in colossally different ways.  Peer through lenses and binoculars, light up lasers, inspect owl skulls, and see what see bumblebees and butterflies see.  We'll play with refraction and reflection and find out what all this has to do with rainbows in our Cloud City exhibit.  Includes a rainbow prism to take back to your classroom. 

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: not available


The Three Little Pigs Engineering Challenge

Explore this classic tale with a STEM twist.  Dive into design and challenge yourself to think, build, test, and share as you build a sturdy house fit for a pig.  Don’t forget to test its strength with the Big Bad one himself.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: not available

Grades 1 to 3

We Dig Dinos

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 current research and new findings about these magnificent beasts.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Simple Machines

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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Maine Mammals

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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


We Are Maine: Cultural Heritage Exploration

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.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Mini-Planetarium Show: STARLAB®

What is a star made of? How did ancient peoples use stars both as a compass and calendar? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our star dome. We’ll also analyze a set of stars and create a new constellation myth using critical thinking and creativity.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $150


The Three Little Pigs Engineering Challenge

Explore this classic tale with a STEM twist.  Dive into design and challenge yourself to think, build, test, and share as you build a sturdy house fit for a pig.  Don’t forget to test its strength with the Big Bad one himself.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: not available


The Magnificent Enlarging Marshmallow: A Multi-Sensory Science Experiment

In this hands on air pressure experiment, use collaborative inquiry, scientific method, and design process as we burst balloons, grow marshmallows and explode foam in a giant pressure jar.  Explore the social emotional side of human error and ways all scientists cope.  Empower your classroom of budding scientists today. 

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Ancient Maine

Imagine this: lava in Lewiston, Sea Stars on Saddleback, and mammoths in your own backyard. Rocks, minerals, and fossils are clues to what the earth looked like millions and millions of years ago. Get up close and personal with a large collection of real ocean fossils, volcanic rock, and glittering crystals. Through drama and movement, learn how fossils and crystals form piece together an image of Prehistoric Maine.

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: $100


Action Headquarters: Mission to Save the World

Discover your superpower, don a cape, and solve dramatic challenges as a group. Use theatre and imagination to think like a team—build trust, face fears, work together, and save the world. This creative theatre adventure features our new exhibit, Action Headquarters!

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: not available


Rainbow Discovery

Discover the optics behind rainbows and color and learn how different animals see the world in colossally different ways.  Peer through lenses and binoculars, light up lasers, inspect owl skulls, and see what see bumblebees and butterflies see.  We'll play with refraction and reflection and find out what all this has to do with rainbows in our Cloud City exhibit.  Includes a rainbow prism to take back to your classroom. 

Field Trip: $9.50/per
Outreach: not available

Grades 4 and up

Heating Up: Climate Change & Sustainability in Maine

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.

Outreach: $150
Field Trip: not available