Remembering Jim Laurita

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My heart broke when I read the news this morning of Jim Laurita’s death. As the founder of Hope Elephants, his story inspired and informed my work with the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine this summer.I spent the day with Jim back in early May. Brent and I drove up there and watched him [...]


“Locals Love” Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

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We were surprised, honored and delighted to receive recognition from the Green & Healthy Maine publication – published by the same folks who create the SunriseGuide – in their first annual “Locals Love” feature! Green & Healthy Maine is an annual visitors guide and magazine that gives visitors to Maine a glimpse of the local, [...]


Throwback Thursday: Games from the Past

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Have you played any of our “Old Fashioned Yard Games” yet? Our educators have been bringing games that children loved to play 100 years ago back into style this summer. I did some digging into our own history, too, and found out some interesting things… Our community first became a permanent settlement in 1633 – [...]

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That’s a Wrap on “The Road to Hope.”

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Yesterday, our production of “The Road to Hope: An Elephant’s Story” wrapped up with a sold-out show. After more than a dozen performances, Theatre Director Reba Short and her troupe of student actors and stage staff took a well-deserved bow. I had the pleasure of seeing the performance myself just this past Friday, and I [...]


Crystal, Gem, and Fossil Fun

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Last week a group of 6 to 8 year old eager-eyed rock sleuths came together for the Children’s Museum & Theatre’s first ever Crystal, Gem and Fossil camp. Having personally collected rocks (amateurly) for 25 years (my first were pebbles from my Massachusetts backyard!) I was thrilled to lead a week of activities all about [...]

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Open-Ended Programming in our All-Weather Playscape.

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After a successful opening in March 2014, The Playscape remains a daily favorite destination among visitors of varying ages. Its towering indoor playground structures and blue blocks of many shapes and sizes provide for multiple open-ended play scenarios as well as guided programs. Open-ended play is exactly as it sounds: the concept is open; there [...]


Golden Tickets Make Our Theatre Season Extra Sweet

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There’s a secret in our new chocolate bars…! As we launch into our new theatre season with our very own original production of The Road to Hope: An Elephant’s Story (running July 16th through 27th), we are also pleased to announce an exciting opportunity wrapped within our brand new chocolate bars. Our theatre season includes [...]