I’ve recently started as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, and I am thrilled to be here.
I love Portland, Maine and moved here as an adult 14 years ago, living here for quite a bit of my childhood. Alas, even though my father, brother, and son are natives, I am not. I had moved up here looking for a vacation after the school I was teaching at went on summer break, thinking that if my students were to get a break, I should as well. If anyone should see that vacation anywhere around here, please let me know.
I’ve been active in performing arts, entertainment, and non-profit work for over 20 years, and have had the pleasure of working with and for many of Southern Maine’s greatest organizations and happenings. I’ve also enjoyed my work as a musician, and some of you may have been on a dance floor when I was DJing, or seen me on stage with my good friends the Don Campbell Band.
I first came to the Museum several years ago, when my niece and nephew were younger. “Uncle Todd” always got to do fun things with the kids, but I’ll admit, I was nervous. Nervous! Going to the Children’s Museum with my favorite kids in the world made me nervous. I became self-conscious, and very aware I was under-dressed, as the niece and nephew were decked out in full-on Star Wars regalia. I didn’t know my way around, and didn’t know what went on at the Children’s Museum. Would I be made to play games or do things I didn’t know how to do?
I was taking myself too seriously to even smile when the young woman at the front desk helped us. Upon entering the exhibits and starting to see how all the children became instantly at peace convicted me. Being a grownup and being taught humility by an exuberant pack of smiling and playing children was a huge moment in my life.
Children have not been taught such silly, circumstantial, and constricting ideas like the “right” way to look, or play, or enjoy. Adults cling to these factors long after they were ever introduced. Once I put down my camera, I was able to really enjoy the experience that Amelia and Ben were already having.
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine has truly been conceived and designed to create a solid and safe place for families to have fun and educational experiences together. There are so many organized programs going on here daily and weekly, but I think you’ll find some of the most special moments come when you allow yourself to cease your planning and parenting for a moment, and let your child lead you in the play. You’ll find that even if you’re under-dressed without your lightsaber, your children will help you have fun, regardless.