Yoga, A Pig Roast, and Katy Perry at this year’s Auction

Preparations for our largest fundraiser of the year, our Annual Auction, are well underway and I am thrilled to share with you a sneak peak of items that will be up for bid on Friday, May 2nd. We are so fortunate to not only have hundreds of loyal and generous donors, but over 40 amazing volunteers who have helped us to secure all of these great items!

For those of you who have been joining us at our Auction over the years, you will be excited to hear about all the brand new items and donors in this year’s line-up, including:

Schooner J&E Riggin

3, 4, or 6 day Windjammer Sailing Vacation for 2:
This truly unique travel experience also offers gourmet meals onboard. Whether you’re a sailing enthusiast or complete novice, the crew will teach you the ropes (literally). You’ll travel wherever the winds take you, starting in Rockland and traversing the coast from Boothbay to Bar Harbor.
Donated by: The Schooner J. & E. Riggin

Pig Roast Party for 50:

Gather the whole neighborhood for this casual, backyard event. Rain or shine, let Mainely Pig Roasts do all the work, including the 8-9 hour natural charcoal roasting process. Vegetarian? No worries, they’ll also provide yummy sides like baked beans, cole slaw and cornbread.
Donated by: Mainely Pig Roasts

4 tickets to Katy Perry – The Prismatic World Tour at TD Garden in Boston:
Grab the girls to see this “California Gurl” live in concert! Check out some videos online (and my personal favorite) to get psyched up before the Auction!
Donated by: Ameriprise Financial

Long September Weekend in Nantucket for 8 + a Cruise on a Luxury Motor Yacht:
Our new Marketing Coordinator Todd Richard comes from Nantucket, and he is positive there is no better place to vacation on Earth. If you don’t believe him, just ask the people at, who voted Nantucket one of the best island vacation destinations. September is a great time to visit the island, with all the weather of summer and a quarter of the tourists.
Donated by: 27 Dukes Road, Nantucket MA and Barton & Gray Mariners Club

yogibo-midi-orange_3Yogibo Yogi Midi Lounge Bean Bag Chair

I can say from experience that these bean bag chairs are super comfy and not just for
kids! The Midi could be a two-person love seat, a recliner or even an extra bed for overnight guests. Don’t believe me? Test it out for yourself at their new Maine Mall location in South Portland.
Donated by: Yogibo

Plus so much more! Check out the entire auction line-up in our online catalog:

In addition to raising funds to support our daily operations, the Annual Auction also provides an opportunity for guests to donate year-long scholarship memberships for families in need. Thanks to the generosity of our attendees last year, we raised 77 memberships worth over $7,000! Please consider donating to this special cause, regardless of whether you are able to attend the event.

Buy your tickets today! Tickets are now available to purchase on our website: or give me a call at (207) 828-1234 x242. We look forward to seeing you on May 2nd at the Ocean Gateway Terminal.

A special thanks to event sponsors MEMIC , Pierce Atwood, WEX, Spectrum Medical Group, and Berlin City Auto Group.

Eating Healthy: Veggie Dumplings

Hi, everyone! Did you catch our Eating Healthy workshop this morning? Even if you missed it, we’re excited to share today’s recipe with you. Make delicious, nutritious goodies at home, any time!

Today’s recipe:

Easy Veggie Dumplings!

Eating Healthy is a monthly cooking program sponsored by the WalMart Falmouth store and is free with admission. Hope to see you next month!


Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale at Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine


Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
142 Free Street, Portland, Maine
828-1234 ext 231 |
Tickets: $8 Members/$9 Visitors

Show Times and Dates:
Show runs from April 11-27
Fridays at 4/11, 4/18 & 4/25 at 4pm
Saturdays 4/12, 4/19 & 4/26 at 1pm and 4pm
Sundays 4/13 & 4/27 at 4pm
and April Vacation Week shows on
Wednesday 4/23 and Thursday 4/24 at 11:30am and 3pm

Show Description in Brief:
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is honored to present Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling with the well-known Cinderella of Charles Perrault introducing the audience to characters with similar stories from other cultures. The audience will meet the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Rough Faced Girl of the Mi’kmaq Native American Tribe. Pear Blossom, Vasilisa and Rough Faced Girl all have one thing in common; they are mistreated by their families; they yearn for a better life; and through patience, hard work and bravery they live happily ever after. The story is embedded with magical objects; Pear Blossom has a magic cow; Vasilisa has a talking doll and Rough Faced Girl sees the Invisible Hunter. This is the perfect show for those who love fairy tales and an opportunity for young actors and audiences alike to gain cultural perspective through this well-loved tale.

Cinderella: the World’s Favorite Fairytale is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL. Through a generous grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, the actors and production crew will be working with cultural consultants during the rehearsal process to ensure the authenticity of the production. The cultural consultants will work directly with the young actors, answering questions, giving background information and advising on the design elements of the play.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine produces theatre by kids, for kids. The play will be performed by actors age 8 to 16. This play can be enjoyed by audience of all ages and runs approximately one hour without an intermission.

For Media Credentials:
To review Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale ,
or interview the young actors of the production, please contact
Reba Short, Theatre Artistic Director
at 207-828-1234 x247 or

“The Playscape” Opens This Friday at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

For Immediate Release:

Friday March 14th, 2014
The Playscape Opens to the Public
Exhibit open during normal business hours | Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
Museum General Admission: $9 per person (under 18 months free)
142 Free Street | Portland, Maine 04101
For more info: 207.828.1234

About The Playscape:
The Playscape is an exhibit designed to promote child-directed, open-ended play and physical activity through engagement with climbing structures and large-scale blocks. Our 900 square-foot exhibit space is being transformed into an abstract indoor landscape compete with lush astroturf and flying kites. The space will be completely immersive and give visitors the feeling of being transported to another world. The exhibit’s two centerpieces are custom CedarWorks climbing structures for children ages 2-12 and Imagination Playground blocks made of biodegradable foam. Both aspects of the exhibit invite children to use their imaginations and their bodies to learn through play. Visitors will be invited to let their imaginations take flight as they climb to the top of a tower, send bucketfuls of balls to friends below, roll in a mini ball pit, traverse bridges, soar down slides, create unique blue structures, and explore The Playscape in their own, creative way.

Sponsor Comments and Contributions:
CedarWorks is pleased to partner with the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine to promote indoor play, imagination and discovery. For more than 30 years, CedarWorks has been committed to designing and crafting the safest, most beautiful, and highest quality play systems for children.

“The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is a wonderful space which blends education and fun for families,” said Barrett Brown, CedarWorks company president. “Our indoor play products are a perfect complement to the goals of the Playscape exhibit in that they awaken young imaginations, and get kids moving and exploring through active play,” Brown added.

Tory W. Rogers, MD Director of Let’s Go!, a childhood obesity prevention program in Maine, said “Let’s Go! believes in providing opportunities for Maine children to be more physically active and The Museum is doing just that!” She includes, “Part of Let’s Go!’s commitment to decreasing childhood obesity rates involves encouraging community partners, like The Museum, to get kids moving. We’re happy to support The Playscape and what it stands for.”

About the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine:
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, located in the vibrant heart of Portland, exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play. The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children’s development and learning. The Museum & Theatre is a significant and valuable community asset, offering a broad and diverse array of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities especially developed for children ages 0-10 and the adults who accompany them.

Using four core areas of focus, including Science, Multicultural, Arts, and Early Childhood Education, the work within the Museum reaches children 6 months to 10 years of age, as well as their families and caregivers. Theatre productions include cast and crew members ages 7 to 16, with their performances being enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Outreach and programming serve students and educators throughout the state, in classes from Pre-K through 5th grade.

Recognition includes winning the Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Pick Award for the Best Museum in Portland (2009) as well as being named one of the 12 Best Children’s Museums in the US by Forbes (2012) and one of four children’s museums in the world to receive the MetLife Promising Practice Award (2012).

The Playscape Exhibit is generously sponsored by:



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Be a Cultural Consultant for our production of “Cinderella”

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is looking for Cultural Consultants to help us with our upcoming production of Cinderella. This is a very special version of the Cinderella story interweaving the Micmac, Russian, and Chinese versions of the tale. We’d like to give each story an authentic voice, and we’re looking for the right people to help us do that. We’re looking for people with an intimate knowledge of Chinese and Micmac culture to share their experience with designers, directors, and young actors.

The Cultural Consultants will be expected to give us preliminary feedback on the script and take part in three one-hour meetings held at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine during March and April 2014. These meetings could take place virtually or by skype if necessary.

1.       One informational meeting with directors and designers to talk about the culture, the story, and the aesthetics of theatre in the specific culture.

2.       One informational meeting with director and young actors to talk about culture, the story, and answer any questions.

3.       One presentation with museum visitors in which the actors will perform a short section from the play and visitors will have a chance to ask questions about the story and culture before the show.

For their contribution to the production, we will offer consultants a modest stipend of $300 and four complementary tickets to see the performance.

If the cultural consultants have theatrical experience, we are also looking for costume designers or set designers for this production. Please note if you are interest in applying for any of those positions.

For more information, or to read a copy of the script, please contact me via email at

Cinderella’s Stories Served Three Ways

This morning, we had a staff meeting to do what in the theatre world is called a “table read.” This is when we gather together to do a read-through of the script for the upcoming theatre production. Usually, most of the readers have never read the script before, so it is really a fun experience for everyone to act “off-the-cuff.”

The final show for this season is  “Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale.” This is a special re-telling of the classic, featuring Cinderella stories from three different cultures: Russian, Chinese, and Micmac. The unique interpretations of this story are bookended by segues by our familiar Cinderella, telling the audience about the next story to come.

I got to read a few fun parts, including the narrator for the traditional Chinese take on Cinderella. It turns out that, in Chinese theatre, the narrator frequently appears right on stage and serves as a sort of conductor and stage manager, directing the flow of actor traffic as well as props and scenery.

Here’s a few quick candid snaps from our table read. So much fun! While it was very useful to our Theatre Director Reba, as well as some of our theatre staff who were present, it was just pure fun for me! I’ve been taking to heart the idea of frequent “playtime” for adults, even if it is not like the play we experienced as children. Today’s read was undoubtedly play, all the way.

Please make sure you’re signed up for our emailer, Facebook, or Twitter to know when we put tickets on sale. This show is going to be a lot of fun.

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Autism, Art, and Awareness This April

We love this video that showcases the ability of artist Stephen Wiltshire. Check out his incredibly accurate city drawings he does from memory!

We want to share the art and writing of talented kids in our community.

If you know a child or teen with autism who loves to make art or write*, encourage them to submit a piece to the 5th Annual Show and Tell Gallery. The show starts in April for Autism Awareness month and runs through the summer. 
This year we’ve decided to include writing (biographies, poetry, fictional stores, etc.) You can email digital files to
For submission form, click here.
The deadline is March 29th. 
To learn about past Show and Tell Galleries, click here.