Thank You to United Way Day of Caring Volunteers!

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Day of Caring is an annual day of service sponsored by the United Way of Greater Portland. The day kicks-off with a short program in the Back Cove. Following the festivities, more than 1,000 volunteers from local businesses and schools will spend the day working at nearly 70 projects including painting, trail clearing, gardening and organizing. Greater Portland literally sparkles at the end of the day!

Today, volunteers from TD Bank and LL Bean are here to lend a hand and help with several projects inside and out at our Museum & Theatre. Thank you to LL Bean, TD Bank, and United Way of Greater Portland for organizing and working toward a beautifully cared-for Portland!

WGME13 Gives Coverage to Scholarship Membership Needs

Earlier this week, Kim Block from WGME13 visited our museum to interview our Executive Director, Suzanne Olson. This winter and the parade of bad weather conditions & bitter cold has greatly challenged countless families in need. The story is here:

 

PORTLAND (WGME) — All the cold weather has families flocking to the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. But for some families, the cost of admission is out of reach. That’s why the museum offers scholarships to help make the museum accessible to everyone.

That fund is running dry, though, and the museum is hoping Mainers will consider making a difference for families in need.

“One letter I had recently that really touched me came from a homeless father who has a chance to have his children visit once a month. He wrote me a letter saying ‘I want a place I can be proud to bring my children and spend time with them together,’ pretty hard to say ‘no’ to that,” Suzanne Olson, Executive Director, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, said.

A one year admission scholarship is $95, but the museum says it will gladly accept donations of any kind to help families enjoy the museum. No one is turned away, but the fund helps a lot.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Our Own Model Citizens

Last week, we celebrated some new citizens of the US at a Naturalization service held in our Dress Up Theatre.

This week, we have heard news that one of our own, Board member and former Board president Barbee Gilman was recently featured in Old Port Magazine. This new publication currently has a feature called “Model Citizens,” and we are thrilled to see Barbee among some terrific company.

Congrats, Barbee, and thank you for all of your work here. And, thank you to Old Port Magazine for recognizing “Model Citizens!”

Rhythm Play Rocks Our 2nd Floor

Any of our friends that have visited over the past month have seen that there are many changes afoot on our 2nd floor!

Some of our exhibit spaces have been evolving in to our new attraction, called Rhythm Play. Currently, we have two new areas dedicated.

Please check the photos of our big community-sized drum, large enough for several hands to play at once. Also, we are just launching our new Capoeira exhibit. Never heard of Capoeira? It’s a fascinating combination of dance, music, martial art, and athleticism that has its origins in Brazil. Check out this video of a local capoeira group. So cool!

Mini-Moviemakers Release New Blockbuster Films!

Our youngest filmmakers here may not be winning awards yet, but they are certainly on a track to developing cool talents and great ideas!

Please see these stop-motion anuimation shorts, produced by workshop leader/educator Jaime Andrew and her gifted groups of tomorrow’s film talent!

 

 

Play Our Way: Private Playtime for Families Affected by Autism

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Click here to download a printable copy of  the Play Our Way flier_2014.

Play Our Way: Private Playtime for Families Affected by Autism

Fri November 14 / 5:30-7:30pm
Sat December 13 / 8-10am
Friday January 9 / 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday February 7 /8am-10am

Families of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are invited to the Museum for a special, private playtime. The Museum will be closed to the general public, providing a more conducive play environment. Our staff has made adjustments to the lighting in our exhibit and play areas and noise-reducing headphones will be available. Play Our Way is free, and pre-registration is not required – just come over for as little or as long as you like! You are welcome to stay and play when we open to the public. The Play Our Way monthly playtimes will continue through February 2015 thanks to the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine. For a complete list of dates and more information about this program, click here or contact Louisa@kitetails.org.

 

Ugandan Kids Choir on Nov. 15th

Ugandan Kids Choir (R$)

Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:00 AM

Join us for a spectacular event with songs of hope and love, sung by children for children! The Ugandan Kids Choir will be singing at the Museum & Theatre of Maine on their East Coast tour. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity! The voices in the Ugandan Kids Choir bring a message of hope – sharing their folklore through music and dance.$5 per person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or click here.