Calling all doodlers! This October, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is participating in The Big Draw, an international drawing festival that celebrates drawing in all its forms. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of participants from all over the world, giving everyone a chance make art and connect with their community. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is proud to be the only official Big Draw partner in the state of Maine this year.
To celebrate, we’ve scheduled a ton of fun, interactive drawing and art workshops and classes. We’re also welcoming three fantastic guest artists to our Artists in Residence Program during The Big Draw. Look for Johanna, Faith, and Emmeline as they create interactive, large scale works of art created by YOU! Children and families are encouraged to work together to create a seascape mural with Johanna, constellation art with Faith, and art based on your favorite things with Emmeline.
Other Big Draw workshops include: Draw a Song, Movement Portraits, Nature Drawing, Alphabet Art, Story Book Creations, Movement Portraits and More.
For details on all of our special programs and workshops, check out our calendar of events all through October to go with the Big Draw!
If you miss the workshops and programs, visit us on November 6 for First Friday and view the finished projects during a special Museum & Theatre Big Draw gallery show. Museum admission is just $2 from 5-8pm on First Friday.
Let’s celebrate our moms by throwing them a party. We’ll bake them something special – then eat it with tea, of course! We’ll also make one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day cards for this special day.
Free with admission. 10:30am-12pm.
Celebrate Earth Day with a full day of interactive science programs, Earth-inspired art projects, puppet shows, and general merriment in honor of the planet we call home.
Free with admission.
Join us to make traditional Passover snacks, play games, and learn more about this joyful Jewish holiday.
Free with admission.
Join us for an eggcellent, eye-spy, eggvestigation. There will be hundreds of filled eggs throughout our exhibits, including a safe area for toddlers and a golden egg challenge for adventurous egg-hunters! Bring your own basket. Refreshments included!
This event tends to sell out – purchasing in advance is highly encouraged!
$8/member, $9/visitor, $15/stay and play. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.
Click here to purchase your tickets online!
Audiences may not realize Matt Heaton’s children’s music is “children’s music!” First and foremost, it is groovy, engaging and fun. Playing with skill and whimsy on guitar & banjo, Matt brings in elements of rockabilly, folk, soul and surf to entertain adults as well as kids. With shockingly listenable versions of classics like “Wheels on the Bus” alongside original compositions like “Outside Toy,” Matt’s shows are a high energy explosion of all ages enjoyment and education. Warning: Singing along may take place!
Heaton is a skilled entertainer for kids, with a repertoire of kid-friendly folk & surf-inspired originals and reworked classics. Like musicians before him, he took a keen interest in music for kids after the birth of his son, leading engaging sing-alongs that he hoped adults could enjoy, too. Armed with a bundle of new and traditional material, he organized a whole lot of extra babysitting and created his new CD, “Happy You Made It.” Matt Heaton also performs in the well-known Irish music duo of Matt & Shannon Heaton.
$5 per person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
Celebrate the chilly season with a weekend of winter wonder! Build mini ice sculptures, explore the science of snow and glaciers, create winter crafts, and join us outside for a cozy hot chocolate and wintertime fort building.
Join science educator Laura Poppick on a family field trip to a biology lab at the University of Southern Maine in Portland! USM biologist Dave Champlin will lead us through a series of interactive science experiments exploring the incredible lives of caterpillars and moths. We’ll hold and handle caterpillars at different life stages, learn how to use basic scientific tools, and create an observational art project. We’ll also have time to explore dozens of other preserved natural specimens in the lab, and take a tour of the science building!
$2 per person. Recommended for ages 5+.
Sign up online here!
Note: This event does not take place at Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Personal transportation required. Program participants will meet at 70 Falmouth Street, Portland, Maine. Participants will receive a confirmation letter upon registering with information about parking at the USM Portland campus.
It’s December! It’s hard not to think of the holidays with all the snow we’ve gotten so far, and of course, there’s lots to celebrate. Here at the Museum & Theatre, we love a mix of traditions and new celebrations, and we’re excited to share some holiday and winter-themed cheer with you.
Hanukkah may not start this year until the evening of December 16th, but we’re celebrating this festival of lights early, with Dreidel Play today December 3rd, and an hour-long Hanukkah Celebration on Saturday, December 13th starting at 2pm. Join us to make your own menorah and sing festive Hanukkah songs! (We’ll be playing dreidel again on December 21st, too.)
We’ve even created our own special day this year: Winter Animal Day! We’re so excited about our holiday show, Beatrix Potter’s Christmas, that we’re all about animals lately. From tame bunnies to wild deer, we’ll be taking a look at different animals all month, and celebrating the animals of winter all day on December 20th. (Join us for a 1pm or 4pm performance of Beatrix Potter’s Christmas that day for extra animal fun!)
And of course, we can’t have the holidays at the Museum & Theatre without our annual New Years at Noon! PJ Party. One of the staples of our holiday programming, the New Years at Noon! party is a fun, festive way to ring in the new year… well before midnight, with a multi-balloon drop at noon. We’re also celebrating at 2pm with hat-making and some quieter activities, if that’s more your style.
However you like to celebrate the holidays, we hope you’ll join us! We love spreading the joy of the season.