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.
Check out our troupe of life-size educational puppets with real stories just like real kids! Kids on the Block is a nationwide program using Bunraku-style puppetry as a way to break down boundaries and accept individual differences.
Free with admission.
May 9th at 3pm.
May 30th at 2pm.
Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren’t rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, you’re invited to join us for games like “What are you doing?”, “Freeze” and “Bus stop!” We aren’t sure what will happen, but we guarantee you’ll laugh!
The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.
$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
May 16th at 2pm.
Click here to purchase tickets online!
Let’s get silly with song as we explore the natural world! In this class designed for ages 3 – 5, we’ll use stories and music to investigate the Museum & Theatre’s live turtles and fish, fossils and minerals, and other natural specimens. Through movement, rhythms, and rhyme, we’ll practice being young scientific sleuths as we hone our creative and critical thinking skills. At the end of the month, we’ll go home with a book of songs to remind us of all that we have learned!
This is a drop-off program, and space is limited, so sign up today.
Singing Science: Thursdays May 7-28.
$60/members, $75/visitors. To register, call 207-828-1234×231 or stop by the front desk.
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 for three days of curiosity quenching science exploration! We’ll use the museum’s exhibits and natural artifacts as prompts for fun experiments, art projects, and games. We’ll learn about incredible springtime insects, explore ocean depths, become mini-meteorologists, and solve scientific riddles along the way! This is a drop-off camp for ages 5-8. Runs 4/21-4/23.
$90/member, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.
Click here to register online!
Our new Taiko Drumming exhibit opens April 19th – join us to hear some amazing percussive music from Japan, sample Japanese food, and more! Funded by the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.
Free with admission.