April Vacation Week! April 17-21





Looking for adventure this week? We have five days of vacation camp to spark your curiosity, challenge your senses and, of course, help you meet new friends! The theme of our April vacation camp is All About the Ocean! Learn about oceanography and marine life, create art inspired by ocean animals, and even see our ocean play, The Little Mermaid
Get a sneak peek behind the scenes and explore before the Museum & Theatre is open to the public. Thrive with a small group. We keep our camp size small so campers get the attention they need and deserve. Designed for ages 5-8.

Register for one day or the whole week! $35/member per day, $40/visitor per day OR $135/member, $160/visitor ($40 savings for the week!). Register online, call (207) 828-1234 ext. 231, or stop by the front desk. Please sign up early! This camp requires three or more registrations to run, and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received by 5pm April 14. 

Click here to register for the whole week!

Sea Monster and Mer-folk Monday: Dive under the sea for a day full of imaginative ocean adventures! Hear a story about a fearsome sea monster Cetus, play acting games to become a sea creatures yourselves, bust out your best under-the-sea dance moves, and decorate our own mer-tail! (Click here to register for Monday’s Camp!)

Ocean Art Tuesday: Together we’ll bring the ocean into the art room (or at least some of it!). We’ll marbleize paper, create an ocean mural, and make bubble wands! (Click here to register for Tuesday’s Camp!)

Science of the Sea Wednesday: We’ll find out how sharks and whales float, take a closer look at our LIVE sea creatures in our Tide Pool Touch Tank with our microscope, and create your own jellyfish in a bottle! (Click here to register for Wednesday’s Camp!)

Theatre Thursday: Join us for a day of Little Mermaid-inspired theatre! Play acting games in our Dress Up Theatre, go on an exclusive back-stage tour, meet the cast of The Little Mermaid and take in the show at 11am! (Click here to register for Thursday’s Camp!)

Friday: Ancient Tales From the Sea! Hear folk tales from Maine and beyond about sea creatures, fearsome and fantastic, and decide for yourself what to believe. Try a seaworthy snack and use a combination of science and your imagination to craft your own underwater creature. (Click here to register for Friday’s Camp!)

February Vacation Week, Open Presidents Day





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2017
Contact: Sandy Boyce, (207) 828-1234, sandy@kitetails.org


Vacation Week February 20-24, Events Daily
Portland, ME –The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine will kick off its February Vacation Week on Monday, February 20. Doors will open at 9am on Presidents Day with events scheduled all day long.


Presidents Day, Monday, February 20:
9am-5pm: Open to members and visitors
2-2:30pm: Guest reading from Portland City Council Member Pious Ali
3:30-4pm: Together We Take Flight Collaborative Origami Installation

Tuesday, February 21:
12-12:30pm: Musical Performance by Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams. $4 per person plus admission.

Wednesday, February 21:
10:15-10:45am: Big Fun Indoor Igloo Installation
11am-12pm & 2-3:00pm: Main Stage Performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. $9/members, $10/visitors.

Thursday, February 23:
11am-12pm & 2-3:00pm: Main Stage Performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. $9/members, $10/visitors.

Friday, February 24:
10:30-11am & 11-11:30am: Sparks’ Ark Live Animal Show. $6 per person plus admission.
1-2pm & 4-5pm: Main Stage Performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. $9/members, $10/visitors.

Your coverage is welcome.

CONTACT: Sandy Boyce, sandy@kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234 ext. 222 for more information.

WHO: The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
WHAT: February Vacation Week, Open Presidents Day
WHERE: 142 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101
WHEN: Open 9am-5pm Presidents Day, February 20. Vacation Week: February 20-24
COST: Free for members, $10 for visitors, excludes paid events.
MORE INFO: www.kitetails.org ; (207) 828-1234; info@kitetails.org


Meet our newly named frogs, Prince and Belinda

On November 8, 2016, we held our very own special election, where visitors and followers of the Museum & Theatre had an opportunity to vote on names for our newest live animals. We’re happy to announce that our two American Bullfrogs officially have names, Belinda (female) and Prince (male). Now we can officially say that we have our very own frog Prince right here!

We had a great selection of names to choose from, given to us by visitors and through online submissions. We hope you’ll visit us and stop by to officially meet Belinda and Prince.



Cast your vote this Election Day

Cast your vote this Election Day

Help name our frogs for a chance to win passes to the Museum & Theatre

They may not be our “furry” friends, but they are definitely our friends. Two American Bullfrogs have joined our Ranger Station and are the newest live animal exhibit that the Museum & Theatre has. We love that this is their new home, but the only problem is that they don’t have names yet! We thought that since Election Day is approaching, we would give our explorers a chance to cast their very own ballot…and help us name our amphibian friends.

We’ll be collecting name suggestions through Monday, November 7. Then, our Frog Naming Council will narrow it down to just four names. We’ll then invite our explorers to vote on their favorite names on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Votes can be cast at our “Tad Poles” polling area in the building, and we’ll post it online through our website and social media channels. We’ll be sure to announce the winning names the next day. Plus, those who submitted winning names will win two free passes to the Children’s Museum & Theatre!

You can use the form below to send us your name suggestions, comment on our Facebook page, or come in and tell us in person! We’re confident that we’ll end up with the perfect names.

Dates to watch:

  • Now through Monday, November 7: Write in your name suggestions for our frogs!
  • Tuesday, November 8 (Election Day): Vote online or in person for your favorite name!
  • Wednesday, November 9: Winning names to be announced and winner to be contacted for Museum & Theatre passes.

Fun Frog Fact 

Did you know that frogs use their “ribbits” to communicate different messages?

Actor Spotlight: Christian

Name: Christian

Age: 8

Grade: 2nd

Where do you go to school?  Holy Cross, South Portland

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of
Maine?  1 of the shows that would happen upstairs in the nature room a
couple years ago.

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum &
Theatre of Maine? I LOVE to play piano.  I also enjoy putting on my own
shows at home.  And directing!  Especially directing my triplet siblings
and my older brother.

What do you like about acting? I like that you get to move a lot.  And be
someone different than who you are.

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people
to know about your character?  Simon the python.  I want people to know he
is very good at tying knots.  And picking them.

What do you want people to know about our show?  That it’s great and they
should come see it!  Please.  🙂

Apprentice Director Spotlight: Zoë

Name: Zoë 

Age: 13

Grade: 7

Where do you go to school? I go to King Middle School

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine? I have acted in 10 shows, but I have worked backstage for many more shows.

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine? I play soccer, lacrosse, box lacrosse, and hang out with my friends. I also write, read books, and go to school.

What do you like about acting? I like the sense of community that happens when a group of people get together to do something they love. I also like the outlet acting gives me for string emotions.

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people to know about your character? I am the apprentice director for this show. I want people, especially other kids, to know that there are other ways to be involved with shows besides acting.

What do you want people to know about our show? I think the show is really funny and touching. The animals have personalities that we can relate to, and I’ve learn so much about human nature during rehearsals.

Save the Date! The 2016 Annual Auction is coming soon!

Join the Museum & Theatre from 6 – 10pm on May 13, 2016 at the Portland Company on Fore Street in Portland for an evening of great company, delicious food and drink, and terrific auction items! We’ll be shaking things up a bit this year and we would love to have you join us as a guest, donor, or sponsor for what we hope will be our best event yet!

This year’s theme is “Every Child is an Artist” and to celebrate, we’ll be featuring children’s art as part of our art auction. Of course we’ll also have all the fabulous live and silent auction items our guests have come to expect.

We’re also thrilled to announce that our honorary chairs for Auction 2016 are Chris and Lori Van Dusen. Chris is a nationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator who lives here in Maine with his wife Lori. His first book, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, was the inspiration for our outdoor adventure exhibit and his book, Circus Ship, will be adapted for the stage by our own Reba Short and produced here at the Museum & Theatre in April, 2016.

Stay tuned for details on Auction 2016. Tickets ($50 per person/$450 for a block of 10) will be on sale in March, and sponsorships are available now!

For information on sponsorships, or to donate and item to the auction, contact the Development department at development@kitetails.org or (207) 828-1234 ext. 242.



Coming this Friday to the Museum & Theatre: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown


Meet Charlie Brown, a self-proclaimed loser who’s never received a Valentine, never won a Little League Game, and never flown a kite. Today is a typical day in his life; from getting up in the morning and being late for school,  to seeing the cute little red haired girl at lunch but being too terrified to talk to her, and ending the day with finding happiness in the comfort of his friends.

Speaking of friends, this Peanuts Gang is just as complex as our hero! Lucy is unapologetically honest and offers advice for a price. Blanket-toting Linus is savvy and wise. Sally hops from one surprising realization to the next as if she’s jumping rope. Schroeder strives to cultivate the drive and passion of the great composers he admires. Snoopy has the power to transform worlds with his imagination. Together they’ve inspired generations of children from the original ink drawing by Charles Schultz published for the first time in 1955.

With two casts, twenty-two actors, eight songs, three theatre educators and twelve kazoos, we have thrown ourselves completely into this play since the beginning of January. Rehearsals have consisted of singing, dancing, soul searching and team building. I’m always inspired by our actor’s ability to dive into material whether it’s a light-hearted fairy-tale or a Roald Dahl comedy. In this play I was especially impressed by the shared empathy and communal knowledge of the themes. Every single one of us could relate to the ups and downs Charlie Brown experiences throughout the day, it’s what makes us human.

While Charlie Brown and his gang talk about rejection, depression and the question their existence, they also jump rope, fly kites and play baseball. In rehearsal I was constantly reminded there’s no such thing as adult problems or kid problems. We all look at the world in unique ways, we’re all deep thinkers, and we all offer a unique perspective. These songs and vignettes, in all their simplicity, remind us of the resilience inside each of us, no matter how old we are.

-Reba Short, Artistic Director

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will be hitting the stage this Friday, February 12th and will run through February 21st. Click here to get your tickets now!


Introducing the Germ Avengers!

Did you know that a computer keyboard can hold up to 3,295 germs per square inch? Or that a single sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air? This is a germy world – it’s a good thing we’ve got the Germ Avengers on the scene at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine!

One thing that all of the Germ Avengers (and the staff of the Museum & Theatre) can agree on is that washing your hands is the very best defense against germs. By washing your hands often, you make it harder to spread germs to others and you keep germs that can make you sick away from your own nose, mouth, and face. When you wash with soap, use warm water and make sure to rub your hands together with soap for at least as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”. Following these simple instructions will help to keep the Museum & Theatre germ-free!

The Museum & Theatre is excited to be partnering with Maine Medical Center to teach you and your family about the importance of hand hygiene. Look for the Germ Avengers on signs above the hand sanitizer stations located throughout the Museum & Theatre and in the restrooms. Our team of educators will also be teaching fun lessons that teach hand hygiene – look for them on our daily schedule when you come to play.
More fun facts about germs:

  • A sneeze travels about 100 miles per hour and up to 200 feet.
  • An average kitchen dishcloth can contain billions of germs.
  • Nearly 22 million days of school are lost each year in the U.S. due to the common cold.
  • Iguanas sneeze more often than most other animals.


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The Enormous Crocodile Puppet Show Tomorrow, Thurs. Jan. 22


The Enormous Crocodile Puppet Show

Tomorrow, Thurs. Jan. 22 | 11:30am

Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!

Come see this wild live action theatre show for young audiences featuring our own Theatre Director Reba Short and local actress Allison McCall. Reba and Allison will act out the story of The Enormous Crocodile using puppets, masks, silly costumes and interaction!

This show is best for audiences 2-6 years old.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk, or click here.