$2 First Friday This Friday, October 3

$2 Friday 5-8pm
We strive to share the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine experience with families who cannot visit during our regular business hours or who cannot afford our regular admission. To serve our community, we are open the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm for $2/person.

Members and children under eighteen months are always admitted free.

$2 admission.

Parking & street closure info for $2 First Friday on December 6

We’ll be open on for $2 First Friday this Friday, December 6: from 5pm-8pm, admission is just $2 per person (kids under 18 months free).

You’ll notice that this Friday there will be some extra excitement around town! A large portion of Congress Street will be closed for First Friday: Holiday Edition, a special First Friday night with a special Circus in the Streets performance. This means there will be limited street parking on Congress Street; see below for details.

To reach the Spring Street municipal parking garage from 295, we suggest the following route:

    • Take exit 6-A (Forest Ave. South).
    • Bear right at the lights onto Rt. 77 South and proceed through the park.
    • Continue up the hill (Rt. 77/State Street).
    • Cross Congress Street and proceed to Spring Street.
    • Turn left at Spring Street.
    • Turn left on High Street.

Bear right at the Congress Square intersection onto Free Street.Proceed past the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine; the entrance to the parking garage is on the right, past Oak Street.

Street closure/parking restriction information from our friends at Portland’s Downtown District:

  • Congress Street (between Brown & State) will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6-8 pm on Friday, December 6.
  • No vehicles will be allowed in during that time, except for emergency responders.
  • High Street will remain open to traffic with a police presence stationed at the Congress Square intersection.
  • Vehicles are NOT allowed to park on Congress Street (between Brown & State streets) from 4-8 pm. 
  • Any cars in the Congress Street zone (between Brown & State Streets) during that time will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Side streets will remain open.
  • Please alert tenants, neighbors, visitors, business owners and shoppers in the district to the 6-8 pm street closure and 4-8 pm no-parking zone.
  • Even those living or working in the zone will NOT be allowed in to park during that time (No exceptions!)
  • For those attending or coming to downtown Portland during that time, we recommend taking the Metro Bus, using area parking garages or parking on side streets.
  • The street closure will happen rain or shine.

Click here for lots more information about First Friday: Holiday Edition on Friday, December 6.

Announcement: $2 First Fridays start July 5th

On the first Friday evening of each month, we’re open from 5-8pm for a reduced admission rate. On Friday, July 5th, admission will increase from $1 to $2 per person.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is a non-profit organization. Providing a safe, high-quality experience costs $11.60 per visitor. Increasing our First Friday admission rate from $1 to $2 will help us continue to provide affordable hours for our community. Thank you for your support!

Scholarships are available.

If you cannot afford the new admission rate, please visit our website for a scholarship application. Donors have provided funding for memberships and day passes for families who receive public assistance. We are committed to keeping the Museum & Theatre accessible to all families.

Free admission + tons of events = Joyful Children’s Day (Friday, January 4)

On Friday, January 4, we’re celebrating children everywhere with a FREE admission day and evening (10am-8pm).

To celebrate children and bring joy to the community, we’re filling the Museum & Theatre music, art, stories and more, all free and open to the public. Events begin at 10am and continue through First Friday evening. Scheduled events include dance time with Portland Music & Dance Academy, a yoga and movement workshop with Robyn Wiley, a poetry slam with Tina Smith, pizza-making with UNO South Portland and a visit with animals from the Animal Refuge League.

For more information about the day’s activities, visit our Calendar of Events. We’ll be updating throughout the week as we confirm more guests!

Why this event? Why now?

In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the staff of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine wanted to bring joy to children, families and the community. We created Joyful Children’s Day to honor of the children of Sandy Hook and the joyful hearts of children everywhere. We reached out to members and friends to help us fill the Museum & Theatre with activities that will bring smiles to the children and families of Greater Portland. Dozens have enthusiastically responded, and the day promises to be fulfilling for visitors and volunteers alike.

Transit Tips for a Fun & Fuss-Free First Friday

We’re looking forward to our special event, Raising Readers Presents… Scott Nash, during our next $1 First Friday on June 1. Scott’s books are hugely popular, and we expect a terrific turn-out!

First Fridays are busy nights in the Arts District, especially as the weather warms up! There are several events in the neighborhood on June 1, making the coming First Friday extra-festive. But with a little planning, we’re confident you’ll reach us in plenty of time to hear Scott read every word of The Bugliest Bug!

Tips for getting to the Museum & Theatre on Friday, June 1:

Plan your parking. Some nearby parking garages and lots (including the By the Bay Parking, adjacent to the Holiday Inn) will be closed to the public on June 1. Fortunately, there are several garages within walking distance, including the Gateway Garage on High Street (about a 4 minute walk), the Monument Square Garage (about a 7 minute walk) and the Elm Street Garage near the library (about an 8 minute walk). Download this handy parking map for other options.

Can you spot staff member Chris F's bike in this photo? His bike and its milk crate basket are familiar sight - he pedals into work several days a week.

Use pedestrian or pedal power. Bike in (we have a bike rack out front), or lace up your sneakers and stroll in from Munjoy Hill, the West End or beyond! Google Maps offers walking and biking directions to help you plan your trip, and Portland Trails is a great resource for finding a scenic route.

All aboard the bus! All Portland METRO buses stop near the Museum – some routes stop just a few yards from our front door! Routes #1, #3 and #8 have the closest stops (just outside Starbucks). For other routes, maps and schedules, visit the METRO website.