Call to Action: Volunteer on January 4 to honor children everywhere

In the wake of the a tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary, we all feel a little helpless. We want to do something, but there isn’t anything that can erase what happened or even ease the pain of those who are suffering. Yet we want to find some way to make things better in any way we can.

At least that’s how we at the Museum & Theatre have been feeling over the past few weeks. We wanted to bring some joy to our community – especially to its children. What we came up with is Joyful Children’s Day, which we’ll hold on Friday, January 4th from 10am-8pm. We’ll be offering free admission, and to make the day special, we want to fill the Museum & Theatre with music, art, stories, crafts, games and other wonderful activities. That’s where you come in.

We need your help. We need volunteers to come in for half an hour or more on January 4th to help make the day magical for the families who visit. You can share a special talent or just share a little of your time to perform, present, read or guide any of the activities listed below (or anything you can come up with on your own!). We’re also seeking donations of food, cash or art supplies to use that day and evening.

To volunteer, or to learn more about how you can help, contact Louisa Donelson at 207-828-1234 x227 or no later than Monday, December 31st.

Thank you in advance for helping us lift the spirits of Greater Portland families and celebrating children everywhere.


Possible volunteer activities:

  • Read a story
  • Facilitate a simple craft or art project
  • Play or sing some music or share your instrument
  • Perform a monologue, a skit or a puppet show
  • Do a science experiment
  • Read poetry
  • Demonstrate or teach a dance
  • Paint faces
  • Play a game – dominoes, bingo or even thumb wars
  • Teach your language
  • Make play dough
  • Anything else you think might make for a fun 15-45 minute family activity

You won’t be alone! A Museum & Theatre staff member will be present at all times to participate, help out and answer visitor questions. If you’re not sure what you want to do, but you know you want to help, we want to hear from you!

To volunteer, please contact Louisa Donelson no later than Monday, December 31st.