What’s Your Story?


Make gratitude part of your story this holiday season! Celebrate play and learning by making a tax-deductible donation to the Museum & Theatre by December 31 and share the joy of giving back with your family.


I was lucky to grow up in a philanthropic family. My parents always made charitable donations and they had a unique way of teaching my siblings and me about giving back. Each year, they would collect all the fundraising solicitations they had received during the year and put them in a pile on the dining room table. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, they would “give” each of us $50 to spend on the cause or causes of our choice. These weren’t big donations and they weren’t likely to change lives, but this simple family tradition taught us about giving without expecting anything in return but the joy and satisfaction of doing a good deed.

This year, I hope you’ll consider starting your own family tradition by making a gift to an organization that holds such happy memories for you and your children – the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

Our home on Free Street in Portland is a safe and fun space where children can climb on a pirate ship, build a giant fort, dress up as their favorite superhero, drive a fire truck, milk a cow, fly a space shuttle, harvest vegetables from our garden, touch a living sea star, drum, camp, read, sing, act and more.

Some people ask why we need to solicit donations when we charge for admission and memberships. The answer is simple: admissions, memberships, theater tickets and special events like our annual auction only cover 50% of our operating costs. We also believe that the Museum & Theatre should be accessible to all families regardless of their ability to pay so we provide free and reduced-price admissions to over 30% of our visitors each year. In order to keep the Museum & Theatre accessible and affordable, we use the money that we raise through grants, sponsorships and our annual fund campaign to make ends meet.

Please consider making an end-of-the-year gift to our annual fund today and celebrate play and learning!

Happy Giving!


Need more inspiration? Watch Alisan talk about why she supports the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.