Summer Camp Fun at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

dscn5292The rainy month of June might have been soggy, but it made for a perfect week of Fairy Camp at CMTM! Our Birthday Room was transformed into the Fairy Room, complete with a Toadstool Village, filled with homemade Fairy Houses. Our ten little fairies were quite creative over the course of the week, making everything from Fairy Wands to Fairy Stones to Fairy Boats. We had a very creative bunch of fairies, and each day we had Fairy Story Time, where each fairy took a turn making up a sentence in our story. The following is one of the stories from the week:

Once upon a time, there was a little fairy in the snow. She was lost. She flew onto a white flower. Suddenly a frog came and told her the way. And he could jump really high. He ate a fly right in front of that fairy! The fairy flew home. She brushed her teeth and went to bed. She had a really great dream! In her dream she met another fairy. The fairy was going to the grocery store. The fairy bought a really big clock! Suddenly her dream turned into a ball and she became in Neverland! She met Peter Pan and Tinkerbell! They decided to throw a party with lots of cupcakes and ice cream. Then they danced Fairy Dances. They also ate pizza because it was Tinkerbell’s birthday – she turned four and got four presents. She got a game, a scooter, a teddy bear and pixie dust. When the fairies went to bed, they had a treat. They talked about what a great day it was. Then they went to bed. She went to bed at Peter Pan’s house and then a ball came and she came back to her own house and her dream came back. And then she woke up and wrote a story about her dream. The End!

…As you can see, our fairies had quite the imaginations! We even turned some of our stories into Fairy Plays. We finished up the week with a Fairy Tea Party and a Fairy Parade throughout the Museum. All in all, it was a successful, fairy-filled week!


Saturday June 13th, 2009
10 am -12 pm.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine announces the Portland premier of Tomato Plant Girl: July 2009!

The play sends kids an imaginative message about the importance of holding one’s own and communing with the natural world.

The three characters in the story are: Little Girl, Bossy Friend, and Tomato Plant Girl.

We will cast 3 to 6 girls, age 10 to 16 to be part of this very special production.

Auditions for TPG are Saturday June 13th, 2009.

10 am -12 pm.

If you plan to audition please come prepared with a monologue about a minute in length.

Plan to stay whole 2 hours, and be ready to read “sides” or parts of the script.

FMI and a rehearsal calendar please contact Reba Short,

Theatre Artistic Director

(207) 828-1234 ext 247

Dino Tracks: Take A Giant Step Back in Time

Opening Day
Friday, May 8

Come see our fourth Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EEC) exhibit! Study the fossil footprints of the dinosaurs who once roamed New England and Eastern Canada in the early Jurassic. Learn about the methods scientists use to study and interpret tracks, including how modern birds help scientists to understand the behavior of ancient dinosaurs. The exhibit is tri-lingual, featuring English, Spanish, and French and was developed with the assistance of the staff of Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, CT.

Toys Come Alive at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine


Reba Short, CMTM Theatre Artistic Director

(207) 828-1234 ext 247

Toys Come Alive at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

PORTLAND The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine presents The Sun Shines On: Raggedy Anne and Andy. This children’s play is based on the early stories of Johnny Gruelle, adapted and directed by Reba Short, and performed by CMTM’s talented company of young actors with music by Colin Gulley of the Toughcats.

This exciting story of imagination and toys that come alive is suitable for all ages. The play begins with young Marcella’s birthday party. What do you give a girl who has every toy, from stuffed bears to Barbie dolls, and doesn’t play with any of them? Anne and Andy of course! Rag dolls have entertained children for almost a century. If anyone can spark imagination and convince a seven year old to love her toys, it’s this cheerful duo! Come watch them fly a kite, make taffy and sing songs.

The Sun Shines on: Raggedy Anne & Andy opens May 8th and runs through May 17th. The performance schedule is Fridays, May 8th & May 15th at 4pm. Saturdays May 9th & May 16th at 11am, 1pm, & 4 pm. Sundays May 10th & 17th at 1pm & 4 pm. The production will take place in the Dress Up Theater of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. Portland.

Tickets are $7 each, $6 for CMTM members. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made by calling (207) 828-1234 ext. 231. For more information, visit

Let Your Rag Doll Shine at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is collecting Raggedy Anne & Andy dolls in honor of our upcoming production:

The Sun Shines on: Raggedy Anne & Andy.

We are looking for Raggedy Dolls to hang in our stairwell timeline. If you have a Raggedy Anne or Andy doll we can borrow, please label him or her with your name and phone number, and drop off at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine at 142 Free Street, no later than May 8th, 2009. The dolls will be on display for the run of the performance May 8th- May 17th . On May 18th, you can take your rag doll home.

FMI please contact Reba Short

828-1234 ext 247

please pass the word…

Maine African Film Festival

Saturday, April 18-Friday, April 24

Please join us at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine for the first Maine African Film Festival. We will be screening films throughout April school vacation week and will also be offering related cultural programming.

The Magic Lion
The Magic Lion is a short animated film about an African boy who goes on a quest to save the life of his gravely ill grandfather. He is in search of a mysterious village where there are healers who can make a special medicine. On the way he encounters a strange lion, caught in a trap, that takes him on an adventure.
Age recommendation: 6+
Length: 7 minutes
Screening Time: 11 am*, Saturday April 18-Friday April 24
Location: We Are Maine exhibit

Christopher Changes His Name
Christopher doesn’t like his name-it’s just too common! When Aunt Gail from Trinidad tells him a story about a larger-than-life character called Tiger, Christopher changes his name to Tiger. But then he finds a better name…When he has trouble cashing Aunt Gail’s birthday check made out to Christopher Mulamba, he realizes how special his real name truly is. Maybe he could stick with it…or maybe not!
Age recommendation: 5-9
Length: 6 minutes
Screening Time: 11:15 am*, Saturday April 18-Friday April 24
Location: We Are Maine exhibit


In the streets of Dakar, little Ousmane charms people with his promise: whoever gives him money will have their dreams come true. But how will he do this?
Age recommendation: 6+
Length: 15 minutes
Screening Time: 11:30 am*, Saturday April 18-Friday April 24
Location: We Are Maine exhibit

The Tree of Spirits

Playing in the bush, Tano and Koudou meet Ayoka, the guardian of an ancient baobab tree. West African and North American meet in this exciting animation.
Age recommendation: 11 +
Length: 45 minutes
Screening Time: 2 pm, Saturday April 18-Friday April 24
Location: Camera Obscura

*No early shows on Sundays

Easter Around the World

Saturday, April 11
2-3 pm

Do you use eggs in holiday celebrations? Join us for Easter Around the World and learn how children in other countries celebrate Easter. This egg-cellent celebration will include eating chocolate eggs as they do in Denmark, coloring wooden eggs similar to those decorated in the Ukraine and creating Greek Easter cards to wish one another “Kalo Pascha!” (Happy Easter!)

Growing up at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

sophiecmm2My daughter slept through her first visit to the Children’s Museum.
Of course, she was only a couple of weeks old at the time and I was bringing her in to visit my coworkers. That first visit primarily showed me that I could get myself, my newborn and all of the associated stuff out of the house and in to the museum in the dead of winter.
Over the next several months Sophie and I made many visits to the museum. In the beginning she rode in the baby carrier while I walked around the museum. She was fascinated with all of the noises and colors. We pressed the stuffed birds in the Ranger Station to hear their sounds, watched the colors change on the traffic light in front of the fire truck and touched the big tree to feel its texture. Watching the other children play was endlessly fascinating. Sometimes we sat in the Toddler Park. Sophie lay on her back while I dangled objects over her and made faces at her. She enjoyed leaning over one of the big cushions on her tummy so she could get a good view of the other children. I enjoyed being out of my house and around other adults. Those early visits gave me the opportunity to meet other parents, vent new mom frustrations and hear what worked for others.
Visits became even more fun as Sophie could sit up on her own. I surrounded her with toys that she could reach for herself, set her by the gears on the wall or let her admire herself in the mirror.
Now that Sophie can crawl she has incredible freedom to explore. She disappears behind the puppet theatre in the Toddler Park, then reappears out the other end. She is immensely pleased with herself when she crawls up and over the soft steps. When I peer at her through the plexi window on one side of the steps she peers back at me and giggles. During quieter times at the museum I let Sophie crawl around the other exhibit spaces. She loves having so much space to explore. She watches the other kids, chases balls in the Have a Ball exhibit, drives the fire truck and stops to check out the cow in the farm. I love sharing her delight at experiencing this place that I know so well.
When Sophie walks the museum will be a whole new adventure!

–Andrea Krasker Gavin