2018 May Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
May Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH – Runners and walkers of any age can join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire the 5th of May for their certified and challenging 5K Road Race. Kids ages 1-12 looking for a shorter (and sillier) challenge will have their chance to step up to the starting line for the Kid-Venture Course this same morning. This quirky course will be filled with silly challenges and provide a fun time for all. New this year, the museum is inviting kids to dress up in a “Think Spring” theme: wear bright colors, add some fairy or butterfly wings, throw on some antennae or animal ears. Proceeds from both races go to support programs that ensure families have equal access to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.
Featured Program for May
Military Appreciation at CMNH
Saturday, May 26 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
This Memorial Day Weekend begins the Children's Museum of NH’s Military Appreciation summer discount program. We will welcome current and retired military personnel and their immediate family members at no cost. Simply show a military ID at the front desk to receive free admission for yourself as well as your dependent children and spouse. This Military Appreciation program is supported by People’s United Bank, BAE Systems, and Blue Star Museums. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is the organizer of the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest (formerly the Dover Mini Maker Faire). This Festival celebrates the diverse innovators and creative thinkers in our communities who push boundaries and passionately explore new ideas. This year, the museum is again inviting individuals, groups, schools, teams, and businesses to create a sculpture, working machine, interactive game or anything else you can dream up, using only cardboard. All creations will be displayed at the 6th annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest on Saturday, August 25, 2018. It’s easy and free to sign up to participate in the Cardboard Challenge, and it’s a great way to work on a collaborative project this spring and summer. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or to sign up.
CALL FOR MAKERS – New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest
Deadline for applications is Friday, August 3
Join us at the 6th annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Festival (formerly the Dover Mini Maker Faire), an all ages celebration of creativity and innovation taking place in and around the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in downtown Dover, NH on Saturday, August 25 from 10am-4pm. Whether you are an engineer, a scientist, a tinkerer or an artisan, we want to see what you do! Sign up to be a Maker presenter, performer, sponsor, to give a workshop, or sell your creations. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or to register.
Wee Ones Wednesdays
Every Wednesday in May 9:45am and 10:45am
Wee Ones Wednesdays is an interactive weekly drop-in program for children ages 2-4 and has been designed as PRE pre-school. Children and a parent or caregiver enjoy art, music, movement and conceptual learning with a new theme each week. Sessions are offered from 9:45-10:30am and 10:45-11:30am. The cost per adult/child pair is $7 for Museum members and $10 for Non-members. Additional children in a family are $5 each for Members and $8 each for Non-members. We also offer a punch card option for Members who attend regularly: a 5-class punch card is $30 or 2 cards for $55. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
First Friends Playgroup with Storytime
Every Wednesday in May, 9:30-10:30am
The First Friends Playgroup for children ages 6 months to two years is a drop-in opportunity for parents and babies/toddlers to play together in the Early Learning Landscape area. Join Early Childhood and Literacy Coordinator Meredith Lamothe, MLIS, for Playgroup and Baby "Lap Sit" Storytime at 9:45am. Learn important early literacy skills to practice with little ones and enjoy some rhymes, puppets, songs and stories. This program is free for museum members and regular admission applies for non-members: $10 for adults and children, $9 for seniors and no charge for babies under 12 months old. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
First Friday $3 after 3pm
Friday, May 4, 3-7pm
Visit anytime after 3pm until 7pm on the first Friday of each month during the school year and enjoy the museum for only $3 per person! Library passes and other discounts do not apply during this event. First Friday also corresponds to the monthly Dover Art Walk taking place at various galleries throughout downtown Dover. The museum’s Gallery 6 is free to view anytime the museum is open and is sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific and the Fuller Foundation. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
FoodWorks with Hannaford: Tasty Toppings Yogurt Bar
Saturday, May 5, 9-11am
Join us outside in Henry Law Park as we cheer on the runners in our annual 5K Road Race and Kid-venture Course, and top some Stonyfield yogurt with all kinds of delicious toppings! The FoodWorks program, a partnership between the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and Hannaford Supermarkets, focuses on healthy eating, good nutrition, handling food allergies, family food preparation and more. Today this program is completely free and part of the festive atmosphere in the park as part of the 5K Road Race. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
5k Road Race/Walk
Saturday, May 5, 9-11am
Run for NH’s kids and families! Register for the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5K Road Race or Kid-venture Course. This fundraising event is held each spring to support programs that help to ensure all families have equal access to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. This 5K, the first in the Seacoast Road Race Series, is held in downtown Dover and includes an official competitive race-walker division. We welcome all ages to participate in the 5K and offer the Kid-Venture Course as a fun alternative for those kids and families looking for a shorter, sillier way to get active this spring. The 5K event is known for awesome prizes, great food, and all proceeds go to support a local community gem. Entry fee is $22 in advance, $25 on race day. Join us for a morning of racing, food and fun! Thank you to our race sponsors including Sprague, Hannaford, Relyco, Weathervane, Willem Verweij Physical Therapy, Seacoast Spine & Sports Injuries Clinic, Berwick Academy, La Festa Brick & Brew Pizzeria, Atlantic Gymnastics, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A., Calling All Cargo Moving & Storage, Dover Honda, FORMAX, and Runner’s Alley. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.
Saturday, May 5, 9:50-11am
After the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5k Road Race this same morning, kids ages 1-12 looking for a shorter (and sillier) challenge will have their chance to step up to the starting line of our Kid-venture Course. This quirky course will be filled with silly challenges and provide a fun time for all. New this year, we’re inviting kids to dress up in a “Think Spring” theme: wear bright colors, add some fairy or butterfly wings, throw on some antennae or animal ears – use your imaginations! And after all age groups have had a chance to conquer the course, we’ll invite them back to take the MEGA CHALLENGE, which is a race around the park and then back through the course! All Kid-venture participants receive a ribbon and a t-shirt (while supplies last) and can join in the many activities taking place at this yearly fundraising event held outside, rain or shine in Henry Law Park. All monies raised go to support programs that ensure all families have equal access to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Entry fee is $8 in advance, $10 on race day. Thank you to our race sponsors including Berwick Academy, Sprague, Hannaford, Relyco, Weathervane, Willem Verweij Physical Therapy, Seacoast Spine & Sports Injuries Clinic, La Festa Brick & Brew Pizzeria, Atlantic Gymnastics, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A., Calling All Cargo Moving & Storage, Dover Honda, FORMAX, and Runner’s Alley. Sign up or learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.
Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, May 6, 10am-noon
On the first Sunday of each month during the school year, families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to the museum for a free visit. Today we’ll welcome a Maine Medical Center Research Institute representative talking about SPARK Northern New England, a research partnership with the goal of speeding up autism research to understand causes and treatments for autism. Also visiting today will be Dr. Barbara Frankel, PhD, to talk about Greengard Center for Autism, a family and community based residential and day program in Portsmouth that supports lifelong learning for adults with autism. Exploring Our Way provides opportunities to enjoy family time at the museum in a safe, understanding environment, allows parents to network with one another, and will help families discover new resources. Exploring Our Way guests are welcome to stay and play when the museum opens to the public at noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult and siblings are welcome. Exploring Our Way is generously supported by H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Eversource, and the Finlay Foundation. This program is free. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Sunday, May 13, Noon-5pm
In honor of Mother's Day, all mothers and grandmothers are granted free admission for their visit today! Kids can make tissue paper flowers and colorful beaded jewelry to make as a gift for the special woman in their lives. This gift-making activity is included in paid admission and FREE for members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
Thursday, May 17, 2-4pm
People living with Alzheimer's disease are welcomed on the third Thursday of each month during Alzheimer’s Cafe, along with their family members and care partners, to gather in a supportive, non-clinical setting to chat, relax and socialize while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Reservations are not needed and there is no cost to attend, though donations are accepted. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information. Alzheimer’s Café is sponsored by Abbie Moseley Trust, LTC Partners, and Wentworth Senior Living.
Throwback Thursday: Grown-up Play Date
80’s Prom Night
Thursday, May 17, 7-9pm
Ladies, dig out the Aqua Net and fellas, let those mustaches grow in! It’s 80’s Prom Night! Grown-ups, 21+, wear your tuxes and dresses to the Children’s Museum and enjoy 80’s tunes, a photo booth, tissue paper flower corsage and boutonniere making, a Prom King/Queen sash craft and more! Costumes aren’t required but encouraged! As always, 7th Settlement Brewery will serve beer, wine and a signature cocktail (cash bar) and the museum will dish out the fun as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Where else can you and your friends enjoy a cash bar, refreshments and a chance to leave an impression in a giant pin screen, or play a tune on a wall-to-wall Music Matrix? Advance online tickets are $10 and will be $12 at the door. Grown-ups only please (21+) and ID is required. Buy your tickets online at www.childrens-museum.org.
Saturday May 19, 10am-4pm
Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for robot inspired activities! Special guests, Dover Shockwave Robotics Team, will demonstrate their latest robot. Guests can make a maze for an Ozobot, make artwork with an Artbot, and watch a 3D printing demo (10:30am) in the STEAM Lab. Join a robot scavenger hunt, and play some robot games. All robot fun is free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
CMNH Clubhouse Members Only Monday
Monday, May 21, 10am-noon
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Clubhouse Members can enjoy a morning free from crowds when we aren’t open to the public! The museum closes promptly at noon. This event is for Clubhouse Members only. To upgrade your Basic Membership to Clubhouse please call the museum at 603-742-2002. Clubhouse Memberships have to be purchased by Friday May 18th at 5pm to attend the Clubhouse Event on May 21st. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Car or Cash Raffle
Raffle Tickets on Sale through noon on Tuesday, May 22
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual car raffle fundraiser is coming to an end! Tickets are only $100 and with only 775 tickets being sold, the odds of you walking away with either a red 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport ($25,130 MSRP) OR $20,000 cash are WAY better than the Powerball odds! To purchase tickets, visit www.childrens-museum.org. Winning tickets will be drawn at a free event for all purchasers on Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30-6:30pm at Port City Nissan in Portsmouth. Anyone who has purchased a ticket and attends the party is eligible to win an additional free ticket at the party. This raffle fundraiser is sponsored Port City Nissan, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Rock 101, Z107 and 96.7 News Radio.
Wee Ones “Wee-union”
Wednesday, May 23, 3:30-5pm
We're having a "Wee-union" for our Wee Ones families! If you and your child have ever participated in Wee Ones Wednesdays, you're invited to our fourth annual Wee Ones Reunion. The reunion will be free for all past and current Wee Ones participants. There will be crafts, activities, songs and snacks to enjoy as we reconnect with old friends and see how much all the Wee Ones kids have grown. Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
June 26 – August 23, 2018
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire offers 3-day summer camps for mini-campers ages 4-6, and 4-day summer camps for kids ages 7-11 with varying topics and themes. The3-day Mini Camps for ages 4-6 run Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9:15am-noon and cost $90 for Museum Members and $100 for Non-members. The 4-day Discovery Camps for ages 7-11 run Mondays through Thursdays from 9:15am-1pm and cost $150 for Museum Members and $170 for Non-members. 2018 3-Day Mini Camps: Wee Ones Summer Edition (June 26-28), Incredible Animals (July 24-26), Yes, You are an Artist! (August 7-9), Storybook STEAM (August 14-16), and Junior Science: Science Art (August 21-23). 2018 4-Day Discovery Camps: Chasing Dinosaurs (July 23-26), STEAM Science and Art (August 6-9), and Tinkerers, Makers, and Engineers (August 13-16). Registration is required. Learn more or register at www.childrens-museum.org. Please note that registration will close one week before each camp begins.
March in the Muse Studio: Celebrate Spring
Enjoy crafts and activities all about spring – from flowers to cute baby animals to spring rain showers and more! What will you create? Free with Museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
March in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Staff Favorite STEAM Activities
This month in the STEAM Lab we will be looking back through all our old favorite STEAM Lab experiments, challenges and activities including stomp rockets and boat making! STEAM Lab activities are free with museum admission. Check the online calendar for daily topics and times, www.childrens-museum.org. The STEAM Lab is generously supported by Granite State Development Corporation.
About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org