April 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
April Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH – MOSAIC: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood is the latest Gallery 6 art exhibition on view now. This year’s Mosaic Project, entitled “Immigrant Alphabet,” focuses on the stories, background and aspects of the cultures of recent immigrants and individuals from the community whose ancestors immigrated to this country in the past. Using the letters of the alphabet as a frame of reference for our young visitors, the art focuses on the unique contributions these families have made to the community and the richness derived from having a diverse population. The art exhibit will be on view through May 27, 2018 and doesn’t require museum admission to view and enjoy. Thanks to Eastern Bank Foundation for supporting the MOSAIC program.
Featured Program for April
Dover Kids Spring Consignment Sale
Saturday, April 7, 9am-3pm
Sunday, April 8, 10am-1pm
Hellenic Center in Dover (219 Long Hill Road)
This HUGE sale typically features over 22,000 items! Find gently used, great quality children’s clothes from infant to teen, baby gear, footwear, costumes, toys, nursery furniture and décor, sports equipment, books and more at outstanding prices. Maternity wear will also be available. SATURDAY GIVEAWAYS: Only on Saturday, April 7, we’ll be raffling off Children’s Museum of NH passes! Raffle tickets are available only to Saturday shoppers and the winners will be announced the next week and do not have to be present to win. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Museum of NH and our education and outreach programs. Visit https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/semi-annual-consignment-sale to learn more. Thank you to Northeast Credit Union for supporting the Spring Consignment Sale.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Car or Cash Raffle
Raffle Tickets on Sale through Tuesday, May 22
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual car raffle fundraiser is back! Tickets are limited to 775 and are available for only $100. Each raffle ticket gives you a chance to win either a red 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport ($25,130 MSRP) OR $20,000 cash. To purchase tickets, visit www.childrens-museum.org. W=The winning ticket 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.
CALL FOR MAKERS – New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest
Deadline for applications is Friday, August 10
Join us at the 6th annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest (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. If you are an engineer, a scientist, a food vendor, a baker, a tinkerer or an artisan, we want to see what you do! Sign up to be a Maker presenter, performer, sponsor, or to give a workshop or to sell your creations. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or to register.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire are the organizers 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, businesses and families to sign up for a creative challenge of their own. Using only cardboard, you are invited to create a sculpture, working machine, interactive game or anything else you can dream up, and it 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.
CLOSED FOR EASTER
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will be closed on Sunday, April 1st. Exploring Our Way: Autism Partnership Program will be on haitus and back on May 6th
Community Supper at Robert’s Maine Grill
Tuesdays, April 3 & 10, 4-8pm
Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery will offer two “Community Suppers” on Tuesdays, April 3 and 10. Choose from the regular menu, or a $16, 3 course menu, featuring food made in the spirit of Robert’s style: Maine comfort food with an updated twist, and a portion of your bill will go to support the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. To learn more about Robert’s, visit www.robertsmainegrill.com.
Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, April 4 & 11, 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
Wednesdays, April 4 & 11, 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, April 6, 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! The $3 admission represents a 70% savings over regular admission, and offers families a fun opportunity for creative play before bedtime. Library passes and other discounts do not apply during this event. The museum is part of tonight’s free Dover Art Walk. If you want to visit the current Gallery 6 art exhibition “MOSAIC: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood – Immigrant Alphabet,” admission is free. Please note, however that the museum closes at 7pm while the Art Walk goes till 8pm. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
Books Alive with The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, April 7, 10am-2pm
Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar has an insatiable appetite! But this adorable caterpillar has inspired generations of kids to love reading and the museum is excited to welcome him to our popular Books Alive program. Books Alive seeks to make reading a regular family experience. Museum educators will be reading Carle’s bright and beautiful books, often emphasizing animals and the natural world, throughout the day. A friendly costumed Hungry Caterpillar will pop in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five and pose for photos. There will also be a variety of Caterpillar-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for all guests. Books Alive is sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire and Cogswell Benevolent Trust. Free with Museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
April Vacation Weeks
Monday April 16 – Sunday, April 29
The museum, not normally open on Mondays during the school year, will stay open for 2 straight weeks to celebrate MA, ME, and NH April Vacation Weeks. Hours are Mondays – Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays, Noon-5pm. Enjoy some hands-on discovery in our exhibits and through our special programs. Some of the fun activities and special guests we have planned include a garden program called “Anyone Can Grown Food: Seed Starting” on Wednesday, April 18, an Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 22, a FoodWorks with Hannaford program about “Healthy No-Bake Treats” on Tuesday, April 24, a visit from Cocheco Valley Humane Society and one of their furry friends on Tuesday, April 24, and some balance and movement fun with Atlantic Gymnastics on Friday, April 27th just to name a few! To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Anyone Can Grow Food: Seed Starting
Wednesday, April 18, 10:30-11am, 12-12:30pm & 2:30-3pm
Learn how to start your own seeds indoors and get a jump-start on the growing season. Build and take home your own mini seed-starting greenhouse where you can grow your own seedlings. Find out how and when to start your seeds indoors and when it’s safe to plant your seedlings outside. Free with museum admission. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Throwback Thursday: Grown-up Play Date
Way Back Birthday Bash
Thursday, April 19, 7-9pm
We love celebrating Birthdays here at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. What was your favorite birthday party growing up? Our tribute to Birthday Parties of the Past will include roaming magic by incredible local magician Magic Fred, an epic game of musical chairs, delicious birthday cupcake decorating with Three Sisters Bakery, Pin-the-Claw-on-the-Big Blue-Crab, and more! 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? Thank you to our sponsors RE/MAX Realty of Rochester, NH. 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.
Thursday, April 19, 2-4pm
People living with Alzheimer's disease are welcomed 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. On April 19th, we will welcome Cheryl Berman who will give a presentation and demonstration of Flamenco dancing. 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.
Sunday, April 22, Noon-5pm
Join us for an Earth Day celebration! We will have lots of crafts and activities all about keeping the earth healthy and celebrating its beauty. Special guests from the community will join us and will be offering mini workshops and presentations – including Bartlett Tree Experts, event sponsor D.F. Richard, and more! This event is free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Cocheco Valley Humane Society
Tuesday, April 24, 10am-12:30pm
Join our special guests from the Cocheco Valley Humane Society and one of their furry friends to learn about how to care for animals and pets. Pet an animal and do some activities, free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
FoodWorks with Hannaford: Healthy No-Bake Treats
Tuesday, April 24, 10:30am-12:30pm
It’s no secret that sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to bake nutritious snacks and treats! Come learn about and sample some easy no bake treats – not only will they save you time, but it’s a kind of food prep that you can do together with your little ones! Thank you to our sponsor Hannaford Supermarkets. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Friday, April 27, 10am-noon
Join our friends from Atlantic Gymnastics for some movement and balance challenges inside the museum. We’ll shake, wiggle, crawl and bounce our sillies out with these gymnastic experts. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
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.
Registration open for 5k Road Race/Walk
Saturday, May 5, 9-11am
Run for NH’s kids and families! Registration for the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5K Road Race and Kid-venture Course is now open. 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. T-shirts will be available for 5k participants who register by April 5. 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, Atlantic Gymnastics, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Runner’s Alley. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.
Registration open for Kid-venture Course
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 Sprague, Hannaford, Relyco, Weathervane, Atlantic Gymnastics, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Runner’s Alley. Sign up or learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.
Monday Junior Science Class: The Great Outdoors!
Mondays, April 30 – June 4, 1:30-2:15pm
This spring, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will learn all about nature – from bugs to flowers to rocks and beyond! We’ll explore this great planet we live on with interactive experiments, theme-inspired crafts, exciting demonstrations, and more. MEMBER PERK: The museum exhibits are closed on Mondays, but smaller siblings and parents who are museum members will have access to the Primary Place exhibit to play while class is in session (45 minutes). Please note that the first floor exhibits will be closed during this time. These classes run for 6 weeks. Please note that class will run on Memorial Day. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Register now online at www.childrens-museum.org.
Afterschool STEAM Club: Introduction to STEAM Topics
Tuesdays, May 3-31, 3:15-4:15pm
This spring we are offering an afterschool STEAM club in the STEAM Innovation Lab for Students ages 6-9. This 5-week program will focus on one STEAM topic each week to cover science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students will get to use STEAM Lab equipment, and work on-hands on fun and enjoy messy projects each week. Drop-off starts at 3:15pm, and students will have snack and an opening activity, then the lesson for the day starts at 3:30 to accommodate for different school schedules. Please pack a water bottle and a nut free snack. (Pretzels will be available if anyone forgets!) Pre-registration is required. The cost is $50 for Members and $60 for Non-members. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Register now online at www.childrens-museum.org.
April in the Muse Studio: Crafts Around the World
We will be celebrating the beautiful MOSAIC exhibition in our art gallery by exploring Crafts Around the World in our drop-in Muse Studio. Free with Museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
April in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Celebrate Spring
This month in the STEAM Lab we are celebrating spring! Come join us and make a wind-powered vehicle, plant seeds, and make spring-themed art work. 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