August 2018 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
August Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH – The 6th Annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest (formerly the Dover Mini Maker Faire) returns to downtown Dover on Saturday, August 25thand there is still time to sign up to participate as a Maker. Families can take advantage of a Family Fun Pack of passes, and those looking for discounts have more options as well including EBT card holders, Library Passes and Military discounts. Information about the Festival can be found at www.childrens-museum.org. Tickets for the Festival are on sale now!
Children’s Museum of NH members will receive a special member perk this August! CMNH Members will receive half off admission to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester this month. Each member will get to enjoy the Currier’s latest exhibition “Beyond Words: Book Illustrations by David M. Carroll, Tomie dePaola, and Beth Krommes” featuring three award winning NH book illustrators, when a current Children’s Museum membership card is presented at check-in. To learn more about the Currier, visit www.currier.org.
Visitors to the museum this summer might notice a few exhibits are under construction. The museum is hard at work transforming the One World exhibits and will reveal the new space this Fall. It’s all part of the museum’s 35th Birthday Celebrations, including new exhibits, new programs, and new special events like a Dover Ducky Derby, a FREE Family Fun Day, an Art Raffle, and so much more. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Featured Program for August
CALL FOR MAKERS & FOOD VENDORS – NH Maker & Food Fest
Deadline for applications is Friday, August 10
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. Purchase advance tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest now through August 24th at noon: Kids ages 5 and under are Free. Members ages 6-adult: $5/person, Non-members ages 6-Adult: $10/person. Or purchase an Advance Family Fun Pack: $35 for two adults and up to 3 children (ages 6-17). Tickets at the door are $12/person ages 6-adult for Non-members; $6 for Members ages 6-adult. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or to register. Thank you to all our NH Maker & Food Fest sponsors including The Unique College Investing Plan managed by Fidelity Investments, Alexander Technology Group, Beswick Engineering, Great Bay Community College, The Rowley Agency, Martel Plumbing & Heating, Inc., and STEM from the Start.
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. The museum invites individuals of any age, 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.
Dover Ducky Derby
Ducks on sale now!
Saturday, September 22, 1pm
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and SEED (Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover) have teamed up for the first annual Dover Ducky Derby! The derby is in conjunction with the Museum’s 35th Anniversary Free Family Fun Day – a day of hands-on activities both inside and outside the museum, performances and mini-workshops representing the museum’s “greatest hits” over the past 35 years. Free “ducky” activities will include making your own duck squawkers, “What sinks & floats?” science experiments, and a “Do Like a Duck Does!” StoryWalk. Adopted rubber ducks will launch from Washington Street bridge at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded to the first five ducks who finish the race. Adopt a duck for the race online at www.childrens-museum.org or in person at the museum: $5 for one duck, $50 for a gaggle of 12 ducks, or $100 for a flock of 50 ducks.
Gallery 6: 2018 summer exhibition & art raffle
35 Friends: 35 Years of Art & Creativity!
On view through September 29, 2018
Did you know that the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire was founded 35 years ago? 35 years means we’ve enjoyed seeing a lot of great art, not only created by our visitors, but also by professional artists who have generously shown their work here! Gallery 6 is celebrating the museum’s long history of creative collaboration with a special summer exhibition and raffle. 35 artists from around New England, who have helped inspire and shape the museum with their creativity, have donated works of art that will be on view all summer. And it gets better! You can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win your favorite work of art the next time you visit. A sheet of 20 raffle tickets only costs $5, or you can get 5 sheets for $20. As you go around with your kids to pick your favorites, it’s a great opportunity to not only take a stroll down memory lane, but to also talk about art! We will be pulling the winning tickets on Sunday, September 30 at 2pm. You don’t have to be present to win. You will have 2 weeks after the winners are announced to pick up the artwork. Raffle tickets can only be purchased at the front desk of the museum. All proceeds raised will fund new and enhanced exhibits. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more. Gallery 6 is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific, and the Fuller Foundation.
Anyone Can Grow Food: Planting Beans
Thursday, August 2 at 11am
It’s not too late to plant edible veggies in your garden. Join us to plant some beans to take home and watch them sprout. The bean plants can even be planted in your garden, for harvest in early September. We will sample vegetables already grown in the garden and see what effect the ozone (air quality) has had on our plants. This program is free with museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org. No reservations required.
Teddy Bear Clinic and Picnic
Friday, August 3
Clinic: 10 am-Noon, Tea Party 12-12:30 pm
Kids and their favorite stuffed friends are invited to join us for our annual Teddy Bear Clinic, a fun event that helps educate kids about what happens at the doctor's office. Each child's stuffed animal is checked-in and given an ID bracelet, then children take their animals in to meet with a volunteer doctor or nurse for a check-up. If needed, animals can be taken to the surgical table for stitches, band-aides and ribbons. Each animal receives a certificate of good health at the end of the process. After your check-up, join us for our Teddy Bear Picnic from 12-12:30pm, held outside the museum in Henry Law Park if weather permits (indoors if it's rainy). Enjoy juice, fresh fruit and animal crackers with your animal friends. Thank you to our sponsor Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s Dover Emergency Room. No reservations required. Free with Museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
Science Friday Summer Workshop: Solar Energy Critters with ReVision Energy
Friday, August 3, 1:30-2:15pm
These special workshops are for kids ages 6-11, and are based on some of our most popular school group lessons! Kids can enjoy a 45-minute lesson led by a museum educator, followed by free time to explore the museum with parents. Today’s Solar Energy Critters workshop will introduce kids to solar energy. Students will be making critter out of solar beads and then building a shelter to protect them from the sun. They will test their creations outside, and have some time to redesign and improve them. Kids will learn how to harness the power of the sun and keep their critters and solar shelter. The workshop is from 1:30-2:15 with museum staff, after which kids can explore the museum with their caregiver (museum staff will not be present). Workshops are $8 per child and families get in at a discounted rate of $6 per person (for Non-members; Members get in free) to explore the museum during the lesson. Please note that anyone who stays for free time in the museum must be supervised by a grown-up. Pre-registration is required and sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. Learn more or register online at www.childrens-museum.org.
Saturday, August 4, 10am-5pm
Our pirate buddy Captain Jay will be coming to the museum to read his new children’s book “Captain Jay and the Misfit Crew” – which is about how Captain Jay and his friends are different and prove to the world that being different is awesome! We will also have a treasure hunt and pirate games and activities throughout the day, all free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
4-Day Summer Discovery-Camp: S.T.E.A.M. Science and Art
Monday, August 6 – Thursday, August 9, 9:15am-1pm
From messy mixtures to slimy sculptures, it’s science and art STEAM day camp! Kids ages 7-11 will make some beautiful works of art and learn through hands-on science experiments each day. The camp will culminate with a mini-science and art fair on Thursday. Cost is $150 for Members or $170 for Non-members. Go online, www.childrens-museum.org, to learn more or to register. Please note that registration will close one week before each camp begins.
Science Friday Summer Workshop: Deep Sea Creatures
Friday, August 10, 1:30-2:15pm
These special workshops are for kids ages 6-11, and are based on some of our most popular school group lessons! Kids can enjoy a 45-minute lesson led by a museum educator, followed by free time to explore the museum with parents. Today’s Deep Sea Creatures workshop introduces kids to the deepest darkest sections of the ocean and the amazing creatures that live – and glow there! Kids will learn about bioluminescent sea creatures and how they survive in their deep sea environment. This program has vibrant images, videos, fascinating information and ends with a glowing sea creature matching game! The workshop is from 1:30-2:15 with museum staff, after which kids can explore the museum with their caregiver (museum staff will not be present). Workshops are $8 per child and families get in at a discounted rate of $6 per person (for Non-members; Members get in free) to explore the museum during the lesson. Please note that anyone who stays for free time in the museum must be supervised by a grown-up. Pre-registration is required and sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. Learn more or register online at www.childrens-museum.org.
Thursday, August 16, 2pm
People living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease are welcomed on the third Thursday of each month to the 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.
Science Friday Summer Workshop: Digging Dinos
Friday, August 17, 1:30-2:15pm
These special workshops are for kids ages 6-11, and are based on some of our most popular school group lessons! Kids can enjoy a 45-minute lesson led by a museum educator, followed by free time to explore the museum with parents. Today’s Digging Dinos Workshop will teach kids the scientific method as they experience the process scientists go through to answer their questions. Be a paleontologist for the day as you dig in to a “mini site” with other scientists-in-training, and identify the dinosaur you unearth! The workshop is from 1:30-2:15 with museum staff, after which kids can explore the museum with their caregiver (museum staff will not be present). Workshops are $8 per child and families get in at a discounted rate of $6 per person (for Non-members; Members get in free) to explore the museum during the lesson. Please note that anyone who stays for free time in the museum must be supervised by a grown-up. Pre-registration is required and sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. Learn more or register online at www.childrens-museum.org.
Friday, August 10, 11-11:30am
Join our special guest scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski, to learn all about the ozone gardens at the museum! Elizabeth will be teaching visitors about what is healthy for the ozone, and explain how our ozone tolerant and ozone intolerant plants in the garden let us know how the ozone is doing. She will be bringing equipment from UNH to test the ozone that day, and kids can read the ozone levels. Kids can also make and decorate a cool pair of ozone glasses that can be used anywhere to check on the health of plants. Elizabeth is a research assistant professor for the Earth Systems Research Center & Institute for the Study of the Earth at the University of New Hampshire. STEAM activities are free with museum admission. Learn more online at www.childrens-museum.org.
6th Annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest
Saturday, August 25, 10am-4pm
Join the 6th annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest (formerly the Dover Mini Maker Faire), an all ages celebration of creativity and innovation. The Fest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists, to scientists to chefs, the Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food! The Fest takes place in and around the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in downtown Dover, NH on Saturday, August 25 from 10am-4pm. Play with robots, experiment with science, learn new skills, enjoy local food truck goodies, take a selfie with a Stormtropper and so much more! Visit www.childrens-museum.org to buy tickets, sign up to be a Maker, volunteer or learn how to be a sponsor.
August in the Muse Studio: Maker Month
Projects, experiments and challenges are drop-in throughout the day and are perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission. To learn more visitwww.childrens-museum.org.
August in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Maker Month
Drop-in activities related to science, technology, engineering, arts and math! These activities are free with museum admission. Check the online calendar for daily topics and times, www.childrens-museum.org.
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