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 5th Annual Dover Mini Maker Faire returns to downtown Dover on Saturday, August 26th and there is still time to sign up to participate as a Maker. Information about the Faire can be found at http://dover.makerfaire.com. Tickets for the Faire are on sale now!
The new Dover Adventure Playground is now open for the summer and features a life-size, flat-bottomed gundalow boat, a net climber, swings and slides, a 3-story Garrison tower, a climbable fish sculpture and musical instruments! The fish sculpture, a female alewife by artist Thomas Berger, needs a name, so the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is inviting suggestions throughout the month of July. The public can vote on the museum’s Facebook page, or inside the museum. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges after the public has narrowed it down to 10 names.
A life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex skull cast, along with a life-size footprint cast, are generously on loan to the museum gifted by Shawn Warren of The PAST, and made possible by the love and support of June Marie Warren and William Donald Warren of Neillsville, Wisconsin. The T. Rex specimens (known as AMNH 5027) join an augmented reality sand table, Triceratops fossil casts and an area to dig for fossils and make ammonite fossil rubbings in the museum’s popular Dino Detective exhibit.
Featured Program for August
5th Annual Dover Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, August 26, 10am-4pm
Join us at the 5th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire, an all ages celebration of creativity and innovation. The Faire takes place in and around the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in downtown Dover, NH on Saturday, August 26 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 http://dover.makerfaire.com to buy tickets, sign up to be a Maker, volunteer or learn how to be a sponsor. Thank you to our current 2017 sponsors: Fidelity Investments Unique College Investing Plan, Alexander Technology Group, Prime Buchholz, Beswick Engineering, The Rowley Agency, Martel Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and NHPTV.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire organizes and hosts the Dover Mini Maker Faire, the only licensed Maker Faire in NH. This Faire celebrates the diverse innovators and creative thinkers in our communities who push boundaries and passionately explore new ideas. This year, the museum invites individuals, groups, schools, teams, businesses and families to take on a creative challenge of their own. Using only cardboard, create a sculpture, working machine, interactive game or anything else you can dream up, and it will be displayed at the 5th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, August 26, 2017. 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 summer. The deadline to sign up as participants is Friday, August 18, 2017. Visit http://dover.makerfaire.com to learn more and to sign up.
Dover Kids Fall Consignment Sale – Consignors Wanted
Saturday, September 16, 9am-3pm
Sunday, September 17, 10am-1pm
Hellenic Center in Dover (219 Long Hill Road)
The Semi-Annual Consignment Sale will be held September 16-17, and registration for consignors opens at the beginning of August. Consign gently used, great quality children’s clothes for infants to teens, maternity clothing, baby gear, footwear, toys, nursery furniture and books and earn 60% of your sales. We only accept 165 consignors per sale and registration is first-come, first-served. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Museum of NH and their education and outreach programs. Visit https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/semi-annual-consignment-sale to learn more.
Teddy Bear Clinic and Picnic
Friday, August 4
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. No reservations required. Free with Museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
Cardboard Building Day
Saturday, August 12, 10am-5pm
Use your creativity and lots of cardboard to make something exciting to add to our Cardboard Box Museum at the 5th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire, hosted by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire on Saturday, August 26th. We are encouraging teams or individuals to find innovative ways to transform any cardboard material into a sculpture, structure, interactive game or whatever inspires you! Visit http://dover.makerfaire.com to learn more and to sign up for FREE.
5-Day Discovery Camp: Eco-Explorers
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18, 9:15am-1pm
The natural world is full of wonders to explore, even in your own backyard! Have you ever watched a spider spin a web, or wondered if animals have super powers? Or wondered what it feels like to be a deer or coyote searching for food? This camp, for kids ages 7-11, will introduce participants to animal communication and adaptations, as well as local plants, animals, and ecosystems through nature exploration, games, and art projects. We’ll be exploring outside, and creating our own wild beasts to take home! Cost is $170 for Members or $190 for Non-members. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org or call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration will close one week before each class begins.
Thursday, August 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 and the Ouellett and Furbush Family Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Saturday, August 19, 10am-5pm
Join us for a fun day of pirate adventures and games! Come dressed as a Pirate or use the pirate-themed props we will provide and pop into our photo booth for some Arrrrrsome fun. Take part in a treasure hunt that ends with gold doubloons and create hands-on Pirate activities in our Muse Studio. This program is free with museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org. No reservations required.
5-Day Discovery Camp: Cardboard Engineers
Monday, August 21 – Friday, August 25, 9:15am-1pm
What can you make out of ordinary cardboard? In this camp, we’re going to find out! Utilizing the engineering/design process, kids ages 7-11 will work on taking a building idea and bringing it to fruition with cardboard, imagination, and lots and lots of tape! Do you want to build a giant unicorn? Maybe a spaceship? We’ll work in teams to make something amazing, and then display our creations at this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire! Cost is $170 for Members or $190 for Non-members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration will close one week before each class begins.
August in the Muse Studio: MOSAIC
We’re partnering with Gallery 6 to bring you activities related to our beautiful art exhibition Mosaic: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood – Thirteen Moons: An Abenaki Child’s Year. MOSAIC is generously sponsored by Newburyport Five Cents Charitable Foundation. Enjoy crafts, games and activities that relate to the culture, traditions, habitats and aspects of the everyday life of a child living in an Abenaki village before the arrival of the Europeans. Projects, experiments and challenges are drop-in throughout the day and are perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
August in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Make Something!
This month in the STEAM Lab we are excited to be getting ready for the Mini Maker Faire August 26th. In the weeks leading up to the faire, STEAM activities will be focused on creativity and “making.” The drop-in activities and challenges in the STEAM Lab change daily, and will include upcycling activities, building a city with K’nex, and drop in times to work on cardboard engineering projects. On Saturday August 12th, we will have a brainstorming and building session for the cardboard challenge, and all are welcome to kick off the design process with us. Cardboard and tools provided. 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