December 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
December Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH – The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is more than a collection of exhibits, or a series of programs. The museum is deeply imbedded in the lives of the thousands of families who learn together and connect with others in a safe and nurturing environment. The museum’s story is tied to our families’ stories. Ana Garnica and her family have been residents of the city of Dover since 2009 and have come from one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City. “Since day number one, I felt welcomed and supported by everyone at the Museum,” shared Ana. “They have always encouraged me to share my heritage with my kids and my community and inspired me to pass the pride of my roots to my family. I feel so lucky to be included in many of their programs and projects. The staff always make sure that in each one of our visits my kids play a lot, learn something new and have tons of fun. We have never left the museum without shining faces.” To continue the museum’s mission of actively engaging families in hands-on discovery, they rely on donations and support from individuals and businesses. The museum asks that you remember them during this holiday giving season. To learn more about Gift Memberships or donations, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Featured Program for December
Holiday Vacation Fun
Tuesday, December 26 – Friday, December 29
The week after Christmas, we’ll be open every day, so it’s the perfect chance to come enjoy that new membership! Each day this week we’ll be exploring different themes. No registration necessary. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
Christmas Eve & Christmas – CLOSED Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25
Dino Day: Tuesday, December 26, 10am-5pm
Join us at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to enjoy dinosaur themed crafts and games in our Muse Studio along with a Dino themed scavenger hunt that ends with a prize! Special activities include learning about fossils and dino storytimes throughout the day. Free with museum admission. Learn more about CMNH by visiting www.childrens-museum.org.
Animal Day: Wednesday, December 27, 10am-5pm
Today at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, learn all about animals and how to care for them! Dr. Timothy Hunt from Hunt Veterinary Consulting will be here to teach visitors about pet care – and has some great giveaways. Then meet Canine Companion for Independence puppy in training, Hagar! Learn how Hagar is being trained and all about the possible jobs he may do someday. Free with museum admission. Learn more about Hunt Veterinary Consulting by visiting www.huntveterinaryconsulting.com and learn more about Canine Companion for Independence by visiting www.cci.org. Learn more about CMNH by visiting www.childrens-museum.org.
Music Day: Thursday, December 28, 10am-5pm
Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for Music Day! We have special guests Ben and Glen from C.B. Gitty performing a family sing-along Canjo concert. There will be drop-in music themed activities in the studio and STEAM Lab too! All activities are drop-in and included with museum admission. Learn more about C.B. Gitty by visiting http://www.cbgitty.com. Learn more about CMNH by visiting www.childrens-museum.org.
Dance Day: Friday, December 29, 10am-5pm
Join us for Dance Day at the museum! Our friend Cristina White from East Coast Dance Complex in Dover will be at the museum offering two drop-in workshops. This is a great way to introduce kids to dance! There will be dance related crafts and activities in the STEAM Lab and Muse Studio. We will also be having some pop-up dance parties in our large classroom, so you can shake your sillies out and learn a few moves! Free with museum admission. Learn more about East Coast Dance Complex by visiting www.eastcoastdancecomplex.com. Learn more about CMNH by visiting www.childrens-museum.org.
Thanksgiving Bites Fundraiser with Strafford House of Pizza
Now until Christmas
From now until Christmas, Strafford House of Pizza in Dover will be doing a fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. A percentage of the sales from their “Thanksgiving Pizza” and “Thanksgiving Bites” will go towards the museum. These popular items are turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing rolled together and fried into bite sizes and served with gravy and cranberry dipping sauce. Visit them at 116 Central Ave in Dover or call 603-749-9422 to purchase these delicious bites.
First Friday $3 after 3pm
Friday, December 1, 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! This Friday also happens to be when Dover celebrates its Festival of Trees from 4-8pm at Rivermill at Dover Landing, 2 Washington Street, right near the museum! So come make an evening of it! 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 current art exhibition “Creatures from the Imaginary Realm” opens tonight from 5:30-7pm and is part of the Art Walk, 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.
Gallery 6 Art Exhibition: Creatures from the Imaginary Realm
December 1, 2017 – March 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 5:30-7pm
For thousands of years fantastic creatures have been depicted in works of art. From the soaring phoenix to the roaring dragon, from the magical unicorn to the mischievous elves and fairies of myth – these creatures continue to thrill, delight, entertain and inspire our own imaginations to new heights. Some bring joy, some bring luck, some even send a shiver down your spine, but they always capture our attention. Included in this exhibition will be a section where visitors can discover some of the living animals or fossils that may have inspired artists and legends of the past. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, December 1 from 5:30-7pm. The participating artists are: Julie Cyr, Nina Fox Herlihy, Kate Higley, Taylore Kelly, Theresa La Brecque, Fleur Palau, Eric Streed, Paul Timmons, and Gretchen Woodman. Gallery 6 is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific and the Fuller Foundation. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Jingle Bell Express
Saturday, December 2 at 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm or 1:30-2:30pm
Join us for a magical wintry journey to the Cocheco Country Club in the C&J double-decker bus to hear a reading of the classic children’s holiday story, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg © 1985. Enjoy refreshments, receive a keepsake gift and a visit from a very special guest. Pajamas are welcome! Ticket price includes a keepsake family photo, time to explore the Children’s Museum and a make-and-take holiday craft. Space is limited! Cost is $25 per person and children ages two and under are free (must sit on parents’ lap during the journey.) This program is made possible through a sponsorship by C&J Bus Lines, the Cochecho Country Club and our premier sponsor Federal Savings Bank. To learn more or to register, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, December 3, 10am-noon
Families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to the museum for a free visit. 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. Today we welcome The Sonatina Center as they offer a Music Therapy class demonstration and talk about the benefits of music. 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 and Eversource. This program is free. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, December 6 & 13, 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 Baby Storytime
Wednesdays, December 6 & 13, 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.
Monday Junior Science Class: All About Weather
Mondays, January 8 – February 12, 1:30-2:15pm
What’s more fun to talk about than the weather in these cold winter months? This winter, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will explore rain, clouds, the sun, wind, snow and more by doing hands-on activities, listening to stories, and engaging in interactive experiments. 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. 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.
Thursday Junior Science Class: All About Weather
Thursdays, January 11 – February 15, 10:15-11am
What’s more fun to talk about than the weather in these cold winter months? This winter, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will explore rain, clouds, the sun, wind, snow and more by doing hands-on activities, listening to stories, and engaging in interactive experiments. These classes run for 6 weeks. 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.
Homeschool Science: Extreme Environments
Tuesdays, January 9 – February 13, 10:15-11:15am
This winter, homeschool students ages 6-8, will explore some of the most extreme environments on earth – without leaving the museum! We will be learning about how animals and people survive in extreme temperatures from Antarctica to the Sahara! Young scientists will get to try experiments, make art projects, and even do some engineering projects in this hands-on science class. 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.
Thursday, December 14, 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. Today we’ll enjoy a holiday music presentation by Wells Jr. High Select Chorus. 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 LTC Partners.
Family New Year’s Eve Celebration
Sunday, December 31, 10am-3pm
Join us for our family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration and ring in the New Year before bedtime! Enjoy “countdowns to midnight” at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm—we’ll lower our glittery disco ball, confetti will fly through the air, and wish blimps made by visitors will gently fall to the ground—it’s always a festive and fun environment that is reminiscent of Times Square. Visitors can make sparkly recycled paper hats throughout the event and enjoy a fun New Year photo booth! All activities are included in regular museum admission and free for members! The Museum closes early at 3pm today. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
December in the Muse Studio: Winter Wonders
Drop-in to enjoy lots of crafts, games, projects, experiments and challenges all about winter, perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
December in the STEAM Innovation Lab: The Season of Light
Light plays a part in all of the December holidays, so we are celebrating with drop-in rainbow and light themed activities all month in the STEAM Innovation Lab. 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