Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
November Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH –
November is Family Literacy Month at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Interactive literacy crafts, author visits, extra storytimes, activities and challenges are scheduled every day the museum is open. Families who visit the museum during November will receive a free book (while supplies last). The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to read more to their young children because of the social, emotional and physical improvements that can come from family reading time. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will highlight some of its own existing literacy programs, as well as other area events and programs like the Strawbery Banke Annual Children’s Author Festival on Saturday, November 4, 11am-3pm.
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 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.
Featured Program for November
Family Literacy Month
Family Literacy Month at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire focuses on special activities and events that highlight the importance of family literacy. The museum will have literacy activities in the Muse Studio, additional storytimes, a “Dress as your Favorite Book Character Party,” book fairs, “Storybook STEAM” activities in the STEAM Innovation Lab, a foreign language class, author book readings and book signings, tips for families and caregivers on how to make literacy fun, and a free copy of “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle (while supplies last). The museum will also be highlighting area programs and events that are perfect for promoting literacy like Strawbery Banke’s FREE Children’s Author Festival on Saturday, November 4 from 11am-3pm. Family Literacy Month at the Children’s Museum is sponsored by Heinemann, Stonewall Kitchen and Pediatric Associates of Hampton and Portsmouth. To learn more about the activities planned during Family Literacy Month visit www.childrens-museum.org
Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15 & 29, 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. Space is limited. First-come, first-served. Visit www.childrens-museum.org
for more information.
First Friends Playgroup with Storytime
Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15 & 29, 9:30-10:30am
AND New for Family Literacy Month: Fridays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 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, November 3, 3-7pm
Guests who visit anytime after 3pm until 7pm on the first Friday of the month during the school year can 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. First Friday also corresponds to the monthly Dover Art Walk taking place at various galleries throughout downtown Dover. The museum’s Gallery 6 art exhibition 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 and Georgia-Pacific. Visit www.childrens-museum.org
for more info.
Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, November 5, 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 helps 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 and Eversource. This program is free. Visit www.childrens-museum.org
for more information.
Literacy Celebration: Usborne Book Sale
To help the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire kick off Family Literacy Month, Usborne Books consultant Sarah Flynn will set up samples of Usborne books in the museum’s MUSE Studio for visitors to explore all week. All books she will have at the museum will be available in an online sale, each sale of which will help earn the museum free books for our educators to use during our popular drop-in storytimes. Sarah has generously donated “Animally” and “I’m a Hungry Dinosaur” for our educators to use this week during our Wee Ones Wednesdays and First Friends Playgroup & Baby Storytime programs. Come play in the museum, explore a book, and help spread the love of reading to young children. Free with museum admission. To shop Sarah’s online sale visit https://p5838.myubam.com/818865
. To learn more about the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Literacy Month programs, visit www.childrens-museum.org
Books Alive with Pete the Cat
Saturday, November 11, 10am-2pm
Pete the Cat, that groovy feline who likes to sing his songs as he goes along, will be visiting the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading! Books Alive seeks to make reading a regular family experience. Museum educators will be reading these fun and colorful books, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, throughout the day. A friendly costumed Pete the Cat 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 Pete-the-Cat-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for all guests. Free with Museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org
for more info.
Children’s Author Visit & Storytime
Sunday, November 12 at noon
Susan Werner Thoresen, author of “The Yo-Yo and the Piggy Bank” will read her book, sell signed copies lead related hands-on activities. Free with museum admission. Learn more about Susan at http://susanwernerthoresen.com
. Visit www.childrens-museum.org
for more info about the museum.
Mini Book Fair with Barefoot Books
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30-11:30am
Join Barefoot Books consultant Marissa Scott to learn some literacy tips and purchase some beautifully illustrated children���
s picture books during this mini book fair! Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org
for more info.
Thursday, November 16, 2-4pm
People living with Alzheimer's disease, their family members and care partners are welcome to join us on the third Thursday of each month for Alzheimer’s Café, 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 LTC Partners.
Throwback Thursday: Grown-up Play Date – BEND & BREW
Thursday, November 16, 7-9pm
Play like a kid again at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s 21+ Throwback Thursday: Grown-Up Play Dates! November’s Throwback Thursday theme is “Bend & Brew” during which you can try your hand at yoga, led by yoga instructor Gretchen Lamothe. You can also craft a Shrinkey Dink sculpture, play a game of giant twiter and solder a wire sculpture led by makers from Port City Makerspace. As always, 7th
Settlment 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. 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
Nature As Our Muse
Saturday, November 18, 10am-noon
A special collaboration between the Center for Wildlife and the museum’s STEAM Innovation Lab will bring the Center’s animal ambassadors to provide inspiration for children’s (and adult’s) artwork! We will start with an introduction to the animals and lesson on each at 10am, then move into activities from there. Drop-in after that until noon. Draw, paint or collage…it’s up to you! This program is free with museum admission and no registration is required. Visit www.childrens-museum.org
for more information.
Mini Iron Chef: Food Art
Saturday, November 18, 10:30am-12pm
Do you have a budding chef at home? Would you like to try out your culinary skills and see what you can do with a secret ingredient (revealed the day of the competition), just like the cooks on TV? Then sign up for this year’s edition of Mini Iron Chef! This program, brought to you through our FoodWorks partnership with Hannaford grocery stores, allows kids to step up to the plate and make their own delicious dish with the help of their adult sous chef! See if you can bring home a prize from our judges, have a ton of fun, and take a taste of everyone’s hard work. This year’s theme is Food Art – create a beautiful work of art using only food! This event is for kids ages 5+, and an accompanying adult. The price per adult/child pair is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Fee does not include museum admission and no extra adults (due to space constraints). Call 603-742-2002 to reserve your spots today or visit www.childrens-museum.org
to learn more.
Tuesday, November 28
Giving Tuesday, which started in 2012, is a fun way of kicking off the charitable season and encourages people to focus on their holiday and end-of year giving after the rush of shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Help the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire raise funds for its “Museum Access for All” programs by donating now online at www.childrens-museum.org
Jingle Bell Express
Saturdays, December 2 and 9, 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm
Tickets On Sale Now
Join us for a magical wintry journey to the Cocheco Country Club in the C&J double-decker bus to 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. Reserve your seat early. 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 partnership with the Cocheco Country Club, C&J Bus Lines and our premier sponsor Federal Savings Bank. To learn more or to register, visit www.childrens-museum.org
or call 603-742-2002.
November in the Muse Studio: Family Literacy Month
Drop-in to enjoy lots of laughable, lovable, literacy fun for all ages! Crafts, games, projects and challenges are available throughout the month, perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission. To learn more visitwww.childrens-museum.org
November in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Storybook STEAM
This month in the STEAM Lab, drop-in to celebrate Literacy Month with activities and experiments inspired by colorful picture books. 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