February Events 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
February Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
DOVER – The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is hosting its 5th annual Celebration of Children’s National Dental Health Month throughout February. Throughout the month, Museum educators will offer storytimes with a variety of teeth-themed picture books, share fun facts about teeth, show x-rays of teeth below the gumline, compare teeth of various animal skulls and lead toothbrush painting and other art activities and experiments all related to dental health. By partnering with area dentists, the museum brings a sense of “toothy” exploration and fun to area families all in the name of dental health. The museum thanks all its Dental Health Month Sponsors including Toothbrush Sponsor, Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry, as well as Seacoast Endodontic Associates, Crest + Oral B, Michael St. Germain, DMD, North Hampton Dental Group, Alliance for Dental Care, PLLC, and Harvey Family Dentistry. To learn more about the museum or Dental Health Month, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
FEATURED FEBRUARY PROGRAM
Family Mini Golf at the Museum
Sunday, February 24, noon-5pm
It’s a day of Mini-Golf at the Museum! You heard right! We are setting up a mini-golf course throughout the entire museum and families are invited to putt through all 18 holes! Please note that the museum’s regular museum exhibits will NOT be open for exploring during this event. It is a special fundraiser to support the museum’s new Play Patio expansion project. This event is recommended for ages 2 and older, but all are welcome. Tickets are $5 per person (ages 2 and older), $20 for a family of four or more (includes two adults and their dependent children), and free for kids under the age of 2. EARLY ENTRY FOR MEMBERS: If you are a CMNH Member, of any level, you and your family can start golfing at 11 a.m., one hour before we open to the public. Get your tickets online at www.childrens-museum.org or purchase them at the door. This event is part of the museum’s 35th Anniversary Year celebrations. Thank you to the 35th Anniversary Lead Sponsors Kennebunk Savings, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Foundations, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Another big thank you to the 35th Anniversary Event Sponsors The Unique College Investing Plan managed by Fidelity Investments, Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover, and TD Bank. To inquire about sponsoring a mini golf hole, contact Carolyn Hogan at Carolyn@childrens-museum.org or at 603-742-2002.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Car or Cash Raffle
Raffle Tickets on Sale Feb. 1 through Tuesday, May 21
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual car raffle fundraiser is back! 725 tickets (50 less than last year) are available for purchase and tickets are on sale for only $100. Each raffle ticket gives you a chance to win either a gun metallic, 7-speed automatic 2019 Nissan 370Z coupe (MSRP $32,995) OR $20,000 cash. Anyone who purchases a raffle ticket between now and Feb. 26 will automatically be entered into a weekly giveaway for an additional raffle ticket. One name will be drawn each Tuesday, through Feb. 26. Increase your chances of winning by purchasing your raffle tickets early! To purchase tickets, visit www.childrens-museum.org. Winning tickets will be drawn at a free event for all purchasers on Tuesday, May 21 at Port City Nissan in Portsmouth. This raffle fundraiser is sponsored Port City Nissan, Rock 101, Z107 and 96.7 News Radio.
Gallery 6 Art Exhibition: Terrestrial Portals
January 11 – March 29, 2019
In this exhibition, brown and red toned Utah soil meets pure white and blue Arctic ice. 360-degree “spherescapes” of the Earth are just peculiar enough to reference other worlds. Through missions on the Mars Desert Research Station, to Iceland and the North Pole, to our coastal Maine backyards and beyond, Terrestrial Portals takes us on a journey to both new and familiar places. Through insightful panoramas, Cassandra Klos, Justin Levesque, and Michael James Murray put our imaginations to work. No admission fee is required to view the art in Gallery 6. Regular admission applies for families who wish to also explore the rest of the Museum. Join us for a free Reception on Friday, Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m. The reception corresponds to the Dover Art Walk, and the Museum’s First Friday, $3 After 3 p.m. program, during which any guests wanting to play can visit the museum for only $3/person anytime between 3 and 7pm. 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.
CALL FOR MAKERS – New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest
Deadline for applications is Friday, June 7
NEW DATE FOR FEST: Saturday, June 29
Join us at the 7th 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 on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.
Dover Ducky Derby
Ducks on sale now!
Saturday, June 29, 1 p.m.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and SEED (Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover) have teamed up again for the second annual Dover Ducky Derby! The derby will be in conjunction with the Museum’s NH Maker & Food Fest – a day to explore and be amazed by local inventors, makers and of course food vendors. The Maker Fest is a special ticketed event, but you can still view the Dover Ducky Derby for free from Henry Law Park behind the museum and along the river. If you want to adopt a duck to participate in the derby, those can be purchased online at www.childrens-museum.org or in person at the museum. Prizes will be awarded to the first five ducks who finish the race. Adopted ducks cost $5 for one duck, $50 for a gaggle of 12 ducks, or $100 for a flock of 50 ducks.
Family Book Club
Family Book Club is a time to get together as a family to read, create, eat, and discuss. Once a month, the Children’s Museum of NH chooses a story for your family to read together. The museum organizes a craft, discussion questions, and more to go along with that story, all of which can be found online at www.childrens-museum.org. Family Book Club takes place within the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to come to the museum on a certain date and at a certain time. Start by borrowing the book from your local library, read the book together as a family, make crafts that relate to the story and use them to decorate your dinner table. Then look over the recipes the museum provides and choose one to make a healthy dinner together. Discuss the book over dinner, and then finally talk about what kind of “Family Service Project” you could do related to the story. This winter’s book is “Everybody Cooks Rice” by Norah Dooley. In this story Carrie is sent to find her younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to a variety of cultures through encountering the many different ways rice is prepared at the different households visited. Find information on the current book and theme on the museum’s website, www.childrens-museum.org.
First Friday $3 after 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1, 3-7 p.m.
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! 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 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.
Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, February 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 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, Eversource and the Finlay Foundation. This program is free. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Little Learner Afternoon Story & Play Time
Tuesdays, February 5 & 12 AND Thursdays, February 7 & 14, 2pm
Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers come together for a variety of activities for this drop-in program offered every Tuesday and Thursday. There will be new themes and activities every week so check the museum’s website or Facebook page for details. This program is free with museum admission and FREE for museum members. Participants must check-in at the front desk. We can accommodate up to 12 children for this program. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, February 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, February 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 Brustlin, 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.
T-Rex Tea Party
Saturday, February 9, 10:30-11:30am, 12:30-1:30pm or 2:30-3:30pm
This year we are celebrating our love of dinosaurs with our Valentine’s Day Tea Party! Join TEA-Rex for a special event with someone you love! Decorate Valentine’s Day cookies, do some festive crafts and enjoy some tea or apple juice, and listen to some of our favorite dinosaur story books. Fancy, whimsical, or prehistoric attire is encouraged! Pre-registration is required for this event. Cost is $20 per adult/child pair for Members and $25 per adult/child pair for non-members. Additional children are $8 for Members, $10 for non-members. Cost does not include admission to the museum. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to register.
Call for Consignors
Spring Dover Kids Consignment Sale
Registration Opens to ALL at 5pm on Sunday, February 10th
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s semi-annual Kids Consignment Sale returns to the Hellenic Center in Dover on April 6 & 7, 2019, and consignors are needed! Register to consign and sell your outgrown children’s clothes and gear, make money, shop for high quality current styles for your own growing children, and support the Children’s Museum of NH all at the same time. New this year, registration to become a consignor at this popular sale will be open to all (not just to returning consignors) on Sunday, February 10th at 5pm. Consignors earn 60% of all revenue from their sold items. Sign up to volunteer at the sale or sale set-up/break-down and earn a higher % of your sales. To learn more, or to register, visit www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/semi-annual-consignment-sale.
Thursday, February 21, 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 Wentworth Senior Living.
Grown-up Play Date: Mini Golf at the Museum
Saturday, February 23, 7-9pm
Remember when “playing golf” meant a trip to the Mini Golf Course? Well, we want to bring back that old-school fun! Adults 21+ can join us at the museum for this special Saturday Grown-up Play Date, where they can play 18 holes inside and throughout the Children’s Museum of NH! Enjoy a cash bar and music while you play through the Dino Detective exhibit, or putt past the Yellow Submarine! 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. Does this sound like fun and want to bring the family? Check out the Family Mini Golf at the Museum on Sunday, February 24th! This event is part of the museum’s 35th Anniversary Year celebrations. Thank you to our 35th Anniversary Lead Sponsors Kennebunk Savings, Newburyport Five Cent Savings Foundation, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Another big thank you to our 35th Anniversary Event Sponsors The Unique College Investing Plan managed by Fidelity Investments, Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover, and TD Bank. To inquire about sponsoring a mini golf hole, please contact Carolyn Hogan at Carolyn@childrens-museum.org or at 603-742-2002.
February Vacation Weeks
Mondays, February 18 & 25
We will be open seven days a week during February vacation weeks to bring two more days of creative, hands-on fun to keep the kids busy and happy. Check out our website calendar for activities happening in our STEAM Innovation Lab and Muse Studio. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Mondays, February 18 & 25 10am-5pm
Join us at the Children’s Museum of NH as we welcome our friends from the Cocheco Valley Humane Society for a special Animal Day! From 10:30am-noon come say hello to their volunteers and then enjoy animal crafts, games and activities throughout the day in both the museum’s Muse Studio and STEAM Lab. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Tuesdays, February 19 & 26 10am-5pm
Join us at the Children’s Museum of NH as we welcome our Veterinarian friend Dr. Hunt who will be visiting for this special animal day from 10:30am-12:30pm. Learn all about what it is like to be a veterinarian! Enjoy animal crafts, games, and activities throughout the day in both the Muse Studio and STEAM Innovation Lab. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Amazing Art Adult/Child Workshop
Tuesdays, February 19 or 26, 2-3pm
Make stunning works of art to take home in this fun, hands-on adult/child workshop. We will be exploring the art style of Dale Chihuly with each participant making a shrink paper sculpture - that will look like blown glass! You’ll also get to design and create marbled tile coaster art. Registration is required. Cost is $10 per adult child pair for Members, $15 per adult child pair for non-members, and $5 per additional child. Cost does not include museum admission. Recommended for ages 5+. To register or learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Solar Energy Day with ReVision Energy!
Wednesday, February 20, 10am-5pm
Join the Children’s Museum of NH for an official Solar Ribbon Cutting with ReVision Energy at 11am. Learn about the new solar panels installed on the museum’s roof this winter, and then throughout the day participate in some solar fun! Try to find hidden groundhogs around the museum to get a prize, make a solar bead critter and shelter in the STEAM Innovation Lab, make a sun catcher in the Muse Studio, and learn about solar energy from ReVision experts. Come have some fun in the winter sun! Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Floating Fun Day
Thursdays, February 21 & 28, 10am-5pm
Does it fly? Can it float? Join the Children’s Museum of NH for a day of floating, flying fun! Make your own boat to take home, try “The Great Plate Challenge,” or try our scavenger hunt and get a prize! Participate in special activities in the STEAM Innovation Lab and Muse Studio throughout the day. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Fridays, February 22 & March 1, 10am-5pm
AND Saturdays, February 23, 10am-4pm & March 2, 10am-5pm
Wear your coziest pajamas to come and play at the Children’s Museum of NH! We’ll be having night-themed storytime, learning about nocturnal animal sounds, making a special owl craft in the Muse Studio and more! This event promises to be more fun than even the silliest of slumber parties! Please note that the museum will close earlier than normal on Saturday, February 23rd at 4pm. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Shocking Science Adult/Child Workshop
Fridays, February 22 or March 1, 2-3pm
Join us for this startlingly science-filled adult/child workshop where you will play games to learn about circuits and electricity – and then make your own paper circuit that really lights up! Explore static electricity with eye-opening experiments and make a static electricity craft to take home. Registration is required. Cost is $10 per adult/child pair for Members, $15 per adult child pair for non-members, and $5 per additional child. Cost does not include museum admission. Recommended for ages 5+. To register or learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Wednesday, February 27, 10am-5pm
Join us for Codebreaker Day here at the Children’s Museum of NH! Try out an expert level scavenger hunt, make a morse code bracelet, and try out some of our basic coding robot games. Learn to write a secret code and join in special crafts and activities in the STEAM Innovation Lab and Muse Studio. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Monday Junior Science Class: Wild Weather!
Mondays, March 4 – April 8, 1:30-2:15pm
This spring, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will learn about wild weather – thunderstorms, heatwaves, and blizzards – oh my! Explore these weather phenomenons with hands-on science experiments, open ended crafts 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. 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: Wild Weather!
Thursdays, March 7 – April 11, 10:15-11am
This spring, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will learn about wild weather – thunderstorms, heatwaves, and blizzards – oh my! Explore these weather phenomenons with hands-on science experiments, open ended crafts and more. 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: Simple Chemistry
Tuesdays, March 5 – April 9, 2-3pm
Messy mixtures, fizzy fun, and more; our homeschool science students, ages 6-10, will learn all about chemistry this spring! 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.
February in the Muse Studio: Dental Health
Drop-in to enjoy lots of crafts, games, projects, experiments and challenges all about dental health perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
February in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Engineering Challenges
This month in the STEAM Lab you can try some engineering challenges with hands-on projects like building crazy rollercoasters and super tall towers! Learn about some of nature’s best engineers, and build projects to take home. 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 sponsored 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