February events at the Children's Museum of NH: Raffle, 21+ Paint Night, and Vacation Camps
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, NH – The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is hosting our 4th annual Celebration of Children’s National Dental Health Month throughout February. Throughout the month, Museum educators will offer Storytime 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 more than two-dozen area dentists, the museum brings a sense of “toothy” exploration and fun to area families all in the name of dental health. All children will leave with their own toothbrush thanks to Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry. To learn more about the museum or Dental Health Month, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
FEATURED FEBRUARY PROGRAM
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Car or Cash Raffle
Raffle Tickets on Sale through Tuesday, May 22
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual car raffle fundraiser is back! 775 tickets are available for purchase and tickets are on sale for only $100. Each raffle ticket gives you a chance to win either a red 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport OR $20,000 cash. Anyone who purchases a raffle ticket between now and the end of February will automatically be entered into a weekly giveaway for an additional raffle ticket. One name will be drawn each Tuesday, through February 28. 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 22 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: Creatures from the Imaginary Realm
On view through March 3, 2018
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. 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.
First Friday $3 after 3pm
Friday, February 2, 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! 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 4, 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. 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, February 7 & 14, 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 7 & 14, 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.
T-Rex Tea Party
Saturday, February 10, 10:30-11:30am or 1-2pm
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 for visitors who are not members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to register.
Thursday, February 15, 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. 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
Messy Mayhem – Paint Night!
Thursday, February 15, 7-9pm
Play (and paint!) like a kid again at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s 21+ Throwback Thursday: Grown-Up Play Dates! February’s Throwback Thursday theme is “Messy Mayhem,” and we are really taking that to heart! A local artist, Barbara Albert, will be on hand to help you create your own masterpiece or add to our big collaborative canvas to hang in the museum. Other fun “Make & Take” art activities will be available as well! This is a great, inexpensive Valentine’s Day date and no reservations required! Or gather your friends together for a Gal-entine’s date! As always, 7th Settlement 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. Where else can you and your friends enjoy a cash bar, refreshments and a chance to leave an impression in a giant pin screen, or play a tune on a wall-to-wall Music Matrix? 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. This month’s Throwback Thursday: Grown-up Play Date is sponsored by RE/MAX Realty Group in Rochester, NH.
February Vacation Weeks
Mondays, February 19 & 26
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.
FoodWorks with Hannaford: It’s In the Bag
Wednesday, February 21, 10:30am-12:30pm
Are you or your child getting bored with the same on-the-go snacks such as containers of cereal or crackers? Join us to make and taste a variety of healthy on-the-go snack ideas that will spice up snacks for your whole family! FoodWorks is sponsored by Hannaford. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Tuesdays, February 20 & 27, 10am-5pm
Join us at the Children’s Museum of NH 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. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Friday, February 23 & Friday March 2, 10am-5pm
Wear your coziest pajamas to come and play at the museum! We’ll be having night-themed storytime, learning about nocturnal animal sounds, making a special owl craft in the studio and more. Today promises to be more fun than even the silliest of slumber parties. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
February Vacation Camps
Tuesday, February 27 – Thursday, March 1, 9am-noon
This February break we are offering three “Camp” days for ages 6 to 9, from 9am-noon. Each camp day will include time to play in the museum, take home projects and time for a snack.
Art Day: Tuesday, February 27, 9am-noon
Explore some messy, colorful and creative projects! We will be creating with some different and unusual mediums as well as designing and building cool 3D sculpture projects to take home.
Science Day: Wednesday, February 28, 9am-noon
It’s experiment time! Lots of fun will be had during this startlingly science filled day. Try out some chemistry, create circuits, play a lemon piano and more!
Engineering Day: Thursday, March 1, 9am-noon
Marble roller coasters, packing peanut structures and duplos – OH MY! We hope we aren’t “building” this up too much, but this engineering day is sure to be a blast! Join us for fun and creative engineering challenges!
Camp pre-registration is required for this drop-off program. Cost is $30/day for Members and $40/day for Non-members. Sign up for all three days and it’s $85 for Members, and $95 for Non-members. Sign up or learn more online at www.childrens-museum.org.
Monday Junior Science Class: Ooey Gooey Chemistry
Mondays, March 5 – April 9, 1:30-2:15pm
This spring, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will get messy learning some basics of chemistry. We will explore chemical concoctions, kitchen chemistry, messy mixtures and more! Young scientists should come in their play clothes because this fizzy, bubbly, sticky, foamy, and fun chemistry session is super messy and super fun! 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: Ooey Gooey Chemistry
Thursdays, March 8 – April 12, 10:15-11am
This spring, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will get messy learning some basics of chemistry. We will explore chemical concoctions, kitchen chemistry, messy mixtures and more! Young scientists should come in their play clothes because this fizzy, bubbly, sticky, foamy, and fun chemistry session is super messy and super fun! 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: Zoology
Tuesdays, March 6 – April 10, 10:15-11:15am
This spring, homeschool students ages 6-8, will learn about animal biology in our zoology class. Choose an animal to research at home, and share in class, where we will be doing experiments and art projects to learn about amazing animals – from the super tiny, to the largest on Earth! 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.
Registration open for 5k Road Race/Walk on Feb. 1
Saturday, May 5, 9-11am
Run for NH’s kids and families! Registration for the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5K Road Race and Kid-venture Course is now open. This fundraising event is held each spring to support programs that help to ensure all families have equal access to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. This 5K, the first in the Seacoast Road Race Series, is held in downtown Dover and includes an official competitive race-walker division. We welcome all ages to participate in the 5K and offer the Kid-Venture Course as a fun alternative for those kids and families looking for a shorter, sillier way to get active this spring. The 5K event is known for awesome prizes, great food, and all proceeds go to support a local community gem. T-shirts will be available for 5k participants who register by April 5. Entry fee is $22 in advance, $25 on race day. Join us for a morning of racing, food and fun! Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.
Registration open for Kid-venture Course on Feb. 1
Saturday, May 5, 10-11am
After the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5k Road Race this same morning, kids ages 1-12 looking for a shorter (and sillier) challenge will have their chance to step up to the starting line of our Kid-venture Course. This quirky course will be filled with silly challenges and provide a fun time for all. New this year, we’re inviting kids to dress up in a “Think Spring” theme: wear bright colors, add some fairy or butterfly wings, throw on some antennae or animal ears – use your imaginations! And after all age groups have had a chance to conquer the course, we’ll invite them back to take the MEGA CHALLENGE, which is a race around the park and then back through the course! All Kid-venture participants receive a ribbon and a t-shirt (while supplies last) and can join in the many activities taking place at this yearly fundraising event held outside, rain or shine in Henry Law Park. All monies raised go to support programs that ensure all families have equal access to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Entry fee is $8 in advance, $10 on race day. Sign up or learn more 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