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    September 12, 2018
    Museum Throws Open Doors for Day of Free Fun
    You only turn 35 once! The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is celebrating its 35th birthday, and 10th anniversary since opening it’s expanded location in Dover, on Saturday, September 22. From 10am – 5pm the doors will be open to all families to play for free. The free fun will spill out into Henry Law Park with performances and special guests on the Rotary Pavilion Stage, and even extend to the Cochecho River that runs behind the museum with the Dover Ducky Derby at 1pm.
    “We are also debuting our new One World exhibit the same day!” exclaimed Jane Bard. In collaboration with local cultural organizations, Exhibits Manager, Eric Erwin, has been developing, and crafting the components of the new “World Market,” “World Festival,” and “World Café” exhibits which will highlight spices, food, clothing, masks and musical instruments from Indonesia, India, and Mexico. Children will be able to “shop” for food items in the Market and prepare and serve them in the Café next door. Or they can “purchase” a musical instrument and immerse themselves in a festival celebration using the museum’s existing green screen technology. “We are grateful to the Roger R. and Theresa A. Thompson Endowment Fund for their support of the One World exhibits revitalization,” said Bard.
    The schedule for the Free Family Day is packed with special programs. A few highlights include meet-and-greets with Curious George, a Magic Fred show, and birthday cake, of course! The only cost for the day is $5 to adopt a rubber duck for the Dover Ducky Derby. The Derby is a joint fundraiser between the museum and SEED (Seacoast Education Endowment of Dover). The first five ducks to cross the finish line will receive prizes ranging from free kids meals for a year from Cinco de Mayo restaurant in Dover, to four hours of tutoring with New England Tutors, and more.
    10am-12:30pm: Floating Boats with SEED
    Outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park
    Make aluminum foil boats and test them out in our kiddie pool with representatives from SEED (Seacoast Education Endowment of Dover).
    10am-1pm: Special Visit from York Center for Wildlife & their Animal Ambassadors
    Outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park
    10:30am: Mini Wee Ones Class
    Inside the Museum’s Deep Sea Classroom
    Join CMNH Education Director, Xanthi Gray, for a mini version of our popular Wee Ones Wednesdays class, complete with storytime, crafts, music and games.
    Noon & 3:30pm: Meet-and-Greet with Curious George
    At the upper Henry Law Park Rotary Pavilion Stage
    Come say hello to the museum’s most popular Books Alive costumed character, Curious George. He will pose for pictures and offer high fives and hugs. Curious George will also be roaming around the museum and park from 1:30-2pm.
    11am: Magic Fred Show
    At the upper Henry Law Park Rotary Pavilion Stage
    Join Magic Fred for an interactive, high quality magic, full of magical illusions and music.
    11am-2pm: Guacamole, Chips & Salsa with Tendercrop Farm
    Outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park
    To help celebrate the opening of the museum's “One World” exhibits, Tendercrop Farms will be handing out fresh samples of guacamole, chips and salsa!
    1pm: Dover Ducky Derby
    Watch the ducks launch behind the museum, along the river fence.
    The Dover Ducky Derby is a joint fundraiser between the Museum and SEED (Seacoast Education Endowment of Dover). Adopted rubber ducks will launch from Washington Street bridge. Prizes will be awarded to the first five ducks who finish the race. Ducks can be adopted for the race at the museum or online at www.childrens-museum.org: $5 for one duck, $50 for a gaggle of 12 ducks, or $100 for a flock of 50 ducks.
    2pm: Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals
    At the upper Henry Law Park Rotary Pavilion Stage
    Join Lindsay Aucella and her menagerie of puppet friends for a high energy, silly and interactive performance full of thoughtful storytelling that will inspire young audience members to explore creative play, self-confidence and empathy. Lindsay was mentored by Martha Dana, frequent performer and longtime friend of the Children’s Museum of NH, back when the museum was in Portsmouth. Martha gifted Lindsay her beloved puppet family when she retired, so you may recognize some old friends during Lindsay’s performance!
    2:30pm: Birthday Cake Cutting
    At the upper Henry Law Park Rotary Pavilion Stage
    No birthday is complete without a cake! Join us for a special treat, while cake lasts. Thanks to Duston’s Bakery for their birthday cake donation.
    3pm: Anyone Can Grow Food
    In the museum’s garden located in the Dover Adventure Playground
    Visit the museum’s gardens in the Dover Adventure Playground and learn all about the plants growing there. Visitors may even get to try some vegetables fresh from the garden.
    2-4pm: Catapults & Rollercoaster Making
    Inside the Museum’s STEAM Innovation Lab and classroom
    Join museum educators inside the museum to create catapults and rollercoasters.
    2-4pm: Straws & Connectors
    Inside the Museum’s Colorful Classroom
    Play, construct and build with the museum’s popular set of straws and connectors.
    Ongoing throughout the day (10am-5pm)
    Outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park
    Shake Your Sillies Out
    Chalk Art
    CMNH Anniversary temporary tattoo station
    Story Walk with “Do Like a Duck Does”
    Scavenger Hunt
    Collaborative Art Activity
    The museum thanks its Free Family Fun Day sponsors, Unique College Investing Plan managed by Fidelity Investments, Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover, and TD Bank. A huge thank you also to the 35th Anniversary Year Lead Sponsors Kennebunk Savings Bank, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
    To learn more about this or any other museum events, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
    Neva Cole, Communications Director
    (603) 742-2002