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    May 15, 2017

    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
    6 Washington Street
    Dover, NH 03820
    (603) 742-2002

    June Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

    Dover, NH – The much anticipated playground in lower Henry Law Park will open to the public on Saturday, June 24 at 10am. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has collaborated closely with the town of Dover to make sure that this new playground is a unique space for hands-on discovery, and a natural offshoot of the museum’s mission. The playground will feature a life-size flat-bottomed gundalow boat, a net climber, swings and slides, a 3-story Garrison tower, a climbable fish sculpture and musical instruments!
    MOSAIC: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood is the latest Gallery 6 art exhibition on view now through the end of the summer. This year’s Mosaic Project focuses on Native Americans, specifically an Abenaki Child’s Year before the arrival of Europeans, using photographs, drawings, diagrams, scale models, artifacts, text and stories/myths that illustrate the Abenaki experience. Two dimensional totems grace the exterior façade of the museum and welcome visitors.
    The Children’s Museum of NH and the NH Telephone Museum are offering each other’s members free general admission through the month of June 2017. So if any CMNH members are in the Warner area this summer, be sure to check out this fun history museum for free! Learn more about the NH Telephone Museum at www.nhtelephonemuseum.org.
    Featured Program for June
    CALL FOR MAKERS – Dover Mini Maker Faire
    Deadline for applications is Friday, August 11
    Join us at the 5th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire, an all ages celebration of creativity and innovation. The Faire takes place in and around the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in downtown Dover, NH on Saturday, August 26 from 10am-4pm. Whether you are an engineer, a scientist, a tinkerer or an artisan, we want to see what you do! Sign up to be a Maker presenter, performer, sponsor, to give a workshop or to sell your creations. Visit http://dover.makerfaire.com to learn more or to sign up as a Maker.
    Cardboard Challenge
    The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire are the organizers of the Dover Mini Maker Faire, the only licensed Maker Faire in NH. This Faire celebrates the diverse innovators and creative thinkers in our communities who push boundaries and passionately explore new ideas. This year, the museum is inviting individuals, groups, schools, teams, businesses and families to sign up for a creative challenge of their own. Using only cardboard, you are invited to create a sculpture, working machine, interactive game or anything else you can dream up, and it will be displayed at the 5th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, August 26, 2017. It’s easy and free to sign up to participate in the Cardboard Challenge, and it’s a great way to work on a collaborative project this spring and summer. The deadline to sign up as participants is Friday, August 18, 2017. Visit http://dover.makerfaire.com to learn more and to sign up.
    First Friday $3 after 3pm
    Friday, June 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! 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. The museum is part of tonight’s free Dover Art Walk. If you want to visit the current Gallery 6 art exhibition “MOSAIC: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood – Thirteen Moons: An Abenaki Child’s Year,” admission is free. Please note, however that the museum closes at 7pm while the Art Walk goes till 9pm. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
    Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
    Sunday, June 4, 10am-noon
    On the first Sunday of each month during the school year, 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 Eversource, Kennebunk Savings Bank, H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting and the Finlay Foundation. This program is free. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information. Exploring Our Way doesn’t take place over the summer. See you on Sunday, October 1 when the program resumes!
    Anyone Can Grow Food: 3 Sisters Nature
    Tuesday, June 6, 11am and 3pm
    Interested in vegetable gardening as a family activity? Join us and visit our vegetable and herb garden, and learn the Wabenaki tradition and science behind why Native Americans planted their gardens in mounds. This program is free with museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org. No reservations required.
    Wee Ones Wednesdays
    Wednesdays, June 7 and 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. June 14th is the last Wee Ones program of the school year. Wee Ones will be back in the Fall starting September 20. 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. Wee Ones Wednesdays are generously sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
    First Friends Playgroup with Storytime
    Wednesdays, June 7 and 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. June 14th is the last First Friends program of the school year. First Friends will be back in the Fall starting September 20. 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.
    Alzheimer’s Café
    Thursday, June 15, 2-4pm
    People living with Alzheimer's disease are welcomed on the third Thursday of each month 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, Seacoast Rotary and the Ouellett and Furbush Family Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
    Father’s Day
    Sunday, June 18, Noon-5pm
    In honor of Father's Day, all fathers and grandfathers are granted free admission for their visit today! Kids can make festive crowns and picture frames for the special man in their lives. This gift-making activity is included in paid admission and FREE for members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
    NEW Dover Adventure Playground Opening
    Saturday, June 24, 10am
    The Dover Adventure Playground, located in Lower Henry Law Park adjacent to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, is opening this summer and all are welcome! The playground will feature a life-size flat-bottomed gundalow boat, a net climber, swings and slides, a 3-story Garrison tower, a climbable fish sculpture and musical instruments!
    June in the Muse Studio: MOSAIC
    We’re partnering with Gallery 6 to bring you activities related to our beautiful Mosaic: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood – Thirteen Moons: An Abenaki Child’s Year art exhibition. Enjoy crafts, games and activities that relate to the culture, traditions, habitats and aspects of the everyday life of a child living in an Abenaki village before the arrival of the Europeans. Projects, experiments and challenges are drop-in throughout the day and are perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
    June in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Playing with STEAM
    In celebration of the new Dover Adventure Playground opening on June 24, we will be using games and play to explore STEAM topics. These STEAM Innovation Lab drop-in programs are free with museum admission. Check the online calendar for daily topics and times, www.childrens-museum.org.
    3-Day Summer Mini-Camp: Creatures Create!
    Tuesday, July 25 – Thursday, July 27, 9:15am-Noon
    Campers ages 4-6 will learn about the many local creatures that live & build along our waterways. Find out how they have adapted to survive in our area. Campers will learn about osprey, beavers, caddis flies & even Native People as they engage in creative hands-on learning each day! Cost is $85 for Members & $95 for Non-members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration will close one week before each class begins.
    5-Day Summer Discovery Camp: Art Master Class
    Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 9:15am-1pm
    What makes this camp a master class? Why, learning from the best of course! Kids ages 7-11 will have several local artists join them and teach them their techniques and help campers make their own. This class will end with a special gallery show for family and friends. Cost is $170 for Members or $190 for Non-members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration will close one week before each class begins.
    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

    Neva Cole, Communications Director
    neva@childrens-museum.org, (603) 742-2002