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    February 26, 2018
    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
    6 Washington Street
    Dover, NH 03820
    (603) 742-2002
    March Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    Dover, NH – This March marks the 2nd anniversary of the opening of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s STEAM Innovation Lab. Over the last year the museum has:
    • Helped to facilitate hands-on STEAM drop-in activities with 2,700 visitors of all ages.
    • Led 2,507 students in STEAM school group visits.
    • Provided deeply discounted admission to 1,569 students and family members facing challenging life circumstances who participated in STEAM Innovation Lab activities.
    • Developed two new STEAM Learning Labs for students on the topics of “Simple Machines” and “Circuits.”
    • Conducted day long teacher trainings for 58 educators, focusing on how to engage students in STEAM topics and careers, providing creative learning activities to take back to the classroom.
    • Delivered STEAM Lab classes to 110 homeschooled students.
    The museum will celebrate STEAM learning on Saturday, March 17, with drop-in activities, FLoid Imaging System demonstrations, 3D Printing, and special guest Dover Shockwave Robotics who will be revealing their latest robotic invention.
    Throwback Thursday: Grown-up Play Date
    Reach for the Stars: Sci-Fi Night

    Thursday, March 15, 7-9pm
    Dig out your lightsabers and get ready to play like a kid again at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s 21+ Throwback Thursday: Grown-Up Play Dates! March’s Throwback Thursday theme is “Reach For the Stars.” Do you have a favorite Sci-Fi TV show or movie that takes place in outer space? Come to the museum and celebrate it! Feel free to dress in spectacular sci-fi costumes and we will provide some out-of-this-world activities, art projects, and experiments. 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 in the galaxy 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. 
    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! Tickets are limited to 775 and are available for only $100. Each raffle ticket gives you a chance to win either a red 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport ($25,130 MSRP) OR $20,000 cash. To purchase tickets, visit www.childrens-museum.orgWinning tickets will be drawn at a free event for all purchasers on Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30-6:30pm at Port City Nissan in Portsmouth. Anyone who has purchased a ticket and attends the party is eligible to win an additional free ticket at the party. This raffle fundraiser is sponsored Port City Nissan, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Rock 101, Z107 and 96.7 News Radio.
    Summer Camps
    June 26 – August 23, 2018
    The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire offers 3-day summer camps for mini-campers ages 4-6, and 4-day summer camps for kids ages 7-11 with varying topics and themes. The3-day Mini Camps for ages 4-6 run Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9:15am-noon and cost $90 for Museum Members and $100 for Non-members. The 4-day Discovery Camps for ages 7-11 run Mondays through Thursdays from 9:15am-1pm and cost $150 for Museum Members and $170 for Non-members. 2018 3-Day Mini Camps: Wee Ones Summer Edition (June 26-28), Incredible Animals (July 24-26), Yes, You are an Artist! (August 7-9), Storybook STEAM (August 14-16), and Junior Science: Science Art(August 21-23). 2018 4-Day Discovery Camps: Chasing Dinosaurs (July 23-26), STEAM Science and Art (August 6-9), and Tinkerers, Makers, and Engineers (August 13-16). Registration is required. Learn more or register at www.childrens-museum.org. Please note that registration will close one week before each camp begins.
    First Friday $3 after 3pm
    Friday, March 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.
    Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Weekend
    March 2 – 4, 10am-5pm (noon-5pm on Sunday)
    Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Weekend! Make a Truffula Tree, do a Seuss cup stacking challenge, and try some “One-Fish-Two-Fish” Magnet Fishing in the Muse studio. Explore the science of sound with “Horton Hears a Who” activities in the STEAM Lab. We will also have book readings throughout the day and a special Seuss scavenger hunt. All activities are included with regular museum admission and free for members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
    Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
    Sunday, March 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.
    Gallery 6 Art Exhibition: Immigrant Alphabet
    part of the MOSAIC – Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood program

    On view March 9 – May 28
    The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s spring Gallery 6 art exhibition is part of the MOSAIC – Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood program, which aims to promote appreciation and inclusion of other cultures through the arts. The art on view in the gallery exhibit, titled Immigrant Alphabet, will present the stories, background and aspects of the cultures of recent immigrants and individuals from the community whose ancestors immigrated to this country in the past. Using the letters of the alphabet as a frame of reference for our young visitors, the art will focus on the unique contributions these families have made to the community and the richness derived from having a diverse population. Gallery 6 is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific, the Fuller Foundation and Eastern Bank. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
    Wee Ones Wednesdays
    Every Wednesday in March, 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
    Every Wednesday in March, 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.
    FREE Art Class
    We All Belong: Art and Friendship Go Hand-in-Hand

    Wednesdays, March 7 – April 11, 4-5:30pm
    This fun, interactive and FREE art program is for adults who are learning English as a second language, refugees, immigrants and their children, as well as Museum Member (limited to 5) adults and children. Join us at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, a warm, inclusive community, to engage in meaningful, out-of-school arts experiences. Play, create, express yourself, share your ideas and form new friendships. The Museum's art gallery curator and educator staff will lead participants in activities that everyone can do including painting, drawing, collage, and more. Adults will be in one classroom, while children (ages 5 and up) will be in another classroom down the hall, doing different art projects. This will leave time for kids to bond with kids, and adults to bond and relax with adults. Kids ages 5 and up only, please. This class is designed as a way for immigrants and refugees to become a part of our community, which is why we are limiting Museum member participation to 5 adult/child pairs. Pre-registration is appreciated and space is limited. Drop-ins welcome if space is available. Participation in this program is FREE thanks to support from the New Hampshire State Council on the , Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Easter Bank Foundation, and a private donor. Register online at www.childrens-museum.org.
    Alzheimer’s Café
    Thursday, March 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 and Wentworth Senior Living.

    Saint Patrick’s Day
    Saturday, March 17, 10am-5pm
    Wear your favorite green outfit and join us today to design “leprechaun traps” as well as make pot-of-gold rainbow necklaces and try some shamrock stamping in the Muse Studio. Enjoy special storytimes all about luck throughout the day. All activities are free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
    STEAM Innovation Lab 2-year Anniversary
    Saturday, March 17, 10am-5pm
    Come celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the opening of the STEAM Innovation Lab at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire with some Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math challenges and activities! Look at cells with our FLoid Imaging System, watch a 3D printer in action, create a pom-pom popper, catapults and a CD suncatcher, and be sure to stay to see our special guests from Dover Shockwave Robotics present their latest robotic invention! Free with museum admission. Thank you to the STEAM Innovation Lab sustaining supporter Granite State Development Corporation. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
    Let’s Celebrate Dover
    Tuesday, March 20 – Friday, March 23
    Depending on which historian you talk to, Dover, NH celebrates 395 years as a settled community this year! At the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, we are celebrating Dover’s history and the things that make Dover a great place to live today. Come celebrate what makes Dover special with these 4 themed-days:
    Tuesday, March 20: Natural History of Dover
    Dive deep into our CochecoSystem exhibit and learn about the life of beavers with special storytimes, craft an Alewife and send it up the fish ladder, identify animal structures and learn more about the environment right outside our doors.
    Wednesday, March 21: Cocheco Industry
    395 years makes for a lot of interesting history to explore! Did you know that children worked in the mills that still line the Cocheco River? Try your hand at cotton carding, learn about area inventions and inventors and learn how to weave.
    Thursday, March 22: Dover on the Go!
    Dover is a town on the move! Learn about all the ways we move around town – from trains, cars, horses to fire trucks! Welcome special guests, the Dover Mounted Patrol, Fire Chief Eric Hagman along with a fire engine and crew, and an educator from the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth who will give tours of the Gundalow that resides in the Dover Adventure Playground outside the museum.
    Friday, March 23: Community Helpers and Heroes
    There’s so much to love about Dover. Tell us “What you love about Dover” and add it to our Dover Board, explore old maps of Dover, make a mail bag to help deliver important mail, and meet our special guests, Dover Mayor, Karen Weston, and Dover Children’s Librarian, Patty Falconer.
    To learn more and get a detailed schedule for each themed “Dover Day” visit our website at www.childrens-museum.org. All activities are free with museum admission.
    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.
    March in the Muse Studio: Creative Crafts
    March is National Craft Month! We will celebrate creativity and innovation with hands-on crafts, activities and games all month! What will you create? Free with Museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
    March in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Earth Science
    This month in the STEAM Lab we will be learning about the different features of the earth with hands-on experiments and art projects. You can drop-in to make a cave, try to build a structure that can withstand an earthquake, and learn about volcanoes. 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 supported 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
    Neva Cole, Communications Director
    neva@childrens-museum.org, (603) 742-2002