May Programs at the Children’s Museum of New HampshireApril 14, 2017
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
May Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH - Kids will be taking voer the Seacoast the first weekend of May! The Childrens Museum of New Hampshire's 5K Road Race/Walk in Dover is paired with a silly Kid-venture Course for kids age 1-12 on Saturday, May 6. The museum’s 5k race is the first race in the Seacoast Race Series and one of just a handful in NH with a competitive race walker division. The Kid-venture Course, designed in collaboration with The Works at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Family Health & Fitness Center, offers kid-size challenges that are all new this year. Then on Sunday, May 7 Pro Portsmouth’s Children’s Day takes place in downtown Portsmouth, offering family friendly activities.
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.
Featured Program for May
Military Appreciation Weekend
Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29
This Memorial Day Weekend the Children's Museum of NH will welcome current and retired military personnel and their immediate family members at no cost through the holiday (5.27.17 – 5.29.17). Simply show a military ID at the front desk to receive free admission for yourself as well as your dependent children and spouse. During the weekend, visitors can enjoy patriotic music and activities in the MUSE Studio. Military Appreciation Weekend is supported by BAE Systems, Unitil, Eastern Bank Foundation, and Profile Bank.
Beyond Memorial Day, the Children’s Museum of NH is part of the Blue Star Museum program, sponsored by People’s United Bank, which means we offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
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 Saturday, August 26, 2017 5th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire. 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.
CALL FOR MAKERS – Dover Mini Maker Faire
Deadline for applications is Friday, August 4
Join us at the 5th annual 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, 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, or to give a workshop or to sell your creations. Visit http://dover.makerfaire.com to learn more or to sign up to be a Maker.
Community Supper at Robert’s Maine Grill
Wednesdays, May 3 & 10, 4-8pm
Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery will offer two “Community Suppers” on Wednesdays, May 3 and 10. Choose from the regular menu, or a $16, 3 course menu, featuring food made in the spirit of Robert’s style: Maine comfort food with an updated twist, and a portion of your bill will go to support the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. To learn more about Robert’s, visit www.robertsmainegrill.com.
Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 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. 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, May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 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.
INCLUSIVE ART PROGRAM
We All Belong: Art and Friendship Go Hand in Hand
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24, 4-5:30pm
This fun and interactive art program is for adults who are English language learners, refugees or immigrants and their children, as well as current Museum Member 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 learning experiences. Play, create, express yourself, share your ideas and form new friendships. Museum staff and visiting artists will lead participants in activities that everyone can do including painting, drawing, collage, bead-making, dream-catchers, weaving, handprints and more. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call the museum during regular business hours and ask for Bookings Manager Caitlynne: 603-742-2002. Participation in this program is FREE thanks to support from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and a private donor. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Junior Science Explorers Class: The Great Outdoors
This spring, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will be learning all about nature – from bugs to flowers to rocks and beyond! We’ll explore this great planet we live on with interactive experiments, theme-inspired crafts, exciting demonstrations, 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 class starts. Call 603-742-2002 to register or visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
First Friday $3 after 3pm
Friday, May 5, 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 8pm. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
FoodWorks with Hannaford: Tasty Toppings Yogurt Bar
Saturday, May 6, 9-11am
Join us outside in Henry Law Park as we cheer on the runners in our annual 5K Road Race and Kid-venture Course, and top some Stonyfield yogurt with all kinds of delicious toppings! The FoodWorks program, a partnership between the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and Hannaford Supermarkets, focuses on healthy eating, good nutrition, handling food allergies, family food preparation and more. Today this program is completely free and part of the festive atmosphere in the park as part of the 5K Road Race. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
5k Road Race/Walk
Saturday, May 6, 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 open through 8:30am on race day. This fundraising event is held each spring to support programs that 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, with a start and finish in front of the museum and includes an official competitive race-walker division. Want your participation to have a greater impact? Sign up as an individual or as a team to raise donations. The fundraising team who raises the most money by May 5 will get to enjoy an exclusive VIP hospitality tent on race day, stocked with food, beverages and attendants! Visit www.crowdrise.com/ChildrensMuseumofNewHampshire5K to sign up to fundraise. Fundraising teams can raise money together, but cannot sign up to race in the 5k as a team. Race fee is $22 in advance, $25 on race day. Join us for a festive morning and support local families! The 5k Road Race is sponsored by Sprague. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.
Saturday, May 6, 10-11am
After the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5k Road Race for adults this same morning, the kids get their chance to shine! The KidVenture Course will feature a series of zany, exhibit-themed challenges for children ages 1 – 12. From crab walking under the “sea” and crawling through caterpillar tunnels, to transporting dino eggs to their nest and crossing the (pretend) Cocheco River, there is something fun for everyone! Not your traditional run, this course will have children moving, grooving and stretching their creative muscles! All Kid-venture participants receive a ribbon and a t-shirt (while supplies last) and can join in the festive atmosphere that surrounds this yearly fundraising event held outside, rain or shine in Henry Law Park. Want your participation to have a greater impact? Sign up as an individual or as a team to raise donations. The fundraising team who raises the most money by May 5 will get to enjoy an exclusive VIP hospitality tent on race day, stocked with food, beverages and attendants! Visit www.crowdrise.com/ChildrensMuseumofNewHampshire5K to sign up to fundraise. Fundraising teams can raise money together, but cannot sign up to race in the 5k as a team. All monies raised go to support programs that ensure all families have equal access to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Fee is $8 in advance, $10 on race day. The Kid-venture Course is sponsored by the Works Health and Family Fitness. Sign up or learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.
Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, May 7, 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, H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting and the Finlay Foundation. This program is free. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Sunday, May 14, Noon-5pm
In honor of Mother's Day, all mothers and grandmothers are granted free admission for their visit today! Kids can make tissue paper flowers and colorful beaded jewelry to make as a gift for the special woman in their lives. This gift-making activity is included in paid admission and FREE for members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
Thursday, May 18, 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. Today, North the Therapy Dog and her human Sarah will visit. 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.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Car or Cash Raffle Event
Tuesday, May 23, 5:30-6:30pm
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual car raffle tickets are only $100 with just 775 tickets being sold. Enter for a chance to win either a 2017 Midnight Edition Nissan Maxima ($40,695 value) OR $20,000 cash. To purchase tickets, please call 603-742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information. All ticket purchasers are invited to the Port City Nissan showroom from 5:30-6:30pm to have some food, enjoy music provided by DJ Jadd Naamani from Z107, enter extra raffle giveaways and hear the winner announced at 6:15pm. Any ticket purchaser who attends the event this evening will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win ONE more extra car or cash raffle ticket.Smaller raffle items will include giveaways from Z107, Port City Nissan and the Children’s Museum of NH among others. Online ticket sales are only available until 2pm on Tuesday, May 23, but tickets can still be purchased in person at the Port City Nissan event until 6pm that same evening. The Car or Cash Raffle is sponsored by Port City Nissan, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Rock 101, Z107 and 96.7 News Radio.
Wee Ones “Wee-union”
Wednesday, May 24, 3:30-5pm
We're having a "Wee-union" for our Wee Ones families! If you and your child have ever participated in Wee Ones Wednesdays, you're invited to our third annual Wee Ones Reunion. The reunion will be free for all past and current Wee Ones participants. There will be crafts, activities, songs and snacks to enjoy as we reconnect with old friends and see how much all the Wee Ones kids have grown. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Open Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 10am-5pm
Thanks to generous sponsorship by BAE Systems, Unitil, Eastern Bank Foundation, and Profile Bankthe Children's Museum of NH will welcome current and retired military personnel and their immediate family members at no cost this weekend through the holiday (5.27.17 – 5.29.17). Visit www.childrens-museum.orgfor more information.
May in the Muse Studio: MOSAIC
We’re partnering with Gallery 6 to bring you activities related to our beautiful Mosaic: Exploring Our Multicultural Neighborhood 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.
May in the STEAM Innovation Lab
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.
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.orgContact:Neva Cole, Communications Directorneva@childrens-museum.org, (603) 742-2002