Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
July Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH – The much anticipated Dover Adventure Playground is now open to the public. 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 features 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! The fish sculpture, a female alewife by artist Thomas Berger, needs a name, so the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is inviting suggestions throughout the month of July. The public can vote on the museum’s Facebook page, or inside the museum. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges after the public has narrowed it down to 10 names.
A life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex skull cast, along with a life-size footprint cast, are generously on loan to the museum, gifted by Shawn Warren of The PAST, and made possible by the love and support of June Marie Warren and William Donald Warren of Neillsville, Wisconsin. The T. Rex specimens (known as AMNH 5027) join an augmented reality sand table, Triceratops fossil casts and an area to dig for fossils and make ammonite fossil rubbings in the museum’s popular Dino Detective exhibit.
Featured Program for July
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. 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. Thank you to our current Dover Mini Maker Faire sponsors including Fidelity – Unique College Investing Plan, Alexander Technology Group, Prime Buchholz, Beswick Engineering, Martel Plumbing and Heating and the Rowley Agency.
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.
Museum is CLOSED on July 4th
Create A Pet Rock!
Saturday, July 8, 10am-5pm
Make a forever friend, who is easy to love and requires little care! Enjoy creating and designing your own pet rock, then decorate a comfy home for your rock and give it a name! Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
FoodWorks with Hannaford: Room for Dessert
Thursday, July 13, 10:30am-noon
Desserts often get a bad rap, but there’s no reason a healthy diet has to skip out on the sweet! Join a Museum educator as we take a look at how to have your cake and eat it too! Learn how to indulge your sweet tooth the healthy way! This program is free with museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org. No reservations required. Sponsored by Hannaford.
Anyone Can Grow Food: Healing Herbs
Tuesday, July 18, 11am & 2pm
We will be taking groups to the 3 Sisters Garden to explore and learn about the many herbs that we are growing and how native people would use those herbs and plants for healing purposes. This program is free with museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org. No reservations required.
Wednesday, July 19, 11am-2pm
Join us as we celebrate our amazing animal friends! We will have special guests from the Cocheco Valley Humane Society visit us with appearances between 11am-2pm. There will be animal activities in the Muse Studio and STEAM Innovation Lab as well as animal sound identification games and much more. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Alzheimer’s Café: Special Off-site Picnic
Thursday, July 20, noon-2pm
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. There is no cost for this month’s picnic Café, but reservations are requested. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information. Alzheimer’s Café is sponsored by Abbie Moseley Trust, and the Ouellett and Furbush Family Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Dover Kids Fall Consignment Sale – Consignors Wanted
Saturday, September 16, 9am-3pm
Sunday, September 17, 10am-1pm
Hellenic Center in Dover (219 Long Hill Road)
The Semi-Annual Consignment Sale will be held September 16-17. Consign gently used, great quality children’s clothes for infants to teens, maternity clothing, baby gear, footwear, toys, nursery furniture and books and earn 60% of your sales. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Museum of NH and their education and outreach programs. Visit https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/semi-annual-consignment-sale to learn more.
July 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, generously sponsored by Newburyport Five Cents Charitable Foundation. 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.
July in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Get Outside with STEAM
The drop-in activities and challenges in the STEAM Lab change daily and range from things like creating Mini-Rockets to Bird Ziplines. These activities are free with museum admission. Check the online calendar for daily topics and times, www.childrens-museum.org.
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 masterpieces. This class will end with a special mini-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.
5-Day Discovery Camp: Adventures in Chemistry
Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4, 9:15am-1pm
Want to get hands-on with cool chemistry experiments? It’s easier than you think! In this camp, for kids ages 7-11, we’ll check out the different chemical reactions that happen around us all day, from baking to bath bombs, slime to cabbage juice! Work with your fellow campers to create awesome experiments, and get some experience with the STEAM Lab’s science equipment, including our FLoid Imaging System microscopes! Cost is $170 for Members or $190 for Non-members. Call 603-742-2002 to learn more or to register. Please note that registration will close one week before each class begins.
5-Day Discovery Camp: Eco-Explorers
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18, 9:15am-1pm
The natural world is full of wonders to explore, even in your own backyard! Have you ever watched a spider spin a web, or wondered if animals have super powers? Or wondered what it feels like to be a deer or coyote searching for food? This camp, for kids ages 7-11, will introduce participants to animal communication and adaptations, as well as local plants, animals, and ecosystems through nature exploration, games, and art projects. We’ll be exploring outside, and creating our own wild beasts to take home! Cost is $170 for Members or $190 for Non-members. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org 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