Children's Museum of New Hampshire


November Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

November is Family Literacy Month at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Interactive literacy crafts, author visits, extra storytimes, activities and challenges are scheduled every day the museum is open. Families who visit the museum during November will receive a copy of “Seacoast: A Photography Book” from local photographer Bob McGrath of Rye, NH (while supplies last and one per family). The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to read more to their young children because of the social, emotional and physical improvements that can come from family reading time.

Throughout the month of November, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and the Seacoast Science Center in Rye are offering their respective members free admission as part of a reciprocity program. It’s another in a series of partnerships with area institutions that also help promote discovery through hands-on play. To learn more about the Seacoast Science Center, visit .

Featured Program for November

Saturday, November 3, 5-7pm

Who doesn’t love pizza!? Tickets for this all-you-can-eat pizza-tasting extravaganza on Saturday, November 3 are on sale now! The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will welcome area restaurants to come up with their yummiest, most crazy pizza flavors and pit them against each other in a taste-challenge! Who will be crowned this year’s winner? You and celebrity judges will decide! This is a family friendly fundraiser to support the museum’s education and outreach programs. There will be a silent auction happening during the pizza-tasting. In addition there is an online auction happening Saturday, November 3 at 9am through Sunday, November 11 at 9pm at  . Items up for bid in the online auction include things like restaurant gift cards, admission passes and memberships to local institutions, ski lift tickets, theater tickets, wine tasting, professional photography sessions and so much more. Restaurants participating in PizzaFest this year include Dover House of Pizza, Kendall Pond Pizza II, La Festa Brick and Brew Pizzeria, Papa Gino’s, Papa Jay’s Pizzeria, Strafford House of Pizza and Thirsty Moose Taphouse of Dover. Advance tickets to this year’s PizzaFest can be purchased online till noon on Friday, November 2 and are $10 per adult and $7 for ages 3-10. At the door tickets are $12 per adult and $9 for ages 3-10. Children under the age of 3 are FREE. To learn more or to purchase tickets visit  or call 603-742-2002. PizzaFest is sponsored by D.F. Richard.

Family Literacy Month
Family Literacy Month at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire focuses on special activities and events that highlight the importance of family literacy. The museum will have literacy crafts, games and projects in the Muse Studio, a “Dress as your Favorite Book Character Party,” book fairs, a visit from Pete the Cat for our Books Alive program, and a Family Book Club where we’ll select a book that you can check out from your local library and then check our blog where we’ll provide yummy recipes for a healthy dinner, fun table decoration ideas, discussion topics, and a family service project recommendation. To learn more about the activities planned during Family Literacy Month.

Little Learner Afternoon Playtime
Thursdays, November 8, 15 & 29, 1:30pm

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers come together for a variety of activities for this drop-in program offered every Thursday. There will be new themes and activities every week so check the museum’s website or Facebook page for details. This program is free with museum admission and free for members. Participants must check in at the front desk. We can accommodate up to 12 children for this program.  

Literacy Celebration: Usborne Book Sale
At the Museum: Friday, November 9, noon-4pm
Online Sale: November 2-16

To help the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire kick off Family Literacy Month, Usborne Books consultant Sarah Flynn will have a variety of Usborne books in the museum’s MUSE Studio for visitors to shop on Friday, November 9 from noon-4pm. All books she will have at the museum will be available for sale that day, as well as in an online sale, each sale of which will help earn the museum free books for our educators to use during our popular drop-in storytimes. Come play in the museum, explore a book, and help spread the love of reading to young children. Free with museum admission. To shop Sarah’s online sale visit To learn more about the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Literacy Month programs, visit our website .

First Friday $3 after 3pm
Friday, November 2, 3-7pm

Guests who visit anytime after 3pm until 7pm on the first Friday of the month during the school year can 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. First Friday also corresponds to the monthly Dover Art Walk taking place at various galleries throughout downtown Dover. The museum’s Gallery 6 art exhibition “Organic Cartography” is part of the Art Walk, and there will be a reception tonight from 5-7pm. Viewing the exhibition is free anytime the museum is open and is sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts and Georgia-Pacific.  

Gallery 6 Reception: Organic Cartography
Friday, November 2, 5-7pm

On view through January 3, 2019, Gallery 6 features art by nine regional artists who use texture, pattern, scale, and line found in natural elements to reframe our surroundings in exciting ways. Imaginative vantage points turn crowds into colorful dots, and stone surfaces into topographical maps. Harmony is found between the channels in wood bored by beetles, and the arrangement of trees in a landscape seen from above. Participating artists include Matthew Boehm (Hopkinton, NH), Kyle Browne (Boston, MA), Jackie Brown (Brunswick, ME), Kayla Goulden (Portland, ME), Kate Higley (Eliot, ME), Sarah Hulsey (Somerville, MA), Nathalie Miebach (Boston, MA), Suzanne Pretty (Farmington, NH), and Miranda Updike (Ipswich, MA). The opening reception takes place during the museum’s November First Friday: $3 After 3pm program, where anyone can come enjoy the museum’s exhibits from 3-7pm on the First Friday of the month for only $3. There is no fee to view the art exhibition or enjoy the opening reception. This opening also corresponds to the monthly Dover Art Walk taking place at various galleries throughout downtown Dover. The Gallery is open anytime the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is open and is sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, the Fuller Foundation, and Georgia-Pacific.  .

Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, November 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 helps 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 and the Finlay Foundation. This program is free.  

Can’t-Sit-Still Story & Play Time
Every Tuesday in November, 1:30pm

Do you have a little one that can’t sit still? This active storytime on Tuesday afternoons will explore books that encourage participants to get up and MOVE! We will also have songs, rhymes, interactive flannel board stories, and more. There will be a new theme every week so check the website or the museum’s Facebook page for details. This program is drop-in and free with museum admission, and FREE for museum members.  

Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, November 7, 14, & 28, 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. Space is limited. First-come, first-served.  

First Friends Playgroup with Storytime
Wednesdays, November 7, 14, & 28, 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 Brustlin, 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 .

Books Alive with Pete the Cat
Saturday, November 10, 10am-2pm

Pete the Cat, that groovy feline who likes to sing his songs as he goes along, will be visiting the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading! Books Alive seeks to make reading a regular family experience. Museum educators will be reading these fun and colorful books, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, throughout the day. A friendly costumed Pete the Cat will pop in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five and pose for photos. There will also be a variety of Pete-the-Cat-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for all guests. Free with Museum admission. FOR CLUBHOUSE MEMBERS ONLY: If you have a CMNH Clubhouse Membership, you can visit Pete the Cat before the public on Saturday, November 10 from 9:30-10am. Visit our website for more info.

Alzheimer’s Café
Thursday, November 15, 2-4pm

People living with Alzheimer's disease, their family members and care partners are welcome to join us on the third Thursday of each month for Alzheimer’s Café, 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 our website  for more information. Alzheimer’s Café is sponsored by LTC Partners and Wentworth Senior Living.

Mini Iron Chef: Food Art – Sculpture Edition!
Saturday, November 17, 10:15-11:30am

Do you have a budding chef at home? Would you like to try out your culinary skills and see what you can do with a secret ingredient (revealed the day of the competition), just like the cooks on TV? Then sign up for this year’s edition of Mini Iron Chef! This program, brought to you through our FoodWorks partnership with Hannaford grocery stores, allows kids to step up to the plate and make their own delicious dish with the help of their adult sous chef! See if you can bring home a prize from our judges, have a ton of fun, and take a taste of everyone’s hard work. This year’s theme is Food Art – Sculpture Edition – create a beautiful 3D work of art using food! This event is for kids ages 5+, and an accompanying adult. The price per adult/child pair is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Fee does not include museum admission and no extra adults (due to space constraints). Visit our website to sign up or learn more.

Book Character Party
Saturday, November 24, 10am-5pm

Dress as your favorite character from your favorite book and come to the museum to hear lots of special storytimes featuring some of OUR favorite books. This program is part of the museum’s Family Literacy Month. Free with museum admission.  

Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, November 27

Giving Tuesday, which started in 2012, is a fun way of kicking off the charitable season and encourages people to focus on their holiday and end-of year giving after the rush of shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Help the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire raise funds for its “Museum Access for All” programs by donating now online.   

Jingle Bell Express
Saturdays, December 8 and 15, 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm

Join us for a magical wintry journey to the Cochecho Country Club in the C&J double-decker bus to hear a reading of the classic children’s holiday story, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg © 1985. Enjoy refreshments, receive a keepsake gift and a visit from a very special guest. Pajamas are welcome! Ticket price includes a keepsake family photo, time to explore the Children’s Museum and a make-and-take holiday craft. Reserve your seat early. Space is limited! Cost is $25 per person and children ages two and under are free (must sit on parents’ lap during the journey.) This program is made possible through a partnership with the Cochecho Country Club, C&J Bus Lines and our premier sponsor Federal Savings Bank. To learn more or to register, visit

November in the Muse Studio: Family Literacy Month
Drop-in to enjoy lots of laughable, lovable, literacy fun for all ages! Crafts, games, projects and challenges are available throughout the month, perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission.   .

November in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Storybook STEAM
This month in the STEAM Lab, drop-in to celebrate Literacy Month with activities and experiments inspired by books. Listen to a story, and try an experiment or project related to it. These activities are free with museum admission. Check the online calendar for daily topics and times   .


For more information about programs listed above or to register call 603-742-2002 or visit


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 call 603-742-2002 to register or visit


















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