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January Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire welcomes the new year with new and improved exhibits and lots of tried and true educational programs, classes, and drop-in fun. The museum’s STEAM Innovation Lab will turn two this year and Colie Haahr, CMNH’s STEAM & School-Aged Programs Coordinator continues to offer almost daily drop-in programs with monthly themes like “Fantastic Creatures,” and “Earth Science.” The museum’s Muse Studio is a creative space where imaginations sore with monthly themes like “Dental Health” and “Creative Crafts.” The museum’s Early Childhood & Literacy Coordinator Meredith Lamothe creates accessible drop-in projects that let parents and children work together to create and explore. These drop-in programs are in addition to all the great staff-led mini-programs scheduled throughout each day exploring topics ranging from “All About Beavers,” “Floating Fun” with our new Bernoulli Blower, to “Origami Animals.” All of these programs are free with museum admission and one of the reasons what makes a museum membership a great deal.  

FEATURED JANUARY PROGRAM

Books Alive with Curious George
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Saturday, January 20, 10am-2pm
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat 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 classic stories by Margret and Hans “H.A.” Rey throughout the day. A friendly costumed monkey character, and the Man with the Yellow Hat 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 monkey-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for all guests. Books Alive is sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation and Cogswell Charitable Trust. Free with Museum admission.  

Gallery 6 Art Exhibition: Creatures from the Imaginary Realm

On view through March 3, 2018
For thousands of years fantastic creatures have been depicted in works of art. From the soaring phoenix to the roaring dragon, from the magical unicorn to the mischievous elves and fairies of myth – these creatures continue to thrill, delight, entertain and inspire our own imaginations to new heights. Some bring joy, some bring luck, some even send a shiver down your spine, but they always capture our attention. Included in this exhibition will be a section where visitors can discover some of the living animals or fossils that may have inspired artists and legends of the past. The participating artists are: Julie Cyr, Nina Fox Herlihy, Kate Higley, Taylore Kelly, Theresa La Brecque, Fleur Palau, Eric Streed, Paul Timmons, and Gretchen Woodman. Gallery 6 is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific and the Fuller Foundation.  

Wee Ones Wednesdays
Every Wednesday in January, 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.  

First Friends Playgroup with Baby Storytime
Every Wednesday in January, 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.  

First Friday $3 after 3pm
Friday, January 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! 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.

Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, January 7, 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.


UPCOMING CLASSES

Kids ages 3.5-5 years of age can sign up for one of two available Junior Science: All classes are taught by our staff educators who specialize in making science fun and engaging for kids of various ages. Young scientists will be encouraged to ask questions as they try experiments, make art projects and discover new things about the world around them.

Monday Junior Science Class: All About Weather
Mondays, January 8 – February 12, 1:30-2:15pm
What’s more fun to talk about than the weather in these cold winter months? This winter, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will explore rain, clouds, the sun, wind, snow and more by doing hands-on activities, listening to stories, and engaging in interactive experiments. MEMBER PERK: The museum exhibits are closed on Mondays, but smaller siblings and parents who are museum members will have access to the Primary Place exhibit to play while class is in session (45 minutes). Please note that the first floor exhibits will be closed during this time. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Register now online .

Thursday Junior Science Class: All About Weather

Thursdays, January 11 – February 15, 10:15-11am
What’s more fun to talk about than the weather in these cold winter months? This winter, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will explore rain, clouds, the sun, wind, snow and more by doing hands-on activities, listening to stories, and engaging in interactive experiments. 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 classes begin. Register now online   .

Homeschool Science: Extreme Environments
Tuesdays, January 9 – February 13, 10:15-11:15am
This winter, homeschool students ages 6-8, will explore some of the most extreme environments on earth – without leaving the museum! We will be learning about how animals and people survive in extreme temperatures from Antarctica to the Sahara! Young scientists will get to try experiments, make art projects, and even do some engineering projects in this hands-on science class. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Register now online   .

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day

Monday, January 15, 10am-5pm
We will celebrate MLK Day in our Muse Studio by sharing activities that emphasize peace. Help us with a collaborative project – making a peace dove. Create your own peace sign, and explore your own dreams! We will also be reading some of our favorite MLK stories, as well as stories about peace, throughout the day. This program is free with museum admission.  

Alzheimer’s Café
Thursday, January 18, 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.   Alzheimer’s Café is sponsored by Abbie Moseley Trust and LTC Partners.

Throwback Thursday: Grown-up Play Date – Engineer Some Fun!
Thursday, January 18, 7-9pm
Play like a kid again at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s 21+ Throwback Thursday: Grown-Up Play Dates! January’s Throwback Thursday theme is “Engineer Some Fun.” Remember the egg drop project you did in middle school? It’s baaaack! Think regular Jenga is a tricky game? Wait until you try GIANT Jenga. 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 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 .
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January in the Muse Studio: Fantastic Creatures

Drop-in to enjoy lots of crafts, games, projects, experiments and challenges all about fantastic creatures, perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission.

January in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Fantastic Creatures
Our STEAM Innovation Lab theme this month is inspired by our Gallery 6 exhibit: Creatures From the Imaginary Realm. Come drop-in to learn about real amazing animals, or create your own creature with special adaptations. We will also be focusing on the incredible way animals withstand the winter temperatures. STEAM Lab activities are free with museum admission. Check the online calendar for daily topics and times  .


For more information or to register call 603-742-2002 or visit 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 call 603-742-2002 to register or visit www.childrens-museum.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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