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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.


INCLUSIVE ART PROGRAM
We All Belong: Art and Friendship Go Hand in Hand
Wednesdays, May 24, 4-5:30pm

This fun and interactive art program is for adults who are learning English as a second language, refugees or immigrants and their children, or 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.

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.

Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, May 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 24 & 31,
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.

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June Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

 The much anticipated playground in lower Henry Law Park will open to the public on Saturday, June 24 at 10am. 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 will feature 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!

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. Two dimensional totems grace the exterior façade of the museum and welcome visitors.

The Children’s Museum of NH and the NH Telephone Museum are offering each other’s members free general admission through the month of June 2017. So if any CMNH members are in the Warner area this summer, be sure to check out this fun history museum for free! Learn more about the NH Telephone Museum at www.nhtelephonemuseum.org.

Featured Program for June

First Friday $3 after 3pm
Friday, June 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! 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 9pm. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.

Exploring Our Way Autism Partnership Program
Sunday, June 4, 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, Kennebunk Savings Bank, H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting and the Finlay Foundation. This program is free. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information. Exploring Our Way doesn’t take place over the summer. See you on Sunday, October 1 when the program resumes!

Anyone Can Grow Food: 3 Sisters Nature
Tuesday, June 6, 11am and 3pm
Interested in vegetable gardening as a family activity? Join us and visit our vegetable and herb garden, and learn the Wabenaki tradition and science behind why Native Americans planted their gardens in mounds. This program is free with museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org. No reservations required.

Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, June 7 and 14, 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. June 14th is the last Wee Ones program of the school year. Wee Ones will be back in the Fall starting September 20. 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, June 7 and 14,  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. June 14th is the last First Friends program of the school year. First Friends will be back in the Fall starting September 20. 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.

Alzheimer’s Café
Thursday, June 15, 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. 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.

Father’s Day
Sunday, June 18, Noon-5pm
In honor of Father's Day, all fathers and grandfathers are granted free admission for their visit today! Kids can make festive crowns and picture frames for the special man in their lives. This gift-making activity is included in paid admission and FREE for members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.

NEW Dover Adventure Playground Opening
Saturday, June 24, 10am
The Dover Adventure Playground, located in Lower Henry Law Park adjacent to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, is opening this summer and all are welcome! The playground will feature 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!

June 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. 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.

June in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Playing with STEAM
In celebration of the new Dover Adventure Playground opening on June 24, we will be using games and play to explore STEAM topics. 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.

NH Summer Camp 2017 Preview

Mini-Camp for Mini-Campers
Ages 4-6 years 3-day camps
Tuesdays – Thursdays, 9:15am-Noon

Fee: $85/session for members & $95/session for non-members

This is a great first summer camp experience for children ages 4-6. Each session features exclusive time interacting with museum exhibits, hands on activities, crafts, stories and a snack. Children must be 4 years old on the first day of camp and be able to use the bathroom independently. Each session focuses on hands-on, interactive learning. Choose between the following camps:

3-Day Mini-Camp: Creatures Create!
Tuesday, July 25 – Thursday, July 27, 9:15am-Noon

Campers ages 4-6 will learn about the many local creatures that live & build along our waterways. Find out how they have adapted to survive in our area. Campers will learn about osprey, beavers, caddis flies & even Native People as they engage in creative hands-on learning each day! Cost is $85 for Members & $95 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.

3-Day Mini Junior Science Camp: Science Art
Tuesday, August 1 – Thursday, August 3, 9:15am-Noon

If you have a mini scientist or artist at home – or both – this camp will be perfect for them! Junior Scientists, ages 4-6, will explore colors, shapes, textures and more by doing hands-on interactive experiments, listening to stories, making science inspired art projects, and of course making a super fun mess! Cost is $85 for Members & $95 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.


3-Day Mini-Camp: S.T.E.A.M. Stories
Tuesday, August 15 – Thursday, August 17, 9:15am-Noon

Even our youngest visitors ages 4-6 can explore S.T.E.A.M. (Science / Technology / Engineering / Arts / Math)! Do you have a young scientist at home that also loves books? This is the perfect camp! We’ll read wonderful picture books and then do experiments, activities, and crafts that relate. We’ll explore topics from weather to our five senses to the stars! Cost is $85 for Members & $95 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.

3-Day Mini-Camp: Yes, YOU Are An Artist!
Tuesday, August 22 – Thursday, August 24, 9:15am-Noon

This workshop is designed to encourage the artist that exists within each camper! Using a variety of materials, each child, ages 4-6, will engage in the process of creating sculptures, wearable art and much more. Campers will explore their creative potential and go home with some fabulous works of art! End the session with a mini art show for all to attend! Cost is $85 for Members & $95 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.

Discovery Camps
Ages 7-11
Mondays – Fridays, 9:15am – 1pm 5 day camps

Fee: $170/session for members & $190/session for non-members

Our Discovery Camps are for kids ages 7-11 years. These camps focus on bringing art and science right to kids’ fingertips, and explore a wide variety of topics with hands-on STEAM activities and exploration. Choose between the following camps:

5-Day 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. This class will end with a special gallery show for family and friends. 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: 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.

Summer 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!

5-Day Discovery Camp: Cardboard Engineers
Monday, August 21 – Friday, August 25

What can you make out of ordinary cardboard? In this camp, we’re going to find out! Utilizing the engineering/design process, kids ages 7-11 will work on taking a building idea and bringing it to fruition with cardboard, imagination, and lots and lots of tape! Do you want to build a giant unicorn? Maybe a spaceship? We’ll work in teams to make something amazing, and then display our creations at this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire! Visit dover.makerfaire.com to learn more about this end-of-summer festival of creativity. 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.

Registration: To register call 603-742-2002.
Please note: Registration will close one week before each class begins.

 

Cardboard Challenge
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.

 

 



 
Muse Studio
Each week, museum educators present new themed activities in the Muse Studio where guests can use their imaginations to create and explore. Projects, experiments and challenges are drop-in throughout the day and are perfect for all ages. Free with museum admission.

STEAM Innovation Lab
The museum offers almost daily drop-in challenges and experiments in this classroom of the future. Call ahead or visit the museum’s online calendar in advance to see the daily schedule. Free with museum admission.

 

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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