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 The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire opens its doors for two straight weeks during Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire April Vacation Weeks. Normally closed on Mondays during the school year, the museum will stay open Monday, April 17 through Sunday, April 30 to accommodate families looking for enriching opportunities during their children’s school vacations.

In addition to the extended hours, the museum has planned many fun events throughout the end of April. Guests can drop into the STEAM Innovation Lab at different times throughout the week to do nature inspired experiments.

Featured MOSAIC Programs

Discover the Wabanaki Culture
Wednesday, April 19
Denise and Paul Pouliot of the Cowasuck Band of Pennacook-Abenaki People will be talking about their heritage with guests. Join them at 10:30am for a musical instrument demonstration. Then from 12:30-1:30pm come to the MUSE Studio to see some artifacts and hear stories. Free with museum admission.

Planting a 3 Sisters Garden
Wednesday, April 19, 10-11am
Tuesday, April 25, 10-11am
Interested in vegetable gardening as a family activity? Join us and visit our vegetable and herb garden, and learn the Wabanaki tradition and science behind why Native Americans planted their gardens in mounds. This program is free with museum admission.

Celebrating Abenaki Crafts and Creations
Tuesday, April 25, ALL DAY
Enjoy hands-on exploration of Indigenous crafts and creations along with Art Gallery talks and tours of the “Thirteen Moons: An Abenaki Child’s Year” with our Gallery 6 Curator, Tess Feltes. This program is free with museum admission.

Native American Storytelling with Willow Green
Tuesday, April 25, 12:30-1:30pm and 3-4pm
Abenaki elder and award winning storyteller Willow Greene will share stories from her native community that have been passed down through generations. This program is free with museum admission.

Earth Day, sponsored by D.F. Richard, on Saturday, April 22, 10am-3pm will give guests a chance to learn about our Earth, the environment, our local ecosystem and more. Wentworth Greenhouses will be on hand to help kids plant marigolds. ReVision Energy will show off a Solar Bicycle. D.F. Richard will lead an energy saving upcycling STEAM Lab activity and Bartlett Tree Experts will be giving away free tree saplings (1 per family) while supplies last.

On Thursday, April 20 from 10:30-11am, 12-12:30pm and 2:30-3pm the museum welcomes guests back into the gardens for an Anyone Can Grow Food Program where kids will learn how to plant your own seeds to take home.

Magic Fred, a local magician will be coming back to the museum on Wednesday, April 26 at 11am to perform feats of levitation, make a pizza disappear and more.

FoodWorks with Hannaford, a program that promotes healthy eating, will be back on Thursday, April 27 from 10:30am-1pm offering some tasty snacks from around the world.

Gymnastics Day on Saturday, April 29, with special guests Amanda and Lori from Atlantic Gymnastics will encourage kids to explore balance and body movement through the use of a special balance beam and bosu ball.

ALL of these programs are FREE with museum admission and no reservations are required. To learn more about the museum, visit www.childrens-museum.org or call 603-742-2002.


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.

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.

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,
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
Thursdays, May 4 – June 8, 10-10:45am

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. Sign up by May 1st to be entered to win 3 $100 gift cards to Philbricks Sports! 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, The Works Family Health & Fitness Center, Willem Verweij Physical Therapy, Relyco, Weathervane, Hannaford Supermarkets, LaFesta Brick & Brew Pizzeria, Runner’s Alley, Philbricks Sports, Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A., Calling All Cargo Moving & Storage, Dover Honda and Formax. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org .

Kid-venture Course
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! Sign up for the course by May 1st to be entered to win 2 $50 gift cards to Philbricks Sports! 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 Sprague, The Works Family Health & Fitness Center, Willem Verweij Physical Therapy, Relyco, Weathervane, Hannaford Supermarkets, LaFesta Brick & Brew Pizzeria, Runner’s Alley, Philbricks Sports, Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A., Calling All Cargo Moving & Storage, Dover Honda and Formax. Sign up or learn more at www.childrens-museum.org .

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.

**************** UPCOMING CLASSES *****************
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 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.

Junior Science Explorers Class: The Great Outdoors
Thursdays, May 4 – June 8, 10-10:45am

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.

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.

5-Day Discovery Camp: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18, 9:15am-1pm

Sounds are all around us – from music to ocean waves to birds singing! But what exactly is sound, and how is it made? This camp, for kids ages 7-11, will take a look at the science behind sound with all different kinds of experiments to demonstrate its shape and form, and all of the fascinating things sound can do. We’ll also be making our own musical instruments to test out and play! 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: 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.

 
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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