Children s Theater and Museum of Maine

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142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101, United States

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children’s development and learning.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. All programs are linked to the Maine Learning Results and can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding an optional educational program can enhance your group’s experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier – please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

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Parents and Family Programs

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Fire Safety Fridays

First & third Fridays each month at about 10:30am

It’s our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet one of Portland’s firefighters and to sit on a real fire truck! (This program is sometimes abbreviated or cancelled when the firefighters must respond to a call. We appreciate your understanding.)

Money-Managing Education from KeyBank of Maine

See calendar for dates and times

Join us for fun programs about earning, saving and spending money wisely! You’ll decide how to best spend, save and share play money.

Generously sponsored by KeyBank of Maine.

Tiny Tots

Every Thursday at 10:30am

This special series of programs designed specifically for toddlers (12-36 months). We’ll learn about the world through body movement, music, sensory art projects and more!

THEATRE PROGRAMS

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine produces theatre for kids, by kids, in the Dress-Up Theatre. There are opportunities for young audiences to see a show and for young actors to develop their skills. If you are between the ages of 8 and 17, you can audition for our company of actors and participate in a production!

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Each month features a new four-class weekly session devoted to a different story. On the final day of class, children will put on a show for friends and family! The class was created for our youngest actors, ages 4 to 5. Cost is $60/child for members, $75/child for non-members for four sessions, or $15 to try out one class.

MULTICULTURAL

Let’s Celebrate

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What’s one thing everyone has in common? We all like to celebrate! Join us to come together and celebrate holidays of many cultures. Whether it’s your favorite holiday or one you’ve never heard of, there’s sure to be something fun to share!

SCIENCE

Whale Time: Inside Istar

Daily

Have you ever wondered how big a humpback whale is? Join us to learn all about whales from inside Istar,

Tide Pool Touch Tank

Daily

Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum’s saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter tidal zone.

Birthdays Are a Piece of Cake!


Gather your guests in the Dress Up Theatre.

Parties at the Museum & Theatre are easy to plan, a cinch to host and fun for children of all ages. We offer a range of affordable party packages to fit celebrations large or small. Choose from the options below, then request a reservation with just a few clicks.

With questions or to reserve by phone, call Shana at 207-828-1234 x232 or email shana@kitetails.org.

Visit our Flickr page to see photos of our birthday party spaces.

And remember…Museum & Theatre members recieve a 10% discount on the base price of any party!

Click here to become a member today!


Celebrate in a room just for birthdays!

Photo by Claudia Dricot

PLAYFUL PARTY

$100 for up to 10 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

Gather your guests in a special space just for birthdays!

Includes:

  • FREE all day Museum admission for your guests
  • 2 hours of private party time in the Birthday Room
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, camera obscura or star show)
  • Room capacity for up to 21 children

Click here to request a Playful Party reservation now!



Enjoy your party in the Ranger Station.

SUPER CELEBRATION

$250 for up to 20 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

Let live turtles join your party in the Ranger Station or celebrate in style with the costumes of the Dress Up Theatre.

Includes:

  • FREE all day Museum admission for your guests
  • 2 hours of private party time in the exhibit of your choice: Ranger Station or the Dress Up Theatre
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, camera obscura or star show)
  • Room capacity for up to 21 children in the Ranger Station or 35 in the Dress Up Theatre

Click here to request a Super Celebration reservation now!


PRIVATE PARTY

$350 for up to 20 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

It’s a child’s dream come true: having the run of the Museum! A truly special gift to both the birthday child and your guests.

Includes:

  • 2 hours of private play time in the entire Museum when it is closed to the public (Sundays 10am-noon or evenings 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, touch tank, camera obscura or star show)

Click here to request a Private Party reservation now!


BOOKING A PARTY

To reserve your child’s birthday party at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine call 828-1234 x232 or request a reservation online by clicking the links above.

Adults are welcome free of charge. A minimum of THREE adult chaperones are required.

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Destination Trip Planning Information

Facility Rentals

Guests of all ages have a blast at the Museum & Theatre.

Now booking parties for the holiday season!

A memorable event is more affordable than you think!
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is a unique, playful setting for company parties, family gatherings, reunions and celebrations of all shapes and sizes! Whether you need a family-friendly locale or are looking for a one-of-a-kind cocktail party spot for grown-ups, the Museum & Theatre is a unique location for your celebration.

Spanning four floors, the Museum & Theatre offers a total capacity for up to 400. A fully equipped kitchen on the Lower Level is available for catering needs.

Get started!
Event coordinator Shana is available to answer all your questions and help you plan the perfect party: 207-828-1234 x232 or e-mail shana@kitetails.org.

To submit a rental request online, please click here.

Visit our Flickr page to see photos of event spaces throughout the Museum & Theatre.

Location Photos
Tickets and Admission

HOURS

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: Noon-5pm

Fall/winter hours will resume on September 10, 2012: closed to the public on Mondays (open to members only from 9-11am)

First Fridays: Open the first Friday night of each month from 5-8pm, year round. Admission on First Friday night is $1 per person (members and children under 18 months free).

Find the next First Friday

First Fridays can be busy nights in downtown Portland! Visit our blog for parking info and transit tips.

ADMISSION

General Admission: $9.00 per person (under 18 months free)

Payment Options: Cash, check and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)

Group Rate: Please see “Group Rate” section.

Camera Obscura only: $4.00

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7 Congress Street, Portland, ME, United States 0.01 mi

The Portland Museum of Art, founded in 1882, is Maine’s oldest and largest public art institution. The Museum’s architecturally significant buildings unite three centuries that showcase the history of American art and culture. The Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 objects includes decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The heart of the Museum’s collection is the State of Maine Collection, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth. The Museum has the largest European art collection in Maine. The major European movements from Impressionism through Surrealism are represented by the Joan Whitney Payson, Albert Otten, and the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, which include works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin. The Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, a bequest of 66 paintings and sculptures, has transformed the scope and quality of the Museum’s American collection, bringing to the Museum its first paintings by George Bellows, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and Jamie Wyeth, and adding masterpieces to the collection by Childe Hassam, Fitz Henry Lane, and N. C. Wyeth. In addition to exhibitions, the Museum has constantly changing educational programs, family festivals, lectures, art classes, musical concerts, bookgroups, art camps, gallery talks, and much more.

The Museum’s collection is housed in three architecturally significant buildings

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The PMA provides families with the tools to experience the museum, navigate the gallery spaces, and try out unique approaches to looking at the art in our collections. We invite your family to discover, explore, learn, and be curious!

Winslow Homer Studio Tours

The Winslow Homer Studio, one of the most significant locations in the history of American art, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. Tours of the Studio depart from and return to the Portland Museum of Art by van and are limited to 10 visitors. Tickets are $55, $30 for PMA members, and $25 for students with valid I.D. For reservations, please call (207) 775-6148.

PMA Store

Open during regular museum hours, the PMA Store showcases products by Maine artists and artisans including handcrafted jewelry, cards, home goods, and gifts as well as Maine’s largest selection of art books, a children’s section, and a variety of items highlighting the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Members receive a 10% discount. No admission is required to visit the PMA Store.

PMA Café by Aurora Provisions

PMA Café is open during regular museum hours. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café. Enjoy a variety of innovative homemade fare featuring local purveyors and artisan producers. From seasonally inspired soups and salads, to gourmet sandwiches and creative entrees, Aurora Provisions will tempt your taste buds. Fresh pastries and locally roasted coffee are the perfect pairing while you take a break from visiting the galleries. Members receive a 10% discount.

PMA Movies

PMA Movies showcases the best in foreign, classical, and art films. Tickets are $8, $6 for PMA members and students with valid I.D.

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1740 U.S. 1, Cape Neddick, ME, United States 34.73 mi

Whether you are planning a recreational half-day tour, a multi-day overnight adventure or pursuing a new paddling skill, Excursions will provide you with an exciting and unforgettable experience. Explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of Southern Maine, as you discover close up views of shore birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses. Our trips are designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Our equipment is state of the art and all of our tour staff are Registered Maine Guides offering you not only state licensed personnel but truly dedicated and knowledgeable leadership.

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Custom Group & Corporate Adventures – Excursions has become a destination for many youth groups and corporate teams, as well as family and friends. We specialize in designing custom adventures for groups of varying sizes, interests and expectations. We offer everything from coastal day tours to sunrise, sunset and moonlight excursions. In addition to great paddling and exploring, our food packages add just the right touch. Coffee and muffins or wine and cheese – picnic lunch or barbeque – or maybe you would like to experience a good ol’fashioned downeast lobster bake? You decide – great food, great fun, great company. Our staff of outdoor professionals will provide you with a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Call today and let us design an exciting adventure for you and your group!Scheduled daily for groups of 8 or more
Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect.
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Overnight Adventures – Join us for a weekend getaway that will be the highlight of your summer. Our paddling destination includes the picturesque islands and pristine rivers of Maine’s Casco Bay Region. We will spend two days paddling and exploring and one unforgettable evening relaxing and camping on a remote Island. All meals are provided by us, so kick back and enjoy as your guide prepares delicious food around the campfire and entertains you with tall tales and the art of stretching the truth. We will provide all the necessary paddling equipment, camping gear and transportation. Just bring your personnel gear, spirit of adventure and a few tall tales of your own!Overnight trips for custom groups of 6 or more can be scheduled anytime throughout the season. Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect. Contact Excursions for more details.

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Coastal Explorer – This half-day trip is scheduled daily and is the perfect trip for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Conducted at a leisurely pace, we usually manage to cover 3 to 5 miles of interesting coastline. We provide all the equipment you’ll need as well as transportation to and from our launch site. Launch sites vary daily depending on wind, weather and tides. A registered Maine Guide will lead your trip and insure that everyone gets the attention necessary for a successful and enjoyable outing. Cost: Adults 14 and up: $60 per person Children 13 and under: $50 per person 10% discount for all persons staying at Dixon’s Campground Coastel Explorer click image to enlarge
SK101 Clinic – This four-hour clinic is designed to provide a thorough introduction to the basic skills needed to enjoy the sport of sea kayaking. We will begin by discussing kayak design, equipment, proper clothing and safety issues. You will learn fundamental paddling strokes and braces so that you can maneuver your kayak with ease and confidence. You will also learn how to safely wet exit your boat during a capsize, as well as self-rescue techniques used to re-enter your kayak. There will be plenty of opportunity to review techniques with your instructor and ask any questions you may have. This class is open to participants 16 yrs and up. Please call for schedule Maximum 6 people per class Cost: $85.00 per person

Private Lessons – For those who want more individual attention private lessons may be scheduled on request.

Cost: $50 per hour (2 hr minimum)

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1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH, United States 38.8 mi

The New Hampshire Farm Museum is a non-profit 501 c3 educational organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and carrying forward New Hampshire’s rural and agricultural heritage. The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres located on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. The historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were passed down in the same families for two centuries. The Museum operates a working farm growing heirloom varieties of vegetables for our Community Supported Agriculture Program and for sale in our Country store. We raise hens for eggs and keep a small selection of heritage breed farm animals to support our educational efforts. We have displays of agricultural implements and educational exhibits on rural life and agriculture for the visiting public and our many visiting school children. We offer guided tours of the historic Jones farmhouse as well as farm animal tours. Special events and programs, workshops, and day camps are offered throughout the year.

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Your Visit

Enjoy a visit to our historic working farm and museum. There is plenty to see from agricultural exhibits to heritage breed farm animals and fields of heirloom vegetables and gardens as well as displays of carriages and tractors and guided tours of the historic Jones Farmhouse. We have trails through the woods and fields and picnic tables. You can spend two hours or bring a picnic and spend the day. Or just visit our Country Store for our own farm grown vegetables, eggs from our free range chickens and New Hampshire made products.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Photography is welcome but not allowed on the Farmhouse tour except by special arrangement.
  • We’re sorry but dogs are not allowed on museum grounds.
  • Smoking is not allowed on museum grounds.
  • Most buildings are handicapped accessible including the Country Store, the historic farmhouse and the barn.

What To See

The Jones Farmhouse:  available by guided tour only, tours hourly.
The Jones Farm and connected farm buildings extend 275 feet and range in date from the 1770s to the early 1900s. Each part of the connected farm structure tells a different story about rural life and work in the past. A tour of the Jones farmhouse allows the visitor to walk through time from Joseph Plumer’s Revolutionary War Era cape, to Levi Jones’ early 19th-century tavern, into the Victorian parlor and dining room, and ending in the early 20th-century farm kitchen. In the Jones farmhouse you will find a vast collection of artifacts utilized in domestic production of textiles and preservation of food, furnishings and myriad household articles highlighting “Yankee ingenuity”.

The Great Barn:  explore on your own

Housed within the three-story, 104-foot Great Barn at the Jones Farm is one of New Hampshire’s greatest treasures: a collection of farm tools, implements, and machinery that was used to clear land, plant fields, harvest crops, construct buildings, and maintain community roads. You’ll also see perhaps the most extensive collection of milk bottles from the dairies the once proliferated the New Hampshire countryside. Try the big yellow barn hunt or just look at the exhibits.

The Plummer Homestead:  Farmer’s residence, not open to the public

The adjoining farmhouse was acquired by the NH Farm Museum in 1993. The Plummer homestead was owned by the Plummer family (originally spelled Plumer) for two centuries. The Plummer Farm houses our farmer and interns and is only open to the public for scheduled workshops and programs, lectures, guided tours, and special events such as our summer annual meeting and our holiday Wine & Cheese Tasting. The Plummer homestead is the base for our farm operation and houses the main collection of farm animals.

The John York Cider Mill: explore on your own

Between the Jones and the Plummer farms sits a hexagonal-shaped timber frame building. The building was constructed by volunteers in 2001 and houses an apple exhibit and a massive horse-powered knob mill that dates to the early 19th century. Cider was the most common table drink of early New England and most towns had at least one or two cider mills. Our cider mill is dedicated to John York, one of the founders of the Farm Museum.

The Pole Barn Tractor & Carriage Display:  explore on your own

Our collection of historic tractors and carriages is on display in the pole barn which was constructed by volunteers in 2000.

The Blacksmith Shop:  Open for demonstrations most Saturdays

Although the blacksmith shop is not original to the Jones Farm (it was moved here from Winnisquam), it is representative of farm structures common to rural New Hampshire. Farmers often adopted a skill such as blacksmithing which allowed them to repair their own equipment, make their tools, and shoe their horses as well as diversify their income doing these tasks for others. This shop was built by Charles Cate in Winnisquam and was later moved to Belmont where it stood on the farm of the late Arthur Hill.  Many of the tools in the shop came from these two owners and date to the  mid- 19th century.

The Shoe Shop

The shoe shop was relocated to the Farm Museum from Newton Junction, NH, where it was built around 1870. Small structures like our shoe shop were common rural structures known as “ten footers” as they are about ten foot square. This shop was used for piecework and the assembly of shoes; this kind of skill allowed farm families to earn cash during the long winter.

The Forest Trails: ask for a map in our Country Store

The Farm Museum’s 50 acres of fields and forest include a beautiful network of woodland trails. Bring your hiking boots and explore the trails as well as the adjacent 300-acre Jones Forest owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. You may also want to include a visit to the family cemetery on your hike.

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77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States 47.4 mi

The Wright Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the stories of America’s Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War’s significant and lasting impact on American life.

During WWII, Americans from all walks of life pulled together to defend freedom against a global threat to our commonly-held values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better life. Hardened by the privations of the Great Depression, Americans were primed for the sacrifices necessary to thwart the forces assembled against them.

The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor’s Center, and the museum’s military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum’s military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank – the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.

Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. 2012 will mark the 15th year that the Wright Museum will host its annual Family Day event. The cost of admission includes two vehicle rides, a BBQ lunch, and much more.

The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses.

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Take a Sentimental Journey through Dozens of Great Exhibits!

Military Wing of the Wright Museum

Fascinating exhibits laden with vintage artifacts and interactive displays bring to life the American WWII experience. A collection of dozens of fully-operational military vehicles lies at the core of the Wright Museum’s collection. In addition to the thousands of square feet devoted to telling the stories of Americans on the frontlines, extensive displays also illustrate the transformative changes that took place on the home front.

Plan your visit today. Among the museum’s highlights are fully-furnished period vignettes including a 1942 gas station, corner soda fountain, and dentist office.  Learn about:

  • Child Life in the 40s
  • Entertainment and Popular Culture
  • Citizen Support for the War Effort
  • Recycling and Rationing
  • Scientific and Technological Advances
  • Women’s Role on the Home Front

Working Pershing Tank in Wright Museum's Collection

In addition to the Home Front experience, special displays also include a large array of fully operational military vehicles: tanks, halftracks, jeeps, motorcycles and more. The museum is fortunate to have in its vehicle collection a 42-ton Pershing tank, the only existing example from the capture of the Bridge at Remagen over the Rhine River.

Wright Museum members receive free museum admission, a subscription to The Wright Timesand free and discouned entry to a wide variety ofspecial events. Membership dues help us to preserve the museum’s collection and develop important educational programs that benefit learners of all ages.

Home Front Gallery

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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States 70.33 mi
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
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Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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Family Trips

Natives and Visitors alike are in for an experience like no other! Each year thousands of all ages visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, from individuals to families! We offer exciting programs for all ages ranging from Super Stellar Friday workshop series to Aerospacefest – our annual aerospace festival – to a workshop called Little Explorers for 3-4 year olds to aviation ground school. There is something for everyone at the Discovery Center. Explore the exhibits, journey through space in the Planetarium theater or come and discover a universe outside in the Observatory! We welcome you and yours to the Discovery Center on your visit to New Hampshire and discover a whole world that exists beyond ours! 

Educational and Exploration Programs Available at the Discovery Center

Discovery Center Exhibits

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center offers a variety of exhibits that are designed to your next families visit a memorable one. With interactive and multi-sensory exhibits your your family on their next outing will discover a world outside of Earth. A visit to the  Discovery Center is sure to stimulate and add to the learning the environment in the classroom and outside. Find more information on all exhibits on display the Discovery Center in New Hampshire Here!

Planetarium Shows

Planetarium Shows at the Discovery Center run approximately 40-45 Minutes. 

Planetarium Shows

Calendar of Planetarium Shows

Discovery Center Observatory

Come and experience a wonder of its at the Discovery Center in New Hampshire with a visit to the Observatory. Open Thu-Sun 1-4 PM and the 1st & 2nd Friday evenings of the month from 6:30-9 PM, the observatory is your gateway to the stars. You and your Family will experience the thrill of bringing faraway moons, planets, nebulae, clusters, galaxies etc. right into view, up close and personal. The observatory offers a first hand experience  opportunity to see first hand real objects in the day and night skies.

Birthday Parties and Private Events

Looking to hosting an unforgettable event that will wow your guests or your child’s next Birthday Party? Look no further the booking your next event the Discovery Center in New Hampshire. You have the choice of booking just a single room to the whole center overnight. You and your guests can have an all exclusive access to exhibit halls, conference room, function room, Unitil Program Center, observatory, and state-of-the-art planetarium theater.

Click Here to book your Next Event

Click Here to Book your Child’s Next Birthday Party

Overnight Programs

Enjoy an evening under the stars with an Overnight Adventure! The program includes guided exhibit exploration, hands-on activities, planetarium show, evening snack, and visit to the observatory featuring telescope viewing (weather permitting).

Check-in time is 6 PM; check-out time is 9:30 AM. Enjoy a light breakfast in the morning and visit the Science Store! Everyone receives a special Overnight Adventure patch!

Most Overnight Adventures are scheduled from Saturday night to Sunday morning. We also have some Friday night to Saturday morning availability, and other days may be available upon request.

Download our Overnight Adventure Mission Plan for a packing list and event schedule. Call 271-7827 x0 to make your reservation today!

Workshops

The Discovery Center offers workshops ranging anywhere from the age of 3 to adults. Come in an discover our Little explorers workshop or Rocketeers. Our workshops are designed to encourage learning in and outside the classroom in the subject of Science and Space exploration.

Complete List of Workshops available

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18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH, United States 82.1 mi

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Through exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.

Voted by NH Magazine as the Best Cultural Center of 2012, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is a great place to bring the entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Children will appreciate the scenic sets, animated characters, and realistic costumes to be discovered at Mt. Kearsarge!

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum brings you on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. Discover the past by examining artifacts left behind in various ancient Indian territories. Combination tours also include a guided walk through the Medicine Woods Nature Trail featuring 100 plants native to our area, that were used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, shelter, and more!

Don’t forget to make a pit stop at The Dream Catcher Gift Shop to purchase a souvenir on your way out!

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Family Trips At Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

MKIM is a great place to bring your entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Here’s another reason…

Quests…they’re not just for knights anymore!

Quests help intrepid explorers uncover treasures of Native culture! Tour the museum at your own pace with the help of our family oriented Quests.

Completing the Circle Quest guides visitors through the galleries using engaging verses that encourage visitors young and old to observe the artifacts in special ways. Come questing at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and find a treasure at the end.

“Now, name a game where balls are tossed

From stick to stick, it’s called Lacrosse

Find the stick used for that sport

Then let me give the full report.”

and further on:

“Now go in search of bison grand

To Plains tribes who traversed the land.

The buffalo was like their general store

Providing leather, tools and more.”

 

The Medicine Woods

The Medicine Woods Quest

Leads visitors through a nature trail where plants grow that were and are used by Native Americans for food, medicine, dye, and building material. The Quest focuses on some of those uses and leads you to a treasure at the end.

 

General Public Tours

Visitors make take a self-guided tour of the museum at any time throughout the day. The last admission to the galleries is at 4:00. A self-guided tour includes:

  • An introductory video
  • A self-guided tour brochure
  • User-friendly DVD kiosks with information about the various regions of the United States
  • The chance to set your own pace or to concentrate in particular areas
  • The Dream Catcher Gift Shop
  • A self-guided tour of the Medicine Woods Trail

Guided tours daily at 2:00 

Visitors may opt to tour the museum with a trained guide each day at 2:00. After you have seen the introductory video your guide will take you through the museum’s seven galleries. He or she will provide you with information about the artifacts in each gallery, including

  • How the artifacts were used.
  • When and where they were made.
  • The materials and techniques that were used in the creation of the artifact.
  • The person or people who created the artifacts: Who were these people? How did their cultural and spiritual beliefs influence the choices they made in creating these artifacts?
  • Feel free to ask questions throughout the tour. Your guide will gladly answer them.

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121 Webster Avenue, Chelsea, MA, United States 94.69 mi

Started almost 20 years ago in a warehouse in Boston next to the “Old” Boston Garden – Boston Paintball is in it’s Fourth and FINAL location in the Parkway Plaza in Chelsea Ma. It has been a long road, one could say this has been 20 years in the making. Boston Paintball largest indoor playing facility in New England by far since 1992. Conveniently located off of Rte. 1 in Chelsea MA near the Parkway Plaza next to Home Depot. Easily accessible from Commuter Rail (Chelsea). We cater to players of all skill levels and specialize in first time players.

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Birthday Party?

Celebrating a birthday? Kids outgrown a lot of the old options? We have got your new go-to for guaranteed party success!  Boston Paintball offers 2 versions of the game and BOTH are enormous amounts of FUN!! Paintball is an option for players Ages 10+ while Splatmaster is aimed at a little bit younger crowd Ages 8-11 or for groups that maybe aren’t quite ready for the real thing.

We offer a variety of options when it comes to making reservations to play – and making reservations is as simple as a few clicks!

Group Packages start at $350 for up to 10 players and include: 3 Hours of Private Play, All Necessary Equipment and Paintballs. They also include Pizza and Soda (optional instead of some paint for Paintball party / included with Splatmaster) Paintball parties are discounted on weekdays Monday – Thursday on Non-Vacation / Holiday days (Save $50)

All Private Groups are booked into Sessions as follows:

Monday & Tuesdays: 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7pm

Wednesday Thursday & Fridays: 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7pm and 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturdays: 10am – 1pm / 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7 pm / 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Sundays: 10am – 1pm / 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7pm

Have less than 10 players? You can make Standard Reservations for Splatmaster Monday – Friday or for Paintball 7 days a week!

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USS CONSTITUTION, Boston, MA, United States 97.11 mi

USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. Constitution is one of six ships ordered for construction by George Washington to protect America’s growing maritime interests. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides,” because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull. The ship was restored in 1927 with contributions from the nation’s school children.

The Charlestown Navy Yard was built on what was once Mouton’s or Morton’s Point, the landing place of the British army prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States. During its 174 year history, hundreds of ships were built, repaired and modernized, including the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young. Today, thirty acres of the Navy Yard are preserved by the National Park Service as part of Boston National Historical Park.

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Family Trips

Take a tour of your ship USS CONSTITUTION. You’ll find free, guided tours available to our visitors. Each guided tour, given by several active-duty Navy Sailors, takes you through the ship’s spar deck (top deck), gun deck and berth deck and explains the history of the ship, its crew, and why we still have the ship here today. Guided tours begin every half-hour from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and last approximately one half-hour each. Each tour group can accommodate up to 80 visitors.

USS CONSTITUTION is a commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy and is not fully equipped to accommodate people with certain disabilities. We ask that any guests requiring additional assistance contact our Events Department prior to their arrival so that we may arrange the best possible tour. The crew of USS CONSTITUTION wants to ensure we make every effort to provide as many guests as possible the opportunity to enjoy and experience the history of our great ship.

Learn the History behind the USS Constitution here

Every Tuesday morning during USS CONSTITUTION’s Summer Hours, the crew of USS CONSTITUTION will be offering the CONSTITUTION EXPERIENCE. Visitors are invited to observe the Morning Colors ceremony (including the firing of USS CONSTITUTION’s Saluting Battery) from Pier One and then board the ship for a special extended tour of duty through the ship’s spaces before being escorted to the USS CONSTITUTION Museum. Group size is limited to 50 visitors. To reserve your spot, please email constitution.events@navy.mil. Visitors participating in the experience must arrive at Pier One by 7:40AM in order to participate.

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19 North Square, Boston, MA, United States 97.72 mi
(617) 523-2338(617) 523-2338
(617) 523-1775

On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston’s North End and set out on a journey that would make him into a legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston’s oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.

The home was built about 1680 on the site of the former parsonage of the Second Church of Boston. Increase Mather, the Minister of the Second Church, and his family (including his son, Cotton Mather) occupied this parsonage from 1670 until it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1676. A large and fashionable new home was built at the same location about four years later.

Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800, although he and his family may not have lived here in some periods in the 1780s and 90s. After Revere sold the home in 1800, it soon became a tenement, and the ground floor was remodeled for use as shops, including at various times a candy store, cigar factory, bank and vegetable and fruit business. In 1902, Paul Revere’s great-grandson, John P. Reynolds Jr. purchased the building to ensure that it would not be demolished. Over the next few years, money was raised, and the Paul Revere Memorial Association formed to preserve and renovate the building. In April 1908, the Paul Revere House opened its doors to the public as one of the earliest historic house museums in the U.S. The Association still oversees the preservation and day-to-day operations of this national treasure.

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The Midnight Ride
The Real Story of Revere’s Ride
Virtual Midnight Ride
Recreate the Midnight Ride
Revere’s Own Words
Longfellow’s Poem
Images of Revere’s Ride
Paul Revere’s Ride – MP3 Audio
Freedom Trail
Learn More About The Historic SitesThe Best Way to Experience the Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail Tickets
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Boston’s Freedom Trail comprises 16 key historic sites conveniently linked by a red line. The sites of the Freedom Trail include a wonderful variety of homes, churches, public buildings and burying grounds, all with fascinating stories of Boston’s rich and colorful past.The Freedom Trail is still one of Boston’s best and most affordable experiences: all you need is a good pair of shoes, a good map and a Freedom Trail Patriots’ Pass.

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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States 98.42 mi

For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS

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Boston Childrens Museum for Parents and Families

Self Guided Visits

Self-Guided Visits of Boston Children’s Museum offer children the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace.  Children and their adult chaperones can remain longer in especially intriguing exhibits, following the children’s curiosity and imagination.  Children are likely to discover some very thought-provoking activities – and in doing so develop some lifelong interests and skills.

Whatever your age, Boston Children’s Museum provides activities to spark your imagination.

Here you can be an artist, visit another country, experiment with science and explore your world. To help plan your next visit, check out our monthly Calendar of programs and events.

Please check back with us soon to find out more information about Programs and Events in the New Boston Children’s Museum or join our mailing list HERE for updates.

Birthday Party Packages

Yellow Party Room – capacity: 25 guests (10 children max.)

Green Party Room – capacity: 40 guests (15 children max.)

Blue Party Room – capacity: 60 guests (25 children max.)

  • Bronze Party Package

    Room rental for 2 hours, free Museum admission for the day for you and all party guests, and a Birthday Party Coordinator to assist you the day of the event.

    Yellow Party Room: $325

    Green Party Room: $400

    Blue Party Room: $475

  • Silver Party Package

    Bronze Party Package + papergoods (available in green, red, hot pink, blue, yellow, and purple) and Museum Shop coupons for all children attending the party.

    Yellow Party Room: $375

    Green Party Room: $450

    Blue Party Room: $525

  • Gold Party Package

    Silver Party Package + a Boston Children’s Museum T-shirt for the Birthday child, a 15% off Museum Shop coupon for the party host, and an activity of your choice.

    Yellow Party Room: $450

    Green Party Room: $525

    Blue Party Room: $600

Food Options

We want your Boston Children’s Museum birthday party to be a wonderful experience. We partner with Au Bon Pain Café and Sweet Tooth Bakery to offer you delicious, affordable, and easy food options.

Au Bon Pain Party Food Options

Sweet Tooth Bakery
Sweet Tooth Bakery specializes in freshly baked, customized kids’ cakes! We also provide additional items including cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. Please contact us at (617) 268–2555 for details or to place an order.
Crumbs Bake Shop
Cupcakes from CRUMBS BAKE SHOP will make your party special! We have over 40 flavors baked fresh daily – available in 4 sizes – Contact CRUMBS CATERING/Boston at 617-870-4700 for more info. bostoncatering@crumbs.com

You are welcome to have food delivered from elsewhere or bought in from home. The Museum does not allow food heating devices and prohibits the consumption of alcohol. All food and cake must be consumed in the party room. 

Activities

Activity Ages Price
Sculpting All Ages $25
Origami 3 and up $25
Face Painting All Ages $30
Crown or Mask Decoration 4 and Up $45
Sock Puppets 5 and Up $50

The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum

The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum offers Birthday party hosts many options for goodie bags, favors, and gifts. Please visit the “Shop” section of our website for more details.

Have you thought about donating your child’s gifts or having your guests make a donation in lieu of a gift? Below are some organizations which gladly accept:

Room to Grow
http://www.roomtogrow.org/
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-3
Birthday Wishes
http://www.birthdaywishes.org/Default.aspx
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new children’s toys and party supplies
Cradles to Crayons
http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-12

Boston Children’s Museum is located at 308 Congress Street. It is a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. Boston Children’s Museum does not have a parking garage, however there are affordable paid parking lots available in close proximity. Please consider public transportation if you can, especially during school vacation weeks. This is an exciting part of town, with a lot of development and construction taking place, which also makes parking more challenging on days when other businesses are open.

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301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, United States 99.7 mi

Now in its 134th season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings.

The BSO’S 2012-13 Season continues the orchestra’s extraordinary 132-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world by spotlighting the virtuosic talents of BSO Musicians along with an internationally acclaimed roster of conductors and guest soloists.

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BSO Kids 

A website just for kids!

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Family Concerts 

The BSO’s Family Concert Series provides engaging, age-appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3-8 and their families.

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Days in the Arts (DARTS) 

The Days in the Arts (DARTS) program is a summer residential program near Tanglewood that provides middle school students with a high-quality arts immersion experience, allowing each student to engage with and create art and their peers in a positive, non-judgmental environment.

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Concerts for Very Young People

In partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum, the BSO will pilot a program in the 2012-2013 season that brings BSO Musicians together with young children ages 2-5 and their families for live, interactive performances intended for small groups.

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