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  • April Family Fun at CMNH

    April 2024 Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

    (Tuesday, March 26) Dover, NH – The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has been hard at work planning a new exhibit expansion project which will add 1,000 square feet and 2 exhibit spaces to its second floor by late 2025! Learn more about that ongoing project here: https://childrens-museum.org/exhibits/exhibits/2025-exhibit-expansion 

    Field Trips to CMNH, now available for up to 65 students, can be Self-Guided, or include a STEAM Workshop for extra learning! Reserve your Field Trip date and time online today www.childrensmuseum.org.

    Museum Members Get More! Children’s Museum of NH Members are invited to Member Only Monday play sessions! Join us on the FIRST Monday of each month from 9-11am for an exclusive play session just for CMNH Members! Reservations are required, but as always, free for members.  Learn more about this and other CMNH Membership perks online at www.childrensmuseum.org

    Spring Museum Hours: Closed most Mondays. Open Wednesdays - Saturdays, 9am-Noon and 1-4pm; Tuesdays & Sundays 9am-Noon. SCHOOL VACATION WEEK HOURS: The Museum will be open on Tuesdays, April 16 & 23 for both the morning (9am-Noon) and the afternoon (1-4pm) play sessions. Before visiting, the Museum is asking guests to reserve and pre-pay online to help stick to their capacity limit, which is currently at 50% of its actual capacity, or 250 individuals. Learn more at www.childrens-museum.org.

    First Friday Play Late: Friday, April 5, 4-7pm

    The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will be open to “Play Late” on the first Friday of every month through May of 2024. Regular Museum admission and discounts apply (free for Members) and online reservations are required for anyone wishing to join in the “Play Late” play sessions. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more and to reserve your spots.

    April Vacation Weeks at CMNH

    MA & Maine Vacation Week: April 16 - 21

    NH Vacation Week: April 23 - 28

    It’s school vacation weeks at CMNH! The museum will be open for morning AND afternoon (1-4pm) play sessions on Tuesday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 23 in addition to regular hours (the museum’s Tuesday hours normally only include the morning play session). Visitors can enjoy a variety of fun art projects and challenges throughout the week in the museum including a special “Earth Day Celebration” on Saturday, April 20. Also, the museum’s outdoor Play Patio exhibit will be open for the season starting Tuesday, April 16th! Art projects and challenges are self-guided and included with museum admission, and will be open to visitors any time throughout both the morning and afternoon play sessions. Reservations are required. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.

     

    FEATURED APRIL PROGRAM

    Books Alive: Pete the Cat

    April 5 & 6, 10am or 2pm

    Member-Only Meet and Greet: Saturday, April 6 8:30-9am

    Pete the Cat, that musical cat with four groovy buttons, will be visiting the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading. Books Alive seeks to make reading a regular family experience. Museum educators will be reading these funny, lyrical books while a friendly costumed Pete the Cat grooves along. Pete will be available for hugs, high-fives and photos at 10am during the morning play sessions (9am-noon) and at 2pm during the afternoon play sessions (1-4pm). There will also be a variety of Pete the Cat-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for all guests. Free with Museum admission. Books Alive is sponsored by Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Eastern Bank Foundation, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., and Newburyport Bank. Want to meet Pete the Cat? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session that correspond to the date of the Books Alive program you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.

     

    Earth Day Celebration

    Saturday, April 20, 9am-noon or 1-4pm

    Save the Date! Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for a day full of Earth loving fun! We will be offering Earth-friendly crafts and spring themed drop in activities, and having an Earth Day themed scavenger hunt! Bartlett Tree Service will be handing out saplings during the morning play session (9am-Noon) while supplies last. Replenish Refillery of Dover will also be joining the morning play session (9am-Noon). And Wentworth Greenhouses will be helping kids plant a flower to take home (while supplies last) in both the morning and afternoon play sessions (10:30am and 2:30pm). Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session this Saturday - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org. Earth Day fun is generously sponsored by D.F. Richard. 
     

    3D Print It Summer Camp!

    Tuesday, August 13 - Thursday, August 15

    8:30am-11:30am

    Sign up today for this 3D printing summer camp at the Children’s Museum of NH in Dover, for ages 8-11+. Designed as an introductory course, campers will have an opportunity to learn how 3D objects are printed from the ground up using free and accessible software. Each camper will get to bring home a 3D printed object that they design themselves. Cost is $150 for Members and $165 for Non-members. Learn more and register at www.childrens-museum.org

     

     

    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Car or Cash Raffle

    Raffle Tickets on Sale through Noon on Thursday, June 6
    Raffle Winner Announced: Thursday, June 6

    The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual car raffle fundraiser is back and we’re excited to be partnering with Bill Dube Ford Toyota! Only 750 tickets are available for purchase and on sale for $100. The winner can choose between $25,000 towards a new vehicle of their choice from Bill Dube - OR $20,000 cash. New this year, a 2nd place winner will win $5,000 cash! To purchase tickets, visit www.childrens-museum.org. Winning tickets will be drawn at a free event for all purchasers (ages 18+) on Thursday, June 6 between 5-6:30pm at The Brook, 319 New Zealand Road in Seabrook, NH sponsored by The Boulos Company. This raffle fundraiser is sponsored by Bill Dube Ford Toyota, Rock 101, Z107 and 96.7 News Radio.

     

    CALL FOR MAKERS – New Hampshire Maker Fest

    Deadline for applications is Monday, May 20, 2024

    Date of NH Maker Fest: Saturday, June 1, 10am-3pm

    Join us at the 12th annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest, 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, June 1 from 10am-3pm. If you are an engineer, a scientist, a baker, a tinkerer, a hobbyist, or an artisan, we want to see what you do! Sign up to be a Maker presenter, performer, sponsor, to give a workshop, or to sell your creations. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more or to register.

     

    Gallery 6 Art Exhibition: Things That Go 

    On view March - June, 2024

    This exhibition focuses on a favorite topic of young children…things that go! Boats, tractors, hot air balloons, trains, and more will be featured in this colorful and eclectic art exhibition inside the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. New Hampshire artist Cameron Sargeant’s intricate pencil drawings of trains will be joined by the vibrant art of Massachusetts artist Sara Morton. Another Massachusetts artist, Susan Spellman will display beautiful paintings of tractors and the exhibit will be rounded out by Maine artist Francois Lamothe’s pastel and oil paintings of boats of the seacoast. Visit us for a look at this fun collection of things that chug, float, zoom, and fly! Things That Go! is sponsored by C&J Bus. Gallery 6 is sponsored by The Fuller Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, Abbie F. Moseley Charitable Trust, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.

     

    Science Fridays

    Fridays, April 5 & 12

    10:30am during Morning Play Session (9am-Noon)

    2:30pm during Afternoon Play Session (1-4pm)

    Join us for Science Fridays! New each week and included with regular Museum admission, Science Friday drop-in programs engage children in experiments and activities that focus on fun, and act as a jumping-off point for learning about science concepts. Sponsored by the State of NH on behalf of the UNIQUE College Investing Plan. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session that correspond to the date of the Science Friday you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.

     

    Toddler Tinker Time

    Tuesdays, April 2, 9, & 30

    Join us for a weekly program and informal playgroup that emphasizes the importance of tinkering! Tinkering helps little ones develop fine motor skills, increases problem solving abilities, and is an open invitation to foster peer relationships! What is tinkering?! Tinkering can range from taking something apart and putting it back together to making an open-ended sculpture, to playing with “loose parts”and special science tools. We will have different activities every week and some old favorites will pop up again and again. STEAM programs at the museum like Toddler Tinker Time are sponsored by Breezeline, Granite State Development Corporation, Novocure, Eversource Energy, and Sprague. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning play session that correspond to the date of the Toddler Tinker Time you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org

     

    Baby Storytime

    Wednesdays, April 3 & 10 (no classes April 17 or 24)
    Babies (ages 6 months-2 years) and their caregivers are welcome to join Baby Storytime! This weekly program features songs, rhymes, movement ideas, and books for babies and their caregivers and introduces important pre-literacy skills along the way! This drop-in program and informal playgroup is a great way to socialize with other babies and caregivers. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning play session that correspond to the date of the Baby Storytime you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.

     

    Wee Ones Wednesdays

    Wednesdays, April 3 & 10 (No class on April 17 & 24)

    9:15-10am

    Join Miss Xanthi at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for this interactive weekly program for children ages 2-4. Designed as a PRE pre-school program for children and a parent or caregiver, we will enjoy art, music, movement and conceptual learning together! This program is limited to 10 children, and caregivers or adults are welcome to sign up multiple children within their family. Pre-reservation/payment is required and does not include museum admission. Reservations to stay and play in museum exhibits must be made separately. Prices: Child $13 ($10 for Members), Additional Children (if participating in crafts & is a sibling) $9 ($7 for Members). Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info and to reserve your spot.

     

    Wacky Art Wednesdays

    Wednesdays, April 3 & 10

    10:30am during Morning Play Session (9am-noon)

    2:30pm during Afternoon Play Session (1-4pm)

    Join us at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire at either 10:30am or 2:30 pm every Wednesday to do a wacky and wonderful art project. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session that correspond to the date of the Wacky Art Wednesday you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.

     

    Cultural Crafts: Earth Day

    Thursdays, April 4 & 11

    10:30am during Morning Play Session (9am-noon)

    2:30pm during Afternoon Play Session (1-4pm)

    Join us at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire during our Thursday play sessions at either 10:30am or 2:30pm to do a fun craft, play a game, or make some art celebrating a culture from around the world! Each month we will choose one culture or festival to focus on. For April, we will be learning about Earth Day. Want to join in? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session that correspond to the date of the Cultural Crafts Thursday you want to join - it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online at www.childrens-museum.org.

     

    Exploring Our Way: Sensory Friendly Playtime

    Tuesday, April 2, 1-3pm

    Sunday, May 5, 1-3pm

    For some children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders, a visit to museums like the Children’s Museum of NH is challenging or over-stimulating. Exploring Our Way are FREE low-sensory events designed for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders, and allows them to explore the Museum along with their families without the noise, crowds, and stimulation of a typical open day. We limit the number of families who can attend, turn down sounds and lights, provide a quiet zone with sensory activities away from the exhibit floor and have noise canceling headphones to borrow. A medical diagnosis is not required. This program is free, but online pre-registration is required. Access & Inclusion programs are sponsored by Liberty Mutual Foundation and M&T Bank. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.

     

    COMING SOON

    Dinosaur Day with Sages Entertainment 

    Sunday, May 5, 9am-noon 

    Stomp Stomp…ROAR: come meet a Dinosaur!! It's Dinosaur Day at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, and Sages Entertainment will be here sharing their Dinosaur Experience. Meet and greets with their lifelike baby dinosaur puppets will be from 9:30-10:30am followed by a dinosaur story time at 10:30am in the Muse Studio. Make a dinosaur craft, try a dino STEAM activity, and a themed scavenger hunt around the museum. Be sure to arrive before 11am to meet the dinosaurs. This event is included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members! Reserve online for the morning play session from 9am-Noon at www.childrens-museum.org. Special thanks to our STEAM sponsors: Breezeline, Granite State Development Corporation, Novocure, Eversource Energy, and Sprague.  

     

    Junior Science: Garden Sprouts

    Tuesdays, May 7-28  (4 weeks) from 1:30-2:15pm

    Join us for Junior Science at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire! We are excited to invite junior scientists (ages 3.5-5 years old) to our May session: Garden Sprouts. We will be exploring plants, pollinators, and gardening! This 45 minute class includes a story or felt board activity, followed by a fun experiment, and a related art project to take home. Classes will be held in our large classroom, and families with siblings may opt to play on the second floor during the class time from 1:30-2:15pm - please note that the museum is closed to the public on Tuesday afternoons. Grown ups are welcome to stay in the building during class time. Cost is Members $48/child; Non-Members $60/child. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.

     

    Fairy House & Gnome Home Building Parent/Child Workshop

    Sunday, May 19, 10-11am

    Ring in springtime with the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Fairy & Gnome Home workshop! Are you looking to have a whimsical experience with your child to celebrate spring? Look no further! This adult/child workshop will give you and your kids access to many natural materials, and help in creating your very own fairy or gnome house to take home. Cost per adult/child pair is $20/Members, or $25/Non-members. Additional children are $10. All materials will be provided, but cost of workshop does not include museum admission for non-members. Registration required. Please note that no refunds will be offered if you need to cancel your reservations. Learn more and register online at www.childrens-museum.org 

     

    About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

    The 501(c)(3) 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, natural history, and S.T.E.A.M.. 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. A central part of the museum’s mission is ensuring accessibility, and the “Reach All Initiative” works towards this goal by welcoming over 28% of yearly visitors for free or reduced admission. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org 

     

    IMAGE: Families celebrate Earth Day with the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover every year with special tree, flower, and earth-friendly activities, sponsored by D.F. Richard. All the fun is included with normal museum admission. Learn more and sign up at www.childrens-museum.org. Photo courtesy of CMNH.