September Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
September Programs at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Dover, NH – School is back in session and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is busier than ever. This Fall the museum will be testing out new programs for pre-K kids, inviting English learners and immigrants to a community art class, hanging a new art exhibition in Gallery 6, inviting school groups back to not only enjoy the museum, but now play in the new Dover Adventure Playground, and even refreshing yet another beloved exhibit.
Featured Program for September
September 16 – October 1
Now that the big kids are back in school, it’s time for our young visitors to rule the roost and enjoy a variety of exciting activities and mini-workshops geared just for them and their caregivers. Toddlerfest offers guests ages 0-5 the chance to experience music and movement, science, art and storytelling while caregivers learn how these experiences relate to their child’s cognitive growth and development. Special events during Toddlerfest will feature childhood experts presenting workshops focused on this age group, music and movement and early learning experience providers. All Toddlerfest programs are free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Children’s Museum of NH Fall Hours
The Children’s Museum of NH in Dover will be closed for annual maintenance Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) through Friday, September 15 and will reopen on Saturday, September 16. Fall hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sundays, Noon-5pm. The museum is closed on Mondays during the school year, except for Monday holidays when the museum will be open 10am-5pm. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Dover Kids Fall Consignment Sale
Saturday, September 16, 9am-3pm
Sunday, September 17, 10am-1pm
at the Hellenic Center in Dover (219 Long Hill Road)
The Semi-Annual Consignment Sale will be held September 16-17. Come shop gently used, great quality children’s clothes for infants to teens, maternity clothing, baby gear, footwear, toys, nursery furniture, books and more! Shop on Saturday, September 16 and automatically be entered to win 4 tickets to the Seacoast Mom and Baby Expo on Saturday, October 14 at the Regatta Conference Center in Eliot, Maine. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Museum of NH and their education and outreach programs. Visit https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/semi-annual-consignment-sale to learn more.
NEW! Junior Science Classes: Science Art
Mondays, September 18 through Mondays, October 23, 1:30-2:15pm (No class on Columbus Day, October 9th)
This fall, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will dive into the world of science through art in this messy and fun class. We’ll learn, and understand, fancy scientific words, explore open-ended crafts, read stories and, of course, get our hands dirty doing foamy, fizzy and bubbly experiments. MEMBER PERK: The museum exhibits are closed on Mondays, but smaller siblings and parents who are museum members will have access to the Primary Place exhibit to play while class is in session (45 minutes). Please note that the first floor exhibits will be closed during this time. These classes run for 6 weeks. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Call 603-742-2002 to register or visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Junior Science Classes: Science Art
Thursdays, September 21 through Thursday, October 26, 10:15-11am
This Fall, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will dive into the world of science through art in this messy and fun class. We’ll learn, and understand, fancy scientific words, explore open-ended crafts, read stories and, of course, get our hands dirty doing foamy, fizzy and bubbly experiments. These classes run for 6 weeks. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Call 603-742-2002 to register or visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Homeschool Science Class: Chemistry
Tuesdays, September 19 through October 24, 10:15-11:15am
This Fall, homeschool students, ages 6-9, will learn about chemistry through hands-on experimentation. Topics will include states of matter, phase changes, messy mixtures, and chemical reactions. Learn about chemistry and make some fun projects to take home. These classes run for 6 weeks. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin.Call 603-742-2002 to register or visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Wee Ones Wednesdays
Wednesdays, September 20 and 27, 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. Space is limited. First-come, first-served. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
First Friends Playgroup with Storytime
Wednesdays, September 20 and 27, 9:30-10:30am
The First Friends Playgroup for children ages 6 months to two years is a drop-in opportunity for parents and babies/toddlers to play together in the Early Learning Landscape area. Join Early Childhood and Literacy Coordinator Meredith Lamothe, MLIS, for Playgroup and Baby "Lap Sit" Storytime at 9:45am. Learn important early literacy skills to practice with little ones and enjoy some rhymes, puppets, songs and stories. This program is free for museum members and regular admission applies for non-members: $10 for adults and children, $9 for seniors and no charge for babies under 12 months old. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Thursday, September 21, 2-4pm
People living with Alzheimer's disease, their family members and care partners are welcome to join us on the third Thursday of each month for Alzheimer’s Café, 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 and LTC Partners.
Anyone Can Grow Food: Fall Harvest
Tuesday, September 26, 11am & 2pm
We will be harvesting the bountiful produce that has grown and discuss how the native people would harvest and utilize the crops and how they would prepare the gardens for the winter months. This program is free with museum admission. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org. No reservations required.
Build It - Fly It Exhibit Reopens on the Museum’s 34th Birthday
Sunday, October 1, noon-5pm
Enjoy cake, party games and make a festive birthday crown. The Museum is getting an extra special gift this year – the opening of the new and improved Build It - Fly It exhibit. The four people-powered moving platforms that transport flying objects over forty feet up conveyor belts before launching them into the sky will remain. However, the foam flying shapes will be restyled offering a wider variety of body shapes, accessory wings, fins and tails to provide limitless opportunities to design, engineer, modify and test flying contraptions. The update will feature a visual makeover bringing the nature of flight to life, including a tree containing flying creatures, aircraft seemingly breaking through the wall, and a rocket ship blasting off, complete with afterburners glowing behind it. Rope lights will outline the launch bays and new signs will share information about the properties of flight and propose questions to encourage deeper engagement in the exhibit. The former book nook will be transformed into an airplane cockpit with an instrument panel for imaginative play. There will also be a pint-sized Flight Lab exhibit piece that will provide the youngest visitors with hands-on flight play using a Bernoulli blower and lightweight objects for testing. Come see for yourself and try some flight-inspired challenges in the Studio and STEAM Lab. All activities are included with museum admission and free for members. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Gallery 6 Opening Reception: Fresh Paint and Pixels
Friday, October 6, 5:30-7pm
On view September 16 through November 26, 2017, Gallery 6 will feature art by emerging local artists including Ryan Costa, Shawna Gibbs, Nora Happny, Julia Kirchmer, Emiliano Martinez, Debbie Mueller, Kersey Neal, Kali Rocheleau, and Paul Timmons among others. The opening reception takes place during the museum’s First Friday: $3 After 3pm program, where anyone can come enjoy the museum’s exhibits from 3-7pm on the First Friday of any month for only $3. There is no fee to view the art exhibition or enjoy the opening reception. This opening also corresponds to the monthly Dover Art Walk taking place at various galleries throughout downtown Dover. The Gallery is open anytime the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is open and is sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, the Fuller Foundation and Georgia-Pacific. To learn more, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
We All Belong: Art and Friendship Go Hand in Hand
Wednesdays, October 11 - November 15, 4-5:30pm
This fun and interactive art program is for adults who are learning English as a second language, refugees, immigrants and their children, as well as 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 experiences. Play, create, express yourself, share your ideas and form new friendships. The Museum’s art gallery curator and educator staff will lead participants in activities that everyone can do including painting, drawing, collage, 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.
September in the Muse Studio: Toddlerfest
Enjoy drop-in crafts, games, projects, experiments and challenges throughout the day, perfect for all ages. Free with Museum admission. To learn more visit www.childrens-museum.org.
September in the STEAM Innovation Lab: Nature Exploration
This month in the STEAM Lab, drop-in to celebrate Toddlerfest with hands-on science exploration for kids under 5 with a focus on nature and the changing seasons. These activities are free with museum admission. Check the online calendar for daily topics and times, 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, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org