Children's Room

Children's Literacy Programs:

The Children’s Room offers regular literacy programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as special program throughout the year such as our summer reading challenge, nature and science programs and book events. Our regular school year programs engage our youngest museum patrons through stories, songs, games, and crafts. For toddlers our story hour promotes speech and listening skills though repetition and fun challenges. Our preschool program assists in the development of early social and behavioral skills essential for schooling. And our programs for babies stimulate language development and increase their capacity for learning. For an up to date schedule of our weekly and special programs, See below

July 27
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Interested in Anime? Already a fan or curious to know what it's all about? Join us for old and new favorites, plus snacks and socializing. Meets the last Friday of each month.

Pokemon League
June 14 & 21

The Pokemon League meets the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday evening of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Deering Room.

A Pokemon League provides a nearby place for you to get together with other fans of the Pokemon Trading Card Game and have some fun. Using your own cards you can play, trade, and even earn cool prizes! The best part is that you can do all this with other Pokemon players who love collecting and playing just as much as you do.

Summer Reading Finale with Matt Loosigian!
Friday August 17th 1 p.m.

Chewonki Animals Rock!
Tuesday August 14th 3 p.m-4.p.m. All Ages Animal Experts from Chewonki, a school, camp, and environmental education organization will present a Traveling Natural History program. They will present intriguing aspects of the natural world and bring LIVE animal guests. The topic is TBD

Mad Science of Maine presents: Sounds Like Science Tuesday
August 7th 2-3 p.m. children in grades K-6th

Pitch, Frequency, Vibrations, Oh my! Rock out with our "Sounds Like Science" show and get your community into the reading groove! Meet our Mad Science Maestro in this ear pleasing show about the science of sounds. We will pump up the volume with a special science rap and open ears and eyes as we use light to send music across the room. Explore sound as it travels through solids, liquids, and gases and listen to the beautiful tones of Mad Science resonance tubes. We will even take a trip through the jungle as we recreate the roaring sounds of several animals. Find out how hot sound can be as it rises out of our Singing Pipe and flaming didgeridoo's. Discover how hilarious sound waves can be when they are manipulated using our sound machine! After some thunderous applause, the Mad Science Conductor will need your help to recreate an indoor thunder storm. This Mad Science show is sure to inspire more imaginative learning in all of your audience members and help them feel the summer reading vibrations!

Geology is a Piece of Cake with Katie Coppens
Tuesday July 24th, 2 p.m.
elementary aged students

Learn about minerals, rocks ad fossils using delicious, delicious cake! Maine author and educator Katie Coppens shares information from her book Geology is a Piece of Cake, using samples of both rocks and cake. Come to learn, leave with cake, and maybe purchase a copy of her book.

Musical Legos
Monday July 9th at 10 a.m.
ages 5 and up.

Combine ideas with other children to create an elaborate creation! Every young engineer will start by building their own lego creation, when the music stops everyone must pass their structure to the next engineer. Each time the music starts up again the lego creations will grow and grow.

Jennifer Armstrong joins Shake, Shimmy, and Dance
Friday July 6th 10 a.m.
Babies and up

Jennifer joins our Shake, Shimmy, and Dance presenting her program Music Makers, a celebration of the all of the instruments she plays including Scottish bagpipe, fiddle, banjo, guitar, lap dulcimer, bowed psaltry and penny whistle.

Shake, Shimmy, and Dance
Fridays 10 a.m. June 29th-August 17th
ages 3 and under

Babies and Toddlers, along with their favorite adults, siblings, cousins or friends, are invited to join us for a dance party every week this summer until August 17th. Come for a story or two and at least half an hour of dancing and songs.

Meet the Music Storytime
Thursdays 1 p.m. June 28th-August 16th
ages 4 and up

Learn about the artists behind some of the world's most famous music, listen to their creations and enjoy fun activities. *For preschool and school age children who can enjoy a longer story and activity

Summer Reading Kick-off: Concert with Rob Duquette
Monday June 25th 3 p.m.

Start your summer right with music and dancing and books! Listen and dance to Rob Duquette's fantastic family fun concert, sign up for the summer reading program, and check out books to keep your whole family reading all summer!