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Teach and Touch

This program take place every Tuesdayat 11:00, and gives visitors the chance to use their creative brain with us, while also engaging their senses. Each week includes a different theme, like “chocolate cake,” “pirate treasure,” and “beach sand.” This program is thoughtfully made possible by the Kiwanis Club of Augusta, ME.

Thank you to MaineGeneral Health for sponsoring this program.

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Stories Alive!

Stories Alive is a weekly program designed to provide positive reading experiences for young children. Each week a museum educator reads a storybook aloud to the children while parents look on, followed by an accompanying activity to bring the story to life! There is a popular quote that says “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,” and we aim to help this happen by demonstrating effective reading techniques to the parents while also getting kids excited about reading. We believe this love of the written language will set them up for future success in school and in their lives beyond the classroom. Thank you to Maine State Credit Union for helping to make this program possible!

Little Hands, Big Ideas

Little Hands, Big Ideas is a guided art time for toddlers and preschool-aged children on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Rather than focusing on a particular end-product, this program is centered around different themes, techniques, and sets of materials. This “process art” approach leaves the end-product in the hands of the child, opening the gates to creativity, fostering confidence, and also making the projects suitable for a wider variety of ages and abilities.

 

Hands-On Science

Join Ms. Amarinda every Friday at 11:00 to explore the fascinating world around us through hands-on experiments, activities and open-ended exploration. Aspiring scientists will learn “big fancy science words,” the basics of setting up experiments, and more! Hands-On Science is free for members and included with regular price admission. Thank you to New Dimensions FCU for sponsoring this program!

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Touch Tank

The museum’s Touch Tank is filled with a variety of sea creatures, straight out of Maine’s coastal waters! Hold animals like sea stars, crabs and sea urchins and take a closer look at our baby lobster! The Tank is opened every day at 11:45am and the animals are fed Tuesdays and Saturdays.

 Destination: Everywhere!

This interdisciplinary program provides an interactive look into the rich cultures of our world. Through an in-depth exploration of art, food, language and more, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the people and places that surround us.

Wednesday Afternoons 3:15 – 4:15

Each session lasts 5-weeks

View the dates and session themes here!

 

 Hands-On Science Afterschool

Hands-On Science After School is a weekly science program for elementary school students (5-8). Each program will immerse students in the world of science, encouraging them to be inquisitive and curious about their universe. Join us as we learn to explore and discover through hands-on experimentation. Practice designing and testing your own experiments, learn useful vocabulary to help explain what you see, make observations and more! Follow your creative and imaginative mind, ask questions, discover, and have fun with us every week with Hands-On Science After School.

Thursday Afternoons 3:15-4:15

Each session lasts 5-week

View the dates and session themes here!

 

Special Events & Performances

Throughout the year, CDM will bring in additional educational programming for the children to enjoy. In past years, we have had Mr. Harley with his lively children’s music, Chewonki with their exotic animals, Edie King with her vast butterfly displays, Evergreen Dental with dental care tips for kids and Bessey’s Positive Paws to teach the children about responsible pet ownership. We also take great pride in promoting a love of reading at CDM and have welcomed many Maine Children’s authors each year. We do not charge an additional fee for these programs that occur during our normal business hours. They are free with our normal admission price.

 

Summer Camps

The Children’s Discovery Museum runs a full summer of camps! Check back in the spring for the 2017 camp schedule!