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.
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. Thank you to Gosline Insurance for helping to make this program possible!
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!
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.
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.