FREE Family Fun Day

Saturday, September 22, 10am-5pm

To help us celebrate our 35th Birthday, we're throwing open our doors on Saturday, September 22, and inviting all to play in the museum for FREE for an entire day! Participate in a variety of our favorite programs and activities from the past 35 years. Be sure to adopt a rubber ducky for only $5 before our first Dover Ducky Derby today at 1pm. The Derby is a joint fundraiser between the museum and SEED (Seacoast Education Endowment of Dover). 


Floating Boats with SEED
outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park

Make aluminum foil boats and test them out in our kiddie pool with our friends from SEED (Seacoast Education Endowment of Dover).

Special visit from York Center for Wildlife & their Animal Ambassadors
outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park

Mini Wee Ones class

inside the Museum's classroom

Join us for a mini version of our popular Wee Ones Wednesdays class, complete with storytime, crafts, music and games, let by Museum Educator Xanthi Gray!

Magic Fred Stage Show
at the upper Henry Law Park stage

Join our friend Magic Fred for an interactive, high quality magic show, full of magical illusions and music!

Guacamole, Chips & Salsa with Tendercrop Farm
Outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park

To help celebrate the opening of our “One World” exhibits, Tendercrop Farms will be handing out fresh samples of guacamole, chips and salsa!

Noon & 3:30pm
Meet and Greet with Curious George
at the upper Henry Law Park stage

Come say hello to our most popular Books Alive costumed character, Curious George! He will pose for pictures, offer high fives and hugs. Curious George will also be roaming around the museum and the park from 1:30-2pm.

Dover Ducky Derby

watch the ducks launch behind the museum along the river fence

The Dover Ducky Derby is a joint fundraiser between the Museum and SEED (Seacoast Educational Endowment of Dover). Adopted rubber ducks will launch from Washington Street bridge at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded to the first five ducks who finish the race.  Adopt ducks for the race here or in person at the museum: $5 for one duck, $50 for a gaggle of 12 ducks, or $100 for a flock of 50 ducks.


Lindsay and her Puppet Pals
at the upper Henry Law Park stage

Join Lindsay Aucella and her menagerie of puppet friends for a high energy, silly and interactive performance full of thoughtful storytelling that will inspire all young audiences to explore creative play, self-confidence and empathy. Lindsay was mentored by Martha Dana, longtime friend and frequent performer of the Children's Museum of NH back when the museum was in Portsmouth. Martha gifted Lindsay her beloved puppet family when she retired, so you may recognize some old friends during Lindsay's performance!

Catapults & Roller Coaster Making

inside the Museum's STEAM Lab and classroom

Join us inside the museum's STEAM Innovation Lab and the colorful classroom to create your own catapults and rollercoasters!

Straws & Connectors

inside the Museum's colorful classroom

Play, construct and build with our popular set of straws and connectors!

Birthday Cake Cutting!

at the upper Henry Law Park stage

No birthday is complete without a cake! Join us for this special treat, provided by our friends at Duston's Bakery, Hannaford, and Harvey's Bakery.

Anyone Can Grow Food

in the museum's garden located in the Dover Adventure Playground

Visit the museum's garden in the Dover Adventure Playground and learn all about the plants we are growing there. You may even get to try some of the vegetables we've grown!

outside the museum in upper Henry Law Park

Shake Your Sillies Out
Chalk Art
CMNH Anniversary temporary tattoo station
Story walk with "Do Like a Duck Does"

These activities are drop-in and available throughout the day outside the museum.

inside the museum

Scavenger Hunt - complete it and return it to the front desk to get a prize!
Collaborative Art Activity in the Studio

These activities are drop-in and available throughout the day inside the museum.



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