Toddlerfest

September 16 - October 1, 2017

Time for little ones to rule the roost!

When the big kids go back to school, it's time for young visitors to rule the roost and enjoy exciting activities geared just for them and their caregivers, all offered here at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire! Our annual Toddlerfest celebration offers guests ages 0–5 experiences with music and movement, science, art and storytelling while caregivers learn how these experiences relate to their child's cognitive growth and development.

Thank you to our Toddlerfest sponsor, Saint Mary Academy!


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2017 Toddlerfest Schedule

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All programs are included with paid museum admission, unless otherwise noted.


1st Week of Toddlerfest: Saturday, Sept. 16 - Saturday, Sept. 23

In the MUSE Studio: Make a bird craft and explore color and shape activities


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

10am-2pm: Barefoot Books Book Fair
Barefoot Books Ambassador, Marissa Scott of The Sonatina Center is back for another exciting Barefoot Books event at the CMNH. Barefoot Books are gorgeously illustrated multicultural books for children and teens and they are passionate about children's literacy development and teaching children about the world around them! Stop by her table at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire on Saturday, September 16th from 10-2pm. 20% of all purchases will be donated to the Children's Museum! Chat with Marissa and take home tips for supporting your child's literacy development at home!

Afternoon Fun: Chalk Art

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Open Noon-5pm: Dinosaur Storytime & Build A Rotocopter

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

MUSEUM CLOSED

Junior Science Explorers Class**: Science ART
Mondays, September 18 - October 23, 1:30-2:15pm
Junior Scientists 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, bubbly experiments! Museum Member siblings and adults will be able to play in the upstairs exhibits while Junior Science class is in session (45 mins) Please note: These will be the only exhibits open, all downstairs exhibits will be closed.

**Pre-registration is required for these science classes. Call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. No class on October 9th. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

10:15-11am: Groove & Grow Class
Check out a Groove & Grow family music class today as well as Wednesday September 27th, 10:15am. Groove & Grow is a fun and unique music class for the whole family. Designed by board-certified music therapist, Marissa Scott, the curriculum combines a developmental and therapeutic approach to meet the needs of your little one at various ages and stages.Toddlers and young children awaken to their world through creativity, imagination, and play. In a Family Grooves music class, children will build trust, explore and master a sense of control through musical play, and foster relationships with caregivers, siblings, and peers. During this class, little ones will have opportunities to sing, play instruments, dance and move to music and of course have a lot of fun! Join with your one and only or bring the whole family for super sibling fun.

Groove & Grow classes are offered at The Sonatina Center in Dover. Family Grooves classes are for children ages 12 months through 5 years old. The Sonatina Center also offers Baby Grooves classes for caregivers and infants ages 0 to 9 months.

Afternoon Fun: Oil & Water Science Fun!

2:30pm: Butterflies in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Today in the STEAM Lab learn about butterflies, try a static electricity experiment, and make a butterfly to take home.

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

9:45am & 10:45am (2 sessions): Wee Ones Wednesdays**
Wee Ones Wednesdays is an interactive weekly drop-in program provided by the Children's Museum of NH 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.

9:30-10:30am: First Friends & Baby Storytime
The First Friends Playgroup for children ages 6 months to two years is a drop-in opportunity provided by the Children's Museum of NH 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. Free with museum admission

10:15-10:45am Tot Yoga with ChildLight Yoga
Encourage and support active explorations in this playful, engaging class for tots - crawlers to 24 months. ChildLight Yoga offers child & caregiver classes for infants-5 years of age. Instructor, Michelle James, has been with CLY since 2014, and leads the family classes. Free with museum admission.

10:45-11:15am: Little Family Yoga with ChildLight Yoga
Enjoy unique preschooler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories and games, creating an enriching activity for caregivers and their children—ages 2-4. ChildLight Yoga offers child & caregiver classes for infants-5 years of age. Instructor, Michelle James, has been with CLY since 2014, and leads the family classes. Free with museum admission

2:30pm: Ramps and Slides in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Try some building activities! Use blocks and tubes to make ramps and slides for different balls and cars to roll down. Try racing with a friend. Drop-in starts at 2:30pm. Free with museum admission.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Junior Science Explorers Class** - Science ART
Thursdays, September 21 - Thursdays, October 26
10:15-11am
Junior Scientists 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, bubbly experiments!

**Pre-registration is required for these science classes. Call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members.

10:15-11:15am: Outdoor TimberNook Experience!
Join us for a "larger-than-life" sensory experience in upper Henry Law Park. Children will have the opportunity to explore with colors through meaningful play experiences with others. Prepare for an hour of inspiration, lots of giggles, a mess, and authentic play at its finest! TimberNook was founded in 2009 in Barrington, NH and continues to focus on the importance of outdoor play for children. Free with museum admission

11:30am-Noon: One World Language School - Spanish
Join Claire from One World Language School to learn some basic Spanish words and phrases through play! Visitors will explore a number of different games and activities and get to meet Pablo, a special puppet friend from Mexico! Free with museum admission.

2:30pm: Colorful Pom-Pom Drop in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Learn about colors and practice sorting pom-poms and dropping them through different tubes around the room. Drop-in starting at 2:30pm. Free with museum admission.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

10-11:30am: Saint Mary's Academy
Literacy Fun!

10am-Noon: Atlantic Gymnastics
Join Lori from Atlantic Gymnastics in Dover here at the museum for some balance and movement fun.

10am-Noon: FoodWorks - Eat the Rainbow!
With older kids heading back to school, this FoodWorks program will take place during the Museum’s Toddlerfest celebration! We’ll be encouraging our young visitors to try new foods by engaging them with color as well as taste! We’ll be setting up an eye-catching rainbow display full of fruits and veggies and talking to parents and guardians about how to encourage a diverse, healthy diet right from the start! FoodWorks is sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets.

2:30pm: Magnets in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Try out moving objects using magnets, and learn which materials magnets can move and pull. Use magnets to create fun robot pictures. Drop-ins start at 2:30pm.

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Morning Fun: All About Colors Storytime

Afternoon Fun: Shake Your Sillies Out!

10am-2pm: Velcro Cars in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Build a Velcro car! You can use special Velcro blocks and wheels to build a car and play with it. This is not a take home project, but you may stay and play with your car in the lab! Drop in anytime between 10am-2pm.

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


2nd Week of Toddlerfest: Sunday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Oct. 1

In the MUSE Studio: Make an egg shaker instrument, magnet fishing, and alphabet activities.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Noon-5pm: Dragon Day!
We have a new MUSE Studio mascot here in the museum--a giant dragon sculpture prototype donated by local artist Peter Happney - and it needs a name! We will have a dragon naming contest, dragon crafts and games, a dragon scavenger hunt around the museum, and our own Gallery 6 curator and artist, Tess Feltes, will be teaching us how to draw dragons from 1-2pm.

Afternoon Fun: Dragon Storytime

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

MUSEUM CLOSED

Junior Science Explorers Class**: Science ART
Mondays, September 18 - October 23, 1:30-2:15pm
Junior Scientists 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, bubbly experiments! Museum Member siblings and adults will be able to play in the upstairs exhibits while Junior Science class is in session (45 mins) Please note: These will be the only exhibits open, all downstairs exhibits will be closed.

**Pre-registration is required for these science classes. Call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. No class on October 9th. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

10am-Noon: Atlantic Gymnastics
Join Lori from Atlantic Gymnastics in Dover here at the museum for some balance and movement fun!

11am & 2pm: Anyone Can Grow Food-Harvest!
Help us harvest our bountiful produce that has grown over the summer in our Three Sisters garden! We will also discuss a bit about Abenaki culture and how they would harvest and utilize their crops - as well as how they would prepare their gardens for winter. Make your own herb sachet to take home!

2:30pm: Water Play in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Have fun practicing pouring, seeing what floats and sinks, and playing with water in the STEAM Lab today. Drop-ins start at 2:30pm.

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


WENDESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

9:45am & 10:45am (2 sessions): Wee Ones Wednesdays**
Wee Ones Wednesdays is an interactive weekly drop-in program provided by the Children's Museum of NH 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.

9:30-10:30am: First Friends & Baby Storytime
The First Friends Playgroup for children ages 6 months to two years is a drop-in opportunity provided by the Children's Museum of NH 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. Free with museum admission

10:15-11am: Groove & Grow Family Music Class
Groove & Grow is a fun and unique music class for the whole family! Designed by board-certified music therapist, Marissa Scott, the curriculum combines a developmental and therapeutic approach to meet the needs of your little one at various ages and stages.Toddlers and young children awaken to their world through creativity, imagination, and play. In a Family Grooves music class, children will build trust, explore and master a sense of control through musical play, and foster relationships with caregivers, siblings, and peers. During this class, little ones will have opportunities to sing, play instruments, dance and move to music and of course have a lot of fun! Join with your one and only or bring the whole family for super sibling fun. Free with museum admission.

Groove & Grow classes are offered at The Sonatina Center in Dover. Family Grooves classes are for children ages 12 months through 5 years old. The Sonatina Center also offers Baby Grooves classes for caregivers and infants ages 0 to 9 months.

2:30pm: Fizzy Drips in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Learn about chemistry in the STEAM Lab and try out the fizzy drops experiment! Practice using pipettes and watch what happens in this colorful experiment. Drop-ins start at 2:30pm. Free with museum admission.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

10-10:45am: Junior Science Explorers Class** - Science ART
Junior Scientists 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, bubbly experiments!

**Pre-registration is required for these science classes. Call 603-742-2002 to register. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members.

11:30am-Noon: One World Language School - Spanish
Join Claire from One World Language School to learn some basic Spanish words and phrases through play! Visitors will explore a number of different games and activities and get to meet Pablo, a special puppet friend from Mexico! Free with museum admission.

2:30pm: Flower Fairies in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Build your own mini flower fairy to take home. Today in the lab you can build a fairy or butterfly that you think will float. We will test the fairies with our Bernoulli Blower. Drop-ins start at 2:30pm. Free with museum admission.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

10am-Noon: Cocheco Valley Humane Society
Join Cocheco Valley Humane Society to learn about pet care! We will have an interactive presentation where kids can help a lost dog named Sam find happiness again. We will also be offering story time, reading The Wonder of kittens with adorable photos and fun filled and engaging facts. Bring home a special gift for your furry friend! Cocheco will be on site with materials for children to make a very special animal craft.

Afternoon Fun: Rain Cloud Science Fun

2:30pm: Bug Fossils in the STEAM Innovation Lab
Learn about bugs in the STEAM Lab, and make a bug "fossil" imprint in clay to take home. Drop-ins start at 2:30pm.

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Morning Fun: Animal Sounds Guessing Game

Afternoon Fun: Things that GO Storytime

10am-2pm: Hands-on Nature Exploration in the STEAM Innovation Lab
We are bringing the outdoors, in for the day! Play a feel and guess game with nature items, make a leaf rubbing and play in our fairy house area. Drop-in anytime between 10am-2pm.

All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

Noon-5pm: Museum Birthday Party
Enjoy cake, party games, and make a festive birthday crown. The Museum is getting an extra special gift this year—the opening of our new and improved Build It. Fly It Exhibit! Come see for yourself and try some flight inspired challenges in the MUSE Studio and STEAM Lab. All activities are included with museum admission and free for members.

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