Toddlerfest

September 14 - 29, 2019

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.

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SCHEDULE

All of these programs are drop-in and free with museum admission, and FREE for museum members, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, September 14, 9am-5pm

Morning Fun: Colors Storytime, and Velcro Block Cars
Afternoon Fun: Make a Rotocoptor


Sunday, September 15, noon-5pm 

12:30-4pm Usborne Books Book FairThis book fair is ongoing online throughout Toddlerfest, but you can come to this live fair to purchase books in person today and avoid the shipping fees!


Monday, September 16: Museum Closed


Tuesday, September 17, 9am-5pm 

All day in the Muse Studio: Make a rainbow, build tall towers and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces!

11:30am-12:30pm Groove & Grow: Music Class with Marissa from Sonatina Music Therapy

12:30-1:30pm Exploring Ice and Foam Boat Making - Drop into the STEAM Innovation Lab to play with water, ice, funnels, and science tools during this hands-on tactile activity, and make a foam boat to take home!

2pm Toddler Tinker Time - Drop-in for this weekly museum program that emphasizes the importance of tinkering! Tinkering helps little ones develop fine motor skills, increases problem solving abilities, and is an open invitation to foster peer relationships. 


Wednesday, September 18, 9am-5pm 

8:30am doors open for First Friends Playgroup & Baby Storytime - Drop-in for this weekly museum program that starts with a fun storytime (at 8:45am) and then head upstairs to the Primary Place exhibit for an informal playgroup (around 9:15am).

All day in the Muse Studio: Make a rainbow, explore sorting activities, build tall towers and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces!

9-9:45am Wee Ones Wednesdays - Join this weekly museum parent/child PRE pre-school class. Explore songs & movement, books, make a craft and enjoy a snack, all led by Education Director Xanthi Gray. Extra fee required.

10-10:45am Wee Ones Wednesdays - Join this weekly museum parent/child PRE pre-school class. Explore songs & movement, books, make a craft and enjoy a snack, all led by Education Director Xanthi Gray. Extra fee required.

10-10:30am Tot Yoga for crawlers to 24 months of age - with Michelle from ChildLight Yoga

10:30-11am Little Family Yoga for 2-4 year olds - with Michelle from ChildLight Yoga


Thursday, September 19, 9am-5pm

All day in the Muse StudioMake a rainbow, explore sorting activities, build tall towers and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces!

10am-noon Pope Memorial Humane Society Visit - Learn about pet care and the important work Pope Memorial Humane Society does with this fun visit. Enjoy crafts and activities and maybe meet a furry friend. Please note, due to animals constantly changing at the shelter due to adoptions, the humane society is not always able to bring an animal on their visits.

10am-noon Special Guest - Meet UNH Family Studies professor Jill Trumbell, learn about your child's developing socio-emotional skills. Museum walk-through with emphasis on socio-emition skills through play at 11:30am.

11am Anyone Can Grow Food: Harvest! - We'll talk about harvesting and putting our gardens to bed for the winter and snack on the remaining goodies!

2pm Little Learner Story & Playtime - Join this weekly museum drop-in program for kids ages 2-5 and their caregivers to enjoy stories, songs, a craft, games/activities and more revolving around a special theme - this week's theme is All About Paint!


Friday, September 20, 9am-5pm

All day in the Muse Studio: Make a rainbow, explore sorting activities, build tall towers, and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces!

12:30-1:30pm Make Play Dough - Drop into the STEAM Innovation Lab to learn some easy play dough recipes, and make some dough to take home!

Afternoon Fun: Make a Butterfly Craft


Saturday, September 21, 9am-5pm

Morning Fun: Food Storytime

Afternoon Fun: Mini Engineers! Explore a variety of building toys and activities


Sunday, September 22, 12pm-5pm

12:30-4pm Usborne Books Book Fair: This book fair is ongoing online throughout Toddlerfest, but you can come to this live fair to purchase books in person today and avoid the shipping fees!

Afternoon Fun: Animal Storytime


Monday, September 23: MUSEUM CLOSED


Tuesday, September 24, 9am-5pm

All day in the Muse Studio: Design a fish, explore shape activities, play with cars & ramps, and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces.

12:30-1:30pm Fizzy Painting - Apple Art - Drop into the STEAM Innovation Lab to try out painting with baking soda and lemon juice, and make a neat apple themed art project to take home.

2pm Toddler Tinker Time - Drop-in for this weekly museum program that emphasizes the importance of tinkering! Tinkering helps little ones develop fine motor skills, increases problem solving abilities, and is an open invitation to foster peer relationships. 


Wednesday, September 25, 9am-5pm

8:30am doors open for First Friends Playgroup & Baby Storytime - Drop-in for this weekly museum program that starts with a fun storytime (at 8:45am) and then head upstairs to the Primary Place exhibit for an informal playgroup (around 9:15am).

All day in the Muse StudioDesign a fish, explore shape activities, play with cars & ramps, and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces.

9-9:45am Wee Ones Wednesdays - Join this weekly museum parent/child PRE pre-school class. Explore songs & movement, books, make a craft and enjoy a snack, all led by Education Director Xanthi Gray. Extra fee required.

10-10:45am Wee Ones Wednesdays - Join this weekly museum parent/child PRE pre-school class. Explore songs & movement, books, make a craft and enjoy a snack, all led by Education Director Xanthi Gray. Extra fee required.

11am-noon Fizzy Painting - Apple Art - Drop into the STEAM Innovation Lab to try out painting with baking soda and lemon juice, and make a neat apple themed art project to take home.


Thursday, September 26, 9am-5pm

All day in the Muse Studio: Design a fish, explore shape activities, play with cars & ramps, and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces.

11:30am Groove & Grow with Sonatina Music Therapy - Sing, play instruments, dance and move to music and of course have a lot of fun with Marissa.

12:30-1:30pm Fizzy Painting - Apple Art - Drop into the STEAM Innovation Lab to try out painting with baking soda and lemon juice, and make a neat apple themed art project to take home.

2pm Little Learner Story & Playtime - Join this weekly museum drop-in program for kids ages 2-5 and their caregivers to enjoy stories, songs, a craft, games/activities and more revolving around a special theme - this week's theme is All About Animals!


Friday, September 27, 9am-5pm

All day in the Muse Studio: Design a fish, explore shape activities, play with cars & ramps, and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces.

9:30am Meet Allison from New England Tutors

10am-noon Seashell Art - Drop into the STEAM Innovation Lab to observe seashells with a special microscope, and paint your own seashell to take home!

11am Spanish Fun with One World Language School - Meet One World Language School's Spanish teacher, Magda, and learn how to say the names of ice cream flavors...in Spanish! Meet a friendly puppet, play games, and sing songs too!


Saturday, September 28, 9am-5pm

It's the Museum's 36th Birthday Party!

10-11am Kid-venture Course- This outdoor fun and silly obstacle course has a super hero theme and kids can run through it for a suggested donation of $5. Wear your own costume or decorate a cape and mask for an additional $5. Monies raised will go towards the museum's Play Patio exhibit, opening in 2020. Course fees do not include museum admission.

12:30-2pm Books Alive with Biscuit the friendly pup! Explore literacy, enjoy storytimes, and meet and greets with early reader classic character Biscuit the adorable yellow lab! Storytimes and meet and greets will be at 12:30 and 1:30pm. Biscuit will leave the building by 2pm.

12-3pm Birthday Cake - Enjoy cake donated by Duston's Market & Bakery while supplies last.

9am-3pm Crafts and Games in the Muse Studio


Sunday, September 29, Noon-5pm

All day in the Muse Studio: Design a fish, explore shape activities, play with cars & ramps, and play with our temporary music/sound exhibit pieces.

Afternoon Fun: Transportation Storytime & Green Screen Adventures

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