Early Learning Programs

Classes and drop-ins for the younger kids!

NEW! Toddler Tinker Time Tuesdays

Tuesdays, September 17 & 24, 2pm

Join us for this drop-in 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. 

What is tinkering?! Tinkering can range from taking something apart and putting it back together (think puzzles!) to making an open ended sculpture, to playing with “loose parts” and special science tools. We will have different activities every week and some old favorites will pop up again and again. This is an unstructured, drop-in program that is free for members and included with museum admission. 

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: Our Early Learning classes will NOT be held if Dover public schools are closed or have a delayed opening. Please check our Facebook page, WMUR-TV, WOKQ-FM, WERZ-FM or WTSN-AM for school closing information before leaving for the museum on inclement weather days.

Wee Ones Wednesdays

NEW TIMES! Wednesdays (during the school year), 9-9:45am and 10-10:45am

Wee Ones Wednesdays is an interactive weekly drop-in program for children ages 2-4 and has been designed as a PRE pre-school. Children and a parent or caregiver enjoy art, music, movement and conceptual learning with a new theme each week. Please note the new times: Sessions are offered from 9-9:45am and 10-10:45am. 

The cost per adult/child pair is $8 for Museum members and $11 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 $35 or 2 cards for $65. Space is limited. First-come, first-served.

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: Our Early Learning classes will NOT be held if Dover public schools are closed or have a delayed opening. Please check our Facebook page, WMUR-TV, WOKQ-FM, WERZ-FM or WTSN-AM for school closing information before leaving for the museum on inclement weather days.

"The Wee Ones program has been a wonderful, learning, sharing experience for [our daughter]. The staff is caring, patient, loving and a "wee one" couldn't be in a better place."


First Friends Playgroup & Baby Storytime

NEW TIMES! Wednesdays (during the school year), 8:30-10am

These two drop-in programs are perfect for children ages 6 months to two years and their parents or caregivers. 

BABY STORYTIME

Doors open for Baby Storytime at 8:30am and starts at 8:45am in one of the museum’s classrooms. The Storytime is led by Early Childhood Coordinator Meredith Brustlin, MLIS – and focuses on teaching caregivers and little ones important early literacy skills through books, songs, rhymes, puppets, toys and more. 

FIRST FRIENDS PLAYGROUP

Not interested in storytime? Join the First Friends Playgroup, also starting at 8:30am upstairs in the Primary Place exhibit. This informal gathering is a great chance for caregivers to interact, visit, and play in a space specifically designed for babies and toddlers. 

Both First Friends Playgroup and Baby Storytime programs are free for museum members and regular admission applies for non-members: $11 for adults and children, $9 for seniors, and no charge for babies under 12 months old.

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: Our Early Learning classes will NOT be held if Dover public schools are closed or have a delayed opening. Please check our Facebook page, WMUR-TV, WOKQ-FM, WERZ-FM or WTSN-AM for school closing information before leaving for the museum on inclement weather days.

NEW! Wacky Art Wednesday!

Wednesdays during the school year, 2-3pm

Join us in the Muse Studio for a celebration of all things art and all things messy! We will explore a variety of art materials and mediums and make masterpieces to take home. Although smocks are available, please come to this program ready to get messy. Wacky Art Wednesday is included with admission, and free for members. 

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

September 18th: Paint a Canvas

September 25th: Explore Clay

October 2nd: Marbled Shaving Cream Art

October 9th: Foam Printmaking & Painting

October 16th: Sand Art

October 23rd: Explore Tissue Paper Art

October 30th: Decorate a mask

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: Our Early Learning classes will NOT be held if Dover public schools are closed or have a delayed opening. Please check our Facebook page, WMUR-TV, WOKQ-FM, WERZ-FM or WTSN-AM for school closing information before leaving for the museum on inclement weather days.

Little Learners Story & Play Time

Thursdays (during the school year), 2pm

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers come together for a variety of activities for this drop-in program offered every Thursday. Join us for stories, songs, a craft, games/activities and more all revolving around a special weekly theme. This drop-in program is free with museum admission and FREE for museum members. Participants must check in at the front desk. We can accommodate up to 12 children for this program. 

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: Our Early Learning classes will NOT be held if Dover public schools are closed or have a delayed opening. Please check our Facebook page, WMUR-TV, WOKQ-FM, WERZ-FM or WTSN-AM for school closing information before leaving for the museum on inclement weather days.

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