Early Learning Programs

Classes and programs for the younger kids!

First Friends Playgroup with baby storytime

Wednesdays (during the school year), 9:30-10:30am

Shake-Rattle-andRead! for children ages 6 months - two years is a drop-in opportunity for parents and babies/toddler to play together in the Early Learning Landscape area. Join Lead Educator Meredith Lamothe, MLIS, for time to play 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. Baby Storytime now has its own blog for information on what's being shared each week. This program is free for Children's Museum of New Hampshire members and regular museum admission applies for non-members. 



Wee Ones Wednesdays

Wednesdays (during the school year), 9:45-10:30am and 10:45-11:30am

Wee Ones Wednesdays is an interactive weekly drop-in program for children ages 2-4. Children and a parent or caregiver enjoy art, music, movement and conceptual learning with a new theme each week. Sessions are offered from 9:45-10:30 am and 10:45-11:30 am. The cost per adult/child pair is $7 for Children's Museum of New Hampshire members and $10 for non-members. Additional children in a family are $5 each for members and $8 each for non-members. We are now offering a punch card option for members who attend regularly: a 5-class punch card is $30 or members can purchase 2 cards for $55, a savings of $15. 



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

Can’t-Sit-Still Story & Play Time

Do you have a little one that can’t sit still? This active storytime on Tuesday afternoons will explore books that encourage participants to get up and MOVE! We will also have songs, rhymes, interactive flannel board stories, and more. This drop-in program is free with museum admission and FREE for museum members.

Tuesday, October 2, 1:30pm
COLORS!

We'll read books all about colors! We'll also explore color mixing, stacking and sorting all things that help with early math and literacy skills.

Tuesday, October 9, 1:30pm
THINGS THAT GO!

Enjoy the book "Choo-Choo-Clickity-Clack" and move to the rhythm of things that go! Sing and wiggle to "The Wheels on the Bus," build a train together on the flannel board and race some cars down ramps big and small!

Tuesday, October 16, 1:30pm
SILLY, SILLY, SILLY!

Act out a sleepy sheep, a leaping dog, a singing loon and more as we move our way through "Silly Sally" by Audrey Wood. We'll explore more rhymes and songs about farm animals in this silly storytime. Play with farm animal manipulatives and design your own story at the end of this fun session.

Tuesday, October 23, 1:30pm
APPLES!

We will read and act-out Allison Murray's book "Apple Pie ABC" then do some action rhymes about apples, apple trees, and yummy apple pies! Make a tissue paper apple collage craft to take home.

Tuesday, October 30, 1:30pm
EEK! MONSTERS!

If you're a monster and you know it...come to storytime this week! We'll read books about wiggly monsters, build a collaborative monster on the flannel board, and play with Play-Doh to create silly monster faces.

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


Little Learner Afternoon Playtime

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers come together for a variety of activities for this drop-in program offered every Thursday. Participants must check in at the front desk. We can accommodate up to 12 children for this program. 

Thursday, October 4, 1:30pm
We're Going to Space!
Read stories about space, explore the solar system on our flannel board, and then design your own planet to take home using a foam ball and other supplies!

Thursday, October 11, 1:30pm
Splish Splash!
Explore our water sensory bins - what sinks? What floats? Try your hand at some free-time watercolor painting and read stories all about the deep blue sea.

Thursday, October 18, 1:30pm
Pumpkins!
Make a torn paper collage pumpkin, work together to paint a pumpkin for the museum, and go on a museum scavenger hunt to find pumpkins and other things that are orange!

Thursday, October 25, 1:30pm
BOO!
Try a disappearing ghosts science experiment, participate in the story of the "Chocolate Chip Ghost" by Meighan Peifer, and sing silly ghost songs!

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: Our Early Learning classes will NOT be held if Dover public schools are closed or have a delayed opening. Please check 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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