DOVER - Want to support the Children's Museum of New Hampshire and get great prices on some summer fun? You can do both when you stop in and purchase from a list of discounted gift cards to local attractions and restaurants, gift baskets, art, and more unique experiences. It's all part of the museum's "Buy It Now "Summer Fun" Fundraiser.
Purchases can only happen in person at the museum, but there's no bidding and no waiting. If you find something you like, purchase it and take it home that day, all at a 20-25% discount! Up for purchase are things like: a 1-3 foot Lilac Shrub, a paddock ride on CJ or Rasa from the Dover Mounted Patrol, passes to Canobie Lake Park, a Sailboat work of art made from an actual palm frond, and 11 New England sports team water noodles and 4 lawn banners - just to name a few! The Fundraiser is first come first served and goes on till everything is gone!
Active duty and retired military personnel and their immediate family members can play for free at the museum this summer thanks to the Military Appreciation summer program, sponsored by People's United Bank, Proulx Oil, and Blue Star Museums. Visitors simply need to show a military ID at the front desk to receive the free admission for the military member, spouse and dependent children. This program runs until Sept. 1. The museum is closed on Labor Day.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire will be closed the first two weeks of September for their annual cleaning and maintenance. The museum reopens on Saturday, September 14 for the kick-off of Toddlerfest, which is two weeks packed full of programming for the little ones.
Other August events include:
Teddy Bear Clinic and Picnic, Friday, August 2
Clinic: 10 am-Noon, Tea Party 12-12:30 pm
Kids and their favorite stuffed friends are invited to join us for our annual Teddy Bear Clinic, a fun event that helps educate kids about what happens at the doctor's office. Each child's stuffed animal is checked-in and given an ID bracelet, then children take their animals in to meet with a volunteer doctor or nurse for a check-up. If needed, animals can be taken to the surgical table for stitches, band-aides and ribbons. Each animal receives a certificate of good health at the end of the process. After your check-up, join us for our Teddy Bear Picnic from 12-12:30pm, held outside the museum in Henry Law Park if weather permits (indoors if it's rainy). Enjoy juice, fresh fruit and animal crackers with your animal friends. No reservations required. Free with Museum admission. Thank you to our Teddy Bear Clinic sponsor, Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10am-5pm, and Sundays, noon-5pm. These summer hours end Sept. 1.
Gallery 6: 2019 summer exhibition: Lean In
Richard Haynes, a Portsmouth African-American artist and the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at UNH has a collection of his works of art on view in the Children's Museum of New Hampshire's Gallery 6 art exhibition, "Lean In." Haynes' vibrant drawings ask us to use the universal language of "Love" to see how we can all rewrite a history that has not been fair to everyone. His art invites us to learn from one another's cultures, religions, regions, backgrounds, traditions, and customs to make all our lives richer and filled with more empathy and tolerance. Visitors to the museum will have a chance to participate in a collaborative paper quilt that will be assembled and displayed towards the end of the art exhibition. Gallery 6 is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific, and the Fuller Foundation.
Anyone Can Grow Food: Wheat Berry Grass
Thursday, August 1 at 2pm
Visit our museum gardens in Dover Adventure Playground to grow wheat berry grass, identify other plants growing, and even sample a few! This program is free with museum admission.
FoodWorks with Hannaford: Family Book Club
Family Book Club is a time to get together as a family to read, create, eat, and discuss. Once a month, the Children's Museum of NH chooses a story for your family to read together. The museum organizes a craft, discussion questions, and more to go along with that story, all of which can be found online at www.childrens-museum.org. Family Book Club takes place within the comfort of your own home. You don't have to come to the museum on a certain date and at a certain time. Start by borrowing the book from your local library, read the book together as a family, make crafts that relate to the story and use them to decorate your dinner table. Then look over the recipes the museum provides and choose one to make a healthy dinner together. Discuss the book over dinner, and then finally talk about what kind of "Family Service Project" you could do related to the story.
4-Day Summer Discovery-Camp: S.T.E.A.M. Science and Art
Monday, August 5 - Thursday, August 8, 9:15am-1pm
This summer, makers and scientists ages 7-11 will get together in the STEAM Lab to try out amazing science experiments and interesting art projects. From mysterious mixtures to slimy sculptures this is a great place to get messy and creative, learn through science exploration, and take home some really cool art projects! Cost is $150 for Members or $170 for Non-members. Please note that registration will close one week before each camp begins.
4-Day Summer Discovery-Camp: Tinkerers, Makers and Engineers
Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15, 9:15am-1pm
This summer, campers ages 7-11 can practice engineering and inventing in this hands-on STEAM camp! Do you love to design? Do you love creative problem solving and building stuff? Do you love getting just a little bit messy? Join us for a week of tinkering, making, and engineering! Each day will have a different theme, and will include engineering challenges, projects to take home, and hands-on science lessons. Cost is $150 for Members or $170 for Non-members. Please note that registration will close one week before each camp begins.
Anyone Can Grow Food: Ozone Glasses
Thursday, August 15 at 11am and 2pm
Visit our museum gardens in Dover Adventure Playground and create your own Ozone glasses to see what effect the ozone (air quality) has had on our plants! While in the gardens we will sample some vegetables already growing. This program is free with museum admission.
Thursday, August 15, 2-4pm
People living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease are welcomed on the third Thursday of each month to the Alzheimer's Cafe, along with their family members and care partners, to gather in a supportive, non-clinical setting to chat, relax and socialize while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Reservations are not needed and there is no cost to attend, though donations are accepted.
Summer of Engineering: Make it Fly!
Drop-in activities, experiments and challenges all about flight! These activities are free with museum admission.
The not-for-profit Children's Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org
IMAGE Cutline: Courtesy photo. There are a few spots left in the August half-day summer camps for ages 7-11 at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. Register soon online at www.childrens-museum.org.