DOVER — The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is once again offering a Military Appreciation summer program. From now through Sun., September 1, current and retired military personnel and their immediate family members receive free admission through the Blue Star Museums program. Simply show a military ID at the front desk to take part in the program.
With the start of summer comes warmer weather, and the Dover Adventure Playground offers the perfect excuse to make an entire day of your visit to the museum. The playground features a life-size flat-bottomed gundalow boat, a net climber, swings and slides, a 3-story Garrison tower, a splash pad, musical instruments, and a climbable granite Alewife fish sculpture (named Henrietta by the public last summer). The playground is open 7:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily and is free.
Dover Ducky Derby: Sat., June 29, 1:00 p.m. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and SEED (Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover) have teamed up again for the 2nd annual Dover Ducky Derby! The derby will be in conjunction with the Museum’s NH Maker & Food Fest – a day to explore and be amazed by local inventors, makers and of course food vendors. The Maker Fest is a special ticketed event, but you can still view the Dover Ducky Derby for free from Henry Law Park behind the museum and along the river. If you want to adopt a duck to participate in the derby, purchase online at www.childrens-museum.org or in person at the museum. Prizes will be awarded to the first five ducks who finish the race. Adopted ducks cost $5.00 for one duck, $50.00 for a gaggle of twelve ducks, or $100.00 for a flock of fifty ducks.
Recycled River Regatta: Sat. June 29, 12:00-2:00 p.m. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire challenges kids and grown-ups of all ages to compete in the first Recycled River Regatta! Build a boat that can not only float, but also drop 20-feet into the Cocheco River. Follow our project guidelines, which can be found online, and build a boat at home, or join us at the museum during our Boat Building Days: June 25-27 (free with museum admission, see website for specific times); and a morning boat-making workshop at the NH Maker & Food Fest on Sat., June 29 (same day as Regatta, and only for Fest ticket holders). Tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest are not required to participate in this event. Boats will be judged and awards will be given. Groups are welcome to participate! The boats will be launched by museum staff from Washington Street Bridge, while you watch from lower Henry Law Park. Check out the guidelines online at www.childrens-museum.org.
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. To learn more about that project, visit www.childrens-museum.org.
Father’s Day: Sun., June 16, 12:00-5:00 p.m. In honor of Father's Day, all fathers and grandfathers are granted free admission for their visit today! Kids can make festive crowns and picture frames for the special man in their lives. This gift-making activity is included in paid admission and free for members. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more info.
Summer Hours: Mon., June 17, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Today is the start of our summer hours. The museum is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12:00-5:00 p.m. These summer hours are through the day before Labor Day. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to learn more.
Alzheimer’s Café: Thurs., June 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m. People living with Alzheimer's disease are welcomed on the third Thursday of each month during 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. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Boat Building Week: Tues., June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wed., June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Thurs., June 27, 2:00-3:00 p.m. The week leading up to the NH Maker & Food Fest on Sat., June 29 you can build a boat for the Recycled River Regatta, free with museum admission. The Regatta, which takes place at 1:15 p.m. on Sat., June 29 during Maker Fest, is a new event where we challenge people of all ages to build a boat that can not only float, but drop 20 feet into the Cocheco River! Project guidelines, advice, and recycle materials will be available at the museum if you’d like to try your hand at engineering a boat. Tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest are not required to participate in the Regatta. Boats will be judged and awards will be given on Saturday, June 29th. Groups are welcome to participate! The boats will be launched by museum staff from Washington Street Bridge, while you watch from lower Henry Law Park. Check out the guidelines online at www.childrens-museum.org.
Anyone Can Grow Food: Join us in our museum gardens to make a treat for the birds to enjoy, and learn about our new Ozone garden on Thurs., June 27 at 11:00 a.m. Free with museum admission. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information.
Learn more or register at www.childrens-museum.org.