The Children's Museum of Maine has four main areas of focus, namely Science Education, Early Childhood Education, Multicultural Education, and Arts Education with a diverse variety of exhibits, displays, and ongoing programs in each of the areas. Some of the main exhibits in the museum include:
Be Well Center
The latestexhibition to join the museum, the Be Well Center gives children the chance to play doctor and examine a family of teddy bears, logging their heart rates, checking blood pressure and other vital statistics and learning how to live a healthy lifestyle. The exhibit includes interactive displays such as driving an 'ambearlance,' and caring for patients with real and play medical tools. ,
This fantastic outdoor show is based on the characters from beloved Maine author, Chris Van DusenDown to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure and features an interactive experience for children of all ages with Mr. Magee's boat, a shipwreck to clamber on, and water-spouting whales to splash about with.
Lights, Camera, Color: Exploring the Camera Obscura
This nationally recognized exhibit draws visitors from around the world to see the unique periscopic camera obscura, play with model cameraeobscurae, dance with shadows and make colors against the fascinating light wall.
This indoor playground features an array of structures such as towers, ramps, and slide that encourage children of all ages to crawl, climb, slide and explore. Children can also build their own structures with Imagination Playground™ blocks and learn all about planning, design, and teamwork.
Discovery Woods is an adventure-based exhibit with an array of packed with outdoor activities such as a climbing wall and the meandering Cascade Stream. Kids can explore the woods and learn basic survival tips, with a backpack and provisions.
Other popular exhibits include 'Fire Truck', a 25-foot fire truck which kids can 'drive' and play fireman for the day; 'C'ar Repair Shop' for the mechanically minded, complete with wrenches, screwdrivers and a gas pump; 'Lobster Boat' in which children can learn all about fishing in the deep oceans; and Tree to Timber, which highlights the process of sustainable forestry with interactive video games and a working sawmill. The Tidepool Touch Tank is a favorite with myriad marine inhabitants from sea stars and anemones to sea cucumbers and hermit crabs.
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