New Hampshire (Dover, NH) Children’s Museum – The Place Where Children Have Fun Learning & Parents Can Have Fun Watching

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire offers a variety of programs for children from preschool through middle school. From science classes to overnights, museum educators have designed engaging, high-quality programs that feature hands-on opportunities for learning while having fun.

Exhibits

Dino Detective

Become a paleontologist! Don a lab coat and goggles and dig for a Triceratops fossil. Take part in the scientific process as you compare  the jaws, claws and vertebrae of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. How big were these dinosaurs? Measure your thigh against life-size replica femurs to get an idea. Examine the teeth and claws of other dinosaurs and listen to audio information phones to complete your scientific investigation.

Kaleidoscopic

Explore the fascinating phenomena of reflection and symmetry in the museum’s one-of-a-kind Kaleidoscopic exhibit. Duck into the amazing human-sized kaleidoscope and see yourself reflected over and over,  stretching in every direction.

Continue exploring this area by gazing into hand-held kaleidoscopes and teleidoscopes, then create your own symmetrical design using colorful magnets. Become a designer using the Kaleidodraw computer program to create an endless variety of symmetrical images.

Step Into a Story

Imagine walking into the pages of a giant picture book and having it spring to life around you – that’s the experience you will enjoy in the Step Into a Story exhibit. Come in and become a part of The Cats of Mrs. Calamari by John Stadler.

Jump up onto the big green couch with a giant mouse, or put costumes on the cats who play starring roles in the story. There is even a place to sit and read the book, then compose your own ending on a large magnetic board nearby. This exhibit’s many interactive components will get everyone excited about reading!

Summer Camp Programs

Mini Camp

Mini Camp is held from 9 am – 11 am at the museum. This camp features hands-on activities, science experiments, crafts, stories and snack. Children must be at least 4 years old on the first day of camp and be able to use the bathroom independently. The fee for each Mini Camp week is $85 for museum members and $95 for non-members. Enrollment is limited to 12 children.

Summer Fun Week

New adventures are around every corner as campers explore downtown Dover through community experiences, activities, and walking tours of area businesses. In past years, campers have participated in guided behind-the-scenes visits to theatres, pizzerias, banks and many other businesses and organizations. This program meets 9 am – 12 pm Monday – Friday. The fee is $95 for museum members and $105 for non-members. Enrollment is limited to 20 children.

Science Week

Science Week is held from 9 – 11 am at the museum. This camp focuses on science-based experiments, activities and projects with a hands- on, experiential approach to learning. Questions such as “why, how and what if?” are the inspiration for this program. Participants are encouraged to wear clothing that can get messy. The fee for Science Week is $85 for museum members and $95 for non-members. Enrollment is limited to 12 children.

Mission

The Children’s Museum operates exclusively for charitable purposes and serves as an educational resource for schools, families and communities. The museum strives to support the diverse population of the region, to provide learning opportunities for all children, and to enrich the services of regional schools.

Vision

Our vision is to inspire children to experience all that is in the world as an opportunity to learn.

Guiding Principles

  • Be a leader in creating state-of-the-art interactive learning opportunities
  • Be a dynamic resource for the entire community
  • Be the premier regional attraction for children and families
  • Design informal learning experiences based on current research about how children learn
  • Foster the richest possible adult-child interactions
  • Ensure inclusiveness in all aspects of operations and service
  • Incorporate the unique character of our local culture and history
  • Operate from a financially well-supported base

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire offers a variety of programs for children from preschool through middle school. From science classes to overnights, museum educators have designed engaging, high-quality programs that feature hands-on opportunities for learning while having fun.