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A play supermarket in the Children's Museum of Maine.

A play supermarket in the Children's Museum of Maine.

Peter Dutton

Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.

Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.

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Children's Museums

Help your family see what it's like to live in Maine by taking them to one of the state's children's museums. Four museums are devoted solely to children: The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, in Portland; the Maine Discovery Museum, in Bangor; the Children's Discovery Museum, in Augusta; and the Coastal Children's Museum in Rockland.

Those children's museums - or at family-friendly exhibits at Maine's other museums - provide your kids with many ways to explore about our state. They can pretend to visit a Maine campground; captain a lobster boat and learn about the state's fishing heritage; or fell trees deep in the Maine woods and practice sustainable forestry. They can reach into touch tanks stocked with sea critters, discover native animals and birds and explore Maine's ecosystem along a 20-foot waterway.

Your children can also learn about the state's ties to some of America's most noted children's book authors and illustrators, including E. B. White (Charlotte's Web), Barbara Cooney (Miss Rumphius), Robert McCloskey(Blueberries for Sal), Margaret Wise Brown (Good Night Moon) and Dahlov Ipcar (illustrator of Brown's The Little Fisherman and author/illustrator of Dahlov Ipcar's Maine Alphabet).

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  • Artisan gallery featuring locally handcrafted fine crafts.

    Phone: 207-439-4209

    Website: justuschickens.net

    Address: 15A State Road , Kittery

    Art and Craft
  • Snow Pond Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit, located on a 40-acre campus along the shores of Lake Messalonskee in Central Maine. Snow Pond is a community center and home to the New England Music Camp, Snow Pond Music Festival.

    Phone: 844-476-6976

    Website: www.snowpond.org

    Address: 8 Goldenrod Lane , Sidney

    Fairs and Festivals Art and Craft Performing Arts
  • Highlighting local maritime history.

    Phone: 207-315-6125

    Address: 16A Wharf St. Pier 1 , Boothbay Harbor

    Gifts History and Maritime Museums
  • A beautiful monument to Maine's Veterans, the Veterans Count Heroes Wall is a place for reflection and giving thanks to all who have served our great country. With two great locations- this monument is one to top your list when visiting Maine.

    Phone: 207-828-0754

    Website: vetscount.org

    History and Maritime Maine's Heritage
  • Maine's largest Year-round Farmers Market Open 9-2 Saturday. Maine Made Products from 70+ Farmers, Bakers, Artisans, Prepared Foods, Meat, Seafood, Vegetables, Lobster Rolls, Herbal & CBD, Juice Bar. Offering event rooms from 2700 - 7500 sf.

    Phone: 207-218-7005

    Website: www.belfastmarket.com

    Address: 18 Spring St. , Belfast

    Farm Stands and Farmer's Markets Art and Craft Performing Arts
  • Maine made unique gifts featuring Isle au Haut theme and culture.

    Phone: 207-335-2244

    Website: www.maineshoreshopgifts.com

    Address: 342 Main Road , Isle au Haut

    Gifts Galleries and Studios Art and Craft

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