Explore our Exhibits!
The Design Committee has worked to create exhibits that appeal to both children and their parents. All exhibits will provide a safe, fun, and engaging space for kids of all abilities to explore over and over. While designing exhibits, the committee closely followed the State of Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines:
- Personal and Social Development
- Approaches to Learning
- Creative Arts
- Early Language and Literacy
- Health and Physical Education
- Social Studies
In the Gathering Room, children will create masterpieces with a variety of art materials, and enjoy programming with a focus on science and discovery, and hands-on learning. It will also be the primary space available for party rental. Visitors may also use this area for their BYO lunches.
A small room with a big magnetic wall. A rotating exhibit that might be a giant Scrabble wall one season, and an interactive gear wall the next. This area includes several other areas for additional magnet play on a variety of surfaces.
Children will very much enjoy special programming in our fully-equipped kitchen in which children can enjoy making and eating all kinds of foods, and practice the real world skills of following recipe directions, measuring, and working with friends to create something together. We are especially proud that WMPM is the only children’s museum in the state with this kind of play and learning opportunity. The kitchen is conveniently located next to the Gathering Room, for easy party preparations.
Children are fascinated by the natural world and it’s a good thing, too, since in Maine we have so much of it! The Nature Room will enable kids to knowledgeably explore the outdoors by applying what they learn here to the actual environment beyond the Play Museum walls. The first iteration of this exhibit area will focus on maps of all kinds, and developing map skills. The centerpiece is an interactive geologic sand table, built by Mt Blue High School students. Future exhibits may include other interactive exhibits —identification of animal tracks, for example, and displays of natural items such as plants and pelts.
Who hasn’t built a blanket fort (or two or twenty) in their time? Envision a room with wall anchors, cloth, and clips dedicated to just this type of construction! A central feature of this area is the Rainbow Factory – an interactive art piece using pool noodles in ways you never imagined before!
Honor the past, present, and future in our Train Room. The Narrow Gauge Railroad was an important part of our history in this area; kids are still fascinated by train tracks and railroad crossings; and the monorail and Bullet Train are dream modes of transportation. Here, kids can become the other kind of engineer and build their own tracks for others to follow.
Who’s afraid of the dark? After experiencing our Dark Room, hopefully no one! This scientifically-based and interactive experience focuses on the concept of light and its absence. Rotating activities and exhibits will include light tables with color transparencies, constellations and space, black lights, and shadow puppets, all teaching kids what darkness really means — and it’s not monsters.
For moms who need a quiet place to feed their infants, or calm an upset child, the Quiet Room provides privacy and security. Small manipulatives, like blocks and puzzles, as well as books for early readers, will keep young siblings entertained while little ones are cared for.
A room designed for our smallest visitors. There will be developmentally appropriate toys and activities just for infants and toddlers in this space, including large soft climbing structures and interactive floor mats.
Join the ranks of local inventor Chester Greenwood and get those neurons firing with the ability to create in the Invention Room! Young engineers will be inspired by the ability to build and test their inventions, all the while learning about trial and error, math, and even physics! Play with a rocket launcher, wind tunnel, a race car track, and the Octopus air shooter.