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Books Alive!

Fun opportunities with book characters

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Our Books Alive program features several visits per year by beloved children's book characters. At each event, there are stories read aloud, literacy activities, fun crafts and of course, periodic appearances by the characters. Kids are welcome to share a hug with each character and pose for photos.

All activities are included in standard paid admission. Online reservations and pre-paying admission is required.

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If You Give A Pig A Pancake

Author Laura Numeroff posed the question “What happens if you give…” and proceeded to create a whole series of picture books finishing that question with all sorts of different characters and situations. The star of one of her books, a pancake loving pig, will be visiting the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading! Museum educators will be reading these books while a friendly costumed Pig tries to pay attention.

Special Members-Only Meet & Greet with the Pig
Saturday, September 24, 8-9am >>

Children's Museum of New Hampshire Members are invited to this special Meet & Greet with a costumed "If You Give A Pig a Pancake" character, one hour before the museum even opens to the public. There will be one book reading during this member event at 8:30am. Available for free to all levels of CMNH Members, we just ask that you reserve your spots online, and present your ticket and Member Card when you arrive. If you'd like to stay and play in the public morning play session from 9am-noon, please also reserve spots for that online as well, here >>

Friday, September 23, 10am
Join the morning Play Session (9am-Noon) to meet the Pig and hear a story!
Reserve/pre-pay online here >>

Friday, September 23, 2pm
Join the afternoon Play Session (1-4pm) to meet the Pig and hear a story!
Reserve/pre-pay online here >>

Saturday, September 24, 10am
Join the morning Play Session (9am-Noon) to meet the Pig and hear a story!
Reserve/pre-pay online here >>

Saturday, September 24, 2pm
Join the afternoon Play Session (1-4pm) to meet the Pig and hear a story!
Reserve/pre-pay online here >>


Recently, our beloved children's book characters couldn't visit the museum in person, so we recorded storytimes and museum staff lead us in crafts related to the books and characters. Those videos can be found here, on Facebook, or on our YouTube channel!

Thank you to our sponsors Eastern Bank, Kennebunk Savings, and Piscataqua Savings Bank.

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Check back here, Facebook, or YouTube for more video storytimes and fun crafts!


Story Explorers

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Story Explorers is a sponsored literacy program that the Children's Museum of New Hampshire brings virtually to Head Start centers in Strafford and Rockingham county. This free programs brings videos of storybook characters (same as Books Alive) to each center 3 times a year. Videos show Museum Educators reading stories alongside the characters and engaging children in book related activities. Each child receive a family of four free pass to visit the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, information about our EBT program and a free book at the end of the program. The program is a spin off of Books Alive and is sponsored by Eastern Bank and the Cambridge Trust Charitable Foundation.

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