NH Maker & Food Fest

September 18, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Not all of the Children's Museum's normal exhibits will be open during this event. This Fest is a special event that takes place inside the museum and throughout the park. If you join the Fest, you'll have access to not only the entire Maker Fest, but also these hands-on museum exhibits that we keep open during the day:

The NH Maker & Food Fest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists, to chefs, the Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food!

We call it the Greatest Show & Tell (& Taste) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Here's what the 2021 Fest will look like:

  • The Fest will still take place at the Children's Museum of NH in Dover on Saturday, September 18. COVID health and safety guidelines will be in place for everyone, including Makers.
    • Masks are required for everyone over the age of 24 months while inside the museum or outside on the Play Patio.
    • If you are visiting a Maker in the park, you may be asked to spread out, or wait your turn as we limit guests to a few families at a time per table.
    • Consuming food inside the museum will not be allowed. We do have a food vendor inside the museum at which you can purchase food, but then we ask that you eat the food outside in the park.
  • Pay what you can admission: Everyone is welcome, regardless of the ability to pay! (suggested donation of $5 per person)
  • The Fest runs from 10am-3pm.
  • The museum collaborated with the Dover Chamber of Commerce this year to bring Fest-goers two performances that are part of their Cochecho Arts Festival series. Magic Fred will perform the final children's show at 10am, and the Kenny Brothers Band will end the Fest at 3pm with a folk rock show.
  • The SNHUGFEST is happening in the lower park the same day as the NH Maker Fest. This Ukulele Festival is from 11am-5pm and features ukulele performances, jam-a-longs, raffles and more!

Questions? Reach out to nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org


2021 PARTICIPATING MAKERS

PARTICIPATING MAKERS

Help Record a Podcast with Creative Guts
Make a Mini Book with Dover Public Library
Make a Flower Pen Craft with and Info about Great Bay Services
Make a Homemade Kaleidoscope with NHPBS
Linocut Printmaking Demo and Art for Sale with Fika Print Studio
STEM On the Go Van with Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains
Bubble Fun with Sages Entertainment
Maker Your Own Fabric Scrap Garland with Angry Gato Designs
Buy Handmade Jewelry from Seacoast Pop Up Shop
Learn Earth Clay Magic with Vicky Anderson
Watch McDonough-Grimes Irish Dancers
Say Hello to Mary Poppins, performed by Jessica Mathews
Take a Selfie with a Stormtrooper with members of the New England Garrison 501st Legion
Science of Paint with Saint Mary Academy
Buy Sweet Treats from Zuri & Ollie's Sweet Shop
Make a Book or Ipad Stand with Assistive Technology in NH
Robot Demo with Sages Entertainment
Make Crafts with Seacoast ArtSpot
Help Create a Community Zine with SelkiePub Zines
Code a Robot with Ride the Robot FIRST LEGO League Dover Team


Thank you for an Awesome 2021! The 2022 Call for Makers is Now Open!

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I loved the diversity in the exhibits and the ability for my son to create things and bring them home. He absolutely loved the robots (that's something you don't see everyday) and being able to use his hands to make something grown-ups make.


SCHEDULE

10am - Magic Fred - Brought to you by the Dover Chamber of Commerce's Cochecho Arts Festival!
On the Rotary Pavilion Stage outside in the park

10:45am -Make an Up-cycle Vehicle Workshop
In the CMNH Workshop Tent outside in the park

11am - McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance students
On the Rotary Pavilion Stage outside in the park

11:30am - Robots! With Sages Entertainment
Inside the Museum in the Interactive Classroom
Masks required for everyone over the age of 24 months while inside the museum

Noon - Tile Art Workshop
In the CMNH Workshop Tent outside in the park

12:30 - 12:45pm - Animal Yoga Poses with Xanthi
Near the Rotary Arts Pavilion Stage outside in the park

12:30pm - Make a Book or Ipad Stand with Assistive Technology of New Hampshire
Inside the Museum in the One World Market exhibit
Masks required for everyone over the age of 24 months while inside the museum

1pm - Egg Drop Building Workshop
In the CMNH Workshop Tent outside in the park

2pm - Elephant Toothpaste Demonstration
On the Rotary Arts Pavilion Stage outside in the park

2:15pm -The Egg Drop Challenge!
We will launch the eggs from the roof of the museum, and they will land in the museum's Play Patio area. Gather outside the Play Patio's black fence for viewing.

3 - 4pm - The Kenny Brothers Band - Brought to you by the Dover Chamber of Commerce's Cochecho Arts Festival!
Rotary Arts Pavilion Stage outside in the park


What does it cost?

New this year!

Pay-what-you-can admission to the NH Maker & Food Fest!
Everyone is welcome, regardless of the ability to pay!
(suggested donation of $5 per person)

At the Children’s Museum of NH we believe that everyone can be a maker. Our vision is to inspire all to become the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers and the NH Maker & Food Fest is one way we fulfill that vision.

In that spirit and new for 2021, we are offering pay-what-you-can admission to the Fest to ensure that every child, family and adult can participate, regardless of their ability to pay. A suggested donation of $5 per person will help cover the costs of running the event.


Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 NH Maker & Food Fest? Please email Monique for more information: monique@childrens-museum.org.


MASTER MAKER SPONSOR

Sprague
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ENGINEER SPONSORS

Albanyinterntaional
Alexandertech

CRAFTSMAN SPONSORS

Beswick Engineering Co., Inc.

Chinburg Properties' Cocheco Mill

Chinburg Properties' Washington Street Mill

QA Cafe

The Rowley Agency

Loftware


TINKERER SPONSORS

Martel Plumbing & Heating


Media Sponsors

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