Penguin Week at children's museum

Feb 07, 2014
King Penguins. One of the many pictures taken by Board vice-president Felicity Bowditch on her trip to Antarctica that will be shown all week long during February vacation, aka Penguin Week.

Rockland — February vacation is Penguin Week at the Coastal Children’s Museum.

The museum will be transformed into a Penguin’s Paradise with special activities, exhibits and arts and crafts all inspired by our flightless feathered friends. It will be a celebration with puppet shows, dental delights, Penguin Play, as well as a presentation of Chewonki Foundation’s natural history program “Animal Adaptations” and more. All events are made possible by the museum’s February Sponsor of the Month, Mount Pleasant Dental Care of Rockport.

Kicking things off Saturday, Feb. 15 will be a whole day dedicated to dental health. Special materials from the Maine Center for Disease Control Oral Health Program will be on hand and at 11 a.m. Program Coordinator Megan Rogers will be presenting a puppet show with some of the toothiest puppets around! Children will be invited to construct tooth fairy bags out of felt after the show.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Dena Davis from Stories by the Sea and Dena's Barefoot Book Nook will lead children of all ages in penguin songs, movement, story-time and a drawing and writing activity. Space is limited, so sign up early to join the penguin celebration.

The fun continues Wednesday afternoon when Chewonki Foundation will be presenting their natural history program Animal Adaptations. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. participants will learn about adaptations, try on fun costumes, and see first-hand how three live non-releasable animals have adaptations that help them thrive in their specific habitats. This program is designed for kindergarten through fifth grade and will be held upstairs in the Sail Power Steam Museum. Tickets will be on sale starting Feb. 8 and will cost $1 a person for members and $2 a person for non-members.

Saturday, Feb. 22 says farewell to vacation and Penguin Week with a art workshop where children will make their own penguin sock puppet from 11 a.m. to noon. Registration is appreciated, but not required, but the puppets will play until supplies last, so sign up to avoid disappointment.

All programs except the Chewonki show are included in the regular price of admission and free for museum members. To sign up for any programs please email the museum at or call 596-0300.

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