Western Maine Play Museum has big plans for holidays and beyond

WILTON — At Thanksgiving season and throughout the year, the Western Maine Play Museum, which opened to the public Aug. 3, strives to be a favorite “happy place” for area families.

Craig Lewis, designer and builder of the octopus ball shooter, plays in the Dark Room at the Western Maine Play Museum with his granddaughter, Una Lewis Giblin. (Lori Lewis photo)
In addition to the bright and inviting exhibits, the museum also has featured special programming, both during the museum day for kids, and after hours for adults. Recent events have included Halloween festivities for kids and an Escape Room adventure for adults. Freaky Fridays have featured many different science activities with local Mt Blue High School science teacher Michael Reid. The next session to start after the holidays. A women’s clothing swap was a success with many new outfits purchased at bargain prices.
Upcoming events include pumpkin pie making at 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23. This event is free for members and will cost $3 for visitors (in addition to museum admission). Children will be making individual pumpkin pies to eat that day as well as to bring home. Space is limited to six children, so make sure you contact the museum to reserve a spot by emailing the museum’s executive direcor joni@westernmaineplay.org or calling 207-645-3555.
Lots of holiday activities are planned. Events will include a Christmas Carol singalong around the museum piano Saturday, Dec. 21, beginning at 1 p.m., with special snacks afterwards. Children will enjoy their own special celebration at a “Noon Year’s Party” with confetti, balloons and special activities to welcome the New Year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Many people have expressed their desire to buy additional courtyard bricks to commemorate a special family member or friend, or additional new grandchildren! For information about the options available, visit donationbricks.com/westernmaineplay. The courtyard will be remodeled in the spring, and all bricks will be installed, including previously-ordered bricks now safely in storage.
Other activity options include planning an overnight at the museum. Availablity is limited; contact James, the museum executive director, for more information and reservations.
Call the museum for more information or visit the museum website, www.westernmaineplay.org.