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Cultural Resources for Kids

Cultural Resources for Kids

Appolon School of Music and Art offers group and private violin and cello lessons, a chamber orchestra program, and music theory classes.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine has a full roster of events for the younger set, from story hours and science challenges to cultural cooking classes, as well as ongoing educational programs and summer camps.

Cultivating Community has programs and internship opportunities for young farmers and green thumbs, including the Youth Growers program for ages fourteen to seventeen, which provides hands-on experience with all aspects of the growing cycle, from planting to distribution.

Immersion Programs at the Language Exchange has classes and tutoring for children ages four through fourteen and instruction for teens and older learners in over eleven other languages, ranging from Swedish to Portuguese. They also encourage homeschoolers to get in touch about language instruction. 

The Maine Academy of Modern Music is a statewide independent music school focused on rock and contemporary music. Portland programs include music lessons, the rock band ensemble program, and summer rock camps.

Maine Kids Code is an after-school program for middle school students interested in coding and technology in the Greater Portland area. Students focus on creating interactive stories, making games, and on the intersection of technology, art, and music.

Oak Street Studios, an art institute for young people, offers weekly classes for kids throughout the year, as well as summer camps.

Portland Conservatory of Music offers group and private lessons, as well as summer camps focusing on a variety of musical genres, from world music to jazz and rock.

Portland Museum of Art hosts exhibits and special events for kids and families throughout the year, as well as summer Museum Art Camps.

Portland Pottery has classes for kids and teens throughout the year and summer camps focusing on clay sculpture, metalsmithing, fiber arts, and a variety of other disciplines.

The Portland Youth Film Festival is an annual event for students from kindergarten through 12th grade, intended to bring the community together to create and celebrate film. The Festival sponsors the Young Filmmakers' Contest in the categories of Short Film, Documentary, and Potluck .

The University of Southern Maine's Southworth Planetarium offers laser and star shows, classes for kids and adults, and a space for private shows and birthday parties.

The Telling Room is a non-profit community writing center for young writers ages six to eighteen, with after-school tutoring and open writing hours, summer camps, a Super Famous Writers Series, and field trips.