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Calling all inventors! Portland Children’s Museum is the place to be curious, creative, and inventive this January during Invention Month. Every day of the week we’ll explore how things work, design and build our own inventions, and celebrate the ingenuity of children as inventors!


SPECIAL EVENTS

Penny’s Puppets
January 3, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Join us for a joyful live performance that use puppets, story, and song to ignite the imagination and fill the Theater with excitement and laughter. Penny's Puppet Productions is a professional one-woman puppet company dedicated to making the world a better place, one puppet show at a time!

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
January 5, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Red Yarn, Andy Furgeson, is a dynamic family performer and teaching artist in Portland, Oregon. He weaves folksongs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

Micah And Me Music Show
January 12, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Come dance and sing along with Micah And Me! Micah And Me host toddler dance parties regularly throughout the Portland Metro area. They have been featured on KOIN 6 News and have had their name on the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall marquee for a special show! They have an uncommon ability to connect with those young at heart!

Special Guest Visit: Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA)
January 14, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Learn how puppies become service animals and see their training in action at Portland Children's Museum! The Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA) has 18-20 service dogs in training each year and places dogs to be service animals for children impacted by Autism. It takes hard work, focus, and lots of practice for these special dogs to learn everything they need to know. Portland Children's Museum is proud to partner with ASDA to provide these puppies and their trainers a space to learn, train, and interact with people of all ages and sizes. Here are some important things to know when you see these dogs and their trainers at the Museum today:

  • These puppies are cute and cuddly, but please remember they are working and shouldn't be touched
  • ASDA will have a greeting station for people to greet some of the service dogs in training. This will be structured and will require lots of gentleness and calm.
  • If you are given permission to greet a service dog in training, be very gentle and calm
  • Help the service dogs in training be successful by giving them space to do their jobs
  • If you have questions, ask a designated ASDA contact who will be wearing a green ASDA shirt

Kid Inventors' Day
January 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Come celebrate the ingenuity of children as inventors at Portland Children's Museum! Gather together to experiment, test, and play with ideas and materials in our pop-up Inventors Lab. 

Ukulele Class: Play Along, Sing Along, and Dance Along - REGISTER HERE
January 21, 10–11 a.m. in the Theater
Come learn the ukulele at Portland Children's Museum. Play along with and encourage your little ones to explore the ukulele, experience rhythm and dance with percussion instruments and scarves, and watch them take the stage. We welcome experienced ukulele players as well as brand new beginners. Taught by Aaron from the band Micah & Me. Bring the entire family for a musical adventure!

Cost: $15 per family

*Space is limited
*A one-to-one child to caregiver ratio is recommended to ensure everyone fully benefits from this learning opportunity. Caregivers must stay for the duration of the class.
*Admission to Portland Children's Museum is not included in this price

Special Guest Storytime: Rainbow Fish
January 26–February 4 at select Storytimes
Meet Rainbow Fish, the colorful protagonist of the Marcus Pfister’s beloved book The Rainbow Fish. Join us to play and listen to stories all about friendship, kindness, and generosity at these special Storytimes.

Maker Workshop: Invent an Art Machine - REGISTER HERE
January 28, 10–11 a.m. in the East Studio
Learn about levers and other simple machines as you invet a mechanical doodle-bot that can draw by itself. This arts and engineering workshop gives children a chance to tinker and create a working, Rube Goldberg-inspired drawing machine of their own. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Cost: $15 per family*

*Admssion to Portland Children's Museum is not included in this price 


EVERYDAY

Storytime
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in the Treehouse
Gather round for Storytime at Portland Children’s Museum. Storytime features children’s books enjoyed by children of all ages and their caregivers read aloud by Museum Staff. Not only is Storytime fun, reading aloud with children enhances their language proficiency, communication, and listening skills. Reading stories out loud together can also help children create real world connections, prepare them for academic success, and support their imagination and creativity.


MONDAYS

Advanced Tool Time
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Maker Studio
Learn to safely use saws, drills, and other exciting tools to design and build your own projects from recycled materials. Join us for advanced tinkering and building activities facilitated by our Maker Space Specialist, Mike. All ages are welcome!

Pottery Glazing
11 a.m.– 1 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Glaze your own ceramic creation or choose from a variety of pre-made pieces. After glazing, the Museum fires your ceramic piece in our kiln, which causes the glazes to harden and change color so they are darker, brighter, and very shiny. Now your masterpiece is food safe and waterproof too. Prices start at $3 for pre-made pieces. Price includes piece, glazing and firing. If you are glazing your own creation, the cost to glaze will be the same cost as it was to fire. Glazed pieces are available for pick up one week after creation. 

Silly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
1:30 – 3 p.m. in Building Bridgetown
Join Amy for a morning of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for little ones. This program features hands-on activities to help develop skills in pre-writing, sorting, counting, matching, and measuring.


TUESDAYS

Silly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
9:30 – 11 a.m. in the Field Station
Join Amy for a morning of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for little ones. This program features hands-on activities to help develop skills in pre-writing, sorting, counting, matching, and measuring.

Citrus Fruit Bird Feeders
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the East Studio
Take care of your bird friends this winter by building them a feeder out of citrus peel. Join Jered to learn about birds in the Pacific Northwest and what they like to eat at this earth-friendly activity. 


WEDNESDAYS

Free Floating Orbs 
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Wonder Corner
Invent a machine that makes a ping-pong ball free float in the air with Meg. Using everyday materials, we’ll discover what happens when we try to make materials float. This activity is great for increasing lung capacity and explores science and engineering learning outcomes.

Creative Thinking Caps
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the East Studio
Experiment with paper hat construction techniques to fold, twist, and decorate your own inventor’s hat with Leslie. Paper folding activities help children develop eye-hand coordination, 3D perception, logical thinking, and concentration.


THURSDAYS

Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben
10–11 a.m. in the Treehouse
Music is magic for children’s cognitive development, lighting up different regions of their rapidly developing brains in ways that nothing else does. Partnering with Portland Children’s Museum, Mr. Ben brings his music directly to the younger set. His songs and the energy of the show are geared towards babies in arms, pre-toddlers, and children of any age that engage with calmer energy.

Amazing Glazing 
10 a.m.–Noon in the Wonder Corner
Join Dew Anna for ceramic painting fun! We offer a variety of pre-made pottery items and a colorful array of glazes for decorating.
*Glazed creations ready for pick-up one week after glazing. Fee for materials apply.

Flubber 
1–2 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
We’ve cooked up some gooey Flubber and invite you to measure, pour, slice, squish, and play. Sensory play supports language development, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.


FRIDAYS

Inventors' Tape Town
10–11:30 a.m. in the East Studio
Welcome to Inventor’s Tape Town, a collaborative town made of cardboard and tape. Join Max as a Master Inventor to make your mark on this continually evolving miniature city. What will you invent?

Snow Globes
Noon–2 p.m. in the East Studio
Create your own miniature world in a jar. Join Grace for collaging and stickers to decorate your snow globe, then shake it up to reveal a winter wonderland.

Pottery Glazing
2–4 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Glaze your own ceramic creation or choose from a variety of pre-made pieces. After glazing, the Museum fires your ceramic piece in our kiln, which causes the glazes to harden and change color so they are darker, brighter, and very shiny. Now your masterpiece is food safe and waterproof too. Prices start at $3 for pre-made pieces. Price includes piece, glazing and firing. If you are glazing your own creation, the cost to glaze will be the same cost as it was to fire. Glazed pieces are available for pick up one week after creation.


SATURDAYS

Food Rainbow Machine
9:30–11:30 a.m. in The Market
Practice color sorting and identifying fruits and vegetables with Liz in The Market. Together we’ll create a collaborative food rainbow machine!

Pottery Glazing
2–4 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Glaze your own ceramic creation or choose from a variety of pre-made pieces. After glazing, the Museum fires your ceramic piece in our kiln, which causes the glazes to harden and change color so they are darker, brighter, and very shiny. Now your masterpiece is food safe and waterproof too. Prices start at $3 for pre-made pieces. Price includes piece, glazing and firing. If you are glazing your own creation, the cost to glaze will be the same cost as it was to fire. Glazed pieces are available for pick up one week after creation.


SUNDAYS

Advanced Tool Time
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Maker Studio
Learn to safely use saws, drills, and other exciting tools to design and build your own projects from recycled materials. Join us for advanced tinkering and building activities facilitated by our Maker Space Specialist, Mike. All ages are welcome!

Science Speed Boats
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Experiment with fizzy, messy science with Jasmine. Make a boat out of recycled materials, add the secret ingredients to fuel your boat, and watch it go!

Pottery Glazing
2–4 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Glaze your own ceramic creation or choose from a variety of pre-made pieces. After glazing, the Museum fires your ceramic piece in our kiln, which causes the glazes to harden and change color so they are darker, brighter, and very shiny. Now your masterpiece is food safe and waterproof too. Prices start at $3 for pre-made pieces. Price includes piece, glazing and firing. If you are glazing your own creation, the cost to glaze will be the same cost as it was to fire. Glazed pieces are available for pick up one week after creation.

Upcoming Schedule

January 03, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 04, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 05, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 06, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 07, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 08, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 09, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 10, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 11, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 12, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm