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April is Locomotion Month at Portland Children’s Museum. This month we are celebrating the joyful play of movement of our bodies and things in the world around us. Locomotion means movement from one place to another so everyday we’ll explore how different things move in fun and imaginative ways.
Come on, let’s get moving together!


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Penny’s Puppets
April 4, 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
April 6, 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

Celebration of Smiles
April 6, 4-7:30 p.m.
Join us at the Museum on April 6 during First Free Friday for our Celebration of Smiles event from 4 - 7:30 p.m. in partnership with OHSU Dental School and PSU Pre-Dental school. Make a tooth pillow, watch a performance in the Theater, practice good brushing and flossing habits on our very own Wally Gator, and experience more activities that revolve around keeping our teeth healthy and strong! Dental students are also offering FREE dental screenings for youth during the evening, don't miss out!​​

Ethnic Music Alive - Música Étnica Viva
April 7, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Students learn how ancient cultures from the American continent are inspired by nature to make their own instruments and to create music. In this program Gerardo Calderon talks about the instruments and the history of pre-Columbian music, and the post-Columbian music influence from other cultures in Latin America. He demonstrates instruments such as clay flutes, butterfly cocoons, the charango, zampoñas (panflutes), and water drums. Participants are given the opportunity to try some instruments and closely understand the way these beautiful instruments work. This workshop is designed for musical and none musical participants.

Artist Bio: Gerardo Calderon
Inspirational Sounds from Latin America
Gerardo Calderon is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Mexico City. He grew up surrounded by music, dance and culture. While leaving in Mexico he studied classical guitar for two years at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City, before he discovered traditional Mexican music. Gerardo studied music theory at the Portland Community College in Oregon, and currently he is studying Music Therapy at Marylhurst University in Oregon.

Gerardo is the musical director of Grupo Condor and Nuestro Canto, and has pursued his interest in traditional Mexican music, Latin American folk music and Pre-Colombian music by performing with folk ensembles in Mexico, Canada, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. He has also toured with choir and world music ensembles throughout the USA. He has composed music and designed sound for Ballet, documentaries, short films, commercials, theater companies, and cultural organizations. Gerardo has been a teaching artist for 25 years and has continuously served the northwest community through “Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington,” “Oregon Historical Society,” “Multnomah County Library System,” and other cultural organizations. For the last four years Gerardo have been playing therapeutic music for Elder Facilities and Nursing Homes. Gerardo had the honored to be part of the Circus Project Band as a Musical Director. As a parallel activity to performance, teaching and studying; Gerardo is an instrument artisan; he makes custom pan flutes, rain-sticks, water drums, turtle boxes and bombos (bass drum). Most recently Gerardo launch his own record label “Ollin Records,” Where he promotes his music.

Peggy the Train Meet + Greet with Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
April 8, 11 a.m. in Orientation Hall at the P.C.M.R.R. train
Join the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation for a walking adventure to meet Peggy the Train, the vintage steam engine that lives nearby at the World Forestry Center. We’ll explore train machinery, learn about Peggy the Train’s history, and listen to stories all about trains. The field trip begins at the P.C.M.R.R. train inside the Museum at 11 a.m. and then we’ll walk up to meet Peggy the Train together.

Bilingual Story Time: Vietnamese + English
April 12 and 26, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit
Come listen to classic and beloved stories from Vietnam read in Vietnamese and English, followed by time-honored art making activities. Portland Children’s Museum is proud to partner with librarians from Multnomah County Library for this special bilingual Storytime series in celebration of the exhibit Voyage to Vietnam.

Micah & Me Toddler Dance Party
April 13, 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!

Dragon Pop-Up Collaborative
April 21 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in East Studio
Help us decorate a giant dragon made from recycled materials. Pop-up Collaboratives are a celebration of child-directed play, stocked with different materials (such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string) and welcomes people of all ages and abilities to play and create together. 

Earth Day Birthday! 
April 22, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating planet Earth and the fourth birthday of Portland Children’s Museum’s outdoor exhibit, Outdoor Adventure! Help us plant our new fruit, veggie, and sensory garden, learn about bees with Bee & Bloom, and make new friends playing outdoor games, and more! There’s something for everyone this Earth Day at Portland Children’s Museum. 

Cooking Classes with Feed the Mass: Fueling the Body for Motion
April 22, Noon – 1 p.m. in East Studio - SOLD OUT
Join Chef Jacob Valentine to learn how your body uses healthy, delicious food as fuel and build essential cooking skills during Locomotion Month at Portland Children's Museum. Explore super-powered ingredients and get creative in the kitchen as we cook lunch, make new friends, and share a delicious meal together.

All ingredients and materials for one child and one adult are included. Each class is designed to empower families to cook and eat healthfully together by teaching basic, essential cooking skills and finding surprise and delight in cooking with and eating fresh, natural ingredients.

  • Ages: Recommended for ages 4 and older with a caregiver.
  • Cost: $35. Members will receive a 15% discount at the time of checkout with emailed discount code.

Feed the Mass began with a dream, a dream to improve health by holistic and practical means. What do we mean by that? Not everyone has access to the best medical care or dieticians for preventative care. Heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, obesity, and hypertension are all prominent health challenges in Western civilization today. Most of these conditions and illnesses can either be prevented or have their symptoms significantly reduced through proper dieting. Feed the Mass, as a not-for-profit business, desires to build the Oregon community around food empowerment for every individual.

Early Explorers Class: Spring Sessions 2018
Wednesdays, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
9:30–10:30 a.m. – Register for Class - 1 space left!
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. - Register for Class – 1 space left

  • Ages: 2–3 years old with a caregiver.
  • Cost: $150. 15% discount for members.

From the Early Childhood Exploration classroom at Portland Children’s Museum, this six-week series will provide little learners and their adults with a unique Museum experience filled with fun! Designed for 2-3 year olds and their caregivers, each hour-long class in the series has a different theme and features play, songs, stories, movement activities, museum exhibit visits, and art and science explorations. Early Explorers will create handcrafted treasures to take home, make new friends, and experience the Museum in a whole new way.

Dress to mess!

Instructor Bio: An informal arts and sciences educator through and through, Miss Alex has worked in zoos, museums, and after school programs across the country. After teaching and developing curriculum for Toddler Time at the Queens Zoo in New York, and spending the summer of 2017 in summer camp at the Portland Children’s Museum, she is excited to create a new community of Early Explorers at Portland Children’s Museum. In Miss Alex’s free time, she is co-creating an educational musical web series (with puppets!) that encourages exploration and imagination.

Class price does not include Museum admission. Drop-in and single-class purchases are not available at this time. All personal absences are non-refundable.

Classes fill quickly. Register today!

Questions? Contact our team at 503.471.9911 or email sales@portlandcm.org

Tic-Tac-Totally Hollywood presented by Kid’s Company NW
April 27, 10:30 a.m. in the Theater
Get ready to laugh and sing along in this playful parody of Hollywood Squares presented by NW Children’s Theater.

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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.

Museum Scavenger Hunt
9 a.m.–5 p.m. around Portland Children’s Museum
Move around the Museum and look closely for ‘locomotion’ clues in each exhibit. Find all the clues to solve the locomotion puzzle and get a prize.


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!

Zucchini Race Cars 
10:30 –Noon in East Studio 
Create a race car out of a zucchini with Meg and watch it zoom! Race car drivers will experiment with aerodynamics as they cut their zucchinis, add racing features and decorations, and test their cars on the racing ramp. 

Sensory Play in Motion
1–2:30 p.m. in East Studio  
Calling all physicists! Join Marianna to explore properties of friction using different textures and surfaces on our race car ramp to see how they affect movement.

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. 


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!

Locomotion Potion
10 a.m.–Noon in East Studio
We’ve created a slow-motion potion and need your scientific mind and imagination to learn more about it. Come experiment, pour, bounce, squish, and play with Max to discover together how this potion moves in surprising ways. Sensory play supports language development, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.

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. 

Movement Exploration Stations
1–3 p.m. in East Studio
Explore playful puzzles and games that build eye-hand coordination, gross and fine motor skills, and mental focus with Leslie. Each station features different kinds of motion to get your mind and body moving!


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. 

Giant Marble Run 
12:30–2 p.m. in the Field Station
Join Emlyn for experiments with gravity, probability, and momentum in the most exciting way possible: playing with a giant marble run!


WEDNESDAYS

Paper Airplanes
10:30–11:30 a.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Build your own paper airplane with Sky and watch it soar in Outdoor Adventure. Investigate aerodynamics and gravity as we try to get our planes fly from the top of Outdoor Adventure to the bottom to reach our target.

Drip-Drop Painting
1:30–2:30 p.m. in East Studio
Water in motion is a powerful force! Create art using techniques that harness the power of water to move paint on paper with Grace.


THURSDAYS 

Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben
10–11 a.m. in the Tree House
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 the 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.  

Artist Bio: Often credited with being one of the pioneers of Portland's burgeoning kindie music scene, Mr. Ben remains a staple and a favorite of any child who’s seen him perform.  He performs music with the
intention of entertaining kids and their grownups, making sure that everyone can enjoy the experience together.

Pottery Glazing
10–Noon 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. 

Ribbon Dancing 
12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Theater
Will your ribbon fly in the sky or be like a fish swimming in a low stream? Come listen to music and explore movement with ribbon wands!


FRIDAYS

Yoga Animal Stretches 
10–11 a.m. in East Studio
Join Rabia for a playful yoga session for all ages and abilities. We’ll stretch like our favorite animals, practice breathing techniques, and become part of an adventure story.

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. 

Parachute Play
1–2 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Circle around the giant parachute for interactive games with Dew Anna. Make new friends and discover how playing together puts the parachute in motion.


SATURDAYS

Art Bots 
10 a.m.–Noon in the Wonder Corner
Use motors to create a wiggly art machine with Zac. Investigate and observe how each bot moves in a different way, leaving a unique trail of colors and patterns.

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

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