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Join us in July for a whole month of safety fun with Play It Safe Month! Each week will be full of activities highlighting key safety messages for families. Whether you like to spend the summer indoors or out, on the water or riding your bike, there is something for everyone at Portland Children’s Museum this July. This month the Museum offers a variety of art and science activities, special storytimes, and presentations about safety for everyone.



Play It Safe Month Launch Party
July 1 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kick off Play It Safe Month, sponsored by PGE, with MAD Science presentations, Larry the Lightbulb appearances, a photo booth with fun dress up, and special guest Lineman Larry and his bucket truck!

MAD Science presents: Energy to Share
July 1 & 7 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

This program is an electrifying half-hour of fast-facts and quick tips on using and conserving electrical energy.

Larry the Lightbulb 
July 7 • 4-8 p.m.

Mr. Ben
July 8 • 11 a.m. in Outdoor Adventure

Rock out with Mr. Ben at this safety-themed show featuring original songs and old favorites.

Micah & Me 
July 14 • 11 a.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Come dance and sing along with Micah & Me! Micah & Me host toddler dance parties regularly throughout the Portland Metro area and they have an uncommon ability to connect with those young at heart!

Car Seat Recycling
July 15 • 9:30 a.m.Noon, Parking Lot A next to the Museum
Recycle your old car seat with Randall Children’s Hospital. Let us help you recycle your car safety seats and dispose of the materials in an environmentally correct manner. Please remove and discard all fabric, harness webbing, soft foam, and mixed plastic/metal components prior to dropping off the car safety seats. We will recycle the plastic and hard foam components, and the metal buckle components will be reused for projects in the Maker Studio.

The drop-off recycling zone is in Parking Lot A, next to Portland Children's Museum. We will accept car seats from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. 

Ukulele Class: Play Along, Sing Along, Dance Along
July 16 • 10 –11 a.m.
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, register HERE.

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

Red Yarn 
July 17 • 11 a.m.
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. 

Sign Language, Music, & Movement Classes Presented By Tiny Talkers 
Music, Movement & Signing for preschoolers (ages 2 – 5)
July 21, 10:15 – 11 a.m.
Little movers and shakers ages 2-5 and their caregivers will sing, dance, hear stories and learn some sign language in this lively interactive class.
Cost: $15 per family
Space is limited, register HERE.
Sign, Sing & Play (ages 9 months – 2.5 years)
July 21, 11:15 a.m.– 12 p.m.
Sign language, music, and movement class for ages 9 months to 2.5 years and their caregivers.
Cost: $15 per family
Space is limited, register HERE.

MAD Science presents: Energy to Share​ 
July 29, 10:30–11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.–Noon

This program is an electrifying half-hour of fast-facts and quick tips on using and conserving electrical energy.

KIDS Team Ambulance Visit
July 30, 9 a.m. - Noon
Meet the outstanding pediatric care providers and explore an ambulance up close with KIDS Teams, the mobile ICU from Randall Children’s Hospital. Get to know some of the heroes in your community and learn about the great work they do helping children and families.


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 supports their imagination and creativity.

Courage Tree 
9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
What does the word courage mean to you? Share your thoughts in pictures or writing and add it to the Zoom Tree to help us create an inspiring community collaborative.

Butterfly Painting Metamorphosis 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Head to Outdoor Adventure and help us paint our family of giant butterflies a different color each day!

Mud Kitchen 
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Cook up some messy fun in our outdoor kitchen! We invite you to measure, pour, slice, squish, and play with dirt, water, and our favorite tools from the kitchen. Sensory play supports language development, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.


Hop, Stop, Dancing, Prancing Story Time 
10 – 11 a.m. in the Theater
Come move and shake at this special story time for little ones. Join Zac for this dynamic and playful program that encourages self-expression and explores stories and movement as tools for learning. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!

Maker Monday 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Maker Studio
Gather together to play, make, and share in our one-of-a-kind space that promotes critical thinking, innovation, and safe risk-taking. Guided by our Maker Space Specialist, each week we’ll make something new so don’t miss Monday afternoons in the Maker Studio!

Reflective Wrist Band Art 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Decorate a wrist band with Max using reflective tape to make a colorful, safety-conscious fashion accessory for your night time adventures.


Microscope Explorers: Food Science 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
See food in a whole new way! Bring your curiosity and find out how different foods look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect our favorite food specimens and examine different textures, patterns, and colors using a handheld digital microscope.

Campfire Storytime 
2 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Gather round the campfire with us to tell stories and sing songs. 


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

Amazing Glazing 
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Join Dew Anna for pottery painting outdoors in our beautiful Outdoor Adventure exhibit. 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. 


Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben 
10:30 a.m. & 11:30 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 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.  

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Bring your adventurous spirit and practice using a bow and arrow to hit a target with Emlyn.


Hazard Hamlet 
11 a.m. in the Treehouse
Presented by PGE, this interactive presentation demonstrates electrical hazards around the home and neighborhood, complete with realistic effects. 

Sidewalk Chalk Coloring Collaboration 
12:30 – 1:30pm on the Patio
Create a colorful community art collaboration with Liz using sidewalk chalk paint. Make your mark at the Museum and come back often to see how the collaborative grows.


Build a Birdhouse 
10 – 11 a.m. in the Field Station
Decorate a wooden home for your bird friends with colors and materials that birds like best with Grace.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Two Potato Room
Mix and swirl colors to make your own fabulous tie-dye t-shirt. Bring a shirt from home to tie-dye, or pick-up one at the Museum from our tie-dye specialist, Nathan.

*Fee for materials 



Hazard Hamlet 
11 a.m. in the Tree House
Presented by PGE, this interactive presentation demonstrates electrical hazards around the home and neighborhood, complete with realistic effects. 

Fire Safety Sensory Bin 
Noon – 1 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Learn about fire safety with Meg and Jason as we explore temperature, color, and steam at our sensory table. Put on a fire fighter hat, grab a fire truck, and come play with us!

Stoplight Sensory Play 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Come play Jasmine’s game of Red Light, Green Light with a scientific twist. 

Upcoming Schedule

July 02, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 03, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 05, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 06, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 07, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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July 12, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm