Word Play Month celebrates the wonderful world of words and storytelling. All October long, Portland Children’s Museum will have engaging activities dedicated to bringing letters to life. M is for Museum!
Ukulele Class: Play Along, Sing Along, Dance Along
October 1 & 17, 10-11 a.m. in the Theater
Come learn the ukulele at the 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 online.
*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 the Portland Children's Museum is not inlcuded in this price.
October 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!
Clay Workshop: Whimsical Garden Ornaments
October 7, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. in the Clay Studio
Does your garden need a fairy house or gnome protector? Add some playful creativity to your yard by creating a garden sculpture with special clay that will withstand the elements outddors. Your clay creations are then fired in kilns right here at the Museum and will be ready for pick-up two weeks after the workshop. With exclusive access to the Clay Studio, don't miss out on this special opportunity to play, make and share at the Portland Children's Museum. All materials included. Dress to mess. Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Price: $30 for members, $55 for non-members, Register online.
Halloween Costume Swap
October 7, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kick-off a green Halloween season at Portland Children's Museum at our first annual children;s costume swap! Museum guests and members are invited to donate their gently used children's Halloween costumes, costume pieces and accessories, and exchange them for costumes donated by others. This is a great way to save money, clean out your closet, and connect with other families in the community. Costumes for infants to age 12 are welcome and should be in good to excellent condition (please no significant stains, rips, holes, etc. unless they are supposed to be there!) You may also donate costumes without exchanging. Any costumes remaining after the program will be donated to GoodWill.The Swap is free with Museum admission or membership (adults must be accompanied by a child per our admission policy).
Sign Language, Music & Movement Classes Presented by Tiny Talkers
October 20, in the Theater
- 10:15- 11 a.m. Music, Movement & Signing for preschoolers (ages 2-5) 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.
- 11:15 a.m.- Noon Sign, Sing & Play (ages 9 months- 2.5 years) Sign language, music, and movement class for ages 9 to 2.5 years and their caregivers.
Cost: $15 per family, space is limited, register online.
*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 workshop
*Admission to the Portland Children's Museum is not included in this price
Micah and Me
October 24, 11 a.m. in the Theater
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!
Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
October 27, 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.
October 29, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
There's no trick-or-treating in the rain when you're at the Museum. Treat your family to a playfyl, festive and not-so-scary day of Halloween fun at the Portland Children's Museum
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Trick or Treat Bag Decorating (*5 material fee)
- Pumpkin smash and gooey guts
- Spooky Story Times
- Glow in the Dark Painting
- 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Trick-or-Treating around the Museum
- Costume Dance Party with a DJ
October 31, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Dress up in your costume and join in a Halloween quest around the museum. Trick-or-treat to each exhibit are to do a spookily cute art project or a slimy sensory experience, watch a puppet show, feed carnivorous plants, and more. Museum staff will also be handing out candy-free goodies like glow sticks, hand-made Halloween buttons, and toys for a perfectly marvelous sugar-free Halloween that everyone can enjoy!
Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays 2 – 4 p.m.
Mondays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
EVERYDAY, October 1-31
Children’s Book Drive
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Lobby
Give your outgrown books a new home! Portland Children’s Museum is hosting a month-long book drive in partnership with the Children’s Book Bank this October.
For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development is the scarcity of books in the home. The Children’s Book Bank addresses this book gap by collecting new and used books to give to preschoolers without books of their own at home. Please bring your new or gently used children’s books with you on your next museum visit and place them in the donation box in the lobby. For more information, please visit www.childrensbookbank.org.
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in the Treehouse
Gather round for storytime at the 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 enhance 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.
Special Storytime Guest: Curious George
October 21-29, during select storytimes.
Word Wall hanger Art
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Wonder Corner
Beautify your space with words! Construct a wall hanging with Leslie using a colorful combination of letters and art materials.
10:30 – 11:30 a.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!
Silly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
10 a.m. – Noon in the Field Station
Join Amy for a monring of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) for the little ones. This program features hands-on activities to help develop skills in pre-writing, sorting, counting, matching and measuring.
Sprout Seeker Games
1 – 2 p.m. in the Field Station
Learn how to spot your favorite plants on your next adventure outdoors. Look closely at different leaves, flowers and pinecones, then create your own flashcards to play matching and memory games.
Word Play Amazing Glazing
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Join Dew Anna for ceramic painting featuring the letters of the alphabet. We also 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
Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben
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 greated to babies in arms, pre-toddlers, and children of any ages that engage with calmer energy.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Familiarize yourself with the alphabet in a fun new way: by shooting arrows at it! Join Emlyn outside for an allierative adventure where you learn to spell while learning to shoot a bow and arrow.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
What do you want to spread the word about? Work together with Liz to make a zine, which is a tiny, easy to reproduce book.
Alphabet Sponge Painting
11 a.m. – Noon in the Wonder Corner
Get messy with the ABC's! Join Max for an exploration of letters and colors using letter-shaped sponges and washable paint.
Popsicle Stick Poems
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Join Grace for a playful and collaborative poem project perfect for all ages. We'll use pictures and words on Popsicle sticks like a game to create simple poems.
ABC Yarn Painting
11 a.m. – Noon in the Field Station
Discover the fun of fiber arts with yarn painting. Play with fluffy, colorful yarn and glue to make a tactile painting of your favorite letters.
Alphabet Soup Sensory Play
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the Field Station
Join Meg for Word Play Month as you ladle letters from our soup bowl into yours. On your own or with a friend try to form words or practice yoru letters by signing the alphabet song.