This September is Build It Month and Portland Children’s Museum is excited to start construction. All September long we are providing activities that have been inspired by the world around us and by different builders throughout history. Explore your imagination and discover what an amazing builder you can be!


Red Yarn
September 1, 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.

September 2, 1:30– 3:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Transform white cotton into a vibrant swirl of color as we twist, tie, and dye. Bring a shirt from home to tie-dye, or pick-up one at the Museum.

*Fee for materials

Micah & Me
September 8, 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.

The Market Grand Opening
September 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of The Market exhibit, sponsored by Fred Meyer. Come play in the new exhibit, cheers to the opening with a juice toast, enjoy nibbles at our mini-farmer’s market, make farm-to-table inspired crafts, learn about the museum exhibit design and building process from our Exhibits team, and so much more!

Meet The Market Week
September 11-15, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Market
Come meet The Market, Portland Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit! Join us for hands-on farm-to-table inspired activities that highlight different exhibit features every day this week.

Sign Language, Music, & Movement Classes Presented by Tiny Talkers 
September 15

  • 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 and Play (ages 9 months- 2.5 years)
    • Sign language, music, and movement class for ages 9 months to 2.5 years and their cargegivers. 

Each class offers a chance to learn and discover for you and your child. Learn more about your child's unique development and why certain activities are used in the class to help encourage this development, such as nurturing their imagination, playfulness, problem solving, social skills and musicality.

Cost: $15 per family*
Space is limited, REGISTER HERE 

*A one-to- one 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 

Outdoor Adventure Plant Safari
September 18, 10 - 11 a.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Join Jered for a plant scavenger hunt in Outdoor Adventure! Put on your explorer's hat and learn to identify plants in our certified Backyard Habitat outdoor exhibiti. As you find the plants shown on the scavenger hunt key, hidden words will be revealed. Put the words together to decode the mystery phrase and get a prize! 

National Seat Check Saturday
September 23, 9 - 11 a.m. in Parking Lot A next to the Portland Children's Museum
Portland Children's Museum is proud to partner with Randall Children's Hospital to teach parents and caregivers how to correctly install and use car seats, and ensure children are in the right seats for their ages and sizes. Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many times death and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Come get you care seat checked by a nationally certified Child Passanger Safety Technician.

*Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes

Maker Workshop: Radical Riveting
September 24, 10 - 11 a.m.
Learn to rivet and make your own metal belt buckle, brooch, or necklace to take home. Rivets hold up our bridges and help us build everything from cars and airplanes to jewelry. In this workshop, you will experiment with metal stamping and texturing, then make solid or tube rivets by hand and hammer them into place. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Cost: $15 per family
space is limited, REGISTER HERE

*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

Ukulele Class: Play Along, Sing Along, Dance Along
October 1, 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 HERE

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


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Purple Turtle Hall
Build-Topia is a magical land brimming with possibility. Whether you want to create a giant cardboard city, build a house out of life-sized Lincoln Logs, or design a new fashion wardrobe, Build-Topia is the place to bring your imagination to life. It doesn’t matter if you’re 2 or 102, Build-Topia is a land just for you!

Mud Kitchen
10 a.m. - 4 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.

Story Time
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in the Treehouse
Gather round for Story Time at Portland Children’s Museum. Story Time features children’s books enjoyed by children of all ages and their caregivers read aloud by Museum Staff. Not only is Story Time 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.  

Food Drive
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Museum Lobby
One in five people are experiencing hunger in our communities. Help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors by donating food to Oregon Food Bank. Please drop off nutritious, non-perishable food items at the front desk of Portland Children's Museum between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m during the month of September.

*Not sure what food to donate? The best rule of thumb is to think about what you like to put on your table.

Most Wanted Foods

  • Peanut Butter and Almond Butter (low or no sugar)
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Beans (can or dried)
  • Pasta
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Shelf-stable Milk
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Other Nutritious foods (preferably healthy, whole grain, low-fat, low-sodium, and low-sugar products)

Oregon Food Bank cannot accept: 

  • Rusty or unlabed cans
  • Perishable items 
  • Homemade items
  • Non-commercial canned or packaged items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Open or used items


Maker Monday 
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 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!

Sand Castles 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
There is no need to head to the beach, Grace is bringing the sand to you! Use your imagination to design, mold, and build a structure out of a special sand that holds shape without water. This is a no-mess, sensory experience that supports play-based learning and is adaptable to every age.


Silly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
10:00 a.m. - noon 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.

Boat Making
1 - 2 p.m. in the Field Station
Come sail with us! Experiment with Leslie to build your own boat and then test your creation in water. Play with different natural and recycled materials to find the best base for your boat, then add elements like a mast with sails. Through playful inquiry we’ll explore what materials float and why.


Clay Monster Collaborative: Large Sculpture Tutorial
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in the Clay Studio
Play with clay, collaborate with other artists, and learn the process for building a large ceramic sculpture with Emlyn. Each week we'll practice a different phase of the artisitic process, starting with initial design drawings to building, adding details, and then glazing. 


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

Tiny Tape Town
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Field Station
Welcome to Tiny Tape Town, a teeny weeny village made of cardboard and tape. Join Max as a City Planner to help layout and build a vibrant village in this continually evolving collaborative piece.


Plaster Casting with Sand 
10 – 11 a.m. in the Wonder Corner
Transform your drawing in sand into a plaster copy to take home. With Dew Anna, you’ll learn about negative space and the casting process by making impressions in sand to create a mold, or cast. Then we’ll pour fresh plaster over the sand drawing and when the plaster dries, you have a beautiful copy of your original design.  

Story Crafting
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. in the Treehouse
Explore the different elements of a story with Zac using a story board and natural objects. Together we’ll build a collaborative story that has a setting, characters, and a plot, and then practice listening to and sharing our own stories.


Jewelry Making: Shrinky Dinks
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Wonder Corner
Transform your drawings into a wearable works of art with Liz. We’ll draw on shrink paper and cut out the creations, then watch as the drawings shrink and harden in the toaster oven. Now your creations are ready to become a pendant on a necklace, a charm bracelet, or a pin to wear or give as a gift.  


Construction Zone Sensory Bin
11 a.m. –noon in the Field Station
The sensory bin is a busy construction zone this month and you are in charge! Come excavate, move things, and build in the dirt with dump trucks and scoopers.         

Musical Instrument Making
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Keep rhythm by building your own percussion instrument out of recycled materials with Jasmine. We’ll construct the base of our noise-makers, fill it with beans and other materials, and then decorate, all while playing and experimenting with different sounds and tempos.

Upcoming Schedule

September 02, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 03, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 04, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 05, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 06, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 07, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 08, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 09, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 10, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 11, 2017 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm