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

SPECIAL PROGRAMS 

November in the Maker Studio
This month in the Maker Studio, take the lead exploring a month of STEAM challenges! Every week we’ll have a different focus, like cardboard architecture & racetrack building, with options for design challenges and open exploration. Combine methods of construction with your biggest, most imaginative ideas, experimenting with both familiar and new materials. Create a tiny town using cardboard, or the fastest racetrack using recycled tubes, or your own design bot. When you’re in charge of what you build, it’s up to you! 

  • Cardboard Architecture November 3–9
    Put together a treehouse, spaceship, or anything else you can imagine! Your challenge will be to use only cardboard to make your ideas come to life. We will also introduce a special painting activity with our special guest, a beautifully constructed cardboard Eiffel Tower, made especially for us by International Paper.  
  • Design Challenges November 10– 16
    Learn about balancing & friction using cups, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, etc. 
  • Racetrack Building November 17–23
    Find new ways to use recycled materials like cardboard tubes and bottle caps to see whose racetrack has the fastest path, makes the most noise, etc. 
  • Fiber Arts: Sewing, pinning + clothes-making on mannequins November 24–30
    Combine focused challenges from a month of STEAM building with creativity to create new designs.  

Arnie the Doughnut 
November 1–10 at select story times 
Meet Arnie the talking doughnut who convinces Mr. Bing that not all doughnuts are meant to be eaten. Come visit a deliciously imaginative story about friendship from the author and illustrator of The Scrambled States of America, Laurie Keller.

Día​ de Los Muertos
November 2, 11 a.m–2p.m. in the Art Gallery and Museum 
We are excited to invite you to our celebration of Día de Los Muertos. There will be music and dance performances in the theater, flower making with local teaching artists, crafts, food and more! 
 
Penny’s Puppets
November 6, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Join us for a joyful live performance that uses 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
November 15, 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.
 
Cirque Quirk
November 24, 30 minute performances at 11 a.m. & noon in the Theater  
Nathaniel Allenby is so multi-talented he can juggle 4 clubs on stilts while chewing bubble gum in Spanish! Originally from Oregon, he traveled the world for 6 years on a bicycle, pedaling over 28,000 miles across 10 countries and 30 states before becoming a professional entertainer! In 2012 he formed Cirque Quirk and has been growing ever since. He has trained in the circus arts for 13 years, spending tens of thousands of hours practicing and performing worldwide. Cirque Quirk provides a variety of quality circus entertainment services and pride themselves on professionalism and reliability, specializing in giant LED and puppet Robots up to 11 feet tall. Nathaniel's 30-minute show features juggling, clowning, audience participation, and ends with a fantastic balancing act!  



EVERY DAY 

Children’s Coat Drive
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Lobby  
Donate a new or gently used coat to child in need this winter. Portland Children's Museum is proud to partner with KairosPDX, an education focused non-profit attacking Portland’s persistent achievement gap through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration and family partnership. Please bring new or gently used child-size coats to the collection bin in the Portland Children's Museum lobby during the month of November.
 
Storytime
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in the Field Station
Gather round for Storytime at Portland Children’s Museum. Storytime features 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.  

Clay City Collaborative
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Clay Studio 
Join us as a City Planner to help lay out and build a vibrant village in this continually evolving collaborative piece. 

 



SUNDAYS 

Construction Zone Sensory Bin
9:30 a.m.–noon in the Sprout Studio 
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. Specially designed for our birth to 3-year-old visitors in our new Sprout Studio! 
 
Brush Painting
9:30 a.m.–noon & 1–3:30 p.m in the Sprout Studio  
Enjoy the art of brush painting in our new Sprout Studio. We have tempera cakes and special brushes to use on rice paper specially curated for our birth to 3-year-old visitors. 
 
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 

Pottery Glazing
10 a.m.–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.  

Velcro Construction
1–3 p.m. in the Field Station  
Put your hard hats on, we are about to enter the construction site. Come join and help us explore the limitless possibilities of what we can build together with just popsicle sticks and Velcro. 
 



WEDNESDAYS

Boat Making
1:30–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner  
Come sail with us! Experiment with building 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. This active experience encourages collaboration and creative problem solving.  
 



THURSDAYS

Pottery Glazing
10 a.m.–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.  
 
Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben
10–11 a.m. in the Sprout Studio
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.
 



FRIDAY

Pottery Glazing
10 a.m.– 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.  
 
Sandcastles
1:30– 3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
There is no need to head to the beach because we are 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 with the help from our sandcastle expert, Grace. This is a no-mess, sensory experience that supports play-based learning and is adaptable to every age.  
 



SATURDAY 

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.  
 
Simple Sewing
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
Learn simple stiches and hand sewing techniques with the help of our Prop Specialist Rabia. Decorate fabric and have fun making your own designs and creations to take home. 
 

Upcoming Schedule

November 02, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 03, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 04, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 05, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 06, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 07, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 08, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 09, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 10, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 11, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm