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November is Build it Month, and Portland Children’s Museum is excited to start construction. All month long we are providing hands-on activities that aim to inspire the next generation of builders. From sand castles to city planning, discover the possibilities that live in your own two hands!


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
November 2, 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.

Joaquin Lopez
November 3, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Join us for a special Día de Los Muertos celebration with Joaquin Lopez through stories and songs! Joaquin Lopez is a Mexican American performing artist from Portland, Oregon who blends music and storytelling and he holds a passion for producing cultural events that honor Latin American heritage. He is also the first recipient of the Espiritu Award presented by Milagro.

Penny’s Puppets
November 7, 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!

Micah & Me
November 9, 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!
 
Bruce the Bear: Meet & Greet
November 1-4 at select Storytimes
Join Bruce the Bear, a mother like no other for special Storytimes. Bruce the Bear, the storybook character from Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgens likes to keep to himself, but when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. What’s a bear to do?
 


EVERYDAY

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 November 1 – 30.  

DreamScape
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Purple Turtle Hall 
Our newest exhibit, DreamScape, welcomes families to ask ‘what do dreams look, feel, and sound like’ as they explore and tinker with new and recycled materials. Children and adults alike will delight in recognizing everyday objects repurposed to evoke and reimagine dreaming. This space features activities that play upon the darkness of night and the lightness of daydreaming, including a blacklight play zone, a music corner, and sand art light box. In addition, guests are asked to contemplate what inspires them with a reading area featuring stories of dreaming big, and a collaborative writing corner to share what dreams they have for the future.

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 supports their imagination and creativity.  


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! 

Boat Making
10.30 a.m.-noon in the Wonder Corner 
Come sail with us! Experiment with Meg 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.  
 active experience that encourages collaboration and problem solving. 

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! 

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.  

Button Building 
1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Build your own buttons with Emlyn. Sketch your ideas, then transform your design into stylish wearable art for you or give it as a unique gift. 


TUESDAYS

Woven in Nature Collaborative
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Field Station
Add your touch to our community collaborative by weaving beautiful fabrics and bits of natural materials together on our willow sapling frame with Leslie. 


WEDNESDAYS

Tiny Tape Town
1:30-3pm  in the Wonder Corner 
Welcome to Tiny Tape Town, a teeny weeny village made of cardboard and tape. Join Sky as a City Planner to help layout and build a vibrant village in this continually evolving collaborative piece.  


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 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.  

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.  

Jewelry Making: Shrinky Dinks
1–3 p.m. in the East Studio
Transform your drawings into a wearable works of art with Rabia. 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.  
               


SATURDAY

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! 

Sand Castles
10–11:30 a.m. in 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 sand castle expert, Grace. This is a no-mess, sensory experience that supports play-based learning and is adaptable to every age. 

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

November 02, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 03, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 04, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 05, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 06, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 07, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 08, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 09, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 10, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 11, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm