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Farm to Family month celebrates building community around food! Join us for engaging activities inspired by food and where it comes from, showing appreciation for nature, gardening, and learning how seeds and insects help us grow the food we eat. 


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
 
Penny’s Puppets
April 3, 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 and Me
April 12, 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! 
 
Eagle Sun King/ Tony Ramirez
April 14, 11 a.m. in the Theater 
First generation artist from Mid-City, Los Angeles and now Portland, Oregon. Eagle Sun King/Tony Ramirez ties in his inspiration from the folkloric roots of Latin America and his inner-city upbringing together through sound. Sounds like traveling from the rivers, beaches, to the mountains all over the Americas. Eagle Sun King is also a part of Portland’s very own "Orquestra Pacifico Tropical" known for their modern approach to the dance and sound  of Cumbia music in the Pacific Northwest. Please join us as he helps us celebrate mother earth with songs about nature. Bilingual Spanish/English. 
              
Kids Co NW Musical
April 19, 11 a.m. in the Theater 
Kid’s Co, a musical theatre ambassador troupe from Northwest Children’s Theater brings you Camp Granada, a musical all about…summer camp! Watch talented kids ages 9-14 bring you camp nostalgia, explosive musical numbers, and an important message about bravery. 
            
Earth Day Celebration 2019!
April 20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 
Join us at the Museum while we kick off Earth Day celebrations as we are joined by 193 countries from across the globe in honoring Mother Earth and the joy of nature. 
 
Happy Birthday Outdoor Adventure
April 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
Help us celebrate the 5th birthday of our Outdoor Adventure area! You’ll be able to enjoy water play, make seed surprises and draw or color in specially made OA nature journals, to mark the special occasion. 
 
Bee and Bloom
April 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
Come meet the educators and pollinator advocates of Portland, OR, empowering our community to support the environment and all the pollinating critters within it! Bee and Bloom promote native bee conservation and sustainable, bee-centric beekeeping through hands-on workshops and ecotourism experiences at their pollinator sanctuary on Sauvie Island. Visit with them in our Field Station as they talk to us about working with Mason bees. 
 
Imperfect Produce
April 20, 10 a.m.–4p.m. in the Field Station 
Come visit our guests from Imperfect Produce to learn how eating 'ugly' fruits and vegetables help build a more sustainable and effective food system, helping fight food waste and ensuring farmers are rewarded for their full harvest with less wasted land, fossil fuels, and water. With every bite into a misshapen apple or  crooked carrot, you're helping shape our world for the better. 

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
April 26, 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. 

First World Foods: Cattail Grind and Bake
April 28, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the East Studio
A tactile, hands on experience with a First Food of region, Cattail, using a mortar and pestle and a little bit of elbow grease! Be able to feel the softness of the catkin as you process it to be eaten. Learn the importance of the health of an ecosystem to a food system, the importance of Cattail to Indigenous people, and discover the taste of an important plant relative in our region. 

 


EVERY DAY
 
Build-Opolis
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Purple Turtle Hall 
Our latest pop-up exhibit, Build-Opolis, is open and ready for play in Purple Turtle Hall. Build-Opolis is a city brimming with potential, with opportunities for cardboard construction, giant ball runs, fashion design, block play, and more! 
 
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 support their imagination and creativity. 
 
Spring Decorating Collaboration
10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
The Maker Studio is getting into the seasonal spirit with their own spring art collaboration project. Come see what happens when we play with recycled materials to make flowers, butterflies, and anything else you can imagine in the Maker Studio community garden. We will collect all the one of a kind objects and put them on display in the Museum for the duration of the spring season. 
 


SUNDAYS

Tool Time
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
Learn to safely use 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. All ages are welcome!  
 
Squish Squash
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Get messy with vegetables in this festive sensory activity. Explore different squash textures by cutting, hammering, squishing, and straining! 
 
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
 
Tool Time
10 a.m –4 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
Learn to safely use 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. 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.  


TUESDAYS

Spud Circuits
10 a.m.– noon in the Wonder Corner 
Explore simple circuits using potatoes, batteries, and LED lights. This sensory science activity encourages problem solving, helps cognitive development, builds fine motor skills, and language development. 


WEDNESDAYS

Spring Gardening
10 a.m.–noon in the Zany Maze 
Come join Leslie in our outdoor garden where you will help her plant seeds and play in the dirt while we talk about where our food comes from, and how it sprouts and grows. 


THURSDAYS

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.  
              
Food Coloring Water Play
1:30–3 p.m. in Wonder Corner 
Explore the magic of mixing colors in water. Join Grace in this entrancing activity that helps build fine motor Skills and supports learning about colors and liquid dilution. 


FRIDAYS
 
Scent and Color Exploration with Mortar and Pestle
12:30–2:30 p.m. in The Market 
Explore colors, textures, sounds, and smells of a variety of fragrant spices and herbs using a mortar and pestle. This sensory and kinesthetic activity ignites the imagination, builds fine motor skills, and engages all five senses.  
 
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.  


SATURDAYS
 
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

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