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There is more to being healthy than exercise and eating fruits and veggies. Time to play is important too! During Healthy Me Month, join us for fun activities that celebrate healthy food choices, physical activity, wellness through music and art, and of course the joy of play!


SPECIAL EVENTS
 
Red Yarn
March 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. 

BRAVO Youth Orchestra
March 2, 4:30 p.m. in the Theater
Join the Marsalis Wind Ensemble from BRAVO Cesar Chavez for an outstanding musical performance. BRAVO transforms the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music instruction emphasizing collaboration, promoting self-confidence, and creating a community where children thrive. Inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela, BRAVO’s vision is to establish in Oregon a network of youth orchestras for social change serving both urban and rural communities with a high concentration of poverty.

Bloodworks NW Blood Drive 
March 4 & 31, 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Parking Lot A next to Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Children's Museum is proud to partner with Bloodworks Northwest to save lives during Healthy Me Month. With two opportunities to donate in March, both events are designed to welcome and support families. The Bloodworks Northwest bloodmobile offers a safe and comfortable space staffed by a team of medical professionals committed to building community and sharing knowledge about lifesaving blood. Learn more about donating blood here and make an appointment today!

Call 1-800-398-7888 or online at BloodworksNW to sign up for your lifesaving appointment today. Use sponsor code 498A.  

Bilingual Storytime: Vietnamese + English  
March 6 & 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit
Come listen to classic and beloved stories from Vietnam read in Vietnamese and English, followed by time-honored art making activities. Portland Children’s Museum is proud to partner with librarians from Multnomah County Library for this special bilingual Storytime series in celebration of the exhibit Voyage to Vietnam.

Penny’s Puppets
March 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 Toddler Dance Party
March 9, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Come dance and sing along with Micah And Me! Micah And Me host toddler dance parties regularly throughout the Portland Metro area. They have been featured on KOIN 6 News and have had their name on the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall marquee for a special show! They have an uncommon ability to connect with those young at heart!

Car Seat Checks 
March 10, 8:30–10:30 a.m. in Parking Lot A next to 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 rights 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, deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Come get your car seat checked by a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes.

Pi Day!
March 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Join Portland Children's Museum to honor the longest number in the world! Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference (the distance around) to its diameter (the distance straight through). Since ancient times, a circle's circumference was known to be just a little bit more than three times its diameter: 3.1415. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits past its decimal point. Pi Day is a great day to celebrate the fun of circles, and Albert Einstein's birthday, too!
Pi-themed activities include:
·         Mud Pies in the Clay Studio: Create clay pies with pie pans, rolling pins, and circular cookie cutters.
·         Paper Pi Chain: Help us make a paper chain for as many digits of pi as possible! Add your link of the paper color that corresponds to 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9, and let's see how far we can go.
·         Circle Art: Experiment with spirographs, compasses, circle templates, and adhesive dots to create your own circle art.
·         Parachute play in Outdoor Adventure
·         Circle Sensory Bin: Squish, splash, and play with water beads and other round things.

Bee House Workshop presented by Bee & Bloom  
March 17, 10–11:30am in the East Studios
Build a happy home for peaceful, non-stinging mason bees to make your garden and neighborhood a more beautiful place. Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee! Learn more about these gentle bees and design a safe space for them that expresses your unique style.  

Mason bee homes can be made out of recycled and re-purposed materials like metal cans, plastic pipes, and pieces of wood, and can vary in size from a bee-sized studio apartment to a grand hotel. All supplies for a mason bee home are include in the workshop, though if you already have an object you are excited to use as your foundation, you are welcome to bring it.

  • Price: $35 for non-members, 15% off for members
  • Ages: Recommended for ages 4 and up with a caregiver

 

Papercraft
March 18, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Voyage to Vietnam exhibit
Red is a good luck color, thus many celebratory objects are made with red paper - like firecrackers, banners, lanterns and placemats. We will make intricate papercut mobiles at this papercraft activity - facilitated by Anna Vo, a local Vietnamese community organizer and educator.

FASCA (Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors)
Taiwanese Toy Showcase & Performance
March 24
Performance in The Theater 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Taiwanese Toy Showcase in the East Studio 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this FASCA performance in the Theater at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., featuring Chinese yo-yo and cigar box juggling along with other traditional toys such as shuttlecock, rubber band jump rope, and hand puppets. After each performance, FASCA invites families to join them in the East Studio to experiment with fun Taiwanese toys such as a pinball station, Taiwanese top and balloon. At the DIY station, make a paper dragonfly, bear-climbing toy, or straw-blowing arrow to take home. The bear-climbing toy features the mascot, Bravo the Bear from the 2017 international sporting event Taipei Summer Universiade.

Maker Workshop: Electric Bumper Cars
March 25, 10–11 a.m. in the East Studio
Learn about motors and electrical circuits as you make a battery-powered car from scratch. Electric vehicles are the future of transportation; discover more about them in this fun workshop as you tinker with recycled materials and invent your own mini electric car.

  • Price: $15. 15% discount for members.
  • Ages: Recommended for ages 5 and up with a caregiver.

*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. Class price does not include Museum admission.

Emmy Blue: Tales from the PNW Forests
March 25, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Come experience the benefits of music, movement, play and stories have for building a happy, healthy life with Emmy Blue and her magical forest friend, Squatchie. Children's author and storyteller Emmy Blue makes the world a brighter, happier and more magical place one story, song and smile at a time. While based in the Pacific Northwest, she travels the country with her magical forest friend, the Squatchie, telling her tales that are guaranteed to awaken the magic from within. 

Bicycle Celebration Day: Bike Helmet Fittings + Lumberyard Bike Skills Course
March 31, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Join us for a day of bicycle fun at Portland Children's Museum! A great bike ride starts with a properly-fitted helmet and Randall Children’s Hospital is here to help. Get new helmets for the whole family for $6 each, with personalized fitting and adjustments. Now you are ready to jump on a bike to test your riding skills on Lumberyard’s Bicycle Skills Course.  
 
Early Explorers Class – Winter & Spring Sessions
Winter Session [SOLD OUT]: 9:30–10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, March 7 & 14.
Spring Session: 9:30–10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30.

  • Price: $150. 15% discount for members.
  • Ages: 2–3 years old with a caregiver.

From the Early Childhood Exploration classroom at Portland Children’s Museum, this six-week series will provide little learners and their adults with a unique Museum experience filled with fun! Designed for 2-3 year olds and their caregivers, each hour-long class in the series has a different theme and features play, songs, stories, movement activities, museum exhibit visits, and art and science explorations. Early Explorers will create handcrafted treasures to take home, make new friends, and experience the Museum in a whole new way.

Dress to mess!
 
Instructor Bio: An informal arts and sciences educator through and through, Miss Alex has worked in zoos, museums, and after school programs across the country. After teaching and developing curriculum for Toddler Time at the Queens Zoo in New York, and spending the summer of 2017 in summer camp at the Portland Children’s Museum, she is excited to create a new community of Early Explorers at Portland Children’s Museum. In Miss Alex’s free time, she is co-creating an educational musical web series (with puppets!) that encourages exploration and imagination.
 
Class price does not include Museum admission. Drop-in and single-class purchases are not available at this time. All personal absences are non-refundable.
 
Classes fill quickly. Register today!
 
Questions? Contact our team at 503.471.9911 or email sales@portlandcm.org


EVERYDAY

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.
 
Toy Drive for Randall Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Portland Children’s Museum
As part of the family-centered care offered at Randall Children's Hospital, they strive to help children feel comfortable and relaxed while they are in the hospital. Every child at Randall Children's Hospital receives a toy, and kids who are hospitalized during the holidays or a birthday get a special toy, book or craft project to lift their spirits. This means they go through a lot of toys and always need help replenishing their stock.

The Child Life Program is currently in need of Infant/toddler toys.  
Please note the toy donation guidelines and restrictions:

  • Highly needed infant/toddler items include rattles, teethers and mobiles.
  • Please donate only LEGO brand Lego’s.
  • For the health and safety of our patients, we are only able to accept new and unwrapped items in their original packaging.
  • We kindly request no holiday themed items.

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!
 
Healthy Food Mystery Boxes
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Field Station
Use your senses to explore a wide variety of textures and scents in our fruit and veggie sensory boxes with Meg.
 
Playful Cooking: Smoothies

Noon–1:30 p.m. in the East Studio 
Mix and match your favorite fruits and veggies – or even learn about new ones – in this interactive and delicious smoothing-making activity with Jasmine.
 
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!
 
Wiggle Jiggle Movement Lab
10-10:30 a.m. in the Theater
Come dance with Marianna in this dynamic and playful program that encourages self-expression and explores movement as a tool for learning. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
 
Pottery Glazing
11 a.m.–1 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. 

Giant Clay Collaborative 
1:30–3:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Join Emlyn in the Clay studio to work on a colossal collaborative clay creation! Learn to sculpt a large-scale form or work together to attach smaller, unique details to a larger piece. Later in the month, return to glaze our fired creation alongside guests and staff! Work with us to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will stay in the clay studio for years to come!


TUESDAYS

Silly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

9:30–11 a.m. 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. 
 
Emotion Drawings
12:30–2 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
We all have feelings. What do they look like? Come draw and talk about emotions with Emlyn. Children and adults are invited to create art that reflects their unique experiences with emotions both positive and negative, and learn to talk about their feelings in a positive, healthy way.


WEDNESDAYS

Dressing for the Weather

10 a.m.–Noon in the Field Station
Design fashion festive attire as we play and learn about dressing for different kinds of weather using fabrics, felt, and paper.
 
Tricycle Painting
1:30–2:30 p.m. in the East Studio
Join Sky for an active painting session that lets you zoom through paint on a tricycle. Make tracks and collaborate on a fast and fun painting collaborative at Portland Children’s Museum.
 


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.
 
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. 
 
Seedling Progressions
12:30–2:30 p.m. in the East Studio
Observe the beauty of nature from seed to plant with Dew Anna. Plant and take home your own seedling to care for and watch it grow. 
 


FRIDAYS

Be Prepared Pouches

10:30–11:30 a.m. in the Wonder Corner
Learn simple stiches and hand sewing techniques as you make your own first aid or preparedness pouch. After decorating your pouch, you’ll get some important items to put inside that every emergency kit should include.
 
Broad Strokes, Big Movement Painting
1:30–3 p.m. in the East Studio
Don't be afraid to go big! Collaborate with friends on a giant mural painting using big brushes and full body movement.
 
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. 


SATURDAYS

Seed Surprises
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Get your hands dirty as you bring a touch of nature to any landscape by dropping your “seed surprise” and seeing what grows. Using a mixture of clay, soil, and wild flower seeds, it's easier than ever to have a green thumb.
 
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. 

Yoga Animal Stretches 
2:30 p.m. in the East Studio
Join Rabia for a playful yoga session for all ages and abilities. We’ll stretch like our favorite animals, practice breathing techniques, and listen to stories during this active Storytime.
 

 

Upcoming Schedule

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