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Calling all inventors! Portland Children’s Museum is the place to be curious, creative, and inventive this January during Invention Month, generously sponsored by ESCO Foundation.  This year we are looking at the intersection of art and science. Every day of the week we’ll experiment with materials, collaborate in art explorations and celebrate the ingenuity of children as inventors!


SPECIAL GUEST PROGRAMMING 
 
Penny’s Puppets 
January 2, 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! 

The Amazing Bubble Man 
January 6, 2 p.m. in the Theater 
Louis pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. 
 
Micah and Me Music Show 
January 11, 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! 
 
Kid Inventors’ Day 
January 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Clay Studio and the Maker Studio 
Earmuffs. Television. The Popsicle. Water skis. What do they have in common? All were invented by kids!500,000 children and teens invent gadgets and games each year. Come celebrate Kid Inventor's day at the Museum by inventing an “Impossible Machine” in either of the Museum’s studio spaces. 

The Living School of Art Exhibition Grand Opening 
January 18, 5–6:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery 
 
Pea Green Crayon Esteban the Magnificent: Meet & Greet 
January 24–28 at select Storytimes* 
Join Esteban the Magnificent aka Pea Green Crayon, the traveler like no other, for special story times in January. Esteban, the storybook character from The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home written by Drew Daywalt with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, is part of a magical box of crayons who collectively decide to reinvent their lives as crayons and in turn teach us about seeing color, and the way we make art, in new ways. 
*followed by Color Mixing Water Play in Honor of Esteban the Magnificent 

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families 
January 25, 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. 

 

 

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. 


SUNDAYS 
 
Exploration Animation Station
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
Learn about early inventions that captured the moving image by playing with an eyescope and zoopraxiscope, adding to a zoetrope collaboration and making your own thaumatrope.            
 
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!  
 
Spin Art
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Wonder Corner  
What do math and art have in common? The mathematician Fibonacci had a formula called the Golden Ratio which many artists consider makes the most beautiful design. Come make abstract art as we explore how to make spirals using a spinning wheel. 
 
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.  


TUESDAYS 
  
Prismatic Explosions
1:30–3:00 p.m. in the Wonder Corner  
Explore how everyday materials like Kool Aid and paint behave together to make science experiments into artworks.                        


WEDNESDAYS

Wind Power Play
12:30–2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Experiment with making objects that depend on wind power. Practice paper construction techniques to fold, twist, and decorate your own planes and pinwheels with Leslie. Paper folding activities help children develop eye-hand coordination, 3D perception, logical thinking, and concentration.   


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 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 
Join studio staff for ceramic painting fun! We offer a variety of pre-made pottery items and a colorful array of glazes for decorating. *Glazed creations ready for pick-up one week after glazing. Fee for materials apply. 


FRIDAYS

Flower Petal Finger Paint
12:30–2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Using nature’s beautiful array of colors learn to make paint like the Ancient Americans did to dye their fabrics and decorate artifacts. Together we will explore the pigments we make with flowers through finger painting. 
 
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

Puppet Improv
12:30–2 p.m. in the Theater 
Practice being an animal, monster, mythical creature or object in nature. You’ll invent a story and act it out using a hand puppet that you design and build yourself. 
 
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

January 03, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 04, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 05, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 06, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 07, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 08, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 09, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 10, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 11, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 12, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm