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Calling all inventors! Portland Children’s Museum is the place to problem-solve, observe, envision and invent this January! Be curious, creative, and inventive this January during Invention Month. This year, explore 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 8, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Join us for a joyful live performance featuring puppets, story, and song. Penny and friends will gnite 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!

Kid Inventors’ Weekend 
January 18 & 19, 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. Celebrate Kid Inventor's day at the Museum by inventing an “Impossible Machine” in either the Clay or Maker Studios.

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families 
January 17, 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.

Esteban the Magnificent (aka Pea Green Crayon): Meet & Greet 
January 1119 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.

Lunar New Year Celebration 
January 25, 11 a.m2 p.m. throughout the Museum
Join us at the Museum to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2020 with the Year of the Rat. Featuring various activities and happenings including making zodiac animal lanterns, watching a live performance with a lion dance group and much more.


EVERYDAY

Storytime
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in the Field Station
Gather round for Storytime at Portland Children’s Museum, featuring 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.

Inventor’s Lab
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Maker Studio
What if a wheel wasn’t always round? What if aqueducts didn’t always hold water? How might you be able to see in the dark? How might you say hello to someone far away? Practice using your inventor’s mindset in the Maker Studio this month, wondering about the earliest inventions and imagining how they might change. We’ll be observing motion with real motors, exploring our senses with water and sand, and building with big pieces of wood. Our biggest challenge will be to draw blueprint sketches of all our ideas. Where could two materials connect, and how could we help them stick together? Leave your sketches behind to show off your careful thoughtfulness and inspire other inventors throughout the month!


SUNDAY

Oodles of Oobleck
10:30 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner 
Make new pals around the sensory table as we play, squish, and get messy with this slimy sensory science experience inspired by Dr. Suess. 

Pottery Glazing
1–3 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. 


MONDAY

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. 


TUESDAY
   
Tinker Trays
10 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner
Come and tinker with us! Become an inventor and see what you might create in the Wonder Corner. Using problem solving and open-ended creative play we’ll use trays and fill them with colorful paper, glue sticks, pipe cleaners, and some natural and recycled materials to make something that catches water, cleans your room or other prompts that ask you discover more ways to solve design solutions.


WEDNESDAY

Spin Art
10 a.m.–noon 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. 


THURSDAY

Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben
1011 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 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.


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. 


SATURDAY
               
Popsicle Catapults
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Who knew STEM and physics could be so much fun? We did! Want to learn how to make a catapult with popsicle sticks? Exploring physics has never been so exciting for kids because everyone loves to launch stuff into the air. A catapult made from popsicle sticks is the perfect kids' activity for learning simple physics.

Pottery Glazing
1–3 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, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 04, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 05, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 06, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 07, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 08, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 09, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 10, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 11, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 12, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm