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December is Locomotion Month at Portland Children’s Museum. This month we are celebrating the joyful play of movement of our bodies and things in the world around us. Locomotion means movement from one place to another so everyday we’ll explore how different things move in fun and imaginative ways.  Come on, let’s get moving together!


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Gift Glazing
December 4, 5, 11, 12 10 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner
Get ready for the giving season with our additional glazing times. 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. 

Penny’s Puppets
December 5, 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!

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
December 7, 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.

Micah and Me
December 14, 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!

Kid’s Company NW Holiday Musical: North Pole’s Got Talent
December 15, 11 a.m. in the Theater 
Kid's Company NW presents a holiday musical you won't forget! Kid's Company NW is a musical theater performing troupe comprised of talented kids between the ages of 8 and 14. Immerse yourself in a fun story and a whole lot of singing and dancing. After the show, head up to the stage to meet the stars! All ages welcome.

Tony Ramirez/Eagle Sun King 
December 16, 11:30 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 Portlands 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 the season’s festivities through bilingual songs and storytelling.

New Year's at Noon
December 31, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Get those noisemakers and resolutions ready, because it’s that time again for New Year’s at Noon. Join us for multiple New Year’s countdowns, art and craft activities and a dance party.  


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.

Museum Scavenger Hunt
9 a.m.–5 p.m. around Portland Children’s Museum
Move around the Museum and look closely for ‘locomotion’ clues in each exhibit. Find all the clues to solve the locomotion puzzle and get a prize. 

Maker Studio Collaborative 
10 a.m.–4 p.m. around Portland Children’s Museum
Cardboard Car Race: Tinker, build, and modify our child-sized, cardboard race cars in the Maker Studio then take them for a test drive!


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! 
 
Veggie Race Cars
10:30 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner 
Create a race car out of a zucchini with Meg and watch it zoom! Race car drivers will experiment with aerodynamics as they cut their zucchinis, add racing features and decorations, and test their cars on the racing ramp.  

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. 

Giant Marble Run
1:30–3 p.m. in the Field Station
Join Sky for experiments with gravity, probability, and momentum in the most exciting way possible: playing with a giant marble run!


TUESDAYS

Movement Exploration Stations
1–2:30 p.m. in the Field Station
Explore playful puzzles and games that build eye-hand coordination, gross and fine motor skills, and mental focus with Leslie. Each station features different kinds of motion to get your mind and body moving!


WEDNESDAYS

Locomotion Potion
1–2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
We’ve created a slow-motion potion and need your scientific mind and imagination to learn more about it. Come experiment, pour, bounce, squish, and play to discover together how this potion moves in surprising ways. Sensory play supports language development, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.


THURSDAYS

Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben
10–11 a.m. in the Tree House
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. 

Crystal Ice Painting
1:30–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Salt and frozen water are powerful forces in nature and art! Create art using techniques that harness the powers of salt and water to move paint on paper with Grace. 


FRIDAYS

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. 

Yoga Animal Stretches
2–3 p.m. in East Studio (on Dec. 7 and 14) or in One Potato (on Dec. 21 and 28)
Join Rabia for a playful yoga session for all ages and abilities. We’ll stretch like our favorite animals, practice breathing techniques, and become part of an adventure story.


SATURDAYS

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! 

Ribbon Dancing
1–2 p.m. in the Theater
Will your ribbon fly in the sky or be like a fish swimming in a low stream? Come listen to music and explore movement with ribbon wands!

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

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