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Music Makers Month celebrates the joy of creating music together! This month encourages the playful exploration of sound and rhythm using the whole body and all our senses. Every day of the week will feature a different music-inspired program or groovy special guest, from sound wave experiments to DIY musical instruments. 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Free Lead Testing Clinic
September 7, 4–8 p.m. during Free First Friday in the Potato Rooms
Get your child tested for lead at no cost at the evening lead screening clinic, then stay to play at the Museum during Free First Friday. Children can be poisoned by lead but not look or act sick. A blood lead test is the only way to find out if a child has lead poisoning. Testing is also available for pregnant and lactating women. For children age 6 and under. No appointment needed.

Sponsored by Multnomah County Health Department in partnership with Portland Children’s Museum.

Cost: Lead testing and Museum admission is free during Free First Friday.

 
Pete the Cat: Meet & Greet
September 7–16 at select Storytimes
Meet Pete the Cat, star of the bestselling Pete the Cat book series by James Dean! Join the groovy fun at Storytimes with this fantastic feline as we hear about Pete the Cat’s musical adventures. 
 
Zazzy Zoe
September 9, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Zazzy Zoe is a kindie singer-songwriter, preschool music teacher, and ukulele enthusiast, often known to play a few different types of ukes during a single show (not simultaneously, though, because she’s not an octopus…but sometimes she wishes she were). Her original songs and modified covers are interactive, meaningful, humorous and fun. She’s inspired by the likes of such super-humans as Ani DiFranco, Bob Marley, & Mary Oliver, and such super-nonhumans as flora, fauna, friendship, love, peace, and unadulterated silliness. 
 
Micah & Me Toddler Dance Party
September 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!
 
Aaron Nigel Smith: Rock for Peace!
September 21, 11 a.m. in the Theater 
Join us for a special peace-themed musical performance with Aaron Nigel Smith to celebrate International Day of Peace! For more than 15 years, Aaron Nigel Smith has worked to educate, entertain, and empower youth around the world through music. His latest recording One is a collection of lively, original reggae tunes, along with Jamaican & African folk songs that share a message of peace and love for family, neighbors, and community. Following the performance, visitors will be invited to paint peace rocks and place them around our Peace Pole outside in Zany Maze. 
 
Pop-Up Art Collaborative
September 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Pop-up Art Collaboratives are a celebration of child-directed play, stocked with different materials (such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string) and welcomes people of all ages and abilities to play and create together. 
 
The Squatchie Show
September 23, 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. 
 
Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
September 28, 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 supports their imagination and creativity.  
 
Butterfly Painting Metamorphosis
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Head to Outdoor Adventure and help us paint our family of giant butterflies! 
 
Mud Kitchen
9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
Cook up some messy fun in our outdoor kitchen! We invite you to measure, pour, slice, squish, and play with dirt, water, and our favorite tools from the kitchen. Sensory play supports language development, fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction.

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! 
 
Popsicle Stick Harmonicas
10:30 a.m.–Noon in the Wonder Corner
Explore sound vibrations by making and playing your harmonica with Meg! After creating our musical instruments, we’ll experiment with different harmonica sounds and observe how the vibrations change.  
 
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 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 

Soundwave Painting
1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Explore different painting tools and techniques to create waves, dots, and lines – the essential elements of a musically-inspired visual work of art. 

WEDNESDAYS

Cacophony Corner
10:30 a.m.–Noon in Outdoor Adventure
If you want to make some big, loud noise, the Cacophony Corner is the place for you! Come discover what sounds you can make using a variety of familiar objects like pots and pans, bucket drums, and so much more. 
 
Musical Instruments in Nature
1:30–3 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
The outdoors are full of natural noise-makers. Join Jered on a foraging mission to collect grass, pine cones, leaves, and twigs to create an orchestra with nature. 

THURSDAYS

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.  
 
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.
 
DIY Percussion Instruments
1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Join our jam band with a percussion instrument of your own creation. Learn about different kinds of percussion instruments with Max, then plan and build your own to jam on. 


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.  
 
Water Music Sensory Play
1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Make beautiful music using water with Grace. Discover how liquid volume effects the notes you can make, experiment with different size containers and water levels, and try your hand at creating your own musical composition.  

SATURDAY

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! 
 
Sing-along Storytime
11 a.m. in the Treehouse
Come sing your heart out with Liz as this special Sing-along Storytime. Each week we’ll share stories through song, warming up with old favorites and then practicing our story singing techniques by making up a collaborative story song. 
 
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

September 02, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 03, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 07, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 08, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 09, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 10, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 11, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 12, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 13, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 14, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm