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Nature Explorers Month is designed to encourage courageous discovery and play in the great outdoors, which are essential components of healthy child development. Every day of the week will feature different programs or special guests in Outdoor Adventure, our 1.3-acre nature play exhibit, which will inspire you to be creative, discover beauty in unexpected places, and explore the wilder side of Portland Children’s Museum!

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Kids Food Festival
August 3, 4–8 p.m. during Free First Friday
Connect with local organizations making an impact on the food industry in Portland, watch a cooking demo, play in The Market exhibit, and enjoy hands-on activities to encourage eating a healthy, balanced diet. 
 
Ice Sculpting Demo
August 3, 4:30–7 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure during Free First Friday
Portland Children's Museum is proud to present artist James Stugart of ICEovations, who will create a giant ice sculpture in Outdoor Adventure before your very eyes. Starting with a 300lb block, James will use power tools to chip and sculpt away the ice to reveal an amazing animal creation. Come meet James, ask him about ice sculpting, and watch this exciting artistic process in action.  
 
Micah & Me
August 10, 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!
 
Plastic, Pollution, and Protecting the Pacific presented by Environment Oregon
August 11, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Learn how you can help the Pacific Ocean with Environment Oregon. Join educators to learn about what happens when plastic ends up in the Pacific Ocean and how you can do your part to protect marine life from this harmful pollution. Plus, decorate a reusable bag to take home and use to reduce your plastic waste!
 
Wild Thing at select Storytimes
August 17–26
Bring your wild side to the Museum for Storytime with Wild Thing, from the beloved booked Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Let the wild rumpus start!
 
Jessa Campbell and the Saplings
August 18, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Come join the Saplings on a journey to view the forest through the eyes of the trees in our bioregion! We will learn all about seed dispersal, migration, patterns in nature and much more during this 1-hour theatrical performance full of tree costumes, characters, song, and dance! Jessa Campbell and the Saplings weave theatrical elements with their song and dance numbers, encouraging kiddos to groove along. As a former performer in "Dragon Tales Live!", Jessa knows how to get the toddler party started!
 
Pollinator Safaris with Bee & Bloom
August 22, 11 a.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Join Bee & Bloom for fun, hands-on learning about bees on a safari through Outdoor Adventure. We’ll search for different kinds of bees and other pollinators, and by looking closely, we’ll learn how to identify them, what flowers they like best, and so much more! Safety is essential for the bees and humans too, so we’ll explore strategies for playing it safe in the outdoors this summer. Portland Children's Museum is proud to partner with Bee & Bloom, an education apiary and online resource shining a light on pollinators, sustainability, and natural wellness.
 
Field Day
August 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Bring the whole family for a day of physical activity and fun for everyone outdoors. Put your agility to the test with tree climbing, make new friends playing giant parachute games, create a victory medal, and much more!
 
Tallulah's Daddy Outdoor Concert
August 26, 11 a.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Tallulah's Daddy plays fun, energetic, interactive acoustic music for kids and families!

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! 
 
Stomp Rockets
10:30 a.m. Noon in Outdoor Adventure
Initiate countdown, jump, and... BLAST OFF! Use your body to send rockets high up in the air in Outdoor Adventure with Meg.  
 
Guardians of the Garden Tour
2 p.m. in Zany Maze
Learn about the plants and flowers growing in our new garden and listen to some favorite garden stories with Jered. Take a tour of the garden to visit the fruits and veggies, smell different herbs and flowers, touch some extra soft plants, and listen to the bees in our Bee Hotel for a complete sensory experience.
 
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–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.  
 
Silly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
1–3 p.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. 

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. 
 
Water Painting
1–3 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
Inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment, join Leslie for outdoor painting with water. Watch as your creation comes to life in bold design and then magically disappears as the water slowly evaporates, leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind to create a whole new masterpiece. 

WEDNESDAYS

Flyswatter Painting
10:30 a.m.–Noon in Outdoor Adventure
We are trading our paint brushes for flyswatters in this messy outdoor painting playtime with Sky. Explore texture, pattern, and color as you experiment with different painting techniques that engage the whole body in making one-of-a-kind works of art. 
 
Big Mess Clay Toss
1:30–3 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
Come get messy and play with clay slip for a sensational sensory and art-making experience! Slip is a mixture of clay and lots of water. It’s fun to touch, squish, splash, splatter, and throw on to a canvas to see what happens. Sensory play is essential for child development and encourages children to explore and learn about the world around them through their senses. This sensory activity helps cognitive growth, language development, problem-solving, and social interaction. 

THURSDAYS

Pottery Glazing
10–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.
 
Magnetic Fishing
1–3 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Practice your casting and see how many fish you can catch with Max in our Outdoor Adventure exhibit. This activity promotes collaboration and helps build eye-hand coordination.  


FRIDAY

Pottery Glazing
10–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.  
 
Seed Surprises
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
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 wildflower seeds, it's easier than ever to have a green thumb.  
 
Tie-dye Discovery
1–3 p.m. in East Studio
Mix and swirl colors to make your own fabulous tie-dye t-shirt. Bring a shirt from home to tie-dye, or pick-up one at the Museum from our tie-dye specialist, Zac. *Fee for materials 

SATURDAY

Nature Warriors: Paint, Play, Protect
10 –11 a.m. in the Outdoor Adventure
Become a Nature Warrior, a defender of the environment with Grace. Practice your recycling skills in a relay game, add your mark to our collaborative mural inspired by a different endangered animal each week, and explore how you can encourage others to be kind and care for the environment too.  
 
Ceramic Screen Printing
12–1:30 p.m.
Experiment with screen printing on a ceramic tile! Use a variety of colors and designs to create a unique ceramic work of art. After decorating, your tile will be coated with a clear glaze and fired, making your images permanent. 
*Cost per tile is $5. Finished pieces will be available for pick up in one week.
 
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.  
 
Nature Explorers Yoga Journey
2:30–3:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Join Rabia for a playful yoga session for all ages and abilities. We’ll stretch into poses inspired by nature, practice breathing techniques, create stories and go on a yoga journey.
 

Upcoming Schedule

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