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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

BodyVox
August 3, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. in the Theater
BodyVox blends bold athleticism and freewheeling imagination with dance, comical characters and energizing rhythms to explore the connection between science, math and dance. Discovering the cause-and-effect relationship of force on a dancer’s body leads to discussions fueled by creative thinking. Interactive demonstration allows students to experience how relationships in numbers and shapes affect the timing and spacing of movement. Each segment of this unique program has two parts: dance as art (performance) and dance as science (discussion and audience participation). BodyVox empowers students to break free of their own boundaries by illuminating the link between learning and applying science and math to dance.
 
Penny’s Puppets
August 10, 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!
 
Cirque Quirk
August 11, 30 minute performances at 11 a.m. & noon in the Theater
Nathaniel Allenby is so multi-talented he can juggle 4 clubs on stilts while chewing bubble gum in Spanish! Originally from Oregon, he traveled the world for 6 years on a bicycle, pedaling over 28,000 miles across 10 countries and 30 states before becoming a professional entertainer! In 2012 he formed Cirque Quirk and has been growing ever since. He has trained in the circus arts for 13 years, spending tens of thousands of hours practicing and performing worldwide. Cirque Quirk provides a variety of quality circus entertainment services and pride themselves on professionalism and reliability, specializing in giant LED and puppet Robots up to 11 feet tall. Nathaniel's 30-minute show features juggling, clowning, audience participation, and ends with a fantastic balancing act!
 
Red Yarn
August 16, 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. 
 
Eagle Sun King/ Tony Ramirez
August 25, 11 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 sounds, traveling from the rivers and beaches, to the mountains all over the Americas. Eagle Sun King is also a part of Portland’s 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 mother earth with songs about nature. Bilingual Spanish/English.
 
Field Day
August 30, 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Bring the whole family for a day of physical activity and fun for everyone! Put your agility to the test in our string obstacle course, make friends at the parachute play station, and get a little wet while magnetic fishing.

EVERY DAY

Storytime
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in the Treehouse
Gather round for Storytime at Portland Children’s Museum. Storytime features 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.  

SUNDAY

Plant Paintbrushes
10:3011:30 a.m. in the Wonder Corner
Discover the different textures and patterns natural materials can make. Create a painting, uniquely your own, using flowers, leaves, and other materials found in nature.
 
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.  

MONDAY

Nature Makers: Environmental Exploration & Outdoor Tinkering
10 a.m.noon in the Maker Studio
How do leaves, sticks, and rocks respond to hammers, drills, and tape? What are all the ways natural materials can challenge us in ways that are different from cardboard or plastic? Find out when we bring nature into the Maker Studio! We’ll use our powers of imagination and reflection to see ourselves in nature, making self-portraits and sun catchers from found natural materials. Combine the Maker Studio’s recycled materials with elements from nature, and tinker them together into something brand new!
 
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.  
 
Sun Prints and Plant Patterns
13 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
Collaborate with the sun to make unique nature prints! Visitors will choose which natural materials to feature and make careful arrangements in our own sun prints. Using cyanotype paper, we’ll experiment with natural factors. How does the brightness of the sun change our image? What leaf shapes show up best? Explore in nature, then watch as your sun print magically appears!

TUESDAY

Printing with Plants
13 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Explore the beautiful patterns and shapes of your favorite plants and flowers in our Outdoor Adventure area. You will collect them to create unique stamps that you’ll use to print on various paper and fabric. Feel free to bring your own t-shirt or fabric to use for printing. Limited quantities of T-shirts will be available for purchase.

WEDNESDAY

Woven in Nature
13 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Add your touch to our community collaborative by weaving beautiful fabrics and bits of natural materials together on our willow sapling frame with Leslie. 

THURSDAY

Nature Discovery with Baby
9:3010 a.m. in the Baby Garden
A program and space designed for our younger audience between 0-3 years old allows them to explore natural materials and reflection. Join us in the Baby Garden where they can freely explore specially curated natural materials, and with mirrors provided, can watch themselves explore as well.
 
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
1011 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.

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.  
 
Landscape Painting
1:30–2:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Get inspired by beauty in nature with Grace! Experiment with color and shape to represent the natural landscape using finger paint. 

SATURDAY

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
1–2 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, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 03, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 04, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 05, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 06, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 07, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 08, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 09, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 10, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
August 11, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm