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Come celebrate Peace and Friendship Month at Portland Children’s Museum! Every day in February is dedicated to stories and experiences that encourage love and kindness, foster peace and well-being, and nurture friendships. Bring your friends and make new ones as we play and learn to care for each other and ourselves all month long.  


BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS 

Collaborative Quilting 
1–3 p.m. Wednesdays in the Maker Studio 
Join us as we discover the joy of working together to make something bigger! In recognition of Black History Month we will be looking at some of the traditions behind quilting. Each visitor will have the chance to make their own square, and we will join the pieces together into one big quilt at the end of the month that will be displayed in the Maker Studio. You’ll have fun exploring different ways of making, using new tools and discovering hidden skills, in this collaborative effort as we build up to the final piece. 
 
Community Collage 
10–11 a.m. Saturdays in the Wonder Corner 
Learn about the collage techniques of famed African American artist Romare Bearden, famous for his unique portrayal in capturing portraits and landscapes from his neighborhood community. Come sit with friends or family and work together to create a collaborative portrait of each other using collage materials. 
 
Eagle Sun King/ Tony Ramirez 
February 9, 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 sound. Sounds like traveling from the rivers, 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 Black History, Peace and Friendship through sharing “Freedom” songs from the Americas. Bilingual Spanish/English. 
 
1000 Birds Project 
Every day 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Clay Studio 
 The 1000 Birds Project grew out of the Many Hands project created in Pittsburgh during Union Project’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in 2011. The project is one way we can all help in bringing Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community to life. Birds symbolize possibility, freedom, perspective and vision. Union Project is a community arts organization dedicated to using art to bridge gaps between communities. 


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
 
Penny’s Puppets
February 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! 
 
Eagle Sun King/Tony Ramirez
February 9, 11 a.m. in the Theater 
Eagle Sun King/Tony Ramirez is a first-generation artist from Mid-City, Los Angeles, now residing in Portland, Oregon. Ramirez finds inspiration in the folkloric roots of Latin America and his inner-city upbringing, traveling from the rivers and beaches to the mountains all over of the Americas through music. 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 Black History, peace and friendship through freedom songs from the Americas. Bilingual Spanish/English. 
 
Friendship and Giving Day
February 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Celebrate community and friendship at Portland Children's Museum during our Friendship and Giving Day! Portland Homeless Family Solutions provides an open, supportive, and nurturing environment to families facing homelessness. With a focus on collaboration and connection, they empower homeless families to get back into housing. In this spirit of community, we want to give comfort to our neighbors by donating socks to Portland Homeless Family Solutions. With your help, we will decorate them with messages of peace and friendship. 

FASCA Taiwanese Toy Display and YoYo Demo
February 15, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Field Station and Theater  
Portland Children's Museum is proud to partner with FASCA (Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors) to present a traditional Taiwanese toy display and yo-yo demonstrations. Explore a variety of toys from Taiwan in the Field Station, and then head to the theater to practice your yo-yo skills. Yo-yo demonstrations will be presented multiple times from 11 a.m.-1.30 p.m. in the Theater.

KiLoFri Featuring Zazzy Zoe and Mr. Ben
February 16, 11 a.m. in the Theater 
Zazzy Zoe and Mr. Ben love to play live music for and to kids and families both in and around Portland. Together, they make the band KiLoFri, meaning Kind Loving Friend. With their incredible musicality and passion for spreading positivity and friendship, they will put on a performance you don’t want to miss! Come and sing, dance, and learn as they perform original songs with themes of kindness for February’s Peace and Friendship month.  
 
Red Yarn
February 21, 10 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

Best Friends Scavenger Hunt
9 a.m.–5 p.m. throughout the Museum 
Help our favorite friendship duos find their BFFs. Look for the notable characters from children’s literature around the Museum and match them with their best buddies to receive a prize! 

Embrace Oregon Diaper Drive
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Lobby
Support local children in foster care this month by donating diapers and wipes. Sizes needed are newborn to 5-years-old.
 
1000 Birds Project
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Clay Studio 
Join a collaborative art project started in Pittsburgh at Union Project, a community art center. Make a bird out of clay and write a message of hope for the community on a piece of paper to accompany the bird. Leave the bird to be fired and take a bird and message created by someone else.  
 
Storytime
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in the Field Station
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

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

Peace Painting
1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Spread peace, love, and paint! Join Meg for a colorful sensory experience as we use our hands to get messy and paint a shaving cream mural.  
 
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 

Paper Kindness Cookies
In memory of our beloved Museum family member, Leslie Schmadeke
1–3 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
Make a message in a decorative parcel for someone special in your life. Learn different techniques for making packages out of paper, from big tissue paper parcels to simple colorful envelopes.  


WEDNESDAY 

Collaborative Quilting
1–3 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
Join us as we discover the joy of working together to make something bigger! In recognition of Black History Month, we will be looking at some of the traditions behind quilting. Each visitor will have the chance to make their own square, and we will join the pieces together into one big quilt at the end of the month that will be displayed in the Maker Studio. You’ll have fun exploring different ways of making, using new tools and discovering hidden skills, in this collaborative effort as we build up to the final piece. 


THURSDAY

Gentle Music for Babies and Pre-toddlers with Mr. Ben
10–11 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 
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.  
 
Friendship Bracelets
1:30–2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Design a one-of-a-kind bracelet to show a special friend how much you care. 


FRIDAY

Love and Friendship Buttons
1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Create your own buttons with Leah. Sketch your ideas, then transform your design into stylish wearable art for you or give it as a unique gift.  
 
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

Community Collage
10–11 a.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Learn about the collage techniques of famed African American artist Romare Bearden, famous for his unique portrayal in capturing portraits and landscapes from his neighborhood and community. Collaborate to create a portrait of each other using collage materials. 
 
Yoga Stretches & Storytime
2:30–3.30 p.m. in the Theater  
Join Rabia for a relaxing and gentle yoga session for all ages and abilities. We’ll move and learn mindful techniques to give us inner peace while we practice breathing skills and poses. Join this quiet space that will inspire calm feelings and peaceful thoughts.  
 
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

February 02, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 03, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 04, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 05, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 06, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 07, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 08, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 09, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 10, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 11, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm