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Sponsored by Jubitz Family Foundation and Rotary Club of Portland

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 wellbeing, and nurture friendships. Bring your friends and make new ones as we play and learn together how to best care for each other and ourselves all month long. 


EVERY DAY

Embrace Oregon Diaper Drive
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Lobby

Build-Opolis
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Purple Turtle Hall
Our latest pop-up exhibit, Build-Opolis, is open and ready for play in Purple Turtle Hall. Build-Opolis is a city brimming with potential, with opportunities for cardboard construction, giant ball runs, fashion design, bottle cap mosaics, and more!

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

1000 Birds Project
10 a.m.–4p.m. in the Clay Studio
Join a collaborative art project started in Pittsburgh at Union Project, a community art center. Guests will be invited to make a bird out of clay and write a message of hope for their community on a piece of paper to accompany their bird. They will leave the bird they created to be fired and will be invited to take a bird and message created by someone else. 

Tool Time
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Maker Studio 
Learn to safely use drills, hammers and other exciting tools to design and build your own projects from recycled materials. 
All ages are welcome! 

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.


SUNDAYS

Paper Flowers
10 a.m.–noon in Purple Turtle Hall
Make a flower bouquet for someone special in your life. Learn different techniques for making flowers out of paper, from big tissue paper marigolds to simple origami roses. 

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

Pottery Glazing
10 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner
Join studio staff for ceramic painting fun! We offer a variety of pre-made pottery items and a colorful array of glazes for decorating. *Glazed creations ready for pick-up one week after glazing. Fee for materials apply.


Peace Painting
1–3 p.m. in Purple Turtle Hall
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. 


TUESDAY

Helping Hands Cooperative Drawing
12:30–2 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Come by the Wonder Corner to help us create a giant flower! Create and design cutouts of your hand that will be made into petals for our giant cooperative masterpiece!  


WEDNESDAY

Collaboration Collage
1–3 p.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 community. Come sit with friends or family and work together to create a collaborative portrait of each other using collage materials.


THURSDAY

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 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
Join studio staff for ceramic painting fun! We offer a variety of pre-made pottery items and a colorful array of glazes for decorating. *Glazed creations ready for pick-up one week after glazing. Fee for materials apply.


FRIDAYS

Pottery Glazing 
10 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner
Join studio staff for ceramic painting fun! We offer a variety of pre-made pottery items and a colorful array of glazes for decorating. *Glazed creations ready for pick-up one week after glazing. Fee for materials apply.

Yoga Stretches & Storytime
2:30–3:30 p.m. in Purple Turtle Hall
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. 


SATURDAYS

Poetry Circle
12:30–2:00 p.m. in the Theater
Join the circle to share stories about what friendship and peace mean to you. Zach will type up your story on his vintage typewriter to make a poem for you to keep and share.

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. 


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Ice Sculpting Demo
Feb 3, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Theater 
We are proud to present artist James Stugart of ICEovation, who will create a giant ice sculpture in the Theater before your eyes. Starting with a large ice block, James will use 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 artist process in action. Free.
 
Penny’s Puppets
February 6, 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!
 
Micah & Me Toddler Dance Party
February 8, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Come dance and sing along with Micah And Me! Micah And Me host toddler dance parties regularly throughout the Portland Metro area. They have been featured on KOIN 6 News and have had their name on the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall marquee for a special show! They have an uncommon ability to connect with those young at heart!

Eagle Sun King/Tony Ramirez 
February 10, 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.
 
Celebration Day: St. Valentine’s Day
February 14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Field Station
Celebrate love and friendship at Portland Children's Museum for St. Valentine’s Day! Make a fancy card for that someone special,
whether you need invisible ink to write a secret message or sparkly paint to express your love, we’ve got you covered! Visit the Field Station to create an outstanding friendship card for all the people you care about. 
 
Living School of Art Guest Artist Workshop
February 16, noon–2 p.m.
Please join us for monthly visits with various artists from the Living School of Art as they lead activities, performances and discussions based upon the many disparate crafts, arts and traditions shared in their artist collective.

Deep Under Ground (DUG) 
February 17, 2–4 p.m. in the Theater
Deep Under Ground (DUG) have been curating safe spaces for people of color to congregate, express themselves, share stories, love one another, and move their bodies since early-2015. They are now joining us to present a special day of performance and artmaking for Black History month.
 
Red Yarn Folksongs and Puppetry for Families 
February 22, 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.

Celebration Day: Farm Friends Day
February 23, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. *Sponsored by Tillamook Creamery
Farm Friends Day, our signature Celebration Day during Peace & Friendship Month, helps illuminate for children and families the important relationships between people, the land, and animals. At Portland Children’s Museum, we know that children are born with curiosity and empathy, and early on, they display an interest in the natural world and its creatures. During Farm Friends Day, we connect to these innate qualities while educating our visitors about good stewardship of the land, where their food comes from, and how animals should be treated. As always, we use a multi-faceted educational approach that employs hands-on activities, special guests, and stories to reach all kinds of learners. 
 
Black History Month Celebrations

Collaboration Collage
Wednesdays 1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
In honor of Black History Month, 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 10, 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.

Mia O’Connor-Smith with students from the AhRa Dance Ensemble
February 17, 2–4 p.m. in the Theater
Mia O’Connor-Smith, a professional dancer & Portland creative is hosting a Jazz Dance workshop and performance demonstration with students from the AhRa Dance Ensemble.
 
1000 Birds Project
Everyday 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.

Upcoming Schedule

February 02, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 03, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 04, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 05, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 06, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 07, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 08, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 09, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 10, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
February 11, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm