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This May is Pet Month and Portland Children's Museum is celebrating a love of all animals. Join us to foster compassion and empathy by building connections with our furry, scaly, and feathery friends. This month the Museum offers a variety of art and science activities, special story times, and presentations about animals and how to care for them.


‘PET MONTH’ SPECIAL GUEST PROGRAMMING                                  

Pet Vet Play Day
May 1, 15, and 29, 10:30 a.m.–noon in the Pet Hospital
Help our stuffed animals in the Pet Hospital get patched up alongside a professional vet tech from Banfield Pet Hospital. You’ll learn about the tools in the Pet Hospital and can ask questions about how to become a veterinarian.

Penny’s Puppets
May 2, 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 will 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!

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families 
May 4, 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.

The Reptile Man
May 5, 11 a.m. in the Theater 
Meet the Oregon Reptile Man, Richard Ritchie, and his remarkable reptile friends! The Reptile Man utilized over 60 exotic reptiles from around the world as educational ambassadors to nearly 500 organization yearly. The majority of his reptiles are obtained from local police and animal control agencies, and have found their way into TV commercials, the movie industry, as well as humane training tools known as “Rattlesnake Aversion Training” for over 100 hunting dogs yearly. 

Banfield Pet Academy
May 6, 12, & 26, 10 a.m.–noon in the Theater & Pet Hospital
Show-and-tell presentation from a licensed veterinarian about how to keep your pets healthy, followed by hands-on play and learning time in the Pet Hospital.

Micah & Me 
May 11, 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!

Special Guest Storytime: Biscuit the Dog
May 18-20, times may vary
Woof! Woof! Meet Biscuit, an adorable yellow dog who always wants one more hug, and listen to stories about Biscuit's playful puppy antics. 

Vet for a Day
May 20, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Get your Vet for a Day Certification at Portland Children's Museum! Taking loving care of our pets is important and it takes work and compassion. Visit each Pet Care Station around the museum to learn how to care for pets large and small through hands-on activities and engagement with Banfield Veterinarians. Stations include making your own plush toy pet to care for, creating water dishes and pet toys in the Clay and Maker Studios, visits with therapy animals, practicing your veterinary skills in the Pet Hospital, and adding your picture to the Best Animal Friends wall. Visit all the stations to pass your Pet Care Exam and receive a Kid Vet Certificate!

Cooking Class with Feed the Mass: Pet Treats
May 20, noon–1 p.m. in East Studio
Join Chef Jacob Valentine to learn how to make healthy treats for your pet. Caring for a pet is a big responsibility and making your own pet treats is a wonderful way to show your love for your furry friend. Explore ingredients that are healthiest for animals, learn essential cooking skills, and cook your own delicious pet snacks to take home. Bonus - these treats are safe for kids to eat too!

All ingredients and materials for one child and one adult are included. Each class is designed to empower families to cook and eat healthfully together by teaching basic, essential cooking skills and finding surprise and delight in cooking with and eating fresh, natural ingredients. 

Ages: Recommended for ages 4 and older with a caregiver.
Price: $35. Members will receive a 15% discount at the time of checkout with emailed discount code.
Feed the Mass began with a dream, a dream to improve health by holistic and practical means. What do we mean by that? Not everyone has access to the best medical care or dieticians for preventative care. Heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, obesity, and hypertension are all prominent health challenges in Western civilization today. Most of these conditions and illnesses can either be prevented or have their symptoms significantly reduced through proper dieting. Feed the Mass, as a not-for-profit business, desires to build the Oregon community around food empowerment for every individual.

Real Magic Episode Premiere 
May 26, 2 p.m. in the Theater
Be the first to see the newest episode of Real Magic, created by local artists and educators Alex Kudroff and Lily Bry. This series features people and puppets, animation, song, and humor for all ages to enjoy.

Maker Workshop: Mechanical Animals
May 27, 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15 per family. Members will receive a 15% discount at the time of checkout with the emailed discount code.
Create a miniature, hand-crank powered mechanical animal sculpture that moves on its own! Learn about cams, crankshafts, and other simple machines while you build an astounding clockwork creature.
Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Meet Rojo from Mountain Therapy Llamas 
May 28, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Theater
Have you ever pet or kissed a llama? Now’s your chance! Rojo is a special llama that travels all over the Portland area to bring joy and smiles.

Live Pet Portraits
May 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in East Studio
Meet Sam and Ollie, two big cuddly dogs as they sit for their portraits. Grab some pastels and join Ruth and Liz as they draw the likeness of the Museum’s favorite pooches. 


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 support their imagination and creativity. 


SUNDAY

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! 

Water-Loving Pets Sensory Tub
10:30–11:30 a.m. in the Field Station 
Learn about different pets that LOVE playing in the water with Meg. We’ll splash around the sensory tub with familiar animal friends and discover some surprising swimmers too!

Giant Clay Pet Collaborative
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Join Emlyn in the Clay studio to work on a colossal collaborative clay creation! Learn to sculpt a large-scale form or work together to attach smaller, unique details to a larger piece. Later in the month, return to glaze our fired creation alongside guests and staff! Work with us to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will stay in the clay studio for years to come!

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

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
11 a.m.–1 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.

Animal Tracks Painting
12:30–2:30 p.m. in the East Studio 
Animals often leave foot prints behind making it easier to follow them and see where they have been. Make colorful tracks with Leslie and Marianna as we discover the different kinds of prints animals make. 


TUESDAY

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.

Pet Rocks
12:30–2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Come make a new friend by transforming a simple rock into a companion animal with Max. Use a variety of materials to embellish your pet rock and take it home.


WEDNESDAY

Animal Masks
10:30 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner
Make a mask with Emlyn inspired by your favorite animal using paper and a variety of colorful materials. Put on your mask and let your animal spirit play!

Pet Wash Sensory Play
1:30–2:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Come splash and play as we help our muddy toy animals get clean with Sky.


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 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. 

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.  

Yoga Animal Stretches 
2:30 & 3 p.m. in East Studio 
Join Rabia for a playful yoga session for all ages and abilities. We’ll stretch like our favorite animals, practice breathing techniques, and tell animal stories. 


FRIDAY

Pet Stories
10 a.m.–noon in East Studio
Join Liz for a playful and collaborative story-telling project perfect for all ages. We’ll use pictures, words, and watercolor paint to create stories inspired by animals real and imagined. 

Birdhouses
1–3 p.m. in East Studio
Decorate a wooden home for your bird friends with colors and materials that birds like best with Grace. 

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.  


SATURDAY

Earthworm Exploration
1–2:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Get a first-hand look at earthworms as they wiggle through their habitat and learn some fascinating facts about our wormy friends with Zac. 

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.  

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May 02, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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