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Join us in July for a whole month of safety fun with Play It Safe Month! Each week will be full of activities highlighting key safety messages for families. Whether you like to spend the summer indoors or out, on the water or riding your bike, there is something for everyone at Portland Children’s Museum this July. This month the Museum offers a variety of art and science activities, special storytimes, and presentations about safety for everyone.


PGE SPONSORED SPECIAL PROGRAMMING                       

Taco Dragon: Meet & Greet
June 29–July 8 at select Storytimes
Meet Taco Dragon from the hilarious best-selling book Dragons Love Tacos by award-winning team Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble. Join us for lively Storytime with Taco Dragon!

Portland Pickle’s Mascot Dillon the Pickle: Meet & Greet
July 6, at 6 p.m. in the Theater during Free First Friday
Meet Dillon the Pickle, mascot of Portland’s own baseball team, the Portland Pickles! Come hangout with the ‘greatest and most adventurous pickle in the world’ for a baseball-themed Storytime and adventures with Dillon in your favorite Museum exhibits.

Play It Safe Month Launch Party
July 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Kick off the opening of Play It Safe Month, sponsored by PGE with Larry the Lightbulb appearances, a photo booth with fun dress up props, and special guest Lineman Larry and his bucket truck. 

Ice Sculpting Demo
July 7, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and August 3, 4:30–7 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
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.  

Pop-up Collaborative
July 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in East Studio
Help us build a giant collaborative creation using recycled materials to celebrate the summer. Pop-up Collaboratives are a celebration of child-directed play, stocked with different materials (such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string) and welcomes people of all ages and abilities to play and create together.

Tallulah's Daddy Outdoor Concert
July 14, 11 a.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Tallulah's Daddy plays fun, energetic, interactive acoustic music for kids and families!
 
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
July 20, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Portland Children’s Museum is proud to present EMMY Award Winning band, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band!
As featured on NPR, All Things Considered, 3x EMMY Nominees and WINNERS and 2 X LATIN GRAMMY nominees and WINNERS! Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to ever win a Latin GRAMMY in the children’s album category! Get ready for a hip-shaking, head bopping dance party explosion of indie fresh pop rock beats!
 
Nathalia: Bilingual Kids’ Music
July 22, 11 a.m.–Noon in the Theater
Nathalia uses a creative bilingual approach to engage families in a fun-filled musical concert. With themes like space exploration, dinosaurs and cruising down the Amazon River, her infectious original songs will have everyone singing, dancing, and maybe even learning a little Spanish, in this multi-cultural experience!
 
Micah & Me
July 30, 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!

Pollinator Safaris with Bee & Bloom
July 25, 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 important 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.

Suzi Shelton Musical Performance
July 27, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Suzi Shelton is an award-winning NYC singer/songwriter and performer who has been making catchy and meaningful music for families for more than a decade. She and her band have performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and The White House (to name a few). Suzi recently released her third album entitled "Smile In My Heart," to much critical acclaim, and continues to write new material for her young audiences. In addition to her live performances, Suzi produces a weekly interactive video series called "Sing with Suzi," which can be viewed from any mobile device on her YouTube Channel. Please visit her at suzishelton.com for more information on her music, videos and performances - both live and online.


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.  

Courage Tree
9 a.m.– 4:45 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
What does the word courage mean to you? Share your thoughts in pictures or writing and add it to the Zoom Tree to help us create an inspiring community collaborative. 

Mud Kitchen
9 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.

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! 


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! 

Guardians of the Garden Tour
11 a.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.

Ready, Aim, Archery!
1–3 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure 
Bring your adventurous spirit and practice using a bow and arrow to hit a target with Emlyn.

Hazard Hamlet
2 p.m. in the Treehouse
Presented by PGE, this interactive presentation demonstrates electrical hazards around the home and neighborhood, complete with realistic effects. 

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 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.  

Squishy Circuits
1:30–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Sculpt a wacky circuit using colorful play dough, batteries, and LED lights with Maddy. Explore how simple circuits work through this sensory science activity that encourages problem solving, helps cognitive development, builds fine motor skills, and language development. 


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. 

Adventure Preparedness Packing
12:30–2 p.m. in East Studio
Practice your preparedness skills in this imaginative play activity with Leslie. Dream of a place you’d like to go – anywhere from the beach to outer space – and what kinds of supplies you want when you get there to help you be healthy, happy, and safe. Then grab a bag and start packing! We’ll have a variety of objects you might want to bring on your adventure to choose from, or you can invent your own to add to your pack.


WEDNESDAYS

Hazard Hamlet
11 a.m. in the Treehouse
Presented by PGE, this interactive presentation demonstrates electrical hazards around the home and neighborhood, complete with realistic effects. 

Safety Science: Egg Drop
1:30–2:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Design and build a creation that will keep an egg safe from a drop of over 12 feet with Sky. We’ll hypothesize and experiment with a variety of materials, collaborate and observe, and then test out our creations in Outdoor Adventure.


THURSDAYS

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.  

Super-Duper Bubbles
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Have you ever been inside a giant bubble? Here is your chance! Come play with bubbles of all shapes and sizes and learn from Liz how to make different kinds of bubble wands.

Reflective Wrist Band Art
12:30–2 p.m. in East Studio
Decorate a wrist band with Max using reflective tape to make a colorful, safety-conscious fashion accessory for your nighttime adventures. 


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.  

Plein Air Painting
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Get inspired by beauty in nature with Rabia! Experiment with colors and light in the traditional style of painting outdoors on an easel. 

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
10:30 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner
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 inspire others to be kind and care for the environment too.  

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.  

Upcoming Schedule

July 02, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 03, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 05, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 06, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 07, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 08, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 09, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 10, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 11, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 12, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm