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Word Play Month celebrates the wonderful world of words and storytelling. All October long, Portland Children’s Museum will have engaging activities dedicated to bringing letters to life. M is for Museum!


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Penny’s Puppets
October 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 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!

Ghostbusters Slime Making Party
October 13, 12:30–2:30 p.m. in the Maker Studio
Come join our local Ghostbusters team as they lead a slime making activity for kids of all ages.

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
October 18, 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.

Halloween Costume Swap
October 20th, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery
Kick-off a green Halloween season at Portland Children’s Museum at our annual children’s costume swap! Museum guests and members are invited to donate their gently used children’s Halloween costumes, costume pieces and accessories, and exchange them for costumes donated by others. This is a great way to save money, clean out your closet, and connect with other families in the community. Costumes for infants to age 12 are welcome and should be in good to excellent condition. Please no significant stains, rips, holes etc. unless they are supposed to be there! You may also donate costumes without exchanging. Any costumes remaining after the program will be donated to Goodwill. Free with Museum admission or membership. Adults must be accompanied by a child per our admission policy.  

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish + English
October 26, 11 a.m.–noon in the Theater
Come listen to classic and beloved stories from Mexico in celebration of Dia de los Muertos read in Spanish and English. Portland Children’s Museum is proud to partner with librarians from Multnomah County Library for this special bilingual Storytime.

Candy-Free Halloween
October 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dress up in your costume and join in a Halloween quest around the museum. Trick-or-treat around the museum and make a spookily fun art project, decorate yourself with face paint, have a slimy sensory experience, and more. Museum staff will be handing out candy-free goodies like glow sticks, Halloween buttons and stickers, and toys for a perfectly marvelous sugar-free Halloween that everyone can enjoy! Trick-or-treat goodies will be passed out from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Halloween activities will be open until 3 p.m.

Word Play Amazing Glazing
During regular glazing times in the Wonder Corner
Join the clay studio staff for ceramic painting featuring the letters of the alphabet. Each letter ornament costs $3 or two for $5. We also offer a variety of pre-made pottery items and a colorful array of glazes for decorating. Price includes piece, glazing, and firing. Glazed creations ready for pick-up one week after glazing.

EVERY DAY

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.

Autumn Decorating Collaboration
10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Maker Studio
The Maker Studio is getting into the seasonal spirit with an autumn art collaboration project. Come see what happens when we play with recycled materials to make fall inspired objects, like colored leaves, gourds, clouds, and anything else you can imagine, to place in the Maker Studio community garden. We will collect all the one of a kind objects and put them on display around the Museum for the duration of the fall season.

SUNDAYS

Bookmaking Exploration
10 a.m.–noon in the Maker Studio
Join us in the Maker Studio to experiment with making our own books! Try a typewriter, letter press stamps, handwriting or whatever else you can invent to make your own literary masterpiece.

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
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.

Alphabet Soup Sensory Play
1–2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Join Meg for Word Play Month as you ladle letters from our soup bowl into yours. On your own or with a friend, try to form words or practice your letters by singing the alphabet song.

TUESDAYS

Letter-rama
1–2:30 p.m. in Wonder Corner
What kind of letter play will we do today? Familiarize yourself with the alphabet in fun new ways. Join Leslie every week for letter play activities.

WEDNESDAYS

Popsicle Stick Poetry
10 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner
Join Grace for a playful and collaborative poem project suitable for all ages. We’ll play with pictures and words on popsicle sticks to create simple, elegant poems.

THURSDAYS

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
10–11 a.m. in the Theater
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.

Z is for Zoodles
2:30-3:30 in the Wonder Corner
Twisty swirly spiralized vegetables make eating vegetables more fun, but did you know they also make learning the alphabet more fun too? Play with spiralized veggies to create your favorite letter or spell your name!

SATURDAY

Stamp and Print Party
1-2 p.m. in the Maker Studio
Play with language and explore words and letters from across the alphabet with Rabia. Make stamps using foam letters to create your own language or just explore the shapes and designs of letters and use the stamps to make an artwork.

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

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

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