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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 and stories to life. M is for Museum!


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Penny’s Puppets
October 3, 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
October 12, 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!

Halloween Costume Swap
Sunday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.–noon in the Art Gallery
Kick-off a green Halloween season at Portland Children’s Museum at our second 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 our 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). 

Robbi Kumalo: Osebo’s Drum
October 20, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Parents’ Choice Award winning storyteller, Robbi Kumalo, brings her high-energy performance of Osebo's Drum to Portland Children’s Museum! Don’t miss this interactive presentation filled with movement, singing, chanting, and humor while Robbi sets the scene for this traditional African folktale about a tiny turtle who uses kindness and thinking to succeed. 

Kim Schneiderman
October 21, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Teacher, storyteller, and musician, Kim Schneiderman has spent the last 15 years singing, creating, and making music with young families from all over. From her debut album Walk Around the Block, Schneiderman performs well-shaped, expressive songs about the soothing magic of blueberry pancakes, parent-child togetherness, and the endless possibilities of a brand-new sandbox. Can you dig it? 

Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
October 26, 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.
 
Bruce the Bear: Meet & Greet
October 26–November 4 at select Storytimes
Join Bruce the Bear, a mother like no other for special Storytimes. Bruce the Bear, the storybook character from Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgens likes to keep to himself, but when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. What’s a bear to do?
 
Not-So-Scary Halloween
October 28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
There’s no trick-or-treating in the rain when you’re at the Museum. Treat your family to a playful, festive, and not-so-scary day of Halloween fun at Portland Children’s Museum! Activities include Trick-or-Treat bag decorating, pumpkin smash and gooey guts sensory play, spooky Storytimes, and glow-in-the-dark painting. 
 
Candy-Free Halloween
October 31, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Dress up in your costume and join in a Halloween quest around the museum. Trick-or-treat to each exhibit area to do a spookily fun art project or slimy sensory experience, and more. Museum staff will also be handing out candy-free goodies like glow sticks, hand-made Halloween buttons, and toys for a perfectly marvelous sugar-free Halloween that everyone can enjoy!


EVERYDAY
 

DreamScape
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Purple Turtle Hall 
Our newest exhibit, DreamScape, welcomes families to ask ‘what do dreams look, feel, and sound like’ as they explore and tinker with new and recycled materials. Children and adults alike will delight in recognizing everyday objects repurposed to evoke and reimagine dreaming. This space features activities that play upon the darkness of night and the lightness of daydreaming, including a blacklight play zone, a music corner, and sand art light box. In addition, guests are asked to contemplate what inspires them with a reading area featuring stories of dreaming big, and a collaborative writing corner to share what dreams they have for the future.

Children’s Book Drive
9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Lobby 
Give your outgrown books a new home! Portland Children’s Museum is hosting a month-long book drive in partnership with the Children’s Book Bank this October. 

For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development is the scarcity of books in the home. The Children’s Book Bank addresses this book gap by collecting new and used books to give to preschoolers without books of their own at home. Please bring your new or gently used children’s books with you on your next Museum visit and place them in the donation box in the lobby. For more information, please visit www.childrensbookbank.org. 

Monster City
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Clay Studio 
Help us make monsters out of clay: big, little, scary, or silly, all are welcome at Monster City! Leave your monster behind for other guests to enjoy and be sure to tell us about your creation by filling out a gallery submission form. Some lucky monsters will even be fired and placed on display as part of our permanent Clay Studio collection! 

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.  


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! 

Alphabet Soup Sensory Play
10–11:30 a.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. 

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.  

Story Sharing
11 a.m.–noon in the Theater 
Explore the different elements of a story with Emlyn using a story board and natural objects. Together we’ll build a collaborative story that has a setting, characters, and a plot, and then practice listening to and sharing our own stories. 


TUESDAYS

ABC Archery
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Outdoor Adventure
Familiarize yourself with the alphabet in a fun new way: by shooting arrows at it! Join Sky outside for an alliterative adventure where you learn to spell while learning to shoot a bow and arrow.


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 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.

Alphabet Sponge Painting
1–3 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Get messy with the ABC’s! Join Max for an exploration of letters and colors using letter-shaped sponges and washable paint. 


FRIDAYS

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.  

Diamond Poems
1–2:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner 
Join Liz for a unique and collaborative poem project perfect for all ages. We’ll use pictures, words, and watercolor paint to create one-of-a-kind poems that are fun to make and beautiful to look at.


SATURDAY

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! 

Words Around the World
10 a.m.–noon in the Wonder Corner 
Play with language and explore words and letters from across the globe with Rabia. Make new friends and share the beautiful languages that you speak and write!  

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, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 03, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 04, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 05, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 06, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 07, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 08, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 09, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 10, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 11, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm