Monday, June 17, 2024

Portland Parks Free Lunch & Free Summer Events!

Announcing Free Summer Events! 

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces its 2024 Summer Free For All (SFFA) events and activities. All programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend! Program start dates vary, so visit the Summer Free For All webpage for complete details or call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525. 

Free Lunch + Play 

Beginning June 24, youth 18 and under can get free lunches and participate in activities for the whole family. For a list of locations, visit the SFFA Lunch + Play webpage. This summer's kick-off event is June 27, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at McCoy Park featuring roller skating with the Rose City Rollers and a performance by Ballet Papalotl.

Cultural Events  

Get ready for free movies, concerts, dance performances, and cultural festivals starting with the 3rd Annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival on July 6 and 7 with musical artists Allen Stone and Sheila E. Bookmark the cultural events webpage for updates.

Gateway Discovery Park  

Gateway Discovery Park in East Portland is a beautiful plaza where summer fun occurs daily. Drop-in activities include free lunches for kids, daytime performances, arts and crafts, and special events! See the full schedule.

Free Fitness in the Park  

Fitness in the Park is now free! Take fitness classes while enjoying the outdoors. Classes start June 24 in various locations. The full schedule will be available in June. In the meantime, take a look at the Fitness in the Park locations.

Free Open Play Swim  

Stay cool in the pool. Check out the swimming pool schedules for free open swim days and hours. Free open swim days are listed as free of charge.
Click here for more SFFA information!
The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services. To request these services, contact 503-823-2525, for Relay Service or TTY: 711. 
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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Portland Puppet Museum New June shows and workshops!

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Summer fun begins in June in our renovated beautiful Outdoor Garden Theater! The sun shades have gone up making this outdoor theater cool and fun for all ages. Adults sit on folding chairs and kids have their own small chairs or just sit on the grass as we take them on a grand adventure!

Icicles Rock'n'Roll Kids Puppet Show returns to rock the Puppet museum!!

Come rock out with the whole family With Icicle the lion and friends to the hits of the 70's, 80's, and 90's.
Here is the puppet museum with help from Icicle The Lion to have a blast enjoying all your favorite classics in this rock'n event for the whole family.  Icicle the Baby Blues Lion from the Portland Puppet Museum presents Icicle's Rock and Roll Kid's Puppet Show in the heart of the fairy tale exhibit. Take a magical journey into the rock and roll songs of the 60's,70's and 80's. This interactive family show features over 75 colorful puppets that the kids and folks in the audience get to work with us. Let's bungle in the Jungle with LION SLEEPS TONIGHT with a trunk just overflowing with monkeys, giraffes, and elephants, then jump into the world of Legends as we board Noah's Ark and load the animals two by two as we present the Irish Rovers, THE UNICORN SONG, yes there will be Unicorns. Catch a wave in UNDER THE SEA, featuring 4-foot-tall mermaids, sea turtles, pirates , fish, and crabs. Find your inner Chi as we practice Kung Fu with our own KUNG FU PANDA master training his students in the middle of soaring Chinese 6-foot sky dragons. We finish up our journey with a colorful Caribbean Carnival of dancing monkeys and monsters in a celebration of DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY and the Macarena. This interactive puppet show has been a fan favorite though out Portland for the past 7 years. Show is apex 45 minutes long, perfect for children of all ages. 
Doors open at 2:00PM

Tickets are $15.00 per seat ages 3 years and up. Phone reservations can be made at 503 233-7723 and we will hold the tickets at the door or purchase ahead of time online
Sat June  8th, 22nd  
 Sun June 9th,  23rd

On-line Tickets available!


Recycle Puppet Building Workshop
Our popular Family Recycle Build a Puppet Workshops are back; Friday June 28th, and Saturday June 29th, from 1-5:00PM at the Portland Puppet Museum
On-line Tickets available!

Yeah, Yeah, we know. The typical build-a-puppet class features paper bag puppets with glued-on decorations. Perfect to use as a litter bag in the car on the way home from the class.
• Well, not here at the Portland Puppet Museum. We help our students make puppets that they will take home, display proudly, and actually use.
Even big people have fun in our classes. We never know just what they will create.
• Each four-hour session begins with the sometimes hard decision of what type of puppet they want to build. They can bring an favorite old stuffed animal (or person) which can magically be converted to a working puppet. OR, they can choose from our extensive collection of stuffed stuff, most of which has been rescued from Goodwill and saved from a long trip back to China (where nasty things would surely happen to them). They have all been washed and made ready for their conversion.
• Then they need to decide what type of puppet they want to build. We have one price for the session. $45.00 each attendee for hand, rod, hopper, or marionette puppets. We are limiting the classes to eight students. Parents are welcome to join in assisting the smaller children in this creative fun memorable workshop.

 We are so excited to bring you news about the changes and new things happening at the Portland Puppet Museum; a new podcast, a new photo magazine, and new apparel.

Pod Cast

I was recently interviewed on Christine Lassiter's pod cast about my 55 year career in the world of puppetry from television to the Disney Stage. Have a great time hearing Marty and my story as we journeyed though life and created the Portland Puppet Museum.
Check it out on YouTube at    Pod Cast Link

New Art Magazine  Featured interview inside
We have partnered with an amazing husband and wife publisher on a very special art, music and mischief deluxe magazine. Over 13 pages of photos and interview are covered in this new issue. Our special thanks go out to Phoenix and Lexi Alexander for including us in this and helping to support the mission of the Portland Puppet Museum. We carry both sizes of books for this month in our Gift Shop.
-Issue 11 of Grib Jaanga features:

- Portland Puppet Museum Interview - Such a cool feature, this is one of the last puppet museums left in the world!

- Submission from Steve the Amateur Historian

- Choose Your Own Adventure

Also features cool articles, puzzles, poetry, and more!
Small book $10.00 Large Book $15.00

New Portland Puppet Museum Apparel !

With long awaited fan fair the Portland Puppet Museum now has apparel created by Finish Line. We have Tees, Hoodies and Woman' Racerback Tank Tops with three different custom designs  Our new garments come in three different colors to choose from and sizes range from Youth Small to Adult 4XL. So check out our stylish wear perfect for the entire family or just you fans that want to help support the Portland Puppet Museum. Prices start at $25.00.
Check them out at our new section on our
New Store!  Click here!

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Steve Overton
Portland Puppet Museum
906 SE Umatilla St, Portland, Oregon 97202
503 233-7723 or text at 503 962-0057

The Portland Puppet Museum
Come beat the heat this summer in our beautiful outdoor theater behind the museum in our backyard!
Come bungle in the jungle with Icicle and his animal friends as we rock out to Lion Sleeps Tonight.
Children and adults love performing with us on stage and its always a heck of a lot of fun!
Get on your chi and come Kung Fu Panda with us as we learn the arts and soar on the back of Dragons.
Simple kid friendly puppets designed to bring smiles and easy to operate.
Dive under the sea with your very own Mermaid, Sea Turtle or Shark!
Icicle the Baby Blues Lion takes you on a magical musical adventure perfect for the entire family.
We just never know what the kids will create with the materials of this fun workshop!
Your never to young and never to old, teens love to create too!
Pod Cast Finding My Own Weird with Christine Lassiter
13 colorful pages of puppets and an amazing interview featuring Geppeto from our No, No, No, Pinocchio puppet show!
Sterling the Court Jester heads up the article .Glorious colorful pictures of the exhibits inside!
Finally new Tees have arrived, it's only been 8 years for you to wait. Wait no more!
We are so excited to offer Hoodies and womens Tanks as well.
Beryl Bernay (1926-2020) was a pioneer of children's television shows in the early 1960's: She created, wrote and hosted All Join Hands and Let's Be Friends for CBS television. Her unique television shows exposed different cultures to her young audiences bridging differences with friendship and understanding to all.  We are honored and proud to preserve the legacy of this amazing woman and her puppets.
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