Out and About in Portland: Portland Children’s Museum

I decided to pick up my long-abandoned series “Out and About in Portland” with today’s trip to the Portland Children’s Museum. Paul’s parents got us a membership last Christmas and the kids love it there. I have had memberships at several children’s museums over the years. The kids and I loved the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, and the Portland museum is similar. But the best museum I have been a member of is the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, because of their awesome outdoor space. I was always disappointed that the Portland museum didn’t have any outdoor space. But they have recently remedied that, and while it can’t hold a candle to the NC museum, I was very pleasantly surprised at what they have so far! Lots of naturally landscaped play spaces with very few rules, and the most awesome climbing tree.

On our way!

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I like to document that Sophia is actually with us, so we usually take a couple “Sling Selfies.”IMG_1960

“Campsite” in the new outdoor space (not all of it is sticks and dirt :))IMG_1964

I take a lot of pictures of Miriam’s hair.IMG_1967

Amazing climbing tree!IMG_1977

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Behind the sign is a water feature where  you can float wooden boats down the “river.”

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On stage playing music for some dancing princesses.

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Clay sculpting in the art studio.

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One of James’ creations, with Miriam riding a lizard of some sort in the background.

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Joint James-and-Mama creation – a kind of creepy snowman 🙂 James makes sure every creature or person he creates, in any medium, has eyebrows.

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Miriam playing receptionist in the vet clinic.

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Climbing space

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Checking out a dog at the vet clinic

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Water play

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Miriam was tired, but rallied for a bit before we headed home.

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Another sling selfie

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Get dried off and head home!

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When we got home, Miriam made sure baby Rosie had a carrier to ride in like Sophia. Miriam’s carrier is much more fabulous than any of mine!

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2 Responses to Out and About in Portland: Portland Children’s Museum

  1. There are some really sweet shots in here! Come visit us and we’ll take you for some REAL outdoor play….ice fishing! Haha!

  2. MaF says:

    How fun! All these years and we still have never been. I am adding to our summer trip list! We have been wanting to hit the zoo too…so many choices.

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