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!
Behind the sign is a water feature where you can float wooden boats down the “river.”
On stage playing music for some dancing princesses.
Clay sculpting in the art studio.
One of James’ creations, with Miriam riding a lizard of some sort in the background.
Joint James-and-Mama creation – a kind of creepy snowman 🙂 James makes sure every creature or person he creates, in any medium, has eyebrows.
Miriam playing receptionist in the vet clinic.
Checking out a dog at the vet clinic
Miriam was tired, but rallied for a bit before we headed home.
Another sling selfie
Get dried off and head home!
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!