Wonder of Learning: Portland Children’s Museum and Red Tricycle Portland

February 4, 2012

Tomorrow, Feb 5, 2012 at 10 AM, the Portland Children’s Museum‘s newest traveling exhibit, The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy, will be open to the public. Those of you who know me well also know that I’m big on education and languages. This exhibit captured my interest immediately! Do click on the link to explore the thought behind the new, more museum-traditional (hands-off) type of exhibit, along with concepts, questions and answers.

“Exploring education through multi-media galleries that speak to how young children imagine, invent and create, this exhibit expands the potential to support creative thinking and collaboration in our schools and communities.”

Viewing The Wonder of Learning exhibit is included in your Museum admission price as well as all membership levels. Guests who ONLY wish to view The Wonder of Learning exhibit may do so free of charge by checking in with Guest Services. Guests who wish to visit The Wonder of Learning exhibit AND the rest of the Museum must purchase admission.

The Portland Children’s Museum newsletter also mentioned that they have partnered with Red Tricycle Portland to feature local giveaways, news, and family fun! Red Tricycle Portland is a great resource for those of you in the Portland, Oregon, area for fun activities to do with your children or grandchildren! Red Tricycle provides Portland parents with five fresh picks a week for fun things to see, eat, and do with your kids in your neighborhood. On the website you can sign up for a free email newsletter.

Red Tricycle also has pages for Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Check out my other blogs about things to do with kids on https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Portland Children’s Museum is Free Today!

April 2, 2010

The Portland Children’s Museum is Having Free Friday today!

Day of the Young Child: FREE DAY
Description: The Museum is free to everyone all day and evening! They are open from 9am-8pm to celebrate Day of the Young Child. This year’s theme is Early Years are Learning Years.

A performance from Puppets with Penny, as well as activities like creating instruments, Storytimes and more round out the day. Partners include Children’s Book Bank, Child Care Resource and Referral of Mult. Col. and OSU. (Ratio of adult to child is 1:5)

Target Corporation has extended Target Free First Friday Nights to opening the Museum from 4pm-8pm every first Friday of the month! Thanks Target!

Check out more ideas and activities to do with kids on https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

The Sky’s the Limit: Photographs of Aviation, Air Travel and Airports

March 27, 2010

Last time we flew to/from Portland International Airport I thoroughly enjoyed the aerial photography display of Portland by various photographers. I jotted down the websites of two of the photographers whose work I really admired before we had to run to our plane.

The first one is Bruce Forster at http://www.bruceforsterphotography.com/index.html – plan to spend some time viewing his wonderful images on his website! I love the symmetry in his work.

The second one is Daniel Root. His on-line http://www.danielrootphotography.com/portfolio.html portfolio is very different from his work on display at the airport in that it is totally people oriented. My favorite photo is in the People portfolio and it is the one of the grandfather and child having great fun on the beach. It is a wonderful portrait! I do wish he would add a portfolio of his airport work as well. Ha! I love googling! I found his blog which has some of his work that was at the airport! Yes! See the rest of his blog here!

Other exhibitors I found by googling:
I found Jon Ferrey’s work on his Facebook page. Here’s the photo gallery of his shots. I especially like the plane shadow and the highway interchange photos.

Here is an article about the exhibit on http://www.pmpnonline.com/portlandphotogalleries.htm – From your toolbar click edit, find and paste in: “The Sky’s the Limit” Aviation Photographs at Portland International Airport – That should get you to the blog about it quickly.

The Sky’s the Limit: Photographs of Aviation, Air Travel and Airports

An exhibition of photographs by regional artists with an aviation theme.
Through July, 2010

Concourse A at Portland International Airport

(Concourse A is beyond security and access is available to ticketed passengers only).

Check out more ideas and activities to do with kids on https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Portland’s Chinatown in Spring

March 23, 2010

Today I read my Sunset Magazine from cover to cover. Got on-line to hopefully find the First Person article by Anne Lamott but instead I found the article on Portland’s Chinatown in Spring with all the cherry blossoms blooming: Portland day trip: Old Town Chinatown. Sounds like great fun. I do love Portland.
Portland is very kid and family friendly. This Deliciousbaby link has some good ideas. Our family has enjoyed the Children’s Museum, the Oregon Zoo and Powell’s Book Store. Some other suggestions are on Disney’s family.com site. OregonMom.com is even more plentiful. That should keep you full of ideas for a while!! Have fun!!

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Barn Owls and Great Horned Owls

March 7, 2010

The Orange County Register (6 March 2010) ran an article Barn Owl webcam a surprise hit about the webcam at Starr Ranch Sanctuary. That got me googling for more barn owl info and I found some very interesting links!

We thought we had a barn owl that loves to perch on our chimney in Reno, almost always at night but sometimes at dusk. There is another one in the neighborhood that answers his/her calls. It’s neat but also seems to follow the old Apache Indian folklore of predicting a death. According to the same owl mythology link in the Sierras (where Reno is), native Indians believed the Great Horned Owl captured the souls of the dead and carried them to the underworld. Thanks to the recordings of the different owl calls on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site, we now realize it is a Great Horned Owl. We reviewed all the recordings on the owl pages and “our owl” call is exactly like the one recorded for the Great Horned Owl – only it can go on and on and on and on….. Ah, according to the Oregon Zoo, mating season can be as early as February – so maybe that was the reason! It was February that loooong night of owl calls. I also learned that the female has the lower voice, but the response was too faint to distinguish which was lower…. 🙂

Here’s a radio show dedicated to birds called Birdnote.

The Hungry Owl Project has a camsite and photos as well.

I have other birding blogs and other child activities at https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com 😮

LB Part of Flugtag Craziness

January 16, 2010

Those of you in the Long Beach area should circle the dates of August 6 and 7 on your calendars for a family outing! A few days ago I saw that Long Beach will be part of the worldly Flugtag craziness this year. Flugtag, sponsored by Red Bull, is coming to Long Beach in the summer of 2010. Still in the early stages of planning, the weekend of August 6-7 at the Pine Avenue Pier at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor will be a buzz with Flugtag pilots. Flugtag (German for “Fly Day” or “Air Day” or “Air Show”) is an opportunity for ill-fated “pilots” in creative craft to attempt to launch off a pier – to land usually soon after in a body of water.

The event is world-wide. The cities chosen to hold the USA part of the fun this year are Long Beach, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philidelphia and Miami. More than 80,000 people watched Flugtag in San Francisco and Portland in past years. It originally started in 1991 in Vienna, Austria, by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

The hilarious article that caught my attention was written by Tim Grobaty In the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Jan 14, 2010. Check it out!

Here is a video clip from various US cities in 2009.

Here are Brazil 2009 highlights!

Here are some contestants in Moscow 2008.

Willamette Week Online from Portland ,Oregon, has some behind the scene words and video from 2008 of Flugtag in Portland. It has embedded the U.S. record flying banjo set in 2007 at Red Bull Flugtag Nashville – the banjo crashed early but the flying part with pilot continued for an amzing 155 feet!

www.redbullflugtagusa.com has lots more info and videos! The other page links also have many more funny antics to watch. Enjoy!

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Portland MAX Train Father-Son Separation Reunited

November 21, 2009

Oh, what a blessing! Oh, what a heart-wrenching story! Meet the Guardian Angel Orianne Greene who stayed with 3 year old Aiden until his dad returned on the next MAX train in Portland. Aiden and his dad got separated by a slamming MAX train door – Dad on the train and son on the platform! Every caring parent’s nightmare! Read all about it here on OregonLive.com! Kudos to Orianne! 🙂 I can only imagine my angst if such an incident happened to me and Austin!

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Memory Lane

November 16, 2009

Today was fun sharing our weekend adventures with the people at work and friends on the phone. It was like a trip down memory lane. We’d jump from one of our weekend adventures to someone’s remembered adventure from long ago. Had all kinds of smiles and grins. Just like the adventures in Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!, once triggered the stories flowed from one cherished memory to another. Rainy days, sunny days, cloudy days all had their special moments. It was a lot of fun!

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Great Weekend in Portland!

November 15, 2009

Grandpa Ron and I had a great weekend in Portland with Austin, Bella, Madison and family! It had lots of surprises, twists and turns, yet it was a whole lot of fun and very insightful for us.

Austin is so much taller and so much more vocal! Bella is so much more a young lady as well – she’s four. I had fun one-on-one time with Austin on Friday while Grandpa Ron was serving jury duty. Then Austin, Bella and I went back to the Portland airport and picked up Grandpa Ron – practicing counting to a hundred and twenty five along the way.

Then on Saturday Bella and I went with Mommy to her Baby Shower while Grandpa and Austin went to the Vancouver, WA train station and watched trains move around.

Back in the hotel room Austin used the portable luggage holder as his own train. He climbed in, sat on the middle straps and showed us how he was moving his train – with air brake releases, clunking and sssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh-ing and all. Sometimes he was the conductor and sometimes he was the engineer. It was a lot of fun watching his imagination at work. I do have pictures so I’ll get them posted – maybe tomorrow night. Now it is time to unpack and get to bed for bright eyes for work in the morning!!

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Sierra Club Winter Tracks

October 21, 2009

Just read through my Sierra Club magazine tonight. I really enjoyed the article written by Peter Frick-Wright called Winter Tracks: Seeking a guilt-free winter break, with snowboard and train ticket. I linked it to share with you, too. He went from Portland, Oregon to Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana. It’s quite an exhilarating story!

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