Maryhill Museum will kick off its summer series of Family Fun Days on Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a ballet performance and photography-related art activities.
The program is open to all ages and children under 17 are free with one paid adult.
The program will begin at 1 p.m. with a special ballet performance by the Pacific Artists Ballet Theater of Portland. One of their pieces being performed, Reverie du Soir, was inspired by early modern dance and film techniques pioneer Loie Fuller, one of the founders of Maryhill Museum.
From 2 to 4 p.m., visitors of all ages can participate in crafting a zoetrope, experiment with photosensitive paper and create a photo magnet.
A zoetrope is a kind of a mechanical cinema made mostly from paper. It was invented in 1834 by William Horner and shows a running or moving object. All supplies will be provided.
"Bring your entire family for an afternoon of fun activity and exploration," said Carrie Clark, curator of education. "Enjoy the beauty and grace of the Pacific Artists Ballet troupe and then try your hand at creating a photography masterpiece. It'll be a great day for families to visit the museum."
Maryhill Fun Days are held throughout the summer and include arts programs for all ages. There are art fun activities in the Eye See Resource Room and programs related to the museum's exhibitions.