Port Discovery acts as a catalyst for helping children and families to develop a passion for life long learning. The Museum celebrates the critical role individuals and groups play in helping to achieve a healthier and more robust community. Together we can accomplish more! Community partners accelerate ideas into action!
What is a Community Partner?
Port Discovery defines a community partner as: a group or organization that donates their time and resources to the Museum and commits both when asked. In return, Port Discovery acts as a venue and resource where the community partners can achieve their goals, improve their visibility and reach their constituents.
Some of Port Discovery's Community Partners are:
Adventure to the Imagi Nation
Join magician storyteller David London on a journey to the Imagi Nation - a far away place found within each one of us. Combining magic, story-telling and interactive play, this 30 minute performance and activity is designed to provide children of all ages with a unique opportunity to express, explore and experience their own imagination in a way like never before.
From start to finish, Astro Events provides clean, modern and affordable equipment for parties and celebrations. Astro Events provides Port Discovery with a moon bounce for many special events throughout the year.
Riverside is a Baltimore-based managed care company that is committed to addressing the health care needs of Medicaid enrollees. By focusing on engagement, agility, and transparency, Riverside Health is well positioned to better address the needs of our members and partners; therefore, building the managed care company of choice.
Bailes de Mi Tierra
"Bailes de Mi Tierra" (Dances from My Land) Mexican folk dance group is located in Baltimore, MD. Their mission is to preserve, promote and present Mexican traditions through its music, dance and folklore. Their vibrant dances, filled with energetic dance moves, accompanied with the lively sounds of Mexican music and colorful costumes, provide a rich representation of their Mexican heritage and traditions. Bailes de Mi Tierra provides dance performances for Port Discovery's Hispanic Heritage Celebration and other cultural events throughout the year.
Baltimore City Health Department - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
The Baltimore City Health Department - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program partners with Port Discovery for Healthy First Saturdays, on the first Saturday of each month, and for special events throughout the year. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Partners teach Port Discovery guests about the dangers of lead poisoning in children, a serious health issue in Baltimore.
Baltimore Sister Cities
Presently, Baltimore has nine sister affiliations: Cadiz, Spain; Genoa, Italy; Gbarnga, Liberia; Kawasaki, Japan; Luxor, Arab Republic of Egypt; Odessa, Ukraine; Piaeus, Greece; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Xiamen, China. Baltimore Sister City Committees attend many Port Discovery cultural events including: Xiamen-Baltimore Sister City Committee partners with Port Discovery for our annual Chinese New Year Celebration and Kawasaki-Baltimore Sister City Committee partners with Port Discovery for Asian Pacific American Heritage Day.
Bubbles the Clown
Bubbles the Clown has been a guest favorite for years!
Eric Energy provides educational and entertaining science shows and workshops for kids ages Pre-K and up. These dynamic shows deal with topics like electricity, sound, matter and the environment. What the kids want to know is that they'll be seeing this like vortex fog rings, bubbling potions and a laser light show! Volunteers are used throughout each show. Eric Energy programs are featured at schools, camps, malls, special events and of course, Port Discovery. Eric has been performing for over 14 years and is on a mission to make learning fun! For videos, show listings and more, check out www.ericenergy.com.
FazaFam Family Jam
At FazaFam Family Jam, parents get moving along with your children to be more Fit, Fun, Creative and Connected. FazaFam integrates lively games and easy playful moves in styles like Salsa, Disco, Hip-Hop, Caribbean, Motown and more. FazaFam is a Family Jam! Join FazaFam at Port Discovery on Healthy First Saturdays as scheduled.
Fidos for Freedom
Fidos for Freedom, Inc., a therapy and assistance dog training organization, attends every Healthy First Saturday with four to eight owners and their trained dogs. The organization facilitates therapy and assistance dog demonstrations to educate the community on the role of working dogs. Volunteers also teach guests about healthy and safe interaction with dogs. Imagine the surprise of a child when they see Tiny, a 220-pound English Mastiff lounging on the Museum floor. www.fidosforfreedom.org/
HealthCare Access Maryland is a quasi-public division of the Baltimore City Health Department that provides health education, care coordination, eligibility determination for the Maryland's Children Health Program, Primary Adult Care Program and Medical Assistance for Families, and outreach program to the community of Baltimore. At Port Discovery, HealthCare Access Maryland is the original partner of the Museum's Healthy First Saturdays. HealthCare Access Maryland sponsors the Health Corner inside the Oasis, an area where families can go to learn about healthy bodies, foods and teeth. On Healthy First Saturdays, HealthCare Access Maryland staffs the Health Corner with health educators who engage visitors in activities, take blood pressures and sign up families for health insurance.
The Hellenic Warriors
John Trikeriotis is the founder of the living history association, "The Hellenic Warriors". Comprised of colleagues-in-arms who have either constructed or commissioned the armor and weapons of the ancient Greek warriors, the group's emphasis is on the accurate depiction of the Spartan military. The "Hellenic Warriors" travel throughout the east coast, appearing at schools, museums and universities where they display the different variations of armor worn by the Greek combatants and discuss the tactics and formations employed. www.300spartanwarriors.com
Here Comes Trouble
Here Comes Trouble is a DC-based kid indie rock band.
Howard University Nano Express
Annually for our STEM in Spring science spring break, Howard University brings the Nano Express van to Port Discovery! Don't miss the next time it pulls up to our doors!
Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Karma Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit rehabilitates rescue dogs into therapy dogs. Stop by Karma Dogs Circle Time to read dog stories and visit a Karma Dog! After the story, learn some quick tips on how to stay safe around dogs, courtesy of Dirk's Guide to Dog Safety, a dog safety coloring book written with the help of Dirk, the first Karma Dog!
Ken Stanek Photography
Ken Stanek is a commercial and fine arts photographer who often works with Port Discovery to capture the fun and excitement of the Museum's events and programs in photographs. His fusion of vision, style and technique translate into stunningly unique and beautiful images.
Make Studio is a Baltimore City visual arts studio for adult artists with disabilities. Make Studio provides an opportunity for adults to create, showcase, and sell their artwork to the public. Make Studio’s mission is to provide multimodal visual arts programming, including sales & exhibition opportunities, to adults with disabilities in a supportive and inclusive environment.
Marsha and the Positrons
Marsha and the Positrons is led by singer/songwriter Marsha Goodman-Wood and includes talented Baltimore beatboxer Max Bent, djembe drummer & drum-maker extraordinaire Kweku Owusu, and skilled & smooth bassist Wardell Howell. Marsha's debut solo album Gravity Vacation has fun original songs about science & how the world works, and has garnered critical praise and several songwriting award nominations. Her concerts are fun, playful, and educational -- and entertaining for adults as well as kids! Max's solo performance, "Outside the (Beat)box," is an interactive celebration of sound and the body as an instrument. Kweku is the founder of Drumming Up from Poverty, a project that mentors street children in Ghana by teaching them drumming, dancing and drum-making. Wardell is a longtime DC-area jazz bassist.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
Maryland Public Television (MPT)
Maryland Public Television exists to provide informational, educational and cultural programming to the citizens of Maryland, bringing the best that television has to offer, including 40 hours per week of programs about Maryland and the region, and specials on arts and culture, news as well as public affairs. MPT is one of the top producers nationally distributed programs for the public broadcasting system. Among their best known national programs are: Wall $treet, MotorWeek, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Wimzie's House and Jewish Cooking in America. Beyond the broadcast, MPT works with educational organizations and community groups to help make their television programs more meaningful. They help teachers integrate technology (television, the internet and new digital technologies) into their classrooms. MPT works with community organizations to plan special screenings as part of their commitment to Healthy Communities.
MetLife Foundation is a key supporter of Port Discovery and the Museum’s special needs programming, including Discovery Days and related programs.
Mr. Gabe performs nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites (such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba”) for children, ages zero to six. He appears regularly at schools, libraries, and cafés in and around Washington, DC. He recently released his first CD, entitled Play Date , which received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and was nominated for a Washington Area Music Award. For information about upcoming performances, bookings, and the CD, visit www.mrgabemusic.com.
National Electronics Museum
From telegraph and radio to radar and satellites, the National Electronics Museum offers visitors access to the electronic marvels that have helped to shape our country and our world. Located within minutes of Baltimore's BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and the BWI Rail Station, the museum offers a wide variety of both static and interactive displays, our amateur radio station K3NEM/W3GR, as well as a research library that is open to the general public, with holdings that focus on all aspects of electronics history.
NISE Network (National Informal Science Education)
The NISE Network is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.
Pam the Kindersinger
Pam is an Oasis favorite at Port Discovery! Check the calendar for the next performance date and enjoy her special interactive songs and dances for little ones!
Pets on Wheels
Pets on Wheels is a not for profit organization that provides friendly visits from volunteers and their pets to people. Throughout the year, Pets on Wheels volunteers and pets visit Port Discovery and encourage safe interactions between pets and people.
P.F. Changs China Bistro - Inner Harbor
P.F. Changs partners with Port Discovery for Chinese New Year, the Museum's annual celebration of the Chinese New Year. PF Changs brings samples of their wonderful menu items for guests to taste. Please visit PF Changs China Bistro at 600 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.
The safety of your children is your number one concern, and leaving them with someone you can trust is key. SeekingSitters takes the stress out of finding a sitter. SeekingSitters is the only insured, on-call babysitter referral service of its kind. One call to SeekingSitters and a background-screened, CPR- and First Aid-- Certified Professional Sitter will contact you! Visit SeekingSitters website for more information:
Throughout the year, Susquehanna Bank staffs financial literacy activities and resources tables designed to teach children and their caregivers about money and fiscal responsibility. In 2010, Susquehanna Bank sponsored the Port Discovery's annual Financial Literacy Fair at the Museum.
With more than 30 years of experience and more than 800 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K–12. As the leader in supplemental education, Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan programs include study skills, math, reading, writing, test prep for college entrance and state exams, and NEW STEM programs. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS, or visit sylvanlearning.com or the Sylvan Source blog.
During Spring at STEM and Freaky Friday Science Labs at Port Discovery, Sylvan Learning offers free Robotics classes! Using both the hands and the mind, students in grades 1-8 enjoy creating Robots with LEGO® bricks (perfect for kids who love keeping their hands active)! After building their creation, students will program the model to follow commands, learning to troubleshoot and building critical thinking skills along the way.
Three Stone Steps
Ethically sourced imports. Partners with individual artisans and fair trade producers to find and design people- and planet-friendly fashion and decorative accessories and art. Proudly based in Baltimore.
Uncle Pete - An Interactive Music Celebration
Uncle Pete is a family performer. His music has a positive message and universal appeal. His catalog includes a mix of familiar classics, current favorites, family friendly pop songs and originals with new songs being added all the time.
University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
MRSEC has partnered with Port Discovery for several years to present science programming for children at the museum. Currently, MRSEC is working with Port Discovery to provide enhancements and activity facilitation in our Nano exhibition. http://mrsec.umd.edu
Vorbeck Materials was founded in 2006 to bring to market products using graphene, a sheet of carbon that is only a single atom thick. Graphene has received a large amount of media attention for its record breaking properties. It is the strongest material ever measured: it would take an elephant standing with all it's weight on a pin to break a sheet of graphene the thickness of cellophane. It is also the most thermally conductive material and is 100 times more electrically conductive than silicon. Vorbeck manufactures this material at ton scale while developing commercial products that solve problems in the manufacturing, industrial, electronic and consumer markets. In recent years, there has been significant interest and activity its development and Vorbeck is leading the way in it's incorporation into real life applications.
Since 1999, Wildlife Adventures has been educating and entertaining children and adults alike using live animals. They are proud to join Port Discovery on a mission to introduce children to the natural world, as well as to foster their natural sense of exploration. Join Wildlife Adventures for exciting, fun-filled and educational programs designed to help children open up the wondrous world of nature.
Local Cultural Institutions
Port Discovery partners with many local cultural institutions to show support for their programming and events and vise versa. Some of the wonderful institutions that visit Port Discovery throughout the year are: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The National Aquarium in Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum, The Museum of Dentistry, The Maryland Zoo and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.