Discovery Days

Since 1999, Port Discovery Children’s Museum has hosted Discovery Days, special days of the year that are dedicated to students with disabilities.  Students visit the Museum and explore the exhibits, programs, and special activities, in a safe and fun environment.
 
Discovery Days are offered each year, and admission is free for Maryland school students.  Each day features special activities, performances and information tables.  Advance registration is required.  Contact Kristie Gulick at 410.864.2664 or kgulick@portdiscovery.org.


Discovery Days are generously supported by:
CVS Caremark
 


Healthy First Saturdays

Our Healthy Families – Healthy Communities platform of learning is a gateway to resources and best practices in the community that support and promote healthy living. Port Discovery offers a unique environment that reaches a broad spectrum of the region’s population. The Museum is a non-threatening and fun environment that is family oriented and requires active participation. These three factors create an ideal environment for children and the important adults in their lives to learn how to make healthy decisions and apply those decisions through play. By reaching children at a young age (birth – 10 years) the Museum can start them on the right path early, when it is easier to change lifestyles. 
 
Healthy Families – Healthy Communities includes a variety of activities and exhibits that are anchored by Healthy First Saturdays, a monthly health fair held at the Museum.  Port Discovery devotes the first Saturday of each month to offering health related activities to children and their families.

We are joined by several Baltimore health institutions and organizations for Healthy First Saturdays;  Health Care Access Maryland, the Baltimore City Health Department’s Childhood Asthma Program, The Tobacco Bus, and the University of Maryland Hospital for Children.  Healthy First Saturdays features special activities and partners, including: Cook & Tell programs with McCormick and Company, Inc. and Wegmans, UMBC Department of Public Health, Family Yoga, and more!


Countdown to Kindergarten
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Help prepare young children for their first school experience by experiencing fun early literacy activities at the Museum. Countdown to Kindergarten is an annual community-wide event that encourages school readiness skills in children about to enter kindergarten while providing parents with information and resources, including health care screenings and free books.

For more information, contact Nora Moynihan at 410.864.2685 or nmoynihan@portdiscovery.org.



After School Enrichment

ArtVentures 

ArtVentures is a 5-week after school enrichment program where students learn core values such as courage, integrity, commitment, determination, teamwork and citizenship are highlighted. An interactive approach to literacy and cultural awareness, ArtVentures uses traditional storytelling, writing, music, dance, arts and crafts, and games to foster creative expression and to strengthen artistic, reading, writing, communication and problem-solving skills. The ArtVentures curriculum focuses on a specific geographic region each year. The 2013-2014 school year program will focus on Morocco.

STEMventures on the Road

An interactive approach to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning, STEMventures on the Road  uses experiments, demonstrations, arts and crafts, games, stories, and writing to foster exploration and discovery of the world of science.  Throughout the program, students will participate in sessions that strengthen observation, experimentation, analytical, reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills.  Core values such as courage, integrity, commitment, determination, teamwork, and citizenship are highlighted. The STEMventures on the Road curriculum focuses on a specific topic each year.  The highlighted topic for the 2013-2014 school year will be Nanoscale Science.

 
Contact Nora Moynihan at 410.864.2685 or nmoynihan@portdiscovery.org for pricing, dates and space availability for 2013-2014.

ArtVentures is generously supported by:

Goldsmith Foundation

State of Maryland

The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Verizon Foundation

Wachovia/Wells Fargo



Noontime New Year
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Countdown to the New Year at noon at Port Discovery's annual Noontime New Year celebration! Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy our masquerade themed party featuring special activities, performances, and a milk and cookies toast to the New Year at 12 pm!



I Have a Dream Weekend
January 18, 19, and 20, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged each and every one of us to create a "Beloved Community."  Each year, Port Discovery celebrates Dr. King’s dream during the I Have A Dream Weekend celebration that takes place during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in January.

 

The community comes to life over the three-day I Have a Dream Weekend with  special performances, African-American living history presented by children from the Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore City, and much more! One of the highlights of the weekend is the creation of a Beloved Community Quilt. Created in partnership with the Baltimore African-American Quilters Guild, each child decorates a quilt square with images of community, family, and things they love. The quilters sew each square onto a community quilt that is displayed throughout the year at various venues including Port Discovery and the quilters’ convention.



Chinese New Year

February 1, 2014

As part of its commitment to the community, Port Discovery Children's Museum hosts an annual Chinese New Year celebration where families of all cultural backgrounds have the opportunity to learn, experience and appreciate the Chinese traditions surrounding the New Year celebration. Past performances, activities and guests have included:

  • The Chinese Lion Dancers of the Tai Yim Kung Fu School
  • Chinese themed arts and crafts activities
  • Story times and Chinese performances
  • Activities with the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee
  • Chinese food sampling with P.F. Changs, Inner Harbor

Chinese New Year activities run from 10am - 5pm and are free with Museum admission.


STEM in Spring
April 12- April 21, 2014

While reforms in science, mathematics, and technology education are underway nationwide, a great deal more needs to be done throughout the education system before significant improvements in student achievement can be realized. Cultural institutions like children’s museums can offer a learning lab atmosphere where children can take abstract issues and make them more concrete.

 
During Maryland Public Schools’ spring break, Port Discovery hosts STEM in Spring, a week long period of special programs dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Museum partners with organizations that specialize in STEM learning, including NISE Network (Nanoscale Informal Science Educators), Howard University Nano Express, MD Bio-lab, NASA, UMBI, and the Society of Toxicology, to engage and spark interest in STEM through interactive, hands-on activities.

 



Discovery Days at Robinson Nature Center
Music in Nature Series
Apr 12 & 26; May 10 & 24 / 10-10:45 AM and 11-11:45 AM

Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult.

Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome (weather-permitting) of fun. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 people each session. The Music in Nature Series is free, due to generous support from the Howard County Council for the Arts & Port Discovery Children’s Museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 410-313-0400 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm





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