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Port Discovery offers a variety of special family-friendly events and programs throughout the year!

Port Discovery offers educational drop-in programs nearly every day we are open, but we also offer a variety of special events and programs throughout the year that celebrate science, arts and culture, health, education, and more! Check out our events calendar for daily drop-in programs and a look at upcoming special events by date. 

Cultural Celebrations

Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration

Join us for a special day celebrating Hispanic Heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month! Make your own maracas, create a decorated skull mask for Dias de los Muertos, join our interactive Circle Time featuring tales from Hispanic culture, and learn about Hispanic dance and move along to an exciting performance from Las Hermanas Gonzalex.

Native American Indian Heritage Day Description

Learn about, celebrate and recognize the contributions, culture, tradition and heritage of the indigenous Native American Indian tribes of Maryland on Native American Indian Heritage Day, recognized as an official State of Maryland Holiday and National day of celebration. Join us as members of the Piscataway and Lumbee tribes and representatives from the Baltimore American Indian Center educate visitors with Native Storytelling, interactive Cultural Dance programs, Native American Indian arts activities and demonstrations. And, don’t miss an enlightening, traditional ceremony featuring a Calling Song, Round Dance and Honor Song to honor this important holiday and celebrate Maryland’s indigenous Native American Indian Tribes. All Marylanders and visitors are invited to be part of this special, educational celebration, and Indigenous Tribes will in attendance as well!

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream Weekend

Each year, Port Discovery celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream during the I Have A Dream Weekend celebration. The community comes to life over the three-day weekend with special performances, African-American living history presented by children from the Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore City, quilt making, and other arts and cultural activities. Celebrate with us over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in January!

Chinese New Year

Join us for our 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 craft activities, story times and Chinese performances, activities with the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, and more!

Holiday Events

BOOseum Bash!

Have a spooktacular Halloween at Baltimore’s ultimate Halloween party for kids and families! Boogie to hair-raising tunes from Mr. Don. Have a boo-tiful design painted on your face. Learn about creepy, crawly and COOL bugs with Bug Patrol and magical creatures with Wildlife Adventures. Make tasty treats in the form of Cinnamon Bats with McCormick and enjoy trick-or-treating with magical characters around the Museum! Plus, enjoy a mischievous spooky puppet show and make troll hair and diffusion bats and pumpkins! Be sure to come dressed in your most fang-tastic costume and participate in a frightfully fun costume parade.

Veterans Day Celebration

Gather the little ones for a special day Littles’ Day celebrating our veterans! Create a Shrinky Dink Dog Tag, enjoy face painting with Landre SFX, join our signature Circle time, get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger, and create patriotic art projects.

Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration

Join us for educational family fun events every day over Thanksgiving weekend! Learn about Native American Heritage on Friday, November 24, make a turkey plate and create gobble hats on Saturday, November 25, and join our Thankful Circle Time and award-winning literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose.

Noontime New Year's Celebration

Countdown to the New Year at noon on December 31 each year at Port Discovery's annual Noontime New Year celebration! Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy a special themed party featuring special activities, performances, and a juice and cookies toast to the New Year at 12 pm! 

President's Day Weekend

Port Discovery will be open for fun and learning over President's Day weekend, which will also mark the final weekend to enjoy Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego - Let's Explore! exhibit at Port Discovery. Check back for details on events and activities planned for this family-friendly weekend. 

Health & Wellness Events

Healthy First Saturday

Healthy First Saturdays is a monthly health fair held at the Museum. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the event features health and fitness related activities including kid-friendly yoga, cooking demonstrations, health information tables, and more. Partners and programs include including Cook & Tell programs with McCormick and Company, Inc., FIDOS for Freedom therapy dogs, UMBC Department of Public Health, the Kindersinger's Kinderfit program, and the FazaFam Family Jam!

STEM Events

Little Explorer's Day: Space

Prepare your little astronaut for blast off with our space-themed Little Explorer’s Day! Make and launch your own rocket, create art projects that are out of this world, and learn about space with intergalactic activities you don’t want to miss! Our next Little Explorer's Space Day will be held on November 18, 2017 from 10AM to 5PM! 

STEM in Spring (Spring Break Week)

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 STEMEducation), NASA, Sylvan Learning, Eric Energy and other community partners to engage and spark interest in STEM through interactive, hands-on activities.

Going Wild Weekend

Does your little love wildlife? Entertain and inspire your wild child’s curiosity about all things wildlife at Going Wild Weekend! Discover new animals in the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, listen to stories about nature and animals, and unleash your wild creativity with animal-themed art projects. Our next Going Wild Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, October 1st from Noon to 5PM. 

Animals, Animals, Animals at Robinson Nature Center

Learn about animals and nature with playful, fun and free programming from Port Discovery at the Robinson Nature Center! Using movement, games, science and interactive theater play, children three and up will explore our wild planet and more! Programs are free with Robinson pass or daily admission to the nature center due to generous support from the Howard County Council for the Arts & Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Ages 3 - 10 years. All children must be accomanied by an adult. For more information, call 410-313-0400 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm

Days for Six & Under

Wonderful Wednesdays

Do you have a child ages 6 or under? Wednesdays are designed with you in mind! Join us for special drop-in programs dedicated to children ages birth through 6 years! Enjoy our award-winning literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose, create amazing sounds and learn about rhythm in the Percussion Garden, take part in our signature Circle Time, and dance along to the lively Jingle Jangle Music Time. Please check our event calendar for an up-to-date schedule for upcoming Wonderful Wednesdays. 

Little's Day

Each month, Port Discovery hosts a Saturday dedicated to the littles in the family! With programs designed especially for children six and under, your little one will dance and sing along to the Kindersinger, enjoy interactive Circle Times where they get involved in the story, dance and sing along during Jingle Jangle Music Time, and more! Have older siblings or children that want to visit on Littles' Day? They are more than welcome! Our three floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits are sure to keep them engaged while learning through play!   

Countdown to Kindergarten

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 held each spring 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.

Saving Events

Thrifty Tuesday & Thursdays

Thrifty Tuesdays and Thursdays: Visit for less! ! Visit Port Discovery on Tuesday and Thursdays from 1:00-4:30PM for just $10. That’s more than $5 off each general admission ticket! Enjoy hands-on, interactive exhibits and educational programs that spark imagination and learning in a place custom made for kids! Promotion valid October 1, 2017 through May 24, 2018. Excluded dates include: 12/26/17, 12/28/17, 3/27/18, 3/29/18. We're sorry, but this discount cannot be applied to online ticket sales or prior purchases.

Target $2 Family Fun Night

Enjoy Port Discovery for less! On the third Friday of each month, enjoy three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits, educational drop-in programs, and a night of family fun for just $2 from 4-8PM. That's a savings of more than 80%! Check our event calendar for details on the programs offered for each event. Thanks to Target for their generous support of this important community event.

Dollar Day

Port Discovery is proud to participate in Downtown Partnership's annual Dollar or Less Days. Museum admission will be just $1 per person on Sunday, December 10th, 2017! Enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits and learning through play for just $1 per person.  No coupons or other discounts will be accepted. Admission is on a first come-first served basis and limited to 3,000 tickets.

Special Needs Events

Discovery Days

Discovery Days are special days of the year dedicated to students with disabilities and special needs. 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 discounted (40% or more) or free (with grant support) 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 Week

Every year, Port Discovery sets aside days for children with special needs and their caretakers as part of the museum’s dedication to inclusive learning. The Museum staff lowers volume, sound effects, and lights so that children with physical and cognitive abilities can truly enjoy the museum experience. Activities are designed for children with special needs, but all children are encouraged to join this fun-filled week. Children with IEP’s are welcome at this week’s events. Visit PortDiscovery.org for more information about Maryland Discovery Days. Find out more about each day’s activities for the upcoming Discovery Week, happening Tuesday, November 7th through Friday, November 10th. Contact Kristie Gulick at 410-864-2664 for group pricing and attendance information

  • Portability Autism Day

Tuesday, November 7, 9:30 AM – 5PM

Kickoff Discovery Days with Portability Autism Day, designed for children with Autism and their peers. Learn about the exciting properties of snow and sand, enjoy a can’t-miss puppetry performance from the Kindersinger, learn about wildlife and meet animals at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, enjoy the interactive Eric Energy show, and much more!

  • Discovery Day

Wednesday, November 8, 9:30 AM– 5PM

Get ready to sing, dance, and move on day two of Maryland Discovery Days! Join programs designed for children with special needs, Pre-K to 2nd grade. Learn about different sound techniques at the interactive Percussion Garden, learn about the exciting properties of sand, meet wildlife at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, and enjoy a lively performance from the Kindersinger!

  • Discovery Day

Thursday, November 9, 9:30AM – 5PM

Join Port Discovery for an exciting day of interactive activities designed for special needs children, 3rd grade and above. Don’t miss a live performance from the one and only Kindersinger, our lively interactive Jingle Jangle Music Time, learn about music with Daveed during Fun with Sounds, and learn about wildlife and get up close with animals at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo.

  • Be a Part of the Arts Day

Friday, November 10, 9:30 AM– 5PM

Celebrate the last day of Discovery week with Be a Part of the Arts Day, featuring an inclusive fun-filled schedule for children of all abilities! Listen to our roaming musician, Mr. Norman, fill the halls with classic tunes, enjoy face painting by Landre SFX, learn sign language, and sing and dance along to Jingle Jangle Music Time!

Other Special Days & Events

Super Sundays

Join us every Sunday for fun-filled programs the whole family will love! Drop-in programs and events change each week, so please check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of activities for the day you'd like to visit! 

Fantastic Fridays

Fridays are a wonderful day to visit Port Discovery!  Join us for an exciting day of interactive programs the whole family will love! Enjoy our signature Circle Time, sing and dance along to our lively Jingle Jangle Music Time, and enjoy our award-winning literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose. Please check our event calendar for an up-to-date schedule of activities.

Maryland School Break Weeks

Winter Break Week

Join us every day over Winter Break for educational hands-on programs! Enjoy a special winter-themed puppet show, create Diffusion Snowflakes, get up close with animals at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, and enjoy a winter twist on our award-winning literacy program, Snow Goose on the Loose. Winter Break Week 2017 will be held Tuesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 30! Check back for more details soon. 

STEM in Spring (Spring Break Week)

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 STEMEducation), NASA, Sylvan Learning, Eric Energy and other community partners to engage and spark interest in STEM through interactive, hands-on activities.

Events for Adults

Hops & Vines - November 18, 2017

Adults Take Over Port Discovery! Take a night off from adulting and be a kid again! Join Port Discovery for the 5th Annual Hops & Vines Fundraiser, where you’ll take part in fun activities, demonstrations, make Shrinky Dinks, and explore three floors of interactive exhibits that bring out your inner child. Enjoy libations from some of Baltimore’s best breweries and wineries, plus sample foods from top restaurants in the area. Better yet, you’ll be raising funds for Port Discovery’s access programs, which provide free or reduced admission to the Museum for families and schools in economically challenged communities, children with special needs and for military families. Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/2xfEHme. Tickets are $50 in advance before October 15th, $75 after October 15th and at the door.

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