Port Discovery In The Community & Other News
Read about Port Discovery's work in the community!
It’s through play that children – at a very early age – learn to engage and interact with the world around them. In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that it has actually been recognized as a right of every child in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of a Child. At Port Discovery, our mission is to educate children and inspire life-long curiosity both at our Museum and in the community.
Below, please find news, updates, and information about our work in the Museum and in the communities we serve.
Port Discovery In The News
Find a selection of articles and news stories featuring Port Discovery Children's Museum and the work we do!
Recent Press Releases
Find recent media releases and statements issued by Port Discovery Children's Museum.
Community Helps Raise $225,000 for Maryland's Children & Families
How Play Helps: Calming Stress & Anxiety in Kids + 6 Activity Ideas
Make Art Together with the Tiny Easel Painter Box + Follow-Along Watercolor Class Benefiting Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Port Discovery Hosts Community Night Full of Play, Learning & Magic
Virtual Learning Support Packs Help Make Hands-On Play Possible
Why Art is Important for Kids + Fun Art Activities for Kids
Youth Advisory Council Helps Children Connect & Express Themselves During Difficult Times
Why We Love Play + Easy Play Ideas for Kids
Port Discovery Partners with Baltimore Area Judy Centers to Provide more than 85 Children & Families with Essential Play & Learning Items
Play is More Necessary Than Ever!
Learn about the benefits of play - and Port Discovery's role in making play possible!
Port Discovery Pivots to Virtual Learning
Learn how Port Discovery worked to create a variety of virtual learning & enrichment opportunities for children, families, schools & more.
Volunteers from PwC Help Continue Tradition of Gingerbricks
At Port Discovery, we know play can help – which is why we’re proud to continue offering safe, fun, and magical experiences that families can enjoy in-person – including some well-loved holiday traditions like our annual Gingerbrick Decorating event – with some new safety twists! Thanks to our friends at PricewaterhouseCoopers for their help in making this magical event happen!
Port Discovery Brings Play & Learning to Military Families
At Port Discovery, we want to make it easier for military members and their families to spend and enjoy time together. We recently hosted a USO Day, where members of 25 military families from Maryland and Virginia visited Port Discovery to enjoy a free day of play - made possible by our generous donors and supporters.
Talking to Children About Race
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We want to help your family understand, discuss, and navigate difficult conversations about historical and systematic racism - and be a resource for your family in helping to create the inclusive and equitable future we hope for. Read our statement and find resources we believe are useful for talking to children about racial injustice.
We've partnered with Baltimore Hunger Project and Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids to get play items and activities into the hands of more than 2,600 children in Baltimore City and Baltimore County dealing with food insecurity and other difficult circumstances. Learn more!
Great Friend to Kids Award 2020
Every year Port Discovery awards an individual or corporation the Great Friend to Kids award, honoring those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to strengthening education and advancing the interests of children. This year, we are extremely proud to honor Bruce L. Cleland, founder of Team in Training with Port Discovery’s 2020 Great Friend to Kids Award. Learn more about this Award and most deserving awardee here.
Fathers at Play Program
Port Discovery has created a new, powerful program called Fathers at Play designed to help fathers use play to strengthen bonds and relationships with their families and communities, aid in their child’s learning and development and to positively support their children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development and school readiness. Learn about the Pilot Program and our partnership with The Center for Urban Families’ Responsible Fatherhood Project to deliver this program.