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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 News & Press Releases

Port Discovery In The News 

Port Discovery In The News

Find a selection of articles and news stories featuring Port Discovery Children's Museum and the work we do! 

Port Discovery In The News

Recent Press Releases 

Press Releases

Find recent media releases and statements issued by Port Discovery Children's Museum. 

Port Discovery Media Releases & Announcements

Making Play & Learning at Port Discovery Possible for More Children & Families

Port Discovery Launches PlayMakers Access Program

In order to make play and learning more accessible to all children and families, Port Discovery's PlayMakers Program Provides Low-Cost Access to Families with EBT or WIC Cards.

Learn more about the PlayMakers Access Program

Port Discovery Hosts Community Night Full of Play, Learning & Magic

Port Discovery staff member and bee puppet talk to boy

Thanks to donors, corporate partners, and our community, approximately 250 people from our community enjoyed a free night of play, learning, and magic at Port Discovery.

Port Discovery Hosts More than 250 Community Members for a Night Full of Play

Community Helps Raise $225,000 for Maryland's Children & Families 

Thank You for Playing It Forward and Raising Funds for Maryland's Children & Famiilies

Thanks to our community of donors, corporate supporters, members, and fans of play, we raised more than $225,000 to support Port Discovery's work in the Museum and in the community! 

Learn More About What Funds Raised During Play It Forward 2021 Helped Support

 

Port Discovery Brings Play & Learning to Military Families

Port Discovery Brings Play & Learning to Military Families

Learn about Port Discovery's recent USO Day, where members of 25 military families from Maryland and Virginia visited Port Discovery to enjoy a free day of play.

Port Discovery Brings Play & Learning to Military Families 

Programs & Resources for Our Community

Project PlayPacks

Project Play Packs

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! 

Project PlayPacks 

 

Essential Play & Learning Items for Judy Center's & Students 

Port Discovery Partners with Baltimore Area Judy Centers to Provide More than 85 Children & Families with Essential Play & Learning Items

We partnered with Baltimore-based David and Dad’s Cafe, and Baltimore area Judy Centers located within Title I Schools to create and distribute a series of nutritious meals and PlayPacks paired with Virtual Early Language & Literacy programming to local children and families.

Read About How Port Discovery Partnered to Provide More than 85 Children & Families With Essential Play & Learning

Youth Advisory Council Helps Children Connect & Express Themselves During Difficult Times  

Port Discovery Youth Advisory Councyl Helps Children Connect Express Difficult Times

Port Discovery’s Youth Advisory Council was held virtually this year, helping children build communication skills, develop leadership skills, build connections with others during a time when they needed support and connection. 

Read about How Port Discovery's Youth Advisory Council Supported Children

 

Fathers at Play Program 

Fathers At Play Program

Port Discovery Children’s Museum has partnered with the Center for Urban Families to help fathers become more involved in the lives of their children by playing with them.

Fathers at Play Program

T-Mobile & Port Discovery Children’s Museum Brings 500 Free Educational PlayPacks to Harford County Residents

T-Mobile & Port Discovery Children’s Museum Brings 500 Free Educational PlayPacks to Harford County Residents

Port Discovery Children’s Museum and T-Mobile are partnering to bring educational PlayPacks directly to Harford County, Maryland residents in collaboration with the Harford County Public Library system.

T-Mobile & Port Discovery Children’s Museum Brings 500 Free Educational PlayPacks to Harford County Residents

Supporting Virtual Play & Learning

Virtual Learning Support Packs Help Make Hands-On Play Possible

Port DIscovery's Virtual Learning Support Packs Help Kids Engage In Hands On Play

In order to make virtul learning hands-on, engaging and fun, Port Discovery has developed and distributed material kits as well as Virtual Learning Support Packs to help kids engage more productively in distance learning this school year and beyond.

Read about how Port Discovery's hands-on Virtual Learning Support Packs supported students!

Port Discovery Pivots to Virtual Learning 

Port Discovery Pivots to Virftual Learning

Learn how Port Discovery worked to create a variety of virtual learning & enrichment opportunities for children, families, schools & more.

Port Discovery Pivots to Virtual Learning

How Play Helps: Helping Children Celebrate Diversity & Nurture Inclusivity 

How Play Helps: Helping Children Celebrate Diversity & Nurture Inclusivity

Teaching children about diversity, inclusion, and prejudice – from a very early age – is imperative to raising children who learn to celebrate and value diversity, and that respect, value and include all people.

Read About How to Help Children Celebrate Diversity & Nurture Inclusion

How Play Helps: Helping Kids Prepare for a New School Year 

How Play Helps: Helping Children Prepare for a New School Year

Whether your little one will be attending school in person, following a hybrid approach, or fully virtual, you might find your kiddos feeling a mix of emotions – from anxious to excited – about what’s ahead. Here are some tips for using play to help your family prepare for the upcoming school year!

Find Tips for Helping Kids Prepare for a New School Year

How Play Helps Children & Families

How Play Helps: How Play Supports Kids' Mental Health & Emotional Development 

How Play Helps: Supports Kids Mental Health & Emotional Development

Play is one of the very best ways that children develop the skill sets they need to develop healthy social and emotional skills, to manage toxic strength, and to support their mental health. 

Learn About How Play Helps Support Kids' Mental Health & Emotional Development

How Play Helps: Calming Stress & Anxiety in Kids + 6 Activity Ideas

How Play Helps: Calming Stress & Anxiety in Kids + 6 Activity Ideas

Play helps children stop focusing on what might be troubling them and instead engages them in activities where they get to create worlds all of their own, express themselves, problem-solve, connect with others, and manage stress and anxiety.

Learn about How Play Helps Children Manage Stress & Anxiety 

How Play Helps: Why Reading & Early Literacy Are So Important + Tips to Start

How Play Helps: Why Reading & Early Literacy Are So Important + Tips to Start

Exposing children to language during their early years can help boost their brain development, create a solid foundation for reading, comprehension, and language development, help form important connections, support creativity – and much more!

Learn more & find ideas for building early literacy skills

Why Art is Important for Kids + Fun Art Activities for Kids

How Play Helps: Why Art Is Important for Kids

For little ones, creative play is not only fun – but it also encourages children to be creative, express themselves without judgment, and explore through various art forms. 

Read About Why Art is Important for Kids + Find Activity Ideas

Talking to Children About Race 

Resources for Talking with 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.

Resources for Talking to Children About Race

Why We Love Play + Easy Play Ideas for Kids

Adult with two children with the text Why We Love Play

Play is good for everyone – from babies and toddlers to school children and adults - and it really doesn’t have to be hard work!

Learn About How Play Helps Children + Find Tips for Playing 

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