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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn about How Play Helps Children Manage Stress & Anxiety 

 

Make Art Together with the Tiny Easel Painter Box + Follow-Along Watercolor Class Benefiting Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Buy a Tiny Easel Painter Box During the Month of April 2021 and 15% of Each Purchase Will Be Donated to Port Discovery

Purchase a Tiny Easel Painter Box & Support Port Discovery!

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

Port Discovery staff member and bee puppet talk to boy

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

Virtual Learning Support Packs Help Make Hands-On Play Possible

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

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

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

How Play Helps: Why Art Is Important for Kids

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

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

Port Discovery Youth Advisory Councyl Helps Children Connect Express Difficult Times

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

Why We Love Play + Easy Play Ideas for Kids

Adult with two children with the text Why We Love Play

Learn About How Play Helps Children + Find Tips for Playing 

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

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

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

Play is More Necessary Than Ever!

Man with Children with Text Why Play is More Necessary Than Ever

Learn about the benefits of play - and Port Discovery's role in making play possible!

Why Play is More Necessary Than Ever

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

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! 

Volunteers from PwC Help Continue Tradition of Gingerbrick Decorating

 

Port Discovery Brings Play & Learning to Military Families

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. 

Port Discovery Brings Play & Learning to Military Families 

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

 

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 

Great Friend to Kids Award 2020 

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. 

2020 Great Friend to Kids Award Recipient Bruce Cleland

Fathers at Play Program 

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. 

Fathers at Play Program
 

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