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Explore Animationland at Port Discovery


Experience a fantastically immersive journey through Animationland locally sponsored by M&T Bank, now open at Port Discovery!

Observe as your little learner dives into a world of storytelling and animation using science and their imagination! Explore interactive areas throughout Animationland like the sketching studio, the sound effects booth, and star in your very own stop motion video! Animationland empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn and tell their own stories through animation!


Experiences Include:

Create Your Own Storyboard

Basic geometric shapes form the foundation of many animated characters! Learn how to combine basic shapes to create characters featured inside the exhibit, or create your very own original character!

Be a Foley Artist

Ever wondered how sound effects are created for your favorite animated shows? Now you can learn about it hands-on! Become a Foley Artist inside the Foley Studio as you use noise-making tools to add sound effects to your original animation.

Make Stop-Motion Magic

Learn the magic behind stop-motion movies by creating one yourself! Stop by the Plan & Pose Interactive to get creative and start in your very own stop-motion animation, featuring fun props and more! Challenge your family to see who can create the most unique stop-motion!

Capture the Memories

Snap a family pic in the Prickle Desert or Comfort Peaks to enjoy your adventure through Animationland together for years to come!

What Bloggers & Parents Are Saying About Animationland

Macaroni Kid South Baltimore

Local blogger & Animationland Media Sponsor, Macaroni Kid South Baltimore, enjoyed visiting Animationland on it's grand opening day Saturday, May 22nd, 2021! 

Check out photos from their visit and more via their post! 

Kid Friendly Maryland

Major Port Discovery fan & longtime Museum visitor, Kid Friendly Maryland was thrilled to explore Animationland its opening weekend at the Museum! 

Check out photos, videos and more from their visit!

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Kid Friendly MD - Animationland

Animationland closes Sunday, January, 2 2022.

Locally sponsored by M&T Bank. Exhibit in collaboration with OMSI.

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Your Health & Safety

Masks Required for All Visitors 2_ Effective August 9

Important Update to the Museum Mask Policy: In accordance with updates to Baltimore City's mask mandates, beginning Monday, August 9, all visitors ages two and older will be required to wear a mask when visiting Port Discovery, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

We've leveled up our already robust cleaning practices at the Museum. Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting before, during, and after your visit. While you are here, you'll notice staff members cleaning and disinfecting exhibits, surfaces, toys, and more. You'll also notice Dirty Toy Bins throughout the Museum for your use. High traffic areas and objects will be sprayed with electrostatic sprayers before, during, and after your visit. Loose parts and manipulatives in each exhibit will be removed and replaced with a fresh set at the beginning of each play session. Additional deep cleaning will take place while the Museum is closed to the public.  For more information on what we are doing to level up our cleaning and disinfecting practices, explore our Reopening Plan, Cleaning Proceduresand FAQs about Reopening

Hand Sanitizing Stations & Hand Washing

We've added hand sanitizing stations for your use throughout the Museum. We require guests to sanitize their hands upon entry to the Museum, and before and after visiting each exhibit area. We also strongly encourage you to wash your hands frequently throughout your visit. 

Stay In Your Bubble - Measures to Encourage Physical Distancing

We ask our guests to please stay "in your bubble" - also known as the group of people you are visiting with! Please maintain a physical distance of 6ft from staff members and guests who are not with your group. We've made a variety of changes to the Museum experience to encourage physical distancing, including significantly reducing the Museum's capacity, creating one-way entrance and exit points, one-way linear paths for exploring the Museum, setting capacity limits for exhibit areas, and more. For more information on what we are doing to promote physical distancing, explore our Reopening Plan and FAQs about Reopening

Stay In Your Lane

We have established one-way entrance and exit points as well as one-way linear paths for exploring the Museum. Please follow directional signage and instructions from staff. Limit elevator usage to one family/group at a time, follow one-way signage for entry, exit, Museum stairs, and main floors. Floor markers and reminder signage will be found in all spaces. 

Follow Exhibit Capacity Guidelines

We have established exhibit capacity limits for each of our exhibit areas to help encourage and maintain physical distancing. Please kindly observe these capacity limits posted outside of each exhibit. If the area is full, please explore one of our many other exhibit areas and come back to visit later! 

Waivers & Health Screenings

Port Discovery Children’s Museum works to provide a safe and healthy environment for all guests. As part of our effort to create this environment, we ask staff and guests to avoid visiting the Museum when sick or showing signs of illness, or if you've recently been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 like symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result. Upon purchasing or reserving tickets, guests will be required to sign waivers regarding your responsibilities as a visitor, and regarding what the Museum is doing to keep you safe. Upon entry, all guests will be required to complete a health questionnaire.  Staff and Museum vendors are also required to complete health screenings before entering the Museum. For more information, review our Sick Policy.

I've received one of the available COVID-19 vaccines. Do I still have to follow safety protocols?

Yes. Even if you or a family member have received a COVID-19 vaccination, you must continue to follow all of Port Discovery's safety measures including wearing a face covering at all times and staying within your bubble.

Programs and exhibits at Port Discovery are made possible in part by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government. Programs and offerings have also been supported by the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund. 

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