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Port Discovery is open for play! The Museum is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Ticket availability is significantly limited and we have made a variety of other updates to provide you with a safe, fun experience. Plan Your Visit and Purchase Tickets Today! 
Planning Ahead? Tickets for summer visits and information about our Summer Hours of Operation will be available starting May 7th.

Animationland

locally sponsored by M&T Bank

Animationland - Opening Saturday, May 22

Experience a fantastically immersive journey through Animationland locally sponsored by M&T Bank, opening at Port Discovery on Saturday, May 22, 2021!

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!

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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!

Animationland opens on Saturday, May 22 2021, and closes Sunday, January, 2 2022.

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

M&T Bank LogoIn Collaboration with OMSI   Macaroni Kid South Baltimore

Your Health & Safety

Be a Hero! Wear a Mask.

In accordance with CDC, State, and local guidelines, face coverings that properly cover your nose and mouth are required for guests ages 2 and older. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops, and fit snugly against the face. Acceptable examples include surgical masks and cloth face masks (either purchased or handmade). A supply of complimentary surgical masks are on hand for those who arrive without a proper face covering. 

We understand that you and your family may need mask breaks while you are here. To take a mask break, exit the Museum and then use your receipt to re-enter with masks in place.

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.

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