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Birthdays at Port Discovery Children's Museum
Port Discovery Children’s Museum has temporarily suspended in-person parties as we are currently working to reimagine your child’s future birthday filled with moments of wonder! Be on the lookout for what’s to come in 2021! Please be sure to check out some fun at-home birthday ideas below!
At-Home Birthday Party Ideas & Tips!
Host a great party for your three, four, or five year old, featuring some of our favorite activities!
Ready to celebrate your little one’s birthday? Enjoy some of our favorite experiments, art projects, and shows — all easy to put together with household items and a little imagination.
Slinkys are a favorite with kids (and adults!), and adding paint makes the play even more fun. All you need are some sheets of paper, paints, and a few slinkys. Mix the colors together and get painting!
Upgrade your paper airplanes with hoop gliders! Decorate some paper with markers until it looks like your type of glider. Then tape it onto a straw and throw! Compete to see whose glider flies the farthest, or experiment by using different sizes for hoops and straws.
Join Miss Cailin for music time, featuring your hands, the floor, and your singing voice! Get ready to count and clap along.
Miss Cailin is back with a story! Join her to learn about opera, featuring a kid-friendly performance of Romeo and Juliet. Feel free to sing along and prepare for dancing!
3… 2… 1… blast off! Reach for the stars with a space-themed birthday party!
Take your next party out of this world with these fun activities! We’re going to travel across the galaxy, learning about the planets on the way.
First step to exploring the stars: takeoff in a rocketship! Try out two different models. One is made of balloons, straws, and string, and the other needs vinegar, baking soda, and a water bottle. Both will float!
First stop for your rocket: the moon! Learn about how meteors cause craters on the moon and other planets with this fun experiment. Make sure to have flour, cocoa powder, and plenty of space outside.
Now that you’ve landed on the moon, it’s time to make a moon habitat! Learn how astronauts live in another atmosphere. Following NASA’s instructions, create your own moon habitat. Use old newspapers, tape, and staplers, and work together!
Meals from Outer Space
No birthday is complete without a birthday treats. Try out some delicious recipes from NASA! Shape your own asteroids with homemade mashed potatoes — everyone can make their own!
While the asteroids are in the oven, learn about the moon’s phases with Oreos. NASA has a helpful PDF explaining how each phase of the moon looks just like an Oreo. A new moon is just the black sky, so make sure to eat all of the cream filling off your cookie!
Birthday Party Policies
A 50% deposit is required at time of booking and all remaining balances are due one week prior to your scheduled party.
Cancelled parties booked six weeks in advance of scheduled date will receive a 50% refund of their deposit. Cancelled parties booked less than six weeks forfeit their full deposit.
A rescheduled party must be rebooked within one month and be held within six months of original party date. Please keep in mind that we are currently able to accommodate parties through January 2019.
If, due to inclement weather on or around the date of your reserved party, you feel the need to cancel your party, Port Discovery Children's Museum reserves the right to retain your deposit if the Museum is officially open for admission on the day of the scheduled party. In the event Port Discovery Children's Museum is officially closed, we will reschedule your party for a later date.
Decorations are not permissible due to new paint and redesign of the birthday party rooms.
Outside food and beverages are allowed. Due to safety purposes, heating equipment is not allowed. We recommend providing a cooler with ice to keep items chilled.
We’re sorry, but outside entertainers and/or performers are not permissible.
Please note that we require strict adherence to guest capacities. If you are booking a Birthday Bash party package, we can accommodate a total capacity of 20 children maximum (including any additional guests you may add to the party package). If you are booking the Ultimate Birthday Bash or Exclusive Birthday Blowout, we can accommodate a total of up to 50 guests maximum, including any combination of children and adults.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your guests are encouraged to park at the Harbor Park Garage, located at 55 Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. We offer discounted parking for your party guests at this location only.
Yes. Each and every guest, including your birthday child, their siblings, and parents, are included in the total number of guests for a party.
We are able to offer complimentary pizza and beverages for children only as part of the Birthday Bash package. We are sorry, but we are not able to offer complimentary food as part of the Exclusive Blowout Bash Package. You are welcome to bring outside food and beverages into the Museum.
We’re sorry, but we are unable to provide additional time for setup and/or breakdown. However, our Party Pals are available to help you with setup, breakdown, and any other party needs, and will do their very best to ensure you are able to make the most of your time in your private party room.
Yes! We’re happy to provide storage for party items so that you can enjoy time in the Museum before and/or after your party. Valuables should be stored separately in our lockers located near the entrance of the Museum.
Absolutely! All day access to Port Discovery Children’s Museum is included with all packages. We hope all of your guests enjoy time in the Museum before, during and after your party!
We’re sorry, but we are unable to parties on weekdays at this time. However, we have a variety of options on weekends to meet your scheduling and party needs
Yes! As a benefit (and sincere thanks!) for being a Port Discovery Member, current members will receive 10% off the base cost of the party package they book with us.
Yes, however, we kindly ask that you play music that is appropriate for children.