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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with an easy-to-plan party featuring fun, imagination, and learning!

Plan a birthday party full of non-stop fun and adventure! Enjoy kid-approved party activities hosted by talented Party Pals. 

As Port Discovery embarks on the construction of two new state-of-the-art exhibits, the Museum is exploring the possibility of adding birthday parties at their offsite Port Discovery Pop-Up Play Spaceduring the months of March and April 2019. Check back in January for more information and details on available packages. 

 

Construction on Bigger, Better, Bolder – and even more fun – exhibits will begin on January 2, 2019. 

As we work to bring you bigger, bolder, better – and even more fun - exhibits and experiences that will up the play and learning at Port Discovery, we will continue offering unique, playful learning opportunities for visitors and members. Learn what's coming and find information that's helpful for current and future members. 

Birthday Party Packages & Themes Available at Port Discovery Children's Museum 

Please note that due to the upcoming construction of two state-of-the-art new exhibits, Port Discovery is booking parties to occur at the Museum through December 2018. The Museum will  offer birthday parties at their offsite Port Discovery Pop-Up Play Space during the months of February, March, and April 2018. We will resume hosting birthday parties at Port Discovery's main location upon the grand opening of the new Port Exhibit and SkyClimber. anticipated to open in late spring 2019. 

Birthday Party Packages

Birthday Bonanza - Starting at $325

A birthday party package that’s affordable, fun and customized to fit your needs!

Birthday Bonza Packages Include:

  • All day admission for up to 10 children and 10 adults.
  •  2 hours in a private party area.
  • Pizza and beverages for children
  • Complimentary parking for one car and discounted parking validatons for your guests.
  • A unique learning-through-play experience hosted by your Party Pal
  • Pricing starting at $325. (Port Discovery members receive 10% off the base cost of party packages). 

Scheduling Availability for Birthday Bonanza Packages: 

  • Saturdays 10am-12pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm, and 3pm-5pm
  • Sundays 12pm-2pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Must be reserved in advance. For best availability, we recommend scheduling at least eight weeks in advance.  To book your child’s special day or check for any last minute availability, please contact our party coordinator at 410.864.2657 or email birthdays@portdiscovery.org 

Birthday Bonanza Party Themes (pick one)

Be the Magic Birthday Party Theme (available as part of the Birthday Bonanza Party Package)

Abracadabra – Enjoy a magical birthday full of laughter, fun, and learning! Your birthday boy or girl and their guests will become the star of the show in this magic-themed party full of coin tricks, vanishing illusions and other magic fun! Enjoy amazing feats of magic from your Party Pal – and then show off yourmagic skills as you learn and build tricks to wow family and friends! No rabbits required!

Build a Bubble Party (Replace “Be the Magic” theme with this activity for $50)

What kid doesn’t love bubbles?! Bring smiles to everyone faces with dazzling bubbles that you can catch, fill with smoke and more! Learn the science behind bubbles – and become budding bubble-ologists – in this fun-filled birthday party. Watch and learn bubble tricks – from how to make bubbles float upward – to how to make bubbles that you can touch and catch. Beyond bubbling with excitement, your guests will explore the science behind what gives bubbles their beautiful colors and create their own bubble formulas using their own secret recipe using a variety of ingredients.

Superhero Super Party (Replace “Be the Magic” theme with this activity for $75)

Capes, masks, and special effects make for a super fun birthday party for your little superhero or heroine! Become the superhero of your dreams as you create your own personalized superhero cape, then get your photo taken as you practice your best superhero poses in our “sideways studio”. In addition to putting your creativity to work, you’ll use your imagination and take photos of you and your friends flying through the sky, playing with silly props, and showing off your superhero powers. Plus you’ll learn about the history of the comic book superheroes we all enjoy watching today in this fun and memorable party!

Available Add-Ons:

  • Add additional children to your guest list! Add $20 per child ages 2 years and older. We can accommodate up to 20 children maximum as part of the Birthday Bonanza package.
  • Add additional adults to your guest list! Add $10 per adult if you’d like more than 10 adults to join in the fun.

Ultimate Birthday Bash - Starting at $750

A birthday party package featuring memorable experiences and affordable, customizable party options!

Ultimate Birthday Bash Packages Include:

  • All day admission for up to 50 guests.
  • 3 hours in a private party suite
  • One year Museum Membership for a family of four.
  • Complimentary parking for one car and discounted parking validations for your guests.
  • Unique learning-through-play activities hosted by your Party Pal!
  • Pricing starting at $750. (Port Discovery members receive 10% off the base cost of party packages). 

Scheduling Availability for Ultimate Birthday Bash Packages

  • Saturdays:  Any three-hour timeframe that occurs during our normal operating hours of 10 AM to 5 PM.

  • Sundays: Any three-hour timeframe that occurs during our normal operating hours of Noon to 5PM.

  • Must be reserved in advance. For best availability, we recommend scheduling at least eight weeks in advance.  To book your child’s special day or check for any last minute availability, please contact our party coordinator at 410.864.2657 or email birthdays@portdiscovery.org 

 

Ultimate Birthday Bash Party Themes (pick one)

Volcano Birthday Blow Out Party (available as part of the Ultimate Birthday Bash Package)

Your birthday party will erupt with fun during our volcano lava themed party! Learn how to make lava slime and watch and play along as we make a volcano that spews out a bubbly flow of lava! You’re party guests will also have a blast as they learn about the science behind slime, the bubbly lava flow, and about the fascinating field of volcanology and how our world is constantly being remade!

The Science of Cotton Candy(available as part of the Ultimate Birthday Bash Package)

Become a mad, mad scientist and don your lab coat as you learn about the science behind everyone’s favorite sweet treat – Cotton Candy! Make your special day just a bit sweeter as you help spin cotton candy that smells like vanilla and looks like fluffy clouds! As you enjoy this sweet birthday treat, you’ll learn about the forces that allow us to make cotton candy, the engineering involved in making it more easily, and how people used to make cotton candy before electricity! While we believe healthy food is the best food, we encourage treats in moderation and have the perfect three-story climber to work off the excitement after the birthday party fun.

 

Exclusive Birthday Blowout - Rent the Whole Museum! – Starting at $850

Have Port Discovery all to yourself with this memorable birthday party package!

Exclusive Birthday Blowout Packages Include:

  • All day admission for up to 50 guests.
  • Private access to Port Discovery plus 1.5 hours in a private party suite before the Museum opens to other visitors.
  • One year Museum Membership for a family of four.
  • Complimentary parking for one car and discounted parking validations for your guests.
  • Unique learning-through-play activities hosted by your Party Pal!
  • Pricing starting at $850. (Port Discovery members receive 10% off the base cost of party packages). 

Scheduling Availability for Exclusive Birthday Blowout Packages: 

  • Saturdays:  We’re sorry, but this party package is not available on Saturdays.
  • Sundays: 10 AM – Noon on the following Sundays (INSERT DATES HERE)
  • Must be reserved in advance. For best availability, we recommend scheduling at least eight weeks in advance.  To book your child’s special day or check for any last minute availability, please contact our party coordinator at 410.864.2657 or email birthdays@portdiscovery.org 

Exclusive Birthday Blowout Party Themes (pick one)

Volcano Birthday Blow Out Party (available as part of the Ultimate Birthday Bash Package)

Your birthday party will erupt with fun during our volcano lava themed party! Learn how to make lava slime and watch and play along as we make a volcano that spews out a bubbly flow of lava! Your party guests will also have a blast as they learn about the science behind slime, the bubbly lava flow, and about the fascinating field of volcanology and how our world is constantly being remade!

The Science of Cotton Candy(available as part of the Ultimate Birthday Bash Package)

Become a mad, mad scientist and don your lab coat as you learn about the science behind everyone’s favorite sweet treat – Cotton Candy! Make your special day just a bit sweeter as you help spin cotton candy that smells like vanilla and looks like fluffy clouds! As you enjoy this sweet birthday treat, you’ll learn about the forces that allow us to make cotton candy, the engineering involved in making it more easily, and how people used to make cotton candy before electricity! While we believe healthy food is the best food, we encourage treats in moderation and have the perfect three-story climber to work off the excitement after the birthday party fun.

*Please note that the special activities that are part of the Volcano Party and Science of Cotton Candy Party occur inside the private party space. These activities reduce the private time you may have inside of the Museum for free play before other visitors arrive at the Museum.

Birthday Party Themes (Available beginning September 29, 2018)

Be the Magic Birthday Party

Available as part of the following Party Packages: Birthday Bonanza

Abracadabra – Enjoy a magical birthday full of laughter, fun, and learning! Your birthday boy or girl and their guests will become the star of the show in this magic-themed party full of coin tricks, vanishing illusions and other magic fun! Enjoy amazing feats of magic from your Party Pal – and then show off your  magic skills as you learn and build tricks to wow family and friends! No rabbits required!

Build a Bubble Birthday Party

Available as part of the following Party Packages: Birthday Bonanza

What kid doesn’t love bubbles?! Bring smiles to everyone faces with dazzling bubbles that you can catch, fill with smoke and more! Learn the science behind bubbles – and become budding bubble-ologists – in this fun-filled birthday party. Watch and learn bubble tricks – from how to make bubbles float upward – to how to make bubbles that you can touch and catch. Beyond bubbling with excitement, your guests will explore the science behind what gives bubbles their beautiful colors and create their own bubble formulas using their own secret recipe using a variety of ingredients.

Superhero Super Party

Available as part of the following Party Packages: Birthday Bonanza

Capes, masks, and special effects make for a super fun birthday party for your little superhero or heroine! Become the superhero of your dreams as you create your own personalized superhero cape, then get your photo taken as you practice your best superhero poses in our “sideways studio”. In addition to putting your creativity to work, you’ll use your imagination and take photos of you and your friends flying through the sky, playing with silly props, and showing off your superhero powers. Plus you’ll learn about the history of the comic book superheroes we all enjoy watching today in this fun and memorable party!

Volcano Birthday Blow Out Party

Available as part of the following Party Packages: Ultimate Birthday Bash and Exclusive Birthday Blowout

Your birthday party will erupt with fun during our volcano lava themed party! Learn how to make lava slime and watch and play along as we make a volcano that spews out a bubbly flow of lava! You’re party guests will also have a blast as they learn about the science behind slime, the bubbly lava flow, and about the fascinating field of volcanology and how our world is constantly being remade!

The Science of Cotton Candy

Available as part of the following Party Packages: Ultimate Birthday Bash and Exclusive Birthday Blowout

Become a mad, mad scientist and don your lab coat as you learn about the science behind everyone’s favorite sweet treat – Cotton Candy! Make your special day just a bit sweeter as you help spin cotton candy that smells like vanilla and looks like fluffy clouds! As you enjoy this sweet birthday treat, you’ll learn about the forces that allow us to make cotton candy, the engineering involved in making it more easily, and how people used to make cotton candy before electricity! While we believe healthy food is the best food, we encourage treats in moderation and have the perfect three-story climber to work off the excitement after the birthday party fun. 

Party Availability

Birthday parties at Port Discovery are easy, fun and affordable - and available at a variety of times to fit your schedule! 

Birthday Bonanza Package Scheduling

The Birthday Bonanza Package is available as follows:

  • Saturdays 10am-12pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm, and 3pm-5pm
  • Sundays 12pm-2pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Must be reserved in advance. For best availability, we recommend scheduling at least eight weeks in advance.  To book your child’s special day or check for any last minute availability, please contact our party coordinator at 410.864.2657 or email birthdays@portdiscovery.org 

Ultimate Birthday Bash Package Scheduling

  • Saturdays:  Any three-hour timeframe that occurs during our normal operating hours of 10AM to 5PM.
  • Sundays: Any three-hour timeframe that occurs during our normal operating hours of Noon to 5PM.
  • Must be reserved in advance. For best availability, we recommend scheduling at least eight weeks in advance.  To book your child’s special day or check for any last minute availability, please contact our party coordinator at 410.864.2657 or email birthdays@portdiscovery.org 

Exclusive Birthday Blowout Package Scheduling

The Exclusive Birthday Blowout Package is available as follows:

  • Saturdays:  We’re sorry, but this party package is not available on Saturdays.
  • Sundays: 10 AM – Noon on the following Sundays (INSERT DATES HERE)
  • Must be reserved in advance. For best availability, we recommend scheduling at least eight weeks in advance.  To book your child’s special day or check for any last minute availability, please contact our party coordinator at 410.864.2657 or email birthdays@portdiscovery.org 

Birthday Party Policies

Deposits

A 50% deposit is required at time of booking and all remaining balances are due one week prior to your scheduled party.

Cancellations

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.

Rescheduling

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.

Inclement Weather

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

Decorations are permissible.  Please use adhesive that does not damage paint or walls.

Outside Food & Beverages

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.

Outside Entertainers

We’re sorry, but outside entertainers and/or performers are not permissible.

Number of Guests

Please note that we require strict adherence to guest capacities. If you are booking a Birthday Bonanza 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

Where should party guests park?

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.

Are the birthday child and their family included in the total guest count?

Yes. Each and every guest, including your birthday child, their siblings, and parents, are included in the total number of guests for a party.

Are food and beverages included in party package prices?

We are able to offer complimentary pizza and beverages for children only as part of the Birthday Bonanza package. We are sorry, but we are not able to offer complimentary food as part of the Ultimate Birthday Bash or Exclusive Birthday Blowout Packages. You are welcome to bring outside food and beverages into the Museum.

Do you provide additional time for setup and/or breakdown of the party room?

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.

Do you have a space to store our items if we arrive early and/or would like to stay after our party ends?

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.

Can we go anywhere in the Museum on the day of our party?

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!

Do you offer parties during weekdays?

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

Do Port Discovery members receive discounts on party packages?

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.

Are we allowed to play music during our party?

Yes, however, we kindly ask that you play music that is appropriate for children.

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