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Celebrate Halloween at Port Discovery this October

Enjoy Halloween Activities, Performances, and Events at Port Discovery This October 

Enjoy Halloween Fun at Port Discovery this October! 

Ready for some wickedly fun things to do with your kiddos and family? Plan a visit to Port Discovery this October, and enjoy a day out filled with family-friendly Halloween-themed events for kids! You’ll find treats of all kinds to explore – from spooktacular mystery tours, special StudioWorkshop projects, and Halloween-themed music and storytimes to a spectacular Halloween event featuring costume contests, trick-or-treating, and more!  Reminders: Check PortDiscovery.org for Hours of Operation. Capacity is limited. Purchase tickets online in advance of visiting.

Featured Events Include: 

Monsters, Mystery & Magic Month - Throughout October 

Celebrate all things Halloween at Port Discovery Children’s Museum throughout the entire month of October! Bring the whole family to enjoy fun, not-so-scary activities taking part throughout the Museum and in the Studio Workshop, plus enjoy programs from special guest performers as well. Activities will include special Halloween-themed art and studio projects, story and music times, a mysteriously fun Treasure Hunt, and pop-up art, science, and play activities.

Rattle Your Bones Halloween Event - October 30 & 31

Come in costume and join in a family-friendly Halloween event at Port Discovery over Halloween weekend! Enjoy special activities including costume parades, a Mythical Monsters Museum Tour, and a Studio Takeover featuring guest artist Kelsey Joyce who will lead visitors in paper mâchéing, painting, and decorating imaginative creatures and friendly monsters! 

Monsters, Mystery & Magic Month - Throughout October 

Monsters, Mystery & Magic Month - Celebrate Halloween at Port Discovery Throughout the Month of October

Celebrate all things Halloween at Port Discovery Children’s Museum throughout the entire month of October! Bring the whole family to enjoy fun, not-so-scary activities taking part throughout the Museum and in the Studio Workshop, plus enjoy programs from special guest performers as well. Activities will include special Halloween-themed art and studio projects, story and music times, a mysteriously fun Treasure Hunt, and pop-up art, science and play activities. Activities Include:

Activities to Explore during Monsters, Mystery & Magic Month

Special Performances from Port Discovery's Guest Artists - Happening on Select Weekend Dates

Professor Mike's Science and Magic Show - Happening Sunday, October 3 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
From bicycles, to yo-yos and fidget spinners, spinning objects are fun, but did you know there is science behind all that rotation?  Join Professor Mike's Science and Magic Show as he explores the science of spinning objects through magic, comedy and fun!  At the end, create your own spinning top to take home. Happening Sunday, October 3 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Great for all ages!

Wildlife Adventures - Happening Sunday, October 10 from 11:30 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 3:30 pm 
Explore and learn about all kinds of animals with Wildlife Adventures! This hands-on, interactive experience allows guests to get up-close and personal with all kinds of furry, scaly, feathery, and fun animals! Enjoy meeting and learning about animals like snakes, turtles, geckos, chinchillas, and more! Animals vary per visit. Happening Sunday, October 10 from 11:30 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 3:30 pm. Great for all ages!

Special Halloween-Themed StudioWorkshop Projects - Happening daily in October. Great for all ages.

Enjoy fun, new Halloween-themed activities inside the StudioWorkshop, including:

  • Monster-Visor: Get creative with as you create kid-friendly – and wearable! -  DIY paper plate Monster-Visors!
  • Pumpkin Patch: Design your own unique pumpkin art and add it to our Studio Workshop’s community Pumpkin Patch.
  • Mini Spiders: Cute, cuddly, and crawly. Come make your own unique arachnids with our Mini Clothes Pin Spiders!

Detective Dupin’s Mystery Treasure Chase - Happening daily in October.

Go on a mystery chase game inspired by the work and characters of Edgar Allan Poe. Detective Dupin needs your help locating the lost treasure of the phantom pirate, Captain Liddell Kidd. Find the hidden clue symbols, decode puzzles, and search up, down, and around the entire Museum!  Happening daily in October.  Great for ages 6+. Self guided. 

Tot Tales – Monsters on the Loose - Happening Wednesdays and Sundays in October, 11 am

 Explore the friendlier side of monsters in this non-scary Monster of a Circle Time. Happening Wednesdays and Sundays in October, 11 am Great for ages 6 and under.

Toddling Tunes - BOO-sic Music Time - Happening Fridays in October, 11 am

Shake, rattle, and play with musical instruments while listening to monster, mystery, and magical themed songs . Happening Fridays in October, 11 am. Great for ages 3 and under.

DJ Jampire’s Music & Dance Session - Happening on Select Saturdays

DJ Jampire has been summoned to showcase the fun of being a mobile DJ. Be a part of this museum floor jam session by helping use both traditional and electronic monster musical instruments, plus take part in some silly and super fun dances! Happening on Select Saturdays, including October 9, October 16 & October 23. Great for all ages!

Pop-Up Mystery Cart - Happening on on a pop up basis.

What activity is happening on the mystery cart? Find it and find out! Families can stop by and participate in a selection of arts crafts, science projects, or sensory play. Happening on on a pop up basis. Great for all ages!

Rattle Your Bones Halloween Event - October 30 & 31

Rattle Your Bones! A festive & not-so-scary Halloween Celebration at Port Discovery

Come in costume and join in a family-friendly Halloween event at Port Discovery over Halloween weekend! Enjoy special activities including costume parades, a Mythical Monsters Museum Tour, and a Studio Takeover featuring guest artist Kelsey Joyce who will lead visitors in paper mâchéing, painting, and decorating imaginative creatures and friendly monsters! Activities Include:

Activities to Enjoy During Rattle Your Bones (Happening October 30 & 31)

The Mythical Monsters Museum Tour – Featuring Trick or Treat Activities!

The world is filled with myths and legends about unique monsters. Join Port Discovery staff as they guide an excavation through different exhibits. Guests will encounter playful puppet ghosts, fairies, and creatures from international folklore. Happening Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31. Great for ages 4+.

The Monster Project featuring Guest Artist Kelsey Joyce

Visit the Studio Workshop on October 30th & 31st to help bring friendly monsters to life! Join artist Kelsey Joyce by papier mâchéing, painting, and decorating friendly creatures and monsters as part of our Rattle Your Bones celebration. Your imagination is the limit! Happening all day Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31.

Pop Up Halloween Costume Parade

Monsters and goblins and ghouls – oh my! Show off your costume and celebrate together during our Rattle Your Bones parades! Whether you come dressed up as your favorite book character, your spirit animal, or an imaginary creature - anyone who shows up in costume will receive a small prize! Happening Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31. Once each play session. Great for all ages! 

Pop Up Detective Dupin’s Mystery Treasure Chase - Trick & Treat Edition!

Go on a mystery chase game inspired by the work and characters of Edgar Allan Poe. Detective Dupin needs your help locating the lost treasure of the phantom pirate, Captain Liddell Kidd. Find the hidden clue symbols, decode puzzles, and search up, down, and around the entire Museum! Happening Saturday 10/30 and Sunday 10/31, Great for ages 6+.

The Scarecrows’ Fire Safety Show by former Ringling performer Greg May

October is fire prevention month, and who would be more scared of fire than a scarecrow! Magic, juggling, and much more will make this show (and its important safety tips) unforgettable!  Happening Saturday, October 30 from 11:30am-1pm & 2pm-3:30pm and Sunday, October 31 from 10am-1pm. Great for all ages!  

Magical Bubbles with Seashell the Mermaid

Meet Seashell- Port Discovery’s resident mermaid! Seashell has brought special bubbles to share with her new friends. Observe and interact with different bubble illusion tricks and learn the science behind what makes bubbles feel so magical.  Happening Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31 at 11 am and 3 pm

Dia de Muertos Dances featuring the Jovenes en Acción Dancers

Join us for a performance of traditional dances in observance of Dia de Muertos. Also know as Day of the Dead, Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday that brings family and friends together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed away. The holiday is now celebrated all over the world. Traditional dances will be performed by the Jovenes en  Acción Dancers, which is a support group for teenagers interested in activating the community trhough dance. 

Happening Sunday, October 31 at 11 am in the Kick It Up! Exhibit.  

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