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Group Visits & Field Trips 

Group Visits for school groups, homeschoolers, childcare groups, camp groups, afterschool programs, and scouts!

Hands-on learning and adventures at Port Discovery can be enhanced through the many educational, interactive and fun programs offered at the Museum. Choose from programs focusing on Arts & Culture, STEM, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, Early Education and more – and help children get hands-on with the topics they’re learning about in the classroom!  Group Visits are available for groups of 15 or more, are available throughout the year, and feature highly discounted ticket prices. Contact us for more information at 410.864.2666 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org.

IMPORTANT: Starting on January 2, 2019, Port Discovery will begin construction of two immersive, state-of-the-art new exhibits: a four-story SkyClimber and a massive Port Exhibit featuring all the parts of the working port.  Find information on construction plans, ways to play while construction is underway, answers to frequently asked questions, and more at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction

Self-Guided Group Visits

Self-led field trips are available during normal operating hours throughout the year. Self-led trips enable groups to experience the Museum at their own pace, drop into Port Discovery’s regular educational programming offered to guests, and learn through purposeful play in hands-on, interactive exhibits!

Guided Group Visits 

Staff-guided field trips are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through mid-June. These hands-on experiences feature guided educational programs and time for free play in the Museum.

 

Educational Programs for Infants, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten through 5th Grade! 

Guided Programs

Blast to the Past: The Start of Art

Pre-K – 5th Grade | Fall 2018 
Did you know you can make paint instead of buying it?  In the Studio Workshop, things are about to get messy as we learn how to make – and use – tempera paint and how cave walls became works of art!

Blast to the Past: Moving Forward

Pre-K – 5th Grade | Spring 2019

Technology has a huge impact on art.  Learn about the early advances in printmaking – and how it influences the world today.  Produce an intaglio print of your own design and learn about the art of ink, brayers, and burnishing.  

Dino-cise!

Pre-K – 5th Grade | Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 

Stomp, chomp, growl, and play your way into the amazing world of the dinosaurs! How did they move? What did they eat? When did they live? Learn the answers to these questions while moving and dancing toward a healthier more active lifestyle! Be as strong as a dinosaur!​

Carnival of the Animals

Pre-K - 5th Grade | Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Become a member of a live orchestra! Try out new instruments and compose your own music. Our newest theater program will have students create and perform original musical pieces, inspired by Charles-Camille Saint-Saens’ The Carnival of the Animals. Learn the fundamentals of music composition and the way instrumental sounds can reference different characters, moods, and emotions—bringing the imagination to life!

Felicitous Fruits and Valiant Veggies

Grade levels | Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s an unusual and magnificent fruit or vegetable! Join our master chef in Tiny’s Diner and learn through books, songs, and games about some amazingly nutritious and fun fruits and veggies—what they look like and all the ways you can prepared and eat them. Then enter the Diner’s master chef cooking challenge. Create a unique and delicious fruit-and-veggie dish of your own!​

Duck, Duck, Loose!

Pre-K – 2nd Grade | Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

In 1992, a shipping crate with 28,000 rubber ducks in it fell overboard on its way from China to America, and those friendly float-ees drifted with the ocean currents and washed up on shores all over the world for more than 15 years. This program uses that story in an interactive way to explore the power of ocean currents, the wonders of Earth’s geography, and the dangers of plastic pollution.

H2Oh My!

3rd – 5th Grade | Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 

71% of the Earth is covered with water! 73% of our brains and hearts are made of water! We all know we couldn’t exist without it. But water has many, many amazing properties that allow us to use it as a tool. By exploring water’s property of Finding Its Level and Newton’s third law of Action and Reaction, students will explore just one of the ways we can use water to do work.​

Archaeologists of the Future

Pre-K - 5th Grade | Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

The Adventure Expeditions Observatory Network (A.E.O.N.) Institute needs help restoring one of their archaeological sites! Join a time-traveling mission to 1920’s Egypt. Locate, describe, and verify which archaeological findings are accurate for the time period. Explore the process of conservation and preservation while uncovering facts about Ancient Egyptian life. Then present your proposals to the Institute’s review panel. Save the future by protecting the past!

Drop-In Programs

Mother Goose on the Loose®

Birth to age 3 with a parent or caregiver. Wednesdays at 10:30 am Fridays at 10:30 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm
Mother Goose is on the Loose at Port Discovery! Reciting nursery rhymes with puppets, flannel board characters, book illustrations, songs, and musical instruments in this joyful setting helps children develop early literacy skills through play.

Tiny Tots Music Time

Birth to age 3 with a parent or caregiver. Wednesdays at 11:30 am and 12:15 pm. Fridays at 11:30 am, 12:15 pm Sundays at 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, and 4:00 pm
Enjoy music and movement through play, laughter and lots of fun! (This program was formerly known as Jingle Jangle Music Time). 

Circle Time

Birth through age 5. Weekdays at 11:30 am. For weekend times, check the “Cool Things to Do” upon arrival.
Relax in The Oasis while enjoying Circle Time with a changing variety of songs, stories, and fun!

Backyard Game Circuit

Ages 3 and older. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-12pm

Join us for fitness and movement fun with our Backyard Game Circuit in Port Discovery’s Kick It UP!  Test your strength, balance and coordination, while building valued social skills.

Scheduling a Field Trip to Port Discovery

Hours, Location & Parking

Port Discovery Children's Museum is open year-round, and offers staff-guided and self-led field trips throughout the year.  Typically, group visits and field trips to Port Discovery take approximately two to three hours.

Staff-guided field trips are offered from on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through mid-June. These hands-on experiences feature guided educational programs and time for free play in the Museum.

Self-led field trips are available during normal operating hours throughout the year. Self-led trips enable groups to experience the Museum at their own pace, drop into Port Discovery’s regular educational programming offered to guests, and learn through purposeful play in hands-on, interactive exhibits!

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is located at 35 Market Place, Baltimore Maryland, 21202. The Museum is just two blocks from the Inner Harbor, within walking distance of the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center. Convenient bus drop off locations are available directly outside of Port Discovery’s main entrance, and bus parking can be found nearby. Several parking garages are conveniently located nearby the Museum for vehicle parking.

Admission Fees

Fees for guided and self-led field trips are $10.00 and lower per child. Required chaperones enter for free. Additional discounts may be available for Maryland students. 

To qualify for discounted admission, your group must include a minimum of 15 people.

We’re sorry, but Port Discovery Memberships and general admission discounts cannot be applied to group visits.

Chaperone Requirements

Port Discovery requires a minimum of one chaperone per --- students. The required chaperones within the group ratio enter for free. Extra adults joining the trip are admitted at an extra charge.  

Deposit

A $75.00 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking. The balance is due upon arrival on your visit date. Your group will be held responsible for paying for the full attendance count given at the time of your reservation

Rescheduling, Cancellation & Refund Information

Things happen! Here’s what you should know about rescheduling group visits, cancellations, and refunds for group visits:

  • Should you need to reschedule your visit, you must reschedule your trip at least one full calendar visit date to apply your deposit.

Accessibility & Inclusion

Port Discovery is committed to ensuring that visits to the Museum are accessible to all. We offer grant funding and accessibility programs to reduce or completely eliminate the cost of admission for group visits to qualifying participants as funds are available.

In addition, Port Discovery is ADA accessible and is committed to being an accessible, inclusive environment for people of all abilities.

Lunch and Snacks

Port Discovery does not have an onsite restaurant, but we do offer several designated eating areas and will work with your group to schedule lunch times into your day. We offer locations to store lunches and snacks. We are also located within walking distance to a variety of child and family-friendly restaurants.

We’re sorry, but food and drinks besides water are not allowed in the Museum’s exhibit areas.

Make a Reservation

Contact us for more information and to make a reservation at 410.864.2666 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org. Groups are encouraged to book their trip to Port Discovery at least four weeks in advance. 

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.

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