Programs for Children with Special Needs
IMPORTANT: Big New Exhibits Coming Spring 2019!
Construction is underway on new exhibits and Museum improvements that will open this spring!Learn about the new SkyClimber, Port Exhibit and improvements that will create an efficient new lobby, new nursing area, more family seating areas, a renovated lunchroom, and updated restrooms at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction
Come play & learn while we build!
Please note: Although Port Discovery remains open, visitors cannot access the main Museum while construction is underway. Instead, join us to enjoy the hands-on and interactive Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank, and visit us at our soon-to-open Port Discovery Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth! Please note: Visitor capacity is limited at both locations.
Visit The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery - Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Design and make a mini-robot, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, create a theatrical play and more in Port Discovery’s newest hands-on experience!
OPENING SOON: Visit Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth
Spark your child’s imagination as you play and learn together at Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth!
Port Discovery welcomes guests of all abilities to experience our Museum, interactive exhibits and learning through play. A variety of services and programs are available for individuals and children with disabilities and special needs.
Designated Days for Children with Special Needs
Port Discovery sets aside designated days for children with special needs and their caretakers as part of the museum’s dedication to inclusive learning. The Museum is currently working on developing updated programming, days and events - please check back for updates!
Award-Winning Serial Programs for Children with Special Needs
Port Discovery Children's Museum is the proud recipient of the 2009 MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums Promising Practice Award. Established in 1999, the award provides recognition and inspiration for children's museums to develop programs that are inclusive, meet community needs, encourage community partnerships and promote life-long learning. Port Discovery received the award for its community partnership with PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an affiliate of Kennedy Krieger Institute. This unique partnership provides high quality, experiential programming for families from under served communities that have children with special needs who often hesitate to visit community settings such as museums. By providing therapeutic services at Port Discovery, families of children with special needs enjoy the Museum and translate their experiences to other community venues. Port Discovery's partnership with PACT combines the best of what a children's museum and a social service organization have to offer.
"We've seen tremendous progress in the children and families who participated in these groups. This has opened up a whole new world for our families by discovering a great resource in Port Discovery. This partnership reinforced the need for children's museums throughout the country to implement innovative practices in serving children of all abilities and their families." - Audrey Leviton, Executive Director of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs
Thank you to Port Discovery's Special Needs Program Partners:
- PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an affiliate of Kennedy Krieger
- Abilities Network/Project ACT
- Astro Events
- University of MD College Park
- Walters Art Museum
- National Federation of the Blind
- Kennedy Krieger
On our community arts project collaborations with artist Gilda Oliver and G.W. McMechen 177 school in Baltimore.