April at Port Discovery is Nature Month, featuring nature-focused educational content, Spring Break and Play it Forward. Join us for “Week for the Young Child” for a few activities geared just for little ones. Learn about nature through Robinson Nature Center programs, Wildlife Adventures, a Bird Talent Show from Port Discovery’s own Performing Arts Specialist, and more! See special performances during spring break, like Eric Energy’s magic show and the award winning Silly Goose and Val puppet show. Or join us for our annual Play it Forward event—this year, it’s carnival themed!
April hours: Port Discovery is open Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays in April with Play Sessions from 10 AM- 1 PM and 2 PM– 5 PM.
Special hours: Port Discovery is closed on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 for the Play it Forward event. Port Discovery is closed on Sunday, April 17. Port Discovery is open on Monday, April 18.
$2 Community Day- Presented by Ports America on April 6th
Enjoy play, learning and family fun for just $2 per person during Port Discovery's $2 Community Day on April 6th. Come play and learn while exploring Port Discovery’s three floors of interactive exhibits including The SkyClimber, The Port, Tiny's Diner, Wonders of Water, and more! Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit 6 per transaction. Transaction must include at least one adult and one child.
Special Experiences and Events
Book Reading from Author Ada-Ari- April 2nd | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ada-Ari is touring the African continent and retelling some of the most loved folktales in the form of her beautifully illustrated picture books that children of all backgrounds will enjoy. These stories feature a host of child-appropriate lessons including good morals, geography, and culture. www.ada-ari.com
Play it Forward
Adult Cocktail Hour- April 7th | 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Join us for a fun-filled, interactive, grown-ups only cocktail party. Enjoy cocktails, lite-fare, and interactive activities that will make you feel like a kid again!
Family Event- April 8th |6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Join us for a family-friendly event that promises a night in the museum like never before! Food, beverages, and games for guests of all ages!
Spring Break- April 9th- April 18th
Spend Spring Break with your family at Port Discovery with special, family-friendly performances, guest artists and activities! Help Eric Energy conduct experiments. Watch award-winning, family friendly performances that will round out the Discovery Stage Series. Learn about all kinds of animals with Wildlife Adventures. Help transform the Studio Workshop with Kelsey Joyce. We are open Saturday, April 9th- Saturday, April 18 for Spring Break with play sessions from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Port Discovery is closed on Sunday, April 17th.
Discovery Stage Series- Val Smalkin: Silly Goose and Val- April 9th
Val Smalkin presents a fast-paced, humorous 40-minute musical show with puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and 100% audience participation. Her Parents' Choice award-winning songs and her Maryland State Arts Council award-winning solo performance are guaranteed to delight tots, tweens, and teens...and the timeworn, as well! The Discovery Stage Series is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).
Discovery Stage Series- Happenstance Theater: Pinot and Augustine- April 16th
A sure-fire 45-minute, bilingual, crowd-pleaser, PINOT & AUGUSTINE is a classic, family-friendly clown duo inspired by the golden age of Circus. Pinot is the authoritarian clown in fancy clothes and white cone hat. Augustine is the appealing red-nosed bumbler who punctures his pomposity. Their show bubbles over with physical comedy, virtuosity and musical surprises from the sublime to the ridiculous: from lyrical melodies on a musical saw to pratfalls and a whoopee cushion. The Discovery Stage Series is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).
Mother Goose on the LooseTM- April 2nd and 6 | 2:30 p.m.
An award-winning, early literacy program to celebrate Week of the Young Child. Children and their adults will participate in a variety of activities, including classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes, a book, musical instruments, and scarves. A great program for infants and toddlers that helps develop speech, language, motor coordination, and social-emotional learning development.
Bee a Superhero- April 23 & 30 | 3 p.m.
One of Port Discovery’s virtual programs will be performed for an in-person audience at the museum. Meet two superBEEroes and use science and dramatic play to simulate some of bee’s coolest abilities in nature. Learn how bees are heroes to the planet Earth and how we can be heroes to bees!
Robinson Nature Center Outreach Howard County Grant
Natural Adornments- April 23 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Using materials found around Robinson Nature Center, children and families will examine new and exciting ways to turn nature into wearable art! While learning about the natural world around us, Robinson’s guests will learn how to turn everyday objects into functional works of art. Robinson Nature Center Programs are supported by Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.
Hop, Slither, and Slide with Robinson Nature Center- April 30 | 11:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
To help celebrate Nature Month, our friends from Robinson Nature Center will be visiting Port Discovery! Stop by their table and interact with multiple sensory props showing the similarities and differences between reptiles and amphibians. Learn about reptile and amphibian relationships with water and why clean water is so important for these animals.
Toddling Tunes: Music Time for Toddlers- Wednesdays & Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Shake, rattle, clap, and play! Experiment with musical instruments as we move to the music. This program helps little learners develop coordination, communication, and creativity! No Toddling Tunes on April 2, 9, 13 and 16
Tot Tales: Story Time for Toddlers- Sundays & Fridays at 11 a.m.
Join in a fun and interactive story time featuring stories, music, and movement that help kids develop social skills, broaden their vocabulary, and ignite their imaginations! For April, listen to some books highlighting special nature-themed celebrations, including Earth Day and Arbor Day.
Studio Workshop Projects: Art Projects for Families
Windchime Bells- Morning & Afternoon Play Sessions
It's time to ring in the Spring by crafting a wind chime bell that you can hang up at home!
Tree Blossoms- Morning & Afternoon Play Sessions
Help transform our community studio space by designing flowers and blossoms to adorn the trees on the Studio Workshop walls.