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Birthday Extravaganza - December 15 & 16

Help us celebrate Port Discovery’s 20th year of providing purposeful, powerful play!

Children wearing party hats and holding birthday presents look excited as confetti rains down

It wouldn’t be a party without you! Join us for a weekend-long celebration of Port Discovery’s 20th Birthday on Saturday, December 15 from 10 AM – 5PM & Sunday, December 16 from Noon – 5pm!

Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Decorate life-sized birthday cakes (we’re talking BIG CAKES!), make DIY party hats, take part in our photo booth, and help us celebrate 20 years of play with fun, laughter and excitement! Our birthday extravaganza will take place throughout the day on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. Can’t make it for our party? We’ll also be doing a bit of celebrating on December 29th when we officially turn the big 2-0!

Activities include:

Saturday, December 15

  • All day: Decorate, paint and draw on our giant, bigger than life-size birthday cakes in the BGE StudioWorkshop!
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Let your inner artist shine and create your very own personalized Birthday Card for Port Discovery at Pop-Up Party Art!
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Enjoy a relaxing time and learn about the wonders of meditation during Magic Carpet!
  • 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM: Join us for an interactive and exciting storybook reading during Happy Birthday Circle Time!
  • 12:00: Celebrate Port Discovery’s 20 fun-filled years during Mr. Greg’s Magical Birthday Show! Enjoy this exciting, interactive performance where audience members become part of the show and celebration!
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Slime!!! Join in on all the birthday celebrations and make Birthday Cupcake Slime!
  • 1:00 & 1:30: Show us your best dance moves during Music with Mr. Norman – but only if you can find him! Mr. Norman will be roaming around the Museum playing music for those who he sees along the way!

Sunday, December 16

  • All day: Decorate, paint and draw on our giant, bigger than life-size birthday cakes in the BGE StudioWorkshop!
  • 1:30: Ready to explore some of Mother Goose's classic nursery rhymes? Join in on Mother Goose on the Loose® to develop early literacy skills in your little one and more! 
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Let the little Van Goh inside shine while creating your very own Birthday Party Hats and snap some selfies at the Birthday Photo Booth at Pop-Up Art!
  • 2:30, 3:15 & 4:00 PM: Enhance rhythm, motor skills and more during our daily drop-in program, Tiny Tots Music Time! Explore music and movement with homemade instruments and some of your favorite sing-a-longs!
  • 3:00 PM:  Enjoy the art of Japanese Paper Theater that combines storytelling with illustration at Kamishibai story time!

    Join us all month long as we celebrate Port Discovery's 20th Birthday, say Goodbye to KidWorks with personal messages and so much more! Check out the Ways to Play December for a complete list! 

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Check our event calendar to see what other fun, educational programs, and events are coming up at Port Discovery!



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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