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July Programs and Events at Port Discovery

Join Port Discovery in July for Keep It Cool Month as summertime is in full swing. Activities and events will center on how we can keep our bodies and emotions cool. On July 16th and 17th, celebrate National Ice Cream Day with special guest Baltimore in a Box Ice Cream. Plus, join us for our 4th of July Weekend Celebration, featuring activities that reference flags, food, and fireworks. July might be the peak of the heat, but Port Discovery is going to Keep It Cool! 

July hours: Port Discovery is open seven days a week with Play Session from 10 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM – 5 PM. Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions (10 am-1 pm) are reserved for groups only and are not open to the general public. Capacity is limited. Purchase tickets online ahead of visiting.


Special Offers

$5 Community Day- July 6th

Enjoy play, learning and family fun for just $5 per person during Port Discovery's $5 Community Day on July 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 8 per party. Transaction must include at least one adult and one child.

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Salute the Troops- Ends July 4th

Until July 4th, veterans and active-duty military receive free admission to Port Discovery! Service members will also receive $2.00 off general admission for guests.


Special Experiences and Events

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

Step into the pages of author Eric Carle's books with Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s limited time exhibit – Very Eric Carle. Explore themes such as hope, hard work, persistence, and friendship as you venture through classic works including The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and The Very Busy Spider from beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle. Locally sponsored by: M&T Bank. Media Sponsor: Maryland Public Television. Co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Friday, May 27- Monday, September 5


4th of July Weekend Celebration- July 2nd-4th

Join Port Discovery on 4th of July weekend for science, art projects and interactive performances to celebrate the holiday. Create your own flag, play with prop 4th of July cookout food and learn about what makes them so realistic, watch a program that celebrates American composer John Philip Sousa and more!

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Celebrating National Ice Cream Day- July 16-17

Join Port Discovery in July as we celebrate National Ice Cream Day with guest Baltimore in a Box Ice Cream. This weekend is supported in part by Lucky's Coffee, Ice Cream, and Candy.  

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Drop-In Educational Programs

Theatre Games

Theatre games build confidence, concentration and cooperation. Join your friends at Port Discovery for some fun and creative dramatic play activities. Sundays | 2:30 p.m.

Tots on Board: Early Childhood Programing for Infants & Toddlers

Get on board for a singing, swinging story time for toddlers! Listen to a story, songs, and poems along with movement and musical instruments.This month’s books will be focused on summer fun in the sun. Ring, rattle and make summertastic music with us! Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays | 11 a.m. 

Shadow Stories

Staying in the shade is a great way to stay cool during the summer. Watch and listen to international fairy tales, folk tales, and classic children’s books re-told through the art of shadow puppetry. Tuesdays and Thursday, 7/14 | 3 p.m.

Sing-A-Long with Mr. Seth

Join Port Discovery’s own resident musician, Mr. Seth, in an authentic campfire sing-a-long with live, acoustic guitar accompaniment. Listen and sing both old favorites, tunes inspired by children’s books, and original songs. Wednesdays | 3 p.m

TeD-dy Talks

BearTube sensation Ted “Theodore” Bearson presents TeD-dy Talks! This informative presentation will feature puppets, slideshows, and morale boosting lessons good for little and big kids alike. Thursdays | 3 p.m. (no performance on 7/14)

The Movement Laboratory

Participate in yoga inspired activities that will encourage the development of spatial awareness, confidence, and both physical and mental strength. See how movement can keep us calm and cool. Fridays | 11 a.m.

Drumming Them Drums

Join Port Discovery’s own resident musician, Mr. Seth, in a drum circle experience! Use one of our loaner drums and learn how African drumming has been used for communication.  Fridays | 3 p.m.

The Play Fair Game Show

An interactive game show that combines matching, multiple choice, and carnival inspired challenges. The audience will test their knowledge and skills against the host for the chance to win take-home prizes. This month’s challenges and questions will be themed around things that help cool you down. Saturdays | 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (no performance on July 15th)

Studio Workshop Projects: Art Projects for Families

Stop by our studio workshop every day for a cool art project.


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