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Noontime New Year!

Ring in the New Year early with the annual Noontime New Year's Celebration and Countdown at Port Discovery Children's Museum!
Noontime New Year | Out with the old, in with the new!

Early bedtime or not, partygoers will enjoy a festive day of play welcoming the new year on Monday, December 31 from 10 AM – 5 PM during Noon Time New Year!

Out with the old, in with the new! Celebrate the wonderful memories, fun, and adventures of 2018  - and the magical new things to come in 2019 - at the best New Year’s celebration for kids in Baltimore! Revelers small and tall are invited to join in festive celebrations to ring in 2019 here at Port Discovery! This is also a great chance to adventure through KidWorks one last time, before we say our final Farewell to KidWorks on January 1, 2019!

Activities include:

  • All Day: Did you accomplish something in 2019 you're especially proud of? Create a Port Pride Award and enjoy your hard work well done!
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30PM: Help us countdown to Noontime New Year by letting your inner artist shine and creating Countdown Numbers in the BGE StudioWorkshop!
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Again 12:30 - 2:30): Flash a smile for the cameras - you're walking down the red carpet! Enjoy the Red Carpet Experience as you enter Port Discovery on Noon Time New Year - don't forget to stop for photos and answer the paparazzi's questions!
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Again 1:30 - 3:30PM): How do Polar Bears stay warm? Learn how for yourself during the hands-on activity and STEM Station, Polar Bear Blubber!
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Create make-and-take Sound Sandwiches to help us ramp us the excitement during our Noontime Countdown! Don't forget to get your free Chick-Fil-A Be Our Guest Card for making a Sound Sandwich! 
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM: What does Baltimore have in common with the city of Kawasaki, located in Japan? Both are major port cities! Learn about the port city of Kawasaki, Japan from The Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee (BKSCC)! 
  • 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Learn about the wonders of relaxation and mindfulness – and penguins – during The Magic Carpet: The Penguin Spa!
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30: Listen to some of your favorite seasonal songs during The Kolodner’s: Old-Time and Seasonal Music!
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Get those dancing shoes on and get your best bud as you play games and dance the morning away with DJ Holly!
  • 10:30 AM: Ready to explore some of Mother Goose's classic nursery rhymes? Join in on a special edition of Mother Goose on the Loose® - Snow Goose on the Loose - to develop early literacy skills in your little one and more in a festive way! 
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Spotted fairy dust floating around? Spot the fairies wandering around for a quick how-to in Fairy Dancing!
  • 11:00 AM – 2 PM: Meet some new furry friends and learn about the wonders of animals at Wildlife Adventures!
  • 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Get those countdown numbers and Sound Sandwiches ready - join us for the official Noon Time New Year Countdown! 
  • 11:45AM - 12:30PM: Enjoy the sweet sounds and tunes from Sweet Adelines!
  • 12 Noon – 12:30 PM: Celebrate the welcoming of the New Year with Juice & Cookies!
  • 1:00 PM & 1:30: Get the entire family up and moving during The Kindersinger!  
  • 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM: Science is so cool...literally! Explore the wonders of Cool Science with Eric Energy during his interactive, educational and amazingly cool performance! 
  • 1:30 PM & 2:30 PM: Burn off that energy from lunch and dance to some of your favorite tunes during Music with Mister Don!

Please Note: Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive prior to opening and dress appropriately for the weather, as this is a popular event and you may experience lines that are longer than usual.

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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