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Play & Learning Experiences for Infants & Toddlers at Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Even the littlest learners can benefit from the powerful, purposeful play that takes place here at Port Discovery Children’s Museum!

Toddlers playing in sand box

Here at Port Discovery, we’re thrilled to offer interactive and educational Museum exhibits and activities for all children ages birth to ten - including infants and toddlers! Even the littlest learners can benefit from the powerful, purposeful play that takes place here at Port Discovery Children’s Museum!

Mothers and caregivers who visit Port Discovery can also take advantage of the newly added Nursing Station that gives nursing mothers privacy inside the Museum, as well as new stroller parking, lockers that are free of charge to store belongings, and changing tables found inside every bathroom.

From exhibits designed just for younger ages to drop-in programs that enhance essential early childhood developmental skills, take a peek at all there is to see and do at Port Discovery for your little ones:

Exhibits Just For Infants & Toddlers

*New!* Chessie’s Grotto - Located at the base of The SkyClimber, Chessie’s Grotto gives little learners a chance to explore a soft play area featuring numerous activities. Enjoy sensory play as your little one explores textures and tactile experiences along Chessie’s tail, a quick story time underneath the jellyfish, and even a mini-slide down Chessie’s tail! Little learners will enhance sensory development along with fine motor and early literacy skills throughout this new exhibit. Ages 3 and under.

Tot Trails - Featuring a newly added private Nursing Station, Tot Trails is an exhibit designed for Port Discovery’s youngest learners. Young toddlers test their problem-solving skills as they maneuver their way through the Mountain Trail and Paw Paw Tunnel, while exercising their imaginations by digging for fossils and playing with puppets! Visit after visit, caregivers are encouraged to play, interact and observe their child as they discover new ways to connect learning and play. Ages 5 and under.

The Oasis - Enjoy puzzles, ever-changing books, interactive toys and educational games inside The Oasis! This exhibit is a great space to try out new activities and games while learning something new. Enjoy the drop-in program Circle Time inside The Oasis and explore your imagination through song and story. Little learners will enhance several developmental skills inside The Oasis, like critical thinking, creativity, literacy and fine motor skills.

Drop-In Programs

Enjoy educational drop-in programs happening at Port Discovery! These interactive drop-in programs occur several times throughout the week at Port Discovery - check our Event Calendar for more details:

Mother Goose on the Loose®- Enhance early literacy and develop fine motor skills during our drop-in program, Mother Goose on the Loose®! Explore classic nursery rhymes, songs, flannel board characters and more during this interactive drop-in program for little ones!

Tiny Tots Music Time - Explore music and movement through play, laughter and lots of fun in this interactive program that involves both you and your little one! You'll dance, sing, use small instruments, play with scarves, and more. Tiny Tots Music Time helps your child work on concepts like rhythm, motor skills and more!

Circle Time - Who doesn't love a good story time? Join us for daily drop-in program, Circle Time to explore story books and expand your child's imagination and creativity! Dance around to a fun tune, listen to a thrilling story book and relax in The Oasis!

Other Exhibits They’ll Also Enjoy

Tiny’s Diner - Pretend play rules supreme in Tiny’s Diner, a 50’s-style diner that’s filled with imaginative fun. Watch as little learners play together and prepare pretend meals, take turns operating the cash register, serve up food and drinks, and clean up! While you wait for your very creative meals (and bills), you’ll see children’s brains at work as they figure out how to play and work together. 

Wonders of WaterMake a splash while learning all about water in Wonders of Water! Featuring a Stream Table, Bubble Hoop, Water Chimes, and a Plumbers Park area where you can build your own fountain, this exhibit encourages children to get their hands wet as they learn about cause and effect – and the many wonderful things that water can do!

Convenience Store & Fill’er Up Station - Stop into the Royal Farms Convenience Store & Fill’er Up Station where little ones can pretend to grocery shop! As children play, they’ll take turns as the customer, cashier, stocker and more. They’ll also explore and learn about food groups plus take turns filling up the VW Beetle with gas and air! Little learners will enhance collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving skills and more inside this life-like exhibit!

Sensory Wall - Engage all of your senses as you explore a variety of colors, shapes, and textures! Located on the Third Floor next to Tiny's Diner, this touchy-feely wall will delight children visually while encouraging them to experience the world of contrast. Watch as they explore rough and smooth, soft and hard, angular and curved, fine and coarse, and much more!

We can’t wait to see you and your little learner here at Port Discovery!

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