Play is powerful. It’s how children learn, how they build connections, and how they engage with the world around them. Play also helps children bond with their parents and caregivers, learn how to communicate and interact with others, manage and deal with stress.
Although play is one of the most important ways we can support children and families and make positive change in our communities, with many places to play, learn and connect with others off limits and far too many demands on families for time and resources, play can be harder than it sounds.
With the support of donors, corporate partners, and our community, we’re on a mission to change that – and make sure that every child and family have opportunities to play, learn and make memories together in safe, fun, and engaging places like Port Discovery Children’s Museum.
Thanks to those supporters, on Friday, March 26th, approximately 250 people with connections to organizations including Centro Sol/Hopkins Community Connection, Asylee Women’s Enterprise, Casey Cares, Urban Strategies, Promise Heights/ University of MD School of Social Work, Police Athletic League/University of Maryland, and the USO enjoyed a free night of play, learning, and magic at Port Discovery.
While at the Museum, families enjoyed a festive night of play in hands-on exhibits, danced and sang along to music, learned about and met animals from Wildlife Adventures, created art together and contributed paper flowers to our budding Community Garden in the Studio Workshop, and had fun connecting with friends new and old.
Thanks to our community for making this Community Night possible and for supporting play for all children and families. Our thanks especially to the sponsors and committee members of Play It Forward, the museum's annual fundraising event. Your support truly enabled the museum to offer a night of magic and fun to our community! Please see a full list of the Play It Forward and details about our upcoming virtual event on our website at PortDiscovery.org/PlayItForward!
An additional thanks to Port Discovery's Explorer's Council for volunteering during the event and helping children and families - many of whom were first time visitors to the Museum!