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Port Discovery Opens Free Interactive Play Space at the Shops at Kenilworth

Pop-Up Play Space Offers Free Admission & Educational Programs, Messy Art, and Building Activities for Children

Baltimore, MD (January 30, 2019) –   Port Discovery Children’s Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new temporary playful learning experience: Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at KenilworthIn the newly opened Pop-Up Play Space, which marks Port Discovery’s first satellite location, little learners are encouraged to explore building, art, literacy, music and more!

·         Build:  Get hands-on as you design, build and create!

·         Learn: Take part in educational activities that engage children in playful learning.

·         Create:  Join us in the messy art area (think paint!)

Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at Kenilworth  is located on Lower Level at The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD 21204 and is FREE for all visitors. Current hours are Wednesdays – Sundays (Wednesdays: 10 AM - 5 PM, Thursdays: 11 AM - 7 PM, Fridays: 11 AM - 7 PM, Saturdays: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sundays: Noon - 5 PM), but visitors should check www.PortDiscovery.org for the most up-to-date operating hours before visiting. Admission is free for all visitors and Port Discovery members. Please note: Visitor capacity is limited in this unique experience. 

Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space is one of the interactive, educational activities children and families can enjoy while Port Discovery constructs two new immersive exhibits, the Port Exhibit and the SkyClimber, and works on Museum improvements including an efficient new lobbynew nursing area, more family seating areas, a renovated lunchroom and updated restrooms. The new exhibits and improvements are designed to improve the visitor experience and fuel play and learning for future generations of children. 

In addition to enjoying the Pop-Up Play Space, children and families are invited to visit The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery, featuring areas where children can make mini-robots, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, and create theatrical plays. The Construction Zone is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and is located in the Atrium at Port Discovery Children’s Museum (directly next door to the main Museum). Admission is $5 per person (members and children under two enter for free). The presenting sponsor for The Construction Zone is M&T Bank. The exhibit is supported in part by W.R. Grace.

When Port Discovery celebrates the grand opening of new exhibits and improved amenities in late spring 2019, visitors will soar to new heights on the SkyClimberand sail towards new adventures on a massive ship that’s part of an immersive Port Exhibit celebrating the Port of Baltimore. Grand-opening dates and opportunities to explore the transformed Museum will be announced as the Museum is further along in the construction project. The new exhibits and improvements mark the Museum’s most ambitious renovation since opening in December 1998, and come after serving more than five million children and families through powerful, purposeful play.

The construction of new exhibits and improved Museum amenities are being funded via Port Discovery’s Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Capital Campaign. Of the $10.5 million campaign funds needed to complete the planned construction, $9.7 Million has been raised to date thanks to support from a broad-base of contributors including the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, corporations and professional firms, charitable foundations and generous individual donors.

Stay up-to-date on construction activity,  The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port DiscoveryPort Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at Kenilworth, and other activities you can enjoy while Port Discovery is under construction by visiting www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction, signing up for email alerts from the Museum, and by following Port Discovery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Currently celebrating its 20th year of providing meaningful and purposeful play opportunities to children and families, the Museum has served more than five million people since opening in downtown Baltimore in December 1998. As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, Port Discovery Children’s Museum is ranked among the Top 10 Children’s Museums in the United States by Fodor’s Travel, Forbes and Parents Magazine. Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity. Our play-to-learn philosophy opens the door for children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives. The Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, offers three floors of educational, interactive exhibits and programs. To learn more, visit www.portdiscovery.org

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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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