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Ways to Play December

Enjoy the most wonderful FUN of the year at Port Discovery!

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Don’t let winter weather keep you locked indoors, come play and adventure all month long at Port Discovery! As we prepare for construction to begin for two new major, state-of-the-art exhibits on January 2, 2019 - we've packed every minute in December full of exclusive and gotta-be-there events! From celebrating our 20th Birthday all month long with exclusive and interactive activities, Winter Break Fun and even Goodbye to KidWorks (who will be the last kid ever to ride down the slide?!) - there is family-fun happening all month long that will warm your hearts for years to come!

December Hours

Tuesdays – Fridays: 10 AM – 4PM | Saturdays: 10AM – 5PM | Sundays: Noon – 5PM

WINTER BREAK HOURS
DECEMBER 2018 WAYS TO SAVE

December 2018: Featured Exhibits

The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® Exhibit
Open Now - January 1, 2019
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Have an out-of-this world silly adventure with MR. POTATO HEAD® when you explore The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit, now open at Port Discovery! Travel the globe and have fun learning on a jungle safari, an archeological dig, under the sea and outer space. Crawl through a jungle cave, dig for treasure, go scuba diving, and command a space station as you think about all you can be and do!
The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro.

Special Events

Say Goodbye to KidWorks & Celebrate Port Discovery’s 20th Year of Play!
Throughout December

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free
December marks Port Discovery’s 20th Birthday and the last month to explore one of our original exhibits, KidWorks, before construction on two new immersive new exhibits and improved Museum amenities begins! We’ve filled the month with fun, learning and lots of special events for visitors, members and groups to enjoy!

  • Goodbye to KidWorks: Join us all month long to say farewell to KidWorks by climbing up, down and all around – and by creating a personal message that will be tied onto the climber and displayed within the Museum for years to come. Also join us on Tuesday January 1, 2019 for a celebration like no other! Join us as we bid farewell to our beloved three-story climber, KidWorks! One lucky slider will get to be the last kid ever to slide down KidWorks! Plus, we’ll send the messiest, heaviest, goofiest objects down the slide afterward. It will be a day to remember!
     
  • Birthday Celebrations: Stop by all month long and sign our giant birthday card, join in on birthday-themed activities (like painting giant cakes and photobooths!). Then be sure to join us for a fun-filled weekend of Birthday Celebrations on Saturday, December 15 & Sunday, December 16. Join us on December 29th as we celebrate our official birthday - singing happy birthday with candles and all! 

Healthy First Saturday & Gingerbrick Decorating
Saturday, December 1 | 10 AM – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Get the wiggles out as you learn about healthy activities and habits for your little one – and your entire family! Dance, sing and get active with Faza Fam Family Jam. Learn about science at our STEM Station, and help Port Discovery kick-off birthday celebrations in birthday-themed Pop-Up Art stations and Mother Goose on the Loose® programs. Plus, join in a fun holiday tradition as you decorate gingerbricks with the fantastic chefs from McCormick! Use icing, candy and more to decorate gingerbricks that will be used to create our custom, kid-made Port Discovery gingerbread house!

Gingerbrick Decorating
Saturday, December 8 | 10 AM – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Make memories you’ll cherish for years as you decorate gingerbricks using icing, gumdrops and more that will become a giant, life-sized Gingerbread House. Join us and McCormick chefs to design, decorate and construct your very own Gingerbrick house that will be on display inside the Museum throughout the month of December!

Dollar (Or Less) Day
Sunday, December 9 | 12 Noon – 5 PM

Explore three floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits designed especially for kids for just $1! Join in educational and fun drop-in programs including interactive story times, Mother Goose on the Loose®music and movement in Tiny Tots Music Timehelp celebrate Port Discovery’s 20th Birthday by snapping photos in our Birthday Photo Booth and more!
Please prepare for long entry lines and crowds for this event. 

Birthday Extravaganza Weekend
Saturday, December 15 | 10 AM – 5PM   Sunday, December 16 | Noon – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Decorate life-sized birthday cakes (we’re talking BIG CAKES!), make DIY party hats, take part in our photo booth, and help us celebrate 20 years of play with fun, laughter and excitement! Our birthday extravaganza will take place throughout the day on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. Can’t make it for our party? We’ll also be doing a bit of celebrating on December 29th when we officially turn the big 2-0! 

$2 Family Fun Night
Friday, December 21| 4 – 8 PM

Admission $2 for individuals ages two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Explore The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibitcircus science, books and three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits for just $2 per person! Join us for $2 Family Fun Night on Friday, December 21` from 4-8PM. Take part in drop-in programming including our interactive Circle Time featuring stories and songs, learn science through circus tricks and more! This is a great chance to explore our newest addition, The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit, where visitors can crawl through a jungle cave, dig for treasure, go scuba diving, and command a space station with MR. POTATO HEAD®. Learn about basic animal care and interaction from the MD SPCA and much more!

Tickets for this event must be purchased in person at the event. We're sorry, but advanced ticket purchases are not available for $2 Family Fun Nights.

Winter Break Fun
Saturday, December 22 – January
Monday  - Saturday - 10 AM – 5PM | Sundays – Noon – 5PM
Closed Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Oh what fun it is to…Play! Especially over Winter Break! Keep those “I’m bored” comments to a minimum as you enjoy an indoor (and warm!) winter wonderland filled with festive performances and fun programs for the whole family. There’s tons to see, do and explore every day – from special science performances from Eric Energy to interactive play workshops, dancing and singing with the Kindersinger, pop-up science and STEM activities, family art projects and so much more that we can’t possibly list it all here! Check out our Winter Break Fun schedule of activities on our website for details on activities taking place each day!


Birthday, Birthday, Birthday!

Saturday, December 29 | 10AM – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Hip, hip, HOORAY! 20 Years of Play! Grab your kids, friends, neighbors…and anyone you know – and join us for a party to remember! Decorate GIANT (we’re talking big!!) birthday cakes. Create birthday cupcakes. Make birthday art. Take selfies and silly photos in our photobooth. And…of course…enjoy special activities like Eric Energy’s Freeze Show (how cool?!), a scooting rink (scooting has never been so fun), an interactive theater performance from our favorite puppet family, The Hornswoggles, and, finally….a birthday party show where we’ll sing, dance and celebrate together. Don’t miss out on this special day – after all, we couldn’t possibly celebrate our big 2-0 without you!

Noontime New Year
Monday, December 31 | 10AM – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

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 at noon on Monday, December 31.  
 

Farewell to Kidworks
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Join us as we bid farewell to our beloved three-story climber, KidWorks! Stop by activity tables throughout the day to create your very own sound and noise shakers to use during our Goodbye to Kidworks! Will you be the lucky guest who wins the raffle and dons Port Discovery’s Go-Pro for the final slide down KidWorks? Help decorate paper banners at Pop-Up Art the lucky slider will get to crash through at the start of the slide and the bottom! Ever wanted to send a typewriter, watermelon, eggs or anything else you can think of down the KidWorks slide? Now you can! Join us after the final slide as we send the messiest, heaviest and goofiest objects down the two-story slide waiting to be caught by Umpire Greg at the bottom!

Recurring Drop-In Programs

 

Super Sundays
Sundays in December| December 2, 8, 16, 23, 30| 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Enjoy a family adventure before the weekend is over! Explore movement and music together as you bop along to Tiny Tots Music Time.  Join in interactive story times, and work together to create art or science projects during Pop-Up Art or at STEM Stations. Plus, build early literacy skills for infants and toddlers in Mother Goose on the Loose® and take part in festive birthday Pop-Up Art Stations and Circle Times to celebrate Port Discovery’s 20th birthday!

Infant & Toddler Time
Wednesdays in December| December 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Looking for fun, educational programs for your infant, toddler, pre-schooler or kindergartener? Join Port Discovery for Infant & Toddler Time on Wednesdays, when drop-in programming is designed especially for children ages birth to six! Join in interactive story times, explore rhythm and music together during our fun and interactive Tiny Tots Music Time and introduce children to early literacy skills through Mother Goose on the Loose®. Wednesdays at Port Discovery are also limited to groups with children under the age of six, making for a great day of play and learning for your little ones. 

Fantastic Fridays
Fridays in December | December 7, 14, 21 & 28 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.
Join Port Discovery on Fridays for drop-in programs that teach through play! Explore movement and music together as you sing and dance along during our lively Tiny Tots Music Time. Introduce children to early literacy skills during Mother Goose on the Loose. Plus take part in our signature Circle Time, get active while taking part in our Backyard Games Circuit, and create simple art projects as a family!



Mess Zone & Clay Play in the BGE Studio Workshop
Open daily during operating hours

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Practice painting, printmaking, clay sculpting and more as you spark your child’s imagination through fun, hands-on art projects in the BGE Studio Workshop! Enter the Mess Zone as we work together to paint and create art. Or get your hands dirty digging and playing during our Clay Play activity.  Not crazy about getting messy? That’s okay! We’ll have other activities to enjoy as well.

Art programs in StudioWorkshop are made possible by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

Circle Time
Weekdays during operating hours 11:30 AM  | Check event calendar for weekend times
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Bring your little ones to Port Discovery's interactive Circle Time with a changing variety of songs, stories, and fun! Watch your child's imagination come to life as they get involved in the story and dance and sing along! Plus explore three floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to teach children through play during your visit.

Tiny Tots Music Time
Wednesdays at 11:30 am, Fridays at 11:30 am, 12:15 pm Sundays at 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, and 4:00 pm
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Explore music and movement through play, laughter and lots of fun! This lively interactive music experience (formerly known as Jingle Jangle Music Time) teaches infants and young toddlers basic rhythm through singing, clapping, and shaking shakers. Birth to age 3 with a parent or caregiver.
 

Mother Goose on the Loose®
Wednesdays at 10:30 am Fridays at 10:30 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Mother Goose on the Loose: Mother Goose is on the Loose at Port Discovery! Reciting nursery rhymes with puppets, flannel board characters, book illustrations, songs, and musical instruments in this joyful setting helps children develop early literacy skills through play.
Birth to age 3 with a parent or caregiver.

Percussion Garden
Dates and times vary; check event calendar.

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Children are encouraged to play on (or with!) a wide variety of percussion instruments in this hands-on percussion garden. Through play, children learn about the amazing sounds that can be produced and the different techniques for producing these sounds.  All ages.
 

STEM Station
Dates and times vary; check event calendar.

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

oin us for interactive science games, experiments, and projects at our interactive STEM Stations! Learn about science as you make a hoop glider, sound sandwich, and more!  Ages 5 and up.

Pop-Up Art
Dates and times vary; check event calendar.

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Create quick and portable art activities designed to encourage children to explore different media on the go!  Ages 3 and up.

PURCHASE TICKETS

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! 

 

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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