Join us as we welcome the S.S. Friend Ship and the new four-story SkyClimber!
Wahoo! BIG new exhibits and improved visitor amenities will be open for play, adventure and exploration starting June 14, 2019.
Join us for grand opening celebrations all throughout the summer, starting with a special day of fun and learning happening June 14th from Noon - 5 PM!
What’s there to see and do?
Starting at noon on Friday, June 14th, Port Discovery – and our BIG new exhibits – will be fully open for play, learning and family adventures.
Soar to new heights – and celebrate - as you and your child try to reach the clouds on a four-story SkyClimber. Set sail together and explore the seas on a life-sized (and giant!) cargo ship! Enjoy new family seating, updated restrooms, and more!
- Test your courage as you climb up – and down – the SkyClimber. Make it all the way to the clouds and have the chance to slide down a super tall, super swirly, and super fun slide!
- Enjoy a toddler-sized adventure in the Under the Chesapeake Bay themed soft play area featuring none other than Chessie, the fun and adventurous Chesapeake Bay Sea Monster.
- Role play as the ship’s captain, sailors, navigators and engineers in The Port. Try your hand at stacking and scanning cargo. Learn about where products come from – and explore the many jobs that await little learners!
- Paint, sculpt, color and create in our creative arts studio! Visit the Studio Workshop to experience hands-on, creative exploration of visual arts of all kinds.
- Hop, jump, skip and play in our unique, indoor stadium designed for multiple games and sports! Visit Kick It Up! and take part in a variety of activities from drop-in soccer to backyard games that encourage you to get active, practice taking turns and teamwork, and learn about one another.
- Engage children in visual arts and theater in the PD Presents theater, where they’ll experience the interactive and musical Percussion Garden.
- Stop into the Convenience Store & Fill’er Up Station where little ones can pretend to grocery shop!
- Infants and toddlers can sit, crawl, walk and explore in Tot Trails, an exhibit especially designed for our youngest learners. Infants can develop their gross motor skills and balance coordination as they crawl, roll, and wiggle through cushioned, mirrored "tidal pools" and the "dune walk."
- Travel back in time to 1920’s ancient Egypt in Adventure Expeditions! As you explore the pharaoh’s lost tomb, you’ll learn about the unique history of the Egypt civilization while you solve puzzles and decipher hieroglyphics.
- Read, play puzzles, explore games and play together in The Oasis!
- Make a splash while learning all about water in Wonders of Water!
- Explore new exhibits slated to open at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Previews, Pop-Ups and Prototypes space. Explore new exhibits planned for the Museum along with activities that we’re testing out for the Museum in this ever-changing space.
- 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!
- Milk a cow, diagnose a horse with x-rays, play a Chesapeake Bay pinball machine and meet some local farmers in the Here We Grow! exhibit! This hands-on Maryland agricultural themed exhibit introduces children and families to the processes, products, and people who work on farms
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