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Play is integral in the development of critical skills: creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, risk taking, and problem solving.

Port Discovery offers interactive activities and hands-on exhibits to inspire imagination and learning!

Hands-on, interactive play is an important and effective way to help children learn - and to encourage their curiosity, build their imaginations, and prepare them for the future. Port Discovery Children's Museum offers three floors of exhibits for children to touch, play on and explore, along with educational drop-in programs, fun family events, field trips, and more. 

IMPORTANT: Starting on January 2, 2019, Port Discovery will begin construction of two immersive, state-of-the-art new exhibits: a four-story SkyClimber and a massive Port Exhibit featuring all the parts of the working port.  Find information on construction plans, ways to play while construction is underway, answers to frequently asked questions, and more at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction

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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.

 

Things to See & Do

Hands-On, Interactive Exhibits!

Port Discovery features three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits that encourage children to use their imaginations, ask questions, and explore how things work as they learn through play. Children learn to play together, experience real-world exhibits and situations and learn skills that help them in school and life. 

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Educational Programs & Events

Whether you have an infant, toddler, kindergartner or elementary school student, you’ll find educational, playful and memorable drop-in programs and special events happening throughout the weekday and weekends at Port Discovery. 

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School & Group Field Trips

Enjoy field trips guided by our educators or self-guided learning adventures! School and group field trips are educational, fun, affordable and feature hands-on learning to compliment what children are learning in the classroom. 

EXPLORE OUR SCHOOL & GROUP FIELD TRIP OPTIONS

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with an easy-to-plan party at the best place for fun, imagination, and learning in Baltimore! Enjoy non-stop fun and adventure with kid-approved party activities hosted by talented Party Pals. Plus enjoy hands-on exhibits, fun drop-in programs, and a stress-free day for the adults thanks to friendly staff who help with setup and cleanup! To find the right fit for your birthday child, choose from several party package options and themes. 

Explore Birthday Party Packages & Themes at Port Discovery

Overnight Adventures

Take your brownies, girl scouts, cub scouts, boy scouts or youth group on a journey they'll never forget! Watch as they explore, learn through imaginative play, and experience hands-on, interactive Arts & Culture or STEM programming as they bond! They can journey through ancient Egypt, climb a 3-story tree house, learn about the Wonders of Water - and find out what happens in the Museum at night! Overnight Adventures combines the fun and excitement of exploring the great indoors of Port Discovery with hands-on, educational workshops! 

Explore Overnight Adventures at Port Discovery

Museum Membership

A membership at Port Discovery Children’s Museum offers a full year of imaginative and purposeful play for your entire family - and pays for itself in just over two visits!  In addition,  your membership helps support our mission to help children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives. 

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Arts, Culture & Theater

Spark the imagination of your little one and encourage them to explore through playful and educational art, theater and music programs, exhibits, events, and activities! 

EXPLORE ART, CULTURE, MUSIC AND THEATER EXPERIENCES AT PORT DISCOVERY!

Science, Technology, Math, & Engineering (STEM)

Encourage your child's curiosity through fun, hands-on activities, and exhibits that introduce children to science, technology, math, and engineering! 

EXPLORE STEM EXPERIENCES AT PORT DISCOVERY! 

Early Education

Introduce your children to literacy, music, art, theater, science and more through specialized programming and exhibits that are devoted to supporting early childhood education and providing children ages five and under with experiences customized to their age, ability, and size.

EXPLORE EXPERIENCES FOR EARLY LEARNERS AT PORT DISCOVERY! 

Health & Wellness

Get active while learning about health, wellness and more! Explore programs, events and exhibits designed to help you and your little ones gain experiences and information that will help you live healthy, balanced lives. 

EXPLORE HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPERIENCES AT PORT DISCOVERY

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Infants & Toddlers

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Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

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First through 5th Grade

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