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Programs, Exhibits & Field Trips

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.

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

Drop In Programs For Early Learners

Circle Time

Relax in The Oasis while enjoying Circle Time with a changing variety of songs, stories, and fun! 

Birth through age 5. Weekdays at 11:30 am. For weekend times, check the “Cool Things to Do” upon arrival. 

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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. Wednesdays at 10:30 am Fridays at 10:30 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm

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Tiny Tots Music Time

Enjoy music and movement through play, laughter and lots of fun! (This program was formerly known as Jingle Jangle Music Time).  

Birth to age 3 with a parent or caregiver. Wednesdays at 11:30 am and 12:15 pm. Fridays at 11:30 am, 12:15 pm Sundays at 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, and 4:00 pm

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Backyard Game Circuit

Join us for fitness and movement fun with our Backyard Game Circuit in Port Discovery’s Kick It UP!  Test your strength, balance and coordination, while building valued social skills.

Ages 3 and older. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-12pm

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Events for Early Learners

Infant & Toddler Times

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. 

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Littles' Day

Join in a day of play designed especially for little learners! Become the star of the show in our interactive theater workshop, Play Within a Play! Your little one will become part of the show! Build early literacy skills in our Mother Goose on the Loose® program, and make-and-take fun art projects at our Pop Up Art Stations.

Please note - programs and schedules vary by event. Please check our event calendar for details on upcoming Littles' Day events. 

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Fantastic Fridays

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 Toddler Music Jam. Introduce children to early literacy skills during Mother Goose on the Loose(R), take part in our signature Circle Time, and create simple art projects as a family!

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Circus Science Days

Juggle, balance a feather, spin a lasso - and learn how science makes these fun tricks work! Enjoy our interactive Circus Science program, held select Saturdays throughout the year, and learn science concepts as you watch and try out super cool, super silly demonstrations! Check our Event Calendar for upcoming Circus Science programs. 

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Healthy First Saturdays

Hop, skip or jump over to Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Practice yoga in Life on Yoga Mountain. Sing, dance and get the wiggles out during Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger. Plus take part in other  drop in programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices, and understand how our bodies work! Please note - activities and schedules vary per event. Please check our event calendar for details on upcoming Healthy First Saturday events. 

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Super Sundays

Sundays are a terrific day to enjoy a variety of Port Discovery programs and exhibits. Sundays at the Museum tend to be less crowded, and offer programs like Circle Time, Mother Goose on the Loose, and more. 

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Exhibits for Early Learners

BGE StudioWorkshop

Everyone is an artist! BGE Studio Workshop is the space to express the artist in you! Programs change three times each year. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

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

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The Oasis

Take a break in The Oasis, a quiet room where families can lounge on pillows and read a book together, play a game or solve a puzzle. During the week, join us for Circle Times at 11:30 am, with singing and storytelling for our youngest visitors. Visiting on a weekend? Check the "Cool Things To Do" list posted inside the Museum on the day of your visit for special Circle Time events. The activities in this exhibit are appropriate for children six-years-old or younger. ALL guests are welcome but we ask adults supervise older children as they share this area with our younger guests.

Get Fresh! Be Healthy Corner 
Located within The Oasis, The Get Fresh! Be Healthy Corner is an interactive exhibit that promotes healthy eating and highlights locations where fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased throughout Baltimore City.  
Get Fresh! Be Healthy Corner is generously sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente

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Tiny's Diner

In this realistic 50's style diner, kids can "cook" and serve food to their parents while using their math skills to ring up orders at the cash register. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

Special thanks to the IKEA Baltimore store for its generous support of Tiny's Diner. 

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Tot Trails

In Tot Trails, children are encouraged to explore and learn about their world while parents can learn about their children through interaction and observation! While exploring some very unique landmarks and landscapes of Maryland, children and their caregivers engage in hands-on exploration in a space that sparks imagination and inspires curiosity. Children and parent can enjoy programs featuring reading and singing that also help children develop language and literacy skills. Infants can develop their gross motor skills and balance coordination as theycrawl, roll, and wiggle through cushioned, mirrored "tidal pools" and "dune walk." Young toddlers  test their problem-solving skills as they maneuver their way through the Mountain Trail and Paw Paw Tunnel, while exercising their imaginations by digging for fossils and playing with puppets. Visit after visit, caregivers are encouraged to play, interact, and observe their child as they discover new ways to connect learning and play.

Tot Trails is generously sponsored by M&T Bank. The Tot Trails Book Nook is generously sponsored by Maryland 529.

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The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® - Open now!

Have an out-of-this world, silly adventure with The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit open now at Port Discovery! 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! Explore areas including:

  • WELCOME! – The fun begins with an awe-inspiring collection of MR. POTATO HEAD® parts and accessories as well as an anthology to depict the character’s wild adventures.
  • SPACE S.P.U.D. (Space Potatoes United for Discovery) :  Join Commander MR. POTATO HEAD® aboard the S.P.U.D. space station! Learn about repair and maintenance to the station. Check out the commander’s chair, use the intergalactic translator, explore the galaxy and conduct experiments at the isolation glove box!
  • SPUD QUEST: Go on an archeological dig in search of the statue of King Tato. Solve mazes, decipher “tatoglyphs” and use special maps to explore the treasure chamber.
  • SPUD OVERBOARD: Go on an underwater adventure with ocean explorer Jacques Coustato! Build fanciful reefs, meet a friendly octopus and wise clam, and enjoy simulated snorkeling adventures!
  • SPUD SAFARI:  Enjoy a pretend mudslide, search for mysterious objects inside a cave, and use your senses to identify sounds and creatures.
     

Admission to the exhibit is included with entry to Port Discovery, which is $15.95 per person for individuals two and older. Members and children under two enter for free. For more information, visit www.PortDiscovery.org.

The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro. MR. POTATO HEAD® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc. and is used with permission. © 2018 Hasbro. All rights reserved. The national exhibit tour is sponsored by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, with additional support provided by Debra Altshul-Stark and Brian Stark, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

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Field Trips

Guided & Self-Guided Field Trips

Hands-on learning and adventures at Port Discovery can be enhanced through the many educational, interactive and fun programs offered at the Museum. Choose from guided programs focusing on Arts & Culture, STEM, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, Early Education and more – and help children get hands-on with the topics they’re learning about in the classroom! Or, schedule a self-guided adventure at the Museum. Group Visits are available for groups of 15 or more, are available throughout the year, and feature highly discounted priced tickets.

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Programs in Your Classroom

Art, Music, STEM & Early Literacy Programs in Your Classroom

Our Museum on the Road program brings unique, hands-on art, music, STEM, and early literacy programs for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students right to your classroom! Programs can be booked individually or as a series, and we offer interactive assembly programs, too!  All programs support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. 

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