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Experience interactive exhibits meant for children to touch, explore and investigate. 

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. 

Temporary Exhibits

Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego - Let's Explore!

On Exhibit at Port Discovery September 16, 2017 through February 19, 2018

Children and families are invited to the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends Boots and Baby Jaguar! Explore Isa's Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies crew as they set sail, and search for baby animals in the Rainforest Maze.

Favorite friends and places from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! are incorporated into the exhibit including

  • The Purple Planet: Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.
  • Rocket Ship: Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.
  • Constellations: On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light-up a constellation.
  • Isa’s Flowery Garden: Dora’s friend Isa the Iguana demonstrates how to take care of flowers, plants, and animals. Preschool visitors can tour Isa’s Garden to pick flowers, interact with bird, butterfly, and insect puppets, and pretend-fly with toddler-sized bird and butterfly wings. Even the littlest visitors will enjoy smelling the flowery scents and picking soft-fabric posies.
  • Tico’s Tree and Car: Dora is a good friend to Tico the squirrel and young visitors are invited to be a good friend to Tico too. Tico needs help picking nuts from the tree for a family picnic. Children can play along with Swiper to swipe the nuts and watch as they shoot up and over to fill Tico’s basket. Tico’s car is in need of fuel! Visitors can help Tico fill up his car with nuts so he can begin his journey.
  • Pirate Ship: In the Pirate Ship, preschoolers can join the Pirate Piggies crew and dress like a pirate to pretend-play along sailing the ship and divvying up the treasure. Visitors can raise and lower the Pirate Piggies’ flag, look through the telescopes to spot the treasure chest and then divvy up the coins into the Pirate Piggies’ banks and help them share the treasure.
  • Animal Rescue Center: Young children can practice caring and helping rainforest animals in Diego’s Animal Rescue Center. Preschoolers can be an animal rescuer, like Diego, as they diagnose and address an animal’s problem from the ‘Scanner’ bed, bandage and apply cold packs at the ‘First-Aid Station,’ and bathe stuffed animals at the ‘Care Station.’
  • Rainforest Maze: Preschoolers will explore a rainforest to locate rainforest animals. Active play is encouraged as children swing across the Bobo Brothers’ monkey bars, crawl through a fallen tree, climb across Jaguar Mountain, and jump or hop across the River Rocks.

Children will role-play, solve problems, practice sharing, and caring behaviors, and learn Spanish words. Everyone will celebrate a successful day - "We did it! ¡Lo hicimos!"

Become a member to experience this exhibit for free.

Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with Nickelodeon, the Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! exhibit is presented by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Locally sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Media sponsor: Latin Opinion. 

©2017 Viacom International Inc. All rights reserved. Nickelodeon, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

A·MAZE·D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips

Hours: Subject to change. Please call ahead for information on operating status/hours. 

The maze will be open through January 28, 2018, with the following hours: Tuesday 1 PM - 3 PM| Wednesday Noon - 3 PM | Thursday 1 PM - 3 PM | Friday Noon - 3 PM | Saturday - Noon - 3 PM | Sunday 1 PM - 4 PM. 
Please look for this exhibit to re-open in the Summer of 2018!   


Put on your thinking caps as you explore giant indoor mazes inside Port Discovery Children’s Museum! A·MAZE·D will challenge kids and adults alike with mazes by Dave Phillips. This puzzling exhibit gets you moving as you weave, turn and use logic, math and problem-solving skills to become a maze master! Jump from dot to dot in Hop Dots, confound yourself as you walk the puzzle mazes, and get lost in a giant walk-through cardboard box maze. Learn about the history of mazes and labyrinths, see original maze art, and much more.

Produced by Port Discovery Children’s Museum and Dave Phillips.  All maze designs are copyright by Dave Phillips.

Permanent Exhibits

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.

Adventure Expeditions

Travel back to 1920's Egypt for the adventure of a lifetime! Part physical adventure and part mental obstacle course, in this exhibit, you must decipher hieroglyphics and find clues that will lead you to a pharaoh's lost tomb!

Recommended for ages 7 and up. 

Kick It Up! Brought to you by UnitedHealthcare

Get fit and healthy in our soccer and games stadium complete with electronic scoreboard and goals. Designed as an indoor soccer stadium, Kick It Up! is a unique exhibit that offers hands-on programs to get children's arms and legs moving and hearts pumping. 

When children are not engaging in a friendly game of soccer, the field transforms into an interactive, ExerKid games arena where they can surf, snowboard, and skate through challenging courses on balance boards, ride bikes, compete in an "i-Dance off", and play challenging games against the electronic T-Wall.

Healthy messaging through visually compelling electronic signage in the exhibit provides helpful tips and facts on health and nutrition during play.

For a complete schedule of activities happening in Kick It Up!, check our daily Cool Things to Do upon Museum arrival. 

KidWorks

Climb, crawl, jump, and slide through our three-story urban treehouse, KidWorks. Dare to cross a narrow rope bridge and who knows what you’ll find on the other side! 
Please note: For your safety and comfort, KidWorks is a Sneaker Zone. Children and adults who plan to play and climb KidWorks must wear sneakers.​ Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill'er Up Station

earn how to make healthy choices in a convenient world in this mini interactive convenience store! Pretend you are the customer or employee and stock and scan various foods. Check the items in your cart against the food pyramid to see how many healthy food items you selected. Be sure to fill the Royal Farms VW Beetle with gas and check its tire pressure before you leave!

The Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill'er Up Station is generously sponsored by Royal Farms. 

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

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. 

Tot Trails

Infants and toddlers have a great new place to learn through play in a whimsical exhibit that celebrates Maryland's heritage!

Tot Trails was created as a learning environment where young children can explore and learn about their world, parents can learn about their children through interaction and observation, and the community can learn how innovative play educates our youngest learners.

Tot Trails is generously sponsored by M&T Bank.

The Tot Trails Book Nook is generously sponsored by Maryland 529. 

While exploring some very unique landmarks and landscapes of Maryland, children and their caregivers will engage in hands-on exploration in a space that sparks imagination and inspires curiosity. Children will delight in the joy of reading and singing, while building language skills as they engage in our Mother Goose on the Loose story times and Jingle Jangle Music Timewith our Museum educators. Infants will develop their gross motor skills and balance coordination as they can crawl, roll, and wiggle through cushioned, mirrored "tidal pools" and "dune walk." Young toddlers will 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 will be encouraged to play, interact, and observe their child as they discover new ways to connect learning and play.

Wonders of Water

Make a splash in this new wet and wonderful area of Port Discovery! WOW!, helps children understand human interactions with water in fun, exciting and interactive ways. Featuring: Earth Today (a real-time atmospheric display created by Animated Earth LLC featuring global data from NASA, NOAA and USGS), Water Chimes, Build a Fountain, Plumbers Park, Stream Table, Bubble Hoop and more!


Note: You will get wet in WOW!, but it's OK, there are slickers and crocs for everyone. You may want to bring a change of dry clothes.

Port Discovery Exhibits in Your Community (also available for rent)

Nano

Nano is an engaging and interactive mini-exhibition about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology for family audiences.Explore hands-on activities to discover the importance of things too small for the eye to see in nanoscale science. 

  • Build a Carbon Nanotube
  • Play “I Spy ” to discover nano in familiar places
  • Compare the relative effects of static electricity and gravity
  • and more! 
     

Nano is produced by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Here We Grow!

Here We Grow! introduceas children and their caregivers to farm processes, products and people through the themes of science and technology, history, local ecology, global economics and art. Using words, ideas, sounds and interactive elements, visitors will learn about the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives as well as concepts of agricultural conservation and sustainability.

Concepts and themed-areas include:

  • History: Learn how agriculture has progressed through the years and how farmers make a living from the land. Meet real Maryland farmers including Dwight Baugher from Baugher’s Orchard; Bobby Prigel from Prigel Family Creamery; and Hans Schmidt from Schmidt Family Farms.
  • Local Ecology: Learn how plants grow, how seasons influence commercial growth in the greenhouse and how the seasons influence environmental conservation practices.
  • Science and Technology: Diagnose a horse using high tech tools such as x-rays and endoscopy. Use the old fashioned hand milking technique to race the milking machine to see which way is quicker. Sort eggs using various tests including sounds, sight and color. Build tools and learn about the importance of tool development in farming.
  • Global Economy: Follow the flow of commodities through a map, and learn that crops produced in Maryland are traded and transported all over the world. Also learn about different culture’s harvest traditions and festivals.

This exhibit has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and a group of invested community partners who share Port Discovery’s enthusiasm for educating children about agriculture, including Wright Family Foundation, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc., Maryland Soybean Board, Maryland Egg Council, and the Maryland Dairy Industry Association.

 

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

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