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Programs, Exhibits & Events

IMPORTANT:  Big New Exhibits Coming Spring 2019!

Construction is underway on new exhibits and Museum improvements that will open this spring!Learn about the new SkyClimberPort Exhibit and improvements that will create an efficient new lobbynew nursing area, more family seating areas, a renovated lunchroom, and updated restrooms at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction

Come play & learn while we build!

Please note: Although Port Discovery remains open, visitors cannot access the main Museum while construction is underway. Instead, join us to enjoy the hands-on and interactive Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank, and visit us at our soon-to-open Port Discovery Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth! Please note: Visitor capacity is limited at both locations. 

Visit The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery - Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Design and make a mini-robot, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, create a theatrical play and more in Port Discovery’s newest hands-on experience!

OPENING SOON: Visit Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth 

Spark your child’s imagination as you play and learn together at Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth! 

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Museum Hours

Mon10 AM - 5 PM
TueClosed
WedClosed
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Fri10 AM - 4 PM
Sat10 AM - 5 PM
SunNoon - 5 PM

Play and Learning for Children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Engage your child in programs that build literacy, art, music, theater, and science skills! Port Discovery provides a variety of special programs, exhibits and events that are geared towards school-aged children (and their younger siblings). 

 

Drop In Programs for Kindergarten - 5th Grade - Will Resume once Construction on New Exhibits is Complete

Tiny Tots Music Time

Please note: This program is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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

Birth through age 5. 

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Circle Time

Please note: This program is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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

Birth through age 5. 

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Pop-Up Art

Please note: This program is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

Explore art in new ways - and make artwork to take home - at our Pop Up Art Stations! Projects might include learning about stained glass, jewelry and more! 

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STEM Stations

Please note: This program is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

Explore STEM through a hands-on activity or experiment at our STEM Stations! These pop-up activities often happen on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year and feature simple STEM activities that encourage curiosity, creative thinking and exploration. Check our event calendar for upcoming dates and times STEM Stations will be offered at Port Discovery! 

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Mess Zone & Clay Play in the BGE Studio Workshop

Please note: This program is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

Explore the ancient origins of art during Blast to the Past: The Start of Art in the BGE Studio Workshop this fall! Enter the Mess Zone as we work together to create tempera paint from scratch. Don’t forget to leave your own personal pictograph on the cave wall or learn the about printmaking with Collography! Sculpt, mold and create during our Clay Play activity. Not crazy about getting messy? That’s okay! We’ll have other activities to enjoy as well.

Besides having fun getting a bit messy and exploring art, these projects are designed to help children learn gross and fine motor skills, encourage the manipulation of art media, expose children to art tools like clay and sculpting instruments, and inspire children to explore. 

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

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Play within a Play

Please note: This program is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

Learn about theater production as you become the star of the show in this interactive and visitor favorite theater workshop! Become the director, make the sound effects, dress up as a character and more in this hands-on program where you're little one will learn about what's involved in putting on a play.

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Events for Kindergarten - 5th Grade - Will Resume once Construction on New Exhibits is Complete

Infant & Toddler Times

Please note: This event is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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

Please note: This event is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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

Please note: This event is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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

Please note: This event is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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

Please note: This event is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

op, 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 oother 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

Please note: This event is temporarily unavailable as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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 Kindergarten - 5th Grade - Temporarily Closed During Construction

Adventure Expeditions - Closed During Construction

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. 

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BGE StudioWorkshop - Closed During Construction

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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Kick It Up! Brought to you by UnitedHealthcare - Closed During Construction

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. 

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SkyClimber - Opening Spring 2019

Soar to new heights as you try to reach the clouds! Dare to dream – and test your courage – as you get climb your way up and around a four-story SkyClimber that takes you from underwater” up “into the clouds.” As you climb and reach new heights, you’ll build confidence and problem-solving skills while having fun with new friends. You’ll even trigger sound effects from Mother Nature as you climb high above Port Discovery and reach for the stars. Toddlers can get in on the action, too, with a soft play area on the ground level. The SkyClimber will replace Port Discovery’s current KidWorks exhibit.  Planned opening: 2019.

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The Oasis - Open During Construction

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. 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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Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill'er Up Station - Closed During Construction

Learn 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. 

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Tiny's Diner - Closed During Construction

Please note: Tiny's Diner is temporarily closed as Port Discovery builds bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits.  Join us for play and learning in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank and at Port Discovery's Pop-Up Play Space in the shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction for more information. 

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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Wonders of Water - Closed During Construction

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.

*WOW will be closed all day on Tuesdays starting on May 29, 2018 for the duration of the summer so that it can be cleaned.*

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Field Trip Programs - Booking Now for Spring 2019 and Beyond

Guided & Self-Guided Field Trips for Students

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 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!  Group Visits are available for groups of 15 or more, are available throughout the year, and feature highly discounted priced tickets.

Learn more about Field Trips at Port Discovery!

Programs in Your Classroom

Assembly, Visual Art, STEM and Early Literacy Programs in Your Classroom!

We bring unique, hands-on art, music, STEM, and early literacy programs for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students right to your classroom through our Museum on the Road initiative! 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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