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Thank you, Howard County Government & Howard County Arts Council!

Did you know that Port Discovery Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution funded by Museum admission, individuals, and community support? This community support includes grants from local funding agencies, including Howard County Government and the Howard County Arts Council. This support allows Port Discovery to provide safe, smart places for Howard County families to learn, play, and be creative together—both at the Museum and through Port Discovery’s traveling outreach programs.

Incorporating Arts into Play at Home & On-the-Go

From enhancing motor, decision making, visual learning and language skills to social-emotional development (just to name a few!) it’s easy to see that the arts - music, theater and art - can have a profound impact on little learners.

Port Discovery launches new children’s theater series: Discovery Stage Series featuring Happenstance Theater's "Pinot & Augustine", Silly Goose & Val, & Story Tapestries with Arianna Ross

January 20th through March 31st, 2019 | Check event calendar for performance dates and times

Imaginations come to life in the Discovery Stage Series at Port Discovery Children’s Museum!

Port Discovery Celebrates Kick-Off of Construction on New Exhibits!

Port Discovery Children’s Museum officially kicked off construction on two new major exhibits – The Port Exhibit and a new four-story SkyClimber - on Friday, January 4, 2019 with a star-studded lineup of guest speakers and guests. 


5 Reasons Why Music is Important for Early Childhood Development

When children are exposed to music and musical play, from the earliest of ages, the impact is quite profound.

As they explore music through play, they make discoveries about themselves and the world around them, develop a larger vocabulary and important pre-reading and math skills, and strengthen their social and emotional skills, as well as their actual musical development and appreciation.

3 Tips on How to Effectively Incorporate Music into Learning & Play at Home!

Children love music for numerous reasons like feeling competent when they learn the words to a new song, powerful when they bang a drum and proud when they create their very own dance.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum Receives $250,000 Grant from the Abbott Fund for Four-Story SkyClimber Exhibit

Port Discovery is pleased to announce that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Abbott Fund, the foundation of the global healthcare company Abbott.  

These funds will be used to support Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s new four-story SkyClimber exhibit, which will allow children to climb up “into the clouds” on a series of platforms inside seamless netting. The new exhibit is meant to improve gross motor skill development, increase physical fitness and build self-confidence in children. 

Salute the Troops: November 11th, 2019 - January 1, 2020

A Slate of Touring Performing Artists at Port Discovery

Thanks to a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, Port Discovery will be presenting an enriching and diverse roster of touring performing artists in our PD Presents! black box theater from January 26th to March 3rd. Performances include:

The Next Generation of Youth Advisors

Before Port Discovery Children’s Museum first opened to the public in 1998, a child named Cindy volunteered to serve on a focus group for the Museum called the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). During Port Discovery’s construction and first several years of operation, she and numerous other children advised Port Discovery's creative team on "how to figure what kids are all about," according to Nora Thompson, Port Discovery’s Curator of Innovation.

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