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This Month at Port Discovery

December 2019 at Port Discovery

Learn through play at Port Discovery!
Winter of Wonder at Port Discovery

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Welcome Port Discovery Fans of Play!

First time visiting Port Discovery? Yippie!

Take a peek below for some helpful tips & tricks before visiting:

Winter Break Hours (Saturday, December 21 - January 1, 2020)
Monday - Saturday: 10AM - 5PM
Sunday: 12PM Noon - 5PM*
*Port Discovery will close at 4PM on December 23 and is closed December 24 & 25.

Port Discovery's Newest Exhibits

The SkyClimber

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 KidWorks exhibit.

The Port

Become the captain of an imaginative adventure on a massive ship! Role-play as the ship’s captain, sailors, navigators and engineers as you explore the seas, discover how products make their way around the world, and work together to move, stack and explore what’s inside shipping containers.

Operate a gantry crane, learn how to navigate a boat, and more! Plus, learn about the Port of Baltimore – and the many jobs and products that make up one of the world’s most active ports!​

This project has been financed (in part) with Federal funds from the National Maritime Heritage program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.

This program received Federal financial assistance for preservation of historic maritime resources and for increasing public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally funded assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated again in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity National Park Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240

The Project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, Project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

Events & Programs

Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza

Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza

Special Art Studio Activities - available daily 

No-Sewing Pillows:  The name says it all...stop in the Art Studio with an old T-Shirt (or use one of ours!) to create and decorate your very own pillow to use at home! Enhance fine motor and creativity skills during this fun and hands-on project - plus, you can enjoy cozy story times and naps at home with your new pillow!

Bedtime Buddies: The traditional sock puppet gets an upgrade to Bedtime Buddy! Using socks and stuffing, children will create their very own stuffed animals to take home and enjoy! What will you name yours? 

Special Theater Performances in PD Presents performance times vary

Boogieing Under the Bed: A DJ Jampire Dance Party: Friendly monsters from under your bed have come to play! Boogie down with DJ Jampire and his monster friends durings this interactive show for children of all ages with monster-styled musical instruments, puppets and live music! 

Tall Order: The Story of Taylor the Tailor: An elephant and a giraffe walk into a...tailor's shop - shopping for pajamas! Audience members will help Taylor the Tailor make her new found friends some larger-than-life pajamas to keep them warm in the blizzard! 

Learn more about Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza

Noontime New Year: Wish Upon A Star

Noontime New Years Family Photo Booth

Help us countdown to 2020 with a celebration including a magical noontime countdown, a juice and cookie toast, festive tunes, and more.

This year, we’ll celebrate the wishes we have for the year ahead while we make magical memories together! 

Wishing Star Circus Show - begins at 11:30AM in the Atrium
This New Year’s Eve, discover the empowering influence of wishes, and make wishes of your own on a brand new wishing star! Join Mr. Jupiter, DJ Jampire, and Cory to help Hazel believe again in the power of wishes before the clock strikes noon!

See more Noontime New Year:Wish Upon A Star details!

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Port Discovery Children’s Museum student visits and programs are supported in part by the Maryland State Department of Education. 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.

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