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The Do DC with Kids Guide to Port Discovery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

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The Do DC with Kids Guide to Port Discovery in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Port Discovery in Baltimore makes a great day trip from DC

Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore is a great day trip from Washington DC. It may be a pay-per entry museum but it is something no other (currently open) DC museum is, exclusively for children. The museum is three floors of exhibits, play spaces, and activities that will hold your kid’s attention for hours- HOURS! Seriously, Ooey and I spent five hours within the museum playing and exploring on our first visit, we still left without seeing everything.

So much to do, so little time- three floors of fun

In my mind that’s what will keep me coming back to Port Discovery, there’s 80,000 square feet to explore. Even though the museum is a bit dated, some exhibits look like they may be from the 90’s, it’s not something a kid will notice. And the variety of exhibits is broad enough to appeal to anyone. There’s climbing, adventuring, mystery solving, and faux dining.

First floor

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Kick it Up! Play indoor soccer at Port Discovery. Photo provided by Port Discovery.

On the first floor of the museum you’ll find a mini soccer field Kick it Up, a grocery store, stroller parking and the designated eating area where you can also store valuables in rental lockers. Additionally you won’t be able to miss the entrance to Kid Works, the three story mesh climbing feature that’s essentially a giant shoots and ladders contraption.

Second floor

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Exploring Adventure Expeditions the 1920’s Egyptian themed mystery room. Photo provided by Port Discovery.

The second floor has opportunities to adventure to 1920’s Egypt. In Adventure Expeditions, which we missed during our first trip, you can smell herbs and spices, go through false doors and pull yourself across a river like Indiana Jones. We sent a lot of time exploring in this room.

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Ooey exploring the room in Port Discovery that is best for the under two crowd, tot trails. It comes complete with a family restroom.

Also on this floor is Tot Trails a room for the under two crowd. This room includes a family restroom, soft toys and small spaces suited for babies. The Terraces on this level have a train where children can pretend to drive. There are also more exit and entry points to Kid Works.

Third floor

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Wonders of Water may be Ooey’s favorite room and provides endless fun with water tables, a bubble maker and a splash pad.

Ooey’s favorite exhibit Wonders of Water is on the final floor. Children can splash in the water, test whether objects sink or float, make music with water sprays and even form a giant bubble around themselves. There are accommodations for infants to sit at the water table as well as crocs that children may wear so they don’t get their personal shoes wet. A giant airdryer in the corner of the room is fun to stand in, but ineffective, I recommend bringing a change of clothes if you let your kid play in this room.

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Wonders of Water may be Ooey’s favorite room and provides endless fun with water tables, a bubble maker and a splash pad.

A 50’s themed diner is a great place to sit down. Large red vinyl booths and tables line one side of the “restaurant” where you can watch your kids put together a meal in the kitchen or pick a song in the jukebox. Ooey found the meal preparation endlessly entertaining.

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Wonders of Water may be Ooey’s favorite room and provides endless fun with water tables, a bubble maker and a splash pad. Photo provided by Port Discovery.

Near the other end of the third  floor is a room for birthday parties, Miss Perceptions Mystery House and the Meyerhoff Gallery which features temporary exhibits. The mystery house is best for children who can read and enjoy problem solving. The house is a maze, and as you navigate towards the end you can try and solve the riddle of the exhibit. The temporary exhibits have changed a few times since we first started visiting but currently Klutz- Amazingly Immature is on display.

Be Amazingly Immature with Klutz until September 4th

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

KLUTZ amazingly immature is the current temporary exhibit, it’s goofy and encourages kids to misbehave in fun ways.

Should you come often enough to have seen all the exhibits you will be happy to know that the traveling exhibits change frequently. We were sad to see the Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit go, but it’s since been replaced with Klutz- Amazingly Immature.

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

KLUTZ amazingly immature is the current temporary exhibit, it’s goofy and encourages kids to misbehave in fun ways.

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

KLUTZ amazingly immature is the current temporary exhibit, it’s goofy and encourages kids to misbehave in fun ways.

Because I was and continue to be a bookworm I recognized the Klutz brand. As a kid, the Klutz book at the school scholastic fair was guaranteed to be good. I still remember that my first (and most used to this day) cookbook was Klutz brand, Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual.  The Klutz at Port Discovery is geared towards older kids and nostalgic parents like myself, but it’s still worth a visit.

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

KLUTZ amazingly immature is the current temporary exhibit, it’s goofy and encourages kids to misbehave in fun ways.

Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! starts September 16th

Dora and Diego will join Port Discovery in the Fall, more information about that soon!

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore starts Sept 16th.Photo provided by Port Discovery.

 

Port Discovery in Baltimore Maryland is a great kids fun place and a great family trip from Washington DC

Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore starts Sept 16th. Photo provided by Port Discovery.

Upcoming events

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Mondays in July & August  Mondays at Port Discovery are set aside just for families and caregivers! Join us each Monday in  July and August for exciting Family Play Monday activities the whole family will love! Make art projects you can take home, sing and dance along to Jingle Jangle Music Time, and enjoy our signature Circle Time in a less crowded Museum atmosphere! Camp groups are taking the day off from all of the fun and learning on these days, which makes it the perfect time to visit. 

 Wonderful Wednesdays: Visit the Museum each Wednesday for Wonderful Wednesdays, when programs are dedicated to children six and younger (there’s plenty for older siblings and friends to do, too).

$2 Target Family Fun Night Friday, July 21, 4-8pm Receive more than $12 off the price of regular admission thanks to our generous sponsor, Target. Take part in family fun programs, including over 18 exciting activities at the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit where you can engineer fast-moving paper airplanes, turn spoons into catapults, learn how to juggle, and create amazing inventions! Don’t miss this exciting night where admission is only $2! Learn more at portdiscovery.org

Saturday, July 22, 29, 10 AM – 5PM Sensational Saturday Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Join us for a Sensational Saturday the whole family will love! Become a scientist and conduct experiments at theExploration Station, enjoy our signature Circle Time, create art projects you can take home, and join an interactive puppet show with the Museum’s monster family. Visit portdiscovery.org for more information.

Wednesday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10 AM – 5 PM  Wonderful Wednesdays Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Join us every Wednesday in August for special days dedicated to children ages birth through 6 years. Take part in imaginative art, music, and literacy programs designed to develop early learning skills including our signature Circle Time, an exciting movement challenge using scooters, our award-winning early literacy program, and more family fun activities! Visit portdiscovery.org for more information.

Saturday, August 5 | 10 AM – 5 PM Healthy First Saturday Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Exercise your mind and body at Port Discovery’s Healthy First Saturday event! Get here early to reserve your spot for an exciting cooking session with McCormick Inc. Meet therapy dogs from FIDOS for Freedom, sing and dance along with the Kindersinger, take part in our signature Circle Time, explore the interactive KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature!exhibit, featuring 18 fun activities and more! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Sunday, August 6, 13, 20, 27 | 12 – 5 PM Super Sundays Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. What’s more super than a Sunday in August? Join us for family fun programs and interactive activities every Sunday! Take part in our award-winning literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose, join our signature Circle Time, create art projects you can take home, enjoy the art of Japanese Kamishibai storytelling with Daveed, and more exciting activities! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Tortoise & the Hare Day on August 12: Take part in a special Littles’ Day celebrating the Tortoise & the Hare! Enjoy a special Tortoise & Hare themed performance from the Kindersinger, make Hare Headbands, create Paper Bag Tortoises, and get up close with a real tortoise and hare!

Saturday, August 12 | 10 AM  –  5 PM Littles’ Day – Tortoise and the Hare Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Enjoy a special Littles’ Day celebrating the classic fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, with exciting activities and hands-on programs! Learn about the famous story, create Tortoise and the Hare art projects, sing and dance along with Pam the Kindersinger!, and get up close with animals at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, featuring a race between a real life tortoise and hare! Plus check out the exciting Cook and Tell sessions with McCormick Inc. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Be A KLUTZ Day on August 18: Join Port Discovery for a day of special programs celebrating the limited-time KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit at Port Discovery. Enjoy thrilling circus and “magic” tricks – from juggling to plate spinning, tablecloth pulls and more

Friday, August 18 |4 – 8PM $2 Target Family Fun Night Featuring the Maryland Book Bank Admission $2 for individuals two and up. Join us before summer vacation comes to an end and explore Port Discovery for less. The Maryland Book Bank will be joining us on this special night, providing books to children and families in attendance. Plus, learn about animal safety with the Maryland SPCA, enjoy our signature Circle Time, and take part in family fun programs, including over 18 exciting activities at the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit where you can learn how to juggle, engineer fast-moving paper airplanes, turn spoons into catapults, and create amazing inventions! Don’t miss this exciting night where admission is only $2 from 4-8 PM! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Saturday, August 19| 10 AM – 5 PM Be a Klutz Day Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Join Port Discovery for a day of special programs celebrating the limited-time KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit at Port Discovery. Enjoy thrilling circus and “magic” tricks – from juggling to plate spinning, tablecloth pulls and more – along  with face painting fun, spin art,  and other educational activities for the whole family! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Solar Eclipse Day on Sunday, August 20 | Noon – 5PM: We’ll learn about this incredible phenomenon, create solar-eclipse themed art projects, and learn how to safely view the eclipse just in time for this amazing event! Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Saturday, August 26 | 10AM – 5PM Sensational Saturday Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Celebrate the end of summer with a day of educational play for the whole family! Dance and sing along to classic tunes with Mr. Norman, learn yoga poses and practice healthy habits with Ms. Wendy as she reads “Life on Yoga Mountain”, and enjoy a theatrical performance of Tiger Tales! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4 Labor Day Weekend Celebration Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Spend your Labor Day weekend with us! Learn about health and wellness on Healthy First Saturday, create art projects you can take home and dance along to Jingle Jangle Music Time on Super Sunday, and make patriotic creations, including red, white, and blue hoop gliders on Labor Day Monday! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Saturday, September 9 | 10AM – 5PM Littles’ Day Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. Gather the little ones for a special day of activities designed for children five and under! Become a scientist and conduct experiments in the Exploration Station, enjoy our signature Circle time, get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger, create art projects you can take home, and enjoy face painting with Landre SFX. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Friday, September 15 | 4 – 8PM Target $2 Family Fun Night Admission $2 for individuals two and up. Enjoy Port Discovery for less! Save more than 80% on admission and pay only $2 from 4-8 PM! Learn about animal safety with the Maryland SPCA, create a special project at the Family Activity Table, and enjoy our signature Circle Time! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Tips

  • Bring a lunch, they do not have food
  • Do not try to drive to Baltimore during commuting times, you will have a bad time
  • Plan to spend the day there, it’s a huge place
  • If you have a kid under 2, check out their baby room on the second floor
  • Take advantage of the stroller parking and locker rentals
  • There is an elevator in the building that guests can use for strollers and wheelchairs
  • You may rent birthday rooms here
  • There are bathrooms on every floor

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