Port Discovery Children's Museum

Port Discovery Children's Museum Port Discovery Children's Museum connects purposeful play and learning for children ages birth through 10 years. Programs and exhibits at Port Discovery are made possible in part by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council.
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Welcome to Port Discovery Children’s Museum, ranked among the top 12 children’s museums in the United States! (Forbes)

Port Discovery offers three floors of interactive, educational exhibits and ever-changing programs for children ages birth through 10. Experience moments of wonder at one of the nation's top Children's Museums. Make it a day to remember as you climb together and reach for the clouds on a new four-story SkyClimber. Set sail together on a life-sized cargo ship and try your hand at jobs like captain, engineer, and more. Play chef, become an artist, put on a play in our theater, and explore three floors of fun, interactive exhibits and activities. Make magical memories that will last a lifetime. Visit today! With so many areas to climb and explore, be sure to wear closed toe, flat soled shoes and comfortable clothes so you can enjoy a fun and safe learning experience through the adventure of play!

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Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on bo...
05/01/2021

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on board for a real-life train ride with Thomas himself, plus enjoy carnival games, live entertainment, special guest appearances from the horses of the First Mile Stable, and much more! Learn more and get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3dm6dmK
#DayOutWithThomas

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on board for a real-life train ride with Thomas himself, plus enjoy carnival games, live entertainment, special guest appearances from the horses of the First Mile Stable, and much more! Learn more and get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3dm6dmK
#DayOutWithThomas

🌼 🐛 🌷 Don't miss your chance to enjoy Port Discovery exclusive programs right at Robinson Nature Centerr! Happening sele...
05/01/2021

🌼 🐛 🌷 Don't miss your chance to enjoy Port Discovery exclusive programs right at Robinson Nature Centerr! Happening select weekends in May - admission to Robinson Nature Center required. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3rUfQND

🌼 🐛 🌷 Don't miss your chance to enjoy Port Discovery exclusive programs right at Robinson Nature Centerr! Happening select weekends in May - admission to Robinson Nature Center required. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3rUfQND

🎉 What does your child’s future hold? Show us where they dream their journey will take them in the 2021 Start Your Journ...
04/30/2021

🎉 What does your child’s future hold? Show us where they dream their journey will take them in the 2021 Start Your Journey Sweepstakes presented by Maryland 529 and Port Discovery Children’s Museum – and you’ll be entered to win $529 towards a new or existing Maryland College Investment Plan Account from Maryland 529, plus a Family Membership to Port Discovery Children’s Museum. No purchase necessary to win. Restrictions apply. Read the full contest rules and enter at: www.PortDiscovery.org/contests

🎉 What does your child’s future hold? Show us where they dream their journey will take them in the 2021 Start Your Journey Sweepstakes presented by Maryland 529 and Port Discovery Children’s Museum – and you’ll be entered to win $529 towards a new or existing Maryland College Investment Plan Account from Maryland 529, plus a Family Membership to Port Discovery Children’s Museum. No purchase necessary to win. Restrictions apply. Read the full contest rules and enter at: www.PortDiscovery.org/contests

When schools, community centers, after-school locations, and other places shut down and went virtual due to the COVID-19...
04/30/2021

When schools, community centers, after-school locations, and other places shut down and went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic – Port Discovery wanted to ensure that children and families throughout our communities continued to have access to hands-on play and learning wherever they were.
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In addition to offering simple at-home activities for families to enjoy, the Museum also created a suite of virtual play-based educational enrichment programs for use by Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Maryland schools and community partners. Learn more about out Virtual Learning Support Packs via our blog: https://bit.ly/3eCPxXK

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our non...
04/29/2021

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our nonprofit. For full program details and restrictions visit Target Circle: https://bit.ly/2O7BT2M

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our nonprofit. For full program details and restrictions visit Target Circle: https://bit.ly/2O7BT2M

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on bo...
04/28/2021

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on board for a real-life train ride with Thomas himself, plus enjoy carnival games, live entertainment, special guest appearances from the horses of the First Mile Stable, and much more! Learn more and get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3dm6dmK
#DayOutWithThomas

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on board for a real-life train ride with Thomas himself, plus enjoy carnival games, live entertainment, special guest appearances from the horses of the First Mile Stable, and much more! Learn more and get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3dm6dmK
#DayOutWithThomas

📖 April is National Poetry Month! Exploring poetry as a family can help build your little one’s literacy skills, and hel...
04/28/2021

📖 April is National Poetry Month! Exploring poetry as a family can help build your little one’s literacy skills, and help create a love for reading in the future!
🤗 Did you know that poetry can also be a great stress-reliever for kiddos and a way for your little one to express and explore their own feelings? Check out Activity & Story Ideas to Celebrate National Poetry Month As a Family: https://bit.ly/3lNSA2c

📖 April is National Poetry Month! Exploring poetry as a family can help build your little one’s literacy skills, and help create a love for reading in the future!
🤗 Did you know that poetry can also be a great stress-reliever for kiddos and a way for your little one to express and explore their own feelings? Check out Activity & Story Ideas to Celebrate National Poetry Month As a Family: https://bit.ly/3lNSA2c

💐 Mom's special day is just around the corner! Give her a day full of new family memories and visit Port Discovery!🎁 Plu...
04/28/2021

💐 Mom's special day is just around the corner! Give her a day full of new family memories and visit Port Discovery!
🎁 Plus, kiddos can enjoy a special craft inside the StudioWorkshop that will be the perfect, personal gift just for Mom! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf

💐 Mom's special day is just around the corner! Give her a day full of new family memories and visit Port Discovery!
🎁 Plus, kiddos can enjoy a special craft inside the StudioWorkshop that will be the perfect, personal gift just for Mom! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf

🎨 Make Art Together! During the month of April, our friends at Tiny Easel are offering our fans of play a thoughtfully c...
04/28/2021

🎨 Make Art Together! During the month of April, our friends at Tiny Easel are offering our fans of play a thoughtfully curated art kit to inspire your kids to paint, create and think outside of the box without the worry of mess + a Follow Along Watercolor Tutorial Video.
🖌️ Even better - 15% of each Tiny Easel Painter Box purchase during the month of April will be donated to Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3tR2y5W

04/27/2021

Pop Up Play Time! 🎉 Join us for some sensory play!

🎉 $2 Community Day is back this May! Explore all of Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Sunday, May 16th! Purchase ...
04/27/2021

🎉 $2 Community Day is back this May! Explore all of Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Sunday, May 16th! Purchase tickets online today: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf
✔️ Please note: Advance tickets required & capacity is limited. Guests are limited to a total of 4 adults, 4 children per reservation/purchase.

🎉 $2 Community Day is back this May! Explore all of Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Sunday, May 16th! Purchase tickets online today: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf
✔️ Please note: Advance tickets required & capacity is limited. Guests are limited to a total of 4 adults, 4 children per reservation/purchase.

🎉 Attention parents and guardians: Encourage your child to dream big about their future and you could possibly boost the...
04/27/2021

🎉 Attention parents and guardians: Encourage your child to dream big about their future and you could possibly boost their education savings by participating in the 2021 Start Your Journey Sweepstakes presented by Maryland 529 and Port Discovery Children’s Museum!
😁 Enter to win $529 towards a new or existing Maryland College Investment Plan Account from Maryland 529, plus a Family Membership to Port Discovery Children’s Museum. No purchase necessary to win. Restrictions apply. Read the full contest rules and enter at: https://bit.ly/3mPMyPi

🎉 Attention parents and guardians: Encourage your child to dream big about their future and you could possibly boost their education savings by participating in the 2021 Start Your Journey Sweepstakes presented by Maryland 529 and Port Discovery Children’s Museum!
😁 Enter to win $529 towards a new or existing Maryland College Investment Plan Account from Maryland 529, plus a Family Membership to Port Discovery Children’s Museum. No purchase necessary to win. Restrictions apply. Read the full contest rules and enter at: https://bit.ly/3mPMyPi

Join Port Discovery at Robinson Nature Center this May for festive and fun educational programs designed just for little...
04/27/2021

Join Port Discovery at Robinson Nature Center this May for festive and fun educational programs designed just for little learners! Admission to Robinson Nature Center required for programs. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3rUfQND

Join Port Discovery at Robinson Nature Center this May for festive and fun educational programs designed just for little learners! Admission to Robinson Nature Center required for programs. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3rUfQND

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on bo...
04/26/2021

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on board for a real-life train ride with Thomas himself, plus enjoy carnival games, live entertainment, special guest appearances from the horses of the First Mile Stable, and much more! Learn more and get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3dm6dmK
#DayOutWithThomas

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling to the B&O Railroad Museum with the Party Train Tour this May 14-16 & 21-23! Hop on board for a real-life train ride with Thomas himself, plus enjoy carnival games, live entertainment, special guest appearances from the horses of the First Mile Stable, and much more! Learn more and get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3dm6dmK
#DayOutWithThomas

🦀 Super-cool free activity alert! Available now: Keep Playing Baltimore Color-By-Number PDF Activity Sheet created by Po...
04/26/2021

🦀 Super-cool free activity alert! Available now: Keep Playing Baltimore Color-By-Number PDF Activity Sheet created by Port Discovery's Artist in Residence, Gen Fraser!
🎨 Find this Baltimore-inspired coloring sheet here: https://bit.ly/3grkbGa

🦀 Super-cool free activity alert! Available now: Keep Playing Baltimore Color-By-Number PDF Activity Sheet created by Port Discovery's Artist in Residence, Gen Fraser!
🎨 Find this Baltimore-inspired coloring sheet here: https://bit.ly/3grkbGa

😊 Become part of the Port Discovery Member Family today!✔️ Now is the time to enjoy the wonder of childhood and create m...
04/25/2021

😊 Become part of the Port Discovery Member Family today!
✔️ Now is the time to enjoy the wonder of childhood and create magical memories you'll cherish forever - enjoy unlimited visits to the Museum, access to Member-Only Events and more! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2XSwhQh

😊 Become part of the Port Discovery Member Family today!
✔️ Now is the time to enjoy the wonder of childhood and create magical memories you'll cherish forever - enjoy unlimited visits to the Museum, access to Member-Only Events and more! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2XSwhQh

🎉 $2 Community Day is back this May! Explore all of Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Sunday, May 16th! Purchase ...
04/24/2021

🎉 $2 Community Day is back this May! Explore all of Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Sunday, May 16th! Purchase tickets online today: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf
✔️ Please note: Advance tickets required & capacity is limited. Guests are limited to a total of 4 adults, 4 children per reservation/purchase.

🎉 $2 Community Day is back this May! Explore all of Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Sunday, May 16th! Purchase tickets online today: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf
✔️ Please note: Advance tickets required & capacity is limited. Guests are limited to a total of 4 adults, 4 children per reservation/purchase.

Looking for playful activities that can help your little ones reduce and manage stress this Stress Awareness Month? We'v...
04/24/2021

Looking for playful activities that can help your little ones reduce and manage stress this Stress Awareness Month? We've got just the ideas for you! Check out our blog for simple and fun ideas that'll keep your kiddo feeling happy & healthy: https://bit.ly/3szd0yN

Looking for playful activities that can help your little ones reduce and manage stress this Stress Awareness Month? We've got just the ideas for you! Check out our blog for simple and fun ideas that'll keep your kiddo feeling happy & healthy: https://bit.ly/3szd0yN

💐 Mom's special day is just around the corner! Give her a day full of new family memories and visit Port Discovery!🎁 Plu...
04/24/2021

💐 Mom's special day is just around the corner! Give her a day full of new family memories and visit Port Discovery!
🎁 Plus, kiddos can enjoy a special craft inside the StudioWorkshop that will be the perfect, personal gift just for Mom! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf

💐 Mom's special day is just around the corner! Give her a day full of new family memories and visit Port Discovery!
🎁 Plus, kiddos can enjoy a special craft inside the StudioWorkshop that will be the perfect, personal gift just for Mom! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3az6Ojf

Join Port Discovery at Robinson Nature Center this May for festive and fun educational programs designed just for little...
04/23/2021

Join Port Discovery at Robinson Nature Center this May for festive and fun educational programs designed just for little learners! Admission to Robinson Nature Center required for programs. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3rUfQND

Join Port Discovery at Robinson Nature Center this May for festive and fun educational programs designed just for little learners! Admission to Robinson Nature Center required for programs. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3rUfQND

🦀 Super-cool free activity alert! Available now: Keep Playing Baltimore Color-By-Number PDF Activity Sheet created by Po...
04/23/2021

🦀 Super-cool free activity alert! Available now: Keep Playing Baltimore Color-By-Number PDF Activity Sheet created by Port Discovery's Artist in Residence, Gen Fraser!
🎨 Find this Baltimore-inspired coloring sheet here: https://bit.ly/3grkbGa

🦀 Super-cool free activity alert! Available now: Keep Playing Baltimore Color-By-Number PDF Activity Sheet created by Port Discovery's Artist in Residence, Gen Fraser!
🎨 Find this Baltimore-inspired coloring sheet here: https://bit.ly/3grkbGa

We're so grateful for support from organizations like Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative, PwC, PNC Charitable Trusts...
04/22/2021
Virtual Learning Support Packs Help Make Hands-On Play Possible

We're so grateful for support from organizations like Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative, PwC, PNC Charitable Trusts and WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5 Kids Campaign for helping make these Virtual Learning Support Packs possible! 💛

The play Experts and Educators at Port Discovery Children’s Museum make virtual play hands-on, engaging and FUN.

📖 April is National Poetry Month! Explore this expressive and fun way of writing with your kiddos all April long with ac...
04/22/2021

📖 April is National Poetry Month! Explore this expressive and fun way of writing with your kiddos all April long with activities and stories everyone will love! Check out activity and story ideas via our blog: https://bit.ly/3lNSA2c

📖 April is National Poetry Month! Explore this expressive and fun way of writing with your kiddos all April long with activities and stories everyone will love! Check out activity and story ideas via our blog: https://bit.ly/3lNSA2c

Blast off to outer space in our Live Virtual Adventures Workshop for Girl Scouts! Go on mini space missions, learn about...
04/21/2021

Blast off to outer space in our Live Virtual Adventures Workshop for Girl Scouts! Go on mini space missions, learn about constellations, the solar system, and more. Plus – earn your Space Scientist Badge along the way. Register today! Learn More: https://bit.ly/2LY7u63

Blast off to outer space in our Live Virtual Adventures Workshop for Girl Scouts! Go on mini space missions, learn about constellations, the solar system, and more. Plus – earn your Space Scientist Badge along the way. Register today! Learn More: https://bit.ly/2LY7u63

Looking for playful activities that can help your little ones reduce and manage stress this Stress Awareness Month? We'v...
04/21/2021

Looking for playful activities that can help your little ones reduce and manage stress this Stress Awareness Month? We've got just the ideas for you! Check out our blog for simple and fun ideas that'll keep your kiddo feeling happy & healthy: https://bit.ly/3szd0yN

Looking for playful activities that can help your little ones reduce and manage stress this Stress Awareness Month? We've got just the ideas for you! Check out our blog for simple and fun ideas that'll keep your kiddo feeling happy & healthy: https://bit.ly/3szd0yN

04/20/2021

Pop Up Play Time! 🎉 We’re celebrating nature’s treasures! 🍃🌸🪵

🖌️ Art Fans! When you purchase the Tiny Easel Painter Box from our partners at Tiny Easel during the month of April, you...
04/20/2021

🖌️ Art Fans! When you purchase the Tiny Easel Painter Box from our partners at Tiny Easel during the month of April, you’ll be supporting Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3tR2y5W

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our non...
04/20/2021

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our nonprofit. For full program details and restrictions visit Target Circle: https://bit.ly/2O7BT2M

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our nonprofit. For full program details and restrictions visit Target Circle: https://bit.ly/2O7BT2M

🎨 Make Art Together! During the month of April, our friends at Tiny Easel are offering our fans of play a thoughtfully c...
04/19/2021

🎨 Make Art Together! During the month of April, our friends at Tiny Easel are offering our fans of play a thoughtfully curated art kit to inspire your kids to paint, create and think outside of the box without the worry of mess + a Follow Along Watercolor Tutorial Video.
🖌️ Even better - 15% of each Tiny Easel Painter Box purchase during the month of April will be donated to Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3tR2y5W

Address

35 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD
21202

Locations for bus and van parking near our facility include: Edison Parkfast 215 East Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410-244-0606 LAZ Parking 300 East Pratt Street Lot 144 Commerce Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410-659-4079 Pier V Surface Lot 721 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202 443-909-7590 (Cannot accommodate school bus size vehicles) Central Parking Systems –Camden Yards Lot C 351 West Camden Street Baltimore, MD 21201 410-347-9330

Opening Hours

Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00
Thursday 14:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 13:00
Friday 14:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 13:00
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(410) 727-8120

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Inspiring Life-Long Curiosity

Welcome to Port Discovery Children’s Museum, ranked among the children’s museums in the United States!

Looking for fun things to do with kids that the whole family will enjoy? 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 of all ages learn to play together, experience real-world exhibits and situations, and learn skills that help them in school and life. As you explore together, you'll be amazed by your child's imagination and curiosity - and how quickly they learn through play!

Reach for the sky in a four-story SkyClimber. Become the captain of a giant cargo ship in The Port. Splish splash in Wonders of Water. Cook and serve food in Tiny’s Diner. Decipher hieroglyphics and find clues that will lead you to a pharaoh's lost tomb in Adventure Expeditions. We feature areas for our youngest visitors, too - Toddlers can walk and crawl through Tot Trails, and little ones can go on an imaginative journey in our magical Oasis.

Port Discovery's exhibits and experiences are designed to encourage kids to ask questions, figure things out, and have fun - all while learning about themselves, building connections, and learning about the world around them. Kids are the experts here – and what they’ll accomplish will fill them – and you – with wonder. As you watch with awe, be sure to get in on the fun and learning, too. Before you know it, you’ll all be making magical memories together and experiencing a day full of child and parenting wins!


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Hope you extend memberships to accommodate the shut down. Been 6 weeks
If we have a membership do we still need to purchase noon time new year tickets?
Parking rates are a bit ridiculous for the garage even with the $5 off you would think better parking rates would be a part of our membership plan.
Will you be open on Thanksgiving? If so whats the hours? On your website under the calendar it says yes but on the "planned visit current hours" it says closed.
This day last year.... we love the staff at Port Discovery Children's Museum
Are you allowed to use a stroller inside?
Can’t wait to visit throughout the winter: https://www.facebook.com/1738411083067744/posts/2220543261521188/
Hello from Au Pair Care, If you're interested now is a very exciting time to be applying for the program as we just launched a great promotion! Promotion Details: Dates: Wednesday, October 3 – Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 Promotion: $25 Application Fee and $325 off Program Fees Promo Code: AUTUMN$325 Please take advantage of this great offer! I will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.
Hi! Do you still offer free entry for teachers?
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