Parents searching for a fun place to take their children out need to look no further than Port Discovery, located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the children’s museum can be your family’s prescription for fun.
Port Discovery charges $12.95 for ages 2 and up. Initially my thoughts were that the cost was rather steep. There are also other yearly membership available for which the information can be obtained at there website. The museum has been designed for fun for all ages.
The museum is 3 stories tall with permanent as well as traveling exhibits available for all to enjoy. The highlight and the center piece of the museum is the 3 story tall giant tree house. The traveling exhibits are located in the first and third floor. We took a 2 year old and a 7 year old at the museum and both of them enjoyed it.
Some of the permanent exhibits include a grocery store, a diner, water works exhibit, art and craft exhibit and a sensory station just to name a few.
In collaboration with Royal Farms Port Discovery had a miniature convenience store with play foods and also a car to “Drive in”. The car allowed children to fill gas, fill the car tires with air and also for kids to sit in the driver’s seat. The diner provided facilities for kids to cook food and serve foods. The arts and crafts exhibit is an art studio for children to get creative. The theme in the arts and crafts exhibit was creating an art piece from recycled objects. Children created rag dolls from yarn, cloth scraps and buttons.
The beauty of Port Discovery’s exhibits was that they allowed our two year old son and seven year old nephew to put there energy to constructive use. The sensory station often referred to as baby room by the staff was designed for children under age 4. The sensory station had all sorts of textures on a giant tree located in the center of the room. Children can stimulate their fine motor skills with the blocks, puzzles and mirrors. There was also a giant ball pit in the room.
Our family could not explore the entire tree house due to time constraints. For young children pulley systems were placed around the tree house to do different things. We explored the pulley system to move golf balls into a tube. There were slides, gardens of rubber mulch to plant and harvest realistic play foods.
We also enjoyed a drumming circle time. Our two year old was very reluctant to go since the different instruments like African drums, and fruit shaped maracas were so powerful in there sound. The teacher leading the activity was a jolly man who got my reluctant toddler to join in the activity with an orange shaped maraca.
The various story times and activities were fun for the whole family. The water exhibit let children become water musicians with pressurized water sprays aimed at wind chimes and drums. Children and adults learned about the water cycle from a real model. The model had levees, dams and fountains. For families unprepared for the wet exhibit loaner raincoats and clogs were available. There were also giant blowers located to dry yourself after you have completed your play.
Overall if you have young children of various ages, Port Discovery is the place for you. They also provide discounted parking which has to be validated at the ticket counter. If you happen to visit Baltimore with a toddler or a young kid, your visit is not complete until you visit Port Discovery!