Port Discovery Children’s Museum Events: April 2017
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Going Wild Weekend
Saturday, March 25 | 10 a.m – 5 p.m. | Learn More
Sunday, March 26 | 12 p.m – 5 p.m. | Learn More
Go Wild at Port Discovery! If your little ones are curious about wildlife, nature, and the great outdoors, Going Wild Weekend events on Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26 are sure to make their eyes sparkle with curiosity and joy! Wildlife Adventures will be on hand all weekend long providing programs all about wildlife! Interact with live animals, learn about wildlife with fun programs like Living WILD, Wild Tales and UnWrap, UnRoll and UnWind, and enjoy animal-themed art projects where you can create Fire Breathing Dragons and Going Wild Masks! Plus, take part in interactive plays and theater performances.
Healthy First Saturday
Saturday, April 1 | 10 a.m – 5 p.m. | Learn More
Exercise your mind and body at Port Discovery’s Healthy First Saturday event! Learn about health and wellness with the UMBC Health Fair. Join The Johns Hopkins University Asthma Study for hands-on activities related to asthma. Take part in yoga for kids, get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger, and enjoy fun family art projects. You can also visit with service dogs from FIDOS for Freedom!
Glow Days Celebrating Light City
Join Port Discovery to celebrate Glow Days during light city! Make glow-in-the-dark art, create bracelets that change color in UV light, and make a holographic projector that will have you seeing in 3D! Also take part in Eric Energy’s famous, interactive energy show “Spark Attack!”. From experiments with circuits, sound waves and different kinds of light to a real laser show, you’ll be glowing with fun and learning about light!
Play It Forward
Thursday, April 6 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Learn More
Purchase Raffle Tickets for Fabulous Prizes | Need Not be Present to Win
Join Port Discovery for the annual Play It Forward Gala featuring fabulous food and fun activities with all of the bells and whistles. Honoring Dr. Jay Perman, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore with the Great Friends to Kid Award, Play It Forward will include fun and creative entertainment and activities for attendees.
This is an event for adults 21 and over. Proceeds from the event support the Museum’s education and access programs. Learn more at www.BidPal.net/PlayItForward2017
NEW! Purchase raffle tickets online for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Whether or not you attend Play It Forward, you can purchase a chance to win packages including a trip to New York City, featuring tickets to see Hamilton, train travel and a hotel stay at the Essex House. Other packages include 12 Date Nights to some of Baltimore’s best restaurants, a Charm Yourself jewelry package from PANDORA, a caboose full of fine spirits, and a Baltimore Sports package perfect for Baltimore fans!
Sponsors of Play It Forward include J.S. Plank & D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation, Inc., CSX Transportation, Ernst & Young LLP, PANDORA Jewelry LLC, Sinclair Broadcast Group, StanleyBlack&Decker, University of Maryland, Baltimore, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, ASC Partners, LLC, Bank of America, BGE – An Exelon Company, Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc., Lewis Contractors, M&T Bank, McCormick & Company, Inc., Miles & Stockbridge P.C., George A. Roche, Gordon & Joan Stetz, T. Rowe Price, Baltimore Ravens, Cindy Conklin & Bob Merbler, Coppermine Racquet & Fitness, The Cupid Foundation, Ecosystem Investment Partners, Ira Gansler and RBC Wealth Management, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Media sponsors include The Daily Record and WYPR 88.1.
STEM in Spring – Spring Break Week at Port Discovery
Saturday,April 8 through Monday, April 17 | Learn More
Open for Extended Hours including Mondays during Spring Break
Hours During Spring Break: Monday – Friday – 9:30AM – 5PM | Saturday – 10AM-5PM | Sunday – Noon -5PM
Learn and play during Spring Break with Port Discovery’s STEM in Spring activities, featuring programs centered around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)! Enjoy new activities every day of spring break, including Eric Energy’s “Spark Attack” show, interactive plays, a Virobot workshop, Wildlife Adventures, pop-up “E-lite-tricity” activities, and more. We’ll also have special workshops including “Journey Inside a Cell” where children will enter a life-sized cell to learn about their important roles and components, plus much more!
Sunday, April 9 |Noon – 5 p.m. | Learn More
Music of all sorts will fill the floors of Port Discovery on Sunday, April 9! Join us and the Peabody Ensemble for a special Pop-Up Concert at 2PM. Plus, enjoy Jingle Jangle Music Time, the Percussion Garden, Kamishibai Story Time and Choo-Choo Circle Time along with pop-up art projects throughout the day!
Hop Into Spring – An Exclusive Evening Adventure
Saturday, April 15 |6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Learn More (Scroll down to “Hop Into Spring” tickets)
Admission is $18 for members, $20 for non-members. Includes special activities, food & entertainment. Ticket sales end on April 11.
Hop on over to Port Discovery with your family and have a blooming good time as you explore Port Discovery in a crowd-free, relaxing environment! Join in a mini egg hunt for a small prize, pet and learn about live bunnies, enjoy music, dancing, face painting, and more. Plus, make seed pots and birdhouses or bird feeders for your backyard, just in time for spring! All activities plus pizza, drinks and an ice cream sundae bar are included in the price of admission, which is $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Advanced reservations required. Ticket sales end April 11.
Countdown to Kindergarten
Saturday, April 22 | 10AM – 5PM | Learn More
Join Port Discovery for a full day of fun and learning designed to help prepare parents and caregivers to successfully prepare emerging kindergartners for school! Countdown to Kindergarten features activities and programs focused on school readiness from Port Discovery and other family and educational organizations. Activities include interactive play sand performances, pop-up science projects, art projects, a live petting zoo from Wildlife Adventures, and music and dancing with both the Kindersinger and Mr. Norman. This program is also open to children who are not entering kindergarten.
Climb Aboard Until May 7th!
The Thomas & Friends™ exhibit is locally sponsored by
Platinum Sponsors: CSX & M&T Bank
Silver Sponsor: StanleyBlack&Decker
Bronze Sponsor: Maryland 529
Sponsor: W.R. Grace
Have you checked out the new Thomas & Friends(TM): Explore the Rails! Exhibit at Port Discovery yet? Parents and children alike are raving about this limited-time only exhibit! Check out reviews, photos and tips from our friends at DO DC WITH KIDS, Capitol Momma, The Playful Parent, and Trekaroo!
On this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused exhibit, children can climb aboard Thomas’ cab, fix wobbly wheels, pull levers, dress as a train conductor and more. Don’t miss the huge train table where you can build train tracks and play with friends new and old. This hands-on exhibit helps children’s imaginations grow!