Baltimore’s Port Discovery

April 9, 2014 at 1:00 am 3 comments

This past weekend, I had some colleagues coming to Baltimore for a conference. Baltimore is only an hour and fifteen minutes away, so my family and I went up to meet them for lunch. While we were in the area, we checked out Port Discovery— a children’s museum whose tagline is “Play with a Purpose.”

That place was AMAZING! It was pretty much a giant 3-story indoor playground. No, make that play arena! It was huge and had so many different themed play areas. Some of our favorites:

Tot Trails
We spent a majority of the time at Tot Trails. The padded Tidal Pool area was great for 9 month old Dyson. He could practice standing and crawling without hurting himself. Bonus– loved how the pillows were in the shape of maple, paw paw, and gingko leaves.

Port Discovery - Toddler Trails - Dyson Smiles in Trilobite Shirt
Dyson Enjoyed Pulling Up and Standing

I had thought Tot Trails would be of little interest to 2 year old Sagan, but he ended up loving it as well. He was particularly enamored with the wind tunnel that allowed him to catch “butterflies”, riding the turtle, and playing with the flag pole.

Port Discovery - Toddler Trails - Butterfly Hunting
Sagan Loved the Butterflies

Port Discovery - Toddler Trails - Sagan Rides Turtle
Sagan Rides a Turtle

Port Discovery - Toddler Trails - Sagan Hoists a Flag
Sagan Raises a Flag

And whose childhood would not have been happier with a giant Lite-Brite wall? A giant Lite-Brite Wall!!!

Port Discovery - Toddler Trails - Giant LiteBrite
Giant Lite-Bright!

KidWorks
The centerpiece of the museum is a three story tall treehouse, complete with slides and rope bridges. Amazing! On their website, Port Discovery said it was recommended for children five and up, but Ryan and Sagan were able to enjoy the exhibit together.

Port Discovery - KidWorks - Overview
KidWorks

Nano
There was an exhibit call Nano that focused on Nanoscience. On paper, it didn’t sound like it would be that interesting to an infant and a toddler, but they both loved it. Their favorite part– playing with carbon atoms in the hands-on carbon chain exhibit. We actually had to drag Sagan away from it.

Port Discovery - NanoTechnology - Dyson Smiles with Carbon Chain
Dyson with Carbon Chain

Port Discovery - NanoTechnology - Sagan Builds Carbon Chain
Sagan with Carbon Chain

Wonders of Water
The big finale of our visit was the Wonders of Water exhibit. It was perfect for Sagan who loves to “splish-splash.” It was also educational for Mommy and Daddy who got to learn about the Archimedes’ Screw. I think Sagan’s favorite part was shooting the musical instruments with a hose to make lots and lots of noise…er.. music!

Port Discovery - Wonder of Water - Sagan Shoots Symbol
Sagan Making Music With a Hose

Port Discovery - Wonder of Water - Achimedes Screw
Archimedes’ Screw!

We had a fabulous trip to Port Discovery and found it well worth the $13.95 admission fee. It was particularly helpful that we were able to leave for lunch and return for more playing. My only regret is we did not discover this before the polar vortex. It would have been a perfect destination on some of those frigid days where you don’t want to play outside.

More pictures of our Port Discovery outing are on my Flickr page.

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  • 1. kittywilkin  |  April 10, 2014 at 6:30 am

    That place looks awesome!! Bangor, Maine has the Children’s Discovery Museum, which may be affiliated; there are very similar exhibits and the same exact nano exhibit. Port Discovery trumps all, though, with that tree house!! Whoa!

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    • 2. LP  |  April 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Hi there! Most children’s museums are independent, non-profit institutions, but we are all great friends to one another. We share our knowledge and learning through the Association of Children’s Museums. Learn more about children’s museums across the country and the world here: http://www.childrensmuseums.org/index.php

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  • 3. Garden Walk Garden Talk  |  April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

    This place is great for kids, very engaging. Too many kids don’t get enough play experience. I like the tagline too. All play has learning or exercise I bet.

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