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A·MAZE·D Exhibit at Port Discovery + Ticket Giveaway!

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A·MAZE·D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips officially opened yesterday at Port Discovery in Baltimore! The exhibit, which features a giant walk-through cardboard box maze plus two other maze areas, challenges children to get active, use logic, math and problem-solving skills.  The exhibit takes over the majority of the 10,000 square foot atrium space and was designed especially for Port Discovery by maze and puzzle designer Dave Phillips, who creates walk-through corn, bamboo and tire mazes, mazes for books, and more!

Hours (Subject to change): Tuesday 1 PM – 3 PM | Wednesday Noon – 3PM | Thursday 1 PM – 3 PM | Friday Noon – 3PM | Saturday 11 AM – 3 PM | Sunday 1 PM – 4PM

GIVEAWAY!!! I’ve partnered with Port Discovery to offer a family 4-pack of tickets for the museum which includes entry into the A·MAZE·D exhibit! To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Monday, December 4th. Good luck!

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In addition to the A·MAZE·D exhibit, Port Discovery is also featuring the Dora and Diego exhibit through February 19th. I wrote about it here and I highly recommend you check this one out too!

Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore!
Now through Feb. 19, 2018

• 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

It’s time for adventure when preschoolers and their families come to explore Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore!  This interactive exhibit takes visitors on an active adventure in the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends. Explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies’ crew to uncover pirate treasure, and help baby animals in the Rainforest Maze. Ready? Let’s go! ¡Vámonos!

Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with Nickelodeon, the Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! exhibit is presented by the Amerigroup Foundation and sponsored locally by Whole Foods Market. ©2017 Viacom International Inc. All rights reserved. Nickelodeon, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Port Discovery is also offering a special promotion for active duty, veteran and retired military members:

Salute the Troops Program
Saturday, November 11, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018

Port Discovery is offering active duty, veteran and retired military members free admission beginning November 11, 2017 through January 1, 2018 as part of our Salute the Troops program presented by Northrop Grumman. Guests of service members receive $2.00 off general admission. Valid military identification is required for free admission. Present valid Military ID, Veterans ID, State Driver’s License with Veterans Designation or Discharge Papers (photocopies acceptable) to redeem offer. One free admission per transaction. No other discounts, offers or passes may be applied within the same transaction.

In addition to the special exhibits, Port Discovery has a ton of fun events going on in December and January. It’s one of the most fun times to visit the museum!

December Events:

Healthy First Saturday: Gingerbrick Edition
Saturday, December 2 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Walk, skip or run to Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Take a break from the stress the holiday season can bring as you enjoy programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices, and understand how our bodies work. Join us for our holiday edition of Healthy First Saturday where you’ll help chefs from McCormick design amazing Gingerbrick creations. Move along with Middle Eastern Movement and Faza Fam Family Jam. Plus take part in other fun drop-in programs including our award winning literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose! Don’t miss this action-packed day!

Littles’ Day: Gingerbricks Edition
Saturday, December 9 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Celebrate the winter season with a fun designed especially for children six and under! Help the creative chefs from McCormick design Gingerbricks with candies and icing – and put together a Gingerbread House that is larger than life! Join in the Kindersinger’s performance of Snowy Days are Coming. Take part in yoga for kids with Magical Mats, create art and science projects you can take home, and join in our early literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose®.

Dollar Day
Sunday, December 10 | 12 PM – 5 PM
Admission to the Museum is just $1 per person. Members and children under two enter free.

Explore three floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits designed especially for kids for just $1! Join in educational and fun drop-in programs including interactive story times, Mother Goose on the Loose®, music and movement in Jingle Jangle Music Time, plus hands-on art activities that you can make and take home!  

$2 Target Family Fun Night
Friday, December 15 | 4 – 8PM
Admission $2 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free. 

Enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits along with fun and engaging programs for just $2 per person from 4PM-8PM! Join in Circle Time, and learn about animals with the Maryland SPCA. Plus, enjoy a visit from The Maryland Book Bank, who will be providing books to children and families in attendance.


Little Explorer’s Day – Nature!
Saturday, December 16 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Free with Museum admission, which is $15.95 for individuals two and over. Members and children under two enter free.

Calling all future explorers! Get your compass ready and join us for a special nature-themed adventure on Little Explorer’s Day! Learn about the great outdoors with the Robinson Nature Center and meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures. Become a star in our interactive Plays in the Park: Rosha and the Sun. Also enjoy our interactive Circle Time and early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose(R).


Winter Break Fun!
Tuesday, December 26 – Sunday, December 31 | 10AM – 5PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Join us every day over Winter Break for fun, hands-on programs that teach through play! Enjoy special performances from Eric Energy, learn about Animals with the Wildlife Adventures, join in on fun performances with the Kindersinger, take part in interactive plays, plus enjoy winter-themed programs, science projects, and art activities each day of the week!

  • Saturday, December 23 | 10 AM – 5 PM: Looking for fun things to do with family and friends? Don’t miss Baltimore’s best place for children and families! Join us for a day of play and learning featuring yoga for kids, and take part in an interactive play that children become the stars of. Also, enjoy drop in activities including our interactive Circle Time, early literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose(R), and simple science projects for families on the go!
  • Sunday, December 31 | 10 AM – 5 PM: Ring in the New Year early with the annual Noontime New Year’s Eve Celebration at Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Early bedtime or not, partygoers will enjoy a festive day of play. Dance the day away as rockin’ tunes fill the Museum. Watch special performances from Eric Energy, who will teach revelers about Cool Science, and the Kindersinger, who will keep little ones jingling all day long. Make jingle bell bracelets, sound sandwiches and diffusion snowflakes to help out with our famous Noontime Countdown. After the countdown, enjoy a milk and cookie toast and continue exploring the Museum for more festive family fun.
  • Monday, January 1 | 10 AM – 5 PM: Happy New Year! Celebrate with a day of play featuring an interactive story time, music and movement during Jingle Jangle Music Time, interactive art projects, and science exploration!
  • Tuesday, December 26| 10 AM – 5 PM: Meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures. Take part in winter-themed drop in programs, including our interactive Circle Time, our music and movement program Jingle Jangle Music Time, and our early literacy program Snow Goose on the Loose. Also make gingerbread puppets, diffusion snowflakes and learn about polar bear blubber.
  • Wednesday, December 27| 10 AM – 5 PM: Meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures. Watch our fun and imaginative play, The Hornswoggle’s Winter Vacation. Take part in winter-themed drop in programs, including our interactive Circle Time, our music and movement program Jingle Jangle Music Time, and our early literacy program Snow Goose on the Loose. Also make gingerbread puppets, diffusion snowflakes and learn about polar bear blubber. Also dance and sing along to Music from Mr. Norman.
  • Thursday, December 28| 10 AM – 5 PM:  Meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures. Take part in winter-themed drop in programs, including our interactive Circle Time, our music and movement program Jingle Jangle Music Time, and our early literacy program Snow Goose on the Loose. Also make gingerbread puppets, diffusion snowflakes and learn about polar bear blubber.
  • Friday, December 29| 10 AM – 5 PM: Learn about Cool Science with Eric Energy. Take part in winter-themed drop in programs, including our interactive Circle Time, our music and movement program Jingle Jangle Music Time, and our early literacy program Snow Goose on the Loose. Also make gingerbread puppets, diffusion snowflakes and learn about polar bear blubber.
  • Saturday, December 30| 10 AM – 5 PM: Meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures. Watch our fun and imaginative play, The Hornswoggle’s Winter Vacation. Take part in yoga for kids during Life on Yoga Mountain, plus dance and sing along to Music with Mr. Norman. Enjoy drop-in programs including our interactive Circle Time and make winter-themed art projects with your family and friends!

Noontime New Year’s Celebration
Sunday, December 31 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Free with Museum admission, which is $15.95 for individuals two and over. Members and children under two enter free.

Ring in the New Year early with the annual Noon Time New Year’s Eve Celebration at Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Early bedtime or not, partygoers will enjoy a festive day of play inside a Winter Snow Ball Wonderland! Dance the day away during our Snow Ball while rockin’ tunes fill the Museum. Watch special performances from Eric Energy, who will teach revelers about Cool Science, and the Kindersinger, who will keep little ones jingling all day long. Make jingle bell bracelets, sound sandwiches and diffusion snowflakes to help out with our famous Noontime Countdown featuring confetti and a balloon drop. After the countdown, enjoy a juice and cookie toast and continue exploring the Museum for more festive family fun.  Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive prior to opening and dress appropriately for the weather, as this is a popular event and you may experience lines that are longer than usual.

Activities Include: 

  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Enjoy old-time and seasonal music with The Kolodners!
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Get in the winter spirit as you learn about polar bears, create jingle bell bracelets, and make diffusion snowflakes.
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Get ready for our famous countdown! Create sound sandwiches, countdown numbers, and penguin beaks!
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Enjoy our winter wonderland featuring an “Ice” scooter rink, toddler igloo, snowball throwing, and chance to feed our abominable snowman!
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PMTake part in our Snow Ball as you dance along to music with DJ Holly.
  • 10:30 AM Take part in our winter themed Snow Goose on the Loose, teaching early literacy through play!
  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PMSnow dance with our roaming fairy!
  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures
  • 11:45 AM – 12:10 PM: Get ready to countdown with us! We’ll celebrate Noon Time with a festive balloon and confetti drop.
  • Noon – 12:30 PM: Make a toast to the year ahead with our Juice and Cookies Toast.
  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Enjoy our winter wonderland featuring an “Ice” scooter rink, toddler igloo, snowball throwing, and chance to feed our abominable snowman!
  • 1:00 PM: Learn about Cool Science with Eric Energy, enjoy a lively performance from The Kindersinger
  • 1:30 PM: Enjoy a lively performance from the Kindersinger
  • 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Get in the winter spirit as you learn about polar bears, create jingle bell bracelets, and make diffusion snowflakes.
  • 2:00 PMLearn about Cool Science with Eric Energy
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Dance the day away with Mr. Don’s Music! 

January Events:

New Year’s Day Celebration
Monday, January 1 | 10AM – 5PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Happy New Year! Celebrate with a day of play featuring an interactive story time, music and movement during Jingle Jangle Music Time, interactive art projects, and science exploration!

Healthy First Saturday
Saturday, January 6 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Walk, skip, run or slide to Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Take part in enjoy programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices, and understand how our bodies work! Get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger, stretch and learn new poses as a family during Life on Yoga Mountain and watch your little ones express themselves during our interactive theater workshop, Play Within a Play! Also not to miss:  have a blast as you groove along with Faza Fam Family Jam, meet and learn about the important work of therapy dogs from FIDOS for Freedom, and take part in simple art and science projects that are fun, educational and that you can take home!

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream Weekend

Saturday, January 13 | 10AM – 5PM
Sunday, January 14 | 12PM – 5PM

Monday, January 15 |  9:30AM – 4:30PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Educational activities are planned from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, January 14,  from 12PM to 5PM on Sunday, January 15, and from 9:30AM to 5PM on Monday, January 16.

  • Saturday, January 13 |  10AM – 5PM : Join along as The Kindersinger sings Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King, Jr., learn about the important history of African Americans in baseball with Negro League Baseball, and create Doves of Peace in our StudioWorkshop. Also learn about African American Inventors, join in interactive story times that teach children short lessons about Martin Luther King, Jr., create a quilt square that you can take home with the Baltimore African American Quilters, and meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures.
  • Sunday, January 14 |  Noon– 5PM: Learn about the important history of African Americans in baseball with Negro League Baseball, create Doves of Peace in our StudioWorkshop, and learn about African American Inventors. Join in interactive story times that teach children short lessons about Martin Luther King, Jr., create a quilt square that you can take home with the Baltimore African American Quilters, and meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures. Plus enjoy our early literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose®, explore music and movement through Jingle Jangle Music Time, and join in music and dancing with Mr. Don’s music.
  • Monday, January 15 | 9:30AM – 5PM : Don’t miss a special Living Museum where children from Baltimore’s Northwood Elementary School portray several important African American individuals throughout history. Join along as The Kindersinger sings Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King, Jr., learn about the important history of African Americans in baseball with Negro League Baseball, and create Doves of Peace in our StudioWorkshop. Also learn about African American Inventors, join in interactive story times that teach children short lessons about Martin Luther King, Jr., create a quilt square that you can take home with the Baltimore African American Quilters, and meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures.

Target $2 Family Fun Night

Friday, January 19 | 4 – 8PM

Admission $2 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits along with fun and engaging programs for just $2 per person from 4PM-8PM! Join in Circle Time, and learn about animals with the Maryland SPCA. Don’t miss this great chance to check out Nickelodeon’s Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! exhibit before it leaves for good on February 19th.

Little Explorer’s Day: Explore Hispanic Heritage

Saturday, January 20 | 10AM – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Explore Hispanic Heritage with fun learning activities! Use your artistic skills to create maracas, learn about the important Day of the Dead tradition as you decorate Dia de los Muertos Skulls, join in an interactive theater performance featuring the Mayan story Rosha and the Sun, and watch as imaginations go wild during our interactive story times. Plus enjoy Circus Science and interactive science projects!

Frankenstein 200: Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

Saturday, January 27 | 10AM – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with fun science activities! Learn about innovation and science through interactive, Frankenstein-themed projects. Do the Monster Mash – and enjoy children’s music and dancing – with Mr. Norman.  Also enjoy drop-in activities including our interactive Circle Time. Plus, make sure your body stays un-Frankenstein-like by taking part in stretching, breathing and yoga exercises with Life on Yoga Mountain.



Dora & Diego Exhibit at Port Discovery + Ticket Giveaway!

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Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers three floors of interactive, educational exhibits and ever-changing programs for children ages birth through 10. I’ve been taking my girls here for a few years now and they always have the best time! We visited last weekend to check out the new Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore exhibit that is open now through February 19th.

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It’s time for adventure when children and their families come to explore Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore!  This interactive exhibit takes visitors on an active adventure in the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends. Explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies’ crew to uncover pirate treasure, and help baby animals in the Rainforest Maze.

My girls headed straight for the Rainforest Maze once we entered. In this part of the exhibit kids can locate rainforest animals, swing across monkey bars, jump and hop across River Rocks and more.

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In the Animal Rescue Center, little ones can care for baby animals. If your child likes to role play, they will love this area. They can scan an animal to find out if it needs their help. Or if the animal needs a check-up they can listen to its heart, look inside of its ears, or apply a cold pack.

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In another part of the exhibit, kids can help Tico collect nuts to power his family car. My girls loved scooping up the acorns that were falling into the basket and then loading them up in the gas tank. Swiper, the sneaky fox makes an appearance here as he tries to swipe the nuts!

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Next to this area is the Pirate Piggies ship where kiddos can pretend to sail the high seas. There are even pirate clothes that the children can wear to dress the part as they play!

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Parents are encouraged to help their children count the Pirate Piggies treasure in both English and Spanish.

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In the Flowery Garden, kids can help Isa tend to her garden. This area has a padded floor, so its a good space to explore if you are visiting with a baby who might want to crawl around.

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In the rocket ship, little ones can put on a spacesuit and pilot the ship!

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Just across from the rocket ship is the Purple Planet, where kids can climb up and slide down.

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There’s also an area where children can form a constellation with glowing stars.

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There is so much to do in this exhibit, your kids can easily spend an hour playing in just this one area of the museum. I love the educational aspects of this exhibit and its opportunities for role-playing, problem solving, and learning words in Spanish.  Make sure to get to the museum to see the exhibit while its on view through February 19th! It would make for the perfect outing on a rainy or cold day this fall or winter!

And if you haven’t yet visited the museum and are interested in finding out more about all it has to offer, check out this article we wrote for Mommy Nearest.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! I’ve partnered with Port Discovery to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to Port Discovery which includes admission to the Dora & Diego exhibit. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, October 10th. Good luck!

Good to Know:

• The exhibit is best for ages 1 to 7.
• Admission to Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore is included with general admission tickets to Port Discovery. $14.95 for adults and children 2 and up, and free for Museum members.
• The best place to park is Harbor Park Garage – 55 Market Place. Ask for validation before leaving the museum to get a discounted price.
• Port Discovery is a stroller friendly museum.
• Food and drinks are prohibited in all exhibit areas, but there is a designated eating area available.
• There are also lots of different restaurant options right outside the museum where you can get lunch or dinner.

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