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Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore

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Children’s Museum Museum
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. Toddlers can walk and crawl through Tot Trails. Get healthy and fit in Kick It Up!. Splish splash in Wonders of Water. Shop and pump gas at the Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill’er Up Station. Cook and serve food in Tiny’s Diner or climb and slide through KidWorks, a 3-story urban tree house.

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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  • Great way to spend the day with younger ones. The kids were engaged with a lot of hands on activities. There is a lot of educational and physical activities. Parking is very walkable and validation is...  more »
  • Stands and attractions for children! It's the dream of small and large. Labyrinths, climbing, activities in all directions! We play with water balloons, giant dinettes... It's very easy to spend 2 hours with the family to watch her children and share their discoveries and adventures. To do!
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  • This spot is ok if its not ideal to be outdoors or your time is limited in Baltimore. In my opinion, there are many other things to do with children that won't break the bank. Don't get me wrong, this...  more »
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  • Clean, lots to offer, reasonably priced, lots and lots of fun!! I love that upon exit your wrist band is checked to ensure you have the correct kiddos with you! We spent all day here and still didn't see everything. We'll definitely go again!
  • Not worth 15 per person. Not at all. I went yesterday with my two kids, 5 and 6 years old, Most of the interactive functions are not functioning. There is even a note on the wall explaining that they are not investing money in fixing it!!! The jungle mess in the middle is dirty and not sized for adults. I understand that it's meant for kids, but if my 5 year old got stuck or lost? I had a hard time making it through. Also you can only go up. You must use stairs to come down. The water play room was a mess and smelled awfully of bleach. The royal farms play store was just real boxes laminated with box tape. The fifties dinner was the best part and it was still kind of sad. No organization. Nothing looked wiped down. You'd think with so many kids in and out, they'd have someone wiping down tables and counters every half hour or so. The craft room. Tables were not wiped off from previous kids glueing things. Everything was sticky. The amazing immature activities were all over the place. Not enough of the necessary pieces to complete any one of the activities. There was one employee at a floam table, and she was asking me if it was safe for kids, asking what it was made out of, etc. Every activity was outdated. Miss Perception's mystery house was creepy. Again none of the interactive functions worked. So walking through a house with no clear idea why everything is skewed and weird was creepy. I might not be so upset if I didn't have to pay for my adult ticket. Also, parking was $20 for two hours. Outrageous. I will never go back. For my $65 I could've done a lot more with my kids somewhere else.
  • This is a great "rainy day" place for kids. It is in Baltimore, but very worth the trip, if only for the water room. It's in the Power Plant Live! complex, which had several very good restaurants of varying price points, including popular local pizza chain Joe Squared.
  • The design of this museum is amazing and it's a favorite stop for the kids. Some of the exhibits are well worn and need to be kept up. The traveling exhibit had almost nothing to do because they didn't have anyone replenishing supplies. The supermarket and Farmers market were mostly empty too.
  • Children out of control. Throwing pans and good in the diner part. Push my little 3 year old grandson down. No one there to help calm the situation. No paper in the art areas had to wait 15 minutes for them to bring paper. Really not a good atmosphere for small children. Over priced.

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