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“Wonderful place for kids AND adults to spend time together” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Port Discovery Children's Museum

Port Discovery Children's Museum
35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 (Downtown)
+1 410-727-8120
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Ranked #35 of 316 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Port Discovery Children’s Museum is ranked among the top 5 children’s museums in the United States! (Child Magazine)Port Discovery offers three floors of interactive, educational exhibits and ever-changing programs for children ages birth through 10. Toddle 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 treehouse.Port Discovery Children's Museum is pleased to partner with the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fight childhood obesity. The national initiative helps children learn about healthy food choices and promotes physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs.
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“Wonderful place for kids AND adults to spend time together”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2008

I took my housemates' 7 year old daughter, and my 17 year old and her boyfriend to Port Discovery over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We got there a few minutes after noon, and it did take us about 30 minutes to get through the line to get our bracelets, but once we were through they were off. There is a three story "tree house" with all kinds of climbing, and sliding things to do, a short zip line, and more, and all three of them had a ball. There was a giant chess set, a climbing wall, a "diner" for kids to prepare and serve play food, an exhibit of Japanese living, a mystery room where folks solve the mystery of a disappearing family, the Wonders of Water interactive exhibit (bring a change of clothes), multiple drum circles, and so much more. We stayed until the museum closed, and I had to peel all three kids out of the museum to take them home. All three of them are looking forward to going back again, and want to bring more friends along the next time.

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“the best kids place ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2007

We love it, my son looveeed it. There is so much to do.This place makes you feel like a kid again!!!

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“Best Kids Museum on East Coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2007

Wow, I can hardly believe the low rankings on this kids' museum! For kids 3-7, this place is a blast. For kids over 8 - well, you should be at the Science museum because you ARE GETTING TOO OLD FOR A KIDS MUSEUM NOW. Yes, it gets crowded, so you need to come early and leave by around 1p.m. Yes, if you can't keep up with your kids they will disappear in the climbing tower. It is $10.50 or so per person over 2 (I think), so if you had coupons it would be a better deal. Now, that being said...

We have been to Port Discovery several times over the past 3 years. My 6 year old son runs us ragged all over the climbing tower, complete with ropes course type gear, slides, zip line, etc. It is FUN. There are a couple of rooms where the older kids can solve easy "mysteries" - one "whodunnit" and one "discover the name of the pharoh's tomb". There is a science lab where they can make their own silly putty. For the 3 and unders there is a storytime/circle time room. There is a miniture indoor soccer field. Don't sell this museum short. Especially when they have special theme weekends (this weekend was "wizard's weekend"/a Harry Potter theme). Kids 3-7 will tolerate about 2-2.5 hours here and come out exhausted.

Very, very fun.

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Arcadia, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2007

FYI: Port Discovery was a sleepover site for the JrNYLC during July 4. However they didn't care for the students exceedingly well (not everyone heard directions, etc.) and were a little bossy at times. In addition, there were medical and luggage problems. The food was also moderate and was frozen (frozen lemonade, apple juice, and OJ). It wasn't really that great, and was a little creepy since parts of Port Discovery actually looked like a warehouse loading area!

Port discovery actually has three floors. It is actually very amazing (HUGE maze), such as a "gas fill up station/ air station" for their fake car, make your own silly putty, make your own poems, etc. on the first floor. The second floor has balconies, a hold onto a rope and "fly" place, etc. The third floor has the first Gen iMacs, dancing wildflowers, and moving birds, peacocks, etc.

It is a okay museum...but it really isn't for people 15 or older. They may be bored.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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“An outstanding attraction for older kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2007

My daughter and I just spent a wonderful, full day with friends at Port Discovery, the Baltimore Children's Museum. The museum does an outstanding job serving kids age 8 and up; unlike most children's museums, there are many activities to challenge and engage elementary-school children. An indoor soccer field, an enormous and just-hard-enough climbing apparatus, a "mystery house" and a chance to play archaeologist in an Egyptian tomb captured the imagination and kept the attention of my second-grader.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, and seemed genuinely concerned about the customer experience and child safety. Port Discovery was definitely cleaner than most children's museums, and most of the exhibits were functioniong -- not an easy feat on a busy summer day.

My one caution to other visitors: for your own safety, do NOT patronize the McDonald's that is right next door to the museum. My friend and I and our kids were approached and then verbally assaulted by an aggressive panhandler during our late afternoon stop for ice cream. The manager eventually recognized and evicted him, but it was not a pleasant way to end our day. If you are looking for lunch or a snack, I highly recommend instead walking just a few blocks down to the pavilions at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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