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“Not very fun!”

Port Discovery Children's Museum
Ranked #28 of 229 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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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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“Not very fun!”
Reviewed January 26, 2004

Well, this place was a huge disappointment! The best part was the climbing tower, and there are similar places in every park in the country, for free! The exhibits made for toddlers were terrible, nothing you can't find at even the most run-down day care center. A lot of the exhibits weren't even working, and the sensation station was kind of pathetic, my daughter has more to play with at home. Miss Perceptions room was morbid at best, with severed body parts and heads lurking around for the kids to find. Most of the exhibits started on a good premise, but were executed extremely poorly. The staff was unhelpful at best, unfriendly at worst! No one ever enticed the children to become involved, and no one was there to guide them through any of the confusing exhibits. In the clay room, we walked in with three children, the staff member there handed one child some clay and went on with her business. I had to get her attention, not once, but twice, to get clay for the others. And we thought we were making something to take home with us, but at the end we had to dump our creations back in the bin to get mushed-how is that different than playing with Play-Doh? My youngest did like the Charlie Brown display, but there was absolutely nothing that all the kids could do together!
They tried to play soccer, but a bunch of older kids and adults stayed on the field with the ball the entire time we stood there waiting, and there was again, no staff member to enforce a time limit, or even common courtesy! The same was true in the sensation room and the produce place. Kids were unsupervised, half of the produce was taken to a different floor, so there was barely anything to play with, and the same kids stayed on an exhibit for long periods of time without allowing others to take their turn. Do not waste your time or money!

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“Fun Time”
Reviewed August 31, 2003

After reading another review, I was a bit nervous about visiting Port Discovery but we had already promised our kids. My kids (7 and 4) had a blast but I wouldn't put it in the category as "educational." My kids keep talking about the place and asking when we will go back. We visit Disney ever year so I think wanting to go back to this place is a pretty good indication that they really had fun there. They got to serve "food" in a diner, put gas in a car, experience a weird house that was being overtaken by rodents and run around in a 3-story play area. It did start to get very, very crowded by mid-day and that's when we left. Approach this place as a big playground with an interesting twist.

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“One Hour Wasted”
Reviewed May 5, 2003

"Edutainment" is all the marketing rage in the family entertainment industry and this place gives it lip service. After one hour our six-year old son left without a trace of regret. The exhibits are the same types of play that are available in any decent day care facility and anything that involved drawing included run down supplies. The disturbing part of the experience is that we did not meet a single staff member who invited our son to participate in any activities, nor did any staff member help to enhance the educational value of a single exhibit. Our son was frightened by a room in a sensory exhibit that invites children to solve a mystery about a missing family. The room is painted like a scene from an R.L. Stine novel, the lights go out so it's pitch black and you hear a child freak out while her grandmother is kidnapped by rodents. In the kitchen of this house, there is a severed head painted in the freezer. The groups that were visiting from schools were running rampant and it was obvious it was up to the group chaperones to try to draw the kids to the educational concepts behind the exhibits. We almost asked for our money back but since it's a non-profit organization we'll write it off as a donation since we received nothing in return.

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