The greater Baltimore-DC Metro area is chock full of fantastic fun places for kids. One of the top attractions on our family’s list of fun things to do with kids in Baltimore is the Port Discovery Children’s Museum.
Fun Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore: Port Discovery
Port Discovery is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which means it is really accessible. A parking garage adjacent to the museum offers parking discounts and is a very short walk to the museum.
There are many reasons why Port Discovery consistently rates as one of the top Children’s Museums in the country. Of course, I have my own list.
Highlights of Port Discovery
- Kidworks- Once you enter Port Discovery for the first time, your jaw is likely to hit the floor when you see this three-story jungle gym of fun. Kidworks makes up the core of the museum and offers many opportunities to jump, climb, roll, slide, and just work out those wiggles. Kidworks is more for kids ages 5 and up, but with supervision, Sweet Pea has had a blast at age 2 as well.
- Tot Trails- If you are worried that your toddler or infant will be overrun by kidworks, head straight to Tot Trails, which is geared towards kids under 3 years old. I cannot even begin to tell you have much I adore this part of the museum. There are puzzles, agility paths for new walkers, building blocks, cause and effect discovery activities, soft climbing structures, and a huge sandbox. Sweet Pea loves Tot Trails and we often spend over an hour just in this section of the museum alone.
- Royal Farms Convenience Store and Harvest Hill Roadside Market- Toddlers love to explore (I know, stating the obvious) and collect things. Both of these exhibits are great fun. Your kid picks up a basket and gets to shop. At Royal Farms, kids can pretend to check out and even pretend to fill ‘er up as they romp around the inside of a full-scale pretend car. At Harvest Hill, kids can pretend to fill their baskets with fresh produce from the farmer’s market and then barter with other kids at the nearby picnic tables.
- Tiny’s Diner- And speaking of pretend play, how would you like to go back to the 50’s with you kid as they fix you a burger and fries? Take a seat in the corner booth and relax while your toddler works as a short order cook in the life-like kitchen, and then serves you ‘lunch.’
- Waters of Wonder- I hope you brought a change of clothes because your kids are going to want to get wet in this water-based play exhibit. Kids can splash in the gigantic water table, set up dams, a system of ferries, squirt water against the percussion wall, figure out how to link tubes together to manipulate the flow of water, and try to create a life-sized bubble (my favorite)!
- The Oasis- Of course, sometimes you just need a break (or your kid just needs a break). The Oasis is loads of fun but it isn’t as ‘amped up’ as the other sections of the museum. Kids can lounge in giant bean bags and read books, play with gigantic rubber legos, paint rocks with water, or play with gears and other engineering types toys. There is a ‘secret room’ where nursing mothers can have some privacy, and oftentimes local children’s performers will give mid-day concerts or conduct story time here.
These are just a few of the reasons our family has fallen in love with Port Discovery. The thing is, these are not the only fun things to do at Port Discovery. Your kids can visit the Art Lab and get creative, explore the smaller exhibits like the train and some of the interactive physics games, play a game of soccer at the indoor soccer stadium, or engage their brains at the house of mystery or Ancient Egypt.
If you live in or near Baltimore or are planning a visit, you absolutely must check out the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. I can guarantee your kids will love it so much they will beg to come back again and again!
Would you like more information? Check out Port Discovery’s website for hours of operation, ticket prices, membership information, directions, and information on special events and visiting exhibits!
Thanks for reading and go explore fun things to do with kids in Baltimore!