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“Not that impressive ”

Port Discovery Children's Museum
Ranked #36 of 245 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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 hosts educational programs, special events, and special exhibits, including the upcoming Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego - Let's Explore! exhibit, coming to the Museum September 16thm 2017 through February 19, 2018.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

This was listed as one of the top 5 children’s museums in the US - so maybe my expectations where set too high. I wasn’t that impressed. Seemed kinda old and dated. We had a one and just 3 year old. First the main attractions is a glorified McDonald’s style play structure for age 5 and up. This takes up about 2/3 of the museum- so that in itself to me is not at all a museum - it a play place. They have a play diner and play store - both packed wall to wall - so a tentative 3 year didn’t get to really play. She would have enjoyed this but there was just so many people. Can’t imagine what this place is like in the summer. The toddler area was nice and not crowded. They loved the sand. The water room was enjoyed but was wet - the body dryer didn’t really dry - great idea but only cool air coming out - so you have to just dry as you go or come prepared with a change of clothing. The bubble maker was really cool - expected more things like that. The Dora exhibit was pretty dull and unimpressive. Expected more since it was a special exhibit. Overall I’ve been to better children’s museums - Please Touch, Pittsburgh Children’s etc... we spent 3 hours and we where done. If you have a 5 year to 10 year old they would probably enjoy this place. This place has no snacks or drinks to purchase / vending machines would be a plus. No lockers or coat check so when you come in the winter you have to carry all your belongings with you, people who know this carry full back packs which you get smacked with as you move around - once again poor planning - should be able to do better for a more enjoyable environment for everyone. They advertised they validate for parking but beware - we parked at a garage that said parking for port discovery but it was not the “correct one” so we paid $27 to park for 3 hours.

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PortDiscovery, Guest Relations Manager at Port Discovery Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thank you for visiting and for sharing your feedback. We appreciate it as it certainly helps us improve! Port Discovery is absolutely a place to play. However, each of our exhibits – including our climber, diner, and store– have been intentionally designed to encourage learning as well. We’re sorry to hear that you perhaps weren’t pointed in the direction of our lockers, coat racks, and vending machines – we do have these amenities and areas to eat food that visitors bring or purchase from nearby restaurants. We thank you for your feedback on the exhibits you liked and didn’t like – that is helpful for us to know. We are in the midst of planning new exhibits and experiences at the Museum - we can't wait to share information on those soon - and we’d love to have you back to experience those. We encourage any guest to check out our Visitor Tips page on our website - we truly want you to have the best experience possible when you visit the Museum and have tried to provide tips about things like bringing extra clothes, where to park, lockers, coat checks, etc. on this page so that you can have a more enjoyable visit. Visitor feedback certainly helps us improve the tips and information we offer, improve our communication and guest experiences. Thanks again for your feedback.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Yes, as other reviewers note, this is basically an indoor playground/touch-everything museum. But it is a children's museum, so...of course! Be prepared to be watching your kid(s) like a hawk on busy weekends or during the mad rush of school field trip groups. The center climbing structure can be a little stress-inducing if you have an adventurer, so be ready to get in there as needed. As far as children's museums go, it's a decent size, with a huge range of activities, exhibits and events. Enough to keep busy, though it doesn't rival other big-city children's museums. Most things seem best for the younger set, including a soft play area just for babies and toddlers. Some things are entertaining to those probably up to about 10ish, but even an 8-year-old might get bored on a second trip unless there's a new exhibit. If you're a family planning to go at least twice in a year, the family membership is likely worth it, though it doesn't offer too many extra perks. There are lockers and coat storage areas on the ground floor, plus a place to eat a packed lunch. It's also fairly close to good places to eat, and parking is validated to a subsidized $15, except on certain holidays.

Thank RunwiththisMama
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PortDiscovery, Guest Relations Manager at Port Discovery Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thank you for visiting Port Discovery and for sharing your feedback. As with other Children’s Museums, we’ve intentionally designed Port Discovery to be both playful and educational – but also a place for family engagement, so we absolutely encourage families to get in on the excitement in each of the exhibit areas. We do understand that KidWorks, our climber, can be somewhat stress inducing and can assure you we are taking that feedback into consideration as we plan future exhibits and experiences at Port Discovery. We’d love to hear about the exhibits, experiences and membership perks that you’d like to see at the Museum – this is feedback that can absolutely help us as we plan the future of the Museum and so that we can better serve our visitors. Thanks again for your feedback – it is what helps us improve!

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

I went once with my daughter and left after 15 minutes. Just not a place where I felt I could relax and let my guard down around my daughter.

Thank Greg G
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PortDiscovery, other at Port Discovery Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Hi Greg, We're very sorry to hear this. While we know Chuck E. Cheese is a fun place, we aim to offer a much different experience where children and families can learn through play. We'd love to have the opportunity to talk with you and see what we might be able to do differently to better deliver on that. Please feel free to reach me at aludwig@portdiscovery.org or 410.864.2680.

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

I would call it an indoor playground, certainly fun for my 3 year old grandson. There is a large climbing area in the center of the place which is not really for kids under five. There are plenty of things for younger kids to do though. Some animal exhibits but not that many. We did go on a Saturday afternoon, so make a note it will be crazy. If you want something for the kids, I would certainly check this out. I especially like that they give each person a wristband with a corresponding number to your child. No child can leave unless they are with the adult that brought them...i like this. The only criticism I might offer is it did not seem there were enough staff or supervision.
Overall enjoyed

Thank mss12078
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PortDiscovery, Guest Relations Manager at Port Discovery Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Thank you for your feedback and for visiting Port Discovery Children’s Museum! We’re so glad you enjoyed your experience, and that your grandson had fun! In addition to being a great place for kids of all ages to play, our exhibits and events are designed with learning in mind– so even though there’s tons of fun to be had here, we are also encouraging visitors to learn as they play! We hope you found that to be the case. Thank you for passing along your observation about staffing/supervision so that we can address that and improve. If we’re fortunate enough to have you back at the Museum and you are looking for a less crowded environment, you may want to consider visiting on a weekday or Sunday – those days tend to be a bit less busy at the Museum! Thanks again for visiting and we hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Took my 3 kids ( 12, 9 years old boys and 2 years old girl) to this museum. Climbing place was great and my boys spent a lot of time there just go to different enters and exits. Wile sons were busy I️ went around with my daughter. She loved to play with a balls, run around food store, train table and music room. It was nice water room and activity room. It was just fantastic experience. Museum well maintained and perfect for young kids. It was not busy and very great. For now on it is the best Children museum.

Thank Larissa921
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PortDiscovery, Guest Relations Manager at Port Discovery Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We are thrilled that your family enjoyed their visit and experience at the Museum. We hope to see you in the Museum again soon!

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