GBC Encourages Members to Visit Reopened Port Discovery in Baltimore

New attractions introduce STEM and other job skills to children

The Port Discovery Children’s Museum reopens June 14 after completing a $10.5 million renovation – its first update since 1998.

The Greater Baltimore Committee encourages its members and others to visit the reopened popular attraction, which attracts about 275,000 visitors annually.

KidWorks, the former main attraction of the museum, has been transformed into a new attraction called The Port, which features the S.S. Friendship, a replica cargo ship. The Port – inspired by the Port of  Baltimore located just a mile from the museum – allows children to experience the life of a port employee by offering hands-on activities within the exhibit that promote communication, teamwork and Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) skills, according to Port Discovery officials.

The exhibit gives children the opportunity to act as a captain, engineer, security guard, crane operator, and other jobs that are essential to the smooth-running of a  major port, such as the Port of Baltimore. Such jobs showcase the diversity of careers at the Port of Baltimore, as well as other ports across the globe.

Port Discovery officials say they worked hard to create an exhibit where children who may not have ever crossed paths otherwise can meet and play together.

“The idea behind The Port is that a port is about how people from around the world work together,” Jennifer Bedon, Vice President of Development and Communications for Port Discovery, said. “The exhibit brings children from different neighborhoods and backgrounds to work together and communicate.”

The Port is not the only major renovation effort that the museum undertook while partially closed for construction early this year. A new climber for children joins The Port in the center of Port Discovery. Called the SkyClimber, the attraction stands four-stories tall and provides children the chance to work together, collaborate and develop gross motor skills – all to gain self-confidence, Bedon said.

“We wanted to build exhibits that will stand the test of time,” Bedon said. “We wanted to make sure they give an authentic, hands on experience.”

Port Discovery and its new exhibits and attractions reopened to the public June 14th.

Port Discovery also has a new pop-up display at The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson, which is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays.

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Story by Zoe Adams