Now that a fabulous children’s education and entertainment center has reopened following a major renovation, it is easier to be a parent, or a nanny, in and around Baltimore, Maryland.
The Port Discovery Children’s Museum (PDCM) at 35 Market Place, Baltimore, began accepting visitors of all ages on June 14 after spending a whopping $10 million to install more exhibits while also upgrading existing ones.
“We have several new exhibits. One is a four-story Sky Climber and the other is a port exhibit. They are life sized, really interactive and a whole lot of fun. There’s no way to look at the museum and not say wow,”Abbi Ludwig, a spokesperson for the museum is quoted as saying in a June 12 CBS Baltimore report.
Now in its second week after the grand opening, the museum’s Sky Climber that reaches to the very ceiling of the place through a mesh maze and then allows players to slide down inside a quick steel spiral has become a primary attraction for both kids and their caregivers. Accompanying the little ones they take care of, adults enjoy nothing less than some incredible playtime fun on it.
Play to learn philosophy
As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic region, PDCM aims to educate children and inspire life-long curiosity. It says its “play-to-learn philosophy” opens the door for children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead “smarter, healthier, more engaged lives.”
To visit the museum, adults should be with a child younger than 10. Otherwise, they will need an advance appointment and will always be accompanied by a PDCM staff throughout their visits.
The museum is a non-profit organization and relies on donations as well as money it raises on admissions and venue rentals.
For both kids older than 1 and their caregivers, a single day admission costs $17.95. No charges apply for younger infants. Tickets are available online and at its box office.
With an annual membership card, however, visitors can take advantage of exclusive benefits like free member-only events, sneak peeks at new exhibits and discounts on birthday parties as well as unlimited visits for a full year.
Those wishing to become a member can do so by enrolling online at the museum’s membership page, calling 410-864-2665 or signing up at the box office during their next visit.
A visit typically takes about three to four hours and most visitors still complain upon leaving the place about not having had more time to see more of what the center had to offer.
There are not any restaurants or cafes inside the museum but visitors are permitted to bring their own food and drinks. There is a designated eating area outside the exhibits where space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no access to refrigerators or microwaves.
Till early September, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days of the week except Sundays when it doesn’t open its doors before noon.