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Port Discovery Children's Museum
Based on 144 traveler reviews
Apr 07, 2014 by: Jasmin C from East Brunswick, New Jersey
Went on a Saturday. It was a zoo.No supervision from the museum. Rude patrons. Waste of money. The only good thing was they checked my bracelet and my son's to make sure they matched before letting us out.
Apr 05, 2014 by: AWCGaya from Mahomet, Illinois
We loved it! We live near the Indianapolis Children's Museum, which we think is exceptional, and I believe Port Discovery was right up there with it. There was so much for the three-year-old in our group, we couldn't even get to all the areas. Loved the diner area, and the fruit sorting area (who knew?), and if I were still a kid, I probably would have just squeegeed windows all day in the water area! I was continually amazed as the wonderful use of space. Every time we turned around, we found something new! Well done!
Non Stop fun for all ages
Mar 30, 2014 by: Roberts1122 from
Our family visited the museum yesterday. We have 4 kids,ages 16months, 5, 8 , and 10 needless to say we have a hard time finding a place to go where they all can go and be engaged. When we first came in the first thing we saw was a massive jungle gym that spanned as high as the ceiling and the width of the museum. My husband follwed the older kids in it, while I took our baby in the "tot room" for ages 3 and under. It a pretty big time with a sand box, play mat and other little activities. She had a blast! She's fascinated with steps and there was a little sand"dune" with steps for all ages even crawlers. And I must add the room was spotless , and I'm a pediatric nurse so I have very HIGH standards. Later in the day we travels to the "diner" with all the kid. The diner is complete with a full kitchen, stove, refrigerator, cash register, booths and tables, even a jukebox. There were plenty of props and toys ; play good, kitchen ware, for each kid in there to have an armful. Even the other parents played along and pretended to place orders, too cute! Afte about and hour we convinced the kids to move on we found a mystery house. I read some of the reviews here that said the house was a little worn out, I thought the house was charming, a few props had a little wear and tear but you can hardly notice it, c'mon people, hundreds of kids go through there, it's going to be a little tattered! Our kids didn't really notice, they were busy solving the mystery. My favorite was the "waterworks" room, they have a large basin in the middle for kids to play with Legos a waters wheel and there was a high hair clipped on the basin for our 16 month old to sit, our 10 year old tried out a exhibit where you stand inside a bubble, They even have little raincoats and crocs kids can wear so they do t get too soaked , if they do there a dryer station with a heat lamp to dry off. We came across a farmers marker with little baskets to shop with. And Egyptian exploring cave, with puzzles among other things, on the bottoms level there's a Lilly grocery store, yes I'll admit the food and toys were all over the place, but if parents would pick up after their kids, there wouldn't be a problem. I thought the staff was very friendly, every one I saw in a blue shirt was busy returning a lost kid, showing a child how an object worked, I must say, they were even more energetic than some of the parents trudging along behind their kids. All in all we had a great experience, there were so many exhibits and things to do, we're planning a trip to go back next month to explore the ones we missed. Hope that helps
Not nearly as expensive as the aquarium!
Mar 29, 2014 by: buttercup16 from nc
This was definitely the largest children's museum I have been in and it is not too pricey but, other than that, it was a disappointment. Thank goodness we went on an afternoon where there were very few kids present as the climbing apparatus in the center would be an absolute disaster if there were many children present. I am not sure who would design a play structure in a public area with multiple exits on multiple floors. Absolutely crazy...there is some comfort in that, when you check in, you are given a wrist band that allows only your children to leave with you.... but what about all the time they might be running around in the museum? Thank goodness my children know how uptight I am in public places and constantly waved from the structure and only explored a bit. I wore high heel boots and therefore couldn't climb in after them... had I known, however, we just wouldn't have gone as climbing enclosed areas with screaming children is not my thing. The kitchen area was my kids favorite part. However, they need to restock some of the utensils, plates and food. The water area would have been a hit, however, much of the water pressure was low when we were there and the woman manning the area said "oh well, its been acting like that all day." No interest on her part to find someone who might be able to fix it. The Egyptian mystery area was okay and the other mystery area with a missing family was just down right weird. My five year old son liked the grocery area with car and gas station. There seemed to be some nice tot areas but my children are 5 and 8 and these did not interest them. It was a cold day in Baltimore so it wasn't a horrible way to spend an afternoon but we won't be going back. We will try the zoo next time, an art museum or possibly the Ripley's museum.
Mar 24, 2014 by: Deavo90 from Baltimore, Maryland
place needs to be renovated or remodeled....looked very old and kinda run down, def a disappointment...came here as a child prob wont go back til it gets fixed up...the "house area" was very "antique"...other than that my kid had fun in the water and kitchen area...thats about it...
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