Challenges await kids downtown at Port Discovery

Themes of new exhibits are adventure and road trips

June 05, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Climbing mountains, crawling through dark tunnels and crossing rivers. No, this isn't your average kids' adventure. It's the new interactive exhibit The Big Adventure at Port Discovery.

The Big Adventure, a traveling exhibit created by the Children's Museum of Houston, is at Port Discovery tomorrow through Sept. 1. It offers an array of mental and physical challenges for children to explore.

Kids can climb "Adventure Mountain," a 6-foot wall of rocks, or crawl through "Tunnels of Fun," or brave "Out on a Ledge," where they'll feel as if they're three stories high, and can climb from building-top to building-top on a thin beam.

Kids can take a spin through the air on the "Virtual Flyer," a giant wooden airplane, and dodge a flying saucer, hot-air balloons, ducks, mountains and an oversized monster.

Other adventures include "River Crossing: Bridge Out," "Main Drag" and "Charlie's Web."

Also kicking off tomorrow is Port Discovery's new summer-themed exhibit, Road Trip U.S.A.: The Kid-Driven Adventure. The exhibit takes kids on an interactive tour of America.

Starting at the "Fill 'Er Up Station," kids can pack the car, check the tires and fill up the gas tank.

Kids can also build their own car from recycled materials at "Motor City," or climb "Mount Kidmore" in search of famous landmarks, or flip burgers at the "Route 66 Diner," or create a memory book of their adventures at "Scrapbook Junction."

Events and workshops relating to Road Trip U.S.A. will take place every Saturday and Sunday through June. This Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a family event featuring karaoke, live music, juggling, balloon sculptures, face painting, contests, food, games and more.

Port Discovery is at 35 Market Place. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Museum admission is $11; $10 seniors; $8.50 ages 3-12; free for ages under 3. Call 410-727-8120.

For more family events, see Page 49.

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