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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| July 15, 2013
Port Discovery, a place my kids like but that I have always felt should include GPS trackers and earplugs with the price of admission, said today it will set aside Mondays in July and August for families and won't accept reservations from summer camps on that day of the week. "Obviously, summer is a busy season for Port Discovery," Michelle Winner, vice president of marketing for Port Discovery, said in a statement. "To provide the best possible experience for our family visitors, we are now offering one day a week when they are welcome to enjoy our exhibits without the added crowds of camps and other groups.
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By Kristine Henry
The Baltimore Sun
| March 7, 2014
Port Discovery is celebrating its 15th birthday on March 15 with discounted admission ($5 instead of the usual $13.95 per person ages 2 and up) and a variety of activities including Pop Up Science demonstrations, yoga, face painting, interactive storytelling, music with Mr. Norman and more. "Our Birthday Bonanza is our opportunity to thank our visitors and the greater Baltimore community for helping Port Discovery to become not just one of Maryland's most popular destinations for families, but one of the highest-rated children's museums in the country," said Bryn Parchman, Port Discovery's president and CEO. For more information, call 410-727-8120 or visit portdiscovery.org .  
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By sloane brown and sloane brown,sloane@sloanebrown.com | November 2, 2008
Who has more fun than a bunch of kids let loose in Port Discovery? A bunch of grown-ups let loose in Port Discovery and told to "play like you're 10 again." That was the idea behind the children's museum's 10th Birthday Bash. It was the best of both worlds. You could have a martini in one hand, and wield a glue gun in the other, as you decorated a paper hat or tiara for yourself. Or you could pound up a storm in the drum room to work up an appetite before heading to the buffet line. The evening's "parents" - founding chair Doug Becker, CEO Bryn Parchman, event chair Dana DiCarlo and committee members like Cindy Conklin, James Baldwin, Barbara Gamse, Eileen Abato, Monica Brandes and Mary Graul - kept an eye on things, making sure everyone's inner child was satisfied.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
We'll continue to update this list of cultural and commercial institutions shutting down for the day. If you know of additional closings, please note in the comments field. American Visionary Art Museum is closed. Baltimore Museum of Industry is closed. Maryland Science Center is closed. Port Discovery is closed. All Pratt Library locations are closed. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will open at noon.
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By Kristine Henry
The Baltimore Sun
| March 7, 2014
Port Discovery is celebrating its 15th birthday on March 15 with discounted admission ($5 instead of the usual $13.95 per person ages 2 and up) and a variety of activities including Pop Up Science demonstrations, yoga, face painting, interactive storytelling, music with Mr. Norman and more. "Our Birthday Bonanza is our opportunity to thank our visitors and the greater Baltimore community for helping Port Discovery to become not just one of Maryland's most popular destinations for families, but one of the highest-rated children's museums in the country," said Bryn Parchman, Port Discovery's president and CEO. For more information, call 410-727-8120 or visit portdiscovery.org .  
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By Sloane Brown | June 17, 2001
If you're going to have a party at a children's museum, then, by golly, it had better be fun. The mood for "Fly Me To The Moon," Port Discovery's third annual gala, was set even before the 675 guests entered the door. A cluster of kids greeted partygoers at the curb by handing each a glow necklace. Folks mingled in the museum, sipping champagne and tasting hors d'oeuvres served from neon-ringed trays. The neon theme continued at dinner as guests were seated around tables enveloped in fluorescent spandex of purple, chartreuse, orange, black and red. But the evening's highlight -- literally -- was the inaugural liftoff of Port Discovery's newest attraction, the HiFlyer Balloon.
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March 29, 1995
By tapping Walt Disney Imagineering to design interactive exhibits for Port Discovery, the $25 million children's museum in Baltimore has bought its ambitious venture instant credibility. In the world of make-believe, nothing has matched Disney's record of consistent success."This is world-class, this is not just another attraction," a beaming Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke declared at a press conference where the Disney contract was announced. He said he hopes that when the new museum opens in 1997 it means "an extra day that people will want to stay in town."
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
The developer of city-owned land over the Shot Tower Metro station wants to again revise its plans for the parcel, which has sat unused since 2004, the city's development corporation said Wednesday. The Cordish Cos., which gained development rights to 701 E. Baltimore St. in 2005, now wants to build a structure that contains 226 apartments, 15,000 square feet of retail space and 225 parking spots, according to a statement from the Baltimore Development Corp. The revised project is expected to cost about $63 million, according to the BDC statement.
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By Lori Sears | November 7, 2002
Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character this weekend to Port Discovery. It's all part of the third annual "Wizards' Weekend" of activities, games and contests relating to young magician Harry Potter and the books about him. Upon arrival, visitors will receive their Hogwarts class schedule -a virtual "to do" list of events at the museum. Among the array of activities are a scavenger hunt, wand-making and the Hogwarts Final Exam. "Wizards' Weekend" runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Port Discovery, 35 Market Place.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer | December 1, 1994
The voyage to Port Discovery is about to begin, with a national search for an architect and exhibit designer capable of creating a one-of-a-kind attraction that will draw more than 400,000 visitors a year to downtown Baltimore.Port Discovery is the working name for an 80,000-square-foot children's museum planned for construction inside the former FishMarket entertainment complex on Market Place.In a speech last month, museum board Chairman Douglas Becker described it as a "World's Fair for children" and a potential development catalyst for the east end of the Inner Harbor.
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| November 5, 2013
The votes are in! Here are the winners of the Maryland Family Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Best story time Irvine Nature Center ( Owings Mills ) explorenature.org Honorable Mention: Howard County Library Miller Branch ( Ellicott City ) hclibrary.org Howard County Library (general) hclibrary.org Best museum for families Port Discovery (Baltimore) portdiscovery.org Honorable Mention: National Aquarium (Baltimore)
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| July 15, 2013
Port Discovery, a place my kids like but that I have always felt should include GPS trackers and earplugs with the price of admission, said today it will set aside Mondays in July and August for families and won't accept reservations from summer camps on that day of the week. "Obviously, summer is a busy season for Port Discovery," Michelle Winner, vice president of marketing for Port Discovery, said in a statement. "To provide the best possible experience for our family visitors, we are now offering one day a week when they are welcome to enjoy our exhibits without the added crowds of camps and other groups.
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March 6, 2013
Schools and government offices aren't the only things closing down in anticipation of today's snowstorm. Here is a partial list, continually being updated, of cultural and commercial institutions shutting down for the day. The American Visionary Art Museum is closed. Tonight's Hesperus Cine-Concert at An Die Musik Live has been postponed. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards are closed. The Baltimore Museum of Art is closed.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
John F. Muller, an addictions counselor who earlier had been co-owner of a wholesale seafood business, died Nov. 24 from colon cancer at his Middle River home. He was 78. The son of a Methodist minister and a homemaker, John Frederick Muller was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1951 from City College. Mr. Muller enlisted in the Army, where he served as a military policeman during the Korean War, and in 1976 earned a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
The developer of city-owned land over the Shot Tower Metro station wants to again revise its plans for the parcel, which has sat unused since 2004, the city's development corporation said Wednesday. The Cordish Cos., which gained development rights to 701 E. Baltimore St. in 2005, now wants to build a structure that contains 226 apartments, 15,000 square feet of retail space and 225 parking spots, according to a statement from the Baltimore Development Corp. The revised project is expected to cost about $63 million, according to the BDC statement.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2011
At half past noon on New Year's Eve, slivers of yellow confetti littered the main lobby of the Maryland Science Center , where employees worked to sweep them up. There, the ball had already dropped - long before the stroke of midnight which, for most, would mark the beginning of 2012. But the midday revelers Saturday said the annual tradition offered by the Science Center, and another at Port Discovery , allows kids - and some parents - to enjoy the traditional New Year's countdown and still get a full night's sleep.
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By Lori Sears | May 23, 2002
For many kids, summer is all about summer camp. A welcome reprieve from the school year, camp is a fun, physical excursion. If your kid would like to sample the summer-camp experience, Port Discovery's got a new family exhibit that offers all the fun of camp without the nasty bugs and poison ivy. "Camp Exploramora," running Saturday through Sept. 2, includes craft activities, an athletic field for kicking the soccer ball around and stables where kids can learn about Maryland horseracing and even braid a horse's tail.
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August 11, 2002
IT'S EASY TO understand why the troubled Port Discovery children's museum would want to move to a more visible location near the National Aquarium. But should it then be allowed to hold on to its current home - which it leases from the city for $1 a year - and make a huge profit by leasing it to some other user? A fierce controversy has erupted over this question. The children's museum's boosters argue that this would resolve its long-term financial problems. Critics contend that such an arrangement would amount to a gargantuan taxpayer subsidy over the 96 remaining years of the lease.
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By Anthony Scalfani | October 27, 2011
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will host its annual ZooBOOO! Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children (and adults) can participate in games, go trick-or-treating and take part in a costume contest (11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day). Visiting performers will include Silly Goose and Val's Musical Zoo (10:30 a.m.) and Captain Jack (1:30 p.m.). Cost is free with regular zoo admission. Call 410-366-LION. Discover Halloween Baltimore's children's museum, Port Discovery, will host a Fall-O-Ween Festival Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. The event is designed as a non-scary way for parents and young children to dress up and celebrate Halloween.
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Liz F. Kay | September 8, 2011
Here's a heads up about some discounts for indoor activities you can enjoy this weekend despite the deluge that promises to continue through Monday. Geppi's Entertainment Museum is only charging $5 admission through Sun., Sept. 11 in honor of its fifth anniversary, which I discovered via Baltimore on the Cheap . Tickets are usually $10 for adults, so this is a real deal. The first 529 people to show up at Port Discovery when it opens at 10 a.m. Sat., Sept.
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