Three floors of exhibits keep things interesting for kids, mostly ages 2 to 10. Some seem designed simply as places for the little ones to burn off energy, while others are better for quiet fun, and still others, not surprisingly, have an educational bent. In the "let's tire them out" category are the new "Kick It Up" soccer field, "Exergames," and a "Wonders of Water" hall (don't worry: raincoats, waterproof shoes, and a somewhat effective dryer are provided). I was most impressed by the new Nano exhibit, which uses blocks, stuffed animals, and other objects to teach about the sophisticated science of very small things. Need some serenity? The Oasis stocks books, Legos, and other quiet activities for the 6-and-under crowd and their adults. Changing exhibits add to the fun.
Port Discovery Children's Museum
35 Market Place
Our Rating Neighborhood Power Plant Live complex, just north of Inner Harbor Hours Oct–May Tues–Fri 9:30am–4:30pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm; Memorial Day to Labor Day Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm; Sept Fri 9:30am–5pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm; closed Thanksgiving and Dec 25 Transportation Bus: 7, 10, 19, or 20; Metro: Shot Tower; on Orange Route of Charm City Circulator Phone 410/727-8120 Prices $14 ages 2 and older Web site Port Discovery Children's Museum
Map35 Market Place Baltimore
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