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Port Discovery Museum Part III

We had such a fun time at the Port Discovery Museum in Baltimore that I had to share some of the pictures that weren’t related to The Wizard of Oz.


Luke’s favorite part by far was the giant climbing structure that went up all three floors in the middle of the museum. I didn’t actually get a photo of that part, because I was trying to keep track of the kids. It was tough! But fun.

Scarlett’s favorite was Tiny’s Diner, a “realistic 50’s style diner, kids can ‘cook’ and serve food to their parents while using their math skills to ring up orders at the cash register.”


Luke served me a bowl full of fruit and Scarlett found some pie and waffles in the fridge.

Scarlett rung up my order.

Luke pretended to chat on his very first pay phone.


We played here for a good while before finally checking out other things. It was an awesome play space.

Next, we found Wonders of Water which was also a blast. We floated boats, connected pipes, washed windows, and even played music with water.




There was a lot of other stuff, too. I forgot to take pictures in the pretend convenience store where the kids used an ATM and pumped some gas! They pretended to drive a train and load it with cargo. They started to explore ancient Egypt but Scarlett thought it was too scary. We even took a break in The Oasis, where they painted rocks with water, put together a Mr. Potato Head, and relaxed with some crayons and books.
Port Discovery is a terrific children’s museum, even for little ones like mine. They had a wonderful time.

Oz The Great and Powerful Activity: Port Discovery Museum Part II

For the first part of the Wizard of Oz exhibit at Port Discovery museum, we visited Dorothy’s home in Kansas, Munchkin village, and met friends along the Yellow Brick Road.


The second part, on the other side of the museum, was an experience with Emerald City. It added a bit more Science to our visit.

Welcome to Oz!


The “Wizard” let kids experiment with a voice changer and special effects.


They could also try color mixing for A Horse of a Different Color.


A special viewer let us see thing from the Wicked Witch’s point of view.


And peddling Miss Gulch’s bike created a movie of her turning into the witch.



 Pretty neat!

There was lots more fun to be had at Port Discovery that wasn’t even related to The Wizard of Oz. See Part III for everything else!


Oz The Great and Powerful Activity: Port Discovery Museum Part I

When I found out there was a Wizard of Oz exhibit at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, I knew we had to make the trip.

We showed the kids The Wizard of Oz the night before we went so they had a reference point, and Scarlett spent the entire drive singing “Follow The Yellow Brick Road.” It was a nice build up.

The Oz exhibit was pretty neat, with many different things to explore.
The first area we visited had items from Kansas and from stops along the Yellow Brick Road.

Inside Dorothy’s room, we could see the tornado and make it spin!

A Twister!

We found the yellow brick road. We didn’t attempt to build the rainbow arch.

Build a Rainbow over the Yellow Brick Road

Scarlett had fun dressing up the Munchkins and making the apple tree talk.



Luke learned about optical illusions.


He brushed the lion’s mane and passed the courage test!


He also played with some gears to get the Tin Man’s heart beating.


There were several other little parts to this section, including building Glinda’s crown, playing songs with pipes in Munchkinland, decorating Scarecrow, and making a tornado in a tube.

And there was even more Oz to explore once we made it to Emerald City. Check out Part II for more pics!