Community Events

Interested in finding early childhood events in your community? Want the latest on local conferences? This calendar is open to the public and your submissions are welcome. Email your community event submissions to earlychildhood.msde@maryland.gov

MSDE reserves the right to exclude any event it feels is not appropriate for the Community Events page or may not serve the public interest. We reserve the right to edit event information for length, spelling, language and clarity.You won't see your event posted until it has been approved by our staff. 

AUGUST 2017

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wednesday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Join us every Wednesday in August for special days dedicated to children ages birth through 6 years. Take part in imaginative art, music, and literacy programs designed to develop early learning skills including our signature Circle Time, an exciting movement challenge using scooters, our award-winning early literacy program, and more family fun activities! Visitportdiscovery.org for more information.

Healthy First Saturday

Saturday, August 5 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Exercise your mind and body at Port Discovery’s Healthy First Saturday event! Get here early to reserve your spot for an exciting cooking session with McCormick Inc. Meet therapy dogs from FIDOS for Freedom, sing and dance along with the Kindersinger, take part in our signature Circle Time, explore the interactive KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit, featuring 18 fun activities and more! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Super Sundays

Sunday, August 6, 13, 20, 27 | 12 – 5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

What’s more super than a Sunday in August? Join us for family fun programs and interactive activities every Sunday! Take part in our award-winning literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose, join our signature Circle Time, create art projects you can take home, enjoy the art of Japanese Kamishibai storytelling with Daveed, and more exciting activities! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Littles’ Day – Tortoise and the Hare

Saturday, August 12 | 10 AM  –  5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Enjoy a special Littles’ Day celebrating the classic fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, with exciting activities and hands-on programs! Learn about the famous story, create Tortoise and the Hare art projects, sing and dance along with Pam the Kindersinger!, and get up close with animals at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, featuring a race between a real life tortoise and hare! Plus check out the exciting Cook and Tell sessions with McCormick Inc. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

$2 Target Family Fun Night Featuring the Maryland Book Bank

Friday, August 18 |4 – 8PM

Admission $2 for individuals two and up.

Join us before summer vacation comes to an end and explore Port Discovery for less. The Maryland Book Bank will be joining us on this special night, providing books to children and families in attendance. Plus, learn about animal safety with the Maryland SPCA, enjoy our signature Circle Time, and take part in family fun programs, including over 18 exciting activities at the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit where you can learn how to juggle, engineer fast-moving paper airplanes, turn spoons into catapults, and create amazing inventions! Don’t miss this exciting night where admission is only $2 from 4-8 PM! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Be a Klutz Day

Saturday, August 1910 AM – 5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Join Port Discovery for a day of special programs celebrating the limited-time KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit at Port Discovery. Enjoy thrilling circus and “magic” tricks – from juggling to plate spinning, tablecloth pulls and more – along  with face painting fun, spin art,  and other educational activities for the whole family! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Solar Eclipse Day – Teaching the Eclipse

Sunday, August 20 | Noon – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Get ready to watch the Great American Eclipse! We’ll learn about this incredible phenomenon, create solar-eclipse themed art projects, and learn how to safely view the eclipse.  Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

Sensational Saturday

Saturday, August 26 | 10AM – 5PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

Celebrate the end of summer with a day of educational play for the whole family! Dance and sing along to classic tunes with Mr. Norman, learn yoga poses and practice healthy habits with Ms. Wendy as she reads “Life on Yoga Mountain”, and enjoy a theatrical performance of Tiger Tales! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Fantastic Fridays
Friday, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.
 
Join us every Friday in September for interactive programs the whole family will love! Sing and dance along to our lively Jingle Jangle Music Time, create art projects you can take home, and enjoy our signature Circle Time. www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.
 
Healthy First Saturday
Saturday, September  2 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.
 
Start September off the healthy way with Port Discovery’s Healthy First Saturday event! Move and groove with the Faza Family Jam, meet therapy dogs from FIDOS for Freedom, became a scientist with interactive experiments in the Exploration Station, and get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.
 
 
Labor Day Weekend Celebration & KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! Exhibit Closing
Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.
 
Spend your Labor Day weekend with us! Learn about health and wellness on Healthy First Saturday, create art projects you can take home and dance along to Jingle Jangle Music Time on Super Sunday, and make patriotic creations, including red, white, and blue hoop gliders on Labor Day Monday! Plus, enjoy the final day of the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature! exhibit on September 4, featuring 18 wacky activities you don’t want to miss!  Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.
 
Super Sundays
Sunday, September 3, 10, 17, 24 | 12 – 5 PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.
 
Join us for family fun programs every Sunday in September! Create amazing sounds and learn about rhythm in the Percussion Garden, take part in our award-winning literacy program Mother Goose on the Loose, join our signature Circle Time, enjoy Kamishibai story time with Daveed, and create art projects you can take home. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.
 
Littles’ Day
Saturday, September 9 | 10AM – 5PM
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.
 
Gather the little ones for a special day of activities designed for children five and under! Become a scientist and conduct experiments in the Exploration Station, enjoy our signature Circle time, get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger, create art projects you can take home, and enjoy face painting with Landre SFX. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.
 
Target $2 Family Fun Night
Friday, September 15 | 4 – 8PM
Admission is $2 for individuals two and up.
 
Enjoy Port Discovery for less! Save more than 80% on admission and pay only $2 from 4-8 PM! Learn about animal safety with the Maryland SPCA, create a special project at the Family Activity Table, and enjoy our signature Circle Time! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.
 
 
Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore! Opening weekend
Saturday, September 16 | 10 – 5PM
Sunday, September 17|12-5 PM

Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.
 
It’s time for adventure when preschoolers and their families come to explore Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore!  Join us for the opening weekend of this interactive exhibit, which takes visitors on an active adventure in the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends. Explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggie’s crew to uncover pirate treasure, and help baby animals in the Rainforest Maze. Ready? Let’s go! ¡Vámonos! Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with Nickelodeon, the Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! exhibit is presented by the Anthem Foundation
©[2017] Viacom International Inc. All rights reserved. Nickelodeon, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
 
 
Going Wild Weekend
Saturday, September 30 | 10AM -5PM
Sunday, October 1  | Noon – 5PM 
Admission is free with museum entry, which is $14.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free.

It’s time to “Go Wild” at Port Discovery! Get up close and interact with live animals, learn about wildlife, create animal-themed art projects you can take home, enjoy our signature Circle Time, and take part in fun wildlife programs! Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.

OCTOBER 2017

Maryland State Family Child Care Association 25th Annual Conference - “Strong Foundations Build Bright Futures”

October 13-15

Come join us for a fantastic conference filled with education, networking and friends. Don’t miss out on this fun, refreshing, inspiring weekend where you can receive excellent training.

Location: Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos

11700 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, Maryland

For more information: www.msfcca.org or contact Jacqueline Grant, Jacqueline.n.grant@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 2017

DECEMBER 2017