Children can learn about Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) through dozens of playful learning activities during spring break week at Port Discovery Children’s Museum!  Enjoy extended hours and special programming today through Monday, April 17th.

Visitors can learn about light through Glow Day activities, take part in “E-lite-tricity” workshops, build and launch satellites, create a robot in the Sylvan Learning robotics lab, make stained glass art, learn about space with NASA, and take part in many more exciting STEM activities.

STEM in Spring program highlights are included below. Full schedules are available on All STEM in Spring activities are free with museum admission.

Monday, April 10: Wildlife, Energy, & Health – Oh My! Learn about wildlife and get up close with animals at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, engineer structures using gumdrops, and enjoy the interactive Eric Energy science show. Plus spring into great health and learn about the body with University of Maryland: Nova!

Tuesday, April 11: Build & Launch a Satellite! Become electrified with Pop Up Science activities, build and launch your own satellite, explore mathematical concepts with Numbers Alive!, and learn about wildlife at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo! 

Wednesday, April 12: Nano Day! Learn about atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces! Explore the science of small with the NISE Network. Plus make stained glass art, create bracelets that change color in UV light, craft your own bookmark using nail polish, and discover your nano-detector!

Thursday, April 13:  Earth & Space Day, featuring STEM in Spring programs that are out of this world! Explore your home planet, solar system, and universe with NASA and the NISE Network.  Learn about space, find out the big impact of tiny molecules, and enjoy a puppet show with Port Discovery’s monster family, and take part in our signature story time.

Friday, April 14: Build a Robot!  Create your own robot  in the special robotics lab from Sylvan Learning! Then, program it to follow commands while developing critical thinking skills along the way. Engineer your own structure using gumdrops, get electrified with Pop Up Science activities, and enjoy more interactive programs!

Saturday, April 15: Thomas and Friends™ Day at Port Discovery! Take part in STEM in Spring activities featuring everyone’s favorite blue engine! Create abstract train artwork, make train totes, enjoy a train-themed Kindersigner performance, and become a star in our interactive Play within a Play: The Little Engine that Could! (Based on THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper©™ Penguin Random House LLC. Used with permission.) Then stay late for the Hop into Spring Evening Adventure, featuring music, pizza, drinks, a mini egg hunt, face painting, prizes, and hours of family fun! Hop into Spring goes from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and advanced purchase tickets are required!

 Sunday, April 16:  Engineer Gumdrop Structures! Engineer your own structures using gumdrops, learn about different sound techniques at the Percussion Garden, enjoy our signature story time, and take part in many more activities dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!

Monday, April 17: Build & Launch a Satellite! Celebrate the last day of STEM in Spring with Port Discovery’s extended hours, Build and launch your own satellite, get up close with animals and learn about wildlife at the Wildlife Adventures Petting Zoo, enjoy an interactive science show from Eric Energy, and much more on the final day of STEM in Spring. 

About Port Discovery Children’s Museum 

As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity. Our play-to-learn philosophy opens the door for children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives. The Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, offers 3 floors of educational, interactive exhibits and programs and is ranked among the Top 10 Children’s Museums in the United States by Fodor’s Travel, Forbes and Parents Magazine. To learn more, visit

Cynthia Crenshaw is a freelance writer and editor.