Port Discovery Children’s Museum and Maryland 529 launch the “When I Grow Up” Sweepstakes

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One winner will receive $529 toward college savings plus the chance to be a “conductor” for a day

Port Discovery Children’s Museum and Maryland 529 have launched a sweepstakes encouraging children to submit photos or drawings of what they want to be when they grow up.

The sweepstakes will provide one winner with $529 towards a College Investment Plan Account from Maryland 529, $50 off a birthday party at Port Discovery and the chance to be a “conductor for a day” at Port Discovery.

The sweepstakes is open to children ages 0 and 12 years old as of April 1, 2017. Creations must be submitted by an adult 18 years of age or older (must have parental permission to submit the entry). The sweepstakes began at 8 a.m. on March 15, 2017. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2017. Details and full contest rules are available at www.PortDiscovery.org/

“Maryland 529 is proud to partner with Port Discovery to help increase awareness among families about the importance of saving for their children’s higher education expenses,” said Lauren Shipley, Maryland 529 Executive Director. “Saving money in a tax-deferred 529 plan, such as the Maryland College Investment Plan or Prepaid College Trust, can cut out of pocket college costs in half compared to taking out a student loan and paying interest, and we’re happy to help a family jump start their college savings through this contest.”

“We want to encourage families and caregivers to visit Port Discovery, where children’s curiosity and imagination have no bounds. We also want to encourage them to plan for their children’s future, which this partnership helps us do” said Bryn Parchman, President & CEO of Port Discovery Children’s Museum. “We love seeing children imagine, play, learn and grow – whether in our new Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! exhibit or outside our museum walls – so we can’t wait to see what sorts of things children imagine for their future as part of this contest!”

The winner will be randomly selected and formally announced shortly after the sweepstakes closing. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Maryland 529.

Funding for Maryland 529 prizes comes from the marketing budget of the Maryland 529 College Investment Plan; no state funds are used.

About Maryland 529

Maryland 529 offers two affordable and flexible 529 plans to help families save for the future cost of college. The Maryland College Investment Plan allows families to save as little as $25 per month and is managed by T. Rowe Price. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust allows families to save for tomorrow’s tuition at today’s prices for as little as a semester of college. Enrollment in the Prepaid College Trust is open from December 1, 2016 through April 24, 2017. The College Investment Plan is open for enrollment year round.


Maryland 529 Plans are the only 529 plans that offer Maryland taxpayers a Maryland State income deduction for contributions. To learn more about the options offered by the College Savings Plans of Maryland, visit www.Maryland 529.com or call 1-888.MD.GRAD (463-4723).


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 portdiscovery.org.

Please carefully read the 529 enrollment kit, which describes the investment objectives, risks, expenses, and other important information that you should consider before you invest in the Maryland 529 plans. The Enrollment Kit is available online or by calling 888.4MD.GRAD (463.4723). Also, if you or your beneficiary live outside of Maryland, you should consider before investing whether your state or your beneficiary’s state offer state tax or other benefits for investing in its 529 plan.

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