Port Discovery Halloween Howl

Port Discovery Children’s Museum will host its popular annual Fall-o-ween: Country Fair on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Children are invited to participate in a costume parade led by a stilt walker at 1 p.m. For tickets, visit portdiscovery.org.

This year’s event features a full schedule of special programming that will take place in the Museum’s Atrium, as well as on each of its three floors. Event highlights include cinnamon bat cookies provided by McCormick, face painting, an animal petting zoo from WildLife Adventures, a creepy, crawly insect exhibit courtesy of Schumbug!, a candy corn relay and much more. Please see below for the complete event schedule.

“Our Fall-o-ween celebration is one of the highlights of our year,” says Port Discovery Education Director Nora Thompson. “We’ve packed the Museum from top to bottom with so much for kids to see and do. We have crafts, creatures, cookies, costumes and more. It’s like a country harvest celebration right in the heart of the City!”

Port Discovery Fall-o-ween Country Fair

1st Floor 

Wildlife Adventures: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Old Barn Wall

Get up close and personal with live creatures.  

The Kolodner’s: Old Time Music: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Entry Space

Guest can dance to some great country blue grass folk music.

Fidos for Freedom: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Entry Space

Guest can pet costumed service dogs.

Atrium Activities: 

For each game played in the Atrium, guests will receive one ticket. Between 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., guests can visit the prize table to cash in their tickets to spin the prize wheel in exchange for a prize. The number of tickets you cash in will be your lucky number on the wheel. If you land on your lucky number, you win a grand prize! If you don’t land on your lucky number, you still get a prize! Guests can only spin the wheel once, but you can play throughout Port Discovery as much as you like!

Hip to be Square Dancing: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Guest can learn how to square dance from the experts.

Pumpkin Tic-Tac- Toe: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

A Fall twist on this classic game—the game pieces are pumpkins!

Hay Bowl: 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Children will take turns bowling a pumpkin down hay-lined alleys.

Candy Corn Relay: 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Children will split up into teams. Each player will take a turn riding a scooter down the relay course while carrying a large Candy Corn as the relay baton. After he or she finishes their turn, they pass the Candy Corn to the next teammate. The team in which all players complete the relay course first, wins!

Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Fall-o-ween version of the classic “Pin the tail on the donkey” game!

Rubber Ducky Pond: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Try your luck and pick two ducks! If their numbers match, you win!

Fall Harvest Photo Booth: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Guest can take pictures to commemorate all the fun they had at #Port Discovery’s #Falloween2016!

4HBug Patrol: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Guest can learn all about bugs from a 4-H club devoted to insects.

Costume Parade

At 1 p.m., guests can participate in a costume parade and receive 1 extra prize ticket! The parade begins in the Atrium and the route is one lap around the first floor. The parade will be led by Nina the Stilt Walker! 


Spin Art: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Kids can leave Fall-o-ween with their own memory created on the spin art machine.

Diffusion Bats & Pumpkins: All Day

Using pumpkin- and bat-shaped coffee filters, guest will use water and markers to cause the diffusion process.

2nd Floor

Facepainting: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Your face is the canvas! 

SchumBug– 1:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Guest can view both live and collected bugs.

Robinson Nature Center: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Located at Tot Trails

Nature is on display!

 TuTu Factory: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Located on East Side of “Here We Grow” Exhibit

Guest can make fairy princess-like tutus out of tulle.

Baltimore Gift Economy: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.– Located in the “Here We Grow” Exhibit

Guests can learn about urban gardening.

McCormick’s Cinnamon Bats: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (or until supplies last) – Diner

Guests can enjoy cinnamon bat cookies courtesy of McCormick.

Miss P’s Playful Monster Tour: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Guests can enjoy two monster-themed shows full of puppetry, music, and storytelling located in Miss P’s Mystery House.

About Port Discovery

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, ore 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. Port Discovery has served over 4.8 million visitors to date. To learn more, visit portdiscovery.org.