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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Port Discovery


Two SPUD-tastically Kickin' Local Exhibits

Mr. Potato Head Exhibit and Kick It Up at Port Discovery

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Discover the world of Mr. Potato Head and explore with him! Mr. Potato Head can dress up as anything he wants. What do you want to be when you grow up? Come dressed up in costume and explore! Create your own glow in the dark outer space potato head collage, search for potato head items in a Mr. Potato Head Scavenger Hunt, become an archeologist and compare living and extinct plants, enjoy activities with Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers, and more! - Press Release
Have you heard the news? Two new exciting exhibits have taken over the Port Discovery Children’s Museum!The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head and Kick It Up are all new this summer, and a great way to beat the heat. I was invited, along with my family to explore and play on behalf of Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore.
My five and three year old, quickly threw on the Safari Spud vests and hats and explored the Mr. Potato Head Spud Quest exhibit. Spud-tacular adventures awaited them: build your own Mr. Potato Head, archeological digging, an embossing machine, safari jeep, many interactive boards, and a playground. The boys loved embossing scorpions, silly feet, and underpants shapes on to supplied paper, from King Tato. I had never seen so many parts to choose from, at the build your own Mr. Potato table; a fashion diva could spend lots of time there selecting accessories from silly glasses to a floppy hat!

We then found that Space S.P.U.D had landed on the moon, and a space station awaited us. The kids found super space capes, to add to the mission experience, and engage them further to explore the wonder of space. The kids played at the control panel, tool board, and pretended to have a launch mission. Through interactive panels, crawl through tubes, and things to be fixed, the boys considered their space mission a huge success. Nearby were the mysteries of the deep ocean, with Jacques Coustato. My three year old loved the water panels, and ride on fish.
As we were walking to the next part of the exhibit, the Spud of the hour arrived! We gladly had our pictures taken with Mr. Potato head, before he headed back to his next Spud Quest Adventure. (Mr. Potato Head is available throughout the day for your personal camera photographs.)

We climbed, played, explored, and journeyed through the rest of Port Discovery. The interactive grocery store, produce cart, train, gas station, crane, pet store, and science lab exhibits were educational and awesome. My little guys loved that it was Littles Day, and focused on children under the age of five. From coloring finger puppets and masks to a bounce house, the kids felt special and included.

The final leg of our journey at Port Discovery was the new exhibit, which focuses 100% on health and fitness. Have you ever wondered what a professional soccer stadium would feel like through the eyes of a child? With over sized soccer goals, an electronic score board, and soccer balls; our kids had a blast playing a quick game of soccer! The new exhibit will host many physically engaging games and sports in the near future. When not set up as a soccer field, the exhibit space will host an electronic games arena and “i-dance off” competitions. The exhibit has many electronic signage with healthy tips and nutrition ideas.
Our family had a blast and cannot wait to go back! Want to join in on the fun? Check out The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD and Kick It Up, just visit the box office!
Tickets:
$13.95 for ages 2 and up
Members and children younger than two years: FREE
See website for hours, parking, and FAQ or to learn more.

*I was not compensated for this review. We were given 4 tickets via Port Discovery and Macaroni Kid NW Baltimore. 
About the Author
Jenny Fortner is a mom, trying to hold onto her sanity, while writing “The Green Eyed Momma,” blog and chasing after two little boys. In her free time she stays up all hours of the night crafting, baking, and finding the next local event to attend with her family. Jenny resides in the Greater Baltimore area, with her husband and best friend, Chef Mike. Check out and follow her blog atwww.greeneyedmomma.com or find her on twitter@green_eyedmomma 

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