We spent the past few days visiting the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland with the toddler. It was a birthday trip for me and a chance for our monkey to meet his favorite monkey, Curious George. There is a children's museum there called the Port Discovery Museum and is very similar to Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum, which we visit at least monthly, since we are members. The Port Discovery Museum had a temporary/visiting exhibit featuring Curious George. I had read about it months ago in a AAA travel magazine and had a clipping of the attraction on our refrigerator for months. Since the exhibit was ending at the beginning of June and wasn't headed to Philadelphia in the next few years, I thought it would be fun to go. Another mom/kid from our playgroup had recently visited and had fun, so we knew it would be a good trip.
We spent all of Tuesday at the museum and probably would have stayed longer if they were open longer! We visited almost every exhibit twice and the George exhibit at least four times. Curious George himself made three appearances throughout the day and we saw him every time! To say our monkey was happy is putting it mildly. I thought his head was going to pop off from the excitement! He kept hugging George and couldn't stop smiling. It was adorable!
The exhibit featured some of the original George books and the new characters as well. There were some interactive exhibits that focused upon lessons taught in the current TV series and books as well. Andrew had fun on all of them.
In other parts of the museum we explored a kid-sized diner that was just amazing. Our little chef had a blast making food and serving guests. In the center of the museum was a three story urban tree house consisting of rope bridges, rope nets and slides. Andrew was able to go on some of the tree house, but it was really for older children. It was an amazing structure. There was a water room that had a bubble ring--a person could stand inside a hula-hoop sized ring and pull it up to surround themselves with a giant bubble!
The museum does not have a cafe, but it does have a seating area if one brings lunch. With the entry/admission bracelet that one wears while playing/exploring, lunch can be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants. We headed over to Panera's, just a short walk down the street from the museum. After lunch we went back to the museum to see George again, and again, and to visit some of the other exhibits, again. After lunch most of the school groups had left so it was much quieter and calmer at the different exhibits. When leaving the museum, as a security feature, each adults bracelet is matched to the child's bracelet to assure that you are only taking home your own child. Very thoughtful idea!
All in all, we had a blast and my monkey keeps asking where George is and when can we go back to see him! Definitely check out the Port Discovery Museum if you are in the area and have some kids under age 10!