We are always on the lookout for membership deals as you do get more bang for your buck if you intend to go back a few more times during the year. Through an e-commerce marketplace, we found a good deal for the Maryland Science Center. Here’s why:
Benefits of Membership
The Maryland Science Center is a member of the ASTC Travel Passport Program. This means you may use the same membership card for free general admission tickets to other museums and science centers that participate in the program. Certain conditions may apply though, so it is still wise to check for the specifics at the participating museums you plan to visit. Nevertheless, it opened other options for our family to visit within the one year we have our Maryland Science Center membership, and the best part is, not only are there many participating museums nationwide, but it also has international partners on the list. With an upcoming trip abroad, we are sure to check out one of the participating museums in that country.
The membership can also get you discounted tickets to a Baltimore Orioles game with a special code. As a baseball-loving family, we feel that the boys may be ready for their first major league game in the new year so membership became a home run (pun intended).
The family-of-four annual membership to the Maryland Science Center includes free entrance to the Planetarium and to the Observatory. During this trip, we caught the Starlight Gingerbread Night show with a guide introducing children (and adults) to the constellations.
With three levels of interactive, hands-on scientific discovery, it would be impossible to explore everything in one day without losing steam halfway. Especially with little ones in tow, you can come back another time for the kids to explore more thoroughly and really get into the activities. On the third floor, the Kids’ Room was a big hit especially the water area. Even with an apron, kids (and nearby adults) may get wet so make sure to bring a change of clothes.
Helpful staff members were on hand to answer questions and engage in various hands-on activities for the little ones. They have a station where they can look at a mosquito through a microscope and another one where they connect the circuits to light up a bulb. These little stations provided activities that were short enough to hold their attention and allows them enough time to “see things for themselves.”
There is an on-site cafe for a quick grab-n-go lunch. But we decided to eat lunch at home and brought snacks instead. Across the dinosaur hall is an eating area for families next to the restrooms and a vending machine.
There are stroller parking areas as well and ample restrooms on each floor.
The science center also offers validated parking to two nearby parking garages (One is slightly more expensive even with validation.). It is a short walk to and fro with a wonderful view of the harbor greeting you as you get closer.
If you are staying till closing time (at 6 p.m. on most days), less than 0.2 miles away is a ramen place where you can fill up after a good day of exploring and learning. I suggest you try to get there a little before 6 to beat the dinner crowd.