1st Friday Kids Art-In
Ages: 5 to 12-year-olds
Kids will get to do a fun STEM activity, play in the center, and have pizza while their parents enjoy the 1st Friday ArtWalk!!
1st Friday Kids Art-In is typically on the first Friday of every month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
For MEMBER's ONLY (You can purchase a membership at the door)!
Admission: $10 for first child & $5 for each additional child (all children have to be from the same family membership)

Upcoming Dates:

May 5th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration is highly suggested. Not a member!?! Try it out first, join later if you’d like!

Second Saturday Science

Local scientists from oceanographers and biologists to pharmacists and wild life officers present hands-on programs geared for kids. Second Saturday Science is typically on the second Saturday of every month and starts at 11:00 am. These programs are usually geared towards K-5th grade. Reservations are recommended.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, May 13th, 11:00 am

Dismal Swamp State Park is coming to Port Discover with a fun SSSSSpring SSSSSnake program! Learn about our corn snake and other local snakes. This program is FREE with a requested donation.

Science Café
A science program just for the local adult community. Science Café is typically on the second Thursday of every month, starts at 7:00 pm, and is free. It is a chance for participants to learn about and discuss science topics presented by local experts. In an informal, casual restaurant setting, participants will be able to add to the conversation and ask questions.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 pm

Ghost Harbor Brewing Company discusses the Science of Brewing. This is an adult only program held in the STEM Lab above Port Discover! GHBC will be opening their brewery this fall.


Thursday, May 11th, 7:00 pm

Join us for Tech Talk, with Christina from Savvy Tech, and explore free apps that can take your small business to the next level. We will explore apps that maximize productivity, help create Social Media Content, time management and much more.

Science with a Story
A science program just for preschoolers, ages 2 – 5. Science with a Story is typically on the third Thursday of every month and starts at 10:00 am. $5 per child, reservations are required and a parent or guardian must accompany the child.

Upcoming Dates:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - April 20th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Make a butterfly Life Cycle and build your own caterpillar. Explore our sensory bin with a balance scale and practice number recognition.


 April Showers, Bring May Flowers - May 18th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Show off your “green thumb” and take home a little something to grow, observe and plant at home.


Afterschool Science
Drop into Port Discover at 4pm for some afterschool science! Programs are free and made possible thanks to funding by the City of Elizabeth City. Please call to register.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, April 27th, 4:15 pm

Robots 101 with Carly in Port Discover’s STEM Lab, upstairs! This educational program engages families in solving real life challenges in our society today. Virtually and physically design, build and program a robot from the ground up!


Thursday, May 25th, 4:15 pm

Learn about the science of “Fingerprinting and Casting” with the Crime Scene Investigation team in Elizabeth City.

Port Discover:Northeastern North Carolina's Center for Hands-On Science

611 E. Main St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 (252) 338-6117

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