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 4, June 1

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

Call 252-338-6117

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. Space is limited! Call 252-338-6117 to reserve your child's spot.

Upcoming Dates:

Blobs in a Bottle  Saturday, May 12, 11:00 am

Sam Gafford, a 35-year professional Aviation Technician with a long background in Test and Evaluation is coming back with a cool hands-on chemistry experiment. You get to make and take home your very own Blob in a Bottle!

Science Café

A science program just for the local adult community. Drop your kids off at Kids ART-In and join us 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. Reservations are suggested. Call 252-338-6117

Upcoming Dates:


"Essential Oils 101: Does Using Scents Make Sense?"

Did you know that oils have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes? Take a closer look at how oils affect various systems in the body. Learn about the science of oils with Alysia Bailey. The first 20 participants to register will learn about 10 basic oils and have an opportunity to make a roller bottle to take home!

Homeschool STEM Program

This program is geared towards children ages 5-12. Younger and older children may participate as well! The morning will be split up between an educator led program and center time. The cost is $5 per child for the 2 hours. A payment is required for reservations; come in or call 252-338-6117. This program fills up fast! Children under 1 are free. A guardian must remain with the children in the center at all times. This is not a drop-off program. Typically scheduled for the second Monday of the month from 10am-12pm.

Upcoming Dates:

May 14, June 11

from 10am - 12pm

Reservations are highly suggested!

Science with a Story
A science program just for preschoolers, ages 2 – 5. Science with a Story starts at 10:00 am. $5 per child, reservations are suggested and a parent or guardian must accompany the child. Supplies are limited! 

Call 252-338-6117

Upcoming Dates:

Froggy!!!  May 17, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a froggy story and learn about the life cycle of the frog and the circle of life with hands-on froggy activities!

Afterschool Science
Drop into Port Discover at 4:15pm 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:

NASA STEM Lab Mobile  Thursday, April 26, 4:15 pm

UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS FULL! The ECSU-NASA STEM Lab will travel to Port Discover to bring S.T.E.M. activities using a traveling demonstration to teach youth about the world of science. The “roadshow in a box” theme brings a NASA curriculum and hands-on learning modules to youth grades K-12.

Antartica!  Thursday, May 24, 4:15 pm

Meet James Tarragano! James traveled to the South Pole as a contractor for weather with Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE) at South Pole Station. His discussion will be about his experiences in a remote part of the world, the amazing continent Antarctica. Learn about the challenges of working in extremely cold conditions to accomplish scientific goals. The children will learn how to make a weather balloon capable of carrying instrumentation! 

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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