Actress? Doctor? Lawyer? Police Officer? Teacher? Conductor?

What does your kiddo want to be when he or she grows up? 

The question you gab about around the dinner table might just get win your child (cool) prizes from Port Discovery and Maryland 529! The local organizations have launched a sweepstakes encouraging children to submit photos or drawings of what they want to be when they grow up. What does the winner get? $529 towards a College Investment Plan Account from Maryland 529, $50 off a birthday party at Port Discovery and the chance to be a “conductor for a day” at Port Discovery. 

The sweepstakes is open to children ages 0 and 12 years old as of April 1, 2017. Creations must be submitted by an adult 18 years of age or older (must have parental permission to submit the entry). The sweepstakes is open now and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2017

Not familiar with Maryland 519? They offer two affordable and flexible 529 plans to help families save for the future cost of college. The Maryland College Investment Plan allows families to save as little as $25 per month and is managed by T. Rowe Price. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust allows families to save for tomorrow’s tuition at today’s prices for as little as a semester of college. Enrollment in the Prepaid College Trust is open from December 1, 2016 through April 24, 2017. The College Investment Plan is open for enrollment year round

Maryland 529 is proud to partner with Port Discovery to help increase awareness among families about the importance of saving for their children’s higher education expenses,” said Lauren Shipley, Maryland 529 Executive Director. “Saving money in a tax-deferred 529 plan, such as the Maryland College Investment Plan or Prepaid College Trust, can cut out of pocket college costs in half compared to taking out a student loan and paying interest, and we’re happy to help a family jump start their college savings through this contest.” 

“We want to encourage families and caregivers to visit Port Discovery, where children’s curiosity and imagination have no bounds. We also want to encourage them to plan for their children’s future, which this partnership helps us do” said Bryn Parchman, President & CEO of Port Discovery Children’s Museum. “We love seeing children imagine, play, learn and grow – whether in our new Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! exhibit or outside our museum walls – so we can’t wait to see what sorts of things children imagine for their future as part of this contest!”