Port Discovery announces plans to transform some of it’s flagship experiences; pickleball is coming to Baltimore County; Orioles debut news Kids Zone; and more! This week’s headlines and links curated with Baltimore Moms in mind.

In Case You Missed It: May 11, 2018

1. For the last 20 years, Port Discovery Children’s Museum has been pioneering purposeful play for kids in Baltimore. Thursday at their annual Play It Forward gala, they announced a $10.5 Million Capital Campaign to transform the museum to encourage next generation play. Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow is the Museum’s plan to transform some of it’s flagship experiences and bring exciting, new opportunities to their playspace. 

2. 64 Pickleball Courts are being installed at schools and parks throughout Baltimore County. (Yes, pickleball). What is it? “A paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong.” 

3. The Baltimore Orioles debuted a revamped Kids Zone on Tuesday. The most noticeable change is the Bird House, a tree house and jungle gym built with the trunk of a naturally fallen redwood tree. It features a slide, little rock-climbing walls, a tic-tac-toe board and more.

4. Fells Point’s Papi’s Tacos is opening a location in Hampden, inside the former Dimitri’s Tavern on Falls Road. YUM.

5. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is changing one of its iconic program’s names after entering a new era of inclusion for both boys and girls. The 108-year-old organization announced  that it will drop the word “Boy” from its youth “Boy Scouts” program, turning it into “Scouts BSA” instead.

6. Amazon has launched a new subscription book service for kids. Prime Book Box is a subscription that delivers hand-picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months. Prime Book Box saves you up to 35% off List Price and is currently available by invitation on to Amazon Prime members.

7. Did you know that the BSO’s OrchKids program reaches 1,300 students in six schools? The first student to enroll in the program was Keith Fleming, then a first grader. “At first I didn’t really like music,” he recalled recently. “I just thought, I’m going to do this because I didn’t really have something else to do. The first day came, and I started to learn music — and I started to like it.” He is 15 now, and his tuba skills have taken him to Austria and London and helped him win an audition to the Baltimore School of the Arts, where he is a sophomore.

8. Baltimore Mom and entrepreneur Michele Tsucalas talked with the Baltimore Business Journal about how she took her granola (yeah, THAT granola! We love it, too!) from the Farmer’s Market to Whole Foods. Currently, her company produced about 2,500 pounds of granola per day.

9. It’s #IcedCoffeeDay with Dunkin’ Donuts to benefit Johns Hopkins Children’s Center! When you purchase a large iced coffee from Baltimore Dunkin’ Donuts locations today, $1 will be donated to the Children’s Center. Just one iced coffee can help the Hospital purchase 8 micropremie diapers. 

…. OUR NEXT MOMS NIGHT OUT IS MAY 23! (Can you tell we’re excited?!?) Join us for crowns, cocktails and bites at Points South Latin Kitchen from 7 PM – 9 PM. We’ll be making floral crowns with Everyday Rose events and having a blast. Tickets must be purchased in advance.