Discovery Rooms

Discovery Rooms are closed until late October 2021.

Discovery Rooms are designed for children 7 years of age and younger. All guests are required to wear shoes or socks while enjoying the Discovery Room activities.

During peak times, we have a 15-minute rotation in our rooms. This allows for more of our younger guests to have a turn to explore. We invite play, discovery, and exploration with curiosity and kindness.

Imagine a place where young learners become explorers, storytellers, scientists, engineers, chefs or anything they can dream up. Our Discovery Rooms inspire children, along with their families and caregivers, to learn about the world around them. Embedded within the three main exhibit halls of the Science Center, these unique spaces are designed for you and your early learner (ages 7 and under). These learning environments provide opportunities for kids to use their creativity and creative problem solving skills to explore, ask questions, and find answers! 

Kids, families and school groups can make use of the Discovery Rooms, which include interactive exhibits, storytelling, activities, animal displays and space for self-directed exploration. The spaces promote adult-child interaction and cooperative learning among children. A joyful place for families to play, learn, create, and grow together!

Creative World Discovery Room
Creative World Discovery Room

Visit our Creative World Discovery Room where young learners get a chance to explore structures, transportation, and technology in a “city." You and your young learner can construct a house, play in our hardware store, or put on a show in our TV Studio! While you are here, enjoy our hands-on activities that connect to the Creative World gallery concepts.

Visitors in World of Life Discovery Room
World of Life Discovery Room

Visit the World of Life Discovery Room, a special place for younger learners to experience the wonders of life firsthand. Pretend to be a veterinarian in our wildlife surgery space, or get cozy in our Treehouse! Get an up-close look at scorpions, lizards, snakes, spiders and even a boa constrictor! Be sure to check out our hands-on activities that relate to concepts in the World of Life gallery for additional fun.

Kids playing inside Ecosystems Discovery Room bedroom
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Pete Eckert
Ecosystems Family Discovery Room

Come visit our Ecosystems Discovery Room where ecology becomes approachable for young learners. This discovery room highlights a recognizable ecosystem: a home! Explore how our human habitat provides us with food, water, and shelter. Guests can also discover the ways pets—and pests—use our homes and yards to develop habitats of their own. Explore our interactive activities that engage young learners with concepts from the Ecosystems gallery.