Play matters

Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that ability; our goal is to support kids' healthy development. Play is how kids learn--here, it is in both a STEM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.

  • three children playing with funnels suspended over a sand table

    Great play is what every kid needs, and every kid deserves.

  • long shot of a treehouse in a wooded area on a sunny summer day

    Our 550-square foot, fully-accessible treehouse and surrounding nature playscape will get you playing outside—12 months a year!

  • a young girl arranges geometric shapes on a magnetic wall

    We offer special free admission hours for families with children with an ASD, hearing loss, or vision loss, because we want every child to be able to visit. 

  • a child reaches up to put a ball on a tube track that he built

    First Friday Nights Free!

    Visit on the first Friday night of each month with free admission from 4:30 to 8:30pm. We will gladly accept non-perishable food donations for local food pantries.

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    Hands-On, Minds at Play

    The Discovery Museums have been bringing early STEM learning to kids and families for more than 34 years.

Today's Hours
Children's Discovery Museum 9:00am - 4:30pm
Science Discovery Museum 10:00am - 4:30pm
Discovery Woods 9:00am - 4:30pm

Sparking Discovery in the Classroom

Traveling Science Workshops

Since 1992, our highly skilled, dynamic educators have inspired students with fun, hands-on STEM workshops delivered right in the classroom. From Physical Changes of Matter to Force and Motion to Weather, topics are designed to spark curiosity and strengthen the practices of science and ...

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Here's what's happening

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Tue, December 6, 2016,
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in

Join us during public hours, on what is typically a quiet afternoon at the Museums. We will not schedule any school groups or birthday parties during this time, to avoid crowding and support... READ MORE

Tue, December 6, 2016,
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in

Don your safety googles and grab a hammer. All ages can try their hand at using real tools in... READ MORE

Tue, December 6, 2016,
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in

Join us during public hours, on what is typically a quiet afternoon at the Museums. We will not... READ MORE

Tue, December 6, 2016,
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
—Drop in

Can you tell the difference between a snowflake and a snow-fake? Discover the science and math... READ MORE

Thu, December 8, 2016,
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in

Create a swirling, whirling artwork while having fun with paint and shaving cream. Turn your... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Rachel Danford

One of the main goals we had for Discovery Woods and our accessible Treehouse was to tempt families to get outside, and then encourage them to also explore the 183 acres of the Great Hill conservation land that abuts our property. Since the grand opening of Discovery Woods in July and throughout


Latest News

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In an episode entitled, "What's New," the segment featured a tour of Discovery Woods and interview with CEO Neil Gordon.  View it here