Discovery Zone

The Discovery Zone—made possible by Kaiser Permanente—is bursting with activities that help build a strong foundation of science skills in young children through hands-on, highly experiential Museum experiences.

Exhibits, activities, and programs focus on science process skills, such as observing, quantifying, inquiring, analyzing, creating, and communicating. Children can "excavate" fossils, manipulate and observe water in action, experiment with building methods and materials, and conduct investigations and create art projects.

NEW! Enjoy a special guest, such as a storyteller, drummer, or scientist in the Explorer's Playhouse on the third Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • October 17: Rock with scientist James Hagadorn as he guides you through the amazing world of geology. Bug-out with spiderwoman scientist, Paula Cushing, as you explore arachnids. 
  • November 21: Journey into Native American traditions with Seven Falls Indian Dancers as they share tribal dances and history.
  • December 19: Museum educator Neha Gidvani takes you into the weird and wonderful world of extreme mammals.

 Our youngest visitors may also enjoy:

  • AstroTot Training, Space Odyssey, Level 1: Strap on a jet-pack and take off for space from the kid-sized shuttle flight deck.
  • Tykes Peak, Expedition Health, Level 2: Multisensory experiences, such as shadow play and testing your heart beat, get kids’ bodies moving.
  • Wildlife Halls, Levels 2 & 3: Count baby animals, hunt for colors, and visit the new kid-sized statues of black bear cubs and a fur seal pup in Bears and Sea Mammals Hall.
  • Camp PaleoPals, Prehistoric Journey, Level 3: Puppets, books, puzzles, and real fossils on display get kids excited about our ancient world.


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