Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone

The "Discovery Zone"—made possible by Kaiser Permanente— features new ways for your kids to safely have fun! 

The "Discovery Zone" is bursting with activities that help build a strong foundation of science skills in young children as they look, ask, discover, make and share.

What You Can Expect

When You Visit

  • We recommend bringing a change of clothes for young children due to the fact they will get wet in Water Way. 
  • In here, we enter with and stay close to our grown-ups. Adults and children are expected to stay together and encouraged to play together.

  • We also:

    • Keep shoes on in the gallery at all times.

    • No food is allowed in the gallery, but drinks and water bottles are ok. Stay hydrated.

    • Respect one another as we play.


School Groups & Field Trips

Is your group 3rd grade or older?

Discovery Zone is designed for our youngest visitors. Please visit Expedition Health or Prehistoric Journey for a more age appropriate experience instead!


  • Free hugs every day from our Parasaurolophus
  • Wet clothes as you splash in the Colorado-themed Water Way
  • Giggles and joy when you act and play among the clouds in Up, Up and Away
  • Brain-stretches with each thing you build and engineer in the Construction Corner
  • A hideaway for our youngest scientists to explore in the Big Backyard
  • Tasty moments with every experiment you sample from the menu in the Science Kitchen

Cleaning Schedule

The Discovery Zone will close at 3:40 p.m. for cleaning and maintenance on the last Thursday of every month.

The Discovery Zone will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays for cleaning and maintenance on the Water Way.

The Discovery Zone is closed for 20-minute cleanings at the following times each day:

  • 10:40-11:00 a.m.
  • 12:40-1:00 p.m.
  • 2:40-3:00 p.m.

More Activities for Your Young Scientist

Our youngest guests also enjoy these areas of the Museum:

  • Tykes Peak, Expedition Health, Level 2: Get moving and play on a climbing log and slide.
  • Wildlife Halls, Levels 2 & 3: Count baby animals, hunt for colors, and get up close to kid-sized statues of black bear cubs and a fur seal pup in Bears and Sea Mammals Hall.
  • Space Odyssey, Level 1: Budding space enthusiasts will love exploring our interactive Astro Tots section of Space Odyssey! 
  • Scavenger Hunt, search for elves, animals, and more throughout the Museum!
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