Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone

The "Discovery Zone"—made possible by Kaiser Permanente— reopens Sept. 28 featuring new ways for your kids to safely have fun! The exhibit will have limited capacity and intermittent closures for cleanings. Reservations open Sept. 18.

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


  • Timed tickets must be reserved in advance, and are released weekly on Fridays. 
  • Everyone in your group needs a timed ticket, including all children under three and babies. 
  • Play times are 45 minutes.  
  • Please play fair and reserve only one play time per week. All those reserving multiple play times will be contacted by Museum staff.

When You Visit

  • By order of the City and County of Denver, all guests ages 3 and older must wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth at all times. 
  • We recommend bringing a change of clothes for young children (including face coverings for ages 3+) due to the chance they will get wet in the exciting new Water Way. 
  • We ask that children and their grown-ups stay together and all household groups practice social distancing and remain six feet from other groups.

Play Times

Play times beginning Sept. 28

  • 9:15-10:00 a.m. 
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m. 
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
  • 1:00-1:45 p.m. 
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m. 
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m. 

Additional times offered Fridays 

  • 5:15-6:00 p.m. 
  • 6:30-7:15 p.m.
  • 7:45-8:30 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.
  • Scavenger Hunt, search for elves, animals, and more throughout the Museum!
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