Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone

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Scavenger Hunts

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

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.

Our youngest guests also enjoy these areas of the Museum:

  • 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: Get moving with multisensory experiences, such as shadow play and testing your heartbeat.
  • 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.
  • Camp PaleoPals, Prehistoric Journey, Level 3: Explore puppets, books, puzzles, and real fossils that get kids excited about our ancient world.
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