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DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM UPCOMING EVENTS, 

PROGRAMMING & FEATURED EXHIBITS

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March 24-30 is Harry Potter Spring Break Week at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

 

***COMING UP AT DISCOVERY***

Members’ Bring A Friend Day – March 10

Art Camp with Anne Mazzola – March 17

Harry Potter Spring Break Week – March 24 - 30

The Party That Must Not Be Named – March 31

Summer Camps – June 4 – 29 (early bird registration pricing through May 1)

***SPRING BREAK EXTENDED HOURS***

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum will be open Monday, March 26 and have extended hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 26 – Friday, March 30 during our Harry Potter Spring Break Week

***TEMPORARY EXHIBIT CLOSURES***

Please note that Water World will be closed March 4 – 18 for scheduled maintenance and reflooring.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Members Bring A Friend Day

Saturday, March 10

All Day

Members can share their love of DISCOVERY with their friends by inviting up to four friends to visit the museum on March 10 for free! Members must accompany their guests to the museum, and the limit is four guests per membership (not per individual member).

 

Art Camp with Anne Mazzola

Saturday, March 17

9 a.m. – Noon

Recommended ages: 8 – 12

PARENTS: Take the morning off! Send your kids to the museum for an engaging and interactive art workshop with our spotlight artist. Anne Mazzola is a licensed interior designer whose projects have included the National Wildlife Federation, the Pentagon, Nortel Networks, Sun Microsystems, Cox Communications, and the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Participants will design their own vibrantly colored Pop Art Hearts, in celebration of National Nutrition Month. A special art piece will be saved to take home, and an enormous Pop Art Heart will be created by participants for the Museum to proudly display after the art camp. 

Please call 702-382-3445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book this experience.

Members’ Price: $25

Non-Members’ Price: $30

 

Pricing does not include museum admission

 

 

Harry Potter Week

March 24 - 30

We are pleased to inform the community that all have been accepted to attend a Spring Break session of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sessions will be held daily, March 24 – 30, and attendees will be invited to dress in their most wizardly attire!

Harry Potter week attendees will have the opportunity to don the sorting hat to determine their house, to design Harry Potter-inspired spectacles, design broomsticks, design house mascots, take photos with Potter props, participate in a potion class and so much more.

There is no additional charge to attend during spring break, though a wand design workshop does carry an additional fee ($3 for museum members, $6 for non-members).

The Party That Must Not Be Named (21+)

Benefitting DISCOVERY and Communities In Schools of Nevada

Saturday, March 31

6:30 – 9 p.m.

DISCOVERY is hosting its second adults only (21 years and up) event of the season, inviting all to channel their inner wizard for a Harry Potter Week finale event. There will be a Harry Potter-themed costume contest and Harry Potter trivia, as well as appetizers and adult beverages. Guests will enjoy full access to the museum throughout the evening as well.

DISCOVERY has partnered with Communities In Schools of Nevada – the local chapter of the nation’s most effective dropout prevention organization – on this event, and proceed will benefit both organizations. General admission tickets are $35; museum member admission is $20.

Summer Camps—NEW

Monday – Friday in June

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ages: 6 – 9

CODING – June 4 – 8

DISCOVERY and Vegas PBS team together to take campers through an exciting adventure of coding and the foundation of computational thinking.

STEM LEARNING – June 11 – 15

Adventure into the world of design, architecture, experimentation and problem solving using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

FINE ARTS – June 18 – 22

Discover your passion for the fine arts with a range of immersive art experiences through drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking.

BIOLOGY – June 25 – 29

Be inquisitive and explore with human physiology, engaging animal dissections and numerous investigations of the natural world and its diverse ecology.

Summer Camp registration is open for kids ages six to nine years old. Camps run weekly in June, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Summer camp is $220 per week-long session. Members who book before May 1 will enjoy a 20 percent discount. Non-members who book before May 1 will get a 10% discount. Every camp includes an hour of exclusive pre-opening museum play each day.

Featured Exhibit

 

Design Zone

January Jan. 27 – April 29

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s newest featured exhibition, Design Zone, will be on exhibit Saturday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, April 29.

 

Design Zone is a highly interactive, hands-on exhibit where visitors can explore the processes and tools needed to create an effective design. Design Zone has three thematic zones, all highlighting the importance of science and mathematical thinking in areas critical to building creativity and innovation: art, music, and engineering.

In the Art Zone, visitors will design their own 2-D and 3-D art and explore visual creativity in the Videogame Design Lab, Architecture Studio, and the Digital Design Domain. Area highlights include Drawing in Motion, where visitors use a digital pen to trace a line art masterpiece on a giant screen and create their own images, and Jump on It, where visitors choose a character, adjust the jump power and gravity, and land on targets to collect points. 

In the Music Zone, Visitors will explore relationships between length and pitch in musical instruments, ratios and rhythms, and visual representations of sound in On Stage!, Dance Party, and a DJ Recording Studio. Highlights include Laser Light DJ where visitors discover how laser light show technicians create mesmerizing patterns, and Turntables, where they can practice their DJ skills by trying to seamlessly match beats per minute to the tempo of a new song.

In the Engineering Zone, visitors will experience the Theme Park and the Action Sports Arena, where they’ll discover the math and physics behind anything that moves. Highlights include Bike Race, where they can climb into bike stations, test gear combinations, and compete in a virtual race. In Design a Skate Park, visitors will manipulate slope to create essential skate park features, test their design with a virtual skater, and ride the course! 

The creation of Design Zone was made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

March Departmental Programming – NEW 

FOCUS: National Nutrition Month®

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is celebrating National Nutrition Month® again this year during the month of March. It will be a special month full of fun and engaging activities focused on food and nutrition. National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Feb. 24 – March 2 (Last Week of Celebrating Black History Month)

Arts & Humanities – Celebrating Alma Woodsey Thomas

Get lost in Alma Woodsey Thomas’ abstract color field paintings and use vibrant colors in your own artistic expressions.

Science – Celebrating Dr. Roger Arliner Young

Honoring the work of the first African American woman to earn a doctorate degree in zoology.

Early Childhood – “C is for City”

Listen to the rhythm of the words in the story “C is for City” by author and poet Nikki Grimes, recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Design an alphabet page of your own using your favorite letter, based on the vivid illustrations by Pat Cummings, recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.

March 3 – 9 (Start of National Nutrition Month) – GRAINS

Arts & Humanities - How can food be utilized in art? Use grains to make textures and patterns in your artwork.

Science - Let’s learn about the growing conditions required for rice, one of the most important grains used across the planet.

Early Childhood - Enjoy listening to the classic story “The Little Red Hen” and learn all about healthy grains as you mix up your own batch of bread dough.

 

March 10 – 16 – FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Arts & Humanities  - Learn the techniques for making a still life and create art inspired by delicious fruits and vegetables

Science - Join us as we explore some aspects of color, texture and shapes of unusual foods.

Early Childhood - Create your own fruits or vegetables with art materials, while learning about the importance of incorporating healthy foods into our diets.

 

March 17 – 23 – NUTRITION

Arts & Humanities - Join us as we express the importance of healthy nutrition. Create your own masterpiece inspired by your healthy habits.

Science - Join us for a discussion and exploration about the health benefits of tea.

Early Childhood - Learn how to make a balanced meal by creating your own healthy plate representing all the different food groups.

 

March 24 – 30 – HARRY POTTER

Arts & Humanities - Get lost in the magical mysteries of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Create your own pet owl, design a golden snitch and make a masterpiece inspired by Hogwarts’ enchanted staircases.

Science - It’s time for potions class! Join us in Patents Pending as we create some mystical concoctions.

Early Childhood - Create your own lightning bolt using unique materials in representation of Harry Potter’s famous scar.

 

Birthday Experiences

At DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, birthday celebrations are extra special and extra easy. We make sure every birthday includes fun-filled, unforgettable experiences. Every Birthday Experience includes all-access to our nine galleries packed with extraordinary hands-on adventures that focus on science, nature, art and early childhood education. 

BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • 90 minutes of festivities in the party room of your choice
  • Set-up and clean up assistance provided by the museum
  • 30-minute Birthday Experience activity
  • Birthday cake from Freed’s Bakery (1/4 sheet cake) with candles, ice cream cups and drink
  • Party favors – Favor Bags (ages 5 and up) or Musical Toy (ages 4 and under)
  • Streaming Music
  • Customized video slideshow of birthday child
  • Solid-color place setting of your choice
  • Option of birthday gift registry through the DISCOVERY retail store
  • Special DISCOVERY Children’s Museum birthday t-shirt for birthday child

AVAILABILITY

Birthday Experiences are available during regular museum operating hours on Saturday and Sunday only. VIP Birthday Experience available Sunday only. Dates and times are subject to availability; please reserve your Birthday Experience in advance.

PRICING

Prices start at $395 for a group of up to 32 people. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required. Special discounts are available for museum members. Birthday Experience prices and programming are subject to change.

ADD-ONS

  • $18 per each additional guest
  • Full catering
  • Bottled water
  • Custom cake
  • Extra time in room
  • Room upgrade

CONTACT US

Call 702-382-KIDS (5437) to make your worry-free, fun-filled and truly memorable Birthday Experience reservation* today!

*Reservations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ongoing Exhibits and Programming

 

Level 1

The Summit

The Summit is a 70-foot tower that ascends all three floors of the museum and pinches through the roof. The 12 level tower includes climbing and sliding structures, as well as hands-on components that facilitate exploration of different strands of science, including sound, air pressure, earth, flight, electricity, magnets, space, and light.

Water World

Water World lets visitors celebrate the movement and power of water by letting them play and work with water in a variety of hands-on ways, like launching balls into winding tracks, guiding boats through a lock system, and using blowers to create currents.

Fantasy Festival

The Fantasy Festival gallery takes kids to a new level of creative play with a life size ship, castle and stage to inspire dramatic exploration. Visitors who enter the Discovery Castle can become princesses, jesters, knights and queens, enjoy a puppet show, invent new castle models, and develop their own productions with story boards. Aboard the ship, visitors can load cargo, fire cannons from the ship, and use a map and compass to set a new course.

Toddler Town

Toddler Town is a desert-themed exhibition designed for ‘Little Learners,’ from birth to five years old with accompanying adults. Tots can load “rocks” into an overhead bucket system, discover Nevada’s native animals, and become train engineers as they role-play and explore structures designed to enhance their socialization and manipulative skills.

Level 2

Eco City

Eco City is an environmentally friendly metropolis where visitors learn how people live and work together in their community. Key activities include depositing and withdrawing money from Wells Fargo Bank, buying groceries at Smith’s Grocery Store, getting a smoothie at Jamba Juice, or visiting Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Visitors will have multiple opportunities to learn about green living and making choices in the real world. 

It’s Your Choice

It’s Your Choice is a health education exhibition that encourages children to develop healthy lifestyle habits in a fun and interactive environment. Choice challenges include real-life situations like applying sunscreen or reading a nutritional label, and a humorous “game show” interactive emphasizes nutrition and physical activity.

Level 3

Young At Art

Young At Art lets imagination come alive in a Dr. Seuss-like environment. Hands-on creative stations like a watercolor “drying machine” and “puzzle maker” encourage visitors to explore the elements of art and combine them into individualized artworks.

Solve It! Mystery Town

The Solve It! exhibit investigates the art of investigation with continuously changing scenarios that allow visitors to pursue answers to questions that eventually reveal a completed puzzle. Solve It! highlights skills central to investigation, including evidence sorting and dating, measurement, examination and comparison of objects, decoding, and bone identification.

Patents Pending

Patents Pending is a lively laboratory environment devoted to experimentation, invention, problem-solving, and tinkering. This exhibit tests visitors with design and engineering challenges that allow them to create and test their own ideas, with prompts like Can you create something that will withstand a 14-foot drop? A sudden blast of air? Other stations like Contraption Challenge allow both children and adults to test cause and effect with construction challenges.

Teacher Discount and Complimentary Admission Policy

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum will offer complimentary and discounted admission to teachers in the Las Vegas Valley, determined by the purpose of their visit. 

  • Complimentary Admission is offered to teachers planning a field trip to the museum. They must call ahead to make a reservation, present their school or district identification, and have no children accompanying them.
  • Discounted Admission is offered as a “thank you” to all teachers and educators; All teachers will receive a 50% discount with their school or district identification, while their family members pay full admission price.

Military & Veterans Discount

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is proud to offer an on-going $4 discount off general admission for all active Military Members and Veterans. 

About DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

Considered Nevada’s most popular museum, DISCOVERY Children's Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center has seen more than one million visitors since opening its doors in March 2013 as a private, nonprofit educational institution. Las Vegas’ only children’s museum addresses its core educational areas of science and nature, art and culture and early childhood development with 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits. The 3-story museum is complete with nine interactive exhibition galleries featuring traveling exhibitions, daily programs, demonstrations and activities and collaborative cultural programming for all occasions.

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum includes:

  • Exhibits in science, nature, art, culture and early childhood development
  • 5,000-square-foot Cultural Gallery for featured traveling exhibitions
  • Daily demonstrations, workshops and activities
  • Themed Birthday Experience packages in three different party rooms
  • School field trips and group visits
  • Special event facility rentals
  • Museum membership opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • YouthWorks program – high school graduation and mentor program for teens
  • DISCOVERY On Wheels – House Calls Educational Outreach program
  • Donor recognition wall
  • Museum Gift Store
  • Vending and snack area

Winter Hours:                  Effective through May 27, 2018

                              Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

                              Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5p.m.

                              Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

                                Closed Mondays, except most school holidays

**Extended hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 26 – Friday, March 30**

 

Summer Hours                 May 28 – Aug. 12, 2018

                                            Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Admission Rates:             $14.50 per person one to 99 years of age

Children under one are free

Membership Packages are available

Locals Discount Admission - $12.50

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About DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
Considered Nevada’s most popular museum, DISCOVERY Children's Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center has seen more than one million visitors since opening its doors in March 2013 as a private, nonprofit educational institution. Las Vegas’ only children’s museum addresses its core educational areas of science and nature, art and culture and early childhood development with 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits. The 3-story museum is complete with nine interactive exhibition galleries featuring traveling exhibitions, daily programs, demonstrations and activities and collaborative cultural programming for all occasions.

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