There’s fun and learning scheduled every day of the week for the Discovery Center’s littlest friends! Watch your youngsters thrive as specially designed programming ignites imagination and fosters learning in a safe, friendly environment. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our Somersaults Café or outside in the Story Garden for some fun in the sun! Free with museum admission.
-----Funday Mondays -On Mondays, we’re open just for toddlers (birth through preschool age) from 10AM to 3PM There’s big-zie fun to be had by the Pre-K set as they explore the museum, enjoy special activities and make new friends without worrying about crowds of bigger kids. At 11AM leave the mess with us and join Messy Masterpieces, a guided art activity focusing on sensory experiences and ideas from science and nature.
-----Tunes & Tales- Tuesdays at 11AM Join us in Books and Beyond for a special story time every week. We’ll take you and your little ones on a reading adventure full of stories, songs and more.
------Little Hands Science –Wednesdays at 1PM There is nothing little hands like to do more than explore the world around them! Hands-on activities and exciting science demonstrations are designed to challenge young minds, stimulate their senses and make learning fun.
------Get Moving! -Thursdays at 11AM We’ll feature a fun, safe indoor game each week! With the fickle spring weather, it can be hard to get outside. Learn easy, age-appropriate ways to get little feet moving indoors.
------Friday Play Date-Fridays at 9 AM New earlier opening time on Friday only. Come spend the morning at the DC and meet other local families with young children. Each week, we’ll feature special discussion topics and chat about the joys and challenges of parenting. Share stories with other caregivers while the children enjoy a fun activity.
Explore and More
------Get a little something extra during your weekend visits with Explore & More! Create beautiful art to take home, learn how to conduct a fun household experiment and enjoy fun facts and lessons about something new each week. Saturdays at 11AM and 3PM, Sundays at 3PM.
3/2 – 3/3 – One fish, two fish, birthday wish—Dr. Seuss turns 109! Celebrate Seuss’ birthday by finding out how many combinations of Seussical fish you can make with our fun math activity.
3/9 – 3/10 – Fe, fi, fo, fum! Enjoy a reading of the classic story and plant a green bean seedling of your own to take home.
3/16 – 3/17 – What makes a four-leaf clover lucky? Learn all about shamrocks and make a shamrock suncatcher.
3/25 – 3/25 – Lean back and relax with us as we explore a fun Passover tradition—reclining! Learn about this special Jewish holiday and make a simple Seder pillow.
Mar. 30 –Get sticky with us as we use string and glue to make hollow egg decorations and learn just how old the Easter egg tradition really is.
4/6 – 4/7: –What’s the wiggle? Join us as we sample unique jams from Old Barn Hollow on Vestal Ave. Learn about pectin, the ingredient that gives jelly its jiggle and make ice box jam to take home!
4/13 – 4/14 –Letters make syllables which make words which make rhymes. Let’s mark National Scrabble Day with a rhyme-matching race.
4/20 – 4/21 –Eat some worms this Earth Day! Learn why worms are a vital part of ecosystems across the globe and make a tasty worm-inspired snack.
4/27 – 4/28 – Low bridge ahead! Let’s pretend we’re pioneers in the early days of Binghamton, and learn all about the Chenango Canal while playing with our own locks and dam set.
5/4 – 5/4 – It’s Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy Mariachi music, learn some fun Spanish phrases and make a paper bag maraca to take home. ¡Olé!
5/11 – Mona Haynes, local author of “I Love You Three Dots,” will read and sign copies of her book, and show us how to make a three-dots bracelet to take home.
5/18 – 5/19 – The Japanese celebrate Children’s Day each year with festivals featuring colorful fish kites. Let’s learn about koi, a brightly colored Japanese fish, and make kites of our own!
5/25 – 5/26 – We’re making patriotic pinwheels and kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a spin.