There's always something new and exciting to experience at The Discovery Center! Bring the family by on any day that Binghamton City School District has a scheduled day off for fun, hands-on learning and play sure to bring smiles all around. And don't forget about our daily Tot Time activities, specially designed for our littlest friends.
It's Tot Time at the Discovery Center
There's fun and learning scheduled every day of the week just for our littlest friends! Watch your youngsters thrive as specially designed programming ignites imagination and fosters learning in a safe, friendly environment. Bring a bagged lunch to enjoy in the Somersaults Cafe; for a day of great fun! For more information about Tot Time programs or to sign up for a weekly newsletter, contact Publicprograms@
Early Learner’s Toolbox
for our youngest visitors (Birth – 6)!
Weekday program offerings free with museum admission, designed to give young learners the tools they need to succeed! Together with your little one, create, explore, and discover during one (or all!) of our weekly hands on pre-K programs. Share in the joy of learning as we create experiences that promote school readiness through physical, cognitive, social and emotional competence. Program begins at 11am each day. Here’s what’s in the toolbox:
Mondays: Color Outside the Lines – Using a variety of artistic mediums we’ll bring out the artist in your little one as we create, paint, and craft together!
Tuesdays: Exhibit Education – Discover the hidden education behind our exhibits as our Early Childhood Educator provides guided play support focusing on a different space each week.
Wednesday: Little Hands Science – Little hands explore simple science with observation, questioning, and discovery using all of the five senses!
Thursday: Story and Songs – Listen to an interactive story or poem and then use props and instruments to enhance large motor skills as we get our groove on with song, dance and movement to connect to the text!
Explore & More
Each weekend join the fun as we EXPLORE through science, technology, engineering, arts, math and MORE! Saturdays from 11am-1pm and Sundays from 1-3pm.
Sept 17th & 18th – A is for Apple! See science bubble over in an “Apple-cano”. Touch and smell apple pie with sweet sensory fun.
Sept 24th & 25th –Crinkle, Crunch, and Create with leaves to make nature arts and crafts!
Oct 1st & 2nd – Join us for a kid-sized Oktoberfest celebration! Learn the history of this popular German folk fest and take part in the apple cider relay and pretzel craft!
Oct 8th & 9th – Honor and learn Native American history all weekend. Discover the origin of the dream catcher and create one to take home!
Oct 15th & 16th – Come to our fall harvest party! Pumpkin bowling, apple bobbing, and other games abound. Enjoy some healthy harvest samples, too!
Oct 22nd & 23rd – Join us for the Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday. Sunday, the Halloween fun continues with a creepy density experiment and Spider web finger-painting!
Oct 29th & 30th – Feel ooey gooey Pumpkin Oobleck and decorate your own pumpkin to take home!
Nov 5th & 6th – Learn about the history of Daylight Savings Time, enjoy clock games and crafts, and don’t forget to turn your clocks back!
Nov 12th & 13th – Join us as we continue to honor our Veterans through the weekend. Make letters for Vets and add your personal touch to our collaborative flag!
Nov 19th & 20th – Gear up for Thanksgiving! Create a tissue paper turkey and explore the colors of a Cornucopia!
Nov 26th & 27th – Help decorate our Gratitude Tree! After the big meal and family fun, it’s time to reflect and write down or draw how thankful you are!