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, check our Facebook page for weekly theme and activity updates. Tot Time programs will be cancelled on days when Binghamton City School District is not in session.
Early Learner’s Toolbox
for our youngest visitors (Birth – 5)!
Weekday program offerings Monday through Thursday at 11am from September to June, designed to give young learners the tools they need to succeed! Free with admission! The Early Learner’s Toolbox is designed for our youngest minds, birth to 5! Together with your little ones: create, explore, and discover during one (or all!) of our weekly hands on pre-K programs. Using children’s stories and best practices in early childhood education, we’ll conduct a variety of activities each week to prepare your tot for preschool!
Mondays: Coloring 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 Spotlight – Take a closer look at a different exhibit each week with our Early Childhood Educator and find out how even the youngest among us can get the most out of their visit!
Wednesday: Little Hands Science – Little hands explore simple sensory science with observation, questioning, and discovery using all of the five senses!
Thursday: Tunes and Tales – With props and instruments, your young learner can enhance large motor skills as we get our groove on with song and dance! Connect to the text with a related short story!
Explore & More
There’s something fun for everyone each weekend throughout the school year at our Explore and More station on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm and Sundays from 1 to 3pm. We close out June with trucks, electricity and summer fun! Here’s what’s up for June:
3rd and 4th – Join us for Truck Day on Saturday. The truck fun continues on Sunday with truck track painting and a trucks and shapes design lab!
10th and 11th – Experiment, play and create using static electricity all weekend.
17th – This Saturday we’re a stop on the NYS Path Through History Weekend—Sharing our Stories. Get hands-on historical knowledge with our Touch Local History program! We’ll be closed Sunday to spend time with our Dads!
24th and 25th – Gear up for summer and make and take outdoor toys! Have fun creating an exploding boomerang and an eco-friendly Frisbee!
Terrific Tuesdays and Tremendous Thursdays
Thursday, 6th - Tour de Discovery Center: Our version of the Tour de France! Bring your wheels and ride through our course! Learn about bicycles from the pros at Fresh Cycles!
Tuesday, 11th - Harry Potter Day: Get your letter and join in the horcrux hunt! Potions, owls and more!
Thursday, 13th - Water Balloon Adventures: Prepare to get soaked!
Tuesday, 18th - Ice Cream Bonanza: Take the cone challenge and make your own ice cream!
Thursday, 20th - National Lollipop Day: Candy science, free lollipops, and sweet, sweet fun!
Tuesday, 25th - Star Wars Day: Light sabers, Darth Vader, and more!
Thursday, 27th - Space Exploration Day: Step into the star lab and explore the final frontier!
Tuesday, 1st - Feathered Friends Fiesta: Aunt Kathy’s birds will be swooping in for the party!
Thursday, 3rd - National Watermelon Day: Celebrate with melon bowling, eating, and seed spitting contests!
Tuesday, 8th - Little Red Hen Day: This classic tale comes to life. Explore bread making & meet a hen!
Thursday, 10th - National S’mores Day: Celebrate the S’more! Build a giant version & sample a real one too!
Tuesday, 15th - Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: You are cordially invited to enjoy “tea” and sandwiches with a spoonful of madness!
Thursday, 17th - The Oregon Trail Experience: Take part in the DC version of the great western migration!
Tuesday, 22nd - Animal Rescue Day: Meet and greet with Chase and Marshall from PAW PATROL!
Thursday, 24th - Mt. Vesuvius Day: Make your own lava lamps and see an erupting demo.
Tuesday, 29th - Bubble Party: The fun will be bubbling over with art, science, and crafts!