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 – 5)!
Weekday program offerings at 11am - free with 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. Each week we’ll have a new theme to connect activities and provide preschool readiness!
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!
Wednesdays: Little Hands Science – Little hands explore simple sensory science with observation, questioning, and discovery using all of 5 senses!
Thursdays: 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
Visit our Explore & More Station each weekend for special crafts, science experiments and hands-on fun on Saturdays from 11am-1pm and Sundays from 1-3pm.
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!
Dec 3 & 4 – Listen to The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen. Make a mitten craft and help us decorate our very own mitten tree with donated hats and gloves throughout the month of December!
Dec 10 & 11 – Candles and holidays go hand in hand. Learn about the candle connection and make a candle ornament.
Dec 17 & 18 – Help Santa’s elves and use recyclables to make a toy and make this holiday a little greener!
Dec 31st – Saturday, join us for our New Year's Eve Celebration from 11am-2:30pm - see special events.
Jan 7 & 8 – How quickly can you make ice melt? Use the power of science and colors of the rainbow in this fun experiment.
Jan 14 & 15 - Did you know that the 15th is National Hat Day? See a hat display and make a unique hat to celebrate the day!
Jan 21 & 22 – Step into the lab for some snowflake science. Get an up close look at the beauty of flakes and make some classic paper ones to decorate your house!
Jan 28 & 29 – Join us on Sat for our Chinese New Year celebration *see special events. Continue the celebration on Sunday with a chopstick challenge and craft!
Feb 4 & 5 – Mardi Gras takes over the DC all weekend! Join in the fun and make a pasta necklace and fancy mask!
Feb 11 & 12 – Valentine’s Day and heart health month collide this weekend. Make cards that are not only beautiful but heart health reminders for your Valentine!
Feb 18 & 19 - Get ready for Hoodie Hoo Day on the 20th by making noisemakers and hats to help you chase away the winter blahs!
Feb 25 & 26 – As black history month comes to an end, take our floor hunt challenge and find out more about Duke Ellington, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and more!