Weekly Programs & Special Events

There's always something new and exciting to experience at The Discovery Center! Bring the family by on any day for fun, hands-on learning and play sure to bring smiles all around. Check our Facebook page for weekly theme and activity updates.


Terrific Tuesdays and Tremendous Thursdays

Terrific Tuesdays and Tremendous Thursdays are back for the summer beginning the first week in July. Join us each Tuesday and Thursday from 1– 2:30pm for fun filled thematic play and exploration!  We’ll learn as we play together, make crafts, explore space or travel through time.  New this year – a Special Summer Surprise!  Register your name each time you attend a Terrific Tuesday or Tremendous Thursday and your name will be entered to win many special prizes at our “Aloha to Summer” on August 30!


Tuesday, 3rd – Star Wars Day! Learn how to become a space cruiser pilot by using star charts, enter the Jedi training course and get set for intergalactic adventure in a galaxy far, far away!

Thursday, 5th – Celebrate Fiesta Mexicana!  Learn about our friends to the south as we discover the culture, foods and traditions of a Mexican fiesta!  Did you know that some of our states celebrate this as a state holiday?  Make a paper flower, sample some Mexican treats and make a skull mask! Ole!

Tuesday, 10th – It’s National Teddy Bear Picnic Day!  Pack a lunch and bring your favorite teddy bear for some fun crafts, stories and activities.  See our new teddy bear collection and mix up a healthy snack for you to take home!

Thursday, 12th – Jurassic Dinosaur Day!  Join us for a ROARING good time of prehistoric fun as we dig for dinosaur bones and learn how to excavate fossils.  Become a junior paleontologist and explore what dinosaurs roamed the earth and how they lived.

Tuesday, 17th –  “Shoot for the Stars” Astronauts and Aliens! – Explore the constellations, planets and galaxies as we hurtle through space, be an astronaut in training, make a UFO craft, visit the Star Lab and more!

Thursday, 19th – Explore Summer Science as we celebrate National Hot Dog Day!  Make your own solar oven to cook a hot dog, make your own sidewalk chalk and learn about chromatography!

Tuesday, 24th – Amelia Earhart Day! Explore the days of early aviation, discover the stories of the first pilots and what makes airplanes fly, and learn how to make super paper airplanes.  Enter the DC contest for the longest paper airplane flight!

Thursday, 26th – Our Feathered Friends. Go on a nature walk and learn to identify our bird friends by sight and sound.  Dissect an owl pellet and visit with some of our feathered friends

Tuesday,  31st – It’s the Great Outdoors!  Put on your hiking boots and join us as we explore our outside environment with nature journals, bug collecting, animal tracking and a nature scavenger hunt!


Thursday, 2nd – I Scream!  You Scream!  We All Scream for Ice Cream! Celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day by making your own ice cream!  Learn about a favorite summer treat and how it was created (brought to you by Thomas Jefferson) and don’t forget to vote for your favorite flavor!

Tuesday, 7th – Meteors, Comets and Asteroids, Oh, My!  Get ready for the Persied Meteor shower and learn how to watch the night sky.  Learn about the phases of the moon and participate in our solar system game show!

Thursday, 9th – We’re going buggy!  Ladybug buggy!  Help us celebrate National Book Lovers’ Day by reading “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by David Soman and Jacky Davis in our Story Garden.  Then help us release these beneficial bugs into our Story Garden and learn how they fit into the ecosystem.

Tuesday, 14th – An Undersea Adventure!  Take a dive into the deep blue sea and explore the fantastic world of our salt water friends from smallest to largest.  Examine our oyster bed salt water Chesapeake Bay tank, learn about horseshoe crabs and explore earth’s largest creatures, whales!

Thursday, 16th – It’s World Snake Day.  We’re learning all about our reptile friends.  Discover the interesting world of our local reptiles through crafts and activities and perhaps spot one in our Story Garden!

Tuesday, 21th – It’s Super Hero Day!  Discover the super hero within and test your skills in our super hero obstacle course.  Visit with some of your favorite super hero friends, make your own cape and mask and watch our DC turtles, friends of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in a turtle race!

Thursday, 23th – Celebrate National “Ride the Wind” Day with us because we’re wild about weather!  Create weather tools, explore our weather extremes and learn about hurricanes and tornadoes.  Discover how to read the clouds and other signs in nature so you can predict the weather.

Tuesday, 28th – Wild West Day with the Pony Express!  Put on your cowboy hat and boots as we lasso up some late summer fun as we celebrate National Pony Express Day.  Step back in time to visit the Wild West and you’ll be in for a rootin’- tootin’ good time as you pan for gold and try a mail relay race!

Thursday, 30th – Aloha to Summer!  Join us for our farewell to summer with a Hawaiian luau.  Discover what tasty treats come from these pacific islands, make a traditional lei and have some water and bubble fun.

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