“The mission of The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is to develop the intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of the children of the Southern Tier through participatory exhibits and programs. These exhibits engage the senses, challenge the mind and offer a diverse framework for discovery in the arts, sciences and humanities.”
The Discovery Center is a hands-on interactive children’s museum serving the Southern Tier of New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania. This remarkable 22,500 square foot space was created for, with and by children. Play and learning flow together in unique hands-on settings designed with imagination, research and attention to the needs and spirit of today’s learners. Offering a safe, engaging and happy atmosphere The Discovery Center fosters play, sparks creative thinking and builds self-esteem. Our exhibits, our themes and our ambiance are community specific, yet we leave a wide margin for global discovery.
The Discovery Center, located in Ross Park next to the Binghamton Zoo, has 30 play and learn exhibits that children can dig, drive, fly, shop, hop, perform and paint their way through. Soaring above the clouds in our A-10 cockpit, groovin’ in our Recollections III exhibit, shopping smart, directing an emergency call, dining out international-style, and sampling simple science are, perhaps the first steps in preparing a child to succeed in a changing society. The Story Garden, our outdoor exhibit space, and a signature project of the Junior League of Binghamton, was dedicated in 2007. The Story Garden seeks to spark the imagination of visitors through interactive experiences with images from favorite children’s books in an outdoor setting. The award-winning Story Garden promotes an appreciation for gardens, the environment, and, of course, having fun outside!
In addition to our interactive exhibits, we offer family workshops, early childhood adventures, art expressions, school programs, multi-cultural awareness, DISCOVERY KID’S SUMMER CAMPS, a state certified K-5 after school program and a licensed preschool during the academic year. We also have in-school educational programs for Grades Pre-K through 5 with all program presentations adapted to the appropriate age and grade level. Our Discovery Adventures meet New York State learning standards. The mission of our programming is to offer children and their families quality, hands-on, interactive experiences.
The air conditioned facility offers free parking, inside & outdoor picnic areas, vending services, diaper changing facilities and nursing room and is on the B.C. Transit bus line.
Discovery Center Board of Directors 2015-2016
Brian Foy, President
Sara El-Begearmi, Vice President
Charles Robinson, Treasurer
Kelly Hudock, Secretary
Jeffrey A. Jaketic