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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 edu@thediscoverycenter.org. Tot Time programs will be cancelled on days when Binghamton City School District is not in session.

Scouts Information
Parlor City Boys choir
Angie Travers
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The Early Learner’s Toolbox!

Weekday program offerings free with admission designed to give young learners the tools they need to succeed! Come play, learn and explore with your child during one (or all!) of the museum’s weekly hands-on preK programs sure to give your child the tools for a successful educational launch. Children 5 and under (and their adult) are welcome to share in the joy of learning as we nurture relationships and create experiences that promote school readiness through physical, cognitive, social and emotional competence! Program begins at 11am each day.

Coloring Outside the Lines - Mondays
Kids mix it up with a variety of artistic mediums that will have them using their imaginations to color outside the lines with creativity! Young artists will create 2 and 3 dimensional works of art out of traditional and not so traditional materials!

Books & Brushes -Tuesdays 
Art and literature collide in this new program that puts reading and fine art on the same page! Each class a new book will be the inspiration for creativity. Stories will be our muse for artistic expression!

Mother Goose Science -Wednesdays 
Can a wolf really huff and puff and blow a house down? Did Jack’s beanstalk re-ally grow from magic beans? These questions and more will be investigated with little hands science. Fairy tale classics with age –appropriate science experiments will have you and your child combining science and literature with laughter and fun!

You Rock! Music and Movement! - Thursdays!
Become a music-maker! Children birth through age 5 and the adults who love them are invited to boogie to the beat of fun as we wiggle and giggle with movement!

Special School Holiday Activities Powered By STEAM (STEM+ the ARTS!)!
Honey of a Thanksgiving: Wed., Nov. 25, 11am-2pm.
Did you know that stinging honeybees were brought to America by the pilgrims? Before the first Thanksgiving ever happened, honeybees in America did not sting at all! We will make pilgrim hats, weave American Indian placemats, explore hexagonal tessellations and enjoy puppet theater shows of the Cherokee Legend "How The Bee Got It’s Stinger."


There’s something special going on every weekend at The DC!  Stop by this spring and visit the Explore & More Station for crafts, science experiments and all sorts of fun.  Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, and Sundays from 1-3pm.

Nov. 21st & 22nd - Wild turkeys, with their distinctive feathers and gobbling call, are fascinating creatures. Learn about wild turkeys and make a turkey craft to remember our feathery friends.
Nov.28th & 29th - No snow in sight? Don’t worry! Come to our snow lab and make your very own. With your help and a few ingredients it will be snowing in no time.
Dec 5 & 6 -After Breakfast with Santa, stop by after and enjoy The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen Then, make a paper mitten. You can help us decorate our Mitten Tree by donating a pair of warm children’s mittens today and throughout December.
Dec 12 & 13- It’s Hanukkah! Stop by and learn more about this holiday and make a hand-print menorah.
Dec 19 & 20 - It’s almost Christmas! Learn all about Santa around the world.
Dec 26 & 27 -What’s Boxing Day and why do people celebrate it? Learn about this holiday and make a noisemaker to bring the celebration home.
Jan 2 & 3 - It’s cold out there! Learn about how animals keep warm when it’s cold.
Jan 9 & 10 - Learn about animal tracks, play an animal foot-print matching game and discover more about the wildlife in your world.
Jan 16 & 17 - This weekend celebrates World Day of the Snowman. Celebrate with a Snowman make-and-take.
Jan 23 && 24 - Wear your slipperiest socks and join us in the theater for indoor ice-skating.
Jan 30 & 31 - Celebrate Backward Day at the DC with back-wards activities. Try writing your backwards name or drawing your backwards self-portrait. Or play backwards Simon Says!
Feb 6 & 7 - Celebrate Mardi Gras by making a mask!
Feb 13 &14 - Happy Valentine’s Day! Put your heart out in the open with a heart mobile.
Feb 20 & 21 - Hoodie Hoo Day! Shoo Winter away by going outside at noon (wherever you are) and shouting “Hoodie Hoo!” Celebrate here by making hats and noisemakers.
Feb 27 & 28 - This is the last weekend of Heart Health Month and Monday is Leap Day. So what does leaping do for your heart? Learn to take your pulse and find out.

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