PRESCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL

We offer preschool and pre-K programs for ages 3 – 4 and an afterschool program for ages 5-12.
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES & RENTALS

Rent out the entire Museum, Story Garden, or just a room to celebrate that special milestone!
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Bug Squad is at The Discovery Center Now Thru April 2023!

We are excited to host Bug Squad, a hands-on exhibit exploring the unique abilities of bugs, thanks to presenting sponsor, IBM, and supporting sponsors, Greenlight Networks and SUNY Broome.
This interactive traveling exhibit will be open to the public February - April, 2023.

Come Visit The Discovery Center!

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Admission: Non-members: $9  Members: Free

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10AM – 3PM
Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
Sunday: 1:30PM – 5PM
1st & 3rd Fridays of the month: 4PM – 7PM

The Museum is CLOSED Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

The Museum is CLOSED: December 24-26, January 1-2.

Please check our Facebook page for announcements regarding closures due to inclement weather.

The Story Garden is open dawn to dusk.

Masks are optional, but strongly recommended indoors.

HALLOWEEN PHOTO CONTEST

This year, we're inviting families to share photos of your child(ren) in their Halloween costume(s)! While we have a special treat for everyone who participates, two lucky winners will be selected on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 to receive a 4-pack of tickets to Halloweeekend at Ross Park. We can't wait to see your photos!

The Swarm is Here!

Access to this exciting exhibit is included with admission! Museum reservations are currently required on Friday evenings, weekends, and school holidays.

Upcoming Events

Bug Badge Workshop at The Discovery Center

Brownie Workshop

10AM-12PM on February 11

Valentine's Day at The Discovery Center

Valentine's Day Celebration

11AM-2PM on February 14

Presidents' Day at The Discovery Center

Presidents' Day Celebration

11AM-2PM on February 20

Scout Programs at The Discovery Center

Wolf Workshop

10AM-12PM on March 11

The Discovery Center Preschool Open House

Preschool Open House

5:30-7:30PM on April 5

Toddler Time at The Discovery Center

Toddler Time

10AM-12PM on Mondays

STEAM for Little Hands at The Discovery Center

STEAM for Little Hands

10AM-12PM on Wednesdays

Upcoming Fundraisers

The Discovery Center Read-A-Thon

Read-A-Thon at the Museum

April 14,15, 18

Play a Round 4 Kids Golf Tournament

Play a Round 4 Kids Golf Tournament

June 16

An Evening of Wine and Roses

An Evening of Wine and Roses

July 21

Trick or Trivia 2023

Trick-or-Trivia

October 13

Latest News

Happy Families Come to Play, Learn, and Explore at The Discovery Center!

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is committed to creating an environment that fosters the intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of children through education, participatory exhibits and programs. Offering a safe, engaging and happy atmosphere, The Discovery Center fosters play, sparks creative thinking, and builds self-esteem. Children explore, grow, and have fun in our Summer Camps, Preschool, Universal Pre-Kindergarden (UPK), Afterschool, and Extended Play Programs!

Dr. Brenda Myers

Executive Director's
Learning Corner

Each month, Dr. Brenda Myers shares ideas and tips for caregivers that align with The Discovery Center's mission to ensure all children have rich opportunities to learn through play.

November Learning Corner

Ways to Inspire Humble Curiosity

This month we are featuring an article from Greater Good Science Center written by Amy L. Eva. The full article and additional resources can be found here. Humility and curiosity can encourage students to be passionate

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The Discovery Center Read-A-Thon

The Discovery Center’s annual virtual Read-A-Thon is an important fundraiser used to help upgrade our indoor and outdoor exhibits – the special places where children can explore and families can build lasting memories. Each year we challenge members of our community to demonstrate their love of reading through a day of reading children’s books out loud.

Stay tuned for information about our 4th Annual Read-A-Thon to be held in 2023!

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Make Memories at The Southern Tier's Only Hands-on Children's Museum!

With over 40 interactive exhibits, our remarkable space was created for, with, and by children. We understand that play is an essential part of learning and exploration of the world leads children to self-discovery.

Children are free to touch, to laugh, to manipulate and to encounter in a happy and safe environment.

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