In this NYS Licensed program, we offer three classrooms for 3 – 4 year olds.


Rent out the entire Museum, Story Garden, or just the picnic area to celebrate that special milestone!

Come Visit The Discovery Center!

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The Discovery Center is now open six days a week! Advance online reservations are strongly encouraged for everyone, including members. 

Admission: Non-members: $9  Members: Free

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

The Story Garden is open every day from dawn to dusk.

Mask Policy Update

The Discovery Center’s policies on mask wearing and social distancing remain in effect due to the concerns for the safety of our littlest visitors who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. All visitors ages 2 and up are required to wear a mask.

We are committed to the children of our community and will do whatever we can to keep them safe.

Upcoming Events

Toddler Time at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Toddler Time

Mondays 11-11:30AM

Kristen Nicole Mann

First Friday Art Exhibit

5-7PM on October 1

Bookfair The Discovery Center

Bookfair at Vestal B&N

October 17 - 21

Trick or Trivia 2021

Trick or Trivia

6PM - 9PM on October 22

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!

The Museum is Open for School Group Visits!

School groups of 15 children or more are invited to schedule a trip to The Discovery Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a 2 hour visit between the hours of 10AM and 2PM!

The Discovery Center Read-A-Thon

We had so much fun planning our first ever Read-A-Thon in July of 2020. 

Our 2021 Read-A-Thon will be held July 17, 2021. In the meantime, please enjoy the stories from 2020! 

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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