Hours and Pricing

The Discovery Center is currently open three days a week. Advance online reservations are REQUIRED for everyone, including members.

Admission: Non-members: $8    Members: Free

Hours: Friday 11AM – 2PM  |  Saturday  10AM – 1PM  |  Monday 11AM – 2PM

CLOSED Labor Day.

New Guidelines and Reopening Information

The Discovery Center is happy and excited to open its doors once again because we know that children need to play now more than ever. As a vital part of our community, The Discovery Center is committed to serving the children and their families of the Southern Tier by providing a safe educational place for imagination, exploration, and play. Safety is our top priority and we have made numerous upgrades to our facilities and to our cleaning protocols to ensure that each and every one of our visitors has the best experience possible.

We can’t wait to see the excited faces and hear the laughter of curious children as they walk through our doors!

What to Know Before You Visit

The safety and well-being of our visitors is our top priority! Our museum motto has always been, “Clean, Safe, Fun!” We have enhanced our protocols to ensure that we are following local, state, and CDC guidelines. We have also incorporated a variety of children museum best practices.

To ensure that your family has a safe experience we have put the following procedures in place:

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  • The Museum will be open for limited days and hours. Please check our website for current information. Reduced admission prices are available for July and August.
  • Attendance will be limited to 25% occupancy.
  • Advance online reservations for admissions are required of everyone, including members. Visits for members are free but reservations are still required.
  • We ask that you, and any member of your group, stay home if you are not feeling well the day of your reservation. Visitors will be asked to attest to their health per the guidelines set forth by the CDC and Broome County Health Department. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting The Discovery Center you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
  • Contact information is required for all visitors.
  • Masks are required for all visitors over 2 years old.
  • Your family group must stay and play together during your visit. Your family group will be expected to adhere to all social distancing guidelines with other visitors.
  • Posted signage will indicate how many families can be in each exhibit at each time.

Changes You Will Notice

Since the Museum has been closed, we have been working diligently to clean and sanitize all components of our exhibits and train our staff on new disinfecting procedures. Some of these are readily visible while others are not. Please know that we are constantly monitoring cleaning protocols and updates from our local and state health departments. Changes that you will note:
  • We have removed large structures in several exhibits to provide more space for social distancing.
  • “Touched Toy” bins are in every exhibit for your use. If an object has been touched and played with, we ask that they be placed in the bin for disinfecting.
  • The quantity of hands-on manipulative objects has been reduced in each exhibit to allow for quick replacement of cleaned and disinfected items.
  • Plexi guards have been installed at our front desk reception area and in some exhibits. A sanitation mat is located in our lobby.
  • There are four hand sanitizing stations located throughout the Museum. Tissues and touch free waste receptacles are also placed throughout the Museum.
  • Proper hand washing guidelines are located in our restrooms. “Reminder” signage is placed throughout the Museum for high volume touched surfaces.
  • All costumes and soft toys have been removed per NYS guidelines.
  • Allergen rated air filters have been installed and are changed quarterly. Outside air flow has been increased to 20%.
  • High volume touch surfaces are constantly cleaned throughout the day.
  • All toys and exhibits are deep cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
  • The drinking fountain is closed.
  • All staff are required to wear masks and have signed a health attestation.
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