When you are planning your next event, discover the magic at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Our spacious, hands-on science museum set in beautiful Medical Center Park offers rental spaces to accommodate up to 1500 people in a bright, colorful atmosphere custom-made for fun and learning. Weather is never a problem, and your guests will experience a comfortable, unique experience unlike any other in the Texas Panhandle. Our interactive exhibits and shows actively engage the child in all of us. Our warm, inviting entrance beckons your guests inside. A large catering kitchen contains a refrigerator, two ovens, stove top with four burners, two sinks and large food prep and plating countertops. The entire facility is handicap accessible.
This versatile multi-purpose room is ideal for large gatherings. Celebration Station can also be divided into five smaller rooms with moveable walls and hallways, perfect for breakout sessions. The entire room can hold up to 300 people standing or 150 people seated at round tables. Four of the sectional rooms are equipped with a white board.
The Auditorium features comfortable, theater-style seating with a writing desk at each seat. A built-in screen and a white board on an arched stage area make the auditorium a great place for educational or business functions and lifelong learners. Seats 104 people plus ground-level wheelchair accessible spaces.
Our Space Theater is the most technologically advanced, digital planetarium in the High Plains. The Theater features 97 comfortable chairs beneath a 180-degree screen, which make for a unique entertainment experience. You may select one of the movies in our collection to wow your guests, which will take them to places under the sea, beyond the stars and in between. Whether you are planning a large excursion or a romantic gathering under the stars for two, the Space Theater is the perfect spot. Available after normal operating hours only.
Lab or Party Room
If you need a smaller space for meetings or classes, we offer four unique rooms in our East and West Wings. In our East Wing, two separate rooms feature natural light from large windows and glass walls, so you can enjoy a private gathering yet still be a part of the Discovery Center action. Two lab rooms in our West Wing can be opened into one large room with a retractable wall, giving your guests more space to mix and mingle. Large windows in each overlook the park. Each individual room can hold between 30 and 50 people. Maximum rental period is 3 hours.
West or East Exhibit Gallery
Planning a large event for 300 people or more? Our East or West Exhibit Galleries are perfect for you. Your guests will experience an event like no other when they celebrate amongst our many unique traveling and permanent exhibits. Each Gallery can hold up to 30 round tables of 8 guests for a seated event and is large enough for a stage and/or dance floor (not included). The West Gallery windows overlook the lake at Medical Center Park. Available after normal operating hours only. (Rental of either Gallery does not include East and West Lab/Party Rooms.)
The entire Don Harrington Discovery Center facility can be yours for the evening if you want to enjoy more than 35,000 square feet of entertaining space. What an unforgettable way to celebrate with your family, friends, and co-workers! Available after normal operating hours only.
Tables and Chairs
We can also provide more than 60 six-foot and eight-foot tables plus 50 90-inch round tables and up to 275 chairs for your event, which is included in your rental fee. The friendly staff of the Discovery Center will also set up and take down the tables and chairs for your event.
Once you find the room that suits your event best, call us about Rental fees, Maximum Occupancy and length of time each space is available. We are happy to help you plan your next event at the DHDC! Call and speak to our Event Specialist at (806) 355-9547 ext. 107. Rental Agreement and listing of Rental Conditions will be provided upon request. Discounts for non-profit organizations are available.
The Don Harrington Discovery Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our facilities are rented only to support our mission to make science exciting, relevant and interesting to learners of all ages by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and their families. Our goal is to foster inquiring minds and to nurture the individual genius that is within each of us.