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The Don Harrington Discovery Center is excited to announce an extension to the museum that will be opening soon. Construction continues on our new Science Park and it won’t be long before you are making new discoveries in this brand new outdoor space! We invite you to WATCH US GROW! We will be posting updated photos as major updates to the construction have been completed and pieces have been installed. Keep an eye on this page!

Located on the southeast side of DHDC’s front entrance, this brand new outdoor science park will feature a fossil dig pit, hands-on learning, and engineering marvels. The Outdoor Science Park will include some old favorites in a new setting like the gazing ball, whisper dishes, chair lift and the tennis ball launcher. The new exciting elements that will be installed include a Kundu Drum, Grandioso Chimes, Kettle Drum, and many other pieces. This new park will add a dynamic space for school groups and families, filled with ample seating for a picnic lunch or snacks during your visit to DHDC. Park hours will be the same as normal DHDC  visitation hours, with the exception of inclement weather. Discovery Center regular admission includes access to the Outdoor Science Park. The opening of the new Outdoor Science Park is scheduled for July of 2020. Funding for DHDC’s new Outdoor Science Park is provided by ASCO, Xcel Energy, and the Future’s Bright Donors. 

Get a sneak peek of these drawings and photos, but check back later to see when we have new photos of these being installed at the DHDC!

Street View:

Map of the Park:

Watch Us GROW! Visit this page periodically or watch our Facebook page for updates!

7.11 Update: Here’s another progress video! Captain Kyle gives us a tour of the Science Park and everything that has been done this past week! We are so close to completion and we cannot wait for you to come make new discoveries in our new space. But, we need your HELP! Watch the video for Kyle’s request and if you have any suggestions for us, please comment on the video so we can make our space the best it can be for our community! Thanks for supporting us, we hope to see you soon!

7.6 Update: Getting closer! Check out these photos, it’s changing daily!

6.25 Update: Moving right along! Here’s another progress video from Captain Kyle.

6.18 Update: Watch the video update by Captain Kyle!

5.6 Update: The Entrance Wall to the Science Park went in this week- looking better every day!

4.27 Update: NAME THAT DINO CONTEST is underway! This contest has concluded. The names that received the most votes will be announced during our unveiling of the park when we reopen.

4.24 Update: These guys are HUGE!

4.22 Update: The Dino’s have arrived! They’re being installed today, so feel free to drive by and catch a glimpse.

3.25 Update: The crew is digging up dirt to start installing pieces.

YOU can help the DHDC continue to bring new exciting exhibits to our community. And we could use your help more then ever since we are currently closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our area. How can you make a direct impact? Give a donation or purchase an annual membership.