The Don Harrington Discovery Center is excited to announce an extension to the museum that is NOW OPEN! Construction has concluded on our new Science Park and we are excited for you to come make new discoveries in this brand new outdoor space! Thank you for your patience as we invited you to WATCH US GROW! We will be posting updated information about a grand opening when we have those details. Keep an eye on this page!

Located on the southeast side of DHDC’s front entrance, this brand new outdoor science park features a fossil dig pit, hands-on learning, and engineering marvels. The Outdoor Science Park includes 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 were installed include a Kundu Drum, Grandioso Chimes, Kettle Drum, and many other pieces. This new park adds 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 are 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 grand opening of the new Outdoor Science Park is scheduled for September of 2020. Funding for DHDC’s new Outdoor Science Park is provided by ASCO, Xcel Energy, and the Future’s Bright Donors. 

Scroll through our progress from beginning to end on this page.  Thank you for your patience in getting this brand new space open!

Street View:

Map of the Park:

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

8.24 Update: The moment we’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to dig up some fun at our brand new Science Park! Opening Tuesday, August 25th. The park is open during normal Discovery Center hours (weather permitting) and is included in general admission – Members are free! Current hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Check out our opening announcement here!

8.17 Update: The park is pretty much ready to go. We have a couple of adjustments to be in compliance so once that is taken care of we will announce an OPEN date! Check out these most recent photos of the completed park and stay tuned for a big announcement SOON!

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.