The Helium Monument

**The Discovery Center will be hosting an event celebrating the 50 year column opening in September of 2018. Please check our events page for details and updates on this celebration. The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument was erected in Amarillo, Texas during 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of helium. Amarillo was selected for… Read more about The Helium Monument

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

Native flora are showcased over four acres of seasonal gardens, with an indoor tropical conservatory.

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Grades Pre-K-3 30 minutes A research mission gone awry, an interplanetary villain and a tour of the solar system are all featured in this animated full-dome film based on the award-winning PBS television series. Students join the Zula Patrol as they gather samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. As the Zula Patrol attempt to… Read more about Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Wonders of the Universe

Grades 3-12 30 minutes Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back in time to witness the birth of the universe. In this breathtaking excursion viewers witness the formation of a galaxy and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae ever discovered. As the adventure continues, students… Read more about Wonders of the Universe

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Grades 3-12 30 minutes What’s so important about a telescope? Galileo’s telescopic observations began a revolution, transforming our views of the cosmos and our place within. In Two Small Pieces of Glass students are introduced to the telescope and learn about the amazing discoveries made by Galileo and others through telescopic observations. Explore how telescopes work, discover… Read more about Two Small Pieces of Glass

Space Junk

Grades 3-12 40 minutes Fifty years after launching our dreams into space, we’re left with a troubling legacy: tens of millions of pieces of orbiting debris in an ever-growing ring of debris which threatens the safety of our planetary orbits. Space Junk takes students on a journey which examines this very real problem and explores the challenges… Read more about Space Junk

Stars of the Pharaohs

Grades 3-12 40 minutes Egypt is a land of mystery whose culture and civilization were among the earliest in human history. Stars of the Pharaohs transports students to ancient Egypt to investigate the connection Egyptians felt with the stars and other astronomical phenomena and examine how this connection influenced their culture and society. Through an exploration of… Read more about Stars of the Pharaohs

Secrets of the Sun

Grades 1-8 20 minutes Secrets of the Sun provides an in-depth look at the Sun’s role in the life of our solar system. From nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun, to mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, students will discover the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets—and… Read more about Secrets of the Sun

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Grades Pre-K-3 30 minutes Embark on an amazing expedition as students join two children who build a rocket out of a refrigerator box and take a fantastic journey through the Solar System alongside their ship’s navigator, a talking astronomy book. Viewers will explore the planets of the solar system in this animated feature. TEKS Correlation… Read more about Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

New Horizons

Grades 3-12 30 minutes From breathtaking landscapes to violent volcanic eruptions, New Horizonstransports viewers on a majestic journey through the planets and moons of our celestial neighborhood. Your interplanetary voyage begins as students follow a comet through space. At each stop along the way, real data and images from modern space probes are used to explore… Read more about New Horizons

The Future Is Wild

Grades 2-8 30 minutes Based on the popular documentary series on Animal Planet, The Future is Wildexplores how the Earth might change in the coming years and speculates how modern-day animals may have to adapt to new environments of the distant future. A team of over 100 animators and scholars transformed their ideas into creatures that fly,… Read more about The Future Is Wild

Fantasy Light Show

Grades Pre-K-12 25 minutes Unleashing the imaginations of children of all ages, the Fantasy Light Show takes guests on the ride of a lifetime! Through computer-generated imagery, viewers will enjoy a roller coaster ride, travel on an infinity loop and journey through virtual worlds full of vibrant color and movement. Set to a fun, upbeat musical score,… Read more about Fantasy Light Show