Explore over 20,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive learning opportunities from both national and international touring exhibits and select permanent exhibits from the DHDC collection. Exhibits change every fall, spring and summer, providing students something new to discover during every visit!
- DHDC Partner Districts: FREE!
- Non-Partner Districts: $2.25 per student.
Fee applies for any amount of time in exhibit halls.
- A minimum of 45 minutes is recommended to explore exhibits. Most groups find 90 minutes is just about perfect!
- Exhibit admission fee provides access to every exhibit on the floor.
- Exhibits at DHDC are designed for teacher-directed learning experiences. Check out the Educators Guides included below to help maximize your students’ learning time on the exhibit floor.
Life Size Games for Life Size Fun! Come PLAY and learn the many concepts of physics with GIANT versions of popular games. Your heart will be pumping and your brain will be tingling in this one-of-a-kind BRAND NEW exhibit, made and produced by our own Exhibits team at the Discovery Center. What can you learn by playing Jenga, Kerplunk, Soccer Billiards, Lite Brite, Chess and Checkers? Physics @ Play explores the science of Physics while engaging the inner child in all of us- through play!
Discover the force of Gravity with the Giant Jenga game. Manipulate the various structural loads that are supporting the structure even after being comprised. What do you notice when two edge blocks are removed leaving only the center block?
Discover how Compression comes into play when two objects are pushed together with the Giant Kerplunk game. In this game all of the sticks are pushed together along with the balls. How many sticks can you remove before the compression is relased and all the balls fall to the bottom?
GOAL! Learn all about kinetic energy and trajectory with GIANT SOCCER BILLIARDS. Explore this game of collisions and see first-hand Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Create endless patterns with our colorful GIANT LITE BRITE wall. This timeless Lite Brite exhibit creates mesmerizing opportunities for play. Kids of all ages will enjoy making patterns with acrylic rods in six colors. Parents will love the trip down memory lane when they see this classic toy designed at large scale. This activity is perfect for solo play or for a group of kids.
Physics @ Play is Produced by the Don Harrington Discovery Center and generously Sponsored by the Kimble Foundation and the Mullins Foundation.
Dive into the world of simple machines and construction with this brand new exhibit designed and built by DHDC. Get hands-on with heavy machinery and try constructing your own building as you become the architect, engineer and construction manager. Guests of all ages will create, play and learn while exploring the concepts of construction, motion and simple machines that make cities and towns grow! Hand operate a pulley or conveyor belt to explore cause and effect. Turn the wheels of a gantry crane to transport cargo and discover mechanical physics at work. Operate a child-sized crane to hook, lift and move objects and materials. Build structures with blocks, pipes and gears while learning about size, weight, shape, balance, gravity and stability.
Maker Metropolis was produced by the Don Harrington Discovery Center exhibits team and is generously sponsored by The Waite & Genevieve Phillips Foundation, Xcel Energy, Joe Soliz Masonry, Panhandle of Texas Chapter – Associated General Contractors, John Kritser, KAMR Local 4 News & Fox14 News, Bell and Happy State Bank. These in-kind donors also contributed to the production of this exhibit: L.A. Fuller & Sons, BMC, Amarillo Bolt, A-1 Rocket, Fabwright, and Texas Barricades &
This engaging, hands-on interactive exhibit is filled with dazzling imagery, and will connect students with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe! The Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network).
How is Earth changing? What is it like on other planets? Does life exist beyond Earth? What’s happening on the Sun, and how does it affect us? Sun, Earth, Universe is a new exhibition about our planet, the solar system, and the universe, and the big questions NASA is trying to answer about each.