Explore over 8,000 square feet of hands-on, fun and 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 visitors new discoveries every visit!
Open January 26- May 19
In the near corner stands Triceratops. In the far corner, Tyrannosaurus Rex locks his eyes on his opponent.
And the winner is?! Visit DHDC to find out how this match likely went down. Just as in a boxing match, the exhibit provides a detailed comparison of each dino and shows the advantages and disadvantages both would have in battle. Visitors learn that not only were they perfectly matched to fight each other, but they depended on each other to survive as a species. Facts and clues are given throughout the exhibit to this strange paradox of interdependence. But who wins? The answer lies in the environment – the plants, forest and ecology that shaped their existence, and ultimately led to their extinction. This Wonder Works exhibit explores the amazing mingled destinies of plants, dinosaurs, and mankind. Battle of the Titans will be on display at the Don Harrington Discovery Center January 26- May 19, 2019.
Located just outside the Space Theater, The Space Gallery is dedicated to exploring weather conditions on Earth and beyond. Multimedia presentations reveal real-time data regarding weather conditions on Earth and explore the science of common weather phenomena. Interactive displays examine space weather concepts such as auroras, solar flares and cosmic rays and uncover their effect on the Earth.
Designed for our youngest scientists, KinderStudio is a permanent exploration space for children ages 0-6. Interactive, imaginative play areas feature a climbing structure, tumbling space with mats, a lighted performance stage, hands-on manipulatives (blocks, tubes, and toys) and raw materials for creative play (i.e. shells, pine cones and popsicle sticks).
Your visit to the DHDC will not be complete without meeting some furry and scaly friends. From a Bearded Dragon and Tarantula to a friendly snake we call ’Pinky’, Critter Row introduces guests to animals that come from different regions all around the world. Get an up-close look at these interesting creatures and you may even get an opportunity to touch one of them. Our trained Science Guides occasionally take the animals out to mingle.
From a giant tennis ball launcher to a table top parabola, Bounce reveals how much there is to learn from a simple sphere. The exhibit features 35 hands-on learning stations which rotate on and off the exhibit floor providing visitors with new learning opportunities during every visit. A favorite with scientists of all ages, Bounce allows visitors to discover concepts of geometry, optics, sound, force, motion, acceleration, inertia, simple machines, planetary motion and more.
Imagination Playground is designed to inspire children-directed learning. Giant blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, oversized cogs, wheels, spools and tubes stimulate creativity in children of all ages and inspire them to invent their own ways to play. Kids work together to create original structures and make up their own stories, rules and games. Younger learners practice skills such as hand-eye coordination; fine motor development; spatial awareness and foundational math and science thinking while older kids experiment with concepts of force, inertia, gravity, simple machines, measurement and geometry.
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.
Planetary Landscapes examines landforms and the changes they undergo over time. Hands-on exhibits and colorful graphics allow visitors to explore common landforms and the forces that create change to the Earth’s surface such as volcanic eruptions, continental rifts, wind, water and ice. Visitorsts can also investigate the similarities and differences between landforms on Earth and those found on the surfaces of our celestial neighbors.
We are excited to be one of the institutions across the country awarded a copy of the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit.
This engaging, hands-on interactive exhibit is filled with dazzling imagery, and will connect you with current NASA science research and launch you 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.
Sun, Earth, Universe includes fun and compelling exhibits for visitors of all ages. Follow the design-build-test cycle of engineering and build a model spacecraft for your own mission to space. Spin a tumbler of 10,000 beads, representing all of the stars we can see from Earth to search for the unique one that represents our Sun. Reveal hidden images using the same tools NASA scientists employ to explore the otherwise invisible forces and energy of the universe. Help younger visitors pilot rovers across the Mars landscape play table. These fun experiences (and many more!) introduce visitors to ongoing NASA research in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and encourage them to imagine what the future of Earth and space science might hold.