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 September 22 – January 13
Search and rescue operations take place every minute, every hour, every day, all around the world. From the air to the sea and on land, responsive operations are lifelines to many people in times of need. But what does a rescue scenario really involve? Who are the teams who put themselves in these dangerous situations? And do we really know what to do if we find ourselves in need of rescuing? Rescue operations require a high level of training and are undertaken by specialist rescue squads. Rescue the exhibition, delves into this world, exploring topics related to rescue techniques, emergency supplies and equipment. Visitors can engage with exciting hands-on and full-body experiences such as firefighting, surf rescue and sea life survival.
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.
ExploraZone engages learners of all ages with hands-on stations exploring a wealth of physics concepts, including force and motion, energy transformation, mechanics and perception. Visitors can construct and investigate the movement of a catenary arch, explore the science behind optical illusions, discover properties of periodic motion or examine the math behind movement.
Soar to new heights and discover the air above us! The BRAND NEW exhibit, Aviation, opens at the Discovery Center on June 2nd!
Guests will have the opportunity to be inspired by all kinds of in-flight science! Learn how a wing is created and built. Explore real hands-on components of aviation equipment such as an airplane, a mash helicopter, a jet engine, and even NASA cargo!
Push buttons and test flight controls and examine just how they work to guide an airplane.
Watch a video of Flight History, step into a Hot Air Balloon basket, make String Rocket Racers with various propeller sizes, and experience the force of the wind and how it affects flight.
Fly to new heights with the Don Harrington Discovery Center this summer!
Aviation is produced and created by the Don Harrington Discovery Center, in conjunction with Amarillo College and Bell, and has been generously sponsored by Pete’s Car Smart KIA.