Discovery Museum Hours

Winter SCHEDULE
Closed mondays
Tuesday - Friday Noon - 4:30pm
saturday & sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm
PLANETARIUM AND FAMILY FEATURE
ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS & Holidays
     
DecemBER HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Monday, Dec. 22   10:00AM - 4:30PM
TUESDAY, Dec. 23   10:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 24  10:00AM - 2:00PM
CLOSED Christmas DAY
Friday, Dec. 26   10:00AM - 4:30PM
MONDAY, DEC. 29   10:00AM - 4:30PM
TUESDAY, DEC. 30   10:00AM - 4:30PM
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31  10:00AM - 2:00PM
CLOSED New Year's DAY
FRIDAY, Jan. 2   10:00AM - 4:30PM
 
WE WILL BE CLOSED
MONDay JAN. 5 - FRIDAY JAN. 16
REOPENING SATURDAY JAN. 17
WITH OUR SPACE QUEST! EXHIBIT

field trips available monday-Friday
 

Sacramento Powerhouse Science Center

Sacramento Science Discovery Weekends

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So much science, so little time.

Each weekend from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.,
we explore a new science topic through special displays,
visiting exhibits, and guest presentations 
 
  • Craft activities for kids 4 to 12 years old
  • Planetarium shows (ages 4 and older) Saturday, Sunday and select holidays
  • Family Feature (for all ages) Saturday, Sunday and select holidays

 

December 2014

Orion First Flight Viewing Event
Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7
The Discovery Museum is hosting an Orion First Flight Viewing Event to celebrate the first test flight of NASA’s new spacecraft, Orion. Enjoy themed, hands-on activities. Meet Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Kay Tracy and Steve Ainsworth and learn more about Orion and NASA's plans for deep space exploration. All ages Family Features at noon and 2:00pm re-cap Orion's historic test flight and splash down. Planetarium shows for ages 4 and up feature the future locations of NASA's deep space exploration and a tour of the night time sky at 1:00 and 3:00pm. Orion materials available while supplies last.
 
All I Want for Christmas is… Clean Air!
Saturday & Sunday, December 13 & 14
Join Breathe California as we explore Sacramento’s air quality. Join us for the noon and 2:00pm Family Feature to learn how you and your family can keep your holidays “green.” Children 12 and younger are invited to participate in a “Helping Hands” craft activity to take home. Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Blast from the Past and Nature Discovery Room exhibits and a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
 
Holiday Scents
Saturday & Sunday, December 20 & 21
Everyone is familiar with the sights and sounds of the holidays, but this weekend we are focusing on the scents! Try our smell stations to test your nose on some mystery holiday aromas. Kids craft a scented sachet to take home or give as a gift! Our noon and 2:00pm Family Feature is a showing of “The Magic School Bus,” highlighting our sense of smell. Admission includes a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
 
Holiday Tangram Puzzles
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, December 22, 23, & 24
Get in the holiday spirit by completing some tangram challenges. The tangram is a puzzleconsisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form pictures. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap.Take them home and hang them as a holiday decorations. Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Blast from the Past and Nature Discovery Room exhibits, an animal presentation as the noon and 2:00pm Family Feature, and a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
 
Shark Attack!
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, December 26, 27,& 28
It’s shark weekend at the Discovery Museum! Get ready to learn about the largest prehistoric shark, Megalodon! See our Family Feature at noon and 2:00pm to learn about a variety of modern day sharks and some of their amazing adaptations. Children 12 and younger craft a shark tooth necklace to take home as a souvenir. Don’t forget, our exhibit Blast from the Past closes in just two weeks! Admission includes a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
 
New Year’s Banner
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, December 29, 30, & 31
Make the end of 2014 memorable by visiting the Discovery Museum with family and friends. Explore exhibits, a nature walk and the craft room. Kids 12 and younger color and assemble a New Year Banner to take home. Admission includes an animal presentation as the noon and 2:00pm Family Feature, the Blast from the Past exhibit and planetarium shows at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older).
 
 
January 2015
 
Gems and Jewels
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, January 2, 3, & 4
Enjoy the final weekend of our Blast from the Past exhibit by learning about jewels and gems. Let our collection of precious stones and crystals inspire you to make your own bedazzled necklace with our rhinestone collection (ages 12 and younger). Each child receives a souvenir postcard with an image from The National Gem Collection (while supplies last). Your admission also includes an all-ages animal presentation as the noon and 2:00pm Family Feature and a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
 
Space Quest! Opening Weekend
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, January 17, 18, & 19
Launch into outer space by exploring our Space Quest! exhibit and all the fun it holds. Learn about the planets in the Solar System, take photos of your child dressed as an astronaut, and play in our rocket ship. Children make a rocket-on-a-stick craft to help their imagination take flight! Your admission also includes an all-ages animal presentation as the noon and 2:00pm Family Feature and a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
 
3…2…1…Blast Off!
Saturday & Sunday, January 24 & 25
Time to blast off into out-of-this-world learning fun! See different models of rockets that have enabled space travel. Little ones pretend to fly their own rocket in our rocket play space. After all that fun, children make a straw rocket in our classroom to blast off and fly. Your admission also includes visiting the Space Quest! and Nature Discovery Room exhibits, an all-ages animal presentation as the noon and 2:00pm Family Feature, and a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
 
Mars Madness!
Saturday & Sunday, January 31 & February 1
Get ready to learn about Mars—its past, present and future! Our 1:00 and 3:00pm planetarium shows (for ages 4 and older) are highlighting the geology of Mars and what it tells us about Mars’ past. We have a NASA ambassador visiting to show rockets and models of Opportunity and Curiosity. You can even try navigating your own mini rover with Parallax Robotics! Learn about the upcoming NASA and ESA Mars missions and what the future holds for Mars exploration. During all this fun, don’t forget to craft a Mars Diorama to take home (ages 12 and younger). Your admission also includes visiting the Space Quest! and Nature Discovery Room exhibits and an all-ages animal presentation as the noon and 2:00pm Family Feature.