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    

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

 

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.
 
February 2015

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.

 
Museum Day
Saturday, February 7
We are thrilled to be participating in Musuem Day--a day when nearly 25 area musuems offer free or half-price admission! We expect nearly 3,000 visitors on Musuem Day so we must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons and we will not have our usual Family Feature and Planetarium shows. Instead, we will be gining visitors "a taste" of what they will experieince when they come back. 
The Masonic Service Bureau will be on-site providing free electronic fingerprints of children for their parents and the Squeeze Inn food truck will be in our parking lot!
 
Valentine’s Day Banner
Sunday, February 8
We are celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering a fun banner craft for kids 12 and younger.  Use our decorations to add some pizazz to your home for the month of February!  Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Space Quest! 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). 
 
Calling all Astronauts
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, February 14, 15 & 16
Visit the Space Quest! exhibit—out-of-this-world fun for the entire family. A variety of activities are being offered to keep your little astronauts busy, including an astronaut finger puppet craft and stations where kids complete “astronaut tasks.” Bring your camera to take a picture of your child in an astronaut costume. Remember, your admission includes visiting the Space Quest! 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).
 
Discover Engineering
Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22
Blast off this weekend into the world of engineering!  As participants in National Engineering Week, the museum is focusing on the engineering involved with space suits- past, present and future.  Our Family Feature (noon and 2:00pm) focuses on EVAs (extravehicular activities) and the role space suits have in them.  Children 12 and younger may try out their own engineering skills in our craft room.  Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Space Quest! and Nature Discovery Room exhibits and a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only). 
 
Seuss, Science, and Space—Oh my!
Saturday & Sunday, February 28 & March 1
Celebrate Dr.Seuss’ birthday at the Discovery Museum!  Share the stories of Dr. Seuss with your children by bringing them in for our story times, taking place at our noon and 2:00pm Family Feature. Our craft for kids is making a Lorax mustache to take home and wear.  Have fun coloring some Dr. Seuss themed pages. Bring a camera to get some photos with our Seuss inspired photo board!  Remember, your admission also includes the Space Quest! exhibit and planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).