Discovery Museum Hours

closed monday
Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 4:30pm
saturday & sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm
Holiday schedule April 14-19
crafts, planetarium,
and family features each day 

Closed April 20 for EaSTER

field trips available monday-Friday


Sacramento Powerhouse Science Center

Sacramento Science Discovery Weekends


So much science, so little time.

  • Each weekend from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Museum explores a new science topic through special displays, visiting exhibits, and guest presentations—followed by free craft activities for kids 4 to 12 years old!
  • Planetarium shows at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (ages 4 and older, please)
  • Creature Features at noon and 2:00 p.m. (all ages) are included with admission

Weekend Activities


April 2014

Magnetic Dinos  Saturday & Sunday, April 5th & 6th, 2014
Visit the Blast from the Past exhibit to learn about dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and crystals.  Take pictures with your children dressed as Indiana Jones, a dinosaur or a geologist! After learning about both dinos and magnets, combine your knowledge into a craft activity.  Kids decorate a wooden dinosaur magnet to take home as a souvenir.  It makes a great keepsake from a fun day at the Discovery Museum!  Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.

Dinosaur Eggstravaganza! Saturday - Friday, April 12th- 18th, 2014

Weekend/holiday schedule all week!

Looking for unusual eggs? We have prehistoric egg fun for everyone! See replica dinosaur eggs in our Blast from the Past exhibit.  In addition, a collection of bird eggs are on display in our Nature Room.  Today’s make-and-take activity is a paper Protoceratops egg that hatches.  There is an animal presentation at noon & 2pm, highlighting an animal that hatched from an egg!  Your admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.

Sid the Science Kid Saturday Saturday, April 19th, 2014

The rock star of the cartoon science world is being celebrated this weekend at the Discovery Museum.  From noon to 4pm we are repeating Sid the Science Kid: The Movie in our classroom. Children ages 12 and under participate in Sid related activities from 12:30pm-4:00pm, highlighting different realms of the science world.  Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.

Closed April 20 for Easter.

Meet A Scientist  Saturday & Sunday, April 26th & 27th, 2014

It's back! This is one of our most popular activities for the whole family. Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend to meet some amazing scientists.  Multiple scientists are available each day to interact with your family, sharing their research and offering a hands-on activity to connect you with current science in our community.  Children 12 and under receive a souvenir pin once they complete a “science passport”.  This is a wonderful opportunity to have children meet areal scientist.  Please join us for this exciting event! Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.


May 2014

Wondrous Wildflowers


Saturday & Sunday, May 3rd & 4th, 2014
Wildflowers delight us with their colors and scents.  Celebrate Wildflower Week at the Discovery Museum.  Children 12 and under plant flower seeds to take home.  Enjoy the smell of flowers by assembling a scented sachet.  Our acreage allows for young explorers to spot flowers, as well as wild critters! Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.


International Astronomy Day

Saturday & Sunday, May 10th & 11th, 2014
We are celebrating the night sky all day long!  It is International Astronomy Day and what better place to commemorate the stars then your local planetarium?  We offer the only publicly available planetarium in the Sacramento area.  Shows are offered at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older (included with admission).  Children 12 and under make their own constellation to take home as a souvenir.  Join us for some out-of-this-world fun!


Something’s Fishy at the Discovery Museum

Saturday & Sunday, May 17th & 18th, 2014
When learning about prehistoric times, most people think about dinosaurs. But did you know fish have been around even longer than dinosaurs?  This weekend at the Discovery Museum, the highlight is on ancient fish. View our fish fossil collection and make a fish print poster (using a fish model) to take home as a souvenir. Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.

Fossil Fun for Everyone!

Saturday - Monday, May 24th – 26th, 2014
Journey into the past this holiday weekend and enjoy an up-close look at fossils from prehistoric times. From plants to trilobites to dinosaurs, we have an extensive collection for you to view. Children use fossil stamps to take home a decorative banner as a souvenir.  In addition to this special themed weekend, discover our Blast from the Past exhibit, highlighting rocks, crystals, fossils and dinosaurs!   Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.


Terrific Tyrannosaurs

Saturday & Sunday, May 31st & June 1st, 2014
There is a plethora of T-rex excitement this weekend at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center. Explore the museum’s Nature Trail to learn about the prehistoric animal.  Visit Blast from the Past, with rock, fossil and dinosaur exhibits. We have a special area dedicated to this colossal beast- including a life-size model of a T-rex lower jaw!  Enjoy fun time in the classroom by completing a jointed paper T-rex craft (children 12 and under).  Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.