Discovery Museum Hours

Summer SCHEDULE
Open Everyday
Monday - Sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm
PLANETARIUM SHOWs
ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS
& Some Holidays

Winter Schedule starts Tuesday, September 1
Tuesday-Friday  Noon - 4:30PM
Saturday-Sunday  10AM - 4:30PM
CLosed on Mondays

 
field trips available monday-FridaY
ASK US ABOUT PRiVATE CHALLENGER MISSIONS FOR YOUR NON-SCHOOL GROUP

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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 star shows (ages 4 and older) Saturday, Sunday, and select holidays

 
AUGUST
 
Balloon Rocket Racing
Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30
Our exhibit, Space Quest!, has been refreshed and new additions have been made. Visit us this weekend to enjoy the improved exhibit full of space, physics, and science! Children are invited to engineer a balloon rocket that can race against others. Will you be NASA’s next rocket designer? Your admission includes the Nature Discovery Room and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
 
SEPTEMBER
 
Space Elevator Spectacular
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, September 5-7 , 2015
Let your future astronaut dream about the future of space travel this weekend at the Discovery Museum.  With advancements in nano technology, the idea of a space elevator is becoming more realistic than ever before.  Learn about nanotubes and how they play a part in this futuristic feat.  Kids design a concept drawing of what their space elevator would look like.  Families complete our weekend challenge of building a “space elevator” out of spaghetti and tape, supporting a marshmallow station at the top!  This weekend is filled with out-of-this-world fun! Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit, Nature Discovery Room, and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
 
Rocks Rock!
Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2015
September 16 is National “Collect Rocks Day” and we are celebrating this weekend.  With guidance from our volunteers, your junior rock collector builds a starter rock collection and labels each sample.  View more rock specimens on display this weekend only! Our Space Quest! exhibit has a collection of rocks similar to those found on the Moon and Mars for you to explore. Your admission includes visiting our Nature Discovery Room and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
 
Fall Foliage Fun
Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2015
Welcome fall by trekking around our grounds exploring a variety of trees. Remember the trees you saw by making leaf rubbings in our classroom. Families with children 12 and younger make a leaf headband to celebrate the season of autumn (beginning September 23).  Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit, Nature Discovery Room, and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
 
International Space Station Fun
Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, 2015
Are you ready to experience some of the toys and treats of the International Space Station?  If so, join us this weekend for some family fun! Play some of the games astronauts play in space.  Children craft a toy, just like one experimented with on the ISS.  Taste a treat that astronauts enjoy!  Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit, Nature Discovery Room, and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).