Discovery Museum Hours

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

We will be closed July 4
for Independence Day
Join us for "Bear Bonanza"
on Sunday, July 5

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

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

JULY
  
Bear Bonanza
Sunday, July 5
We are highlighting bears this weekend at the Discovery Museum.  View our “Bear Corner” to see preserved skins of a black bear, grizzly bear and polar bear.  Their skulls, claws, and teeth are on display. Get physical by playing our “Swim for Your Life” game and pretend to be a salmon dodging a bear predator.  Make a bear mask to take home and have a growling good time!  Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
 
Tree-rific Fun!
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12
There is a lot of tree-rific fun to be had at the Discovery Museum!  Learn about the trees on our grounds by enjoying a Nature Trail walk.  Discover the age of trees by counting their rings.  We have large specimens outside and smaller ones to view in the classroom.  Kids make their own tree cookie necklace to take home as a souvenir!  Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit, Nature Discovery Room, and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
 
Ocean Exploration
Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19
Make a splash at our Ocean Exploration weekend!  The classroom is filled with ocean specimens for your family to explore and study. Kids enjoy our coloring station where they can add color to a beach scene.  Each family gets an orca poster to take home as a souvenir!  Bring a camera to get pictures of your family trying on our orca costume.  You don’t have to leave town this weekend to enjoy a trip to the beach!  Your admission includes visiting our Space Quest! exhibit, Nature Discovery Room and a planetarium show at 1pm and 3pm (ages 4 and older only).
 
Shooting Stars
Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26
Our weekend is filled with stars—both near and far.  Learn about the sun, the closest star to Earth, in our Space Quest! exhibit.  View our galaxy and visible constellations during the 1pm and 3pm planetarium shows (ages 4 and older).  Children craft a shooting star on a stick that can be taken home as a souvenir.  It is a fun weekend for everyone and a great way to beat the heat!