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
Discover Engineering--A Special NASA Weekend!
Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22
Beginning at noon, guests are invited to visit with NASA Johnson Space Center representatives who will lead presentations and activities focusing on the EVA (Extravehicular Activity) suits astronauts wear whenever leaving their space craft.
From 12:30 to 4:00pm, fun hands-on activities will let visitors experience how hard it is for an astronaut to work in space gloves. Informative computer games help visitors learn more about spacesuits while playing fun games. Little ones can design a spacesuit for a paper doll-swatches of real spacesuit layers will be on display. We will also feature pressure demonstrations in our lab to help visitors understand the stresses EVA suits protect astronauts from.
Visitors will learn about EVA suits at our noon and 2:00pm all-ages Family Feature. Our 1:00 and 3:00pm planetarium shows (for ages 4 and older) will feature the night sky over Sacramento-places where EVA suit-wearing astronauts have been and will go in the future!
Sunday February 22 ONLY!
The NASA's Mobile Exhibit will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Learn about current scientific research being done on the space station, where future exploration may take humans, and how NASA will prepare for long-duration space travel.
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).
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8
Come fly with the Discovery Museum! In our Space Quest! exhibit, little ones pretend to fly in our rocket ship play station while wearing astronaut costumes. Test your aeronautical engineering skills by building a paper airplane and aiming it through a hanging hoop. Top off your day with a glimpse into space flight during our noon and 2:00pm Family Feature. We have a NASA Solar System Ambassador on board with us, presenting information about the spacecraft, Dawn. Arriving to the dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, this is the first spacecraft to ever reach a dwarf planet. It flies with a unique rocket system, known as an Ion-Propulsion Engine. Learn how to help investigate information that comes from Dawn from your own home. Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Nature Discovery Room exhibits, and a planetarium show at 1:00 and 3:00pm (for ages 4 and older only).
Spinning into Spring!
Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15
Since the 1800s, a favorite spring toy for children has been the pinwheel. Bring that fun to your kids this weekend by visiting the Discovery Museum. Each child crafts a spring spinner to take home as a souvenir. Test it out by running around on our acreage after visiting the Space Quest! exhibit. Planetarium shows are at 1:00 and 3:00pm for ages 4 and older; live animal presentations at noon and 2:00pm for all ages.
Amateur Radio Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22
Did you know you can talk around the world without the Internet? Learn more about amateur radio, also called “ham radio,” a system you can use when your cell phone dies or the Internet is down. Amateur radio operators can talk through satellites and with astronauts too. This technology is useful for weather spotters and can support recovery efforts in emergencies. Try your hand at being an amateur radio operator in tour laboratory—set up on both Saturday and Sunday—and put radio to work! Remember, your admission 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).
Meet A Scientist!
Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29
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 younger receive a souvenir pin after completing a “science passport.” This is a wonderful opportunity to have children meet areal scientist. Please join us for this exciting event! 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).
Monday - Friday, March 30 - April 3
NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and the potential impact on the future. The Discovery Museum is a member of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and is offering a nano-celebration this week. Our classroom is full of hands-on activities to help your family understand the nano-world and its importance to our society. Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Space Quest! and Nature Discovery Room exhibits.