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 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)
  • Family Features at noon and 2:00 p.m. (all ages) are included with admission

Weekend Activities

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Public hours:

Open Tuesday-Thursday Noon-4:30pm

Open weekends and some holidays: 10am-4:30pm

  • Planetarium shows (ages 4 and up) Saturday, Sunday & holiday schedule
  • Family feature or animal show (for all)Saturday, Sunday & holiday schedule

 

October 2014

Going Batty at the Discovery Museum
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5
This weekend the Museum is highlighting some infamous creatures of the night- BATS!  Bring your family to explore some of the science behind these nocturnal mammals.  A small bat display is setup for this weekend only and children assemble a “bat clip” craft to take home.  The noon and 2:00pm Creature Feature is a PowerPoint presentation on bat biology in our planetarium (for all ages).  Your admission includes these activities and a planetarium show (1pm & 3pm, ages 4 & older).
 
Pumpkin Science
Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12
It’s the season for Jack-o-lanterns! Some family friendly pumpkin stations are set-up to learn a bit about this squash.  Kids 12 and under craft a paper pumpkin to take home as Fall décor.  Admission includes these activities, an animal presentation at noon & 2pm, the Blast from the Past exhibit and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older).
 
Microscope Mania
Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19
From large to microscopically small, the Discovery Museum has it all this weekend!  Visit gigantic dinosaurs in our Blast from the Past exhibit and colossal redwoods in our nature area.  Get down to the teeny, tiny in our microscope lab.  By using different levels of magnification, visitors explore pond life and other samples.  This is a great opportunity for youngsters to get their hands on real science tools! Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.
 
World Pasta Day
Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26
Have some fun celebrating World Pasta Day at the Discovery Museum!  Children craft a pasta necklace to take home as a souvenir. Admission includes a visit to our Blast from the Past exhibit, an animal program at noon & 2pm, and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older). 
 
November 2014
 
Ferocious Fliers
Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2
Take to the skies this weekend by crafting your own prehistoric flying reptile! Children 12 and under assemble a take-home glider that resembles an animal of the past (as supplies last). Learn about these prehistoric reptiles in our classroom and dinosaurs in our Blast from the Past exhibit. Your admission includes these activities and planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older.
 
Fingerprinting Fun
Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9
It is Child Safety Protection Month and the Discovery Museum wants your family to be prepared for emergencies. Visit this weekend to get children a free child ID to take home and keep on file. This is very important for all families to have and keep current for all of their children. After receiving your free child ID, kids complete a fingerprinting craft activity. Your admission includes these activities and planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older.
 
Sensational Sauropods!
Tuesday, November 11
Sauropods—the long-necked dinosaurs—are popular with kids and adults. These gigantic beasts of the past are highlighted this weekend. See them in our Blast from the Past exhibit and craft one in our classroom. Children receive a FREE mini-dino puzzle to take home as a souvenir (as supplies last). Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older.
 
Discovering Dinos
Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16
Go back in time and discovery the days of the dinosaurs in our Blast from the Past exhibit! Dress up as a famous paleontologist or your favorite dinosaur. Large dinosaur models are on display as well as teeth, claws and bones. Children design dinosaur scratch art to take home as a souvenir. It is a fun day for your family and a great opportunity to grab some treasured photos! Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older.
 
Mammoth Mayhem!
Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23
Mammoth mayhem is taking place this weekend at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center. Our Blast from the Past exhibit features dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and crystals. The classroom has Max, our baby mammoth model, on display for guests to add yarn to his woolly coat. Kids take home a special souvenir by painting their own mammoth cave painting on sandstone rock. Admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older.
 
Paper Drop Decoration
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 28, 29 & 30
Have fun this weekend by making a keepsake holiday decoration. Kids 12 and under enjoy constructing a paper drop ornament. Hang it in the house to remind you of your day at the Discovery Museum. Multiple colors of construction papers are available to represent different winter holidays. Admission includes an animal presentation at noon and 2pm, the Blast from the Past exhibit and planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older.