Ever wanted to see inside an eye ball? Gross! But we don't mean a real one, of course! In the Discovery center, you can have a walk (yes, walk!) through a giant eyeball to see how it works - they are incredible parts of you with many complicated moving elements.
Perhaps you want to become a research scientist for the day and take home your DNA? Sound complicated? Well, you just have to go and try it out!
Ever watched Jurassic Park and thought "Dinosaurs are cool! I'd to be an archaeologist and find one" - for the day, here you can be!
You can even learn about the world and other cultures - it's often eye opening to see how other people live across the world, differently from you.
The one big rule though - make sure you touch, look, feel and play! And the center makes science fun. Kids can convert energy by riding in a giant hamster wheel, and explore how different engines use and create energy.
For those little early learners, Wonderland is an area geared just for them, and the Phenomena Gallery is often a favorite where kids can use electricity to make their hair stand right up on end! (Potential Christmas photos anyone?)
They can learn how the human body works through health-related displays, and explore the real life city street of Discovery Town! You can write your own news article for the paper, or perform in the local theater - if you're not off presenting in your own TV studio of course!
If that's not enough, you can even have your birthday party there, and celebrate in science-tastic style! Get playing!
$8 (Ages 3 - 15)
2 years, and members
They have a fun Highwire Bike Ride, which is an additional $3.00. Operating Hours: 11am to12pm, 1 to 2pm, 3 to 4pm, and 5 to 6pm.
The Discovery Center is located at 428 East Saint Louis St, in Springfield.
The parking lot is located on the east side of the building near the main entrance. Parking is free if you are visiting a Discovery Center event. There is also free street parking on both St. Louis St. and McDaniel Street. During the week, you are unable to park on the west side parking lot.
The center offer hours of interactive science and cultural exploration enrichment through field trips and programs. They have summer programs, workshops, scout group tours and cater for distance learning.
If you love gizmos and gadgets, you best head down to their gift shop! You can get your very own science kit, as well as dinosaur digging kits and microscopes!
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Mondays (summer only) 9am - 5pm / Tues - Thurs 9am - 5pm / Fri & Sat 9am - 6pm / Sun 1pm - 5pm.
Closed Mondays September thru May, as well as major holidays.
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