STEAM Play Achieves Real Knowledge
Mondays & Tuesdays | 9 to 10 a.m.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
Looking for enrichment opportunities for you and your child? Discovery Center’s SPARK! is for children ages 1-6 and their caregivers!
SPARK will be taking a short break for the summer and will begin again August 2017.
- Hands-on exploratory learning & play
- School readiness skill building
- STEAM exploration (science, technology, engineering, art, & math)
- Music & motion, yoga stretches
- Art activities & snacks!
- Family extension ideas
- Social opportunities
- Enhanced adult-child interaction
- STEAM exploration for you, too!
Cost for non-members: $2 for all children ages 1 & up, plus admission for all visitors
Cost for members: $2 for all member children ages 1 & up
Please note: The same activities are presented on Monday and Tuesday; guests may choose to attend either day of the week.
Sparking bright summers for our smallest campers! SPARK Camp is for rising Pre-K students ages 4-5 with a thirst for knowledge and discovery. Each day of camp has a full day or half-day option.
Time: Full Day 9:00-4:00
Half Day 9:00-12:30
Price per day:
Leap into the science from some of our favorite stories! Each day of camp will feature hands-on activities and lessons inspired by famous children’s storybooks. Register your child for the entire week or pick your favorite days.
Session 1: June 5-9
Session 2: July 31-Aug 4
Monday: Fairytale Engineering
Can you build a structure as tall as Sofia’s castle? How could we design a house sturdy enough to withstand the huffing and puffing of a big bad wolf? Can you melt Elsa’s ice palace? Together we will use engineering techniques to explore the world of fairytales.
Tuesday: Exploring Animals with Eric Carle
Through his books, Eric Carle uses his unique art style to teach us about animals. Learn how to make a painted paper collage to create your own animal art. Experience up-close encounters with Discovery Center animals and learn all about their unique habitats.
Wednesday: Wacky Experiments with Dr.Seuss
Inspired by Bartholomew and the Oobleck, create your own Oobleck to learn about non-Newtonian fluids. Experiment with ways to clean up oil spills and germinate seeds with The Lorax. Explore the science of gravity and balance with The Cat in the Hat, and more STEAM-based activities.
Thursday: The Mysterious World of Curious George
Explore how animals and people use taste, touch, hearing, smell, and sight to learn and about their surroundings and solve mysteries in everyday life. Learn about each sense and how they work together then put your five senses to the test through hands-on experiments and activities.
Friday: Cooking Up a Story
Campers will learn to cook recipes inspired by storybooks like Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza and Rodeo Ron and His Milkshake Cows. Campers will use the scientific method to explore the amazing properties of yeast and other kitchen science mysteries.
Session 1: June 12-16
Session 2: July 17-21
Calling all astronauts, come explore the mysteries of space like Miles from Tomorrowland. Discover how astronauts get to space and how they live once they get there. Step into our STAR Lab to explore the solar system and constellations. Special programming will focus on solar science as we prepare for the total solar eclipse of 2017. Register your child for the entire week or pick your favorite days.
Monday: Earth and Beyond
Prepare for a journey into orbit as we explore the mysteries of the Solar System and how scientists study the planets. Learn about the eight planets and their atmospheres through fun, hands-on science experiments.
Tuesday: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
What do you see in the night sky? Do stars shine during the day? Explore the night sky and what lights it up through fun, hands-on experiments and even a trip into STAR Lab to take a look at the stars and constellations in the night sky.
Wednesday: M is for Moon
Can you walk on the moon? Is it really made of cheese? Why does the moon change shapes? Explore lunar landscapes through hands-on crater making, investigate the different phases of the moon, and find the answers to all of these questions and more!
Thursday: Blast Off! Rocket Science
We use rockets to carry astronauts and things into space. Explore what makes rockets fly, the parts of a rocket involved in flight, and the forces used for flight. Campers will design, build, and test their own air powered stomp rockets, use hands-on experiments to learn about the 4 forces of flight, and take part in a water rocket launch.
Friday: Astronaut Life
Astronauts travel to space to collect information for scientist to study, but what is life like for an astronaut? Why do astronauts wear space suits? What is gravity? Discover how astronauts get into space and how they live once they get there. Design your own space helmet to wear exploring lunar landscapes and get a taste of what it’s like to eat like an astronaut!