Science Discovery Lab Activities
The Lab is located on the second floor and all activities and investigations are led by Museum staff and volunteer Explainers. Free with Museum admission.
Each investigation is between 15 and 30 minutes and provides children and families opportunities to explore science while having fun and working directly with Museum staff and volunteers.
Three different levels of activities allow Museum staff to design age-appropriate programs.
- Young Scientist Activity—for preschoolers’ and their families.
- Family Science Program—designed for visitors of all ages. Activities encourage family involvement and interaction.
- Lab Coat Investigation—for ages 9 and above. Activities are more sophisticated, often using specialized tools and equipment such as compound microscopes. (Lab Coat Investigations are not appropriate for our younger audience.) Lab Coat Investigations are sponsored by Hypertherm.
We'll use hand lenses and microscopes to magnify different items. Discover a new world that can't be seen with the naked eye.Learn More
Learn about chemical reactions as we combine different common household products. The results may surprise you!Learn More
We'll explore electricity and basic circuits as we get motors to spin and bulbs to light.Learn More
You will get a chance to handle real fossils from the Museum's collection and then use a variety of clues to uncover their origins.Learn More
Discover some cool things about magnets and their properties as we conduct some experiments using lots of different materials.Learn More
Experience how rotational motion can create some unusual optical illusions.Learn More