Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that ability; our goal is to support kids' healthy development. Play is how kids learn--here, it is in both a STEM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.
Visitor photo (c) Anelise Tubinis Photography
We have outdoor exhibits throughout our campus in addition to what you'll find in Discovery Woods. Check out these classic favorites!
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Bessie is our dinosaur mascot who graces our front lawn. You can sit on Bessie and lay on her tail. Occaisionally, we even give her a bath! Be sure to notice if she is wearing one of her many fun hats when you visit.
Make joyful music as you slap on 25 white tubes that stretch above and twist around each other. This one-of-a-kind sculptural instrument, created by internationally renowned artist Arthur Ganson, is sure to catch your eye and challenge you to make beautiful sounds.
Ahoy mate! It’s a sailor’s life in Bessie’s Cove. You can climb atop the tree deck, lookout below from the crow’s nest, merrily row a boat along, and save your crew from a sinking ship.
An unassuming, natural space where all you need is your imagination! Fairyborough is the perfect place to build homes for fairies and gnomes, erect stick forts, scramble on rocks, or just enjoy a snack. This space showcases volunteer projects and is always changing. Most recently we've been excited to work with high school students on people-sized nests, and a local Eagle Scout on a percussion wall. Discover what's new in Fairyborough on your next visit.
Hit the pedals on our tricycle course! Feel the force needed to power up a gentle slope and glide back down. On some trikes you can even ride with a passenger and share the fun with a sibling, friend, or adventurous grown up!
How far can your whisper travel? Take 100 paces, or walk 100 feet, and test it out with a friend at two giant 11 foot diameter radar dishes. Climb the steps, whisper into the center of the radar dish, and be amazed at how well you hear one another!
Visitor photo by Felicia Quesada Montville
See the world from a new perspective as you walk around a 6 foot diameter globe of Earth. This special Rand McNally & Company globe shows the topography, or relief, of Earth’s surface—even under the oceans! Look into the deep valleys and trenches of the ocean bottom and discover why Earth is also called the Water Planet.
Visitor photo by Nick Mallard