Water, Nature, Space, and more!  Explore the Discovery Room with your young scientist.  Each area of the room allows you to immerse yourself in science learning through play.  The Discovery Room is open to everyone, but is specially designed for young learners ages 1-8.

Program sessions are 45 minutes and begin on the hour. Come and explore the playful side of science!

For reservations or additional information: 314.289.4400

For information about our Preschool Science Series, please click here.


The water section houses Dora the axolotl, our aquatic amphibian, and the long-time favorite water table. Enjoy a 270 gallon saltwater aquarium with a raised platform for 360° viewing. You can use large blue foam building blocks to make anything from a robot to a castle. The only limitations are within your imagination! 


Walk inside our hollow tree animal clinic where you can care for woodland animals.  Peek in at the Madagascar hissing cockroaches and rainforest cockroaches. Examine 3D objects more closely with our large screen microscope. Delight your senses as you make music and feel textures of natural items. Play-act in the shadow theater using one-size-fits-all animal costumes.  


The most prominent feature is the two-story rocket, complete with an emergency escape slide and interactive computer control panels that allow you to communicate via a NASA inspired Capcom station. Create constellations, real or imagined, in the star room and launch a shuttle from Earth to a moonscape table. A solar system mural spans the back wall, along with a projection of the moon that updates daily with the current moon phases.  

New Activities

The activity tables in the center of the room have a variety of hands on experiences for all ages.  Activities change on a regular basis, so look here for something new on your next visit.  Offerings vary and may include science experiments, making, math challenges, and puzzles.

Staff Facilitation 

Early childhood staff are available to assist play and learning during Discovery Room sessions.  We encourage adults to immerse in play with their children. 

Science Storytime presented by Ready Readers
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:15am
Enjoy an interactive reading of a science themed story, followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week.
Center Stage - Lower Level
Cost: Free

Good Things to Know:

Schedule, Pricing, Supervision
  • Sessions Start on the hour and last for 45 minutes
  • Session Start Times:

     Monday through Thursday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
     Friday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
     Saturday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
     Sunday: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

  • Space is limited to 50 people (one adult chaperone is required for every 4 children).
  • Pricing

     $4.00 Ages 1 and Up
     $3.00 Military
     Free for Members – must get free tickets at the Box Office or Membership Desk.

  • Group Information

     $120 per session
     Private session for up to 50 people (maximum 40 children and 10 adults)
     Call 314-289-4400 for Reservations

$4.00 All Ages
$3.00 Military
Members - Free

If you would like to volunteer in the Discovery Room, click here.

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