Discovery Room


We have childhood discovery down to a science.

Explore the Discovery Room with your budding young scientist and immerse yourself in playful discovery. Research shows that children grow socially, academically, and emotionally in play-based settings like the Discovery Room. Come and learn through play – together.


This is a paid experience.
Sessions last 45 minutes.
Tickets are required for the Discovery Room. They are available online, onsite at the Science Center or by calling 314.289.4424.

Tickets are required for all attendees.
Ages 0-11 months: Free
Ages 1 and up: $5
Military: $4
Members: Free

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The Discovery Room is a self-guided hands-on early childhood environment where children and their adults learn and play together. The exhibits, toys and activities are designed to encourage inquiry and exploration of beginning science, math, and engineering concepts. Some of the activities include water play, painting on the STEAM easel, saltwater aquarium observation, rocket ship with slide, shadow theater, and star room. Sessions last 45 minutes.


Session Start Times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM
Friday 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
Saturday 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4PM
Sunday 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM

Sessions start on the hour and last for 45 minutes. Call 314.289.4400 or check our daily schedule to confirm session start times. Space is limited to 50 people. One adult chaperone is required for every four children.

Discovery Room Tickets Online

Value Passes

Up to 20% Savings

Virtual Pass
Discovery Pass
Flight Pass
Stargazer Pass
1 Virtual Reality Transporter Ticket1 Discovery Room Ticket1 Motion or 360 Flight Simulator Ride1 Da Vinci The Exhibition Ticket
1 Motion Simulator Ride1 Planetarium Ticket1 Planetarium Ticket1 Planetarium Ticket
1 360 Flight Simulator Ride1 Omnimax Theater Ticket (Documentary)1 Omnimax Theater Ticket (Documentary)
Price: $18.95Price: $18.95Price: $18.95*Price: $18.95

Value Passes are available at the Science Center on site only. You can purchase them at our Box Office in the main lobby or Planetarium lobby today.

*You can substitute a Virtual Reality Transporter Ticket for Similator Tickets on the Flight Pass for an additional $3


Girl looking at aquarium in Discovery Room.

Wonderful Waters

Learn about water on our planet at the Wonderful Waters exhibit as you scoop and pour water into the city’s reservoir, on a mountaintop, or in the rain cloud. Discover life on the reef in our saltwater aquarium. Be sure to say hello to Nemo while you’re there.

Boy playing in Discovery Room

Space Rocket

Assume the role of a NASA engineer on earth, or climb aboard the Harmony rocket ship and prepare for liftoff! Keep in touch with Earth on the TV screen and microphone as you simulate flying to the moon, Mars, or beyond. When you touch down back on earth, exit the rocket on a slide.

Girl touching bug in Discovery Room

Animal Clinic

Visit our hollow tree clinic and experience life as a veterinarian. Put on a lab coat and stethoscope and care for the animals, or observe live Rainforest cockroaches and Madagascar Hissing cockroaches. You can even hold one (if you dare)!

There’s even more for young scientists.

Preschool Science Series

Science Storytime

Groups and Birthday Parties

Groups can reserve the Discovery Room for private sessions! Call 314.289.4424 for reservations, or download our program guide for more information.

If you are interested in a birthday party, please review our birthday party guide for more information.

Birthday Parties

Groups & Field Trips

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The Discovery Room is accessible to visitors with disabilities, as well as visitors with strollers, scooters, and walkers. Elevators and ramps serve all public areas.

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