Heart of the High Plains: Exploring the Discovery Center

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You can explore, you can learn, and you can experiment all in one place in Amarillo.    

No matter your age, you can have fun while learning about science at the Don Harrington Discovery Center.

“They can learn, so they can see some spectacular things but they need to learn, they need to be able to experiment themselves, they need to be able to manipulate,” said Dr. Aaron Pan, the executive director at the Don Harrington Discovery Center.

Their current exhibit Battle of the Titans is for all ages… 

It shows off the battle of the t-rex and triceratops, and you actually get to see the two in what would be their actual size.

“This exhibit was actually started in Canada, we’re the first U.S. location for this exhibit,” added Dr. Pan.

Letting Panhandle residents see the exhibit first in the U.S. is a big honor for the Discovery Center.

“We like to be able to be nimble, we are a small non-profit museum so we like to be able to bring in some really great exhibits that people wouldn’t be able to see.”

The Discovery Center is a non-profit organization so visitors are very important to them.

“All of our funds are basically through ticket sales at the door or events or programs that we put on and again we are mainly focused on education, science education, so as a museum it is really to stimulate your lifelong learning of science in the natural world and just to enjoy it,” said Dr. Pan.

You can become a member through the center and can even sign your children up for spring break or summer camps to keep the learning going.


Beerology Grande 
  • Friday February 22nd, from 7-10 pm
  • Live music with A-Town Rockers
  • Plenty of Craft beer to go ’round!
  • Pub-inspired food and beer cooking demonstrations with Celebrity Chef Bud Andersen!
  • Beer talks with Budweiser Distributing of Amarillo
  • Grown-up beer themed games including corn hole, putt putt, a Stein Hoisting Competition, and Beer Pong! With lots of sweet swag for prizes!
  • Get creative with Beer-inspired crafts.
  • Our Budweiser friends will also tap a Firkin keg of Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA for us all to enjoy.
  • Taste beers from Pondaseta Brewing of Amarillo
  • Tickets are $40 for DHDC Members and $50 for Non-members.
  • More details and link to purchase at dhdc.org.
Spring Break CAMP!
  • NEW FOR 2019!
  • Spring break Camp for kids in grades 1st-5th.
  • Explore chemistry, biology, physics.
  • Dissect cow eyes, explore the solar system, create fizzing concoctions, and more!
  • Occurs each day during Spring Break, Monday- Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • *Space is very limited. Register now!
  • More Details and registration at dhdc.org.

Spring Break Spectacular 2019: Survival of the Fittest

  • Monday 3/11 – The Jumanji Trials
  • Tuesday 3/12 – Return of the Dinosaurs
  • Wednesday 3/13 – Survival Techniques
  • Thursday 3/14 – Pi Day
  • Friday 3/15 – The Zombie Apocalypse
  • All Spring Break activities are included in admission price. Adults are $14, Children (2-12) are $9, and Students (13-20), Military (with I.D.), and Seniors are $9. Babies 2 and under are free. DHDC Members are FREE.
Award winning Summer Camp registration opens Feb. 18th to members. Details are at dhdc.org under the summer camps tab.
  • Coffee & Cuties – First Fridays at 9:45, 10:45 or 11:45 in KinderStudio. Children 5 and under enjoy a story time followed by a fun themed craft activity or animal encounter. Free with admission.
  • Parents Night Out – monthly (excluding summer). Children ages 4-11 enjoy dinner, experiments, exhibits and activities with a cool theme. 
  • Battle of the Titans – newest traveling exhibit open now through May 19th. We are open Presidents Day weekend with a special theater show about dinosaurs in the space theater. Details will be on social media.
  • Education Events – several events throughout the year that are reserved for students only to learn about science in a fun way. Next one is Weathering the Storm on March 8th.
  • Daily Kinder Studio activities at 10:30 and Science Studio (holidays, summer and weekends). Demo at 1:30 weekdays/Saturdays and 2:30 Sundays, Activity at 3:30.
  • Memberships save money! Memberships start at $60 annually and get free daily visits for 1 year. Members can also enjoy free or reduced admission to hundreds of children’s museums all over the country. 

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