The Don Harrington Discovery Center (DHDC) will offer Spring Break and Summer options to keep children learning, and families discovering science together.
DHDC’s annual Spring Break Spectacular is just around the corner. The week-long spring break festivities feature different activities for each day of Spring Break 2019. The celebration will run Monday March 11th through Friday March 15th.
The Discovery Center has planned family festivities all week to test your survival skills.
Each day guests will enjoy special science-themed activities in addition to the Space Theater full-dome planetarium and exhibits, which include the spring traveling exhibit, Battle of the Titans. The ‘Spring Break Spectacular: Survival of the Fittest’ celebrations are scheduled as follows:
Monday, March 11th– The Jumanji Trials
- Can you create your own board game using recycled materials?
- Face your fears at DHDC’s live demonstrations featuring live animals including snakesand spiders!
- Create your own camouflage at our Face Painting Station.
- Check out our local animals and insects with Wildcat Bluff from 10:00-2:00
MakeTuesday, March 12th– Return of the Dinosaurs
- Exploding Volcanoes!
- Use common materials to make your own house that could withstand an earthquake.
- Become a paleontologist and dig for fossils!
- Make your own fossil/imprint to take home.
Wednesday, March 13th – Survival Techniques
- Learn valuable survival tips with the Cub Scouts.
- Build your own survival paracord keychain to take home.
- Learn how to create your own water filter.
- Test your construction skills at the Fort building station with blue blocks, blankets, pvcsticks, and other materials.
Thursday, March 14th – Pi Day
- How can Pi(e) Save your life? Test shapes to see which is the strongest!
- Don’t go hungry. The DHDC will be handing out FREE Pie starting at 1:59 (while supplies last).
- Eat or be eaten! Well not really, but you can put your name in the running for our children’s Pie-eating contest.
- Give, so that others can survive. Coffee Memorial Blood Center will be on site accepting blood donations.
Friday, March 15th – The Zombie Apocalypse
- Make your own zombie ooze.
- Build your own zombie shooter.
- Defend yourself in the Nerf War Zombie Battle Zone.
- Blend in so you’re not given away at the Zombie make up station.
- Make a Zombie cure in our black light laboratory. Be careful it may or you may be infested!
In addition to these daily activities, the Discovery Center will have extended hours for families that may not be able to make it out during the day. The DHDC will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 9th, and March 11th through March 16th. On Sunday March 10th the center will open be from Noon until 7 p.m.
Daily admission to the DHDC is $14 for adults, $9 for children (ages 2-11), students and military, and free for children 2 and under. Members of the Discovery Center are admitted FREE. Admission is good for the entire day. In addition to the copious amounts of fun to be had at the Discovery Center, there are several nearby attractions that can be coupled with your visit to enhance your family fun this week. You can have lunch in Medi Park by the Southwest Ambucs playground, and view the Helium Time Columns set in the DHDC parking lot. The Amarillo Botanical Gardens neighbors the DHDC as well.
Once Spring Break is here, parents are already thinking about what to do with the kids this coming summer, which is approaching quickly! Registration for this year’s Summer Camps is now open for both Discovery Center members and will open on March 4th for nonmembers.
Summer Camps at the DHDC are offered for children ages three through entering sixth grade. Camps begin the week of June 3rd and will repeat weekly through July 26th.
Each week will offer different themes for kids to explore in each age group.
Parents can expect a full week of fun for their kids at Discovery Center Summer Camps.
Qualified teachers teach an updated science-based curriculum and each camp is jampacked With science activities, crafts, exhibits, Space Theater shows and more. Children will make new friends and have a great time learning about science each week of camp. Three, four, and five year olds have a variety of themes to choose from that are offered as a half-day morning or afternoon camp, such as Storybook Science, T-Rex Trouble, Budding Builders, Pirate School, and more. First and Second graders can learn about topics such as Art Club, Chaotic Concoctions, Animal Safari, and Space Troopers to name a few.
Third and fourth grade camp themes include Kitchen Craziness, Vet Tech, Science of Magic, Tinkering Studio and a few more fun titles. The oldest campers, fifth and sixth graders, can enjoy more
advanced camp topics such as Robotics, Digital Media Mayhem, Extreme Engineering and Crime Scene Investigation among others.
Camp pricing and policies are available at dhdc.org. Registration for each camp will remain open until full. Some age groups and themes fill up fast, so parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration for DHDC Summer Camps can be made online at dhdc.org or in person at the Discovery Center during business hours. Phone reservations are not available.