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Discovery Place Science: Think It Up Challenge

Enter a mindstorm of ideas, inspiration and imagination in Think It Up, Discovery Place Science’s innovation studio. Think freely, take risks and explore your boundaries as you create and innovate. Museum educators will facilitate a variety of activities designed to encourage out-of-the-box thinking and creative risk-taking. Guests will work in teams on innovation challenges, during which they’ll design and build projects inspired by of some of the most fascinating animals in the Museum’s World Alive aquarium. A mix of exploration, conversation, exasperation and motivation … it’s innovation!

Length of Experience: 60 minutes plus unlimited museum exploration time
Group Size: 12–25 participants
Availability: Advance reservations required. Call 704.372.6261 ext. 300 to book.

Discovery Place Science: Explore More Coral

Learn the mysteries of the beautiful and exotic coral growing in the World Alive aquarium and state-of-the-art Explore More Life lab. The program begins in Explore More Life with a brief overview of coral life and some hands-on activities. Learn how corals and their close relatives eat and participate in a coral or anemone feeding. The group will take a guided tour of the coral reef tanks showcasing the live coral that is being cultivated at the museum and then return to Explore More Life for a discussion with a Discovery Place Science aquarist. Visitors will learn what goes on behind the scenes to propagate coral, see samples from the back-of-house tanks and be able to ask questions about the coral program.

Length of Experience: 60 minutes plus unlimited museum exploration time
Group Size: 12–25 participants
Availability: Advance reservations required. Call 704.372.6261 ext. 300
to book.

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Jahaira Guilbe

9 months ago

Our family visited this location back in April. It was a friend of ours idea as it was her toddlers birthday weekend and this is where she wanted to go. I have an 11 and 12 year old who also enjoyed it very much. The reptiles were very cool. There was a room where you were able to put tons of things under a microscope and even the adults enjoyed that room. It's a really cute place and we all enjoyed our time.


Alex Lai

11 months ago

We loved this place! There were many interesting hands on exhibits to make science fund and exciting for kids. My 3 1/2 year old son really enjoyed it. You have to buy your tickets in advance. You can get. 10% discount if you sign up for their News letter. Follow the directions for parking validation or else youd pay $22.


Mohammed Islam

10 months ago

For kids to learn through experience, this place is superb. Initially I was underwhelmed. The live stock and life exhibitions are limited. However all the activities to get kids involved in makes up for any life exhibits. From biology, physics, chemistry to geology, kids can experience these science through play and experiment. Give yourself several hours.



11 months ago

A great fun way to spend the afternoon with kids in Charlotte. The staff are friendly and willing to answer kid's questions. There are lots of hands-on interactive exhibits that allow children to learn and had fun at the same time. My 10 year old loved trying everything out and would ask questions after trying one of the hands-on experiences...she learned a lot. They also have staff led demonstrations with things like liquid nitrogen that she found absolutely facilitating. Highly recommend if you are in the Charlotte area with children.


Kathryn ragno

a year ago

What a great place, so much variety of things for kids to do. They had the Rain Forrest exhibit, which was really good. Quick tip - buy the tickets in advance to avoid the long line waiting to buy. If you forget, there is a QR code on the front door to buy while you are there.