Program / Events

Edible Engineering

Saturday, February 23
Ages 5+

Happy National Engineers Week! Join us as we celebrate engineering through a fun, and tasty, design challenge. Adults and children will work together to select a challenge and use the materials provided (graham crackers and frosting) to design a solution! This drop-in program is free with membership or paid admission.

Middle School Program

(Sorry this program is full) Would you like to be put on our waitlist?

Ages 10-14
Friday, February 22

FREE thanks to support from the Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience at Penn State.

A Night of Neuroscience

Grab a friend and join us for an evening of pizza with a side of neuroscience! Engage in interactive games and scientific modeling activities as researchers from the Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience at Penn State guide us through an investigation of the human nervous systems command center: the brain!

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Makeuary… be creative this winter!

Happy Makeuary! Each January and February we celebrate the maker movement through weekly creative challenges in our MaD Lab. Families are invited to participate together in our makeuary activities for free with membership or paid admission. Please note that given the nature of the activities, we ask that parents assist their children, even if just by making suggestions and helping to gather materials. We want every child to have a safe and fun STEM experience during Makeuary!

  • Week 1 (January 2-6) – Tightrope Challenge

    Defy gravity! Design something that can balance on a tightrope all on its own.

  • Week 2 (January 9-13) – Recycled Robots

    Back by popular demand! Use your imagination to create a robot out of recycled materials.

  • Week 3 (January 16-20) – Geometric Mazes

    Create a geometric maze using rubber bands and challenge a friend or family member to try it out!

  • Week 4 (January 23-27) – Stitching and Textiles

    Use a needle and yarn or a weaving loom to create something new.

  • Week 5 (January 30 – February 3) – Community Cardboard Challenge

    Together we will build a large cardboard structure in the MaD Lab, stop in and add your creativity!

  • Week 6 (February 6 – 10) – Spinning Illusions

    Experiment with optical illusions and create your own thaumatrope and spinning top!

  • Week 7 (February 13 – 17) – Strong Foam Structures

    Create a strong structure using colorful foam and pipe cleaners. How much weight will yours hold?

  • Week 8 (February 20 -24) – Spirographs

    Make your own spirograph gear then use it to create geometric designs.

  • Week 9 (February 27 – March 3) – Bobsled Races

    Create a bobsled and experiment with different materials, then test your design on our track and race your friends!

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Baby Explorers

Every Wednesday 10:30-11am

Visit with your baby to explore science together through books and movement. Perfect for adults with a 6-month to 2-year-old child.
Free with membership or paid admission.

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Science Adventures

Every Thursday, 10:30-11am

Inspired by stories in picture books, this year Science Adventures will feature makerspace and engineering activities designed for 3-5 year olds with caregiver assistance.  We will offer weekly activities that encourage young learners to tinker with materials and complete challenges while leaving plenty of room for creativity and innovation. Free with membership or paid admission.

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Music Makers

Fridays 10:30-11am
Members-only session 10-10:30am

For children 5 and under and their parent/guardians

Join us for a rhythmic good time every Friday! This program includes stories and musical explorations for children and adults to enjoy together.
Free with membership or paid admission.

On Fridays, doors to Discovery Space will open at 9:45am for members.

Program and Special Event Payment

We often have only limited space in our programs and special events. Don’t miss out! Please call 814.234.0200 or email  to check available space and register for programs, camps, and special events.

After confirming your registration, you may make a secure online payment.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you soon at Discovery Space!