The brand new Discovery Children’s Museum is a must-see on your next trip to Las Vegas. Re-opened at The Smith Center in Downtown Las Vegas, the Discovery Children’s Museum now has over 23,000 square feet of space and 3-floors full of awesomely cool exhibits that will keep little ones up to the early ‘tween-agers engaged for hours. It will literally take several trips a year to keep up with all the amazing, hands-on and educational fun offered here.
Mission Statement of the Discovery Museum
The mission of Discovery Children’s Museum is to provide a vibrant and engaging experience, through exhibits and programs, where children from economically and cultrally diverse backgrounds actively participate in playful learning experiences that ignite a love of lifelong learning.
The campus of The Smith Center and Symphony Park, where the Discovery Museum is now located, is inspiring in itself. Upon walking through the animated entrance, you are certain the mission statement has been achieved. Take a look at some video of the new Water World, Eco City and Young At Art exhibits.
Young At Art
I was given four passes to explore the museum with my children following my media tour. I brought my 2-year old twins, and they loved it. I couldn’t get them out of there, or keep up with them. So many things for them to see and do.
- If you are coming with little ones, get there early, and don’t plan on spending more than 2-3 hours there. With so much to do and see, it can be a bit a sensory overload.
- There is no food or dink inside the museum. There are tables and chairs and some vending machines before the entrance. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy and take a bit of a break. There are not many dining options in the area that are conveniently located.
- Though the entire museum is available to all ages, the younger ones may lose interest on the third level where the science and art exhibits are located.
- The Summit is a 70-foot tower full of exciting things to try. Be sure to know it does not go just up and down. There is an exit on the 2nd level, so keep an eye out!
- Warning! The first exhibit they may see is Water World, and though there are parkas to keep the little ones dry, my boys were sopping wet when I finally pulled them away. Either sneak pass until the end, or bring a change of clothes.
- If you are a local family or visit Las Vegas more than 2-3 times a year with your children, consider a membership. It is cost effective, plus offers discounts on parties, merchandise and other stuff.
Tuesday – Friday 9am-4pm
Closed Monday, except most school holidays.
Summer Hours: June 1-September 3
Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm
$12 per person all ages
Children under 1 are free
Membership Packages are also available.
Isn’t this a remarkable facility? I was asked to tour the Discovery Children’s Museum as a member of the travel media and blogging community. I was also given 4 complimentary passes for my family to explore the new facility. I was not asked, nor expected to write about the Discovery Children’s Museum. I couldn’t help but share with my readers because it is absolutely fabulous.