Water is everything. Become immersed in the importance of water from the personal to the global scale. Discover history trapped in ice, experience clouds first hand, uncover life found in a droplet, plunge to the depths of the ocean, learn about water usage from a towering wall of 2,000+ water bottles, enter a room of rain and don’t get wet, and more.

This exhibit also houses Science on a Sphere®, our digital globe that allows Science Center staff to use data sets to bring science to life. Expand your experience in Water with regularly scheduled, live presentations on Science on a Sphere®, such as the Wonderful World of Water and Extreme Weather. Click here for a daily schedule.

Discover the principles behind movement and energy by testing your strength with a giant lever to lift weights (or other guests); race against the clock to test reaction time; act like a hamster and turn mechanical energy into electric energy on the tread wheel; or race a migrating monarch, Usain Bolt or a black bear on our sprint track; and more. Collaborate, compete and get ready to GO!

J.T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust Creativity Lab
This is your space to create. Come and harness your creativity and problem solving skills in this maker space designed to help you generate ideas and tap into your inner inventor.

Science Center staff will offer guided activities throughout the week, designed to help you tap into your creative power. See below for descriptions and click here for start times each week. Please note that to maximize the experience for all creators, Creativity Lab sessions will close 10 minutes after their scheduled start time. 

  • "Whoa-bot" Wednesday - From computer-less coding to the basics of home automation, explore the wonderful world of real robots through building, programming and experimentation. 
  • Thrifty Thursday - Learn how to create with our machines and simple everyday objects.  Take your results (and new skills) home to develop further! 
  • Freeform Friday - Have your own design or craft project?  We assist with the tools to make your creation a reality. 
  • Saturday Surprise - Missed one of our creative opportunities during the week? Surprise yourself with a specially selected activity of the day.
  • Snap Circuit Sundays – If you can build Legos, you can build a circuit. Join us for safe exploration of electrical flow accessible to all ages. 

    *All workshops and challenges are geared for ages 8 - 13

Crescent Crossing

Crescent Crossing is a train-themed exhibit dedicated to preschool-age children. It introduces families to important science, technology, engineering and math fundamentals, such as creativity, problem solving and cause and effect. The exhibit uses trains and tracks, musical panels, peek-a-boo windows, a busy board, a slide and much more to connect children to right-sized, hands-on opportunities. The exhibit helps build confidence in young learners as they develop new skills and empowers caregivers to engage curious children.


Walk through a fully restored 1948 Norfolk & Western caboose.

Touring Exhibits

Young Architects
Now open!
This touring exhibition highlights famous architects as inspiration and various block building media for a hands-on interactive learning experience, guests will become young architects as they design for the future. Young Architects is divided into three main areas – live, work and play – with each area highlighting one or more renowned architect accompanied by photographs of their iconic buildings. As guests observe these various structures, they will be challenged to contemplate such questions as: Why does it look the way it does? What is it used for? What materials were used in its construction?


Butterfly Station & Garden
Available April through October
Tour through our Butterfly Station & Garden to view some of nature’s most beautiful creatures! Find out which type of caterpillar certain plants attract, learn the best methods to attract butterflies and get inspired to create your own butterfly garden.

Discover your butterfly IQ! Test your ability to identify different butterfly species and learn about the types that live in the area with our Butterfly Guide.

Do you and/or a friend have talents to share in the Butterfly Station and Garden? Call 434.791.5160 for volunteer opportunities that will take you to new heights!