With a day off of school for President's Day last week we took the opportunity to check out Idaho's only hands-on science center - The Discovery Center of Idaho. We've driven by it a million times but never been inside. It's located downtown right next door to Julia Davis Park and walking distance to Zoo Boise. It always comes up as one of the best family-friendly things to do in Boise, Idaho so I'm glad we finally had the chance to visit. It was a great way to spend the afternoon off of school and so much fun!
The current featured exhibit is called Exquisite Creatures and it truly is just that - exquisite. Honestly, insects, birds and snakes give me the heebie-jeebies but this exhibit gave me a whole new perspective on them. This description of the exhibit from the Center's website sums it up perfectly:
"Exquisite Creatures is an artistic experience that unravels humanity’s intimate relationship with the natural world. Artist, naturalist and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Marley reveals the obscure beauty in nature through his three-dimensional work with animal, mineral and plant specimens."
Children of all ages will have the best time going from frame to frame to point out different creatures and marvel at their crazy unique colors, patterns and designs. Again, I really am NOT a huge creature lover but there were so many pieces that I'd happily hang in my house because they were so incredible! My pictures don't do the work justice AT ALL. You're going to be blown away when you see it in person.
After we had made our way through the Exquisite Creatures exhibit we had a fun time with all of the hands-on activities that were set up in the interactive exhibits Matter Splatter (aimed at older kids) and Young Learners (for little kids) exhibits. There were great things for kids of all ages. (Although my 4 and 6.5 year old had fun with these activities I do think that older kids would get the most out of them.)
There is a little TINKER THE T REX exhibit on your way out and it is also super fun and got us excited about the upcoming exhibit, SUE: the T. rex Experience, which opens May 27, 2022. This exhibit is sure going to be a really fun thing for the children of all ages so you'll have to plan a family trip to kick off your summer!
*FYI the galleries will be partially open to the public on the weekends from April 9th through May 15th while the exhibits get switched out. Admission will be lowered at this time as they will only have hands-on exhibits to interact with.*
So hurry over before it's too late! The Exquisite Creatures exhibit is only open through April 3, 2022 and you don't want to miss this incredibly beautiful experience at the Discovery Center of Idaho!
Discovery Center of Idaho Details:
Address: 131 W. Myrtle Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 4:30 PM, Sunday: 12 PM – 4:30 PM (Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.)
Rates: Adult – $18, Senior 65 and over – $17, Youth ages 2-17 – $12, Child under 2 – FREE. Membership information available here.
Check out these upcoming special events:
Need something exciting for your little scientist over Spring Break? The Center has an AM and a PM Spring Camp for kids in 2nd-6th grades.
Full STEAM Ahead! March 21 – 25, 2022 Campers will spend time in the galleries discovering all about the world around them and create fun and exciting ways to demonstrate their new STEAM knowledge through art! Price: $150 members / $200 non-members
Do you also need something exciting for your little scientist during the summer months ?Your kids are sure to have a GREAT TIME at one of the Discovery Center of Idaho's summer camps! Check out their camp options here!