Discovery Place is always interesting, never boring! Even as an adult, I have a great time there! My kids absolutely adored going there and the imax is pretty awesome as well. My 3 year even liked it there! And he is not easy to keep occupied. They change the movies in the imax theatre every so often so it is always fun to check it out.
Have kids and are planning on visiting Charlotte? Discovery Place is a must-do activity! The hands-on learning center is three floors of educational fun, and the onsite IMAX theater is a blast.
LOCATION AND PARKING
Discovery Place is located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Surrounded by fun shops and great restaurants, it's easy to find families can walk, drive, or take public transportation to get there.
If you choose to drive, there was plenty of metered parking spaces around the center. Personally, uptown Charlotte is very walkable and my 13 year-old and I took an easy stroll from our hotel room.
There are two entrances for Discovery Place (yep, it's that big!) and depending on which entrance to take is what floor you'll be on when to arrive. It has three floors of fun, interactive exhibits and my teen daughter was so excited to check it out once she caught a glimpse of the exhibits that she didn't know which to try out first.
She did have a few favorite spots on the lowest floor including the aquarium area with pretty jellyfish and clown fish, the animal encounters where she was able to pet a lizard, and the digital microscopes where she held a card up to the scanner and it showed the object magnified plus gave a little bit of background about it.
The main floor was fun, too! We watched a show about states of matter and she loved learning about the different colors that gases make when heat is added to them. The show was fun for kids of all ages and it was created for all levels of learning. What I loved about it was how the hosts kept asking the audience for help with answers and encouraged the kids to use what they were already taught in school.
Encouraging kids to use their artistic abilities, Discovery Place allows them to create shoes, tin foil statues, and gives them all of the materials to do so. I have to admit, I found myself creating with the foil at the same time!
Discovery Place has an in-house IMAX Theater and it's so much fun to watch educational films on a so-much-larger-than-life screen. Movie admission is in addition to the original cost of entry but it's really worth it. We watched a 40 minute film called "Mysteries of the Unseen World" and told us about our surroundings and what humans miss in everyday life. It was so informative and my 13 year-old wants to visit again so she can re-watch it.
And the Verdict is...?
Go! Discovery Place is perfect for families with children of all ages and passions. The center really strives to teach kids about science, nature, art, and music while having fun- the best way to learn, in my opinion.
Disclosure: I was hosted by the CRVA for the purpose of this review. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own!
Have your kids ever wondered how someone can lie on a bed of nails and not feel a thing? Pondered how a superhero can use his powers to defeat a villain? Or just wondered about the inner workings of a primitive camouflage hut? If your kids have an abundance of curiosity then Discovery Place is a place you want to make sure to visit at least once in their childhood.
I have 6 kids ages 15, 12, 10, 7, 5 & 3, as the big kids get older it is becoming increasingly hard to find museums that keep the whole family happy. Discovery Place is one of the few places that really has something for every member of your family.
The IMAX was the highlight of the visit for my 15 and 12 year old. From exploring the deep reaches of space through the Hubble telescope to diving with the ocean inhabitants of the South Pacific, my kids were enthralled from start to finish.
While my big kids explored space and sea with my husband, my littles and I took to the museum to explore everything from frogs to engineering. Stopping only to take in a science presentation on fire and explosions (who can resist watching someone create a giant fireball!?).
We spent the majority of the day in the “Cool Stuff” exhibit where kids got to learn the in and outs of all things physics. The air chair was a huge hit, the kids got a kick out of being able to lift themselves in the air with just the power of air. The little girls were too scared to try the bed of nails, so daddy took one for the team and showed them how painless it was.
Make sure to check out the downstairs exhibits where you can observe jellyfish and the ever popular “Dory” fish.
Downstairs is also home to the little kids’ discovery area “Kidscience” where little tots (under age 7) can explore, discover and create without worrying about getting lost among the big kids. There is even a soft play area for the littlest of explorers (under age 2).
If you are in the Charlotte area, this is a family attraction that can’t be skipped. Plan to spend a whole day here learning with your family!
We took our 16 mo. old here. They have a special area just for 7 and under. He had a blast playing in the different areas from water play to instruments. He could have played here for a few hours - when he starts playing with something he doesnt want to stop. There were about 7-10 different play areas with activities to explore.
We then moved on to the other areas of the museum. He was not able to interact as much with the other areas but they would be great for older children. He enjoyed looking at the fish and watching mommy and daddy lay on the bed of nails and interacting as much as he could with the other exhibits. My husband and I enjoyed the exhibits upstairs.
Overall we had a great day and would like to go back to see the IMAX when our son is older.
I grew up going to Discovery Place every time we visited Charlotte and it is still fabulous! It is HUGE HUGE HUGE! There is fun for anybody, from children to adults. Be sure to check out the OmniMax which is way better than IMAX! Your kids are sure to love it too!
This is a wonderful hands-on museum for adults and kids. Even three year olds get into this with hands-on activities for them. My favorite part of the museum are the tests to determine your fitness level. This museum teaches everyone about their physical health, physics, chemistry, and other things. Very entertaining for all ages!
We could've stayed here for more than a day. The activities for the children are varied and interesting. There is a hands on section, and fun with science, like gravity ride. Very good, inexpensive food. There is even a section for parties for your children. I would go there again.
I went to the discovery place back in the day on a fieldtrip when I was in middle school and had a really good time. They have lots of activities for kids and tons of exhibits. You could stay there all day and still find plenty of things to do. Well worth a trip to charlotte, I would recommend going and taking the family. They have lots of nice kids activities, I recently took the whoe family and we has a blast. Parking is terrible but it is in any city.
The Discovery place in Charlotte is probably one of the best science center type places I've been to with the kids. They have all kinds of games and activities for the kids to use their brains and figure things out. The kids will have a blast with all the activities and games. If you go on an off day it will be more fun because you won't have such a large crowd which will allow your kids to roam and do things at their own pace.
Discovery place is awesome they have so much to see and do. A good bit of it is hands on activities. They have different shows that come through that have great exhibts to look at. My kids absolutly loved it and we will definetly be going back. Schools do take field trips there so you may want to call ahead and see if there are any that day to avoid a crowd.
My daughter and I made a visit to Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte on New Year's Day 2011 while my wife played racquetball with a friend nearby. Having been here at least twice before, I was expecting the same old stuff at a high admission price. Well, they didn't disappoint me on the Admission, but I was shocked to see that this science museum had received a complete facelift.
The overall look was very modern and clean with many new exhibits added to existing ones. The new look and layout felt much more spacious and definitely got my attention. I didn't come across a single exhibit that was broken or "Closed for Renovation."
The Discovery Place houses an IMAX theatre and admission to any performances is additional. However, they do have a smaller theatre that was showing 2 short 3-D films at no charge. We checked out the one on Sharks and enjoyed it.
I think the admission price is definitely justified with the new renovation. However, I do wish they'd offer a lower price for parking in their covered lot. If you're driving there, you'll find competing uncovered lots in the area for a couple of dollars less and no more than a block away.
If you've got younger dudes in the family, you need to get over to Discovery Place in uptown Charlotte. It's a blast for families young and old. This is hands-on science, the kind of science that excites kids and propels them toward learning even more. I can't tell you the number of times my three little dudes and I have come home from Discovery Place and immediately hit the internet or library to learn more about a subject.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, Discovery Place also hosts a number of traveling exhibits for shorter periods of time. For instance, January-April of this year will see CSI: Crime Scene Insects making Discovery Place its home. Kids will get to learn about human decomposition and how the life cycle of certain insects can fit into that and help solve crimes.
In addition to a relatively nice cafe, Discovery Place also hosts an IMAX theater usually showing three to four nature documentaries. The underwater films are especially awe-inspiring on the huge IMAX screen.
Discovery Place, Charlotte's science museum, is reinventing itself this year. Several brand new exhibits are opening up, as well as a continuously running 3-d theater, and several open-ended, hands-on labs for kids. At one of the labs, kids tackle physics problems. For instance they might be asked to create a building that can withstand an earthquake. After building it, they can test it.
A new area for kids under 7 is opening in February, 2010, and there will be several more permanent exhibits, all opening by May, 2010.
Also new is the much improved cafe, which now focuses on local, healthful food.
Whatever has drawn you to Charlotte, you won’t want to miss a chance to see Discovery Place, a national-award-winning, hands-on science and technology center. The complex also includes the Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre. You can enter a three-story rain forest, explore outer space, or learn about the intricacies of the human body. Best of all, the kids can touch all they want. The center offers an aquarium and tidal pool; the Life Center, which includes a 12-foot-tall heart; and the Science Circus, where you can see explosive chemistry shows and more. The IMAX, considered to be the best motion picture system in the world, is comprised of the largest screen in history and a six-track sound system. Presentations at the IMAX are scheduled throughout the year.
This science museum is very well done with lots of activities for kids of all ages (even adults). It's centrally located in the downtown area and can be reached by the rail express. Little kids will enjoy the play areawith water tables and a treehouse. Older kids will like the IMAX
We have a membership to discovery place that we use often. The only issue right now is the renovation that's going on at discovery place. This is the year to go sparingly and also not to make it a center of your day because you might be sad if your favorite attraction is down. They have a GREAT little kids play area with a ton of activities that will keep the 5 and under set happy for quite some time. Sometimes pieces to attractions are missing or they are in need of some TLC but after the renovation I think this won't be a problem anymore. They have lowered the prices for the renovation period so I think it's still a fun day trip here in charlote.
I took my niece and nephew here a few times times, and they loved it everytime we were there,and have took my son once. There were these little games leading towards the dinosaurs info. The information is really great with images and noise and reenactment. Very fitted for kids to spend several hours and just to have fun. I wish it could have been more but for what it's worth, I highly recommend it!
Discovery Place is a great place to take kids of all ages. We've been several times with kids as young as 1 and as old as 50 and everyone has enjoyed themselves because the variety of activities include something for everyone. Adults will enjoy the exhibits (past ones include Pompei and Shipwrecked!), kids will enjoy the hands on activities such as circus activities, science projects, sea creatures, etc. My 7 year old nephew even walked the tight rope! There is something for everyone here and it is very reasonably priced.
My daughter is a little on the young side for Discovery Place, at least to understand a lot of the exhibits, but it was still a pretty fun day for us. It's nice that a lot of the exhibits are hands on, allowing her to touch things and me not to worry that she's going to break something. There is also one room devoted to younger patrons, and it's full of water activites and other things that appeal to the smaller crowd.
I think the kid's enjoyed the mice show the most - it was very entertaining - even for adults. Otherwise there were a lot of interactive things for them to explore and use. Good restaurants nearby - I suggest Mertz's for some good soul food. Don't forget to factor in the cost of parking though - it can get expensive in that area.