Science Playground is temporarily closed.


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What is Science Playground?

Science Playground is OMSI’s space designed for children ages birth through six to explore, play, and build their science skills and identities.

Why is Science Playground closing?

Science Playground is over 15 years old! It’s served hundreds of thousands of visitors since opening in 2004 and its time to freshen up. In January, the Science Playground will temporarily close so we can create exciting NEW experiences in the space. We’re incredibly excited about these updates, which will support developing science processing skills in young children and share the power of play with their caring adults.

When will it close? And how long will it be closed?

Science Playground closed on Jan 6, and we plan to reopen it as soon as it is safe to do so based on state guidelines for reopening.

What sort of updates are you making to the space?

We are refreshing the entire space. Many of the experiences will stay, like the sand area and animal secrets. We are updating the infant area, the wind experience and visitor amenities (storage and snack space). We are also bringing the water play area back! The Discovery Lab will continue offering fun, hands-on, sensory-based activities and classes.