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Science Playground

Play every day.

Members visit Science Playground for free. Come as often as you like!

Infant Area

For the littlest of our learners, the soft carpet and toys encourage infants and crawlers to develop motor skills. Plus, a colorful fish tank!  

Animal Secrets

Crawl through the roots of a giant tree, venture into a cave, explore a hollow log, and investigate naturalists' tools in this fun-filled, bilingual exhibit.

Supported by the National Science Foundation


Grab a bucket, shovel, and toys to explore the physics of sand. Please be sure to remove shoes before jumping in!

Early Literacy

Head to our quiet reading tent for some story time. Share books, play with puppets, and explore materials designed to foster early literacy.

Discovery Lab

A variety of creative, hands-on activities for little ones, including sensory materials such as Flubber or Playdough.


September – June: Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Summer and Portland Public School Holidays: Open every day except Wednesday

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What amenities are available? Two family bathrooms, an ADA restroom, and a private nursing area add to parents' comfort.