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Sensory-Friendly Hours

August 27 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

News & Events

Sensory Friendly Hours

Sensory-Friendly Hours

August 27 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Looking for fun things to do in Huntersville?

You found the place for field trips, birthday parties and everyday exploration!

Ignite curiosity everyday at Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, NC

Ignite Curiosity Every Day

A nurturing environment for children and families.

Discover why countless families choose us as their go-to place for fun-filled, interactive experiences that encourage curiosity, creativity and a lifelong love of learning. With our carefully curated exhibits and engaging programs, we provide a stimulating environment that fosters growth and development in young children.

Have a Birthday Party Blast and enjoy an entire Museum of fun at Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, NC

Have a Birthday Blast

Unforgettable birthdays, unbeatable value!

Get ready to make your child’s birthday party an extraordinary adventure with a whole Museum of fun! Our Children’s Museum offers an unparalleled birthday celebration experience that combines non-stop excitement with invaluable learning opportunities.

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Inspire your students with a field trip to Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, NC

Inspire Your Students

Active learning through the magic of play.

Step into a realm where education comes alive, igniting a passion for learning in the hearts and minds of your students. Our Museum’s curriculum-based field trips and classes, led by our dedicated educators, offer an immersive experience that transforms traditional lessons into unforgettable adventures.

Level 1 | I CAN Be Healthy

Fun Is on the Menu

Age: 3-7 years

  • Science Standard:
    • K.P.2.1: Classify objects by physical properties (size, color, shape, texture, weight, flexibility)
  • Math Standards:
    • Counting to 100 by ones and tens
    • Understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities
    • Classifying objects and sorting by count
  • Social Studies Standards:
    • Following rules in different settings and understanding consequences
    • Differentiating between needs and wants
    • Differentiating between goods and services
    • Recognizing the relationship between supply and demand
  • Early Learning Standards:
    • Engaging in complex play and demonstrating creativity
    • Recognizing and responding to others’ needs and feelings
    • Developing small muscle control and hand-eye coordination
    • Demonstrating self-expression in various forms (play, arts)
    • Exploring daily experiences and community concepts
    • Understanding numbers and quantities in play
    • Comparing, sorting, organizing objects, and creating patterns
  • Skills:
    • Fine motor skills
    • Real-life application and imaginative play
    • Counting and healthy eating
    • Empathy and service to others
    • Social skills, focus, and communication skills

Welcome to I CAN Be Healthy, where kids discover the joys of a healthy lifestyle through imaginative play. In our vibrant café, young chefs can unleash their culinary creativity by preparing, cooking and serving up nutritious dishes that tantalize the taste buds.

With a realistic oven, cashier’s checkout, and charming table settings, children can immerse themselves in the complete dining experience, learning valuable lessons about healthy eating and the importance of teamwork.

“Checkout” the Town Market

Age: 2-7 years

  • Science Standards:
    • K.P.2.1: Classify objects by physical properties (size, color, shape, texture, weight, flexibility)
    • K.L.1.2: Compare living vs. nonliving things (structure, growth, movement, needs)
  • Math Standards:
    • Counting to 100 by ones and tens
    • Understanding numbers and quantities relationship
    • Comparing numbers within 10 using counting strategies
    • Describing measurable attributes of objects
    • Comparing two objects with a common measurable attribute
    • Classifying objects and sorting by count
  • English Language Arts Standards:
    • Recognizing environmental print with support
  • Social Studies Standards:
    • Following rules in different settings and consequences
    • Differentiating between needs and wants
    • Differentiating between goods and services
    • Using maps and digital representations for location identification
    • Understanding supply and demand
    • Finding absolute and relative locations
  • Early Learning Standards:
    • Engaging in complex play and demonstrating creativity
    • Recognizing and responding to others’ needs and feelings
    • Developing large and small muscle control
    • Demonstrating self-expression in various forms (play, arts)
    • Exploring daily experiences and community concepts
    • Understanding numbers and quantities in play
    • Comparing, sorting, and organizing objects
  • Skills:
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • Real-life application and imaginative play
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Hand-eye coordination and color differentiation
    • Counting and sorting
    • Social skills and focus
    • Interaction varies by age: Ages 2-3 generally push carts; ages 4-7 interact with stock, checkout, and others

Food is delivered to the Town Market, where children can shop for wholesome play food and experience the excitement of modern cash registers. Our exhibit goes beyond shopping, offering a fascinating journey from farm to table.

Kids can explore food origins, examine seeds and sprouts with microscopes and watch time-lapse videos showcasing the transformation of seeds into produce. Through interactive play, children learn about healthy food choices and the wonders of nature.

Level 1 | I CAN Be Healthy

Level 1 | I CAN Be Healthy

Get Pumped

Age: 3-7 years

  • Math Standards:
    • Counting to 100 by ones and tens
    • Understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities
  • Early Learning Standards:
    • APL-5: Trying new and challenging experiences
    • HPD-2: Engaging in active physical play both indoors and outdoors
    • HPD-4: Developing large muscle control for movement and exploration
    • HPD-5: Developing small muscle control and hand-eye coordination
    • CD-5: Demonstrating self-expression and creativity through play, arts
    • CD-9: Exploring community-related concepts through daily experiences
  • Skills:
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • Balance and counting
    • Following directions
    • Social skills, focus, and communication skills

Get ready to break a sweat and have a blast at our action-packed fitness center! Challenge your crew to reach the top of the climbing wall, pump some iron, test their balance on the low-profile beam or groove to the beat of televised tunes as they bounce and bop their way to a healthier you. With so many exciting ways to get moving, our fitness center is the perfect place to discover the joy of an active lifestyle.

Splish-Splash Without Taking a Bath

Age: 0-7 years

  • Math Standards:
    • Counting to 100 by ones and tens
    • Understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities
  • Early Learning Standards:
    • APL-5: Trying new and challenging experiences
    • HPD-2: Engaging in active physical play both indoors and outdoors
    • HPD-4: Developing large muscle control for movement and exploration
    • HPD-5: Developing small muscle control and hand-eye coordination
    • CD-5: Demonstrating self-expression and creativity through play, arts
    • CD-9: Exploring community-related concepts through daily experiences
  • Skills:
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • Balance and counting
    • Following directions
    • Social skills, focus, and communication skills

Get ready to make a splash and discover the wonders of water at our one-of-a-kind water table! With specially designed infant seating, even the tiniest explorers can join in the fun and experience the joy of splish-splashing alongside their older counterparts.

Don’t worry about getting soaked – we provide waterproof aprons to ensure that your day stays dry and enjoyable, no matter how much excitement the water table brings!

Level 1 | I CAN Grow

Live Science Show

Level 1 | Town Center

Live Shows Daily

Watch your budding scientists predict, observe and experiment with fascinating topics during our engaging Science Show! From the magic of color-mixing to the excitement of chemical reactions, children will be captivated by the wonders of science. This interactive experience is designed to nurture their natural curiosity and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

Five-Alarm Fun

Age: 3-7 years

  • Social Studies Standards:
    • Understanding and following rules in various settings
    • Identifying consequences of rule adherence or non-adherence
    • Differentiating between goods and services
  • Early Learning Standards:
    • APL-3: Engaging in complex play
    • APL-4: Demonstrating creativity, imagination, and inventiveness
    • HPD-2: Engaging in active physical play both indoors and outdoors
    • HPD-4: Developing large muscle control for exploration and movement
    • CD-5: Demonstrating self-expression and creativity through play and arts
    • CD-9: Exploring community and daily experience concepts
  • Skills:
    • Gross motor skills
    • Real-life application and imaginative play
    • Social skills, focus, and communication skills

Watch your little ones become brave heroes in our full-size fire truck exhibit! They’ll climb behind the wheel, rush to imaginary fire scenes, and suit up in authentic gear.

With realistic details and hands-on experiences, this exhibit will ignite their imagination and inspire appreciation for the courageous firefighters who keep our communities safe.

Level 1 | I CAN Work

Huntersville Garden

Level 1 | Outside

Nurture Curious Minds

Introducing our new Growing Garden, made possible by the generous support of Colonial Pipeline Co.! This exciting outdoor space is designed for families to explore, learn and have fun together.

Discover the wonders of nature as you explore our vibrant vegetable and pollinator gardens, get your hands dirty in our interactive digging areas, cross the activity bridge and engage in fun, educational experiences and so much more!