Science Playground is OMSI's exhibit hall for kids 6 and younger and their families. Located on the second floor, Science Playground is a colorful and vibrant place for kids to play, explore and engage in science.
At Sandland you'll find the full array of buckets, shovels, and other sand toys, plus special activity panels and machines to explore the physics of sand. Please be sure to remove shoes before jumping in!
We moved! Our reading area is now in the tent in the back corner. We're in the process of creating a cozy setting for storytime, and a quiet space for anyone needing a little down time. Share books, play with puppets, and explore materials designed to foster early literacy.
Our new water area is open for play! Please let an educator know if you have any comments or questions.
Visitor Tip: bring a change of clothes! We provide waterproof smocks for children and adult-sized aprons, but splashing happens.
You can discover nature from an animal's point of view in the Animal Secrets exhibit area. Kids (and adults!) can crawl through the roots of a giant tree, venture into a cave, explore a hollow log, and investigate naturalists' tools in this fun-filled exhibit. Animal Secrets features bilingual (English and Spanish) text panels.
Science Playground's carpeted infant area has plenty of activities to encourage little ones to use their developing motor skills. It also also includes our popular fish tank. Please be aware this area is limited to visitors ages 0-24 months, and their parents.
Science Playground's double doors create a contained area for our youngest visitors, while low walls, strategically designed exhibits, and windows looking from the Discovery Lab into the exhibit area allow for an unencumbered view of the entire space. Two family bathrooms and one ADA restroom, as well as a private nursing area, add to parents' comfort and convenience.
From museum combo packages to group rates and membership options, we have something to fit your visit.