Don Harrington Discovery Center

Don Harrington Discovery Center The Discovery Center is a nonprofit science museum for kids of all ages. New discoveries every visit!

The Don Harrington Discovery Center and Space Theater is a non-profit science museum in Amarillo,Texas that makes science exciting, relevant and interesting to all types of learners by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and their families. It fosters inquiring minds and nurtures the individual genius that is within each of us. Mission The mission of Don Harrington Discovery Center is to spark curiosity, inspire lifelong learning, and bring families and communities closer together. Vision The Discovery Center's extraordinary programs strengthen our community and foster enthusiasm for learning the wonders of science. Discovery Center is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Do you have your tickets for Explode! yet? Start your Independence Day celebrations with a BANG here at DHDC with a fun ...
06/24/2019

Do you have your tickets for Explode! yet? Start your Independence Day celebrations with a BANG here at DHDC with a fun family event filled with explosions, combustions and patriotic activities. Skip the line and pre-purchase your Explode passes now!
Buy Here ➡️ https://discoverycenteramarillo.org/event/explode/

‼️Summer Camp UPDATE! ‼️Below is a list of camps that STILL HAVE OPENINGS for the last 5 weeks this summer. DHDC Summer ...
06/18/2019
Summer Camps

‼️Summer Camp UPDATE! ‼️
Below is a list of camps that STILL HAVE OPENINGS for the last 5 weeks this summer. DHDC Summer Camps occur weekly from June 3rd- July 26th. (Themes not listed below are full, but there is a waiting list for each camp on the registration page)

🦠June 24-28🦠
3 years- Story Book Science
2nd grade- Superhero Bootcamp- Only 2 spots left❗️
5th & 6th Grade- Art Wars

🦠July 1-5🦠
3 years- Superhero Silliness
4&5 years- Pirate School
1st Grade- Fizz, Bubble, Pop
2nd grade- Art Club- 5 spots left
5th & 6th- Robotics: Only 3 spots left❗️

🦠July 8-12🦠
3 years- Cool Construction
4&5 years- Young Explorers: Only 4 spots left in PM session
1st grade- Superhero Science
2nd grade- Forces of Nature
3rd & 4th- Science of Magic: 4 spots left
5th & 6th Grade- Muggle Magic

🦠July 15-19🦠
3 years- Color Explosion
4&5 years- Scuba School: 4 spots left in AM, 9 spots left in PM
1st Grade- Construction Junction
2nd grade- Gross Out
3rd & 4th- Survival Science
5th & 6th- Digital Media Mayhem

🦠Week of July 22-26🦠
3 years- Lil' Einsteins
4&5 years- Superhero School: 5 spots left in PM
1st grade- Underwater Exploration- 5 spots left
2nd grade- School of Rock
5th & 6th Grade- Marine Biology

Summer Camps at DHDC are chuck full of science experiments, live demos, crafts, games, exhibit play, Space Theater shows, field trips (for some full day camps), and fun activities like Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream on the last day of camp. Plus each camper gets a DHDC summer camp T-shirt. Visit our website to register your child for a full week of science FUN! We will continue to update our camp openings on here occasionally, but check the registration link for the most up-to-date information.

http://discoverycenteramarillo.org/camps/

Don't forget to join us this Friday evening! Enjoy a hot summer evening INSIDE the DHDC for only $1 per person.
06/18/2019

Don't forget to join us this Friday evening! Enjoy a hot summer evening INSIDE the DHDC for only $1 per person.

Don Harrington Discovery Center's cover photo
06/17/2019

Don Harrington Discovery Center's cover photo

Lots of fun things happening in our city over this next week! We’ve got the family fun covered here on June 21st with an...
06/13/2019
The 10: The 10 things you can't miss between June 13 and 22

Lots of fun things happening in our city over this next week! We’ve got the family fun covered here on June 21st with another ‘Discover for $1’ event. Admission is only $1 per person (members are free) in the evening hours!
Thank you Panhandle PBS for sharing our events with the community!

Here's a quick take on your 10 best entertainment bets in the next 10 days.

Celebrate Father's Day at DHDC! Bring dad by this Sunday for a day of play and he gets in FREE!
06/12/2019

Celebrate Father's Day at DHDC! Bring dad by this Sunday for a day of play and he gets in FREE!

Seeking Talented Volunteers. The Discovery Center has exhibit pieces that require welding. If this is your area of exper...
06/07/2019

Seeking Talented Volunteers. The Discovery Center has exhibit pieces that require welding. If this is your area of expertise and you would be interested in the opportunity to impact STEM education in our area please email our Director of Exhibits at [email protected].

06/06/2019

The Don Harrington Discovery Center is hiring a part-time (20 hours/week) custodian. The ideal candidate will have basic knowledge of housekeeping responsibilities and be available to work during and after regular business hours, including special events. The DHDC is devoted to keeping a safe and clean environment for our guests. For a full job description and application instructions, visit https://discoverycenteramarillo.org/employment-and-volunteer-opportunities/

06/06/2019

Our ENTIRE museum is OPEN today! Come see us!

06/05/2019
Anthony Pittman ABC7Amarillo

Don't try this at home! Science is unpredictable, that's why we train our staff to do our demonstrations....and always wear safety gear! Thanks ABC 7 Amarillo for having us on today!
#neverdull
#newdiscoverieseveryvisit
#scienceisfun

And just when I thought the experiment wasn't going to work! Checkout what happened when Kyle Hadley, of the Don Harrington Discovery Center, joined me today on ABC 7 Amarillo's Midday Show. :)
If you can't stand the heat...

In May, we had our Catapult Challenge. In addition to our annual fundraisers, events, programs and activities, our educa...
06/05/2019

In May, we had our Catapult Challenge. In addition to our annual fundraisers, events, programs and activities, our education team puts on six different events throughout the school year for students. During this particular event, registered student teams test their engineering and design skills and expand their knowledge of math and physics by creating catapults and battling for the top team position. Thank you Pantex Plant for providing support and volulnteers! #newdiscoverieseveryvisit

More than 200 Panhandle area middle and high school students tested their engineering and design skills at the annual catapult competition hosted by Don Harrington Discovery Center and Amarillo TAME Chapter. Volunteers from Pantex assisted with the event. #PantexPride

Our good friends at Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are giving away a membership to DHDC! Head over to their...
06/05/2019

Our good friends at Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are giving away a membership to DHDC! Head over to their page for your chance to win a year of free daily visits (plus so much more!). We are grateful for the support of our community and sponsors like APDO!

We want help to make this a year your kiddos will never forget!!! Enter to win a 12-month family membership to the Don Harrington Discovery Center! Like our page and tag 3 friends, you want to take with you to be entered to win!!

Join us THIS Friday morning, June 7th, for our next monthly installment of Coffee & Cuties. Pick your time- 9:45, 10:45 ...
06/04/2019

Join us THIS Friday morning, June 7th, for our next monthly installment of Coffee & Cuties. Pick your time- 9:45, 10:45 or 11:45 in our KinderStudio. This month's theme is Superhero Science.
We will read the book 'Ten Rules of Being a Superhero' by Deb Pilutti. We'll learn how to control water like Aquaman and make our own super hero slime to take home. We'll also use our powers of force to take out the Discovery Center Villain!
This activity is for our youngest scientists, 6 and under. No reservations necessary, included in admission.
☕️ We'll have the coffee hot and ready for the parents and grandparents too! Thank you to our Coffee & Cuties sponsor Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for helping make this possible each month!

06/04/2019
WATER!

For you inquiring minds...here is the initial problem at our facility. The weekend rains just made it worse!!

Since we like to keep learning and make science exciting, here's a fun fact for you: From this 1" pipe, approximately 16-58 gallons of water per minute were exploding into this bathroom. Up to now, we have sucked out 2,900 gallons of water from our facility!
2,900 gallons of water would fill almost 16 hot tubs!
2,900 gallons of water would fill almost 70 bathtubs!
2,900 gallons of water is equal to over 24,200 pounds!

***Please note - WE ARE OPEN! We have only canceled 1 event - our fundraiser that was set for Friday and the EAST WING is the only portion of the museum closed right now, but WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY. ***

Hey friends! We are OPEN and offering a FLOOD discount today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday). $2 off regular admissio...
06/04/2019

Hey friends! We are OPEN and offering a FLOOD discount today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday). $2 off regular admission. Our east wing is drying out and we plan to re-open that area on Thursday! Don't worry, all of our summer camps, programs, activities and birthday parties will go on as planned!
Coming up this week:
-👩‍🔬🧲Science Studio activities at 1:30 daily in the West Wing.
-📖🖍 Coffee and Cuties: Super Hero Science - Friday morning at 9:45, 10:45 or 11:45 in KinderStudio
- 🐢🎨our summer campers are having a blast at the first week of camp!
Come see us this week!

Hey friends! We are OPEN and offering a FLOOD discount today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday). $2 off regular admissio...
06/04/2019

Hey friends! We are OPEN and offering a FLOOD discount today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday). $2 off regular admission. Our east wing is drying out and we plan to re-open that gallery on Thursday! Don't worry, all of our summer camps, programs, activities and birthday parties will go on as planned!
Coming up this week:
-👩‍🔬🧲Science Studio activities at 1:30 daily in the West Wing.
-📖🖍 Coffee and Cuties: Super Hero Science - Friday morning at 9:45, 10:45 or 11:45 in KinderStudio
- 🐢🎨our summer campers are having a blast at the first week of camp!
Come see us this week!

RAIN OUT! Or maybe we should call it a ‘flood out’. ⚠️We regret to inform you that Camp Iwanna is cancelled for this Fri...
06/03/2019

RAIN OUT! Or maybe we should call it a ‘flood out’.
⚠️We regret to inform you that Camp Iwanna is cancelled for this Friday.⚠️

Last Friday, we experienced a busted pipe in our East Wing and then the heavy rain came on Saturday and flooded our basement. This is certainly not the way we wanted this week to go but as you can see in the photos below, we have a bit of a mess on our hands and we need some extra time to get our repairs done. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

⭕️ We are still open for regular business hours in all areas except the East Wing.

💙💙 We want to thank those thank pre-purchased your tickets and shared our event. We also want to thank our sponsors for their continued support. At this time, we do not have plans to reschedule Camp Iwanna due to an already busy event schedule this summer but please mark your calendars for our next AfterDark adult party, ‘The Big Deal’ on October 19th! 🗓 🖊

Our summer camps started today and campers are having a blast! Some camps are full, but there is still time to sign up! ...
06/03/2019

Our summer camps started today and campers are having a blast! Some camps are full, but there is still time to sign up! Visit DHDC.org to check availability and register!
🔭🔬🚀🌎🌻🎨👩‍🔬👨‍🔬
The DHDC Summer Camps for children ages 3 through entering 6th grade are a perfect mix of learning and fun! Each week is jam packed with a theme-based science curriculum accompanied by activities and experiments, crafts, and new discoveries. Some camp themes fill fast, so don't wait and register now!

06/02/2019

Despite a busted pipe and flood waters trying to float us away, we will be OPEN during regular hours today 12 Noon- 4:30pm. Our East Wing will be closed to finish repairs on the busted pipe but all other areas will be open and accessible including our Space Theater and West wing. Come see us!

05/28/2019

‼️Contest time! ‼️
We are giving away 2 FREE tickets 🎫 to @Camp Iwanna: Discover AfterDark on June 7th!
🏹 🥏🔥 ⛺️ This evening for the Terminally Immature features refreshing beverages courtesy of Budweiser Distributing Amarillo, Texas, camp-inspired grub from Joe's Catering and summer camp activities and games with a grownup twist! 🍺 Must be 21 and over to attend. Simply comment below with the 3 friends you wish to join you for this over-the-top grownup camp experience, and then share! We will draw a winner on Friday. Good luck!

*This contest is owned by the Don Harrington Discovery Center and is not affiliated with Facebook

We are excited to partner with Wildcat Bluff Nature Center again this year for summer camps! Registration is open and fi...
05/27/2019

We are excited to partner with Wildcat Bluff Nature Center again this year for summer camps! Registration is open and filling up - sign up now for the best selection. Wildcat Bluff camps begin July 1 and you can register at the link below. Monday - Thursday is at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, Friday is at DHDC.
https://discoverycenteramarillo.org/camps/

Wildcat Bluff camps - in partnership with Don Harrington Discovery Center - are filling up! Ryan is our camp facilitator and a senior wildlife biology major at WTAMU. He works hard to make every day an adventure. Visit dhdc.org to register.

Yes, we are OPEN today! (And all Monday's through Labor Day). We have our "Handimals" activity in KinderStudio at 10:30 ...
05/27/2019

Yes, we are OPEN today! (And all Monday's through Labor Day). We have our "Handimals" activity in KinderStudio at 10:30 and Science Studio "Oobleck" at 1:30. It's a great day to come play and explore! Happy Memorial Day!🇺🇸

05/24/2019

Happy Summer!😎🌞 We are kicking off summer today with bouncers and games! Come play, we're here till 4:30!

T-minus 2.5 days until summer! The DHDC can help you kick off summer at our End of Year Spectacular on Friday! Bring the...
05/21/2019

T-minus 2.5 days until summer! The DHDC can help you kick off summer at our End of Year Spectacular on Friday! Bring the kids by for some fun - we'll have a bouncy slide and exciting games to celebrate the start of the summer! We are open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and starting next week we are open on Monday's! Regular admission applies.(members are free)! See you soon!

Today is the last day for Battle of the Titans! Swing by and check these giants out one last time! ***Please have cash o...
05/19/2019

Today is the last day for Battle of the Titans! Swing by and check these giants out one last time! ***Please have cash or check for admission, our internet seems to have gone back to the dino times. We apologize for any inconvenience.

‼️Summer Camp UPDATE! ‼️Below is a list of camps that STILL HAVE OPENINGS for the first 5 weeks this summer. DHDC Summer...
05/15/2019

‼️Summer Camp UPDATE! ‼️
Below is a list of camps that STILL HAVE OPENINGS for the first 5 weeks this summer. DHDC Summer Camps occur weekly from June 3rd- July 26th. (Themes not listed below are full, but there is a waiting list for each camp on the registration page)

🦠Week of June 3-7🦠
3 years- Silly Shapes
4&5 years- Smarty Arty Pants: 3 spots left in AM, 5 spots left in PM
1st grade- Plundering Pirates- 6 spots left
2nd grade- Chaotic Concoctions: Only 1 Spot left❗️
5th & 6th Grade- Extreme Engineering

🦠Week of June 10-14🦠
3 years- Dr. Seuss Science
4 & 5 years- Ooey Gooey: Only 1 spot left in PM session❗️
1st Grade- Animal Safari- 6 spots left
2nd Grade- Spies 101: 3 spots left
3rd & 4th grades- Kitchen Craziness: 3 spots left
5th & 6th grades- Mad Scientist

🦠June 17-21🦠
3 years- Artist's Playground
4 & 5 years- Budding Builders: 5 spots left in AM, 6 spots in PM
1st grade- Space Troopers
2nd Grade- Survival School- 6 spots left
3rd & 4th grades- Tinkering Studio
5th & 6th Grade- Crime Scene Investigation

🦠June 24-28🦠
3 years- Story Book Science
4&5 years- T-Rex Trouble: Only 1 spot left in PM session!❗️
2nd grade- Superhero Bootcamp
3rd & 4th- Crazy Chemistry: 3 spots left
5th & 6th Grade- Art Wars

🦠July 1-5🦠
3 years- Superhero Silliness
4&5 years- Pirate School
1st Grade- Fizz, Bubble, Pop
2nd grade- Art Club
3rd & 4th- Secret Agents: 4 spots left
5th & 6th- Robotics: 6 spots left

Summer Camps at DHDC are chuck full of science experiments, live demos, crafts, games, exhibit play, Space Theater shows, field trips (for some full day camps), and fun activities like Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream on the last day of camp. Plus each camper gets a DHDC summer camp T-shirt. Visit our website to register your child for a full week of science FUN! We will continue to update our camp openings on here occasionally, but check the registration link for the most up-to-date information.

http://discoverycenteramarillo.org/camps/

Don't forget THIS Sunday May 19th is the LAST day to explore our Spring traveling exhibit, Battle of the Titans!
05/15/2019

Don't forget THIS Sunday May 19th is the LAST day to explore our Spring traveling exhibit, Battle of the Titans!

We have 2 new pieces added to our traveling exhibit: Battle of the Titans! Come dig in the digital dig pit and become the dino and soar over the ocean! Check them out while you can, the last day for the exhibit is May 19th!

Did you know the DHDC can bring science to you!? We have several Science Live programs that can travel, helping us reach...
05/13/2019
Live from Anywhere: The Science of Magic Events - Farm and Dairy

Did you know the DHDC can bring science to you!? We have several Science Live programs that can travel, helping us reach more people with #newdiscoverieseveryvisit. https://www.farmanddairy.com/event/live-from-anywhere-the-science-of-magic

Join us in the Quaker Room of Salem Public Library on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for the exciting program “Science Live! The Science of Magic”, to be presented by Don Harrington Discovery Center Amarillo, TS. Magicians’ secrets will be revealed! “For years magicians have relied on ...

Save the date– Friday June 7th–for this amazingly fun event for the terminally immature. This adults-only evening will t...
05/13/2019

Save the date– Friday June 7th–for this amazingly fun event for the terminally immature. This adults-only evening will take you back to the summer camp days of your childhood, but with a grown-up twist, featuring refreshing beverages and camp-inspired cuisine. Science inspired activities will also excite the young at heart!

The early birds gets the worm! Be a happy camper and and purchase your tickets between May 6th-May 26th to save $.
Click the link for tickets and details➡️➡️ https://discoverycenteramarillo.org/event/june-7th-camp-iwanna/

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there! Don’t forget moms get in free today. Come out and show off all t...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there! Don’t forget moms get in free today. Come out and show off all that you can learn about science! She’ll love it.

05/10/2019

Parents Night Out update: Online sales are now off - we have the following spots available as of 8:30 am.
4/5 years: 2 spots
6/7 years: 4 spots
8-11 years: 5 spots
Call the DHDC at 355.9547 if you want to sign you child up for tonight! Last one until August!

Address

1200 Streit Dr
Amarillo, TX
79106

General information

DHDC is a fantastic place for families and school groups. We spark curiosity and inspire a passion for lifelong learning. Kids and adults alike have a hard time leaving--the interactions are that compelling! Open on Mondays during summer and holidays.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 16:30
Thursday 09:30 - 16:30
Friday 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(806) 355-9547

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