Discovery Center

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04/23/2020

Check out this great video from one of our member families! How are you creating recycled fun?

04/23/2020

Join our Exhibits Supervisor Miss Kate, and her special guests for some backyard worm science.

Happy 50 years of Earth Day! Check out this awesome lego challenge from NASA.
04/22/2020

Happy 50 years of Earth Day! Check out this awesome lego challenge from NASA.

Earthlings, assemble! 🌍

We’ve teamed up with LEGO to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and we have a challenge for you: BUILD YOUR OWN PLANET! Share your creations using #LetsBuildTogether and #EarthDayAtHome so we can see your masterpieces!

Happy Earth Day! Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Check out the official Earth Day websit...
04/22/2020
Earth Day: The Official Site | Earth Day Network

Happy Earth Day! Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Check out the official Earth Day website for information on citizen science apps, activities and more.

Visit the official Earth Day site to learn about the world's largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day.

Happy Earth Week! Here's a friendly reminder that nature is NOT CANCELLED due to the pandemic. Get outside and play this...
04/21/2020
Birds and Worms

Happy Earth Week! Here's a friendly reminder that nature is NOT CANCELLED due to the pandemic. Get outside and play this awesome game that will teach your littles about camouflage and what it is like to be a bird hunting for worms. Just remember, the early bird gets the worm!

Discover the value of camouflage and pretend to be birds in search of worms.

It's Virtual Earth Week over at the DC Digital Lab! Head on over for a fun activity on how to make recycled paper at hom...
04/20/2020
DC Digital Lab | Discovery Center

It's Virtual Earth Week over at the DC Digital Lab! Head on over for a fun activity on how to make recycled paper at home.

Welcome to the DC Digital Lab! Discovery Center is temporarily closed, but we wanted to be here for you in this challenging time. Our team has put together a collection of videos, experiments and activities that you can do at home. We are here to help you overcome boredom and learn a few things in t...

Discovery Center has gone Digital! We will be adding at home experiments each week for you to enjoy on our website or wa...
04/17/2020
DC Digital Lab | Discovery Center

Discovery Center has gone Digital! We will be adding at home experiments each week for you to enjoy on our website or watch for them on Facebook. Check it out.

Welcome to the DC Digital Lab! Discovery Center is temporarily closed, but we wanted to be here for you in this challenging time. Our team has put together a collection of videos, experiments and activities that you can do at home. We are here to help you overcome boredom and learn a few things in t...

04/15/2020
#StayAndPlayOcala - YouTube

If you've been enjoying our #StayAndPlayOcala videos, be sure to check out the YouTube collection. You'll see Discovery Center videos as well as other fun crafts, projects and virtual tours of our other favorite parks around town!

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Stay tuned. Even though we are closed to the public, Discovery Center staff is still working behind the scenes to bring ...
04/14/2020

Stay tuned. Even though we are closed to the public, Discovery Center staff is still working behind the scenes to bring you the next awesome exhibit experience once we re-open!

Be sure to check with Discovery Center for the latest information regarding summer camp. We are monitoring the situation...
04/13/2020
Summer Camps | Discovery Center

Be sure to check with Discovery Center for the latest information regarding summer camp. We are monitoring the situation closely and anticipate running camp programs in accordance with state and local guidelines.

Camp Discovery Join the Discovery Center for a summer of fun! Explore different science themes and concepts, conduct simple experiments, play games, make crafts, cool off at the pool, and go on a field trip each week! We offer summer camp for two age groups (Juniors = ages 8 – 11 | Seniors = ages ...

Ocala Recreation and Parks
04/11/2020

Ocala Recreation and Parks

Summer Camp Update: We are closely monitoring changes in the school calendar and public health restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus and anticipate to run summer camp programs in accordance with local and state guidelines.

While we don’t have an expected start date yet, we’re looking forward to having summer fun with you soon! Check back here for updates.

04/10/2020
Discovery Digital Lab

Find out more about the Van de Graaff Generator and explore electricity in todays Digital Lab.

Our center might be closed to the public, but the projects never close! Look at what our exhibit coordinator has been wo...
04/09/2020

Our center might be closed to the public, but the projects never close! Look at what our exhibit coordinator has been working on...do you know what this might be? Hint, it will be used with some of our critter friends when it's all done.

04/08/2020
Goomba the Toadhead Agama

Check out our Toadhead Agamas on todays Critter Corner! They may be small, but they are fast and have some neat defense mechanisms.

04/07/2020
Discovery Science: Fossils

Join Mr. Malcolm and Miss Kate as we discover different types of fossils and make a dinosaur soap egg so you can keep your dino claws clean!

04/06/2020
Meet Dilly our Saharan Uromastyx

Take a closer look at our spiny tailed friend Dilly the Uromastyx. Find out how these guys survive with little to no water in the desert!

04/05/2020
Discovery Science

How do planes stay in the air? How did Miss Kate float a ping pong ball in a hair dryer? Find out all about the Bernouli Concept and the forces of flight.

04/04/2020
STEAM Science

Who's ready for a cool Steam Science experiement? Follow along and make salt and ice sculptures.

04/01/2020
Ocala Recreation and Parks

Let's talk salamanders with Miss Cara and Miss Kate as we introduce you to Tony and Tigger our Tiger Salamanders.

Join us for a special Critter Lab! We are meeting Tony and Tigger, two Tiger Salamanders who live at the Discovery Center! Keep an eye out for an April Fool's prank from Ms. Cara!

03/31/2020
Ocala Recreation and Parks

Take a "deeper dive" with this lesson about acids, bases and coral reefs!.

Join us in the Discovery Center labratory to learn how acids and bases are affecting coral reefs in the ocean! #StayAndPlayOcala

Discovery Center's cover photo
03/31/2020

Discovery Center's cover photo

Ocala Recreation and Parks
03/23/2020

Ocala Recreation and Parks

**UPDATE: All 500 Stay & Play bags have been given away. We apologize if you weren't able to get one 😕**

Staff is finishing up your PLAY PACKS! You can start picking these up at noon today at the following three locations:

Ocala Recreation & Parks Administration Building | 828 NE Eighth Ave.
E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.
Lillian F. Bryant Community Center | 2200 NW 17th Pl.

The Play Packs are free and contain two sets of materials for crafts and activities.

Staff will watch for you and bring these out to your vehicle since visitors are not allowed in the centers.

For more information, call our office at 352-368-5517.

03/22/2020
Ocala Recreation and Parks

What do snakes have in common with butterflies?

Critter Facts: Brazilian Rainbow Boas

#stayandplayocala #ocalarecpark

03/21/2020
Ocala Recreation and Parks

It's time for meet the critters Axlotl edition!

Critter Facts: Axolotls

#stayandplayocala #ocalarecpark

03/20/2020
Ocala Recreation and Parks

Have you seen our latest Stay and Play Video? Grab some watercolor paints, paper, salt and crayons and join the fun!

STEAM Fun with watercolors!

#stayandplayocala #ocalarecpark

03/19/2020
Ocala Recreation and Parks

Ok kids. Grab a water bottle, cooking oil, water, food coloring and fizzing tablets. It's time for DIY lava lamp science!

Homemade Science: DIY Lava Lamp with Cara and Kate

#stayandplayocala #ocalarecpark

Join is for some fun Facebook programs!
03/19/2020

Join is for some fun Facebook programs!

Stay & Play with us!

We know most of you are practicing social distancing by staying at home, but that doesn't mean we can't have some FUN. Our Recreation & Parks staff is here to help! Throughout the week we'll bring you a variety of live and pre-recorded videos of engaging activities, most of them you can do with us right from your own living room. Meet the critters and perform science experiments from the Discovery Center, get active with our quick fitness routines, explore the Fort King National Historic Landmark and learn about public art!

All you have to do is "LIKE" and "FOLLOW" us here on Facebook. For more information, call our office at 352-368-5517.

Tune in to the Ocala Recreation and Parks page to Stay and Play with us.
03/19/2020

Tune in to the Ocala Recreation and Parks page to Stay and Play with us.

Stay & Play with us!

We know most of you are practicing social distancing by staying at home, but that doesn't mean we can't have some FUN. Our Recreation & Parks staff is here to help! Throughout the week we'll bring you a variety of live and pre-recorded videos of engaging activities, most of them you can do with us right from your own living room. Meet the critters and perform science experiments from the Discovery Center, get active with our quick fitness routines, explore the Fort King National Historic Landmark and learn about public art!

All you have to do is "LIKE" and "FOLLOW" us here on Facebook. For more information, call our office at 352-368-5517.

In an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 Discovery Center will be closed to the public until further notice....
03/16/2020

In an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 Discovery Center will be closed to the public until further notice. Please continue to check back with us regarding opening dates for Astronaut Academy, classes and summer camps. Please stay safe and healthy during this time.

Calling all young scientists ages 8-15! Summer camp is right around the corner and registration is now open!
03/14/2020
Summer Camps | Discovery Center

Calling all young scientists ages 8-15! Summer camp is right around the corner and registration is now open!

Camp Discovery Join the Discovery Center for a summer of fun! Explore different science themes and concepts, conduct simple experiments, play games, make crafts, cool off at the pool, and go on a field trip each week! We offer summer camp for two age groups (Juniors = ages 8 – 11 | Seniors = ages ...

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701 NE Sanchez Ave
Ocala, FL
34470

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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(352) 401-3900

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MISSION STATEMENT: The Discovery Center of Ocala strives to provide community members of all ages an interactive educational experience which stimulates a desire to expand personal knowledge.

The Discovery Center has been providing hands-on, interactive education opportunities for our community since 1997. It’s relocation to the old Armory in Tuscawilla Park in 2009 has proven to be advantageous. The center is busting at the seams with programs offered from four, different exhibitions per year to numerous afterschool and camp programs.

The facility has an upstairs exhibition hall (hosting 5,012 sq. ft.) that hosts four exhibitions per year and greatly multiplies the center’s educational value and outreach to students and families within our community. Complete utilization of the space for all citizens will include the addition of an elevator and a third-floor mezzanine allowing: an additional 1300 sq. ft., bathrooms, breakout rooms, and utilization of landmark built in 1941.

Architectural drawings are complete and preliminary construction estimates indicate the cost of renovation to be approximately two million dollars. The Discovery Center Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that has accepted this challenge and is actively working towards the renovation.

Presently, the Foundation is partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Marion County and the City of Ocala to host the Rotary Discovery Fest: Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round Up (now just Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round Up. Both have become annual events occurring in February. These events enable our community to assist in the fundraising objective of all partners and provide an opportunity to showcase the Discovery Center and Tuscawilla Park.

Ocala’s Discovery Center is a member of The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals. Individuals may purchase an ASTC Passport that enables free admission to over 300 science centers and museums around the world.

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Do you ever have teacher nights? I'd love to do something with my coworkers at school.
Went today with my class. Loved it!
I have three small children (4,2 and 11 months) all three had a blast today! We plan to return for more fun very soon! I highly recommend this for families!!
Is the Star Lab open every Saturday or is it only for a certain period of time??
We have Fun cooking lessons for kids this summer! All age ranges from 2-18 and adult classes as well! Please visit our page for details and sign up today to reserve your spot!
We loved our day at the Discovery Center today! We couldn’t get enough of making our own weather reports.
There’s a predator on the loose! Come meet our reptiles, interact with electricity and explore the exhibit today!
I wished your homeschool days was still on Thursdays😢 I work and can't make it on Tuesdays.