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Prepare to be blown away! After 21 years, the Lied Discovery Museum is getting a new home and a new name. This coming February the museum will move into an amazing new home at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center. The board and staff worked have tirelessly to create an innovative museum to rival any children’s museum in the country.
The new Discovery Children’s Museum will be 58,000 square feet, more than double the size of the existing museum. The three level building will arrange exhibits by age, starting with babies and toddlers on the ground floor, followed by elementary age on the second and a third level for older children up to age 12. Integrated into the museum is the Summit, a three-story interactive climbing structure that begins at the bottom, stretching to an observatory at the top. The structure will accommodate all age levels, including parents who want to experience the adventure with their child.
There will be nine themed exhibition halls, all including interactive exhibits. A space on the second floor will host traveling exhibits from across the country. Young inventors will love Patents Pending, a laboratory where future scientists can explore and experiment, highlighting science and math skills. Young at Art will allow budding artists to learn about theories of art and create their own pieces. The Fantasy Festival is for the future actors or anyone who likes to play dress up. It includes a main stage and a multilevel castle and pirate ship. The Who Dun It exhibit will excite the curious. Kids will follow clues around a wild west Nevada town developing investigative skills. Children of all ages love water play. The Water World exhibit rivals any water play exhibit you have ever seen. Modeled after the Hoover Dam, three large tables teach kids about concepts used at dams, and each table presents opportunities for kids to interact with the water flows.
The Discovery Children’s Museum will be opening in February of 2013. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To find out more about the museum and how you can donate, visit www.now2wow.org. You can also sign up for yearly memberships at www.ldcm.org.
**Our apologies – There was a link to an event Nov 7,2012. This link should not have been listed. We do apologize.**