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Preschool Discovery Hour

For preschoolers and their favorite adults

Preschool Discovery Hour


Preschool Discovery Hour (PDH) is a unique program for preschoolers (ages 3-K) and their parent or other favorite adult. The program is free to attend.

Preschool Discovery Hour allows preschoolers to informally learn science concepts with their favorite adult, without the pressure of understanding everything. PDH is meant to actively engage families with emergent literacy and hands-on activities to develop comfort and confidence in STEM. Your child gets small concepts now that allow them to make real-world connections in their future. The sessions are fun and hands-on for both you and your child, with opportunities to extend the learning at home.

PDH meets from 9:00 am to 9:45 am. Upcoming dates and themes are:

  • June 10 – Nature Cat – Fred the house can dreams of exploring the great outdoors. When his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, backyard explorer extraordinaire!
    • Partner: Prairie Public
  • July 8 – Forest Friends
    • Partner: North Dakota Forest Service
  • August 12

PDH begins with a story, followed by hands-on STEM stations for children and their favorite adults to rotate through and explore concepts together. Early childhood educators will be present during the Preschool Discovery Hour to engage little learners and their favorite adults on understanding the concepts together.

Please join us and see for yourself how much fun you and your budding scientist will have! Each week’s lesson can stand alone, so come when you can and don’t worry when you can’t! No pre-registration is required.

Space is limited. If you are a daycare or preschool and have a group of 6 or more preschoolers, please schedule a Preschool Inquiry Trip.

Families are encouraged to explore the interactive exhibits gallery after the PDH program. The gallery will open earlier to those choosing to stay and explore, for a quieter environment before opening to the public at 10:00 am. Gateway to Science members visit the gallery at no charge; nonmembers pay regular admission fees.