Science of Play

Play is learning! Each week, explore new exhibits and materials that support your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Hands-on materials, interactive activities, and facilitated discussions identify the different types of learning that happen while children play. Caregiver takeaways and informational resources will help families continue learning at home. 

Look for weekly and monthly themes!

All programs are included in general admission and are free for members. Admission can be purchased in advance online or by walk-in at our front desk!


Plan Your Visit


Thank you Westminster College Foundation for supporting Science of Play!

April 17, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Physical Literacy - Heavy Work

Location: Outside Green Space

Discover your ability to push, pull, lift and repeat in our outdoor garden! Practice gross motor skills and develop physical literacy as you shovel, dig, and carry materials outside. Experience feeling confident and capable as you develop new physical abilities.

April 24, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Physical Literacy - Risky Play

Location: Outside Green Space

Watch your little one test their limits with a bit of risky play! Step back and allow your child to investigate their own physical abilities, all while developing confidence, resilience, and risk assessment skills! Explore different outdoor terrains and test your speed, elevation, and impact while crawling, jumping, or balancing.

May 1, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Mastery & Recapitulative Play - Fort Building

Explore innovative ways to build a strong fort! Learn about force and gravity as you use trail and error to solve problems and discover ideas to create a stable structure using your folding, stacking, clipping, and balancing skills

May 8, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Mastery & Recapitulative Play - Rhymes and Storytelling 

Location: Auditorium 

Did you know songs and rhymes have been a medium of sharing knowledge for a long time? Discover the magic of storytelling through rhymes and repetition. Develop your memory and strengthen your minds through songs and music! 

May 15, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Mastery & Recapitulative Play - Seeds and Soil 

Location: Science Gallery 

Repetitive tasks develop transferable skills that are used in many daily tasks! Step into your farm shoes and experience the practice of feeling, digging and uncovering soil to plant seeds to grow. 

May 22, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Mastery & Recapitulative Play - Darkness and Discovery

Location: Things In Caves (The Dinosaur Gallery)

Explore the caves and master its environment as you see and listen to cave paintings and a star show in the darkness of the caves. Discover the opportunities of endless play even in the dark!

May 29, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Mastery & Recapitulative Play - Collecting and Categorizing

Develop your motor skills as you build connections with shapes, sizes, colours and themes of objects. Discover your interests and collaborate to categorize them into a museum case!