Discovery Place Explore More! Labs

Schools everywhere in the Carolinas are getting ready to dismiss for the summer. You know what that means a few hours of wild abandon by the kids, followed by endless weeks of “I’m bored” and “What can I do?”. Discover Place has got you covered for the month of June. Best of all? It’s educational,  but don’t tell the kids that.

Get  ready to experience all-new wild and wonderful science every month at Discovery Place!  The Museum’s hands-on Explore More labs are one-of-a-kind environments where visitors become real scientists by experimenting with authentic, fun science activities that explore big ideas.

During the month of June, visitors to the Explore More Life lab will learn all about Marine Mammals including cetaceans, pinnipeds, sireans and polar bears. Discover the difference between toothed and baleen whales, whiskers verses hands, how blubber helps with survival, and how dolphins talk through echolocation. A special Marine Mammal Day on Wednesday, June 8 will include talks with North Carolina Zoo and South Carolina Aquarium experts about right whales, beluga whales and even polar bears, and the chance to step inside the traveling inflatable GeoDome™ to experience a film about how Earth’s climate is changing and impacting all of us.

Also throughout June, guests can power in to the Explore More Stuff lab to explore Energy. Create power with a hand crank generator and feel the increased resources needed as the load on a circuit is increased. Tinker with wind turbines and solar panels to test for power output, measure efficiency and cost of different kinds of lighting, and add units of energy to a train set to increase speed.  The Energy unit is presented by Siemens with Support from Babcock and Wilcox.

Go international just by visiting the Explore More Collections lab, featuring a new “Around the World” theme that spotlights global items from Discovery Place’s extensive collections. Guests can match stamps, coins, sand, dolls, minerals and other items to their place of origin while getting up close to elephant tusks, textiles, dinosaur footprints, a rhinoceros head, fossils and more.

Activities in Discovery Place’s Explore More labs are fun for all ages and skill levels. Lab programming is supported by partnerships with educational institutions, businesses and individuals.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street.  Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets.  For more information about Discovery Place, call (704)372-6261 or visit




  1. My kids love discovery place. There are so many opportunities for learning and they don’t even know it. I throw in bits of information to enhance the experience. Thanks for sharing the information with the public.
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