DISCOVERY Children’s Museum New Downtown Location at Symphony Park
With a new Las Vegas location at Symphony Park and new name (it was formally Lied Discovery Children’s Museum), RECESS has high hopes for the Downtown revitalization project! The new Discovery Children’s Museum is located in the historic Cultural Corridor in Downtown Las Vegas, and I couldn’t be more excited to spend the day there with my family.
I have been bringing my children to Lied for almost a decade now, and I was becoming more and more disenchanted with the surrounding area. I know it has become taboo to talk about the less than savory areas of Las Vegas in the public arena, but truth be told, I was not a fan of the old location! Often it would be me bringing the kids by myself to the museum and I felt less then comfortable with our safety outside the building. In fact, my last visit was for 2012 Step Up For Kids with State Senator Shirley Breeden and child advocate, Sylvia Fleming. Although I was thrilled to support the event, my kids were afraid when we were approached by a one-shoed homeless man that had a large butcher knife on his belt. Not that it is a common occurrence, however, we have not been back since which is our loss; the attractions are fantastic, but I was not willing to go back.
At a recent event Downtown, the RECESS ladies stumbled upon the new Discovery Children’s Museum construction site. We were beyond thrilled to see this treasure was moving Downtown. I believe the word “Hallelujah” was quietly shouted amongst all of us! I was relieved I was not the only one having the same feelings about the old location.
The new Discovery Children’s Museum had it’s grand opening March 9th. Sandbox Revolution member, Jen of Supergirl Jen, took a tour with her children and wanted to share with RECESS readers.
Jens shares how they spent the time exploring the new Discovery museum building along with what attractions are available to the public. You can read all about their trip and see her photos of exhibits on her website here.
Over the years, the museum developed into a critical community asset that complemented and enhanced the educational experience of the children living in Southern Nevada and was regularly recognized for award-winning exhibits and programs. More than 2.1 million children and adults visited the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. – Discovery Children’s Museum website
The museum has been recognized twenty times in the RJ’s Best of Las Vegas polls. If you plan on visiting Las Vegas or you are a local resident, don’t NOT miss this Parents’ Pick for the best Las Vegas museum.
The museum is located in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center adjacent to The Smith Center in Symphony Park.
Much more than just the relocation of the current museum, the new museum helps redefine Las Vegas as a city that values culture and the arts, an urban lifestyle and, most importantly, its children. Three-stories tall in stature, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum 58,000-square-foot building will be home to nine-themed exhibition halls totaling 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on core exhibits. The 5,000 square foot Featured Exhibitions Gallery will be large enough to accommodate major exhibits from the nation’s leading museums. The new location will be a safe, easily accessible, family-oriented and energetic educational destination that will offer visitors extraordinary learning experiences and enhanced school, public and extended programs.
The Discovery Children’s Museum is located at 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, NV 89106. Hours of operation from September through May are Tuesday- Friday: 9am – 4pm, Saturday: 10am – 5pm, and Sunday: 12pm – 5pm. Memorial Day through Labor Day hours will be Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm and Sunday: 12pm – 5pm. Memberships are available and suggested. Otherwise, the cost of admission is $12.00 for ages 1 to 99 and free for members and children younger than one year old and adults 100+ years old.
For more information about the new Discovery Children’s Museum and to plan your visit, head over to their website here. Photo credit to Supergirl Jen and Discovery Children’s Museum website.