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Give the gift of science with help from Discovery Place

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This year, the importance of science is being showcased on a global level like never before, and Discovery Place is all about emphasizing the role science plays in our lives.

With a mission of inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals and world problem-solvers, Discovery Place Science in uptown soon will host a special pop-up shop at the Museum. The shop will feature a variety of science-related items that are both educational and fun.

“While we were able to reopen our museums in September after a six-month closure, the gift shop at Discovery Place Science has remained closed,” said Discovery Place’s Heather Norton. “But we did not want to miss this opportunity during the gift-giving season to provide a place for shoppers to get all their science-related presents for loved ones.

“Now more than ever, we need to encourage a love of science in our community.”

The best gift of all

Of course, the best way to spread a love of science is through a Gift Membership to Discovery Place. Filled with enriching activities that bring the whole family closer, a Membership is the best way to experience all that our Museums have to offer. Plus, Members are invited to special events and exclusive exhibition openings as well as receive discounts on Birthday Parties, Camps and other programs.

An added bonus of purchasing a Membership? Members receive a 20% discount at the pop-up shop! For more information about Membership opportunities, visit the website or call 704.372.6261, ext. 354.

More gifts worth giving

Check out these great gift ideas available at the shop and get ready to nerd out with us on science during your next visit to the Museum! And remember, the proceeds from all shop purchases help our organization’s efforts to support curious thinkers as they discover the wonders of science, technology and nature.

Space Rocket 725

Space Rocket

Send your favorite kiddo into space with this NASA space rocket playset. Includes space rocket, two astronaut figures and a junior rover. There’s hours of fun to be had with this interactive rocket that even lights up on takeoff. Throw in a side of real astronaut ice cream, sold separately for $6.99, to make this gift out of this world.

Age range: 3+

Price: $59.99

Galaxy Girls 725

Galaxy Girls

Keeping with the space theme, check out the book “Galaxy Girls” by Libby Jackson to inspire youngsters with 50 amazing stories of women who have left their mark on the space race. From astronauts to scientists, lawyers to teachers, these extraordinary women reached for the stars and taught us the sky is not the limit.

Age range: 13-17

Price: $19.99

Puzzle Globe 725

Puzzle Globe

Returning to Earth, give little ones a deeper understanding of the world around them with this fun and educational puzzle globe by Learning Resources. In addition to being able to see and learn about the six continents, this 14-piece, spinning globe helps with fine motor skills.

Age range: 3+

Price: $40

Crystal Hedgehog 725

Crystal Hedgehog

Who doesn’t need a crystal hedgehog in their life? Now, you can grow your own! Real crystals will grow before kids’ eyes, fulling transforming into a hedgehog in 24 hours. Everything you need is included – crystal powder, gypsum base, growing container, stir stick and instructions. Kids will learn basic science and chemistry while having fun and creating a new pet in the process. Added bonus: They come in a variety of colors.

Age range: 8+

Price: $12.99

DP Binoculars


Kids can uncover all the beauty this world has to offer with these perfectly sized binoculars. They are the perfect size for kids’ hands and come in various colors.

Age range: 5+

Price: $8.99

Not just for kids

Discovery Place has several gift options for the adults on your list, too. Here are a few hot items for the grown-ups in your life.

Coffee Mug 725

Coffee Mug

For the coffee lover, you can’t go wrong with a “But first, coffee” mug and ours has a fun, science twist.

Price: $12.99

Reusable Straws 725

Reusable Straws Set

Help the Earth while this season by gifting your loved ones with reusable straws that don’t pollute our environment. This set includes three colored, stainless steel straws, a straw cleaner and carry pouch.

Price: $10

Science Matters Sweatshirt 725

Science Matters Sweatshirt

Help someone wear their love of science with this Discovery Place “Science Matters” hooded sweatshirt.

Price: $39.99

Hours of operation

The shop will be open during Museum hours beginning November 25 and will remain open through the end of December. Discovery Place Science is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Museum will also be open Wednesday, November 25, and Friday, November 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are required to visit can be purchased here.

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