The Science of the Sun

Summer is in full swing here and it's time for everyone to have fun in the sun. We all know the sun brightens our day, makes plants grow and keeps us warm, but there is so much more to the sun. Read on to find out more fun facts. A real "super star" The sun

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All About our Science Summer Camps

Discovery Center of Idaho has a range of cool summer science camps to keep kids busy and learning new skills during summer vacation. One-week sessions let kids explore different subjects like LEGO engineering, coding and STEM skills to discover new skills and interests. These Boise summer camps are designed to help children grow and expand

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The Benefits of Summer Camps for Kids

Every kid gets super excited when summer finally swings around! Popsicles, bike rides and fun dips in the pool with friends are just some of the things that kids can do to stay active, or just enjoy some sweet treats to enjoy the beautiful weather. Each summer is an opportunity for your child to grow

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Chemical Concoctions: DIY Edition

With summer rapidly approaching the thought of keeping the kids entertained for the next few months can be a challenge and ultimately a little scary. However, you can visit the Discovery Center (wink wink), go to the zoo, go camping, float the river, or you can try any of these DIY science projects that your

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Boise STEM Activities

What does STEM mean exactly? We hear it all the time and automatically just assume science, which is true don’t get us wrong, but it means a lot more than that. If you look up the actual definition of STEM, you’ll find that STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Way more than just

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The Haunting Science Behind Fear

You wake up in the middle of the night to complete darkness, not even a light from your phone, computer, or smoke detector glows. The air feels wrong and your gut tightens. You hear a low moan, then something as light as a spider web passes across your face. You don’t know what is going

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8 Science Myths That Will Knock Your Socks Of

Introduction It can be hard to separate scientific facts from fiction. There are a lot of myths and old wives' tales that have been repeated so many times, most of us take for granted that they're true! This article will explore eight of those myths, explain why they're untrue, and then give you the facts.

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Why Water is Awesomely Weird: Reasons H2O Will Astound You

Water is Weird! It is everywhere, and we bathe in it. We happily drink it, and without it, we could not live. Although we will search and search for fresh water, we are easily enticed to jump into the salty sea quickly. What is this strange stuff? It is water, H2O, and it is awesomely

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Quantum Physics For Dummies: Science Secrets of The Universe

Quantum Physics for Dummies Quantum Mechanics studies the smallest stuff in the universe. You might know these as the parts of the atom: protons, neutrons, and electrons. When scientists look at the tiniest stuff in the universe, things begin to act really weird. Contradictory things seem to happen at the same time. Things become uncertain.

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Fidget Spinners : The Science Behind The Cultural Phenomenon

Fidget spinners are practically everywhere these days. Fun, bright, and undeniably interactive, kids (and even adults) have flocked to join this fad. They may seem silly, but there's more to them than meets the eye. The science behind why they work and why we like them is entirely legitimate. How They Work On the surface,

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We host a variety of events here at the Discovery Center of Idaho: Young Discoverers, Adult Nights, and friendly challenges among members and frequent visitors. No matter the age or activity, we have a lot of fun and are certain we have something on our calendar sure to entertain and create lasting memories.

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Do you love the Discovery Center? Do you want to support school field trips, in-house produced exhibitions, and STEM education in Idaho? Join Nerd Herd!

Nerd Herd is the Discovery Center's monthly giving program. The donations we receive through Nerd Herd directly support the Discovery Center's mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math. Support the Discovery Center every day of the year with Nerd Herd.

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Discovery Center membership is a rewarding experience for you and your family. Become a member and attend sneak previews of our new exhibitions, receive discounts on camps and birthday parties, and enjoy the Discovery Center every day of the year.

Join today and become part of our community. Together, we can achieve our mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in STEM.

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  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    Main Office
    (208) 343-9895


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  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    131 W. Myrtle Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702


  • Mon - Sat • 10am - 5pm
    Sunday • Noon - 5pm
    Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas


  • Members & Under 2 • Free*
    Youth 2-17 • $10
    Adults 18+ • $12
    Seniors • $11
    Military Personnel • $1 Off
    * Free admission during standard exhibitions & reduced admissions during special exhibitions

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