All hands-on programs at the Discovery Center of Idaho are cancelled until further notice.

We sincerely apologize for this difficult change and appreciate your understanding.

In partnership with VR1 Arcade, we are excited to offer a pop-up virtual reality experience to our visitors! Step beyond all dimensions and experiences and prepare to jump into realistic worlds and explosive visuals. In conjunction with our current exhibition, TINKER-THE-TREX, you can experience a world of dinosaurs through virtual reality technology!

Station Details:

  • First come, first served basis
  • $5 for 10 min // $10 for 20 min (for members and general admission)
    • Supports both Discovery Center of Idaho programs and local business, VR1 Arcade
    • Credit or Debit Card ONLY (no cash is accepted at this time)
  • Participants must check in at the VR station in Gallery 3 to sign up and reserve a spot
  • Masks are required

What we are doing to keep you safe!

  • Full sanitation of all VR equipment after every visitor
  • Trained and friendly staff equipped with masks and gloves
  • Maintaining social distancing of 6 ft.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is a computer-generated environment that lets you explore almost anything you can imagine. This is not sitting on couch at home. With a VR headset and motion controls, you have to physically interact with the world around you. This means you can traverse and interact with incredible landscapes.

Currently, virtual reality is a pop-up experience with no set days or times. If the pop-up is closed during your visit, let one of our staff members know and our team will do our best to accommodate, as available.

Virtual Reality is designed for everyone. Many experiences are as simple as watching a movie, while others will make you sore the next day and take you hours to master. Our hosts will walk you through the entire VR setup and introductory process, so you will not feel left alone. Then, they will recommend content based on what you want to explore.

VR is offered to visitors of all ages, however, younger visitors (5 and under) may struggle manipulating the controllers properly on some games. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can sign Terms and Conditions in-person on behalf of the minor.

The optimal Virtual Reality experience requires guests to move their entire body and hold controllers while immersed in this new reality, but we can accommodate most skill, mobility and cognitive levels for a range of guests.

However, be sure to consult your doctor before using any Virtual Reality equipment if you have pre-existing serious medical conditions (such as a heart ailment or epilepsy). Should you feel uneasy or nauseous at any point, please take off the headset and inform our staff immediately.

Donor Recognition:

Special thanks to our partners at VR1 Arcade for sponsoring this exhibit!

Questions or concerns?

Contact us at or call us at 208-343-9895!

VR Experiences:

Nature Treks VR

Explore tropical beaches, underwater oceans and even take to the stars. Discover over 60 different animals. Command the weather, take control of the night or create and shape your own world. Relax and immerse yourself into the Nature Treks VR experience. Learn More...

Google Earth VR

Take a look at our world in a whole new way. Fly to space to look upon the world we live in or float to the ground and hover above the streets. Take a look at breathtaking views that can only be done through VR. Travel any place in the world you have been eager to see. Learn More...



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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    Boise, Idaho 83702


  • Sun: 12pm - 4:30pm
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    Youth 2-17 • $12
    Adults 18+ • $18
    Seniors • $17
    Military Personnel • $1 Off
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