DISCOVER something new...from home!

Our Museum may be temporarily closed, but there is still plenty to be DISCOVERED! We hope your kids enjoy the digital resources we’ve created and compiled to help keep them busy during this time of social distancing. Stay safe, stay positive, and #StayHomeforNevada!

Talking to Kids About Race and Equity

Talking about racism, although hard, is necessary.‬ ‪If we wish to inspire the change we want to see in this world, we need to engage in these difficult conversations with our children today.

In light of recent and ongoing events, here are some resources that may help parents discuss emotional topics such as racism:

Click here to see how children’s museums across the country are uniting in the fight against racism.

Videos from the DISCOVERY Team

How does static electricity work?

DISCOVERY’S Lexi Keaton creates lightning
in this demonstration on how static electricity works.

Why it's important to wash your hands

Just how important is washing your hands
when it comes to stopping spread nasty germs?

DISCOVER CHEMISTRY

Learn about chemical reactions in this
explosive demonstration!

HOW TO USE TINKERCAD

Use free CAD software to 3D print
your very own bookmark.

MAKE YOUR OWN PLAYDOUGH

Make your own Playdough with ingredients
you’ve probably got in your pantry right now.

STORYTIME WITH NATE SCHMIDT

Nate Schmidt of the Vegas Golden Knights reads
Curious George and the Puppies.

BUBBLE PAINTING

Here’s a fun art project you can do from home.
All you need are some bubbles, paints, a straw and piece of paper.

3D-Printed PPE

To help medical professionals in need of PPE,
the DISCOVERY Lab is 3-D printing face shields.
Click here for instructions on how to make your own.

SPANISH STORYTIME

Arts & Humanities Coordinator, Vanessa Valdivia, reads
Hola Noche by Amy Costales and Mercedes McDonald.

DIY Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg Machines perform simple tasks in
complicated ways using a series of six different machines.
Make your own with DISCOVERY’s Miranda Barnard!

How Does Rain Form?

Learn how rain forms in this DISCOVER Science at Home experiment.

Can Water Be Bent?

Spoiler alert: It can! Find out how in this super simple DISCOVER Science at Home experiment.

Mac King Card Trick

Mac King of the Mac King Comedy Magic Show in Las Vegas teaches kids a jaw-dropping card trick for At Home DISCOVERIES!

Animal Encounters: Desert Tortoise

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s Kyra Lehtinen introduces us to her pet Desert Tortoises.

Animal Encounters: Hedgehog

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s Lexi Keaton introduces us to her pet Hedgehog, Al.

Q&A with Rudy Ruettiger

Rudy Ruettiger, the man who inspired the 1993 film Rudy, answers some questions posed by DISCOVERY kids.

Storytime with Deryk Engelland

Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights reads The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

Storytime with Napoleon McCallum

Former Raiders Running Back, Napoleon McCallum, reads The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf.

DISCOVER Science At Home

DISCOVERY’S Chris Lucas demonstrates
what happens when you mix oil with water.

How to get yucky germs off your hands

Here’s how to wash your hands
the RIGHT way!

STORYTIME WITH SAM

DISCOVERY’s Sam Nelson reads
“Please, Puppy, Please” by Spike and Tonya Lee.

YOGA FOR TODDLERS

Our DISCOVERY on Wheels Coordinator
is also mini yogis certified!

GROW YOUR OWN PLANTS

Grow your own garden with things you’ve
likely got lying around your house right now.

MAKE YOUR OWN WATERCOLORS

Make your own watercolor paints with things
you likely have at home in your pantry!

DISCOVERING LAS VEGAS

Mammoths, lions, and camels…oh my!
Just a few animals that have been found at the
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.

MAGIC ISLE MEDLEY

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Director of Facilities
and Exhibits (and world-renowned music artist)
Gary Haleamau performs “Magic Isle Medley” with his family.

CREATE YOUR OWN NO-SEW FACE MASK

How to create your own face mask with items
from around the house (No sewing required!)

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Learn about the respiratory system with this real set of lungs!

Change the Color of Pennies

Using just a few ingredients you likely have hanging around your house, create a chemical reaction that will cause pennies to change color!

TinkerCAD Tutorial

In this more advanced TinkerCAD tutorial, our Makerspace Educator shows you how to design a 3D-printed robot keychain.

Mac King Water Trick

Learn to immediately turn water into ice with this Mac King magic trick!

Animal Encounters: Leopard Gecko

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s Lexi Keaton introduces us to her pet Leopard Gecko, Flea.

Earth Day Yoga

DISCOVERY on Wheels Coordinator and certified mini yogis instructor, Kim Carter, and her son demonstrate some simple yoga poses for your toddlers to try in honor of Earth Day.

Recycled Art: Carton Houses & Cardboard Castles

Turn trash into treasure with our Makerspace Educator, Kyra! She’s using old milk cartons and cereal boxes to build houses and castles. Be sure to watch until the end for a good laugh 😉

Recycled Art: #MayThe4thBeWithYou Lightsabers

Make your own Lightsabers for Star Wars Day. All you need are a couple paper towel rolls and some paints!

Science Experiments

You know we love a good science experiment. We do them every day at DISCOVERY! Here are a few our team put together that are safe enough for you to try from the comfort of your own home:

Post a photo or video on social media of your little ones doing these experiments at home. Don’t forget to tag us @discoverylv and use our hashtag, #AtHomeDISCOVERIES!

Other Science Resources

National Geographic Kids

Play games, take quizes, watch videos, and so much more in this online version of National Geographic Kids! Nat Geo Kids also has a great section on coronavirus that lays it all out for little ones.

NASA Kids' Club

Attention future astronauts: We’ve found the perfect place for you! At NASA Kids’ Club, learn about things that are out of this world. With tons of “missions” to choose from and galleries to engage with, you could spend all day on this site without getting bored!

Science Mom

Science Mom does science demonstrations on her YouTube channel every week. She also shares printable content on her website, which you can find here. Bonus? She’s from Southern Nevada!

But Wait...There's More!

Coloring Pages

DISCOVERY’s Makerspace Educator, Kyra Lehtinen, drew up these coloring pages just for DCM kids! Can you guess which of our galleries you can find each of these items in?

Once you finish those, check out these free coloring pages from Crayola:

Other Art Resources

UNLV DRAWING A DAY

During the temporary closure of UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, they’re inviting everyone to participate in a remote community event: a global exhibition called, A Drawing a Day Keeps the Pandemic Away.

FIRST PALETTE

An awesome collection of crafts and printables for kids, parents, and teachers!

MO WILLEMS' LUNCH DOODLES

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, Mo Willems, invites kids into his studio (virtually, of course) every weekday at 1 p.m. to make art.

ART CLASSES FOR KIDS

Kim has been teaching art for more than 28 years and has created thousands of projects she shares with kids all over the world on YouTube.

AT HOME ART

At Home Art is helping kids stay creative from the couch. Submit your art for cash prizes, take virtual field trips to museums around the world, and even stream operas on your TV!

MET KIDS

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Kids site is made for, with, and by kids. It offers all kinds of creative fun for little ones.

Literacy Resources

LVCCLD

Although all Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branches are closed right now due to COVID-19, their extensive catalog of digital resources remain ripe for the picking! Check them out by clicking the button below.

LEVAR BURTON'S SKYBRARY

This interactive digital library filled with hundreds of children’s books and videos is available on the web, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android Tablets.

STORYLINE ONLINE

Watch and listen as celebrities read hundreds of your favorite children’s books…for FREE!

OTHER LITERACY RESOURCES

KINDNESS 101

You may recognize CBS’ Steve Hartman from his emotional weekly series, “On the Road.” Like many Americans, he’s now being forced to work from home. So he’s starting a new segment on Facebook Live — “Kindness 101.”

Virtual Resources from Children's Museums Around the Country

As of March 19, 2020, every children’s museum in the U.S. had shut its doors due to the COVID-19 epidemic. While we were one of the first to bring you virtual content for your kids to DISCOVER at home, many others have since taken to the web to offer great virtual resources of their own! Check them out by clicking the button below.

Recursos Para Niños Hispanohablantes

PBS NIÑOS

PBS Niños hace que el aprendizaje sea divertido. Resuelve rompecabezas y juega con esta sección en español del sitio.

COLORÍN COLORADO

Colorín Colorado es un sitio web bilingüe que proporciona información, actividades y consejos para ayudar a los niños a aprender a leer y tener éxito en la escuela.

CAMPO DE JUEGOS ESPAÑOL

Libros para colorear y actividades imprimibles, planes de lecciones y vídeos. ¡Todo en español!

LUGAR DE CUENTOS

Este lugar de cuentos es una biblioteca en línea con un montón de historias y actividades para los niños hispanohablantes.

Plaza Sésamo

Juega, mira vídeos y crea obras de arte utilizando su computadora con los personajes de Plaza Sésamo.

PRIMERA ESCUELA

Este sitio solo en español cuenta con unidades temáticas para aulas preescolares. Las actividades basadas en animales y letras, así como las actividades prácticas y las páginas para colorear, se destacan aquí.

ASL Resources for Kids

Sign Language 101

Learn sign language online with these free video lessons!

Children’s Books in ASL

This extensive list links to dozens of videos of storytellers presenting children’s books in ASL. The books are even organized by recommended age range.

DIY Sign Language Puppet

Chances are, you have all of the following at home: an old stuffed animal, a pair of gloves, an old tee shirt, scissors, and a rubber band. If so, you have everything you need to make your own sign language puppet!

Additional Resources

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

PREPARE, DON'T PANIC

To inform Nevadans statewide, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor’s Office have created this website to better share information and resources as it pertains to the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact within the state of Nevada.

TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19

The Association of Children’s Museums has put together a list of resources for parents wanting to talk to their children about COVID-19. Click the button below to be directed to this extensive and thoughtful list.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance during these troubling times, please click the button below for a list of resources available to help.

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