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Toddler Town

A Premier Early Childhood Development and Play-Based Learning Experience

Welcome to Toddler Town—a unique desert-themed exhibit at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, thoughtfully crafted for children from birth through five years old and their parents. Here, young minds and their families are invited to embark on an explorative journey through a range of interactive activities and immersive environments.

At Toddler Town, we believe in the power of play and the importance of early childhood development. Join us in this special exhibition where learning and fun go hand in hand, creating unforgettable memories for you and your little ones.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A newborn’s brain nearly triples in size in its first year.
  • 60% of all the energy a baby expends is concentrated in the brain.
  • A child’s brain will grow to 80% of its adult size by the age of 3.
  • By the time they are 3 years of age, children’s brains have formed trillions of connections between neurons.
  • Social responses are fundamental to a child’s ability to fully learn.
    90% of a human’s brain is developed by the age of 5.
  • At age 5, a child’s brain absorbs 3 times more information than at any other time in his/her life.
  • A stimulating environment for a child can increase a child’s ability to learn by 25%.

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

Toddler Town Exhibition Overview

Interactive Activities

  • Mining Adventure: Little miners can load “rocks” and “boulders” into our overhead bucket system, learning about cause and effect, and developing their motor skills.
  • Animal Discovery: Children can learn about Nevada’s diverse wildlife, enhancing their knowledge and appreciation for nature.
  • Train Engineering: Aspiring engineers can take control, steering trains through imaginative landscapes. This role-play strengthens decision-making and problem-solving abilities.
Female parent sitting and her young child with bowls filled with chalk in the foreground

Art Zone

Creativity knows no bounds in the spacious Art Zone. With thematic, hands-on activities, children are encouraged to express themselves, improving their fine motor skills and fostering developmental growth through art.

A toddler wearing glasses and holding a spiky rubber ball

Crawl Zone

Our Crawl Zone provides a secure, sensory-rich environment for infants on the move. Surrounded by a comfortable bench for parents, this area focuses on developmental milestones such as tracking, self-recognition, and exploration, ensuring a safe and engaging space for our tiniest explorers.

Reading Zone and Parent Resource Center

Immerse yourself and your child in the world of stories in our Reading Zone. With a selection of enriching and educational literature, including bilingual and braille resources, it’s a cozy corner for families to explore together. The Parent Resource Center offers materials and insights to support you as your child’s first teacher.

Sensory Room

Our Sensory Room is an oasis of calm and exploration, equipped with experiential learning tools, adaptive computers, integrated music therapy, and projections. It’s a space designed to encourage sensory, gross, and fine motor skill development in a soothing environment.

Nursing Nook

For nursing mothers, the Nursing Nook provides a private and comfortable space, complete with bottle warmers. We’ve ensured that every need is catered to, making your visit as convenient as possible.

Accessibility Features

Accessibility is a priority in Toddler Town. Our private ADA-accessible restroom is equipped with large changing table areas, ensuring comfort and ease for all families.

Why Toddler Town Matters

Foundation for Growth

The first five years of a child’s life are pivotal in laying the groundwork for their future growth and development. That’s why Toddler Town is not just a space for play; it’s an environment intentionally designed to support and enhance the crucial developmental milestones of children from birth through five years old.

Supporting Early Development Through Play

Toddler Town is more than an exhibit; it’s an experience crafted to nurture the budding minds and bodies of our youngest visitors. Through a rich array of interactive activities, we aim to foster an environment where children can explore, learn, and grow. Our activities are designed to engage children in play that is not only fun, but also educational, promoting their physical, emotional, and intellectual development.

Educational Goals

At Toddler Town, these goals serve as the foundation of our exhibit, guiding the design and implementation of our activities and programs.

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Intellectual Development
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • Creativity and Expression
  • Parental Involvement

By focusing on the development of young children, we aim to contribute positively to their growth, setting the foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery. Join us in creating meaningful experiences and lasting memories for your family at Toddler Town.

A docent helping a young child who is inspecting an object

Events and Workshops at Toddler Town

Daily Science Programs

Join us for engaging science explorations! Our Daily Science Programs are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, and on Sundays at 1:30 pm. Dive into the wonders of science with your little one—no registration required, and it’s included with your admission.

Toddler Tales Early Literacy Program

Nurture a love of reading with Toddler Tales, our early literacy program that brings stories to life. Scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays at 10:45 am, each session combines storytime with music, movement, and hands-on activities. Led by community artists and authors, this program is perfect for sparking young imaginations. Admission includes access to this program, with no need to register.

STEAM Themed Activities

Explore, learn, and create every day in our Art Zone with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) themed activities. These ongoing, daily activities encourage children to engage with concepts and skills through creative play and hands-on experimentation. Included in your admission, our STEAM activities are designed to stimulate minds and inspire a love for learning and exploration. No registration required—just bring your curiosity and creativity!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is Toddler Town for?

Toddler Town is a vibrant, engaging space designed specifically for children from birth through five years old and their families. Our exhibits and activities cater to the developmental stages of early childhood, making it a perfect environment for young explorers and their caregivers to learn and grow together.

Can we visit Toddler Town on a field trip?

Absolutely! We warmly welcome preschool classrooms to dive into the wonders of Toddler Town on field trips. Our exhibits offer a unique, hands-on learning experience that complements early childhood education. To plan your visit, please contact our educational team for details and scheduling.

What resources are available for parents at Toddler Town?

At the Toddler Town Parent Resource Center, we understand the importance of supporting parents and caregivers as they navigate the joys and challenges of early childhood. Our center is stocked with a wide range of resources to aid in this journey, including:

  • Parenting Books: A curated selection of literature offering insights and strategies on various aspects of parenting and early childhood development.
  • Early Childhood Education Resources: Accessible, practical materials designed to enhance the learning experience at home, covering topics from sensory play to early literacy.
  • Brain Boxes: Specially designed kits that focus on brain development in the crucial first five years. These boxes contain activities and information to help stimulate your child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical growth.

From their first day of school to their first A-HA moments.

We put our kids first.

Parents (under a purple overlay) with their toddler (in full color) who is playing on an exhibit

That’s a FIRST made possible by the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum.

As a premier educational partner in the community, we will champion collaboration that inspires every child to become an innovative thinker through the joy and wonder of hands-on DISCOVERY.