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The King of Dinosaurs

Special Programs

All programs in Smead Discovery Center are free with Museum admission. No registration required.


Monday-Saturday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 1 to 4:30 pm


Bring your family and your questions and get ready for hands-on fun. Stay as long as you like. Each week features a special activity or craft and a resource person who will make science fun and understandable for visitors of all ages.

Incredible Insects

Wednesday, July 1; 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Look at insect specimens from our collection under a video microscope. Meet scientists who study insects: Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Gavin Svenson, Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager Nicole Gunter and Ph.D. student Sydney Brannoch. Make an insect craft to take home.

Show and Smell: Native Plants

Wednesday, July 8; 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Smell some of Ohio’s most fragrant native plants and learn about them from Natural Areas specialists and botanists. Plant an herb to take home!



Wednesday, July 15; 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Explore real animal skulls from our collection. Museum Educator Nancy Howell will show you how to examine skulls, teeth and beaks to determine what an animal eats. There will be some challenges, so join us to learn how to interpret information skulls and teeth provide! You may be surprised.

Amazing Bald Eagles

Wednesday, July 22; 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Learn about Bald Eagles with Mentor Marsh Naturalist Becky Donaldson. Touch replicas of a Bald Eagle skull, talon and egg, and see how your 'wingspan' measures up. Make and take an eagle craft. After enjoying the program, take a trip outside to visit Orion the Bald Eagle!

Rockin' Rocks and Marvelous Minerals

Wednesday, July 29; 2:30 to 4:30 pm

What’s the difference between a rock and a mineral? A rock and a gem? Touch, examine and sketch rock and mineral specimens like a real scientist. Curator of Mineralogy Dr. David Saja will show you how. Bring a rock or mineral for Dr. Saja to ID, and find out what he does in his lab across the hall.