The Discovery Zone

Explore, create, build and learn together in our hands-on areas! Families are sure to try something new, get their hands dirty, and have fun in the process. There a lot to explore in all three Discovery Zones in the Armory and the Fisher Pavilion from 10 AM -4  PM

Discovery Zone Activities

Build an Ocean of Bots with The Big-Brained Superheroes Club

STEAM Lab

The Big-Brained Superheroes Club at Yesler Community Center is creating a marine ecosystem out of recyclables, Micro:bit microcontrollers, servos, motors, LEDs, and sensors. Starting with our plastic bag moon jelly and continuing with our sea turtles made from deli pie containers and bubble wrap along with other animals in production, we’re exploring food webs and interspecies connections through our robotic ecosystem. In the process, we’re learning how certain manmade materials, such as plastics, can be both marvelously malleable and deeply damaging.
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Build your own Toy Boat with Center for Wooden Boats

Fisher Pavilion Discovery Zone

Put your handiness to the test and build a toy boat using traditional woodworking hand tools. Learn More

Children’s Museum’s Imagination Playground

Armory Lofts Discovery Zone

Build a new world using Imagination Playground blocks! Make objects like animals, rocket ships and robots. Because Imagination Playground is child-directed and open-ended, it encourages self-expression through deep, joyful play.
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Collage with Town Hall Seattle

Armory Lofts Discovery Zone

Cutting, gluing, creating! Join Town Hall Seattle in for a free-form exploration of the technique known as collage. Learn More

Dig into a Worm Bin with TILTH Alliance

Fisher Pavilion Discovery Zone

Come learn about vermicompost (composting with worms) and play worm bin bingo with the Master Composter Sustainability Stewards and our mobile worm bin! Composting at home can be fun and easy. Learn about how to best care for red wiggler worms, what they can/can’t eat and what their habitat is like! Learn More

Experiment with Natural Health with Uncle Harry

Fisher Pavilion Discovery Zone

Learn all about different approaches to natural health care! Mix your own aromatherapy blend, spice blend or shampoo, and try out a variety of herbal infused water. Learn about the different healing properties of herbs, spices, and oils.

FIRST Robotics with Ginger Gears

STEAM Lab

Join local FIRST Robotics teams to learn hands on about robotics and STEAM education! Kiddos will get the opportunity to interact with robots and participate in creative activities designed to get students thinking about engineering and sustainability in terms of urban infrastructure. Learn More

Instrument Petting Zoo with Music Center of the Northwest

Fisher Pavilion Discovery Zone

How does a violin make sound? Or a French horn? YOU will be able to learn how! We will have several instruments available – come try them all! Learn More

Learning Immersive Tech w/ Arts Corps & Reel Grrls

STEAM Lab

Immersive Tech is an umbrella term for content creation like virtual reality, augmented reality and gaming. LIT Demo will have stations with time limitations for participants to try it out. Learn More

Make Artwork for Peace with Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run

Fisher Pavilion Discovery Zone

What does peace look like to you? Is it a rainbow, your favorite dog or a basketball hoop? We want to see what you think! And you get to be part of an art project for peace that includes thousands of kids from all around the world. Artwork like yours gets to go to Rome and be part of an exhibit at the Coliseum with over 7000 others. Colors of Peace is art created by young people like you from around the world who were asked to create something that means peace to them. It celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st. Learn More

Make your own Mask or Hat with Jose Orantes

Armory Lofts Discovery Zone

Color in different animals designs just they way you like them. Then cut it out, and fold them to create a unique hat or mask just for you! This program is bilingual (Spanish-English) and you’re invited to learn animal names and animal’s important facts in both languages. Learn More

Please Love Self! with Purrdie Burrdie Designs

Armory Lofts Discovery Zone

Purrdie Burrdie is from the Planet Doodletopia. She comes to share a message to children through stories about the importance of self love. Read the book Purrdie Burrdie I love Myself, then write about what you love about yourself! You can create mirrors with a button machine to reflect on you beauty and color together and have fun bedazzling Purrdie Burrdie and learn all about my story of how Purrdie Burrdie came to be. Learn More

Sewing Cards with MOHAI

Armory Lofts Discovery Zone (Sunday Only)

Explore the making and mending of clothes by practicing basic sewing skills with fun and colorful materials! Young visitors can practice their sewing skills on our large needlepoint board or decorate a sewing card to take home. Practice threading, knotting, and sewing with safe materials. This activity is in conjunction with the exhibit Seattle Style: Fashion/Function, which showcases the complex history of clothing in Seattle, including its innovations, its influence, and its connections to the broader fashion world. Learn More