Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts



A destination for the youngest explorers and their favorite grown-ups, now located on Street Level! Designed with a cityscape theme, this newly renovated gallery offers a collection of kid-friendly exhibits and fun activities for young children ages 0-5. Experience the Story Tree, Fishin' Hole, Storybook Stage, Learning Ambulance, Midtown Market and more!

New exhibits include an X-Ray Table, Lifesize Operation Game, and Pinball Falls!

Fishing Hole

Kids Place is made possible with the generous support of The Gary & Sylvie St. Hilaire, John Crain Kunkel Foundation, Harold A. McInnes, Denis J Milke, M.D. & Kris Olewine Milke, The Hershey Company, Lois Lehrman Grass, Très Bonne Année, Drs. Michael & Madlyn Hanes, and Timothy & Mary Webber Weston.



Construction is complete with our new STEM Design Studios. These newly-renovated labs give visitors the opportunity to explore hands-on, inquiry-based activities that allow for the exploration of many different STEM activities.


Carnival of Health

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — step right up and experience the one and only Carnival of Health. More than 2,200 square feet of fun-filled themed entertainment opens your eyes to the wonders of healthy living and the human body. While exploring this gallery, you will learn about the human body, challenge a friend to a bike race to combat calories, and even scale a climbing wall while you learn about the importance of physical fitness!

Whitaker Center Carnival of Health

Carnival of Health is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Capital Blue Cross.


Backstage Studio

Funded by The Alexander Grass Foundation, Backstage Studio features fascinating exhibits that reveal the science and technology behind movies, TV, music, and theatre. Create your own stop-action film, put yourself into the movies in the Foley Studio, and explore the creation of different sound effects in this interactive gallery.

Whitaker Center Backstage Studio

Backstage Studio is funded by The Alexander Grass Foundation.


Forces of Nature

Through compelling stories of natural forces and environmental change, Forces of Nature is both an exciting thematic area and a relevant science topic that affects everyone’s daily life. The permanent gallery provides guests with the opportunity to experience a variety of extraordinary weather wonders featuring physical “phenomenon-based” exhibits. See the whole world at once with the newly updated Science on a Sphere, experience super winds in our Hurricane Chamber, and create and move mountains!

family time at forces of nature whitaker center

 Forces of Nature is made possible with the generous support of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Mark & Ellen Caldwell, NOAA, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Jack M. Stover & Marsha M. Everton, and ArcelorMittal.


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