Due to the renovation of KidsPlace and the new STEM Design Studios, the Harsco Science Center will be closed from October 7 through November 4, 2019 (Sunoco Performance Theatre, Select Medical Digital Cinema, the WondersStore, and our Box Office will continue regular operating hours during this time).
Whitaker Center
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Harsco Science Center

Hands-on exhibits. STEM-based learning. Endless entertainment.

Whitaker Center’s Harsco Science Center is an irresistible invitation to explore the sciences, perform experiments, and discover more about the world around you. From KidsPlace — a kid-sized cityscape just for children ages 5 and under — to Forces of Nature — a mind-blowing examination of how weather and geology affect planet earth — there is something for curious minds of all ages. Live science theater performances, programs and fascinating exhibits about physical, biological and life sciences all combine to make a visit to the science center an extraordinary educational experience cleverly disguised as a whole lot of fun.

NEW for 2019! Drop in STEM Workshops (included in science center admission)

We’re opening up our STEM Design Studios to offer all science center visitors the opportunity to get hands-on with different STEM topics. Adults and kids will meet a STEM Educator at the classroom doors and be introduced to the day’s inquiry-based challenge.  Small groups will have time to design, test, and refine their projects to fulfill the posed requirements. These engaging activities will allow parents and kids to explore STEM topics together, learning as a team. Get hands-on with design challenges using curcuits, tanagrams and K'NEX®. Enjoy activities and experiments with Ozobots™ , Spheros™ and 3Doodler™ 3D printing pens!

There’s no reservation needed to attend. Space is first-come-first-served and meant for groups of 30 or less at one time. Each workshop will take approx. 15 – 20 minutes (based on group size and the nature of the activity). Our STEM Design Studios are located on the Lower Level of Harsco Science Center behind Backstage Studio gallery.

For a complete list of events happening within Harsco Science Center, click here.

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