Discovery Station &
Year-Round Indoor Play and Learning
Free with General Admission
Discovery Station and Craft Corner
Enter this kid-size play area perfect for young children up to 8! Discovery Station offers them plenty of room to free-play, explore, create and even climb. Parents can jump in and play alongside the kids or take a seat and watch the fun unfold. Restrooms and a mom's room are nearby and there is ample stroller parking and cubby storage space for personal belongings. Perfect for play dates!
Get creative in Craft Corner, too, where the featured craft changes often so you and your child can make something new each time you visit.
See what a local blogger has to say about the new Discovery Station!
Discovery Station includes areas to:
Imaginations are at work here as kids can dress as critters such as raccoons and butterflies, then climb up and around a wooden structure, that partly resembles a tree.
The tot area is a contained space for young children who may be crawling or learning to walk. Adults can hang out here while also keeping an eye on older children elsewhere in Discovery Station. In the tot area, kids can stack, slide and clamber around a variety of fun objects just for their size and abilities.
Designed for creativity, kids get to build something here that is sized just for them, using textures and building materials that you'd find outside on the Conner Prairie grounds. We encourage cozy and crazy hideaway architecture in this space!
Grab a place at any activity table, each one featuring a different theme. Here, kids may be able to play with patterns, make a dollhouse or complete puzzles.
In this area, kids can become a farmer or storekeeper, harvest food and cook it in a cabin and play with barnyard puppets. The very popular train table will be located here for our littlest train enthusiasts.
Read and Listen to Stories in the Hive
Sometimes children need quiet time and a place to read a book. In this hive-shaped structure, children and grownups can read together. This is also the place to gather for storytelling time and puppet shows.
Play AND Learn
Discovery Station has been thoroughly researched to meet the educational, social and developmental needs of young children. From cognitive, motor and social skills to imaginative play and problem-solving, Discovery Station touches on all of the crucial childhood learning areas. It is a space where children and their families can explore, discover, create, and play together all year long. Nearly all of the components in Discovery Station have been designed and created at Conner Prairie by our craftsmen and production artists. We were inspired by natural materials, open spaces and eye-pleasing and developmentally appropriate toys, books and resources.
Discovery Station is made possible with generous funding from the Conner Prairie Alliance.