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“Needs an update, but pretty good”

Discovery Science Place
Ranked #7 of 38 things to do in Tyler
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: There is so much to see and experience at the Discovery Science Place. It's a good idea to prepare so that you don't miss any of the action. We have a variety of programs, exhibits, and events that are sure to entertain and educate the whole family. Because of the hands-on nature of the exhibits, the DSP is a wonderful place for visitors of all abilities and ages to experience and learn more about our world.
Reviewed March 23, 2013

This science center does not compare to the Kids Museum in Austin, but it is a pretty good spot for Tyler. My child loves to go there. It seems to need a fresh coat of paint, brighter lighting, and the activity tables probably haven't been cleaned (ever) but they have hand sanitizer stations throughout the center. It is really a lot of fun when there are a lot of kids there for my child to play with. We especially love the "town" where kids can pretend to run a restaurant, a bank, a courthouse, a cafe, veterinarian's office, and other neat things. I wish Brookshire's grocery store would update their grocery in the center -- it is a lot of fun, and someone worked hard 10 years ago on making shopping items. It would be great to see it updated. It is fun when parents play, too. Too many parents stand around texting on their phones.

1  Thank artMom93
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This place is run down. Several exhibits didn't work. Limited activities for children that can't read yet. Definitely not for preteens. Several preteens were there and they were bored. Got a splinter under my fingernail from a display table that was worn down. Several of the booster boxes had splintered corners where the laminate had chipped off. The domino table had broken objects to build on. The dinosaur stencil plates are so worn down that you don't get a good stencil print. The wisper tunnel in the caves does not work. The earthquake tremor simulation didn't work. The lights that were part of the activity on several displays didn't work. The plexiglass on several of the displays were cracked/broke. Serious safety hazard. The dinosaur dig cave was missing several of the bones you could dig up. A computer was set up with a game on it and NO Instructions on how to play the game. The butterfly hang glide had a broke wing. Several of the adults that were there used this place as a big babysitter, not paying any attention to their kids. The gear construction table was broke. The pegs you use to attach the gears together were broke so getting your design to move was impossible. The only two employees working there were at the front desk the whole time. There was no one around monitoring the place. If you had a question you had to walk out to the check-in desk. The nasty grime on the climbing wall handholds was disturbing. Shows that they don't sanitize/clean anything. There was no hand sanitizer. Dirty run down breeding place for germs. The only reason we went was because we heard that they had remodeled the place. Hate to see what it was before the remodel. What is sad is that several of the things that needed to be fixed were easy fix items.

10  Thank JEAN H
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

The first half of the science place was extremely disappointing. Basically a bunch of plastic banners about butterflies that some high school kids put together, along with a few sections where the kids can play like they are a doctor or buying groceries. The 2nd half of the science place redeemed alot of the angst that I had over the excessive price to get in. Lots of things to do and play with that any age with enjoy. If the prices come down, would be a great value.

2  Thank Jordan N
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Tons of things for kids to do. Recently remodeled. Lots of cool features if you take your time and enjoy.

1  Thank Laura H
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

This place is an excellent accomplishment for a small city to have. Kids can run through it, flitting from exhibit to exhibit, trying their skills or just followng directions as the await items needed ofr the fligt,. It is well run and admission is free.

Thank Rich88
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