Discovery Center Spring Break activities to offer ‘gross’ fun for kids

Posted by Chip Chandler - Digital Content Producer on
Pi Day celebrations at Don Harrington Discovery Center

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Don Harrington Discovery Center will celebrate Spring Break with a week full of activities for the kids.

Most of the fun and games will be centered around the sticky, oozy, smelly new exhibition at the center, “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.”

But activities actually kick off with Pi Day at 1:59 p.m. Monday – that’s 3/14, or 3.14159 if you want to get all technical about it. Amarillo Bulls players will compete in a pie-eating contest, and kids can play math-themed games and enjoy a free slice of pie (while they last).

Tourniquet Tuesday activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Kids will learn about blood and medical science with an injury station, fake blood activities and more.

Waste Wednesday, running from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature recycling activities and take-home crafts as well as activities with different kinds of waste, including owl pellets.

The Amarillo chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will set up shop at the center for Take-Me-Home Thursday pet-adoption event, running from 1 to 4 p.m. DHDC staffs also will run science demos and animal activities.

Finally, Fear Factor Friday: Gross-tacular Edition, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will offer some extreme activities – a bed of nails, snakes, insect candy and more. Plus, Coffee Memorial Blood Center will be on hand to accept donations from folks ages 16 and older.

The center is located at 1200 Streit Drive. Activities are free with regular admission of $11 for adults; $8 for children ages 2 to 11, students and military; and free for children ages 2 and younger. Admission is free for DHDC members.

For information, call 806-355-9547 or visit