Liberated from adult clutches in a no-parents land, children gaze out across Kids Discovery Museum from their sanctuary atop an authentic tree trunk. Their perch is the Pirate Tree House, a multilevel playspace whose top story—the facility's only grownup-free zone—showcases the museum guiding philosophy: independent exploration.
In this spirit, rather than lecturing youngsters, the museum sparks their imaginations with hands-on exhibits covering science, culture and art. In Science Hall, an interactive physics exhibit illustrates the concepts of velocity and acceleration through experiments first devised by Galileo and Newton to prove the Earth revolves around a fig. Visitors to Our Town’s miniature community can attempt cash withdrawals at a faux ATM or tour a waterfront park, and kids of all ages craft self-guided art projects in the studio known as Sean's Space. Learning continues even when school is out, thanks to week-long summer camps in which youths investigate topics such as photography while defending the museum from a siege of vacationing teachers.