Looking for fun and educational things to do in Hickory and Western NC?
Plan a visit to Catawba Science Center, a 35,000 sq. ft. science technology children’s museum offering hands-on exhibits, salt and freshwater aquarium galleries, and a state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater.
Learn about exotic fish, turtles, snakes and other species found in the Amazon River Basin, touch live sharks and stingrays, and stay for a shark feeding. Enter the Germ Zone to learn about disease-causing bacteria, explore the surface of Mars with a robot arm, create and launch rockets, and experiment with circuits.
See live reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids, as well as a collection of fossils, in the Naturalist Center. Climb a mountain wall, experiment with sound and dig for fossils in the Outdoor Courtyard.
Escape to faraway galaxies and learn about astronomy in Catawba Science Center’s digital planetarium theater, featuring full-dome video, traditional star talks and laser light shows.
Catawba Science Center offers interactive and educational school field trips, as well as engaging summer camps for youth in grades pre-K through rising ninth. Additional offerings include birthday parties, preschool science programs, homeschool classes, outreach programs, scout camps and a new tech club.