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Kids Discovery Station CLOSED November 24th & 25th

Normal operations to resume November 26th

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Kids Discovery Station, a nonprofit organization, is the only educational venue of its kind in Merced.
We offer a unique environment where children can experience fun and stimulating activities that encourage imagination, creativity, and learning through the power of play. A place that’s nearby, safe, and positive for all.

Your donation can impact Merced’s kids for lifetimes.

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A Wide Range of Activities
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Outdoor
Exhibits

Coming Soon!

Something for Everyone!

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General Admissions

Admissions to Kids Discovery Station is $7 for all guests, adults and children above the age of 12 months.

Your ticket offers you:

       - Free play in all parts of the museum

       - All day access with in-and-out privileges

Kids Discovery Station offers Military Family and EBT discounts at our front desk.

Want to discover more?

Convert your day pass to an annual membership to explore every day!

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Our kids deserve a beautiful and engaging place where they can playdiscover and learn. 

Upcoming Events
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  • Christmas Lights Day
    Sat 03 Dec
    Dec 03, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Celebrate National Christmas Lights Day by putting up Christmas lights. Put them up on a tree, inside around your house, or outside on your house or on trees in your yard.
  • Holiday Card Day
    Tue 06 Dec
    Dec 06, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Join us in Creativity City to make and decorate cards for the upcoming Winter Holidays!
  • Gingerbread Day
    Fri 09 Dec
    Dec 09, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Gather the family together, bake up some gingerbread, and start building and decorating your very own gingerbread house
  • Wright Brothers Day
    Thu 15 Dec
    Dec 15, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Wright Brothers Day is a United States national observation. It is codified in the US Code, and commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane, the Wright Flyer, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright.
  • Hannukah
    Sun 18 Dec
    Dec 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah or Chanukkah) is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight nights and usually occurs in December. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
  • Discovery Day
    Sun 18 Dec
    Dec 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Free museum admissions for everyone sponsored by Merced County
  • Dec 22, 11:00 AM – Dec 23, 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Come and celebrate Christmas with our KiDS staff over this two day event!
  • Dec 24, 10:00 AM – Dec 25, 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Kids Discovery Station will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Normal operations to resume December 27th (11am-5pm)
  • Kwanzaa
    Tue 27 Dec
    Dec 27, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States to honor African heritage and culture.
  • Dec 30, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!
  • Dec 31, 2022, 11:00 AM – Jan 01, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Kids Discovery Station, 350 W Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348, USA
    Kids Discovery Station will be closed December 31st and January 1st! Normal operations to resume January 3rd (11am-5pm)
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What The Kids Get:

Discovering
new experiences

Inspire young minds and spark curiosity and imaginations

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Fun pretend-play

Learn and develop new interests through pretend play

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Learning while playing

Foster creativity and appreciation of our world in all of it diversity

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People Love It!

Our SDC preschool students really enjoyed the activities and the interactions with the program helpers. All of our students found something to do and explore that they enjoyed. The Discovery Station facilitated the students' engagement giving them both freedom, encouragement, and assistance as needed.

- Cristianna Jones

Special Day Class Teacher

Merced City School District

My students absolutely loved their experience at the Discovery Station. The exhibits gave the children the opportunity to explore, use their imagination, be creative, problem-solve, pretend play, and brought out their natural curiosity. They loved being doctors, chefs, artists, builders, and grocery shopping like their families do. It was a great experience and staff was friendly. It's a children's museum, but it totally brings out the playful child in us adults too! 

The Kids Discovery Station is exactly what Merced needed.  My children delighted in the exhibits and activities they offer.  For parents who are looking for creative and educational play opportunities for their children, the Kids Discovery Station is a gem!

- Molly Elaiser

Parent

Museum Visitor

- Cindy Valenzuela

Teacher

Merced City School District

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A safe, positive, nonjudgemental place where inspiration is nurtured

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Recent Posts...

Now, It's Your Turn to Do Something!

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In Press
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ABC News 7 Story
about Kids Discovery Station opening in Merced

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Merced’s first-ever children’s museum set to open this month

Kids Discovery Station, the first ever children’s museum in Merced, is expected to open... Read more

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Kids Discovery Station Brings New Learning Opportunities To Merced

A new children’s museum is opening to the public next month... Read more

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Kids Discovery Station taking shape in north Merced

The board of directors behind the project to create the city’s first Kids Discovery Station... Read more

Thank you to our founding partners:

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Frances &

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We'd love to see you here too!  :)

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Come Join us!

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