Visit Us - Exhibits

***Sugar Sand Park Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 9am-4pm for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions.

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The Science Playground, Splash Pad, walking paths & outdoor basketball courts at Sugar Sand Park are open for public use. Athletic fields are open for individualized or family use only.

Please remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation, and continue to utilize hand sanitizer, wear face masks, and keep physically distant while visiting our parks and facilities.

Please be advised that the Children's Science Explorium, Willow Theatre, Carousel, and Field House are currently closed.

Pavilions are not being rented at this time. They are available on a first-come first-serve basis, for ten people or less. Decorations are not permitted.***

The Children’s Science Explorium presents its own hands-on science exhibits all year long. These exhibits are usually designed in-house and offer a fascinating variety of interactive components for our guests to explore and investigate at their own pace. The Children’s Science Explorium also hosts traveling exhibits from national and international science museums, in the fall and spring of each year. All exhibits are intended to spark a child or adult’s natural curiosity about how and why things work as they do. Each invites visitors to explore, build and examine their understanding of the fantastic world we live in!

Traveling Exhibits

Every year, once in the fall and once in the spring, the Children's Science Explorium brings in two brand new traveling exhibits to entertain kids and parents alike. These exhibits stay with the Explorium for about four months before they leave on their way around the country once more. Below, you will find the current and upcoming exhibits, as well as the dates for these exhibits..     

~Now on Display~

Ocean Bound logo

Embark on a journey through watersheds to see how everyone’s actions on land affect our ocean. Ocean Bound! presents watershed science in four themed exhibit clusters. Make it rain in a 3-D watershed model! Pilot a full-size two-station “submersible” from mountain stream all the way to the ocean, discovering eye-popping  aquatic species and habitats along the way! Be a biologist and discover fun facts about these animals and their environments. Guide “water” safely through a hazardous maze—but watch out for oil, mined metals and animal waste! Spin knobs and flip paddles to divert “pollutants” as they travel through stormwater drains—and let “clean water” travel safely out to sea—in an     8-station interactive ball machine. Find out how much freshwater you use; is it in balance with annual rainfall in your area? Duck inside the Riverside Clubhouse and play with early childhood exhibits. Be a Watershed Warrior! Ocean Bound! presents fun, empowering environmental science for the whole family.


mom and girl with exhibit

Ocean Bound was created by the Sciencenter of Ithaca, New York, with funding from NOAA,

the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association