Science Playground

***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.

2020-2021 Beach, Boat, & Dog Permits are available NOW for purchase at City Community Centers. City beach, boat, and dog park/beach permit-holders are still encouraged to renew permits online. Facial coverings are required in all City facilities.

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 Science Playground is a tri–level hands–on experience that features many interactive components demonstrating a variety of scientific principles for all ages.  Built to American Society for Testing & Materials standards, the playground is strong and safe, with a soft, impact-attenuating ground surface.  This surface has a wayfinding feature, allowing parents and children to pinpoint their exact location within the playground through identifying markings.  

The inclusive playground features wheelchair accessible swings, slides, sensory walls, and an expanded climbing structure that allows for access to people of all ages and abilities, and greater visibility for parents and children alike. The updated splash pad showcases a variety of sea creatures, and there is a new train station-themed toddler play area. 


Added inclusive equipment includes:  Oodle® Swing, OmniSpin® Spinner, Stand-Up Spinner, Roller Table, Quiet Nook, Sign Language Alphabet Board. The playground is located outdoors adjacent to Sugar Sand Park Community Center/Children's Science Explorium.


Monday–Sunday:  8 am – sunset

Note: water is not available when the temperature is below 72°. 

Playground will close at first sign of inclement weather.

The CHICKEE HUT inside the playground is shared space for all playground users. It is NOT for parties or organized gatherings. All playground users may use the Chickee Hut.

Advance reservations are necessary for group visits; in addition, reservations are available only to groups that meet residency requirements. Reservations must be obtained from Children's Science Explorium staff and are dependent upon availability.  Please review the information on the Explorium website to determine your eligibility and how to make a group reservation.

Groups without a reservation and the proper paperwork will be turned away!

Check out special needs family programs here.