Bring the family and celebrate 30 years with the Discovery Science Place

Happening May 13th, 2023

The Discovery Science Place (DSP) in Tyler is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary with an all-day Founder’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 13. The celebration includes both free family-friendly activities during the day and adults-only events in the evening with the purchase of a ticket.

“We are so excited to celebrate 30 years of igniting curiosity in the young minds of East Texas and surrounding areas,” said Carol Whiteside, DSP executive director. “We hope you can come celebrate with us on May 13.”

The family-friendly activities will be 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and include inflatables, dunking and photo booths, food trucks and face painting. The adults-only events will be from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and include a silent auction, a mechanical bull, wine pull, awards ceremony, a cash bar, and entrance to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibit. Cost is $75 for an individual adult or $100 per couple.

To get your tickets, click here, or text “30years” to 76278. For more information, visit the Discovery Science Place website here.

The Discovery Science Place, a UT Tyler center, features more than 20,000 square feet of hands-on exhibit space, a 12,000-plus square-foot annex to house traveling exhibits and diverse educational programming designed to ignite curiosity in young minds through hands-on exploration. Founded in 1993, the DSP is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults. More than 60,000 guests visit each year.

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With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.