“Bringing Science to Life and Bringing Lives to Science”
The Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown provides active, hands-on exhibits that make science fun, interesting, creative, and exciting for kids. Exhibits include a dark tunnel maze, a KEVA plank design studio, colored shadows wall, a water table, animation station, marine tank, windy hurricane simulator and a WFMZ 69 News weather forecasting simulator.
Special feature exhibits and visitor programs take place throughout the year on weekdays and weekends. The Da Vinci Science Center also hosts a variety of fun events and programs every month. The Da Vinci Science Center can host a variety of events and groups of all sizes.
Make the Most of Your Visit
Weekday visitors can have the best possible experiences if their schedules allow them to visit in the afternoon, as school groups tend to make the mornings busy.
Same-day visitor re-entry is free. If you purchase admission to the Da Vinci Science Center, you can come and go throughout that day as you please, as long as you hold on to your receipt.
Da Vinci offers a cafeteria space with chairs and tables for your convenience. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch or leave for lunch and return after.
The Da Vinci Science Center plans programming for most school year holidays. If the kids are off from school, then there is a good chance that something special is happening at the Center.
Visit their website for further details on safety practices.
Free parking is available on-site.
Expansion for 2024
Designed by MKSD Architects, the new Science Center will be three stories with over 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, triple the space of its current Cedar Crest facility. The reimagined space will engage visitors through distinct yet interrelated experiences that take inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s way of seeing the connections between and the possibilities within everything around him. Visitors of all ages will be immersed in experiences ranging from exploring the inner workings of the human body to the interconnectivity of humans with the natural world and the innovation that exists at the intersection of both.
The detailed renderings, created by exhibit design firm Thinc, showcase the main areas of the new facility:
- Curiosity Hall, with its iconic 60-foot human that pays homage to Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man as its focal point, celebrates the human body and mind, and provides visitors opportunities to follow their own curiosity through playful and inspiring interactive displays.
- The My Body exhibit will feature interactive installations and a larger-than-life immersive human body experience that will celebrate the human body, explore how it works, and explain how to keep it healthy.
- Lehigh River Watershed surrounds visitors with the flora and fauna of the Lehigh Valley with North American river otters as stars of the show. Developed in partnership with the Wildlands Conservancy, this exhibit will emphasize the importance of caring for our natural environment.
- Science in the Making engages visitors in exploring scientific principles and their application in manufacturing processes with a focus on showcasing Lehigh Valley companies and manufacturing career opportunities.
The new Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion will build on its existing reputation as a regional leader in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) education serving, youth, families and schools throughout the greater Lehigh Valley and beyond, as well as a key contributor to the local and regional economy both directly and indirectly by helping to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, scientists, innovators, and programmers.
Da Vinci Science Center educators want to continue to bring science to life and lives to science, even while you’re at home! These Science at Home activities have been carefully selected to ignite your sense of curiosity and encourage kids to:
Learn It – Explore some new resources and discover fun-facts about various topics.
Try It – Complete some of the challenges.
Share It – Show your work! We can all learn from one another!