See The Walking Beast on August 9

What can you expect at the Discovery Village on Saturday, August 9?

For one thing, you can get an up close and personal look at this machine:

The Walking Beast is a 14,250 pound mechanical walker built by Salem-based Moltensteelman Studio. It will be at the Salem Maker Celebration on Saturday, August 9 from 10am to 5pm. Scheduled walks will be happening at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. If you’d like more information on the event, or if you’re a maker that would like to sign up, head over to!

Summer of Fun Membership

Update: Summer of Fun Memberships for this year are no longer available. Keep an eye out at the start of Summer next year for our 2015 Summer offerings!

This year, we’re offering a special membership option for families that want to make the Discovery Village their backyard during Summer Break! This special offer is only available from June 21 through June 30, so be sure to sign up soon if you’re interested.

What’s the Difference?

With a Summer of Fun membership, you and your family can visit the museum as much as you’d like from the first day of Summer until Labor Day. You’ll also be able to stop by during our Members Only Mornings each Tuesday from 8-10am. Lastly, you and your family will enjoy reduced admission to our first-ever Salem Maker Celebration on August 9. The Summer of Fun membership is just $35 for up to 2 parents and 5 children. No add-ons are available.

Unlike full memberships, Summer of Fun memberships cannot be used for:

  • Reciprocal admission to other museums
  • Discounts on parties, camps, classes, or gift shop purchases

Start your Summer of Fun today by calling 503-371-3631 or visiting the Village!

Free Community Day 6/21 Thanks to PGE

Update: Thanks to everyone that stopped by for the free Community Day! We will have another Community Day on Veteran’s Day: Tuesday, November 11.

This Saturday, we’re opening our doors to everyone free of charge! This will be the second community day of the year, thanks to Portland General Electric. They’re giving back to the community to celebrate 125 years of powering Oregon.

This community day is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends to the Discovery Village, or check out what’s new if you haven’t stopped by in a while. See you then!

Spring Break Camps Coming Up!

Update: All of our Spring Break Camps have filled up and are now closed to registrations.

Spring Break is coming in just a few weeks! If you’re looking for something exciting and informative for your kids to do, check out our Spring Break Mini Camps.  Whether we’re exploring the archaeology of toys and discovering the science behind superpowers, our mini-camps provide activities for kids in a fun, safe learning environment. Our camps are facilitated by professional educators who emphasize learning through fun! Camps are best for kids ages 5-12. Each camp is two days long, with options for half-day or all day camps. Preregistration is required, so head over to our Classes & Workshops page to check them out and register if you’re interested.