Access to the Discovery Space is included with admission, children 4 and under are free. 

Schneider Haus is excited to unveil their new Children’s Discovery Space, specifically curated for tiny hands and big imaginations. Inspired by a love of unstructured play, the Discovery Space is the vision of the Schneider Haus team, and designed to embrace the “messy play movement”. Brought to life by the Waterloo Region Museums exhibits team, the space empowers children of all ages to learn through play.

The Children’s Discovery Space provides an immersive and engaging experience for families and is available to rent for birthday parties and special events. We encourage Discovery Space visitors to bring indoor shoes to wear while they explore and create. Parental supervision is required. Please note: This is not a drop-off space. 

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The Discovery Space delivers a sensory experience, allowing children to explore different textures, while being immersed in carefully curated sounds created by David Villada from Wellness Soundscapes. Sensory play helps children build neural connections, enhance their problem-solving skills, and regulate their emotions. Through sensory experiences, children develop essential skills that cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and the world they inhabit. 

We invite children to gather, create, innovate, and experiment with an array of materials, from craft supplies to upcycled building materials. The Discovery Space provides resources for hands-on learning and creative expression, encouraging collaboration, skill sharing, and exploration, empowering children to bring their ideas to life in a supportive community environment.