The Science Center @ MHCM

Our newest learning space is dedicated to early STEM education.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Exploration of these areas helps children to develop critical thinking skills and to make connections to the world around them.

Link, Lift, Launch. With exhibits on flight, magnetism, rockets, and building, this space encourages open problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. Children and adults will have fun linking, lifting and launching in this new exhibition.  Exhibit areas feature special “Challenge Cards” to encourage deeper investigation into STEM topics.  

WonderDome is an immersive play space that features nine interactive sensory exhibits involving light and color. Children can create light-art using brightly colored acrylic rods while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The Light Waterfall, offers soothing, color-changing floor length strands of LED fiber optics, and the Tactile Curtain, which invites children to scramble through a wall of noodles. WonderDome is designed to give children, parents, caregivers and therapists more options for using the children’s museum for both therapeutic and explorative play.  

Girl playing with light emitting Reactor Cube in WonderDome

WonderDome: Reactor Cube

Explore light and color while making designs and patterns using acrylic pegs in this giant 3D light box.

Girl peeking out from pool noodle curtain in WonderDome

WonderDome: The Portal

Behind a pool noodle curtain, the WonderDome has secret nooks for hanging out.

Smiling girl wrapped in color changing fiber optic strands

WonderDome: Light Waterfall

Surround yourself with ever-changing color in a curtain of cascading fiber optic strands.

Boys building giant wooden structure together

Link, Lift, Launch: Rigamajig

With over-sized planks, pulleys, bolts and rope, Rigamajig encourages you to design and create giant structures.

Boy exploring flight in our vertical wind tunnel

Link, Lift, Launch: Flight Lab

Using everyday objects – from pool noodles to paper cups – explore flight in our vertical wind tunnel.

Boy proud showing his Keva building creation

Link, Lift, Launch: Keva

What can you build with KEVA planks?  Is it strong enough to withstand the “wrecking ball?”  Come test your engineering skills!


For Parents and Caregivers

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Support and Partnerships

The Science Center @ MHCM was developed with major support from IBM Corporation, the Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Annual Fund.

The Science Center @ MHCM will be sustained through a special corporate membership program.

Founding Members of The Science Center @ MHCM include:

IBM Corporation

Poughkeepsie Journal

Dutchess Community College

Marist College Department of Teacher Education

SUNY New Paltz School of Science and Engineering

SUNY New Paltz School of Education

The Council of Industry

Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital

R.L. Baxter Building Corporation

Selux Corporation

Sholes & Miller, LLP

For more information, contact Brenda Lynch, Director of Museum Advancement (845) 471-0589 ext 14 or