Discover Engineering Day




Discover Engineering Day is an opportunity for both children and adults to meet with engineers and scientists from all over West Virginia. Visitors to the Clay Center will get to try their hand at programming robots, building contraptions, and testing their ingenuity with representatives from companies and universities that are on the cutting edge of the new developments that will impact our future.

Whether you want to explore career possibilities, learn about the latest technology, or simply enjoy some fun challenges, Discover Engineering Day will surely have something for you!

Thank you to our sponsors: Toyota, DOW, TC Energy, WV American Water, and Arclin Amines.


Dinosaur Fun Day




Step back in time and embark on a prehistoric adventure at our Dinosaur Fun Day. 

Discover the wonders of the ancient world as you and your family get up close and personal with real prehistoric fossils. Unleash your creativity and let your imagination soar as you create your own dinosaur-inspired creatures. 

This fun-filled day of exploration and creativity is the perfect way to spark curiosity and foster learning in an interactive and engaging environment. 

Dinosaur Fun Day is presented with the support of Encova.

Tinker Tots



Looking for some BIG Fun for your tiny tot? 

Dance your wiggles out, dive into a story adventure and get messy with hands-on exploration that will tickle your senses.  Your tots will have a blast during this special time designed just for them.

Past Programs

Winter Wonderlabs

DEC 27–29

These Family Drop-In Workshops are a great chance to keep learning over winter break, but have fun, too! Family “Drop–in” Workshops are held in our downstairs classrooms and are included with general admission tickets!

DEC 27
Ice Designers: Snowflakes and Igloos. Learn how to cut paper snowflakes and design your own igloo.

DEC 28
Snow Polymers: Learn about different polymers and even take home your very own ‘Snow Slime”.

DEC 29
Melting Points: Learn the science between melting points and freezing points and make your own Slushie to drink in the process.

Winter Wonderlabs is presented with the support of Encova.

Noon Year’s Eve



Can’t stay up until midnight? No problem! Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate 2024 at NOON!

Ring in the new year with hat making, an official countdown complete with a larger-than-life science demonstration, apple juice toast and epic dance party!

Noon Year’s Eve is presented with the support of Encova.

Holly Days

NOV 24–25, DEC 2, 9, & 16

Discover the magic of the holidays at the Clay Center. ✨

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season at the Clay Center with our Holly Days on November 24 & 25, December 2, 9, & 16.

You’ll have the chance to get creative and make your own ornaments in the Inventor’s Lab, design holiday cards using block printing techniques in the Art Studio, and stargaze in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater. 🤩

There’s a range of activities for everyone to enjoy, so be sure to join in the festive fun! 

You will have FOUR chances to meet Santa on November 24 & 25 and December 2 & 9!

Hollys Days is presented with the support of Encova.

All activities are included in museum admission prices. 

Family Gingerbread Workshop