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Learning while doing couldn't be more applicable in these two action-packed exhibit areas — there are lots of opportunities for "parallel play" too!

Discovery PlaceFast friendships are formed in the bow of a sailboat in Discovery Place.

Join us for a year of testing, experimenting, and sharing YOUR ideas! We invite you and your children to come play in the Discovery Place Test Site to help us visualize the future of ECHO’s Preschool Exhibit Space.

Step into a special room of discovery designed for ECHO's littlest visitors! Discovery Place takes the theme of the mid-1800's Burlington Waterfront and presents miniature icons for physical play. Board a sailboat to skim imaginary waves, or sit by the campfire in your campsite. Load a basket with veggies from the shop, or pop up on a Painted Turtle in the unique aquarium that invites close inspection from "inside" the tank!

Parents and caregivers enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this enclosed space and plenty of action for toddlers and preschoolers.



Focused fun is evident as preschools navigate the channels of Watershed Way.


Watershed Way

Where's my boat? Why, it floated downstream, through the rapids into Lake Champlain! How does water move and where does it come from? How is Lake Champlain like a great, big bathtub? Get your mind wet exploring the physical properties of water in Watershed Way. There are plenty of loose props for experimental play with wooden boats, twiddle fish, a waterwheel, shower cloud, and moveable streambeds. A miniature version of the real watershed we call home. Parents, this is an excellent opportunity to get in there with your youngster and create memorable moments in science. (Waterproof smocks are provided).

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