Local Treasures with Pia: Mobius Discovery Center

Spokane, Washington – If you are looking for a fun place where everyone in the family can have fun learning about reptiles, science and art, then Mobius Discovery Center is just the place.

Located in the historic Washington Waterpower building at 331 N. Post Street next to Spokane City Hall, Mobius Discovery Center is a consolidation of Mobius Children’s Museum, which used to be in the lower level of River Park Square, and Mobius Science Center.

“We have consolidated the best parts from both locations, and it has turned out great,” said Karen Hudson, CEO of Mobius Discovery Center. “Families with children of all ages can have fun in the same place.”

The non-profit had 150,000 visitors in 2019 and was on track to have an even better season in 2020, but then COVID hit and Mobius, like so many other museums, it had to close down.

“We reopened on April 1 with limited hours and limited capacity and so far we have had 2,500 visitors,” Hudson said. “People are so excited that we are open again and we are excited to see all the families again.”

Mobius is a non-profit organization and Hudson said they are extremely grateful for all the support they’ve gotten, even while closed.

“Members didn’t ask for refunds even though they couldn’t come visit us; it was quite amazing to feel so supported,” Hudson said.

Mobius is open Thursday through Sunday and the best way to get the latest update on exhibits and hours is by visiting the website.

And there are lots of fun programs and exhibits to choose from:

You can purchase a STEAM (that’s STEM + Art) kit about space science, slime science or flower dissection – just to mention a few topics. These kits are meant to be used at home but can be purchased on Mobius’ website.

At Mobius, you can build bottle rockets or do hands-on STEAM activities in the lab. You can play with magnets to build circuits or use blocks and connectors to build bridges and buildings. There is also a fully stocked art studio just waiting for you to create your next masterpiece.

Special exhibits are expected to return this fall – COVID restrictions allowing – beginning with ‘Zoo & You’ which is an exhibit about the microbiome and the good germs we need to survive.

 “People always ask if we are part of a museum chain,” Hudson said. “We are not. That’s what makes Mobius unique.”

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