Discovery Space will be moving from its downtown State College location.
The nonprofit interactive children's science museum announced on Tuesday that it has signed a lease on a larger property at 1224 N. Atherton St. and expects to move in September. The North Atherton Street location has formerly housed Keystone Church, Just Cabinets and Commercial Printing Inc. Previous property listings note the building is 17,800 square feet.
“The new location will enable us to fill more of the requests we receive for field trips, birthday parties and summer camps. We have been at max capacity for many of our programs for the past two years,” Michele Crowl, interim executive director of Discovery Space.
Renovations on the new location are set to begin this month and continue through the summer.
Crowl said the move will create additional opportunities for local community members can get involved with Discovery Space.
“We see this as a great way to engage the community," she said. "We have so many supporters who have been asking for this and offering to help with everything from marketing and fundraising to carpentry and physically moving exhibits. We are putting a plan together now and invite anyone interested to let us know how they can help."
Discovery Space has been located at 112 W. Foster Ave. in State College since its opening in 2011. An news release said the organization will be sad to leave downtown State College, but noted that the new location is on the CATA bus route and is still in walking distance for many of the Penn State students who work with Discovery Space programs.