Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit

Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit, A Mom’s Review

We recently went and checked out Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit at The Discovery. Mental Health: Mind Matters is an interactive exhibit and experience and is all about making mental health easy to understand and interesting for everyone in the family!


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The Discovery

The Discovery (The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Museum of Discovery) is a museum located in Reno, Nevada that is specifically designed for all ages. The museum features a wide range of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that encourage exploration, curiosity, and learning.

Visitors can explore a variety of exhibits that cover topics ranging from earth sciences and natural history to the human body and the mysteries of the cosmos. The museum also features a large outdoor space known as the “Cloud Climber,” where children can climb, crawl, and explore a variety of play structures.

Museum Hours

Tuesday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday – 10:00am – 8:00pm (9am for kids 5 and under)
Thursday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – 12:00 – 5:00pm

They are open Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, on National and State holidays, and during WCSD school breaks.

Admission

Admission and day passes can be purchased upon arrival at the museum.

General Admission

$11 – Child (ages 1-5)
$14 – Youth (ages 6-17)
$16 – Adult
$15 – Senior (ages 65+)
Free – Under age 1

Every Wednesday beginning at 4:00pm, museum admission is just $5 per person! You can find more activities like this on our FREE Community Calendar here.

Memberships

There are membership options as well.  If you are planning on heading to the museum more than 3 times in a year, we recommend the membership. There are a few perks to it, but I feel you are mainly saving money.

$60 – Individual
$85 – 2 adults or 1 adult 1 child
$135 – small family (2 adults, 2 children)
$185 – large family (2 adults, up to 6 children)

If you’re looking for more memberships available for families in the area check out 11 Awesome Memberships for Kids in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City.

Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit

Our Experience

The Mind Matters exhibit was carefully put together to suit different age groups, balancing education and accessibility. Although it only took us about 30 minutes to explore this specific exhibit inside the Discovery Museum, it was time well spent.

Even though I felt it was more geared towards older kids, my 7-year-old could relate to some of it. The interactive displays and kid-friendly explanations helped her grasp different emotions and reminded her that talking about them is totally okay.

Pros

One highlight was The Worry Shredder station. We each wrote down something that worries us, popped it into the shredding machine, and watched it shred. It was a cool way to show that putting our worries on paper can make them feel more manageable.

At the end of the exhibit they have books and resources and they had a variety of children’s books available to read that focused on feelings.

Cons

I wish there were a few more stations tailored for younger kids or discussions on how mental health impacts the little ones.

They definitely focus a bit more on adult-centered exhibits, although I feel like more families have memberships here, so I would love to see a slight shift in offerings for the younger families.

As a mom, I’m grateful for the effort put into creating a safe and inclusive space. The exhibit’s focus on seeking help, backed by real-life stories, left an impression on us. It kick started conversations about emotions and mental health at home.

Know Before you Go

Stroller Friendly

There is plenty of room to bring your stroller.  This is a stroller and baby-wearing-friendly activity.

Snacks and Beverages

There is seating inside at the entry of the museum.  We love to explore, eat our packed lunch at the designated areas and then explore and play some more! Want some easy snack ideas? Check out Snack Ideas – Beyond the Granola Bar.

There is no food or beverages available for purchase inside the museum.

Souvenirs

There is a souvenir/shop inside The Discovery.  You can purchase a variety of items and most are educational and high-quality items.

More Fun At The Discovery

If you’re looking to explore The Discovery a bit more, here are some things we recommend checking out:

Kid-Friendly Exhibits

Here are some exhibits included in your admission that we recommend visiting.

  • Da Vinci’s Corner; art projects & science demonstrations
  • Little Discoveries; ages 5 and under only – crawling, sensory experiences, and fine motor skills
  • Truckee Connects; get wet and learn about the many uses of water such as recreation, irrigation, hydroelectric power, and wildlife habitat
  • Cloud Climber; a large, enclosed jungle gym for the kids
  • Art Alcove; art exploration great for the older kids

Small Wonder Wednesday

Join The Discovery every Wednesday for a special morning just for young learners ages 5 and under. Hear stories, climb the clouds, create art, and enjoy the entire museum for a full hour before it opens to everyone!

Please note: Admission during Small Wonder Wednesday is limited to families with children ages 5 and under only. Visitors with children age 6 and older can visit the museum beginning at 10:00am.

If you have a toddler, check out 20+ Toddler Activities in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Beyond.

$5 Admission After 4pm on Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, beginning at 4:00pm, museum admission is just $5 per person! And best of all, the museum stays open until 8:00pm so there’s plenty of time to explore! Members and children under age 1 are always free.

Extra Days Open

They are open Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, on National and State holidays, and during WCSD school breaks.

Children Book Recommendations

As a homeschool family, I love having the opportunity to incorporate hands-on learning into our studies. We recently shared about some of our favorite books for helping our littles regulate and understand their emotions as well as their mental health.

Here are a few others we recommend in addition to those.

Explore Mental Health: Mind Matters

Despite the age gap, Mental Health: Mind Matters proved to be a valuable experience for us. It effectively highlighted the importance of mental health, resonating with each of my children and encouraging understanding, empathy, and open communication.

Thank you to The Discovery for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are honest and our own. Read our disclosure.

Co-Founder

Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!