Seacoast Science Center opens Discovery Dock early learning exhibit

Posted on April 13, 2018
The Seacoast Science Center’s new Discovery Dock exhibit, an early learning center for young children, is generously sponsored by Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe of Portsmouth. Jumpin’ Jay’s owners, Jay and Amanda McSharry, and children Finn and James, recently stopped in to try out the mini-fishing boat and dock-side market firsthand.


The Seacoast Science Center announces the opening of its newest exhibit: Jumpin’ Jay’s Discovery Dock. The adventure play space is designed to spark the imaginations of young learners as they step into action in a “working waterfront.”

Sponsored by Jumpin’ Jays Fish Café of Portsmouth, this exhibit is part of a major exhibit enhancement at the Center in 2018.
Jumpin’ Jay’s Discovery Dock features three engaging stations, which were designed for building cognitive and motor skills for children ages 6 and under. The centerpiece is a custom-built wooden Play Boat. Here, the captain and crew can suit up in their Grundens and set off for adventures at sea aboard a pint-sized fishing vessel. Limited only by their imaginations, kids can jig for mackerel, haul a trap. or give a shout over the radio as they head back in to tie up at the Discovery Dock.

The Dockside Market is a stylized fishermen’s co-op, where kids can unload the day’s catch, sort by shape and color, and use the cash register to make a sale. The entrance to the Discovery Dock features a mock intertidal Touch Tank where kids can become acquainted with common intertidal animals.

“As a local restaurant that has worked closely with the Seacoast fishing industry for nearly 20 years, we are excited to be a part of an exhibit that introduces children to a working waterfront,” said Jay McSharry, owner of Jumpin’ Jays Fish Café. “We are lucky to have a facility like the Center right in our backyard for both kids and adults to enjoy.”

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