Programs & Events


Secret Garden Brunch

Thursday, June 2  |  10 a.m.

There’s no better time to dust off your gardening gloves! Learn tips and tricks from master gardener Rickman Freeman of Baker Arboretum and TV personality and floral designer Phillipe Chadwick. Catered by The Blue Porch. Vendors on site will include: Books-A-Million, Marcy Jams, The Greenway, UT Extension, Rutherford Farmers Market, Martins Home & Garden and Daffodilly Designs to name a few. Tickets and more info»

Secret Garden Party

Friday, June 3  |  7 p.m.   (21+)

The Secret Garden Tour gives exclusive access to the most beautiful intimate gardens that Murfreesboro has to offer. Whether it’s for inspiration for your own garden or just to stop and smell the roses, the Secret Garden Tour is an event that never ceases to please. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets and more info»

Secret Garden Tour

Saturday, June 4  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Secret Garden Tour gives exclusive access to the most beautiful intimate gardens that Murfreesboro has to offer. Whether it’s for inspiration for your own garden or just to stop and smell the roses, the Secret Garden Tour is an event that never ceases to please. Tickets and more info»

Science Café

Tuesday, June 14  |  6:30 – 8 p.m.

Topic: New tools and old bones – bringing ancient marine reptiles to life

Presenter: Dr. Neil Kelley, research assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University

Our Science Café series allows you to join the conversation on a wide range of science topics in an informal setting. This month’s topic ties into our new exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Nashville Section of the American Chemical Society. More info»

All Access Night: Superhero Sneak Preview

Friday, June 17  |  5:30 – 8 p.m.

Join us for our second All Access Night! The All Access events are for families of children with special needs. We’ll have an evening to explore the Discovery Center and sneak a preview of some of our Superhero Saturday activities. You must RSVP to attend, reservations can be made here. This free All Access event is sponsored by Middle Tennessee Electric Customer’s Care and Jackson National Life.

 Saturday, June 18

Saturday, June 18  |  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Explore your favorite comics, superheroes and villains. While here you’ll be able to discover the science behind your favorite super powers, run through our superhero obstacle course, make your own comic character and participate in a costume contest! Included with admission.

Three Dollar Thursdays

Starts June 23

Enjoy three dollar admission!





Meet one of the DC animals! Appropriate for all ages.

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm

May 4: Meet the Bearded Dragon
May 11: Meet the Amphibians
May 18: Meet the Rabbit
May 25: Meet the Box Turtle and Leopard Tortoise

      Monday- Friday at 12:-00 pm

June 1-3: Meet the Birds
June 6-10: Meet the Invertebrates
June 13-17: Meet the Reptiles
June 20-24: Meet the Amphibians
June 28-30: Meet the Mammals




Stop by Creation Station to explore your creative side! Join our staff artists and special guest artists in projects that let you create your own masterpiece. Daily self-guided art projects are available everyday during your visit! Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Tuesdays at 4:00 pm

May 3: Yaacov Agam Kinetic Art
May 10: Henri Matisse Painting with Scissors
May 17: Cubism 101
May 24: Monochromatic Paper Sculptures
May 31: School’s Out Self Portraits

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm

June 4-5: Dinosaur Shapes
June 11-12: Dinosaur Bones
June 18-19: Pterodactyl Mobiles
June 25-26: Dinosaur Silhouettes

ArtsPlate_AD_web-bnr_PkUp_336x280Daily Projects: Self-guided daily projects rotate on a two week basis and are available during museum hours.

Support the Arts … bolt ’em to your car! Discovery Center receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Please consider buying a specialty license plate and invest in Tennessee’s artistic future!




Explore and uncover the many mysteries of our Murfree Spring wetland! Nature Nuts invites you to share your child’s fascination with the natural world. Some programs will occur indoors depending on theme and weather conditions. Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Thursdays at 4:00 pm

May 5: Herbivore, Omnivore, Carnivore!
May 12: Life Cycle of Frogs
May 19: Wild about Wildflowers
May 26: Edible Campfires

Monday-Friday at 4:00 pm

June 1-3: Meet the Murfree Spring Wetlands
June 6-10: Get to Know Your Garden
June 13-17: Bug Hike
June 20-24: Fossil Frenzy
June 28-30: Bird Hike




S.t.e.a.m. Play Achieves Real Knowledge

Mondays & Tuesdays | 9 am

Looking for enrichment opportunities for you and your child? Discovery Center’s SPARK! is for children ages 1-6 and their caregivers!

Sponsored by
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Cost for non-members: $1 for all children ages 1 & up, plus admission for all visitors
Cost for members: $1 for all member children ages 1 & up

Visit the SPARK! page for detailed information!

May 2 & 3: Spring Life in the Lily Pad Pond
May 9 & 10: Science of Music
May 16 & 17: All About Rainbows
May 23 & 24: Turtle Day
May 30 & 31: May Flowers





It is easy to see that science is all around us. Everyone can be a scientist as we experiment and foster your child’s curiosity. Appropriate for ages 5 & up.

Fridays at 4:00 pm

May 6: How Does Length Affect Pitch
May 13: Music and the Senses
May 20: Static Electricity Explorations
May 27: Weather Station

      Monday-Friday at 3:00 pm

June 1-3: Dino Links
June 6-10: Botany Basics
June 13-17: Air Play
June 20-24: Fizzy Foamy Science
June 28-30: My Sky




Mondays – 4:00 pm. Create easy, healthy snacks with our staff! Participate in the cooking (and eating!) process as you explore healthy cooking from around the world. Recipes and nutritional information available to take home. Appropriate for ages 3 & up

May 2: Apple Ladybug Treats
May 9: Monster Cookie Granola Bites
May 16: Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
May 23: Make Your Own Rainbow Pizza
May 30: Patriotic Snack Bark

June 6: Ants on a Log
June 13: Flag Day Parfaits
June 20: Slushy Science
June 27: Jello Pudding Pops

To view Discovery Center’s Position of Food Allergies, click here.





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Monday- Friday at 11:-00 am.

June 1-3 Animal Adventures
June 6-10 Gardening
June 13-17 Dino Tales
June 20-24 Stories About Food
June 28-30 Music



Thursdays at 6:00 pm

June 2: Nano Know How
June 9: Nano Know How
June 16: Nano Know How
June 23: Nano Know How
June 30: Nano Know How