Programs & Events


Engineering Days with General Mills

Aug. 2-4  |  3-5 p.m.

Join us Aug. 2-4 from 3 to 5 p.m. as engineers from the General Mills plant give us the inside scoop about making your favorite yogurt, cookies and biscuits. We’ll have hands-on activities that show the day-to-day processes that engineers use to ensure quality (delicious!) products are created. We have three great experiments led by staff teams from the Pillsbury and Yoplait plants. Activities are included with admission and free for members.

India Day

Saturday, Aug. 20  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our fourth annual Discover India Day is right around the corner. Join us for the day and learn about ancient and modern India. Families will also be able to take pictures in front of the Taj Mahal, go on a Gandhi walk, dress up in traditional Indian clothing, or get mehndi designs on their hands. This is a free event sponsored by the Nissan Foundation.





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

July: Monday- Friday at noon

July 5-8: Dino Descendants
July 11-15: Carnivores
July 18-22: Herbivores
July 25-29: Omnivores

August: Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 1o: Meet our Chinchillas
Aug. 17: Meet our Screech Owl
Aug. 24: Meet our Horned Owl
Aug. 31: Meet our Milk Snake





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.

July: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

July 2-3: Artistic Inventions: Painting Fireworks
July 9-10: Artistic Inventions: Parachuting Men
July 16-17: Artistic Inventions: Geodesic Domes
July 23-24: Artistic Inventions: Action Painting
July 30-31: Artistic Inventor: Benjamin Franklin

August: Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 9: Road to Rio: Olympic Torch
Aug. 16: Road to Rio: Olympic Abstract Art
Aug. 23: Road to Rio: Carnival Masks
Aug. 30: Road to Rio: South American Headdress

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

ArtsPlate_AD_web-bnr_PkUp_336x280Support 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.

July: Monday-Friday at 4 p.m.

July 5-8: Wetlands Scavenger Hunt
July 11-15: Cloud Hike
July 18-22: Fossil Frenzy
July 25-29: Life Cycles

August: Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 11: Catch and Release at the Tadpole Pond
Aug. 18: Fossil Study
Aug. 25: Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice Scavenger Hunt






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.

July: Monday-Friday at 3 p.m.

July 5-8: Nanoscience
July 11-15: Dino Links
July 18-22: Active Lifestyles
July 25-29: Scientist Q & A

August: Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 5: Polymers
Aug. 12: Edible Water Balloons
Aug. 19: Make Your Own Fizzy Lemonade
Aug. 26: Invisible Ink




Mondays – 4:00 p.m. 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

July 11: Dinosaur Snacks
July 18: Stoplight Salad
July 25: Kettle Corn

Aug. 15: PB & Banana Smudgies (Peanut Free Recipe)
Aug. 22: Pretzel Roll Up
Aug. 29: Solar Oven Toasted Marshmallows

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





Monday- Friday at 11, story time, children, museum

July 5-8: Childhood Favorites
July 11-15: Wings and Wheels
July 18-22: Dr. Seuss
July 25-29: Dino Tales



Thursdays at 6 p.m.

July 7: Nano Know How
July 14: Nano Know How
July 21: Nano Know How
July 28: Nano Know How