Programs & Events


Full Moonshine Mixology

Friday, Sept. 16  |  6:30 – 10 p.m.

Shaken or stirred? Explore cocktail chemistry at our next adult night, with special activities and tastings provided by Short Mountain Distillery! Must be 21 or older to attend. More info & tickets»

Building with Biology

Saturday, Sept. 17  |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover cutting-edge research in the field of synthetic biology with special activities for all ages. Included with general admission and is free for members. More info»

Science Café

Tuesday, Sept. 20  |  6:30 p.m.

Participate in our casual, educational series exploring a variety of science topics. This month we explore “Biobots: Building Beyond Biology” with Ms. Ritu Raman, followed by a public forum entitled “Should We Engineer the Mosquito?” Free and open to the public. More info»

Saturday Night Lights golf tournament

Saturday, Oct. 8  |  6 p.m.

Head to Stones River Country Club for an evening of glowing golf that benefits the Discovery Center! The event starts with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. featuring a complimentary martini bar. Shotgun start at 7:30 p.m. More info & tickets»





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

Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 24: Meet our Horned Owl
Aug. 31: Meet our Milk Snake

Sept. 7: Meet our Gecko
Sept. 14: Meet our King Snake
Sept. 21: Meet our Ball Python
Sept. 28: Meet our Ferret





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 p.m.

Aug. 30: Road to Rio: South American Headdress

Sept. 6: Salt and Watercolor Experiment
Sept. 13: Coffee Filter Apple Art
Sept. 20: Windsocks
Sept. 27: Paper Plate Apple Crafts

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.

Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 25: Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice Scavenger Hunt

Sept. 1: Dinosaur Characteristsics- Meet the Reptiles
Sept. 8: Fossil Study
Sept. 15: Catch and Release at the Tadpole Pond
Sept. 22: Fall Wetland Walk
Sept. 29: Life Cycles



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

Aug. 29: Solar Oven Toasted Marshmallows

Sept. 5: Zuchinni Pizza Slices
Sept. 12: Chocolate Banana Shakes
Sept. 18: Pepperoni Cresent Rolls
Sept. 26: Cranberry Oat Cereal Bars

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



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Mondays & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

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Aug 29-30: Dinosaurs – Spikes and Scales

Sept. 6: Community Helpers
Sept. 12-13: What I Like About Me
Sept. 19-20: Feelings