Programs & Events


Fall Break Camp: Storybook Science

Monday – Friday, Oct. 3-7  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Leap into the science found in some of our favorite stories! Each day of Fall Break Camp will feature hands-on activities and lessons inspired by famous children’s storybooks. Register your child for the entire week or pick your favorite days. Camp programming is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with early and late care available 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Open to children grades K-4. 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»

Hispanic Heritage Day

Saturday, Oct. 15  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visitors can explore the traditions of Hispanic culture, enjoy bilingual storytime, create their own piñatas, and go on a scavenger hunt to discover some of the most influential Hispanic figures in America. This is a free event in partnership with Murfreesboro City Schools that is sponsored by the Nissan Foundation. Free admission. More info»

Great Pumpkin Festival

Thursday, Oct. 27  |  4 – 7 p.m.

Test out your Jedi skills at this year’s Star Wars themed Great Pumpkin Festival. Whether you dress up and compete in our costume contest, partake in our Jedi training course, or create works of art, your whole family will be sure to have fun. Admission $4.





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

Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

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

Oct. 5 : Meet our Hedgehog
Oct. 12: Meet our Scorpion & Tarantula
Oct. 19: Meet our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
Oct. 26: Meet our Birds





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.

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

Oct. 4: Firetruck Craft
Oct. 11: Fire Fighter Paper Doll Craft
Oct. 18: Spooky Paper Chains
Oct. 25: Halloween Lacing Craft

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

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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.

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

Oct. 6: Catch and Release at the Tadpole Pond
Oct. 13: Pumpkin Power Box
Oct. 20: Fall Wetland Walk



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

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

Oct. 3: Candy Corn Tortilla Pizzas
Oct. 10: Apple Turtle Snacks
Oct. 12: Chocolate Banana Shakes
Oct. 17: Harvest Snack Mix
Oct. 24: Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Oct. 31: Crunchy Halloween Mummies

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

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 Mondays & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

Click here for more information on SPARK!

Sept. 6: Community Helpers
Sept. 12-13: What I Like About Me
Sept. 19-20: Feelings
Sept. 26-27: Friends

Oct. 10-11: Day & Night
Oct. 17-18: Travel to Space
Oct. 24-25: Fall Nature Hike


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

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Sept. 2: Bird Beak Buffet
Sept. 9: Genetics Bingo
Sept. 16: Five Senses: Sight
Sept. 23: Five Senses: Sound
Sept. 30: Five Senses: Taste

Oct. 7: Five Senses: Touch
Oct. 14: Five Senses: Smell
Oct. 21: Science of Friction
Oct. 28: Glowing Geyser


Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 3: Wetland Walk
Sept. 10: Wetland Walk

Oct. 1: Wetland Walk
Oct. 8: Wetland Walk
Oct. 22: Wetland Walk
Oct. 29: Wetland Walk