Programs & Events


Three Dollar Thursdays

Now - July 28 

Enjoy $3 admission from 4 to 7 p.m.

Parents’ Night Out

Saturday, July 9  |  5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Drop the kids off for a night of summer fun! We’ll revisit some of our favorite games and have plenty of time to explore the Discovery Center and the new Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit! Open to children ages 4-12, Parents’ Night Out is a great way to have your own night at the Museum. Dinner is also included in the newly expanded time frame. $20 for first child and $15 for each additional child. Click here to purchase tickets»

Disco Night: Jurassic Park (21+)

Saturday, July 15  |  6:30 – 10 p.m.

Journey back in time with us and come face-to-face with dinosaurs at our next Disco Night! The event combines our newest exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice, with the Jurassic Park movie phenomenon. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here for more info or to purchase tickets»

Sundae Sunday

Sunday, July 17  |  2 – 4 p.m.

Join us for our third annual Sundae Sunday in honor of National Ice Cream Day. We’re exploring the science behind making ice cream, making ice cream art, and of course sampling delicious ice cream too! Included with admission and free for members.

India Day

Saturday, Aug. 20  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More information coming soon. Make sure to save the date and prepare for a day of cultural exploration!





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

Monday- Friday at noon

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-July 1: Meet the Mammals

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




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.

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

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

       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

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.

Monday-Friday at 4 p.m.

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-July 1: Bird Hike

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





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.

 Monday-Friday at 3 p.m.

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

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




Mondays – 4:30 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

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

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

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





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

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

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.

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

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