Programs & Events


All Access Night

Saturday, June 24  |  5:30 – 8 p.m.

All Access Nights are a time when Discovery Center is open for special needs families only. You will be able to explore the exhibits, meet a few Discovery Center animals, and refuel for more play with a quick snack. All Access Nights are free of charge, but do require an RSVP.  All Access Nights are sponsored by Jackson National Life. Click here to RSVP or email with any questions.

Discovery After Dark: The Pirate Code

Thursday, June 29  |  7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Avast! Join Captain Jack’s crew and set sail for a grand adventure at Discovery Center. This pirate themed evening for adults 21 and over is for the inner swashbuckler in everyone. Free yourself from your landlubber ways and don your finest pirate attire to join us for high seas science hands-on activities, a costume contest, and adult beverages. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets & info»

Wear Red, White & Blue 

Friday, June 30 

The first 30 guests that enter the museum wearing red, white & blue on June 30 will receive half-price admission!

Members ’50s Ice Cream Social

Friday, July 14  |  6 – 8:30 p.m.

We’re celebrating our members! Join us in your hip threads, have a swell time with our 50’s themed activities, and keep cool with a scoop of ice cream (while supplies last). Members and VIPs only. RSVP required. Click here to RSVP
Not a member? Join today!

Sibshop: Science Night

Friday, July 21  |  5 – 9 p.m.

What do time capsules, liquid nitrogen ice cream and bottle rockets have in common? You’ll get to do all of this and more at Sibshop! Sibshops are a celebration of the many lifelong contributions made by brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs. Registration & info»

Minion Mania

Saturday, July 29  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled day of minion related activities for the entire family! Create Gru Goo, design your own minion, test out rockets, participate in the costume contest and watch as we use liquid nitrogen to shrink a minion.  Free for members, included with admission. More info»

STEAM Festival

October 12 – 22 2017

The Tennessee STEAM Festival is a celebration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) unlike anything ever seen in the state of Tennessee. It’s a community festival spanning across East, Middle and West Tennessee that will raise awareness and build interest in learning across different ages, neighborhoods and education levels. More info»





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

June – July Weekdays at 2 p.m.
June 15, 22, 29 : Meet the Mammals
June 16, 23, 30: All About Birds
June 12, 19, 26: Meet the Reptiles
June 13, 20, 27: All About Amphibians
June 14, 21, 28: Insect Investigation

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Meet the Reptiles
July 4, 11, 18, 25: All About Amphibians
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Insect Investigation
July 6, 13, 20, 27: Meet the Mammals
July 7, 14, 21, 28: All About 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.

Two week art projects

July 1-15 – Watercolor Salt Painting
July 16-31 – Under water tissue collage

June – July Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
June 17: Baseball Pendant Necklace
June 18: Father’s Day Cards
June 24: Summer Bugs
June 25: Sports Pennants

July 1-2: Painting with Golf Balls
July 8-9: Summer Nature Craft
July 15-16: Create Your Own Visor
July 22-23: Summer Wind Sock
July 29-30: Tin Can Wind Chime


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June – July Thursdays at 6 p.m.

June 15: Earth and Space Exploration
June 22: Earth and Space Exploration
June 29: Earth and Space Exploration

July 6: Earth and Space Exploration
July 13: Earth and Space Exploration
July 20: Earth and Space Exploration
July 27: Earth and Space Exploration


Engage in fun-filled activities centered around nature and our wetlands.

June – July Weekdays at 3 p.m.
June 15, 22, 29: Wetland Walk
June 16, 23, 30: Catch and Release
June 12, 19, 26: Birds in Your Backyard
June 13, 20, 27: Boots and Wading
June 14, 21, 28: Bugging Out

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Birds in Your Backyard
July 4, 11, 18, 25: Boots and Wading
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Insect Investigation
July 6, 13, 20, 27: Wetland Walk
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Catch and Release



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.
June 12: Rainbow Pizza
June 19: Honey Nut Apples
June 26: Simple Homemade Hummus

July 3: July 4th Kabobs
July 10: Stoplight Salad
July 17: Baseball Krispie Treats
July 24: Kettle Corn
June 31: Fresh Salsa

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

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Looking for enrichment opportunities for you and your child? Discovery Center’s SPARK – STEAM Play Achieves Real Knowledge – is for children ages 1-6 and their caregivers!

Mondays & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

Click here for more information, including complete schedule»



Explore the world of science with fun hands-on experiments led by DC Staff!

June – July Weekdays at 12 p.m.
June 15, 22, 29: Earth and Space Exploration
June 9, 16, 23, 30: Fizzy, Foamy Science
June 12, 19, 26: Air Play
June 13, 20, 27: The Buzz about Electricity
June 14, 21, 28: Sports Science

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: My Sky
July 4, 11, 18, 25: Sports Science
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Fizzy Foamy Science
July 6, 13, 20, 27: Blast Off!
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Earth and Space

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Sibshops are a celebration of the many lifelong contributions made by brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs. Children will engage in fun-filled activities, games, and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with special needs. For siblings ages 8-13.

Click here for more information, including complete schedule»


June – July Weekdays at 11 a.m.
June 15, 22, 29: Stories by Dr. Seuss
June 9, 16, 23, 30: Stories by Eric Carle
June 12, 19, 26: Stories by Laura Numeroff
June 13, 20, 27: Stories by Leo Lionna
June 14, 21, 28: Stories by Anna Dewdney

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: “Eat”able Readables
July 4, 11, 18, 25: Sports Stories
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Childhood favorites
July 6, 13, 20, 27: Wings and Wheels
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Exploring Animals with Eric Carle