Turkey Day

Friday, Nov. 29  |  10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gobble! Gobble! Explore a cornucopia of fall foods and science experiments on this special day, including “dancing corn,” cranberries, animal pelts, a turkey headband craft, and more! Included with admission.

Holiday Open House (Free Day)

Saturday, Dec. 7  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate holidays around the world! You’ll have a chance to participate in traditional crafts, take a picture with Santa, decorate the giant gingerbread house, and so much more. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation.

25 Days of Discovery

Dec. 1-31

Join us throughout the month of December as we explore special holiday-themed programs and activities for all ages! The series of events includes science demonstrations, art projects and much more. Included with admission, free for members.

Countdown to Noon

Tuesday, Dec. 31  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us as we ring in 2020 with the biggest pajama party in Murfreesboro! We’ll officially kick off 2020 with fun New Year’s activities like karaoke, Wii dance party, a resolution wall, special art and tinkering projects, and the iconic balloon drop at noon! Included with admission, free for members.

Frozen Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 9  |  10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Icy adventures await at Discovery Center! Enjoy a special day of Frozen 2 activities. Become a master of the elements with activities of ice and fire, create your own snowball launcher, and become a star with Disney Karaoke! Included with admission, while supplies last.

Outside the Lunchbox

Wednesday, Oct. 30  |  12 – 1 p.m.

Copper Ridge Event Venue, 3597 Betty Ford Road, Murfreesboro, TN
Enjoy lunch while showing your support for the Discovery Center and education in our community! Keynote Speaker: Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director, Association of Children’s Museums.

Third annual STEAM Festival brings science to life across Tennessee

Variety of events and activities for all ages, Oct. 11-20

MURFREESBORO, Tenn., Sept. 25, 2019—Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at more than 100 events across the state during the 3rd annual Tennessee STEAM Festival, taking place Oct. 11‑20, 2019.

The Festival was founded by the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and incorporates events at a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions. A complete listing of activities and locations is available at TNsteam.org.

“The Tennessee STEAM Festival continues to grow with an ever-expanding reach across our great state, providing Tennesseans exciting new ways to engage with science, technology, engineering, art and math,” said Discovery Center CEO Tara MacDougall. “The Festival is focused on promoting lifelong learning and on helping citizens better understand the world around them.

“We’re very appreciative of our sponsors and partners who have stepped up to support this critical endeavor at locations across the state. This Festival wouldn’t be possible without them,” MacDougall said.

Signature events during the Tennessee STEAM Festival include:

  • Storybook Science at the Discovery Center, Murfreesboro
  • Charlotte’s Web Activity and Movie Night at MTSU, Murfreesboro
  • Nashville Symphony Orchestra at Plaza Mariachi, Nashville
  • STEAM Carnival at West Town Mall, Knoxville
  • EarthCache Day at Discovery Park of America, Union City
  • Craft Fair STEAM Tent at Audubon Park, Memphis
  • Science in the Circus at Patterson Park Community Center, Murfreesboro
  • …and much more!

Major participating organizations include:

  • Discovery Center, Murfreesboro
  • Adventure Science Center, Nashville
  • Children’s Museum of Memphis
  • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
  • Customs House Museum, Clarksville
  • Discovery Park of America, Union City
  • Fisk University, Nashville
  • Frist Art Museum, Nashville
  • Hands-On Discovery Center, Johnson City
  • Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
  • The Muse, Knoxville
  • Pink Palace, Memphis
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville
  • Tennessee Craft Week
  • Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville

While most of the Festival’s events are free and open to the public, some are subject to admission charges and space limitations.

Connect with the Tennessee STEAM Festival on Facebook @STEAMFestival or on Twitter @STEAMFest.

Sponsored by Franke, the Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society, FedEx, Dr. and Mrs. Scott Corlew, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and CedarStone Bank, in partnership with Science Festival Alliance, Science Alliance of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Craft Week and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

About the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN, the Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.explorethedc.org or call (615) 890-2300.

Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.

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Jeff Krinks, Discovery Center
jkrinks [at] explorethedc.org

Hispanic Heritage Day (Free Day)

Sunday, Sept. 15  |  1 – 5 p.m.

Explore the traditions of Hispanic culture, enjoy bilingual story time, create your own papel picado, and more! The national theme this year is Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation. This is a free event in partnership with Murfreesboro City Schools, sponsored by the Nissan Foundation.

Discover India Day

Saturday, Aug. 17  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn about ancient and modern India! Families will be able to take pictures in front of the Taj Mahal, go on a Gandhi walk, dress up in traditional Indian clothing, visit Creation Station for special crafts, and much more. This is a free event sponsored by the Nissan Foundation.