Now – May 27
The Discovery Center has a new formula for fun… the MathRox featured exhibit! Divide and conquer a range of life-size games, puzzles and building challenges designed to multiply your math skills. The common denominator is fun, so make sure you’re part of the equation!
When school is out, camp is in! CAMPOLOGY at the Discovery Center incorporates fun, hands-on, inquiry-based learning into all of our camps. Register now for these upcoming camp dates:
Spring Break | March 25-29
Summer Camp | May 28 – Aug. 2
Friday, March 1 | 5:30 p.m.
Our 6th annual fine wine & whiskey event features 150+ exceptional local and crafted wines, fine whiskeys, and spirits provided by Stones River Total Beverages. Must be 21 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit the Discovery Center. Purchase your tickets now!
Our annual MLK Day celebration is on Monday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through arts, culture, and more! Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation. Free admission.
Sunday, Feb. 3 | 1 – 5 p.m.
Join us for our Chinese New Year Celebration! Throughout the day there will be fun hands-on activities exploring Chinese culture. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Nissan Foundation.
It’s the middle of September, have you finalized your fall break plans? If not, we’ve got some great options for your Kindergarten – 4th grade kiddos. Set for October 1 – 5, fall break camp is a week of hands-on, interactive exploration. This year’s theme is meteorology and we’re pretty confident that Mother Nature will provide us with plenty of real-life examples between now and then. Rather than registering for the full camp at once, fall break sign ups can be made for individual days. Here’s a breakdown of our lesson plans:
- Monday, A Day in the Clouds: Thunderbolts and lightning….very, very exciting! We’re exploring the water cycle and making pet clouds to take home.
- Tuesday, Be a Meteorologist: Channel your inner Lelan Statom or Jim Cantore as you learn about the instruments meteorologists use and become a TV meteorologist for the afternoon.
- Wednesday, Sun and Moon: Learn about the ways the sun and moon affect our daily weather despite being so far from Earth.
- Thursday, Wind: There’s no doubt a summer breeze makes us feel fine, but we’re talking about the tools humans use to harness the power of wind.
- Friday, Storms: We’re taking a look at the outspoken side of weather and learning about storm patterns that happen here at home and even taking a look at storms in space.
Registration for fall break camp is now open. Camp runs daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, but extended care is offered from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for an additional $5 per day. The daily registration rate for non-members is $40 and members are $35. To reserve your spot today, click here.
Even though we’ve still got a few strong months of 2018 left in the tank, our strategic sights are officially set on 2019. While Tara is working on an official review of the Advisory Board to determine which industries and skill sets are already represented, we’d like your help too. Aptly named the Advisory Board, this group is responsible for providing subject matter expertise and professional guidance to the Discovery Center with respect to exhibits, operations, programs, and community impact. The Advisory Board meets quarterly at the Discovery Center for a status update from staff and plan for upcoming projects. Additionally, some members may be asked to serve on a committee or leadership team, such as the STEAM Festival’s leadership council. In addition to volunteer service, we ask that Advisory Board members serve as advocates for Discovery Center’s mission and programs. This can be achieved by sharing our social media posts and telling your networks about our upcoming exhibits and events. If you know someone or have a colleague that would make a great addition to our Advisory Board, please send their contact information and a short bio to Hayley Richey at email@example.com.
Check your mailboxes because information about our Outside the Lunchbox luncheon should be hitting them soon. Outside the Lunchbox is a brand new event we’re hosting on Thursday, November 1 at The Grove. This business and networking lunch will center on inclusion and innovation in the workplace. We’ve got three of our panelists confirmed and cannot wait to hear what they have to say. Marcus Whitney is a serial entrepreneur and known in this area for founding Briovation and Jumpstart Foundry. He is also a co-owner of the Nashville Soccer Club! Marcus will be joined on stage by Holli Montgomery and Teauna Upshaw of Schwan Cosmetics. Holli is the Managing Director at Schwan and also serves on the Chamber Board. She has a passion for working with local refugee populations and has helped many new residents find meaningful careers. Teauna is Senior Human Resources Manager at Schwan and author of Working Success.
In addition to being a learning and networking opportunity for the local business community, Outside the Lunchbox is a fundraising event that will support our Kids First outreach initiatives. Kids First provides funding in four primary areas of community support:
- Field Study scholarships for students on free/reduced lunch
- Free memberships for families receiving SNAP benefits
- Free admission on cultural event days, including our upcoming Hispanic Heritage Day
- Free events for special needs families
Sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals are available and begin at the $500 Creativity level and increase in terms of visibility and benefits like ad space in the event program and community sponsor recognition on our 2019 temporary exhibits. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Jennifer Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ven al Discovery Center este Sábado para el Día de la Herencia Hispana! Don’t worry if your Spanish skills are a little rusty, we’d love to see you at Hispanic Heritage Day this Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. This annual event is one of our favorites and we’ve got several new activities this year.
- In Creation Station we’ll be making papel picados and Frida Kahlo inspired clay pendants.
- At 12:00 and 12:30 we’ll have dance performances by the Hispanic Family Foundation Folkloric Group.
- In both the morning and afternoon, you can join us for a bilingual puppet show and a bilingual story time activity.
- Ms. Emmie will also be leading guided walks through the Wetlands and talking about the groundbreaking work of Botanist Ynes Mexia.
- We’ll also have rocket demonstrations on the patio inspired by the work of astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz.
Hispanic Heritage Day is a free event for the community thanks to ongoing support from the Nissan Foundation. We can’t wait to see you tomorrow–be sure to bring a friend!
Rainforest Adventure has been packed up and shipped to its next temporary home and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our next traveling exhibit. Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog opens on Saturday, September 22 and promises to be an action-packed exhibit. We’ve got a lineup of activities for opening day that are downright paw-some! We’re starting things off with a SOLD OUT breakfast with Clifford sponsored by our friends at Puckett’s. Beginning at 10:00 am we’ll have an array of hands-on fun all day long. You can stop by the kitchen to make your own no-bake dog treats to take to your favorite canine companion. After that you can swing by Creation Station and try your hand at creating a mixed media Clifford–we’ve never seen so many red art supplies in one place! After that, you can trot on over to the Five Senses exhibit and learn about the ways dogs experience sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. In the afternoon, Ms. Micki will be leading storytime at 2:30 and 3:00. But out of all of those fabulous activities we’re counting down to the Clifford parade at 11:00 and 2:00 (wear your own costume or be sure to grab a pair of ears that we’ll provide) that will move through the museum. Opening day activities are included with admission (free for members) and available while supplies last.