Plan A Party

Birthday celebrations at Discovery Center are a piece of cake!

Looking for a place to have your company party, end-of-year celebration, or an unforgettable birthday party for your child and their friends? Uncover the possibilities at Discovery Center!

Please note the special procedures for COVID-19. 

If you’ve booked a birthday party with us before, this experience will feel different due to COVID-19 precautions. We are committed to your safety during this time. Full payment is required to make a reservation. When life happens and you need to make a change in your plans, reschedule your party at any time at no additional cost!


Outdoor Patio Parties

Saturdays at 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.

We’re now offering limited capacity birthday parties on Saturdays while the museum is open to the public for general admission!

  • Cost: $175 plus a $50 refundable security deposit
  • 2 hours 15 minutes museum admission for a total of 20 guests during open hours
  • Includes an exclusive animal show for your party guests in our outdoor amphitheater
  • Reserved tables on our outdoor patio to enjoy cake & presents
  • Choose one of three available party times:
    • 9:15 check-in, 11:00 animal show, 11:30 end time
    • 11:15 check-in, 1:00 animal show, 1:30 end time
    • 1:15 check-in, 3:00 animal show, 3:30 end time
  • Reserved patio tables available for use 45 minutes after check-in

Party Policies:

  • Discovery Center reserves the right to close any activity or exhibit for the health and safety of guests.
  • Discovery Center rentals require a “Leave No Trace” policy. A $50 deposit will be refunded upon confirming spaces used for cake & presents were left in clean condition.
  • In the event of inclement weather, our staff will open a private classroom to host animal shows in rotations, with no more than 10 guests at a time. No food or presents will be allowed to be consumed inside the museum during general admission times, but can be stored in our kitchen as needed.

Reservations are required along with full payment.

BOOK YOUR OUTDOOR PATIO PARTY»

Please email Madden Purcell with any questions or call (615) 890-2300 if you need to book your party over the phone.


Outdoor Wetland Adventure Parties

Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Looking for a birthday party held entirely outdoors, packed with exploration and activities in a lush natural habitat? Look no further, we’ve got you covered!

  • Cost: $95 plus a $50 refundable security deposit
  • 2 hours of party time outdoors in the Murfree Spring Wetlands, up to 30 guests
  • Includes 1 hour of Wetland Adventure programming with Discovery Center staff. This experience can be customized to your group, and can include any or all of the following:
    • Walk the Murfree Spring Wetlands and identify local flora & fauna
    • Wade in the water with boots & explore underwater with scopes
    • Use a net to catch & release wetland creatures
    • Meet our resident wetland animals
  • Bring your own food, decorations, and presents to enjoy using tables and seating in our beautiful outdoor Wisteria Classroom, reserved just for your party
  • Discovery Center staff will check-in your party & provide brief orientation on social distancing during programming and guidelines for safe exploration.
  • All adult party goers must assist in supervision, social distancing practices, and safety of their children while in the wetlands.

Party Policies:

  • Discovery Center reserves the right to close any activity or exhibit for the health and safety of guests.
  • Discovery Center rentals require a “Leave No Trace” policy. A $50 deposit will be refunded upon confirming spaces used for cake & presents were left in clean condition.
  • In the event of inclement weather, your party can be rescheduled at no additional charge.

Reservations are required along with full payment.

BOOK YOUR OUTDOOR WETLAND ADVENTURE PARTY»

Please email Madden Purcell with any questions or call (615) 890-2300 if you need to book your party over the phone.


Private Parties (indoors)

Tuesday – Saturday at 5 p.m. 

Sunday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Have you ever wanted an entire museum to yourself? Discovery Center is now offering rentals of our museum to host your party! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, family reunion, or just an evening of play and exploration, Discovery Center is the place to be!

  • Cost: $335 plus a $50 refundable security deposit
  • 2 hours of private access to both floors of the museum and all currently open exhibits
  • Host up to 40 guests
  • Choose an animal show or party theme (see below; themes available starting 10/10).
  • Bring your own cake and presents to enjoy at outdoor tables on the patio or an indoor classroom – you choose!
  • Plates, utensils, cups, napkins, and lemonade for your party can be provided upon request at no additional charge.
  • Discovery Center staff will check-in your party & provide a brief orientation on social distancing and guidelines for safe play.
  • All adult party-goers must assist in the supervision, social distancing practices, and safety of their children while in the museum.

PARTY THEMES

Creature Feature: Snakes, Chinchillas, & Ferrets, Oh My! Explore the Discovery Center, go on a safari scavenger hunt, create your own animal mask, and enjoy a staff-led animal show with this exciting birthday party package!

Activities included in your 2-hour museum rental:

  • Animal Encounter: Choose up to 5 of Discovery Center’s resident creatures
  • Safari Scavenger Hunt
  • Animal Masks

Wakanda Superhero Party: Be the hero of your birthday at the Discovery Center! Bring your party to the DC and enjoy superhero science and hands-on creations! Want to make your own comic book? Want to learn the secrets of Wakanda’s magnet trains? Want to make your own Vibranium gear? Do it all and explore the museum with this party package!

Activities included in your 2-hour museum rental:

  • Comic Book Art
  • Wakanda Magnet Trains
  • Vibranium Gear Craft

Frozen Fun: If you’re worried about finding the perfect party, you can “Let It Go” and let Discovery Center help you out! Make an icy craft, watch a liquid nitrogen show, and karaoke with your friends in a special Frozen-scape, all while exploring the museum!

Activities included in your 2-hour museum rental:

  • Frozen Karaoke Room
  • Liquid Nitrogen
  • Insta-Snow Powder

Build & Craft [Minecraft]: At Discovery Center, Creation Mode is always on!!! Enjoy a day of Minecraft themed activities such as the Floor is Lava, Block Building, Robot Coding, and Circuit Creation! Party does not include the actual Minecraft video game.

Activities included in your 2-hour museum rental:

  • Block Builders
  • Sphero Robot Coding
  • The Floor Is Lava
  • Circuitry

Private Party Policies:

  • Discovery Center reserves the right to close any activity or exhibit for the health and safety of guests.
  • Discovery Center rentals require a “Leave No Trace” policy.
  • A $50 deposit will be refunded upon confirming spaces used for cake & presents were left in clean condition.

Reservations are required along with full payment.

BOOK YOUR PRIVATE PARTY»

Please email Madden Purcell with any questions or call (615) 890-2300 if you need to book your party over the phone.




Special 2-Hour Rental Package

Whether you’re looking for an exciting place to have a party, meeting, retreat, team gathering, special event, or to celebrate a milestone, Discovery Center’s got you covered! Our entire museum is available to rent for ALL ages to enjoy. Host your guests in a unique, stimulating space for connecting in a new way, inspiring creativity, or unleashing whimsy and play! Our museum boasts over 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, classrooms, a creative studio, full-service kitchen, large partly-covered outdoor patio, and a gated outdoor play area that includes the home of our rescued great horned owl. Across our ample parking lot, public playground structures are open and available for use as well. A variety of supplies such as tables, chairs, cookware, projectors, screens, and a state-of-the-art Mondo Pad are available to request for your rental. We can also work with you if you are hoping to have food/beverage vendors or entertainers at your event.

We are located on 20 acres of Murfreesboro City urban wetlands, teeming with native plants and animals! Your group can go outside and use the elevated boardwalk through the wetlands and explore Murfree Spring — a gorgeous place to discover lush plant life, do some birdwatching, and spot otters, beaver lodges, muskrats, geese, ducks, frogs, turtles, fish, and more!

Discovery Center Museum Rentals are available to serve all kinds of groups & purposes:

  • Faith Community Groups
  • Learning Pods
  • Clubs & Associations
  • Sports & Academic Teams
  • Choirs, Bands, & Performance Art Groups
  • Corporate & Local Businesses
  • Family Gatherings
  • Special Occasions, i.e. celebrations, weddings, retirements, milestones, anniversaries
  • Cohorts looking for private space to socially distance together outside the home

Museum Rentals include:

  • Private, 2-hour rental of the entire museum for groups of up to 30 total guests
  • Access to 1-2 classrooms or kitchen for consuming food & drink, or use for meetings or workspace.
  • Cost: $335 total, plus a $50 refundable security deposit.

Reservations are required along with full payment.

BOOK A 2-HOUR RENTAL»

We can customize your rental!

Looking for just a meeting room? Need to accommodate more guests? Want more info about hourly rates or renting our supplies? Fill out our Inquiry Form and we will get back to you. Alternatively, you can email Madden Purcell with any questions or call (615) 890-2300 ext 225 if you need to book your party over the phone.