Plan A Party

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!


Adventure Parties (starting May 1!)

Saturdays at 9:15 AM, 11:15 AM & 1:15 PM

Sundays at 11:15 AM & 1:15 PM

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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, $25 discount for members
  • 2 hours 15 minutes museum admission for a total of 20 guests during open hours
  • 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 or outdoors.
  • Your choice of our indoor Adventure Room OR reserved tables on our outdoor patio to enjoy cake & presents.

Choose from one of the available themes & activities for your guests!

Wetland Wonders with your choice of one of the following activities:

      • 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

Creature Feature with your choice of one of the following activities:

      • Animal Encounter: Meet up to 5 of Discovery Center’s resident creatures
      • Safari Scavenger Hunt OR create your own Animal Masks

Wakanda Superheroes with your choice of one of the following activities:

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

Frozen Fun with your choice of one of the following activities:

      • Liquid Nitrogen
      • Insta-Snow Powder

Build & Craft with your choice of one of the following activities:

      • Sphero Robot Coding
      • Circuitry

Adventure 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.
  • All party participants ages 4+ are required to wear masks at all times while inside the museum and party rooms. Complying with Discovery Center’s COVID safety policies is required for access to the museum, and guests that do not comply may be asked to leave with no refund.

Reservations are required along with full payment.

BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE PARTY»

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


Outdoor Patio Parties – Available through April 30!

Saturdays at 9:15 AM, 11:15 AM & 1:15 PM

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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

Patio 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.


Private Parties 

Thursday – Sunday at 5:00 PM

Special Sunday times for March & April 2021: 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM & 3:00 PM 

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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, $25 discount for members
  • 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.


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.