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3 Discovery Center Events to Check Out in August

Find out what's new and upcoming at The Discovery Center in Murfreesboro!

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in Murfreesboro (502 S.E. Broad Street). The museum is open Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds.

For more information, visit or call 615-890-2300.

All Access Night
Thursday, Aug. 11  |  5-8 p.m.

Your little paleontologist will “dig” learning more about dinosaurs and exploring fossils. All Access Nights are a time for special-needs families to enjoy the Discovery Center’s exhibits in a sensory-friendly environment. The event is free, but reservations are suggested. Register here.

Discover India Day (Free Day)
Saturday, Aug. 27  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Travel” to India! Families will be able to take pictures in front of the Taj Mahal, go on a Gandhi walk, make Raksha Bandhan friendship bracelets, and more. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation. Free and open to the public.

Mindblowing Matinee
Wednesday – Saturday  |  10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

How cold is liquid nitrogen? What is visible light? Do reptiles lay eggs? Join Discovery Center staff and explore the amazing world of science through hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Included with admission, free for members.


MathRox featured exhibit
Get ready to divide and conquer a range of life-size games, puzzles and building challenges designed to multiply your math skills! Infinite variables await as you solve brainteasers and explore new hands-on activities. Exhibit activities include:

  • Protractor Putt Putt: How do you get a hole in one? With the right angle, you can get your ball into one of the holes. An angle is the space between two rays (lines) that meet at a common point. A protractor is a special tool that is used to measure this space. Use your ball launcher to find the perfect angle to get your ball into the hole!

  • Tick Tock Timing: It’s time to stretch! For many years, people have used an analog clock in order to tell the time. An analog clock has two, or sometimes three, hands to tell the seconds, minutes, and hours of time. The short hand shows what hour it is, and the long hand shows what minute it is. Using your arms for the hour hand and legs for the minute hand, make some different times on their clock mat!

  • Linear Logic: Time to make some lines! Grab a friend and challenge each other to make a line of pucks, using one color. Logic is a form of critical thinking that you can use to solve problems. Can you get a straight line before your friend does? How can you place your pucks to prevent the other player from getting a straight line?

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.