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 explorethedc.org or call 615-890-2300.
All Access Night
Thursday, Sept. 8 | 5-8 p.m.
All Access Nights are a time for special-needs families to enjoy the Discovery Center’s exhibits in a sensory-friendly environment. All Access Nights are free, but reservations are suggested.
Homeschool Learning Pod Field Trips
Select Thursdays beginning Sept. 8 | 3-4 p.m.
Special programs just for homeschool students to connect, have fun, and learn together.
Select Mondays beginning Sept. 12 | 9-11 a.m.
Discovery Center’s SPARK! program is for children ages 1-6 and their caregivers to enjoy hands-on exploratory STEAM learning and play. Enjoy music and motion, stories, guided activities and more with Discovery Center staff!
Discover Rutherford Cultural Food Festival
Saturday, Sept. 17 | 4-7 p.m.
Join the fun as families from different cultures come together to share their traditions through music, dance, activities, food, and crafts! Proceeds benefit Discovery Center.
Hispanic Heritage Day (Free Day)
Sunday, Sept. 18 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with exciting activities led by Discovery Center staff and community partners. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, Sept. 24 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Take on a new career as a structural engineer! Scouts will get the opportunity to design, build, and test as they create a solution to a problem just like an engineer. This session helps cover requirements within Cub Scouts Lions and Webelos and Brownie Girl Scouts badges.
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?