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April 25, 2024

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Upcoming Programs and Events 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.

Homeschool Learning Pod Field Trips
Thursdays  |  3-4 p.m.

Be a part of our special programs designed for homeschool students to connect, have fun, and learn together. Reserve your spot today! Fee applies. More info at
Nov. 3 (special day: Wednesday) – Engaging Engineers: Blueprint Builders (rescheduled from Oct. 14)  
Nov. 4 – Animal Showcase: Mammals
Nov. 11 – Power Players: Natural Gasses
Nov. 18 – Amazing Anatomy: Pumpkin Dissection

Mind-blowing 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 as we explore the amazing world of science through hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Included with admission. More info at
Nov. 3-6: Thanksgiving Butter Making
Nov. 10-13: Cranberry Craze!
Nov. 17-20, 24, 27: Acorn Dissection

Select Mondays at 9 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! Fee applies. Sponsored by PM Pediatrics. More info at

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
Monday, Nov. 8

Saving the day isn’t always easy, even for superheroes. Suit up as we read Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker and discover the choices superheroes can make when they’re having a bad day. 

Turkey Talk
Monday, Nov. 22

Come learn about camouflage as we help a turkey avoid becoming the main course for the farmers’ family feast. Follow along while he runs from hiding place to hiding place as we read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. 

All Access Night
Thursday, Nov. 11  |  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. Sponsored by SEC, Inc. Limited capacity. Free; RSVP recommended. More info at

2nd Saturday of each month  |  2:30-3:30 p.m.

Discovery Center welcomes all Scouting groups with awesome experiences designed to meet badge, pin, loop and rank requirements while learning new skills in an interactive environment! Fee applies. More info at
Steps to Science
Nov. 13

Ask the right question and you can find the answer. Tap into your curiosity and learn how to ask and answer questions like a scientist. Scouts are invited to join Discovery Center in learning and working through the scientific method with a messy science experiment.

Thanksgiving Break Camp: Fall Festival School’s Out Play Day
Wednesday, Nov. 24

Come admire the autumn season at a School’s Out Play Day Camp. Campers will use fall icons like pumpkins, leaves, and scarecrows as inspiration in exciting science and art projects. Fee applies. More info at

Turkey Day
Friday, Nov. 26

Bring the family to Discovery Center for a fun-filled turkey day event. Throughout the day we will have snacks, crafts, story time, and live animals. Included with admission. More info at


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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.