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June 29, 2022

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Upcoming Programs and Events at the Discovery Center

A new WaterWoks exhibit downstairs and a new featured exhibit upstairs are a little of what's new for the summer.

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.

WaterWorks exhibit

Opening May 28
Make a splash with our new permanent exhibit featuring hands-on water play. Explore squirt guns, floating lily pads, mini boats, fishing pond, hydroelectric dam, adjustable aqueducts, vortex ball-drops and launchers and more! Included with admission, free for members.

Secret Garden Party

Friday, June 3  |  6 p.m.
Join us for “A Gilded Evening in the Gardens of Versailles” hosted at Sharon and Dr. Mural Kolli’s breathtaking Northwoods home. The popular annual event features an elegant banquet of experiences this year, including fine foods, exquisite sweets, and tantalizing auction items benefitting the museum’s mission of engaging curious minds.

Secret Garden Tours

June 4 – 5
The Secret Garden Tour is your opportunity to stroll through intimate gardens tucked away in local homes, benefitting Discovery Center.

MathRox featured exhibit

Opening June 4
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?

Summer Campology

Starts June 6
Camps at Discovery Center incorporate play and hands-on inquiry-based learning into each and every day. Campers experience STEAM-focused lessons packed with innovative games, projects, and activities, all designed to help kids learn, socialize and have fun!

All Access Night

Thursday, June 9  |  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. Sponsored by SEC, Inc.

Juneteenth Free Day

Sunday, June 19  | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us for a free day celebrating African American history, culture, and the abiding spirit of community — featuring special activities for all ages! Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation.



About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.