October at the Discovery Center: Tennessee STEAM Festival and more

The museum is open Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join the fun! More info at www.explorethedc.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Tennessee STEAM Festival
Oct. 15-24
Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) are coming to life at the 5th annual Tennessee STEAM Festival. Join the fun at events across the state! More info at https://www.tnsteam.org/

STEAM-a-Palooza
Saturday, Oct. 23 | 1-5 p.m.
Join Discovery Center and a special mix of local artists, scientists, and engineers for all-ages, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) fun! Plus, half-price admission to Discovery Center from 1 to 4 p.m.! This event is free and outdoors at Discovery Center, rain or shine. Sponsored by FirstBank. More info at https://www.tnsteam.org/steamapalooza

Great Pumpkin Festival
Thursday, Oct. 28 | 4-7 p.m.
Put on your Halloween costume and come to Discovery Center at Murfree Spring for outdoor family fun at the Great Pumpkin Festival! Enjoy a costume contest, a not-so-haunted walk-through experience, and more. With plenty of space for social distancing on our large outdoor patio and wetlands, families can enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, and critter encounters. Come join us for an outdoor evening full of spooky fun! Fee applies. More info at https://explorethedc.org/pumpkinfest/

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Fall Break Camp
Oct. 4-8
There’s no better way to spend fall break than with a bucket of popcorn and binge-ing your favorite streaming services, except STEAM-ing up those movies, shows, and music at Discovery Center’s Fall Break Camp! Put down the tablet and turn off the TV, this week of camp will focus on science experiments, engineering builds, and creative projects as we explore the world of on-demand media. Fee applies. More info at https://explorethedc.org/camps/

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 https://explorethedc.org/homeschool/

Oct. 7 – Animal Showcase: Reptiles
Oct. 14 – Engaging Engineers: Blueprint Builders
Oct. 21 – Power Players: Hydroelectric Power
Oct. 28 – Amazing Anatomy Dissection Labs: Cow/Sheep Eye Dissection

SPARK!
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 https://explorethedc.org/spark

Engineering with the Three Little Pigs
Monday, Oct. 11
Huff and Puff and DON’T blow the house down! Join us for SPARK where we put on our engineer hats and build a house for the three little pigs that can stand up to the big bad wolf.

Spooky Science
Monday, Oct. 25
It’s the spookiest time of the year at the Discovery Center! Come release your inner monster with Halloween themed science experiments and art activities.

All Access Night
Thursday, Oct. 14 | 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 https://explorethedc.org/allaccess/

Scout-urdays
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 https://explorethedc.org/scouts

Wondering about the Weather
Oct. 16
Ground-shaking, storm-making, and other natural disasters are some things that make us wonder about the weather. The Discovery Center would like to invite scouts to join us in weather studies as we look at everyday weather conditions and different natural disasters.

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 https://explorethedc.org/mind-blowing-matinee

Oct 6-9: Apple Boats
Oct 13-16: Leaf Rubbings
Oct 20-23: Apple Stamp Pumpkin Art
Oct 27-30: Pumpkin Spice Latte Slime

About the Discovery Center
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN. For more information, visit www.explorethedc.org or call (615) 890-2300.

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