October events at the Discovery Center

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! Sponsored by Franke and Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. For details, visit

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 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 Franke and FirstBank. More info»

Additional programs presented by Discovery Center & partners:

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. Info & registration»

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»

Great Pumpkin Festival
Thursday, Oct. 28 | 4-7 p.m.
Put on your Halloween costume and come to Discovery Center for outdoor family fun! 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. Sponsored by Toot’s. More info»

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! Info & registration»

Select Mondays (Oct. 11 & 25) | 8:30 a.m.
This 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! Sponsored by PM Pediatrics. Info & registration»

2nd Saturday of each month (Oct. 16) | 2:30 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! Info & registration»

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 while supplies last. Sponsored by GrowingGreat. More info»

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