COVID NOTES: Re-opening July 1st! Re-opening plans include special procedures and entry requirements for visitors. Get all the details at https://explorethedc.org/reopening/
Here are a few specifics you’ll need to know before making plans for your next visit:
» ADMISSION: All visitors must reserve/purchase admission tickets in advance and bring proof of purchase (either printed or electronic). No walk-in admission.
» OPEN: Tuesday – Saturday. (Closed Sunday and Monday.)
» HOURS: 1.5-hour timed ticket blocks:
9:30 – 11 a.m. – Members Only
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Paid/General Admission
1:30 – 3 p.m. – Paid/General Admission
Visit https://explorethedc.org/reopening/ to purchase tickets and get other details about screening, exhibits and more.
» FACE COVERINGS: Required for ALL visitors age 4 and up while inside the museum, must be worn over mouth and nose. Not required for outdoor areas.
» SOCIAL DISTANCING: 6 feet of separation from anyone not in your family/group required at all times.
» SCREENING: All visitors will be screened, including temperature and a signed waiver/certification stating you are not sick or have had recent virus exposure.
» EXHIBITS: Some exhibits have been removed, closed or altered to reduce the risk of spreading contagions. The entire museum will be cleaned daily as well as between each of the timed ticket blocks.
Please note: All information regarding re-opening is subject to change without notice.
Your kids are going to go bananas for the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, TN.
The Discovery Center has something to offer for just about any child in your family. When you enter, the admission desk is directly in front. It is not separated from the play area so keeping your kids from running off to the fun while you pay or show your membership card will probably be the hardest part of the trip.
The downstairs area features several different activities. On the far right, you will find play rooms specifically for toddlers and preschool kids. The soft play room for babies 2 and under is full of soft foam stuff to climb on. The room is very open with lots of half walls and windows but it is designed in such a way that your toddler can’t get out until you decide it’s time 🙂
Just outside the toddler area is a large play room for children ages 5 and under. This unique playspace features a series of child-sized rooms set up as storefronts. There is a hardware store, a grocery store, a post office and more. A huge tree stands in the middle of this area. The tree has a ladder built within that is just the right size for a preschooler to climb up. There is an overlook built into the top of the tree which is fun for the kids and makes for a great photo-op!
There is a bathroom located in this area and a nursing room. This whole area is gated so you can relax on one of the benches while the kids play.
Toward the middle of the first floor is a creation station. This is a large room dedicated to art work. In front of that area is a huge play cottage filled with furniture. A neat little farmer’s market area is set up outside the cottage. There is lots of play food and a conveyor belt that your kids can move with a hand crank.
The first floor is also home to a huge water table. You have to see it!
On the far left side you will find a ‘Healthy Living” area. The highlight here is the full scale model skeleton. Don’t worry. It’s not scary 🙂
The main floor is also home to a fire truck, a wetland diorama, an aquarium, a ‘dig’ site and the gift shop.
The second floor of the Discovery Center is all about planes, trains and automobiles!
You will see a working Nissan engine, a 1910 model F tourer car and a great ‘build a car’ station. Kiosks throughout the second floor tell the history of transportation. There is service center where your child can pretend to change tires, check the oil and replace a muffler. You will also find a 1913 International Harvester truck that your kids can actually sit in. Photo op!
There are tables scattered throughout where your child can play with toy trains or cars. The walls are covered with model trains and cars. This may appeal to some big kids in your family.
There is a crawl through tunnel that leads to a magnificent train room. (There is also door if the tunnel is not your thing!)
The middle of the second floor features several block tables. There are large plastic blocks appropriate for toddlers and smaller blocks for your advanced builders.
You will also be able to learn lots about wetlands through learning stations throughout the second floor. On the far left side there is a large African exhibit featuring many animals including zebra, lion, leopard and a mounted buffalo head. You may want to avoid this area if you have a super sensitive child.
There is much, much more to explore on this level but the most popular attraction here is the ‘super-slide’ that takes you from one floor to the next. There is an elevator or stairs if the slide is more fun than you can stand.
So just assume that you and your kids have experienced all the ‘hands on’ fun the Discovery Center has to offer. Well guess what. There’s still MORE!!!!
The Discovery Center offers lots of outdoor fun too. The Murfree Spring Boardwalk allows you access to 20 acres of natural wetlands. This a great place to let the kids exercise and learn about nature. There are picnic tables in this area for a snack or meal. There is also a small playscape.
I am exhausted by just typing about all this fun. Just think how happy your kids are going to be when you actually experience this place. Trust me here. If you live within an hour of the Discovery Center, go ahead and purchase a membership. You won’t regret it.
Family Fun Facts
Monday – Saturday 10AM – 5 PM
Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM
Adults & Children: $8
Children under 2 – FREE!
Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)