Early schools focused almost exclusively on the three R's: reading, rope weaving, and ridiculous tomahawk dunks. Today's Groupon expands the educational repertoire of children: for $12, you get four all-day admission passes to The Discovery Center (a $24 value), located at Murfree Spring in Murfreesboro.
The Discovery Center delights rambunctious tots with hands-on educational activities cleverly cloaked as awesome playtime arenas. A museum and nature center at heart, it features exhibits such as a creation station that lets budding Heironymus Bosches craft their first devotional triptychs on cardboard and paper using paint, clay, chalk, and more. A waterworks station elucidates the wonders of physics by lettings little ones crank, squirt, measure, and pour the splashy stuff in a variety of bright, primary-colored contraptions. Action-minded tykes can have fun on a full-sized 1954 Oren fire truck, where kids can glean fire-safety tips while perfecting their mouth-siren sounds. The Discovery Center also honors a culture of outreach, with programs promoting cultural diversity and teaching families healthy eating habits.
Children under the age of 2 are free.
The Discovery Center
The Discovery Center enlivens kids’ learning experiences by cleverly disguising exhibits as awesome playtime arenas. Tiny tots and even 10-year-olds are encouraged to run wild at this hands-on children’s museum and nature center, trying their hand at the many fun activities.
At the creation station, which is stocked with paint, clay, chalk, paper, and just about anything a young da Vinci or police sketch artist needs, kids are free to unleash their creative potential. Alternatively, at the fire-truck exhibit, they can put on a firefighter’s boots and hat and climb aboard the full-sized 1954 Oren fire truck to learn about a firefighter’s job in Murfreesboro. Nearby, at Tennessee Live!, they can get in touch with their natural surroundings when they come face-to-face with turtles, fish, and snakes at the living stream table, dig in the fossil pit, and learn about the customs of the native Cherokee.