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.
502 SE Broad St.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130Get Directions