10/12/19 SATURDAY

Hands On! Discovery Center - Lunar Viewing Party

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Hands On! Discovery Center, Gray

COST: $3 for visitors age 4+, Free for visitor 3 and under

WHAT:  Stop by the Hands On! Discovery Center for a very special night! Our Celestron Telescope will be available for guests to observe craters and other features on the surface of the nearly-full moon!  We encourage any local ‘scope owners to bring their telescopes out to the party, as well.  Other hands-on activities will be available indoors, such as building a star-wheel for guests to bring home, etc. 

In the case of inclement weather, we will use the power of technology to simulate a trip through the Solar System and to get an up-close view of deep space objects.


Collierville Library - Stranger Things Escape Room

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12; Saturday, October 19, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

REGION:  West Tennessee

WHERE: Collierville Library

COST: Free; Registration opens two weeks before events (9/28 & 10/5) at colliervillelibrary.org; for Teens and Adults.

WHAT:  As a member of the Hawkins MS AV Club, you are upset to hear that Will is missing. When looking at the evidence file, you notice that Will is trying to communicate with you from the Upsidedown. Can you decipher his messages, and get him back before the portal closes?


Shelby Farms Park - Science on Saturdays: Food Chain Lesson, Owl Pellet Dissection, and Nature Walk

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

REGION:  West Tennessee

WHERE: Shelby Farms Park - The program will meet at the Yurt which is a small building by the Woodland Discovery Playground. The Park’s educator will email directions to registered participants.

COST: $7 per person - At least one adult must attend and pay for the program to accompany their child(ren). This program is intended for families with children ages 6 and older. Advanced registration is required. Please visit www.shelbyfarmspark.org for more information, or you may also email Christina Fortenberry (cfortenberry@shelbyfarmspark.org) for registration.

WHAT:  This program will include a lesson on food chains and food webs using hands-on animal artifacts. In addition, participants will dissect an owl pellet to determine what the owl ate. This program will end with a short nature walk on the Chickasaw Trail.


Discovery Center at Murfree Spring - Saint Thomas Mobile Health Unit Showcase

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro

COST: Free. 

Come and tour the Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s Mobile Health Unit. This moving health clinic on wheels is a part of Saint Thomas' mission to help serve the poor and improve the health of disadvantaged individuals and communities. It exists to help provide healthcare to individuals who can not afford it.

Seven Islands State Birding Park - Butterfly Foray and Monarch Tagging presented by Zoo Knoxville

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM; Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

REGION:  East Tennessee

WHERE: Seven Islands State Birding Park

COST: $5. Advance registration required. Tickets can be purchased here.

WHAT:  Advance registration required. Enjoy the wonder and beauty of flying flowers as we search the park for monarchs and other butterflies. To help scientists understand the monarch migration, we’ll put special tags on the monarchs we’re able to catch during a 1-2 mile walk while learning about the migration and their importance.

Earth Experience Museum - Dino Day

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Earth Experience Museum, Murfreesboro

COST: $7 - 12 & up; $3 ages 4-12; Free under 4, $1 for Fossil Dig

WHAT:  On October 12, Earth Experience Museum will be hosting their annual Dino Day! There will be a full size Stegosaurus and a fossil dig in the parking lot. There will be geologists and paleontologists at the museum to identify rocks and fossils. The museum will be open extended hours from 10 AM to 6 PM.


Discovery Center at Murfree Spring - Storybook Science Day

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro

COST:  Free with Discovery Center Admission. $8 per person, Children under 2 are free.

WHAT:  Discovery Center is kicking off STEAM Festival with our very own Storybook Science Day! Come dressed as your favorite storybook character, face your fears in the little room with our creepy crawlies that are sure to give you goosebumps, step into the STEAM lab for a lesson on weather with Cloudy and a Chance of Meatballs, find out what happens when you give a mouse a cookie and more! All activities are included with admission.