Discovery Center’s Rainforest

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The Discovery Center's "Rainforest Adventure" exhibit lets kids learn about the tropical rainforest through hands-on activities.

Kids can explore the rainforest up close in Murfreesboro through the Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Rainforest Adventure. Kids can swing like a spider monkey. Discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds. Learn about a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. Explore one of the least known habitats on earth in a fully interactive maze exhibit, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. You’ll learn about migratory birds and radiant sunlight from treetops all the way down to the forest floor.

Activities to Enjoy

  • Rainforest Rubber: Did you know rubber bands and bouncy balls wouldn’t be possible without the rainforest? Learn more about rubber trees.
  • Animal Art: Make Beautiful Butterflies, Slithering Snakes or even a Totally Awesome Toucan all through the day in Creation Station!
  • Storytime in the Jungle: Take a break and read one of our many books all about rainforests with your family, in Tiny Town or upstairs.
  • Cold-Blooded Critters (presentations at 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30): The rainforest is full of unique animals, especially reptiles! Come learn more about these amazing animals, and compare what you’ve learned about rainforest snakes to some of the animals you can find in Tennessee and other parts of the world.

Discovery Center

The center is located at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Hours are Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun 1 – 5 p.m. Call 615-890-2300 or visit explorethedc.org.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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