Hands On!


Please review our Play & Wellness Guidelines before your visit.

You may purchase your tickets in advance on the Discovery Center’s webpage.  Annual membership card holders can also register their visit online in advance.  Your tickets are only valid for the date purchased.  Please double check before you buy your tickets.


  • Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 1pm – 5pm
  • Monday 10am-5pm during March, June, & July only

Check our Facebook page for weather-related or unexpected schedule changes.

Please allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours to fully enjoy and explore all of our exhibits and activities.

Additional Resources

Hands On! Discovery Center is working to support at-home learning with new beneficial resources for our community.  Our goal is to offer fun and interactive activities to assist students learning at home and their families.  Visit our Discovery on the Go page to learn more about:

  • Visit our Facebook page and YouTube Channel for exciting art and STEM program videos that everyone can enjoy.
  • Discovery At Home Kits
  • Discovery Rental Kits
Summer Camp '22, Fossil

Claim your spot today!!! Registration for HandsOn! Summer Camp 2024 is now open! For more information, click HERE!

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Adults & Children (4+): $11.00
Children (3 & under): FREE
FREE Admission for Members

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Hands On! Discovery Center
1212 Suncrest Drive
Gray, TN 37615

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Contact Us

Phone: (423) 434-4263

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all-day Closed on Monday
Closed on Monday
May 20 all-day
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Weekly Hours Tuesday – Saturday:  10am – 5pm Sunday:  1pm – 5pm Monday:  10am – 5pm during March, June, and July only. Holiday Closings HandsOn! is closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day...
4:00 pm Sensory Night – May 20th, 2024
Sensory Night – May 20th, 2024
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sensory Night - May 20th, 2024
This event is designed and intended for children with sensory integration needs and their immediate family. Museum lighting and sounds are specifically adjusted for this event, as well as several other environmental elements throughout the exhibit spaces. Sensory Nights are free, and space is very...
all-day Discovery Cart Activity – Snap C...
Discovery Cart Activity – Snap C...
May 21 all-day
Discovery Cart Activity - Snap Circuits
Stop by our Discovery Cart to explore something new each week. This week’s program is Snap Circuit electronics! Discovery Cart activities are self-guided. All program components and materials must remain on site unless otherwise noted. Some activities may contain small parts not suitable for children...
all-day May Art Studio Programs
May Art Studio Programs
May 21 all-day
May Art Studio Programs
Find creative inspiration with these activities in the Art Studio! Tea cup sketches in the style of Mary Cassatt. Oil pastel jungle art inspired by Henri Rousseau. Paper collages inspired by Salvador Dalí. May flower wax-resist watercolor paintings. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided....
all-day Sink or Swim? Discovery Lab Program
Sink or Swim? Discovery Lab Program
May 21 all-day
Sink or Swim? Discovery Lab Program
We’re diving into World Oceans Day with a program all about sea water! Stop by the Discovery Lab to learn about density, buoyancy, salinity, and a myriad of marine life in celebration of World Oceans Day.  Try out some “Sink or Float?” challenges, put our...