Workshops & Home School Programs

To register for a workshop please contact (423) 434-HAND ext. 808 or email

Saturday, October 12th, 7-9pm – Lunar Viewing Party

Join us for a Lunar Viewing Party to view the full moon.  Limited access to scopes and binoculars based on attendees.  Exhibit spaces are closed during this event.  Admission is $3 per person ages 4+, under 4 are free.  Stay tuned to social media and our website for more details and weather related updates.  

Monday, October 14th, 10am-2pm – Home School Day

Join us for this special day from 10am-2pm as we open our doors especially for our loyal home school visitors.  Pre-registration for the event is required by Thursday, October 10th to receive discounted general admission of $8, otherwise tickets are $10 at the door.  A dissection is available for an additional cost and registration for the dissection is required by Tuesday, October 1st.  Click here to register.

Additional activities for Homeschool Day include:

  • Dogfish Shark Dissection – 11am
    Additional $10 per person
    Must register by Tuesday, October 1st
  • Tesla Experience Show*
    Additional $3 per person ages 4+
    Tickets available at the reception desk day of event
  • Paleo Tour*
    Additional $3 per person ages 4+
    Tickets available at the reception desk day of event

*BUNDLE AND SAVE-Purchase a Tesla & Paleo ticket together for only $5.

Friday, October 25th-BOO!SEUM, 5:30-7:30pm

Join us for our spook-tacular, but not too scary, evening of fun!  Hands On! is hosting its annual BOO!SEUM event which will include candy, science experiments, crafts, and more!  Stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 and be sure to wear your most festive costume and bring your own trick-or-treat bag!  Follow us on social media for more details, updates, contests, and more!  @visithandson      


  • FREE for ages 0-3
  • FREE for Hands On! Discovery Center members (must have current card/membership app and photo ID)
  • $10 per person for non-members ages 4+ (includes event and exhibit play)
  • $3 Tesla Experience tickets for members and non-members

(***Contains small parts and food allergens.  While supplies last.)  

Thursday, November 14th – Tesla Shows for Guinness World Record Day

Did you know that Hands On! has a Guinness World Record Holding Musical Bi-Polar Tesla Coil?!?!  Today only, in honor of Guinness World Record Day, Tesla Experience tickets are only $2 for everyone (with paid general admission).  Shows will be held at the top of each hour beginning at 10am.  In addition, the first 200 Tesla ticket purchasers will receive a free Tesla comic book.  As always, children under 4 are free.  In addition, try out some fun and silly record setting challenges to see how you compare to the record setters. 

Saturday, December 14th, 10:30am-2:30pm – “Gingerbread” Houses and Polymer Snow

Stop in anytime between 10:30-2:30 to test your engineering skills by building your own graham cracker and candy “gingerbread” house as well as make your own polymer snow to take home.  Children must be supervised at all times. (Contains small parts and food allergens.)  Materials fee of $3 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $5 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

More programs coming soon!