Workshops & Home School Programs

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

Tuesday, January 8th – Friday, January 11th – Snap Circuits Discovery Cart

Join us during Static Electricity Week to use building pieces with snaps to assemble different electronic circuits on a simple grid that functions like the printed circuit board found in most electronic products.  Create exciting builds such as launching a flying saucer, ringing a bell, and more!  Snap Circuits will be setup on our TVA Discovery Cart throughout each day.  (*Contains small parts that may not be suitable for children 3 and under.)  FREE with paid general admission.

Thursday, January 17th, 10am-4pm – Kid Inventors Day

Stop by our Make It. Take It. tinkering and maker space anytime between 10am and 4pm for some fun and inventive challenges led by our Discovery Guides.  We will provide the inspiration and materials, you provide the creativity and ingenuity!  FREE with paid general admission.

Saturday, January 19th, 10am-2pm – World Snow Day Pop-in Workshop

Stop by for some cool fun in honor of World Snow Day!  Try out some polymer snow, similar to what is used on movie sets, and take it home to use over and over.  Then make some peppermint scented snow dough and learn about print making while making a snowflake art masterpiece.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

Monday, January 28th, 10am-2pm – Hands On! Homeschool Day

Join us for this special day from 10am-2pm as we open our doors especially for our loyal home school visitors.  Come together to network, explore, learn, and play!  Pre-registration is required by Thursday, January 24th in order to receive the discounted Homeschool Day rate of $8 per person for ages 4+ for general admission, otherwise tickets are $10 at the door.  To make your reservation, email reservations@visithandson.org or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.

Additional activities for Homeschool Day include:

  • Plaster & Paint Fossil Replicas – 10am-1:30pm
    additional $3 per person (while supplies last)
  • Tesla Shows* – 10:30am & 12:30pm
    additional $3 per person (tickets available at front desk)
  • Paleo Tours* – 11:30am & 1pm
    additional $3 per person (tickets available at front desk)

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

Friday, February 8th – Scout Day

Wear your scout uniform, or present your official scout ID card, and receive half price general admission for the day.  Valid only for the scout, cannot be cannot be transferred to another individual, transferred to another day, or combined with any other discount or coupon.  Not valid on Paleo Tours, Tesla Shows, memberships, or merchandise.  Groups of 10 or more require an advance registration of no less than 48 hours.

Thursday, February 14th, 2-5pm – Be Miocene Pop-in Workshop

Stop by anytime between 2pm-5pm to create your own fossil cast replica out of plaster to paint and take home as well as craft your own Miocene themed valentine for that someone special in your life.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $3 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $5 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

Tuesday, February 19th – Friday, February 22nd – Reverse Engineering Discovery Cart

Join us during National Engineers Week for some reverse engineering and test your skills on lots of items adults would never let you take apart.  Dismantle computer towers, phones, keyboards, and more!  Reverse Engineering will be setup on our TVA Discovery Cart throughout each day.  (*Contains small parts not suitable for children 3 and under.)  FREE with paid general admission.

Wednesday, February 20th, 9am-noon – Imagineer It! Homeschool Drop-off Workshop

Celebrate National Engineering Week with a workshop to test your craftsmanship, skill, and ingenuity.  Create  a wearable LED light-up gadget/jewelry, build a 2-liter bottle rocket launcher, then craft and race your own alternative energy contraption.  Ages 7-12.  A healthy nut-free snack will be included.  Payment in full is required to complete registration and hold each registrant’s spot.  Register early and save big!  Cost: Early registration prior to Friday, February 8th is $15 for Hands On! members, $20 for non-members; Late registration after February 8th is $20 for Hands On! members, $25 for non-members. Cancellation is required by February 8th in order to receive a full refund. To ensure a fun, effective, and consistent experience, we do not allow parents/guardians to be present in our workshops.  To register, email reservations@visithandson.org or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.

Tuesday, February 26th, 4-6pm – Fossil & Artifact ID Night

You don’t have to be a paleontologist to find fossils, but identifying them is a different story.  Bring in any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist from the Gray Fossil Site available to look at your discoveries. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.

Thursday, March 14th – Pi Day

Join us for all things Pi and pie!  Programs and activities by announcement throughout the day.  FREE with paid general admission while supplies last.  Some activities may contain small parts and food allergens.

Saturday, March 16th, 10am-2pm – St. Patrick’s Day Pop-in Workshop

Stop in anytime between 10am and 2pm to expose some Leprechaun secrets!  Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing Leprechaun bead bracelet, and grow Leprechaun “eggs” that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye.  Children must be supervised at all times, due to small parts this workshop is recommended for ages 3+. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

More programs coming soon!