Tuesdays and Wednesdays — Legos
Build and explore with Lego interlocking blocks and other components, which can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models, machines, and architectural structures. Legos will be set up on our Discovery Cart throughout each day. Free with paid general admission, all pieces and creations must remain on site. (*Contains small parts that may not be suitable for children 3 and under.)
Monday, Sept. 2 — closed for Labor Day.
Tuesday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 29 — Art Studio Programs.
Join us in September for mosaics in the style of Alma Thomas, Suzanne Valadon oil pastel cats, and Grandma Moses-inspired watercolor landscape paintings. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided, with facilitated programs announced periodically throughout each day. Stop by and get creative.
Monday, Sept. 9-Wednesday, Sept. 11 — closed for deep cleaning.
Thursday, Sept. 12-Sunday, Sept. 29 — Swashbuckling Science.
Arrg mateys! It's a pirate's life for you as you discover the swashbuckling science of being a pirate in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Learn at ye own risk as ye test out an eye patch perception experiment, sail ho with our pirate ship challenge, and even learn what a scallywag might say. Programs announced periodically throughout each day.
Monday, Sept. 16, 4-6 p.m. — Sensory Night.
This event is designed for children with sensory-integration needs. Lighting and sound are adjusted as well as many other environmental elements. Hands On! will be closed to the public during this event. Sensory Nights are free, and space is limited. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Sept. 12 and includes immediate family only. To register, visit our website at visithandson.org/current-programs.
Saturday, Sept. 21 — Red Panda Day
Calling all Red Panda Rangers! Join us in recognition of International Red Panda Day to learn more about red pandas of the past and of today, uncover their significance to the Gray Fossil Site and try out some red panda activities and crafts. Programs announced periodically throughout the day.
Saturday, Sept. 28 — Solar Scope for Fall Astronomy Day
Join us for some stargazing of the Sun in recognition of the upcoming Fall Astronomy Day! Take a turn using our Celestron EclipSmart solar telescope, which is able to directly align to the Sun and filter the intense sunlight for safe solar observation. Programs by announcement periodically throughout the day. Weather permitting — stay tuned to social media for updates regarding weather. Limited access to scope based on participants.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m. — Star Party
Join us for some out-of-this-world stargazing in recognition of the upcoming Fall Astronomy Day. Take a turn using our Celestron NexStar computerized telescope or astronomy binoculars. Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for more information and for updates regarding weather. Limited access to scopes and binoculars based on attendees. Admission is $3 per person ages 4-up. Children 3 and younger are free. Exhibit spaces are closed during this event.
The Big Dig - select Saturdays in September
The Big Dig is a one-of-a-kind, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty paleontology experience offered by Hands On! Discovery Center and the East Tennessee State University Museum of Natural History. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside paleontologists and follow the process from beginning to end, from searching for fossils in the field to curating them in the museum collection.
For ages 12 to adult. Ages 12-16 must be accompanied by a paying adult, age 18-plus.
The program is 10 a.m.-4: p.m. and is available on Sept. 7 and Sept. 21.
Spots are very limited and pre-registration and payment are required two weeks in advance of each date. For more details, visit: https://visithandson.org/the-big-dig.