Chattanooga Train Adventures for Your Family

By Curtis Jolley
Public Relations Coordinator

If you’ve ever visited or live in Chattanooga and your child loves trains, consider yourselves lucky. In connection to Chattanooga’s rich history involving railroads, there are many great summer destinations within short driving distance involving trains the Scenic City has to offer. Here’s a list to get you “on-track” for a great locomotive adventure around town with your family. And, of course, explore the Island of Sodor and learn all about trains at our temporary exhibit, Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! at the Museum through Sept. 13! Continue reading →

Fun for All at Friends Discovery Camp

By Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

Child smiles as he receives an award

A child celebrates as he receives a special award at Friends Discovery Camp.

“Are you kidding me, lady? Everyone wants my normal child, but no one wants my kid with autism except you.”

This direct quote from the parent of a child with autism has haunted me for the last 16 years. It was said after I thanked parents for allowing their children to come to the first Creative Discovery Museum camp for children with autism. Continue reading →

Smoothies Prove to Be a Healthy, Tasty Treat

 Liza Blair, Arts Manager
Creative Discovery Museum

Do you ever find yourself searching for a healthy snack option for your child? Perhaps you need a healthy, yet quick, breakfast option before they head off to summer camp. In either case, you may be looking for a smoothie!

Smoothies are a fresh, delicious and nutritious snack option. Made with fresh or frozen fruit and juice, smoothies have a thick, creamy texture from the addition of milk, yogurt, or ice base. Natural sweeteners, such as Continue reading →

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Child dresses up in a shark costume at the Museum.

Submitted photo by Samantha Dmochowski. Circa 1996.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re looking back and smiling at all the memories we’ve created and been a part of. Many guests have shared stories of what the Museum meant to them growing up. Some are even making new memories by bringing their children now. We thought we’d share a few of these with you as we walk down memory lane together. Continue reading →

Reading for Fun!

By Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

A mom reads a book to her child.The ragged pieces of the book sat on the table for days waiting – maybe begging – to be replaced. If only those pages could talk, they would probably say, “Give me a break from all of the action. PLEASE bring in a fresh copy!”

The book in question – Kisses by Barney Saltzberg – had been a favorite of my 5-year-old grandson in his younger years and was now in his 2-year-old sisters’ top-10. Not only had the slides, flaps and pulls in the well-loved book been mangled by little fingers, but it has been a“read-it-again” book that has been cuddled a bit too close during nap times for years. Continue reading →


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