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Get Ready for School at the Zoo

Girl-with-sheepsby Emily Lemons

A visit to the zoo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world, but did you know it could also help your child get ready for kindergarten in a fun and meaningful context?  We are fortunate to have the Chattanooga Zoo in our community and as a partner in our kindergarten readiness program, Countdown to Kindergarten. While the ideas in this post are written specifically with the Chattanooga Zoo in mind, many of the ideas and activities can apply to many other places you might visit Continue reading →

Smash, Bang, Pow!

LizaBy: Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Something happened in my son around age three that dramatically changed the way he interacts with the world. He developed an overwhelming enthusiasm for destroying block towers and disassembling anything built.

No longer was he content with building and admiring his handy work. No, not any more. The real fun was smashing his masterpiece into tiny pieces. With one swift swing, a 30-piece, tall Lego tower would be nothing more than a few dozen blocks on the floor. Continue reading →

The Hidden Advantages of a Temporary Exhibit


By: Henry Schulson
Executive Director

Have you ever wondered how our temporary exhibits inspire us to update our permanent exhibits?


Magic Tree House Traveling Exhibit

Creative Discovery Museum has been fortunate to bring several exciting temporary exhibits to keep the visitor experience fresh and exciting. Our temporary exhibits attract new audiences and often present topics not covered by our permanent exhibits.

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So, you think she’s a bad parent?

“In a place like this, they usually think I am a bad parent.”

I heard these words thirteen years ago but they still haunt me. They were spoken by the parent of a child with autism at the orientation for the first Friend’s Discovery Camp, Creative Discovery Museum’s inclusive camp for children with autism. The parent was referring to the judgment people made about his child’s public behavior and said this was the reason his child had missed out on many childhood rites of passage. Some parents of children with autism choose to stay away from museums, amusement parks, grocery stores and even birthday parties because others judge them and their children. Continue reading →

MMMM! Yummy Pie!

LizaBy: Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Who doesn’t love a slice of delicious pie? And, who wouldn’t feel good about eating a healthy pie made of vegetables? During the months of February and March, Creative Discovery Museum is teaching children how to make vegetable pot pies in the Museum’s Culinary Corner kitchen class.  You can also make this savory comfort food with your children at home.


The role of the pot pie has changed little since its humble beginnings.  Historically, pot pies, or pocket foods, were made out of necessity and for  convenience, using left-over pastry dough filled with local ingredients and  sealed so it can be easily transported without concern of mess.  Pot pies are either savory, filled with meat and/or vegetable, or sweet, filled with berries, chocolate, or nuts mixed with sugar.  Both are bound together by a flaky, Continue reading →

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