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Find the North Pole at Nashville’s Adventure Science Center

The Twelve Days of Christmas have taken a frosty turn at the Adventure Science Center.  Pack your bags for a journey to the North Pole and bring along the whole family! northpoleThe skyline of Nashville will fade as you step through the life-size North Pole gates and pass the 10-foot snowman on your way to an interactive adventure.

Approaching the winter solstice, 12+ Days of Science is an exciting trip into a world of exploration and discovery. The Adventure Science Center has filled three floors with interactive exhibits that stimulate the imagination and challenge the mind. Is that the whistle of The Polar Express? All Aboard for Trains is a dizzying array of trains and tracks winding through a miniature winter wonderland. Take a turn at running the signals or controlling the trains. Look out for Thomas the Tank engine! Photo courtesy Adventure Science Museum

The Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families for more than 65 years, providing hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs. Learning is fun when the mind and imagination are stimulated! The museum, located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, is open seven days a week except Christmas Day.

Are you looking for some educational activities during this chilly Christmas season? Whether young or old, challenge yourself and climb to the top of a 75-foot adventure tower, pilot a flight simulator, explore the systems inside the human body, or try a little space travel. space-travelThe 12+ Days of Science runs through the month of December into early January.

Can you predict the weather? Try your hand at being the weatherman on Wild Winter Weather Day on December 20. Channel 5’s Lelan would be proud of you!

How do penguins survive frigid living conditions? Discover their secrets on December 21 & 28.

Winter is not for the birds! Learn about the migratory patterns of birds on December 22 and make your own winter bird feeder to take care of your feathered friends.

Explore the contrasting worlds of infrared heat (December 24) and what happens when objects are deep frozen (December 26). infrared pic

Is your personality as magnetic as the poles? Short demonstrations of the laws of magnetism run throughout the day on December 27.

Share the delights of a freezing frolic of winter fun with extraterrestrial Wacky Dr. Winter in two performances on December 29.

Beer Poster - web small The Science of Beer is an adults-only adventure exploring the brew-niverse. Taste over 50 different beers from nearly 30 breweries. Can you imagine beer ice cream? It’s an exact science using molecular gastronomy and liquid nitrogen! Advance ticket sales only to this event on December 20, 6:30-10 p.m. It’s a great chance to learn some tips for home brewing from All Seasons Brewery brewmaster.

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Bring along your binoculars and warm clothing for a free evening of star gazing with astronomy enthusiasts who gather under a clear night sky to share their telescopes and knowledge of the stars.


Learn all about the skies over Nashville in the warm comfort of the Planetarium. You’ll soon be ready to advance to a star party and put your new-found knowledge to the test. In other Planetarium programs you can experience a rocket launch from inside the human body, or get in the holiday spirit with a fun family laser show enhanced with the music of well-known stars.

To close out the old year and ring in the new, celebrate the New Year without staying up till midnight. Families with younger children can make memories with a 10 a.m. to noon “Noon Year’s” celebration on December 31, ending with indoor fireworks and a balloon drop.

Tell us which Day of Science is your favorite in the comments!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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