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Getting Hands-On with Fun and Learning in Tullahoma

By: Atlanta Northcutt --- Reporter for the Southern Standard

With schools currently out due to COVID-19, it is easy for kids to become sedentary when it comes to their learning and physical activity. Video games are the newest obsession and one of the quickest ways to turn children into couch potatoes while the break continues into the summer months. Tullahoma’s Hand-On Science Center is a multi-faceted facility that makes learning fun.

The Hands-On Science Center is a non-profit organization that is mostly focused on children and teenagers. There is a wide range of exhibits, including an animal room that has recently been expanded. All of the activities are family-friendly. Many families will come here while their children are out of school to give them an educational and beneficial environment to spend time together in.

One of the most popular exhibits is an amphibian, reptile and animal room. Some of the live animals include a bearded dragon, rainbow boa, ball python, corn snake, leopard gecko, tarantula and a parrot. An advanced observatory is on the property and provides a spectacular array of views of the stars and moon. A natural history, wildlife, crystals and geodes, botany, dinosaurs, space and salt and fresh water exhibits are to be discovered around every corner.

Over the summer, a variety of camps is offered and feature different themes each time. Up to thirty kids regularly participate in these programs. Special classes and demonstrations are given to home-schooled children. There is something for every age group and interest at the Science Center. From learning through play for younger children to experimenting with microscopes and demonstrating how hot air balloons, motors and turbines work for older kids.

The ability to play with other children and meet new friends during different events held each month during the summer is a plus that the center offers while children are out of school and want to be out of the house. The list of all of the events is on their website at

There are rooms for birthday parties and different celebrations. The Science Center can also bring the fun of learning to your doorstep for off-site birthdays or special events. Programs are available for Boy and Girl Scout troops to explore all forms of science, nature and interact with live animals.

The Hands-On Science Center also provides different programs such as “Dinosaurs Unearthed,” “Cosmic Voyages” and “Facts of Light” to take outside of their facility and bring to schools or other learning locations.

Although the Hands-On Science Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 until further notice, more information on when the center will be open and available activities are continuing to be posted on Facebook displaying fun and educational videos frequently.

The Hands-On Science Center focuses on a variety of topics, including aerodynamics, pressure, sound and light, geology, electricity, saltwater reef fish and coral, space, amphibians, reptiles and hundreds of others, providing a fun and interactive way to learn while enjoying and spending time with family or friends.

For more information on the Hands-On Science Center located at 101 Mitchell Blvd. in Tullahoma, along with updated news regarding when the center will reopen to the public, visit or call (931) 455-8387 101 Mitchell Blvd. in Tullahoma.

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