Workshops & Home School Programs

To register for a workshop please contact (423) 434-HAND ext. 808 or email reservations@handsonmuseum.org.

Summer Camps at Hands On!

Where else can you custom tie dye a t-shirt, blast off Mentos geysers, create your own custom-fitted and hula hoop, send suds flying into the air, make ooey gooey silly putty, paint a masterpiece, build an air rocket, and much, much more?!?! Children ages 5 to 12 can explore and discover the sciences, arts, and more in our week long summer camps that are sure to make fun, silly, and educational memories sure to last a lifetime. Download your registration packet.

Choose the week of camp that is right for your camper:

  • Monday, June 5th-Friday, June 9th
  • Monday, June 19th-Friday, June 23rd
  • Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st

Choose the type of day that is right for your camper:

  • HALF day (Drop off 9:30-9:45, pickup 12:15-12:30)
    • Cost: $ 100 for members, $150 for non-members
    • Includes a Hands On! t-shirt for tie dyeing, all activity and experiment supplies, play time in the museum, drinks provided at mid-morning snack time. Half day campers need to bring a NUT FREE snack and extra clothes and shoes daily.
  • FULL day (Drop off 9:30-9:45, pickup 4:15-4:30)
    • Cost: $ 150 for members, $200 for non-members
    • In addition to what half day camps include, full day camps include additional activities and experiments, extended play time in the museum, drinks provided at snack and lunch times. Full day campers need to bring 2 NUT FREE snacks, a NUT FREE lunch, and extra clothes and shoes daily.

Download your registration packet.  Please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 808 or email reservations@handsonmuseum.org for more information or to register. You may send in the registration form via email or postal mail, or deliver in person. A separate registration form must be filled out for each child.

Museum staff ensures a fun, safe, and healthy environment with museum play, theme-related activities, crafts, and experiments, along with friendship building opportunities.

Gray Fossil Site & Museum Paleo Camps

Only at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum can you dig for fossils, wet-screen micro-fossils, get a behind the scenes tour of the fossil site, make casts of bones, and examine rocks and minerals. Additional activities include dissecting an owl pellet, science experiments, science-based art projects, t-shirt tie-dying, and so much more! Children ages 5 to 12 can explore and discover the sciences, arts, and more in our week-long summer camps that are sure to make memories to last a lifetime. Museum staff ensures a fun, safe, and healthy environment with museum exploration, theme-related activities, experiments, and art projects, along with friendship building opportunities.

Download your registration packet.  Please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 808 or email reservations@handsonmuseum.org for more information or to register. You may send in the registration form via email or postal mail, or deliver in person.

Choose the week of camp that is right for your camper:

  • Monday, June 12th – Friday, June 16th
  • Monday, June 26th – Friday, June 30th
  • Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th
  • Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th

Choose the type of day that is right for your camper:

  • HALF day (Drop off 9:30-9:45, pickup 12:15-12:30)
    • Cost: $ 120 for Gray Fossil Site & Museum* members, $150 for non-members
    • Includes a t-shirt for tie-dyeing, all activity and experiment supplies, exploration time in the museum, drinks provided at mid-morning snack time. Half-day campers need to bring a NUT FREE snack and extra clothes and shoes daily.
  • FULL day (Drop off 9:30-9:45, pickup 4:15-4:30)
    • Cost: $ 170 for Gray Fossil Site & Museum members*, $200 for non-members
    • In addition to what half-day camps include, full day camps include additional activities and experiments, extended play-time in the museum, drinks provided at snack and lunch times. Full day campers need to bring 2 NUT FREE snacks, a NUT FREE lunch, and extra clothes and shoes daily.

*Hands On! Museum memberships do not qualify for discounts

Owl Pellet Dissection at Gray Fossil Site & Museum

Friday, May 19th, 9:30-11:00am – Learn what owls eat as you dissect an owl pellet and reconstruct the skeleton found inside it.  Each child will receive an owl pellet.  Cost $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Ages 5-13.  Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, May 10th.  To register, please call 423-434-4263 ext. 808, T-F 9-5 or email reservations@handsonmuseum.org.  To ensure a fun, effective, and consistent workshop experience, parents/guardians/siblings may not present in the workshop.

Fossil & Artifact ID Nights at Gray Fossil Site & Museum

On Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm: April 25th, June 27th, July 25th, September 26th, and November 28th
You don’t have to be a paleontologist to find fossils. Identifying them is a different story.  Bring any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral to Fossil & Artifact ID Night, and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archarologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.