Are you considering visiting the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee?
This kid-friendly tourist attraction is full of fun activities for children of all ages!
And the museum is located right downtown within walking distance to many other Chattanooga area attractions and restaurants!
In this post, I will review the unique activities and exhibits you will find at the Creative Discovery Museum during your visit to Chattanooga!
The Creative Discovery Museum is located in downtown Chattanooga making it an easy stop for other activities you have planned in the city.
Parking is available in back of the museum near AT&T Field where the Chattanooga Lookouts play.
Depending on how long you want to spend at the museum, parking will cost you a few dollars.
As mentioned above, the museum is located in a great area of downtown and is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Chattanooga is the Tennessee Aquarium.
You can easily spend time at both the aquarium AND the museum all in one day!
The exciting features of the Creative Discovery Museum are apparent before you even enter the building.
Located right beside the main entrance, this giant bubble maker draws attention from kids of all ages.
This is my niece standing on the platform in the middle of the bubble maker.
Once you pull the levee, a giant bubble envelopes your whole body.
It’s a really cute activity to start off your visit, and what kid doesn’t love bubbles!
After you view this bubble maker, you can enter the Creative Discovery Museum doors.
Here you will see the registration desk where you can purchase tickets. You can also buy tickets on the museum’s official website.
The museum is really reasonably priced, and they offer a discount to those who also toured the aquarium!
The Creative Discovery Museum is home to Cafe Dino-mite, which is a great place to grab snacks, drinks, and meals.
This is one of the best food stands for parents and kids that I have found inside a Chattanooga area attraction!
They offer all types of food from salads to sandwiches to hotdogs.
Cafe Dino-mite has healthy options for meals and snacks, which is sometimes hard to come by at popular tourist destinations like this.
They also have a gluten free menu that you can view on the museum’s website or once you are inside the cafe!
Once you receive your wristband, you can begin exploring the museum. One of the first stops is the RiverPlay area.
The RiverPlay section of the museum features a 2.5 story indoor playground with climbing features and slides.
It also showcases a huge water area where kids can learn how a river works.
The RiverPlay section even allows kids to pretend to captain a boat!
As you stroll through the Creative Discovery Museum, you will notice that the exhibits are broken up into sections.
One of the science exhibits is the Corner Clinic. Here, your child can dress up as a doctor and perform check ups on available dolls.
This area has all sorts of doctor tools on hand and even allows guests to look at x-rays!
Just after the Corner Clinic, is the Make It section of the museum.
This is where kids can act as inventors to create all sorts of things using the provided tools.
Another fan favorite near the Make It section is the Excavation Center.
Here, kids can use shovels and brushes to search and dig for dinosaur bones.
This takes place in a giant sandbox that my kids absolutely love!
You can even explore deeper into this section of the museum and find all sorts of animal information.
Music and Art Galleries
The music and art galleries are also popular sections of the museum.
In these two areas, kids can participate in hands on activities like drawing and painting.
They can also play numerous musical instruments!
Toddler Play Area
Directly across from the Corner Clinic is the Little Yellow House. This play area is for those children who are four and under.
The Little Yellow House has all sorts of fun activities, so even the smallest kids don’t feel left out.
There is a huge play house with tables, chairs, pretend kitchen appliances, laundry machines, and plastic foods where little ones love to play.
There is also a small slide, pretend car to drive, and a train set in this area.
A small portion of the room is even gated off for babies and features soft climbing toys that are loads of fun!
While visiting the museum, you can take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor. I love that it is so stroller friendly!
A large portion of the Creative Discovery Museum’s second floor houses the traveling exhibit that is being featured.
For example, the museum recently featured a dinosaur train exhibit during the summer months.
In the fall, they will replace this exhibit with a whole new one!
You can check the Creative Discovery Museum’s official website before visiting to see which exhibit they are featuring.
In addition to exploring the large exhibit on display, kids can take part in several other activities on the second floor of the museum.
You can step outside on the second floor to participate in the Rooftop Fun Factory.
Here, kids can play with pulleys and levees to learn about simple machines.
Once back inside, you will find a quiet area for reading books, a small section for observing bees, and a high tower with views of Chattanooga.
The Creative Discovery Museum also offers a culinary corner where kids can learn how to make healthy snacks!
Final Review of the Creative Discovery Museum
The Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, TN is a great place for kids to participate in interactive activities.
I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to do while visiting Chattanooga.
It’s in a great location right in the heart of downtown and really conveniently located near other popular tourist attractions!
What is your favorite exhibit at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga?
Comment below and tell me about it!