Songbirds Guitar Museum - Children will explore the museum with a guide while learning
about the origins of rock and roll and the evolution of the electric solid body guitar from the 1950s through present day. Each exhibit features the guitars that made the music as well as the stories and artists that brought them to life. Songbirds Guitar Museum is historically accurate, educational and fun for both guitar enthusiasts and those new to the world of fretted instruments. Songbirds Guitar Museum is a guitar-oriented, pop culture museum experience for the whole family with extensive permanent and revolving exhibits featuring nearly 500 instruments.
35 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408 | songbirdsguitars.com
Creative Discovery Museum - In the museum’s newest traveling exhibit, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, families will travel through 50 countries without ever leaving Chattanooga. Children and families can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel. They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs. The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe. Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. There’s even an interactive replica/interpretation of a Pakistani truck for children to decorate. Families can also compose music using an app featuring the rebana, tabla, kora, oud, ney, and ghijak, listen to stories and view objects shared by America Muslim families and even learn how
to write and say “My name is ...” in 21 languages.
321 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 | cdmfun.org
Chattanooga Zoo - Observe and learn all about the world around us and the wildest creatures that inhabit it. As you explore the Chattanooga Zoo, you will encounter chimpanzees, jaguars, komodo dragons, red pandas, meerkats, and more! Explore what it’s like to be a Zookeeper by observing creatures during the Animal Meet and Greets; chatting with zookeepers to learn about the animals and how they are taken care of; watching the zookeepers train the chimpanzees and why it is important to the chimpanzee’s health; touring different areas of
the zoo; helping the zookeepers distribute animal enrichment; and so much more.
301 North Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404 | chattzoo.org
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum - Grab an engineer cap to be an imaginary conductor for the day as you jump aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s rumbling locomotive train and take a ride along Missionary Ridge. When you step aboard the train, ask the conductor if you can punch your own ticket! This 55-minute Missionary Ridge Local excursion includes: traveling six miles (round trip) on one of the original rail lines into Chattanooga; narration of the local history historical points along the route; riding through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel that was built in 1858, especially noted for its uniqueness as a horseshoe tunnel; witnessing two unique methods of turning a train around: the better known turntable, and the wye (think of doing a three-point turn with your car and you’re close); and a brief tour of the train restoration shop.
4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421 | tvrail.com
Tennessee Aquarium - The Southeast is home to an astounding array of animals, yet many of them lead secretive lives. Kids will explore the Aquarium’s two huge buildings with the eyes of a scientist while encountering native and exotic species. Kids can become backyard scientists during spring break as they meet fascinating animals and the experts who care for them. Extra programs will be offered each week between March 9 and April 8 to give youngsters a scientist’s view into the hidden lives and wonderful adaptations of the region’s creatures. They’ll also discover how the Tennessee Aquarium’s scientists are saving threatened and endangered animals. Once their curiosity is aroused, kids will see the Aquarium’s myriad other animals — from alligators, turtles, and frogs to lemurs, penguins and butterflies — with more inquisitive eyes.
1 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 | tnaqua.org
High Point Climbing and Fitness - During this special Spring Break Climbing Camp, kids will get to spend some quality time with experienced climbers as they learn all about climbing. Spring Break Day Camps are the perfect way to get kids moving during their break. High Point’s dedicated and experienced staff will spend one-on-one time teaching kids all about climbing, including an introduction to the gym, equipment usage, climbing techniques, knot tying, bouldering team, building, and the importance of trust and communication. There will also be some entertaining and engaging climbing-related activities and open climbing sessions. As the kids are learning these new skills, they will also build confidence, muscle development, coordination, balance, and problem-solving. Everyone will finish our climbing camps with a sense of self-confidence & accomplishment. Rock Climbing Spring Break Camp is a two-day session designed for children ages 5-14. Camps are available on a first-come, first served basis. They fill up fast so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible!
219 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 | highpointclimbing.com
Rock City Gardens - There are two exciting activities at Rock City Gardens. First the Enchanted Trail leads you to view more than 400 varieties of native plants and flowers. You’ll trek through massive rock formations formed thousands of years ago and have the chance to dig for your very own geode - and then break it open to find the crystal treasure inside! Your RockQuest Guide will help you look for clues to many of the geological wonders at Rock City. You’ll journey along the Enchanted Trail where you can dig for your very own geode, see 7 states from Lover’s Leap and spot a gnome or two. Rock City Gardens is a true marvel of nature featuring ancient rock formations and panoramic views 1,700 feet above sea level. The self-guided tour along the Enchanted Trail takes you through some of the south’s most spectacular natural scenery where you’ll learn about sedimentary rocks, minerals, crystals and the forces of nature that created this unique attraction.
Travel to a faraway kingdom where you’ll learn basic archery and how to use a sword as well as meet Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, and many more characters. Don't miss this chance to make magical memories! Be a sword fighter and make your dreams come to life during Fairytale Nights, an enchanted adventure awaiting you high atop Lookout Mountain. While in the enchanted forest, meet beloved characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, Snow White and Merlin; follow Jack as he ventures off the beanstalk into the giant’s lair; enjoy the radiant gardens with Cinderella; climb the 25-foot castle wall; and learn basic archery and sword-fighting skills like a real knight at the Knights Training Academy. Those completing the academy will be knighted by Queen Guinevere.
1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750 | seerockcity.com
Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain - Learn about rocks and geology and view the cave’s mysterious chambers and amazing rock formations! Another name for a cave explorer is speleologist – someone who studies caves, their history, make-up structure, physical properties and how they change over time. As you journey deep underground to Ruby Falls, use your Safari Guide to discover the answers to questions during your cave and waterfall tour. This is a recreational activity of exploring a cave, also known as caving and spelunking. You will be dazzled as your guide shares tales of folklore and history and teaches you about the rocks and geology throughout the cave’s mysterious chambers. Ruby Falls is America’s deepest cave accessible to the public and has the tallest underground waterfall! Show your completed Ruby Falls page to the staff at the end of your tour and receive a free geode – that is cracked open for you to see inside the rock!
1720 South Scenic Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37409 | rubyfalls.com
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