Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center to reopen with modifications & a Harley-Davidson exhibit

Jan 28, 2021 at 09:30 am by Michelle Willard

Hands-On Harley-Davidson exhibit at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (Submitted)

On Feb. 2, the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center will reopen and introduce a new educational exhibit for children and families, according the Town of Smyrna.

Called Hands-On Harley-Davidson, the exhibit’s pretend retail setting features two kid-sized motorcycles inspired by a Harley-Davidson Road King and opportunities to “Dream It!,” Build It!” and “Ride It!” using activities that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Hands-On Harley-Davidson was made possible by a grant from The Harley-Davidson Foundation and invites children to explore a pretend motorcycle dealership while learning about the people, places and processes that make a community work.

The exhibit’s educational content reflects developmental milestones set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and national academic standards for school-age children. Signage in English and Spanish helps caregivers understand how the exhibit experience supports STEM education, literacy, social development and a child’s awareness of related careers.

Reopening Modifications

The Town of Smyrna Town Manager Brian D. Hercules said modifications have been made to ensure the safety of SOAC staff and guests.

“The decision to reopen is guided by maintaining the safety of our citizens and personnel,” Hercules explained. “We have safeguards in place to ensure adherence to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Gov. Lee’s Tennessee Pledge, while we provide recreational opportunities for our community.”

Guests will have their temperature checked and answer COVID-19 screening questions prior to entry. Per the Rutherford County Face Covering Order and the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks will be required for guests ages 5 and older and recommended for ages 2-4. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the facility and social distancing measures are in place.

SOAC is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. The cost of admission is:
$7 per person ages 13 and older
$5 per person ages 3 – 12
Children under 3 are admitted free of charge

Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 100 Sam Ridley Parkway East.  For additional information, visit the Town of Smyrna website, or call 615-459-9710.


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