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Toddler Instruction Manual INSIDE! JANUARY 2023 BIRTH ORDER: HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR KIDS WINTER FUN: THINGS TO DO INSIDE OR OUT KEEP KIDS SAFE ON ALL OF THEIR NEW TABLETS & CELL PHONES EVERY. FAMILY. MATTERS. SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR FEBRUARY, 25 DETAILS INSIDE! 2022

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From the moment she learned she was pregnant, Brittany dreamed of what her daughter would become. What she didn’t know was that Maryiah was already a fighter. Diagnosed before birth with a form of congenital heart disease called hypoplastic left heart syndrome as well as a genetic disorder called Turner syndrome, Maryiah would need highly specialized care from the moment she was born.

To give her daughter the best possible chance at survival, Brittany turned to the experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

With comprehensive teams in neonatal intensive care, cardiology, cardiac surgery, transplant and more, Monroe Carell’s pediatric specialists did more than care for Maryiah. According to Brittany, they also became like family.

After several surgeries including a heart transplant, 5-year-old Maryiah is active and happy, which was her mother’s hope all along.

Our story is best told through theirs. Learn more about other inspiring patients like Maryiah’s.

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Baby Pages: How Birth Order Affects the Kids

Oldest, middle or baby of the family, where a child sits in the family order is a big determinator for behavior and more.

Keeping your wild child safe and understanding what makes him tick is the key to managing his behavior.

25 New Device, New Rules

For kids, being trusted with a new smartphone, tablet or computer is exciting. For YOU, approach it thoughtfully, so the device isn’t a source of conflict or harmful influences.

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BEST OF PARENTING UPDATE!

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Editor’s Note

Saying no without saying no is so helpful to a toddler.

Introducing children to religion, one parent asks, “Where do I begin? Where did YOU begin?”

How do you begin to teach your kids about a higher power?

Parent News

Bump City Nashville boasts stylish maternity wear; our 2023 New Year, New You contest and local news briefs just for parents.

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Saying, “No,” Without Saying, “No”

Remember when the word “no” had meaning? If you’re like us, that word — which used to work every time — has lost its power. When our 4-year-old hears us say it these days, he’ll just stare us unblinkingly in the eyes, continuing to do whatever we told him not to do with a little smirk on his face. Sound familiar?

We all want to make our kids happy, and it’s a lot easier — at least in the moment — to cave into their every desire. Of course, parents aren’t doing their tiny humans any favors when they don’t give them the experience of being told “no.”

At the same time, if your child regularly ignores you when you tell them “no”, then chances are you’re saying it too frequently. Some parenting experts believe that saying “no” too much can breed resentment or desensitize a child to its meaning. So, how to walk that line?

Call it sneakiness, call it parenting “Jedi mind tricks,” but I’ve found some ways to “say no, without saying no” that have been super helpful additions to my parenting toolbelt. Here’s a few:

Stay positive. Try to rephrase your “no’s” as a statement about what your child can do, rather than what they can’t. So, instead of, “No throwing the ball in the living room!” you can say, “See if you can roll the ball down the hall” or “Remember, we only throw balls outside.”

Offer options. Our little monsters crave to feel independent and in control. So rather than refusing when they ask for some chocolate, offer them a choice — like, “Do you want grapes or apple slices?”

Use distractions. If something shiny and fragile catches their eye in a store, quickly divert them with a question, like “What should we have for lunch?” or “I forgot, what’s your favorite animal these days?”

Pick your battles. Ask yourself, is what your child doing really that bad? Don’t feel bad about turning a blind eye to minor mischief now and then. Save your “no’s” for when you really need them and they’ll have more effect.

So next time the hairs on your neck go up from something your kid is about to test you on, try some of these strategies to avoid that meltdown in the middle of Target. When all else fails, explain why your toddler shouldn’t do something rather than dropping the ‘ol “no means no” bomb. There’s better ways to say no that will keep your kid happy and alsol give you some long-term relief.

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FEEDBACK

Introducing Kids to Religion?

“I take my son to church. He attends the children’s program and he loves it. We pray every night. I also read children’s Bible stories to him. During religious holidays, we do age-appropriate activities and read relevant Bible stories. There are also really good apps for children that can help if you’re stuck on what to teach.”

“Together as husband and wife, start praying together and asking for guidance and direction. Start having devotions with your husband and have morning devotions with the children. Check out local churches together to see where God leads you. It’s important to be united together in this journey.”

“I’m answering assuming you’re talking about Christianity — apologies if that’s not what you mean. If it’s something you’re trying to explore yourself and bring your kids into, I’d recommend The Jesus Storybook

Bible. As someone who was raised in a sheltered Christian environment, simply reading that storybook Bible myself helped me understand what the real message of Jesus was. We don’t force it on our kids or assume they will believe the same way we do down the road; we simply share what we are learning or believe with them and hopefully our lives reflect that in a honest way — just like anything we share with them.”

“Let them form their own opinions. If they express interest then take them to church, if not then don’t.”

“A simple way is to read them Bible stories. Or, there is a show called Veggie Tales that does Bible stories.”

“Wait until they’re adults and can make that decision for themselves?”

“I personally am not religious, but was raised Christian and live in the Bible belt so my kids hear about it from family and at school. I answer questions as they come and also explain that not everyone believes the same. I prefer my children to be aware of all religions and let them form their own opinions/belief systems. It is ultimately up to you as parents to decide what/how you want to teach them. There is no right answer.”

“My background — I was raised in church knowing who God was, and my husband and I are doing the same for our children. If you are looking to show God to your children, the verse in Deuteronomy 6:7 is a great place to start which says, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Help your children and yourself to search out God in your daily lives. Talk about him at home and when you are out and

about. My 9 year old pointed out every beautiful tree he saw this fall, because I was constantly pointing them out as how amazing God was for the beauty of his creation. Help your kids to search God out in creation and in your daily lives. When something good happens, pray and thank God. When you see a wreck on the side of the road, stop to pray for those involved. I would highly recommend getting involved in a church that can help you to raise your children in a way that they know God and what he has done for them in Christ.”

“I think sitting down with your spouse and outlying how you want to raise them is important. You may disagree on some things and that’s OK. Just remember that every single member of your family is able to come up with their own individual beliefs. Religion is highly personal.”

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BUMP CITY NASHVILLE Elevate Your Maternity Wear

Trying to look stylish while pregnant has always been a challenge for moms-tobe. And specialty maternity stores have gone by the wayside leaving women to either choose from a big box store of mass-produced items or to just order online (a total risk when you’re expecting!).

Enter Bump City maternity boutique. Owned by founder, designer and mom Tiffany Marie Troiano-Bard, Bump City, (located in Green Hills next to the Bluebird Café at 4104 Hillsboro Pike in Nashville) is the answer to style-less, over-sized and over-priced maternity outfits. Bard came up with the idea for Bump City when she was pregnant with her firstborn (she now has two kids) and discovered she couldn’t find

stylish, versatile maternity wear. First she launched her fashion line, Tiff Marie Maternity. Last year, Bard opened her storefront, stocking it with dresses, workwear, casual styles and gowns. Bard’s aim is to help pregnant women feel confident during pregnancy and she does that by requesting that shoppers reserve a free shopping appointment so she can personally assist you in finding what you need and want — with no pressure to buy.

Bump City carries the latest trends and are created to be worn through all trimesters of pregnancy, including nursing. If you just want to check out some of Bump City’s fashions, head to Bard’s website, tiffmariematernity.com and check out the shopping section.

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Quick Bits

• Ring in the new year with big band jazz, Brazilian grooves, and classical music at CHEEKWOOD’S WINTER CONCERT SERIES. Set in Cheekwood’s Massey Auditorium, the trio of intimate concerts aims to expand perspectives and delight music lovers. The performances take place on Jan. 28, Feb. 10 and Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Cheekood members, $45 for non-members. Find out more at cheekwood.org/ calendar/winter-concert-series.

• The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club announced THE SAVANNAH BANANAS are bringing their “World Famous Baseball Circus” to First Horizon Park on June 2, 2023. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Greatest Show in Sports” by ESPN with an atmosphere that would make most MLB teams jealous (Sports Illustrated), the Bananas have reimagined the baseball

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• Things certainly are going to be “BIG” for DOLLYWOOD’S 2023 SEASON. The Pigeon Forge park is gearing up for the debut of Big Bear Mountain (the longest roller coaster in the park’s history), a new celebration of one of Dolly’s most iconic songs, as well as 15 additional park operating days throughout the year. The park opens to the general public on Saturday, March 11. For more information about Dollywood’s 2023 season or season passes, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

• The NASHVILLE SPORTS CARDS & COLLECTIBILES SHOW returns in 2023 at Lighthouse Christian School (5100 Blue Hole Rd., Nashville). Find some

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MIDTOWN has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 – 2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Of the approximately 649 U.S. hospitals that submitted maternity data, only 297 were recognized by the U.S. News as “High Performing.” The Best Hospitals for Maternity evaluation looks at hospital data relating to uncomplicated pregnancies and at five different factors: scheduled early deliveries, C-section rates in low-risk women, newborn com-

plications, rate of exclusive breast milk feeding and option for vaginal births after cesarean. Each year, more babies are born at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown than any other facility in Tennessee. For more information, visit healthcare.ascension.org.

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How Birth

Ever thought about how your birth order affects your personality and how you interact with others? Researchers have. Birth order can play a huge role in what you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses and how you react to situations. While not every person fits the stereotypes of their birth order, you may find traits that fit yourself or your children very closely.

FIRST CHILD

First borns are their parents’ one and only focus, at least for a short time, until a baby brother or sister comes along. Because of this, they are used to being the center of attention and may excel in school because they have had more one-on-one time to work on skills with the help of their parents.

Strengths: They are generally dependable, cautious, conscientious, high achievers and responsible.

Challenges: Because they are given more responsibility at a younger age, they may be controlling and bossy. They often develop a “Type A” personality and can be hard on themselves and others. They tend to be perfectionists and can develop a fear of failure that makes it hard to step out of their comfort zone.

tips: Let your child know it is OK to make mistakes and that not everyone excels in every area. It’s also wise to make sure your expectations are age appropriate as parents often hold their first born child to a high standard.

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Being the oldest, youngest or somewhere in between definitely influences a child’s personality and achievements.

Order Affects the Kids

MIDDLE CHILD

Middle children can often feel overlooked because they are stuck in between the overachieving older sibling and the free-spirited and charming baby of the family. Feeling left out at home, middle children often seek out close relationships with friends and usually have a large social circle.

Strengths: Middle children tend to be very social and are great peacemakers. They become good at negotiating and compromise and develop the ability to “go with the flow”.

Challenges: It is never fun to feel left out or feel unimportant. This can lead to rebelliousness and feelings of inadequacy.

Parenting tips: Encourage your middle child to pursue activities and interests that are unique to them. Make a point to spend a little extra one-on-one time with your middle child so that they don’t feel overlooked.

YOUNGEST CHILD

The youngest child of the family usually reaps the benefits from extra parent attention as well as attention from older siblings.

Parents may have also, sometimes unknowingly, loosened the rules since the older children were born so the baby of the family may get away with more (or at least that’s how the older children view it). Youngest are often comfortable being the class clown and love to show off and make people laugh.

Strengths: Youngest children are typically natural charmers and have an outgoing personality. Many comedians and actors are the youngest children. They are often risk takers and described as fearless.

Challenges: Parents may react less to accomplishments because they have seen it before and therefore the youngest child may feel like nothing is ever good enough. Parents can also have the tendency to coddle the youngest child, giving them less chores and responsibility and holding them to a lower standard than older kids.

Parenting tips: Encourage your youngest child to be independent and learn to do

things on their own. This will help build their self confidence and teach responsibility. Charismatic younger children love a chance to put their charms to good use. If this describes your child, consider what extracurricular activities might help them develop these gifts.

ONLY CHILD

The only child and the oldest child have some similar traits because both have the parents undivided attention and love. Where the oldest child is eventually “dethroned” by the younger siblings, an only child has the benefit of one-on-one attention indefinitely. Dr. Kevn Leman, author of The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are calls the only child a “super oldest child” because they develop similar traits as the oldest but to the extreme.

Strengths: Only children possess many of the traits that oldest children do (responsible, conscientious, perfectionist) but in addition they tend to be creative, more comfortable talking to adults than their peers, resourceful and independent.

Challenges: Because they are the only child in the family they do not have the chance to work on negotiating, compromise, sharing, flexibility and other things that come naturally when you interact with siblings. They may also feel lonely because they don’t always have another child to play with.

Parenting tips: Encourage relationships with other children to build social skills with peers and give the only child the chance to experience situations that will help them learn flexibility and compromise.

It’s easy to see these traits as you observe your own family of origin and your children and how they react to each other. As you consider each person in relation to their birth order, consider their strengths and challenges as you discipline your kids, interact with them and encourage them in the things they love.

Sarah Lyons contributes frequently to this magazine. She is a mom of six.

Science of Birth Order

Alfred Adler, an Austrian psychotherapist, developed the “birth order theory” in the early 1900s. Adler proposed that the birth order position in which a child is born significantly affects their personality and life outcomes, including their career and educational success.

For example, firstborn children have a certain set of personality traits, while only children have others, etc.

According to Adlerian theory, kids who grow up within the same family can have different experiences. Adler said that your birth order and the number of siblings you have significantly affect your potential and personality. He also claimed that “psychological birth order,” or your perceived position in the family, is more crucial than numerical birth order.

Research and studies show that there are several influences shaping personality in addition to birth order personalities, however. Common factors include:

Biological: Children inherit many traits from their parents. These include intelligence, courage, and physical features.

Social: Children learn behaviors and thought patterns from their experiences.

Cultural: A child growing up within a certain culture adopts traits consistent with the culture’s beliefs.

Physical Environment: Experiences surrounding a child impact the development of personality.

As a child grows, different situations help them to adapt and change. This includes, of course, welcoming a new sibling.

Source: The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Dr. Kevin Leman (Revell; 2015).

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TODDLER INSTRUCTION MANUAL

Toddlerhood is defined as kids ranging in age from 1 - 3 years old because it’s, well, TODDLERVILLE. Learning to walk, talk, interact and more is a wonderful — but often frustrating — period of time for child and parents. Enjoy the ride, bumps and all.

t’s a good thing you are so cute!”

This is a phrase many parents often think of during the challenging toddler years as they find themselves cleaning up messes, potty training, listening to shouts of “No!” with every suggestion and watching their child throw yet another tantrum.

As a mom of six kids, including 7-year-old triplets, we have had our fair share of challenging toddler moments. I remember many days when the triplets would use their nap time to destroy their bedroom instead of rest. Diaper changes were a wrestling match and meal times meant mopping the floor three times a day. The days were busy and exhausting, but they were full of giggles and hugs and wet kisses. They could be distracted with a game of “Itsy Bitsy Spi-

der” and I could get a laugh from a silly face. At the end of most days, it felt like a triplet tornado had gone through my house, but when I tucked them in at night I remembered there were lots of sweet moments as well.

Toddlers are defined as kids ranging from ages 1 - 3 years old and during this time they meet many developmental milestones including learning to walk, talk, interact with others, and explore the world around them. As a parent this can be a joy to watch but can also become exhausting as kids express their independence and work out their frustrations through tantrums. While all of this is normal, parents can feel overwhelmed and frustrated as well. This toddler “instruction manual” can help you survive and perhaps even enjoy the toddler years.

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PATIENCE

When parenting a toddler, your patience will be stretched to the limits. Whenever you’re dealing with a child, it’s best to remember they are learning and testing limits. Try to give grace to yourself and your child and allow for bumps along the way. Set boundaries for your child but try to remain calm in moments when these limits are tested. Arguing with a toddler is never worth the effort. If you feel yourself becoming angry, simply walk away for a few minutes and return when your patience has returned. Modeling this behavior will help your child understand how to work out their own frustrations in a healthy way.

LAUGHTER

The old saying “Laughter is the best medicine.” could be applied to parenthood. When things seem particularly stressful or you are overwhelmed by a messy playroom, a little laughter can turn your mood around. Allow yourself to be silly and play with your child. Try to slow down and see the world through their eyes. Laughing and playing with your child can also be a good distraction if your child needs to be redirected and it’s a great way to boost the moods of everyone in the house.

ANTICIPATION

One of the best ways to help keep your toddler from getting into trouble is to anticipate what might be tempting for little ones. Before nap or playtime, scan the room for dangers or messes waiting to happen. Remove anything fragile that can be broken, torn or spilled from the room, or put high enough that it is out of reach. Pack your car with an extra change of clothing, emergency snacks and diaper supplies in case you need them when you are away from home. When you are headed out of the house, try to leave a few minutes early in case you need extra time. If you know a toy or situation triggers your child to feel frustrated, avoid it if possible. You can’t prevent every tantrum and challenge you will face, but some can be avoided with a little planning.

LET IT GO

Life’s too short to worry about having a perfectly clean house. Toddlers are famous for making messes, dumping toys and moving from one thing to the next in minutes. During the toddler years try to focus on playing with your kids and allowing them to have fun rather than exhausting yourself cleaning. There will be plenty of years in the not too distant future where your house will stay clean. If toy clutter is stressful to you, reduce the amount of toys that are out at any given time. You can do this by rotating toys every few months, only allowing one box of toys out at a time or donating items your kids are not interested in. Toddlers are often motivated by music, play or sing “The Cleanup Song” and have your child help pick up toys before transitioning to mealtime or bedtime.

SAFETY

Toddlers are naturally curious which helps them learn and develop. This curiosity can lead them to do things that are unsafe like climbing where they could fall, putting things in their mouths and getting into things they shouldn’t. Create a safe place for your child where they can play without safety concerns. You may find it easiest to create a play space where you can use gates to help keep kids safe. For some parents, it’s easier to toddler-proof the entire house and let them have free reign. Whichever way you decide, your child will be happier with their own area to safely play.

ROUTINE

Toddlers thrive on routine because they know what to expect. When kids know what to expect, transitions are smoother for kids. The whole day doesn’t have to be planned but having a routine at transitional periods of the day can make things easier for parents and little ones. Naps, bedtime, meals and clean up time can give your kids consistency that they thrive on.

PERSPECTIVE

When dealing with the highs and lows of parenting a toddler, try to keep some perspective. The toddler years are short and your child is learning, discovering the world and growing every day. When they are still and quiet, cuddle up and enjoy the moment. When they want to be carried, try to remember all too soon they will be too big. Enjoy the sweet moments, embrace challenging ones and try to remember that toddlers are cute for a reason and this stage will pass in the blink of an eye. Sarah Lyons is a frequent contributor to this publication and a mom of six.

TOP TODDLER TIPS

• Civilize your toddler: Saying “please” and “thank you,” waiting in line and sharing toys, are all things toddlers need to learn. You can start encouraging this behavior when your little one is as young as eight months old.

• Reciprocity rules: Turn-taking during conversations is key. You won’t feel valued if no one asks how you’re doing and how you’re feeling if you’ve asked first. You can communicate this to a toddler. They have to learn early on that their feelings are not only heard, but are also valued.

• Speak in a way toddlers will understand: Use short phrases, lots of repetition and mirroring one-third of emotion in gestures and tone of voice — even when your toddler is out of control.

• Help your child feel acknowledged: For example, if your child is frustrated by something, point it out to them. “You want that but your friend is still playing with it! So you don’t have it now!” Help them identify why they’re feeling what they’re feeling.

• Encourage toddlers to express emotions: When toddlers get upset and they can’t rationalize, they will either scream or have an emotional meltdown. Allow it without admonishment. This will help your child feel understood.

• Recognize good and bad behaviors: Separate behaviors into three categories: green light (good behaviors), yellow light (things you want to stop) and red light (aggression or dangerous things). When your child displays green light behaviors, make sure you tell someone about it within your toddler’s earshot.

• Playing the boob is a great technique: During the toddler age, let your little one win at stuff like races, pillow fights, etc. They will LOVE it and will try to do things to make you happy for making them happy.

• Respect matters: Convey respect by making an effort to work with your child with the above techniques.

Source: The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.

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ike it or not, social media is an important part of our children’s lives. By the time they are teenagers, 95% of kids have used it. 45% admit to checking in “almost constantly.” Almost half have been victims of online bullying.

It’s no wonder that parents have understandable concerns. Children spend increasing amounts of time in a virtual world that can be unkind. They can define their worth by the perceived acceptance (or rejection) of their peers. Increasingly, those judgments are digital. Because it’s easy to “like” or mock someone with the touch of a button, kids face daunting amounts of painful scrutiny.

Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to shield kids from this new reality. Schools, organizations, friends and loved ones are all on social media. Colleges and workplaces expect technological savvy. “Kids must learn to navigate the digital world safely and productively or risk being left behind,” says Yalda Uhlrs, author of Media Moms and Digital Dads

While there are admittedly legitimate reasons to use social media, experts warn of potential dangers. A recent study out of the UK examined the data of 10,000 teens. It found a significant correlation between heavy social media usage and depression. Researchers cited sleep disturbances, digital harassment, lowered self-esteem and poor body image as possible contributing factors. This is not surprising, considering social media’s addictive and unrealistic nature. Unattainable beauty standards and fictional lifestyles are causes for concern, especially since girls had higher rates of depression than boys.

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Millions of kids are returning to school after the holidays with shiny new phones and very little guidelines on how to stay safe. While the educational opportunities are endless for your child, be sure they are prepared for a lot of what you don’t want them to see or know.

social media safety

Because of these findings, Professor Yvonne Kelly called on industry “to more tightly regulate hours of social media use for young people.” Hopefully, additional regulations are on the way. In the meantime, here are tips to help protect your kids.

1) FOLLOW GUIDELINES: Some legislation and directives already exist. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act prohibits collecting information from users under 13. So most apps require age acknowledgment. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents monitor and limit kids’ social media usage. There’s no need to feel out of line for wanting to keep your children safe.

2) EMBRACE INVOLVEMENT: Despite concerns, many parents take a passive approach to social media. Some don’t use parental controls and or discuss what is appropriate. But experts insist that kids do not have the self-awareness or the discipline to know what is healthy and safe. That’s why they encourage parents to enforce well-defined rules. Consider requiring that young children seek permission to download apps and then provide passwords. Unfortunately, this strategy may not work for teens, who can sneak around the rules. Rather than allow deception to erode trust, many specialists recommend a compromise. Jonathan McKee, the author of The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices: 21 Tips to Wise Posting in an Insecure World, suggests “an environment of fair rules, open communication and no secrets.”

3) PRIVACY: Make sure that young children have private accounts. Grant access only to friends and family. Teach older kids to be highly selective with interaction. Navigating an online presence is difficult enough without criticism and bullying from strangers or unkind acquaintances.

APPS TO HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE

BARK: This app offers parental monitoring of texts, browsing and social media platforms. Parents receive alerts if the app’s algorithms detect signs of profanity, sexting, cyberbullying, depression, violence, self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

DINNER TIME PLUS: Parents can lock down kids’ devices at dinner, at bedtime, for homework or any time kids need a break. You also receive alerts for unusual activity on any device.

MOMENT: This simple app shows your entire family’s social media usage in one chart. You can also see which days, times or apps are most problematic. Moment encourages users to limit usage with suggestions like “turn off notifications” or “put down your phone for 30 minutes.” You can lock down social media once users reach their time limit.

BINKY: This app gives one the thrill of social media without the stress. You scroll “binks,” (feeds with random photos and information) and can comment, share or “like” them. However, the app is private and there’s no record of any interaction. Binks cover a wide variety of topics. You might see llamas, tennis shoes or Amelia Earhart. Content is always positive and appropriate.

HEADS UP: SURVEY SAYS KIDS’ SOCIAL MEDIA USE IS UP, UP, UP

Kids and teens in America are spending more time than ever using screens and social media, with the number of hours spent online having risen sharply during the pandemic, according to results from a 2022 survey released by the nonprofit research organization Common Sense Media.

The survey found that overall screen use among teens and tweens increased by 17 percent from 2019 to 2021 — growing more rapidly than in the four years prior. On average, daily screen use went up among tweens (ages 8 to 12) to five hours and 33 minutes from four hours and 44 minutes, and to eight hours and 39 minutes from seven hours and 22 minutes for teens (ages 13 to 18).

Social media is sneaky. Kids who don’t want to miss anything can quickly become addicted. Since they’re juggling screen time with everyday obligations, watch for signs of sleep deprivation. Try a timer or an app that shows concrete proof of excessive use and require a shut down once limits are reached. Although they may resist, many kids find relief in the freedom of reasonable usage.

4) ADDICTION: Social media is sneaky. Kids who don’t want to miss anything can quickly become addicted. Since they’re juggling screen time with everyday obligations, watch for signs of sleep deprivation. Try a timer or an app that shows concrete proof of excessive use and require a shut down once limits are reached. Although they may resist, many kids find relief in the freedom of reasonable usage.

5) SHOWING (OR TELLING) TOO MUCH: Children can feel pressured to post mature, revealing, or inappropriate content. Urge them not to compromise what they know is right to fit in. Stress that oversharing can portray insecurity rather than confidence. There is no such thing as a permanent deletion. Even if they remove a post or photo, screenshots or caching means it still exists somewhere.

6) LIMIT HURTFUL CONTENT: Whether kids are senders or receivers of negative messages, they still hurt. Remind kids to think before they post or react. Encourage them to use an apps’ tools to delete hurtful comments and then to block those who leave them. It’s important to limit the repetitive negative exposure that causes depression or low self-esteem.

7) PARK ELECTRONICS OVERNIGHT: Many kids get lured into checking their texts or social media into the wee hours. This can affect well-being, performance and health. Require that powereddown electronics remain in the kitchen so that everyone can get a good night’s sleep.

8) BUSY THEM WITH ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES: One can’t abuse social media while taking part in sports, music or volunteering. And kids deeply connected to their parents are less likely to seek validation online. Watch for old-school opportunities to build a powerful connection. Bond over activities like cooking, fishing or crafts where electronics don’t mix. Have strict rules that family time is technology-free.

Shannon Dean is the mother of two sons. She often writes about the wellbeing of families and women’s health.

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The Chance That Children Will Use Alcohol Increases as They Get Older.

About 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol, but by age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent. The sooner you talk to your children about alcohol, the greater chance you have of influencing their decision not to drink.

Marijuana use tends to increase with age.

While 1.8 percent of youths ages 12–13 reported consuming marijuana in the past year, that number increased to 11.3 percent of those ages 14–15 and 23.4 percent by ages 15–16.

What you say to your child about alcohol is up to you. But remember, parents who do not discourage underage drinking may have an indirect influence on their children's alcohol use.

• Be a positive adult role model.

• Be aware of risk factors.

• Support your kids and give them space to grow.

• Be prepared. Your child may become curious about alcohol; he or she may turn to you for answers and advice.

• Use ''natural'' opportunities such as dinner time or while doing chores to start open, honest conversations about drinking.

• Work with schools, communities, and the government to protect children from underage alcohol use.

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DAILY EVENTS

January events in day-by-day order.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGES

Jan.

DINOSAUR ADVENTURE

Jan.

THINGS TO DO BEST OF THE MONTH January

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS

The Preds hit their home ice for six games this month.

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NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW

Have a “boat” load of fun Jan. 5 - 8 at Music City Center.

LES MISÉRABLES

The acclaimed Broadway musical comes to TPAC

Jan. 10 - 15.

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WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD

Arctic-inspired, familyfriendly events from Jan. 13 - Feb. 20.

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UKULELE PETTING ZOO

Strum a Uke at Nashville Public Library on Jan. 14.

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Beach, Murfreesboro Jan.
@Longview Rec Complex, Spring Hill Pages 36 and 52
What’s the coolest thing you’ll do this winter? Big kids can get their bragging rights by jumping into the chilly winter water with these two local events filled with fun family activities.
MONSTER JAM
7 - 8 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Page 37 Motorheads unite for high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles from 12,000-pound machines.
14 - 15 Nashville Fairgrounds, Nashville Page 43 Dino-lovers of all ages will enjoy this new exhibit featuring activities for kids, plus life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with realistic movement and roars. 30
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THE MUSIC OF STARS WARS WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

Jan. 12 - 14

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville

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May the Force be with you as you explore the iconic musical galaxy of Star Wars with selections from the entire film saga.

LLAMA, LLAMA, RED PAJAMA

Jan. 19 - Mar. 10

Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Page 45

This musical not only solves all the llama drama, but will also have your little one doing the “Bedtime Dance”.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN IN CONCERT

Jan. 27 - 28

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Page 51

The Nashville Symphony performs the score live while Jack Sparrow and his motley crew play on the big screen.

TPAC ARTS ADVENTURES

Jan. 21 and 28

Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville

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Is your kid the next big name on Broadway? They’ll love these theater workshops with themes like Aladdin and Encanto

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 2023 WORLD TOUR

Jan. 28

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Page 52

Ball out this month with the Globetrotters! Each show features a blend of comedy and basketball skills including ball-handling, high-flying dunks and more. 43

NEW EXHIBIT AT DISCOVERY

CENTER

Explore the world of Wallace & Gromit™ in this new exhibit.

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MUSIC OF DOLLY PARTON

A special concert for kids and parents at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville.

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BLUE MAN GROUP

See the percussion sensation bring their chops to TPAC Jan. 24 - 26.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR

Celebrate the

Chinese New Year on Jan. 28 at Nashville’s Centennial Park.

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SUN 1

LITTLE LEAPERS

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Ages 7 & younger can jump around safely and enjoy the trampoline park from 9 - 11 a.m. Fridays and Sundays at Sky Zone (1220 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro). Cost is $14.99.

NEW YEAR’S DAY 5K

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Start the New Year off on the right foot! Murfreesboro’s New Year’s Day 5k is a family-friendly event at Barfield Crescent Park (697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro). Cost is $25. Race starts at 10 a.m.

MIRROR BALL NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

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Mirror balls are often used to celebrate and ring in the New Year, and the large mirror ball in Times Square has been dropping yearly on New Year’s Eve since 1907. Come out to the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) to create your own mini mirror balls to celebrate 2023. Happens from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Included with museum admission; free to museum members.

NASHVILLE CAT CLUB CAT SHOW cfa.org

This cat shows is a great place to learn about specific pedigreed breeds and connect with breeders at Nashville Fairgrounds Expo 1 building (625 Smith Ave., Nashville). Happens from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Parking is $5.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

AT CHEEKWOOD 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Walk through an illuminated winter wonderland at Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville) with one mile of lights, real reindeer, s’mores pits, Nutcracker Marche in the Mansion, the Poinsettia Tree and cash bars with seasonal drinks and hot toddies. Happens through Jan. 8 from 5 - 10 p.m. Gardens-only tickets are $12 - 16 for members, $20 - 26 for nonmembers; Gardens & Mansion tickets are $14 - 18 for members, $22 - 28 for nonmembers. Late Night Lights Gardenonly tickets are available for $20 every Monday - Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

ELF THE MUSICAL 615-782-4040 nashvillerep.org

Nashville Repertory Theatre’s final performance of this festive favorite based on the hit movie at TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Tickets are $50.

WINTERFEST

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FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY fountainswinterfest.com

Enjoy a magical time skating on a temporary ice rink for Winterfest at the Fountains at Gateway (1500 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro). Open daily through Jan. 3; open ThursdaysSundays Jan. 4 - 29. Hours vary. Cost is $12 - $15. Includes tax, skate rentals and 90 minutes on the ice.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS nashvillezoo.org

Come see Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville) in a new light and enjoy the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival. More than 500 custom-made silk lanterns are spread across 60 acres, creating displays with favorite Zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon. Plus, select animal exhibits will be open late, including Sumatran tiger, Andean bear and Unseen New World. Happens nightly from 5 - 9 p.m. through Jan. 8 and then ThursdaySunday Jan. 12 to Feb. 4. Cost is $19 for adults and $15 for ages 2 - 12.

MON 2

IMMERSIVE KING TUT

immersive-kingtut.com/nashville Virtually move from room to room and experience ancient Egypt in a new way at Lighthouse ArtSpace Nashville (4416 Ridgefield Way, Nashville) select Thursdays - Mondays through Jan. 2. Entry times vary; tickets range from $30 - $40.

FREE READING PAWS AT LINEBAUGH

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Come read to friendly reading education assistance dogs Stevie or General at Linebaugh Library (105 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro) from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Registration is required.

FREE SCIENCE IN NATURE AT THE WILDERNESS STATION 615-217-3017

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Check out various science in nature self-guided hands on experiments in the warmth of the Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) from 2 - 4:30 p.m. Explore bird watching at the feeders from the back room windows, learning about how birds are able to make their long migration flights and more.

WINTERFEST

AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE STORY TIME AT THE TEC 615-225-8312 rclstn.org

Stop by the Technology Engagement Center (306 Minerva Dr., Murfreesboro) on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. to enjoy storybooks that inspire and teach about nature, art, technology, science, space and everything in between! Each storytime will feature a craft or event that highlights science and technology and is STEAM driven.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW bridgestonearena.com

Witness the first WWE Monday Night Raw of the new year at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

TUE 3

FREE SCIENCE IN NATURE AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

See Monday, Jan. 2.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

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Bring your shaggy-headed little ones to the Nashville Public Library Southeast Branch, where Genesis
College gives free haircuts to the community every Tuesday.
DAILY EVENTS
Career

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

615-862-5800 library.nashville.org/wishingchair Live puppet shows at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Theater at Nashville Public Library (615 Church St., Nashville). The show runs 30 - 45 minutes and is for ages 0 - 6.

FREE TUESDAY NPL STORY TIMES

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Age-appropriate songs, activities and lots of early literacy fun on Tuesday mornings at multiple Nashville Public Library branches. Participating branches include the Bordeaux, Edgehill, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Hadley Park and Southeast branches at 10:30 a.m.; Richland Park branch at 11 a.m. For ages 0 - 5, call ahead to make sure there are open spots.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Come out to Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood) for a special story time to get little ones thinking and moving. Happens on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at both 10 and 11 a.m.

BUSY BEES CLASS FOR KIDS

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov

A children’s class (ages 3 - 5) where they play physically active games on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. at Patterson Park Community Center (521 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Murfreesboro). The instructor plays music and is engaged with them. Cost is $3.

FREE HAIRCUTS AT NPL

615-862-5871 library.nashville.org

Every Tuesday, bring your shaggy-headed little ones to the Southeast Branch Library (5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy #201, Antioch), where Genesis Career College gives free haircuts to the community from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. This program is open to everyone, and no appointment is necessary!

FREE WINTER BREAK PROGRAM AT SOAC townofsmyrna.org

Bundle up and come out to Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley E Pkwy., Smyrna) to enjoy some fun outdoor games and learn about the different ways you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather is cold! Happens from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

FREE LIBRARY LAB: A STEAM PROGRAM 615-862-5870 library.nashville.org

Join Nashville Public Library Richland Park Branch (4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville) for STEAM story time and activities every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 - 12.

FREE MIME AND THEATRE BASICS AT NPL 615-862-5871 library.nashville.org

Kids ages 6 - 11 can explore their creative sides through theatre games, mime and improvisation at Nashville Public Library Southeast Branch (5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy #201, Antioch) every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE STEM TUESDAYS WITH ASC 615-862-5861 library.nashville.org Adventure Science Center learning specialists facilitate fun-filled hands-on STEM activities at Nashville Public Library Edgehill Branch (1409 12th Ave. S, Nashville) on the first Tuesday each month at 4 p.m.

PREDATORS HOCKEY nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m.

WED 4

FREE WEDNESDAY NPL STORY TIMES library.nashville.org

Age-appropriate songs, stories and early literacy fun on Wednesday mornings at multiple Nashville Public Library branches. Participating branches include Hermitage (10 and 11 a.m.), Bellevue (10:15 a.m.), Edmondson Pike, Goodlettsville, Green Hills, Main Library, Inglewood and Richland Park (10:30 a.m. Call ahead to make sure there are open spots.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

WILD THINGS AT THE WILDERNESS STATION dthomas@murfreesborotn.gov

Let the smaller among us get in touch with their wild sides at the Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro)! Sing songs, read a story, complete a craft and conclude with a short walk. Takes place from 9:45 - 10:15 and 10 - 11:15 a.m. Preregistration is required by calling the Wilderness Station the day before at 615-217-3017.

FREE NATURE STORY & SONG AT SBNC 615-862-8539 nashville.gov

Read a nature-themed book, check on the educational snake “Maize” and enjoy puppet characters to accompany a story at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville). You’ll also learn a song to get the wiggles out. Happens the first and third Wednesday at 10 a.m.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE FIRST WEDNESDAYS AT NMAAM

615-301-8724 nmaam.org Enjoy a day at the National Museum of African American Music (510 Broadway, Nashville) every first Wednesday of each month with free admission from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

RYMAN

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

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Young artists will create their own colorful suncatchers, inspired by the signature stained-glass windows at the Ryman Auditorium, at 2 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville). Cost is $15 per family for non-museum members and $10 per family for family-level museum members. Recommended for ages 8 and older. All are welcome.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH AND FITNESS CLASS

Women can learn tips for healthy eating, techniques for managing stress and more. Includes 30 minutes of exercise and healthy lifestyle tips every Wednesday at Southeast Branch Library (5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch) from 6 - 7 p.m. Register online.

THU 5

BUSY BEES CLASS FOR KIDS

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

HIKE WITH A NATURALIST AT THE WILDERNESS STATION jfogel@murfreesborotn.gov.

Join for a weekly hike from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Barfield Crescent Park. Along the hike they will stop and talk about things you see along the way.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE DOWNTOWN YOGA 615-862-5800

library.nashville.org

Practice yoga with a Yoga Alliance certified instructor at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at Nashville Public Library (615 Church St., Nashville). All you need are comfy clothes and a yoga mat or towel. Beginners to intermediates welcome.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

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NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW

615-401-1400 nashvilleboatshow.com Boat-lovers can paddle on out to Music City Center (201 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) Jan. 5 - 8 to check out this boating event complete with free classes, demonstrations, live music, kids activities (including mermaid singa-longs and a water-skiing squirrel) and, of course, boats! Adults (13+) are $14. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.

FREE READ WITH MAGGIE 615-930-0948 rclstn.org Children working on their reading skills can sit and read to certified Music City Pet Partners therapy dog, Maggie, at Smyrna Public Library (400 Enon Springs Road West, Smyrna) from 3 - 5 p.m. Registration is required and each session with Maggie is 15 minutes.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO 931-239-0523 murfreesborotn.gov Do you have a budding vocalist in your house? Or someone who just loves to sing? This community youth choir is a great way to learn in an ensemble environment. For ages 8 - 18, practices happen on Thursday nights from 6 - 7:15 p.m. at Patterson Park Community Center (521 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Murfreesboro). Cost is $25; register online.

ZOSO: A LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE brooklynbowl.com/nashville “Zoso” embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (925 3rd Ave N, Nashville). Tickets are $20. Show is 18+ and starts at 8 p.m.

FRI 6

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (COOL SPRINGS)

urbanairtrampolinepark.com

The park is opened up just for toddlers to bounce and crawl around safely from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Urban Air Adventure Park. Happens on Fridays at the Cool Springs location (1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin). Admission is $11.99 plus tax per child; parents play free.

FREE FRANKLIN ART CRAWL artscouncilwc.org/art-crawl

Crawl through Franklin’s most historic buildings on the first Friday of each month from 6 - 9 p.m. Many of the galleries and working studios serve complimentary refreshments during the evening, and some offer live music. In addition, enjoy free trolley rides provided from 6 - 9 p.m.

FREE “WOLF” MOON HIKE 615-862-8539 nashville.gov

Come out to Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville) from 6 - 7 p.m. for a guided moonlight hike and learn why this full moon can be referred to as the full “wolf” moon.

NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW

See Thursday, Jan. 5.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

CHOPIN & RACHMANINOFF W/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org Ring in the new year with classics by Chopin and Rachmaninoff at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Pl., Nashville) Jan. 6 - 8. Enjoy Jan Lisiecki’s interpretation of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as Rachmaninoff’s beloved Symphonic Dances Tickets start at $25.

SAT 7

FREE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE (MURFREESBORO) 615-895-5040 kgoss@murfreesborotn.gov Jump into Boro Beach (2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro) in the winter! The event features a DJ, inflatables, a costume contest and fun games for kids (plus free hot chocolate, coffee and doughnuts). They are partnering with the local Special Olympics, as well as taking in canned food goods for local food banks, from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW See Thursday, Jan. 5.

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET factoryatfranklin.com The freshest and healthiest in farm-to -table produce every Saturday at The Factory of Franklin (230 Franklin Road, Franklin) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

FREE EXPLORE WITH A NATURALIST 615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov Do you want your kids to spend more time in the great outdoors? Take them to explore with a naturalist this weekend at Warner Park Nature Center (7311 Highway 100, Nashville). This free outdoor exploration focuses on discovery, observation and connecting with nature from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS! plazamariachi.com

Come out to Plaza Mariachi (3955 Nolensville Pk., Nashville) on Saturdays from 12 - 2 p.m. Activities include character lunches with your favorite character, face painting, a sing-along with Rachel Rodriguez and more.

COFFEE, CAKES & PAINT IN SMYRNA townofsmyrna.org

What’s better on a cold winter’s day than a cozy cup of coffee and warm cakes? A Gilmore Girls-themed morning, of course! Join the SOAC at Smyrna Assembly Hall (110 Front St., Smyrna) for a morning of fun, wit and charm. For ages 15+. They will have tote bags to decorate and other activities to enjoy. Cost is $5.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS 615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org

The Lane Motor Museum (702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville) has more than 580 cars and motorcycles in its collection, but only space for about 150 cars at any given time. Vault tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $10 (in addition to museum admission, which is $3 for kids and $12 for adults); tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

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AT THE PARTHENON

kidsvilleonline.org

Join Kidsville at the Parthenon on select Saturdays each month. Families with children ages 12 and younger can enter the Parthenon (2500 West End Avenue, Nashville) for free. A Kidsville team member will take registrations at the entrance of the Parthenon beginning at 10:30 a.m. Programs last from 11 - 11:45 a.m. and are located upstairs in the Parthenon’s Naos room that houses Athena.

MARSHMALLOW HIKES

615-370-4672

owlshill.org

How does a nice hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows sound? Come by Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary (545 Beech Creek Road S, Brentwood) for departure times at 9:30, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Hikes last 30 - 45 minutes, with two difficulty levels to choose from. Pets not permitted. Cost is $10.50.

MONSTER JAM bridgestonearena.com

This action-packed motorsports experience for families returns to Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) for two shows Saturday, Jan. 7 and another on Sunday, Jan. 8. See high-flying stunts from 12,000-pound monster trucks, including the popular “Grave Digger.” Tickets start at $20.

PARENTS

NIGHT OUT AT

SUMMIT SPORTS CENTER summitsportscenter.com

Drop the kids off on select Saturdays from 6 - 10 p.m. at Summit Sports Center (2015 Johnson Industrial Blvd., Nolensville). Kids can enjoy pizza and refreshments along with playing in the obstacle course, bounce house, foam pit, in-ground trampolines and more. Cost is $40 per child.

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The Nashville Boat Show comes to Music City Center Jan. 5 - 8 and features demonstrations and activities such as kayaking classes, a live mermaid and even the world’s most famous watersportsloving rodent, “Twiggy the Squirrel!”
THINGS

THINGS TO DO

CHOPIN & RACHMANINOFF W/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

See Friay, Jan. 6.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

SUN 8

NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW

See Thursday, Jan. 5.

LITTLE LEAPERS MURFREESBORO

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

COW CUDDLING

AT

THE GENTLE BARN

gentlebarn.org/tennessee Come hug the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, spend time with the turkeys and enjoy a beautiful day at the Gentle Barn (9295 Christiana Fosterville Road, Christiana) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 & younger.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (MURFREESBORO) urbanairtrampolinepark.com

The park is opened up just for toddlers to jump, bounce and crawl around from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Urban Air Adventure Park. Happens on Sundays at the Murfreesboro location (1952 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro). Cost is $11.99 per child; parents play free.

FREE PLAZA MARIACHI FLEA MARKET 615-373-9292 plazamariachi.com

Find great deals on fresh produce, clothing, furniture and more at Plaza Mariachi (3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville) from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. In addition, enjoy live music, circus performances and more.

TENNESSEE TITANS VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS tennesseetitans.com

The Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium (1 Titans Way, Nashville), with kickoff at noon.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

PINK BRIDE WEDDING SHOW thepinkbride.com

Getting married? Stop by this wedding expo featuring more than 35 exhibitors at Nashville Fairgrounds Expo 3 building (625 Smith Ave., Nashville). Happens from 12 - 4 p.m. Cost is $15; parking is $5.

MONSTER JAM

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

Tony Award-winning musical

Misérables runs at TPAC’s Jackson Hall Jan. 10 - 15. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, the score includes favorites like “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “One Day More.”

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN

Play around with provided LEGOs, Duplos and Mega Bloks at Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Ave., Nashville) from 2 - 4:30 p.m. For ages 2 - 12.

CHOPIN & RACHMANINOFF W/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

See Friay, Jan. 6.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MON 9

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

urbanairtrampolinepark.com

The park is open just for toddlers to jump, bounce and crawl around safely from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Urban Air Adventure Park. Happens MondaysThursdays (while MNPS is in session) at the Old Hickory location (4331 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory). Admission is $11.99 per child; parents play free.

FREE STORY TIME AT THE TEC

See Monday, Jan. 2.

FREE MONDAY NPL STORY TIMES library.nashville.org

Age-appropriate songs, activities and lots of early literacy fun on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at multiple Nashville Public Library branches. Participating branches include Donelson, Madison, East, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Old Hickory and Richland Park. Call ahead to make sure there are open spots.

FREE NASHVILLE BALLET STORY TIME 615-862-5860 library.nashville.org

Come out to Nashville Public Library East Branch (206 Gallatin Ave, Nashville) at 10:30 a.m. and join a Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist to learn the importance of keeping your word with the reading of the classic African folktale, The Singing Tortoise

TUE 10

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE LIBRARY LAB: A STEAM PROGRAM

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE MIME AND THEATRE BASICS AT NPL

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE TUESDAY NPL STORY TIMES

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

LES MISÉRABLES

615-782-4040 tpac.org

The Tony Award winner is back with new staging Jan. 10 - 15 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells the story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. The score of Les Misérables includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and many more. Tickets start at $35.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE STORY TIME AT LINEBAUGH

615-893-4131 x114 rclstn.org

An all-ages story time every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Linebaugh Library (105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro), complete with stories, songs and a puppet show.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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FREE TINY TEC

615-225-8312 rclstn.org A fun event for parents and toddlers to learn about the scientific method and create a fun craft. Happens on select Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Technology Engagement Center (306 Minerva Dr., Murfreesboro).

Recommended for ages 2 - 5.

FREE HAIRCUTS AT NPL

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE YARN LOVE MURFREESBORO

615-893-4131 rclstn.org Come out to Linebaugh Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro) at 6 p.m. Just bring your own yarn, hooks,or needles and they’ll get you started.

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JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE STORY TIME AT LINEBAUGH

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

WILD THINGS AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

FREE WEDNESDAY NPL STORY TIMES

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE READING PAWS

OLD HICKORY 615-862-5869 library.nashville.org

Join a specially trained reading dog with the nonprofit Reading Paws between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for a reading session at Old Hickory Library (1010 Jones St., Old Hickory). Pick a book from the library or bring your own. Call to reserve your spot.

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH AND FITNESS CLASS

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

LES MISÉRABLES

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

THU 12

HIKE WITH A NATURALIST AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

See Thursdy, Jan. 5.

FREE ITTY BITTY STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH rclstn.org

A special storytime for ages 0 - 23 months Thursdays at Linebaugh Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro) from 10 - 10:30 a.m. Itty Bitty Storytimes include stories, fingerplays, lap bounces, tickles, scarves and songs.

FREE DOWNTOWN YOGA 615-862-5800 library.nashville.org

Practice yoga with a Yoga Alliance certified instructor at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at Nashville Public Library (615 Church St., Nashville). All you need are comfy clothes and a yoga mat or towel. Beginners to intermediates welcome.

EARLY LEARNERS AT SOAC 615-459-2553 townofsmyrna.org

Little ones ages 2 - 6 can join the staff at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna) in this program from 1 - 2 p.m. There are different themes each week. Cost is $2, register online.

FREE GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

An after-school computer science program for all 3rd - 5th graders (boys are welcome)! Program happens Thursdays from 4 - 4:45 p.m. at Linebaugh Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro).

FREE TINKER TEC 615-225-8312 rclstn.org

This new STEAM-inspired kids group features a hands-on STEAM activity to engage and educate the whole family. Happens on select Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Technology Engagement Center (306 Minerva Dr., Murfreesboro). Recommended ages 6 & older, but all are welcome.

FREE ALL ACCESS NIGHT AT DISCOVERY CENTER explorethedc.org

A time for special needs families to enjoy the exhibits at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad St., Murfreesboro) in a sensory-friendly environment from 5 - 7 p.m.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO

See Thursdy, Jan. 5.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

THINGS TO DO

THE MOVIE GANG PRESENTS: THE GOONIES

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

Come out for free Baby Ruth’s and eye patches for this special showing of The Goonies at The Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin). Starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS W/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org May the Force be with you as your Nashville Symphony explores the iconic musical galaxy of Star Wars with selections from the entire film saga at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Place, Nashville). Experience the Star Wars Main Title to “The Imperial March” and more. Come early for fun pre-concert activities, and get ready to travel to a galaxy far, far away! Happens Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 13 - Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

LES MISÉRABLES

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

FRI 13

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (COOL SPRINGS)

See Friday, Jan. 6.

TURTLE TALK AT THE WILDERNESS STATION challwalker@murfreesborotn.gov

Come to the Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) for a meet and greet with resident Eastern Box Turtles and learn amazing facts using turtle biofacts from 10 - 11 a.m.

MURDER MYSTERY INVESTIGATION AT SOAC

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna.org

Join the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley E Pkwy., Smyrna) on Friday the 13th for a classic “whodunit” story from 4 - 6 p.m. Use your best detective skills and learn some hands-on forensics investigation techniques to help find the perpetrator. Cost is $2 and must register.

ACT TOO: SCHOOL

HOUSE ROCK JR.

franklintheatre.com

Based on the 1970s cartoon, this faced-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes. Performed by the talented youth cast of the Act Too Players at Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin). Shows are Jan. 13 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $16 - $27.

LES MISÉRABLES

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND 615-889-1000

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Take part in this arctic-inspired, familyfriendly event at Gaylord Opryland (2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville) daily from Jan. 13 - Feb. 20. Experience the 15-foot-high, four-lane ice tubing hill or glide on the 9,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink made of real ice for $20.99. The ice bumper cars are $12.99. Other activities include carriage rides, a “Frigid Family Fun Zone” and a scavenger hunt. Prices vary.

THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS W/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT boroarts.org

The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes alive in this musical retelling with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Center for the Arts (110 W College St., Murfreesboro). Performances are Jan. 13 – 29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults are $18; children are $14.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL 615-782-4040

tpac.org

This musical parody set to classics from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s comes to TPAC’s Polk Theater Jan. 13 - 14. The show follows four women at a lingerie sale who have nothing in common but a black lace bra — plus memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats and more! Tickets start at $47.50. Starts at 7 p.m.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS circleplayers.net

Enjoy this Agatha Christie mystery performed live by Circle Players at The Z. Alexander Looby Theater (92301 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville). Performances happen Jan. 13 - 29, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Cost is $22 - $27.

SAT 14

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE EXPLORE WITH A NATURALIST

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE YOUTH MAGIC GROUP AT LINEBAUGH 615-893-4131 x114 rclstn.org

Aspiring magicians can join in the magic at Linebaugh Public Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro) on the second Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

DINOSAUR

ADVENTURE

dinosauradventure.com

Little dino-lovers will enjoy this new exhibit featuring realistic, life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with their life-like movement and roars. Happens at Nashville Fairgrounds Expo 1 building (625 Smith Ave., Nashville) on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Adults (13 & up) are $25, children (212) are $35. Tickets include unlimited dinosaur rides, bounce houses, mini golf, Jurassic jeeps/ATVs, a coloring station and more. Parking is $5.

HANSEL AND GRETEL STORYBOOK DECOUPAGE

Come enter the world of fairy tale magic with this enchanting class at Franklin Recreation Complex (1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin) from 9 - 11 a.m. Make a gingerbread candy witch’s house, a bracelet, decorate a witch in a pot and take-home a coloring page. Cost is $25, plus a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor.

MARSHMALLOW HIKES

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

CAVING WITH OUTDOOR MURFREESBORO

615-217-3017 jfogel@murfreesborotn.gov Explore an amazing cave not too far from Murfreesboro. The cave is at a constant 55 degrees so there is no need to worry about being cold! It is also very open with some rooms having a ceiling height of 120 feet! Headlamps and helmets will be provided. Happens from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. For ages 13+.

FREE UKULELE PETTING ZOO 615-862-5800 library.nashville.org Want to pick up a new hobby in 2023? Come learn about the Ukulele from 10 - 11 a.m. at Nashville Public Library Main Branch (615 Church St., Nashville). Members of the “Ukedelics” will be there to show and tell you why the Uke is so awesome. You have a chance to play one, too. Event held in the second floor Special Collections Center.

FREE PARNASSUS BOOKS STORY TIME parnassusbooks.net Come out to Parnassus Books (3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14, Nashville) for a special story time from 10:30 - 11 a.m. For ages 0 - 7.

FREE TO BEE, OR NOT TO BEE 615-862-8539 nashville.gov Join local beekeepers for a basic conversation on beginner’s beekeeping at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville) at 12 p.m. Must register.

NASHVILLE HOME EXPO 615-862-8980 eccshows.com

The Nashville Home Expo is at Nashville Fairgrounds Expo 3 building (625 Smith Ave., Nashville) to help you find everything for your home improvement projects. View and interact with the industry’s hottest home and garden products. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is free, parking is $5.

FREE FROGWATCH AT SBNC 615-862-8539 nashville.gov

Come learn the basics of identifying frog and toad calls from 1 - 2 p.m. at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville). Also, hear from Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center on how gathering information about reptiles and amphibians can help protect these animals from injury and habitat loss.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS!

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS

See Friday, Jan. 13.

ACT TOO: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK JR.

See Friday, Jan. 13.

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Take part in arctic-inspired, family-friendly event during Gaylord Opryland’s second annual Winterfest, happening daily from Jan. 13 - Feb. 20. Activities include ice tubing, ice bumper cars, ice skating, a scavenger hunt and more.

FREE LINEBAUGH WINTER READING PROGRAM KICK-OFF

615-893-4131 rclstn.org

Kick off the fourth annual Harry Nelson Memorial Winter Reading Program in style with live music from 1 - 3 p.m. at Linebaugh Library (105 W Vine St, Murfreesboro). The “Jake Leg Stompers” will start things off with live music. Come ready to listen, clap, dance and smile.

ACT TOO: SHREK

THE MUSICAL JR. franklintheatre.com

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical Jr., based on the oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical. Performed by the youth cast of the Act Too Players at Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin) Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4 and 7 p.m., as well as Sunday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets range from $13 - $25.

THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS W/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

LES MISÉRABLES

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

See Friday, Jan. 13.

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL

See Friday, Jan. 13.

PREDATORS HOCKEY nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

SUN 15

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (MURFREESBORO)

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

LITTLE LEAPERS MURFREESBORO

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE PLAZA MARIACHI FLEA MARKET

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

BEDAZZLED BUTTONS countrymusichalloffame.or Design a button representing what you love about country music and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Included with museum admission; free to members.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

DINOSAUR ADVENTURE

See Saturday, Jan. 14.

NASHVILLE HOME EXPO

See Saturday, Jan. 14.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

ACT TOO: SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.

See Saturday, Jan. 14.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

LES MISÉRABLES

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

THINGS TO DO

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS

See Friday, Jan. 13.

ACT TOO: JUNIE B. JONES franklintheatre.com

A heartfelt comedy based on the book series by Barbara Park performed by the youth cast, Act Too Players, at Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin). Tickets are $15 - $25. Show times are Jan.15 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

See Friday, Jan. 13.

MON 16

FREE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION

615-890-2300

explorethedc.org/mlkday

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and story through arts, culture and more with this free admission day at Discovery Center (502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro) from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WINTER DAY CAMP AT DEER RUN

615-794-2918

deerrun.camp

School holidays are a perfect time to come to camp and burn off some energy. Deer Run Camps (3845 Perkins Road, Thompsons Station) has an abundance of fun activities, recreation and adventure — both outdoor and indoor — waiting for your kids from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For age 5 to 7th grade. Cost is $85.95 per day per camper.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE NASHVILLE MLK DAY mlkdaynashville.com

Join in for the 35th annual MLK Day and march down Jefferson Street in downtown Nashville. This year’s theme of “Protecting the Dream: Confronting the Assaults” will be explored by the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Begins at 10 a.m.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

PREDATORS HOCKEY nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m.

TUE 17

FREE HAIRCUTS AT NPL

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

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FREE LIBRARY LAB: A STEAM PROGRAM

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE MIME AND THEATRE BASICS AT NPL

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE STORY TIME AT LINEBAUGH

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

FREE TUESDAY NPL STORY TIMES

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

WED 18

FREE BUDDY BEAR LITERACY PROGRAM

615-862-5862 library.nashville.org

The Buddy Bear Literacy program is a short, interactive experience created for story times in child-friendly community settings. Visit with Bud E. Bear, listen to stories, sing, make crafts and more at Nashville Public Library Goodlettsville Branch from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. For ages 2 - 6, families welcome.

FREE WEDNESDAY NPL STORY TIMES

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

WILD THINGS AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE NATURE STORY & SONG AT SBNC

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE STORY TIME AT LINEBAUGH

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS

HEALTH AND FITNESS CLASS

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

FREE NPL KNIGHTS CHESS CLUB

615-862-5868 library.nashville.or

Learn about the game of chess on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Madison Library (610 Gallatin Pike S, Madison) or the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library Main Branch (615 Church St., Nashville). Sharpen your skills and get competitive in a fun, informal atmosphere. All ages welcome.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC townofsmyrna.org

Join the staff at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna) to discover something wild about the natural world on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. You may meet a SOAC animal or enjoy a naturebased activity. Weekly topics are posted online; look for more information on the SOAC Facebook page.

THU 19

FREE ITTY BITTY STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

HIKE WITH A NATURALIST AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

See Thursdy, Jan. 5.

TODDLER ADVENTURES AT CANNONSBURGH 615-801-2606 mbnevills@murfreesborotn.gov

Wrap up in your favorite blanket or quilt and come out to Cannonsburgh Village (312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro) for story time and an activity on patterns. Happens from 10 - 11 a.m. and cost is $3 per person. Reservations required.

FREE DOWNTOWN YOGA

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

EARLY LEARNERS AT SOAC See Thursday, Jan. 12.

FREE READ WITH MAGGIE See Thursdy, Jan. 5.

FREE GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE: MAMMALS & HIBERNATION 615-217-3017 lrosser@murfreesborotn.gov Help your student explore their world through science at the Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) from 10 - 11:30 a.m. There will be two classes for ages 5 - 8 and 9 - 12 with hands on demonstrations. Register online. Cost is $5.

LLAMA, LLAMA, RED PAJAMA nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

This musical not only solves all the llama drama, but will also have your little one doing the “Bedtime Dance” at Nashville Children’s Theatre (25 Middleton St., Nashville) Jan. 19March 10. After putting on his red pajamas, a bedtime story and a goodnight kiss, Llama is ready for bed. Or is he?! He’s got the wiggles and he’s thirsty. If only Mamma could help, but she’s not answering. Where can she be? Show times are typically Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for youth.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO

See Thursdy, Jan. 5.

FRI 20

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (COOL SPRINGS)

See Friday, Jan. 6.

TENNESSEE MAMMALS AT THE WILDERNESS STATION 615-217-3017 challwalker@murfreesborotn.gov Learn which mammals call our great state home from 10 - 11 a.m. at The Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro). Feel the weight of the fur from black bears in the Smoky Mountains, see the structure of an opossum skull and experience the thrill of finding animal prints in the soil.

FREE NPL PUPPET SHOW: MANY MOONS 615-862-5800 library.nashville.org Enjoy this musical marionette version of the Caldecott Medal-winning book featuring Peeko Puppets at the Nashville Public Library (615 Church St., Nashville). Recommended for ages 4 - 10. Tickets are free and are available beginning 30 minutes prior to each 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. performance at the Children’s Information Desk.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

NASHVILLE RV AND CAMPING SHOW nashvillervshow.com

Attention RV enthusiasts! Check out this show at Nashville Fairgrounds (625 Smith Ave., Nashville) featuring campgrounds, tow vehicles and everything you may need for your next RV vacation. Happens daily Jan. 20 - 22 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is $10 each day, children under 16 are free, cash only. Parking is $5.

ADULT PAINT NIGHT SMYRNA townofsmyrna.org

Did you know that winter is the perfect time to enjoy the Northern Lights? We might not be able to see them from here, but you can join in at the Smyrna Train Depot (98 Front St., Smyrna) to create your own painting of the Northern Lights to take home and enjoy year round. Happens from 6 - 8 p.m. All materials provided. For ages 15+. Cost is $10; must register.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS

See Friday, Jan. 13.

BARRY MANILOW: HITS 2023 bridgestonearena.com

In Manilow’s 50th anniversary year as a recording artist, see the vocalist perform his greatest hits at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.05.

NASHVILLE OPERA’S STUCK ELEVATOR

615-782-4040 nashvilleopera.org

A comic-rap-scrap-metal opera finds a Chinese delivery man pursuing the American Dream. Performed by Nashville Opera Jan. 20 - 22 at The Noah Liff Opera Center (3622 Redmon St., Nashville). Every day, every order of orange beef and General Tso the hopeful delivery man serves brings him closer to the American Dream, until it almost eludes him for good in a lurching Bronx elevator! Based on a true story, this new work promises fresh perspectives and a unique voice. Tickets start at $30.

JOSEPH

AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

See Friday, Jan. 13.

SAT 21

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

WINTER WATERFALL HIKE

615-217-3017

jfogel@murfreesborotn.gov

Join on a nice winter hike with a naturalist down in the South Cumberland State Park from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. You’ll do a moderate four-mile hike to a waterfall with plenty of chances to stop at overlooks along the way.

CINDERELLA STORYBOOK DECOUPAGE

Come enter the world of fairy tale magic with a class at Nolensville Recreation Complex (7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville) from 9 - 11 a.m. In this class, you’ll make a Cinderella decoupage silhouette adorned with sequins and mounted on paper, a glass slipper necklace and a paper pumpkin carriage. Cost is $25, plus a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor.

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FREE PARNASSUS BOOKS

STORY TIME

See Saturday, Jan. 14.

FREE LEGO CLUB AT LINEBAUGH

615-893-4131 x114 rclstn.org

Join other enthusiasts for an openended LEGO maker-space and see what you can create from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Linebaugh Public Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro).

FREE EXPLORE WITH A NATURALIST

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE NPL PUPPET SHOW: MANY MOONS

See Friday, Jan. 20.

TPAC’S ARTS ADVENTURE: HEROES & VILLAINS 615-782-4040 tpac.org

Sing and dance with popular Broadway songs while working on acting out your favorite courageous heroes and wicked villains inside TPAC’s Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Happens from 10 - 11:30 a.m. For ages 10 - 14. Cost is $20.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM

VAULT TOURS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE WILD WIGGLERS AT SBNC 615-862-8539 nashville.gov

Tiny naturalists can join Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville) to explore the natural world through hands-on activities, crafts and outdoor time. Happens from 10 - 11 a.m. For ages 5 and younger. Must register.

PHILHARMONIA FANTASTIQUE: THE MAKING OF THE ORCHESTRA

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

The Nashville Symphony Family Series kicks off for 2023 with this 23-minute animated film that flies through the instruments of the orchestra at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Pl., Nashville) at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $16. Later, at 7:30 p.m., the film will show again before Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Tickets start at $29.

FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS!

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13

WALLACE & GROMIT: GET CRACKING! EXHIBIT OPENING 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Wallace & Gromit™: Get Cracking! , a new interactive exhibit for kids based on the popular film and television characters, opens as the featured exhibit on the second floor of the Discovery Center (502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro). In Wallace’s world, inventions and contraptions provide a natural opportunity to explore themes around problem-solving and resilience. Included with general admission; free for members.

LLAMA, LLAMA, RED PAJAMA

See Thursday, Jan. 19.

TPAC’S ARTS ADVENTURE: ENCANTO 615-782-4040 tpac.org

The importance of family and using your gifts is highlighted as teaching artists lead activities in acting, singing and choreography inside TPAC’s Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Happens from 1 - 2:30 p.m. For ages 6 - 12. Cost is $20.

NASHVILLE RV AND CAMPING SHOW

See Friday, Jan. 20.

FREE NPL KNIGHTS CHESS CLUB

See Wednesday, Jan. 18.

THINGS TO DO

CITY LIGHTS SKYLINE PAINTING

countrymusichalloffame.org

Using watercolors and crayons, create a personal artistic interpretation of a city skyline from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville). Recommended for ages 5 and older, but all are welcome. Free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 youth, free 5 and under).

FREE AUTHOR EVENT WITH CAROLINE BROOKS DUBOIS parnassusbooks.net

Parnassus Books (3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14, Nashville) presents an author talk with local author Caroline Brooks DuBois, for the release of her new novel in verse, Ode to a Nobody. Join for a conversation and reading, followed by a book signing from 2 - 3 p.m.

ACT TOO: CINDERELLA franklintheatre.com

The new adaptation of the classic musical is performed by the youth cast of Act Too Players at Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin). Shows are Saturday, Jan. 21. at 2 p.m., as well as Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $16 - $27.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS

See Friday, Jan. 13.

ACT TOO: RENT SCHOOL EDITION franklintheatre.com

This school-aged version of the hit musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side. See this performance by the youth cast of Act Too Players at Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin). Shows are Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 - $25. Show is rated PG-13.

NASHVILLE OPERA’S STUCK ELEVATOR

See Friday, Jan. 20.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

See Friday, Jan. 13.

PREDATORS HOCKEY nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT AT SUMMIT SPORTS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

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A new, interactive exhibit for kids based on the film and television characters Wallace & Gromit™ opens as the featured exhibit on the second floor of Murfreesboro’s Discovery Center on Saturday, Jan. 21.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13

ACT TOO: CINDERELLA

See Saturday, Jan. 21.

NASHVILLE RV AND CAMPING SHOW

See Friday, Jan. 20.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PLAYHOUSE: THE MUSIC OF DOLLY PARTON brooklynbowl.com

Head out to Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (925 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201) for a family-friendly concert that allows kids to move, play and sing. At this show, kids will learn about the music of Dolly Parton. In addition, the event offers games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out for families with children ages 10 and younger. The fun starts at 12 p.m. and costs $15.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (MURFREESBORO)

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

LITTLE LEAPERS MURFREESBORO

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE PLAZA MARIACHI FLEA MARKET

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

ACT TOO: RENT SCHOOL EDITION

See Saturday, Jan. 21.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

SUNDAY SWING SERIES

AT ACADEMY PARK

ticketor.com/wcpac

Join the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park (112 Everbright Ave., Franklin) with the return of the Sunday Swing Series, featuring the “5 Points Swing Band.” The fun starts with a crash course dance class at 2:30; the band plays from 3 - 5 p.m. Dance floor provided. Tickets are $12.

NASHVILLE OPERA’S STUCK ELEVATOR

See Friday, Jan. 20.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

Head out to Brooklyn Bowl Nashville for a family-friendly concert just for kids and their parents, featuring the music of Dolly Parton, on Sunday, Jan. 22. The events includes games, movement, stories and more.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

See Friday, Jan. 13.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS

See Friday, Jan. 13.

MON 23

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE MONDAY NPL STORY TIMES

See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE STORY TIME AT THE TEC

See Monday, Jan. 2

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

TUE 24

FREE HAIRCUTS AT NPL

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE FAMILY STORY TIME WITH NCT 615-862-5873 library.nashville.org

Join Nashville Children’s Theatre for “Drama Llama” story time from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Nashville Public Library Thompson Lane Branch (380 Thompson Lane, Nashville). An NCT Teaching Artist leads kids with books from the Llama, Llama book series.

FREE LIBRARY LAB: A STEAM PROGRAM

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE MIME AND THEATRE BASICS AT NPL

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE STORY TIME AT LINEBAUGH

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

FREE TUESDAY NPL STORY TIMES

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE TINY TEC

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

ALL ABOUT OWLS AT THE WILDERNESS CENTER 615-217-3017 challwalker@murfreesborotn.gov

Owls have unique abilities that most other birds of prey lack. Visit the Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) from 2 - 3 p.m. to learn about these amazing “superpowers”, interact with biofacts, investigate, dissect through an owl pellet and meet the resident owl ambassador, Huckleberry. Cost is $4. Must Register.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

FREE YARN LOVE MURFREESBORO

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

PREDATORS HOCKEY nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m.

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THINGS TO DO

BLUE MAN GROUP

615-782-4040

tpac.org

Enjoy the signature drumming and quirky comedy of the Blue Man Group Jan. 24 - 26 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick Street, Nashville).

Featuring original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and absurdity, join the Blue Men in an experience that aims to unite audiences of all ages. Tickets start at $39.

WOOFSTOCK AT THE WINERY citywinery.com/nashville

Don’t miss this special night when Emmylou Harris and Tommy Emmanuel share the stage for an intimate performance benefiting Bonaparte’s Retreat and Crossroads Campus at City Winery (609 Lafayette St., Nashville). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $85.

WED 25

FREE WEDNESDAY

NPL STORY TIMES

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE)

See Monday, Jan. 9.

WILD THINGS AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

FREE STORY TIME AT LINEBAUGH

See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC

See Wednesday, Jan. 18.

FREE NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH AND FITNESS CLASS

See Wednesday, Jan. 4.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

FINAL FANTASY 35TH ANNIVERSARY

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Specially curated by Nobuo Uematsu, the program is a retrospective celebration of the FINAL FANTASY music catalogue at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Pl., Nashville). Conductor Arnie Roth leads an orchestra and chorus of 100 musicians, with exclusive HD video direct from creators at Square Enix. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $54.

BLUE MAN GROUP

See Tuesday, Jan. 24.

THU 26

FREE WINTER BIRDS AT THE HILL FOREST’S EDGE 615-862-8555 warnerparks.org

Explore the open fields and edge areas of the hill forest for winter birds from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Warner Park Nature Center (7311 Highway 100, Nashville). What will you find? Fox Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Pine Siskins?

FREE ITTY BITTY STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

HIKE WITH A NATURALIST AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

See Thursdy, Jan. 5.

EARLY LEARNERS AT SOAC

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

FREE SEED SWAP AT WPNC 615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.go

Share your garden seeds at Warner Park Nature Center’s (7311 Highway 100, Nashville) annual Seed Swap or stop by to grab some of the many varieties saved from the Nature Center gardens. Happens Jan. 26 - 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FREE GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

THINGS TO DO

FREE TINKER TEC

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

FREE DOWNTOWN YOGA

See Thursday, Jan. 12.

FREE KIDS FLAVOR LAB 615-862-5856 library.nashville.org

Bring your little chefs to Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville) for fun and food literacy from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Each session includes creating a healthy recipe. Today, kids will make sautéed spinach and smoked gouda flatbreads. For ages 6 - 12. Registration recommended.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO

See Thursdy, Jan. 5.

SHREK THE MUSICAL BY STAR BRIGHT PAYERS ticketor.com/wcpac

Your favorite green ogre hits the stage Jan. 26 - 29 at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center (112 Everbright Ave., Franklin) when the Star Bright Players present Shrek the Musical Performances are Thursday - Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday at 2 p.m.Tickets cost $15.

BLUE MAN GROUP

See Tuesday, Jan. 24.

PREDATORS HOCKEY nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m.

FRI 27

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (COOL SPRINGS)

See Friday, Jan. 6.

FREE SEED SWAP AT WPNC

See Thursday, Jan. 26.

FREE NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET thefairgrounds.com

Nashville’s monthly flea market returns with an “All Bundled Up” theme Jan. 27 - 29 at the The Nashville Fairgrounds (625 Smith Ave., Nashville). Parking is $5. More than 500 hundred vendors to shop from.

FREE NPL PUPPET SHOW: MANY MOONS

See Friday, Jan. 20.

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the international percussion sensation Blue Man Group bring
comical and musical chops to TPAC from Tuesday, Jan. 24 through Thursday, Jan. 26.

THINGS TO DO

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

KIDS PAINT NIGHT AT SOAC townofsmyrna.org

Kids ages 5 - 15 can paint their own wooden ornaments (three per person) to take home at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna) from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $10. Register online.

SHREK THE MUSICAL BY STAR BRIGHT PAYERS

See Thursday, Jan. 26.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL LIVE IN CONCERT nashvillesymphony.org

Join the Nashville Symphony as they perform this swash buckling score live while Jack Sparrow and his motley crew play on the big screen at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Pl., Nashville). Shows are Friday, Jan. 27 - Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $30.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS

See Friday, Jan. 13.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

See Friday, Jan. 13.

MOMIX – ALICE tpac.org

Join this dance company on a mindbending adventure Jan. 27 - 28 at TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Alice encounters timehonored characters including the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit and a variety of other surprises. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

SAT 28

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE PARNASSUS BOOKS STORY TIME

See Saturday, Jan. 14.

FREE EXPLORE WITH A NATURALIST

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE NPL PUPPET SHOW: MANY MOONS

See Friday, Jan. 20.

RAPUNZAL STORYBOOK DECOUPAGE

Come enter the world of fairy tale magic with this class at Franklin Recreation Complex (1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin) from 9 - 11 a.m. In this class, you’ll make a decoupage Rapunzel box, put together Rapunzel’s tower, jewelrymaking and a take-home coloring page. Cost is $25, plus a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor. Ages 6 - 10.

TPAC’S ARTS ADVENTURE: SING, DANCE & RHYME 615-782-4040 tpac.org

Kids will have a blast as they dance and sing to new takes on nursery rhymes like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Little Ms. Muffet” inside TPAC’s Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Happens from 10 - 11:30 a.m. For ages 5 - 8. Cost is $20.

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS!

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

FREE JR. NATURALIST: SLEEPING SEEDS 615-862-8539 nashville.gov

Explore the seeds waiting for spring at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson St., Nashville) and investigate all the ways that plants set their seeds up for success before the first frost. In addition to hands-on learning activities, Jr. Naturalist programs usually include a short hike (weather allowing) and a craft from 10 - 11 a.m.

FREE SEED SWAP AT WPNC See Thursday, Jan. 26.

ARCTIC PLUNGE (SPRING HILL) 615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com

Join WCPR from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. as they open the outdoor pool at the Longview Recreation Complex (2909 Commonwealth Dr., Spring Hill) for its first Arctic Plunge — the coolest thing you’ll do this winter! Each “plunger” will receive a t-shirt, a raffle ticket for prizes and all of the bragging rights associated with such a brave endeavor. Compete in the costume contest or bring non-perishables to be entered for a chance to win prizes. Cost is $25. For ages 8 and up.

FREE NPL SEED EXCHANGE 615-862-8539 library.nashville.org

Get your seeds at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville) from 1 - 3 p.m. so you will have them on hand when the planting season arrives.

WINTER SURVIVAL WITH SOAC townofsmyrna.org

Come learn outdoor survival strategies for winter with Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center. Discuss and practice shelter building, cooking, animal tracking and other general tips and tricks for surviving the cold weather at Sharp Springs Natural Area (1000 Espey Dr., Smyrna) from 1 - 3 p.m. They will also roast hotdogs and make s’mores for lunch. Cost is $2 and registration required.

FREE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

615-385-9341 chineseartsalliance.org

Celebrate the Chinese New Year — also known as the Lunar New Year — with live performances including dancing, singing, drumming and professional musicians at Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville). Before the performances, enjoy arts & crafts, Chinese “naming,” face painting, a Tai Chi workshop, Tangram puzzles and a Chinese Ground Calligraphy demonstration. Happens from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FREE NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET

See Friday, Jan. 27.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year — also known as the Lunar New Year — with live performances including dancing, singing and drumming (plus kid’s activities) on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Nashville’s Centennial Park.

TPAC’S ARTS ADVENTURE:

ALADDIN

615-782-4040 tpac.org

Using themes in Aladdin, teaching artists will explore what it means to have courage and be a true friend as they guide participants in acting, singing and choreography inside TPAC’s Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Happens from 1 - 2:30 p.m. For ages 8 - 12. Cost is $20.

LLAMA, LLAMA, RED PAJAMA

See Thursday, Jan. 19.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE BILINGUAL STORY TIME W/ RACHEL RODRIQUEZ

615-862-5860 rachelrodriguez.com

Little ones will learn about the Latino culture through stories, music and movement at Nashville Public Library East Branch (206 Gallatin Ave., Nashville. Bring your child from 2 - 3 p.m. to listen to a story, sing, dance and learn a little Spanish.

THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

2023 WORLD TOUR bridgestonearena.com

Join the Globetrotters at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) as they go head-to-head against the Washington Generals who will stop at nothing to try and defeat the world’s winningest team. Every show features a blend of comedy and basketball skills including ball-handling, high-flying dunks and more. Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $24.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN LIVE IN CONCERT

See Friday, Jan. 27.

SHREK THE MUSICAL BY STAR BRIGHT PAYERS

See Thursday, Jan. 26.

BACKLIGHT PRODUCTIONS: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

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Join in for this year’s fundraiser performance of Singin’ in the Rain at The Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin). Backlight Productions is a theater arts program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that creates inclusive performance opportunities where artists are featured in spotlight roles. Tickets start at $25. Each ticket includes two drink tickets and show-themed treats. Shows are Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

MOMIX – ALICE

See Friday, Jan. 27.

THE THEATER BUG’S 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL 615-818-7358 thetheaterbug.org

Enjoy eight, new short plays by young writers produced live on stage Jan. 28 - 29 at Riverside Revival (1600 Riverside Dr., Nashville). In additions, get a sneak peek from 2022’s Playground Production written by Liliana Gomez; plus a preview of the new original mainstage musical coming to the stage in July 2023. Cost is $15, show starts at 7 p.m.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT AT SUMMIT SPORTS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

SUN 29

FREE NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET

See Friday, Jan. 27.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN See Sunday, Jan. 8.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (MURFREESBORO)

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

WINTERFEST AT FOUNTAINS AT GATEWAY

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT See Friday, Jan. 13.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL LIVE IN CONCERT See Friday, Jan. 27.

SHREK THE MUSICAL BY STAR BRIGHT PAYERS See Thursday, Jan. 26.

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS See Friday, Jan. 13.

BACKLIGHT PRODUCTIONS: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN See Saturday, Jan. 28.

THE THEATER BUG’S 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL See Saturday, Jan. 28.

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JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE) See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE MONDAY NPL STORY TIMES See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE STORY TIME AT THE TEC See Monday, Jan. 2

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND See Friday, Jan. 13.

TUE 31

FREE HAIRCUTS AT NPL See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME (NE NASHVILLE) See Monday, Jan. 9.

FREE LIBRARY LAB: A STEAM PROGRAM See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE MIME AND THEATRE BASICS AT NPL See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE STORY TIME AT LINEBAUGH See Tuesday, Jan. 10.

FREE TUESDAY NPL STORY TIMES See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS See Tuesday, Jan. 3.

FREE SUPERHERO DAY AT SOAC townofsmyrna.org

Calling all superheroes! School is out and you’re invited to put on your superhero costumes and join in at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley E Pkwy., Smyrna). Join some of your favorite characters to complete a super mission around the building while enjoying games, crafts and more from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ZOOLUMINATION:

CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY CIRCLE PLAYERS

See Friday, Jan. 13.

FREE WINTER STAR PARTY

615-862-8555 warnerparks.org

January offers the brightest nights of the year for star gazing, especially during the new moon. Admire the heavens as astronomers point out the magnificence of nature while sharing their knowledge from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Warner Park Nature Center (7311 Highway 100, Nashville).

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

See Friday, Jan. 13.

LITTLE LEAPERS MURFREESBORO

See Sunday, Jan. 1.

FREE PLAZA MARIACHI FLEA MARKET

See Sunday, Jan. 8.

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM VAULT TOURS

See Saturday, Jan. 7.

WINTERFEST AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND

See Friday, Jan. 13.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, Jan. 8.

LLAMA, LLAMA, RED PAJAMA See Thursday, Jan. 19.

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THINGS TO DO ON YOUR RADAR ... ANTIQUES & GARDEN SHOW February 3 - 5 Music City Center antiquesandgardenshow.com DISNEY ANIMATION IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE Feb. 9 - May 14 Lighthouse ArtSpace disneyimmersive.comg TPAC FAMILY DAY February 11 TPAC tpac.org ORCHIDS IN THE MANSION Opening in February Cheekwood cheekwood.org VALENTINES MARRIED COUPLES WEEKEND February 10 - 12 Deer Run Camps deerrun.camp SIX THE MUSICAL February 21 - 26 TPAC tpac.org NASHVILLE PARENT’S SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR February 25 Cool Springs Galleria nashvilleparent.com
nashvilleparent.com 48 january 2023 Conveniently located 1 hour south of Nashville OVERNIGHT CAMPS Sr. Teen • June 11-16, Grades 9-12 Junior 1 • June 18-23, Ages 8-11 Junior 2 • June 25-30, Ages 8-11 Early Teen 1 • July 2-7, Ages 12-14 Junior 3 • July 9-14, Ages 8-11 Junior 4 • July 16-21, Ages 8-11 Early Teen 2 • July 23-28, Ages 12-14 Junior 5 • July 30-Aug. 4, Ages 8-11 DAY CAMPS Ages 6-10 Camp Eagle • June 19-23 Camp Falcon • June 26-30 Camp Hawk • July 10-14 Camp Owl • July 17-21 931-364-7656 • hortonhaven.org Archery, Rappelling, Challenges Course, Woodworking, Swimming, Horsemanship, Cooking, Climbing, Canoeing Creating a Camp Environment Where People can Come to Know and Follow Jesus Christ SPARTAN SOCCER ACADEMY TRAIN LIKE THE PROS, PERFORM LIKE THE PROS 615-633-5967 spartansoccer.org SPRING HILL YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE AGES 6-12 | SPRING SEASON BEGINS MARCH 9 Our 10 week youth soccer league bridges the gap between recreational and travel soccer, offering a stepping stone program to prepare players for the next level. This program combines weekly 90-minute training sessions led by qualified, licensed coaches and competitive games on Saturdays. Registration now open! UPCOMING EVENTS 4v4 SPARTAN SHOOTOUT – Sundays (Dec-Feb) 2v2 DUO SOCCER – Saturdays (Dec-Feb) KING CUP - GIRLS – Apr. 1-2 KING CUP - BOYS – Apr. 29-30 SPARTAN CLASSIC – May 29-30 SUMMER 3v3 TOURNAMENT SERIES (Jun-Aug) GAME DAY! YOUTH SOCCER TOURNAMENTS YEAR ROUND YMCA SUMMER FUN, LIFETIME MEMORIES, CAMP OCOEE Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventure since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7-16 with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian Environment. Activities including canoeing, kayaking, archery, sling shot range, V-Swing, Zip Line, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs and many more. 111 YMCA Drive Ocoee, TN (423)338.5588 ymcacampocoee.org ETERNAL VALUES SIGN UP TODAY FOR WINTER/SPRING! 8074 TN-100, Nashville | 629-888-9954 danceacademyofbellevue.com SIGN UP! 615-573-2702 SUMMER CAMPS The perfect mix of fun and education! We Call It “Edutainment” MR BOND SCIENCE GUY .COM Multiple Camp Locations

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER

800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville 615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org

Opening minds to the wonders of science and technology for 75 years. Plan an adventure for the family including a show in the Sudekum Planetarium, an immersive experience of sound and music in soundBox, live science shows and more! Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

BACH TO ROCK, MT.

JULIET

1475 N Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 615-903-9658 | mtjuliet.b2rmusic.com Sign up for music lessons at Bach to Rock Mt. Juliet and save $39 on enrollment today! Fun music lessons for toddlers, kids and teens. Adults love us too! Learn with local, experienced teachers. B2R birthday parties and seasonal camps are great opportunities to play & learn music with your friends and make new ones!

BACH TO ROCK, NASHVILLE

WEST

6702 Charlotte Pike #105, Nashville 615-637-7242 | nashvillewest.b2rmusic.com It’s Back-to-School at Bach to Rock! Believe it or not, the school year is upon us, so there’s no better time to secure a spot on

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MY GYM OF BRENTWOOD

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 615-371-5437 | mygym.com/brentwood

Creating Moments That Matter! From first steps to handstands My Gym grows with your child. My Gym was born out of our passion to teach children in a fun, physically engaging environment. We delight in seeing children’s eyes light up for all those incredible milestones, from the tentative first steps to tumbling down soft mats. Sharing the parents’ excitement with their children’s accomplishments is the high point of our day.

NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL

25 Middleton St., Nashville 615-297-2966 ext. 910 | nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

At NCT we believe that theatre skills are life skills. We celebrate each student’s individuality. We believe in the power of ‘play’ and the greater learning that is derived from it. It is important to us for every young person to feel heard, celebrated, and uplifted. We currently offer fall, spring, Saturday classes and camps.

ACTING ALL AROUND

410 Verandah Lane, Franklin 615-375-3565 | actingallaround.com

Looking for a great after school activity this Fall? Check out our group classes! We offer unique personal classes and the best part is there is no registration fee, no contract, and no hidden performance fees. You’ve got nothing to lose and your student will love it. We only have a few spots remaining so learn more and sign up today.

BABY CAKES BAKERY

819 Main St., Nashville 615-656-3301 | babycakesnash.com

From private events, to classes and birthday parties, students of all ages and skill levels can learn a wide variety of baking techniques.

BILL TAYLOR BUSHIDO SCHOOL OF KARATE

1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 615-890-6755 | bskonline.com 1820 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-893-6003 | bskonline.com

Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate for ages 3 - adult. Call now to get one month free plus a uniform.

DANCE ACADEMY OF BELLEVUE 8074 TN-100, Nashville 629-888-9954 | danceacademyofbellevue.com

Dance academy of Bellevue is a safe, and inclusive place for dancers to be themselves. At DAB our dancers learn to instill pride and confidence in self expression and individuality. They learn to appreciate the art of dance through quality instruction. At DAB our core values are creativity, encouragement, teamwork and community. Sign up today for winter/spring classes.

ELAINE WINTERS MUSIC/LANE MUSIC

serving Brentwood & Murfreesboro

elainewintersmusic.com | lanemusic.com

Elaine is an award winning violin educator. She has 14 years of teaching experience and is certified in both the Suzuki and the O’Connor teaching methods. Elaine teaches both classical and fiddle styles and creates a custom lesson plan for each student. All ages are welcome. Lessons are affordable and the first lesson is FREE!

E.T.C. GYMNASTICS

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro | 615-867-6900

1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna | 615-617-7644 etcgymnastics.com

E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 - 18 years and all ability levels. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

HARVEST MARTIAL ARTS

313 Independence Square, Franklin 615-224-3851 | harvestmartialarts.com

The Harvest Concept opened in 2016, and is long known for its specialty in teaching Han Mu Do,

NASHVILLE SKATING ACADEMY

Nashville and Nolensville Locations 615-928-7977 | nashvilleiceskate.com

NSA has been introducing families to the world of skating for 17 years. NSA’s mission is to foster a love of skating for Nashville’s youth and adults through programs such as Learn to Skate USA, figure skating group classes, summer camps, private instruction, and various specialty programs. Whether your future skater’s dream is to play in the NHL, be a competitive figure skater or to just learn to skate, NSA has a program designed to help them reach their goals.

PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

410 DeJarmette Lane, Murfreesboro 615-904-0902 | providencechristian.com

Providence Christian Academy offers a robust college preparatory education through the Classical Christian model, making it truly distinct from other institutions. Our mission, to teach students to seek God’s truth and to equip them with the tools for a lifetime of learning, drives all we do here. Our three pillars truly help to distinguish the PCA experience from other educational options.

play-based learning.

SUGAR DROP COOKING CLASSES

574 Franklin Road, Franklin 629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com

Ever have sweet dreams of being a Sugar Artist? No one likes to play with their food better than we do! Our trained instructors have taught thousands of students ages 3 and up over the past five years. From special camps and cookie classes to fondant and Buttercream Bootcamp, we keep a full calendar of sweet fun to help inspire you on your sugar journey!

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SPARTAN SOCCER ACADEMY 615-633-5967 | spartansoccer.org Spartan Development Academy is a skills based training league for children ages 5 - 13. The program is designed for players looking for more than recreational soccer but not ready to commit to travel soccer. Check out our sibling discount and referral program with Mini Spartans and Spartan Development Academy. Join us anytime! SOUTHERN STARS PRESCHOOL 910 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville 615-509-9423 | southernstarsmontessori.net Our curriculum allows you and your child to grow at an
many preschools focus on a singular facet of learning, we focus on every facet of learning,
motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, verbal skills, concentration and focus skills, literacy skills,
and history skills, art, music, and dance skills, and
the traditional Korean art of self defense, and is the only Han Mu Do school in the state of Tennessee. We offer classes for ages 3 through adult. We focus on optimism, balance and harmony, building mental and physical strength through movement and practices, such as martial arts, yoga, and traditional archery.
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2023 CAMP PREVIEW!

We’re ready to kick off the 2023 camp season. Our camp section will officially start with the February issue.

HARPETH HALL SCHOOL

3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville 615-297-9543 | harpethhall.org/summer-camp

Whether it is serving a tennis ball or serving others, catching bugs or catching basketballs, stringing a violin or stringing gemstones, Harpeth Hall summer camps welcome girls in kindergarten through 8th grades for unforgettable experiences in academics, athletics, and the arts. Registration opens in mid-January 2023. Also not to be missed is Harpeth Hall’s premier research-based program, the STEM Summer Institute. Imagine creating hand-washing stations for communities in need or designing a better birthing bed for safer infant deliveries in Kenya. The STEM Summer Institute brings together middle school and high school girls from schools throughout Nashville to address local and global issues in a true integration of STEM learning. To see all that is happening on Harpeth Hall’s campus this summer, visit our website.

RIVERVIEW CAMP FOR GIRLS

757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 800-882-0722 | riverviewcamp.com

Voted best sleep-away camp more than six times in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Riverview is embraced by tall graceful pines and billowing hardwoods, nestled into a bend of Little River atop Lookout Mountain. One- and two-week sessions. Ages 6 - 16. Member of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities. Facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins. Campers select six activities daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

CAMP ARROWHEAD FOR BOYS

1415 Cabin Creek Road, Zirconia, NC 828-435-0591 | camparrowhead.com

Since 1937, Camp Arrowhead for Boys has served families from all over the world. Arrowhead has 217 acres of beautiful woodlands, waterfalls, streams, and meadows in which boys can grow, lead, explore, and create. Sessions are 1 - 4 weeks long, for campers rising grades 1 - 11. Activities include archery, blacksmithing, bushcraft, riflery, and woodworking.

HORTON HAVEN CHRISTIAN CAMP

3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg 931-364-7656 | hortonhaven.org

Campers can experience archery, air rifles, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, mt. biking, swimming and many other exciting activities. Teens can experience our 45ft. high zip line which spans 600 feet. One-week sessions for ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14 and 15 - 18. Day campers experience exciting games, crafts, bible lessons, swimming and much more. Get away from the TV, video games and iPods. It’s a great way to see what camp life is all about. Four weeks to choose from for ages 6 - 11. Space is limited so register early!

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE

2000 Edgehill

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sugardrop.com | Franklin Sign up for on-going classes today! All ages! Ever dreamed of being a sugar artist? MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS 615-573-2702 | mrbondscienceguy.com Our winter, spring and summer camps inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for science and learning, teaching creative problem-solving skills, teamwork and perseverance in an entertaining, kid-friendly setting. The camps are full- or half-day and are excellent for ages 5 - 12. Sibling discounts are available. Early Childhood Music (18 mo - 5 yrs) Learn to Sing! (6+) also offering private piano, violin, and voice lessons. Eckert Suzuki Music Introduces ECKERTMUSIC.COM JOIN US FOR CAMP FAIR 2023! Saturday, February 25 Cool Springs Galleria Find out more at nashvilleparent.com/campfair23 SUMMER CAMP A D VENTURE FAIR20 2 3 YMCA CAMP OCOEE 111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee 423-338-5588 | ymcacampocoee.org Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, YMCA Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures
sessions for boys and girls ages 7 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include horseback riding, white-water rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs and more.
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Compassionate, personalized care for women

As a woman, you have unique care needs that will change over time. To you, healthcare is personal. So is the way Ascension Saint Thomas cares for you. That’s why more families choose us for the birth of their baby than any other health system in Middle Tennessee.

Appointments now available for:

• Annual well-woman visits

• Mammography and imaging

• Pelvic floor surgery and hysterectomies

• Cancer care, including breast surgery and gynecologic oncology

• Heart care, including screenings, diagnostics and monitoring

• OB care, including a birth designer to help create a personalized experience, Nasvhille’s first hospitalbased natural birthing center, lactation consultants, maternal-fetal medicine, and NICUs where mom can be close while baby receives advanced care

Get the care you need at AscensionSaintThomasWomens.com

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