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Local timely briefs, nonprofit information, reader advice on parenting topics and kids’ health.

parenting kids 32 new parents:

naming baby? shhh!

Seal your lips when coming up with your little one’s moniker.

35 growing kids:

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the dailies

what’s happening each day of the month


classes, activities and destinations

on stage parent planner

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For lasting results, enlist the help of your kids when they’re young. Includes an age-by-age chore chart.


summer camp 44 get a jump on it!

Expectations, activities, licensing, phew! All you need to know going in.

47 preparing first-time campers

Over night camp brings remarkable adventure. Here’s how to make it successful.

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company call 256-2158 Publisher Stewart Day, ext. 130 Editor-in-Chief Susan Swindell Day, ext. 110 EDITORIAL Managing Editor/ Entertainment Editor Chad Young, ext. 115 Associate Editor Kiera Ashford, ext. 114 Art Direction The editorial staff

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10 editor’s note

38 kids, cell phones &

by Susan Swindell Day

14 kids & fitness

Stay healthy by eating fresh. by Deborah Bohn

17 on call

Toddler bruising and children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

54 celebrity dad

Country music star Clay Walker has a toddler and a (sigh) teen.

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Persistency pays. by Chad Young

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Photos of your children and our shots from the Southern Motorsports Indoor Tractor and Truck Pull.

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Abram loves playing in the snow.


Are children the guinea pigs for what we don’t know about cell phone danger?

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Q Dr. ASnodgrass, my 2 y.o. daughter said her mouth hurt. She stopped eating and her gums started bleeding as I brushed her teeth. She also began to run a fever. Could she have a cavity?

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This doesn’t sound like a cavity. Your daughter is probably experiencing her first contact with the virus that causes mouth ulcers. The medical term for this condition is primary herpetic gingivostomatitis. Children are infected with the virus from contact with someone or something in which the virus is active. This is often a parent, a sibling, a playmate, etc. Parents often transfer the virus to their child through kissing the child or having the child drink after them. The virus is highly contagious and most of the adult population of the United States is infected. It lays dormant within the oral cavity until one’s immune system is compromised and then it becomes active. A child’s first contact with the virus often results in a rapidly spreading severe inflammation of the entire oral mucosa. The child also runs a low-grade (below 100) fever and might experience diarrhea. With or without treatment the symptoms will disappear in 10-14 days. Treatment involves keeping the child out of pain with a topical anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory agent.

my daughter just had an orthodontic evaluation and when Q Dr. AOakes, we were at our appointment I was told that I too was a candidate for braces. Would it be difficult for my daughter and I to seek treatment simultaneously?


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This is a great question that I have been asked more frequently in the last few years. To answer your question, no, it is not the slightest bit difficult to treat parents and children at the same time. In fact, it seems to make appointments easier and more enjoyable for both the parent and the child. I have noticed in our office that simultaneous appointments not only ease any anxiety a young adult (or parent) may feel towards braces, but they also tend to make the time spent with us more pleasurable by having someone they know and love go through the orthodontic experience with them. I have started quite a few parent/child cases and I must say they seem to be some of my happiest patients. For me, providing an opportunity for parents and children to achieve a beautiful smile together really is one of the most rewarding things I can do.

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ince I’m now a mom who has been there, done that, I take great pleasure in navigating the pathways of seasoned motherhood. It’s kind of like when you move onto your second child; suddenly the mothering thing is kinda easy! So it’s February, and guess what? All four of my kids are set with their summer plans. Jealous? Don’t be. I’ve been a mom for 17 years, so I’d better know what I’m doing by now (but don’t worry, I still get plenty cases of parent amnesia!). Meanwhile, the economy isn’t getting any easier to manage, at least not where my grocery bills are concerned, but I can’t have my kids sitting around the house all day for three months, you know? Been-there-done-that moms know that all the big events of family life need planning for: birthdays (lest you find yourself unhappily prowling Target toys the night before your child’s big day), special dress days at school like “Tie Dye” day or green for St. Patrick’s Day (you need to have all of this stuff well in advance of the moment it’s asked for); spring clothing come warmer weather in sizes that reflect a grown inch or two; and don’t forget how you need to be ready for each and every holiday. But summer means summer camps and that means planning NOW. Each of my kids will do at least one camp this year. After nine years as a camper herself, my 17-year-old moves onto counseling at a girl’s residential camp this year. She jumped up and down for joy when she received the call offering her the position. It’s her turn to be responsible for a cabin full of girls, to demonstrate the leadership she observed during all of the summers before and to pump it all up with loads of enthusiasm. She’s a fun girl; a lot of that fun she discovered during two-week sessions away from home. My 15-year-old will be a counselor-in-training during the same time that my 12-year-old is a camper at the same residential camp. It’s a traditional camp with fishing, swimming, zip lining, sports, nightly mischiefs, bonfires and camaraderie. And my 8-year-old will be launching out of the gate, too. He’ll join his big brothers for the very first time. He’s heard about all of their adventures, so he’s dying to discover what they already know. And guess what? They are all going at the exact same time for two weeks. That means my husband and I will have two weeks ... alone! Imagine that! We haven’t had that experience since before our daughter was born. Since we run the magazines together, we are all about loving our jobs and kids — plus we don’t have any immediate family to parcel our children off to even if we could get away. So I’m starting to dream about ... what we might do during those two weeks come June ... Wow, it will be a milestone. And, well, we’ll talk about our kids most of the time and miss them ... but two weeks? Just the two of us? Hey, isn’t that enough to get you going on YOUR summer plans for your kids?

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Just Sayin’ by Hash It Out Three little peeves this month, folks: First, for those of you lamenting the recent lengthy spate of snow days, why not suggest to your principal the idea of an educational snow plan? Meaning, if the kids are going to be homebound for more than one snow day, teachers will post a couple of home assignments for the kids to do. That way their minds won’t turn to slush! Just sayin’ ... Next, while it might happen one day, it sure looks like Opry Mills is just sitting there. How about NOW for the moment to resurrect the idea

of rebuilding Opryland Themepark? Raze Opry Mills and bring back the crowd-drawing (not to mention pleasing) attraction and watch tourism in Middle Tennessee grow again. Just sayin’ ... Lastly, the Act TOO Players are hosting Master Classes? Excuse me, but last I checked, Master Classes were music lessons taught by virtuosos. Stretching the meaning of a word or words is one thing, but those classes should be taught by masters of their realms at least. Just sayin’! See you next time!

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Step 1: Make a Menu Write down a week’s worth of healthy meals on a piece of paper. Each meal should include a fresh protein like chicken, beef or fish, a green or orange vegetable, and a starch. Try to avoid using items like cheese and creamy soups. Something like “Chili, salad and rolls” or “Baked chicken, baked potato and green beans” is perfect. Look for items in your fridge, freezer or pantry that you can build a meal around. You may already have canned beans for your chili or some chicken breasts in the freezer. Use them. Need healthy meal ideas? Look to the Internet for inspiration.

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Step 3: Shop Smart It’s estimated that 50 percent of grocery purchases are made in the store itself. Does anyone buy pork tenderloin or broccoli on impulse? No. Cinnamon rolls? Yep. Stick to your list. Stay where the fresh produce, meats and dairy are located. Buy all the frozen veggies you like (minus the cheese sauce) but avoid frozen lasagnas, French fries, nuggets, frozen pizza items, frozen breakfasts and frozen desserts. Food sold in plastic packages tends to be calorie rich and nutrient poor. Keep it fresh. Step 4: Pack It Up Save money by choosing large packages of chicken breasts, pork chops and ground beef and freezing half for next week. Instead of pricey pre-sliced, preservative covered packaged carrots and apples, cut your own and create single-serving snacks for your family. While you’re at it, make some single serving bags of popcorn instead of sending kids to school with potato chips. Ditto for yogurt. Buy the larger tub and dole out single servings.

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pend quality time with the littlest ones in your brood at the Nashville Zoo’s winter Toddler Series kicking off this month. The Toddler Series is designed for children ages 18 months to 4 years along with a parent, grandparent or caregiver. The series transpires for six weeks and combines crafts, storytime, and up-close-and-personal encounters with a different animal each session. Choose your session start date on Feb. 2, 3 or 5 with time options of 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. The series costs $60 per child (members); non-member price is $85 (price includes the cost for a parent to attend, but does not include adult admission to walk around the zoo grounds). Registration is required and is open until sessions are full. Call 833-1534, ext. 143, or e-mail to register. Learn more at


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predators unveil new kids club

oung hockey fans can participate in the newly revamped Nashville Predators Kids Club. Designed for ages 13 and younger, kids have two membership levels to choose from. The Rookie level is a free membership that includes a welcome letter, monthly electronic newsletter and ticket offers. For $20 ($17 for each additional child in the household), upgrade to the All-Star Membership, which includes everything in the Rookie level plus the following: A Kids Club drawstring carry bag that includes a T-shirt, poster, foam puck, pencil, sticker and more; a ticket voucher worth $92 good for two upper level tickets to any Mon - Thu game through Thursday, March 31; invitations to exclusive events; eligibility for monthly drawings to win autographed memorabilia; a 25-percent coupon for the Preds Pro Shop; and discounts for Gnash birthday parties/appearances. Your child can sign up at any home game (tables are located outside sections 112 and 331) or online at For more information, call 770-2152 or e-mail

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The Encore Theatre Company’s 2011 season kicks off this month on Friday, Feb. 18 with See How They Run. Other family-friendly shows this season include Smoke on the Mountain; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe; And Then There Were None (10 Little Indians); and Greetings! Encore also has new ticket pricing this season. Tickets at the door are $15 per person, but if you order advance tickets online, you can get ’em for $10, and VIP seating is available for an additional $2. The theater is located at 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Learn more about the community theater group at 598-8950 or online at

A new chiropractic clinic is now open in Franklin, specializing in care for women’s health issues, pediatrics and pregnancy. Kyd Kyro is the brainchild of Jennifer Rousseau, D.C., who specializes in a chiropractic technique that helps turn breeched babies into proper position for delivery along with decreasing back pain associated with pregnancy. Additional services include physical exams for kids, massage therapy, X-rays, cold laser therapy, nutritional and weight-loss therapy, spinal and extremity rehabilitative therapy and more. “Our goal is to help each patient achieve optimal health and wellness in a safe, effective, gentle manner,” says Rousseau. Kyd Kyro is located at 390 Mallory Station Road, Ste. 103, Franklin. Learn more at 771-2700 or

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seminar helps parents raise resilient children Parents can gain insight into helping their children overcome bumps in the road and attain success during the “Raising Resilient Children” seminar, led by Robert Brooks, Ph.D., at Oak Hill School’s Enrichment Center on Thursday, Feb. 3. During the free seminar, Brooks will help parents learn to effectively respond to stress and pressures of children, identify and reinforce their child’s “islands of competence,” and nuture self-discipline, self-esteem, caring and hope. The seminar takes place at 7 p.m. Oak Hill School is located at 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville. To register for the seminar, viist

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what’s news: local briefs traveling exhibit lets kids explore the world of robots


Kids can have fun operating the robotic arm at Adventure Science Center’s new Robotics exhibit.

ost kids find robots fascinating, and they can learn more about these technological wonders at the Adventure Science Center when the traveling Robotics exhibit rolls in on Saturday, Feb. 19. Curated by the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., the exhibit gives kids the opportunity to see what robots are, how they work and how they can change the future. The exhibit consists of six themes: Introduction to Robots, Sensing, Thinking, Acting, Applications and Children’s Zone. Each area boasts hands-on activities, but kids are sure to particularly enjoy the ROBOTIX Construction Area in the Children’s Zone. Here, little ones can build and operate a motorized robot. Robotics continues through Sunday, May 8. Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $9 ages 2 - 12. Call 862-5160 or visit

the ticker... sweet cece’s frozen yogurt & treats is now open at 7114 Hwy. 70 S. in Bellevue. Patrons can create their own individualized treat with a wide variety of changing yogurt flavors and nearly 60 festive toppings. Hours are Mon - Thu 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m. Visit

nashville children’s theatre now offers discounted admission to opening night shows! Tickets are normally $17 adults, $12 children, but opening nights are now $10 adults, $5 children. This month, catch the opening performance of Goodnight Moon on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at

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donelson baseball holds sign-ups for its spring season for ages 4 - 16. On Saturday, Feb. 5, kids can sign up at the Hermitage Wal-Mart (4424 Lebanon Pike) from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and at Donelson Christian Academy (300 Danyacrest Drive) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Player registration is $105. For more information, e-mail

GIRLS OF GRACE is a one-day event for girls ages 12 - 17 featuring concerts, guest speakers and conversations dealing with issues teen girls face today, delivered through positive, Christian messages. The event is hosted by CCM group Point of Grace and features other artists including Jason Castro, Meredith

Andrews, Satellites and Sirens, and Dara Maclean. Girls of Grace takes place beginning at 8 a.m. at World Outreach Church, 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro. Registration is $50 general admission, $80 for a mother/daughter ticket, with an additional $5 for a boxed lunch. Learn more or register at

broadway at bethlehem takes place Saturday, Feb. 12 and is a benefit concert for the Bethlehem Players upcoming production of Annie in March. The evening consists of a Broadway revue with the Middle Tennessee area’s familiar on-stage voices, coffee, dessert and a silent auction. Appropriate for ages 8 and older, the event takes place from

6:30 - 10 p.m., and admission is $15. For more info, call 791-6456, ext. 2, or visit

hosts with the most: brad paisley and carrie underwood is a new spotlight exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, now open and continuing through Thursday, June 30. The exhibit features stage costumes worn by the country superstars when they hosted the 2010 CMA Awards last November. The museum is located at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $19.99 adults, $11.95 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger. Call 416-2001 or visit



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don’t miss our camp fair on saturday, feb. 5!


Percent of pet owners who give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets:

e sure to come out to Cool Springs Galleria on Saturday, Feb. 5 for Nashville Parent’s Summer Camp Adventure Fair, sponsored by Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry. The fair will give you the chance to speak with representatives from more than 100 residential camps, local day camps and summer programs for ages 8 - 16 that span the spectrum from arts to sports to science. The Summer Camp Adventure Fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free. Cool Springs Galleria is located at 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. Learn more at 256-2158 or

3 Cost to clean up wet feathers following a massive pillow fight, organized by word of mouth, in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day 2009:

$30,000 Percent of children who say their greatest wish for their parents is that they “spend more time with me”:

11 Percent of mothers of children younger than 18 who say they watch the Super Bowl:

80 Percent of them who watch the game with their children:

61 Percent who say the ads are inappropriate for kids:

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A local girl has fun on a climbing wall at Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp.

private school open houses this month


he following private schools host open house events in February: CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 292-9465; Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ... DAVIDSON ACADEMY (1414 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 860-5300; Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9:15 a.m. ... DONELSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (300 Danyacrest Drive, Nashville; 577-1216; Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. ... HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 824-1150; Feb. 3 and 22 from 9 - 11 a.m. and Feb. 15 from 5 - 5:45 p.m. ... MONTESSORI EAST (701 Porter Road, Nashville; 226-4588; Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ... MT. JULIET MONTESSORI ACADEMY (9695 Lebanon Road, Ste. 240, Mt. Juliet; 758-0819; Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ... ST. EDWARD SCHOOL (190 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 833-5770; Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 9 - 11 a.m. for PreK and Kindergarten ... SUMNER ACADEMY (464 Nichols Lane, Gallatin; call for reservations 452-1914; Monday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. ... THE WEBB SCHOOL (319 Webb Road E., Bell Buckle; 888-SEE-WEBB; thewebbschool. com) Monday,Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for day and boarding students.

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soup sunday serves our kids


hot bowl of soup really hits the spot on a cold, wintry day, and your family can sample several delectible delights during the 18th Annual Our Kids Soup Sunday on Feb. 27. The event benefits Our Kids, a local nonprofit organization that provides medical and psychosocial services to children who are victims of sexual abuse. More than 50 of Nashville’s finest restaurants will serve up their creations for guests alongside celebrity judges. Other activities include a silent auction, and kids can have fun with balloon artists, clowns, a caricaturist, magicians and more. Soup Sunday takes place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at LP Field Club Level West, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. Tickets at the door are $25 adults, $10 ages 2 - 17, free ages 1 and younger. Your best bet is the Family Package for $45, which includes two adults and all children in your household. Receive a discount if you purchase tickets online in advance. To learn more or to purchase tickets, call 341-4917 or visit

A balloon artist entertains local kids during Our Kids Soup Sunday.

cagle croons for saddle up!


addle Up!, Middle Tennessee’s oldest and largest recreational therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with a benefit concert starring country music artist Chris Cagle. The show takes place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at TPAC’s War Memorial Auditorium (301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville) at 7:30 p.m. Other surprise guests will join Cagle on stage. Tickets to the concert are $35 - $65. Purchase tickets at 782-4040 or online at tpac. org. To learn more about Saddle Up!, including volunteer opportuntiies, call 794-1150 or visit

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what say YOU? Your 4-year-old is eager to learn her ABCs, but only for a short moment. How do you keep her engaged and wanting to learn how to write them?

play with found items For my girls, ages 3 and 6, learning is all about incorporating it into our daily life. Cheerios look like the letter O, blocks formed into various letters, painting and saying, “Hey you just made the letter L!” — really anything that makes learning feel like playing and having fun! — Nicole Brooks Myers

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find objects to correspond with the letter My 4-year-old daughter and I go around the house and find things that start with the letters in order while we sing. She loves it and asks to do it all the time. She is so happy when she can find something that starts with a certain letter by herself.

I have a 4-year-old daughter and we keep a pen caddy with colorful markers at her little table, always available and she and I love to play rhyming games. So sometimes, we’ll sit down and draw pictures of things that rhyme and then write the words next to them. We also write letters and then make the letters into “letter monsters” adding eyes and legs and silly hair, sometimes pasting and cutting, just depends on our mood. — Lynda Hearn Cameron-Bayer

make it fun! Keep preschoolers interested in learning their ABCs with fun activities like using their fingers to write letters in shaving cream or make them out of food like stick pretzels or Twizzlers. They will have so much fun playing that they will not even realize how much they are learning. — Tasha Wells

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kids’ health by Susan Day

smoking gun ... Do you smoke? You just might be raising your kindergartener’s blood pressure say researchers from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After tracking thousands of 4- and 5-year olds, of the children with smoking parents, 21 percent were more likely to have systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading, measured as the heart contracts) in the highest 15 percent, even after adjusting for other heart disease

video gaming: set limits on it


he gaming craze — kids everywhere with a hand-held gaming device or in their own family room playing Xbox 360 for hours on end — needs a bit of tampering, suggests a study conducted on 3,000 elementary and middle school children in Japan. Researchers assessed pathological gaming, weekly amount of game play, impulsiveness, social competence, depression, social phobia, anxiety and depression. Children and teens who played more video games showed lower social competence and greater impulsivity — they also were at risk for becoming pathological gamers which increases the chance of mental health problems. Clearly, parents need to enforce limits on the amount of gaming they allow their children to do. How about once a week on Saturday?

risk factors. “Childhood blood pressure consistently tracks into adult life,” says Giacomo D. Simonetti, M.D., first author of the study. “Removing any avoidable risk factors as soon as possible will help reduce the risk for heart disease later on

chin up: it’s good for you


eing optimistic makes a difference in teen mental health and behavior, especially against the onset of depressive symptoms, concludes “A Prospective Study of the Effects of Optimism on Adolescent Health Risks,” published recently in Pediatrics. Thousands of kids age 12 - 14 years were assessed over three years on optimistic thinking style, emotional problems, substance use and antisocial behaviors. At any given time, optimistic teens were doing much better in terms of health risks. Most importantly, risks for the later onset of depression in adolescents who reported high levels of optimism were almost half those of the least optimistic.

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and improve the long-term health of children,” he adds. The study’s findings suggest that encouraging strictly smoke-free environments may help preserve cardiovascular health not only in adults but also in children.

Show your family members you care every day with the following tips to keep their hearts healthy!

the amount of refined sugar your children get, including sugary drinks. Instead, give your child a piece of fresh fruit, which provides nutrients while satisfying a sweet tooth. After a week of fresh and healthy fruit substitutes, your child’s taste buds will think candy is too sweet.

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out the salt! Acquiring a taste for a salty diet early in life is hard to “shake” as an adult. A diet high in salt is associated with high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

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fried foods both at home and when eating out. Make visits to fast food restaurants rare occasions, but if you do go, choose grilled chicken or fish with no mayo or tartar sauce. Whole wheat buns, fruit and low-fat yogurt also are healthier options and usually can be found on the menu.

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and play! Encourage your children to get one hour of physical activity a day. Hiking in the beautiful Tennessee hills, playing a game of tag or riding bikes are a few of the many active ways families can spend quality time together.

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Baby’s Name Now Trending ... Liam Logan Mason Jackson Elijah Gabriel

Sophia Charlotte Bailey Harper Riley Clair

Oprah can’t own the “O” Orson Owen Oscar Orlando Oliver Olivia Octavia Olympia Olive Ophelia


tarting in 1790, the U.S. government began gathering statistical information about the American people every 10 years. Now, in May of every year, the Social Security Administration releases the top baby names of the previous year. So the top names for 2010 will be released around Mother’s Day. But when you have a baby on the way, names are an endless source of fascination and everyone likes to get in on the naming. Have fun with it!

Did Someone Say “J”? Nothing to Ha About Harrison Hazel Harper Hadley Harley Harlow Halley Hartley Harriet


(the names of the Duggar children)

Jackson James Jana Jason Jedidiah Jennifer Jeremiah Jessa Jill Jinger

Johanna John-David Jordyn-Grace Joseph Joshua Josiah Josie Joy-Anna Justin

Top 10 Names of 1909 John Mary William Helen James Margaret George Ruth Robert Dorothy Joseph Anna Charles Elizabeth Frank Mildred Edward Marie Thomas Alice

Top 10 Names of 2009 Jacob Isabella Ethan Emma Michael Olivia Alexander Sophia William Ava Joshua Emily Daniel Madison Jayden Abigail Noah Chloe Anthony Mia

A Flower by Any Other Name Rose Violet Poppy Lilac

Daisy Marigold Camelia

What will we call him? Ta k e a Vo w o f S i l e n c e !


hen I was pregnant with Henry, my first son, I knew that if someone said the wrong thing about his name, I’d be devastated and I would forever doubt my skills as a parent before he was even born. If I couldn’t even pick a name, what was I doing having a kid?! So, when it came to the name of our baby, my husband and I decided to take a vow of silence. We didn’t tell anyone his name until he was born. And, based on our positive experience with silence, we took the same approach while I was pregnant with our second son, Eli. Are you on the fence about whether to share the name you’ve chosen? Here are a few reasons to consider keeping quiet until after the baby arrives.

Personal preferences When it comes to names, people often have no boundaries and openly share their likes or dislikes. Responses include everything from, “That’s a beautiful choice!” to “Are you kidding?” or “No way!” My neighbor Sharilyn and her husband, Josh, were excited to tell her motherin-law that they planned to name their soon-to-be daughter after her greatgrandmother, Virginia. Her mother-in-law’s response? “Oh, I’ve always hated my mother’s name.” For the next four months, Grandma continued to suggest other names for Virginia. Mom and Dad stuck with it. Today they are the proud parents of a happy, healthy 7-year-old named … Virginia. Negative associations In addition to declarations of dislikes, another fear for me was that if we shared our sons’ names, we would hear too many unsolicited associations with their names: the friend whose Uncle Henry is in jail. The Eli my co-worker knew who dropped out of high school. I feared my baby boys would be stuck with preconceived notions of who they were before they were even born. My fears are not unfounded. “Before I realized how rude I’d sound, I told a friend her baby name reminded me of an ad for an exotic dancer or escort,” says Kellie, who hasn’t had kids yet. I knew I didn’t want this type of comment following me or my babies into the delivery room.

by Liz Sheffield

Territorial issues Other friends of ours found themselves in the middle of a family conflict when they announced the name they had chosen for their baby. One of their cousins, also expecting a baby, had chosen the same name. Although our friends’ son was born first, they decided to alleviate family tension by choosing a different name. They still admit some frustration over how their original plans for their child’s name were thwarted. Potential changes Sometimes parents choose a name for their baby but when the baby arrives, they realize he’s not a Sam. Or, she’s not a Sally. “We really wanted to meet our kids before we decided which name fit them best,” says Dawn, the mother of a 3-year-old girl and a 3-week-old baby boy. “In both cases, we were leaning towards one name in particular, but wanted to be sure before we actually named them.” If you wait to share the name, not only will you be able to confirm the name is a good fit, you’ll also avoid any issues with monogrammed or personalized gifts you might receive before the baby is born. Element of surprise In today’s world of 3D ultrasounds, genetic tests and scheduled C-sections, parents might feel that there aren’t many surprises left in having a baby. Sharing the name after Baby arrives is one way to keep some surprise. “We told people we were pregnant quite early and also revealed the gender when we found out, so keeping the name secret gave us some time to bond with our kids on our own,” says Dawn. If you decide to keep quiet about your baby’s name, just be prepared. Your silence may infuriate friends and family members. Grandparents have been known to try to interrogate older siblings, eavesdrop on private conversations and search for hidden lists of names just to find out Baby’s name before the arrival. Regardless of your decision to share or not share the name, trust your instincts. Choosing your baby’s name is one of the first steps on your journey as a parent — embrace it and know that you’re capable of this task and many more to come. Liz Sheffield is a freelance writer and the mother of two young boys.

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children & chores By Angela Chastain

Lots of parents complain that their kids don’t help around the house enough. The solution? Start them on chores when they’re young.


have three sons, ages 13, 10 and 8 — and every day they help with chores around the house. What kinds of thing do they do? They do everything from loading the dishwasher to dusting to laundry. They even iron! Obviously, not all my boys are old enough to do every type of chore, but they do what’s appropriate for their age and ability level. (please turn the page)


Start teaching chores when children are toddlers. I say teach chores because if you want something done a certain way children must understand your requirements. To understand how you want it done they must be taught. Plan to spend more than one day teaching each chore, several days in fact. Children aren’t going to do things perfectly from the start, they’ll learn as they go, but parents must have realistic expectations of a child’s ability. Once you’ve taught something, allow the child to practice the newly learned skill independently, offering constructive criticism when necessary. If the job is a large one, such as laundry, a visual, like a poster placed on the back of the laundry room door, will serve as a great reminder. Using “chore sticks” helps to mix-up the chores on a regular basis; popsicle sticks or clothespins with chores written on them in permanent ink work well. Pull the sticks with those items you want accomplished in a given day, creating new ones when necessary. Divide the number of chores by the number of family members completing chores, and that determines how many sticks everyone chooses, even Mom and Dad. This way everyone gets a fair mix of chores and no one gets stuck doing something they dislike every time. Another idea is to create a chore chart for each child or one for the entire family. You can create your own or visit and pick from 15 different charts; one is sure to fit your family. Of course your kids aren’t always going to be thrilled about chore time but making it fun will help. Set a time limit — “we’ll do chores for one hour, not a moment longer.” Then set a timer. Offering positive reinforcement, small rewards such as a surprise in the dryer for the person who folds laundry or a token on the bottom shelf of a table to be dusted, offer huge incentives. Also offering occasional “free chore” days makes the next chore day not so bad.  

To pay, or not to pay, that is the question! I personally don’t believe in paying children for chores. I clothe them, feed them, provide them shelter, pay for schooling, etc. They also get lots of extras — game systems, family vacations and so on. So, to me, that is their payment. However, I do offer incentives. For instance, if the boys do an exceptionally good job at a chore or show initiative with something, rearranging a drawer or cabinet while their putting away dishes, I’ll give them a “bonus.” It may be extra TV time or an actual monetary reward. I’m very infrequent and unexpected with these so they’ll never know when one might be awarded, or for what. It works to keep everyone doing their best job all the time and looking for additional ways to help. If you decide to offer payment, you’ll need to decide whether to pay per chore or a weekly rate. Also, offering payment, once in a while is great idea, like right before vacation when kids are likely to need spending money for souvenirs anyway. This way they’ll appreciate what they purchase even more. Don’t feel guilty asking the children to help around the house. Chores provide training for adulthood. Chores teach responsibility, work ethic and prepare children to be on their own. In college, I visited the dorm laundry room and found another student walking on top of the clothes in the washer trying to get everything to fit; you don’t want this to be your child. In addition, chores teach your child to appreciate the person that normally does the chores (YOU!) and all that person has to do around the house. Trust me, they’ll think twice before making a mess the next time. The main things to remember are to start slow, teach well, don’t expect perfection and work alongside your children and things will get done! J Angela Chastain is a freelance writer and the mom of three helpful boys.

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On Cell Phones, Kids and Cell phone radiation concerns come and go, right? But can we afford to be so nonchalant when the long-term stats aren’t yet in for our children? By Deborah Bohn

GLOBAL WARNING? • Three years ago: The European Environment Agency said, “Cell phone technology could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking and lead.” • 2008: As reported in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Ministry of Health suggested parents postpone or restrict children’s use of cell phones and make sure they use wired, not wireless, headsets. Officials were particularly concerned about children’s use of cell phones, due to their heightened risk for developing tumors as a result of exposure to radiation, and because children can expect many more years of cell-phone use in comparison to adults. • 2009: The French Education Ministry banned the use of cell phones in primary schools and required manufacturers to make models that only allow texting. • Today: The Austrian Medical Association is trying to get Wi-Fi systems banned from schools to protect children from the potential long-term consequences of radiation. In Canada, the official government stance is for teenagers to keep calls shorter than 10 minutes; Russian scientists suggest banning cell phones for anyone younger than 18; the British government says parents shouldn’t let children younger than 16 use a mobile phone.


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y 9-year-old daughter wants a cell phone. Very, very badly. In the fourth grade a cell phone makes you cool. It’s a status symbol. A one-way ticket to popularity. A number of her elementary school friends have their own phones, and they’re not alone. Right now about 22 percent of young children (ages 6 - 9) carry cell phones and 60 percent of older kids (ages 10 - 14) own a phone. Market research by the Yankee Group shows that more than half of kids ages 8 - 12 will have a cell phone in the next three years. Alas, my young one won’t be one of the lucky ones for a few more years. Why? One reason is because we’re part of a dying breed of old-fashioned parents who believe privileges should come with responsibilities. That means if you want to chat on a cell, you’ll need to pay for it with money earned babysitting, mowing lawns or walking dogs. We’re also hesitant because we’ve already seen our daughter’s peers use their cell phones to make crank calls, send inappropriate texts and make secretive calls to so-called boyfriends, then lie to their parents about it. The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that nearly half of young cell phone users lie about their location and about the identity of the person on the other end of the line. But money and sexting pale in comparison to the big worry. Cancer.

Mounting Evidence A rapidly growing and increasingly vocal group of physicians, scientists and legislators in the United States and around the world believe that radio-frequency (RF) radiation emitted by cellular phones can

greatly increase your risk of developing cancer, specifically cancer of the salivary glands and brain. They cite studies showing that individuals who have used cell phones for more than a decade have double the risk of developing a deadly form of brain cancer called glioma. Interestingly, the tumors show up on the side of the head where the victims hold their phones. Since children have thinner skulls and absorb far more radiation than adults, these physicians say they are particularly vulnerable to its damaging affects. What’s really worrisome for scientists studying this problem is that most adults have only been heavy cell phone users (defined by a person who uses a cell for 30 minutes a day) for the last few years, while a child who gets a cell phone this year will rack up 15 years of cell phone use by the time they’re only 25. The environmental health expert leading the call to action is epidemiologist and toxicologist Devra Davis, Ph.D., MPH. Author of The Secret History of the War on Cancer (Basic Books; $12.89 on Amazon), a Newsweek magazine pick, and of the recently published Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation (Dutton; $16.89 on Amazon), a Time magazine top pick of 2010, Davis says, “Cell phones aren’t going away. But unless we change the way we use them, we could see a global epidemic of brain cancer in 20 years.” That’s a scary thought. So frightening that Senator Arlen Spector (D-PA), a brain tumor survivor, held congressional hearings a little over a year ago to investigate the issue. Six months ago, Maine State Representative Andrea Boland submitted a bill that would require a warning label on cell phones sold in her state reading, “This device emits electromagnetic radiation exposure which may cause brain cancer. Users — especially children and pregnant women — should keep the device away from the head and body.” Six months

ago, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom pushed for similar warnings, and the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to require companies to print each cellular device’s SAR (specific absorption rate) radiation rating on the package right next to the price.

Reality Check Perhaps it’s time to actually read the fine print. Phone manufacturers are putting radiation warnings on the devices they sell now. For example, Apple’s iPhone safety manual includes: “When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 5/8 inch away from the body.” Research in Motion’s BlackBerry 9000 warns users against carrying their phones within .98 inches of their body. The Motorola W180 manual states, “If you do not use a body-worn accessory supplied or approved by Motorola — or if you hang your mobile device from a lanyard around your neck — keep the mobile device and its antenna at least one inch from your body when transmitting. When using any data feature of the mobile device, with or without an accessory cable, position the mobile device and its antenna at least 2.5 centimeters (one inch) from your body.” Who does that? And why are so many people concerned? Cell phones communicate through waves of RF radiation. This type of energy isn’t as strong as X-rays, but at high levels, RF waves can heat up body tissues. That’s how a microwave oven cooks food. Davis explains, “The microwave and the cell phone use the same frequency. While the microwave uses 1,000 watts of power and the cell uses less than 1 watt, we only use the microwave for a few minutes a day and we don’t hold it next to our heads. We use a phone for hours each day, year after year after year.” (please turn the page)

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Are cell phones the new cigarettes? She and other scientists compare the risks to smoking. One cigarette won’t kill you. But the cumulative effect of exposing your lungs to carcinogens over the course of 20 years can be deadly. “Brain cancer can take 40 years to develop. We protect our children with seat belts and bike helmets, so we have to think of all the ways to protect their brains,” Davis says.

Not So Fast On the other hand, there are many physicians and scientists like Matthew Pearson, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who believe that long term use of cell phones near the head is harmless. “Yes children’s skulls are thinner,” Pearson says. “But cellular phones don’t produce harmful radiation. Parents should be a lot more concerned about older kids using cell phones while driving. To me, that’s the big health and safety issue. An analysis of world literature showed no association of mobile phone use with brain tumors, except a select group of studies,” Pearson explains. And that’s where things get really complicated; research done to date has produced mixed results. For instance, separate studies conducted in England and Germany showed that people who have used cells for more than a decade had twice the incidence of brain cancer than non-cell users. A Swedish study found that early cell phone adopters (people who have used a mobile phone for 15 years) developed acoustic neuromas, non-cancerous brain tumors, four times as often as infrequent cell users. On the other hand, a long-term study of 420,000 users in Denmark found no link to cell phone use and any type of cancer. Award-winning cancer expert and neurosurgeon Vini Khurana, M.D., has published dozens of research papers and reviewed more than 100 studies of mobile phone radiation and its effects. He says, “Mobile phones could have health consequences far greater than asbestos or smoking.” Yet for every physician or scientist like Khurana who see a brain cancer epidemic on the horizon, there are just as many experts like Pearson who say, “I’d be completely flabbergasted,” if there was a worldwide increase in brain tumors in 20 years. Last year, researchers reviewed 101 scientific publications on the potential danger of RF electromagnetic fields. Slightly more than half of them concluded that cell phone radiation could have harmful health effects, while the other half found no danger at all. To try and put the matter to rest, the International Agency for Research on Cancer conducted a huge 10-year cell phone study called Interphone. It included 14,000 participants from 13 countries. The results? Contradictory. As reported in Science News magazine, Inter-

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phone researcher Siegal Sadetzki said, “If you look at the overall evidence, this study did not confirm or dismiss the possible association between cell phones and brain tumors. That’s the bottom line.” However, she added, “We see a few indications of risk. And these indications appear among people who were exposed for the longest duration. We do have some suspicions.” Concurrently, major heath organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there’s not enough evidence to conclusively prove a link between cell phone use and cancer. “Although some studies have raised concerns, the scientific research, when taken together, does not indicate a significant association between cell phone use and health effects,” reported the CDC. So why are phones coming out with warnings to keep the devices away from your head? “I think that has way more to do with litigation than science,” Pearson theorizes. “There’s a similarity here to the debunked link between vaccines and autism. It doesn’t take much to cause fear in parents, but large companies have to be concerned about litigation even though it doesn’t make sense.” Not so, says Olga Naidenko, senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group and author of a recent paper about cell phone radiation. Naidenko is convinced that our global love affair with phones is making us blind to the obvious: “We all wish we’d heeded the early warnings about cigarettes,” she says. “We think cell phones are similar.”

Here at Home ... With all of the debate in the scientific community, warnings in cell phone safety manuals and cell phone use restrictions for kids in Europe, why are so many American parents still in the dark about this issue? Heather Cornett, a local mother of two in Franklin, says she was unaware of any safety concerns with her cell phone, but adds, “I’m not surprised. I have a hard time believing something can transmit electromagnetic radiation so close to your head and not have an effect.” One of the reasons the issue is still relatively unknown in the United States is because the government hasn’t seen enough conclusive evidence to issue a warning. “That’s because they are focusing on the narrow question of dead bodies,” says Davis, “proof of harm.” The wireless industry is also working hard to make sure parents aren’t spooked by their products. The telecom industry actually funds cell phone radiation studies to diminish consumer fears. Interestingly, only 25 percent of the wireless

industry studies showed proof of harm, while 75 percent of similar studies by independent researchers found reason to be concerned. Here’s the bottom line: No matter what the studies show or what the government recommends, cell phones are here to stay. “People would rather leave the house without underwear than without their phone,” says Davis. So what are cautious parents to do when it comes to their children and the unavoidable fact that they’ll own a cell phone before they reach high school? Radiation lowering devices like Radiation Armor are a possible option. It’s a jelly bean sized chip that sticks onto the back of your phone. Created by Green Planet Innovations, Inc., CEO Mark Mathes explains, “When radiation from the phone hits the Radiation Armor polymer, it oscillates to create a sound wave that attaches itself to the radio wave, so when it goes into the body, it’s a safer wave. The result is a lower SARS rating. A seatbelt doesn’t prevent you from being killed in a car wreck and sunscreen doesn’t completely prevent skin cancer … but they sure do reduce the risk. So does this product.” Another company, Pong Research, sells a cell phone case designed to channel radiation waves away from the user’s head. Time magazine reports that Alfred Wong, Pong’s lead scientist and professor of physics at UCLA, sums it up when he says, “I think it’s best to avoid as much of the risk as possible until the verdict is in.” Deborah Bohn is a frequent contributor to this publication. She lives in Franklin with her family.

Cell Phone Safety Tips • Know that distance is the key to safety. • Limit phone use to texting or use wired headsets or the speaker function when talking. • Avoid carrying phones next to your body. • Avoid sleeping with cell phones. In 2010, AARP magazine reported that 78 percent of 12- to 13-year-olds have gone to sleep with their phones on their pillow and 86 percent of kids older than 14 have done so. • Explore radiation lowering devices such as Radiation Armor (; $39.95 for a single cell chip pack) or the Case-Mate by Pong Research (; various prices depending on the case).

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efore you know it, it’ll be time to pack the sunscreen, swimsuits and bug spray for summer camp. Last summer, an estimated 10 million U.S. kids went to summer camp, according to the American Camp Association (ACA). But

how do you pick the right camp for your child? What about accreditation and safety issues? With so many camps to choose from, where do you start? Our experts suggest that you ask the following questions:

What activities does my child enjoy? Summer camp is a great opportunity to focus on what your child likes and to strengthen his skills in those areas. Soccer, art, the outdoors, dance, computers … There’s a camp for just about every interest, says Matt Clapp, founder and director of Rockin’ C Ranch (, a summer camp on a working ranch in Lindale, Texas. But also take the opportunity to broaden your child’s horizons and to help him develop a more well-rounded life, he adds. “Maybe this is the year your city-bred kid could benefit from some time on a ranch. Or maybe your small-town child would love to attend a camp for the arts in a larger city.” Some colleges get kids psyched about science. At Young Scientists’ Camp at California State University, Long Beach (, topics switch between physical science, earth/environmental science and biology in a three-year rotation, so returning campers always learn something new (and very cool — like building their own seismograph).


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Decide what’s important to you before searching for a camp, suggests Michael Knauf, head of the Visual Arts department at French Woods (, a performing-arts camp in upstate New York. What’s your budget? How far away are you willing to send your child? What environment do you prefer (traditional vs. specialty programs, rustic vs. luxury, large vs. small, religious affiliation, age focus, etc.) “Decide these things up front and you can greatly reduce the number of camps to look at,” he says.

“Make sure the camp you’re considering does background checks on all staff members,” suggests Emily Hadfield, camp-programs coordinator for Westminster College’s summer-camp program in Salt Lake City, Utah. “And don’t be afraid to ask questions about safety, security or healthcare.” For camps that offer activities such as swimming, boating or diving, make sure all instructors are CPR-certified and that a life guard is on duty at all times, suggests Britt Michaelian, author of Secrets of the Safety Goddess: A Modern Safety Guide for Busy Parents (Outskirts Press; $16.95).

What summer-camp environment is right for my child with special needs? Up to 15 percent of summer camps in the United States are now dedicated to meeting the special needs of campers with physical, emotional or mental challenges, according to the ACA. Contact the ACA at 765342-8456 to learn more and for list of camps.

Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association? The ACA has accredited more than 2,400 camps across the United States. (This is an independent organization and not a referral service.) These camps must meet up to 300 standards for health, safety and program quality. To find an ACA-accredited camp, visit

Is the camp licensed by your state? “Camp programs working with school-aged children are often required to be licensed by the state in which they operate,” says Betsy Strohmaier, director of Altogether Outdoors ( in Boulder, Colo. “Childcare licensing mandates that a camp meets specific healthand-safety standards and works to keep parents well informed,” she adds. If a camp is not licensed by your state, ask why. And ask how the camp upholds state health and safety standards.

Does the camp communicate well with parents? Pay attention to pre-camp contacts, suggests Silvana Clark, a former camp director and a professional speaker on parenting topics. “The brochures may look great, but what kind of service do you get when contacting the camp? If no one returns your calls or e-mails, or if the camp staff keeps saying ‘I don’t know about that,’ find another camp.” Also, “a director should be seen and accessible when parents are dropping off and picking up,” says director Scottie Roach of Camp James Summer Day Camp ( in Irvine, Ca.

What are the staffing ratios? The ratio of staff to campers can tell you how much individual attention your child will receive at camp. “Ask the camp director if their ratios include just counseling staff or if they also include support staff who don’t work directly with campers during the day,” Strohmaier suggests. Ask what the normal group size is, and how many staff members supervise that group. Finally, find out if these ratios improve during activities such as horseback riding, rock climbing, biking, etc.

How are camp counselors trained? Most high-quality camps have a three- to five-day training program to give staff the skills they will need to help create a successful experience for your child, says Strohmaier. Staff members should be trained in more than the technical skills of running a program, she adds. They should learn the camp’s philosophy and practice listening to children and managing a group appropriately. Specialized adventure counselors should take the lead in supervising safety, equipment and instruction for the more technical activities. It’s important that these staff have advanced training in their specialty.

What if my child doesn’t know anyone at camp? “Many parents show concern about sending their child to a camp without an existing friend,” says Roach. That shouldn’t be a problem, our experts note, because camp counselors are trained to help kids get involved, feel like part of the group and make new friends. “One of the great things about camp is that campers have the opportunity to connect socially while participating in activities,” adds Roach.

How can my child participate in selecting a camp? Engage your child in the search, suggests Michaelian. “Gather multiple brochures for different types of camps and read through them with your child, writing down the pros and cons of each camp, so you can make an educated choice together.” By the way, Mom and Dad, don’t forget to have a great time yourselves, says Ben Cober of Cincinnati, Ohio, who grew up as a summer camper and then worked for five years at various camps and has seen his share of frazzled parents on drop-off and pick-up days. “Let loose,” he says. “Go to a movie! Re-live your honeymooning days. The rascals are out: Celebrate!” J Kathy Sena is a freelance journalist who frequently covers parenting topics. Visit her blog at

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Going to a sleepover camp is a milestone for children. Kids will make fast friends and experience new ideas. They’ll eat foods that they would have never tried at home and develop more self-confidence. Sleepover camps gives kids a great opportunity to learn new life skills, too. If your child is anxious about the thought of going away this summer, do some thinking, planning and talking now, so you can enrich your child’s experience before it even begins. (please turn the page)

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preparing happy campers Is Your Child Ready? Parents will generally know when their child is ready for a sleepover camp. Every child’s temperament is different, so age should not be the determining factor. “The parents should look at their child’s attitude toward being away from home as well as their child’s personality factors,” says Frank Sileo, Ph.D., author of Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness (Health Press NA Inc.; $14.95) Just because you went to a specific camp as a child does not mean this camp will fit your child. A parent needs to evaluate whether this camp will meet your child’s disposition and talents. Parents should never force their child to attend a camp.

Which Camp is Right? There are various camp locator organizations found on the Internet such as, or where parents can investigate a variety of camps. Talk among friends and family members to find out about different camps for your child. You can also check with local sources like the newspaper, family magazines, and parks and recreation offices in your community. It is important for your child to be part of the selection process in order for him to be on board with the choice. What special interests does your child have? Explore different camp websites, pamphlets and brochures with your child. Have discussions with your child about his goals for camp. What does he want to do and get from camp? “When children are involved, even in a small way in the decisionmaking process, they will experience increased feelings of control,” says Sileo. They will be more comfortable with the final decision. Check out the camp with your child and speak with the camp director to get a feel for the camp culture. Visit the camp and look for cleanliness of facilities and interaction with children, find out how the staff is selected and what criteria is used.

Talk About Apprehensions It is common for most kids to experience homesickness at some time during their camp stay. Before camp, talk with your kid and let him know it’s OK to miss home and the family. “Children often feel they are the only ones experiencing a negative feeling,”

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Handling Homesickness DO involve your child in choosing a camp. DO understand the camp’s philosophy on how issues, like homesickness, are addressed. Talk candidly with the camp director to understand his/her perspective on your child’s adjustment. DO discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. DO send a note or care package ahead of time to arrive the first day of camp. DON’T bribe. Linking a successful stay at camp to a material object sends the wrong message. The reward should be your child’s newfound confidence and independence. DON’T feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth. DO trust your instincts. While most incidents of homesickness will pass in a day or two, approximately 7 percent of the cases are severe. If your child is not eating or sleeping because of anxiety or depression, parents should work with the camp director and other staff to evaluate the situation. DON’T make your child feel like a failure if his stay at camp is cut short. Focus on the positive and encourage your child to try camp again next year. Source: American Camp Association (

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says Sileo. This gives him permission and helps the adjustment. Role playing helps kids think through situations that they have not experienced before like finding a flashlight at night to run to the bathroom or asking his counselor for help. When parents provide simple life applications, kids will become more confident to handle new situations.

Take a Friend? Going to camp with a friend has its pros and cons. Attending camp with a friend may help a shyer child take the step of attending a sleepover camp. However, your child may cling to his friend and not explore all the opportunities at camp if he’s with a buddy.

Build the Excitement Tell your child about the fun that he’ll have at camp. He’ll learn new crafts and play new games. “Your confidence in a positive experience will be contagious,” says Peg Smith, CEO of American Camp Association. Kids love to hear stories about their parents and when they were “young.” Tell them stories about your positive camp experience and what you learned. You can also share about the independence a child will gain by staying at camp. “Families can also encourage healthy separation, like overnight visits with family and friends, throughout the year,” says Smith.

Parents’ Hesitations As a parent, you will have apprehensions when your child first goes away to camp but it’s normal part of the growing up process. Remember the camp director and staff are trained to deal with homesick kids. If you have a concern about your child, he will more than likely surprise you on how well he does at his first time away. “In reality, 99 percent of kids flourish without the parent,” says Sileo. Sleepover camps promote growth and independence. At the end of camp, you’ll meet your kid at the bus or find him in a crowd and the first thing he’ll say, “When can I go again?” J Jan Udlock is a freelance writer who has five children all of whom have gone away to camp.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

Experience a farm full of fun this summer!

Session Dates

One-week sessions run from May 31- Aug. 5, 2011. Call 799-9925 for a brochure.

Campers age 6-13 choose their own activities. Some of the fun includes exploring the garden and farm life, creek adventures, horseback riding, kayaking, rappelling & climbing, zipline, and more! Located in Williamson County, we provide free transportation from Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin. We’re ACA accredited and a Nashville tradition for 40 years.

Register Online!

Visit our website at


nce u o b camp camps, 2011 JUMP



and have a

• Games • Arts & Crafts • Treasure Hunts • Themed Adventure Days & so much more! SUMMER CAMPS start in JUNE. SIGN UP TODAY to reserve YOUR SPOT!

Brentwood: 615-373-8340

since 1945

On Percy Priest Lake in Rutherford County

Overnight, Day & Mini Camp Sessions. Horseback riding, Knee Boarding, Canoeing, Swimming Pool, Climbing Tower, Zip Line & more. Conveniently located, affordably priced. “Building Leaders for Tomorrow”

OPEN HOUSES Sundays 1:00-4:00 April 3, 17 and May 15

camp: 615-459-3971 • main office: 615-865-0003

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Your 2011 Guide to

Camps, Summer Activities & After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. Listings in BLUE are local day camps. Listings in GREEN are after-school and summer programs and activities. Above The Rim Basketball Academy

in the Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 390-0982 • Offering year-round after-school basketball programs for individuals and groups ages 6 - 17. We take skills to a higher level, stressing fundamentals and shaping character. Developmental program for boys and girls ages 7 - 16. All skill levels welcome. Travel basketball program also available. AAU Member.

Adventure Science Center CampQuest

800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203 862-5160 • Email: Science enrichment camps for children grades K - 6. Handson experiments and other activities designed to ignite curiosity and a livelong love of science. Summer 2011 features robotics, magic, electricity, earth science and more.

Baker Performance Academy

1411 Mark Allen Lane, Unit D Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-2290 • Email: Sing, dance, act! Offering an exciting and educational way to experience the performing arts. Dance, musical theater, acting and voice classes taught by professionally-trained instructors in a safe and fun environment. Ages 2 - adult. Enroll now for our summer musical theater camps and dance intensive workshop. Private lessons available. Call or visit our website for more information.

Ballet Princess Camps and More

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive Franklin, TN 37067 377-9606 • Email: Our camps introduce children ages 4 - 6 and 7 - 9 to four ballet stories. Students learn ballet technique and explore hair, make-up and costuming of the lead characters. Also offering camps in drama, dance sampler, boys and girls hip-hop and weekly class in our six-week session for ages 3 and up. Visit our web site for more information.

Battle Ground Academy

336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin, TN 37069 794-3501 • Email: Summer at BGA! Williamson County’s oldest independent school offers a summer camp program packed with fun, educational and challenging programs for kids of all ages. Open to the community, BGA has a variety of camps in athletics, academics, arts and much more. Visit our website for more information.

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Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 356-0501 • Email: Camps run Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Offering Indian Camp, Jr. Pioneer Camp, Museum Theater Camp, Equine Camp, Archeology Camp and Civil War Soldier Camp. Call camps are $175 per person (sibling discount available).

Belmont University Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209 460-5458 • Email: Day camp for children grades 1 - 6. Introduction to biology of insects and other arthropods. Short field trips taken daily for collecting and observing insects. Collecting equipment, field guides and refreshments provided. Session one, grades 1 - 3, Jun. 13 - 17, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., $75. Session two, grades 1 - 3, Jun. 20 - 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., $75. Session 3, grades 4 - 6, Jul. 18 - 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $100.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37129 890-6755 –and– 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 893-6003 Email: Let martial arts take your kids to new heights. Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 to adult. Call now to find out how to get two months free!

Bounce U of Murfreesboro

1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 893-8386 • Email: Our Create and Bounce Camp gives children a perfect balance of playtime and artistic expression. Kids will bounce and play a variety of games with dedicated time for painting and crafts. Different themes each week. Daily snack included. Full- and halfday camps for ages 3 - 13. Reservations and deposit required.

Bounce U of Nashville

2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 255-1424 • Email: Bounce U’s Create and Bounce Camp gives kids a chance to enjoy

physical activity and creative time in equal doses, promoting the growth of imagination. Complete with arts and crafts, snacks and games, it’s a one-of-a-kind camp experience they’ll never forget.

Brentwood Academy

219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027 373-0611 • Email: Offering summer day camps for boys and girls beginning in grades K - 12. We offer over 25 camps in the areas of sports, fine arts and academics. We have something to interest every child. Join us for a summer of fun!

Camp Idyllwild

3139 Blue Buck Creek Road Duck River, TN 38454 383-0589 • Email: A unique day camp to inspire children with a love for nature. Eco-science and nature-based programs as well as traditional summer activities. Learn about animal habitats and ecology. Arts and crafts, organic gardening, archery, wall climbing, rappelling, pottery, wood and leather working, and caring for the camp’s three Alpacas. Bus transportation from Nashville and Franklin.

Camp Laney

916 West River Road, Mentone, AL 35984 256-634-4066 • Email: Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking, bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis.

Camp Merri-Mac for Girls Camp Timberlake for Boys

1123 Montreat Road Black Mountain, NC 28711 828-669-8766 • High up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Merri-Mac offers traditional camping with an outstanding Christian staff. Riding, backpacking, tennis, rock climbing, gymnastics, archery, spelunking, riflery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting, dance, drama and much more. continued on page 53 ...

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Horton Haven Christian Camp

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Conveniently Located 1 Hour South of Nashville

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Horses | Mtn. Biking | Archery Ceramics | Crafts | Bible Lessons Canoeing | Zipline | Swimming Indoor & Outdoor Climbing Walls One Week Sessions For Boys and Girls Ages 8-18 Call for Information on our New Day Camp

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Beetles, Bugs & Butterflies Explore the Lives of Insects! June 13-17 & June 20-24 (grades 1-3) 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July 18-22 (grades 4-6) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Call 460-6431 for registration info


Cub Creek Science Camp “Where kids experience amazing things!”

Home to over 100 different kinds of animals and 100 different activities.

• Adopt an Animal – Care for your favorite animal for a week. • Jr Vet – Watch a real surgery, learn to give injections, suture and read x-rays. • Zip Line and Climbing Wall • Crime Science • Culinary Science and Candy Making • Archery and Riflery • Fishing • Hiking • Animal Safari • Survival Skills – Make a shelter, build a fire and find wild edibles. • Swimming

• Gemstone Quarry – Dig for and keep some gems that are buried in our quarry. • Crafts – Jewelry, painting, leather crafts, hand-dipped candles etc. • Pottery • Spelunking • Fossil Dig • Geocaching – Find buried treasures using a GPS • Chemistry – Make slime, disappearing ink, giant bubbles and super balls. • Physics – Rockets, robots and circuits.

Comfortable cabins complete with A/C and private bathrooms.

Visit our website for a complete list of activities. 573-458-2125 52 february 2011

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 30731 706-398-0833 • Email: Located on Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia. A traditional overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, we feature horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, this is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories.

Email: Building Leaders for Tomorrow since 1945. 175 acre peninsula on Percy Priest Lake. Daytime activities: horseback riding, swimming, water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, canoeing, climbing tower, low ropes, zip line, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills. Nighttime activities: scavenger hunts, dances, talent shows, skits, campfires and more. One week, $375. Two weeks, $675. Day camp, $185 per week. Open Houses Apr. 3, Apr. 17 and May 15.

Cheekwood’s Summer Camp

Cedar Crest Camp

Cheer and Dance 1 Nashville

7900 Cedar Crest Camp Road, Lyles, TN 37098 931-670-3420 • Email: We offer a variety of theme camps for grades 2 - 8. Week-long overnight camps, camper/parent weekends and a week of day camps. Swiming, kayaking, field games, Bible study, campfires, crafts, archery, hiking, creek stomping, smores, new friends and much more. All programs are run under the guidance of caring, well trained staff members. Owned and operated by the United Methodist Conference.

Camp Y.I. (Youth Inc.)

599 Jones Mill Road, La Vergne, TN 37086 459-3971 •



CAMP AT deer Run Go to for Activities, Prices, & Registration.


















1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 353-9827 • Email: With classes focusing on everything from painting and clay to mosaics and mixed media, campers 2 - 16 will enjoy fun art and outdoor adventures at Cheekwood. Visit our web site for more information. Registration begins Feb. 5 for camps Jun. 6 - Aug. 5. 7657 Hwy 70 S, #101, Nashville, TN 37221 969-9955 • Email: For school-age students. We offer classes in cheerleading, tumbling, private lessons and squad training. Our preschool program, Junglenasticks, offers classes in gymnastics, tumbling, cheer, creative movement and ballet/tap/tumble. Parent/child classes begin in October.

Cox Family Martial Arts - Summer of Champions Enrichment Camp

2227-B Southpark Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37128 893-4567 • Voted #1 day camp 8 consecutive years. Themed weeks include martial arts, tumbling, dance, sign language, fitness/nutritional enhancement, multi-cultural activities and random acts of kindness. Experienced staff lead campers in life skill, team building and leadership activities. Innovators of after-school martial arts (we transport from 14 schools). “We Build Champions For Life.”

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University School of Nashville

Ready for Summer ?

We are ! USN Summer Camps n n


June 6-July 22 weekly offerings for grades K-12 half day and full day sessions

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by Deborah Bohn

This platinumselling country artist is father to two toddlers and two teens and thinks “Daddy� is the coolest word in the dictionary.

clay walker

celebrity dad


What’s your parenting specialty? I do almost all of the bathing. I put their towels in the dryer, so when they get out, I’ll wrap a warm towel around them. They love that. I do all the cooking at dinner. Jess does breakfast and lunch. It’s rare that we go out to eat because we just love being home and cooking. I’m good at roughhousing with Will. He’ll say, “Dad! Let’s wrestle!”

What song do you sing to Mary to put her to sleep? My favorite song to sing to them at bedtime is “This Is What Matters.” I recorded it three albums ago. My voice is really deep on it, so when the kids are lying on my chest and I’m rocking them, they’re soothed by that deeper voice. That song is all about family, so that makes it special, too.

Deborah Bohn writes Busy Bodies for this publication in addition to celebrity profiles. She lives in Franklin with her family.

What would you like to add? I want to talk about motherhood for a minute. My wife, Jessie, is the most selfless person that I’ve ever known. It’s so much fun to raise children with someone who sees the beauty of parenting and motherhood. We could have a nanny, but Jess says, “I want to be the only one to put my hands on my kids.” If there’s one person I could be more like, it would be her. I know the joys of fatherhood, but I think I speak for most fathers when I say this: We have it somewhat easier than mothers. Motherhood is a job that we as a culture should put up on a pedestal. It’s not recognized enough. It’s more than a full-time job. 

If you were to die tomorrow, what would you want your children to know or remember about you? There’s no handbook with raising kids. They don’t come with manuals. So I hope they know that I always try my best with them. And I want them to be parents some day so they can experience the joy of having children.

You have multiple sclerosis. Do you have advice for parents who have to discuss a serious illness with their kids? My advice to parents is not to hide it. I show the children that I try to take care of myself every day. I take a daily injection of medication that helps me keep the MS in check. My older girls have even given me the shot before. They haven’t shown a lot of worry over the years about it, but every now and then they ask what it is and how I’m dealing with it. It helps to talk about it. Just let them know you’re doing everything you can to fight it.

What’s the benefit of having your youngest so close together in age? There is a closeness between them that Jess and I recognize that is just surreal. They almost read each other’s minds. I know they’ll grow up to be close like I am with my sister, Kimberly. Besides that, being close helps because they’ll both be out of diapers about the same time too!

Clay hosts the second annual Chords of Hope concert Wednesday, Mar. 2 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Tickets range from $15 - $150. Call 902-8211 or visit to purchase tickets. Proceeds go to MS research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

What’s a good age for a child to get a cell phone? I say never. I wish that we (parents) were the only ones they would talk to on the cell phone. It’s a known fact that talking on the phone or texting while driving is more dangerous than driving drunk. So you have to teach your kids to be as responsible as they can. And you pray that they will follow what you’re telling them. I don’t talk on the phone in the car because you have to set the example for them to follow.

Have you spoken to your older girls about what they say on Facebook and being careful about posting photos online? MaClay is on Facebook like most teenagers are. We’ve had some serious talks about it; told her how serious the Internet can be, especially for girls. It’s a scary thing. As a parent, I wish I could keep her off Facebook, but that’s how teenagers communicate. That and texting. I think you do have to set boundaries and check up on what they’re doing every now and then.

Who gets up with the baby? This is the toughest question of the interview! With a 1-yearold and a 2-year-old, right now sleep is the biggest commodity in our household. Mary is breastfed, so when she gets up because she’s hungry, Jess gets up with her. I would get an F in this category and it’s something I have to work on. I don’t know why I’m so bad at it. I tend to play dead and let Jess get her. And it’s really unfair and it’s something we’ve been talking about recently. Jess has hardly slept in three years because the kids are so close together. I just don’t feel I can comfort Mary like Jess can. Part of that is a cop out, but part of it is true.

You became a father for the first time at 25. And you had a baby girl last year at age 40. What’s the difference? Having William (2) and Mary (1) a little later in life is really cool because I know the mistakes I made as a first-time parent with MaClay (15) and Skylor (11). As you have more kids, the joy just keeps multiplying. And with each child you relax a little bit more and can forgive yourself a little quicker when you make a mistake. So now, I don’t sweat the small stuff.

You’ve got teenagers and toddlers. Which age is easier? The hardest thing about having toddlers is the lack of sleep. And you have to baby proof everything. There’s so much anxiety. With teenagers, the most difficult thing is getting information out of them and trying to communicate with them on a level they respect and doesn’t make it sound like you’re from the Stone Age.

ith 30 charted singles, four platinum albums and four children ranging in age from 1 to 15, country music star Clay Walker has an office full of awards and a house full of kids. A dedicated philanthropist, he’s raised more than $2 million for multiple sclerosis research, recently donating $50,000 to aid children with MS. But above all Clay says, “There are no earthly words to describe the joy you receive from having children. ‘Daddy’ is the greatest word you can be called. It’s the coolest word in the dictionary.”

2011 Summer Camp Offerings INDIAN CAMP


A full size tipi serves as home-base for this fun-filled camp. Preschool (4 years old*) June 13-17, July 11-15, July 25-29 Preschool (5 & 6 Years old) June 6-10, June 20-24, July 18-22 *Must turn 4 by Feb. 1, 2011 Limited to 15 campers per session

So you dream of becoming an Olympic horse rider...then the dream begins here! School Age (7-14 years old) June 20-24, July 11-15 Group will be divided into teams by age Limited to 15 campers per session



Experience what life was like on the frontier in the early 1800’s. School Age – (7-14 years old) June 13-17 Group will be divided into teams by age Limited to 15 campers per session

Dig for the Past as you set-up an excavation unit and search for artifacts. School Age (7-14 years old) June 6-10 Group will be divided into teams by age Limited to 15 campers per session



Actors and Actresses Needed! School Age – (7-14 years old) July 25-29 Group will be divided into teams by age Limited to 15 campers per session

Experience the life of Civil War soldiers. School Age – (9-14 years old) June 6-10, June 13-17, July 11-15, July 18-22 Limited to 15 campers per session

All Camps $175 per person

$20 discount offered to siblings


For more detailed information and to register on line: Or call 356-0501 and ask for Jenny Lamb.

A Paid Advertising Directory

2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp

16795 Hwy E, Rolla, MO 65401 573-458-2125 • Email: Home to over 250 animals. Our 26 week-long courses include: Jr. Vet, Adopt an Animal, culinary science, survival skills, crime science, pottery, arts and crafts and much more. Our facility is top-notch: spacious, air-conditioned cabins; swimming pool; 240+ acres; and great food. Junior camp ages 7 - 11. Senior camp ages 12 - 16.

Currey Ingram Academy

6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood, TN 37207 507-3242 • Email: Spend your summer in Beech Creek Valley! 83 gorgeous acres complete with a creek, hiking trail, playing fields, farm animals and a new athletic facility, theater and commercial sound studio! Theater, rock-and-roll, basketball, soccer, tennis and the day camp experience of a lifetime – we are offering them all. Ages vary by camp. Before- and after-care available for some camps.

The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. C-5 Murfreesboro, TN 37129 907-1155 • Email: Register your young dancer for “first steps” beginner ballet orientation for ages 3 - 5. Classes held Apr. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Cost-effective, time-efficient dance classes designed to acquaint the youngest dancer with the joy of movement and the fun of dance school. A brief Mommy Orientation session is included at the beginning of the first class. Students receive priority enrollment for summer

and/or fall classes and a free tutu just in time for Easter baskets.

David Lipscomb Summer Day Camp

4517 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 966-7624 • Email: Offering children from pre-K (4 yrs.) - grade 5 a chance to learn and play without the homework! Our middle school offers classes for the grades 6 - 8 and Lipscomb University offers classes for elementary to high school.

Deer Run Retreat and Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 794-2918 • Email: Affordable! Age-appropriate. An incredible camper experience! Camp staff model strong character plus have a love for pouring into camper’s lives. Registration include a t-shirt and DVD of camp week. Discounts available. Day Camp: Day (grades K - 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6 - 8). Interactive Bible story, songs, skits, worship and crafts. Recreation: lake (swimming, zipline, aqua park, canoes, kayaks), hiking, creek wading, crazy games, wiffleball, kickball, BB guns, archery, climbing tower, and wild water games. Residential Camp: Five-night. Pre-teen, middle and high school. Excellent accommodations. Healthy meals. Daily Bible study, worship, drama. Paintball, climbing tower, high/low ropes, lake (see above), archery, BB guns, wiffleball, crazy games, night hikes.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-6900 • Email: 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 years and older. 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.

EBDT Dance and Arts Center Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theatre

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1 Franklin, TN 37064 599-7003 • Email: Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. Nonmandatory in-school dance concerts to teach performance skills.

Ensworth School - Big E Sports Camps

7401 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221 301-5401 • Email: Big E Sports Camps offers a fun opportunity to improve skills and more! Various camps and leagues offered to boys and girls grades K - 12. Excellence in teaching and coaching. Up-to-the-minute facilities and equipment. A welcoming community of coaches, counselors and campers. continued on page 59 ...


BEECH CREEK VALLEY! Greater Nashville Rock-and-Roll Theatre Camp Rising grades 3-12, June 6-July 1, two-week and four-week options This is a great camp for budding and accomplished thespians and/ or musicians. Campers will produce a rock-and-roll theatre show in a state-of-the-art performance venue and professional recording studio.

Beech Creek Adventure Camp Rising grades 1-8, July 18-August 5, one-week sessions Creek exploration, art, science, theatre, music, sports, outdoor and indoor games and wet n’ wild water play - all on our beautiful 83-acre campus!

Early-/late-care available. All camps are open to the public and competitively priced. Register at


(615) 507-3242

Just 11 miles from downtown Nashville and 8 miles from Cool Springs!

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Tennessee Tales & Legends Stitching History Civil War Adventure Jr. Docent Training/Leadership

History’s Mysteries Creative Arts Hands on History Frontier Adventure

FOR AGES 7-18!

Camp Woodmont Located atop beautiful Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, TN. One and two-week sessions for boys and girls ages 6-14 (CIT program for ages 15-16).

Game Design 3D Modeling Programming App Development

Web Design Filmmaking Photography Robotics & more!

423-472-6070 706-398-0833 For more pictures and 2009 dates/rates, visit:

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Expressways To Learning - TN

Franklin, Goodlettsville and Hendersonville Locations 851-9703 • Email: Expressways to Learning (ETL) teaches reading, writing and math skills. ETL offers testing with immediate same-day results for “learning differences” including dyslexia, ADD and ADHD. Also, test prep for ACT, SAT and ISEE. Since 1988, ETL has provided multi-sensory learning for ages 5 - adult. Call today for information on Summer Camp Programs.

Firstlight Arts Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste 108 Brentwood, TN 37027 202-6426 • Instruction in drawing, painting and cartooning for ages 4 - adult. Parents can take a class while their kids are in class. Ages 3 - 8 can drop in for fun and experience art. 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon., Tue. - Sat. Now open in Cool Springs.

Franklin Road Academy

4700 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 831-0769 • Email: Come join us this summer for an experience your child will treasure. We offer camps for grades pre-K - grade 8, as well as camps for adults. Our camps offer flexibility and numerous choices. Choose from an all-day or half-day specialty camp (includes swim day/field trip), half-day arts and enrichment camps, half-day sports camps or any combination to make a full day. Lunch is offered for those campers who choose to stay all day.

Franklin School of Performing Arts

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive Franklin, TN 37067 377-9606 • Email: Celebrating our 20th year! We offer unrivaled quality education in classical and contemporary dance and drama. Classes teach proper body mechanics, technique, vocabulary, history and foster creativity and individual expression. Visit our web site for our summer class offerings.

The Goddard School

1101 Moher Blvd., Franklin, TN 37069 595-2525 • Email: –and– 108 Cinema Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075 822-9300 • Email: Whether gently holing infants, encouraging toddlers to share or providing preschoolers with enriching activities, The Goddard School supports the healthy development of children from 6 wks. - 6 yrs.

Grandma’s Camp

98 Woodbury Road, Auburntown, TN 37016 631-6268 • A non-profit organization formed to bridge the gap between generations, strengthen the family and enhance the values of our youth through education and hands-on experiences. This two-night, three-day camp brings grandparents and grandchildren, mentors and extended family members into nature where they can enjoy bonding through a myriad of activities from campfires to storytelling.

Harding Academy Summer Programs

170 Windsor Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 356-5510 • Email: We offer one-week long day camps for children grades K - 8 including film, chess, theater, just-for-fun camps and much more. Our popular athletic camps include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and football for all skill levels. Camps run from Jun. 6 - Jul. 1 and Jul. 11 - 29.

Harpeth Hall Summer Camps

3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN 37215 297-9543 • Email: Julia Child. Jane Goodall. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Georgia O’Keefe. No matter who your hero is, come go beyond your expectations at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls of all ages can spend half- and fullday at our week-long summer camps exploring science, developing artistic talents, perfecting athletic skills and just plain having fun.

Hermitage Dance Academy

275 Jackson Meadows Drive Hermitage, TN 37076 231-7100 • Email: HDA offers the highest quality instructors along with a beautiful, spacious studio featuring video monitor viewing of all classes, computers utilized in all dance rooms and a playroom for siblings. We also offer ballroom, drama, voice and karate lessons along with our dance programs. New classes are forming now so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get in on the fastest growing studio in Nashville.

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3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091 931-364-7656 • Email: Conveniently located one hour south of Nashville. Visit our website for more information and registration. Day Camp: Come out and explore! Each day is filled with laughter and adventure. Activities range from inflatable water slides, bible lessons, crafts, guided horseback rides, swimming and much more. Choose from three weeks or come back for all three. Jun. 27 - Jul. 1, Jul. 4 - 8 and Jul. 18 - 22. Space is limited. Residential Camp: One-week sessions for ages 8 - 11, 12 14 and 15 - 18. Campers experience horseback riding, archery, air rifles, canoeing, crafts, swimming and other exciting activities. Teens can try our 45 ft. high, 600 ft. long zipline. Bible lessons are taught daily.

The Howe School

5755 North State Road 9, Howe, IN 46746 260-582-2131 • Three- and six-week boys residential program. One-week girls program. Boys’ camp offers leadership, education and discipline, including rifle, archery, swimming, canoeing, physical training, ropes course, repelling, crafts and horsemanship. Girls’ camp offers leadership, skills necessary to succeed in today’s careers, including team building, culinary arts, scrapbooking, crafts, ropes and obstacle course and repelling.

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Langford Farms Club Summer Camp

966-1340 • Email: Faculty use classroom learning, individual instruction, construction projects and competition events to teach mechanical, technical and electrical principles of robotics. Junior BisonBots, Jun. 20 - 24, ages 8 - 11. Fundamentals BisonBot Robotics, Jun. 6 - 10, ages 10 - 14. Advanced BisonBot Robotics, Jun. 13 - 17, age 12 and older. Robotics Academy, Jun. 20 - 24, age 13 and older

5219 Rustic Way, Old Hickory, TN 37138 754-8650 • Email: We offer a great day camp experience for grades K - 8. Fun weekly themes engage and entertain with swimming, sports, tennis, rock climbing, arts, music and drama. A mature, energetic staff use six acres of sports fields, an indoor gym and air conditioned clubhouse. Teen Club features leadership building community service and fun field trips. Mon. - Fri., 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Early registration recommended.

Learning Lab - Play Smart

5500 Maryland Way, Ste. 110 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-2929 • Email: Academic enrichment with art, music, technology, cultural exchange and fun. One-on-one and groups, K - 12, Mon. - Fri., mornings and/or afternoons.

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500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 800-672-2267 • Email: An action-oriented sports camp for boys with an emphasis on fun. Open to boys ages 9 - 15 of all athletic abilities. Along with team and individual sports, boys enjoy off-campus activities that include Six Flags Over Georgia, an Atlanta Braves game, whitewater rafting and paintball.

Mobile Music Academy

301-8589 • Email: We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers directly to you. We provide lessons throughout the day and evening for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral. Special rates available for lessons before 3 p.m. We teach ALL ages! continued on page 63 ...

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Cool Springs (A-Game), Spring Hill and Hendersonville 319-8854 • Email: An international movement education and fitness program. Premier summer camp for ages 3 - 6. Hands-on, structured fun with certified instructors and specialized Monkeynastix equipment. Games, music, adventurous obstacle courses, storytelling, arts and crafts. Non-competitive and not sport-specific. Customized activities for each age group. Healthy snacks provided. Weekly sessions from Jun. 7 - July 8, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-3444 • MPACT your child’s school year with the right balance of athletic training, character building and social/team outlets. Gymnastics for 10 mos. - adult, cheer for 5 - 18 yrs. and martial arts for ages 4 - 104. Competitive teams and proper training. Low teacher/student ratios. Our goal is to help your child develop to their fullest within their sport of choice and encourage learning. Come see why Mpact is the best kept secret in Cool Springs!

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Risign preschoolers - rising grade 8. Weekly camps in academics, arts, sports, science and technology. Weekly camps run Jun. 6 - Jul. 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Before-care option starting at 7:30 a.m. After-care options until 4:00 or 6:00 p.m. available. Camps grouped as: rising preschoolers K; rising grade 1 - grade 4; and rising grade 5 - grade 8.

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25 Middleton St., Nashville, TN 37210 252-4658 • Email: Summer Drama camps offer week-long camps for students age 4 - grade 12. Most camps are taught by professional NCT actors. New this summer is NCT’s Emerging Actors Production, where rising grades 6 - 12 will audition, rehearse and perform a full musical production. Other camps for older students include Musical Dance Theater, Advanced Scene Study and On Camera. 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 298-9527 • Email: Situated on 55 acres in the heart of Nashville. We offer a variety of traditional camp programs such as swimming, horseback riding, archery, theater, arts and crafts and a ropes course. Serving children ages 3.5 yrs. - grade 6. There is something for everyone!

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4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington, TN 37014 419-1089 • Email: Our camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8, full-day for ages 6 and older. Aftercare available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center offer a chance to excel in competition. 757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 35984 800-882-0722 • Email: Director: Susan Hooks Voted #1 sleep-away camp seven years in a row in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Only two hours away from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions available for girls 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six activities to take daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio. continued on page 64 ...


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230 Franklin Road, Ste. 809 Franklin, TN 37064 791-6655 • Email: Tiger Rock Taekwondo is a great way for children to gain confidence, coordination and mental strength. Our parents report that their children often increase their grades by one to two levels. We specialize in training leaders of the future. Register now for classes that will have lasting positive effects on your child’s self-esteem and success.

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One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 800-637-7223 • Email: Space Camp and Aviation Challenge are camp programs of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center located in Huntsville, AL. By focusing on space, aviation and teamwork, you will learn how to become the next generation of astronauts, fighter pilots and leaders. Get ready for a week of non-stop fun and adventure!

2020 24th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212 298-1298 • Email: SBA Summer Camp is located near Vanderbilt and Hillsboro Village. We offer camps based on weekly themes. Campers must be 6 years old, but not older than 15. Our weekly registration is limited to 100 students per week. We are open Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

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2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 298-5271 –and– 2228 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 754-9186 40 years of dance. State-of-the-art facilities and top quality teachers. Call our 24-hour info line (292-4488) to find out four things you should know before choosing a dance studio. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, tumbling and more.

656-3532 • Serving Davidson, Rutherford and Sumner counties. Affordable and convenient in-home tutoring for all subjects, grades K 12. Catch up or get ahead in math, reading, chemistry, Spanish and more. Prepare for the SAT or ACT. Get homework help or improve study skills and test taking techniques. Oneon-one personalized instruction. Sun. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.. 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37220 832-8197 • Email: Director: Tonya Staggs Travel through history and experience a summer of adventure at Travellers Rest Summer Camp – winner of Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Best Day Camp in Nashville. Junior Docent camp, Histories Mysteries camp, hands-on history camp, folk arts camp, adventures in history camp (includes civil war and Frontier adventures).

Tri-Star Gymnastics

2008 B Johnson Industrial Blvd. Nolensville, TN 37135 776-8333 • Email: You’ll flip out at one of Tri-Star Gymnastics Tumbleriffic Summer Camps! Campers can choose from our gymnastics day camp, cheer camp and now offering a camp for students ages 3 - 5. Make friends, exercise, learn gymnastics, make crafts and have a ton of fu. Early bird discount ends Apr1.

USN Summer Camps

2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville, TN 37212 321-8000 • Email: USN Summer Camps offer a wide range of experiences for students from kindergarten to high school. Many of the camps are led by members of our talented faculty who bring their expertise and passions to programs that cover sports, the arts and technology.

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

606 Valley View Ranch Road Cloudland, GA 30731 706-862-2231 • Email: Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain. For 60 girls ages 8 - 17. One to nine weeks. English, western, barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend four to six hours daily with your own horse. Swimming, pottery and other secondary activities. The Jones family is third generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls dreams come true! continued on page 67 ...

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Victory Ranch

4330 Mecklinburg, Bolivar, TN 38008 731-659-2880 • Email: Christian (non-denominational), co-ed residential camp featuring one of the best facilities in the nation. Includes an incredible outdoor adventure course, 20-stall barn, water activities and more on 500 beautiful acres. Lodges are air-conditioned and incredibly comfortable. Camp staff hand-selected with a ratio of 3:1. Campers are loved, nurtured, challenged and have the time of their lives. Visit our website to see what everyone is talking about! Space is limited.

Wado Karate Centers

2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch, TN 37013 399-3992 —and— 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 859-9473 —and— 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna, TN 37167 399-3992 Email: Two-week “Quick Start Program” for $19.95. For ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register.

Watkins College of Art and Design

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228

383-4848 • Dedicated to providing the finest art instruction, our program sets the stage for students of all ages to learn the process of creating art in a variety of fascinating mediums. Adult courses are also offered.

The Wave Daycamp

at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. Hendersonville, TN 37075 447-1397 • Email: At The Wave, we desire to make disciples out of children (campers), as well as young adults (staff members), by sharing our lives and glorifying God together each summer. We pride ourselves on being Christ-centered, high-energy and unquestionably safe. Campers are constantly moving from one exciting activity to the next.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview, TN 37062 799-9925 • Celebrating our 40th birthday in beautiful Fernvale Valley. Campers create their special day by choosing their own activities including creek play, horseback riding, arts and crafts, zipline, 40 ft. climbing and rappelling wall and much more. A safe and fun environment where campers enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and making lifelong friendships. Bus transportation provided from Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin.

YMCA Camp Ocoee

301 W. Sixth St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 423-265-0455 • Email:

Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee offers a wide range of programs. Traditional as well as specialty camps. One-week sessions. 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include traditional camp activities and adventure programs such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, mountain biking and caving. June - August. Co-ed ages 7 - 17.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 • Email: Voted #1 overnight camp by Nashville Parent magazine readers. Offering one- and two-week sessions for campers rising grade 3 - grade 9. Serving young men and young women. At Widjiwagan campers will strengthen confidence, forge friendships and sharpen character through programs and activities that build independence and social skills. Activities include: water skiing, Wet Willy water slide, The Blob, sailing, soccer, basketball, alpine tower, zip line, archery, horseback riding and much more.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

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barney’s big bash saturday, feb. 19


he preschool set’s favorite purple dinosaur celebrates his birthday with a brand-new live concert performance, Barney’s Birthday Bash! The interactive show features more than 25 upbeat tunes for tots to enjoy plus singing and dancing along with “Mr. Knickerbocker,” “Dino Dance,” “Baby Bop Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll Star.” Joining Barney on stage are his friends Baby Bop, BJ and Riff, coming together to emphasize sharing, caring and friendship. Barney’s Birthday Bash! is at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N. Two performances take place at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 - $55. Call 862-6390 or visit nashvilleauditorium. com or


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Kids hone their archery skills at Battle Ground Academy’s summer camp program.

aim high at our summer camp fair saturday, feb. 5 Find a plethora of summertime activities, near and far, for your kids at Nashville Parent’s Summer Camp Adventure Fair on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Cool Springs Galleria. More than 100 local day and residential camps will be on hand to give you and your kids a peek into programs for ages 8 - 16, ranging from athletics and outdoor activities to arts and science. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free. Cool Springs Galleria is located at 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. For more info, call 2562158 or visit

tue 1 Animal Antics All ages can meet the resident water turtles.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Exhibit Opening Flirtation, Fans and Flowers: Victorian Court-

ship Customs explores the romantic language of flowers and fans as well as the rules of engagement for courting. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m. (through Sun, Feb. 27); free with gate admission ($7 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 893-0022 or

The Marriage of Figaro This Nashville Opera production takes place tonight at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

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wed 2 Happy Groundhog Day! FREE Kids Hour Ages 1 - 8 can enjoy musical entertainment by The Zinghoppers. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or FREE Preschool Storytime The Tooth Fairy visits in honor

of Dental Health Month and shares tips with preschoolers about having healthy smiles. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; 459-4884 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make an “animal fun snack” in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can

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Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Calgary Flames. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Artist’s Forum Nashville-based photographer Caroline Allison discusses her work and how William Eggleston has influenced her aesthetic. The discussion takes place in the exhibit, William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; free with gallery admission ($15 adults, free ages 18 and younger); 244-3340 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Mini Masterpieces Preschoolers and

Creation Station All ages can create homemade snow

participate in a Groundhog Day celebration. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

their parents can view the art in the Scholastic Art Exhibition then create a mini masterpiece of their own in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

dough. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about local mammals. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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fri 4 Adams and Reese Jazz Series: Kurt Elling Grammy

award-winning artist Kurt Elling joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music with interpretations of songs by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and more. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - $104; 687-6400 or

FREE Chinese New Year Program All ages can celebrate

the Chinese New Year with activities, games, food and more. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5 - 7:30 p.m.; 890-2300 or

Honk! This play opens tonight at the Arts Center of Cannon

County. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Jekyll & Hyde This musical opens tonight at Murfreesboro Little Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Joan Rivers Comedienne Joan Rivers entertains adults with her standup comedy show. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $70; 782-4040 or FREE Kids Hour Ages 1 - 8 can enjoy musical entertainment by The Zinghoppers. Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or Music as a Weapon 5 Tour An evening of rock ‘n’ roll

includes Disturbed, Korn, Sevendust and In This Moment. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39.50 $45; 800-745-3000 or

celebrate black history at nashville public library Middle Tennessee children have several opportunities this month to learn about black history in America, from the struggles to the triumphs, through the Nashville Public Library (NPL) system. Each branch hosts free options ranging from special events, programs, lectures, storytimes, performances and more. For a complete list of activities at a branch near you, visit

Nashville Jazz Orchestra All ages can enjoy an evening of live jazz music with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra and special guest 3rd Coast Vocals. Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $20 adults, $5 students; 429-6743. The Trip to Bountiful This production opens tonight at Towne Centre Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

sat 5 FREE Architecture Tour All ages can learn about the history and architecture of the museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 4:30 p.m.; 244-3340 or FREE Art Sparks All ages can stroll through the art gallery

featuring professional and amateur works of art, enjoy “make it and take it” craft projects and more. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 3020971, ext. 10, or

Guided Museum Tour In honor of Black History Month, all ages can learn more about folk artist William Edmondson during a guided tour of his exhibit. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make a wooden Valentine’s heart shelf from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Find a location near you at FREE Mother Goose Kidz Kompany presents a 30-minute

performance by kids for kids, designed for preschoolers through third graders. Spring Hill Public Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill; 10:30 a.m.; 931-486-2932 or

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can celebrate Black History Month with a reading of Martin’s Big Words, followed by a craft activity at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Detroit Redwings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: Pond Puppets Families can learn about

FREE Super Saturday All ages can play on the kids’ activity table, participate in craft projects and enjoy cookies and lemonade. Parent-Teacher Stores: 2214 Bandywood Drive, Nashville (292-3533); 203 Williamson Square, Franklin (599-3477); 131 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro (895-6131); and 780 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville (859-3007);

Yankee Tavern This Tennessee Repertory Theatre production opens tonight at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

sun 6 FREE Brahms: A German Requiem The First Presbyte-

rian Church Sanctuary Choir and Nashville Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms’ famous work. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 298-9517 or

FREE Children’s Theater Auditions Williamson County Parks and Recreation’s Star Bright Players hold auditions for its spring production of The King and I. Ages 7 through high school seniors may audition and must be prepared to sing a song in the musical theater genre. Children who are cast are required to pay a $70 activity fee to cover costume rentals and cast T-shirts. Auditions take place at Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; 1 - 3 p.m. for children new to the Star Bright program, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for those returning; 790-5719, ext. 30, or Sunday Series of Fun Families can create Valentine’s Day crafts. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food items; 893-2141.

Zooperbowl Before hitting the couch to watch the Super

Bowl, huddle up the family for half-priced admission to the zoo. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $4.50 children; 833-1534 or

mon 7 FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Preschoolers can listen to a reading of Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! followed by crafts at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

aquatic animals and plants, then make a pond-inspired puppet in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can partici-

FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can listen to

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

stories and participate in related activities. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a full reading of Pericles. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.;

Performances of Anansi the Spider take place this month at Nashville Public Library.

pate in a program titled, “Miss Joy’s Surprise!” Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

they challenge the Edmonton Oilers. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 5 and younger can listen to stories about Elmo while celebrating his birthday. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make an “animal fun snack” in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

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tue 8 Animal Antics All ages can meet the resident water turtles. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Feb. 7 listing. Robert Plant and the Band of Joy Legendary musician Robert Plant performs with fellow bandmates including Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Byron House, Marco Giovino and Buddy Miller. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; Tue - Wed 8 p.m.; $69.50; 782-4040 or Special Needs Family Night Families with special needs children can participate in an evening designed for them on the soft play structures. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 3252 Aspen Grove Drive, Ste. 9, Franklin (771-8099) and 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. 120A, Hendersonville (822-7099); 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $3 children with special needs, $5 siblings; Tuesdays for Tots: One-of-a-kind Valentine Preschool-

ers and their parents can get ready for Valentine’s Day by making unique cards and organizers. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 9 Robert Plant and the Band of Joy Please see Tuesday,

Feb. 8 listing.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Feb. 7 listing. FREE Wacky Wednesday Storytime All ages can

celebrate Dental Health Month and learn how to keep their teeth healthy. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 3:30 p.m.; 459-4884 or

thu 10 The Art of Boxed Wine During this parents’ night out event, adults can participate in a boxed wine tasting with light appetizers. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $25; 782-4040 or Creation Station All ages can create homemade snow

dough. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Nature Nuts All ages can meet the center’s resident mam-

mals. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can listen to stories and participate in related activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

’Til Beth Do Us Part This play opens tonight at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Valerie Parker, Todd Seage and Jonathon Walsh star in the Lamplighter’s Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opens on Friday, Feb. 11. For details, see “On Stage,” page 93.

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fri 11 21st Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

Get ideas for around your home, inside and out, with more than 150 antique and horticultural booths as well as landscaped gardens. You may also participate in lectures and workshops (for additional fees). Nashville Convention Center, 615 Commerce St.; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $15 at the door/$10 in advance, $30 run of show; antiquesandgardenshow. com.

Annie Get Your Gun This musical opens tonight at Boiler Room Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details. Director’s Choice Winter Repertoire Program This Nashville Ballet production opens tonight at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details. The Golden Goose This Sunshine Players production opens tonight at the Theatre at Patterson Park. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details. FREE Mafia Moms Storytime Preschoolers and their moms can enjoy stories and socializing. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or A Midsummer Night’s Dream This play opens tonight at Lamplighter’s Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Some Enchanted Evening This production opens tonight at the Center for the Arts. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details. Valentine’s with Gladys Knight “The Empress of Soul”

joins the Nashville Symphony to perform her classic hits. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or

sat 12 21st Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville Please see Friday, Feb. 11 listing.

FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League of Gallatin hosts this storytime, featuring a reading of I Love You, Stinky Face, followed by crafts and snacks. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722.

Broadway at Bethlehem This musical revue takes place

tonight at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Chris Cagle Country artist Chris Cagle and friends perform their hits during a fundraising concert for Saddle Up! Warm Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave., N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $65; 782-4040 or Daniel O’Donnell Enjoy an evening of music starring this

Irish singing sensation. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $47 - $87; 800-745-3000 or

Guided Museum Tour In honor of Black History Month,

all ages can learn more about folk artist William Edmondson during a guided tour of his exhibit. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

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Country star Jo Dee Messina performs at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 12 during the “A Night of Nostalgia” fundraiser for Holy Trinity Montessori.

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Lisa Lampanelli During this parents’ night out event, funny

girl Lisa Lampenelli entertains with her signature queen-of-mean style of humor. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $37.75; 782-4040 or

A Night of Nostalgia Country star Jo Dee Messina joins the Pat Patrick Band for an evening of romantic music from the 1920s and d’30s along with light food and libations, dancing (including dance instruction from the Bellevue School of Dance), silent auctions and more. Proceeds benefit Holy Trinity Montessori schools’ capital campaign to expand its campus. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50; Peter and the Wolf This Nashville Ballet production takes place today at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Colorado Avalanche. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: heARTworks Families with kids of all ages can visit the studio to make custom-made Valentine cards. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can listen to

a reading of Ruby Valentine Saves the Day, followed by Valentine craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Valentine’s Day Storytime All ages can read Ruby Valentine Saves the Day, followed by crafts, cookies and cocoa. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Excursion Train Enjoy a 90-mile round trip to Watertown, including an on-board murder mystery. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure, 3:15 p.m. return; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or

Music legend Gladys Knight performs a Valentine’s concert with the Nashville Symphony Feb. 11 - 12. FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 5 and younger can listen to stories about Valentine’s Day. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Valentine’s with Gladys Knight Please see Friday, Feb.

Snack Attack! All ages can make a heart message snack in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300.

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FREE Storytime with Ms. Pat Preschoolers can listen to a reading of Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day, followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

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Water Aerobics All ages can enjoy a workout in the indoor

11 listing.

21st Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

mon 14 Happy Valentine’s Day! Parents and Tots Preschoolers

and their parents can participate in a Valentine’s Day program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Party Like a Preschooler Kids ages 1 - 8 can join The

Zinghoppers for a musical party including crafts and cake, celebrating Penelope the Possum’s birthday. Penelope will appear at the Cool Springs location with Conductor Jack; Coconuts the Kangaroo will be at Hendersonville. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Ste. 9, Franklin, and 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. 120A, Hendersonville; free with regular admission ($7); 636-5343 or

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pool. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; $4; 893-7439.

Tuesdays for Tots: Incredible Edmondson Preschoolers and their parents can celebrate Black History Month by visiting the William Edmondson exhibit then creating a sculpture inspired by his style or work. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 16 Ozzy Osbourne An evening of rock ‘n’ roll that features special guest Slash. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $37.50 - $77.50; 800-745-3000 or bridgestonearena. com. Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Feb. 14 listing.

tue 15 Animal Antics All ages can meet the resident screech owl. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expect-

ant Mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1154 Lewisberg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Feb. 14 listing. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the San Jose Sharks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

thu 17 Creation Station All ages can create furry pompoms. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

The Glass Menagerie This Studio Tenn production opens tonight at Troutt Black Box Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details. Nature Nuts All ages can learn about wetland mammals.

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Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Vancouver Canucks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or SunTrust Classical Series: Holst’s The Planets The

Nashville Symphony Women’s Chorus joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Mozart, Holst and Joseph Schwantner. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 6876400 or

fri 18 FREE American Girl Club School-age girls can learn about life in the 1860s featuring main character, Addy Walker, followed by a craft activity. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 895-8580.

Belles on Their Toes This Lakewood Theatre production opens tonight. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Eurydice This Actors Bridge production opens tonight at Troutt Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details. FREE Exceptional Collectibles All ages can explore more than 40 tables filled with baseball, football and basketball cards, autographed memorabilia, coin collections, plus gaming and action figure tables. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; 478279-2817, 859-3458 or Kid Rock Take in an evening of rock music with Kid Rock and special guest Jamey Johnson. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $92; 800-745-3000 or Murfreesboro Symphony Concert Enjoy an evening of live music with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra and special guest organist Andrew Risinger. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 pm.; $10 - $40; 898-1862 or

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for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; 244-3340 or

FREE Exceptional Collectibles Please see Friday, Feb.

18 listing.

Exhibit Opening Robotics is a traveling exhibit that allows kids to explore the world of robots through six themes with hands-on learning. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; exhibit continues through Sunday, May 8 with the following hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $9 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or

Girls of Grace

Award-winning music group Point of Grace hosts this day for girls ages 12 - 17 that features concerts, guest speakers and conversations focusing on issues girls face today. World Outreach Church, 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $50 general admission, $80 for mother/ daughter ticket, $5 for boxed lunch;

Guided Museum Tour In honor of Black History Month, all ages can learn more about folk artist William Edmondson during a guided tour of his exhibit. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

See How They Run This comedy opens tonight at

Encore Theatre Company. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Shen Yun Performing Arts This production opens tonight at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details. SunTrust Classical Series: Holst’s The Planets Please see Thursday, Feb. 17 listing.

The Wedding Singer This Circle Players production opens

tonight at Keeton Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

sat 19 Barney’s Birthday Bash Please see page 75. FREE The Brothers Grimm Nashville Opera presents this production that follows the writing of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; FREE Community Day Enjoy the museum exhibits and the hands-on ArtQuest area free of charge all day today. Frist Center

Celebrate Penelope the Possum’s birthday with The Zinghoppers during the Party Like a Preschooler event at both Peek-a-boo Playtown locations on Monday, Feb. 14.

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Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Phoenix Coyotes. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24 (tonight is Family Four Pack Night; get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at $99); 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: Simple Sewing Families can learn simple sewing techniques and create a stitched artwork. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or FREE Saturday Morning Storytime Peter Rabbit visits to

share stories and pose for pictures. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Storytime All ages can listen to a reading of Sit-in. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or SunTrust Classical Series: Holst’s The Planets Please see Thursday, Feb. 17 listing.

sun 20 FREE Exceptional Collectibles Please see Friday, Feb.

18 listing.

Lord of the Dance This production takes place tonight at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

mon 21 President’s Day Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn

about healthy teeth. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Peter Rabbit visits to share

stories and pose for pictures. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make granola fruit cups. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Storytime with Ms. Pat Preschoolers can listen to

a reading of Hug Time, followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 8958580 or

tue 22 2 Friends Tour Music legends Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith share the stage again after more than 20 years since they last toured together. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $59.50; 800-745-3000 or Animal Antics All ages can meet the uromastyx dragon.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Goodnight Moon This play opens tonight at Nashville Children’s Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Christian music trio Point of Grace hosts the Girls of Grace event for girls ages 12 - 17 at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro on Saturday, Feb. 19. Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Feb. 21 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Preschoolers and their parents can create artwork depicting their favorite things. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 23 FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer

Rachel Sumner entertains kids ages 10 and younger with music and movement fun. While Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 778-1910 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Feb. 21 listing.

thu 24 Bank of America Pops Series: Broadway Rocks Four Broadway vocalists join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of show tunes. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $129; 6876400 or Chess This musical opens tonight at Street Theatre Company.

Creation Station All ages can create furry pompoms. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about otters. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Chicago Blackhawks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can listen to stories and participate in related activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

fri 25 Bank of America Pops Series: Broadway Rocks

Please see Thursday, Feb. 24 listing.

Impressionism This Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project production opens tonight at Looby Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Spring Awakening This musical opens tonight at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

Please see “On Stage,” page 93, for details.

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We are recruiting children with autism, and their parents, for a study investigating questions about what things affect the development of useful language. Children who participate in this study will come to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center with a parent for 7 clinic appointments over a 16-month period. For information about participating with your child in assessments of language, social, and play skills and for more information about the Useful Speech Study, please call or email:

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Three Blind Vines Adults can participate in this “blind”

wine tasting event that raises money for the Franklin Theatre. Jamison Hall in The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m.; $25 advance/$30 at the door plush three bottles of wine per team of one to three people (one sauvignon blanc, one malbel and one repeat of either);

sat 26 The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: The Listener The Magic Circle Mime Company joins

the Nashville Symphony for a performance specially designed for young audiences. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $16.50 - $29; 687-6400 or

Bank of America Pops Series: Broadway Rocks

Please see Thursday, Feb. 24 listing.

FREE Family Program Nashville Opera presents The

Brothers Grimm, which follows Wilhelm and Jacob as they write the classic tales Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; 416-2001 or

Guided Museum Tour In honor of Black History Month,

all ages can learn more about folk artist William Edmondson during a guided tour of his exhibit. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

In the Artist’s Studio All ages can explore mural paintings. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE The Life of William Edmondson The Princely

Players celebrate Black History Month with a live performance utilizing traditional folk music, spirituals and prose to tell the story of folk artist William Edmondson. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis; 356-8000 or

Music at the Mill Country star Gretchen Wilson and notable

Nashville singer/songwriters take the stage for a concert benefiting McClain Christian Academy. The Mill, 300 N. Maple St., Lebanon; 6:30 p.m.; 444-2678 or

Saturday AM: Super Sculpture Families can celebrate

Black History Month with a visit to the William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit exhibit, then pop into the studio to make a sculpture in the style of this folk artist. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can listen to

stories and participate in related activities. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Storytime All ages can listen to a reading of Moses, followed by a craft project. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

sun 27 FREE Belle Meade Book Club Students in grades 2 - 12

can participate in age-appropriate book discussions with a Black History Month theme. Grades 2 - 4 will discuss Frederick

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The Magic Circle Mime Company presents The Listener with the Nashville Symphony during the Pied Piper Series on Saturday, Feb. 26. Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery; Grades 5 - 7 will read Amos Fortune, Free Man; Grades 8 - 12 will discuss The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 3 - 4 p.m.; 356-0501, ext. 48, or bellemeadeplantation. com.

FREE Children’s Theater Audition Ages 4 - 11 can audition for the Sunshine Players’ production of A Storybook Easter. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Sun 2 - 4 p.m., Mon 6 - 8 p.m.; audition is free, but children selected must pay a $30 membership fee; 893-7439. Our Kids Soup Sunday This benefit for Our Kids, the local

nonprofit that serves victims of child sexual abuse, features soup sampling from more than 50 of Nashville’s finest restaurants, a silent auction, balloon artists, magicians and other family-friendly entertainment. LP Field Club Level West, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $25 adults, $10 ages 2 - 17, $45 family package (includes two adults and all children in the household; all tickets are discounted if purchased in advance); 341-4917 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 2 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

mon 28 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can participate in a program based on science, engineering and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439. FREE Children’s Theater Audition Please see Sunday,

Feb. 27 listing.

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can cel-

ebrate Dr. Seuss. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 5 and younger can listen

to stories about Clifford the Big Red Dog. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make fishy snacks with One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish in honor of Read Across America Day. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. FREE Storytime with Ms. Pat Preschoolers can listen to a reading of The Little Red Hen, followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or (please turn the page)


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Classes listed here are free or nonprofit only.

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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FREE Tot Time Ages 5 and younger can enjoy a social hour

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 264-0183 or

Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts Mon - Fri

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recreation take place at 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 862-8435. at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Fairytales, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 915-1960 or

FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

through East Nashville every Saturday at 9 a.m. Depart from Eastside Cycles, 1012 Woodland St., Nashville; 469-1079 or

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit

parks/classes for a complete listing of visual arts, music, theater and dance opportunities.

Plantation Station Stories and crafts for ages 1 - 4 with their

parents. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Wednesdays at 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 per child, free for adults; 3560501, ext. 31, or

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

in Book Club every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931486-0113. FREE Borders Books Children’s storytime activities take place every Friday at 10 a.m. at 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood (221-8805), and 545 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin (771-2870). FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can learn self-defense, self-discipline and safety during an introductory lesson the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday every month at 11 a.m. Robinson Taekwondo at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 8, Ste. 809, Franklin; 791-6655.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

FREE Teach Your Baby to Sign Parents can learn sign language techniques to communicate with their babies on the first and third Fridays of each month at 9:30 a.m. Spring Hill Public Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill; 931-486-2932 or

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FREE Walking Club All ages, including moms with strollers

1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at or call 373-3467.

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112. McFadden Community Center 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-1802. Ongoing programs are: • FREE After-School Programs: School-age kids can participate in athletic activities like basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball and more Mon, Wed and Fri from 3 - 5 p.m.

can walk every Mon, Wed and Fri at 9 a.m. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 373-4826.

destinations cheatham county Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

participants to glide through the forest on nine zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-anda-half tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $49.20 adults, $38.27 youth (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs are: • Morning Water Aerobics: All ages can enjoy a workout in the indoor pool Mon - Fri at 8 and 9 a.m.; $4 • Wee Play: Ages 12 months - 2 years can enjoy stories, crafts and more every Monday; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs are: • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 11 - 17 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

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davidson county Adventure Science Center Hands-on science activities.

Also home to the Sudekum Planetarium. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. (the planetarium is open from 6 - 9 p.m. on the second Saturday each month for after-hours showings); $12 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12; free for ages 2 and younger; Planetarium tickets are $4 members, $6 non-members on top of museum admission (laser shows are $2 more); 862-5160 or • Robotics is on display Feb. 19 - May 8

Belle Meade Plantation Early 1800s house and stud farm at 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (final tour at 4 p.m.); $16 adults, $10 ages 13 - 18, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 356-0501 or

Belmont Mansion Tour the summer home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, built in 1853, at 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 460-5459 or BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 2551422; Visit Web site for open bounce times. Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 8628480 or

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue - Sat 9:30 am. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012 • The Scholastic Art Competition & Exhibition is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20 • Temporary Contemporary: Mel Ziegler is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20 • Video Installation Galleries: The Way We Move is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20 • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display permanently

FREE Cooter’s Place Memorabilia representing Dukes of Hazzard at 2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville; Mon - Thu 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 872-8358 or Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum A variety of exhibits featuring stage costumes, instruments, art, photographs and multimedia displays at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $19.99 adults, $11.99 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 416-2001 or FREE Fort Negley Visitors Center Self-guided exhibits

and interactive stations detail Nashville’s Civil War history. 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 8628470 or

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Local to international art, plus hands-on fun in ArtQuest at 919 Broadway, Nashville; Mon Wed and Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $15 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 244-3340 or Ongoing: • FREE Art Making in the Lobby every Thu and Fri from 6 8 p.m. through Feb. 25 • FREE Music in the Grand Lobby every Thu and Fri from 6 - 8 p.m. • Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes is on display Feb. 20 - May 29 • Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior is on display Feb. 20 - May 29 • William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked is on display through Sunday, May 1 • Young Tennessee Artists: 2010 Statewide Advanced Placement Studio Art is on display through Sunday, April 10

The Hermitage Home of President Andrew Jackson. 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $17 adults, $11 ages 13 - 18, $7 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or Lane Motor Museum More than 150 unique cars and

motorcycles at 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; Thu - Mon 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $2 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 742-7445 or

ongoing FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at 1154

W. Main St., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 822-0789.

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit for a complete schedule and fees. Peek-a-boo Playtown Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. at 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; $7 per child; 822-7099 or Rock Castle Early 1800s historic house at 139 Rock Castle

Lane, Hendersonville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 824-0502 or

williamson county Twelfth grader Sam Shapiro’s “Family Portrait” is on display at Cheekwood’s Scholastic Art Competition & Exhibition, on display through Sunday, Feb. 20. Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at 3777

Nolensville Road, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; 833-1534 or nashvillezoo. org.

FREE Tennessee Agricultural Museum Home and farm artifacts at the Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 837-5197 or tnagmuseum. org.

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum College

football and basketball exhibits, sports videos, interactive games, NASCAR video games and more at 501 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 children; 242-4750 or

FREE Tennessee State Museum Explore the history of Tennessee at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 741-2692 or Travellers Rest Judge John Overton’s 1799 plantation at 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 832-8197 or

rutherford county BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave.,

Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or • Open Bounce: Ages 2 and older; Tue and Thu 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings) • Preschool Playdate: Ages 6 and younger; Thu and Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings)

FREE Cannonsburgh Village A re-creation of Rutherford

County’s historic village at 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; Tue Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; self-guided tours are free, guided tours are $2.50 adults, $1.50 ages 6 - 12; 890-0355.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Hands-on activities

• Toddler Storytime: Every Monday at 10 a.m., ages 5 and younger can listen to a story, color and enjoy unlimited bouncing; $3

FREE MTSU Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum

Displays of gems, minerals, fossils, petrified wood and fluorescent specimens. Room 122 in Ezell’s Hall, Blue Raider Drive, Murfreesboro; Sat 1 - 5 p.m.;

Oaklands Museum Historic plantation home from the 1800s at 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or • Flirtation, Fans and Flowers: Victorian Courtship Customs is on display Feb. 1 - 28.

Carter House A Battle of Franklin museum at 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 791-1861 or

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

mini-golf, air hockey, an interactive game floor, football toss, soccer kick and basketball in a glow-in-the-dark setting at 121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8, Franklin; $8 per child (adults are free); for times, call 370-4386, opt. 2.

Skate Center West 849 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Public

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit

skate times are Tue 6 - 8:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 - 11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 - 11 p.m., Sun 2 - 6:30 p.m.; $3 - $7 plus rental; 895-1403 or

FREE Stones River National Battlefield The

battleground museum is open daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 893-9501.

My Gym Brentwood For pay-to-play, open gym and

Peek-a-boo Playtown Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. at 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Franklin; $7 per child; 771-8099 or Pump It Up Play Time Pop-in playtime Tue, Wed and Fri

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from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for preschoolers, Tue 6 - 7:30 p.m. and Thu 1 - 3 p.m. for ages 2 - 12. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867.

Cragfont This historic, late Georgian period home is located

Rippavilla Plantation 5700 Main St., Spring Hill; Thu - Fri

at 200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. (by appointment); $5 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 452-7070.

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf,

batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or

FREE The Heritage Center Rotating exhibits of Rutherford

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall

Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or • Open Bounce: Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., check Web site for Sat and Sun availability; $6.33 ($5.42 siblings) children, parents bounce free

Carnton Plantation This home was a field hospital during the Civil War at 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors; $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or

Jump!Zone Open play is Tue, Wed and Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.; $7 per session. 1725 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 866-2021 or

Kids Party Jumps Kids can bounce on inflatables at 134 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5; 826-8010.

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville

events at 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; 799-5544.

Sam Davis Home Historic home dedicated to the Tennessee Civil War hero at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8.50 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 4592341 or

for all ages at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or • Robot Zoo is on exhibit through Sunday, May 8

County history at 225 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 217-8013.

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary; 859-7753 or

Mansker’s Station A reconstructed 1779 log station and the Bowen Plantation House at 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12; 859-3678 or

3 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12; 931-486-9037 or

Sodium Located at 1725 Columbia Ave., Ste. 100, Franklin, the facility includes a children’s indoor play area, and a variety of classes and workshops are available for kids and families. Call 260-5916 or visit

wilson county FREE City of Lebanon Museum Take a visual tour of the history of Lebanon and hear audio descriptions by famous residents at 200 Castle Heights Ave. N., Lebanon; Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 443-2839 or

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Annie Get Your Gun (Feb. 11 - March 12; Ages 8 and older)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 11 - 20; Ages 10 and

Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (Feb. 18 and 25 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Feb. 20 and March 6 only); a Monday performance on Feb. 18 takes place for $50, which includes your choice of champagne or sparkling cider; $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are two-for-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $15); 794-7744 or

older) Lamplighter’s Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 4 - 12; 5349-0148 or

Peter and the Wolf (Saturday, Feb. 12; All ages) Nashville

Ballet at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 12 and younger; 782-4040 or

Belles on Their Toes (Feb. 18 - March 5; Ages 8 and older) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or

Peter and the Wolf and The Golden Goose (Saturday,

Feb. 5; All ages) Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; $7; 3000374 or

Broadway at Bethlehem (Saturday, Feb. 12; Ages 8 and

See How They Run (Feb. 18 - March 5; Ages 14 and older)

older) Bethlehem Players at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15; 7916456, ext. 2, or

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 at the door, $10 in advance online; 598-8950 or

Chess (Feb. 24 - 27; Ages 10 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Thu - Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $14 students;

Shen Yun Performing Arts (Feb. 18 - 19; All ages) TPAC’s

Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $62 - $182; 782-4040 or

Director’s Choice Winter Repertoire Program (Feb. 11 -

13; Ages 13 and older) Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $23 - $82; 782-4040 or

Some Enchanted Evening (Feb. 11 - 20; Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $14 adults, $12 students, $10 ages 11 and younger; 904-2787 or

Doubt (continues through Saturday, Feb. 5; Ages 13 and older)

Spring Awakening: A New Musical (Feb. 25 - 27; Ages 16

Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or

and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.; $32.50 - $68; 782-4040 or

Eurydice (Feb. 18 - 27; Ages 12 and older) Actors Bridge at Belmont’s Troutt Theatre, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m. (no 7:30 p.m. show on Feb. 19), Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 460-8500 or actorsbridge. org.

’Til Beth Do Us Part (Feb. 10 - March 19; Ages 10 and

The Glass Menagerie (Feb. 17 - 27; Ages 12 and older) Studio Tenn Theatre Company at Belmont University’s Troutt Black Box Theater, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $35 adults, $20 students; The Golden Goose (Feb. 11 - 13; All ages) The Sunshine

Players at the Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439.

Goodnight Moon (Feb. 22 - April 3; Ages 4 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, most Sat and Sun 2 p.m. (check website for complete schedule); $17 adults, $12 children (opening night tickets are $10 adults, $5 children); 252-4675 or Honk! (Feb. 4 - 27; All ages) Arts Center of Cannon County,

1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 563-2787 or

I’ll Be Seeing You (continues through Saturday, Feb. 5; Ages

10 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

Corrie Miller stars in the Boiler Room Theatre production of Annie Get Your Gun, Feb. 11 - March 12. Impressionism (Feb. 25 - March 13; Ages 13 and older)

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students (all seats are $10 on Thursdays); 681-7220 or

Jason and the Golden Fleece (continues through Sunday, Feb. 6; Ages 8 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Sat 2 p.m. (with an additional 4 p.m. performance on Feb. 5), Sun 2 p.m. (Feb. 6 only); $17 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or Jekyll & Hyde (Feb. 4 - 20; Ages 10 and older) Murfreesboro

Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 893-9825 or

Lend Me a Tenor (continues through Sunday, Feb. 13; Ages 12

and older) Senior Center for the Arts at Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $20 - $30 adults, $10 - $15 children; Lord of the Dance (Sunday, Feb. 20; All ages) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $37.50 $57.50; 782-4040 or

older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

The Trip to Bountiful (Feb. 4 - 26; Ages 12 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or The Wedding Singer (Feb. 18 - March 6; Ages 13 and older) Circle Players at Keeton Theatre, FiftyForward Donelson Station, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students, free ages 6 and younger (all tickets on Thursdays are $10); 332-7529 or The Wizard of Oz (Feb. 3 - 20; All ages) Steeple Players,

260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 826-6037 or

Yankee Tavern (Feb. 5 - 19; Ages 14 and older) Tennessee

Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or

The Marriage of Figaro (Tuesday, Feb. 1; Ages 10 and older) Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $19.25 - $97.50; 782-4040 or nashvilleopera. org. (please turn the page)

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spaced out a bit! With the Golden Globes recently behind us and the Academy Awards coming up this month, I’m been catching up on movies. What I love most about taking in a good film is being so unexpectedly enamoured with an actor’s performance that I walk away completely wowed. Performances that command that type of reaction are owned by artists who truly dedicate themselves to their craft. Take Natalie Portman for example. Granted, Black Swan is NOT a movie for children, but her commitment to the role, as directed by Darren Aronofsky, included six months of rigorous physical training, five hours a day, in order to attain the body type and muscular tone of a professional ballet dancer, as well as Hailee Steinfeld, with True Grit co-star Jeff Bridges. learning the necessary choreography required to make her role authentic and believable on screen. While Portman did have a body double (who is a professional ballerina) on the set for wide shots requiring a long stretch of time en pointe, the rest of what you see in the film is Portman, and she phenomenally delivers. It won her a Golden Globe last month, and I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed that she’ll nab an Oscar as well. She sure has come a long way since her role as Padme in the second trilogy of Star Wars films. This season’s other big success story on screen is 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, star of the Coen Brothers’ critically acclaimed remake of the western, True Grit. Steinfeld plays the central character, obstinate 19th-century teen Mattie Ross (Steinfeld was 13 when filming the movie), and True Grit marks her big breakthrough in the acting world (prior to this film, she did garner a few supporting roles in TV shows and a couple of teen-oriented movies). At 8 years old, she declared her desire to become an actress, and her parents supported her dream and got her into acting classes, which she still attends. What’s amazing is that as an unknown talent, she landed the role of a lifetime, beating out an estimated 15,000 applicants for the part. Being saddled up alongside Oscar winners like Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon ain’t too shabby, either. Steinfeld’s success story is inspiring when realizing her dream come true. And it didn’t just fall into her lap. She worked hard to achieve her goal by dedicating herself to a vigorous array of acting classes as a young child. No matter the art form your child aspires to — acting (stage or screen), dancing, sculpting, photography, singing or playing in a band — the best thing you can do as a parent is to instill a persistent work ethic. To help your child believe in his dream even when he doesn’t get cast in a lead role in the school play. To encourage him to keep honing; keep at it. Talent alone doesn’t always cut it. A persistent drive to excel and succeed, to sculpt and hone, is what transforms innate talent into true artistry.

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Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot! (These events require advance registration.)

parent planner Unless otherwise noted, registration is ongoing until programs are full.

Bounce U Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422 or

• Create & Bounce Camp Feb. 11 and 21. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Camp includes exercise, games, arts and crafts, snacks and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • President’s Day Bounces Monday, Feb. 21. Ages 2 - 12. Enjoy inflatable fun. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • Valentine’s Day Bounce Feb. 13 and 14. Ages 2 - 12. Bounce, decorate cookies and more. Sun 1 - 2:30 p.m., Mon 3 - 5 p.m. $8 • Valentine’s Kids’ Night Out Saturday, Feb. 12. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Mom and Dad can enjoy a night out to themselves while the kids enjoy pizza, bouncing, creating valentines and more. 6 - 10 p.m. $32 ($15 siblings)

Brentwood Barnes & Noble 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or • FREE American Girl Club Friday, Feb. 18. Registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 17. All ages. This month’s featured character is Addy. 7 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090, ext. 838

• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, Feb. 12. All ages. Watch a screening of Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon. 1 p.m.

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 353-9827 or

• Lunch and Lecture Friday, Feb. 18. All ages. Enjoy lunch while learning from curators and horticulturists about gardening and decorating, while asking your own questions. 12 - 1 p.m. $15 members, $25 non-members

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 790-5719, ext. 20, or

• Deb’z Doodlez Tuesdays, Feb. 8 - 22. All ages (must be able to sit for an hour and a half). Create a practice drawing and build it into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $25

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

• Daddy-Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 5. Fathers and daughters. Enjoy an evening of finger foods, music, dancing and games. 7 - 9 p.m. $20 per couple, $10 each additional daughter (corsages are on sale at the event for $5) • FREE Hugs and Kisses Valentine Card Making Friday, Feb. 11. Registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 10. Ages 3 - 5. Kids can make handmade Valentine cards for their parents. 10 a.m. • Kiddie Kickers Feb. 15, 24 and March 1. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 11. Ages 3 - 5. Learn basic soccer

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skills like kicking, passing and shooting. 5 - 5:45 p.m. $15 • Off-the-Wall Art Tuesday, Feb. 8. Registration deadline is Saturday, Feb. 5. Ages 3 - 5. Bring a set of painting clothes and work in a group activity, leaving with your won poster art. 10 a.m. $5 • Superhero Quest Friday, Feb. 25. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 23. Ages 3 - 5 (with a parent). Dress as your favorite superhero and help solve a “crime” at the center. 10 a.m. $5 • Teddy and Me Tea Friday, Feb. 25. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 23. Girls ages 3 - 5. Dress in your favorite princess attire and bring your teddy bear for a morning of tea, sandwiches, cookies, games and crafts. 10 a.m. $10

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd.; 799-9331 or

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Feb. 26. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. Call 585-9055 to register • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Feb. 10. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 • Guitar Lessons Thursdays, Feb. 3 - 24. All ages. Learn to play the guitar. Choose a one-hour increment between 5 - 8 p.m. $80 • Wacky Wednesday Craft Class Wednesdays, Feb. 2 - 23. Ages 4 - 6. Dive into a variety of crafting experiences. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $4

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 537-2508 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Feb. 11. Ages 5 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop their children off for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville 298-9517 or

• The Seasons of Love Friday, Feb. 25. All ages. This Broadway-style dinner and show features dancing, dining and entertainment. 6:15 p.m. $35

Franklin Recreation Complex 1120 Hillsboro Road; 790-5719, ext. 10, or

• American Girl Sewing Friday, Feb. 11. Ages 9 - 12. Sew a sleeping bag for your favorite doll or stuffed animal. 5:30 8:30 p.m. $20 (bring your own sewing machine, or call early to reserve one) • Daddy’s Little Princess Ball Saturday, Feb. 19. Girls 4 - 12 with their dads, grandpas or uncles. Dance with a live DJ, play games, enjoy refreshments and more. 7 - 9 p.m. $15 per couple, $5 each additional girl

• Guitar Lessons Mondays, Feb. 7 - 28 (skip Feb. 21). Ages 9 - 14. Learn to play the guitar with step-by-step instructions covering the foundations of all styles of guitar playing. 5 - 6 p.m. ages 9 - 11, 6 - 7 p.m. ages 12 - 14. $80 • FREE How to Get Thousands of Dollars for Your Child’s Education Tuesday, Feb. 15. Parents. Learn how you can receive additional money for your child’s college fund. 7 - 8:30 p.m. • Jitter Bugs Tuesdays, Jan. 1 - 22. Ages 2 - 5. Improve motor skills, coordination, listening and language skills while exploring rhythm and expressing creativity. 2:30 - 3 p.m. $25 • Piano Lessons Fridays, Feb. 4 - 25. Ages 4 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot from 2 - 8 p.m. $80 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 1 - 24; Fridays, Feb. 4 - 25; Mondays, Feb. 7 - 28. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences that enhance fine motor and development skills. Tue/Thu and Mon 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Tue/Thu and Mon $48, Fri $24 • Voice Lessons Fridays, Feb. 4 - 25. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute session between 2 - 8 p.m. $80

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville; 744-3357 or

• FREE Divine Dreamscapes Saturday, Feb. 12. Ages 5 - 10. Explore stories connected to the Hindu relgion and incorporate stylistic elements of Indian art to create colorful dreamscapes. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Life Assembly 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-7779 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Feb. 18. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 885-2422 or

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. February’s themes are: • Feb. 7: Groundhog Greetings • Feb. 14: Healthy Hearts • Feb. 21: S-s-s-snakes • Feb. 28: The Salamander Room

Longview Recreation Center 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill 302-0971, ext. 10, or

• Adventures in Sewing Saturdays, Feb. 5 - 26. Ages 9 -

Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot! (These events require advance registration.)

Preschoolers can learn about groundhogs during Longhunter State Park’s Nature Circle on Monday, Feb. 7. 12. Learn sewing machine basics like sewing straight lines, curved lines, button holes, zippers and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $45 • American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, Feb. 19. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. To register, call 585-9055 • Daddy’s Little Princess Ball Saturday, Feb. 12. Girls 4 - 12 with their dads, grandpas or uncles. Dance with a live DJ, play games, enjoy refreshments and more. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $15 per couple, $5 each additional girl • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, Feb. 3 - 24. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • Introduction to Manga Drawing Feb. 1 and 3. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of drawing Mango Shoujo and Shonen characters in the traditional big-eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $30 • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Feb. 7 - 28 (skip Feb. 21). Ages 8 and older. This program combines judo and karate in an exercise program that builds confidence and self-esteem. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $40 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, Feb. 7 - 28 (skip Feb. 21). Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $40 • Manga Drawing Feb. 8 and 10. Ages 8 and older. This intermediate class teaches the fundamentals of cartoon drawing from body proportion, facial expression, clothing and costumes in the “big-eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25 • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, Feb. 2 - 23. Ages 5 12. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $40

• Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Wednesdays, Feb. 2 - 23 or Mondays, Feb. 7 - 28. Ages 3 - 6. Participate in a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon $18, Wed $24

Murfreesboro Rock School 123 E. Main St., Ste. E, Murfreesboro; 631-0479 or

• Introduction to Recording Thursdays and Sundays, March 10 - 31. Registration begins Thursday, Feb. 10. Ages 10 - 18. Get hands-on experience in a professional recording studio learning how to record music. Thu 5 - 7 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m. $80

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 833-1534 or

• Backstage Pass: Anteater Barn Saturday, Feb. 5. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older with a parent. Join zoo staff on a behind-thescenes tour of the anteater barn where you can learn about animal care, behavior and conservation. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Members: $25 per person (limit two children per adult); Nonmembers: $50 per person • Toddler Series Choose a six-week series beginning Feb. 2, 3 or 5. Ages 18 months - 4 years with a parent. This program combines crafts, storytime activites and visits from animal friends. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Members: $60 per child; Nonmembers: $85 per child (price covers cost of parent for the class, but not admission to the zoo itself)

Oak Hill School Enrichment Center 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville

• FREE “Raising Resilient Children” Thursday, Feb. 3. Parents. This seminar, led by author Robert Brooks, Ph.D., helps parents learn to respond effectively to stress and pressures of children, identify and reinforce each child’s “islands of competence” and nurture self-discipline, selfesteem, caring and hope. 7 p.m.

Oaklands Historic House Museum 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-0022 or

• Home School Victorian Courtship Customs Class Thursday, Feb. 10. Ages 6 and older. Learn courtship customs of the Victorian era, including the language of the fan. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 370-4672 or

• Burrow Hike Wednesday, Feb. 2. All ages. Celebrate the groundhog with a hike, a woodchuck story and a burrow puppet craft. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate • Celebrate Birds Saturday, Feb. 12. Adults and older, interested children. Take a hike and listen to lectures about attracting eastern bluebirds and using native bird-friendly plants in your landscape. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate

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Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot! (These events require advance registration.) Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or

• FREE Calling All Cheese Lovers! Friday, Feb. 11. Ages 18 and older. Explore local cheeses found in Tennessee. 6 - 7 p.m. • FREE Make Tracks Friday, Feb. 11. All ages. Learn about animal tracks and other signs that critters are present. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Sleepy Time Saturday, Feb. 5. All ages. Discover the different animals who take long winter naps in the park. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Snow Day, Let’s Play! Saturday, Feb. 26. All ages. Play snow games, tell stories and make snow flakes. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Winter Bird Feeding Saturday, Feb. 12. All ages. Create a homemade bird feeder to take home and enjoy a nature hike to see winter birds. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Woodcock Watch Friday, Feb. 25. All ages. Hike to the observation tower to spot woodcocks. 5 - 6:30 p.m.

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Little girls can participate in the Valentine Tea Party at the Patterson Park Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 12. (Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, cont’d) • Mommy and Me: Where’s My Shadow? Tuesday, Feb. 1. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Prepare for Groundhog Day by studying shadows and learning about the only Tennessee mammal that truly hibernates. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 per child/adult pair in advance/$15 at the gate • President’s Day Big Tree Hike Monday, Feb. 21. All ages. Wear patriotic colors and enjoy a brisk winter hike, complete with trees that were old before Washington and Lincoln were born, and check out old stone walls built just after the Revolutionary War. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate • Valentine’s Day Stroll ... with Chocolate! Monday, Feb. 14. All ages. Embark on a stroll around the sanctuary looking for early signs of love in nature, then stop at the pavilion to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate

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• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Homeschool P.E. Every Tuesday and Thursday through May 26. Grades 1 - 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3 • Preschool Gymnastics Wednesdays through Feb. 23. Ages 3 - 5. Learn gymnastics basics with a focus on balance, hand-eye coordination, fitness and more. 9 - 9:45 a.m. $30 • Valentine Tea Party Saturday, Feb. 12. Girls ages 3 -10. Enjoy girly activities, crafts and tea. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $3

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• Homeschool P.E. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through May 30. Ages 13 - 17. Learn fundamentals of weight lifting and designing a personal cardiovascular program. 2 - 2:45 p.m. $3 • Tumbleweeds Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling while improving balance, coordination and overall fitness. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

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• FREE The ABCs of Soil Friday, Feb. 18. Ages 6 - 12. This scientific investigation of soil involved looking at color, texture, particle size, pH and smell. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Animal Count Thursday, Feb. 17. Ages 3 - 5. Practice counting skills while learning how many eyes a spider has and how many legs are found on a caterpillar. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Birds in Winter Hike Saturday, Feb. 12. All ages. Go outside to observe year round residents and winter migrants. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights: Watch Wildlife! Saturday, Feb. 5. All ages. Search for birds, squirrels and other wildlife on a winter day. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE The Dance of the Woodcock Tuesday, Feb. 15. Ages 8 and older. Experience the male woodcock flying to great heights. 5 - 6:30 p.m. • FREE Every Child Outdoors Film Series Thursday, Feb. 17. All ages. Watch a screening of Play Again. 6 - 7 p.m. • FREE Groundhog Day! Wednesday, Feb. 2. Ages 3 - 5. Learn about groundhogs and why they “predict” the weather. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Map and Compass Saturday, Feb. 26. Ages 8 and older. This beginner’s class teaches basic compass information, providing participants with practical outdoor experience. 1 - 2 p.m. or 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Signs of Spring Saturday, Feb. 26. All ages. Join a naturalist for a walk to welcome spring. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Time to Chill Out Friday, Feb. 11. Ages 6 - 12. Experience the chilly adventure of the trail on a winter trek. • FREE Winter Bird Banding Day Saturday, Feb. 5. All ages. Participate in a bird banding study and learn why it’s important. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Wellness Center at Baptist Hospital 2021 Church St., Nashville; 284-2348 or • Strong Mommy Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expectant moms. This pre-natal fitness/wellness program includes water aerobics, personalized fitness coaching sessions, preand post-natal massages, fitness workshops, a three-month center membership and more. 5:30 p.m. $125

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or • FREE Animal Encounters Every Saturday. All ages. Meet a new resident animal each week and learn about the critters who call Tennessee home. 1:30 - 2 p.m. • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Nature activities to engage children’s interest in the natural world. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Owl Wisdom Saturday, Feb. 5. Ages 8 - 12. Learn interesting facts about owls, then dissect a pellet to see what was for dinner. 2 p.m. $5 • Snow Moon Saturday, Feb. 12. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a reading of Nicholas Brunelle’s winter story, learn about owls and make a related craft. 10 a.m. $3 • FREE Unplug and Read Saturday, Feb. 19. All ages. Celebrate literacy by reading a book and participating in craft activities. 2 p.m. • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3 • Winter Night Hike Saturday, Feb. 5. All ages. View bright stars and the frozen landscape before settling down in front of a fire for roasted marshmallows and a warm beverage. 6 p.m. $3 ages 4 and older, free ages 3 and younger

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