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23 Local Briefs

The Nashville Ballet expands classes, Rolling Video Games, Gymboree opens in Green Hills, our annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair, private school open houses and registration for the all-new ONLINE Cover Kids 2012 is on!

31 Giving Back

Our Kids Soup Sunday, Special Kids race and A Chocolate Affair.

32 Hot Stuff

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34 at home with baby

Your newborn’s finally home. Now it’s all about taking care of him ... and YOU.

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37 life skills for can-do kids

Empower your children with the skills they need for confidence, resiliency and independence.

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41 handling your child’s first crush

Learn what to do when he’s first smitten ... and how to keep him talking to you.

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One of the first phrases that I learned in dental school while sitting in period class went like this, “You don’t have to floss all of your teeth, floss just the ones you want to keep.” Adults primarily lose their teeth from periodontal disease, mainly created by their own lack of flossing. Children lose theirs from normal exfoliation and dental caries. Simply brushing their children’s teeth is not enough. Parents who do not floss their children’s teeth are simply playing roulette with the most common infection of man, dental caries. All parents should bring their children to a pediatric dentist no later than age one. Every parent should not only be told that brushing, flossing, and diet are important, but they should also receive hands-on instruction from qualified, registered dental personnel on the proper techniques. Ninety thousand school aged children in Tennessee went to bed last year with a toothache and many of these toothaches could have been avoided if the parents had flossed their children’s teeth. Perhaps all of them could have been avoided if the parents knew to begin their dental visits at age one, not four, and to brush, floss, begin a proper diet, and regular dental visits every six months. Frankly, I’m tired of hearing a parent say to me, “They’re only baby teeth. Aren’t they going to fall out anyway.” lt’s these baby teeth that lay the foundation upon which that child will smile, gain their self-esteem, nourish their bodies, and grow into successful young adults.

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dare I say, “DOWNTIME?” y family’s summer calendar is wide open right now, but yes, we are all thinking about it. We’re thinking about spring break, too. How can we possibly get away? Just about now ... in the middle of this long and dreary Tennessee winter, in between all we carry on our proverbial plates, we are needing a little respite, a little uncluttered together time. Like the rest of the world, we are over worked, over schooled, over scheduled and over plugged. Although I have a smartphone ... it demands too much button pressing for me to input all of my family’s daily schedules, so a good, old thin-tipped Sharpie works best, and I still prefer to use an old-fashioned calendar pinned to the cork board in my utility room for everyone to see. In between a stint as Our Lady of Perpetual Laundry, I recently flipped through that calendar to see the fresh, wide opened pages of June and July and felt immediately comforted ... a whole lot of nothing! If I felt attracted to the idea of that — if I DO — then I bet you do, too. And if WE feel this way, then our children do as well. Families are busy, busy, busy, but come summer ... perhaps it can mean for our kids what it meant when WE were children: Free time! Time to run and fish, flip over rocks in a creek, bicycle, draw, dream. We need downtime. Time to recharge and do nothing and eventually whine about being bored. We need time to just laze about and literally detox from the rapid pace of our days. Downtime, in effect, needs to turn into a commodity because it IS one. The notion that children need every moment scheduled is wrong, and I’m happy to see the “bring back play” momentum picking up again. While the trend has been for parents to keep the kids occupied, experts are saying childhood (as WE knew it) is threatened by extinction. So if your child groans when it’s time to head to soccer or baseball or karate or dance or drums, maybe he’s got a bit too much going on. Maybe he’d be better off with a wee bit less on his schedule. I know my youngest is very content when he can simply hang around the house with nothing to do, but he doesn’t get that chance very often. In our efforts to do everything right, let’s build in downtime for our kids and for us. Let’s insist on it. Breathe, dream, rest, live in the moment. Go ahead, look forward to June and July and ask yourself, “What are we going to do?” And I hope the answer has a whole lot to do with nothing built in.

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What would you do if your 8-yearold is constantly hungry and constantly eating? Do you worry he’ll become overweight down the road? Avon Huffnpuff We have a rule in my house. Since my 9-year-old is 5’3” and my 8-year-old is 5’0” you can guess the amount they eat. They are allowed fruit anytime they want. It is always out for them to help themselves. We eat before we leave to go out and if they want something while we are out they just have to wait till we get home. Also helps our wallets.

Cynthia Floyd Manley I read recently that if you are not hungry enough to eat an apple (or carrot, pear, banana, celery stick), you aren’t hungry. Chanda Fowler Sometimes it’s not that you’re hungry but that your body is lacking water, and you’re body misinterprets it as needing food. So try giving more water to your child. Stephanie Anne Dunn It sounds like he may be going through a growth spurt. I recommend contacting your pediatrician to make sure that he is getting the recommended daily caloric intake as well as protein. I would say he needs to eat if he is hungry. And, having healthy snacks that are quick and easy to grab like carrot sticks or apple slices are great!

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Lisa Murray My 8-year-old has been ravenous lately. Usually, with her, it means she’s headed for a growth spurt. We don’t worry about it, as she loves healthy foods and is not into sugars, sodas or any of that. She also gets a ton of exercise. If she’s hungry, we feed her!

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I’M HUNGRY! When your child’s tummy is crying out for a snack, be sure to give him something healthy.

I’m writing in reply to letters in the “Parent Talk” column in the January, 2012 issue of Nashville Parent. Every person responded to the spitting child with a spanking, because spitting in another child’s face at school has definitely earned a spanking. This is far too simplistic. We are talking about a 5-year-old, not a 15-year-old. There are so many negative behaviors from children who are experiencing separation from parents that they would be spanked on a daily basis for spitting, hitting, pinching, poking, stepping on toes, scratching, fighting, and even stealing. If you ask children why they are doing any of


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these behaviors, they are most likely going to tell you that they don’t know. They really do not know. They take out their frustrations on other children. Of course, it is not acceptable, and while a spanking might arrest the behavior immediately, it may not solve their problem. It solves the parent’s problem. Perhaps the parent might want to look at what is going on in their own life and how it might be viewed negatively by the child. If the parents are going through a divorce, or are not getting along with each other, and there is tension in the home, or there are arguments and violence in the home, then the child may very well act out in an environment away from the parents. I noticed that spanking was the first resort of the parents, rather than the last resort, since this is a zero-tolerance offense. Many teachers are quite adept at dealing with such children by removing them from the child they are offending, talking to them about their behavior without shaming them, and asking them to apologize. Children will sooner forget and forgive than adults will. Most definitely, hurting a child may get a desired result in the short-term, but the long-term consequences may not be as wonderful. A.M. Ansari Nashville, TN Dear Editor, Like many of my friends, I was horrified to read the January “Parent Talk” responses regarding a child spitting in other kids’ faces. All but one recommended using physical violence (aka spanking), and the lone exception was also abusive — “soap in the mouth.” Were there no other options suggested by anyone? Not a single rational, mature parent who would first think to find out more and discover any provocations, unmet needs, developmental issues or other possible “cause” for the spitting before responding with violence? What would these parents do if the child in question was hitting other kids? Would that warrant a spanking, too? How is this logical? Hitting someone when we don’t like their behavior is itself childish behavior, and adults should model better. Kara Carden, Nashville chapter of Attachment Parenting International

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How to tame those refrigerator-raiding tots! Here’s what local parents say: Tara Hunter I was able to just put a regular cabinet lock on mine. I did have the same problem though. Tonya Graham Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital has a safety store. You can find a latch there, usually at a much lower cost than a regular store. It is open to the public and a great resource for bike helmets and car seats, too. We have latches for the fridge, oven, dishwasher AND the dryer. Our little guy is 2 and a little “busy.” Breanna Cotton They sell refrigerator locks at Target for three bucks. It doesn’t look like much but it held ours shut through two toddlers. My oldest used to like to get the eggs out and break them on the carpet then rub it in like finger paint! After two times I was on the hunt for the lock! Pamela McMahon Ferguson We absolutely had to put the fridge on lockdown! My little man would climb in and snack at his leisure. He would just help himself to whatever he wanted. Tracey Osborne-Vazquez Have the same problem. We had to put a latch on it when my oldest son was little. Now my 3-year-old does the same thing. The refrigerator that we have now has the big freezer drawer at the bottom and the fridge on top. I have caught both of them standing on the top of the freezer drawer to get something off the top shelf of the refrigerator. We also had to put a latch on our pantry. Sounds harsh, but they still have access to food. — compiled by Kiera Ashford (for more “Parent Talk,” please turn the page)

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Putting the Lid on Potty Talk Here’s what local parents say: CHRISTYE M. OF MT. JULIET When a little one calls someone a “Doo-Doo Butt” or a “Pee-Pee Pants” she usually gets one of two reactions: anger or laughter. Both are forms of attention that will keep the potty talk coming fast and furious. The solution, says Christye, is to ignore it completely. “I’d act like I never heard a thing,” she says. “My kids would repeat themselves a few times because they got big reactions from their friends or from the teacher. But if I refused to look at them or acknowledge them in any way at all, the potty talk would die down within a week or two. And really, they hated being ignored more than any punishment I could hand down. Lack of attention is even worse than negative attention. It works!” PAULA N. OF FRANKLIN “Potty talk belongs in the bathroom,” declares Paula, mother of two. That’s why she instituted a Toilet Time Out with her twins. “You can say all the potty words you like … if you’re in the bathroom with the door closed. And if you say them anywhere else, you’ll spend

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a few minutes of silent time in the bathroom by yourself. A commode makes a wonderful time out chair.” It’s not all negative. Having a designated place to get all those words out of their systems where no one is laughing is a great way to make the words boring and less attractive. JAMES S. OF MURFREESBORO “I hate to admit it, but my kids learned the word ‘butt’ from me,” confesses James. “It didn’t sound so funny coming out of their little mouths, though.” To cure himself and his kids of their problem, James came up with the Take Five bad word penalty system. For every dirty word the kids said, they’d lose five minutes from their freetime before bed. “That one worked fast because they’d miss the ends of their TV shows or wind up going to bed half an hour early!” he says. If James slipped up, he’d have to add five minutes (about half a mile) to his morning run. James says, “I tell you what, I got into good shape and cleaned up my vocabulary at the same time!”

JENNIFER L. OF NOLENSVILLE Bathroom humor has been around forever. It’s in Shakespeare’s plays, on Saturday Night Live and, of course, in every joke book ever written. Why? Because it’s funny. If your little man has a great sense of humor and is looking for a big reaction, try helping him swap the potty talk for other hilarious phrases that are less offensive. He’ll get the same guffaw from friends and family, but won’t get the evil eye from teachers and parents. Jennifer, mother of 4, says, “We’ve been down this road four times. If I had a dime for every time I heard one of my kids say ‘Poopy-Head’ I’d be a millionaire. We tell them that it’s a get-in-troubleword but they are welcome to make up words like ‘Popsicle Face’ or ‘Banana Brain.’ Now they crack each other up by inventing ridiculous insults that are definitely weird … but not vulgar.” — compiled by Deborah Bohn


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The whites of our newborn’s eyes have recently turned yellow. Could he have jaundice? Isn’t jaundice a sign of liver disease? Many newborn babies develop a small amount of jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes) and is rarely a sign of liver disease. Newborn jaundice usually appears in the first three to five days of life and normally disappears within two weeks, even without treatment. Jaundice is caused by the buildup of bilirubin (released from old red blood cells) in the blood before it is removed from the blood by the liver. Babies are more likely to become jaundice if they are breastfed, dehydrated, bruised at birth or have a different blood type than their mother. How do you recognize jaundice in your baby? Check the whites of the eyes of your baby and his skin by pressing it with your finger every day for a yellowish tint. Contact your doctor if you’re your jaundiced newborn is very sleepy and doesn’t wake for feedings as this may be a sign of worsening jaundice. Your doctor can run a simple test to determine the cause of the jaundice. How is it treated? Jaundice usually resolves by itself simply by increasing the amount breast or formula feeding as the bilirubin is eliminated from the body through bowel movements. With more severe cases of newborn jaundice, your baby’s doctor may recommend phototherapy (placing the baby under a special light source to help break down the bilirubin) as treatment. Phototherapy is often performed in the hospital but can be performed at home is some instances.

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The answer is simple: it depends on your child. In other words, use whichever medicine that works best for your child. Aspirin (including “baby aspirin”) is never used for fever or pain relief in children as its use has been associated with serious medical conditions. When comparing acetaminophen to ibuprofen, doctors have done many studies to see which medicine is the most effective and there is no data that says one is better than the other at relieving pain and/or fever. What does this mean? Each medicine by design is just as good as the other. But different children will respond to these medicines differently. If your child has responded well to ibuprofen, stick with ibuprofen. There is no reason to change based on different cause of fever or pain. The same applies to acetaminophen. What would be a reason to choose one medicine over another? One advantage acetaminophen has over ibuprofen is that it is available as a suppository and can be more useful in children who are also vomiting or refusing to eat or drink. Ibuprofen provides a longer period of fever and pain relief than acetaminophen and may be easier since less frequent doses are required.

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kid’s health It’s national children’s dental health month

tooth talk Don’t be blasé about your child’s teeth. Preventative care begins even before the first tooth erupts!

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his year, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentisty (AAPD) is pairing up with the Ad Council to launch a program to teach the importance of oral health in children ages 2 - 5. Why? There’s been an upsurge in tooth decay in this age group. The AAPD says parents need to bring their youngsters in for pediatric dental care early for longterm healthy teeth. Here’s your game plan:

BEFORE TEETH COME IN Wipe your baby’s gums with a damp cloth or infant cloths to remove damaging bacteria that can harm the teeth developing under the gums.

WHEN BABY TEETH ARE PRESENT Brush twice a day, morning and night with a soft toddler brush and a pea-sized drop of non-fluoridated toothpaste.

INTRODUCE FLOSSING Just make it a part of the routine early on and it won’t be foreign to your child as he grows. One tooth or a mouthful, floss whenever you brush your child’s teeth for the best results.

NO BEDTIME BOTTLES Never put your baby to bed with a bottle no matter how that conveniences you. Serious decay can develop known as “bottle mouth.”

BRUSH AND MAKE IT FUN Assist older children as needed and inspect older kids’ mouths since they may begin to get lazy about tooth care on their own. Use fun toothbrushes available for kids when they get bored of the usual routine. There are spinners available, toothbrushes that play music for the desired length of brushing time, you get the idea.

SCHEDULE THE FIRST APPOINTMENT AT AGE 1 Don’t be nonchalant about the first appointment if you want the best outcome for your child’s teeth. Simply seeing the dentist with your child will help you both get on a healthy schedule of good hygiene practices.

SEE THE DENTIST EVERY YEAR BEGINNING AT AGE 1 Find a local pediatric dentist in the pages of this magazine or visit the AAPD at aapd.org.

CONSIDER SEALANTS While not a substitute for good brushing and hygeine, pediatric dentists can put sealants on your child’s teeth to prevent the development of cavities. Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, shutting out food particles that can get caught in teeth. Applying them is fast and easy, and sealants can protect teeth for many years. Source: AAPD

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nashville ballet expands offerings for little dancers

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t Local children learn dance techniques at the School of Nashville Ballet.

he School of Nashville Ballet offers expanded classes for ages 2 - 6 in a new children’s program that features increased date and time availability. Options help youngsters develop musicality, rhythm, movement skills, coordination, artistic expression and overall creativity. Classes include Mommy and Me (ages 2 - 3), Joy of Dance (ages 3 - 4), Creative Movement (ages 4 - 5) and Pre-Ballet (ages 5 - 6). “Offering boys and girls of such a young age an opportunity to explore art and movement in dance classes enables them to learn about class participation, focus and confidence,” says Danielle Thienel, the new director of the School of Nashville Ballet. To learn more about the children’s program, call 297-2966 or visit nashvilleballet. com/school/children.

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ellevue entrepreneurs, and local parents, John and Kate Richardson, have launched a fun, new business that your kids will clamor for when their next birthday comes around. Rolling Video Games Nashville is a 32-foot mobile video gaming theater that features a climate-controlled internal environment and four wide screen high-definition TVs and custom stadium seats (with vibration motors) allowing 16 players to enjoy gaming together. A professional game coach accompanies each event to offer instruction and tutor players if necessary. Kids can choose from a wide selection of games on X-box 360, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3. The standard party package includes two hours of game play at your location, 30 invitations and a personalized cake for $299. Rolling Video Games Nashville serves Davidson and Williamson counties. The service is available to surrounding counties for an additional fuel surcharge. To learn more or to make a reservation, call 669-6249 or visit rollingvideogamesnashville.com.

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American Field Service (AFS) is now taking applications for host families for the next school year. AFS organizes student exchange programs, matching students to families and providing intercultural experiences for families all around the world. All types of families can host. AFS is working with Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland to exchange students and host families are needed now to assure space at schools. If you are interested in hosting, the AFS web site makes it simple in four easy steps. Go to afsusa. org/misstennky/area-team or call 1-800-8762377, ext 141. Fill out a preliminary application at afsusa.org/hostfamily.

Children can experience the art of opera geared especially for them as Nashville Opera’s On Tour Education and Outreach Program offers free performances of Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing this month. Catch the show Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (555 Fifth Ave., S., downtown) at 10 a.m. and at the Edmonson Pike Public Library (5501 Edmonson Pike, Nashville) at 2 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the show is appropriate for all ages. Learn more at nashvilleopera.org/in_your_community.

Music students in grades 5 - 12 can apply for the Nashville Symphony’s Thor Johnson Scholarship Fund, which awards $7,500 to 12 Middle Tennessee students pursuing excellence in music study. Students in grades 5 - 11 can use the scholarship for music lessons, instruments and continuing music education, while those in grade 12 can use the money for supplemental college tuition. Application deadline for 12th grade students is Friday, Feb. 10; deadline for grades 5 - 11 is Sunday, March 18. For more info, call 687-6541 or visit nashvillesymphony. org/thorjohnson.

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ashville tots will have a new place to play and learn when Gymboree Play & Music (4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180-R) opens in Green Hills early this month. Four main types of classes are available: Play & Learn, Music, Art and Sports. Classes are designed for ages 5 and younger with their parents. “I’m excited to be the first to bring this wonderful program to our community,” says Erin Alabaster, director of Nashville Gymboree Play & Music. “The play equipment was custom designed for young children, and our classes have been developed to provide a range of age-appropriate challenges and skillbuilding exercises, allowing each child to participate and learn at his own pace.” Gymboree will host free preview classes as well as an open house in early March to showcase all of the location’s programming. To learn more, call 221-9004, visit gymboreeclasses.com or e-mail nashvilletn@gymboreeclasses.com.

the ticker... BAPTIST HOSPITAL AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE MEDICAL CENTER earned

a Commitment Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Exellence. The award is given to organizations that exhibit continuous improvement and best practice processes. Learn more at sths.com.

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Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Call 356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

HIGH HOPES INCLUSIVE PRESCHOOL AND PEDIATRIC THERAPY CLINIC welcomes internationally

location in East Nashville. The new address is 114-B S. 11th St. Winter hours are Thu - Fri 4 - 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday story times begin Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. with “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.” Call 915-1960 or visit fairytalesbookstore.com.

FAIRYTALES BOOKSTORE AND MORE is now at a new

hosts a Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet Community Center. Admission to the formal event is $20 per father/daughter couple, $5 additional tickets. The center is located at 1100 Charlie

published pediatric feeding/ swallowing therapist/lactation counselor Lori Scott to its therapy team. Learn more about High Hopes at 661-5437 or visit highhopesnash.org.

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THE MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT recently

opened the newly developed 10th floor of the Doctors’ Office Tower. The additional space houses the Pediatric Pulmonary, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition clinics. Learn more at childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org.


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ur 15th annual Cover Kids event is all new this year, and it’s all happening online! One child in each of four age categories — 0 - 12 months, 13 - 24 months, 3 - 6 years and 7 - 10 years — will be selected to appear on a cover of this magazine. Here’s how it works: From Feb. 1 - April 15, upload your child’s photo at nashvilleparent.com/ coverkids (there is a $20 non-refundable submission fee, a portion of which will be donated to the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). After the submission period ends, a panel of judges — including Nashville Parent staff and local talent agents — will select 10 finalists in each age group. Once finalists are announced online, public voting begins — have all your friends and family get online and vote for your child. At the end of the two-week voting period, the child who wins the most votes in each age category will be the Cover Kid for his group, guaranteeing him a Nashville Parent magazine cover! For a complete list of rules and to enter your child in Cover Kids 2012, visit nashvilleparent.com/coverkids.

private school open houses Learn about independent education offerings this month at one of these open houses: BRENTWOOD ACADEMY (219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; 5230611; brentwoodacademy.com) Admission Day is Saturday, Feb. 4; call for reservations ... THE COVENANT SCHOOL (33 Burton Hills Drive, Nashville; 467-2313; thecovenantschool.com) Jr. Kindergarten Preview Day is Thursday, Feb. 2 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.; call to RSVP ... DAVIDSON ACADEMY (1414 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 860-5300; davidsonacademy.com) Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. ... DONELSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (300 Danyacrest Drive, Nashville; 883-2926; dcawildcats.org) Sunday, Feb. 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. ... GOODPASTURE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (619 Due West Ave., Madison; 868-2600, ext. 212; goodpasture.org) Thursday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ... GREEN HILLS CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3420 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 383-3373; greenhillschild.com) Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ... HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 824-1550; hcacrusaders.com) Thursday, Feb. 23 and Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9 - 11 a.m. ... MT. JULIET MONTESSORI ACADEMY (9695 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-0819; mjmacademy.com) Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ... ST. EDWARD SCHOOL (190 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 833-5770; stedward.org) Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 9 - 11 a.m. for pre-k and kindergarten; call to RSVP ... THE WEBB SCHOOL (319 Webb Road E., Bell Buckle; 888-733-9322; the webbschool.com) Monday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; call to register.

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ark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 4, and start planning your child’s summer fun during Nashville Parent’s annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair at Cool Springs Galleria (1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin). Meet with reps from more than 100 residential camps, local day camps and summer programs for ages 8 - 16. Find options ranging from outdoor adventures and sports to arts and science. “The chance to meet camp directors one on one and save on registration costs make it an exciting day for families,” says Stewart Day, publisher of Nashville Parent. The Summer Camp Adventure Fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free. Learn more at 256-2158 or nashvilleparent.com.

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on Sunday, Feb. 26. The event benefits Our Kids, a nonprofit that provides expert medical evaluations, crisis counseling and other services to children and families affected by child sexual abuse. During the event, more than 50 local restaurants will serve up their creations for guests alongside celebrity judges. Other highlights entail a silent auction and children’s activities, including 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 prior to Friday, Feb. 24. Call 341-4917 or visit ourkidscenter.com.

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Kids can enjoy balloon artists and other fun fare during Our Kids Soup Sunday.

register now for inaugural special kids race Special Kids, the nonprofit that provides therapeutic rehabilitation and nursing services to children ages newborn to 21 in Murfreesboro, hosts its inaugural Special Kids Race on Saturday, March 31, and registration is currently underway. This fund-raising event includes three different race distances: 15K (ages 12 and older; pace must be at least a 17-minute mile), 5K (ages 6 and older) and one mile (all ages). The race takes place at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, 1272 Garrison Drive, Murfreesboro. The 15K and 5K begin at 7 a.m. and the one-mile family fun run is at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $35 for the 15K, $25 for the 5K and $15 for the one mile. To register or to learn more, call 893-4892 or visit specialkidsrace.org.

chocolate affair benefits kids Chocoholics, this one’s for you! The third annual Chocolate Affair takes place on Friday, Feb. 10 at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Sample a variety of chocolates from around the world, dip goodies into the chocolate fountain, enjoy live music, participate in a silent auction and take in a fashion show featuring Wilson County boutiques. Proceeds benefit the 15th Judicial Child Advocacy Center, whose mission is to reduce the trauma of child abuse and facilitate the healing process for kids in Wilson County. Cumberland University is located at 1 Cumberland Square. The event takes place from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Admission is $25 per person/$40 per couple and advance registration is required. Call 449-7975 for tickets.

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sweet delights

Think outside the heart-shaped box and get your sweetie something delightful from your local bakery or sweet spot. NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

21 White Bridge Road, Nashville 354-6300 • nothingbundtcakes.com Prices vary Dote on your special Valentine, young or old, with a perfect, single serving Bundlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes! These miniature-size bundt cakes are the perfect way to give something so scrumptious to your sweeties. Always fresh and deliciously moist, choose from one of the nine signature flavors (which include red velvet, white chocolate raspberry and the sumptuously sinful chocolate chocolate chip, all covered with a silky cream cheese, buttery frosting), or opt for this month’s special flavor, lemon raspberry. Yum! Bundlets are $3.99 each, and for a few bucks more you can choose from different gift packaging options to make it all-the-more special. Also consider the store’s Bundtinis, baby bundts that are finger-food size. Get a dozen for $16.50.

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321 Sam Ridley Pkwy. W., Smyrna 462-6714 sparklecupcakecompany.com Cupcakes cost $3 Nothing says, “I love you” like a Kiss Me delight from the newest cupcake shop in Smyrna. Kiss Me (pictured right) is a Devil’s food cake chocolate ganaché filling topped with coconut buttercream and toasted coconut. You can find this and many more flavors at Sparkle Cupcake Company. Find them on Facebook, too.

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6 local locations, find one near you at gigiscupcakesusa.com Gigi’s Cupcakes are everyone’s favorite! With locations in Nashville (the original store), Germantown, Hendersonville, Spring Hill, Murfreesboro and as many as 40 stores around the country with 10 more set to open soon, Gigi’s can’t be denied. For Valentine’s, pick up a half dozen cupcakes in the Lots of Love Box for $15.99. Check out the website for all the scrumptious flavors and ordering. Also, enter the Lots of Love Sweepstakes on Facebook at facebook.com/gigiscupcakes. One local winner from each store will win dinner for two plus a dozen cupcakes. Sweet!


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t the hospital, you can bask in the glow of your shiny, new infant. Nurses respond at the flip of a switch to answer any and all questions, and your meal arrives on a tray. It may not be fabulous fare, but it arrives on time, without any effort from you. If Baby is awake and you need to sleep, the little bundle of joy can be whisked away to the nursery until he needs to eat again. There are no floors to vacuum, laundry to do or trash to be taken out. If you weren’t sore and exhausted, it may feel like a mini vacation. Going home can be daunting for a new mom, especially if she hasn’t had much exposure to infants. Fresh parents pilfer through hospital materials looking for instructions on what do with their newborn once they are on their own. Dad may add to his wife’s stress by deferring to her, like she is already an expert on their new addition. Mom is hormonally off balance, and spent from delivery, so taking Baby home can feel intimidating.


new parents Prepare in Advance As the mom of four, I have learned something new with each birth, but those first weeks are hard for even veteran moms. So in order to have a smooth postpartum homecoming, preparation needs to happen pre-baby. Here are some suggestions to include in your survival plan. It may be challenging, but not impossible to enjoy those first weeks as a new mommy. In your third trimester, make a list of what needs to be done to keep your household running on a daily and weekly basis. That way, when people ask how they can help, you can immediately give them a task. Also, this will be helpful for your husband and any other family who is planning on coming to assist you. Include lawn care and your husband’s extraneous chores as well. That will free up Dad’s hands to be first mate on helping with Baby, so Mom can recover. This is one of the most important things to remember. Use the list and ask for help. This is not the time to try to fly solo. You will need all your energy, and then some, to take care of this new little person. The first couple of weeks are like parenting boot camp. So if someone asks to help, take them up on it, and delegate a task from the list. Family, friends, neighbors and your faith community are all places where you can find support.

Key Points for Peace of Mind Visitation — Before the baby arrives, clarify your visitation policy. Do you want company in the hospital? If so, when? Do you want only certain people to come in or anyone who stops by? How long do you want visits to last? This could be a great role for Dad. Let the new father create a safe boundary for his family by discussing ahead of time what your desires are. If those requests change, then that is OK, but realize that even with boundaries, the number of guests and the weight of expectations can be heavy in the moment. A few good suggestions in regard to this area include: make a recording for your voice mail that lets callers know Mom and Baby are resting, but will call back when they are both awake and ready to talk. Another is to set a specific day/time when you will take visitors. For those unexpected drop-ins, place a sign on your front door stating that Mom and Baby are recovering and would love for them to call and set up a visit. That way you don’t feel pressured into a visit. The majority of people will understand. Prepare Your Questions — While at the hospital, both Mom and Dad should take advantage of the opportunity to ask all the questions they want. Jot them down, so you don’t forget. That is part of the nurse’s job so don’t feel like you are putting them out. Make sure you fully understand how to take care of your post-partum body and your little treasure as well. Taking Care of Yourself at Home — I know you haven’t thought about your period in about nine months, but you will need to have pads at home for awhile. It’s common to need them for up to six weeks after you deliver, and many new moms are surprised at how heavy it can be. This will save your husband from having to run to the store for you, which he will surely appreciate. Feeding Baby — Know for certain your plan for feeding your infant. There is a wealth of information on the pros and cons of breastfeeding and formula feeding. Do your research and be solid in your decision. If you are breastfeeding, will you offer a pacifier or not? Let the nursing staff know your preference. Otherwise, they may make the choice for you. Also, if you are going to formula feed, many companies will give you free samples, which can save you money. It’s a good idea for even nursing moms to have some of these samples on hand. Breastfeeding moms will want to have a good pump at home. After your milk comes in, engorgement can be uncomfortable, and pumping can help relieve pressure, and increase your milk supply. Invest in a small tube of lanolin, and

apply after every feeding. This will keep your nipples from cracking and save you discomfort. Avoid bruising by making sure Baby is latched on correctly. A trick I used while nursing was to wear a small bracelet on whichever side that I ended nursing on. This helped me to remember on which breast I would start next. This was especially useful for those early morning feedings when I was half-conscious. For first-time mom Beth Wanat, breastfeeding presented a challenge those first couple of weeks. Her newborn boy had difficulty latching on and at times she hurt so bad, she didn’t want to feed him; which only made her feel worse. But Beth encourages new moms to stick with it, saying it’s important to be patient with yourself and Baby. Eat Healthy — Remember that eating healthy is good for you and Baby. Do a grocery run before you deliver. Make sure the pantry is stocked with quick and healthy snacks. Neither Mom nor Dad will want to cook when you first come home. So you may want to freeze a few casseroles to have on hand or buy some ready-made meals. Also, many nursing moms find that they are constantly thirsty because of their body’s increased need for fluid, so keep a bottle of water handy. Keep Purchases Down — A big mistake new parents make is buying too much stuff. For example, they buy a bunch of expensive bottles and Baby won’t take them. Or, they invest in a wardrobe of nursing outfits, only to find that they don’t stick with nursing. I’ve heard of parents spending hundreds of dollars on cloth diapers, then being too exhausted to use them. Just get the basics: you can always buy more later. Before you head to the mall, check out a good list, like that at WebMD under The Essential Shopping Guide for Newborns, called, “Newborn Care: What You Need for Baby. “ (webmd.com/parenting/baby/babygear-guide-9/baby-products) Baby Blues — Know that at times, you may feel emotionally off. Baby blues affect up to 80 percent of new moms, according to babycenter.com. You may be upbeat and happy one minute and overwhelmed and crying the next. No, you have not gone crazy. But you did just have a baby, and hormones take a huge dip after birth. This should fade after about two weeks. If it doesn’t, then notify your doctor, as you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Get Plenty of Rest — Many women are not prepared for how exhausted they feel after childbirth. First-time mom Monica Rowland says, “The hardest thing about the first few weeks was all I did was feed the baby or sleep. I felt like I should be doing more. It was hard for me to slow down and let my family and friends help out. But my activity had to be severely limited to allow my C-section incision to heal.” It’s OK to take every opportunity during those first few weeks to rest, whether you’re actually sleeping or just cuddling your little one. On average, Baby will sleep 16 hours a day, some more or less depending on the infant, and he needs to eat every two to three hours. Don’t feel you need to spend Baby’s sleep time doing chores. Maybe even consider allowing Dad to give Baby a bottle during a night feeding, so Mom can get a chunk of sleep. It’s amazing how rest can boost your spirit.

Don’t Forget to Have Fun — Don’t forget the power of girlfriends. Rowland says talking to a few close friends who were further along on the Mommy Journey helped her cope with the challenges of those first weeks. She says they made her feel her concerns were normal and that she and Baby would survive. So invite your best girl over and watch a chick flick. Enjoy a laugh and soak up your new little heartbreaker. Before you know it, he will be walking, and snuggling in Momma’s arms will be a thing of the past. J Mysti Koontz is a writer and mother of four. Read her blog at adjacentpursuits.wordpress.com.

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life skills

for can-do kids

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ll kids, no matter their age, want to be independent. Good! You need them to be ... and as soon as possible, too. The best way to en-

courage your child’s independence is to give them the skills they need for it. But easy does it. First efforts and big-kid things require a lot of parental encouragement and participation. Children need to be able to take risks without feeling that their parents will criticize or cor-

Tie a Necktie

A “pratt tie” looks great on any dress occasion. First, face the mirror, tie in hand then put it around the neck. 1) Start with the necktie facing inside out, with the wide end (“W”) on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left. 2) Then cross the wide end under the narrow end. 3) Take the wide end over and under the narrow end. 4) Pull the loop down and tighten. 5) Then, take the wide end over to the right. 6) Pull the wide end up, behind the loop. 7) Bring the wide end through the knot and tighten gently.

Write a thank-you note

Some parents have their children do this, some don’t, but how else do you teach them the kindness of gift giving? For younger children, they can simply draw a picture of some kind. As they get older, they can move onto one or two sentences and evolve in time to note writing that includes more thoughts. Don’t make it a chore, make it a pleasure and talk about the thank you notes you aim to write, also. Older children also need to know how to address an envelope; this will need to be a task that is repeated often until it is learned.

rect them for doing something wrong. A child’s resiliency grows its deepest roots at home, says Robert Brooks, Ph.D., co-author of Raising Resilient Children (McGraw Hill; $17). When parents incorporate healthy doses of empathy, practical optimism, respect, unconditional love, keen listening skills and patience, kids can begin to take off! Here’s a collection of a few simple things kids can learn to do with a parent’s help:

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Grow a plant from a seed

Head to a garden center or home improvement store to browse their seeds. In a beginner’s case, start with a small styrofoam cup you can place on a windowsill. Fill your cup with planting soil. Using an easy-to-grow flower seed, show your child how to place it on top of the soil and gently push it under the surface of the soil. Place a small amount of soil over the seed and gently sprinkle a bit of water on the soil to moisten. Keep an eye on the seed each day, not allowing it to dry out and not over-soaking it. Watch what happens!

Tie your shoes

Tie your shoe while he learns to tie his and start with an easy, friendly attitude. Use lots of praise as you go through each step. Sit next to your child if you are both right or left handed, opposite him if you’re not. Cross the laces to create an “X.” Slide one under the other and pull. Form loops (“bunny ears”) with each lace. Next, cross the ears and tuck one under the other but say, “The bunny is crawling through a hole” then tighten it.


Blow your nose

This one’s easy but stumps many a parent. Turns out Kleenex has a website dedicated to tissue use (kleenex.co.uk/sneezesafe/media/tissues_to_the_rescue.htm). With tissue in-hand, tell your child to breath in through the mouth then close the mouth and let the air out the nose.

Learn to Swim

Knowing how to swim is essential for personal safety and enjoyment. The Centers for Disease Control says formal swimming lessons can prevent young children from drowning; drowning is the second highest cause of death involving unintentional injuries. Private or group lessons are available year round through the YMCAs, The Red Cross, Vanderbilt University, MTSU and other facilities. Don’t delay in giving your young child lessons.

Ride a two-wheeler

Put a helmet on your child, a longsleeved shirt and pants. Have your child help you to remove the training wheels from his bike. Next, lower the seat together until your child can sit down with his feet flat on the ground, knees bent. Head to a flat, uncrowded area such

as a dead-end. Next, let him learn how to balance without your help, moving the bike along, lifting his feet, etc. DO NOT HOLD HIS SEAT OR WALK ALONG SIDE HIM. Show him how to use his hand brake or foot brake and let him experiment. Allow him time to learn balancing/walking/stopping the bike as he needs. When you both feel confident, move the seat up so your child’s leg is about three-quarters extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke. To start, getting enough speed to provide balance is what riding is all about: Tell your child to step to the left of the bike; press the handbrake so the bike’s motionless; swing his leg in front of the seat and over but do not sit. Place the right foot on the right pedal and let go of the brake. Keep standing, push hard on the right pedal and push off the ground with the left foot. Keep pedaling and sit down!

the surface. Hold the nail between the thumb and forefinger. Next, tell him to keep his eyes focused on the head of the nail and use the hammer to gently tap the nail in place. Once the nail is standing securely on it’s own, remove your hand. Next, use three full strikes on the nail to hammer it “sweetly” to the surface. Sources: The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind (St. Martin’s Press; from $.90 on Amazon.com); The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do (Clarkson Potter; $13) Susan Day is editor in chief of this publication. She has four children who are working on doing things for themselves!

Hammer a nail

Use a standard nail and a piece of soft wood. Have your child position his nail where he wants to “drive” it. Hold the nail exactly perpendicularly to

Easy things for kids to do at home

Things older kids can learn

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• Bait a hook • Build a fire • Wash a car • CPR • Basic cooking • Pump air into a bicycle tire • Apply sunscreen • Do laundry • Pack a suitcase • Bandage a boo-boo • Pick out vegetables or fruit • Sew a button • Walk in high heels • Clean a bathroom • Hold a baby • Read a map and a compass • Understand a food label

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crush It’s just a little crush, or is it? Learn how to navigate your child’s heart strings when Cupid strikes.

By Sandra Gordon

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h, how cute.” That’s what crossed my mind when a boy from summer camp called and asked my eldest daughter, who was in fourth grade at the time, to go to the movies. (She said, “No!” then ran from the phone.) But as I witnessed, a first crush — whether it’s initiated by your child or she’s on the receiving end of the romantic attention — is definitely anything but adorable from her perspective. “Crushes are serious,” says Family Therapist Julia Simens. Like me, Simens knows from experience. When her son, Grant, was 11, he wrote a children’s book, Spirit of Saint Valentine: An Expat’s Tale of Love (AuthorHouse; $16.98), now available at amazon.com, which is about love in an international elementary school. “I hadn’t given crushes much thought until Grant opened my eyes to how important they are from a kid’s point of view,” Simens says. The fact is that Cupid’s arrow can aim low, striking kids as early as 7 or 8. And though it’s easy to trivialize this experience, a child’s emotions are just as real as the fervor we might experience when we’re infatuated. “Kids can fall in love by all developmental measures as soon as you can begin to measure their feelings,” says Carleton Kendrick, EdM, a family therapist and author of Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We’re Going to Grandma’s. “There’s no such thing as puppy love.”

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handling your child’s first crush Crushes are a healthy part of life. Besides being good practice for the future, they can teach kids a lot about relationships and themselves. On the other hand, they can also be a source of pain and difficult for your child to handle, especially into the preteen and teen years. “When the hormones kick in, kids have more of a physical response to a crush and that can be confusing because they’ve already got so much going on emotionally — from trying to figure out their identity to how to fit in socially, academically and within the family,” says Stephanie Haen, a licensed clinical social worker. Though you may not always need to get involved, there are things you can do — and things you shouldn’t — to help your child deal with love’s first blush. After counseling hundreds of parents on this issue, our experts weigh in on the dos and don’ts of managing this tender milestone.

DO:

Have talks, but not “the talk.” Help your elementary-age child prepare to deal with a crush, which is a distant cousin to dating, by having an ongoing dialogue from a young age in a way she can understand about being respectful of her own body and herself. Then, as your child ages into the pre-teen and teen years, keep talking. These days, pre-teens and teens can put pressure on each other to add sexual exploration to the equation under the misguided notion that if they don’t have sex with their crush, it’s not really love. “This is a big change from what it used to be like with kids 10 or 15 years ago,” says Kendrick. So be aware of what’s going on, and acknowledge it with your child. “You can say, ‘You might feel pressured. But you don’t have to do anything. You need to trust your feelings of being uncomfortable. And even if you’re a little bit curious, that doesn’t mean you have to say yes,’” he says. To bring up tough subjects like these and get your child talking, a good way to start, is “Gee, I’ve read that ...” then fill in the blank with what you want to address, such as “girls are having oral sex and they’re only 13. Do you think that’s going on at your school?” Keeping the discussion going — despite all the eye rolling — lets your child know that you know what she might be going through and builds trust so she is more likely to come to you for advice if she needs to.

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Let your child learn from the experience. If your child has a crush and it’s unrequited, don’t trivialize it by saying things like, “Oh, you’ll get over it,” or “Well, that was just puppy love.” Instead, console him and let him be upset and grieve the loss. But also stress that rejection is a normal part of life, that that’s what dating (teens) is all about ... that you don’t always find the right person and it’s not always reciprocated, Haen says. Teach your child how to deal with unwanted romantic attention. If another child has a crush on your child and it’s not mutual, encourage your child to politely nip it in the bud. Role play at home and have him practice an “I’m not interested” script, such as, “Thanks for all the notes, but I really wish you wouldn’t give them to me anymore because they’re upsetting me.” If that doesn’t work, call the other child’s parents. (If you’ve got a child in middle school or beyond, talk to your child first, before making that phone call.) Unwanted attention feels like pressure for children of all ages. Kids on the receiving end of crushes can suffer from psychosomatic symptoms such as stomachaches and headaches and not want to go to school. “It’s the same kind of thing I’ve witnessed with kids who’ve been bullied,” Kendrick says. Monitor the situation. Kids, especially tweens and teens, in reciprocal crushes can take things to the extreme by, for example, texting until all hours or spending lots of their free time with each other because they’re mimicking what they’ve observed in their older siblings or the adults around them. So be sure to set boundaries, such as curfews and limits on computer and phone time, to help your child balance his responsibilities with his social life. If you get the sense, though, that your child must have contact with his crush to get through the day, or that he’s no longer spending time with his friends or concentrating on his school work because he’s so focused on his crush, or that his behavior could change into stalking, he may need professional help to sort out why the crush has become obsessive. “It could be a sign of something else that’s going on in his life,” says Haen. “Kids might cling to a crush if things are rocky at home between their parents, they’re struggling in school for the first time or something’s going on in their social circle.”

DON’T:

Out your child’s crush. “One of the most dangerous things I see parents do is comment on their child’s crush in front of the child to other adults or to their child’s friends,” says Simens. Such insensitivity leads to embarrassment and undermines the confidence your child has in you. If your child can’t trust you with that sensitive information, how can he come to you with other important stuff in the future? “You want your kids to know they can come to you with questions and talk to you without being judged or made fun of,” Haen says. Micromanage your child’s love life. If you know your preteen or teenage child has a crush on someone, don’t fan the flames by suggesting, for example, that she tell that person how much she likes him. “Imposing your more adult-oriented behavior onto the situation can lead your child to go further with a crush than she was wishing or contemplating, which can make her feel uncomfortable” says Kendrick. If you’ve got a child in elementary school, however, it may be appropriate to suggest and arrange a play date with the object of your child’s affection, if your son or daughter would like that. But it’s not healthy for kids in elementary school to “date.” That sort of exclusivity with another person limits your child socially. “Kids need many options to make connections with people beyond the boy or girl they have a crush on,” says Kendrick. Permit a sleepover “Today’s parents struggle with setting limits in general,” says Haen. So if your child asks to have a sleepover with her mutual crush (it happens), say no, but in a respectful way. (Sleepovers with crushes of the opposite sex, in elementary school and beyond, aren’t age appropriate.) Keep it neutral by saying something like, “It’s really nice that you like hanging out with Jimmy, but a sleepover isn’t going to take place.” Keep in mind that when it comes to crushes, your child can be crushed by your reaction to it. No matter what happens, “It’s never instructive or healthy to belittle or shame your child about it,” Kendrick says. J Sandra Gordon is a mother and freelance writer.


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LEARN TO SAVE WITH COUPONS

verybody’s in on couponing now, and if you’re not you know you should be. Long gone is the taboo of cutting up the Sunday circular, but there’s lots more to it than that; it’s practi-

cally a life science. In the name of helping busy families save money, we asked Kelly Hancock, founder of Faithful Provisions, to help families get in on the game. Turn the page for Hancock’s answers to our couponing queries! (please turn the page)

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LEARN TO SAVE WITH COUPONS

NP: Please describe how Faithful Provisions works. Faithful Provisions (faithfulprovisions.com) is a daily resource that helps readers save money in every area of spending. Readers can sign up (it’s free!) to receive a daily e-mail filled with different deals, coupons and informative articles on ways to save. Some of our readers’ favorite posts are our store deals and coupon match-ups. We do all the work for you! For example, if you shop at Kroger, we look through the sale ad, tell you what the best deals are for that week, and then we do the coupon match-ups so that you can save the most money! We even have a Weekly Meal Plan post on Sundays with ideas on what to cook with what you find on sale. On the Nashville Provisions (nashvilleprovisions.com) site, we focus on local free events (including consignment sales) and great deals for the Nashville reader. We also compile all the daily deal sites for the Nashville area (Groupon, Sharing Spree, Eversave, Plum District and more) and blast those out via e-mail every day. You don’t have to go looking for those deals, we find them and put them together for you! You just look through our e-mail to see what interests you, and you’ll save money!

NP: Lots of busy moms say they just don’t have time to coupon although they DO want to save money on groceries. How much time does it take to get started with Faithful Provisions (getting started seems to be the most time intensive part) and then to keep it going? I agree — couponing can be very time intensive. In fact, when it comes to saving money on your grocery bill, I always recommend that you don’t even start with couponing. To save money, it’s critical to begin with meal planning and stocking ahead. First, master those skills, and then you can add to your savings by incorporating couponing. These savings strategies build on each other. The process of getting organized, along with the learning curve when starting something new (like meal planning, stocking ahead and couponing), will naturally take some time. However, once you start doing it, your time will go down incrementally. In my book, Saving Savvy: Smart and Easy Ways to Cut Your Spending in Half and Raise Your Standard of Living … and Giving! I offer savings ideas for people who have more time to spend and those who have less time to spend. We are

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all unique, with different schedules and different demands on our time.

NP: What about the naysayers who insist couponing makes them buy things they don’t want? Can they I just stick to a food budget and save without all the stockpiling? Yes, most certainly. One of the biggest snares in couponing is purchasing an item just because it’s a good deal. You have to ask yourself some questions, such as, “Just because it’s a good deal, do I need it? Is it healthy?” There is a lot of money to be saved in simply sticking to a budget, and doing that by meal planning and stockpiling. You don’t have to coupon to begin using those savings strategies. Your favorite cereal may be on sale BOGO (Buy One, Get One) and you may not have any coupons to match with it, but just purchasing it at a 50 percent savings, you are saving money on an item you know your family will eat and enjoy. So buy several boxes when it goes on sale, enough to get you through until it goes on sale again. Knowing the sales cycles on your frequently purchased items is part of the learning curve.

NP: Couponing seems like a science when you get right down to it. Why doesn’t everyone use coupons?! It is a science! But people are probably mostly put off by how time consuming it really is. An avid couponer usually has more time to put toward couponing. The truth is that time is money. When you put a lot of time into couponing, you will save more money. However, you can still find ways to save that fit with how much time you do have. What you have to look at is how much time is worth the amount that you are saving. For example, if I spend 20 hours a week couponing, and I save $100 a week, then it’s as though I just made $5 an hour at this 20-hour-a-week job. Then it is a personal judgment call: Is it worth it for you? If you are a stay-at-home mom and you can spend 20 hours a week working from home, still with your kids, dressed however you want, working whatever hours you want, then it might be. That’s the key. The key is knowing what your time is worth.

NP: Is it true that you spend about $40 - $50 a week on your family’s groceries? My budget has gone up a little bit since I was able to say that, plus we’ve had another child. Today, I have less time to coupon because I am homeschooling my kids and running Faithful Provisions. When I was only spending $40 a week, I had more time to dedicate to couponing. I had one small child at home and no other responsibilities. For me, at

that stage of my life, it was worth the time I put into it. At this season in my life, we have increased our budget somewhat, especially now that we have two children. Although I’m still using coupons, I am placing a heavier emphasis on meal planning and stocking ahead as my primary savings tools, and I still save TONS!

NP: On your website, you have all the local stores listed and organized with coupons and tutorials — it’s amazing — and it actually seems kind of fun. Can families coupon together? Do you think children can help with it? Most definitely, and I encourage couponing to be a family thing. It’s a life-long skill to teach your children the benefits of saving money, and well worth the time you spend educating them. My daughter will frequently sit with me, and we look at the weekly ads together to determine what is on sale and what we will buy. I show her how to make choices according to our budget options. She learns that we don’t just buy because we want it. We buy because we need it and it fits within our budget. When we are careful with our choices, looking at our needs first, there is room for some of our wants as well. Her job is to cut out the coupons that we are using each week. She is learning things like fine motor skills along with those financial skills of being a good money manager even at age 6.

NP: If I shop at different stores to get the best deals around town, am I not spending a lot of gas money? Isn’t it easier to buy bulk at Costco or Sam’s? Going to multiple stores depends on what you need, what is on sale and the geography. My decision is based on what I need, what the stock-ahead items are and how much time I have. The trick is in planning your trip according to where you are going to be during the week, and if it will it be convenient and worth your time. I know that many shoppers think of warehouse and wholesale clubs when they think of buying in bulk. But you don’t have to be a member of a club to buy in bulk. Bulk buying is something you can do at your local grocery store on a weekly basis. For example, when your grocery is running a “10 for $10” sale on toothpaste, meaning it is only $1 per tube, then buy 10 tubes! Sure, that’s 10 extra dollars you’re spending that week, but what a deal! This is much better than buying toothpaste one at a time, when it is at regular price, and paying around $3 per tube for it. 


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eneath Amy Chua’s personal struggle in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother lies a deeper ambivalence about learning: What on earth should we do with our children outside of school, during unstructured free time? Chua is at times conflicted but wryly proud of her intense, authoritarian solution, a luxury reserved for high-achieving, high-functioning parents. At the end of this best-seller, I felt rattled by Chua’s belief that education happens only in connection to school or homemade settings that are rigorously academic. So entrenched is this education-school link that year-round school is routinely proposed as the answer to educational deficits among U.S. youth. Ironically, summer holds the potential to endow children and adolescents with the life skills and values they need to become healthy adults with important careers that make meaningful contributions to society. Formal schooling has tremendous value, but one key to a complete education is a high-quality camp experience. Research on the benefits of summer camp has conclusively validated 150 years of conventional wisdom. Camp does accelerate the development of young people’s social skills, self-esteem, independence, spirituality, sense of adventure, and environmental awareness. Astute camp directors know that combining community living away from home with a natural setting and a recreational premise creates hearty, happy, healthy children who know how to work together, win with humility and lose with grace. They become resilient, motivated and emotionally intelligent. In the United States and around the world, visionary adults have created excellent children’s camps; our challenge now is to give camp to many more children. For every child who attends summer camp in the United States, there are about five who do not. Ethnic minority children, including Chua’s own biracial children, are especially under-represented at U.S. camps.

What Sets You Up for Success Since biblical times, wise adults have outlined the youthful precursors to success-

special section ful adulthood. Every decade or so, a new group of adults laments the shortcomings of that generation’s youth and restates their vision about how those young people can overcome their failings. Most recently, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills recast the optimal outcomes of youth development as aptitude in: professionalism/work ethic; oral and written communication; teamwork/collaboration; and critical thinking. If corporate America is smart enough to understand that applied skills are essential for success, when will parents wake up to the importance of summer camp? Summer camp was predictably absent from the recommendations in Are They Really Ready to Work? (co-authored by The Partnership). Yet the report, published in 2006, suggests a variety of action steps that camps have been taking since the mid-1800s. These include: teaching young people to make appropriate choices concerning health and wellness; offering activities that nurture creative thinking and socially skilled problem-solving; and providing opportunities for leadership. Some would have us believe that fun learning is an oxymoron anywhere beyond preschool. If we stay fixed in that mindset, summer camp is doomed, along with our children’s mental health. Happiness is not a quaint byproduct of leisure; it’s the driving force behind success. We do our best — at work, at play and in relationships — when we’re having fun. From that standpoint, summer camp becomes the perfect complement to traditional education. To Harvard University’s president, Charles W. Eliot, this was clear in 1922 when he declared, “The organized summer camp is the most important step in education that America has given the world.” Parents should know that Eliot’s wise words pale in comparison to the words of enthusiasm that young people routinely use to describe their camp experience, such as: • “At camp, I make friends easily.” • “At camp, I get to try new things… stuff that might not be cool at school.”

• “At camp, the pressures of school disappear, and I can just relax and have fun.” • “At camp, I can be a leader by setting a good example for my friends.” • “At camp, I feel close to nature and to the planet.” • “At camp, I get to be myself.”

Transforming Kids Parents might be surprised to know that it is this last response, “At camp, I get to be myself,” that holds the most transformative power for youth. When boys and girls find their authentic voices in a safe, nurturing and challenging environment, they experience a rush of self-confidence. This self-confidence then carries forward into other domains at home, school and beyond. It fuels their willingness to explore and learn, which is a key predictor of later success. A high-quality camp experience does more than halt summer learning loss; it provides experiences that accelerate development in the very direction employers crave. To quote one of my former leaders-intraining from Camp Belknap, “What I learned at Princeton and in medical school never could have prepared me to be chief resident at Johns Hopkins. It was my experience at summer camp that earned me that spot. I’m confident it’s also what will make me a good parent.” What more could moms and dads possibly need to hear to convince them of the necessity of enrolling their son or daughter in summer camp? Although many U.S. schools need serious improvement, we have less of an educational deficit than many believe. We have summer camps, created a century and a half ago by professional educators to bolster classroom education. It is now a moral imperative that we fulfill our commitment to our children by embracing the complementary relationship between schools and camps.  Christopher Thurber, Ph.D., is a board-certified clinical psychologist and author. This article was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Camp e-News. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association.

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AWAY/RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Animal Camp at Cub Creek

16795 Hwy E, Rolla, MO 573-458-2125 myanimalcamp.com • director@bearriverranch.com 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 with spacious, air-conditioned cabins, swimming pool and great food, all on more than 240 acres. Junior camps for ages 7 - 11. Senior camps for ages 12 - 16. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Camp Laney

916 West River Road, Mentone 256-634-4066 camplaney.com • rmhammond@mindspring.com 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. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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599 Jones Mill Road, La Vergne 459-3971 campyi.org • campyidirector@gmail.com Beautifully situated on 175 acres overlooking Percy Priest Lake, Camp Y.I. has been a summer playground for thousands of youth since 1945. Activities such as kneeboarding, skiing, tubing, canoeing, horseback riding, climbing, obstacle course, team building, creating and more have encouraged campers to play, learn and grow in the outdoors. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Deer Run Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 794-2918 camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org On 100 wooded acres just south of Franklin. Campers grow in character, respect, leadership and build life-long friendships. Six nights (Sun. p.m. - Sat. a.m.). Preteen to high school (completed grades 3 - 12). Activities include horseback riding, aqua park, kayaks, zip line, ropes course, climbing tower, paintball, night hiking, BB guns, archery, wiffle ball, wild water games, skits, worship, small group Bible study. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their week. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Horton Haven Christian Camp

1750 Bear Pnd Road, Hartford, ME 201-612-5125 campwekeela.com • ephram@campwekeela.com A coed residential camp nestled on Little Bear Pond in the beautiful state of Maine. Water skiing, tennis, outdoor adventure, land sports, water sports, creative, performing and culinary arts are core components of our programs. We also offer an Outdoor Adventure Tripping program. Our campers may cycle in Acadia National Park, explore Bar Harbor or camp out under the infinite Maine starlit sky. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg 931-364-7656 hortonhaven.org • info@hortonhaven.org FB: HortonHavenChristianCamp Affordable and conveniently located one hour south of Nashville. One-week sessions for ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14 and 15 - 18. Campers participate in horseback riding, archery, air rifles, canoeing, crafts, swimming and many other exciting activities. Teens can experience our 45 ft. high zipline that spans 600 ft. Bible lessons are taught daily. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Camp Woodmont

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381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 706-398-0833 campwoodmont.com • alyson@campwoodmont.com On Lookout Mountain in northwestern 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, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. Open House May 20, 2 - 5 p.m. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

at Vanderbilt University, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville 410-2284 nashvillechineseschool.org • ncssummercamp@gmail.com The first Mandarin Chinese immersion camp in Nashville. Camps held on the Vanderbilt campus. Taught by certified native speakers from the Nashville Chinese School. Beginners to advanced learners, ages 8 17. Experience authentic culture from language to martial arts to traditional cuisine. Camp registration starts Mar. 1. Space is limited. continued on page 55 ...

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757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 800-882-0722 riverviewcamp.com • info@riverviewcamp.com 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. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

TPGA Junior Golf Academy

400 Franklin Road, Franklin 790-7600 golfhousetennessee.com/academy • gcude@pgahq.com The TPGA Junior Golf Academy is an overnight camp for ages 10 - 17. Located at the Golf House TN Learning Center, the Academy is for players of all ability levels. The Golf House TN Learning Center also offers day clinics for ages 4 - 17. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 valleyviewranch.com • info@valleyviewranch.com Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 60 girls, 8 - 17; 1 - 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4 6 hours daily with your own horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls dreams come true. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch 360-2297 campwidji.org • dlogsdon@ymcamidtn.org 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. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com continued on page 57 ...

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Battle Ground Academy Summer Camps

336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin 794-3501 battlegroundacademy.org • roc.batten@mybga.org BGA summer camps have something for children of all ages beginning at age 5. From sports to enrichment to academic camps, you can spend the summer at BGA. Conveniently located in Franklin, access is easy from I-65, Franklin Road and Hillsboro Road. Before- and after-care is available.

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219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood 373-0611 x165 brentwoodacademy.com/camps • mike_vazquez@brentwoodacademy.com Brentwood Academy offers summer day camps for boys and girls beginning in Kindergarten through high school. 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! see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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506 Legacy Drive, Smyrna 378-7845 carpeartista.com • ron.alley@carpeartista.com Need a place where you can be active, creative and dramatic? Spring Break and Summer Arts Camps by Carpe Artista/Actors Point Theatre, located in Smyrna and Hendersonville. Children grades 3 – 12 will experience dramatic theater, visual arts and a rock band experience. Registration information is available online.

Camp Idyllwild

1900 Belmont Ave., Nashville 460-6431 belmont.edu/biology/bbb • terri.templeman@belmont.edu Our 20th year. 2- or 3-hour day camps introduce children to the biology of insects and other arthropods. Short field trips to collect and observe insects taken daily. Children are encouraged to bring in insects for discussion. Materials such as collecting equipment, field guides and refreshments will be provided. Class sizes range from 10 - 20 students. All classes will meet on Belmont University campus.

3139 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River 383-0589 campidyllwild.com • campidyllwild@gmail.com 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. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin 595-7547 creeksideridingstables.com • creeksidestables@gmail.com Offers summer riding day camps, Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. every week during June and July. Lessons and family trail rides also available. Lessons and camps teach proper riding techniques, grooming, safe handling and tacking up. Fun and adventure for ages 5 and up.

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1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 377-9606 franklinschoolofperformingarts.com • info@franklinschoolofperformingarts.com Featuring one week summer camps: Ballet Princess (ages 4 - 8); Dance Sampler (ages 6 - 10); Jazz and Tap (ages 7 - 12); and Hip-Hop and Street Dance (age 6 - 13). Also offering weekly classes in acting, creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, fitness for kids (ages 8 - 12) and stretching (ages 10 - 18). Celebrating our 21st year! View our website for camp details.

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3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 794-2918 camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org Grades K - 5 and Adventure Day Camps grades 6 - 8. On 100 wooded acres just south of Franklin. Mon. Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended care available. Bus service from six locations. Aqua park, kayaks, zip line, kickball, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, interactive Bible study. Adventure Camps include 3-D archery, Leap of Faith, paintball, tree climbing with ropes and harnesses, outdoor education and survival skills. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their week. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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5115 Maryland Way, Brentwood 367-0819 drfriday.com/kids • friday@drfriday.com We provide real situations that reward focus, determination, teamwork, creativity, communication skills and self-esteem. The children enjoy participating in hands-on activities to learn the business basics and have fun doing it. Children ages 8 - 14 yrs. Visit our website for prices, dates and times. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com continued on page 60 ...

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Ensworth School – Big E Sports Camps

7401 Hw. 100, Nashville 301-8916 bigecamps.com • smith@ensworth.com 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.

Father Ryan High School

700 Norwood Drive, Nashville 383-9056 fatherryan.org/camps Sessions begin May 28 and run through July 20. Camps offered for rising K – grade 12 in activities like sports, art and web design. New offerings include a strength training camp. After-care available. Registration and schedules available online. Early registration discount available through Feb. 15.

Fellowship School of Dance

1210 Franklin Road, Brentwood 277-9434 fellowshipnashville.org/children/school-of-dance Dance this summer at Fellowship School of Dance! We are pleased to offer a variety of dance camps and intensive training opportunities for students ranging from ages 3 - 20. Class size is limited, so register early.

Firstlight Arts Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste 108, Brentwood 202-6426 firstlightart.org Art instruction for enthusiastic kids, teens, & adults! Drawing, painting and cartooning for ages 4 - adult. Summer camps & classes, as well as ongoing school-year programs. In Cool Springs.

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4700 Franklin Road, Nashville 831-0769 franklinroadacademy.com • martinj@franklinroadacademy.com With new and exciting camps, Summer FRA is the place to be for your camp experience! Camps for preK - grade 8, as well as adults. Offering the ultimate in scheduling flexibility with week-long, half-day camps including sports, enrichment, arts and academics. Half-day camps can be combined to make a full day and create a one-of-a-kind camp experience. Extended day service offered for before and after camps. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Harding Academy Summer Programs

170 Windsor Drive, Nashville 948-7005 hardingacademy.org • jankowskia@hardingacademy.us Harding offers week-long day camps for children preK - grade 8. Camp favorites include film, theater, Mr. Bond’s science adventures and camps that are wacky and fun. Our popular athletic camps include volleyball, football, soccer and lacrosse for all skill levels. Camps run from Jun. 11 - 29 and Jul. 9 - Aug. 3. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Harpeth Hall Summer Camps

3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville 297-9543 harpethhall.org • sacha.bone@harpethhall.org Whether it is serving a tennis ball or serving others, catching bugs or catching basketballs, stringing violins or stringing gemstones, there is so much to try this summer at Harpeth Hall. Girls of all ages can spend half- and full-days at our week-long academics, arts and athletics camps.

Harpeth Youth Soccer Association

7385 Old Harding Road, Nashville 662-1466 hysa-tn.org HYSA has an array of camps and clinics available to soccer players of all ages and skill levels. Great coaches and great facilities.

Horton Haven Christian Camp

3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg 931-364-7656 hortonhaven.org • info@hortonhaven.org Come out and explore! Each day is filled with laughter and adventure. Activites include inflatable water slides, bible lessons, crafts, guided horseback rides, swimming and much more. Choose from three oneweek sessions or come back for all three (Jun. 25 - 29, Jul. 19 - 23 and Jul. 16 - 20). Space is limited. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies

Camps held on the Vanderbilt campus 1-888-709-TECH (8324) internaldrive.com • info@internalDrive.com Gain a competitive edge! Ages 7 - 18 create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at week-long, day and overnight programs held at Vanderbilt, UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory, Stanford and others. Also 2-week, teen-only programs held at Yale, Duke, Harvard and other universities: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography). see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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Let it Shine Gymnastics

1892 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 369-3547 lisgym.com • gyminfo@letitshinegym.com We offer a super funtastic summer camp. Ages 3 - 12. Camp is 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with extended care available from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids will have a funtastic time on our trampolines, zip line, rocket blaster, star castle and rock wall, as well as participating in volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, swimming and gymnastics. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Mr Bond the Science Guy Summer Camps

Multiple locations including MPA, Harding Academy, GJCC and BGA 573-2702 keith@mrbondscienceguy.com Energy Camp, CSI-Nashville, Space Camp, Crazy Chemistry Camp, Bizarre Science, Mini Bizarre Science (perfect for 4 - 5 year olds) and Environmental Science. Come have fun and learn. As Mr. Bond says, “Just Goo It!”

Nashville Shores

4001 Bell Road, Hermitage 889-7050 nashvilleshores.com • info@nashvilleshores.com Nashville Shores Summer Camp is a program for children ages 5 - 12 featuring crafts, educational games, junior lifeguard classes, swim lessons, nature activities, lake sports and fun time in the water park. The summer camp is a day camp that is one week long, Mon. - Fri. Visit our website for more information. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Oak Hill Day Camp

4815 Franklin Road, Nashville 298-9583 fpcnashville.org/recreation • lgreen@fpcnashville.org Traditional day camp for children 3.5 yrs. – grade 8 in the heart of Nashville. Swimming, horseback riding, ropes course, archery, sports and more. ACA accredited.

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Our Savior Lutheran Academy Camps

5110 Franklin Road, Nashville 833-1500 oslanashville.org Weekly camps begin Jun. 11. More than 20 camps (both half- and full-day options) in a great Christian environment at an affordable price.

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary

545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 370-4672 owlshill.org • owlshill@bellsouth.net Owl’s Hill Camps offer “Summer As It Used To Be!” Camps include Screech Owl (ages 5 - 7), Nature Ranger (ages 8 - 11) and Adventurers (ages 5 - 11). All feature nature-related activities, catching tadpoles, building forts and wildlife programs featuring live animals. Sessions are small so campers get personal attention. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Ready for Spanish

Camps held in Nashville, Antioch and Franklin 484-0855 readyforspanish.com • info@readyforspanish.com Weekly enrichment camps explore the Spanish language, customs and cultures. Students develop vocabulary and apply their knowledge through games, songs, dances, crafts, sports, stories and dialogs. Students develop the vocabulary necessary to carry out activities based on the weekly theme. Students also participate in academic sessions that challenge them to think critically and enhance skills. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com continued on page 64 ...

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On Percy Priest Lake in Rutherford County One week: $375 | Two weeks: $675 (Day Camp $185 per week)

Overnight & Day * Swimming* Climbing Horseback Riding * Knee Boarding Open House: March 18, 25 April 1, 22, 29 1:00 – 4:00pm www.campyi.org * 615-459-3971

School of Nashville Ballet

3630 Redmon St., Nashville 297-2966 ext. 33 nashvilleballet.com • kspinazzola@nashvilleballet.com Dance camps and junior intensives for students ages 3 - 15. Half- and full-day options are available with locations in both Nashville and Brentwood. Students bring their own sack lunch and drink. Have fun, make new friends and learn from the best.

Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp/ TN Teens Rock Camp

Murfreesboro and Nashville sgrrc.org • tnrockcamp.org Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a summer day camp for girls ages 10 - 17. SGRRC’s mission is to support a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among girls while building community through music. SGRRC recognizes the potential of every young woman to be a strong, talented, creative and empowered individual while providing a safe space where all girls rock.

Tap Root Farm

4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin 794-3358 taprootfarm.com Children will learn about farm life, where real food comes from and how it grows. They will work with large and small animals, understanding what it takes and how to care for them. Campers will be a member of a farm family team in which they will have responsibilities. Tap Root Summer Farm Camp is about young people taking an opportunity to get back in touch with themselves.

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Harding offers one-week long day camps for children PK through 8. Camp favorites include film, theater, Mr. Bond’s science adventures, and camps that are wacky and fun! Our popular athletic camps include volleyball, football, soccer, and lacrosse for all skill levels. Contact Amanda Jankowski at jankowskia@hardingacademy.org www.hardingacademy.org and click on Summer Programs

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636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville 832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org • tonya@travellersrestplantation.org Travellers Rest’s summer camps are one of Nashville’s best hidden treasures full of adventure, creativity, mystery, and fun! Learn the mysteries of the past with History’s Mysteries camp. Put a stitch in time with our great sewing camp. Become a museum leader in the Junior Docent program. Or embark on an adventure with Civil War and Frontier Adventure camp! see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

USN Summer Camps (University School of Nashville)

2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville 566-7046 usn.org/summer • jkleiner@usn.org Make USN Summer Camps your choice for a fun and enriching experience this summer. Many of the camps are led by members of our talented faculty who bring their expertise and varied passions to diverse programming in sports, academics, the arts and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon scheduling allows either full- or half-day experiences. After-care available from 4 - 5 p.m. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Watkins College of Art and Design

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 383-4848 watkins.edu/community • community@watkins.edu Watkins’ Summer of the Arts programs provide art-making experiences that engage and inspire youth ages 5 - 18 to find their inner artist. The fundamentals of art are taught while individual creativity and self-expression are encouraged. Class topics include clay, cartooning, bookmaking, printmaking, painting, fiber arts and more.

The Wave Daycamp at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville

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

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Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview 799-9925 whippoorwill.com • whippoorwill@starband.net Celebrating our 40th summer! Campers choose their own activities. Daily activities include creek play, horseback riding, arts and crafts, zip line, rappelling and more. We provide a safe and fun environment where campers enjoy the wonder of the outdoors and make lifelong friendships. Bus transportation is provided from Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com continued on page 68 ...

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CALL 423-472-6070 or 706-398-0833 A Summer, Farm Day Camp for the Sports Competitor, Nature Seeker and Animal Enthusiast! Ages 5-12 7 Week-Long Sessions May 28 - July 16 9 am - 3:15 pm

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BarnSwallowSummerCamp.com 9667 Luther Lane, Bon Aqua, TN 37025 (615) 533-5369 or (931) 670-6590 Transportation Provided with Three Locations for Pick-up/Drop-off!

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106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 615-447-1397 firstbaptisthendersonville.com • daycamp@fbchtn.org In the Wave, our primary focus is to encourage each camper in their relationship with the Lard and to have a blast while doing it. We are a high-energy summer program where campers move from one exciting activity to the next. We pride ourselves in being unquestionably safe.

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YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

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4004 Hillsboro Road, Nashville Call or come by today! (615) 385-7997 Visit www.nashvilledancecenter.com for classes and schedules.

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3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 campwidji.org • dlogsdon@ymcamidtn.org Voted #1 Day Camp by Nashville Parent readers 14 years in a row! Serving boys and girls rising grade 1 - grade 8. Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from downtown Nashville. Bus transportation is available. Activities include water skiing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, Tom Sawyer swing, The Blob, 150 ft. Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hockey, alpine tower, zip line, fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

SUMMER ACTIVITIES AND AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS Above The Rim Basketball Academy

in the Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro 390-0982 abovetherimgym.com 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.

Advantage Models and Talent

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 802, Franklin 790-5001 advantagemodel.com • info@advantagemodel.com Dream of being on TV, a fashion model, on Broadway? Start experiencing your dream! We help you realize your potential through quality training, superior representation and successful placement. Modeling classes: runway, photo posing, nutrition, interview skills and etiquette. Acting for TV classes: commercials, monologue, scene study, cold read. Also offering summer camps. Visit our website for details.

Barfield School of Dance

2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro 896-3118 barfieldschoolofdance.com • mail@barfieldschoolofdance.com We offer dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, Irish, Kinderdance and Kindermusik, ages newborn - adult. All programs are developmentally appropriate and designed to meet the needs of each dancer. Our goal is to develop within each dancer a love for and a skill in the art of dance providing a sound dance education. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

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1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 890-6755 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro 893-6003 bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com 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! see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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Bolton Music Therapy

Questions? Call (615) 794-3358

Serving All of Middle Tennessee 715-1232 boltonmusictherapy@gmail.com Offering individual and group music therapy services, regular and adaptive guitar and piano lessons, parentchild music classes and musical birthday parties. Drumming classes designed to improve communication and leisure skills for children with developmental disabilities starting soon in Murfreesboro and Franklin. Our mission is to use music to look beyond limitations and discover the ability of each child. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Dance in Bloom

7982 Coley Davis Road, Bellevue 662-4819 danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com Located just off I-40 and Hwy. 70 in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers excellent classes for ages 2 and up. Quality training (with an emphasis on proper technique and terminology) is offered in a fun and upbeat environment. Classes available in creative movement, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pom and tumbling. Fun and affordable birthday party packages are also available!

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Spend your summer with us! A few reasons why summer camp at Our Savior is awesome: • Christian environment • Daily devotions • More than 20 camps • Experienced, licensed teachers • Half-day and full-day options • Affordable price

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Get your Rock ! Education Classes held inside BB kings Blues Club! 1st - 8th grade students form a band and learn to play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and sing.

Perform Live at BB kings Blues Club! Classes are held in the afternoon and meet once a week. No experience required. 14 week session. Wednesdays beginning February 22nd.

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My Gym

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1, Franklin 599-7003 ebdtdanceandarts.ning.com • ebdtdance@ureach.com 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. Non-mandatory in-school dance concerts to teach performance skills.

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 371-5437 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville 824-8002 my-gym.com/brentwood • my-gym.com/hendersonville We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low studentteacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

Mobile Music Academy

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mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com 301-8589 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.

Mpact Sports

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood 377-3444 mpactgymnastics.com 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!

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington 419-1089 peachtreefarms.com • polly@peachtreefarms.com PFEC offers afternoon and weekend lesson programs for those who want to learn how to ride safely and correctly. Both English and Western lessons are offered in a great environment where children can have fun and fresh air after a stressful day at school. For the serious rider, the CHA-approved facility and USPC Riding Center offer a chance to excel in competition.

School of Dance and Music

2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville 298-5271 2228 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 754-9186 danceandmusicnow.com School of Dance and Music has over 40 years of dance history and is now also offering top quality music instruction. With two locations, a focus on quality instruction, and customer service you are sure to find something special for your child. Dance classes available in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, gymnastics, and more. Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and girls. Music instruction available on all popular instruments, private and group. Voted #1 dance studio by Nashville Parent readers for 10 consecutive years! see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin 790-8775 sylvanfranklin@gmail.com -and2000 Richard Jones Road, Suite 178, Nashville (Green Hills) 292-3900 sylvangreenhills@gmail.com -and110 Glancy St., Suite 211, Nashville (Rivergate) 860-9111 northdavidsonsylvan@gmail.com Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation.

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ids of all ages can enjoy the return of the Magic Circle Mime Company when it joins the Nashville Symphony’s Pied Piper series show, “Music, Noise and Silence.” Three meddlesome spirits fill the symphony hall as Noise and Silence work to seize control of the orchestra. Kids in the audience can help Conductor Kelly bring harmony back to the symphony, which will play works by Bach, Strauss, Mendelssohn and more. Be sure to arrive one hour prior to the concert so your children can enjoy hands-on activities throughout the building. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. The concert takes place at 11 a.m. Tickets are $16.50 - $29. Call 687-6400 or visit nashvillesymphony.org.

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wed 1 FREE Kids Hour Ages 1 - 10 can join the Groove Club for music and movement. Whole Foods, 1566 McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 567-3687 or grooveclubkids.com. Music City Roots, Live From the Loveless Café Jim Lauderdale hosts a night of music also featuring Darrell Scott, The Special Consensus and more. Loveless Café Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 18; musiccityroots.com. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a Groundhog Day program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make chocolate pretzel pud-

ding. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Valentine’s Coloring Contest Ages 3 - 10 can pick

up a coloring sheet and color for prizes in each age group: 3 - 4 years, 5 - 6 years, 7 - 8 years and 9 - 10 years. Entries accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 799-9931 or wcparksandrec. com.

thu 2 FREE Animé Club Ages 12 - 18 can participate in an hour of

nonstop animé action. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 5 p.m.; 793-7303 or http://libraryteenspace.lavergnetn.gov.

Bank of America Pops Series: Marvin Hamlisch

Conductor and infamous songwriter Marvin Hamlisch joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music from stage and screen. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $129; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Dierks Bentley Enjoy a night of country music starring Dierks Bentley with Will Hoge. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35; 800-745-3000 or ryman.com. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change This Street Thephoto credit: YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

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ind a plethora of summertime activities, near and far, for your kids at Nashville Parent’s Summer Camp Adventure Fair on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Cool Springs Galleria. More than 100 local day and residential camps will be there 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 256-2158 or visit summercampadventurefair.com.

atre Company production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

Kiss Me, Kate This production opens today at the Larry Keeton Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details. Nature Nuts All ages can make recycled bird feeders. Discov-

ery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make Danish heart baskets. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

fri 3 Bank of America Pops Series: Marvin Hamlisch Please

see Thursday, Feb. 2 listing.

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Private School Open Houses If you are considering a private education for your child, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know many of the private schools in Middle Tennessee. You’ll find this month’s Calendar is chock-full of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 86 – to find more.

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The Covenant School Jr. Kindergarten A Year of Readiness, Learning & Discovery (Ages 4 - 5)

College-preparatory, interdenominational February Open House Feb. 21 at 6:00pm

• Providing an academic and spiritual foundation to help children become life-long learners • Experienced teachers meet the learning needs of each child on an individual basis • Word play, early writing, phonemic awareness, vocabulary and alphabet knowledge • Interactive learning through the use of child-initiated centers • A strong emphasis on the arts and enrichments including Bible, Art, Music, PE, Library, Spanish and Technology • Daily morning Chapel with the entire Covenant student body

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TheExcellence Covenant School in Christian Education Jr. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

33 Burton Hills Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37215 twitter.com/@CovenantKnights facebook.com/thecovenantschool 1414 Old Hickory Blvd. | Nashville, TN 37207 www.davidsonacademy.com | Call 860-5307 to schedule your personal education consultation with one of our principals.

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Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

God of Carnage This Tennessee Repertory Theatre production opens today at TPAC’s Johnson Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details. FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make wooden keepsake boxes from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To find a store near you, visit homedepot.com. Exhibit Opening TINKERTOY: Build Your Imagination is a new educational exhibit that combines the inventive play qualities of the Tinkertoy construction set with General Electric’s technologies. The exhibit is on display through Sunday, May 13. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 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 discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Movies at the Library All ages can watch a screening

of Cars 2. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the St. Louis Blues. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in

(or just listen to) a reading of Henry VI Part II. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes. org.

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); parent-teacherstoreusa.com.

FREE Take Your Child to the Library Day All ages can enjoy a special-themed story time. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

George Washington Carver developed more than 300 products from peanuts. Children can learn about him as well as other African-American pioneers during the Nashville Public Library System’s Black History Month Celebration, featuring dozens of special story times, live performances, demonstrations and more. Find the complete schedule at nashvilleparent.com. Click on “Black History Events” under the Calendar tab. FREE Black History Month Celebration All ages can take in a theatrical presentation of Our People, a tribute to multicultural heritage past and present. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 893-7439, ext. 19, or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Celtic Woman The all-female singing sensation Celtic Woman brings its Believe tour to Music City. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $32.50 - $66.50; 7824040 or tpac.org. FREE Chinese New Year Ring in the Year of the Dragon by

participating in the traditional Lion Dance, creating a Chinese New Year craft, learning about Chinese culture and sampling Asian food. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 - 7 p.m.; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

FREE Kids Hour Ages 1 - 10 can join the Groove Club for mu-

sic and movement. Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 567-3687 or grooveclubkids.com.

sat 4 FREE Aesop’s Fables The Nashville Ballet presents a

children’s ballet featuring four popular Aesop stories. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can learn about animals that call Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Cresent Lane, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Bank of America Pops Series: Marvin Hamlisch Please see Thursday, Feb. 2 listing.

Celtic Woman Please see Friday, Feb. 3 listing. FREE Family Program: Musical Petting Zoo All ages can

try new and familiar instruments with instructors present to offer guidance. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth

sun 5 FREE Children’s Theater Auditions Ages 7 - 14 can

audition for the Star Bright Players’ production of Aladdin Jr. (performances are April 19 - 22). Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; 1 - 3 p.m. children new to the program, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. returning children; 790-5719, ext. 30, or wcparksandrec.com.

Zooperbowl Prior to the big game, enjoy half-price admission at the zoo. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $4.50 children; 833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

mon 6 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make monkey mix. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. (please turn the page)

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TEACH YOUR CHILD TO LOVE LEARNING

Where kindergarten through eighth grade students are encouraged to excel in academics, arts, and athletics Academics

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Pre K -8th, Independent school Open Door Days January 16, February 20, March 1st Call for Reservations 615-452-1914 www.sumneracademy.org

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Lancaster Christian acaDeMY

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See the War Wizard and other giant trucks during Monster Jam at Bridgestone Arena, Feb. 10 - 11.

tue 7 Animal Antics All ages can meet the king snakes. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisberg Pike, Franklin; 10 am.; 834-3287. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Vancouver Canucks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

South Pacific This Broadway touring show opens today at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details. Tuesdays for Tots: Tissue Topiaries Preschoolers and

their parents can stop by the studio to build their own sculpted topiary. 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 cheekwood.org.

wed 8 Music City Roots, Live From the Loveless Café Jim

Lauderdale hosts a night of music also featuring Henry Wagons, Lori McKenna and more. Loveless Café Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 18; musiccityroots. com.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about

the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Discovery Center at Murfree

Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Snack Attack! All ages can make monkey mix. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

thu 9 SunTrust Classical Series: Dr. Atomic & Mr. Haydn Pi-

anist Jonathan Biss joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Haydn, Brahms and John Adams. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Nature Nuts All ages can explore animal tracks. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. (please turn the page)

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Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make Danish heart baskets. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

fri 10 22nd 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., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $15 at the door/$12 in advance, $30 run of show; antiquesandgardenshow.com.

Chocolate Affair Adults can enjoy an evening of chocolate

tasting, live music, a silent auction and fashion show. Proceeds benefit the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. Cumberland University, 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $25 per person, $40 per couple; 449-7975.

Monster Jam All ages can enjoy a live motorsport event featuring monster trucks. Bridgestone Arena, 500 Broadway, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Night of January 16th This Towne Centre Theatre production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

Salsa Dreams This Nashville Ballet production opens today at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

Sense and Sensibility This Lamplighter’s Theatre Company production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details. SunTrust Classical Series: Dr. Atomic & Mr. Haydn

Please see Thursday, Feb. 9 listing.

Scott Hutcheson and Rachel Parker star in the Lamplighter’s Theatre Company production of Sense and Sensibility Feb. 10 - 19 in Smyrna. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

Xanadu This Boiler Room Theatre production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

turn of the 20th century, followed by live bluegrass music. Fiddlers Grove Historical Village, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 4 - 9 p.m.; 443-2626 or fiddlersgrove.org.

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Strings & Stories Songwriter’s Night Jonathan Cain

22nd Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

Please see Friday, Feb. 10 listing.

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can learn about animals

that call Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Cresent Lane, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Monster Jam Please see Friday, Feb. 10 listing. FREE Nashville Opera On Tour Nashville Opera presents a children’s opera, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, for all ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; and at the Edmonson Library, 5501 Edmonson Pike, Nashville; 2 p.m.; nashvilleopera.org/ in_your_community. Peter and the Wolf This Nashville Ballet production for families takes place today at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

FREE Second Saturday Celebration at Fiddlers Grove All ages can step back in time with demonstrations of life at the

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from Journey, Leslie Satcher, and Kate & Kacey perform during this fundraising event for High Hopes Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic that also includes appetizers, dinner and drinks. Wedding 101 at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; $150; 522-5629 or highhopesnash.org.

SunTrust Classical Series: Dr. Atomic & Mr. Haydn

Please see Thursday, Feb. 9 listing.

FREE Valentine’s Day Double Feature Ages 13 and older can enjoy a romantic comedy double feature on the big screen (rated PG-13). Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 2 p.m.; cornerstonetn.org. Valentine’s Murder Mystery Train Ride All ages can ride the rails to Watertown and back while enjoying a murder mystery play. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org. FREE Who Wants to Win a Candy Bar? Ages 12 - 18 can

compete in a trivia contest and win candy bars. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 2 p.m.; 793-7303 or http://libraryteenspace.lavergnetn.gov.

sun 12 22nd Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

Please see Friday, Feb. 10 listing.

mon 13 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “Be My Valentine” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make cheesy pizza “fundue.” Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

tue 14 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can learn about science, engineering and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. (please turn the page)


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Animal Antics All ages can meet the ball python. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “Be My Valentine” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Chicago Blackhawks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

Tuesdays for Tots: heARTworks Preschoolers and their

parents can make custom Valentine’s Day cards. 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 cheekwood.org.

wed 15 Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Columbia All ages can enjoy a show of lights, music and dance with performers from South America. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29 - $69; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org. Music City Roots, Live From the Loveless Café Jim

Lauderdale hosts a night of music also featuring Angel Snow, Dave Gleason and more. Loveless Café Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 18; musiccityroots. com.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “Be My Valentine” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make cheesy pizza “fundue.” Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

thu 16 Gypsy This Steeple Players production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details. Nature Nuts All ages can learn about caring for their animals. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make krazy kazoos. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

fri 17 Prescription Murder (A Columbo Mystery) This Lakewood Theatre Company production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details. (please turn the page)

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Boiler Room Theatre newcomer Jillian Gottlieb stars as Clio in Xanadu, Feb. 10 - March 10.


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Sweeney Todd This Murfreesboro Little Theatre production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

sat 18 FREE Animal Encounters All ages can learn about animals that call Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Cresent Lane, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: Music, Noise & Silence The Magic Circle Mime

Company joins the Nashville Symphony for a musical, theatrical journey designed for young audiences. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $16.50 - $29; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Bird Club All ages can view and learn about local birds. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Bruce Hornsby All ages can enjoy the music of Bruce Hornsby as he performs pop, jazz, bluegrass, country and modern classical music (concert presented without the Nashville Symphony). Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Music in the Wild All ages can enjoy live music, children’s activities, book readings and more. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. FREE Nashville Opera On Tour Nashville Opera presents a children’s opera, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, for all ages. Goodlettsville Library, 205 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 2 p.m.; nashvilleopera.org/in_your_community.

Kids can give a shout-out to Gnash when the Nashville Predators take on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about

Tommy in Concert This Street Theatre Company production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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healthy teeth. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

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they challenge the Vancouver Canucks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about

FREE Teen Writer’s Forum Ages 12 - 18 can share their

healthy teeth. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Snack Attack! All ages can make Mardi Gras king cakes. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

tue 21 Animal Antics All ages can meet the ferret. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. James O’Donnell Organist and choir master at London’s

Westminster Abbey, James O’Donnell performs an evening of music on the Martin Foundation concert organ. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $19 $34; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expect-

ant mothers can learn about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

writing work with their peers. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 6 p.m.; 793-7303 or http://libraryteenspace.lavergnetn.gov.

Tuesdays for Tots: Spirals in Nature Preschoolers and

their parents can hear a reading of Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, then create spiral crafts in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

The Miracle Worker This Studio Tenn production opens today at the Franklin Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

Nature Nuts All ages can learn the proper way to handle

snakes. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

NEEDTOBREATHE Enjoy a night of Christian Rock music

starring NEEDTOBREATHE with Ben Rector. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m.; $29.50; 800-7453000 or ryman.com.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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they challenge the St. Louis Blues. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

FREE Kids’ Hour Children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

SunTrust Classical Series: Mozart & Copland Pianist

Parents & 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 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make Mardi Gras king cakes.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300.

Angela Hewitt joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make krazy kazoos. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. (please turn the page)

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Arts for Education Elegant Evening This evening of

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can learn about animals

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can scribble

In the Artist’s Studio All ages can join Aritist Megan Woolfolk for an afternoon of illustration art making. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Los Angeles Kings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

FREE Lego Play Time Ages 3 and older can build creations using Lego blocks. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Snack Attack! All ages can make Leap Year frogs. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

food, music, entertainment and art is a fundraiser for the Business Education Partnership Foundation whose programming enhances math and science education in both city and county schools. Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $75; 278-2008 or lrennick@rutherfordchamber.org.

The Disappearance of Janey Jones This Tennessee Women’s Theater Project production opens today at Looby Theater. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details. FREE Family Movie Night All ages can watch a family-

friendly movie on the big screen. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 7 p.m.; cornerstonetn.org.

Jason Aldean All ages can enjoy an evening of country music starring Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan. Bridgestone Arena, 500 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $$25 - $49.75; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

NEEDTOBREATHE Please see Thursday, Feb. 23 listing. The Ransom of Red Chief This Sunshine Players production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

SunTrust Classical Series: Mozart & Copland Please see Thursday, Feb. 23 listing.

Three Blind Vines Ages 21 and older can enjoy wine

samplings, food, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit the Heritage Foundation. Liberty Hall at the Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m.; $30 in advance, $40 at the door plus three bottles of wine per team of one to three people; threeblindvines.com.

Kids can meet the hedgehog at the Discovery Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

that call Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Cresent Lane, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Movie Afternoon Ages 12 - 18 can watch a Miyazaki film. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 2 p.m.; 793-7303 or http://libraryteenspace.lavergnetn. gov.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the San Jose Sharks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http:// predators.nhl.com.

SunTrust Classical Series: Mozart & Copland Please see Thursday, Feb. 23 listing.

sun 26 Music City Roots, Live From the Loveless Café Jim

Lauderdale hosts a night of music also featuring Rebca Loebe, Folk Alliance and more. Loveless Café Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 18; musiccityroots. com.

Sunday Series of Fun Families can decorate

treats for heart month. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food items; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

and draw. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

tue 28 Animal Antics All ages can meet the hedgehog. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. La Belle et la Bete (The Beauty and the Beast) This

Nashville Children’s Theatre production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 99, for details.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can scribble and draw. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack! All ages can make Leap Year frogs. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Wee Trees Preschoolers and their

parents can learn about the different trees on the property, then create a tree craft. 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 cheekwood.org.

wed 29 FREE Kids Hour Ages 1 - 10 can join the Groove Club for music and movement. Whole Foods, 1566 McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 567-3687 or grooveclubkids.com. Music City Roots, Live From the Loveless Café Jim Lauderdale hosts a night of music also featuring Woody Pines, Taylor Brashears and more. Loveless Café Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 18; musiccityroots. com. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can scribble

and draw. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

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ONGOING 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-and-ahalf tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $54 adults, $42 ages 17 and younger (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit adventureworks.com.

davidson county Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

recreation take place at 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 862-8435.

BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-

1422; bounceu.com. Open play times are Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $6.95 ($5.95 siblings); cosmic glow-in-the-dark bounces are Mon 3 - 6 p.m. and Fri 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($7 siblings).

Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

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

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts every Saturday at 10 a.m. at Fairytales Bookstore and More, 114-B S. 11th St., Nashville; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore.com. 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 eastside-cycles.com.

FREE Hillsboro Village Art Walk The first Thursday each month from 5 - 8 p.m., stroll the 21st Avenue South at Belcourt Avenue areas for art shows, demonstrations, live entertainment, book signing, food and more. Call 352-4891. Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.gov/

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

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes. com. Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at

8074 Hwy. 100, Nashville; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 11; 646-5002 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

Nashville Ghost Tours All ages can embark on a walking tour of downtown Nashville’s haunted history. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue across from the Hermitage Hotel; daily 7:45 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 and younger; 884-3999 or nashvilleghosttours.com. 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 potterybarnkids.com.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

rutherford county FREE Animal Encounters All ages can discover resident

education animals representing species that call Tennessee home every Saturday from 1:30 - 2 p.m. at The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

For a list of museums and sites, pick up a copy of The Family Manual (on stands now!) or visit our website and click on “The Calendar.”

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 bn.com.

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.

BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave.,

Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open bounce and preschool play date times.

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville

Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or jumpersplayhouse.com. Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing program: • After School at Patterson Park: Ages 8 - 17 can watch movies Mon - Thu and enjoy free time on Fri; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2 • Gymboree: Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can enjoy playtime and energy burning activities every Monday; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; $3 • Homeschool Dance: Ages 8 and older can learn essentials of ballet and jazz every Wed; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; $25 per month with a $10 registration fee • Morning Water Aerobics: All ages can hit the pool Mon Fri; 8 and 9 a.m.; $4

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs: • Early Bird Swim: All ages can start their day in the pool Mon - Fri; 6 - 8 a.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • 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

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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

FREE Delmas Long Community Center Tot Time for ages birth - 5 to enjoy social time and gym play takes place every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks.com. 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 funandenergy.com.

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall 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 laseradventure.net.

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning

classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit my-gym.com/hendersonville for a complete schedule and fees.

FREE Special Sports Saturdays Children ages 2 and

older with autism and other special needs, along with their typical siblings and peers, can play indoor soccer and hockey on the second and fourth Saturdays every month. Faces of Hope, 185 W. Franklin St., Gallatin; 9 - 11 a.m.; 206-1176 or facesofhopetn.com.

williamson county 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 bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931486-0113. Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

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

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.

Inside Out Several indoor play structures mimic an outdoor

environment at 615 Baker’s Bridge Road, Franklin; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $9 (prewalkers are free with paying sibling), $5 pre-walkers without sibling, free for parents; 778-8733 or insideoutplaypark.com.

FREE Lifeway Christian Store Ages 2 - 8 can enjoy stories and songs every Friday at 10 a.m. at 1725 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-9050. Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1648 Westgate Circle, Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $6); 377-5900 of monkeyjoes. com. Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at 91

Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 11; 646-5002 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

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

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit my-gym.com/brentwood.

Pump It Up Play Time Pop-in playtime Tue, Wed and Fri

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.

Shipwrecked Playhouse An indoor play area for ages 1 - 9, featuring a 30-foot wooden pirate ship at 99 Seaboard Lane, Cool Springs. Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is $7. Call 866-9358 or visit shipwreckedplayhouse.com. 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 for kids and families. Call 260-5916 or visit sodiuminc.com. Storybook Village This indoor play center features storybook themes. Located at 3015 Belshire Village Drive, Ste. 114, Spring Hill, open play hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 12, free ages 11 months and younger along with parents and kids 13 and older; 614-1424 or thestorybookvillage.com.

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.

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Katie Reid and Shane Donovan star in South Pacific, playing at TPAC Feb. 7 - 12. Barefoot in the Park (continues through Sunday, Feb. 11; Ages 8 and older) Pull-Tight Players, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or pull-tight.com. The Disappearance of Janey Jones (Feb. 24 - March

La Belle et la Bete (The Beauty and the Beast) (Feb.

28 - March 18; Ages 7 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, then Sat - Sun 2 p.m.; $19 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

11; Ages 12 and older) Tennessee Women’s Theater Project at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa. L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Tue 10:30 a.m., Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 681-7220 or twtp.org.

The Miracle Worker (Feb. 23 - March 4; Ages 8 and older)

God of Carnage (Feb. 4 - 18; Ages 13 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 tennesseerep.org.

Night of February 16th (Feb. 10 - March 3; Ages 10 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 townecentretheatre.com.

Gypsy (Feb. 16 - March 4; Ages 12 and older) Steeple Players,

Peter and the Wolf (Saturday, Feb. 11; All ages) Nashville

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

Humpty Dumpty (continues Feb. 4 and 11; All ages) Olde

Worlde Theatre Co. at The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $8; 383-9140 or belcourt.org.

I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change (Feb. 2 - 12; Ages 10 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 8 p.m.; $14 - $16; 554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org. Kiss Me, Kate (Feb. 2 - 18; Ages 10 and older) The Larry

Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $21 - $26; 883-8375 or thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

Studio Tenn at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7 p.m. (no show Thursday, March 1), Sun 2 p.m.; $45 - $55; 538-2076 or franklintheatre.com/studio-tenn.

Ballet at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $23 adults, $16 ages 12 and younger; 782-4040 or nashvilleballet.com.

Prescription Murder (A Columbo Mystery) (Feb.

Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $28 - $65; 782-4040 or nashvilleballet.com.

Sense and Sensibility (Feb. 10 - 19; Ages 8 and older)

Lamplighter’s Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 4 - 12; 852-8499 or lamplighterstheatre.com.

South Pacific (Feb. 7 - 12; Ages 8 and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; 782-4040 or tpac. org. Sweeney Todd (Feb. 17 - March 4; Ages 10 and older) Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; 893-9825 or mltarts.com. Tommy in Concert (Feb. 22 - 26; Ages 12 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Wed - Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $14 - $16; 554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

17 - March 3; Ages 8 and older) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory Blvd.; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or lakewoodtheatre.com.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963 (continues through Sunday, Feb. 12; Ages 8 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Sat - Sun 2 p.m.; $19 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

The Ransom of Red Chief (Feb. 24 - 26; All ages) The Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Xanadu (Feb. 10 - March 10; Ages 8 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue, Thu (March 1 only), Fri Sat 8 p.m., Sun (dates TBA) 2 p.m.; $27 adults, $25 students, $21 ages 11 and younger (Tuesdays are two-for-one nights, all tickets on Thursdays are $17, Sundays are $2 off); 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

Salsa Dreams (Feb. 10 - 12; Ages 10 and older) Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville;

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t was a sad day for Middle Tennessee families when Opryland Theme Park closed permanently on Dec. 31, 1997. Granted, there were some tacky aspects to Opryland, but that was part of the charm. At least there was a theme park here in town. A place fun for families to spend a day. For years, a lot of folks in these parts, myself included, have whined, wailed, moaned and groaned about how this city needs another theme park ... not only for fun entertainment, but the economical advantages it would bring back to our city. Well, whine and cry no more! It was so exciting that the great Dolly Parton was in town last month during her 66th birthday, and spent a bit of it making headlines when she announced her Dollywood Company is teaming up with Gaylord Opryland to open a $50 million, 114-acre water and snow park — the first of its kind — here in Nashville, located adjacent to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Boasting high-energy water activities during the summer months, and snow activities during cold weather months, you can bet that with Dolly’s involvement, it’s gonna rock! She undoubtedly knows how to entertain like no one else. Now, the hard part is going to be exercising patience as the park’s opening is slated for spring 2014 (groundbreaking is due later this year or beginning of 2013), but it sure is nice to have something so great and exciting to look forward to. What’s more, the two entities are putting their heads together to bring live entertainment to the fold. “I’m so excited about this opportunity,” says Dolly. “We’re all working on new types of entertainment to do in the daytime and nighttime for the whole family.” So, thank you, Dolly for coming to the rescue and bringing something big and grand back to Nashville. We’ve all been desperately chomping at the bit since 1998!

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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.

Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 862-8580 or nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Beaman at Night Friday, Feb. 17. Ages 6 and older. Enjoy a family-friendly hike exploring the park looking for nocturnal creatures. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. • FREE Storytime by the Fireplace Saturday, Feb. 25. Ages 10 and younger. Read books about nature-related topics and discuss them by the fireplace. 10 - 11 a.m.

BounceU 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn

• The Big Game Kids’ Night Out Sunday, Feb. 5. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 3. Ages 3 - 12. Kids can bounce, play games, eat pizza and more while you enjoy a Super Bowl party. $18, $10 siblings • President’s Day Bounce Monday, Feb. 21. All ages. Participate in a couple hours of bouncing. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $6.95, $5.95 siblings • President’s Day Camp Monday, Feb. 21. Registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 20. Ages 3 - 12. Enjoy bouncing, games, art, pizza and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40, $25 siblings • President’s Day Cosmic Bounce Monday, Feb. 21. All ages. Have fun with glow-in-the-dark bouncing. 3 - 6 p.m. $8, $7 siblings • Valentine’s Day Bounce Sunday, Feb. 12. All ages. Wear Valentine’s Day colors and receive a special treat. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $8 • Valentine’s Day Kids’ Night Out Saturday, Feb. 11. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 10. Ages 3 - 12. Kids can make Valentine cards, bounce and eat pizza. 6 - 10 p.m. $25, $15 siblings

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090

• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, Feb. 11. All ages. Watch a screening of Dr. Zhivago, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. 1 p.m.; ext. 851, to register

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 302-0971, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com

• Crayon Sun Catcher Tuesday, Feb. 21. Ages 7 - 11. Create a sun catcher using crayon shavings. 4:30 - 6 p.m. $4

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

• Corsage Making Friday, Feb. 3. Girls in grades K - 5 with a parent. Make a corsage to match your dress. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $5 • Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Fathers and daughters in grades K - 5. Dads and their girls can enjoy dancing, DJ-led games, finger foods, pictures and more. 7 9 p.m. $20 per couple, $10 each additional daughter

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Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org

• Parents’ Night Out Saturday, Feb. 11. Ages 3 and older. Kids can enjoy creative play, crafts and snacks while Mom and Dad have a night out to themselves. 6 - 9 p.m. $20, $10 siblings

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 799-9331 or wcparksandrec.com

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Feb. 25. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $85. Call 585-9055 to register • Children’s Pottery Tuesdays, Feb. 7 - 28. Ages 5 - 12. Create boxes, bowls, mugs, animals and more. 4 - 5:30 p.m. ages 5 - 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m. ages 8 - 12. $40 plus supply fee • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Feb. 16. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 5 - 6 p.m. $10 • Daddy’s Lil’ Princess Ball Saturday, Feb. 18. Girls 4 - 12 with their dads. Enjoy dancing, refreshments and DJ-led games, photos and a tiara for each girl. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $15 per couple, $5 each additional girl • Valentine’s Ceramics Thursday, Feb. 9. Ages 3 - 12. Decorate and paint your own Valentine ceramic piece. 5 5:45 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 6 - 6:45 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $5

The Fellowship at Two Rivers 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville; 924-7496 or ftrbuddybreak@gmail.com

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Feb. 24. Ages 5 - 18 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 447-1323 or buddybreakfbch@bchtn.org

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Feb. 17. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 3. Ages 5 - 18 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, Feb. 18. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $85. To register, call 585-9055 • Art Connections: Crazy Collages Fridays, Feb. 10 - 24. Ages 5 - 10. Explore the artistic elements and principles of design through quick, fun and engaging projects. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $17 • Art Connections: Exploring Art from Mexico Wednesdays, Feb. 1 - 22. Ages 7 - 12. Explore the natural world through art with projects including a bug collage, a diorama and terrarium. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $35

• Daddy’s Lil’ Princess Ball Saturday, Feb. 11. Girls 4 - 12 with their dads. Enjoy dancing, refreshments and DJ-led games, photos and a tiara for each girl. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $15 per couple, $5 each additional girl • Guitar or Bass Guitar Lessons Fridays, Feb. 3 - 24. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the guitar or bass via private instruction. Choose lessons in 30-minute or one-hour sessions between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. $66 • Piano Lessons Fridays, Feb. 3 - 24. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $88, plus supply fee • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Tuesdays/Thursdays, Feb. 2 - 28, Fridays, Feb. 3 - 24 (skip Feb. 17) or Mondays, Fe. 6 - 27 (skip Feb. Feb. 20). Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. Tue/Thu and Mon 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Fri 9 - 10:30 a.m. Tue/Thu $48, Mon and Fri $18 • Voice Lessons Fridays, Feb. 3 - 24. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $88 plus supply fee

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

• FREE Kids Club: Through the Eyes of O’Keeffe Saturday, Feb. 11. Ages 5 - 10. Use a viewfinder to get up close and personal with various objects from nature, then create colorful artwork. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Life Assembly 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-7779 or buddybreak@lifeassembly.com

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Feb. 17. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 885-2422 or thenaturecircle@hotmail.com

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday (no program Feb. 20). 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. 6: Groundhog Greetings • Feb. 13: Terriffic Trees • Feb. 27: Beautiful Bats

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, Feb. 11. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $85. To register, call 585-9055 • Cake Decorating: Mommy and Me Cookies Tuesday, Feb. 14. Ages 3 and older with a parent. Make decorative cookies using buttercream and rolled fondant icing. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $20


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Mt. Juliet Community Center 1100 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 758-6522 or cityofmtjuliet.org

• Father Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 4. Girls with their fathers. This formal event features dancing and finger foods. 6 - 8 p.m. $20 per couple, $5 additional tickets

Oaklands Historic House Museum 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesobor; 890-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org

• Afternoon Tea Tuesday, Feb. 7 or Saturday, Feb. 11. All ages. Sip tea and enjoy light refreshments then enjoy a tour through the Wedding Dresses through the Decades exhibit. 2 p.m. $15

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 370-4672 or owlshill.org Kids can learn about groundhogs at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, Feb. 6 - 7. • Cake Decorating: Mommy and Me Cupcakes Tuesday, Feb. 7. Ages 3 and older with a parent. Bring a dozen unfrosted cupcakes and learn decorating techniques. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $20 • Daddy’s Lil’ Princess Ball Saturday, Feb. 4. Girls 4 - 12 with their dads. Enjoy dancing, refreshments and DJ-led games, photos and a tiara for each girl. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $15 per couple, $5 each additional girl • Deb’z Kid’z Art Thursdays, Feb, 2 - 23. All ages. Create art using a variety of methods, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and watercolors. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 per month or $11.25 per class • Little Fingers Mondays, Feb. 6 - 27 (skip Feb. 20). Ages 2 - 4 with a parent. Create season-themed art projects. 10:30 11:30 a.m. $18 per month, or $6 per class • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Feb. 6 - 27 (skip Feb. 20). Ages 8 and older. This martial arts class combines judo and karate. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $30 • Manga Drawing Feb. 14 and 16 or Feb. 21 and 23. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basic layout and proportions of drawing Japanese Mango cartoon characters. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $30 • Martial Arts Fitness Mondays, Feb. 6 - 27 (skip Feb. 20). Ages 8 and older. Participate in a kick boxing, karate and judo fitness program. Time TBA. $30 • Parris Island: The F Series Mon, Wed and Fri, Feb. 1 - 29 (skip Feb. 20). Ages 8 and older. Get in shape during this 45-minute intense military-based calisthenics class. 5:30 6:15 a.m. $35 per month or $5 per class • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, Feb. 1 - 29. Ages 8 and older. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. beginners, 6 - 7 p.m. intermediates. $31.25 ($25 each additional family member), plus a $5 supply fee

The Mill 300 N. Maple St., Lebanon; 444-2678

• Music at the Mill Saturday, Feb. 11. All ages. This fundraiser for McClain Christian Academy features lie music by Josh Turner, Kevin Denney, Mandy Barnett and more. 6:30 p.m.; $35 - $150

• Celebrate Birds: Bluebird Workshop Saturday, Feb. 11. Ages 12 and older. Learn about bluebirds, their recovery from decline and how to attract them to your garden. 9 a.m. 12 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the gate • Knee High Naturalist: Where is the Groundhog? Feb. 6 or 7. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Learn about the only North American mammal to have its own holiday. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 per child/adult in advance/$15 at the gate • President’s Day Big Tree Hike Monday, Feb. 20. All ages. Visit trees already large when George Washington was born and walls built long before Lincoln was president. 1 - 3 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the gate

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd. Murfreesboro; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, listen to stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Wee Play Every Monday. Ages 1-and-a-half to 2. Enjoy stories, puppets, instruments, crafts and more. 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. Tue and Thu through April 26. Grades 1 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3 • Valentine Tea Party Saturday, Feb. 11. Ages 3 - 10. Enjoy “girly” activities, crafts and a cup of tea. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $3

Saint Thomas Hospital 4220 Harding Road, Nashville; 800-588-3270

• FREE Heart Healthy Cooking Class Tuesday, Feb. 7. All ages. Learn to cook healthy Cajun food. 3 p.m.

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks

• FREE The Great Backyard Bird Count Saturday, Feb. 18. All ages. Participate in a bird count. 9 - 10:30 a.m. • FREE Hibernation Station Friday, Feb. 3. Ages 3 - 5. Learn how animals survive the winter months. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Love Birds Picking Party Saturday, Feb. 11. All ages. Spend an afternoon listening to music. 2 - 4 p.m.

• FREE Noticing Nature Winter Hike Saturday, Feb. 4. All ages. Embark on a hike discovering winter sites and sounds. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Winter Star Party Saturday, Feb. 25. Join astronomers for a look at the night sky through telescopes. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks/wpnc

• FREE Hill Forest Hike Saturday, Feb. 11. Ages 10 and older. Enjoy an afternoon winter hike. 1 - 3:30 p.m. • FREE Signs of Spring Saturday, Feb. 25. All ages. Take a walk to welcome spring and look for signs of its impending arrival. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Winter Bird Banding Day Saturday, Feb. 4. All ages. Observe chickadees, titmice, sparrow and more during live bird banding demonstrations. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Wellness Center at Baptist Hospital 2021 Church St., Nashville; 284-2348 or baptisthospital.com • 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 murfreesborotn.gov/parks • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Explore nature and gain an appreciation for wildlife. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Owl Wisdom Saturday, Feb. 18. Ages 8 - 12. Learn interesting facts about owls. 2 p.m. $5 • 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

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Snaps — Yours is sponsored by Incredible Daves. Incredible Daves will award a $10 Player’s Card to each of the monthly photos that appear in the Snaps — Yours or Snap to Remember pages (one award per photo). Incredible Daves will also host a pizza party once every six months for the finalists from the previous six months and award a FREE birthday party (for 10 guests) to one winner drawn at random. For complete rules, visit Nashville Parent magazine on Facebook.

*Photo publication cannot be guaranteed due to the large volume of photos received. All submitted photos are considered for “Snap to Remember” (see page 108).

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snaps — ours

Families came out to see Nashville Children’s Theatre’s (NCT)production of

The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963, Actors Jessica Kuende and Nikkita Staggs in NCT’s production of The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963. Photo by michaelscottevans.com

which runs through Feb. 12.

Amanda Payne, Eden Powers and Amara Payne

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Mya Talley and Monique Drake

Trey Woods, III, Solomon Brooks, Bily Norris, Miles Edwards, Camille Williams, Autumn Haddox and Ziah Jones

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Lianna says, “Happy Valentines Day!�

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Stuttering: Should I Be Worried About My Child’s Speech? What is stuttering?

Stuttering is a developmental disorder that affects approximately 1% of the world’s adult population. People who stutter typically know what they want to say, but because of subtle “mistimings” that occur as they put thoughts into spoken words, they struggle to get sounds, syllables, and words out in a fluent or easy manner. These “mistimings” may be the result of genetic factors, speech and language skills, motor abilities, brain development, and/or emotional characteristics. Stuttering may occur only temporarily in early childhood, or chronically over the course of a lifetime. People who stutter are as varied in terms of intelligence, personality, social adjustment, skills, and abilities as any other group of individuals. Stuttering is a universal phenomenon, found across nations and cultures.

How can I tell if my child is stuttering?

Stuttering presents itself in different ways. Actual stuttering behaviors include repetitions of sounds or syllables (e.g., “s-s-snow”), sound prolongations (for example, “llllllike”), and silent and/or prolonged speech posturing

(for example, placing the lips together as if to say “M” but struggling to produce the sound ). Although most people have some disfluencies every once in a while, people who stutter do so more often, for longer periods of time, and often with signs of physical tension and struggle as they try to put their thoughts into words. As stuttering persists, a child might experience social and emotional consequences that can influence self-esteem and participation in activities. Stuttering can range from very mild to very severe, and change from day to day.

When should I seek help for my child’s stuttering?

Approximately 5% of all children go through a period of stuttering in early childhood. Three out of four of these children will outgrow stuttering by late childhood. At present, we cannot predict exactly which children will outgrow stuttering, but risk factors for continued stuttering include a family history of chronic stuttering, persistence of stuttering for more than 9 months, onset of stuttering occurring after age four, and gender—boys stutter 3-4 times more often than girls. It is

always helpful to contact a speech-language pathologist if you have concerns about your child’s stuttering, regardless of your child’s age or how long the stuttering has been present. The speech pathologist can assess your child’s risk factors and guide you in your decision to seek an evaluation and treatment.

How is stuttering diagnosed and treated? In addition to evaluating risk factors, speechlanguage pathologists interview the parents, and conduct standardized testing during a comprehensive speech/language evaluation. This enables them to recommend a treatment plan tailored specifically to the child and family. For preschoolers who have not stuttered very long, the speech pathologist might recommend a simple home management program implemented by the parents. If stuttering persists more than a year, is worsening, or is causing the child stress, “direct” therapy methods are employed. These include strategies for increasing fluent speech and strategies for modifying the stuttering behavior itself. Stuttering is a complex and challenging speech disorder for people of all ages and their families. However, research into treatment for those who stutter continues to move towards solving this perplexing problem. If you have any concerns about your child’s speech and language, talk to your pediatrician. To find out more about stuttering, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at www.asha.org or the Stuttering Foundation at www.stutteringhelp.org. For an appointment with a speech-language pathologist specializing in stuttering in children, call the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at 615-936-5000. By Ellen M. Kelly, PhD, CCC-SLP, Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center • Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences 1215 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37232 919 Murfreesboro Road (Hwy. 96), Franklin, TN 37064 615-936-5000 • www.vanderbiltbillwilkersoncenter.com

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