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School Valentines & Giving Them to Everyone. OUR POST: Kids have to send in Valentine’s Day cards with no “To” name on them so everyone gets one. Thoughts? YOUR POSTS: “My brother was bullied in school because he was bigger than the other kids. Back then it was optional to give whoever you wanted a Valentine. I remember him coming home with only a couple and being sad about it. It’s hurtful and something I have never forgotten. He and I are now in our late 40s but I will never forget his childhood sadness over it. If you’re not going to have your child give one to every child in the class, then please don’t have your child do any.” Jelaine Nodine

“I’ve never had any issues with my girls (11, 9 and 5) wanting to give Valentines to all their classmates. In preschool we would make customized cute things (a class of 10 or less is much easier than a class of 20). My girls love to give something special to everyone. What’s not to love about going out of your way to let someone know they are special?” Jill Crigger Perryman “It makes it easier on the teacher when they’re handing them out and makes it go smoother in general. My daughter is in first grade and she would be heart broken if she knew someone intentionally didn’t give her a Valentine. I think this way just makes better.” Lynda Rychen

“It’s a shame that a kid can’t give a special Valentine to a special someone. It’s the P.C. death of the litte red-headed girl.” Thom Finley “Our kids are allowed to customize them and we were given a class list. Participation is optional, but if you participate, you must include everyone in class. No food or candy is allowed to be given with them, either. We don’t celebrate this Hallmark holiday at home, so my son choses not to participate.” Hollie Benoit “To me, intentionally leaving a kid out is bullying. It’s about love and giving love! Just one day, give love. Even if the kid your child wants to leave out is the bully, him them love.” Carrie Cox

FEEDBACK TO THE EDITOR: PARENT POSTS ON A VIDEO NP SHARED ABOUT NEVER IGNORING A CRYING BABY: “Never ignoring can lead to coddling which doesn’t promote independent soothing, self-reliance, etc.” Lisa Cutter “This is seriously the stuff that makes parents think they can’t set their crying children down and leads to SIBS or resenting your child.” Sara Wilkinson “There’s a difference between crying out and screaming bloody murder! Crying out, they tend to stop after a few minutes. Screaming bloody murder, they don’t stop until you pick them up!” Tanya Costa “Most of the time when we talk about letting them cry it out, we are talking about bedtime. The baby is fed, dry, clean, etc. They are simply tired and fighting sleep. No one is neglecting their child by letting them cry 5 -10 minutes so that they will settle down and fall asleep without being held. The last thing you want is a child who can’t fall asleep without being in your arms. That’s my viewpoint.” Cindy Ducker Brindley “If the baby has been tended to, fed, changed, burped, etc., it is perfectly acceptable to step away for a few minutes.” Tiffani Noelle Bailey

“You have to adore a holiday based around love! People are SO negative nowadays, so it’s nice when something is about love, kindness and giving. My son is in kindergarten, and all the kids get Valentines, they don’t pick and choose. I think that’s for the best.” Marlena Martin

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MIND &BODY Keep Kids Safe from Pain Meds! By Chad Young

Up to 70 percent of painkillers are unsecured in homes. With all we know about accidental overdoses in kids, lock up ALL medications. PLUS, the latest on painkiller prescriptions for kids. BY SUSAN DAY

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t’s not uncommon for a grandparent to be living in the same home with his grandchildren’s family. A grandparent who lives with chronic pain. Maybe he keeps his oxycodone on the nightstand next to his bed for convenience. Perhaps someone in your household has serious knee issues requiring Percocet or Vicodin. You can’t always be there to keep children safe from prescription drugs left casually about. What to do? If you or someone in your home — adult or child — is prescribed pain medication, it is YOUR responsibility to keep the medication safe. Overdoses happen when young children find a pill on the floor and ingest it like candy, or when a curious teen decides he wants to experiment with getting high. Be the observant parent at home and keep all prescription medications locked safely away and keep innocent children healthy and safe.

THE BROADER PROBLEM Given the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, throwing out or returning any leftover prescription pain medicine is one of the small but significant things parents can do at home to keep kids safe. Yet results from the 2016 C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found many parents still hold onto their child’s leftover pain medications. Further, a 2017 report from John Hopkins Bloomberg

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School of Public Health found that approximately 70 percent of prescription painkillers in households across America are left unsecured and well within children’s reach. The report, published in Pediatrics, the online journal of the AAP, shows kids younger than 17 have no trouble getting their hands on prescription opioids. “We can’t leave opioids just sitting on the nightstand or kitchen counter,” says Eileen McDonald, lead study author. “Parents need to be, at a minimum, putting them out of the way, but ideally putting them under lock and key.” Will you heed the warning? Will you help educate your kids about safe drug use? Nearly 2 million people in the U.S. are prescribed painkillers every year. And while the “looseness” with prescribing is mainly to blame for the rise in accidental overdose deaths in children younger than 17, parents play a major role in safeguarding children from drug use.

NEW GUIDELINES FOR PAIN MEDS AND KIDS In the past, a child with an injury warranting pain medication would be given Tylenol with codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the labels on the drug because of codeine’s adverse effects on children. Now, hydrocodone’s on the chopping block for kids, too. Last month, the FDA said cough

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and cold medicines containing opioid ingredients such as codeine and hydrocodone should no longer be given to children of any age. Revisions are coming to safety labels, but in the meantime, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says some children continue to be prescribed codeine and the even more potent opioid prescriptions such as oxycodone. How can you intervene to keep your child safe? Put yourself in charge of the medication. Ask your pediatrician how to best control your child’s pain with over-the-counter options. If he is prescribed pain medication, review and write down the doses with the doctor before going home so you’re 100 percent clear on how to proceed. And when your child no longer needs the pain medication, toss it out.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW • Teach children how to use medicine safely. Visit safekids.org/medicinesafety. • Opioid poisonings in toddlers and preschoolers 1 - 4 years old increased 205 percent between 1997 and 2012. • The teen death rate from drug overdoses that had been declining since 2007 reversed in 2015 when 772 teens ages 15 - 19 years old died nationwide. Susan Day is editor of this publication.


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5. AVOID AGENDAS If you MUST plan ... plan for time with no agendas and just live simply in your surroundings. 6. FOLLOW JOY Pursue what makes you happy at home. Notice the small things and bring them up. There are simple, amazing things happening every day. Open your eyes. 7. CONNECT This is the secret to savoring family time. Plan for one-on-one time with each of your children. Be there for the important parts of their lives. 8. CUT BACK TO HAVE FREE WEEKENDS Eliminate the things that just don’t feel right. Hint: If your kids are pushing back on doing this or doing that ... hear them! 9. GO BACK IN TIME Slow living at its finest. Play a board game together. Make jam. Use a stove top to make popcorn. For 10 percent of your time, pretend technology doesn’t exist!

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is limited to the first 50 applicants who sign up at TPAC’s website. Auditioners will read two lines from the show. If available, bring your child’s current headshot and acting resumé. Headshots, resumés and acting experience are not requirements for this opportunity, however. ABOUT THE SHOW Based on Adrienne Shelley’s 2007 film of the same name, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker. She dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county — and the town’s new doctor — may offer her the shot at a new start. The Tony-nominated musical features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles. Act fast, because audition spots are sure to fill up quickly. To sign up your child for an audition, go to tpac.org/lulu.

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Don’t be anxious about your child’s anxiety, experts say. We’ve ALL got to learn to deal with it. Give kids strategies that will help them handle all the curve balls life has in store for them.

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2-year-old sobbing at the day-care window as her mother drives away. A school worksheet with a big red “F” marked on it, torn and stuffed behind a bedroom chest of drawers. Perfectly good pencils snapped in half. A hole punched in a wall. All examples of how anxiety manifests in children as they grow up. Anxiety is an enormous part of the human condition beginning in babyhood and continuing throughout life, and we simply can’t escape it. With all of the ups and downs that happen in the course of a lifetime, learning to manage anxiety seems a monumental task, yet some people are actually successful at it. What are the secrets? And what can you do to help your kids? According to the Centers for Disease Control, children who do not outgrow the typical fears and worries of childhood, or are overcome by them to the point that they interfere with life, may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. But before that happens, learn to recognize anxiety in your child in order to help him cope. Anxiety disorders in kids are not the norm, but generalized anxiety definitely is — for all of us. Parenting kids through anxiety is hard to say the least, but for the record, anxiety’s not ALL bad: it alerts us to dangerous situations and people, tweaking our instincts into action. Meanwhile, our anxieties begin, some experts say, as soon as we are born.

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RESPONDING TO HELPLESSNESS

Developmentally speaking, anxiety expresses itself based upon what a child learns in his first three years of life. According to Psychologist Alicia F. Lieberman, author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler (2018; Simon and Schuster), a baby’s birth may signal the first experience of anxiety. A newborn infant can do nothing for himself. This utter helplessness means someone must feed him, dress him, comfort him, touch him. The response to the child’s needs — or not — during his first three years makes all the difference in the world. Lieberman says babies and toddlers who receive scant help when they’re distressed tend to become dispirited and may actually cry more than children who have their needs met. Toddlers with the consistent experience of not having their “signals of need” attended to can become chronically anxious. For these little ones, developmental needs crash into actual ones; a 2-year-old may throw a tantrum because she has been repeatedly told “No” when all she wants is a “Yes.” That’s when her anxiety may burst forth in an overwrought explosion. An older child may receive a mean text message about an “ugly” outfit — unbeknownst to her parents — and may slam the door on them, refusing to come out, leaving them baffled. Older kids are more apt to hide anxiety from their parents for fear of disappointing them. Parenting your child’s anxiety as he grows up is complicated and often tedious. Kids can have physical symptoms or become disruptive; headaches, stomachaches and tantrums can all mean that a child is anxious. Humor, confidence and the belief that children CAN are helpful in parenting these children, but they don’t always work because each child

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is different, and the reasons for their anxiety about anything large or small are deeply personal. “Children often hide their anxiety and demonstrate it in ways that their parents or caregivers may not detect,” says Jason Kastner, M.D., a pediatrician at VIP MidSouth Gallatin Children’s Clinic. “So while the anxiety is dominating the child’s thoughts, no one else may notice,” he adds. Unsure what’s going on with their child, many parents are left wringing their hands.

helping kids face their anxiety in a supportive environment. “Providing the child opportunities to gain mastery over fears is the most important thing parents can do to support a child with an anxiety disorder,” says Benningfield. “Exposure therapy basically means that we encourage a child to face their fears, gradually building from things that are less scary to things that are more scary. For example, a child who will not order their own meal at a restaurant will be encouraged to learn that they can by taking gradual steps toward that goal,” she says.

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As a child grows up, the ability of his parents or caregivers to observe him and equip him with the tools he needs to navigate the ups and downs of his life are key. Talking things through and taking the time to draw out of the child what’s “wrong” requires patience. Since there’s no math formula for knowing the exact amounts of anxiety a child can tolerate, raising kids becomes a sort of art. “Children need to learn to problem solve, face new situations and develop confidence,” says David Bauman, M.D., with Saint Thomas Medical Partners in Murfreesboro. “Parents need to be reliable, guiding and caring, but not smothering. Of course, each child has a unique personality and parenting styles need to be adjusted accordingly.” If adjusting your parenting for each one of your kids sounds like a tall order, consider this simplicity: Parents who remain available, supportive and positive for their children when they experience anxiety provide a tremendous gift: the child can learn that yes, he CAN handle what comes his way, and if not, he can turn to his parents for help. “Parents can help kids learn to manage the stress of everyday problems by developing a sense of confidence,” Bauman says. “Children often have difficulty expressing themselves, but it is important to find out what’s on their mind and ask them how they feel about events,” he says. Finding the right balance of how you show concern is important. “Parents can encourage children to share more of their thoughts and feelings by listening actively and validating what the child is saying,” says Meg Benningfield, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behaviorial sciences and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “For example, when a child says he is afraid of the dark, responses like, ‘Don’t be silly! There’s nothing to be afraid of!’ are likely to shut a conversation down, while asking more about when the fears started and what it’s like can encourage children to share more of their internal experience,” she adds. And here’s where the “art” of it comes in: You have to be oh so careful not to go overboard when discussing deeply rooted feelings with kids, or you risk deepening their worry and actually contributing to it. “Parents can certainly err by being too protective,” Benningfield says, “but each family has individual needs, and parents have to trust themselves to make decisions that fit the needs of their child.” Caution against just removing the cause of your child’s anxiety, says Allison Edwards, a local licensed clinical counselor and author of Why Smart Kids Worry (2013; Source Books). “Part of the process of anxiety is the fear of the unknown,” Edwards says. “A child gets nervous about going to soccer or piano, for instance, so the parent says, ‘OK, we won’t do soccer.’ What the parent needs to say is, ‘I’m not going to bail you out; we’re going to get through this together,’ because if there’s avoidance, the more you avoid, the stronger anxiety gets,” she adds. Generalized anxiety in childhood does not need professional treatment if the child can learn to successfully navigate, but sometimes a child’s tolerance for anxiety is so limited that it dovetails into a disorder.

WHEN ANXIETY DEEPENS

Children whose lives become seriously derailed by anxiety often receive psychotherapy or medication, or both. “Almost all anxiety disorders have their roots in normal developmental fears,” says Benningfield. “We define an anxiety disorder as anxiety that causes clinically significant impairment for a child. This occurs when the child and family’s experience is significant enough to cause dysfunction,” she adds. According to research, the most helpful form of therapy for kids is exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy. This treatment involves

Meanwhile, it’s no secret that more adults are on anxiety-reducing prescription drugs than any other time in history. Certainly our growing awareness of solutions to kid anxiety can help parents, too. “Parents play a big role in increasing or easing their child’s anxiety through their own behavior,” says Kastner. “One of the best ways for parents to reduce the chances of their children experiencing anxiety is to keep their own anxiety in check. Manage your own stress as effectively as you can and share some healthy stress-relieving strategies with your children. Show them that taking a walk, meditating or doing some simple deep-breathing exercises can help reduce stress and help them press a ‘reset’ button when they feel they are becoming anxious,” he adds. But again, guard against overplaying your concerns. “While it is certainly normal for parents to worry about the health and safety of their children, prohibiting children from taking healthy risks can unknowingly keep them from learning how to be independent in the future,” Kastner says. “Children need to feel they have some room to make mistakes and tackle problems on their own without constant guidance and protection,” he adds. Life is complicated and anxiety makes it even more so. “The good news is that parents can model mastery over anxiety and engaging in their own treatment is often the most important thing a parent can do to help their child,” Benningfield says. And while there’s no quick fix to kid anxiety, there is a winning strategy to implement as the parent of an anxious child. “Guide children to solutions rather than jumping in to fix every problem,” says Bauman. “Try to put things into perspective for your child with reassurance and comfort, and perhaps most important is being a good role model in facing problems by displaying optimism and confidence and showing a can-do attitude toward everyday problem solving.” Susan Day is editor in chief of this magazine. She has four children.

Take Time to Read More Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, Ph. D. (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, Ph. D. (Magination Press)

Why Smart Kids Worry and What Parents Can do to Help by Allison Edwards (Sourcebooks)

The Emotional Life of the Toddler by Alicia F. Lieberman (Simon & Schuster)

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Is Day Camp Better With a Friend? “At least he’ll know one person” is the thinking behind the should-I-send-my-firsttime-camper-with-a-friend question. The answer is always: it depends on your child. Seasoned camp directors say not to panic about sending your child solo. The right camp for your child will be nurturing, and new friendships will be made. The best reason to send a first-time day camper with a friend is for the parents who need to carpool. It makes it a lot easier to share the drop-off and pick-up duties each day. But if you pick the right camp for your child, you don’t have to worry that he will need a friend to go with him because he’ll make new friends there. That’s one of the best parts about camp. Shared experiences and activities yield new friendships. Camp directors often say they would gladly trade off the pre-camp comfort of a known friend for the development of friendship making skills that will last for years to come. In preparing for first-time at day camp alone, convey confidence and excitement to your child, and know that this will be a growing experience for him.

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Troubleshooting What if my child has an allergic reaction to a food or a bee? Know that camps have food allergy safety plans in place. Many have alternative meal plans available. In the event of an allergic reaction to a bee sting or poison ivy, you will be contacted but first-aid measures will be taken right away.

I got a call saying my child broke his wrist — what do I do?! All camps have emergency contact forms for parents to fill out so you are able to specify your preferences for your child. What if I’m running late on pickup? Many day camps offer extended care for an additional fee, some even by the hour. There’s stormy weather in the forecast. Will camp be canceled? Most camps accommodate for this type of weather and move activities inside. If the weather is severe, the camp will notify you with a plan of action.


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Preschoolers DAVIDSON COUNTY Boost Gymnastics 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville 615-352-8533 | boostgymnastics.com Week-long camps feature gymnastics, arts and crafts, stoytimes, playtime and more. Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org Three parent-tot day camps for ages 2 - 3 include Arty Animals, Garden Art and Mini Masters. The camper-only Adventure Cheekwood for 4-year-olds includes daily nature walks plus experimenting with different art-making materials. Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) 2323-A Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 615-373-9550 | cpalions.org Ages 3 - 5 can sign up for Preschool All Sports Camp; ages 4 - 5 can sign up for Preschool Olympic Adventure and Preschool Art Adventure. Dance in Bloom 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville 615-353-9827 | danceinbloom.com Tiaras & Tutus Ballet Camp starting at age 3 is a half-day camp including dance, stories, crafts and games. Ensworth School 7401 Hwy. 100, Nashville 615-250-8999 | ensworth.com/summer Cubs Club Enrichment Camp for preschoolers (age 4 by March 1, 2018) includes indoor and outdoor activities, water play, music, crafts, stories, walks and more. Franklin Road Academy 4700 Franklin Road, Nashville 615-369-4546 | fracamps.com Camps for kids in grades PreK4 - K include Let’s Go Camping and Calling All Superheroes with activities, academics and crafts.

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Harding Academy 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville 615-356-5510 | hardingacademy.org A variety of options for preschoolers includes games, athletics, crafts and more in a variety of themes. Harpeth Hall 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville 615-297-9543 | harpethhall.org Two Little Girls Camp options — Superheroes and Moana — start at age 4 and feature singing, dancing and craft activities. Also, check out All Sports Junior Camp that starts at age 4. Little Art House 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Mini Camp starts at age 3 and features art making, book reading and snacks. Lipscomb Academy Summer Experience 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville 615-966-5089 | summerexperience.org SEED day camps start for kids in PreK and include options like art, drama, coding, dance, robotics and more. Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville 615-298-5514 | montgomerybell.edu MBA’s 1st Camp Sports Camp for rising PreK - K kids lets them play a variety of sports. Other day camps of interest for littles include Habitat Kids Yoga Camp, LEGOS: Pre-Building Blocks and LEGOS: Young Jedi Master Training Camp. Nashville Children’s Theatre 25 Middleton St., Nashville 615-252-4664 | nashvillect.org Drama Makers camp starts at age 4 and features favorite stories through theater, crafts, song and dance.

St. Paul Christian Academy 5033 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville 615-269-4751 stpaulchristianacademy.org/summer Several options start at age 4 including Princess Camp, Space Camp, Summer Safari, Masterpieces, Dinosaur Discovery and Pirate Camp. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch 615-360-2267 | campwidji.org Pathfinder Nation, an introductory camp for first-timers, starts at age 4. The structured schedule allows kids to sample a little bit of everything from Widji’s offerings.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 1911 Business Campus Drive Murfreesboro | 615-890-6755 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-893-6003 bskonline.com Martial Arts camp starting for potty-trained 3-year-olds is available at both locations. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-809-2300 | explorethedc.org Spark Camp for ages 4 - 5 (not entering Kindergarten in the fall) includes Beautiful Oops! and Rainforest Adventure. (please turn the page)

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Preschoolers Early Learning Center at MTCS 204 MTCS Road, Murfreesboro 615-692-5000 earlylearningatmtcs.com/summer-camp PK3 and PK4 students can enjoy daily Bible activities, hands-on learning, arts and crafts, community service, special guests and more. 2018 dates TBD. Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna 615-459-9773 smyrnaoutdooradventurecenter.org Growing Up Wild Camp for 4-year-olds features nature-based activities.

Master’s School of Gymnastics 1052 Avondale Road, Hendersonville 615-824-2003 | mastersgym.com Preschool camps start at age 3 and include Ninja Camp in June and Gymnastics Camp in July. Pope John Paul II 117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville 615-822-2375, ext. 6007 jp2hs.org/camp Camp JPII offers camps that start at age 4 including Dance, Making the Ordinary Extraordinary, The Music Experience, Baseball and Dinosaur Dig.

Spotlite Dance Studio 4075 Luke Court, Murfreesboro 615-459-5200 | spotlitedancestudio.com Summer camp starts at age 2 and includes ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, hip hop and lyrical.

United Soccer Club Drakes Creek Park 120 E. Main St., Hendersonville 615-830-9510 | tnunitedsc.com Socceroos summer camp starts at age 4.

YMCA North Rutherford 2001 Motlow College Blvd., Smyrna 615-220-9622 | ymcamidtn.org/ programs/north-rutherford-camp-little-y Camp Little Y is for potty-trained kids ages 3 - 5. Campers enjoy indoor and outdoor time, arts and crafts, swimming and games.

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SUMNER COUNTY

Battle Ground Academy Summer Camps 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin 615-567-8327 | bgacamps.com Kids starting at age 3 can participate in fulland half-day camps.

CenterStage Performing Arts Academy 250 Hancock St., Gallatin 615-230-9341 | performcenterstage.com The Princess Camp for ages 3 - 4 features fairytale crafts, dancing to princess music, singing, manners and more. David Deaton Karate 761 W. Main St., Hendersonville 615-824-9111 | daviddeaton.com Starting at age 4, children can begin learning martial arts in the Little Dragons program.

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Ann Carroll School of Dance 1121 Harpeth Industrial Court, Ste. 500 Brentwood | 615-790-6468 anncarrollschoolofdance.com Kids starting at age 2 can participate in Pre-School Camp.

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 615-371-5437 my-gym.com/brentwood My Gym Camp is a drop-off program filled with fitness games, non-competitive gymnastics, crafts and more starting at age 3. School of Nashville Ballet 500 Wilson Pike Cir., Ste. 119, Brentwood 615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com/summer-camps Half-day camps start at age 3 and include Degas and the Little Dancer, Carnival of the Animals, Peter Pan and Ferdinand the Bull.

WILSON COUNTY

David Deaton Karate Studios 204 D Ward Circle, Brentwood 615-377-1100 | daviddeaton.com Please see listing under Sumner County.

David Deaton Karate Studios 1249 North Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 615-754-6878 1029 W. Main St., Ste. F, Lebanon 615-547-1754 daviddeaton.com Please see listing under Sumner County.

Let it Shine Gymnastics 1892 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 615-369-3547 | lisgym.com Funtastic summer camps start at age 3.

Universal Gymnastics 5003 Market Place, Mt. Juliet 615-758-4791 | universalgymtn.com A Princess Dance Camp starts at age 3 .

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Camp Sugar Falls at Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch 615-298-3066, ext. 3339 diabetes.org/adacampsugarfalls Diabetic kids as young as 5 years old can participate in traditional camp activities with a medical team overseeing them. Priority is given to newly diagnosed kids. Christ Presbyterian Academy 2323-A Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville 615-373-9550 | cpalions.org Five day camps available to rising kindergartners include: American Girl Camp, Beginning LEGO Robotics, Kindergarten Readiness, LEGO Builder and Art in a Day.

DAVIDSON COUNTY Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville 615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/camps Kids entering Kindergarten can sign up for any of the 10 Science Quest camps this summer. Camp Davis, Gordon JCC 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville 615-354-1625 | campdavisnashville.com Rishonim (“Starters�) is for rising kindergartners (must be 5 by Aug. 30). A different theme each week with sports, art, music, nature and Jewish culture. Camp Invention Several Nashville locations 800-968-4332 | campinvention.org Rising kindergartners can enjoy a week of hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Franklin Road Academy 4700 Franklin Road, Nashville 615-369-4546 | fracamps.com Three themed Junior Panther camps are Safari, All Sports and Five Senses. All camps include themed activities, academics and crafts. Harpeth Hall 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville 615-297-9543 | harpethhall.org Rising kindergartners can sign up for Parks, Picnic & Play, All Sports Junior Camp and Astrology Camp. Street Theatre Company 6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 615-554-7414 streettheatrecompany.org Five-year-olds can participate in the Summer Musical Theater Camp where they will learn music, dance and acting to create a unique, original performance, complete with costumes.

USN Summer Camps 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville 615-321-8000 | usn.org/summer More than a dozen day camp offerings for rising kindergartners include Track & Field FUN; Tiger Tennis Camp; Rainbows & Unicorns; Cooperative Games; Hoop Dreams Basketball Camp; Dragons Lair Book Club and more.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY Dance with Stacey 1450 Hazelwood Drive, Smyrna 615-220-5120 | dancewithstacey.com Week-long summer day camps start at age 5 and feature themes like princess, animal kingdom, circus and more. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-809-2300 | explorethedc.org Summer camp offerings for kids beginning in grade K include Creative Makers, Beautiful Oops!, Lights in Life, Rainforest Adventure and Robot Workshop. E.T.C. Gymnastics 1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 615-867-6900 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna 615-617-7644 etcgymnastics.com Gymnastics summer camps start at age 5. Lucky Ladd Farms 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville 615-274-3786 | luckyladdfarms.com Summer camp starts at age 5 on the farm. Kids can enjoy a day filled with animals, pony rides, gardening, games and more.

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SUMNER COUNTY Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Held at Whitten Elementary 140 Scotch St. Hendersonville 615-822-3898 hvilletn.org/departments/parks Summer Fantastiks camp starts at age 5. The Kids Club summer program is open to children with disabilities.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Middle Tennessee State University mtsu.edu/camps All camps at MTSU start with kindergartners and include STEM Camp, Women’s Basketball Lil’ Raider Camp and Men’s Basketball. Providence Christian Academy 410 Dejarnett Lane, Murfreesboro 615-904-0902 | providencechristian.com Themed day camps for kindergartners start in June.

Camp Beech Creek Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood 615-507-3242, ext. 276 curreyingramcamps.org Themed weekly sessions for rising kindergartners. Creekside Riding Academy and Stables 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin 615-595-7547 creeksideridingstables.com Five-year-olds can participate in one-week, half-day camps featuring riding lessons, safety, grooming and more.

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Deer Run Camps & Retreats 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 615-794-2918 | deerrun.camp Traditional one-week day camp adventures for kids beginning at age 5.

WILSON COUNTY Langford Farms 5219 Rustic Way, Old Hickory 615-754-8650 | langfordfarmsclub.com Kindergartners can enjoy summer camp filled with swimming, tennis, field games, arts and crafts, performance arts and more. Mt. Juliet Afterschool Connection 495 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 615-517-5096 mtjulietafterschool.com/summer-camp Kindergartners can enjoy structured programming and fun recreational activities. Universal Gymnastics 5003 Market Place, Mt. Juliet 615-758-4791 universalgymtn.com Gymnastics, dance and more start at age 5.

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ACADEMICS Discovery Center at Murfree Springs 502 S.E. Broad Street, Murfreesboro explorethedc.org

ANIMALS, EQUESTRIAN 615-890-2300

When school is out, camp is in! The Discovery Center incorporates fun, hands-on, inquiry-based learning into all of our camps. Campers are divided into different age groups each with their own Camp Counselor and age-appropriate lessons packed with hands-on games and activities designed to help campers learn, socialize and have fun! Grades K - 4.

Franklin Road Academy Summer Programs 4700 Franklin Road, Nashville fracamps.com • fracamps@franklinroadacademy.com

615-369-4546

Whether it’s academic preparation, athletic skills training, arts and crafts, or all of the above, FRA is the place to be for summer fun! A wide variety of camps are offered for all ages (pre-K and up) in academics, arts, enrichments, and sports. Extended morning and afternoon services are available.

The Tutoring Center

5021 Hughes Crossing, Ste. 160, Franklin franklintn@tutoringcenter.com

615-721-8844

The Tutoring Center works with students grades K - 12 in math, reading, and writing. We work with students on their academic skills and concentration through our patented “Rotational Approach to Learning”. As a company we have a 95% success rate for students advancing an entire grade level in 6 months. Call today for information about our free diagnostic assessment and test consultation.

University School of Nashville 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville usn.org/summer • ganderson@usn.org

615-321-8016

Make USN Summer Camps your choice for a fun, enriching experience this summer. Many of our camps are led by USN faculty members who bring their expertise and varied passions to diverse programming in sports, academics, the arts, and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon scheduling allows either whole-day or half-day experiences. After-care provided from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth On the Vanderbilt Campus pty.vanderbilt.edu

615-322-8261

We believe that providing acceleration as well as challenging, inquiry-based educational opportunities, best serve the intellectual needs of gifted children; that being able to work alongside true academic peers provides a sense of community and belonging that helps to meet the social and emotional needs of gifted children; and that crafting authentic creative learning experiences best allows gifted students to develop their full capacities as thinkers, as problem-solvers and as compassionate people.

Creekside Riding Academy and Stables 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin

615-595-7547

creeksideridingstables.com Where horse lovers come to camp! We focus on safety, proper riding techniques, grooming, care, and tacking horses. All activities are geared to the riders level, ability and age. Campers ride each day in lessons, games on horseback and trail rides. Barn activities include scavenger hunts, horse related arts and crafts, making homemade horse treats and more. Connecting with and caring for these magnificent animals has been shown to give riders confidence in many areas of life!

Cub Creek Science Camp

16795 St. Rt. E, Rolla, MO mosciencecamp.com • office@bearriverranch.com

573-458-2125

With 300 animals, a six-element ropes course, archery range, arts studio, and classes in veterinary science, survival skills, and culinary, Cub Creek is the ultimate camp experience. Ages 7 - 17. ACA accredited. Air conditioned facilities. For teens 13 - 18 looking for an adventure, check out Animal Camp Jamaica!

Harris Riding Academy

4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro lessonshra@gmail.com

615-556-7370

Lessons, camps, birthday parties and more! Let us take you through the whole horse experience. Programs geared for beginner to show riders, kids to adults, and everything in between. Let us help you achieve your horse dreams. Check us out on Facebook.

Lucky Ladd Farm

4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville luckyladdfarms.com • tours@luckyladdfarms.com

615-274-3786

New lower rates! Campers ages 5 - 10 explore the wonder and magic of Lucky Ladd Farms. Our affordable week-long day camps offer wholesome outdoor AG-ventures through old-fashioned learning and play. Activities include working with farm animals, pony rides, gardening, games, crafts, archery, water play, wilderness exploration, and much more. Lunch and snacks included. Extended care available.

Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center 4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington peachtreefarms.com • polly@peachtreefarms.com

615-419-1089

Saddle up and ride! Our equestrian camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8, full-day for ages 6 and older. After-care is available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center. Parent visitation da is Apr. 21. continued on page 41...

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This summer, thread your stories together. Register for embroidery and other camps online at watkins.edu

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Valley View Equestrian Camp 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA valleyviewranch.com

706-862-2231

Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls ages 8 - 17. One to 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 camp horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!

Dance into

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ARTS – DANCE Ann Carroll School of Dance

1121 Harpeth Industrial Court, Franklin anncarrollschoolofdance.com • di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com

beginner to pre-professional

615-790-6468

summer camps

Ann Carroll School of Dance offers a performing arts camp for ages 2 - 18 yrs. Preschool camps are offered Mon. - Thu. and include ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and tumbling. Camp for ages 6 - 18 yrs. are offered Mon. - Fri. and consist of dance, acting, and vocal performance.

Artistic Elements

artisticelementsdance.com 615-472-9471

Dance into summer with the go-to dance studio in Williamson County! With 18 different camp options, we have dancing fun for everyone. Half- and full-day camps for beginner to pre-professional dancers ages 3 - 18. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and more. Before- and after-care available.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville cheekwood.org

615-353-9827

Adventure awaits this summer at Nashville’s favorite summer camps. Cheekwood summer camps invite kids of all ages to foster their creativity in the art studios, or get outside and explore the gardens. This year, favorite camps like Clay Fundamentals and Garden Sprouts, are joined by new options like Reduce, Reuse, ReImagine, and Hands-On Mechanics. Full-day pricing now available. Jun. 4 - Aug. 3. Register online.

Dance in Bloom

7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

Located just off 1-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acro, cheer, improv and comp. Classes are up-beat and fun! Ask about our camps and birthday parties.

The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com

615.472.9471 @artisticelementsdance

615-907-1155

Summer class schedule will be announced on our website on April 2. For schedule, registration, and teacher information please visit our website. Call or email us with questions. Non-competitive studio specializing in technique and presentation. All ages.

Grassland Dance Academy 1111 Battlewood St. , Franklin gdadance.com

Peachtree Farms, LLC

3630 Redmon St., Nashville 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood nashvilleballet.com

615-297-2966 ext. 20

Offering the highest quality training for children and adults. Artistic director Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty comprised of highly respected professional teachers, providing a complete dance experience that is challenging and fun for all students, whether they simply love to dance or aspire to a professional career. Students may have the opportunity to perform in Nashville Ballet productions.

ARTS – MUSIC Belmont School of Music 1900 Belmont Ave., Nashville belmont.edu/music

Starts June 4th

Learning Life’s lessons through horses 615.790-7660

Enroll Now for our

Grassland Dance Academy offers a variety of dance classes for all ages and all styles. Dance gives children a creative outlet to enjoy music, learn coordination and rhythm, work on fitness, and most of all, have fun! Ask us about our birthday parties.

School of Nashville Ballet

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Over 50 years of teaching children correct riding skills (control of horse and safety) and basic horsemanship Ask us (care and knowledge of the horse) r about ou in a safe and fun environment. ing Break

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The Belmont University School of Music offers a variety of summer camps. New this year is a program for students with special needs, ages 7 - 12, and a piano camp for students, ages 6 - 12. Visit our website and select Summer Programs. Band, piano, string, and vocal camps are offered for students in grades 9 - 12.

Mobile Music Academy

mmamusic.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

615-301-8589

Recording Studio Camp: a week-long day camp with limited spots available, 13 - 18 years old. Students are hands-on in the studio. Private Music Lessons: In-home music lessons available for many instruments and voice. A La Carte Music Classes: Have a small group that wants a specific class? We can create that for you! Voted #1 for music instruction!

615-419-1089 www.peachtreefarms.com

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French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts Summer Camp

What are you doing this summer?

Our Summers are full of Plays, Musical Theater, Dance, Music, Circus, Magic, Sports and Art. Our program is individual choice – you make your schedule. We offer over 90 activities every day and 4, 3-week sessions.

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Songwriting Camp – Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 222 5th Ave. S, Nashville countrymusichalloffame.org/songwritingcamp

615-416-2001

Aspiring songwriters can hone their craft, learn from professionals, and make new friends. Camp includes one-on-one mentoring sessions, instrument instruction, performance coaching, demo recording, workshops led by special guests, and more. Campers enjoy unlimited access to the museum galleries, participate in a group recording session at historic RCA Studio B and present a showcase on the final day.

Hendersonville Christian Academy

615-824-1550

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ARTS – THEATER Expression City Arts and Fitness 1724-A Gen. George Patton Drive, Brentwood expressioncity.com • allison@expressioncity.com

615-678-4739

The mission of Expression City is to offer creative expression, arts education and community service. Interdisciplinary programs feature cross-training in circus, music, dance, art, acting, improv and artistic professional development. Expression City Arts and Fitness provides a home for students and professionals to grow as artists and as individuals who use their talents to positively impact their community.

Conveniently located in Hendersonville.

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts Hancock, NY frenchwoods.com • admin@frenchwoods.com

800-634-1703

French Woods offers summer camp programs in dance, theater, music, circus, magic, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, waterfront, skate board, rock and roll and horseback riding. We cater to children from 7 - 17 yrs. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest.

Nashville Children’s Theatre 25 Middleton St., Nashville nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

615-254-9103

Nashville Children’s Theatre’s camps and classes have taught generations of Nashvillians. Whether your child wants to play while pretending, be creative with new friends, or develop serious theatre skills, NCT has the right fit for ages 4 - 18. Most camps conclude with a sharing for family and friends.

ARTS – VISUAL Little Art House

2104 Acklen Ave, Nashville littlearthousenashville.com

615-933-9644

Locally owned by two sisters who are licensed and experienced art teachers, Little Art House supports education as well as offering encouragement and confidence in art making for all ages. Join them at their studio in Hillsboro Village for school break camps, classes for the littlest artists, and adult offerings throughout Spring and Summer 2018!

Watkins College of Art

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville watkins.edu/community-education-watkins

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Early Registration Discounts!

As the world becomes ever more dependent on creative minds, now is the time for your child to take on a creative challenge and develop those skills. Watkins Summer Camp participants learn to think and follow through on an idea, to accept and integrate feedback, and to see the world through more innovative and richer lenses. Best of all, they have terrific fun while they’re learning, growing, and creating.

FITNESS/SPORTS Adventure Works

4129 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs adventureworks.com

615-297-2250 615-297-2250

In 1987 we started creating adventures that would connect and inspire teams. We’ve expanded to include adventures for everyone. Join us as we strive to do good, work smart, live well, and laugh often through all of our adventures!

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com

615-890-6755 615-893-6003

Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 - adult. Call now to find out how to get one month free with uniform.

British Swim School

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Award-Winning Summer Camps!

Nashville’s newest swim school is now open in Franklin with the mission of making sure that every child has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer. Register now for the parent-trusted and kidapproved safety-first swim lessons. Classes start at 3 mos. and take place in a heated indoor pool. Call or visit our website to register today! continued on page 45...

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Camp Vandy - Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville vanderbilt.edu/campvandy • campvandy@vanderbilt.edu

615-343-8176

Camp Vandy is the Rec’s summer day camp for ages 5 - 13. Theme weeks, including Game Show, Vandy Olympics, and Island Paradise promote active programming where campers learn lifelong skills and stay fit. Campers climb the rock wall, swim in the pool, play field games, go bowling, participate in fitness classes, build arts and crafts, and much more! Before- and after-care are available. See you at the Rec!

David Deaton Karate

Brentwood 615-377-1100 Hendersonville 615-824-9111 Lebanon 615-547-1754 Mt. Juliet 615-754-6878 daviddeaton.com

At RobotiX Institute, we offer: • Robotics lessons all Saturdays and Sundays for ages 5-18 • Structured Robotics education in STEM curriculum • Lego Robotics for Elementary & Middle School students • VEX program for Middle & High School students • Customized sessions based on the need of the student ensuring an engaging & challenging fast-tracked learning path • One free session for all new students to try out our program We will be conducting Summer Camps in June & July.

Voted the #1 martial arts school in Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties for 10 years in a row. With more than four decades of experience, students are taught how to handle emergency situations, to be healthy through exercise and to practice self-discipline with a confident, respectful attitude. Classes are for ages 4 - adult.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

See website for details. Visit us at the Nashville Parent Summer Camp Fair at the Cool Springs Galleria on February 3rd to see cool robots in action!

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

Harvest Martial Arts

595 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 337, Franklin harvestmartialarts@gmail.com

615-224-3851

Harvest Martial Arts is a traditional martial arts school that teaches Han Mu Do and fitness classes to both adults and kids. We have a broad range of classes and a very accessible schedule to make sure that you can attend our martial arts classes at the most convenient time. We are located in Historic Downtown Franklin.

Let it Shine Gymnastics

1892 Gen.George Patton Drive, Franklin lisgym.com • gyminfo@letitshinegym.com

1550 W McEwen Dr., Suite 300, Franklin, TN 37067

robotixinstitute.net | 615-721-2650

615-369-3547

We offer a super FUNTASTIC summer camp for ages 3 - 12. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with extended care available from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Kids will have a FUNTASTIC time on our trampolines, zipline, rocket blaster, star castle, rock wall, volley ball, basketball, floor hockey, swimming, and gymnastics.

Music City Archery

1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 205, Franklin musiccityarchery.com

Camp Juliette Low On Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, GA

615-566-5187

CJL is an independent, residential summer camp

Whether it’s enjoying time with friends or improving your archery skills, we offer something for everyone at our indoor range and USA Archery club. Register on our website for fall classes! We offer group lessons for all ages and skill levels. These lessons include one hour of instruction by our USA Archery certified coaches with all equipment provided.

Music City Gymnastics

122 Wheeler St., La Vergne musiccitygym.com • info@musiccitygym.com

400 Davidson St., Nashville musiccityindoorkarting.com • sales@musiccityindoorkarting.com

615-242-3275

Campers experience the thrill of indoor kart racing. The program features lots of racing with only other campers on the track, classroom sessions to develop racing skills, track safety briefing and basic kart operations. Instructors teach campers how to drive safely and follow their progress. Activities include kart care and maintenance, make and race your own pinewood derby car, games, mini golf, inflatables, and more!

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood my-gym.com/brentwood

1 & 2 week sessions

615-776-8333

MCGC provides high-quality instruction at an affordable price in gymnastics, cheerleading and tumbling for girls and boys ages 3 years and older. We offer special activities including Parents’ Night Out, open gym, clinics, summer camps and birthday parties. Call or email for your free trial and ask about registration discounts.

Music City Indoor Karting

for girls ages 7-17.

June 3—July 28, 2018

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615-371-5437

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. continued on page 47...

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Lighthouse

Christian School And Preschool K2 - 12th Grade Fully Accredited College Preparatory

Summer camps include: Daily camp, athletics, fine arts, & more! Call 615.331.6286 www.golcslions.org Making Private, Christian Education Affordable Lighthouse Christian School, Antioch, TN

Summer

Building Leaders for Tomorrow... since 1945

• Horseback riding • Swimming Pool • Lake activities • High Ropes • Climbing Tower and more!

at usn

university school of nashville summer camps 2018

Camp Y.I. Overnight & Day Camp

usn.org/ summer

LaVergne, TN • www.campyi.org

615-459-3971

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RACE CAMP ONE WEEK of RACING FUN! Daily Kart Races Race Team Challenges BlackLight Mini Golf Pro Instructors: teaching safety & proper racing techniques Inflatable jump fun and More!

Dates: June 18-22 June 25-29 July 9-13 July 16-20

400 Davidson St. Suite 403 Nashville, TN 37213

615-242-3275

www.musiccityindoorkarting.com

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Nashville Sail Camp

Harbor Island Yacht Club and Percy Priest Yacht Club nashvillesailcamp.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

615-856-4772

Nashville Sail Camp is a learn to sail camp for beginner sailors. Qualified instructors teach boating safety, points of sail, boat parts, rigging, and basic maneuvering. This camp offers a week-long basic level of sailing, focusing on the fundamentals while having a great time on the water. Part of the course is on the water and part of the course on shore. Course curriculum will be based on US Sailing Level 1 instruction.

One Goal Sports

Murfreesboro 615-896-7309 onegoalsports.net • admin@onegoalsports.net

A non-profit, community-based sports league existing to provide quality sports programming for families in a fun, Christian environment. Now registering for spring soccer, summer t-ball, summer coach pitch, summer flag football and others. Visit our website for more information.

Vanderbilt Athletics Youth Camps

Soccer: vandysoccercamps.com • andrea.bigler@vanderbilt.edu

615-343-8099

Vanderbilt Soccer Youth Summer Day Camps are designed for all levels who want to learn and improve their fundamental soccer skills in a fun and encouraging environment. Jun. 4 - 8, 11 - 15 and 18 - 22. Ages 5 - 13.

NIVERSITY VANDERBILT UAY CAMP SUMMER D

CAMPVANDY 2018

Ages 5-13 years June 4th - August 3rd

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE ONLINE AT VANDERBILT.EDU/CAMPVANDY

Lacrosse: vucommodores.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/w-lacros-camp.htm lisa.gracey@vanderbilt.edu 615-343-5341

The Vanderbilt Elite Lacrosse Camp offers a premier experience for players to take their came to the next level. Jul. 9 - 11. Ages 12 - 18.

Yong In Martial Arts

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 1031 Riverside Drive, Ste. K, Franklin taekwondobrentwood.com

615-370-1117 615-591-3373

We are dedicated to teaching the swift and accurate motions in self-defense using martial arts styles and forms. These include Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Martial Arts Sparring. We were rated the number one martial arts academy in Nashville because we have the most skilled and professional instructors. Over 35 years of experience. Call today or come by our studio.

FLIGHT MTSU Aerospace Department

1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro mtsu.edu/aerospace • marylou.cornett@mtsu.edu

615-898-2788

The MTSU Aerospace Department offers a one week Introduction to Aviation day camp, designed for students rising grades 8 - 12 to explore a variety of aviation career fields including flight, maintenance, technology, air traffic control and unmanned aerial systems. Activities are hands-on and include a flight in a training aircraft.

Nashville Flight Training

801 Hangar Lane, Hangar 7, Nashville 615-366-9192 nashvilleflighttraining.com/nashville-pilot-camp • info@nashvilleflighttraining.com

Specially designed for ages 13 - 18, Nashville Pilot Camp offers the opportunity to find out what it really takes to learn to fly. During our one week summer camp, students will learn through hands-on participation as they gain valuable aviation experience and meet like minded aviation enthusiasts their own age. Every participant receives up to two full hours of FAA-certified flight instruction in an actual airplane, one hour of flight training in an FAA certified flight simulator, as well as books, maps, and a camp t-shirt.

NATURE Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont 9275 Tremont Road, Townsend gsmit.org • jenjones@gsmit.org

865-448-6709

Tremont Institute offers summer youth programs that foster an understanding of the beautiful Smoky Mountains and encourage a lifelong appreciation of the environment. Imagine splashing around in a cold mountain stream, climbing ridges to an unbelievable view, or choosing from a variety of activities to discover nature through hands-on explorations.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Camp Rock Zone

11902 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet camprockzone.com • contact@rockzonemusic.com

615-562-0070

Camp Rock Zone® is hosting it’s annual S.T.E.A.M. themed summer camp experience. Perfect for kid imagineers ages 7 - 11 who love Minecraft, Legos, robotics, space and music. Weekly sessions available all June and July. Attend one week or the whole summer. Before- and after-care available.

Camp Tech R3volution (Lavner Camps)

Camps held at Vanderbilt, 2201 West End Ave., Nashville 610-664-8803 lavnercampsandprograms.com • justin@lavnercampsandprograms.com

Award-winning Camp Tech R3volution is your Next Generation Tech Camp! 35+ majors/minors in robotics with EV3/artificial intelligence/Vex, game design, Python, Java, VR, Minecraft™, Spy Tech, sports analytics, film production for YouTube, digital music making, and more. Jun. 4 - Jul. 7. Ages 7 - 14.

REGISTER NOW AT

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iD Tech Camps

Camps held at Vanderbilt University idtech.com • info@idtech

888-709-8324

Let your child design video games, code the next big app, or discover encryption and cyber security. At iD Tech summer programs, students explore top campuses, create impressive projects, and build skills that last long after summer. Whether you attend one session or come back every season, your tech pathway starts here.

Kids 4 Coding Tech Camps

Summer Camps

Camps held at Belmont University kids4coding.com • info@kids4coding.com

770-642-0004

Award-winng camps for ages 7 - 16. Voted one of Atlanta’s top 10 Most Innovative Young Tech Startups (Microsoft Azure 2015). This summer, students can learn to code games, robots, drones, musical compositions and even build their own laptops (to keep!). Half- and full-day programs. Weeklong sessions are supervised by certified teachers and taught by experienced instructors. Jun. 4 - Jul. 20.

Lipscomb University/Nissan BisonBot Camps One University Park Drive, Nashville robotics@lipscomb.edu

For every kid who just can’t resist dismantling the toaster, the Lipscomb University/Nissan BisonBot Robotic Summer Camp will be the highlight of their summer. All camps will be held in the Hughes Center engineering facility on the Lipscomb campus. For grades K - 12. Camps for beginners to advanced.

Mr. Bond’s Science Guys

mrbondscienceguy.com 615-573-2702

We have devoted over 20 years to inspiring kids to love science via our inspirational hands-on demonstrations that make science fun, cool and easy! Our uncanny crowd control makes us a favorite at special events including birthday parties, in-school field trips, assemblies, fairs and festivals, and library shows. Anywhere there are children hungry for fun and learning, The Science Guys will be there to help!

ENRICHMENTS • ATHLETICS • ACADEMICS

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Battle Ground Academy

336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin bgacamps.com • bgacamps@mybga.org

615-567-8327

BGA has summer camps for every interest and age this summer! Whether your child is interested in learning to build robots, fly drones, or bake culinary masterpieces, our camps are designed to nurture curiosity. We also offer athletic camps for all ages and sports including football, baseball, softball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Ages 3 and up. Camps run from Jun. 4 - Jul. 27. Full-day and half-day camps are available. Early-, after- and between-care available.

Camp Beech Creek at Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood curreyingramcamps.org

615-507-3242

Beech Creek Camp at Currey Ingram Academy offers full-day fun experiences on an 83 acre campus in Brentwood featuring nature trails, creek, sports fields, and creative indoor spaces. Children ages rising K - grade 6 will enjoy “make-your-own-morning” elective choices and weekly themes.

Camp Bells Bend Beaman

4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville campbellsbendbeaman.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

615-856-4772

Experience two of Nashville’s Metro parks in one camp! Camp Bells Bend and Beaman provides outdoor adventures for children ages 6 - 12. Day campers are grouped with well-trained, energetic, and caring counselors who will foster a sense of appreciation of the parks and the outdoors. Let the adventure begin! Mon. - Wed. at Bells Bend Outdoor Center, Thu. and Fri. at Beaman Park Nature Center.

Camp Cedar Cliff

5 Porters Cove Road, Asheville, NC campcedarcliff.org

828-450-333

Building authentic Christ-followers through community, worship, biblical teaching, and outdoor recreation in the camp setting. That youth would be transformed into authentic followers of Christ, marked by a desire to serve others in his name and live godly lives, while using the scriptures to this end.

Camp Crusader - Hendersonville Christian Academy 355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville crusaderkidscom • info@hcacrusaders.com

615-824-1550

Parents appreciate our pay-by-the-day plan. There is no need to commit to full weeks during the summer. We provide a clean t-shirt each day and clean towels on pool days. Lunch and snacks are included in the daily rate. Campers take fun field trips every day.

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Camp Davis, Gordon JCC

801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville campdavisnashville.com • jack@nashvillejcc.org

615-354-1625

The ultimate summer day camp for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. A back-to-basics curriculum of sports, art, music, and nature serves as our foundation. At Camp Davis we are more than a camp, we are a family – teaching values of compassion and respect. Camp Davis ... getting kids dirty since 1930!

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Camp JPII (Pope John Paul II High School) 117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville camp@jp2hs.org

Horton Haven Christian Camp

615-822-2375 ext. 4037

Camp JPII offers exciting camps for ages 5 - 18 during the month of June, including academic, sports, and artistic camps. With early drop off, after care, weekly lunch plans, state-of-the-art facilities, and amazing teachers, Camp JPII is a fun, easy, and educational way to enjoy the summer.

Camp Juliette Low

321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland, GA cjl.org • info@cjl.org

Boys and Girls ages 8-18

770-428-1062

Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship – located on Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, Georgia, Camp Juliette Low is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7 - 17 that fosters self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. One- and two-week sessions. Preparing girls for confident living and leadership since 1922.

Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls 23416 Camp Lincoln Road, Lake Hubert, MN lincoln-lakehubert.com

800-242-1909

For over 100 years, Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls have excelled in providing a traditional sleep-away adventure. With top-of-the-line activities and instruction, our family-run camps offer the perfect playground for skill-building, fostering emotional growth, and just having a blast.

Camp Warner Park

7199 Hwy 100, Nashville campwarnerpark.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

615-856-4772

Summer is better in Nashville’s largest Metro park! Camp Warner Park connects children with nature through outdoor learning and play. Day campers will be grouped with qualified, energetic, and passionate counselors who will foster a sense of appreciation of the parks and the outdoors. For children ages 6 - 12. Let the adventure begin!

Camp Y.I.

599 Jones Mill Road, La Vergne campyi.org

Horses

SUMMER IN THE

SMOKIES

Live and Learn inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park Residential Summer Camps Ages 4-17

Christ Presbyterian Academy 2323 - A Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville cpalions.org • camps@cpalions.org

Archery Crafts Swimming Zipline Canoeing Bible Lessons Climbing Walls

Programs for adults and families too!

615-459-3971

Camp Y.I. is situated on a peninsula overlooking Percy Priest Lake. Our 175 acres provides an outdoor playground for boys and girls ages 7 - 14 (overnight campers) and ages 6 - 10 (day campers). Activities include horseback riding, swimming pool, lake activities, high ropes and a climbing tower.

Mtn Biking

Visit gsmit.org for more info and to register.

Conveniently located 1 hour south of Nashville

(931) 364-7656 hortonhaven.org

615-373-9550

CPA offers 50+ camps and workshops for preschool - grade 12. Campers will enjoy a variety of camps including sports, arts, science, robotics and so much more! There are camps to meet any interest and schedule, with multiple camps offered weekly. Early Bird Pricing good through May 31.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats – Overnight Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp/camps • contact@deerrun.camp

615-794-2918

Age-graded 1-week (grades 3 - 12) and 2-week (ages 12 - 15) co-ed camps. Campers experience fun adventures, grow in their faith and forge friendships through reduced distractions and no technology. Zip lines, giant swing, paintball, archery tag, climbing tower and lake activities: waterslide, swimming, kayaking, aqua park and more. Campers choose one track to develop skills.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats – Day Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp/camps • contact@deerrun.camp

615-794-2918

Age-graded small groups. Day Camps: 5 yrs. - grade 5. Adventure Day Camps: grades 6 - 8. Bus transportation. Extended care. Fun adventures. New friendships. No technology. Lake activities, pedal karts, obstacle course, games, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, songs, Bible study and more. Adventure Camps also include survival skills: shelter building, fire starting, knot tying, navigation, lashing and more.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats – Family Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp/camps • contact@deerrun.camp

615-794-2918

A life-changing, everything-planned-for-you, vacation experience! Week-long summer camps or 3-night Labor Day Weekend. An opportunity to create long-lasting memories, experience the outdoors and strengthen relationships. Your family has a personal, college-age assistant who helps as needed with your kids. Recreation, family challenges, games, outdoor movie night, wagon rides, crafts, family devotions and more.

Harding Academy Summer Programs 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville hardingacademy.org

Pope John Paul II High School

615-356-5510

Harding offers week-long day camps for children preK - grade 8. Camp offerings include theme days, storytelling, music, creative movement, math, science and language arts enrichment, water days, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, and technology. Our popular athletic camps include volleyball, basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. All skill levels welcome.

REGISTER ONLINE www.jp2hs.org

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Strengthening friendships, impacting lives, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Registration Opens

Feb. 10th

for returning families &

Get the full scoop at:

campdavisnashville.com

Feb. 14th

for new families! 50 + CAM PS & WOR K S H OP S P S -12

cpalions.org/ventures

Imagine the Perfect day...campers have the chance to splash in a creek, climb up a tree, play in the dirt, get up close and personal to animals, create something beautiful, build friendships and make memories. Give them MORE of what summer should be. Join us for our 46th summer and see what everyone is talking about!

B E F ORE CA RE A VA ILA B LE / 8-9 A.M.

camp@whippoorwill.com • www.whippoorwill.com 7840 Whippoorwill Lane • Fairview, TN 37062 • 615-799-9925

HARDING ACADEMY

SUMMER PROGRAMS With options in the arts, academics, athletics, and more. Open to all children in grades PreK through 8.

JUNE 5 – JULY 28* HALF-AND FULL-DAY AVAILABLE

Registration now open HARDINGACADEMY.ORG/SUMMERPROGRAMS NO SESSION JULY 3-7

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Harpeth Hall School 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville harpethhall.org

615-297-9543

Artist. Athlete. Actor. Astronaut. No matter what a girl aspires to be, she can live her dreams at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls from preK - grade 12 can spend one or two weeks uncovering artistic talents, perfecting athletic skills, exploring science in-depth and just plain having fun. Registration for summer camp programs is now open. Learn more on our website. Harpeth Hall is where girls dream big and go far!

Historic Travellers Rest

636 Farrell Pkwy, Nashville travellersrestplantation.org • tonyas@historictravellersrest.org

NOW ENROLLING! art music football drama dance soccer cheer hockey swimming cooking gaming science baseball volleyball

615-832-8197

Our summer camps have been making history for over 20 years! One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets, our award-winning day camps make history an adventure. From exploring History’s Mysteries to Tennessee Tales, The War of 1812 to The Civil War... you and your camper will be amazed at how fun history can be.

Horton Haven Christian Camp 3711 Reed Harris Road, Chapel Hill hortonhaven.org

931-364-7656

kn igh ts.office@lca kn igh ts.com or 615 .22 3.0 45 1

Just one hour south of Nashville offering overnight and day camps. Overnight campers experience archery, air rifles, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, mountain biking, swimming, and more. Teens can try our 45 ft. high, 600 ft. long zip line. One-week sessions, ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14, and 15 - 18. Day campers enjoy games, crafts, bible lessons, swimming, and more.

Lancaster Christian Academy

150 Soccer Way, Smyrna lancasterchristianacademy.org • knights.office@lcaknights.com

615-223-0451

Lancaster Christian Academy offers a summer day camp for grades K - 6. Campers will enjoy two fun, exciting field trips each week along with camper’s choice of specialty camp. Camps include: art, baseball, cheer, cooking, dance, drama, football, gaming, hockey, music, science, soccer, swimming and volleyball.

Lipscomb Academy Summer Experience 4517 Granny White Pke, Nashville summerexperience.org

615-966-1600

We are excited to invite your child to participate in one of the 70 camps for PreK - grade 12 students. Along with athletics and fine arts your child can participate in STEM-based camps including drone flying, robotics and more! The Lipscomb University College of Entertainment and Arts offers a variety of high-quality camps led by award-winning directors, Disney animators and broadway performers.

Oak Hill Day Camp

4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville fpcnashville.org

615-298-9583

OHDC constantly strives to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the whole family. To that end, 2018 brings changes to our overall structure with availability more appropriate for working parents and programs facilitating both fun and growth while maintaining our core values: faith, friendship, tradition, service, and respect.

Providence Christian Academy Summer Camps 410 Dejarnett Lane, Murfreesboro providencechristian.com • camps@providencechristian.com

615-904-0902

Register now for PCA Summer Camps! A variety of half- and full-day camp offerings from athletics to arts to robotics for students entering grades K - 8. For PCA Summer Camp schedules and registration information, visit our website or send us an email with any questions.

Riverview Camp for Girls

757 CR 614, Mentone, AL riverviewcamp.com • info@riverviewcamp.com

800-882-0722

Voted best sleep-away camp more than six times in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. One- and twoweek sessions. Ages 6 - 16. Member of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities. Facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins. Campers select six activities daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

Teen Leadership Adventure

4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville 615-856-4772 leadershipacademyllc.com/teen-leadership-adventure • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

Most teens will tell you their life is full of challenges: making good grades, meeting new people, and facing lots of changes and transitions. But when was the last time your teen had the opportunity for adventure? Leadership Academy has the answer with our Teen Leadership Adventure camp that gives rising grades 7 - 10 the chance to experience the beauty of nature and programs to develop their leadership skills.

Under The Oaks Summer Program

4815 Franklin Road, Nashville oakhillschool.org/undertheoaks • undertheoaks@oakhillschool.org

615-298-9590

Come play, learn and create this summer with Under the Oaks at Oak Hill School. We offer more than 75 programs geared toward kids, PreK (4 yrs) - rising grade 6, with varying interests. Our academic, athletic and enrichment programs provide a unique summer experience and the opportunity to make life-long memories. Sessions begin the week of June 4 and run through July 13.

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17 NEW ADDITIONS TO THE CATALOG THIS YEAR! Explore different summer programs designed to engage girls in ACADEMICS, ARTS AND ATHLETICS.

Victory Ranch

4330 Mecklinburg Drive, Bolivar victoryranch.org • smith@victoryranch.org

731-659-2880

Christian (non-denominational), co-ed residential camp featuring one of the best facilities in the nation including an incredible outdoor adventure course, 20-stall barn, water activities and much more all on 500 beautiful acres. All lodges are air-conditioned and incredibly comfortable. Camp staff hand-selected with a ratio of 3:1. Campers are loved, nurtured, challenged and have the time of their lives. Space is limited.

The Webb School Summer Day Camp 319 Webb Road East, Bell Buckle thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program

931-389-6003

The Webb School’s Summer Day Camp for rising grades 4 - 8 focuses on engineering, robotics, art, sports and outdoor adventure. The class schedule runs from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camps are week-long and run from Jun. 11 - Jun. 29. Bus service is available from Murfreesboro and Tullahoma. Lunch is provided. Come for one week, or sign up for all three!

WeHaKee Camp for Girls N8104 Barker Lake Road, Winter, WI wehakeecampforgirls.com

800-582-2267

The all girls summer camp experience you’ve always dreamed of! Come join us this summer and find out just how much fun discovering yourself at cam can be.

Summer Plans MAKE YOUR

AND REGISTER TODAY

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview whippoorwill.com • camp@whippoorwill.com

615-799-9925

Celebrating 45 years of fun on the farm. Located in beautiful Williamson County, campers choose how they spend their day. Activities include swimming, rope activities, archery, gardening, kayaking, pony rides and more! Providing adventures and old fashion fun in a safe environment for campers grades 1 - 10. Bus transportation included and ACA accredited.

Williamson County Parks and Recreation Mulitple Locations wcparksandrec.com

HarpethHall.org 3801 Hobbs Road • Nashville, TN 37215 • 615.297.9543

615-790-5719, ext. 2038

We provide a variety of summer camp programs and activities for ages 4 - 17, at various recreation facilities across Williamson County. Summer activities include day camps, field trips and speciality camps such as sports, dance, drama, art and technology camps and much more. Specific information will be available on our website beginning in February, and registration will open in March for most programs.

YMCA Camp Ocoee

111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee ymcacampocoee.org • info@campocoee.com

423-338-5588

Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs, and many more.

YMCA Day Camps

at Lipscomb Academy Camps for Pre-K through 12th grade.

ymcamidtn.org/programs/camp 615-259-9622

Camping at the Y is about learning skills, developing character, and making friends. Our camps are also places where kids become a community as they engage in physical, social, and educational activities that teach how to be more independent and contribute to a group. Each week includes swimming and field trips.

YMCA Summer Adventure

Camps offered at participating school locations ymcafunco.org

The prestige of a University, the feel of family.

615-259-3418

The summer component of the YMCA’s Fun Company out-of-school time program, Summer Adventure offers campers daily fun in a safe, supervised environment. Offering full-day excitement, campers will learn skills, develop character, and make new friends, all while engaging in physical, social, and educational activities.

YMCA Widjiwagan Day Camp 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch campwidji.org

615-360-2267

Discover your own adventure at Nashville’s top summer camp, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan! Week after week, campers can customize their outdoor summer camp experience with options like sailing, zip lining, skiing, climbing, banana boat rides, horseback riding, and more! Day campers also get lunch and a snack every day so there’s no need to pack meals throughout the week. Ages 4 - 16.

summerexperience.org

YMCA Widjiwagan Overnight Camp 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch campwidji.org

615-360-2267

Widjiwagan’s overnight campers love creating their own summer camp experience! With options such as climbing, swimming, arts and crafts, wood working, canoeing, zip lining, and more, kids get to decide what their summer adventure will look like. While at Overnight Camp, Widji’s beautiful cabins create a home away from home! New for summer 2017 is the addition of the Yurt Village. Ages 7 - 16.

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Oak Hill School’s

summer program

Rising PreK - 6th Grade Boys & Girls

oakhillschool.org/undertheoaks

Spend YOUR

SUMMER With US! Day Camps for ages 5-17

Extended Care & Bus Service Available

Learn more

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February

BY CHAD YOUNG

BEST OF THE MONTH

THINGS TO DO THE ILLUSIONISTS — LIVE FROM BROADWAY

Feb. 16 - 18 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville • Page 73 A night of magical feats and illusions promises to dazzle kids of all ages

22ND ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR

Saturday, Feb. 3 CoolSprings Galleria, Franklin • Page 58 NOW is the time to be planning your child’s summer fun, and Nashville Parent’s premier camp fair is THE place to be to get a jump start. Picture courtesy of Camp Lincoln in Lake Hubert, Minn.

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Saturday, Feb. 10 NCG Cinema, Gallatin Page 66 Catch the brand-new movie without previews in an environment perfect for children with autism or other sensory issues.

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Saturday, Feb. 24 Williamson County Recreation Complex Nolensville Page 76 Dads and their special girls can dress up up for a fun night of dancing and photo ops.

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC Sunday, Feb. 18 Bridgestone Arena Nashville Page 72 Beloved Disney characters whisk kids away to mesmerizing worlds with grand illusions along the way.

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Every Wednesday The Wilderness Station Murfreesboro Page 63 A self-led adventure for ages 4 - 9 to discover animals that inhabit our planet.

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Nashville Opera on Tour: The Enchanted Forest

R FREE Intro to Film

Every year, Nashville Opera on Tour brings a production just for youngsters to various locations in the community. This year, a brand-new offering takes place. The Enchanted Forest is a 35-minute production sung in English. The characters set out on an epic adventure to save the forest from a fire-breathing dragon. The Enchanted Forest teaches kids the basics of operatic storytelling as children get to cast the hero, villain, sidekick and love interest right at the top of the show. The story is set to iconic music by Mozart, Bizet, and Gilbert and Sullivan. Though geared toward elementary and middle school students, The Enchanted Forest is appropriate for all ages. Catch the show at one of these locations this month and next (free unless otherwise noted): • Thursday, Feb 1 at 4 p.m.: Noah Liff Opera Center, Nashville (register) • Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.: Plaza Mariachi, Nashville • Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.: Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville (w/ gate fee) • Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.: Brentwood Library • Saturday Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.: Noah Liff Opera Center, Nashville (register) • Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m.: Edmondson Pike Library, Nashville • Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m.: Casa Azafran, Nashville • Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m.: Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville • Saturday, March 17 at 10 & 11:30 a.m.: Williamson County Library, Franklin For more information, call 615-832-5242 or visit nashvilleopera.org and click on “2018 Tour” under the Education tab.

N FREE Fourth

Annual Harry Potter Book Night

Noir Lecture Series

mckaysbooks.com

Ages 10+. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m. MTSU professor Elyce Helford discusses “Film Noir’s Origins,” followed by a screening of 1947’s Crossfire.

W Funny Little

615-898-5961 elyce.helford@mtsu.edu

R Busy Bees

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3. Group activities that stimulate your tot’s coordination.

N Disney’s

Freaky Friday

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

N First Aid Kit 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. McKay’s, 636 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Fantastic Beasts” is the theme for this magical evening that includes games, costume contests and other activities.

Thing Called Love

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R Hamlet

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R Mind-Blowing Matinee

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; every Tue - Fri at 3:30 p.m.; $8. Explore all-things scientific by learning through discovery. Topics include liquid nitrogen, visible light and reptiles.

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35 - $45. A night of Americana music.

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R FREE Musical

Theater Dance Class (Register)

615-893-7439, ext. 6104 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year). Learn dance steps and choreography styles in the musical theater genre.

Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3. Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine their skills like bumping, setting and spiking.

House Concert

All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25. Performers include Kristian Bush, Natalie Hemby and chuck Wicks.

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W A Midsummer

Predators Hockey

Night’s Dream

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

school P.E. Class (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 12 p.m.; $3. Various physical education activities promoting health, sportsmanship and group participation.

R Preschool Program: Incredible Insects (Register)

mike.kraft@townofsmyrna.org townofsmyrna.org Ages 3 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Learn how insects live.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

Photo courtesy of Camp Bells Bend Beaman.

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Nashville Parent’s 22nd Annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair Saturday, Feb. 3

It may seem like a long way off, but summer will be here before we know it, and NOW is the time to start planning your kids’ activities. Get a head start on your summer camp search by attending Nashville Parent’s 22nd Annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at CoolSprings Galleria (1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin). It’s the premier, top-rated summer camp fair in the Southeast where you can meet reps from local day camps and residential away camps spanning the spectrum. You’ll find faith-based camps, traditional camps and specialty camps focusing on athletics, outdoor adventures, the arts, science, animals, education, entrepreneurship and a whole lot more! Discover more than 75 camps at the Summer Camp Adventure Fair. Admission is FREE! Call 615-256-2158, ext. 130, or visit nashvilleparent.com/campfair2018.

W FREE Sprouts

W FREE Teen

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $22 - $145. Pianist Joyce Yang joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of classical music.

Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 a.m. Learn to stretch and balance while learning to control mind and body.

N Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky

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Ages 13+. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth. Participate in an aquatic sport in the deep end of the indoor pool.

615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

615-782-4040 tpac.org

R Patterson Home-

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

R Youth Volleyball

N Nashville

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus Los Angeles Kings.

R Water Polo

Yoga (Register)

Anime Club

Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks.

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N The Barefoot

Children in the City of Ward

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

N The King and I

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

Garden Show

antiquesandgardenshow.com All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $25 adults run of show, free ages 12 & younger. More than 150 dealers are on site, and you can see designs by master gardeners, attend lectures and more.

N Bottles for BizTown 615-383-9500 janash.com

Ages 21+. Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, 120 Powell Place, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $30 per person plus three bottles of the same wine per team. This annual fundraiser for Junior Achievement features a masked wine tasting, silent auction, entertainment, food and more.

N Creative Play

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 10 months - 3 years. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $5. Parent-tot creative time with a variety of activities.


THINGS TO DO R FITMommy Yoga 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6 weeks to crawlers. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.; $4. Interactive yoga including infant massage, exercises to reclaim your core and more.

W FREE Franklin Art Scene

downtownfranklintn.com/ the-franklin-art-scene All ages. Gallery 202 (and other locations), 202 Second Ave. S., Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m. Explore dozens of art galleries in downtown Franklin.

N Grand Ole Opry 800-733-6779 opry.com

All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $99. Country legends and contemporary stars perform their hits.

N FREE Homeschool Day

615-253-0149 tnmuseum.org All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Homeschool families can explore Black History Month with a viewing of the exhibit Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation, a “detectives of history” hands-on program and other educational activities.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

R Monty Python’s Spamalot

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

S Mother & Son

Night of Fun (Register)

goodlettsvilleparks.com

Ages 10 & younger. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $25 per couple, $10 each additional son. A date night for moms and their little guys featuring a DJ spinning tunes and fun photo ops.

N Ordinary People

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

N Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

W Rodeo & Juliet 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $20 - $35. Michael Tait sings Nat King Cole during this night of American roots music.

R Southern Invita-

tional Indoor Truck & Tractor Pull

615-406-0382 southernmotorsports.net

All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 West Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $15 $18 adults, free ages 10 & younger. A variety of trucks and tractors show their power.

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

N Tennessee Boat

Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $3. This parent/tot class focuses on playing with others, gross motor skills and having fun.

901-867-7007 tnboatexpo.com

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 11:05 - 11:45 a.m.; $3. Run, jump and play while learning skills like balance, coordination, listening and taking turns.

& Fishing Expo

All ages. Wilson County Expo Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Fri 12 - 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Check out the hottest new boats, view the antique lure display, visit seminars, win hourly door prizes and shop from top boat and tackle vendors.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

Olde Worlde Theatre presents Snow White Saturdays at the Belcourt. See page 73.

R Toddler Time

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Follow directions, working together and learn body part recognition.

N Valentine’s Day Cards

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 3+. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $5. Make traditional Valentine’s Day cards along with modern ideas.

N FREE

Winter Jam 2018

615-7702000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; donations welcome. Christian music’s biggest tour features Skillet, Kari Jobe and Building 429.

SAT 3 W AJ Croce

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $26 - $36. A night of Americana music.

W American Girl Doll

Hair Salon Spectacular (Register)

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php

Ages 8+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9 - 10 a.m.; $25. Learn new tricks and insider tips for styling your doll’s hair; refreshments follow.

N Antiques & Garden Show

See Friday, Feb. 2.

N ASC Exhibit Opening

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/mathmoves All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12. Math Moves! explores ratio, proportion, factions, geometry and other math concepts. Exhibit runs through May 13.

N Bare Branches

N FREE Bike Ride: Groundhog Day … More Winter or Spring? (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bike the park, enjoy rice and gumbo, and find out Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction.

Festival

615-352-0881 anewleafnashville.org All ages. A New Leaf, 7520

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Charlotte Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $3. Nature-themed art and science activities, live music, toy making, stick races, hikes and more.

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N FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 10 a.m. Learn about the bird habitat/coffee connection.

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tory Past, Present and Future

615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. Bradley Academy Museum, 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. See displays of AfricanAmerican inventions.

R FREE Black

History Program

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 3 - 5 p.m. Discover local African-American heroes and their contributions.

N Cheekwood

Exhibit Opening

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17. The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards features the work of regional students in grades 7 - 12 before they to New York for national judging. On exhibit through March 4.

N Creative Play See Friday, Feb. 2.

S Daddy-Daughter Dance (Register)

goodlettsvilleparks.com Ages 10 & younger. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 8:30 p.m.; $25 per couple, $10 each additional son. Dads and their little girls can dance with music by DJ Craig and also enjoy fun photo ops.

W FREE Dance Me a

Story: Aesop’s Fables

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

All ages. Williamson County

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Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 10 & 11:30 a.m. Nashville Ballet weaves together four popular fables (The Tortoise and the Hare; The Fox and the Crow; The Wind and the Sun; and The Ants and the Grasshopper) to impart wisdom to little ones.

N Disaster + Travel

+ Wilderness First Aid Certification Course (Register)

615-862-8539 solowfa.com

Ages 12+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.; $195. This hands-on workshop teaches how to save life and limb in the case of major emergencies. Class takes place today and tomorrow.

N Family Program: Is it a Fiddle or a Violin?

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

8 a.m.; $15 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12. Watch Nashville’s cheerleading competition.

R Kids Class:

Gourmet Flatbreads (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $50. Learn to make pizza-themed flatbreads along with Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, Chocolate Ganache Pie and Lemon Mint Soda.

N FREE Kidsville kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Hear the Greek myth of Agon, then design your own set of wings to wear.

N Little Art House Drop-In Class

Ages 5+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 & younger; discounts for local families). In Texas it’s a fiddle, in Boston it’s a violin, in Nashville it depends! Explores the differences and similarities between the two.

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

N FREE First

615-822-0789 | monthavenartsandculturalcenter.com

Saturday Art Crawl

nashvilledowntown.com/ play/first-saturday-art-crawl All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m. Twenty-five art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings.

N Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Feb. 2.

FREE Home Depot Kids’ Workshop (Register) homedepot.com

Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot locations (find a store at the website); 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Build a Valentine bean bag toss.

Ages 4 - 12. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $10. Young artists can imagine new concepts, explore various mediums and create original works.

S FREE Mixed

Media Quilt Making (Register)

Ages 8+. Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center, 1017 Antebellum Cir., Hendersonville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about the contributions African-Americans have made to America’s history and culture while creating a quilt project.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the New York Rangers.

Kids can enjoy hands-on activities during the Teddy Bear Clinic at Nashville Zoo on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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Patterson Park Community Center Murfreesboro Every Tuesday & Thursday murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 3 - 5 can participate in group activities that stimulate coordination.

THE SNOWY DAY & OTHER STORIES

Nashville Children’s Theatre Sat - Sun through Feb. 11 nashvillect.org

Four Ezra Jack Keats stories come to life in an imaginative way, complete with shadow puppets.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Little Art House, Nashville Tuesday, Feb. 6 littlearthousenashville.com

Ages 3+ can make dragon puppets. Register in advance.

TEDDY BEAR CLINIC Nashville Zoo Saturday, Feb. 10 nashvillezoo.org

Little ones can bring their favorite teddy bears or other stuffed loves for a routine checkup at the zoo’s Veterinary Department.

NATURE STROLLERS Bowie Park, Fairview Monday, Feb. 12 bowiepark.org

Nature-themed adventures for ages 18 months - 5 years.

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC

N Jam Bash

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Sunday, Feb. 18 bridgestonearena.com

nashvilleauditorium.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville;

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THINGS TO DO N NXT Live 615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $26.50 - $76.50. A night of World Wrestling Entertainment featuring Andrade “Cien” Almas, Zelina Vega, Ember Moon, Adam Cole and others.

N Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N Roller Derby

nashvillerollergirls.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $7 - $15. The Nashville Rollergirls host their first preseason double-header featuring Music City All Stars, Music City Blue and Music City White.

N FREE Shakespeare Allowed

nashvilleshakes.org All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m. Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of The Tempest.

W Small World Yoga Drop-In Class

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com All ages. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 1 p.m.; $5. Participate in a community yoga class.

N Snow White

S SUMNER PLAYS

Challenge (Register)

615-431-9620 |actorspointtheatre.com/sumner-playschallenge.html Middle & High School Students. Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin; 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $20. This one-day student theater challenge tasks kids with casting, rehearsing, producing and performing one-act plays and musical theater numbers.

S Sunburst Winter Princess/Prince Pageant

813-839-8054 sunburstbeauty.com

Boys newborn - 4 years, girls 27 years & younger. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 5 p.m.; $50. Boys and girls in several age groups can compete in a pageant.

R Superhero Training Class (Register)

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 6. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; $3. Get into life-saving form during this class where you’ll run, jump, kick, punch and get yourself into super shape.

N Tennessee Boat & Fishing Expo

See Friday, Feb. 2.

N The Snowy Day & Other Stories

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R Southern Invita-

N FREE Winter

tional Indoor Truck & Tractor Pull

See Friday, Feb. 2.

Special Needs Jump

gotjumpstreet.com/tennessee All ages. JumpStreet locations in Franklin, Goodlettsville & Murfreesboro; 9 - 11 a.m.; $8 ages 4 & older, $4 ages 3 & younger. Children with special needs can enjoy a private hour of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment.

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Bird Banding

615-352-6299 wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Observe bird research in action and what we learn through banding.

N FREE YA

Author Event

Local kids rehearse a scene during SUMNER PLAYS Challenge. This year’s one-day theatrical workshop takes place on Saturday, Feb. 3. (A Taxonomy of Love) and Laurie Devore (Winner Take All) discuss and sign their new books.

W FREE Yoga with Maarika Mann

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

Ages 13+. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 - 10 a.m.; donations welcome. Bring a mat, water and block to learn basic meditation and yin yoga to strengthen poses.

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R FREE Chinese New Year

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 1 - 5 p.m. Celebrate the “Year of the Dog” with Chinese art, music, history, dance and more. A traditional lion dance is at 3 p.m.

N FREE Make Letterpress Art

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

N Antiques &

All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m. Kids can explore oldschool printmaking techniques today at Hatch Show Print.

See Friday, Feb. 2.

N Tennessee Boat

R FREE Black His-

See Friday, Feb. 2.

Garden Show

tory Past, Present and Future

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

615-953-2243 parnassusbooks.net

& Fishing Expo

N Women’s Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; $11. Versus Tennessee.

Ages 12+. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 2 p.m.; must purchase books to have them signed. Rachael Allen

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MON 5 R FREE Adoption 101 (Register)

615-898-0803 heavensentchildren.com Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m. Explore the adoption process for domestic, interstate and international adoption.

R After-School Art

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks First grade & higher. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $3. Study an artist then create a project based on the lesson.

N Early Explorers 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10.95 ages 6+, $4.95 ages 5 & younger; $2 planetarium show; discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply there-


THINGS TO DO after. Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity

R Busy Bees

W FREE Hike

Year (Register)

with a Naturalist

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Hit the trails with a naturalist at Fairview’s Bowie Park.

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N Chinese New

W FREE Puppet

R KidFIT: Movers and

Ages 3+. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 4:30 5:30 p.m.; $10. Make dragon puppets.

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

See Friday, Feb. 2.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m. Play board games, Wii games and more at Linebaugh Library.

N FREE Favorites for Four!

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $8. Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen.

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 6 p.m. This chamber music concert featuring Nashville Symphony musicians includes works by Beethoven, Borodin, Mozart and more.

R SPARK!

R Homeschool:

Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $2 plus $8 gate admission. Preschoolers and parents can hear stories and enjoy related activities.

townofsmyrna.org

R Tumbleweeds

W Knee-High Natu-

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

(Register)

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling along with improving balance, coordination and overall fitness.

TUE 6 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

615-862-5854 nashvillepubliclibrary.org Grades K - 4. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 4 p.m. Crafts, games and more.

Chinese New Year (Register)

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com

R Snack Attack!

R Homeschool: See Tuesday, Feb. 6.

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

Ages 0 - 4. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 9:30 - 10 a.m.; $8 adults, free to kids. Parents and tots can enjoy bonding time and movement fun.

school P.E. Class (Register)

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

W Mommy & Me Movement

R Patterson Home-

Chinese New Year (Register)

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Learn the customs and traditions of the Chinese New Year holiday.

ralist: Backyard Animal Friends (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional person. Get an up-close look at animals that can live in your backyard.

N Lana Del Ray

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $125. A night of pop/rock music.

Powwow

Ages 18 months - 12 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 10:45 a.m. A nature-based puppet show at Bowie Nature Center in Fairview.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Feb. 5.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

WED 7 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

615-566-5187 musiccityarchery.com

Ages 7+. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $16. This class includes archery instruction with equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too.

R Discover Art: Fa-

vorite Foods (Register)

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 3 - 5. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3. Discuss your favorite foods and learn to make art that looks good enough to eat.

R FREE Earth Lab

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m. Learn about birds in winter.

R Homeschool Creativity Class

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 - 3 p.m.; $3. Learn about art in a hands-on learning environment and create art in a variety of mediums.

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Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Basketball

goblueraiders.com

All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $13. Versus Rice.

R FREE Musical

Theater Dance Class (Register)

See Friday, Feb. 2.

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

W FREE Kids’ Hour

R Patterson Home-

Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Mare Wakefield performs music for children.

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

615-550-5660 wholefoodsmarket.com

school P.E. Class (Register)

N Smart People

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R Sports*Com Home- W FREE Sprouts school PE (Register)

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6 - 15. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $3. Physical education activities promotion health, sportsmanship and group participation.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $20. Versus Georgia.

R Wild Things (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3. This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities.

W Youth Yoga

615-786-0200, ext. 2418 wcparksandrec.com Ages 8 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $4. Yoga for youngsters at Williamson Rec Complex.

Yoga (Register)

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

R Valentine

Tea (Register)

615-890-0355 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 7+. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front S., Murfreesboro; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2.50. Don your Valentine attire for tea and crafts in the 1800s Leeman House.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N Way Late Play Date: Sherlock vs Holmes

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/waylate Ages 21+. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $25 members, $35 non-members. Beer, science and pop-culture fun while you explore crimesolving science.

R Youth Volleyball See Thursday, Feb. 1.

FRI 9 R Arsenic and

THU 8

Old Lace

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

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THINGS TO DO N Attitude/Light: The

Holocaust and Humanity Project

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R FREE Boro Art Crawl

N Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Feb. 2.

W Grassroots of Grassland

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro, and other locations; 6 - 9 p.m. View art in 17 Murfreesoboro galleries.

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $35 - $240. This night of music benefiting Grassland Elementary School features Nic Gonzalez, Jaci Valesquez, JT Harding, James T. Slater and more.

N Cinch World’s

W Hearts and Hugs

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php

boroartcrawl.org

Toughest Rodeo

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $20 - $80. Experience rodeo thrills including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and more.

N Creative Play See Friday, Feb. 2.

R Critter Encounter townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Meet a variety of live animals.

Tea Time (Register)

Ages 8+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6 7:30 p.m.; $28 per person. Girls and parents can enjoy a tea party, games, crafts and more.

N Stacey Kent

N Nashville Home

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

and Remodel Expo

nashvillehomeandremodelingexpo.com All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Exhibits, products, celebrity guests and more to give you decorating, construction and remodeling ideas.

R Parents’

Night Out (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/pno

Ages 4 - 12. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $20 ($15 siblings). Enjoy a night out on your own while your kids enjoy games, crafts and more.

R KidFIT: Movers and R Princess Night Shakers (Register) See Friday, Feb. 2.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Feb. 2.

N Lightning 100’s Chocolate Affair

W Death of

chocolateaffairnashville.com

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

Ages 21+. Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; $35. Food,

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drinks, music, chocolate and more to benefit MusiCares.

615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org

All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 4 - 7 p.m.; $10 ($5 for those dressed as a princess). Girls can wear their favorite dress or princess costume, meet Miss Tennessee Valley 2018 Kristen Perry and explore the Wedding Dresses Through the Decades exhibit.

Quintet

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $34 - $129. A night of jazz music.

R Stop Kiss

N Creative Play See Friday, Feb. 2.

N The Threepenny

All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 a.m.; $30 in advance, $40 race day. Runners, joggers, walkers and strollers can participate in this 5K supporting people with disabilities.

Opera

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Feb. 2.

N Valentine’s Dance rosebankmomsclub@ gmail.com

All ages. South Inglewood Community Center, 1624 Rebecca St., Nashville; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; donations at the door. An afternoon of dancing and crafts along with a photo booth and bake sale benefiting Give Me 10 and South Inglewood Community Center.

comop.org/cupidschase

N Cupid’s Undie Run cupids.org/city/nashville

Ages 21+. BB King’s Blues Club, 152 Second Ave. N., Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; $35. Brave the cold in your underwear during this “mile-ish” fun run and party to raise money to find a cure for neurofibromatosis. A party follows.

W Exile

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

SAT 10

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $37 - $47. A night of country rock.

W Advanced Basket

N Family Program:

Weaving (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

615-782-4040 tpac.org

Ages 14+. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 5 & 8 p.m.; $39 - $59. A night of country-flavored stand-up comedy.

N FREE Chinese New Year Celebration

chineseartsalliance.org

nashvilleparent.com

Toughest Rodeo

See Friday, Feb. 9.

N Cupid’s Chase

N Bill Engvall

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N Cinch World’s

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $55. Weave a “gathering” basket.

Lexi Johnson sports her heart-centric headpiece for the Valentine Tea at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. This year’s outing is on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck, food trucks, a dragon parade and more.

All ages. Hillsboro Village Corner Park, 21st Avenue South & Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m. The Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville hosts this “Year of the Dog” festivity that includes performing groups, the

Design an Album Cover

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. South, Nashville; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Tour the exhibits for inspiration, then design your own album cover.

W Family Valentine’s Crafts & Cupcakes (Register)

615-285-4292 arworkshop.com/franklin All ages. AR Workshop, 330 Mayfield Drive, Franklin; 9:30 - 11 a.m. & 12 - 2 p.m.; $14 - $20. Make a block wood Valentine while enjoying minicupcakes.

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R FREE Gettin’ Real Tween Cooking (Register)

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m. Make soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

N Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Feb. 2.

W FREE Hike

Day (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A guided hike through the trails and grounds.

R Kids Night Out (Register)

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com Ages 6+. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $25. Horse fun, dinner, arts and crafts, and more.

N FREE Kidsville kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Hear the Greek origins of the Olympics, then make your own Olympic torch.

N Little Art House Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

S FREE Monthaven Exhibit Opening Reception

615-822-0789 | monthavenartsandculturalcenter.com All ages. Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center, 1017 Antebellum Cir., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m. By the Fire: Home•Heart•Heritage is an exhibit celebrating Black History Month featuring the art of Helen LaFrance and Henry Jones. It runs through March 18.

N FREE Mr. Bond

and The Science Guys (Register)

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All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 a.m. A hands-on, interactive science show.

R MTSU Blue

a.m.; $6. Perfect for special needs children with sensory issues, enjoy a screening of Peter Rabbit without previews, softer sound, lights not so dim and kids can run around and make noise.

goblueraiders.com

N FREE Shelby

All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m.; $13. Versus North Texas.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Raiders Basketball

N Nashville Home and Remodel Expo

See Friday, Feb. 9.

N FREE Owl Hollow Hike (Register)

615-352-6299 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hike the tail then enjoy a warm-up activity.

Parents’ Night Out (Register)

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Bottoms StoryWalk Kick-off

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 12 p.m. Stroll down the trail and stop at specific posts to read pages from a children’s storybook.

R Silly Saturday

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Celebrate a silly holiday.

N Sips and Kicks

nashvillejuniorchamber.org

Ages 6 - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 5 - 10 p.m.; $5. Kids can enjoy a night of pizza and activities while you have a date night.

Adults. Bound’ry, 911 20th Ave. S., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $55. The Nashville Junior Chamber hosts this fundraiser for The Little Pantry That Could. It features music, dancing, food and silent auction.

N Repticon

W Small World Yoga

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10a .m. - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 12, free ages 4 & younger. This reptile show features live animal presentations, educational workshops and shopping for exotic pets.

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

repticon.com

N Second Saturday 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/saturday

All ages. Sudekum Planetarium, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 11 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 ages 2 - 12 per show. A tour of the night skies followed by a full-dome feature and laser shows choreographed to popular music.

S Sensory Friendly Movie: Peter Rabbit

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 10

Drop-In Class

R Smyrna

Strokes (Register)

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 12+. Downtown Train Depot, 98 Front St., Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10. Have fun with friends while creating a painting.

N FREE Spiritual

Songs: Music That Build a Nation

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m. Explore the history of spiritual music and its evolution as an American art form.

N Teddy Bear Clinic 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10

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NATIONAL DAYS OF ...

THINGS TO DO

What do you think Mr. Groundhog will predict on Friday, Feb. 2?

>> Celebrate good times, come on! THURSDAY, FEB. 1 Freedom Day

FRIDAY, FEB. 2

Groundhog Day

SATURDAY, FEB. 3 Carrot Cake Day

SUNDAY, FEB. 4

Homemade Soup Day

FRIDAY, FEB. 9 Pizza Day

SUNDAY, FEB. 11 Inventors’ Day

MONDAY, FEB. 12

Clean Out Your Computer Day

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14 Valentine’s Day

THURSDAY, FEB. 15 Gumdrop Day

SATURDAY, FEB. 17

Random Acts of Kindness Day

MONDAY, FEB. 19 Chocolate Mint Day

TUESDAY, FEB. 20 Love Your Pet Day

THURSDAY, FEB. 22 Chili Day

FRIDAY, FEB. 23

Banana Bread Day

MONDAY, FEB. 26

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

TUESDAY, FEB. 27 Polar Bear Day

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28

Tooth Fairy Day

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THINGS TO DO a.m. - 3 p.m.; $18 adults, $13 ages 2 - 12. Kids can bring their favorite studded animals to the zoo’s Veterinary Department for routine checkups.

Hot HAPPENIN’

W FREE Trail

E., Smyrna; 12. - 5 p.m.; $2. Customize your fillings and create your own chocolates.

N Nashville Home and Remodel Expo

See Friday, Feb. 9.

Warriors (Register)

N Repticon

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

See Saturday, Feb. 10.

Ages 13+. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 - 11 a.m. Participate in a land stewardship project like trail repair, invasive plant removal and more.

MON 12 R After-School Art

N Wild Things: Yeast

See Monday, Feb. 5.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

See Monday, Feb. 5.

Side (Register)

N Early Explorers

Ages 21+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 5 - 6:30 p.m.; $10 suggested donation. Dive into the living bacteria in soils, air, flora and their importance in preserving food and drinks. Discover the biology with Don Graves of Bootleg Biology.

W Mommy &

R Winter Wonder-

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Make crafts, experience nature and meet live animals.

Me Movement

See Monday, Feb. 5.

R FREE Nature

Nerds (Register)

miranda.pewitt@townofsmyrna.org | townofsmyrna.org

land Party (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 3 - 5. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $3. Read The Mitten then play, explore and discover native animals. Plus, games and crafts.

W Yoga with American Girl (Register)

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 7+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9 - 10 a.m.; $10. Bring a mat and shoes for stretching, breathing and finding your inner calm. Breakfast treats included.

W FREE Yoga with

Music & Magic: A Sensory-Friendly Family Concert Saturday, Feb. 10

Strollers

This Nashville Symphony concert for kids of all ages features The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the “Overture” to The Magic Flute, “Flight to Neverland” and more. It’s a sensory-friendly concert, meaning kids can make noise, and quiet rooms with noise-cancelling headphones will be available. The concert is at 11 a.m. At 10 a.m., the Schermerhorn hosts a special needs resource fair featuring local organizations that provide accessible programming. Plus, there will be hands-on activities for children like the popular musical instrument petting zoo. You can also access materials on the Nashville Symphony’s website to help your child prepare in advance of the experience. Info includes what to expect when you arrive, pre-concert activities that will take place, how to find your seat and what to do if it gets too loud. Tickets are $20 - $30. Call 615-687-6400 or visit nashvillesymphony.org.

Maarika Mann

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

SUN 11

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

N Dancing with the

Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m. Explore the world of magic and learn illusions.

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. A fun morning for tots in Fairview.

N Paper Snowflakes 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

Ages 3+. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $5. Combine new and old paper snowflake techniques to make decorations.

R Snack Attack!

R FREE Youth Magic Group

W FREE Nature

Stars Live! Light Up the Night

opry.com

All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 $79. Celebrity dancers take

the stage for a night of family entertainment.

N Great Backyard Bird Count Info Session

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $17 adults, $12 ages 2 - 12. Learn the basic

nashvilleparent.com

skills for successful bird counting, then spend time along the trails to count using birding identification tools.

R Make Your Own

Valentine’s Chocolates (Register)

See Monday, Feb. 5.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Feb. 5.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Feb. 5.

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All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy.

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TUE 13 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Feb. 6.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N Diana Krall with the Nashville Symphony

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $59 - $149. Diana Krall showcases her vocal and pianoplaying skills as she performs her best-loved songs.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, Feb. 6.

N FREE For the Love of the Vine (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 21+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6. - 7:15 p.m. Learn about the nature of win and win making. Light snacks and samples provided.

N Nashville

R KidFIT: Movers and

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

See Friday, Feb. 2.

Predators Hockey

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the St. Louis Blues.

R Patterson Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Feb. 2.

W FREE Kids’ Hour 615-550-5660 wholefoodsmarket.com

See Monday, Feb. 5.

Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen, Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Multiinstrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids.

R Water Polo

N National Wild

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

R SPARK!

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

WED 14 HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

N Diana Krall with the Nashville Symphony

Turkey Federation 41st Annual Convention & Sport Show

nwtf.org/convention

All ages. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; prices vary per attraction. A variety of events, competitions and entertainment, plus the Family Adventure Village featuring free hands-on conservation education and outdoor skills challenges for kids.

R Sports*Com Homeschool P.E. (Register)

See Tuesday, Feb. 13.

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

R FREE Earth Lab

N Sweetheart Zip

See Friday, Feb. 2.

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

R Homeschool P.E.:

W FREE Girls Who

615-297-2250 adventureworks.com

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library

N Grand Ole Opry Heart Rate (Register)

Code Club (Register)

Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Learn how movement affects your heart rate and all about cardiovascular workouts.

Grades 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5:30 p.m. Explore computer science and coding in a fun, friendly way.

N Homeschool Sci-

Creativity Class

ence Lyceum (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/lyceum

Grades 6 - 8. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $5 members, $7.50 non-member kids in addition to gate admission ($15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore chemistry, physics and anatomy in a hands-on way.

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R Homeschool See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

N Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

615-782-4040 tpac.org All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $40. A night of music combining the brass-band tradition with hip hop, soul and funk.

(Register)

Ages 6+. Aventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; 10 a.m., 12 & 2 p.m.; $65 per couple. Enjoy a thrilling zipline adventure on nine lines with your special someone.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $20. Versus Mississippi State.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

W Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

THINGS TO LOVE

THINGS TO DO

Science fun for adults during the Way Late Play Date at Adventure Science Center.

>> Add to your must list this month. FOURTH ANNUAL HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT McKay’s, Nashville Thursday, Feb. 1 mckaysbooks.com

“Fantastic Beasts” is the theme for this magical night of games, costume contests and other activities.

WAY LATE PLAY DATE

Adventure Science Center Nashville Thursday, Feb. 8 adventuresci.org/waylate

An adults-only outing featuring beer, science and pop-culture fun.

LIGHTNING 100’S CHOCOLATE AFFAIR

Marathon Music Works, Nashville Friday, Feb. 9 chocolateaffairnashville.com This 21+ benefit for MusiCares features sweet treats and live music.

CUPID’S UNDIE RUN

Downtown Nashville Saturday, Feb. 10 cupids.org/city/nashville

Adults can race through the streets in their underwear (or costumes) to raise money for children’s neurofibromatosis. A party at BB King’s follows.

SWEETHEART ZIP

Adventureworks, Nashville Wednesday, Feb. 14 adventureworks.com

Couples ages 6 and older can soar through the air across nine ziplines for $65 per pair.

SOUNDWAVES & SWEETHEARTS

Skyville Live, Nashville Friday, Feb. 16 nashvilledolphins.org

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A night of live music and socializing to benefit the Nashville Dolphins.


THINGS TO DO

THU 15 N Belmont Bruins Basketball

belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Eastern Kentucky.

N Blues Traveler 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $39.50. A night of blues rock with special guest Los Colognes.

R Busy Bees

R Patterson Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

W FREE Pizza & Pages

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books.

R Preschool

Program: V is for Valentine (Register)

R Youth Volleyball See Thursday, Feb. 1.

FRI 16 N FREE “Year of

the Dog” Night Hike (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6 - 7 p.m. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a nighttime stroll with your canine companion.

R FREE All Access

R Chinese New Year

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Celebrate the Year of the Dog with crafts and snacks.

Night: Olympic Extravaganza (Register)

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 8 p.m. This special needs family night is all about the winter Olympics, and you can participate in a few Olympic sports with indoor adaptations and explore the exhibits.

N Barefoot in the Park

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org

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N Creative Play See Friday, Feb. 2.

N Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Feb 1.

N Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

615-889-3060 ryman.com

W Crazy For You

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Sounds, crafts and stories celebrating the letter V.

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35. A night of alternative country with special guest Mandolin Orange.

S Disney’s Beauty

W FREE Sprouts

R KidFIT: Movers and

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

See Friday, Feb. 2.

N Tailgate

R KidFIT: Twist and

tailgateantiqueshow.com

See Friday, Feb. 2.

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Thu 12 - 5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $12. More than 140 dealers show and sell items including furniture, folk art, primitives, industrial artifacts, quilts, pottery, jewelry and more.

N National Wild

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

and the Beast

W Doubt: A Parable See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

N Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29.50 $40. A quintet plays tight and vicious versions of Grateful Dead songs.

R FREE Musical

Theater Dance Class (Register)

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

Shakers (Register)

Yoga (Register)

Shout (Register)

Antique Show

Turkey Federation 41st Annual Convention & Sport Show

See Wednesday, Feb. 14.

N FREE Shop, Sip, Give Night

nashvillefarmersmarket.org

N The Music

All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m. Enjoy market house restaurants and shops, guest artisans, farmers, small businesses, live music and family activities. This month’s featured non-profit is the American Heart Association.

of Journey

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $34 - $139. The Nashville Symphony and a full rock band perform Journey hits like “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and more.

N Snowman Centerpieces (Register)

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Calgary Flames.

R Water Polo

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

N Women’s Vander-

N National Wild

bilt Commodores Basketball

Ages 3+. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $10. Create tabletop snow people using various materials.

Turkey Federation 41st Annual Convention & Sport Show

See Wednesday, Feb. 14.

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $11. Versus Mississippi State.

Did he, or didn’t he? Brent Maddox as “Father Flynn” and Marguerite Lowell as “Sister Aloysius” in Studio Tenn’s Doubt: A Parable. John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award-winning, thought-provoking drama runs Feb. 15 - 25 at Jamison Hall at The Factory in Franklin.

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THINGS TO DO N Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Feb. 2.

N FREE Great American Backyard Bird Count

615-352-6299 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Participate in a nationwide birdcounting project.

N FREE Hill Forest

Family Hike (Register)

615-352-6299 wpnc.nashville.gov

Ages 8+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Experience winter in the forest.

When school’s out for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 19, kids can have fun at the Adventure Science Center’s ScienceQuest day camp. Register in advance.

N Soundwaves and Sweethearts

nashvilledolphins.org Adults. Skyville Live, 2602 Westwood Drive, Nashville; 8 - 11 p.m.; $75. This fundraiser for the Nashville Dolphins special needs swim program features live music by Boy Named Banjo.

N Tailgate

SAT 17 W FREE 3D Printing Class (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m. Use Tinkercad software to create a 3D project.

mat class focuses on lengthening, stretching and strengthening the body.

N FREE Chinese New Year Open House

See Friday, Feb. 2.

All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Morehead State.

N Fight for Air Climb

Live From Broadway

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

N The Music of Journey

See Thursday, Feb. 15.

N The Pigeoning

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Feb. 2.

N FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 10 a.m. Learn about the bird habitat/coffee connection.

N FREE Body

Works (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks

Ages 18+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m. This

N Creative Play 615-329-1151 lung.og

All ages. Fifth Third Center, 424 Church St., Nashville; 9 - 11 a.m.; $30 plus a $100 fundraising minimum. Climb/race up 29 flights of stairs during this fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

W Fourth Annual Ultimate S’mores

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $12 ages 3+. After a hike, head to the pavilion for cocoa and gourmet s’mores.

nashvilleparent.com

Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

R FREE Mother & Son Day of Science Fun (Register)

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

R FREE Murfreesboro

Chocolate Race

All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 7 a.m.; $54 for the 5K, $79 for the 15K. Participate in a 5K or 15K benefiting Make-A-Wish. There’s also a kids’ zone with inflatables.

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

N The Illusionists —

Bruins Basketball

N Little Art House

hotchocolate15k.com

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m. Stories, crafts, game and a hot tea tasting station.

belmontbruins.com

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Musicians from Intersection show how new music can expand minds and ears. Afterward, make a musicinspired craft.

N Hot

W FREE Hot Cocoa

N Belmont

kidsvilleonline.org

All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 West Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Enjoy a morning of dirty, slimy, smelly fun.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Antique Show

See Thursday, Feb. 15.

N FREE Kidsville

& a Hike

All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Grab a cup of cocoa then go for a stroll.

N In the Mood 615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $32 - $62. A 1940s musical revue featuring the Strings of Pearl Big Band Orchestra.

R Kids Class: The Best Breakfast (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $50. Learn to make omelettes, crispy bacon, turkey sausage, stuffed French toast, buttermilk biscuits and more.

Great Backyard Bird Count

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. Bring your binoculars if you have them for this bird watching and counting event.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Detroit Red Wings.

N National Wild

Turkey Federation 41st Annual Convention & Sport Show

See Wednesday, Feb. 14.

R FREE Raptor Day (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn about Tennessee’s birds of prey with a falconer, see several species up close, play games and participate in children’s activities.

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W Riverbend Kids Club

615-468-2008 riverbendnurseries.com All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5. Wear clothes that can get dirty to start seeds for the Kids Club Garden.

N Vanderbilt Cheer-

leading and Dance Game Day Experience (Register)

615-343-2760 | vanderbilt. edu/spirit/camps-clinics

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

Grades K - 6. Vanderbilt University, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $50. Vandy’s cheerleading and dance team teach kids cheers, dances and cheer techniques to put together a routine to perform at halftime during the men’s basketball game against Florida. Fee includes game tickets and T-shirt.

W Suzy Bogguss

N Vanderbilt Com-

R Silly Saturday See Saturday, Feb. 10.

W Small World Yoga Drop-In Class

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

modores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $37 - $47. A night of country music.

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $20. Versus Florida.

N T.W.I.S.T.E.R.

N FREE Winter Birds:

Conference (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/twister

Girls in grades 9 - 12. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $10. Women with STEM careers share their job experience and what daily life looks like in the workplace. Girls can explore a variety of STEM subjects covering everything from biotechnology to multimedia.

N Tailgate

Ponds & Wetlands (Register)

S Winter House Concert Series (Register)

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

N Tommy Emmanuel

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

Maarika Mann

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29.50 - $49.50. A night of jazz pop with special guest Jake Shimabukuro.

SUN 18

R FREE Valentine’s

615-786-0186 | academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com

Sweethearts Dance

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 8 - 17. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 7 p.m. Music, fun, food and dancing.

N Embellished

Instruments: Nashville Cats Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Personalize paper instrument designs inspired by the instruments on display in the Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats exhibit.

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com

W FREE Yoga with

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 12, 3 & 6 p.m.; $21 - $72. Favorite Disney characters travel to mesmerizing worlds to dazzle little ones with grand illusions.

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Discover the winter birds along with their food sources around the Old Farm Pond.

See Thursday, Feb. 15.

of Journey

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

R FREE Harris Lil’

N The Music

See Thursday, Feb. 15.

Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 6 p.m.; $30. Trevor & Sylvie perform a night of acoustic music.

Antique Show

N Disney Live!

W An Evening

of Jazz & Chocolate

All ages. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $20. A night of jazz with Debbie Cunningham while you enjoy treats from Paul’s Chocolate and Schakolad Chocolate Factory.

Hoofers Horse Youth Club

Ages 6+. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 p.m. Hands-on horse fun and education.

N Jim Brickman: An Evening of Romance

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $34 - $99. Enjoy a night of romantic music with a beloved crooner.

N Jonny Lang 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $37.50 - $57.50. A night of blues, gospel and rock with special gust Doyle Bramhall II.

N National Wild Turkey Federation 41st Annual Convention & Sport Show

See Wednesday, Feb. 14.

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THINGS TO DO ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Feb. 9 - 25 | Ages 8+ 615-852-8499 springhousetheatre.com

Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children. A farcical black comedy about homicidal aunts.

ATTITUDE: LIGHT/THE HOLOCAUST AND HUMANITY PROJECT Feb. 9 - 11 | Ages 12+ 615-782-4040 nashvilleballet.com

Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. $28 - $70. Nashville Ballet explores devastating loss, resiliency and the triumph of the human spirit.

THE BAREFOOT CHILDREN IN THE CITY OF WARD Feb. 1 - 11 | All ages 615-818-7358 thetheaterbug.org

The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. $12 adults, $7 ages 11 & younger at the door (discount tickets available at ticketsnashville.com). A world of imagination inside a city made up only of children.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Feb. 16 - March 4 | Ages 10+ 615-847-0934 lakewoodtheaterco.com

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. A newlywed couple in NYC learn to live together while facing daily ups and downs.

CABARET

Feb. 27 - March 4 | Ages 14+ 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $42.50 - $92.50. This Kander and Ebb musical focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.


THINGS TO DO CRAZY FOR YOU Feb. 15 - 17 | All ages 615-786-0186 cytnashville.org

CYT Nashville at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m. $13. A zany rich-boy-meetshometown-girl romantic comedy.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Feb. 9 - 24 | Ages 10+ 615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com

Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. Considered Arthur Miller’s best play, the story follows a salesman’s struggle to understand why life and the American dream have not turned out as promised.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Feb. 14 - March 4 | All ages 615-826-6037 | hpactn.com

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. The timeless tale about the importance of what’s on the inside.

DISNEY’S FREAKY FRIDAY Through Feb. 17 | All ages 615-646-9977 chaffinsbarntheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $62 adults, $32 students, $20 ages 5 - 11. A comedy about a single mom and teenage daughter who switch bodies.

DOUBT: A PARABLE

Feb. 15- 25 | Ages 12+ 615-541-8200 | studiotenn.com Studio Tenn at Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $30 - $85. The Tony Award-winning drama that raises questions of uncertainty in the face of adversity.

FUNNY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE

Through Feb. 10 | Ages 10+ 615-221-1174 townecentretheatre.com

Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students. A comedy about L-O-V-E.

HAMLET

Through Feb. 3 | All ages nashvilleshakes.org

MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, 615 Champion Way, Murfreesboro. 7:30 p.m. $29 adults, $20 students. Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents The Bard’s longest play.

THE ILLUSIONISTS — LIVE FROM BROADWAY Feb. 16 - 18 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $30 - $70. A night of magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Feb. 2 - 17 | Ages 8+ 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. Disney’s classic songs are alive on stage in this musical taken directly from the pages of the novel.

Marvel at the mysterious when The Illusionists — Live from Broadway come to TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Feb. 16 - 18. story about a man’s disconnection to nature, told through Bunraku-style puppetry.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Feb. 2 - 3 | All ages

Feb. 28 - March 4 | All ages 615-784-4014 capitoltheatretn.com

615-786-0186 dramapeople.com

Drama People at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Fri 2 & 7 p.m., Sat 7 p.m. $10. Shakespeare’s beloved comedy in a fairy world.

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

Audience of One Productions at The Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon. Wed - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 1 & 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 11. A musical romantic comedy depicting Hollywood in the late 1920s.

SMART PEOPLE

Feb. 2 - 18 | Ages 13+ 615-904-2787 | boroarts.org

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail with a Monty Python spin, complete with flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits.

THE PIGEONING

Feb. 16 - 17 | Ages 8+ 615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org

OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. 7 p.m. $40 adults, $25 ages 12 & younger. A

Feb. 8 - 24 | Ages 14+ 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $47.50 - $52.50. In this play, the volatile dynamics of talking about race intertwine with the romantic interactions among four racially diverse Harvard intellectuals.

SNOW WHITE

Saturdays, Feb. 3 - 24 All ages | 615-300-0374 oldeworldetheatre.com

2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10 adults, $8 ages 12 & younger. Olde Worlde tells the classic story using masks, mime, movement, special effects, comedy and audience participation.

THE SNOWY DAY & OTHER STORIES

Through Feb. 11 | All ages 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Sat - Sun 2 p.m. $20 adults, $15 youth. Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats, this stage adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and groundbreaking Cadlecott winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting collection encourages kids to play and life life to the fullest each day.

STOP KISS

Feb. 9 - 18 | Ages 14+ 615-893-9825 | mltarts.com

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students. NYC newcomer Sara and friend Callie unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they would never anticipate.

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THINGS TO DO N The Great

R Make Music

R KidFIT: Movers and

eventbrite.com

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

See Friday, Feb. 2.

Amazing Race

Workshop (Register)

Ages 4+. Edwin Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville; 2 - 5 p.m.; $49.99 per team. Modeled after TV’s The Amazing Race, two-person teams will race in a competition featuring obstacles and mental/physical challenges.

Ages 2 - 5. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Kids can explore keyboards, drums, shakers, ukuleles, maracas and other instruments through games and playtime.

W FREE Nature

MON 19 N Creative Zone: Bedazzled Buttons

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. South, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Design a button representing what you love about country music.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Feb. 5.

N Merle Travis’ 100th Birthday Celebration

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $39.50. This benefit concert for MusiCares features Thom Bresh, Doyle Dykes, Andy McKee and more.

N MIRA-Day Blues ScienceQuest Camp (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/camps

Grades K - 6. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $50 membeers, $60 nonmembers. Learn about shapes and colors and explore the Math Moves! exhibit.

W Mommy

& Me Movement

See Monday, Feb. 5.

Rangers (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

Kids can horse around and enjoy an equine experience at Harris Riding Academy in Murfreesboro while school’s out on Monday, Feb. 19.

N Nashville

R SPARK!

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

R Tumbleweeds

Predators Hockey

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Ottowa Senators.

N OZ School

Day (Register)

615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org Ages 5 - 15. Centennial Performing Arts Studio, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $50. Kids can explore visual art, theater, music and movement with a nature theme.

See Monday, Feb. 5.

(Register)

See Monday, Feb. 5.

N Valentine’s with KEM

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $129. Platinum-selling singer/songwriter KEM performs a Valentine’s concert.

TUE 20

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/camps

See Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $35 members, $40 non-members. Explore the museum exhibits, play outside and more.

R President’s Day

Horse Camp (Register)

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com

Ages 6+. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $80. Riding, arts and crafts, hands-on horse fun, lunch and more.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Feb. 5.

R

Patterson Homeschool P.E. Class (Register) See Thursday, Feb. 1

N FREE Romantic Masterpieces

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 6 p.m. A night of chamber music with works by Dvorak and Brahms.

R SPARK!

R President’s Day Camp (Register)

Ages 13 - 18. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Do hands-on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the park’s environments.

N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

See Monday, Feb. 5.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

WED 21 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

R FREE Family

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

See Tuesday, Feb. 6.

R FREE Earth Lab

Gaming Night

N Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Feb. 2.

R Homeschool: Physics & Motion (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

W FREE Girls Who

Code Club (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 14.

mike.kraft@townofsmyrna.org townofsmyrna.org

R Homeschool

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Learn about Newton’s laws and how we use them every day.

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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Creativity Class

R Homeschool: Physics & Motion (Register)

See Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Feb. 2.

W FREE Kids’ Hour 615-550-5660 gingersands.com

Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Ginger Sands performs music for children.

R FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

615-893-7439, ext. 6014 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 6:15 p.m. Learn what Perform Murfreesboro is and what it does.

R Sports*Com Homeschool P.E. (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

R FREE Youth

Theater Audition

615-893-7439, ext. 6104 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; free to audition, but those cast must pay a $25 program fee. Try out for roles in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. (performance dates are April 27 - 29).

W Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

THU 22 R Basie, Bebop, Ballads & Blues

615-898-1862 murfreesborosymphony.com All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $15 - $40. The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents a night of big band and jazz.

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THINGS TO DO R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

W FREE DC/Marvel

Comics Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library

Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Snacks, activities and social time regardless of what side of the comic world you reside.

R DIY Cake

N Coffee & Classics 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $21 - $50. The Nashville Symphony performs music by Beethoven and Vaughan-Williams. Arrive early for free coffee and pastries in the lobby.

N Creative Play See Friday, Feb. 2.

Decorating (Register)

R Critter Encounter

Ages 8+. Hilltop Rosenwald Community Building, 565 Mason Tucker Drive, Smyrna; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $8. Learn how to make elegant cakes.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Meet a variety of live animals.

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org

R FREE Musical

Theater Dance Class (Register)

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the San Jose Sharks.

R Patterson Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

W FREE Sprouts

miranda.pewitt@townofsmyrna.org | townofsmyrna.org

FRI 23 N Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 8 p.m.; $22 - $145. British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins the Nashville Symphony on an early Beethoven masterpiece.

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All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 12 - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for treasures with a “Winter Memories” theme.

All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 6 - 8 p.m. Hit the trail of the Henry Hollow loop for a brisk night hike.

W FREE Owl

Prowl (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 6 - 7:30 p.m. Take a night hike to call for owls while learning about the nocturnal creatures.

Hike (Register)

R FREE Youth

Theater Audition

See Wednesday, Feb. 21.

SAT 24

N Beethoven’s Sec-

Ages 4 - 12. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 6 - 8 p.m.; $18 per couple. Dads and daughters can dance the night away.

N Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Feb. 2.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Feb. 2.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Feb. 2.

Exhibit Opening

All ages. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $3 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 & younger. Bicentennial of the Bicycle explores the history of bikes from the early 1880s to modern day. The exhibit is ongoing.

W Mary Gauthier 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $27 - $37. A night of Americana music.

Adults. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $150 - $400. This inaugural fashion show featuring Nashville Predators includes a silent auction and cocktail reception with Preds coaching staff, broadcasters and alumni. Proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.

R Southern Equine Expo

615-962-3655 southernequineexpo.com All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; Fri 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $7.50 ages 12 & younger. Clinics, educational seminars, shopping, hands-on demonstrations and more.

N Tedeschi

Trucks Band

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $89.50. A night of blues/rock.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Feb. 2.

N FREE CSA Fair

615-880-2001 nashvillefarmersmarket.org All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Meet farmers to discuss how CSA works along with growing methods, harvest schedules and pick-up locations for the 2018 season.

tar: Loretta Lynn Style

N Belmont

Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Learn the background of the steel guitar while hearing examples of it in Loretta Lynn’s music.

belmontbruins.com

N Fangtastic 5K

ond Piano Concerto

See Friday, Feb. 23.

Bruins Basketball

All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Tennessee State.

N FREE Black

History Month Memorial Service

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

active.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $34 - $39. Gnash leads the way in this race benefiting the Nashville Predators Foundation.

W Father/Daughter Dance (Register)

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. This annual commemoration of those enslaved at The Hermitage features a concert, invocation and procession to the slavery memorial where 150 flowers will be laid.

wcparksandrec.com

S FREE Boy Scouts

See Friday, Feb. 2.

Pinewood Derby

rivergate-mall.com

All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 1 - 3 p.m. Watch Cub Scouts race hand-made pinewood derby cars.

N FREE Come in and Color

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St.,

nashvilleparent.com

See Friday, Feb. 2.

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

freesboro Orientation

N Creative Play

N Explore Steel Gui-

nashvilleauditorium.com

N Preds & Threads

Dance (Register)

R FREE Perform Mur-

Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m. Coloring sheets, crayons and pencils await for your creativity.

N America’s Best

wcparksandrec.com

615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks

Flea Market

See Wednesday, Feb. 21.

R Water Polo

R Youth Volleyball

615-862-5016 nashvilleflea.com

W Father/Daughter

N Lane

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N FREE Winter Night

All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $15 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12. Watch Nashville’s cheerleading championship.

Yoga (Register)

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N FREE Nashville

Ages 4 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $18 per couple. Dads and daughters can dance the night away.

N Grand Ole Opry N I Have a Voice Believer’s Ball

615-370-1500 gigisplayhouse.org/nashville Adults. Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Ave., Nashville; 5:30 - 11 p.m.; $175. Cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, speakers, games, live music and more benefiting Gigi’s Playhouse Nashville.


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R Kids Class: Foods of Japan (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $50. Learn to make spring rolls, California rolls, sushi rice, chicken teriyaki and more.

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Hear about protagonists and antagonists in myths and classic tales, then create a book cover for your favorite story.

bilt Commodores Basketball

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Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

Darci Lynne and Friends Live

R MTSU Blue

Saturday, March 10

Raiders Basketball

goblueraiders.com

See Friday, Feb. 23.

W Sierra Hull

At 13 years old, singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne is the youngest contestant ever to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent. She garnered more than 21 million YouTube views and received the most votes for final performance in the history of the show. Darci comes to the Ryman Auditorium for two shows at 3 & 7 p.m. She’s bringing her pals Petunia, the diva-essque rabbit; Oscar, the shy and soulful mouse; and Edna, the brash old woman. Tickets are $29.75 - $49.75. Call 615-889-3060 or visit ryman.com.

R Silly Saturday

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Celebrate a silly holiday.

W Small World Yoga Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

N FREE Songbird

Journeys: A Book Discussion (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 9 - 10 a.m. Read the winter chapters of Songbird Jour-

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $11. Versus Arkansas.

MON 26 R After-School Art See Monday, Feb. 5.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Feb. 5.

N Family Monday 615-244-3340 fristcenter.org

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $29 - $39. A night of bluegrass music.

Players Audition

N Women’s Vander-

N Little Art House

Flea Market

W FREE Star Bright Ages 7 - high school seniors. Freedom Middle School, 750 New Highway 96 W., Franklin; new participants are from 1 - 3 p.m., returning Star Bright Players are from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Kids can try out for roles in Peter Pan. Plan to sing a song during the audition.

kidsvilleonline.org

N FREE Nashville

Equine Expo

See Friday, Feb. 23

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com

N FREE Kidsville

All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $13. Versus UAB.

R Southern

neys: Four Season in the Lives of Migratory Birds and come ready to discuss over snacks.

planets and the Moon through telescopes.

R Southern

fense Class (Register)

Equine Expo

See Friday, Feb. 23.

W Women’s Self-De615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

N Vanderbilt Com-

Ages 13+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5:30 - 7 p.m.; $10. This basic class covers different scenarios and how you can get out of dangerous situations.

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W FREE Yoga with

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $20. Versus Texas A&M.

See Saturday, Feb. 3.

R Tedeschi

Trucks Band

See Friday, Feb. 23.

modores Basketball

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SUN 25 N Dan Auerbach & The Easy Eye Sound Revue

615-889-3060 ryman.com

615-352-6299 wpnc.nashville.gov

N FREE Nashville

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Make crafts, experience nature and meet live animals.

Flea Market

See Friday, Feb. 23.

N Nashville

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the St. Louis Blues.

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m. Join astronomers to observe constellations,

& Me Movement

See Monday, Feb. 5.

R FREE Nature

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

Star Party (Register)

W Mommy

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $65. A night of blues/rock.

Predators Hockey

N FREE Winter

All ages. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. 2 p.m.; $12 per family. Enjoy a story, a family tour and hands-on creativity in the hands-on gallery.

Nerds (Register)

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R Snack Attack! See Monday, Feb. 5.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Feb. 5.

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N Tape Face 615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35 - $125. Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Feb. 5.

TUE 27 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Feb. 6.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

N Cabaret

N Homeschool Sci-

ence Lyceum (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/lyceum

Grades 6 - 8. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $5 members, $7.50 non-member kids in addition to gate admission ($15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore chemistry, physics and anatomy.

N Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $52 - $77.50. A night of rock music.

R Patterson Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

WED 28 N 2018 SEC

Women’s Basketball Tournament

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 11 a.m.; tickets TBA (on sale Feb. 7). Five days of women’s basketball excitement.

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

R FREE Earth Lab See Wednesday, Feb. 7.

W FREE Girls Who

Code Club (Register)

See Wednesday, Feb. 14.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

R KidFIT: Movers

R FREE Family

N Robert Cray

See Friday, Feb. 2.

615-782-4040 tpac.org

Gaming Night

See Friday, Feb. 2.

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35 - $55. A night of blues, soul and R&B music.

R Homeschool Horse

R SPARK!

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com

N Vanderbilt Com-

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N Grand Ole Opry Day (Register)

Ages 6+. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4:30 p.m.; $35. Riding, horse education, arts and crafts, and more.

R Homeschool P.E.:

New Games (Register)

mike.kraft@townofsmyrna.org townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Get active while learning about new games.

The unique and unusual performance art of Tape Face is center stage at TPAC’s Polk Theater on Monday, Feb. 26.

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modores Basketball

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All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $20. Versus Missouri.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Feb. 1.

and Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Feb. 2.

W FREE Kids’ Hour 615-550-5660 rachelsumner.com

Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Rachel Sumner performs interactive music.

N Singin’ in the Rain See “Theater & Dance,” page 72.

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Cheekwood, Nashville cheekwood.org

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R Sports*Com Homeschool P.E. (Register)

Looby Theater, Nashville circleplayers.net

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N Why Don’t We

DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY! ON TOUR

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $35. A night of pop music.

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Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville ryman.com

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R Wild Things

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville tpac.org

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