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healthy family

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first trip to the dentist

Local dentists give advice to help prepare your tot (and you!) for the all-important first dental visit.


7 ways to boost your child’s immunity



Helpful tips to keep your family going strong.

the big talk: SEX!

Keep an open relationship with your kids when it comes to talking about life’s most delicate of topics.

new mom diet traps

Kid food wreaks havoc on moms. We expose problem areas when it comes to your self-care.


family calendar

90 the dailies 90 classes & activities 92 family outings 96 museums & sites 107 on stage 108 parent planner

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parenting kids 38 babies & toddlers

i don’t want to! disciplining a toddler in public

There are consequences for young ones when they misbehave ... but it can be toughest on you when you’re in a crowd.

41 growing kids

i think i can: growing optimism in kids

Helpful tips for growing kids who can look at the bright side when all else fails.


what’s news 16 local briefs

25 giving back

Chair-ish the Kids Art Auction, Oscar events raise money, Cops & Lobsters benefit and the Nashville Fearless Caregiver Conference.

28 parent-to-parent

Warts be gone!

30 kids’ health

Find lots of activities for Easter in the Calendar on page 104.

Zoning-in on local news, discover the Symphony’s new Pied Piper season and so much more in your own backyard.

Serotonin levels and SIDS, plus a shocking renounce- ment regarding autism.

32 spring books

Books for young readers and tips to keep ’em reading.

34 hot stuff

Bathroom gadgets for inde- pendent kids.


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Tooth Talk

Dr. King, Are sippy cups okay for my child’s teeth?

David J. Snodgrass Pediatric Dentist

Most children begin holding a cup around age 8 months. Sippy cups are wonderful for children if the parents follow two certain rules. Here are the rules. (1) Children should not be given fruit juice, powdered liquids, or soda pop in sippy cups if the cup and its contents are to be made available to the child throughout the day. In other words, sugary liquids in sippy cups are okay only at mealtime. (2) As soon as your child can hold a cup of liquid without making a mess, it is time to discard the sippy cup. Prolonged usage can abnormally wear the teeth and cause anterior openbites.

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Dr. Oakes, my pediatric dentist told me that my nine year old is ready for an orthodontic evaluation. Is nine years of age too young for braces?

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Ideally, I like to start my female patients around age 10 to 11 and my male patients around age 11 to 12. However, not every child can be held to these age parameters. Some nine year olds have all or most of there permanent teeth, and are dentally ready to start braces. Having said that, these same nine year olds that have very mature mouths may not have mature oral hygiene habits. Therefore, as a parent you must decide if a nine year old child can take care of his/her teeth while being treated with braces. We all love beautifully straight teeth, but there is nothing worse than straight teeth that have been damaged during orthodontic treatment due to poor brushing and flossing habits.

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rom the first time I saw her, she rocked my world. Delirious from childbirth (and thrilled that it was over), I gazed in awe at my firstborn as she warmed beneath the special lights in the delivery room. Tears filled my eyes and my husband’s too — she was here. The light of our world, our reason for being, we were a family at last and our dreams had come true. For me, from the time my daughter was born, I was a new person. This happens to women when they become mothers. We come into our own when we have something so precious to care for. I am not speaking for all women, but for the majority. Motherhood is what we are after as we grow into womanhood, fall in love, meet the right man. The proverbial biological clock might be a cliché, but no one can dispute the fact that women were designed to bear children. So when it finally comes true, it is a rebirth of sorts. You start new, each day has more newness in it and you are the number one most important person in the world to this fledgling human ... this personal miracle. Now don’t let me scare you, moms out there with a wonderful bundle of first baby on your hip! In fact, let me encourage you to love your role with a passion right now. Let me inspire you to relish in these early years as your little one looks to you for EVERYTHING as she listens to you, adores you, hugs on you and makes you more of a mother every day. But then let me warn you about what’s to come: My firstborn is 16 now. I can safely tell you that she still rocks my world, but it has more to do with how she’s abandoned me than to do with how much she needs me. And yet she does. At 16, she thinks she knows everything. At 16 she questions everything I say or advise. At 16, while I want to throw her on my hip and take her to the park, she wants me to throw her the keys instead so she can go her own way without me. When I was a new mom, I was exhausted most of the time just from the day-to-day maintenance of caring for someone who needed every little thing done for them. With a 16-year-old, I am exhausted by the fact that I can’t make her fall-in with my expectations anymore. I have one other teen son two years younger and then two more boys coming up, so I am a newbie in the realm of wise parents with teenagers. But I don’t want to give her up. I never wanted her to grow up too fast, but it happened anyway. I am here to tell you that THEY LEAVE YOU. Not physically, just yet, but figuratively. One day it happens that they have their own world, their own opinions, their own agenda. And they judge you. Your hair, your clothes, your cooking, your plans, your wrinkles. I was thinking about writing this ... about how it was so much easier when my daughter was little, because I was in charge. It was all about MY agenda and her going along with MY plans. Now it’s about HER agenda and my going along with HER plan. And I’m the worrying type. Oh well. Take heart in this: Here’s what doesn’t change. The rock-my-world part. The part that brings tears to your eyes. Every little joy or pain she experiences is mine, too. Just like when she was little. She continues to rock my world. And I wouldn’t change that for anything.

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enjoyed editor’s note Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading your editor’s note in the January issue of Nashville Parent (“Education Must Include the Arts”). Ever since my twins were in first grade (they are now in fifth), I have researched and studied how children learn. The main reason is, Reece, the first born of the twins, was diagnosed with Chiari I Malformation when he was 5. A few weeks before the twins’ sixth birthday, Reece had brain surgery. While Reece was recovering, Nathan was excelling in kindergarten. He picked up reading very quickly, and by the end of kindergarten he was reading on a fourth grade level (he is now on a 12th grade level). While Nathan continued to excel, Reece was dealing with post traumatic syndrome and struggling in school. By the end of first grade, Reece could barely read three- and four-letter words. In second grade, we began the long and tedious process of getting Reece an IEP (Individual Education Program). After months of meetings and testing, Reece was diagnosed with a learning disability in reading and comprehension. I found different ways to help him and began working with him at home. By the time he was in third grade, he was reading above grade level, and he made straight As the whole year. Reece is now reading on an eighth-grade level and goes through book after book. Although we overcame his reading challenge, we still have obstacles. The public school system teaches only one or two ways at the most and there is a lot of testing. Because of the No Child Left Behind Act, the teachers have to follow a certain curriculum to prepare the students for the TCAP test that the students are given at the end of each school year. The TCAP test does not measure intelligence of the student, it measures how well the schools are performing. The teachers don’t have any room in their day to teach using the other senses (Theory of Multiple Intelligence). The only time the kids are using their other senses, is in P.E., art and music.

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The other subject you hit on is P.E. I agree, P.E. should be every day. But for some kids, P.E. is their worst nightmare. They still pick team captains who in turn pick their teams. The non-athletic, the kid with the glasses and the small shy kids get picked last. A few more wedges of self-esteem are peeled off. If we could just find away to help build self-esteem along with getting exercise and learning lifelong exercise skills, P.E. would be the best energy releaser and confidence builder of the kids’ very long day. Kids need a variety of ways to learn. They need the related arts classes. Dena Comden

concern about autism Dear Editor, As a mother of an autistic boy, I would like to warn parents of children with autism to avoid fairs associated with D.A.N doctors as listed in a recent Calendar of your magazine. Many people do not realize that D.A.N doctors prescribe dangerous treatment methods that are backed by “Big Pharma” and groups such as “Generation Rescue,” but have no clinical evidence of positive benefits for the treatment of autism. By marketing these practices as “supplements” they are able to work around the laws that require clinical testing for safety. Such as the use of chelators for children. This method uses an untested industrial chemical meant for use in the mining industry and treatment of mercury spills and gives it to children in order to remove toxins from their bodies that are believed to cause autism. Children have died from this treatment. Another unsafe practice preached by this set of “doctors” is the use of the GF/CF diet, which can rob a child’s body of much needed nutrients. They say that supplementing with certain vitamins and

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Kaitlin and Coralynn NP: What is your favorite bedtime story? Kaitlin: My favorite bedtime story is Sleeping Beauty. Coralynn: Please Baby, Baby Please! My Mommy and Papa read to me. I like family reading night! Sometimes my brother reads to me, too! NP: What games do you like to play with your brothers and sisters? Kaitlin: Hide and Go Seek and Duck, Duck, Goose Coralynn: My brother and I play video games, and I like it when he plays dressup with me! NP: What outdoor activities are you planning on now that the weather is getting warmer? Kaitlin: I’m excited about going to the beach Coralynn: Riding my new bike I got from Santa! I like to go swimming, too! NP: What would you rather have as a pet: a bunny or elephant? Kaitlin: A bunny Coralynn: I want an elephant like I rode when I went to the circus — they are really big! I can keep him in my room!

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herbs makes up for loss of nutrients, yet many suppliers of supplements are not federally regulated. Therefore, you may not be getting what you pay for, and it could be quite dangerous. These doctors also look down upon the use of vaccinations. Another dangerous message being sent out to the public. Without herd immunity many once defeated deadly diseases are making comebacks. Any amount of research will back up these statements of mine. Parents of children newly diagnosed with autism need to realize that there is no known cure. D.A.N doctors are being irresponsible in saying that their practices will cure your child. Instead, listen to the doctors at real medical institutions such as Vanderbilt, John Hopkins, and such. Stick to therapies with a proven research record, such as speech and occupational therapy.

mother if she had noticed any other “changes” in the child’s behavior; changes such as nightmares, not being able to sleep, sleeping too much, not wanting to do activities they normally enjoy, change in appetite, aggressive behavior, or passive behavior, other phobias or fears that seem to come out of nowhere, clinging to parents, lying — because these also can be indicators of some kind of emotional trauma. I would also have liked Keffer to refer the mother to the Nashville Children’s Alliance, a non-profit organization in Nashville that works with traumatized and abused children. They are experts on the subject of childhood trauma and available to counsel parents who are concerned about symptoms in their children that could be related to trauma or abuse. Verna Wyatt Executive Director, You Have the Power


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I am writing in reference to the February 2010 “On Call” column in Nashville Parent by James Keffer, M.D. The question for Keffer was from a mother who wondered about her 8-year-old son’s recent bed wetting. She wondered if his bed wetting could be psychological or physiological. I agree with Keffer that nighttime bed wetting isn’t uncommon in children of that age and shouldn’t be a source of concern, unless this is a new development for the child. As someone who works for an organization that raises awareness about child sexual abuse and domestic violence, I would have liked him to expand his response. Regressive behaviors in children, such as bedwetting, soiling themselves, thumb sucking, etc., when they have long since had these behaviors in check, could be a symptom of some kind of emotional trauma. It could be anything from bullying at school, or more serious, such as an indicator of child sexual abuse or domestic violence. Child sexual abuse statistics are alarming. One in four girls and one in seven boys will become victims of child sexual abuse by age 18, and statistics for children who witness domestic violence are equally staggering. Often our children are giving us subtle clues, like mentioned above, and we fail to recognize them as indicators of trauma the child has experienced. I would have liked Keffer’s response to include these very real possibilities, along with asking the

I cannot tell you how pleased I was to receive the Children First Award for 2009! It was truly a very special honor and I have placed the plaque in a prominent location in my office. I also used ti to parlay a dinner out at my favorite restaurant — The Five Senses — with my husband! It has been a tremendous gift to be able to work with Discovery House and Discovery Center all these many years. I am sure you feel the same satisfaction in working with Nashville Parent, Rutherford Parent, Sumner Parent and Williamson Parent magazines. You have built a very successful business that contributes much to the quality of life here in Middle Tennessee. We have sent out a press release from the Discovery Center about the award, and we will look forward to working with you on continuing to promote the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring to the public. We’re now reaching more than 120,000 visitors annually, and I hope to see us surpass 150,000 visitors in the next two years. Thank you and your staff again for the honor of receiving the Children First Award. I am thrilled to have it on my office wall. Billie Little Director, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

thank you Dear Editor, The article about The First Tee of Nashville in the February issue of Nashville Parent is great! We have had a tremendous amount of phone calls of those who have seen your article. Thanks a bunch! Ashley Parrott LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Site Director The First Tee of Nashville

correction: Dear Editor, I read your birth and water immersion article in the February issue of Nashville Parent, but am concerned about some factual errors in paragraph two. The wording makes it sound as though Vanderbilt offers water births. This is incorrect. Water immersion and water births are two different things. Water immersion for labor (which we do indeed offer) is when a woman uses the tub throughout her labor. This can make women feel more comfortable during contractions, etc. At Vanderbilt, women exit the tub in order to give birth; so they may labor for however long they wish to do so in water, but when it gets close to the time of the actual birth, they exit the tub. Water birth, on the other hand, goes a step further and actually involves the baby being born into the water, which again, we do not offer. The difference between water immersion for labor and water birth may seem very subtle, I realize, but actually is crucial as far as institutional policies and practice guidelines are concerned. Thank you for addressing this concern. For more information or to set up an appointment with a midwife to discuss your labor plans, call the West End Women’s Center at 936-5858, or the Franklin Road Women’s Health Center at 630-6500. Michelle Collins M.S.N., C.N.M., R.N.C. Assistant Professor of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

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Children have sky high metabolisms, so it doesn’t matter if they eat Deep Fried Frosted Lemon Loops or frozen waffles with syrup every morning for breakfast. They’ll just run amok and burn up all the calories anyway, right? Although many children stay lean despite eating man-made foods, it’s not the calories that are harming them. It’s the artificial dyes and preservatives they’re ingesting. Have you ever heard the saying, “Garbage in equals garbage out?” It’s why you put high octane gas in a race car to get optimum performance from the engine. Your child’s brain is a much more complex machine than a car engine, and it’s sensitive to the fuel it receives. So why do we care more about what goes into our cars, what type of pet food our dogs eat and what brand of shampoo or lotion we use on our skin than about what’s entering our children’s bloodstreams each day? It’s time to get our priorities straight because studies have shown a direct correlation between the quality of a child’s diet and his brain power. Alan C. Logan, a faculty member at Harvard’s School of Continuing Medical Education and author of The Brain Diet (Cumberland House; $22.95), explains, “When healthy kids ingest benzoids, like those found in food dyes, they show a marked increase in hyperactivity. These chemicals cross the blood brain barrier and throw off neurotransmission from brain cell to brain cell. They can’t focus, so they can’t learn.” David Zinczenko, author of Eat This, Not That (Rodale; $19.95), says the same: “Researchers found that artificial food coloring and sodium benzoate preservatives are directly linked to increased hyperactivity in children. The additives included Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #4 and sodium benzoate, which are commonly found in packaged foods in the United States.” In 1979, New York City public schools banned two synthetic food colorings. They eliminated sugar, unfortified wheat flour (white breads and rolls), all sodas and most desserts. During a four-year period, test scores across 803 public schools rose more than 15 percent. A study of 5,000 elementary students published in the April 2008 issue of The Journal of School Health showed that “students with increased intake levels of fruits and vegetables and lower caloric intake levels of fats were significantly less likely to fail the literacy assessment test.” Because American children are eating so many factory-processed foods lacking naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, California State University decided to test the effects of vitamin supplements on 615 school children in 1991. Kids taking the vitamins showed an average IQ gain of four points, while some students gained as many as 15 IQ points. That’s a huge leap! To put it in perspective, 15 IQ points is the difference between a telemarketer and a heart surgeon. If you want to do something good for your child today, replace fake foods like “fruit snacks,” colored breakfast cereals, white bread and juice pouches with vitamin rich fresh vegetables, water and whole grains to give them the brain fuel they need to reach their full potential! Personal trainers Deborah Bohn and Amy Cotta are two moms with eight kids and one goal — family fitness. They live with their families in Franklin.

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potty-training toddlers 18-month old is showing interest in using the potty. What q: My advice do you have for successful potty training? The first step in potty training is that your child is a: Congratulations! showing interest. This usually occurs between 18 and 24 months. Potty training, like learning to talk, is not something that can be forced on a child. It’s your job to provide the tools and encouragement. For starters, you will need to decide on a potty vocabulary to use. It may be helpful to read books on potty training with your child, such as Potty Time With Elmo or something similar. Express enthusiasm and praise for your child’s potty progress, without expressing disappointment or criticism when he invariably seems to take a step backwards and has an accident. Help your child recognize signs of needing to use the potty, and make trips to the potty part of the routine. A perfect time is after a nap if you notice that your child’s diaper is still dry. Eventually, use training pants to show confidence in your child, but maintain a matter-of-fact attitude when the inevitable accident occurs. Just say, “Oops,” and move right along until you can praise him again for using the potty successfully! Mark Krakauer, M.D., is a pediatrician practicing at St. Thomas Medical Group.

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kids learn about instruments at symphony’s pied piper shows


aking your kids to the symphony is more exciting than ever with Nashville Symphony’s newly announced 2010/2011 Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper series! The series is specifically designed for children — get tickets now because they sell fast. “This year, the orchestra will fly into outer space to explore the planets and stars!” says Kelly Corcoran, conductor of the Pied Piper series and assistant conductor of the Nashville Symphony. “We’ll bring all the excitement of the holidays to life, and we’ll go on a symphonic safari,” she adds. Mark your calendars now for the upcoming annual Pied Piper concerts taking place on Saturdays: Halloween in Space — Oct. 30 Musical selections exploring the mysteries of the night skies with Halloween thrills along the way. Included are selections from Star Wars.


A Flicker of Night on a Winter’s Night — Dec. 18 Platypus Theatre joins the symphony to present a tale about discovering the meaning of the holidays through traditions. Sing along! The Listener — Feb. 26, 2011 The art of listening comes to life when the Magic Circle Mime Company shares the stage, creating a comic dilemma for the conductor. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! — April 30, 2011 A symphonic safari takes the audience through jungles, deserts and forests, encountering animals along the way. Expect to hear excerpts from The Lion King and more. All performances begin at 11 a.m. Families can enjoy preshow activities, including an instrument petting zoo, in the lobby starting at 10 a.m. Purchase the entire series for $95 adults, $50 children. To learn more, call 687-6400 or visit

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march medley Age when most children start developing the ability to learn from their mistakes:

12 Percent of young children who have generated a report on their credit history:

5 Percent of educators who feel comfortable teaching children how to protect themselves from online predators, bullies and identity thieves:

less than 25 Annual tuition for students in grades 5 - 12 at Sidwell Friends School where President Obama’s daughters attend:

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local dad captures the fast, first year in new book


reative parents often cite their children as inspiration. That’s certainly the case for Nashville dad Marcus Rowe, whose first book, Goodnight Fingers, Goodnight Toes (Nectar Press; $10.95) makes a great gift option for new and expectant moms. Featuring black-and-white photography of infants in various states of sleep accompanied by an original poem by Rowe, the author was motivated by his 7-year-old twins, Samuel and Sophia. “My own kids were definitely the inspiration behind this project. The first year goes fast. My book is a snapshot of a child’s first year, zooming in on some of the details — like wrinkly little feet — that some parents might not remember later in life,” Rowe says. Goodnight Fingers, Goodnight Toes is available at Fairytales (1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville) or online at We’re giving away four copies! Visit, log in and click on “Giveaways” under the “Activities” tab.

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ow about a smiley face train, fire truck or trolley to zip up your child’s next birthday? Trackless vehicles from D&H Railroad & Snoballs are the brainchild of Mount Juliet couple Howard and Debbie Hotard. The Hotards rent their party vehicles — capable of accommodating between 14 - 18 people — for festive events. “Parents can join their kids!” says Debbie Hotard. “Small children especially enjoy the experience, but we’ve even had teens hop on for a ride,” she adds. The vehicles are available to rent by the hour seven days a week with no time restrictions, starting at $125, with additional fees based on location. A Snoball (shaved ice) concession trailer is also available with more than 30 flavors, including traditional cherry and grape, candy apple, pumpkin pie, cotton candy, wedding cake, malted milk and more. Hotard says they haven’t set a price yet for birthday parties, but the trailer is available for group events and festivals at variable rates. To learn more or to book a vehicle for your child’s upcoming party, call 288-4389.

banding together for food-allergy awareness


ore than 3 million children in the United States contend with food allergies, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. “I needed a way for teachers, babysitters and friends to know that my son could not have peanut products,” says Amber Williamson, a local mom who banded together with two other Middle Tennessee parents to launch Assure Products. The new company created the Food Allergy-Band, which comes in three varieties: Food, Nut and Dairy. The colorful, canvas-backed polyester bands fit easily onto a child’s wrist, alerting others about food allergy restrictions. The bands come in boy- and girl-friendly colors and are available for $9.99 each at Find more kids’ health information on page 30.

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n an age where everything is going electronic, it’s refreshing to see a bookstore open! Lebanonbased Sherlock’s Book Emporium & Curiosities

is now open in Nashville. The store boasts a distinct spectrum of unique and vintage books in addition chemistry sets and magic kits, race-car tracks and remote-control toys. Sherlock’s is located at 235 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. Hours are Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more at 248-1962 or

kids can get their art on with new zoo program


ave an artist on your hands? Expand his horizons at the new Arts for Life program hosted by Nashville Zoo. The Saturday program for ages 6 and older takes place this spring and kids will learn basic form, value, color theory and techniques. Why the zoo, you ask? Because a live animal model will join each class to inspire your child’s art. Pencil sketching is in order on March 20; watercolor on March 27. Next month, learn acrylics on April 10, sculpture on April 17 and cubism on April 24. Classes take place from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is $25 per class for members, $40 for non-members, and advance registration is required. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Road. Call 833-1534, ext. 143, or visit to register or for more information.

new, local family business dolls up


Little girls will love styling their hand-made Suzie Doll’s hair.

ne local girl’s chagrin over a rag doll sparked her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit. “My daughter received a rag doll from an aunt, and she was frustrated that she couldn’t do the doll’s hair or change its clothes,” says Spring Hill mom Susana Allen, creator of Suzie’s Dolls. Allen’s new family business is all in the family. “My mom, husband and his parents are all involved with various elements of the company,” Allen says. “We want to provide something for families that is high quality and still affordable.” The handmade dolls currently come in two varieties: brunette Anna and golden-haired Emma. Two more dolls are in the works: African-American Jada and red-headed Lily. Each doll features long, yarn hair, which children can have fun styling to their wishes. Suzie’s Dolls is offering an introductory price of $34.99 for a “set” that includes a doll, three outfits, three pairs of shoes, undergarments, hair bows and a backpack for girls to tote their dolls and accessories. Purchase a doll and one outfit for $19.99, with additional outfits and shoes available for less than $10 each. Suzie’s Dolls will be set up at Cool Springs Galleria during the first two weeks of April, but you can order online anytime at We’re giving away two Anna and two Emma dolls through a random drawing on our Web site. Go to, log in, then click on “Giveaways” under the “Activities” tab.

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nashville mom launches custom clothing line for tots


ashville stay-at-home mom Laura Rouse began sewing clothes for her 2-year-old son, Owen, when he was born. She wasn’t satisfied with what was on the market for little guys. “In recent years, girls’ clothing has taken over the market,” says Rouse. “Moms who have little boys should have the option to dress them cute, too.” When friends and even strangers Owen Rouse sports one of the playful patterns in his mom’s Rouse House Kids line. began complimenting Owen’s custom-made clothing, Rouse sensed a business opportunity. Today, Rouse House Kids boasts a children’s clothing line aimed at outfitting boys in sizes 3 months to 4T (all right, there are a few girls’ options, too!). Rouse’s clothing is reversible, offering two outfits in one — one side featuring a festive option with patterns, the other more traditional and classic. Customers can purchase pre-designed garments through the company’s Web site or host a party for Rouse to help moms mix and match patterns and fabrics to their tastes. Hand-sewn, monogrammed and appliquéd pieces are ready for delivery in four weeks. “I love the idea of moms and grandmoms coming together to socialize and talk about their kids while designing an outfit for their little ones,” Rouse says. For more information, or to book a party, visit

new nanny agency opens in nashville


ashville-area parents in need of child care have a new option in town. Ava Laine: Nannies of Excellence is now open, offering full- and parttime nannies. Owner Talia Peters, a former nanny, says Ava Laine offers outstanding customer service. “I believe that the best way to find the perfect nanny is by getting to know the family and its specific needs first,” says Peters. After the application and home-visit process, Laine visits prospective families in their homes and then works to match the family with the right nanny. “The nannies are extensively screened,” Peters adds. Full-time nannies are contracted for up to one year at an average of 25 hours per week, while part-timers work between three and six months less than 25 hours per week. Typical rates, aside from the agency’s placement fee, are between $10 - $20 per hour, depending on the number and ages of the children and what duties are required. To learn more, call 585-5962 or visit

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martina mcbride Nashville parent MARTINA MCBRIDE may be a country music queen, but this real-life mom knows how to enjoy family life and do the cooking!

Country music phenomenon Martina McBride has sold more than 16 million albums. She’s won the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year four times and seen her songs rocket to number one on the Billboard charts time and again. With smash hits that celebrate feminine strength and self-esteem like “This One’s For the Girls,” “Independence Day,” and “My Baby Loves Me,” is it any wonder that she was blessed with three daughters? Raising a teenager, a preteen and a preschooler, McBride says, “I always talk to them about how important it is to be true to themselves. We talk a lot about peer pressure, the imaging of women in the media, doing the right thing, following your instincts. I encourage them to be leaders. I also try and surround them with strong women they can look up to.”

How has parenthood changed you as a person?

I think being a parent has kept me grounded in a business where it’s pretty easy to fall into the trap of “me, me, me.” Everything I do is setting an example for three girls who are impressionable. It’s a huge responsibility, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

What’s important to you? Education? Playtime? Dinner time?

Education, playtime and dinner time are all important. We make a point of sitting down and eating dinner together at least four to five times a week. I think it’s so important and teaches the art of conversation, plus it just makes us more connected. The girls know that dinner time together is a priority in our house.

What do you like about raising children here?

I think Nashville is a big enough city to give them opportunities, but it’s still very small-town in its character and people. I grew up in a town of 200 people, so I learned accountability, the value of hard work and the value of community. I feel like those are things that are valued here in Nashville as well.

What books do your children enjoy?

My kids love to read, and I’m so happy about that! I read to Ava almost every day. Some of her favorites are Dr. Seuss, Harry The Dirty Dog and No, David, No.

How do you handle normal parenting hurdles like dishonesty?

When it comes to common teenage, preteen or toddler behavior like messy rooms or sassing, I try and remember it’s just part of the deal. Comes with the territory. At times like that, I just have to bite the bullet and be the mom and discipline them by sending them to their rooms or withholding privileges. The one thing I don’t tolerate is dishonesty. I’m not naive enough to think that my kids are never going to be dishonest, or that they are always going to tell me everything, but I tell them how important it is that they are truthful with me and they know that I am not going to just fly off the handle without listening. I tell them, “No matter what you do, whether you tell me or not, I will ALWAYS find out.” They hate that!

Who does the cooking at Chez McBride?

I do the cooking, and I’m lucky that they pretty much love everything I cook. I guess my gumbo or my pot roast would be at the top of the list, but Ava (age 4) refuses to eat meat. She has always been that way. It’s like she came out being a vegetarian, which I find very interesting. The good news is she loves vegetables and fruit, too.

How do you stay connected to your daughters when you’re on the road?

The girls usually travel with us, but sometimes if I have to go away for a couple of days, it’s easier for them to stay home and stay in their routine. I write notes for them to open each morning that I’m gone. And we stay in constant touch through texting and cell phones. I think one of their favorite things that I do is leave a birthday candle with their note and tell them to light it and make a wish each day. They love that! J

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chair-ish art auction benefits kids on the block


ashville’s arts community comes together on Thursday, March 25 for a fundraising event to benefit Kids on the Block, the local organization that utilizes life-sized puppets to promote understanding and acceptance while helping kids in kindergarten through sixth grade deal with bullying, child abuse, prejudice, divorce, special needs and more. The Chair-ish the Kids Art Auction features live and silent auctions of artwork with chairs as the theme. Invitational artists include Jack Spencer, Sherri Warner Hunter, Don Evans, Stacey Irvin and Herb Williams. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Loveless Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Tickets are $100 and reservations are strongly recommended. For tickets or more info, contact Erin Daunic at 9836805 or To learn more about the Kids on the Block program, visit

This painting, “Red Room,” by artist Anne Smaldone is up for auction.

oscar events raise money for nonprofits


elp raise money for two Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations this month while celebrating Hollywood glamour and Tinsel Town’s highest honor — the Oscar.

• Nashville’s only officially sanctioned Oscar Night America party takes place on Academy Awards night (Sunday, March 7) at The Belcourt. A Patrons’ Party begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes free valet parking, a red carpet entrance, paparazzi, a silent auction, food, an open bar and an official commemorative Oscar show program — the same one the star-filled audience receives at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. At 7 p.m., guests convene in the theater to watch the live Academy Awards telecast on the big screen. “Oscar Night America attracts film lovers, Belcourt supporters and true fashionistas,” says Stephanie Silverman, managing director of The Belcourt. “We love seeing the imaginative outfits parading down the red carpet,” she adds. Patron tickets are $150. A $75 ticket grants admission to the telecast only along with the silent auction. Proceeds help fund the theater’s mission of bringing independent films, live music, theater and children’s programs to Nashville. The Belcourt is located at 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. For tickets or more info, call 8463150 or visit

• On Saturday, March 13, adults can continue the Academy Awards theme during The Legacy Ball: A Night at the Oscars, a fundraiser for the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center (WCCAC), an organization whose mission is to combat child abuse by coordinating services to children and families in crises. It also provides community education that focuses on prevention and early intervention. “The Child Advocacy Center is working harder and smarter with our resources in this difficult economic climate to help children who have been sexually and/or physically abused,” says Brenda Davis, director of WCCAC. “The Legacy Ball is our major fundraiser, and we’re depending on it to help us carry on our mission in spite of funding cuts by grantors and individual donors. We’re inviting our supporters to join us for a glamorous evening of dining, dancing and fun that benefits a good cause. This year’s Legacy Ball will feature new sparkles and excitement.” Aside from dinner and dancing, there will be a not-sosilent auction, a red carpet with paparazzi, and community members who are stars in the fight against child sexual abuse receiving “Oscars.” Further, one lucky guest will find a real diamond in the bottom of his champagne glass. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Embassy Suites of Cool Springs, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin. Tickets are $100 per person. A Sweetheart Package for $297 includes two tickets, a room at the hotel with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 790-5900 or visit williamsoncountycac. org.

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utherford County’s school resource offers will be moonlighting on Thursday, March 18 from 5 - 9 p.m. as beverage servers at Red Lobster (1745 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro) during their Cops & Lobsters benefit for Special Olympics Tennessee. Special Olympics provides Olympic-style training and competition events for children and adults with special needs. During Cops & Lobsters, officers will assist waiters by serving water, tea, soft drinks and refills while informing diners about the Special Olympics and encouraging them to make a donation to the 16 local games taking place at MTSU’s track and field stadium at a date to be announced. To learn more about Cops & Lobsters, contact Officer Dick Peach at 642-7476. For more about Special Olympics Tennessee, visit

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My 6-year-old has warts but my doctor is hesitant to treat them! I’ve tried freezing them off — it hasn’t worked. Suggestions?

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My daughter had a wart on her finger that would not freeze away. We tried home treatments and then our pediatrician sent her to a dermatologist, both freeze treatments did not work. Then, the dermatologist shared with me that warts thrive on oxygen so once you deprive the wart of oxygen, it will go away. You do this by covering it with duct tape. Every day we wrapped her finger in fresh duct tape and never left the wart uncovered. Not attractive, but it worked! In a couple of weeks, it was gone and no more trips to the dermatologist.

I had warts as a child and had them frozen off and I still continue to have a problem with them on my hands. They are very small now though. When my oldest son first got one at about age 5, my doctor said it is best not to do anything. The thought was that if you do something like freeze it off or apply wart medication, the body doesn’t build a natural defense for them and they keep coming back — which is my case. So I didn’t do anything for my son’s wart and within a couple of years it was gone (they usually go away on their own within five years) and he has never had another since. He’s now almost 12. My youngest son also got one and without doing anything it went away and he’s not had another. I wish when I was young nothing had been done. They may seem unsightly but it’s better to wait it out now then to have them when you are older.

My son had two warts on his hand that simply wouldn’t go away, even though we treated his hand with reputable over-the-counter medications. So I did the following: Every other night, I treated his hand with a paste of castor oil and baking soda. The paste was a bit thick. I used only enough oil to be able to rub the paste easily onto the warts for three minutes. On the other nights, I taped a piece of banana peel over the warts. The warts faded after about two weeks or less. You can’t tell they were ever there. It was worth all of that mixing and rubbing and taping. The over-the-counter remedies were used for more than a year and were a waste of time and money.

— Melinda Wrench, Brentwood, mother of two

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Tape an aspirin (non coated) underneath a BandAid. It will take about a week, changing each day with fresh aspirin/Band-Aid. It will start to turn white and look real yucky, but eventually will dry up and heal and go away.

— Sheryl Watson, Nashville, mother of two

My children also have trouble with warts. I thought my mom was a little crazy when she suggested to put Vicks Vapor Rub on each wart daily and they will slowly disappear. After using overthe-counter treatments with no success and much pain, I decided to try the Vicks treatment. Much to my surprise, IT WORKED! And, there is no sting or pain. Thanks, Mom! — Jennie Stockard, Brentwood, mother of two

can’t go wrong with duct tape Duct tape. No doubt this seems like the craziest answer to this problem, but it works and works well. I used it on my 9-year-old and on myself and I removed warts that I’d had for over a decade. Try it. You’ll see. It’s not crazy if it works. — Tracy Wyatt, Lebanon, mother of three

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esearchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., say a new study reveals that lower serotonin levels in infants may be the cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in most infants. Published in The Journal of the American Medical Association this month, serotonin is a neurotransmitter found throughout the brain, says Ramon Cuevas, assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. But measuring serotonin levels in newborns is difficult, requiring a spinal tap. Cuevas cautions that the new research needs further substantiation in order to warrant further development of serotonin level testing. To avoid the risk of SIDS, according to Cuevas, the following guidelines are the most current: • Place babies on backs for sleeping to avoid rolling over • Don’t over-bundle your baby • Remove loose bedding, pillows and other items from Baby’s sleep area Cuevas also cites smoking and co-sleeping as “modifiable risk factors” in homes where newborns are present. “Exposure to second-hand smoke has been associated with increased risk for SIDS,” Cuevas says, and while “the contribution of co-sleeping to increased risk of SIDS remains controversial,” in the American Academy of Pediatrics’s 2005 policy statement on SIDS, doctors recommended “that infants not bed-share during sleep,” and that “a separate but proximate sleeping environment’ be provided.



reschool children exposed to three household routines — regularly eating family meals, getting adequate sleep and limiting screen-viewing time — have a roughly 40 percent lower prevalence of obesity than those exposed to none of these routines.

— “Household Routines and Obesity in U.S. Preschool-Aged Children,” published in Pediatrics, March 2010.

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ecently, the British medical journal, The Lancet, renounced a 1998 landmark study it had published by Andrew Wakefield, M.D., who linked the MMR vaccine to autism. For parents who have championed Wakefield’s hypothesis that the MMR vaccine — specifically the measles component — caused gastrointestinal symptoms unique to children with autism, it was a major shock. To shed light on the subject, we consulted with Baptist Hospital pediatrician Lawrence Klinsky, M.D., (in practice with Heritage Medical Associates) who shares his knowledge: “The retraction from The Lancet has renewed media attention on the idea that there is a relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism,” Klinsky says. “No subsequent study or research has ever been able to duplicate findings from the 1998 paper by Wakefield,” he adds. “Today, pediatricians are free to focus on development, growth and social issues, in large part, because of the beneficial effects of vaccines. The diseases are still there, and we still worry about them, but we don’t see them as often. Unfortunately, autism has been on the rise as well. The cause is still unknown, but is likely multi factorial, meaning, that many things act together to cause it, not one particular thing. “I would advise anyone with concerns to speak to their pediatrician about this topic before forming any hard and fast opinions. The Internet may not be the best place to do “research” since many of the articles are not scientific in their nature and are more anecdotal. For now, the best minds in the country at the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control support the use of vaccines to prevent disease. “There is also a fantastic book on this subject that is enjoyable and easy to read, by Paul Offit, M.D., the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The book, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for Cure (Columbia University Press; $30), is highly recommend reading if one is truly interested in this topic.” — Susan Swindell Day

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spring’s crawling with great reads The Busiest Street in Town By Mara Rockliff Illustrated by Sarah McMennemy Random Knopf Ages 5 and older; $16.99 An innovative woman takes matters into her own hands to transform her neighborhood street into a safer, more pleasant road. This fun read reminds us to slow down and appreciate life more. Lovely mixed media illustrations. — susan swindell day Fuzzytails: 123 and ABC By Lisa McCue Random House Ages 1 - 4; $8.99 In 123, young readers will experience many touchand-feel spots of color and different textures. As combined with easy, rhythmic lines and colorful illustrations, this book makes counting fun. In ABC, little readers can learn their alphabet and a corresponding animals. When you’re done reading, accordion-style pages pull out in one piece to reveal a vibrant banner of the alphabet on the back. — kiera ashford

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Herman’s Journey By Jamina Carder and Kaaren Engel Illustrated by Kaaren Engel; $15 Nashvillians Carder and Engel employ a real-life experience and transform it into a charming book the whole family can enjoy together. The story of a caterpillar who hitched a ride to Chattanooga in the backseat of a car and later blossomed into a beautiful butterfly is imaginatively captured for a story young children will enjoy. Engel’s pleasant watercolor illustrations bring the story to life. — chad young Hot Rod Hamster By Cynthia Lord Illustrated by Derek Anderson Scholastic Press; $16.99 Young readers are drawn to picture books boasting animal protagonists, and this one features a cute hamster based on the author’s own critter, Rocky. Kids will enjoy each flip of the page as the star of the story — along with help from his animal friends — builds a hot rod to race. Brilliant illustrations invite little eyes into the story as you read the tale. — cy

I Can Be Anything! By Jerry Spinelli Illustrated by Jimmy Liao Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Ages 3 - 5; $16.99 Silly, rhyming words and colorful illustrations will have your little one’s imagination flowing after he reads this book about a little boy who’s imagining what he’ll be when he grows up. Will he choose to be a “barefooted hopper” or a “bubble gum popper”? A surprise awaits for you at the end. — ka The Grasshopper Hopped! By Elizabeth Alexander Illustrated by Joung Un Kim Golden Books; $8.99 A funny little grasshopper can get into all kinds of mischief and even into trouble in this fun pull-thetab book for little ones. How far does the little guy have to go before he’s home free? — ssd The Jungle Grapevine by Alex Beard Abrams Books for Young Readers Ages 3 - 5; $16.95 Beautiful pen/ink and watercolor illustrations brings this funny story about a bird who misinterprets what he hears a turtle saying. After the chaos resides, see how this mischievous bird continues to do the same, again. — ka

Kisses By Barney Saltzberg Houghton Mifflin Ages 6 months and older; $13.99 Pull, touch and sniff your way through this fun book exploring affection. Elephants, doggies, monkeys, pigs and more have the funniest ways of smooching! Sturdy binding on this book makes it helpful for little hands. — ssd Little Blue and Little Yellow 50th Anniversary Edition By Leo Lionni Knopf Ages 3 and older; $15.99 Four-time Caldecott Honor winner Leo Lionni launched his children’s book career with this exceptional title. Little Blue and Little yellow are best friends, but one day they can’t find each other. Find out what happens when they mix! A wonderful story. — ssd Little Duck Says Quack! and Little Puppy Says Woof! By Judy Dunn Photographs by Phoebe Dunn Random House Ages 6 months and older; $8.99 each Delight your babies and toddlers with these precious, interactive board books filled with real photos of a duckling and puppy, respectively. The press of a button at the top of the die-cut pages delivers the critter’s sound, providing even more fun at each page turn. — cy

Princess Pigtoria and the Pea by Pamela Duncan Edwards Illustrated by Henry Cole Orchard Books Ages 3 - 5; $16.99 This fun retelling of The Princess and the Pea, features pigs with a pizza-delivery twist to engage your child’s imagination. Delightful artwork colors each page well. — cy Zoo by Salina Yoon Little Scholastic Ages 1 - 3; $8.99 Here’s an interactive book that includes touchand-feel spots of color that are in turn pull-out cards for each page. After you pull all the cards out, they become puzzle pieces that create a surprise when put together. Great for little learners. — ka

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hile reading to infants and babies is very important, between the ages of 3 and 5, kids will master words with rapid-fire speed. That’s why it’s important for you to be a part of his reading development. Here are easy tips to help you along the way: • Keep reading favorites. Familiar books let your child be the expert. Pause from time to time as you read to let your child fill in a word. He’ll beam with pride when he nails it. • Build on themes. Whether your child’s passion is Elmo or kittens, look for books on the subject or explore a favorite author’s other selections. • Make it real. Connect stories to what’s happening in the real world. If you spot a baby bird in a tree, for instance, ask a question like, “Doesn’t that bird look like the one in Are You My Mother? You’ll promote information recall, build vocabulary and comprehension, and teach the idea of concept. • Ask a riddle. Riddles help boost children’s vocabulary and thinking skills. Give easy questions such as, “I’m thinking of an animal that lives in a tree, flies at night, and says, ‘Whoo, whoo.’ What is it?” • Follow the leader. Let your preschooler “read” to you and without correcting him. • Read a chapter book of your child’s choice to expand his listening ability and encourage his questions.

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ids love water fountains and need fluoride, too, so now they can have one in the house! Jokari’s Whale Faucet has been around a long time, but it’s been reissued to delight a new set of kids. Pop it on (fits all standard faucets), and hold the flap up to make the fountain effect. Let go of the flap for regular faucet use. It’ll have your child happy to brush and drink. $3.99 at

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s Heidi Klum says on her wildly popular show, Project Runway, in the world of fashion, “one down your in; the next day you’re out!” With the release of the Project Runway video game by Atari on Tuesday, March 2 (exclusively for the Wii), kids and their parents can have fun playing the roles of aspiring fashion designers. Just the like show, players are presented with a range of theme challenges. Create designs for models, then adorn them with hair, make-up and accessories before sending them down the runway (the Wii Balance Board is needed) to see how they measure up in the eyes of the TV show’s main talent: Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn. The game retails for $39.99. Learn more at We’re giving away four games! Log in to, then click on “Giveaways” in the “Activities” tab to enter the random drawing.

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Yes, it’s a nightmare when your child starts acting up in the middle of the grocery store, but the fact is all kids have tantrums at some point! There’s nothing worse than a toddler tantrum: Your sweet child is screaming. Perfect strangers have their eyes on you. Your face gets so red hot that you’re sure you might be on fire. You want to run away, abandon your loving parental duties — but no! You must take charge and handle the moment gracefully ... but how? Should you bolt from wherever you are and head home? Should you — gasp! — spank your child in public? When your child’s first public display of overt disobedience occurs, be ready. You can’t avoid it, so prepare for the moment when your little darling turns into a little demon.

Curious behavior “Toddlers are never little angels in public,” says Ann Douglas, a mother of four and author of The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to Your Baby’s First Year (John



Wiley & Sons; $15.99) and The Mother of All Toddler Books (John Wiley & Sons; $15.99). In fact, when Douglas’ son was 2, he pulled the plug on an entire cash register system while they were shopping at a local store. “He was magnetically drawn to plugs and outlets,” says Douglas. “This is natural behavior for toddlers,” says Robert Billingham, an associate professor of human development and family studies. “Everything is so new, exciting, interesting and stimulating. They’re simply responding in a curious sort of way,” he adds.

An ounce of prevention The best way to handle bad behavior, of course, is to avoid it. “Prevention is always the best strategy with toddlers,” says Douglas. This may seem impossible when parenting a toddler, but with a few tricks up your sleeve, you may be able to head it off at least some of the time. One of the best ways to prevent bad behavior is to pay attention to your little one. Before you head to the supermarket, consider a few things: Is your toddler hungry or tired? Is he having a bad day? Is he feeling sick? It’s probably best to delay your trip if the answer to any of these questions is yes. Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for trouble. If your toddler seems to be up for an outing, there are several strategies that may help to keep misbehavior at bay. First, before you arrive, tell your tot exactly what you expect of him and the consequences if those expectations are not met. Billingham suggests establishing a single cue that lets your tot know that you’re reaching your limit. That could be your tone of voice, a gesture, clapping your hands or a certain word. It should be “a very clear signal to the child that very specifically says the behavior has to stop now,” he says. Another strategy is to keep your toddler entertained. Make a game out of grocery shopping, such as asking him to find an item with a certain picture on it. Douglas also suggests bringing along a “trick bag” with hand puppets and other toys that you can pull out at a moment’s notice.

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Tackling tantrums If you’ve pulled out everything in your arsenal to no avail and your little one is still headed into a full-blown tantrum, stay calm! “If you get riled up, he’ll get riled up,” says Douglas. The best solution for handling a tantrum is to pick up your child and take him out of the situation. “My choice is to remove the child from everyone and talk privately about what’s happening,” says Polland. She suggests taking your child some place safe and letting him thrash it out. For example, you might put him in his car seat, and shut the door staying on the other side, calmly. She suggests telling the child to knock on the window when he’s done. According to Polland, children know they’re more likely to get what they want because you don’t want to be embarrassed. One Christmas, Billingham’s son threw an all-out tantrum at a crowded store. Instead of getting upset, Billingham ignored him. When his son took a break, he began applauding him and told him he needed to kick the left leg harder to keep up with the right. “If you don’t get embarrassed by the child’s behavior, it loses all of its power,” he says. His son ended up giggling, and they left the store.

“Correcting children’s misbehavior in public is difficult. Others are viewing your child’s misbehavior and your response to it. Your worthiness as a parent is under public scrutiny.” — Child psychologist Gregory Ramey, Ph.D.

Not-so-innocent bystanders To reward or not to reward Another tried-and-true strategy is to reward good behavior, but many parents feel like that’s bribery. Some experts, however, believe there is no harm in a little reward as long as you don’t overdo it. Billingham feels that rewarding children is a great strategy because it teaches cause and effect. Douglas agrees. “We get rewards in adult life for good behavior,” she points out. You may think that rewards can get a bit expensive, but they don’t have to. Barbara Polland, a professor of child and adolescent development and author of No Directions on the Package: Questions and Answers for Parents With Children From Birth to Age 12 (Celestial Arts; $12.95), suggests buying a bag of cheap party favors and then wrapping them individually in tissue paper. When you’re on your way out, tell your child that if he behaves, he’ll get to open his gift, but be sure never to give the reward if he misbehaves. Other inexpensive rewards can be activities that your child enjoys, such as a trip to the park or playing a favorite game.

How do you deal with strangers interfering when your child is acting up? “At some level, parents have to be aware that concern by others might in fact be an issue,” says Billingham. He suggests smiling at people and making a joke about the behavior by making comments like, “Only another 15 years to go!” And keep in mind what matters most: your relationship with your child. “How the other people view you is much less important than how you interact with your child,” says Polland. “Most of us at some point in life have been either the toddler or the frustrated mom,” says Douglas. “We just have to hope that we don’t end up turning into the annoyed little old lady down the road, forgetting just how challenging it can be to be that mother.” So for now, if you’re stuck in the role of frustrated parent, hang in there. With a little planning and a few deep breaths, both you and your child may come out of the situation a little wiser. J Lyn Mettler is a freelance writer and mother of one.

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re you frustrated to hear your child mutter, “Why bother? I won’t make the team” or “It doesn’t matter. I can’t get an A?” Children today face enormous academic and social pressures, but an attitude of passive resignation isn’t healthy. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., lead researcher for the Pennsylvania Resiliency Project and author of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life (Vintage; $15) describes three

benefits of optimism you’ll want for your child: Better health, greater academic and extracurricular performance, and the motivation to keep trying when times are tough. Optimists experience less physical distress in challenging situations than pessimists and have stronger immune systems, according to 25 years of research conducted by Michael Scheier, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University. Optimists live longer and happier lives. In addition, optimists are achievers. Studies show optimistic youth get higher (please turn the page)


growing kids grades and perform better in athletic competition than pessimists, even when they are led to believe their earlier performance was not so good. These benefits are fueled by optimists’ tendency to give extra effort in challenging situations — optimists believe hard work pays off. While genetics play some role in determining kids’ attitudes, there is good evidence we can help kids look on the bright side more often. Seligman calls this “psychological immunization” against depression. Here are some strategies to help your child think and act optimistically in today’s pessimistic culture.

Change your child’s explanations for adversity Even for optimists, things don’t always turn out great. What matters is how kids make sense of undesirable outcomes. For instance, “I failed the test because I’m dumb, and I’ll never be good at math” is pessimistic, but “I failed because I didn’t understand the problems and need more practice” allows active coping. To help your child make the switch, ask guiding questions, such as, “What other explanations can you think of?” and “What can you do differently next time?”

Focus on improvement

“Happiness depends largely on the feeling that what we do matters and is valued by others. Without that feeling, we fear we might be excluded from the group, and research shows that what human beings fear more than anything is exclusion.” — Bob Murray, author of Raising an Optimistic Child: A Proven Plan for Depression-Proofing Young Children (McGraw-Hill)

Practice thought watching Learn to spot your child’s negative self-talk. Kids often express negative thoughts aloud: “My hair looks ugly,” or “I don’t have any friends.” Help your child reject unfavorable thoughts. Encourage your child to police his thoughts for “bad beliefs” by acting as his very own thought cop.

Model optimistic self-talk Talk with your child (over breakfast or on the way to school) about what might happen today. Perhaps you have an important meeting or are attending a playgroup together. Share your excitement with your child. Say, “I’ll have a chance to present my ideas,” or “I might make a new friend.” Don’t be afraid to mention coming events that concern you, but focus on potential joys, rather than fears of the unknown.

Make a mantra Remember The Little Engine That Could? He puffed faster and harder saying “I-think-I-can, I-think-I-can” until he succeeded. What phrase motivates your family in challenging times? Inject some humor and say your slogan together when times are tough (you’re climbing a big hill, walking a long way or stuck in slow traffic). You’ll end up laughing about how silly you all look and show your child you’re in this together. Social support boosts optimism.

Take action Try new things — even scary ones. Go someplace new. Cook and eat a new food for dinner. When you meet someone new, be the first to introduce yourself. Discuss with your child the benefits of openness to new experiences. If the new food tastes icky or the new park is less fun than the old one, focus on what you learned. Perhaps say, “Now we know how much we like the slide at our park,” or “Wow, that tasted yucky! But it will make us strong and healthy.”

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Optimists know getting better is a process. Encourage your child to adopt this approach by commenting on his improvement, not just the outcome. Say, “You really improved your sprint from the starting line,” or “Your spelling has really improved since the rough draft” rather than focusing on his place in the contest or grade on the report. Follow progress visually using a simple chart. Then, when challenges arise you can point out how far he’s come and encourage persistence.

Be a skill-builder Kids’ skills develop incrementally. Read a book or watch a video together that teaches a skill your child wants to develop. Encourage him to ask an expert for advice, if you know one. Practice the skill in a simple way then move up to bigger challenges. Reinforce the idea that your child can learn to do just about anything.

Recognize good when it happens Some researchers believe we are genetically programmed to pay more attention to bad news than good — learning from bad news helps us survive dangerous situations. But focusing on what’s wrong diminishes all that is going right. Before bed, play the “three good things” game. Both you and your child list three good things that happened today and describe how you felt about them. You may be inspired to list three good things you anticipate tomorrow, too. An optimistic attitude encourages positive action. By encouraging an upbeat approach, you give your child the key to a healthier, happier, more productive life. Isn’t that what you really want for him? J Heidi Smith Luedtke is a mother and freelance writer.

“The surest way to promote your child’s lifelong emotional well-being is to help him feel connected — to you, other family members, friends, neighbors, day-care providers, even to pets. A connected childhood is the key to happiness.” — Edward Hallowell, M.D., child psychiatrist and author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness (Ballantine Books).

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First Trip to the Dentist


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your child’s First Dentist Visit Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can actually be pleasant! We asked local dentists how they work to soothe the concerns of the preschool set.


uzanne Wesley had her husband take their young child to the dentist because she was so worried that her strong-willed daughter would act out. “I was

afraid she would clamp her little gums tight and not stay still in the chair,” says Wesley. However, her daughter sat still in the chair and the trip was a success. “For once I had worried over nothing, thankfully,” she says.

If you and your family do not have a dentist, you

What’s the right age to start?

can get a recommendation from a pediatrician,

Pediatric dentist Mirna Caldwell, D.M.D., of

family member or friend. The extra time spent

Caldwell Pediatric Dentistry in Nashville says the

training after dental school is “where a pediat-

best time to take a young child for a first visit is

ric dentist learns about growth and development

around age 1.

beyond the general knowledge of dental school,”

says Kurt Swauger, DDS, of Pediatric Dentistry

a positive relationship between the child and the

Specialists in Madison and Hendersonville.

dental staff,” says Caldwell. “Also, there’s no doubt

Most general dentists serve all members of the

that when dental problems are detected early,

family. Before your child’s visit, contact the dentist

treatment is usually a lot easier and more tolerable

and ask about what to expect on your child’s first

for the child.”

visit. You can also contact your insurance compa-

ny beforehand to discuss your dental coverage and

parents about good oral hygiene and nutritional

benefits so there won’t be any financial surprises.

recommendations to avoid decay. New studies

“An early start to visiting the dentist creates

Early visits give dentists a chance to counsel

show that when dental visits start by age 1, child-


hood cavities can be cut by more than 60 percent.

Prepare for visit

about lying in the parent’s lap and riding in the

tell, show and do. Tell the child what you are going

When you are brushing your child’s teeth, look into

special chair,” Caldwell says. “The pediatric den-

to do, show him, then do it.”

his mouth and run your index finger on his teeth

tist takes a quick look inside the mouth and makes

At Caldwell Pediatric Dentistry, they will prob-

and gums. Encourage him to look into your mouth

suggestions to help prevent future problems.”

ably opt to save a cavity for a follow up visit to the

and have him pretend to count your teeth.

Crain shares that when her oldest and only

initial visit.

“As a pediatric dentist,” explains Swauger, “we

child at the time was ready to visit the dentist, she

are trained in behavior management, including

relied on advice in a pamphlet that she’d received

quite small, most pediatric dentists will opt to wait

how to help a child be more comfortable during his

from the dentist’s office. It encouraged parents to

to follow up on it in six months,” says Caldwell. “If


use less scary words to describe what happens at

a cavity is large or causes the child discomfort, pe-

Take a trip to the library and ask the librarian for

the dentist. “The doctor wasn’t going to check her

diatric dentists have training in behavior manage-

book recommendations on first dentist trips. Read

teeth but ‘count or tickle’ them. They weren’t look-

ment and sedation techniques so that the cavity is

Just Going to the Dentist (Random House Books

ing for cavities but ‘sugar bugs,’” says Crain.

treated in the most comfortable manner possible

for Young Readers; $3.99) by Mercer Mayer or Be-

for the child,” she adds.

renstain Bears: Visit the Dentist (Random House

your dentist. Your dentist can examine your child’s

Books for Young Readers; $3.99) by Stan and Jan

teeth and explain any further instructions on brush-

Brush, brush at home


ing them in case you are missing certain areas in

As soon as the first tooth erupts through the gums,

your child’s mouth. He can also provide flossing

you can use a soft rag to gently clean the tooth

the dentist because he had been to the office with


and gums. When the first teeth come in, use a

his older sister. “For weeks, we told him he was

small soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab

almost ready to go see the tooth doctor ‘just like

their goal to make it the most kid-friendly of visits.

of fluoride toothpaste to brush the teeth. Super-

your big sister!’” says Crain.

Jenni Crain’s 2-year-old son was ready to visit

You can also discuss fluoride treatments with

Many pediatric dentist offices have made it

“If a cavity is spotted and it’s just one and it’s

Parents may want to make a plan if a child be-

vise brushing in young children at night which is the

comes uncooperative. During a dentist visit, Ash-

most important time to brush, due to lower salivary

At the visit

ley Gregory’s son clenched his teeth and refused

flow and higher susceptibility to cavities and plaque

Schedule the visit in the morning or right after nap

to open his mouth. “I tried to bribe him with toys

from food that stays in between teeth.

time. If you think your child will need extra comfort,

at Target but he refused. We left,” laughs Gregory.

As your child gets older, he needs to learn to

bring along a favorite toy or a special blanket. “It

“In hindsight, it was hilarious.”

brush his teeth himself, so allow your child to brush

is ALWAYS fine for your child to bring a comfort

“If the child clenches or throws a tantrum, it

his teeth before bed and then check your child’s

blanket or animal,” Caldwell says. “We love to get

would be something a pediatric dentist sees quite

work. Parents should be in charge of a child’s

to know these beloved friends!” she adds. Pediat-

often and would not be at all surprising,” Caldwell

brushing until the child is able to tie his shoes or

ric dentists encourage children to get comfortable.

says. “We still take a quick look, sit them up, let

write his own name clearly — usually 5 or 6 years

A normal first visit often lasts between 15 and

them pick out a toy and take a chance to talk to the

of age.

30 minutes and can include a thorough examina-

parents about their oral habits. All’s well that ends

A child will learn to take care of his teeth as he

tion of the teeth, bite, gums and oral tissues to

well!” says Caldwell.

watches his parents take care of their’s. Bringing

monitor growth and development. Your dentist

Parents can set up a pre-visit for their child

your child to the dentist early leads to a lifetime of

may take X-rays. You can place your child on your

to alleviate any possible fears. At pre-visits, your

good oral care habits and acclimates your child to

lap while the dentist examines your child’s teeth.

child can meet the dentist, sit in the “big” chair and

the dentist’s office, thereby reducing anxiety and

If the child is comfortable, the dentist can perform

look at the tools a dentist uses.

fear, which will make for plenty of stress-free visits in the future. As a parent, a few easy steps can

a gentle cleaning to remove any plaque, stains or “The first visit is normally very quick for the

What happens if you find a cavity on the first visit?

child,” says Swauger. “We look for decay and

“Personally, I prefer not to treat a cavity on a child’s

place fluoride varnish. I spend more time coun-

first visit,” says Swauger. “A child’s attention span

seling the parents on how to achieve optimal oral

is short. So, we keep it positive and quick. Then,

health for their child.”

come back and do it again, still keeping it quick and

positive. We prepare a child for treatment using

tartar buildup on this visit.

“If the child is around age 1, the first visit is

help your child have an enjoyable dental visit. J Jan Udlock is a home-schooling mom of five and a freelance writer. She loves both jobs most of the time.

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ways to boost your child’s immunity From providing the right amount of nutrition to good hygiene, there are ways to help your child grow up healthy.


t’s the cold and flu season again, and chances are, you’re dreading the usual rounds of illness that can make your child miserable. What can you do to protect him from the endless array of germs and

viruses he’s exposed to every day besides getting him vaccinated as recommended and chasing him around to wash his hands before meals? Unfortunately, sickness in childhood comes with the territory. We all enter this world with an inexperienced immune system, says William Sears, M.D., author of The Family Nutrition Book (Little Brown; $18.99). Slowly, children prime their immunity by battling an ongoing series of germs, viruses and other organisms — which is why many pediatricians consider six to eight colds, bouts of flu, or ear infections per year normal. But there are healthy habits you can adopt that will give your child’s immune system a boost. (please turn the page)


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Serve more fruits and vegetables. Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries: They all contain such immunity-boosting phytochemicals as vitamin C and carotenoids, Sears says. Phyto-

chemicals may increase the body’s production of infection-fighting white blood


Guard against germ spread. Fighting germs doesn’t technically boost immunity, but it’s a great way to reduce stress on your child’s immune system. Make sure your kids wash their hands

often with soap. You should pay particular attention to their hygiene before

cells and interferon, an antibody that coats cell surfaces, blocking out viruses.

and after each meal and after playing outside, handling pets, blowing noses,

Studies show that a diet rich in phytonutrients can also protect against such

using the bathroom and arriving home from day care. When you’re out, carry

chronic diseases as cancer and heart disease in adulthood. Try to get your

disposable wipes and instant hand sanitizer with you for quick cleanups. To

child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. (A serving is about two

help kids get into the hand-washing habit at home, let them pick out their own

tablespoons for toddlers, one-fourth cup for older kids.)

brightly colored hand towels and soap in fun shapes, colors and scents.


Another key germ-busting strategy: “If your child does get sick, throw out

Boost sleep time. Studies of adults show that sleep

her toothbrush right away,” says Barbara Rich, DDS, a spokesperson for the

deprivation can make you more susceptible to illness by reducing

Academy of General Dentistry. A child can’t catch the same cold or flu virus

natural killer cells, immune-system weapons that attack microbes

twice, but the virus can hop from toothbrush to toothbrush, infecting other fam-

and cancer cells. The same holds true for children. Children in day care are

ily members. If it’s a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, however, your

particularly at risk for sleep deprivation because all the activity can make it

child can re-infect himself with the same germs that got him sick in the first

difficult for them to sleep.

place. In that case, tossing the toothbrush protects both your child and the

How much sleep do kids need? A newborn may need up to 18 hours of

rest of your family.

cribtime a day; toddlers require 12 to 13 hours and preschoolers need about


10 hours. If your child can’t or won’t take naps during the day, try putting him to bed earlier.


Breastfeed your baby. Breast milk contains turbo-

Banish secondhand smoke. If you or your spouse smokes, quit. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 toxins, most of which can irritate or kill cells in the body, says Beverly

Kingsley, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with the Office on Smoking and Health at

charged immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells.

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids are more susceptible

Nursing guards against ear infections, allergies, diarrhea, pneumo-

than adults to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke because they breathe

nia, meningitis, urinary-tract infections and sudden infant death syndrome.

at a faster rate; a child’s natural detoxification system is also less developed.

Studies show that it may also enhance your baby’s brain power and help

Secondhand smoke increases a child’s risk of SIDS, ear and respiratory

protect him against insulin-dependent diabetes, Crohns disease, colitis and

infections, such as pneumonia and asthma. It may also affect intelligence

certain forms of cancer later in life. Colostrum, the thin yellow “premilk” that

and neurological development. If you absolutely can’t quit smoking, you can

flows from breasts during the first several days after birth, is especially rich in

reduce your child’s health risks considerably by smoking only outside your

disease-fighting antibodies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recom-

home, Kingsley says.

mends that moms exclusively breast-feed for a baby’s first six months, if possible.


Exercise as a family. Research shows that exercise increases the number of natural killer cells in adults, and regular activity can benefit kids in the same way, according to the Pediatric


Don’t pressure your pediatrician. Urging your pediatrician to write a prescription for an antibiotic whenever your child has a cold, flu or sore throat is a bad idea. Antibiotics treat

only illnesses caused by bacteria, but the majority of childhood illnesses are caused by viruses experts say. Studies show, however, that many pediatri-

Nutrition Handbook from the American Academy of Pediatrics ($33). To get

cians prescribe antibiotics somewhat reluctantly at the urging of parents who

your children into a fitness habit, be a good role model. “Exercise with them

mistakenly think it can’t hurt. In fact, it can. Strains of antibiotic-resistant

rather than just urge them to go outside and play. Fun family activities include

bacteria have flourished as a result, and a simple ear infection is more difficult

bike riding, sledding, hiking, in-line skating, basketball and tennis.

to cure if it’s caused by stubborn bacteria that don’t respond to standard treatment. Whenever your child’s pediatrician wants to prescribe an antibiotic, make sure he isn’t prescribing it solely because he thinks you want it. J Sandra Gordon is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to this publication.

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THE BIG TALK an age-by-age guide

Experts advise talking about sexuality frankly — and often — with your children.


ow to answer children’s questions about sex honestly is a struggle for many parents. But there are ways to approach “the talk,” and you don’t have to wait until the day your child comes home from school and peppers you with questions. In fact, bringing up the subject early and often can make future conversations less awkward, and guide your children toward responsible choices.

Ages Birth - 3:


Babies are naturally curious, and their bodies are the most convenient objects to explore. Now is the time to start naming body parts, says Rev. Debra W. Haffner, director of The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing, in her book, Beyond the Big Talk (Newmarket Press; $24.95). While it’s tempting to use silly names, Haffner advises parents to use proper terms like “penis” and “vagina.” “Why teach them the wrong words and then have to re-teach them the right ones?” she asks. Correctly naming private parts is the first step in keeping things comfortable — and establishes trust. If your child can’t count on you to give him the right names, how can he count on you to answer the big questions that come later? Haffner also points out that at this age, toddlers

can “get” that they grew in Mommy’s belly and that Daddy played a big part in helping to make the baby, but they aren’t going to be interested in detailed answers. However, she advises that they WILL get interested if you hedge and don’t seem to want to talk! Answer as honestly as possible with the vocabulary your child can understand, Haffner advises.

Ages 4 - 5: This is the perfect age for asking LOTS of questions — and kids are most likely going to do it when you are least expecting it! Not to worry. Give a short answer and promise to explain more when you’ve had a chance to consider his question carefully. Sometimes an opportunity simply presents itself. Christine, a single mom, says that her 5-yearold daughter’s father is having another baby, and her daughter wanted to know how that baby came to be. “I didn’t go too in depth,” she says, adding that she tries to keep conversations about bodies and babies light-hearted for now, so that they remain comfortable. “She’s still at that age where she doesn’t know that these conversations can be a little weird.” Boundaries should be set up around this time, according to Ruth Westheimer, Ed.D. (best known as Dr. Ruth), in her book, Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids: Where You Came From, How Your Body Changes and What Sex is All About (Alladin; $11). Preschool children have a keen interest in body parts, Westheimer says. They will show a normal curiosity about them and will ask questions about their purpose. They may make silly jokes and talk about body parts and bodily functions, so parents need to set clear boundaries around acceptable behaviors regarding exploration and talk without punishing or scolding. This is also a good time for your child to establish his own boundaries. Good touches and bad touches can come up here, and the importance of telling Mom and Dad if someone touched him in a way that made him uncomfortable or scared. The key is to establish yourself as THE resource for questions and concerns. But if you’re feeling uncomfortable, books can be a big help since kids can learn a lot from storytelling.

Ages 6 - 8: Your child might come home from school and ask you if he really came from an egg. Before you launch into an explanation, don’t assume that kids want all of the details. “Ask him what it is that he wants to know before you answer,” says children’s author Robie H. Har-

ris in the book, It’s Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Families and Friends (Candlewick; $11.99). Sometimes what kids really want to know is so simple, and adults end up convoluting answers and causing more confusion than there was to begin with. But for kids who DO want the details, it’s best to provide simple facts, says Westheimer. “Handle the subject in a calm, matter-offact way,” she says. “This will make it easier for your child to accept and comprehend.” Around this age, kids can grasp a basic understanding of the mechanics of sex, but don’t be surprised if their reaction is “Gross.” You can let it go at that, and reassure them that as they get older, it will seem less icky. In fact, it will even be something they really want to do, but that they will need to exercise control. Now might be a good time to start teaching kids to understand desire for a thing and how to control it. Sharon Maxwell writes in her book, The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear From YOU About Sex (Penguin Group; $14.95), “The best gift we can give our children is helping them develop the muscle to pause when their desires are activated and choose how they want to release the energy of their desires.” This “muscle of selfdiscipline” can be strengthened through use. Even when delaying the gratification of a new toy, they

books to read • Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens by Justin Richardson and Mark Schuster (Three Rivers Press; $14.95) • Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz and Lynne Avril Cravath (Puffin; $6.99) • It’s Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (Candlewick; $11.99) • The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear From YOU About Sex by Sharon Maxwell (Penguin Group; $14.95) • The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Girls by Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras (Newmarket; $12.95) • The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys by Lynda Madaras ad Area Madaras (Newmarket; $12.95)

learn to stop, think and make a good choice in the face of a powerful emotion — desire.

Ages 9 - 12: Your family values will determine what you want or don’t want your children to know about sex. The easier it is for you to talk about sex with them, the easier it will be for them to understand why you feel sexual activities should only take place under certain circumstances. Once children enter their pre-teen years, parents should discuss the consequences of sex — not only pregnancy and disease, but issues of respect. Pre-teens and teens need to know that a sexual relationship involves respect, responsibility and emotional commitment. By understanding that sex is more than a physical act, you can help them to think of things that they can do to avoid peer pressure. Haffner explains that kids who plan in advance how to handle urges or pressure from others are better prepared and better able to make smart, healthy decisions. Keep talking about love and the important role it plays in a relationship. It’s good for your kids to see you showing affection with your significant other — they learn that hugs and kisses say, “I love you,” just as much as sex does. You’ll also want to address what your kids see on TV, a big influence on a child’s perception of sex. Nanette Harris, a Nashville mom of two boys ages 9 and 11, says she finds herself grappling with what her kids see on TV and dealing with slang terms like “hittin’ it.” “To me, that’s combining sex with violence,” she says. “How do you counter that with the message that sex goes with love? I am thankful for decent pre-teen shows like iCarly and Wizards of Waverly Place and movies like High School Musical, when the kids can fall in love, but a kiss is the only big deal.” No doubt some of the shows on TV can make things difficult. Hendersonville mom Rachel Hofgraff found herself having a very serious conversation with her 10-year-old son about a teenage pregnancy that happened to be on TV one evening. “We talked about how if you’re going to make adult decisions about having sex, then you will have to make adult decisions about the consequences. We try not to sugar-coat anything.” Hopefully, she adds, that honesty will pay off. “I try to encourage him to talk to me by always telling him, ‘Thank for you telling me about that,’ and instilling in him that he can always come to me,” she says. Which is probably the most important message a parent can convey.  Sherry Hang is a writer and editor.

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diet traps Now that life includes little ones, be careful! Children need a lot more calories than you do. Here we help you identify the eating “traps” that come along with feeding youngsters. Empower yourself and be strong!


t happens to many new moms. Suddenly your’re preparing peanut butter and jellies, potato chips and cookies for the two of you — and bam! You’re putting on weight ... but not your child. It’s no wonder. Children need plenty of calories each day — the American Academy of Pediatrics says ages 1 - 3 eat around 40 calories per inch of height each day. That means a child 33 inches tall can consume 1,300 calories daily. But not you! You are a lot taller than your child so your daily intake is relative to your size, not your child’s. Adults need considerably less caloric intake than kids but new moms have to suddenly be able to handle this in the face of numerous temptations. Fight these diet traps!



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Trap #1

Trap #4

Having some just because it’s there. The other

Not eating all day because you’re too busy. But by dinner, look out! You’ll be eating everything in sight.

mommies bring treats to playgroup. You help yourself to bites from your child’s lunch or eat leftovers so they don’t go to waste. “This is environmentally-induced eating,” says weight-management psychologist Daniel C. Stettner, Ph.D. You eat food just because it’s there — not because you’re hungry — and those calories add up fast.

Food Fix: To guard yourself against a “see-food” diet, don’t keep edibles out in the open. If you find yourself foraging in your cupboards when you’re chatting on the phone, talk in another room. When you’re out at mothers’ groups and birthday parties, carry a water bottle so you can take a swig instead of nibbling on something. “It serves as a reminder that you’re doing something healthy,” says Stettner. Rather than mindlessly munching from a box of animal crackers at snack time, have something that’s calorie-contained by design, like a piece of fruit or low-fat yogurt.

Trap #2 A kiddie food diet. If your family meals are dictated by kids’ preferences for high-fat, high-calorie, low-fiber foods, such as fries, it’s a sure route to weight gain for both you and your children. “If they’re not good for you, these foods are probably not good for your kids,” says Cathy Nonas, RD, author of Outwit Your Weight (Rodale Press; $9.95). Mindlessly eating the sugary snacks that children eat is a sure-fire way to put on excess weight.

Food Fix: Make healthier versions of kid classics. Prepare macaroni and cheese with skim milk and low-fat cheese, says Bauer. Also, be vigilant about introducing healthy, grown-up entreés like skinless chicken breast, fish filets and lean beef or pork. Try to prepare two vegetables for dinner each night (such as salad and peas). “Studies show that women set the pace for healthy eating in the family,” says Nonas. “If Mom’s eating more vegetables, everyone in the family will, too.”

Trap #3 Multitasking meals. Whether it’s in front of the TV or as you talk on the phone, munching while doing something else is an easy way to inhale calories mindlessly. Moreover, on-the-go-calories can be dissatisfying on an emotional level; you may not feel like you’ve eaten. Then, you’ll seek that fulfillment by eating more later, says Stettner.

“Not eating all day is one of the worst things you can do,” says Grossman. “To compensate for the lack of fuel coming in, your metabolism will slow down and you’ll burn fewer calories.” You’ll also feel cranky and lethargic. Grrr!

Food Fix: Grossman recommends not skipping meals, no matter what. In fact, she suggests stoking the fire by eating something every three hours. Of course, with kids, this can be a challenge. One way to manage the situation is to take advantage of naptime. “I have my biggest meal — lunch — when the baby is down,” says Kesslin. “It’s a calmer meal, and I truly enjoy it because I’m not rushed.”

Trap #5 Cooking calories. You’re probably cooking more now than ever. And that means taste testing. Beware: Generous bites of mac and cheese with a wooden spoon can easily add up to one-fourth cup, which translates into 50 calories and two grams of fat. That’s just one example. And without realizing how much you’ve already eaten, you sit down to dinner and have what you consider to be a normal portion. Uh-oh.

Food Fix: To keep prep-time calories from adding up to minimeals, check seasoning with a teaspoon or just the tip of your finger. If you’re starving before dinner, have an appetizer, such as three carrot sticks and two crackers with hummus, so calories don’t get out of control. But, says Bauer, be sure to say to yourself, “This is an appetizer,” so the calories get logged into your mentality.

“Studies show that women set the pace for healthy eating in the family. “If Mom’s eating more vegetables, everyone in the family will, too.” — Cathy Nonas, RD, author of Outwit Your Weight (Rodale Press; $9.95) Sandra Gordon is a freelance writer.

Food Fix: When you’re at home, schedule at least 20 minutes for eating — the time it takes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you’re full — without the television on or a book in front of you. The one exception to this is breakfast. “Most people don’t overeat at that meal,” says Bauer. So go ahead and eat your oatmeal while watching your favorite morning news program. As for on-the-go meals, like that nutrition bar you scarfed down en route to the doctor’s office, acknowledge them. “Say to yourself, ‘This is half of lunch,’” Bauer says.

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A-Game Sportsplex

215 Gothic Court, Franklin, TN 37067 771-2444 • Email: Director: Paul Ward A-Game in Cool Springs – the Southeast’s finest indoor sports destination – will be offering a full, fun line-up of spring and summer sports camps. Featuring professional and college coaches and players. Sports camps include basketball, volleyball, kids’ fitness, hockey and indoor soccer. Extended care and lunch programs offered for most camps.

Adventure Science Center Camp Quest

800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203 862-5160 • Email: Director: Libby Staley A summer’s worth of hands-on labs, experiments and just plain fun for budding scientists in grades K - 6. Weekly themes from Jun. 1 - Aug. 20. Member discounts offered.

Adventure Treks

P.O. Box 1321, Flat Rock, NC 28731 828-698-0339 • Email: Director: John Dockendorf See summit peaks you’ve only seen in postcards. Get soaked shooting towering rapids. Sleep under stars that you never knew existed. And laugh more than you ever have before. Join Adventure Treks on two- and three-week adventure programs in the southeast, west coast, northwest and northeast.

Ann Carroll School of Dance

1121 Harpeth Industrial Court Franklin, TN 37064 790-6468 • Email: Director: Ann Carroll Offering dance, voice and acting Jul. 5 - 29, Mon. - Thu. from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for children grades 1 - 12. Students study ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, voice, monologue and a play. Guest teachers teach vocal and acting audition training and more.

Bachman Academy SummerQuest

414 Brymer Creek Road, McDonald, TN 37353 423-479-4523 • Email: Director: Mark Frizzell Overnight camp for boys and girls grades 6 - 12 with learning differences. Academic remediation in reading, writing and math in the mornings, exciting outdoor activities in the after-

Listings in RED are away/residential camps. Listings in BLUE are local day camps. Listings in GREEN are after-school and summer programs and activities.

noons on the 200-acre campus or at local attractions. Weekly sessions Jun. 7 - Jul. 23. Register by Apr. 1 for $100 discount.

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Baker Performance Academy

1411 Mark Allen Lane, Unit D Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-2290 • Email: Sing, dance, act! BPA offers an exciting and educational way to experience the performing arts. Dance, musical theater and acting classes are taught by professionally-trained instructors in a safe and fun environment. Enroll now for our summer session. We are offering seven week-long musical theater camps and a Broadway dance and theater camp. Ages preK - grade 12. See our ad in this issue for camp themes. Call or visit our web site for more information.

1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212 460-6431 • Email: Director: Dr. Steve Murphree Day camp for children grades 1 - 6. Introduction to biology of insects and other arthropods. Short field trips taken daily to collect and observe insects. Collecting equipment, field guides and refreshments are provided. Class sizes are 10 - 20 students. For children entering grades 1 - 3, fee is $75. For children entering grades 4 - 6, fee is $100. Session 1 is Jun. 14 - 18, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. for grades 1 - 3. Session 2 is Jun. 21 - 25, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. for grades 1 - 3. Session 3 is Jul. 19 - 23, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for grades 4 - 6.

Barfield School of Dance

Bill Rice Ranch Day Camp

Battle Ground Academy - Discover Summer at BGA

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128 896-3118 • Email: Director: Bonnie Nemeth Meet new friends as you enjoy a fun-filled week of ballet, tap and jazz. Activities include ballet, tap and jazz technique, lyrical, hip-hop, choreography, creative dance, dance history and appreciation, drama, nutrition, arts and crafts. Overnight camp includes all of the above plus, swimming,water ballet, movies, outdoor games, putt-putt golf. Day camps 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Overnight camp Mon. 9 a.m. Fri. 5 p.m. Plan to enjoy the fully-costumed performance on Friday!

336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin, TN 37069 567-9010 • Offering half- and full-day summer camps for students ages 5 - adult. Sports camps for boys and girls, as well as arts and academics camps. Do you want to learn to build a roller coaster, speak French or Spanish, or take recycled materials and make a treasure? Come Discover Summer at BGA and experience a wide range of opportunities.

Baylor Summer Programs

171 Baylor School Road Chattanooga, TN 37405 423-267-8506 x336 • Email: Director: Carol Huckaby Baylor Summer Programs offer campers many choices for the summer: a hands-on, intensive leadership program for rising grades 10 - 12; sports academies in golf, wrestling and boys’ lacrosse for ages 9 - 18 yrs.; and Team Baylor, an all sports camp for boys and girls for ages 10 - 16 yrs. Visit our website for more information.

627 Bill Rice Ranch Road Murfreesboro, TN 37128 893-2767 • E-mail: Jun. 21 - 25. Exciting one-week experience for boys and girls ages 7 - 11. Beautiful 1,300 acre ranch on Hwy 96, west of Murfreesboro. Kids will enjoy daily horse rides and swimming, a delicious lunch, fun camp games, clear Bible teaching, putt-putt golf, obstacle course, hikes and more. Experience Cowboy Town, an 1880’s western town with snacks, souvenirs, games and lots of fun! Over 55 years of Christian camping experience and more than 100 staff members providing a safe and fun environment. Save $20 if registered by Apr. 30. 1911 Business Campus Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37129 890-6755 –and– 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 893-6003 Email: The Bushido School of Karate Summer Camp runs from Jun. 1 - Jul. 31. Camp is open to ages 3 - adult. It is a great opportunity to try a new activity with your child! Class opportunities are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and half-day on Saturday. We have two locations within 5 minutes of anywhere in Murfreesboro. After-school and evening classes also available

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Blair School of Music

2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville, TN 37212 322-7651 • Email: Special summer offerings! Kindermusik (newborn - 6 yrs.) call 322-7659 for information. Music Theory Without Fear (ages 12 and up, adults), information on our website (click on “precollege and adult courses”).

Boiler Room Theatre

230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 6, Franklin, TN 37064 794-7744 • Email: Director: Sondra Morton-Chaffin Williamson County’s only professional theater offers a variety of week-long summer theater performance camps for ages 7 - 18. Also offering a two-month musical theater intensive culminating in a fully-staged production of Beauty and the Beast. Camps run between Jun. 7 and Jul. 25 and focus on music performance, dance and acting techniques in a fun and educational environment led by Nashville theater professionals. Camps held in Brentwood and Franklin.

Camp Arrowhead for Boys

1415 Cabin Creek Road, Zirconia, NC 28790 828-692-1123 • Email: Director: Jeremy Gillespie Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Camp Arrowhead is a Christian, high-adventure summer camp for boys ages 6 - 16. Sessions range from one to seven weeks, and since 1937, generations of campers have experienced life-changing summers at Arrowhead.

Camp Broadstone

1431 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 828-963-4640 • Email: Director: Judith Bevan Summer enrichment for academically gifted youth. The program combines academic pursuits with a fun and exciting camp experience. Enrichment classes in science, environmental studies, arts, music, creative writing and cultural studies. Adventure activities include canoeing, high ropes course, climbing wall, hiking, Alpine tower, group problem solving and a 4-day camping and rafting trip for older campers.

Camp Idyllwild

3139 Blue Buck Creek Road Duck River, TN 38454 383-0589 • Email: A unique day camp to inspire children with a love for nature. Eco-science and nature-based programs as well as traditional summer activities. Learn about animal habitats and ecology. Arts and crafts, organic gardening, archery, wall climbing, rappelling, pottery, wood and leather working, and caring for the camp’s three Alpacas. Bus transportation from Nashville and Franklin. Wholesome (natural or organic) snacks. Two optional Friday overnight camp-outs. Spring Break Camp during the Davidson and Williamson County spring breaks. Come play outside with us!

Camp Laney

P.O. Box 289, Mentone, AL 35984 256-634-4066 • Email: Director: Rob Hammond Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited

by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking, bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis.

Camp Riverside at Stones River Church

2315 Joe B. Jackson Pkwy. Murfreesboro, TN 37127 895-5390 Email: Director: Kenesha Harper We offer academic enrichment along with fun, stimulating activities. Designed to provide an ideal environment and unique opportunity for children to learn valuable skills through programs that are challenging, educational and fun. Field trips and themed weekly events. Camp begins Jun. 1. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Light breakfast and snack provided. Open House May 31. Sign up today to receive $20 off registration fees.

Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 30731 706-398-0833 • Email: Directors: Tyran Bennett, Alyson Bennett Gondek Atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in northwestern Georgia. Coed ages 6 - 14. Just two hours south of Nashville. Deepseated traditions and close, family atmosphere. Horseback riding, high-ropes, climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Caring counselors and a warm, Christian environment. ACA accredited. Open House May 16.

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” - Edgar Degas SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR ACADEMICALLY GIFTED BOYS AND GIRLS

Cheekwood Art Camp June 7 - July 30 Ages 2 - 12 Early Member Registration: JANAURY 23rd General Registration: FEBRUARY 6th 615.353.9827 60 march 2010

• Day camp, 1 week and 2 week residential sessions • Enrichment Programs in science, history, environmental studies, arts, music, creative writing and/or cultural studies • Adventure Activities include Alpine tower, canoeing, high ropes course, climbing wall, hiking, group problem solving course • Four day leadership camping and rafting trip for older campers • Co-Ed, open to current 3rd through 9th grade students

For additional information and online registration: 828-963-4640 |

Now's the time to sign your child up for an award winning camp experience! Summer Camp She Will Love! Thanks for voting us the best sleep-away camp 6 years in a row! 2009 Best of Parenting Poll by Williamson Parent readers

Adventure, inspiration, character and confidence-building!

Only 3 hours from Nashville ACA Accredited Traditional Residential Camp FREE DVD and Brochure Limited Spots, Register Early! • (812) 385-3597

Camper to Counselor Ratio is 5:1 Only 2 Short Hours from Nashville!

Beach Volleyball • Tennis • Archery • Riding • Chorus • Dance • Drama • Nature • Rifler y • Aerobics • Ropes Course • Cheerleading Susan and Larry Hooks, Directors Donna Bares, Assistant Director P.O. Box 299 • Mentone, AL 35984

Adventure Science Center’s CAMPQUEST is a summer’s worth of hands-on labs, exciting experimentation, rides through the Cosmos and just plain fun for your budding scientist! Now enrolling rising K-6th graders. Reserve your spot today, and join us for exciting science adventures! or call (615) 862-5177

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Camp Y.I. (Youth Inc.) (both residential and day camps)

599 Jones Mill Road, La Vergne, TN 37086 459-3971 • Email: Director: Kim Hutchison RESIDENTIAL: Since 1945 we have been “building leaders for tomorrow.” Outdoor activities such as water skiing, horseback riding, swimming, rope courses, climbing tower, archery, arts and crafts and more provide campers a fun, safe and non-competitive environment to build self confidence and leadership skills. Give your child the gift that will last a lifetime. Conveniently located in Rutherford County. $375 one week, $675 two weeks. DAY CAMP: For ages 7 - 10. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with extended hours available. $185, lunch included. Begins Jun. 7. Swimming pool, waterfront activities, horseback riding, zip line, climbing tower, arts and crafts and more. Conveniently located in La Vergne. Your campers will enjoy a fun-filled summer in a safe and non-competitive environment. Open houses: April 18 and 25, May 2 from 1:00 - 4:00.

Camp U-Grow

4092 Carters Creek Pike, Franklin, TN 37064 595-0356 • Email: Director: Judy Mullin On a farm west of Franklin. Six one-week camps (rising K - grade 7). Activities centered around character education. Horseback riding, climbing wall, animal care, BB guns, archery, waterslide, water games, nature hikes and activities, arts and crafts, archeological dig, fishing and pedal boats, dunking booth, creek play and more. Transportation provided from Harpeth Valley School (Hwy 100 - Bellevue area). Limited to 50 children per camp.

Cedar Tree Day Camp

645 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37082

353-0007 • Email: Director: Elizabeth Strunk Cedar Tree Day Camp is on the grounds of Agape Fellowship Church, located on 30 beautiful acres in Bellevue. We have been in operation since 1988. Hours are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. - Fri., beginning May 26. Open to children rising K - grade 6. Daily activities include arts and crafts, outdoor games, chapel, water play, swimming and field trips.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

1200 Forest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 356-8000 • Email: With classes focusing on everything from painting and clay to photography and gardening, campers will enjoy fun art and outdoor adventures at Cheekwood.

Chess Camp and Game Builder Camp (at Battle Ground Academy)

336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin, TN 37069 888-65-CHESS (652-4377) • Email: Chess Camp: Chess is a great way to hone strategic thinking skills! Co-ed, ages 5 - 16 yrs. Morning, afternoon and all-day camp sessions are available. Jun. 21 - 25. Anyone including complete beginners are welcome. Visit our website to register. Game Builder Camp: Create your own one-of-a-kind video game! Our camp uses state-of-the-art computers and software combined with expert instruction. Co-ed, ages 8 - 16 yrs. New for 2010 - 3D Animation Creation Camp. Car Race Video Game Creation Camp too! Jun. 21 - 25. Visit our website to register.

The Covenant School - Covenant Camps

33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 467-2313 • Email: Director: Molly Morphett Offering diverse camps to delight children from preK - grade 7. Camps include sports of all sorts, science adventures, preschool prep, art exploration and more. Visit our website to choose fun and instructional half- or full-day one-week camps. If you’re looking for summertime fun, join us at Covenant Camps where you’ll make friends, have fun and learn cool stuff. Camps start Jun. 14

Cox Family Martial Arts - Summer of Champions Enrichment Camp

2227-B Southpark Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37128 893-4567 • Director: Mari Cox Voted #1 day camp 7 consecutive years. Themed weeks include martial arts, tumbling, dance, sign language, fitness/nutritional enhancement, multi-cultural activities and random acts of kindness. Experienced staff lead campers in life skill, team building and leadership activities. Innovators of after-school martial arts (we transport from 14 schools). “We Build Champions For Life.”

Creative Me Gymnastics

871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna, TN 37167 459-5512 • Email: Summer camps include games, sports, swimming and gymnastic lessons. Girls camp Jun. 21 - 25 and Jul. 19 - 23. Boys camp Jun. 28 - Jul 2 and Jul. 26 - 30. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $160 per week. Registration begins Mar. 1 on our web site. continued on page 64 ...

Horton Haven Christian Camp


Conveniently Located 1 Hour South of Nashville

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

Vanderbilt Tennis Camp! ★ Ages 7-17: All Levels Welcome! ★ 10 Outdoor & 5 Indoor Courts ★ Taught by Vanderbilt Coaching Staff

★ May 31 - June 4 ★ June 7 - June 11 ★ June 14 - June 18 ★ June 21- June 25 ★ 9am - 3:30pm daily ★ Camp Fee - $350/wk

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• Best Instructors for Beginning or Advanced Students • English and Western instruction • Ages 4 and Older Register • Week-Long Camps NOW for • Starting June 7th Spring • Also Spring Break Camp! Break and • Certified approved horsemanship Summer facility with certified instructors and over 45 years experience w. camps Camp! LIMITED SPACE • CALL TODAY


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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Creekside Riding Academy and Stables

2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064 595-7547 • Email: Director: Kris Moore Day campers will learn safe horse handling and how to groom. Daily riding lesson, trail rides and playing games on horseback. Workshops teach beginning to advanced riders ages 5 - 15 new techniques and horsemanship. Camps are held each week in June and July. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Early drop off and late pick up available during June. For more information call or visit our website.

Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp

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

Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027 507-3242 • Email: Director: Bev Fulkerson

Spend your summer in Beech Creek Valley on 83 gorgeous acres, complete with a creek, hiking trail, playing fields, farm animals and a new athletic facility, theater and commercial sound studio. You won’t believe that you’re just 11 miles from downtown. Theater, rock-and-roll, basketball, soccer and the day camp experience of a lifetime – we have it all! Ages vary by

camp. Before- and after-care and bus service from Green Hills.

The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. C-5 Murfreesboro, TN 37129 907-1155 • Email: Director: Jimmi Lou Tate Register your young dancer for “First Steps” Beginner Ballet Orientation for ages 3 - 5. Classes will be held Apr. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Cost effective, time-efficient dance classes designed to acquaint the youngest dancer with the joy of movement and the fun of dance school. A brief “mommy orientation” session is included at the beginning of the first class. Student receive priority enrollment for summer and/or fall classes and a free tutu just in time for Easter baskets.

Deer Run Christian Camps at Deer Run Retreat (both residential and day camps)

3845 Perkins Road Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 794-2918 • Email: Director: Fred Reyes A top quality camp at an affordable price! Over 100 beautiful acres just 10 miles south of downtown Franklin and fifteen minutes from Spring Hill. Registration includes a camp t-shirt and DVD of the week! RESIDENTIAL: For pre-teens (grades 3 - 5) and teenagers (grades 6 - 12). Five-night camps offering exciting recreation, a daily Bible study and evening worship. Adventure recreation includes ropes courses, 45 ft. climbing tower, paintball, swimming with sand beach, Aqua Park, zip-line, canoeing, kayaking, archery, BB guns, wiffle ball, volleyball and crazy games. DAY CAMP: Five-day camps offering games, crafts, daily Bible story, lake swimming, zip line, Aqua Park, canoeing, kayaking (life

jackets required and provided for all water recreation), climbing tower, BB guns, archery and more. Four weeks to choose from, register for one or more. Transportation and extended care available.

Discovery Center of Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 890-2300 • Discovery Center offers hands-on, minds-on and fun summer camps for kids from K - grade 7. Discovery Center camps broaden your child’s interest in the world around them and inspire their imagination and creativity.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-6900 • Email: E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

EBDT - Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theater

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1 Franklin, TN 37064 599-7003 • Email: A family dance center promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. We are a faith-based, non-recital dance school. To teach performance skills, we perform in-school (non-mandatory) dance concerts. Register now – ten week session begins Mar. 15. Franklin Ballroom for ages 13 - 70+ now available. continued on page 66 ...

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It’s time to enroll in summer camp at Franklin Road Academy. Come back for your favorites...Football, Bon Appetit, Woodcraft or Musical Theater Or try out a new one... Robotics, Paint Your Pet, Mixed Media Book Art or Customize It! Fashion Camp CAMp RUnS JUnE 1-JUly 30 And FillS Up qUiCkly. FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY • 4700 Franklin Road • Nashville, TN 37220 615.831.0769 •

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For children grades K-6 Daily Hours: 7:00 am— 6:00 pm Cedar Tree Day Camp is on the grounds of Agape Fellowship Church, located on 30 beautiful acres at the intersection of Old Hickory Blvd and I-40 West, bordering Charlotte Pike to the north.

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Elite Martial Arts Warrior Camp

6940 Moores Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027 661-5595 • Email: Director: Daniel Klapheke Kids will learn many skills of the samurai and ninja warrior. Includes martial arts, tumbling, indoor archery, throwing stars, blow guns, jousting, padded weapons, stealth games, obstacle courses and more. Ages 5 - 12 yrs. Jun. 7 - 11, Jun. 21 - 25 and Jul. 19- 23, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. $219.

Ensworth Summer Camps

Red Gables Campus (P1-8) 211 Ensworth Ave., Nashville, TN 37205 301-5353 • Email: Director: Chelsey Hooper –and– Devon Farm Campus (9-12) 7401 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221 301-5425 • Email: Director: Hubie Smith Come to Ensworth for summer fun! At the Red Gables Campus campers swim, create art, write, knit, explore on terrific day trips and more. Join the varsity staff for expert sports instruction at the Devon Farm Campus. 127 acres for Big E Camps in every sport! Director Hubie Smith brings 20+ years of coaching and teaching experience, and the conviction that sports are fun! EHS academic courses offer review and enrichment, too. We can’t wait to see you this summer!

Expressways To Learning - TN Franklin, Goodlettsville and Hendersonville Locations

851-9703 • Email: Director: Lucy Karen Clay Expressways to Learning (ETL) teaches reading, writing and math skills. ETL offers testing with immediate same-day results for “learning differences” including dyslexia, ADD and ADHD. Also, test prep for ACT, SAT and ISEE. Since 1988, ETL has provided multi-sensory learning for ages 5 - adult. Call today to receive special discounts for classes and initial testing.

377-9606 • Email: Director: Kaylee Cahoon Ballet Princess Camps for ages 4 - 6 and 6 - 9 introduce lead characters and stories of four ballets. Students have daily technique, explore hair, makeup, shoes and costuming of the prima ballerina. Also offering dance sampler camp, boys hip-hop, creative drama, and creative movement for ages 3 and up. See website for details.

Firstlight Arts Academy

109 Chapelwood Lane, Franklin, TN 37069 202-6426 • Email: Director: Dennas Davis Art instruction for enthusiastic kids (and adults!). The Summer Art Buffet goes all summer long and includes customized scheduling and personalized art projects for ages 8 yrs. - adult in several age groups. Week-long camps for ages 6 - 10 also available. Working professional instructors in an encouraging environment.

1010 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064 599-0050 • Kid-fit Boot Camp, Spring Break 2010. Apr. 5 - 9, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. $149. Registration deadline Mar. 31. Tennessee Martial Arts Association presents Summer Camp 2010, May 30 - Jun. 4. Ages 6 - 16. Camp Hillmont, White Bluff, TN. $399 ( includes uniform and one month training for new students). All-inclusive martial arts training, swimming, hiking, battle warrior, gladiator, board breaking clinic, obstacle course and much more! Two-night option for ages 6 - 7: $169. Family discount rates available.

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Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

4700 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 831-0769 • Email: FRA offers day camps, academic and cultural opportunities and sports camps for ages preK - high school. Day camps (1st - 7th) include nature, drama, sports, crafts, swimming, and field trips. There are opportunities in the fine and performing arts, science and academics.

Franklin School of Performing Arts Ballet Princess Camps and More 1746 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste. 104 Brentwood, TN 37027

Franklin Tae Kwon Do

383-0490 • Email: You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to come to Girl Scout camp. Camp Sycamore Hills and Camp Holloway offer fun for girls in grades 2 - 12. Stay two to nine nights and build new friendships, face new challenges and have life-changing experiences. Learn outdoor skills with a twist of creative arts at Camp Holloway and enjoy horse programs at Camp Sycamore Hills. Both include activites such as arts and crafts, rock climbing, rappelling, obstacle courses and canoeing. Based on Girl Scout core values such as leadership, friendship and making the world a better place. continued on page 68 ...


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Camp Laney is a traditional overnight camp for boys ages 8-14. It is located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama and is 2 1/2 hours from Nashville.

Overnight Camp for ages 7-14 AND Day Camp for ages 7-10. Horseback riding, Water Skiing, Tubing, Kneeboarding, Swimming Pool, 40’ Climbing Tower, High and Low Ropes, Zip line, Giant Swing, Flying Squirrel, Archery, Dances, Kangaroo Court, Scavenger Hunt, Campfires and more! Luke Durham Program Director (Vanderbilt ‘05)

Whitney Chapman Associate Director (Vanderbilt parent)

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

Gordon Jewish Community Center - Camp Davis

80 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville, TN 37205 356-7170 • Email: Director: Ryan Seiberling “Gettin’ kids dirty since 1930!” Whatever a camper’s interest may be, we’ve got a camp for that. In addition to a variety of camps, campers spend time playing on pristine athletic fields and in the 50-meter pool on campus. One-week sessions available Jun. - Aug. make planning easy. Open to all faiths.

Hardin’s Hills Summer Day Camp

1575 Campbell Road Goodlettsville, TN 37072 851-6872 Email: Director: Anne K. Hardin Hardin’s Hills is a family horse farm offering summer day camps Jun. 14 - 18 and Jul. 19 - 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kids ages 7 - 11 can come join us for days filled with horseback riding, swimming, arts and

crafts, nature hikes and creek/pond exploration. Horse riding lessons and boarding also available. References available upon request.

Harding Academy

170 Windsor Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 356-5510 • Email: Director: Amanda Jankowski We offer one-week long day camps for children K - 8 including science, chess, theater, sports camps and much more. Our goal is to provide for the safety of your children this summer. In doing so, we will create an environment conducive to learning, to having fun and full of activities. Camps run Jun. 7 - Jul. 30.

Harpeth Hall Summer Camps

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

The Hermitage

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076 889-2941 • Email: Director: James Yasko Hone your research skills with our very first Andrew Jackson Research Camp, examine how to perform valid research! Grades 7 - 11, Jun. 7 - 11. Discover from the professionals what it takes to create a play, from script-writing to costumes, music to set design with “Lights, Camera, Jackson!” Grades 4 - 9, Jun 14 - 18.

Hermitage Dance Academy

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

Horton Haven Christian Camp (both residential and day camps)

3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091 931-364-7656 • Email: Director: Kevin King Conveniently located just one hour south of Nashville. Bible lessons are taught daily. Visit our website for more information and to register. RESIDENTIAL: One-week sessions for ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14 and 15 - 18. Campers experience archery, air rifles, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, swimming and many other exciting activities. Teens can experience our 45-ft. high zip line which spans 600 feet. We now offer three-week camp sessions for ages 6 - 11. DAY CAMP: Come experience exciting games, crafts, bible lessons, swimming and much more. Get away from the TV, video games and iPods. It’s a great way to see what camp life is all about. Three weeks to choose from: Jun. 28 - Jul. 2, Jul. 5 - 9 and Jul. 19 - 23. Space is limited so register early. continued on page 70 ...

Chess Camp 14th Annual USA Chess National Summer Chess Camp Tour USA Chess is the largest and premier summer camp organizer for children in the U.S. with more than 100 schools nationwide. Our staff is comprised of the finest children’s chess instructors. Campers experience a fun filled week while learning the skills needed to play casual and/or competitive chess.

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• Beginners thru Advanced Welcome! • Co-ed, ages 5-16 • Group & Sibling Discounts • Morning, Afternoon & All-day Sessions Register Online: 888•65•CHESS

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Summer @ MBA More than 100 camps, courses, and creative ways to spend a summer, including: All-sports Camp • Outdoor Adventure Summer League Lacrosse • Theater • Football Computer Skills • Baseball • Leadership • Music PSAT/SAT Prep • Grammar • Basketball • Soccer Debate • Wrestling • Latin • Tennis • Science Camp Math, Writing, & Study Skills • Driver’s Education Reading Comprehension • Rifle • Track

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. iD Tech Camps

888-709-8324 • Email: Experience North America’s most reputable summer technology program. Over 100,000 kids and teens worldwide have learned to create video games, websites with Flash®, digital movies, C++ and Java programs, iPhone® and Facebook® apps, robots, 3D models and more. Ages 7 - 17 enroll in these fun and challenging, week-long, day and residential summer camps. Camps held at local venues. Save with code TN22.

J Kelley Studios Inc.

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 903 Franklin, TN 37064 599-1757 • Email: We offer singing and performance classes for all ages including preschool. Building confidence on stage! Check out the video on our website for more details.

Kasper Home Music Studios

927 Battlefield Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 383-8516 • Email: link available on web site Directors: Jocelyn and Jonathan Kasper Private and small group voice, guitar and piano lessons for children and adults. Experience the joy of music in a fun and creative learning environment.

Marianne P. Sperry and Associates “Chat” Camp

5819 Old Harding Road, Ste. 215 Nashville, TN 37205 356-6339 • Email: Developing social language skills for children. Pull your child away from the cell phone or computer screen and equip them to communicate in person with friends and adults. In this fun, interactive camp, students will learn about starting conversations, eye contact, personal space, the appropriate uses of texting and more. Call or visit our website to register.

McCallie Sports Camp

500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 423-493-5886 • Email: Director: Mike Wood An action-oriented boarding camp for boys. We emphasize fun, sportsmanship, friends and participation regardless of a boy’s athletic ability. Sports are the tool we use to help boys become more confident, grow as leaders, learn teamwork, enjoy physical activity and make friends. Sportsmanship and personal growth are highlighted. Campers enjoy a variety of team and individual sports and benefit from a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio.

Melody Music Studios

800-635-6391 • Email: Director: Kathi Kerr Melody Music Studios offers fun, professional lessons for all instruments and voice. Lessons given in the student’s home or the instructor’s studio. We teach all styles. Traditional or by-ear lessons. We host a recital each year. Call or visit our website for more info and to sign up.

Mobile Music Academy

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

Montessori Academy

6021 Cloverland Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027 833-3610 • Email: Director: Korine Walther Our Summer Zone programs begin Jun. 1 and run through Jul. 30. We will offer water days, crafts, weekly themes, community visitors and field days for the day camp students. Call or visit our web site for more information.

Montgomery Bell Academy

4001 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 298-5514 • Email: Director: Mike Martin Montgomery Bell Academy’s more than 100 sports, enrichment and academic camps and classes allow rising first graders to high school boys and girls to fill their summer with activities. Sports, outdoor adventure, art, leadership, study skills, science, crafts and computer are just a few of the myriad offerings. MBA faculty, staff and students work with campers, providing families a glimpse of the MBA community. To register, or for more information, log on to our web site and click on the Summer Programs button.

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Mpact Sports - Camp Mpact 2010

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-3444 • Email: Director: Dee Ann Melton It’s tie for summer fun again at Mpact Martial Arts, Gymnastics and Cheer! Come join us as we play hard and learn fun new skills. Enjoy weekly themed events, games and outings as we flip and kick our way through the summer. Best bang for you buck with flexibility to meet your needs.

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 371-5437 • Email: link available on web site — or — 204 N. Anderson Lane Hendersonville, TN 37064 824-8002 • Email: link available on web site We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes help students improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and unparalleled student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a fun, non-competitive way. Come see why Williamson Parent magazine readers voted us #1!

Nashville Children’s Theatre

724 Second Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37210 254-9103 • Email: Director: Julee Brooks NCT offers a range of drama camps for students pre-K - 12. Most

camps are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri., with before- and after-care available. Older students can specialize in stage combat, behind the scenes (technical theater), circus arts and musical theater.

Nashville Dance Center (NDC)

4004 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215 385-7997 • Email: NDC was voted one of the best dance studios in Nashville by the readers of Nashville Parent magazine, and was voted one of the top 50 schools in the U.S. by Dance Spirit magazine! Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced student who is dancing for fun or training for a professional career, you will enjoy taking classes at NDC.

Nashville Irish Step Dancers

120 Donelson Road, Donelson, TN 37XXX 889-3417 or 578-7368 Email: NISD will be offering Spring classes starting in April at our Donelson Pike Location. Visit our website or call Mary Moran for more information. Call for ticket information for our 11th annual Celtic Rhythms On Fire show.

Oak Hill Day Camp

4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 298-9527 • Email: Director: Letitia Green Day camp for children ages 3.5 yrs. - grade 6. Horseback riding, swimming, theater, art, archery, ropes course, games and so much more. Early and extended child care available. Financial assistance available.

O’More College of Design - Summer Studio at O’More

423 S. Margin St., Franklin, TN 37064 794-4254 • Email: Director: Breckon Pennell Offering digital media, design and fine art summer sessions for students grades 7 - 12. Courses include gaming development, sculpture, fashion design, drawing and painting, print making, mixed media and more. Weekly sessions of half- or full-day camps. Materials included. Scholarships available.

PB&J Day School

120 Werthan Circle, Franklin, TN 37064 599-6999 • Email: Director: Jennifer Walker From exploring the world of camping to becoming a Knight in the middle ages, our summer program offers something for everyone. Our program is open to children ages 1 - 5. Program hours are from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with before- and after-care available.

Peachtree Farms Horsemanship Camp

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington, TN 37014 419-1089 • Email: Director: Polly Grammer 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. Aftercare is available. Weekly camps during Spring Break in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center offer a chance to excel in competition. continued on page 75 ...

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Summer Dance Camp JUNE 7 – JULY 30 School of Nashville Ballet Summer Dance Camps offer full day and half day camp options for students ages 7 and up. FULL DAY CLASS INCLUDES: Classes in Ballet, Jazz, Character AND professional workshops in Choreography, Stagecraft and Production skills, Acting, Costume Design, & Theatrical make up techniques. All Full Day students will also receive a VIP pass to meet professional dancers backstage after Nashville Ballet’s October performance. Visit or call 297-2966, ext. 20 for information on how the School of Nashville Ballet can make your child’s summer an unforgettable experience!

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Pope John Paul II High School - Camp JP II

117 Caldwell Drive Hendersonville, TN 37075 822-2375 • Camp JP II offers students a wide range of academic, art and athletic camps. Our academic camps include math, science, creative writing, Model UN and history. The fine arts classes are offered in dance, music, visual arts and performing arts. Athletic camps include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, softball and more. Camps are both half- and full-day. Breakfast and lunch plans are available.

Prairie Life Fitness

300 Shingle Way Franklin, TN 37067 764-3984 • An upscale family fitness club. Offering summer camps for kids including basketball, cheerleading, science, cooking, dance, karate, crafts and Kids Bootcamp. Camps run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (extended care available). We have the finest instructors and the cleanest facility in Tennessee. Counselors are infant and child CPR certified and are experts in their field. Day camp pricing is also available. Camps are open to members and non-members. Ask about our early-bird discount. See you this summer!

Email: Pump It Up offers a summer camp experience for ages 4 - 10. It’s a new adventure every day with different themes so the kids are sure to have a blast! Camp consists of organized activities, crafts and snacks and children are divided by age group. Space is limited.

Riverview Camp for Girls

P.O. Box 299, Mentone, AL 35984 800-882-0722 Email: Director: Susan Hooks Voted #1 sleep-away camp six years in a row in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Only two hours away from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions available for girls 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six activities to take daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

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7104 Crossroad Blvd., Ste. 128 Brentwood, TN 37027 373-8340 –and– 1279 N. Mt. Juliet Road Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 758-5126

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Campers aged 6-13 choose their own activities. Some of the fun includes pottery, creek exploration, horseback riding, kayaking, rappelling and climbing, zipline, & more. Located in Williamson County, we provide free transportation from Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin. We’re ACA accredited and a Nashville tradition for 39 years.

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School of Dance (Green Hills, Mt. Juliet)

2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 298-5271 • –and– 2228 N. Mount Juliet Road Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 754-9186 • Email: link available on web site In business for over 38 years, we offer state-of-the-art facilities, top quality teachers and excellent customer service. Call our 24-hour info line (292-4488) to find out four things you should know before choosing a dance studio. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, tumbling and more. Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and girls. Voted # 1 dance studio by Nashville Parent readers for ten consecutive years. Please call for more information or visit our website. 3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37209 297-2966 ext. 20 –and– 500 Wilson Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027 661-0460 continued on page 78 ...

Farm Day Camp

One-week sessions run from June 1- Aug. 7, 2010.

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

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MUSIC THEORY WITHOUT FEAR Perfect for college preparation, singers, songwriters and all who love music! For Pre-College Students 12-up AND Adults June 7-11, 2010 10am-1pm, $135 + $40 (registration fee) For more information on the Blair precollege and adult offerings , call 322-7651 or visit our website at Click on “Precollege and Adult Courses”


Bill Rice Ranch Over 55 Years of Christian Camping Experience

· Horse Rides over 40 well-trained quarter horses large Ranch pool · Swimming + · 100 Camp Staff experienced and helpful · 1300 acre Ranch on Hwy 96, west of Murfreesboro SAVE $20 if registered by April 30 call 615-893-2767, ext. 125 for more info visit our website: 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128

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School of Nashville Ballet offers all new full-day options for dance camp! Our full-day (ages 7 and up) and half-day (ages 4 and up) summer dance camps offer a fun variety of dance, workshops and performance opportunities. Your child will experience professional dance training in a cheerful, nurturing environment.

Space Camp and Aviation Challenge

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

Sports Kids Academy

Located at WestSide Soccer Center 423-7839 A soccer based child development program for athletically oriented children ages 5 - 7 years that includes a variety of games and skill work.

SpringHill Camps

2221 W. State Road 258, Seymour, IN 47274 812-497-0195 • Email: rblackburn@ Director: Rich Blackburn SpringHill Camps is a premier interdenominational youth camping organization with locations near Seymour, IN and Evart, MI. With over 40 years of camping experience, SpringHill provides high-energy activities, intuitive and age-appropriate programming and creative housing for campers grade 1 - 12. Our mission is Christ-centered. Rules for acceptance are the same for everyone regardless of religion, race, sex or any mental or physical challenges.

St. Cecilia Academy – Camp St. Cecilia

4210 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 298-4525 • Email: Director: Jerry Landers St. Cecilia Academy has been educating young women in Nashville for 150 years. Camp St. Cecilia is a way for girls to join in the Ct. Cecilia experience with camps offered in athletics, fine arts, academics and more. For girls in grade 1 - 8.

Stevens Family Tae Kwon Do 440 Rice St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 893-5304 • Email: stevensfamilytkd@

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Taproot Farm Summer Camp

4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin, TN 37067 594-3210 • Email: Director: Susan Ingraham Conveniently located on an historic farm just three miles from Cool Springs Galleria. A real farm with real horses and cows, real creeks and ponds, real critters large and small, and a real garden with real food. All types of sports from sack races to basketball, pingpong to capture the flag. PLAY HARD-LEARN MUCH. Open to children from completed kindergarten - grade 12. Visit our website for details, rates and registration information.

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum

Vanderbilt Tennis Camps

636 Farrell Pkwy. Nashville, TN 37220 832-8197 Email: Director: Tonya Staggs Travel through history and experience a summer of adventure at Travellers Rest Summer Camp – winner of Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Best Day Cam in Nashville. Junior Docent camp, Histories Mysteries camp, hands-on history camp, folk arts camp, adventures in history camp (includes civil war and frontier adventures).

2601 Jess Neely Drive Nashville, TN 37212 322-4193 Email: Director: Meggie Butzow Four one-week camps: May 31- Jun. 4; Jun. 7 - 11; Jun. 14 - 18; Jun. 21 - 25. Taught by Vanderbilt varsity tennis coaches. Open to ages 7 - 17. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri. $350 per week.

Victory Ranch

P.O. Box 599, Bolivar, TN 38008 731-659-2880 • Email: Director: Dennis Smith 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 handselected with a ratio of 3:1. Your children will be loved, nurtured, challenged and have the time of their lives. Visit our website to see what everyone is talking about! Space is limited.

University School of Nashville (USN) Summer Camps

2000 Edgehill Ave. Nashville, TN 37212 321-8000 • Email: Director: John Kleiner USN offers a variety of camps for kids of all ages. From traditional sports and arts camps to unique offerings such as stopmotion animation, rock‘n roll camp, science exploration, nutrition, computer camps, themed library programs and several foreign languages. Most camps are week-long sessions. Half- and full-day options available. We even have programs for adults.

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pony up for the lipizzaner stallions sunday, march 28


he world famous Lipizzaner Stallions gallop into Nashville to present their “Dancing with Horses” show for family audiences. The production features all new music, choreography and routines, with a major emphasis on the historical background of the Lipizzaner breed. The show includes “Airs Above the Ground,” during which the horses perform leaps and maneuvers once used by riders to protect and defend themselves on the battlefield. The stallions appear at the Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville, at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $19.50 - $29.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit


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irls ages 4 - 10, their favorite teddy bears and a special lady in their lives (their moms, grandmothers, sisters, aunts or others) can have some old-time fun during the Sam Davis Home’s Teddy Bear Tea. Jane Simmons Davis leads the party, taking the girls on storytime adventures and leading them through craft projects for their bears. The Sam Davis Home is located at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. Tea times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $8 per guest, and advance registration is required. To make reservations, contact Meredith Lane at 4592341 or at Learn more about the historic site at

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amily entertainment in the form of fancy footwork comes to Texas Troubadour Theatre when the Nashville Irish Step Dancers perform “Celtic Rhythms on Fire.” The show is a fusion of Irish dance, music and song, with live musicians and Celtic singers. “The performance is a celebration of the rich and vibrant artistry of Irish dance and music, and, in a larger sense, the fiery spirit of the Irish culture and heritage,” says Mary Moran, founder and director of the Nashville Irish Step Dancers. The Texas Troubadour Theatre is located at 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville. Performances are Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 ages 2 - 12. Call 889-3417 or visit

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FREE Read Across America Children and parents are

encouraged to read together during the 14th anniversary of the National Education Association’s reading initiative. Learn more at

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschoolers can enjoy Dr. Seuss stories at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Wee Trees Preschoolers and their par-

ents can learn the similarities and differences between the trees in the gardens, then make a tree craft. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime All ages can read Library Lion and make paper bag lion puppets at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FREE got milk? Milk Mustache Mobile Tour This year’s theme is “Milk the Moment.” The tour raises milk awareness; activities include posing for a celebrity-inspired souvenir milk mustache photo, sampling low-fat and fat-free milk from local dairies, a football toss, behind-the-scenes from the campaign, interactive displays and more. The kick-off event takes place today at Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tue - Thu, the tour moves to Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day;

wednesday 3 FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Enjoy family music and fun during Kids’ Hour. Whole Foods market, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime All ages can read The Shape

FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime Pre-

of Me then make a life-size outline of themselves to color at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

schoolers can enjoy Dr. Seuss stories at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or

FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All Ages can listen to stories and participate in related activities at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy

FREE got milk? Milk Mustache Mobile Tour Please see Monday, March 1 listing.

Mamma Mia! returns to TPAC March 2 - 7. See “On Stage,” page 107, for details.

a music program featuring the DC Band. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Lebanon Dirt Road, Hermitage; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 636-5343 or

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tuesday 2 Animal Antics All ages can meet the water turtles. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschoolers can hear a

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reading of The Little Engine That Could as part of Read Across Tennessee Day at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Enjoy family music and fun

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they challenge the Edmonton Oilers. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

FREE Make It and Take It All ages can create a shamrock collage. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Blvd., Goodlettsville; 5 p.m.; 851-2250 or FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can

enjoy a special reading of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go in celebration of NEA’s Read Across America with activities to follow at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner performs music for preschoolers. Chick-Fil-A, 3063 Mallory Lane, Franklin; 5 - 8 p.m.;

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Creation Station All ages can create sparkling suncatchers.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Plantation Station Stories and crafts for ages 1 - 4 with

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Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

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Nashville Lawn & Garden Show This annual event of all-things-green includes more than 20 live gardens, 250 exhibit booths, lectures and more centering around the theme, “Artistic by Nature.” Children can enjoy seeing fish in ponds, waterfalls, live chicks and ducks to hold, wild birds to visit and more. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults (four-day passes are $15), $1 ages 12 and younger; 876-7680 or Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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FREE Tot Time Ages 2 - 5 can enjoy a social hour and gym play. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 a.m.; 851-2255 or

friday 5 FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Enjoy family music

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FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime All ages can read Little Bo Peep Can’t Get to Sleep and other nursery rhymes at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FETCH Fun Fridays Preschoolers can explore science and

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host a variety of hands-on activities for ages 4 - 12 during this neuroscience fair. Adventure Science Center, 800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (admission to Brain Blast is free, but visitors must pay regular admission to visit any other part of the center);

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can enjoy stories and activities at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

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FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages an hear stories and enjoy a visit from Spot the Dog at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make rain gauges from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To locate a store near you, visit Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Please see Thursday,

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OVC Tournament Cheer for your favorite men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Ohio Valley Conference. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Fri 12, 2, 6 and 8 p.m., Sat 3 and 7 p.m.; $50; Spring Candlelight Tour All ages can explore the historic buildings and the stories behind them with a costumed guide. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front S., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9 p.m.; $2.50; 890-0355.

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dors show and sell items like home décor items, jewelry, stained glass, woodworking, crochet, quilts, dolls, gift cakes and more. The Easter Bunny appears at 1 p.m. to pose for pictures with his little friends. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 302-0971.

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classes & activities, cont’d (Sports*Com, cont’d) • Youth Volleyball: Ages 11 - 18 can build their skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older play water polo every Tuesday; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth

williamson county FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931-486-0113.

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FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages

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OVC Tournament Please see Friday, March 5 listing. Road to the Horse Four of the world’s top horse whisper-

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FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a live reading of Much Ado About Nothing. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; nashvilleshakes. org.

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Isn’t quality, trustworthy children’s television worth seven cents a day? Sesame Street. Super Why. Martha Speaks. Between the Lions. Fetch. Electric Company. When it comes to quality children’s TV programs, there’s no better place for children than NPT, Nashville Public Television. If you value the programs too, we’d like to ask for your support — of just 7 cents a day, 49 cents a week, $25.55 a year for 12 hours a day, five days a week, plus weekend mornings. Please send your contribution to 7 Cents a Day, NPT, 161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN, 37203, or online at

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FREE Tot Time Please see Thursday, March 4 listing.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschool-

friday 12

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can enjoy a

FREE Angel’s Closet Purchase gently used clothing, shoes

ers can listen to stories about Elmo at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

and toys for kids of all ages. Proceeds benefit adoption programs. Heaven Sent Children, 307 N. Walnut St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 898-0803 or

Nashville Family Music program at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can read Plant-

Preschoolers can listen to stories about Elmo at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or

FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can listen to stories and participate in related activities at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can

celebrate March winds and make kites. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make snack art inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

tuesday 9 Animal Antics All ages can meet the chinchillas. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Enjoy family music

and fun during Kids’ Night. Chick-Fil-A, 470 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna; 5 - 8 p.m.; 636-5343 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 8 listing. FREE Scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird Circle Players presents scenes for school-ages childrren from Harper Lee’s classic story, followed by a discussion of themes from the book, including racial tolerance. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 10 a.m.; 862-5800 or

Find Easter events on page 104.

Tuesdays for Tots: Career Day

Preschoolers and their parents can learn about the different careers at Cheekwood and make a Career Day

family outings, cont’d

Celebrate your family pet during Bone-A-Roo at the Hill Center on Saturday, March 13. creation in the studio. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 3568000 or

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FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

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

Nashville Ghost Tours Learn the historical, haunted

heritage of Music City during a 90-minute guided tour of downtown. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue; Wed - Mon 8 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 11, free ages 6 and younger; for reservations, call 884-3999 or visit

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FETCH Fun Fridays Preschoolers can explore science and

math by conducting experiments from the TV show FETCH. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Michael Jackson Laser Spectacular All ages can enjoy

a laser light show choreographed to the King of Pop’s music. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35; 782-4040 or

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Please see Thursday,

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can celebrate

March 11 listing.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 8 listing.

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Dr. Seuss with a reading of Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

thursday 11 Creation Station All ages can create sparkling suncatchers.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

FREE Music Class Ages 7 and younger with their parents can experience a music program and explore instruments. The Music Playhouse, 5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste. 102, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 777-9314 or

FREE American Girl Book Club Elementary and middleschool girls can celebrate American Girl Julie. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 3 p.m.; 264-0183 or FREE Bone-A-Roo The United Partnership for Animal

Welfare hosts this event where families can explore the shops and socialize their pets through various activities. Hill Center, Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.;

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can enjoy stories and activities at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can read Corduroy

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Katy Bowser performs music

and participate in crafts. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

from her new album, Coal Train Railroad, at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Root for your favorite

FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can hear a reading of Sitting Duck at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or (“The Dailies” continue on page 96)

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SEC teams. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Thu - Fri 12, 2:15, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m., Sat 12 and 2:15 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $275 - $375; 800-732-4849 or

BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave.,

Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or

ing a Rainbow then turn a white flower into their favorite color at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or Open bounce times: • Family Bounce Night: Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $8.95 first bouncer, $7.95 additional bouncers (includes pizza and a drink), $3 non-bouncing parents who want to eat • Open Bounce: Ages 2 and older; Tue and Fri 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • Preschool Playdate: Ages 6 and younger; Wed - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $6.95 ($5.95 siblings)

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or • Open Bounce: Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 1 - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 7 p.m. (check Web site for Saturday availability); $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) children, parents bounce free

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

sumner county Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion This exhibit of real

human bodies preserved through plastination shows the inner workings of the body. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (through Saturday, May 1); $18 adults, $15 students, $12 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger;

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FREE Main Street Brew Fest Formerly Feile Franklin, this Celtic festival features music, dancing, food and more. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Franklin Association. Historic Downtown Square in Franklin; 12 - 10 p.m. (an Irish beer and whiskey tasting takes place in several locations for $30 advance/$35 day of event); 591-8500 or

adults, $5.50 ages 13 - 18, $3.50 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 889-2941 or

FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can read Hooray for Spring and learn the different sounds birds make at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories and activities at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

Saturday AM: Go GREEN! Families can make a unique

green project and avoid the St. Patrick’s Day pinch. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Please see Thursday, March 11 listing.

FREE Teen Gaming Program Ages 12 - 18 can participate

in a Super Smash Bros. tournament. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W.; 2 p.m.; 459-4884 or

FREE The Three Little Pigs Nashville Opera on Tour

presents this children’s opera based on the music of Mozart. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 10:30 a.m.; 832-5242 or

sunday 14 FREE The Three Little Pigs Nashville Opera on Tour

presents this children’s opera based on the music of Mozart. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 832-5242 or

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Please see Thursday,

March 11 listing.

monday 15 Andrew Jackson’s Birthday Celebration Celebrate Andrew Jackson’s

Find Easter events on page 104.

243rd birthday with children’s games, walking tours, military demonstrations, wagon tours and more, with half-price admission all day. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (a ceremony at Jackson’s tomb takes place at 10 a.m.); $7.50

family outings, cont’d Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf, batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or Kids Party Jumps Kids can bounce on inflatables at 134

New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; $5; 826-8010.

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary by activity; 859-7753 or

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschoolers can hear St. Patrick’s Day stories at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschoolers can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day stories at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories and activities at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy a “glorious green” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make shamrock pretzels. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Nashville Opera on Tour presents free performances of The Three Little Pigs at Nashville Public Library on Saturday, March 13 and Belle Meade Plantation on Sunday, March 14.

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Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 15 listing.

Animal Antics All ages can meet the screech owl. Discovery

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

they challenge the Philadelphia Flyers. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

FREE Chess Night School-age children and teens can

Tuesdays for Tots: Outstanding Owls Preschoolers and

participate in a hands-on session on the ancient game of chess. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike, S.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 8625838 or

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Enjoy family music and fun during Kids’ Night. Chick-Fil-A, 3063 Mallory Lane, Franklin; 5 - 8 p.m.; 636-5343 or

FREE KidKraft: Shamrock Crown Preschoolers can crank up the blarney and make a shamrock crown to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; Tue and Wed 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 862-5800 or FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expect-

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

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

their parents can learn about barred and screech owls then make an owl art project. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 3568000 or

wednesday 17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can celebrate

the holiday with a reading of St. Patrick’s Day, followed by a chocolate coin toss with prizes at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or (“The Dailies” continue on page 98)

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit for a complete schedule and fees.

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

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

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

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

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

museums & sites

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

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

Adventure Science Center The interactive BodyQuest

explores the human body, and the Adventure Tower provides hands-on activities in areas like earth science, sound, light (cont’d on page 98)

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FREE KidKraft: Shamrock Crown Please see Tuesday,

March 16 listing.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 15 listing. FREE St. Patty’s Kid’s Day Ages 12 and younger can

enjoy inflatables, cookie decorating, a mini railroad, a four-leaf clover hunt, police vehicles and prizes. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m.; 758-6522 or

thursday 18 Creation Station All ages can design a spring sun print.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

The Singing Tortoise Nashville Ballet presents this children’s ballet for all ages. Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m.; 758-6522 or FREE Tot Time Please see Thursday, March 4 listing.

friday 19 FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can experience Nick Jr’s Pop Up Songs and make their own pop-up cards at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FETCH Fun Fridays Preschoolers can explore science and

math by conducting experiments from the TV show FETCH. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

FREE Pajama Storytime All ages can

don their favorite PJs for bedtime stories. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 6 p.m.; 264-0183 or

Find Easter events on page 104.

Spring Candlelight Tour All ages can explore the historic buildings and the stories behind them with a costumed guide. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front S., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9 p.m.; $2.50; 890-0355.

museums & sites, cont’d (Adventure Science Center, cont’d) and health. Also home to the Sudekum Planetarium, now showing Astronaut, narrated by Ewan McGregor. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. (the planetarium is open from 6 - 9 p.m. on the second Saturday each month for after-hours showings); $11 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12; free for ages 2 and younger; Planetarium tickets are $4 members, $6 non-members on top of museum admission (laser shows are $2 more); 862-5160 or

Belle Meade Plantation Early 1800s house and stud farm at 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (final tour at 4 p.m.); $14 adults, $10 seniors, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 356-0501 or

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t’s all about Baby during Rutherford Parent’s annual Baby and Family Expo at Stones River Mall. Sponsored by Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates, families can find this year’s hottest items for Baby, including toys, clothes, furniture, safety equipment and more. Take in a fashion show presented by Once Upon a Child, enjoy live performances by magician Scott Tripp, Cox Family Martial Arts, ETC Gymnastics and more, and meet some of the Discovery Center’s resident animals. Games and contests will take place throughout the day; more than $3,000 in prizes will be given away. Stones River Mall is located at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro. The expo takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is FREE! Call 256-2158 or visit

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activities at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

FREE Brenthaven Health Fair Find health-related information, listen to speakers, win giveaways and more. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-4826.

FREE Pitch, Hit and Run Boys and girls ages 7 - 14 can participate in a baseball skills competition. Mundy Park, 300 Mundy Memorial Drive, Mt. Juliet; 9 a.m.; 758-6522 or

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime Spot the

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

dog visits for stories and photos at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can hear read-

ings of Chester the Chesapeake and Chester the Chesapeake Summertime with a visit from Chester himself at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can listen to stories about spring at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or Model Train Show and Sale View two operating model

railroads, browse dealer tables, participate in how-to clinics and more. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $1 ages 11 and younger, $10 family cap; 244-9001 or

they challenge the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: Lasting Impression Families can visit the studio to create an impressionist work of art. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or The Three Little Pigs Nashville Opera on Tour presents this children’s opera based on the music of Mozart during Arts Day with the opera and Nashville Ballet. Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $5 (call to reserve tickets); 832-5242 or

FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages

can enjoy a reading of Where the Wild Things Are followed by

Belmont Mansion Tour the summer home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, built in 1853, at 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 460-5459 or Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue - Thu 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri - Sat 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger, $30 family cap; 356-8000 or • Abstract Visions: 20th Century American Art is on display through Monday, May 3. • The American Impressionists in the Garden exhibit is on display March 13 - Sept. 6. • Abstract Visions: 20th Century American Art is on display March 13 - May 3.

• Dig Deeper: Garden Gallery Tours of the Howe Wildflower Garden take place every Saturday in March from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012. • Temporary Contemporary — Virginia Overton is on display March 13 - June 13. • Soaps, Flukes & Follies is on display March 13 - Sept. 12. • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

FREE Cooter’s Place Memorabilia representing Dukes of

Hazzard at 2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville; Mon - Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 8728358 or

sunday 21 Taste of Williamson This food extrava-

ganza features the area’s finest restaurants, caterers and hotels offering samples of their creations along with live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Williamson County. Cool Springs Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 7 - 9 p.m.; $35 in advance, $40 at the door;

monday 22 FREE Break OUT — Get OUTside! All ages can learn about snakes. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 217-3017. FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschoolers can meet Spot and

listen to his stories at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschool-

ers listen to readings of Bear Wants More and Little Green at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or daviskidd. com.

FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschoolers can listen to a

reading of Roly Poly Pangolin at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or

FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can listen to stories and

participate in related activities at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and

their parents enjoy programs and activities together. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or


Snack Attack! All ages can make ants on a log. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

tuesday 23 Animal Antics All ages can meet the euro mastic dragon. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300. FREE Break OUT — Get OUTside!

All ages can learn about butterflies and dragonflies. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 217-3017.

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper

Enjoy family music and fun during Kids’ Night. Chick-Fil-A, 2005 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 5 - 8 p.m.; 636-5343 or zinghoppers. com. (please turn the page)

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Tuesdays for Tots: Inspiring Impressionists Pre-

schoolers and their parents can create an impressionist art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 22 listing. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators

when they challenge the Dallas Stars. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

wednesday 24 FREE Break OUT — Get OUTside! All ages can learn about birds. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 217-3017. FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can hear read-

ings of Big Dog Little Dog and Opposite Day at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or daviskidd. com.

FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s

entertainer Rachel Sumner performs music for preschoolers. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.;

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 22 listing. FREE Teen Writers Night Teens can share ideas and

their own poetry, fan fiction, song lyrics or novel-in-progress during this workshop that offers pointers on plot, style and narrative arc.. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike, S.; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 862-5838 or

thursday 25 FREE Break OUT — Get OUTside!

Find Easter events on page 104.

All ages can learn about insects. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 217-3017.

Creation Station All ages can design a spring sun print. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $5; 890-2300.

museums & sites, cont’d Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum A variety of exhibits featuring stage costumes, instruments, art, photographs and multimedia displays at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $19.99 adults, $11.99 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 416-2001 or • Brenda Lee: Dynamite is on display through Sunday, June 13. • Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy is on display through Dec. 31. FREE Fort Negley Visitors Center Self-guided

exhibits and interactive stations detail Nashville’s Civil War history. 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.; 862-8470 or

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Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Phoenix Coyotes. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can read Oliver and participate in crafts. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

FREE Tot Time Please see Thursday, March 4 listing.

friday 26 FREE Break OUT — Get OUTside! All ages can learn about turtles. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 217-3017. FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can read

Curious George Flies a Kite then make a kite of their own at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FETCH Fun Fridays Preschoolers can explore science

and math by conducting experiments from the TV show FETCH. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

FREE Pajama Party Preschoolers can wear their favorite

PJs and bring their favorite stuffed animal or blanket, enjoy cookies and milk, and listen to readings of Bedtime for Button and How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 385-2645 or

saturday 27 FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can enjoy stories and activities at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Enjoy family music and fun. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Author Mark North reads

Songwriter and performing artist Victoria Shaw headlines a benefit concert for the arts program at Abintra Montessori School on Saturday, March 27. FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can hear a reading of Flanimals at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages

can enjoy stories featuring Biscuit the Dog and meet him after the story at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

FREE Pet Medical Center Open House Tour the facility, see demonstrations of equipment, enjoy animal exhibits, meet rescue groups, adopt an animal and enjoy refreshments. Bring your pet for a free nail trim. Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center, 5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste. 101, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 833-7387.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Detroit Red Wings. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: Daffodils by the Dozen Families can

enjoy the daffodil blooms in the garden and make a flower craft in the studio. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

and signs The Day Anthony Counted to a Googol at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

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Frist Center for the Visual Arts Local to international art, plus hands-on fun in ArtQuest at 919 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Wed and Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 244-3340 or Ongoing: • FREE Music in the Grand Lobby every Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and every Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Hermitage Home of President Andrew Jackson.

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $15 adults, $11 ages 13 - 18, $7 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or

Lane Motor Museum More than 150 unique cars and

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

Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at

3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; 833-1534 or Every Saturday in March, master gardeners will share gardening tips and answering questions. Free with gate admission, topics are: • March 6: Site preparation • March 13: Composting • March 20: Organic methods, old and new • March 27: Importance of heirloom plants

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Spring Encampment Observe how people lived on the

Tennessee frontier in the late 1700s, view demonstrations and learn from costumed interpreters. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 859-3678 or

Animal Antics All ages can meet the gecko. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Victoria Shaw and Friends Singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw (co-writer of Garth Brooks’ hit, “The River”) with fellow headliners Bryan White and Ty Herndon perform a benefit concert for Abintra Montessori School’s arts program. Other songwriters performing include Desmond Child (“Living on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi), Alex Call (“The Power of Love,” Huey Lewis), Chuck Jones (“Live a Little Stronger,” Diamond Rio) and Gary Burr (“This is the Night,” Clay Aiken). Limelight, 201 Woodland St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $15;

sunday 28 FREE Family Day All ages can enjoy an afternoon of live music, dance performances and art-making activities. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 - 5:30 p.m.; 244-3340 or

monday 29 FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime Preschoolers can listen to

Find Easter events on page 104.

Thomas the Tank Engine stories at 1701 Mallory Lane; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 29 listing. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the L.A. Kings. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators. com.

Families can enjoy hands-on art activities during the Frist Center’s free Family Day on Sunday, March 28. FREE Hendersonville Barnes & Noble Storytime

Tuesdays for Tots: Darling Daffodils Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy the daffodil blooms in the garden then make a flower craft. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 3568000 or

Preschoolers can hear a reading of Boom Boom Go Away! at 300 Indian Lake Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 264-0183 or

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FREE Opry Mills Barnes & Noble Storytime All ages can

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Enjoy family music

enjoy stories featuring Biscuit the Dog and meet him afterward at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-5000 or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents enjoy

programs and activities together. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make mini pepperoni pizzas.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Preschoolers can read Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

and fun during Kids’ Hour. Whole Foods Market, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

FREE Davis-Kidd Storytime Preschoolers can read

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

Predators Foundation Wine Festival & Tasting Ages 21 and older can sample more than 175 high-end wines, enjoy food, a large silent auction and photos with Gnash. Proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation. Sommet Center, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $75; 770-2331 or Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 29 listing. (turn to page 104 for Easter fun)

museums & sites, cont’d

FREE The Heritage Center Rotating exhibits of Rutherford

FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at

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

1154 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 822-0789.

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

FREE MTSU Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum

Rock Castle Early 1800s historic house at 139 Rock Castle

FREE Tennessee State Museum Explore the history of Tennessee at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 741-2692 or

Oaklands Museum Historic plantation home from the 1800s at 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Travellers Rest Judge John Overton’s 1799 plantation at 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 832-8197 or

rutherford county FREE Cannonsburgh Village A re-creation of Rutherford

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

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Hands-on

activities for all ages. 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or • The Bone Zone: Carnival of Healthy Choices is on display through Monday, May 31.

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

Sam Davis Home Historic home dedicated to the Tennessee Civil War hero at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8.50 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 459-2341 or

sumner county Cragfont This historic, late Georgian period home is located

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

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

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

williamson county Carnton Plantation This home was a field hospital during the Civil War at 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors; $5 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or Carter House A Battle of Franklin museum at 1140

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

Rippavilla Plantation 5700 Main St., Spring Hill; Thu - Fri 3 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12; 931-486-9037 or

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


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hop! Easter is Sunday, April 4, but most events happen in March ... find something festive for your family! A local tot gathers eggs during the Spring SpEGGtacular at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, March 28.

saturday, march 13 Opry Mills 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 514-1000 •

FREE Bunny Breakfast Ages 8 and younger can meet the bunny in the Food Court for breakfast, crafts, giveaways and more. 9 a.m.

saturday, march 27 Bicentennial Park 5091 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne 793-3224

FREE Egg Hunt Ages 11 and younger can play Easter games, make crafts and search for eggs. Activities begin at 9 a.m., hunt begins at 10 a.m.

Charlie Daniels Park 1038 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet 758-6522

FREE City of Mt. Juliet Easter Egg Hunt All ages can enjoy an egg hunt, games and more. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cornerstone United Methodist Church 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna 220-0042 •

FREE Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2 through third grade can hunt eggs in age divisions while kids in grades 4 - 5 can participate in a scavenger hunt. 2 - 3 p.m.

Fairview Recreation Complex Football Field 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 799-9331

Tennessee Central Railway Museum 220 Willow St., Nashville 244-9001 •

Franklin Recreation Complex Soccer Fields 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin 790-5719, ext. 10

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FREE Easter Egg Hunt Ages 10 and younger can bring their baskets and search for Easter eggs. 10 a.m.

Longview Elementary School P.E. Field 2929 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill 302-0971, ext. 10

FREE Easter Egg Hunt Ages 10 and younger can bring baskets and search for eggs. 1 p.m.

Owen Farm 825 Crocker Road, Chapmansboro 428-2702 •

Easter Bunny Excursion Train All ages can ride the rails to Watertown and back while visiting with the big bunny. 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure (also on Saturday, April 3). $20 - $70

Belle Meade Plantation 5025 Harding Road, Nashville 356-0501 •

FREE Victorian Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2 - 12 can enjoy a traditional egg hunt, games and other activities. Call for event time.

Moss-Wright Park Football Field 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville 851-2218 •

FREE Easter Egg Hunt Ages 8 and younger can search for eggs and enjoy other activities. 10 a.m. gates open, 12 p.m. egg hunt

FREE Spring SpEGGtacular Ages 12 and younger. This old-fashioned egg hunt is broken down into age-appropriate divisions, including one for parents. Prizes in every egg and giveaways for those who find the golden eggs. 2 p.m.

Patterson Park Pool 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro 893-7439 •

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

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friday, april 2 Honeysuckle Hill Farm 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield 382-7593 •

Egg Hunts on the Farm Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and enjoy other activities including the petting farm, hay stack maze, spider slide, cow train rides and more. Conductor Jack Zinghopper performs on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (also on Saturday, April 3). $8

Lucky Ladd Farms 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville 274-3786 •

Easter Egg Hunt Meet the Easter Bunny, participate in games, hunt for eggs and get acquainted with baby farm animals, including special rainbow-colored chicks. 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. (also on Saturday, April 3). $8 ages 3 and older.

saturday, april 3 Belle Meade United Methodist Church 121 Davidson Road, Nashville 352-6210

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he age-old tradition of the Belle Meade Easter Bunnies continues at Phillips Toy Mart March 13 - April 10. Housed in a large, themed habitat inside the store, several floppy-eared furry friends await a visit from their pint-sized pals. Phillips Toy Mart is located at 5207 Harding Road, Nashville. Store hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Call 352-5363 or visit

mall bunnies Cool Springs Galleria (March 13 - April 3) 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2128 •

Opry Mills (March 13 - April 3) 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 514-1000 •

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Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (breaks from 1:15 - 2 p.m. and 5:15 - 5:45 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 2:15 - 3 p.m.)

FREE Easter Eggstravaganza All ages can hunt for eggs, meet the Easter bunny, participate in crafts and more. 3 - 6 p.m.

Hickory Hollow Mall (March 20 - April 3) 5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 731-3500 or

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 356-8000 •

Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.)

Spring Art Hop Enjoy arts and crafts, musicians, storytellers, an egg hunt with more than 15,000 candy-filled eggs and more. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $10 adults, free ages 17 and younger

Edgefield Baptist Church 700 Russell St., Nashville 255-0468 •

The Mall at Green Hills (March 20 - April 3) 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 298-5478 • Exact times had not yet been determined at press time. Call the mall to verify hours.

RiverGate Mall (March 13 - April 3) 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 859-3456 • Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 2:30 - 3 p.m.)

Stones River Mall (March 26 - April 3) 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 896-4486 • Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (break from 3 - 4 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 4 p.m.)

FREE East Nashville Community Easter Egg Hunt Ages 12 and younger can find eggs, play games, enjoy face painting and inflatables, and more. 11 a.m.

James E. Ward Ag Center 945 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon 443-2839

FREE Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt All ages can search for eggs, meet the bunny and participate in an egg-decorating contest for prizes. 10 a.m.

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville 833-1534 •

Eggstravaganzoo Families with children 10 and younger can participate in one of Nashville’s largest Easter egg hunts on the zoo grounds, complete with bunny games and prize packs. Watch resident animals hunt for special eggs made and hidden for them. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free with gate admission ($14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger). Visit Web site for specific age-appropriate egg hunt times.

Richard Siegel Community Park 515 Cherry Lane, Murfreesboro 867-4913 •

FREE Citywide Easter Egg Hunt All ages can hunt for eggs and exchange them for prizes at the Egg-Change Booth, play carnival games and visit with the Easter Bunny. 1 p.m.

Sam Davis Home 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna 459-2341 •

Easter Eggstravaganza Ages 10 and younger can hunt for eggs, visit the bunny and enjoy other holiday activities. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5 per vehicle.

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ast month when I left the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) after the opening night performance of The Drowsy Chaperone, I was more excited than ever about the world of musical theater. Finding myself so unusually inspired, I quickly realized my favorite thing about The Drowsy Chaperone was that finally, FINALLY, there’s proof that creative types with original ideas do still exist! The show opened on Broadway in 2006, and having finally seen it, it’s not surprising that it garnered 13 Tony Award nominations that year, winning five of them. Giving my sudden inspiration further thought, I next realized why I’ve been a little disenfranchised — OK, a lot — with the glut of shows that have surfaced the past few years: there’s nothing original about them. You know the ones I’m talking about; the ones that sell nostalgia based on classic TV and movies like Happy Days the Musical, Little House on the Prairie the Musical, Clue the Musical (the latter is even worse as it’s based on a board game). I’ve reviewed a lot of these shows that are derivatives of some one else’s original creativity, with a few songs in the mix and repackaged as something “new.” It’s not surprising that my reviews of those types of shows tend to be the same, and they’re certainly not glowing. I’ll admit I was excited to see Little House, because I grew up watching Melissa Gilbert on TV every week. The truth is, however, that the show sells a lot of hype without delivering anything sustainable. The only stage adaptation I’ve seen that is the exception is Hairspray — it stays true to the benchmark audiences hold it to. Disney seems to have kicked off this trend years ago with shows like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, but you have to hand it to Disney — it excels at producing great shows. It’s not a bandwagon everyone else should ride. You can’t create the same magic with a show like Happy Days or A Christmas Story. It will be interesting to see what The Color Purple will deliver later this month at TPAC. This month in New York, The Addams Family opens on Broadway, starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. While the idea of this particular musical sounds intriguing (and there’s the hook, because I loved the TV show when I was a child), it’s another example of the lack of original ideas coming out of the theater world these days. So, when I encountered The Drowsy Chaperone, it was such a breath of fresh air! Whether it’s TPAC, the Rep or the bevy of community theaters in the region, I hope they each will work hard to introduce us to more original works and provide us with what can be a great night of family entertainment (and good money spent) instead of trying to sell us on gimmicks that just don’t deliver.

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Anne of Green Gables (March 19 - 28; Ages 4 and older)

The story about a couple who decide to adopt an orphan boy but are mistakenly sent a girl instead. Lamplighter’s Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 4 - 12 (ages 3 and younger not permitted); 852-8499 or

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(March 20 - April 10; Ages 14 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents Mark Twain’s classic tale with music by Roger Miller. TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $46.50; 782-4040 or

Blithe Spirit (continues through Saturday, March 13; Ages 12 and older) This Noel Coward comedy features a remarried man who is haunted by the ghost of his first wife. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

The Bluest Eye (continues through Sunday, March 14; Ages 14 and older) Based on Toni Morrison’s novel, this play explores the themes of beauty, perception and self-worth. Amun Ra Theatre Playhouse, 2508 Clifton Ave., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $15; 329-4228 or

WThe Color Purple (March 23 - 28; Ages 13 and older) This musical is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 pm., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $15 - $70; 782-4040 or


The Fantasticks (March 19 - April 17; Ages 10 and older) A musical about two neighboring fathers who put up a wall between their homes to ensure their children fall in love. Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (April 8 and 15 only); Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (April 4 only); $25 adults, $23 students, $19 ages 11 and younger; Sunday matinees are $2 off, Tuesday tickets are two for $25, all tickets on Thursdays are $15; 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre. com. Fiddler on the Roof (March 19 - April 3; All ages) A poor

dairyman tries to instill in his daughters the traditions of his community in the face of changing social times. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 563-2787 or

Frankly, My Dear (March 18 - April 24; Ages 10 and older)

A comedy about what happened behind the scenes when production halted on Gone with the Wind. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

Godspell (March 26 - 28; All ages) Teens from the Bravo

Creative Arts Center present this musical based on the gospel of Matthew. Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 reserved seats, $8 general admission; 599-5314 or

The Color Purple comes to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center March 23 - 28. How I Learned to Drive (March 19 - 28; Ages 13 and older)

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama concerns an affair between its protagonist and her uncle. Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 893-9825 or

Mamma Mia! (March 2 - 7; Ages 12 and older) This musical is based on the music of ABBA. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $26 - $71; 782-4040 or


Miss Nelson is Missing! (continues through Sunday, March 28; All ages) The kids in Room 207 wind up with a nightmarish substitute and hire a detective to find their homeroom teacher. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Tue - Fri 10 and 11:45 a.m.; most Sat - Sun 2 p.m.; $17 adults, $12 children; 254-9103 or nashvillechildrenstheatre. org. Noises Off (March 19 - 28; Ages 12 and older) This play

within a play is about a chaotic production and its dysfunctional cast and crew. Steeple Players Community Theatre, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students, $10 ages 9 and younger; 826-6037 or

Secrets of a Soccer Mom (continues through Sunday,

March 14; Ages 8 and older) Tennessee Women’s Theater Project presents this play about devoted mothers in the world of children’s athletics. Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; March 3 and 9 at 10:30 a.m., Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students (all tickets are $10 on Thursdays); 681-7220 or

Southern Fried Funeral Dinner Show (March 12 - 20;

Ages 10 and older) A broken down family and a jackpot are at the center of this original comedy. Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop, Franklin; show only March 12 13 and 19 - 20 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 14 is a lunch matinee at 12:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. show; dinner shows are March 15, 16 and 18 at 7 p.m.; show only is $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger, dinner shows are $20 adults, $15 ages 12 and younger; 7916456, ext. 2 or

Suessical the Musical (continues through Saturday, March 6; All ages) This musical incorporates elements of 15 Dr. Seuss books. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 students; 563-2787 or To Kill a Mockingbird (March 26 - April 10; Ages 10 and

older) Circle Players present this coming-of-age story about a girl whose father defends a black man accused of assaulting a white woman. Looby Theatre, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. (there is a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 3), Sun 2 p.m. (no performance on Sunday, April 4); $15 adults, $12 students, free ages 6 and younger (all tickets on Thursdays are $10); 332-7529 or

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (March 19 - April 3; Ages 16 and older) The Act 1 Players perform Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play about living life free of illusions. Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 726-2281 or Editor’s Note: This show contains profanity and sexual themes. (please turn the page for “The Parent Planner”)

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Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 862-5177 or

• Little Labs March 2, 6, 23 and 27. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy hands-on experiments, movement activities and stories. March 2 and 6 is a Dr. Suess celebration; March 23 and 27 is a program about teeth. 11 a.m. $9 per child members, $13 non-members.

Arts Center of Cannon County 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 563-2787 or

• Breakfast with Seuss Saturday, March 6. All ages. Enjoy a breakfast buffet and visit with Dr. Seuss characters including Cat in the Hat and Horton. 10 a.m. $15 adults, $10 children

BounceU 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 255-1422 or

• School’s Out Open Bounce Monday, March 8. All ages. Have fun on inflatables. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • Spring Break Open Bounces Friday, March 12 and March 15 - 19. All ages. Enjoy bouncing activities. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • St. Patrick’s Day Bounce Wednesday, March 17. All ages. Bounce and hunt for gold and other treasures. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings)

Brentwood Barnes & Noble 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or

• FREE American Girl Club Friday, March 19. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 18. All ages. This month’s featured American Girl is Lanie. 7 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090, ext. 851 or • FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, March 13. All ages. Enjoy a screening of Mrs. Miniver, starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. 1 p.m.

Cannonsburgh Village 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro 890-0355

• Little House on the Prairie Book & Craft Club Saturday, March 20. Ages 6 - 10. Wear your favorite pioneer attire and enjoy activities like sewing, paper doll making and more. 1 - 3 p.m. $2.50

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 353-9827 or

• Lunch and Lecture Thursday, March 18. All ages. Enjoy a boxed lunch and learn about Cheekwood’s 500-piece silver collection. 12 - 1 p.m. $12 members, $20 non-members

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 416-2001 or

• Family Program: Making Records at Historic RCA Studio B Saturday, March 13. Ages 9 - 15. Visit Nashville’s most historic recording studio, learn its history and the basics of the recording process by acting as artist, producer and engineer. CDs of the recordings will be available for purchase. Bus transportation to the studio is provided. 1 2:30 p.m. $5

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2255 or

• FREE Children’s Karate Seminar Saturday, March 6. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 4. Ages 5 - 12. This self-defense seminar covers basic karate techniques, situational examples and general physical fitness. 11 a.m. • FREE Dr. Suess Day Whobiliation Saturday, March 6. Registration deadline is Friday, March 5. Ages 4 - 9. Enjoy green eggs and ham, make a hat like Cat in the Hat’s, listen to stories and play games. 9 a.m. To register, contact Amy Mitchell at 851-2218 or • FREE Hoops Madness Tuesday, March 16. Registration deadline is Monday, March 15. All ages. Kick off the NCAA tournament with basketball contests and bracket games, then watch the opening round on the jumbo screen. 4:30 p.m. • Hop Into Spring! Friday, March 12. Registration deadline is Friday, March 5. Ages 3 - 5. Discover how a two-liter bottle can act as a greenhouse, then make a box for the Tooth Fairy. 10 a.m. $5 • Mini Chefs Friday, March 12. Registration deadline is Friday, March 5. Ages 6 - 10. Learn to make pizza. 6 p.m. $5 • Rock Star Necklace Tuesday, March 23. Registration deadline is Monday, March 15. Ages 9 - 14. Design a rocker necklace using guitar picks, resin and leather cords. 6 p.m. $7 • FREE The 39 Clues: Book Discussion Group March 15, 22, 20, April 5 and 12. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 11. Ages 8 - 12. Search for clues to the Cahill family treasure in The Maze of Bones, the first book in The 39 Clues series. 4:30 p.m. To register, contact Amy Mitchell at 851-2218 or • Weird Science Friday, March 12. Registration deadline is Monday, March 8. Ages 7 - 12. Join Goodlettsville’s resident mad scientist for experiments that create chemical reactions, slime, volcanoes and clouds. 6 p.m. $10

Donelson-Hermitage YMCA 3001 Lebanon Road, Nashville; 889-2632 or

• Babysitter Certification Monday, March 15. Ages 10 - 15. Learn basic first aid and the proper steps to take in cases of an emergency. Students need to bring a baby doll and a sack lunch. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. $45 members, $60 nonmembers • Parents’ Night Out Saturday, March 20. Registration deadline is Friday, March 19. Ages 6 weeks - 6 years. Parents can enjoy a night out while their kids enjoy games and activities. 5 - 11 p.m. $40 ($5 siblings)

Dyer Observatory 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 373-4897 or

• FREE Open House Telescope Night Friday, March 12. View the night sky through telescopes. 7 - 9 p.m. • Kids’ Stellar Night Friday, March 26. Ages 6 and older. Learn about astronomy and view the heavens through the giant telescope. 7 p.m. $5 per person, $10 per family • Scout Night Tuesday, March 2. All ages. Boy and girl scouts can learn about astronomy. 7 p.m. $5 per person, $10 per family • Stellar Night Tuesday, March 16. Ages 12 and older. Learn about astronomy and view the heavens through the giant telescope. 7 p.m. $5 per person, $10 per family

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, March 20. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $45. Call 585-9055 to register • Breakfast with the Bunny Saturday, March 20. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 17. Ages 10 and younger (parents required to attend). Enjoy a light breakfast and a visit with Peter Cottontail. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $6 • Easter Ceramics Tuesday, March 23. Ages 3 - 10. Create your own Easter-theme ceramic piece. 10 - 11 a.m. ages 3 - 5, 5 - 6 p.m. ages 6 - 10. $4 • Kid’s Scrapbooking Album Saturday, March 13. Ages 8 12. Make a one-of-a-kind 12-page scrapbook. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $25 • Little One’s Imagination Friday, March 12. Ages 3 - 6. Explore many different art forms. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $5 • St. Patrick’s Day Craft Tuesday, March 9. Ages 3 - 10. Create a rainbow wall hanging. 10 - 11 a.m. ages 3 - 5, 5 6 p.m. ages 6 - 10. $1

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

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

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

• Basic Portrait Drawing Tuesdays, March 9 and 16. Ages 10 and older. Learn the basic techniques of pencil drawing. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $40 • Breakfast with the Bunny Saturday, March 20. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 17. Ages 10 and younger (parents required to attend). Enjoy a light breakfast and a visit with Peter Cottontail. 8 - 10 a.m. $6 • Kid’s Beginning Drawing Fridays, March 5 - 26. Ages 7 - 12. Learn basic drawing techniques such as perspective and shading. 6 - 7 p.m. $53

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craft project. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the gate, free ages 2 and younger • St. Patrick’s Day Go Green Hike Wednesday, March 17. All ages. Wear your green while searching for four-leaf clovers and other emerging signs of spring. Prizes will be awarded to the person wearing the most green and the person wearing the most shades of green. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 ages 3 and older, free ages 2 and younger

• Sticky Fingers Mom & Me Club March 22 - 24. Ages 3 - 6 with their moms. Enjoy crafts with an Easter theme. 9:30 11 a.m.; $8 per mom/child pair, $4 per additional child • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mon, Wed or Fri or Tue and Thu, March 1 - 26. Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained). Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences designed to enhance fine motor and development skills. Mon, Wed or Fri 9:30 11 a.m., Tue and Thu 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $18 Mon, Wed or Fri; $36 Tue and Thu

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 893-7439 or

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

• FREE Frist Center Kids Club: Hero, You Brighten My World! Saturday, March 13. Ages 5 - 10. Show appreciation to your real life hero by telling a colorful story about what makes him so special. 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Heaven Sent Children 307 N. Walnut St., Murfreesboro; 898-0803 or

• FREE All About Adoption Tuesday, March 16. Adults. Gather information about all phases of adoption. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m..

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

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, March 19. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop their children off for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy nature-themed stories and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. March’s themes are: • March 1: Beautiful Bats • March 8: Rainbows and Raindrops • March 15: Powerful Thunderstorms • March 22: Eggs-travaganza

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

• Brunch with the Bunny Saturday, March 27. Registration deadline is Monday, March 23. Ages 10 and younger (parents required to attend). Enjoy a light breakfast and a visit with Peter Cottontail. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $6 • Creative Kids March 13 and 27. Ages 5 and older. Explore creativity while painting and decorating wood objects, making pictures with felt, designing bracelets and creating crafts. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. $5 • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, March 4 - 25. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • Floral Arranging March 16 and 30. Ages 5 and older. Make a St. Patrick’s day flower arrangement on March 16 and a ceramic egg planter on March 23. 6 - 7 p.m. $13 on March 16, $15 on March 23 • Introduction to Manga Drawing March 9 and 11. Ages 8 and older. This beginner’s course covers the basics of drawing Manga characters in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $25 • Kid’s Crafts March 12 and 23. Ages 5 and older. Celebrate Plant a Seed Day by painting a terra cotta pot and planting a variety of seeds on March 12; create a Peeps Easter wreath on March 23. 3 - 6 p.m. March 12, 6 - 7 p.m. March 23. $6 March 12, $25 March 23

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Kids can pose with Peter Cottontail during Brunch with the Bunny at the Longview Recreation Center on Saturday, March 27. • Manga Drawing March 16 and 23. Ages 8 and older. This intermediate course covers the body proportion, facial expression, clothing and costumes in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $25 • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, March 3 - 31. Ages 5 12. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 6 - 7 p.m. $48.75 • Stuff-A-Bear Workshop Monday, March 1 or Wednesday, March 17. All ages (a parent must accompany ages 5 and younger). Create a reading buddy bear on March 1 and a St. Patrick’s Irish bear on March 17. 11 a.m. (March 17 includes an additional 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. class). $10, plus an optional clothing fee of $5 - $15

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

• Arts for Life Saturdays, March 20 and 27. Ages 6 and older. Learn basic form, value, color theory and different techniques with a live animal model. March 20 features pencil sketching; March 27 is watercolor. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $25 members, $40 non-members • Bunny Breakfast Saturday, April 3. All ages. Enjoy breakfast and a visit with the Easter Bunny. 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m. Members: $12.50 adults, $10.50 ages 2 - 12; Non-members: $27.50 adults, $20.50 non-members • Backstage Pass: Elephant Barn Saturday, March 6. Registration deadline is Friday, March 5 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older (children must be accompanied by a parent). Join zoo staff on a behind-the-scenes tour of the elephant barn where you can learn about animal care, behavior and conservation. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Members: $25 per person (limit two children per adult); Non-members: $50 per person • Homeschool Afternoons March 18 and 19. Ages 4 and older. Registration deadline is Friday, March 12. Learn about careers dealing with animals. 1 - 4:15 p.m. $3 members, $10 non-members (students and adults), $3 observing siblings

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

• Exploratopia! Spring Break Camp March 15 - 18. March 15 - 18. Ages 5 - 12. Participate in hikes, games, stories, crafts and outdoor playing centered on nature. 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $50 per day, $190 entire session • Mommy and Me: Where is Peter? Wednesday, March 31. Ages 3 - 7 with a parent. Listen to a reading of Peter Rabbit followed by a bunny hike in search for his relatives and a

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Tue and Thu through May. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 - 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Homeschool P.E. Mon - Thu through May 27. Grades 1 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3 • Preschool Gymnastics Tuesday, March 2 - April 27. Ages 3 - 5. Learn the basics of gymnastics, including balance, hand-eye coordination, fitness and more. 9 - 9:45 a.m. $30 • Springtime Tea Party Saturday, March 27. Ages 3 - 12. Wear your newest spring outfit and enjoy seasonal activities. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $3 • St. Patrick’s Day Getaway Friday, March 12. Ages 7 - 12. Enjoy swimming, tie-dyeing (bring something to dye), dinner and treats. 6 - 10 p.m. $5

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville 862-8539 or

• FREE Happy National Agriculture Day Saturday, March 20. All ages. Learn the importance of agriculture and how to support it locally. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Hooray for Spring Time! Saturday, March 27. All ages. Start the spring season with a hike, treats and other activities. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Johnny Appleseed Day Saturday, March 11. All ages. Learn about the infamous conservationist who planted apple trees throughout the Midwest, and snack on apples in his honor. 5 - 6 p.m. • FREE Kites Over Nashville Saturday, March 20. All ages. Fly kites and learn how they have influenced history and recreation. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Puppet Show Party! Friday, March 19. All ages. Watch a puppet show and make a hand-made puppet to keep. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Winter Photo Contest Saturday, March 13. All ages. Take one last look at winter and capture it on film. 2 - 3 p.m.

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040 or

• Homeschool P.E. Tue and Thu through April 29. Grades 8 - 12. Learn weight-lifting fundamentals and how to design a personal cardiovascular program. 2 - 2:45 p.m. $3 per session • Tumbleweeds Every Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn basic tumbling techniques. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

Trainings and Workshops 750 Old Hickory Blvd., Ste. 171, Brentwood 585-1188 or

• Infant/Parent Massage Class Saturday, March 27. Parents with newborns to crawlers. Learn how to massage your baby and help with sensory stimulation, create sleep patterns and soothe colic. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $35 one parent and baby ($10 additional parent) (please turn the page)

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• FREE All Things Great and Small Friday, March 26. Ages 3 - 5. Go hiking to explore small things in nature using a magnifying glass and microscope. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Family Movie Night Friday, March 19. All ages. Wear your PJs and bring a sleeping bag to watch The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a family classic in which Don Knotts becomes a fish. 6 - 7:30 p.m. • FREE Fishy Fun Thursday, March 18. Ages 6 - 12. Search for fish in the pond, then create a fish design. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Harpeth Woods Wildflowers Saturday, March 27. All ages. Join a naturalist for a wildflower hike through the forest. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Hummingbirds with the Sargents Friday, March 5. All ages. Learn about ruby-throated hummingbirds from local experts. 6:30 - 8 p.m. • FREE Junior Naturalist Kickoff: Fascinating Fish! Tuesday, March 16. Ages 6 - 12. Learn about bony, coldblooded fishes through games, crafts and more. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Nighttime Nature Friday, March 12. Ages 6 and older. Celebrate spring break with a night hike through the forests and fields. 7 - 8:30 p.m. • FREE North Reserve Hike Saturday, March 13. All ages. Embark on a hike on this area of land recently added to Warner Parks. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Outdoor Photography Saturday, March 20. All ages. Learn the basic skills of outdoor photography. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Advance registration is required for these events! • FREE Spring Star Party Saturday, March 20. All ages. View Mars, Saturn and other celestial wonders through telescopes. 8 - 10 p.m. • FREE St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt Wednesday, March 17. All ages. Wear your green and enjoy a “green” scavenger hunt, build a fort, embark on a creek walk and more. 10 a.m - 12 p.m. • FREE Storytime Under the Beech Tree Friday, March 19. Ages 3 - 5. Listen to nature stories under the center’s big beech tree. 10:30 - 11 a.m. • FREE Volunteer Coffeehouse Wednesday, March 24. All ages. Sip coffee or cocoa, meet the new volunteer coordinator and learn about volunteer opportunities in Warner Parks. 5:30 - 7 p.m. • FREE Volunteer Spirit Saturday, March 6. All ages. Help pick up litter and remove exotic plants. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or

• Homeschool: Cedar Glades Thursdays, March 4 - 25. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 1. Ages 10 - 15. Learn about an endangered ecosystem. 1 - 3 p.m. $20 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. $3

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• Growing Up Wild Every Tuesday (no program on March 16). Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Nature activities to engage children’s interest in the natural world. 10:30 a.m. $3

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try the to FINANCIAL FREEDOM! Call Tom Guardino, 479-2198

for more information, visit (615) 484-1276

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Award Winning Piano/Singing Lessons

Inspiring Fun • Affordable

Audrey Hunt, renowned expert & authority

Let Us Show You How! Call 849-8845 or visit 615.750.5125 •

To advertise, call Kenedy at (615) 256-2158 x100. Online classifieds at

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DRUM LESSONS Major Artist Tours 37+ yrs experience Recording Credits include: Grammy nomination & Dove winner 615.599.7001 |

Janet Walker Piano Lessons


Parenting Classes! Tired of the tantrums? Want peace at home? We can help! Certified Parent Educator


•35+ years teaching experience • Hendersonville

Piano Lessons Franklin-Fieldstone Farms area.

Patient & Nurturing Teacher w/ 28yrs. experience. All Levels/ All Styles. Scott Fishkind/Berklee College of Music Graduate. 615-599-0967 |

(615) 585-1188 •

Greg Settles Pre-Algebra thru Calculus home: 615-776-3364 cell: 615-310-0571

Sensory Intervention Program!

Disability Training for Churches!

for children with sensory integration disorders and autism. DIR/Floortime Therapy helps the child become more flexible, take more initiative and tolerate frustration. We also offer music and dance therapy.

Become “A Friend of James” and offer respite opportunities in your church. Inclusion training for Sunday School, or develop a ministry for young adults with developmental disabilities. Everyone belongs! (615) 585-1188 |

(615) 585-1188 •

KasperMusic Voice, Guitar & Piano Lessons for Children & Adults

FUN LESSONS IN HOME OR STUDIO! For info and registration call:

Jocelyn Kasper, MFA Jonathan Kasper, Ed.D. | 383-8516


615-356-7701 or visit

Guitar Lessons


Beginning & Intermediate

with Mike Hutchens

• Teaching privately since 1976 • All ages and styles • Fun, relaxed atmosphere • Convenient to Madison, E. Nashville, Goodlettsville, Hermitage and Donelson. 356-7467• 969-2244 •

Lessons: Guitar Bass Drum Piano

144 N. Lowry St., Smyrna • 459-3133

The Pilates Place Mat sessions taught by certified instructors in a fully equipped studio. Learn the pure authentic Pilates Method to strengthen & balance the body and renew the mind.

673-0131 Bellevue & Leiper's Fork


Infant/Parent Massage Class!

South Nashville Area Experienced Teacher B.A. in Music Children & Adults

Come experience a bond you will treasure forever! Massage also helps with colic and sleep patterns! Two hour class includes book and oil. $35 Gift Certificates Available as a great baby shower gift!

Jim Fox • 615-834-7333

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earn free boutique clothes

431-2562 green hills’ upscale resale boutique • womens • childrens • maternity

Designer Finds

2210 Crestmoor Road • 279-1994 Accepting Spring/Summer Items: Apr. 24-26 Public Sale Dates: Apr. 28-30 10am-7pm May 1, 8am-2pm 1/2 Price Day @ Boys & Girls Club M'boro 820 Jones Blvd Angela 243-7089

Love Muffins Children’s Consignment Sale

Fri., March 26

Location: The Boys & Girls Club of Murfreesboro


(behind Toots)

Sat. March 27

March 17-19, 9 am-6 pm March 20, 9 am - 1 pm (1/2 price)

7am-2pm (1/2 price) Proceeds benefit Youth Missions

Accepting items: March 13 - 15

Forest Hills Baptist Church 2101 Old Hickory Blvd.

(corner of Old Hickory Blvd. and Hillsboro Rd.)

Call Tina for appointment @ 294-5756

2010 Sping/Summer Consignment Sale March 26 – 8:30-5:30 March 27 – 8:00-12:00 (½ price day)

For more info, call 397-2457 or 969-6905

Spring/Summer Consignment Sale


Andrew Price UMC Play School 2846 Lebanon Pike (Donelson) March 11&12: 9am-5pm March 13: 8am-12noon (1/2price)

309 Franklin Rd., Brentwood

Public Sale: Fri., 03/12 10a-5p 1/2 Price Sale: Sat., 03/13 9a-12p

(accepting items March 7-10)

Visit for more information!

Brentwood Family YMCA Kids Sale Contact us at


Thurs., March 18th 9am – 7pm (Public Sale)

Fri., March 19th 9am – 7pm (Public Sale) Sat., March 20th 9am - 2pm(50% Off Discounts)

615.824.8725 •

Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, 217 E. Main St.



March 19, 9 a.m.-3p.m. Public PublicSale: Sale: Sept. 17, p.m. March 19,7-9 7-9p.m. Sept. 18, a.m.-8 p.m. March 20,99a.m.-8p.m. Half Price Sale: Sale: Half Price March 21,88a.m.-1p.m. Sept. 19, a.m.-1 p.m.


Church of God, 675 DeJarnette, Murfreesboro


Consignor DropOff: Off: Consignor Drop Sept. 16, 2-8 p.m. March 18, 2-8 p.m. Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Going on vacation? Busy work schedule? NO WORRIES! Full service animal in-home care. Sylvan Park resident. For appts. 615-491-6724

Free shipping to your door via FedEx! • Over 10,000 name brand groceries • Conveniently order online 24/7 from home • Never pay retail for groceries again

March 3, 4 – 10-7 March 5 – 8-5 March 6 – 8-12

Visit for more info 4815 Franklin Rd., Nashville, TN 37220


Cut Your Grocery Bill up to 50%

Friends to Friends Consignment Sale

Women’s and Children’s Clothing and Accessories

Kidz Clothesline Consignment Fri.-Sat. March12-13: 8am-8pm (after 5pm Saturday, most items 1/2 off) 427 Robertson Drive, Smyrna, TN 615.491.4189

Consignor Drop-Off 03/06, 9am-3pm • 03/07, 2pm-4pm • 03/08, 9am-3pm

In-Home Consultations Professional Installation All the SAME DAY!

to deliver Nashville, Williamson, Sumner and Rutherford Parent (van or truck required)


Call Tom at 615-256-2158 x 104


For a cleaner, healthier yard

handmade baby afghans baby hooded ponchos



Parents of Twins and Triplets Org (P.O.T.A.T.O.) Children's Clothing & Equipment Sale Two Rivers Middle School, 2991 McGavock Pike Sat. March 20, 8-11:30 & 1/2 price hours noon-2pm!



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Your checks & cards are ready at pick-up!



Our online classifieds are updated throughout the month! Be sure to check back often. Online classifieds at

VACATION RENTAL 2 Bdm 2 Ba w/bunks • Sleeps 6-8 Brand New Gulf-front condo in Panama City Beach

Professionally Decorated • Inexpensive rate!

Call Mandy 850-685-1021

Southern Comfort A mountain cabin retreat 4 1/2 hours from Nashville. 10 minutes from DollyWood. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 3 Level. Wrap around porch w/ jacuzzi. Air hockey, pool table, all the amenities.

1-800-752-9052 Pigeon Forge, TN 37862

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snap shots — yours Spring is Marchin’ In Daisy (deer) and Elijah-James

Chesney Ann


Dominique Loren







Next up! “EGGstra Special Kids” Send us pics of your Easter kiddos. Names of those in photo

(Please print)

________________________________________________________________ Signature

address _______________________________________________________________

(parent or guardian)

________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________ *Photo publication cannot be guaranteed due to the large volume of photos received. Submissions for “EGGstra Special Kids” are due by Friday, Mar. 12. All submitted photos are considered for “A Snap to Remember” (see page 116).

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_______________________________________________________________ One photo per entry, please. Sorry, photos cannot be returned. Submitted photos via form and e-mail serve as a “photo release,” allowing Day Communications, Inc. one-time rights for use of photos. Send to Snap Shots, 2270 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228 or e-mail them to, subject: Snap Shots.

snap shots — ours Nashville Parent’s annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair held at Cool Springs Mall was a huge success!

Belle and Marty Craighead

Serena and Danielle McCool

Halen, Gibson, Destiny and Melaina McGregor

Nate and Dara Mayfield

Zach and David Freels

Abbey, Carolyn and Nicholas Michell

Sean, Bret and Amelie Davis

Shealy and Rebecca Niles

Jessica, Peter, Lauryn and Ryan Francis

Derrick, Melanie, Bradley and Drew Derringer

Chris, Madeline and Matthew Keegan

Nitya Chenanda with her father

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a snap to remember

Nekota is ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

To submit your photos for “Snap Shots” or “A Snap to Remember,” please see page 114.

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EASTER BUNny takes the



EASTER BUNNY EXCURSION TRAINS Saturday, March 27 • Saturday, April 3

Visit the Easter Bunny on a train ride to Watertown!

Easter egg hunts! Souvenirs! BOARDING: 8:30 am — DEPARTURE: 9:00 am – RETURN: 3:15 pm Tickets range from $20 to $60 for children under 12 and $31 to $60 for adults. TICKET INFO: 615-244-9001 — FAX: 615-244-2120 – ON THE WEB:

grand opening MARCH 2010 get all the goofy details at 615.861.3668



March 20

8 am to 6 pm

70% OFF Everything in the Store

Look for HUGE DISCOUNTS on floor models and clearance items! More than 50 rooms of baby and big kid’s furniture: Creations, Stanley, Dutailer, LazyBoy Kids, Ragazzi, Baby’s Dream, Munire Furniture and more!

Tampa 3-pc Set $ 1,099 The Emily Crib $ 199 Thank you for voting us the best crib & accessory store again in 2009!

Early Bird Specia ls from 8 10 a. m.

Early Bird Special! Save an additional 10% on any one item from 8 - 10 a.m. with this coupon.

370 Williamson Square, Franklin (in the Kroger Shopping Center) •


HURRY! Sale Ends 03/31/10 FREE Installation and Rebates Starting at $400 on 6 months All New Rainbow Models! same as cash Excludes Fiesta and PEL Series. Don’t miss our selection of trampolines and basketball goals!

see store for details


located inside USA Baby

Giving your child... A smile to build THEIR future on!


! Y A D TO



5073 Spring St.



4761 Andrew Jackson Pkwy.



125 Cool Springs Blvd, Ste 140


Voted Best Pediatric and Orthodontic Dentist by Williamson Parent Readers 7 Years in a Row!


1747 Medical Center Parkway


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Nashville Parent Magazine's March 2010 Issue