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Local timely briefs, non-profit information, reader advice on parenting topics and kids’ health.

parenting kids 32 new parent:

introducing baby to solids

A step-by-step guide for transitioning Baby to good foods.

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Dr. Snodgrass, my 5 year old was recently diagnosed with

Q asthma A and is scheduled to have dental treatment performed. What is asthma and are there any precautions the dentist needs to take?

Q A David J. Snodgrass Pediatric Dentist

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Asthma is an increase in the reactivity of the trachea and bronchi due to various stimuli such as physical and chemical irritants, cold air, allergens, certain drugs (aspirin and NSAIDS), and exercise. During an asthma attack, constriction of the smooth muscle in the bronchial walls causes bronchospasm and the characteristic wheezing and coughing. Before initiating treatment, a thorough history should be taken including how often attacks occur, how severe they have become (if hospitalization has been required), what triggers the attacks, and what medications are being taken. If your child is taking medications, she should be instructed to continue taking them prior to the dental appointment. If she is on an inhaler, then she should bring it to her appointment. The ultimate goal of your dentist is to create a stress free environment for your child so that an acute asthma attack does not occur. This can be carried out by the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or a light sedative. The good news is dentists are highly trained in managing asthma patients so you are in good hands.

Dr. Oakes, my child takes Adderall for his ADHD. Will this drug Q have A any affect on him getting braces?


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I treat many children that take the prescription drug Adderall (Ritalin) and while many drugs can cause negative intra oral side effects I have seen one particular reaction that this drug can cause. This reaction or side effect is gingival enlargement. Gingival enlargement is when the gums of the patient appear to be larger than average. This enlargement is often called gingivitis. Gingivitis is typically preventable in all orthodontic patients and can be in patients that have ADHD as well. When an orthodontic case is started in our office proper oral hygiene is not only greatly stressed, but demonstrated and closely monitored through out the course of treatment. Regardless of whether the patients is taking a prescription drug or not. I suggest to the parents of all my patients that take Adderall to get their teeth cleaned every 3-4 months instead of every 6 months to make sure gingival enlargement is avoided. It is imperative to me that every one in our office uses love, care and positive reinforcement to make sure our orthodontic patients teeth are not only straight, but more importantly clean.

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eems like only yesterday my daughter, my firstborn, sat at her little booster seat attached to the table and slowly, slowly picked up her peas ... one at a time ... staring at me as she did so. I can still see her toddler eyes — she’s always had these amazing light-blue eyes framed by dark lashes and wide eyebrows which give her a soft, gentle look — with soft tears threatening them. We would go through frustrations together at mealtime. I remember distinctly being in her grandmother’s kitchen and her Nannie (grandmom) leaning in toward her, elbow on the table and chin in her hand, staring at her and saying, “You’re a terrible eater!” And it became so. My daughter is healthy and tall and bright, but she has the most limited diet of my four children ... and when I think about it, I always remember that night in Nannie’s kitchen. She was told she was a terrible eater, she listened to that one, and the deal was done. Years of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches followed, macaroni and cheese (but only Annie’s, the kind that comes in the purple box), chicken strips and French fries. I was never more grateful than when she branched out into Caesar salads with grilled chicken and fried catfish. But no condiments, mind you, oh, except for ranch dressing. She lives in a world without ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise! I never dealt with this eating thing with my three boys who followed. In fact, my first son gobbled up everything on his plate which both astonished and delighted me. “What a good eater!” we’d say. And it became so. For all the boys. So yes, I do think that parents — or, ahem, well-meaning grandparents — can create an eating issue. Nevertheless, I DO know that as kids start growing at a rapid pace, somewhere around age 12, they start eating more and more and trying new things. That my daughter eats salads every day is actually a good thing. Peanut butter, as it turns out, is a great staple in a healthy diet. As for the eating out of house and home, these days we go through a gallon of milk every two days, and I’m told that will go to a gallon a day once I have three teenagers at home — which is only next month! You know your kids are growing and changing when they start asking, “What’s for dinner?” around lunchtime, when they start stirring your pots and lifting your lids and making special requests. Like my 12-year-old would eat my beloved spaghetti and meatballs seven nights a week if he could, and my 15-year-old just loves having his breakfast prepared for him in the morning before he goes to school. Meanwhile, last night my husband made fantastic chicken thighs with a cumin/ginger honey sauce to die for and my daughter proclaimed she wasn’t hungry. I stared at her lovely baby blues and said, “You must have had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich after school.” “Uh-huh,” she said. “I’m good.”

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Home Delivery: Is it for YOU?


or most parents, the choice of where to have a baby is easy: the hospital. That’s where 99 percent of births take place, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. But some couples — a small but steadily growing number — choose to deliver their babies at home instead. Why do these parents opt for a home birth — which is still somewhat risky? What is the experience like? To find out, we hooked up with Kristin Brooks, 36, and her husband, Glenn Meyer, 30. After careful deliberation, the couple decided their first baby would be delivered at home in a bed that they could later point to and say, “This is where you were born.” What follows is an hour-by-hour diary of the birth of Griffin Simpson Meyer, who came into the world in the warmth and comfort of his parents’ home one luminous October day.

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8:30 A.M. Kristin has been in labor for six hours. She paces the couple’s apartment, timing her contractions. Debra Pascali-Bonaro, her doula, and Cara Muhlhahn, a certified nurse-midwife, have just arrived. Their presence is a source of comfort to Glenn, who was skeptical of a home birth — he became a convert after long discussions with Cara, who has a lot of experience with home deliveries and assured him that Kristin’s good health, her uncomplicated pregnancy, and her commitment to home birth all made her an ideal candidate. “At home, you don’t have to worry about hospital regulations or policies,” Glenn explains. “You can focus exclusively on having the kind of birth you want.” Kristin wanted a completely natural childbirth. She hoped to deliver her baby without an epidural, an episiotomy or any other intervention. While she could have insisted on having a natural childbirth in any setting, “home is where Glenn and I feel most comfortable,” she says. “I think that having the baby here gives us the best possible start as a family.”


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more on home births Dear Editor, In response to the letter “Disagree with Home Births” (Feedback, Jan., 2011 issue), I’d like to thank you for publishing this article. While only a small percentage of the American population even consider home birth, many countries, with lower neonatal and maternal mortality rates, have more home than hospital births. It is a choice many people have struggled with their entire lives to keep legal in this country. It is a choice that is not for every expectant mother, but for those who are healthy, low-risk, within a 30-minute drive to a hospital equipped to handle obstetric emergencies, those who will labor where certified midwives are available, and a lot of the time, those who are willing to pay completely out of pocket for expenses because many insurance companies do not cover home births. It is not a choice that is taken foolishly, selfishly or lazily. I am very thankful for hospitals, obstetric professionals and educators, especially those that respect a client’s choice for care.

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However, I have witnessed and experienced midwives that carry oxygen and are certified in maternal and neonatal resuscitation. Midwives who are trained to monitor the heart rate of both mother and baby, who watch for signs of infection, look for medical issues early in labor or postpartum and respond appropriately, including transfer to a licensed facility if needed. Midwives carry and are certified to respond to hemorrhage and other postpartum emergencies. Midwives also offer all the prenatal care, tests and interventions that an OB/GYN does and will refer a mother to an OB/GYN to attend to those needs and transfer the client when there is any risk to the mother or baby at any state in the prenatal, delivery or postnatal period. Most midwives and doctors are very competent, experienced and trained in their specialty. In response to your article on home births, “Home Delivery: Is it for You?” in The Baby Guide, Fall/Winter 2010, I would like to state that it is NOT typical for the narcotic Stadol to be administered at a home birth. It is a drug that readily crosses the placenta and enters fetal blood circulation. According to official FDA information, it can cause infant respiratory distress and is not normal, recommended, safe or legal for midwives to administer in most states. I would also like to point out that the mother in the article was well prepared for a transfer to the hospital should that have been necessary. She was responsible. I challenge all mothers to be responsible, do the research, read, ask questions, think, respond and make an informed choice regarding their health care options. It (how you choose to birth your baby) will be a different choice for each mother, but an informed one. The freedom of individual choice is not one our forefathers took lightly, and neither should we. Samantha Kirchner Mother of four, soon to be five home-birthed babies Spring Hill

Dear Editor, I urge you to fact check Feedback letters before publishing. The recent “study” mentioned in “Disagree with Home Births” (Feedback, Jan., 2011 issue) which claimed “a three times increased neonatal mortality” for “planned home births” is actually the Wax meta-analysis published last summer. As a meta-analysis it gathered no new data, and included a 2002 study which did not distinguish between planned and unplanned home births in Washington state (it only used birth certificates to determine place of birth and called ALL out-of-hospital births “planned home births”). In order to reach the conclusion they published, the authors of the Wax analysis excluded 95 percent of their data set, looking at only 9,811 home births and excluding more than 300,000 planned home births in the 2009 study by de Jonge et al. Certified Professional Midwives in Tennessee are trained in neonatal resuscitation and bring oxygen to home births. They bring medications to manage hemorrhage, and they are required by law to consult with a physician and prepare an emergency plan with each client. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) argument against home birth flies in the face of the established body of evidence that planned home birth with a trained attendant is a safe option for low-risk pregnancies, and results in as good or better neonatal and maternal outcomes when compared to hospital births for low-risk pregnancies. It should be noted that ACOG is a trade association that speaks for physicians who have a financial interest in keeping birth in the hospital. Melissa Cline Murfreesboro, TN Second generation home birther


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need more breastfeeding info in the baby guide Dear Editor, I recently picked up a copy of The Baby Guide. I’m writing to tell you that I’m surprised it didn’t have ANYTHING on helping establish breastfeeding. I remember your last one published breastfeeding tips and I was hoping to have more to read on them. I did see the list of resources, but to be a “Baby Guide” and not include any helpful thoughts on what to expect with breastfeeding is a very big loss and disservice to mothers, babies and their families.

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In the United States, 23.6 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, and of that number, more than 186,000 are youth and children. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), a new diagnosis occurs nationwide every 20 seconds. In Tennessee, more than 600,000 people, young and old, live with the disease, and those numbers are rising. Here’s a look at what diabetes is and what it’s like for your child to live with it.



aking my blood sugar so many times a day is the hardest thing for me about having diabetes,” says 8-year-old Jesse Jones of Clarksville. Jesse was diagnosed in May of this year with Type 1 diabetes, and his 6-year-old sister, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with Type 1 in July 2009. Elizabeth says the hardest thing for her is re-inserting the infusion set on her insulin pump every three days. Both kids are on pumps attached to their abdomens, and their mother, Regge (who is also diabetic), says both kids prick their own fingers to check their blood sugar at home and in their classroom at school every day. (please turn the page)

Dear Editor, THANK YOU! Your diabetes story (Nov., 2010; now online) is one of the most well-written, factual and informative diabetes articles I have ever read. There is A LOT of wrong information circulated through the media, often combining type 1 and type 2 as one disease. My daughter was diagnosed with diabetes at 11 months old. Today she is a vibrant, active 49

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Dear Editor, I just read an article online at nashvilleparent. com, “The Dangerous Lives of ’Tweens and Teens Part One: The Choking Game” by Gina Roberts-Grey. I know that this message is life saving. Thank you for seeing the importance of telling your readers. You will help save lives. I am very glad to see this article on the high risk, thrill seeking, deadly activity of self asphyxiation, known as the “choking game,” “pass out game” and many other names that kids call it. This activity has been killing for many years and has been mistaken as intentional suicide in many cases. Daniel Sheppard’s year of passing was 2006. This is the anniversary month of that precious boy’s passing. My thoughts, as always, are with his family and friends that miss him and long for him still. Factual information, education and awareness of this activity is the only weapon we have to arm our children with. Please talk to your child — anyone’s child — about this before one of their peers introduces them to what they call a “fun game.” Children tell each other it’s not illegal, it’s not drugs, you won’t get in trouble and worse, IT WON’T HURT YOU! Each and every time oxygen is restricted, brain cells die. Some children become addicted to the feeling of the “altered” state of mind this activity brings to them. Kids teach kids this “game.” A kid taught me when I was 11 or so. A kid taught the kid that taught my son Gabriel how to “try this cool pass out trick” ... that took his life when he was 13. Educational information and tools are available online at Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play (|| who’s



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atch any of the numerous weight loss shows on TV and you’ll be convinced that dropping a few pounds requires a person to run up moving escalators, drag automobiles across parking lots and perform push ups in the mud with a snarling trainer standing on your back. As a certified trainer (rather than an actress with spandex pants and a megaphone), let me assure you that those stunts are performed solely for the cameras, and most of what you see on televised weight loss shows is utter malarkey. What programs like this fail to communicate is that it’s nearly impossible to exercise yourself into a lower weight. Few people have the time, energy or stamina to burn off more calories than they ingest each day. However, it’s entirely possible to diet your way into a smaller size, without any exercise at all. People do it all the time. In fact, just a few decades ago, most women hardly exercised at all. When our mothers and grandmothers wanted to lose weight, they’d go on a diet. Most people are overweight simply because they eat too many calories each day. Am I advocating a couch potato lifestyle? No way! Exercise burns fat, prevents disease, improves moods, intelligence, sleep, libido and even builds strong, healthy bodies. Exercise makes you healthier, period. When combined with a nutritional diet, it rapidly increases a person’s weight loss. I am 110 percent in favor of regular exercise for adults and children of all ages, no matter what your size or fitness level. However, I’m also in favor of looking for ways to reduce calories without feeling like you’re deprived or starving because too many calories are what led to the extra weight in the first place. One of the easiest ways to knock a few calories “off your plate” (pardon the pun) is to swap out high calorie foods for lower ones. Do a simple search online for more food swaps. There are plenty of websites and blogs dedicated to the fine art of low-calorie substitutions. It’s easy. It’s cheap. It doesn’t require you to race up hills with weights strapped to your back or run across wooden beams suspended over swimming pools. But the best part? It works. Ditch 500 calories a day through food swaps, and you’ll drop a pound a week without even trying! Here are few suggestions for making the switch:

High Calorie Low Calorie Soda Flavored water or diet soft drinks Ice cream or frozen yogurt Popsicle or sugar-free fudgesicles Potato Chips Popcorn Juice pouches Water or water pouches (Like Fruit Falls) Cut your juice with 50 percent water Juice Wheat bread 45 calorie bread or double fiber bread Macaroni and cheese Pasta with olive oil and garlic salt Mayonnaise Mustard or half mayo, half mustard mix Chicken nuggets Frozen un-breaded chicken strips Ranch or Caesar dressing Oil and vinegar English muffin with sugar-free jelly Bagel with cream cheese Half and half Skim or 1 percent milk Candy Gum

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Our baby daughter’s tongue seems unusually smooth; it doesn’t have the little bumps that her older sister’s tongue has. Is this a sign of something serious? An abnormally smooth tongue could be a sign of something wrong with your child. However, there is a broad range of “normal” and your two children may look different but both be fine. A smooth tongue can be a sign of a B vitamin deficiency, including B2, B6 and B12. However, an otherwise typical child in the United States would not be expected to be deficient in these vitamins unless there was another disease present that would render the child susceptible. There are also some congenital abnormalities, or inborn errors of metabolism, which are associated with a smooth tongue. During routine pediatric visits, your child’s physician will determine if he has a normal physical exam, is growing normally and meeting the appropriate time frame for achieving developmental milestones. In the absence of any other abnormalities, a smooth tongue is unlikely to be a cause for alarm. There is a benign condition called geographic tongue in which the tongue develops migrating areas of smoothness that take on a distinctive appearance. This usually occurs on the top and sides of the front two-thirds of the tongue, and is usually without any symptoms. There may be an association with childhood allergies, but no specific treatment is needed for this condition.

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My 10-year-old is currently on medication in hopes of getting rid of warts on his fingers. He also plays ice hockey and wraps his fingers with Band-Aids before putting on his hockey gloves. Can the wart virus be living inside his gloves? What is the best way to deal with his warts? Warts occur commonly throughout childhood and adolescence. They are caused by a virus that is spread from direct contact from other people, or indirectly through an intermediary object such as a surface, towel or glove. Your child could catch the virus by sharing gloves with another child who has warts. The virus spreads most commonly through areas of broken skin. The most commonly affected areas are the fingers, hands or feet. Once a child is infected, the wart can then spread to other parts of that individual’s body by direct contact from the first wart. In most children the warts will eventually go away on their own, but this may take up to several years. Depending on how much the warts distress the child, faster options may be warranted. Many warts are painless, but in other cases they may be painful or embarrassing to the child. Treatment options include prescription drugs as well as non-prescription topical medications such as salicylic acid preparations. Over-the-counter options are less invasive but may be time consuming and slow to show improvement. More aggressive measures include surgery, freezing and cautery treatments. Even some of these treatments may take multiple trips to the doctor before particularly troublesome warts are completely eradicated, depending on the thickness and location of the wart. Your doctor will help you determine which course is best for your child.

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xplore ancient Egypt with your kids at the Tennessee State Museum with Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamen, on display now through Sunday, Sept. 4. The exhibit takes guests on a journey through the daily life of early Egypt with actual ancient artifacts as well as replicas of King Tut’s fabled treasures. “This exhibition is particularly inspiring for young people who are learning about ancient civilizations and how they have helped shape our world,” says Tennessee State Museum Executive Director Lois RigginsEzzell. The museum is located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville, and admission is free. Museum hours are Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Find more details, including upcoming special events related to the exhibit at

This replica of King Tut’s mask is on display at the Tennessee State Museum.


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ne of the great things about saying good-bye to Old Man Winter is the reopening of Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory in March. From March through November, the observatory hosts a variety of public events aimed at getting kids interested in astronomy. Once a month, free Open House Days take place featuring local astronomers on-hand to answer questions. The Second Friday Telescope Night allows visitors to take a glimpse at celestial wonders through the Dyer’s giant telescope. The observatory also hosts lectures throughout the year as well as Scout Nights and summer camp opportunities. Most public programs require advance registration; available spots fill up fast! For a list of programs, consult “The Calendar” each month or visit

vandy seeks kids for study

kids can nominate mother of the year

new autism center now open

Vanderbilt University’s Department of Special Education seeks children between the ages of 12 - 36 months for a study on early speech intervention for children with cleft palate. Eligibility to participate requires children who have cleft lip and/or palate that was repaired by 12 months of age and can say at least five words. This particular study addresses both language and speech, and participants will receive five assessments over a period of approximately one year. Half of the children selected will receive up to 48 sessions of KidTalk Speech Intervention. There is no cost to participate. To learn more, contact Kristin Mullins at 322-8160, or e-mail her at kidtalkspeech@

Hey, kids: The Tennessee Justice Center is accepting nominations for “Mother of the Year,” based on any mother, foster mother or grandmother who has worked hard to take care of her children’s health. To nominate your mom, simply write a few paragraphs on one sheet of paper explaining why she is your health-care hero. Include your contact info and a picture of you and your nominee and mail it to: Tennessee Justice Center, 301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37201. Mail your nomination before Friday, March 18. You mail also submit your nomination online via e-mail to For more info, call 255-0331 or visit tnjustice. org.

Families with autistic children have a new resource in the Middle Tennessee area. The The Autism Engagement Center/Counseling & Learning Center is now open at 109 International Drive, Ste. 220, Franklin. The center offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary autism spectrum disorder evaluations along with occupational, speech and language therapies. In addition, the facility provides family coaching, planning and case management services. The Counseling & Learning Center also offers evaluations in dyslexia, ADHD, processing and other learning challenges. Find out more about available services by calling 550-3570 or logging on to

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japanese dolls on display in nashville


our children can learn about Japanese culture at the Tennessee Art League and Galleries during a traveling exhibit that opens this month. The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love opens on Thursday, March 10 and runs through Saturday, April 30. Kids can see 70 of Japan’s representative dolls, each showcasing ancient customs and traditional performing arts. The Tennessee Art League and Galleries is located at 808 Broadway, Nashville. Hours are Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call the gallery at 736-5000 or visit for more info.

Fujimusume: Wisteria Maiden is one of 70 dolls on display in the Dolls of Japan exhibit.

the ticker... Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 9 when Nashville Parent’s annual baby fair returns to Baptist Hospital from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Find all kinds of products and services for new and expectant moms. Booth space is still available; call 256-2158.

the alignment nashville pre-k committee seeks community organizations, businesses, faith communities and other members of the community in Davidson County to participate in its Pre-K Kingergarten Readiness Initiative, an effort to ensure that all students are ready for kindergarten.

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If you have ideas you feel should be included in the committee’s Resource Guide for Early Childhood Educators, primarily in the realms of music and art, physical education, literacy, health and nutrition, science, behavioral supports and more, submit your response online by Thursday, March 31. To learn more or to participate, visit

DONELSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY hosts an open house on Wednesday, March 16 at 8 a.m. Learn more about the private school, located at 300 Danyacrest Drive, Nashville. Call 883-2926 or visit

Does your family love to sing with patriotic spirit? On Saturday, March 12, you can exercise your pipes during the NATIONAL ANTHEM AUDITIONS with the Nashville Sounds. The team is looking for locals of all ages to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” at each of its 72 home games this season. Auditions take place at Greer Stadium (534 Chestnut St., Nashville) from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, call 6904487 or visit

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primrose schools invites families to help raise money for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital while competing for a chance to win $5,000 during its Family Dance Off event. Through Saturday, March 19, you can upload your family’s dance video to where visitors can vote up to five times per day. Visit the website for more info.


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A local boy enjoys the instrument petting zoo at a Nashville Symphony Pied Piper concert.

the pied piper series: come pet the instruments, kids!


ashville Symphony recently announced its 2011/2012 concert series, and keeping kids in mind, the symphony also offers its Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series, which comprises four kid-friendly concerts on select Saturdays. Next season’s Pied Piper installments include The Composer is Dead (Oct. 29), The Holiday Music Instrument Workshop (Dec. 17), Music, Noise & Silence (Feb. 18, 2012) and Pied Piper Fantasy (April 14, 2012). Prior to each concert, children can enjoy interactive art projects as well as the popular instrument petting zoo, in which kids can try their hands on a variety of musical instruments. Season subscriptions for all Nashville Symphony series are on sale now. The Pied Piper series is $116 adults, $71 children; individual concert tickets go on sale in July. Learn more at 687-6400 or

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Upscale clothing retailer Vineyard Vines opens its doors in the Hill Center at Green Hills on Saturday, March 5. Best known for its whimsical neckties for boys and men, the store also carries a wide selection of apparel for everyone in your family. During the grand opening shindig, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., the store’s founders will greet the first 750 visitors with free hats, Founding Whales T-shirts and koozies, all tailored specifically to the Nashville store. While you’re there, enjoy appetizers and sweets. The store is located at 4015 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. Learn more at

Enjoy family fun for free once a month thanks to Regions Free Days, sponsored by Regions Bank. Now through December, you and yours can experience an array of activities without paying admission. This month, take in a free performance of Goodnight Moon at Nashville Children’s Theatre on Saturday, March 19; call 252-4675 to reserve up to four tickets as this show is limited to 500 folks. Other upcoming freebies include the Family Field Trip show at TPAC in April, a free day of music at the Schermerhorn in May and more. Consult “The Calendar” each month in this magazine for further event details.

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giving back kids triathlon benefits children’s hospital


ocal kids ages 5 - 15 can get active and healthy by participating in the Nashville Kids Triathlon on June 4 and 5 at Centennial Park. Registration is now open for this event sponsored by Nashville Parent, YMCA of Middle Tennessee and Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The Junior Division (ages 5 - 10) comrpises at 100-yard swim, threemile bike ride and a half-mile run; the Senior Division (ages 11 - 15) includes a 200-yard swim, six-mile bike ride and one-mile run. In mid-April, select YMCA locations in Middle Tennessee will host free training programs to help kids be ready for their goals. Registration is $35, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Children’s Hospital. The registration deadline is Friday, May 27, but spots are expected to fill up fast, and the event is limited to 500 kids. For more information or to register, visit

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Rutherford County’s school resource officers will be moonlighting on Thursday, March 31 from 5 - 9 p.m. during Loot at Toot’s (2992 S. Church St., Murfreesboro) to raise money for Special Olympics Tennessee. Special Olympics provides Olympic-style training and competition events for children and adults with special needs. During the March fundraiser, officers will assist waiters by serving water, tea, soft drinks and refills while informing diners about Special Olympics and encouraging them to make a donation to the Area 16 games that take place at MTSU’s soccer field on Thursday, April 7. To learn more, contact Officer Dick Peach at 642-7476. Find more info about Special Olympics Tennessee at

A program of STARS-Nashville, Kids on the Block educates local children in grades K - 6 about health and social issues through the use of puppetry and other tools. Program topics include bullying, problem solving, growing up healthy, awareness of differences, prejudice prevention, substance abuse prevention and more. On Friday, March 25, STARS hosts the Chair-ish Art Auction to benefit Kids on the Block at the Loveless Barn (8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville). The silent auction features one-of-a-kind chairs and chair-themed art as well as other artwork and jewelry. Tickets are $100 ($150 for patron tickets), and reservations are strongly recommended. For tickets or more info, contact Erin Daunic at 983-6805 or To learn more about the Kids on the Block program, visit starsnashville. org/kids-on-the-block.

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What would you do if you found an “adult” magazine in your 10-year-old’s possessions?

it’s a horrible thing! It is a serious crime for the person that supplied it. I’d try and get as much info as possible and I would prosecute! It is equal to child sexual abuse! I’d explain to my child what a horrible thing it is. I would get him counseling for the images that will never leave his mind. — Wendy B. Page

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ask where he got it & then have the talk As a mother with three boys, I’d first ask the obvious: Where did he get it? When my eldest son was 10, he already knew more about the birds and the bees than I did at that age. We had “the talk” and I expressed to him that the women in these kind of magazines are paid to do that and real women that respect themselves don’t do things like that.

Curiosity is so normal! I would sit my child down and not make him feel bad. I’d discuss what is healthy and the gift that our bodies are, and then see if he has questions. Then I’d drink a bottle of wine in my room while I panic over whether I said the right thing! — Sondra Morton

explain why you don’t want it in your home It’s sad to think it would happen at that young of an age! I have two boys. I’m sure I will run into this. I would sit down and ask where he got it and throw it away, telling him that it is not something I want in my home. My husband and I would also explain the bird and the bees.

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kids’ health by Susan Day

colic: probiotics for babies?


ould a higher level of tummy-friendly bacteria make a difference to a colicky baby? In two separate studies involving babies with colic (one study done in 2007, the other in 2010) some breastfed infants were given simethicone, a medication that reduces gas; other infants were given a supplement containing L. reuteri, one of the beneficial bacteria known as probiotics often found in yogurt. At the end of the 2007 study, the babies who received the probiotic cried about 51 minutes a day, compared with about two-and-a-half hours in the other group. The 2010 study had similar results. Most experts say they want to see more studies before reaching conclusions. Bring your own questions to your pediatrician.

energy drinks & kids just say “no”


e’ve written here before about the negative mix of energy drinks and kids — do kids REALLY need all that sugar and caffeine? Now there’s more reason for concern. The popular highly-caffeinated drinks are especially risky for kids with heart abnormalities, diabetes, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or other emotional problems, say authors of a study that appeared last month in Pediatrics, the online journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Caffeine can affect children more than adults because their bodies are smaller, says Bruce Goldberger, a toxicology director who has studied energy drinks at the University of Florida. With all the information parents have about the adverse affects of sugar overload in kids, perhaps now’s a good time to start saying “No” to Red Bulls and the like for growing kids.

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national nutrition month: veggie up!


o you and your children eat enough fruits and veggies? Find out at the Centers for Disease Control’s

website, The site offers interactive tools to help you determine how many fruits and veggies you and your family need each day. You can also build a typical breakfast, lunch or dinner at “Analyze My Plate” and get feedback on calories, fat, fruit and veggie intake, plus recommendations on how to build a healthier meal. Visit

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Reading to and with your children is a great way to help them succeed in school. Yet only 48 percent of parents with children under 5 years old read to them daily. Following are tips to help your children develop a good foundation for reading: Œ Reread your child’s favorite books with them. Œ Encourage older siblings to read to younger brothers and sisters. Œ Read with expression—or just tell the story in your own words. Œ Hold the book so your child can see the pictures closely. Help give the joy of reading with Books from Birth. To support Books from Birth and/or to register children under age 5 to receive a new Imagination Library book each month, visit

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onground solid Easy does it on the sweet stuff as you build a healthy enjoyment of solid foods in your child.

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o your little love is ready to start eating solid foods? Amazing how fast he’s grown! It’s true that most babies are ready to start solids at 4 - 6 months, but until his first birthday, remember that your goal is introducing solids as you continue feeding him breast milk or formula for the first 12 months. Take it slowly, and remember, while you may be tempted to sneak in cereal in order to get him to sleep through the night, wait. Pediatricians Laurel Pramuk and Angela Rath say babies younger than 4 - 6 months don’t have the necessary enzymes to digest solid foods. They also point to evidence that starting solid foods at earlier ages increases Baby’s risk for food allergies.

Getting Started Once your baby is able to sit up on his own, it’s time to begin. The goal is to expose him to a wide array of foods from all food groups (in fact, you’ll want to do this all through your child’s growing up years). The more

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flavors and textures he tries early on, the less likely he’ll grow up to be a picky eater. Pramuk and Rath say that Baby’s first food is usually single grain cereal (like rice cereal), which can be mixed easily with formula or breast milk and spoon-fed. As a good source of the iron growing babies need, it’s best to feed the cereal twice a day. At about 9 months, babies will need about half a cup of cereal.

Watching for Allergies After a successful launch with cereal, it’s time for vegetables — pediatricians suggest veggies over fruit since the sweetness of fruit might make your baby partial to say, bananas, and cause him to turn up his nose to say, peas. Since yellow and orange vegetables are sweeter than green ones, babies usually love carrots, yams and butternut squash. But take it slowly. Pramuk and Rath point out that if more than one food is started at the same time, and your baby has an allergic reaction, there’s no way of knowing which food was the culprit. The doctors advise waiting three to five days between starting new foods in order to monitor for allergy symptoms, which may include a rash, hives, wheezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, exces-

the menu Introduce new foods one at a time, and wait at least three days in between. That way, you won’t overwhelm your baby, and if there’s an allergic reaction, you’ll be able to identify the culprit. If a food provokes a reaction, such as a rash, vomiting or diarrhea, shelve it for one to three months before bringing it out again. If your baby still doesn’t tolerate it, keep it off the menu entirely until he’s a year old. By then, he’ll probably have outgrown the intolerance.

7 or 8 months: Add pureed meat and poultry.

sive gas, diarrhea or blood in stools. Call your pediatrician if you notice any of these symptoms (they can take minutes or even days to appear), and go to the ER if the reaction seems serious. The good news is that a food reaction in the first year of life doesn’t usually mean a lifelong allergy, say the doctors. First attempts at feeding may end up with veggies sliding down your baby’s little chin as he learns how to coordinate his ability to swallow with his mouth full of food. And some babies may reject certain flavors, but keep trying. Repeated exposure, up to a dozen times, can convert even the most stubborn baby. Pramuk and Rath also suggest trying to mix in a new food with one of your baby’s favorites. Start with strained or puréed vegetables and then move on to mashed. Servings should gradually increase from a few teaspoons to about two tablespoons, twice a day. After your child has sampled a variety of vegetables, bring on the fruit. (Start small and work up to a couple of tablespoons, twice daily.) Avoid sweetened treats like cobblers and puddings — the extra fat and sugar add empty calories and can sour your baby on plain fruit. With all this eating going on, don’t forget to continue feeding Baby milk, although it is safe to reduce the amount he gets. Remember, says Susan B. Roberts, Ph. D., author of Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health (Bantam), breast milk or formula is still a very important part of your baby’s diet, particularly because milk fat is essential for brain development and because calcium builds strong teeth and bones. J Susan Day is editor-in-chief of this publication and the mom of four amazing kids, ages 17, 15, 12 and 8. At least three of them enjoy vegetables.

Avoid choking hazards until your child is 4: Nuts and seeds, popcorn, raw vegetables, hard candy, chewing gum, whole grapes or cherries, chunky peanut butter (use smooth instead)

Between 9 and 12 months: Phase in soft foods, such as macaroni and cheese, pasta with tomato sauce and casseroles. You can also begin serving finger foods such as rice cake pieces, O-shaped cereals, baby crackers and bite-sized cooked frozen vegetables.

By His First Birthday A typical baby may eat (in one day): • 4 to 8 tablespoons of fruit and veggies • 4 servings of breads and cereals (a serving is one quarter of a slice of bread or 2 tablespoons of rice, potatoes, or pasta) • 2 servings of meat or poultry (1 tablespoon each) KEEP IN MIND: Don’t worry if your child doesn’t complete a perfect food pyramid each day. Instead, look for signs that he’s healthy and thriving. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for six months, with a gradual introduction of solids after that time. It is also recommended NOT to introduce children to eggs until they are 2 and nuts and shellfish until age 3.

Now Serving Rice Cereal It’s easy to digest and rarely triggers an allergic reaction. Make sure it’s iron fortified. • Prepare it very thin at first — one teaspoon of cereal to four or five teaspoons of breast milk, formula or water. • Scoop a little bit onto a baby spoon, and put it between your baby’s lips. • If the cereal comes sliding back out, don’t worry. Your baby needs to figure out how to swallow something that isn’t liquid. It may take several tries before he gets the hang of it. • If he refuses to open his mouth or begins to cry, try again the next day. If he still balks, wait a week before trying again. KEEP IN MIND: Some experts believe that vegetables (either mashed, strained or pureed) should be a baby’s first food instead of cereal or fruit because exposing kids to healthy foods from the start can lay the foundation for healthy eating habits throughout life.

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spring is sprung! 36 Veggies: From Garden to Table 39 Hot Stuff: Flying Things 40 Poppin’ Up Books 43 Nurture Nature

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spring is sprung!

growing a

family garden By Susan Day

As you head out to your yard this spring, take your children along. Growing little gardeners is surprisingly easy and satisfying for all involved!


hether your garden consists of simple pots or an entire plot for farming is not the issue. Family togetherness and enjoying the spring outdoors is! As winter gave into spring when I was growing up, my parents would spend hours planning their vegetable garden, making sketches, amending soil. My mother would determine where best to plant her tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, corn, cucumbers, beans and lettuces, and she would include me, my brothers and sisters in the process. I can still see my parents grappling with an enormous tiller, breaking up the earth and waving us down for rock removal. Gardening makes for great family adventure and experimentation. This spring the kids and I will work on yet another garden together. We are not experts. But it’s amazing how many tricks we have learned over the course of a few seasons. March is the perfect time to begin planning your garden. Here are some family tips to help get you and yours started:

First Things First Browse through gardening books and magazines at the local library. Think about the vegetables or flowers you’d like to grow and learn about their growing habits. Visit a local nursery — folks will be glad to answer your questions about proper soil, watering and growing habits. In fact, make a trip to the nursery a family field trip and introduce your children to the wide variety of available plants.


SEEDS OR SMALL PLANTS? In early spring, seeds can be germinated indoors to ready them for planting. Seed starter kits are available for as little as $3, but small pots or empty egg cartons work just as well. Fill your containers with potting soil, water lightly each day and set in a southern, sunny window. The earlier you start this method, the more “sprout” you’ll have for planting. An easy way to ensure success is by purchasing small basic plants to simply pop into the ground. Available in flats, look for deep green foliage without blemishes or dried edges.

MAKE YOUR PLANS Whether vegetables or flowers, sit down with graph paper and a pencil to make a sketch of what you’re planting and where. Measure the space you have to work with and divide it up for the optimal amount of usage and variety. Use gardening books to check for companion plants (some plants will not grow well next to others). If you have the space, divvy up small 3’ by 4’ sections for different family members and let them design their own space. For instance, your 6-year-old can be in charge of green beans in her space; your 10-year-old can man the peppers. Enjoy creating your garden on paper ... and then get ready to transfer your imagination to the soil!

LET CHILDREN BEGIN WITH SIMPLE TASKS Wear comfortable clothes just right for getting dirty. Everyone should don gardening gloves and have tools ready. Children love digging in the soil, and kidsized tools are available in stores from hardware to mass merchandise. Start by digging up your soil, breaking up lumps of Tennessee clay and removing rocks. Even very young children can be surprisingly helpful when it comes to this part — they love removing stones and can even reserve some for rock painting. Later, without the children, sprinkle a commercial fertilizer on your amended soil and then let the kids water it well. Let it sit for a day before planting. As you prepare for gardening, remember that children can dig, rake, hoe and use sticks to mark off rows with strings. They also enjoy helping you label rows with the names of different vegetables or flowers.

READY TO GARDEN Refer to your sketches and show family members how far apart plants need to be spaced. Dig the first example then let the kids have a go at it. When transplanting plants from pot to earth, be especially careful with roots. You will need plenty of patience, so remember that a child’s attention span is shorter than that of an adult. If gardening becomes drudgery, it’s time for a break. Take time to enjoy the experience with your children and don’t try to get all the “chore” elements of planting done at break-neck speed. If only two plants get in the ground this time, then so be it. There will be opportunities for you to charge ahead on your own.

MORE WATERING I’ve never met a child who didn’t like to play with a garden hose. Watering plants can be a fun activity for all ages. Be sure to teach your children the proper amounts necessary and when the best time of day for watering is. Never water a garden in full sun or risk drying out their leaves; early morning or evening is a good time. Show children how to tell whether a plant needs water or not.

MISCELLANEOUS By the end of March, Tennessee’s final frost of the year is usually history, but don’t attempt to plant before the ground has had a chance to warm. The type of garden you choose to grow depends on individual tastes. Some people believe that if kids help grow vegetables they may be more inclined to eat them as well.

Go online to for: recipes, Best Vegetables to Grow in TN, Growing a Pizza or Salsa Garden and more.

With vegetables, after everything blooms you can share in the bounty and have a garden feast. But flower gardens are a good choice, too ... in time, the entire family can learn to do both! Gardening isn’t about academics. It’s about harvests and honeybees, getting dirt under your fingernails and communing with nature. If all goes well, at the end of the season, garden-wise kids will come away with more than a fistful of beans. They’ll emerge with hands-on knowledge of how the earth works, an I-did-this-myself attitude and the awareness that gardening is not just work ... it’s a family thing!  Susan Day is the editor-in-chief for this publication.

KID-FRIENDLY VEGGIE RECIPE Looking for a good recipe to use with the vegetables your children help grow? Try one of these from PARMESAN TOMATOES Ingredients 4 ripe tomatoes, sliced 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon brown mustard 1 teaspoon dried oregano salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Arrange tomato slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, Parmesan, Dijon mustard and brown mustard. Season with oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Use a spoon to top each tomato slice with a small amount of the mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella , and then top with parsley. 3. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

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spring is sprung! hot stuff

let’s go fly ...

Grab the kiddos, head outdoors and try one of these great toys made for catching air

Spirit of Wind Boomerang Channel Craft Toys Ages 9 and older Available at for $9.95 This is the perfect boomerang for kids to start with. It is handcrafted out of birchwood (and made in the U.S.A.!) and flies an average of 25 yards — great for backyard fun. With the correct throwing technique, the boomerang will hover and return.

End Kite Frustrations! Sometimes kids don’t want to fly a kite because it’s “too hard.” Tangling string, not being able to get it in the air,etc. There’s a solution, though. Check out the Easy Flyer Kites from Premier Kites. These kites are designed specifically for ease-of-use and are available at

Tim Bird Schylling Toys Ages 7 and older Available at for $11.99 This classic toy never loses its appeal. Powered by a wind-up rubber band motor, simply turn the crank below the bird’s tail, hold in the palm of your hand, trip the toggle switch and give Tim Bird a lift off ... then watch him fly up to 100 feet by flapping his wings.

Easy Flyer T-Rex Kite Premier Kites Ages 5 and older Available at for $26.95 All you have to do to enjoy this kite is insert the cross strut, attach the line and catch the wind! So easy, even the littlest hands can do it. The design of the kite also helps to catch the breeze a lot faster than your average kite.

Ultra Stomp Rocket D + L Company Ages 6 and older Available at for $12.66 Stomp rockets have won plenty of awards and this one won’t let you down. Containing four rockets, all you do is connect the stomper to the rocket base and attach a rocket. Next, stomp with all your might on the stomper and the rocket sails into the air — up to 200 feet!


spring is sprung!

pop go With all of the e-readers out there, many wonder if books in print are a dying breed ... but pop-up books are bigger and better than ever. Physical pop ups is one thing a Kindle CAN’T do!

Poetry, anyone? Julie Andrews recently won a Grammy for her fantastic recitative audio book. Play it while driving in your car with your kids.


aising a reader is a contant challenge for parents with kids having access to other interactive devices. How do you draw kids into a story? Try the pizazz of pop-up books then segue into the intimacy of a wonderful story. For now, grab a blanket, a good pop-up and sit outside under a tree, on

a bench, on a step! Just get going and bring the delight of books to your child.

Ages 0 - 3 • Read aloud every day • Set a schedule for reading • Keep books within reach • Show that you read, too • Go to storytime at the library

Ages 3 - 5 • Encourage daily book time • Ask questions about the story • Make reading fun • Point out words in the world • Go to storytime events

Ages 5 - 9 • Let him pick his books • Support book selections • Have him read to you • Let him read alone, too • Consider a kid book club

Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book

by Lucy Kee, Bruce Foster and Andrew Williamson Instant Editions Ages 4 - 8; $34.95 The original conceptor from all eight Harry Potter films worked on this fantastic popup sure to delight all ages with intricate goodies. After the pop-up, move onto the work of JK Rowling.


Ages 9 - 12 • Ask about what he’s reading • Keep up the old habits • Head to the library and let him explore his options • Consider a kid book club

the books Animal Pop!

by National Geographic Ages 7 - 11; $14.95

Open up and roar with magnificent creatures of the world in this book as the pages unfold to reveal life-like animals. After the pop-up, prowl the animal books at the library.

Beauty & the Beast by Robert Sabuda Simon & Schuster Ages 3 - 8; $29.99

Numerous small booklets accompany this lavish retelling rendered in rich colors and imaginative fold outs. After the pop-up, move onto more fables and fairytales.

Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum Illustrated by Paul Hess Silver Dolphin Books Ages 4 - 8; $19.95 Follow Dorothy on her quest to get back home in this intricately designed pop-up with brightly colored illustrations. What’s special about this book is the unexpected surprise of sound! After the pop-up, move onto L. Frank Baum’s other titles for children.

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You and your child may be able to participate in the Useful Speech Study if: • you suspect your child may have autism or your child has been diagnosed with autism • your child is between the ages of 24 and 47 months and • your child uses no words or very few words to communicate with others We are recruiting children with autism, and their parents, for a study investigating questions about what things affect the development of useful language. Children who participate in this study will come to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center with a parent for 7 clinic appointments over a 16-month period. For information about participating with your child in assessments of language, social, and play skills and for more information about the Useful Speech Study, please call or email: Elizabeth Gardner, Project Coordinator

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spring is sprung!


nature HELLO, spring!

It’s the perfect time for outdoor exploration with your kids. Our local nature centers offer a bevy of opportunities for all ages.

Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City 862-8580 • Located in northwest Nashville near Joelton, Beaman boasts a rugged sanctuary of natural beauty, offering programs that help kids connect with nature. Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 862-4187 • Part of Metro Parks, Bells Bend is its newest nature center offering programs for all ages that range from geology to animal wildlife. Bowie Park Nature Center 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview 799-5544 • Families can embark on guided walks with naturalists to discover the flora and fauna in the area, or participate in one of many programs. The Nature Center and Joann’s Outdoor Classroom play host to many nature-related activities for kids with topics including butterflies, ecology, wildlife, nature photography, tree identification and more. Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 356-8000 • There’s no better place for spring than Cheekwood’s expansive botanical gardens which display some of the most vibrant colors in Nashville. Be sure to visit in late March or early April when the spring tulips and daffodils are in their prime. Springtime programs for kids include exploration of the gardens combined with related hands-on art projects.

Spring is the prime time for kids to explore the outdoors at Cheekwood, like this little guy does at the creek on the grounds.

Discovery Center 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 890-2300 • The Discovery Center sits adjacent to the 25-acre Murfree Spring wetland. Stroll the quarter mile raised boardwalk and paved trail for a spectacular view of the area and wildlife. Kids will love visiting the frog pond. (please turn the page)


Kids ages 6 - 12 learn how to use binoculars in order to identify feathered friends during the Jr. Naturalist Kickoff for the Birds at Bells Bend Outdoor Center in Nashville. This month, the program takes place on Wednesday, March 16, and reservations are required.

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage 885-2422 • LongHunter/ The Nature Circle is the park’s “learning adventure for young children.” Weekly programs run May through August, including stories, crafts and occasional animal visits. Merritt Nature Center at Cedars of Lebanon State Park 328 Cedar Forest Road, Lebanon 443-2769 • The nature center features exhibits on geology and natural features of the park. Public programs include tours of the nature exhibits, wildlife video programs, nature hikes, fossil hunts and more. Spring is a great time to see the rare wildflowers. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 370-4672 • Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is situated on 160 acres of rolling hills adorned with deciduous forests and several species of local flora and fauna. The sanctuary for native species allows owls to educate as their nesting and migration patterns are tracked. Wildflowers, butterflies and bluebirds are among

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the sanctuary’s most popular subject matter as well. Owl’s Hill offers a variety of nature programs for children throughout the year. Radnor Lake State Park 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville 373-3467 • The Environmental Education Center features a nature discovery room for children ages 4 - 10, a nature reference library and a wet laboratory that hosts public nature programs for all ages. Programming is temporarily suspended while renovations are underway. Call the center to learn more. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson Drive, Nashville 862-8539 • Nestled within Shelby Park, the nature center provides monthly programs for kids of all ages that range from nature hikes to animal programs to ecology education. The center is building a new Nature Play outdoor area this year. Warner Parks Nature Center (WPNC) 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville 352-6299 • Nature enthusiasts of all ages will find a treasure

trove of activities at WPNC. Housed on 2,684 acres of natural areas, the nature center itself is a year-round environmental education and recreation facility that features a museum showcasing the area’s geological and wildlife species. Nine different trails vary in length and ease, perfect for hiking and nature observation. WPNC is renowned for the programs it offers to kids of all ages throughout the year, all of them free. Wilderness Station at Barfield-Crescent Park 697 Barfield-Crescent Road, Murfreesboro 217-3017 • Tucked a half mile behind the park’s ball fields, the Wilderness Station’s goal is teaching wilderness and outdoor awareness as well as environmental education to kids of all ages. The 300 heavily wooded acres surrounding the station provide for nature education. Topics include reptiles and amphibians, animal senses, insect IQ, nature’s predators and mammals of Tennessee. Butterfly programs and caterpillar hunts are favorite activities here as well. Visit and click on “Nurture Nature” for great ideas for nature exploration in your own backyard.

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Session Franklin, TN 37064 Email: 3, grades 4 - 6, Jul. 18 - 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $100. 790-6468 • Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Email: Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited Offering dance, voice and acting Jul. 5 - 28, Mon. - Thu. from by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for children grades 1 - 12. Students study one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, voice, monologue and a pla y. include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, Guest teachers teach vocal and acting audition training and more . climbing wall, mountain biking, bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis. continued on page 49 ...

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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 Merri-Mac for Girls Camp Timberlake for Boys 1123 Montreat Road Black Mountain, NC 28711 828-669-8766 • High up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer traditional camping with an outstanding Christian staff . Riding, backpacking, tennis, rock climbing, gymnastics, archery, spelunking, riflery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting, dance, drama and much more . Camp Woodmont 381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 30731 706-398-0833 • Email: Located on Lookout Mountain in nor thwest Georgia. A traditional overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanoo ga, we feature horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. F ounded on Christian principles in 1981, this is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories . Camp Y.I. (Youth Inc.) 599 Jones Mill Road, La Vergne, TN 37086 459-3971 • Email: Building Leaders for Tomorrow since 1945. 175 acre peninsula on Percy Priest Lake. Daytime activities: horseback riding, swimming, water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, canoeing, climbing tower, low ropes, zip line , archery, arts and crafts , outdoor living skills . Nighttime activities: scavenger hunts, dances, talent shows, skits, campfires and more . One w eek, $375. Two weeks, $675. Day

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

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 wa y to hone strate gic thinking skills! Co-ed, ages 6 - 15 yrs. Mor ning, afternoon and all-day camp sessions are a vailable. Jun. 20 - 24. Anyone including complete beginners are w elcome. Visit our w ebsite to re gister. 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 - 15 yrs. New for 2011 - Video Game Creation, The Sequel. Jun. 20 - 24. Visit our website to register.

Cedar Tree Day Camp 645 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37082 353-0007 • Email: For children ages 3 - 12. We provide a fun, safe environment where children can come play and enjoy the summer. We offer outdoor and indoor games and activities , arts and crafts, water play, field trips, chapel and more . We would love to see you this summer! Cheekwood’s Summer Camp 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 353-9827 • Email: With classes focusing on ever ything from painting and cla y to mosaics and mix ed media, campers 2 - 16 will enjo y fun art and outdoor ad ventures at Cheekw ood. Visit our w ebsite for more information. Register now for camps Jun. 6 - Aug. 5. Cheer and Dance 1 Nashville 7657 Hwy 70 S, #101, Nashville, TN 37221 969-9955 • Email: For school-age students. We offer classes in cheerleading, tumbling, private lessons and squad training. Our preschool program, Junglenasticks, offers classes in gymnastics, tumbling, cheer, creative move-

Cox Family Martial Arts - Summer of Champions Enrichment Camp 2227-B Southpark Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37128 893-4567 • Voted #1 day camp 8 consecutive y ears. 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. Eight one-week themed camps for boys and girls in June and July. Registration begins Mar. 1 on our w eb site. continued on page 51 ...

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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 & Stables 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064 595-7547 • Offers beginner, intermediate and ad vanced riding lessons . Family trail rides are a vailable most w eekends during the Spring and daily in the Summer. Children’s summer riding camps are Mon. - F ri., Jun. - Jul. Lessons and camps teach proper rid ing techniques, safety around horses , grooming, tacking and horse ground handling. Fun and ad venture for ages 5 and up! Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp 16795 Hwy E, Rolla, MO 65401 573-458-2125 • Email: Home to over 250 animals. Our 26 week-long courses include: Jr. Vet, Adopt an Animal, culinary science, survival skills, crime science, pottery, arts and crafts and much more. Our facility is top-notch: spacious, air-conditioned cabins; swimming pool; 240+ acres; and great food. Junior camp ages 7 - 11. Senior camp ages 12 - 16. Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027 507-3242 • Email: Spend your summer in Beech Creek Valley! 83 gor geous acres complete with a creek, hiking trail, playing fields, farm animals and a new athletic facility, theater and commercial sound stu dio! Theater, rock-and-roll, basketball, soccer, tennis and the da y camp experience of a lifetime – w e are offering them all. Ages vary by camp. Before- and after-care a vailable for some camps .

The Dancers’ School 2159 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. C-5 Murfreesboro, TN 37129 907-1155 • Email: Register your young dancer for “first steps” beginner ballet orientation for ages 3 - 5. Classes held Apr. 2, 9, 16 and 23. 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 be ginning of the first class. Students receive priority enrollment for summer and/or fall classes and a free tutu just in time for Easter baskets. David Lipscomb Summer Day Camp 4517 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 966-7624 • Email: Offering children from pre-K (4 yrs .) - grade 5 a chance to learn and pla y without the homew ork! Our mid dle school offers classes for the grades 6 - 8 and Lipscomb University offers classes for elementar y to high school. Deer Run Retreat and Christian Camps 3845 Perkins Road Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 794-2918 • Email: Affordable! Traditional. Non-denominational. Incredible camper experience. Well-trained camp staff model strong character plus have a lo ve for pouring into camper’ s lives. Re gistration includes t-shirt and D VD of camp w eek. Discounts a vailable. Day Camp: Fastest growing day camp in Franklin area. Grades K - 8. Bus transpor tation and extended care. Interactive Bible story, fun songs , skits and crafts . Recreation: lake (swimming, zip line, aqua park, canoes, kayaks), creek wading, wiffleball, kickball, BB guns , archery, climbing to wer and wild water games . Residential Camp: Five-night. Grades 3 - 12. Excel -

lent accommodations. Health y meals. Character build ing. Daily Bible study, worship, skits, paintball, climbing tower, high/low ropes, lake (see abo ve), archery, BB guns , wiffleball, crazy games , night hik es and sand volle yball. E.T.C. Gymnastics 1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-6900 • Email: E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out. EBDT Dance and Arts Center Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theatre 103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1 Franklin, TN 37064 599-7003 • Email: Promoting adult dance , fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes , economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. Nonmandatory in-school dance concer ts to teach performance skills . Elite Dance and Fitness 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B-1 Nolensville, TN 37135 776-4202 • Email: Offering week-long performing ar ts camps. Half-da y camps for ages 3 - 4 from 9 a.m.12 p.m. (Butterfly Ballet, Disney Princess and Angelina Ballerina themes). Fullday camps for ages 5 - 10 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (American Girl, Hip-Hop Boot Camp and Elite Dance and Cheer Camp). continued on page 53 ...

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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. Ensworth School - Big E Sports Camps 7401 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221 301-5401 • Email: Big E Sports Camps offers a fun opportunity to improve skills and more! Various camps and leagues of fered to bo ys and gir ls grades K - 12. Excellence in teach ing and coaching. Up-to-the-minute facilities and equipment. A welcoming community of coaches , counselors and campers . For Kids Only 3421 Old Anderson Road, Antioch, TN 37013 366-1750 • Come and explore during our Summer Quest 2011! With themes like Carnival Fun, Mini Maestros and Young Authors, we’ll have a blast and lear n cool stuff , too! Kids will also enjo y weekly water pla y days, visits from special guests and much, much more. Don’ t forget about our one-of-a-kind school-age pro gram, Discovery Kids. A fun-filled program for ages 2 - 12 yrs. Franklin Road Academy 4700 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 831-0769 • Email: Come join us this summer for an e xperience your child will treasure. We offer camps for grades pre-K - grade 8, as well as camps for adults . Our camps offer flexibility and numerous choices. Choose from an all-da y or half-day specialty camp (in cludes swim day/field trip), half-day arts and enrichment camps , half-day sports camps or an y combination to mak e a full da y. Lunch is offered for those campers who choose to sta y all day.

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

Harpeth Youth Soccer Association 7820 Coley Davis Road, Nashville, TN 37221 662-1466 • Email: Harpeth Youth Soccer Association offers both recreational and select soccer for pla yers ages 3 - 18. Pla yers work on funda mental soccer skills and build on those each season. Camps run during spring break and summer for a variety of ages and skill levels. Email us or visit our w ebsite for more information.

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

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

Harding Academy Summer Programs 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 356-5510 • Email: We offer one-week long day camps for children grades K - 8 including film, chess, theater, just-for-fun camps and much more. Our popular athletic camps include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and football for all skill levels. Camps run from Jun.6 - Jul.1 and Jul.11 - 29. Harpeth Hall Summer Camps 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN 37215 297-9543 • Email: Julia Child. Jane Goodall. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Georgia O’Keefe. No matter who your hero is, come go beyond your expectations at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls of all ages can spend half- and fullday at our week-long summer camps exploring science, developing artistic talents, perfecting athletic skills and just plain ha ving fun.

Holly Tree Christian Preschool 1384 Holly Tree Gap Road Brentwood TN 37027 377-6636 • –and– 122 Seaboard Lane, Franklin, TN 37067 371-8091 • Come and explore during our Summer Quest 2011: Adventures in Faith! With exciting faith-focused themes, we’ll have a blast and learn lots, too! Kids will also enjoy weekly water play days, visits from special guests, weekly chapel and much, much more. A summer program like no other that’s jam-packed and fun-filled for ages 2 - 5 yrs.

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

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

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

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

Comfortable cabins complete with A/C and private bathrooms.

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celebrity dad

This country music daddy has one hard and fast rule in his household: DON’T GIVE UP ... EVER.

tracy lawrence

by Deborah Bohn


The relationship that a father has with his daughters is different than with their mother. My wife is the more protective. She wants to resolve everything, but I have a different approach. I believe in letting them fall down and letting them get bumps and bruises.

What can you teach them that their mother can’t?

I’d say girls are easier to deal with, but we haven’t gotten to the big drama stages yet. I don’t deal well with drama.

Some people say it’s easier to raise girls because they’re better behaved and some say boys are easier because they’re simpler and less emotional. What do you think?

I’ve got my man cave out back. It’s got a workout room and 60-inch TV with two flat screens above it, so I can watch three shows at once.

What’s it like being the only rooster in a hen house?

alk into Tracy Lawrence’s living room and you’d never know he’s sold more than 8 million albums and earned 22 Top 10 Singles (17 hit No.1). “When you come in my house there are no platinum plaques or awards around. This house is about our family,” he says. That family includes wife Becca, daughter Skylar, the 9-year-old ballerina who was chosen to perform with the Nashville ballet and symphony, and daughter Keagan, a 7-year-old tomboy with a penchant for karate, baseball and electric guitar. Lawrence says, “When I’m on the road, I want to come home. I wouldn’t trade my girls for anything in the world.”

Every weekend I live on a bus with a bunch of guys, so I’m really good at blocking things out. It’s a special switch called “selective hearing.” When the kids disagree, I don’t micromanage. I let them work their own issues out.

How do you handle it when your girls bicker?

The one big rule we have is “Don’t give up.” No quitting. That’s a big thing with me. Whether its music, dance, karate or academics, there are no boundaries for them. They don’t lack confidence, so if we nurture them, they’ll be successful.

You taught yourself guitar and started performing live at age 14. How do you encourage your daughters’ big dreams?

My wife runs the kids around all the time while I’m on the road every weekend, so I cook every night when I’m home and do a lot of the grocery shopping. I make chicken parmesan from scratch and homemade spaghetti sauce. I do a lot of Southern cooking too: fried chicken, gravy, vegetable soup. I don’t just throw everything on the grill.

Are you a good cook?

They make their beds, keep their rooms neat and pick up the playroom. They have to clean the guinea pig cage, and I’m trying to do a family cooking night to teach them how to cook.

Do the girls help around the house?

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

My wife is the best thing that ever happened to me until I had children. It has settled me in a way I never would have imagined possible. It’s completed something in me that I never knew was missing. 

Has fatherhood made you a better person or a different person?

I wrote a song called, “Til I Was A Daddy Too.” Being a father has given me so many things to think about and given me a perspective I didn’t have before kids. Parenthood has been such a good thing; it’s matured me.

Has fatherhood inspired any of your songs?

I think it’s good to teach them responsibility, so they’ll become self-sufficient and can stand on their own two feet some day.

Why are chores important?

Our kids already drive our vehicles around our place. They can get in the car and drive slowly to the neighbors.

What’s the benefit of living on 400 acres in the country?

Over the last few years we’ve had to stop watching certain shows, but I haven’t been blindsided by anything that makes me uncomfortable yet. Of course they hear things, but we don’t make a big deal about it if they hear it. We just let them know they’re not allowed to say it. So far, it hasn’t been an issue.

What do you tell them when they watch a movie or listen to a popular song with cuss words in it?

2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Horton Haven Christian Camp 3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091 931-364-7656 • Email: Conveniently located one hour south of Nashville . Visit our w ebsite for more information and re gistration. Day Camp: Come out and e xplore! Each day is filled with laughter and ad venture. Activities range from inflatable water slides, bible lessons, crafts, guided horseback rides , swimming and much more. Choose from three weeks or come back for all three. Jun. 27 - Jul. 1, Jul. 4 - 8 and Jul. 18 - 22. Space is limited. Residential Camp: One-week sessions for ages 8 -11, 12 14 and 15 - 18. Campers experience horseback riding, archery, air rifles, canoeing, crafts, swimming and other exciting activities. Teens can try our 45 ft.high, 600 ft. zip line. Bible lessons are taught daily. The Howe School 5755 North State Road 9, Howe, IN 46746 260-582-2131 • Three- and six-week boys residential program. One-week girls program. Boys’ camp offers leadership, education and discipline, including rifle, archery, swimming, canoeing, physical training, ropes course, repelling, crafts and horsemanship. Girls’ camp offers leadership, skills necessary to succeed in today’s careers, including team building, culinary arts, scrapbooking, crafts, ropes and obstacle course and repelling. I.D. Tech Camp 408-871-2228 • Email: Ages 7 - 18 create video games , websites, movies, C++/Java programs, iPhone apps, robots and more. Fun week-long, day and overnight programs located at 60 prestigious universities nation wide including Vanderbilt, UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory, Princeton, Stan-

ford and others. Special teen pro grams in gaming, programming and visual arts. Free year-round learning! Save with code TN22L. Jan Williams School of Music and Theatre 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 104 Brentwood, TN 37027 371-8086 • Serving Middle Tennessee since 1984. Kindermusik Adventure Camps for ages infant - 5 yrs . (Maestro level pro gram, top 5% in the nation). Keyboard camps for ages 4.5 - 8 yrs . Music theater camps for ages 4 yrs . - teens (NEW: Partnership/performances with beautiful Town Centre Theatre). Complete musical shows. Kristin Butke School of Irish Dance 1710 General George Patton Drive, Ste. 107 Brentwood, TN 37027 499-5720 • Email: Celebrate the musical traditions that brought us Riverdance - Irish dance is great fun for family members of all ages! Spring beginner classes are offered Tue. - Sat. for ages 4 - 6, 7+, teens and adults. Contact Jenny to receive one free month of spring tuition when you mention Nashville Parent magazine. Register for a summer camp by Mar. 31, mention Nashville Parent magazine and receive a $20 discount! Langford Farms Club Summer Camp 5219 Rustic Way, Old Hickory, TN 37138 754-8650 • Email: We offer a great day camp experience for grades K - 8. Fun weekly themes engage and enter tain with swimming, sports, tennis, rock climbing, arts, music and drama. A mature, energetic staff use six acres of sports fields, an indoor gym and air conditioned clubhouse. Teen Club features leadership building community ser vice and fun field trips. Mon. - Fri., 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Early registration recommended. Learning Lab - Play Smart 5500 Maryland Way, Ste. 110


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Brentwood, TN 37027 377-2929 • Email: Academic enrichment with ar t, music, technology, cultural e xchange and fun. One-on-one and groups, K - 12, Mon. - F ri., mornings and/or after noons. Let it Shine Gymnastics 1892 Gen. George Patton Drive Franklin, TN 37067 377-9154 • Email: Our FUNtastic Summer Camp is an action-pack ed day camp. Our camp has different activities each day including theme days. Campers play on equipment inside including trampolines , foam pits and bounce houses, as well as outside events including our pool. Lipscomb University BisonBot Robotic Summer Camps 966-1340 • Email: Faculty use classroom lear ning, individual instruction, construction projects and competition events to teach mechanical, technical and electrical principles of robotics . Junior BisonBots , Jun. 20 - 24, ages 8 - 11. Fundamentals BisonBot Robotics , Jun. 6 - 10, ages 10 - 14. Advanced BisonBot Robotics , Jun. 13 - 17, age 12 and older. Robotics Academy, Jun. 20 - 24, age 13 and older McCallie Sports Camp 500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 800-672-2267 • Email: An action-oriented spor ts camp for bo ys with an empha sis on fun. Open to bo ys ages 9 - 15 of all athletic abili ties. Along with team and individual spor ts, boys enjoy off-campus activities that include Six Flags Over Geor gia, an Atlanta Braves game, whitewater rafting and paintball. continued on page 59 ...


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3 miles from I-65 and Cool Springs Blvd.

Tap Root Farm Day Camp Where “Back to Nature” is Big Time Fun! HORSEBACK RIDING Daily riding, grooming, cleaning and feeding GARDENING, FARMING AND WATER PLAY Planting, cultivating, harvesting and eating what you grow; creek play

TEAM COMPETITIONS Basketball, ping-pong, foosball, tug-o-war All this plus cattle ranching, bees and honey, story telling and more. For students from Kindergarten through High School.

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A Paid Advertising Directory Listings in RED are away/residential camps. Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs.

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 371-5437 •

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

204 N. Anderson Lane Hendersonville, TN 37064 824-8002 • We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics . High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos . - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a fun, non-competitive wa y.

Montgomery Bell Academy 4001 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 298-5514 • Email: 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, computer and more. MBA faculty, staff and students work with campers, providing a glimpse of the MBA community. Visit our website for information and registration. Mpact Sports - Camp Mpact 2011 1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-3444 • A fun-filled day camp focused on fitness! Children will have a blast lear ning gymnastics and taekw ondo, playing games, doing arts and crafts and enjo ying open pla y in our state-ofthe-art facility. Each week offers new activities and adventures that correspond with that w eek’s theme. Ages 4 - 12.



Nashville Children’s Theatre 25 Middleton St., Nashville, TN 37210 252-4658 • Email: Summer Drama camps offer w eek-long camps for students age 4 - grade 12. Most camps are taught b y professional NCT ac tors. New this summer is NCT’ s Emerging Actors Production, where rising grades 6 - 12 will audition, rehearse and perform a full musical production. Other camps for older students include Musical Dance Theater, Advanced Scene Study and On Camera. Oak Hill Day Camp 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 298-9527 • Email: Situated on 55 acres in the heart of Nashville. We offer a variety of traditional camp programs such as swimming, horseback riding, archery, theater, arts and crafts and a ropes course . Ser ving children ages 3.5 yrs. - grade 6. There is something for everyone! Our Savior Lutheran Academy 5110 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 833-1500 • Email: Rising preschoolers - rising grade 8. Weekly camps in aca-

demics, arts, sports, science and technolo gy. Weekly camps run Jun. 6 - Jul. 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Before-care op tion starting at 7:30 a.m. After-care options until 4:00 or 6:00 p.m. available. Camps grouped as: rising preschoolers K; rising grade 1 - grade 4; and rising grade 5 - grade 8. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 370-4672 • Email: Owl’s Hill camps offer “summer as it used to be!” Camps include Screech Owl for ages 5 - 7, Nature Ranger for ages 8 - 11 and Nature Explorer for teens 12 - 15. All feature nature-related activities, catching tad poles , building for ts and wildlife programs. Sessions are small so campers get personal attention. Visit our w ebsite for more information. Peachtree Farms Eqeustrian Center 4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington, TN 37014 419-1089 • Email: Our camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8,full-day for ages 6 and older. Aftercare available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center offer a chance to xecel in competition. Pump it Up 7104 Crossroad Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027 373-8340 • –and–

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Riverview Camp for Girls 757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 35984 800-882-0722 • Email: Voted #1 sleep-away camp seven years in a row in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Only tw o hours from Nashville. One- and tw o-week sessions. Ages 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping Inter national and accredited b y AEE and ACA. T raditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis cour ts, climbing to wer, horseback riding, bathrooms and sho wers in all cabins and more . Campers select six activities to tak e daily. 5: 1 camper-to-counselor ratio. Robinson Taekwondo 230 Franklin Road, Ste. 809 Franklin, TN 37064 791-6655 • Email: Tiger Rock Taekwondo is a great way for children to gain confidence, coordination and mental strength. Our parents report that their children often increase their grades by one to two levels. We specialize in training leaders of the future. Register now for classes that will have lasting positive effects on your child’s self-esteem and success. St. Bernard Academy Summer Camp 2020 24th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212 298-1298 • Email: SBA Summer Camp is located near Vanderbilt and Hillsboro Village. We offer camps based on weekly themes. Campers must be 6 y ears old, but not older than 15. Our w eekly registration is limited to 100 students per w eek. We are open Mon. - F ri., 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

School of Dance (Green Hills, Mt. Juliet) 2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 298-5271 • –and– 2228 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 754-9186 • 40 years of dance . State-of-the-ar t facilities and top quality teachers. Call our 24-hour info line (292-4488) to fi nd out four things you should kno w before choosing a dance studio. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, tumbling and more . Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and gir ls. Voted #1 dance studio by Nashville Parent readers for ten consecutive y ears. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 800-637-7223 • Email: Space Camp and Aviation Challenge are camp pro grams of the U.S. Space and Rock et Center located in Huntsville , AL. By focusing on space , aviation and teamwork, you will lear n how to become the ne xt generation of astronauts , fighter pilots and leaders. Get ready for a w eek of non-stop fun and ad venture! Super Science Various Middle Tennessee Locations 589-1968 • Email: Our camps are a blast! Enjo y science and fun all da y long with activities that are kid safe . Campers work with bubbling potions, launch rockets, make cotton candy, erupt baking soda volcanos , create gooey silly putty and more. Ages 4 - 12. One-week camps in various locations including Bellevue and Murfreesboro. So if you have a science e xplorer in the house this is the camp for you.

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Task Whiz Tutoring 656-3532 • Serving Davidson, Rutherford and Sumner counties. Affordable and convenient in-home tutoring for all subjects , grades K 12. Catch up or get ahead in math, reading, chemistry, Spanish and more . Prepare for the SA T or ACT. Get homew ork help or impro ve study skills and test taking techniques . Oneon-one personalized instr uction. Sun. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.. Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37220 832-8197 • Email: Travel through history and experience a summer of ad venture at Travellers Rest Summer Camp – winner of Nick elodeon’s Parents Pick Best Day Camp in Nashville . Junior Docent camp, Histories Mysteries camp, hands-on histor y camp, folk ar ts camp, adventures in history camp (includes civil war and Frontier adventures). Tri-Star Gymnastics 2008 B Johnson Industrial Blvd. Nolensville, TN 37135 776-8333 • Email: You’ll flip out at one of Tri-Star Gymnastics Tumbleriffic Summer Camps! Campers can choose from our gymnastics da y camp, cheer camp and no w offering a camp for students ages 3 - 5. Make friends, exercise, learn gymnastics, make crafts and have a ton of fun. Ear ly bird discount ends Apr. 1. Upper 90 Soccer Academy 415-3087 Email: Upper 90 teaches youths of all ages , whether in a competitive full-field game or in pelada (street soccer). Upper 90 provides training, guidance and direction to youths seeking to maximize their soccer potential. Our goal is to help athletes achieve their goals , both on and off the pitch. continued on page 65 ...


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USN Summer Camps 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville, TN 37212 321-8000 • Email: USN Summer Camps offer a wide range of experiences for students from kindergarten to high school. Many of the camps are led by members of our talented faculty who bring their e xpertise and passions to programs that cover sports, the arts and technology. Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp 606 Valley View Ranch Road Cloudland, GA 30731 706-862-2231 • Email: Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain. For girls ages 8 - 17. One to nine weeks. English, western, barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend four to six hours daily with your wo n horse. Swimming, pottery and other activities. We are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls’ dreams come true! Vanderbilt Tennis Camps 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville, TN 37212 322-4193 • Email: Three one-week camps: Jun. 6 - 10, Jun 13. - 17 and Jun. 20 - 24. Taught by Vanderbilt varsity tennis coaches . Open to ages 7 - 17. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri. $350 per w eek. Victory Ranch 4330 Mecklinburg, Bolivar, TN 38008 731-659-2880 • Email: Christian (non-denominational), co-ed residential camp featuring one of the best facilities in the nation. Includes an incredible outdoor adventure course, 20-stall barn, water activities and more on 500 beautiful acres. Lodges are air-conditioned and incredibly comfortable. Camp staff hand-selected with a ratio of 3: 1. Campers are loved, nurtured, challenged and have the time of their lives . Visit our website to see what everyone is talking about! Space is limited. Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch, TN 37013 399-3992 —and— 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 859-9473

—and— 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna, TN 37167 399-3992 Email: Two-week “Quick Start Program” for $ 19.95. F or ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register. Watkins College of Art and Design 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228 383-4848 • Dedicated to providing the finest art instruction, our program sets the stage for students of all ages to lear n the process of creating art in a variety of fascinating mediums. Adult courses are also offered. The Wave Daycamp at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. Hendersonville, TN 37075 447-1397 • Email: At The Wave, we desire to make disciples out of children (camp ers), as well as young adults (staff members), by sharing our lives and glorifying God together each summer. We pride ourselves on being Christ-centered, high-energy and unquestionably safe. Campers are constantly moving from one e xciting activity to the ne xt. Westside Gymnastics 11 Vaughn’s Gap Road, Nashville, TN 37205 352-8533 • Email: Fun day camps for ages 3 - 12 in a positive learning environment. Camps include a kindy camp for preschoolers, youth camp for boys and girls, gymnastics camp and a cheer camp featuring some of the Tennessee Titans cheer leaders. All camps include fun-filled hours of gymnastics, arts and crafts, swimming, games and fitness. Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview, TN 37062 799-9925 • Celebrating our 40th birthday in beautiful Fernvale Valley. Campers create their special da y by choosing their o wn activities including creek play, horseback riding, arts and crafts, zip line , 40 ft. climbing and rappelling wall and much more. A safe and fun environment where campers enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and making lifelong friendships . Bus transportation provided from Nashville , Brentwood and F ranklin.

YEAH Rock & Roll Camps (Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp and Rock Block) 849-8140 •, Email:, YEAH (Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities) is the parent organization of Tennessee Teens Rock Camp and the Souther n Girls Rock & Roll Camp. Both are non-profit music education day camps for children ages 10 - 17 (SGRRC is girls only). Instrument instruction, song writing and recording w orkshops, form their own bands and perform at the culminating Saturda y Night Showcase. YMCA Camp Ocoee 301 W. Sixth St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 423-265-0455 • Email: Located in the mountains of Southeast eTnnessee, Camp Ocoee offers a wide range of programs. Traditional as well as specialty camps. One-week sessions. 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include traditional camp activities and adventure programs such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, mountain biking and caving. June - August. Co-ed ages 7 - 17. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 • Email: Voted #1 overnight camp b y Nashville Parent magazine read ers. Offering one- and two-week sessions for campers rising grade 3 - grade 9. Serving young men and young w omen. At Widjiwagan campers will strengthen confidence, forge friendships and sharpen character through programs and activities that build independence and social skills . Activities include: water skiing, Wet Willy water slide , The Blob, sailing, soccer, basketball, alpine tower, zip line , archery, horseback riding and much more . YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 • Email: Voted #1 Day Camp b y Nashville Parent readers 13 years in a ro w! Ser ving boys and gir ls rising grade 1 - grade 8. Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from do wntown Nashville. Bus transportation is a vailable. Activities include water ski ing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, Tom Sawyer swing, The Blob, 150 ft. Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hock ey, alpine to wer, zip line , fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more .

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hildren’s entertainer Farmer Jason performs a special concert for ages 3 and older on Saturday, March 19 at The Renaissance Center. The show doubles as a benefit concert for Nashville Public Television. The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Hwy. 46 S., Dickson. The show is at 2 p.m., and tickets are $8 (buy four, get one free). Call 740-5600 or visit


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Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy a

Animal Antics All ages can meet the center’s resident geckos. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. FREE The Brothers Grimm Nashville Opera presents this production that follows the writing of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. Belmont University’s Massey Hall, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 1 p.m.; Exhibit Opening Lessons

for Ladies, features the domestic arts, etiquette and education of women during the 19th century. The exhibit opens today and continues through Thursday, March 31. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8.50 adults, $6.50 students, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 4592341 or samdavishome. org.

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

Tuesdays for Tots: Melodies & Masterpieces Preschoolers and their parents can learn how music inspires visual art while creating their own melodic masterpiece. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 2 FREE Dyer Open House Tour the observatory and ask ques-

tions of local astronomers. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-4897 or

FREE Kids Hour with The Zinghoppers Ages 1 - 8 can join cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a family concert. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or FREE Read Across America Day Children and parents are

encouraged to read together during the 15th anniversary of the National Education Association’s reading initiative. Learn more at

FREE Read Across America Storytime All ages can

celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with story readings and craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make fishy snacks with One Fish,

Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 8902300 or

thu 3 Creation Station All ages can design a spring sun

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

MOMIX Botanica Ages 12 and older can enjoy this dance/multimedia performance. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; $25 - $60; 782-4040 or FREE Music Class Ages 7 and younger can experience music and explore instruments. Christ Community Church, 1215 Hillsboro Road, Room B105, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 777-9314 or Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Celebrate all things

“green and growing” with an acre of gardens filled with thousands of flowers and plants, gardening lectures, a floral design gallery and shopping at more than 250 vendor booths. The show features kid-friendly fare including a children’s garden, scout presentations and a garden with rescued wild birds. 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 show pass is $15), $1 ages 12 and younger; 876-7680 or

Kids can celebrate reading during the Seuss Celebration at Discovery Center on Saturday, March 5.

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SEC 2011 Women’s Basketball Tournament Women’s teams in the southeastern conference play basketball for the championship. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Thu - Sun at various times; $60 - $90; 770-2000 or

fri 4 FREE Kids Hour with The Zinghoppers Ages 1 - 8 can join cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a family concert. Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Please see Thursday,

March 3 listing.

SEC 2011 Women’s Basketball Tournament Please see

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sat 5 FREE 17th Annual Spring Craft Show Nearly 70 booths feature crafts like stained glass, jewelry, woodworking, crochet, quilted items, soaps and candles, dolls, baby accessories and more. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 1 p.m. to hand out treats to children. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 302-0971, ext. 16, or Chemo Duck Mall Walk Waddle All ages can participate

in a walk to help kids with cancer and raise awareness of the Chemo Duck program. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin and RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. mall waddle; $30 adults, $15 ages 10 and younger;

Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Please see Thursday,

March 3 listing.

Opera Outtakes Geared toward middle schoolers and older, Nashville Opera presents a 45-minute production featuring opera scenes and arias that capture the drama, music and comedy of opera from a variety of times and places. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $6 adults, $4 ages 4 - 17; Saturday AM: Kooky Collage Families can drop in the studio to make a collage out of mixed media materials. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can listen to stories and participate in craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can listen to

stories, followed by a visit from the Tooth Fairy. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

SEC 2011 Women’s Basketball Tournament Please see

Thursday, March 3 listing.

FREE Seuss Celebration All ages can celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday with art projects and various activities that encourage reading. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or

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Enjoy colorful dance numbers during the multimedia MOMIX Botanica performance at TPAC on Thursday, March 3. FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a live reading of Coriolanus. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; FREE Super Saturday All ages can play on the kids’ activity table, participate in craft projects and enjoy cookies and lemonade. Parent-Teacher Stores: 2214 Bandywood Drive, Nashville (292-3533); 203 Williamson Square, Franklin (599-3477); 131 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro (895-6131); and 780 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville (859-3007);

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Voices of Spring The Nashville Symphony Chorus takes the spotlight during this afternoon of choral music featuring works by Vaughn Williams, Mozart, Copland and more. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $14 $39; 687-6400 or

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

a reading of An Egg is Quiet followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

FREE Third Annual Celebration for Korean Adoptive Families Korean adoptive families can get to know other

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tue 8 Animal Antics All ages can meet the center’s resident ball python. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300.

Victoria Shaw and Friends Local singer/songwriter Victoria

Camerata Ireland A 40-member ensemble led by pianist Barry Douglas, performs piano concertos by Mozart and Liszt along with recent works. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $19 - $59; 687-6400 or Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn

Tuesdays for Tots: Collaborative Collage Preschoolers and their parents can practice cutting materials and make a mixed media collage. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

families and learn about Korean culture during a celebration dinner. Nashville Korean United Methodist Church, 916 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood; 5 - 7:30 p.m.; 373-0880.

Shaw, along with guests Keb’ Mo’, Gary Burr, Mitch Malloy, Robin Meade and more, perform an evening of their hits to benefit the arts program at Abintra Montessori School. Limelight, 201 Woodland St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $20;

FREE The Zinghoppers Dance Party Ages 1 - 8 can enjoy a family concert featuring cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show. Old Hickory Branch Library, 1010 Jones St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 636-5343 or

sun 6 Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Please see Thursday, March 3 listing.

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

Party Like a Preschooler with the Zinghoppers Tots

can join cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a family concert. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Ste. 9, Franklin, and 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. 120A, Hendersonville; 10:30 a.m.; free with regular admission ($7).; 636-5343 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 7 listing.

wed 9 Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 7 listing.

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 5 and younger can hear a reading of Pinkalicious. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

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thu 10 Bookworms Ages 3 - 5 can visit different stations for stories, crafts and snacks. MGL Library, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439. Creation Station All ages can design a spring sun print.

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

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can hear a reading of How Rocket Learned to Read followed by craft activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

SunTrust Classical Series: Slatkin Conducts Glass

Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the Nashville Symphony and guest violinist Robert McDuffie in works by Philip Glass and Tchaikovsky. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $104; 6876400 or

fri 11 Luciana Souza Grammy-winning jazz singer Luciana Souza performs with special guest Romera Lubambo. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30 - $40; 7824040 or

FREE Mafia Moms Storytime Moms with preschoolers can get together for stories and songs. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Slatkin Conducts Glass Please see Thursday, March 10 listing.

sat 12 FREE The Brothers Grimm Nashville Opera presents this production that follows the writing of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; George Jones Enjoy an evening of country music. Ryman

Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 pm.; $29.50 - $49.50; 800-745-3000 or

Main Street Brew Fest This festival features more than 50

beer tastings, music, food, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Franklin Association. Historic Downtown Square in Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m.; $35; 591-8500 or historicfranklin. com.

FREE Music Class Ages 7 and younger can experience music and explore instruments. The Music Playhouse, 5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste. 102, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 777-9314 or FREE National Anthem Auditions All ages can audition

to sing the National Anthem at one of the 72 Nashville Sounds’ home games this spring/summer. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 690-4487 or (please turn to page 79)

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2010 Miss Tennessee Nicole Jordan sings the National Anthem at a Nashville Sounds game last season. Your family can audition to sing at a 2011 home game on Saturday, March 12.

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In the Heights comes to TPAC’s Jackson Hall, March 22 - 27. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Colorado Avalanche. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or Saturday AM: Go GREEN! Families can make a green

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

Village, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; demonstrations/tours 12 - 5 p.m., concert 6 - 9 p.m.; 443-2626 or

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

reading of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie followed by crafts and a visit from Cookie Mouse. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

FREE Second Saturday at Fiddlers Grove All ages can

step back in time with demonstrations at the turn of the century, focusing on how stores worked in days gone by, followed by a bluegrass concert at the end of the day. Fiddlers Grove Historic

the sound and soul of gospel music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29 - $69; 6876400 or

ditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 pm.; $27.50 - $32.50; 800-745-3000 or Please see Thursday, March 10 listing.

pate in a St. Patrick’s Day program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

to St. Patrick’s Day stories. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make magic leprechaun milk. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Storytime with Ms. Pat Preschoolers can enjoy a

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St. Patrick’s Day theme with stories and crafts. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Enjoy a live musical concert

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Local boys participate in living history demonstrations during the Spring Encampment at Historic Mansker’s Station in Goodlettsville on Saturday, March 26. Sunday Series of FUN Families can have fun making St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food items per family; 893-2141 or msewell@

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FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer

Creation Station All ages can create a dazzling dragon-

Tuesdays for Tots: Lucky Leprechaun Preschoolers

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Boston Bruins. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Rachel Sumner performs songs from her new, upcoming CD. Watkins Park Library, 612 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 862-5872 or

and their parents can visit the studio to make a lucky, green art project. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

Andrew Jackson’s Birthday Celebration Celebrate

Andrew Jackson’s 244th 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.); $8.50 adults, $5.50 ages 13 - 18, $3.50 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or

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

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

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 14 listing. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the L.A. Kings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or http://

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wed 16 FREE Murfreesboro Bird Club Hike Ages 6 and older can

search for spring migrants and resident birds. Murfree Spring at Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 14 listing.

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St. Patrick’s Day Bright Eyes Enjoy a night of folk music with Bright Eyes and special guest The Mynabirds. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 pm.; $27 - $30; 800-745-3000 or

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

fri 18 Adams and Reese Jazz Series: Al Di Meola World Sinfonia Jazz guitarist Al Di Meola brings his Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody tour to Nashville; concert is presented without the Nashville Symphony. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - $104; 687-6400 or

FREE American Girl Club Girls of all ages can

learn about the 2011 American Girl of the Year, Kanani, followed by games and activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 895-8580 or

Murfreesboro Rock School Showcase

All ages can hear the music of 33 different kids in Rutherford County who have learned to play music through the process of playing in a band. Murfreesboro Rock School, 123 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 6 p.m.; 631-0479 or (please turn to page 83)



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sat 19 5K and Fun Run The Junior Service League of Gallatin hosts

this fundraising run to benefit non-profit charities for women and children. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin; 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. one-mile fun run, 8:30 a.m. 5K; fun run is $15 in advance/$20 after March 11, 5K is $20 in advance/$25 after March 11, family rate is $50 in advance/$55 after March 11;

FREE The Brothers Grimm Nashville Opera presents this

production that follows the writing of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.;

FREE Child Seat Check Metro Nashville Police Department hosts a car seat safety inspection. Babies R Us, 5731 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 862-7738 or police.nashville. org/bureaus/fieldops/traffic.asp. FREE Community Yard Sale All ages can shop from more than 40 vendors. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 890-0355. Farmer Jason Please see page 73. 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

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Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Detroit Red Wings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: Modern Masters Families can view the new Modern Masters exhibit, then pop into the studio to create their own modern masterpiece. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can celebrate Eric Carle with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can hear a

reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

Shake, Rattle and Roll All ages can enjoy a family dance

party featuring a live DJ, light show, video wall, bubble machines and more. MAI Nightclub, 125 12th Ave. N., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $10 per walker, free non-walkers; familydanceparty@ymail. com.

sun 20 FREE The Brothers Grimm Nashville Opera presents this production that follows the writing of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; Kids can have fun with water balloon Yo-Yos during the free Cherry Blossom Festival at Nashville’s Public Square on Saturday, March 26.

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mon 21 Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy

a “Counting Kids” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Biscuit the dog visits to share stories and pose for pictures with his preschool friends. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Snack Attack! All ages can bake garlic chips. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Storytime with Ms. Pat Preschoolers can listen to a reading of Questions Questions followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

tue 22 Animal Antics All ages can meet the center’s resident hedgehog. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Party Like a Preschooler with the Zinghoppers Tots

FREE The Zinghoppers Dance Party Ages 1 - 8 can sing

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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can join cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a family concert. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Ste. 9, Franklin, and 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. 120A, Hendersonville; 10:30 a.m.; free with regular admission ($7).; 636-5343 or

they challenge the Edmonton Oilers. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Modern Masters Preschoolers and

their parents can visit the new Modern Masters exhibit, then drop by the studio to make their own masterpieces. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

and dance with members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show. Thompson Lane Branch Library, 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

Creation Station All ages can create a dazzling dragon-

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

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Anaheim Ducks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

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FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can hear a read-

FREE Rachel Sumner Kids ages 10 and younger can enjoy

SunTrust Classical Series: Prokofiev’s Fifth Conductor

music and movement fun with award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner during Kids’ Hour. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 778-1910 or rachelsumner. com.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 21 listing.

ing of Beautiful Oops followed by craft activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

Giancarlo Guerrero leads the Nashville Symphony is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 along with other works. Guests are asked to bring canned goods in partnership with Orchestras Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 21 listing.

fri 25 rutherford parent’s baby & family expo saturday, march 26 It’s all about Baby during Rutherford Parent’s annual Baby and Family Expo at Stones River Mall. Sponsored by Middle Tennessee Medical Center, families can find this year’s hottest items including toys, clothes, furniture, safety equipment and more. Take in a fashion show and enjoy live performances and demonstrations. Games and contests will take place throughout the day, and 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., and admission is free. Call 256-2158 or visit

SunTrust Classical Series: Prokofiev’s Fifth Please see Thursday, March 24 listing.

sat 26 FREE Family Program: Hank and Jimmie Loved Trains Ages 2 - 7 can join Conductor Jack for a program full

of train songs, dancing and grooving to the music of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 614-2001 or

FREE Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival All ages can enjoy this family-

friendly celebration of Japanese culture in Nashville, which features taiko drumming, a tea ceremony, origami and martial arts demonstrations, food vendors and more. Public Square in downtown Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (a two-and-a-half mile Cherry Blossom Walk takes place at 9 a.m.); http://

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Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Dallas Stars. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or http:// Saturday AM: Mmm Mosaic! Families can create mosaics using edible materials. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can listen to stories and participate in craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Saturday PM Art All ages can design spring monoprints

with artist Angelica Paige. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Saturday Morning Storytime All ages can listen

to a reading of The Curious Garden followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

Spring Encampment Discover what life was like on the early Tennessee frontier through living history demonstrations including blacksmithing, woodworking, cooking and military training. The 19th Alabama Confederate Company will conduct the “School of the Soldier 1862” while civilians demonstrate cooking, sewing, spinning and knitting at the Bowen House. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 859-3678 or SunTrust Classical Series: Prokofiev’s Fifth Please see Thursday, March 24 listing.

mon 28 Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can explore March winds. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 5 and younger can listen to stories about spring, then make a spring flower craft. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or Snack Attack! All ages can create Tahoe trail mix. Discovery

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

FREE Storytime with Ms. Pat Preschoolers can listen

to a reading of Planting a Rainbow followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

FREE The Zinghoppers Dance Party Ages 1- 8 can sing

and dance with members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show. Donelson Branch Library, 2315 Lebanon Road, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

tue 29 Animal Antics All ages can meet the center’s resident

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

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See Chris Wondolowski in action when the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team plays Paraguay on Tuesday, March 29 at LP Field. Parents and Tots Please see Monday, March 28 listing. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Vancouver Canucks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.24 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Simple Sewing Preschoolers and their parents can visit the studio to learn simple sewing and weaving techniques. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or U.S. Men’s Soccer The U.S. Men’s National Team takes the

field against Paraguay. LP Field, 1 Titan’s Way, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $20 - $150; 565-4200 or

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thu 31 Bank of America Pops Series: The Sound of Philadelphia The vocal group Spectrum joins the Nashville Symphony

for an evening of music featuring the sounds of Philadelphia soul with classic tunes like “Love Train,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “Me and Mrs. Jones.” Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $129; 687-6400 or

BBQ & Bargains This special shopping event takes place

before the Junior League’s Twice is Nice Rummage Sale. Enjoy dinner, drinks and shopping for pre-owned items ranging from furniture and antiques to electronics and kitchenware. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; $25;

Creation Station All ages can produce painted pots. Discov-

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

FREE Kids Hour with the Zinghoppers Ages 1 - 8 can

join cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a family concert. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, March 28 listing.

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davidson county Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

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

power walking and playtime. The group meets at 9 a.m. For weekly location info, call 890-5333 or visit parks.

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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

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

3 - 12; free for ages 2 and younger; Planetarium tickets are $4 members, $6 non-members on top of museum admission (laser shows are $2 more); 862-5160 or • Robotics is on display through Sunday, May 8

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

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts Mon - Fri

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

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

FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

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BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 2551422; Visit website for open bounce times.

FREE Art Smarts: Blending Children’s Literature with Art School-age children can learn about art and design through

Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Fairytales, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 915-1960 or through East Nashville every Saturday at 9 a.m. Depart from Eastside Cycles, 1012 Woodland St., Nashville; 469-1079 or

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

children’s books on the first Saturday each month. Spring Hill Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill; 1 - 2 p.m.; 931-486-2932 or

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

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit

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

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931486-0113.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

FREE Borders Books Children’s storytime activities take place every Friday at 10 a.m. at 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood (221-8805), and 545 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin (771-2870).

in Book Club every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at or call 373-3467.

FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can learn

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

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue - Sat 9:30 am. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012 • Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum is on display March 19 - June 19 • Temporary Contemporary: Jiha Moon is on display March 19 - June 19 • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display permanently

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

self-defense, self-discipline and safety during an introductory lesson the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday every month at 11 a.m. Robinson Taekwondo at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 8, Ste. 809, Franklin; 791-6655.

FREE Cooter’s Place Memorabilia representing Dukes of Hazzard at 2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville; Mon - Thu 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 872-8358 or

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112.

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

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 • Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy is on display through Saturday, Dec. 31 • Hosts with the Most: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood is on display through Thursday, June 30 • Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music is on display through Sunday, June 12

rutherford county activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or

McFadden Community Center 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-1802. Ongoing programs are: • FREE After-School Programs: School-age kids can participate in athletic activities like basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball and more Mon, Wed and Fri from 3 - 5 p.m. Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs are: • Wee Play: Ages 12 months - 2 years can enjoy stories, crafts and more every Monday; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

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

Ongoing programs are: • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 8 - 15 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

FREE Strollercoasters Moms with children ages birth

through 5 years can get together every Thursday at a different outdoor location with Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation for

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FREE Walking Club All ages, including moms with strollers

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

destinations cheatham county Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

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

davidson county Adventure Science Center Hands-on science activities.

Also home to the Sudekum Planetarium. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. (the planetarium is open from 6 - 9 p.m. on the second Saturday each month for after-hours showings); $12 adults, $9 ages

FREE Fort Negley Visitors Center Self-guided exhibits

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

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

ongoing Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum College football and basketball exhibits, sports videos, interactive games, NASCAR video games and more at 501 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 children; 242-4750 or FREE Tennessee State Museum Explore the history of Tennessee at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 741-2692 or • Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamun is on display through Sunday, Sept. 4 Travellers Rest Judge John Overton’s 1799 plantation at 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 832-8197 or

rutherford county BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or • Open Bounce: Ages 2 and older; Tue and Thu 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings) • Preschool Playdate: Ages 6 and younger; Thu and Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings) FREE Cannonsburgh Village A re-creation of Rutherford County’s historic village at 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; Tue Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; self-guided tours are free, guided tours are $2.50 adults, $1.50 ages 6 - 12; 890-0355. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Hands-on activities for all ages at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or • Robot Zoo is on exhibit through Sunday, May 8

FREE The Heritage Center Rotating exhibits of Rutherford

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

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 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., check Web site for Sat and Sun availability; $6.33 ($5.42 siblings) children, parents bounce free • Toddler Storytime: Every Monday at 10 a.m., ages 5 and younger can listen to a story, color and enjoy unlimited bouncing; $3

FREE MTSU Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum

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

Oaklands Museum Historic plantation home from the 1800s at 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or Kids can have fun seeing Hank Williams Jr.’s grizzly bear in the Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum through Dec. 31. • William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked is on display through Sunday, May 1 • Young Tennessee Artists: 2010 Statewide Advanced Placement Studio Art is on display through Sunday, April 10

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

motorcycles at 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; Thu - Mon

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $2 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 742-7445 or

Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at 3777

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

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

Sam Davis Home Historic home dedicated to the Tennessee Civil War hero at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8.50 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 4592341 or • Lessons for Ladies is on display March 1 - 31 Skate Center West 849 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 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 FREE Stones River National Battlefield The

battleground museum is open daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 893-9501. (please turn the page)

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ongoing FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at 1154

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

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

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

williamson county Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

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

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

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

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

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 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

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

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.

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

All ages can enjoy Flamingo Lagoon at the Nashville Zoo.

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.

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

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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; 859-7753 or

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

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

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

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The Homecoming (March 11 - 20; Ages 14 and older)

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

Honk! Jr. (March 25 - 27; All ages) Bravo Creative Arts Center at The Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $8 general admission, $10 reserved in advance; 599-5314 or Impressionism (continues through Sunday, March 13; Ages

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

In the Heights (March 22 - 27; Ages 10 and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $27.50 - $72.50; 782-4040 or Mahalia (continues through Sunday, March 13; Ages 8 and older) Amun Ra Theatre, 2508 Clifton Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $15; 329-4228 or The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (March 25 - April

16; Ages 12 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or

Dakota Phillips (Sandy), Mackenzie Roberts (Annie) and Johnny Peppers (Daddy Warbucks) star in the Bethlehem Players’ production of Annie, March 4 - 13. Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (March 19 - April 2;

Ages 12 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or

Annie (March 4 - 13; All ages) The Bethlehem Players at

Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin; shows on March 4 - 5 and 11 - 13 at 7 p.m. are $15 adults, $10 students; lunch shows March 5 - 6 and 12 - 13 at 12:30 p.m. and dinner shows March 7 - 8 and 10 at 4:45 p.m. are $22 adults, $18 students; 791-6456, ext. 2, or ticketsnashville. com.

Annie Get Your Gun (continues through Saturday, March 12;

Ages 8 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (March 6 only); $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are two-for-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $15); 794-7744 or

Belles on Their Toes (continues through Saturday, March

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

FREE The Brothers Grimm (Saturday, March 12; All

ages) The Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; limited seating, call for reservations; 893-7439.

Crimes of the Heart (March 25 - April 23; Ages 12 and older)

Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (April 7 and 21 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (April 3 and 17 only); $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are two-for-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $15); 794-7744 or

The Night of the Iguana (March 4 - 19; Ages 16 and older) Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Wed Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 726-2281 or See How They Run (continues through Saturday, March 5; Ages 14 and older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 at the door, $10 in advance online; 598-8950 or Shadowlands (March 25 - April 3; Ages 8 and older)

Ella (March 1 - 6; Ages 10 and older) TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505

Lamplighter’s Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 4 - 12; 5288499 or

The Foreigner (March 24 - April 30; Ages 12 and older)

Shenandoah (March 4 - 27; All ages) Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 563-2787 or artscenterofcc. com.

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.; $35 - $60; 782-4040 or

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 25 - April 16; Ages 8 and older) Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or

Goodnight Moon (continues through Sunday, April 3; Ages

4 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; most Sat and Sun 2 p.m. (check website for complete schedule); $17 adults, $12 children (opening night tickets are $10 adults, $5 children); 252-4675 or

Hairspray (March 25 - April 26; Ages 12 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Thu - Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $14 students;

Three Musketeers (March 11 - 27; Ages 10 and older) Senior Center for the Arts at Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $20 - $30 adults, $10 $15 children; ’Til Beth Do Us Part (continues through Saturday, March 19; Ages 10 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or The Wedding Singer (continues through Sunday, March

6; Ages 13 and older) Circle Players at Keeton Theatre, FiftyForward Donelson Station, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students, free ages 6 and younger (all tickets on Thursdays are $10); 332-7529 or (please turn the page)

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friend of mine in town called recently to pick my brain about whether I felt it was worth it to buy tickets to a specific event she was con-

sidering. She hadn’t yet taken her 5-year-old to a professional dance performance, and this one in question was specifically geared toward children.

Of course, the value of a ticket purchase is com-

pletely subjective, and I always think it’s worth it to introduce your kids to the performing arts.

However, if your family is on a tight budget but

you want to give your kids an enriching arts experience, two local companies offer free community performances during the year with options this month you’ll want to attend with your little ones.

Nashville Ballet presents “Ballet Beginnings” at

more than 20 libraries in the area, combining dance with storytelling of children’s folk tales. The com-

The cast of Nashville Opera’s The Brothers Grimm.

pany’s other community outreach program, “Dance Me a Story,” is similar and takes place at various locales. On Thursday, March 24 at 10 a.m., you can take your kids to the Mt. Juliet Community Center for a performance of Borreguita and the Coyote, a favorite among youngsters.

Likewise, Nashville Opera presents its annual “Opera on Tour” program that continues this month with The Brothers Grimm on

March 1, 12, 19 and 20 at different locations in Nashville and Murfreesboro (see “The Dailies” for specifics). This kid-friendly production is a perfect way to introduce your children to opera, music and art. Keeping in mind young attention spans, the 45-minute show is in English and contains full sets and costumes, audience interaction and professional opera singers and a live pianist.

If you’ve yet to take your littlest ones to a staged production, both the ballet and opera opportunities this month are best bets. And

you sure can’t beat the price!

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

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

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

• FREE Jr. Naturalist Bird Hike Friday, March 18. Ages 6 12. Hike along the Henry Hollow Loop looking for resident birds as well as early migrants. 10 a.m.

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 862-4187 or

• FREE Animal Tracks and Tracking Thursday, March 17. All ages. Learn what animals live in the park by looking for the signs they leave behind, then make an animal tracks craft. 10 a.m. • FREE Jr. Naturalist Kickoff for the Birds Wednesday, March 16. Ages 6 - 12. Learn how to use binoculars and how to identify birds in the backyard. 10 a.m. • FREE Nature and Art Program Saturday, March 5. All ages. Make bird feeders and nature art, and learn about rocks and natural features at the park. 10 a.m.

Blue Heron Nature Cruises at River Bluff Park 175 Old Cumberland, Ashland City; 385-7007 or

• Early Bird Nature Cruise Every Wed and Thu in March. All ages. Enjoy a float down the river seeing spring in bloom, wild birds and more. 12 - 2 p.m. $10 adults, $8 kids

Bounce U Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422 or

• Spring Break Create & Bounce Camp March 11, 14 - 18 and 21 - 25. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Camp includes exercise, games, arts and crafts, snacks and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • Spring Break Open Bounces March 11, 14 - 18 and 21 25. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Bounce on indoor inflatables. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • St. Patrick’s Day Open Bounce Thursday, March 17. Ages 1 - 12. Celebrate the holiday with bouncing fun. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings)

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

• FREE American Girl Club Friday, March 18. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 17. All ages. This month’s featured character is Kanani. 7 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090

• FREE After-School Explorers Every Friday. K - 3 students. Enjoy reading, activities, snacks and games. 4:15 - 5 p.m. (limited to 20 students per session); ext. 829 to register • FREE The Brentwood Bunch Book Club Monday, March 28. Grade 4 - 5 students. Participate in a discussion about the book, The Homework Machine. 4:15 - 5 p.m. (limited to

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12 students); ext. 829 to register • FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, March 12. Ages 12 and older. Watch a screening of The Cider House Rules, starring Michael Caine and Toby Maguire. 1 p.m.; ext. 838 to register

Cannonsburgh Village 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 890-0355 or tcline@

• Spring Teddy Bear Tea Party Sunday, March 27. Ages 4 - 10. Bring your favorite bear and enjoy tea party activities. 1 - 3 p.m. $2.50

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

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

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

• Backyard Bombers Tuesdays, April 5, 12 and 19. Registration deadline is Friday, April 1. Ages 4 - 5. An introduction to basic baseball skills like catching, throwing and pitching. 5 - 5:45 p.m. $15 • Landscape Design for Your Home Saturdays, March 19 and 26. Registration deadline is Monday, March 11. Ages 16 and older. Bring a photo of the area around your home you want to landscape and learn how to design, select plants, prepare the soil and more. 9 - 10 a.m. $50 • Make-it-Take-it: Welcome Spring Tuesday, March 8. All ages. Create a door hanger with spring flowers. 5 p.m. $1 • Rainbow Bright Tuesday, March 8. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 2. Ages 3 - 5. Learn every color in the rainbow and search for the pot of gold. 10 a.m. $5 • Spring Break Activities March 14 - 18. Ages 6 - 12. Enjoy a different activity each day: Scrapbooking (Monday, $10), Wiffle Ball (Tuesday, $1), Tie-Dye Shirts (Wednesday, $5), Chalk Art (Thursday, $5) and Mini Chefs (Friday, $10). 1 - 3 p.m. • Youth Volleyball Clinic Saturday, March 26. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 15. Girls ages 10 - 15. Learn basic techniques, rules and drills. 2- 5 p.m. $20

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

• FREE Second Friday Telescope Night Friday, March 11. All ages. The telescopes will be open for viewing the night sky; if cloudy, participate in an “Ask the Astronomer” program. 7 - 9 p.m. • Stellar Night Lecture Tuesday, March 8. Ages 12 and older. David A. Weintraub, Vanderbilt University professor of astronomy, leads this lecture titled, “How Old is the Universe?” 7 - 8:30 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 26. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. Call 585-9055 to register • Children’s Theater Group: Globe Players Saturdays, March 12 and 26, April 2, 16 and 23. Ages 10 - 17. Study acting, voice and movement as well as set building and auditioning skills. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $300 • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, March 3. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 • Guitar Lessons Fridays, March 4 - 25. All ages. Learn to play the guitar. Choose a one-hour increment between 5 - 8 p.m. $90 • St. Patti’s Day Craft Thursday, March 17. Ages 4 - 7. Craft a festive wall hanging. 5 - 6 p.m. $4 • Wacky Wednesday Craft Class Wednesdays, March 2 30. Ages 4 - 6. Dive into a variety of crafting experiences. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $4

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

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, March 25. 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

• Guitar Lessons Mondays, March 7 - 28. Ages 9 - 14. Learn to play the guitar with step-by-step instructions covering the foundations of all styles of guitar playing. 5 - 6 p.m. ages 9 - 11, 6 - 7 p.m. ages 12 - 14. $80 • Jitter Bugs Tuesdays, March 8 - 29. Ages 2 - 5. Improve motor skills, coordination, listening and language skills while exploring rhythm and expressing creativity. 2:30 - 3 p.m. $25 • Mexican Fiesta Friday, March 11. Ages 7 - 14. Learn to create a Mexican meal. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $16 • Piano Lessons Fridays, March 4 - 25. Ages 4 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot from 1 - 8 p.m. $80 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 1 - 17; Fridays, March 4 and 11; Mondays, March 7 and 14. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences that enhance fine motor and development skills. Tue/Thu and Mon 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tue/Thu $36, Mon and Fri $12 • Voice Lessons Fridays, March 4 - 25. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute session between 1 - 8 p.m. $80

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Preschoolers can enjoy a variety of arts and crafts activities during the Sticky Fingers Preschool Club at the Franklin Recreation Complex. • Writing Magic Tuesdays, March 8 - 29. Ages 9 - 12. Improve language and writing skills and exercise creativity while exploring characters, setting, plot, description and ideas. 3:15 - 4 p.m. $35

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

• FREE Magnificent Mandalas Saturday, March 12. Ages 5 - 10. Use bold color and precise geometry to create beautiful and elaborate patterns out of simple materials. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

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

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

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

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. March’s themes are: • March 7: Butterflies & Moths • March 14: Beautiful Bats • March 21: Powerful Thunderstorms • March 28: Parts of a Plant (flowers)

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

• Adventures in Sewing Saturdays, March 5 - 26. Ages 9 12. Learn sewing machine basics like sewing straight lines, curved lines, button holes, zippers and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $45 • American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, March 19. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. To register, call 585-9055 • Balancing a Family Circus Wednesdays, March 2 - 23. Ages 2 - 3 with an adult. An introduction to tumbling skills, balance, coordination and gymnastics. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $48

• Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, March 10 - 31. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • Introduction to Manga Drawing March 1 and 3. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of drawing Mango Shoujo and Shonen characters in the traditional big-eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $30 • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, March 7 - 28. Ages 8 and older. This program combines judo and karate in an exercise program that builds confidence and self-esteem. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $40 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, March 7 - 28. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $40 • Manga Drawing March 8 and 10. Ages 8 and older. This intermediate class teaches the fundamentals of cartoon drawing from body proportion, facial expression, clothing and costumes in the “big-eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25 • Movin’ with Mamacita Fridays, March 4 - 25. Ages 2 - 3 with a parent. Work out to Latin flair dances while your toddler shakes maracas, bells, drums and bounces along to the beat. 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. $48 • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, March 2 - 23. Ages 5 12. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $40 (please turn the page)

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Local girls have fun at the Sam Davis Home’s Teddy Bear Tea on Saturdays, March 26 and April 2. (Longview Recreation Center, cont’d) • Signing with WeMEe Fridays, March 4 - 25. Ages 6 - 30 months with a parent. Boost communication skills through sign language techniques. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $48 • FREE Spring Break Activities: Gotta Play March 21, 23 and 25. Ages 4 - 6. Participate in activities what strengthen gross motor and listening skills. 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. or 9:15 - 10 a.m. • FREE Spring Break Activities: Me and My Muscles March 21, 23 and 25. Ages 7 - 12. Use different equipment to learn about muscle conditioning. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. ages 7 - 9, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ages 10 - 12 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Wednesdays, March 2 - 30 or Mondays, March 7 - 28. Ages 3 - 6. Participate in a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon $24, Wed $30

Mansker’s Station 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 859-3678 or

• 18th Century Cooking Saturday, March 26. Ages 10 and older. Learn how to cook over an open fire. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 • Basket Making and Design Saturdays, March 26 and April 9. Ages 10 and older. Learn how to weave a berry basket similar to ones used in the 18th century in two sessions. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $25

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

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

Nashville Children’s Theatre 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 252-4675 or

• FREE Regions Free Day at NCT Saturday, March 19. All ages. Enjoy a free performance of Goodnight Moon (limit four tickets per order). 11 a.m.

Nashville Public Library 615 Church St., Nashville; 888-643-7811 or

• Family-to-Family Outreach Conference Saturday, March 26. Registration deadline is Monday, March 21. Ages 14 and older. This conference for families who have youth with special healthcare needs/disabilities will learn tips for transitioning from youth to adulthood. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $10 for parents (includes lunch and parking)

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

• Backstage Pass: Elephant Barn Saturday, March 5. Registration deadline is Friday, March 4 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older with a parent. Join zoo staff on a behind-thescenes 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); Nonmembers: $50 per person • Homeschool Days March 16 - 17. Grades K - 8. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 13. Learn about the importance of conservation by exploring the world of animals. 10 - 11 a.m. grades K - 1, 12 - 1:30 p.m. grades 2 4, 2- 3:30 p.m. grades 5 - 8. $6 members, $13 non-members

Niki G’s Fitness Studio 95 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; 424-1028 or

• FREE Music with Mommie Open House Thursday, March 3. Preschoolers and their moms. Learn about this parent/ child music class. 10 a.m.

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

• Exploratopia: Spring Break Camp March 14 - 17 and March 21 - 24. Grades K - 6. Enjoy hikes, games, stories, crafts and outdoor playtime centered on the joys of nature

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with the theme, “Who Lives Here?” 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $50 per day or $165 per session • Holiday Hike: Go Green Hike Thursday, March 17. All ages. Wearn green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and search for hints of spring green while enjoying an afternoon hike searching for four-leaf clovers. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the gate, free ages 2 and younger • Mommy and Me: Singing at the Pond Monday, March 7. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Learn about amphibians, especially musical frogs and toads. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 per child/adult pair in advance/$15 at the gate

Paige’s Pantry at Anastasia’s Boutique 115 N. Maple St., Murfreesboro; 848-6988 or

• Parent/Child Cupcake Class Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 21. All ages. Learn basic kitchen saftey, practice cake decorating methods and decorate your own cupcakes. Sun 3 - 4:30 p.m., Mon 10 - 11:30 a.m. $40

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

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Dance! Tue or Thu (ages 3 - 5), Wed (ages 5 - 12) through May. Learn the essentials of ballet and jazz in a classroom environment. Tue/Thu 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Wed 3:45 4:30 p.m. (ages 5 - 7), 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. (ages 8 - 12). $25 per month • FREE Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Series Tuesdays, March 1 - April 5. All ages. People affected by diabetes can learn how to take control of the disease. 12 2:30 p.m. • Homeschool P.E. Every Tuesday and Thursday through May 26. Grades 1 - 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3 • Springtime Tea Party Saturday, March 19. Ages 3 - 10. Wear your favorite spring outfit and enjoy sweet treats, springtime activities and crafts. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $3 • Swim Academy Mon and Wed, March 28 - April 13 or Sat, March 26 - April 23. Ages 6 months - 4 years. An American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program taught by certified water safety instructors. Mon/Wed 3:5 - 7 p.m., Sat 8:50 a.m. - 12 p.m. $60

Sam Davis Home 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 459-2341 or

• Teddy Bear Tea Saturdays, March 26 and April 2. Girls ages 4 - 10 with their moms. Wear your Sunday best and bring your favorite bear for a tea party that includes crafts, stories, refreshments a house tour and more. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. $8

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

• FREE Jr. Naturalist Kickoff: Our Feathered Friends Thursday, March 17. Ages 6 - 12. Learn about all-things bird using pictures, bird-call sounds, games, hiking with

binoculars and more. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE The Nature of Aging Saturday, March 19. Ages 10 and older. Learn about some things in nature and the journey they take in getting older. 12 - 1 p.m. • FREE Nature Play! A Public Input Meeting Saturday, March 5. All ages. The center is planning to build a natural play area and wants your input and ideas. All ages can participate in this brainstorming session from 10 - 11 a.m., and from 12 - 1 p.m. is a special session just for kids ages 12 and younger • FREE Nature Play! A Public Input Meeting: The Vision Saturday, March 26. All ages. The second meeting explores everything from the brainstorming session in order to determine the vision of the forthcoming natural play area. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Puppet Show Party Friday, March 18. All ages. Make stick puppets from brown paper sacks and paper plates, then stick around for a live puppet show. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE River Otters Saturday, March 26. All ages. Discover facts about this seldom-seen mammal in Tennessee. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Stories by the River Friday, March 11. All ages. Hear springtime stories, take a nature hike and get crafty. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Woodpeckers are Wonderful Saturday, March 12. All ages. Discover the wonders of woodpeckers. 1 - 2 p.m.

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

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

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 352-6299 or

• FREE Are You Ready for Hummingbirds? Friday, March 4. All ages. Learn what you need to know for the spring migration of the area’s smallest bird. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. • FREE The Betts Family Home Site and Cemetery Saturday, March 19. Journey back in time to explore the world of the Betts family and what happened before Warner Parks was Warner Parks. 1 - 2:30 p.m. • FREE Family Movie Night Friday, March 18. All ages. Watch cartoons with feathered friends like Foghorn Leghorn and Tweety Bird while enjoying “bird snacks” and games. 6 - 7:30 p.m. • Indoor Rock Climbing at CLIMB Nashville Saturday, March 26. Ages 8 and older. Take a trip to CLIMB Nashville for a firsthand rock climbing experience. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $17.50 • FREE Junior Naturalist: World of Birds Tuesday, March 15. Ages 6 - 12. Enjoy games, activities and crafts about feathered fliers while working on requirements to earn the 2011 Junior Naturalist badge and certificate. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Life Cycle of a Toad Friday, March 25. Ages 3 - 5. Play games and look for warty friends at the pond. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Search for the End of the Rainbow Saturday, March 17. Ages 6 -12. Participate in a scavenger hunt in search of Warner Parks’ “pot o’ gold.” 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

• FREE Spring Break Family Campfire Friday, March 11. All ages. Share songs, stories and snacks at night around the campfire. 7 - 9 p.m. • FREE Spring Star Party Saturday, March 12. All ages. View stars, planets and other celestial beings through telescopes. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. • FREE Take Flight Wednesday, March 16. Ages 6 - 12. Join members of the Edwin Warner Model Aviators Club to learn about the phenomenon of flight. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Yoga for Everyone Thursday, March 31. All ages. Stretch and strengthen outdoors in nature. 10 - 11:15 a.m. $10 ages 13 and older (proceeds benefit Friends of Warner Parks)

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

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or • FREE Animal Encounters Every Saturday. All ages. Meet a new resident animal each week and learn about the critters who call Tennessee home. 1:30 - 2 p.m. • Campfire Circle Saturday, March 19. All ages. Embark on a nature hike then relax by the campfire with songs, treats and skits. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $3 • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Nature activities to engage children’s interest in the natural world. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Hiking at Fiery Gizzard Tuesday, March 22. Registration deadline is March 15. Ages 13 - 18. Trek to South Cumberland State Park to hike up and down gorges, meander through hemlocks and enjoy waterfalls. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3

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Many families came out to gather loads of information on summer camps.

Nashville Parent’s annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair at Cool Springs Galleria was a huge success!

Cyndi and Maureen Foster

Donna and Colin Turner

Lydia HIlt

Marina Saad

Matthew Saad

Natalie, Troy, Trevor and Avery Abruzzo

Nicholas and Ian Gray

Stephanie, Brandon, Truman and Madeleine McDaniel

William McLane

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Logan is ready to explore the great outdoors with his doggie, Marley.

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A Father-Son Team Caring for Kids Since 1977

meet the doctors... Belle Meade Office Park | St. Thomas Hospital Area 4515 Harding Rd., Suite 114, Nashville, TN 37205

(615) 297-7597

Dr. George Adams Sr. has been practicing pediatric dentistry in the West Nashville/Belle Meade area for 33 years. He has provided care for more than 300,000 Middle Tennessee kids. In addition to providing great care for the kids, Dr. Adams has served as a consultant for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and on the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Committee on Sedation and Anesthesia, and Examination Committee. He also serves as a pediatric consultant for the Tennessee Board of Dentistry, and on the Tennessee Board of Dentistry Committee on Medicaid, TennCare Advisory Panel and Committee on Sedation and Anesthesia.

George Adams Sr. D.D.S., M.S.D.

He’s a father of two and has been very active in the community, loves physical fitness, running and playing golf.

Dr. George Adams Jr. has been practicing pediatric dentistry for 9 years with his father at Adams Pediatric Dentistry. His focus, in addition to providing care for his patients, is education and information. He gives children’s dental health presentations in area schools to promote good health. He is an active member at St. Mathews Catholic Church and very active in community service and mission work. He is part of the yearly Medical and Dental Mission with his church to help families in Haiti. He is the father of three – 8-year-old Olivia, 5-year-old Meg and 2-year-old William Austin. He enjoys exercise and tennis. George Adams Jr. D.M.D.

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