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Dr. Oakes, my child just got his braces off and he has prominent white spots on his teeth. What are these and can bleaching get rid of them?

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These white spots are called decalcifications. These are caused by poor oral hygiene. When a child has braces and does not brush and floss properly plaque builds up around the braces. If poor oral hygiene persists this plaque build up around the appliances begins to damage teeth. When the braces are removed the damaged areas appear white. The undamaged areas, or the areas protected by the braces, appear healthy or tooth colored. These “white spots” can only be fixed by restoring these affected areas with tooth colored fillings. Bleaching will not cure the damage done by poor brushing and flossing habits. The good news is that these “white spots” are totally preventable. Proper monitoring of a child’s oral hygiene by the patient, the parent, and the orthodontist will prevent any permanent damage to the teeth.

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The solution: • Postpartum struggles are common and treatable. Seeking treatment doesn’t mean admitting failure. • Hope Clinic for Women offers women in Middle Tennessee screening and diagnostic assessment, as well as individual or couples counseling with locations in Nashville, Spring Hill and Murfreesboro. Our counselors have received additional training in diagnosing and treating postpartum disorders. • Hope Clinic for Women has partnered with Saint Thomas Health Services to provide PPD services for women. Baptist Hospital in Nashville and Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) in Murfreesboro — part of Saint Thomas Health Services — make follow up calls to new moms once they return home. Again, please consider sharing a story about PPD with your readers. We are happy to share the myths, facts and answers of PPD and share success stories about how Hope Clinic is helping women. We also want to encourage readers facing this issue to contact resources in their area. Tabitha Pittman Hope Clinic for Women

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GJCC Swim School 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville 356-7170 • The Gordon Jewish Community Center’s new Swim School offers private, semi-private and group instruction for all ages; a parent/child class for ages 6 months - 3 years is also available. New sessions begin every two weeks, year round; the next set of classes begins Monday, April 12. Group classes are $160 for eight 30-minute sessions; private classes are $40 per 30 minutes (four-class minimum); semi-private classes are $30 per 30 minutes (four-class minimum). Guppies and Dolphins Swim 7204 N. Lamar Road, Mt. Juliet 416-3615 • Summer lessons only in an outdoor pool for ages 6 months and older run June 7 - Aug. 12. Cost is $45 for eight 45-minute classes. Jimmy Floyd Center 511 Castle Height Ave. N., Lebanon 453-4545 • Ongoing classes for ages 12 months and older. Eight 30-minutes lessons cost $60.

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Miss Anna’s Swim School 130 Belle Forest Circle, Nashville 308-0209 • Group instruction for ages 2 and older is available March - July with maintenance classes in the fall. Price is $365 for three weeks, Mon - Fri, 30 minutes per day. Nashville Aquatic Club at Centennial Sportsplex 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville 516-7711 • The Swim America Program is for ages 3 and older. The summer session begins Thursday, June 1 (registration opens Thursday, April 1 and fills up fast). Minimum cost is $140 for seven lessons; discounts available for more classes.

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Vanderbilt Swim School 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville 322-7946 • aquatics/swimschool Ongoing private classes for ages 6 months and older are $150 for four 40-minute lessons. Group sessions for the summer begin Monday, May 24. Prices range from $90 - $120 for eight- and nine-session classes. YMCAs Several area YMCA locations offer swim lessons for ages 6 months - 14 years in both group and private classes. Group lessons are $51 members/$77 nonmembers for six sessions; private instruction starts at $30 per lesson. To find a complete schedule, visit the Web site and click on “Services” on the home page.

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Science and Nature Exploration The fantastic Discovery Place (704-372-6261; is almost complete with its recent $31.6 million renovation that includes several brandnew areas to gauge every age level. Kid Science is full of hands-on exploration opportunities geared to ages 7 and younger that focuses on fun and play while gauging young minds in areas of science and math. The area’s Water Table is a big hit with small children, and there’s even a built-in unit for babies to enjoy splashing in the water. The nearby toddler play area lets tots explore texture, movement and balance. Be sure to don a cape or grab streamers and experience the Wind Wall. There is a lot to do here that will keep kids occupied, but there’s much more to explore! Pop into the Discovery 3D Theatre to view two different 15-minute animated films, or for an additional ticket, enjoy one of three IMAX films in another theater in the complex. Head upstairs to explore the Cool Stuff area that features a variety of exhibits focusing on the world of physics. Lie on a bed of nails, crush a garbage can, launch objects in the air and get creative with Kapla Blocks. The adjacent Explore More Stuff section is a hands-on lab allowing kids to conduct and create several matter and energy experiments. Visit The Stage to take in a game of rat basketball, the Glow Show and other programs. Six more new areas open between May and June. A few short miles away is the Charlotte Nature Museum (704-373-9740;, a sister facility of Discovery Place. The museum gives kids an up close look at several live animal exhibits, ranging from snakes to southern flying squirrels. The exhibits teach kids about what they can find


in their own backyards. If you’re lucky, one of the staffers will bring out Harriet, an Eastern cottontail mix rabbit, for a meet and greet. This gentle hare enjoys friendly strokes down her back from pint-sized friends. Stroll through the Butterfly Pavilion and enter the Nature Dome where the robotic, animated, storytelling Grandpa Tree comes to life to share information with kids about trees and animals throughout the seasons. The children’s activity center enables kids to read nature books, do puzzles and put on their own puppet shows, all within a cozy atmosphere.

Animal Adventures Encounter the amazing world of birds of prey at the Carolina Raptor Center (704-875-6521; in nearby Huntersville. The center rehabilitates between 700 - 800 injured birds each year. Several birds — representing more than 20 species who cannot survive in the wild — are on display along a three-quarter mile wooded trail. From barred owls and American kestrels to hawks and bald eagles, kids can have fun observing their feathered friends — especially the active turkey vultures. At each stop, you can learn more about each bird via an audio tour that operates through your cell phone. If you have an unlimited calling plan, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this as it provides a lot more information about nesting and feeding habits as well as differences between male and female members. Live bird presentations take place every Saturday and Sunday, and if you go on the first weekend of the month, for an additional fee you can take your kids on a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehab facility and meet other birds not on display to the public that are used in education programs in Charlotte-area schools. For an adventure your kids (and you!) will never forget, head about 35 miles north of Charlotte to Mooresville to the Lazy 5 Ranch (704-663-5100; This drive-through animal ranch features more than 700 domestic and exotic animals representing 75 species from six continents, including goats, giraffes, emus, ostriches, zebras, sheep, camels, elk, pot-bellied pigs, llamas and more ... there’s even a rhinoceros! Stop in the Trading Post for a couple buckets of food pellets, and once you enter the three-and-a-half mile driving trail, many of the animals come right up to your car to be fed. It’s an extremely cool experience, especially if you have big animal lovers in your family — just watch out for the ostriches and emus; they aren’t shy about stick-

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Outdoor Thrills The Charlotte area is loaded with parks, hiking trails, fishing holes and more, but it’s the U.S. National Whitewater Center (704-391-3900; that you want to make sure is on your family’s to-do list, and plan on a full day. Set on 400 acres overlooking the Catawba River, this attraction was initially designed solely as a local family destination, but also became a training ground for Olympic-level athletes. The center boasts the world’s largest man-made recirculating river that lets rafters and kayakers 8 and older experience class III - IV rapids. The tame at heart can enjoy flatwater kayaking in the Catawba. Ages 4 and older can test their climbing skills on one of the nation’s largest rock walls, featuring more than 40 roped climbs on a 46-foot spire for all skill levels. Get some cardio into your day on the 14 miles of biking trails (bikes available for rent), enjoy a hike or for a big thrill, take flight on the 1,123-foot zip line. Kids of all ages can have fun with the Eco Trekking experience. Using GPS receivers with programmed destinations, participants can explore the property to find more than 23 cache points, each one offering an educational/ environmental lesson.

Where to Stay There is a bevy of great hotel accommodations in Charlotte, but I recommend the Marriott South Park (704-364-8220), located approximately 10 minutes from downtown. The cozy rooms offer all the high-tech accoutrements you can imagine, complete with hookups for video game systems — if your kids bring one with them — for in-room downtime. The hotel is nestled in the South Park area, surrounded by several shopping and dining opportunities. Rooster’s Wood Fire Kitchen around the corner from the hotel is divine, but make reservations as tables fill up fast. ! Chad Young is managing editor for this publication.

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oddlers love spending time with mom or dad. They enjoy activities that engage all their senses as well as their bodies. If they can explore, wiggle, jump or do something that makes them curious, they love it. Keep in mind when planning play time and activities with your toddler, that attention spans are short. But there are things that toddlers and preschoolers will do for a very long time if you let them. Here are five fun ways to play with your toddler.



Toddlers are simply fascinated by bubbles. You can blow them by the hour and they will squeal with delight. Talk about colors and size when you blow bubbles. Big bubble, small bubble. Count the bubbles. Turn playtime into learning fun whenever you can. Creative Kids at Home ( offers this recipe: mix two table spoons of dish soap with one cup of water.



Blocks are another classic toy that kids love. Stackable wooden blocks, or large interlocking plastic blocks, they all stack up to fun. Make a castle or a tunnel for cars to go through. Build a house or a fort. One thing you can do that your toddler will love is to build a tower and let him knock it over. Tots love doing this.



or grandparents do, and that includes cooking. They can stir pudding or cake mix, sprinkle chocolate chips into cookie dough or put baby carrots on a dish. Let them spread their own jam on toast with a plastic butter knife.



Board books are great for little people. They won’t sit still for long, but reading to your toddler is a wonderful way to nurture a love for books. This is the age you teach them to treasure books and not tear them or write in them. Don’t worry if they don’t listen to the whole story. Simply point out various things to them in the books and talk about them. Say things like, “See the cow? What does the cow say?”



Kids of all ages love to play in the water. You can keep a toddler entertained for hours by giving them a dishpan full of water and small plastic kitchen items like measuring spoons or plastic toys. Throw in a small cloth and they are all set. If the weather is too cold to allow for outside play then use a plastic tub — always with you present. Set it right in the kitchen. These are just a few things you and your toddler can do together. It’s about quality time and it doesn’t take much to please a toddler. They simply want to be with you no matter what you are doing. !

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atching TV one evening, and a commercial came on with preteens and teens encouraging their parents to talk to them about waiting to have sex. In the commercial they assured their parents that even if Mom and Dad tell them to wait, they’ll still love them and be their little “Pooky Bear.” Chrystal de Freitas, M.D., founder of Healthy Chats, says that “health education is very much the responsibility of parents at home, regardless of what may or may not be covered in school at a later time.” So what keeps parents from talking about abstinence with teens? As a parent, it’s not always easy to have these conversations. Either you’re concerned that you’ll come across as a hypocrite because you didn’t wait, or you might see your teen as still being your baby and not the type of child that would indulge in promiscuous activity. And then there are some parents who just don’t know where to begin.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Forty-eight percent of all high school students report that they have had sexual intercourse.” It’s important to start talking with your teen as early as possible. At a young age, talk to them about love and respect in a relationship, as well as the importance of respecting themselves. Once they become pre-teens, talk to them about dating, having a boyfriend or girlfriend, their bodies and reproduction, as well as the advantages of abstinence. As teens get older, the conversation about waiting continues. Help your kids understand that having sex does not make a person more grown-up, and that it’s more than just physical contact — it has emotional consequences as well. Don’t worry if you don’t know everything about sex. The most important thing is that you’re communicating with your teens, sharing your beliefs and encouraging them to make healthy choices. Share some facts about teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Remind them that the healthy choice, and the only guaranteed way to ward off unwanted pregnancies and STDs, is to abstain.


According to, when a parent tells his teenager he wants him to wait to have sex, the son is more likely to wait. But for some parents, the hardest part of talking to teens about sex is just getting started. Take advantage of every opportunity, including TV time. If you’re watching TV with your teen and the topic of sex comes up, that’s a great time to initiate a conversation. Ask a general question about peer pressure, his friends, or ask your teen about his future goals. All can lead to a conversation to where you can share your beliefs about relationships and sex. Diolinda Brickman says her daughter initiated the conversation while in grade school by asking, “Where did I come from?” At the time Brickman gave a vague and honest answer, but found that “conversations were much easier to initiate” after her daughter had a sex education segment in


her sixth grade science class. Now they have conversations easily when they hear anything closely related to the subject.


According to the Kaiser Family Foundation ( and • “Approximately one in four sexually active teens contracts an STD every year.” That’s approximately four million teens each year. • 50 percent of new HIV cases involve individuals under the age of 25, and most are infected through sex. • 34 percent of “young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20.” • Some STDs can be spread through oral sex.


One of many responsibilities parents face is educating kids and constructing a moral foundation. Though teen sex might not be preventable, it’s important that teens are armed with information. Even if you’re encouraging your teen to wait, give him the facts. Don’t assume he knows where babies come from. Tell him about the teen pregnancy rate and the various types of STDs and how they can be contracted, as well as how these things can affect his future plans. Most importantly, persuade him to talk to you if he has any questions or concerns. Assure him that you love him and that you’re available to talk to him about anything, at anytime. Abstinence might be one way for your teen to say “yes” to the rest of his life, but being armed with facts, can save his life. ! Sharon C. Cooper is a freelance writer.

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Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park 732 Stone Fort Drive, Manchester 931-723-5073 Travel Time: 1 hour, six min. Camping/Group Camping/Boating/Fishing/Golfing Hiking/Museum/Picnic Facilities

Cedars of Lebanon State Park 328 Cedar Forest Road, Lebanon 443-2793 Travel Time: 42 min. Cabins/Camping/Group Lodge/Hiking Trails/Horseback Riding/Picnic/Swimming/Natural Features

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David Crockett State Park 1400 West Gaines, Lawrenceburg 931-762-9408 Travel Time: 1 hr., 31 min. Camping/Biking/Boating/Fishing/Picnic/Swimming Edgar Evins State Park 1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silver Point 931-858-2446 Travel Time: 1 hour, eight min. Camping/Cabins/Camping/Boating/Fishing/Hiking Picnic/ Swimming Long Hunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage 885-2422 Travel Time: 32 min. Group camping/Biking/Boating/Fishing/Hiking Trails/Picnic Facilities/Sellars Farm/Swimming Montgomery Bell State Park 1000 Hotel Ave., Burns 797-9052 Travel Time: 52 min. Camping/Group Camping/Biking/Boating/Fishing Hiking Trails/Park Inn/Swimming Mousetail Landing Rt. 3 Box 280B, Linden 731-847-0841 Travel Time: 1 hour, 33 min. Camping/Boating/Fishing/Hiking Trails/Picnic Facilities/Swimming Natchez Trace State Park 24845 Natchez Trace Road, Wildersville 731-968-374 Travel Time: 1 hour, 41 min. Camping/Cabins/Group Lodge/Park Inn/Bicycle Trails/Boating/Fishing/Hiking/Horseback Riding/ Hunting/Museum/Picnic Facilities/Playground and Sports Fields/Swimming

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Portland, TN 715-0326 • Director: Shannon McBride Join us for a week of fun! Offering 5 weeks of fun-filled horse camp (May 31 - Jun. 4, Jun. 14 - 18, Jun. 28 - Jul. 2, Jul. 12 - 16 and July 26 - 30). Lots of daily activities to help campers learn more about horses including riding, grooming, games and arts and crafts. There are a limited number of spots available so we can offer more individual attention to each child. Sign up today. Just minutes from I-65.

Ann Carroll School of Dance

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

Bachman Academy SummerQuest

414 Brymer Creek Road, McDonald, TN 37353 423-479-4523 • Email: Director: Mark Frizzell Overnight camp for boys and girls grades 6 - 12 with learning differences. Academic remediation in reading, writing and math in the mornings, exciting outdoor activities in the afternoons on the 200-acre campus or at local attractions. Weekly sessions Jun. 7 - Jul. 23. Register by Apr. 1 for $100 discount.

Baker Performance Academy

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

Barfield School of Dance

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

Battle Ground Academy - Discover Summer at BGA

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

Baylor Summer Programs

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

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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. Beacon Literacy

5016 Twin Lakes Drive, Old Hickory, TN 37138 847-0371 • Email: Providing one-on-one, individualized reading lessons for students ages 6 - adult. As America’s literacy specialists, we have the expertise to help with every type of literacy problem. We assist students with dyslexia, LD, autism, speech and language difficulties, developmental delays and more. Screening for Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (Irlen Syndrome) is also available. Guaranteed improvement in 20 sessions!

Bellevue Dance Center

7907-J Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221 662-8553 • Email: Director: Lauri Gregoire This summer the Bellevue Dance Center is offering Dance Crew HipHop camp, Princess and the Frog camp and Broadway Beginner musical theater camp. A 6-week session combining ballet and tap will also be offered for ages 3 - 8. A full range of adult classes are also offered. Visit our website or call for more information and to register.

Belmont University - Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

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

1 - 3. Session 2 is Jun. 21 - 25, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. for grades 1 - 3. Session 3 is Jul. 19 - 23, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for grades 4 - 6.

Bill Rice Ranch Day Camp

627 Bill Rice Ranch Road Murfreesboro, TN 37128 893-2767 • E-mail: Jun. 21 - 25. Exciting one-week experience for boys and girls ages 7 - 11. Beautiful 1,300 acre ranch on Hwy 96, west of Murfreesboro. Kids will enjoy daily horse rides and swimming, a delicious lunch, fun camp games, clear Bible teaching, putt-putt golf, obstacle course, hikes and more. Experience Cowboy Town, an 1880’s western town with snacks, souvenirs, games and lots of fun! Over 55 years of Christian camping experience and more than 100 staff members providing a safe and fun environment. Save $20 if registered by Apr. 30.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37129 890-6755 –and– 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 893-6003 Email: The Bushido School of Karate Summer Camp runs from Jun. 1 - Jul. 31. Camp is open to ages 3 - adult. It is a great opportunity to try a new activity with your child! Class opportunities are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and half-day on Saturday. We have two locations within 5 minutes of anywhere in Murfreesboro. After-school and evening classes also available

Blair School of Music

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

Boiler Room Theatre

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

Camp Broadstone

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

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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 Idyllwild

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

Camp Laney

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

Camp Riverside at Stones River Church 2315 Joe B. Jackson Pkwy. Murfreesboro, TN 37127 895-3590 Email: Director: Kenesha Harper

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

DAY CAMP: For ages 7 - 10. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with extended hours available. $185, lunch included. Begins Jun. 7. Swimming pool, waterfront activities, horseback riding, zip line, climbing tower, arts and crafts and more. Conveniently located in La Vergne. Your campers will enjoy a fun-filled summer in a safe and non-competitive environment. Open houses: April 18 and 25, May 2 from 1:00 - 4:00.

Camp Woodmont

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

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

Camp Y.I. (Youth Inc.) (both residential and day camps)

599 Jones Mill Road, La Vergne, TN 37086 459-3971 • Email: Director: Kim Hutchison RESIDENTIAL: Since 1945 we have been “building leaders for tomorrow.” Outdoor activities such as water skiing, horseback riding, swimming, rope courses, climbing tower, archery, arts and crafts and more provide campers a fun, safe and non-competitive environment to build self confidence and leadership skills. Give your child the gift that will last a lifetime. Conveniently located in Rutherford County. $375 one week, $675 two weeks.

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Casa dei Montessori Summer Camp

7646 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221 673-8000 • Director: Amber Jennings Offering a fantastic summer program for children ages 2 - 12. In addition to our Montessori curriculum, we offer opportunities for tie dying, sewing, pottery, knitting, crocheting, cooking, Spanish, fitness fun, beading and academic assistance. New this summer: Hands-on gardening on site with our partner Good Food for Good People. Extended care available.

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Creation Camp too! Jun. 21 - 25. Visit our website to register.

645 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37082 353-0007 • Email: Director: Elizabeth Strunk Cedar Tree Day Camp is on the grounds of Agape Fellowship Church, located on 30 beautiful acres in Bellevue. We have been in operation since 1988. Hours are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. - Fri., beginning May 26. Open to children rising K - grade 6. Daily activities include arts and crafts, outdoor games, chapel, water play, swimming and field trips.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

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

Chess Camp and Game Builder Camp

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

The Covenant School - Covenant Camps 33 Burton Hills Blvd. Nashville, TN 37215 467-2313 Email:

Creekside Riding Academy and Stables

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

Cox Family Martial Arts - Summer of Champions Enrichment Camp

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

Creative Me Gymnastics 871 Seven Oaks Blvd. Smyrna, TN 37167 459-5512 •

Email: Summer camps include games, sports, swimming and gymnastic lessons. Girls camp Jun. 21 - 25 and Jul. 19 - 23. Boys camp Jun. 28 - Jul 2 and Jul. 26 - 30. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $160 per week. Registration begins Mar. 1 on our web site. 2359 Lewisburg Pike Franklin, TN 37064 595-7547 Email: Director: Kris Moore Day campers will learn safe horse handling and how to groom. Daily riding lesson, trail rides and playing games on horseback. Workshops teach beginning to advanced riders ages 5 - 15 new techniques and horsemanship. Camps are held each week in June and July. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Early drop off and late pick up available during June. For more information call or visit our website.

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

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2159 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. C-5 Murfreesboro, TN 37129 907-1155 â&#x20AC;˘ Email: Director: Jimmi Lou Tate Register your young dancer for â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Stepsâ&#x20AC;? Beginner Ballet Orientation for ages 3 - 5. Classes will be held Apr. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Cost effective, time-efficient dance classes designed to acquaint the youngest dancer with the joy of movement and the fun of dance school. A brief â&#x20AC;&#x153;mommy orientationâ&#x20AC;? session is included at the beginning of the first class. Student receive priority enrollment for summer and/or fall classes and a free tutu just in time for Easter baskets.

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

3845 Perkins Road Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Station, TN 37179 794-2918 â&#x20AC;˘ Email: Director: Fred Reyes A top quality camp at an affordable price! Over 100 beautiful acres just 10 miles south of downtown Franklin and fifteen minutes from Spring Hill. Registration includes a camp t-shirt and DVD of the week! RESIDENTIAL: For pre-teens (grades 3 - 5) and teenagers (grades 6 - 12). Five-night camps offering exciting recreation, a daily Bible study and evening worship. Adventure recreation includes ropes courses, 45 ft. climbing tower, paintball, swimming with sand beach, Aqua Park, zip-line, canoeing, kayaking, archery, BB guns, wiffle ball, volleyball and crazy games. DAY CAMP: Five-day camps offering games, crafts, daily Bible story, lake swimming, zip line, Aqua Park, canoeing, kayaking (life jackets required and provided for all water recreation), climbing

tower, BB guns, archery and more. Four weeks to choose from, register for one or more. Transportation and extended care available.

Discovery Center of Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 890-2300 â&#x20AC;˘ Discovery Center offers hands-on, minds-on and fun summer camps for kids from K - grade 7. Discovery Center camps broaden your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in the world around them and inspire their imagination and creativity.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-6900 â&#x20AC;˘ 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 parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nights out.

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7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B1 Nolensville, TN 37135 776-4202 â&#x20AC;˘ Director: Cheri Urie Now registering for summer classes and camps! Themes include Beauty and the Beast, Tinkerbell, Little Mermaid and Butterfly Ballerinas. Acting workshops, hip-hop dance camp and a dance intensive also offered. Guest instructors include Broadway cast members from Beauty and the Beast, and dancers from Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Dance Crew and Veggie Tales national stage tour!

Elite Martial Arts Warrior Camp

6940 Moores Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027 661-5595 â&#x20AC;˘ Email: Director: Daniel Klapheke Kids learn skills of the samurai and ninja warrior. Includes martial arts, tumbling, archery, throwing stars, blow guns, jousting, padded weapons, stealth games, obstacle courses and more. Ages 5 - 12 yrs. Jun. 7 11, Jun. 21 - 25 and Jul. 19- 23, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. $219.

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1 Franklin, TN 37064 599-7003 â&#x20AC;˘ Email: A family dance center promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. To teach performance skills, we perform in-school (non-mandatory) dance concerts. Register now. Summer sessions begin in June. Franklin Ballroom for ages 13 - 70+ now available.

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Ensworth Summer Camps

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

Expressways To Learning - TN

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

For Kids Only

3421 Old Anderson Road Antioch, TN 37013 366-1750 Come and explore during our Summer Quest 2010! With themes like Carnival Fun, Mini Maestros and Young Authors, we’ll have a blast and learn cool stuff, too! Kids will also enjoy weekly water play days, visits from special guests and much, much more. Don’t forget about our one-of-a-kind school-age program, Discovery Kids. A summer program like no other that’s jam-packed and fun-filled for ages 2 - 12 yrs.

Franklin Road Academy

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

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1746 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste. 104 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-9606 • Email: Director: Kaylee Cahoon Ballet Princess Camps for ages 4 - 6 and 6 - 9 introduce lead characters and stories of four ballets. Students have daily technique, explore hair, makeup, shoes and costuming of the prima ballerina. Also offering dance sampler camp, boys hip-hop, creative drama, and creative movement for ages 3 and up. See website for details.

Franklin Tae Kwon Do

1010 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064 599-0050 • Kid-fit Summer Boot Camp. Ages 6 - 12. Jun. 7 - 25, Jul 5 - 30 and Aug. 2 - 6. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. $149/week, $35/any one day. Current membership not required. Kick Start Course Special: Free tuition for first month (offer expires 04/30/10). Programs for ages 5 - 11, 12 - 16 and 17 - older. Two free trial classes for any program.

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

383-0490 • Email: Camp Sycamore Hills and Camp Holloway offer fun for girls in grades 2 - 12. Two to nine nights. Build new friendships, face new challenges and have life-changing experiences. Learn outdoor skills with a twist of creative arts at Camp Holloway and enjoy horse programs at Camp Sycamore Hills. Activities include arts and crafts, rock climbing, rappelling, obstacle courses and canoeing. Based on Girl Scout core values such as leadership, friendship and making the world a better place.

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Harpeth Hall Summer Camps

121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8 Franklin, TN 37067 370-4FUN (4386) • Exciting summer programs with activities like arts, games, inflatable and sports challenges for ages 5 - 12. Daily schedules include organized art/crafts/performance workshops, free play/play groups and organized games to help physical, mental and social development. Performing arts such as drama or magic and sports are also featured as many of our staff are athletes or involved in drama. 1101 Moher Blvd., Franklin, TN 37069 595-2525 • Email: –and– 108 Cinema Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075 822-9300 • Email: Whether gently holding infants, encouraging toddlers to share or providing preschoolers with enriching activities, The Goddard School supports the healthy development of children from 6 wks. - 6 yrs.

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

170 Windsor Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 356-5510 • Email: Director: Amanda Jankowski We offer one-week long day camps for children K - 8 including science, chess, theater, sports camps and much more. Our goal is to provide for the safety of your children this summer. In doing so, we will create an environment conducive to learning, to having fun and full of activities. Camps run Jun. 7 - Jul. 30. 1575 Campbell Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 851-6872 Email: Director: Anne K. Hardin Hardin’s Hills is a family horse farm offering summer day camps Jun. 14 - 18 and Jul. 19 - 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kids ages 7 - 11 can come join us for days filled with horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, nature hikes and creek/pond exploration. Horse riding lessons and boarding also available. References available upon request. 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN 37215 297-9543 • Email: Director: Sukey Johnson Julia Child. Jane Goodall. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Georgia O’Keefe. No matter who your hero is, come go beyond your expectations at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls of all ages can spend halfand full-day at our week-long camps exploring science, developing artistic talents, perfecting athletic skills and just plain having fun. continued on page 63 ...


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

Hermitage Dance Academy

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

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 2010: 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.

Horton Haven Christian Camp (both residential and day camps)

3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091 931-364-7656 • Email: Director: Kevin King Conveniently located just one hour south of Nashville. Bible lessons are taught daily. Visit our website for more information and to register. RESIDENTIAL: One-week sessions for ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14 and 15 - 18. Campers experience archery, air rifles, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, swimming and many other exciting activities. Teens can experience our 45-ft. high zip line which spans 600 feet. We now offer three-week camp sessions for ages 6 - 11.

DAY CAMP: Come experience exciting games, crafts, bible lessons, swimming and much more. Get away from the TV, video games and iPods. It’s a great way to see what camp life is all about. Three weeks to choose from: Jun. 28 - Jul. 2, Jul. 5 - 9 and Jul. 19 - 23. Space is limited so register early.

iD Tech Camps

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

J Kelley Studios Inc.

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

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Montessori Academy

901-576-6985 • One Session only, Jun. 14 - Jul. 2 on the Vanderbilt University campus. Science, math and engineering camps for ages 8 - 18. KNT’s “Build Your Own PC and Keep It” camp only $1450. Some kids play on computers, our kids build their own!

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

McCallie Sports Camp

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


301-8589 • Email: We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers directly to you. We provide lessons throughout the day and evening for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral. Special rates available for lessons before 3 p.m. We teach ALL ages! 6021 Cloverland Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027 833-3610 • Email: Director: Korine Walther Our Summer Zone programs begin Jun. 1 and run through Jul. 30. We will offer water days, crafts, weekly themes, community visitors and field days for the day camp students. Call or visit our web site for more information.

Montgomery Bell Academy

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

Mpact Sports - Camp Mpact 2010

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

Music Star Studios

509-1753 • 2010 Summer Music Camps are almost here! Campers strengthen their knowledge of music theory through cooperative games, learn how to play various rock styles and elements, sing their Broadway heart out, learn to play as an ensemble and take their musical ability to the next level. Experience the internationally renowned methods we use and have fun at the same time.

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 371-5437 • Email: link available on web site —and— 204 N. Anderson Lane Hendersonville, TN 37064 824-8002 • Email: link available on web site We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes help students improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and unparalleled student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13

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Nashville Children’s Theatre

724 Second Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37210 254-9103 • Email: Director: Julee Brooks NCT offers a range of drama camps for students pre-K - 12. Most camps are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri., with before- and after-care available. Older students can specialize in stage combat, behind the scenes (technical theater), circus arts and musical theater.

Nashville Dance Center (NDC)

4004 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215 385-7997 • Email: NDC was voted one of the best dance studios in Nashville by the readers of .$&/0"##,)*$+,(-)magazine, and was voted one of the top 50 schools in the U.S. by 1$(2,)34"+"- magazine! Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced student who is dancing for fun or training for a professional career, you will enjoy taking classes at NDC.

Nike Tennis Camps

at MTSU, Murfreesboro 800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226) Because tennis is serious fun! Boys and girls. Overnight camps for ages 9 - 18. Day camps for ages 5 - 18. All ability levels welcome.

Oak Hill Day Camp

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

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

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

PB&J Day School

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

Peachtree Farms Horsemanship Camp

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington, TN 37014 419-1089 • Email: Director: Polly Grammer Our camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8, full-day for ages 6 and older. Aftercare available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center offer a chance to excel in competition.

Pope John Paul II High School - Camp JP II

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

Prairie Life Fitness

300 Shingle Way, Franklin, TN 37067 764-3984 • An upscale family fitness club. Offering summer camps for kids including basketball, cheerleading, science, cooking, dance, karate, crafts and Kids Bootcamp. Camps run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (extended care available). We have the finest instructors and the cleanest facility in Tennessee. Counselors are infant and child CPR certified and are experts in their field. Day camp pricing is also available. Camps are open to members and non-members. Ask about our early-bird discount. See you this summer! continued on page 66 ...

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7104 Crossroad Blvd., Ste. 128 Brentwood, TN 37027 373-8340 –and– 1279 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 758-5126 Email: Pump It Up offers a summer camp experience for ages 4 - 10. It’s a new adventure every day with different themes so the kids are sure to have a blast! Camp consists of organized activities, crafts and snacks and children are divided by age group. Space is limited.


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Riverview Camp for Girls

757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 35984 800-882-0722 • Email: Director: Susan Hooks Voted #1 sleep-away camp six years in a row in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Only two hours away from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions available for girls 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six activities to take daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

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.

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 • Email: link available on web site 38 years of dance. State-of-the-art facilities and top quality teachers. Call our 24hour info line (292-4488) to find out four things you should know before choosing a dance studio. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, tumbling and more. Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and girls. Voted #1 dance studio by .$&/0"##,) *$+,(- readers for ten consecutive years.

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3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37209 297-2966 ext. 20 –and– 500 Wilson Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027 661-0460 • School of Nashville Ballet offers all new full-day options for dance camp! Our full-day (ages 7 and up) and half-day (ages 4 and up) summer dance camps offer a fun variety of dance, workshops and performance opportunities. Your child will experience professional dance training in a cheerful, nurturing environment.

Shamburger Productions Summer Theatre Camp 2010

at First United Methodist Church 265 W. Thompson Lane Murfreesboro, TN 37130 Email: Directors: David and Kristi Shamburger Two unique theater opportunities this summer for children ages 5 - 16. The Theatre Experience – Children will learn theater techniques, play theater games, work age-appropriate scenes and experience drama. $150. Jun. 1 - 17, 12:30 2:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Summer Theatre Camp – Features a performance of Seussical, The Musical, Jr. $195 (register before Jun.11). Jun. 28 - Jul. 17, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

Space Camp and Aviation Challenge

One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 800-637-7223 • Email: Director: Kami Davis Space Camp and Aviation Challenge are camp programs of the

U.S. Space and Rocket Center. By focusing on space, aviation and teamwork, you will learn to become the next generation of astronauts and fighter pilots. Get ready for a week of nonstop fun and adventure. Begin your adventure on our website.

Sports Kids Academy

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

St. Cecilia Academy – Camp St. Cecilia

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

StageWorks Summer Performance Camps

5641 Meadowcrest Lane, Nashville, TN 37209 948-4298 • Email: StageWorks offers the best theater camp experience in Nashville. Our musical theater camps give children ages 8 - 14 the opportunity to work with some of Nashville’s best professional performers on a variety of scenes, songs and dances from the golden age of Broadway. If your child likes to do it all, they’ll love StageWorks.

Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37220 832-8197 • Email:

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

University School of Nashville (USN) Summer Camps

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

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

606 Valley View Ranch Road Cloudland, GA 30731 706-862-6190 • Email: Director: Nancy Jones Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954. Atop Lookout Mountain, for 60 girls, 8 - 17; one to nine weeks, 600 acres, english, western barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend four to six hours daily with your own horse. Swimming, pottery and other secondary activities. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls dreams come true! continued on page 69 ...

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Ensworth offers camps & academic courses for boys & girls, grades P1–12

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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. Vanderbilt Football Camp

2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville, TN 37212 322-2251 • Email: High-energy, non-contact football camp allows younger players to develop and learn techniques at all positions. Passing, blocking, running, tackling, catching, returning and defending are emphasized. Campers learn the value of teamwork as they utilize their new skills and compete in our fast-paced games of Dore-Ball. No pads needed, just workout clothing (shirt, shorts, cleats and shoes).

Vanderbilt Tennis Camps

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

Victory Ranch

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

Wado Karate Centers

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

Watkins College of Art and Design Summer of the Arts and Pre-College Programs

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228 383-4848 • Email: Dedicated to providing the finest art instruction, our program sets the stage for students of all ages to learn the process of creating art in a variety of fascinating mediums. Week-long summer camps and a pre-college program emphasize the process of thinking, designing, communicating and creating. Adult courses are also offered.

Westside Gymnastics

11 Vaughn’s Gap Road, Nashville, TN 37205 352-8533 • Email: Director: Geri Griffith Introduce your child to a camp where fitness is fun! Westside offers gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer, tennis, multisport, rhythmic gymnastics and Kindy camps. Camps also include swimming, arts and crafts and game time. Ages 3 - 15.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview, TN 37062 799-9925 • Email: Entering our 39th summer in beautiful Fernvale Valley. Campers create their special day by choosing their own activities. Activities include creek play, horseback riding, arts and crafts, zip line and our new 40 ft. climbing and rappelling wall. We provide a safe and fun environment where campers enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and making life-long friendships. Bus transportation is provided from Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin.

Williamson County Parks and Recreation

1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064 790-5719 • Email: Williamson County Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of summer programs for children including a general day camp for ages 5 - 12, art camps for preschoolers to teens, sport camps for ages 8 - 13 and swim teams for ages 5 - 18. Call or visit our website for more information.

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2304 E. Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670 812-385-3597 â&#x20AC;˘ Email: Director: Mark Scoular Join us for a week of summer fun and design your own activity schedule with campers and staff from over 25 states and seven countries! Make new friends, flying from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blob,â&#x20AC;? sliding down the water zip-lines, YMCA Camp Carson has it all. Horseback, motorized dirt bikes, archery, canoeing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, archery, marksmanship, climbing, pottery, woodworking and the camp radio station. New for 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mountain bikes! All multi-week campers take a weekend trip to Holiday World and Splashinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Safari. Just three hours northwest of Nashville, we offer co-ed programs for campers age 7 - 16. Christian emphasis based on YMCA core values â&#x20AC;&#x201C; faith, caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. ACA accredited. Call for a free full-color brochure and informational DVD.

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301 W. Sixth St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 423-265-0455 â&#x20AC;˘ Email: Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee offers a wide range of programs. Traditional as well as specialty camps. One-week sessions. 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include traditional camp activities and adventure programs such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, mountain biking and caving. June - August. Co-ed ages 7 - 17.

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3088 Smith Springs Road Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 â&#x20AC;˘ Voted #1 Day Camp by .$&/0"##,) *$+,(- readers 12 years in a row! Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from downtown Nashville. Bus transportation is available. Activities include water skiing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, Tom Sawyer swing, The Blob, 150 ft. Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hockey, alpine tower, zip line, fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more.

YMCA Day Camp Offered at select area YMCAs, these camps fill each day with exciting adventures, fast friendships and lasting memories. Choose from specialty camps, sports camps or a traditional day camp format. Ages 5 - 12. Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Before- and after-care available. Visit our website for locations and camp schedules.

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Nashville-area girls don bunny ears and face paint during Eggstravaganzoo at the Nashville Zoo. This year’s festivities take place Saturday, April 3.

:A3+-5*0!D FREE Brentwood Easter Egg Hunt Ages 12 and younger can search for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy face painting and compete in the jelly bean guessing contest. Park area at Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road; 3:30 p.m. Easter Bunny arrival, 4:15 p.m. egg hunt; 371-0090, ext. 838, or brentwood-tn. org/library. Creation Station All ages can participate in an April Fool’s Day art project. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the St. Louis Blues. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or


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5*>85-24!9234:0 FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 514-5000 or

Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

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

FREE Davis-Kidd Booksellers Storytime All ages can

enjoy book readings and activities every Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat at 10 a.m. at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 385-2645 or


SunTrust Classical Series: Thibaudet Returns Pianist

Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music including works by Strauss and Barber. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $35 - $85; 687-6400 or

6+85*0!B Boat and RV Show Learn about the latest in watercraft and

recreational vehicles. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304-B W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; Fri 1 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $4 adults, free ages 14 and younger; 494-8879 or

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts Mon - Fri at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Fairytales Bookstore, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore. com. Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.

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

Plantation Station Stories and crafts for ages 1 - 4 with

their parents. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Wednesdays at 10 and 11 a.m.; $3 per child, free for adults; 356-0501, ext. 31, or

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

in Book Club every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Ages 8 and younger can enjoy music and movement fun. Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

Easter Egg Hunt Meet Peter Cottontail, participate in games,

search for eggs and get acquainted with baby farm animals, including special rainbow-colored chicks. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; Fri - Sat 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.; $8 ages 3 and older, free ages 2 and younger; 274-3786 or

Egg Hunts on the Farm All ages can meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and enjoy other activities including the petting farm, hay stack maze, spider slide, cow train rides and more. Conductor Jack Zinghopper performs on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8; 382-7593 or FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

+3:A;+62+5!9234:0 FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112. McFadden Community Center Located at 211 Bridge Ave. in Murfreesboro. Call 893-1802. Ongoing: • FREE Academic Club: All ages can participate in various

-,"!#&")"*$ FETCH Fun Fridays Preschoolers can explore math and

science by conducting activities and experiments from the TV show FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

FREE Friday Night Family Game Night All ages can play a variety of games in the café. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 895-8580 or

Juggleville V: The King of Clubs All ages can enjoy a per-

formance by a 40-member cast of jugglers, acrobatics and physical comedy. Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at Blair School of Music, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m.; $7; 800-745-3000 or

NASCAR Camping World Series Race Kids and adults can take in a fast-paced truck race. Nashville Superspeedway, 4847 McCreary Road, Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $10 - $145; 547-7500 or

play carnival games and visit with the Easter Bunny. Richard Siegel Community Park, 515 Cherry Lane, Murfreesboro; 1 p.m.; 867-4913 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Thibaudet Returns Please

Watertown and back while visiting the Easter Bunny. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or

see Thursday, April 1 listing.

FREE Tenebrae Service The sanctuary choir presents an

Easter Bunny Excursion Train All ages can ride the rails to

Easter service through song and scripture with narrator Bob Loflin. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 298-9517 or

FREE Easter Carnival All ages can hunt eggs, play carnival games, bounce on inflatables and enjoy food. Rock Springs Church, 1000 Waldron Road, La Vergne; 10 a.m.; 220-2220 or


Easter Egg Hunt Please see Friday, April 2 listing.

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can learn about a

specific animal that calls Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017.

Boat and RV Show Please see Friday, April 2 listing. FREE Citywide Easter Egg Hunt All ages can hunt for eggs and exchange them for prizes at the Egg-Change Booth,

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rom April 3 - May 1, Nashville Ballet brings to life the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to 14 public libraries in the Greater Nashville area. During each performance, Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, tells a child’s version of the story, complete with activities and coloring pages. All performances are free. For the complete list of dates, times and locations, visit and find a link to the schedule on the home page.

Rachel Klisavage as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in Nashville Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

FREE Easter Egg Hunt All ages can bring their baskets,

search for eggs, win prizes, enjoy ice cream and more. The Community Church, 1600 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 371-5886.

FREE Easter Egg Hunt All ages can enjoy a reading of The Easter Egg, then find hidden eggs in the children’s department. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FREE Easter Eggstravaganza All ages can hunt for eggs, meet the bunny, participate in crafts and more. Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Road, Nashville; 3 - 6 p.m.; 382-6210. Easter Eggstravaganza Ages 10 and younger can hunt

for eggs, visit the bunny and enjoy other holiday activities like face painting and games. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5 per vehicle; 459-2341 or

FREE East Nashville Community Easter Egg Hunt

Ages 12 and younger can find eggs, play games, enjoy face painting and inflatables, and more. Edgefield Baptist Church, 700 Russell St., Nashville; 11 a.m.; 255-0468 or edgefieldbaptist. org.

Egg Hunts on the Farm Please see Friday, April 2 listing. Eggstravaganzoo Families with children 10 and younger

can participate in one of Nashville’s largest Easter egg hunts on the zoo grounds, complete with bunny games and prize packs. Watch resident animals hunt for special eggs made and hidden for them. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; see Web site for specific age-appropriate egg hunt times; 833-1534 or

(please turn the page) activities pertaining to subjects learned in school every Tuesday through May; 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. • FREE Homework Help: Students in all grade levels can find help with homework assignments Mon - Fri; 3 - 5:30 p.m. • FREE Youth Basketball: Kids can practice their skills and participate in full-court scrimmages every Mon, Wed and Fri; 3 - 5 p.m.

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 • Youth Volleyball: Ages 11 - 18 can build their skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

• Water Polo: Ages 13 and older play water polo every Tuesday; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth

FREE Strollercoasters Parents with kids 5 and younger

can enjoy a stroller power walk at a different location in Murfreesboro every Thursday at 10 a.m. For location details, visit

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

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


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

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can

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


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

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FREE Owen Farm Easter Egg Hunt Ages 8 and younger can hunt for eggs in age-appropriate divisions. Owen Farm, 825 Crocker Road, Chapmansboro; 10 a.m. gates open, 12 p.m. hunts begin; 428-2702 or FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a live reading of As You Like It. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 1 - 4 p.m.;

Spring Art Hop All ages can enjoy arts and crafts, musicians,

storytellers, an egg hunt with more than 15,000 candy-filled eggs and more. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 17 and younger; 356-8000 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Thibaudet Returns Please

see Thursday, April 1 listing.

FREE Through the Ranks: Civil War Living History Event Cavalry re-enactor Mark Choate and Abraham Lincoln

presenter Dennis Boggs bring their portrayals to the closing day of the Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee exhibit. Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, 100 Frank Clement Place, Dickson; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 446-0500 or

FREE Walk Through Jerusalem Experience the sights and sounds of Jerusalem during Christ’s final week through a marketplace environment with re-enactors. New Hope Community Church, 605 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.; 373-1590.

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Boat and RV Show Please see Friday, April 2 listing.

FREE Elite Energy Easter Egg Hunt Ages 1 and older can enjoy an egg hunt and open gym play. Elite Energy Gymnastics, 2121 Barfield Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m. ages 1 - 4, 2:15 p.m. ages 5 - 8, 2:30 p.m. ages 9 and older, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. open gym; 890-6611 or

FREE Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt All ages can search for

eggs, meet the Easter Bunny and participate in an egg-decorating contest for prizes. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 10 a.m.; 443-2839.

Fellowship Easter Egg Hunt All ages can gather eggs,

FREE Meet the Fairy Queen All ages can meet the Fairy Queen from Nashville Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream during storytime. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race All ages can watch their favorite drivers race around the track. Nashville Superspeedway, 4847 McCreary Road, Lebanon; 3 p.m.; $10 - $145; 547-7500 or

bounce on inflatables and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Fellowship Church, 2511 Hwy. 99, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 8934659 or

wooden butterfly houses from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For a Home Depot location near you, visit

7245*0!H FREE Meet the Fairy Queen All ages can meet the Queen of the Fairies from Nashville Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream during storytime. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy

a bouncing bunnies program. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. (“The Dailies” continue on page 84)



11, free ages 6 and younger; for reservations, call 884-3999 or visit

FREE Walking Club All ages, including moms with strollers

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


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

D&1")@20;-"%9$ 9A;*:A*7!9234:0 AdventureWorks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows participants to glide through the forest on eight zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-and-a-half tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $49.20 adults, $8.27 youth (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit


Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

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

Nashville Ghost Tours Learn the historical, haunted

heritage of Music City during a 90-minute guided tour of downtown. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue; Wed - Mon 8 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 -

BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or Open bounce times: • Family Bounce Night: Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $8.95 first bouncer, $7.95 additional bouncers (includes pizza and a drink), $3 non-bouncing parents who want to eat • Open Bounce: Ages 2 and older; Tue and Fri 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • Preschool Playdate: Ages 6 and younger; Wed - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $6.95 ($5.95 siblings)


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have a healthy fear of heights, but every so often I feel the need to address it by doing something radical ... at least for me. Recently, I found an exciting outlet for helping conquer my fraidy cat perspective of heights while experiencing an exhilarating rush: a zip line excursion! AdventureWorks in Kingston Springs has been around for nearly 25 years offering motivational and recreational teambuilding to corporate clients. Last year, the destination became more family friendly with the addition of a zip line course. Nestled on 40 lush acres of wooded hills alongside the Harpeth River, the property itself is conducive to an extreme outdoor adventure. The 90-minute excursion includes nine zip lines (one of which guests do twice, so technically you get 10 zips). After “suiting up” in a harness and helmet, a tour guide leads your group to the first line, akin to a “bunny slope.” After brief instruction on how to hook the harness’s pulley device to the cable, it’s time to take off running until there’s no more ground under your feet and you zoom through the air letting gravity deliver you to the other side. I admit I came close to chickening out, but didn’t want to be upstaged by the 6-year-old in the group who was eager to go first and laughed like a hyena all the way across the line. The first zip was a little unnerving to me once my feet were dangling. I found myself white-knuckling the rope connected to the pulley on my harness, but I fought the urge to clamp my eyes shut (besides, you have to know when you’re about to crash — I mean land — on the other side). Once I made it, my adrenaline pumped; I was ready for more! Each consecutive line is longer and higher off the ground than the prior, and a couple of them start so high in a tree that you are on a platform and when ready to go, you just jump and glide — AWESOME! The longest line is 450 feet long and 85 feet tall. Traveling at a speed of 25 - 30 miles per hour high off the ground is breathtaking, and it’s really quite something when you’re brave enough to fly across hands free! One of the lines is dual, side by side, so two zippers can take off simultaneously and race to the other side. The excursion is much fun for all ages. If you’re like me, you’ll want to do it again immediately. While you’re there, you can also check out the Giant Swing. Harness up and let the others in your group pull you up to a maximum height of 60 feet in the air via a rope and pulley system. Tug on

Elana Surgener of Smyrna has a blast zipping through the canopy hands-free at AdventureWorks.

the rip cord and go sailing through the air rigged to a cable device secured in the tree tops. This one is not for the faint of heart. The brave, little thrill seekers in my group LOVED the swing and didn’t hesitate to be hoisted up as high as it went. This month is a perfect time to plan an outing as leaves are back in bloom. I have no doubt your kids will deem you the coolest parent on the planet if you take them to AdventureWorks. Excursions take place daily every month of the year and are by reservation only. There is no minimum weight requirement, but maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds. The zip tour is $49.20 for adults, $38.27 for kids 17 and younger; family discounts are available. The Giant Swing is an additional $15 per person for two swings. AdventureWorks is located at 1300 Narrow Road. For more info about other opportunities like the High Adventure, Quantam Leap and Adventure Challenge, or to book a trip for your family, call 297-2250 or visit — chad young (“The Dailies” continue on page 86)

D&1")@20;-"%9$\2/0%-e# Lucky Ladd Farms 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville;

274-3786 or Themed events take place every weekend in April: Easter Egg Hunts (April 2 - 3), The Magic of Spring (April 10 - 11), Celebrate Earth (April 17 - 18) and Barnyard Babies Bash (April 24 - 25). Visit Web site for times and admission.

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

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 Bring your bikes and helmets for free bike tours every Saturday, April - October, rom 8:45 - 10 a.m. at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 893-9501.

-374;+!9234:0 Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion This exhibit of real

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

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf, batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or Kids Party Jumps Kids can bounce on inflatables at 134 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; $5; 826-8010. Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary by activity; 859-7753 or 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.

Celebrate Earth Day at TPAC!

Positive Discipline

Build Your Parenting Toolbox with Jane Nelsen

April 15, 2010 ~ 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Belmont University Beaman Center 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville Open to the public. Space limited. Dr. Nelsen helps parents avoid: • Morning hassles • Chore hassles • Bedtime hassles • Mealtime hassles • Homework hassles • Sibling fights

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TPAC’s Johnson Theater 2:00 and 4:00 pm Sunday matinee performances (no lobby activities)

This unique blend of comedy, puppetry and storytelling, adapted from Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale, proves that one man – and his dog – can transform a barren wasteland into a lush forest, one tree at a time.

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TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills) Groups of 10 or more call 615-782-4060 Title Sponsor:

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TPAC Family Field Trips are funded in part by:

Leading Hotel Sponsor for TPAC Education, Homewood Suites by Hilton - Nashville Downtown

*TPAC Family Field Trip performances are appropriate for both children and adult audiences. However, because some elements of the story are portrayed in quiet, engaging sequences, the artistic staff recommends this performance for children seven years and older. If you have specific questions about performance content or age appropriateness, please call 615-782-4000 before purchasing your tickets.


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p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can hear a reading


Southern Women’s Show Moms and daughters can enjoy

FREE Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham Storytime A costumed interpreter from Belmont

Mansion will read a story and tell children what it was like to live in the 1850s. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Ages 8 and younger can enjoy music and movement fun. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 6365343 or Homeschool Day Enhance your homeschool curriculum with an afternoon of special science workshops and classes. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 members, $12 non-members; 862-5160 or Snack Attack! Please see Monday, April

5 listing.

Snack Attack! All ages can create a turtle cracker critter.

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


Trey McIntyre Project Enjoy an evening

of ballet. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $37; 322-2471 or

Animal Antics All ages can meet the ball python. Discovery


FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Ages 8 and younger

Bookworms Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can visit different stations for stories, snacks and crafts. MGL Library, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3; 8937439.

Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 8902300 or

can enjoy music and movement fun. Chick-Fil-A, 3063 Mallory Lane, Franklin; 5 p.m.; 636-5343 or

Little Labs Preschoolers can participate in age-appropriate lab

activities, crafts, movement activities and storytime. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; $9 members, $14 non-members; 862-5160 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 5 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: Flower Power! Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy the new blooms in the Howe Wildflower Garden then visit the studio to grow their own flower power. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12

winning solo artist and bass player Stanley Clarke joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of jazz delights. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $50 - $110; 687-6400 or

I might be stubborn, but I’m still cute! Celebrate all-things-me during Mule Day, April 8 - 11 in Columbia.

production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

Mule Day Enjoy old-time activities with a mule theme, including arts and crafts, mule-pulling shows, clogging demonstrations, inflatables, live music and more. Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive, Columbia; Thu - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $7 at the gate, $12 weekend pass, free ages 11 and younger; 931-381-9557 or

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

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

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

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.

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,



Adams and Reese Jazz Series: Stanley Clarke Award-

Make Me Feel This Original Cast Broadway Revue Troupe


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


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

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

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.

shopping, cooking, demonstrations, healthy lifestyle tips, fashion shows, celebrity guests, prizes and more. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St.; Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 849-0248 or

Creation Station All ages can make crazy colored marble


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

of Little Blue Truck, followed by songs and crafts. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

5*>85-24!9234:0 Adventure Science Center The interactive BodyQuest

explores the human body, and the Adventure Tower provides hands-on activities in areas like earth science, sound, light and health. Also home to the Sudekum Planetarium, now

(“The Dailies” continue on page 88) showing Stars, narrated by Mark Hamill. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 5:30 p.m. (the planetarium is open from 6 - 9 p.m. on the second Saturday each month for after-hours showings); $11 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12; free for ages 2 and younger; Planetarium tickets are $4 members, $6 non-members on top of museum admission (laser shows are $2 more); 862-5160 or

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

-,"!#&")"*$ Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo Explore more than 100 booths, display gardens, Tennessee’s largest plant sale, workshops and more. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults ($10 for a three-day pass), free ages 11 and younger; 973-2112 or


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat This Pull-Tight Players musical opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

Mule Day Please see Thursday, April 8 listing.

Oliver! This Center for the Arts musical opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

Southern Women’s Show Please see Thursday, April 8 listing.

Potty Talk This Rhubarb Theater Company Production opens

FREE The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County This Wishing Chair Productions puppet play opens

today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

FREE Trailside Yoga All ages can learn simple stretches

and postures they can do on the greenway after walks or rides. Murfree Springs Wetland Trailhead at Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m.; 895-5040.

FETCH Fun Fridays Please see Friday, April 2 listing. FREE Friday Night Family Game Night Please see

FREE Twice is Nice Rummage Sale Shop for pre-owned

Friday, April 2 listing.

How to Eat Like a Child (and other lessons in not being grown up) This Sunshine Players production opens today.

furniture, antiques, electronics, clothing, books, kitchenware and more. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Nashville’s mission of enriching the lives of women, children and their families. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.;

I Remember Mama This Towne Centre Theatre production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

FREE Wild Horse Event Bring lawn chairs and watch Wild

For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

Horse Ministries perform a two-hour round pen demonstration featuring a local 2-year-old gelding using gentling techniques for training. Spring Creek Farm, 5023 Carters Creek Pike, Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; 595-0353.

In a Dark, Dark House This Vanderbilt University Theatre

production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.



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very year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC; sponsors the Week of the Young Child, a special week to raise awareness of quality childhood education in child-care settings. While most of the workshops and seminars are for early childhood educators, the local event — sponsored by the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children (NAAEYC), Vanderbilt University and several Nashville organizations — also includes several happenings for the community, including special events at local attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Cheekwood, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, Warner Parks Nature Center, Nashville Zoo and more. The kick-off celebration takes place Sunday, April 11 at Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville) from 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is $14 adults, free ages 12 and younger. To learn more about Week of the Young Child and for a full schedule of educator workshops and community events, call 383-6292 or visit

1;$*;1$2G2$"-*$\2/0%-e# Belmont Mansion Tour the summer home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, built in 1853, at 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 460-5459 or Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

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


• Abstract Visions: 20th Century American Art is on display through Monday, May 3 • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012 • Temporary Contemporary — Virginia Overton is on display through Sunday, June 13 • Soaps, Flukes & Follies is on display through Sunday, Sept. 12 • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011

FREE Cooter’s Place Memorabilia representing Dukes of

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

girls can bring their favorite dolls and learn about ways to have fun being Earth smart. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 12 p.m.; 264-0183 or

FREE Animal Encounters Please see Saturday, April 3. FREE Celebration of Spring Families can welcome spring with relay races, bird and wildflower identification hikes, pontoon boat rides (ages 3 and older with an adult), a snake exhibit and more. Edgar Evins State Park, 1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silverpoint; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 931-858-2446 or http://foeesp. Cornhole Tournament All ages can participate in this inaugural tourney in a round robin format, then double elimination. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 a.m.; $10 per two-person team; 851-2255. Deaf Day The deaf and deaf/blind community can enjoy presentations and programs specifically designed for them. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free with zoo admission ($14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger); 833-1534 or (“The Dailies continue on page 90) Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum A variety of exhibits featuring stage costumes, instruments, art, photographs and multimedia displays at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $19.99 adults, $11.99 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 416-2001 or • Brenda Lee: Dynamite is on display through Sunday, June 13. • Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy is on display through Dec. 31. FREE Fort Negley Visitors Center Self-guided exhibits

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FREE Family Fun Day Take in the grand re-opening celebration of the park with food, wagon rides, fishing and hiking. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; The Great Train Expo This model railroad show features

dealers from across the country as well as many operating model railroads in different sizes and scales. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, free ages 11 and younger;

FREE Heart to H“Art” Families can enjoy this art and

wellness open house that includes sample classes in fitness, wellness and art. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.; 302-0971, ext. 10, or

Little Labs Preschoolers can participate in age-appropriate lab activities, crafts, movement activities and storytime. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; $9 members, $14 non-members; 862-5160 or Mule Day Please see Thursday, April 8 listing. A Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keillor’s popular radio show broadcasts from Music City today. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 4:45 p.m.; $30 - $85; 800-745-3000 or Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the St. Louis Blues during their final home game of the season. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $250; 770-7825 or

Rigoletto This Nashville Opera production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

The childhood classic Charlotte’s Web opens at Nashville Children’s Theatre on Tuesday, April 13.

Saturday AM: WILDflowers Families can visit the wild-

Harding Road, Nashville; 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; 352-7620 or April 9 listing.

FREE Williamson County Community Band All ages can enjoy an afternoon of music and refreshments during the Williamson County Community Band’s first concert of its 2010 season. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road; 3 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 10.

Southern Women’s Show Please see Thursday, April 8 listing.



Sunday Series of Fun Families can enjoy a Grossology

The Great Train Expo Please see Friday, April 10 listing.

Boiler Room Benefit Concert Point of Grace and Melinda Doolittle share the stage to raise money for Boiler Room Theatre at 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $50 general admission, $100 (includes VIP seating and meet-and-greet with Doolittle); 794-7744 or

flower garden then stop by the studio to make their own wild creation. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger, $30 household cap); 356-8000 or

program. Old Fort Park Pavilion 3, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food items; 893-2141.

FREE Temple Arts Festival More than 50 works of

jewelry and art are up for show and sale. The Temple, 5015

FREE Twice is Nice Rummage Sale Please see Friday,

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Lane Motor Museum More than 150 unique cars and

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

Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at 3777

• FREE Music in the Grand Lobby every Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and every Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Hermitage Home of President Andrew Jackson.

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

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

Nolensville Road, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; 8331534 or Every Saturday in April, master gardeners will share gardening tips and answer questions. Free with gate admission, topics are: • April 3: Antique flowers and roses • April 10: Vegetable gardening • April 17: Medicinal herbs • April 24: Culinary herbs/cooking with heirloom veggies

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 • April’s theme for educational programs is “Country Kitchens, Spring Greens and Other Things”

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 (in the Sommet Center); Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 children; 242-4750 or

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

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Charlotte’s Web This Nashville Children’s Theatre production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101. FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Ages 8 and younger can enjoy music and movement fun. Chick-Fil-A, 470 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna; 5 p.m.; 636-5343 or zinghoppers. com.

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 12 listing. Pragmatic Language & Social Skills Workshop Learn about pragmatic language delays, explore treatment options and more. The Brown Center for Autism, 2702 Greystone Road, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $5; 385-7994 or

Tuesdays for Tots: American Impressionism

Preschoolers and their parents can view impressionist work and make their own piece of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 3568000 or

Creation Station All ages can make crazy colored marble

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

Positive Discipline Seminar Please see “What’s News,”

page 25.

FREE Rivers and Spires Festival Celebrate Clarksville’s

history and heritage through an international street festival with arts and crafts, live music, car shows, children’s activities and more. Commerce Street in downtown Clarksville; Thu 4 - 8:30 p.m., Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 931-552-9006 or

Straight Outta Hannibal!: The Life of Mark Twain, Rock Star This People’s Branch Theatre production opens today. For

details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

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@;54;-5*0!D] Grease This Wesley Foundation musical opens today. For Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn

details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

to count. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, April 12 listing.

Snack Attack! All ages can make a hungry caterpillar in the


kitchen and celebrate National Library Week. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Bank of America Pops Series: Cherryholmes Bluegrass


sensation Cherryholmes joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music blending gospel, Celtic, jazz and more. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $40 - $125; 687-6400 or

Animal Antics All ages can meet the ferrets. Discovery Cen-

FREE Celebrating Our Children Health screenings, nutri-

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


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

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FREE The Heritage Center Rotating exhibits of Rutherford

and the Bowen Plantation House at 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 859-3678 or manskersstation. org.

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.;


FREE American Girl Club Girls of all ages can bring their

favorite doll for an American Girl Club mystery event, including mysterious games, activities and crafts. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 895-8580 or

Bank of America Pops Series: Cherryholmes Please

see Thursday, April 15 listing.

Don’t Dress for Dinner This Murfreesboro Little Theatre production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101. FREE Friday Night Family Game Night Please see Friday, April 2 listing.

The Odd Couple This Encore Theatre Company production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

tion information, bicycle safety tips, voter registration, library card sign-ups and more. Whitsitt Elementary School, 110 Whitsett Road, Nashville; 3:30 - 6 p.m.; 445-8310, ext. 222.

activities for all ages. 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 • The Bone Zone: Carnival of Healthy Choices is on display through Monday, May 31.

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

Street Theatre Company musical opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

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

Mansker’s Station A reconstructed 1779 log station

FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at

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

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

@8//8*7-24!9234:0 Carnton Plantation This home was a field hospital during the Civil War at 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors; $5 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or Carter House A Battle of Franklin museum at 1140

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

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

@8/-24!9234:0 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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their comfiest PJs and listen to bedtime stories. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 p.m.; 264-0183 or

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FREE Rivers and Spires Festival Please see Thursday, April 15 listing.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or FREE Trailside Yoga Please see Friday, April 9 listing.

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the Education of Young Children sponsors this event with activities for all ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5 - 7:30 p.m.; 890-2300 or

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo This inaugural event whose proceeds benefit children’s charities in Wilson County features more than eight rodeo events along with children’s activities. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Fri - Sat 5:30 p.m.; $10 in advance/$15 at the door adults, $8 in advance/$10 at the door ages 12 and younger; 444-5503 or

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-*:3+5*0!DE 17th Annual Pedal the Parks and Parkway Bike Tour Friends of Warner

Parks hosts this annual ride for all ages. Choose a 25- or 50-mile course down Natchez Trace and along the Harpeth River. Warner Parks Special Events Field, Old Hickory Boulevard and Vaughn Road, Nashville; 8 a.m. registration, rides take place from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $25; 370-8053 or


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Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: Scheherazade

The Enchantment Theatre Company uses masks, puppets and magic to bring the story of The Thousand and One Nights to life with the Nashville Symphony. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $12.50 - $25; 687-6400 or

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FREE Arbor/Earth Day Celebration All ages can celebrate Mother Earth and trees with live entertainment, tree climbing and zip line fun, environmental programs for children, demonstrations and more. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 794-2103 or

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ew and expectant parents can find everything they need for their infant during Nashville Parent’s Baby Fair. A joint event with Baptist Hospital, the fair features vendors with baby clothing, furniture, safety equipment, local resources, nutrition and exercise information, and more. The hospital will present classes in breastfeeding and newborn care, and tours of the birthing/maternity floor depart every 30 minutes between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Baby Boot Camp is ongoing during the event, which includes instruction in diapering, swaddling, taking a newborn’s temperature and more. Win prizes by participating in games throughout the day, and register to win thousands of dollars in prizes from USA Baby & Kids. The Baby Fair takes place at the Baptist Hospital Campus, at the 21st Avenue entrance in Nashville. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more info, call 256-2158 or visit

Astronomy Day Celebrate the cosmos and visit with local astronomers to discover the latest news in space research along with hands-on activities. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $9 children); 862-5160 or Bank of America Pops Series: Cherryholmes Please

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FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Preschoolers can

enjoy an introduction to the music of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave., S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 416-2001 or

sponsors this event featuring a wide range of entertainment including live music, celebrity appearances, inflatables, superhero and Star Wars characters, hayrides, a traveling children’s museum and more. Tennessee Children’s Home, 5350 Main St., Spring Hill; 12 - 5 p.m.; admission is a donation of gently worn or new shoes or canned food items;

FREE Pet University This collaboration between Happy Tales Humane and the Act Too Players includes music, skits, dance and children teaching other children about kindness, compassion and responsible pet ownership. The Factory at Franklin’s common area, 230 Franklin Road; 2 p.m.; 791-0827. FREE Pioneer Days All ages can celebrate spring in pioneer

fashion with butter churning, old-time music and dance, hayrides, blacksmithing and other demonstrations, and more than 40 crafters and food vendors. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 890-0355.

FREE Earth Day Festival Exhibit topics include clean water, green living, recycling, outdoor adventure or farming. Live entertainment, a scavenger hunt and an interactive children’s area round out the event. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 242-5600 or

FREE Rivers and Spires Festival Please see Thursday,

FREE Healthy Parks — Healthy You All ages can sample

fitness classes, tour the wellness center and learn about available programs. Fairview Recreation Center, 2714 Fairview Blvd.; 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.; 799-9331 or

FREE Heart to H“Art” Families can enjoy this art and

wellness open house that includes sample classes in fitness, wellness and art. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road; 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 10 or

FREE Kidgits Little Planet Helpers Eco Event Ages 10 and younger can learn how to take care of the planet through games, activities, recycling tips, crafts and more. Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 514-1100 or Mile-long Yard Sale Trip All ages can ride the rails to

Watertown and search for treasures at the city’s huge community yard sale. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or


Harlem Globetrotters All ages can experiencing the fancy basketball-playing skills and tricks of the world-famous Globetrotters. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $21.69 - $117.53; 800-745-3000 or WIN TICKETS! We’re giving away a family four-pack of tickets. Log in to and click on “Giveaways” in the “Activities” tab to enter. The winner will be notified by phone on Monday, April 12. FREE “No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me!” This

two-hour workshop provides parents with tips for handling power struggles and getting cooperation. Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; 866-570-6824.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or

7245*0!DJ Jammin’ to Beat the Blues Vince Gill and friends perform an evening of music to raise funds for the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 $39.50; 800-745-3000 or See Ant Atkison hoop it up with the Harlem Globetrotters on Sunday, April 18 at Municipal Auditorium.

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Saturday AM: Earth Day Families can visit the studio

to experiment with recycled materials and turn them into art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger, $30 household cap); 356-8000 or

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or FREE Spring Carnival and Cruise-In Bring the family out

for games, food, silent auctions, crafts and a car show. Carroll Oakland Elementary School, 4664 Hunters Point Pike, Lebanon; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 444-5208.

FREE Star Party All ages can join local astronomers for a look at the night sky. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 8 - 10 p.m.; 401-5092 or (“The Dailies” continue on page 96)



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FREE Dumplin’ Days Experience storytelling, children’s ac-

tivities, old-time games, live music, a corn hole contest, a dumplin’ cook-off and more. Fiddler’s Grove at the James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 12 p.m.; 444-5503.

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo Please see Friday, April 16 listing.

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April 17 at 11 a.m. Nashville Symphony Kelly Corcoran, conductor Enchantment Theatre Company Relive the fantastic stories of The Thousand and One Nights, including “Aladdin’s Magic Lamp” and “Sinbad the Sailor,” as the orchestra performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s imaginative music. The Enchantment Theatre Company will use masks, puppets, magic and movement to evoke far-off lands and to underscore the powerful themes of love and adventure found at the heart of these timeless Arabian tales.

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Ollie Otter from Tennessee Highway Patrol and learn about community helpers. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can celebrate Earth Day be eating “dirt and worms.” Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 890-2300 or Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or

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Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 8902300 or

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Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or Tuesdays for Tots: Recycle-mania! Preschoolers and their

parents can experiment with recycled materials and make an Earth Day creature. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or


Fourth Annual Open Arms Care Foundation Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Adults can enjoy an

afternoon on the greens and bidding on silent auction items. Proceeds benefit Open Arms Care, a nonprofit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Forrest Crossing Golf Course, 750 Riverview Drive, Franklin; 12 - 5 p.m.; $125; 324-0558.

My Fair Lady This Star Bright Players production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101. FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can participate in stories, songs and crafts. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or Waiting for Godot This Amun Ra Theatre production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, April 19 listing. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 11:05 a.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 $14 game day; 690-4487 or

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Mark Twain’s Is He Dead? This Arts Center of Cannon County production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101. A Midsummer Night’s Dream This Nashville Ballet production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

The Passage to Fey This Lakewood Theatre Company

production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

Rumpelstiltskin This Steeple Players production opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or (“The Dailies” continue on page 99)

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FREE Stroller Strides Open House Moms and babies

can participate in a trial class, enjoy refreshments and win giveaways. River Park, 1100 Knox Valley Drive, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 800-682-0420 or

FREE Trailside Yoga Please see Friday, April 9 listing.

-*:3+5*0!B] FREE Children’s Mental Health Week 13th Annual Zoo Day The Children’s Mental Health Week Coalition kicks

off its week of awareness with a health-and-wellness fair, games, entertainment, prizes, crafts, costumed characters and more. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; admission is free for the first 500 people (limit two adults per family), regular zoo admission applies afterward;

Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon Ages 12 and older can run in the half marathon, while ages 18 and older can race the full marathon. Free post-concert for participants concludes the event. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 a.m.; marathon $110 and half marathon $105 through April 18, both are $145 day of event; Cycling for Children Charity Ride Participate in a 20-, 40or 62-mile ride to raise money for children’s programs in Spring Hill and Thompson Station. Tennessee Children’s Home, 804 Branham Hughes Circle, Spring Hill; 6:30 - 8 a.m. registration and breakfast, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ride and lunch; $30; 302-4949. FREE Dog Daze of Hendersonville This fundraiser for Safe Place for Animals features canine contests, games, displays, vendors, obedience training sessions, photo ops, groomers and more. Memorial Park on Main Street; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 451-7342. FREE Earth Day Celebration in the ‘Boro All ages can

celebrate Mother Earth with live musical performances, food and earth-friendly info booths and activities. Civic Plaza, 111 Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 494-0407.

FREE Fancy Nancy Poetry Party All ages can enjoy fancy

games, fancy words, fancy treats and more. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 12 p.m.; 264-0183.

FREE Main Street Festival More than 200 artisans and

crafters, four entertainment stages, a full-scale carnival and three international food courts fill downtown during this festival’s 27th anniversary. Historic Public Square and Downtown District, Franklin; Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (the carnival opens on Thursday; hours are Thu - Fri 5 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. 10 p.m. and Sun 12 - 6 p.m.); 591-8500 or

FREE Mommy Mixer/Business Expo Women of all ages

can enjoy vendors with homemade baby bibs, tag blankets, Mary Kay products, specialized cakes, health services and more. The Peanut Gallery, 2204 Spedale Court, Spring Hill; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 302-0123.

Saturday AM: Japanese Garden — Wabi Sabi Families

can make a Wabi Sabi inspired piece of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger, $30 household cap); 356-8000 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Bird Buffet Preschoolers and their parents can make a craft to attraction the attention of their feathered friends. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

FREE Snake Appreciation Day All ages can become better acquainted with their reptile friends and learn the role they play in natural habitats. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 1 - 3 p.m.; 217-3017.


FREE Squarefest This arts and crafts festival also features food, live music, children’s activities and more. Public Square in Gallatin; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 452-5692. FREE World Tai Chi Day All ages can learn about and

practice one of the oldest forms of exercise and natural health. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 895-5040.


2010 Go Red for Women Luncheon This heart-healthy

luncheon also includes health screenings, interactive exhibits and breakout sessions supporting Go Red for Women’s mission to encourage women to make life-changing choices to beat heart disease. Franklin Marriott, 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin; 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; $250; 340-4110 or

George Strait and Reba Enjoy the country sounds of George Strait and Reba in the round with special guest Lee Ann Womack. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $72 - $92; 800-745-3000 or


FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner engages kids in song and dance. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 778-0055 or

FREE Tennessee Valley Winds This community concert

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, April 26 listing.

FREE Main Street Festival Please see Saturday, April 24

band/wind ensemble performs and afternoon of music. Cason Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 893-2141.


:A3+-5*0!BJ Creation Station All ages can make a recycled art project.

Mancini Madness The Murfreesboro Symphony performs

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

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can investi-

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Memphis Redbirds. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make edible kites. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $5; 8902300 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Chopin & Mahler Pianist Ingrid Fliter joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of classical music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $35 - $105; 6876400 or



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

The Conscientious Objector This GroundWorks Theatre

an evening of music by Henry Mancini. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $40 adults, $15 students; 898-1862 or gate insects. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $5; 890-2300 or

FREE Conductor Jack Zinghopper Ages 8

and younger can enjoy music and movement fun. Chick-Fil-A, 2005 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m.; 636-5343 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 26 listing.

play opens today. For details, see “On Stage,” page 101.

FETCH Fun Fridays Please see Friday, April 2 listing. FREE Friday Night Family Game Night Please see Friday, April 2 listing.

FREE Organ Concert Jean-Baptiste Robin from the Cathe-

dral of St. Peter in Poitiers, France, performs an evening of organ music. Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 255-7729 or

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Memphis Redbirds. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $8 $12 in advance, $10 - $14 game day; 690-4487 or SunTrust Classical Series: Chopin & Mahler Please

Ssssssss ... All ages can learn the role slithering reptiles play in their natural habitats during Snake Appreciation Day in Murfreesboro on Saturday, April 24.

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he final production of Circle Players’ 2009-2010 season, To Kill a Mockingbird (continuing this month through Saturday, April 10), will be its last at Looby Theater, the venue Circle has called home for the past four years. Circle has known its share of venues in its 60-year history, including TPAC many years ago — yes, Circle IS Nashville’s oldest surviving community theater company. Circle’s 61st season will open this fall at Fifty Forward: Donelson Station, more commonly known as Donelson’s Senior Center for the Arts. Basically, the new locale is a “cafetorium” — a cafeteria setting with enough space for a makeshift staging area for performing arts. I’m sorry, but that’s just not the kind of place that Nashville’s flagship community theater company should be in. In a recent phone conversation with Jim Manning, Circle’s board president, he admitted that he’s sure there will be a drop in attendance from certain patrons who won’t be willing to drive to Donelson, but hopeful the company will pick up area newcomers who might never have experienced a Circle show before. But WHY is Circle moving? Looby is owned by and operated through Metro Parks, who recently jacked up the theater’s rental fee so drastically that the non-profit theater company simply can’t afford it any longer. Manning says the Circle board spent months trying to negotiate with Metro Parks, City Council, even the Mayor’s Office, all to no avail. Metro Parks is under scrutiny, Manning says, for certain financial mishandlings that were reported in The Tennessean — but is that really what Circle fell victim to? I asked Metro Parks’ resident theater manager, Carolyn German (who deferred me to Jackie Jones, community affairs superintendent for Metro Parks), whether other community theater groups are still renting the Looby. Yes, it turns out, the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project (TWTP). Well, no offense to TWTP, but it’s hard for me to swallow the idea that IT is more financially solvent than Circle and can afford the high Looby rent when Circle cannot. Could it be that TWTP is receiving a behind-the-scenes deal considering that German just happens to be a local playwright whose work has been produced by none other than TWTP? According to German, the rate increase discussion with Circle began two years ago stemming from “aspects of things not working for us.” Hmmm ... Both German and Jones state that Circle had been paying a reduced rate under a pilot partnership and the company knew that it wasn’t a long-term agreement. Both women say the parting of ways was mutual and amicable and that “Circle was outgrowing the space,” yet Manning expressed unfairness and that Circle’s relationship with Metro Parks “has been strange for a while.” If Circle was truly seeking a new venue due to a need for more space, then why would its board spend months negotiating with Metro Parks in an attempt to remain in Looby? My call to Metro Parks’ Interim Director Tommy Lynch (who Jones says was in the meetings with Circle) was unreturned at press time. Jones and German’s well wishes for Circle aside, there seems to be something rotten in the woodshed, no? Meanwhile, best of luck to Circle at its new home — and perhaps it’s time for the community to help build Circle a new resident theater here in Nashville proper! Sounds like we could use one.

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Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

(continues through Saturday, April 17; Ages 14 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. (no shows April 13 - 14); $46.50; 782-4040 or

FREE The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (April 9 - May 22; All ages) Wishing Chair Productions

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Charlotte’s Web (April 13 - May 16; All ages) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Tue - Fri 10 and 11:45 a.m.; most Sat - Sun 2 p.m. (opening day is at 6:30 p.m.); $17 adults, $12 children; 254-9103 or nashvillechildrenstheatre. org. The Conscientious Objector (April 30 - May 8; Ages 13

and older) GroundWorks Theatre at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 262-5485 or

Don’t Dress for Dinner (April 16 - 25; Ages 13 and older) Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 893-9825 or The Fantasticks (continues through Saturday, April 17;

Ages 10 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (April 8 and 15 only); Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (April 4 only); $25 adults, $23 students, $19 ages 11 and younger; Sunday matinees are $2 off, Tuesday tickets are two for $25, all tickets on Thursdays are $15; 7947744 or

Frankly, My Dear (continues through Saturday, April 24; Ages

Bakari King as Jim and Patrick Waller as Huck in Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Make Me Feel (April 8 - 10; All ages) Original Cast Broadway

Potty Talk (April 9 - 17; Ages 14 and older) Rhubarb Theater

Mark Twain’s Is He Dead? (April 23 - May 1; Ages 8 and

Rigoletto (April 10 and 13; All ages) Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Sat 8 p.m., Tue 7 p.m.; $17 - $82.50; 832-5242 or

Revue Troupe at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium, Garland and 22nd Avenues, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $10; studentorgs.vanderbilt. edu/originalcast.

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

older) The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 563-2787 or

Grease (April 14 - 18; Ages 10 and older) Wesley Foundation

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 23 - 25; All ages)

at MTSU, 216 College Heights Ave., Murfreesboro; Wed - Fri 8 p.m., Sat 6:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 8930469 or

How to Eat Like a Child (and other lessons in not being grown up) (April 9 - 11; All ages) Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439.

I Remember Mama (April 9 - May 1; Ages 9 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

In a Dark, Dark House (April 9 - 17; Ages 12 and older) Vanderbilt University Theatre at Neely Auditorium, West End Avenue, Nashville; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10; 322-2404 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

(April 9 - May 1; Ages 10 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; 790-6782 or

Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $23 - $77; 782-4040 or

Company at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlottte Ave., Nashville; Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12; 397-7820.

Rumpelstiltskin (April 23 - May 2; Ages 9 and older) Steeple Players Community Theatre, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students, $10 ages 9 and younger; 826-6037 or Straight Outta Hannibal!: The Life of Mark Twain, Rock Star (April 15 - 24; Ages 13 and older) People’s Branch

My Fair Lady (April 22 - 25; All ages) Star Bright Players at

Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $5; 790-5719, ext. 10 or

Theatre at Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; Wed - Sat 7:15 p.m. (with an additional 12 p.m. show on Saturday, April 17); $18 adults, $10 students; 383-9140 or

The Odd Couple (April 16 - May 2; Ages 12 and older)

To Kill a Mockingbird (continues through April 10; Ages

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 598-8950 or

Oliver! (April 9 - May 2; All ages) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $14 adults, $12 students, $10 ages 11 and younger; 904-2787 or The Passage to Fey (April 23 - May 8; Ages 8 and older) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; 847-0934 or

10 and older) Circle Players at Looby Theatre, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. (there is a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 3), Sun 2 p.m. (no performance on Sunday, April 4); $15 adults, $12 students, free ages 6 and younger (all tickets on Thursdays are $10); 332-7529 or

Waiting for Godot (April 22 - May 9; Ages 13 and older) Amun Ra Theatre Playhouse, 2508 Clifton Ave., Nashville; Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $15; 329-4228 or theamunratheatre. org. (please turn the page for “The Parent Planner”)


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Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090, ext. 851 or • FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, April 10. All ages. Enjoy a screening of Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney and Walter Hudson. 1 p.m.

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

• American Girl Spring Tea Saturday, April 24. Ages 4 - 10. Bring your favorite American Girl doll and celebrate spring in the 1800s Leeman House, complete with refreshments. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $2.50

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

• Backyard Bombers April 6, 13 and 20. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 1. Ages 3 - 5. Learn basic baseball skills like catching, throwing and hitting during practice drills. 5 p.m. $15 • FREE Commando Capture the Flag Saturday, April 10. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 8. Ages 8 - 12. Join a team and construct an obstacle course to hide your team’s flag while trying to capture the one belonging to the opposing team. Event takes place at the Moss-Wright Park football field. 10 a.m. • Father/Son Challenge Saturday, April 17. Registration deadline is Friday, April 9. Ages 8 - 12 and their dads. Compete against fellow father/son teams in foul shooting, football throwing, scooter relays and sports trivia. 1 - 3 p.m. $15 • Hardware Jewelry Class Friday, April 30. Registration deadline is Monday, April 26. Ages 8 - 14. Make jewelry from ordinary materials found in a tool box. 5:30 p.m. $7 • Lacrosse Clinic Mondays in April. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 1. Girls ages 8 - 17. Learn about the game and sign up for a recreation team for the summer. 6 p.m. $20 • Secondhand Sculptures Saturday, April 24. Ages 7 - 12. Create a sculpture from common recyclable matierals. 10 a.m. $5

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

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


Local kids can dip candles during “Days of Washing, Churning and Learning” at Oaklands Historic House Museum on April 29 - 30. Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd.; 799-9331 or

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, April 24. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $45. Call 585-9055 to register • Jr. Jazzercize Fridays, April 23 - May 21. Ages 5 - 11. Learn the importance of health and exercise through fitness games, easy-to-follow dance moves and light strength training. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $50. To register, visit fairviewjazz. com • Kid’s Scrapbooking Album Saturday, April 17 or Monday, April 26. Ages 8 - 12. Make a one-of-a-kind 12-page scrapbook. Sat 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mon 6 - 8 p.m. $25 • Little One’s Imagination Friday, April 16. Ages 3 - 6. Explore many different art forms. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $4 • Young Champions Thursdays, April 1 - May 13. Ages 4 15. Learn cheerleading techniques and pom dance routines. 5 - 5:45 p.m. ages 4 - 6, 6 - 6:45 p.m. ages 7 - 9, 7 - 7:45 p.m. ages 10 - 15. $7 per week with a $7 registration fee

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

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

• FREE How to Get Thousands of Dollars for Your Child’s Education Tuesday, April 13. Parents. Learn how you can receive additional money for your child’s college fund. 7 - 8:30 p.m. • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mon, Wed or Fri or Tue and Thu, April 12 - 29. Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained). Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences designed to enhance fine motor and development skills. Mon, Wed or Fri 9:30 11 a.m., Tue and Thu 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $18 Mon, Wed or Fri; $36 Tue and Thu • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club: Free Choice Fridays April 23 and 30. Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained). Participate in craft experiences that enhance fine motor and development skills. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $12

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

• FREE Frist Center Kids Club: Travel Journals Saturday, April 10. Ages 5 - 10. Create travel journals for your upcoming summer adventures while learning a unique bookbinding technique. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, April 30. 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. (Find more “Parent Planner” events on page 104)

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• Annual Friends of Nashville Ballet Spring Tea Sunday, April 18. Registration deadline is Friday, April 9. All ages. Moms and their children can enjoy finger foods, tea, door prizes and dancing with Nashville Ballet ballerinas. 2 p.m. $45 adult/child pair (includes teacup and saucer); the $150 adult/child pair Prima Ballerina Patron packages includes the cup and saucer, along with autographed pointe shoes and a ballerina gift

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

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• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy nature-theme stories and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. April’s themes are: • April 5: Butterflies & Moths • April 12: Damselflies & Dragonflies • April 19: Creek Connections • April 26: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

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• Creative Kids April 17 and 24. Ages 5 and older. Explore creativity while painting and decorating wood objects, making pictures with felt, designing bracelets and creating crafts. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. $5 • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, April 8 - 29. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • Earth Day Week: For the Birds Thursday, April 22. Ages 5 and older. Bring your own recycled materials like pine cones, cereal boxes or milk cartons and create a birdfeeder. 4 - 5 p.m. $7 • Earth Day Week: Paper Product Crafts Wednesday, April 21. Ages 5 and older. Bring paper products to turn into crafts. 5 - 6 p.m. $7 • Earth Day Week: Plastic Product Crafts Wednesday, April 21. Ages 5 and older. Bring plastic products to turn into crafts. 6 - 7 p.m. $7 • Introduction to Manga Drawing April 6 and 8. Ages 8 and older. This beginner’s course covers the basics of drawing Manga characters in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $25 • Manga Drawing April 13 and 20. Ages 8 and older. This intermediate course covers body proportion, facial expression, clothing and costumes in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $25 • Nature’s Art Box Workshop Thursday, April 22. Ages 5 - 12. Create painted rocks/message stones, seed packets, nature journals and more. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ages 5 - 8, 12 2 p.m. ages 9 - 12. $32 • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, April 7 - 28 (skip April 14). Ages 5 - 12. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 6 - 7 p.m. $31.75

• Scrabble Pendant April 13 and 20. Ages 5 and older. Make a pendant on a Scrabble tile. 3 - 7 p.m. $10

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

• Arts for Life Saturdays, April 10, 17 and 24. Ages 6 and older. Learn basic form, value, color theory and different techniques with a live animal model. Topics are: Acrylics (April 10), Sculpture (April 17) and Cubism (April 24). 10 11:30 a.m. $25 members, $40 non-members • Bunny Breakfast Saturday, April 3. All ages. Enjoy breakfast and a visit with the Easter Bunny. 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m. Members: $12.50 adults, $10.50 ages 2 - 12; Non-members: $27.50 adults, $20.50 non-members • Backstage Pass: Giraffe Barn Saturday, April 3. Registration deadline is Friday, April 2 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older (children must be accompanied by a parent). Join zoo staff on a behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe barn where you can learn about animal care, behavior and conservation. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Members: $25 per person (limit two children per adult); Non-members: $50 per person • Homeschool Afternoons April 22 and 23. Ages 4 and older. Registration deadline is Friday, April 16. Learn about diversity in the animal kingdom. 1 - 4:15 p.m. $3 members, $10 non-members (students and adults), $3 observing siblings • Wild and Crafty Animal Tales April 13 and 16. Ages 3 and older. Enjoy animal stories, crafts and animal guests. 10:30 a.m. $5 in addition to regular zoo admission • Zzzoofari Slumber Saturday, April 17. Families with children ages 4 - 12. This overnight camp session includes traditional camp fare along with games, outdoor play, animal encounters and more. 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. $30 per person members, $40 non-members

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

• Days of Washing, Churning and Learning April 29 - 30. Grades PreK - 6. Experience chores from the 1860s like washing clothes on a washboard, making candles, churning butter, beating rugs and more, along with demonstrations, crafts and games. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5

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

• Exploratopia! Spring Break Camp April 5 - 8. Ages 5 12. Participate in hikes, games, stories, crafts and outdoor playing centered on nature. 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $50 per day • Holiday Hike: Find the Bunny Hike! Friday, April 2. All ages. Search for bunnies and other creatures in the meadow and orchard, search for prize-filled eggs and compete in a bonnet contest. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate • Homeschool Day: What’s in a Seed? Thursday, April 8. Upper elementary students. Learn about seeds, how they form, how the get planted in the wild and how they develop into plants. The event includes a take-home project. 10 a.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate • An Introduction to Falconry: Hunting with Birds of Prey Saturday, April 17. All ages. Meet local General falconer Jim Primus and his birds while he offers an introduction to an ancient sport. 1 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate • Mommy and Me: Jeremy Fisher Day Tuesday, April 13. Ages 3 - 7 with a parent. Enjoy Beatrix Potter’s tale, meet relatives of Jeremy Fisher and participate in story-related games. 10 a.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the gate, free ages 2 and younger


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

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Tue and Thu through May. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 - 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Homeschool P.E. Mon - Thu through May 27. Grades 1 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3

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• Parents’ Night Out Saturday, April 17. Ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Enjoy a night out sans kids while they enjoy ageappropriate activities. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. $25 ($15 siblings)

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• FREE April Showers: After-school Hike Thursday, April 15. All ages. Look at different bodies of water in the park to see how they contribute to the ecosystem. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. • FREE Egg-stra Special Nature Hike Saturday, April 3. All ages. Take a hike and search for nature’s eggs. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Springtime Sunset Hike Friday, April 30. All ages. Don your hiking shoes and hit the trail for a guided sunset walk. 5 - 6 p.m. • FREE Stroll Me Down the River Friday, April 23. Ages 3 and younger with a parent. Enjoy a stroller hike and springtime exploration. 10 - 11 a.m.

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

• Homeschool P.E. Tue and Thu through April 29. Grades 8 - 12. Learn weight-lifting fundamentals and how to design a personal cardiovascular program. 2 - 2:45 p.m. $3 per session

• Tumbleweeds Every Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn basic tumbling techniques. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

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

• FREE Basic Birding 101 Saturday, April 10. All ages. Embark on a hike and learn the basic steps to bird identification. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE The Buzz About Bees Friday, April 23. Ages 3 - 5. Learn about interesting insects. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Get ‘Em Outside Hike Friday, April 2. All ages. Explore nature during a spring break hike. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Hop Into Spring Friday, April 9. Ages 3 - 5. Hop, leap and jump with the animals while learning how different ones move. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE River Exploration Saturday, April 17. All ages. Dip your feet in the Little Harpeth River and find out who calls it home. 10 - 11 a.m.

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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 • Backpacking 101 Saturday, April 17. All ages. Enjoy an overnight backpacking experience to the campground (tents, ground cloths, sleeping pads and backpacks are available by request). Check in between 4 and 8 p.m. $5 • Butterfly Egg Hunts April 10, 20 and 24. All ages. Search for monarch eggs in the butterfly garden at Shelter 9. 10 a.m. $3 per child (adults free with kids) • Campfire Circle Friday, April 9. All ages. Participate in campfire fun, including treats, songs, skits and more. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $3 • Growing Up Wild Every Tuesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Nature activities to engage children’s interest in the natural world. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Homeschool: Wetlands in Our Backyards Thursdays, April 22 - May 13. Registration deadline is Friday, April 16. Ages 10 - 15. Take an in-depth look into the functions, types and what threatens local wetland environments by visiting a different one each week. 1 - 3 p.m. $20 for all four classes • Sunset Hike Saturday, April 17. Ages 8 and older. Embark on a sunset stroll while learning about the sun. 7 p.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. $3

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Lessons: Guitar Bass Drum Piano

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

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



Wiggles & Giggles

Spring Consignment Sale

Wed., April 21st 7:00 – 8:30

Our Lady of the Lake Church 1729 Stop 30 Rd., Hendersonville, TN

**Early bird sale $5.00**

Thurs., April 22nd 9:00 – 7:00

CALL 615-406-7983

Fri., April 23rd 9:00 – 6:00

Sat., April 24th 8:00 – noon (50% off)

Piano Lessons Franklin-Fieldstone Farms area.

green hills’ upscale resale boutique • womens • childrens • maternity

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

Designer Finds

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

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

Call Tom at 615-256-2158 x 104 a photo without a story Create Your Stories in is a memory lost

books, cards, & more. Jan Asbell (615)943-7873




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Our online classifieds are updated regularly! Check back often for the latest ads and offers!

KRIS' CRITTER CARE “We can repair what your husband fixed!”

carpentry | electrical | plumbing & more!

John Van Mater | 615.478.7100

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

PROFESSIONAL BABY PROOFING In-Home Consultations Professional Installation All the SAME DAY!

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






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Matthew Burrows and Kelsey Bishop with Chomp

Jordan Herrera and Jennifer Smith

Blake, Jesse and Destiny Mofield

Rylan Watson

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Chloe, Melinda and Hailey Tassey with Blaze

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SPRING SAVINGS SALE Huge savings throughout the store!

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A NIGHT ON BROADWAY May 2, 2010 | 6:30pm on the campus of: David Lipscomb University Featuring music from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more. Performed by student musicians from 20 schools in 7 counties. Reception following. For ticket information go to Complimentary tickets available for school groups.

-----------------------------------------NEW IN THE FALL! Welcome our new Conductor, Anna Maria Miller at a reception in April. Visit for details. --------------------------------Audition for Fall 2010 August: String Auditions (grades 5-12) October: Wind, Brass & Percussion Auditions (grades 9-12) Register to audition at -------------------Donate your used instruments for a full tax deduction! Go to for more information.


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Nashville Parent Magazine - April 2010  

Nashville Parent Magazine for April 2010