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INTRODUCING YOUR PUP TO BABY Fido and your newborn are bound to be buds. Help forge the relationship.

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PET BITS Open your heart to rescue animal adoptions. Plus, a handy round-up of doggie day cares.

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PET-A-PALOOZA The six most popular critters for families and what to expect in caring for them.

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t’s April, but it’s amazing to me how so much stays the same. How each morning begins with a rising ripple sound from my iPhone. How I press “snooze” for a precious 10 more minutes and how the dogs begin to stir and grow impatient. It’s hard to pop out of bed, so I don’t. I lumber across the floor, get my soft jacket, brush my teeth, look down the hall to make sure my son’s light streams from beneath his door. My husband is a sleeping bear; he gets 30 more minutes and I close the door softly. I make the coffee, fluff the pillows left flat from the night before, feed the dogs, water them, start the lunches, let the dogs out. In thousands of homes across the state — across the country — moms are doing the same thing as I. Some have been up longer than me (I get up at 5:30). Some are already meditating, exercising, working. Some have only just gone to bed. Some are worried about things, their kids, their health, their bank accounts, their flower beds. Some don’t worry about much but should, and some worry too much about too little — about minutiae that cannot be changed by worrying. Why do my boys want peanut butter and jelly every darn day? I would happily make turkey and cheese or tuna fish or some kind of yummy wrap, but they want peanut butter! My pediatrician says it’s OK — peanut butter is one of the best things they can eat, she says. All that protein. So in it goes, along with a banana, some chips, a yogurt and a couple of cookies. I scrawl their names on the front of each bag like my mom used to do for my sibs and me. I loved that touch. I can still see her handwriting on my bag. I can still hear the thud of the apple

in the bag hitting the bottom of the trash can — when I didn’t eat the apple. I stand, leaning against the counter, sipping my coffee. The two boys eat at the kitchen table. I try not to say too much because they’re tired and just getting going. I love the way their hair looks when they first show their faces. It’s brushed back, they’re ready to go, quiet and contemplative. “Go brush your teeth, Thomas,” the bigger one says. “We’ve got to go.” And Thomas knows if he doesn’t get a move on his brother just might pull out of the driveway without him. The dogs are clamoring at the back door to come in. I’ll have to wipe their wet paws off first. I am grateful for something as small as a dry morning so I don’t have to deal with muddy paws. My husband comes down the stairs showered and dressed. As you’re going through your days with your kids, your home, your spring, your life ... remember, this is your time. It doesn’t have to be filled with more than it is. You can live your life simply, hunkering down and participating in the one important area of your life where you’re needed: as the mom of your kids. Sane, steady, loving, good. With all that’s “going on out there,” you don’t have to give up the best part of you that your kids need: the peaceful, relatively happy mother in the kitchen who is there as needed. The tell-me-what-you’rethinking-I’m-here-to-see-you-through mother. In other words, let’s not lose our heads when the most important job we have in the world is to keep it on straight and collected. As you go through your days, take it easy. It’s the little things that add up to the whole.

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This is in reference to Alexandra Day’s excellent article in Williamson Parent (“Summer Camp: You Should Let Kids Go!”; March 2017). While all of the 100 reasons to let kids go to camp are real and appropriate, there is one more that is perhaps more subtle, but nonetheless very true: summer camp prevents future homesickness. It does this by forcing young folks to react and respond to authority figures other than parents, while at the same time acclimating them to being away from home. This has been my conclusion after knowing many, many first year college students and G.I. recruits who were extremely homesick, some quite physically. Upon inquiry, I would find that absolutely none had previously experienced any sort of away-from-home “camp.” Let your kids go to camp when age-appropriate. It’s an important step toward maturity. Mercer Darden

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MOMS RESPOND: “There is no real preparation. You can talk, you can imagine, but when reality hits ... it’s going to be very hard and very sad. Be prepared to cry a lot. It’s going to be two years this summer for us, and my 6-year-old still talks about our dog, remembers her and wants her back.” Daiva J.

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Thank you so much for putting Bravo’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in “The Month’s Top 10” in the March issue. We had packed houses for all four shows and met lots of folks new to the area (from Lithuania to Las Vegas to NY) who are now on the list to be notified about all Bravo shows. The Joseph children and teens were so excited to be highlighted in Nashville Parent magazine, and I personally think it was our best production yet. So, thank you for getting the word out and for your support all these years! Lissa McHugh


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Does this look familiar? STUDENTS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY IN SCHOOL OFTEN HAVE POOR READING SKILLS.

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This is exactly why my husband and I tag-team parent. He works days while I have the kids, and I work nights while he has the kids. Yes, it’s hard on the marriage, but it makes weekends that much sweeter. My yearly salary is no more than what it would cost to put our kids in child care. This way, we bring home more money, and our kids don’t spend the majority of the day away from us.

My husband and I tag teamed for years and, yes, it was a strain on our marriage at times. But the time off was glorious ... until it wasn’t enough. We were too tired from having fun and working. I was blessed to find a job working from home. Now I can’t see any other way. I love being able to be with my husband and kids. Especially not having to call out on sick days and school holidays.

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ENLIST FAMILY & FRIENDS FOR HELP. Enlist family and friends. I have lots of family and friends who help, but we also have a sitter our child is with usually at her farm. We found her through several family members and friends who have known her for years, and she has been the greatest blessing to us. Our son loves her and all the farm babies. Jessica Moore

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nashville news Fun For Kids at NASHVILLE EARTH DAY FESTIVAL Kids and adults of all ages can celebrate Mother Earth during the 16th Annual Nashville Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 at Centennial Park. The free fun takes place from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. with children’s activities taking place at many of the exhibitor booths. New for kids this year is a hands-on Kidsville Project in which children will create a Parthenon model out of recycled materials. “We hope all Nashvillians will come out and join us for Earth Day this year,” says Metro Public Works Director Mark Sturtevant. “This event continues to raise awareness of important environmental issues while also providing a fun day for the community to come together. From children’s activities, a great lineup of music and all of our partners and exhibitors, this is a day not to miss,” he adds. Get the full lineup of activities at nashvilleearthday.org.

FREE DAY at Lucky Ladd Plan for a day of free family festivities at Lucky Ladd Farm in Eagleville. Saturday, April 29 is Community Appreciation Day. Every person who brings a non-perishable food item for Greenhouse Ministries Food Bank will get in free, and there’s more than 70 activities on the farm plus lots of animal love. Visit luckyladdfarms.com.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS SWING INTO ACTION with New Promo Schedule

A local youth baseball team poses with Nashville Sounds mascot Booster at a 2016 Sounds home game. This year’s season swings into action on Tuesday, April 11. Photo credit: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds.

QUICK BITS ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER offers 10 percent off all new memberships through Sunday, April 9. Go to adventuresci.org and enter code NEW2017 at checkout ... JOHN WILLIAMS (yes, THE John Williams) joins the Nashville Symphony for one night only on Saturday, Sept. 9 to perform his timeless movie music. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, and proceeds benefit the Symphony’s Accelerando Education Program. Call 615-687-6400 or visit nashvillesymphony.org ... Nissan Stadium hosts the CONCACAF GOLD CUP soccer competition on Saturday, July 8. See United States vs Panama and Matinique vs Haiti/Nicaragua. Tickets ($30 - $200) are on sale now at goldcup.org ... YMCA CAMP WIDJIWAGAN hosts open houses April 9 & 30 from 1 - 4 p.m. Meet summer camp directors and ask questions. Call 615-360-2267 or visit campwidji. org ... Auditions for THE THEATER BUG summer musical, If I Were You, take place May 5 - 7. Kids can sign up for an audition time now at thetheaterbug.org.

The Nashville Sounds step back up to the plate for their first home game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. This season boasts 71 home games at First Tennessee Park featuring theme nights, giveaways, special guest appearances and 14 musically themed fireworks shows. Special promotions take place at every home game this season. Sundays are “Family Fun Days” where kids 12 and younger get to run the bases after the game and the whole family can get player autographs beforehand. Select “Music City Mondays” include bobblehead giveaways. Fireworks take place after all 10 Friday night games. Promotions of particular interest to kids include the Harry Potter scarf giveaway (Thursday, April 13), a superhero cape giveaway (Sunday, May 28) and the Star Wars Weekend taking place July 7 - 9 — it includes light saber giveaways, Star Wars themed fireworks, character appearances and more. Individual game tickets are $12 - $35. Get the complete schedule, including promotions, at nashvillesounds.com.

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CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Puts New Twist on Nashville Twang

An afternoon of picnic-style food, drinks and entertainment take place in the Nashville Public Library’s courtyard and newly remodeled children’s department on Sunday, April 30. Picnic with the Library is a fundraiser benefiting the library system’s children’s program. The familyfriendly event includes exclusive puppet performances, music, crafts, face painting, a photo booth and more activities for children ages 2 - 13. Ticket packages start at $200, which include two adults and up to four children per family. For more info, call Elizabeth Sherrard at 615-862-5814 or visit nplf.org/ picnic.

MOVERS FOR MOMS Benefit for Safe Haven

Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of games and hands-on activities during the annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 8.

Moving company Two Men and a Truck of Nashville and Hermitage hosts a fundraising event for Safe Haven Family Shelter. Movers for Moms takes place Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Fannie Mae Dees Park (Dragon Park) in Nashville. Admission is free, but there’s a charge for some activities like Kid Yoga, swing dance lessons and photos with fairytale princesses. Bring a new pillow to donate for five activity tickets. Free activities include stories for children and art fun with the Frist Center. There’s also a silent auction. More info at safehaven.org.

Happy 50th to the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM! In honor of its golden year, admission to the Hall on Saturday, April 1 is $1.50. Enjoy free cake, punch and live performances. Call 615416-2001 or visit countrymusichalloffame.org ... THE LITTLE PANTRY THAT COULD, a food pantry in Nashville, hosts its first fundraiser on Saturday, April 8. It’s a two-hour scavenger hunt around the city. Team registration is $250. Visit thelittlepantrythatcould.org ... First Steps, Inc., a therapeutic child development center in Green Hills, now offers PEDIATRIC AQUATIC THERAPY. The warm-water pools help children with a variety of issues from multiple sclerosis to cerebral palsy and autism. Learn more at 615-690-3091 or firststepsnashville. org ... FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY has a new Innovation Lab. The 2,000-square-foot space features state-of-the-art equipment like a rototics arena, 3D printers, a laser cutter and 3D carver. The lab will host a summer program with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Call 615-832-8845 or visit franklinroadacademy.com ... NASHVILLE REP adds five more performances of A Raisin in the Sun starring former Tennessee Titan Eddie George. It now runs through Saturday, April 22. Get tickets at nashvillerep.org.

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The free annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place Saturday, April 8 at Nashville’s Public Square Park, celebrates the friendship between Japan and America. The day features live music and dance performances, contests, children’s activities, food and more fun. New to this year’s festival is Junko Fujiyama performing original J-pop, rock and anime-themed songs. Direct from Japan, the KamakuraNashville Partnership band, featuring lead singer Yoshie Sakamoto of bluegrass ensemble Blueside of Lonesome, will perform traditional country standards. Finally, local band Crazy Aces hits the main stage with instrumental grooves blending ‘60s psycho surf, Japaneseeleki and “twang fuzz.” Kids can also enjoy performances by local pop singer Kimiko and a Japanese high school dance troupe. Bring your cameras for photo ops with costumed characters like “Happy Kitty” and “Ninja Turtle.” The ninth annual festival takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Prior to the festival, Sister Cities of Nashville hosts the Cherry Blossom Walk at 9 a.m. Visit nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org.

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local news NASHVILLE BALLET’S NEXT SEASON On Sale Now Get a jump start on another year of family entertainment with Nashville Ballet. It’s 2017 - ‘18 season includes the following shows: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY* Sep. 22 - 24 LIZZIE BORDEN WITH THE RAVEN Oct. 26 - 28 NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER* Dec. 2 - 23 ATTITUDE — LIGHT: THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT Feb. 9 - 11, 2018 FAMILY DAY AT THE BALLET* April 15, 2018 MODERN MASTERS: KYLIAN, WHEELDON & BALANCHINE May 4 - 6, 2018 EMERGENCE June 1 - 3, 2018 Season tickets are on sale now, and individual tickets will be available Saturday, July 1. Call 615-297-2966 or visit nashvilleballet.com. *Denotes family-friendly shows.

WAXING IMMORTAL Madame Tussauds Opens April 14!

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aster weekend in Nashville includes more excitement this year than just the Easter Bunny. Madame Tussauds, Nashville’s newest attraction, opens on Good Friday (April 14). This worldrenowned wax attraction dates back 250 years. For two-and-a-half centuries, the Tussauds legacy has been immortalizing notable historical figures and celebrities by creating stunning life-like wax alter egos. The Nashville location at Opry Mills features more than 45 musical icons spanning several genres. In fact, this is the first Madame Tussauds installment in the United States that focuses solely on music icons who have shaped America’s musical landscape. See favorites like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl, Stevie Wonder, Reba, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. Fans of the Nashville TV show can pose for pics with Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) in a Bluebird Cafe setting. That’s right, bring your cameras because a lot of the fun is posing for pics with your favorite wax stars! Kids will want to get photo ops with faves like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and Beyonce. The site offers educational school field trips (call 866-841-3263 to book them). Save money by getting your tickets at a discount online. General admission is $19 adults, $14 ages 3 - 12. The Extreme Value Package includes a souvenir guidebook for $5 more per person. Get the VIP Ultimate Experience for $43 adults, $39 kids; with it you’ll get the guidebook and a create-and-take T-shirt. Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Learn more and get tickets online at madametussauds.com/nashville. The Taylor Swift wax figure at Madame Tussauds Nashville.

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Saturday, May 20 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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PREPPING YOUR DOG FOR BABY It’s bound to be one of the best friendships your baby will have as long as you take the right steps to introduce him to your furry family member. By Christa Melnyk Hines

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oughly two-thirds of American families own at least one dog. Add Baby to the mix and often the family dog drops quickly on the priority list or is removed from the household altogether. Before your baby arrives, prepare your dog for the changes ahead and enjoy the rewards of raising your children alongside your furry companion. “We tend to underestimate how stress and change can affect a dog’s behavior,” says SueZanne Thibodeau, a certified humane education specialist and dog trainer. Thibodeau also facilitates a Dogs & Storks parent-education program, teaching expectant parents how to help the family dog with the transition.

MANNERS ARE A MUST.

Teach your dog appropriate behaviors including basic commands like: sit, down, stay, come, drop it and leave it.

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“Make it fun. No prong collars, choke collars or shock collars. Instead, use treats and toys to help motivate the dog,” says Kristyn Savage, a certified dog trainer. “Before the baby (arrives), sit in the chair that you will be nursing or feeding in and have the dog do the obedience in those areas.” Keep treats near the changing table and nursing station to create an association between pleasant experiences and baby. When Ali Foulk was expecting her son, Hans, she worried about her German shepherd Blondie’s fearful behavior. Following Savage’s advice, Foulk turned what could have been a dicey situation into a positive one. “My son is now 2 years old and loves our dog. Blondie is extraordinarily gentle with him. He can give her a sit or down command, give her treats and throw balls. Playing together entertains both of them and fosters confidence and language development in my son,” Foulk says.

PREPARE FOR THE COMMOTION.

Toys dropping on hard floors, swings moving and Baby crying may alarm a dog, especially one sensitive to sounds. Purchase a CD or download a soundtrack of a baby crying from iTunes or Google. Play the sounds at a low volume for your dog while offering treats. Over time increase the volume of the cries.

ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES.

Manage your dog’s access to your baby and her accouterments, like the diaper can and toys, with baby gates and closed doors. Christina Thomas started preparing her two mixed-breed rescue dogs for the arrival of her baby, Makayla, long before her daughter’s birth. She trained her dogs to go to a “safe” space, like their dog beds, when they want to be left alone.


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TIPS FOR INTRODUCING YOUR PUP TO YOUR NEW BABY 1. Make gradual changes to your dog’s routines. 2. Lessen the amount of play and attention you give your dog two to three weeks before the baby comes home. 3. Play a tape recording of various baby sounds. 4. Acclimate your dog to baby smells, including lotion, powder, etc.

“They aren’t allowed to be protective of their space, but they know it is a safe area that we will always make sure they can rest peacefully there,” Thomas says. “The dogs now trust that they won’t be hurt by our daughter, so both are very accepting of her.”

WELCOME HOME!

Before coming home from the hospital, send your husband or a relative home with a blanket that

smells like your baby. Introduce the new scent to your dog with treats and praise. Before you arrive home, have a friend or relative crate your dog or put her in a safe room. “You don’t have to introduce your dog to your baby on the day you come home from the hospital. In fact, for most people that’s a really bad idea,” Thibodeau says.

With hormones soaring, you may feel anxious or stressed when first coming home with your baby. Dogs can sense your stress, which raises their stress levels. When you feel calm, have your husband control your dog on a leash, and hold your baby while seated. Since a dog learns about the world through smell, allow her to sniff the diaper area and your baby’s feet (cover your baby’s feet with booties or socks). Avoid the baby’s head, face and fingers. Watch for subtle body language, including tongue flicking and looking or turning away — early signs that your dog feels uncomfortable and wants to disengage. Immediately consult with a certified dog trainer experienced in behavioral modification if your dog exhibits any aggressive behavior. Never leave your dog alone with your child. Even a welltrained dog could bite a child who is climbing on it or pulling on its tail or ears. Life presents few dull moments for Christa Melnyk Hines, a freelance writer, and her husband who are blessed with two freewheeling little boys and a pair of playful dogs.

5. Before Baby arrives, teach your dog to “go to place.” 6. When you arrive home with the newborn, first greet your dog alone so it doesn’t get excited and jump on the baby. 7. Allow your dog to adjust to the smell, sight and sound of the baby for a few days before introducing them in closer proximity. 8. After a few days, allow the dog to sniff the baby while controlled on a leash. 9. Once your dog is used to the baby’s smell, allow the dog to sniff the baby off leash. 10. Give your dog plenty of attention when the baby is around. 11. Don’t scold the dog for picking up the baby’s toys. 12. Babies change quickly, and it can be difficult for the dog to adapt as quickly. 13. Once your baby begins to crawl, make sure that he/she doesn’t pull on the dog’s tail or ears. 14. Never leave even the most trusted dog alone with a baby or small child. 15. Have “safety zones” for the dog. 16. It is OK to keep the dog out of the baby’s room with a gate, etc., especially if he is curious and attempts to jump on the crib or changing table. Source: American Kennel Club (akc.org)

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am Stafford of No-Kill Williamson County doesn’t like confrontation. So it’s ironic that the friendly non-profit volunteer found herself on the front lines of the pet rescue movement in 2006. Stafford and other volunteers at Williamson County Animal Control “who were just there to walk dogs and love on pets” inadvertently discovered the truth about the high euthanasia rate. “And then, of course,” Stafford says, “someone has to speak up!” And they did. Over the course of many conversations, advocacies and yes, ruffled feathers, the non-profit No-Kill Williamson County (nokillwilliamsoncountytn.org) was born. Stafford says today they see a save rate of 90 percent at Williamson County Animal Control, but efforts to save animals are ongoing and there’s always more that can be done. That’s why it’s a great thing to consider adopting a pet from a shelter or even fostering a rescue dog. (In order to foster a dog, sign up at Animal Control to do so; fostering entails keeping a pet with you at your home until a forever family is found for the animal). And when you go to a shelter to find a dog or cat, Stafford says, “Don’t judge an animal behind a cage door. A lot of people want ‘cute’ or have some idea of

what they want and yet people can pass up the most amazing animals.” Stafford says many animals in cages are frightened and “low.” Once you actually get them out of a cage to interact with them you can discover so much more. “Look, we all love animals, right?” Stafford says. “We can all be a part of the solution because we’re always going to have this situation,” she adds.

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Adding a furry, feathered or scaled family member to your household is a fun adventure. Here are the six most common critters that make good pets and what to expect.

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Dogs by far are the most popular pet in American households. Friendly and fun, these furry family members create a bond with kids like no other pet. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC; akc.org), the 10 best breeds for families are Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Pugs, Irish Setters, Brussels Griffons, Newfoundlands, French Bulldogs and Collies. ADOPTION COST: $800 - $1,200 for purebreds from reputable breeders (find them through AKC). Adoption fees at local rescue shelters like Nashville Humane Association range from $45 $160 based on breed, size, age, etc. Adoption fees from shelters typically include spaying/neutering, vaccinations and veterinary treatment while at the shelter. LIFE EXPECTANCY/HEALTH: 10 - 13 years for most breeds. Some breeds are predisposed to certain illnesses/ailments like hip dysplasia (especially in large dogs), ear infections and gastric issues. Do your homework before you adopt! CARE: Dogs are pack animals and need daily interaction and stimulation. Expect to pay an average of $325 - $750 per year on food (ranging from small to large breeds and quality of food). Dogs with heavy coats need regular brushing and grooming. Heartworm prevention runs around $90/ year and flea/tick prevention averages around $135/year. Obedience training’s a great investment. Group classes range from $50 - $125 while private sessions at your home can be around $800. Prepare to clean up lots of poop from your yard or hire a service to do it for you. FUN FACT: The average dog can run about 19 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.


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Like dogs, felines come in many breeds, some more suitable for kids. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (cfa.org) offers lots of info about different breeds, including temperament. While some kitties have a reputation of being stand-offish, many have friendly dispositions. Those with playful, affectionate personalities that make purr-fect family pets include American Curl, American Shorthair, Maine Coon, RagaMuffin, Havana Brown, Burmese, Bombay, Birman, Manx and RagDoll. ADOPTION COST: At Nashville Humane Association, kittens start at $85, adult cats start at $45. Price includes spay/neuter and vaccinations. LIFE EXPECTANCY/HEALTH: Indoor cats can live 12 - 18 years. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the most common illnesses in cats include cancer, diabetes, leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, upper respiratory infections and ringworm. CARE: Cats are relatively easy to care for as they groom themselves — though many cats enjoy a good brushing, too! Food per year can run $100 - $200+, and bank on $110/year for heartworm prevention and $135/year for flea/tick treatment. Plus, there are annual vaccinations, toys, litter, perches and more. According to peteducation.com, the annual average cost of cat care after adoption can range from $310 $525 given there are no special needs or lots of vet visits. Cleaning your kitty’s litter box regularly is a least-favorite task, but one to keep up with daily. It may take a little bit of trial and error to land on the best litter for your cat (and you!). There are a lot of brands/types. You’ll want one that masks the odor. FUN FACT: Kittens are delightfully playful. Invest in some interactive toys for your kids to enjoy with Kitty. Crank it up with catnip-infused playthings! Cattime.com says cats knead with their paws when they’re happy.

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3 SMALL PETS Most first pets for young kids are favorites like hamsters, mice, guinea pigs and the like. Let’s talk about happy little hamsters! The five most popular species are Roborovski, Syrian, Campbell’s Dwarf, Chinese and Winter White Russian Dwarf. ADOPTION COST: $12 - $20 at most pet stores. LIFE EXPECTANCY/HEALTH: Average lifespan is two to three years, says The Hamster House (thehamsterhouse.com). Wet tail is the most common hamster disease caused by stress. Baby hamsters are more prone to have it than adults. CARE: Hamsters are inexpensive to care for. Expect to pay about $150 the first year, which includes the hamster, cage, toys and supplies. Monthly food and bedding will cost around $15 - $20 per month. Feeding your hamster a high-quality diet will help extend his lifespan. Avoid the highly colored seed/pellets as they include additives — natural is best. Hamsters enjoy fresh fruits and veggies, but dole those out in small doses to prevent diarrhea. Never bathe your hamster — they’re susceptible to colds, plus water rids the fur of essential oils. Hamsters thrive on exercise, so be sure to include a wheel in the cage. Make sure to teach your child to always wash his hands before handling his hamster — if the little guy smells food on fingers, he might bite! FUN FACT: Hamsters are most active during twilight hours and will often store food in their cheeks for later eating. You’ll definitely want to get a run-about hamster ball. Your kids will get a kick out of watching their pet roll through the house. Their incisor teeth never stop growing, so keep stuff in their habitat for gnawing. You might think twice about breeding them. While seven pups is average, hamsters can have up to 24 babies at one time!

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BIRDS

Sociable, talkative and colorful, birds are fascinating pets. There are lots of varieties with the most common for kids being the Budgerigar, aka Budgie. It’s the most common parakeet species in the U.S. ADOPTION COST: $20 - $25 at most pet stores. LIFE EXPECTANCY/HEALTH: Budgies can live 7 - 15 years with proper care. They can be prone to tumors, goiters and other conditions related to an all-seed diet. CARE: Basic cages start at $25. For $70, you can find starter kits that include a cage, bag of food, swing, mineral block, perches, food/water bowls and toys. Expect to spend about $75 - $100 per year on food. Budgies also enjoy a regular serving of green veggies like lettuce and broccoli. They also like apples and melon. Keep your bird’s cage away from drafty areas as they have delicate respiratory systems. For safety, clip your bird’s wings regularly (proper clipping is painless) so he doesn’t injure himself flying inside when out of his cage. You’ll fork out between $30 - $70 a year for toys, too. FUN FACT: Easily hand trained, Budgies become loyal, loving little friends. Males are the best talkers. Forty-five percent of pet birds in the U.S. are Budgies.

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EXOTICS

Reptiles are remarkable exotic creatures, and some kids jam on having pet snakes and lizards. Reptiles are quiet and easy to care for. “Bearded dragons make a great first pet for kids ages 7 - 10,” says Jeremy Britton, reptile specialist at The Aquatic Critter in Nashville. Here’s the scoop on bearded dragons: ADOPTION COST: $55 - $80 LIFE EXPECTANCY/HEALTH: Seven to 10 years is average, though Britton says some can live up to 15 years. They go through naturally occurring hibernation cycles each year and shed their skin as they grow. Metabolic bone disease can occur due to lack of calcium, vitamin D3 and/or phosphorus. CARE: Expect to pay $180 for a tank set-up with heat and UVB lamps for a baby dragon. It’ll be upward of $300 for an adult size in need of a 40-gallon tank. You’ll be buying lots of live crickets and a variety of worms in addition to feeding your dragon fresh fruits and plants. Expect to shell out $150/year in food supplies during babyhood; it’ll be less once he’s an adult (16 months). Dragons need at least eight hours a day with the heat and UVB lamps on them. Be sure to teach your kids proper handwashing before and after handling their pet; reptiles can transmit salmonella. FUN FACT: Nine bearded dragons were on call for the parts of the lizards in the 2003 film Holes. Non-toxic finger paint was used to make them appear bright in color. Computers helped create the action.

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FISH

Fun to watch, fish contribute to a serene environment. There are many varieties for freshwater and saltwater tanks, and the amount of money you can spend ranges greatly based upon tank size, filtration system and how exotic you go with fish species. Goldfish are great starters for youngsters. As kids get older, they can have a world of underwater fun by upgrading to saltwater tanks with a variety of exotic fish and other sea life as well as living coral reefs. ADOPTION COST: Approximately $3 a pop for fantail goldfish. LIFE EXPECTANCY/HEALTH: The average lifespan for pet goldfish is 5 - 10 years, but they can live up to 20 with proper care. CARE: For best results, a small aquarium with a filter is best. Clean the tank every 10 days. For little kids starting out, you can get a three-and-a-half gallon aquarium for less than $30, or opt to go bigger and get a 38-gallon starter kit for around $130. Kids can have fun decorating the environment with colorful gravel, plants and ornamental decor. Goldfish flakes with prebiotics (important for digestive health) range from $4 for one-ounce cans to $13.50 for sevenounce cans. Be careful not to overfeed them. Goldfish specifically will eat themselves to death. FUN FACT: According to Pure Goldfish (puregoldfish.com), goldfish are the most popular aquarium fish in the world with 480 million sold each year. Their taste buds are on their lips.

Chad Young is managing editor for this publication. He’s had every pet in this list except the bearded dragon.


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eating well

Organic Mom’s Guide to Kids and M Veggies In between the occasional chocolate bar? A whole lot of natural goodness. Kids will eat their veggies if you keep at it and eat them, too — it’s a lifestyle choice.

By Marty Wallace

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y sister, a strict vegetarian, took a personal interest in my pregnancy when I carried my first child. She shocked me at the start. “Of course, you’re going to eat organic, right? There’s no question (pause, pause). Marty, right?” I hadn’t really thought about it. I didn’t want to think about food at all since I was still having morning sickness. She plowed on. “Stay away from all of that genetically modified crap and the pesticides and the growth hormones and god-knowswhat-else. I mean, think about it! We want our baby as healthy as possible, right?” Yes, of course, yes. But that didn’t stop me from eyeing Hershey bars. Still, she had a point. And as I started feeling better later in pregnancy — entering the “salad days” period of glorious eating — I started reading up on it. My big sister really knew her stuff.

PREGNANCY — GET STARTED

There was this picture I saw of an attractive pregnant woman, face flushed and happy as she bit into a golden delicious apple. That’s who I wanted to be. Eating well is a choice you have to make and it’s not easy. There are so many temptations out there, not to mention all of the convenience packaging, that my pantry

could be filled with boxes of carbs to keep me gut-loaded for days. Was I going to do that to my child? No. So I made every effort to eat whole foods rather than packaged. And I dove into organic produce. I loved knowing that I was giving my baby the best — fruits and veggies without the use of pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation treatments, antibiotics and more. Once I started learning about organic versus non, there was no stopping me. And now, with my sweet boy Henry with me every day, we explore fruits and veggies together — organically. I try to make it fun, and I definitely have to be consistent: a banana with breakfast ... or strawberries or blueberries.


Instead of whipping out potato chips or crackers when he wants a snack, I go to baby carrots, or I make one of those rainbow plates of fruits and veggies. The key, I have found, is to include variety and to always keep your child guessing.

BABY — FIGHT FOR VARIETY

When Henry was a baby, I made his own food. I think by having control over what I was giving him I was able to bring sugar into his life in a slow, not-too-alarming rate. One of the biggest things to kill off a baby’s interest in wholesome vegetables is when they start tasting sweet foods. You have to introduce it slowly because it’s so darn good. So, with the book my sister gave me, Organic Superfoods Cookbook for Baby and Toddler by Shazi Visram and Cricket Azima (Weldon Owen; 2016), I puréed banana, beet and blueberry. Avacado, kiwi and kale. Veggie medleys, fruit medleys and every combination I could think of. I always tasted first to see if it was good; that way, if he wrinkled his nose I could understand what he liked and why or why not. And I’d keep it coming. I made mealtimes an adventure of fruit purées, roasted vegetable purées, all kinds of mashes and all kinds of yummy goodness. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but I love being a mom more than any other thing I’ve done in life. And my smart older sister insists it will all be past me before I know it, so this is how I choose to spend my time. I prioritize my child’s eating and help him appreciate a love of good tasting healthy food that will keep him strong as he grows and fill him with powerful immunities.

TODDLER — DON’T FORCE IT

First of all, don’t worry when your toddler starts refusing your carefully prepared foods. You aren’t doing anything wrong, he’s just becoming a big boy! It’s time to shift, but not time to cave (i.e. cookies, chips).

All toddlers start getting picky, and that’s OK. Don’t start fighting with them because you will lose. Keep a sense of humor and keep things light. Meanwhile, keep on exploring your adventure with food. You will be wise to let your toddler decide how much food he wants to eat. Keep offering him healthy and tasty fruits and veggies (along with your main course), and don’t ever punish him for refusing. Make sure your child is good and hungry when it’s meal time, too. Sometimes (especially if he’s had a play date or been at day care), he may have been given the very snacks you’ve tried so hard to keep at bay. It will happen. This is the time when you really have to keep on keeping on in the battle for his healthy body. I take Henry with me to pick up our Delvin Farms CSA share each year so he can see the beautiful array of farm boxes they produce. We’re excited it’s starting up this month. I always let him have a voice in deciding our meals so lunch and dinner aren’t just sprung on him, setting us up for a potential roadblock. I also try very hard to be consistent with meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and a couple of healthy snacks in between. I let Henry work with me in the kitchen and try to keep our time together fun because it’s so much more productive when it’s eating time. I show him pictures in cookbooks and talk about yummy things we can make. When he opens the refrigerator, I try to always make sure that he sees colorful fruits and veggies (organic, washed and ready) within reach. Have I worn you out? I hope not. This little man is worth it to me, and we’re having a good time together. We’re also excited that a little girl is on the way — and we’re talking about all of the yummy things she’ll be eating with us soon!

FRUIT- & VEGGIEEATING TIPS • Offer them daily and make sure they are washed, colorful and nicely displayed • Eat veggies together, and be a good role model for enjoying fruits and veggies • Maintain a one-bite rule for what you offer ... and do not force your child to eat more. • Enjoy veggie smoothies and juices together • Add veggies to meals and soups you prepare

JOIN AN ORGANIC CSA! If you want to know the joy of feeding your family organic, delicious vegetables and fruits, now’s the time to sign up for a local CSA (community supported agriculture). Allenbrooke Farms allenbrookfarms.com Pick up produce from the Spring Hill farm mid-May through November in quarter, half or full shares. Bells Bend Farm bellsbendfarms.com Pick up produce from the Nashville farm or from one of three drop-off locations in full or half shares. Bloomsbury Organic Farm bloomsburyfarms.com Summer and winter CSA subscriptions from this Smyrna farm. Bountiful Blessings Farm bountifulblessingsfarm.com Pick up produce from this Maury County farm in several locations in Williamson County and Nashville in half or full shares. Delvin Farms delvinfarms.com Spring, summer and fall CSAs for a variety of vegetables and fruits and meats. The spring CSA begins this month with four pickups over four weeks in a 1/2 bushel box available at four different pick-up locations in Williamson County. Gentle Bee Farm facebook.com/GentleBeeFarm This Murfreesboro farm offers full and half shares from May - October. Old School Farm oldschoolfarm.org Pick up produce from the Nashville farm or from one of three drop-off locations in full or half shares. Sinking Creek Farm sinkingcreekfarm.org Custom three-season shares from MayOctober from this Murfreesboro farm. Find more area CSAs online at nashvilleparent.com.

Marty Wallace is a freelance writer and mom. She love to eat organic.

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THE MONTH’S TOP 10 Editor’s picks for April fun.

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DAILY ACTIVITIES

Events in day-by-day order, highlighted by county.

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MEET THE EASTER BUNNY Peter Cottontail’s at area malls.

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LIBRARY STORYTIMES

Stories & activities at your local library.

EGGSTRAVAGANZOO Saturday, April 15 Hop on over to Nashville Zoo for its annual Easter celebration boasting the biggest egg hunt in the area. Ten hunts take place in age-specific groupings. Kids can also enjoy spring-themed games, face painting, inflatables and meeting the Easter Bunny. There’s also a separate Bunny Breakfast (it requires additional fees and registration). Eggstravaganzoo takes place from 9 a.m - 4 p.m. It’s included with zoo admission — $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Call 615-833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org.

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10 SPRING KIDS FEST

Saturday, April 8 • Page 55 Rutherford Parent’s free family festival features live entertainment, exhibitors, children’s activities, giveaways and more.

34TH ANNUAL MAIN STREET FESTIVAL

April 29 - 30 • Downtown Franklin Page 72 It’s one of the biggest spring celebrations in the Southeast. This year features expanded kids’ activities.

18TH ANNUAL GRAND DAY

Sunday, April 23 • Nashville Children’s Theatre • Page 68 See the new production, Goodnight Moon, followed by lots of fun activities like carnival games, rides and more for the whole family.

EGGSTRAVAGANZOO SPRING ART HOP

Saturday, April 15 Cheekwood, Nashville Page 61 Kids can pet live bunnies, gather eggs, participate in hands-on art activities, meet the Easter Bunny & more.

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Saturday, April 15 Nashville Zoo Page 60 Music City’s biggest Easter outing for kids includes egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, games and other festive spring activities.


EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, April 8 The Streets of Indian Lake Hendersonville • Page 52 Egg gathering, live music, contests, games and more free activities.

THE BABY FAIR

Saturday, April 22 CoolSprings Galleria, Franklin • Page 67 Got a new bundle of joy or have one on the way? Nashville Parent’s premier event for all-things infant is the place to be!

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 22 Centennial Park, Nashville Page 67 Kids can explore all kinds of environmental exhibits, enjoy hands-on activities, plus there are lots of exhibitors, live entertainment and more family fun to celebrate Mother Earth.

NASHVILLE CHERRY BLOSSOM FETIVAL

41ST ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS Saturday, April 22 Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro Page 65 Old-time fun and activities for all ages.

Saturday, April 8 Public Square Park Nashville • Page 52 Celebrate the friendship between Japan and America with children’s games, music, dance, food and more free fun.

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USE THE COLOR-CODED KEYS TO FIND EVENTS NEAR YOU!

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WEEKEND BEST BETS!

N 31st Annual

Southern Women’s Show

Enjoy shopping, creative cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy fashion shows and celebrity guests. You’ll also learn about travel destinations, home decor and improvement ideas, business opportunities and more. This year’s celebrity guests include Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars (Saturday) and Olympic Gold/Silver Medalist Laurie Hernandez (Sunday). MotherDaughter Day is Sunday featuring storytelling and singalong fun with Frozen’s Anna and Elsa. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $11 in advance/$13 at the door adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; southernwomensshow.com.

N 50th Anniversary of The Hall of Fame

The museum celebrates its golden anniversary today with cake, activities and a discounted admission rate of $1.50! All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame

N A Raisin in the Sun Nashville Repertory Theatre presents Lorraine Hansberry’s play that was the first written by an African-American woman to appear on Broadway. Former Tennessee Titan Eddie George is in the cast. Ages 14 and older. TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thru April 22: Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; $47.50 - $52.50; 615-782-4040 or nashvillerep.org.

N FREE Andrew Jackson and His Legacy

Tennessee State Library & Archives hosts this workshop covering the collections of Jackson’s papers including a version of the only known photograph of him, personal letters, original maps from the War of 1812, political cartoons, campaign broadsides, engravings and lithographs. All ages. Tennessee State Library & Archives, 403 Seventh Ave. N., Nashville; 9:30 - 11

Bring your own binoculars if you have them (a few loaners will be available) to search for resident birds of Tennessee. Ages 6 and older. Nickajack Wetlands, Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

N FREE Bird-

Go to nashvilleparent.com every Thursday afternoon to get the top events in your area happening each Friday - Sunday.

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($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

R FREE Bird Club

Events without color dots are ones happening in multiple counties or are outside of our typical area.

& Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

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a.m.; andrewjackson250. eventbrite.com.

R FREE Animal

Encounters

Meet a resident education animal while learning about the critters that call Tennessee home. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

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Battlefield Tour of Loring’s Advance

Experience the first-ever 90-minute guided tour of this newly saved site of terrible combat and many casualties at the Battle of Franklin. All ages. Loring’s Advance, Meadowlawn Drive, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $25; 615-7861864 or battleoffranklintrust. com.

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Beginner Guitar Workshop: A Song from the 1960s

Learn guitar basics and apply them to a song from the 1960s. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. and 12 p.m.; free with gate admission

Friendly Coffee Club

Sample fresh coffee and learn how and why choosing “bird-friendly” varieties support conservation of neo-migratory bird species. Adults. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE Birding and Brunch (Register)

Discover birds in the park during a one-mile hike, followed by a small brunch (bring a dish to share). All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 10 a.m.; 615862-8539 or nashville.gov/ parks.

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FREE Brentwood Arbor Day Celebration

Contests, face painting, activity booths, free hot dogs, live music and more. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-3710090 or brentwoodtn.gov/ library.

N Cheekwood in Bloom

This annual spring celebration featuring more than 100,000 tulips in the gardens and special activities each Saturday like live music, bunnies, guided tours,

children’s storytimes (10:30 & 11 a.m.), art activities, live music in the beer garden and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

N Clybourne Park

The Circle Players presents this Tony Award-winning play in two acts set 50 years apart. Ages 10 and older. Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $20; 615332-7529 or circleplayers. net.

N Creative

Zone: Embellished Instruments, Brad Paisley Style

Draw inspiration from the exhibit Brad Paisley: Diary of a Player before designing a custom paper instrument representing your personality and style. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

N Creative Zone:

Party Hats, Crowns & Bolo Ties

In celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, create a hat, crown or bolo tie to enhance your look and showcase your individuality. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

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Campout (Register)

Wolves, Bears and Webelos can camp overnight at the zoo and participate in activities working toward specific goals: Wolves (“Digging in the Past”), Bears (“Fur, Feathers and Ferns”) and Webelos (“Into the Wild”). Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 4:30 p.m.; $35; 615-8331534 or nashvillezoo.org/ group-programs.

N Dancing

for Safe Haven

This benefit serving homeless families through Safe Haven includes cocktails, dinner and a local celebrity dance competition. Ages 21 and older. Hilton Hotel, 121 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $275; safehaven.org.

N FREE Edgehill

Rocks

This outdoor music and food celebration benefits Organized Neighbors of Edgehill. All ages. Edgehill Village, Villa Place, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; edgehillrocks.com.

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Eighth Annual Chocolate Affair

This evening supports the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. It includes dinner by Two Fat Men Catering, a chocolate fountain, silent auction and presentation of Once in a While by Encore Theatre Company. Adults. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $50; 615449-7975 or cac15.org.

N Family Science Lab: Researchers

Learn how to make a fire from scratch, how to purify water with natural resources, how to build a shelter and how to eat in the wilderness. Ages 10 13 with an adult. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $7.50 per child in addition to regular gate admission ($14.95 adults,

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$10.95 ages 2 - 12); 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/familyscience.

the website for a store near you. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. 12 p.m.; homedepot.com.

N FREE Fool’s Gold

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(Register)

Help clean up litter and beautify the park. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

W FREE Franklin Easter Egg Hunt

Bring a basket and search for hidden eggs, including ones with special prizes, then get a photo with the Easter Bunny. Ages 10 and younger. Cheek Park, 106 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin; 10 a.m.; 615790-5719 or wcparksandrec. com.

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. All ages. Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Thru April 9: Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 615-826-6037 or hpactn.com.

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Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; kidsvilleonline.org.

Learn to make assorted tea sandwiches, lemon souffle, stuffed dates, cupcakes, chocolate-covered strawberries and a selection of teas with honey and cream. Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

R FREE LEGO

(Register)

N FREE Kidsville

Celebrate April Fool’s Day with a story of the Greek goddess of mischief, then create a prank to use the rest of the day. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End

Junior Makers

Kids can get creative and have fun building LEGO masterpieces. Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

N Lucky Stiff

Street Theatre Company presents this musical about a hapless shoe salesman, a dentist, a mobster’s girlfriend, a representative for the Brooklyn Home for Dogs and other characters cavorting through a wacky tale of murder and an

N Grand Ole Opry

Country legends and contemporary stars perform their hits. All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $75; 800-733-6779 or opry.com.

N Great Future Gala NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is the featured celebrity guests during this fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. The evening features a program by the clubs’ youth of the year, a reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment. Adults. Omni Hotel, 250 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $300; bgcmt.org.

N Guerrero

Conducts Bernstein

Guest violinist Anne Akiko Meyers joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music with works by Bernstein and Shostakovich. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $21 $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Home Depot Kids’ Workshop (Register)

Make a bunny basket. Visit

SPOTLIGHT:

Nashville Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty Storytime Ages 6 & younger

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ashville Ballet reaches out the community this month by offering a special storytime experience for young children. Kids can join the Lilac Fairy as she tells the tale of an evil fairy’s curse on a beautiful young princess doomed to sleep until love’s kiss breaks the spell. The free outings take place at the following locations: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Saturday, April 1: Pruitt Library, Nashville, 2 p.m. Monday, April 3: Donelson Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5: Madison Library, Madison, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8: East Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 10: Richland Park, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 11: Bordeaux Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12: Thompson Lane Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15: Goodlettsville Library, Goodlettsville, 2 p.m. Monday, April 17: North Library, Nashville, 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19: Hermitage Library, Hermitage, 10 & 11 a.m. Monday, April 24: Old Hickory Library, Old Hickory, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24: Bellevue Library, Nashville, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25: S.E. Library, Antioch, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26: Green Hills Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m.

For more info, call 615-297-2966 or visit nashvilleballet.com.


things to do inheritance. Ages 10 and older. Holy Trinity Community Church, 6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville; Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $24 adults, $20 students/ children; 615-554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

N FREE MNPS Kindergarten Readiness Fair

Metro Nashville Public Schools hosts this event for incoming kindergartners featuring kindergarten enrollment/assessments, EL services, student immunizations, a kindergarten transition workshop, car seat safety checks, school bus experience, MNPS and community partner information booths, and more. Preschoolers and their parents. Lentz Public Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-259-4636 or mnps.org/ kreadinessfair.

Mule Day

Festival Enjoy mule shows, contests, dancing, live music, arts and crafts, food, kids’ activities and more. All ages. Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive, Columbia; 10 a.m.; $5 - $10; 931-381-9557 or muleday.org.

R FREE

Murfreesboro’s Most Misunderstood

Uncover the true identity of some of the most misunderstood creatures like bats, armadillos, vultures, rattlesnakes and opossums. Adults. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

W Nashville Elvis Festival

Celebrate the music and legacy of the King of Rock & Roll during this new festival that includes celebrity appearances, on-stage interviews with those who worked with Elvis, live music performances and more.

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 10 a.m.; $39 - $59 per session; nashvilleelvisfestival.com.

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FREE Nashville Push Up Challenge (Register)

Garner pledges ($1 per push up) and see how many push ups you can do to benefit Communities in Schools of Tennessee, a dropout prevention organization committed to helping students stay in school and graduate. All ages. Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; pushupnashville.org.

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FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

Enjoy songs, giggles and stories. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

W Peter Pan

Off the Square Theatre presents the beloved story of a flying boy and his adventures in Never Land. All ages. Theatre at Academy Park, 120 Everbright Ave., Franklin; Thru April 8: Thu Sat 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 children; 615-400-7733 or offthesquarefranklin.com.

N Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 1 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

R FREE Puppets on the Porch

Laugh and sing along with wild animal puppets as they teach about their habitats and daily lives. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

N Roller Derby

The Nashville Rollergirls hosts this double-header featuring the Music City

All Stars, Music City Brawl Stars and other teams. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $7 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashvillerollergirls. com.

W Senorita Adriana’s Spanish for Children (Register)

Group lessons incorporate songs, games and hands-on activities to help kids learn Spanish conversational skills and vocabulary. Ages 3 - 7 (10:05 - 11:05 a.m. or 2 - 3 p.m.), ages 7 - 11 (11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.). Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; $13; 615-476-1007, anabrooke1@gmail.com or senoritaadriana.weebly.com.

N FREE Shakespeare Allowed

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

W Sky Hunters (Register)

Local falconers present this program where you’ll learn the characteristics of the nighttime sky hunters — the owls. Discover unique adaptations hawks utilize to become masters of the sky, and learn what makes birds of prey unique in the avian world. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 3 p.m.; $10; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

R Southern Hospitality

In this theatrical comedy, the Futrelle Sisters and citizens of Fayro, Texas, pull together to save their town. Ages 10 and older. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Thru April 8: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students; 615-563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com.

Special Needs Jump

Children with special needs can enjoy a private hour of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment (9 - 10 a.m.) with the second hour (10 - 11 a.m.) open to the public. All ages. JumpStreet (locations in Franklin, Goodlettsville and Murfreesboro); $8 ages 4 and older, $4 ages 3 and younger; 615-778-1304 or gotjumpstreet.com/tennessee.

N FREE Unite for

N FREE Spring is a

W Vanya & Sonia &

Embark on a color-coded scavenger hunt and discover all the colors of the rainbow found in the meadow, forest, pond and garden. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

The Pull-Tight Players present Christopher Durang’s comedy about middle-aged siblings sharing a home in Pennsylvania where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Drama and hilarity heighten when their moviestar sister visits with her new boy toy. Ages 13 and older. Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 2nd Ave. S., Franklin; Thru April 8: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $18 adults, $12 students; 615-791-5007 or pull-tight.com.

Rainbow (Register)

N The Cash Legacy: A Tribute to the Man in Black

Studio Tenn pays homage to the music and songwriting of Johnny Cash in its retooled musical revue featuring Mandy Barnett and Ashley Cleveland. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $27.50 - $85; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

N The Nerd

This Larry Shue comedy is set in Terre Haute, Ind., in 1979. It’s the story of an unassuming young architect, his friends and an awkward house guest from the past. Ages 12 and older. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thru April 23: Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $50 adults, $30 students/ children; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

N Tin Pan South

It’s the 25th anniversary of the world’s largest songwriters festival featuring more than 350 songwriters playing more than 90 shows in 10 different venues, including The Bluebird Cafe, Station Inn, 3rd & Lindsley and Hard Rock Cafe. All ages. $125 for the festival; tinpansouth.com.

Children: Empowering Nashville to End Abuse

During Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee’s Pinwheels for Prevention kick-off, enjoy a walk, crafts, inflatables, entertainment and more. All ages. Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-3830994 or pcat.org.

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N FREE Wild Food Display (Register)

Naturalist Sharon Bracy displays a selection of wild nibbles and talks about how to prepare them. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-862-8580 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE Wildflower Hike (Register)

Embark on a guided hike to identify wildflowers. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 10:30 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-862-8580 or nashville.gov/parks.

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W

FREE Vintage Baseball at Carnton

Enjoy 1860s-style baseball during this double-header as Mountain City challenges the Cumberlanders at noon followed by Phoenix vs Farriers at 2:30 p.m. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

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FREE Vintage Baseball at Mansker’s Station

Girls can enjoy a feast, activities and meeting Peter Cottontail during the American Girl Easter Bunny Brunch on Sundays, April 2 & 9.

W American Girl

Easter Bunny Brunch (Register)

Enjoy a brunch feast that includes a meet and greet photo op with the Easter Bunny. Ages 3 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $25; 877247-5223 or americangirl. com/retail/nashville.php.

N Brahms vs

Radiohead: A Symphonic Mash-Up

Experience selections from Radiohead’s OK Computer interwoven with Brahm’s “First Symphony” in a symphonic mash-up by the Nashville Symphony and vocalists. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $32 - $84; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

N Caring Bunny

Children with autism or other sensory issues can visit the Easter Bunny in a subdued environment with no in-mall music, dimmed lights, a

numbering system instead of lines, special activities while waiting, a goody bag and more. All ages. Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; photo package prices vary; oprymills.com.

N Clybourne Park

See Saturday, April 1

N Creative Zone:

Make a Medallion or Hall of Fame Plaque

Learn about the Hall of Fame inductees then make your own medallion or plaque. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

S Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

See Saturday, April 1.

N Lucky Stiff

See Saturday, April 1

N

FREE Make Letterpress Art

Get creative by making prints while exploring old-school letterpress art making. All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S, Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m.; 615-401-2000 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Mule Day

See Saturday, April 1.

W Nashville Elvis Festival

See Saturday, April 1.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

N

Under the Streetlamp

Featuring former leading cast members of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, this concert features classic hits from the 1950s - 1970s, including doo-wop, Motown and old-time rock ‘n’ roll. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $48 - $68; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

Experience an 1860s-style baseball game when the Quicksteps take on the Distillers. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

MON 3 W FREE A Walk in the Woods

Meet at Shelter 1 for a hike along the trails. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m.; 615-7995544 or bowiepark.org.

R After-school Art

Study and discuss different artists by looking at their work, then create a project based on those lessons. Grades 1 and higher. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $3; 615-8677244 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

N Early Explorers

Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger; Discounted admission applies

to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter.; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

R Snack Attack!

Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

R SPARK!

Preschoolers and parents can hear stories and enjoy related activities. Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $1 plus $8 gate admission; 615890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

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

TUE 4 R Busy Bees

Learn to follow directions, participate in a group environment, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

R Crafternoon

Participate in a supervised art activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

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things to do N Eroica Trio

Enjoy a night of music by a female ensemble on piano, violin and cello. All ages. Lipscomb University’s Ward Hall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 students; 615966-5929 or music.lipscomb. edu.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

Enjoy an evening of fun games for the whole family. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

R FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $4; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

N

Jammin’ to Beat the Blues

Ricky Skaggs and friends perform a night of music benefiting Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $32.50 $39.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

W Knee-High

Naturalist: Fossil Find (Register)

Explore the grounds to find fossils and take home special rocks. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional person; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

S FREE Music

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with musical instruments. Ages 3 - 5. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615452-1722 or gallatinlibrary. org.

W FREE Observatory Open House Day (Register)

Tour the observatory and take a peek through the solar telescope. Ages 8 and older. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-3734897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

N Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the New York Islanders during this final home game of the season. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

W FREE Puppet Powwow

Enjoy a puppet show with an environmental theme. Ages 18 months - 12 years. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 615-7995544 or bowiepark.org.

W FREE Southern

World Williamson County Poetry Finals

Williamson County’s top youth poets and spoken word artists will compete for lyrical honors, a chance to appear at the statewide finals and a shot to travel to the international teen poetry competition. Ages 12 and older. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 4:30 p.m.; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

R SPARK!

See Monday, April 3.

N Tuesdays for Tots

Stop by the studio in the Learning Center to craft an original artwork. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($20 adults, $13 ages 3 -17); cheekwood.org.

R Water Polo

Participate in an aquatic sport in the deep end of the indoor pool. Ages 13 and older. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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Wildflower Hike (Register)

Hike the trails looking for spring flowers like Blue-eyed Mary, Dutchman’s Britches and Spring Beauty. Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $7; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

WED 5 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

W

Archery Homeschool Day (Register)

This class includes archery instruction with all equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too. Ages 7 and older. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $15; 615-566-5187 or musiccityarchery.com.

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Discover Art (Register)

Little artists can explore stamps and printing. Ages 3 - 5. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

N

Drop Everything & Read Day

This day of family fun includes a Storytime Trail with children’s authors, garden demonstrations and artmaking activities. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17; 615-3568000 or cheekwood.org.

EASTER BUNNY AT THE MALLS The Ave. Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-893-4207 theAve.murfreesboro.com/events Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. during Rutherford Parent’s Spring Kids Fest. CoolSprings Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 615-771-2128 coolspringsgalleria.com Thru April 15: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 615-298-5478 • shopgreenhills.com Thru April 15: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Opry Mills 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-514-1100 oprymills.com Thru April 15: April 1, 3 - 6 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; April 2 from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; April 7 - 8, 10 - 13 from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; April 9 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., April 14 from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; April 15 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Providence Marketplace 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 615-773-2298 shopprovidencemarketplace.com Saturday, April 15 from 1 - 5 p.m. during the Spring Fling event. RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com Thru April 15: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. & 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.) Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com April 1 - 15: Mon - Sat 12 - 8 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:45 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 2 - 3:30 p.m.). Extended hours April 8 & 15 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 2 - 2:30 p.m. & 5 - 5:30 p.m.) and April 14 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 2 - 2:30 p.m. & 5 - 5:30 p.m.) Streets of Indian Lake 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville streetsofindianlake.com Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. during the Easter Eggstravaganza.


things to do N Family Science

R KidFIT: Twist and

R Tumbleweeds

Celebrating the spring season by practicing gardening skills and getting an up-close look at the inner workings of a flower. Ages 6 - 9 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 kids); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

Run, jump and play while learning skills like balance, coordination, listening and taking turns. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11:05 - 11:45 a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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

W FREE Kids’ Hour

(Register)

Lab: Investigators

N Gladys Knight

The “empress of soul” performs a night of her hits. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $119; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

R Homeschool Creativity Class

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

R Homeschool

Series: Wild About Birds (Register)

This class features readings and outdoor hands-on activities covering birds of prey, pollinators and conservation. Ages 8 - 11. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

R KidFIT: Movers

and Shakers (Register)

This parent/tot class focuses on playing with others, gross motor skills and having fun. Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Shout (Register)

Mare Wakefield performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or wholefoodsmarket.com.

W Knee-High

Naturalist: Fossil Find (Register) See Tuesday, April 4.

W FREE Let’s Get Crafty

Enjoy American Girl-themed craft projects. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 5 - 6 p.m.; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php.

S Sumner Music

Together Spring Class (Register)

This 10-week parent/tot music-and-movement class includes at-home materials, an online curriculum and support through a new app. Choose Wed, Thu or Fri sessions from 10 - 11 a.m. Ages 5 and younger. Creative Music Center, 366 West Main St., Hendersonville; $172 (second child is $100, third is free; ages 9 months and younger are free with a registered sibling); 615-973-6554, angieatsmt@gmail.com or sumnermusictogether.com.

N Tiempo Libre

A night of Cuban music. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $40; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

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R Wild Things This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

THU 6 N A Raisin in the Sun

See Saturday, April 1.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, April 4.

N Carmen

Nashville Opera’s production features Spanish gypsies, strapping bullfighters and the seductive music of Bizet. Ages 12 and older. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m.; $31 - $109; 615-7824040 or nashvilleopera.org.

W FREE Fairview LEGO Club

Come to the library for an afternoon of LEGO building (blocks provided). All ages. Fairview Library, 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 4 5:30 p.m.; 615-799-0235 or wcpltn.org/fairview_ public_library.

R FITMommy Yoga

This class for new moms and growing babies ages 6 weeks to crawling promotes fitness, baby bonding and community. It includes baby massage techniques, exercises to reclaim the core and more. Bring a receiving blanket. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $4; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

S Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

See Saturday, April 1.

N Matthew Morrison

The Glee star sings Broadway tunes and standards backed by the Nashville Symphony. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $21 - $133; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

N FREE Mindful

Parent Talk (Register)

The Center for Integrative Learning and Teaching hosts this event where author Susan Kaiser Greenland presents “Mindful Parent, Mindful Child: A Simple Approach to Mindfulness and Meditation for a Multi-tasking, Hyper-connected World.” Adults. Valor Collegiate Academies, 4527 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; 615-398-2458 or ciltnashville.com/events.

N FREE Music Together Class (Register)

Experience an introductory Music Together class. This parent-child musicand-movement program includes instrument play and encourages musical development. Ages 6 months - 5 years. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668A Central Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m.; carrie@ inharmonymusicmidtn.com or inharmonymusicmidtn.com.

R Nature Nuts

Explore the mysteries of the Murfree Spring wetland through this guided activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

N Opry

Country Classics

A celebrity host shares stories and songs with several musical guests. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $38 - $68; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

N

FREE Parnassus Storytime

Enjoy an afternoon snack and a story. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 3:30 p.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

W Peter Pan

See Saturday April 1.

N Sing Me Back

Home: The Music of Merle Haggard

This all-star musical tribute to country legend Merle Haggard includes Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley and others. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49.50 - $299; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

N Singarama 2017

This student-produced variety show is one of Lipscomb’s most cherished traditions. This year’s theme is “A Blast From the Past,” and the show features a variety of musical styles. All ages. Lipscomb’s Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15 Thu, $20 Fri & Sat matinee, $25 Sat night; 615-966-5690 or lipscomb.edu/music.

R FREE Strollercoasters

Walk the greenway for an hour with your child and stroller, then stay to play at Kids’ Castle while socializing with other parents. Ages 5 and younger. Old Fort Park Kids’ Castle, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. (please turn the page)

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things to do N FREE Budding

Naturalists: Fantastic Flowers (Register)

Hunt for and learn about the abundance of spring blooms at the center. Ages 3 - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE Community Art Workshop

Kids can meet farm animals and enjoy other hands-on activities during Heritage Days at Historic Mansker’s Station in Goodlettsville April 7 - 8.

W FREE Teen

R Youth

Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine their skills like bumping, setting and spiking. Ages 8 - 15. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; $3; 615-907-2251 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Anime Club

N The Bug Ball

Drew Scott, star of the hit HGTV show The Property Brothers, emcees this inaugural fundraising gala for The Theater Bug. The night includes a seated dinner, silent auction and surprise guest entertainers. The goal is to raise $30,000 for the next fiscal year while introducing new donors to this youth theater program. Adults. East Pavilion, 1006 Fatherland St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $1,000 for a table of eight; thebugball.com.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, April 4.

Volleyball Class

FRI 7 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

W BJ Thomas

A night of pop/country/ gospel music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $53 $63; franklintheatre.com.

N

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

Stories and sing-along fun. All ages. Brilliant Sky, 2002 Richard Jones Road, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-800-7754 or nashvilletoystore.com.

Join teaching artist Maria Borghoff to create a community artwork inspired by artist Nick Cave and the five senses. The finished work will be on display this fall as part of the Extrasensory exhibit. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter. org/extrasensory.

R Disco Night:

Sherlock Holmes (Register)

Use your powers of deduction and skills in forensic science to solve the mystery at handson stations. Ages 21 and older. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 members, $20 nonmembers; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

N Disenchanted

Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses come back to life to set the record straight about their stories in this musical comedy (not for young children). Ages 14 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m.; $35 - $55; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

N FREE Green Hills

Storytime & Playtime

Enjoy stories and playground fun. All ages. St. Paul Community Church, 5035 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-269-4521 or stpaulcommunitychurch.org.

S FREE Heritage

p.m.; $6.24; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

This see-it-touch-it-feel-it event features everything from pottery to animals. Kids can learn how to use a compass and feed chickens, and everyone can interact with interpreters and gardeners while exploring frontier life. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; Fri 1 - 3 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; goodlettsvilleparks.com.

R FREE Murfreesboro

Days

S Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Books-A-Million Preschool Storytime

Staff from Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show. Ages 3 - 5. Books-AMillion, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615995-7112 or booksamillion. com.

W Peter Pan

See Saturday, April 1.

R

Preschool Egg Hunt (Register)

The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. All ages. Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; 7:30 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 615-826-6037 or hpactn. com.

Ages 7 and younger can bring their baskets and search for eggs. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $9.95; 615893-8386 or bounceu.com/ murfreesboro-tn.

R KidFIT: Movers

N Singarama 2017 See Thursday, April 6.

R

and Shakers (Register)

Southern Hospitality

See Wednesday, April 5.

See Saturday, April 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and

N The Amish Project

Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

W

FREE Lego Mania (Registration Required) Unleash your creativity by building different themes from the non-fiction collection. Ages 5 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.gov/library.

N Matthew Morrison See Thursday, April 6.

W Meet the

Astronomer (Register)

Robert Scherrer, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Vanderbilt, leads a talk about what the universe is made of — and it’s weirder than you might imagine. Ages 8 and older. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 7

Actors Bridge presents Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy surrounding the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa. Ages 14 and older. Belmont’s Black Box Theater, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Thru April 23: Thu Sat 7 p.m., Sun 4 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door; actorsbridge.org.

N The Mavericks

A night of country music with special guest JD McPherson. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35 - $55; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

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things to do R Toddler Time

R FREE Adventures

Enjoy playtime while learning to follow directions and working together to accomplish simple goals while focusing on body part recognition and cognitive skill development. Ages 5 and younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Farmers share their knowledge of animals, crops, homegrown foods, handmade products and more. Kids can visit horses and farm animals, learn about gardening and participate in hands-on activities. All ages. Lane AgriPark Community Center, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-9442060 or aiarutherford@gmail. com.

with Thomas

W Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

in Agriculture

R FREE Animal

See Saturday, April 1.

Encounters

SAT 8

W Battlefield Tour of

W FREE 18th Annual Buttercup Festival

More than 100 artisan vendors line the streets, and there’s also live musical entertainment, a Civil War camp re-enactment, the Little Miss Buttercup Pageant, children’s activities and more. All ages. Historic District, Old Clovercroft Road, Nolensville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; nolensvillebuttercupfestival. com.

N A Raisin in the Sun

See Saturday, April 1.

Loring’s Advance

See Saturday, April 1.

N FREE Be an

iNaturalist (Register)

Bring your smartphone and learn how to use the iNaturalist app to contribute to the park’s species database. Ages 13 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 11 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

N Carmen

See Thursday, April 6.

N

Cheekwood in Bloom

See Saturday, April 1.

S FREE Children’s Author Event

Local author Mary Elizabeth Jackson reads and sings songs from her new children’s book, Perfectly Precious Poohlicious. Ages 5 and younger. Play Ball Children’s Therapy, 209 Shivel Drive, Hendersonville; 3 - 4 p.m. today, 10 - 11 a.m. April 15, 22 & 29; playballtherapy.com.

N FREE Community

Art Workshop

See Friday, April 7.

S

Crusader Sports Jam & 5K

Participate in a 5K trail run ($30) or one-mile fun run ($20). There’s also a flag football tournament ($50 six vs six), baseball hitting challenge ($5 for 20 swings), inflatables, food trucks and more during this inaugural event. All ages. Hendersonville Christian Academy North Campus, 570 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 8 a.m.; 615-824-1550 or hcacrusaders.com.

See Saturday, April 1.

N

N FREE Hoppin’

Visit the museum’s open house with full-size locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses open for exploration, plus a model train show with dealer tables and more. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-244-9001 or tcry.org.

This event for dogs and dog lovers features local vendors. Proceeds from the doggie egg hunt and costume contests (both pet and human) benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. All ages. Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m.; free admission, egg hunts and contest entry are $10 - $15; nashvillehoppinhounds.com.

FREE Cumberland Division Meet and Model Train Show

N Disenchanted See Friday, April 7.

N East Nashville

Beer Festival

Sample a variety of specialty brews, enjoy live music and more during this benefit for Ride for Reading. Ages 21 and older. East Park, 700 Woodland St., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; $60 - $100, $20 designated drivers; eastnashvillebeerfest.com.

S FREE Easter

Eggstravaganza!

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

See Saturday, April 1.

N FREE Kidsville

Learn how Nashville shares art with museums, murals and hidden rocks, then create your own Nashville art to share. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; kidsvilleonline.org.

R FREE La Vergne

N Grand Ole Opry

N Matthew Morrison

S FREE Heritage Days

See Friday, April 7.

W FREE Hike

Day (Register)

Enjoy a guided hike through the trails and grounds that includes moderate hills across the two- to three-mile trek. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-370-4672 or owlshill. org.

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S Joseph and the

Twelve rotating age-specific egg hunts, face painting, inflatables, contests, prizes, photos with the Easter Bunny, costumed characters and more. Ages 10 and younger. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

See Saturday, April 1.

Children can learn about farming and get up close and personal with animals during Adventures in Agriculture at Lane Agri-Park in Murfreesboro on Saturday, April 8.

Hounds Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Bring a basket to collect eggs and enjoy a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. Ages 11 and younger. Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne; 10 a.m.; 615-793-3224 or lavergnetn.gov.

See Thursday, April 6.

N FREE Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

This ninth annual celebration of the friendship between America and Japan features live music and dance performances, children’s activities (including costumed character photo ops), a cosplay contest, food and more. All ages. Public Square Park, 350 Deaderick St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; nashvillecherryblossomfestival. org.


STORYTIMES DAVIDSON

All Davidson County libraries can be accessed online at nashvillepubliclibrary.org. Bellevue Public Library 720 Baugh Road, Nashville 615-862-5854

• Family Fun Time: Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Mother Goose Moments: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Bordeaux Public Library 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 615-862-5856

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Twilight Storytime: Tue 6 p.m.; All ages

Donelson Public Library 2315 Lebanon Road, Donelson 615-862-5859

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6

East Branch Library 206 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5860

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 2 - 4

Edmondson Branch Library 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 615-880-3957

• Big Kids’ Clubhouse Storytime: Thu 4:30 p.m.; Ages 5 - 9 • Stories with Ms. Tori: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 5

Goodlettsville Library 106 Brick Church Pike Goodlettsville • 615-880-3957

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

Green Hills Branch Library 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville 615-862-5863

• Little Learners: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3-5 • Nightlight Storytime: 2nd & last Mon 6 p.m.; Ages 3 - 7 • Toddler Tales: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 1-2

Hermitage Branch Library 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage 615-880-3951

• Baby & Me: Tue 1 p.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Starlight Storytime: 2nd & 4th Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 4 - 10

Inglewood Branch Library 4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5866

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Wonder Baby: Mon 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months

Madison Branch Library 610 Gallatin Road S., Madison 615-862-5868

• Baby Storytime: Mon & Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Nashville Public Library 615 Church St., Nashville 615-862-5800

• Preschool Storytime: Tue & Wed at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

North Branch Library 1001 Monroe St., Nashville 615-862-5858

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Old Hickory Branch Library 1010 Jones St., Old Hickory 615-862-5869 • Storytime with Miss Candice: Mon 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Richland Park Branch Library 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 615-862-5870 • Baby & Me: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 6

S.E. Branch Library 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy. Antioch • 615-862-5871

• Babies & Books: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 3 • Little Book Worms: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Saturday Storytime: Sat 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Thompson Lane Branch Library 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville 615-862-5873

• Family Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 5 years

RUTHERFORD

La Vergne Public Library 5063 Murfreesboro Road La Vergne • 615-793-7303 lavergnetn.org

• Homeschool Storytime: Mon 10 a.m.; Grades K - 3 • Jammies & Stories: Thu 6:30 p.m.; All ages

at Your Local Library

• Little Treasures: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Once Upon a Storytime: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 2 & older

Linebaugh Public Library 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 615-893-4131 • linebaugh.org

• Itty Bitty Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 23 months • Storytime @ Linebaugh: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; All ages

Smyrna Public Library 400 Enon Springs Road W. Smyrna 615-459-4884 • linebaugh.org

• Baby & Me Storytime: Fri 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Wiggle Giggle & Read: Tue - Thu 10 a.m. (plus Wed 3:30 p.m.); All ages

SUMNER

Gallatin Public Library 123 E. Main St., Gallatin 615-452-1722 • gallatinlibrary.org • Music with Ms. Shannon: Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Storytime: Thu 5 p.m. & Fri 10:30 a.m.; All ages • Wiggler’s Class: Wed 9:45 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2-and-a-half

Hendersonville Public Library 140 Saundersville Road Hendersonville • 615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville • Baby & Me: Wed 10:15 & 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Ages 3 & younger • Lapsit: Thu 11 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Portland Public Library 301 Portland Blvd., Portland 615-325-2279 youseemore.com/portland

• Lapsit: Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Westmoreland Public Library 2305 Epperson Springs Road Westmoreland 615-644-2026 youseemore.com/westmoreland • Preschool Storytime: Tue 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

WILLIAMSON

Bethesda Public Library 4905 Bethesda Road, Thompson’s Station • 615-790-1887 wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 4 • Toddler Time: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Brentwood Public Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090 • brentwood-tn. org/library

• Storytime: Tue - Wed 10 & 11 a.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.; Ages preschool elementary

College Grove Community Library 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove 615-368-3222 • wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

Fairview Public Library 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-799-0235 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Leiper’s Fork Public Library 5333 Old Hwy. 96, Franklin 615-794-7019 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Nolensville Public Library 915 Oldham Drive, Nolensville 615-776-5490 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6 • Toddler Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

Spring Hill Public Library 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill 931-486-2932 springhilllibrary.org

• Baby Time: Tue & Fri 9:15 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Mon - Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Williamson County Public Library 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin 615-555-1244 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed - Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Tue 10 & 11:15 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years • Snuggle Bug Baby Lapsit: Fri 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 18 months (please turn the page)

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Faith-based child care and preschool

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things to do N FREE Nashville

Outdoor Recreation Festival

This seventh annual event features outdoor retailers, clubs and community organizations. There will be guided hikes, lectures, live music and more. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE OSLA

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Search for eggs, play games, make crafts and more. Ages 1 - 8. Our Savior Lutheran Academy, 5110 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-8331500 or oslanashville.org.

N FREE Parnassus

Saturday Storytime

See Saturday, April 1.

N Passenger

A night of folk rock music with special guest The Paper Kites. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

N Peter Pan

See Saturday, April 1.

N Pieces of Hope

Enjoy a night of cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by Rubik’s Groove. Proceeds benefit Autism Tennessee. Adults. Gaylord Springs, 18 Springhouse Lane, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $125; autismtn.org/ piecesofhope.

N Pied Piper Series:

Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs & Ham Nashville Symphony presents a musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic rhyming book with guest vocalists.

Arrive an hour early for preconcert activities including an instrument petting zoo, crafts and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $25 - $75; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

N FREE Pollinator

Party (Register)

Search for butterflies, bees, ants and hummingbirds and learn how to invite them into your own backyard. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

R FREE Puppets on the Porch

See Saturday, April 1.

N

Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil

The Nashville Junior Chamber hosts all-you-can-eat crawfish,

Lousiana-style sides, premium beer and live music. Proceeds benefit Greenways for Nashville. Adults. Cumberland Park, 592 South First St., Nashville; 4 - 9 p.m.; $20 $80; eventbrite.com.

N Second Saturday

After-hours planetarium shows include “Skies Over Nashville,” a full-dome feature and a new laser tribute show featuring the music of Prince, David Bowie and others. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 11 p.m.; $4 members, $8 nonmembers per show; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ saturday.

W

Senorita Adriana’s Spanish for Children (Register)

See Saturday, April 1.

S

Sensory-Friendly Movie: Smurfs

Catch a screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village with theater lights not as dim, sound not as loud and no previews. Kids are welcome to make noise and run around the theater — great for kids with autism and other sensory issues. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 10 a.m.; $6; 615-451-9500 or ncgmovies.com.

N Singarama 2017 See Thursday, April 6.

SPOTLIGHT:

Rutherford Parent’s Spring Kids Fest

Y

Saturday, April 8

our family can enjoy a free day of fun at The Avenue Murfreesboro with Rutherford Parent’s annual spring celebration on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Discover local children’s programs and summer camps, learn about area family resources and services, enjoy live entertainment and more. Kids can play on inflatables and enjoy a variety of games and activities. There will be face painters and balloon artists, and cool prizes will be given away throughout the day. Be sure to bring your camera to snap a pic of your child with the Easter Bunny! The Avenue Murfreesboro is located at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. For more info, call 615-256-2158, ext. 135, or visit nashvilleparent.com.

R FREE Smyrna Easter Egg Hunt

Search for hidden eggs, get a photo with the Easter Bunny and enjoy other activities. All ages. Lee Victory Recreation Park, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 1 p.m.; 615459-9742.

N FREE Southeast

Nashville Egg Hunt

Gather eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, play on inflatables, enjoy ice cream and more. All ages. Southeast Nashville Commons, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; 10 a.m.; southeasteasterevent. com.

R Southern Hospitality

See Saturday, April 1.

R Special Kids Race (Register)

This sixth annual race includes a 15K, 5K and one-mile course. Proceeds benefit Special Kids in Murfreesboro. All ages. Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, 1722 Garrison Drive, Murfreesboro; 7 a.m.; $45 for the 15K, $40 for the 5K, $20 for fun run; 615-893-4892, racedirector@specialkidsrace. org or specialkidsrace.org.

N FREE Special

Needs Easter Egg Hunt (Register)

Friendship Community Church hosts this egg hunt for children with any kind of special need and their siblings. The fun includes inflatables, a petting zoo, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, games and more. Separate egg hunts available for children in wheelchairs and those who are visually impaired. All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m.; 615-7585358 or achurchforyou.org.

R FREE Spring Bee Count

After a short talk about bees and their habits, go out to closely observe the number of bees that visit specific flowers. This program is a part of the citizen science project Bumble Bee Count. Ages 6 and older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or bumblebeewatch.org.

N FREE Spring Fling

Meet the Easter Bunny, ride a trackless train, enjoy face painting and a balloon artist, play on inflatables and more. All ages. Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-773-2298 or shopprovidencemarketplace. com. (please turn the page)

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things to do Easter Bunny. Ages 10 and younger. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 2 p.m.; wcparksandrec.com.

N FREE J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Nashville Symphony and FPC Sanctuary Choir present an evening of classical music. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 615-2989517 or fpcnashville.org.

S Joseph and the Catch a sensory-friendly screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village at NCG Cinema in Gallatin on Saturday, April 8.

N The Amish Project See Friday, April 7.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

R

FREE Underwater Egg Hunt

Gather eggs off the pool floor, and be sure to look for the special golden eggs. Ages 2 - 9. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

W Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

See Saturday, April 1.

W FREE Vintage

Baseball at Ravenswood

Enjoy 1860s-style baseball during this double-header as the Scouts challenge Lightfoot at noon followed by Maroons vs Travellers at 2:30 p.m. All ages. Ravenswood, 1825 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

N FREE Walk MS

Individual and teams can garner pledges and walk to raise both funds for research and overall awareness of multiple sclerosis. All ages. Nissan Stadium Lot R, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 855-372-1331 or walkms. org.

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R FREE Wilderness

Awareness Workshop

Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. This workshop is a requirement prior to camping in the park. Ages 6 and older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

R FREE Youth Magic Group

Explore the world of magic and learn an illusion or two. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh. org.

SUN 9 W American Girl

Easter Bunny Brunch (Register)

See Sunday, April 2.

W FREE Camp Widji Open House

Tour the grounds and facilities, meet camp directors and more. All ages. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

N FREE Community Art Workshop

Join teaching artist Maria Borghoff to create a

community artwork inspired by artist Nick Cave and the five senses. The finished work will be on display this fall as part of the Extrasensory exhibit. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615244-3340 or fristcenter.org/ extrasensory.

N Creative Zone:

Make a Medallion or Hall of Fame Plaque

See Sunday, April 2.

W FREE Deer Run

Open House

Take a walking tour of the facilities, meet camp directors and summer staff, and discover everything the camp has to offer. All ages. Deer Run Camps & Retreats, 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station; 2 - 4 p.m.; 615-7942918 or deerrun.camp.

W Easter Egg Dive (Register)

Jump, swim and splash for eggs in the indoor pool, then grab a picture with the Easter Bunny. Ages 12 and younger. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 4:30 p.m.; $5; wcparksandrec.com.

W FREE Fairview Easter Egg Hunt

Bring a basket and search for hidden eggs, including ones with special prizes, then get a photo with the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

See Saturday, April 1.

R

FREE MTSU Panhellenic Easter Egg Hunt

Bring baskets and have fun gathering eggs. Ages 12 and younger. MTSU President’s Lawn, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; mtsu.edu/fsl/npc/collegepanhellenic.php.

N The Amish Project See Friday, April 7.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

N The Zombies:

Odyssey and Oracle 50th Anniversary

All four surviving original Zombies will reunite to perform their 1967 album in its entirety. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $190; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

W FREE Vintage

Baseball at Carnton

The Distillers take on the Farriers during this 1860s-style baseball game. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

R FREE Vintage Baseball at Sam Davis Home

The Maroons challenge

the Scouts during this 1860s-style baseball game. All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

MON 10 R FREE Adoption 101

(Registration Required)

Explore the adoption process for domestic, interstate and international adoption, and learn more about openness in adoption, birth families, the process to adopt internationally and finalization of adoptions. Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-898-0803 or heavensentchildren.com.

R After-school Art See Monday, April 3.

W FREE Children’s Theater Audition

Montana-based Missoula Children’s theater hosts auditions for Gulliver’s Travels which takes the stage Saturday, April 15 (rehearsals take place April 10 - 14). All children cast must pay a $25 activity fee. Ages 5 - 18. Williamson County Enrichment Center at Academy Park, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.; 615302-0971, ext. 2216, or wcparksandrec.com.

N Early Explorers See Monday, April 3.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, April 3.

R SPARK!

See Monday, April 3.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, April 3.


things to do

TUE 11 R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, April 4.

R Crafternoon

See Tuesday, April 4.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, April 4.

R FITMommy

See Tuesday, April 4.

N FREE Full “Pink”

Moon Hike (Register)

Learn why it’s called a “Pink Moon” during a moonlit walk around the park. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; 615-8628539 or nashville.gov/parks.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

S FREE Music

with Ms. Shannon

See Tuesday, April 4.

W Songwriter & Storytellers

Tony Martin, Mark Nesler, Jim Beavers and Jim Collins perform a night of music

benefiting Parkinson’s research. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $50 $75; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

N Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers during the first home game of the season. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

WED 12 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

W Archery

Homeschool Day (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

W FREE Easter

Eggstravaganza (Register)

See Tuesday, April 4.

Hunt for eggs and pose for pics with the Easter Bunny. Ages 3 - 5. Timberland Park, mile marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin; event registration code is 9211; 10 a.m.; 615790-5719, ext. 2028, or wcparksandrec.com.

R Water Polo

R Homeschool

R SPARK!

See Monday, April 3.

N Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, April 4.

W Wildflower Hike (Register)

Hike the trails looking for spring flowers like Blue-eyed Mary, Dutchman’s Britches and Spring Beauty. Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $7; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

R KidFIT: Movers

W FREE Brentwood

See Wednesday, April 5.

Search for prize-filled eggs, take photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in a jelly bean guessing game, enjoy face painting and more. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 p.m.; 615-3710090 or brentwoodtn.gov/ library.

and Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

W FREE Kids’ Hour

Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or wholefoodsmarket.com.

N Sounds Baseball

Easter Egg Hunt

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, April 4.

W

Cecile McLorin Salvant

A night of jazz music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $50 - $60; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Creativity Class

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

R Homeschool

FREE The Farrell Violin Concerto

N

N Goodnight Moon

See Wednesday, April 5.

Series: Wild About Birds (Register)

Readings and activities covering birds of prey, pollinators and conservation. Ages 8 - 11. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3; 615-217-3017.

Nashville Symphony violinist presents his own Concerto for Viola & Chamber Orchestra. Get free tickets at the website. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 6 p.m.; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, April 3.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

THU 13 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

R BounceU

Egg Hunt (Register)

Bring a basket and have fun finding eggs. All ages. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $9.95; 615-893-8386 or bounceu. com/murfreesboro-tn.

Local boys Will, Dean and Miles grab a photo op during the Easter Eggstravaganza at Timberland Park in Franklin. This year’s festivity is on Wednesday, April 12.

R FITMommy Yoga See Thursday, April 6.

Experience the beloved bedtime book when it springs to life on stage. The musical elaborates on the book while staying true to the story’s simple, loving heart. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Thru May 14: tonight 6:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 youth; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect. org.

R Nature Nuts

See Thursday, April 6.

N Opry Country Classics

See Thursday, April 6.

N FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, April 6.

R Preschool Egg Hunt (Register)

Ages 7 and younger can bring their baskets and search for eggs. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $9.95; 615893-8386 or bounceu.com/ murfreesboro-tn.

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things to do N Beethoven’s Second

The Nashville Symphony performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 as well as contemporary works by Brad Warnaar and Behzad Ranjbaran. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $21 - $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

R BounceU

Egg Hunt (Register)

Bring a basket and have fun finding eggs. All ages. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; $9.95; 615893-8386 or bounceu.com/ murfreesboro-tn.

N FREE Brilliant Pose for pics with the big bunny, gather eggs, meet baby farm animals and enjoy activities galore during the Easter Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms, April 14 - 15.

N Richard II

Lipscomb Theatre and Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare’s play with an all-female cast that brings to life the famous story of heads of states falling from power. Ages 12 and older. Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Thru April 23: Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. + Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m.; $17 adults, $5 students; 615-9667075 or nashvilleshakes.org.

N Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

R FREE Strollercoasters

See Thursday, April 6.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, April 4.

R Youth

Volleyball Class

See Thursday, April 6.

FRI 14 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

R Baby Animal Days The farm springs to life as new baby animals make their debut. Check out the special baby animal nursery exhibit. Kids can observe how mothers and babies bond, examine baby chicks in the hatchery and more. The exhibit runs through May 13. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

Sky Storytime

See Friday, April 7.

N Chris Tomlin

A night of Christian music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15 - $70; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

N FREE Community Art Workshop

Join teaching artist Beth Reitmeyer to create a community artwork inspired by artist Nick Cave and the five senses. The finished work will be on display this fall as part of the Extrasensory exhibit. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter. org/extrasensory.

N Creative Zone:

Make a Medallion or Hall of Fame Plaque

See Sunday, April 2.

R Easter Bunny

Breakfast (Register)

This VIP outing features a breakfast buffet, Easter Bunny photo ops, a visit with the farm’s baby animal ambassadors, craft stations and souvenir gift. Admission

includes entry to the Easter Festival. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 9 & 10 a.m.; $33 adults, $25 ages 2 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

free coffee and pastries starting an hour before the concert. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $22 - $50; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

R Easter Festival

R Preschool Egg

Hop around the farm with the Easter Bunny, play games, do crafts, meet baby farm animals, enjoy non-stop egg hunts with prize packs and more. New this year, journey through the story of Jelly Bean the Unbreakable Egg. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

R FREE Good Friday

Hunt (Register)

Ages 7 and younger can bring their baskets and search for eggs. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $9.95; 615893-8386 or bounceu.com/ murfreesboro-tn.

N Richard II

See Thursday, April 13.

W Scholastic Chess Club (Register)

Food, inflatables, competitive games, pony rides and more. All ages. Bethel Community Church, 1503 Sulphur Springs Road, Murfreesboro; 4 - 6:30 p.m.; 615-8697482 or bethelmurfreesboro. com.

Two chess coaches from Nashville Chess Center teach beginning, intermediate and advance strategies. Boards provided. Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $10 instructor fee; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

N Grand Ole Opry

N Sounds Baseball

Family Fun Day

See Saturday, April 1.

N FREE Green Hills

Storytime & Playtime

See Friday, April 7.

R KidFIT: Movers

and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

N Loretta Lynn

A night of country music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $45 - $75; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

N New

American Classics

Nashville Symphony soloists perform on Brad Warnaar’s Horn Concerto and Behzad Ranjbaran’s Flute Concerto during this Coffee & Classics installment. Arrive early for

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

W Telescope

Night (Register)

The telescopes will be open for viewing, and astronomers will answer questions and provide information about the various exhibits found in the observatory. Ages 8 and older. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.; $6.24; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

R Toddler Time with Thomas

See Friday, April 7. (please turn the page)

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things to do N Bunny Breakfast (Register)

Start the day with pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, fruit and muffins along with pics with the Easter Bunny and a gift. Price includes zoo admission. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 8, 8:30, 9 & 9:30 a.m.; members: $20 adults/$15 children, nonmembers: $38 adults/$28 non-members; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org/eggzoo.

W

FREE Calvary Chapel Easter Egg Hunt

Four age-appropriate egg hunts plus bounce houses, barbecue sandwiches and hot dogs, treats and more. Ages 12 and younger. Calvary Chapel, 502 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; calvarybrentwood.org.

N Cheekwood in Bloom

See Saturday, April 1.

A local boy has fun collecting eggs during the Murfreesboro Citywide Easter Egg Hunt. This year’s outing is Saturday, April 15.

SAT 15 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

R FREE American Girl Book Club (Register)

Girls can have fun watching a special American Girl movie. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh. org.

N FREE Animal Egg Hunt (Register)

Bring your baskets and fill them with faux reptile, bird and amphibian eggs. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

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S FREE Children’s Author Event

See Saturday, April 8.

N FREE City Nature N Beethoven’s Second

See Friday, April 14.

N FREE Bellevue Easter Egg Hunt

Bellevue Baptist Church hosts age-specific egg hunts with prizes, plus games and snacks. All ages. Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-6462711 or bellevuebaptist.org.

R BounceU

Egg Hunt (Register)

Bring a basket and have fun finding eggs. All ages. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $9.95; 615-893-8386 or bounceu. com/murfreesboro-tn.

Challenge 2017 (Register)

parent must accompany each child. Ages 12 and younger. Flipper’s Bait and Tackle, 200 Odoms Bend Road, Gallatin; 8 - 11 a.m.; 615-452-7719 or crappieusa.com.

N FREE East

Nashville Easter Egg Hunt

Bring a picnic and let your kids have fun searching for hidden eggs. All ages. East Park, 700 Woodland St., Nashville; 11 a.m.; 615-2551289 or nfcn.org.

R Easter Bunny

Breakfast (Register)

See Friday, April 14.

N Easter Bunny Train Kids can have fun riding the rails to Watertown with Peter Cottontail. Bring your camera for photo ops, and there will be an Easter egg hunt during the layover. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $21 $75; 615-241-0436 or tcry. org.

R Easter Festival See Friday, April 14.

N Eggstravaganzoo

N FREE Community

Egg hunts and Easter treats galore! The day includes 10 age-appropriate egg hunts for kids, spring-themed games, bounce houses and face painting. Meet the Easter Bunny and zoo mascot Twiga, too. All ages Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org/eggzoo.

See Friday, April 14.

R FREE Family

Bring your smartphone, explore the park and snap pics of flora and fauna to upload to the iNaturalist app. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-8628539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Art Workshop

S FREE Crappie USA Classic’s Kids Fishing Rodeo

Kids can bring their own poles and cast a line during this annual fishing tournament. Top winners in each division will receive a rod-and-reel combo; all youth anglers will be eligible to win one of six $1,000 scholarships awarded in October. A

Movie Day

Spend the morning at the library enjoying a screening of a family-friendly movie. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

N Family Science Lab: Explorers

Explore how plants grow and thrive while learning more

about their life cycle. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 kids); 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/familyscience.

N Full Moon Zip Tour

Soar through the air on nine zip lines under the light of the full moon. Ages 6 and older. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; 8, 8:15 & 8:30 p.m.; $65; 615-2972250 or adventureworks.com.

R FREE FWC

Eggstravaganza

Search for eggs, play on inflatables and more. All ages. Family Worship Center, 3045 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; familywc.com.

S FREE Glow-in-theDark Easter Egg Hunt

Wear fluorescent clothing for fun games and an egg hunt under the glow of black lights. Egg hunts are set up in four age categories. Ages 0 - 12. Celebration of Life Church, 768 Forest Retreat Road, Hendersonville; 8 p.m.; 615-826-7575 or celebrationoflife.com.

N Goodnight Moon See Thursday, April 13.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

W Gulliver’s Travels

Missoula Children’s Theater presents a modern twist on this classic tale. In this version, the brave explorer is lost in space and discovers aliens, robots and others as he transports from world to world. All ages. Williamson County Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin; 2 & 7 p.m.; $5 ages 4 and older; 615-302-0971, ext. 2216, or wcparksandrec.com.


things to do N Haters Roast: The Shady Tour

Sharp-tongued drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race take the stage spouting zingers on topics from politics to love. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $24 - $166; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

N Hermitage

Easter Egg Hunts

More than 4,000 eggs with toys and treats are waiting to be found. Following each hunt, kids can take pictures with the Easter Bunny, participate in arts and crafts, play 19th-century games and more. Ages 1 - 12. Tulip Grove Mansion across from The Hermitage, 4580 Rachels Lane, Nashville; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; $5 adults, $10 children; 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

N FREE Kidsville

Intersection clarinetist Emily Bowland shows kids how new music can expand their minds and ears. Then, make a craft inspired by the music. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; kidsvilleonline.org.

N Loretta Lynn See Friday, April 14.

R FREE Murfreesboro Citywide Easter Egg Hunt

Search for eggs in ageappropriate groups, then exchange them for prizes. Visit the Easter Bunny and play carnival-style games. All ages. Richard Siegel Community Park, 515 Cherry Lane Drive, Murfreesboro; 1 p.m.; 615907-2251 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

N FREE Nashville

City Nature Challenge (Register)

You can become a citizen scientists to document nature in your backyard, schoolyard or local park. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-8624187 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE Parnassus

Saturday Storytime

See Saturday, April 1.

N

Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash

Participate in a 5K, 10K, 15K or one-mile “wunder fun run” to raise money for The Pencil Foundation. All ages. Metro Center, 2100 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 7:30 a.m.; $20 fun run, $40 5K, $45 10K, $50 15K; puritydairydash.com.

N Richard II

See Thursday, April 13.

W Riverbend Kids Club

Learn how to plant a garden and make tags. All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 11 a.m.; $5; 615-468-2008 or riverbendnurseries.com.

R Sam Davis Easter Eggstravaganza

This interactive family experience features sports demonstrations and games, inflatables an Easter egg hunt and more. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 9 a.m.; $7 in advance, $12 at the gate; 1045thezone.com.

N Spring Art Hop

This annual Easter and art mash-up features 25 egg hunts beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running on the half hour through 3:30 p.m. There are 25 golden eggs to be found in an Instagram contest, live music by Mr. Steve, garden games, art-making activities, a temporary tattoo station, food trucks and a beer garden for Dad. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

N FREE Spring

Wildflower Hike (Register)

View the arrangement of wildflowers during a short stroll through the park. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 615862-8539.

R Tennessee

Enjoy games, crafts, an egg hunt, a visit with the Easter Bunny and more. All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 ages 12 and younge; 615-459-2341 or samdavishome.org.

Mafia Jug Band

W Senorita Adriana’s

N The Nerd

Spanish for Children (Register)

See Saturday, April 1.

N Sounds Baseball

Children can have fun making seasonal crafts during Spring Art Hop at Cheekwood on Saturday, April 15.

N Sports Fest

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Colorado Springs Skybox. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Leroy Troy and the jug band perform music and comedy. All ages. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 7:30 p.m.; $15; 615-5632787 or artscenterofcc.com.

See Saturday, April 21.

N FREE Wetlands:

Investigation & Exploration (Register)

Head to the wet areas of the park to learn about soil while investigating plant and animal life. Ages 12 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m.; 615862-8539.

S FREE Wonderland Egg Hunt

Jump down the rabbit hole for an adventure including egg hunts (there’s one for Mom and Dad, too), crafts, games and other activities. Bring your camera for photos with the Red Queen, Alice and the Mad Hatter. All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 10 a.m.; 615-824-0502 or historicrockcastle.com.

SUN 16 Happy Easter! N Brunch with the Bunny (Register)

This family-friendly Easter brunch includes a free photo with Peter Cottontail. All ages. Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 12 & 2:30 p.m.; $39 adults, $20 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; fontanel.com.

N Creative Zone:

Make a Medallion or Hall of Fame Plaque

See Sunday, April 2.

N Explosion in the Sky

A night of post-rock music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $45; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

N Goodnight Moon See Thursday, April 13.

N Hall of Fame Easter Brunch

The McCrary Sisters perform soulful music while you enjoy a brunch feast along with free photo ops with the Easter Bunny. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. South, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $65 adults, $25 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org. (please turn the page)

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things to do S FREE Music

W Wildflower

Songs, music appreciation and learning through playing with musical instruments. Ages 3 - 5. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615452-1722 or gallatinlibrary. org.

Hike the trails looking for spring flowers like Blue-eyed Mary, Dutchman’s Britches and Spring Beauty. Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $7; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

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R SPARK!

See Monday, April 3.

W Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Tournament

Nashville Children’s Theatre brings Goodnight Moon to life on stage April 13 - May 14.

N Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Colorado Springs Skybox. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

MON 17 R After-school Art See Monday, April 3.

N Early Explorers See Monday, April 3.

W FREE Nature Strollers: Stars

Learn about the stars in the night sky and the constellations they make, hear a star story, make a craft and embark on a hike. Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, April 3.

N Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge

Colorado Springs Skybox. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

R SPARK!

See Monday, April 3.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, April 3.

W FREE Wonderful World of Weather (Register)

Learn about elements of weather like wind, precipitation and storms. Ages 5 - 12. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

TUE 18 N 2017 Symphony Fashion Show

Gus Mayer presents the fall 2017 collection of Zac Posen. Adults. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $250; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

N FREE Babies in the Gallery

View the Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art at eye level for babies in carriers. Ages 12 months and younger. Carl Van Vecthen Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 11:30 a.m.; 615329-8720 or fisk.edu.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, April 4.

R Crafternoon

See Tuesday, April 4.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, April 4.

R FITMommy

See Tuesday, April 4.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

W Michael W. Smith and For King & Country

A night of Christian music raising money for Franklin Christian Academy’s needbased financial aid program. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $85 - $100; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

This red-carpet event features food, cocktails, craft beer, a luxury gaming room, live music and a spirited celebrity bowling tournament. Proceeds benefits High Hopes Development Center. Ages 21 and older. Kings Bowl Cool Springs, 1910 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6:15 - 10 p.m.; $75; 615-550-1437 or highhopesforkids.org/starsstrikes.

N The Steeldrivers & Friends

A night of country music celebrating St. Bernard Academy’s 150th anniversary also features Rodney Crowell, Charles Kelley, Aberdeen Green and Zach Seabaugh. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $46.50 $52.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

R Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, April 4.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, April 4.

R

FREE Wilderness Awareness Workshop

Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. This workshop is a requirement prior to camping in the park. Ages 6 and older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Hike (Register)

WED 19 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

W Archery

Homeschool Day (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

W FREE Birding for

Beginners (Register)

Join Naturalist Haley Stoever to the learn the basics of birding, including identification. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 8 - 10 a.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

R Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, April 5.

R Homeschool

Series: Wild About Birds (Register)

This class features readings and outdoor hands-on activities covering birds of prey, pollinators and conservation. Ages 8 - 11. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

N FREE Iroquois

Steeplechase: A Bit of History (Register)

Learn various aspects of the annual equine event that fills the park’s hills with horses and hats every May. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks. (please turn the page)

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things to do R KidFIT: Movers

and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

W FREE Kids’ Hour

Award-winning independent recording artist Ginger Sands performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or gingersands.com.

N Neil Diamond

This pop music legend brings his 50th anniversary world tour to Music City. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.50 $149.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

N Robotics Day

Celebrate National Robotics Week with a day exploring the bits and bytes that make up modern day robotics. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley

Michael W. Smith performs a benefit concert for Franklin Christian Academy at the Franklin Theatre on Tuesday, April 18.

Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

May 7: Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 - $30; thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

N FREE Storytime

A night of country music benefiting Brentwood Rotary’s charitable efforts. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $25 $62.50; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Fiber Fast Gaming area, vendors with handmade arts/ crafts/gifts, the “Quilt on the Cumberland Show,” a car show, interactive zones, children’s play areas and more. All ages. Downtown Clarksville, 50 Franklin St., Clarksville; Thu - Fri 5 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 931-947-2331 or riverandspires.com.

R FITMommy Yoga

R FREE Stroller-

(Register)

Hear a story about things that live in the park, then head outside to explore. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 615862-8539 or nashville.gov/ parks.

See Thursday, April 6.

R Tumbleweeds

S FREE Mindfulness

See Monday, April 3.

Occupational Therapist Andrea Ball leads this workshop on what mindfulness is all about, including self-care, present-moment awareness, emotional regulation and sensory processing in children. Learn strategies to use with your children to help them manage their emotions. Meditation will also be discussed. Adults. Play Ball Children’s Therapy, 209 Shivel Drive, Hendersonville; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; andrea@ playballtherapy.com or playballtherapy.com.

(Register)

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

THU 20 N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

R An Evening of Pops

The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of music from movies, Broadway shows and more. All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 615-898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, April 4.

N Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Go the Will?

An estranged family gathers to await the impending death of their father after he suffers a debilitating stroke. This comedy finds the reunited family learning to form a new bond under less than desirable circumstances. Ages 12 and older. The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thru

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W Farewell Angelina

for Mothers (Register)

R Nature Nuts

See Thursday, April 6.

N Opry

Country Classics

See Thursday, April 6.

N FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, April 6.

W FREE Pizza & Pages

Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books. Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

N Richard II

See Thursday, April 13.

FREE Rivers and Spires Festival

This family festival features five stages of live entertainment (music, dance, comedy), the

coasters

See Thursday, April 6.

N The Amish Project See Friday, April 7.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, April 4.

R Youth

Volleyball Class

See Thursday, April 6.

FRI 21 N FREE A Grand Outing: Fabulous Flowers

Grandparents and grandchildren can explore the park’s hillsides searching for wildflowers. Ages 2 - 6. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

R A Murder

is Announced

In this Agatha Christie theatrical murder mystery, Miss Marple investigates the mixed motives and concealed identities in this drama featuring twists and turns. Ages 10 and older. Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Thru May 7: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3:30 p.m. (May 7 only); $15 adults, $10 students (ages 3 and younger not admitted); 615-852-8499 or springhousetheatre.com.

N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

W A Vintage Affair: The Main Event

A night of food, wine and bourbon tastings, silent and live auctions, a wine auction, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit local charities serving women and children. Adults. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $100; avintageaffair.org.

N FREE Burch

Reserve Ramble (Register)

Explore the park’s newest trails. Ages 8 and older. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE Community Art Workshop

See Friday, April 14.

N Country Living Fair

More than 200 vendors include antique sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture makers, crafters and more. You can also meet Country Living editors and their special guests, attend cooking/ crafting/DIY demonstrations along with book signings, enjoy food samples and more. All ages. Wilson County Expo & Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 in advance/$16 at the door adults, free ages 16 and younger; countryliving. com/fair.

N Daddy’s Dyin’,

Who’s Go the Will?

See Thursday, April 20.

N Exotic Pet Expo

The Middle Tennessee Exotic Pet Club hosts its exotic pet show and sale with exhibitors and vendors of all types. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $1; tnexoticpetexpo.com.


things to do N FREE Froggy

N FREE Nashville

Learn about various frog species during an evening hike through the wetlands. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks.

Shop for treasures from hundreds of vendors with a “Spring Extravaganza” theme. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; nashvilleflea. com.

Friday Night (Register)

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

N FREE Green Hills

Flea Market

N Party

for the Planet

R KidFIT: Twist and

A day of games and activities, special keeper talks, local conservation organizations and more. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-8331534 or nashvillezoo.org.

See Wednesday, April 5.

R Pocatello

Storytime & Playtime

See Friday, April 6.

R KidFIT: Movers

and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

Shout (Register)

N Kids’ Night Out (Register)

This overnight experience includes disco dance parties, pizza, wolf pack night games, nighttime zip lining and more. Ages 7 - 12. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 6 p.m. (check out Sat 10:30 a.m.; $55; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter’s Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape. Ages 10 and older. Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Thru April 30: Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 615893-9825 or mltarts.com.

N Richard II

See Thursday, April 13.

W Riders in the Sky

A night of country western music and comedy. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $33.50 - $43.50; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

N Rites of Spring Music Festival

This year’s acts include The Shins, JOHNNYSWIM, Anime, St. Lucia and others. All ages. Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn, 2201 West End Ave., Nashville; Fri - Sat 6 p.m.; $40 one day, $55 for both; 615-322-2471 or vanderbilt.edu/ros.

N Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour

This international dance phenomenon propels Irish dancing and music into the present day. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $70; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

FREE Rivers and Spires Festival

6 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

N FREE Skate

SAT 22

See Thursday, April 20.

Nashville Figure Skating Competition

The Nashville Figure Skating Club hosts this 26th annual competition on ice. All ages. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-928-7977 or nashvillefsc.com.

See Friday, April 7.

N

R FREE 41st Annual

In this Neil Simon play, middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late and arranges three seductions. Ages 14 and older. Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thru April 30: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger; 615-598-8950 or encoretheatre-company.org.

Cloggers, old-time music, demonstrators, crafters, hayrides, blacksmithing, art league demonstrations, an antique car show, a Harriet Tubman re-enactor and more family fun. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 South Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-8900355 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

N The Nerd

Solve the mystery of what pet vultures, a passion for journaling, chigger research and the Nature Center museum have in common. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

N The Amish Project The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

See Saturday, April 1.

with Thomas

See Friday, April 7.

Nashville Film Festival April 20 - 29

T

he magic of filmmaking is front and center during the annual Nashville Film Festival. It’s at a new spot this year — Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 (719 Thompson Lane, Nashville). Ten days of movie-going goodness includes features, shorts, documentaries and animated films. You’ll find the most kid-friendly flicks in the shorts lineup. Also new this year are collections of shorts from the NY Dog Film Festival that will screen on Monday, April 24. The selections celebrate the love between dogs and their people. A portion of the ticket for the canine screenings benefits Nashville Humane Association. Allaccess VIP laminates ($250) get you into all films (Dog Fest requires separate special event tickets) and the cool parties. Individual movie ticket prices and sales will be announced Monday, April 10. Learn more and get the lineup at nashfilm.org.

Nashville Vision Walk

Raise pledges and walk a 5K benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 9 a.m.; 919-781-8014 or fightblindness.org/ nashvillevisionwalk.

R Toddler Time

SPOTLIGHT:

N FREE 11th Annual

N Whip

Crackin’ Rodeo

Enjoy a professional rodeo event benefiting local charities. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 East Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $10 advance/$15 at the gate adults, $10/$8 children, free ages 4 and younger; whipcrackinrodeo.com.

R FREE Wilderness

Awareness Workshop

Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. This workshop is a requirement prior to camping in the park. Ages 6 and older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro;

Pioneer Days

N FREE A History Mystery (Register)

R A Murder is Announced

See Friday, April 21.

N A Raisin in the Sun See Saturday, April 1.

R FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, April 1.

R FREE Beautiful Birds

Learn about birds through games and activities. Ages 5 - 12. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-217-3017. (please turn the page)

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things to do 12 - 18. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

R FREE Bill Rice

Ranch Day Camp Open House

Tour the ranch facilities and campground, and enjoy pony rides, inflatables and hot dogs. All ages. Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-893-2767 or brrdaycamp.org.

N Cheekwood in Bloom

See Saturday, April 1.

S FREE Children’s Author Event

See Saturday, April 8.

S Burger Battle

N Country Living Fair

Feast on freshly grilled burgers and sides and cast your vote for the best burger in Sumner County. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction benefiting free programs for middle and high school students at the center. All ages. Sumner Teen Center, 976 Grassland Place, Gallatin; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $15 per person, $25 for two; 615-530-8248 or sumnerteencenter.org.

See Friday, April 21.

N Daddy’s Dyin’,

Who’s Go the Will? See Thursday, April 20.

N Exotic Pet Expo See Friday, April 21

R Family

Campout (Register)

Backpack your way to the campground to spend the night. The evening includes guided night hikes, children’s games and activities, campfire fun and music. Prior attendance to a Wilderness

R FREE Candy Sushi Iron Chef (Register)

Get creative and make your best candy sushi. Ages

Awareness Workshop required (April 8, 18 or 21). All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

N Family Program:

Perk Up Your Pictures

Learn tips and tricks to make photos look their best, then head to the galleries to study exhibit photos. Make a custom frame to take home. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

W FREE Franklin

Arbor Day Celebration

A day of fun in the trees with activities including tree climbing, rock climbing, tree

SPOTLIGHT:

The Baby Fair Saturday, April 22

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ot a brand-new bundle of joy or expecting one soon? The Baby Fair is the place to be on Saturday, April 22. Nashville Parent’s premier event for all-things infant features vendors with safety equipment, baby furniture, accessories and more. Stop by the stage area for Q & A sessions from leading area pediatricians, nurses, lactation specialists, childhood nutritionists, baby safety experts and others. Win prizes by playing games, and pick up samples along the way. Register for thousands of dollars worth of giveaways throughout the day, including a variety of nursery items worth more than $2,500 from USA Baby. The Baby Fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. Admission is FREE! Call 615-256-2158 or visit nashvilleparent.com/baby-fair-2017.

planting, children’s games and activities, food, tree saplings to take home and more. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-7942103 or franklintn.gov/ arborday.

N

FREE Going Blue for Autism

Cheatham County Kids hosts this event that raises autism awareness. Enjoy games, face painting, inflatables, eating contests, lie entertainment, a silent auction and more. All ages. Sycamore High School, 1021 Old Clarksville Pike, Pleasant View; 12 - 5 p.m.; cheathamcountykids.com.

N Goodnight Moon See Thursday, April 13.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

R Kids’ Cooking

Class: The Best Brunch (Register)

Learn to make broiled sugared grapefruit, corned beef hash with poached eggs, waffles with maple syrup and honey whipped cream, cinnamon buns with scream cheese glaze and chocolate protein shakes. Ages 6 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

N FREE Kidsville

Celebrate Earth Day with the story of how The Parthenons of both Athens and Nashville have been used for more than just one purpose through the years. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; kidsvilleonline.org.

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FREE LEGO Play Time

Let your imagination run wild as you build LEGO creations. All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 615-452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

N Mapping Stars

Intersection Music Ensemble, Nashville in Harmony and One Voice Chorus present tan evening of music. All ages. Nashville State Community College Auditorium, 120 White Bridge Road, Nashville; Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; ticket prices TBA; intersectionmusic.org.

N FREE March for Babies

Garner pledges and walk to raise money for March of Dimes. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 8 a.m.; marchforbabies.org.

N FREE Movers

for Moms Festival

This benefit for the Safe Haven Family Shelter includes storytime circles, art activities with the Frist Center, a silent auction, photos with fairytale princesses, youth yoga, swing dance lessons and more. All ages. Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free admission but some activities require tickets (bring a new pillow donation for five activity tickets); 615-2486288 or safehaven.org.

N FREE Mr. Bond

and the Science Guys (Register)

An interactive, hands-on science show. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-8628539 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE Nashville Earth Day Festival

Live music, hundreds of exhibitors, Kidsville children’s activities and more to celebrate Mother Earth and raise environmental awareness. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; nashvilleearthday. org.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, April 21. (please turn the page)

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things to do N Oyster Easter

Cajun food, beer, wine and spirits, lively contests and activities. Proceeds benefit the Community Resource Center. Adults. Public Square Park, 350 Deaderick St., Nashville; 1 - 6 p.m.; $65; 615-7124092 or oystereaster.com.

R Parents’ Night

Out: Bird Brainiacs (Register)

Mom and Dad can enjoy an evening to themselves while kids explore the museum, make dinner at the nachos bar and participate in birdthemed activities, including crafts and games. Ages 4 - 12. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5:30. - 9:30 p.m.; $20, $15 siblings; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

N FREE Parnassus

Saturday Storytime

See Saturday, April 21.

R Pocatello

See Friday, April 21.

R FREE Puppets on the Porch

See Saturday, April 1.

N Richard II

See Thursday, April 13.

N Rites of Spring Music Festival

See Friday, April 21.

N Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour

See Friday, April 21.

FREE Rivers and Spires Festival See Thursday, April 20.

N Robotics Day

Celebrate National Robotics Week with a day exploring the bits and bytes that make up modern day robotics. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

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N Run for Babies

This 5K event is held in conjunction with March for Babies, benefiting March of Dimes. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 8 a.m.; $35 adults, $30 ages 17 and younger; 615-800-7185 or runforbabies.org/nashville.

W Run for Kids

This fundraiser for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home includes a timed 5K run/walk, two-mile family fun run and one-mile kids’ run. The Kidz Zone features inflatables and activities. All ages. Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, 1310 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 7:30 a.m.; $15 - $35; 615376-3140 or tnrunforkids.org.

N FREE Skate

Nashville Figure Skating Competition See Friday, April 21.

N FREE Spring Family Farm Day

Connect with nature at this working landscape. Plant a Tennessee wildflower, sample raw honey, stroll through the arboretum, tour a historic home built in 1857 and more. All ages. Glen Leven Farm, 4000 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; there is a suggested $10 donation per vehicle to support The Land Trust for Tennessee; 615244-5263 or landtrusttn.org/ events.

N Spring Mile-Long Yard Sale Excursion Train

Enjoy a train ride to Watertown where you’ll get to have fun shopping for treasures in the giant yard sale. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $21 - $75; 615241-0436 or tcry.org.

N The Amish Project See Friday, April 7.

R The Bash

This fundraiser for the center features cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and dancing. Adults. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $100, $175 per couple, $25 dance party only; 615-904-2787 or boroarts.org.

W

The Everly Brothers

The Zmed Brothers pay musical tribute to the rock tunes of Phil and Don Everly. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $30 - $40; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

N The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

See Friday, April 21.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 21.

N UFC Fight Night

Experience a night of mixed martial arts action. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $44.35 - $179.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

N FREE West Spring Fling

A day of carnival games and activities. All ages. West Elementary School, 9315 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; westelementarypto.com.

N

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo

See Friday, April 21.

N

Wicked Plants + Earth Day

Explore the planet and take a look at gnarly plants along the way. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/wickedplants.

Kids can participate in a variety of hands-on art activities during the Nashville Earth Day Festival in Centennial Park on Saturday, April 22.

SUN 23 N 18th Annual

$89; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Grand Day (Register)

FREE Art on the West Side

This celebration of the generations of families who have supported NCT begins with a 2 p.m. performance of Goodnight Moon followed by a carnival of games, rides, food and fun for everyone. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $40 all access pass; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

This juried art show and sale features 50 painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, and clay and fiber artists. Staff from the Frist Center will be on site to lead kids in hands-on activities. All ages. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-3567170 or nashvillejcc.org/ art-on-the-west-side.

N

N Country Living Fair

All-Mozart Matinee

The Nashville Symphony performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 40. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $22 -

See Friday, April 21.

N Creative Zone:

Make a Medallion or Hall of Fame Plaque

See Sunday, April 2.


things to do N Daddy’s Dyin’,

Who’s Go the Will?

See Thursday, April 20.

N Goodnight Moon See Thursday, April 13.

N Mapping Stars See Saturday, April 22.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, April 21.

R Pocatello

See Friday, April 21.

N Richard II

See Thursday, April 13.

N Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour

See Friday, April 21

N FREE Skate

Nashville Figure Skating Competition

See Friday, April 21.

N The Amish Project See Friday, April 7.

N The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

See Friday, April 21.

N The Nerd

See Saturday, April 1.

N FREE United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors

Enjoy an evening of music. Reserve free tickets at the website. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 615-298-9517 or fpcnashville.org.

S FREE Vintage

Baseball at Mansker’s Station

Experience 1860s-style baseball during this doubleheader when Mountain City challenges the Travellers at noon followed by Phoenix vs Distillers at 2:30 p.m. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

N FREE Vintage

116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $33 - $66; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

Experience 1860s-style baseball during this doubleheader when the Scouts challenge the Quicksteps at noon followed by the Farriers vs Cumberlanders at 2:30 p.m. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

R Tumbleweeds

Baseball at The Hermitage

N Week of the

Young Child Kick-Off

Local organizations serving young kids will have booths set up with activities and info, and ages 2 - 12 get into zoo free after 2 p.m. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 2 - 5 p.m.; $16 adults; 615833-1534 or nashvillezoo. org.

MON 24 R After-school Art See Monday, April 3.

N Artful Tales:

Storytime in the Galleries

Join an educator in the galleries to hear a story connected to the current exhibits, then head to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for hands-on creativity at the art stations. Ages 3 and older. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 615244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

N Early Explorers See Monday, April 3.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, April 3.

R SPARK!

See Monday, April 3.

N The Story Tour: An Acoustic Evening with Brandi Carlile

A night of Americana music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium,

(Register)

N The Story Tour: An

Acoustic Evening with Brandi Carlile See Monday, April 24.

N Tom Petty & The

($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

N Goodnight Moon

R Crafternoon

N Tuesdays for Tots

See Tuesday, April 4.

See Tuesday, April 4.

Experience the beloved bedtime book when it springs to life on stage. The musical elaborates on the book while staying true to the story’s simple, loving heart. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 1 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 youth; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

R FITMommy

R FREE Turtle Search

R Homeschool

See Monday, April 3.

Heartbreakers

See Tuesday, April 4.

A night of rock music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 $149.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

TUE 25 R Busy Bees

S FREE Music

Participate in a box turtle study. Ages 8 and older. Nickajack Wetlands, Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

See Tuesday, April 4.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, April 4.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

with Ms. Shannon

S FREE RiverGate Storytime

Kids can dress up as their favorite storybook characters and join the children’s librarian from Madison Library for a story along with songs and other activities. All ages. RiverGate Mall Center Court, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 11:30 a.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergatemall.com.

R SPARK!

See Monday, April 3.

N The Curious

Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In this Tony Award-winning play, 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he’s exceptionally smart but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $68; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

See Tuesday, April 4.

WED 26 W Archery

Homeschool Day (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

N

Fall In! Civil War at BMP (Register)

Homeschoolers can discover the Harding Family’s involvement and experiences in the Civil War and its aftermath. Students will participate in 19th century letter writing, signal flags, telegraphs, mini-field school, artillery school and more. All ages. Belle Meade Plantation, 110 Leake Ave., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $10 students, $13 adults (one free parent educator); 615-356-0501 or bellemeadeplantation.com.

N Family Science Lab: Researchers

Learn about incredible and sometimes dangerous weather events. Ages 10 - 13 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $7.50 per child in addition to regular gate admission

Creativity Class

See Wednesday, April 5.

R KidFIT: Movers

and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

W FREE Kids’ Hour

Award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

N The Curious

Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time See Tuesday, April 25.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, April 3.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

THU 27 R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, April 4.

N Daddy’s Dyin’,

Who’s Go the Will?

See Thursday, April 20.

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FRI 28 R A Murder is Announced

See Friday, April 21.

N FREE Budding

Naturalists: Nature Loop Discovery (Register)

Explore a hollow beech tree searching for natural treasures and celebrate the glories of spring. Ages 3 - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 11 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-Time comes to TPAC’s Jackson Hall April 25 - 30.

N

Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Go the Will? See Thursday, April 20.

N Def Leppard

A night of rock music with special guests Poison and Tesla. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29.50 $129.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

R FITMommy Yoga See Thursday, April 6.

Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $21 - $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

R Nature Nuts

See Thursday, April 6.

N Opry Country Classics

See Thursday, April 6.

N FREE Parnassus

N Go Red for

Storytime

A wellness expo precedes the luncheon where guests will hear stories from heart and stroke survivors along with a keynote speaker (TBA). Ages 21 and older. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $175; 615-340-4127 or nashvillegored.ahaevents.org.

N Sounds Baseball

N Jake Owen

N FREE St. Jude

Women Luncheon

A night of country music with special guest Eric Paslay. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $28 - $45; ascendamphitheater.com.

N Mozart &

Rachmaninoff

Conductor Edo de Waart leads the Nashville Symphony during a night of classical music. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville;

See Thursday, April 6.

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Baby Cakes. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Expo

More than 80 exhibitors offer free samples while showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional info, and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Thu 12. - 7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; runrocknroll.com/nashville.

N St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll One-Miler

All ages can participate in this

new one-mile race benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Fourth Avenue North & Deaderick to Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29.99; runrocknroll. com/nashville.

N Dawes

R FREE Stroller-

N Grand Ole Opry

See Thursday, April 6.

N FREE Green Hills

coasters

N The Curious

Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time See Tuesday, April 25.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, April 4.

N Way Late Play

Date: Marvel vs DC (Register)

Explore the science behind the Marvel and DC franchises, from high-tech gadgetry to incredible super powers. Ages 21 and older. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $25 members, $35 nonmembers; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/waylate.

R Youth Volleyball Class

See Thursday, April 6.

A night of folk rock music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

See Saturday, April 1.

Storytime & Playtime

See Friday, April 7.

N Hillsong Young and Free: Youth Revival Tour

require additional fees); 615794-2918 or deerrun.camp/ events/homeschool.

N Keith Sweat

A night of R&B music with special guests K-Ci & JoJo and Ginuwine. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $47 - $75; nashvilleauditorium.com.

R KidFIT: Movers

and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, April 5.

R Little Shop of Horrors

This Alan Menken horror/ comedy/rock musical centers around a carnivorous plant that feeds on human flesh and blood. Ages 10 and older. Center for the Arts, 110 West College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children; 615-904-2787 or boroarts.org.

W FREE Movie in the Park

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Zootopia. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615794-2103 or franklintn.gov/ parks.

A night of Christian music. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $21.50 - $26.50; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

See Thursday, April 27.

W Homeschool

R Pocatello

Family Day Camp (Register)

Your homeschooling family can enjoy a day of fun activities like the climbing tower, fishing tutorials, archery, BB gun shooting, Wiffle ball, relay races, crafts, creek adventures and more. Grades 3 and higher. Deer Run Camps & Retreats, 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $12 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger (some activities

N

Mozart & Rachmaninoff

See Friday, April 21.

N Snoop Dogg

A night of hip hop music with Flatbush Zombies and Berner. Ages 14 and older. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $368.50; ascendamphitheater.com.

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things to do N Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Baby Cakes. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

N

FREE St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Expo See Thursday, April 27.

N FREE Star Party

Join members of the BarnardSeyfert Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing through telescopes. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks.

N The Cast List

In this comedy, The Arts Center is trying to keep it’s head above water by selecting a sure-fire-moneymaker with great name recognition (and no royalties), Romeo and Juliet. But will Shakespeare’s classic tragedy unwittingly be turned into a comedy in this “Guffman-like” play within a play? Ages 10 and older. Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 615-847-0934 or lakewoodtheatreco.com.

N The Curious

Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

See Tuesday, April 25.

N The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

See Friday, April 21.

R Toddler

Time with Thomas

See Friday, April 7.

SAT 29

music, juried arts and crafts, food and the Vintage Carnival Kids’ Area with pony rides, a petting zoo, games and other activities. All ages. Downtown Franklin, 419 Main St., Franklin; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-591-8500 or historicfranklin.com.

N 3D Printing 101

Explore modern 3D printing technologies and their realworld applications, and design your own smart phone dock. Ages 10 - 18. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; $12 in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 12); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/i2labs.

R A Murder is Announced

See Friday, April 21.

R FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, April 1.

R FREE Backyard BBQ

Festival Enjoy a day of barbecue delights, including a rib-eating contest. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; backyardbbqfest.com.

S FREE Children’s Author Event

See Saturday, April 8.

R FREE Community Appreciation Day

Enjoy complimentary fun on the farm while supporting a good cause. Everyone who brings a non-perishable food item to donate to Greenhouse Ministries food bank gets in for free! All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

W FREE 34th Annual

N Daddy’s Dyin’,

Enjoy a weekend of live

See Thursday, April 20.

Main Street Festival

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Who’s Go the Will?

Enjoy a free screening of Zootopia during Movies in the Park at Pinkerton Park in Franklin on Friday, April 28.

N Dawes

See Friday, April 28.

N

FREE ENDADA Music and Arts Festival

A day of professional artists, live music, spoken word, theater, visual art, food and more. All ages. Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-298-5514 or endada.org.

N Family Science Lab: Researchers

See Wednesday, April 26.

S Freedom

Fry by the Lake

The Rotary Club of Hendersonville hosts this inaugural patriotic event honoring military veterans. The fish fry dinner includes hush puppies, slaw and baked beans. All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 5 - 10 p.m.; $40 adults, $15 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; hendersonvillerotary. org.

N Goodnight Moon See Thursday, April 13.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, April 1.

N FREE Kidsville

Hear the traditional Mexican tale, The Smiling Rabbit,” then create your own clay rabbit inspired by the pre-Columbian art exhibit on display. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; kidsvilleonline.org.

R Legacy

of Light Gala

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is the keynote speaker for this school benefit. All ages. Middle Tennessee Christian School, 100 MTCS Road, Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $50 - $75; mtcscougars.org.

R

Little Shop of Horrors

See Friday, April 28.

W Lynda Carter

“Wonder Woman” presents a night of songs and stories. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $35 - $65; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

N Meet Me at the Zoo: Spider-Man

Kids can meet the friendly neighborhood webslinger and pose for photos, then use their Spidey senses and fast reflexes in activities throughout the grounds before viewing

the new spider monkey exhibit and visiting the spiders in the Unseen New World for special talks. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-8331534 or nashvillezoo.org.

N Mozart &

Rachmaninoff

See Thursday, April 27.

N FREE Outdoor

Family Movie Night

Head to the outdoor amphitheater for a screening of The Peanuts Movie. All ages. St. Paul Community Church, 5035 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 615-269-4521 or stpaulcommunitychurch.org.

N FREE Parnassus

Saturday Storytime

See Saturday, April 1.

R Perform

Murfreesboro Acting Workshop (Register)

Learn acting techniques, then put them into practice with an afternoon performance for family and friends. Ages 9 - 12. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615-


things to do 867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

R FREE Perform

Murfreesboro Season Reveal

Discover the upcoming productions in Perform Murfreesboro’s 29th season, including performance snippets and snacks. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 3:30 5 p.m.; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

R Pocatello

See Friday, April 21.

R FREE Puppets on the Porch

Laugh and sing along with wild animal puppets as they teach about their habitats and daily lives. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

R Savage Gulf Day Hike (Register)

Bring a lunch and water for a trip to the Cumberland Plateau for a day of hiking. Transportation provided. Ages 13 and older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $15; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

R Senorita Adriana’s Spanish for Children (Register)

conservation through games, crafts, puppet shows and more. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

N FREE Spring

Fest in the Grove

Kids can visit with goats and sheep along with other pintsized activities. There are demonstrations by blacksmiths, weavers and woodcarvers along with plant sales by master gardeners, vendors and more. All ages. Fiddler’s Grove Historic Village, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-4432626 or fiddlersgrove.org.

visualizations of six-and-a-half million stars. Adults. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 10:15 a.m.; $17 members, $22 non-members; 615-8625160 or adventure.org/ yoga.

cheer them on. Grades K - 7. Woodland Street and Nissan Stadium Parking Lot, Nashville, 2 - 5 p.m.; $30.99; runrocknroll.com/ nashville.

SUN 30

See Friday, April 28.

W FREE 34th Annual Main Street Festival

See Saturday, April 29.

N Autism

Awareness Day

Participate in a full or half marathon (7:15 a.m. start) or a 5K (6:45 a.m. start) benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All ages. Downtown Nashville, Eighth Avenue South & Broadway; 6:45 p.m.; $66 for 5K, $115 half, $225 full; runrocknroll.com/nashville.

Participate in a zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour and close encounters with animals along the zoo’s trails. You can download support tools for those on the autism spectrum such as visual schedules, social stories and modified zoo maps — or pick them up the day of the event. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

N The Cast List

N FREE Camp Widji

N St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

See Friday, April 28.

N The Curious

Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

See Tuesday, April 25.

N The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Open House

Tour the grounds and facilities, meet camp directors and more. All ages. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

N Creative Zone:

See Saturday, April 1.

See Friday, April 21.

N Sounds Baseball

N Winery

N Daddy’s Dyin’,

N FREE Spring

Sip wine in your train car while you ride the rails to the DelMonaco Winery for a tour, wine tastings and live music. Ages 21 and older. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $65 - $150; 615-2410436 or tcry.org.

N Yoga

Prior to race day, kids can accumulate 25.2 miles on their own time. Come race day, they’ll finish their last mile with lots of fanfare and excitement as crowds

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Baby Cakes. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Bird Celebration and International Migratory Bird Day

Learn about spring migrants, observe bird banding and gain knowledge of bird

Excursion Train

Under the Stars

This intermediate-level yoga class brings an outward shift to the experience inside the planetarium with NASA

Make a Medallion or Hall of Fame Plaque

See Sunday, April 2.

Who’s Go the Will?

See Thursday, April 20.

N Goodnight Moon See Thursday, April 13.

N Kids Rock Marathon

R Little Shop of Horrors

N FREE Nashville Ballet Spring Tea (Register)

This high tea experience for little ballerinas and cavaliers benefits Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program. Enjoy a Cinderellathemed afternoon with delicious tea fare, colorful activities and crafts, an interactive performance from Nashville Ballet dancers and more. Ages 2 - 10 with accompanying adult. Hillwood Country Club, 6201 Hickory Valley Road, Nashville; 2 - 4 p.m.; $120 - $300; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com/spring-tea.

N FREE Nashville Chamber Singers

Enjoy an afternoon of new music. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 3 p.m.; 615-298-9517 or fpcnashville.org.

N Picnic with the Library (Register)

This afternoon features picnic-style food, drinks, an exclusive puppet show, music, crafts, face painting, a photo booth and more. Proceeds benefit Nashville Public Library system’s children’s programming. All ages (activities for ages 2 13) Nashville Public Library Main Branch, 615 Church St., Nashville; 4 - 7 p.m.; $200 - $2,500 (includes 2 adults and up to four children per family); 615-862-5814 or nplf.org/picnic.

R Pocatello

See Friday, April 21.

N Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Baby Cakes. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $12 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

N The Cast List See Friday, April 28.

N The Curious

Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

See Tuesday, April 25.

N The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

See Friday, April 21.

Deadline for May’s THINGS TO DO is Wednesday, April 5. Submit event info to: chad@daycommedia.com All events must be submitted in writing in a copy/paste format (Word doc or in the e-mail body). Include high-resolution photos (300 dpi) for consideration in print and online. Include: Event Name, Dates, Times Ages, Admission Fee Brief Description of Event/Activities Is Advance Registration Required? Phone and/or Website

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The Academy Kindergarten Boot Camp

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Join us this summer at The Academy for our Power of Play summer camps for a summer filled with learning and adventure. Or, for children attending kindergarten next year, check out our exclusive Kindergarten Boot Camp where cadets learn all about the skills needed to successfully navigate kindergarten.

Friendship in Teams friendshipinteams.com • lhorwitz@friendshipinteams.com

2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin

615-893-3542

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

Murfreesboro Sylvan EDGE: exciting programs that give kids fun, hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our camps are a cool way to build critical thinking skills while having a blast. Robotics, coding, engineering, math EDGE, and more. Options to fit your busy summer schedule.

University School of Nashville 615-321-8016

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

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

615-322-8261

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

The Webb School Summer Program 319 Webb Road E, Bell Buckle thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program

With 300 animals, a six-element ropes course, archery range, arts studio, and classes in veterinary science, survival skills, and culinary, Cub Creek is the ultimate camp experience. Ages 7 - 17. ACA accredited. Air conditioned facilities. For teens 14 - 18 looking for an adventure, check out Animal Camp Jamaica!

Creekside Riding Academy and Stables

Sylvan Learning Center

2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville usn.org/summer • jkleiner@email.usn.org

573-458-2125

440-840-5932

Friendship in Teams (FIT) Middle Tennessee is a social skills program that offers all children a chance to make friends in a fun, movement-based environment. At FIT, children learn the social skills they need to connect with peers and form friendships! Now enrolling for summer session: Jun. 4 - Aug.

810 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. C, Murfreesboro locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/murfreesboto-tn/resources

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

931-389-5703

Webb’s Day Camp for rising grades 4 - 8 includes rocket science, outdoor adventure, pottery, robotics, spheros ecology, and calculator science. One-week camps Jun. 6 - 10, Jun. 13 - 17, and Jun. 20 -24 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (extended care available). $275. Webb’s Basketball Skills Camp for rising grades 4 - 12, Jun. 1 - 3 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. $80. ACT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 6 - 10 from 9 a.m. -12 noon. $125. SAT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 13 - 17 from 9 a.m -12 noon. $125.

615-595-7547

Meridian Equine Education Academy 7930 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon meridianequine.com • cristin.jordan@meridianequine.com

615-289-7539

MEED Kids Horse Camps provides hands-on learning. Each day your child will experience activities from outdoor survival tips, daily horse back riding, first aid for horse and human, crafts, and correct riding skills. Education stations and “work” station are set up throughout the day to give campers the full “horse” experience.

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

615-419-1089

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

ARTS Ann Carroll School of Dance 1121 Harpeth Industrial Ct., Ste. 500, Franklin anncarrollschoolofdance.com • di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com

615-790-6468

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

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

615-353-9827

Drawing, painting, gardening and more! Summer 2017 features new camps inspired by the Dressing Downton™ exhibition as well as perennial favorites, Clay Fundamentals and Garden Sprouts. Art and garden adventures await at Cheekwood summer camps.

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

615-662-4819

Located just of I-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acro, cheer, improv and comp. Classes are up-beat and fun! Ask about our birthday parties! continued on page 77...

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Summer Camp for kids who love music, art, theater, dance, circus, magic, rock and roll, and everything else.

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French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts www.frenchwoods.com

800-634-1703 / frenchwoods.com


Digital Kid Photography Camp 3200 Turndale Court, Franklin digitalkidcamp.com

615-351-5198

Does your child show an interest in Photography? Your child will learn about light, composition and digital editing while having fun. Basic point and shoot or DSLR required for morning and laptop for afternoon computer editing. Advanced Photography camp offered for those wanting to learn more manual photography and graphic design. There is a show every Friday to showcase their hard work and talents. Cost includes 16” x 20” show piece and Trolley ride to Downtown Franklin.

Elite Dance and Fitness 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B1, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com

615-776-4202

Elite Dance offers half-day camps for ages 3 - 5 or full-day camps for ages 5 - 12. Our experienced staff of professionals will make each week memorable and fun with camp themes to include art, dance, musical theatre, S.T.E.A.M., and Young Chef camps just to name a few. Before- and after-care available.

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

The Fine Arts Summer Academy fineartssummeracademy.com

888-839-1055

Excellence. Music. Faith. Community. The Fine Arts Summer Academy (FASA) is a ten day music festival for young musicians. FASA takes aspiring artists out of the practice room and on to the stage in four original performances at top venues including the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry House. A faith-based program that fuses the best of popular music with classical training and Broadwaylevel stagecraft, FASA features renowned faculty educated at top conservatories.

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

800-634-1703

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

Little Art House Summer Camps 1317 16th Ave. S, Nashville littlearthousenashville.com

615-933-9644

Locally owned by two sisters who are licensed and experienced art teachers. We intend to support education as well as offer encouragement and confidence in art making. We offer weekly classes for all ages and abilities as well as camps during school breaks. Join us at USN in June or our Music Row location in July for summer camps! Kids will have a blast imagining, exploring and creating with a variety of ageappropriate themes each week.

ceramics • photography • comics • painting • & more!

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Mobile Music Academy mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

615-301-8589

Mobile Music Academy offers private music instruction from fun, qualified teachers in your own home. We teach piano, guitar, bass, voice, strings, brass, and most other instruments. We offer competitive rates and flexible scheduling with special daytime rates available. We teach all ages, styles, and abilities. Serving the Middle TN Area. Voted #1 for music instruction!

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

615-416-2001

Aspiring and budding songwriters can hone their craft and learn tips from professional songwriters in this week-long songwriting workshop through one-on-one mentoring sessions, instrument instruction, and more. Songwriting Camp culminates with a performance showcasing original works written during the week. All skill levels welcome. No songwriting experience necessary.

Watkins Community Education 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville watkins.edu/community-education • community@watkins.edu

615-277-7456

Discover a world of art and inspiration at Watkins Summer Camps! Our Multi-Arts Camps, Special Topics Camps, and Teen Workshops provide a fun and enriching experience in our state-of-the-art studios. Young campers will work on age-appropriate projects in a variety of media including, drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, textiles, and more. Teens are offered specialized workshops that will enhance their artistic skills, help build their college portfolio, and teach them about artists past and present. All supplies are included. Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch. Space is limited so register early! continued on page 79 ...

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JULY 10th-14th JULY 17th-21st JULY 24th-28th www.anncarrollschoolofdance.com

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Funtastic Summer Camp Where camp is fun & Christ is #1!

May 24-Aug 9 Ages 3-12

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FITNESS/SPORTS David Deaton Karate Brentwood Hendersonville Lebanon Mt. Juliet daviddeaton.com

615-377-1100 615-824-9111 615-547-1754 615-754-6878

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

E.T.C. Gymnastics 1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

Summer Riding Camp Weekly during June & July

• Safe Horse Handling • Riding Lessons • Trail Rides • Grooming & Games

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

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

615-224-3851

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

Let it Shine Gymnastics 1892 Gen.George Patton Drive, Franklin lisgym.com • gyminfo@letitshinegym.com

615-369-3547

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

CREEKSIDE Riding Academy & Stables

Hwy 431 at Duplex Rd. 2359 Lewisburg Pk. Franklin

615-595-7547 creeksideridingstables.com

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

615-371-5437

My Gym camp is simply the best! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music, and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days are ever the same. We make it easy for parents with our drop-off program, and multi-day and sibling discounts.

Music City Indoor Karting 400 Davidson St., Nashville musiccityindoorkarting.com • sales@musiccityindoorkarting.com

615-242-3275

Music City Indoor Karting welcomes campers to experience the thrill of Indoor Kart Racing. The program features lots of racing with only other campers on the track, classroom sessions to develop racing skills, track safety briefing and basic kart operations. Instructors will teach campers how to drive safely and follow their progress throughout the week. Activities also include kart care and maintenance, make and race your own pinewood derby car, games, mini golf, inflatables, and other fun activities!

Nashville Sail Camp 2901 Bell Road, Nashville (Hamilton Creek Marina) nashvillesailcamp.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

INSPIRING FUTURE INNOVATORS Sign up by March 20 to save $25 using promo code INNOVATE25

615-856-4772

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

Nashville Youth Soccer Association (NYSA)

For children entering K-6th grade — Led by experienced local educators • Hands-on Fun

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Now accepting early registrations for the Spring 2017 soccer season (Mar. 18 - May 20). NYSA is a recreational soccer league for players ages 3 - 18. Each season, NYSA players range from first time soccer players to those with many years of playing in a recreational league. We’d love for you to come out and join the fun!

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iD Tech summer programs aren't just about building skills for a bright future. They’re about the “ah ha!” moments when a new concept clicks. The BIG impact of the right instructor. Your child can code apps, design video games, mod Minecraft, explore cyber security, discover VR, engineer robots, and more! For ages 6–18. Held at 150+ locations: Vanderbilt | University of Memphis Emory | Princeton | Yale | MIT

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One Goal Sports Murfreesboro 615-896-7309 onegoalsports.net • admin@onegoalsports.net

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

Preds Hockey School & Little Preds Hockey School 5264 Hickory Hollow Parkway Antioch nhl.com/predators/community/youthhockey/hockey-school

615-742-4399

The annual Nashville Predators Hockey School series is a great summer opportunity for boys and girls to learn more about the game of hockey, log quality ice time, and receive instruction from qualified and professional staff alongside the Preds Youth Hockey Development team, players, prospects, alumni and coaches.

Sk8-2-Gr8 Ice Skating Super Camp 5264 Hickory Hollow Parkway Antioch fordicecenter.com/fig-skate-camps

615-742-4399

summer 2017 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Rising 4th-8th graders

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For more information, visit www.thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program or call 931-389-6003 or email admissions@webbschool.com.

Camp and classes managed and taught by our Scott Hamilton Skating Academy certified and top-rated instructors whose main objective is to instill a lifelong love for the ice! By the end of camp, skaters will have graduated from their 1st or 2nd level of skating, learning 16+ new on ice skills! Rutherford Parent Sumer Camp Ad 31017.indd 1

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

NATURE Lucky Ladd Farm 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville luckyladdfarms.com • tours@luckyladdfarms.com

615-274-3786

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

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Camp Invention Multiple locations throughout the greater Nashville area campinvention.org • campinvention@invent.org

800-968-4332

This summer, launch your child’s imagination! All-new modules mean all-new fun as children invent, build, question, and discover. Children grades K - 6 experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box!

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

888-709-8324

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

Engineering for Kids Various locations in the greater Nashville area engineeringforkids.net/location/nashville • nashville@engineeringforkids.net

Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids ages 4 - 14 in a fun and challenging way. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Check out our website for our class offerings.

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

For every kid who just can’t resist dismantling the toaster, the Lipscomb University/Nissan BisonBot Robotic Summer Camp will be the highlight of their summer. All camps will be held in the Hughes Center engineering facility on the Lipscomb campus. For grades K - 12. Camps for beginners to advanced. continued on page 83 ...

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Mr. Bond and The Science Guys mrbondscienceguy.com

615-573-2702

The Science Guys’ mission is to prove to kids that science is fun, cool, and easy! They inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and science as well as teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, and perseverance in a kid friendly environment. Our science camps are offered at multiple locations with a variety of themes. Check our website and learn more about their camps, birthday parties, in-school field trips, after-school programs, and more.

ScienceQuest Camps at Adventure Science Center 800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville adventuresci.org/camps • camps@adventuresci.org

615-862-5160

Learn, explore and discover at Adventure Science Center’s ScienceQuest Camps! Students entering kindergarten - grade 6 can enjoy exciting science enrichment programs that encourage them to actively discover and examine new concepts at one of Nashville’s most iconic attractions. Special programs are available for rising grades 7 - 9.

STEAM Society Summer Camps Camps held at Lipscomb University and Cumberland University steamsociety.com

423-414-3987

STEAM Society summer camps are for students ages 10 - 17. Held on campus at both Lipscomb University (Nashville) and Cumberland University (Lebanon), experience a glimpse of what college and STEAM careers are like during an action-packed week of fun filled learning about Minecraft, robotics or video production. Visit our website and sign up today!

STEM Focused Summer Day Camp Camp Held at Middle Tennessee State University sme43.com

615-796-0751

Presented by the Nashville Senior Chapter of SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) and local university student SME chapters for students grades 5 - 8. This camp will integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics into a cohesive and collaborative hands-on real-world learning experience. Interact with robotics, lasers, 3D printing, basic electrical circuits, simple machines, microscopy and more. We will even build a working hover craft! Registration is limited. Lunch and snacks provided.

SPECIAL NEEDS Easter Seals Tennessee Camp 750 Old Hickory Blvd., #2-260, Brentwood easterseals.com/tennessee/our-programs/camping-recreation gbruner@eastersealstncom

615-292-6640 ext. 2

Easter Seals Tennessee Camp offers inclusive day and residential recreation camping programs for youth ages 7 - 16, and residential and respite camping for adults ages 17 and up. These programs serve to let campers discover and explore their interests, values, and talents while also creating lifelong memories.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Battle Ground Academy 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin battlegroundacademy.org/bgacamps • bgacamps@mybga.org

615-567-8327

We have something for everyone this summer with 75+ camps available! Camps range from academic to athletics to art and enrichment – all age-appropriate and directed by BGA coach/faculty member or camp professional. Summer camps are for ages 3 - adult and run from Jun. 5 - Aug 4. Full- and half-day camps available. Early care, after-care and between-care are available for an additional fee.

Bounce U of Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville bounceu.com/nashville-tn

615-255-1422

Enroll now for BounceU Camp that begins Fri., May 26. Kids ages 3 - 12 will enjoy exciting games and daily fun as well as bounce in a spectac-U-lar indoor play arena featuring giant inflatables including our exclusive 18 ft. Spider Climb with an 18 ft. Mountain Slide, Dodge Ball City, and 38 ft. obstacle course.

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Camp Beech Creek at Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood curreyingramcamps.org • eric.vinson@curreyingram.org

615-507-3242

Slide into summer with Camp Beech Creek. With weekly themes like Star Wars, Ninja Warrior, Video Games and Hollywood, and morning electives such as cooking, community service, wilderness survival and coding, this camp has it all. June and July camps. Rising K - 6. Before- and after-care. Details are online!

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RACE CAMP Daily Kart Races

ONE WEEK of RACING FUN!

Pinewood Derby Races Pro Instructors: teaching safety & proper racing techniques Race Team Challenges BlackLight Mini Golf Inflatable jump fun and More! 400 Davidson St. Suite 403 Nashville, TN 37213 / 615-242-3275 sales@musiccityindoorkarting.com www.musiccityindoorkarting.com 84 april 2017


Camp Bells Bend Beaman Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville campbellsbendbeaman.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

615-856-4772

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

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

615-824-1550

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

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

615-822-2375 ext. 4037

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

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

770-428-1062

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

Camp Laney for Boys 916 West River Road, Mentone, AL camplaney.com

256-634-4066

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.

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Camp Marymount 1318 Fairview Blvd., Fairview campmarymount.com • allee@campmarymount.com

615-799-0410

Providing the Nashville Diocese and families from all over the world a summer camp experience filled with community, faith, fun and simplicity. Offering four overnight summer sessions – two for girls and two for boys – to rising grade 1 through rising grade 11. We are dedicated to having fun providing opportunities to experience traditional camp activities like horseback riding, nature, arts and crafts, gardening, archery, riflery, swimming and lots more. Dedicated to safety and accredited by the American Camp Association.

Camp Walkabout 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga 423-267-8506 ext. 827 baylorschool.org/sumsmer/overnight-camps/camp-walkabout/index.aspx badams@baylorschool.org

Camp Walkabout is Tennessee’s premier outdoor overnight camp! Come enjoy adventures in “Outside Magazine’s” “Best Town Ever.” Camp Walkabout is a no-experience necessary avenue to kayaking, climbing, rappelling, caving, backpacking, canoeing, camping and more!

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

615-856-4772

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

Camp Woodmont 381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA campwoodmont.com • alyson@campwoodmont.com

423-472-6070

Camp Woodmont is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga TN, Camp Woodmont features horseback riding, high ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery, and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun as BIG as all outdoors! This summer why not try something fun and adventurous in our overnight camps, like climbing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, caving, hiking, camping, and more? SESSIONS OFFERED JUNE – JULY, 2017

(423) 267- 8505 | www.baylorschool.org/summer

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Pope John Paul II High School

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615-373-9550

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

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Overnight Camps – Extraordinary experience for your preteen or teenager! Life-changing. Life-long memories and friendships. Discover strengths, explore exciting adventures, and complete challenges. Preteen sessions: completed grades 3 - 5. One- and two-week age-graded sessions for Youth: completed grades 6 - 12. Registration includes all activities: zip line adventures, giant swing, climbing tower, paintball, archery range, rec games, lake activities, Bible study, nightly speaker/worship, and more. Develop abilities in one track choice such as fishing, wilderness skills, self-defense, drama, percussion and ukulele.

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Day Camps – Day Camp: age 5 - completed grade 5. Adventure Day Camp: completed grades 6 - 8. Age-graded small groups. Extended care. Bus transportation. Monthly payments. Discover strengths, explore adventures, forge friendships, and complete challenges. Registration includes all activities. Day Camps: lake activities, pedal kart races, obstacle course, games, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, Bible study and more. Adventure Day Camps also include outdoor education and survival skills: shelter building, fire starting, fire building, knot tying, navigation, lashing, knife safety and more.

Father Ryan High School 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville fatherryan.org/summercamps • fatherryan.org/summercamps

615-383-4200

Athletics, dance, art, fun. This summer, get in on the action at Father Ryan. Summer camps are conducted by the Irish’s impressive lineup of championship coaches, trainers, and teachers. Camps are offered for rising K - 9th graders with full-day and half-day camp options. Aftercare is available. Register today on our website.

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

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

Goodpasture Summer Camps 619 Due West Ave., Madison goodpature.org

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Offering a variety of summer camps: Baseball Camp, Girls Basketball Camp, Boys Basketball Camp, Beginning Guitar Camp, ChefSTAR Camp, Football Camp, RockSTAR Camp, Girls Soccer Camp, Boys Soccer Camp, Soccer Shots Camp, Softball Camp, Speed Camp and Volleyball Camp. For an updated camp list, dates and registration information please visit our website.

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Harding offers week-long day camps for children pre-K - grade 8. Camp offerings include theme days, storytelling, music, creative movement, math, science and language arts enrichment, water days, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, and technology. Our popular athletic camps include volleyball, basketball, football, lacrosse and soccer. All skill levels welcome. Camps run from Jun. 5 - Jun. 28 and Jul. 10 - 28.

Harpeth Hall School 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville harpethhall.org

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Do you dream big? Each summer, girls come to Harpeth Hall full of energy and curiosity to uncover artistic talents, perfect athletic skills, explore science and technology, make new friends, and have fun. More information on registration is available on our website. See where your dreams take you. Come to Harpeth Hall and dream big this summer.

Hickory Hill Farm Summer Day Camp 5206 SE Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon hickoryhillfarmtn.org

Our summer day camp will be offered the weeks of June 12 and 19 and provides the feel of an overnight camp in a day camp setting. Campers ages 7 - 13 get to choose their camp and learn tons of life skills on the farm. Camps offered this summer include: Girl Power, Dude Camp, Backyard Sports, Pokemon Training, Zombie Apocalypse, and Fashionista. They also get to play Gaga, participate in team activities, help with a service project and more.

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

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Indian Creek Camp is a Christian, co-ed, overnight, ACA accredited camp for ages 7 - 17. It also offers an all-inclusive family camp summer vacation. Week-long affordable fun! Activities include horseback riding, water skiing, canoeing, archery, ceramics, mountain biking, swimming lessons, a nature center, and more.

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

615-223-0451

Lancaster Christian Academy offers a day camp for grades K - 6. Campers will enjoy two fun-filled field trips each week along with their choice of specialty camp. Specialty camps offered include: art, cooking, drama, science, swimming, music, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, cheer, dance, and gaming.

Montgomery Bell Academy – Summer @ MBA 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN montgomerybell.edu/camps

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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.

Oak Hill Day Camp 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville rec.fpcnashville.org/o-h-day-camp • recreation@fpcnashville.org

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OHDC constantly strives to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the whole family. To that end, 2017 brings changes to our overall structure, with availability more appropriate for working parents, programs facilitating both fun and growth, while maintaining our core values: Faith, Friendship, Tradition, Service and Respect.

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

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

Riverview Camp for Girls 757 CR 614, Mentone, AL riverviewcamp.com • info@riverviewcamp.com

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Voted best sleep-away camp more than six times 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.

Spring Hollow Day Camp 4207 Arno Road, Franklin springhollowschool.com

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Spring Hollow Day Camp provides a joyful play experience for children ages 3 - 8 years. Our safe, inviting, and beautiful environment promotes outdoor play, exploration in the arts and sciences, collaboration, and creative expression. Our days are filled with opportunities for water and mud play, clay work, and a variety of art and science activities. Each week introduces a different theme to extend the children’s play. Located in Franklin and convenient to I-65 and I-840.

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CampVandy Summer 2017 Recreational Summer Day Camp For Ages 5–13 June 5–July 28 • Weekly themes, special events, and guest appearances that highlight various interests and activities • On-campus field trips that explore Vanderbilt University • Active and passive programming for multiple age groups, including swimming, bowling, sports, games, arts and crafts, and use of the climbing wall

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Our summer camps have been making history for over 20 years! One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets, our award-winning day camps make history an adventure. From exploring History’s Mysteries to Tennessee Tales, The War of 1812 to The Civil War ... join us this summer for a time-traveling adventure through history.

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Come play, learn and create this summer with Under the Oaks at Oak Hill School. We offer more than 75 programs geared toward kids, preK (4 yrs.) - rising grade 6, with varying interests. Our academic, athletics and enrichment programs provide a unique summer experience and the opportunity to make life-long memories. Sessions begin the week of June 5 and run through July 14. How will your family PLAY, LEARN and CREATE this summer?

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Our youth programs promote learning, skill development and being active. Join the VRWC this summer to participate in our fun-filled CampVandy, a youth summer day camp, Swim School, our private or group swim lesson program for adults and children, or the Acorns, our youth competition swim team. Our youth programs are designed to help your child learn lifelong skills and stay fit. We look forward to seeing this summer at the VRWC!

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WeHaKee Camp for Girls is noted by many as the premier summer camp in the Midwest. If you’re a girl age 7 - 17, you will have more fun than you can imagine, create incredible friendships with girls from around the United States and the world, and discover gifts within you that you never knew were there.

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

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

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

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

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

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406-531-1122

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Voted Best Orthodontist by Rutherford and Williamson Parent Readers!

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A summer camp just for kids who stutter.

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is holding a special summer day camp for children and teens who stutter. The goal of Camp TALKS is to help stutterers become more confident communicators. Specialists in speech and language will lead the camp. Space is limited, apply by April 15. To find out more: (615) 875-7671 or VanderbiltHealth.com/stutteringcamp

BILL WILKERSON CENTER

NASHVILLE 1215 21st Avenue S. (615) 875-7671

Camp TALKS June 5-9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m._5:00 p.m. Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center 1215 21st Avenue South, Nashville For children and teens who stutter, ages 8-16, and their families


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The only pediatric dentist in history to be voted best by readers of both Nashville Parent and Sumner Parent! We invite you to find out why. Schedule your child’s appointment today. ■ Providing comprehensive dental care for children and teens, including those with special needs ■ Great kid friendly office and caring staff ■ Accepts most insurance/Tenncare Provider

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MADISON

in the Medical Dental Village

500 Lentz Drive, Suite 40

615-868-9057

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in the Physicians Plaza of Hendersonville

Members American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

615-824-5047

Proud members of “The Summit Institute” group of dental professionals

100 Springhouse Ct., Suite 110

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