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CONTENT 30 EPIC SUMMER!

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Plan the best camping trip ever for your family! Great campsites, must-have gear, delish campfire eats and lots more.

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DAYBYDAY Starry, Starry Nights Are Calling

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ife takes a turn for the absurd when you see your mother squatting in the woods, but I did and it had. We were camping, all seven of us, on a road trip heading west to visit my mom’s family, and it was primitive. I went running away fast, she hadn’t seen me, and that was that. Except that I’ve never forgotten that image — let that be a lesson if you decide to camp this summer ... and you should. Growing up, camping was a challenge for my family at first, but we got better at it since we took cross-country summer trips and Mom and Dad didn’t want to spring for hotels. Camping was a lot of trial and error, but Mom’s go-to word was “adventure,” and we were shaped to look at life that way. She didn’t tolerate downbeat attitudes well; we were always coaxed to buck up and dig in. So we’d help Dad strap our stuff on top of the car, wedge my brother’s guitar in somewhere, load ourselves in and off we’d go. I see now that I was lucky to spend so much time with my parents this way; they were fun to be with and happy for the most part. I remember all of us sitting around at night with the Coleman lantern grunting away, playing Gin Rummy, Hearts or Uno. Everybody just hung out. Easy conversations mixed with storytelling and our different personalities flowed freely. But reality struck, too. My memory is etched with a late-night storm and our drenched tent overwhelmed by an overflowing creek. There was a wicked-fast, soggy dash to car shelter where we watched Dad wrestle with the tent in the windy darkness. We lived to share that story and plenty more. Now it’s your turn! In looking for ways to destress and unwind, get out there and camp with your kids. According to research, camping’s the antidote to all that ails us, and if lazing around a campfire at night in the hunt for shooting stars doesn’t thrill you, well, I don’t know what to tell you. Our state is loaded with gorgeous mountains, streams and vistas just waiting to be discovered. Turn to our “Camp & How” guide starting on page 30 if you need inspiration to get going. We’ve researched and gathered all kinds of info from fantastic campsites to must-have gear, but hurry. If you’re planning to spend time this summer underneath the stars and in seek of downtime and adventures, you’re not alone. A new wave of campers are already out there doing just that. Join ’em!

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First-time Camper Tips. We asked parents about taking their kids camping and discovered that everybody seems to LOVE it!

“We go on weekend kayaking/canoeing trips and camp the whole weekend. We started taking both of our kids around ages 2 and 4, and now they’re 4 and almost 6. It’s the best part of their summers. It’s also a great way to wind down, take a break from the world and just relax with one another.” — Tiffany Rawlin YOUR POSTS: “We went camping in a tent with all of our children. We usually camp at the river, but we are looking forward to going other places this year since our children are a little older. Right now our kids are 1, 4, 6 and 10. The three older kids have been camping since they were at least 6 months old.” Robin Haas “I grew up tent camping, and now we take our daughters. We love it! My oldest was 2-and-a-half the first time we went. We try to go at least two times a year. We have so many beautiful places we are waiting to camp in Tennessee.” Ashley Davis Huffer

“All of my kids have been camping in a tent. My oldest is 10 and my youngest recently turned 9 months. Making memories.” Amanda Renee Tomlin “We tent camp. Father’s Day weekend is a good time to go — free fishing that weekend (at least in Middle Tennessee). Our kids are 3,11,12,13 and 14. We make lots of memories and traditions, and we learn something new every year with recipes, camp setup, etc.” Jac Daffern “We had a small cabin. We cooked everything over the fire, and hiked caves during the day. It was great!” Sarah Elizabeth

Start making memories with your kids by planning a camping trip.

“We’re a very active family, and we want our littles to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do! My husband and I backpack our littles. We have been able to make incredible memories from places like Fall Creek Falls, Burgess Falls, Cummins Falls, Rock Island, and various sites in Kentucky and Illinois. We even backpacked once through Myrtle Beach on our vacation. It’s really not as hard as folks think. We do it with six kids, all 16 and younger. If everyone is educated on safety and works as a team, you can make lifelong memories with your kids for little cost.” Jennifer Humphrey “We took our son at 14 months old in a pull-behind camper. Our daughter went in the pull-behind at 5 months old. They both love camping!” Rebecca Goodwin O’Bryan

TURN TO PAGE 30 FOR “CAMP & HOW,” YOUR GO-TO GUIDE FOR CAMPING WITH KIDS.

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PARENT POLL: FAMILY CAMPING

WE ASKED 754 PARENTS IF THEY’VE EVER TAKEN THEIR KIDS CAMPING BEFORE. HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

YES • 62% • 38% NO

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MIND &BODY BY CHAD YOUNG

food allergies

dining out with

Don’t stress eating out with your child — follow these simple strategies.

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Communicate, communicate, communicate! It’s the most important ingredient to ensure your child’s safety when dining out at restaurants.

ating out with your kids is sup-

going at a time that’s not as busy so you can

posed to be a fun, relaxing way

discuss food allergies with your server in a less

to indulge everyone, but when

frenzied atmosphere.

your child has a food allergy

Be clear about what your child needs to

it presents a challenge. Plan-

avoid in a specific meal, and also be sure to

ning ahead and direct communication with

have a conversation about cross contamination

restaurant staff is vital in preventing an allergic

with utensils and other meal prep procedures

reaction.

in the kitchen.

“Communication is key when you are eating

“Cross contamination is a risk, but I would

out with children who have food allergies,”

say that it is fairly rare,” says Dorris. “Probably

says Stacy Dorris, M.D., pediatric allergist and

more important in regard to accidental inges-

director of the Food Allergy Clinic at Monroe

tion in a restaurant is not communicating the

Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

allergy to the server,” she adds. Some parents carry “chef cards” that relay

CALL AHEAD

their child’s allergies to kitchen staff, but if you

A good way to assess the safest outing is to

go that route, don’t rely on the cards alone.

call the restaurant in advance and speak to the

The most important thing is to communicate

manager. Ask if the establishment is familiar

verbally to the server, manager and even the

with food allergies and if they have managed

cook.

them before. It is more helpful to know what their experiences have been versus determining

BE PREPARED

whether they “get it” based on their reaction to

“It cannot be overstated that many accidental

your questions.

ingestions that occur in public also involve

“Be direct. State clearly that your child is

lack of access to an epinephrine auto-injector,”

allergic to specific foods, and ask if they feel

Dorris says.

comfortable in helping you,” says Dorris. “You

Always carry your child’s medication and

should feel confident that this is a standard

have a written plan of action, just in case your

procedure for them. If not, it might not be the

child encounters an allergen.

best place for you,” she adds.

“The goal is to allow the child to live an es-

ON THE SPOT If your family’s dining excursion is more spontaneous, or if you’re traveling and you haven’t had a chance to inquire ahead of time, consider

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sentially normal life, but there does need to be caution in certain situations,” Dorris says. Chad Young is managing editor for this publication.

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Quick Tips for Dining Out with Kids Who Have Food Allergies • Assess the risk and choose a restaurant wisely. For instance, if your child is allergic to fish, avoid places with menus that are predominately seafood. • Have a general knowledge of ethnic cuisines, such as Asian fare, that incorporate nuts. • Communicate your child’s food allergies to your server immediately. If you’re not confident with the server’s response, talk to the manager. • Dine during “off hours.” It’s easier to ensure precautions when the kitchen isn’t swamped with orders. • Ask if the restaurant is familiar with food allergies and how it has managed them before. • Consider a “we don’t know” response as a red flag and go elsewhere. • Always have a back-up plan. If uncertainty arises, be prepared to put “Plan B” in place. • Keep it simple. Avoid ordering items with fancy sauces or gravies. • Always bring your child’s medications and food allergy action plan with you. Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America


Just You

BY SUSAN DAY

>> Your new life with a baby is about to begin.

It’s called Nesting That unbelievably strong urge to have spotless

hormonal changes of pregnancy and the specific

floors and immaculate counter tops? That “oohing”

neurobiological experiences they have. You may

and “ahhing” over the teeny-weeny baby clothes

have unusual bursts of energy and a compulsion

and that deep-set desire to have a baby nursery

to organize your household more than you’ve ever

just so? You’re nesting! It’s all part of the process of

had before. Nesting is a key feature to preparing

becoming a mother. Anthropologists call it “matres-

for childbirth — and it’s no frivolous activity. Here

cence,” and it means women going through the

are all the different parts of ... feathering your nest!

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Study Says Nesting

Matters

Nesting promotes bonding and attachment

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ot much research has been done on the nesting urge during pregnancy, but five years ago, researchers from McMaster University in Canada looked into it. Nesting, they found, is indeed an instinctual drive that becomes particularly strong in the third trimester of pregnancy. Moms-to-be want to clean, organize and prepare the home for the forthcoming family addition. The study authors found that nesting behaviors include a desire to be more socially selective — similar to nonhuman mammals — which may serve as a protective function. “Nesting is not a frivolous activity,” says Marla Anderson, lead author of the study. “It helps to provide a safe environment and helps to promote bonding and attachment between mothers and infants,” she adds. All pregnant mammals nest, research says, and it’s in an effort to increase a newborn’s chance of survival. The urge is real and strong, according to Cathryn Tobin, M.D., author of The Parent’s Problem Solver (Three Rivers Press; 2002). “Probably 99 percent of pregnant women have it.”

Indulging Instincts! • PREP BABY’S ROOM: Explore themes and choose. Pick colors. Add washable wallpaper; nighttime lighting; blackout shades. Find stylish versions of dressers, lamps and storage bins at yard sales, local specialty shops or online stores.

THINGS

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• PREP YOUR ESSENTIALS: Wash all new baby clothing in a natural detergent such as Dreft. Purchase baby soap, a rectal thermometer, rubbing alcohol, a nasal syringe, nail clippers, diapers, wipes, etc. • GET YOUR MEAL PREP GOING: Or order up a meal kit delivery service such HelloFresh, Sun Basket or Home Chef. • STOCK UP: You won’t be doing grocery shopping once Baby arrives (well, maybe with Click List); just be sure you have healthy supplies on hand. • ORDER YOUR BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS: Via an online site such as Minted; Etsy; Paper Culture; Artifact Uprising; Mixbook Photo Co.; Pear Tree. Or order through your local stationery service such as Hallmark or Paper Source. • SQUEAKY CLEAN: Use chemical-free cleaning solvents since you’re pregnant. Something like Mrs. Meyer’s or the Honest Company items. • GET YOUR CAR AND CAR SEAT READY: Have your car detailed or get your family into a bigger car. Practice buckling your car seat into the rear seat. • WRITE & REVIEW YOUR BIRTH PLAN: This is based upon what you and your caregiver agree to related to your wellness. • MAKE A PHONE LIST OF WHO TO CALL/TEXT • PACK YOUR BAG FOR BABY’S BIRTH Source: Everything Get Ready for Baby Book by Katina Z. Jones (Everything Series; 1998).

THE BABY FAIR Saturday, May 4

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital nashvilleparent.com/babyfair19 Prepare for your baby’s arrival by attending the 18th Annual Baby Fair presented by Nashville Parent, Saint Thomas Health and Ascension. Visit more than 50 booths, learn about products and services, enjoy Baby Boot Camp and more! ______________________

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: REFOCUS OUR POINT OF VIEW

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NASHVILLE NEWS

Kids love running the bases at First Tennessee Park after Nashville Sounds home games on Sundays.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS ANNOUNCE 2019 PROMO SCHEDULE This year features 70 home games, themed weekends & lots o’ giveaways!

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ne of the best sounds of springtime is the crack of the bat during a Nashville Sounds baseball game. There are 70 home games on tap this year — the first one is Thursday, April 4 at 6:35 p.m. against the Iowa Cubs. The Sounds host the Cubs each night through Monday, April 8 with fireworks and special giveaways during opening weekend. THEMED WEEKENDS Special themed weekends kick off Friday, May 3 with Nashville’s participation in Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión (Fun Cup) event to connect with Nashville’s Latino population. The first 2,000 fans on Sunday, May 5 will get a free Sugar Skull Bobblehead. Additional themed weekends include Star Wars (May 31 - June 1), Paradise at the Park (July 19 - 20) and Woodstock

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50th Anniversary Tribute (Aug. 16 - 17). Star Wars weekend includes a lightsaber giveaway on May 31 (first 2,500 fans), and June 1 includes character appearances. PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAYS The Sounds do lots of giveaways throughout the season. Sundays are all about families. Kids can get players’ autographs before the games and have fun running the bases after the games. Select Sunday games feature special giveaways with a kid focus, like the Booster Pillow on Sunday, July 14 (for the first 1,000 kids ages 12 & younger). The Sounds play at First Tennessee Park (19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville). Individual game tickets are $19 - $37. For more info, including the complete promo schedule, call 615-690-4487 or visit nashvillesounds.com.

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LOCAL NEWS

APRIL’S NATIONAL DAYS

SAVE THE DATE: THE BABY FAIR SATURDAY, MAY 4

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Celebrate everyone’s favorite “wascally wabbit” during National Bugs Bunny Day on Tuesday, April 30.

ere’s something to go ga-ga over! It’s Nashville Parent’s premiere event for all-things infant — The Baby Fair. Celebrating 18 years, The Baby Fair is Middle Tennessee’s longest-running expo for new and expectant parents. Co-presented by Saint Thomas Women’s Care and Ascension and sponsored by Mix 92.9, The Baby Fair takes place Saturday, May 4 at Saint Thomas Midtown (2000 Church St., Nashville). In addition to hospital tours every half hour, The Baby Fair features specialty vendor booths, speakers, demonstrations, games and door prizes with more than $5,000 in giveaways. Saint Thomas/ Ascension experts will present topics like “Baby Boot Camp,” “Breastfeeding 101” and “Why Go Natural?” The Baby Fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and admission is FREE! Learn more at 615-256-2158 or nashvilleparent.com/babyfair19.

MONDAY, APRIL 1 April Fools Day

TUESDAY, APRIL 2

Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 Find a Rainbow Day

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Deep Dish Pizza Day

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Love Our Children Day

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

No Housework Day

MONDAY, APRIL 8 Zoo Lovers Day

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

Encourage a Young Writer Day

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Gardening Day

MONDAY, APRIL 15 Rubber Eraser Day

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

— COVER KIDS UPDATE —

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

Spring is in the air, and that means the editors of Nashville, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson Parent magazines are gearing up to head outside to shoot some great magazine covers! In the coming weeks, we’ll be photographing several local kids to appear on upcoming covers of our magazine. We will be selecting boys and girls of various ages from our Cover Kids submissions. If you uploaded your child’s picture on our previous website, we can still access those (although you can upload a more recent pic on our new site). To submit your child for cover consideration, upload the most recent photo of your child at nashvilleparent.com/news/cover-kids-2019.

Animal Crackers Day Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Tell a Story Day

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Superhero Day

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 Bugs Bunny Day

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JUMP IN NASHVILLE! AIMS TO BOOST KIDS’ READING

t’s no secret that reading’s taken a hit across the country. According to the American Time Use Survey, pleasure reading among ages 15 and older has fallen by 30 percent since 2004. It’s also no secret that kids model their parents’ behavior. So, if you’re not reading, they’re not reading. And that’s not good. The Scarlett Foundation (scarlettfoundation.org) reports that three out of four Nashville students do not meet basic grade-level reading standards by the end of third grade. Jump In Nashville! aims to help local school children improve their reading skills by that important third-grade benchmark. It’s a citywide campaign seeking to

double the number of children reading on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. “Third grade is the turning point for literacy,” says Leslie Watt, director of education with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. “It is the point in a child’s educational journey when he goes from learning to read to reading to learn. It affects all future learning, from understanding math problems to deciphering chemistry experiments to grasping the details of a social studies text,” she adds. Jump In Nashville! offers online resources to help you engage your child’s literacy skills at three age levels: infants/ toddlers, preschoolers and elementary students. You’ll find reading milestones,

reading activities and games, and other tools. The campaign has three key goals: 1) Enrolling children in high-quality PreK; 2) Reading 20 minutes every day; and 3) Not missing more than five days of school during the entire school year. In addition, the campaign seeks to get the community more involved by urging retailers and services (like barber shops and salons) to set up “little libraries” or book bins to increase access to books for children. Furthermore, the program seeks book donations and volunteers to become reading advocates and to help in schools to support childhood literacy. For more info and to get involved, visit jumpinnashville.com.

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Experience. It features interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences and more. One of the highlights includes autograph sessions with current NFL players along with NFL legends. Hours are Thu - Fri 12 10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. In addition to activi-

ties at the stadium, more events take place at various spots in downtown Nashville. For more info, including access to the Fan Mobile Pass, go to nfl.com/draftexperience ... The new playground at RED CABOOSE PARK in Bellevue is set to open Saturday, June 1 with a

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nal herbs. The May 4 installment includes seed planting in the Children’s Garden. The classes take place at 11 a.m. at the Grassmere Historic Farm. The classes are free with zoo admission. Call 615-833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org.

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NATURE Kids love to explore the natural world. Hook them up with a variety of local programs at an area nature center. From flora to fauna, children enjoy a world of discovery.

DAVIDSON COUNTY Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd. Ashland City 615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks Beaman boasts a rugged sanctuary of natural beauty, offering programs that help kids connect with nature. This month includes a Night Hike on Friday, April 19 and a Wild Food program on Saturday, April 20. Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville 615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks Bells Bend offers programs for all ages that range from geology to animal wildlife and nature hikes. Reserve your spot for the Night Hike on Friday, April 12 and the Birding program on Saturday, April 13. Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org Cheekwood’s a grand place for kids to explore flora. Experience more than 150,000 colorful blooms across the gardens this spring. The Tuesday for Tots program for ages 2 - 5 is

every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Topics change weekly and often include garden exploration and hands-on art projects. Coming this fall, Cheekwood’s opening its brand-new Children’s Garden. Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road Nashville 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org The Nashville Zoo is THE place to learn about the animal kingdom. Keeper talks and presentations take place regularly. The six-week Zoo Tots animal education program for ages 2 - 5 takes place in the spring (March - May) and fall (August - September). The observation deck at the new HCA Healthcare Veterinary Clinic gives kids a unique view of animal care. Radnor Lake State Park 1160 Otter Creek Road Nashville 615-373-3467 radnorlake.org The Aviary Education Center houses birds of prey from great horned owls to bald eagles. The center is open Saturdays 1 p.m. - sunset and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson Drive Nashville 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov Nestled within Shelby Park, the nature center provides free monthly programs for children ranging from nature hikes to animal programs to ecology education. This month, kids can look forward to Fabulous Frogs on Friday, April 19, Birding at Shelby Park on Saturday, April 20 and more. Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville 615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov The nature center is a year-round environmental education and recreation facility that features a museum showcasing the area’s geological and wildlife species. Warner offers lots of free nature programs for little kids with themes like birds, insects, flowers and more. This year, the center has a new “iSpy” program series on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. This month includes Spring Firsts (April 6), My Hiking Backpack (April 13) and Weedy Wildflowers (April 20).

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Bowie Park Nature Center 7211 Bowie Lake Road Fairview 615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Nature-themed family programs take place monthly along with other special events. Popular offerings with changing topics include Nature Strollers (ages 18 months - 5 years); Nature Explorers (ages 5 - 7); Nature Investigators (ages 8 - 12) and Nature Rangers (ages 13 - 18).

The Wilderness Station 697 Veterans Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-217-3017 murfreesoborotn.gov/parks Every Wednesday, The Wilderness Station presents “Wild Things” for ages 1 4, a program that introduces tots to the wonders of nature. It’s $3, and registration is required. The Wilderness Station also offers free “Nature Play” outings in the spring, summer and early fall for ages 1 and older where little ones can have fun getting muddy while exploring the natural world. In addition, the Station provides an assortment of nature-themed programs throughout the year.

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road Brentwood 615-370-4672 owlshill.org Owl’s Hill offers a variety of nature programs, including guided hikes, throughout the year. Its Knee-High Naturalist Program for parents and kids ages 3 - 5 now takes place in two six-week sessions in the early fall (October - November) and winter (January - February). Check the website for special family-friendly events like the Sky Hunters program on Saturday, April 6 — you and the kids will learn the characteristics of owls and watch hawks take the to air during flight demonstrations.

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hile the big-kid world waits lightyears for this summer’s August 29 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, your little kids don’t really care, they just want to see Toy Story! This spring and summer is prime time for visiting Toy Story Land; the up-sized world of Andy’s backyard, located right next door to Star Wars (massive crowds will begin clogging Hollywood Studios not long after Toy Story Land’s one-year birthday in June). Make plans now, and let’s take a look.

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Disney is all about creating experiences (think Pandora — The World of Avatar), and they don’t really pour it on for little kids. Toy Story Land will seem giant to tots: it covers 11 solid acres and, unlike Andy’s room where the toys are lifeless when humans are near, this land buzzes with activity, literally. Buzz, Woody and Jessie provide character greetings, and cinematic touches help you sense the movie all around you: giant

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toy blocks; jumbo puzzle pieces; Tinkertoy lamp posts; Lincoln Logs for benches; and a giant Thermos holding up a lunch-box diner. The rides are cute. Slinky Dog Dash (height requirement 38” and taller) is a fun and brisk roller coaster even you will enjoy; Toy Story Mania! (wildly popular) is a 3D indoor attraction sprinkled with fun elements; and Alien Swirling Saucers have those three-eyed creatures at the wheel of your rocket ship. Toy Story Land is a must for the preschool set; don’t even dream of skipping it.

GETTING STARTED Try not to be negative in front of your kids about the cost of a Disney trip; it’s a rich investment in a child’s happy vault of memories. Maybe the grandparents would like to help pay; maybe it will take a little saving up? No matter what, if you choose to do it — do it. Yes, Disney will cost you, and because it can be overwhelming to plan, consider an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner such as the locally based Fairy Trip Mother Travel (FTM Travel; ftmtravel.com). These all-things-Disney experts can help you in all aspects of planning your dream trip and advise you on costcutting, too. Staying onsite at a Disney resort with young kids is the way to go. Guests who stay in resorts get to lock-in FastPass ride reservations up to 60 days in advance and receive MagicBands in the mail to help you get your family excitement underway. You will use a “My Disney Experience” account to customize

your FastPass selections, dining options and more, which will all be loaded up on your MagicBands for quick entry into your resort, park of choice and more. Be aware of height requirements for rides before you reserve your FastPass slots.

KEY PARTICULARS Bring your own strollers (renting one costs $15 for a single per day; $31 for a double) because it’s all about the walking and riding and your little ones will be snoozing as you push. Pack plenty of quick snacks and sippy cup drinks in a lightweight tote along with other needs — sunscreen, hats and close-toed shoes. Be flexible and try not to overdo. My advice going in? Start bright and early at the Magic Kingdom so you can catch the welcoming show on Main Street. After your fun there, take the monorail to Hollywood Studios. (No, don’t think about going to Avatar Flight of Passage in the Animal Kingdom first thing in the morning; everybody else does that.) Avoid that crazy stampede and even crazier long line and wait until mid-morning for the line to thin out. As for eats? You can spend an entire afternoon researching dining options for your family at the different Disney World parks, and you should because you DO want to splurge on a Character Meal for your littles to enjoy. Do your research, study the Disney Meal plan tips and tricks and know that healthy toddler and preschool-sized meals are available at every restaurant. Best Disney website to start with? Disney.com, naturally! Susan Day is editor of this magazine and mom to four wonderful human beings.

AMUSEMENTS 4 PRESCHOOLERS Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom are super fun for kids.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS MY FAVES FOR LITTLES: Slinky Dog Dash; Voyage of the Little Mermaid; Toy Story Mania! MORE: Kilimangaro Safaris; Beauty and the Beast — Live; Disney Junior — Live; Lights, Motors, Action!; Extreme Stunt Show; Muppet Vision 3D; Alien Saucers

MAGIC KINGDOM MY FAVES FOR LITTLES: Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid; Dumbo the Flying Elephant; Enchanted Tales with Belle; Peter Pan’s Flight; It’s a Small World MORE: Princess Fairytale Hall; The Barnstormer; Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station; Mickey’s PhilharMagic; Mad Tea Party; The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; The Magic Carpets of Aladdin; Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.

PLUS: ANIMAL KINGDOM MY FAVES FOR LITTLES: Finding Nemo - The Musical. MORE: Kilimangaro Safaris; TriceraTop Spin; Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail; Maharaja Jungle Trek; Rafiki’s Planet Watch; Wilderness Explorers

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Campsites TO LOVE BLEDSOE CREEK: TN State Park. Fifty-seven level campsites and six miles of scenic trails. $25 $35 a night. CADES COVE: Great Smoky Mountains. Easy access to nature trail. More than 160 sites. A popular camping destination in the Smokies (especially for cyclists). $40 - $75 a night. CEDARS OF LEBANON: TN State Park. More than 87 campsites. $25 - $35 a night.

COSBY CAMPGROUND: Great Smoky Mountains. More than 100 campsites available on a first-come basis and 42 available to reserve. $17.50 a night.

FALL CREEK FALLS: TN State Park. One of Tennessee’s largest and most popular state parks. Hundreds of standard and premium camp sites. $11 - $25 a night.

EDGAR EVINS: TN State Park. On the shores of Center Hill Lake, find 60 tent and trailer campsites. $11 - $35 a night.

MONTGOMERY BELL: TN State Park. Tent and RV sites. $15 $35 a night.

FROZEN HEAD: TN State Park. Twenty rustic campsites in addition to backcountry camping. $15 - $35 a night. HENRY HORTON: TN State Park. Located near the Duck River, find 19 tent-specific sites and 56 RV sites. Wi-Fi is a recent addition. $11 - $35 a night.

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BREAKFAST • Breakfast Burritos • Campfire Apple Crisp • Campfire French Toast • Omelet in a Bag • Skillet Oreo Cinnamon Buns • Campfire Breakfast Burgers • Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole

LUNCH/DINNER • Southwest Chicken Packets • Ham & Pineapple Campfire Sandwiches • Camping Mac & Cheese • Campfire Pizza • Chili Campfire Bake • Campfire Stew • Cowboy Casserole • Grilled Sausage with Potatoes & Green Beans • Chicken & Veggie Foil Packets • Campfire Hot Dogs on a Stick

SNACKS/TREATS • Campfire Nachos • S’mores Granola • Campfire Baked Potatoes • Campfire Dessert Cones • Campfire Banana Boats • Foil Pack Cheesy Fries • Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls • Camping Quesadillas

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More CAMPSITES ANDERSON ROAD REC AREA (recreation.gov) Opens in May. Percy Priest Lake; $16 - $40.

LORETTA LYNN RANCH (lorettalynnranch.net). Located in Hurricane Mills; tent camping $20; RVs $40.

POOLE KNOBS (recreation. gov). Opens May 1. Eightyseven campsites around Percy Priest Lake; $16 - $50.

BUFFALO RIVER RESORT (buffaloriverresorttn.com). Tent camping $8 per person a night; RVs $39.50.

NASHVILLE EAST/LEBANON KOA (koa.com). For info, call 615-449-5527; to reserve call 800-562-7028.

CAGES BEND: (recreation. gov) In Gallatin on Old Hickory Lake. Camping loops with sites; $30 - $35.

NASHVILLE KOA (koa.com). Near Opry Mills. To reserve, call 615-889-0282. Tents, RVs, extended stays.

SAFE HARBOR RV RESORT (safeharborresort.com). At Elm Hill on Percy Priest Lake; $95 a night; two-night minimum.

CEDAR CREEK (recreation. gov). In Mt. Juliet on Old Hickory Lake. Sixty sites; $30 - $50.

NASHVILLE SHORES (nashvilleshores.com). On Percy Priest Lake, some waterfront sites. RVs only; $55 - $70. Discounts for waterpark.

DEFEATED CREEK PARK (recreation.gov). On the banks of Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River; 155 sites; $22 - $100. HORSESHOE BEND MARINA (horseshoebendmarina.net). On Center Hill Lake; $20 a night for tent camping; Glamping $75 a night; RV sites $25.

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NORTH NASHVILLE KOA (koa.com). Goodlettsville. For info, call 615-859-0348. To reserve call 800-5627624.

SEVEN POINTS CAMPGROUND (recreation. gov). In Hermitage on Percy Priest Lake, 59 campsites; $22 - $120. TWO RIVERS CAMPGROUND (tworiverscampground.com). Near Opry Mills. Cost per night based on requested amenities.


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SKIN PROTECTION

Be sure to bring sunscreen and follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP; aap. org) guidelines: Use at least an SPF 15 and apply it at least 30 minutes to exposure. Reapply every two to three hours. Keep babies out of direct sunlight — an extra pop-up tent is handy for keeping Baby in the shade. Guard against insect bites by using repellents containing DEET. The AAP says to only apply it once a day on older kids — do not use on ages 2 months and younger. Apply it after the sunscreen. You can also use insect-repelling bracelets. Wear long pants and light, long-sleeved shirts when hiking. Know toxic plants. Poison ivy, oak and sumac are prevalent in spring, summer and fall. As the old adage says, “Leaves of three, leave them be.” If you brush against them, wash the skin with soap and water for 10 minutes. Wash clothes and shoes, too.

SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Always have your child’s allergy medication on hand and be aware of the seasonal swings of allergens in the outdoors. Grass pollen kicks up in February/March, tree pollen starts early April. Ragweed surfaces in July/August, and a second season of grass allergens can arise October through early November.

FIRST AID/CPR

It’s important to have at least one parent who knows CPR. Bring all prescription medications along with extra pain and allergy medications.

WEATHER HAPPENS

Choose a campsite with higher elevation in case it rains. Protect the bottom of your tent by laying a tarp on the ground. Keep all items away from the walls of your tent on the inside to prevent water pulling through the fabric. Keep extra tarps on hand and erect a canopy over your eating area. Hang a clothes line (away from where the kids play) for hanging wet items. Sleep with your next day’s clothing inside your sleeping bag. This makes them warm and ready for cold mornings. Plastic storage totes are great for keeping items dry.

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Don’t frighten your kids about wild animal encounters — educate them. Wild animals don’t like being around people, but it can happen. Be prepared for black bear encounters in the Smokies by visiting nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/blackbears.htm. Always store your food items in tightly fitting plastic bins when you’re away from your campsite. Store in your vehicle for the best results.

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KITCHEN

• Portable stove, fuel • Grate for campfire cooking • Matches/lighter • Firewood • Pots and pans • Portable coffee maker • Cases of bottled water • Roasting sticks for marshmallows and hot dogs • Food-storage containers/bags • Trash bags • Separate coolers for ice and food • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives, cups and mugs • Cooking utensils & cutting board • Tinfoil • Soap, sponge, dish cloth, dish towel • Paper towels • Extra bin for washing dishes

SLEEPING

• Sleeping bags/sheets and blankets • Sleeping pads/air mattresses • Pillows

LIGHTS

• Headlamps/flashlights • Extra batteries • Lantern and fuel • Decorative lights to hang from tree to tree

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• Backpacks • Baby carriers • Extra bins to organize gear • Pepper spray (in case of a bear encounter) Source: cozi.com

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BRING BOOKS, MAGAZINES

Bring along books for your kids and encourage reading by flashlight! Two books for older readers: The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden (William Morrow; ages 8 - 12; $16.99) The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz (William Morrow; ages 9 - 12; $16.99). Three books for younger kids: Camping Day! by Patricia Larkin (Dial; ages 3 - 5; $10.99) Curious George Goes Camping by Margret & H.A. Rey (HMH Books; ages 4 - 7; $4.99) S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James (Sleeping Bear Press Sports & Hobbies; ages 6 - 9; $17.99).

TELL GHOST STORIES

Spooky stories and campfires go together naturally. Visit koa.com/ blog and search “kid-friendly spooky campfire stories” to print out and take with you. Also: Fun Campfire Ghost Stories by John Bradshaw (Eagle Wings Publishing; $13.98).

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SCAVENGER HUNTS & ALPHABET HIKES Camping’s natural, outdoor environment is a prime setting for a scavenger hunt. Make a list of items that will be easy for little ones to find, and bring small prizes. Love the Outdoors (lovetheoutdoors.com) has lots of great scavenger hunt lists for camping families. Also try an alphabet hike. Look for items that begin with each letter of the alphabet, going in order from A to Z.

CREATE NATURE ART Bring a tote with art supplies: sketch pads, colored pencils, crayons, etc. Do leaf rubbings and drawings of nature like trees, flowers, butterflies, birds, etc.

PLAY GAMES Pack magnetized travel games that are easy to play on your campsite’s picnic table. Bring several decks of cards and pick up a pack of Regal Games Classic Card Games containing kidfavorites like Old Maid, Go Fish, Slapjack, Crazy 8s, War and Monster Memory Match. There are also a variety of interactive campsite games like Marshmallow Maverick, Mosquito Bites, Backpack Pass, Flashlight Tag, Glow Stick Ring Toss, Squirt Gun Races and Water Relay. (Find instructions for these games at nashvilleparent.com — search “Campsite Games”). You can also visit printgamesnow.com to find printable camping games like Camp-Tastic MadLibs, Family Tent Charades, Camping Trivia and more.

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or any group campout at Barfield in the ‘Boro, a Wilderness Awareness Workshop is mandatory. The Wilderness Station hosts a Wilderness Awareness Workshop on April 23 & 26 at 6 p.m. and on April 27 a 3 p.m. Lighthearted sessions cover campground etiquette and “Leave No Trace” information. For ages 6 and older, call 615-217-3017 or e-mail outdoormurfreesboro@ murfreesborotn.gov.

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he Wilderness Station at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro hosts a Family Campout April 27 - 28. Open to all ages, it’s a great first-time experience if you have young children. The overnight tent-camping experience includes guided night hikes, games, campfire songs, s’mores and more. All equipment and gear is available upon request (or bring your own). Dinner and breakfast included. It’s $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 & younger. Check-in at The Wilderness Station is from 4 - 6:30 p.m. Prior attendance to a Wilderness Awareness Workshop required (see above). Call 615-217-3017 or e-mail outdoormurfreesboro@ murfreesborotn.gov.

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xperience an overnight camp session with the family on two different nights — May 25 - 26 and Aug. 31 - Sept. 1. Ages 4 - 12 enjoy a variety of activities during the evening including crafts, hayrides, an animal show, inflatables, campfire with marshmallow roast and more — dinner, too. There’s a full breakfast the next morning along with zoo admission. Cost is $38 members ages 4 and older, $58 non-members ages 4 and older, $16 members ages 2 - 4, $30 non-members ages 2 - 4, $33 each for groups of eight or more. Learn more or reserve your spot online at nashvillezoo.org.

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April

Look for the egg to find Easter events!

THINGS TO DO

BEST OF THE MONTH

BY CHAD YOUNG

NASHVILLE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 13 Public Square Park, Nashville Page 48 This celebration of Japanese culture in Nashville includes lots of art activities for children.

EGGSTRAVAGANZOO

Saturday, April 20 Nashville Zoo, Nashville Page 58 It’s Nashville’s grand-daddy of all Easter outings! Lots of egg hunts, springtime games and appearances by the Easter Bunny & zoo mascot Twiga.

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DAILY ACTIVITIES

April events in day-by-day order.

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FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS Our top picks for babies, tots & preschoolers.

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FUN FOR BIG KIDS

Great stuff for the 6- to 12-year-old crowd.

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SPRING KIDS FEST & PIONEER DAYS

Saturday, April 27 Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro Page 61 A day of free family fun includes lots for kids to explore.

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LIBRARY STORYTIMES

Every single storytime in Middle Tennessee right here!

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THEATER & DANCE

Take in a show on a stage near you.


36TH ANNUAL MAIN STREET FESTIVAL

SPRING FESTIVAL & EASTER EGG HUNT

HELLO, DOLLY!

April 27 - 28 Downtown Franklin Page 60 One of the Southeast’s biggest festivals has lots of free fun for kids, including pony rides, face painting and other hands-on activities.

April 30 - May 5 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville • Page 54 Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars as meddling matchmaker Dolly Levi in this musical comedy your whole family can enjoy.

April 19 - 20 Lucky Ladd Farms, Eagleville Page 57 Hop on out to the farm for egg hunts, baby farm animal encounters and more.

2019 NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE

April 25 - 27 Nissan Stadium, Nashville Page 60 The thrill of the National Football League (NFL) comes to Music City for the 2019 draft. With it comes the FREE NFL Draft Experience featuring all sorts of family activities, including football clinics for boys and girls ages 6 - 17.

SPRING ART HOP

April 19 - 20 Cheekwood, Nashville • Page 57 Cheekwood’s annual Easter and art festival mashup takes place two days for the first time. Hop to it!

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HOT HAPPENIN’

Nashville Zoo has the biggest Easter bash in the area.

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HOT HAPPENIN’

A day of free fun at Rutherford Parent’s Spring Kids Fest & Cannonsburgh’s Pioneer Days.

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ONGOING EVENTS

ON YOUR RADAR

Things to do with regular recurrence.

Mark your calendars for next month’s popular outings.

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MON 1 W Learnin’

the Ropes (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Franklin code: 13790 Spring Hill code: 13868

Ages 7 - 13. Mondays, April 1 - 22 at Franklin Recreation Complex (1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.) and Longview Rec Center (2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 5 - 6 p.m.). $40. Learn the sport of jump rope with instruction in single rope, shared rope, long rope, double dutch and more.

N Loretta Lynn

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $119.50 - $169.50. A night of country music.

N FREE Nashville Ballet Storytime: Romeo & Juliet

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

Ages 3 - 5. Old Hickory Branch Library, 1010 Jones St., Old Hickory. 10:30 a.m. This interactive story introduces kids to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from different countries and how music styles influence a story.

R FREE READing Paws (Register)

615-893-4131 rclstn.org

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 3:30 - 5 p.m. Kids can sign up to read to Stevie, the reading education assistance dog.

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N FREE Observatory

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13773

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

Fingers (Register)

Ages 3.5 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Mondays, April 1 - 29 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $65. Educational art experiences using a variety of media.

TUE 2 N FREE Babies in the Gallery (Register)

615-329-8544 fiskuniversitygalleries.org Ages 0 - 12 months. Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville. 12 p.m. Fisk musicians pair artwork with songs. The tour is designed for babies to view artwork at eye level while being held or in a carrier.

R Homeschool P.E.: A Walk in the Park (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 & 10:30 a.m. $2. Take a short hike around the trails of Lee Victory Recreation Park. Transportation provided.

S Needle

Felting Bunny (Register)

615-859-3678 cityofgoodlettsville.com

Adults. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $30. Make a bunny while learning the basics of needle felting, contouring and wet felting.

Open House

Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Astronomers provide tours of the facility, including the telescopes, sundial and Star Chamber.

R FREE Preschool

Program: Children’s Book Day (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. Dress as your favorite book character for an afternoon of reading classic children’s books along with a writing and math activity.

N Seasons, Spice,

& Everything Nice! Cooking Class with Galena Garlic (Register)

N Family Program:

Songwriting Tune-Up (Register)

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Ages 11 - 18. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Young budding songwriters can participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions with professional songwriters to help hone their craft.

W Grandparent & Me Art Class (Register)

615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14249 Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $15 per grandparent/child pair. Create spring-themed art.

615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com

S Homeschool Class:

Adults. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville. 6 - 8 p.m. $35. Learn how to make homemade breakfast sausage, Cajun roasted okra, curry roasted cauliflower & mayo, and adobo-style pork tacos — all using salt-free seasonings!

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

WED 3 W Color Wheels Art Class (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com 1 - 2 p.m. code: 13782 4:30 - 5:30 code: 13781 Ages 5 - 10. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Wednesdays, April 3 - 24. $56. Create art projects through painting, drawing, coloring, printing and sculpting.

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Heritage Cooking/ Camp Cooking (Register)

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Cook a meal in the fort’s compound.

N FREE Homeschool

Day: Tennessee Takes Flight

615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The museum partners with the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame for activities like taking flight in a simulator, learning about notable Tennessee pilots and competing in a paper airplane race.

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

Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin. 9:30 a.m. Award-winning family entertainers Mare Wakefield and Nomad perform.

N FREE Nashville Ballet Storytime: Romeo & Juliet

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

Ages 3 - 5. North Branch Library, 1001 Monroe St., Nashville. 10 a.m. This interactive story introduces kids to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from different counties and how music styles influence a story.

N FREE Spring Homeschool Investigations (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Grades K - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore what lives in the creeks and ponds of Warner Park.

S Sumner Music

Together Spring Semester (Register)

615-973-6554 sumnermusictogether.com

Ages Birth - 5 years. Creative Music Center, 366 W. Main St., Hendersonville. $175, second child is $100, third is free; ages 9 months and younger are free with a registered sibling. This 10-week parent/tot musicand movement program is available starting today with these options: Wed 10 a.m.; Thu 9 or 10 a.m.; Fri 10 or 11 a.m.


S Bowen Buddies:

Spring Fling (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

S Pioneer Pals:

Spring Fling (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 6 - 7. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Create wind chimes and kites.

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Games and crafts with a spring fling while learning the letter K and number 8.

N Creative Zone:

N Singarama 2019

Country Comedy Comic Books

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. free with gate ($25.95 adults, free ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Learn about country comedienne Minnie Pearl, then illustrate one of her jokes in a mini comic book.

W FREE Fairview LEGO Club

615-224-6087 wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com/ fairview_public_library All ages. Fairview Library, 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview. 4 - 5:30 p.m. Explore creativity while building with LEGO blocks.

Mule Day Festival

615-866-7075 lipscomb.edu/events/ singarama-2019

All ages. Lipscomb University, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 - $25. This student-produced variety show takes place in Collins Arena.

W FREE Teen Anime Club

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4 p.m. Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks.

S FREE Tween Time 615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville

Ages 9 - 12. Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville. 5:30 p.m. Crafts, games and snacks.

muleday.org

All ages. Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive, Columbia. Thu - Sat 7 a.m., Sun 9 a.m. Thu $5, Fri - Sat $10, Sun free, ages 12 & younger free. Mule shows, contests, dancing, live music, arts and crafts, food and more.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nhl.com/predators

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $22 - $195. Versus the Vancouver Canucks.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Iowa Cubs.

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in the shapes of flowers, chicks and pigs.

N FREE Experiment Friday (Register)

615-329-8544 fiskuniversitygalleries.org Ages 2 - 5. Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. No., Nashville. 3 p.m. This STEAM program invites little ones to participate in experiments at the intersection of art and science.

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People! Paper Crafts with Hatch Show Print

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Make baskets, bunny ears, paper chains and flower crowns from colorful papers.

S Frontier Friday: Blacksmithing

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger. Watch a blacksmith demonstrator fire up his forge and work with a hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils.

W 5 Points Swing

N Guerrero

615-786-0186 academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Concert & Dance

All ages. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 7 p.m. $10. Take a dance lesson with Champion Ballroom Center, then dance the night away to music from the roaring ‘20s.

W Blaire’s Cookie Decorating

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 4 - 6 p.m. $10. Decorate cookies

Conducts Bernstein

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $30 - $90. A night of classical music with the Nashville Symphony.

FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS

THU 4

Children can make festive pig cookies during Blaire’s Cookie Decorating at the American Girl Store.

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W NATURE STROLLERS This program for ages 18 months - 5 years includes a book reading, songs, games, crafts and a child-friendly hike. Free.

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Bowie Nature Park Monday, April 1 bowiepark.org

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Old Fort Park, Murfreesboro Every Thursday murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Stroll the greenway with your babies and tots, then stick around for social and playtime at the park’s Kids’ Castle. Free.

N BABIES IN THE GALLERY

Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk Tuesday, April 2 fiskuniversitygalleries.org

This experience for ages 0 - 12 months is designed for babies to view artwork while being held or in a carrier. Free. Register.

W BLAIRE’S COOKIE DECORATING

American Girl Store, Franklin April 5 & 19 americangirl.com/retail/nashville/ php

R FREE MTSU

Ages 3 & older can decorate cookies in the shapes of pigs, chicks and flowers. $10. Register.

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S PIONEEER PALS:

Star Party

All ages. MTSU’s Wiser-Patten Science Hall Room 102, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Nat Smith presents “Something About Time” followed by telescope viewing.

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Sounds Baseball

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Iowa Cubs.

N Preds Wine

Festival & Tasting (Register)

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

Ages 21+. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 6 - 10 p.m. $89 - $200. This benefit for the Nashville Predators Foundation features several wineries with more than 225 high-end wines, photos with Gnash, a silent auction, mingling with Preds players and more.

N Singarama 2019 See Thursday, April 4.

Chocolate Affair

Adults. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon. 7 p.m. $50. This evening supports the 15th Judicial District Advocacy Center. It includes dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and a chocolate fountain.

R FREE Animal

R FREE Bill Rice

Ranch Day Camp Open House

615-893-2767 brrdaycamp.org

All ages. Bill Rice Ranch Day Camp, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Tour the ranch facilities and campground, and enjoy pony rides, inflatables and hot dogs.

N Cheekwood in Bloom

Encounters

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro.1:30 p.m. Meet an education animal during a mini lesson.

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. Gardening workshops, children’s storytelling, family art activities, live music, beer garden, guided garden and mansion tours, and more.

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

R FREE Bark in the Park

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

R FREE Dance Me

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. Bring your furry family members for a family walk around the park.

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

N Beginner

Ukulele Workshop: Judds Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Learn ukulele basics through the music of the Judds.

a Story: 72 Steps

Ages 6+. Central Magnet School, 1001 Monroe St., Murfreesboro. 7 p.m. This Nashville Ballet performance focuses on the ratification of the 19th Amendment while exploring themes of basic human rights, civic responsibility and the ongoing battle for a more equitable society.

W Doll Hair Salon

Spectacular (Register)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php

Ages 8+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 9 - 10 a.m. $25. Learn new tricks to style your doll’s hair with insider tips from professional stylists, plus get hair accessories. Crafts and treats follow.

N Drop Everything and Read Day

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17. A storytime trail, scavenger hunt, book drives, garden tours, family activities and more.

S Dumbo

Sensory Screening

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin. 10 a.m. $6. See a sensory-friendly screening of Disney’s Dumbo with softer sound, lights not as dim and no previews. Plus, kids can run around and make noise.

R FREE Easter Celebration

615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com

All ages. Stones River Town Centre, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Live music, face painting, arts and crafts, and meeting the Easter Bunny.

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N Grand Night Gala (Register)

615-252-4675 nashvillect.org

Ages 21+. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. 6 p.m. $250 reserved seats, $375 VIP (premier seating & a private meet and greet with Gavin Creel). This benefit for NCT’s scholarship program includes gourmet hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, a seated multi-course dinner, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment by Tony Award-winning Broadway star Gavin Creel.

N Guerrero

Conducts Bernstein

See Friday, April 5.

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

Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Build a birdhouse. Visit the website for all area locations.

N Easter Crafter- N FREE iSpy: noon (Register)

615-258-5569 arworkshop.com/nashville

All ages. AR Workshop Nashville, 2022A Lindell Ave., Nashville. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $15 - $25. Make a canvas Easter egg tote or mini wood signs. Also available at the Franklin location.

N Family Program:

Songwriting Tune-Up (Register)

See Wednesday, April 3.

N FREE First

Saturday Art Crawl

615-256-2805 nashvilledowntown.com/ events/first-saturday-art-crawl All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave S., Nashville. 6 - 9 p.m. Twenty-five art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings.

TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY STAR GAVIN CREEL headlines Nashville Children’s Theatre’s Grand Night Gala on Saturday, April 6. Read our interview with him online at nashvilleparent.com.

3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. Learn about seed starting and composting.

N Gardening Class 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Grassmere Historic Farm Gardens at Nashville Zoo,

Spring Firsts

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Look for emerging signs of spring by spotting butterflies, birds, leaves and flowers.

N FREE Kidsville 615-862-8431 kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Explore the book Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, then create a related artwork.

R FREE LEGO Jr. Maker

615-893-4131 rclstn.org Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Have fun building and creating with LEGO blocks.

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W FREE LEGOS in the Library

615-595-1250 wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com All ages. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Build with LEGO and Duplo blocks.

S Mad Hatter Tea Party (Register)

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.ecwid.com Ages 2 - 12. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. $30 ($25 each additional child). Join Wonderland characters for tea, snacks and games.

W Mad Hatter’s

Tea Party (Register)

615-786-0186, ext. 2517 academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com Registration deadline is April 3 at 2 p.m. All ages. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 2 - 5 p.m. $10 adults, $15 children. High tea, stories, a hat walk contest, spring fashion show by The Purple Butterfly, dancing, crafts, face painting, character appearances and an Easter egg hunt.

R Mama Mia! Kids’

Italian Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 14. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $50. Learn to make garlic bread, spaghetti and meatballs, double chocolate brownies and more.

S Mansker’s Station Tours

615-859-3678 visitgoodlettsville.com All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic site.

N FREE Meet the Mounted Patrol (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 - 11 a.m. Meet the park police officers and their horses.

W Mother-Son LEGO Dance (Register)

615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 5 - 12. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $18 per couple, $6 each additional boy. Wear pixel, block or funky-shaped outfits for this LEGO-themed dance party.

Mule Day Festival See Thursday, April 4.

N FREE Nashville

Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Get familiar with outdoor retails, clubs and community organization. There will also be live music, guided hikes, lectures and more.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

W Sky Hunters (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 10 a.m. 1 p.m. $15. Learn what makes birds of prey unique while falconers work with hawks in flight demonstrations.

R Smyrna Strokes: My Friend and Me! (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Bring a pal to paint a flower with a lady bug on two canvases that will make one painting when joined together.

Special Needs Jump gotjump.com/tennessee

All ages. JumpStreet locations in Franklin, Goodlettsville and Murfreesboro. 9 - 11 a.m. $8 ages 4+, $4 ages 3 & younger. Children with special needs can enjoy a private hour of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment with the second hour open to the public.

615-770-7800 nhl.com/predators

N Super Science

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $22 - $195. Versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Iowa Cubs.

N Singarama 2019 See Thursday, April 4.

W FREE Sixth Annual

WCS Fine Arts Festival

wcs.edu/district/departments/tla/fine-arts

All ages. The Factory at Franklin,

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230 Franklin Road, Franklin. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visual art, music and theater performances from elementary through high school students in Williamson County Schools.

Saturday: Go Green

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. free with gate ($15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). Learn about environmental science and sustainable practices. Learn about bees and pollinators, recycling tips and take home a seed starter for your garden.

N Supercross 800-745-3000 supercrosslive.com

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. Sat 6:30 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $15. Experience the most competitive, highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship.

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FUN FOR BIG KIDS

THINGS TO DO

Explore the life cycle of butterflies during Bowen Buddies on Thursday, April 25 at Mansker’s Station in Goodlettsville.

>> This month’s best outings for ages 6 - 12.

W MOTHER-SON LEGO DANCE

Longview Rec Center, Spring Hill Saturday, April 6 wcparksandrec.com

Boys ages 5 - 12 and their moms can don funky-shaped outfits for this LEGO-themed dance party. $18 per couple. Register.

R THE BEST BRUNCH KIDS’ COOKING CLASS

The Curious Kitchen, Murfreesboro Saturday, April 13 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 15 can learn to make a variety of yummy brunch items from breakfast hash to chocolate pancakes. $50. Register.

N YOU’RE MAKING ME JELLY Shelby Bottoms Nature Center Nashville Saturday, April 20 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 10 & older can learn how to make jelly with wild violets. Free. Register.

S BOWEN BUDDIES: BUTTERFLY MAGIC

Historic Mansker’s Station Goodlettsville Thursday, April 25 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite. com Ages 6 - 7 can learn about the life cycles of butterflies. $2 Register.

W NATURE INVESTIGATORS Bowie Nature Park, Fairview Monday, April 29 bowiepark.org

Ages 8 - 12 can learn the necessary skills for observing and exploring the natural world. Free. Register.


THINGS TO DO N TWISTER Conference for Girls (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

High school girls. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $15. Women working in STEM careers present this professional conference for high school girls to explore a variety of STEM topics.

R FREE Waterfall

Day Hike Extravaganza (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 8 a.m. Transportation is provided to go see Stinging Fork Falls and Ozone Falls in the Crab Orchard area.

R Wildlife

Painting (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 9 - 11 a.m. $15. An instructor leads you through a step-by-step painting process with nature as your theme.

S FREE Wonderland Egg Hunt

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

Ages 12 & younger. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville. 9:30 a.m. Egg hunts, crafts, inflatables, face painting, games and more. Age-specific hunts are as follows: 9:30 a.m. (ages 4 & younger), 11 a.m. (ages 5 - 8) and 12:30 p.m. (ages 9 - 12).

N FREE You’ve Got

JUNK Mail Opening Reception

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 6 - 8 p.m. View this art exhibit made up of articles of junk mail. It’s on display through Friday, May 31.

SUN 7

Chi, live music, brunch (additional fee), plein air painting, guided garden tours, behind-thescenes tours and more.

W American Girl

Canvas & Cupcakes (Register)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php

N FREE Art on the West Side

615-481-8300 artonthewestside.org All ages. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 50 local and national artists show and sell their works at this juried art show featuring works in paint, sculpture, jewelry, clay, fiber, wood and glass. This year’s featured artist is Paul Harmon.

W FREE Bunny

Cares (Register)

615-771-2050 coolspringsgalleria.com

All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 9 - 11 a.m. Children with autism and other sensory issues can visit the Easter Bunny and get a keepsake photo without the usual sensory triggers in the mall.

N FREE Caring

Bunny (Register)

615-514-1000 oprymills.com

All ages. Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 8 - 10:30 a.m. Meet the Easter Bunny and get a photo op in a sensory-friendly environment.

kwood in Bloom

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17 (brunch is an additional $19.29 adults, $9.29 ages 10 & younger). Tai

Day (Register)

615-794-2918 deerrun.camp/events

Ages 7+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $35. Decorate cupcakes then create a painting.

N Chee-

W Deer Run Family All ages. Deer Run Camps & Retreats, 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station. 1 - 5 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 starting April 5. A day of outdoor campstyle activities for the whole family. Some activities require additional fees (giant swing, archery tag, zip lines).

W FREE Deer Run Open House

615-794-2918 deerrun.camp/events All ages. Deer Run Camps & Retreats, 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station. 2 - 4 p.m. Meet camp directors and summer staff on walking tours of the facilities.

R FREE Easter Egg Hunt

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com All ages. Harris Riding Academy, 6331 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro. 1 - 4 p.m. Two egg hunts for tiny tots and schoolaged kids, plus face painting, inflatables, a marketplace and $5 horseback rides.

N FREE Family

Program: Make Letterpress Art

615-256-2805 hatchshowprint.com

Ages 5+. Hatch Show Print,

224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 12, 1 & 2 p.m. Learn about letterpress printing while creating letterpress art using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images. Attendance requires a program pass, available 30 minutes prior to each session on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Mule Day Festival See Thursday, April 4.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 2:05 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Iowa Cubs.

R Siblings Day (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 12 - 3 p.m. $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Make crafts and enjoy activities centering around appreciating brothers and sisters.

N Supercross

See Saturday, April 6.

W FREE Mimics of the Animal World

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All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 4 p.m. Learn about Tennessee’s best examples of animal mimics.

N FREE Nashville Ballet Storytime: Romeo & Juliet

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

Ages 3 - 5. Edgehill Library, 1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 a.m. This interactive story introduces kids to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from different counties and how music styles influence a story.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Iowa Cubs.

N Week of the

TUE 9

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

R FREE All Access

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 2 - 5 p.m. $18 adults, $13 ages 2 - 12. Local organizations serving young children will have booths with info and activities on the festival field.

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Young Child Kick-Off

Nashville Comedy Festival April 8 - 14

Share laughs with your older kids during the Nashville Comedy Festival. Several acts are on multiple stages, including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Sherri Shepherd, Rita Rudner, Jim Jefferies and others. Venues include the Ryman, Zanies, TPAC, War Memorial Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry House. Get the complete schedule and tickets at nashcomedyfest.com.

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in English and Spanish, family tours and hands-on fun in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

MON 8 N Family Monday

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum. org All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $12 covers your entire family. Enjoy a bilingual storytime

Night (Register)

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 8 p.m. Special needs families can enjoy the center’s exhibits and programs after hours.

R FREE Homeschool Program: Orienteering (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn to use compasses and other methods to find north or any direction.

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THINGS TO DO W Open Studio

with Kreative Kat (Register)

615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13927 Ages 8+. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. Tuesdays, April 9 - 30 from 6 - 7 p.m. $40. Learn specific art techniques in different media in an open studio space.

R Preschool

Program: Our Ocean in Layers (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Learn about different layers of our oceans and what kinds of creatures live there.

WED 10 R Business for

Artists: Legal Matters in Art (Register)

615-893-7439 culturalartsmurfreesboro. submittable.com Register by Tuesday, April 9.

Ages 18+. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. $10. Learn about the common legal matters for artists from a certified legal expert, including tax tips, copyright laws, licensing and trademarks.

R FREE Homeschool Program: Orienteering (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn to use compasses and other methods to find north or any direction.

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

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

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N FREE Nashville Ballet Storytime: Romeo & Juliet

615-862-5866 library.nashville.org

Ages 3 - 5. Inglewood Library, 4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, at 10:30 a.m. & Looby Library, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, at 4 p.m. This interactive story introduces kids to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from different counties and how music styles influence a story.

W Stop, Drop &

Decorate (Register)

629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

Ages 4+. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $35. Decorate a six-inch buttercream-coated vanilla cake with fondant and up to three other toppings.

N Victorian Eas-

ter Egg Workshop

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $20 members, $25 non-members. Make a faux panoramic Easter egg with an interior diorama.

R FREE CrafTeen 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of crafting fun.

R FREE Science

On Tap: Origami

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Mayday Brewery, 521 Old Salem Road, Murfreesboro. 6:30 - 8 p.m. The Discovery Center presents this program where you’ll learn about the relationship between paper folding, math and engineering, then fold something fun out of paper.

N Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $30 - $90. Nashville Symphony presents a night of classical music.

FRI 12 N FREE Bells Bend

Night Hike (Register)

THU 11 N 2 Cellos

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 8 p.m. $25 - $69.50. A night of instrumental pop and rock music performed on cellos.

N FREE ARTlab Teen Studio (Register)

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

Ages 13 - 19. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 3:30 - 6 p.m. Spend time in the galleries checking out the current exhibits, then stick around to create your own art. This month’s focus: inflatable sculpture. Bring your own sketchbook.

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 7:30 - 9 p.m. Hear the call of the wild while exploring and listening for the animals of the night.

R No Waste Arts

and Crafts (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 5 - 7 p.m. $3. Create arts and crafts from recycled paper, paint made from mud and more.

R Parents’ Night Out (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/pno Ages 4 - 12. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. $20 first child, $15 siblings. Drop the kids off for a movie, dinner, educational games and more while you enjoy an evening to yourself.

R Preschool Egg Hunt (Register)

615-893-8386 bounceu.com/murfreesboro-tn Ages 7 & younger. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $11.95. Bring a basket and search for hidden eggs.

N Rites of Spring Music Festival

studentorg.vanderbilt.edu/ros All ages. Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn, 2201 West End Ave., Nashville. Fri - Sat 6:45 p.m. $35 - $60. Eight bands perform across two nights. This year’s headliners are Moon Taxi (Friday) and 21 Savaget (Saturday).

W Skate Night 615-799-9331 wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $5. Bring your own skates for a night of fun.

N Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

See Thursday, April 11.

N Tele-

scope Night (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt. edu Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood. 8 - 10 p.m. $6.27.

DUMBO is now in theaters. Catch a sensory-friendly screening on Saturday, April 6 at NCG Cinema in Gallatin.

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Chat with astronomers while gazing at celestial bodies through telescopes.

W WellieWishers

Friendship Tea Party (Register)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php

Ages 5+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $15. Food, crafts and cupcake decorating.

SAT 13 N FREE 10th Annual Pinwheel Festival

pcat.org/events

All ages. Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Celebrate childhood with games, performers, crafts, inflatables, face painting and more.

W FREE 20th Annual Buttercup Festival

facebook.com/historicnolensvillebuttercupfestival All ages. Nolensville Historic District, 7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live music, pageants, inflatables, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and balloon artist. Some activities in the children’s area require small fees.


THINGS TO DO R FREE Adulting 101 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 2 p.m. Explore resume building and how to make a good first impression on a job interview.

R FREE Adventures in Agriculture

615-898-7710 adventuresinag.com All ages. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Farmers offer education on local agriculture, and there will also be live animal exhibits, food displays, gardening info, a fishing rodeo, games and more.

R Boro

Adventure Fest

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Walter Hill Recreation Area, 5636 Lebanon Road, Murfreesboro. 12 - 4 p.m. $10 in advance, $20 day of event. Live music, vendors, outdoor skills classes, a kids’ zone, rock climbing, food trucks and more.

S Breakfast

with the Bunny

615-822-5550 godwhy.com

All ages. GodWhy Church, 100 GodWhy Court, Hendersonville. 8 - 11 a.m. $5. Pancakes, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt and more.

N Cha! Cha!’s

Egg-cellent Easter Adventure

615-502-3022 rainforestcafe.com

All ages. Rainforest Cafe, 353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 8 - 10 a.m. $20.88 adults, $14.09 ages 4 - 10, free ages 3 & younger. A breakfast buffet with a waffle and omelet bar, plus egg hunts and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

N Dogs & Dogwoods (Register)

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $22 adults, $15 ages 3 - 17. Bring

your furry family member for a day of fun including pup photo booths, live music, food trucks and more.

N FREE Easter

Bunny & Friends

615-773-2298 shopprovidencemarketplace.com All ages. Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet. 9 - 11 a.m. Putt-putt golf, a balloon artist, oversized yard games, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and superhero and princess characters.

W Easter Bunny

Meet, Greet & Treat (Register)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 9 - 10 a.m. $14.50. Enjoy breakfast treats and meet the Easter Bunny for a photo op.

W FREE Easter

Egg-stravaganza

615-905-4160 purplebutterflykids.com

Ages 8 & younger. The Purple Butterfly, 142 Second Ave. S., Franklin. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pet a live alpaca and hold live bunnies. Meet Alice and The Mad Hatter, make Easter crafts and participate in an egg hunt.

N FREE Easter

Helicopter Egg Drop

615-758-6522 connectchurchtn.com/eggdrop2019 All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Connect Church hosts this event featuring inflatables, age-specific egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, live music and more.

S FREE Easter Hop

866-704-3000 streetsofindianlake.com Ages 9 & younger. Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. C-100, Hendersonville. 1 - 3 p.m. Spring and Easter-themed games and activities, photos with the Easter Bunny ($5) and Dennis Scott’s “Just Imagine” interactive music show (1:30 & 3 p.m.).

R FREE Family

while watching demonstrators and artists, enjoy live music and more.

a.m. - 12 p.m. Meet the Easter Bunny and participate in three age-specific egg hunts.

615-459-9742 townofsmyrna.org

N FREE iSpy:

R FREE Little Green

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615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn what you should include in your backpack for a safe, fun adventure.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Decorate a flower pot to plant seeds in to take home and watch grow.

W FREE JC Penney

N FREE Mr. Bond

Campfire (Register)

All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna. 6 - 8:30 p.m. Gather ‘round the campfire for games, music and s’mores.

FREE Fifth Annual Autism Awareness Event cheathamcountykids.com

All ages. Sycamore High School, 1021 Old Clarksville Pike, Pleasant View. 12 - 5 p.m. Cheatham County Kids hosts this event raising autism awareness. Enjoy games, face painting, inflatables, live entertainment, a silent auction and more.

N Gardening Class 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Grassmere Historic Farm Gardens at Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. Learn plant identification.

N Gnu Tales

615-745-1009 thirdcoastcomedy.club All ages. Third Coast Comedy, 1310 Clinton St., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10 for the whole family. This improv comedy show for kids includes lots of audience participation.

W FREE Golden Gallop Parade

615-371-0060 brentwoodtn50.com All ages. Starts at Tractor Supply Company, 5401 Virginia Way, Brentwood. 2 p.m. The City of Brentwood celebrates its 50th year with a community parade through Maryland Farms with the theme “Show Us What Makes Brentwood Golden.” The parade includes marching bands, floats, horses, cars and more. To enter the parade, submit application at the website by April 1.

S FREE Heritage Day 615-859-3678 visitgoodlettsville.com

All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Experience frontier life

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My Hiking Backpack

Kids’ Zone

615-771-7743 coolspringsgalleria.com All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 10 a.m. Create a Marvel Avengers superhero craft.

N Junior Chef

Class: Easter Egg Decorating (Register)

615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. $20. Use a new Easter egg decorating kit (that you get to keep) to create Easter egg masterpieces.

N FREE Kids’

Easter Crafting

615-514-5200 basspro.com

All ages. Bass Pro Shop, 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 12 - 5 p.m. Decorate an Easter wreath.

N FREE Kidsville

Honey Bunny Festival

615-862-8480 kidsvilleonline.org

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This spring festival features a bunny petting zoo, bee learning lab, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, an appearance by Elmo, crafts, family yoga sessions, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum instrument petting zoo and more.

Thumbs (Register)

and the Science Guys (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 - 11 a.m. Enjoy a morning of science experiments.

N FREE Nashville Ballet Storytime: Romeo & Juliet

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

Ages 3 - 5. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville. 10:15 a.m. This interactive story introduces kids to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from different counties and how music styles influence a story.

R Nashville

Bunny & Brew Adult Easter Egg Hunt (Register)

615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com

Ages 21+. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. $55 ($30 designated drivers). Live music, games, craft beer, hard cider and egg hunts with more than $3,500 in cash and prizes, including 40-inch HD Smart LED TVs, Bose bluetooth speakers, Fitbit watches and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits Tucker’s House.

N FREE Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt

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Ages 12 & younger. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. 10:30

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THINGS TO DO N FREE Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org All ages. Public Square Park, 350 Deaderick St., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This celebration of spring and Japanese culture includes live music, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, cosplay contests, children’s activities and food. New this year is the expanded anime-themed J-Funland featuring regional vendors and artists.

N FREE Nashville Exotic Pet Expo

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N Second Saturday 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12, $9 planetarium show ($5 each additional show). Explore more than 175 hands-on exhibitions before, during and after the lineup or live shows, documentary-style full-dome features and laser shows.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

615-833-1500 oslanashville.org

All ages. Our Savior Lutheran Academy, 5110 Franklin Pike, Nashville. 9 a.m. Search for eggs, play games, make crafts, meet the Easter Bunny and more.

N Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash

901-274-2202 puritydairypuredash.racesonline.com All ages. Metro Center, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 8 a.m. $20 - $55. Participate in a 5K, 10K, 15K or one-mile fun run to raise money for Special Olympics Tennessee.

N Rites of Spring Music Festival

See Friday, April 12.

Fourth

ADVENTURES IN AGRICULTURE invites kids to interact with farm animals. It’s Saturday, April 13 at Lane Agri-Park in Murfreesboro.

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

W Wildflower Hike

N Dogs & Dogwoods

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $50. Learn to make breakfast potato hash, cheesy scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, chocolate pancakes and more.

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

See Saturday, April 13.

Science Spectacular (Register)

N FREE OSLA

N Tchaikovsky’s

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Giveaway Saturday & A Pickin’ Party

N Nashville All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $60. Versus Memphis 901 FC.

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 11 - 11:30 a.m. Ten-year-old author Jada Scott from Murfreesboro reads from her book about an adventurous journey through the solar system.

N FREE Seed

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Participate in a seed swap while enjoying music. Bring an instrument to play along.

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com

ets: The Night Problem

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

See Thursday, April 11.

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the world of exotics, including snakes, birds, lizards, amphibians, arachnids, mammals and more.

SC Soccer

N FREE Talking Plan-

N Sixth Annual 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 a.m. Donations will be taken at the door to benefit the center’s free programming throughout the year. Mr. Bond’s Science Guys present hands-on science demonstrations.

R FREE Smyrna Easter Egg Hunt

615-459-9773 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Lee Victory Recreation Park, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. Search for hidden eggs, get a photo with the Easter Bunny and enjoy other activities.

N FREE South-

east Nashville Egg Hunt

southeasteaster.com

All ages. Southeast Nashville Commons, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Gather eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, play on inflatables, enjoy ice cream and more.

R The Best Brunch

Kids’ Class (Register)

N FREE Under the

Stars in Warner Park: Spring Star Party

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Observe the April night sky through telescopes with local astronomers.

R Underwater

Egg Hunt (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 2 - 9. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. $3. Dive in and gather eggs off the pool floor. Four sessions take place on the hour.

N FREE Water-

town Easter Egg Hunt

tbfonline.net

All ages. Three Forks Park, 8630 Sparta Pike, Watertown. 12 - 2:30 p.m. Games, agespecific egg hunts, a special needs egg hunt (11 a.m.), food and more.

(Register)

Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $12. Take in the spring colors on this hike.

R FREE Yoga at the Island

615-890-5333 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. Improve balance and flexibility while reducing stress in the outdoors.

R FREE Youth Magic Group

615-893-4131 rclstn.org

Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 9:30 a.m. The Middle Tennessee Magic Club leads this group where kids can learn magic tricks and illusions.

SUN 14 N Creative Zone: De-

sign Your Own Award

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Create your own award using art materials.

(Register)

R Easter

Egg Painting (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna. 1 - 3 p.m. $2. Create unique eggs for Easter.

W Egg Dive (Register)

615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com Age 0 - 5 code: 13878 Age 6 - 8 code: 13879 Age 9 - 12 code: 13880 Ages 12 & younger. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. Ages 0 - 5 at 4:30 p.m., ages 6 - 8 at 5 p.m., ages 9 - 12 at 5:30 p.m. $5. Dive into the indoor pool and splash around gathering eggs for prizes, then meet the Easter Bunny.

W FREE Fairview Easter Egg Hunt

615-799-9331 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 10 & younger. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview. 2 p.m. Bring a basket and gather eggs with prizes, then meet the Easter Bunny.

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LIBRARY STORYTIMES

THINGS TO DO DAVIDSON COUNTY Bellevue Public Library 720 Baugh Road, Nashville 615-862-5854 nashvillepubliclibary.org

• Mother Goose Moments: Mon 10:15 a.m. Ages 0 - 2 • Family Fun Time: Mon 6:30 p.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Adventure Club: Tue 4 p.m. Grades K - 4 • Books in Motion: Tue 10:15 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:15 a.m. Ages 3-5 • Crayon Kids: Thu 10:15 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Grow Baby: Fri 10:15 a.m. Ages 0 - 2 • Storyland Saturdays: Sat 10:15 a.m. Ages 3-5

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

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 • KidZone: Tue 4:30 p.m. All ages

Donelson Public Library 2315 Lebanon Pike, Nashville 615-862-5859 nashvillepubliclibary.org

NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S MAIN BRANCH downtown presents an interactive preschool storytime every Tuesday and Wednesday.

• Little Movers Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m. Ages 1 - 3 • Preschool Storytime: Mon 11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5

Goodlettsville Public Library 205 Rivergate Pkwy. Goodlettsville 615-862-5862 nashvillepubliclibary.org

East Branch Library 206 Gallatin Ave., Nashville 615-862-5860 nashvillepubliclibary.org

• Baby Ball Storytime: Wed 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 17 mos. • Toddler Time: Mon 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 mos - 3 • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5

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

Edgehill Branch Library 1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-862-5861 nashvillepubliclibary.org

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

• Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 5

Edmondson Pike Branch Library 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 615-880-3956 nashvillepubliclibary.org

• Bouncing Babies: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 2 • Family Night Storytime: Mon 6:30 p.m. Ages 0 - 5 • Little Listeners: Wed 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 5 • Once Upon a Storytime: Sat 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 5

• Toddler Tales: Mon 10:30 a.m. Ages 1 - 2 • Nightlight Storytime: 2nd/last Mon 6 p.m. Ages 3 - 7 • Sounds of Storytelling: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 0-4 • Little Learners: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Wee Wigglers: Thu 10:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 12 mos • Big Kids’ Club: Thu 4 p.m. Ages 5 - 9

Hadley Park Library 1039 28th Ave. N., Nashville 615-862-5865 nashvillepubliclibary.org

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 0-5

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• After-School Adventure Club: Thu 4:30 p.m. Grades K - 3 • Read, Play, Grow: Sat 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 7

Hermitage Public Library 3700 James Kay Lane, Nashville 615-880-3951 nashvillepubliclibary.org

• Baby & Me Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Ages 2 & younger • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 & 11 a.m. Ages 5 & younger • Starlight Storytime: 2nd/Fourth Mon 6:30 p.m. Ages 5 - 10

Inglewood Branch Library 4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 615-862-5866 nashvillepubliclibary.org • 0 • 2

Wonder Baby: Mon 10 & 11 a.m. Ages -2 Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages -5

Madison Branch Library 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville 615-862-5868 nashvillepubliclibary.org

• School-Ready Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m. Age 3 - 5 • Lapsit Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 mos - 3


THINGS TO DO Hendersonville Public Library 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville 615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville • Storytime: Tue - Wed 10 a.m. All ages • Itty Bitty Storytime: Thu 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 23 mos

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Bethesda Library 4905 Bethesda Road Thompson’s Station 615-790-1887 | wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com • Toddler Time: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 - 35 mos • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 4

Fairview Library 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-224-6087 | wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com • Preschool Storytime: Tue 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Thu 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 3

Leiper’s Fork Library 5333 Old Hwy. 96, Franklin 615-794-7015 | wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com Main Library 615 Church St., Nashville 615-862-5800 | nashvillepubliclibary.org

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

North Branch Library 1001 Monroe St., Nashville 615-862-5858 | nashvillepubliclibary.org • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 5

Old Hickory Branch Library 1010 Jones St., Old Hickory 615-862-5869 | nashvillepubliclibary.org • Family Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 5

Pruitt Branch Library 117 Charles E. Davis Blvd., Nashville 615-862-5985 | nashvillepubliclibary.org • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 4

Richland Park Branch Library 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 615-862-5870 | nashvillepubliclibary.org • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 6 • Baby & Me: Wed 10:30 a.m. & Thu 11:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 24 mos

Southeast Branch Library 5620 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 615-862-5871 | nashvillepubliclibary.org • Little Bookworms: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 5 • Babies & Books: Thu 10:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 3

Thompson Lane Branch Library 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville 615-862-5873 | nashvillepubliclibary.org • Family Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 6

RUTHERFORD COUNTY Linebaugh Public Library 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

• Storytime: Tue - Wed 10 a.m. All ages • Itty Bitty Storytime: Thu 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 23 mos

MGL Library 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-907-3429 | rclstn.org • Storytime: Fri 10 a.m. All ages

Smyrna Public Library 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna 615-459-4884 | rclstn.org

• Wiggle, Giggle & Read: Tue - Thu 10 a.m. All ages • Baby & Me: Fri 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 23 mos

SUMNER COUNTY Gallatin Public Library 123 E. Main St., Gallatin 615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 - 35 mos (call to register)

Main Library 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin 615-595-1243 | wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com • Toddler Time: Tue 10 & 11:15 a.m. Ages 18 mos - 3 • Preschool Storytime: Wed - Thu 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Snuggle Bug Club: Fri 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 18 mos

Nolensville Library 915 Oldham Drive, Nolensville 615-776-5490 | wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 6 • Toddler Time: Thu 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 mos - 3

WILSON COUNTY Lebanon Library 108 S. Hatton Ave., Lebanon 615-444-0632 | lebanonlibrary.net • Storytime: Tue 10 a.m. All ages • Lapsit Storytime: Thu 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 2

Mt. Juliet Library 2765 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 615-758-7051 | youseemore.com/mtjuliet • Storytime: Tue - Wed 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 • Circletime: Thu 9:30 a.m. Ages 0 - 2

• Storytime: Thu 5 p.m. & Fri 10:30 a.m. All ages • Wiggler’s Storytime: Wed 9:45 a.m. Ages 0 - 2.5

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THINGS TO DO ages 0 - 4, ages 5 - 8 and ages 9 - 12. Then, snap pics with Peter Cottontail.

N FREE Nashville

N FREE Sylvan Park

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

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Ages 3 - 5. Richland Park Library, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. 10:30 a.m. This interactive story introduces kids to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from different countries and how music styles influence a story.

Puppy Play Day

All ages. Richland Park, 4711 Charlotte Pike, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Local vendors, hot dogs, dog treats, a puppy photo booth, barks and crafts, kids’ activities and more.

Ballet Storytime: Romeo & Juliet

W Teatime with

Blaire Wilson (Register)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php

THE GOODDOG FESTIVAL & EGG HUNT features canine contests and Easter festivities at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville on Wednesday, April 17.

R German Food

Favorites Family Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. $65 adults, $50 ages 16 & younger. Make traditional recipes like schnitzel, sweet and sour red cabbage, apple strudel and spaetzie.

N FREE Kids’

Easter Crafting

615-514-5200 basspro.com

All ages. Bass Pro Shop, 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 12 - 4 p.m. Decorate an Easter wreath.

N FREE LEGO Club 615-862-5854 library.nashville.org

Ages 4+. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville. 3 - 4 p.m. Imagine, think and build something awesome with LEGO blocks.

R FREE MTSU

Panhellenic Easter Egg Hunt

615-898-2300 mtsu.edu

Ages 12 & younger. MTSU, 1301 E. Main S., Murfreesboro. 2 - 4 p.m. Bring baskets and have fun gathering eggs. Located on the MTSU President’s

Lawn (park in the Parking Services Lot on East Main).

N FREE Nashville

Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd, Franklin. 12 - 3:30 p.m. $15. Inspired by the 2019 American Girl of the Year, enjoy savory delights, sweet treats and social time.

W FREE Tennessee Vintage Baseball

Exotic Pet Expo

931-486-9037 tennesseevintagebaseball.com

N FREE Rising Star

All ages. Rippavilla Plantation, 5700 Main St., Spring Hill. 12 p.m. Maroons vs Quicksteps followed by Farriers vs. Phoenix.

See Saturday, April 13.

Choir Spring Concert

615-390-3207 risingstarchoirnashville@ gmail.com

All ages. W.O. Smith Music School, 1125 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville. 2:30 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of music by Belmont University’s choir comprising children with Autism and other special needs.

N FREE Spring

Hop Easter Festival

615-724-1600 fontanel.com

All ages. Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Local vendors, live music, food and drink, an Easter egg hunt, photos with the bunny and more.

S FREE Spring

SpEGGtacular Egg Hunt

615-851-2200 goodlettsvilleparks.com

Ages 12 & younger. MossWright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 2 p.m. Children will be split into three age categories for the egg hunt:

MON 15 W Bunny Hop (Register)

615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13883 Ages 3 - 5. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. 10 11 a.m. $4 ($2 each additional child). Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy Easter-themed activities and play carnival-style games.

W Bunny Love

Buttercream Cake Class (Register)

629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

Ages 8+. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 4 5:30 p.m. $50. Learn to work with buttercream, gumpaste and fondant to create a gold accented bunny cake.

TUE 16 R Father Daughter Night (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 5 - 8 p.m. $50 per person. Dads and their girls can make chopped salad with ranch, mini meatloafs, cheesy mashed potatoes, green beans and individual banana cream pies.

R Homeschool P.E.: Life-Size Pac-Man (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna. 9 & 10:30 a.m. $2. Play a life-size game of Pac-Man along with other arcade-themed games.

N Learn to Ice

Skate (Register)

615-928-7977 nashvilleiceskate.com

Ages 3+. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville. April 16 - June 1. Choose Tue/ Thu 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. or Sat 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. $155 for seven classes, $275 all classes (includes skate rental). Nashville Skating Academy hosts this iceskating class for those interested in figure skating or hockey.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

R Preschool

Program: Color and Temperature (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Learn how color affects the temperature of an object.

S FREE Spring Fling 615-822-3898 hvilletn.org

All ages. Hendersonville City Hall, 101 Maple Drive N., Hendersonville. 3 - 5 p.m. Play games and bring basket to fill with candy and prizes. Various characters will be on site for photo ops.

WED 17 N Dream Theater 615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $39.50 - $49.50. A night of hard rock music.

W

FREE Eggstravaganza (Register)

wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13882

Ages 3 - 6. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 10 a.m. Search for Easter eggs and meet the Easter Bunny.

S FREE Good-

DOG Festival & Egg Hunt

615-851-2200 goodlettsvilleparks.com

All ages. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Bring your furry friends and a basket to hunt for treat-filled eggs at Fenway Dog Park. The event includes educational presentations, dog adoptions, vendors, the Top Dog contest, Easter Bunny photos and more.

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Round Rock Express.

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W Grandparent & Me Art Class (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13778 Ages 3 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $15 per grandparent/child pair. Create a spring-themed work of art.

S Homeschool

Class: Dye & Stamp (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Learn about dying wool and 18th century fabric stamping.

W FREE Kids’ Hour with Ginger Sands

615-550-5660 wholefoodsmarket.com/ stores/mcewen

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

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Round Rock Express.

W FREE Brent-

wood Easter Egg Hunt

615-371-0090, ext. 8380 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 12 & younger. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4 - 5 p.m. Search for prize-filled eggs, take photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in a jelly bean guessing game, enjoy face painting and more.

R FREE Happy Easter Children’s Eggstravaganza

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Easter crafting, face painting, an egg hunt and more.

N Meet the

Astronomer (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood. 7 - 9 p.m. $6.27. A local astronomer discusses a current topic of interest.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Round Rock Express.

R FREE Teddy

S Pioneer Pals:

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615-859-3678 visitgoodlettsville.com

Bear Picnic

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Bring your favorite teddy bear for stories, songs, games and a picnic lunch.

THU 18 S Bowen Buddies:

Earth Day (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 6 - 7. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Learn about recycling.

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THINGS TO DO

Dinosaurs (Register)

N BEN FOLDS WITH NASHVILLE BALLET

April 26 - 28 | Ages 10+ 615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com

Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $35 - $98. Ben Folds and the Nashville Symphony provide the musical backdrop for Nashville Ballet’s Modern Masters series showcase.

N BEDTIME STORIES (AS TOLD BY OUR DAD) (WHO MESSED THEM UP) April 5 - 14 | Ages 10+ 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 youth. It’s Dad’s turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on thedetails, the classics get creative.

R THE CURIOUS SAVAGE Thru April 14 | Ages 4+ 615-852-8499 springhousetheatre.com

Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children. Recently widowed by her millionaire husband, Ethel P. Savage is left in control of the money, and she wants to use it to make people happy. Her adult stepchildren, however, declare her incompetent.

S THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB

Thru April 14 | Ages 10+ 615-826-6037 | hpactn.com

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. Five Southern women — whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team — set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.

N GROUNDED

April 5 - 7 | Ages 12+ 615-306-6183 thebarbershoptheater.com

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Explore the world of dinosaurs while learning the letter D and number 7.

Barbershop Theater, 4003 Indiana Ave., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $15. This one-woman play confronts the psychology of modern warfare when the lines between military and motherhood are blurred.

W FREE Pizza

N HELLO, DOLLY!

& Pages

April 30 - May 5 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/departments/library

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 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $45 - $90. Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars as everyone’s favorite meddler in this smash musical comedy.

Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza and a book activity.

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R HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.

April 26 - May 5 | All ages 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Perform Murfreesboro at The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $7.50 adults, $6 youth. A high school jock and a brainy girl cause upheaval when they decide to audition for the school musical.

N JACK AND THE GIANT April 5 - 20 | All ages act1online.com

Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15. This family musical adaptation of the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk tale comes with a new twist with pantomime elements.

N THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA April 5 - 20 | Ages 12+ 615-554-7414 St.theatrecompany.org

St. Theatre Company, 1120 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students. This musical set in 1953 Italy focuses on a chance encounter that blossoms into romance before the revelation of a secret.

N LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER

April 25 - May 18 | Ages 10+ 615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 & 7:30 p.m., Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. A journey into true stories about motherhood.

N MINNIE PEARL: ALL THE NEWS FROM GRINDER’S SWITCH April 4 - 14 | All ages

615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 & 7:30 p.m., Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. This musical tribute pays homage to Minnie Pearl and the rest of the Opry gang.

R THE NERD

Thru April 13 | Ages 12+ 615-563-2787 | artscenterofcc.com

Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. Larry Shue’s comedy about an actor who poses as a Vietnam hero in order to make a young architect understand real priorities.

R THE PILLOWMAN

April 5 - 14 | Ages 12+ 615-893-9825 | mltarts.com

HELLO, DOLLY! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley comes to TPAC April 30 - May 5. freesboro. Thu - Sun 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students. A fiction writer living in a police state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.

N ROCK OF AGES

April 12 - 13 | Ages 16+ 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m. $30 - $65. This 10th anniversary tour captures the iconic era of 1980s Hollywood featuring the music of Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake. Contains adult themes.

N SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Thru April 13 | Ages 14+ 615-782-4040 | nashvillerep.org

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. $52.50. Broke and indebted to two demanding producers, writer’s block torments the struggling young playwright William Shakespeare until he meets the daughter of a wealthy merchant.

W STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Thru April 13 | Ages 10+ 615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com

Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. Revolving around Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, this is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there.

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Mur-

N TALES OF HOFFMAN

April 4 & 6 | All ages 615-782-4040 | nashvilleopera.org

Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m. $26 - $99. A poet’s exhaustive search for the perfect woman.

N TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY April 25 - May 19 | All ages 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m., then Sat - Sun 2 p.m. (no Sunday show April 28), plus Wednesday, May 8 at 1 p.m. $21 adults, $16 children. This bilingual production follows the son of migrant farm workers as he discovers a surprising world of possibility inside his local library.

W THE WIZARD OF OZ

April 25 & 27 | All ages academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com

Backlight Productions in partnership with Studio Tenn at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu 7 p.m., Sat 1 p.m. $13 - $18. Join Dorothy on her adventure to the magical Land of Oz. The production features eight professional actors alongside adults and children with special needs.

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THINGS TO DO R Breakfast

N Family Program:

N Under the

615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

See Thursday, April 18.

All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville. Fri - Sat 9 & 10 a.m. $35.99 adults, $26.99 ages 2 - 12. A breakfast buffet, Easter bunny photo ops, baby farm animal visits, crafts and a souvenir gift for each child.

Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Learn the history of the fiddle along with beginning player techniques.

with the Easter Bunny (Register)

N Chris Tomlin

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $36. A night of contemporary Christian music.

BOOSTER, the Nashville Sounds’ mascot, enjoys posing for pics with kids. There are 14 home games this month, starting Thursday, April 4.

R Preschool Egg Hunt (Register)

615-893-8386 bounceu.com/murfreesboro-tn Ages 7 & younger. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $11.95. Bring a basket and search for hidden eggs.

N Under the

Streetlamp with the Nashville Symphony

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $30 - $100. A night of doo-wop, Motown and old-time rock ‘n’ roll hits.

W You + Me Paint Night (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13785 Ages 5 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 6 - 8 p.m. $25. Adult and child pairs will paint a pair of canvases that fit together to create one work of art.

FRI 19

N 27th Annual

Spring Art Hop (Register)

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $24 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. Age-specific egg hunts, storytimes with local authors, live performances, art activities, garden games, food trucks and more.

W Blaire’s Cookie Decorating

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 4 - 6 p.m. $10. Decorate cookies in the shapes of flowers, chicks and pigs.

R BounceU

Easter Egg Hunt (Register)

615-893-8386 bounceu.com/murfreesboro-tn

N FREE Earth Day

Weekend Full Moon Hike & Campfire (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Beginner Fiddle Workshop

N FREE Kids’

Easter Crafting

615-514-5200 basspro.com

All ages. Bass Pro Shop, 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 3 - 7 p.m. Create a hanging bunny craft.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 8 - 9:30 p.m. Embark on a hike under the light of the full moon, then enjoy s’mores around the campfire.

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the San Antonio Missions.

N FREE Fabulous

See Thursday, April 18.

Frogs of Shelby Bottoms (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 - 11 a.m. Embark on a frog walk while learning what amphibians do for the ecosystem.

R Family Class:

Let’s Make Easter Candy (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 4 - 6 p.m. $65 per person. Learn to make marshmallow peeps and bunnies, chocolate-covered vanilla eggs, white chocolate-covered coconut eggs and peanut butter eggs.

All ages. BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro. Fri 1 - 3 p.m. & 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Sat 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. $11.95. Bring baskets and search for hidden eggs.

nashvilleparent.com

Streetlamp with the Nashville Symphony

SAT 20

N 27th Annual

Spring Art Hop (Register)

See Friday, April 19.

R FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, April 13.

R Barn Dance 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 6 - 10 p.m. $20 adults, $10 children. Live music, food, drinks and dancing to country and bluegrass music in the barn.

N FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social

See Saturday, April 13.

R Preschool Egg N FREE Birding at Hunt (Register) N FREE Special

Needs Easter Egg Hunt (Register)

615-758-5358 achurchforyou.org/egghunt

All ages. Friendship Community Church, 15285 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory. 1 - 3 p.m. This egg hunt is for children with any kind of special needs and their siblings, including a separate hunt for children in wheelchairs. The fun includes inflatables, a petting zoo, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, games and more.

R Spring Festi-

val & Easter Egg Hunt

615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com

All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville. Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $13.99 adults, $11.99 ages 2 - 12. A day of games, egg hunts, crafts, baby farm animals, Easter Bunny visits, playground attractions and more.

Shelby Park (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 10+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 7 - 9 a.m. Search for migratory birds that frequent upland forest and spring-fed lake.

R BounceU

Easter Egg Hunt (Register)

See Friday, April 19.

R Breakfast

with the Easter Bunny (Register)

See Friday, April 19.

W Cedarmont

Easter Egg Hunt

615-682-1815 cedarmontfarm.com

All ages. Cedarmont Farm, 2030 Cedarmont Drive, Franklin. 1 p.m. $5 ages 2 & older. Bring baskets for age-specific egg hunts, snap a pic with the Easter Bunny and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.

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THINGS TO DO S FREE Earth

Day Celebration

615-425-3706 tnstateparks.com/parks/ bledsoe-creek All ages. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Explore the trails and scenic waterways along with participating in special Earth Day activities.

N FREE East

Nashville EGGstravaganza

615-255-1289 nfcn.org

All ages. East Park, 700 Woodland St., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nashville First Church of the Nazarene hosts egg hunts, hot dogs, live entertainment and more family fun.

Hermitage. 9:30 - 11 a.m. & 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. $6 adults, $12 ages 10 & younger. More than 5,000 eggs with toys and treats are waiting to be found. Kids can take pics with the Easter Bunny, enjoy arts and crafts, play 19th century games and more. New this year: kids can participate in a presidential Easter egg roll across the front lawn.

N FREE Kids’

Easter Crafting

615-862-8480 nashvilleearthday.org

All ages. Bass Pro Shop, 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 12 - 5 p.m. Construct a standing Easter Bunny.

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. A green market, Kidsville fun, children’s educational activities, recycling and household good disposal, and live music featuring the Sam Bush Band and The Rock & Roll Playhouse kids’ music program.

R FREE Mur-

freesboro Citywide Easter Egg Hunt

615-890-5333 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Richard Siegel Community Park, 515 Cherry Lane, Murfreesboro. 1 p.m. Hunt for eggs then exchange them for prizes at the EGG-change booth. Visit the Easter Bunny and play carnival-style games.

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Discover the wildflowers lurking behind weeds.

Earth Day Festival

615-514-5200 basspro.com

N FREE iSpy:

Weedy Wildflowers

N FREE Nashville

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nash-

Hot HAPPENIN’

N Easter Bunny Excursion Train

615-244-9001 | tcry.org

All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. $21 - $85. Ride the rails to Watertown with Peter Cottontail. There will be age-specific Easter egg hunts during the layover.

Movie Day

615-893-4131 rclstn.org

Eggstravaganzoo Saturday, April 20

W FREE Franklin

Easter Egg Hunts

Ages 10 & younger. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane,

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N Once Upon a

Time: A Symphonic Fairytale

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 11 a.m. $15 - $31. This Nashville Symphony sensory-friendly Family Series concert explores the world of fairytale adventures. Arrive an hour early for free activities in the building.

W Riverbend

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Enjoy a family-friendly movie screening.

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

Ages 2 - 10. Bass Pro Shop, 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 1:30 p.m. Bring a basket and search for hidden eggs throughout the store.

All ages. Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Ave., Nashville. 7:30 a.m. $40 in advance, $45 day of adults; $10 kids. Runners and walkers can embark on a five-mile course through sections of the historic Sylvan Park neighborhood and Richland Park Greenway. There’s also the Dinky Dash half-mile fun run for ages 12 & younger. Benefits Greenways for Nashville.

R FREE Family

N Hermitage

615-514-5200 basspro.com

Creek Run

See Saturday, April 13.

Ages 12 & younger. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Learn to play chess or take your skills to the next level.

Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt

richlandcreekrun.com

Meet, Greet & Treat (Register)

Jr. Chess Club

N FREE Old-

N Richland

W Easter Bunny

615-786-0186 academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com

ville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the San Antonio Missions.

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It’s Middle Tennessee’s biggest Easter outing for kids.

n addition to 10 age-specific egg hunts on the Festival Field, there’s a special zoo-wide hunt for golden eggs. Eggstravaganzoo also features spring-themed games, inflatables, face painting and special appearances by the Easter Bunny and Nashville Zoo mascot Twiga. Eggstravaganzoo is free with gate admission — $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. There’s also Eggstavaganzoo Early Risers for those who want to beat the

crowds. You’ll get early access at 8 a.m. with an egg hunt; free rides on the zipline, carousel and train; children’s crafts; a grab-and-go breakfast; and photos with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $20 members, $38 non-members, free ages 23 months and younger. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. Call 615833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo. org.

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Kids’ Club

615-468-2008 riverbendnurseries.com All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin. 10 - 11 a.m. $5. Participate in hands-on gardening activities.

N Sensory-

Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $6 adults, $12 kids. All those on the autism spectrum or with any other special need can hunt eggs, take pics with the Easter Bunny, play lawn games, decorate cookies and more.


THINGS TO DO R Smyrna Earth Day Celebration

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Live animal shows, climbing rooms, princess characters and interactive learning on how to keep our planet safe.

R Soap Making

Workshop (Register)

N Under the

Streetlamp with the Nashville Symphony

See Thursday, April 18.

N FREE Wild Food Display (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn about wild edibles and how to prepare them.

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

W Wildflower Hike

Ages 12+. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 11 a.m. $25. Learn soap history while learning to sculpt your own soap flowers.

See Saturday, April 13.

R Spring

Festival & Easter Egg Hunt

See Friday, April 19.

(Register)

N FREE You’re

Making Me “Jelly” (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 10+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2 - 3 p.m. Learn to make jelly with wild violets harvested around the park.

N FREE Young

Birder’s 4-H Club (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 10 - 18. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. This meeting is for youth interested in taking their appreciation for birds to the next level.

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MON 22

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 2:05 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the San Antonio Missions.

Sounds Baseball

R Earth Day

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the San Antonio Missions.

Celebration

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. $8 ages 2+. Participate in Earth science experiment, explore the Murfree Spring Wetland, meet native Tennessee animals and more.

N Earth Day

HAPPY EASTER! N Nashville Sounds Baseball

N Nashville

Paddle: Kayak & Canoe (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 12+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 4 p.m. $25. Enjoy an afternoon float on a local waterway. Suitable for beginners. Transportation, boat, life jackets included.

TUE 23 R Homeschool

Program: Kitchen Chemistry (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Tue - Wed 9 a.m. 12 p.m. $5. A chemistry lesson about acidity and how it affects us.

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THINGS TO DO R Preschool

Program: The Lorax (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2 - $2. Celebrate our Earth with the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax.

R FREE Wilderness

Awareness Workshop

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Tue & Fri 6 p.m., Sat 3 p.m. Learn campground etiquette and “Leave No Trace” outdoor ethics. This workshop is mandatory prior to camping the park.

WED 24 N Homeschool

Program: All BOOKed Up!

615-356-0501 bellemeadeplantation.com

All ages. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10. Journey into children’s novels from the late 19th century — from Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables. Then play vintage card and parlor games.

R Homeschool

Program: Kitchen Chemistry (Register)

See Tuesday, April 23.

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

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

N FREE Nashville

610 Gallatin Pike S., Madison. 10:30 a.m. This interactive story introduces kids to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from different counties and how music styles influence a story.

THU 25 S Bowen Buddies: Butterfly Magic (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com Ages 6 - 7. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies.

N FREE NFL Draft Experience

nfl.com/draftexperience All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. Thu - Fri 12 - 10 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. This family-friendly football festival includes interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, autograph sessions with current NFL players and NFL legends, and more.

R Night at the

Movies: The Sequel

615-898-1862 murfreesborosymphony.com All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro. 7 - 9 p.m. $15 - $40. The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of movie music.

N Party

for the Planet

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $17 adults, $12 ages 2 - 12. Games and activities, special keeper talks and guests from local conservation organizations.

S Pioneer Pals:

Sharks (Register)

Ballet Storytime: Romeo & Juliet

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 3 - 5. Madison Library,

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2.

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

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Discover the world of sharks and other fun things at the beach while learning the letter S and number 9.

Enjoy a professional rodeo event benefiting local charities.

R FREE Wilderness

Awareness Workshop

N FREE St. Jude

See Tuesday, April 23.

runrockandroll.com/nashville

W You + Me Paint

Rock ‘n’ Roll Expo

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

FRI 26

Night (Register)

615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13918 Ages 5 - 12. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 6 - 8 p.m. $25 per adult/child pair. Adult and child pairs will paint a pair of canvases that fit together to create one work of art.

N Make & Model:

SAT 27

615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org

W FREE 36th Annual

Ages 3 - 5. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville. 10:30 - 11 a.m. free with gate ($12 adults, $3 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 & younger). Discover an exhibit filled with strange vehicles while learning the importance of ideas, then create a vehicle craft.

williamsonheritage.org

Eureka! What’s an Idea? (Register)

W FREE Movie in the Park

615-791-3217 franklintn.gov/parks All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin. 8 p.m. An outdoor screening of Incredibles 2.

Main Street Festival

All ages. Historic Downtown Franklin, 106 3rd Ave N., Franklin. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. More than 200 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. New this year: a Hands-On History Classroom and the Little Miss & Mister Main Street Pageant (Saturday).

R FREE Arts in April 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

N FREE NFL Draft

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Experience different cultures through music, dance and art.

See Thursday, April 25.

N FREE Bird

Experience

Celebration

N FREE St. Jude

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

See Thursday, April 25.

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Have fun discovering and learning about our feathered friends.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Expo

W WellieWishers

Friendship Tea Party (Register)

See Friday, April 12.

N Whip

Crackin’ Rodeo

whipcrackinrodeo.com All ages. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 East Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. Fri - Sat 7 p.m. $10 advance/$15 gate adults, $8 advance/$10 gate children, free ages 4 & younger.

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N FREE ENDADA Music and Arts Festival

615-298-5514 endada.org

All ages. Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. A day of professional artists, live music, spoken word, theater, visual arts and food. This year, children can explore instruments with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s musical instrument petting zoo.

R Family

Campout (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 4 p.m. $10 adults, $5 age 5 - 12, free ages 4 & younger. Enjoy an overnight campout in a tent and enjoy guided night hikes, children’s activities and games, campfire fun and music. Equipment available upon request. Prior attendance to a Wilderness Awareness Workshop is required.

S FREE Gallatin

Square Fest & Classic Car Show

downtowngallatin.com

All ages. Historic Downtown Gallatin, 146 N. Water Ave., Gallatin. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. More than 170 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a car show and children’s activities.

N Gardening Class 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Grassmere Historic Farm Gardens at Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. Learn about culinary and medicinal herbs.

N Hermitage Yappy Hour

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 4 - 8 p.m. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Bring your dog to explore the ground and gardens, then play in the fenced-in dog park and splash pools. Canine photo packages are available to purchase, and there’s also


THINGS TO DO dog treats, food trucks, beer, live music and dog adoptions.

R Jr. Bakers: Cup-

cake Wars (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $50. Modeled after the Cupcake Wars TV show, kids will have access to a pantry full of ingredients to concoct their best cupcakes that will be judged for top prize.

N FREE Kidsville 615-862-8431 kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Learn how an archeologist finds and cares for mosaics and other treasures, then make your own puzzle mosaic.

1310 Clinton St., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10 for the whole family. This improv comedy show for kids includes lots of audience participation.

N FREE Spring

Fest in the Grove

615-547-6111 fiddlersgrove.org

All ages. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Local artisans and vendors, demonstrators (blacksmiths, woodcarvers, weavers), gardening talks, plant sales and more.

a.m. $58. This 5K race benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

and discuss Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.

N St. Jude Rock ‘n’

R Tell a Story Day!

runrockandroll.com/nashville

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Roll Marathon (Register)

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 7:15 a.m. $132 for the half, $142 for the full. Participate in a full or half marathon through downtown benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

R FREE Teen Book Club

N St. Jude Rock ‘n’

615-893-4131 rclstn.org

runrockandroll.com/nashville

Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 2 p.m. Read

Roll 5K (Register)

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 6:45

(Register)

Ages 5 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 3 p.m. $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Write and illustrate your own comic books.

N Whip

Crackin’ Rodeo

See Friday, April 26.

Playtime

Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com

All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. 7 p.m. $28. This night of music benefits the Middle Tennessee Area Professional Firefighters Association.

R FREE Wilderness

Awareness Workshop

See Tuesday, April 23.

N Yoga Under the Stars (Register)

Hot HAPPENIN’

S FREE LEGO

N Who’s Bad: The

615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 9 - 10:15 a.m. $17 members, $22 non-members. Enjoy a yoga session in the planetarium with NASA visualizations and 6.5 million stars on the dome.

SUN 28

All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Get creative while building with LEGO blocks.

W FREE 36th Annual Main Street Festival

See Saturday, April 27.

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N Autism

615-494-0407 facebook.com/MurfreesboroEarthDay

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

boro Earth Day

All ages. Murfreesboro Public Square, 20 N. Public Square, Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Live music, animal encounters, children’s activities, environmental education, food trucks and more.

R FREE NaturalistLed Wetland Hike

Awareness Day

Rutherford Parent’s Spring Kids Fest & Cannonsburgh’s Pioneer Days Saturday, April 27

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Nickajack Wetlands, Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro. 10 - 11 a.m. Join a naturalist for a morning of nature discovery.

N FREE NFL Draft Experience

See Thursday, April 25.

N Raccoon Log Ride 615-745-1009 thirdcoastcomedy.club

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A free day with lots of family fun!

elebrate spring with your kids during a full day of FREE fun with Rutherford Parent’s Spring Kids Fest & Cannonsburgh’s Pioneer Days. Located in the ’Boro’s Cannonsburgh Village (312 S. Front St.), kids can have fun bouncing on inflatables, meeting superhero char-

acters, riding the trackless train and stopping by the face-painting booth. There’s also local vendor booths, crafters, hayrides, old-time demonstrations, live music and more. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 615-256-2158 or visit nashvilleparent.com.

All ages. Third Coast Comedy,

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. $18 adults, $13 ages 2 - 12. Familyoriented animal experiences and sensory-friendly tours with close encounters with animals.

W FREE Community

Chorus Spring Concert

615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 3 p.m. An afternoon of ensemble melodies.

N Dressed to a Tea 615-832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org

All ages. Historic Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville. 2 - 4 p.m. $45. Explore attire from the 1780s - 1860s via a fashion show, exhibit and tea.

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THINGS TO DO R Spring Home-

school Extravaganza (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 12+ (grades 5 & higher). The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. $10. Choose up to four different environmental/outdoor education programs.

THE KIDS ROCK MARATHON takes place Sunday, April 28 at Nissan Stadium and is open to ages 5 - 12.

N Kids Rock

Marathon (Register)

runrockandroll.com/nashville Ages 5 - 12. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 1:30 p.m. $32. 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 them on.

N Picnic with the Library (Register)

615-862-5800 nplf.org/events/picnic

All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville. 4 - 7 p.m. $50 adults, $25 children. This fundraiser for Nashville Public Library’s children’s programming includes picnic-style food, drinks, puppet performances by Wishing Chair Productions, music, crafts, face painting, a photo booth and more.

W Teatime with

Blaire Wilson (Register)

See Sunday, April 14.

MON 29 N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

TUE 30 N 35 Years of

Friends: Celebrating the Music of Michael W. Smith

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $25 - $79.50. More than 35 artists present 35 numberone hits and the 35th anniversary of Smith’s signature song, “Friends.” Performers include Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Jars of Clay, Matthew West, MercyMe and more.

R Toddler Tuesday 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

Ages 1 - 4. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 10 - 11 a.m. $5 children, free for caregivers. Learn about life on the 19th century farm along with a bluebird program and craft activity.

N FREE Trombone World Tour

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 6 p.m. The Nashville Trombone Quartet presents music from France, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and United States.

R FREE Turtle Search

R Homeschool P.E.:

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 8+. Nickajack Wetlands, Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro. 3:30 p.m. Participate in a box turtle study by searching for the creatures and gathering data.

Field Day Relay (Register)

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 & 10:30 a.m. $2. Have fun with team relays.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 $37. Versus the Omaha Storm Chasers.

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

R Preschool

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 $37. Versus the Omaha Storm Chasers.

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Program: Fly Away With Me! (Register)

ONGOING EVENTS S FREE ABC

Club (Register)

615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl Age 4. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. Every Wed & Thu 11 a.m. This class for 4-year-olds starting kindergarten in the next school year can study a letter of the alphabet with worksheets and show-and-tell fun.

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Learn about planes, balloons and other things that fly.

N FREE Adventure Club

615-862-5854 library.nashville.org Grades K - 4. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville. Every Tue 4 p.m. Crafts, activities, special guests, movies and more.

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

615-566-5187 musiccityarchery.com

Ages 7+. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin. Every Wed 2:30 3:30 p.m. $20. Archery instruction with equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too.

W Brain Blast Trivia Night

615-790-2309 puckettsboathouse.com All ages. Puckett’s Boat House, 94 E. Main St., Franklin. Every Wed 6 - 8:30 p.m. $10 food and beverage minimum per participant. Put your pop-culture knowledge to the test during this trivia competition.

R Climbing Club

N Early Explorers 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. Every Monday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10.95 ages 6+, $4.95 ages 5 & younger, $2 planetarium show (discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:40 a.m.). Enjoy breakfast, see a planetarium show, listen to a story and play in the preschool area.

N FREE Frist

Architecture Tour

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. Every Sat 4:30 p.m. A guided tour of the museum’s landmark art deco building.

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

All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Every Tue, Fri & Sat plus Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. $45 - $110. Enjoy classic and current country artists.

615-459-9710

N FREE LEGO Mania

Ages 8+. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna. Every Thu 4:30 6 p.m. $7 adults $5 kids. Scale the climbing walls with games and challenges.

Ages 5 - 12. S.E. Branch Library, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch. Every Sat 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Have fun creating masterpieces from LEGO bricks.

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N FREE Crayon Kids 615-862-5854 library.nashville.org

Ages 3 - 5. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville. Every Thu 10:15 a.m. Join Ms. Katie Sue for crafty fun.

R FREE Critter

Encounter (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org miranda.pewitt@townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Every Wed 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Meet the center’s animals and enjoy interactive, nature-based activities.

615-862-5871 library.nashville.org

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

615-514-3474 aquariumrestaurants.com

Ages 8+. Aquarium Restaurant, 516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. Every Fri - Sat 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. $40. Go behind the scenes to learn about water chemistry, dissect a squid, observe a dive show and more.

R KidFIT:

Movers and Shakers (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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

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S FREE Music with

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl

Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Wed & Fri 11:05 - 11:45 a.m. $3. Run, jump and play while learning skills like balance, coordination, listening and taking turns.

Ages 3 - 5. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. Every Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Songs, music appreciation and learning through playing with musical instruments.

Shout (Register)

N FREE KidZone 615-862-5856 library.nashville.org

Ages 5 - 12. Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville. Every Tue 4:30 p.m. Crafts, games and activities.

R Mind-Blowing Matinee

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Tue - Fri 3:30 p.m. $8. Explore science through experiments and discovery.

W Mommy

& Me Movement

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 0 - 4. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Every Mon from 9:30 - 10 a.m. $8 adults, free for children. Moms, Dads and their little ones can enjoy movement activities.

N Music City BMX 615-361-5533 musiccitybmx.com

Ages 2+. Hamilton Creek Park, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville. Every Sun 2 - 5 p.m. $12 per racer, free for spectators. Girls and boys can participate in the thrill of bike racing in a three-lap race around a quarter-mile track. Little kids can use balance bikes and striders.

W FREE Music in the Vines

615-395-0102 arringtonvineyards.com All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington. Every Sat 4 - 8 p.m. & Sun 2 - 6 p.m. Live jazz in the pavilion and live bluegrass in the barn.

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N FREE Play and Learn

615-862-5863 library.nashville.org Ages 2 - 7. Green Hills Branch Library, 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville. Every Wed 3 - 6 p.m. & Sun 2 - 4 p.m. Drop in and play carefully selected games with your children.

R PPCC After-School Enrichment Program

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 8 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Mon - Fri 2:30 - 6 p.m. $3. Homework help, health and wellness lessons, visual and cultural arts, sports activities, character development and field trips.

R Snack Attack! 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Every Mon 3:30 p.m. $8. Make tasty snacks in the kitchen.

R SPARK!

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Mon - Tue 9 a.m. $2 plus $8 gate admission. Hear stories and enjoy related activities.

R FREE Strollercoasters

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Every Thu 9 - 10 a.m. Walk the greenway with your child, then stay and play at Kids’ Castle.

R Toddler Time with Thomas

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com,

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2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Fri 10 a.m. $3. Follow directions, work together and learn body part recognition.

N Tuesdays for Tots 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Ages 1 - 3. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Every Tue 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. Parent/ tot drop-in activities include art and garden fun. Activities change weekly.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

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

R Water Polo

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Tue 7 - 8:45 p.m. $4 adults, $3 youth. Enjoy a night of water polo in the indoor pool.

R Wild Things

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

R Youth

Volleyball Class

615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 8 - 15. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Thu 4:30 - 6 p.m. $3. Coaches give instruction on every aspect of the game.

W Youth Yoga 615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 8 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. Every Mon 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. $4. Learn mindful movement and meditation.

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The kids’ stick horse race is one of the highlights of the Iroquois Steeplechase in May.

>> Mark your calendars for these May happenings. 78TH ANNUAL IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE Saturday, May 11

Percy Warner Park, Nashville iroquoissteeplechase.org

78TH ANNUAL MIDDLE TENNESSEE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Saturday, May 11

Downtown Portland middletennesseestrawberryfestival. net

PJ MASKS LIVE! SAVE THE DAY Sunday, May 12

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville tpac.org

70TH FRANKLIN RODEO May 16 - 18

Williamson Ag Expo Park, Franklin franklinrodeo.com

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TENNESSEE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Weekends in May

RenFest Grounds, Arrington tnrenfest.com Celebrating 34 years in 2019, step into the medieval world of jousting knights, fair maidens, fairies and beyond. Ooh, and those giant, juicy turkey legs ... HUZZAH!


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Camps, Summer Programs and After-School Activities A Paid Advertising Directory

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 during our affordable week-long day camps. Exciting hands-on activities include working with farm animals plus other fun and educational outdoor interests like water play, wilderness exploration, recreational games, crafts, bb guns and archery range, pioneer lessons, pony rides and more! Lunch and morning snack included. Extended care available.

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

Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center 615-369-4546

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

Language South: El Pueblo Spanish Camp 5801 Champion Road, Chattanooga languagesouth.com

423-771-9137

Play games, sing songs, create art and more, all while engaging with the Spanish language at El Pueblo Spanish Camp, an overnight language immersion camp. While you can’t learn a language in a week, you can discover a passion and love for new languages and cultures that leads to a lifetime of learning. No matter how much Spanish they know, kids will be inspired by their success with Spanish at El Pueblo!

Providence Christian Academy

410 Dejarnett Lane, Murfreesboro providencechristian.com • camps@providencechristian.com

615-904-0902

We are an inter-denominational Pre-K – grade 12 school. Offering a classical education with a Christian worldview and parental involvement. As our mission statement says, “We are teaching students to seek God’s truth and equipping them with the tools for a lifetime of learning.” We are fully accredited by ACSI, the Association of Christian Schools International, and by AdvancED.

University School of Nashville Summer Camps 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville usn.org/summer

615-277-7377

Make USN Summer Camps your choice for an enriching experience. Led by faculty bringing their expertise and passion, camps offer diverse programming in sports, academics, arts, and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon sessions allow either whole or half-day experiences of fun and learning. Aftercare until 5 p.m.

ANIMALS/EQUESTRIAN Creekside Riding Academy and Stables 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin

615-595-7547

6331 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro lessonshra@gmail.com

615-556-7370

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

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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.

Tap Root Equestrian Program 905 Hickory Hills Drive, Franklin taprootfarm.com

615-594-3210

Children will learn about farm life… where real food comes from and how it grows. They will work with large and small animals, understanding what it takes and how to care for them. Campers will be a member of a farm family team in which they will have responsibilities. Camp is about young people taking an opportunity to get back in touch with themselves.

ARTS – DANCE Ann Carroll School of Dance

1121 Harpeth Industrial Court, 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 include ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and tumbling. Camp for ages 6 - 18 yrs. consist of dance, acting, and vocal performance. Call or visit our website for full details.

Artistic Elements Dance 7061 Moores Lane #400, Brentwood brentwoodclasses.com

615-472-9471

Dance into Summer with Williamson County’s world-class dance program! Whether your dancer is new to dance or ready to fine-tune their overall dance technique, we have a place for them. This year we are hosting five summer sessions with half- and full-day camp options for dancers ages 3 - 12. Our summer program gives campers the opportunity to study in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater and more.

The Dancer’s School

creeksideridingstables.com 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 animals gives riders confidence in many areas of life!

Harris Riding Academy

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington peachtreefarms.com • polly@peachtreefarms.com

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

615-907-1155

Excellence continues throughout the summer! Ages 3 - adult. All levels. Ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, lyrical, cheer dance, and our ever popular hip-hop classes with Mr. Jordan, plus Hippy Hop for Pre-K. There will be a special July Summer Intensive with a variety of guest teachers and staff. Noncompetitive studio with a well known legacy of excellence in training and performance.

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

615.790-7660

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

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Hermitage Dance Academy 3441 Lebanon Pike #130, Hermitage hermitagedance.com

615-231-7100

We offer more than just dance. Join our School’s Out after school care, Parent’s Day Out or Amped Family Fitness program. Something for everyone! Summer dance class and camp sessions run Jun. 3 - Jul. 26. Need all day summer care? Join our School’s Out Summer Care program from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Weekly field trips and organized outdoor activities, crafts, dance and more! Summer registration now open.

Spotlite Dance Studio

4075 Luke Ct., Murfreesboro spotlitedance.net • office@spotlitedance.net

615-459-5200

Come dance with us! Offering full-day, half-day and afternoon dance camps for ages 2 -18. Fun, new themes each week. Camp Disney (Jun. 24 - 28), Princess in Training (Jul. 8 - 12), Rhythm in the Reef (Jul. 15 -19) and Dino-Myte Dancers (Jul. 22 - 26). We will work on technique, tumble, play fun games, activities, crafts and more. Sign up on our website or give us a call!

ARTS – MUSIC Jan Williams School of Music and Theatre 500 Wilson Pike Cir., Ste. 104, Brentwood janwilliamsmusic.com

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Offering over a dozen different one-week, half-day music camps for children ages 6 - 17. Our camps are designed to familiarize young musicians with the joy of creating music with others. Camp themes are: Classic Rock Camp, Shred Camp, Girls that Rock, Acapella Singing, Zoom Percussion Camp, Garage Band 101, Intro to Music and Piano, Piano Ensemble, Intro to Song Writing, and more.

Mobile Music Academy

mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

222 5th Ave. S, Nashville countrymusichalloffame.org/songwritingcamp

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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 and Museum

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615-416-2001

artisticelementsdance.com

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

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

TECHNOLOGY PLAYGROUND FOR FUTURE INVENTORS

615-678-4739

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

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

615-254-9103

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

ARTS – VISUAL AR Workshop

330 Mayfield Dr. Ste. A-9 Franklin arworkshop.com/franklin 2022A Lindell Ave., Nashville arworkshop.com/nashville

615-285-4292 615-258-5569

Join us for creative and crafty Summer Art Camps! Each day is a new project. Camps are designed for girls and boys, ages 8 - 14. Participants will customize and make four DIY projects and a t-shirt over the course of the four day camp. Each camper will have the opportunity to customize their project with their choice of designer paint colors and non-toxic stains. Visit our website for calendar and to register.

Watkins College of Art

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

Inspire your child to do their own engineering exploration.

Robotics and STEM Summer Camp in Brentwood! Now Enrolling

✓ Build Academic Achievement ✓ Accelerate STEM Prep ✓ Technology, Robotic Fun ✓ Carnegie Mellon Certified Instructors

Robotics & Programming is easy & fun for ALL ages! (4+)

Schedule your free trial session today! Both half day and full day available. Call NOW to reserve your spot!

Learn how to make Lego robots! 615-277-7456

As the world becomes ever more dependent on creative minds, now is the time for your child to take on a creative challenge and develop those skills. Watkins Summer Camp participants learn to think and follow through on an idea, to accept and integrate feedback, and to see the world through more innovative and richer lenses. Best of all, they have terrific fun while they’re learning, growing, and creating. continued on page 69...

RobotiX Institute Franklin 1550 W McEwen Drive #300, Franklin

615-721-2650 contactus@rxiedu.com | www.rxiedu.com

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PRE-SCHOOL CAMP (ages 2-5)

JUNE 10th-13th JUNE 17th-20th JUNE 24th-27th MUSICAL THEATER CAMP

JUNE 17th-28th PERFORMING ARTS CAMP (ages 6 & up)

JULY 8th-12th JULY 15th-19th WORKSHOPS

JULY 22nd-26th www.anncarrollschoolofdance.com

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50+ camps in athletics, arts, and discovery for grades PS-12.

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Beyond Aquatics

236 Robert Rose Drive, Murfreesboro beyondaquatics.com

SPRING BREAK CAMPS!

615-962-9500

From physical therapy to personal training, from weight loss to HydroMassage, from pool parties to swim lessons, our heated therapy pools, motorized underwater treadmills and encouraging and positive staff make Beyond Aquatics an easy and affordable option for those who find it difficult, painful or just don’t like traditional gym workouts or land-based physical therapy exercises.

Boost Aquatics

11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville boostfitclub.com/aquatics

615-662-8989

Whether you’re new to swimming or training for general fitness or competition, we offer an array of pool programs designed for every age and skill level.

Boost Gymnastics

11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville boostfitclub.com

615-662-8989

Summer Camps Start in June! Native American Camp • Bookworms Camp Save the Day Superhero Camp Little Women Camp • Civil War Soldier Camp Time Travel Camp

615-921-2528

110 Leake Ave., Nashville

bellemeadeplantation.com

Boost Gymnastics offers theme-based co-ed kids camps throughout the year for ages 3 - 12. Our camps are not gymnastics focused but more of an active fun and fitness camp. Our camps have qualified instructors, small groups, games, crafts, swimming, inflatable obstacle courses, field house play and, of course, great gymnastics.

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

615-890-6755 615-893-6003

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

David Deaton Karate

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

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E.T.C. Gymnastics

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

HERMITAGE DANCE ACADEMY'S

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

SUMMER

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

DAY CAMPS &

DANCE

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.

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Mountain Bike Camp

Deep Well Trailhead, Percy Warner Park, Nashville 615-856-4772 campwarnerpark.com/mountain-bike-camp • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

Is your camper ready to hit the trail? Our camp is a great way to enjoy nature and improve skills. Qualified instructors teach bike maintenance, set-up and riding techniques. The day includes classroom sessions, skill assessments, drill practice, hands-on bike work, trail rides and classic camp activities. Campers must provide their own bike, helmet and required safety gear. For ages 11 - 17, all experience levels.

Music City Archery

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

TAP ROOT FARM EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM

615-566-5187

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

Music City Indoor Karting

CAMP IS BIG TIME FUN! • HORSEBACK RIDING • EQUINE GROOMING & CARE

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

615-242-3275

• OBSTACLE COURSE RIDING • FISHING & GARDENING

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

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood mygym.com/brentwood

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Limited Space, Sign Up Today!

615-371-5437

We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low studentteacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

Nashville Sail Camp

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

615-856-4772

For all levels, beginner to advanced. Qualified instructors teach boating safety, points of sail, boat parts, rigging and maneuvering and racing. Campers are grouped by age, size and experience to offer sailing instruction for each level, focusing on the fundamentals while having a great time on the water. Your child will learn valuable problem solving, creative thinking techniques and make friends at camp. Ages 7 - 17.

One Goal Sports

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

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

Vanderbilt Athletic Camps (Soccer and Lacrosse) 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville vandysoccercamps.com • laura.lamberth@vanderbilt.edu vanderbiltlacrossecamp.com • lisa.gracey@vanderbilt.edu

615-343-0245

Vanderbilt Soccer is hosting three weeks of youth summer camps this June. Full- and half-day options available. Vanderbilt Lacrosse is hosting it’s Summer Elite Clinic (overnight and day camp available) for ages 12 - 18, as well as a free clinic on Mar. 24 for grades K - 8.

“This was a great experience for my daughter. She had a great time and I felt sure she was in a safe, nurturing, and Christian environment.”

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MTSU Aerospace Department

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

615-898-2788

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

Nashville Flight Training

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

Designed for ages 13 - 18, Nashville Pilot Camp shows campers what it really takes to learn to fly. During our one week camp, students learn through hands-on participation, gain aviation experience and meet like minded aviation enthusiasts. Each student receives up to two full hours of FAA-certified flight instruction in an airplane, one hour of flight training in an FAA-certified simulator, plus books, maps and a camp t-shirt.

NATURE Camp Warner Park

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

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SCHOOL S hine this Check website for Summer S m! Schedule April 2nd. ballet • pointe • tap • jazz hip-hop • modern • lyrical The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Summer Class schedule will be announced on website April 2, 2019. For schedule, registration, and teacher information www.thedancersschool.com. Questions thedancersschool@live.com or 615-907-1155. Non-competitive studio specializing in technique and presentation. All ages.

615-856-4772

Summer is better in Nashville’s largest park! Camp Warner Park connects children with nature through outdoor learning and play. Day campers will be grouped with caring, energetic and qualified counselors who will foster a sense of appreciation of the parks and the outdoors. For children ages 6 - 12 yrs. Plus Teen Leadership Adventure for ages 13 - 17. Let the adventure begin!

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

865-448-6709

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont connects people of all ages to nature through immersive outdoor experiences in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn more about our programs on our website.

GROW Enrichment Camp

Two Rivers Park, Nashville 615-856-4772 leadershipacademyllc.com/grow-enrichment-camp • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

GROW Enrichment Camp is the perfect place for your child to take the first steps towards conservation education. Your child, lead by caring camp counselors, will hike, explore nature, meet wildlife and enjoy unstructured playtime all while learning basic principles of urban conservation. Camp is 100% outdoors at the GROW Enrichment campus in Two Rivers Park for ages 6 - 12.

Naturalist Camp at Warner Park Nature Center

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Code Ninjas Franklin

1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin codeninjas.com

615-640-2633

Kids discover the world of coding progressing through our belt system, white to black, doing something they love ... building games! Along the way they’ll develop critical thinking skills, learn problem solving techniques and make friends with other kids doing the same thing.

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

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

Mr. Bond’s Science Guys

mrbondscienceguy.com 615-573-2702

Our winter, spring and summer camps inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for science and learning, teaching creative problem-solving skills, teamwork and perseverance in an entertaining, kid-friendly setting. The camps are full- or half-day and are excellent for ages 5 - 12. Sibling discounts are available.

RobotiX Institute

1550 McEwen Drive #300, Franklin rxiedu.com • contactus@rxiedu.com

615-721-2650

Experience a fun-filled technology summer camp for ages 4 and older. Python programming, advanced ROBOTC visual programming, instruction-based chess, art and more. Must-do for any kid as technology is important for everyone. Kids without any experience in programming or robotics are welcome. Only company to offer a free trial – visit our website to schedule yours on any Saturday or Sunday.

watkins.edu/community-education

Spend a week outdoors exploring what fascinates you! Search for tadpoles, hike to overlooks, explore hidden ponds and discover the unexpected in the forests and fields. Naturalist camp is for ages 6 - 12 and half-day sessions run from 8 a.m. - 12 noon.

2019 Summer Camps Registration open online

615-862-8555

Arts and crafts: no. Artists and artworks: yes.

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

615-862-5177

Learn, explore and discover at Adventure Science Center’s ScienceQuest Camps! Students entering K - 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.

STEM Builders

504 Autumn Springs Ct., Unit 11 & 12, Franklin stembuilders.com • franklin@stembuilders.com

FOR EVERY

KID WHO JUST CAN’T RESIST DISMANTLING THE TOASTER

615-583-9880

In today’s competitive society it’s important that your child is able to think outside the box. Along with education, logical thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, passion and teamwork are necessary skills. We provide a unique combination of STEM, robotics, math and fun. We help our students by laying the foundation for these key objectives through our specially designed and structured programs.

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

ENGINEERING AND ROBOTICS CAMPS

• Kindergarten - 12th grade • All levels of experience from WeeBots Camp to Advanced Robotics • Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

APPLY NOW! Camps fill quickly robotics@lipscomb.edu

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Battle Ground Academy

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615-567-8327

We have summer camps for every interest and age this summer! 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 4 - adult and run from Jun. 3 - Jul. 26. Full- and half-day camps available. Early care, after-care and between-care are available for an additional fee.

Belle Meade Plantation 110 Leake Ave., Nashville bellemeadeplantation.com

615-356-0501

Join us this summer for a fun and educational camp experience. Camps include Native American Camp, Bookworms Camp, Save the Day Superhero Camp, Little Women Camp, Civil War Soldier Camp and Time Travel Camp. Camps start in June. We are also offering Spring Break camps.

Brentwood Academy

219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood brentwoodacademy.com • summercamps@brentwoodacademy.com

615-373-0611

Brentwood Academy has enjoyed a tradition of participation, spurred on by the recognition that healthy athletic, academic, and fine arts experiences contribute essential elements to well-rounded and balanced growth. Students are welcomed, supported, and inspired by teachers, coaches and staff. We invite your family to join us and experience Summer at BA.

Camp Bells Bend Beaman

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

615-856-4772

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

Camp Davis, Gordon JCC

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

615-354-1625

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

Camp JPII (Pope John Paul II High School) 117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville camp@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 Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls 23416 Camp Lincoln Road, Lake Hubert, MN lincoln-lakehubert.com

800-242-1909

Since 1909, Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls have excelled in providing one of the best sleep-away adventures in the U.S. Our brother-sister camps are located on opposite sides of Lake Hubert in Minnesota. We serve ages 5 - 17 with 2-, 3- and 4-week sessions, and a 10-day family camp. Campers come from 40 states and 13 countries all for our top-of-the-line activities and to just have a blast.

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El Pueblo Spanish Camp 2019

languagesouth.com SMYRNA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CENTER 100 Sam  Ridley  Parkway  East,  Smyrna,  TN

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Camp Overbrook

4210 Harding Pike, Nashville overbrook.edu/campos • overbrookcamp@overbrook.edu

615-292-5134

Camp Overbrook is a co-ed summer day camp offering programs for rising grades P3 - K and enhanced tracks for rising grades 1 - 4. Each week will include theme-centered opportunities to participate in fine arts, music, sports and the outdoors with STEM exploration. Let the adventure begin!

Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Menlo GA campwoodmont.com

706-398-0833

Camp Woodmont sits atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in northwestern Georgia. A traditional camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, we feature horseback riding, high-ropes/ climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, this is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories.

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

615-301-3544

Summer at CPA has over 50 camp offerings in the areas of athletics, arts, and discovery! All Summer at CPA camps are open to the Nashville community. Come learn something new, whether it’s Lego Robotics, cake design, extreme science, filmmaking, dance, soccer, football... there’s something for everyone!

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

615-794-2918

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

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

615-794-2918

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

Ensworth School – Summer at Ensworth Two Campuses in Nashville ensworth.com/summer

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Is your child an actor, athlete, scientist, musician, storyteller, explorer, or all of the above? Whatever your child’s interests or talents might be, Ensworth offers a camp or course that will provide enrichment, enjoyment, and inspiration. To explore the variety of opportunities available to children ages 4+, visit our website.

Historic Travellers Rest

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

615-832-8197

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

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

931-364-7656

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.

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

615-298-5514

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. Offerings include sports, outdoor adventure, art, leadership, study skills, science, crafts and computer. MBA faculty, staff and students work with campers, providing families a glimpse of the MBA community. Visit our web site and click on the Camps tab.

Nashville Christian School 7555 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville ncscamps.org

615-356-5600

Our vision is to help students realize and pursue their full potential — spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially — while learning to establish and grow their relationship with God. That vision applies to summer camp as well. We have lots of great offerings that are designed to foster relationships, build skills, and excite the imagination. Register on our website. continued on page 78...

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Civil War Officer Training

Boys and Girls ages 8-18

Miss Mary's Academy Horses Mtn Biking Archery Crafts Swimming Zipline Canoeing

Summer Camp History Day Camp at Nashville's Oldest Historic House

travellersrestplantation.org

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Stitching History Conveniently located 1 hour south of Nashville

(931) 364-7656 hortonhaven.org

OHDC constantly strives to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the whole family. To that end, 2019 brings changes to our overall structure with availability more appropriate for working parents and programs facilitating both fun and growth while maintaining our core values: faith, friendship, tradition, service, and respect.

Riverview Camp for Girls

Summer Experience at Lipscomb Academy 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville summerexperience.org • franklin.bennett@lipscomb.edu

Tennessee Tales & Legends

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

Teens get what they need to be able to advance to staff positions in the future, developing leadership, problem-solving skills, initiative and an attitude of service. Two programs, LIT & CIT, to provide the foundation of skill development and hands-on experiences. Teen Leaders experience the beauty of nature, camp activities, make friends and have fun. Programs offered at all our camp locations for ages 13 - 17.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

(rising 9th grade)

June 17-21 June 24-28 July 8-12 Leadership Challenge

(rising 10th & 11th grade)

July 15-26 Imagine the Perfect day...

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

423-338-5588

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

YMCA Day Camps

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

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

YMCA Summer Adventure

Camps offered at participating school locations ymcafunco.org

615-259-3418

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

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

Register online today!

615-799-9925

Celebrating 46 years of fun on the farm. Located in beautiful Williamson County, campers choose how they spend their day. Activities include swimming, rope activities, archery, gardening, kayaking, pony rides and more! Providing adventures and old fashion fun in a safe environment for campers grades 1 - 10. Bus transportation included and ACA accredited.

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

Trailblazer Camp

615-966-1600

Teen Leadership Adventure

YMCA Camp Ocoee

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The Summer Experience at Lipscomb Academy is home to the best camps and classes in the Nashville area during the summer months. The Summer Experience camps are led by Lipscomb University professors, former Disney animators, award-winning directors, and championship-winning coaches. Join us for an unforgettable summer!

7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview whippoorwill.com • camp@whippoorwill.com

learning valuable leadership skills, communication, teambuilding and more! Whippoorwill has lots to offer for your TEENAGER! Join us for a summer free of technology. Transportation provided from various points in Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin.

615-298-9583

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

Historic Travellers Rest

Climbing Walls

4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville fpcnashville.org

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

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Bible Lessons

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