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inally! The rush, rush and hurry-up-and-makeit-faster-while-you’re-atit is over. The day-inday-out routine of the school year is coming to a close this month, and we won’t be scrambling like eggs in the morning for many weeks to come — at last! Now we can kick back at night, not fuss so much about the kids’ homework and bedtime and after-school activities. Now you won’t have to be so rigid about getting dinner made, getting the laundry done, keeping up with the lunches and carpool — you can let it all go to pot! Now you can breathe ... and enjoy having your kids around — or not? It’s a favorite moment when that last day of school comes and parents honk on their way out of the parking lot. You don’t do that at your child’s school? You should. It’s a fun celebration when they’re finally released into your care for two warm summer months — it’s a time for letting go and giving in, cutting back on “me” time and carving out more “us” time. It’s a time for making different kinds of plans, anticipating summer camps, giving in to activities with your kids. But I also know there are some moms who don’t see kids as “fun,” but more like a chore that needs doing. Your kids will only be yours once. And while you may say, “yeah, yeah,” with a roll of your eyes, try not to. This time will fly by and you don’t want to have regrets about it later. At last night’s high school soccer game, a usually upbeat mom in front of me worried out loud that maybe she wasn’t the greatest mom in the world. It was Senior Night and she was waxing sentimental, watching her 17-year-old boy running around on the field. He’ll be leaving for college in the fall. She fretted that maybe she’d been too harsh on him over the years; that maybe she’d called him a “pest” too often and that’s what he’d remember about her. Her hectic face made everyone sympathize and assure her that she was, in fact, the greatest mom a kid could ever hope for. But no, you can’t yank time back from where it went. You can’t change those impatient, unkind and selfish moments when you lost it on your kids. Hello? What are you if not the person your child looks to for EVERYTHING under the sun? Guidance, reassurance, encouragement, support, understanding, playfulness, affection, wisdom, love? Everything. This summer, please give in to enjoying your kids. Make THAT your priority. Blow bubbles, read books, take walks, ride bikes, catch fireflies, eat ice cream, just CHILL. Why? Because in your heart you want to be the greatest mom in the world.

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YOUR POSTS: “My favorite Mother’s Day was in 2010. My husband and daughter fixed breakfast for me that morning. We went and had lunch with my motherin-law and had dinner with my mother. It was my last Mother’s Day with my mom and the last Mother’s Day before my mother-in-law became sick with Alzheimer’s.” Janet Kinard Spann “My first Mother’s Day was the best. My son was born in March and I was in my 30s. I had wanted to be a mother for as long as I could remember. It was finally here. My husband built me a three-person wooden swing and hung it in a tree in our backyard. I spent countless hours swinging my babies in that swing.” Lisa Sanford

“I go to lunch with my mom and sisters and no kids — it is nice and calm.” Rachel Clark Zook

“We try to go out for a hike/ walk and picnic. We tried going out to eat. Never again!” Kelsey Howland

“After being told that I most likely couldn’t have kids, I found out that I was pregnant on Mother’s Day. It was the best day of my life. I now have a healthy baby boy.” Keri Johnson

“I spend the day without my kids. Sometimes with another mom friend. I get a pedicure, go to lunch and see a movie. I’m with my kids every day, so this is the day I’m my own woman.” Tanya Bricco- McQuillan

“My favorite days are the days all my family is together with my sons and son-in-law grilling steaks and burgers for me, my daughter and daughters-in-law while my younger grandchildren (ages 8 - 13) play together in the yard, and I try to carry on a conversation with my older grandchildren (ages 14 - 36). Perfect day!” Debbie McElyea Gregory

“Mother’s Day is special — celebrating dining out and enjoying being recognized. This year my oldest will graduate college on Mother’s Day weekend. So, among all my Mother’s Day memories, this one will indeed hold a special place in my heart.” Robin Carter

PARENT POLL: MOTHER’S DAY DINNER WE ASKED 575 MOMS IF THEY PREFER GOING OUT OR HAVING A HOME-COOKED MEAL FOR MOTHER’S DAY.

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MIND &BODY PROFILE

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She wants to help build strong children no matter what. Jennifer Hutton — aka Dr. JPop — makes physical therapy playful for kids.

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he Queen of Darkness” — that’s the name my youngest cousin Devon gave his physical therapist. Born three months premature, Devon was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2. There is a 16-year age difference between the two of us. When he was just learning to walk, I was preparing to head off to college, but we always had a bond that is very special to me. Devon’s entrance into our family exposed me to the world of a child with special needs which completely changed my life trajectory. Sophomore year of college is when I decided I was not only going into physical therapy, but that I was also going to specialize in pediatrics so I could help children like Devon. This meant becoming another child’s “queen of darkness,” but my cousin had well prepared me for the emotional roller coaster that you ride when you work with kids. Pediatric physical therapy is so, so rewarding but a flood of different emotions pour into each and every session. I’m continuously being inspired and challenged, laughing and joking through sessions and more often than not, sharing an emotional bond that is unique and special to each child and his family. It’s an emotional roller coaster I wouldn’t trade for the world. It’s what I love. It’s

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what sets my soul on fire. I am inspired on a daily basis. Inspiration hits me when a little girl with a prosthetic leg comes in to her session saying, “Look Mrs. Jennifer,” and taking her first steps independently after months of work. Or when I walk down the hallway of a clinic and hear another therapist’s child telling herself, “I can do it, I can do it,” as she learns to ride an adaptive tricycle. I’m overjoyed when a patient tells me, “You did a good job,” because he was happy to ride a bike after having a stroke that caused him to lose his vision. If those stories give you some happy tears, allow me to balance you — as my patients do. There are also days when frustration is at an all-time high. It’s definitely a challenge when a child plops down on his little bottom, won’t let you touch him and screams, “HELP!” if you come near him. There are sessions that consist of me saying a child’s name 10 times in row and snapping him out of a trance because his attention span is that of a flea. And of course, there’s the tiny human that anyone who has or works with kids can relate to … The Biter (need I say more?). There are times when parents come in distraught because of a new diagnosis, an insurance denial of a very important piece of equipment that their child’s independence depends on, or

just frustrated by the “extra” that comes with being the parent of special needs child. I become the listening ear, the mediator and/ or the advocate. And the hardest day of them all is when the reality that they are different has hit your patient and they say things like, “I just wish it wasn’t this hard.” But an upswing of laughter is always timely when the 8-year-old patient slaps you on the backside and says, “Heyyyy girl,” or the 5-year-old tells you, “Mrs. Jennifer you are exhausting me,” after being challenged with an obstacle course. To date, my favorite moment was when I asked my patient why she wasn’t wearing a coat and she responded, “The cold never bothered me anyway.” Sure there are days that are filled with temper tantrums and tears, but they are outweighed by days filled with laughter and the feeling of accomplishment when months and years of hard work are displayed in the achievement of taking that first step or walking without an assistive device. I have an amazing job that allows me to interact with some amazing children. When you work with this population you become much more than the therapist. You

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become the “plus one” — friend, counselor, advocate, disciplinarian — you get invited to birthday parties, basketball games, graduations; you become a family member. I have been fortunate to work with different organizations such as Tri My Best Triathlon (created for kids with special needs), and Music City Trykes, who build adaptive bicycles for children with physical challenges. While the world reminds these special children of their limitations on a daily basis, one of my missions is to help them recognize their special gifts and abilities and to be a part of helping them become their best selves. My mission in life has always been to pour into any life that I come in contact with and to be given the gift of pouring my heart and soul into children and encouraging them on a daily basis. To be strong, capable and powerful individuals is a gift I hold dear in my heart. Jennifer Hutton works in outpatient pediatric rehabilitation for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Learn more about her online at drjpop.com.


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SHAKESBEER Friday, May 3

7 - 10 p.m. Discovery Center explorethedc.org/shakesbeer Sample local craft brews while enjoying Shakespearean performances. $40 ($35 in advance), $15 DDs.

2019 SYMPHONY FASHION SHOW Tuesday, May 14

6 p.m. Schermerhorn Symphony Center nashvillesymphony.org/sfs See the fall 2019 collection from Caroline Herrera while Lauren Alaina provides live entertainment. $250.

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G SATURDAY, MAY 4 Nashville Parent’s premier event for all-things babies is the place to be for new and expectant parents!

ot a baby on board or expecting one? Middle Tennessee’s longest-running FREE annual event for new and expectant parents — THE BABY FAIR — is finally here! Nashville Parent and Saint Thomas Women’s Care and Ascension will be pulling out all the stops along with Mix 92.9 on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Baby Fair is happening at the Gladys Stringfield Owen Education Center inside of Saint Thomas Midtown. It features more than $5,000 in great giveaways, including a grand prize collection of nursery furniture from USA Baby & Kids! Moms, dads and friends can

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tour Saint Thomas Women’s Care’s birthing facilities, meet OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives, and gain incredibly valuable insight from experts presenting “Baby Boot Camp,” “Breastfeeding 101” and “Why Go Natural?” sessions. Discover local services and goods for babies and parents and have fun with a variety of games like the “Daddy Diaper Derby” and the “Baby Food Guessing Game.” Head to The Baby Fair for new-parent inspiration and more. It’s at Saint Thomas Midtown, 2000 Church St., Nashville. For more info, call 615-2562158 or visit nashvilleparent. com/babyfair19.

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MAY’S NATIONAL DAYS

May the Fourth be with you! National Star Wars Day is Saturday, May 4.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

A construction-in-process at the “We Are Wild” storybook house at Cheekwood.

Mother Goose Day

SATURDAY, MAY 4

STEP INTO THE STORY AT CHEEKWOOD

Star Wars Day

TUESDAY, MAY 7

Teacher Appreciation Day

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Clean Up Your Room Day

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SUNDAY, MAY 12 Mother’s Day

TUESDAY, MAY 14

Dance Like a Chicken Day

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Pizza Party Day

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Take Your Parents to the Playground Day

MONDAY, MAY 20

Pick Strawberries Day

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

Buy a Musical Instrument Day

FRIDAY, MAY 24

Scavenger Hunt Day

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Tap Dance Day

MONDAY, MAY 27 Grape Popsicle Day

THURSDAY, MAY 30 Creativity Day

FRIDAY, MAY 31 Smile Day

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MAY 1 - SEPT. 1

he wonder of children’s storybook illustrations come to life in a new way at Cheekwood. Storybook Houses is a new outdoor exhibit running May 1 Sept. 1. You’ll find a re-imagining of five childhood classics in whimsical playhouse form, each inspired by a particular children’s illustrator: “Oh, The Places You’ll Play” (Dr. Seuss); “Hill Top Garden” (Beatrix Potter); “Charlotte’s Barn” (Garth Williams); “We Are Wild” (Maurice Sendak); and “TRAINS!” (Loren Long). The “TRAINS!” playhouse — featuring a slide, platform and more — will be a

permanent addition to the Trains! exhibit located in the Turner Seasons Garden. The Storybook Houses exhibit kicks off during Cheekwood’s May Day Celebration on Wednesday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. The all-ages celebration features a Maypole dance with ribbons, crafts, live bunnies and storytimes (10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 a.m.). Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Hours are Tue - Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

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ids with dramatic flair who have a penchant for the stage can hone skills and learn new ones with the series of summer drama camps available at Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT). NCT’s summer camps run in one-week sessions from May 28 - Aug. 2. The camps take place Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with age-specific offerings for ages 4 - 5, 6 - 7, 8 - 10, 11 - 15 and 13 - 18. From fairytale fun and storybook adventures for the younger set to musical theater and improvisation for older kids, there’s something for all interests and levels. Ages 11 - 18 can participate in specialty camps like stage combat, puppetry, playwriting and more.

Core camps cost $270 per week while musical theater, improv and specialty camps are $290. NCT also offers three-day mini camps for $175 from July 1 - 3. From June 3 - 21, a select amount of camps will take place at Ensworth High School in Bellevue. Before and after care (supervised, unstructured free-play) is also available for $40 each per week. Before care runs 7:30 - 9 a.m. while after care is from 3 - 5:30 p.m. For more info, call 615-252-4664, e-mail Colin at cpeterson@nashvillect.org or visit nashvillechildrenstheatre. org/summer-camp-2019.

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ids can have fun this summer exploring the theatrical world of the Bard with Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF). NSF offers two distinct summer programs led by NSF’s teaching artists and professional actors, and you can sign up your kids now. SUMMER SHAKESPERIENCE NSF’s Shakesperience program is for kids ages 8 - 16. Participants will explore several aspects of the theater, including acting, directing, costume design, set design and special effects. Kids will also learn sonnets, study characters from The Tempest and play theater games. Four one-week sessions are available: June 3 - 7, 10 - 14, 17 - 22 and 24 - 28 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day. Tuition is $250, and the program takes place at 1120 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville. For questions, e-mail education@nashvilleshakes.org. ELF & FAIRY CAMP Kids ages 7 - 14 can register for NSF’s Second Annual Elf & Fairy Camp. Partici-

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Food Allergies, Kids and You Parenting a child’s eating is tough. Food allergies can be severe in kids and they require clear communication between caregivers, careful inspection of food labels and having epinephrine available at all times.

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BY MCKENNA HYDRICK

t was a regular Saturday, and nothing was out of the ordinary. In between cutting the grass and gawking over our “brilliant” 6-month-old’s new tricks, we were in the process of introducing solid baby foods for the first time. On the menu that day was a simple, harmless vegetable: green beans. But this quiet Saturday afternoon in June, 2008, ended up changing our lives forever. It never, ever, not one time crossed our minds that this would be the day that our child would encounter death for the first time. And all because of one single piece of food. I don’t remember how long we waited to put him down for his afternoon nap after he ate the green beans, but I know we didn’t see any signs of distress at all. We couldn’t have. We were “those” first-time parents who called the doctor for every sniffle and went into full-out panic mode for the smallest bump on the head. We completed our naptime ritual as usual. We kissed his toes, rubbed his back, read him books and did all the things brand-new parents do with their sweet babies. Then, in total “new parent exhaustion,” we decided to take a nap, too. After all, sleep when the baby sleeps, right? When we woke up from our nap and didn’t hear him stirring, we tiptoed into his nursery to check on him. What we saw in that moment is something no parent should ever have to endure: our firstborn baby boy lay lifeless and unresponsive in his hand-me-down crib. His eyes were rolled back in his head, he was covered in a rash from head to toe, and he was laying in a pool of his own vomit. We didn’t even have time to scream. Shock set in, but so did the (please turn the page)

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food allergies in kids adrenaline. We scooped him up, jumped in the car and drove as fast as we could to the ER. By the time we got to the hospital, his body had turned grey and he still wasn’t moving. He didn’t die that day, but it took us a long time to figure out what the culprit actually was. Initially, the doctors believed he had a virus, and this was how his body reacted to it. No one ever mentioned food allergies or even asked us what he had eaten that day. We didn’t even know a family who had a kid with a food allergy, so it never crossed our minds to ask. We believed, like the doctors, it was a one-off, randomly crazy event. But it wasn’t. Instead, it was the beginning of a medical journey that would completely alter the trajectory of our lives. Over the course of the next four years, odd things kept happening, and with the help of a team of doctors, he was eventually diagnosed with dozens of severe food allergies and a white blood cell disease called eosinophilic esophagitis. A few months later, his little brother was, too. It’s been a scary decade, trying to navigate and understand the intricacies and seriousness of their conditions. But we, like so many other families, have learned to manage, cope and thrive — despite all of the uncertainty.

WHAT IS A FOOD ALLERGY?

According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), a food allergy is a “serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition affecting 32 million Americans.” Research also shows that one in 13 children have a food allergy, or two kids in every classroom. Whether or not food allergies have touched your family, you’re bound to know someone with one because they’re on the rise. A study by Blue Cross Blue Shield shows that “there has been a substantial increase in the most severe anaphylaxis allergic reactions in children which has largely been triggered by foods. This increase in severe anaphylaxis reactions coincides with a steep rise in ER visits for this condition.” In fact, the study also shows that the rate of children who visited the ER in anaphylaxis has grown by 150 percent between 2010 and 2016. Stacy Dorris, M.D., a pediatric allergist and director of the Food Allergy Clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, says the influx of food allergies may be the result of a too-clean society. “It’s a working notion of the hygiene hypothesis — that we as a society have become too good at being clean, and if the immune system is idle, it can get itself in trouble,” Dorris says. “That idea in combination with the type of our air pollution — which also promotes allergy — is where the research is pointing right now,” she adds. But what’s actually happening to the body when an allergic reaction occurs? An allergic reaction happens when our immune system thinks it’s being threatened after ingesting a certain food. The body’s response is to produce an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE), which in turn causes the allergic reaction. While someone can be allergic to almost any food, the most common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts,

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wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Food allergies are not the same as food intolerances or food-related diseases like celiac disease or eosinophilic esophagitis. While food intolerances can make life very uncomfortable, they are typically not life-threatening and do not involve the immune system in the same way allergies do.

DISCOVERING FOOD ALLERGIES

Now that food allergies are becoming more common, parents are looking at every bump, rash and stomach pain in a new light. What is this bump by his lip? Why is she scratching her head when she eats? Why does my child have a stomachache every time he drinks milk? It’s true parents need to be diligent, but it’s also important to remember that not every symptom will result in a life-altering diagnosis. Therefore, knowing the signs of a true allergic reaction to food can be life-saving information. Food allergies can range from very mild to extremely severe and life-threatening. Typically, a severe allergic reaction will not be subtle. In other words, the symptoms will come on strong and quickly, usually within two minutes or, in my son’s case, in up to two hours. If you suspect your child might have a food allergy or you have a family history of food allergies, make sure to keep a close eye on your child as you introduce new foods. Dorris says to look for these symptoms of an allergic reaction: • Hives • Swelling on the eyelids, tongue or lips • Respiratory distress: trouble breathing or shortness of breath • Severe stomach pain or vomiting If your child has two or more of these symptoms (meaning two bodily systems are involved), he is most likely having an anaphylactic reaction and will need immediate emergency care. If you repeatedly see symptoms that cause concern, call your pediatrician — he can direct you to the right pediatric allergist for a proper diagnosis.

DIAGNOSING A FOOD ALLERGY

Because symptoms of food allergies can also mimic symptoms of other medical conditions, you cannot self-diagnose a food allergy. You’ll want your child to receive a thorough examination by an allergist to confirm, diagnose and treat his possible allergy. “The most valuable information for an allergist is a detailed food history. It’s part of your food story, and it can help us determine if there is a true allergy,” says Dorris. Capture your child’s food story (history) in a journal that includes: suspected symptoms (skin irritation, stomach problems, rashes, breathing problems, etc.), foods eaten and times/days when the symptoms occur and any new foods introduced that cause issues. The allergist will conduct one or more diagnostic tests:

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• Skin prick test (injects allergen under surface of the skin) for reactions. • Blood test: Determines whether IgE antibodies are present. • Oral food challenge: Ingesting small amounts of a suspected allergen. If no symptoms occur, he will continue to eat in larger doses. • Trial elimination diet: The process of temporarily eliminating foods from the diet to see if symptoms go away.

• GET INVOLVED IN THE FOOD ALLERGY COMMUNITY: It might help you and your child to have support from other people who know exactly what you’re going through. Connect with other food allergy families through Facebook groups, support groups or nonprofits like Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).

TEACH YOUR ALLERGIC CHILD TO SPEAK UP

As you are navigating your child’s diagnosis, remember this is new for him, too. He will need support and education as he learns how food allergies will affect his life. Teach him to speak up and ask questions. It’s important to teach your A PARENT child the language he needs to communicate his food allergies to anyone who may be handling his food. Teach him to ask about ingredients before he eats anything. While his caregivers are there to protect him, he DOES need to learn to If you suspect a child has ingested an unsafe food: advocate for himself at a young age. Once your child can read, teach him how • Check symptoms: Hives? Swelling? Respiratory to read a food label, and get him to do it distress? Gastrointestinal distress? as often as he can. Make sure you double check it for him as he learns. Companies • Administer EpiPen: If two systems are engaged change ingredients all the time, so don’t (i.e. the child’s tongue is swelling and he’s having assume a food is safe. Read and re-read trouble breathing) administer the EpiPen immediingredients every time — both of you!

The doctor will use the information gathered from the diagnostic testing in combination with your provided and detailed medical history to make a proper diagnosis.

MANAGING A FOOD ALLERGY AS Once your child receives a food allergy diagnosis, your next step is learning how to manage it. Honestly, it can feel like a tough job. It will be your responsibility to educate yourself, your family, your food allergy child, his caregivers and teachers, and your family’s circle of support. And if you’re like me, you’re also a never-ending advocate, researcher and all around ninjaparent. I know; it feels overwhelming, so putting a plan into place will help make the transition easier.

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If you’ve got young children and you’re wondering about feeding them high allergic foods like peanuts, don’t fret. While • Give extra rescue medicines: Once you’ve given in the past, the school of thought was to strictly avoid foods like peanuts until the EpiPen and called 911, Dorris says you can about age 3, new guidelines published also give your child liquid Benadryl (no pills) and • CREATE A PLAN FOR YOUR HOME: in The Annals of Allergy, Asthma and albuterol if your child has asthma. Keep another Whether or not you keep the allergen in Immunology now recommend giving your home is a personal decision. “Think EpiPen nearby and wait for the ambulance. children pureed peanut products as early through the way you live and make a as 4 months old, depending on your child’s choice,” says Dorris. “If you eliminate history. the allergen from your home, you will have little to no risk of exposure. “Don’t avoid foods if you don’t have to,” Dorris says. “If you have Some families decide to take a more normalized approach and choose to a normal healthy baby, feed him everything. Of course, you’ll want to educate and label foods. It depends on your children’s ages and personavoid choking foods like a whole peanut,” she adds. If you have a family alities (i.e. will they sneak or ‘cheat’?). There is no right or wrong way to history of food allergies or are nervous about introducing certain foods, do it; just make a functional plan and stick to it,” she adds. your doctor can help you come up with a plan to introduce the food in a • BE PREPARED: Going out to eat and attending functions with food will safe, controlled way. become more difficult for your family, so you will have to plan ahead. If you find yourself facing a food allergy in your child or children, Bring a cooler of food with you if necessary, and always keep safe snacks there is hope that they can potentially grow out of their allergy. Dorris in your purse or car. Take a medical bag with all the necessary medicines says 60 - 80 percent of children outgrow a milk or egg allergy before at all times and never leave home without it. If you go out to eat, call they turn 5 - 6 years old, and 20 percent of children with a peanut allergy ahead or go at “off” times so you have plenty of time to talk to the wait will outgrow it in their lifetime. staff or chef about your situation. And as for the future of food allergies? As even more studies emerge and our understanding of food allergies evolve, doctors are moving • ADVOCATE FOR YOUR CHILD AND EDUCATE YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM: toward alternate methods like oral or patch immunotherapy, notably Don’t worry about bothering people with your child’s diagnosis. You are not FDA approved yet. While it’s not a cure, it might make food allergies your child’s number-one advocate, and his safety is your number-one more manageable. concern. Educate people in a gentle, but firm way. Be direct and repeti-

child will need to be seen by emergency care.

tive until everyone is comfortable with the information. Anyone who cares for your child should know about his food allergies and what to do if they suspect he has come in contact with an allergen.

McKenna Hydrick is a mom, blogger and journalist. She lives in Franklin with her husband and children. Hydrick advocates for her kids with food allergies; find her recipes, resources and more at threebittybirds.com.

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SOUNDWAVES WATER EXPERIENCE AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville, TN 37214 866-972-6779 soundwavesgo.com OPENING DATE: Indoor experience is open now; the outdoor side opens Friday, May 24. TICKETS: The only way to access SoundWaves is with an overnight package or through a party room rental. Party rooms are available for 10, 16 & 30 guests. The rate for the 10-person party room is $500 rental plus a $200 food/beverage minimum. You get the room for four hours with all-day access to SoundWaves. NEW THIS YEAR: While the indoor attractions have been open since Dec. 2018, the outdoor attractions open this month for the first time. MORE FAMILY FUN: Don’t call it a water park! It’s a sophisticated, upscale water attraction fusing water and music. It features 111,000 square feet of fun inside,and another 106,000 square feet outside. There are nine indoor attractions and six outdoor ones with dedicated recreation zones for adults, young children and families.

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LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH & SOAKYA WATER PARK 1730 Lakeview Drive Rossville, GA 30741 706-866-5681 lakewinnie.com OPENING DATE: Theme park opens Thursday, May 2; SOAKya opens Monday, May 27. TICKETS: Theme park admission is $18 (includes 14 ride tickets); $27 for unlimited rides ($19 for ages 1 - 2); combo deals are $34.95 ($24.95 ages 1 - 2) for unlimited rides NEW THIS YEAR: The Winnie 500 racing slides is the newest attraction in the water park. The Fire Ball is the newest in the theme park. This thrill ride flips you upside down over and over, forward and backward. MORE FAMILY FUN: The most popular rides for little kids are the Kiddie Swings and the Frog Hopper. Older kids and adults enjoy the the Cannonball wooden coaster. The other big hit with the older set is the OH-Zone!, which drops riders down 14 stories on a 50-mile-per-hour free fall. SOAKya features a Crazy River, two body slides, two tube slides, an interactive water play area for little kids and more.

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SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA 275 Riverside Pkwy. S.W. Austell, GA 30168 770-739-3400 sixflags.com/overgeorgia OPENING DATE: Saturday, May 4. TICKETS: Gate admission is $71.99 those 48 inches & taller, $51.99 those 47 inches & shorter, free ages 2 & younger; $25 parking; season passes are $179.99 (sale prices online) NEW THIS YEAR: Towering 147 feet in the air, Pandemonium is the newest thrill ride. It reaches speeds up to 70 mph, as it swings back and forth — higher and higher. This exhilarating ride takes you high above the Atlanta city skyline. Find it in the newly themed ScreamPunk area. MORE FAMILY FUN: Other rides thrill seekers love include Superman: Ultimate Flight, Arcophobia and more. Little kids tend to like the The Joker Fun House Coaster and the Log Jamboree. Of course, there’s Hurricane Harbor, which is included with your park admission. This tropically-themed water park opens in May as well and offers slides, rides and more fun for all ages. The interactive children’s playground features three drenching towers, slides, climbing nets, bridges and water cannons. Big kids will love to get soaked in Bonzai Pipelines and Tsunami Surge water rides.

HOLIDAY WORLD & SPLASHIN’ SAFARI 452 E. Christmas Blvd. Santa Claus, IN 47579 812-937-4401 holidayworld.com OPENING DATE: Saturday, May 4. TICKETS: $49.99 general admission, $39.99 for seniors and those shorter than 54 inches, free ages 2 and younger; season passes are $109.99 through Friday, May 3 and go up thereafter. NEW THIS YEAR: Santa’s Merry Marketplace is a brand-new area. It includes five serving stations of varying holiday-themed menus. Starting a new tradition, Santa Claus will greet park guests every morning from the Marketplace tower balcony, too. MORE FAMILY FUN: The most popular attractions for little kids include the Lewis & Clark trail antique cars and the interactive Gobbler Getaway dark ride. For older kids, the roller coasters and water coasters top the fun — the Mammoth water coaster is certified by Guinness World Records as the longest water coaster in the world. Inside tip: purchase a “pick your price” ticket online for discounts.

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KENTUCKY KINGDOM & HURRICANE BAY 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY 40209 502-813-8200 kentuckykingdom.com OPENING DATE: Kentucky Kingdom’s 30th season opened April 28. Hurricane Bay opens Saturday, May 25. TICKETS: General admission is $39.95 through May 19 ($49.95 thereafter); $39.95 for those 36” - 48” tall; season passes are $64.95. NEW THIS YEAR: Kentucky Kingdom opens it’s sixth roller coaster this year, the Kentucky Flyer. Engineered with thrillseeking families in mind, the coaster’s minimum height requirement to ride with a supervising companion is 40”. Most other thrill rides require height to be 48”. The Kentucky Flyer — built by The Gravity Group — is wooden and boasts 12 airtime elements on 1,280 feet of track. It reaches speeds of 35 mph, has 54-degree banked turns and is 47 feet tall. MORE FAMILY FUN: King Louie’s Playland is one of the largest children’s areas in the region including the Flutter Fly ride and two dedicated swim areas — Buccaneer Beach and Splash Zone. Families can enjoy the Family Wave Lagoon. Popular rides and attractions include Lightning Run; Storm Chaser’ T3; and Thunder Run. Plenty of thrills can be had on Eye of the Storm; Fear Fall; Scream Extreme and Cyclos.


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THE BIG BOUNCE AMERICA

May 3 - 5 The Fairgrounds, Nashville Page 37 The world’s largest inflatable play zone features timed age-specific admission for little kids, big kids and adults.

SPRING TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR

THE BABY FAIR

Saturday, May 4 Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Nashville Page 39 Go ga-ga over Middle Tennessee’s longest-running expo for all-things babies! Don’t miss Nashville Parent’s premier event for new and expectant parents.

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

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The Baby Fair celebrates 18 years as the longestrunning baby expo in Middle Tennessee.

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May 3 - 5 Centennial Park, Nashville Page 36 The children’s tent at this huge artisan extravaganza features hands-on creativity for kids.

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

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LIBRARY STORYTIMES

Every single storytime in Middle Tennessee right here!


BARFIELD BEACH PARTY

Friday, May 10 Barfield Crescent Park, Murfreesboro Page 44 Have fun playing in more than 60 tons of sand — build castles, bury your kid and play a variety of beach-themed games.

70TH FRANKLIN RODEO

May 16 - 18 Williamson Ag Expo Park, Franklin Page 52 It’s a rip-roaring good time at the rodeo and kids LOVE everything about the horses & competitions.

78TH IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE

Saturday, May 11 Percy Warner Park, Nashville Page 45 Dress up with flair for the the social event of the season benefiting Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX IN CONCERT

May 23 - 26 Schermerhorn Symphony Center Page 60 See the fifth movie in the wizarding universe in high definition on the giant screen while the Nashville Symphony performs Nicholas Hooper’s sensational score live.

78TH MIDDLE TENNESSEE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 11 Downtown Portland • Page 45 Kids can participate in a strawberry-eating contest during this annual festivity celebrating spring’s favorite fruit.

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The 70th Annual Franklin Rodeo comes with a new Fan Club pass this year.

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THEATER & DANCE

Take in a show on a stage near you.

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ON YOUR RADAR

Things to do with regular recurrence.

Mark your calendars for next month’s popular outings.

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615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org All ages. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. 7 p.m. $25 adults, $12.50 ages 12 & younger. Podcaster and storyteller Jakob Lewis presents a series of intimate stories and soundscapes that ask how we “pay out” our attention to the world around us.

N FREE Bike Ride

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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). Budding songwriters can participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions with professional songwriters to help hone their craft.

After Farmers’ Market (Register)

W FREE Kids’ Hour

Ages 7+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Meet at the East Nashville Farmers’ Market with your bike, then ride through highlighted areas in Shelby Bottoms like the wetlands, ponds, fields and woods.

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

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

N Buddy Guy 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 - $79. A night of blues music.

W Color Wheels

Art Class (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13784 for 1 - 2 p.m. Registration code: 13783 for 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 5 - 10. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Wednesdays, May 1 - 15. $42. Create art projects through painting, drawing, coloring, printing and sculpting.

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

N May Day Celebration

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Ages 5 & younger. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. This official kick-off to the new Storybook Houses exhibit features Maypole dancing with ribbons, craft activities, live bunny encounters and storytime sessions.

W Mixed Media Art

Journaling (Register)

615-790-5719, ext. 2020 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14322

Ages 13 - 18. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Wednesdays, May 1 - 22 from 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. $65. Join artist Suzanne Beaumar to create art journal pages using mixed media.

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.

R FREE Nature Play Day

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 1+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. Build a fort, play in the water, climb, crawl and have fun getting dirty.

N Salon@615:

An Evening with Melinda Gates

615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 6:15 p.m. $37.50. Businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates discusses her new book, The Moment of Life: How Empowering Women Changes the World.

W FREE Scholastic

Chess Club (Register)

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

Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 5 - 6 p.m. A coach from Nashville Chess Center guides kids in beginning, intermediate and advance strategies.

THU 2 W FREE Brentwood Young Gardeners Class (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/departments/library Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Kids who love digging in the dirt can learn about gardening through crafts, experiments, planting and harvesting.

800-733-6779 opry.com

All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $49 - $85. Experience Hough’s first-ever dance tour.

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.

N FREE Gulch Night Market

gulchnightmarket.com All ages. The Gulch, 299 11th Ave. S., Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. Local artisans, food and drink vendors, a live DJ, entertainment and more.

N Harding Art

615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com

615-356-5510 hardingacademy.org

All ages. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. $10 includes one quart of strawberries. Live music, food trucks, a cash bar and strawberry picking.

Sounds Baseball

See Wednesday, May 1.

N Rach Three & Sibelius Five

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $25 - $90. Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of classical music.

FREE Teen N Derek Hough Live! W Anime Club

N Strawberry Pickin’ Party (Register)

N Nashville

Show Cocktail Party

Ages 21+. Harding Academy, 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville. 6 - 9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Enjoy a preview of the annual show while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/departments/library Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4 - 5 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.

W Voices

for Children

615-591-2699, ext. 4 williamsoncountycasa.org Adults. Graystone Quarry, 4520 Graystone Quarry Lane, Franklin. 6 - 9 p.m. $125. This benefit for Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates includes cocktails, dinner, auctions and live entertainment.

FRI 3 N FREE 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

615-736-7600 tennesseecraft.org

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R Days on the Farm 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Friday is reserved for field trips; great for homeschoolers). $15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 10, free ages 5 & younger. This living history outing features more than 20 historical demonstrations, hands-on activities, re-enactors and more highlighting 19th century life.

younger. More than 2,500 vintage cars, live music, children’s activities and more.

p.m. $35 adults, free ages 10 & younger. Music by the Gin Blossoms and Frances Cone.

N Harding Art Show

R Shakesbeer

Cocktail Party

See Thursday, May 2.

R FREE Main

Street Jazz Fest

615-895-1887 downtownmurfreesboro.com All ages. Murfreesboro Public Square, 20 N. Public Sq., Murfreesboro. Fri 6 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. Jazz music, children’s activities, food and more.

W Meet the

Astronomer (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

N FREE Early May

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

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

R FREE MTSU

Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. A guided hike to witness bird migration.

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Bird Migration (Register)

W FREE Franklin Art Scene

franklinartscene.com All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. Explore dozens of art galleries in downtown Franklin.

S Frontier Friday: Candle Dipping (Register)

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. Explore the different 18th century tools and methods used for candle making while testing your beeswax candle-dipping skills.

N Goodguys 14th

Nashville Nationals

925-838-9876 good-guys.com

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 8 a.m - 3 p.m. $15 - $20 adults, $10 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 &

Star Party

All ages. MTSU’s Wiser-Patten Science Hall Room 102, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Irina Perevalova presents a program about the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing followed by telescope viewing.

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 Memphis Redbirds.

N Rach Three & Sibelius Five

See Thursday, May 2.

N Scott Bradley’s

Postmodern Jukebox

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $39 - $69. A night of ragtime and swing music.

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

Ages 21+. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 7 - 10 p.m. $40 adults ($35 in advance), $15 DDs. Sample local craft brews while enjoying Shakespearean performances. Proceeds benefit the center’s education programs.

N The Big

Bounce America

thebigbounceamerica.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Fri - Sun 12 p.m. $16 - $28. The largest touring inflatable event in the world features the Guiness-certified world’s largest bounce house, a 900-foot-long obstacle course, mazes, ball pits, climbing walls and more. Book three-hour sessions for specific age groups, from toddlers to adults.

N FREE The Harding Art Show

615-356-5510 hardingacademy.org All ages. Harding Academy, 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville. Fri 12 - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Vesela Baker is this year’s featured artist. The show hosts more than 75 artists from across the country, and there are also art activities for kids, live music, face painting and more.

N Unlimited

Off-Road Show

678-938-2680 uorshow.com/Tennessee All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Fri 12 - 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $15 - $20 adults, free ages 13 & younger. Check out the hottest Jeeps, trucks, UTVs and buggies, and experience the thrill of off-road action through various activities.

FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS

West End Ave., Nashville. Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. More than 200 of the state’s best craft artists show and sell their work. The Children’s Tent features lots of hands-on art activities and performances.

Kids can explore The Little Engine That Could during Race to Read at Lane Motor Museum on Friday, May 24.

>> This month’s picks for babies, toddlers & preschoolers.

R NATURE PLAY DAYS Barfield Crescent Park Murfreesboro Every Wednesday murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 1 & older can play in the water, build a fort, get muddy and more. Free.

W NATURE STROLLERS

Bowie Nature Park, Fairview Monday, May 6 bowiepark.org

Ages 18 months - 5 years can enjoy stories, games, crafts and a pint-sized hike. Free.

N PJ MASKS LIVE! SAVE THE DAY

TPAC, Nashville Sunday, May 12 tpac.org

Catboy, Owlette, Gecko and PJ Robot aim to save the day from sneaky villains. $22 - $113 ($5 lapsit tickets).

N MYSTIC MERMAIDS BREAKFAST

Aquarium Restaurant, Nashville Saturday, May 18 aquariumrestaurants.com

Enjoy breakfast while watching the mermaids perform in the 200,000 gallon tank. Get pictures with them afterward. $15.99 - $18.99.

N RACE TO READ: THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

Lane Motor Museum, Nashville Friday, May 24 lanemotormuseum.org

N Sevier Park

Ages 3 - 5 can listen to the story of a determined train engine, then participate in train games and other activities. $12 adults, free ages 5 & younger.

Fest Concert

sevierparkfest.com All ages. Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville. 6 - 10

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GET MOVING WITH ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER! During the whole month of May, discover the science of sports, exercise and dance through fun and interactive experiences. Moonwalk your way into the new interactive media exhibit, learn about electrolytes and electricity and just how amazing the human body is.

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Friendship Tea Party (Register)

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Ages 5+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $15. Food, crafts and cupcake decorating.

SAT 4  FREE 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

See Friday, May 3.

 FREE @Nash-

SevereWx (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn how the creators of Music

City’s weather Twitter handle got started, what they do and how severe weather affects us.

 FREE Bark in the Park

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. Bring your furry family members for a family walk around the park.

 Days on the Farm See Friday, May 3.

Hot HAPPENIN’

 FREE Degas and the  Family Program: Little Dancer

615-595-1250 nashvilleballet.com All ages. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 10 & 11:30 a.m. Nashville Ballet presents the story of a young girl who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina but can’t afford lessons. Instead, she becomes an artist’s model and becomes a famous dancer in statue form.

 Derby Day

Saturday, May 4

Celebrating 18 years, it’s Middle Tennessee’s best and longest-running expo for new and expectant parents.

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et ready to go ga-ga on Saturday, May 4 during Nashville Parent’s premier event for allthings infant. Co-presented by Saint Thomas Women’s Care and Ascension, and sponsored by Mix 92.9, The Baby Fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (2000 Church St., Nashville). The FREE fair features hospital tours every half hour, specialty vendors, speakers, demonstrations, games and door prizes. There will be more

than $5,000 in giveaways, including the grand prize of nursery furniture from USA Baby & Kids Furniture Boutique. Saint Thomas/Ascension experts will present topics like “Baby Boot Camp,” “Breastfeeding 101” and “Why Go Natural?” You can also meet and interview OB/GYNs. Exhibit booths feature products and services for new families. Call 615-256-2158 or visit nashvilleparent.com/babyfair19.

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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 the history of the mandolin along with beginner playing techniques.

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 Family Program:

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 3 - 6 p.m. $20 adult members/$30 non-members, free ages 18 & younger. View the exhibit A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art, enjoy live bluegrass music by Clinchfield, feast on barbecue and watch the Kentucky Derby in a private viewing area. Adults can sample Belle Meade Bourbon, and mint juleps are available at the cash bar. Plus, enter to win a tailgate spot at the Iroquois Steeplechase on Saturday, May 11.

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 FREE First Satur-

615-209-0155 tntoddles.com

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615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

Dads (Register)

The Baby Fair!

Beginner Mandolin Workshop

Songwriting Tune-Up (Register)

 FREE Fireplace

Chat: Mansker’s Station Outlaws & Backcountry Butchers (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 12+. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Hear true stories of some of the most notorious scoundrels in American history.

day Art Crawl

All ages. Tennessee Toddles Indoor Playground, 1707 Fairview Blvd., Fairview. 8 10 a.m. $6. Enjoy breakfast pastries and indoor play.

All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. Twenty-five art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings.

 Family

Campfire (Register)

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna. 6 - 8:30 p.m. $2. Gather ‘round the campfire for games, music and s’mores.

 Goodguys 14th

615-459-9742 townofsmyrna.org

 FREE Family Fun

 Gardening Class All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. Have fun planting seeds in the Children’s Garden.

Nashville Nationals

See Friday, May 3.

Day: May the Fourth Be With You

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 3 p.m. Star Wars-themed crafts, snacks and activities.

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N Hillsong United

N FREE Kidsville

N FREE Sevier

All ages. Ascend Ampthitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $34 - $84. A night of worship music.

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Explore a children’s book, then create a related work of art.

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N FREE Home Depot

W FREE LEGOS

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615-595-1250 wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com

615-999-9000 ascendamphitheater.com

Kids’ Workshop (Register)

Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot (visit website for locations). 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Make a handmade blooming art piece.

W FREE Home

Staging Workshop (Register)

facebook.com/ events/335346750673355 Trena@TrenaCookRealtor.com Adults. Churchill Mortgage, 761 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood. 9 - 10:30 a.m. HGTV’s Home Stager Kim Pearse shares strategies for those getting ready to sell their homes with room-byroom tips, current design trends, how to best show your money rooms and more. For advice on your space, e-mail Pearse in advance of the event at kim@ thestagingconsultant.com.

N Inter Nashville FC Soccer

internashfc.com All ages. International Soccer Complex, 2310 Antioch Pike, Antioch. 7:30 p.m. $5 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Versus Atlanta SC.

N FREE iSpy:

Skinks & Snakes

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore the park for skinks doing pushups and snakes basking in the sun.

N Junior Chef Class: May the Fourth Be With You (Register)

615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. $30. Make Star Wars-themed cookies.

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in the Library

All ages. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Build with LEGO and Duplo blocks.

R FREE Main Street Jazz Fest

See Friday, May 3.

W FREE May the

Fourth Be With You

All ages. Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. This benefit for the Friends of Sevier Park includes unique local vendors, food, art, fashion, live music, children’s activities and more.

N FREE Shakespeare Allowed

615-255-2273 nashvilleshakes.org All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville. 12 - 3 p.m. Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of King John.

R FREE Skulls and

Skins: Furbearers of Tennessee (Register)

615-905-4160 purplebutterflykids.com

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Purple Butterfly, 142 Second Ave. S., Franklin. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kids can enjoy storytime, Star Wars characters, cookies and face painting.

Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Examine biofacts like animal furs, deer antlers and skulls to discover what they reveal about the animals they belong to.

N Meet Me at the Zoo: Star Wars

Special Needs Jump

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character for a day of fun at the zoo, which includes Star Wars character appearances for photo ops.

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.

R Middle Tennessee

N FREE Strawberry

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

Strawberry Festival Pageant

615-325-9032 middletennesseestrawberryfestival.net All ages. Portland High School, 600 College St., Portland. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. $30 - $40 plus a toy for Toys for Tots. Boys, girls and mother/daughter teams can participate in this annual pageant.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

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N Rach Three & Sibelius Five

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Park Fest

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Jubilee 2019

615-880-2001 nashvillefarmersmarket.org All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Strawberry tasting table, live music, food trucks, strawberry shortcake contest and more.

S Strawberry Slam Wrestling

615-325-9032 middletennesseestrawberryfestival.net All ages. Portland High School, 600 College St., Portland. 7 p.m. $10 - $25. Enjoy a night of wrestling action featuring Jeff Jarrett.

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THINGS TO DO

Kids can satisfy their slime fixation during the World Slime Convention at Opryland on Saturday, May 4.

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

W COLOR WHEELS ART CLASS

Franklin Recreation Complex Wednesdays, May 1 - 15 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 5 - 10 can create art projects through painting, drawing, coloring and sculpting. $42. Register.

N WORLD SLIME CONVENTION

Gaylord Opryland Resort Convention Center, Nashville Saturday, May 4 worldslimeconvention.com

Browse and shop slime vendors, see demonstrations, participate in slime swaps and enter contests. There will also be Q & A sessions and meet-andgreet sessions with Instagram slimers. $25 ($10 per contest entry).

R BARFIELD BEACH PARTY Barfield Crescent Park Murfreesboro Friday, May 10 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

More than 60 tons of sand beckon kids to build castles, play beach games, participate in contests and more. Free.

N WOW IN THE WORLD POP UP PARTY

Langford Auditorium, Nashville Saturday, May 18 tinkercast.com/events

Experience a live version of the popular kids’ podcast as Mindy Thomas and The Pop Ups present an interactive show aiming to engage kids in science and music. $25 - $75.


THINGS TO DO S FREE Sumner Fest 615-824-2818 hendersonvillechamber.com

All ages. Sander’s Ferry Park, 513 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville. 4 - 9 p.m. Live music, hot air balloons, food trucks, Kid Zone activities (including knocker ball and inflatables), local vendors and more.

N Super Science

Saturday: Get Moving

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12. Discover the science of sports, exercise and dance.

W Tennessee Renaissance Festival: Community Appreciation Weekend

615-395-9950 tnrenfest.com

All ages. RenFest Fairgrounds, 2124 Newcastle Road, Arrington. Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $50 includes two adults, two grandparents and all kids 12 & younger (this weekend only). Jousting knights, fair maidens, man-powered medieval games, and more.

N The Big

Bounce America

See Friday, May 3.

N FREE The

Harding Art Show

See Friday, May 3.

W The Original Mud Run

615-594-3210 imudrun.com All ages. Tap Root Farm, 905 Hickory Hills Drive, Franklin. 10:30 a.m. $80 adults, $45 ages 3 - 12. There’s a 5K, a 10K, a Kids’ Mud Run and even a dog run — all in the mud with more than 30 obstacles to climb over, crawl under and otherwise navigate.

N Tri-Star Boxing 615-394-6206 tristarboxing.com

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 5:30 p.m. $32. Experience the sport of boxing featuring local fighters, including Sena “The African Assasin” Agbeko, Eduardo “Chachi” Aguilar, Ty “Shortfuse” Tomlin and more.

N Unlimited

Off-Road Show

See Friday, May 3.

N Walk Me Home 5K

615-741-5280 firstgiving.com/event/walkmehome/MiddleTN2019 All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville. 9 a.m. $20 adults, free ages 12 & younger. A walk, live music, inflatables and more for Tennessee foster children.

W Westhaven

5K Memory Run

615-266-3612 westhaventn.com

All ages. Westhaven Residents’ Club, 401 Cheltenham Ave., Franklin. 6:30 - 10 a.m. $30. Participate in a 5K or kids’ fun run.

N FREE Wild About FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is Saturday, May 4. Kids can get their hands on more than 50 complimentary comic book titles available at many Middle Tennessee shops, including The Great Escape (Nashville, Madison, Murfreesboro), Heroes Wanted (Gallatin), Outer Limits (Franklin) and Grand Adventure (Murfreesboro). Find all the stores and get more info at freecomicbookday.com.

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Flowers (Register)

Nashville. 1 - 2 p.m. Embark on a one-mile walk to view spring wildflowers.

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.

W FREE Williamson County Community Band

615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 3 p.m. An afternoon of traditional concert music, pop selections and movie/TV theme songs.

N World Slime Convention

worldslimeconvention.com All ages. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $25. Browse and shop slime vendors, meet Instagram slimers, see demos, participate in slime swaps and Q&A sessions, and more. You can also enter four competitions ($10 entry for each): Best Thicky, Best Drizzle, Most Creative and Slime Flip.

SUN 5 N FREE 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

See Friday, May 3.

N Broadway

Brunch (Register)

615-244-4878 nashvillerep.org

Ages 21+. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville. 11 a.m. $150 - $300. Nashville Rep’s annual gala includes brunch, bottomless cocktails, a live auction, musical performances and more.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

N Goodguys 14th

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St.,

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N FREE Tennessee

615-252-4675 nashvillechildrenstheatre.org/ grand-night-and-day

615-889-2941 tennesseevintagebaseball.com

Day (Register)

All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. 2 p.m. $160 for a family of four. Following the performance of Tomas and the Library Lady, enjoy a variety of activities like inflatables, crafts, a petting zoo and more.

N Killswitch Engage

Vintage Baseball

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 12 p.m. The Maroons challenge the Cumberlanders followed by Phoenix vs Travellers.

N The Big

Bounce America

See Friday, May 3.

and Parkway Drive

MON 6

All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville. 6:30 p.m. $32.50 - $175. A night of metalcore music.

W A Night of Hope

N Nashville

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $50 $75. A night of music benefiting the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

615-782-4040 tpac.org

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

with Thompson Square

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

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

N Judas Priest

W PuppyUp

Ages 12+. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 $150. A night of heavy metal music.

Nashville Walk

301-221-9754 puppyupwalk.org/nashville All ages. Global K9 Protection Services, 1836 Old Natchez Trace, Franklin. 12 - 5 p.m. $25 thru May 3, $30 thereafter, free ages 13 & younger. This onemile walk promotes awareness and funds for canine cancer research. Live music follows the walk.

N FREE Ride Mt. Juliet

615-754-2552 mjparksandrec.org All ages. Music City Star Parking Lot, 22 E. Division St., Mt. Juliet. 2 - 4 p.m. Hop on your bikes and follow a fire truck on a leisurely family-friendly 5.8mile ride.

W Tennessee Renaissance Festival: Community Appreciation Weekend

See Saturday, May 4.

with Uriah Heep

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com

W Learnin’

the Ropes (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Franklin code: 13794 Spring Hill code: 13869

Ages 7 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Mondays, May 6 - 20 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (also at the Longview Recreation Center in Spring Hill from 5 - 6 p.m.). $30. Learn the sport of jump rope with instruction in single rope, shared rope, long rope, double dutch and more.

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 Memphis Redbirds.

THE BIG BOUNCE AMERICA brings the world’s largest inflatables to The Fairgrounds in Nashville May 3 - 5. Sessions are available in three-hour, age-specific blocks ranging from toddlers to adults.

W FREE Nature Strollers

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11 a.m. A book reading, songs, games, crafts and a child-friendly hike.

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.

N FREE Tennessee Youth Symphony Spring Concert

tennesseeyouthsymphony.org All ages. Belmont McAfee Concert Hall, 2108 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live music by 140 student musicians from Middle Tennessee.

TUE 7 21st Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament

615-325-9032 middletennesseestrawberryfestival.net Adults. Kenny Perry Country Creek Golf Course, 1075 Kenny Perry Drive, Franklin, KY. 8 a.m. $400 for the four-person scramble (includes lunch). Tee up to raise money for the Portland Chamber of Commerce during this annual tourney during Strawberry Festival week.

W Open Studio with Kreative Kat (Register)

615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13929 Ages 8+. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. Tuesdays, May 7 - 28 from 6 - 7 p.m. $40. Learn specific art techniques in different media while creating in an open studio space.

R Preschool

Program: What Can Mothers Do? (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. This Mother’s Day-themed class includes stories and crafts.

N FREE Side-By-Side Concert (Register)

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. Local ninth-grade pianist Luke Turner — winner of the 2019 Curb Concerto Competition — joins the Nashville Symphony to perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” before the orchestra and Curb Youth Symphony team up on Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.”

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N Nashville

615-325-9032 middletennesseestrawberryfestival.net

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com

Carnival

All ages. Richland Park, 303 Portland Blvd., Portland. Tue - Sat 5 p.m. Free admission; activity armbands are $20. Enjoy rides, games, inflatables, food and entertainment.

S Tot Time:

Art (Register)

615-851-2253 goodlettsvilleparks.com Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Explore creativity while making a work of art.

R FREE Turtle Search 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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.

WED 8 N Boney James:

The Honestly Tour

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

SC Soccer

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $60. Versus the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

N FREE Nature Play Day

See Wednesday, May 1.

N New Ingram Works Festival (Register)

615-244-4878 nashvillerep.org

All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. May 8 - 11 & 14 18 at 7 p.m. $10 per reading or $35 for an all-access festival pass. See premiere staged readings of five brand-new plays developed in Nashville.

S Strawberry Carnival

See Tuesday, May 7.

N Strawberry Pickin’ Party (Register)

See Wednesday, May 1.

THU 9 N ABBA The Concert 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. $37 - $142. An ABBA tribute band joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music.

N FREE Black Violin 615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. A night of hip hop music.

W FREE Brentwood Young Gardeners Class (Register)

See Thursday, May 2.

N Grease Sing-Along 615-784-4014 capitoltheatretn.com

Ages 12+. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon. 6:30 p.m. $5. Take a trip back to Rydell High with Danny, Sandy and the gang, and have fun singing along to all the musical numbers.

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $30 - $105. A night of jazz music.

N Historic

N New Ingram

615-837-5197 tnagmuseum.org

See Wednesday, May 8.

Rural Life Festival

All ages. Tennessee Agricultural Museum, 404 Hogan Road, Nashville. Thu - Fri 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $3 ages 2 & older (cash/ check only). Visit farm animals, enjoy live music and storytelling, and see demonstrations in woodworking, spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, basket making and quill pen making. New this year is a musical instrument petting zoo for kids.

N How to Start Your Own Mushroom Log (Register)

615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com

Ages 16+. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $10. Learn the ins and outs of growing your own mushrooms on logs in this class with Culinary Garden Manager Jay Michonski.

N New Kids on the Block

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $29.95 - $179.95. A night of pop music.

W Steak

& Burger Dinner

615-628-8188 bgcmt.org/events

Adults. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. 5:30 - 9 p.m. $125. Adults feast on burgers while program kids at their table enjoy a steak dinner during this benefit for Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. This year’s keynote speaker is NFL’s Brad Hopkins.

S Strawberry Carnival

N FREE It’s the

See Tuesday, May 7.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

FRI 10

Balm (Register)

Ages 21+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 6 - 7 p.m. Make your own tube of lip balm with simple ingredients, including essential oils to give your balm a “mood-lifting” scent.

N ABBA The Concert with the Nashville Symphony

See Thursday, May 9.

R FREE Barfield Beach Party

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

N Eddie Izzard

All ages. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 5 p.m. More than 60 tons of sand beckon families to build sand castles, play beach games and more.

615-889-3060 ryman.com

Ages 16+. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $57 - $70. A night of stand-up comedy.

R Day of Washing,

W FREE Kids’ Hour

Churning and Learning

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

615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org

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

THE BARFIELD BEACH PARTY at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro features more than 60 tons of sand. Kids can dig, build and play on Friday, May 10.

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All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5. Explore chores of the 18th century through hands-on activities like clothes washing, butter churning, quill writing and rug beating. Plus, artisans are on site, and kids can play period games.


THINGS TO DO N Historic Rural

tury using paint pigments from powdered rocks and minerals.

See Thursday, May 9.

S FREE 78th Annual

Life Festival

S FREE Movie on Main

615-745-4044 All ages. Downtown Portland, 120 Main St., Portland. 6 - 10 p.m. (movie starts at 7:30 p.m.). Enjoy an outdoor screening of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean complete with food vendors and children’s activities.

N FREE Musicians Corner

musicianscornernashville.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. Music by The Watson Twins, Angle Snow, Don Gallardo & Lilly Winwood, Lauren Farrah and Daphne Michelle. Plus Kidsville children’s activities.

N New Ingram Works Festival (Register)

See Wednesday, May 8.

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.

S Strawberry Carnival

See Tuesday, May 7.

W WellieWishers

Friendship Tea Party (Register)

See Friday, May 3.

SAT 11 R 19th Century Art with Artist Lennie Fottrell

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 10, free ages 5 & younger. A talk and demonstration focusing on art techniques from the 19th cen-

Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

615-325-9032 middletennesseestrawberryfestival.net All ages. Downtown Portland, 120 Main St., Portland. 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5K, a parade, live music, children’s activities, strawberry-eating contests, live music and more.

N 78th Iroquois Steeplechase

800-619-4802 iroquoissteeplechase.org All ages. Percy Warner Park, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 8 a.m. gates open, first race is at 1 p.m. $75 adults, free ages 12 & younger. An afternoon of horse races benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt includes a stick horse race for ages 12 and younger (the winning children receives a $100 gift certificate to Phillips Toy Mart). The Family Area features inflatables, pony rides, games and other children’s activities.

N A Floral Experi-

ence: Garden Installation (Register)

THE 78TH IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE takes place Saturday, May 11 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Kids can participate in the stick horse race for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Phillips Toy Mart.

R Astronomy During the Day (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $3 - $4. Learn about the stars and discovers the stories they hold hidden among the constellations.

615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com

N FREE Bark

Ages 21+. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $50 individuals, $90 couples. Join floral designer Alex Zody to create a collaborative floral installation in the gazebo while sipping champagne paired with freshly picked strawberries.

615-418-7003 newleashonline.org

N ABBA The Concert with the Nashville Symphony

See Thursday, May 9.

R Adventures in Science Webelos Workshop (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Any webelos scout. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 10 11:30 a.m. $3. Build a model of the solar system, create a model rocket and more.

in the Park

All ages. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pet tags, lure and agility courses, paw print art, crafts, games and more.

N FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about the park, its wildlife and the connection between bird habitat and coffee.

N Dave

Matthews Band

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena,

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501 Broadway, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $45 - $110. A night of rock music.

R Family Fun Night: Royal Ball

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $2. Don your finest attire for tea, snacks and dancing the night away.

W FREE Franklin

participation.

W Guided Hike Day (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 10 a.m. $8. Embark on a guided hike with three types from which to choose: Family (for those with young children), Moderate and Challenging.

Rodeo Parade

N FREE Houseplant

All ages. Historic Downtown Franklin. 12 p.m. Floats, horses, clowns and more commemorating the 70th Franklin Rodeo (May 16 - 18).

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

615-763-3611 franklinrodeo.com

N Gladys Knight 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $65 - $85. A night of R&B music.

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

Swap & A Pickin’ Party

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Bring houseplants you want to swap for different ones and enjoy live music.

N Inter Nashville FC Soccer

internashfc.com All ages. International Soccer Complex, 2310 Antioch Pike, Antioch. 7:30 p.m. $5 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Versus Chattanooga FC.

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THINGS TO DO sion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tour the mansion, experience period games on the lawn, enjoy children’s dress-up activities, observe civilian demonstrations and more.

N FREE Piecing it

Together for Families: Art, Crafts & Quilting

615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

THE 78TH MIDDLE TENNESSEE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL includes a large kids’ zone full of inflatables, games and other activities on Saturday, May 11.

N FREE iSpy:

N Learn to Sew:

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore plants and seeds that will become a garden full of tomatoes, peppers, squash and flowers.

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 1 - 2 p.m. free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Learn sewing basics as you create your own keychain inspired by the cars in the museum.

The Summer Garden

R Kayaking

to Fancher Falls (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 12+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 8 a.m. $15. Transportation and gear are provided for this paddling trip to Fancher Falls at Center Hill Lake.

W Kids’ Mother’s Day Cookies (Register)

629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

Ages 6+. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $40. Decorate a set of sugar cookies for Mom.

N FREE Kidsville kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Intersection musicians interact with kids about how music expands ears and minds, then kids can make a craft.

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All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. A of quilting craft activities, stories for young children, a scavenger hunt and more in conjunction with the exhibit Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts.

Jason Eskridge, Katy Kirby and The Katawicks. Plus, Kidsville children’s activities.

N Second Saturday

N Nashville Junior

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 of live shows, documentary-style full-dome features and laser shows.

Roller Derby

615-335-1833 nashvillejrd.com

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 12 p.m. $5 - $12. Cheer for youth teams as they compete in a Level 3 scrimmage.

N Nashville

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

SC Soccer

N FREE Sixth Annual

All ages. Cedarmont Farm, 2030 Cedarmont Drive, Franklin. Sat - Sun 2 p.m. $30. An afternoon on the lawn with live music, food, iced tea, lemonade and sweet treats for Mom.

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $60. Versus Swope Park Rangers.

615-893-0355 backyardbbqfest.com

N Mother’s Day Tea

919-781-8014 fightingblindness.org/events/ nashville-visionwalk-21

W Mother’s Day Tea 615-682-1815 cedarmontfarm.com

& Fashion Show

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. $40. A tea party with hors d’oeuvres in the parlors of Tulip Grove with period reenactors from the 19th century, plus a fashion show of styles from three centuries.

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

N FREE Nashville Vision Walk

All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Raise pledges and walk a 5K benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Backyard Barbecue Festival

All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join a ribeating contest while watching some of the top cookers in Middle Tennessee compete in the KCBS-sanctioned Backyard BBQ Brawl.

N Spotlight Awards 615-782-4040 tpac.org

N FREE Musicians

See Wednesday, May 8.

All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 18 & younger. TPAC and Lipscomb University showcase the best of Middle Tennessee’s high school drama students.

musicianscornernashville.com

R FREE Oaklands

S Strawberry

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 12 6 p.m. Music by Langhorne Slim & The Law, Becca Mancari,

615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org

See Tuesday, May 7.

Corner

N New Ingram Works Festival (Register)

Free Day

All ages. Oaklands Man-

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N FREE Teen Arts Action Group

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org teens@fristartmuseum.org Ages 15 - 18. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 1 - 4 p.m. Teens interested in working in an artistic environment can become ambassadors through the Frist’s volunteer program.

W Tennessee Renais-

sance Festival: Artisan & Crafts Weekend

615-395-9950 tnrenfest.com

All ages. RenFest Fairgrounds, 2124 Newcastle Road, Arrington. Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12. Medieval fun plus a marketplace with handcrafted items from around the globe.

R FREE Tennessee Vintage Baseball

tennesseevintagebaseball.com All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro. 12 p.m. Maroons vs Scouts.

N Ultimate

Oldies Show

615-784-4014 capitoltheatretn.com All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon. 7 p.m. $20 adults, $15 ages 3 - 11. Sing and dance the night away with the best music from the 1950s and ‘60s.

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.

N FREE You Light

Up(cycle) My Life: Sustainable Candle Making (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 10+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Make your own natural candle in a recycled receptacle.

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THINGS TO DO

Daily events continue on page 51.

DAVIDSON COUNTY

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

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

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

• 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

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

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m. Ages 0-5 • After-School Adventure Club: Thu 4:30 p.m. Grades K - 3 • Read, Play, Grow: Sat 10 a.m. Ages 3 - 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edmondson Pike Branch Library 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 615-880-3956 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

• 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

• 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

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 La Vergne Public Library 5063 Murfreesboro Road La Vergne 615-793-7303 lavergnetn.gov/192/ la-vergne-public-library

• Once Upon a Storytime: Tue - Wed 10 a.m. Ages 2+ • Little Treasures: Thu 10 a.m. Ages 0 - 2

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THE BRENTWOOD LIBRARY offers preschool storytimes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. • Jammies & Stories: Thu 6:30 p.m. All ages • Homeschool Storytime: Mon 10 a.m. Grades K - 3

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

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

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

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090 | brentwoodtn.gov/library • Preschool Storytime: Tue & Wed 10 & 11 a.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 5

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 • 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

Spring Hill Library 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill 931-486-2932 springhilltn.og/281/library

• Baby Jam: Mon 9:15 a.m. Ages 0 - 2 • Storytime: Tue - Thu 10 a.m. Ages 5 & younger

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

Storytimes occasionally take time off. Double check before you go. Many libraries begin Summer Reading Program sign-ups this month. (turn to page 51)

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THINGS TO DO for the North American Butterfly Association’s May count.

TUE 14 N 2019 Symphony Fashion Show (Register)

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org/sfs Adults. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 6 p.m. $250. Enjoy cocktails followed by a runway show featuring the fall 2019 collection from Caroline Herrera with live entertainment by Lauren Alaina.

PJ MASKS LIVE! SAVE THE DAY comes to TPAC on Sunday, May 12.

SUN 12 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

N Creative Zone: Stained Glass Sun Catchers

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 a colorful sun catcher using the stained glass windows at the Ryman as inspiration.

N FREE Jazz on the Cumberland

615-731-9001 jazzonthecumberland.com All ages. Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St., Nashville. 5:30 - 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live jazz music.

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 Mother’s Day Tea (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 3 p.m. $2 children, free for moms. Celebrate Mom with a tea party. Dress in your best princess costume and bring your favorite stuffed animal ... and Mom.

W Mother’s Day Tea See Saturday, May 11.

MON 13 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 in English and Spanish, family tours and hands-on fun in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

W FREE Nature

Explorers (Register)

N PJ Masks Live!

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

615-782-4040 tpac.org

Ages 5 - 7. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11 a.m. This naturalist-led classes immerses kids in the forest, using different exploration-based techniques to engage them with nature.

Save the Day

All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 3 p.m. $22 - $113, $5 lapsit tickets for ages 1 & younger (available at the box office only before the show). Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, along with their new friend PJ Robot, aim to save the day from sneaky villains Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl. The show includes familiar music plus brand-new songs.

W Tennessee Renais-

sance Festival: Artisan & Crafts Weekend

See Saturday, May 12.

N Shinedown 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. Mon - Tue 8 p.m. $59 - $89. A night of hard rock music.

N FREE Spring But-

terfly Count (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn butterfly identification while helping the nature center gather data

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R FREE All Access Night (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/allaccess 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.

N New Ingram Works Festival (Register)

See Wednesday, May 8.

R Preschool

Program: Summer Fun! (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 the summer season through fun and games.

N Shinedown

See Monday, May 13.

R FREE Turtle Search 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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.

WED 15 W FREE Franklin

Rodeo Experience

615-763-3611 franklinrodeo.com

All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. 6 - 9 p.m. Behind-thescenes chutes tours, line dancing lessons, kids’ activities (ropin’, stick horses, etc.), pony and mechanical bull rides (a fee applies), and more.

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. Award-winning recording artist Ginger Sands performs music for children.

N Mavis Staples 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 - $55. A night of R&B with special guests Jason Isbell, John Prine, Marty Stuart and more.

R FREE Nature Play Day

See Wednesday, May 1.

N New Ingram Works Festival (Register)

See Wednesday, May 8.

N FREE Raising

an Outdoors Child: Spring and Summer (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Adults. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Want to nurture a connection with nature in your child, but now sure where to begin? Discover tips on how to explore outside every day of the year with your family.

N Strawberry Pickin’ Party (Register)

See Wednesday, May 1.

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THU 16

W Cookie Pizza Kids’ N New Ingram Class (Register)

W FREE Brentwood

629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

See Thursday, May 2.

Ages 6+. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 4:30 - 6 p.m. $45. Create a cookie pizza using royal icing and fondant.

Young Gardeners Class (Register)

Works Festival (Register)

See Wednesday, May 8.

W FREE Pizza & Pages

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/departments/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood

Hot HAPPENIN’

Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4 - 5 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books.

W Praise on Main 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 7 p.m. $40. A night of gospel music featuring Joshua Freeman, Linda Davis and others benefiting Beautiful Feet Global Outreach.

S RiverGate Carnival

513-410-3387 kisselentertainment.com All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville. Today thru May 26: Mon - Fri 5 - 11 p.m., Sat - Sun 1 - 11 p.m. free admission; rides require tickets. Kiddie rides, thrill rides, carnival games, food and more.

N The Who

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $44 - $200. A night of rock music.

70th Annual Franklin Rodeo May 16 - 18

Children can get in on the fun with special competitions just for them at Williamson County’s Ag Expo Park.

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ne of Williamson County’s most treasured, actionpacked events celebrates 70 years! The Franklin Rodeo serves up three nights of excitement and competitions May 16 - 18 at the Ag Expo Park in Franklin (4215 Long Lane). The rodeo takes place at 7 p.m. each night (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Aside from the main events, kids ages 6 - 12 can have fun participating in the calf scramble. Youngsters less than 50 pounds can put their names in a drawing to try their skills during the mutton bustin’ competition (10 names are drawn each night). The Franklin Rodeo parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday, May

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11 at 12 p.m. in downtown Franklin. Plus, the free Franklin Rodeo Experience takes place Wednesday, May 15 from 6 - 9 p.m. Your family can enjoy a behind-the-scenes chutes tour, take line-dancing lessons and participate in children’s activities. New this year is the Franklin Rodeo Fan Club. For $25, you’ll get premium seating; a special entrance with no lines; behind-the-scenes tours prior to the rodeo; a goodie bag; an invitation for your family to ride on one of the floats during the parade; and more. Rodeo admission is $15 - $22 adults, $5 - $10 ages 12 & younger. Call 615-763-3611 or visit franklinrodeo.com.

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FRI 17 N Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

615-999-9000 ascendamphitheater.com

All ages. Ascend Ampthitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $30 - $100. A night of hip hop and R&B music.

N Big Guitar Brewfest

615-690-4487 firsttennesseepark.com Ages 21+. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 - 11 p.m. $45 general admission, $65 VIP. More than 50 local and craft breweries are on site for beer tastings, plus live music, games and food.

N Full Moon Pickin’ Party

warnerparks.org

All ages. Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 7 - 11 p.m. $25 adults ($20 in advance), $10 ages 7 - 17 ($7 in ad-

vance). A night of music featuring bluegrass and roots pickers, food trucks and more. Proceeds benefit Warner Park’s education programs.

N FREE Musicians Corner

musicianscornernashville.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. Music by Sierra Hull, Kyshona, Austin Plaine, Giri & Uma Peters and Katie Ruvane. Plus, Kidsville children’s activities.

N New Ingram Works Festival (Register)

See Wednesday, May 8.

W Nick Lowe

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $40.50 - $49.50. A night of pop music.

N FREE Nighthawk Prowl (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 6+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 8 - 9:30 p.m. Head out to look for nighthawks on the prowl for insects.

S RiverGate Carnival

See Thursday, May 16.

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.

R Smyrna Strokes: Mother’s Day Painting (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5+. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Make a painting in honor of your mom.

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615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 8 - 9:30 p.m. Embark on a one-mile hike under the light of a full moon followed by a pickin’ party on the porch.

N FREE iSpy:

Legs and More Legs

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

BLAIR CHILDREN’S CHORUS auditions are on Saturday, May 18 and Monday, May 20. Auditon info is at https://blair.vanderbilt.edu. Go to “Children’s Chorus.”

N Thibaudet Plays Turangalila

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $25 - $90. A night of music featuring the ondes Martenot, a vintage electronic instrument that adds otherworldly textures to the music.

W FREE Touch A Truck

615-791-3217 franklintn.gov/parks All ages. Jim Warren Park, 705 Boyd Mill Ave., Franklin. 5 - 8 p.m. Kids can climb on and explore trucks, tractors, machines, police cars and more. There is also live music and inflatables. “No Horn Hour” takes place from 5 - 6 p.m. for small children or those with sensory issues.

W WellieWishers

Friendship Tea Party (Register)

See Friday, May 3.

SAT 18 N FREE 42nd Annual Bellevue Community Picnic

bellevueharpethchamber.com All ages. Bellevue Recreation Field, 655 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, inflatables, food vendors, local vendor booths, arts and crafts, local team mascots, pony rides and fireworks.

W 70th Annual Franklin Rodeo

See page 52.

N Amanda Palmer 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $29 - $49. A night of alternative rock.

N FREE Blair

Children’s Chorus Auditions

615-322-7651 blair.vanderbilt.edu/precollege-adult/blair-childrenschorus.php julie.claverie@vanderbilt.edu All ages. Blair School of Music, Room 1109C, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville. Sat 10 a.m. 12 p.m., Mon 5 - 7 p.m. Kids can audition for the Concert Choir (girls in grades 8 - 12); Young Men’s Chorus (boys with changing/changed voices); Blair Choristers (girls in grades 5 & up); Nashville Boychoir (boys in grades 3 & up); and Training Choir (boys & girls in grades 1 - 5). Auditionees will sing a familiar song like “Happy Birthday” and will be asked to sight read a simple melody.

R Family Baking Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $65 adults, $50 ages 5 - 17. Learn to make pecan sage scone with maple butter, flourless chocolate cake, cream puffs, rose apple tarts and more.

N FREE Family Bike

Ride with Metro Park Police (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 - 11 a.m. Bike around the park with local cops, then enjoy a sweet treat.

W FREE Franklin Jr. Chess Club

615-786-0186 academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com 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.

N Galactic Expo galacticexpo.com

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10. More than 120 vendors with crystals, gifts, intuitive readings, nature healing, seminars and more.

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All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Discover how many legs millipedes have along with other facts about arthropods.

N Junior Chef Class: Flour Shop Bitelet Party (Register)

615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

N Mystic Mermaids Breakfast (Register)

615-514-3474 aquariumrestaurants.com

All ages. Aquarium Restaurant, 516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 8:30 a.m. $18.99 adults, $15.99 ages 3 - 10, free ages 2 & younger. Enjoy a variety of breakfast foods, watch the Mystic Mermaids perform in the 200,000 gallon tank, get pictures with the mermaids and receive a discount in the gift shop.

N Nashville Hot

Chicken & Wine Party

615-324-1010 citywinery.com

Ages 21+. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville. 1 2:30 p.m. $35. Experience three levels of hot chicken heat with six different wines.

N Nashville SC Soccer

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. $40. Learn to create magical, colorful mini cakes.

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N FREE Kidsville

N New Ingram

kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Learn about plein air painting while practicing the style.

W FREE Mammal

Pelts of Tennessee (Register)

wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14310 All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 1 p.m. Learn about some of Tennessee’s native mammals and feel their pelts.

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $60. Versus Charlotte Independence.

Works Festival (Register)

See Wednesday, May 8.

N Repticon 863-268-4273 repticon.com

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $12 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 & younger. More than 100 tables of reptiles, amphibians, exotic poets and products, plus hourly seminars and presentations.

W Riverbend Kids’ Club

N FREE Musicians

615-468-2008 riverbendnurseries.com

musicianscornernashville.com

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

Corner

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 12 - 6 p.m. Music by Parker Millsap, Brandy Zdan, &More, Viva Mexico and Savannah Sgro. Plus, Kidsville children’s activities,

S RiverGate Carnival

See Thursday, May 16.

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THEATER & DANCE

THINGS TO DO W ALADDIN KIDS

Saturday, May 18 | All ages 615-678-4739 | expressioncity.com

The Royal E. Barberi Theatre at Expression City, 1724-B Gen. George Patton Drive, Brentwood. 6:30 p.m. $10. When the street urchin Aladdin vies for the attention of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her.

R BACKYARD BARD: OTHELLO May 10 - 26 | Ages 10+ 615-893-9825 | mltarts.com

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W THE LATCHKEY BRIGADE

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 - $17 adults, $12 - $14 youth. A modern young woman’s granny and matchmaker friend have found her a “catch” who’s a pickle vendor. Initial reluctance blossoms into romance.

Source One Five at Mockingbird Theater at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Building 6, Franklin. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. This original musical — with music by Michael W. Smith — tells the story of a group of World War II-era “latchkey kids” who band together to find solace creating music and art in an old forgotten theater..

May 3 - 12 | Ages 10+ 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

W DISNEY’S CINDERELLA KIDS

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sun 7 p.m. Free. There’s a wild west spin on Shakespeare’s tragedy that explores racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoor performance.

May 10 - 11 | All ages 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com

W BIG FISH

N HELLO, DOLLY!

May 31 - June 15 | 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. When a man is about to have a child of his own, he becomes determined to find the truth behind his father’s larger-than-life stories.

N CARMINA BURANA

May 31 - June 3 | All ages 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m., Mon 7 p.m. $50 - $100. This multimedia experience features updated choreography from Nashville Ballet, an original film by Duncan Copp and musical performances by the Nashville Symphony and Chorus along with the Blair Children’s Chorus.

N A CHORUS LINE

May 31 - June 16 | Ages 10+ 615-332-7529 | circleplayers.net

Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $20 ($15 on Thursdays). This musical captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition while exploring the inner lives and ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies.

N THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

March 10 - 12 | Ages 12+ 615-832-4252 | nashvilleopera.org

Nashville Opera at Noah Liff Opera Center, 362 Redmon St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. Once banned for its hot-button social commentary, this jazz opera serves up comedic drama through a fusion of classical, pop and musical theater.

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Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Fri 5 & 7:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. $13 - $25. A youth cast presents the rags-to-riches fairytale.

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

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.

R HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.

Through 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.

W HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.

May 11 - 12 | All ages 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com

Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Sat 4 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 1 & 4 p.m. $13 - $25. Students of East high must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing classes and extracurricular activities.

May 10 - 12 | All ages 615-538-7107 | sourceonefive.com

R LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION

May 17 - 26 | Ages 13+ 615-904-2787 | boroarts.org

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $16 students, $14 children. The epic tale of passion and redemption in the throes of revolution.

N LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER

Through May 12 | 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.

W LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

May 2 - 5 | All ages 615-786-0186 | wcparksandrec.com The Star Bright Players at Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy 96 W., Franklin. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10. A youth production of the rock musical comedy about a speaking and singing Venus fly trap with bizarre requests.

W LITTLE WOMEN

May 10 - 11 | All ages 615-972-8394 dramapeople.com

Drama People at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m. $7. The story of a mother's devotion to her daughters and of their loyalty in return.

W JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

N PAPALAGUI EXPOSED

Studio Tenn at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $35 - $90. The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.

OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. 8 p.m. $25 adults, $12.50 ages 12 & younger. Windship Boyd and other artists present this dance theater production that explores Western culture’s obsession with nature, money and time.

May 17 - June 2 | All ages 615-541-8200 | studiotenn.com

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May 10 - 11 | All ages 615-350-7200 | ozartsnashville.com


HELLO, DOLLY! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley is on stage at TPAC through Sunday, May 5. Oh, those gorgeous costumes!

N PETER AND THE WOLF

S SHREK THE MUSICAL

615-383-9140 | belcourt.org

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. An ogre becomes an unlikely hero who finds himself on life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess.

& THE GOLDEN GOOSE May 4 - 25 | All ages

Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. Sat 10 a.m. $10. Two classic stories come to life with dance, mime and audience participation.

R THE PIANO MEN

May 18 - 19 | All ages 615-563-2787 | artscenterofcc.com

Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15. Based on Billy Joel and Elton John’s “Face to Face” tour, this musical tribute includes hits and deep cuts.

N POP UPRIGHT SHAKESPEARE

Saturday, May 25 | Ages 12+ 615-255-2273 | nashvilleshakes.org

Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Fontanel Winery, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville. 2 p.m. $10. Leah Lowe directs the surprise show — you’ll find out what it is once you arrive.

May 23 - June 9 | All ages 615-826-6037 | hpactn.com

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

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Sat - Sun 2 p.m., 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.

whose inner demons threaten to derail their budding careers.

N WAIT UNTIL DARK

May 3 - 19 | Ages 12+ 615-847-0934 | lakewoodtheatre.org

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. The stage thriller about a blind housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs and two thieves who try to con her into giving up the doll.

W THE WIZARD OF OZ

Friday, May 31 | All ages 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com

Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 7 p.m. $13 - $25. The non-musical version of the whimsical tale of a young girl whisked away to a magical land.

N VIOLENT DELIGHTS

May 24 - June 8 | Ages 12+ act1online.com

Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15. This play tells the story of three young musicians (turn to page 59)

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THINGS TO DO N Rob Lowe: “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” Live

615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 8 p.m. $39.50 - $200. The actor offers a peek behind the curtain at Hollywood fame, fatherhood, marriage and life at the forefront of culture for four decades.

N FREE Sensory-

Friendly Family Open House (Register)

615-770-5866 tnmuseum.org morgan.byrne@tn.gov

All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Make sensory-friendly arts and crafts, explore the museum’s exhibits on a scavenger hunt, enjoy stories and more.

N Shelby Bottoms Paddle: Canoe & Kayak (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 12+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2 - 5 p.m. $25. Enjoy an afternoon float on the Cumberland River. Suitable for beginners. Boats, life jackets, paddles, transport and instructors provided.

demonstrations, hunting safety, seat belt safety, fire safety, face painting and more. Free bicycle helmets to the first 300 children in attendance.

N Songwriting 101: Little Big Town Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Write a song as a group in this introductory workshop while learning songwriting fundamentals like form, imagery and rhyme scheme.

N Spectrum

615-350-7200 intersectionmusic.org All ages. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. $40 adults, $25 students/children. Intersection Music Ensemble and Nashville in Harmony present a concert featuring the world premiere of a new work by composer T.J. Cole.

S FREE Sumner

with bounce houses, a petting zoo and more.

615-325-4086 sumnercrestwinery.com

R The Piano Men

Crest Beach Bash

All ages. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland. 7 - 10 p.m. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for a night of live music.

W Tennessee Renaissance Festival: Pirate Invasion Weekend

615-395-9950 tnrenfest.com

All ages. RenFest Fairgrounds, 2124 Newcastle Road, Arrington. Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12. Swashbuckling characters take over the medieval grounds. Plus, a children’s pirate costume contest.

W Tennessee Toddles Birthday Celebration (Register)

615-209-0155 tntoddles.com

All ages. Tennessee Toddles Indoor Playground, 1707 Fairview Blvd., Fairview. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. $10. Celebrate the center’s one-year milestone

N Shoney’s 5K Fun Run & Festival

404-601-2728 5krun.shoneys.com

All ages. Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15. Based on Billy Joel and Elton John’s “Face to Face” tour, this high-energy musical tribute includes hits, deep cuts and fan favorites.

N Thibaudet Plays Turangalila

See Friday, May 17.

nashvilleparent.com

W BBQ, Brews & Beethoven

All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. $21 - $85. Ride the rails to Watertown while a mock train robbery takes place.

N FREE Urban

R Fresh Pasta

Gardening Festival

615-862-5995 mgofdc.org/ugf

All ages. Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hands-on gardening demonstrations along with demonstrations in fresh produce cooking, beekeeping, composting, attracting pollinators with native plants and more. Plus, children’s activities and dozens of local vendors.

Making Family Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. $65 adults, $50 ages 5 - 17. Learn to make Italian chopped salad, fresh pasta, basil and mozzarella-stuffed garlic bread, and berry shortcakes with honey whipped cream.

R FREE World

N Galactic Expo

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

N George Benson

tinkercast.com/events

THE TENNESSEE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL runs every weekend this month plus Memorial Day. Each weekend has a different theme. Go to tnrenfest.com.

SUN 19 All ages. Southall Meadows, 3193 Southall Road, Franklin. 4 p.m. $50. The Gateway Chamber Orchestra performs an afternoon of music by George Gershwin and classical composers while you enjoy a barbecue dinner and craft brews.

Excursion Train

Pop Up Party

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

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.

615-244-9001 tcry.org

N Wow in the World

Kids’ Safety Day

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 3 - 5 p.m. Participate in the world’s slowest hike, stop at turtle stations to learn about different species, enjoy live music and puppet shows, visit local vendors, meet live animals, play games and more.

R FREE Smyrna

Birder’s 4-H Club (Register)

N Train Robbery

Turtle Day

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 7 a.m. $30 in advance/$35 race day adults, $5 ages 11 - 18. Participate in a 5K run/walk followed by a festival with live music, food and a kids’ zone with inflatables, face painting and a variety of police vehicles to explore. Proceeds benefit the Metropolitan Nashville Police Support Fund.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Activities include a bike obstacle course, safe animal encounters, rock wall climbing, magic show

615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

N FREE Young

All ages. Langford Auditorium, 1211 Medical Center Drive, Nashville. 11 a.m. $25 - $75. Join Mindy Thomas and The Pop Ups for an interactive show that aims to engage curious kids in science and music.

See Saturday, May 18.

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $55 - $115. A night of jazz and R&B.

R FREE Kayak Float (Register)

townofsmyrna.org Ages 12+. Volunteer Park, 850 Eighth Ave., Smyrna. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bring sunscreen and water for a morning float (boats, paddles and life jackets provided).

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THINGS TO DO 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus the Memphis Redbirds.

Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $51 $71. A night of swing music.

S RiverGate

Young Gardeners Class (Register)

Carnival

See Thursday, May 16.

See Wednesday, May 1.

R FREE Turtle Search

N Harry Potter and

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.

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX IN CONCERT with the Nashville Symphony takes place May 23 - 26 at the Schermerhorn.

N KC & The

Sunshine Band

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $45 - $105. A night of dance music with a distinctive “Miami sound.”

N Music City Mutt Strutt

615-352-1010 nashvillehumane.org/muttstrutt-5k All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 7 a.m. $15. People and pooches can participate in a 5K and fun run/ walk to raise money for Nashville Humane Association.

N FREE Repticon See Saturday, May 18.

S RiverGate Carnival

See Thursday, May 16.

N Spectrum

See Saturday, May 18.

N Tennessee Renaissance Festival: Pirate Invasion Weekend

See Saturday, May 18.

W FREE Tennessee Vintage Baseball

tennesseevintagebaseball.com All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir.,

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Franklin. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eight 1860s-style baseball games take place, including Maroons vs Mountain City; Distillers vs Lightfoot; Farriers vs Holstons; Travellers vs Machinists; Phoenix vs Mountain City; Cumberlanders vs Holstons; Quicksteps vs Machinists; and Distillers vs Scouts.

R The Piano Men See Saturday, May 18.

MON 20 W 16th Annual Giv-

ing on the Green Golf Tournament (Register)

615-550-1443 highhopesforkids.org

Adults. Brentwood Country Club, 5213 Country Club Drive, Brentwood. 12 p.m. $1,600 for a four-person team. Tee up to benefit High Hopes Development Center.

N FREE Blair

theme each day, incorporating outdoor exploration and play, snacks and crafts.

S RiverGate Carnival

See Thursday, May 16.

TUE 21 N Apocalyptica 615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 8 p.m. $25 - $55. A night of Finnish orchestral rock.

N Carol Burnett 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $77 - $177. One of America’s funniest ladies shares an evening of stories and Q&A with the audience.

R End of Year Party (Register)

WED 22 W FREE Kids’ Hour Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin. 9:30 a.m. Rachel Sumner performs interactive music.

S RiverGate

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

See Tuesday, May 21.

R FREE Nature Play Day

See Wednesday, May 1.

S RiverGate Carnival

See Thursday, May 16.

N Strawberry Pickin’ Party (Register)

See Wednesday, May 1.

THU 23 N Ask Me Another 615-782-4040 tpac.org

R Nature Rangers

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $2. Games, animals, climbing, refreshments and more.

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $32.45 - $45.50. A taping of NPR’s game show includes trivia, puzzles and brainteasers.

N Nashville

W Big Bad

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

Camp (Register)

Ages 4 - 5. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Mon - Fri 9 - 11:30 a.m. $50. This weeklong camp features a different

Sounds Baseball

All ages. First Tennessee Park,

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All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $50 - $90. Watch the movie in HD on the giant screen above the stage while the Nashville Symphony performs Nicholas Hooper’s score live.

N Nashville

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

the Order of the Phoenix in Concert

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

Children’s Chorus Auditions

See Saturday, May 18.

W FREE Brentwood

Voodoo Daddy

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419

Sounds Baseball

See Tuesday, May 21.

Carnival

See Thursday, May 16.

FRI 24 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. $10. Decorate cookies in the shapes of flowers, chicks and pigs.

N Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert

See Thursday, May 23.

N FREE Musicians Corner

musicianscornernashville.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. Music by Will Hoge, Shelly Colvin, Emily Earle, Karina Daza and Avi Jacob. Plus, Kidsville children’s activities.


THINGS TO DO N FREE Nashville Flea Market

615-862-5016 nashvilleflea.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for treasures with “A Day in the Sun” theme.

N Race to Read:

The Little Engine That Could (Register)

615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org

See Tuesday, May 21.

Ages 3 - 5. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville. 10:30 - 11 a.m. $12 adults, $3 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 & younger. After a reading of The Little Engine That Could, kids can participate in train-naming activity along with a musical train cars game.

R National

S RiverGate

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

See Thursday, May 16.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

Scavenger Hunt Day

Ages 6 - 15. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5. Participate in an indoor or outdoor Civil War hunt.

Carnival

R Sunset Paddle

Boarding (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Adults. Location in Murfreesboro TBD based on water levels. 5 p.m. $15. Hit the water during this beginning paddle boarding adventure on the Stones River.

N FREE Tree Ring Fun (Register)

wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14313 All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 4 p.m. Lean about the lives of trees and what we can tell from their rings.

N FREE Won’t You

“BEE” My Neighbor? (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Buzz into the center to learn about honeybees and see them hard at work in their hives.

N Zoovie Night 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 6 - 10 p.m. $6 after 6 p.m. or free with zoo admission. Games, inflatables, music and

an outdoor screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet.

SAT 25 S Aladdin SensoryFriendly Screening

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin. 10 a.m. $6. See Disney’s new Aladdin movie with softer sound, no previews and lights no so dim. Kids can run around and make noise, too.

N Dog Days

at The Hermitage

Hermitage guided tour with a staff member.

N Eric Church

833-215-5121 stadiumnashville.org All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 8 p.m. $51 - $1,242. A night of country music.

N Family Fun Lab: Get Moving

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. $11.95 $15.95. Hands-on activities to help you discover the science of sports, exercise and dance.

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 10 a.m. $8 on your own, $15 guided tour. Hike the trails with your dog amidst the natural surroundings and historic buildings. For an additional fee, you can book the Hounds Hike The

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THINGS TO DO  Family Program: Paint with Stardust

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 4+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 1 & 2 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Using Willie Nelson’s 1978 Stardust cosmic album cover for inspiration, create your own starry artwork using watercolors.

 FREE Fit as a

Fiddle Health Fair

866-704-3000 St.sofindianlake.com

All ages. Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Local farm vendors with seasonal produce, health and wellness vendors, fitness info, athletic/sports demonstrations, live music and entertainment, giveaways and more.

 Flags of

Remembrance

healingfield.org/murfreesboro All ages. Healing Field, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro. Sat - Mon 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Free to walk through. For $35, you can purchase a flag to be part of the field, then take home to keep. This 11th annual obser-

vation features more than 850 American flags, which you can walk among while remembering those who have served our country.

 FREE Fossil

History of Tennessee (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 2 - 3 p.m. Learn about the history of Tennessee as it appears in local fossils.

a pantry full of ingredients to concoct their best cupcakes that will be judged for top prize.

 Junior Chef Class:

Harry Potter Pancake Party (Register)

615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. $30. Whip up magical, spell-worthy pancakes.

 FREE Kidsville

 Harry Potter and

615-862-8431 kidsvilleonline.org

See Thursday, May 23.

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Learn about plein air painting while practicing the style.

the Order of the Phoenix in Concert

 FREE iSpy:

Spring Into Summer

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Get tips for enjoying summer safely.

 Jr. Bakers: Cup-

cake Wars (Register)

 FREE LEGO Playtime

615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl 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.

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

 Mom & Me Cook-

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

629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

ies: Tale as Old as Time (Register)

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 10

- 11:30 a.m. $60 per adult/ child pair ($30 each additional child). Create a set of Beauty and the Beast-themed cookies.

sonville. 5 - 9 p.m. $10 adults, free ages 18 & younger. Live music, games, inflatables and more.

 FREE Musicians

 Shine Your Light

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Corner

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 12 - 6 p.m. Music by Aaron Lee Tasjan, Erin Rae, AJ & The Jiggawatts, SONTALK and EG Vines. Plus, Kidsville children’s activities.

 FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, May 24.

 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 Round Rock Express.

 FREE NaturalistLed Wetland Hike

All ages. Oaklands Wetland, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro. 10 - 11 a.m. Join a guide and explore the diversity in the wetland area.

 Raccoon Log Ride 615-745-1009 thirdcoastcomedy.club

All ages. Third Coast Comedy, 1310 Clinton St., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10 for the whole family. An improv comedy show for kids.

 RiverGate Carnival

 Tennessee

Renaissance Festival: Celtic Weekend

615-395-9950 tnrenfest.com

All ages. RenFest Fairgrounds, 2124 Newcastle Road, Arrington. Sat - Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12. Celtic melodies echo through the glen during the final weekend of the medieval festival.

 FREE The Superb

Snakes of Shelby Bottoms (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn how snakes control the pest population, then head out to see if you can find any in the wild.

 FREE Tween Time (Register)

615-595-1250 wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com

 RoboThink Sharp 615-302-0971, ext. 2214 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 13911

 Zzzoofari

Shooter Robot Workshop (Register)

Ages 7 - 12. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 1 - 3 p.m. $35. Build a robot that shoots rubber bands.

 Rock Castle

Songwriter Series

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All ages. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 6 p.m. $10. This youth vocal competition benefits Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Ages 10 - 12. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 3 4:30 p.m. Bring a friend for the launch of the Summer Reading Program with food and fun.

See Thursday, May 16.

ZZZOOFARI SLUMBER returns to Nashville Zoo on Saturday, May 25. Kids enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows while camping on the zoo’s festival field.

Vocal Competition

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hender-

Slumber (Register)

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

Ages 4 - 12. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. Sat 4 p.m. - Sun 9 a.m. $16 - $58. Camp out overnight at the zoo (bring your own gear). Activities include crafts, inflatables, hayrides, an animal show, dinner, marshmallow roasts and more.

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THINGS TO DO R Memorial

Day Madness

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $7 adults, $5 youth. A day of swimming, music, games and prizes.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 12:05 p.m. $19 - $37. Versus Round Rock Express.

W Tennessee Renaissance Festival: Celtic Weekend

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is the feature film during Movie in the Park at Franklin’s Pinkerton Park on Friday, May 31.

SUN 26

MON 27

R Flags of

S 13th Annual

See Saturday, May 25.

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Remembrance

N Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert

See Thursday, May 23.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, May 24.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

Memorial Day Classic

All ages. Drakes Creek Park, 120 E. Main St., Hendersonville. 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. $20 - $35. Participate in a 15K, 5K or one-mile fun run benefiting Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center.

W American Girl

Canvas & Cupcakes (Register)

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

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

Ages 7+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $35. Decorate cupcakes then create a painting.

S RiverGate

R FREE Carnival Day

Carnival

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

W Tennessee Renais-

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Carnival yard games, crafts, face painting, refreshments and more.

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sance Festival: Celtic Weekend

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R Flags of

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W FREE Williamson County Community Band

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All ages. Williamson County Veteran’s Park, 611 W. Main St., Franklin. 10 a.m. A morning of patriotic tunes.

TUE 28 N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

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

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.

WED 29 W FREE Kids’ Hour 615-550-5660 wholefoodsmarket.com/ stores/mcewen

Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McE-

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wen Drive, Franklin. 9:30 a.m. Award-winning entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music.

N Nashville

FRI 31 W FREE Franklin

Movie in the Park

Sounds Baseball

615-791-3217 franklintn.gov/parks

R FREE Nature See Wednesday, May 1.

All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin. 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for an outdoor screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet.

N Strawberry Pick-

N Homeschool

See Wednesday, May 1.

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

See Tuesday, May 28.

Play Day

in’ Party (Register)

R Summer

Colors (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $2. Bring a shirt or bandana for tie-dye fun.

Days (Register)

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $16 adults, $9 ages 18 & younger, $40 family pass (one adult & three kids). Engage your five sense’s while exploring Rachel Jackson’s garden, learning about the culinary, medicinal and beautiful uses of plant material.

THU 30

N FREE Musicians

W FREE Brentwood

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. Music by Lera Lynn, Hush Kids, Quinn DeVeaux, Sarah Zuniga and Jess Jocoy. Plus, Kidsville children’s activities.

Young Gardeners Class (Register)

See Thursday, May 2.

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 New Orleans Baby Cakes.

W FREE Nature Investigators (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

Ages 8 - 12. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Learn the skills necessary to observe and explore our natural world.

R FREE Young

Readers Book Club

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

Grades 2 - 6. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 4 p.m. Read You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier! in advance, and join the book discussion with popcorn and drinks.

Corner

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N Nashville Sounds Star Wars Weekend

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 6:35 p.m. $19 - $37. The Sounds challenge the New Orleans Baby Cakes. On Friday, the first 2,500 fans will receive a lightsaber. Saturday’s game features character appearances.

N FREE Nature Center at Night

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 5 - 7 p.m. Join a naturalist to explore nature at night.

R Top Gun Night Run 6K (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 - 11 p.m. $50. This 3.7-mile run benefits the


THINGS TO DO Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial’s future upkeep and maintenance.

W WellieWishers

Friendship Tea Party (Register)

See Friday, May 3.

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 studies a letter of the alphabet with worksheets and show-andtell fun.

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.

R FREE Animal Encounters

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Every Sat 1:30 p.m. Meet an education animal during a mini lesson.

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.

AR Workshops DIY Projects (Register) arworkshop.com

2022 Lindell Ave., Nashville (615-258-5569); 330 Mayfield Drive, Ste. A-9, Franklin (615285-4292); 1984 Providence

Pkwy., Ste. 102, Mt. Juliet (615212-5676). Choose from a variety of projects to personalize ranging from canvas pillows to wooden signs and more. Prices vary per project.

N Blue Heron Nature Cruises

615-385-7007 blueheroncruises.com All ages. Fate Sanders Marina, 3157 Weakley Lane, Mt. Juliet. Sun - Fri 11:30 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m., 12, 2 & 4 p.m. $14.50 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. A 90-minute pontoon excursion on Percy Priest Lake highlights local birds and nature.

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

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.

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.

615-459-9710

N Grand Ole Opry

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

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

townofsmyrna.org

Craft Love DIY Workshops (Register) craftlove.com

5104 Centennial Blvd., Nashville (615-447-8480); 107 Confederate Drive, Franklin (615-447-8510). A variety of ongoing instructor-led crafting workshops for all ages where you create unique wood signs, pillows, home decor and other unique items.

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

800-733-6779 opry.com

W Kid

Cuddling (Register)

615-481-9546 noble-springs.com

All ages. Noble Springs Dairy, 3144 Blazer Road, Franklin. Every Sat 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. plus Friday, May 24 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. $10 ages 3 & older ($5 additional to add the farm tour), free ages 2 & younger. Enjoy time on the dairy farm cuddling on and bottle feeding baby goats.

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.

W Mommy

R KidFIT: Twist and

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com

Shout (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks 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.

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.

N FREE LEGO Mania 615-862-5871 library.nashville.org

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.

N Little Art House Art Classes

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 10 months+. 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. A large range of art classes for children and adults take place weekly, including drop-in creative play sessions for kids. Prices vary per class. A $5 first-class option applies only to Creative Play and Kids Art Drop-In sessions.

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 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.

& Me Movement

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 (practices take place Tue & Thu 6 - 8 p.m. for $5). 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.

S FREE Music with Miss Shannon

615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl 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.

N Opry

Country Classics

615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. Every Thu 7 p.m. $50 - $100. Larry Gatlin hosts a night of country music.

N FREE Parnassus Storytime

615-953-2243 parnassusbooks.net All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 14, Nashville. Thu 4 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. Stories and songs.

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N FREE Play and Learn

615-862-5863 library.nashville.org

Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Every Thu 9 - 10 a.m. Walk the greenway with your child, then stay and play at Kids’ Castle.

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.

W Teatime with

R PPCC After-School

Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. Every Sun 12 - 1 p.m. $15. Inspired by the 2019 American Girl of the Year, enjoy savory delights, sweet treats and social time.

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.

N FREE State Museum Highlight Tours

615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Daily 2 p.m. A guide takes you through the museum highlighting artifacts and stories.

N FREE State Museum Storytime

615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

Ages 3 - 6. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu & Sat 10:30 a.m. Book readings and crafts.

R FREE Strollercoasters

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Blaire Wilson (Register)

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

R Toddler Time with Thomas

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Fri 10 a.m. $3. Follow directions, work together and learn body part recognition.

S FREE Tot Time: Gym

615-851-2253 goodlettsvilleparks.com Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. Every Wed 9 - 11 a.m. Special tot toys are available for climbing and crawling, running and playing.

S FREE Tot Time: Imagination

615-851-2253 goodlettsvilleparks.com Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. Every Thu 9 - 11 a.m. Children can play at the Imagination Playground while parents socialize.

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.

S FREE Tot Time

615-851-2253 goodlettsvilleparks.com Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. Kids can have fun on the “Imagination Playground” every Mon & Thu from 9 - 11 a.m. “Gym” Wednesdays from 9 - 11 a.m. feature special tot toys.

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.

All ages. Old Fort Park, 1025

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The Baby Fair Rutherford is coming Saturday, June 1.

>> Mark your calendars for these June happenings. THE BABY FAIR RUTHERFORD Saturday, June 1

Saint Thomas Rutherford Murfreesboro nashvilleparent.com

BIG BAND DANCES Every Saturday

Centennial Park Event Shelter, Nashville nashville.gov/parks

NASHVILLE SYMPHONY FREE COMMUNITY CONCERTS Select dates in June

Various locations nashvillesymphony.org

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF June 25 - 30

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville tpac.org

WATERMELON FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 29 Lucky Ladd Farms, Eagleville

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Camps, Summer Programs and After-School Activities 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

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

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.

2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin

615-595-7547

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 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.

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.

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

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.

Dance in Bloom

7982-A Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

We offer classes for ages 2 and older in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, improv and cheer. Classes are upbeat and fun!

The Dancer’s School

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.

Hermitage Dance Academy

ANIMALS/EQUESTRIAN Creekside Riding Academy and Stables

615-472-9471

615-419-1089

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

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

615-371-8086

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

615-301-8589

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

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“An unparalleled dance education for young children.”

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SCHOOL ballet • pointe • tap • jazz S hine this hip-hop • modern • lyrical Sm! The Dancer’s School 2159 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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.

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400 Davidson St. Suite 403 Nashville, TN 37213

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

615-416-2001

Learning Life’s lessons through horses

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.

Enroll Now for our Summer Camps! Over 50 years of teaching children correct riding skills (control of horse and safety) and basic horsemanship (care and knowledge of the horse) in a safe and fun environment.

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

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

Starts June 3rd

Peachtree Farms, LLC

615-419-1089 | www.peachtreefarms.com Highway 96 Arrington, TN - East of I-65, South Brentwood - Wilson Pike

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

CAMPS

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.

FITNESS/SPORTS Beyond Aquatics

236 Robert Rose Drive, Murfreesboro beyondaquatics.com

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.

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 Lebanon Mt. Juliet daviddeaton.com

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

Voted the #1 martial arts school in Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties. Now registering for $199 summer camp. Two sessions, Jun. 3 and Jul. 15. Call for more information and to register.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

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

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

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.

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DANCE CLASSES

Registering Enroll now for our Spring 2019 dance classes. We offer all styles of dance for ages three and up. Come dance with us! 615.790.7660 info@gdadance.com www.gdadance.com

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Harvest Martial Arts

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

615-224-3851

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

DAY CAMPS THAT DEVELOP CONFIDENCE, CREATIVITY, SOCIAL SKILLS AND GRIT Local, Safe, Fun for Ages 5-17

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

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

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

615-242-3275

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

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

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.

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

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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.

NATURE Camp Warner Park

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

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

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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.

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

Horton Haven Christian Camp Boys and Girls ages 8-18

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Lego Robotics, cake design, extreme science, filmmaking, dance, soccer, football... there’s something for everyone!

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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.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Code Ninjas Franklin

1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin codeninjas.com

ScienceQuest Camps at Adventure Science Center 800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville 615-862-5177 adventuresci.org/camps • camps@adventuresci.org

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 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.

504 Autumn Springs Ct., Unit 11 & 12, Franklin 615-583-9880 stembuilders.com • franklin@stembuilders.com

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.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Belle Meade Plantation 110 Leake Ave., Nashville 615-356-0501 bellemeadeplantation.com

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.

Camp Bells Bend Beaman

CIRCUS | DANCE | MUSIC | THEATRE ARTS | VISUAL ARTS Now registering for our summer camps & programs.

4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville 615-856-4772 campbellsbendbeaman.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

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. continued on page 76...

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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 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!

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

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.

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.

Oak Hill Day Camp

4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville fpcnashville.org

615-298-9583

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.

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Percy Priest Tiger Club Summer Camp Percy Priest Elementary, 1700 Otter Creek Road, Nashville percypriest.org/students/tigerclub • pptigerclub@yahoo.com

615-390-3167

Join Nashville rising grades K - 4 for a summer of exciting adventures. Camp features performers, nature walks, games, water fun, sports, weekly yoga, special guests and so much more. Camps are weekly from Jun. 3 - Jul. 26 and feature weekly themes ranging from art exploration to sports to water fun.

Riverview Camp for Girls

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

800-882-0722

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.

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

615-966-1600

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!

Teen Leadership Adventure

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.

YMCA Camp Ocoee

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

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

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