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Swauger Pediatric Dentristry welcomes Dr. Sacha Walters to the practice. Dr. Walters grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended dental school at Meharry Medical College here in Nashville and completed her pediatric specialty training at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She joins the practice with 7 years of Pediatric Dental experience. She has a passion for children, children’s health and has been part of several pediatric dental missions in North Carolina and Jamaica. She and her husband Kevin recently relocated to the Nashville area and have two lovely daughters, Zoe and Zuri. Dr. Walters is an avid tennis player and she enjoys cooking as well as travel. She also enjoys reading about 18th and 19th century American History and can usually be found with a history book in her bag. Dr. Walters is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association and American Association of Pediatric Dentistry. She will be at both our Hendersonville and Madison locations and we invite you to stop in and meet Dr. Walters.

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he’s standing in the kitchen, at the sink, looking out the window at a baseball game going on in the backyard. My mother is slicing strawberries. Soon she’ll mix them with sugar and let them steep in a growing juice. She’s baking Bisquick biscuits and planning on making her homemade whipped cream from cream, vanilla and sugar. She’s in shorts and a halter top, and her hair is piled on top of her head; it’s hot. She leans closer to the window every so often, smiling at the kids in the yard. Tod’s really good at baseball. Wendy not so much. But it’s our backyard, and we have enough room for a baseball diamond. And so it’s Wiffle ball or else the hard balls Tod can hit will break a pane of glass on the house — we know. It’s happened. We’ve had dinner. The dishes were done by two of us — whoever’s names were on the wornout chart Mom put up ages ago on her bulletin board; with five kids there’d better be a chart. Evening’s beginning to sing outside: the night crickets and cicadas are taking over in the trees. We laugh and run, catch and miss, tag and slide. It’s June, and the summer stretches out for miles and miles. Dad’s got a baseball game on inside. He’s standing in front of the TV. He never sits because he’s apt to scurry back to his typewriter to work on an assignment he’s in the middle of. He’s a writer with a deadline, only baseball is wildly more interesting than any old deadline. When it gets too hard to see the ball outside anymore, we kids will divide. Carl will go home and so will Carol and Michael and Bonnie and Joe. The five of us will traipse in our backdoor and allow it to slam behind us. We’ll have strawberry shortcake and sit up late talking. Maybe we’ll watch TV, but mostly we’ll sit in the kitchen talking at the table. The days will come and the days will go. I’ll read like crazy and wake up in the morning with bent pages of my book stuck to my arm or leg. And then I’ll read some more. That’s if

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Wendy isn’t up yet, because if she IS up then I am too. We’re going to go down to the park and look for frogs. The park is just down the road, and we’re allowed to ride our bikes there. We’ll be gone for hours. We will not have a cell phone or a watch, but Mother will know where we are and that we’re all right. She’s not one to worry about us; Carol’s mom won’t let her do anything that happens past 20 feet of their backdoor. Poor Carol. She’s so hungry for fun. Wendy and I will flip rocks over in the creek and walk barefoot in the cold water. We’ll skip stones and roam without talking; other times we’ll chatter non-stop. We head home when we’re hungry and we make our own lunch. Mom will ask us if we want a sandwich, but we’ll say we want to pack our own and take a picnic to the creek. Later it will be baseball again or we’ll play “Olympics” in the yard, pretending our cartwheels are worthy of “10s” or not. We’ll do handstands and somersaults and roundoffs. Carol will do her awesome hand spring and we’ll all shout, “Ten!” We might walk across the golf course and go for a swim. Or we might just plan a sleepover on the back porch and eat massive amounts of candy while talking into the black night before falling asleep. I look forward to every day. Every cotton-picking adventure, because it’s summer and we’re all home. Together. And because my mother loves us to have fun. She literally encourages us to go and find it. How lucky was I? And what are YOUR kids doing this summer?

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GREAT SOLUTIONS FOR PHOTO MANAGEMENT What do you do with all of your digital photos? Do you have album upon album on Facebook and Flickr, or do you print them right away?

they come in the mail I put them in photo boxes. I try to keep them organized by month/year. Digital media changes so much! CDs and USBs will be history before we know it. I’m all about backing up digitally, but a print will last a lifetime.”

“Mine are all on CDs in a CD case. If I printed them all I would need a lot of book shelves to hold all the albums!”

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“I store on my computer and external hard drive. At the end of the year, I select 240 of my favorite photos (that’s how many my albums hold) and print all at one time. I usually buy three to four albums at a time from Amazon.” Courtney Harrison Vassar

“I’m super paranoid and don’t want all my photos on the Cloud or trusted to Google or Amazon or FB ... but what else can you do with them? An external hard drive poses the problem of only working for a Mac or a PC, not both (I basically lost the ability to do anything except look at thousands of files on an old external drive because I switched over to a Mac a couple years ago). I’ve read that you can format for access to both, but that has limits, too.” Lydia Fleming

“I post to Facebook then take all of the photos from the past year down at the start of a new year and save them on my computer to be viewed and/or printed later.”

each year and month inside folders so I know exactly where to look for them. Once or twice a year, they’re uploaded to my portable hard drive. And I print only favorite pics to display.”

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“I use Google Photos to back up for my phone pics. Camera pics are uploaded to my computer and organized by

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“I use Groovebook — I love it! And I also upload a few of my faves each month to Shutterfly. At the end of the year, I print a hard book for the whole year.” Terri Werner

“I upload mine to Walgreens. Then I can buy them online, pay for them online and send them to my parents’ local Walgreens in upstate New York, and they’re ready in an hour.” Kristen Connor Lohrer

“I saw an app on one of the morning talk shows a few months ago. You upload the pics to the app and every month you will get a photo album with 20 - 30 shots in the mail. That is what I need, but I can’t remember the name of the app!” Tiffany LaShai Craighead

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“I upload all to Shutterfly. I also have an external hard drive. I print a small portion of them when I can get them free (from Shutterfly and Freeprints). Once

“I have a little of all; CDs, files on computer, albums on Facebook and prints. I love pictures, and I take a lot of youaren’t-prepared-pictures. LOL!”

“I have the Mpix app on my phone and print them all every month, then erase.” Rachel Hopkins

“Chat Books! Seriously, everyone look up Chat Books!” Lara Leigh Maguire

“Mine are all on SD cards and CDs.” Jennifer Davis Gray

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JOIN & WIN — IT’S FREE! • Contest runs through Sunday, June 26 • Enter at nashvilleparent.com/fitfamilychallenge2016 • During the challenge, your family logs activity and healthy habits on an online module for points. All families who register receive a free one-day family pass to the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and are eligible for weekly prize drawings.

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he Rose family is now at the halfway point of the eight-week Fit Family Challenge. Daniel and Courtney Rose are working with personal trainer Joshua White at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. They are persevering, although it hasn’t been easy in between work and kids. “This is the first time we’ve had a personal training experience,” Courtney says, “so we weren’t sure what to expect. Joshua gave each of us a fitness assessment and discussed our individual goals,” she says cautiously. OK. Sounds good ... But what about the kids? “Asher (age 7) is able to do things Daniel really enjoys like indoor rock climbing and mountain biking, while Mia (4) likes to do workout DVDs with me,” says Courtney. For Courtney, though, getting her kids to eat healthy is a challenge. “We decided about a month ago to make healthy dinners and let the kids choose whether or not they want to eat it without offering substitutions. There’s been a lot of whining, gagging and complaining.” Finally the family has managed some semblance of normalcy as Courtney continues to prepare low-fat meals for all. “Healthy weeknight dinners are always a struggle because of time constraints during the week combined with the fact that eating with a 4- and 7-year-old is not always the most joyful or relaxing experience,” Courtney says, acknowledging Mia’s picky-esque tendencies. But Courtney’s hanging tough. “Pre-marinated butcher meats are great because they take all the prep time out, and we can get a variety of flavors without having to buy all the ingredients. It winds up being cost effective and time efficient as most of the meats are ready to bake for 20 minutes, then serve,” says Courtney. Read the Rose Family’s blog at nashvilleparent.com/fitfamilychallenge2016.

• For every 150 points your family earns on the online tracking module, you get one entry for the grand prize — A FAMILY OF FOUR TRIP TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT!

10 Tips to Eat Healthier as a Family 1. Fuel up the whole family for the day with breakfast. 2. Involve everyone in making the grocery shopping list. 3. Learn about food labels together. 4. Enjoy unrefined foods as much as possible. 5. Stock satisfying snacks on a healthy snack shelf. 6. Focus on nourishing your bodies for good health, not weight. 7. Allow your internal signals to tell you when to start and stop eating.

8. Frequent local farmers’ markets for the freshest fruits and veggies. 9. Designate a day to always have family dinner together. 10. Play the alphabet eating game by picking out new foods to try that start with the same letter as a family member’s name. Source: Lindsey Joe, RDN, LDN, registered dietitian nutritionist at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the official fitness partner of the Fit Family Challenge.

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Plan now for a trip to Mexico that’ll delight your palate, rejuvenate your spirit and expand your love for nature and exploration

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to see and do for kids and adults that will help you make the most of your vacation. With all the offerings available, it’s easy to see why a trip to CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta was at the top of my list. Let me tell you why.

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love to explore nature, see and pet animals, splash in the waves and just have fun. In Puerto Vallarta, they can do just that. EXPLORATION & PLAY TIME FOR KIDS! Sea turtles are majestic creatures, and kids are fascinated by them. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever be a part of something so special as the release of baby sea turtles. Since 2002, this resort has been part of a sea turtle protection program, currently featuring the biggest turtle nursery at Puerto Vallarta. From June to December, sea turtles visit their beaches to lay their eggs. Then, marine biologists and trained volunteers carefully collect the eggs and take them to the nursery, which is on the property. Excitement welled in my stomach as I learned that I could be a part of the final release of the season. First, everyone participating had to stand behind the line and scrub their hands in the sand before even touching a turtle. Once you have one in your hand, you’re told to name it for good luck (I named mine Patience). Then, you put it down on the sand and stand very still because one wave could push the little guy back past you and you don’t want to step on him! It’s a thrilling and emotional experience. Want to get up close with more animals and more hands-on fun? Book your family for Vallarta Adventures’ Las Caletas Beach Hideaway (vallarta-adventures.com); you

can get with the resort’s concierge to help you with this, too. Then, take a short trip down the road to board a catamaran that will take you to a stunning, secluded area with a mountainous backdrop. While you’re on your way to Las Caletas, get with the staff on the boat to sign up for cooking lessons, snorkling, kayaking, clay sculpting and more. Kids ages 4 - 11 years old will absolutely love the Kids Adventure Park. They suit up to zip line their way around the canopy and enjoy animal encounters with tarantulas, monkeys and more at the petting zoo. No foolin’! They’ll come down from the mountain with their faces painted and spirits high. Be sure to take your sunblock! After all the fun in the sun at Las Caletas, return to the resort to cool off at the kids’ pool; it was designed with them in mind. If they get tired of swimming, they can hop out and take a few steps over to the playground within the walls of the pool area and play ... before hopping right back in! Or, just head out to the beach. Indoors, there’s a little arcade near the main lobby for kids to enjoy, too. If you want to check out other activities while the kids play, sign them up for the Kids Club (ages 4 - 12). There are so many things that they get to do like arts and crafts, cooking lessons and more. GOOD EATS! The on-site restaurants offer several flavors to choose from, but kids will mostly enjoy the oversized breakfast buffet at La Estancia or, for picky eaters, try something at Champions Sports Bar (which serves American food). You can also pick up snack foods at the Deli Los Mangos, too.


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The big pool has lots of chairs all around and a swim-up bar behind the waterfall.

PLAY TIME FOR YOU! You, too, can have some fun out on the water at the resort. The resort offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals right by the pool. It was nice to just check out a kayak and have them take it right down to the water for me. They’re ready to help you out once you return, too. Just plan ahead to reserve one as it is a popular thing to do. They have everything you need, too, to keep you safe. OH, THE FOOD Your taste buds will sing after you’ve had breakfast at La Estancia; there are so many different sections of food to choose from. Be ready for a little indecisiveness. As for the other restaurants, there’s Las Casitas (seafood), Champions Sports Bar (American) and Mikado (Japanese). You really must enjoy dinner at Mikado because you get more than just good food; you get a delightful show, too. The chef whips everything up right in front of you with quickness and precision. If you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, check out Las Casitas. The outdoor setting with a spectacular view of the sea and mountains makes your mouth water for seafood. Try the Red Snapper — it’s scrumptious! It’s marinated in sweet mango Thai chilli, pan seared and set upon udon noodles and served with ginger tossed vegetables. Yummy! Now that I've got your taste buds prickled with attention and your adventurous side begging to get out, go on and make your reservations now! Kiera Ashford is associate editor of this publication and mom to two children ages 6 and 10.

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Take a stroll around the property to see the many sculptures like the ones in front of the spa (left) or the two rows of smaller sculptures (right) that have one side for land animals and the other for marine.

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1) DON’T GO AT IT ALONE. Work with a professional. Utilize the free services of a travel agency that has been designated an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. You definitely want an agent with a high level of knowledge and experience. 2) STAY AT A DISNEY-OWNED RESORT. Disney executives have made staying on site more and more attractive in recent years. If you want to make dining reservations for your entire stay at exactly 180 days from your arrival date, you must have a Disney resort reservation. Even more valuable is your pre-determined Fastpass selection timing. It’s so much easier to have your Magic Band if you’re staying on site because you can choose the rides to use your

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3) SPEAKING OF FASTPASS, master the system before you leave home. With additional Fastpass and Park Hopper Fastpass options changing all the time, you’ll want to be up-to-date on the current options and best use of Fastpass.

4) GOOD PLANNING = GOOD DINING. The Disney Dining Plan offers guests the ability to prepay for meals all over Disney World at a nice savings. An intangible but lovely benefit is avoiding sticker shock when looking at a menu: you are prepaid and may order what you like! The food has always ranked up there as my sons’ favorite part of Disney World.

5) EMBRACE THE BANDS. Magic Bands are Disney’s slick, RFID encoded, waterproof, super-cool wristbands every on-site resort guest receives via mail before a trip. They really are magic! Select your color. Add your name. Open your room door. Charge to your room. Enter the parks. Use Fastpass. Take care of dining credits.

6) EXPERIENCE THE APP. My Disney Experience is home base for your vacation. Find all of your reservations, Fastpasses, online check-in, maps, menus and more right under your thumb! And bring a portable charger because you’ll become reliant on it! 7) KNOW YOUR LIMITS. You can’t do it all in one trip. Pace your vacation time to meet your children’s ages and interests now.

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New for Kids at Long Hunter The new Reading Ranger Story Trail opens this month at Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage. On Saturday, June 25, the park unveils its new feature by combining outdoor exercise and a children’s book. The first book selection is Marianne Berkes’ Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek. Along the trail, Jill Dubin’s artwork from the book is strategically placed, revealing more of the story about baby animals and their parents at each stop. The trail is located in Area 2, and on opening day, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., kids can also enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and crafts. The Reading Ranger Story Trail is accessible daily during the park’s hours, 7 a.m. - sunset. For more info, call 615-885-2422.

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Try Out The Music Class for Kids The Music Class is a popular parent/tot music-and-movement program, and the local chapter hosts two free demonstration sessions of its Music Pups class for children ages birth to 4 years this month: Wednesday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the Gordon Jewish Community Center (801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville) and Saturday, June 4 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at The Music Class main location in Brentwood (5000 Thoroughbred Lane). The 45-minute class includes songs and activities utilizing the program’s teaching philosophy. Learn more at 615-777-9314 or themusicclass.com/nashville.

Kids ages 6 - 16 can sharpen their skills and develop new ones during Nashville United Soccer Academy’s summer camp that’s part of FC Barcelona’s scouting program.

QUICK BITS All 28 Mattress Firm locations in Middle Tennessee host an inaugural CLOTHING DRIVE FOR FOSTER KIDS. Through Sunday, June 26, you can donate clothing or money at the stores during regular hours (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.). The donations will help foster kids served through Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee and Monroe Harding, Inc. To learn more or find a location near you, visit mattressfirm.com/community-foster-kids.html ... RICH HIPPIES, the popular East Nashville kids’ shop, now has a second location in Germantown located at 1204 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. The store features clothing for children and infants, toys, accessories, home goods and more. Store hours are Mon/Wed - Fri 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Tue). Call 615-212-2823 or visit richhippies. co.

occer moms and dads, take note! If you have a soccer-playing child ages 6 - 16, he can get a shot at working with former FC Barcelona player and FC Barcelona Escola Coach Jordi Martinez June 16 - 18 at Brentwood Academy when Nashville United Soccer Academy (NUSA) hosts the Second Annual Summer Camp as part of FC Barcelona’s scouting program. Martinez — who played for FC Barcelona from 1990 - 1998 — is a Union of European Football Association (UEFA) licensed coach with FCBEscola, a soccer academy based on FC Barcelona’s philosophy of training aimed at boys and girls ages 6 - 11. Soccer camp participants will be challenged in new and fun ways, organizers say, pushing them tactically and technically. Select players may emerge with an invitation to attend an FC Barcelona Clinic in Barcelona, Spain in spring 2017. The camp is open to all soccer-playing kids ages U7 U16, and it takes place from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Thu - Fri, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. Registration is $150, and you can sign up your kids at nashusa.org.

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Performing Arts & CIRCUS Classes in Brentwood Experience a professional circus performance during Expression City’s grand opening celebration on Monday, June 6, and learn about all the different performing arts opportunities available for all ages.

Experience the thrill of arena polo with the Franklin Polo Academy at Tractor Supply Co. Arena at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. There are two matches this month, June 3 & 25.

QUICK BITS There’s a fun, new family outing at Fontanel happening on the second Thursday each month through October (this month it’s on June 9). The CONCERT CRUISE-IN features live music, grilled burgers and dogs, a beer tent and the main attraction: lots of classic cars to check out. It takes place from 6 - 8 p.m. at 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville. Call 615-742-1600 or visit fontanel.com ... ALIVE HOSPICE offers two summer day camps this month for local children ages 6 - 14 who are grieving from loss. Camp Evergreen takes place June 7 - 9 at Hillmont Camp in White Bluff from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Camp Forget-Me-Not takes place June 22 - 24 at Northminster Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Both camps focus on peer groups where kids will process what they’re feeling and learn healthy ways to cope with grief while remembering their loved ones. There are fun activities, too, like arts and crafts, water sports, games, nature hikes and more. Admission is $30, and financial aid is available based on need. Register for Camp Evergreen at 615963-4732; for Camp Forget-Me-Not, call 615-346-8680.

Does your child dream of being a circus performer? Or have you threatened to go join one yourself in a moment of frustration just to get away from it all? Either way, there’s a new place in Middle Tennessee where you can learn the ropes (literally!) along with other performing arts instruction for ages 3 to adult. Expression City & Nashville Circus Center celebrates its grand opening on Monday, June 6. From 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., you and the kids can participate in free classes in dance, music, visual arts, theater arts and circus arts while learning about all that Expression City has to offer and meeting staff and teachers. There will be giveaways every half hour from 4 - 8 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m., sit back, relax and enjoy a professional circus performance. Expression City also offers two Circus Summer Camp sessions for ages 6 - 18: June 6 - 17 and July 11 - 22. Expression City & Nashville Circus Center is located at 1724A General George Patton Drive, Brentwood. Call 615678-4739 or visit expressioncity.com.

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It’s the 33rd anniversary of Big Band Dances in Nashville’s Metro Parks, so why not spend an upcoming Saturday night dancing with the kids and listening to big band music played by some of Nashville’s finest musicians? The dances include 30-minute dance lessons sponsored by Dance World at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. After the lessons, get ready to shake your thang!

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June 4: June 11: June 18: June 25: July 9: July 16: July 23: July 30: August 6: August 13: August 20: August 27:

Music City Swing (Swing) Rory Partin & His All-Star Big Band (Tango) The Merchants of Cool (Foxtrot) Radio Daze (Rumba) The Lynn Beal Band (Waltz) J. Bradley Big Band (Swing) The Moonlighters (Rumba) The Jerry Vinett Band (Tango) Debi Bailes & Her Band (Cha--Cha) The Paul Ross Orchestra (Foxtrot) The Establishment (Waltz) Music City Swing (Swing)

YOUR PLAN: Keep kids indoors during heat waves. Keep kids hydrated and watch them drink to make sure it happens. If your child exhibits symptoms, take him inside and place him in cool bath water. Give frequent sips of cool, clear liquids. If your child vomits, turn him on his side to prevent choking. If your child is not alert and exhibiting signs of heat stroke, seek immediate medical attention. NEVER, EVER LEAVE A CHILD IN A CAR BY HIMSELF.

TO KNOW: Head to the Centennial Park Event Shelter at 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. Food trucks will be on site, and you can also bring coolers (no alcohol permitted in the park).

YOUR PLAN: The main thing you can do is keep your child hydrated with fluids, providing frequent sips. Acetaminophen can lower a slightly elevated temperature. If stomach pain is severe or if vomiting cannot be managed, call your doctor.

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Gone Fishing! Free Fishing Day JUNE 4 It’s NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING WEEK June 4 - 12, and that makes it a great time to teach your child to fish! FREE FISHING DAY in Tennessee is Saturday, June 4 (when adults are permitted to fish on any body of water in the state WITHOUT a license), but otherwise, ages 13 and older are required to have a fishing license to fish. You DO need a license. A great site for finding everything you need to fish (licenses, top fishing spots in Tennessee, fishing reports and Tennessee fishing apps (learn what’s biting and where!) is takemefishing.org/tennessee. Find more fishing events taking place in Tennessee at tn.gov/twra/article/kids-fishingevents. And don’t overlook BUCK SNORT TROUT RANCH (bucksnort. com) in McEwen, Tenn. No licenses are required at Buck Snort — just bring your family and find your private spot on one of the fish ponds or lakes. Got Lessons? Go to nashvilleparent.com for a round-up of swimming lessons for kids in Middle Tennessee.

Gone Swimming! Swim teams and hanging out at the pool is wonderful, but sometimes you need to kick things around a bit! So head to a swimming hole! Tennessee is a fantastic state for adventures, so make a point of it. Head to swimmingholes.org/tn to locate a bounty of swimming spots like the one in the photo from Fall Creek Falls. Additional swimming spots can be found at onlyinyourstate.com/tennessee/tn-swimming-holes.

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SWIMMING

Be clear with your children about what’s OK and what’s not OK when it comes to swimming this summer. Children should always be supervised when swimming, even if they’re considered excellent swimmers. ACTION PLAN: • Make sure kids swim in designated areas with adult supervision. • Tell kids to always swim with a buddy. • Never trust a child’s life to another child. • Teach children to always ask permission to swim. • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. • Avoid distrations when watching kids in water. • Check water first if a child is missing. • Enroll in a Red Cross (redcross.org) course to learn how to respond to an emergency.

BITES & STINGS

Spending time outdoors means spraying yourself and the kids with insect repellent. ACTION PLAN: Have your family wear light-colored clothing. Know the different kinds of repellents: Repellents with 10 - 30 percent concentration of DEET can be used on exposed skin but not on hands and faces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends repellents that are non-toxic in addition to formulas with low levels of DEET. Never use repellent on infants.

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ACTION PLANS

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TURN YOUR HOME INTO A KID HANGOUT This may not sound like your kind of fun, but ask yourself, “What is the alternative?” Not knowing where your kids are and how they’re doing? Give in to having kids around!

CREATE a place in your house where kids can hang out. Ideally, it should be close by but somewhat removed from you, like the basement or the garage. Furnish it with casual, comfortable seating. STOCK UP on popsicles, drinks and fast snacks. ESTABLISH GUIDELINES so everybody’s clear: no balls in the house; no running with the dogs inside; no girls in boys’ bedrooms, etc., and make a plan for what everybody’s going to do, i.e,. watch a movie, play a game, play Xbox, etc.

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SURVIVAL PLAN You need a few tools in your arsenal to get through the days with the kids around. Here are some top tips! Routines and Schedules The more you can stay on a predictable schedule with your children filled with a variety of activities at a slow pace, the calmer everyone will be. Have a list of pre-planned activities to get your kids through the day. When you stay on schedule, you’ll have nice days. Clean Up Having the kids around means dishes will be left scattered around your house along with wrappers and empty water bottles, so best to nip that in the bud. Make it clear to the kids that cleaning up after themselves is mandatory or they will lose a privilege. Summer Reading Get in the habit of the 20-minutes-a-day requirement with the kids in the morning or just after lunch. If you make it mandatory, it won’t fall by the wayside and might actually become one of the more pleasant activities that happens at your home in summer. Mother’s Helper Your friend’s 16-year-old could use a few extra bucks and you could use another set of hands a few hours in the day. Put two plus two together and you’ve got a plan! Excursions DO plan on outings with the kids so you can get out of the house! Use the Things To Do calendar in the back of this issue (starting on page 49) to identify where you’re going to take them and DO it. Screen Time Some kids will veg out all day with video games and movies if you let them. Don’t let them. Realize that there’s a lot more to life. Sit your kids down and have everyone hear from you what acceptable screen time is going to be. Enforcing your rules is the hardest thing of all, but is overall much better for the kids who need and thrive by participating in a wide variety of activities. Summer Camps Use this magazine’s Summer Camp and Activities Directory (beginning on page 85) to identify a day camp for your child. Participating in a summer camp is fun, eye opening and lets your child have some independence!

More than 205,000 kids visit emergency rooms each year with a playgroundrelated injury, so be sure you know where your kids are playing at all times. Is the equipment in good condition? ACTION PLAN: Check playground equipment at your local park for safety. If your child is going to a playground, either be there too or be available should you be needed.

SUN SAFETY

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, getting one blistering sunburn when you’re a kid doubles your chances of developing melanoma later in life. Many kids don’t like sunscreen or feel it isn’t needed. That’s why parents need to be in charge of kid skin. ACTION PLAN: Make it a hard and fast rule in your home: Sunscreen gets applied before kids go out for the day. Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and apply it 15 30 minutes before kids go outside. Apply sunscreen before using bug repellent. Reapply sunscreen after swimming. Teach kids about the importance of doing it themselves if they are spending long days at a pool. Put hats on little children, too. If your child gets a sunburn, apply cooling aloe to the area initially, but also get in the habit of applying moisturizer to the burn once it stops stinging. SOURCE: cdc.gov


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Family Night Out at Cheekwood — June & July

All summer, select dates

Thursday nights are hoppin’ at Cheekwood during this series featuring outdoor live performances, food trucks and cash bars. This year’s lineup includes:

Bonnaroo

• June 2: Big Machine Records’ Savannah Keyes • June 9: Mrs. Steve, The Music Man • June 16: The Happy Racers • June 23: The WannaBeatles • June 30 & July 28: International Night • July 7: Southern Roots family concert • July 14: Cowboy Dan • July 21: Bright Star Theatre’s Upcycled Cinderella

Ascend Amphitheater Outdoor concerts at Ascend are a blast with the visual backdrop of Nashville’s skyline. A few of this summer’s notable concerts are Nashville Symphony’s “The Music of John Williams” (June 4), Duran Duran (July 6), Journey (July 27) and Goo Goo Dolls (Aug. 5). Go to ascendamphitheater.com.

— June 9 - 12

Have fun camping in nearby Manchester during the eclectic music festival that draws 85,000 fans. There are 150 performances on 10 stages plus other activities. This year’s artists include Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Chris Stapleton and more. Tickets are $349.50. Visit bonnaroo.com.

CMA Music Festival June 9 - 12

The big concerts at Nissan Stadium are sold out (Want tickets for 2017? Buy them when they go on sale THIS summer because they sell out fast!), but you can still enjoy lots of FREE country music on several stages downtown. There’s also the popular Fan Fair X goings-on at Music City Center ($10 per day/$25 for all four) that gets you into autograph lines with lots of the country stars; there are kids’ activities inside, too. Find schedules at cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival.

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Family Night Out’s included with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; free for members). Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

Frist Fridays — Last Friday of the month, June, July & August

From 6 - 9 p.m., enjoy live music at the Frist Center’s outdoor Turner Courtyard. This year’s lineup: SixtyFour (June 24), The Revelers and Halfbrass (July 29) and Rhett Miller (Aug. 26). Admission is free for members and included with regular museum ticket ($12 adults, free ages 18 and younger). Call 615-244-3440 or visit fristcenter.org.

Full Moon Pickin’ Parties All summer, select dates

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benefiting the educational programs at the parks. Enjoy bluegrass music under the light of the full moon — and if you play a bluegrass instrument, bring it to get in for $5 and you get to play along (find the list of approved instruments at the website). Summer installments are Fridays, June 17, July 22 and Aug. 19 from 7 - 11 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 adults, $7 ages 7 - 17 ($25/$10 at the gate), free ages 6 and younger. Visit friendsofwarnerparks.com.

Nashville Symphony Free Community Concerts June, select dates

The Nashville Symphony performs seven free outdoor concerts in June featuring music by Dvorak, Rossini, Bernstein and John Williams. The shows are at Centennial Park (Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m.); Bicentennial Mall State Park (Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m.); Crockett Park (Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m.); Two Rivers Mansion (Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m.); Cumberland University (Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. — free for kids, but there’s a $5 fee for adults to support the local Fine Arts Council); Key Park in Lafayette (Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.); and Southeast Park (Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.). Call 615-687-6400 or visit nashvillesymphony.org.

Red Caboose Concert Series Fridays in June

This free family concert series takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Red Caboose Park in Bellevue. This season features Eight O’Five Jive (June 3; blues & early rock ‘n’ roll); The Miltons (June 10;


classic country); The Al Holbrook Band (June 17; soulful rock and blues); and The One Hitters (June 24; hits of one-hit wonder bands). Call 615-862-8440 or visit nashville.gov/parks-andrecreation/cultural-arts/music/free-summerconcerts.aspx.

Tales at Twilight July, select dates

Cumberland Park is home to this festive family outing every Friday in July from 7 - 8 p.m. featuring live music and other performances. This year: The Happy Racers (July 8); Mr. Chris Hip Hop Dance (July 15); The Nashville Library Puppet Truck (July 22); Sir Crazy Pants (July 29). Call 615-862-8440 or visit nashville.gov/parksand-recreation/cultural-arts/music/free-summerconcerts.aspx.

Uncle Dave Macon Days July 8 - 9

One of Middle Tennessee’s biggest annual music festivals celebrates its 39th year at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. Enjoy national competitions in bluegrass music, buckdancing and clogging, old-time demonstrations and family activities. Tickets are $10 per day or $17 for both; free ages 5 and younger. Visit uncledavemacondays.com.

Woods Amphitheater All summer, select dates

Outdoor concerts on the Fontanel grounds. A few of this summer highlights include the Music City Jazz Festival (June 3 - 4), Bob Dylan (June 26), Boston (Aug. 2) and Australian Pink Floyd (Aug. 19). Get the full schedule at fontanel.com.

MOVIES MADNESS 22nd Annual Movies in the Park

Thursdays, June 2 - 23

Elmington Park. Bring your chairs and blankets. Games and other activities start at 5 p.m., and the movie starts at sundown. Here’s what’s coming: Space Jam (June 2); Finding Nemo (June 9); Pitch Perfect 2 (June 16); and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (June 23). Visit southcommevents. com/moviesinthepark/ nashville/about.html.

Carmike’s Summer Kids Series

More than 150,000 people filled downtown for last year’s fireworks on July 4 — see the info for this year on page 38. Nashville mom Sheryl Crow’s headlining!

June 2 - Aug. 4

Carmike Cinemas in Bellevue, Franklin and Murfreesboro have family films on Thursdays, June 2 - Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. The $4 admission includes the movie, popcorn and a soft drink. A few of this year’s titles include The Croods, Epic, Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie and Monsters vs Aliens. Visit carmike.com.

Lawnchair Theater — Fridays, all summer

Free family-friendly movies outside every Friday at 8 p.m. at 4144 Old Hillsboro Road in Leipers Fork. Call 615-870-8870 or follow them on Facebook at “Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater.”

Malco’s Kids Summer Film Fest June 7 - July 27

Malco Theatre in Smyrna hosts family-friendly movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Movies are $2 per person. Partial listing includes The Croods, The Peanuts Movie, Home, Penguins and Horton Hears a Who. Call 615223-6252 or visit malco.com.

This free series takes place at Nashville’s

Movies at the Schermerhorn June 12, 17 & 24

Hit movies in HD while the Nashville Symphony performs the scores live! The lineup includes Star Trek: Into Darkness (Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m.; $29 - $79); The Wizard of Oz (Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m.; $39 - $79); and Raiders of the Lost Ark (Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m.; $34 - $84). Call 615-687-6400 or visit nashvilleysmphony.org.

Murfreesboro’s Movies Under the Stars June & July, select dates

From June 6 - July 30, your family can enjoy free films at five different locations each week: Cason Lane Trailhead (Mon); Cannonsburgh Village (Tue); Siegel Park (Thu); Mitchell-Neilson Primary (Fri); and Hobgood Elementary (Sat). Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. Call 615-893-2141 or visit murfreesboro.gov/parks.

Regal’s Summer Movie Express

All summer, select dates

$1 admission to family features every Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7 - Aug. 10. Dates vary slightly by local theater. Regal locations are Green Hills, Hendersonville, 100 Oaks, Opry Mills and Mt. Juliet. Visit regmovies.com/movies/ summer-movie-express.

Sensory Friendly Family Film Festival July & August, select dates

NCG Cinema in Gallatin hosts free family-friendly movies on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays late July - August. Visit ncgmovies.com.

Zoovie Night — Friday, June 24

Local families spread out on Cheekwood’s lawn for the popular Family Night Out series taking place every Thursday evening in June & July.

See Kung Fu Panda after hours at Nashville Zoo. Gates open at 6 p.m. with inflatables, a DJ, crafts, face painting and more; movie begins at sunset. Free with gate admission or $6 per person at 6 p.m. Call 615-833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org.

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F O T S BE R! E M M U S PREMIER FAIRS, FESTS & OTHER EVENTS Arena Polo — All summer

The excitement of arena polo is now happening at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm thanks to the Franklin Polo Academy. Summer matches take place June 3 & 25 and July 25, with other special events happening in August. Tickets are $10 adults, free ages 10 and younger. Call 615800-2268 or visit franklinpolo.com.

Ag Museum’s Summer Saturdays — July 16 & 23

Free fun takes place at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There are lots of hands-on activities for kids, up close encounters with friendly farm animals and more. Call 615837-5197 or visit tnagmuseum.org.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival — July 4

Kick-off your July 4 festivities at Nashville’s East Park with this free festival celebrating pepperedup poultry. There’s live music, too, and the fun wraps up at 3 p.m. so there’s plenty of time to get downtown for the fireworks! Visit hot-chicken. com/festival.

Lucky Ladd Farms’ Family Festivals

All summer, select dates

Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville hosts fun, themed festivals each month this summer on select Saturdays: Kids Construction Festival (June

25), Watermelon Festival (July 23) and Sweet Corn Festival (Aug. 20). There are more than 70 activities at the farm for kids, including lots of critters to pet. Admission is $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Call 615-274-3786 or visit luckyladdfarms.com.

Music City July 4: Let Freedom Sing! Last year, Nashville had the bragging rights to the country’s biggest fireworks display — even beating New York City — and despite the rain, more than 150,000 folks packed the downtown area to celebrate America’s independence. This year, the free music performances move to two new stages — The Green at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater. Sheryl Crow headlines this year’s festivities. The Family Zone opens at noon on the streets of downtown Nashville featuring climbing walls, water slides, games and more. It’s all FREE! Visit musiccityjuly4th.com.

Nashville International Puppet Festival June 17 - 19

All ages can experience the art of puppetry at Nashville Public Library when troupes from six countries present more than 30 free performances in addition to other entertainment by local children’s artists. Get the full schedule and reserve tickets at nashvillepubliclibrary.org/ puppetfestival.

Nashville Zoo’s Ice Day Saturday, July 23

Cool off from summer’s heat during Nashville Zoo’s Ice Day where you and the zoo’s animals can cool off with icy treats. Kids love the ice cream eating contest and inflatable water slides. Zoo admission is $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12 (some activities are extra). Call 615-833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org.

RC & Moon Pie Festival Saturday, June 18

There’s a fun festival for just about everything including two of the South’s favorite traditions — RC Cola and Moon Pies! Bell Buckle’s annual event includes costume contests, live music, crafts and sampling the world’s biggest Moon Pie. Kids love competing in the watermelon seed spitting contest and Moon Pie toss. More about the free fun at bellbucklechamber.com.

Tomato Art Festival Saturday, Aug. 13

A Nashville Zoo kangaroo encounters its frozen alter-ego during Ice Day last year. Chill out at this year’s event on Saturday, July 23.

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Local mom Shalene France Gray and her girls — Octavia and Zazou — sport colorful attire at last year’s Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville. This year’s festival is Saturday, Aug. 23.

East Nashville’s signature event celebrates allthings tomato, and it doesn’t matter whether you call it a veggie or a freakin’ fruit! Make a splash in your most festive attire and enjoy costume contests, a parade with floats, lots of children’s activities, storytelling, live performances and, of course, tomato-centric art! Visit tomatoartfest.com.

Toruk: The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil Aug. 24 - 28

This brand-new show inspired by James Cameron’s movie Avatar comes to Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are $25 - $115. Get ‘em at 800745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Williamson County Fair Aug. 5 - 13

Franklin’s Ag Expo comes alive with the Children’s Barnyard, an interactive farming exhibit for little ones. Lots of live entertainment, rides and contests happen, too. New this year is Lady Houdini and the “Kids Celebration” family game show. Visit williamsoncountyfair.org.

Wilson County Fair Aug. 19 - 27

The grandaddy of all the Middle Tennessee county fairs, this one’s the biggest and longest running. It takes place in Lebanon featuring a huge Midway, the children’s Ag-Venture Barn, lots of animal encounters, live entertainment and more. There’s a new Daredevil Show this year. Visit wilsoncountyfair.net.


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Bobbie’s Dairy Dip 5301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 615-463-8088 facebook.com/ bobbiesdairydipcharlotteave Since 1951, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip has been a West Nashville favorite. The building maintains its nostalgic feel, and it’s the best place in town for a classic soft-serve dip cone. Specialty shakes are a hit — try the Chubby Checker (hot fudge, peanut butter and whipped cream — YUM!). Cold Stone Creamery 782 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood 615-661-8876 coldstonecreamery.com Design your own creation that’s hand mixed on the giant granite slab. Popular options are Birthday Cake Remix and Strawberry Blonde — order your’s in a waffle bowl. Also try one of the shop’s tasty shakes, smoothies or frappes. The Comfy Cow 7011 Executive Center Drive Bldg. B, Ste. 105, Brentwood 615-645-5739 thecomfycow.com The Comfy Cow makes its flavors from scratch using regional ingredients. They’ve got the best chocolate malt in town, and there are 26 ice cream flavors on the menu — a handful of them change out monthly. The kid-favorite Cookie Monster Dough boasts big hunks of chocolate chip cookie dough combined with a cookie

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dough-based ice cream. Starting Monday, June 6, the month’s specialty flavors are Pistachio, Moo Moo Cluster, The Bees Knees, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie and Mango Sorbet.

Elliston Place Soda Shop 2111 Elliston Place Nashville 615-327-1090 ellistonplacesodashop.com Step into this retro classic soda shop — it’s been in town since 1939 — on a hot day to sit at the counter for an old-fashioned banana split or a signature malt (try the butterscotch). The Dreamsicle Shake (orange sherbet, orange juice and vanilla ice cream) is a tried-and-true favorite.

based frozen treats include ice cream and sorbets. How about a sundae made from green mint chip ice cream topped with the extra-bitter hot fudge? You can’t go wrong with a combo of the Darkest Chocolate and Salted Peanut Butter ice creams, either — they’re an awesome pair!

Las Paletas 2911 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-386-2101 laspaletasnashville.com This gem in the 12th South District offers a variety of Mexican popsicles made on site with fresh ingredients including fruits, herbs, nuts, veggies and more. You’ll find seasonal flavors throughout the year along with sugar-free options like the Pineapple-Raspberry paleta sweetened

Fresko Frozen Treats 132 St. Andrews. Drive, Murfreesboro 615-962-9494 • Search “Fresko Frozen Treats” on Facebook The ‘Boro’s newest icy sweet spot scoops up ice cream that’s made in-house — Cookie Butter is the big hit here. Also popular: the tasty fresh fruit paletas (Mexican popsicles). Jeni’s 1892 Eastland Ave., East Nashville 615-262-8611 — and — 2312 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-292-7794 — and — 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 615-928-8028 — and — 1819 21st Ave. S., Nashville 615-292-8636 • jenis.com Impeccable, friendly service and a hip atmosphere make eating the smoothest ice cream found anywhere all the more fun. No synthetic ingredients here; the all-natural, buttercream-

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with stevia. Our favorite cream paleta is the Chocolate-Strawberry. The line moves fast here even on a crowded day. Legato Gelato 1200 Villa Place #113, Nashville 615-530-3190 • legatogelato.com Choose from 36 featured Italian ice cream flavors like Snickerdoodle, Grape, Watermelon, Graham Cracker and more. Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s Eight Locations in Franklin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro & Nashville marbleslab.com It’s the ultimate mash-up watching your favorite ice cream getting blended together with your favorite mix-ins on the marble slab right before your eyes! Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt 6900 Lenox Village Drive #6, Nashville 615-730-7855 — and — 440 Sam Ridley Pkwy., #120, Smyrna 615-984-4676 menchies.com Select your fro-yo flavor then go to town adding toppings of your choice from fresh fruit to chopped nuts to assorted candies to breakfast cereal. Two new flavors for summer: Strawberry Smoothie Sorbet and Freshly Squeezed Orange Sorbet. Mike’s Ice Cream 208 Broadway, Nashville 615-742-6453 • mikesicecream.com Pop into this shop in the heart of Lower Broadway for handmade ice cream, fro-yo, ice-cream sodas and smoothies. Mom and Dad will like the frozen espresso and cappuccino drinks, too. Nucci’s Gelato 600B Frazier Drive #100, Franklin 615-778-1542 • nuccistn.com Nucci’s exquisite gelato is made from all-natural ingredients sourced from local dairies and fruit from local growers. Choose from a variety of flavors; Cookies & Cream’s the most popular with kids. Pied Piper Creamery 114 11th St., Nashville 615-227-4114 thepiedpipercreamery.com Pied Piper makes all it’s bold flavors on site — and there are more than 200 of ‘em! Twenty-four are available on any given day — 12 permanent flavors with 12 rotating ones. Trailer Trash is the signature — and most popular — choice. It’s vanilla ice cream chock full of Oreos, M&Ms, Snickers, Butterfinger, Twix, Nestle Crunch and Reese’s Pieces. Popular with kids is Smurfberry Crunch — a tart blue raspberry sorbet infused with Nerds candy. Heat seekers should try Some Like it Hot — chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and cayenne pepper (it’s bold and tasty!).

The Phillips Family of Nashville cools off with sweet treats at family-favorite Bobbie’s Dairy Dip in West Nashville. Rita’s Italian Ice 2018 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-217-4849 • ritasice.com Rita’s Italian Ice put Rita’s on the map! Smoother than a snow cone, refreshing flavors include Banana, Honeydew, Cherry, Raspberry and many more. Little ones are quick to go for unique flavors like Cotton Candy and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Rita’s also has six frozen custard flavors: Vanilla, Light Vanilla, Chocolate, Orange Cream, Strawberry and Coffee. If you and the kids are feeling particularly festive, try the Gelati — a layering of Italian Ice and frozen custard ... get creative with those flavor combinations!

Sweet CeCe’s 15 Middle Tennessee locations in Brentwood, Franklin, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Smyrna & Spring Hill sweetceces.com Kids love building their own creations at this beloved fro-yo parlor where you pay by the weight of your creation. Original tart, chocolate and vanilla are always available, and there’s more than 60 specialty flavors (including Cupcake Batter and Strawberry Kiwi Splash Sorbet) that rotate — every visit is a new flavorful adventure! Myriad toppings include fresh fruit, candy, cereal, nuts and syrups.

Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ Sunday, June 12

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he 31st Annual Purity Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ — a benefit for the Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville — boasts hundreds of homemade ice cream flavors for the sampling! From 3 - 5 p.m., your family can enjoy frozen treats and other activities like inflatables, crafts, games, an ice-cream eating contest and more. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike in Nashville. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 children, free ages 1 and younger. Call 615-254-1791 or visit marthaobryan.org/crankin.

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IT’S TIME FOR OUR ANNUAL Strike & Spare Hendersonville 90 Volunteer Drive, Ste. 300, Hendersonville strikeandsparebowling.com • 615-824-5685 “Extreme Birthday Party” for six kids. Includes all six Circus World attractions, bowling, shoes, pizza and drinks. Voted #1 Party Destination! (Value: $130)

Birth, Babies, and Bach 700 12th Ave. S, Ste. 201, Nashville facebook.com/birthbabiesandbach 615-812-9150 Free Sound Birthing Session. Your Birth Music Consultant will personalize playlists and teach strategies for using music to provide a positive birth experience. (Value: $100)

The Music Class 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood themusicclass.com/nashville • 615-777-9314 10-week Fall ‘16 session of music classes for children ages newborn through 4 years to enjoy with a parent or caregiver, songbook and CD, music downloads. (Value: $160)

Reynolds Dance Company 622 N. Main St., Eagleville reynoldsdancecompany.com • 615-274-9691 Free month of dance classes. Choose one month of free dance classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical or line dancing. (Value: $55 - $70)

Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities yeahrocks.org • 615-849-8140 One full 2017 scholarship to the Southern Girls Rock’n Roll Camp or the Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, a summer camp that teaches kids to rock! (Value: $320)

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville nashvillezoo.org • 615-833-1534 Win four admission tickets plus a free parking pass. (Value: $70)

Beech Bend Amusement Park 798 Beech Bend Road, Bowling Green, KY beechbend.com • 270-781-7634 Win four “Rides & Slides” tickets for both amusement and water park. Good for adult or child. (Value: $144)

Harris Riding Academy 9068 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro harrisridingacademy.com • 615-556-7370 Win four free horseback riding lessons. (Value: $180)

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Summit Sports Center 2011 Johnson Industrial Blvd., Nolensville summitsportscenter.com • 615-776-2550 Free tier 1 birthday party. Choose from gymnastics, Nerf, ninja or our brand-new, life-sized Big Bubbles party. (Value: $250)

Mpact Sports - Martial Arts & Gymnastics 121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 1, Franklin mpactsports.com • 615-377-3444 One free month of martial arts, gymnastics, tumbling, or preschool classes. Must enroll in specific day and time, and classes must be consecutive. (Value: $95)

Green Pixie Baby 117 Third Ave. N, Franklin greenpixiebaby.com • 615-542-4338 SnuggyBaby baby wrap. This baby carrier is completely adjustable so one size fits all, up to 35 pounds or 3 years. (Value: $59)

Swauger Pediatric Dentistry 100 Springhouse Court, #110, Hendersonville krspd.com • 615-868-9057 Treating kids of all ages and needs. Win an initial exam, cleaning and complete set of X-rays. Schedule at either location. (Value: $200)

The Maids themaids.com • 615-448-6058 Win a home cleaning from The Maids. One time cleaning of your home up to 2,000 sq. ft. and within 50 miles of Nashville. (Value: $250)

Skyzone Trampoline Park 1113 Murfreesboro Road, #254, Franklin skyzone.com/franklin • 615-721-3626 “Supreme Air Package” party for up to 18 guests. Includes 60 minutes of jump time on your choice of private courts (Foam Zone, SkySlam, or Virtual Dodgeball), five large pizzas and beverages. (Value: $459)

Stork Vision 5050 Thoroughbred Lane, Ste. D, Brentwood storkvision.com • 615-370-4000 Win a $250 gift certificate from Stork Vision 3D/4D Ultrasound Imaging.

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Setting the Stage Performing Arts Studio 1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, #107, Brentwood settingthestagenashville.com • 724-355-1173 Free summer camp of your choice. Ages 3 - 18 can choose a one- to three-week theater, music, dance or puppetry camp to attend. Registration fee waived. (Value: up to $325)

Goodlettsville Pediatrics 200 Gleaves St., Ste. A, Madison goodpeds.com • 615-851-7865 Beat the rush, schedule yearly school and sports physicals now! Win a $100 Visa gift card from Goodlettsville Pediatrics.

Smile Construction 100 Springhouse Court, Ste. 200, Hendersonville 608-B Commons Drive, Gallatin 614-C Hwy 76, White House smileconstruction.com • 615-824-8929 Clayton M. Fulks, D.M.D., offers orthodontics for adults and children. Win a Smile Construction Cinch Sack with T-shirt and an electric toothbrush.

Mr. Bryan Ice Cream Party Wagon mrbryanicecream.com • 615-513-1466 $50 in ice cream treats delivered to your home or office (Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin areas only). Mr. Bryan Ice Cream Party Wagon voted Nashville’s Best!

The Melting Pot 166 2nd Ave. N, Nashville meltingpot.com • 615-742-4970 Win a $100 gift certificate. Enjoy an interactive dining experience like no other at The Melting Pot.

Blooma Nashville Yoga

100 Movie Row, Smyrna malco.com • 615-223-6252 Win a complimentary Malco birthday party valid for up to 15 guests. See voucher for complete terms and restrictions. (Value: $185)

Bounce U of Murfreesboro 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro bounceu.com/murfreesboro • 615-893-8386 Win $50 in BounceU Bucks! Can be used toward a party, camp, Parent’s Night Out or open bounce. One discount per event. Discounts cannot be combined. Reservations required.

Strike & Spare Hermitage 3436 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage bowlingalleyhermitagetn.com • 615-883-8900 Birthday party for six kids. Unlimited bumper cars, Time Freak, gyro, one game of bowling and pizza party. (Value: $120)

Elite Dance and Fitness 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B-3, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com • 615-776-4202 Three months free dance class (45 min. - 1 hour class per week). No registration fee and one free leotard and pair of tights. (Value: $250)

New Day Photography 3234 Boyd Mill Ave., Franklin newdayphotography.net • 615-281-0612 Win a gift certificate that entitles you to a consultation, photo shoot and 11x14 wall portrait. (Value: $250)

Tennessee Central Tennessee Central Railway Museum Railway Museum 220 Willow St., Nashville tcry.org • 615-244-9001 Win four tickets to ride on the Thomas the Train excursion Sept. 3 & 4, 10 & 11. (Value: $80)

4107 Charlotte Ave., Nashville bloomanashville.com • 615-797-8064

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Blooma’s 5 Class Pass gives access to 40+ weekly classes (yoga, Barre, fitness) for pregnant moms, babies and kids. Class schedule on our website.

1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 370, Franklin usababyfranklin.com • 615-595-5565 Win a $75 gift card.

Dave & Buster’s

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Win three $15 Super Charged cards — play value of $57. (Value: $57)

Win four tickets to the Nashville Children’s Theatre show of your choice. (Value: $50)

Morris Orthodontics

My Gym of Brentwood

711 E. Main St., Ste. 110, Hendersonville morrisbraces.com • 615-431-2787 Win $100 new patient comprehensive treatment gift certificate along with a Morris Orthodontics goody bag. Morris Orthodontics voted Best Orthodontist in Sumner County.

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Malco Smyrna Cinema

330 Franklin Road, #274, Brentwood mygym.com/brentwood • 615-371-5437 Win a lifetime family membership and one month of classes. New members only. Classes based on availability. (Value: $150)


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Win a $200 gift card for use in our Nashville store.

Goofballs Family Fun Center 1113 Murfreesboro Road, #360, Franklin letsgetgoofy.com • 615-861-3668

Win a free costume rental from Nashville’s top source for children’s parties, costume rentals and bounces. (Value: $69)

Music Lessons Will Travel

$50 off your next Goofballs party.

Serving Brentwood, Franklin, Bellevue and Fairview musiclessonswilltravel.com • 615-397-9634

Dance in Bloom

Win two free one-hour music lessons in guitar, piano, drum or clarinet. (Value: $100)

7982 A Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • 615-662-4819 Three months of free dance classes, plus a waived registration fee. (Value: $195)

Braces by Dr. Ruth 1704 Charlotte Ave., Ste. 100, Nashville bracesbydrruth.com • 615-321-3663 Win a free consultation, plus a Fun Stuff goodie bag with a BBDR t-shirt. Dr. Ruth, orthodontics for children and adults, is proud to be one of Nashville Parent’s Favorite Docs.

Ann Carroll School of Dance 1121 Harpeth Industrial Court, Franklin anncarrollschoolofdance.com • 615-790-6468 Win three months of dance lessons at Williamson County’s #1 dance school. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. New students only please. (Value: up to $195)

Brain Balance Center of Franklin 790 Jordan Road, #110, Franklin brainbalancecenters.com • 615-224-6627 Win a Brain Balance assessment. Assessment consists of sensory, motor, and cognitive testing of more than 900 functions and is performed in a single session. (Value: $250)

Expression City Arts and Fitness 1724-A Gen. George Patton Drive, Brentwood expressioncity.com • 615-678-4739

Bubble Ball Nashville bubbleballnashville.com • 615-444-6835 Win a free two-hour Bubble Ball event for kids ages 5 - 10 years. Includes eight six-foot bubble balls, two goals, soccer ball, corner flags/cones and on-site staff for entire event.

BounceU of Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville bounceu.com/nashville-tn • 615-255-1422 Win one single day of Create and Bounce Camp and five open bounce passes.

Lancaster Christian Academy 150 Soccer Way, Smyrna lancasterchristianacademy.org • 615-223-0451 Enjoy a fun-filled week at LCA Summer Fun Camp (K - grade 6). Includes two field trips and a choice of specialty camp. (Value: $175)

Polka Tot Kids 1050 Glenbrook Way, Ste. 500, Hendersonville polkatotdesigns.com • 615-431-2443 Custom nursery decor to help you welcome your new baby. Win a $50 gift certificate.

Lucky Ladd Famrs 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville luckyladdfarms.com • 615-274-3786

Win a spot in our Circus Camp — participate in a variety of real circus skills including juggling, hoops, magic, stilt walking and more. (Value: $295)

Win a Lucky Ladd 2016 Adventure Pass. Includes unlimited visits for up to five family members and one guest plus free pony rides for kids. (Value: $165.50)

Focused Imaging

Christian Youth Theater

2200 21st Ave. S, Ste. 301, Nashville focused4dimaging.com • 615-321-3663

7335 McCormick Drive, Fairview cytnashville.org • 615-887-4449

Win a 15 minute 3D/4D ultrasound session. Includes DVD set to music plus two color and two black-andwhite 3D pictures. (Value: $99)

A full paid tuition for fall class registration. Your choice of any of our offered 10-week classes and the chance to audition for Oliver! (Value: $250)

Tennessee Arts Conservatory

Phillips Toy Mart

128 Holiday Court, #123, Franklin tnartsconservatory.com • 615-202-8747 Win $100 worth of dance lessons in ballet, jazz, lyrical or hip-hop.

5207 Harding Pike, Nashville phillipstoymart.com • 615-352-5363 A toy store for kids of all ages! Voted Nashville’s #1 toy store, celebrating our 70th year. Where being a kid is all fun and games! Win a $100 gift certificate.

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REGISTER TO WIN BY GOING TO NASHVILLEPARENT.COM AND CLICKING ON “THE BIG GIVEAWAY” UNDER THE “CONTESTS” TAB

Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro 538 Brandies Circle, Ste. 102, Murfreesboro childrensdentistryofmurfreesboro.com 615-494-5437 Win a FREE dental check-up, cleaning and X-rays if needed. (Value: $250)

Ms. Sue’s Swimming Lessons 7857 S. Lamar Road, Smyrna mssuesswimming.com • 615-459-5124 Come join the summer fun and enjoy two free oneweek swim sessions at Ms. Sue’s Swimming for Summer 2016. (Value: $120)

Strasburg Children strasburgchildrens.com • 615-784-3949 $100 gift card for a timeless heirloom dress from strasburgchildrens.com. Handmade smocked dresses with lace and embroidery, perfect for birthdays, holidays, flower girls or gifts.

Climb Nashville 3600 Charlotte Ave., Nashville • 615-463-7625 1900 Eastland Ave., #104, Nashville 615-610-2200 climbnashville.com Win two “intro” packages that each include a day pass for all-day climbing, fitness, yoga (valid at both locations), climbing equipment and rental, and a Belay lesson.

Dr. Daxx Dunn, Family Vision Care 4085 Mallory Lane, Ste. 110, Franklin drdaxxdunn.com • 615-771-2550 One pair of Coach ladies’ sunglasses (value $175) and a comprehensive eye exam (value $189). (Value: $364)

Mathnasium of Murfreesboro 3411 N. Memorial Blvd., Ste. 3, Murfreesboro mathnasium.com/murfreesboro 615-796-6410 Win one month free membership. Includes registration, assessment and custom learning plan. Valid at Murfreesboro location only. (Value: $300)

National Dance Clubs 710 Memorial Blvd., #122, Murfreesboro nationaldanceclubs.com • 615-849-1155 Win a free introductory dance package. Consists of three sessions. No experience/partner necessary. (Value: $150)

Gymboree 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180, Nashville gymboreeclasses.com • 615-221-9004 Win one free month of play or music class. New member fee waived. (Value: $110)

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Gold’s Gym Murfreesboro & Smyrna locations goldsgym.com/murfreesborotn 615-956-6016 Win a one-month platinum membership to any Gold’s Gym location in Murfreesboro or Smyrna. Includes gym access, aerobic classes, hot yoga, tanning and child care. (Value: $80)

Safari Pet Resort 1635 Lascassas Hwy., Murfreesboro safaripetresort.com • 615-890-3732 Pets really do on an adventure at Safari Pet Resort! Enter to win one free night of lodging with daily Silver Activity Package and 10% off a bath. (Value: up to $120)

Wild About Smiles 614 E. Clark Blvd., Murfreesboro wildaboutsmiles4kids.com • 615-890-0885 Win a Phillips Sonicare toothbrush for kids. Includes a KidTimer for a two-minute brushing routine, two kid-friendly power modes, rechargeable batteries and interchangeable panels for customization.

The Ascent 831 Park Ave., Murfreesboro climbyourrock.com • 615-796-6545 Win an eight-week Kids Rock instructional indoor rock-climbing program for a child in grades 1 - 5. Sessions take place one day a week after school for eight weeks. No experience necessary. (Value: $158)

Spotlite Dance Studio, LLC 200 Weakley Lane, Ste. C, Smyrna spotlitedance.net • 615-497-3100 One month free unlimited classes in ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, acro, conditioning, stretching, hip-hop, pilates or yoga. (Value: $180)

Nashville Shores 4001 Bell Road, Hermitage nashvilleshores.com • 615-889-7050 Two season passes to Nashville Shores Waterpark. Enjoy a summer of fun with slides, wave pool, lazy river and more. (Value: $120)

Taylor Hayden’s Wado Karate Center 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville wadokaratecenters.com • 615-859-9473 Win two weeks of professional Wado karate instruction for an adult or child at the Goodlettsville center. New students age 3 to adult only.

Bellevue Medispa 631 A Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville bellevuemedispa.com • 615-662-1220 Win a $200 gift certificate good toward microdermabrasions, spray tans, teeth whitening, and laser treatments such as hair removal, wrinkle reduction and more.


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Country Music Hall of Fame 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville countrymusichalloffame.org • 615-416-2001 Win a family membership that includes free admission for one year to the Museum and almost 250 public programs – including those for kids. (Value: $100)

AuPairCare aupaircare.com • 615-988-0565 Wine, gourmet pasta and sauce, chocolate – everything you need for a night at home with the one you love. Plus a special savings from AuPairCare so you can enjoy dates away from home. (Value: $400)

Pure – An Organic Salon and Angie Gray, LMT 1200 Clinton St., Ste. 10, Nashville Win a one-hour customized therapeutic massage (one visit). (Value: $100)

Prana Montessori 1939 Almaville Road, Smyrna pranamontessori.com • 615-900-0841 Win two days of our 2017 Summer Camp program including registration fee. There will be a different theme every week (July 2017). (Value: $75)

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THINGS TO DO 51

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

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DAILY ACTIVITIES

Events in day-to-day order.

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“BEAST” INTERVIEW

Q&A with the star of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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ON STAGE

Dance and theater shows happening this month.

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ONGOING ACTIVITIES Recurring events for all ages.

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PARENT PLANNER

Events requiring advance registration.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL Nashville Public Library hosts the three-day International Puppet Festival June 17 - 19. It features troupes and performers from six countries presenting more than 30 shows along with other hands-on fun for kids of all ages. See event details on page 70.

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NOW OPEN! SPECIAL EVENTS: 6/4

Safety Day

6/11

Honeyfest

Included with general admission.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS: 6/15 & 18 6/29

Little Labs

WOLF TO WOOF

THE STORY OF DOGS

Homeschool & Family Science Lab

MAY 28 - SEPT. 5

Registration fee applies.

AFTER-HOURS ADULT EVENTS: 6/16

Science Café

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Free and open to the public!

Saturdays beginning June 4: Summer Laser Shows

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

OPEN DAILY 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville

SHAPE UP

www.adventuresci.org

A dog-gone exciting new feature exhibit!

ADVENTURESCI.ORG/WOLFTOWOOF

THE HOME FOR ELITE ATHLETES!

HUMBLE FITNESS

NOW BOOKING FOR SUMMER AND FALL TRAINING! LIMITED AVAILABILITY, RESERVE TODAY!

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TOP 10 the month’s

SMALL FRY TRI

Saturday, June 11 • Old Fort Park, Murfreesboro • Page 66

RC COLA & MOON PIE FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 18 • Downtown Bell Buckle • Page 73

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

COWABUNGA! DAIRY FESTIVAL

May 31 - June 5 • TPAC, Nashville Page 55

Saturday, June 4 Lucky Ladd Farms, Eagleville Page 57

GREAT TENNESSEE AIR SHOW

INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL June 17 - 19 Nashville Public Library Page 70

June 4 - 5 Smyrna Airport Page 58

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 9 - 12 Downtown Nashville Page 63

MONSTER JAM

Saturday, June 18 • Nissan Stadium, Nashville Page 71

MUSIC CITY SPORTS FESTIVAL June 4 - 5 Music City Center Nashville Page 58

MISS MARTHA’S ICE CREAM CRANKIN’

Sunday, June 12 First Presbyterian Church, Nashville Page 66

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 79 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 82 to register for future events For area LIBRARY STORYTIMES, visit nashvilleparent.com and click on “Things To Do”

Wed 1 Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

During this drop-in program, learn about Sun Records then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate

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

FREE Kids’ Hour

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

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Round Rock Express. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 12:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

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kids reading during the 2016 Summer Reading

Basic Yoga

Program in June and July. Readers can set goals and earn prizes for reaching them. This year’s theme for children is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” Area libraries host events ranging from storytimes and craft workshops to puppet shows and guest appearances by local children’s entertainers. Participation in the program is free, and some related events require advance registration. For all event info and to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, visit one of these websites:

RUTHERFORD COUNTY La Vergne — lavergnetn.gov Linebaugh, MGL, Smyrna, Eagleville — linebaugh.org SUMNER COUNTY Gallatin — gallatinlibrary.org Hendersonville — hendersonvillepubliclibrary.org Portland — youseemore.com/ portland

Thu 2 Enjoy games and activities starting at 5 p.m. followed by a screening of Space Jam at sundown. All ages. Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; southcommevents.com/ moviesinthepark/nashville/ about.html.

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DAVIDSON COUNTY library.nashville.org

Discover this parent/tot musicand-movement class through an introductory session. Ages 4 and younger with a parent. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 615-777-9314 or themusicclass.com/nashville.

FREE 22nd Annual Movies in the Park

Get Set for Summer Reading!

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FREE The Music Class Demonstration Class

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Bring your own mat and water for a one-hour yoga session at Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation; 615794-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

During this drop-in program, learn about Sun Records then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or country-musichalloffame. org.

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Delanie Walker’s Celebrity Go-Karting Challenge

Join Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker and his teammates for head-to-head go-kart racing, food trucks and more. Proceeds benefit inner city and low-income kids with educational opportunities and resources. All ages. Music City Indoor Karting and Entertainment Center, 400 Davidson St., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $200 single entries to race, $75 spectators; delaniewalker.org.

Family Night Out at Cheekwood

Savannah Keyes from Big Machine Records performs a family concert, and there are also live poetry readings, food trucks and the International Playhouses structures illuminated for evening play. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5 - 10 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

Located behind Regal Cinemas, view a variety of classic cars, enjoy live music and participate in kids’ activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; facebook.com/ hendersonvillecruisein.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Round Rock Express. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

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daily activities FREE Symphony Community Concert

An evening of music with the Nashville Symphony including works by Dvorak, Bernstein, Rossini, John Williams and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 8 p.m.; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

Taste of Gallatin

Sample foods from restaurants and caterers in the Gallatin area. All ages. Triple Creek Park, East Broadway St., Gallatin; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $15 in advance/$20 at the gate adults, $5 ages 4 - 10, free ages 3 and younger; 615-452-4000 or gallatintn. org.

Yum!East

This benefit for the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children features food from 30 of East Nashville’s restaurants, an open bar with craft beer and wine plus live music. Ages 21 and older. Pavilion East, 1006 Fatherland St., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $45; yumeast.com/#home.

Fri 3 Arena Polo

Experience the fun of arena polo when the USA challenges South Africa during this fundraiser for Franklin Parks. All ages. Tractor Supply Co. Arena at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 10 and younger; 615-800-2268 or franklinpolo.com.

Brew at the Zoo

Enjoy animals, live music, food trucks and more than 100 craft beers to sample. Adults. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 6:30 - 11 p.m.; $65 general admission, $125 VIP (designated drivers are $25/$55); 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

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Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

During this drop-in program, learn about Sun Records then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family Program: Design an Album Cover

Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 79 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 82 to register for future events

FREE Music & A Movie

Enjoy a live musical performance by local talent followed by a screening of The Little Rascals. All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 7:45 p.m.; 615-7586522 or mjparksandrec.org.

Music City Jazz Festival

Enjoy a night of live jazz music by veteran musicians. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $85; fontanel.com.

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Find inspiration in the galleries to design album art that represents your favorite country song or album. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

A night of wrestling entertainment featuring NXT Champion Samoa Joe, women’s champion Asuka, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura and more. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $55; wmarocks.com.

FREE Friday Night Live Concert Series

This family concert features swingin’ blues and early rock ‘n’ roll by Eight O’Five. All ages. Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks-and-recreation/culturalarts/music/free-summerconcerts.aspx.

Bring lawn chairs and enjoy music from local bands. All ages. Public Square, 20 N. Public Sq., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 615-895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro. com.

FREE Movie on the Lawn

FREE Red Caboose Concert Series

Sounds Baseball

FREE Symphony Community Concert

An evening of music with the Nashville Symphony including works by Rossini, Berstein, Dvorak and John Williams. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 8 p.m.; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Trail Worms: Bird Day

Discover native plants and animal species that call Murfreesboro home. All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Sat 4 FREE 100 Donuts to Celebrate

To commemorate 100 births since its opening, the facility invites the community for sweet treats and more (RSVP at the website to enter a prize drawing). All ages. Baby + Co., 3212 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-647-8220 or info.babyandcompany.com/

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FREE A Stone’s Throw Away

Volunteer to help clean up the greenway by picking up trash along the trail or in the water. All ages. Old Fort Park Pavilion 3, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

Enjoy a 90-minute bike ride through the battlefield during a guided tour. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

FREE Big Band Dance

Take an introductory swing dance lesson then practice your moves with live music by Music City Swing. All ages. Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks.

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An evening of games, popcorn, hot dogs and an outdoor screening of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. All ages. Monroe Harding, 1120 Glendale Lane, Nashville; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 615-2985573 or monroeharding.com.

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Round Rock Express. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; nashvillesounds.com.

our family can enjoy free family films June 6 - July 30 courtesy of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, and get the list of movies at the parks’ facilities. Movie locations are:

FREE Star Party

FREE Movies in Leipers Fork

The Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society provides telescopes to look at objects like Saturn, Mercury, double stars, star clusters and perhaps a comet. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 8:30 10:30 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

• Mon: Cason Lane Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail • Tue: Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St. • Thu: Siegel Park, 515 Cherry Lane • Fri Mitchell-Neilson Primary, 1303 Jones Road • Sat: Hobgood Elementary, 307 S. Baird Lane

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a family-friendly outdoor movie. All ages. Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com.

Movies being at 8:30 p.m. Call 615-893-2141 or visit murfreesborotn.gov/parks.


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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is at TPAC May 31 - June 5, starring Sam Hartley as the Beast. It’s the first national tour for the friendly 27-yearold Lincoln, Neb., native. We caught up with him during the production’s recent stop in Baltimore, Md., to chat about the show. NP: When did you know you wanted to be on stage? I feel like I’ve known since I can remember. My folks had me try a little bit of everything, so I played every sport, did gymnastics, tap dance classes, acting classes. I’ve never found something that felt as natural I think as performing. For a living, I get to play dress-up, I get to play make-believe. There’s no better fun as a child than that, and I’m very lucky that I get to do it especially with this show and this role.

I have this incredible suit that transforms a human frame into the Beast. The cartoon is said to be a combination of seven different species, so the costume reflects that in a more literal sense. I had to learn how to communicate with my whole body. With the costume, I’m about 6’7” ... so it’s a pretty imposing figure on stage. As I studied the character, I learned that most animals breathe with their entire bodies head to toe, so it was fun to discover how to communicate in that way.

NP: What do you personally relate to with the Beast? I stand right now at 6’3”. I remember being 13 or 14 and suddenly I was close to six-feet tall and everyone else ... was NOT! So, I became uncomfortable in my own skin at that age and with my peers, and that was troublesome to me growing up. I relate on such a literal level to that sort of physical outcast feeling that Beast experiences.

NP: What unique thing do you feel you bring to your portrayal of the Beast? When I first read the script, I connected to the inner child that we see in the Beast, and I really wanted to make sure that we don’t forget that through the story — that Belle and Beast are still very young humans in their lives. I try to play up that childlike nature in him. There’s something kind of sweet and innocent and laughable about him. When you’ve been silent for 10 years living as an animal in a castle secluded from the rest of the world, that’s going to do a thing or two to your brain and the way you process stuff. I’m having a lot of fun finding the humor in him, and want to make sure that comes across.

NP: How much does the costume weigh and is it hard to maneuver? It’s a lot of Disney magic! There’s quite a bit of Disney magic that goes into it all. The costume is certainly heavy and warm, but it’s designed in such a smart way to respond to every curve of a muscle and bone on the human body. So

Sam Hartley in and out of costume. Pictured above as The Beast with Brooke Quintana as Belle. NP: Your favorite part of the show? As an actor on stage, there’s no better theatrical experience than hearing everyone in the room is on the same page in the same moment experiencing something. When Belle steps out on stage in that yellow dress you hear the audience go, “AAH!” ... you hear this collective inhale, and every single human from the 3-year-old kid to the grandparent who’s seen it 90 times reacts the same way. NP: What do you hope kids will take away from the show? Every performance is going to be someone’s first or last show, and what a cool thing that we get to be responsible for. I certainly hope it instills a passion and respect for theater. I certainly remember my

first show (Peter Pan), and I’ve been hooked ever since. Kids tend to get the story on such a simple, innocent level that it’s sometimes the adults who need reminding that sometimes you have to look past someone’s bad day to fine the lovable human underneath that exterior. Read the full interview with Sam Hartley online at nashvilleparent.com.

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Summer Movies for Kids

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hree movie theater chains with Middle Tennessee locations have special offerings with kids in mind in June and July. It’s a great way to get out of the heat and enjoy the big screen without breaking your bank! Here’s what’s happening:

Carmike Cinemas’ Summer Kids Series When: Thursdays, June 2 - Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Cost: $4 includes movie, popcorn and soft drink Locations: Bellevue, Franklin and Murfreesboro Movie Offerings (partial list): Epic, Home, Monsters vs Aliens, The Peanuts Movie, Rio 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 Contact: carmike.com

Malco’s Kids Summer Film Fest When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 7 - July 27 at 10 a.m. Cost: $2 per movie (proceeds benefit local children’s hospitals) Location: Smyrna Movie Offerings (partial list): The Croods, The Peanuts Movie, Home, Penguins, Turbo, Horton Hears a Who Contact: malco.com

Regal’s Summer Movie Express When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 7 - July Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Cost: $1 per movie Locations: Green Hills, Hendersonville, Hollywood 27 (June 14 - Aug. 10), Opry Mills and Mt. Juliet Movie Offerings (partial list): The Lego Movie, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, Curious George, Despicable Me 2, The Croods, Shaun the Sheep, Smurfs 2 Contact: regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

This culinary adventure/ movable feast gives you a peek behind the line at some of the most celebrated kitchens in the 12 S. District starting at Urban Grub followed by Epice, The Flipside and Josephine. You’ll have access to the executive chefs while sampling their menus and enjoying live music. The Night Crawl is sold out (the after party for $40 at The Bell Tower is for ages 21 and older). The Day Crawl is for all ages. Urban Grub, 2506 12th Ave. S., Nashville; 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $149; bagrubcrawl. com.

FREE Cannon County Catfish Rodeo

Enjoy a morning of angling actions. Ages. 2 - 12. East Fork Stones River at Dillon Park, Lehman Street, Woodbury; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; tn.gov/twra.

FREE Coopertown Barrel Festival

A day of live music, exhibits, wooden barrel races, tractor showings, corn hole and checkers tournaments, kids’ activities and more. All ages. Downtown Coopertown; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-3824470 or coopertowntn.org.

COWabunga! Dairy Festival

Meet a working dairy cow and learn the “Story of Milk,” milk a dairy goat, learn to make butter, visit the ice cream sundae buffet bar for a sweet treat and more. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 12 (ice cream bar is $3.50 adults, $2.50 kids); 615-2743786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

During this drop-in program, learn about Sun Records

then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Experience Goodlettsville

This community-wide event features live music, inflatables, food trucks, local vendors and more. All ages. MossWright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-859-7979 or goodlettsvillechamber.com.

Family Program: Design an Album Cover

Find inspiration in the galleries to design album art that represents your favorite country song or album. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE First Saturday Art Crawl

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

Fit Camp

Personal Trainer Randianne Sears leads this session for all fitness levels that includes mobility, agility and strengthtraining exercises along with food education. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 10:45 a.m.; suggested $5 donation; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org. (please turn the page)

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 79 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 82 to register for future events

Great Tennessee Air Show

Marvel at a variety of aviation performances by different planes and enjoy more fun in the Kid Zone like bounce houses and hands-on activities. All ages. Smyrna Airport, 278 Doug Warpoole Road, Smyrna; 8 a.m.; $35 adults, $15 ages 4 - 12, free ages 3 and younger; greattennesseeairshow.com.

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A night of jazz music with special guest Dara Tucker. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $34.75 - $44.75; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

FREE Hendersonville Kids Fishing Rodeo

Bring poles and tackle (bait provided) for a morning of angling action. Ages 14 and younger. Memorial Park, 149 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-8223898 or hendersonvilleparks. org.

Hillbilly Half Marathon Participate in a half marathon or 5K run through Leipers Fork. All ages. Grass Lot, 4100 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 7 a.m.; $85 half, $35 5K; hillbillyhalf.com.

FREE Kids Art Festival of Tennessee

This festival features a juried art exhibit, hand-crafted art for sale, stage performances (in music, theater and dance), hands-on art activities and more. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-794-2103 or franklintn.gov/parks.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Celebrate the Mars Molecule Project with stories and crafts. Ages 13 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

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The Great Tennessee Air Show returns to Smyrna Airport June 4 - 5. FREE Kingston Springs Youth Fishing Rodeo

Enjoy a morning of angling action. Ages 5 - 12. Kingston Springs City Park, 396 Spring St., Kingston Springs; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 931-9522110 or tn.gov/twra.

Museum Fun Day

Enjoy a day of rides, demonstrations, tours of the basement areas and more. All ages. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $12 adults, $3 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 615-742-7445 or lanemotormuseum.org.

Music City Jazz Festival

Enjoy a day of jazz music performed by veteran musicians. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $100; fontanel.com.

Music City Sports Festival

This sportscentric day features speakers and lots of hands-on activities. Sign up in advance for clinics in baseball, football, soccer, basketball, softball, golf, fishing, tennis, archery, kids ages 3 - 5 soccer shoots and more. Stop by Nashville’s Parent’s booth to pick up a code for bonus points in the Fit Family Challenge toward the Universal Orlando Resort trip. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 ($8 for both days), free ages 5 and younger and free for kids who play organized sports who come wearing their team jerseys; musiccitysportsfestival. com.

Music Country Grand Prix

This equestrian show jumping competition features top riders and horses from across the nation competing for a $40,000 purse. A silent auction takes place as well. Proceeds benefit Saddle Up!, the local therapeutic horseback riding program for children. All ages. Brownland Farm, 1155 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 3 p.m.; $15 adult, free ages 9 and younger; musiccountrygrandprix.com.

FREE Musicians Corner

Live music by The Mowgli’s, AJ & The Jiggawatts, Kyshona and more. Enjoy children’s activities in Kidsville along with local artisans, food trucks, Dogville and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

FREE NatureNauts: Sea Life

During this drop-in program, explore a large sea life exhibit and learn what to look for on your next trip to the ocean. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Opera at Dyer Observatory

Bring a picnic for a night of stargazing and music by Nashville Opera. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 6 - 11 p.m.; $30 - $85; nashvilleopera.org.

FREE Providence Summer Concert Series

Enjoy live music by a variety of local acts. All ages. Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road,


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Discover the parent/tot music-and-movement program through an introductory session. Ages 4 and younger with a parent. The Music Class, 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood; 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; 615-7779314 or themusicclass.com/ nashville.

Sun 5 FREE BMX Racing

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

FREE Dragon Music Sunday

Local kids participate in a Nashville Predators hockey clinic at last year’s Music City Sports Festival. This year’s event takes place June 4 - 5 at Music City Center. Mt. Juliet; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; shopprovidencemarketplace. com.

Safety Day

Participate in special programs exploring the science behind safety during fires, in the lab, related to weather and more. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/safety.

Secret Garden Tour

View a variety of gardens around Murfreesboro and get ideas for enhancing your own backyard. Proceeds benefit the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. All ages. Various gardens in Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; explorethedc.org.

FREE Shake, Rattle & Roll Lawn Concert

Four on the Floor plays hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. All ages. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 East Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 615-325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

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

Speedway Racing

An auto race featuring more than 500 laps. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free kids; fairgroundsspeedwaynashville. com.

Summer Laser Shows

Enjoy up to three laser shows in the Sudekum Planetarium choreographed to music ranging from classic rock to today’s hits. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 8:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-members ($20 for all three); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ summerlasers.

Summer Luau

A day of lake fun includes swimming, zooming down the Wet Willie water slide, soaring on the Tom Sawyer rope swing, jumping on the blob, canoeing, kayaking and contests like limbo and Hula Hoop, and more. All ages. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 ages 3 -

17; 615-360-2267 or give. ymcamidtn.org/campluau.

FREE Summer StoryWalk Reveal

Discover the summer book during this on-your-own activity along the Little Acorn Trail. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

Symphony Under the Stars: The Music of John Williams

The Nashville Symphony performs film composer John Williams’ music from Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and others. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $45 - $70; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association hosts an afternoon of music featuring Daddy. All ages. Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 4 - 6:30 p.m.; hwen.org.

Great Tennessee Air Show

Marvel at a variety of aviation performances by different planes and enjoy more fun in the Kid Zone like bounce houses and hands-on activities. All ages. Smyrna Airport, 278 Doug Warpoole Road, Smyrna; 8 a.m.; $35 adults, $15 ages 4 - 12, free ages 3 and younger; greattennesseeairshow.com.

FREE Make Letterpress Art

Get creative by making prints while exploring oldschool letterpress art making. All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

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This sportscentric day features speakers and lots of hands-on activities. Sign up in advance for clinics in baseball, football, soccer, basketball, softball, golf, fishing, tennis, archery, kids ages 3 - 5 soccer shoots and more. Stop by Nashville’s Parent’s booth to pick up a code

for bonus points in the Fit Family Challenge toward the Universal Orlando Resort trip. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 ($8 for both days), free ages 5 and younger and free for kids who play organized sports who come wearing their team jerseys; musiccitysportsfestival. com.

FREE Symphony Community Concert

An evening of music with the Nashville Symphony including works by Rossini, Bernstein, Dvorak and John Williams. All ages. Crockett Park, 1500 Volunteer Pkwy., Brentwood; 7 p.m.; nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Vintage Base Ball Enjoy an 1860s-style game when the Highland Rim Distillers take on the Nashville Maroons at 12 p.m.,

followed by Stewart’s Creek Scouts vs Phoenix of East Nashville at 2:30 p.m. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Mon 6 24th Annual Hart Golf Classic

Tee up to raise money to benefit local youth served by the STARS program. All ages. Golf Club of Tennessee, 1000 Golf Club Drive, Kingston Springs; 11:30 a.m.; $200; 615-279-0058 or starsnashville.org/event/ hart-golf-classic.

Creative Zone: Make a Backstage Pass

During this drop-in program, make a custom backstage pass for the concert of your dreams. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

WHAT IT’S LIKE:

The Escape Experience

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scape rooms are the hot new trend in entertainment, and more places offering the unique outing are cropping up in Middle Tennessee. Downtown Nashville’s newest spot to test your sleuthing skills is The Escape Experience, located at 501 Union Street. Two escape options are currently available — C-Block and The Inheritance — with two more rooms coming soon. My crew of six (the experiences are for two to six players) recently opted for the C-Block prison escape. Upon being handcuffed together, we were ushered into a small solitary confinement type cell where we had 60 minutes to scour the room for clues, keys, codes and more to find our escape route and free ourselves. It’s a highly interactive experience where teamwork is paramount, and hefty doses of street smarts and imagination are helpful, too. I can’t give away any secrets that would spoil the fun should you go, but I will tell you this: stay focused! It’s easy to get fixated on elements that are thrown in to lead you astray, and don’t overlook the obvious! Leave nothing unturned because clues are hidden everywhere. Your game guide (who’s watching your group via video cameras in the room) will give you hints if you get stuck, but after three hints that extra help counts against your time. You’ll encounter unexpected twists and turns along the way, and that’s all part of the extreme fun of the Escape Experience. It’s best suited for ages 12 and older, and costs $28 per person. Call 615-891-7929 or book your escape online at escapeexperiencenashville.com. — chad young

Early Explorers

Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger; Discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter.; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

FREE Nature Storytime Experience family-friendly storybooks in the great outdoors. Ages 3 and older. Cason Lane Greenway Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail, Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Perform Murfreesboro Film Appreciation Club

Watch classic films with group discussions and learn about the film industry, how it relates to theater and more. Ages 10 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Tue 7 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Country music stars including Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery and others play softball during this fundraiser for City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $20 - $50; 800745-3000 or ticketmaster. com.

Creative Zone: Make a Backstage Pass

During this drop-in program, make a custom backstage pass for the concert of your dreams. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Stars for Second Harvest

Craig Wiseman and friends present an evening of music benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $55; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com. (please turn the page)

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daily activities FREE Symphony Community Concert

An evening of music with the Nashville Symphony including works by Rossini, Bernstein, Dvorak and John Williams. All ages. Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

Wed 8 Billy Dean

A night of country music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $25 - $35; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

Bring your lunch and enjoy live music in the park. All ages. Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 615-862-8400 or nashville.gov/parks.

Creative Zone: Make a Backstage Pass

During this drop-in program, make a custom backstage pass for the concert of your dreams. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Ghostbusters

Fathom Events presents a screening of the original 1984 hit movie (rated PG). All ages. Regal Green Hills Cinema, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; and Regal Opry Mills, 570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 2 and 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents.com.

Happy Together 2016

A night of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Cowsills

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FREE Kids’ Hour

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

Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam

A night of country music with special guests Brothers Osborne, Connie Smith, The Isaacs, Chuck Mead & The Grassy Knoll Boys and others. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 10 p.m.; $35 - $45; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

Thu 9 FREE 22nd Annual Movies in the Park

Enjoy games and activities followed by a screening of Finding Nemo at sundown. All ages. Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; southcommevents.com/ moviesinthepark/nashville/ about.html.

Basic Yoga

Bring your own mat and water for a one-hour yoga session at Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation; 615794-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Bonnaroo

This four-day music festival on a 700-acre farm in Manchester draws 85,000 fans to camp out and experience 150 performances on 10 different stages, along with other activities like inflatable water slides. Among this year’s artists are Pearl Jam, Third Eye Blind, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore

Charles Esten, Deana Carter and Bucky Covington went to bat at last year’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Tournament that raises money for life-threatening diseases like cancer and diabetes. This year’s game is on Tuesday, June 7 at First Tennessee Park. & Ryan Lewis, Halsey, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and more. All ages. Manchester Farm, 200 W. Fort St., Manchester; 10 a.m.; $349.50; bonnaroo.com.

FREE Concert Cruise-In

Enjoy live music, grilled burgers and dogs, a beer garden and several classic cars on display. All ages. Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-724-1600 or fontanel. com.

Creative Zone: Make a Backstage Pass

Make a custom backstage pass for the concert of your dreams. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family Night Out at Cheekwood

Mr. Steve, The Music Man performs a family concert and

the International Playhouses structures are illuminated for evening play. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

FREE Symphony Community Concert

An evening of music with the Nashville Symphony including works by Rossini, Bernstein, Dvorak and John Williams. All ages. Cumberland University, 1 Cumberland Drive, Lebanon; 7 p.m.; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

FREE Teen Movie Night

Located behind Regal Cinemas, view a variety of classic cars, enjoy live music and participate in kids’ activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; facebook.com/ hendersonvillecruisein.

Enjoy popcorn, refreshments and viewing a popular teen movie. Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

FREE Splash Out!

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Kids can cool off under the spray from the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department. Ages 12 and younger with a parent. Richard Siegel Community Park, 515 Cherry Lane Drive, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 615-8932141 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Barefootin’ Concert Series

Enjoy live music by local bands. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($36.99 those 52 inches and taller, $28.99 those 51 inches and shorter, free ages 2 and younger); nashvilleshores.com.


daily activities Creative Zone: Make a Backstage Pass

Make a custom backstage pass for the concert of your dreams. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Exhibit Opening

Found Narratives showcases individual and collaborative works made by participants from four community organizations — Maplewood High School, Poverty & the Arts, Thistle Farms and YMCA Latino Achievers. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 18. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10

a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter. org.

FREE Family Movie Day

Watch a family-friendly movie. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Country singer — and former contestant on The Voice — RaeLynn performs a free concert on Friday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Chevrolet Cruze Park Stage during the CMA Music Festival.

FREE Fun Friday: Touch a Truck

Explore a variety of vehicles like fire trucks, dump trucks, police cruisers, cranes and more. All ages. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 a.m.; goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Highballs and Hydrangeas

Enjoy cocktails, wines and light bites from Blue Moon Waterfront Grille, Copper Kettle, Green Hills Grille, Noshville, Puckett’s and more. Ages 21 and older. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 in advance, $35 at the door; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Movie in the Park

Enjoy music and concessions (or bring a picnic dinner) followed by a screening of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. All ages. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 6 p.m.; goodlettsvilleparks. com.

FREE Movies in Leipers Fork

SPOTLIGHT:

CMA Music Festival June 9 - 12

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ountry music’s biggest fan extravaganza fills the streets of downtown Nashville June 9 - 12. While the big, main-stage concerts at Nissan Stadium are sold out, you can still get in on the fun with several stages of free music at Riverfront Park, Bridgestone Arena Plaza, Walk of Fame Park and more. Artists performing free concerts during the four-day festival include Charles Esten, Brothers Osborne, Jake Owen, Ty Herndon, Eric Paslay, RaeLynn, Maddie & Tae, Jana Kramer, Jamie Lynn Spears, Lorrie Morgan and many more. One of the festival’s main attractions is Fan Fair X located inside Music City Center. From 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day, it’s the place to be for meet-and-greet opportunities with a slew of country music stars. In addition, Fan Fair X also features a Kids’ Zone with fun activities, inflatables and more. Tickets for Fan Fair X are $10 for ages 9 and older or $25 for a four-day pass; ages 8 and younger are free. Tickets for the main stage concerts for 2017 will go on sale shortly after this year’s festival — and they sell out fast! — so check the website regularly for the on-sale date. For more info about this year’s CMA Music Festival, visit cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a family-friendly outdoor movie. All ages. Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com.

FREE Red Caboose Concert Series

This family concert features classic country by The Miltons. All ages. Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks-and-recreation/culturalarts/music/free-summerconcerts.aspx.

FREE Special Needs Kids Fishing Rodeo

Children with physical or mental differences can bring poles and tackles (bait provided) to enjoy an afternoon of angling action. All ages. Memorial Park, 149

E. Main St., Hendersonville; 5 - 7 p.m.; 615-822-3898 or hendersonvilleparks.org.

Starlight Jam

Bring camp chairs/blankets and a picnic dinner for an evening of bluegrass music by Johnsongrass with BlueHart. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $5 suggested donation per adult; bowiepark.org.

FREE Trail Worms: Mammal & Tracks Day Discover native plants and animal species that call Murfreesboro home. All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Sat 11 Bee at Honeyfest

Celebrate bees with a day of fun and discovery that includes hands-on activities like making beeswax candles and learning how to sustain honeybee habitats from a real beekeeper. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; adventuresci.org/ honeyfest.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

Enjoy a 90-minute bike ride through the battlefield during a guided tour. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

FREE Big Band Dance

Take an introductory tango lesson then practice your moves with live music by Rory Partin & His All Star Big Band. All ages. Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; 615-862-8440 or nashville.gov/parks. (please turn the page)

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Circle Players Presents June 3 – 19, 2016

PERFORMANCES AT: Z. Alexander Looby Theater 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37228 TICKETS & INFORMATION: www.CirclePlayers.net call 615-332-7529

Stage & Music Direction by Brittany Blaire Andersen Asst. Music Direction by Kelsi Fulton | Choreography by Bakari King

Music by Alan Menken |Lyrics by Howard Ashmann & Glenn Slater | Book by Doug Wright Based on Hans Christian Andersen story & the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker & written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements. Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions Disney’s The Little Mermaid Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


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FREE Bledoe Creek State Park Kids Fishing Rodeo

Cast a line and enjoy a morning of angling action. Ages 14 and younger. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin; 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-452-3706 or friendsofbledsoe.com.

Comic Book Show

Browse and buy items from comic books to action

figures, meet celebrity guests and more. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10; comiccitytn.com.

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

Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-members; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Creative Zone: Make a Backstage Pass

Dome Club

Eagleville Truck and Tractor Pull

During this drop-in program, make a custom backstage pass for the concert of your dreams. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.;

Experience a full-dome planetarium experience with Coral Rekindling Venus featuring a journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life. All ages. Adventure

Modified and stock pulling classes include semis, trucks, tractors, school buses and more. All ages. Eagleville Tractor Show Grounds, 747 Chapel Hill Pike, Eagleville; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 8 and younger; 615-708-7086 or eaglevilletvppa.com.

Fit Camp

Personal Trainer Randianne Sears leads this session for all fitness levels that includes mobility, agility and strengthtraining exercises along with food education. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 10:45 a.m.; suggested $5 donation; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Hendersonville Kids Fishing Rodeo

SUMMER ROAD TRIP:

38th Annual Superman Celebration Metropolis, Ill. June 9 - 12 All ages

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ll-things “Man of Steel” are front and center in Metropolis, Ill. during the 38th Annual Superman Celebration. Located 148 miles northwest on I-24 (a roughly two-and-a-half hour drive), it’s the town’s biggest event that heralds lots of hoopla for all superheroes. Kids have fun meeting Superman himself, and there are other celebrity meet and greets with stars from Superman movies and TV shows. Other fun includes participating in the Heroes & Villains costume contest; Artist Alley with top comic writers and illustrators; live music and entertainment on the main stage; carnival rides and games; children’s activities in the Smallville tent; Q & A panels with celebrities and artists; and there’s also the Ninth Annual Superman Film Festival (June 9 10 only) featuring 33 film shorts. Festival admission is free, but some activities like celebrity autograph sessions require paid tickets (fees and tickets available at the website). For more info, visit supermancelebration.net.

Bring your own pole and tackle (bait provided) for a morning of fishing fun. Ages 14 and younger. Memorial Park, 149 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-822-3898 or hendersonvilleparks.org.

Insane Inflatable 5K

Participate in this 5K race that includes more than 11 inflatable obstacles along the way. The race benefits the American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement. The minimum height requirement is 42 inches. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $49 in advance, $75 day-of; insaneinflatable5k.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Listen to a story with Parthenon docent and artist John Taylor, then make a Greek arm cuff craft. Ages 13 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

FREE Musicians Corner Live music by Matthew Perryman Jones & Friends, John Fullbright, Mike Hicks and more. Enjoy children’s activities in Kidsville along with local artisans, food trucks, Dogville and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

FREE NatureNauts: Spiders

Drop in to the center to learn about spiders with Naturalist Dennis Gibson who will have examples and displays from his own collection. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Providence Summer Concert Series

Enjoy live music by a variety of local acts. All ages. Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; shopprovidencemarketplace. com.

FREE Rutherford County Youth Fishing Rodeo

Enjoy a morning of angling action. Ages 16 and younger. Percy Priest WMA Unit 1 Pond, 381 Old Jones Mill Road, La Vergne; 7 - 10 a.m.; 615-294-5509 or tn.gov/twra.

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Second Saturday

Planetarium shows include “Skies Over Nashville” (7:30 p.m.), “The Other Side of Floyd” (8:30 p.m.) and “Laser Led Zeppelin” (9:30 p.m.). All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; “Skies” is $3 members, $6 non-members; laser shows are $6 each members, $8 non-members (get all three for $20); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/saturday.

Small Fry Tri

This triathlon for preschoolers lets kids run, bike and “swim” (run through sprinklers) to the finish line where everyone gets a trophy. Bring a bike or tricycle and helmet. Preregistration takes place June 1 - 9 at Sports*Com, Patterson Park Community Center & The Wilderness Station; day-of registration at the park is at 9:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 6. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 - 11 a.m.; $6; 615-8932141 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Summer Laser Shows

Enjoy up to three laser shows in the Sudekum Planetarium choreographed to music ranging from classic rock to today’s hits. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-members ($20 for all three); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/ summerlasers.

Tour de Cure

Hop on your bike and choose a 10-, 30-, 62- or 100-mile course during this fundraising ride for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the American Diabetes Association. All ages. Franklin Park, 6100 Tower Cir., Franklin; 6 a.m.; $25 plus a $200 minimum fundraising goal; 615-2983066, ext. 3330, or tour. diabetes.org.

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Several giant, air-filled obstacles are part of the fun of the course during the Insane Inflatable 5K on Saturday, June 11 at The Fairgrounds. The race benefits the American Cancer Society. FREE Youth Fishing Rodeo

The TWRA will release hundreds of catfish into the lake for kids to catch, and each child will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Ages 16 and younger. Evergreen Lake at Veterans Memorial Park, 7106 Black Pine Road, Fairview; 6:30 a.m.; 615799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Youth Magic Group

Members of the Middle Tennessee Magic Club teach kids how to be magicians. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh. org.

Sun 12 31st Annual Purity Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’

Enjoy hundreds of homemade ice cream flavors and an afternoon of family fun including inflatables, art activities, games, an icecream eating contest and more. Proceeds benefit the Martha O’Bryan Center. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 3 - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 children, free ages 1 and younger; 615-2541791 or marthaobryan.org/ crankin.

FREE BMX Racing

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; facebook.com/musiccitybmx.

Ghostbusters

Fathom Events presents a screening of the original 1984 hit movie (rated PG). All ages. Regal Green Hills Cinema, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; and Regal Opry Mills, 570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 2 and 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents.com.

Harry Connick Jr.

An evening of jazz/pop music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $45 - $105; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Movies at the Schermerhorn: Star Trek: Into Darkness

Watch the HD movie on the big screen while the Nashville Symphony performs Michael Giacchino’s score live. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1

Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $79; nashvillesymphony.org.

Sunday Mornin’ Country

Rock-N-Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly Halls of Fame legend Brenda Lee and surprise country music artists perform their favorite gospel songs. All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 2:30 p.m.; $27; 800-SEE-OPRY or opry. com.

Mon 13 Early Explorers

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


daily activities FREE Teen Gaming Night

Enjoy a night of Wii U and other games. Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel

Vocalists AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music from the 1960s. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $94; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Wed 15 FREE Animals & Earth Kids Show

Local kids have fun participating in the Small Fry Tri with Murfreesboro Parks and Rec. The pint-sized triathlon for ages 2 - 6 takes place at Old Fort Park on Saturday, June 11. discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Harry Connick Jr.

Watch classic films with group discussions and learn about the film industry, how it relates to theater and more. Ages 10 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

An evening of jazz/pop music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $45 - $105; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Nashville Jazz Orchestra

A night of big band jazz along with familiar show tunes. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15; 615-324-1010 or citywinery.com.

FREE Nature Storytime Experience family-friendly storybooks in the great outdoors. Ages 3 and older. Cason Lane Greenway Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail,

Perform Murfreesboro Film Appreciation Club

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Memphis Redbirds. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Tue 14 FREE Children’s Theater Audition

Try out for Perform Murfreesboro’s Guys and Dolls Jr. (the production runs Sept. 2 - 4). Ages 12 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE La Leche League of Rutherford County

Learn about breastfeeding and get helpful tips. New and expectant mothers. Bolton Music Therapy, 1833 Ward Drive, Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-785-7882 or facebook. com/lllrutherford.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

Find out what Perform Murfreesboro is and does

from theater opportunities for kids to performing arts classes. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 6:45 p.m.; 615-8677244 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Playin’ on the Tracks

Carter Robinson presents her musical memoir of being the only female member of Waylon Jennings’ band. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $25; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Memphis Redbirds. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Kids can meet and interact with a variety of critters from Animal Tales. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; franklintn. gov/parks.

FREE International Folk Fest at Linebaugh Dancers from the Czech Republic perform to a variety of songs. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; mboro-international-folkfest.org

FREE International Folk Festival at Smyrna Library Dancers from Germany perform. All ages. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; mboro-internationalfolkfest.org.

FREE Kids’ Hour

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

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ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $1 ages 12 and younger; nashvillefc.net.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

Find out what Perform Murfreesboro is and does from theater opportunities for kids to performing arts classes. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 6:45 p.m.; 615-8677244 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

FREE Science Cafe

Participate in an informal discussion on current issues in science with local scientists. Adults. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/sciencecafe.

The Happy Racers perform alternative music for kids during Family Night Out at Cheekwood on Thursday, June 16. Little Labs

Participants can step into the shoes of a paleontologist as they dig up fossils, compare dinosaur features and learn why dinosaurs are special. There’s also a story, movement activity and science craft. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); adventuresci. org/littlelabs.

See Jane Sing

Actress Jane Lynch of TV’s Glee fame presents a musical comedy show featuring her quick wit and Broadway songs. Ages 14 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $44.50 $64.50; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge

the Memphis Redbirds. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 12:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

FREE Symphony Community Concert

An evening of music with the Nashville Symphony including works by Rossini, Bernstein, Dvorak and John Williams. All ages. Key Park, Pool Drive, Lafayette; 7:30 p.m.; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Thu 16 FREE 22nd Annual Movies in the Park

Enjoy games and activities followed by a screening of Pitch Perfect 2 at sundown. All ages. Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; southcommevents.com/ moviesinthepark/nashville/ about.html.

Basic Yoga

Bring your own mat and water for a one-hour yoga session at Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation; 615794-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Children’s Theater Audition

Try out for Perform Murfreesboro’s Guys and Dolls Jr. (the production runs Sept. 2 - 4). Ages 12 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Family Night Out at Cheekwood

The Happy Racers performs a family concert and the International Playhouses structures are illuminated for evening play. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 6:30

p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

Located behind Regal Cinemas, view a variety of classic cars, enjoy live music and participate in kids’ activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; facebook.com/ hendersonvillecruisein.

FREE Music on Main Summer Concert Series

Enjoy food vendors, kids’ activities and live music by local bands. All ages. City Hall Park, 105 S. Main St., Goodlettsville; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 615-859-7979 or goddlettsvillechamber.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Memphis Redbirds. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

FREE String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry Learn about country music history during this familyfriendly show featuring marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow animation and more. This joint production between the Hall of Fame and Wishing Chair Productions is part of the Nashville International Puppet Festival. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

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daily activities FREE Symphony Community Concert

An evening of music with the Nashville Symphony including works by Rossini, Bernstein, Dvorak and John Williams. All ages. Southeast Park Greenspace, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Weird Al Yankovic

A night of musical comedy and song parodies. All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $59.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Fri 17 Barefootin’ Concert Series

Enjoy live music by local bands. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($36.99 those 52 inches and taller, $28.99 those 51 inches and shorter, free ages 2 and younger); 615-889-7050 or nashvilleshores.com.

FREE Family Movie Day

Watch a family-friendly movie. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Enjoy bluegrass music under the light of the full moon. All ages. Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $20 ages 18 and older, $7 ages 7 - 17, free ages 6 and younger; 615-370-8053 or warnerparks.org.

Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival Enjoy jazz, blues, soul and R &B music by local bands and headliners Latimore, Lakeside and Midnight Star. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park,

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Movies at the Schermerhorn: The Wizard of Oz

Watch an HD screening of the beloved 1939 movie as the Nashville Symphony performs the score live. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $79; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

Franklin; 8 p.m.; $25 - $35; franklintheatre.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Round Rock Express. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

FREE String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry Learn about country music history during this familyfriendly show featuring marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow animation and more. This joint production between the Hall of Fame and Wishing Chair Productions is part of

the Nashville International Puppet Festival. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Movies in Leipers Fork

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a family-friendly outdoor movie. All ages. Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com.

FREE Musicians Corner

Live music by Steve Forbert, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Angel Snow and more. Enjoy children’s activities in Kidsville along with local artisans, food trucks, Dogville and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

FREE Nashville International Puppet Festival See “Spotlight” this page.

FREE Red Caboose Concert Series

This family concert features the rock and blues sound of The Al Holbrook Band. All ages. Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks-and-recreation/culturalarts/music/free-summerconcerts.aspx.

Robin & Linda Williams

A night of bluegass/folk music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St.,

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Nashville International Puppet Festival June 17 - 19 All ages

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ashville Public Library celebrates the magic and fun of the art of puppetry by hosting the Fourth Annual Nashville International Puppet Festival June 17 - 19. The free extravaganza features a wide variety of puppet troupes and performers from six countries — USA, Japan, Russia, Belgium, Argentina and Italy. In addition to 30-plus seated puppet performances, the festival also includes an array of free puppet crafts and workshops for kids of all ages, a music stage featuring local children’s entertainers and other activities. The international puppet parade takes place down Capitol Boulevard to the library at 615 Church St. on Saturday, June 18 at 9 a.m. In addition to all the activity and performances at the library, two special performances of String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry (a collaboration between the library’s Wishing Chair Productions and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum) takes place at 5:30 p.m. June 16 - 17 at the Hall’s Ford Theater (tickets must be reserved at the website). Tickets for all seated shows are available in advance at the website for a $2.50 processing fee; you can also pick up tickets without the fee on the day of each performance (while supplies last). For more info and the complete lineup of all activities, visit nashvillepubliclibrary.org/puppetfestival.


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Experience the thrill of Monster Jam for the first time at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 18. FREE Third Friday Night Concert and Cruise-In

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a night of outdoor music. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9 p.m.; 615-890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Trail Worms: Flower Day

Discover native plants and animal species that call Murfreesboro home. All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Sat 18 FREE Anime & Cosplay Party: Round Two Wear your favorite cosplay costume for a contest with prizes, test your Mario Bros. gaming skills during the Super Smash Bros. tournament, listing to panel discussions and enjoy open play in the gaming room. All ages. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 3 p.m.; stonesrivermall.com.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield Enjoy a 90-minute bike ride

through the battlefield during a guided tour. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

Lake Road, Fairview; 10 10:45 a.m.; suggested $5 donation; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Big Band Dance

See dance performances by groups from the United States, Puerto Rico, the Czech Republic and Germany. All ages. Rutherford County Courthouse Square, 105 N. Maple St., Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; mboro-international-folkfest. org.

Take an introductory fox trot lesson then practice your moves with live music by The Merchants of Cool. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; 615-862-8440 or nashville.gov/parks.

Exhibit Opening

American Artists at Home and Abroad features selections from Cheekwood’s permanent collection that tell the story of American artists who journeyed across the world, drawing influence from cultures near and far. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Dec. 31. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Fit Camp

Personal Trainer Randianne Sears leads this session for all fitness levels that includes mobility, agility and strengthtraining exercises along with food education. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie

FREE International Folk Festival

Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

Enjoy jazz, blues, soul and R &B music by local bands and headliners Latimore, Lakeside and Midnight Star. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $20 - $60; 615-726-5867 or nashvillejazzandbluesfest.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Nashville’s music ensemble Intersection will interact with kids exploring how new music expands our minds and ears. Then, create your own music maker. Ages 13 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

Little Labs

This month’s lab topic is “Diggin’ for Dinosaurs.” Participants can step into the shoes of a paleontologist as they dig up fossils, compare dinosaur features and learn why dinosaurs are special. There’s also a story, movement activity and science craft. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $3 members, $5 non-members per child in addition to regular admission ($14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/littlelabs.

Monster Jam

Experience the fun of aggressive, head-to-head racing action with more than a dozen of Monster Jam’s fiercest athletes competing in the Titans’ football stadium for the first time. Trucks include Scooby-Doo, Grave Digger, Zombie, Metal Mulisha and more. Party in the Pits (located in lot H) takes place from 1:30 - 5 p.m. where you can get up close to the trucks and get pictures with the drivers. Gates open at 5 p.m. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $15 - $45 (Party in the Pit tickets are $10); 800-7453000 or monsterjam.com.

FREE Musicians Corner

Live music by Hurray for the Riff Raff, River Whyless, Justin Klump and more. Enjoy children’s activities in Kidsville along with local artisans, food trucks, Dogville and more. Stop by Nashville Parent’s booth for a code to get bonus points toward the Universal Orlando trip in the Fit Family Challenge. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

FREE Nashville International Puppet Festival See “Spotlight,” page 70.

Nashville Walk for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Participate in this one-mile fundraising/awareness walk that also includes games, face painting, special characters and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $20 adults/$10 children in advance, $25 adults/$12 children day of; casana.apraxia-kids.org/ nashvillewalk.

National Beer Mile Run

This one-mile race for adults includes three beer-station stops on the course, followed by an open beer bar party after the race. Ages 21 and older. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 1 - 5 p.m.; $35; nationalbeermile.com.

FREE NatureNauts: The Magic of Water

During this drop-in program, learn about he properties of water that make life possible on Earth. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-7995544 or bowiepark.org.

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FREE Westhaven Porchfest

More than 100 musicians perform on 25 front porches in the Westhaven Community. All ages. Westhaven Community, 1001 Westhaven Blvd., Franklin; 4 - 10 p.m.; westhaventn.com.

Sun 19 FREE BMX Racing Celebrate southern traditions during the annual RC and Moon Pie Festival on Saturday, June 18 in Bell Buckle. FREE Providence Summer Concert Series

Enjoy live music by a variety of local acts. All ages. Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; shopprovidencemarketplace. com.

FREE RC and Moon Pie Festival

Celebrate two of the South’s yummy traditions — RC Cola and Moon Pies — during this family-friendly event including live music, food and games. Sample the world’s biggest Moon Pie, participate in the Moon Pie toss and watermelon seed spitting contest, then visit different arts and crafts booths. All ages. Downtown Bell Buckle; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; bellbucklechamber. com.

Riverbend Kids’ Club

Make a Father’s Day bookmark. All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5; 615-468-2008 or riverbendnurseries.com.

FREE Second Annual Children’s Day

Enjoy a kid-friendly carnival that includes children’s games, hands-on activities, inflatables, health and

wellness education, and more. All ages. The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, 2221 Murphy Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-342-1000 or thechildrenshospitalnashville. com.

Sensory Friendly Screening: Finding Dory

Enjoy a screening of the new Pixar movie Finding Dory with with theater lights not as dim, softer sound and no previews. Plus, kids can run around and make noise — great for kids with autism or other sensory issues. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 10 a.m.; $6; 615-451-9500 or ncgmovies. com.

Songwriter’s Night at Rock Castle

An evening of live music, food and fun including Colonial games for kids. All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 615-824-0502 or historicrockcastle.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Round Rock Express. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior

Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Summer Laser Shows

Enjoy up to three laser shows in the Sudekum Planetarium choreographed to music ranging from classic rock to today’s hits. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-members ($20 for all three); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/ summerlasers.

Taste of Music City

Enjoy an evening of live music and unlimited food and beverage tastings. Proceeds benefit St. Luke’s Community House. All ages. Public Square Park, Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $59 in advance, $69 day of event; tasteofmusiccity. com.

FREE Thunder on the Cumberland Festival

Acme Radio presents the first Formula 1 powerboat race in Tennessee. Watch F1 powerboats and tri-hulls race on the Cumberland along with live music by Los Colognes & Corecy Mac Band starting at 5 p.m. (Satursday only). All ages. Riverfront Park, 100 First Ave. N., Nashville; gates

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Father’s Day at Lane

Dads get free admission to the museum today, and there’s special demonstrations and basement tours. All ages. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $12 adults, $3 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 615-742-7445 or lanemotormuseum.org.

FREE Jazz on the Cumberland

Enjoy an outing in the park featuring live jazz music. All ages. Cumberland Park, 592 S. First S., Nashville; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; jazzonthecumerland@ gmail.com or nashville.gov/ parks.

FREE Nashville International Puppet Festival See Friday, June 17 listing.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Round Rock Express. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

FREE Thunder on the Cumberland Festival

Please see Saturday, June 18 listing.

FREE Vintage Base Ball at Mansker’s Enjoy an 1860s-style ball game when the Stewart’s Creek Scouts challenge the Highland Rim Distillers at 12 p.m. followed by the Franklin Farriers vs Phoenix of East Nashville at 2:30 p.m. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

FREE Vintage Base Ball at Ravenswood Experience an 1860s-style ball game when the Nashville Maroons challenge the Travellers Club of Brentwood. All ages. Ravenswood Mansion, 1825 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Mon 20 Early Explorers

Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger; Discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter.; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Legends of Music Series: Huey Lewis & the News

A night of music from the 1980s with special guest Jamie Kent. Concert presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $59 - $119; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

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Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge Round Rock Express. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

FREE St. Paul Storytime

Author Jeremy Shapiro reads the story of how Sheila the gecko learns after the loss of magnificent tail that it was not what made her magnificent after all. Ages 3 - 5. St. Paul Christian Academy, 5035 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 4 4:45 p.m.; 615-269-4751 or stpaulchristianacademy.org.

Tue 21 11th Annual Music & Memories

Amy Grant presents an evening of her pop and Christian music hits benefiting FiftyForward Martin Center. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $65 - $110; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Dance Me a Story: Carnival of the Animals

Nashville Ballet presents this interactive story about a lion who cannot understand why everyone isn’t exactly like him but learns how everyone’s unique differences makes life more interesting. All ages. Pruitt Branch Library, 117 Charles E Davis Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-2972966 or nashvilleballet.com.

FREE Make Music Nashville

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making music with events all over town at various parks and other locations with activities like drum circles, a kids’ harmonica jam, free guitar lessons and more. All ages. Various Locations in Middle Tennessee; 8 a.m. 10 p.m.; makemusicday.org/ nashville.

Selena Gomez

A night of dance-pop music with guests DNCE. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $40.50 $80.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Storytime: Honk! The Story of a Prima Swanerina

Nashville Ballet presents this interactive story about a balletsmitten swan who has an unexpected moment to shine on stage. All ages. Bethesda Public Library, 4905 Bethesda Road, Thompson’s Station; 10:30 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Wed 22 FREE Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

Bring your lunch and enjoy live music in the park. All ages. Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 615-862-8400 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Kids’ Hour

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

Thu 23 FREE 22nd Annual Movies in the Park

Enjoy games and activities starting at 5 p.m. followed by a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at sundown. All ages.

See Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Wednesday, June 22 at Movies in the Park at Elmington Park in Nashville. Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; southcommevents.com/ moviesinthepark/nashville/ about.html.

Basic Yoga

Bring your own mat and water for a one-hour yoga session at Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation; 615794-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Bluegrass Night at the Ryman

Enjoy an evening of music with Vince Gill. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $28.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Family Night Out at Cheekwood

The WannaBeatles performs a family concert and the International Playhouses structures are illuminated for evening play. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

Located behind Regal Cinemas, view a variety of classic cars, enjoy live music and participate in kids’ activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6. - 9 p.m.; facebook.com/ hendersonvillecruisein.

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration

Vocalist/Guitarist Warren Haynes joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of standards made famous by Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $104; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Splash Out!

Kids can cool off under the spray from the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department. Ages 12 and younger with a parent. Barfield Crescent Park Pavilions 5 - 7, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

TNT: Modular Art Pods

This “gallery tunnel” experience features more than 50 pods designed by different

artists for you to crawl through and interact with. All ages. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $15; ozartsnashville.org.

Veridia

A night of alternative rock. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $20; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Fri 24 Barefootin’ Concert Series

Enjoy live music by local bands. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($36.99 those 52 inches and taller, $28.99 those 51 inches and shorter, free ages 2 and younger); 615-889-7050 or nashvilleshores.com.

FREE Dance Me a Story: Emperor and the Nightingale

Nashville Ballet presents this interactive story where the Emperor of China learns the most beautiful sound in the kingdom is that of a songbird. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.


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This fast-paced autocross event lets you test your skills behind the wheel of the world’s greatest exotic sports cars. Reserve a time slot at the website. Ages 21 and older. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $249; dreamcarsprint.com.

FREE Family Movie Day

Watch a family-friendly movie. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Frist Friday

Beatles cover band SixtyFour performs hits from the early Beatlemania years all the way up through Let it Be. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 18 and younger); 615244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

FREE Fun Friday: Puppets in the Park

The Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck brings children’s books to life through a puppet show. All ages. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 a.m.; goodlettsvilleparks.com.

In-Site Visual Art Festival

Explore large-scale and interactive art incorporating sculptures, murals, digital video projections, 3-D printing, street art and more. During daylight hours, your family can also enjoy live music along with the indoor and outdoor installations. The evening hours after 5 p.m. include a dance part with a DJ with certain exhibits illuminated. All ages. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville; 1 p.m.; $35 adults, free ages 11 and younger; 615-350-7200 or ozartsnashville.org.

FREE Movie in the Park

Bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs for a familyfriendly outdoor movie. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-794-2103 or franklintn.gov/parks.

Movies at the Schermerhorn: Raiders of the Lost Ark Watch the iconic movie in HD while the Nashville Symphony performs John Williams’ score live. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $34 $84; nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Movies in Leipers Fork

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a family-friendly outdoor movie. All ages. Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-870-8870 or jailhouseindustrys.com.

FREE Musicians Corner Live music by Dom Flemons, Damien Horne, Tristan McIntosh and more. Enjoy children’s activities in Kidsville along with local artisans, food trucks, Dogville and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

FREE Red Caboose Concert Series

The One Hitters perform his from one-hit wonders during this family concert. All ages. Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks-and-recreation/culturalarts/music/free-summerconcerts.aspx.

FREE Trail Worms: Insect Day

Discover native plants and animal species that call Murfreesboro home. All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:45

a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Zoovie Night

Enjoy after-hours fun at the zoo with inflatables, games, face painters and an outdoor screening of Kung Fu Panda. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 6 p.m.; free with gate admission during the day or $6 after 6 p.m.; 615-8331534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Sat 25 Arena Polo

Franklin Polo Academy hosts this match between Tennessee and Kentucky. All ages. Tractor Supply Co. Arena at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 10 and younger (VIP cabanas for 8 are $250; call to make reseravation); 615-800-2268 or franklinpolo.com.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

Enjoy a 90-minute bike ride through the battlefield during a guided tour. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

FREE Big Band Dance

Take an introductory rumba lesson then practice your moves with live music by Radio Daze. All ages. Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks.

Bluebird on the Mountain

Enjoy a night of local singer/ songwriters performing outside. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 8 p.m.; $130 per carload of eight; 800-745-3000 or dyer. vanderbilt.edu.

DelMonaco Winery Excursion Train

Ride the rails in a classic train with a wine tasting in your car. At the winery, you’ll enjoy guided tours, live music, more tastings and a souvenir glass. Ages 21 and older. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $65 - $150; 615-241-0436 or tcry.org.

Dream Car Sprint

This fast-paced autocross event lets you test your skills behind the wheel of the world’s greatest exotic sports cars. Reserve a time slot at the website. Ages 21 and older. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $249; dreamcarsprint.com.

Fit Camp

Personal Trainer Randianne Sears leads this session for all fitness levels that includes mobility, agility and strengthtraining exercises along with food education. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 10:45 a.m.; suggested $5 donation; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Greg Allman

Laid Back Festival Enjoy a night of music featuring Greg Allman, Shovels & Rope, Brothers Osborne, Andrea Davidson, Levon, Gabriel Kelley and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; $20 - $100; fontanel. com.

In-Site Visual Art Festival

Explore large-scale and interactive art incorporating sculptures, murals, digital video projections, 3-D printing, street art and more. During daylight hours, your family can also enjoy live music along with the indoor and outdoor installations. The evening hours after 5 p.m. include a dance part with

a DJ with certain exhibits illuminated. All ages. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville; 1 p.m.; $35 adults, free ages 11 and younger; 615-350-7200 or ozartsnashville.org.

Kids Construction Fun Festival

Kids can help Digger Dan operate a real excavator, move sand, climb on a bulldozer and explore other farm and construction equipment. There are also new activity centers to practice skills of trade, lifesize Jenga games and giant Lincoln Logs building sets. Closed-toe shoes required. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Hear stories of refugees and celebrate other cultures, then color your own fabric flag. Ages 13 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

FREE Lawn Concert

Soul Soup performs an evening of southern rock hits. All ages. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 615-325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com.

FREE Musicians Corner Live music by The Jayhawks, Griffin House, Hope Country, W.O. Smith School Camp BackBeat Bands and more. Enjoy children’s activities in Kidsville along with local artisans, food trucks, Dogville and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

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Sample craft brews and food while enjoying games and entertainment. Proceeds benefit local charities through the Nashville Predators Foundation. Ages 21 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 4 - 8 p.m.; $65 - $100 ($30 - $65 designated drivers); 615-770-2328 or predators. nhl.com/club/page. htm?id=90165.

FREE National Day of Play

Parents and tots can have fun with bubbles, music-andmovement exercises, making artistic masterpieces and more. Ages 5 and younger. Gymboree, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 615-2219004 or gymboreeclasses. com.

FREE NatureNauts: Miracle of DNA

During this drop-in program, learn about DNA through hands-on activities. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-7995544 or bowiepark.org.

NPT Appraisal Day

Bring antique or other items for appraisers to offer verbal quotes. Proceeds benefit Nashville Public Television. Adults. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $75 for three items; 615-2599325 or wnpr.org/antiques.

Pam Tillis

A night of acoustic country music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $42 $52; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Providence Summer Concert Series

Enjoy live music by a variety of local acts. All ages. Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road,

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Mt. Juliet; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; shopprovidencemarketplace. com.

FREE Reading Ranger Story Trail

Today’s unveiling of the interactive story trail — featuring Marianne Berkes’ Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek — includes hands-on activities and crafts. The Story Trail is open daily during park hours (7 a.m. sunset). All ages. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-885-2422.

Roller Derby

Cheer for the Nashville Rollergirls during a double header including the Music City All Stars and the Music City Brawl Stars. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students, $7 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashvillerollergirls.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Spring Hill Pay it Forward Festival

This year’s theme is “Live Forward, Give Forward.” Activities include fishing, flag football, kickball, baseball, sack races, relay races, live music, food trucks and more. All ages. Tennessee Children’s Home, 804 Branann Hughes Cir., Spring Hill; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; admission is at least one non-perishable healthy type food item; springhillpayitforwardfestival. com.

Summer Laser Shows

Enjoy up to three laser shows in the Sudekum Planetarium choreographed to music ranging from classic rock to today’s hits. All ages.

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-members ($20 for all three); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/ summerlasers.

The Wild Feathers

A night of rock music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $35; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Sun 26 FREE BMX Racing

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Bob Dylan

A night of folk/rock music with special guest Mavis Staples. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $250; fontanel.com.

Carnton Sunset Concert Series

Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy live rockabilly music by Zippy’s Clutch. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10 in advance/$12 at the gate adults, $5 ages 6 - 12; battleoffranklintrust.com.

Dream Car Sprint

This fast-paced autocross event lets you test your skills behind the wheel of the world’s greatest exotic sports cars. Reserve a time slot at the website. Ages 21 and older. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $249; dreamcarsprint.com.

Little ones can explore farm equipment like tractors during the Kids Construction Fun Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms on Saturday, June 25. Fiesta! A Celebration of Equality, Diversity & Unity

Nashville in Harmony presents a musical celebration featuring anthems of equality along with Latin pop tunes. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $27.50 $39.50; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Regal Green Hills Cinema, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; and Regal Opry Mills, 570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 2 and 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents. com.

Mon 27 Artful Tales: Storytime in the Galleries

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

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TRYOUTS

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SOCCER

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• May 23rd thru May 26th All players born in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 • Friday May 27th is reserved as a make-up day. • June 6th thru June 10th All players born in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 • Make-up sessions will be scheduled as needed. Specific days and times for each age group will be posted on our website. We encourage all interested players to attend at least one tryout. We realize there are many clubs in the area and it is important that you are given the opportunity to evaluate them. By not requiring that you attend all of our age specific tryouts we hope this will allow you to choose the one that provides the best environment for your child. If you are unable to attend the tryouts, please contact info@nashusa.org to make arrangements to be evaluated.

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Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger; Discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter.; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Justin Bieber

A night of dance-pop music with guests Post Malone and Moxie Raia. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $50.50 $116; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Nature Storytime Experience family-friendly storybooks in the great outdoors. Ages 3 and older. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Sounds Baseball

Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Enjoy life-size Pac-man games, refreshments and more. Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; linebaugh.org.

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Thu 30

Homeschool & Family Science Labs

Basic Yoga

FREE Teen Gaming Night

Look at safety procedures that any builder, scientist or overall learner who conducts experiments needs to know, and learn how to be safe in the lab, when performing medical procedures (like dissections) and during building projects. Grades 4 - 8 with a parent/teacher. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $12; 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/familyscience.

FREE Kids’ Hour

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

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FREE Kids’ Water Day

A night of heavy metal music by Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men. Ages 14 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $29.95 $79.95; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Fathom Events presents a screening of the original 1971 hit movie starring Gene Wilder (rated G). All ages. Regal Green Hills Cinema, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; and Regal Opry Mills, 570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 2 and 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents. com.

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

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Enjoy a morning of music, games and water fun. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 615794-2103 or franklintn.gov/ parks.

Vans Warped Tour 2016

This traveling music festival features up to 100 bands per show on 10 different stages. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $49; vanswarpedtour.com.

Bring your own mat and water for a one-hour yoga session at Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation; 615794-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Bluegrass Night at the Ryman

Enjoy an evening of music with Del McCoury and David Grisman. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $28.50; ryman.com.

Family Night Out at Cheekwood

Enjoy live performances and food inspired by the global travels of the Cheek family, and the International Playhouses structures are illuminated for evening play. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

Located behind Regal Cinemas, view a variety of classic cars, enjoy live music and participate in kids’ activities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; facebook.com/ hendersonvillecruisein.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

ON STAGE dance Bring It! Live Tuesday, June 28 Ages 10 & older

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.75 $45.75; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

June 3 - 18; Ages 16 & older

Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $18 adults, $12 students; pull-tight.com.

Alice in Wonderland June 23 - 26; All ages

Bravo Creative Arts Center at Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville; Thu Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10; 615-599-5314 or bravocreativeartscenter.com.

Annie

June 4 - 5; All ages

Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Sat 2 p.m., Sun 7 p.m.; $13 - $25; 615-2940667 or acttooplayers.com.

Assassins

Through Sunday, June 5 Ages 13 & older

Street Theatre Company at Holy Trinity Community Church, 6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students (Thu is pay-what-you-can night); 615-554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

Beyond Therapy

June 17 - 26; Ages 14 & older

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children; 615-904-2787 or boroarts.org.

Bye Bye Birdie

June 10 - 11; All ages

Bravo Creative Arts Center at Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m.; $10; 615-599-5314 or bravocreativeartscenter. com.

Charlotte’s Web

June 10 - 19; All ages

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15; 615598-8950 or encore-theatrecompany.org.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Non-Equity Tour) Through Sunday, June 5 All ages

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $35 - $85; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.


on stage - ongoing

Sundays from 12:15 - 3:30 p.m. and 6:15 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $7 adults, $6 youth ($3 skate rental). Located at 5264 Hickory Hollow Place, Antioch; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

Grand Ole Opry

The national Broadway tour of If/Then comes to TPAC’s Jackson Hall June 7 - 12. Disney’s The Little Mermaid June 3 - 19; All ages

The Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students, free ages 3 and younger; 615332-7529 or circleplayers. net.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

June 21 - 26; Ages 18 & older (adult content)

TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.; $37; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

If/Then (Equity Tour)

June 7 - 12; Ages 12 & older

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $30 - $70; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

Mary Poppins

Through Sunday, June 12 All ages

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 615826-6037 or hpactn.com.

Rumors

Through Sunday, June 5 Ages 12 & older

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m.

dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

The Secret Garden Friday, June 3; All ages

Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $13 - $25; 615-294-0667 or acttooplayers.com.

Take My Wife June 9 - July 10 Ages 12 & older

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

June 6 - 25; Ages 10 & older

The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $28 adults ($23 show only), $19 ages 12 and younger ($14 show only); 615-883-8375 or thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

Urinetown the Musical June 4 - 5; Ages 11 & older

Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $13 - $25; 615-2940667 or acttooplayers.com.

West Side Story

June 3 - 4; Ages 10 & older

Studio Tenn at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m.; $49 - $109; 615541-8200 or studiotenn.com.

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Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 615-2551422 or bounceu.com. Open play times are Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $7.95 ($6.95 siblings).

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

Stories and sing-alongs take place every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Ste. B-100, Nashville; 615-800-7754 or nashvilletoystore.com.

Centennial Sportsplex

Public skate sessions, aquatics and more at 222 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 615-8628480 or nashville.org/ sportsplex.

Ford Ice Center

The Learn to Skate program is available to all ages in eight-week sessions. Cost is $120. Public ice-skating sessions take place Saturdays from 12:45 - 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 11 p.m. as well as

Country legends and contemporary stars perform their country music hits Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; $35 - $75; 800-733-6779 or opry.com.

Gymboree Play & Music

A variety of classes for ages birth - 5 years include playtime, music, art, fitness and more at 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180, Nashville; 615-221-9004 or gymboreeclasses.com.

Monkey Joe’s

This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 615-915-0561 or monkeyjoes.com.

Nashville Shores

Nashville’s biggest water park is open daily through Sunday, Aug. 14, then weekends only through Sunday, Sept. 11. Located at 4001 Bell Road, Hermitage. Admission is $36.99 those 52 inches and taller, $28.99 those 51 inches and shorter ($21.99 after 4 p.m.), free ages 2 and younger; opens at 10 a.m., closing times vary per day; 615-889-7050 or nashvilleshores.com.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

All ages storytime every Thu at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

Wave Country

A wave pool, three flumes and two speed slides along with a kiddie pool at 2320 Two Rivers Pkwy., Nashville; open May 28 - Aug. 5: Mon - Thu 11 .am. - 5 p.m., Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 ages 3 - 12; 615-8851092 or nashville.gov/parks.

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories for all ages every Mon & Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 615-895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million

Preschool storytime is the first Friday at 10:30 a.m.; members of the Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show on the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 615-995-7112 or booksamillion.com.

BounceU

Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 615-893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open play times.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org; Ongoing programs: • Animal Antics Wed at 4 p.m. All ages. Meet one of the center’s resident animals • Crafternoons Tue at 4 p.m. All ages. Supervised art activities • Nature Nuts Thu at 4 p.m. All ages. Enjoy nature activities

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(Discovery Center, cont’d) • Science a la Carte Fri at 4 p.m. All ages. Conduct science experiments with the staff • Snack Attack Mon at 4 p.m. All ages. Healthy snack making in the kitchen • SPARK! Mon - Tue at 9 a.m. Ages 5 and younger. Stories and learning programs. $1 extra • Wetland Walks Sat at 11:30 a.m. All ages. Guided walk through the Murfree Spring wetlands

Lucky Ladd Farms

Unlimited play includes more than 70 activities at Tennessee’s largest petting farm located at 4364 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; Wed - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

Patterson Park Community Center

Kids can learn dance techniques through classes with Perform Murfreesboro at The Washington Theatre. Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; ages and times vary; admission is free with a Perform Murfreesboro membership; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-893-7439 or mufreesborotn.gov/parks; Ongoing programs: • Busy Bees Tue and Thu from 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Ages 3 - 5. Learn to follow directions, improve coordination and sportsmanship. $3 • FITMommy Tuesdays from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. for moms with babies & toddlers; $4 • KidFIT: Movers & Shakers Wed & Fri from 10:30 - 11 a.m. for ages 1 - 3 (focus on playing, gross motor skills); $3 • KidFIT: Twist & Shout Wed & Fri from 11 11:05 a.m. for ages 3 - 5 (focus on balance, coordination, taking turns); $3 • Water Aerobics for Kids Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. for ages 7 - 12; $3

2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-895-5040 or mufreesborotn.gov/parks; Ongoing programs: • Parent & Me Drum Circle Wednesdays from 9:15 - 10 a.m. for ages 3 - 5 with a parent; $3 per adult/child pair • Toddler Time with Thomas Fridays at 10 a.m. Ages 5 and younger. Playtime with focus on body part recognition, cognitive skill development and fun. $3 • Youth Volleyball Thursdays from 4:30 - 6 p.m. for ages 8 - 15; $3 • Water Polo Tue & Thu from 7 - 8:45 p.m. for ages 13 & older; $3 adults, $2 youth

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Stories and related activities for all ages every Tue and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

Several classes and performing arts opportunities for kids. All activities take place at The Washington

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sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Bounce on inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; call or check website for open play times; $7 ages 1 - 3, $9 ages 4 and older; 615265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter.com.

williamson county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities for all ages every Saturday at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 615-3779979 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million

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

Fairview Recreation Complex

2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 615-799-9331, ext. 2315, or wcparksandrec. com. Ongoing: • Mommy & Me Yoga Tue from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 5 with a parent. Weekly yoga instruction. $8 adults, $4 kids

Franklin Recreation Complex

1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 615-790-5719, ext. 2020, or wcparksandrec. com. Ongoing: • Mommy & Me Yoga Thu from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 5 with a parent. Weekly yoga instruction. $8 adults, $4 kids

Monkey Joe’s

This inflatable play center is located at 1648 Westgate Cir., Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. ($9), Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. ($10), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. ($10); ages 2 and younger are $6; 615377-5900 or monkeyjoes. com.

Monkey’s Treehouse

An indoor play center located at 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon/Wed/Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 1 - 8; 615-942-7911 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

Music City Roots

Jim Lauderdale hosts this night of live music featuring bands from different genres at The Factory’s Liberty Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; every Wed at 7 p.m.; $15 reserved, $10 general admission; musiccityroots.com.

My Gym Brentwood

Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning class times at 330 Franklin Road, call 615-371-5437 or visit my-gym.com/brentwood.

Pump It Up Play Time

7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood. Call 615-373-8340 or visit pumpitupparty.com/ brentwood-tn for open jump times.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Open jump times are Mon - Thu 3 - 8 p.m., Fri 3 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 7 p.m.; prices depend on how much time you want to jump. 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 254, Franklin; 615-721-3626 or skyone.com/franklin.

Williamson County Recreation Complex

7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 615-786-0200, ext. 2418 or wcparksandrec. com. Ongoing programs: • Wiggles & Giggles Mon from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 6. Organized games and play time. $2 • Youth Yoga Wed from 4:15 - 5:30 a.m. Ages 7 - 12. Weekly yoga instruction for kids. $4 (please turn the page)


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Parent Planner American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 877-247-5223 • americangirl.com

• FREE Celebrate the WellieWishers June 24 - 26. Discover the world of five sweet and silly friends who wish to do good deeds. Girls will learn about the new characters, enjoy hands-on crafts, go on a scavenger hunt and decorate a cookie. Ages 5 & older. Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sun 12 - 3 p.m. • Lea to the Rescue Viewing Event June 16 - 17. Watch American Girl’s newest movie starring 2016 Girl of the Year Lea Clark. The event also includes a rec carpet photo op, craft, concessions and an exclusive movie goody bag. Ages 8 & older. Thu 2 & 5 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.; $10 • Our AG Memories Sunday, June 19. Enjoy a meal, crafts, conversation and other activities. Ages 8 and older. Available during Bistro hours (10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.). $38 per person

Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City 615-862-8580 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Creek Exploration Saturday, June 25. Bring creek shoes and a minnow net to explore the creek with a naturalist. All ages. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Owl Prowl Friday, June 10. Hit the trail and search for owls in the park — try calling the owls to see if they’ll answer. All ages. 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 615-862-4187 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Bells Bend Night Hike Friday, June 24. Explore and listen for animals of the night during a guided hike. All ages. 8 - 9:30 p.m. • FREE Family Camp Night Friday, June 24. Bring your own equipment and camp overnight in the park. All ages. 4:30 p.m. - 10 a.m. • FREE Geocaching 101 Learn how to play this GPS treasure-hunting game. All ages. 2 - 3 p.m.

BounceU Murfreesboro 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro 615-893-8386 bounceu.com/murfreesboro-tn

• Parents’ Night Out Saturday, June 11. You can have a fun night out while the kids enjoy bouncing, playing games and more. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). 5:45 - 9:30 p.m. $18.95 ($15.95 siblings)

BounceU Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville 615-255-1422 bounceu.com/nashville-tn

• Parents’ Night Out Fridays, June 3 - 24. Mom and Dad can enjoy an evening out while the kids bounce on inflatables, play games and more. Ages 3 - 12. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $25

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Centennial Sportsplex 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville 615-770-2152 nashvillepredators.com/goal

• FREE Get Out and Learn! Wednesdays, June 1 22. Introductory hockey training for boys and girls. No prior hockey/skating experience required. Equipment provided. Ages 5 - 8. 5 - 6 p.m. • Music City Kids Triathlon Sunday, June 19. The triathlon starts with swimming at Sportsplex, followed by closed-course biking around the Centennial Medical Center campus and concludes with running at Centennial Park. Ages 6 - 7 (Junior), 8 - 10 (Intermediate) and 11 - 18 (Senior). 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45 thru June 10, $55 June 11 - 18

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-890-2300 • explorethedc.org

• FREE All Access Night: Superhero Sneak Preview Friday, June 17. Children with special needs can explore the center and experience a preview of some of the upcoming Superhero Saturday activities. All ages. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Dyer Observatory 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood 615-373-4897 • dyer.vanderbilt.edu

• FREE Open House Day Tuesday, June 7. Astronomers offer tours of the observatory, the Seyfert Telescope and Star Chamber. Viewing through the solar telescope takes place if weather permits. All ages. 9, 9:45, 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. • Telescope Night Friday, June 10. The telescopes are open for viewing and astronomers will answer questions and provide info about the exhibits found in the observatory. All ages. 9 p.m. $6.27

Ford Ice Center 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 615-742-4399 • fordicecenter.com

• PREDecessor Learn to Play Mondays, June 6 - July 18. Learn core skating fundamentals along with a feel for the puck and general hockey knowledge. Ages 4 - 18 who are not yet ready to be in a league. 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. $65 • FREE Try Hockey for Free Saturdays, June 11 & 18. Participate in a one-day hockey clinic for boys and girls with no prior hockey or skating experience. Equipment rental included. Ages 5 - 8. 10:45 a.m. or 3:15 p.m.

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-799-9331, ext. 2315 wcparksandrec.com

• Sweat & Swim Friday, June 3. Bring a sack lunch and towel for a day of outdoor fun that includes swimming and outdoor games. Ages 8 - 14. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $8

Franklin Recreation Complex 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin 615-790-5719, ext. 2028 wcparksandrec.com

• H2Glow Family Pool Night Saturday, June 25. Event registration code is 7283. This glow-in-thedark pool event features a DJ playing music, glow accessories, water fun and more. All ages. 7 - 10 p.m. $5 per person.

Heaven Sent Children 2604 Merchant’s Walk, Murfreesboro 615-898-0803 heavensentchildren.com

• FREE Adoption Information Meeting Monday, June 13. Learn about the types of adoption, process and more. Adults. 6 - 8 p.m.

Hillmont Camp 975 Hillmont Camp Road, White Bluff 615-963-4732 • alivehospice.org

• Camp Evergreen June 7 - 9. This camp for kids who are grieving the loss of a loved one includes peer groups, learning healthy ways to cope with grief and activities like arts and crafts, water fun, games, nature hikes and more. Transportation provided via charter bus. Ages 6 - 14. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. $30 (financial aid available based on need)

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• FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday, June 4. Make a Father’s Day trophy smartphone holder. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

• FREE Father/Daughter Tea Saturday, June 18. Enjoy refreshments and fun activities. All ages. 10 a.m.

Lipscomb University 1 University Park Drive, Nashville 615-966-6609 • lipscomb.edu/ summercelebration/register

• FREE Summer Celebration June 29 - July 1. This spiritual program focuses on “David’s wild ride with God,” featuring keynote speakers and workshop leaders. All ages. 5 - 9 p.m.

Looby Theater/Circle Players 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 615-332-7529 • circleplayers.net

• Tea with Ariel Sunday, June 12. Kids can enjoy a tea party with Ariel, Sebastian, Scuttle and other characters from The Little Mermaid. Admission includes a ticket to the 3 p.m. Circle Players show, food/beverages, an autographed poster, goodie bag and a drawing for 4 passes to a Disney theme park. All ages. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $30


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Monday, June 6. rus show with a naturalist. Ages 9 & older. $10

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Kids can watch the new American Girl movie along with other activities at the American Girl Store June 16 - 17 at CoolSprings Galleria. Longview Recreation Center 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill 615-302-0971, ext. 2214 wcparksandrec.com

• Splash Bash 2K16: Dive-In Movie Family Night Saturday, June 18. A night of swimming, games, relays, popcorn and a screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day. All ages. 7 - 10 p.m. $5 per person, $20 family max

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• FREE Build and Grow Kids Clinic Saturday, June 11. Create a Captain American stand-up figure. Ages 5 - 12. 10 a.m.

Northminster Presbyterian Church 708 W. Clark Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-346-8680 • alivehospice.org

• Camp Forget-Me-Not June 22 - 24. This camp for kids who are grieving the loss of a loved one includes peer groups, learning healthy ways to cope with grief and activities like arts and crafts, games and more. Ages 6 - 14. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $30 (financial aid available based on need)

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 615-370-4672 • owlshill.org

• Knee-High Naturalist: Camouflage, Can You See Me? June 7 or 8. Discover what camouflage is and learn how animals have different colors and patterns to blend into the environment. Afterward, make a pair of special binoculars. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person • Music in the Meadow Saturday, June 18. Pack a picnic and arrive early to stake out your spot, meet the live owls, embark on a hike then enjoy live music by Jerre Haskew, founding member of the folk group The Cumberland Trio. All ages. 5:30 p.m. gates open, 7 p.m. concert. $20 individuals, $75 for a carload of six • FREE National Trails Hike Day Saturday, June 4. Help maintain the trails in the morning, then embark on self-guided or guided hikes in the afternoon. All ages. 1 - 3 p.m. • Summer Night Hike Tuesday, June 21. Bring a picnic for an evening of naked-eye astronomy and learning about the “Southern Summer Night” cho-

• Movers and Shakers Wed & Fri. This parent-tot class is designed to get you moving while engaging gross motor skills. Ages 1 - 2 years. 10:30 - 11 a.m. $3 • Twist and Shout Wed & Fri. Run, jump and play while learning balance, coordination, listening and taking turns. Ages 3 - 5. 11:05 - 11:45 a.m. $3

Riverbluff Park/Blue Heron Cruises 175 Old Cumberland St., Ashland City 615-385-7007 • blueheroncruises.com

• Nature Cruise June 1 - 30. A 90-minute familyfriendly cruise on a 40-foot pontoon boat takes riders down the Cumberland River alongside Tennessee farmland where you can view birds and other wildlife. All ages. Wed - Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sun 2 & 4 p.m. $14 adults, $9 ages 3 17, free 2 & younger

Sam Davis Home 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna 615-459-2341 • samdavishome.org

• Summer Soiree & Annual Membership Meeting Friday, June 17. Hosted by the Sam Davis Memorial Association, this event features a Southern-style dinner, desserts, live music and a guest speaker. All ages. 6 - 8 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Tumbleweeds Mon & Wed. Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

Warner Park Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville 615-352-6299 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Baby Bird Boogie Join naturalists to find purple martin, bluebird, hummingbird and other babies around the nature center campus. All ages. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Build Your Outdoor Skills Wednesday, June 29. Hone your outdoor skills during this hands-on workshop that’s all outside. Ages 6 - 12. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Crawdad Creekwalk Saturday, June 11. Explore the creek and discover how crayfish find food, escape predators and raise their young. All ages. 9:30 - 11 a.m. • FREE Family Bike Ride on the Greenway Friday, June 10. Explore the Harpeth River Greenway while riding from Edwin Warner Park to the pond at Morton Mill trailhead — bring a picnic for after the ride. All ages. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Submit event info to: chad@daycommedia.com • FREE Family Movie Night: Finding Nemo Friday, June 3. Bring a picnic blanket and sprawl out for an outdoor movie screening (popcorn provided). All ages. 8 - 10 p.m. • FREE Fantastic Fathers Saturday, June 18. Learn about animal dads who live in the park. All ages. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Feelin’ Blue Saturday, June 4. Hike the blue trail with a naturalist to hunt for all-things blue during the summer. All ages. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Jr. Naturalist Kick-Off: Explore Your Park Wednesday, June 8. Being work on the new Jr. Naturalist Activity Book that challenges participants to explore a variety of habitats as they work toward earning a naturalist badge. Ages 6 - 12. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Name That Tune Wednesday, June 22. Enjoy a musical morning by learning how sounds are vital to animal behavior and survival. Ages 6 12. 10 a.m. - 12 - p.m. • FREE Solar Skills Wednesday, June 15. Learn about the sun while creating solar prints with the Frist Center, watch the sun through telescopes with solar filters and learn about the nature center’s solar panels. Ages 6 - 12. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Tanager Tuesday Tuesday, June 7. Take a morning walk to discover bird facts about tanagers. All ages. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. • FREE Twilight to Night Romp Friday, June 24. Hike in the woods then play nighttime nature games followed by snacks and stories. All ages. 7 - 8:30 p.m.

The Wilderness Station 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Dog Foster 101 Saturday, June 4. Learn the ins and outs of fostering a dog in your home. the seminar covers dog body language, create/house training, leash walking and more. 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. $20. Register at wagitbetter.com • Tales and Trails Every Wednesday. Enjoy stories about Tennessee wildlife while hiking the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. An introduction to the wonders of nature through songs, hikes, crafts and more. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. 9:30 a.m. $3

Williamson County Recreation Complex 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville 615-786-0200, ext. 2417 wcparksandrec.com

• Splash Bash 2K16: Dive-In Movie Family Night Saturday, June 4. A night of swimming, games, relays, popcorn and a screening of Surf’s Up. All ages. 7 - 10 p.m. $5 per person, $20 family max

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This summer your kids can GROW, LEARN, PLAY! The Academy “wows” once again with a non-stop summer program that includes special weekly guests, adventurous themes, and our exclusive Kindergarten Boot Camp. Well-known for our incredibly creative seasonal activities, summer at the Academy is no exception. Voted best preschool by Nashville Parent readers for eight consecutive years.

Brain Balance of Franklin 790 Jordan Road, Ste. 110, Franklin brainbalancecenters.com

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Our program addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training and stimulation and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines.

Camp JPII - Pope John Paul II High School 117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville jp2hs.org • camp@jp2hs.org

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

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Holly Tree Schools are about faith, family, and summer fun! Featuring cool fun for hot days, special guests, water fun, summer-themed weekly chapel, and JAM classes (Jesus and Me), summer is a blast at Holly Tree. The summer is no time to slow down at Holly Tree, where we kick into overdrive to make the most of the summer season!

Holly Tree Priest Lake 3421 Old Anderson Road, Antioch

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The Tree House at Holly Tree Priest Lake is proud to present a BRAND NEW Summer Camp Program for school agers (6 - 12 yrs.) called “Finding The Fruits of the Spirit”. God has given us an outline of good character in Galatians 5:22-23. Every week we will explore each character trait, dissect it’s meaning, and how we can live it out to our fullest! Holly Tree exists to focus on the development of the whole child. Space is limited and the sign up deadline is May 23. Call to register today!

Southpointe Community Church 7227 Haley Industrial Drive, Nolensville 615-746-7722 southpointecommunity.org/summercamps • marianne@southpointecommunity.org

Day camps for grades K - 5. Camps cover a wide variety of interests. Weekly themes, indoor and outdoor activities, team-building exercises, hands-on-learning opportunities, scripture memorization, and special instruction from real-world professionals in related fields. We believe that children are whole persons created in the image of God, valued for who they are, not who they are becoming. Our staff is intentional about building relationships with our children and their families. They are all known and loved.

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

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

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

The Webb School Summer Program thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program 931-389-5703 cjones@webbschool.com

Webb’s Day Camp for rising grades 4 - 8 includes rocket science, outdoor adventure, pottery, robotics, spheros ecology, and calculator science. One week camps Jun. 6 - 10, Jun. 13 - 17, and Jun. 20 - 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (extended care before and after available). $275. Webb’s Basketball Skills Camp for rising grades 4 - 12. Jun. 1 - 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $80. ACT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 6 - 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $125. SAT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 13 - 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $125.

Creekside Riding Academy 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin creeksideridingstables.com • creeksidestables@gmail.com

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Where horse lovers come to camp! Daily mounted riding lessons, games on horseback or trail rides. We focus on safety, proper riding techniques, grooming, care, tacking and leading. Day camps throughout June and July for beginners to advanced riders, ages 6 and up.

Harris Riding Academy 9068 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro harrisridingacademy.com • brittany@harrisridingacademy.com

615-556-7370

Join us this summer for the ultimate horse experience! We offer beginner, intermediate/advanced, and tiny tot camps for ages 3 and up. Campers will enjoy daily riding lessons, hands-on learning, arts and crafts, horse games, and much more! Experienced instructors providing campers with a safe, fun, and clean environment to learn about horses. Contact us today for more info. Camps run all summer.

Meridian Equine Education Center 3815 Woodbury Pike, Murfreesboro meridianequine.com • courtneysmith@meridianequine.com

423-309-8386

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

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

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

ARTS Act Too Players 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 119, Franklin acttooplayers.com • info@acttooplayers.com

615-294-0667

Each summer, Act Too Players offers a combination of week-long performance camps and our full production summer intensives taught by some the best in the Nashville theatre industry. Every student gets the opportunity to rehearse with the best directors, musical directors, and technical staff. Our goal is to instruct your child on the art of theatre while providing a fun, safe, environment.

Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville blair.vanderbilt.edu

615-322-7651

Summer offerings include: Nashville Summer Orchestra, private and group instrument study (piano, strings, and woodwinds), Kindermusik (newborn - 5 yrs) and Music Theory Without Fear. See website for details!

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

615-255-1422

Art Camp is now enrolling with exciting weekly themes and daily fun for ages 3 - 12. Kids get to create art and bounce in a spectac-U-lar indoor play arena featuring warehouse-sized giant inflatables including our exclusive 18 ft. Spider Climb with an 18 ft. Mountain Slide, Dodge Ball City, and 38 ft. obstacle course.

Cheekwood Summer Camp 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville cheekwood.org

615-353-9827

For ages 2 - 14. Jun. 6 - Jul. 29. Drawing, painting, clay, Nature Explorers, gardening, and much more. For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat summer camps at Cheekwood!

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

615-662-4819

Voted #1 Dance Studio by Nashville Parent readers! Located just off I-40W in Bellevue. Offering dance training in a family-friendly environment for ages 2 and up. Summer camps, classes, and workshops. Register online now!

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The Dancer’s School 2159 N. Thompson Lane, C-5, Murfreesboro thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 615-907-1155

The Dancer’s School has designed a fun, creative summer schedule with six different weeks to choose from that will fit your needs. Offerings include ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip-hop, adult classes, and our ever-popular pre-K themed classes for ages 3 - 6. Visit our website for registration information.

First Baptist Nashville Summer with First Kids means creating memories, building friendships, and experiencing life with Jesus! Your kids will have a blast at VBS and VBS Plus, Music Arts Camp, and Parents Day Out. Check out our website for all the details and to register online.

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts 800-634-1703

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

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville fristcenter.org/summerartcamp

615-244-3340

Sculpture, drawing, animation, photography, and so much more. Our week-long, age-appropriate classes are designed to be fun and educational for kids ages 5 - 18. No art-making experience is necessary.

MET Summer Academy nmaam.org/events/met-choral-camp • info@nmaam.org

615-301-8742

MET Summer Academy is two weeks of extraordinary choral training and performance for children, rising grades 2 - 12, presented by Choral Arts Link Inc. and the National Museum of African American Music at Tennessee State University’s Performing Arts Center. Participants in MET Summer Academy will have the opportunity to perform with MET Singers in our 19th season with the Nashville Symphony as its Celebration Youth Chorus.

The Music Class 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood Satellite locations in Belle Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com

615-777-9314

Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth - 5 yrs. Help your young child achieve his or her full musical potential with this innovative, developmental music and movement program. Parent and child classes are playful and creative and each family receives the acclaimed CDs and songbooks. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. Call or visit our website for current schedule and session pricing or to find out about our birthday parties and moms’ group events.

Nashville Ballet Summer Camp 3630 Redmon St., Nashville 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood nashvilleballet.com

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School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest quality of training for children and adults of all ages. Artistic director Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty comprised of highly respected professional teachers from around the world, providing a complete dance experience that is challenging and fun for all students, whether they simply love to dance or aspire to a professional career.

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

615-254-9103

Founded in 1931, NCT is the country’s oldest professional theater for youth and was ranked as one of the top five children’s theaters by Time magazine. NCT presents age-appropriate plays from the classics to contemporary. Saturday drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

FITNESS/SPORTS The Ascent 831 Park Ave., Murfreesboro climbyourrock.com • info@climbyourrock.com

615-796-6545

The Ascent is proud to introduce Kids Rock, an instructional program offered once a week to grades 1 - 5, which focuses them both mentally and physically. Participants actively learn self-confidence, problem solving, focus, determination through various goals and challenges, while also having fun and staying fit. Visit our website for more information and to register.

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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.

Boost Aquatics

108 7th Ave. S, Nashville 615-664-6023 firstbaptistnashville.org/2016summer • children@firstbaptistnashville.org

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1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com

11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville boostfitclub.com/aquatics • aquatics@boostfitclub.com

615-499-5348

Get ready for a fun and safe summer by taking swim lessons NOW! Boost Aquatics offers private or group swim lessons, kids competitive swim team, summer pool memberships and pool parties!

David Deaton Karate Brentwood 615-377-1100 Hendersonville 615-824-9111 Lebanon 615-547-1754 Mt. Juliet 615-754-6878 daviddeaton.com

The free one-month summer camp gives children these five great life skills: (1) Easy-to-learn self-defense; (2) Vital safety tips; (3) How to handle bullies; (4) What to do when parents aren’t around; (5) What to do when confronted by strangers. Only two 4-week sessions will be held in June and July. Classes fill quickly so register now!

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.

Jose Londoño Advanced Soccer Summer Camp londonosoccer.com 615-545-6262

Join us for an intensive week of soccer camp! For advanced level soccer players. We’ll focus on all aspects of the game to help players refine and master their skills and increase their overall tactical understanding. Jun. 20 - 24 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Brentwood Crockett Indoor Arena.

Lipscomb University Soccer Camps 1 University Park Drive, Nashville lipscombsoccercamps.com

615-966-5383

Camps are available in June and July for boys and girls ages 4 - 18. Camps are gender and age specific (all boys or all girls). Camps are designed to enhance every players skill level. Professionally licensed NCAA Division 1 coaches, collegiate players, and certified athletic trainers run all Lipscomb University soccer camps on the university’s campus.

Ms. Sue’s Swimming Lessons 7857 S. Lamar Road, Smyrna mssueswimming.com • mssueseimming@hotmail.com

615-459-5124

Swim lessons for ages 6 mos - adult beginning Jun. 1 and running through Jul. 31. Heated salt water pool, convenient day and evening classes, all levels. Contact us today to register.

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood my-gym.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.

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

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

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville 615-343-6627 vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/youth • campvandy@vanderbilt.edu

Our youth programs are designed to help your child learn, grow, and stay fit. Whether it’s enjoying activities at Camp Vandy, our summer day camp, learning the basics in swim school, or enhancing skills with the Acorns Youth Swim Team, we have programs you are sure to love!


Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch (ages 5 and up) 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville (ages 3 and up) 550 Sam Ridley Pkwy. W, Smyrna (ages 5 and up) wadokaratecenters.com • orileykarate.com

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Kids and adults. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Check us out on the web or call for more information.

NATURE Camp Bells Bend and Beaman Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville

615-856-4772

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

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

615-856-4772

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

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Bricks 4 Kidz® Lego® Camps 99 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 100, Brentwood bricks4kids.com/middletennessee

615-988-9080

In these unique and dynamic camps, children will build incredible motorized creations, play games, and have lots of fun using Lego bricks!

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CREEKSIDE Riding Academy & Stables Hwy 431 at Duplex Rd., 2359 Lewisburg Pk., Franklin, TN 37064

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Multiple Locations campinvention.org • campinvention@campinvention.org

800-968-4332

Local educators lead hands-on activities created especially for children entering grades 1 - 6. Campers spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat, playing high-energy games, and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Discounts are available and spaces are limited.

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Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro explorethedc.org

615-890-2300

When school is out, camp is in! Surrounded by 22 acres of protected wetlands in downtown Murfreesboro, the Discovery Center offers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-based day camps year round – whenever school is on break! Rising Kindergartners through fifth graders are invited to spend a summer of fun at the Discovery Center for camp themes from superheroes and dinosaurs to animals and nature.

Engineering for Kids Various locations in the greater Nashville area 615-435-9321 engineeringforkids.net/location/nashville • nashville@engineeringforkids.net

Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids ages 4 - 14 in a fun and challenging way through camps. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Check out our website for our 2016 summer camp offerings.

iD Tech Camps Camps held at Vanderbilt University idtech.com

888-709-8324

Students ages 7 -17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites, print 3D models, and more! Tech-savvy instructors teach in small groups of 8 students per instructor (guaranteed) so both beginners and advanced students learn at the perfect pace. Campers make new friends, learn foundational STEM skills, and enjoy long-term benefits that extend beyond school, college, and future careers.

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Mr. Bond and the Science Guys have another summer of fun and educational SCIENCE CAMPS planned for your future scientist! With multiple choices for location and theme, we have a day camp your child will love. Our week-long camps offer the opportunity for inquiry-based experimentation. Perfect for grades K - 6.

Snapology Greater Nashville area northnashville.snapology.com

865-296-0142

Snapology offers amazing educational summer camps for children ages 4 - 14. Some of our more popular offerings include video game design, space wars robotics, stop-motion animation, robot sports challenge, ev3 robotics, and more! Camps are held at various locations in Sumner, Wilson, and Davidson counties. Please see our website for details.

SPECIAL NEEDS 270-618-2900

The Center for Courageous Kids is a medical camp where children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses can have a physically safe and medically sound camp experience. We host illness specific summer camps for children ages 7 - 15 and illness specific family weekend retreats, free of charge.

Summer Fluency Day Camp Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, 1215 21st Ave. S, Nashville vanderbilthealth.com/stutteringcamp

615-936-5016

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is holding a special summer day camp for children and teens who stutter. The goal of this camp is to help stutterers become more confident communicators. Specialist in speech and language will lead the camp. Space is limited, apply by April 15.

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

615-507-3242

Slide into summer with Camp Beech Creek. With weekly themes like Star Wars and Hollywood, and morning electives such as LEGOs, sports, cooking, American Girl, rock-n-roll, and more, this camp has it all. June and July camps. Rising grades K - 6. Before- and after-care. Details are online!

Camp Crusader - Hendersonville Christian Academy 355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville crusaderkidscom • wslater@hcacrusaderscom

615-824-1550

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

Camp Davis - Gordon JCC Nashville 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville campdavisnashville.com • jack@nashvillejcc.org

615-354-1625

We strive to provide a summer experience that is safe, inclusive, and fun. As a flagship program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Camp Davis is a community of support where children grow through age appropriate social and emotional development. Children are encouraged to try new things and take risks on a daily basis. Our highly trained staff work hard to build connections with our campers and build each child’s own confidence and sense of belonging within the community. Open to all children entering grades K - 10 regardless of race, religion, or family background.

Camp Idyllwild 3139 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River campidyllwild.com • campidyllwild@gmail.com

615-541-9453

Campers here have been doing what they want, when they want, for how long they want everyday since 2008. Camp takes place on a secluded rural private 30-acre property with two pristine spring-fed creeks, wooded hiking paths and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from all day long. Full-day week-long camp sessions; daily round-trip transportation; healthy and organic wholesome snacks; low camper to counselor ratio. Register online. Enrollment for summer has started, and capacity is limited!

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

423-472-6070

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

The Covenant School 33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville 615-467-2313 thecovenantschool.com/student-life/camps • glevy@thecovenantschool.com

If you’re looking for summertime fun and learning for your 4-year-old to rising 8th grader, check out Covenant Camps! Discover the culinary arts, hone your basketball skills, explore lots of different art mediums, celebrate all things princess and much more! For more information visit our website.

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The Center for Courageous Kids 1501 Burnley Road, Scottsville, KY courageouskids.org • jobryan@courageouskidsorg

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

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3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp • contact@deerrunretreat.org

615-794-2918

Overnight Camps – 100 wooded acres. Build relationships, character, confidence. Age-graded sessions for completion of grades 3 - 12. Registration includes ALL activities: horseback, giant swing, climbing tower, paintball, archery, BB guns, lake activities, cardboard boat regatta, small group Bible study, nightly speaker, and worship. Campers choose one track: fishing, percussion, drama, sports, horse care, and more. Day Camps – Voted best day camp. Age 5 yrs. - completed grade 8. 100 wooded acres. Build relationships, character, confidence. Registration includes ALL activities: lake activities, games, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, songs, small group Bible study. Grades 6 - 8 Adventure Camp also includes outdoor education and survival skills — compass orienteering, tomahawk throwing, debris hut building, fire starting, knot tying. Extended care. Bus transportation.

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

615-678-4739

Expression City Arts and Fitness is positively impacting the lives of children through arts education. A variety of summer programs are being offered, including camps in circus, Lego and robotics, and jump rope, along with workshops in mixed media art, songwriting, hooping, magic, stilt walking, and dance.

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.

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.

Indian Creek Camp 150 Cabin Circle Drive, Liberty indiancreekcamp.com • icc@kytn.net

615-448-1023

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

Montgomery Bell Academy - Summer @ MBA 4001 Harding Road, Nashville montgomerybell.edu/camps

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Montgomery Bell Academy’s more that 100 different camps and classes allow rising kindergartners to high school boys and girls to fill their summer with activities. Sports, Legos, robotics, driver’s ed, leadership, study skills, Minecraft, science, and soccer and lacrosse leagues are just a few of the myriad offerings. Check our website for all information and to register.

CJL is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7 - 17. Campers live in platform tents and enjoy traditional camp activities that emphasize outdoor living skills and recreation, including canoeing, ropes course, archery, and horseback. CJL provides exciting, outdoor experiences that foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. One- and two-week sessions available. ACA Accredited. continued on page 92 ...

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Oasis Summer Camp 7533 Lord’s Chapel Drive, Nashville 615-331-0202 ext. 104 oasischurch.tv/ministries/mothers-day-out • leslie @oasischurch.tv

Oasis Summer Camp offers a six-week day camp for children ages 6 wks. - preschool. Dive in for a fun adventure Under the Sea as we discover God’s World using hands-on learning and activities. Join us for summer camp and choose from one to four days per week.

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. Only two hours away from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions available for girls 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six activities to take daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

Summer Experience at Lipscomb Academy 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville summerexperience.org

615-966-1785

We offer an extensive list of camps and courses for grades K - 12 in our Summer Experience 2016! Whether your child is looking to get outdoors, find a hobby, prepare for the school year, or ignite new passions, the Summer Experience has something for you. Camps are led by highly-qualified professionals who strive to make your child’s experience enriching and enjoyable. Campers spend time with friends and make new ones while participating in fun, engaging activities.

The Webb School Summer Program thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program cjones@webbschool.com 931-389-5703

Webb’s Day Camp for rising grades 4 - 8 includes rocket science, outdoor adventure, pottery, robotics, spheros ecology, and calculator science. One week camps Jun. 6 - 10, Jun. 13 - 17, and Jun. 20 - 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (extended care before and after available). $275. Webb’s Basketball Skills Camp for rising grades 4 - 12. Jun. 1 - 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $80. ACT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 6 - 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $125. SAT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 13 - 17 from 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. $125.

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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS First Baptist Murfreesboro 200 E. Main St., Murfreesboro fbcmboro.org • bgreene@fbcmboro.org Grades: Pre-K - 8; Dates: Jun. 6 - 10

615-893-2514

Catch the wave this summer at Surf Shack VBS! Children pre-K - grade 5 will enjoy Bibe stories, music, arts and crafts, science, and more. Middle school students (grades 6 - 8) will have a great week serving in various ministry projects in the Murfreesboro community. Come dive in with us! Register on our web site.

First Baptist Nashville 108 7th Ave. S, Nashville 615-664-6023 firstbaptistnashville.org/2016summer • children@firstbaptistnashville.org Grades: K – 6; Dates: Jun. 13 - 17

SUBMERGED! Grab your goggles, slip on your flippers, and dive into the mysterious sea! At VBS 2016, kids will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looked deep down on the inside! With gifted teachers leading the way, kids will discover life changing truths through Bible study, crafts, music, snacks, and mega games at rec. This is a summer adventure your kids won’t want to miss!

Woodmont Baptist Church 2100 Woodmont Blvd. Nashville woodmontbaptist.com Grades: 4 - 5; Dates: Jun. 13 - 17, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

615-297-5303

Get ready to hit the road with Paul and take the greatest adventure of all time! Register on our website.

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Nashville Parent magazine June 2016