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over the place every afternoon and weekend. Kids don’t have any time left for that “dangerous” endeavor known as dreaming. Free time is spent on devices now. Go to any public place and heads are down on cell phones everywhere. Babies, toddlers, little kids and big ones. How is a child supposed to figure out his unique interests this way? Haven’t we parents had enough? Isn’t it about time for a different trend to set in? Here’s one that I would really love to see happen: the trend for kids to do less, to dream more and to be given the freedom to follow their interests. Together we can all step back and breathe. Unfolding your child means to watch and listen, not ignore and block out, or insist that ice hockey (for instance) is the only sport worth playing because that’s what YOU played. It means there is someone here before you who has a chance to be who he was created to be if you will only get out of the way. Over-parenting is a no-no now. Letting a child explore and name his interests himself is a yes-yes. Keep this in mind as you look at your kids. Keep it in mind as you drive those hard afterschool hours heading here, there and everywhere. It doesn’t have to be this way. Unfold, don’t mold. You might even get to really know your child.

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HOLDING HIS HAND VS USING A LEASH. For a while, you could see multiple parents with their children on leashes — those cute little animal backpacks with a leash attached. Now, it’s like they don’t exist. Do you use one? “I was against them when my older kids were little, but I have a friend with 2-year-old twins and she bought them, and I then understood how helpful they are. It allows freedom for the children because they don’t have to be stuck in a stroller and control for the parent because the child isn’t fighting you to go see this or that.” Samantha Downing

“I still see them from time to time and use it on my 3-year-old when we’re in large crowds. I’ve only heard positive things from others when they see him using it. If anyone objects to me using it, they at least seem to have the tact to keep their mouths shut. He honestly loves it because it gives him some freedom, but not too much for my comfort. I never really had to use one on my older child, but she’s much calmer and more compliant.” Katie Long

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“No. I make the choice not to take my daughter anywhere that’s crowded enough that I may lose sight of her. She’s either holding my hand or in a stroller. If the situation doesn’t allow a stroller and it becomes crowded, I pick her up until we are in a less-crowded space.”

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ree, comprehensive ballet training for boys is available through the School of Nashville Ballet’s brand-new Male Ballet Scholarship Program. Open to boys ages 6 - 18 with all experience levels (including beginners), three Nashville Ballet company dancers spearhead the program: Jon Upleger, Judson Veach and Gerald Watson. The scholarships offer boys one full academic year of tuition-free training, followed by merit-based scholarships. The all-boys classes are taught by men focusing on specific male technique. The age-appropriate weekly classes emphasize athleticism, strength, discipline, camaraderie, character-building and creative expression. The year-round program runs Aug. 22 - May 6, 2017. The tuitionfree scholarships are available to the first 48 students who register. Call 615-297-2966, ext. 203, or visit nashvilleballet.com.

Nashville Preds Youth Hockey League Hockey-loving youngsters can hit the ice as part of the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey Association’s Youth Hockey League. The fall league for ages 5 - 16 takes place Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 20 - Oct. 23. It’s a great way for kids to try the sport, and there are five age divisions: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 13 & older. It costs $239 to participate, and advance registration’s required. Call 615-742-4399 or visit fordicecenter.com.

A local boy participates in a School of Nashville Ballet dance class. Apply for the new Male Ballet Scholarship Program for a year of tuitionfree instruction.

Local kids have fun participating on the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey Association’s Youth Hockey League. The fall session starts Saturday, Aug. 20.

QUICK BITS Every Saturday is now FAMILY DAY at The Hook, the artsy, casual dining spot in Nashville’s Melrose neighborhood (222 Franklin Pike). From 12 - 2 p.m., bring your kids to enjoy games on the patio and lawn (including cornhole), along with live performers like magicians and balloon artists. The Hook’s children’s menu includes chicken tenders, fish sticks, grilled cheese and burgers (Mom and Dad can enjoy the $6 Sangria Smash). Call 615-840-7144 or visit thehooknashville.com ... It’s all about bonding during the FATHER-SON ADVENTURE WEEKEND at Deer Run Camps & Retreats Aug. 26 - 28. Activities include fishing, swimming, hiking, archery, speaker sessions and other fun activities just for dads and their boys. Accommodations include The Lodge, a lake-view cabin, tent camping (bring your own equipment) or you can commute. Price is dependent on lodging choice. Call 615-794-2918 or visit deerrunretreat.org to register.

A massive celestial event hits Nashville a year from now on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 — a total solar eclipse! The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the United States was 1991 in Hawaii; the last one visible on the mainland was 1979. The last time total eclipses were visible in Nashville were July 7, 1442 and July 29, 1478. The 2017 one is a big deal as Nashville’s uniquely situated as the largest city wholly within the path of the eclipse. In fact, this event is such a phenomenon that folks from around the world are traveling to Music City in order to witness it firsthand — most hotels are already sold out! At Adventure Science Center (ASC), there’s an expected viewing time of one minute and 55 seconds, and ASC is planning a year full of eclipse activities and programming for kids and families leading up to the big day, and it starts this month. On Saturday, Aug. 20, swing by ASC for the “One Year to Total Solar Eclipse” day that features an array of activities related to eclipses and eclipse safety. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and it’s included with gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12). Stay tuned for more eclipse programming coming from ASC. Learn more at 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/eclipse2017.

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our family can have fun experiencing the magic of a galaxy far, far away this month as the Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater celebrates all-things Star Wars on Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 5 - 26. The popular Movie Nights in the Fork will show all seven installments of the Star Wars franchise in order on each date: Friday, Aug. 5 (The Phantom Menace); Saturday, Aug. 6 (Attack of the Clones); Friday, Aug. 12 (Revenge of the Sith); Saturday, Aug. 13 (A New Hope); Friday, Aug. 19 (The Empire Strikes Back); Saturday, Aug. 20 (Return of the Jedi) and Friday, Aug. 26 (The Force Awakens). Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the free movie outings that start at 8 p.m. Concessions include burgers, hot dogs, popcorn and nachos. For more info, call 615-870-8870 or search “Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater” on Facebook.

East Nash’s New Private School There’s a new PreK - grade 2 independent school opening in East Nashville on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Episcopal School of Nashville — located at St. Ann’s Episcopal (413 Woodland St.) — will add a new grade each year, serving students of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Episcopal School is now enrolling. For more info, call 615-512-3668 or visit esnashville.org.

Your family can watch all seven Star Wars movies this month at the Lawnchair Theater in Leipers Fork. The free series runs Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 5 - 26.

Local kids enjoy arts and crafts fun at Cheekwood’s Playtime at the Playhouses outing. Check it out Tuesdays and Saturdays through Aug. 27.

QUICK BITS The HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK is a non-profit organization connecting parents who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month at Richland Park Library (4711 Charlotte Ave. in West Nashville) at 5:30 p.m. There’s a different topic every month. For Thursday, Aug. 4, you can participate in a discussion on the ingredients in commercial products and swapping recipes for environmentally friendly cleaning. Find more info at chapters.holisticmoms.org/chapters/tnnashville ... The popular CRAZY KUKLA BOUTIQUE in Murfreesboro opens a Nashville location this month at 1900 Eastland Ave., Unit 102, on the east side (exact opening date TBA). The store carries boutique gifts for babies and children, including handmade clothing and toys. Find more info at thecrazykuklaboutique.com.

The International Playhouses exhibit structures at Cheekwood (they’re up through Sunday, Sept. 4) are more fun for kids to encounter on select days this month with a new activity. Through Aug. 27, Playtime at the Playhouses takes place Tue and Sat from 9 - 11 a.m. Stop by each of the playhouses to enjoy different activities like arts and crafts, musical instrument petting zoo fun and other playful happenings. You and the kids can also enjoy live music, relaxing in hammocks and chilling out with a cool treat from a local food truck. The activities are free with Cheekwood admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 and younger). Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

Bucking for Babies If you’ve been secretly wondering what it’s like to ride a mechanical bull, find out for yourself during Nurses for Newborns’ new fundraising event, Bucking for Babies. On Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., you can ride the bull, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres. It’s adults only, so book your babysitter. It’s $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Bull riding requires fundraising beforehand or making a donation at the event. Call 615-3139989 or visit nfnf.ejoinme.org/ buckingforbabiestn.

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Family Fun at Fringe Fest Actor’s Bridge hosts the Sideshow Fringe Festival Aug. 4 - 7. This four-day celebration of the performing arts features theater, puppetry, aerial arts, juggling, poetry, dance and music at various venues in Nashville. The festival includes special free outdoor events and familyfriendly offerings. Tickets for other performances are $15. Get the complete schedule and buy tickets at sideshowfringe. com.

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The fall 2016 edition of the Private School Directory is available now. Inside, find detailed info about more than 80 independent and boarding schools. During Nashville Parent’s Private School Fair on Saturday, Sept. 10, you can meet representatives from several area schools.

TAKL Your Chores With the hustle and bustle of life with kids — especially if you’re new parents — keeping up with everything around the house can start falling through the cracks. There’s an app for that now, too! Introducing TAKL, an on-demand home services app — think Uber but for household chores. It just launched in Nashville, with plans to go nationwide in the near future. Simply log in to the app and select the chore that needs tackling — from replacing your car’s windshield wipers to mounting flat screen TVs to caulking to ironing laundry to cleaning baseboards in the house to even walking your dog. TAKL will send one of its service providers to complete the chore, and you pay for the service through the app. Prices range from $50 to less than $200 depending on the service, and the providers have gone through extensive background checks. Currently, there are more than 600 chores listed to choose from with more than 3,000 local providers. The app lists all aspects of what the provider will be responsible to do as well as any requirements from your end. Download TAKL from the app store on your device or visit takl.com.

hat’s your favorite play place to take the kids in Middle Tennessee? Who’s your favorite pediatrician? What’s the best birthday party destination in the area? Tell us who you think stands out in town in our 2016 Best of Parenting Readers’ Choice Awards! From Aug. 1 - 31, you can nominate your favorite local businesses* at nashvilleparent.com/bop16. Then, from Sept. 1 - 30, you can cast your vote to name this year’s Best of Parenting winners! Winners are selected solely by popular vote. Start thinking of who YOU might nominate for a Best of Parenting Award! To nominate businesses, go to nashvilleparent.com/bop16 beginning Monday, Aug. 1. *If you are a business/ service seeking nominations, we have a full social and digital media kit to help you promote Best of Parenting. Call 615-256-2158, ext. 130, or send an e-mail to stewart@daycommedia. com to learn more.


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“Children are very good at reading their parents’ emotions, and if parents are worried about how their child will do at school, the child will interpret that as ‘something to be worried about.’ Resist oversharing your fears with your child.”

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olin was starting fourth grade in a new school. At an orientation event, he became visibly unnerved as he struggled with the combination on a sticky locker. “He was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to open his locker,” says mom Lynn Brown. Most kids, even excited ones, experience a few butterflies as a new school year starts. The source of such unease is not always obvious to parents, but anxiety is worse than butterflies.

SIGNS OF ANXIETY

Kids express anxiety in many ways, says Deb Cockerton, a child and youth behavioral counselor. Some are vocal and quite specific about their concerns, but more often it’s a child’s behavior that indicates his distress. Cockerton says, “The young child can become ‘clingy,’ not wanting to leave your side.” The tummy ache is a common symptom of stress in younger kids.

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— Deb Cockerton, Child and Youth Behaviorial Counselor

SCHOOL ANXIETY IS MORE THAN BUTTERFLIES

Older children can suffer physical symptoms, such as headaches. They may eat more or less than usual when they’re feeling anxious, and they may also experience sleep interruptions and moodiness.

• Talk to veteran students. If your child is starting at a new school, make contact with kids who have been there a year or two. Fears of the unknown can be calmed with accurate kid-tokid info.

HOW TO HELP

• Tour, meet and greet. Visit the school so your child can see the layout. Make introductions to teachers and other school personnel.

• Talk to your child about what worries her. Provide accurate information if she is misinformed. • Listen carefully and respond empathetically. Avoid saying, “Don’t worry. You’ll be fine!” Focus on your child’s very real concerns. • Create safe space. The tween who resists face-to-face conversation may “open up” at unexpected moments. Look for natural opportunities to listen and check in during daily activities — riding in the car, doing a chore, playing a game. • List it. Help kids refocus on the positive by listing the things they’re excited about as well as the things that scare them.

• Brainstorm. Help your child build a repertoire of possible solutions to a problem. • Play “what if…” What would you do if you forgot your lunch? What would you do if you couldn’t find your homework? This technique gets even the youngest kids involved in problem solving. • Role play. Act out potentially uncomfortable interactions: What can you say if you want to be friends with someone? What can you do if someone is mean to you? • Get help. Open communication with school teachers, counselors and referrals will support your efforts to support your child. — Ashley Talmadge


Soothing Separation Anxiety in Young Children

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my Peters is not looking forward to her daughter Katie’s first day of kindergarten. Katie’s 5 and ready to begin, but Amy knows things may not be easy at first. Katie doesn’t even like spending one night away from home. Separation anxiety’s a normal part of child development and it’s also normal for young school-age children to become tearful or clingy when starting a new school or returning after a break. But seeing children upset often results in guilty, stressed-out parents, and many can actually make the separation worse without realizing it. Try these tips: 1. BUILD FAMILIARITY. Look for ways to weave your child’s school experiences into her life. Attend back-toschool kick-offs, and help her make new acquaintances. 2. TELL YOUR CHILD WHAT TO EXPECT. Let her know where you’ll be while you’re away and when you’ll be back. Make sure she meets her new teacher(s) and talk her through a day at school. 3. DON’T SNEAK AWAY WHEN YOU BRING HER ON THE FIRST DAY. Be positive and remind your child when you’ll be back, and that you’ll have to go to the store together or something she’s familiar with. 4. DON’T PROLONG GOODBYE. Aim to establish a comfortable routine with a cheerful hug, kiss and goodbye, then head out. If you’re worried, e-mail the teacher to check on your child. 5. RETURN ON TIME. When you come back when you say you will, your child will begin to understand that you’ll always return. 6. STAY CALM. Stay calm and upbeat at both drop-off and pick-up times. 7. BE PATIENT. Most kids will get better about separation with time. If your child continues to be excessively fearful of being separated from you, talk to your pediatrician.

testing ... sigh. Looking to improve standardized testing after last spring’s fiasco, the Tennessee Department of Education shares points about what parents and kids can expect going forward. • Students will spend less time taking standardized tests, and testing will be confined to the end of the school year. • End-of-year testing will be reduced by 30 percent, addressing complaints of overtesting from parents and loss of instructional time from teachers. • Almost all TCAP testing will occur in late April and early May, unlike last year when students also tested in February and March. • Teachers’ planning materials for the new year are very similar to last year’s. • Teacher assessment blueprints were made available last month; material and standards assessed will be similar to last year. Students will be

able to take practice tests online beginning early November. • Tests will be taken with pencil and paper, but some high schools might choose to test their students online. • High schools may have the option to take the test online this year, but only if Questar’s (the company newly contracted to head up the standardized tests for Tennessee) testing platform demonstrates “early proof of successful online administration” in Tennessee schools during practice runs.

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4 Tips for You & Your Kindergartners

back to school By Susan Day

With current research showing kindergarten readiness is tied to long-term academic success, some educators are concerned that kids’ skills are lacking because of too much time on tech devices during the formative years.

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arents with children entering kindergarten this month may already be prepped for the first day of school, but the milestone can still be stressful. Deborah Dixon, MS, CCC-SLP, director of school services for the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association (ASHA), says to relax — most children will do just fine with this transition. However, Dixon notes that continued preparation (in the form of real-life experiences as opposed to formal workbooks or apps) can go a long way. With current research showing kindergarten readiness is tied to long-term academic success, some educators have concerns that kids’ skills are lacking because of too much time on tech devices in formative years. But before you rip that iPad out of your child’s hands, take a closer look. Is your child ready for school? Read on if you’re on the fence. (please turn the page)

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4 READINESS TIPS COMMUNICATION SKILLS — sharing one’s thoughts, wants and needs as well as understanding the thoughts, wants and needs of others. SOCIAL SKILLS — successfully interacting and sharing experiences with peers as well as adults. This involves turn taking, initiating and concluding conversations, and using appropriate gestures, facial expressions and intonations, among other things. INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-REGULATION — being able to complete age-appropriate tasks (using the bathroom, washing hands, dressing) without assistance as well as being able to control one’s emotions and behaviors. PROBLEM SOLVING, COLLABORATION, FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS — knowing how to play with other children, work with other children and teachers, and solve the hundreds of small problems that may come up every day.

4 INDEPENDENCE ESSENTIALS TIE SHOES

Let your child practice it in steps. For the first few days, teach him to do the X and go through the first loop (the easy part). Do this over and over. Let him tie everything (cushions on chairs, your shoes, a bow on a present). Yes, he will get frustrated. Your job is to stay calm and encourage him. It will take about a week. Remember that when you want to jump in and tie it for him in a rush, or you see him struggling, that you need to STOP doing that for him.

OPEN A JUICE BOX

Even if you don’t send them with your child, parties and in-school celebrations will often include juice boxes. Teach him how to open one step-by-step: Remove the straw, open it, insert it into the juice box, drink it, throw it all away (do not wait for the teacher to come by and get it).

GETTING WHAT HE NEEDS You want your

child to take responsibility for himself. Think about if he breaks his pencil in class. Will he know that he needs to raise his hand to get another one? Or will he sit there, doing nothing, because he didn’t know that he needs to take care of himself? A child needs to learn that he needs to get up, get in line and take care of his needs. No one is going to do it for him. Remember, you’re raising him to be a responsible adult.

KNOW THE BASICS Does your child know his first

and last name, phone number, address? Don’t send him out “into the world” without this information. If you’re not sure he will remember, write it down and slip the paper in his shoe ... just in case he forgets.

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Should You Redshirt Your Child?

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elaying your child’s start at the PreK or kindergarten level — known as academic redshirting — is on the rise as parents grapple with the must-be-5-by-August-15 cut-off date that forces them to decide whether they want their children to be among the oldest in their class or the youngest. But

whether your child enters kindergarten as a young 5-year-old or older 5-year-old or young 6-year-old, a vast majority of the kids are all going to be reading at the same level by third grade. Before you make a concrete decision about whether to redshirt your child, ask yourself these questions:

• Why would you want to hold your child back for one more year? What makes you feel he isn’t ready right now? • Has your child been in preschool? If so, what was his experience like? Did he do well there? • Will your child be able to meet the expectations of the particular kindergarten program you want him to attend? • Do you feel your child needs extra time to build social skills? • If you’re going to redshirt your child, how do you plan to use the additional year to prepare him for kindergarten the following school year?


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Originals RAISING TRUE Highly creative children come from parents who place values above rules. By Susan Day

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you want to raise an original kid you have to teach him to think for himself. “One should do one’s best not to put limits on a child’s imagination,” says John Hoomes, CEO and artistic director of Nashville Opera. “To encourage original thinking, parents should do their best to expose their child to a variety of artistic experiences — ballet, opera, theater, film, museums, all types of music. We are fortunate here in Nashville to have a very diverse thriving arts scene with world class offerings,” he adds. Comments like Hoomes’ reveal what it takes to bring up a creative child (necessary for the arts and a highly valued attribute in board rooms across America). With parenting trends still funneling children into athletics first, the idea of “original” is often swept aside — often until it’s too late. Meanwhile, kids must follow the rules at school, do what they’re told and essentially “fall in” which often runs counter to listening to your own drum. You can build an original thinker at home, though. “It’s all about the healthy balance,” says Jack Speck, managing director of Studio Tenn Theatre Company. “I think you can teach your kids to be creative, think outside the box, ap-

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proach things from a different perspective and still be respectful of authority and follow the rules. That’s life, isn’t it? Though there is a saying in the art world that you have to learn the rules before you can break them,” he adds. Mind you, originality does not have to go hand in hand with rebelliousness. Kids do need guidelines for living ... just not an over abundance of them. “I think one of the biggest mistakes that a lot of parents and teachers make is spending their time enforcing rules. The sad thing about rules is they don’t teach kids to think for themselves,” says Adam Grant, author of the book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (Viking; 2016). So what should parents be teaching? “Values,” Grant says. “Parents might say, ‘We take joy in our work — what kind of jobs sound fun to you?’ And when a child shows interest and enthusiasm toward something, to support that even if it’s different from what you want them to do.” “Rules are a natural part of life. Grooming children to be aware that rules do exist allows them to push themselves intellectually and become more solution-based,” says Sharyn Mahoney, Nashville Ballet director of artistic operations. “Instead of just asking why,

children can start thinking how. Fostering the ability to approach problems in an innovative way is what will create original thinkers who can see their creative thoughts become reality,” she adds. When psychologist/author Benjamin Bloom (Developing Talent in Young People) led a study on the early roots of successful artists, he learned that their parents weren’t drill sergeants. Instead, they responded to the intrinsic motivations of their children. When the kids showed an interest for a skill, the parents supported it. “My parents are NOT artists,” says Speck. “I grew up in a very loving and supportive home, but my parents had to learn how to encourage that side of me because they had no experience with it. Once they saw my passion for it and saw what it did for my self-esteem, they helped me pursue it in every way possible,” he adds. Creativity and originality take time to nurture and are all too easy to stifle. In Bloom’s study, it was revealed that the highly creative kids came from homes where less than one rule was the norm. The parents of ordinary children had an average of six rules. Food for thought.


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Ways to Enrich Your Child’s Education With Exposure to the Arts By Christina Katz

f I have observed one thing after a decade of having a school-age child, it’s that arts-motivated kids perform better in school. Sure, my daughter comes from an artsy family already. Her mom is a writer and her dad is a theater director, but she’s not an extension of us; she is uniquely herself, and her exposure to a wide variety of arts helps her discover her own passions, proclivities and personhood. The more types of arts my daughter engages in, the happier and more motivated of a student she becomes overall, even in her most challenging academic classes. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the messages broadcast prolifically by Sir Ken Robinson, author of the book Finding Your Element, How To Discover Your Talents & Passions and Transform Your Life (Penguin Books; 2014). One of the most popular TED speakers and a creativity and education expert, Robinson asserts the job of education is to teach children to become creative thinkers rather than merely good workers. In addition to Robinson’s theory that a child’s exposure to a steady stream of his talents and passions leads to finding future work right in his element, we must remember something else. The greatest challenges faced by civilization are going to be solved by our children one day. Do we want them to operate like well-behaved workers, or do we want them to become the creative thinkers, problem solvers and innovators they were born to be? Participation in the arts is just as important to raising well-rounded children as participation in academics and athletics. The arts awaken personal power in children by helping them discover their talents and passions organically. I know this is true because my daughter loves to sing, dance, act and draw already. Recently, she’s also started reading Shakespeare, watching historical documentaries, playing the piano and taking hip-hop classes. I am not bragging. But I’m keenly aware that I may have been inadvertently putting imagined limits on just how creative my daughter could become. Now, thanks to her example, I am beginning to think

there isn’t anything she can’t do. And isn’t that exactly what I want her to believe? STOP LIMITING YOUR CHILD Why do parents put limits on kids’ creative impulses when creative activities clearly benefit real-world performance? My daughter has the rest of her life to discover and pursue creative activities that light her up from the inside and inspire her to be the best she can be. My job as her mother between now and the day she ventures out into the world is to make sure she never runs out of opportunities to practice being her multi-faceted self. She can sift and sort through what she likes best and doesn’t prefer for herself. She doesn’t need me for that, except to remind her that how she spends her time and energy in life is her choice.

Why do parents put limits on kids’ creative impulses when creative activities clearly benefit real-world performance? When I leave this world some day, as of course I will — we all will — I want to depart knowing I exposed my daughter to as much personal enjoyment of life as I could. And the arts will have played a leading role in this endeavor. I don’t want my daughter’s focus in life to be on survival or drudgery; I want her life to be a celebration of the art of being herself. And, in order to do this, she has to explore and assess her talents and abilities in her own ways. If you’re denying your kids access to the arts because you think creativity is less important or less valuable than academics and athletics, I hope you stick around to witness for yourself

the important role creativity will play in the evolution of our future. If you are, as I was, inadvertently capping the amount of creative activities your kids participate in to levels deemed reasonable, I hope you will stop. Instead of cutting the arts out of our kids’ schedules, we need to allow access to as much arts activity as a child’s schedule permits. They can set the bar to a level that feels right from there. Here are 25 types of activities to expose your kids to both in school and outside of school. Please don’t be confused about whose job it is to expose our kids to the arts. Arts engagement is a parent’s job first, before teachers or instructors get involved. Engage your children in the arts and watch the magic happen. They will thank you for your encouragement today and in the future with their smiles and feelings of contentment.

IN SCHOOL

1. Fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking) 2. Photography, video and multi-media arts 3. Choir and vocal performing 4. Band and orchestra 5. Theater arts 6. Film (fictional and documentary) 7. Yearbook 8. Dance 9. Creative writing 10. Leadership 11. Robotics

OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Animation Architecture and design Opera Ballet Crafts Cooking Decorative arts Fashion Woodcrafts Graphic arts Jewelry Junk, trash and found art Gardening Performance art

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Expression City Arts and Fitness is positively impacting the lives of children through arts education. A variety of 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.

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Committed to helping all ages and backgrounds become more familiar with, knowledgeable and appreciative of art. The center’s ArtQuest offers 30 hands-on art stations, each focusing on a specific art concept. Programs include films, lectures, concerts, gallery talks, storytelling for kids and other youth and family programs, which present perspectives on current exhibitions and related topics.

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

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Easily accessible from Williamson, Rutherford and Davidson counties. Tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hiphop, musical theater and acrobatics for ages 2 yrs. - adult. We also offer an after-school program with transportation to and from local elementary schools and a Talented Tots Pre-K program 3 days per week. Music program includes private lessons in piano, violin, fiddle and voice. Our goal is to inspire students with positive teaching methods that build character and self assurance. Adult fitness program featuring Zumba and yoga. Ask about our birthday parties!

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Now offering private music lessons. We teach a wide variety of instruments including piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, DJ, recording, and more! Our dedicated instructors are fully screened and certified, with multiple years of experience in music instruction. They are truly experts in the instruments they teach, often with credentials from highly esteemed schools of music. Call us today for more information!

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

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Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth through five. 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.

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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 and Summer drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For a complete listing of the 2015-2016 season or for more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

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We offer ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop and toddler programs. Teachers are certified through and members of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Southern Association of Dance Masters and Tennessee Association of Dance. Furthering dance education, performance opportunities, conventions and master classes are offered throughout the year.

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

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Excellence in dance education and performance. Educated, experienced adult teaching staff. Structured, stimulating classes. Age-appropriate music, with clean lyrics. Cost effective costume pricing. In-town recitals featuring our ever-popular “Wee-cital” for preschoolers. Classes include ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and featuring The Dancers’ Wee-School. Ages 3 - adult. Boys and girls. Call to enroll, classes begin Aug. 11. Wee-School begins Sep. 2. More information on our web site. Other services include sound editing and mixing for dance teams and other events – ask for Jordan Tate. Serving our community for over 30 years, what matters to you matters to us!

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Sign up now for the After School Arts Program, September through May. Classes are held Monday, tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and more information on our website.

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The mission of Expression City Arts is to offer creative expression, arts education, and community service. Interdisciplinary programs feature cross-training in circus, music, dance, art, acting, improv, and artistic professional development. Expression City Arts and Fitness provides a home for students and professionals in Middle Tennessee to grow as artists and as individuals who use their talents to positively impact their community. continued on page 40 ...

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Firstlight Arts Academy 1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste. 108, Brentwood firstlightaa.org

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Personalized art instruction for enthusiastic kids, teens and adults. Our encouraging, student-focused method takes a long-term natural approach; guiding artists from beginners to advanced, building skills and knowledge, so they can pursue their dreams with confidence. The instructors work with each student individually in small classes of 12 or less. Check our website for more information. Classes run from midAugust through May, and you can join a class at any time.

Franklin School of Performing Arts 415 Duke Drive , Ste. 270, Franklin franklinschoolofperformingarts.com

FSPA has been a staple in the dance community for 25 years! Located in Cool Springs, we offer classical and conservative dance education for ages 3 - 18 in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Visit our website for more info.

DANCE Ann Carroll School of Dance 615-790-6468

Offering dance, voice and acting for children grade 1 - college. Students study ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, voice, monologue and a play. Guest teachers teach vocal and acting audition training and more.

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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 song books. 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.

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

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

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The incredible sculptures of Steve Tobin: Southern Roots are the backdrop for an evening of music, dance, live performance and great food and drinks. International Playhouses will also be open for nighttime play!

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

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec. com.

FREE St. Paul Storytime

Watch the Tennessee Titans practice for free during Titans Training Camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Aug. 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 15.

Mon 1 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 Family Fun Time

An evening of stories and related activities. Ages 3 - 5. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; 615-862-5854 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Girl Power Camp (Registration Required) New Dialect hosts this week-long (Mon - Fri) dance “laboratory” using contemporary dance and

choreography as a platform to encourage girls to create and communicate. Classes and games promote selfawareness, self-confidence, creative expression and collaboration. Ages 11 - 15. Harpeth Hall Theatre, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $150; 615-297-9543 or newdialect.org/girl-powerharpeth-hall.

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FREE Mother Goose Moments

Sign up to read to Lily the READing Paws dog. Grades preschool - elementary. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.; 615-3710090 or brentwood-tn.org/ library.

Stories and fun for ages birth - 2 years. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 10:15 a.m.; 615-862-5854 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; Mon & Sat 11 a.m.; 615-895-8580 or bn.com.

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200, ext. 2410, or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Read with Lily (Registration Required)

Snack Attack!

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

Author Jeremy Shapiro reads from his new book, Hugo & Nora, then kids can do crafts. Ages 3 - 5. St. Paul Christian Academy’s CS Lewis Library, 5035 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.; 615-269-4751 or stpaulchristianacademy.org.

FREE The Music Class Demonstration Session (Registration Required) Experience a parent/ child music-and-movement class featuring songs and activities. Ages 4 and younger. The Music Class, 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood; 10:30 a.m.; 615-777-9314 or themusicclass.com/nashville.

FREE Titans Training Camp

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 8:55 - 11 a.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tue 2 Boston 40th Anniversary Tour

A night of rock music. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $36 $91; 615-724-1600 or fontanel.com.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime

Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 3 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 & 11 a.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.org/library.

Bryan Ferry

An evening of pop music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $89; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Busy Bees

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

Crafternoon

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

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things to do Distracted Driving for Teens (Registration Required)

An entertaining, handson program to help teens become safer drivers. Ages 16 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; $10; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

Engineering Days with General Mills

Engineers from the General Mills plant give you the inside scoop about making yogurt, cookies and biscuits with hands-on activities and experiments. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 5 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $4; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Grand Ole Opry

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

Knee-High Naturalist: Fairyland (Registration Required) Build houses for the fairies who live in the forest using natural materials (Gnome Depot will be open to purchase additional supplies). Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person; 615370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Enjoy a night of wrestling action when WWE Smackdown comes to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime

The Professor, Library Pete and Mary Mary sing, juggle and read books with their puppet friends. Ages 2 - 5. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615-862-5800 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE National Night Out

Join neighbors in your community for food, fun and games celebrating a night out against crime. Events take place in Antioch, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hermitage, La Vergne, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Old Hickory, Spring Hill, Westmoreland and Woodbury. All ages; 5 p.m. 8 p.m.; natw.org.

FREE Observatory Open House Day (Registration Required) Tour the observatory and take a peek through the solar telescope. All ages. Dyer

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Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime

Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, crafts and more at the Puppet House. Ages 2 and older. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 10 a.m.; 615-793-7303 or lavergnetn. gov.

Playtime at the Playhouses

Experience the fun of the International Playhouses structures with special activities at each spot along with music in the gardens, food trucks with cool treats, hammock hangouts and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue & Sat 9 - 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17); 615-3568000 or cheekwood.org.

SPARK!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Story readings and activities. Ages 3 - 5 . Books-A-Million, 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; Tue & Sat 10:30 a.m.; 931-486-0113 or booksamillion.com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

FREE Titans Training Camp

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All

ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 8:55 - 11 a.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

Water Aerobics for Kids

Kids who can stand comfortably in at least threeand-a-half feet of water can enjoy cardio fun. Ages 7 12. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 6 p.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Williamson Toddler Time

Stories, songs, movement and more. Ages 18 months - 3 years. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 10 & 11:15 a.m.; 615-5951244 or wcpltn.org.

WWE Smackdown A night of live wrestling entertainment. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501


things to do Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $18.20 - $109.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Wed 3 Animal Antics

Meet one of the center’s resident animals. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Bellevue Preschool Storytime

Join Miss Donna for stories and activities. Ages 3 - 5. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.; 615-862-5854 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Engineering Days with General Mills See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy

A night of rock music. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $75; ascendamphitheater.com.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

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

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

Run, jump and play while learning skills like balance, coordination, listening and taking turns. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11:05 - 11:45

a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Knee-High Naturalist: Fairyland (Registration Required) See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Music City Crits Bike Race

The Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association hosts this bike race event that includes junior and adult male and female racers. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; free for spectators ($25 to enter the race); tbra. org.

Music City Roots

Jim Lauderdale hosts this evening of live music featuring bands of different genres. All ages. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $15 reserved, $10 general admission; musiccityroots.com.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) Listen to a story followed by a hike on the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $3; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Wild Things (Registration Required) This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697

Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; streetsofindianlake. com.

Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime

Kids Yoga at Jollifrogs

FREE Titans Training Camp

Stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and more. Ages 3 - 5. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 10 a.m.; 615-5951244 or wcpltn.org.

Youth Yoga

Learn yoga poses and techniques. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.; $4; 615786-0200, ext. 2418, or wcparksandrec.com.

Thu 4 Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Carnival of Madness Tour

A night of hard rock music featuring Shinedown with Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and Whiskey Myers. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $55; ascendamphitheater.com.

Engineering Days with General Mills See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

First Thursday Night in the Garden

Enjoy Steve Tobin’s Southern Roots sculptures and the International Playhouses at night along with music, dance, live performances, food and more for your whole family. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5:30 - 10 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Hendersonville Summer Concert Series

Family-friendly music by local bands. All ages. Streets of

Drop off your little ones at the shop for a yoga class designed just for them. Ages 3 and older. Jollifrogs, 8074 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $10; 615207-9426 or habitatyoga. com/events/2016/6/27/ jollifrogs-kids-yoga-pop-upseries.

Nature Nuts

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

FREE Nature Play Day

Have fun getting wet and muddy at the Nature Play Area while building a fort, playing in the water, climbing, crawling and more. Ages 1 and older with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

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

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

Focus on choreography and skills to pick up dance routines. Ages 7 and older. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 8:55 - 11 a.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Fri 5 1964 The Tribute

The world’s most authentic Beatles tribute band returns to Nashville for a night of hits like “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and other Fab Four favorites. Concert presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29 $49; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

BounceU Parents’ Night Out (Registration Required) Mom and Dad can enjoy time to themselves while the kids spend time bouncing on inflatables and eating pizza. Ages 4 - 12. BounceU Nashville, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $25 ($20 siblings); 615255-1422 or bounceu.com/ nashville-tn.

FREE Teen Animé Club Watch animé, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood

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FREE Goodlettsville Movie in the Park

Bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets for an outdoor screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. All ages. Moss-Wright Park Soccer Fields, 775 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 8 p.m.; goodlettsvilleparks. com.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

H2glOw Family Pool Night (Registration Required)

Experience Steve Tobin’s Southern Roots sculptures illuminated after sunset during First Thursday Night in the Garden at Cheekwood on Thursday, Aug. 4. There will also be live performances, and the International Playhouses exhibits are lit up for kids. FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

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

Dive-In Movie

Enjoy after-hours water park fun along with a screening of Minions. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 8 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 End-ofSummer Luau

Enjoy a luau-themed swim party with food and crafts. Ages 7 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro;

5 - 9 p.m.; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec.com.

Family Program: Perk Up Your Pictures

Learn tips and tricks to make your photos look their best before exploring the galleries to take pictures. 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.

FREE Friday Night Live Concert Series 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 Geocaching Scavenger Hunt (Registration Required) Learn how to geocache with GPS technology and search the park for artifacts. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 W. Old Hickory Blvd.,

A DJ provides music and everyone receives a glow-inthe-dark necklace or bracelet during this illuminating pool party. Event code: 7305. All ages. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 7 - 10 p.m.; $5; 615-302-0971, ext. 2210, or wcparksandrec. com.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

See a variety of classic cars while local bands perform music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; facebook.com/ hendersonvillecruisein.

Kayaking the Cumberland (Registration Required) Paddle a scenic section of the Cumberland River; previous paddling experience is necessary. Ages 12 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 10:30 p.m.; $20; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Lego Mania (Registration Required) Unleash your creativity and have fun building with Legos. Ages 6 - 7. Brentwood Public Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.org/library.

Movie Night at Carnton

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets (no alcohol) for an outdoor screening of Night at the Museum (rated PG). All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $5; battleoffranklintrust.com.

FREE Movie Night in the Fork

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. All ages. Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-870-8870 or facebook.com.

FREE Murfreesoboro Books-A-Million Preschool Storytime

Staff from Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show. Ages 3 - 5. BooksA-Million, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; 615-995-7112 or booksamillion.com.

FREE Music & a Movie

Enjoy a live musical performance by local singers followed by an outdoor screening of Minions. All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 7:15 p.m.; 615758-6522 or mjparksandrec. org.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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things to do FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; Fri - Sat 4 - 8 p.m., Sun 2 - 6 p.m.; 615-3950102 or arringtonvineyards. com.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and bond with your child through drumming. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:15 - 10 a.m.; $3; 615867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Science a la Cart

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

FREE Snuggle Bug Club This lapsit program includes music, stories and movement. Ages 0 - 18 months. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 10 a.m.; 615-5951244 or wcpltn.org.

FREE Star Party (Registration Required) Join members of the BarnardSeyfert Astronomical Society for star gazing through several telescopes. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8:30 p.m.; 615862-4187 or nashville.gov/ parks.

FREE Storytime and Messy Art

Join Ms. Diana for an artthemed storytime where kids can get messy being creative. Ages 1 - 5. Brilliant Sky, 1705 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615-309-0557 or brilliantskytoys.com.

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FREE Titans Training Camp

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 8:55 - 11 a.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

To Kill a Mockingbird

This play based on Harper Lee’s classic 1960 book tells a lesson about doing right even when it’s difficult through a story of racial prejudice in a small Alabama town in 1935. All ages. Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Aug. 5 - 20: Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $18 adults, $12 students; 615-791-5007 or pull-tight.com.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required)

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

Williamson County Fair

Aug. 5 - 13: With this year’s theme of “Barnyard Mardi Gras,” your family can enjoy Midway rides, carnival games, family shows, pageants and competitions, food, the Children’s Barnyard and Little 1’s Farming interactive experiences, and more. All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; Mon - Thu 6 - 11 p.m., Fri 6 p.m. - midnight, Sat 10 a.m. - midnight, Sun 12 - 11 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages

See Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day during Goodlettsville Movie in the Park at Moss-Wright Park’s soccer field on Friday, Aug. 5. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for the free outing. 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 615-794-4386 or williamsoncountyfair.org.

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FREE Animal Encounters

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

FREE Back-toSchool Bash

Join Murfreesboro City Schools for this family event including entertainment, games, giveaways and more. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Back-to-School Block Party

Enjoy an afternoon of Nerf Wars, food trucks, and martial arts and gymnastics exhibitions. All ages. MPACT Sports, 121 Seaboard Lane,

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 cha-cha lesson, then dance the night away with live music by Debi Bailes & Her Band. All ages. Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 615377-9979 or bn.com.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime

Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 3 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10:30 a.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.org/library.

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A night of pop music starring Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $32.75 - $69.75; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Family Fitness in the Park

This outdoor fitness offering includes a sculpt class for adults (bring your own mat) and a kids’ yoga class with Habitat Yoga (mats provided). Ages 3 and older. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 9 - 10 a.m.; $10; 615207-9426 or habitatyoga. com/events/2016/7/16/ centennial-park-pop-ups.

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things to do Investigation: Wilderness Station (Registration Required) Participate in CSI (critter scene investigation) as you witness wildlife crimes and determine the motive and the perpetrator. Ages 7 - 10. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Jurassic Quest

Hundreds of rubber ducks make their way around the Lazy River at Nashville Shores during the annual Duck Derby benefiting Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. This year’s event is Saturday, Aug. 6, and the winning duck’s owner gets a $1,000 Disney package. Adopt ducks for $5 each. Family Program: Perk Up Your Pictures See Friday, Aug. 5.

Fourth Annual Duck Derby

This fundraising event for Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, the Nashville-based non-profit serving children in cancer treatment, includes water park fun plus special activities like a duck scavenger hunt, duck face contest, games and door prizes. For $5 each, adopt rubber ducks that will race around the lazy river at 3 p.m. — the winning duck’s owner will win a $1,000 Disney package. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 10 a.m.; $19.99 (use promo code DUCK); chemoduck.org.

FREE Get Ready for Hummers (Registration Required) Help clean feeders, make sugar water and work in the garden to prepare for hummingbirds. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville;

10 - 11 a.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Girls’ Day Out Expo

Enjoy a day of browsing and shopping at several vendor booths with products just for women. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

Goo Goo Dolls

A night of rock music with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15 - $80; ascendamphitheater.com.

Grand Ole Opry

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

H2glOw Family Pool Night (Registration Required)

A DJ provides music and everyone receives a glow-inthe-dark necklace or bracelet during this illuminating pool party. Event code: 7306.

All ages. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 7 - 10 p.m.; $5; 615786-0200, ext. 2417, or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Hallowed Ground Lantern Tour (Registration Required) Walk through the cemetery by lantern light while hearing the stories of soldiers and civilians about the terrible cost of the Civil War. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:15 p.m.; 615-893-9501 or nps.gov/ stri.

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop (Registration Required) Make a skateboard pencil box. Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot, 2535 Powell Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; homedepot.com.

View more than 50 lifesize, animatronic dinosaurs, participate in a fossil dig, bounce in dinosaur-themed inflatables, enjoy crafts and face painting, ride a dino and more. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $25 adults, $20 - $29 ages 2 - 12; jurassicquest.com.

Kids Cooking Class: The Best Brunch (Registration Required) Learn to create a brunch menu including broiled sugar grapefruit, corned beef hash with poached eggs, waffles, cinnamon buns and chocolate protein shakes. Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

FREE Live, Love, Latch: Milk and Cookies

This La Leche League event features workshops in breastfeeding, babywearing and more. Kids can decorate cookies during the event, plus there will be a bake sale and raffles for prize drawings. All ages. Berry Hill Community Center, 404 E. Iris Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-972-2307.

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A night of pop and R&B music with special guest Hailee Steinfeld. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $20 - $60; ascendamphitheater. com.

FREE Movie Night in the Fork

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. All ages. Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; facebook.com/ leipers-fork-lawnchair-theatre184140084892/?fref=ts.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Murfreesboro Bird Club Hike

Enjoy a walk while searching for summer migrants and resident birds of Tennessee. Ages 6 and older. Thompson Lane Trailhead, 2240 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Music City Brewers Fest

This craft beer festival features more than 40 brews from local, regional, national and import breweries along with food and live music. Session A is from 12 - 4 p.m., Session B is from 6 - 10 p.m. Ages 21 and older. Walk of Fame Park, 121 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 12 - 10 p.m.; $39 Session A, $59 Session B, $143 all access (includes a Friday night reception); musiccitybrewersfest.com.

Music City Hot Wing Festival

Enjoy hot wing cooking competitions, live music, craft vendors, cornhole competitions and more. All ages. Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St., Nashville; 12 - 8 p.m.; $15 (general admission) - $150 (VIP); musiccityhotwingfestival.com.

FREE Music in the Vines See Friday, Aug. 5.

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things to do FREE Musicians Corner An afternoon of music featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama, AJ Ghent Band, Matt Brown and Dwan Hill. Children can enjoy lots of activities in the Kidsville area, too! All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

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

Pippin

Act Too Players presents this musical about a prince who learns the true meaning of glory, love and war. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Sat - Sun 2 & 7 p.m.; $13 - $25; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Playtime at the Playhouses

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

A show starring wild animal puppets that teach kids about habitats and the daily lives of critters. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

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

Smyrna Parks Challenge

Participate in a 5K, The Monty Mile or a family fun run. All ages. Sharp Springs Park, Espey Drive, Smyrna; 7:30 a.m.; $25; 615459-9742, ext. 2622, or townofsmyrna.org.

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Kids can encounter more than 50 robotic dinosaurs along with inflatables, crafts, a fossil dig and more during Jurassic Quest at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Aug. 6 - 7. Speedway Racing

Experience the thrill of an auto race featuring more than 500 laps. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 615-254-1986 or fairgroundsspeedwaynashville. com.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Stream Stroll (Registration Required) Bring sandals for a water excursion hike through Henry Hollow Creek. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 615-895-8580 or nashville. gov/parks.

Summer Laser Shows Enjoy two 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.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

The Little Mermaid

Olde Worlde Theatre presents this musical about a 16-yearold mermaid who dreams of life on land. All ages. Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; Sat at 10 a.m. through Aug. 20; $10 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger; 615-300-0374 or oldeworldetheatre.com.

FREE Titans Training Camp

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

To Kill a Mockingbird See Friday, Aug. 5.

Undy Run/Walk

Participate in this family- and dog-friendly underwearthemed 5K and one-mile fun run to raise awareness and funds for cancer awareness and prevention through the Colon Cancer Alliance. All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $35 in advance/$40 race day adults, $30/$35 ages 6 - 13, $30/$35 fun run, free ages 5 and younger; ccalliance.org/undy-runwalk.

Wetland Walk

Enjoy a guided stroll through the Murfree Spring Wetland area. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Williamson County Fair

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Sun 7 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.

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things to do Fibers & Textiles of the Frontier

Learn the art of combing, spinning and weaving fabrics the way it was done in the 19th century. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($20 adults, $15 students, $10 children); 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

Jurassic Quest

See Saturday, Aug. 6

FREE Make Letterpress Art

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

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Aug. 5. Pippin See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Steinway & Cello Concert (Registration Required)

An afternoon of classical music performed by Deidre Vaughn Emerson (cello) and Melissa Martiros (piano). All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 3 p.m.; 615-3710090 or brentwood-tn.org/ library.

FREE Vintage Baseball The Nashville Maroons challenge Phoenix of East Nashville during this 1860s-style ball game. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Williamson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 5

Mon 8 Early Explorers

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Family Fun Time See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Mother Goose Moments

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Williamson County Fair

Playtime at the Playhouses

Tue 9

SPARK!

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Crafternoon

See Monday, Aug. 1.

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Snack Attack!

FITMommy

See Monday, Aug. 1.

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

SPARK!

Grand Ole Opry

See Monday, Aug. 1.

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime

See Monday, Aug. 1.

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Titans Training Camp

FREE Once Upon a Storytime

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 8:55 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

Tot Time

Enjoy playtime at the splash pad and Boro Beach area during this time designated for little ones only. Ages 5 and younger with a parent. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 kids; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required)

See Monday, Aug. 1.

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See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Storytime Yoga (Registration Required) Explore yoga and movement through stories, games and play. Four-week class meets Tuesdays through Aug. 30. Activity code 7521. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 9 - 10 a.m.; $20; wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Titans Training Camp

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 3:10 - 5:10 p.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 8.

Water Aerobics for Kids

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Williamson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Williamson Toddler Time See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Wed 10 Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Bellevue Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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.

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things to do Guitar-B-Que

This country concert benefiting St. Jude features Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Brandy Clark, Chris Lane and others. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $20 - $125; ascendamphitheater.com.

Homeschool Creativity Class

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

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Shelby Storytime Enjoy nature stories, crafts and an outside activity. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 615862-8539 or nashville.gov/ parks.

FREE Sunflower Power! (Registration Required)

Learn about sunflowers and their many uses, and take home seeds so you can grow your own. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 3 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

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Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Titans Training Camp

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 8:55 - 11 a.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 8.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Williamson County Fair

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Thu 11 Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2

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.

FREE Hendersonville Summer Concert Series See Thursday, Aug. 4.

Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy starring Jim Gaffigan at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Aug. 11. Jim Gaffigan

A night of clean stand-up comedy. Ages 14 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.75 - $49.75; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Kids Yoga at Jollifrogs

See Thursday, Aug. 4.

FREE Live on the Green Concert Series

An evening of music by White Denim, Allen Stone and Andra Day. All ages. Public Square Park, 10 Public Sq., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; liveonthegreen.net.

Mommy & Me Yoga

Parents and their little ones can have fun bonding while doing gentle yoga stretches and poses. Ages 2 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.; $8 adults, $4 children; 615790-5719 or wcparksandrec. com.

FREE Nature Documentary Screening (Registration Required) Watch a screening of Florida Wildlife Expedition Corridor which follows four explorers on their trek from the southern tip of the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Ages 8 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks.

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FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth

Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Apprentice Company presents one of the Bard’s most famous works set in modern times; the bloody tale takes on new levels of horror as the audience is caught in the spell of three weird sisters and the witchy Queen Hecate. Ages 13 and older. Centennial Park Band Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; free, but there is a suggested $10 donation; nashvilleshakes.org.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

FREE Parnassus Storytime

Tot Time

See Friday, Aug. 5.

See Thursday, Aug. 4.

See Monday, Aug. 8.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

Williamson County Fair

See Thursday, Aug. 4.

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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things to do FREE Young Adult Authors

Three young adult authors read from their new and upcoming books: Melissa Landers (United and Starflight), Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (Forever Doon). Ages 12 and older. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

Fri 12 BounceU Parents’ Night Out (Registration Required) See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles See Friday, Aug. 5.

See a free outdoor screening of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith during Movie Night in the Fork on Friday, Aug. 12.

Family Olympics Night Participate in a variety of competitions for prizes like the three-legged race, wheelbarrow race, spoon race, inflatable ball race and more. Then, watch a screening of Home (PG); bring blanket or chairs to watch from the turf. All ages. LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $25 per family in advance, $30 day of event; 615-891-7028 or lpgsportsacademy.com.

Flogging Molly

An evening of Celtic punk music with special guests Franklin Turner and the Sleepy Souls. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $49.95; 615-7241600 or fontanel.com.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Grizzly Goat

A night of music with bluegrass flavor and a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. All ages. Barfield Crescent Park Pavilion 7, 697 Veterans Pkwy.,

Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In See Friday, Aug. 5.

Jesus Christ Superstar Aug. 12 - 28: The Circle Players present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera that’s loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life. All ages. TSU Performing Arts Center, Alameda St., Nashville; Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 students/ children 4 and older; 615332-7529 or circleplayers. net.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

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

FREE Lego Mania (Registration Required) Unleash your creativity and have fun building with Legos. Ages 8 - 12. Brentwood Public Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue

A night of blues, rock and gospel music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $44 - $59; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Movie Night in the Fork Enjoy an outdoor screening of Star

Wars: Revenge of the Sith. All ages. Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615870-8870 or facebook.com/ leipers-fork-lawnchair-theatre184140084892/?fref=ts.

FREE Music in the Park

Enjoy live music by The Jason Lee McKinney Band. All ages. Gregory Mill Park, 390 Enon Springs Road E., Smyrna; 6:30 p.m.; 615-459-9773 or townofsmyrna.org.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Parent and Me Drum Circle See Friday, Aug. 5.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth See Thursday, Aug. 11.

FREE Smokin’ in McMinnville Barbecue Festival

This family festival features live entertainment, food, sports competitions, a children’s play zone, several vendors and access to the Gilley Swimming Pool. All ages. McMinnville Civic Center, 500 Garfield St., McMinnville; Fri 4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.; 931-473-1212 or smokininmcminnville.com.

FREE Snuggle Bug Club See Friday, Aug. 5.

Sounds Baseball

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

FREE Storytime and Messy Art

will answer questions and provide information about the various exhibits found in the observatory. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 8:30 p.m.; $6.27; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

The Legend of Pocahontas

Aug. 12 - 28: The regional premiere of this musical by Robb Beus and Jon Lorenz tells the story of the young Algonquian woman who helped bring two cultures together. All ages. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children; 615-904-2787 or boroarts.org.

FREE Tiny Tomato Time (Registration Required) Bring your tiny tots for a festive hour of all-things tomato. Ages 3 - 5. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 11 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

To Kill a Mockingbird See Friday, Aug. 5.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Tomato Art Fest Concert

Start the tomato-themed weekend with games, activities and live music featuring Jeffery James and others. All ages. East Nashville’s Five Points; 6 p.m.; tomatoartfest.com.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 8.

Williamson County Fair

See Friday, Aug. 5.

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Telescope Night (Registration Required) The telescopes will be open for viewing, and astronomers

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things to do Wine & Wishes Party & Silent Auction

A cocktail event, party and silent auction with wine/ beer/cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. Proceeds benefit MakeA-Wish Middle Tennessee. Adults. aVenue, 120 Third Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $75; middletennessee.wish. org.

Sat 13 An Art Deco Affair (Registration Required) Celebrate the glamour and luxury of the Jazz Age with cocktails, hors d’ouevres, live music and a stroll through the galleries to view the current exhibits. Adults. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $50 members, $75 nonmembers; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

FREE Birds Eat Tomatoes? (Registration Required) Take a look at all the things birds eat and discuss why and how they are attracted to various foods, including tomatoes! All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 9 10 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Bootlegger’s Bash (Registration Required) Inspired by Williamson County’s history of bootlegging, this event features a whiskey tasting, Southern supper, live music and more. Ages 21 and older. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $50 individuals, $90 per couple; battleoffranklintrust.com.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Archery (Registration Required)

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Learn the basics of archery including safety, gear and general principles. Bring your own equipment or use the center’s. Ages 5 and older. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Big Band Dance

Take an introductory foxtrot lesson, then dance the night away with live music by The Paul Ross Orchestra. 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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and a kids’ yoga class with Habitat Yoga (mats provided). Ages 3 and older. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 9 - 10 a.m.; $10; 615207-9426 or habitatyoga. com/events/2016/7/16/ centennial-park-pop-ups.

FISH Family Day

Radio station 94 FM The FISH presents this day of familyfriendly activities including live music throughout the day, a special concert with Jonny Diaz and other entertainment. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 8 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.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Harvest Party

Enjoy a day of food, wine tastings and a concert by Kix Brooks at 6 p.m. Proceeds from food/drink sales benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 615-395-0102 or arringtonvineyards.com.

FREE HEART Back-toSchool Picnic Homeschool families and those considering homeschooling can learn about the Home Education Association of Rutherford Tennessee (HEART), meet other families, connect with resources and more. Guests are asked to bring food and drinks to share. All ages. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.; rutherfordheart.com.

Jesus Christ Superstar See Friday, Aug. 12.

FREE Movie Night in the Fork

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Star Wars: A New Hope. All ages. Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615870-8870 or facebook.com/ leipers-fork-lawnchair-theatre184140084892/?fref=ts.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Musicians Corner An afternoon of music featuring the Lera Lynn, Jon McLaughlin, The Sisterhood and The Daybreaks. Children can enjoy lots of activities in the Kidsville area, too! All ages. Centennial Park,

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime FREE Chefs at the Market Series

Chef Kyle Patterson of Sinema and Chef “V” of The Hook present cooking demonstrations in the Grow Local Kitchen to please everyone from carnivores to pescatarians. All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; nashvillefarmersmarket.org.

FREE Cloth Diapering 101

Learn the basics of cloth diapering, including available products. All ages. USA Baby & Kids, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; 615-595-5565 or usababyandkids.com.

Family Fitness in the Park

This outdoor fitness offering includes a sculpt class for adults (bring your own mat)

The Nashville Children’s Theatre production of Goodnight Moon returns for its 2016 - 2017 season. See a sneak preview of the show along with the rest of this season’s lineup during the Open House on Saturday, Aug. 13. Register in advance as seating is limited.


things to do All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Sumner Crest Lawn Concert

Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs and blanket for an evening of ‘70s and ‘80s music by the Body & Soul Band. All ages. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 6:30 p.m.; 615-325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com.

The Legend of Pocahontas

See Friday, Aug. 12.

See a sensory-friendly screening of Pete’s Dragon at NCG Cinema in Gallatin on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The Little Mermaid See Saturday, Aug. 6.

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FREE Nashville Pet Expo

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

Bring your family pet and discover lots of petfriendly exhibitors and local rescue groups, see live demonstrations in obedience training and pet care, win prizes, enjoy talent and costume contests and more. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 800-977-3609 or nashvillepetexpo.com.

FREE NCT Open House & Season Sneak Peek (Registration Required)

Tours of the theater and fun activities begin at noon, followed by short excerpts of songs from all of the shows in the 2016-17 season starting at 2 p.m.: Afflicted: Daughters of Salem; Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook; Cinderella; Treasure Island; And in this Corner: Cassius Clay; and Goodnight Moon. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre,

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Perseids Meteor Shower

Head to the Cornelia Fort Trailhead to view one of the brightest annual meteor showers. Since it’s always darkest before dawn, that’s why the event is in the middle of the night. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 3:30 - 5 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Playtime at the Playhouses

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Puppets on the Porch See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Roller Derby

The Nashville Rollergirls host this roller derby double header featuring the Music City Brawl Stars vs Naptown Warning Belles followed by the Music City All Stars vs.

Naptown Tornado Sirens. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students, $7 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashvillerollergirls.com.

Second Saturday

An evening of planetarium shows including the full-dome “Chaos & Order,” “Skies Over Nashville,” and two laser shows: “The Other Side of Pink Floyd” and “Laser America.” All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.; $6 members, $8 nonmembers per show (“Skies” is $3 members, $6 nonmembers); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/saturday.

Sensory Friendly Movie: Pete’s Dragon

Enjoy a screening of Pete’s Dragon 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.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth See Thursday, Aug. 11.

FREE Silly Grandpa

Enjoy a morning of silly songs. All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; 9 & 10 a.m.; sillygrandpamusic. com.

FREE Smokin’ in McMinnville Barbecue Festival See Friday, Aug. 12.

Sounds Baseball

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

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the San Diego Chargers during this preseason game. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $45 - $285; 615-565-4200 or titansonline.com.

To Kill a Mockingbird See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Tomato Art Fest

Your whole family can enjoy this costume-friendly event celebrating all-things tomato. Festivities include children’s activities and contests, a parade, live music, a recipe contest, booths featuring local artisans and businesses, and more. New this year is a Theater Bug performance and corn hole tournament. All ages. East Nashville’s Five Points, 1106 Woodland St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; tomatoartfest.com.

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FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth Thursday, Aug. 11.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Reno Aces. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

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A local girl participates in the parade during the Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville. This year’s event happens Saturday, Aug. 13. FREE Vine, Tree and Shrub Hike (Registration Required) Hike the trails while learning about unique leaf, twig, bark and fruit characteristics of local trees, shrubs and vines. Adults. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Wetland Walk

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Williamson County Fair

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Sun 14 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.

Drake & Future

A night of rap music. Ages 14 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $49.50 $129.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Jesus Christ Superstar See Friday, Aug. 12.

Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting: A Conversation on Justice The defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the popular Netflix documentary talk about the case and its broader implications with a Q&A session to follow. Ages 14 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49.50 $95; 615-782-4040 or tpac. org.

Michael McDonald and America

A night of pop and rock music. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $75; 615-724-1600 or fontanel.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Nashville Pet Expo

See Saturday, Aug. 13.

Our AG Memories (Registration Required) Enjoy a meal, crafts, conversation and other activities. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $38; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retailstore/ nashville.

Second Annual Nolensville Kids Triathlon (Registration Required)

Kids in three specific ageappropriate groupings can compete in this swim/bike/ run competition where all participants will receive T-shirts and medals, and there will be prizes for each of the age group winners. Ages 5 - 15. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville

Mon 15 FREE Adoption 101

Learn about the process for domestic, interstate and international adoptions. Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-898-0803 or heavensentchildren.com.

Early Explorers

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Family Fun Time

A night of Grammy Award-winning flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop music. Concert presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $104; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

See Monday, Aug. 1.

The Legend of Pocahontas

Music Row Storytellers

See Friday, Aug. 12.

To Avenge Fort Mims: Tennessee and the Creek War

Explore the events that transformed a small internal war within the Creek Nation into one that altered the course of history and set Andrew Jackson on a path to the presidency. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($20 adults, $15 students, $10 children); 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

To Kill a Mockingbird See Friday, Aug. 5.

Zumba Party

Wear something blue and participate in an afternoon of Zumba dancing with local instructors during this benefit for the Nashville chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $10; 615-859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

FREE Mother Goose Moments See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Monday, Aug. 1.

Country music journalist Hazel Smith is the inaugural subject of the Storytellers series. Hear her share tales of her career along with surprise guests. All ages. Well Placed Smile, 907 Gleaves St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $100; 615-9452230 or eventbrite.com.

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

Sounds Baseball

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

SPARK!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Monday, Aug. 1.

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things to do FREE Titans Training Camp

Get into the spirit of the upcoming football season by attending the Tennessee Titans Training Camp. This is the only time of the year that you and the kids can watch the Titans practice. Dress appropriately as seating and shade is limited. All ages. Saint Thomas Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 6:55 - 9 p.m.; 615-565-4000 or titansonline.com.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 8.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Monday, Aug. 1

Tue 16 FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Guy Clark Celebration

This musical tribute features Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and others. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $49.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Playtime at the Playhouses

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Sounds Baseball

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

SPARK!

mixes to eat on the back porch while watching nearby hummingbirds at their feeders. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6 7 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Dixie Chicks

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

A night of country/pop music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $73.50 $144.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

FREE Get Out and Learn!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 8.

Water Aerobics for Kids See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Williamson Toddler Time See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Wed 17 Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Bellevue Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Introductory hockey training for boys and girls. No prior hockey/skating experience required. Equipment provided. Wednesdays, Aug. 17 - Sept. 7. Ages 9 - 12. Ford Ice Center, 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

Homeschool Creativity Class

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

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Little Labs

Preschoolers and parents can explore simple robots, their functions and how they differ from humans. The outing includes lab activities, a science craft, movement activity and storytime. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $3 members, $5 non-members per child in addition to regular admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12); 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/littlelabs.

FREE Music City Crits Bike Race See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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.

Sounds Baseball

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

Steven Tyler

A night of rock and country music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $65 - $165; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Children’s Theater Audition

Try out for Perform Murfreesboro’s Harriet the Spy (the production runs Nov. 4 - 6). Ages 9 - 15. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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Grab fresh fruit/herbs at the East Nashville Farmers’ Market to make creative

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things to do Passenger and Jenny Lewis. All ages. Public Square Park, 10 Public Sq., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; liveonthegreen. net.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

A night of music fusing country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues. Concert presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $129; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Meet the Author (Registration Required)

Experience the fast-paced action of Professional Bull Riders at Bridgestone Arena, Aug. 19 - 20. FREE Team Green Nutrition Workshop

Learn to make healthy eating a fun, everyday part of your family’s life. Today’s topic is detox superfoods. All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 6 p.m.; nashvillefarmersmarket.org.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 8.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Yacht Rock Revival

Enjoy the hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s with Yacht Rock Revue, Ambrosia, Player, Robbie Dupress and Matthew Wilder. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $54; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Youth Yoga

Learn yoga poses and techniques. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.; $4; 615786-0200, ext. 2418, or wcparksandrec.com.

Thu 18 Black Music Honors: Celebrate the Soul

Malcolm-Jamal Warner hosts this TV taping honoring legendary black icons who’ve made significant contributions to American music like Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Shirley Caesar, Dionne Warwick and others. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $27.50 - $177.50; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Dawn and Dusk: Birch Reserve Hike Part II (Registration Required) Experience the sights and sounds of the crepuscular

and nocturnal animals you’ll encounter on this night hike. Ages 8 and older. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Full Moon Hike (Registration Required) Enjoy a quiet walk in the woods along the Cumberland River followed by ice cream on the back porch of the nature center. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Hendersonville Summer Concert Series See Thursday, Aug. 4.

Cara Mangini, author of Vegetable Butcher, signs copies of her book during a reception after presenting demonstrations of several items in her book. All ages. Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville; 4 - 6 p.m.; $35 (includes a copy of the book); greendoorgourmet.com.

Mommy & Me Yoga See Thursday, Aug. 11.

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.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Aug. 4.

FREE Nature Play Day

Explore a theme and make a craft. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

Have fun getting wet and muddy at the Nature Play Area while building a fort, playing in the water, climbing, crawling and more. Ages 1 and older with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Live on the Green Concert Series

FREE Parnassus Storytime

FREE Inspired by DIY Book Club

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See Thursday, Aug. 4.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class See Thursday, Aug. 4.

FREE Science Cafe

Participate in an informal discussion on current issues in science. Ages 13 and older. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/sciencecafe.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth

See Thursday, Aug. 11.

Sounds Baseball

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

Summer Night Hike (Registration Required) Bring a picnic for a night of naked-eye astronomy and learn about the calls of the wild that you hear at night. Ages 9 and older. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood; 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; $10; 615370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 11.

Urinetown the Musical

Aug. 18 - 28: Street Theatre Company presents this theatrical comedy that satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics. Ages 14 and older. Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students (Thursday is pay what you can); 615-554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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Fri 19 BounceU Parents’ Night Out (Registration Required) See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Children’s Theater Audition

Try out for Perform Murfreesboro’s Harriet the Spy (the production runs Nov. 4 - 6). Ages 9 - 15. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; membership is $25 per year; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles See Friday, Aug. 5.

Friday Family Fun Night

Enjoy a reduced rate with three water park attractions open: lazy river, wave pool and Kowabunga Beach. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $10.99; 615-8897050 or nashvilleshores.com.

FREE Full Moon Morning Hike (Registration Required) A morning moon gaze at dawn. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6 7 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Enjoy bluegrass music under the light of the full moon. All ages. Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., 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.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In See Friday, Aug. 5.

Jesus Christ Superstar See Friday, Aug. 12.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

LPG Parents’ Night Out (Registration Required)

Mom and Dad can enjoy an evening to themselves while the kids have fun with open play and sports skills challenges, pizza and a screening of the movie Sandlot (PG); bring blankets or sleeping bags to watch from the turf. Limited to 24 kids. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 day

of ($5 for pizza); 615-8917028 or lpgsportsacademy. com.

FREE Movie Night in the Fork

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. All ages. Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-8708870 or facebook.com/ leipers-fork-lawnchair-theatre184140084892/?fref=ts.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Night Market

An evening of live bluegrass music, food, market house merchants, shopping the farm and craft sheds, and more. All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 5 - 8 p.m.; nashvillefarmersmarket.org.

Parent and Me Drum Circle See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Professional Bull Riders

Experience the excitement of cowboys competing as they ride bucking bulls. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:50 p.m.; $21.75 $382; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Quilts in the Boro

This sixth annual show features vintage quilt exhibits along with hands-on workshops, shopping for handmade items and more. All ages. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger; quiltingbees. org/pages/quiltsinthe boro2016/aspx.

Have fun running through walls of colorful suds during the Bubble Run 5K at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 20.

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Science a la Cart See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth See Thursday, Aug. 11.

FREE Snuggle Bug Club

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Sounds Baseball

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

FREE Storytime and Messy Art

See Friday, Aug. 5.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

A night of rock music by the world’s biggest Pink Floyd tribute band, now in its 26th year. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $55; 615-7241600 or fontanel.com.

The Legend of Pocahontas

See Friday, Aug. 12.

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.

To Kill a Mockingbird See Friday, Aug. 5.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Aug. 5.

Tot Time

See Monday, Aug. 8.

Urinetown the Musical See Thursday, Aug. 18.

this year, including a Tea Cup ride for little kids, live music, animal shows, lots of competitions, food and more. New this year are the Circle C Racing Pigs and Doodles the Clown. All ages. Wilson County Fairgrounds, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Mon - Fri 5 p.m., Sat 10 am., Sun 12 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger (season tickets are $33); 615-443-2626 or wilsoncountyfair.net.

Sat 20 FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Big Band Dance

Take an introductory waltz lesson, then dance the night away with live music by The Establishment. All ages. Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; 615862-8440 or nashville.gov/ parks.

Bill Maher

The host of HBO’s Real Time presents his political comedy stand-up show. Ages 16 and older. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $59.50 - $95; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

Bluebird on the Mountain

Enjoy a night of lcoal 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.

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things to do BounceU Murfreesboro Parents’ Night Out (Registration Required) Mom and Dad can enjoy a night out while their kids enjoy games, music, snacks and bouncing on inflatables. Ages 3 - 12 (must be bathroom independent). BounceU Murfreesboro, 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $18.95 ($15.95 siblings); 615-893-8386 or bounceu.com/murfreesboro-tn.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Bubble Run

Participate in this 5K that features colored foam along the course. Proceeds benefit Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $50; bubblerun.com.

Bugs, Biomes & Badges Girl Scout Camp Out (Registration Required) Brownies and Juniors can experience a wild overnight experience at the zoo with a variety of activities. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; $35 for scouts and adults; 615-8331534 or nashvillezoo.org.

FREE Compassionate Parents

Learn and practice skills to make communication easier, more successful and more fun for you and your kids. Parents only. LEAP Plaza (Room 108), 1860 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., Clarksville; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 310-801-6859 or nvcnashville.org.

FREE Depot District Barbecue Festival

Enjoy a night of barbecue food vendors, live music and family activities. All ages. Smyrna Train Depot, 98 Front

St., Smyrna; 6 - 9 p.m.; 615459-9773 or townofsmyrna. org.

FREE Discover India Day

Learn about ancient and modern India through a variety of hands-on activities. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-8902300 or explorethedc.org.

Family Fitness in the Park

This outdoor fitness offering includes a sculpt class for adults (bring your own mat) and a kids’ yoga class with Habitat Yoga (mats provided). Ages 3 and older. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 9 - 10 a.m.; $10; 615207-9426 or habitatyoga. com/events/2016/7/16/ centennial-park-pop-ups.

Full Moon Zip Tour (Registration Required)

Experience a zip line excursion across nine lines in the woods under the light of the full moon. Ages 6 and older. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; 8, 8:15 & 8:30 p.m.; $65; 615-2972250 or adventureworks.com.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Hallowed Ground Lantern Tour (Registration Required) Walk through the cemetery by lantern light while hearing the stories of soldiers and civilians about the terrible cost of the Civil War. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

Henry Cho

Enjoy an afternoon of clean, family-friendly stand-up comedy. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 4:30 p.m.; $26 - $36; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Kids can get decorative henna art on their skin during Discover India Day at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring on Saturday, Aug. 20. FREE Honey Bee Festival

See beekeeper demonstrations, taste raw honey samples, experience educational talks and programs, and take a guided tour of the Bee Sanctuary (a $5 fee applies for the tour). All ages. Glen Leven Farm, 3906 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-2985549 or landtrusttn.org/ beefestival.

Jesus Christ Superstar See Friday, Aug. 12.

Kids Cooking Class: Foods of Japan (Registration Required) Learn to make spring rolls with sweet chili dipping sauce, sushi rice, shrimp tempura rolls, California rolls, chicken teriyaki and sweet Jasmine tea. Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

Little Labs

Preschoolers and parents can explore simple robots, their functions and how they differ from humans. The outing includes lab activities, a science craft, movement activity and storytime. Ages

3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $3 members, $5 non-members per child in addition to regular admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12); 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/littlelabs.

FREE Live, Love, Latch! Potluck Brunch & Family Fun Day

Join La Leche League of Sumner County for this breastfeeding awareness day that also includes car seat safety demonstrations, nursing portraits, cloth diaper and carrier demonstrations, bounce houses for kids, door prizes, an auction and more. Bring a dish to share. The first 50 families will receive a swag bag. All ages. Municipal Park, Municipal Park Drive, Gallatin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-745-1282 or fb.com/ lllofportland.

FREE Meet the Banjo (Registration Required) Learn facts about this uniquely American stringed instrument. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 2 - 3 p.m.; 615-895-8580 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Movie Night in the Fork

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. All ages. Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-8708870 or facebook.com/ leipers-fork-lawnchair-theatre184140084892/?fref=ts.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Murph’s Fun Run

Run, walk or hop one mile and help Murfreesboro City Schools. Every finisher receives a medal; souvenir shirts are available for purchase. All ages. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; admission is a new school supply; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Aug. 5.

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things to do FREE Musicians Corner

An afternoon of music featuring Holly Williams, Tony Lucca, Christian Lopez Band and Mocha. Children can enjoy lots of activities in the Kidsville area, too! All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

One Year to Total Solar Eclipse

Nashville will be witness to a celestial phenomenon on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 — a total solar eclipse! Today, you can enjoy a day of activities related to eclipses and eclipse safety. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/oneyear.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Playtime at the Playhouses

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Professional Bull Riders

Experience the excitement of cowboys competing as they ride bucking bulls. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:50 p.m.; $21.75 $382; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Quilts in the Boro

This sixth annual show features vintage quilt exhibits along with hands-on workshops, shopping for handmade items and more. All ages. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger; quiltingbees. org/pages/quiltsinthe boro2016/aspx.

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Riverbend Kids Club

Make a mini bird bath. All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5; 615-468-2008 or riverbendnurseries.com.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents the Bard’s zany play with a 1960s Nashville twist, incorporating original music by David Olney, Lari White, Stan Lawrence and Jack Kingsley. All ages. Centennial Park Band Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; free, but there is a suggested $10 donation; nashvilleshakes.org.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Summer Laser Shows Enjoy two 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.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Sweet Corn Fun Festival

Enjoy a day of corn-themed contests with prizes, munch on fresh-roasted sweet corn on the cob dripping with butter and seasonings, cool off in the Splash Zone, pet farm animals and explore more than 70 activities. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 children; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

Local kids pose during a Kids’ Cooking Class at The Curious Kitchen in Murfreesboro. On Saturday, Aug. 20, ages 6 - 15 can learn to make Japanese cuisine. The Legend of Pocahontas

See Friday, Aug. 12.

The Little Mermaid See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Carolina Panthers during this preseason game. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 2 p.m.; $45 - $285; 615-565-4200 or titansonline.com. To Kill a Mockingbird See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Tomato Time (Registration Required) Embrace all-things-tomato during this celebration of a fruit that’s often considered a veggie. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Umphrey’s McGhee

A night of progressive rock music. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $30; ascendamphitheater.com.

Urinetown the Musical See Thursday, Aug. 18.

Wetland Walk

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Wild Arts Day

Enjoy student art, professional art, animal art, puppet shows, an art scavenger hunt walking trail, wild animals, crafts, live music and more. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Wilson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 19

Sun 21 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.

Children’s Nutcracker Auditions

Local kids can bring a 4x6 full

body photo and try out for a role in Nashville Ballet’s 2016 production of Nashville’s Nutcracker. Boys ages 7 - 11 audition from 11:30 a.m. 12 p.m.; girls ages 7 - 9 from 12 - 1 p.m.; girls ages 10 - 11 from 1 - 2 p.m. Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville; $10; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com/youthcast.

Entertainment on the Frontier

Explore the ways the ScottishAmerican Jackson Family and the enslaved African-American community entertained themselves with 19th century games, stories and music. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($20 adults, $15 students, $10 children); 615889-2941 or thehermitage. com.

Fifth Harmony

A night of pop and R&B music with special guest Jake Miller. All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $79.95; 615-7241600 or fontanel.com.


things to do Fins & Feet Aquathlon (Registration Required) Kids can swim and run different distances based on their age division: 6 8, 9 - 11 and 12 - 14. Indoor Sports Complex, 920 Heritage Way, Brentwood; 7:30 a.m.; $30; wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Jazz on the Cumberland

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

Jesus Christ Superstar See Friday, April 12.

FREE Minecraft Club (Registration Required) The library’s newest teen club, bring your laptop and get ready to build. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FREE Music in the Vines

FREE Vintage Baseball at Sam Davis The Stewart’s Creek Scouts challenge the Nashville Maroons at noon followed by the Travellers Club of Brentwood vs Phoenix of East Nashville at 2:30 p.m. during this 1860s-style ball game double header. All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Wilson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 19.

Mon 22 Early Explorers

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Family Fun Time See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Mother Goose Moments See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Friday, Aug. 5.

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors

FREE Music Monday with Mr. Steve

See Saturday, Aug. 20.

The Legend of Pocahontas

See Friday, Aug. 12.

Toto

A night of rock music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $75; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

Urinetown the Musical See Thursday, Aug. 18.

FREE Vintage Baseball at Carnton

The Highland Rim Distillers challenge the Franklin Farriers. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required)

Playtime at the Playhouses

FREE Williamson Toddler Time

Wilson County Fair

FREE RiverGate Storytime

Wilson County Fair

See Monday, Aug. 1.

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See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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

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Tue 23 FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Water Aerobics for Kids

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Preschool music teacher and host of Lightning 100’s “Early Birds with Mr. Steve” Mr. Steve the Music Man presents an interactive music and dance program for kids. Ages 1 - 7. Brilliant Sky, 1705 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 615-309-0557 or brilliantskytoys.com.

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

See Friday, Aug. 19.

Wed 24 Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Bellevue Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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.

Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK: The First Flight Aug. 24 - 28: Inspired by James Cameron’s movie Avatar, this multimedia show featuring colorful costumes, acrobats and other visual delights envisions a world thousands of years before the events depicted in the movie. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 4 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 5 p.m.; $37.05 $119.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Citizen Science: Hummingbird Research & Observation (Registration Required)

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

SPARK!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

Learn about the area’s hummingbird populations through bird banding. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 4 - 6 p.m.; 615352-6299 or nashville.gov/ parks.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Monday, Aug. 1.

A local boy runs in the Fins & Feet Aquathlon at The Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood. This year’s event is Sunday, Aug. 21, and registration’s required.

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things to do FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Wilson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 19.

Youth Yoga

Learn yoga poses and techniques. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.; $4; 615786-0200, ext. 2418, or wcparksandrec.com.

Thu 25 FREE Babies Music Together Trial Class (Registration Required)

Experience the Avatar-inspired Cirque du Soleil show, TORUK: The First Flight, at Bridgstone Arena, Aug. 24 - 28. FREE Color Me Happy: Coloring on the Back Porch (Registration Required)

Embrace the benefits of sitting down with paper, crayons and the time to finish a coloring sheet. All materials and light snacks provided. Ages 21 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6 8 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Homeschool Creativity Class

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

Homeschool Day (Registration Required) Homeschool families can enjoy special activities

including garden lessons, exhibit tours, craft projects and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free for students, early bird adults are $12 by Aug. 8, $14 thereafter; 615-3568000 or cheekwood.org.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Aug. 24 - Sept. 3: Enjoy a variety of Tennessee Walking Horse competitions and shows. All ages. Calsonic Arena, 1110 N. Evans St., Shelbyville; 9 a.m.; $7 $20; 931-684-5915 or twhnc.com.

FREE Music City Crits Bike Race

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Parents and infants can experience a program promoting bonding through music and rhythmic movement. Ages 6 weeks - 7 months. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668-A Central Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m.; inharmonymusicmidtn. com.

Bucking for Babies

An evening of mechanical bull riding, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and more. Proceeds benefit Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee. Ages 21 and older. Tequila Cowboy, 305 Broadway, Nashville; 5:30 8:30 p.m.; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 615-3139989 or nfnf.ejoinmen.org/ buckingforbabiestn.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Engineering Total (Registration Required) This four-day workshop offers a method toward deep and lasting personal transformation using a system addressing all aspects of human wellbeing: from body, mind and emotion to the fundamental life energy within us. Hours are Thu - Fri 6:30 - 9:45 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ages 15 and older. The Grand Lodge of Tennessee, 100 Seventh Ave. S., Nashville; $285; 615-348-7991 or innerengineering.com/ieonew/total/#.

FREE Hendersonville Summer Concert Series See Thursday, Aug. 4.

FREE Live on the Green Concert Series A night of music by The Record Company, Kurt Vile & The Violators and Dawes. All ages. Public Square Park, 10 Public Sq., Nashville; 6:15 p.m.; liveonthegreen.net.

Mommy & Me Yoga See Thursday, Aug. 11.

FREE Music Together Try-Out Class (Registration Required) Experience an introductory parent/tot Music Together session that includes music, movement and instrument play. Ages 6 months - 5 years. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668A Central Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m.; inharmonymusicmidtn. com.

Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK: The First Flight

Nature Nuts

FREE Doctor Who Club

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Enjoy all-things Doctor Who while making a craft and enjoying snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

See Thursday, Aug. 11.

See Thursday, Aug. 11.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class See Thursday, Aug. 11.

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things to do FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

Ages 5 - 12. LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 day of ($5 for pizza); 615-8917028 or lpgsportsacademy. com.

Urinetown the Musical

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

See Thursday, Aug. 11.

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime

Family Program: Beginner Mandolin Workshop

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Learn the basics of playing mandolin including chords and strumming techniques. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 & 1:45 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 Brilliant Sky Storytime

Friday Family Fun Night

Wilson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 19.

Fri 26 BounceU Parents’ Night Out (Registration Required)

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK: The First Flight See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Dodgeball Night (Registration Required) Enjoy a night of dodgeball games, pizza/snacks and a screening of the movie Zathura (PG); bring blankets/ sleeping bags to watch from the turf. Limited to 24 kids.

Enjoy a reduced rate with three water park attractions open: lazy river, wave pool and Kowabunga Beach. All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $10.99; 615-8897050 or nashvilleshores.com.

Frist Friday

Rhett Miller performs and evening of alternative-country music. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919

Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; free with gate ($12 adults, free ages 18 and younger); 615-244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

Awakens. All ages. Leipers Fork Lawnchair Theater, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; 615-8708870 or facebook.com/ leipers-fork-lawnchair-theatre184140084892/?fref=ts.

Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615-585-9683 or sillygrandpamusic.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

Songwriters Under the Stars

See Friday, Aug. 5.

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See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Experience an introductory parent/tot Music Together session that includes music, movement and instrument play. Ages 6 months - 5 years. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668A Central Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m.; inharmonymusicmidtn. com.

Backed by the Music City Symphony, songwriters Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Chris DeStefano perform their chart-topping hits written for Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and others. Plus, Emily West of America’s Got Talent fame, opens the night with her debut symphony show. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Melody’s Summer Block Party

FREE Nashville Flea Market

FREE Storytime and Messy Art

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Jesus Christ Superstar See Friday, Aug. 12.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

FREE Music Together Try-Out Class (Registration Required)

Celebrate the arrival of American Girl Melody Ellison with at ‘60s-themed block party with music, crafts and more. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 4 p.m.; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retailstore/ nashville.

Find treasures among 2,000 booths with this month’s market theme, “Americana Cool.” All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-8625016 or thefairgrounds.com.

FREE Movie Night in the Fork

Scholastic Chess Club (Registration Required)

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force

Parent and Me Drum Circle See Friday, Aug. 5.

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

Science a la Cart See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth See Thursday, Aug. 11.

FREE Silly Songs for Silly Kids Brett James, writer of Carrie Underwood’s hit, “Jesus Take the Wheel,” performs with friends during Songwriters Under the Stars at Cheekwood, Aug. 26 - 27.

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FREE Snuggle Bug Club

Silly Grandpa entertains kids with songs and stories. Ages 10 and younger. Nashville

See Friday, Aug. 5.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The Legend of Pocahontas

See Friday, Aug. 12.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Aug. 5.

Urinetown the Musical See Thursday, Aug. 18.

Wilson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 19.

Sat 27 FREE 17th Annual Grape Stomp

Kids and adults can have fun stomping grapes during a contest from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., then enjoy live music in the evening. Bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. All ages. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 2:30 -


things to do performers present an evening of Stephen Sondheim music from Broadway shows including Company, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and others. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood; 7 p.m.; $20 per person/$75 per carload of six; 615-3704672 or owlshill.org.

9:30 p.m.; 615-325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com.

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Ben Rector

A night of pop/rock music. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $45; ascendamphitheater. com.

FREE Music in the Vines

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

See Friday, Aug. 5.

FREE Musicians Corner

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Big Band Dance

Take an introductory swing lesson, then dance the night away 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.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK: The First Flight See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

FREE Community Yard Sale

Shop for treasures at more than 50 booths. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Cornelia Fort Picking Party

This family-friendly bluegrass music series features The Howlin’ Brothers with Bill and the Belles along with local food trucks, craft beer and plenty of space for kids to run around. All ages. Cornelia Fort Airpark, 1093 Shadow Lane, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.;

See what’s all a flutter during the Hummingbird Celebration at Warner Park Nature Center on Saturday, Aug. 27. Registration’s required. $12 in advance/$15 at the gate adults, $5 ages 12 - 20, free ages 11 and younger; friendsofshelby.org.

Dog Days of Summer

Celebrate National Dog Day with special activities related to man’s best friend, and visit the Pet Community Center mobile pet clinic to learn more about its services. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/dogdays.

FREE Family Food & Film Nite

Have fun watching Inside Out from your car (like a drive-in movie), or bring chairs for lawn seating. Food trucks will serve dinner, popcorn and sweet treats. All ages. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 7 - 10 p.m.; 615302-0971, ext. 2214, or wcparksandrec.com.

Grand Ole Opry

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop at RiverGate

The whole family can participate in this handson workshop where you’ll build something fun together. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergatemall.com.

FREE Hummingbird Celebration (Registration Required) Bid farewell to tiny birds as they migrate south through games, crafts, puppet shows and more. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

It’s Just a 10K

There’s a 1.5-hour time limit for this 10K on a certified flat and fast course. Strollers and leashed dogs allowed. All ages. Nissan Stadium (South Second Street Side), 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7 a.m.; $40 in advance, $45 race day; whatdoyourunfor.com.

Jesus Christ Superstar See Friday, Aug. 12.

FREE Melody’s Summer Block Party

Celebrate the arrival of American Girl Melody Ellison with at ‘60s-themed block party with music, crafts and more. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 10 a.m.; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retailstore/ nashville.

Mighty Tikes Triathlon (Registration Required) Pint-sized athletes can run, bike and get wet during this mini triathlon. Participants must bring a bike (16 inches or less) or a tricycle and helmet. Everyone receives a medal and T-shirt. Event code is 7229. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 7:30 a.m.; $10; wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Music in the Meadow (Registration Required) Some of Nashville’s theatrical

An afternoon of music featuring Ruby Amanfu, Robbie Fulks, The Bundys and others. Children can enjoy lots of activities in the Kidsville area, too! All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

Find treasures among 2,000 booths with this month’s market theme, “Americana Cool.” All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 615-8625016 or thefairgrounds.com.

FREE Nashville Japanese Film Festival Enjoy a day of anime films with Japanese with English subtitles. Ages 10 and older. Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; nashvillejapanesefilmfestival. org.

FREE Our RubyThroated Hummingbirds (Registration Required) Unlock the mysteries of hummingbirds through a Q&A session. Ages 8 and older. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

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things to do FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Play Day: Kids’ Expo

This one-stop shop showcases local vendors from doctors and dentists to places to eat and play. Activities for kids include Laser Tag, a rockclimbing wall, a Lowe’s Home Improvement Build & Grow hands-on clinic and more. All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-758-6522 or mjparksandrec.org.

Playtime at the Playhouses

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Princess Tea Party

Dress up in your favorite princess gown and meet princesses and other

characters, then enjoy “tea” and cookies, nail and face painting, karaoke, photo ops with various fairy tale backdrops and more. Ages 10 and younger. Page High School Theater, 6281 Arno Road, Franklin; 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 per child, free for parents; 615-472-4731 or wcs.edu/phs.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Silly Songs for Silly Kids

Speedway Racing

See Saturday, Aug. 20.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

Silly Grandpa entertains kids with songs and stories. Ages 10 and younger. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615-585-9683 or sillygrandpamusic.com.

School of Rock

Songwriters Under the Stars

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Participate in fun craft projects while learning about different aspects of geology. Ages 8 - 12. Earth Experience: The Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History, 816 Old Salem Road, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (last group starts at 3 p.m.); $10; 615-605-1417 or theearthexperience.org.

Backed by the Music City Symphony, songwriters Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Chris DeStefano perform their chart-topping hits written for Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and others. Plus, Emily West of America’s Got Talent fame, opens the night with her debut symphony show.

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Williamson Parent’s Back-to-School Fair Saturday, Aug. 27

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his fun, family event helps you get your kids in the groove for another year of learning as you discover after-school enrichment programs (including music, dance, tutoring, sports and others) and educational resources, and see live performances by local arts schools. There will be giveaways throughout the day, and new this year is an inaugural Spelling Bee for kids in grades 3, 4 and 5. It starts at 1 p.m., and the winning child in each grade level will win $100 in cash! Contestants will be selected through a random drawing on our website. To enter, go to nashvilleparent.com and click on “Spelling Bee” under the “Contests” tab. Register for the bee by noon on Monday, Aug. 15. The Back-to-School Fair takes place at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more at 615-256-2158 or nashvilleparent.com.

Experience the thrill of an auto race featuring more than 500 laps. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 615-254-1986 or fairgroundsspeedwaynashville. com.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

Summer Laser Shows See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Aug. 6.

FREE Sunset Fest

Enjoy an evening of family fun with live musical performances by Vintage Mandolin Trio, Annie Sellick & Pat Bergeson, and the Stan Lassiter Trio. There are also art exhibits, wine and beer tastings, children’s activities and more. All ages. Monthaven Mansion, 1017 Antebellum Cir., Hendersonville; 5:30 p.m.; 615-822-0789 or hendersonvillearts.org.

T. Graham Brown

A night of country music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $30 - $40; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The Legend of Pocahontas

See Friday, Aug. 12.

TPAC Gala

Start with signature cocktails and a silent auction, followed by fine dining and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit TPAC’s educational, cultural and outreach initiatives. Adults. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $450; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

Trash to Treasure (Registration Required) Create works of art from junk for judging and prizes. Ages 7 - 15. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11:30 a.m.; $3; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Urinetown the Musical

See Thursday, Aug. 18.

Wetland Walk

See Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Local kids audition for Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker. This year’s auditions take place Sundays, Aug. 21 and 28 at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet in Sylvan Park. FREE WILDflower Power (Registration Required)

Embark on a hike to view summertime wildflowers. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Wilson County Fair See Friday, Aug. 19.

Sun 28 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.

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Children’s Nutcracker Auditions

Local kids can bring a 4x6 full body photo and try out for a role in Nashville Ballet’s 2016 production of Nashville’s Nutcracker. Boys ages 7 - 11 audition from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; girls ages 7 - 9 are from 12 - 1 p.m.; girls 10 - 11 are from 1 - 2 p.m. Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville; $10; 615-2972966 or nashvilleballet.com/ youthcast.

Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK: The First Flight See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Horse Racing and Slavery

Learn the stories of The Hermitage’s horse trainers and jockeys who managed Jackson’s racing stables and helped build the plantation

you see today. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($20 adults, $15 students, $10 children); 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

Jesus Christ Superstar

Find treasures among 2,000 booths with this month’s market theme, “Americana Cool.” All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-8625016 or thefairgrounds.com.

FREE Melody’s Summer Block Party

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors

See Friday, Aug. 12.

Celebrate the arrival of American Girl Melody Ellison with at ‘60s-themed block party with music, crafts and more. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 12 p.m.; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retailstore/ nashville.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Aug. 5.

See Saturday, Aug. 20.

Sunset Concert Series Bring blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of southern rock and country blues music by the Chris Weaver Band. 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.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The King and I

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the film version of this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from 1956 starring Yul Brenner and Deborah Kerr. It tells the story of a British schoolteacher sent to Siam in 1862 as a teacher for the royal children. All ages. Regal Opry Mills, 570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 2 & 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents.com.

The Legend of Pocahontas

See Friday, Aug. 12.

Urinetown the Musical See Thursday, Aug. 18.


things to do FREE Vintage Baseball The Nashville Maroons challenge the Franklin Farriers during this 1860s-style ball game. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Mon 29 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.

Early Explorers

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Family Fun Time See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Mother Goose Moments See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Monday, Aug. 1.

Sounds Baseball

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

SPARK!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Monday, Aug. 1.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Monday, Aug. 1.

Tue 30 FREE Brentwood Library Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Grand Ole Opry See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Pinot with the President: Decorative Arts of the Mansion

Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

SPARK!

See Monday, Aug. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Water Aerobics for Kids

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Williamson Toddler Time See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Wed 31 Animal Antics

Experience a VIP tour of the mansion highlighting the decorative arts collection and conservation techniques, and you’ll also enjoy wine and hors d’ouevres in the formal garden. Adults. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $20 - $25; 615-8892941 or thehermitage.com.

Meet one of the center’s resident animals. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate Class (Registration Required)

FREE Brentwood Library Storytime

Designed for both recreational and competitive skaters, this eight-week class covers the fundamentals of basic skating skills. Ages 4 and older. Ford Ice Center, 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; Tue & Thu at 6 or 6:45 p.m.; $145; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. All ages. First

FREE Bellevue Preschool

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Homeschool & Family Science Lab

Discover how to build and probram LEGO Mindstorms robots capable of meeting challenges designed to promote 21st century teambuilding skills. 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.

Homeschool Creativity Class

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

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Music City Crits Bike Race See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

FREE Nashville Preschool Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

FREE Once Upon a Storytime See Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. All ages.

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

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

The King and I

See Monday, Aug. 29.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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

FREE Williamson Preschool Storytime See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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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.

Holly Tree Christian Preschool Summer Quest 1384 Holly Gap Road, Brentwood hollytreechildcare.com

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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. Camps run through Aug. 17.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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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.

YMCA Summer Adventure

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

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