Nashville Parent magazine September 2022

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Try Montessori at Home Together

Babies are hardwired to learn through their senses; here’s how to spark your child’s absorbent mind.

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Reading Joys!

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Spark a Curiosity for Learning

Ignite that gap between what your child understands and what he wants to find out. Curiosity is everything!

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Embrace Your Kid’s Weirdness

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nyone who claims not to eavesdrop on other people’s parenting is lying. Hearing a kid yell, “Don’t let her take me!” as they are being taken out of church is always funny when you are not the one doing the carrying. But I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon in parenting lately. It all started in a Walmart parking lot (as most great parenting stories do). A little boy was standing in the door of his mother’s SUV crying. The reason? Mom wouldn’t let him wear his Superman cape into the store. She looked frazzled as she tried to calm him down, remove the cape and wrestle him into the cart at the same time. She was also doing the furtive loud-whisper thing every parent does in a desperate attempt to not be overheard. “Everyone will think you’re weird,” I couldn’t help but hear her say. Now, I don’t know this woman’s story. I don’t know if she had already fought the Superman cape battle 10,000 times that day and had finally reached her limit. What I do know is it made me think of the times I’ve tried to stop my own kid from doing something out of embarrassment. My toddler is currently experiencing speech delay. He’s smart as a whip, just a little behind formulating words/sentences. His current obsession is ketchup and mustard — which means everything in the world that is red and yellow is either “ketchup and mustard” or “not ketchup and not mustard.” At first, it was hilarious and adorable. But eventually, it’s become more quirky than cute, more odd than adorable. As parents, it’s easy to let quirky behaviors worry us, but why? Why must we constantly feel the need to adjust or edit instead of just letting them be? One of the hallmarks of a great leader is their ability to not let others dictate their behavior. Yet we condition our kids from the time they’re young to let a perception of social norms and fear of what other people think dictate what they say, do, wear, think or feel. The truth, though, is that everybody has quirks. Everyone is “weird” in their own way. The idea that there’s some normative standard for interests, personalities, behaviors and habits is, frankly, a load of hogwash. How many people squelch their true passions because they don’t fit what society expects of them? How many people lose parts of themselves in the quest to “fit in” with some arbitrary crowd? What if we, as parents, encouraged our kids to stand out in a crowd, be different from their peers and fight for the underdog? What if we taught them to think independently, work out their differences on their own and lead with courage? We might have more kids wearing Superman capes in Walmart, but we’d also have more leaders, less followers and a better world as a whole. In other words, embrace your kid’s weirdness. You may just be surprised by where it takes them.

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FEEDBACK QUESTION: “My 6-year-old son really wants his ears pierced. What are your thoughts on it? If your son wanted his pierced, would you let him at this age?”

Pierced Ears for Little Boys? “I don’t think gender matters in this situation at all. That being said, my daughter got hers done at 8 and after they healed completely, somehow the back got imbedded inside her ear lobe, so it had to removed by a doctor, and they then had to close up. That’s rare, but infection and ripped lobes aren’t as rare, so I think it’s more about the maturity of the child and readiness to care for the piercing.” Devon Renee Spencer “If he plays sports, check the rules to make sure they allow jewelry. I know my son’s soccer team allowed no jewelry, period, and he can’t wear them in martial arts, either. He would need that six-to-eight weeks period where he has to leave them in. We personally wouldn’t allow it, but that’s for each family to determine what’s right for them and if their child — boy or girl — is mature enough to care for it.”

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properly. Most boys that age will mess with it with dirty hands and that can lead to infection. Maybe tell him that you need a year or two to see how responsible he is. Then you can re-visit if he still wants to.” Sharon McGinnis Stump “My son had his done this year at 8 years old. It wasn’t a decision we let him take lightly. I made him wait about five months before we did it. My only regret was doing it so close to soccer season and not realizing we would have to take it out every game. We just had the one ear done for now at Evil Twins (they have a piercing studio for kids). If he asked for his second, we’d do it in a heartbeat. The only kids that even asked about it wanted to know why he didn’t have both ears done.”

that. I suggest late middle or high school. It’s rare for younger children to understand a decision like creating a permanent hole in their ear and it will give you time to see if it’s really something they want or if it’s a phase. Ultimately, it’s your decision as it is your child.”

At 6, I believe they are capable of making a decision like this and if they don’t like it, they can just stop wearing them. If you go with yes, take them to a real piercer! Do not let them get pierced with a gun in the mall.”

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“My son too! I didn’t mind if he did, but we weighed out the pro and cons about it; far as if he changes his mind about the piercing a year later he has to deal with scar tissue and how sweat from his activities would affect the piercing and other things. He decided that going through all that versus looks isn’t worth it.”

“No way. You’re the parent.” Jane Mobley Parker “I think if you would let your 6year-old daughter do it, it should be the same for your 6-year-old son.” Lyndsey Pare “At this age, I would probably get a clip-on or magnetic earring in case he changes his mind. My 10 year old has a clip-on nose ring she occasionally wears.”

Courtney Wilson “Personally, I would wait until he’s older and better understand the care required to take care of a new piercing so he can handle

Nicole Case Sutton “Yes. My daughter is 3 and I won’t get hers done until she tells me she wants them done.

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David Smith “I wouldn’t leave the decision up to him. And personally, 6 is a little too young for that. But that’s just my opinion. Everyone parents differently.” Lacie Fish


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MONTESSORI WITH BABY Many families don’t become aware of Montessori until their kids are school-aged, but you can use the beneficial philosophy at home with your baby starting from birth.

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n her book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain (Dutton; 2015), author Dana Suskind shows the profound power of talking to infants from birth, sharing a methodology that makes parents their baby’s own neuro-developer. Ongoing engagement with your baby is the first healthy step towards a strong developmental outcome. According to unarguable research, the first three years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of development, so Suskind’s work plays right into the case for Montessori at home from the start since it requires a good deal of talking. Developed in the late 1800s by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, the Montessori method originally used educational approaches to help children with emotional and mental disabilities. Today, it is a widely accepted instructional system that aims to give any child more ownership of their learning and environment. “In traditional education, the teacher stands in the front and leads the class,” says Simone Davies, a Montessori teacher and author of The Montessori Toddler (Dutton; 2019). “In a child-led approach, we let them learn through play and their interests,” she adds. And learning how to do this with your child can begin as early on as INDEPENDENT infancy. BABY?

Here’s how to get started: 1. Create a development-centered nursery Montessori says that children 3 and younger have an “unconscious, absorbent mind.” As such, their environment becomes a part of who they are. Because of the enormous impact of a baby’s environment, you can design a room for them that isn’t just cute, but supports them developmentally, too. Montessori nurseries are orderly and aesthetically pleasing, Davies says.

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While we don’t generally think of babies as independent, there are ways that you can support their developing autonomy as they grow, and one of these is providing independent play time.

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They are calm, with plenty of open space and, ideally, natural light. The sleeping area and play area are done a little differently. Montessori families opt for a floor bed rather than a crib — this can be as simple as a low, firm mattress on the floor, although bed frames for floor beds are also available. This allows Baby to see the whole room, with an unobstructed view, and gives them the ability to get in and out of bed on their own once they start to crawl. A baby’s play space can simply be a rug or mat on the floor. A wall mirror can provide a mesmerizing touch since young children like to see their reflections. A black and white mobile is generally hung above Baby’s play area, progressing to different colors as Baby gets older. Montessori nurseries use sturdy low shelving to store baby’s toys so Baby can see them and eventually learn to crawl over and select a toy. Putting things within a child’s reach is one of the ways that Montessori encourages independence, from birth all the way through school. 2. Communicate thoughtfully Here’s where Suskind’s work related to talking a lot merges with Montessori. From birth, infants absorb language. The way you communicate with your infant can have a real impact on their language development, as well as how they perceive themselves. Here’s how to communicate using Montessori: • Tell Baby what you’re doing: Even if it seems too early for baby to understand you, tell them what you’re doing, such as when you’re about to change their diaper and talk about each step. Tell them they might be hungry and you’re going to see if they want some milk. We don’t know exactly when babies begin understanding what we’re saying, but your baby will feel the respect you’re showing them by including them in your actions. • Ask permission: With Montessori, always ask permission before picking up your baby. Approach baby from the front so that they can see you, rather than picking them up from behind. You might say, “May I pick you up to bring you to your bed?” If you ask questions and wait for a response, you may be surprised at how soon your baby will respond in some way. • Use real words and details: Using rich language with your baby from birth is a great gift to your child. This is the time when they are listening closely, absorbing all of the language around them, so use real words for things rather than simplified versions. There is much more to incorporating Montessori at home with your baby — or toddler — including allowing freedom of movement and supporting independent play. Read more online at nashvilleparent.com by searching “Montessori for Babies,” and discover the methodology that hundreds of thousands of parents around the world swear by for their children. Charlotte Wershan is a freelance writer who raised her three kids using Montessori.

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ecoming a reader doesn’t start in kindergarten — it starts before your baby is born. When friends and family ask what you need, ask them for books, including a reliable guide to children’s literature that you can use to gain insight throughout your baby’s childhood. Some books to consider are librarian Kathleen Odean’s volumes, Great Books For Boys; Great Books For Girls; and Great Books About Things Kids Love, all published by Ballantine. Another classic guide for families nurturing readers is The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Penguin/ Putnam), which not only lists titles for every age group and every occasion, but gives good advice on how to emphasize reading within the family. We all know that reading with toddlers changes dramatically when parents introduce iPads and other devices. Suddenly your agreeable tot wants only that and snuggling up on Mom’s or Dad’s lap for a story becomes secondary. Reading growth becomes hindered here. That’s why parents are scooping up screen-free readers for the pintsized set. Not only do they tune up a young child’s listening skills, but these cute, pre-loaded devices help to turn technology into a friend. With screen-free readers, you can load up stories or use the ones that are already preloaded. But don’t introduce the reader right away. Keep working with reading to your little one as long as you can.

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With babies and toddlers, look for titles that emphasize simple concepts like colors, enjoy seeing photographs of other babies.

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shapes and mimicking expressions on the babies’ faces. Show your child how to turn the pages and do it together. Use words like gentle, soft and slow to describe turning pages. It doesn’t matter if your board book reading sessions last only a minute or so. Integrating reading with singing and expression can help reading preparation by exposing your child to words and sounds. Finally, sign your child up for a library card and use it regularly. All libraries have rich collections of books for children of all ages, including babies. Ask library staff for suggestions and advice. Make story hours a part of your regular routine. Our local libraries host special storytimes, puppet shows and more where things are kept short, sweet and busy — perfect for babies and toddlers! Introduce a Screen-Free Reader Once you have put down a foundation of reading joy for your child, you can safely

Designed for kids 3 - 12, Yoto works with content cards: these include songs, podcasts, phonics cards (for remote learning and revision), and mindfulness. Authors include Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, Jeff Kinney, and many more.

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quickly opt to play games only. Screen-free readers provide relief from the constant staring and they tune-up your child’s listening ability, too. There are many screen-free readers on the market today, but don’t rely on them solely. Keep inspiring your child to read hard-copy books, read yourself and talk about what you’re reading and also ask Have fun with it and make reading part of the natural culture in your home and it won’t be such a chore to get your kids to read! Susan Day is editor of this magazine, an avid reader and a mom of four.

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atching students pick out their very own book to keep is one of educator Atlee Tyree’s favorite parts of the year. Many students don’t have access to books at home, and they eagerly select one for a sibling rather than themselves since it is such a special experience when Book ‘Em visits Haywood Elementary School. When students realize they can pick out their own book, it becomes a prized possession. “Just because our students have limited resources and live in poverty doesn’t mean they deserve any less quality — and I think that means they deserve better quality — and Book ‘Em provides that,” says Tyree, Community Achieves site manager at Haywood Elementary School. The nonprofit has helped thousands of children in Middle Tennessee gain access to the joy of reading since starting in 1989. Book ‘Em aims to create a more literate Nashville by igniting children’s passion for reading through book ownership. Enthusiastic volunteers help it achieve this goal, working with 18,000 children each year. Book ‘Em provides thousands of books to students at Haywood Elementary School, and gives students the dignity of choosing from a wide variety of options, Tyree says. Kelley Bryant was an elementary school teacher before working at Book ‘Em, and saw firsthand how important reading is for students. “I was able to see the struggles students have, whether it’s with learning to read or not having access to books,” she says. Book ‘Em is able to positively impact students through five programs, the largest of which is Reading is Fundamental. Volunteers bring books to students in 16 Title I Metro schools and read to them, providing five books a year to every student. Access to books is critical for young students because two-thirds of third graders are not reading at grade level in Middle Tennessee, says Jocelyn Kirk, reading programs coordinator. “Third grade is a really important year because that’s the flip from learning to read to reading to learn,” she says. Middle Tennessee has a lot of low-income families and children without books. That’s why Book ‘Em matters. Usually Book ‘Em has 7,000 to 10,000 books on hand, but after the pandemic hit it dwindled to a few hundred. Fortunately, local bookstore Parnassus stepped in to help Book ‘Em and donated 75,000 books to the nonprofit. Go to bookem-kids.org to make a donation, to learn how to become a volunteer reader in schools and more.


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Love to Learn

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by Susan Day

Spark Your Kid’s Curiosity why does it matter?

BEGIN with the assumption that all children are curious.

Studies show that curiosity makes your child’s brain more receptive to learning. When assisting with homework or any of your kids’ endeavors, always dig deeper to find what’s interesting in it for them.

PROVIDE environments where kids feel they can ask questions and receive support to guide their exploration.

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uriosity may have killed the cat, but it probably fired the little feline up first! And in there lies an important parenting dichotomy: curiosity may be what’s most important to inspire a love of learning in your kids, but safety boundaries matter, too. But once you have those safety parameters in place, curiosity can be the driving force that sparks your child’s intellect to know more about practically anything. Successful students often show a rich depth of intellectual curiosity. Everyone is born with natural curiosity, but parents and teachers can strengthen it or squelch it in kids. Aim to build it up in your child, says author Paul Tough in his bestselling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character (Mariner Books; 2013). “What matters most in a child’s development is not how much information we can stuff into his brain in the first few years,” Tough says. “What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help him develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit

and self-confidence,” he adds. But where to begin? Here are Tough’s four reasons why curiosity is so important: 1. It makes a kid’s mind active instead of passive Curious kids ask questions and search for answers. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes the mind stronger and stronger. 2. It makes the mind observant of new ideas When kids are curious about something, their mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to the subject. When the ideas come, they recognize them. Without curiosity, the ideas may pass right past them. 3. It opens up new worlds and possibilities By being curious, your child will be able to see new worlds and possibilities that are normally not visible. Possibilities that are hidden behind the surface of normal life; it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface to discover more. (please turn the page)

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curiosity excited the cat! 4. It brings excitement into life The lives of the curious are never dull since there are always new things that attract attention and new toys to play with. Instead of being bored by life, life becomes an adventure. To be intellectually curious and interested in exploring the unknown is something that you can help to develop in your kids. It’s what drives children’s learning, Tough says. In fact, new research shows that the more curious children are, the better they do academically in reading and math once they enter school, hence the more they like to learn. Curiosity is characterized by the joy of discovery, and the motivation to seek answers to what is unknown. Jean Piaget (1896 - 1980), the Swiss psychologist who first studied understanding in children, recognized the importance of curiosity as a foundation for early learning, referring to children as “little scientists.” Today’s pediatric guidelines highlight the importance of promoting curiosity during early learning with your children, so there’s a lot that you can do to nurture their desire to explore and learn.

of their interests by exploring books, visiting museums, finding relevant events and expanding their view of the world. You’re the most important ingredient The best thing you can do to nurture curiosity in your kids is to model it yourself. Show your child how you explore, discover and learn. Model for your kids how to find an answer when you are unsure or don’t know something. Use a wide variety of tools including the Internet, the library, documentaries and more.

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Current research says that you can create situations that prompt and guide your child’s curiosities. Harvard University cognitive scientist and researcher Elizabeth Bonawitz says curiosity is a sensation much like hunger or thirst. “It’s a physiological response that helps drive action and decision-making to support learning,” Bonawitz says. She encourages parents to literally focus on creating moments that generate a curious response:

HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR CHILD’S CURIOSITY:

• Highlight ambiguity. Children as young as 4 years old can recognize conflicting pieces of evidence and perceive a mismatch between a prediction and an actual occurrence. When this difference is noticed, it sparks curiosity.

Practice the 5 W’s of wondering Look for opportunities to ask questions and wonder outloud together. Practice with the who, what, when, where, why.

• Help your kids recognize gaps in their current knowledge. Bonawitz (and other researchers) say that when children feel their understanding is insufficient, they will seek more information. Curiosity gives them the confidence to proceed.

Point out changes Noticing changes in the world can spark a child’s desire to “figure out” how things work. Do you see how the toast looks different than the bread? What do you see that’s different? Why is that?

• Get children to predict outcomes through questions that point to a specific phenomenon. With questioning, children can actively engage their prior beliefs, see a mismatch and understand according to what they learn.

Allow kids to try ... and fail Rather than stepping in with the answer, ask a question. For instance, the block tower keeps falling down. Ask your toddler, “Why do you think that happens?” “What can we do to make it taller?” As the parent, you know that putting the giant rectangle block on top of the tower means it will come crashing down, but your toddler doesn’t. Letting your child experiment in this way nurtures his curiosity and helps him cultivate his “inner scientist.” Ask your kids what they want to know For example, after watching a squirrel running up and down trees in your yard or at the park, ask your child, “Where do you think he is going?,” “I wonder what is he doing?,” and “What would you like to know about squirrels?” And while younger kids may not have many questions to ask, as they grow, doing this exercise is a great way to help spark their curiosity. You guide the growth by modeling your own curiosity first. Follow your child’s lead Every kid is different, and the things that ignite curiosity in one child are different for another, Tough says. Observe what captivates your child’s interest, then find ways to connect with them. Plant seeds together to discover where flowers come from; collect fall leaves to discover how trees change during the fall; fill glasses with different amounts of water and wonder with your child why they sound different when you tap the glass. Learn to be this way about the world around you and your child will follow suit. Back-and-forth conversation Engage in activities that promote back-and-forth conversation between you and your kids. By doing this, you’ll get a front row seat to what your child is curious about. Next, deepen the exploration

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The next time your kid launches a volley of questions, embrace it and encourage it. You’ll be supporting their mental development and, perhaps, even egging on the next Einstein. Susan Day is editor of this magazine and a mom of four amazing kids.

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ake learning and curiosity part of your family culture. Many a night your kids will have homework that is less than interesting to them ... so aim to uncover what’s interesting there. Know what your kids are studying and dig in: read to find what’s interesting, play games, watch documentaries or do a little Internet surfing together. If you show enthusiasm toward learning new things, you can lead your child by example and you can provide the support your kid needs to turn homework and school academic doldrums into more positive experiences because you will know what’s going on and get curious for more together!

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September

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BEST OF THE MONTH

THINGS TO DO MIDDLE TN HIGHLAND GAMES

Sept. 10 - 11 Sanders Ferry Park, Hendersonville Page 36 Celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture with athletic events, a Kids Zone, Celtic crafts, bagpipe competitions, sheep herding demonstrations and more.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST

Sept. 17 - Oct. 30 Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville Page 40 This six-week celebration features a Pumpkin Village with three pumpkin houses, mums & scarecrows throughout the garden, special beer garden performances and more.

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Sept. 24 - 25 Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon Page 45 Feel your heart pound to the beat of the drums, explore Native arts & crafts, authentic food vendors and more at this authentic Native American Pow Wow.

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SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN

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September events in day-by-day order.

A free concert series every Friday evening at Centennial Park.

A special event all about trains on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Homeschoolers can learn with Nashville Symphony at Country Music Hall of Fame.

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TOUCH-A-TRUCK There’s two free Touch-A-Truck events coming up this month in Nashville.

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FAMILY SUNDAYS AT THE FRIST Lots of artsy, family fun on the second Sunday of the month.


TENNESSEE TITANS GAMES Sept. 11, 25 Nissan Stadium, Nashville Page 38, 46 TITAN UP for another season of NFL football with your Tennessee Titans!

TOUCH-A-TRUCK

Sept. 10 Adventure Science Center, Nashville Page 36 See and touch construction machinery and enjoy activities promoting engineering.

LUCKY LADD FALL FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL

Sept. 17 - Nov. 6 Lucky Ladd Farms, Eagleville Page 40 Enjoy the pumpkin patch, corn maze, animal encounters, wagon & pony rides and more.

THE NASHVILLE FAIR

Sept. 9 - 18 The Fairgrounds, Nashville Page 36 Enjoy diverse events, agriculture, arts and entertainment and a carnival at this inaugural event.

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MOTHERDAUGHTER GETAWAY Spend the weekend with your daughter at Deer Run Retreat.

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LET’S CELEBRATE

Sept. 10 - 11 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Page 44 Skate through your favorite Disney stories with more than 50 Disney characters. Sing along with Olaf, dance with Aladdin, dream big with Disney princesses.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Middle TN venues.

Buzz around Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The 8th annual festival returns Sept. 24 - 25 to Franklin’s Harlinsdale Farm.

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DAILY EVENTS THU 1 LITTLE PICASSOS

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Little ones ages 3 - 5 can immerse themselves in making art with paint, oil pastels, chalk, printing, sculpture and more from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Patterson Park Community Center (521 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Murfreesboro). Space is limited to 12; must register. Cost is $5.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

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Drop by the Bracken Children’s Garden Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville) for hands-on activities and story times at 10, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. $25 for adults, $18 for ages 3 - 17; members are free.

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Young designers can personalize paper instruments inspired by those on display in the galleries at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR fristartmuseum.org 615-244-3340

Kids and adults will marvel at European arms and armor at the Frist Art Museum (919 Broadway, Nashville). See full suits of armor, helmets, swords and other weaponry. Head to the Frist through October 10 to catch the exhibit, housed in the upper-level galleries. The Frist is open Mon, Fri and Sat from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Thu from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Ages 18 and younger are free. Adults are $15; Seniors (65+) are $10.

EARLY LEARNERS: THREE LITTLE PIGS! townofsmyrna.org

Little ones ages 2 - 6 can explore the journey of the three little pigs through stories, crafts and more at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna) from 1 - 2 p.m. Cost is $2, register online.

FREE GOODLETTSVILLE FARMERS MARKET goodlettsville.gov

Thursdays thru October 6 from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Goodlettsville Visitor’s Center at Moss-Wright Park (705 Caldwell Dr., Goodlettsville).

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For ages 8 - 18, Thursday nights from 6 - 7:15 p.m. at Patterson Park Community Center (521 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Murfreesboro). Cost is $25; register online.

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More than 2,000 horses compete in this annual equestrian event through Sept. 3 at Calsonic Arena (721 Whitthorne St., Shelbyville) featuring adult and youth riders. Cost is $7 - $20.

FREE LIVE ON THE GREEN

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Now in its ninth year, this free, outdoor music festival will take place Labor Day weekend, September 1 - 5, at Public Square Park The annual Live on the Green free concert series returns Sept. 1 - 5 to downtown (Union St. & 3rd Ave. N, Nashville’s Public Square Park. Headliners include Sheryl Crow, Moon Taxi and more. Nashville). Headliners include Sheryl Crow on Thursday, “Moon Taxi” on Friday, “Santigold” on Saturday, “Coin” on NASHVILLE SOUNDS: FREE EXPLORE WITH Sunday and “Yola” on Monday. PerforTHROWBACK A NATURALIST mances start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday 615-862-8555 THURSDAYS Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday - Monday. Swing on over to First Horizon Park wpnc.nashville.gov (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Do you want your kids to spend more MAURY COUNTY FAIR Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. time in the great outdoors? Take maurycountyfair.com On Throwback Thursdays, The Sounds them to explore with a naturalist this Come out for carnival wear their 1978 uniforms to commemweekend at Warner Park Nature Center rides, exotic animals, sciorate the team’s original uniform style. (7311 Highway 100, Nashville). This ence shows, arena events outdoor exploration focuses on discov(like Monster Trucks on Thursday or ery, observation and connecting with motocross races on Saturday) and nature from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. more Sept 1 - 5 at the Maury County Fair (1018 Maury County Park Dr., CoEMBELLISHED INSTRUMENTS FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY lumbia). Gates open at 4 p.m. (Midway See Thursday, Sept. 1. at 6 p.m.) Thursday- Friday, 12 p.m. FARMERS MARKET (Midway at 2 p.m.) Saturday and 2 This producer-only market located in p.m. (Midway at 3 p.m.) Sunday - Monthe indoor/open air Community Center FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS day. Tickets are $10 for adults Thursday, at Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd., 615-395-0102 Friday and Sunday ($12 on Saturday #101, Murfreesboro) is open Tuesdays arringtonvineyards.com and Monday); $10 for kids ages 7 - 12 and Fridays from 7 a.m. to noon. Enjoy tunes, food from local vendors Thursday and Sunday ($5 on Friday and all around good vibes every Friday and Saturday, free on Monday). Midat Arrington Vineyards (6211 Patton FREE STORYTIME AT way armbands are $30 on Thursday Road, Arrington) from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. STONES RIVER TOWN CENTRE (BOGO), Sunday and Monday; $35 on rclstn.org/calendar Friday and Saturday. FREE FRIDAY FILMS An all-ages storytime presented by

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FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL nashvilleshakes.org

Spend the Dog Days of summer at oneC1TY (8 City Blvd., Nashville) or Academy Park (120 Everbright Ave, Franklin) as the Nashville Shakespeare Festival brings two plays — August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Cymbeline plays Sept. 4 - 5 and Sept. 10 - 11 at oneC1TY. Gem of the Ocean runs Sept. 1 - 3 and Sept. 8 - 9. Both plays then perform at Academy Park September 15 – 18. Evenings will begin with food vendors at 5:15, an “Insight” talk at 5:30, pre-show concert at 6 and the main performance at 7 p.m.

Linebaugh Library at Books-A-Million (1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro) on the first Friday of every month from 10 - 10:30 a.m.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE TODDLER TIME WITH THOMAS

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Bring your little ones 5 and younger to Sports*Com (2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro) for this class on Saturday mornings from 10 - 11 a.m. The focus is on body part recognition and cognitive skill development. Cost is $3.

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Start the weekend right with a film from Nashville Public Library’s collection. Movies show at the Main Library (615 Church St., Nashville) at 3:30 p.m. and the Donelson Library’s (2315 Lebanon Pike, Nashville) “Double Feature Fridays” start at 12 p.m. Snacks are provided. For teens in grades 6 - 12.

FREE HIP DONELSON FARMERS MARKET

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A fresh, local, producer-only market every Friday (except Labor Day Weekend), through October, from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Mansion (3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville).

MAURY COUNTY FAIR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

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THINGS TO DO FREE FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE CONCERT SERIES ON THE MURFREESBORO SQUARE

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Enjoy live music on the Murfreesboro square (10 N. Public Square) from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. The band is “24/7.”

FREE FRANKLIN ART CRAWL artscouncilwc.org/art-crawl

Crawl through Franklin’s most historic buildings on the first Friday of each month from 6 - 9 p.m. Many of the galleries and working studios serve complimentary refreshments during the evening, and some offer live music. In addition, enjoy free trolley rides provided from 6 - 9 p.m.

GHOSTS OF GALLATIN HAUNTED TOUR

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Whether it’s manifestations, murder, mayhem or a mischievous mannequin, guests can expect a fun and entertaining time at the Sumner County Courthouse (100 Public Sq., Gallatin) at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $12 for children 12 & under.

FREE SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES musicianscornernashville.com

Musicians Corner returns to Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville) for a concert series every Friday in September (plus Saturday, Sept. 17 in conjunction with Americanafest). The event features live music, food trucks, local artisans and more from 5 - 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc.

GLOW IN THE PARK

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Zipline through glowing trees with music and more at The Adventure Park at Nashville (801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville) on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 - 9 p.m. Cost is $42.

KIDS PAINT NIGHT AT SOAC townofsmyrna.org

Kids ages 5 - 15 can paint an adorable underwater background at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna) from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $10. Register online.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: FOX17 (FIREWORK) FRIDAYS 615-690-4487 tickets@nashvillesounds.com

Swing on over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On select Fridays, you can watch the Nashville sky light up with a postgame FOX17 Friday Night Fireworks show.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, Sept. 1.

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The September Sundown free concert series returns to Nashville’s Centennial Park every Friday this month (plus Saturday, Sept. 17 in conjunction with Americanafest). Enjoy live music, food, artisans and the Kidsville tent! CANDLELIGHT: SCI-FI AND FANTASY SCORES

What could be better than a string quartet playing Sci-Fi hits such as Star Wars and Harry Potter inside The Parthenon at Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville)? There are two performances under the gentle glow of candlelight at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets start at $45. For ages 10 and older.

FREE LIVE ON THE GREEN See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE MT. JULIET MOVIE IN THE PARK: MITCHELL AND THE MACHINES mjparksandrec.org

Bring your blanket or chairs for a family-friendly movie at the Charlie Daniels Park amphitheater (1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet) on the first Friday of each month through October. Film starts at 8:40 p.m. and concessions are available.

SAT 3 BABY GOAT CUDDLING 615-481-9546 noble-springs.com

Come to Noble Springs Dairy Farm (3144 Blazer Road in Franklin) to pet goats and other farm animals. Arrive between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to join in on a guided tour at 11 a.m. Cost is $12. Children 2 and younger are free.

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET factoryatfranklin.com

Supplying local produce Saturdays at The Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Road, Franklin) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Follow the story of Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets to protect and warm, at this planetarium show at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville). Showings are on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. Run time is 26 minutes; recommended for ages 3 - 7. Cost is $11 for non-members; $7 for members.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET mainstreetmurfreesboro.org

Fresh produce on the square of downtown Murfreesboro every Saturday through October, 8 a.m. until noon.

FREE NOLENSVILLE FARMERS MARKET nolensvillefarmersmarket.com

Fresh produce on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Mill Creek Church of Christ (7260 Nolensville Road, Nolensville).

FREE ROBERTSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Browse fresh produce on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. through August 27 at Robertson County Fairgrounds (635 Highway 41, Springfield).

FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET

A weekly market open Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. through the month, across from the Gallatin Fire Department (160 W Franklin St., Gallatin).

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FREE HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL

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Come out to The Wilderness Station at Barfield Crescent Park (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) for this Hummingbird Festival from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be children’s activities, guest speakers, hummingbird merchandise and more!

FREE HENDERSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET

Shop for in-season produce from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. every Saturday at The Streets of Indian Lake (300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville).

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FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY YOUTH MAGIC GROUP rclstn.org

Aspiring magicians can join in at 9:30 a.m. for this magic group for ages 6 - 12 at Smyrna Library (400 Enon Springs Road W, Smyrna) on the first Saturday and Linebaugh Library (105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro) on the second Saturday of each month.

FREE HOME DEPOT KIDS’ WORKSHOP homedepot.com

Kids can head to their local Home Depot on the first Saturday of each month to build a “pencil desk organizer” in this workshop from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Visit the website to reserve your spot.

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION See Thursday, Sept. 1.


THINGS TO DO FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS! plazamariachi.com

Come out to Plaza Mariachi (3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville) on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Activities include character lunches, face painting, a sing-along with Rachel Rodriguez and more.

KIDS PAINT: TINY MOBS townofsmyrna.org

Sign up for one of the paint times from 11 - 12:45 p.m. at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna) and paint your very own 5”x 5” Minecraft creeper to take home! Supplies provided. Cost is $2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON

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Families with children ages 12 and younger can enter the Parthenon (2500 West End Avenue, Nashville) for an acitivity and storytime. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Programs last from 11 - 11:45 a.m. and are located upstairs in Parthenon’s Naos room.

CELEBRATION OF TRAINS! AT CHEEKWOOD cheekwood.org

All tracks lead to Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville) for this fun Labor Day weekend event all about trains! The event will celebrate the new TRAINS! Enchanted Express. Cheekwood’s long-time volunteer trains caretaker, Conductor Chuck, will present interactive train talks at 11 a.m. and noon. Toddlers with an adult will enjoy a train-themed craft and storytime from 10 a.m. to noon.

POWER NATIONALS AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY

NASHVILLE SC HOME GAMES

SUN 4

Cheer on the “Boys in Gold” as they take on Austin FC at GEODIS Park (501 Benton Ave., Nashville).

BYOBABY YOGA

NashvilleSC.com

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Walk through the eight-acre car and truck show Sept. 3 - 4 at Nashville Superspeedway (4847-F McCrary Road, Lebanon). In addition, motorheads can enjoy drifing competitions, photo opportunities with BIGFOOT monster trucks and more. Single day tickets are $25 for adults, $40 for both days. Kids 12 and under get in free.

FREE CHESS CLUB AT HENDERSONVILLE LIBRARY

615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville Come out to Hendersonville Library (140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville) on the first Saturday of every month at 11:30 a.m.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES 615-395-0102 arringtonvineyards.com

Come out to Arrington Vineyards (6211 Patton Road, Arrington) for live jazz and bluegrass Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 - 8 p.m.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, Sept. 1.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: HIT CITY SATURDAYS 615-690-4487

Swing over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On Hit City Saturdays, the ballpark livens up with entertainment options.

GHOSTS OF GALLATIN HAUNTED TOUR See Friday, Sept. 2.

KIDS NIGHT OUT AT BOOST GYMNASTICS 615-352-8533 boostgymnastics.com

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Drop the kids off at Boost Gymnasticss (11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville) from 6:30 - 10 p.m. Kids can enjoy flashlight tag, obstacle courses, games and more. Pizza is provided. Cost is $25; $20 per additional sibling.

GLOW IN THE PARK

FREE LIVE ON THE GREEN

MAURY COUNTY FAIR

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

LASER DAVID BOWIE adventuresci.org

SONGWRITING 101 WORKSHOP

Enjoy the music of David Bowie set to dazzling laser lights at the planetarium in Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville) from 6:15 - 7 p.m. Cost is $11 for non-members; $7 for members. In addition, the planetarium hosts Nightwatch Thursdays – Mondays at 11:15 a.m.

countrymusichalloffame.org

Join a museum educator at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) to write a song as a group in this introductory workshop from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

nurturenashville.com

Bring your baby to yoga from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. on Sundays at Nurture Nashville East (1106 Woodland, Suite 3, Nashville). Cost is $22 for parent+baby.

LITTLE LEAPERS 615-987-0102 skyzone.com

Ages 7 & younger can enjoy the trampoline park from 9 - 11 a.m. Fridays and Sundays at Sky Zone (1220 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro) Cost is $14.99.

CHUCK E. CHEESE SENSORYSENSITIVE SUNDAYS chuckecheese.com

On each first Sunday, Chuck E. Cheese’s near Rivergate Mall (2070 Gallatin Road N, Madison) opens two hours early from 9 - 11 a.m. for children with autism and other special needs.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY JUMP urbanair.com

Urban Air Adventure Park (4331 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory) is transformed into a calmer atmosphere for kids with special needs and sensory processing difficulty the first Sunday of each month from 9 - 11 a.m.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN

gentlebarn.org/tennessee

Come hug the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, spend time with the turkeys and enjoy a beautiful day at the Gentle Barn (9295 Christiana Fosterville Road, Christiana) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 & under.

EMBELLISHED INSTRUMENTS See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN

Play around with provided LEGOs, Duplos and Mega Bloks at Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Ave., Nashville) from 2 - 4:30 p.m. For ages 2 - 12.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE LIVE ON THE GREEN See Thursday, Sept. 1.

MAURY COUNTY FAIR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, Sept. 1.

POWER NATIONALS AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Next stop, this special event at Cheekwood is all about trains over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3!

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THINGS TO DO NASHVILLE SOUNDS: FAMILY FUN SUNDAY 615-690-4487

Swing over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see our minor-league baseball team. On Family Fun days, enjoy child-focused giveaways and postgame running the bases. Game starts at 2:05 p.m.

NASHVILLE SHORES LABOR DAY FIREWORKS nashvilleshores.com

Celebrate Labor Day weekend at Nashville Shores (4001 Bell Road, Nashville) with a fireworks display at dusk (around 8:45 p.m.). The waterpark attractions will close at 8 p.m., but the park will remain open until the fireworks. Twilight tickets (after 4 p.m.) are $32.99 at the gate.

MON 5 FREE LABOR DAY! FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES library.nashville.org

Age-appropriate songs, activities and early literacy fun at multiple Nashville Public Library branches: including the Main Library (9:30 a.m.), Inglewood (10 and 11 a.m.), Bellevue (10:15 a.m.), Donelson, East, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, the Main Library, Old Hickory and Richland Park (10:30 a.m.). Call ahead to make sure there are open spots.

EMBELLISHED INSTRUMENTS See Thursday, Sept. 1.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

EARLY EXPLORERS adventuresci.org

Kids can enjoy exhibits, storytime and activities at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville) from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $18 for adults & $14 for youth; free for members.

LABOR DAY POOL PARTY AT BORO BEACH 615-895-5040

Music, water and fun to end the summer at Sports*Com (2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro)! Call for more information.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE LIVE ON THE GREEN

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT nurturenashville.com

Sing along and move with joy from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Nurture Nashville (992 Davidson Drive, Suite 102, Nashville). Cost is $12 per child. Grownups & pre-crawling baby siblings are free.

FREE TUESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES library.nashville.org

Songs, activities and early literacy fun on Tuesday mornings at multiple Nashville Public Library branches: including Bordeaux, Edgehill, Edmondson Pike, Hadley Park, Hermitage, Southeast and Thompson Lane at 10:30 a.m. For ages 0 - 5, call ahead to make sure there’s an open spot.

FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH rclstn.org

An all-ages storytime every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Linebaugh Library (105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro), complete with stories, songs and a puppet show!

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS

615-862-5800 library.nashville.org/wishingchair

Live puppet shows at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Church Street Park (600 Church St., Nashville) or in the Children’s Theater at Nashville Public Library (615 Church St., Nashville). The show runs 30 - 45 minutes and is for ages 0 - 6, but all are welcome.

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS

amctheatres.com/amcstubs

Movie fans can see a movie at any AMC Theatre for $5 plus tax on Tuesdays. It allows AMC Stubs’ program members — which is free to join — to see any available showtimes at the discounted rate, even for tickets purchased in advance from third-party sites such as Fandango.

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

A community market every Tuesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 5th & Woodland in East Nashville. Park for free at the corner of 6th & Main St.

FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES

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FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET tsfarmersmarket.org

A mid-week market with fresh produce every Tuesday from 4 - 7 p.m., through October at Homestead Manor (4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station).

FREE 12 SOUTH FARMERS MARKET 12southfarmersmarket.com

A community market with live music and food trucks every Tuesday from 4 7 p.m. through October at Sevier Park (3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville).

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK 615-862-5870

Happens at Richland Park Library (4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville) every Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

JACK HARLOW

nashvilleauditorium.com

Rapper Jack Harlow will perform live at Nashville Municipal Auditorium (417 4th Ave. N, Nashville) starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $$59.50.

FREE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY OUTDOOR FALL CONCERT nashvillesymphony.org

This community concert will include classical and popular favorites performed by the Nashville Symphony at Downtown Commons (215 Legion St., Clarksville). The music will begin at 7 p.m., but come early (6 p.m.) for the “Instrument Petting Zoo.”

WED 7 HOMESCHOOL DAY: FIDDLE OR VIOLIN?

countrymusichalloffame.org

Students tour both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. They hear from live instrumentalists who compare and contrast the fiddle and the violin by sharing their history and playing several musical examples. $15 per family for nonmembers; $10 for members. Registration required. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

library.nashville.org

Lots of early literacy fun for Littles on Wednesdays at multiple Nashville Public Library branches: including Hermitage (10 a.m.), Bellevue (10:15 a.m.); Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Goodlettsville, Inglewood and Richland Park (10:30 a.m.). Call ahead to make sure there are open spots.

FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

TODDLER ADVENTURES AT CANNONSBURGH: CARS

615-801-2606 mbnevills@murfreesborotn.gov

Toddlers can enjoy playing with cars at the pavilion, visiting the “Antique Auto Garage” and a story time from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Cannonsburgh Village (312 S Front St., Murfreesboro). Cost is $3. Reservations required; for ages 5 and younger.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC townofsmyrna.org

Join the staff at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E, Smyrna) to discover something wild about the natural world on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Meet an animal or enjoy a nature-based activity.

ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS

firstbankamphitheater.com

The Grammy-winning duo will perform at FirstBank Amphitheater (4525 Graystone Quarry Lane, Franklin) at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59.50.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS bridgestonearena.com

See the musical duo perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $34.40.

THU 8 EARLY LEARNERS: COLORS! See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE GOODLETTSVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

An after-school computer science program for all 3rd - 5th graders (it’s not just for girls)! Program happens Thursdays from 4 - 4:45 p.m. at Linebaugh Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro).

MAURY COUNTY FAIR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

TUE 6 FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Friday, Sept. 2.

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THINGS TO DO KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

LITTLE PICASSOS

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE ALL ACCESS NIGHT AT DISCOVERY CENTER explorethedc.org

A time for special-needs families to enjoy the exhibits at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad St., Murfreesboro) in a sensory-friendly environment from 5 - 7 p.m.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO See Thursday, Sept. 1.

THE WEDDING SINGER hpactn.com

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company (260 West Main St., Hendersonville) opens their 2022-23 season with this musical comedy. Performances are Sept. 8 - 25 on Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults,$19 for children/seniors.

BACKSTREET BOYS: DNA WORLD TOUR

bridgestonearena.com

After 29 years, the nostalgic boy band returns to the stage to perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $43.95.

FRI 9 FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Friday, Sept. 2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE THE FROG PRINCE 615-862-5800

Come out to Nashville Public Library (615 Church St, Nashville) every Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 - Oct. 8, for Wishing Chair Productions’ musical telling of The Frog Prince, featuring the Tichenor Marionettes. Presented in the Children’s Theater, running time is 30 minutes. For ages 3 - 10.

FREE TODDLER TIME WITH THOMAS See Friday, Sept. 2.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

NASHVILLE HOME SHOW

nashvillehomeshow.com

During this three-day event at Music City Center (201 Fifth Ave. S, Nashville), attendees will gather fresh designs and new trends, find home improvement solutions and discover first-to-market products. Cost is $10 at the door, $8 online.

GLOW IN THE PARK See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE FRIDAY FILMS See Friday, Sept. 2.

HERITAGE DAYS

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

This living history field trip at Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna) features historical demonstrations with hands-on activities, live animals and reenactors from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost is $8 per student, one parent is free.

BOOST GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM boostgymnastics.com

Kids can get up close and personal with various trucks on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the

Bounce and play in the gym Adventure Science Center or Tuesday, Sept. 27 at RiverGate Mall. at Boost Gymnastics (11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville) on the second and fourth THE NASHVILLE FAIR FREE TOUCH-A-TRUCK Friday of the month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. nashfair.fun adventuresci.org Cost is $10 per child. Supervising adult Enjoy diverse events, agriculture, arts See and touch heavy machinery and required for all participants under 4. and entertainment, in addition to a hear from people who operate them carnival and Midway rides Sept. 9 - 18 at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort FREE HIP DONELSON at The Fairgrounds Nashville (401 WingNegley Blvd., Nashville). They will have FARMERS MARKET rove St., Nashville). Onsite Parking is a variety of equipment on display and See Friday, Sept. 2. located at 300 Rains Ave., Nashville host floor cart activities promoting for $10. Fair hours are Monday - Friday engineering from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS from 5 - 10 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday AT ARRINGTON from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Building & FREE NOLENSVILLE FARMERS See Friday, Sept. 2. exhibit hours are Monday - Friday from MARKET 5 - 10:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday See Saturday, Sept. 3. from 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Midway FREE NASHVILLE hours are Monday Friday from 5 11 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL BABY GOAT CUDDLING p.m. and Saturday - Sunday from 11 See Thursday, Sept. 1. See Saturday, Sept. 3. a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children/seniors, kids 5 and FREE SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN BARK ‘N SPLASH BASH younger are free.

CONCERT SERIES

wcparksandrec.com

See Friday, Sept. 2.

THE WEDDING SINGER

THE BEST OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN wcpactn.com

A performnce by Franklin Light Opera at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center (112 Everbright Ave., Franklin). Performances are Sept. 9 - 10 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults under 55, $16.50 for seniors 55 and over, and $12 for students.

OWL PROWL

owlshill.org/owl-prowl

Come out to Owl’s Hill (545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood) and enjoy the sights and sounds of day turning to night. Program is from 7 - 8:30 and costs $15. Must register.

See Thursday, Sept. 9.

SAT 10 FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

nashvilleparent.com

This “paw-some” event lets dogs have a chance to paddle and play in the pool while raising money for the Williamson County Animal Center at the Longview Recreation Center (2909 Commonwealth Dr., Spring Hill) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pre-register using activity code 24782. The entry fee is $20 per pet. Proof of rabies vaccination is required.

FREE THE FROG PRINCE See Friday, Sept. 9.

THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULD See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE EXPLORE WITH A NATURALIST See Saturday, Sept. 3.

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THINGS TO DO THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

BATTY FOR BATS

615-370-4672 owlshill.org/batty-for-bats

Celebrate our favorite nocturnal flying mammal, bats, at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary (545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood) from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. There will be a special presentation, then each group will build a bat box to take home. Cost is $42 per group of 2.

ROCK CASTLE FOLK ‘N BLUEGRASS FEST 615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

Live music, a variety of food trucks, inflatables and games for kids and more at Historic Rock Castle (139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville). Happens from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and cost is $10.

FREE ROSE MONT FESTIVAL historicrosemont.org

Come out to the annual arts and crafts festival at Historic Rose Mont (810 South Water Ave., Gallatin), featuring vendors, live music and a kids corner from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY YOUTH MAGIC GROUP See Saturday, Sept. 3.

The Middle TN Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Hendersonville’s Sanders Ferry Park on Saturday, Sept. 10 features a Kids Area with character visits, arts & crafts, storytimes, face painting, tug of war, kids golf and more. CITY LIGHTS SKYLINE PAINTING

MIDDLE TN HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL

FREE GREEN HILLS PARK FESTIVAL

Using watercolors and crayons, kids can create their own city skyline from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville). Free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 youth).

Celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture Sept. 10 - 11 at Sanders Ferry Park (513 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with entertainment for all ages, including a Kids Zone, celtic crafts, bagpipes, sheep herding demonstrations and more.

T-RAC and Titans Cheerleaders will be stopping by the 6th annual Green Hills Park Festival (1200 Lone Oak Road, Nashville) from 5 - 7 p.m. Shop local vendors, enjoy activities, grab a bite from local food trucks, dance with the live band, watch college football games from the tailgate trailer and stick around for a family movie nightshowing Encanto!

FAMILY FLOAT

countrymusichalloffame.org

Come out to Sharp Springs Natural Area (1000 Espey Dr., Smyrna) for a family float on the water from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The SOAC will provide the boats, PFD’s and paddles. Sunscreen and bug spray recommended. Cost is $2. Register online.

NASHVILLE HOME SHOW

townofsmyrna.org

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON See Saturday, Sept. 3.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

LASER DAVID BOWIE See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS! See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturday, Sept. 3.

CHUKKERS FOR CHARITY chukkersforcharity.net

The 26th annual polo match held at Riverview Farm (1475 Moran Road, Franklin) benefits the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! The gates open at 1 p.m. for tailgaters and 2 p.m. for sponsors and patrons. The opening ceremony is at 2:45 p.m. with the polo match beginning around 3 p.m. Ticket packages start at $250.

midtenngames.com

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL See Thursday, Sept. 1.

HATCH SHOW PRINT BLOCK PARTY

Revel in the creative atmosphere of Hatch Show Print (224 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) as they work with ink and the shop’s image blocks to create designs that can be handprinted onto paper, cloth bags, tea towels or a t-shirt. Program happens from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., cost is $60 and is intended for adults.

nashvillechildrenstheatre

Come out to Nashville Children’s Theatre (25 Middleton St., Nashville) on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 10 - Oct. 2. This adaption for a current generation brings new life to the story of Anne Frank, a 13-yearold Jewish girl who lived through the 1942 Nazi occupation of Holland. In addition, the show is accompanied by the exhibit Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank. Starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for youth.

THE BEST OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN

BLENDED FESTIVAL

See Friday, Sept. 9.

The two-day music, wine and culinary event returns to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville) Sept. 10 - 11. The Chainsmokers, Lil Jon, Fetty Wap and more are among the talent set to perform. Tickets for both days start at $109.

CABARET ON STAGE WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH

blendedfestival.com

tpac.org

Studio Tenn and TPAC team up to present this show featuring actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth (Schmigadoon!; Wicked) at TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75.

friendsofgreenhillspark.org

GLOW IN THE PARK See Saturday, Sept. 3.

THE WEDDING SINGER See Thursday, Sept. 9.

NASHVILLE SC HOME GAMES NashvilleSC.com

Cheer on the “Boys in Gold” as they take on the LA Galaxy at GEODIS Park (501 Benton Ave., Nashville).

NERF WARS AT MPACT SPORTS mpactsports.com/nerfwars

Community Nerf Wars at Mpact Sports (121 Seaboard Lane, Suite 1, Franklin) happen twice a month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Price is $10 per warrior. Bring your Nerf Gun (available to purchase also) and protective eyewear.

FREE PICKIN’ IN THE PARK wmattmeyer@gmail.com

Hear live music and dance the night away at Sarah Benson Park (1513 Thompson’s Station Road W, Thompson’s Station) 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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THINGS TO DO NASHVILLE HOME SHOW

FREE 12 SOUTH FARMERS MARKET

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET

See Friday, Sept. 9.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

THE BEST OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN

THE NASHVILLE FAIR

Sample wine, beer and spirits and taste culturally-themed menus at this tasting event at Riverfront Park (100 1st Ave. N, Nashville) from 3 - 7 p.m. Cost is $59. designated driver tickets are $20. Must be 21+.

KEVIN HART

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See stand-up comedian Kevin Hart perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.40.

OPENING NIGHT: MAHLER’S RESURRECTION SYMPHONY

To begin the Nashville Symphony’s season, Giancarlo Guerrero leads Mahler’s epic and electrifying Resurrection Symphony at the Schermerhorn (1 Symphony Place, Nashville). Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

SUN 11 LITTLE LEAPERS

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

BYOBABY YOGA

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN See Sunday, Sept. 4.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, Sept. 4.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturday, Sept. 3.

THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

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fristartmuseum.org

The new series includes family tours, gallery experiences and a visit to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery on the second Sunday of each month at the Frist Art Museum (919 Broadway, Nashville). Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk at 1:15 p.m. Multisensory exploration stations are available from 1 to 3 p.m. The interactive Martin ArtQuest Gallery is open every Sunday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Visitors can design tournament shields, fashion horse armor, animate mythical creatures, build block castles and more. Gallery admission is always free for guests ages 18 and younger!

BOOT SCOOTIN’ COWBOY BOOTS

Inspired by fashionable footwear featured in the museum galleries, young designers will create boot patterns to reflect their own personalities from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville). Included with museum admission; free to members.

MIDDLE TN HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL See Saturday, Sept. 10.

tennesseetitans.com

The Titans will take on the New York Giants at Nissan Stadium (1 Titans Way, Nashville), with kickoff scheduled for 3:25 p.m. Tickets start around $85.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

EARLY EXPLORERS

FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES

See Monday, Sept. 5. See Friday, Sept. 9.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

TUE 13 FREE TUESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT CANNONSBURGH

615-801-2606 mbnevills@murfreesborotn.gov

Take a trip back to a one-room schoolhouse in Cannonsburgh Village (312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro). Program features lessons on the schoolhouse and having fun with playground games from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Registration is required by Sept. 7. For ages 12 and younger, cost is $3.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: WINNING WEDNESDAYS

615-690-4487 tickets@nashvillesounds.com

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Swing on over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On Winning Wednesdays, the first 1,000 fans receive a scratch-off card with a guaranteed prize. Also, if the Sounds win, fans get to run the bases!

AMERICANAFEST

AMERICANAFEST

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS

americanamusic.org

TENNESSEE TITANS VS. NEW YORK GIANTS

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK

WED 14

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

countrymusichalloffame.org

See Friday, Sept. 9.

See Monday, Sept. 5.

NASHVILLE FAIR FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS AT THE FRIST ART MUSEUM

615-690-4487 tickets@nashvillesounds.com

MON 12 FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES

wineontherivernashville.com

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: TAIL WAGGIN’ TUESDAYS

THE WEDDING SINGER

See Thursday, Sept. 9.

WINE ON THE RIVER

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Swing on over to First Horizon Park (9 Jackson St., Nashville) to see Nashville’s minor-league baseball team. On Tail Waggin’ Tuesdays, dogs are allowed entry at the ballpark to watch baseball with their owners.

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Family Sundays at Frist Art Museum happen the second Sunday of each month with tours, multi-sensory gallery experiences and a visit to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Six days of seminars and networking opportunities by day and live music showcases each night at various venues around Nashville.

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

BLENDED FESTIVAL See Daturday, Sept. 10.

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See Tuesday, Sept. 13.

THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

ONEREPUBLIC + NEEDTOBREATHE

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See the “Never Ending Summer Tour” live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $26.


THINGS TO DO THU 15 KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

EARLY LEARNERS: SHARKS! See Thursday, Sept. 1.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

LITTLE PICASSOS

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB See Thursday, Sept. 8.

AMERICANAFEST

See Tuesday, Sept. 13.

THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (IN FRANKLIN) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE 3RD THURSDAY ON MAIN CONCERT IN GALLATIN 615-452-5692 DowntownGallatin.com

Need some quality mother-daughter time? Head out to Deer Run Retreat in Thompson’s Station Sept. 16 - 18 to enjoy lots of fun outdoor activities together. Overnight accommodations are optional. TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Live music on the Gallatin Square from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This show features the “Alexander Lane Band.”

FREE THE FROG PRINCE

FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN

FREE HIP DONELSON FARMERS MARKET

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: THROWBACK THURSDAYS

FREE FRIDAY FILMS

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

THE WEDDING SINGER See Thursday, Sept. 9.

TRAILBLAZING WOMEN WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Dive into Nashville Symphony with a dynamic program celebrating great women composers, past and present Sept 15 - 17 at the Schermerhorn (1 Symphony Place, Nashville). Tickets start at $25.

FRI 16 FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE TODDLER TIME WITH THOMAS See Friday, Sept. 2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Friday, Sept. 9.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER GETAWAY WEEKEND

615-794-2918 deerrun.camp/mother-daughter

See Friday, Sept. 2.

This special weekend getaway from Friday at 4 p.m. to Sunday at 11 a.m. helps you have mother-daughter time together and connect on a deeper level. Cost ranges from $129/person without overnite accommodations up to $389/person with overnite accommodations.

GLOW IN THE PARK

FULL MOON PICKIN’ PARTY

FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS AT ARRINGTON

The unique, bluegrass music series allows families to hear local musicians play under the full moon from 6 - 10 p.m. at Percy Warner Park’s Steeplechase Infield (2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville). Adults are $25, youth ages 7 - 17 are $10, children 6 and younger are free. Must register online.

615-862-8555 warnerparks.org

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (IN FRANKLIN) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

HAMLET

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AMERICANAFEST

See Tuesday, Sept. 13.

THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE SPRINGFIELD MOVIES: CALL OF THE WILD springfieldtn.gov

GLOW IN THE PARK

Enjoy family-friendly movies at Robertson County Fairgrounds (4635 US-41, Springfield) on the third Friday of each month through September. Movies start at sunset.

See Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy Sept. 16 - 25 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Center for the Arts (110 W College St., Murfreesboro). Adults are $18; children are $14. Rated PG.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: FOX17 (FIREWORK) FRIDAYS See Friday, Sept. 2.

THE WEDDING SINGER

RENT

615-782-4040 tpac.org

Nashville Repertory Theatre opens their season with Jonathan Larson’s Rent Sept. 16 - 25 at TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, the musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side. Tickets start at $50.

TRAILBLAZING WOMEN WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY See Thursday, Sept. 15.

JOHNNY AND THE DEVIL’S BOX: A NEW MUSICAL franklintheatre.com

Head over to The Franklin Theatre (419 Main St., Franklin) for a concert performance of the new musical Johnny and the Devil’s Box! Written by Franklin local, Douglas Waterbury-Tieman, the new musical will receive its official regional premiere at Cumberland County Playhouse later this fall. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $27.50.

SAT 17 HENDERSONVILLE HALF MARATHON

info@hendersonvillehalf.com

The Hendersonville Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race along scenic Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville from 6:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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See Thursday, Sept. 9.

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THINGS TO DO MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO

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Bow a fiddle, pluck a banjo and strum a ukulele from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville). Free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 youth; free 5 and younger).

THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

NASHVILLE HOME SHOW See Friday, Sept. 9.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK See Saturday, Sept. 10.

FREE TWEEN & TEEN TIE-DYE 615-893-4131 x138 rclstn.org

The annual Cheekwood Harvest kicks off Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 30 at Cheekwood. The event celebrates all- things fall and includes pumpkin houses, activities for kids and fun for the whole family. FREE LEGO CLUB AT LINEBAUGH 615-893-4131 x114 rclstn.org

Join other enthusiasts for an openended LEGO maker-space and see what you can create from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Linebaugh Public Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro).

LUCKY LADD FALL FUN FEST 615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com

Enjoy the pumpkin patch, corn maze, animal encounters, wagon & pony rides and more at Lucky Ladd Farms (4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville), Thursdays - Sundays, Sept. 17 through Nov. 6. Tickets start at $22 online.

FREE EXPLORE WITH A NATURALIST See Saturday, Sept. 3.

10-MINUTE PLAY WORKSHOP 615-818-7358 thetheaterbug.org

Students will learn the basic structure of 10-minute plays and get the tools to start writing their own from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Riverside Revival (1600 Riverside Dr., Nashville). Cost is $75.

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE THE FROG PRINCE See Friday, Sept. 9.

THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULD See Saturday, Sept. 3.

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FREE HENDERSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

BABY GOAT CUDDLING See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE GREENWAY ART FESTIVAL

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Local artists will display and sell their creative work along the Greenway trail within Old Fort Park (275 Golf Lane, Murfreesboro) from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FREE WORLD VULTURE DAY AT THE WILDERNESS STATION murfreesborotn.gov

Learn about the world’s most underappreciated overlooked creatures that are a vital part of nature’s clean-up crew: vultures. Program happens from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Wilderness Station at Barfield Crescent Park (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro.)

FREE AUTUMN ANIMALS townofsmyrna.org

Come out to Sharp Springs Park (311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna) from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and enjoy an animal presentation, wildlife crafts and a live fish release from TWRA Biologists. Meet at the Patti King O’Connor Pavilion.

FREE STORYTIME WITH THE JR SERVICE LEAGUE OF GALLATIN www2.youseemore.com/gallatinPL Join the Junior Service League of Gallatin for storytime on the third Saturday of every month at Gallatin Public Library (123 E. Main St., Gallatin). Reading starts at 11 a.m.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Activities and experiences for kids and families make this six-week celebration the perfect time to visit Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville). Highlights include the Pumpkin Village featuring three pumpkin houses, mums & scarecrows throughout the garden, special beer garden performances and more Tuesdays - Sundays beginning Sept. 17 and running through Oct. 30. Garden tickets for nonmembers are $20 for adults, $16 for students (with ID), $13 for youth (3 - 17) and free for ages 2 and younger.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE HANDMADE MARKET 310-751-8962

Enjoy a variety of vendors, food trucks and arts and crafts for the kids from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hendersonville City Hall (101 Maple Dr. N, Hendersonville).

Teens and tweens can come out to Linebaugh Library (105 W Vine St., Murfreesboro) from 2 - 3 p.m. Bring your own item to tie-dye (t-shirts, bandanas; you choose) and the library will provide the rest of the supplies.

DISCOVER RUTHERFORD CULTURAL FOOD FESTIVAL explorethedc.org

Families from different cultures come together to share their traditions through music, dance, activities, food and crafts from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center (502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro). Advance ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for children (at the door: adults $25, children $15).

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (IN FRANKLIN) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

NASCAR RACING EXPERIENCE nascarracingexperience.com

Drive a NASCAR race car by yourself (or ride with a driver) on the Nashville Superspeedway (4847-F McCreary Road, Lebanon). There’s no lead car; get one-on-one instruction from a spotter via in-car radio. YES, passing is allowed! Tickets start at $129.99.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER GETAWAY WEEKEND

GLOW IN THE PARK

See Friday, Sept. 16.

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON

FREE SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

LASER DAVID BOWIE

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: HIT CITY SATURDAYS

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS! See Saturday, Sept. 3.

nashvilleparent.com

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

TRAILBLAZING WOMEN WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY See Thursday, Sept. 15.


THINGS TO DO RENT

PRINCESS PARTEA

HAMLET

Enjoy tea from the Tea Rose collection, petite bites and sweets for your little princess at Bellshire Center (3804 Dickerson Pike, Nashville) from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Cost is $40 - $65.

See Friday, Sept. 16. See Friday, Sept. 16.

THE WEDDING SINGER See Thursday, Sept. 9.

AMERICANAFEST

See Tuesday, Sept. 13.

THE KILLERS

bridgestonearena.com

615-480-4409 tearosenashville.com

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

See the American rock band perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $19.80.

See Saturday, Sept. 10.

SUN 18

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

LITTLE LEAPERS

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

BYOBABY YOGA

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN See Sunday, Sept. 4.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, Sept. 4.

LUCKY LADD FALL FUN FEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturday, Sept. 3.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

BEDAZZLED BUTTONS

countrymusichalloffame.org

Design a button representing what you love about country music and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

FREE HISPANIC HERITAGE DAY explorethedc.org

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with exciting activities from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad St., Murfreesboro).

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PLAYHOUSE: MUSIC OF QUEEN FOR KIDS brooklynbowl.com

Head out to Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (925 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201) for a family-friendly concert that offers games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out for families with children ages 10 and younger. The fun starts at 12 p.m. and costs $15.

FREE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (IN FRANKLIN) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: FAMILY FUN SUNDAY FREE JAZZ ON THE CUMBERLAND 615-731-900 victorchatman.com

Enjoy the best local and national jazz artists from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Cumberland Park (592 S. First St., Nashville) with food trucks, concessions, vendors and a “Kid’s Fun Play Zone.”

RENT

See Friday, Sept. 16.

HAMLET

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with special events on Sunday, Sept. 18 at The Discovery Center in Murfreesboro and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Nashville Zoo.

See Friday, Sept. 16.

BEN PLATT

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See Grammy, Tony and Emmy Awardwinner Ben Platt at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $43.95.

THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

THE WEDDING SINGER See Thursday, Sept. 9.

FREE NATURE PLAY AT THE WILDERNESS STATION

Preschool children can enjoy playtime in nature from 10 - 11 a.m. at The Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro). Wear play clothes for this adventure. No registration is required. For ages 1 - 4.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

MON 19 FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES See Monday, Sept. 5.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH

EARLY EXPLORERS

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Monday, Sept. 5.

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

ROBERTSON COUNTY FAIR robertsoncountyfair.com

Come out for children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides and food Sept. 20 - 24 at Robertson County Fairgrounds (4635 Tennessee Highway 41 N, Springfield). Enjoy a demo derby, baby parade, antique tractor pull and more. Tickets are $15, Tuesday - Thursday (includes rides), $12 for adults and $6 for students Friday - Saturday (armband for rides is $20).

THE WELKIN

917-501-5298 nashvillestorygarden.org

Nashville Story Garden presents the U.S. premiere of The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood Sept. 20 - 22 and Sept. 28 30 at Riverside Revival (1600 Riverside Dr., Nashville). Performances happen at 7 p.m. and are intended for ages 12 and older Cost is $15.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

TUE 20

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET

FREE TUESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES

THE NASHVILLE FAIR

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Friday, Sept. 9.

English indie rock band Florence + the Machine perform at Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Ave. S, Nashville) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.50.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK

WED 21

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

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THINGS TO DO FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

ROBERTSON COUNTY FAIR See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (HOMESCHOOL PERFORMANCE) See Saturday, Sept. 10.

THE WELKIN

See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

HAIM

livenation.com

Come see American sister music act HAIM perform live at Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Avenue South, Nashville). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $35.

THU 22 KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LETS CELEBRATE

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Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told as Disney on Ice skates into Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) with seven performances from Sept. 22 - 25. Sing along with Olaf, dance with Aladdin, dream big with Disney princesses and much more. Tickets start at $22.

LA BOHÈME 615-782-4040 tpac.org

Nashville Opera opens its season with this popular opera by Giacomo Puccini Thursday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 24 in TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $30.

There’s not many sweeter ways to spend your weekend than at the Tennessee Honey Festival, happening Sept. 24 at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

THE WELKIN

CANDLELIGHT: MOZART’S REQUIEM AND MORE

See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

FREE TASTE OF HENDERSONVILLE

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST

Come enjoy all that Sumner County has to offer in the way of food, beverages and fun at The Streets of Indian Lake (300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville). Sample from restaurants, grocers and caterers from 5 - 8 p.m.

LUCKY LADD FALL FUN FEST

FRI 23

LITTLE PICASSOS

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

EARLY LEARNERS: PETS! See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Saturday, Sept. 17. See Saturday, Sept. 17.

Discover the magic of Mozart’s Requiem under the gentle glow of candlelight inside The Parthenon at Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville). There are two performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

LUCKY LADD FALL FUN FEST

FREE GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB See Thursday, Sept. 8.

FREE TODDLER TIME WITH THOMAS

RENT

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Friday, Sept. 16.

FREE GOODLETTSVILLE FARMERS MARKET

FREE THE FROG PRINCE

HAMLET

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Friday, Sept. 9.

See Friday, Sept. 16.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

THE WEDDING SINGER

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Thursday, Sept. 9.

FREE HIP DONELSON FARMERS MARKET

MY MORNING JACKET

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN See Thursday, Sept. 1.

ROBERTSON COUNTY FAIR See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

RENT

See Friday, Sept. 16.

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

livenation.com

The American rock band will be stopping by Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Ave. S, Nashville) to perform live at 7:15 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE FRIDAY FILMS See Friday, Sept. 2.

RHAPSODY IN BLACK

GLOW IN THE PARK

615-782-4040 tpac.org

See Friday, Sept. 2.

HAMLET

FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS AT ARRINGTON

See Friday, Sept. 16.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

THE WEDDING SINGER

BOOST GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM

See Thursday, Sept. 9.

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See Friday Sept. 9.

In this one-man show, LeLand Gantt explores his journey to understand and transcend racism in America. Performances are Sept. 23 - 25 at TPAC’s Johnson Theatre (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Tickets start at $40.

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ROBERTSON COUNTY FAIR See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LETS CELEBRATE See Thursday, Sept. 22.

SAT 24 FREE ART IN THE PARK

More than 30 vendors offer pottery, metalworking, jewelry, paintings, photography, woodworking and more at J. Travis Price Park (4155 Wilkes Road, Springfield) from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FREE FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE GALLATIN FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE MURFREESBORO SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET See Saturday, Sept. 3.

BABY GOAT CUDDLING See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE THE FROG PRINCE See Friday, Sept. 9.

THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULD See Saturday, Sept. 3.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.


THINGS TO DO TENNESSEE HONEY FESTIVAL tennesseehoneyfestival.com

This festival celebrates beekeepers with live musical acts, artisan vendors, honey vendors, farming vendors and cooking demonstrations at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville). In addition, there will be kids activities and educational opportunities! Cost is $20 for a day pass.

FREE WILCO POW WOW wilcopowwow.com

Experience an authentic Native American Pow Wow Sept. 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sept. 25 from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at James E. Ward Agricultural Center (945 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon). Feel your heart pound to the beat of the drums, explore authentic Native arts & crafts, find amazing food vendors (you’ve got to try the Indian Tacos … yum) and more.

FREE KIDSVILLE AT THE PARTHENON See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE ST. TIMOTHY LUTHERAN COMMUNITY FALL FESTIVAL sttimothyhendersonville.org

Families can come out to St. Timothy Lutheran Church (650 E Main St., Hendersonville) for live music, games and food from 12 - 3 p.m. Games and activities for families include cornhole, face painting, temporary tattoos and making stepping stones.

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES See Saturday, Sept. 3.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK See Saturday, Sept. 10.

FREE LUNCH WITH CHARACTERS! See Saturday, Sept. 3.

LASER DAVID BOWIE See Saturday, Sept. 3.

RENT

See Friday, Sept. 16.

HAMLET

See Friday, Sept. 16.

THE WEDDING SINGER See Thursday, Sept. 9.

BARK BASH

SCOUT-URDAYS AT DISCOVERY CENTER

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

explorethedc.org

This session helps cover requirements within Cub Scouts for Lions, Webelos and Brownie Girl Scouts badges at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad St., Murfreesboro). Program happens from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per scout, $5 per adult.

GLOW IN THE PARK

Bring your pup for a full day of fun from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna). Visit local vendors’ booths and snap up all the things for your furry friends.

LUCKY LADD FALL FUN FEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

PAINTING WITH THE PRESIDENT thehermitage.com

Come out to The Hermitage (4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage) and learn how to paint the natural environment from local art teacher Peach McComb, leaving with your own watercolor painting of The Hermitage landscape. Program starts at 3 p.m. and costs $45 for nonmembers.

PILGRIMAGE MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL pilgrimagefestival.com

This year’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival takes place Sept. 24 - 25 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm (239 Franklin Road, Franklin) with Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste and The Avett Brothers leading the bill. In addition, the Lil’ Pilgrims Stage and Mare Barn Theatre features children’s musicians and fun-filled activities for the little ones. Tickets start at $219.

MUSIC IN THE MEADOW owlshill.org

Join Owl’s Hill (545 Beech Creek Road S, Brentwood) for an evening of music in the meadow from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the echoes of Nashville Music Row legends Thom Schuyler, Tony Arata, J. Fred Knobloch and Jelly Roll Johnson as the sun sets. Cost is $25 per person.

RHAPSODY IN BLACK See Friday, Sept. 23.

ALICIA KEYS

The 15-time Grammy winner will perform at Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Ave. S, Nashville) at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

SUN 25 LITTLE LEAPERS

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

BYOBABY YOGA

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

COW CUDDLING AT THE GENTLE BARN See Sunday, Sept. 4.

PILGRIMAGE MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL See Saturday, Sept. 24

FREE NASHVILLE PARENT MAGAZINE VIRTUAL PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR vprivateschoolfair.com

Our annual Private School Fair is conveniently online Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 and features daily themes that put you in direct contact with representatives from several local private schools.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, Sept. 4.

FREE WILCO POW WOW See Saturday, Sept. 24.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK See Saturday, Sept. 10.

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LETS CELEBRATE

HIP HATS

FREE EXPLORE WITH A NATURALIST

Using hats on view throughout the museum, aspiring young designers can make and decorate their own paper hats from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville).

HATCH SHOW PRINT BLOCK PARTY

LUCKY LADD FALL FUN FEST

See Saturday, Sept. 10.

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

LA BOHÈME

FREE MUSIC IN THE VINES

See Thursday, Sept. 22.

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

NERF WARS AT MPACT SPORTS

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST

See Thursday, Sept. 22.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival returns Sept. 24 - 25 in Franklin, with Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile and The Avett Brothers leading the bill. The Lil’ Pilgrims Stage and Mare Barn Theatre have activities for little ones!

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THINGS TO DO FREE YOGA IN THE PARK See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: TAIL WAGGIN’ TUESDAYS See Tuesday, Sept. 13.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL tpac.org

Based on the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere movie about a meeting between a sex worker and a disillusioned businessman, Pretty Woman: The Musical comes to Nashville Sept. 27 - Oct. 2 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Tickets start at $33.

FREE SUNSET MOVIE: HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS assemblyfoodhall.com

Come out for a free movie on the Skydeck of Assembly Food Hall (5055 Broadway Place, Nashville). How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (rated PG-13) starts at 7:30 p.m.

WED 28 The Tennessee Titans kick off their 2022-23 season with two home games in September. This is the only month you can see all four Middle TN professional sports teams’ (Titans, Predators, Sounds, Nashville SC) live-action play. NASHVILLE BEATLES BRUNCH

“Come Together” at City Winery Nashville (609 Lafayette St., Nashville) to see Forever Abbey Road, four professional Nashville musicians who demonstrate what the Beatles might sound like today. Show starts at 12 p.m. and tickets start at $15.

TENNESSEE TITANS VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

The Titans will take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Nissan Stadium (1 Titans Way, Nashville), with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m.

EARLY EXPLORERS

TODDLER TUESDAYS

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KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS PRESEASON HOCKEY

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) against the Florida Panthers Sept. 26 and the Tampa Bay Lightning Sept. 30. The 2022 - 23 regular season kicks off in early October.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS

HAMLET

The one and only Monday game of the year kicks off the final series of the season against the Memphis Redbirds at 7:05 p.m. at First Horizon Park.

THE WEDDING SINGER

TUE 27

RENT

See Friday, Sept. 16. See Friday, Sept. 16. See Thursday, Sept. 9.

RHAPSODY IN BLACK See Friday, Sept. 23.

MON 26 FREE MONDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES See Monday, Sept. 5.

FREE NASHVILLE PARENT MAGAZINE VIRTUAL PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR See Sunday, Sept. 25.

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FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

KIDS MUSIC + MOVEMENT See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

AMC DISCOUNT TUESDAYS See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE EAST NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE NASHVILLE PARENT MAGAZINE VIRTUAL PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR See Sunday, Sept. 25.

FREE TUESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PUPPET SHOWS See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET See Friday, Sept. 2.

Bring little ones out to Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna) on the last Tuesday of every month from 10 - 11 a.m. Today’s program is all about the changing seasons with games and crafts. Cost is $5 for toddlers and siblings, free for parents.

FREE THOMPSON’S STATION FARMERS MARKET See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

THE NASHVILLE FAIR See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE TOUCH-A-TRUCK AT RIVERGATE MALL rivergate-mall.com

Join RiverGate Mall (1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville) for an exciting evening of honking horns and exploring trucks of all shapes and sizes from 4 - 7 p.m. In addition, thee will be kids activities like face painting, balloon art and character meet & greets.

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FREE NASHVILLE PARENT MAGAZINE VIRTUAL PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR See Sunday, Sept. 25.

FREE WEDNESDAY NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTIMES See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

FREE STORYTIME AT LINEBAUGH See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS: WINNING WEDNESDAYS See Wednesday, Sept. 14.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL See Tuesday, Sept. 27.

THE WELKIN

See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

THU 29 FREE NASHVILLE PARENT MAGAZINE VIRTUAL PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR See Sunday, Sept. 25.

EARLY LEARNERS: JOHNNY APPLESEED! See Thursday, Sept. 1.


THINGS TO DO FALL HOMESCHOOL DAY AT LUCKY LADD 615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com

Bring your little one out to Lucky Ladd Farms (4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville) to learn and have fun with live science presentations throughout the day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The all-day pass includes the petting zoo, playground, wagon rides, nature trails, barrel train rides, mega slides, racing trike track, a coloring book gift and more. Cost is $14.50.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

LITTLE PICASSOS

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB See Thursday, Sept. 8. See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Two great chances for kids to see big birds up close: World Vulture Day on Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Wilderness Station in Murfreesboro, or Family Night at the Museum on Friday, Sept. 30 at Sam Davis Home in Smyrna.

FREE GOODLETTSVILLE FARMERS MARKET

THE WELKIN

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS AT ARRINGTON

See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

ETON JOHN & TIM RICE’S AIDA IN CONCERT 615-782-4040 tpac.org

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHOIR OF MURFREESBORO

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FREE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CARS CRUISE-IN

FREE NASHVILLE PARENT MAGAZINE VIRTUAL PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Sunday, Sept. 25.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL

LUCKY LADD FALL FUN FEST

See Tuesday, Sept. 27.

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

Bring your Littles out to Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna) for Family Nights At The Museum from 7 - 8 p.m. This month, get an up close look at a hawk! Cost is $10.

HOLST’S THE PLANETS WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

FREE SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES

TOTS! AT CHEEKWOOD

MARCUS KING

FREE TODDLER TIME WITH THOMAS

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

FREE THE FROG PRINCE

ON YOUR RADAR ...

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

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See Holst’s sonic, celestial showpiece, The Planets – one of classical music’s most exciting and beloved works – performed by the Nashville Symphony Sept 29 - Oct 2 at the Schermerhorn (1 Symphony Place, Nashville). The concert also features Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Tickets start at $25.

MARCUS KING ryman.com

Performer Marcus King is set to perform live at Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Ave. N, Nashville) for two nights on Sept. 29 - 30. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35.

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

615-742-2500 nashvillefilmfestival.org

The 53rd annual festival will present more than 125 film screenings, a selection of post-film Q&As and in-depth discussions with attending filmmakers Sept. 29 – Oct. 5. Screenings will take place at the Belcourt Theater, TPAC’s Johnson Theater and the Franklin Theatre.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE FAMILY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Thursday, Sept. 29. See Thursday, Sept. 29.

Presented by TPAC and Studio Tenn, performances are Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Tickets start at $50.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS PRESEASON HOCKEY See Monday, Sept. 26.

HOLST’S THE PLANETS WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY See Thursday, Sept. 29.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL See Tuesday, Sept. 27.

THE WELKIN

See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

See Friday, Sept. 2. See Friday, Sept. 9.

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE HIP DONELSON FARMERS MARKET See Friday, Sept. 2.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE FRIDAY FILMS See Friday, Sept. 2.

GLOW IN THE PARK See Friday, Sept. 2.

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Oct. 1 Cumberland Park, Nashville dragonboatnashville.com

BOO AT THE ZOO Oct. 14 - 30 Nashville Zoo, Nashville nashvillezoo.org

NATIONAL BANANA PUDDING FESTIVAL Oct. 1 - 2 Centerville, TN bananapuddingfest.org

SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS Oct. 14 - 16 War Memorial Plaza, Nashville sofestofbooks.org

FALL TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR Oct. 7 - 9 Centennial Park tennesseecraft.org

STEAM-A-PALOOZA Oct. 15 Discovery Center, Murfreesboro | tnsteam.org

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Opening minds to the wonders of science and technology for 75 years. Plan an adventure for the family including a show in the Sudekum Planetarium, an immersive experience of sound and music in soundBox, live science shows and more! Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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Sign up for music lessons at Bach to Rock Mt. Juliet and save $39 on enrollment today! Fun music lessons for toddlers, kids and teens. Adults love us too! Learn with local, experienced teachers. B2R birthday parties and seasonal camps are great opportunities to play & learn music with your friends and make new ones!

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CHEEKWOOD ESTATE AND GARDENS 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org

Engage students in art, history, and botanical gardens with a trip to Cheekwood. Students in grades pre-k-12 can enjoy a self-guided experience, or a curriculum-centered guided field trip here at Cheekwood. We offer school field trips and homeschool field trips. Destination Cheekwood brings families to Cheekwood on a Saturday for a visit filled with art, garden, and historical experiences and activities. Cheekwood GROWS targets third grade students to provide an immersive, multi-faceted experience that teaches them about gardening.

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FRANKLIN – 539 Cool Springs Blvd. #105 mathnasium.com/franklin/promotions BRENTWOOD – 18 Cadillac Drive mathnasium.com/brentwood NOLENSVILLE – 505 Burkitt Commons Ave. mathnasium.com/nolensville

We help kids in grades Pre-K to 12, improve their self confidence and math abilities. Your child is unique and they deserve a personalized learning plan to aid in their math learning. Whether they are advanced gifted students seeking enrichment, or students struggling and needing assistance to catch up, at Mathnasium we believe every student can improve their math skills by teaching the way that makes sense to them.

MY GYM OF BRENTWOOD 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 615-371-5437 | mygym.com/brentwood

Creating Moments That Matter! From first steps to handstands My Gym grows with your child. My Gym was born out of our passion to teach children in a fun, physically engaging environment. We delight in seeing children’s eyes light up for all those incredible milestones, from the tentative first steps to tumbling down soft mats. Sharing the parents’ excitement with their children’s accomplishments is the high point of our day.

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Looking for a great after school activity this Fall? Check out our group classes! We offer unique personal classes and the best part is there is no registration fee, no contract, and no hidden performance fees. You’ve got nothing to lose and your student will love it. We only have a few spots remaining so learn more and sign up today.

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Children love exploring creativity and the idea of learning new skills –– especially when there’s a lot of fun involved! Preschool to Teens – Our themed weekly classes are a fun way for your Lil’ Chef to focus on hands-on kids cooking class sessions while learning recipes to try at home. Tuition includes recipe handouts to take home, and all supplies. We look forward to seeing you at a Flour Power studio near you soon.

BILL TAYLOR BUSHIDO SCHOOL OF KARATE 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 615-890-6755 | bskonline.com 1820 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-893-6003 | bskonline.com

Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate for ages 3 - adult. Call now to get one month free plus a uniform.

HARVEST MARTIAL ARTS 313 Independence Square, Franklin 615-224-3851 | harvestmartialarts.com

The Harvest Concept opened in 2016, and is long known for its specialty in teaching Han Mu Do, the traditional Korean art of self defense, and is the only Han Mu Do school in the state of Tennessee. We offer classes for ages 3 through adult. We focus on optimism, balance and harmony, building mental and physical strength through movement and practices, such as martial arts, yoga, and traditional archery.

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2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-933-9644 | littlearthousenashville.com

Little Art House is a trusted source for art education in Nashville where people of all ages come together to imagine, explore and create. Founded by two sisters and former MNPS art teachers, Emma Bradford and Leighton Lancaster, the Little Art House provides small, personalized learning environments offering consistent classes with qualified teachers.

DANCE ACADEMY OF BELLEVUE 8074 TN-100, Nashville 629-888-9954 | danceacademyofbellevue.com

Dance academy of Bellevue is a safe, and inclusive place for dancers to be themselves. At DAB our dancers learn to instill pride and confidence in self expression and individuality. They learn to appreciate the art of dance through quality instruction. At DAB our core values are creativity, encouragement, teamwork and community.

MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS 615-573-2702 | mrbondscienceguy.com

Mr. Bond’s Science Guys’ mission is to make science fun, cool and easy for kids! With over 20 years of experience in Tennessee and beyond, our mission is still to get kids excited about science! No matter what the circumstances we will find a way to bring exciting and educational programs to kids. Call us for parties, after school programs/Clubs and field trips.

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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 - 18 years and all ability levels. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

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Experience the joy of dance at School of Nashville Ballet! Our Children’s Classes help students ages 2 - 7 reach important developmental milestones while having fun. Open to ages 8 - 18, our Community Youth Classes guide students in building upon their dance education and provides flexible classes to accommodate busy schedules. So why wait? Spark a lifelong love of movement today! Enroll in our Spring semester classes now at nashvilleballet.com/snbclasses or 615-297-2966 x910.

NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL 25 Middleton St., Nashville 615-297-2966 ext. 910 | nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

At NCT we believe that theatre skills are life skills. We celebrate each student’s individuality. We believe in the power of ‘play’ and the greater learning that is derived from it. It is important to us for every young person to feel heard, celebrated, and uplifted. We currently offer fall , spring , Saturday classes and camps.

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Spartan Development Academy is a skills based training league for children ages 5 - 13. The program is designed for players looking for more than recreational soccer but not ready to commit to travel soccer. Check out our sibling discount and referral program with Mini Spartans and Spartan Development Academy. Join us anytime! Register for the fall league training today.

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We harness the unequalled talent of Nashville’s musicians to offer our students world class, internationally touring, Grammy-winning instructors who are at the top of their field. We build community through music, with our family potlucks, jams, square dances, and live events, allowing our teachers, students, and their families, to develop meaningful lasting relationships across all boundaries.

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At National Dance Clubs, we offer a easy, fun, three-way system of learning to dance that is proven best for the needs of our students. Whether you need private lessons with certified instructors, or group classes, or just want to practice the moves with a live band, DJ, or class we’ve got you covered.

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Ever have sweet dreams of being a Sugar Artist? No one likes to play with their food better than we do! Our trained instructors have taught thousands of students ages 3 and up over the past five years. From special camps and cookie classes to fondant and Buttercream Bootcamp, we keep a full calendar of sweet fun to help inspire you on your sugar journey!

ONE GOAL SPORTS Murfreesboro 615-896-7309 | onegoalsports.net

A non-profit, community-based sports league providing quality sports programming for families in a fun, Christian environment. Now registering for Fall.

PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 410 DeJarmette Lane, Murfreesboro 615-904-0902 | providencechristian.com

Providence Christian Academy offers a robust college preparatory education through the Classical Christian model, making it truly distinct from other institutions. Our mission, to teach students to seek God’s truth and to equip them with the tools for a lifetime of learning, drives all we do here. Our three pillars truly help to distinguish the PCA experience from other educational options.

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