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rowing up I was a scaredy cat, no two ways about it. I remember several things that make this true. People like me have wild imaginations and the first thing I remember is having a true and deep belief that a tiger lived behind the shower curtain in our bathroom. I would not go in there without a parent. And I had to stand there and watch my mom or dad whoosh the curtain aside to prove there was no tiger in there. Then and only then could I sit down on the potty. There’s more. As the middle of five kids, I have a little sister four years younger. She’s so much braver than I. We lived on a farm for a portion of my formative years, and we had a big barn with hay and spiders and swooping bats inside. It was an advernture to push that heavy door open and tip toe in. I wish I had have been the one to do that, but it was always my little sister Wendy with scaredy-cat me wincing and whining behind her. There’s more. On this farm where we lived, Wendy and I shared a bedroom on the third floor. It was actually an attic with a large room for our bedroom and across the landing, a writing nook for my writer father. In my father’s tiny space, he had this gigantic poster of the Mona Lisa thumb-tacked to the wall. I would go in there and stare at her and swear she was looking right at me. Then I’d run down those third-floor stairs like a wild child, certain she was after me ... or certain the Wooden Lady was chasing me. The Wooden Lady? Anybody ever read any Nancy Drew? The Wooden Lady scared the daylights out of me. Those are three significant ways I can be defined as fearful. But I never felt more fear than I did when I was finally home alone with my first child, my newborn daughter, after coming home from the hospital. I felt secure in my self-confidence as a mother. I’d always wanted to be one and it was finally here. But at night I would worry because I loved her so much and was scared that if something happened to her I would NOT BE ABLE TO GO ON. Only I did go on. One time she rode her bicycle with training wheels down the front hill of our home, over a bank and into a rocky ditch. She cut her chin open right to the bone. I drove like hell on wheels to the hospital while her Dad rocked her in the seat beside me. We never know how much we are capable of until FEAR drives us forward and makes us ACT. That’s me. That’s ONE of my stories. What’s YOUR STORY? Turn to page 21 and let’er rip.

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“We waited. My oldest daughter got a Tracphone in eighth grade because she was going to allstate choir two-and-a-half hours away. She promptly lost it and didn’t get another until she was a sophomore. It wasn’t a good one, so we took it away and gave it to her freshman brother who was involved in activities after school. He dropped it in the creek while fishing and didn’t get another until he could pay for it himself. Younger son got one in eighth grade because of football. He also dropped his in the creek while fishing. Youngest daughter got one right before eighth grade because she was doing color guard and had to travel with the band. Thus far, she has been fairly responsible and respectful with it.” Clarissa Moore “The relay device is a great alternative to a cellphone.” Brittany Tobitt

“I think it’s different for every family. For us, our kids got phones in sixth grade because that was when they started being involved in activities without parents around. That’s also when we started leaving them home alone some — and we don’t have a land line. In both instances, getting phones was about safety.” Leslie Campbell Vaughan “At 11, my daughter has an older phone, but it’s because she rides a bus with an unpredictable afternoon schedule, and I use the GPS to get an ETA for her. When she stays after school or goes to another activity it helps us coordinate things. She’s not allowed to have social media or video streaming sites on it, and it’s out of her room at night. Each kid has a different situation and some of them need a phone sooner. But they may not necessarily need all the bells and whistles or unlimited access to everything.” Katie Long

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CORRECTION: In our fall issue of the Private School Directory, Benton Hall Academy was mistakenly referenced in Williamson County on the Private School Map. The Davidson County non-denominational special-focus school for grades 3 - 12 is located at 5555 Franklin Pike, Nashville. Learn more about them online at bentonhallacademy. org.

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The long-term effects of CBD use in children is unknown. Caution is key.

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ust about everywhere you turn there’s a new store selling CBD products, and the quality and content can vary drastically by brand. More and more parents are turning to CBD products for their kids, whether it’s to ease anxiety or aid in seizure disorders. However, little is still known about its effects, especially on children. Before jumping on the CBD bandwagon, do your homework.

WHAT IS CBD? According to David A. Edwards, M.D., Ph.D., chief of Division of Pain Medicine and Department of Anesthesiology, Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of hundreds of “cannabinoid” molecules found in the cannabis sativa plant. “Hemp is a class of cannabis with very low levels (less than 0.3 percent) of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component found in marijuana,” says Edwards. “CBD oil is primarily derived from the hemp plant, so it’s not considered to be marijuana.”

WHY USE CBD? CBD use effects the body’s endocannabinoid signaling system, says Edwards, and in many ways it’s not fully understood. There are active studies underway in laboratories and clinical

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trials to learn more about how it works in the body, but most are done with adults. CBD is most commonly used for pain relief associated with cancer pain, nerve pain, spasticity-related pain or chronic pain; sleep and anxiety. It’s also prescribed for seizure disorders. Edwards says some parents describe the benefits of CBD in their kids as having fewer seizures, improved alertness and behavior, improved sleep, better motor skills and the ability to come off other medications. “Obviously, coming off medications should only be done in collaboration with the [doctor] prescribing the medicine,” Edwards says. “Many diseases have effective treatments supported by medical evidence, so a parent should not forgo the best treatments for disease by using CBD instead.”

ALL THE CHOICES CBD is sold in oils and lotions, capsules and gummies, along with general hemp products such as shampoos, body wash, soaps and more. Edwards says the most common forms are either ingested or applied on the skin as a cream. “It is generally low risk by any of these routes, but may also be ineffective,” he says. While there are no differences in products sold for adults versus kids, individual experts and retailers may recommend use at different doses. Edwards says it remains an individualized approach.

SIDE EFFECTS & PROLONGED EXPOSURE CBD is usually well tolerated, but Edwards says some side effects have been noted and therefore can be risky — especially with

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prolonged use, in some children. The most common side effects are increased anxiety and drowsiness; diarrhea; reduced appetite; dizziness; respiratory problems like cough or wheezing; or allergic reactions. “Special caution must be taken for children with plant sensitivities or allergies, and also with children who are on other medications that may interact with CBD,” says Edwards. “The greatest concern is actually the impurity of many CBD products that are sold.” The long-term effects of CBD use in kids is unknown. Because of this, Edwards says medical professionals cannot give a recommendation one way or the other, and there’s a need to emphasize caution. “Parents who may want to use CBD products on kids should strictly identify products that have been tested to have zero THC according to reputable third-party analysis,” says Edwards. “The long-term use of THC in childhood does have a detrimental effect on child development, especially on learning and memory, so THC is specifically recommended not to be used in children and young adults.” Review the certificate of analysis that should be available online or with any CBD product where it is sold. Ensure there are no pesticides, microbes, solvents and THC. “CBD seems to be effective for some kids, but not for others,” says Edwards. “Future studies hopefully will help us sort out who will benefit the most. For now, use of prescription forms should be done in collaboration with a knowledgeable pediatric clinician.” Kiera Ashford is associate editor for this publication and mother of three.


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hen you think about children’s book artists, one of the first names that comes to mind is Eric Carle with his whimsical creations, especially that caterpillar with an insatiable appetite. For the first time in the Frist Art Museum’s history, the museum presents an exhibit about a children’s book illustrator, and like Carle’s books, the exhibit is designed with kids in mind. Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” runs Oct. 18, 2019 - Feb. 23, 2020. The exhibit features more than 100 original works of art from nearly 25 titles from Carle’s 50-year picture book career. The exhibit includes a special section devoted to the golden anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. “Artwork will be hung lower than our norm to engage small visitors,” says Frist Art Museum Curator Trinita Kennedy. “Copies of

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Carle’s books will be shelved in cozy nooks where families can read his stories together while surrounded by his original artwork,” she adds. In addition to English editions of Carle’s books, there will be Braille editions along with foreign language versions in Spanish, French, Kurdish and Somali. Furthermore, a documentary showing Carle working in his studio gives kids insight into the artist’s process, and a video of Carle reading Caterpillar offers a virtual storytime with the author. During the exhibit’s run, look for special programs like this month’s free Curator’s Perspective lecture on Carle’s life and legacy (Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.). The Frist is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville. Hours are Mon - Wed & Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, free ages 18 & younger. Call 615244-3340 or visit fristartmuseum.org.

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ext month, Nashville Parent magazine will roll out an all-new look and feel, and “YOUR STORY” will be a big part of it. With Nashville growing the way it is — and with our digital lives dominating our every move — we are all getting more and more isolated. That’s why we’re evolving into an even more expansive and dynamic THINGS TO DO magazine for LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE. While we will continue to include features, we’re also going to be providing a new way to get to know one another because we ALL want to know other and be known.

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e’ve all seen it in the news: a child-care provider caught on video abusing a child. According to the National Children’s Alliance, nearly 700,000 American children are victims of abuse or neglect each year. In 90 percent of these cases, child

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abuse or neglect is committed by a parent or family member. National statistics on abuse and neglect by daycare providers aren’t readily available. But some experts estimate 5 percent of child abuse and neglect cases occur at daycare homes and facilities. If that’s accurate, it means about 35,000 American children are abused or neglected in daycare homes and facilities each year.

So what can parents do to ensure their children’s safety? The first step is to thoroughly investigate daycare facilities and interview child-care providers before leaving your child. Then when your child begins daycare, also be aware of the signs of abuse. The following steps will help to ensure your child’s safety and give you peace of mind knowing you’ve taken necessary precautions.

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There are several things you should do and ask before sending your child to a new daycare.

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IS THE DAYCARE IN COMPLIANCE? On your state’s website, also look up the requirements for daycare homes and centers. Then keep this information handy when you tour a home or facility, so you know whether the daycare complies.

THE DAYCARE TOUR A tour of the daycare home or facility is vital to ensuring your child’s safety. So don’t be shy, and ask for a full tour. Think of it as an inspection, and pay attention to the following:

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present within the daycare’s license capacity? Does the daycare also meet the appropriate ratio of caregivers to children?

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• Are the children happy and content? • Is there ample play space? • How does the staff interact with the children?

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peek in at my child on my computer or phone?

SIGNS TO LOOK FOR No matter how cautious you are in choosing a daycare, there’s still the slight possibility neglect or abuse can occur. Many symptoms of abuse are easily explained by other things, however. So parents must take into account what they know about their child combined with all other factors to make an educated guess. As statistics reveal, the likelihood is higher when your child is in the care of a family member or friend. But regardless of who’s caring for your child, when in doubt, err on the side of caution. The following are signs of abuse. So be on the alert if your child:

• suddenly becomes fussy or withdrawn. • gets upset when being left at daycare or with a sitter. • has injuries such as bumps,

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• expresses unusual curiosity in or knowledge of sex. • shows inappropriate affection. • often brings home gifts from a caregiver.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE The first thing to do if something doesn’t seem right is to calmly and casually ask your child a few questions. Ask, “Is there anything that happened today you didn’t like?” “Is there anyone you don’t like, or that you’re afraid of?” If so, ask your child who and why? Whatever you do, keep a reassuring tone. That way your child knows it’s OK to talk to you about what’s bothering him. If you have the slightest concern something is wrong, don’t send your child back until you’ve thoroughly investigated the situation. The next step is to have your child examined by a doctor for any signs of physical or sexual abuse you may have missed. Even if the doctor gives your child a clean bill of health, that doesn’t mean it isn’t occurring. Abuse often occurs without traces of evidence. So take all the factors into account to make a judgment. If you suspect abuse may have occurred, report it so it can be thoroughly investigated. If nothing happened, there’s no foul. But if your suspicion was right, your report will also help ensure the safety of other children in the provider’s care. Look up how to make a report: daycareabuse. com/how-to-report. Kimberly Blaker is a freelance parenting and lifestyle writer. She also writes content, blog posts and more for businesses in a variety of industries. Find her at kimberlyblaker.com.

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TRACKING KIDS OR NOT?

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he problem that Jennifer Jackson-Rice ran into when using the Cell Control app was that she got more information than she wanted. She didn’t really need to know every single time her son pressed the accelerator pedal to increase his speed while driving. But maybe YOU do. Thanks to GPS technology in smartphones, parents have plenty of options when it comes to keeping up with kids. But when it comes to tracking their every move ... should you? As with so many parenting decisions, it mostly depends on what works best for your family and what skills you are trying to help your kids develop — especially teens. “Life is a progression and that’s how we should raise our teens,” says Jackson-Rice, a child and adolescent therapist. “Make sure you start where you can build up. If you are allowing a curfew of midnight at age 15, what are you allowing at the age of 17?” she asks. As kids grow up, they strive for more and more independence. Hopefully, you are helping your kids do this by slowly giving them more and more freedom over time as trust is earned and skills are learned. It’s true that tracking apps help to reinforce important safety practices when parents aren’t around, and it’s tempting to track kids simply because the technology is there. We all worry about our kids to various degrees when they’re away from us. But with any skill that you are nurturing along — i.e., independence — it’s important to clarify and implement consequences if rules are broken. For some families, that might mean pulling back on a kid’s curfew or restricting some other privilege. “Teenagers are supposed to explore,” Jackson-Rice says. “They’re supposed to gain some independence, and we’re supposed to be able to trust. When we need to put a consequence in, we put a consequence in, and we start over again,” she adds. How you can do that is to start using a tracking app — being transparent about it with your family — and then moving away from it eventually as the desired skill is mastered. Supporting new drivers Kelly Wornall opted for the Life 360 app when her 16-year-old son started driving to reinforce safe driving. “We use the app more for peace of mind when he’s out driving,” Wornall says. “A huge benefit of the app is the feature where I can click ‘get directions to my child.’ He is horrible with directions, and we’ve had several instances where I’ve had to meet up with him. I would have had issues finding him without the app.” Life 360 offers crash detection and emergency response, a map pinpointing your kid’s

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Building Independence & Trust • Discuss independence and set up tracking/safety apps as a family • Talk about personal safety measures when out with friends • Model safety measures • Carve out dedicated family and friends time throughout the week • Know kids learn at different paces

Common Tracking Apps GLYMPSE | FREE Share locations using GPS tracking. Send a text or e-mail and get location info. Does not require you to install the app on your kid’s phone. GOOGLE MAPS | FREE Turn location tracking on for everyone’s devices. On your phone, open Google Maps and choose “Share” from the menu. Add who you want to share your location with. LIFE 360 | FREE Create a “circle” with family and friends and get notifications when someone in your circle has left or arrived at a designated place. To get started, send an invite to all the devices you want to track. FOURSQUARE SWARM | FREE Users check in and leave a pin showing where they’re at. SYGIC FAMILY LOCATOR | FREE Focuses where family members are through their GPS-enabled devices. Adjust “safe” and “unsafe” zones, track many people at once. Map setup lets you configure precise spots that your kids are to avoid. TRUSTED CONTACTS | FREE Select contacts and let friends know they are your trusted contact. After acceptance, you have a trusted contact list. What sets this app apart: if a trusted contact doesn’t respond in five minutes, you get access to his last location.

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HARPETH HALL ADMISSION PREVIEW DAY Sunday, November 3 Registration 1:30 p.m. Program 2:00 p.m.

HarpethHall.org 3801 Hobbs Road • Nashville, TN • 615-297-9543 A college preparatory school for girls in grades 5-12. Financial aid available

chapel Bible classes prayer inspiration missions Holly Tree of Brentwood 1384 Holly Tree Gap Road Brentwood, TN 37027 615.377.6636

Faith-based child care and preschool

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BY CHAD YOUNG

October

LOOK FOR THE PUMPKIN TO QUICKLY FIND HALLOWEEN-THEMED EVENTS AND FALL FESTIVALS.

BEST OF THE MONTH

THINGS TO DO THE WIZARD OF OZ

Oct. 11 - 13 Father Ryan Center for the Arts, Nashville Page 69 Bravo Creative Arts Center presents the beloved family musical about a girls magical journey to the colorful Land of Oz.

RUTHERFORD PARENT’S FALL KIDS FEST

Saturday, Oct. 26 The Ave. Murfreesboro Page 74 The hottest fall fest in the ‘Boro features kids’ costume contests, trick-or-treating, inflatable fun and local vendors ... and it’s all FREE!

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DAILY ACTIVITIES

October events in day-by-day order.

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

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FUN FOR BIG KIDS

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

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Oct. 15 - 20 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville Page 69 A peasant girl on a tropical island uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.

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HOT HAPPENIN’

Millers Thrillers scares up the fun every weekend this month.

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SAYING IT

The necessity of raising the bar in the performing arts.

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HOT HAPPENIN’

Boo at the Zoo is one of the area’s best Halloween hoots.


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36TH ANNUAL PUMPKINFEST

Saturday, Oct. 26 Downtown Franklin Page 71 There’s an entire city block of children’s activities, from pumpkin painting to inflatables, and you won’t want to miss the extreme pumpkin carving!

BOO AT THE ZOO

Oct. 11 - 13, 18 - 20 & 24 - 27 Nashville Zoo Page 55 Make it an incredible family affair by dressing up with your kids during one of the best Halloween events of the year!

BARFIELD BASH TWILIGHT TRAIL & CARNIVAL

Oct. 25 - 26 Barfield Crescent Park, Murfreesboro Page 68 Kids can have fun playing a variety of carnival games after their fun Twilight Trail experience.

PUMPKIN PATCHES & CORN MAZES

Page 42 Sixteen Middle Tennessee pumpkin farms offer lots of fall activities, including corn mazes, animal encounters, obstacle courses and a lot of other fun things to do.

CASTLE OF VILLAINS

Friday, Oct. 25 Historic Rock Castle, Hendersonville Page 68 Kids can mingle with their favorite dastardly characters while trick-or-treating.

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THEATER & DANCE

Take in a show on a stage near you.

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HOT HAPPENIN’

Rutherford Parent’s Fall Kids Fest boasts a ton of free fun!

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ONGOING EVENTS

ON YOUR RADAR

Things to do with regular recurrence.

Mark your calendars for next month’s select outings.

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NEXT MONTH’S HOT TICKET The SpongeBob Musical comes to TPAC Nov. 5 - 10.

ONLINE

Find additional events, library storytimes, reviews and more at nashvilleparent. com.

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TUE 1 W GroovaRoo Pre-

natal & Babywearing Dance Class (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15524

Ages 6 weeks to toddlers; pregnant moms. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 - 29 from 10 - 11 a.m. $75. This low-impact dance class is designed for pregnant moms and babywearing caregivers of infants 6 weeks old to toddlers.

R Homeschool

Program: Skeletons (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5. Learn about the skeletal system and how it holds us together.

USE THE COLOR-CODED KEYS TO FIND EVENTS NEAR YOU!

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R Preschool

Program: Balloon Day (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Discover how many shapes, sizes and uses a balloon can have. Plus, science experiments, balloon crafts and games.

N The Black Keys 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $39.50 - $199.50. A night of rock music.

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Family Program: Songwriting Tune-Up (Register) 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

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

W Open Studio

S Homeschool

Open House

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

with Kreative Kat (Register)

615-786-0200 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15386 Ages 8+. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 - 22 from 6 - 7 p.m. $40. Learn specific art techniques in different media while creating in an open studio space.

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Williamson

Events without color dots are ones happening in multiple counties or are outside of our typical area. Events with “Register” require advance registration in order to attend.

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

N FREE Observatory

R

Program: Heritage Cooking/Souper Sampler (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Learn to make homemade 1778 Succotash Stew and corn bread.

R Homeschool

Program: Skeletons (Register)

See Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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

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

W Polynesian

Dance (Register)

615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15145 All ages. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. Wednesdays, Oct. 2 - 30 (skip Oct. 10) from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. $30. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti.

W Soundtek

Studio (Register)

615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15582 Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Wednesdays, Oct. 2 - 30 from 5 - 6 p.m. $87.50. Learn music creation and production. Laptops enabled with digital audio workstations are provided.

THU 3 R Big Band Swing

dancing and music by Karl Wingruber and Music City Swing benefiting the Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra).

W FREE Fairview LEGO Club

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

R Fall Wooden

Pumpkins (Register)

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks aacla@murfreesborotn.gov Adults. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 6 - 8 p.m. $25. Choose colors and designs to create a one-of-akind wooden pumpkin.

N GRiZ Ride Waves Tour Season 2

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $37.50 - $189. A night of electronic music.

N FREE Gulch Night Market

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

N FREE Homeschool Investigations (Register)

Dance Fundraiser

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Adults. The Fountains at Gateway, 1500 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 7 - 11 p.m. $75 individuals, $125 couples. A night of food,

Grades K - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Use field tools, journaling and identification guides to make observations and share discoveries.

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N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Minnesota Wild.

N Opry Country Classics

615-889-3060 ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $100. Larry Gatlin hosts a night of country music.

W Our Kids Klassic 615-341-4911 ourkidscenter.com

Adults. Vanderbilt Legends Club, 1500 Legends Club Lane, Franklin. 7:45 a.m. $500. This benefit of Our Kids Center includes golf, food, prizes and a silent auction.

S Pioneer Pals:

People in the Neighborhood (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Learn about firefighters, doctors, nurses, police, teachers, chefs and others who make up a neighborhood while learning letter P and number 5.

W Royally Fun

Cookie Class: Halloween Fun (Register) 629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45. Learn the art of working with royal icing while decorating Halloween cookies.


THINGS TO DO R FREE Strollercoasters

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

N THE GLOW: A

Pumpkin Wonderland (Register)

615-889-2941 glowpumpkin.com/nashville All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. Thu Sun, Oct. 3 - 27: Thu 6:45 - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 6:45 - 10 p.m., Sun 7 - 9:30 p.m. $22.99 adults, $16.99 ages 3 - 12. This Halloween experience features a pumpkin wonderland with more than 5,000 decorative jack o’ lanterns, a pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations and more activities.

N Trisha Yearwood with the Nashville Symphony

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Trisha Yearwood makes her Nashville Symphony debut.

FRI 4 N Al Menah Shrine Circus

615-226-7766 nashvilleshrinecircus.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 & 6 p.m. $12 - $25. Human and animal performers join forces to bring you three-ring circus fun. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for children.

R Campfire &

Astronomy Program (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $3. This two-mile round-trip hike includes an astronomy program with hot chocolate and s’mores around the campfire.

S Days Gone By

Tractor and Threshing Show

615-325-2555 visitsumnertn.com/days-goneby-museum All ages. Days Gone By Museum, 122 Davis St., Portland. Fri - Sat 8 a.m. $5. See wheat threshing demonstrations and a working sawmill, sample cider and homemade ice cream, view tractors, enjoy live music and more.

W FREE Franklin Art Scene

615-815-6015 franklinartscene.com All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. Explore dozens of art galleries in downtown Franklin.

W FREE Games Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Play classic and new board games.

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat $57 - $119. Country superstar

S FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

facebook.com/HendersonvilleCruiseIn All ages. Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1006 Andrews Run, Hendersonville. 6 - 8 p.m. A classic car show with live music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, dancing for the kids and more.

N Hermitage

Homeschool Day: A Presidential Toast

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

High school students. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $18. Explore the roles of Andrew Jackson and James Monroe in 1819 debating foreign policy and issues of the time. Learn about the president’s engagement with citizens and practice historic table etiquette with a toast.

N Learn to Line Dance: Country Crossover

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 5+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 1 & 2 p.m.

Take in a Film Festival! If your family loves the movies, then get ready for lots of big-screen experiences this month. Nashville Film Festival | Oct. 3 - 12 Regal Hollywood 27, Nashville nashfilm.org Tickets: $15 per movie/$25 special presentations VIP badges run $295 - $495

The Nashville Film Festival celebrates 50 years. You can see everything from features to documentaries to shorts and more. Look for Bluebird, the movie about Nashville’s very own Bluebird Cafe featuring Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift and others.

Nashville Jewish Film Fest | Oct. 3 - Nov. 1 Belcourt Theater & AMC Bellevue, Nashville nashvillejff.net Tickets: $12 adults, $8 students (some prices may vary)

The Gordon Jewish Community Center celebrates 19 years of bringing educational, entertaining and thought-provoking Jewish films to the community.

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Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Learn to line dance while exploring songs by artists who have expanded the boundaries of country music with other genres like Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley and Lil Nas X.

R FREE MTSU Star Party

mtsu.edu/physics All ages. MTSU’s Wiser-Patten Science Hall Room 102, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Eric Clumpe presents “Physics 101: Marvel Style: Conservation of Momentum” followed by telescope viewing.

W Music Makers (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15595 Ages 3 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Fridays, Oct. 4 - 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. $70. This music class explores rhythm, drumming, dance, singing, reading music and playing the piano.

N Pumpkin

Patch Weekend

615-889-4225 nashvillejellystone.com

All ages. Jellystone Partk, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville. Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. $10. Hayrides, fire truck rides, game and trick-or-treating.

N FREE Star Party 615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 9 - 11 p.m. View a few planets through telescopes as well as fall highlights like the Andromeda Galaxy.

W Sticky

Fingers (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15657 Ages 3.5 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Fridays, Oct. 4 - 25 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. $52. Educational art experiences using a variety of media.

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SAT 5 N FREE 17th Annual Art in the Park

615-952-2110 facebook.com/ksartinthepark All ages. L.L. Burns Park, 501 Park St., Kingston Springs. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Regional artisans show and sell their crafts, compete in a juried arts show, show off their best baked or canned good, and share their musical talent. Plus, there are children’s activities in the Kid Zone.

S 23rd Annual

Candlelight Cemetery Tour 615-451-3738 eventbrite.com

Ages 8+. Gallatin City Cemetery, 250 Cemetery Ave, Gallatin. 4 - 8 p.m. $12 general admission, $75 VIP (includes actor meet-and-greet party, two drinks, appetizers and live music on the patio). Sumner County Museum hosts this candlelight tour covering many of the county’s most fascinating characters.

N 28th Annual

Nashville AIDS Walk

nashvilleaidswalk.org

All ages. Public Square Park, 350 Deaderick St., Nashville. 9 a.m. $5 adults, free ages 12 & younger for the walk/festival; brunch tickets are $75 adults, $25 ages 20 & younger. Help raise awareness and funds for Nashville Cares. The event includes a festival with live music, children’s activities, food trucks, vendors and more. New this year is Brunch for Cares

R FREE Animal Encounters

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 1:30 - 2 p.m. Meet an education animal during a mini lesson.

N FREE Apple of

My Eye (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2 - 3 p.m. Enjoy homemade apple cider, make applesauce and other applethemed goodies.

N Arranging Fall Florals

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $50. Join Cheekwood gardener Shannon Pruitt for a tour of the garden and then create your own version of Cheekwood’s fall display to take home with you.

N FREE Bark Fest

615-773-2298 shopprovidencemarketplace. com

See Friday, Oct. 4.

All ages. Providence Marketplace, 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free admission, but attendees are asked to donate items like laundry detergent, dish towels and pet food to New Leash on Life Animal Rescue. Bring your furry family member for a day of fun including special guest dog characters, live animal sketches, balloon animal artists, a photo booth, dog talent show, giveaways and more.

N An Evening with

N FREE Candle

N Al Menah Shrine Circus

Sutton Foster

615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $35 $100. The Tony Award-winning Broadway star, and current star of TV’s Younger, performs music from her Take Me to the World album.

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Making: Citronella

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 10+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 12 - 1 p.m. Learn how to make a candle with a scent to keep bugs away.

N FREE Cel-

ebrate Nashville Cultural Festival 615-862-8480 celebratenashville.org

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Enjoy Nashville’s diversity with live performances, hands-on kids’ activities, a marketplace and more.

N Cheekwood

Harvest Saturday 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17. Explore the pumpkin patch and house, peruse the Scarecrows exhibit, enjoy live music and lawn games, participate in family art-making activities, hear children’s stories, tour the gardens and mansion, and participate in themed workshops ranging from ceramics to fall floral arranging.

R Cooking for You! Kids Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 8 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. $80. Learn to prepare an entire meal from scratch and serve it to two people whom you invite.

N Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

corneliafortpickinparty.org All ages. Cornelia Fort Airpark, 1093 Shadow Lane, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $5 ages 12 - 20, free ages 11 & younger. Music by Brazilbilly and King Corduroy.

N Creative Zone:

Boot Scootin’ Cowboy Boots

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Inspired by the fashionable footwear in the Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon exhibit, create a boot pattern to reflect your own personality.

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THINGS TO DO

Little ones can trick-or-treat at Cheekwood during Goblins in the Garden on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

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

W GROOVAROO

Franklin Recreation Complex Tuesdays, Sept. 1 - 29 wcparksandrec.com

This brand-new, low-impact dance class is for pregnant moms along with babywearing caregivers with little ones ages 6 weeks to toddlers. Register with code 15524. $75.

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Mansker’s Station, Goodlettsville Thursday, Oct. 10 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite. com

Ages 3 - 5 can wear wild, crazy clothes while learning letter W and number 6. Register. $2.

R IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN

Linebaugh Library, Murfreesboro Saturday, Oct. 12 rclstin.org

Enjoy a screening of the original 1966 animated Peanuts Halloween classic. Free.

N TUESDAYS FOR TOTS:

GOBLINS IN THE GARDEN Cheekwood, Nashville Tuesday, Oct. 29 cheekwood.org

Ages 3 - 5 can wear their costumes for trick-or-treating through the gardens followed by Halloween craft fun. $20 adults, $13 children.

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THINGS TO DO S Days Gone By

Tractor and Threshing Show

See Friday, Oct. 4.

N Delbert McClinton 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Delbert McClinton discusses his wideranging career and his 2017 biography, then he’ll perform songs from his new album, Tall, Dark and Handsome.

N Exotic Pet Expo nashvilleexoticpet.com

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $2. This show features snakes, birds, lizards, amphibians, arachnids and mammals along with products, speakers and more.

R FREE Fall

for Lascassas

615-893-4142 facebook.com/lascassasfarmersmarket All ages. Lascasses Feed Supply, 7684 Barlow Lane, Lascassas. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. This fall festival has a different theme each week, and all Saturdays include inflatables, a pumpkin patch, a kids’ maze, crafts, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting and more.

R Fall Hike to Ma-

chine Falls (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 8+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 9:30 a.m. $10 per person (includes transportation). A two-mile round-trip hike to Machine Falls in the Shorts Springs Natural Area. It’s a steep and rocky hike, so wear close-toed shoes with good traction.

N Family Program:

Songwriting Tune-Up (Register)

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 11 - 18. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,

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

N FREE Farmers’

Market Pumpkinfest

615-880-2001 nashvillefarmersmarket.org All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. In addition to an enormous pumpkin showcase, you can enjoy live music and cooking demonstrations.

S FREE Fire-

place Chat: The Legend of the Bell Witch (Register) 615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Learn the truth behind the folklore of the Bell Witch.

N FREE First

W Guitar

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615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14984

Saturday Art Crawl

All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. Twentyfive art galleries in downtown Nashville host receptions and art openings.

S FREE Gallatin

Main Street Festival

downtowngallatin.com All ages. Historic Downtown Gallatin, 146 N. Water Ave., Gallatin. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live music, 200 craft vendors, children’s activities and more.

W Girl Scout Camp Out (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

Junior Girl Scouts. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 4 p.m. $30 scouts, $15 adults. Learn about native animals during this overnight experience where scouts can earn the Animal Habitat Badge.

Club (Register)

Ages 7+. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Saturdays, Oct. 5 - 26 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $70. Students can learn songs on guitar ranging from classic rock to contemporary pop.

N Halloween at Hogwarts

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 11 a.m. $51 $93. Kids can join the Nashville Symphony for music from the Harry Potter films along with more magical music. Come in costume, and arrive an hour early for free pre-concert activities in the building. A sensoryfriendly show.

N FREE Hermitage Fall Fest

615-889-2941 fallfestatthehermitage.com All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. Sat

PUMPKIN PATCHES & CORN MAZES AMAZE N CORN 111 Mulherrin Road Gordonsville | 865-254-8657 amazencorn.com Thru Oct. 28: Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m. $10 adults, $8 ages 3 - 11. Pick your own pumpkins, duck races and more.

BOYD’S PUMPKIN PATCH 1425 Hwy. 76, Clarksville 931-216-8250 boydspumpkinpatch.com Thru Oct. 31: daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. $2 - $7 per pumpkin; corn maze is $5 ages 6+. A pumpkin patch and corn maze.

AMAZIN’ ACRES OF FUN 2857 Old Kentucky Road N. Sparta | 931-761-2971 amazinacres.com Thru Oct. 27.: Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1:30 - 5 p.m. $12 ages 3+. Pumpkins, three corn mazes and more.

CEDARWOOD FARMS 2900 Old Nashville Hwy. McMinnville | 931-939-3960 cedarwoodfarmstn.com Thru Oct. 31: Fri 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. $12 adults, $10 kids 3+. Pick-your-own pumpkins, corn maze and more.

BOTTOM VIEW FARM 185 Wilkerson Lane, Portland 615-325-7017 bottomviewfarm.com Fall fest is daily from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Oct. 31. $7 Mon - Fri, $10 Sat - Sun (ages 3+). Hayrides, live animals and more.

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FIDDLE DEE FARM 7526 Swift Road, Greenbrier 615-669-6293 fiddledeefarms.com Thru Nov. 2: Fri 6 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 8 p.m. $12.76 ages 3+. Home to the 10-acre Shuckles Corn Maze, the farm boasts more than 30 fantastic activities. NEW THIS YEAR: The farm offers a GIANT Hey, Hey, Hay Bear and

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a Red-White-Blue Maze and magic shows on Saturdays and Sundays. GENTRY’S FARM 1974 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin 615-794-4368 | gentryfarm.com Thru Oct. 27: Mon 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. $8 ages 2 - 65. Four-acres corn maze, wagon rides, farm games and more. GRANDADDY’S FARM 454 Highland Ridge Road Estill Springs 931-327-4080 grandaddysfarm.com Thru Nov. 2: Tue - Thu 1:30 - 6 p.m., Fri 1:30 - 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. $12 ages 3+. Pumpkin patch and pig races. NEW THIS YEAR: Explore the new storybook trail, trike trail and expanded animal corral. HONEYSUCKLE HILL FARM 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road Springfield | 615-382-7593 honeysucklehillfarm.com Thru Nov. 2: Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 7 p.m. (Oct. 7 - 18: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.). $19.95+


10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Art, music, history and children’s activities including a musical petting zoo, puppet shows, face painting and more.

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

Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot (visit website for locations). 9 a.m. 12 p.m. Build a fire plane.

N Junior Chef

Class: Haunted House Decorating (Register) 615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. $30. Assemble a gingerbread mansion and decorate it in a bewitching manner.

W Kid

Cuddling (Register)

615-481-9546 noble-springs.com

the farm tour), free ages 2 & younger. Enjoy time on the dairy farm cuddling on and bottle feeding baby goats.

R FREE LEGO

W KidzKeys

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

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615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14979 Ages 5 - 8. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Saturdays, Oct. 5 - 26 from 9 - 10 a.m. $70. This class uses color and fun to introduce kids to the joy of playing the piano by using the Chroma-Notes system and Kodaly Rhythm syllables.

Ages 8+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Stroll around the center looking for birds.

LUCKY LADD FARMS 4374 Rocky Glade Road Eagleville | 615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com Thru Nov. 1: Wed - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. $13.99 adults, $11.99 ages 2 - 12. More than 75 activities at Middle Tennessee’s largest petting farm include the pumpkin patch, pony rides, Toddler Town playground, Hillbilly Range games, giant pipe swings and more. This year’s corn maze theme is The Lion King and you might win an iPad if you complete it.

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

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615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

KELLER’S FARM 542 Firetower Road, Dickson 615-441-4872 kellerscornycountry.com Open in October: Tue, Thu, Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun (Oct. 13, 20, 27) 11 a.m. 4 p.m. $7 weekdays (includes small pumpkin for kids), $9 ages 3+ on weekends. Festivities include a jumping pillow, corn pit, pumpkin patch, zip lines, playground equipment, hayrides, a barrel train, corn maze and more.

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Mini Maker Faire

Leisurely Bird Walk (Register)

ages 3 and older. Hillbilly pig races, pumpkin patch, corn maze and more.

W FREE LEGOS

N FREE Nashville

N FREE Lazy

All ages. Noble Springs Dairy, 3144 Blazer Road, Franklin. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 ages 3 & older ($5 additional to add

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615-893-4131 rclstn.org

All ages. The Won’dry at Vanderbilt University, 2414 Highland Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. See what people are making from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to researchers to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

THE CORN MAZE ADVENTURE at Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville is a big hit with kids! This year’s maze is a Lion King theme. Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for an iPad (the farm will announce the winner on Nov. 15).

LYON FAMILY FARMS 130 Bellview Road, Taft 931-438-9938 lyonfamilyfarms.com Thru Nov. 2: Wed - Fri 1 - 7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m. $14.95 weekend passes ages 3+; $11.95 weekday passes ages 3+. Pumpkins, petting zoo and more. NEW THIS YEAR: there’s a new playground for the kids to climb around on. MRS. B’S PUMPKIN PATCH & FALL FESTIVAL 1946 Murfreesboro Road Lebanon | 615-784-4038 mrsbspumpkinpatch.wixsite.com/ pumpkinpatch Thru Oct. 31: Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $15 children, up to two adults free with paying child. Activities include games, farm animals, pumpkin painting, pumpkin slingshot, corn box, a dance floor and a lot more!

PUMPKIN HILL 861 Benders Ferry Road, Mt. Juliet 615-758-5364 pumpkinhilltn.com Oct. 12 - 27: Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. $2 - $8 pumpkins, $4 hayride (cash/check only). Pumpkins, hayrides. WALDEN PUMPKIN FARM 8653 Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna 615-220-2918 waldenfarm.biz Thru Oct. 31: Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri 3 - 6:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m. Free admission (various activities have individual fees). Hayrides, pumpkin patch and more. WILSON FAMILY FARM 4809 Byrd Lane, College Grove 615-202-4805 thewilsonfamilyfarm.com Thru Oct. 31: Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10 ages 2+. Pumpkin patch and corn maze.

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THINGS TO DO - 4:30 p.m. $40. This class teaches kids how to stay safe at home and in the community. Topics include first aid, choking, fire prevention, stranger danger, abduction, aggressive dogs, digital safety, cyberbullying and more.

N FREE Shakespeare Allowed!

615-255-2273 nashvilleshakes.org

THE GLOW is a cool walk-through experience featuring more than 5,000 carved pumpkins and specialty designs. It takes place this year on the grounds of The Hermitage Oct. 3 - 27.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Detroit Red Wings.

FREE National Banana Pudding Festival bananapuddingfest.org

All ages. Centerville River Park, 142 N. Central Ave., Centerville. Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. A banana pudding competition and tasting, pudding eating contests, live music, inflatables, face painting and more.

N Octoberfest Excursion Train

615-244-9001 tcry.org

All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. $21 - $85. Ride the rails to Watertown where you can enjoy German bands, games, a beer garden specialty shops and more.

R FREE Old

Timers Festival

615-793-3224 lavergnetn.gov/231/OldTimers-Festival

All ages. Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. This annual festival celebrates the old timers of La Vergne with

a parade, carnival and live entertainment. This year’s theme is “A Look Back in Time.”

N Opry

Birthday Concert

800-733-6779 opry.com

All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. 3 p.m. $24 - $34. Terri Clark leads an afternoon of country music celebrating the Grand Ole Opry’s 94th birthday.

R Parents’ Night Out (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 6 - 13. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 6 - 10 p.m. $5 members, $10 non-members. Your kids can enjoy a variety of fun activities while you have a night out to yourself.

R Perform Murfreesboro Master Class (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 10+. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $25, free to Washington Theatre Company members. Artists hold sessions in dance, vocal music, acting and other aspects of theater.

W FREE Porchfest

615-791-6740 westhaventn.com/event/8thannual-porchfest All ages. Westhaven Residents’ Club, 401 Cheltenham Ave., Franklin. 2 - 6 p.m. Nearly 50 musicians fill 16 porches with live music all around the neighborhood.

W FREE Princess Storytime

615-905-4160 purplebutterflykids.com All ages. The Purple Butterfly, 142 Second Ave. S., Franklin. 10 a.m. A famous princess shares stories and poses for photos, plus kids can enjoy facepainting.

N Pumpkin

Patch Weekend

See Friday, Oct. 4.

N Renewal

intersectionmusic.org All ages. Shinn Center at Lipscomb University, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 adults, $15 ages 17 & younger. A musical program inspired by alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.

W Safe Kids 101 (Register)

303-902-2097 smartkids101.com/class

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

Special Needs Jump gotjump.com/tennessee

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

N Speedway Racing 615-254-1986 fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 5:45 p.m. $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12. Enjoy the thrill of auto racing.

W FREE Touch A Truck

wcparksandrec.com All ages. Thompson Station Baptist Church, 2604 Old Thompson Station Road, Thompson’s Station. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kids can explore all types of construction and commercial vehicles, plus face painting, giveaways, live entertainers, characters and more.

R FREE Yoga at the Island

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

SUN 6 N Al Menah Shrine Circus

See Friday, Oct. 4.

W Babysitting 101 (Register)

303-902-2097 smartkids101.com/class Ages 12 - 16. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 1:15 - 5:45 p.m. $60. Learn safe practices in setting up a babysitting business, what kids of various ages like to do, simple first aid, emergency situations know-how and solutions to common babysitting problems.

N Boyz II Men

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $60 - $130. A night of R&B music. Presented without orchestra.

N Cheekwood

Harvest Sunday

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17. Explore the pumpkin patch and house, view the Scarecrows exhibit, enjoy live music, tour the gardens and mansion, participate in Tai Chi and yoga in the garden, and embark on behind-the-scenes tours of the gardens, greenhouse and more.

N Creative Zone:

Adorn a Microphone

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Create an inventive mic using color, gems and sequins.

N Exotic Pet Expo See Saturday, Oct. 5.

Ages 9 - 13. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 1:15

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N FREE Family

Program: Make Letterpress Art

615-256-2805 hatchshowprint.com

Ages 5+. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 12, 1 & 2 p.m. Learn about letterpress printing while creating letterpress art using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images. Attendance requires a program pass, available 30 minutes prior to each session on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

N Catfish and

R Kids Fall Cooking

615-889-3060 ryman.com

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 - $45. A night of rock music.

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. Mon - Fri 2 - 5 p.m. $250. This camp has a different theme each day: Candy Making (Monday), Picnic Favorites (Tuesday), Breakfast (Wednesday), Comfort Food (Thursday) and Baking (Friday).

the Bottlemen

R Fall Break

Camp: Full of Energy (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/camp

N FREE National Ba-

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members. Learn about solar energy while building solar-powered cars, making snacks in a solar oven and using the sun to make art.

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

N Fall Break Story-

N FREE Hermitage Fall Fest

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

nana Pudding Festival

N Pumpkin

Patch Weekend

See Friday, Oct. 4.

W Teatime with Blaire Wilson (Register)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. $15. Inspired by the 2019 American Girl of the Year, enjoy savory delights, sweet treats and social time.

N Tennessee

Titans Football

615-565-4000 titansonline.com

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 12 p.m. $50 - $333. Versus the Buffalo Bills.

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R Bat-Brained (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Learn bat facts through activities and crafts.

tellers: Storytellers on the Page (Register)

615-818-7358 thetheaterbug.org

Ages 12 - 17. The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. Today through Friday 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. $125. In this oneweek workshop, young writers will create original monologues while receiving group, partnered and individual instruction. Monologue collections will be performed by Theater Bug actors and professionals at the end of the week for family and friends.

N Fall Break Story-

tellers: Storytellers on the Stage (Register)

615-818-7358 thetheaterbug.org

Ages 6 - 11. The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. Today through Friday 9 a.m. 12 p.m. $125. In this one-week workshop, young actors will take a well-known story and turn it into a 10-minute play to be performed at the end of the week for family and friends.

R First Shot Skills

Academy Fall Break Camp

Camp (Register)

W Learnin’

the Ropes (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Franklin code: 15507 Spring Hill code: 15265

Ages 7 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Mondays, Oct. 7 - 28 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (also at Longview Rec in Spring Hill from 5 - 6 p.m.). $40. Learn the sport of jump rope with instruction in single rope, shared rope, long rope, double dutch and more.

W FREE Origami

Folders (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 p.m. Learn about paper-folding techniques.

R FREE READing Paws (Register)

615-893-4131 rclstn.org

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

N The O’Jays: The Last Tour

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $92 - $323. A night of R&B music.

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

FUN FOR BIG KIDS

THINGS TO DO

The Nashville Symphony plays Harry Potter music during Halloween at Hogwarts on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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

W SOUNDTEK STUDIO

Williamson County Enrichment Center, Franklin Wednesdays, Oct. 2 - 30 wcparksandrec.com

Learn music creation and production by using digital audio devices. Register with code 15582. $87.50.

N HALLOWEEN AT HOGWARTS

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Nashville Saturday, Oct. 5 nashvillesymphony.org

Come in costume for a Nashville Symphony family concert featuring music from the Harry Potter movies. Arrive an hour early for free pre-concert activities in the building. $51 - $93.

S HOMESCHOOL

PROGRAM: SPIES, CODES & SECRETS

Mansker’s Station, Goodlettsville Wednesday, Oct. 18 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite. com

Ages 8 - 14 can learn historical methods writers used to keep secrets, including cryptography, historical ciphers and the many used of invisible ink. Register. $10.

R SPOOKY SPLASH

Patterson Park Community Center, Murfreesboro Friday, Oct. 18 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 7 - 13 can swim in the indoor pool, enjoy pizza and spooky pudding cups, then tie-dye a T-shirt. $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

Ages 8 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 12 - 4 p.m. $3. This camp focuses on sports, character building, STEM and cultural arts.

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WED 9 W After-School

Art Class (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15675

R Fall Break

Camp: Wind Energy (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/camp All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members. Learn about the power of wind and wind energy while racing inchworms, building windmills and participating in a LEAP Into Science wind lesson.

R First Shot Skills

Academy Fall Break Camp

See Monday, Oct. 7.

W Mixed Media

Projects for Teens (Register)

615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15246 Ages 13 - 18. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Tuesdays, Oct. 8 - 22 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. $55. Explore different mediums to create original works of art while learning about gel plate monoprinting, reductive painting and more.

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N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the San Jose Sharks.

N Nashville SC Soccer

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $60. Versus Louisville City FC.

W FREE Outdoor Hiking/Adventure Chats

615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. A series of discussions with topics including hiking and backpacking tips, outdoor excursions and more.

N FREE Spider Spotting

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Explore the spiders of the park and the webs they call home.

R Spooky

Mythology (Register) 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Learn some fun and creepy mythology then embark on a Halloweenthemed scavenger hunt.

N FREE Totally Totes (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 12 - 1 p.m. Learn how to make a unique handmade reusable tote bag out of an old T-shirt.

N Toto

615-889-3060 ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $49.50 - $85. A night of rock music.

N Yoga at

The Hermitage

See Tuesday, Oct. 1.

R Fall Break Camp:

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members. Build turbines, discover the power of water and stomp in Murfree Spring to feel how the water flows.

R Fall

Harvest (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Enjoy barnyard animal games, a scarecrow dress-up race, corn husk doll making, hand-traced horse picture making and more.

R First Shot Skills

Academy Fall Break Camp

See Monday, Oct. 7.

S Homeschool

Program: Dutch Oven Cooking (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Prepare a 1780s-style Irish stew and Irish soda bread. While the goodies are baking, play a game of grace.

N Josh Turner 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium,

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615-550-5660 songsbyjake.com

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

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/camp

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W FREE Kids’ Hour

Ages 6 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Wednesdays, Oct. 9 30 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $56. Explore art history, techniques and styles while studying famous artists past and present.

Hydroelectric Energy (Register)

THE HERMITAGE FALL FEST doles out two days of free family fun, including kids’ arts and crafts projects, Oct. 5 - 6.

116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $32.50 - $49.50. A night of country music benefiting Cumberland Heights.

N FREE Nature Hike (Register)

Ages 10+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. This four-mile hike features a mix of natural and paved paths into the deeper portions of the park.

N FREE Telescope Workshop

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Bring your telescope and/or questions to astronomers.

N FREE Whittling

for Kids (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks

Ages 8 - 12. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City. 10 - 11 a.m. Learn the lost art of whittling. Supplies provided.

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N FREE 40th

Annual Nashville Oktoberfest thenashvilleoktoberfest.com

All ages. Historic Germantown, 998 Fifth Ave N, Nashville. Thu 4 - 11 p.m., Fri - Sat 11 a.m. 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ten city blocks full of German music, food, beer, polka dancing, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities including inflatables, storytelling, face painting and live performers. Additional festivities include the 5K Bier Run, the Dachshund Derby (wiener dog race), Bratwurst Eating Contest and Pup Parade.


THINGS TO DO N FREE American Nature Warriors (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

that can survive a rain storm and sharpen your observation skills.

N Bethel Music

Presents Victory Tour

Ages 8+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Swing from the grapevines, scramble down fallen logs, build a fire

800-733-6779 opry.com

N City and Colour

N Coco in Concert

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 8 p.m. $41. A night of folk music.

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. 7 p.m. $28 - $65. A night of worship music.

Hot HAPPENIN’

with the Nashville Symphony

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu - Fri 7 p.m. $38 - $83. See a screening of the Disney movie Coco while the Nashville Symphony performs the score live. Pre-concert activities includes face painting, crafts and live music from Mariachi Los Potrillos starting at 5:30 p.m.

N Creative Zone:

Embellished Instruments

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Personalize paper instruments drawing from inspiration of the instruments on display in the museum.

N FREE Dancin’ in the District

nashvillesdancin.com

Millers Thrillers Oct. 4 - Nov. 2

The mid-state’s best spook spot has something for every thrill level along with a new twist this year!

W

hen it comes to serving up Halloween hoots and serious scares, no one beat’s Miller’s Thrillers in Columbia (1431 Carters Creek Pike). The awesome Zombie Paintball Hayride is for everyone, but beware of the Haunted Woods; it’s for big kids only (10 & older), and that jaunt stretches out to a one-hour experience this year. This year’s new attraction in the Haunted Woods is Arena X. Millers Thrillers Owner David Miller says it’s “a mix of The Hunger Games, a cra-

zy circus, Survivor, extreme escape games, flag football, Gladiator, a DJ dance party and The Amazing Race.” There are new performing artists on the entertainment stage this season, too. Hours are Fri - Sat 7 - 11 p.m. (6 - 11 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 19 & 26). Tickets are $20 per attraction, $35 for both. The Slash Pass ($15 - $20, depending on how you bundle) is worth the extra dough if you don’t have patience for long lines. Visit millersthrillers.net.

For our complete list of haunted houses, ghost tours and other spook spots, go to nashvilleparent.com/2019-haunted-tours. nashvilleparent.com

All ages. Riverfront Park, 100 First Ave. N., Nashville. 4 - 10 p.m. Music by Leftover Salmon, disco-funk revival Space Capone, Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Herman and his band Slim Wednesday and Alanna Royale.

R Fall Break Camp:

Fossil Fuels and Natural Gas (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/camp

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35 - $40. Learn about resource conservation, dig an oil mine, and experiment with gas and fire while exploring non-renewable energy sources.

W Fall Break Cooking Camp (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15511

Ages 8 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Today and tomorrow 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $50. Learn

about nutrition, dining etiquette and cooperation skills while making different recipes, including appetizers, entrees, snack and desserts.

W Fall Break Mine-

craft Camp (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15509

Ages 8 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Today and tomorrow 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40. Learn Minecraft building techniques, details of command blocks and how to change the look of the game.

R FREE Fall

Break Rock Painting (Register)

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Gateway Island, 1875 West College St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Paint rocks for the community.

W Fall Break Stop Motion Animation Camp (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15510 Ages 8 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Today and tomorrow 1 - 4 p.m. $40. Use clay, LEGOS, whiteboards, cutouts and more to create your own stop motion animation story.

N Fall One-Day

Camps (Register)

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Ages 5 - 15. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $85. Start the day in the clay studio where ages 5 - 7 will discover the basics of hand building while ages 8 - 15 will learn to throw on the wheel. The afternoon features drawing, painting and exploring the gardens.

R First Shot Skills

Academy Fall Break Camp

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Saturday, Oct. 26th • 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Experience chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past with prizes, crafts, and refreshments.

Grab your favorite costume and join us for delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition.

WWW.NASHVILLEZOO.ORG/BOO 1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard (at Jefferson Street) on Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

TNMuseum.org • 615.741.2692 • 800.407.4324

5,000 MUMS • PUMPKIN HOUSE PUMPKIN PATCH • SCARECROWS BEER GARDEN • LIVE MUSIC

Presented by

Cheekwood is funded in part by

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THINGS TO DO R A Night

to Remember

615-848-2250 murfreesborotn.gov All ages. St. Clair Senior Center, 325 St. Clair St., Murfreesboro. 5 p.m. $5. Enjoy a meal and eight comedy skits.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Washington Capitals.

N FREE Nature Hike (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Join a naturalist and hike the trails while taking in the sight of wildflowers and other fall plants.

N Opry

Country Classics

See Thursday, Oct. 3.

S Pioneer Pals:

Where the Wild Things Are (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Wear wild, crazy clothes for a while adventure while learning letter W and number 6.

R Scary Stories

to Take to the Park (Register) 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Write spooky, scary tales to tell the next time you’re around a campfire or at a sleepover.

R FREE Strollercoasters

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

N The Moth

615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org All ages. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. 8 p.m. $25. A night of GrandSLAM storytelling.

FRI 11 N FREE 31st

N FREE 40th

Annual Nashville Oktoberfest See Thursday, Oct. 10.

N FREE 41st

Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair 615-736-7600 tennesseecraft.org/fallfair

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for one-ofa-kind handmade crafts, watch live demonstrations, participate in kids’ activities and more.

Annual Southern Festival of Books

Camps (Register)

N FREE Bird Hike 615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 8:30 - 10 a.m. Explore the interior of the park looking for warblers, tanagers, sparrows and more.

301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville (some events take place at Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.). Fri 12 - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. The South’s premier celebration of the written word brings together 200 authors and thousands of book lovers. Festival attendees enjoy direct interaction with authors. The festival includes 60 exhibitors along with three entertainment stages featuring music, theater/ spoken word/poetry and a children’s/family stage featuring authors, musicians, performers, crafts, costumed characters and more.

N Fall One-Day See Thursday, Oct. 10.

at Beech Woods (Register)

THE 40TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST in Nashville’s historic Germantown features a dachshund derby on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. The festival runs Oct. 10 - 13.

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $35 - $40. Learn how nuclear atoms are shapes, make something glow, explore fun chemical reactions and more.

N Family Masterpieces (Register)

See page 55.

Ages 3+. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 4:30 6 p.m. Price starts at $100 for three to four people. Your entire family can actively work on the same large canvas or a set of canvases that can be displayed together, using mixed media to create your artwork.

R FREE Boro

W FREE Finding

N Boo at the Zoo Art Crawl

615-904-2787 boroarts.org All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. View art in more than 15 local galleries.

N Breakaway Music Festival

888-512-7469 breakawaytennessee.frontgatetickets.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Fri - Sat 4 p.m. Single-day tickets are $41.25 - $399, two-day passes are $90 - $699. Performers include Future, Lil Baby, Emogee, Kaskade, Chris Lake, Bryce Vine and others.

N FREE Canoeing Basics (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 12+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn basic strokes, safety and planning skills for successful canoeing.

N Coco in Concert with the Nashville Symphony

Food in the Forest (Register)

wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15608 All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 4 p.m. Learn about foraging for food in the woods.

R Freaky Friday 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Explore the misconceptions that make creatures frightful like sharks, spiders and snakes.

N Full Moon Pickin’ Party

warnerparks.org

All ages. Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 7 - 11 p.m. $25 adults ($20 in advance), $10 ages 7 - 17 ($7 in advance). A night of music featuring bluegrass and roots pickers, food trucks and more. Proceeds benefit Warner Park’s education programs.

See Thursday, Oct. 10.

R Fall Break

Camp: Nuclear Energy (Register)

615-770-0006 humanitiestennessee.org

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/camp

All ages. War Memorial Plaza,

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center,

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THINGS TO DO N Ghosts and

Goblins Weekend

Fright Nights

615-889-4225 nashvillejellystone.com

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Jellystone Partk, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville. Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. $10. Costume contests, fall crafts, hayrides and trick-or-treating.

Ages 5+. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Fri - Sat 6 - 10 p.m. $5. During the family-friendly hours for ages 5 and older (6 - 8 p.m.), children can come in costume to play games for candy and meet live animals. Scare hours are from 8 10 p.m. for older kids featuring a haunted house experience, Scream Maze and the Zombie Zone.

S FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

See Friday, Oct. 4.

N Home Free 615-889-3060 ryman.com

N FREE Sunset

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $39.50 - $49.50. A night of country-tinged a cappella music.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

W FREE LEGO

Mania (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com Ages 5 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Unleash creativity while building with LEGO blocks.

N Relief Printmaking

with Hatch Show Print

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Ages 5+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 & 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Learn about relief printmaking and make a print to take home.

W Ruthie Foster 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $28 $38. A night of blues music.

N FREE Signs of the Season (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Learn how the natural world changes with the season during a hike around the greenway.

SAYINGIT

R SOAC

Soiree (Register)

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 7 p.m. Nature activities, crafts and live music by bluegrass band Clinchfield.

N Telescope

Night (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood. 7 - 9 p.m. $6.27. Chat with astronomers while gazing at celestial bodies through telescopes.

SAT 12

R FREE 15th

Annual Heritage Festival 615-895-2672 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. Bradley Academy Museum, 511 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Games, kids’ activities, food and art vendors, and live music.

N FREE 31st Annual Southern Festival of Books

See Friday, Oct. 11.

N FREE 40th

Annual Nashville Oktoberfest See Thursday Oct. 10.

N FREE 41st

Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

from-my-seat ponderings on the local arts scene

SET THE THEATER BAR HIGH!

I

t’s so refreshing to be back in “Broadway season” as of last month after what always seems like a long summer lull without much happening on the theater scene. And boy, oh boy, did TPAC kick off its 2019 - 2020 Broadway Series with a bang! I can’t imagine a more standout way to open a season of Broadway tours than Dear Evan Hansen. To say I was blown away doesn’t begin to describe that experience. If you were lucky enough to be in the audience, you understand. A stellar production through and through, it was authentic Broadway quality and never before have I witnessed a show so compelling and engaging for its audience. I hope the creative heads within the Nashville area’s regional and community theaters had a chance to see the show ... and glean a new burst of inspiration ... because everyone needs that from time to time. We all need a bar of excellence to aspire toward, achieve and raise even higher. I had a conversation with a fellow theater-loving friend recently (she goes to EVERY show in town and loves EVERYTHING she sees). She told me she thinks sometimes I’m perhaps a bit “too critical” in my review writing. “After all, this isn’t New York,” she said matter-of-factly with the connotation that we shouldn’t expect the same quality experience as going to a Broadway show in the Big Apple. Whoa. Wait. What? I certainly don’t agree with that mindset. A regional theater company regardless of where it’s located should be dazzling its audiences just as though it was on Broadway. They should aspire to present the same kind of quality one gets in New York. Some cities are renowned for being regional theater hubs. Everytime I’m fortunate enough to get to go to New York to see Broadway or Off-Broadway shows (the only difference between them, by the way, is the number of seats in the theater), I always come back revitalized. And yes, my approach to reviewing shows locally becomes more laser focused because of the Broadway benchmark. When I saw Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! last year, I left with a huge burst of new inspiration for what a truly tremendous show really is. I came back home with a more scrutinous eye when wearing my reviewer’s hat. Dear Evan Hansen tightened the screw a bit more. Keep in mind, a reviewer’s criticism is meant to be constructive, and hopefully those being reviewed take it in the manner in which it’s intended — to help them become even better than they already are. I’m excited to see what’s on the horizon in Music City’s growing theater scene. As more and more players provide more choices for where you spend your hard-earned dollar, it will surely spark an even deeper commitment within everyone to be the very best. When someone in town starts raising the bar of excellence, everyone takes notice. And dare I say it in the realm of the arts? Competition only makes everyone be more astute.

See Friday, Oct. 11.

— chad young

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THINGS TO DO N Boo at

N Creative Zone:

the Zoo

Embellished Instruments

See page 55.

See Thursday, Oct. 10.

N Breakaway

N FREE DeafNation

Music Festival

See Friday, Oct. 11.

N Cheekwood

Harvest Saturday

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

W Fall Color Hike (Register)

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

R Fall Craft

Extravaganza

Expo & Conference

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The foremost touring trade show for, by and about deaf people features exhibits, workshops and entertainment.

Ages 2 - 8. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $3. Create a collection of fall crafts.

deafnation.com/nashvilletn

Hot HAPPENIN’

R FREE Fall for Lascassas

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

N FREE Farm

Day and Fiddle Festival 615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Music, food, hayrides, an antique tractor show, gardening programs, kids’ activities, farm animals, artisan and farmers’ markets, and more.

N FREE Ford Ice Center Bellevue Grand Opening

615-742-4399 fordicecenter.com

All ages. Ford Ice Center Bellevue, 7620 Hwy. 70 S., Nashville. 2 p.m. Outdoor fun includes face painting, inflatables, a GNASH meet and greet, and other kids’ activities. The official ribbon cutting is at 3 p.m., then you can head inside for a public skate session from 3:30 - 5 p.m. At 5 p.m., head upstairs to the Draft Picks restaurant for a watch party as the Predators play the L.A. Kings.

N FREE Fourth

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 11 - 13, 18 - 20 & 24 - 27 One of Nashville’s favorite attraction hosts the kid-friendliest Halloween happening of the season.

T

he Nashville Zoo hosts one of the biggest and best Halloween hoots of the year during its annual Boo at the Zoo festivity. It’s a safe place for costumed kids to enjoy trickor-treating fun along the zoo’s paths. Along the way, they’ll encounter a few friendly animals at select stations. The zoo’s festival field is popping with inflatables, a variety of carnival games and a corn pit. Get your groove on at the dance party and enjoy the fun of science and magic shows, too.

Princess, superhero and villain characters will rove about ready for photo ops with their pint-sized pals. You can also hop aboard the Howl-OWeen hayride, and older kids can mosey into the Haunted Barn, if they dare. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. Boo at the Zoo hours are 5 - 9 p.m. Admission is $19 adults, $13 ages 2 - 12, free ages 12 months and younger. Call 615-833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org.

Annual Charity Fun Horse Show

615-513-6264 freedomreignsranch.com

All ages. Percy Warner Park, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 9 a.m. Freedom Reigns Ranch hosts this equestrian event that includes competitions in categories like jumpers and barrels and poles. There are also fun games classes like egg and spoon, granny panty race, ride a buck and more.

N FREE Full Moon Hike & Campfire (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

S Gallatin Gobble Turkey Shoot

615-452-4000 gallatintn.org/programsevents Ages 12+. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Shoot at paper targets 30 yards away. Bring your own gun (12ga, 20ga and .410ga allowed).

N Ghosts

and Goblins Weekend See Friday, Oct. 11.

N Ghosts in the Grove

615-547-6111 fiddlersgrovetn.com/ghostsin-grove All ages. Fiddler’s Grove, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. 7 - 10 p.m. $7 adults, $4 ages 6 - 12. Live music, friendly ghost stories, spooky trolley rides, food and more. Last tour starts at 9 p.m.

N FREE Halloween in the Park

615-758-6522 mjparksandrec.org/423/ Halloween-in-the-Park

All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Costume contests, hay rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, candy, vendors and more.

N Home Free See Friday, Oct. 11.

R FREE It’s the

Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 2 p.m. Enjoy a screening of the original 1966 animated Peanuts Halloween classic.

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 8 - 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a moonlight hike followed by a campfire with s’mores.

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BALLET EXPERIENCES

the whole family will enjoy!

Join Peter and his friends for an unforgettable adventure! Recommended for ages 2 and up.

OCTOBER 10–13, 2019

NASHVILLE BALLET IN SYLVAN PARK

The world’s most beloved ballet and Music City’s favorite holiday tradition! DECEMBER 7–23, 2019

TPAC’S JACKSON HALL

School of Nashville Ballet FREE Trial Week Did you know School of Nashville Ballet students receive complimentary tickets to TPAC performances? Try a School of Nashville Ballet Children’s Division class for FREE during our Free Trial Week October 7–11, 2019. Visit nashvilleballet.com/fall-2019-free-trial-week to reserve your spot today and watch your child’s imagination take flight! OCTOBER 7–11, 2019

SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE BALLET

T I C K E T S AT N A S H V I L L E B A L L E T. C O M OR 615-782-4040


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THINGS TO DO N Thomas Rhett 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $33.65 - $94.25. A night of country music.

N Twisted Tennessee

IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN! See the Peanuts Halloween classic at Linebaugh Library on Saturday, Oct. 12.

N Junior Chef

Class: Halloween Cookie Party (Register) 615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. $30. Bake and decorate frightfully fun and delicious cookies.

W Kid

Cuddling (Register)

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

N Lore Podcast Live 615-782-4040 tpac.org

Ages 10+. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $40 - $50. Aaron Mahnke examines a new, dark historical take in a modern campfire experience.

N Moonlight Zip Tour (Register)

615-297-2250 adventureworks.com Ages 8+. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs. 8 p.m. $65. Soar through the air on nine zip lines under the light of the full moon.

R Murfreesboro Half Marathon

themiddlehalf.com

All ages. Murfreesboro Public Square, 20 N. Public Sq., Murfreesboro. 7 a.m. $80. Participate in this 13.1-mile race that goes down Main St. and Maney Ave. to Oaklands Museum, then circling the courthouse on the square and finishing on Main Street.

N Nashville

R FREE Seed

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $60. Versus N. Carolina FC.

Ages 3+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 1 - 2 p.m. Make seed bombs for your pollinator friends while learning about the plight of the honeybees and what you can do to help.

SC Soccer

S FREE Pump-

kin Patch Festival

866-704-3000 streetsofindianlake.com

All ages. Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Grab a pumpkin from the patch (while supplies last; ages 9 & younger only), then enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatables, games, costume contests, dance-off competitions, live music by TYME, balloon animals by Daisy the Clown, a Bruce Amato magic show, fall harvest vendors and more.

W Ray

Wylie Hubbard

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $35 - $45. A night of Americana music.

N Second Saturday 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

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

Bomb Bash

R SOAC

Fright Nights

See Friday, Oct. 11.

R Storybook Science Day

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $8. Dress as your favorite storybook character, face your fears in a room with creepy crawlies, step into the STEAM lab for a weather lesson with Cloudy and a Chance of Meatballs, find out what happens when you give a mouse a cookie and more.

N The Oddities Market

918-895-0709 theodditiesmarket.wixsite. com/oddities All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. $10 adults, free ages 12 & younger (cash only at the gate). This market features purveyors of the odd selling skulls, bones, jewelry, antiques, art, quack medial, candles, occult, true crime, taxidermy, collectables, dark art, haunted pieces and more.

615-832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org Ages 10+. Historic Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville. 6 - 10 p.m. $18 adults, $10 ages 10 - 15. Six living history vignettes relate differing sides to three creepy, twisted Tennessee tales.

N Vanderbilt

Commodores Football

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville. 12 a.m. $20 - $350. Versus UNLV. Game time TBA.

W FREE Williamson

SUN 13

N FREE 40th

Annual Nashville Oktoberfest See Thursday, Oct. 11.

N FREE 41st

Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair See Friday, Oct. 11.

N Boo at the Zoo

See page 55.

N Celebration Concert

615-889-3060 ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $25. A night of Christian music with Point of Grace, David Phelps, Travis Cottrell and others.

N Cheekwood

Harvest Sunday

County Community Band

See Sunday, Oct. 6.

All ages. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 3 p.m. Enjoy movie and TV theme songs, an English folk song suite and more.

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com

N FREE Young

Birder’s 4-H Club (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

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

R FREE Youth Magic Group

615-893-4131 rclstn.org

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

N Creative Zone:

Adorn a Microphone

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Create an inventive mic using color, gems and sequins.

N Ghosts and end

Goblins Week-

See Friday, Oct. 11.

N Greta Van Fleet:

March of the Peaceful Army

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com

All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $39.50 - $49.50. A night of rock music.

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THINGS TO DO S FREE Imagi-

nation Library (Register) 615-425-3706 tnstateparks.com/parks/ bledsoe-creek

All ages. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 1 - 2 p.m. Dress as your favorite storybook character or wear your Halloween costume for a story and seed craft.

N Nashville

Zombie Walk

facebook.com/nashvillezombiewalk All ages. Public Square Park, 350 Deaderick St., Nashville. 3 - 5 p.m. Admission is a nonperishable food donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. Dress up as a zombie and join the crowd of zombies to walk the streets of downtown Nashville to help the hungry.

S Preschool Track Meet (Register)

615-822-3898 hendersonvilleparks.org Ages 3 - 5. Drakes Creek Park, 120 E. Main St., Hendersonville. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. $20. Little ones can participate in this track event that includes a 25yard dash with mini hurdles and a tennis ball throw.

W Spooktacular ter)

Teatime (Regis-

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php Ages 8+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 12 - 1 p.m. $20. Enjoy a Halloween-themed tea with a pumpkin craft and fall treats.

MON 14 W Cool Cookie Club: Harry Potter

629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 4 - 5 p.m. $30. Learn to work with buttercream icing while you decorate Harry Potter themed sugar cookies.

N Family Monday 615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. $15 covers your entire family. Enjoy a trilingual storytime (English, Spanish, American Sign Language), family tours of the galleries and hands-on fun in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

R National Dessert Day

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free with gate ($15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger). Celebrate National Dessert Day by sampling a piece of Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s favorite pies while learning fun facts about them.

TUE 15 R FREE CrafTeen 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 6 p.m. Create an heirloom pumpkin craft.

R Homeschool PE: Broom Hockey (Register)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 & 10:30 a.m. $2. Grab a stick and play a game of hockey.

R Preschool

Program: Got Bones? (Register) 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. An activity-filled lesson on spooky skeletons and the bones that make them whole.

R Scout

Night (Register)

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All ages. Discovery Center, 502

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S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. $10 scouts, $5 parents, $5 per sibling older than 2. Map out the solar system, build rovers and tour outer space in the inflatable planetarium. This program’s design is to help scouts earn space-related badges.

W Sticky Fingers

Grandparent & Me Preschool Art Class (Register)

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15530

Ages 3.5 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $15 per grandparent/child pair. Create art together with themes of pumpkins, bats and cats.

N The Kingdom Choir

615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Tennessee STEAM Festival Oct. 11 - 20 The Discovery Center in Murfreesboro founded the Tennessee STEAM Festival in 2017, and last year it expanded across the state. There are 52 special events in Middle Tennessee tapping into science, technology, engineering, art and math themes. From air rockets to the science behind recording technology, kids can find something to pique their interest in the STEAM spectrum. Get the full list of events at tnsteam.org. cryptography, historical ciphers and the many used of invisible ink.

W FREE Kids’ Hour with Ginger Sands

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

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

Nashville. 2 - 3 p.m. Hear a nature story, pet Maize the cornsnake, and explore the park.

THU 17 N FREE ARTlab Teen Studio: Ekphrastic Songwriting with YEAH! Rocks

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 3:30 - 6 p.m. Hang in the galleries with other teens, doodle in the studio and join professional artists for a unique songwriting workshop.

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 - $45. A night of British gospel music.

W Knee-High

WED 16

Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional guest. Explore the natural world through discovery, crafts and outdoor exploration.

N Chance

R FREE Lunch

N Creative Zone:

615-893-0355 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

R Homeschool

Dissection Lab: Cow Eye (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/homeschool Grades 2 - 5. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 2 - 3 p.m. $10 students, $8 adults. Explore parts of the body while dissecting a cow eyeball.

S Homeschool

Program: Spies, Codes and Secrets (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Learn historical methods writers used to keep secrets, including

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Naturalist: Animal Senses (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

& Learn Potluck

All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring a dish to share while taking in two presentations: Cannonsburgh Memories and Churning ButterFoods of Yesteryear. Takes place in the McKnight House.

N FREE Storytime

the Rapper

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $59.50 - $129.50. A night of rap and hip hop music.

Country Car Design

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $15.95 - $25.95. Work with family or friends to engineer your own movable car prototype, drawing inspiration from the unique vehicles in the museum.

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

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N!

THINGS TO DO N FREE Curator’s

Perspective: “Eric Carle: His Life and Legacy”

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 6:30 p.m. Ellen Keiter, chief curator at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, leads this lecture on Eric Carle, including his training as a graphic designer, his early career in advertising and his artistic influences. In addition, she’ll discuss the artist’s lasting contributions to children’s literature.

N Fall One-Day

Camps (Register)

See Thursday, Oct. 10.

R FREE McFad-

den Fall Fest & Haunted Hallways

615-893-1802 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

N Meet the Astrono-

R FREE Stroller-

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

See Thursday, Oct. 3.

mer (Register)

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

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

See Thursday, Oct. 3.

N Illenium:

The Ascend Tour

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $39.50 - $49.50. A night of dubstep music.

S Little Naturalists: Shapes and Colors of Autumn (Register)

615-425-3706 tnstateparks.com/ parks/bledsoe-creek

Ages 2 - 5. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. $5. After an autumn tale, make a seasonal craft.

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 12+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Learn the natural history of snakes, including behavioral and community ecology, biodiversity and conservation of snakes in Tennessee.

N Opry

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $45.50 - $65.50. A night of pop music.

Mysteries in Nature

All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave, Murfreesboro. 5 - 8 p.m. A night of food, fellowship and fright, including a Moon Bounce, carnival games, DJ music and more.

W Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

R FREE Snakes:

Country Classics

S Pioneer Pals:

Native Americans (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Explore real life Native American items, hear stories, make crafts and learn about letter A and number 7.

coasters

R Sumner Harvest Living History Days

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

Grade 4. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free to all Sumner County fourth graders, $5 for those outside the county. Engage with 18th century tradesmen and women, including a blacksmith, log hewer and pottery artisan. Enjoy hands-on interaction with goats and chickens, test your skill on the dance floor with a five-piece band, and take in a historical magic show.

S FREE Third

FRI 18

N 38th Annual

Native American Indian Education PowWow & Fall Festival 615-232-9179 naiatn.org

All ages. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage. Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger. This Native American celebration includes dancers in full regalia, musicians, singers, modern and traditional arts and crafts, Native American Indian foods and a tipi village offering a glimpse of early American life.

R A Night to Remember

See Friday, Oct. 11.

N Ahmad Jamal 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 8 p.m. $36 - $103. A night of jazz music.

N FREE Bells Bend

Night Hike (Register)

Thursday on Main

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Historic Downtown Gallatin, 146 N. Water Ave., Gallatin. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, food and family fun.

All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Hear the call of the wild while exploring and listening for the animals of the night.

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R What’s Up Night Hike (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 7 p.m. $3 per person or $10 per family. Embark on a hike in search of critters that become active at night like owls, frogs and insects.

N Boo at the Zoo

See page 55.

N Conversa-

tions with the Classics: A Dark & Stormy Night with Edgar Allan Poe 615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 6 & 8:30 p.m. $40. Enjoy an evening of macabre and mystery as a Poe re-enactor regales the audience with dramatic readings, both humorous and terrifying.

SKELETONS aren’t always spooky! Preschoolers can learn about them during the “Got Bones” program at Smyrna’s Outdoor Adventure Center on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

N Creative Zone:

Country Car Design

See Thursday, Oct. 17.

N Fall One-Day

Camps (Register)

See Thursday, Oct. 10.

N Family

Friday: Spooky Science and AhhhhArt! 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

Ages 3 - 12. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 4 & 5:15 p.m. $20. Explore slimy science and make boo-tiful masks.

N From Cutting Wax to Building Tracks: A Century of Recording from the Phonograph to the iPad

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Learn the history of recording technology, from the early days on wax cylinders to modern-day digital recordings. Participants will get to record a group song using each technology and experiment with the music production power of the iPad.

N Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

See Thursday, Oct. 17.

S FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

See Friday, Oct. 4.

R Howl at

the Moon 5K

615-793-3224 lavergnetn.gov/223/Howl-atthe-Moon-5K-Run All ages. Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne. 8 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Twelve age divisions range from young runners to senior citizens with awards given to the top three finishers in each category.

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THINGS TO DO N Marc Maron: Hey, There’s More Tour

615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35. A night of stand-up comedy.

N Nashville International Auto Show

615-401-1400 autoshownashville.com

All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Discover more than 350 of the newest cars, trucks and SUVs all in one place. You can test drive more than 35 of them. Kids can have fun taking a spin on one of the interactive driving simulators.

R Night at the

Museum (Register)

615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 14 - 17. Bradley Academy Museum, 511 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 7 p.m. $10. During this overnight lockin, kids can explore the museum at night, play games, watch movies, create art, participate in a scavenger hunt more.

W Royally Fun

Cookie Class: Halloween Fun (Register) 629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45. Learn the art of working with royal icing while decorating Halloween cookies.

R Sam Davis Ghost Tours

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 6 - 10 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12, free 5 & younger. Tour the historic property in the dark, meet ghosts from the past, hear Tennessee’s haunted tales, embark on a haunted hayride and more.

W Scout Owl

Prowl (Register)

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

Ages 9+ (scouts only). Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 6 p.m. $20. Search for resident owls during a night hike deep in the forest.

N FREE Night

N Songwriters

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Hike (Register)

All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Hear the call of the wild while exploring and listening for animals of the night.

R Parents’ Night Out (Register)

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

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R Sumner Harvest Living History Days

See Thursday, Oct. 17.

SAT 19

N 12 Hours of Terror

615-383-9140 belcourt.org Ages 14+. Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. 10 p.m. $25. This all-night horror festival features macabre mayhem, outrageous obscurities and ghastly, grotesque flicks from the decades.

N 38th Annual

Native American Indian Education PowWow & Fall Festival See Friday, Oct. 18.

N FREE Animal

Tracks (Register)

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks

Ages 6 -10. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 2 - 3 p.m. Learn how to find and follow animal tracks and learn about animal habitats.

N Boo at the

Under the Stars

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 7 p.m. $45 members, $55 non-members. The Music City Symphony backs songwriters Lee Thomas Miller, Wendell Mobley and The Warren Brothers as they perform hits they’ve written for artists including Brad Paisley, Christ Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and others

Zoo

See page 55.

N FREE Centennial Craft Fest

615-862-8480 centennialcraftfest.com

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. Sat Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. More than 100 local craft vendors, plus live music, children’s activities, food and more.

N Cheekwood

R Spooky Splash

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 7 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 6 - 9 p.m. $5 in advance, $7 day of. Open swim, pizza, pudding and a T-shirt tie-dye activity (bring a white shirt).

day

Harvest Satur-

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

N Conversa-

tions with the Classics: A Dark & Stormy Night with Edgar Allan Poe See Friday, Oct. 18.

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THE 38TH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION POWWOW & FALL FESTIVAL takes place Oct. 18 - 20 at Long Hunter State Park.

N Creative Zone: De-

sign Your Own Award

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Drawing inspiration from the CMA Awards and trophies on display in the museum, create your own award using art materials.

N

Explore SensoryFriendly Experience 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. $3.50 - $4 members, $7 - $8 non-members. Enjoy the planetarium show Explore in a sensory-friendly setting with lights not so dim, softer sound and the freedom to move around and make noise.

W Fall Color

Hike (Register)

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

S FREE Fall Fiesta

615-452-8600 volstate.edu All ages. Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin. 10 a.m. - 3

p.m. Celebrate Latino culture with food, music, mask-making contests, dance performances, face painting and more.

R FREE Fall

for Lascassas

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

N FREE Fall Into Science

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This science festival features handson activities, booths from local organizations, candy, a costume contest and more spotlighting STEAM activities.

R Family Campout (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Check-in is from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 age 5 - 12, free ages 4 & younger. Enjoy an overnight campout in a tent and enjoy guided night hikes, children’s activities and games, campfire fun and music. Equipment available upon request. Prior attendance to a Wilderness Awareness Workshop is required.

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THINGS TO DO R Family Kayak Float (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 10+. Murfreesboro location TBD depending on water levels. 10 a.m. $15. Paddle down the Stones River. All equipment and instruction provided.

R FREE Family Movie 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Enjoy a screening of the 2019 version of Aladdin.

N Family Program: Fiddle Meets Guitar

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Form a band with new friends in this fiddle and guitar workshop. Participants will begin with a mini-lesson on either the fiddle or acoustic guitar. After learning basic techniques, the two groups will play together.

N FREE Firefly Artisan Fair

615-242-0346 fireflyartisanfair.com All ages. The Clay Lady’s Campus, 1416 Lebanon Pike,

Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. This outdoor night market features local artisans in food and crafts. Participate in an interactive art project, view artist demonstrations and enjoy s’mores around the campfire.

Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn about local wildlife, explore spooky animal bones and owl pellets, enjoy nature and wildlife activities, and meet a few wild critters.

R German Food

W Kid

Favorites Family Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. $65 adults, $50 ages 16 & younger. Make traditional recipes like schnitzel, sweet and sour red cabbage, apple strudel and spaetzle.

N Hit It and Quidditch Tournament

nashvillerollerderby.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 5:30 p.m. $7 - $15. The Nashville Rollergirls host this Harry Potter-themed roller derby tournament where you cheer for players like Harry Slaughter, Hermione Danger and Dumblegore. Fans can buy spells to affect game play there’s also a costume contest and Harry Potter surprises.

N FREE Howl-O-

Ween: A Spooky Wildlife Fall Festival 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature

Cuddling (Register)

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

N FREE Lebanon Oktoberfest

615-444-2265 wilsonbank.com

All ages. Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 E Main St., Lebanon. Sat 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 100 craft vendors, live music, antique cars, children’s games and activities, and more. Fees apply for inflatable games.

S Maleficent Senso-

ry-Friendly Screening

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin. 10 a.m. $6. See the new Disney movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in a sensory-friendly setting with no previews, softer sound, lights not so dim, and kids can make all the noise they want.

N FREE MEGA-

p.m. More than 20 exhibits to engage kids in a wide variety of microbe-related interactive experiments. Prizes, games and crafts aim to inspire future scientists.

N Mystic Mermaids Breakfast (Register)

615-514-3474 aquariumrestaurants.com

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

N Nashville International Auto Show

See Friday, Oct. 18.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Bring a pumpkin to carve (tools provided) while enjoying live string music (you can bring an instrument and play, too).

W Riverbend Kids’ Club

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

S Safe Harbor Fall Festival

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Florida Panthers.

All ages. Safe Harbor Sanctuary, 3585 Hwy. 76, Cottontown. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $5 per person or $20 for a carload. Kids’ games with prizes, hayrides, vendors, live music, pumpkin painting, equine demonstrations. Kids can meet and take photos with a unicorn and Axel the Norwegian Fjord.

N Nashville SC Soccer

Ages 6 - 14. Granbery Elementary School, 5501 Hill Road, Brentwood. 9 a.m. - 2

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 p.m. $15 - $60. Versus Atlanta United 2.

R PCA Fall Festival

615-904-0902 providencechristian.com All ages. Providence Christian Academy, 410 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free for adults and kids ages 2 & younger, ages 3+ require $20 armbands ($50 family max). Indoor and outdoor activities including bungee power jumping, a petting zoo, pony rides, giant inflatables, a toddler play area, game booths, live music and more.

N FREE Preserving

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SPOOKY SPLASH at Patterson Park Community Center on Friday, Oct. 18 includes swimming, treats and a tie-dye activity.

N FREE Pump-

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com

vumc.org/viiii/megamicrobe

Blvd., Ashland City. 1 - 2 p.m. From pickling to drying to freezing, learn ways to prepare your garden’s bounty.

All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory

R Sam Davis Ghost Tours

See Friday, Oct. 18.

N Songwriters Under the Stars

See Friday, Oct. 18.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Football

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville. Game time TBA. $37 $45. Versus Missouri.

N FREE Walk Like MADD

615-360-8055 walklikemadd.org All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 1 p.m. Garner pledges for awareness and funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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THINGS TO DO W We Banjo 3 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $30.50 - $40.50. A night of Celtic and bluegrass music.

SUN 20 N FREE 31st Annual Southern Festival of Books

See Friday, Oct. 18.

N 38th Annual

Native American Indian Education PowWow & Fall Festival See Friday, Oct. 18.

N Boo at the Zoo

See page 55.

N FREE Centennial Craft Fest

See Saturday, Oct. 19.

N Cheekwood

Harvest Sunday

See Sunday, Oct. 6.

N FREE Commu-

nity Trick-or-Treat

615-356-0501 bellemeadeplantation.com

All ages. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Costumed kids can visit the outbuildings to collect candy and play games. A costume contest takes place at 2 p.m. A Teal Pumpkin Project.

R Foods of Japan

Kids’ Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 5 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 2 p.m. $50. Make spring rolls, sushi rice, shrimp tempura rolls, California rolls and chicken teriyaki.

N FREE Jazz on the Cumberland

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

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S Kids Hallow-

een Costume Yoga & Pumpkin Decorating

615-461-0075 balanceandbreatheyoga.com All ages. Balance & Breathe Yoga, 207 N. Water Ave., Gallatin. 1 - 2:15 p.m. $10. Come in costume for spooky yoga poses, enjoy scary snacks and decorate mini pumpkins to take home.

bounce castles and candy collecting.

N Wilco

800-733-6779 opry.com All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 $79.50. A night of rock music.

N FREE Wood-

mont Church Fall Festival

W Kids Sewing

615-297-5303 woodmontbaptist.com

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15528

All ages. Woodmont Baptist Church, 2100 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville. 4 - 7 p.m. An afternoon of inflatables, food trucks, and more family activities.

Workshop: Pillow Case (Register)

Ages 9+. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9 - 11:30 a.m. $25. Make a pillow case for your bed while learning the following sewing techniques: measuring, cutting fabric, using pins and running a sewing machine.

N FREE Lebanon Oktoberfest

See Saturday, Oct. 19.

N Nashville International Auto Show

See Friday, Oct. 18.

W Teatime

with Blaire Wilson (Register)

See Saturday, Oct. 6.

N Tennessee

Titans Football

615-565-4000 titansonline.com

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 3:05 p.m. $50 - $333. Verus the Los Angeles Chargers.

N The Chainsmokers 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $39.50 - $129.50. A night of electropop music.

S FREE Trunk or Treat

615-432-4354 newtonnissan.com/trunk-ortreat-nashville All ages. Newton Nissan, 1461 Nashville Pike, Gallatin. 3 - 5 p.m. Pizza, Euro bungees,

MON 21 W FREE Code

Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 p.m. Explore the worlds of technology and programming.

N Sleater-Kinney 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $32 - $52. A night of rock music.

TUE 22 N Bastille: Doom Days Tour Part 1

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. 8 p.m. $20 - $55. A night of indie rock music.

R Homeschool

Program: Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble! (Register)

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL hits the big screen this month. Catch a sensory-friendly screening at NCG Cinema in Gallatin on Saturday, Oct. 19.

$5. Learn different chemical reactions and make your own Halloween slime.

N Nashville

S Homeschool

Program: Fall Weenie Roast (Register)

Predators Hockey

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Enjoy a weenie roast with s’mores and games.

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

W FREE Outdoor Hiking/Adventure Chats

See Tuesday, Oct. 8.

R Preschool

Program: Sweets and Spooks (Register) 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. While Halloween is in the air, learn the best parts of our spookiest and sweetest holiday.

WED 23

R Barfield Bash

Haunted Hayride

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 12+. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy, Murfreesboro. 7 - 9 p.m. $5. Hop aboard the wagon for a scary adventure down Old Scream Road.

R Homeschool

Program: Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble! (Register) See Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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

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

W Knee-High Natu-

ralist: Into the Forest

615-370-4672 owlshill.org

Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional guest. Explore the natural world through discovery, crafts and outdoor exploration.

THU 24

R Barfield Bash

Haunted Hayride

See Wednesday, Oct. 23.

N Boo at the Zoo

See page 55.

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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OPEN HOUSE | October 24, 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the benefits and rewards of a classical education supported by Christian values. Join us for an information-packed presentation, meet the staff, mingle with current families and experience the TCA difference. Half-day enrichment programs available. Email info@tcafranklin.org to RSVP!

THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY OF FRANKLIN 810 DEL RIO PIKE FRANKLIN 615-790-8556 TCAFRANKLIN.ORG TCAFRANKLIN TCAFRANKLIN

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N Creative Zone: “Golden Hour” Paper Fans

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Design a paper fan inspired by Kacey Musgrave’s latest album cover.

W Kevin Griffin:

Anywhere You Go Tour

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $36.25 - $51.25. A night of pop music.

N Manual

Cinema’s Frankenstein

615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org Ages 12+. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville. 8 p.m. $35. Multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with author Mary Shelley’s own biography to create a theatrical epic about the beauty and horror of creation. The show combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques and innovative sound.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Minnesota Wild.

R Oaklands

Flashlight Night

615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org

All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro. 7 - 10 p.m. $10 ages 12 & older, $5 ages 6 - 11. Bring a flashlight for a unique dimly lit mansion tour with guides in mourning attire sharing creepy superstitions.

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N Opry

Country Classics

See Thursday, Oct. 3.

S Pioneer

Pals: Fall Fun (Register) 615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Celebrate autumn by exploring its smells, pumpkins and stories while learning letter P and number 8.

R FREE Strollercoasters

See Thursday, Oct. 3.

R Sushi 101:

R Barfield

Bash Haunted Hayride See Wednesday, Oct. 23.

R Barfield

Bash Twilight Trail & Carnival

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 5 - 9 p.m. $4 for the hayride; carnival is free. This happy, non-spooky hayride in the back country is followed by games, puppet shows, stories and live animals.

N Boo at the Zoo

See page 55.

Family Class (Register)

N Brahms’

All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 6 p.m. $65 per person. Learn to make spring rolls with sweet chili dipping sauce; sushi rice; shrimp tempera with yum yum sauce; California roll; spicy scallop roll; and more.

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $47 $292. Guest violinist Karen Gomyo joins the Nashville Symphony for a classical music performance featuring works by Brahms, Dvorak and others.

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

FRI 25 N FREE Artclectic ARTbash

615-321-8000 usn.org All ages. University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Ave, Nashville. 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy a gallery party and art sale.

N FREE Babies in the Gallery (Register)

Violin Concerto

S Castle of Villains

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville. 6 - 8 p.m. $5 adults, $8 ages 2+ in advance ($10 at the gate). Wear your costumes and stroll the castle and grounds interacting with favorite villain characters while trick-ortreating.

615-329-8544 fiskuniversitygalleries.org galleries@fisk.edu

W Color Wheels

Ages 0 - 12 months. Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville. 11:30 a.m. Fisk musicians pair artwork with songs and introduce the pairings. The tour is designed for babies to view artwork at eye level while being held or in a carrier.

615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15549

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THINGS TO DO

You + Me Paint Night (Register)

Ages 5 - 13. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. $25 per adult/child pair. Paint a pair of canvases that fit together to create one colorful piece of art.

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W ANNIE KIDS

Oct. 18 - 19 | All ages wcparksandrec.com

Williamson County Parks and Rec’s Musical Theatre Experience Program at College Grove Artsitorium, 8601 Horton Hwy., College Grove. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. $7. This musical features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

N BABE: THE SHEEP PIG Oct. 11 - 20 | All ages purposeplayers.com

The Purpose Players at Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville. Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $12 adults, $10 children. The farmyard tale of a piglet’s rise to become the world famous sheep pig.

R CLUE THE MUSICAL

Thru Oct. 5 | Ages 12+ 615-563-2787 | artscenterofcc.com

Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. This interactive musical comedy based on the Hasbro game has a different ending every night.

N EVERY LITTLE CROOK AND NANNY

Oct. 11 - 20 | Ages 10+ 615-598-8950 | encore-theatre-company.org Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $10. A tale of a bank heist and three retired nannies with classic comedy twists.

N FREE FALL SHOWCASE

Oct. 18 - 19 | All ages 615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com

Nashville Ballet Studios, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville. 7 p.m. Free admission, but there is a $10 suggested donation. The School of Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division features classical ballet, contemporary and modern works.

N GREATER TUNA

Oct. 17 - Nov. 2 | Ages 10+ 615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m. (plus 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17), Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Oct. 27 only). $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. A comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.

N THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER

Thru Oct. 6 | Ages 0 - 5 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Tue - Fri 9 a.m., Sat - Sun 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. $12. This NCT Snuggery world premiere follows two green-thumbed gardeners as they learn patience and perseverance from a determined eightlegged hero.


N LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

p.m. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. A girl searches for her missing book report in the cellar where she comes across her long-forgotten imaginary friends.

The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20 - $30 adults, $15 - $20 ages 12 & younger. The musical comedy about a mysterious plant with a thirst for blood.

Oct. 11 - 27 | Ages 16+ 615-904-2787 | boroarts.org

Oct. 10 - 26 | All ages 615-883-8375 thelarrykeetontheatre.org

N MADAME BUTTERFLY

Oct. 10 & 12 | Ages 10+ 615-782-4040 | nashvilleopera.org

Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m. $26 - $124. A Japanese geisha abandons her faith and family for a dashing American solider, sacrificing everything for love.

W MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS

Oct. 4 - 19 | Ages 10+ 615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com

Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. Set in the golden age of Hollywood, this play gives a riotous, behind-the-scenes peek at the making of what many consider the greatest movie ever made.

N THE NIGHTMARIUM INCIDENT Oct. 11 - 19 | Ages 12+ act1online.com

Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15. This play follows a TV horror hostess and her crew scrambling to get a double feature read to air.

N OLLIE’S DINER

Oct. 24 - Nov. 2 | Ages 10+ 615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m. (plus 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24), Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. A failing diner gets a “ghostly” renovation.

N ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Oct. 15 - 20 | Ages 10+ 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $35 - $80. The musical tale of a fearless peasant girl in search for her place in the world who’s ready to risk it all for love.

N PETER AND THE WOLF

Oct. 10 - 13 | All ages 615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com

Nashville Ballet Studios, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville. Thu - Fri 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.; Sat 2, 4 & 6:30 p.m.; Sun 2 & 4 p.m. $20 adults, $15 ages 12 & younger. The storybook tale of Peter and his fun-loving animal friends.

R SWEENEY TODD

PETER AND THE WOLF leaps to life to with Nashville Ballet Oct. 10 - 13.

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $16 students, $14 children. The dark, witty tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. Contains graphic bloody violence.

N TALL TALES N PIPELINE

Oct. 17 - Nov. 3 | Ages 14+ 615-782-4040 | nashvillerep.org

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. (no matinee Oct. 19), Sun 2:30 p.m. (Oct. 27 & Nov. 3 only). $25 - $60. A mother’s hope for her son clashes with an educational system rigged against him.

N RETURN TO SENDER

Oct. 10 - 27 | Ages 8+ 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m, Friday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., Sat Sun 2 p.m. (no Sun show on Oct. 13). $23 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17. Based on Julia Alvarez’s novel, this show follows the paths of two 11-year-olds who are forced to confront the complexities of immigration and citizenship.

N THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Oct. 18 - Nov. 3 | Ages 14+ 615-332-7529 | circleplayers.net

Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $20 ($15 on Thursdays). The tongue-in-cheek musical about a newly engaged couple who get caught in a storm and seek refuge in the home of a madcap transvestite scientist who unveils his latest creation.

N SALLY COTTER AND THE CENSORED STONE

Oct. 11 - 27 | Ages 9+ 615-847-0934 | lakewoodtheatre.org

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. In this Harry Potter parody, Sally falls asleep while reading books about a certain juvenile wizard and dreams that she is a student at Frogbull Academy of Sorcery.

N SARAH AND THE SECRET OF THE CELLAR Oct. 4 - 5 | All ages

Oct. 4 - 20 | Ages 12+ 615-306-6183 | thebarbershoptheater.com

Woven Theatre Company at The Barbershop Theater, 4003 Indiana Ave., Nashville. Fri - Sun 7:30 p.m. p.m. $15. A gay college graduate struggles to find his new place when he’s forced to return to his hometown in Alabama.

N THE TOXIC AVENGER Oct. 11 - 26 | Ages 14+ 615-554-7414 streetheatrecompany.org

Street Theatre Company, 1120 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students. Based on the cult classic film, this musical follows the story of a radioactive mutant freak superhero who sets out to clean up the most polluted town in New Jersey.

W TUCK EVERLASTING

Oct. 17 - 26 | All ages academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com

CYT at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m. $13 online, $14 at the door. This musical poses the question, “What would you do if you had all eternity?”

N THE WEDDING SINGER

Thru Oct. 19 | Ages 12+ 615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m., Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., plus Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. This musical follows an ‘80s rock star wannabe’s life as New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer.

N THE WIZARD OF OZ

Oct. 11 - 13 | All ages bravocreativeartscenter.com

Bravo Creative Arts Center at Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $12. This magical musical takes audiences over the rainbow into a colorful fantasy land.

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THINGS TO DO N Creative Zone:

“Golden Hour” Paper Fans

See Thursday, Oct. 24.

N FREE Experiment Fridays: the STEAM Series (Register)

615-329-8544 fiskuniversitygalleries.org galleries@fsk.edu

Ages 2 - 5. Aaron Douglas Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville. 3 p.m. Kids can participate in experiments at the intersection of art and science.

N Family Program:

Songwriting Journal and Bookmark Workshop

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Ages 6+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 - 10:45 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Create your own unique songwriting journal using bookbinding techniques, then learn to sew a bookmark on a sewing machine.

R Halloween

Boo Bounce (Register)

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

Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ages 7 & younger only; 3 - 5:15 p.m. all ages. $11.95. Participate in a costume parade then search for hidden Halloween eggs filled with candy and prizes inside the inflatables.

S FREE Harvests

and Haunts (Register)

615-425-3706 tnstateparks.com/parks/ bledsoe-creek All ages. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 4 - 7 p.m. Decorate a fall and Halloween-themed campsite for a chance to win prizes. Judging takes place at 7 p.m.

S FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

See Friday, Oct. 4.

N Kacey Musgraves 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $34.50 - $89.50. A night of country music.

W FREE LEGO

Mania (Register)

See Friday, Oct. 11.

N Manual

Cinema’s Frankenstein

See Thursday, Oct. 24.

N FREE Nature

Center Open House (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City. 5:30 7:30 p.m. Campfire activities, s’mores, late-night hiking and more.

R Oaklands

Flashlight Night

See Thursday, Oct. 24.

R Sam Davis Ghost Tours

See Friday, Oct. 18.

N FREE Shelby

Bottoms Ghostbusters (Register) 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 13+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn about the equipment paranormal investigators use.

R Smyrna

Strokes: Hocus Pocus (Register) townofsmyrna.org

Ages 14+. Smyrna Train Depot, 98 Front St., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Paint the Sanderson sisters on wooden boards.

S VIP Tricks

and Treats with the Villains 615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville. 5 - 6 p.m. $25 children ($20 siblings), free for parents. A not-so-scary VIP event in the woodlands where you’ll witness the magical arrival of favorite villain characters and enjoy hot chocolate, cider and snacks. Does not include admission to Castle of Villains.

SAT 26

W FREE 36th

THE BARFIELD BASH TWILIGHT TRAIL & CARNIVAL is designed for little kids to enjoy trick-ortreating fun and other seasonal festivities. It takes place Oct. 25 - 26.

fest

Annual Pumpkin-

Franklin. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Middle Tennessee’s largest family festival bursts with Halloweenthemed fun including costume contests, extreme pumpkin caring demonstrations, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a Kids’ Zone filling a city block with inflatables, face painting, games, pony rides and more.

R FREE 43rd

Annual Harvest Days 615-893-0355 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Storytelling, hands-on demonstrations, crafts, hayrides, live music and clogging performances.

N FREE Art in the Park (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Self Aware Creations leads this art therapy session that combines relaxation and creativity while you explore different art materials.

N FREE Artclectic and POPclectic Artisan Market

615-321-8000 | usn.org All ages. University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Ave, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A juried art show and sale with works in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, mixed media and more. Plus, POPclectic items at $200 or less and children’s art activities.

R Barfield Bash

Haunted Hayride

See Wednesday, Oct. 23.

R Barfield Bash Twilight Trail & Carnival

See Friday, Oct. 25.

N Boo at the Zoo

See page 55.

N Brahms’

Violin Concerto

See Friday, Oct. 25.

615-591-8500 williamsonheritage.org

N Cheekwood

All ages. Historic Downtown

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

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N Creative Zone:

“Golden Hour” Paper Fans

See Thursday, Oct. 24.

N Fall Festival Excursion Train

615-244-9001 | tcry.org

All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $38 - $160. Ride the rails to Baxter where you can enjoy the town’s fall craft festival.

R FREE Fall

for Lascassas

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

W FREE Fall

Harvest Party

615-513-6264 freedomreignsranch.com

All ages. Freedom Reigns Ranch, 1725 Barker Road, Thompson’s Station. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Welcome the harvest season with farm-style games, crafts, s’mores, horse encounters and more. Costumes in a western/ranch theme encouraged.

S Ghost and

Lantern Tour (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 6 - 9:45 p.m. $5 ages 6+ in advance; the price goes up to $10 starting Oct. 16. A night tour through the grounds with historical interpreters dressed in 1700s attire, followed by live music, a hay ride and refreshments.

R FREE Goblins

and Goodies at the Park

615-793-3224 lavergnetn.gov/238/Goblinsand-Goodies-at-the-Park All ages. Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne. 12 - 3 p.m. Costumed kids can follow a candy trail picking up goodies along the way, and there are games and hayrides, too.

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Hills Community Church Fall Festival 615-269-4521 greenhillscommunitychurch. org

All ages. Green Hills Community Church, 5035 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. 3 - 5 p.m. Inflatables, carnival games, a cake walk, food and more.

 Halloween

at the Mansion

615-885-1112 friendsoftworiversmansion.org All ages. Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 Two Rivers Pkwy., Nashville. 4 - 8 p.m. $10 per car. Pumpkin painting, hayrides, the haunted basement, storytelling, food and music.

 FREE Halloween in the Park

615-851-2200 goodlettsvilleparks.com

All ages. Moss-Wright Park,

745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. A DJ, dancing, pumpkin patch, photo booths, food vendors, crafts, games, treats and more. Adults and teens are not to wear masks, and clown costumes are only allowed on very young children.

 FREE Halloween in the Park

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free with gate ($20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17). Bring your four-legged family member for a parade around the gardens, costume contest and a popsicle eating contest. Costume contest categories include Judge’s Favorite, Most Creative and Best Owner/Dog Combo. Contests and parades transpire at 10:20 a.m. and 2 p.m.

615-459-9742 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna. 3 - 8:30 p.m. More than 80 booths, costume contests (starting at 3:15 p.m.), friendly hayrides, haunted hayrides, zombie laser tag, inflatables, a pie-eating contest, train rides, food vendors and more.

 Halloween Pooch Parade

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville.

 FREE Hallowlar

een Spooktacu-

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Girls who pop into the store in costume will receive a treat (while supplies last), and they can create a Halloween Boo Box craft.

 Halloween

Trivia and Movie Night 615-784-4014 capitoltheatretn.com

Ages 10+. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon. 5:30 p.m. $15. Test your knowhow with a trivia game before a screening of Beetlejuice.

 Haunted

Forest Zip Tour (Register) 615-297-2250 adventureworks.com

Ages 8+. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs. 8 p.m. $65. Enjoy a zipline tour through the dark woods on the land where Montgomery Bell lived and died. Keep an eye out for his ghost!

 FREE Haunted

Museum Storytelling Festival HALLOWEEN COMICFEST takes place Saturday, Oct. 26. Pop into one of the following comic book stores to pick up free Halloween-themed comics for all ages: • The Great Escape (Nashville & Madison)

• Comic City Too (Madison)

• Starbase 1552 Comics (Franklin)

• Outer Limits (Murfreesboro)

• Ricks Comic City (Nashville)

• Grand Adventures (Murfreesboro).

• Heroes Wanted (Gallatin)

Get more Halloween ComicFest info at halloweencomicfest.com.

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615-741-2692 tnmuseum.org

All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Chilling stories from Tennessee’s past along with a costume parade, snacks, games, art activities and a Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck show.

 FREE Holiday Craft Show & Bake Sale

615-300-5358 hfumc.org

All ages. Hendersonvile First United Methodist Church, 217 E. Main St., Hendersonville. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shop for crafts, jewelry, fine art, boutique clothes, decor, baked goods and more. New this year is a children’s corner featuring arts and crafts activities.

 Kid

Cuddling (Register)

See Saturday, Oct. 5.

 FREE Latin

Family Concert

615-899-1862 | tnphil.org All ages. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra performs Latin music.

 Lightning’s Punt,

Pass & Kick Competition (Register)

615-896-7309 conta.cc/2YJey9q

Ages 5 - 12. MTSU Soccer Complex, 1568 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro. 9 - 11 a.m. $15 (includes ticket to MTSU vs FIU football game; additional game tickets are $10). Kids can participate in a competition where they’ll get an opportunity for one punt, one pass and one kick from a tee.

 FREE Line-

baugh Halloween ComicFest

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Come in costume and grab free comics, watch movies, play games and more.

 Manual

Cinema’s Frankenstein

See Thursday, Oct. 24.

 FREE Movie

Flashlight Night

See Thursday, Oct. 24.

 Pumpkin

Decorating (Register)

615-425-3706 tnstateparks.com/parks/ bledsoe-creek All ages. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 2 - 3 p.m. $7. Pumpkins and craft supplies are provided. You supply the creativity.

 Royally Fun

Cookie Class: Halloween Fun (Register) 629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 10 11:30 a.m. $45. Learn the art of working with royal icing while decorating Halloween cookies.

 Sam Davis Ghost Tours

See Friday, Oct. 18.

 FREE Sirens and Sweets

615-799-9331 wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd, Fairview. 6 - 8 p.m. Wear your costumes and trick-or-treat with local EMS vehicles, and there will also be music, games and inflatables.

 Songwriting 101: Grand Ole Opry Today

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 11:30 a.m. $15.95 - $25.95. Learn the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme and rhyme scheme while writing a song inspired by “Wagon Wheel.”

in the Park

615-371-0060 brentwoodtn.gov All ages. Crockett Park, 1500 Volunteer Pkwy., Brentwood. 7 - 10 p.m. Enjoy a kid-friendly flick. Movie title TBA.

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THINGS TO DO N FREE TAADAS Carnival

615-780-5901 taadas.org All ages. Southeast Community Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addition Services (TAADAS) hosts this carnival featuring rides, games, food and prizes while educating families on mental health and wellness, including addiction.

N FREE To “Dye” For (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 1 - 3 p.m. Bring an old piece of clothing and upcycle the fabric by using dyes.

N Yoga Under the Stars (Register)

artists while exploring artwork from Native North America, spanning prehistory to the present. Plus, live performances, gallery program, and art-making activities.

R Kayak

Float (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

Ages 12+. Volunteer Park, 850 Eighth Ave., Smyrna. 2 - 4 p.m. $5. This two-hour event is for ages 12 and older with an adult. Bring sunscreen and water for a morning float (boats, paddles and life jackets provided).

800-886-1762 curesma.org

Zoo

N Brahms’

Violin Concerto

See Friday, Oct. 25.

N Cheekwood

Harvest Sunday

See Sunday, Oct. 6.

N Creative Zone:

Adorn a Microphone

See Sunday, Oct. 6.

N FREE Family Festival Day: Hearts of Our People

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org/family

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 1 - 5:30 p.m. Celebrate the legacy, relationships and power of female

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Teatime (Regis-

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

Ages 8+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 5 - 6 p.m. $28. Turn gingerbread into a “boo-tiful” haunted house.

Ages 8+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 12 - 1 p.m. $20. Enjoy a Halloween-themed tea with a pumpkin craft and fall treats.

N Tennessee

Titans Football

615-565-4000 titansonline.com

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 12 p.m. $50 - $333. Versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hot HAPPENIN’

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $27.35 - $154.50. A night of contemporary Christian music.

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

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

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

N Nashville

N Boo at the

Haunted House Decorating (Register)

N MercyMe

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

SUN 27

W Spooktacular

Walk-n-Roll

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 12 p.m. $20 adults, $10 ages 3 - 17, free for SMA-affected individuals. Raise awareness and funds for spinal muscular atrophy. There’s also a silent auction, live music and more.

Rutherford Parent’s Fall Kids Fest

W Poloween

615-800-2268 franklinpolo.com

All ages. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. 1 p.m. $10 adults, free ages 10 & younger. Three polo matches include the interscholastic match, Heroes vs Villains, and UK vs FPA.

S Pumpkin

Splash (Register)

615-451-5911 gallatintin.gov Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 25

Ages 5 - 12. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin. 1 - 5 p.m. $10 for first child, $5 each additional child. Kids can rescue a pumpkin from the pool then decorate it to take home for Halloween. Free swim is available after the pumpkin decorating.

Saturday, Oct. 26

It’s the most fabulous fall fest in the ’Boro! Come on out to The Avenue Murfreesboro for a FREE day of festivities.

F

all family fun and Halloween hoots join forces during Rutherford Parent’s annual Fall Kids Fest at The Avenue Murfreesboro (2615 Medical Center Pkwy.). This year’s festivities take place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission is FREE! Kids can have fun trick-or-treating at local vendor booths, bouncing on inflatables and participating in other fun activities.

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Two costume contests take place during the event. Ages 6 months - 2 years can show off their costumes at 11 a.m., and ages 3 - 10 take the stage at 11:30 a.m. Participating kids will be entered into random prize drawings during the event. In addition, you can enjoy demonstrations by local enrichment programs, and there’ll be seven food trucks on site! Call 615-256-2158 or visit nashvilleparent.com/fkf19.


THINGS TO DO N The Music

of Phish for Kids

615-324-1010 citywinery.com

All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville. 12 1:30 p.m. $15. The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents a family concert featuring the music of Phish.

N Trey Anastasio 615-889-3060 ryman.com

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $45 - $85. The Phish lead vocalist performs a night of acoustic rock music.

N FREE Trunkor-Treat

615-754-2525 | fbcmj.org All ages. First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, 735 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet. 3 - 5 p.m. Wear costumes, get treats, play games and more.

MON 28 N Elton John

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 8 p.m. $59.50 - $249.50. A night of pop-rock music.

W FREE Nuts & Bolts Society (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com Ages 8 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 p.m. Use science, math, engineering and creativity to dive deeper into the world of robotics.

W Stop, Drop &

Decorate: Halloween! (Register) 629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

Ages 4+. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 4 - 6 p.m. $35. Learn to decorate a six-inch buttercream coated vanilla cake with fondant and other toppings.

TUE 29

R Homeschool

PE: Monster Mash-ing Around (Register) 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 & 10:30 a.m.$2. Fun and games inspired by monsters. Costumes welcome.

R FREE Monster Storytime

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 6 p.m. Kids can wear their costumes for an evening of notso-scary stories.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

R Preschool

Program: Monster Mash (Register) 615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. This preschool costume party includes craft activities and meeting creepy critters.

R Toddler Tuesday 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

Ages 1 - 4. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 10 - 11 a.m. $5 children, free for caregivers. Pick a pumpkin from the patch, then paint it. Then play games and enjoy snacks.

S FREE Trick-or-

Treat at Drake’s Creek Park 615-822-3898 hendersonvilleparks.org

All ages. Drakes Creek Park, 120 E. Main St., Hendersonville. 6 - 8 p.m. Costumed kids can enjoy candy, games, prizes and hayrides.

N Tuesdays for

Tots: Goblins in the Garden 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free with gate ($20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17). Dress up in your favorite silly or spooky costume, and enjoy trickor-treating through the gardens, Halloween-themed crafts and storytime.

WED 30 N FREE Fall Carnival

615-469-5190 lifechurchfamily.com All ages. Life Church, 3688 Hwy 109, Lebanon. 5:30 8:30 p.m. Giant inflatables, carnival games, hot dogs, nachos, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn and more (the concessions are free, too). From 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. is for special needs families only, then it opens to everyone at 6:30 p.m.

N Halloween

Movie Night: Metropolis 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Ages 10+. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 7 p.m. $37 $80. Watch Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent classic Metropolis while Peter Krasinski provides live organ accompaniment. Come in costume; it’s a Music City Halloween tradition!

S Homeschool Pro-

gram: Needle Felting Wool (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Make a Christmas ornament from wool using a needle felting technique.

W FREE Kids’ Hour 615-550-5660 marewakefield.com

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

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wen Drive, Franklin. 9:30 a.m. Award-winning family entertainers Mare Wakefield and Nomad perform.

W Knee-High Naturalist: Sounds of Nature (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional guest. Explore the natural world through discovery, crafts and outdoor exploration.

N FREE Rachel’s

Fun Time Halloween Concert

615-862-5866 library.nashville.org

Ages 3 - 5. Inglewood Library, 4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. 10 a.m. Come in costume and sing, dance and hear a story about a giant pumpkin during this concert with Rachel Sumner.

N Spook-Tacu-

lar Halloween (Register) 615-514-3000 rainforestcafe.com

All ages. Rainforest Cafe, 353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. 5 p.m. $10.99. Wear your costume for tricks and treats, plus enjoy games, activities, crafts, Halloween cupcakes and a kids’ buffet featuring a pasta and taco bar.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

N Don Williams:

Music & Memories of the Gentle Giant

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $34 - $93. Don Williams’ touring band joins the Nashville Symphony for a musical journey of Williams’ career. The production includes never-before-seen concert footage on the big screen. There will be a memorabilia display in the lobby.

W FREE Hallow-

een Guided Hike (Register) wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15609

All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 9 a.m. A guided half-milk walk along the Still Hollow Trail.

W FREE Hallow-

een Legends (Register)

wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15610 All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 3:30 p.m. Join park staff in the woods as “scary” stories are told revealing the history of Halloween.

W FREE Hallowlar

een Spooktacu-

See Saturday, Oct. 26.

S FREE Mall-

Wide Trick-orTreat 615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com

All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville. 5 - 8 p.m. Costumed kids can trick-or-treat from store to store and also enjoy face painting, inflatables, balloon artists, pumpkin picture ops and more.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Calgary Flames.

N Opry

Country Classics

See Thursday, Oct. 3.

S Pioneer Pals:

Party Time! (Register)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation. eventbrite.com Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Wear your Halloween costumes and enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, dress-up fun, party activities and more.

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THINGS TO DO R FREE Stroller-

alphabet with worksheets and show-and-tell fun.

See Thursday, Oct. 3.

W Archery Home-

coasters

S FREE Trick-orPark

Treat at Richland

615-325-9032 portlandcofc.com All ages. Richland Park, 303 Portland Blvd., Portland. 5 - 7 p.m. Costumed kids can bring buckets and bags to collect candy.

S FREE Trick-or-

Treat on the Square

615-452-4000 gallatintn.org/programsevents All ages. Historic Downtown Gallatin, 146 N. Water Ave., Gallatin. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Little ones can show off their costumes and collect candy during this special daytime event just for them.

R FREE Trick-or-

Treat on the Square

downtownmurfreesboro.com All ages. Murfreesboro Public Square, 20 N. Public Sq., Murfreesboro. 3 - 6 p.m. Costumed kids can bring their treat buckets or bags to collect goodies from downtown businesses.

R FREE Trick-or-

Treating at Old Maney Mansion 615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org

All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro. 4 - 6 p.m. Little ghosts and goblins can come to the mansion door for treats while getting a peek inside the dimly lit hall.

ONGOING EVENTS S FREE ABC

Club (Register)

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

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school Day (Register)

615-566-5187 musiccityarchery.com

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

AR Workshops DIY Projects (Register) arworkshop.com

2022 Lindell Ave., Nashville (615-258-5569); 330 Mayfield Drive, Ste. A-9, Franklin (615285-4292); 1984 Providence Pkwy., Ste. 102, Mt. Juliet (615212-5676). Choose from a variety of projects to personalize ranging from canvas pillows to wooden signs and more. Prices vary per project.

R FREE Climbing Club

615-495-9710 townofsmyrna.org Ages 8+. Outdoor Adventure Center, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Every Tue 4:30 - 6 p.m.(skip 10/8). $5 - $7. Climb the walls with games and challenges.

Craft Love DIY Workshops (Register) craftlove.com

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

R FREE Critter Encounter

615-495-9710 townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Every Wed 4:30 5:30 p.m. Meet a live animal then enjoy interactive, naturebased activities.

N Early Explorers 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science

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

R Family Climb 615-796-6545 climbyourrock.com

All ages. The Ascent, 831 Park Ave., Murfreesboro. 12 - 6 p.m. $39 (covers day passes, gear and safety training for everyone in your immediate household). Enjoy indoor rock-climbing fun.

W FREE Games Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. Every Fri 4:30 5:30 p.m. Play classic and new board games.

N THE GLOW: A

Pumpkin Wonderland (Register)

615-889-2941 glowpumpkin.com/nashville All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. Thu Sun, Oct. 3 - 27: Thu 6:45 - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 6:45 - 10 p.m., Sun 7 - 9:30 p.m. $22.99 adults, $16.99 ages 3 - 12. This Halloween experience features a pumpkin wonderland with more than 5,000 decorative jack o’ lanterns, a pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations and more activities.

N Grand Ole Opry

p.m. $35. Explore the haunted side of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage while exploring the mansions, grounds and cemetery by lantern light as guides share stories of the ghosts of the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson’s meeting with the Bell Witch.

R Homeschool PE Class

chill@murfreesborotn.gov murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6 - 15. Mon & Wed at Sports*Com (2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro) and Tue & Thu at Patterson Park Community Center (521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro). 1 - 1:50 p.m. $3. Physical education activities that promote good health, sportsmanship, group participation and socialization. No class when city schools are out.

R KidFIT:

Movers and Shakers (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

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

800-733-6779 opry.com

W FREE Kids Make

All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Every Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat at 7 p.m. (some nights include a second 9:30 p.m. show). $45 - $110. Enjoy classic and current country artists. Get each night’s artist lineup at the website.

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. Every Wed 4:30 p.m. Explore new tools, fine motor skills, creative problem solving and self-directed play.

N Hermitage Ghost Tours

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

Ages 10+. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville. Thru Nov. 9: Wed - Sat 7 & 9

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(Register)

N Little Art House Art Classes

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 10 months+. 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. Drop-In Creative Play for ages 10 months - 4 years is every Fri - Sat 9:30 -

10:15 a.m. for $10. Drop-in Art Class for ages 4 - 10 are every Sat 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m for $15. Find the full list of classes at the website.

R Lucky Ladd

Corn Maze Adventure 615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com

All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville. Hours: Oct. 1 -27: Wed - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; Oct. 28 - Nov. 1: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $13.99 adults, $11.99 ages 2 - 12. Navigate the giant corn maze with a “Circle of Life” Lion King theme. Find all six checkpoints in the “Master Maze Challenge” and be entered into a random drawing to win an iPad (winner announced Nov. 15). There are corn-maze games for littles and lots of other fall activities on the farm.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

615-514-3474 aquariumrestaurants.com

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

R Mind-Blowing Matinee

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

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

Ages 2+. Hamilton Creek Park, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville. Every Sun 2 - 5 p.m. $12 per racer, free for spectators (practices take place Tue & Thu 6 - 8 p.m. for $5). Girls and boys can participate in the thrill of bike racing in a three-lap race around a quarter-mile track. Little kids can use balance bikes and striders.


a.m. $10. Enjoy STEAM-play activities.

615-395-0102 arringtonvineyards.com

N FREE State Muse-

in the Vines

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

S FREE Music with

Miss Shannon

615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl Ages 3 - 5. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. Every Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Songs, music appreciation and learning through playing with musical instruments.

N Nashville

Farmers’ Market

615-880-2001 nashvillefarmersmarket.org All ages. 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. A variety of chef demonstrations and cooking classes take place regularly. Enjoy Music at the Market Sun 11 a.m. & Fri 5 p.m.

N FREE Parnassus Storytime

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

R PPCC After-School Enrichment Program

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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

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

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

R SPARK!

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

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

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

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

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615-356-8000 cheekwood.org All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Every Thu thru Oct. 24, from 5 9 p.m. $10 adults, $6.50 ages 3 - 17. Live music, lawn games, casual cuisine, bar stations and more.

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615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Fri 10 a.m. $3. This play-based class focuses on body part recognition and cognitive skill development.

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

R Water Polo

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

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

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THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Saturday, Oct. 26

TPAC’s Jackson Hall tpac.org Take a trip under the sea to Bikini Bottom where SpongeBob SquarePants and his aquatic pals take you on a musical adventure.

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School’s Out.

Fun’s In. A Fall Break Celebration of Collaboration

Keep your young scholars inspired while school’s out. Grab a free Fall Break Fun activity pack at the Museum box office, and dig into creative keepsakes to use in the galleries and at home. This year’s Fall Break Fun features the theme “collaboration.” Play, create, and learn together.

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Fall Activities and After-School Programs ACADEMICS Mathnasium

18 Cadillac Drive, Brentwood 3748 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville (Green Hills) 300 Indian Lake Blvd., #2400, Hendersonville 3411 Memorial Blvd., #3, Murfreesboro mathnasium.com

Lucky Ladd Farm 615-942-2629 615-891-3384 615-991-6811 615-890-6284

The Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids learn math for over a decade. Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting – our unique approach enables us to effectively explain math concepts and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn!

Providence Christian Academy

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

615-904-0902

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

The Tutoring Center

5021 Hughes Crossing, Ste. 160, Franklin franklintn@tutoringcenter.com

615-721-8844

The Tutoring Center works with students grades K - 12 in math, reading, and writing. We work with students on their academic skills and concentration through our patented “Rotational Approach to Learning”. As a company we have a 95% success rate for students advancing an entire grade level in 6 months. Call today for information about our free diagnostic assessment and test consultation.

ANIMALS/EQUESTRIAN Harris Riding Academy 6331 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro lessonshra@gmail.com

4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville luckyladdfarms.com • tours@luckyladdfarms.com

Visit Tennessee’s largest petting farm with hundreds of friendly animals and exotic livestock to admire and love. Over 60 acres of fun activities including playgrounds, mega sides wagon ride and more. Many special events are scheduled each month, check website for dates and more information.

ARTS – DANCE Ann Carroll School of Dance

93 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood anncarrollschoolofdance.com • di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com

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

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Check us out in our new location! ACSD is celebrating 50 years of excellence and accommodates its students in a faith-based environment which is responsible for many people in the professional performance and teaching worlds. ACSD prides itself on being a place for all to learn. Whether you are looking for a one a week class, a competitive team or a pre-professional track, we have something for you.

Dance in Bloom

7982-A Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

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

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

615.790-7660

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

School of Nashville Ballet 615-556-7370

615-274-3786

3630 Redmon Street, Nashville nashvilleballet.com

615-297-2966

School of Nashville Ballet offers world-class dance instruction to ages 2 and older of every experience level. Students can stretch their imaginations in the Children’s Division, nurture their skill and artistry in the Academy Division, let loose and express themselves in Community Division Youth Classes. More information is available on our website. continued on page 78...

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

Harvest Martial Arts 615-371-8086

Jan Williams offers piano, guitar, drums/percussion, and voice lessons with an individualized approach to music instruction. Your lessons will be tailored specifically to your child’s skill level and areas of interest. Our popular Mommy and Me classes for infant - 18 mos. allow parents and babies to experience rhythmic musical games, lullabies, bouncing songs and message songs.

Mobile Music Academy

mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

615-301-8589

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

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

615-416-2001

Beat the boredom on days off school! Register for an Out of School Day workshop offered Veterans Day, Nov.11. Youth ages 11 - 18 can learn new skills, make new friends, tour the galleries and enjoy interactive fun. Pre-registration is required.

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

615-678-4739

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

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

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

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David Deaton Karate

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

All ages can benefit from the curriculum which builds character, confidence, respect and self discipline. Award-winning leadership and excellence with classes for Little Dragons (4 - 5 years) to adult. Visit today or check the website for more information.

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

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

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400 Davidson St., Nashville musiccitymindgames.com

615-242-3275

Music City Mind games is uniquely designed to accommodate corporate groups, birthday parties, team building, and school outings. Ideal for groups of four to 200 people, it’s pure fun for everyone with physical activities combined with mind games that make your event the best in all of Nashville.

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood mygym.com/brentwood

615-371-5437

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

One Goal Sports

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

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

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Fall Soccer Leagues • ymcamidtn.org/youth-sports/leagues

YMCA youth soccer leagues, encourage each player as they learn sportsmanship, develop their skills, and gain a sense of accomplishment, no matter the outcome of the game. At the Y, we focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation. Helping your child learn the game in an encouraging environment.

Fall Sports Classes • ymcamidtn.org/youth-sports/classes

Score points with your child by giving them a taste of the fun and excitement of being part of a youth sports team with our introductory six-week classes. Choose from soccer, flag football and basketball.

Swim Lessons • ymcamidtn.org/swim-lessons

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Adventure Science Center

800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville adventuresci.org/camps • camps@adventuresci.org

615-862-5177

Opening minds to the wonder of science for more than 70 years. Plan an adventure for the family including the Sudekum Planetarium, Adventure Tower and soundBox, an immersive new exhibit to explore sound and music!

Mr. Bond’s Science Guys

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

E.T.C. Gymnastics

Music City Mind Games

615-933-9644

Locally owned by two sisters who are licensed and experienced art teachers, Little Art House supports education as well as offering encouragement and confidence in art making for all ages. Join them at their studio in Hillsboro Village for school break camps, classes for the littlest artists, and adult offerings throughout 2019!

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

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

The YMCA’s swim lessons use a variety of fun methods to help swimmers of all ages overcome fears and build confidence in the water. Classes are offered year-round for kids of all ages.

ARTS – VISUAL 2104 Acklen Ave, Nashville littlearthousenashville.com

615-224-3851

Fall Basketball Leagues • ymcamidtn.org/youth-sports/leagues 615-254-9103

Fall 2019 introduces new programming! Princess Boot Camp on Sat., Sep. 7. Four-week Creative Drama Classes on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Four-week Drama Duos Classes for a young child and adult on Thursdays. 12-week Company Classes including Master Classes on Saturdays. Fall Break Mini-Camps Oct. 7 - 11.

Little Art House

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

mrbondscienceguy.com 615-573-2702

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

Digital Worlds VR

1945 Mallory Lane, Franklin digitalworldsvr.com

615-538-7514

DWVR offers the best true virtual realty experience in the area. Located near CoolSprings Galleria, it’s perfect for family and team outings, birthday parties, home school groups and events. You and your family are invited for a free 15 minute demo at our state-of-the-art technology virtual realty arcade.

TRADITIONAL Deer Run Camps & Retreats

3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp/camps • contact@deerrun.camp

615-794-2918

Throughout the year, Deer Run provides family events: married couples romance weekends, parent-child weekends (father-son and mother-daughter) and a family day. And year-round, Deer Run provides customized day and overnight retreats with accommodations, meeting spaces, recreation, team building, 5-star meals and staff who personally serve our guests while on site. Our Mother-Daughter Getaway Weekend is Sep. 20 - 22.

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Nashville Children’s Theatre RETURN TO SENDER

Eleven-year-old Tyler Paquette is the son of generations of farmers. Eleven-year-old Mari Cruz is the Mexican born daughter of undocumented migrant workers hired to work on Tyler’s family’s farm. With the possibility of ICE raids and questions about patriotism, can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

By Marisela Treviño Orta Based on the novel Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez Directed by Crystal Manich

October 10-27, 2019 Performances: Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm Friday, October 18 at 7 pm Co-commissioned by Nashville Children’s Theatre and Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies

Tickets: NashvilleCT.org or 615-252-4675 25 Middleton Street, Nashville, TN 37210 - FREE PARKING ON SITE

The NCT Drama School Creative Drama Classes on Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings for ages 4-16 Classes meet once a week for four weeks. Sessions begin October 15 or 19 and November 12 or 16. Class options include Improv, Jolly Jokers, Superhero Training Academy, Clue Busters and more.

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