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y now you may know that I have four kids and that my oldest is now in college. Two of my boys are teenagers, and the other is 11, so I’m at an interesting point where I can look back from here to where I was when they were small and see how motherhood has changed for younger moms. When I had little toddlers around my ankles (and for the record, I miss that!), motherhood was relatively easy ... exhausting, but easy. I met mom friends at our neighborhood playground and we’d chat while our kids played. We’d arrange playdates for our kids (but just as much for us) and hang out, forgetting about time ... we supported one another through a sisterhood of rearing babies and kids and sharing learned strategies and figuring things out. Then suddenly — it seems like it was overnight — everyone has a cell phone. Today, young moms are in a fiercer, more competitive, less-friendly world. I hardly ever see moms sitting and chatting at my old playground; I see them on their smartphones, heads down. They’re missing out, I think. What are they missing? They don’t even know. Late last night I had a conversation with my husband. We were talking about how I’ve always worked outside the home while raising our kids, about how there were times when I’d complain about it all (like when I was bleary eyed at the end of the work day, spent by cooking dinner, bathing the kids, reading and such). Last night my husband asked, “Do you think you’ll have any regrets about it when you’re older?� Right away I shook my head no, because I am deeply grateful for what I have ... but then I stopped and realized, “The one thing I may regret,� I said, “is that children grow up so fast and you can’t stop that from happening and it just does.� We just looked at each other. I see younger moms and I see a lot of pressure. Pressure to keep up, pressure to be happy, pressure to keep it all together, to be in-theknow, savvy, hip, relevant. Dress the kids right, keep the haircuts up, wear the right stuff, KEEP UP. Where did all this come from? Why on earth is this happening to mothers? I can only think it has to do with the deep expanse of information easily accessible to moms. That they can know

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To me, it was just yesterday that I was making dinner for my little kids. everything instantly and even be the first to know. Moms are “the women behind the men,� “the mothers behind the kids,� the ones who lead the charge. But when, in the effort to keep up and keep it altogether, did it become like a battlefield? Sometimes I’m pretty good at spotting trends, so I think I’ll take a stab here as 2013 winds down. I think at some point soon moms are going to say ENOUGH. I think they are going to say, “I’m getting off this merry go round, it’s no fun anymore, I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I’m going to do it my way and that will be good enough for us.� I think they will return to a softer way of living, one that is not about trophy lives or trophy homes or THINGS that matter not in the least. Because I’m a mom with four older kids now (hey, I still have a fifth grader!), I can tell you something that’s true: What’s going to happen is that while you may be 25 or 30 right now, one day your eyes are going to blink open and the toddlers you knew will be eye-to-eye with you and asking for the car keys. I am theorizing that the best jewelry in the world is NOT a diamond, but the tiny arms of your child wrapped around your neck. It’s time to get back to what really matters in life. NOT the cell phone, NOT the computer, NOT that ridiculously high pair of shoes. What matters most is right in front of your nose, or around your ankles, as it may be. Engage. Enjoy. Take your time. Breathe. Merry Christmas!

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Facebook POST of The Month (November): “Are you a working mom? What were some of the things no one told you about being a working mom on top of taking care of your kids?” “The constant juggle between work and home. My oldest is almost 5 and youngest is almost 2 and I struggle every day with what I can get done at work and at home. Just when I feel like I have it worked out something else comes along to throw the balance off.” Kristen Reckelhoff “That I would have to deal with justifying my choice to continue working and almost have to apologize for not wanting to stay home!” Sue Chiappone Moore “That no one else will take care of anything. You have to be mom with all of the motherly duties plus work. You feel like you’re being pulled in 100 different directions.” Julie Brewer “The guilt you feel when you’re relieved to be at work, enjoying your autonomy. Everyone knows moms are supposed to miss their kids and feel guilty about leaving them. Who knew you could also feel guilty for enjoying work and not always missing them.” Casey Hitchcock “The tremendous amount of guilt you feel when you miss out on things like field trips and class parties. The exhaustion felt when you come home from ‘work’ to a hungry family, full laundry hamper, a sink full of dishes, etc. A mother’s work is never done.” Dora Haney-Snider “Companies don’t understand if a school’s closed for weather or your child’s sick and you have to be home with him.” Vasanta Knight JOIN US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE INSIGHTFUL PARENT BACK-AND-FORTHS!

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Loved Your Special Needs Article Dear Editor, The article, “Reaching Out: Embracing Life with Your Special Needs Child,” by Elly K. Bookman, is totally awesome! Thank you so much for all you do. Please let the author know Alecia Talbot and I feel she did a fabulous job! Thank you again. Sheila Moore Chief Executive Officer The Arc Davidson County

More on Concussions in Kids Dear Editor, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kiki Bochi’s article in the October edition of Nashville Parent magazine entitled “My head hurts — again.” The article mentioned that mild traumatic brain injury or concussions can lead to persistent changes in the brain for months following an injury. However, in the vast majority of people who no longer have symptoms of concussion, measurements of cognitive function recover within a few days. In an effort to minimize any risk of long-term injuries, and minimize the chance of feeling helpless in pro-

tecting young athletes, I think it is important to teach parents and coaches about tools that can prevent concussions. Experts and new research are linking strength in the neck with a reduction in the number of concussions. This is exciting because it may be the first active prevention tool available to families. Although the data is new, individuals with a single pound of greater neck strength have a 5 percent lower risk of concussions. Families can reach out to concussion specialists like me or their pediatricians for details on these neck-strengthening exercises. All sports injuries, including concussions, can be reduced in youth leagues with the modification of practice drills, age-specific limits in game exposure, working on skills and using well-fitted equipment. Parents, coaches and league administrators should continue to investigate injury reducing measures like these that allow kids to safely participate in sports. I think one of the most underappreciated tools we can use to prevent concussions was alluded to in the last paragraph of Bochi’s article. She wrote, “While kids should certainly play sports of all kinds, frank discussion with

your child’s pediatrician is in order if you are concerned about your child’s head.” The Nashville metro region has a number of youth athletic associations. Encouraging your child to participate in a variety of sports can lead them to sports that have lower risks for concussion with the same levels of fastpaced competition and team camaraderie. Thank you for stimulating discussion on concussions with your article. I am excited to read more health information in future editions. Leon Scott, M.D. Sporti Pediatrics, Sports and Dance Medicine 125 Cool Springs Blvd. #110, Franklin 615-472-1711 gosporti.com

Thanks for Making Christmas Cards Special Again Dear Editor, The 2013 Holiday Project Christmas cards idea is wonderful (childrenshospital. vanderbilt.org/ holidayproject). This makes Christmas cards and paper a little more special. I didn’t know about it. We will be purchasing! Thanks for letting everyone know. Whitney Powell


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Your health protects you.

No flu shots for us! The ingredients are disgusting, and just because you get the shot does not guarantee you will not get the flu!

We get the flu shot every year for myself and my daughter. I work in the medical field, and she’s in day care with other young children. We have been through RSV, hand, foot and mouth disease, numerous ear infections and ear tube surgery. If I can take this small step to possibly prevent her from getting sick, then I will do it. I have been getting the flu shot for years (have to) and have never had a bad reaction or the flu.

Protection is called: essential oils, probiotics, vitamin D, elderberry syrup and some occasional bone broth! It’s health that protects us, not chemicals!

Amanda Beckham Umfress

Get the flu shot ... get the flu. We don’t get flu shots, and most of our friends who get the flu shot end up getting sick. We had a mild case of the flu last year, but it really seemed like nothing compared to my vaccinated friends.

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Kendalyn Koehler

After one getting so sick, we’re getting the shots this year. My son didn’t get one last year ... and it was the year he got a nasty bout of it that almost landed him in the hospital. They had to give him Zofran just so he could keep water down and he didn’t have a wet or dirty diaper for two days. We made sure to get both kids the shot this year. Sarah Temkin

I don’t permit it.

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Good hygiene keeps the flu at bay. No flu shot for us. Good old-fashioned hand washing and Lysol have kept us flu free. Even during the decade I was an elementary teacher, I never once got the flu. Erin Andrews

I’d rather be safe than sorry.

I’ve never taken nor permitted my four children to have flu shots and only one has ever had the flu (five years ago). They’re 14, 13, 4 and 3. Everyone that I’ve known to get the shot ALWAYS end up catching the flu anyway. A WASTE. Gerrilynn Hayslett-Isaac

Educate before you vaccinate. I will never get a flu shot, nor will I get my children one. The media blows this out of proportion. Educate before you vaccinate. Diana Mesaros

Since I have an immunocompromised parent due to Parkinson’s disease and leukemia and a young child, I’ve been first in line for it the last couple of years. I got it, hubby got it and our son got it. I’d rather be safe than sorry, and I certainly don’t want to give the flu to someone who can’t fight it off (i.e. my mom). Jennifer Cook

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Bad Behavior, Straight Talk. Your child’s in trouble, and the first thing out of his mouth to his defense is some kind of imaginative story. What do you do?

Stop the story and start the talk. My 5-year-old does this. I stop her and tell her we have to talk about why she’s in trouble first. After the trouble talk is over she tells me the rest of her story. Julia Saunders Crabtree

Sometimes they come back later with a story. When my 6-year-old gets in trouble he will stand there and take his punishment. Then about five to 10 minutes later (after he’s thought about it on his own), he will come back and will be crying. When we ask him what’s wrong (knowing he’s upset that he got in trouble) he will respond with something like “last week when I was playing; I got hit with a ball, and it hurt really bad” (as he breaks down crying even harder). It can sometimes be hard to hold a straight face because the reason he gives usually has NOTHING to do with why he was in trouble. Ashlee Shapcott

When they use history as a reason, they better know what it means. The other day I was asking my children to pick up their shoes and hang up their backpacks. My 8-year-old spoke to me and said, “Mom you are making us slaves ... I thought Abraham Lincoln took care of that!” Of course, I was thankful that he’s listening in his history class, but I had to talk with him about that tone. Later I sat thinking of how intelligent his response was. It’s hard when they stump us, to remember how to correct them. Christmas From the Closet

Don’t stop imagination, but don’t forget about his actions. My son would do this often. I would let him talk for fear of limiting his imagination or thought processes ... until I realized that I’d forgotten to discuss/punish his actions. Now I simply redirect him. We talk about his actions first and then pick back up with his story/joke. Jennifer Jones

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Sweet talkin’ cutie. Our 3-year-old daughter says, “I love you mommy ... hugs?” When she gets in trouble and we tell her to go to her room she will look around the room and grab anything that is hers ... it’s like a power thing. Three’s are VERY CHALLENGING! Kelly Boyd

Blame it on the hand. My son was about that age when he started. I would say, “Isaiah, you can’t write on the wall” and he would say, “I didn’t, he did.” I asked who “he” is. He would always point to his other hand. LOL. TanishaIsaiah AkeinaMom Harris

You’ll laugh at what they think of. My 2-year-old does that sometimes. It’s hard to punish him when he does it, because I’m amazed at his imagination at such a young age. I actually busted out laughing two nights ago and cried from laughing so hard. Shelia Lee Ann Alexander


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kids’ heth Anything you eat or drink might end up in your breast milk and affect your baby. Here’s what to know.

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ursing a baby this holiday? Be aware that what you take in is what he takes in, too. With all kinds of goodies and beverages being offered up everywhere you go, should you stop nursing to enjoy? No, La Leche League International says, by all means, keep nursing for your baby’s all-important first year and longer if possible, to receive the full benefits of nutrient-high breast milk. While anything you ingest ends up in your supply though, and you’ll probably be tasting and sipping your way through this holiday month, be informed about how to keep your breast milk pure.

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NOGS & HOLIDAY CHEER According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) one beer or one glass of wine a couple of times a week isn’t going to hurt your baby. Know that as soon as alcohol leaves your bloodstream, it leaves your milk as well. (Do be aware however that alcohol has been shown to decrease milk production, so if you notice your supply dwindling, it may be related to alcohol consumption). If you know you’re

going to be drinking at a holiday party, you may want to consider pumping and freezing your milk beforehand, then pumping and dumping breast milk if you can feel the effects of alcohol before nursing. Do not breastfeed your baby if you are inebriated, as you’ll be passing along alcohol directly to him. NICOTINE Believe it or not, nicotine is passed to your baby through your milk and actually reduces your milk supply. This can sometimes result in slowto-gain-weight babies. Nicotine peaks in your milk about 30 minutes after you smoke. SWEETS & TREATS While some women aim to avoid spicy foods, garlic, peppers and broccoli because of the strong flavors, what you eat shouldn’t be a problem for your little breast feeder. If you DO notice fussiness in your baby after eating something strong, simply eliminate that suspect food from your diet. STARBUCKS A cup of coffee probably won’t affect your baby, but it may if you are sipping caffeine in soda and coffee all day long. Try limiting yourself to two cups of any caffeinated beverage a day.

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Silver Bells Have your silver bells hanging on a tree with this craft for kids. What You’ll Need

Christmas Balloon Lights Don’t want to hang electric lights up around the mantle or on the trees outside? Try this Christmas craft and you’ll have something great, big and different. What You’ll Need Different colors of plain balloons Ribbon Mini bathroom paper cups Pen Silver paint Paintbrush

What You’ll Do • Blow up a balloon and tie it shut like normal. • Take a mini cup and gently punch a hole in the bottom of it with a pen.

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• Take the balloon excess from where you tied it, use the end of the pen and push it up into the cup and through the hole. Now your top is attached. • Paint the cup silver with the paint and paintbrush and let dry. • Once dry, take a long strip of ribbon and grab a helper. Have the helper pull up on the balloon piece that is coming out the bottom of the cup while you hold the balloon down. Tie the ribbon around the piece of balloon. • After you tie the ribbon around the balloon, allow that part to go right through the hole in the cup leaving only the ribbon coming out of the hole. Repeat those steps for as many balloons as you want and add them to the long piece of ribbon. • Before you know it, you’ll have a string of balloon lights!

Mini mouthwash/bathroom cups Silver paint Paintbrush Jingle bell Ribbon Pen

What You’ll Do • Paint some mini mouthwash/bathroom cups silver and let dry completely. • While those are drying, take your ribbon and thread it through the loop in the top of your jingle bell. • Once the cups are dry, take your pen and gently poke a hole in the bottom. • Take the point of the pen and push the ribbon through the cup and out the bottom of it through the hole. • You will have some ribbon coming out the hole and the jingle bell dangling on the inside, so be sure to pull the ribbon out the hole until the bell is right up against the inside bottom of the cup. • Tie a bow and hang it from the tree.


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eing away from home during the holidays is hard on our dedicated soldiers. Here are great ways your family can do something special for them this season: adoptaplatoon.org Support an entire platoon through letters, care packages and more. cfsrf.org The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a nonprofit that provides college grants and financial assistance to surviving family members of fallen soldiers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. give2thetroops.org Find a list of requested items troops need from home, or find out how to make a donation.

hugsforsoldiers.org Program dedicated to offering the comforts of home to deployed troops. operationcareandcomfort.org Volunteer program offering support and care packages to our troops every month. redcross.org Facilitates Holiday Mail for Heroes and reaches out across the world to assist the military and their families in numerous ways. ourmilitary.mil This U.S. Department of Defense website dedicated to our troops includes ways to send care packages, letters and cards.

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large and small dogs, and the facility also offers grooming, obedience classes, and a board and train program. Hours are Mon - Fri 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Reservations are required, and there is a $15 evaluation fee to determine your dog’s suitability for day camp (credited to the purchase of any 10-day or longer pass). A one-day pass is $29 with discounts available with discounts for five-, 10- and 20-day passes. Doggie Day Camp is located at 7128 Charlotte Pike, Nashville. Call 356-6996 or visit dogdaycarenashville.com.

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Children can share their wish lists with Santa at the Green Hills Family YMCA on Dec. 9 and 10.

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Adventureworks in Kingston Springs announces its first ever REDNECK CHRISTMAS ZIP TOUR running Dec. 4 - 31. Enjoy soaring through the air in the woods decorated for the season. Tours are available on the hour Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and on the half hour Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sun 1 - 3 p.m. Admission is $60 ages 6 and older. Call 770-2710 or visit adventureworks. com ... The 2013 MILK AND COOKIES WITH SANTA event takes place at the Green Hills Family YMCA Monday, Dec. 9 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 3 5:30 p.m. Kids of all ages can enjoy photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, Christmas crafts, holiday shopping and more. Admission is free. The Y is located at 4041 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville, Call 297-6529.

Now in its 20th year, the SixtyFirst Avenue United Methodist Church of Nashville continues to distribute free toys and gifts to low-income children in Davidson County through its ministry, The Last Minute Toy Store. Working in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, The Last Minute Toy Store serves families who did not pre-register with other providers in the fall. Last year, The Last Minute Toy Store distributed more than 20,000 items to 1,500 families. The program needs more than 100 volunteers a day to work the toy store and prep for the next day by straightening up and restocking shelves. You can also help by donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts in the $10 - $20 price range for ages birth to 18 years. Toy donations should be brought to the site starting after Friday, Dec. 6. To learn more, call 292-7184 or visit lastminutetoystore.com.

Deck the Hall Celebrate the season with free activities at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this month with family fare like photos with Santa, holiday film screenings and the popular letterpress art making project with Hatch Show Print. Days and times vary. Find the full schedule of all activities at countrymusichalloffame.org/ deckthehall.


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Sign up for Winter Science Camps While your kids in Grades K - 6 are out of school for the holidays, they can enjoy scientific exploration at the Adventure Science Center’s Winter Break Science Sampler camps. Themes include robotics, biology, forensics, geology and more with a different topic covered each day. Camps take place from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec 23, 26 and 27 as well as Dec. 30 - Jan. 3 (excluding New Year’s Day) and Monday, Jan. 6. Tuition per day is $45 members, $55 non-members. Advance registration is required and is no open. Call 862-5177 or visit adventuresci.org.

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Kids can get out of the house and enjoy science during the ASC’s Winter Break Science Sampler.

Living History for the Holidays Families who believe Jesus is the reason for the season can step back in time to a recreation of Bethlehem around the time of Christ’s birth this month at two churches that have villages with period re-enactors and live animals: Bethlehem Marketplace: Dec. 7 - 8 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro. Admission is free. Call 896-0940 or visit sebaptist.org. Walk Thru Bethlehem: Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 - 7 p.m. at Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville. Admission is free. Call 297-8563 or visit woodmontchristian.org.

Meet Santa’s live reindeer at the Brentwood Place Shopping Center on Saturday, Dec. 14.

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Enjoy holiday fun during CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. Taking place throughout Hillsboro Village, merchants will offer food samples, artisans will have displays in shops, live music will fill the air and Santa arrives at 6 p.m. for photos at Fido; photos are free in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots. For more info, call 294-5441 or visit hillsborovillage.com ... SANTA AND LIVE REINDEER will be at the Brentwood Place Shopping Center (220 Franklin Road) on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Proceeds from pictures will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Call 627-3976 ... The 16th annual FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL takes place Monday, Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. pitting the ACC against the SEC (teams will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 8). The football game is at LP Field, and tickets range from $18 - $95. Get tickets at musiccitybowl.com ... Shelby Bottoms Nature Center hosts a WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This free, open-house event features stories, a campfire, winter activities and hot chocolate. The center is located at 1900 Davidson St. in East Nashville. Call 862-8539 or visit nashville.gov/ parks.

Send a heartfelt sentiment and holiday greeting to American service men and women via the American Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. Throughout the season, the Red Cross will collect and distribute holiday cards to troops, veterans and families all around the globe. Participation is easy; all you need is a pen and a card. Holiday Mail is a great project for classrooms and other groups. Mail cards to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5356. The deadline to submit cards is Friday, Dec. 6. For a list of card guidelines, visit redcross.org/holidaymail.

Adopt a Special Family for the Season Special Kids in Murfreesboro seeks local families to participate in its Cornelius Christmas program. The initiative pairs anonymous sponsors with special needs families to donate a variety of items for the holidays like coats, shoes, blankets, household goods, canned food items and toys for children to open on Christmas day. “For these families, many cannot even think about Christmas gifts because their basic needs aren’t being met,” says Sheri Weber, Special Kids director of Family Services. To get involved, call 893-4892 or visit specialkidstn.com/corneliuschristmas.

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Kids can enjoy a world of exploration during a summer camp experience. More than 80 camps will be at our Summer Camp Adventure Fair in February. Plan to attend and make the most of your child’s summer.

Send a soldier a little piece of home by sponsoring an Operation USO Care Package. For $25, your personal message of support will accompany the package’s contents. Items needed include pre-paid phone cards, disposable cameras, toiletries, sunscreen and more. To sponsor a care package, call 888-4843876 or visit usocare.org.

hand to speak with families about what they have to offer, spanning the spectrum from arts to sports to outdoor activities. In addition, we will be giving away more than $1,000 in camp scholarships. Booths are still available, so if you have a summer program you’d like our readers to know about, call 256-2158, ext. 130. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at CoolSprings Galleria. Admission is free. Learn more at nashvilleparent.com.

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Your family can enjoy a stay at a Tennessee State Parks inn like this one in Montgomery Bell Park at a discounted rate this winter season.

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Adopt a Military Family Show your support for our troops and their families this holiday season by participating in the Soldier’s Angels Holiday Adopta-Family Program. For a minimum donation of $50, you can help a military family in need. Donations provide presents for military children along with a grocery gift card. Several volunteer opportunities are available as well through the organization. Visit soldiersangels.org.


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0 & older Kids Preferred kidspreferred.com $14 Soft, satin lining makes this special washable lovey a keeper for your baby. Read Eric Carle’s books to Baby as he grows … and when he’s ready, let him try the Hungry Caterpillar Rocker ($124.99). It’s a special item for a special baby!

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2 & older B. Toys justb-byou.com $34.99 This unique and richly colored barn set provides lots of fun and safe interactive play. Play with the zany animals, hear the songs, lift and open doors, spin the silo, slide the critters and more. Four AA batteries included. We love B. Toy’s attention to detail!

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1 & older Adora Dolls adoradolls.com $34.99 Your little one will love taking a bath with this adorable doll. She comes with her own wash cloth and bath robe, too. Not to mention that she smells wonderful! There’s also dolls with an owl or shark robe, too. The dolls are also made to dry out fast after bath.

0 & older Jellycat jellycat.com $20.99 Katarina Kitten in her cute flowery dress is a super soft plush toy that little girls will love. Her arms and legs are just the right size for little hands to hold, too. It’s the purrfect first kitty cat to snuggle up with.

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Pelican Learning Toy

9 months & older Melissa & Doug melissaanddoug.com $24.99 It’s a plush pelican that has a belly for little toys. Kids can open the pelican’s big bill (it squeaks when squeezed!) to drop in four mini plush including the crinkly shrimp, squeaking octopus, and rattling fish and crab. The belly has a viewing window, too.

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Stretchy Puppy

10 months & older ALEX alextoys.com $27.95 Stretch this toy and watch the puppy grow! It’s colorful, crinkly body gives baby something fun to touch. You can even squeak his soft nose. His tail is covered in bumps for a stimulating feel to Baby’s touch.

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12 months & older International Playthings intplay.com $39.99 Little ones can sort four different shapes into the dump truck — including an elephant, a turtle, a fish and a bird — and dump them back out using the moveable lever. You can even press the truck’s horn or seat to hear a variety of sounds and melodies, too.

Roly Poly Figures: Frog, Kasper & Hedgehog

6 months & older Haba habausa.com $18.99 each These ingenious bobbles sway to Baby’s swats and never fall down. They’ve got soft, cushy bodies set atop a hard plastic base for smooth rocking and make the gentlest of tinkling sound for Baby’s enjoyment.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S, Nashville countrymusichalloffame.org

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Make the holiday memorable by giving a membership. Shop our museum store for unique gifts or buy them tickets to an upcoming event.

Camp Widjiwagan – Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center campwidji.org

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Give the gift of Camp! Give your child one giant Blob,two Wet Willie slides and a summer they’ll never forget! Overnight or day camp.

Children’s Playroom 5133 Harding Road, Nashville 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood thechildrensplayroom.com

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Flying Fairy

5 - 10 years SpinMaster $34.99 SpinMaster is known for it’s wizardry with toys and this little fairy’s magical. Requiring six AA batteries (not included), when you press her base, her wings spread and straight up she goes. The fairy is pretty and not intended for outdoor play. Follow instructions for flying properly.

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15 FirstBIKE 2 - 5 years

firstbike.us $159.99 Get your toddler riding with his first balance bike. No training wheels here, your child will use his legs to sturdy himself and learn balance on his own. FirstBIKE’s durable enough to withstand bumps on the road and has a built-in steering limiter to keep at bay the over-turning that can lead to falls.

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ezyroller.com $99 This ultimate riding machine makes fast side-to-side motion without chains or batteries. The reinforced steel frame balances weight effortlessly. Winner of numerous awards — including the esteemed Parent’s Choice — the EZYRoller makes fitness fun for kids.

17 Showcam 3 - 7 yrs.

Playskool hasbro.com/playschool $59.99 This two-in-one digital camera/projector features easy-to-use buttons and holds up to 1,000 images. Fifty fun effects are available to give photos a silly effect. Pictures can be downloaded to your computer via a USB cable (not included).

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3 & older VTech vtechkids.com $49.99 Kids love pretend food, shopping and cooking, so this 2-in1 set is a natural fit. The shopping cart easily transforms to a play kitchen. VTech provides three modes of play, so learning about food, colors, numbers and more goes right along with the fun. Available in a pink or orange-based color scheme.


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3 & older SmartMax smartmax.eu/en $22.99 Little ones can build their own car and plane with this set that’s designed for little hands. They’re easy to put together as the parts are magnetic and click right together. It’s fun to push around something you’ve put together.

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DINOS Volcano with Tyrannaosaurus

4 - 10 years Playmobil playmobil.us $99.99 After you set up the many pieces to this set, your little explorer can search for hidden fossils and play with the dinosaurs, people figures and more. With the press of a button, make the working volcano explode!

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5 & older Hasbro hasbro.com $65 You may be tired of these things, but kids aren’t! Tickle it, talk to it, take it with you wherever you go and let it interact. These new Furbies have twice as many responses as previous generations. New for 2013: The Furby Boom app. Now it’s everywhere.

3 & older Folkmanis Puppets folkmanis.com $33.99 The vivid colors and moveable tentacles of this detailed octopus are brought to life easily as this puppet fits like a glove. Move your fingers to simulate the octopus gliding across the ocean floor. Folkmanis makes a huge variety of animal hand puppets to choose from, too.

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5 & older SpinMaster zoomerpup.com $65 If your child wants a puppy for Christmas, here’s a cool robotic one. This interactive pup has multiple sensors enabling him to behave just like a real dog. The legs move with incredible ease and grace. He can learn dozens of different tricks and he’s easy and fun to train. Just press his head, give him a command and watch what he does.

DINO Construction Company T-Top

3 & older Educational Insights educationalinsights. com $39.99 Part bulldozer, part triceratops, this rough and tough truck can withstand hours of plowing through the dirt and rocks with your little worker. The blade moves up and down as does it’s jaw. The segmented tail also swings back and forth.

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6 & older Gamewright gamewright.com $16.99 This multi-sensory game of counting is fun with the popcorn theme. Kids can shake the shaker to make the “popping” sound as the dice rattle around. Count the popcorn to see if you match up to a card. Stack the most cards to win! It’s easy, and no reading is required. Great for reinforcing math skills. For two to six players.

Lightshow DJ

6 & older Uncle Milton unclemilton.com $29.99 With more than 20 light and color combinations, kids can dance to a colorful light show when the lights are out. A sensor allows the light to bump to the beat of the sound. The Lightshow DJ comes with two lenses to direct the light in different ways. Position it near a speaker and hit the lights for a disco-like scene in your room!

the Rings: The Complete Trilogy Adventure Board Game Deluxe Edition 8 to adult Pressman pressmantoy.com $29.99 The family can dive into the epic journey of The Lord of the Rings, joining the quest to save Middle Earth. One player is the evil Sauron, controlling his forces; other players are members of The Fellowship solving riddles and battling the evil army. For two to 10 players.

EV3

10 & older Lego lego.com $349.99 Build, program and command five different robots. Technologically advanced enough to satisfy remote control lovers, the “brain” of Mindstorms is a “Brick” with a processor, Wi-Fi port and Internet connectivity. Building instructions are included of course, and remember, kids (native to today’s technology) will not be as challenged as YOU when it comes to putting it altogether.

Science Lab

8 & older Smart Lab Toys smartlabtoys.com $24.99 Kids will become engrossed in science with 26 different and disgustingly fun projects. The kit comes with a motorized toilet bowl mixer along with containers and molds. Instructions are easy and projects require common kitchen items like vinegar, baking soda, food coloring, etc. Concoct stink bubbles, fake barf and more.

Slackline Classic Series Kit

6 & older Brand 44 Colorado slackersline.com $79.99 Backyard adventures are yours with this 50-foot slackline that includes the webbing, teaching line and ratchet so you can attach them to two trees in your backyard, three feet above the ground. Kids can try and perfect balance while building core strength. After just a few minutes of set-up time, you’re the coolest family on the block. (please turn the page)

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Don’t Scramble The Egg Game

8 & older Pressman pressmantoy.com $18.95 This game gets you tossing an egg that can “splat” at any moment (it makes a splat sound). Flip a card, name an item that fits the category and then toss the egg to the next person. When the egg “splats” on you, you’re out!

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follow along with the instructions or come up with your own design.

8 & older Hasbro hasbro.com $19.99 Girls can take aim and have fun adventures with this stylish bow that comes with five foam arrow darts. Simply load a dart and pull back the string and let ‘er rip! With exact precision, the darts will fly up to 75 feet. A lot of fun awaits.

6 & older 4M 4m-ind.com $12.99 Girls will love using their creative skills and making a fairy doll of their very own. The kit includes the doll body and everything you need for hair, clothes, details and more. You can

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Heartbreaker Bow

Moose mooseworld.com.au $29.99 Little guys are bound to be relentless with this ugly pug puppet that makes gross noises — belching and passing gas. The longevity of each noise depends on how your child manipulates the dog’s mouth: open the mouth to burp, clamp down to toot. Change the pitch by turning a knob on the pup’s collar. Funniest toy of the year!

Dreamhouse

6 & older Mattel mattel.com $189 Barbie continues to be a classic brand for little girls, and now she has a fanciful new, pink-tastic home! It comes with a working doorbell and elevator to take her to the second and third floors. The house features a kitchen, bedroom, a balcony and even a pet bed for Barbie’s puppy. Dolls sold separately.

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6 & older Motorola motorolasolutions. com/talkabout $29.99 These compact walkie talkies are just the right size for smaller hands. Kids will love hiding around and trying to locate one another using the 2-way radios. They feature a 16-mile range and 22 channels. Available in blue or pink.


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Best Local Toy Shops PHILLIPS TOYS MART Phillips Toy Mart 5207 Harding Pike Nashville phillipstoymart.com

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• LEARNING EXPRESS TOYS • THE LEARNING CIRCLE & MORE yes, even some Barbies, and there’s a delightful assortment of puppets waiting for a happy home. Playmobil is a long-time classic with kids, and Phillips boasts a bevy with an entire aisle dedicated to the beloved playsets for tots. What’s hot for Christmas this year? According to Phillips Toy Mart Co-Owner Cynthia Strinich, popular brands this year are Calico Critters, the collection of animal families and their accompanying playsets. Also, the Bruder line of multifunctional toy trucks. The Funlooms silicone bracelets (similart to Rainbow loom) are a big trend right now as well, and the Quadrilla marble railway.

Need a game, puzzle, science kit or something for a wee tot? Phillips has Melissa and Doug, Gamewright, Infantino, Lamaze, Tiny Love ... pretty much everything you want. Spinning tops, musical jack-in-theboxes, books and dress up items are plentiful plus, the store has an worthy collection wildly fun stocking-stuffer options. • Take advantage of the layaway plan. Pay off 20 percent down by Christmas Eve.

or 67 years, Phillips Toy Mart has • Holiday hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 delighted Middle Tennessee kids and p.m. (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve), parents. With a staggering supply of allSun 12 - 5:30 p.m. Call 352-5363. things FUN and playful, you may feel just a wee bit overwhelmed when you first walk in. Let’s take a look: Phillips is the go-to place for model train enthusiasts. The store has a mighty collection of Lionel trains and gear along with Rail King and M.T.H. Electric Trains. For train-loving tots, you’ll find a nice assortment of Chuggington and Brio wooden railway options. Kids love the massive model train display with its interactive buttons — and tots can climb into the small fort built over top for a bird’s eye view. Phillips is also home to an impeccable doll collection. Collectible dolls include Madame Alexander, — including The Wizard of Oz collection — Corelle and the wildly popular Adora line. You’ll find classic fare like Raggedy Phillips’ doll collection is housed on an enormous circular counter with rare and collectible dolls of all kinds. Ann and Andy dolls, and

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Learning Express Toys 420 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin learningexpress.com /store/franklin

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oney has become more valuable to parents and they want quality in their toys,” says Connie Edmunds, owner of Learning Express Toys in Cool Springs. “You have to pay attention to kids, follow them around in here and see what they’re drawn to — that’s a great way to shop for them,” she adds. Plenty of kids are in the store, part of the Learning Express Toys franchise and one of two in Tennessee (the other’s in Chattanooga). Walk into Learning Express to be transformed by the bright, friendly and bountiful environment. Two huge rooms carry all kinds of quality toys for all kinds of kids. High shelves are loaded with unique and popular brands often unavailable in the big mass market stores. Take this year’s Rainbow Loom explosion, for instance. “We get hot sheets,” Edmunds says. “We knew this was going to hit and because we’re not a mass retailer who orders a year in advance, we could react.” Learning Express will personalize your child’s Rainbow Loom plastic carry case. “We try to be on the cutting edge of what the toy industry is doing,” Edmunds says. She’s working to unload several palettes of toys which have just arrived, interacting with customers, chatting and helping shoppers out.

Learning Express has a big hit in something they call Birthday Boxes: register your child for one, he comes in and picks toys out he wants and puts them in the box. Friends can come to the store and get him a preferred item, eliminating the guesswork and having it wrapped pronto. So what’s expected to be popular this Christmas? “Plenty,” Edmunds laughs. The store’s loaded with Lego, Melissa and Doug, Calico Critters, Hello Kitty, Learning Resources, stuffed animals, ride on toys, boys’ specialty items (the Nightball by Tangle Sports is hot, dress-up outfits, books and lots more). A preteen and teen section includes trendy fashion wear. • Holiday hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Call 771-3434.

MORE LOCAL SPECIALTY TOYS BRILLIANT SKY TOYS & BOOKS 1705 Mallory Lane Brentwood • 309-0557 — and — 2002 Richard Jones Road Nashville • 800-7754 Unique toys and books, collectibles and dress up, hard-to-find games and sets, kits and more. HOBBY TOWN USA 536 North Thompson Ln., Ste. J Murfreesboro • 890-6777 — and — 300 Pleasant Grove Road, Ste. 340, Mt. Juliet • 754-6229 hobbytown.com Radio control cars, board games, train sets, educational toys and more.

MAIN STREET TOY SHOPPE 412 Main St. Franklin • 790-4869 Melissa and Doug, collectible dolls, wooden trains, metal army men, unique brands, outstanding stocking stuffers. PARENT-TEACHER STORE 4004 Hillsboro Road Nashville • 292-3533 — and — Highway 96 203 Williamson Square Franklin • 599-3477 — and — 780 Rivergate Parkway Goodlettsville • 859-3007 — and — 131 John R. Rice Blvd., Ste. C Murfreesboro • 895-6131 parentteacherstoreusa.com Educational games, puzzles, toys for special needs children, Stuffies and more. ROLL THE DICE 215 Robert Rose Drive, Ste. F Murfreesboro • 818-4219 rollthedicegames.com Wall to wall with board games, role playing games, collectible card games and puzzles for kids and adults.

Learning Express Toys caters to parents who want great, quality toys for their kids.

SMYRNA TOY AND HOBBY CENTER 133 Weakley Lane Smyrna • 459-4050 smyrnatoyandhobby.com A large variety of model sets and traditional toys from brands like Melissa and Doug, Sesame Street and more. THE LEARNING CIRCLE 2992A S. Church St. Murfreesboro • 904-1082 thelearningcircleonline.com Educational games, puzzles, toys for special needs children, Adora baby dolls and more. DINO Construction trucks are great size for pushing around. There’s also a great selection of hand puppets and mini puppets.

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Thompson & Ferrier Vanilla Noir Candle thompsonferrier.com $68 Yes, that’s way expensive for a candle, but if you’ve ever wondered how nice it can get ... The idea is, get up before the kids. Light a candle in your kitchen. Enjoy peace while your coffee brews. Breathe and just be without stress.

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Santa Fe Leather Strap Journal jennibick.com $36 It’s just true: Plenty of moms are depleted as they go through their days. Journaling — yes, you’ve heard of it — may be the best and most natural remedy. Get up before the kids. Light the candle and get it down. Whatever IT is.

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Gaiam Pure Bliss Robe gaiam.com $128 Soft, soft, soft makes the morning oh so much better. Available in Merlot (shown), soft gray or cream, nothing feels better next to your skin than comfy chenille. Lightweight breathability at the same time.

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Coquette Slippers ugg.com $130 Nice, nice, nice. And you can take the dog outside in them, too. Ugg keeps your feet deliciously warm. Keep them next to your bed so you don’t have to feel the cold floor when you wake up.

Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream origins.com $31 After your shower, while your skin is still damp, use this amazing cream all over. All kinds of lotions are available today, but this longstanding favorite deserves a place of honor in your boudoir.

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Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate traderjoes.com $3.99 This grown-up chocolate is lovely on a cold morning. Nothing will please you more than topping it with mini marshmallows that get all melty. Mmmm, sip, sip ... now you’re set for the day.

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Acorn Slipper Socks zappos.com $79 These cozy socks have been warming the feet of astronauts since the early ‘80s, and Dad can enjoy their comfort, too! The wool and cotton upper portion keeps the lower legs and ankles warm while the memory foam footbed gives a relaxing grip.

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The Authentic Sound Oasis Machind Hammacher Schlemmer hammacher.com $69.95 Design your own background sounds for peaceful slumber no matter where you are. The sound of rain, surf, summer night, stream, wind or white noise will play for three different interval time options.

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Turkish Terry Calf-Length Robe Lands’ End landsend.com $79 This soft, cloth robe is the perfect comfort for Dad when he gets out of the shower, or just lounging around. It’s nice and warm on a cold Tennessee night or morning.

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The Proper Pillow properpillow.com $79 This luxurious pillow will give Dad a better night’s sleep by supporting his neck and spine the way a pillow should. Designed by a chiropractor, the pillow comes with a washable cover. No more cricks in the neck.

Blackberry 2012 Arrington Vineyards arringtonvineyards. com $14.99 This lovely dessert wine from Williamson County’s Arrington Vineyards is a great option for Dad to start or finish a relaxing evening. Enjoy the lovely aroma and taste of blackberry cobbler in an aperatif glass! Fancy schmancy.

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Frankincense & Myrrh Bath Salts Eclectic Lady | eclecticlady.com $12 for 16 ounces Eclectic Lady carries a hefty assortment of men’s bath products, and Dad can enjoy a relaxing soak with a seasonal scent and come out feeling rejuvenated and smelling good.


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Candy Shops Around Town There’s lots to choose from locally in sweet shops, turns out! Here are some of our favs.

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Toasted Coconut Marshmallows at Bang Candy

Davidson County Bang Candy 1300 Clinton St., #127 Nashville • 953-1065 bangcandycompany.com The go-to spot for gourmet, hand-dipped marshmallows — toasted coconut almond, anyone? Caramels and other sweet treats are also available.

Brittle Brothers 822-6620 brittlebrothers.com Shop online or locate a store that carries this delectable soft and sweet brittle made locally. You can buy gift tins or by the bag.

Colts Chocolates 609 Overton St. Nashville • 251-0100 coltschocolates.com What more could you ask for than a fudge pie dusted with powered sugar? There are lots of other delightful options as well. Kids will love the chocolate-dipped animal crackers.

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Fuzziwigs Candy Factory 2126 Abbot-Martin Road #111, Nashville 383-7200 fuzziwigscandyfactory.com Find all kinds of goodies from Turkish Taffy to the classic Charleston Chew, and sate yourself with a variety of caramel-dipped apples.

It’Sugar 122 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville • 678-0811 itsugar.com Novelty candies, bulk items and nostalgic fare like Chiclets, Pop Rocks and Wax Lips.

Music City Candy 811 Dickerson Pike Nashville • 747-5550 Retro candy, salt water taffy, old-fashioned ice cream and more.

Pralines by Leon 138 Second Ave. N. Nashville • 254-5030 leonscandy.com Yummy for your tummy is awaiting in downtown Nashville. From fine Swiss chocolates and pecan pralines to turtles and chocolate-dipped caramels … Ooh, la, la!

Rocket Fizz 201 Second Ave. N. Nashville • 730-8085 rocketfizz.com Choose from a wide variety of specialty sodas with wild flavors like bacon and peanut butter and jelly. While you’re there, pick up novelty candy items like giant lollipops and Pixy Stix.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 348 Opry Mills Drive Nashville • 649-0428 rockymountainchocolatefactory.com More than 300 selections of hand-made chocolates, including dipped pretzels, marshmallows and strawberries.

Rutherford County The Country Gourmet 107 East Main St. Murfreesboro • 896-3634 shopcountrygourmet.com Imported chocolates fresh from Belgium as well as from all over the United States. They also have a section dedicated to Tennessee-made edible delights such as Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., Tru Bee Honey from Franklin and more.

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115 East Vine St. Murfreesboro • 967-7485 Find salty sweet popcorn like Rocket Ranch, Gravity, Cosmic Rays and more. You can order a specialty tin as well.

443 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin • 771-5077 Prepared and dipped chocolates made on the premises include assorted, truffles and signatures. Christmas collections available.

Williamson County Candy Craze 1800 Galleria Blvd. Coolsprings Galleria 771-1040 candycraze.net Pick and mix candy store sold by weight.

Honey’s Vintage Sweets 123 S. Margin St. Franklin, TN 472-1183 Candy, ice cream, cupcakes and special gift treats (they will ship). You can also find daily specials on their social media.

Paul’s Chocolate Gallery 600-B Frazier Drive, Ste. 100, Franklin • 778-1542 paulschocolategallery.com Gold-medalist chocolatier creates boxes of chocolates and other specialties.

See’s Candies 1800 Galleria Blvd. Coolsprings Galleria Franklin Located on the lower level at Dillard’s center court. — and — 2126 Abbott-Martin Road Mall at Green Hills Nashville Lower level between Express and Charming Charlie sees.com This beloved long-time California candy maker has two area kiosks come holiday time for purchasing boxes of candy. Find specialty sets and more online.

Sweet Shoppe Factory at Franklin 230 Franklin Road Franklin 595-7515 Old-fashioned candy, ice cream and more.


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Camp Manitowa 12770 N. Benton Road, Benton IL campmanitowa.com • campmanitowa@gmail.com

Deer Run Camps and Retreats – Day Camps 314-375-6766

Camp Manitowa is a traditional sleepaway camp located on 20,000 acre Rend Lake in beautiful southern Illinois. We offer a variety of activities including water skiing, horseback riding, sports, and ziplining. We are small by design and provide the best customer service in the business.

Deer Run Camps and Retreats – Overnight Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

794-2918

Deeper faith. Greater adventures. One- and two-week camps. Impacting campers through growth in faith, character, respect, and leadership. An exciting summer experience that is long-remembered! Preteen Camps (grades 3 - 5) and Youth Camps (grades 6 - 12). Over 100 acres of wooded property with new facilities, a lake, creek, and numerous outdoor recreation options including horseback riding, climbing tower, paintball, archery, crazy games, lake activities, low or high ropes, nightly speaker and worship, and age-graded small group Bible study. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their camp week.

Riverview Camp for Girls 757 CR 614, Mentone, AL riverviewcamp.com • info@riverviewcamp.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

800-882-0722

A traditional Christian summer camp for girls located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, AL. Riverview offers both one-and two-week options for girls ages 6 - 16. Activities include: horseback riding, ropes course, canoeing, swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, archery, golf, and more. Accredited by the American Camping Association.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch campwidji.org • dlogsdon@ymcamidtn.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

360-2267

Voted #1 overnight camp by Nashville Parent magazine readers. Offering one- and two-week sessions for campers rising grade 3 - grade 9. Serving young men and young women. At Widjiwagan, campers will strengthen confidence, forge friendships and sharpen character through programs and activities that build independence and social skills. Activities include: water skiing, Wet Willy water slide, The Blob, sailing, soccer, basketball, alpine tower, zip line, archery, horseback riding and much more.

3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

794-2918

Deeper faith. Greater adventures. Impacting campers through growth in faith, character, respect, and leadership. Voted best day camp. Day Camps (grades K - 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6 - 12). Over 100 acres of wooded property with new facilities, a lake, creek, and numerous outdoor recreation options including lake activities, skits, crazy games, wiffle ball, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, fun songs, and interactive age-graded small group Bible study. Adventure camps also include 3-D archery, outdoor education and survival skills, Leap of Faith, paintball, and tree climbing with ropes and harnesses. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their camp week. Extended care and bus transportation options.

Horton Haven Christian Camp 3711 Reed Harris Road, Chapel Hill hortonhaven.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

931-364-7656

Just one hour south of Nashville offering overnight and day camps. Overnight campers experience archery, air rifles, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, mountain biking, swimming, and more. Teens can try our 45-ft. high, 600 ft. long zip line. One-week sessions, ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14 and 15 - 18. Day campers enjoy games, crafts, bible lessons, swimming and more.

New Frontiers 3939 Snowhill Road, Dowelltown newfrontiers.org

877-704-CAMP

Nestled among the hills just 60 miles east of Nashville rests an adventure programming facility that rivals almost any other place like it in the United States. We utilize challenge courses, camping, paintball, canoeing, and other outdoor pursuits to fight apathy, to prepare students to face life with strength and direction, and to challenge people to think strategically, communicate directly, and live intentionally.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth On the Vanderbilt Campus pty.vanderbilt.edu Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

322-8261

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

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview whippoorwill.com • whippoorwill@starband.net Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

799-9925

Voted one of Nashville’s best summer camps! Located in beautiful Williamson County, our campers get to choose their own activities. Daily activities include arts and crafts, zipline, rapelling and rock climbing, archery, swimming, gardening, horseback riding, and more. Providing a safe and fun environment for campers rising grades 1 - 10. Bus transportation provided from various locations.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch campwidji.org • dlogsdon@ymcamidtn.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

360-2267

Voted #1 day camp by Nashville Parent magazine readers 15 years in a row! Serving boys and girls rising grade 1 - grade 8. Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from downtown Nashville. Bus transportation is available. Activities include: water skiing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, To Sawyer swing, The Blob, Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hockey, alpine tower, zip line, fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more. continued on page 56 ...

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Summer Activities/After-School Programs ACT Too Players Celebrating 10 years of excellent training in: Tap · Jazz · Ballet · Hip-Hop Tumbling · Mommy & Me

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Relocating to a new, larger facility in February. Act Too Players is currently enrolling for our 2014 spring semester. This spring we are offering full productions of Once Upon a Mattress, Princess and the Pea, and Company. In addition to our full production classes we also offer the best technique classes including acting, dance, voice, improv, costumes, and puppetry – all at our new location!

Bellevue Dance Center 7087-J Old Harding Pike, Nashville bellevuedancecenter.com

662-8553

Offering tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater and hip-hop for ages 3 to adult. Offering birthday parties too. Enrolling now for the spring semester.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

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

Bolton Music Therapy and Music Together® Serving All of Middle Tennessee boltonmusictherapy.com • info@boltonmusictherapy.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

715-1232

Music learning supports all learning! Achieve developmental goals through individual or group music therapy sessions. Learn to play guitar, piano, or ukulele (adapted lessons offered for children with special needs). Make music with your family in our developmentally appropriate and research-based Music Together® classes for children ages birth to 5 yrs., with or without disabilities. Come try a class for free - winter semester starts soon! Homeschool music classes and musical birthday party bookings also available.

Bounce U of Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn • nashville.tn@bounceu.com

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BounceU is the ultimate party and play experience. Now featuring Cosmic Glow parties and open bounces, Parents Night Out, and Mom’s Day Out options. Fun, private and always clean. A spectac-U-lar indoor play arena featuring warehouse-sized giant inflatable including our exclusive 18 ft. Spider Climb with an 18 ft. Mountain Slide, Dodge Ball City and 38 ft. obstacle course.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville cheekwood.org

353-9827

Make learning fun at Cheekwood! Cheekwood offers a variety of classes in art, horticulture, pottery, and more. Classes offered year-round for all ages. If you would like a complete listing of youth and adult classes, call or visit our website. Only at Cheekwood.

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7982 A Coley Davis Road, Bellevue danceinbloom.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

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From the little girl who twirls in front of her mirror, to the teen who aspires to dance on Broadway, we offer a class for everyone! Ages 2 and up, all skill levels and dance backgrounds. First-time students can try a free class. Preschool morning classes, weekday afternoon, evening, and Saturday classes. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, pom (cheer) and tumbling. Wee Dance (caregiver and child) creative movement and tumbling class.

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

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E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out. continued on page 59 ...

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Elite Martial Arts 6940 Moores Lane, Brentwood emabrentwood.com, warriorcamp.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

Whippoorwill

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661-5595

Imagine the perfect day, where adventure is at every turn and kids get to be kids.

For over ten years, we have helped kids, teens, and adults become stronger, safer versions of themselves by teaching a mixed curriculum of Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga in fun and age appropriate classes. In addition to our kids and adult MMA classes, we also offer Fighting Shape, a cardio-heavy, insanity-style class that incorporates kickboxing and runs from October through Thanksgiving. Call today!

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 4115 Mallory Lane, Ste. 206, Franklin (Cool Springs) gbcoolsprings.com 3710B Hillsboro Pike, Nashville (Green Hills) gbgreenhills.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

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Gracie Barra leads the world in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. BJJ is the fastest growing martial art. Practitioners develop highly effective self-defense techniques, incorporate full body functional fitness (cardio, agility, strength conditioning, flexibility), and develop a sense of community with other practitioners. It’s the most effective martial art in the world, more mentally stimulating than chess. Ideal for all ages.

Registration begins on January 13, 2014.

Gymboree Play & Music 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180-R, Nashville Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com gymboreeclasses.com • nashvilletn@gymboreeclasses.com

221-9004

At Gymboree Play & Music, you and your child will build creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships. Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. Our classes also help you learn about your child – how to participate in and encourage his or her development – while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together.

Campers ages 6-14 choose how to spend their own day. Activities include, kayaking, creek play, horseback riding, arts & crafts, rappeling & climbing, archery and much more! Transportation provided from various points. www.whippoorwill.com • whippoorwill@starband.net

Hoppity Hop Inflatables 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville 265-8020 hoppityhopinflatables.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com Let your kids hop, skip and bounce! Check out our new bounces. Hoppity Hop has open bounces, Parent’s Night Out, and more. Great birthday parties, too. Check the web for more info.

Mpact Sports 1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood 377-3444 mpactgymnastics.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com MPACT your child’s school year with the right balance of athletic training, character building and social/team outlets. Gymnastics for 10 mos. - adult, cheer for 5 - 18 yrs. and martial arts for ages 4 - 104. Competitive teams and proper training. Low teacher/student ratios. Our goal is to help your child develop to their fullest within their sport of choice and encourage learning.

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musictogether.com 796-6162 Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com Bolton Music Therapy is now offering Music Together®, an early childhood music program for children ages birth to five years. Our mixed-age, inclusive classes provide a rich, active music making experience. Each family receives a songbook and two recordings each semester. Contact us to attend a free demo class! Please call for locations or visit our website.

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville my-gym.com/brentwood • my-gym.com/hendersonville Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

371-5437 824-8002

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 student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

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

254-9103

Founded in 1931, NCT is the country’s oldest professional theater for youth and was ranked as one of the top five children’s theaters by Time magazine. NCT presents age-appropriate plays from the classics to contemporary. Saturday and Summer drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For a complete listing of the 2013-2014 season or for more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

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Archery Crafts

297-2966 ext. 20

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

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Stevens Family Taekwondo 440 Rice Street, Murfreesboro 805 Commercial Court, Murfreesboro stevensfamilytkd.com • stevensfamilytkd@yahoo.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

Canoeing Bible Lessons

893-5304

Now enrolling for fall after-school program. Offering day and evening classes for children and adults. Classes include traditional taekwondo, yoga, cardio kickboxing, Krav Maga and tumbling. Home of the area’s only structured Martial Arts After School Program.

Climbing Walls Conveniently located 1 hour south of Nashville

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Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation.

Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna wadokaratecenters.com • taylorhayden@msn.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

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Holiday Special – 8 weeks for $99. For ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register.


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Holiday Hoopla Christmas parades, light displays and Santa sightings.

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Chadderbox Ten fun things about the Rockettes’ show at Opryland.

Nashville’s Nutcracker Nashville Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition that’s fun for the whole family takes place Dec. 7 - 22 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Show times are Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m. (2 p.m. only Dec. 7), Sun 2 p.m. (additional 7 p.m. performance on Dec. 22). Tickets are $22.25 - $86. Call 782-4040 or visit tpac.org. Every year, it’s a delight to see a local girl as Clara in Nashville’s Nutcracker. Pictured here is Kasey Broekema.

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Santa’s float at Nashville’s 2012 parade.

Local Parades Donelson/Hermitage Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

“A Music City Christmas” Starts at the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Donelson Pike continuing north on Donelson and ending at the entrance to the Music City Star; 883-7896 or d-hchamber.com/ christmas-parade.htm

Fairview Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

“Favorite Christmas Story” Starts at France Manufacturing on Highway 100 and ends at Fairview Ballpark 799-9290 or fairviewchamber.org

Franklin Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

“A Tennessee Christmas” Starts at Boyd Mill Avenue at Jim Warren Park and travels down New Highway 96 West to Third Avenue South then down Main Street ending at 11th Avenue North 794-6937

Gallatin Saturday, Dec. 14 at 12 p.m. “A Candy Land Christmas” Starts on Steam Plant Road and ends at Gallatin High School; 452-4000 or gallatintn.org

Goodlettsville Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.

“Christmas on Main Street” Starts at First Baptist Church on Main Street and ends at City Hall; 859-7979 or goodlettsvillechamber.com

Hendersonville Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

“Tennessee Christmas” Starts at Memorial Park and ends at the post office (prior to the parade, the Sumner Parent Party Zone for kids takes place in the park from 12 - 2 p.m. at the adjacent Drakes Creek Park) 822-8585 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org

La Vergne Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

“Parade of Lights” Begins at Veterans Memorial Park and ends at City Hall for the Christmas tree lighting 793-3224 or lavergnetn.gov

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holiday hoopla Lebanon Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

“A Taste of Christmas Fun” Starts at Harding Drive at the old Lebanon High School down Park Avenue to East Main Street to West Main Street around the square ending at Big Lots; 444-5503

Leiper’s Fork Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. “Homegrown Christmas” Southall Road to Joseph Road visitleipersfork.com

Mt. Juliet Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. “Christmas Through the Decades” Starts at First Baptist Church and heads up North Mt. Juliet Road to Charlie Daniels Parkway; 758-6522 or cityofmtjuliet.org/ mtjulietchristmasparade.cfm

Murfreesboro Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

Starts at East Main Street and Middle Tennessee Boulevard and ends at West Main at Walnut; 893-5373 or wgnsradio.com

Nashville Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

“Sharing the Joy of Giving” Starts at Public Square Plaza on Second Avenue North and goes up Broadway; the city’s tree lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m. prior to the parade; 872-2452 or nashvillechristmasparade.com

Smyrna Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

“Twelve Days of Christmas” Starts on Lowry Street and ends on Nolan Drive; 267-5003 or townofsmyrna.org

Spring Hill Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.

Starts at Home Depot traveling on Main Street to Beechcroft Road into Evans Park 931-487-0027 or springhilltn.org

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White House Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m.

“The Stories of Christmas” Starts at White House City Park ending on West Drive; 672-4350, ext. 2114

Light Displays

Festival of Lights Dec. 1 - 31

Visit several neighborhoods to view twinkling lights and other delights. Light tours begin at 6 p.m.; 371-0060 or brentwood-tn.org.

Millions of lights illuminate several acres of Fiddlers Grove, including nearly 50 village houses lit up in the spirit of Christmas. Wilson County Fairgrounds, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Thu - Sun through Dec. 22, then daily Dec. 23 - 31; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 per car; 444-5503 or visitwilsoncounty.com.

Chad’s Winter Wonderland Through Tuesday, Dec. 31

Franklin’s Holly Trolley Dec. 6 - 28

Brentwood Luminaries Saturday, Dec. 14

More than 2 million lights illuminate the drivethrough trail plus more than 350 pieces of scenery including Frosty’s house. Roll down the windows when you get to Santa’s barn to give him and Mrs. Claus a shout out. The property is located at 791 Old Laguardo Road, Lebanon; Sun - Thu 5 - 10 p.m., Fri Sat 5 - 11 p.m.; $10 per vehicle Mon - Thu, $15 per vehicle Fri - Sun; 449-0099 or chadswinterwonderland.com.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas Through Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of LED lights dance to holiday tunes you can listen to through your car radio. This year features new displays, music and Santa’s Village. Jellystone Park, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville; daily 5 - 10 p.m.; $25 per non-commercial vehicle thedancinglightsofchristmas.com.

Board the trolley for a ride to view light displays in Franklin, Brentwood and other spots in Williamson County. Franklin Transit Authority, 708 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; $16 (prepayment is required for seat reservations); 790-4005 or tmagroup. org/shop/hollytrolley/.

Holiday Lights Carriage Tours Dec. 7 - 8

The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association presents this horse-drawn carriage tour in which guests can view vintage homes sporting light displays. Along the way, enjoy hot cider, refreshments and music. The starting place is Nashville First Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2800 Blair Blvd., Nashville. Tours start every 30 minutes from 5 - 8:30 p.m. Admission is $22 ages 3 and older. Make reservations by Friday, Dec. 6 at hwen.org. (please turn the page)


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holiday hoopla Opryland’s Christmas Lights Through Tuesday, Dec. 31

More than 2 million lights illuminate the grounds of the Opryland Hotel during its “A Country Christmas” celebration. The Brightest Star Fountain Show located inside operates on various days and times through Saturday, Dec. 28 (check website for specific). Located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; Sun Thu 4 - 10 p.m., Fri - Sat 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.; free; 889-1000 or christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

Trinity Christmas City USA Through Tuesday, Dec. 31

Located at 1 Music Village Drive, the grounds of the former home of country star Conway Twitty are aglow with more than one million lights strung across nearly 30 acres. Walk or drive through from 5 - 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Call 822-8333 or visit trinitymusiccity.com.

Mall Santas The Avenue Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro 893-4207 shoptheavenue.com

Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22 in the Central Park area near the fountain.

Cool Springs Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2050 coolspringsgalleria.com Through Tuesday, Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.). Pet photos take place Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. A pajama party with Santa takes place Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. Kids 12 and younger who wear their PJs will receive a special pillowcase to take home (while supplies last).

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The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road Nashville • 298-5478 themallatgreenhills.com Through Tuesday, Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 4 p.m.).

Opry Mills 433 Opry Mills Circle Nashville 514-1000 • oprymills.com Through Tuesday, Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (onehour breaks at 1 and 5:15 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (one-hour break at 2 p.m.)

Providence Marketplace 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road Mt. Juliet • 773-2298 shopprovidencemarketplace. com Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 - 5 p.m.

Professional photos are $5, and kids can also enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, carolers and carriage rides.

RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy. Goodlettsville 859-3458 rivergate-mall.com Through Tuesday, Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 4 p.m.). Pet Nights with Santa take place every Tuesday through Dec. 17 from 6 - 9 p.m.

Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy. Murfreesboro 896-4486 stonesrivermall.com Through Tuesday, Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Thu 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Pet photos with Santa (dogs and cats only) take place Dec. 2 and 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Streets of Indian Lake 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Hendersonville 822-7627 streetsofindianlake.com Through Sunday, Dec. 22

Hours are Wed - Sat 2 - 4 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m.

Other Santa Spots Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7

Start the day with Santa and Mrs. Claus with breakfast, photo ops and entertainment. Bluegrass Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 8:30 and 11 a.m.; $10; 504-5236 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, face painting, crafts, a silent auction and photo with Santa. Proceeds benefit the Gallatin Shalom Zone. St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 449 N. Water, Gallatin; 8 - 11 a.m.; $5; 4427575.

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7

All ages can start the day dining with St. Nick prior to the parade and festival on Main Street. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 8 a.m.; $20 ($5 each additional child, adults are free); RSVP to 851-2253 by Monday, Dec. 2.

Christmas in the Village Thursday, Dec. 5

This annual event takes place all over Hillsboro Villlage with live music, carolers, food sampling and more from 5 - 8 p.m. Santa shows up at Fido (1812 21st Ave. S., Nashville) at 6 p.m. Kids can get a free photo with him in exchange for a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots. Call 294-5441 or visit hillsborovillage.com.


holiday hoopla Brentwood Place Shopping Center, 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 627-3976

Santa at the Hall Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21

Head downtown and let the kids gussy up to St. Nick. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org/deckthehall.

Santa at Plaid Rabbit Saturday, Dec. 7

Kids can hop on Kris Kringle’s lap for a photo from 10 - 2 p.m. (call ahead to schedule a time). Photo packages start at $36. Plaid Rabbit, 2104 Bandywood Drive, Nashville; 298-2323 or plaidrabbitgifts.com.

Santa in the Courthouse Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21

Bring your camera and snap of photo of your kids with Santa. Rutherford County Courthouse, 1 Public Square, Murfreesboro; 12 - 4 p.m.; free; 895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro.com.

Holiday Open House Saturday, Dec. 7

North Pole Excursion Train Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14

Milk and Cookies with Santa Dec. 9 - 10

Pictures, Laughs and Lunch with Santa Saturday, Dec. 14

Visit with Santa from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and participate in holiday crafts and activities until 4 p.m. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; free; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Kids can get their pics snapped with St. Nick, listen to stories from Mrs. Claus, participate in holiday crafts and more. Green Hills Family YMCA, 4041 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville; Mon 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Tue 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 3 - 5:30 p.m.; 2976529 or ymcamidtn.org.

Morning with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7

Hang with Santa, hear stories and enjoy other activities and treats. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 9 a.m.; free; 371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org.

Embark on a 64-mile round trip train ride to Lebanon with Santa and his elves. Depart from the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; trips depart at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both Saturdays; $21 $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

Enjoy an afternoon with Santa that includes pictures with the jolly elf, a pizza lunch and a joke-telling contest. Holder Family Fun Center, 460 W. Main St., Hendersonville; 12 - 3 p.m.; lunch is $5 adults, $4 kids; pictures are $10 ($5 each additional); 590-4386 or holderfamilyfun.com.

Santa and Live Reindeer Saturday, Dec. 14

Meet Santa’s reindeer and have a photo snapped with the jolly elf Proceeds from photos benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Santa’s Wonderland Through Tuesday, Dec. 24

Enjoy free photos with Santa and enjoy a variety of complimentary activities like cookie decorating, a soft gun range and more. Bass Pro Shop, 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 514-5200 or visit basspro.com/santa.

Santa’s Workshop Fridays, Dec. 6 - 20 Saturdays, Dec. 7 - 21

As part of Cheekwood’s annual holiday celebration, kids can visit Santa in his workshop for a professional souvenir photo (packages range from $17 - $47). On Saturdays, say “hi” to a couple of his reindeer as well. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; gate admission is $12 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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One of the scenes from the ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman exhibit, part of Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” celebration. The exhibit runs daily through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Hours vary daily. Admission Mon - Fri is $24.99 adults, $17.99 ages 4 - 11; Sat - Sun is $26.99 adults, $19.99 ages 4 - 11. Get tickets at christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

Sun 1 CASA Holiday Benefit Concert Jimmy Wayne per-

forms seasonal music to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. All ages. First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $15 adults, $7 children; casa-nashville.org.

FREE Fairview Tree Lighting Bring the family to

enjoy the lighting of Fairview’s Christmas tree. All ages. City Hall, 7100 City Center Cir., Fairview; 4:30 p.m.; 7992484 or fairview-tn.org.

FREE Holiday Concert

Your family can enjoy seasonal music by the Nashville Flute Choir. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway,

Nashville; 2 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Mon 2 MYINTEREST This play on

Pinterest lets kids discover the latest trends in arts and crafts ideas that portray their interests. Ages 12 and older. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $10; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Snack Attack Create mini

bagel wreaths to eat. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

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3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

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Tuesdays for Tots: Holiday at Cheekwood

the family out for the flip of the switch to illuminate Madison’s tree. All ages. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike North, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; 865-5400 or madisonrivergatechamber.com.

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for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Vancouver Canucks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators.com.

Science a la Carte Enjoy

science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro;

Preschoolers and parents can find inspiration by looking at the trees in the Museum of Art, then visit the studio to make a holiday craft. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 256-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Wed 4 Animal Antics Meet the

resident geckos. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Born and Raised World Tour Enjoy an eve-

ning of music with John Mayer and special guest Phillip Phillips. Ages 10 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $69.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

FREE Kid’s Hour Mare Wakefield performs music for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660. The Joy of Christmas Tour Your family can enjoy a

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Thu 5 Christmas at Cannonsburgh Celebrate the season

with a hayride through the village to view Christmas displays. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Home School Group Read and discuss the

book, A Christmas Carol, and participate in related activities. Ages 7 - 12. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Carolina Hurricanes. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators.com.

The Irish Tenors Chrismas Show The Irish Tenors

join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of holiday tunes. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $44 - $119; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Fri 6 Christmas at Cannonsburgh Celebrate the season

with a hayride through the village to view Christmas displays. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Customer Appreciation Day Enjoy music,

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gional artists show and sell their work with proceeds benefiting Brentwood Academy. All ages. Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 373-0611 or fineartinbrentwood.com.

FREE Murfreesboro Tree Lighting Enjoy musical performances, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and watch the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. All ages. Rutherford County Courthouse, 20 N. Public Square, Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro.com.

Parents’ Night Out

Kids can enjoy the indoor pool, pizza and more while Mom and Dad enjoy an evening to themselves. Ages 7 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 10 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 day of; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while making a hand-made instrument. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

Sat 7 FREE Bethlehem Marketplace This re-enactment

of how the village of Bethlehem might have appeared at the time of Jesus’ birth features Roman soldiers, live camels, weavers, merchants and more. All ages. Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro; 1 - 5 p.m.; 896-0940 or sebaptist.org.

FREE Bird Club Enjoy the

refreshments and more. All ages. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

cool air while searching for Tennessee’s resident winter birds. All ages. Cason Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Fine Art in Brentwood Show and Sale

Christmas at Cannonsburgh Celebrate the season

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Country star Martina McBride brings her Joy of Christmas tour to the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 4. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 890-0355.

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes Sponsored

by Oaklands Historic House Museum, view the mansion along with historic private homes along East Main Street. All ages. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 4 - 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 8930022 or oaklandsmuseum.org.

FREE Christmas Concert

The Nashville Chamber Singers present an evening of holiday music. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville.org.

FREE Christmas on Main Street In conjunc-

tion with the city’s Christmas parade, your family can enjoy a festival that include musical performances, vendor booths, children’s activities and more. All ages. North Main Street, Goodlettsville; 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 859-7979 or goodlettsvillechamber.com.

FREE Embellished Instruments Create your

own custom miniature instrument inspired by artifacts in the museum. Choose a cutout of a banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer or mandolin, then decorate it and turn it into a magnet or holiday ornament. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Fall Star Party Join the Barnard Seyfert Astronomical Society and view the heavens through telescopes. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; 862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks. FREE Fine Art in Brentwood Show and Sale

More than 60 local and regional artists show and sell their work with proceeds benefiting Brentwood Academy. All ages. Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 373-0611 or fineartinbrentwood.com.

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Lakewood Theatre Company presents Charlotte’s Web, Dec. 6 - 22. Find show details on page 89. FREE Holiday Concert

The Blair School of Music’s Suzuki Strings ensemble of violin and cello students ages 5 - 13 perform holiday music as well as classical works. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can

build a tic-tac-toe board from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Find a location near you at homedepot.com.

It was a Christmas of Remembrance Step back

in time to 1863 as the Davis family mourns the loss of Sam Davis. Learn memories of Christmas past with stories and visit the house to see how it was prepared for the holiday season. All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org.

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Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Help raise

money for the Tennessee chapter of the the Arthritis Foundation by participating in a 5K race or 1K family fun run/ walk. Other activities include a Santa chase, holiday music, information booths and more. All ages. Downtown Franklin; 9 a.m.; $25 for the 5K, free for the fun run, plus pledges raised; arthritis.org.

FREE Kids & Dogs On this “jolly old Saint Bernard” day, meet one of the dog world’s largest working breeds, watch Beethoven’s Christmas and hear a reading from local author Keith Christopher’s new book, The First Night of Christmas. All ages. Franklin Dog, 300 Eddy Lane, Franklin; 10 a.m.; 2243478 or franklindog.com.

FREE La Vergne Christmas Tree Lighting

Celebrate the lighting of the city’s tree along with choirs from local schools. All ages. City Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; 793-6295 or lavergnetn.gov.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed Participate in (or just

listen to) a full reading of All’s Well That Ends Well. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: The Snowman The Nashville

Symphony brings Raymond Briggs’ classic winter tale to life along with a screening of the film and other holiday favorites. Arrive an hour early for pre-concert activities. All ages.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $14 - $23; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Yulefest Celebrate the season 1780s style with old-time festivities, refreshments and live music. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 6 - 9 p.m.; 851-2231.

Sun 8 FREE Bethlehem Marketplace This re-enactment

of how the village of Bethlehem might have appeared at the time of Jesus’ birth features Roman soldiers, live camels, weavers, merchants and more. All ages. Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro; 1 - 5 p.m.; 896-0940 or sebaptist.org.

FREE Blair Children’s Chorus Enjoy an afternoon of

holiday music featuring the Blair Children’s Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, Choristers, Nashville Boychoir at Blair and Young Singers of Blair. All ages. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 322-7651 or blair.vanderbilt.edu.

Brian Setzer Orchestra Take in an evening of lively rockabilly and swing music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $55; ryman.com.

FREE Fine Art in Brentwood Show and Sale

More than 60 local and regional artists show and sell their work with proceeds benefiting Brentwood Academy. All ages. Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; 1 - 5 p.m.; 373-0611 or fineartinbrentwood.com.


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FREE Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print Learn about letterpress

printing while using block images to make your own holiday print. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org/ deckthehall.

FREE Walk Thru Bethlehem More than 400 costumed characters and live animals recreate the village of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth. All ages. Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 1 - 7 p.m.; 2978563 or woodmontchristian. org.

Mon 9 FREE A Camerata Christmas The Belmont

Camerata Musicale performs an evening of holiday music. All ages. Belmont Mansion, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 460-6408 or belmont. edu/music.

FREE Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the lighting of

Brentwood’s Christmas tree. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 5:30 p.m.; 371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org.

Brian Setzer Orchestra Take in an evening of lively rockabilly and swing music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $55; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

MYINTEREST This play on

Pinterest lets kids discover the latest trends in arts and crafts ideas that portray their interests. Ages 12 and older. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $10; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Kids ages 5 and older can make letterpress art holiday cards with Hatch Show Print at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum both Sunday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 14. Snack Attack Make a

reindeer cheese wedge treat. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

Tue 10 Donnie and Marie Christmas Enjoy an evening of holiday music with Donnie and Marie Osmond along with hits from their careers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49.50 - $125; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE La Leche League of Portland New and

expectant moms interested in breastfeeding can get information and support. La Leche League, 301 Portland Blvd., Portland; 10 a.m.; 323-7158 or facebook.com/lllofportland.

FREE La Leche League of Rutherford County

New and expectant moms can get support and answers about breastfeeding. Crossway Baptist Church, 4194 Shelbyville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 931308-9817 or sewanneepossum@gmail.com.

Science a la Carte Enjoy

science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502

S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Gingerbread Garlands

Handel’s Messiah The

Preschoolers and parents can decorate and accessorize a paper gingerbread garland craft. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Nashville Symphony Chorus, Soprano Lei Xu, mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim, tenor Andrew Stenson and bass Jengcheol Cha join the Nashville Symphony to present a seasonal classic. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Wed 11 Animal Antics Meet the resident king snakes. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree

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The 20th Annual Christmas Toy Train Show takes place Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Kids can register to win a free one! FREE Kid’s Hour Dennis Scott performs music for children ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660 or dennisscott.net.

Thu 12 Christmas at Cannonsburgh Celebrate the season

with a hayride through the village to view Christmas displays. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Crafternoon Make

bottlecap snowmen. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Handel’s Messiah The Nashville Symphony Chorus,

Soprano Lei Xu, mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim, tenor Andrew Stenson and bass Jengcheol Cha join the Nashville Symphony to present a seasonal classic. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Home School Group Read and discuss the

book, A Christmas Carol, and participate in related activities. Ages 7 - 12. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Homeschool Holiday Tour Homeschool students

can visit the mansion and make a period craft or ornament to keep. All ages. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $5; 893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org.

Nature Nuts Make edible

ornaments for local wildlife. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Polar Express Pajama Party Wear your

jammies and hear the Conductor read a classic holiday story, enjoy treats and write letters to Santa. All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 5 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Predators Hockey Root

for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Dallas Stars. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or bridgestonearena.com.

Fri 13 Christmas at Cannonsburgh Celebrate the season

with a hayride through the village to view Christmas displays. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Family Film Catch a

screening of Ruby Bridges, a film set in 1960 telling the story of a 6-year-old black girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 18 and younger); 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Handel’s Messiah The

Nashville Symphony Chorus, Soprano Lei Xu, mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim, tenor Andrew Sten-

son and bass Jengcheol Cha join the Nashville Symphony to present a seasonal classic. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39 - $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Holiday Lock-In Spend the night enjoying games, swimming, sports and more. Ages 8 - 15. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.; $20; 895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. FREE MAQ Attack High school students can hang with friends and participate in activities in the Martin ArtQuest gallery along with exploring the exhibits. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; free with high school ID; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

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Learn about percussion while making a hand-made instrument. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

Sat 14 20th Annual Christmas Toy Train Show All ages

can see several operating toy train layouts of all sizes and manufacturers available for sale, and children can register to win a free train set. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 758-6003 or dixiedivisiontca.com.

Christmas at Cannonsburgh Celebrate the season

with a hayride through the village to view Christmas displays. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Dickens of a Christmas Downtown Frank-

lin is transformed into the time of Charles Dickens with characters telling his stories, dancers, street musicians, theatrical performers, a holiday bazaar and more. All ages. Downtown Franklin, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 5918500 or historicfranklin.com.

FREE Embellished Instruments Create your

own custom miniature instrument inspired by artifacts in the museum. Choose a cutout of a banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer or mandolin, then decorate it and turn it into a magnet or holiday ornament. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org/deckthehall.

Holiday on Ice Classic and Carols Show

Enjoy a 90-minute ice-skating show, then hit the ice yourself for fun. All ages. A-Game Skate

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Academy, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 4 - 12; 778-9825 or agameskateacademy.com.

FREE Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print Learn about letterpress

printing while using block images to make your own holiday print. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org/ deckthehall.

FREE Migratory Bird Count Spend the morning

hiking the property and participating in a winter bird count. Ages 12 and older. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE Music in the Wild

Warm up inside with live music by local artists. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the San Jose Sharks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Second Saturday at Fiddler’s Grove Fami-

lies can travel back in time and learn how people communicated in the olden days by touring a print shop, telephone museum and radio building, then enjoy live music in the evening. All ages. Fiddler’s Grove, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 4 - 9 p.m.; 4432626 or fiddlersgrove.org.

Sun 15 FREE Dickens of a Christmas Downtown

Franklin is transformed into the time of Charles Dickens with characters telling his stories,

dancers, street musicians, theatrical performers, a holiday bazaar and more. All ages. Downtown Franklin; 12 - 5 p.m.; 591-8500 or historicfranklin.com.

FREE Glory to God in the Highest The FPC Sanc-

tuary Choir performs “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten as well as music by Bach, Handel and Rutter. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville.org.

Holiday Ice Show Figure

skaters and young students in the Learn-to-skate program perform holiday-themed routines on ice. All ages. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 2 - 4 p.m.; $10; 862-8480 or nashville.gov/sportsplex.

Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Arizona Cardinals. All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $36 $295; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

Mon 16 Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show Walk through the

tour buses of country stars and get autographs during this benefit for Christmas 4 Kids which provides shopping spree money for kids in need. All ages. Walmart, 204 Anderson Lane N., Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12, $20 family max; christmas4kids.org.

MYINTEREST

This play on Pinterest lets kids discover the latest trends in arts

and crafts ideas that portray their interests. Ages 12 and older. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $10; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Science a la Carte Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Snack Attack Make an ad-

Tuesdays for Tots: Give a Gift! Preschoolers and

vent angel sandwich. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Tue 17

parents can decorate a package and create holiday paper. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Predators Hockey Root

for the Nashville Predators when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators. com.

Wed 18 Animal Antics Meet the

resident ball python. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Kid’s Hour Local children’s entertainer Ginger Sands performs an interactive music program for kids ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660 or gingersands.com.

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Thu 19 Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill

Nashville’s favorite celebrity couple celebrate the music of the season with the Nashville Symphony. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $60 - $148; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Crafternoon Have fun

making fingerprint holiday lights. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

FREE Home School Group Read and discuss the

book, A Christmas Carol, and participate in related activities. Ages 7 - 12. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Nature Nuts Learn about

how animals get ready for winter. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Sounds of Christmas

Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra performs holiday music with selections from The Polar Express, Nutcracker and more. All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10 - $40; 898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com.

Fri 20 All Through the House

Experience what Christmas was like locally in the 1820s. All ages. Historic Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 children; 832-8197 or travellersrestplantation.org.

Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill Nash-

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $60 - $148; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Holiday Movie Under the Stars Enjoy a

family-friendly seasonal film (call for movie title). All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Santa’s Splash & Dash

Squeeze in last-minute shopping while your kids enjoy waterbased Christmas fun along with games, crafts and pizza. Ages 7 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 10 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 day of; 8955040 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while making a hand-made instrument.

All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

Sat 21 Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill Nash-

ville’s favorite celebrity couple celebrate the season with the Nashville Symphony. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 2 and 8 p.m.; $60 - $148; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Embellished Instruments Create your

own custom miniature instrument inspired by artifacts in the museum. Choose a cutout of a banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer or mandolin, then decorate it and turn it into a magnet or holiday ornament. Ages 5 and older.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Holiday Bird Count Help staff naturalists track winter bird populations. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Montreal Canadiens. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Winter Solstice Celebration Enjoy stories,

a campfire, winter activities, hot chocolate and more during this open house-style event. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center,

1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Sun 22 KEM & Friends R&B sensation KEM presents a holiday concert (without orchestra) along with special guests. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $79; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

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Snack Attack Make and eat Santa pancakes. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Tue 24 FREE Christmas Eve Carillon Concert Bring

the family out for a unique musical experience as Belmont’s carillon rings out holiday tunes. All ages. Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 460-6408 or belmont. edu/music.

Predators Hockey Cheer

for the Nashville Predators when they hit the ice against the Boston Bruins. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or bridgestonearena. com.

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When can I get started? Today! The NJP, with the support of the hockey community, offers lots of programs to get started including the Nashville Predators G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn) program presented by Erie Insurance. G.O.A.L! is a FREE beginner hockey program designed for boys and girls ages 5-8 held at Nashville area rinks. This program includes equipment at no cost, making it ideal for any child to get started! Go to www.nashvillepredators.com/goal. Support NJP and save up to 35% off tickets! Get your tickets today at www.nashvillepredators.com/jrpredsnight and use Special Offer Code: ‘preds’.

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Thu 26 Crafternoon Have fun

making fingerprint holiday lights. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

FREE Movies at the Library Enjoy a screening

of A Christmas Carol. All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 East Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 4521722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Nature Nuts Learn about

the center’s resident critters. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Kids enjoy the balloon drop during Countdown to Noon at the Discovery Center.

Fri 27 Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while making a hand-made instrument. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

Sat 28 FREE Lego Play Time

Ages 3 and older can get creative and have fun building with Legos. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 4521722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Predators Hockey Root

for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Los Angeles Kings. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or bridgestonearena. com.

Sun 29 Titans Football Root for

the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Houston Texans.

All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $36 $295; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

Mon 30 Music City Bowl Enjoy

an afternoon of football when the ACC takes on the SEC. All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 2:15 p.m.; $18 - $95; 743-3130 or musiccitybowl.com.

Predators Hockey Cheer

for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Detroit Red Wings. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or bridgestonearena. com.

Snack Attack Make and

eat doughnut snowmen. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Tue 31 Cosmic Party Enjoy a special blacklight jump, win

door prizes and more. A balloon drop takes place at 12 p.m. to celebrate New Year’s. Hoppity Hop Inflatables, 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $6 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older (for an extra $2 get a glow bracelet, horn and hat); 265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatables.com.

Countdown to Noon

Enjoy New Year’s party activities including a huge balloon drop. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $6; 890-2300.

Science a la Carte Enjoy science experiments. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org. Tuesdays for Tots: Ring in the New Year Preschoolers and parents can visit the studio to make their 2014 gear to wear when the ball drops. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org. (please turn the page)

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Adventureworks The Eco-

Zip Line Adventure allows participants to glide through the forest on nine zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-and-a-half tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $54 adults, $42 ages 17 and younger (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit adventureworks.com.

davidson county Bellevue Community Center

Ongoing art and recreation take place at 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 862-8435.

BounceU Bounce on

inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422; bounceu. com. Open play times are Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $6.95 ($5.95 siblings); cosmic glow-in-the-dark bounces are Mon 3 - 6 p.m. and Fri 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($7 siblings).

Centennial Sportsplex

Fitness, ice skating, swimming and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or nashville. org/sportsplex.

FREE Fairytales Storytime

Stories and crafts every Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fairytales Bookstore and More, 114-B S. 11th St., Nashville; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore.com.

Gymboree Play & Music

Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes.com.

• Busy Bees: Ages 3 - 5 can learn to follow directions, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship every Tue and Thu; 10:45 11:15 a.m.; $3

The Music Class This early

• Homeschool P.E.: Ages 5 - 15 can participate in physical activities Tue and Thu; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3; call to register

childhood music program for ages 6 and younger is located at 5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste., 10, Nashville; 777-9314 or themusicclass.com/nashville.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at radnorlake.org or call 373-3467.

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million

Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112.

BounceU Bounce on

inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open bounce and preschool play date times.

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable

fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or jumpersplayhouse.com. Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

Parents & Tots Ages 3 - 5

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

with a parent can participate in educational programs every Mon - Wed at 9 a.m. at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.gov/

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

parks/classes for a complete listing of visual art, music, theater and dance opportunities.

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable

play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison;

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Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs:

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go: Ages 2 - 5 can learn letters and numbers every Tue and Thu; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

• Homeschool Swim Technique Training: Ages 5 - 18 can learn swimming techniques every Tue and Thu; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3 • Terrific Twos: Ages 24 - 36 months with a parent can enjoy songs, finger plays, art projects and more every Wednesday; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $3

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8955040. Ongoing programs:

• Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in activities that develop cognitive skills every Friday; 10 a.m.; $3 • Tumbleweeds: Ages 3 - 5 can learn basic tumbling skills Mon and Wed; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; call to register • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 9 15 can learn volleyball skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 264-0183 or bn.com.

FREE Delmas Long Community Center Tot time

for ages 5 and younger features social activities and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2255 or goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini

golf, batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or funandenergy.com.

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Kids can bounce on

inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Ste. 6-9, Hendersonville; Tue - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 7 p.m.; call or check website for open play times; $6 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older; 265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter. com.

Laser Adventure Laser tag,

aeroball and a rock-climbing wall at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary; 859-7753 or laseradventure. net.

My Gym Pay-to-play, open

gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit my-gym. com/hendersonville.

williamson county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

Square; $9; 400-3808 or franklinonfoot.com.

Glow Galaxy Weekly open

play times feature inflatables, mini-golf, air hockey, an interactive game floor, football toss, soccer kick and basketball in a glow-in-the-dark setting at 121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8, Franklin; $8 per child (adults are free); for times, call 3704386, opt. 2.

FREE Lifeway Christian Store Ages 2 - 8 can enjoy

stories and songs every Friday at 10 a.m. at 1725 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-9050.

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable

play center is located at 1648 Westgate Circle, Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $6); 377-5900 of monkeyjoes.com.

Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 8; 9427911 or themonkeystreehouse. com. My Gym Brentwood For pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit my-gym. com/brentwood.

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

Pump It Up Play Time Open jump times are Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for preschoolers, Thu 5 - 8 p.m. and Fri 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger, and all school holidays 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867.

FREE Family Trivia Night

Shipwrecked Playhouse

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 3779979 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million

Families can compete in trivia games for a chance to win a $25 gift card every Friday at 6 p.m. at Goofballs Family Fun, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 360, Franklin; 861-3668 or letsgetgoofy.com.

Franklin on Foot The “I Spy

Downtown Franklin” scavenger hunt is every Tue and Fri at 9 a.m. on Franklin’s Public

An indoor play area for ages 1 - 9, featuring a 30-foot wooden pirate ship at 99 Seaboard Lane, Cool Springs. Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is $7. Call 866-9358 or visit shipwreckedplayhouse.com.


о stage this month at a theater near you

Nashville favorite Chip Arnold reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Studio Tenn’s A Christmas Carol, playing this season at TPAC. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec. 6 - 15; Ages

8 and older) Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students, $8 ages 4 - 12; 852-8499 or springhousetheatre.com.

Charlotte’s Web (Dec. 6 - 22; All ages) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $14 adults, $10 students; 8470934 or lakewoodtheatre.com.

County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.; $30 (includes dinner); 563-2487 or artcsenterofcc.com.

A Christmas Story (continues

through Sunday, Dec. 22) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $47.50; 782-4040 or tennesseerep.org.

12 - 22; All ages) Studio Tenn at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $25 - $52; 7824040 or studiotenn.com.

Comfort and Joy (continues through Saturday, Dec. 14; Ages 12 and older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thu Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger; 598-8950 or encoretheatre-company.org.

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Dashing Through the Snow

A Christmas Carol (Dec.

through Sunday, Dec. 15; All ages) Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 826-6037 or hpactn.com.

Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash! (Dec. 6 - 21; Ages 8 and older) The Arts Center of Cannon

(Dec. 6 - 21; Ages 8 and older) Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or pull-tight.com.

Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!) (Dec. 6 - 15; Ages 10

and older) Imaginary Theatre Company at Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thu

- Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 and 7 p.m.; $22; 583-7620 or imaginarytheatrecompany.com.

Hair in Concert (Dec. 4 - 8;

Ages 17 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $18 adults, $16 students; 554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

The Homecoming (Dec.

6 - 22; All ages) Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 893-9825 or mltarts. com.

It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 6 - 21; All ages) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or townecentretheatre.com. FREE Kinkenschnell the Christmas Bell (Thursday, Dec. 19; All ages) Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro; 893-2767 or brcamustangs.org.

Nashville’s Nutcracker (Dec. 7 - 22; All ages) Please see page 67.

The Nutcracker (Dec. 14 15; All ages) Dance Theatre of Tennessee at MTSU’s Tucker Theater, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $25 adults, $20 children; dancetheatretn.org. Nutckrackin’ 13 (Dec. 6 - 15) Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17; 8677244 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks. Sanders Family Christmas

(continues through Sunday, Dec. 29; Ages 8 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

(continues through Sunday, Dec. 8; All ages) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Sat Sun 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $14 ages 2 - 17; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

Scrooge the Musical (Dec. 6

- 22; Ages 8 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 6, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $27 adults, $21 ages 12 and younger (Tuesdays are $13.50, Thursdays are $17, Sundays are $2 off) 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

Sorry, Wrong Chimney

(continues through Sunday, Dec. 29; Ages 8 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

A Tuna Christmas (Dec. 6 22; Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $9 - $13; 904-2787 or boroarts.org. White Christmas (Dec. 5 -

22; All ages) The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $22 - $27 adults, $13 - $18 children; 883-8375 or thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

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10 Fun Facts about the

Rockettes’ Show The Rockettes are back in town at the Grand Ole Opry House for their annual holiday show that’s part of Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas� celebration. Here are some interesting tidbits about the show:

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More than 300 costumes and 200 hats are used in the show, each one exclusively designed.

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The Rockettes appear in seven different costumes during the show. If they are not dancing on stage, you can bet they are changing outfits. Among the Rockettes, chorus and Santa, more than 350 pairs of shoes are worn per show.

Nineteen playful teddy bears star in the production’s nod to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Portrayed as a “Teddy Bear’s Dream,� it features dancing polar, panda, Arabian, Russian and baby doll bears in a variety of sizes. Each bear costume weighs between 30 and 60 pounds.

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In addition to the regular cast members, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has several members of the animal family who appear throughout the show. “The Living Nativity� features two camels, four sheep and a donkey.

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During the eight-week run, the animals drink 450 bottles of water and eat 340 bales of hay and 560 loaves of seven-grain bread.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular continues through Tuesday, Dec. 24. Days and times vary. Tickets are $24.99 - $98.99. Get them at christmasatgaylordopryland.com.


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