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FROM THE NICU TO HOME WITH YOUR PREEMIE

The smallest babies require fortified parents to care for them.

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FREEDOM ON ICE!

Local kids (and Scott Hamilton!) discuss the joys of ice skating, plus find local learn-to-skate programs for your kids.

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First Time on the Ice. Readers share their child’s first experience learning how to ice skate. “My 8-year-old son tried ice skating for the first time a few months ago. He put on the ice skates and took off. He loved it so much that he is now participating in ice hockey through the Predators’ league for kids. My 9-year-old daughter tried ice skating as well, but didn’t care for it so much.”

“We actually had our very first lesson recently. Our little boy is 3 years old and wants to play hockey so bad. Our first experience wasn’t good. He can balance great on the skates and stood on the ice well. However, he cried the entire time for us. We will try again soon.”

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“My son tried it when he was 5 through the G.O.A.L! program and loved it. He falls hard and springs back up. He has done the PREDecessor lessons twice at Ford Ice Center. He also did a session of Learn-toSkate. Eventually we’ll probably do a hockey season.” Amber Hickerson

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Boys Violate School Dress Code for Wearing Shorts in Winter. OUR POST: Is your school citing boys with dress code violations for wearing shorts during cold weather months?

YOUR POSTS: “I haven’t had my 10- and 7-year-old cited, exactly, but I’ve gotten nasty e-mails about wearing ‘appropriate’ clothing for this ‘freezing’ weather. I respond the same way every year, by pointing out these boys grew up in Montréal, Canada. It isn’t ‘winter’ for them until we get below zero. Between 0 - 32˚F is autumn jacket weather. Above that, they still want shorts and tees because the schools are kept so ridiculously warm.” Ronald Lau

“My son goes to private school, and it lists no shorts after October for boys or girls. Shorts can’t be worn again until March. The girls wear skirts, but only on Fridays with leggings under them. He goes to a Catholic school.” Pricilla Gray “Mine would wear shorts all year long if I let him. He has to change in and out of shorts for sports and P.E. twice a day. He says it’s easier to just wear shorts.” Rebecca Hampton “Mine wears shorts all year. Has them on today! He isn’t getting in trouble, though. Our school doesn’t have a pants rule for winter.” Maria Hover

“They shouldn’t be cited at all. Some people shame or judge a parent when a kid isn’t in ‘winter’ clothing.” Hanna Ward “Is it in the dress code that they can’t wear shorts in cold weather? If they can wear them in warm weather, then it’s no different. That is on the parents, not the school. SMH.” Jennifer Bennett Mobley “Girls are overwhelmingly the recipient of dress code violations ... so maybe it’s a chance to level the playing field a little bit.” Sarah Williams “Why would anyone in their right mind let their kids wear shorts in this freezing weather anyway?” Paula Ann

Parents Weigh-In on Children Being Forced to Hug. “Seems like Nashville Parent just can’t let this go. A child should be taught that personal touching (hugging/kissing/ tickling/lap sitting, etc.) is up to them. They need to know that they have the right to say no. Children are more likely to be sexually abused by someone they know than a stranger.” Melissa Hall Holder “Why can’t we let children have some control in this aspect of their lives? If they don’t want to hug someone, they shouldn’t have to — family or not.” Stephanie Brown “Yes. Most children who are abused are abused by a family member or someone they know. Forcing children to hug and kiss someone teaches them they can’t say ‘no’ when they feel uncomfortable and that it’s OK for adults to force them to do things that make them uncomfortable. I think it’s fine to ask kids if they want to hug or kiss so-and-so, but forcing is wrong on every level.” Christine May “It should never be forced on any child. They have to feel comfortable enough to want to and not be afraid to not want to as well — it must be their decision. Parents need to pay attention to their child’s reactions as well, especially when things change. It could quite likely be signs of abuse, so don’t be afraid to question them as to why!” Wayne W. Freeman

“Most middle school boys I’ve taught wear shorts year round. Maybe their body temperature runs hot. Whatever the reason, it wasn’t against the school’s dress code (as long as the length of the shorts met the standard in dress code), and it was no reason to pick a battle.” Kate Patterson Hale “Girls wear skirts and dresses, boys should be allowed to wear shorts year round, too.” Shawn Queen

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MIND &BODY By Chad Young

To School, or Not to School?

WHEN TO KEEP‘EM HOME

Sore throat, coughing ...it’s a pain when your child is sick, so know when to keep him home or not.

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rowing up, I was one of those kids who got frequent sore throats. I was also one of those kids with a mom who could tell my temperature with the palm of her hand. Unless there was a high fever or throwing up, I was sent to school per usual. On those sore-throat days, Mom would toss Luden’s wild cherry lozenges into my book bag and off I’d go. Whether or not to keep kids home from school when they’re sick or symptomatic is a feverish topic. Some parents opt to keep their kids home due to minor issues. Others are drill sergeants who expect their offspring to tough it up and always make it to class.

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“Parents should keep their children home from school if they have a fever of 100.5 or greater, diarrhea or vomiting in the past 24 hours,” says Deanna Bell, M.D., a pediatrician with The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. “They should also keep their children home if they have persistent cough, persistent sneeze, profuse runny nose or incontinence,” she adds. “The majority of illnesses kids get and spread are viruses,” says Kate Seymour, M.D., of St. Thomas Medical Group Children and Adult Medicine. “The more common bacterial infections children get are strep, urinary tract infections, impetigo and pink eye,” she adds. The tricky thing is, kids are often contagious before symptoms show up. There’s also a big

DIARRHEA: Any watery stools not contained in underclothes. VOMITING: Throwing up at all.

difference between viral and bacterial infections. Bacterial ones respond to antibiotic treatment whereas viral infections must run their course.

THE 24-HOUR RULE

There’s a common rule across school systems saying you should keep your child at home until he’s been on antibiotics for a full 24 hours or is symptom-free for 24 hours when it’s viral. “For bacterial infections, a child is much less contagious after 24 hours of therapy with antibiotics,” says Bell. “For children with viruses, antibiotics have no effect,” she adds. Seymour suggests parents take several factors into consideration when deciding to keep a child home from school. Primarily, take into account your doctor’s advice given the factors associated with different illnesses along with whether your child feels well enough to learn and play. “If a child has had a fever within the past 24 hours, he is likely to be contagious and should not attend school,” Seymour adds.

GERMS BUILD IMMUNITY

While it undoubtedly frustrates parents when their child winds up sick thanks to exposure at school, consider the bright side. In the long run, those germs are helpful in building your child’s future immunity. “Part of growing up is developing an immune system that has had a wide variety of exposures and can therefore be more effective

Children with any of the above symptoms should stay home the next day. They can return to school when they’ve been symptom-free for a full 24 hours.

STREP: Kids must be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and not have a fever higher than 99.9 without the use of fever-reducing medication. COMMUNICABLE DISEASES: Children with chickenpox, mumps, measles, rash all over their bodies or strep must stay home until they have a doctor’s note stating they are not contagious and may return to school. Source: Metropolitan Public Health Department School Health Program

in reacting appropriately without overreacting,” says Seymour. Bell concurs. “The body’s immune system learns over time. The immune system captures invading viruses and bacteria then custom makes antibodies to attack each type of invader,” she notes. The reason young children are sick more than adults is because their bodies are still learning to make the defenses to commonly encountered viruses and bacteria. Reminder: the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease is thorough hand washing ... a practice you should teach kids early on. Chad Young is managing editor.

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o your kids know how science and music connect? They can learn all about it at through the new Science of Music exhibit at the Discovery Center. Feel the rhythm through the drums, find the pitch with the pipe organ and take the stage in this interactive exploration of sound. Visitors can expect to see returning favorites like the drum pad room, guitar kiosk and performance stage, too. New to the exhibit is a “Chladni Plate” that helps illustrate the effects of vibrations on mechanical surfaces. That’s not all that’s going on at the center. While school’s still out for the first part of January, sign your kids up for a winter break day camp. Campers in grades K - 4 are put in different age groups with their own counselor with age-appropriate lessons, hands-on games and activities, exhibit exploration and free play outdoors (weather permitting). Camp hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Each day has its own theme: Light in Photography (Wednesday, Jan. 3); Light in Technology (Thursday, Jan. 4); Light in Space (Friday, Jan. 5). Cost is $40 (non-members), $35 (members) per day; snacks provided. Before and after care is also available for $5 extra. The Discovery Center is located at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Call 615-890-2300 or visit explorethedc.org.

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enter Stage Academy’s winter classes kick off this month at the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro. Kids in grades K - 12 can sign up for classes such as Minis: Emojis (grades K - 2); Kids’ Production Class: Aristocats Kids (grades 3 - 6); Acting Workshop: Acting 101 (grades 3 - 5); Triple Threat Class: Descendants Hero vs Villain (grades 3 12); Show Choir 101 (grades 3 - 12); Center Stage Academy Show Choir (grades 6 - 12); Jr Production Class: Mary Poppins Jr! (​grades 6 - 12); Acting Workshop: Improv (grades 6 - 12); Acting Workshop: Straight Plays/One Acts (ages 10 and older by audition only). Classes begin the week of Jan. 8 and take place on different days of the week — registration closes Jan. 12. Cost is $120 - $275. Call 615-904-2787 or visit boroarts.org.

Local kids participating in the fall production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. This year, they can participate in Mary Poppins Jr.

QUICK BITS Start planning your spring camping trip now and get all the gear you need for your family at the new GET OUTDOORS store. You’ll find sleeping bags, socks in many sizes and styles, tents, shoes, bags, collapsible bowls and more. Get Outdoors is located at 203 Southpointe Ct., Ste. A7, Murfreesboro. Visit facebook. com/getoutsideboro … The Center for the Arts hosts AUDITIONS FOR GODSPELL JR Jan. 28 - 29 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 8 - 18. Prepare one minute of a song, bring

sheet music in your key or an MP3 on your device, and wear comfortable dance attire. Kids should plan to learn a short dance/movement combination and be prepared to do a cold reading from the script. Center for the Arts is located at 110 W. College St. Call 615-904-2787 or visit boroarts.org … BREAD & BUTTER SANDWICH CO. is now open in Murfreesboro. Your family can enjoy hand-crafted, artisan sandwiches such as Bahn Mi, Turkey Wrap, Chicken Salad and

more. Catering is available, too. Find Bread & Butter Sandwich Co. at 2309 Mercury Blvd. Call 615-617-9474 or visit bnbsandwich.com ... More yummy food has made its way to Murfreesboro. XIAOS’ HIBACHI AND SUSHI is now open offering traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. Xiaos’ is located at 149 Wendelwood Drive, Ste. B5, Murfreesboro. Call 615- 896-5990 or find them on Facebook ... Start the new year off right with a membership to the newest gym in

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LOCAL NEWS VIOLINS OF HOPE COME TO MUSIC CITY IN UNIQUE COLLABORATION

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The Auschwitz Violin was owned by an unnamed inmate who performed in the men’s orchestra at Auschwitz and survived. Abraham Davidowitz bought the violin from the man for $50 hoping his son, Freddy, would learn to play it. Many years later, Freddy heard about the Violins of Hope project and donated this instrument.

usic has a powerful way of connecting us as it tells stories and strikes emotional cords. Sometimes the instruments themselves have stories of their own. Such is the case with the unique collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust. The Nashville Symphony is leading the way with more than two dozen local organizations to bring Violins of Hope to Music City. In addition to the free exhibit of instruments that will be on display at Nashville Public Library March 26 - May 27, several special events will take place including musical performances, art exhibits, lectures and more. Nashville Ballet kicks things off with its Feb. 9 - 11 performance of Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project at TPAC. Nashville Symphony musicians will play the exhibit’s violins March 22 - 24 when they perform John Williams’ music from Schindler’s List. “Each of these instruments has a remarkable story to tell about resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable difficulty,” says Alan D. Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO. Indeed, introducing your children to the Violins of Hope exhibit and surrounding events will enable you to create a dialogue with them on music, art, social justice, world history and free expression. For more info and a complete schedule of events, visit violinsofhopenashville.org.

QUICK BITS The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM has new exhibits opening this year that will include artists like Eric Church, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Ralph Stanley, The Judds and Emmylou Harris. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org ... Register now for winter and spring drama classes at NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE. Classes take place on Saturdays for ages 4 - 5, 6 - 7, 8 - 10 & 11 - 15. Courses include “Song & Dance” (January),

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hen it comes to ensuring your child’s summer fun, planning ahead is key. The best way to do it is attending Nashville Parent’s 22nd Annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair on Saturday, Feb. 3. It takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at CoolSprings Galleria (1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin). The FREE Summer Camp Adventure Fair features more than 75 camps and summer programs including local day options along with residential awayfrom-home choices. Discover camps with themes like arts, academics, science, sports, equestrian, faith-based offerings and more.

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“Camp directors from across the country consistently rank our fair as one of the biggest and best in the United States,” says Nashville Parent Publisher Stewart Day. “We’re extremely excited about our 22nd annual event,” he adds. At the fair, you and your kids of all ages can meet face to face with camp directors and staff to learn about their different programs and activities. Camps bring lots of giveaways, too, so don’t miss out! For more info, call 615-256-2158, ext. 130, or visit nashvilleparent.com/ campfair18.


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New parents gain the confidence they need to care for their infants at home after a stay in the NICU.

ix-day-old Josephine (Josie) Morrison has attitude. Delivered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center at a mere four pounds, five ounces, attitude’s a fighting quality that can serve an infant well in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Josie arrived at 33 weeks — seven weeks shy of full term — after her mom, Megan, developed high blood pressure which lead to preeclampsia. Josie’s early birth surprised Megan and her husband who had envisioned things much differently — as most new parents do. After spending a day in the open ward of Vanderbilt’s Stahlman NICU, she moved to the NICU in Children’s Hospital, a stateof-the-art, 100-bed unit that accommodates preemies as young as 24

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weeks and other sick babies with various issues. Josie spends most of her time in the temperature-controlled isolette and is doted on by nurses and her ever-present mom. “She can come out for feedings,” wistful Megan says. “But she’s a lot like me: she doesn’t really like to be fussed with ... but she loves being sung to.” Nurses in the NICU say preemies exhibit unique traits from the start. It’s this human aspect that helps new parents bond with their babies, especially since being in the NICU means a full medical team will care for your infant, leaving parents uncertain at first of where they fit in. Marlee Crankshaw, R.N., administrative director of neonatal service at Vanderbilt says neonatal nurses aim to draw parents to their babies right away.

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“One of the first things I learned a long time ago was when parents come into the NICU, we have to help them concentrate on the things that are OK about the baby,” Crankshaw says. “Look at the baby’s hair. Try to focus away from the equipment and focus on the baby. Make the baby a person,” she says. Thirty-eight-week-old Axel Saso is a feisty person, his mom Desiree says. She has been with him since he arrived; her husband travels back and forth from Kentucky since they have a 4-year-old at home. “Axel really wants to move, and he’s strong,” Desiree says. “Desiree’s a champ,” Leandra Hampton, Desiree’s primary nurse says. “She gets right in there and wants to do everything she can for Axel.” It’s a result of the family care practiced in the NICU. “We try really hard to let parents have the parent role from the start,” Hampton says. “We teach them and explain what’s going on with their babies from the beginning with a lot of encouragement.” Helping parents “learn” their babies is top priority in the NICU, since the ultimate goal is for each baby to reach his milestones and go home to continue thriving. Depending upon the stability of the premature infant, parents can begin diapering and taking their babies’ temperatures as soon as possible. The largest population of preterm babies (accounting for 75 percent of them) is in the 34 - 37 week range, according to Victoria DeVito, M.D., a neonatologist at Vanderbilt Children’s. It’s an automatic admission to the NICU, which means the infant is separated from the mother from the start. From there — and depending upon the severity of the baby’s situation — medical staff work hard to bring the family together again. Obviously, the younger a preemie’s gestational age, the more health issues he will have. Some preemies are in the NICU for only days; others stay upward of three months with an experience marked by medical setbacks and triumphs, emotions and fatigue. It can be like a roller coaster for parents.

about their child’s fragility. “We have to help them overcome their fears and understand that they’re partners with us in caring for their babies,” DeVito says softly. “The more they’re involved, the earlier they’re involved, the more they understand and know their baby, the better it’s going to be for them,” she adds. Carlye Scott, a neonatal nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt, suddenly found herself in the mommy role in the NICU after her daughter, Eleanor, arrived at 33 weeks. Scott thought that because of her expertise she might somehow be left to her own devices with Eleanor. She was wrong. “I felt immensely cared for,” Scott says. “The staff never asked more of me than to be the mother and there was just so much freedom in just allowing me to be the parent.” Slowly, and with the utmost patience and support, moms and dads learn to care for their preemies, transitioning from jittery caregivers to pros with full knowledge of the NICU language. As this happens, medical staff back off as much as possible, letting parents take charge. Discussions of going home begin. But when the equipment pieces are disconnected, and parents realize they will take Baby home soon — terror. No more medical team support. No more machines explaining Baby’s vitals. DeVito says babies can go home when they’ve achieved the milestones of maintaining their temperature on their own in an open crib; taking complete feedings by bottle or breast and gaining weight; and having a stable breathing pattern with no apnea. “When a baby is ready to go home, we really look at whether the family is ready to receive the baby and provide the care for the baby to be safely discharged,” Devito says. A mixture of joy and fear fill parents’ hearts when at last they can buckle their preemie into their modified car seat for the momentous drive home.

LEARNING YOUR BABY

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One word describes what new parents entering the NICU for the first time feel: terror. Wires, machines, medical personnel buzzing around. New parents are exhausted and experiencing a sort of grieving for a situation they didn’t realize they’d be in. They also don’t know where they fit in and can feel sort of helpless. “It’s not what they thought,” DeVito says. “It’s not easy for anybody. They want to touch their baby, hold their baby. But often they’re afraid, so we have to make the effort to get the family engaged, and the whole thing is really difficult for families,” she adds. Respiratory specialists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, nurses and others aim to make parents their partners in the baby’s care. But it’s not until a preemie is medically stable that NICU nurses can fold moms and dads into their baby’s care — like changing his diaper and taking his temperature. If the baby’s well enough for all-important kangaroo care, it can begin. “We try to have the mom hold the baby skin to skin, although some babies born at 24 weeks, for example, don’t want to be held yet. The skin hasn’t developed adequately, so it’s very thin. During that time we let moms and dads hold their baby around their head and bottom through an isolette,” DeVito says. Sensory experiences are very important to preemies, and getting skin to skin helps parents bond while transferring good bacteria to the baby which helps to strengthen him. Everything’s very tentative at the beginning for new parents worried

Most preemies don’t need specialized medical support after leaving the hospital, but that doesn’t stop parents from worrying — it simply comes with the territory of caring for an infant at home whether it’s a preemie or a full-term baby. For parents of preemies who have fully engaged in learning to care for their baby in the NICU, the transition is easier. And if a problem develops at home, the baby will show you. “When you go home, you’re not going to have the NICU equipment,” Crankshaw says. “So we teach parents to look at their baby; look at the color of the baby’s lips,” she adds. And when in doubt, if there is an issue with your preemie, your pediatrician is just a call away. If it’s an emergency, Crankshaw says to phone 9-1-1. When Scott brought baby Eleanor home, she admits she was terrified at first, but she did feel prepared by her experience in the NICU. “We had peace and strength enough for each day and not more than a day at a time. Because looking back, the whole thing was so traumatic, I don’t know how we made it,” she says. Susan Day is editor in chief for this publication. Photos by Kiera Ashford.

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FROM ONE NICU PARENT TO ANOTHER:

What to Know Going In

While one can never be fully prepared for the unexpected, Carlye Scott, neonatal nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt and her husband, Richard (parents of Eleanor), offer insider tips to help guide parents.

IN THE NICU • Walk in every day, ready to learn. You will be terrified at first, but you’ll get over it as you focus on your baby. • You will be emotionally and physically exhausted. Take it a day at a time and try to roll with things. • Be there for as many diaper changes and feedings as you can. Do anything you’re allowed to do, as often as you can, especially in the first few days. Practice, practice, practice doing things for your baby. • Remember that something amazing and beautiful happened when you gave birth to your child. It may be hard to celebrate in survival mode, but acknowledge the severity of the situation and know it’s OK to laugh and smile while your little one is in the NICU. Laughter helps keep you sane. • Baby bonding may take longer than you expect. Doing things like changing your baby’s diaper and doing the feedings will help. No one can replace you as your baby’s parent. If you’re struggling to bond, voice your concern to your baby’s medical team or to your OB.

baby to de-stress, process and take care of your life. Do what you need to do, rest, then come back healthier and stronger. Your baby needs you strong. • You need other people, and that’s OK. You need your spouse. You need your family and friends. It’s OK to reach out and ask for help with meals or laundry. It’s equally OK to request a few days of just family time. • Consider appointing a contact person to send out appropriate updates to family and friends whose persistent concerns can overwhelm you. You need to focus on recovering from delivery and bonding with your baby. • Know that you’ve gained a NICU family; angels who will forever be a part of your child’s story. Your NICU family helps you survive each day of the unexpected.

GOING HOME • Consider the trip home as the next step down from the NICU. Your medical team has prepared you for this more than you know. While you lose your NICU “security blanket,” you

• Delivering a preterm baby thrusts you into parenthood before you’re mentally and physically ready. You lose predictability. You lose your old self. Give yourself some grace. It’s difficult, but you will eventually come into your own.

know what to do, and you’ll figure out the rest. Your baby’s on a schedule — go with it, and know that your pediatrician is only a call away. • Hyper-awareness is common in the first weeks at home. Things will settle down eventually, and you’ll be able to sleep when your baby sleeps. • Feeding difficulties and growth may be something your little one struggles with for a while. The pediatrician will follow your baby closely. • Don’t put pressure on yourself to jump back into life the way it was before. Life is different, and you’re adjusting. Voice your needs. Have your friends take you out for coffee. Ask for their understanding during this time. • Don’t be ashamed of being overly protective at first. People will understand. Avoid crowded places during RSV and flu season, the grocery store, the church nursery, day care, etc. This will make the first months at home feel isolating, but your little one won’t be a baby forever. • It may seem like forever before your baby offers a purposeful smile. Keep working. Try not to compare your baby with full-term babies. Preemies have their own milestone timetable. Most will catch up to their peers by 1 - 3 years of age. • It’s OK to grieve what you lost when you delivered your preemie. It may hit months after delivery, but take the time to process what’s happened. • Keep communicating with your spouse. Help each other when struggling. Find ways to encourage each other and give grace.

• If you don’t understand what’s happening in the NICU, ask. Speak up any time you’re worried. • It’s OK to take time away from your

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Nine-month-old Eleanor (between parents Richard and Carlye) was born at 33 weeks. She’s thriving today, but mom Carlye says she’ll never forget that her little one’s a preemie.

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10. THERMOMETER Having a new baby brings unexpected situations ... like that fever you’re uneasy about. The Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer (braunthermometers.com; $59.99 at buybuybaby.com) allows you to take his temp quickly and easily. Hold it up to two inches away and get a fast, accurate reading within seconds as you swipe across his forehead. But, if you want an even faster read, you can also press it to his forehead for an instant measurement, which is great for when he’s fussy and doesn’t want to hold his head still.


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FREE ON THE ICE figure skating for kids By Kiera Ashford

Don’t let your child be the one fearfully clinging to the wall at the ice rink! Sign him up for Learn-to-Skate or another program — lots of them get started this month!

Jaxon Surbrook hams it up on the ice.

Ten-year-old Sanora Whittington doesn’t have to worry about anything when she skates.

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alling and learning how to get back up again is one of the first things kids are taught when they begin ice-skating lessons. That’s because they are going to fall. A lot. And even if the first time on the ice is a daunting experience, very quickly kids can learn the confidence and skills they need to keep going. It’s from there that the joy and love of the sport grows. “I teach skaters as young as 2 years old,” says Kelly Hobbs, master-rated figure skating instructor with the Scott Hamilton Skating Club (SHSC).

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“Sometimes it’s a matter of crawling around or making snow angels. Sometimes they just need a little bucket to sit on so they have a safe place.” Hobbs says if your child’s sturdy on his feet and interested in the ice, it will be fun for him. But the only way you can find out is to take him there. The most talented skaters start out at public skating session before moving onto lessons. There are several learn-to-skate programs right here in Middle Tennessee.

ON THE ICE Learn-to-skate programs help kids

as early as age 3 learn how to ice skate (private lessons can start earlier). “I started in a hockey program when I was 7 (during the 2014 opening of Ford Ice Center),” says Sanora Whittington, a figure skater with SHSC. “After that I joined Learn-to-Skate at the center and I’ve been skating ever since.” But figure skating is for boys, too. “I was 5 the first time I skated,” says Jaxon Surbrook, also a figure skater with SHSC. At age 7, his parents signed him up for Learnto-Skate and not long after, formal lessons began. Falling happens a

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lot — especially in the early stages. “I keep going because I love skating so much,” Surbrook says. Anyone can learn to ice skate, and anyone willing to never give up can learn the art of figure skating. Whittington says she loved being on the ice immediately. When she performed “Dreams Begin Here” in a show at 8 years old, she knew she wanted to do more with her abilities. While she fell and broke an arm just days before the show, she found the courage to follow through with the show and even managed to complete a few of her jumps.


PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Getting better in figure skating takes practice ­— lots of it. “When kids sign up for classes, we love for them to try and work in an extra practice a week to strengthen skills,” says Hobbs. “As they progress, we encourage them to add another practice to their week or to try one of our other supplemental classes like ballet or conditioning.” Hobbs says some skaters train five to 10 hours a week, while more advanced skaters train for upward of 20 hours per week — especially when there’s an important performance coming up. Ford Ice Center and SHSC host competitions throughout the year where beginner and advanced skaters participate. “We encourage competitions for anyone who is interested as they can be great for goal setting and skill building — and they’re truly fun,” says Hobbs.

NEVER GIVE UP One of the hardest things for kids to overcome is the fear of failure in front of an audience. “I get stressed easily,” says Whittington. “One of the biggest reasons I love skating is because I feel like whenever I’m on the ice, I’m free. I don’t have to worry about anything that is going on with school or anything that might be happening. I just push it out of the way and enjoy my time skating.” And when it comes to spills on the ice, Hobbs say their motto is “GET UP!” “In life you’re going to fall, but it’s the getting up that matters,” adds Hobbs. “It’s more than just skating — it’s discipline, dedication and endurance to be a little stronger each and every day.” Kiera Ashford is associate editor for this publication and mom of three kids. ages 11, 7 and 1.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE for kids interested in ice skating

“I

fell four times and came in dead last during my first time competing at the national level,” says Scott Hamilton, United States Olympic Hall of Famer, Olympic Gold medalist and founder of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at Ford Ice Center in Antioch. “The next year at Nationals, I fell twice and came in next to last.” With a new book out next month, Finish First: Winning Changes Everything (Thomas Nelson, 2018), and the Winter Olympics kicking off next month, ice skating will once again be in the national spotlight. Kids will be drawn to it. Hamilton says it took him a very long time to learn everything and that time, patience and falling are key. Scott Hamilton “I tell young skaters all the time, ‘If you aren’t falling, you aren’t trying “There is nothing hard enough,’” he says. more thrilling than “To learn something correctly is very to skate as fast important,” says Hamilton. “If a skater takes his time learning a jump, a spin as you can into a or a program, he will be able to trust jump where you his skating when the pressure is on. launch yourself And he will be able to skate at a higher off the ice, spin level for a long time due to the fact that like a top and his skating was built well over a longer period of time,” he adds. land with the Once you get the hang of ice skating, same speed you you’ll find there are many aspects to went into it with.” figure skating that are fun and cool, — Scott Hamilton Hamilton says. “First and foremost there is the performance aspect of figure skating,” says Hamilton. “You get to go out and show off your abilities to an audience that is cheering you on.” Growing more skilled in the sport as he grew up, Hamilton loved learning new jumps. “There is nothing more thrilling than to skate as fast as you can into a jump where you launch yourself off the ice, spin like a top and land with the same speed you went into it with,” he adds. Hamilton says time spent on the ice helps to build strong muscles in your body, mind and spirit that will follow you into every other aspect of your life. “Our students, the Learn-to-Skate program and our growing skating club establish a strong foundation where, I believe, everything is possible.”

Kids learn the basic skills of ice skating during the Learn-to-Skate program at Centennial Sportsplex.

Local Ice Skating Programs for Kids AT CENTENNIAL SPORTSPLEX

222 25th Ave. N., Nashville 615-862-8480 nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/ Centennial-Sportsplex/Ice-Skating.aspx

Nashville Skating Academy (NSA) nashvilleiceskate.com For skaters ages 3 - 15. Recreational skating to national and international competitions through learn-to-skate and figure skating training as well as ice hockey. Snow Plow Sam 1 class for ages 3 - 5 and Basic 1 - 8 for ages 6 and older. All participating skaters may advance into youth competitive skating or hockey. The NSA Learn-To-Skate program runs a seven-week series year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. The Basic class package is $155 per seven-week series for one class per week; complete package is $275 per seven-week series for all classes offered in the session. Skaters must pass Basic 1 and 2 before signing up for this class. For skaters in level Basic 5 or above, the next program is Rising Stars Bridge focusing on low curry, spins or jumps, and moves in the field. Seven classes cost $155 and the next session runs Jan. 6 - Feb. 17. (please turn the page)

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FREE ON THE ICE skating for kids AT FORD ICE CENTER

5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy. Antioch 615-742-4399 fordicecenter.com

The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy (SHSA; scotthamiltonacademy.com/learn-to-skate) Learn-to-Skate offers recreational and competitive skaters a chance to learn how to skate in figure skating and ice hockey. The Scott’s Tots program for ages 3 - 5 and Basic Skills 1 - 6 for ages 6 - 15 teach kids agility, balance, coordination and speed. Learn-to-Skate hockey is for ages 6 - 15 to learn the fundamentals of ice hockey. Freeskate 1 - 6 for all ages is for progressive skating skills like transitions, spins and jumps to guide skaters to recreational and competitive figure skating. Ages 16 and older, beginner to advanced, is for beginning and experienced

skaters who want to improve their skills. A new session begins every seven weeks, year round. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Ford Ice Center. Cost is $145 per seven-week session which consists of one class per week for seven weeks; $230 per seven-week session for three classes per week. The SHSA also offers a Theatre on Ice program for skaters in Basic 4 and up. This program runs for eight weeks and costs $90 for each session. Kids learn how to combine skating skills with theater with an emphasis on originality, costuming, artistry and musicality. G.O.A.L!, the Nashville Predators Get Out and Learn! program, is a free on-ice youth hockey series for boys and girls ages 4 - 12 with no prior hockey experience. This four- or two-week program

Kids can learn to play hockey through the Little Preds Learn to Play program at Ford Ice Center.

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introduces kids to hockey through one-hour sessions focused on forward strides, stop, starts, turns and crossovers, backward skating, stickhandling, passing and shooting. The next two-week session is for U12 (ages 9 - 12) beginning Monday, Jan 8. Sign up for the Future Session Notification List so you’ll know when the next session becomes available. Try Hockey for Free is program for ages 4 - 8 that allows kids to give hockey a try during one session only. It’s open to boys and girls. Basic equipment (helmet, gloves, stick, shin guards and skates) are provided at no charge. Keep an eye on the website for the next time it takes place. If your child already knows how to skate and wants to play hockey, sign him up for Little Preds Learn to Play. The program provides firsttime participants weekly sessions of age-appropriate on-ice instruction and certified coaching, led by National Hockey League Alumni, in a fun, safe atmosphere. Each participant receives all-new equipment, customized by the Nashville Predators. The next six-week session runs Jan. 22 - Feb. 26 from 6 6:45 p.m. and costs $99. Ages 4 - 16 not ready for league play but who have a basic foundation of skating can sign up for PREDecessor. Kids must have completed either G.O.A.L!, Learnto-Skate or a Try Hockey for Free program first. Teams are divided into 8U, 12U and 18U. Each sixweek session is $65, but kids must have their own hockey equipment or participate in rental options. Kids must register through USA Hockey. Ford Ice Center is also home to the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey Association, a youth house league for boys and girls ages 5 - 18. The winter, spring and fall sessions have 18 practices/games on Saturdays. Summer session has 18 sessions.

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Public Skate AT CENTENNIAL SPORTSPLEX

nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Centennial-Sportsplex/Ice-Skating.aspx

Public skate times vary each day for the north and south rink inside Ford Ice Center. Cost is $7 ages 13 and older, $6 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger. Skate rental is $2. Rent skate aids (skooters) for $3 for the day for ages 7 and younger 9 (there’s a limited supply). AT FORD ICE CENTER fordicecenter.com

Public skate times vary each day for the north and south rink inside Ford Ice Center. Cost is $7.50 adults, $6.50 ages 3 - 10, free ages 2 and younger. Skate rental is $3. They have buckets to stack up waist-high to help beginners keep their balance on the ice (free to use).

Going Competitive NASHVILLE FIGURE SKATING CLUB nashvillefsc.com

A non-profit organization open to anyone with interest in the sport and art of figure skating. Kids can develop skating talents and pursue their dreams. Programs include special freestyle sessions, on and off-ice classes, and private lessons as well as competitive training and testing opportunities for developing skaters. Many of the skaters are regional, sectional, national and international competitors, too. They are a member of the United States Figure Skating Association. NASHVILLE JUNIOR PREDATORS nashvillejrpredators.com

If your child has what it takes to move up to competitive hockey, try


out for the Nashville Junior Predators. Kids are required to participate in all posted tryout sessions. Teams available include 8U AA - 18U AAA. The U16 team captured the CCM Nashville World Invite championship last October. NASHVILLE SKATING ACADEMY nashvilleiceskate.com

Nashville Skating Academy offers singles or pairs in their advanced figure skating programs. These programs are offered in a recreational level to U.S. collegiate, junior national, sectional and regional competitive level. NASHVILLE YOUTH HOCKEY LEAGUE nyhl.com

The Nashville Youth Hockey League is home of the Nashville Flyers. Teams available are 6U - 16U. SCOTT HAMILTON SKATING CLUB scotthamiltonskatingclub.org

You’ll become a member of U.S. Figure Skating when you join the Scott Hamilton Skating Club (SHSC). SHSC is a non-profit organization that provides a fun creative space for skaters to advance and grow artistically, technically and personally in figure skating. They host a yearly competition as well as participate in Ford Ice Center/Scott Hamilton Skating Academy’s ice shows. SHSC’s membership year runs July 1 - June 30 and new members are accepted year-round. Membership fees vary and range $25 - $150 each year. SOUTHERN YOUTH TRAVEL HOCKEY LEAGUE sythl.goalline.ca

Predators Select team as well as the Nashville Flyers travel team. League play is available in age groups Squirt (10U), Peewee (12U), Bantam (14U) and Midget (16U and 18U) in divisions AA, A1 and A2. Games are played locally and in other locations that require travel time.

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January

THINGS TO DO

BEST OF THE MONTH

BY CHAD YOUNG

MONSTER JAM

Jan. 6 - 7 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville • Page 47 The family-friendly, action-packed motor sport is back for fierce battles in the arena. Bring your ear plugs!

Jan. 30 - Feb. 4 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville • Page 57 The Lincoln Center Theater’s 2015 Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical makes its Nashville premiere for one week only.

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January’s events in day-by-day order.

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Oh, what a night! The smash musical Jersey Boys returns to TPAC, Jan. 9 - 14.

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Saturday, Jan. 27 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Page 67 Known for its amazing trick shots, one of the world’s most renowned basketball teams entertains all ages in Music City.

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THEATER & DANCE Live on a stage near you.


SHEN YUN

Jan. 19 - 21 TPAC’s Jackson Hall Nashville Page 57 Five-thousand years of Chinese culture grab the spotlight during this traditional dance show.

PAW PATROL LIVE! THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE

Jan. 6 - 7 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville Page 47 Preschoolers can experience their pup friends on a swashbuckling, pirate-themed experience.

STREB: SEA (SINGULAR EXTREME ACTIONS) Jan. 27 - 28 OZ Arts, Nashville Page 57 MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner Elizabeth Streb’s death-defying spectacle investigates the possibility of human flight in this dance and acrobatics performance for all ages.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

Saturday, Jan. 6 Sports*Com, Murfreesboro Page 47 Are you brave enough to take the plunge into the icy waters of the outdoor pool? It’s an annual celebration in the ‘Boro.

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HOT HAPPENIN’

NEXT MONTH’S HOT TICKET

ON YOUR RADAR

January’s full of special days to celebrate. Even Pooh has his own day!

The annual Zoo Run Run at Nashville Zoo takes you places many have never seen.

February brings Nashville Parent’s annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair.

What’s coming down the pike next month.

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MUSEUM EXPLORATION

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YOUTH AND FAMILY FUN From banjo classes to puppet shows, join us for a wide range of hands-on programs and fun for the whole family.

COMMUNITY COUNTS. Museum Admission Program for Locals. FREE YOUTH ADMISSION for 18-and-under from Davidson and bordering counties.

JOIN THE FUN Details at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Family

#PressPlayRecord • @CountryMusicHOF • Downtown Nashville SUPPORTED BY: Family Programs are funded in part by The Bonnaroo Works Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; Epiphone; Fender; Gibson Foundation; Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Nashville Parent; National Endowment for the Arts; and Tennessee Arts Commission. Technology Partners: Cisco; NewTek; Personal Computer Systems, Inc.; and Promethean.

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MON 1 R FREE Battle of

Stones River 155th Anniversary

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All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. Join rangers and volunteers for a variety of walks, talks, tours and living history demonstrations.

W FREE Girl of the Year Debut Event

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 8+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Discover the 2018 American Girl of the Year while hanging with friends during this party that includes crafts and giveaways.

R New Year’s Day 5K

runsignup.com All ages. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $15 - $25. All abilities can participate in this 3.1-mile race on paved paths. Post-race fun includes music and refreshments.

N New Year’s Day Polar Bear Zip Tour (Register)

615-297-2250 adventureworks.com

Ages 6+. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; 10 a.m., 12 & 2:30 p.m.; $40. Ring in 2018 by soaring through the air during this chilly zipline thrill high above the ground in the winter woods.

TUE 2 R FREE Battle of

Stones River 155th Anniversary

See Monday, Jan. 1.

Ages 13 - 17 can learn shutterbug techniques during Kids’ Photography 101 Jan. 2 - Feb. 6 at Patterson Park Community Center in Murfreesboro. Call ahead to sign up.

N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

615-862-5854 nashvillepubliclibrary.org Grades K - 4. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 4 p.m. Crafts, activities, games and more.

R Busy Bees

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3. Group activities that stimulate your tot’s coordination.

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Ages 7+. Williamson County

Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $5. A night of life-sized board games and relays.

point-and-shoot, or phone camera. Class takes place Tuesdays, Jan. 2 - Feb. 6.

R FREE Family

ralist: Camouflage, Can You Find Me? (Register)

Gaming Night

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m. Play board games, Wii games and more.

R Kids’ Photography 101 (Register)

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13 - 17. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; $10. Learn the technical and creative elements of photography. Bring your own DSLRS,

W Knee-High Natu615-370-4672 owlshill.org

Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional person. Learn what camouflage is and how animals have different colors and patterns to blend into the environment. Then, make special binoculars.

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Ice Skate (Register)

615-928-7977 nashvilleiceskate.com

Ages 3+. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; Tue/Thu or Sat, Jan. 2 - Feb. 17. Tue/Thu 5:45 - 6:45 p.m., Sat 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.; $155 for 7 classes, $275 for all. Nashville Skating Academy offers group ice skating classes for all skill levels and styles.

R Mind-Blowing Matinee

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Tue - Fri 3:30 p.m.; $8. Explore all-things scientific by learning through discovery.

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“A must-see!”

TICKETS:

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NashvilleCT.org or 615-252-4675 Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats

“I’ve reviewed about 4,000 shows. None can compare to what I saw tonight.” —Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic

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THINGS TO DO R SPARK!

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $2 plus $8 gate admission. Fun activities and stories for tots.

R FREE Theatre Ensemble Choir (Register)

615-893-7439, ext. 6104 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 9 - 17. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Tuesdays, Jan. 2 - Feb. 27 from 5 - 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year). Learn how to approach choreography and the importance of being an ensemble cast member.

R Water Polo

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth. Participate in an aquatic sport in the deep end of the indoor pool.

WED 3 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

ture Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 7:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.; $35. Games, crafts, climbing and more.

112 Everbright Ave., Franklin; 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly flick. Call for movie title.

R Discover Art

Workout

Workshop: Rainbow Train (Register)

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 3 - 5. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Learn about the colors of the rainbow and make a unique paint creation.

R FITMommy 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 & younger. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.; $4. Moms and little ones can enjoy a total body workout, including cardio, strength and balance training.

R KidFIT: Movers and

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R FREE Earth Lab

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m. Learn about winter nature.

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Ages 7+. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $16. This class includes archery instruction with equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too.

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

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All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $20. Versus Alabama.

Camp (Register)

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Grades K - 5. Outdoor Adven-

W FREE Family Movie Day

Shakers (Register)

615-786-0816, ext. 2514 wcparksandrec.com All ages. Performing Arts Center,

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

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

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

Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Ave., Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Mare Wakefield performs music for children.

N FREE New Year Moonlight Hike (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 p.m. During this guided hike, learn why this full moon is called the “wolf” moon.

R Wild Things (Register)

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

R Winter Break

Camp: Light in Photography (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $35 members, $40 non-members. Learn about the importance of light in photography while building a pinhole camera and developing your own photos.

W Youth Yoga

615-786-0200, ext. 2418 wcparksandrec.com Ages 8 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $4. Learn yoga stretches and techniques.

Newborns to age 5 (with Mom or Dad) can take a free trial of the Sound Start Early Childhood Music Class on Thursday, Jan. 4 at Church of the City in Franklin.

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THU 4 R Back-to-School Camp (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Tennessee Tech.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R FREE Sound Start ECM Demo Class (Register)

615-777-9314 soundstartnashville.com Ages 4 & younger. Church of the City, 828 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Experience this early childhood parent/tot class featuring singing, dancing and instrument play.

W FREE Teen Anime Club

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library

FRI 5 R Back-to-School Camp (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 2.

R FITMommy Yoga 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6 weeks to crawlers. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.; $4. Interactive yoga including infant massage, exercises to reclaim your core and more.

W FREE Franklin

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks.

N Nashville

R Water Polo

All ages. Gallery 202 & other locations, 202 Second Ave. S., Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m. Explore dozens of galleries to experience local craftsmanship and art. Free trolley rides available.

N Hamlet

House Concert

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25. Storme Warren and Joe Denim co-host a diverse blend of music.

R Night at

the Museum

615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13 - 17. Bradley Academy Museum, 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10. During this overnight lock-in kids can explore the museum, play games, watch movies, create art and more.

R FREE Perform

Murfreesboro Dance Class (Register)

615-893-7439, ext. 6104 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Thursdays, Jan. 4 - 25 from 5 - 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year). Learn a variety of dance steps and movement.

R Preschool

Program: 8-Legged Critters (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

Ages 3 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Meet live arachnids and make crafts.

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth. Participate in an aquatic sport in the deep end of the indoor pool.

R Winter Break

Camp: Light in Technology (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $35 members, $40 non-members. Play with lasers, learn how to harness the most energy from light and build a light invention.

N Women’s Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

Art Scene

downtownfranklintn.com/ the-franklin-art-scene

R Hairspray

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

N Opry

at the Ryman

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N.; 7 p.m.; $38 - $95. A night of country music featuring legends and contemporary artists.

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $11. Versus Georgia.

R Toddler Time

R Youth Volleyball

Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Follow directions, working together and learn body part recognition.

615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3. Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine their skills like bumping, setting and spiking.

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FUN FOR WEE ONES

THINGS TO DO

Tots can get creative every Saturday at Little Art House in Nashville.

>> This month’s editor’s picks for your babies, toddlers & preschoolers — with YOU! KNEE-HIGH NATURALIST: CAMOUFLAGE, CAN YOU FIND ME? Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary Brentwood Jan. 2 - 3 owlshill.org

Ages 3 - 5 can learn how animals use camouflage in the natural world. Register in advance.

CREATIVE PLAY

Little Art House, Nashville Every Saturday littlearthousenashville.com

Ages 10 months - 3 years with their parents can enjoy drop-in art-making activities.

PAW PATROL LIVE! THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville Jan. 6 - 7 tpac.org

X barks the spot during this new live show for preschoolers in which the pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern.

MOMMY & ME MOVEMENT Franklin Recreation Complex Mondays, Jan. 8 - 29 wcparksandrec.com

Bonding time and movement fun for ages birth - 4 years with Mom.

SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE BALLET FREE TRIAL WEEK

Nashville Ballet Studio, Nashville Jan. 16 - 20 nashvilleballet.com/ childrens-division

Ages 2 - 7 can try a variety of ballet classes available during the spring semester (valid for new students only).


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THINGS TO DO 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m.; $50. Explore a modern approach to floral arranging including color palettes, designs and textures.

N Monster Jam

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Sat 1 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $23.45 - $100. Experience the thrill of monster trucks revving up for intense racing action.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Jan. 5.

R Owl

Wisdom (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Crowd-favorite Grave Digger leads the way when Monster Jam returns to Bridgestone Arena, Jan. 6 - 7.

R Winter Break

Camp: Light in Space (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $35 members, $40 non-members. Step into the STAR Lab to explore the solar system and discover how light moves through space.

SAT 6 N Beginner Guitar Workshop: Kelsea Ballerini Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 & 11:15 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Learn guitar basics, including chords and strumming techniques, through playing a Kelsea Ballerini song.

N Belmont

Bruins Basketball

belmontbruins.com

All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Jacksonville State.

N FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 10 a.m. Learn about the bird habitat/coffee connection.

N FREE Crafting for

Cork Dorks (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 21+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 p.m. Bring your wine and champagne corks to create a work of art.

N FREE Families in the Hill Forest (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks Ages 8+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100,

Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Journey through the hollows to marvel at big trees and fascinating geology.

N FREE First

Saturday Art Crawl

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

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

Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot locations (find locations at website); 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Build a wooden block calendar.

R Kids & Teens Cake Decorating (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $55. Decorate a two-layer cake while learning icing basics and the fundamentals of frosting.

N PAW Patrol Live! N FREE Kidsville kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Hear about the Golden Ratio (1.618) seen in the building’s architecture, then make a 2D Parthenon model.

R FREE LEGO

Junior Makers

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Kids can get creative and have fun building LEGO masterpieces.

N Little Art House Drop-In Class

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 4 - 12. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $10. Young artists can imagine new concepts, explore various mediums and create original works.

N Modern Floral

Workshop (Register)

The Great Pirate Adventure

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Sat 10 a.m., 2 & 6 p.m., Sun 1 & 5 p.m.; $19.50 - $62.50. X barks the spot during this new show where Ryder and the pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern.

W Plank Wood Sign Workshop (Register)

615-285-4292 arworkshop.com/franklin

All ages. AR Workshop, 330 Mayfield Drive, Franklin; 2 - 5 p.m.; $40 - $100 per sign. Make a custom wood sign.

R FREE Polar Bear Plunge

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Sports*Com, 10 a.m.; free with donation of nonperishable food item. Ring in the new year by making a splash in the chilly outdoor pool. The gym’s Arctic Adventure (opening at 8:30 a.m.) features games, inflatables and refreshments.

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Adults. Green Door Gourmet,

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Ages 8 - 12. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; $5. Discover fun owl facts before dissecting an owl pellet to see what was for dinner.

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THINGS TO DO N FREE Shakespeare Allowed

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

R Silly Saturdays townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 - 11 a.m., 2 - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 12. Celebrate a silly holiday.

W FREE Sounds Start ECM Demo Class (Register)

615-777-9314 soundstartnashville.com Ages 4 & younger. New Hope Community Church, 605 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Experience this early childhood parent/tot class featuring singing, dancing and instrument play.

Special Needs Jump

615-778-1304 gotjumpstreet.com/tennessee All ages. JumpStreet locations in Goodlettsville, Franklin and Murfreesboro; 9 - 11 a.m.; $8 ages 4+, $4 ages 3 & younger. Children with special needs can enjoy a private hour of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment with the second hour open to the public.

N Twelfth Night

615-832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org All ages. Historic Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; 4 - 8 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 7 - 15, free ages 6 & younger. Tour the historic home by candlelight, dance a reel, enjoy roasted chestnuts by the fire, sip wassail, play parlor games and enjoy other festivities of old.

N FREE Winter Walk (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 a.m. See wetlands and trees often hidden in the dense forest.

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SUN 7 N FREE Make Letterpress Art

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m. Kids can explore oldschool printmaking techniques today at Hatch Show Print.

N Monster Jam See Saturday, Jan. 6.

N PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

See Saturday, Jan. 6.

N War of 1812 Day 615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; free with gate ($20 adults, $15 ages 13 - 18, $10 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger). Living history programs and kids’ activities commemorating the infamous battle.

ing the battle that was a crucial American victory in the War of 1812 and enjoy tours of the mansion.

N Early Explorers 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10.95 ages 6+, $4.95 ages 5 and younger; $2 planetarium show; discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter. Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity.

R FREE Adoption 101 (Register)

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

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

All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $8. Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen.

R Homeschool Program: Accidentally Awesome (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Perform an experiment while learning about scientific discoveries that happened by mistake.

N Jersey Boys

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

R SPARK!

N Nashville

W Mommy

R Tumbleweeds

615-770-7800 bridgestonearena.com

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

& Me Movement

Ages 0 - 4. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.; $8 adults, free to kids. Parents and tots can enjoy bonding time and movement fun.

R FREE Nature

Nerds (Register)

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MON 8

Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Mondays, Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 from 5 - 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year). Learn the ins and outs of auditioning and acting.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 p.m. Interactive nature learning with crafts and animal encounters.

R FREE Season

Reveal Acting Class (Register)

615-893-7439, ext. 6104 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 10 - 17. The Washington

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

(Register)

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

TUE 9 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Predators Hockey

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Houston Oilers.

R Patterson

Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 12 p.m.; $3. Various physical education activities promoting health, sportsmanship and group participation.

R SPARK!

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R After-School Art

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks First grade & higher. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $3. Study an artist then create a project based on the lesson.

N FREE Battle

of New Orleans Commemoration

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Observe a wreathlaying ceremony commemorat-

The preschool crowd can woof it up during PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Jan. 6 - 7.

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Hot HAPPENIN’

S Sumner Music

Together Winter Series (Register)

615-973-6554 sumnermusictogether.com

Ages 0 - 5 years. Creative Music Center, 366 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Wed, Thu or Fri at 10 or 11 a.m.; $175, second child is $100, third is free; ages 9 months & younger are free with registered sibling. The 10-week winter semester begins today for this parent/child music-and-movement program.

THU 11

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R Busy Bees

Adults. Currey Ingram Academy, 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood; 8 - 9:30 a.m. This workshop examines the neurological, chemical/hormonal, developmental, psychological and societal factors influencing teen behavior.

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Basketball

goblueraiders.com

N Vanderbilt Com-

Jersey Boys at TPAC

modores Basketball

vucommodores.com

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

WED 10 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

Jan. 9 - 14

One of the hottest musicals to hit Broadway in recent years, Jersey Boys makes its much-anticipated return to TPAC’s Jackson Hall this month. Winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, Jersey Boys follows Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons’ fascinating rise to fame. It also gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of the four music men off stage. The show features beloved hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Oh, What a Night” and many more. Parents, take note. Jersey Boys includes an adult dose of authentic Jersey-style language, making this outing best for ages 12 & older. Call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org.

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R FREE Earth Lab See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R FITMommy Workout

R Homeschool Program: Accidentally Awesome (Register)

See Tuesday, Jan. 9.

R Homeschool

R KidFIT: Movers and

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 - 3 p.m.; $3. Learn about art in a hands-on learning environment and create art in a variety of mediums.

All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 p.m.; $13. Versus LA Tech.

N FREE Music

Together Try-Out Class (Register)

inharmonymusicmidtn.com/ tryout-class Ages 5 & younger. Renee’s Groove Room, 3668 Central Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. Experience this music-and-movement parent/tot program.

R Patterson Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

See Tuesday, Jan. 9.

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Creativity Class

Ages 6 - 9. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; free to audition, but those who are cast are required to pay the $25 Perform Murfreesboro annual program fee. Perform Murfreesboro holds youth auditions for its spring show running March 2 - 4.

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

ing Tween and Teen Behavior

R Water Polo

Kids’ Auditions

615-893-7439, ext. 6104 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

W Youth Yoga

W FREE Understand-

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25h Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30. Versus Tennessee.

R FREE Willy Wonka

Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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

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

R FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

615-893-7439, ext. 6014 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6

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- 6:15 p.m. Learn what Perform Murfreesboro is and does.

R Sports*Com Homeschool P.E. (Register)

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6 - 15. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $3. Physical education activities promotion health, sportsmanship and group participation.

N FREE Upon

These Shoulders

intersectionmusic.org

All ages. Fisk Memorial Chapel, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m. Intersection Music Ensemble presents this spoken word and musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

R Water Polo See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Wild Things (Register)

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THINGS TO DO

Tiny tots have fun moving in the School of Nashville Ballet’s Children’s Division. The school hosts an open house for ages 2 - 7 on Saturday, Jan. 13.

N Women’s Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

R Critter Encounter townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $11. Versus Missouri.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Meet a variety of live animals.

R Youth Volleyball

W Disney’s

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See Thursday, Jan. 4.

FRI 12 N Avenged Sevenfold

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:25 p.m.; $25 - $75. A night of rock music with special guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet for My Valentine.

The Lion King Jr.

W Friday Skate Night N Opry 615-799-9331, ext. 2310 wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $5. Bring your own roller skates and zip around the gym.

R KidFIT: Movers and

at the Ryman

See Friday, Jan. 5.

R FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

See Wednesday, Jan. 10.

N The Earth:

An HD Odyssey

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

R Family

R KidFIT: Twist and

townofsmyrna.org

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $34 - $107. View footage of Earth and space shuttle launches while Nashville Symphony performs music by Strauss and Adams.

Night (Register)

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $2. Enjoy trivia games with prizes while sipping milkshakes.

R FITMommy Yoga See Friday, Jan. 5.

Shout (Register)

N FREE Music To-

gether Try-Out Class (Register)

inharmonymusicmidtn.com/ tryout-class Ages 5 & younger. Renee’s Groove Room, 3668 Central Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. Experience this music-and-movement parent/tot program.

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N The Home Show hbamt.org

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 12 & younger. The Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee showcases what’s new in home improvement, remodeling and redecorating.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Jan. 5.

R FREE Willy Wonka Kids’ Auditions

See Wednesday, Jan. 10.

N The Full Monty

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

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N FREE Family Fire-

N Little Art House

N FREE “Come on

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks

See Saturday, Jan. 6.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m. Experience the wonder of winter with a short hike, a crackling fire and seasonal stories.

Out of the Cold” Classroom Fun

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m. Natureinspired activities and hot cocoa in the classroom.

W FREE 3D Printing Class (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m. Use Tinkercad software to create a 3D project.

R FREE American Girl Book Club (Register)

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m. A discussion of American Girl character Addy along with crafts and snacks.

W Beginning Basket Weaving (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $45 (includes all supplies). Learn to weave a catch-all basket.

R FREE Bird Club

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6+. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them for a morning of bird watching.

W Canvas

Workshop (Register)

615-285-4292 arworkshop.com/franklin

All ages. AR Workshop, 330 Mayfield Drive, Franklin; 2 4:30 p.m.; $30 - $40. Make a canvas pillow cover, wall hanging or tote bag.

W Disney’s The

Little Mermaid Jr.

Opens today. Please see “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

side Hike (Register)

W FREE Family Geo-

caching Day (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org

Drop-In Class

N FREE Mr. Bond

and The Science Guys (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 a.m. A hands-on, interactive science show.

All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Get acquainted with the GPS treasure hunting game while searching out the new sites on the property.

R MTSU Blue

N Family Program:

N Opry

Beginner Mandolin Workshop

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 - 11 a.m. & 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Explore basic chords, strumming techniques and a few tunes.

Forever Abbey Road 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

All ages. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 7:30 p.m.; $15. A tribute band performs the hits of The Beatles.

R Frozen Winter Celebration

townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 2 - 6 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. A winter celebration with Anna, Elsa and Olaf featuring music, dancing, snakes, crafts and experiments.

N FREE Kidsville 615-370-4672 kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Hear the Greek myth of a nymph that was the goddess of snow, then make a snowflake collage.

Raiders Basketball

goblueraiders.com

All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m.; $13. Versus Southern Miss.

at the Ryman

See Friday, Jan. 5.

N FREE School of

Nashville Ballet Open House

615-297-2966 | nashvilleballet.com/childrens-division Ages 2 - 7. School of Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville; 9 - 11 a.m. Meet the faculty, tour the facility, take an inside look at Nashville Ballet’s Children’s Division and more.

N Second Saturday 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/saturday

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 11 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 ages 2 - 12 per show. A tour of the night skies followed by the full-dome feature, Aurora: Lights of Wonder, and laser shows with music from Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd.

R Silly Saturdays See Saturday, Jan. 6.

R Smyrna Strokes:

Kids’ Night (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10. A step-by-step painting class with stencils and supplies included.

N The Earth:

An HD Odyssey

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THINGS TO LOVE

THINGS TO DO

The Nashville Symphony salutes Elvis Presley, Jan. 18 - 20.

>> Add to your must list this month. GIRL OF THE YEAR DEBUT EVENT

American Girl Store, Franklin Monday, Jan. 1 americangirl.com

See the unveiling of the 2018 American Girl of the Year during a party that includes crafts and giveaways.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

Sports*Com, Murfreesboro Monday, Jan. 1 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Make a splash in the chilly outdoor pool during this annual New Year’s Day bash.

FRANKLIN ART SCENE

Downtown Franklin Friday, Jan. 5 downtownfranklintn.com/thefranklin-art-scene

Take in local art by exploring numerous galleries in Franklin’s downtown district.

TWELFTH NIGHT

Travellers Rest, Nashville Saturday, Jan. 6 travellersrestplantation.org

Enjoy festivities of old from parlor games to dancing a reel.

THE SONGS OF ELVIS PRESLEY Schermerhorn, Nashville Jan. 18 - 20 nashvillesymphony.org

The Nashville Symphony plays the hits of “The King.”

HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO

RiverGate Mall, Goodlettsville Saturday, Jan. 27 rivergate-mall.com

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THINGS TO DO N The Home Show

N FREE Let

N The Intergalactic

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

See Friday, Jan. 12.

Bead Show

888-729-6904 beadshows.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5. Numerous vendors are on site with high-quality beads, gems, precious stones and a variety of jewelry.

N Tinkering Garage & All Aboard for Trains Day

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. Explore the field of engineering and step in a train engineer’s shoes with hands-on activities.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $60. Versus Kentucky.

R FREE Youth Magic Group

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m. Explore the world of magic and learn illusions.

Freedom Sing

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m. The Celebration Chorus and Celebration Youth Chorus join the Nashville Symphony for a night of music honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

N The Home Show See Friday, Jan. 12.

N The Intergalactic Bead Show

See Saturday, Jan. 13.

MON 15 N 5K for MLK 615-599-9638 5k4mlk.com

All ages. East Park Community Center, 600 Woodland St., Nashville; 7:30 a.m.; $30 in advance, $35 race day. Participate in a walk/run to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. while raising money for summer scholarships for Barefoot Republic Camp.

N Creative Zone:

Design Your Award

See Sunday, Jan. 14.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Jan. 8.

R FREE MLK Celebration

SUN 14 N Creative Zone:

Design Your Award

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Create your own award using art materials, found objects and imagination.

A local girl investigates the giant wind tube in the Tinkering Garage exhibit at Adventure Science Center. All ages can explore a variety of special hands-on activities during “Tinkering Garage & All Aboard for Trains Day” at the center on Saturday, Jan. 13.

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615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Participate in arts, culture and other activities celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

W Mommy

& Me Movement

See Monday, Jan. 8.

W FREE My Gym Open House

615-371-5437 mygym.com/brentwood All ages. My Gym, 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Discover all of the center’s programs and opportunities.

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N OZ School

N Nashville

615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

Ages 5 - 15. Centennial Performing Arts Studio, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $50. Kids can explore visual art, theater, music and movement with a flight theme.

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Vegas Golden Knights.

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

R Patterson

N FREE School of

See Tuesday, Jan. 9.

See Tuesday, Jan. 16.

N FREE School of

R Sports*Com Home-

Day (Register)

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Jan. 8.

R SPARK!

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Jan. 8.

N Women’s Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $11. Versus Kentucky.

TUE 16

Predators Hockey

Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

Nashville Ballet Free Trial Week (Register)

615-297-2966, ext. 203 nashvilleballet.com/childrensdivision Ages 2 - 7. School of Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville; 9 a.m. Kids can experience a ballet class for the spring semester. Free trial is for new students only.

R SPARK!

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Water Polo See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

WED 17

R Busy Bees

school Day (Register)

N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

W Archery Home-

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

N Dwight Yoakam

N Dwight Yoakam

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $45 - $65. A night of country music with special guest King Leg.

See Tuesday, Jan. 16.

R FREE Earth Lab

school PE (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 10.

R Wild

Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

W Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

THU 18 N Belmont

Bruins Basketball

belmontbruins.com

All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Murray State.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

N Disney’s

Freaky Friday

Opens today. Please see “Theater & Dance,” this page.

R FITMommy

nashvilleboatshow.com

Workout

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Homeschool

R Make Music Work-

See Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Creativity Class

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

R KidFIT: Movers and

Ages 2 - 5. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Kids can explore keyboards, drums, shakers, ukuleles, maracas and other instruments through games and playtime.

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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N Nashville

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

shop (Register)

615-550-5660 gingersands.com

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

W FREE Kids’ Hour

Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Boat Show

All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Thu 2 - 9 p.m., Fri 12 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Check out the latest-model boats and accessories along with electronics, jet skis, canoes, kayaks and more. There are also hands-on fishing clinics for kids in the catch-and-release trout pond. New this year is “Create-A-Boat — Kids’ Toy Boat Building” for ages 5 - 12.

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THINGS TO DO DISNEY’S FREAKY FRIDAY Jan. 18 - Feb. 17 | All ages 615-646-9977 chaffinsbarntheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $62 adults, $32 students, $20 ages 5 - 11. A comedy about a single mom and teenage daughter who switch bodies.

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.

Jan. 13 - 14 | All ages 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sun 1 & 4 p.m. $13 - $25. Take a journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends.

DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR.

Jan. 12 - 14 | All ages 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 4 & 7 p.m., Sun 7 p.m. $13 - $25. The African savannah comes to life on stage during this coming-of-age tale.

FRANK

Saturday, Jan. 27 | Ages 11+ 615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com

Williamson County Performing Arts Center, 120 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 6 p.m. $18 adults, $12 youth. Nashville Ballet presents this new work about a disfigured boy, Frank N. Stein, who goes to a new school and realizes he looks different from the other kids.

THE FULL MONTY

Jan. 12 - 28 | Ages 14+ 615-332-7529 circleplayers.net

Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $20 ($10 on Thursdays). A raucous, pop-rock musical send-up of gender expectations and stereotypes ... that takes it all off.


THINGS TO DO

Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to TPAC Jan. 19 - 21.

FUNNY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE

Jan. 26 - Feb. 10 Ages 10+ | 615-221-1174 townecentretheatre.com

Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students. A comedy about L-O-V-E.

HAIRSPRAY

Jan. 5 - 21 | 615-904-2787 boroarts.org | All ages

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. Set in 1960s Baltimore, this musical based on the John Waters cult classic film features a zaftig girl’s quest to desegregate the dance floor.

HAMLET

Jan. 4 - Feb. 3 | All ages nashvilleshakes.org

Jan. 4 - 28 at Belmont’s Troutt Theater, 2112 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, 615 Champion Way, Murfreesboro. 7:30 p.m. $29 adults, $20 students ($100 VIP available for Belmont shows). Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents The Bard’s longest play.

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (HIGH SCHOOL EDITION) Jan. 20 - 21 | Ages 13+ 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre,

419 Main St., Franklin. 3 & 7 p.m. $13 - $25. The story of a teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful clique in high school.

HERCULES VS VAMPIRES

Saturday, Jan. 27 | All ages 615-782-4040 nashvilleopera.org

Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 8 p.m. $26 - $45. This mash-up of opera and 20th century pop culture synchronizing live music with the cult fantasy film Hercules in the Haunted World.

JEEVES IN BLOOM

Jan. 19 - 28 | Ages 10+ 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger. The peaceful English countryside may never be the same after Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet, Jeeves, pay a visit.

JERSEY BOYS

Jan. 9 - 14 | Ages 12+ 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $42.50 - $92.50. The Tony Awardwinning true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Contains authentic Jersey profanity.

THE KING AND I

Jan. 30 - Feb. 4 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $30 - $75. Two worlds collide in this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that tells the story of the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher.

ORDINARY PEOPLE

Jan. 19 - Feb. 4 | Ages 10+ 615-847-0934 lakewoodtheaterco.com

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. This play follows the disintegration of an upper-middle class family following the death of one of their sons in a boating accident.

PETER PAN THE PLAY

Sunday, Jan. 21 | All ages 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 11 a.m. $13 - $25. Explore the world of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell.

7:30 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. $80 - $150. Five millennia of Chinese culture are on stage in a classical dance journey.

THE SNOWY DAY & OTHER STORIES

Jan. 18 - Feb. 11 | All ages 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. 6:30 p.m. opening night, then Sat - Sun 2 p.m. (no show Jan. 21) plus Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. (homeschool show). $20 adults, $15 youth. Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats, this stage adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and groundbreaking Cadlecott winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting collection encourages kids to play and life life to the fullest each day.

STREB: SEA (SINGULAR EXTREME ACTIONS)

Jan. 27 - 28 | All ages 615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org

OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. Sat 3 & 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $50 adults, $25 ages 12 & younger. Elizabeth Streb’s death-defying spectacle of dance and acrobatics.

SHEN YUN

Jan. 19 - 21 | All ages shenyunperformingarts.org

Shen Yun Performing Arts at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 &

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N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Arizona Coyotes.

R Patterson

Homeschool P.E Class. (Register)

Mike Jeffrey and the Nashville Symphony perform the hits of “The King.”

R Water Polo See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

N Women’s Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

See Tuesday, Jan. 9.

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $11. Versus S. Carolina.

W FREE Pizza

R Youth Volleyball

& Pages

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books.

R Preschool

Program: Go, Dog! Go! (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

Ages 3 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 - 11 a.m.; $2. Read a Dr. Seuss book, make a craft and practice personal space.

See Thursday, Jan. 4.

FRI 19 R Critter Encounter See Friday, Jan. 12.

R FITMommy Yoga See Friday, Jan. 5.

N Jeeves in Bloom

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N Kid Rock

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

See Tuesday, Jan. 16.

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $129.50. A night of southern rock with special guest A Thousand Horses.

R SibShop (Register)

R KidFIT: Movers and

N FREE School of

Nashville Ballet Free Trial Week (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

Ages 8 - 13. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5 - 9 p.m.; $10. Dinner, games, activities and conversations for siblings of children with special needs.

N The Snowy Day & Other Stories

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N The Songs

of Elvis Presley

Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

N Nashville Boat Show

See Thursday, Jan. 18.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Jan. 5.

N Ordinary People

N Shen Yun

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N The Songs

of Elvis Presley

See Thursday, Jan. 18.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Jan. 5.

SAT 20 N 27th Annual

Nashville Auto Fest

nashvilleautofest.com

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Sat 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $12 adults, free ages 10 & younger. This vehicle extravaganza includes new events, attractions, new show car classifications and more.

N Belmont

Bruins Basketball

belmontbruins.com

All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Austin Peay.

N FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 10 a.m. Learn about the bird habitat/coffee connection.

R Discovery Center Exhibit Opening

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $8 ages 2+. Science of Music lets kids learn how science and music connect through hands-on exhibit stations.

N FREE Don’t

Be SAD (Register)

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $30 - $139. Priscilla Presley shares stories and memories while Gracelandapproved Elvis tribute artist Terry

N FREE School of

Ages 18+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 p.m. Learn ways to combat the winter blues, including nature therapy.

Nashville Ballet Free Trial Week (Register)

See Tuesday, Jan. 16.

NATIONAL DAYS OF ...

THINGS TO DO

National Winnie the Pooh Day is Thursday, Jan. 18!

>> Celebrate good times, come on! MONDAY, JAN. 1 Hangover Day

TUESDAY, JAN. 2

Science Fiction Day

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day

THURSDAY, JAN. 4 Spaghetti Day

FRIDAY, JAN. 5 Bird Day

SATURDAY, JAN. 6 Cuddle Up Day

SUNDAY, JAN. 7 Bobblehead Day

MONDAY, JAN. 8 Bubble Bath Day

THURSDAY, JAN. 11 Milk Day

SATURDAY, JAN. 13 Rubber Ducky Day

SUNDAY, JAN. 14

Dress Up Your Pet Day

MONDAY, JAN. 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

THURSDAY, JAN. 18 Winnie the Pooh Day

SATURDAY, JAN. 20 Cheese Lover’s Day

SUNDAY, JAN. 21 Hugging Day

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 Peanut Butter Day

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31 Backward Day

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THINGS TO DO R FREE Family

W Heathers

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Movie Day

All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Enjoy a family-friendly movie.

N Family Program: Beginner Electric Guitar Workshop

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 & 1:45 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Try your hand at the electric guitar in this hands-on workshop that includes power chords and strumming techniques.

W Father-Daughter Dance (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 4 - 12. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $18 per couple. Dads and their girls can dance the night away.

N Frankenstein Day 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. Celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with hands-on activities that bring science to life, including an alternate reality game.

the Musical

N J Mitzvah

Big Night Out

nashvillejcc.org

Adults. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 809 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 6:45 p.m.; $136. This benefit for the center features cocktails, music, dancing, dinner, dessert and a silent auction.

R Jr. Chef

“Chopped” Competition (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 14. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; $55. Start with a basket of mystery ingredients then race against the clock to create a culinary masterpiece. First place gets a prize.

N FREE Kids-

ville

kidsvilleonline.org Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Learn how new music expands minds and ears, then make a musicthemed craft.

N Little

Art House Drop-In Class See Saturday, Jan. 6.

N

Nashville Boat Show

See Thursday, Jan. 18.

N Nashville Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

The Nashville Symphony and Elvis tribute artist Terry Mike Jeffrey perform the hits of “The King” while Priscilla Presley shares stories at the Schermerhorn, Jan. 18 - 20.

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 $210. Versus the Florida Panthers.

R FREE Night

Hike (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 6 p.m. Learn about the different senses and how the environment around us changes (or not) when the sun goes down.

R Oaklands

Exhibit Opening

615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10.

Wedding Dresses Through the Decades features vintage

gowns from the past 100 years along with brides’ photos and stories from their wedding day. The exhibit runs through March 4.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Jan. 5.

N Ring of

Honor Wrestling

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $28 - $73. Enjoy fast-paced action with Adam Page, Delirious, Jay Briscoe, Rocky Romero and many more wrestlers during this international TV taping.

W Riverbend Kids Club

615-468-2008 riverbendnurseries.com All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5. Make a snowman planter.

N FREE School of

Nashville Ballet Free Trial Week (Register)

See Tuesday, Jan. 16.

R FREE Silly

Grandpa Concert

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Sing, clap and dance along to fun songs for kids.

R Silly Saturdays See Saturday, Jan. 6.

N Song and

Storytime: Animals

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 3 - 5. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 & younger; discounts for local families). Explore the Bob Dylan book and song Man Gave Names to All the Animals.

W Superhero Saturday

615-472-4731 wcs.edu/phs Ages 2 - 12. Page High School Theatre, 6281 Arno Road, Franklin; 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 per child, free for adults. Dress as your favorite superhero while meeting your favorite characters, including ones from Star Wars. There will also be face painting, mask making, photo booths and carnival games.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 12 p.m.; $20. Versus LSU.

N FREE Winter Birds: Backyard & Meadow (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 10+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 9 a.m. Look for common feeder birds along with seasonal songbirds.

S Winter House Concert Series (Register)

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 6 p.m.; $30. Jessie Clement performs a night of acoustic music.

SUN 21 N 27th Annual

Nashville Auto Fest

See Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Know y’re what theinto. getting Our competitive sports teams teach kids about perseverance, teamwork, and goal setting. That’s just part of the wellrounded, Christian-based education in life that they get at MTCS from PK-12. Which all leads to 100% placement in colleges. Now that’s what we call a winning team.

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THINGS TO DO

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters return to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, Jan. 27 to dazzle kids of all ages. Pictured here: Globetrotter Bull Bullard poses for a selfie with his pint-sized fans.

N From the Mat to the Stage (Register)

615-862-8539 joannabarbera.com

Ages 18+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 4:30 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Explore the use of nature, breath and gentle yoga to create the clarity and focus necessary to achieve your goals.

N Nashville Boat Show

See Thursday, Jan. 18.

W Peter Pan the Play Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

MON 22 R After-School Art See Monday, Jan. 8.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Jan. 8.

W FREE Movie Day

615-786-0816, ext. 2514 wcparksandrec.com All ages. Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin; 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a movie screening that’s a blast form the future and past.

W Gateway

R FREE Nature

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

townofsmyrna.org

Chamber Orchestra

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 49 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $40. A night of classical music featuring works from Mozart and Strauss.

W Mommy

& Me Movement

See Monday, Jan. 8.

Nerds (Register)

R FREE Family

See Monday, Jan. 8.

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

(Register)

TUE 23 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 p.m. Interactive nature learning with crafts and animal encounters.

R Busy Bees

R Snack Attack!

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30 - $35. A night of country music.

See Monday, Jan. 8.

R SPARK!

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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R Tumbleweeds

nashvilleparent.com

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

N David Rawlings

615-889-3060 | ryman.com

Gaming Night

R Homeschool Program: Teambuilding (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Discover what it takes to make and be a part of an effective team while learning to problem solve and think outside the box.


THINGS TO DO N Inside the Ballet:

Attitude – Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project (Register)

615-782-4040 nashvilleballet.com

Ages 12+. Nashville Ballet Studio, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville; Jan. 23, 25 & 30 and Feb. 1 from 2 - 3 p.m.; $40. This four-part series goes behind the scenes with Nashville Ballet’s upcoming performance.

N FREE MNPS 2018

School Choice Festival

615-259-4636 mnps.org/schoolchoicefest

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5 - 7 p.m. Learn about school choices and all the options for your child within Metro Nashville Public Schools.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus Tampa Bay Lightning.

R Homeschool Program: Teambuilding (Register)

See Tuesday, Jan. 23.

N John Mulaney:

R Sports*Com Homeschool PE (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

N The Music of Prince

Kid Gorgeous

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Ages 16+. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $35. A night of stand-up comedy.

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $54 - $89. Vocalist Marshall Charloff and a rock band join the Nashville Symphony for a night of the music of Prince.

615-889-3060 | ryman.com

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

W FREE Kids’ Hour

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

W Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

615-550-5660 rachelsumner.com

THU 25 R FREE African-American Cultural Night

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m. Celebrate culture and history with the community’s youth through art, food, music and a live performance.

N Belmont

Bruins Basketball

belmontbruins.com

All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Eastern Illinois.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

W FREE DC/Marvel

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

Comics Club (Register)

wood; 4 - 5 p.m. Snacks, activities and social time regardless of what side of the comic world you reside.

N John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous

See Wednesday, Jan. 24.

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Basketball

goblueraiders.com

All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $13. Versus UTSA.

R Patterson

Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Water Polo See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Youth Volleyball See Thursday, Jan. 4.

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library

Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brent-

(turn the page)

R Patterson Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

See Tuesday, Jan. 9.

R SPARK!

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Water Polo See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

WED 24 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R FREE Earth Lab See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R FITMommy Workout

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Jan. 10.

All ages can enjoy STREB: SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) at OZ Arts Nashville Jan. 27 - 28. The New York Times says of this kaleidoscope of action and music: “There’s always a cloud of danger hovering over a work by Elizabeth Streb: It can be nerve-racking to watch but impossible to look away.”

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THINGS TO DO

FRI 26

Hot HAPPENIN’

N C.S. Lewis On

Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert

615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Dance (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 4 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $18 per couple. Dads and their girls can dance the night away.

See Friday, Jan. 12.

R FITMommy Yoga See Friday, Jan. 5.

W Funny Little

W Frank

Thing Called Love

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N Harlem

R KidFIT: Movers and

Globetrotters

Shakers (Register)

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R KidFIT: Twist and

Zoo Run Run

Shout (Register)

Saturday, Jan. 27

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

nashvilleflea.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 12 - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for treasures with a “Winter Fest” theme.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Jan. 5.

R Smyrna Strokes: Ladies’ Night (Register)

townofsmyrna.org Ages 12+. Downtown Train Depot, 98 Front St., Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10. Enjoy a night out getting creative with your gal pals.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Jan. 5.

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

W Father-Daughter

R Critter Encounter

Flea Market

Making Waves at Historic RCA Studio B (Register)

Ages 5+. Historic RCA Studio B, 1611 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville; 12 - 1 p.m.; $13. Record a song as a group while learning the history of the studio, the basics of the recording process and the science of sound.

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 p.m.; $39.50 - $89.50. Max McLean brings C.S. Lewis to life on a theatrical journey from vigorous debunker of faith to the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th century.

N FREE Nashville

N Family Program:

All members of your family can stretch their legs, take in the fresh air and help raise money for the Nashville Zoo. The annual Zoo Run Run takes place Saturday, Jan. 27. It begins at 3 p.m. taking runners on a 5K course around the zoo property, including places the public doesn’t normally get to see. Proceeds help fund Nashville Zoo operations, including food for the 2,300+ animals as well as providing children’s education programs throughout the year. The race is held rain, snow or shine. On-site prices are $50 adults, $25 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 & younger. Add $3 for a tracking chip. Get a registration discount if you sign up prior to Thursday, Jan. 25. Call 615-833-1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org.

SAT 27 N 2Cellos

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $24.50 - $69.50. A night of music encompassing classical, film tunes, pop and rock.

N Belmont

Bruins Basketball

2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus SIU Edwardsville.

N C.S. Lewis On

N FREE Body

See Friday, Jan. 26.

Works (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks

Ages 18+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m. This mat class focuses on lengthening, stretching and strengthening the body.

Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert

W Charlie Worsham 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $31 - $41. A night of country music.

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 2 & 7 p.m.; $27.10 - $143. This entertaining basketball outing features heavy fan interaction, comedy, trick shots and ballhandling wizardry.

S FREE Health & Fitness Expo

615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com

All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 1 - 4 p.m. A variety of vendors will be on hand with products and services geared toward healthy eating, weight loss and overall fitness. The Kids’ Zone will have activities designed to get kids moving.

N Hercules vs Vampires

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $26 - $45. This mash-up of opera and 20th century pop culture synchronizing live music with the cult fantasy film Hercules in the Haunted World.

belmontbruins.com

All ages. Curb Event Center,

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THINGS TO DO p.m.; $29.50 - $169.68. Experience the true crime comedy podcast live.

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N FREE Kidsville kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Learn how an archeologist studies history, then assemble your own archaeology tools kit.

N Nadja SalernoSonnenberg

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $21 $59. Violinist Nadja SalernoSonnenberg joins the Nashville Symphony for an afternoon of music by Gershwin, Vivaldi and others.

N Little Art

House Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Jan. 6.

N LK Live!

615-883-8375 thelarrykeetontheatre.org

N FREE Nashville

All ages. Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. A night of bluegrass music with the Jimmy Stewart Band.

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Basketball

goblueraiders.com

All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $13. Versus UTEP.

R FREE Music in the Wild

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m. Runaway Home performs Americana music.

Flea Market

See Friday, Jan. 26.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Nashville Parent’s Summer Camp Adventure Fair Saturday, Feb. 3 There’s no time like the present to start planning an awesome adventure for your child this summer. Get in front of camp staff from more than 75 local day camps and residential overnight camps that span the spectrum. From outdoor adventures to arts and sports, our camp fair is your best bet for getting a jump start on ensuring your child’s summer fun! Visit nashvilleparent.com/campfair18 for more info.

N FREE Nashville

Exchange and begin plotting your spring garden.

See Friday, Jan. 26.

R Silly Saturdays

Flea Market

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Jan. 5.

See Saturday, Jan. 6.

N Streb: SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)

R Science

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

townofsmyrna.org

N FREE The Frozen

Magic Show

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4 - 6 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Learn the science behind magic tricks.

N FREE Seed Swap 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m. Experience a sharing of seeds from the teaching garden and the Nashville Public Library’s Seed

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Pond (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m. Discover what happens in winter to frogs, salamanders, plants and insects when the pond freezes.

N UNLEASHED:

Dinner with Your Dog (Register)

615-352-1010 nashvillehumane.org

All ages. Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Ave., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $175. This benefit for Nashville Humane Association includes cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, a runway show and fun with your favorite furry friend.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $15. Versus TCU.

N FREE Wild Winter Hike

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature

nashvilleparent.com

Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m. Dress warmly for this short hike to explore winter wonders.

N Zoo Run Run 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $42 - $50 adults, $20 $25 ages 5 - 12. Join a herd of runners during this winter race taking you on a 5K adventure throughout the zoo’s property, including areas not usually available to the public.

SUN 28 N My Favorite Murder Live

615-782-4040 | tpac.org Ages 16+. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7

N Walk the Moon

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $49.50. A night of rock music.

N Women’s Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

vucommodores.com

All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $11. Versus Texas A&M.

MON 29 N 20th Annual Hats Off to High Hopes

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $49.50. Jonathan Cain, Dana Glover and The Bass Brothers perform this benefit for High Hopes Development Center.

R After-School Art See Monday, Jan. 8.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Jan. 8.

N Family Monday 615-244-3340 fristcenter.org

All ages. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. 2 p.m.; $12 per family. Enjoy a story, a family tour and hands-on creativity in Martin ArtQuest.


N Nashville

R Homeschool

See Monday, Jan. 8.

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

See Wednesday, Jan. 10.

& Me Movement

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Jan. 8.

R SPARK!

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Jan. 8.

TUE 30

Predators Hockey

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

R Patterson

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

R SPARK!

615-550-5660 rachelsumner.com

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

N The King and I

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

N FREE Bellevue R Busy Bees

R KidFIT: Movers and

Homeschool P.E. Class (Register)

Opens today. See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Adventure Club

Creativity Class

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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

N FREE Once in a

Blue Moon (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

R FREE Family

WED 31

See Tuesday, Jan. 2.

W Archery Home-

R Homeschool P.E.:

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 5:30 - 7 p.m. Learn legend and lore about blue moons during a night hike.

R FREE Earth Lab

R Sports*Com Home-

Gaming Night

Aerobic Dance (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Participate in Zumba-inspired dance moves.

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R FITMommy Workout

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

school PE (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

W Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Jan. 3.

ON YOUR RADAR

W Mommy

The Illusionists — Live From Broadway are at TPAC Feb. 16 - 18.

>> Mark your calendars for these February festivities. SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR Saturday, Feb. 3

CoolSprings Galleria, Franklin nashvilleparent.com

NASHVILLE OPERA ON TOUR: THE ENCHANTED FOREST Various Dates in February

Several locations nashvilleopera.org

NASHVILLE BALLET’S ATTITUDE Feb. 9 - 11

TPAC’s Polk Theater, Nashville nashvilleballet.com

DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! Sunday, Feb. 11

Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville opry.com

STUDIO TENN’S DOUBT Feb. 15 - 25

Jamison Theater, Franklin studiotenn.com

THE ILLUSIONISTS — LIVE FROM BROADWAY Feb. 16 - 18

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville tpac.org

THE PIGEONING Feb. 16 - 17

OZ Arts, Nashville ozartsnashville.org

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC Sunday, Feb. 18

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville bridgestonearena.com

Get to know all about The King and I during its stop in Nashville at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Jan. 30 - Feb. 4.

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ANIMALS, EQUESTRIAN

Grassland Dance Academy

Creekside Riding Academy and Stables 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin

615-595-7547

creeksideridingstables.com Where horse lovers come to camp! We focus on safety, proper riding techniques, grooming, care, and tacking horses. All activities are geared to the riders level, ability and age. Campers ride each day in lessons, games on horseback and trail rides. Barn activities include scavenger hunts, horse related arts and crafts, making homemade horse treats and more. Connecting with and caring for these magnificent animals has been shown to give riders confidence in many areas of life!

Cub Creek Science Camp 16795 St. Rt. E, Rolla, MO 573-458-2125 mosciencecamp.com • office@bearriverranch.com

With 300 animals, a six-element ropes course, archery range, arts studio, and classes in veterinary science, survival skills, and culinary, Cub Creek is the ultimate camp experience. Ages 7 - 17. ACA accredited. Air conditioned facilities. For teens 13 - 18 looking for an adventure, check out Animal Camp Jamaica!

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

615-419-1089

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

ARTS – DANCE

1111 Battlewood St. , Franklin gdadance.com

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

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

615-297-2966 ext. 20

Offering the highest quality training for children and adults. Artistic director Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty comprised of highly respected professional teachers, 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.

ARTS – MUSIC A & G Music Serving Middle Tennessee agmusicnashville.com • agmusicpros@gmail.com

615-485-7755

In-home or studio music lessons for kids of all ages. We have the best teachers and most certified local instructors offering instruction for all levels.

Belmont School of Music 1900 Belmont Ave., Nashville belmont.edu/music

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615.790-7660

615-460-6408

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The Belmont University School of Music offers a variety of summer camps. New this year is a program for students with special needs, ages 7 - 12, and a piano camp for students, ages 6 - 12. Visit our website and select Summer Programs. Band, piano, string, and vocal camps are offered for students in grades 9 - 12.

Located just off 1-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acro, cheer, improv and comp. Classes are up-beat and fun! Ask about our camps and birthday parties.

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Recording Studio Camp: a week-long day camp with limited spots available, 13 - 18 years old. Students are hands-on in the studio. Private Music Lessons: In-home music lessons available for many instruments and voice. A La Carte Music Classes: Have a small group that wants a specific class? We can create that for you! Voted #1 for music instruction!

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

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

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

615-254-9103

Nashville Children’s Theatre’s drama camps and classes have taught generations of Nashvillians. Whether you want to explore acting, have fun being creative with new friends, or develop your theatre skills, NCT has something for you. NCT drama camps are the best in town with options for ages 4 - 18! Consider Saturday morning classes and/or Spring Break camps.

FITNESS/SPORTS Adventure Works 4129 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs adventureworks.com

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In 1987 we started creating adventures that would connect and inspire teams. We’ve expanded to include adventures for everyone. Join us as we strive to do good, work smart, live well, and laugh often through all of our adventures!

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

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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.

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Voted the #1 martial arts school in Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties for 10 years in a row. With more than four decades of experience, students are taught how to handle emergency situations, to be healthy through exercise and to practice self-discipline with a confident, respectful attitude. Classes are for ages 4 - adult.

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

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E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out. continued on page 75...

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

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Over 50 years of teaching children correct riding skills (control of horse and safety) and basic horsemanship (care and knowledge of the horse) in a safe and fun environment.

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

Music City Archery 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 205, Franklin musiccityarchery.com

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Whether it’s enjoying time with friends or improving your archery skills, we offer something for everyone at our indoor range and USA Archery club. Register on our website for fall classes! We offer group lessons for all ages and skill levels. These lessons include one hour of instruction by our USA Archery certified coaches with all equipment provided.

615-419-1089 | www.peachtreefarms.com Highway 96 Arrington, TN - East of I-65, South Brentwood - Wilson Pike

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood my-gym.com/brentwood

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

Nashville Sail Camp Harbor Island Yacht Club and Percy Priest Yacht Club nashvillesailcamp.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

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Nashville Sail Camp is a learn to sail camp for beginner sailors. Qualified instructors teach boating safety, points of sail, boat parts, rigging, and basic maneuvering. This camp offers a week-long basic level of sailing, focusing on the fundamentals while having a great time on the water. Part of the course is on the water and part of the course on shore. Course curriculum will be based on US Sailing Level 1 instruction.

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

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

Yong In Martial Arts 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 1031 Riverside Drive, Ste. K, Franklin taekwondobrentwood.com

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We are dedicated to teaching the swift and accurate motions in self-defense using martial arts styles and forms. These include Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Martial Arts Sparring. We were rated the number one martial arts academy in Nashville because we have the most skilled and professional instructors. Over 35 years of experience. Call today or come by our studio.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Mr. Bond’s Science Guys mrbondscienceguy.com 615-573-2702

Mr. Bond’s Science Guys have devoted over 20 years to inspiring kids to love science via their inspirational hands-on demonstrations that make science fun, cool and easy! The Science Guys’ uncanny crowd control makes them a favorite at special events including birthday parties, in-school field trips, assemblies, fairs and festivals, and library shows. Anywhere there are children hungry for fun and learning, The Science Guys will be there to help!

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Battle Ground Academy 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin bgacamps.com • bgacamps@mybga.org

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BGA has summer camps for every interest and age this summer! Whether your child is interested in learning to build robots, fly drones, or bake culinary masterpieces, our camps are designed to nurture curiosity. We also offer athletic camps for all ages and sports including football, baseball, softball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Ages 3 and up. Camps run from Jun. 4 - Jul. 27. Full-day and half-day camps are available. Early-, after- and between-care available.

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Camp Beech Creek at Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood curreyingramcamps.org

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Beech Creek Camp at Currey Ingram Academy offers full-day fun experiences on an 83 acre campus in Brentwood featuring nature trails, creek, sports fields, and creative indoor spaces. Children ages rising K - grade 6 will enjoy “make-your-own-morning” elective choices and weekly themes.

Camp Bells Bend Beaman 4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville campbellsbendbeaman.com • info@leadershipacademyllc.com

615-856-4772

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

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

170 Windsor Drive, Nashville hardingacademy.org

615-356-5510

Harding offers week-long day camps for children preK - grade 8. Camp offerings include theme days, storytelling, music, creative movement, math, science and language arts enrichment, water days, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, and technology. Our popular athletic camps include volleyball, basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. All skill levels welcome.

Historic Travellers Rest 636 Farrell Pkwy, Nashville travellersrestplantation.org • tonyas@historictravellersrest.org

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Camp Juliette Low 770-428-1062

Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship – located on Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, Georgia, Camp Juliette Low is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7 - 17 that fosters self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. One- and two-week sessions. Preparing girls for confident living and leadership since 1922.

Our summer camps have been making history for over 20 years! One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets, our award-winning day camps make history an adventure. From exploring History’s Mysteries to Tennessee Tales, The War of 1812 to The Civil War... you and your camper will be amazed at how fun history can be.

3711 Reed Harris Road, Chapel Hill hortonhaven.org

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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.

Providence Christian Academy Summer Camps 410 Dejarnett Lane, Murfreesboro providencechristian.com • camps@providencechristian.com

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For over 100 years, Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls have excelled in providing a traditional sleep-away adventure. With top-of-the-line activities and instruction, our family-run camps offer the perfect playground for skill-building, fostering emotional growth, and just having a blast.

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

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Register now for PCA Summer Camps! A variety of half- and full-day camp offerings from athletics to arts to robotics for students entering grades K - 8. For PCA Summer Camp schedules and registration information, visit our website or send us an email with any questions.

Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls 23416 Camp Lincoln Road, Lake Hubert, MN lincoln-lakehubert.com

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Horton Haven Christian Camp

The ultimate summer day camp for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. A back-to-basics curriculum of sports, art, music, and nature serves as our foundation. At Camp Davis we are more than a camp, we are a family – teaching values of compassion and respect. Camp Davis ... getting kids dirty since 1930!

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

Harding Academy Summer Programs

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Summer is better in Nashville’s largest Metro park! Camp Warner Park connects children with nature through outdoor learning and play. Day campers will be grouped with qualified, energetic, and passionate counselors who will foster a sense of appreciation of the parks and the outdoors. For children ages 6 - 12. Let the adventure begin!

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Deer Run Camps & Retreats – Overnight Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp/camps • contact@deerrun.camp

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Age-graded 1-week (grades 3 - 12) and 2-week (ages 12 - 15) co-ed camps. Campers experience fun adventures, grow in their faith and forge friendships through reduced distractions and no technology. Zip lines, giant swing, paintball, archery tag, climbing tower and lake activities: waterslide, swimming, kayaking, aqua park and more. Campers choose one track to develop skills.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats – Day Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp/camps • contact@deerrun.camp

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Age-graded small groups. Day Camps: 5 yrs. - grade 5. Adventure Day Camps: grades 6 - 8. Bus transportation. Extended care. Fun adventures. New friendships. No technology. Lake activities, pedal karts, obstacle course, games, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, songs, Bible study and more. Adventure Camps also include survival skills: shelter building, fire starting, knot tying, navigation, lashing and more.

Full-day camp experience with “make-your-ownmorning” elective choices and fun weekly themes.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats – Family Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp/camps • contact@deerrun.camp

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A life-changing, everything-planned-for-you, vacation experience! Week-long summer camps or 3-night Labor Day Weekend. An opportunity to create long-lasting memories, experience the outdoors and strengthen relationships. Your family has a personal, college-age assistant who helps as needed with your kids. Recreation, family challenges, games, outdoor movie night, wagon rides, crafts, family devotions and more.

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

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

Teen Leadership Adventure 4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville leadershipacademyllc.com/teen-leadership-adventure info@leadershipacademyllc.com

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Most teens will tell you their life is full of challenges: making good grades, meeting new people, and facing lots of changes and transitions. But when was the last time your teen had the opportunity for adventure? Leadership Academy has the answer with our Teen Leadership Adventure camp that gives rising grades 7 - 10 the chance to experience the beauty of nature and programs to develop their leadership skills.

Victory Ranch 4330 Mecklinburg Drive, Bolivar victoryranch.org • smith@victoryranch.org

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Christian (non-denominational), co-ed residential camp featuring one of the best facilities in the nation including an incredible outdoor adventure course, 20-stall barn, water activities and much more all on 500 beautiful acres. All lodges are air-conditioned and incredibly comfortable. Camp staff hand-selected with a ratio of 3:1. Campers are loved, nurtured, challenged and have the time of their lives. Space is limited.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview whippoorwill.com • camp@whippoorwill.com

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Celebrating 45 years of fun on the farm. Located in beautiful Williamson County, campers choose how they spend their day. Activities include swimming, rope activities, archery, gardening, kayaking, pony rides and more! Providing adventures and old fashion fun in a safe environment for campers grades 1 - 10. Bus transportation included and ACA accredited.

YMCA Camp Ocoee 111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee ymcacampocoee.org • info@campocoee.com

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Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs, and many more.

YMCA Day Camps ymcamidtn.org/programs/camp 615-259-9622

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YMCA Widjiwagan Day Camp 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch campwidji.org

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Discover YOUR OWN adventure at Nashville’s top summer camp, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan! Week after week, campers can customize their outdoor summer camp experience with options like sailing, zip lining, skiing, climbing, banana boat rides, horseback riding, and more! Day campers also get lunch and a snack every day so there’s no need to pack meals throughout the week. Ages 4 - 16.

YMCA Widjiwagan Overnight Camp 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch campwidji.org

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Widjiwagan’s overnight campers love creating their own summer camp experience! With options such as climbing, swimming, arts and crafts, wood working, canoeing, zip lining, and more, kids get to decide what their summer adventure will look like. While at Overnight Camp, Widji’s beautiful cabins create a home away from home! NEW for summer 2017 is the addition of the Yurt Village. Ages 7 - 16.

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