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Enamel hypocalcification is a condition that effects the formation of the enamel of either the baby teeth or the permanent teeth. It can be localized (involving only one tooth) or generalized. If the front teeth exhibit enamel hypocalcification, it is usually a cosmetic problem, that depending on the severity, may require treatment with esthetic filling materials. If the posterior teeth are severely affected, the treatment often requires restoring the tooth with a stainless steel crown. Enamel hypocalcification can be caused by many factors. The most common cause is thought to be a virus. Many lay people blame antibiotics, but it is not thought to be the antibiotics that cause the problem. It is the viruses or the bacteria that the antibiotics are being given for that is the culprit. We commonly see enamel hypocalcification involving the six-year molars. Severe cases require aggressive treatment.

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While it is possible it is highly unlikely that a wisdom tooth would be erupting on a 12 year old patient. The pain your son is feeling is most likely from a 12 year molar. It is common for these teeth to cause pain when they are coming into the mouth. The best thing to do for this kind of discomfort is to take an anti inflammatory as recommended by your dentist or orthodontist. Most, but not all, people have three sets of molars: the 6-year and 12-year molars, which come in typically at age’s 6 and 12, and the wisdom teeth or molars (12 total). Most patients do not have enough room for wisdom teeth in their mouth and need these teeth extracted prior to their eruption. Thus, wisdom teeth are not a cause of concern until late teens to early 20’s. I typically send my orthodontic patients to an oral surgeon after braces to have the wisdom teeth evaluated.

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hile most of the world seems to be on the side of medicating children for ADHD, I’m outside that trend. I’ve written about it before, and I’ll write about it again, and you might not like what I’m going to say, but I’m going to say it. I am married to a man who may — by today’s standards — have ADHD. But my husband is an expert plate spinner and can handle more than most “typical” people at any one time. This is a talent. Meanwhile, my youngest, 9, is a chip off the old block. I have sat across from teachers wanting to talk to me about his attention issues, even had one ask me if I’d ever medicated him, but again, I buck the trend. I am not much into the disease of the decade or the disease du jour for that matter, and I’m fairly skeptical about taking medicine that alters behavior. While lots of grown ups are on “happy pills” these days, and sometimes it seems like we are a medicated nation, I remain skeptical about the idea of a pill for this, a pill for that. I like natural measures more. So is life harder for my family? I don’t know. Life is life. I have four children, and my solution to having four kids is to get them to take care of themselves as soon as they can so I can sit back and watch. For the aforementioned mate who loses his keys often, struggles with organization (yet knows where everything is — except his keys, that is) and can multitask rings around you and I, well, he keeps life more than interesting. He is a soccer coach, an ice hockey coach, a rugby coach, a very fun dad and the president of his own company. For my rambunctious 9-year-old who is often on the receiving end of many a laser stare but who is smart as a whip and fun as all heck (my little future entrepreneurial plate spinner), I aim to find ways to support him and I do. He has a large dry-erase calendar in his room that we adjust nightly. He writes in what he needs to stay on top of. His teacher sends me notes to help him. Keeping him busy is the trick and encouraging him reaps gold. So he plays soccer and ice hockey and participates in lots of activities because it’s good for him to be involved and structured. Sure he “drops some plates,” but my job is to help him learn how to pick them up again and keep going. My goal has been and still is to not medicate my child who is definitely more than high spirited. For the record, my husband has never been medicated. But just because I’m so stubborn about not medicating my family doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for anyone else. There are countless parents who swear that medicating their ADHD child is the only thing that has helped him perform in an acceptable way. For me, I will take my husband and child as they are. There’s room for all of us, all abilities, all functions, right?


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Dina Mishu, M.D. Goodlettsville Pediatrics Dr. Mishu is amazing. She always takes the time to listen to parents and kids, and I have noticed she always lingers a little longer when listening to my sons breathing than ANY other physician we have seen. All of the doctors in the practice are wonderful but she always makes you feel a little more rest assured after a visit. And my son has been sick enough that we have seen more than our share of doctors. She was recommended by word of mouth after not feeling “the connection” with our former pediatrician. We haven’t regretted it one bit. Thank you, Dr. Mishu! Amy Russell

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Joshua McCollum Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics Dr. McCollum and the entire office at Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics have been an incredible support to me and my family. We have a special needs child with multiple disabilities. He is always kind and eager to learn all he can to help us. We are very blessed to have him as our doctor. Angie Walton

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What do you do to get your child to put down the electronics and get outside? MERANDA FIBLE JACOBS Turn them off and tell them to go outside, you’re the parent, and parents should go outside, too! Our kids are obese these days cause their parents usually are and just as lazy! JASON CURTIS I say, “Hey, turn that off and go outside!” TAMI WORLEY HOLLOMAN My 6-year-old will stay on his DS all the time if allowed. However, he’s given boundaries and is expected to abide by them. If it’s time to go out and play, it’s time to go out and play. No ifs, ands or buts about it!

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My 8-month-old had his first ear infection. I’ve heard so much about ear infections leading to hearing loss. Should I be concerned? Aside from check-ups, ear infections are the most common reason children see pediatricians. In fact, 75 percent of children will have an ear infection by age 3. While it is true that everyone experiences some mild hearing loss during an ear infection because of extra fluid in the middle ear (behind the eardrum), this almost always resolves when the ear infection is treated. Overall, the risk of long-term hearing loss after an ear infection is extremely low. Occasionally, however, children will continue to have fluid behind their eardrums after an infection. This fluid is referred to as an ear effusion. The vast majority of these effusions will get better within three months with no extra treatment. Your child’s pediatrician will keep a close eye on his ear to make sure this effusion resolves. If he develops a persistent ear effusion that lasts more than three months, your pediatrician may refer him to see an ear, nose and throat specialist to consider ear tube placement to help the fluid drain out of the middle ear. As a parent, there are a few things you can do to reduce his risk of future ear infections: avoiding cigarette smoke, not giving him a bottle when you put him down to sleep and limiting exposure to sick playmates. You should also let his pediatrician know if you are concerned about how he responds to sounds, babbles or is learning to make his first words after an ear infection at this age. — Patterson

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Is your child in constant motion? Does he make careless mistakes? Does he seem to not listen? Is he easily distracted? Does he not finish tasks?


o the above points sound like a typical 4-year-old? Absolutely. Kids are like puppies when they are young, full of fun and energy ... and in need of self-control. That’s what growing up is for. But that’s also why the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) relatively new (five-month-old) guidelines to include children as young as 4 years old in the ADHD bracket is of concern to some parents. Diagnosing and medicating children as young as age 4 requires closely monitoring the child since he is more sensitive to side effects than older children. Some parents are concerned. “Preschoolers can go all day and it’s tiring for their parents,” says Cynthia Ringer of Madison, a grandmother of two preschoolers ages 4 and 5. “To me, unless your child is an absolute terror, you stay away from medication. Try other things like disciplining your child, for instance. A lot of parents don’t do that anymore and it’s a real problem they’d rather fix with a pill.” But doctors say ADHD can be detected when a child is young and is not solely related to misbehaviors in kids. “ADHD is a chronic condition that can start early,” says Harold Koplewicz, M.D., president of the Child Mind Institute. Yet with no single test used to diagnose the disorder — doctors rely on feedback from parents, coaches, caregivers and teachers — ADHD is ultimately diagnosed based upon opinions, observations and symptoms the child displays which can vary in degree. Serious signs include aggressiveness (which can get a child kicked out of childcare or preschool), trouble focusing on activities like bedtime stories and uncontrollable behaviors such as dashing into a busy parking lot. So while a large study from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that children ages 3 - 5 can benefit greatly from treatment and that low doses of medication appear to be safe and effective, diagnosing a child with ADHD is serious business and not something for parents to enter into lightly. To make a diagnosis, doctors must confirm that criteria is met as put forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the American Psychiatric Association which describes all mental health conditions in children and adults. Serious business indeed. — susan day

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saturday, april 14

ew and expectant parents can celebrate all-things during The Baby Fair, presented by Nashville Parent and Baptist Hospital on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The fair features several demonstrations, speakers and exhibits ranging from safety equipment to baby furniture and accessories, plus samples and prize giveaways. Experts from Baptist will present classes on breastfeeding and newborn care, plus you can tour the hospital’s birthing facility. The Baby Fair is located at the Baptist Hospital Campus at the 21st Avenue entrance. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 256-2158 or visit


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painting fun at log cabin ceramics in smyrna


ittle artists can express their creativity at Log Cabin Ceramics and More, now open in Smyrna. Here, all ages can paint their very own ceramic to take home. “We offer affordable prices with no studio fees on painting your own ceramic treasure to keep and display or give as a special gift,” says owner Vivian Karros. Birthday parties are also available — $12.00 per painter (minimum of eight painters per party) which includes two hours in the party room, balloons and a custom painted birthday plate for the birthday guest of honor, one party plaque or figurine choice per child to paint and pottery painting instructions. There is an assortment of craft and art classes available as well. Log Cabin Ceramics and More is located at 197 Enon Springs Road, Smyrna. Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Call 9847177 or visit

the tween/teen scene Does your tween or teen love to decorate? The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation department has a program for ages 11 - 17 that allows them to use their creativity to make clocks, picture frames, collages and more. Session 1 is Craft My Room, which is a five-week program that takes place Saturdays April 14, 21 and 28 and May 5 and 12 from 9 - 11 a.m. at Sports*Com. Cost is $35. Registration is required due to limited space. Sports*Com is located at 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro. Call Terry Ann Womack at 8677244 or email at twomack@murfreesborotn. gov.

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national park week at stones river national battlefield Junior Ranger Day at Stones River National Battlefield takes place Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. as part of National Park Week (, an initiative to get families out to enjoy the many parks our nation has to offer. Junior Ranger Day is for children ages 6 - 12. They can complete the park’s Junior Ranger activity booklet and participate in activities for a chance to earn special Junior Ranger day items like patches, pins and certificates. Stop by the visitor center first to pick up your Junior Ranger Day Guide. Stones River National Battlefield is located at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro. Call 893-9501 or visit

kids can learn through f.u.n.n. The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department has come up with a plan to get children more involved with the outdoors. They have teamed up with Murfreesboro City Schools to provide a program to encourage outdoor activity among children — The F.U.N.N. Project (Families Understanding Nature and Nutrition). It is a program designed to educate students on proper nutrition, encourage outdoor activity in science projects and help establish student gardens at Murfreesboro City Schools as part of their science class and the after-school program. Volunteers are needed at all levels and ages to help maintain the new habitats and gardens at the schools. Call Program Coordinator Deborah Paschal at 642-3148.

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affordable dental care for those in need


nterfaith Dental Clinic, a non-profit program which offers comprehensive dental services to low-income families at a price they can afford, recently opened a new location in Rutherford County. Local families can now get the dental care they need even if they are uninsured. There is a current waiting period for new patients of eight to 10 weeks, and you can fill out an application by printing it off the website or picking one up at the office — walk-ins are not offered. If you would like to help this program continue to reach those in need, you can volunteer, donate financially and more. Interfaith Dental Clinic is located at 210 Robert Rose Drive, Murfreesboro. Hours are Mon - Wed 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thu 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call 2254141 or visit

the ticker ... STREAM CLEANUP, a community project that cleans up local streams in Smyrna, is in need of volunteers Saturdays, April 7 and May 5 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Those wishing to participate are to meet at the Town Hall located at 315 N. Lowry St., Smyrna. Call 355-5701. INFANTSEE WEEK takes place

April 1 - 7. Participating doctors provide a onetime, no cost eye and vision assessment for babies 6 to

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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY with a new park on Sunday, April 22 from 2 - 4 p.m. Participants can help plant flowers and more at the new Brookside Park, located at 135 Stoneridge Pkwy., La Vergne. Call 793-3224.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE GIRLS!, a play about the history of the Girl Scouts, takes the stage May 18 - 20 at The Theatre at Patterson Park. Auditions for Sunshine Players members are Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Ages 4 - 17 can join the Sunshine Players with a membership fee of $30. Tickets go on sale at least two weeks prior to the production and cost $7.50 adults, $6 seniors and youth and $3

for members. Children ages 3 and younger are not permitted in the theatre. Call Terry Ann Womack at 867-7244 or e-mail at twomack@

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registration deadline EXTENDED!! for the all-new Cover Kids 2012 e’re extending the registration deadline for our ONLINE 15th annual Cover Kids to Friday, May 11! One child in each of four age categories — 0 - 12 months, 13 - 24 months, 3 - 6 years and 7 - 10 years — will be selected to appear on a cover of this magazine. Here’s how it works: Through May 11, upload your child’s photo at nashvilleparent. com/coverkids (there is a $20 non-refundable submission fee, a portion of which will be donated to the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). After the submission period ends, a panel of judges — including Nashville Parent staff and local talent agents — will select 10 finalists in each age group who will be announced in our June issue. Public voting will run June 1 - 13 — have all your friends and family get online and vote for your child. At the end of the voting period, the child who wins the most votes in each age category will be the Cover Kid for his group, guaranteeing him a Nashville Parent magazine cover! For a complete list of rules and to enter your child in Cover Kids 2012, visit nashvilleparent. com/coverkids.

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ear ye! Hear ye! The 27th Annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday in May (as well as Memorial Day), and we’re giving away a prize pack via a photo contest on our Facebook page. Go to, “Like” us, then click on the Contests button under our name. Post a picture and a brief description of why your child “is a not-so-ordinary princess, prince or elf.” One boy and one girl winner will be selected by Facebook fans via public voting that runs now through Monday, April 23. The boy and girl with the most votes will win tickets for their immediate families for the festival along with a coupon good for your choice of souvenir from the Official Souvenir Booth (up to $25), a coupon for a free beverage (excludes alcohol) and a case of Coca-Cola products. Learn more about the Tennessee Renaissance Festival at

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non-profit news by Chad Young

help raise funds and march for babies


veryone in your family can stretch their legs, get exercise and help raise money for the Tennessee chapter of the March of Dimes during the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser, March for Babies. Sponsored by Baptist Hospital, the event takes place Saturday, April 22 at Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville). There is no fee to participate, but walkers are asked to raise pledges. Funds support programs in the community that help mothers experience healthy, full-term pregnancies as well as research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 2 p.m. For more info, call 399-3200 or visit

friends & fashion benefits children’s hospital Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt hosts Friends & Fashion 2012 on Monday, April 16, comprising a Belk fashion show and luncheon to raise money that supports programs benefiting patients and their families served by Children’s Hospital. The fashion show contains professional models along with former and current patients at the hospital. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Embassy Suites, 820 Crescent Center Drive, Franklin. Tickets are $100. In addition, a pre-party, An Evening with Friends, happens Friday, April 13 from 7 - 11 p.m. at the Brentwood Country Club, 5123 Country Club Drive, Brentwood. Tickets are $50 and include a live auction, bourbon tasting, food and drinks and entertainment by On-Call, a band of local doctors. Learn more and get tickets at

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c i n a t i T , n O l i a S


It’s been 100 years since the ship of dreams met its demise in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. And we’re still mesmerized. By Susan Day

ounties of articles and books, several movies including an Academy Award-winning smash and we still can’t get enough of Titanic. Why? What is it about Titanic’s story that still captivates, and, after all this time, is there possibly anything new we can learn about it? The answer is a resounding yes. We’re still captivated by Titanic’s story because it holds fascinating truths about our humanness that are difficult to wrestle with: Truths like, rich or poor, in the end, all the money in the world cannot save us. And, magnificent achievements are a marvel, yes, but ambitions to achieve at all costs can lead to disaster. So when Titanic went down on April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg, a momentous memory was created to last a lifetime with newspapers around the world exclaiming the disaster, among them the New York Times with, “Titanic Sinks Four Hours After Hitting Iceberg; 866 Rescued By Carpathia, Probably 1250 Perish; Ismay Safe, Mrs. Astor Maybe, Noted Names Missing ...” (you can see all these various front page newspapers in the exhibit). Enter The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge — a celebration, if you

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will, of the historic ship, passengers and crew. Founded by John Joslyn and his wife, Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, John led the first expedition to recover and restore artifacts from the ocean floor in 1987 and has been deeply passionate about Titanic for years. Titanic Pigeon Forge is the Joslyn’s second Titanic museum (the first was built in Branson, Mo., in 2006), and Pigeon Forge’s was built for $25 million, boasting a massive 30,000-square-foot ship replica visitors can see upon approach on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. There’s good reason why the Joslyns built a second Titanic: the museum is fantastic. Aiming to make the museum personal for visitors, once you make your way to the front of the line, each “passenger” is given a Boarding Pass with the name of a character written on the back. I was Nellie Bessette, a 39-year-old first class passenger from Briarcliff, N.Y. You can read about yourself in a terrific profile on the back of the Boarding Pass, and you find out at the end if you survived or not. I did. Once inside the exhibit, one of the first things you’ll see is a dollhousesize replica of the ship so you can look into every nook and cranny to your heart’s content. There’s also a large, interactive light up wall where you’ll learn lots of interesting things about the ship, for instance, did you

know that there was a Turkish bath on board By Chad Young and a swimming pool? Winding through a room of artifacts, you’ll be surprised by the bed warmer and other assorted items of interest before moving on to the second room dedicated to the ship’s design. Discover the enormity of the task by studying a large black and white photograph of the massive drafting room alone, and numerous floor to ceiling photographs as you wind your way into the Shipyard area. Elements that are fun and repeated throughout the museum are “Test Your Knowledge” spinners where you guess the answer to a trivia question about Titanic then spin the canister for your answer. Ah, Titanic. In 1911, Shipbuilder Magazine declared it “practically unsinkable,” while other magazines declared it “the wonder ship” and “the last word on luxury;” The Wall Street Journal named it “The millionaire’s special.” That “millionaire’s special” took 325 men working in a boliler room in shifts to run. They’d take turns shoveling the coal into gigantic furnaces (5,892 tons of coal was on board) and kids can try their hands at shoveling a load and watching the fire roar in the furnace — that coal was heavy! Walk on ... each room that you move through changes in design and presentation so your interest is always piqued. The third class gallery holds a true-to-life hallway filled with shadowboxes of artifacts and even a stairwell where rushing water comes at you, allowing you to imagine — just for a moment — how horrendous indeed that night must have been for so many. You will be shocked at how small a third-class cabin was, yet in 1912, it was considered a new standard of comfort even for third class. Move on to the grand staircase and a factinformed costumed re-enactor will tell you every detail here you might want to know (there are numerous re-enactors all throughout Titanic who can answer anything and everything you want to know about the ship). The crown jewel of Titanic is the grand staircase. Look up to see that it’s crowned by a gorgeous milk-white skylight dome, backlit at night. Walk the beautiful staircase — it was reserved only for first class back then and boasted 24-carat gold leafing on the balustrades and Austrian crystal chandeliers. The big upgrade of the century here? The floors — made of linoleum! It was a brand new invention, and anyone who was anyone had to have it!

Continue through the luxury of the Stateroom with its fireplace and divans, then take time to enter the first class hallway. Double mirrors give the illusion that this is a long hallway indeed, and it plays with your imagination. The sound in here replicates the soft roaring of the engine. The tour pauses next in an interior room paying tribute to Titanic, the movie (Titanic 3D opens nationwide this month) — and you can see several of the props, gorgeous hats and costumes actress Kate Winslet wore in the film in addition to outfits worn by Leonardo DeCaprio. The Bridge was my daughter’s favorite part of the tour and it came next. Looking just as it did in real life, you look out past the steering wheel into the star-lit night beyond. A costumed officer can tell you in keen and exciting detail exactly what happened in the minutes following the iceberg strike. Those of us in the bridge at the moment were absolutely captivated by him. Now walk outside and touch the side of the iceberg. From sighting it to the actual impact, there was a mere 37 seconds. Put your hand in the 28-degree water and see how long you can stand it ... you will learn ... that in five minutes, an average person would be shivering uncontrollably and running on pure instinct, unable to speak or think. It took only 30 minutes for passengers in the water to succumb. Other interesting aspects to the museum is the lost film, Titanic, which you can sit and watch boasting actual footage of Titanic in its slip before departing for Southampton for boarding. The final room allows you to experience the sloping of the ship that passengers had to deal with: try standing on it at 12-degrees, 30 and then 45. (please turn the page)

The Grand Staircase

Outside the Bridge

A Third-Class Cabin

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You can also sit in a life-sized lifeboat next to a giant wall-sized image of the ship going down, listening to anecdotes on a headset from survivors. And there’s more. In the Discovery Room, you’ll be able to see a dramatic recreation of Titanic’s debris field including lights and sounds from when it was first discovered in 1985. Last but not least is the gift shop, filled with all kinds of mementos and gifts including a $189 “Heart of the Ocean” necklace, books, pictures, dishes, toys, purses, posters, clothes and more. Take time some weekend soon to visit the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, maybe even this month. Special events are planned for April 14 and 15. Also be sure to visit the website so you can learn about all of the other events and specials the museum offers throughout the year. The museum is open all year long. Susan Day is editor in chief of this publication.

GO TITANIC Titanic Pigeon Forge Also this month: Titanic the Musical presented by the Circle Players at TPAC April 5 8.

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igeon Forge offers up lots of accommodations for visiting families along the bustling parkway, but if you’re like me, I prefer to get away from it all. So it was pure luck that I discovered The Lodge at Buckberry Creek located in adjacent Gatlinburg, just 15 minutes from the Titanic Museum. The Lodge, a lovely upscale retreat boasting Adirondack-style architecture and never-ending charm, has 44 luxury suites, gourmet dining and spectacular views. You can easily spend long days relaxing here without venturing elsewhere (take a steep ride in a Pinzgauer truck — a German made vehicle originally constructed for the Swiss Army — down to the lodge’s pavilion). The pavilion, a beautiful covered deck complete with a fireplace, dining tables and the gurgling Buckberry Creek running beside it, allows you to commune with nature in rain or shine; order lunch to take with you or request one from the pavilion phone while you’re there.

Perched on 90 acres of mountainside property, each guest suite has unique decor, a ready-to-light wood-burning fireplace, luxury baths and whirlpool tubs. Owner Buddy McClean worked with designers and spared no expense in achieving an upscale mountain setting. McClean wants your family to be comfortable and cared for when you’re there and even active if you want to be. If your family wants to fish, for instance, McClean will do everything to make the arrangements to set up your family with an off-sight excursion. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek makes for a wonderful getaway all of its own — and there were several Nashville families there when we spent then night. Keep it in mind for this summer or even the fall when the foliage is absolutely to die for! — susan day

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By KidKusion; $55 This handy, three-foot-tall, 18-foot-long net provides a visual safety barrier at the end of your driveway to keep your little ones from riding into the street on their trikes or Big Wheels, and it’s also good for keeping balls from rolling into the road as well. The unit comes with two end poles and two ground sleeves to hold the net in place. — cy


By Fohawx; $19.99 Plenty of kids have bicycle helmets but refuse to wear them when they ride. Give ‘em a reason to wear it with the a cool Fohawx mohawks for kids ages 4 and older. These fun “statement” accessories attach to your child’s helmet with ease. Available in five different styles and colors, hurry up and be the first one to have one in your neighborhood! — sd

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By iSafe Backpacks and Bags; $69.99 A backpack designed for ages 8 and older, the iSafe backpack has a built-in alarm system that allows the wearer to trigger a loud alarm with flashing lights if they are in danger. Not only is it a comfortable, durable backpack, it gives kids peace of mind when walking home from school or to a friend’s house. The alarm is very loud, and should not be set off indoors. You can easily remove the system and use the bag like a regular backpack, too. — ka

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By Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.

How can you know if there’s something not quite right going on with your child? Keep track of the typical things he should be doing as he develops.



here are six important areas of child development to examine in order to determine whether a child is progressing at a normal pace. In most instances, parents and child-care helpers will find that the child is developing in line with the below types of normative age expectations. In cases where the child does not appear to be progressing normally, you need to use more detailed resources to obtain a fuller appreciation of the child’s current development. One such resource is the nonprofit Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC), which created The CICC Discovery Tool (ciccdiscoverytool.

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org/welcome.aspx) to provide specific guidelines in which to evaluate a child’s development. The tool includes a comprehensive online questionnaire to fill out for children younger than 5 to get a good gauge on whether that particular child may have special needs that require professional attention. Armed with the a developmental profile from a credible child caring organization, a parent or child care worker is in a better position to advocate for the child and get the proper intervention and care to set him or her on the best path possible. Here you will find a few of the age-appropriate skills to look for in your child. J

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4 years Does child run easily, or copy a circle and a square?

Does Baby do push-ups or bring hands and toys to his or her mouth?

Does child sit indepen- Does child climb into dently, crawl, creep or chairs, walk forward, scoot forward? turn pages in a book?

Does child run easily, falling rarely, or kick a ball forward?

Does Baby listen to conversations or follows conversations with eyes?

Does child explore Does child put small with hands and mouth toys into a cup, basket or find hidden objects? or box?

Can child tell his first Does child know the name (or nickname) difference between and last name? boys and girls?

Does child point to objects or people to express a need?

Does child use words that describe things (like “It’s icky” or “I’m hungry”)?

Does child refer to self as “me” or “I” in addition to name? Is child mostly comfortable with change or going from one activity to another?

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Does child respond Does Baby imitate some to own name (for sounds you make (like a example, look up cough)? when called)?

The Senses: Vision, Hearing and Touch

Does Baby turn head or eyes toward a sound?

Does child enjoy or put up with different types of touch?

Does child respond when name is called?

Does child move to or hum along with music?

Relating to Self and Others

Does Baby usually quiet or calm down when talked to, held or rocked?

Does child enjoy watching (and may play) games like “peek-a-boo”?

Does child approach other children?

Does child enjoy Does child take turns humor (for example, in games? laughs at silly faces or voices)?

Self Care

Does Baby sleep regularly for three to four hours at a time?

Does child feed self with fingers?

Does child pull off Does child wash his simple clothes (such as hands without help? socks)?


(sensory development)

(social and emotional development)

(daily living skills)

Does child brush his teeth by self or with help?

Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist and the executive director and founder of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC). Alvy is the author of a book on the Discovery Tool that contains the 11 age-specific questionnaires.

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how to raise helpful & confident kids By Sandra Gordon

Getting children to do things for themselves builds character and a sense of “I CAN”


hen Allison Carter, an organization coach, got tired of doing the endless piles of laundry her family generated, she didn’t hire a housekeeper. Instead, she taught her 9-year-old son and 12 -year-old daughter to wash their own clothes, fold and put them away. Not only has this step lightened Carter’s housework, it has been good for the kids, too. “If you run a full-service household, your kids may never learn how to do practical things like laundry or pick up after themselves,” Carter says. Indeed, studies show that having children pitch in around the house provides an opportunity to learn responsibility, organization, regard for others and a general sense of being a capable human being that can serve them well throughout their lives. Still, a recent Wellesley University study found that parents now typically only give their kids trivial jobs, such as putting dishes in the dishwasher. Schoolwork is their main task. “Although homework and academic curriculums can be much more demanding than in the past, children may not be doing enough to help around the house to develop a sense of competence,”

says Markella Rutherford, assistant professor of sociology at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, who authored the study. Guilty! At my house, for example, I often find myself setting the table while my kids do their homework, which just feels, well, wrong. Isn’t setting the table a kid’s job? It sure was when I was growing up. And I had a paper route, too. Of course, chores aren’t something you can expect your kids to want to do. Even you probably don’t look forward to scrubbing the toilet or taking out the trash. But because doing them fosters so much more than just getting a job done, they’re worth incorporating into your child’s busy schedule. Here are five ways you can help your kids learn to clean up their act that can teach them invaluable life lessons and build confidence, too.

Stop being a pick-up artist A natural place to start with household chores is teaching your kids to pick up after themselves, which likely means resisting the urge to do the tidying. Consider: “Every time you pick up after everyone, you reinforce the behavior and condition them to keep cluttering,” says Josh Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. Your family members learn that if they leave their stuff (please turn the page)


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CONFIDENT kids around, you’ll bail them out. Instead, teach them to keep the house clean by stating a rule such as, “I’d like you to take your dirty dishes into the kitchen before going to bed so we don’t come down to a messy living room in the morning.” If dirty dishes are still there in the morning, let them pile up, even if several days’ worth amasses. Consistency is key. Whatever you do, don’t touch the dishes, no matter how much they bother you. Then, just keep stating the rule, emphasizing that as a family, you all need to do your part to keep the house neat. When kids finally get the message (they will), reinforce that behavior with praise, as in, “Thank you for bringing your dirty dishes into the kitchen. I love how clean the living room is.” In time, picking up will become as much of a habit for them as expecting you to do it once was, Klapow says.

Focus on the outcome Meanwhile, you can also encourage your kids by offering an incentive to clean up. For example, tell them that once they’ve picked up their toys, they can go to the playground. Or once they’ve cleaned the den after their slumber party, then you can all go shopping. Or once they’ve emptied the dishwasher, then they can go to their friend’s house. That’s not bribing. Rather, it makes them understand that completing chores makes other fun activities possible. Keep it positive by focusing on how clean the playroom, or whatever room they’re tackling, will look when they’re done. Concentrate on public areas in your house, the common ground you all inhabit, where kids get the greatest sense that “we’re all in this together” and consider letting them do what they want with their bedroom. “Short of breeding MRSA (a staph bacteria), I think a child’s bedroom should be off limits to housekeeping rules,” says Carleton Kendrick, a family therapist.

Assign tasks based on your child’s age It’s never too early to enlist your child’s assistance. Even preschoolers can put napkins on the table, help match the socks, put their toys away and help you look for specific items at the supermarket from their perch in the shopping cart. From preschool to the lower elementary grades, you’ll need to do the task with them until they’re old enough to do it themselves. Even a first grader isn’t likely to clean the living room solo. Emphasize, “We’re doing this together” without getting angry. But over the

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years, you can expect kids to do more without your support or reminding. Eventually, the process will become ingrained and your kids will tidy up automatically. Based on your child’s age and stage, the tasks they can be expected to handle (from toddlers to teens) might include putting their toys away, putting their backpack away after school, putting their clean clothes in their dresser drawer, loading and emptying the dishwasher, taking out the garbage, setting the table, vacuuming and dusting, mowing the lawn, washing the car, doing the laundry, making dinner and, later, doing household errands around town with the family car. Rotate chores as much as possible, given your children’s ages so that no one gets stuck with the same job. One idea? Put all the chores that need to be done into a hat. Whatever gets drawn is your child’s job for the week. You can also encourage your kids to work together, which fosters cooperation and problem solving. “See if they can sort the tasks out by themselves,” says Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D., president of the Better Parenting Institute. “As in ‘you dust the furniture while I pick up the dog’s toys.’ That teaches another life skill: teamwork.”

Don’t be a nag If you’re always reminding your kids to do their chores, they’ll learn to depend on you for that cue. Instead, help them remember to do tasks without prodding by teaching them to evaluate their own work. “If you go into the bathroom and see the towels on the floor again, for example, instead of saying, ‘Pick up the towels,’ ask your child, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’” Panaccione suggests. Another option is to assign your kids their own designated towel. If it ends up on the bathroom floor again, so be it. That’s what they get to use next time, which is a logical consequence for not hanging the towel up.

Pile on the praise “Giving lots of praise, especially in the beginning, for every helpful thing your child does, even if it’s small, helps reinforce the behavior,” Panaccione says. But rather than, “You’re the greatest laundry folder in the world,” you might say, “Oh, wow! You’re doing such a great job folding all the laundry. I’m so proud of you for helping out.” “Make your accolades authentic,” Panaccione says. Kids love it when you recognize their contribution and honestly express gratitude; it’s a competence and confidence booster.” J Sandra Gordon is a freelance writer.

Confidence Building Parenting/child behavior expert and author Eileen Hayes offers these ideas to give your child a boost: • Believe in your child and show it — let him know he’s a worthwhile, lovable individual. • Give praise and positive feedback — your child measures his worth and achievements by what you think of him. • Practice active, reflective listening. Listen carefully, repeat what you’ve heard to make sure you understand and give positive prompts to encourage your child to continue. • Acknowledge your child’s feelings and help him express them verbally. • Criticize behavior, not your child. Be clear that it’s an action you’re upset about or a behavior you don’t like. • Respect your child’s interests, even if they seem boring to you. Take a genuine interest in your child’s friends and activities, what’s happening at school, and comment to show you’re listening. • Accept any fears or insecurities your child expresses as genuine. • Enable independence by suggesting your child take chances and try new things. • Laugh with your child, never at him. • Focus on your child’s successes.

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To medicate or not to medicate ... is that the question? When it comes to a child with ADHD, finding the right “recipe” in order to help him is tricky.


here really are kids that need medicine for it. I wouldn’t have said that a year ago,” says Nora, a Brentwood mother of three children; two of whom have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nora’s oldest kids, both boys in middle school, have two different forms of ADHD. While one takes medicine for the disorder, the other does not. ADHD, the neurobiological disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention is on the rise. Science Daily reports that it is now the most common neurobiological disorder in children, occurring in approximately 8 percent of children and youth. Once referred to as ADD with or without hyperactivity, according to the National Research Center, it is now sub-typed in three classifications: Inattentive type (ADHD - I); hyperactive-impulsive type (ADHD - HI); or combined type (ADHD-C). After initially trying behavior therapy and changes in diet, Nora tried ADHD medicine for her oldest boy, an eighth grader, who was diagnosed as ADHD-HI in third grade. “He became anxiety ridden. He became depressed,” she says, recalling some of the side effects her son experienced, along with bouts of vomiting. She stopped the medicine and relied on behavior modification, which she learned through researching the subject on her own. “I talk to his teachers at the beginning of the year and tell them who he is,” says Nora, noting that she has to continue to remind his teachers about his ADHD. “Some teachers are awesome and some aren’t,” she says pointedly, recalling instances in elementary school when her hyperactive son was punished by sitting out at recess, which she says “was the worst thing.” However, her son’s symptoms have improved with his maturity and with his thorough understanding of their expectations she says. When Nora’s second son was diagnosed with ADHD-I after his second grade teacher suggested he be tested, they tried medicine the next school year, but with poor results. “He totally retreated from friends and his perADHD sonality was altered,” she recalls. “HeSUPPORT didn’t like how&heRESOURCES: felt and we didn’t like what we saw, so we took him off thinking we would never medicate CHADD – Children again under our roof!” Four years later,( and now a seventh grader,and her Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivson just started a different medicine two months ago after a decline in his ity Disorder grades due to inattentiveness. Nora says he was not turning in school assignments and was having difficulty completing day-to-day tasks both National Resource Center at school and home. “It is so( much better now,” she says with relief. “He is more on task. His follow through is much better — not perfect, but better.” ADDA ( Attention Deficit Disorder Association

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Much has been said about altering a child’s diet to remedy ADHD. There is currently no proof that a diet high in sugar causes ADHD, but nutritionists say adding more fiber to a hyperactive child’s diet and less refined sugar may be beneficial.


Listening to a computerized rhythmic beat that the child then tries to mimic with hand or foot tapping has shown positive results in some studies. Possibilities include lengthening attention span, behavior and motor control.


Based on several simple ideas that lead children to behave in inappropriate ways, behavior therapy looks at parent/child conflict and provides strategies for improvement. This includes using positive reinforcement in “special time,” designing a “good behavior” plan, using negative consequences to reduce misbehaviors and understanding the needs of an ADHD child.

ADHD CHILDREN NEED: • Positive feedback about how they are doing in meeting expectations • Short-term goals as opposed to long-term • More reminders about what is expected and rewards for meeting expectations • Frequent changes in incentives to remain interested


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the trouble with adhd (cont.) Alison, a mother of three from Franklin, has a fifth grade son with ADHD-I and a son in kindergarten who is currently undergoing testing for the disorder. She says her older son appeared lazy, was disorganized and was socially awkward. “You couldn’t give him multiple instructions. He couldn’t remember,” she recalls. It was his teacher — also a parent of an ADHD child — who recognized the signs. A former educator herself, Alison felt guilty. “I didn’t see this in my own child.” The diagnosis was also difficult on her son. “At first it was very emotional because he thought something was wrong with him,” recalls Alison. Like many, after initially frowning on medicine and trying alternative methods, including dietary changes, Alison and her husband ultimately put their boy on medicine. After some trial and error that included side effects like flash tempers and skin rashes, they finally found the right medicine and dosage for their child. Alison says it has made a big difference academically and socially. “This has changed our life for the better. He is so much happier,” she says.

On the Rise According to a recent study out of Chicago’s Northwestern University, the number of American children leaving doctors’ offices with an ADHD diagnosis has risen 66 percent in 10 years. Why such a dramatic increase? “Probably from a combination of factors,” says William Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University. “People are seeing a pattern of behavior they think may be ADHD. Some may have ADHD and others may not. There’s a lot of overlap in symptoms with other disorders like learning differences.” Once thought to be a disorder of elementary school children, recently the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded the ages for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children from 4 to 18 years. Previous guides from 2000 - 2001 covered children ages 6 to 12. Even experts admit diagnosing a preschooler can be difficult since by nature they are active, inattentive and impulsive. Ultimately it comes down to a matter of degree. “Children with ADHD are much more extreme than the average 3-year-old,” says Charles Rosenblatt, M.D., a specialist in neurodevelopment pediatrics, as reported by “It’s not just that a child with ADD can’t sit still. It’s that he can’t focus on any activity, even one that’s pleasurable, for any length of time.” Cooper says it’s important to get a feel for a child’s behavior in multiple settings and by multiple observers, for example, at church, school and soccer practice. “Kids weren’t always placed in structured environments before. Nowadays they are. That’s where a careful assessment by multiple observers is critical,” he adds. Sharon, a working mother of two from Brentwood, says her son, now a fifthgrader, started showing signs of ADHD when he was 15 months old. “When kids are little, you don’t know how much of that is immaturity or how much truly something is awry,” she says. Sharon and her husband participated in a year-long behavior modification program at Vanderbilt University when their son was 4 years old, before he was diagnosed. “We were getting very negative in our parenting,” she admits. Following a semester of kindergarten, Sharon’s sometimes restless and defiant son couldn’t sit still, was throwing fits, and his fine motor skills were lacking. “Socially he was not fitting in. He wasn’t being invited over to other kids’ houses. He wasn’t making friends,” she adds. Sharon met with specialists from her child’s school and her pediatrician and had her son tested for ADHD. He was diagnosed as ADHD-HI. After receiving the diagnosis, they decided to try

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medicine. Her son is now in the fifth grade. “We have tested many medicines through the years and it’s a very difficult process,” she says. “Every medicine had a side effect for him,” she recalls, noting at first that he was over-medicated. Patience and persistency paid-off. “It’s completely changed his success at school. I can’t describe the difference between first and second grade.” However, for Sharon, the medicine hasn’t made her son “all better.” “Medicine doesn’t get him through his personal life,” she says, noting that her son is still struggling socially and getting professional help for his continuing behavioral problems, for which she suspects he may have other emotional issues. “We really micro-manage his behavior in order to help him succeed.” Sharon advises, “You always have to have medicine with behavior modifications and working with the special education team because just having medicine means being over-medicated.” Sharon’s third grade daughter is also showing ADHD symptoms and is currently being tested for the disorder as well.

The Stigma Right or wrong, society is judgmental of parents with ADHD children, saying too many kids are on medicine, parents aren’t parenting and that ADHD isn’t a real disorder. Despite all of her exhausting efforts to help her children, Sharon admits her parenting style could be better. “My kids are not well disciplined,” she says. “As much as I’ve tried, I throw myself into that inconsistent parenting.” Alison, very aware of the stigma, says, “It’s such a taboo, and that shouldn’t be.” She adds, “It’s a real diagnosis, it’s a real disability.” However, as a former teacher, even Alison believes some children are on medicine because their parents don’t want to take the time to parent them. In Nora’s opinion, those parents aren’t alone. “It’s easier for the teachers if the kids are on medicine, especially the hyper ones,” she says. So it’s not surprising some feel ridiculed – at a time when what they seem to need most is support. “You feel very judged and alone,” says Sharon. You can hear it in her voice. J Katie Hamm is a local freelance writer and mom.

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ore than 2.5 million children in the United States are medicated for ADHD, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control with stimulants — or methylphenidates — including Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall. Common side effects can include headache, upset stomach, nervousness and sleeplessness. It is important to note that Methylphenidate has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use by children younger than 6 years old. Anti-psychotic drugs are more dangerous and parents should be cautious of these medicines since they have not been studied in children, or for ADHD extensively, according to William Cooper, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University. Nevertheless, Cooper, lead author of a 2006 Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital study, Trends in Prescribing Antipsychotic Medicines for U.S. Children, found a nationwide increase in anti-psychotic medications being used to treat children with ADHD. “These are really powerful medications and it’s important that providers have a handle on both the potential benefits and potential risks,” he cautions. “They haven’t been studied in children yet.”

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things every child with autism wishes you knew By Ellen Notbohm

We sometimes wonder what’s going through their little minds. Here’s some insight on a few things that he could be thinking.


ome days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability. The only consistent attribute — the inconsistency. Autism is often baffling, the behaviors perplexing and downright difficult, even to those who spend their lives around it. Autism was once thought “incurable,” but every day now, individuals with autism are showing us that they can overcome, compensate for and otherwise manage many of its most challenging aspects. A basic understanding of autism gives us the ability to have tremendous impact on the journey towards productive, independent adulthood. Here are 10 things every child with autism wishes you knew:



I am a child first. My autism is only one

aspect of my total character. It does not define me as a person. Are you a person with thoughts, feelings and many talents, or are you just fat (overweight), myopic (wear glasses) or klutzy (uncoordinated, not good at sports)? Those may be things that I see first when I meet you, but they are not necessarily what you are all about. As an adult, you have some control over how you define yourself. If you want to single out one characteristic, you can make that known. As a child, I am still unfolding. Neither you nor I yet know what I may be capable of. Defining me by one characteristic runs the danger of setting up an expectation that may be too low. And if I get a sense that you don’t think I “can do it,” my natural response will be, “Why try?”


My sensory perceptions are disordered. The ordinary sights, sounds,

smells and touches of everyday life that you may not even notice can be downright painful for me. I may appear withdrawn or belligerent to you but I am really just trying to defend myself. Here is why a “simple” trip to the grocery store may be hell for me: My hearing may be hyper-acute. The loudspeaker booms today’s special. Music whines from the sound system. Cash registers beep; the coffee grinder chugs. The meat cutter screeches, babies wail, carts creak. My brain can’t filter all the input and I’m in overload!

My sense of smell may be highly sensitive. The fish at the meat counter isn’t quite fresh, the guy standing next to us hasn’t showered today, the deli is handing out sausage samples, the baby in line ahead of us has a poopy diaper, they’re mopping up pickles on aisle three ... I am dangerously nauseated. I am very visually oriented and because of this, vision may be my first sense to become overstimulated. Fluorescent lights hum and vibrate. The light appears to pulsate; it bounces off everything and distorts what I am seeing — the space seems to be constantly changing. There are moving fans on the ceiling, too many items for me to be able to focus (I may compensate with “tunnel vision”), so many bodies in constant motion. All this affects my vestibular sense, and now I can’t even tell where my body is in space.


Be patient with my limited vocabulary. It’s hard for me to tell

you what I need when I don’t know the words to describe my feelings. I may be hungry, frustrated, frightened or confused, but right now those words are beyond my ability to express. Be alert for body language, withdrawal, agitation or other signs that something is wrong. There’s a flip side to this: I may sound like a “little professor” or movie star, rattling off words or whole scripts well beyond my developmental age. These are messages I have memorized from books, TV or other people to compensate for my language deficits because I know I am expected to respond when spoken to. I don’t really understand the context or the terminology I’m using. I just know that it gets me off the hook for coming up with a reply.



instructions. It’s that I can’t understand you. When you call to me from across the room, this is what I hear: “*&^%@, Billy. #$%&*…” Instead, come speak directly to me in plain words: “Please put your book in your desk, Billy. It’s time to go to lunch.” This tells me what you want me to do and what is going to happen next. Now it is much easier for me to comply.

rather than just telling me. Show me many times. Patient repetition helps me learn. A visual schedule is extremely helpful as I move through my day. Like your day-timer, it relieves me of the stress of having to remember what comes next and makes for smooth transitions between activities.

Distinguish between won’t (I choose not to) and can’t (I am not able to). It isn’t that I don’t listen to


I am a concrete thinker. I interpret

language very literally. It’s confusing for me when you say, “Hold your horses, cowboy!” when what you really mean is, “Please stop running.” Don’t tell me something is a “piece of cake” when there is no dessert in sight and what you really mean is “this will be easy for you to do.” Idioms, puns, nuances and sarcasm are lost on me.

what you should know from a mom of a child with autism


rom the start, it will be a learning process for your family. Murfreesboro native, Melissa Schott-Flickinger, is a mother of one very energetic little boy, Logan. He also has autism. Here are some things she wants you to know if you have a child with autism: • When you find out your child is autistic you may not realize the sensory overload they go through. Social interaction may be hard. Allow him to keep his distance if that’s what makes him at ease and he may decide to join in and may not.

Because language is so difficult for me, I may be very visually oriented. Show me how to do something


Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do.

Like you, I can’t learn if I’m constantly made to feel that I’m not good enough and that I need “fixing.” Trying anything new when I am almost sure to be met with criticism becomes something to be avoided. Look for my strengths and you will find them. There is more than one “right” way to do most things.


Help me with social interactions. It may look like I don’t want to play


Try to identify what triggers my meltdowns. Meltdowns and blow-ups

with the other kids on the playground, but it’s just that I simply do not know how to start a conversation or enter a play situation. Encourage other children to invite me to join them at kickball or shooting baskets; it may be that I’m delighted to be included.

are even more horrid for me than they are for you. They occur because one or more of my senses has gone into overload. If you can figure out why my meltdowns occur, they can be prevented.


If you are a family member, please love me uncondition-

ally. Banish thoughts like, “Why can’t he just ...” You did not fulfill every expectation your parents had for you, and you wouldn’t like being constantly reminded of it. I did not choose to have autism. But remember that it is happening to me, not you. Without your support, my chances of successful, self-reliant adulthood are slim. With it, the possibilities are broader than you might think. View my autism as a different ability rather than a disability. Look past what you may see as limitations and see the gifts autism has given me. Be my foundation. Be my advocate, be my friend, and we’ll see just how far I can go. J Ellen Notbohm is co-author of 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and author of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew (fall 2005 release). A columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest, her articles on autism have also appeared in Exceptional Parent, Children’s Voice, Language Magazine, numerous parenting magazines and more than 100 websites.

• Have sensory things around the house like sand, corn and rice just for them to rub hands in because it helps soothe them if they are having a meltdown.

• Join a support group online or one in the area where you live. Support is a great thing to have because you have families that deal with the same issues as you.

• Don’t be sad when your child cannot tell you his wants or needs but find a system that works for you. With Logan, we used pointing and then verbal communication letting him know what it was he was asking for. We also came up with a picture schedule that allows him to pull the picture to communicate his wants and needs.

• If you have a child that is non-verbal learning, sign language is wonderful.

• Early intervention such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy help so much.

• As with any child with special needs, love and support are key. It is very hard to have a child that you feel will never speak. Up until a yearand-a-half ago, all Logan’s teachers and therapist classified him as non verbal. You should hear him now! Love and support is all they need. And with that you will melt when you hear that first “Mommy, I love you.”

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June 18-22 or July 9-13 9am-12pm Register at or 615.741.7579

Adult language classes offered year round.

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757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 800-882-0722 • Voted #1 sleep-away camp seven years in a row 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. see our expanded listing online at

TPGA Junior Golf Academy

400 Franklin Road, Franklin 790-7600 • The TPGA Junior Golf Academy is an overnight camp for ages 10 - 17. Located at the Golf House TN Learning Center, the Academy is for players of all ability levels. The Golf House TN Learning Center also offers day clinics for ages 4 - 17. see our expanded listing online at


since 1945

On Percy Priest Lake in Rutherford County One week: $375 | Two weeks: $675 (Day Camp $185 per week)

Overnight & Day * Swimming* Climbing Horseback Riding * Knee Boarding Open House: March 18, 25 April 1, 22, 29 1:00 – 4:00pm * 615-459-3971

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 • Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 60 girls, 8 - 17; 1 - 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4 6 hours daily with your own horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls dreams come true. see our expanded listing online at

YMCA Camp Ocoee

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch 360-2267 • Voted #1 overnight camp by Nashville Parent magazine readers. Offering one- and two-week sessions for campers rising grade 3 - grade 9. Serving young men and young women. At Widjiwagan campers will strengthen confidence, forge friendships and sharpen character through programs and activities that build independence and social skills. Activities include: water skiing, Wet Willy water slide, The Blob, sailing, soccer, basketball, alpine tower, zip line, archery, horseback riding and much more. see our expanded listing online at

Just 3 miles from Cool Springs Galleria

SUMMER FARM CAMP Where “Back to Nature” is Big Time Fun!



Academy Child Development Centers and Preschools

Questions? Call (615) 794-3358

201 Westwood Place, Brentwood 221-5155 1401 Baffin Lane, Franklin 771-1131 104 Prospect Ave., Franklin 790-6737 270 Seaboard Lane, Franklin 771-2898 151 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville 824-1159 1404 Gateway Blvd., Murfreesboro (coming soon) 890-5885 7836 Old Harding Pike, Nashville 646-6171 4615 Thompson’s Ridge Road, Thompson’s Station 591-4040 This summer your kids can GROW, LEARN, PLAY! The Academy “wows” with a non-stop summer program that includes special weekly guests, adventurous themes and our exclusive Kindergarten Boot Camp. Wellknown for our incredibly creative seasonal activities, Summer at The Academy is no exception! Voted Best Child Care Centers in Williamson County for ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘11.

The Arts Place

15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 294-1041 • At The Arts Place, experience ways to unleash your creativity! Join us for workshops, camps, productions and more. “Punchinello” an original musical based on Max Lucado’s Wemmicks books, Mar. 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Nashville, Wallace Chapel. Tickets are $10, children under 12 $5.

“This was a great experience for my daughter. She had a great time and I felt sure she was in a safe, nurturing, and Christian environment.”

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111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee 423-338-5588 • 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 - 17. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp outs and much more. see our expanded listing online at


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Riverview Camp for Girls

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Horton Haven Christian Camp Boys and Girls ages 8-18

Horses Mtn Biking Archery Crafts Swimming

An Award Winning Camp Experience! Welcome to Riverview Camp for Girls... Why do I choose Riverview each summer?

“I saw my first river on a mountain, and my first mud-turtle. I rode my first horse. I had campfires every night. I felt close to God. I giggled alot with my new friends and counselors. I learned more than I ever dreamed I could. The time flew by! I felt safe and secure. I gained confidence in myself through the world around me. As times go, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST!”…And what child couldn’t use some of that these days? Good News: Spaces are still available for summer! Call now to hold a space! More Good News: You can enroll on-line: Great Location: Only 2 hours from Nashville on Top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, AL on the banks of Little River! Excellent Accommodations: “We LOVE meeting new friends… New pool, New tennis courts, New and the Counselor-In-Training Program justtower, for teens!” climbing Bathroom and showers in every cabin!

Riding English,Western, and Jumping Swimming Heated Pool Ropes Course Tennis • Canoeing Golf • Archery Riflery • Gymnastics Cheerleading Dance Sports • Soccer Basketball Beach Volley Ball Chorus • Drama Arts & Crafts Outdoor Living Skills Aerobics CIT Program Campfires every night Optional Trips And more!

“Fun for me means riding every day!”

Session Options: Both 1 and 2 week sessions for ages 6 to 16! We’re here to serve: Registered nurses on staff, entire full-summer staff is first aid and CPR certified. Carefully selected qualified activity instructors and Christian counselors, who are sensitive to the needs of children! Camper/Counselor Ratio is 5 :1

Zipline Canoeing Bible Lessons Climbing Walls Conveniently located 1 hour south of Nashville

(931) 364-7656

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Susan & Larry Hooks, Owners and Directors Donna Bares, Assistant Director

FREE catalog and video: 800-882-0722

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Battle Ground Academy Summer Camps

336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin 794-3501 • BGA summer camps have something for children of all ages beginning at age 5. From sports to enrichment to academic camps, you can spend the summer at BGA. Conveniently located in Franklin, access is easy from I-65, Franklin Road and Hillsboro Road. Before- and after-care is available.

Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies, Belmont University

1900 Belmont Ave., Nashville 460-6431 • Our 20th year. 2- or 3-hour day camps introduce children to the biology of insects and other arthropods. Short field trips to collect and observe insects taken daily. Children are encouraged to bring in insects for discussion. Materials such as collecting equipment, field guides and refreshments will be provided. Class sizes range from 10 - 20 students. All classes will meet on Belmont University campus.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 890-6755 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro 893-6003 • We have been holding summer karate programs in Murfreesboro since 1973. Our summer program will use your child’s natural enthusiasm about martial arts training to teach focus, discipline and listening skills. Register early and ask how to get our summer program absolutely FREE! Martial arts is ideal for your whole family. see our expanded listing online at

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Various locations 383-9724 The BSA offers 23 Middle Tennessee day camps for rising grade 1 – 5 boys. Non-scouts are welcome to attend. This Mon. – Fri. camp offers activities such as water excitement, archery and bb shooting sports, crafts, nature projects, scout skills and other themed activities. Overnight camps are also available for boys ages 7 – 18.

Brentwood Academy Summer Camps

219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood 373-0611 x165 • Brentwood Academy offers summer day camps for boys and girls beginning in Kindergarten through high school. We offer over 25 camps in the areas of sports, fine arts and academics. We have something to interest every child. Join us for a summer of fun! see our expanded listing online at

Carpe Artista

506 Legacy Drive, Smyrna 378-7845 • Need a place where you can be active, creative and dramatic? Spring Break and Summer Arts Camps by Carpe Artista/Actors Point Theatre, located in Smyrna and Hendersonville. Children grades 3 – 12 will experience dramatic theater, visual arts and a rock band experience. Registration information is available online.

Camp Idyllwild

3139 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River 383-0589 • A unique day camp to inspire children with a love for nature. Eco-science and nature-based programs as well as traditional summer activities. Learn about animal habitats and ecology. Arts and crafts, organic gardening, archery, wall climbing, rappelling, pottery, wood and leather working, and caring for the camp’s three Alpacas. Bus transportation from Nashville and Franklin. see our expanded listing online at

Camp St. Cecilia

4210 Harding Road, Nashville 298-4525 • Camp St. Cecilia offers camps in arts, athletics and academics for girls ages 4 - 17. New camps this year include lacrosse, babysitter training, science olympics, core conditioning, dance and service. Come be a Scarab this summer at St. Cecilia Academy! Morning and afternoon sessions available. Visit our website for more information. see our expanded listing online at

Cheekwood Summer Camps

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 353-9827 • Give an experience of a lifetime in Cheekwood’s museum of art, botanical garden and art studios. Cheekwood brings hands-on fun into our educational programming. Make creative artwork or get your hands dirty gardening. Our staff provides interactive projects and quality materials for your camp to explore and have fun. continued on page 57 ...

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DISCOVER THE WORLD OF IMAGINATION It’s a new adventure every week! Full of bouncing, creative play, games, arts and crafts, and much more!

SUMMER CAMPS start in JUNE. SIGN UP TODAY to reserve YOUR SPOT! Ideal for Kids 4-10+ years of age All classes sorted by birth years. Low Camper-Counselor ratios

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Trevecca Summer Institute: College Prep for Band and Piano Students


this event, featuring conductor and composer Brian Balmages, you will learn how to prepare for college, build your resume, prepare for auditions, find scholarships, develop leadership skills, participate in an ensemble experience, have private and group instruction, gain introductions to musical composition and recording, and make new friendships!

FOR: Students in 9th through 12th grade COST: $400 (limited scholarships available) $350 Early Bird Registration (Through April 1) DATES: June 4-8 (Monday through Friday) TIMES: 8:30 to 5:00 daily THEMES: Preparation for applying to colleges and auditioning for scholarships For more information contact the Department of Music at 615-248-1291

Summer Dance Camp & Junior Intensive



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Full and half-day camp options for ages 3 to 8, and one or two-week camp options for ages 9 to 15. Summer Dance Camps are offered to boys and girls at both Nashville and Brentwood campuses. Enroll Today In Person or Online.

Campuses in Brentwood and Nashville.

Nashville Campus: 3630 Redmon Street • Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 297-2966 x20 Brentwood Campus: 500 Wilson Pike Circle • Brentwood, TN 37027 • (615) 661-0460 • NashvilleParent_SchoolofBallet_SummerCamp.indd 1

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1/17/12 3:46 PM • 888-65-CHESS (652-4377) Camps held at Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, Jul. 16 - 20. Chess Camp: Campers experience chess instruction and play in a fun-filled environment designed to improve their skills. Includes a mix of classroom instruction and practice sessions. Ages 5 - 15. Video Game Creation Camp: Starting with basic commands, campers will be taught in a step-by-step progression how to build a game that they design. Ages 8 - 15.

The Covenant School Summer Camp Program

33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville 467-2313 • We’ll be digging into science and nature, cooking southern style, exploring the arts, going on an Indiana Jones adventure, sports of all sorts and more! Covenant camps will run from the week of Jun. 11 through the week of Jul. 16. Call or visit our website for more information.

Creative Me Gymnastics

871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna 459-5512 • We are offering seven themed one-week day camps for Summer 2012! Each camp offers swimming lessons, special themes, and field trips. Registration starts Mar. 1. Before- and after-care available. Number of students is limited so register early. See our website for all the details.

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Chess Camp and Game Builder Camp

Civil War Adventure History’s Mysteries War of 1812 Adventure Miss Mary’s Academy Stitching History Tennessee Tales & Legends Junior Docent Training & Leadership

Creekside Riding Academy Horse Camp

2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin 595-7547 • Offers summer riding day camps, Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. every week during June and July. Lessons and family trail rides also available. Lessons and camps teach proper riding techniques, grooming, safe handling and tacking up. Fun and adventure for ages 5 and up.

Currey Ingram Academy Summer Camps

Dance and Drama at Franklin School of Performing Arts

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 377-9606 • Featuring one week summer camps: Ballet Princess (ages 4 - 8); Dance Sampler (ages 6 - 10); Jazz and Tap (ages 7 - 12); and Hip-Hop and Street Dance (age 6 - 13). Also offering weekly classes in acting, creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, fitness for kids (ages 8 - 12) and stretching (ages 10 - 18). Celebrating our 21st year! View our website for camp details.

The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane C-5, Murfreesboro 907-1155 • June/July Summer Dance dates TBA April 2. Email or call to request registration information. Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary. Ages 3 - adult. Disciplined, fun classes. 40 year tradition of stellar service.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 890-2300 There’s something for everyone at our hands-on summer camps! From science survival to art to game show camps, there’s something for every child. Member registration begins Feb. 1. Non-member registration begins Mar. 1. Call or visit our website for more information.

David Deaton Karate Studios

Brentwood 377-1100 Hendersonville 824-9111 Mt. Juliet 754-6878 Martial arts summer camp! Three four-week sessions will be held in June, July and August. Free tuition. Act now!

Peachtree Farms Farms Peachtree Over 50 years of teaching children Over 50 years teaching children correct ridingofskills (control of horse and correct riding skills (control of horse and safety) and basic horsemanship (care and safety) and basic horsemanship (care and knowledge of the horse) in a safe and fun knowledge of the horse) in a safe and fun environment environment Our programs are designed to: enrich Our programs arebuild designed to: enrich children’s lives, self-esteem, and children’s lives, build self-esteem, andtheir teach responsibility for themselves, teach responsibility for themselves, pony/horse, and their own actions.their pony/horse, and their own actions.

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Deer Run Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 794-2918 • Grades K - 5 and Adventure Day Camps grades 6 - 8. On 100 wooded acres just south of Franklin. Mon. Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended care available. Bus service from six locations. Aqua park, kayaks, zip line, kickball, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, interactive Bible study. Adventure Camps include 3-D archery, Leap of Faith, paintball, tree climbing with ropes and harnesses, outdoor education and survival skills. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their week. see our expanded listing online at continued on page 58 ...


615-419-1089 Highway 96 Arrington, Tennessee 96 Arrington, Tennessee EastHighway of I-65, South Brentwood - Wilson Pike I-65,Club South Brentwood Wilson Pike programs United East StatesofPony Riding Center and-AARS certified

United StatesCamps, Pony Club Riding Center and AARS certified programs Lessons, Clinics, Sales & Consulting, Parties & Pony rides Lessons, Camps, Clinics, Sales & Consulting, Parties & Pony rides

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6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood 507-3176 • Summer is around the corner, and the fun awaits at Currey Ingram Academy. Whether it’s rock-and-roll, theater, sports, arts, adventure or horses, we’ve got you covered. Our camps are held on our 83-acre campus just 8 - 10 miles form downtown Nashville and Cool Springs. Summer with us in Beech Creek Valley.

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UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY * Monthly Workshops * Summer Camps & Productions * Drama * Singing * Dance * Photography * Painting * Fibers

15354 Old Hickory Blvd Nashville 615-294-1041 |

SUMMER RIDING CAMP Weekly During June & July

• Safe Horse Handling • Riding Lessons • Trail Rides • Grooming & Games

CREEKSIDE Riding Academy & Stables Hwy 431 at Duplex Rd., 2359 Lewisburg Pk., Franklin, TN 37064

615-595-7547 *

Dr. Friday’s Entrepreneurship Camp for Kids

5115 Maryland Way, Brentwood 367-0819 • We provide real situations that reward focus, determination, teamwork, creativity, communication skills and self-esteem. The children enjoy participating in hands-on activities to learn the business basics and have fun doing it. Children ages 8 - 14 yrs. Visit our website for prices, dates and times. see our expanded listing online at

Ensworth School – Big E Sports Camps

7401 Hwy. 100, Nashville 301-8916 • Big E Sports Camps offers a fun opportunity to improve skills and more! Various camps and leagues offered to boys and girls grades K – 12. Excellence in teaching and coaching. Up-to-the-minute facilities and equipment. A welcoming community of coaches, counselors and campers.

Ensworth School – Red Gables Camps

211 Ensworth Ave., Nashville 301-5353 • Camps on the Ensworth Red Gables campus offer summer fun for elementary children. Our week-long sessions in June include robotics, knitting, geocaching, young writers, and more. To register online, visit our web site, hover over Camps and select Camps and Leagues from the list.

Father Ryan High School

700 Norwood Drive, Nashville 383-9056 Sessions begin May 28 and run through July 20. Camps offered for rising K – grade 12 in activities like sports, art and web design. New offerings include a strength training camp. After-care available. Registration and schedules available online. Early registration discount available through Feb. 15.

Fellowship School of Dance

1210 Franklin Road, Brentwood 277-9434 Dance this summer at Fellowship School of Dance! We are pleased to offer a variety of dance camps and intensive training opportunities for students ranging from ages 3 - 20. Class size is limited, so register early.

Firstlight Arts Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste 108, Brentwood 202-6426 Art instruction for enthusiastic kids, teens, & adults! Drawing, painting and cartooning for ages 4 - adult. Summer camps & classes, as well as ongoing school-year programs. In Cool Springs.

Franklin Road Academy

4700 Franklin Road, Nashville 831-0769 • With new and exciting camps, Summer FRA is the place to be for your camp experience! Camps for preK - grade 8, as well as adults. Offering the ultimate in scheduling flexibility with week-long, half-day camps including sports, enrichment, arts and academics. Half-day camps can be combined to make a full day and create a one-of-a-kind camp experience. Extended day service offered for before and after camps. see our expanded listing online at

Goofballs Summer Camp

1113 Murfreesboro Road, #360, Franklin 861-3668 Your camper will have a blast at our one-week day camps. Sessions run Jun. 11 - 15, Jun. 25 - 29, Jul. 9 -13, and Jul. 23 - 27 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, Nerf battles, tie-dye t-shirts, trampoline, bumper cars, lazer frenzy, arcade fun, make your own pizza, movies, goofball olympics and much more.

Harpeth Youth Soccer Association

7385 Old Harding Road, Nashville 662-1466 HYSA has an array of camps and clinics available to soccer players of all ages and skill levels. Great coaches and great facilities.

Holly Tree Christian Preschool Summer Quest

Now enrolling for summer Dance and Drama online!

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3421 Old Anderson Road, Antioch 366-1750 1384 Holly Tree Gap Road, Brentwood 377-6636 122 Seaboard Lane, Franklin 371-8091 Holly Tree schools are about faith, family, and summer fun. Featuring cool fun for hot days as well as special guests and water fun too. Summer themed weekly chapel and JAM classes (Jesus and Me!) with experienced children’s minister on staff. The summer is no time to slow down at Holly Tree where they kick into overdrive to make the most of the summer season. continued on page 61 ...

16th Annual National Chess Summer Camp Tour Tuition includes tee-shirt, trophy, chess board & pieces & much more. • Beginners thru Advanced Welcome! • Group & Sibling Discounts • Co-ed, ages 5-15 • Morning, Afternoon & All-day Sessions

Register Online: 888•65•CHESS


Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood July 16 -20 • Chess-Intro-Sequel NEW FAMILIES-MENTION THIS OFFER FOR $150 CAMP CREDIT!

• Intro Video Game Creation • Video Game Creation - The Sequel See website for details. Register Online: 888.652.4377


JULY 9th-27th Monday thru Friday 9:00am–4:00pm Aftercare until 5pm Luke Durham Program Director (Vanderbilt ‘05)

Whitney Chapman Associate Director (Vanderbilt parent)

Rob Hammond Director (Vanderbilt ‘71)

For more information about dates/rates and activities visit us online at • 256-634-4066

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Camp Laney is a traditional overnight camp for boys ages 8-14. It is located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama and is 2 1/2 hours from Nashville.

Your child will actually design, develop and create a one-of-a-kind video game.

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Weekly Overnight Camps Day Clinics For more information, visit 400 Franklin Road, Franklin

(615) 790-7600

A few reasons why summer camp at Our Savior is awesome: • Christian environment • Daily devotions • More than 20 camps • Experienced, licensed teachers • Half-day and full-day options • Affordable price

Beetles, Bugs & Butterflies

Weekly camps begin June 11!

Explore the Lives of Insects! June 11-15 & June 18-22 (grades 1-3) 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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TPGA Junior Golf AcAdemy

July 16-20 (grades 4-6) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Call 460-6431 for registration info Our Savior Lutheran Academy 5110 Franklin Road, Nashville 833-1500 •

Call 833-1500 or visit and sign up today!


2012 SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Hockey * Basketball Volleyball * Football Lacrosse REGISTER TODAY! 215 Gothic Ct. Franklin, TN 37069

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3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg 931-364-7656 • Come out and explore! Each day is filled with laughter and adventure. Activites include inflatable water slides, bible lessons, crafts, guided horseback rides, swimming and much more. Choose from three oneweek sessions or come back for all three (Jun. 25 - 29, Jul. 19 - 23 and Jul. 16 - 20). Space is limited. see our expanded listing online at

iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies

Camps held on the Vanderbilt campus 1-888-709-TECH (8324) • Gain a competitive edge! Ages 7 - 18 create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at week-long, day and overnight programs held at Vanderbilt, UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory, Stanford and others. Also 2-week, teen-only programs held at Yale, Duke, Harvard and other universities: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography). see our expanded listing online at

Jan Williams School of Music and Theatre

500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 104, Brentwood 371-8086 Serving Middle Tennessee since 1984. Kindermusik Adventure Camps for ages infant - 5 yrs. Keyboard camps for ages 4 - 8 yrs. Music theater camps for ages 4 yrs. - teens. Partnership/performances with beautiful Town Centre Theatre in Brentwood. Programs performed at the end of each camp.

Let it Shine Gymnastics

Mr Bond the Science Guy Summer Camps

Multiple locations including MPA, Harding Academy, GJCC and BGA 573-2702 Energy Camp, CSI-Nashville, Space Camp, Crazy Chemistry Camp, Bizarre Science, Mini Bizarre Science (perfect for 4 - 5 year olds) and Environmental Science. Come have fun and learn. As Mr. Bond says, “Just Goo It!”

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 371-5437 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville 824-8002 • Morning and afternoon camps for ages 2.5 - 7 yrs. Age-appropriate activities include gymnastics, arts and crafts, story time, music, sports, and more. Weekly themes keep things fresh. Ask about our drop-off program to help make things easier on you. Camp schedules available online. Space is limited.

guppies &dolphins swim

Mt. Juliet/Smyrna area. Register at:

• Individual Music Therapy • Music Together™ (ages 0-5) • Social Skills Groups • Regular and Adaptive Piano and Guitar Lessons • Birthday Parties

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Summer Program

The exceptional summer program at The Goddard School® includes: • • • • • • • • • •

Arts and Crafts Computers and Technology Cooking Drama Literature and Language Manners Music and Movement Science and Nature Special Visitors Sports and Games

Montgomery Bell Academy Sports Camps

4001 Harding Road, Nashville 369-5368 • Montgomery Bell Academy’s more than 100 different camps and classes allow rising kindergartners to high school boys and girls to fill their summer with activities. Sports, outdoor adventure, art, cooking driver’s ed, leadership, study skills, and computer are just a few of the myriad offerings. Check out our website for all the information.

Nashville Shores

4001 Bell Road, Hermitage 889-7050 • Nashville Shores Summer Camp is a program for children ages 5 - 12 featuring crafts, educational games, junior lifeguard classes, swim lessons, nature activities, lake sports and fun time in the water park. The summer camp is a day camp that is one week long, Mon. - Fri. Visit our website for more information. see our expanded listing online at

Oak Hill Day Camp

4815 Franklin Road, Nashville 298-9583 • Traditional day camp for children 3.5 yrs. – grade 8 in the heart of Nashville. Swimming, horseback riding, ropes course, archery, sports and more. ACA accredited.

NOW ENROLLING! FRANKLIN • 615-595-2525 HENDERSONVILLE • 615-822-9300 Goddard Systems, Inc. program is AdvancED accredited.

Our Savior Lutheran Academy Camps

5110 Franklin Road, Nashville 833-1500 Weekly camps begin Jun. 11. More than 20 camps (both half- and full-day options) in a great Christian environment at an affordable price. continued on page 62 ...

The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. © Goddard Systems Inc. 2009

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1892 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 369-3547 • We offer a super funtastic summer camp. Ages 3 - 12. Camp is 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with extended care available from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids will have a funtastic time on our trampolines, zip line, rocket blaster, star castle and rock wall, as well as participating in volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, swimming and gymnastics. see our expanded listing online at

Swimming Lessons taught by a Certified Red Cross Instructor at

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Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary

SUMMER CAMP 2012 CAMP INFORMATION 7 week program June 4th to July 20th **No camp Wednesday, July 4th** Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm • Ages 5 to 12

*Children must be 6 years old by Sept. 30, 2012 and CAnnot be 13 years old before June 4, 2012

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE field trips • theme days tournaments athletic activities board games musical activities arts & crafts • guest speakers indoor & outdoor games

REGISTRATION INFORMATION Registration forms are available on our website.

Registration for the following camp locations will be held

at the Franklin Recreation Complex 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin

HunteR’s Bend & GRassland Mon., April 30th • 7am-6pm (or until full)

lipsComB & nolensville Wed., May 2nd • 7am-6pm (or until full)


longview Recreation Center (2909 Commonwealth Dr., Spring Hill) tues., May 1st & thurs., May 3rd • 7am to 6pm (or until full)


Fairview Recreation Complex (2714 Fairview Blvd. West) tues., May 1st and thurs., May 3rd • 8am-8pm Sat, May 5th • 9am-12pm

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545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 370-4672 • Owl’s Hill Camps offer “Summer As It Used To Be!” Camps include Screech Owl (ages 5 - 7), Nature Ranger (ages 8 - 11) and Adventurers (ages 5 - 11). All feature nature-related activities, catching tadpoles, building forts and wildlife programs featuring live animals. Sessions are small so campers get personal attention.

School of Nashville Ballet

3630 Redmon St., Nashville 297-2966 ext. 33 • Dance camps and junior intensives for students ages 3 - 15. Half- and full-day options are available with locations in both Nashville and Brentwood. Students bring their own sack lunch and drink. Have fun, make new friends and learn from the best.

Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp/TN Teens Rock Camp Murfreesboro and Nashville • Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a summer day camp for girls ages 10 - 17. SGRRC’s mission is to support a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among girls while building community through music. SGRRC recognizes the potential of every young woman to be a strong, talented, creative and empowered individual while providing a safe space where all girls rock.

Tap Root Farm

4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin 794-3358 Children will learn about farm life, where real food comes from and how it grows. They will work with large and small animals, understanding what it takes and how to care for them. Campers will be a member of a farm family team in which they will have responsibilities. Tap Root Summer Farm Camp is about young people taking an opportunity to get back in touch with themselves.

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

227 French Landing Drive, Ste. 100, Nashville 741-7579 • Spanish Camp from the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute is a fun, exciting way for your child to learn a new language! With small group sizes and fluent instructors experienced in working with children, kids learn Spanish through games, songs, role playing, arts and crafts, food and more. Details online.

Tennessee PGA Junior Golf - Golf House Tennessee

400 Franklin Road, Franklin 790-7600 The TPGA Junior Golf Academy is an overnight camp for ages 10 - 17. Located at the Golf House Tennessee Learning Center, the Academy is for players of all ability levels. The Golf House Tennessee Learning Center also offers day clinics for ages 4 - 17.

Travellers Rest Plantation

636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville 832-8197 • Travellers Rest’s summer camps are one of Nashville’s best hidden treasures full of adventure, creativity, mystery, and fun! Learn the mysteries of the past with History’s Mysteries camp. Put a stitch in time with our great sewing camp. Become a museum leader in the Junior Docent program. Or embark on an adventure with Civil War and Frontier Adventure camp! see our expanded listing online at

USN Summer Camps (University School of Nashville)

2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville 566-7046 • Make USN Summer Camps your choice for a fun and enriching experience this summer. Many of the camps are led by members of our talented faculty who bring their expertise and varied passions to diverse programming in sports, academics, the arts and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon scheduling allows either full- or half-day experiences. After-care available from 4 - 5 p.m. see our expanded listing online at

Vanderbilt Tennis Camps

2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville 322-4193 • Three one-week camps, taught by Vanderbilt varsity tennis coaches. Open to ages 7 - 17.

Watkins College of Art and Design

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 383-4848 • Watkins’ Summer of the Arts programs provide art-making experiences that engage and inspire youth ages 5 - 18 to find their inner artist. The fundamentals of art are taught while individual creativity and self-expression are encouraged. Class topics include clay, cartooning, bookmaking, printmaking, painting, fiber arts and more. continued on page 65 ...

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Westside Gymnastics

11 Vaugh’s Gap Road, Nashville 352-8533 Fun day camps for ages 3 - 12 in a positive learning environment. Camps include a kindy camp for preschoolers, youth camp for boys and girls, gymnastics camp, and a cheer camp featuring some of the Tennessee Titans cheerleaders. All camps include fun-filled hours of gymnastics, arts and crafts, swimming, games, and fitness.

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3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2267 • Voted #1 Day Camp by Nashville Parent readers 14 years in a row! Serving boys and girls rising grade 1 - grade 8. Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from downtown Nashville. Bus transportation is available. Activities include water skiing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, Tom Sawyer swing, The Blob, 150 ft. Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hockey, alpine tower, zip line, fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more. see our expanded listing online at

YMCA Day Camps 259-9622 Camping at the Y is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. Our camps are also places where kids become a community as they engage in physical, social and educational activities that teach how to be more independent and contribute to a group. Each week includes swimming and field trips. Camps offered at participating school locations 259-3418 The summer component of the YMCA’s Fun Company out-of-school time program, Summer Adventure offers campers daily fun in a safe, supervised environment. Offering full-day excitement, campers will learn skills, develop character and make new friends, all while engaging in physical, social and educational activities.


1321 Murfreesboro Road Nashville 656-3532 • Discover your child’s math potential through a unique, fun learning tool, the abacus. Children learn to do math operations on an abacus and then in their own minds ... without a calculator! Children learn math in an intuitive, tactile way. They will develop mental math skills and right brain thinking all while having fun! 10 classes meet once per week for two hours in the evenings or on Sundays. Ages 5 - 12.

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in the Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro 390-0982 Offering year-round after-school basketball programs for individuals and groups ages 6 - 17. We take skills to a higher level, stressing fundamentals and shaping character. Developmental program for boys and girls ages 7 - 16. All skill levels welcome. Travel basketball program also available. AAU Member. 230 Franklin Road, Ste. 802, Franklin 790-5001 • Be A Star summer camp at Advantage. Dream of being on TV, a Fashion Model, on Broadway? Start experiencing your dream! Weeks of Jun. 18 - 22 or Jul. 16 - 20. Register early for discounted price rate. Ages 7 - 14. New on Tuesdays: Weekly acting for film/TV classes for ages 7 and up. Weekly modeling/ acting class for ages 3 - 6. Registering for Saturday modeling classes or acting workshops.

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Barfield School of Dance

2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro 896-3118 • We offer dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, Irish, Kinderdance and Kindermusik, ages newborn - adult. All programs are developmentally appropriate and designed to meet the needs of each dancer. Our goal is to develop within each dancer a love for and a skill in the art of dance providing a sound dance education.

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Serving All of Middle Tennessee 715-1232 Offering individual and group music therapy services, regular and adaptive guitar and piano lessons, parentchild music classes and musical birthday parties. Drumming classes designed to improve communication and leisure skills for children with developmental disabilities starting soon in Murfreesboro and Franklin. Our mission is to use music to look beyond limitations and discover the ability of each child. see our expanded listing online at

Dance in Bloom

7982 Coley Davis Road, Bellevue 662-4819 • Located just off I-40 and Hwy. 70 in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers excellent classes for ages 2 and up. Quality training (with an emphasis on proper technique and terminology) is offered in a fun and upbeat environment. Classes available in creative movement, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pom and tumbling. Fun and affordable birthday party packages are also available!

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 867-6900 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna 617-7644 • E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out. see our expanded listing online at


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The Goddard School

1101 Moher Drive, Franklin 595-2525 108 Cinema Drive, Hendersonville 822-9300 The summer program at The Goddard School is a unique blend of fun and learning. Energetic teams of teachers plan summer days filled with developmentally appropriate activities to foster children’s skill building, self-confidence, and cognitive development. Children learn about creepy crawlers, send letters to pen pals, and ‘travel’ to the stars in a positive atmosphere that offers the ideal balance to the school year.

Mobile Music Academy • 301-8589 We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers directly to you. We provide lessons throughout the day and evening for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral. Special rates available for lessons before 3 p.m. We teach all ages.

Mpact Sports

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood 377-3444 MPACT your child’s school year with the right balance of athletic training, character building and social/ team outlets. Gymnastics for 10 mos. - adult, cheer for 5 - 18 yrs. and martial arts for ages 4 - 104. Competitive teams and proper training. Low teacher/student ratios. Our goal is to help your child develop to their fullest within their sport of choice and encourage learning. Come see why Mpact is the best kept secret in Cool Springs!

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

Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington 419-1089 • PFEC offers afternoon and weekend lesson programs for those who want to learn how to ride safely and correctly. Both English and Western lessons are offered in a great environment where children can have fun and fresh air after a stressful day at school. For the serious rider, the CHA-approved facility and USPC Riding Center offer a chance to excel in competition.


June 4-July 20 weekly offerings for grades K-12 half day and full day sessions

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103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1, Franklin 599-7003 • Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. Non-mandatory in-school dance concerts to teach performance skills.

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Stevens Family Taekwondo

440 Rice Street, Murfreesboro 893-5304 805 Commercial Court, Murfreesboro • Offering day and evening classes for children and adults. Classes include traditional taekwondo, yoga, cardio kickboxing, Krav Maga and tumbling. Home of the area’s only structured Martial Arts After School Program. see our expanded listing online at

Sylvan Learning Centers

1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin 790-8775 2000 Richard Jones Road, Suite 178, Nashville (Green Hills) 292-3900 860-9111 110 Glancy St., Suite 211, Nashville (Rivergate) Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation.

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Wado Karate Centers

2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch 399-3992 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville 859-9473 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna 399-3992 • Two-week “Quick Start Program” for $19.95. For ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, selfconfidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register.


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Juggleville VII: Caught in the Act takes place April 6 - 7 at Ingram Hall.

sun 1 David Biggs One of the country’s leading organists performs

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FREE Easter Egg Hunt Kids can bring baskets and search for hidden eggs. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 2 p.m.; 859-3678. Oaklands Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2 - 10 can bring their own

baskets and hunt for eggs, then enjoy lawn games, coloring, stories and more. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; $1 per child (at 3 p.m., the mansion will be open for $5 tours for adults, free ages 12 and younger); 893-0022 or

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ant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 am.; 834-3287.

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 2 listing. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://

Nature Nuts Kids can make recycled paper. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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Smokey Joe’s Cafe This production opens today at the Larry Keeton Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

Zumbatomic All ages can participate in a zumba fitness program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 and 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Strollercoasters Parents with children ages birth to 5 years can enjoy a stroller exercise activity followed by poststrolling activities. Murfree Spring Wetland, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 893-2141 or parks.

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mers. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-4897 or

cocktail reception, silent auction, a dinner replicating a threecourse, first class dining experience and presentation by John Joslyn, founder of Titanic Museums. The Hermitage Hotel, 231 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. dinner and presentation; $125; 332-7529 or

an “Easter’s Bunnies” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 2 listing.

Snack Attack! Kids can make blueberry banana stacks. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! Kids can make blueberry banana stacks. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Titanic the Musical This Circle Players production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

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Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type This Nashville Children’s Theatre production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

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Bank of America Pops Series: Steve Wariner Guitarist Steve Wariner joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music dedicated to Chet Atkins. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $4 - $129; 687-6400 or

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Eggstra Special Easter Celebration All ages can join the Easter Bunny for egg hunts all day long, have their pictures made with spring lambs, bunnies, chicks and ducks, and enjoy more than 70 farm activities. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $9 ages 2 and older; 274-3786 or Godspell This Center for the Arts production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details. Juggleville VII: Caught in the Act All ages can enjoy a performance by a 31-member cast of jugglers, acrobatics and physical comedy. This year’s theme follows a young detective as she attempts to recover valuable juggling artifacts stolen by a trio of mischievous thieves. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m.; $5; 704-526-5525 or Wetland Walk Kids can join a naturalist for a walk through the

wetlands and lily pad pond. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

sat 7 12th Annual Easter Extravaganza Kids ages 10 and younger can participate in age-appropriate egg hunts, visit the Easter Bunny, play games, enjoy face painting and more. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; admission is $5 per vehicle; 459-2341 or Bank of America Pops Series: Steve Wariner Please

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FREE Citywide Easter Egg Hunt All ages can hunt for eggs and exchange them for prizes along with a visit with the Easter Bunny and carnival-style games. Richard Siegel Community Park, 515 Cherry Lane, Murfreesboro; 1 p.m.; 907-2251 or

Easter Bunny Excursion Train All ages can ride the rails to

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he Tennessee Aquarium and National Wildlife Federation have joined forces in an effort to get children engaged with nature and to get outside via the Be Out There campaign. Through Sunday, April 8 at the aquarium, children can participate in Keeper Kids (free with gate admission), a special program that allows them to get closer to some of the aquariums animals to learn what it’s like to care for them. Ages 6 can older can choose two of 19 specific activities (on a first come, first served basis) that provide a behind-the-scenes experience. A new exhibit opens on Saturday, April 28: River Giants will showcase massive freshwater fish, including Australian freshwater eels, pangasius catfish, arapaima and whiptail rays. The Tennessee Aquarium is located at 1 Broad St., Chattanooga. Admission is $24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 3 - 12. Call 800-262-0695 or visit To learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There initiative, visit

Watertown with the Easter Bunny and participate in an egg hunt during the layover. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or

FREE Easter Egg Hunt Children up to fifth grade can hunt eggs, visit a coloring station, play in a bounce house and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 2 p.m.; 220-0042 or

FREE Easter Egg Hunt Kids can search for eggs and visit

with Mr. Bunny, followed by a homemade Easter bonnet contest. Bring a picnic lunch and listen to live music while bonnet judging takes place. The Art Barn, 8190 Hwy. 99, Rockvale; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. egg hunt, 1 p.m. bonnet contest; 722-1026 or theartbarntn. com.

FREE Easter Eggstravaganza Families can enjoy games,

food, prizes and an Easter egg hunt that begins at 12:20 p.m. The Community Church, 1600 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 371-5886.

Eggstra Special Easter Please see Friday, April 6 listing. Eggstravaganzoo Ages 10 and younger can search for eggs and visit the Easter Bunny. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free with gate admission ($15 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12); 833-1534 or

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Broadway star Sierra Boggess plays the title role in Show Hope’s Cinderella on Thursday, April 12 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can build window bird feeders from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For a store near you, visit Juggleville VII: Caught in the Act Please see Friday, April 6.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a reading of Richard III. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.;

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All for the Hall Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Rascall Flatts, Lady Antebellum and other artists perform a fundraising concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $35; 770-2000 or

Easter Brunch The Loveless Café and Barn hosts its inaugural Easter brunch featuring a 100-foot buffet, live bluegrass music, Easter egg hunts, egg coloring and photos with the Easter Bunny. Loveless Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $24.95 adults, $15.95 ages 4 - 12, free ages 3 and younger;

FREE Super Saturday All ages can play on the kids’ activity table, participate in craft projects and enjoy cookies and lemonade. Parent-Teacher Stores: 2214 Bandywood Drive, Nashville (292-3533); 203 Williamson Square, Franklin (599-3477); 131 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro (895-6131); and 780 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville (859-3007);

FREE Walk Through Jerusalem All ages can experience

Jesus’ last week via a recreation of a Jerusalem marketplace and townspeople with live animals and scenes with music and narration. New Hope Community Church, 605 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-1590.

Youth Triathlon: Kids on the Go Ages 9 - 13 can participate in a swimming, running and biking adventure. Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $2; 893-7439.

mon 9 Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn

support and questions answered about breastfeeding. Crossway Baptist Church, 4194 Shelbyville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 931-308-9817.

FREE Oaklands Volunteer Fair Adults can explore program stations, receive costume information and fill out volunteer applications. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 893-0022 or

about rainbows. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 9 listing.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Bluegrass and jazz come

Williamson County Community Band Enjoy an evening

Snack Attack! Kids can make bird nest snacks. Discovery

Zumbatomic All ages can participate in a zumba fitness program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 and 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or (please turn the page)

together when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band share the stage. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $4 - $109; 687-6400 or

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

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FREE La Leche League of Rutherford County Get

of live music during the community band’s first concert of the season. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $20; 790-5719, ext. 30 or






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Nature Nuts Kids can embark on a wetlands garbage hike. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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Shostakovich Five The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra


ew and expectant parents can find everything they need for their infant during Nashville Parent’s annual offering, The Baby Fair. A joint event with Baptist Hospital, the fair features vendors with baby clothing, furniture, safety equipment, local resources, nutrition and exercise information, and more. Baptist will present classes in breastfeeding and newborn care along with tours of its birthing facility. Win prizes by participating in games throughout the day and register to win door prizes. The Baby Fair takes place at the Baptist Hospital Campus, located at the 21st Avenue entrance in Nashville. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more info, call 256-2158 or visit

wed 11 FREE Bird Club All ages can hike while searching for spring

migrants and resident birds. Cason Lane Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or parks.

Home School Ice Skating Lessons Ages 6 and older can

learn to ice skate or improve their existing skills. A-Game Skate Academy, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; Wednesdays through May 16; $50; 778-9825 or

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Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 9 listing. Snack Attack! Kids can make bird nest snacks. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

thu 12 The Girl of Golden West This Nashville Opera production

opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

performs Shostakovich’s Symphony in D Minor along with selections from Out of Africa and The Composer is Dead. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 898-1862 or

Show Hope’s Cinderella Broadway and local talent share

the stage with the Nashville Symphony, bringing to life Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Proceeds benefit Show Hope, a local organization promoting orphan care. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49 - $109; 687-6400 or

Southern Women’s Show Women of all ages can enjoy

fashion shows, cooking clinics, career forums, hundreds of exhibits and celebrity appearances by Deidre Hall, Leeza Gibbons and more. New this year is the Royal Dresses of Diana, the People’s Princess exhibit, a collection of her most famous gowns. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St., Nashville; Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 youth (the Royal Dresses exhibit is an additional $5); 800-849-0248 or southernwomensshows. com.

FREE Strollercoasters Parents with children ages birth to

5 years can enjoy a stroller exercise activity followed by poststrolling activities. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Thursday Crafternoon Kids can make aquarium dioramas. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or (please turn the page)

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Nashville Sounds Pitcher Mike Fiers signs a ball for a young fan. The team’s first home game of the season is Friday, April 13. To Kill a Mockingbird This Steeple Players production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

fri 13 Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo Explore more than 100 booths,

display gardens, Tennessee’s largest plant sale, workshops and more. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, free ages 11 and younger; 973-2112 or

Dearly Departed This Towne Centre Theatre production opens

today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

Wetland Walk Kids can join a naturalist for a walk through the

wetlands and lily pad pond. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

sat 14 FREE 36th Annual Pioneer Days All ages can enjoy a

day of old-time demonstrations, storytelling, hayrides, bluegrass music, dancing, crafts, food and more. Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 8900355 or

FREE Adventures in Agriculture Families can participate

Of Mice and Men This Boiler Room Theatre production opens

in hands-on activities and learn about the impact agriculture has on their everyday lives. Activities include petting farm animals, picking crops, gathering eggs, farm chores and more. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 896-0737.

Our Miss Brooks This Murfreesboro Little Theatre production

The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: Pied Piper Fantasy The Nashville Symphony performs

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel This Arts Center of Cannon

County production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details. today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or Southern Women’s Show Please see Thursday, April 12 listing.

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a flute concerto for kids. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m. (pre-concert activities begin at 10 a.m. in the lobby); $16.50 - $29; 687-6400 or

FREE The Baby Fair Please see page 83. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Enjoy an evening of live music. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29.50 - $45.50; 800-745-3000 or

Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo Please see Friday, April 13 listing. Calls for Kids Telecast Tune in to WKRN Channel 2 and make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville from 7 - 10 p.m.; call 322-7900 or visit rmhcnashville. com. FREE Celebration of Spring Families can welcome spring with relay races, bird and wildflower identification hikes, pontoon boat rides, kite flying, crafting and more. Edgar Evins State Park, 1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silverpoint; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 931-858-2466 or FREE Health Fair St. Thomas Health sponsors this event

that features a variety of clinics and health screenings, child and fire safety seminars, nutritional info and more. Christ the King Church, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 12 - 4:30 p.m.; or

FREE Health, Hope and Heroes Day Recycle household items like computers, cell phones, expired prescription medications, and shred documents and obtain complimentary health screenings. The children’s area includes face painting, games and inflatables. Hermitage Community Center, 3720 James Kay Lane, Hermitage; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 618-0545 or FREE Healthy Kids Day/H.E.A.L.s for Kids This celebration of healthy choices for all ages includes sample classes, performances by The Zinghoppers and The Groove Club, lawn games, inflatables, resource booths and more. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; (please turn the page)

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Kids can enjoy animal encounters during Adventures in Agriculture at Lane Agri-Park in Murfreesboro on Saturday, April 14. In the Artist’s Studio All ages can join an artist for an afternoon of creative exploration. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Ka-Bloom! Families can spend the day at Cheekwood learning

how to make flower arrangements, drop in the studio for art activities, take in a performance by Howard Pink and his musical garden hoses and more. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17); 356-8000 or

MTCS Annual Spring Fling, Cougar Run and Trivia Night Participate in a 5K to benefit the MTCS Patrons’ Organi-

zation, Special Kids, The Journey Home and Matthew 25 Club, then in the afternoon, enjoy a shopping bazaar, spaghetti dinner and first annual Cougar Trivia Night. Middle Tennessee Christian School, 100 E. MTCS Road, Murfreesboro; 7 a.m. 5K, 3 - 9 p.m. bazaar, dinner and trivia;

Ranch Rodeo All ages can enjoy rodeo competitions and

participate in activities like sack races, wheelbarrow races, horseback riding, apple bobbing, stick pony races and more. Tap Root Farm, 4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin; 11 a.m.; $5 ages 4 and older; 594-3210 or

Saturday Night Fiebre Adults can take in an evening of

dancing and listening to Latin music including salsa, bachata and merengue. Proceeds benefit March of Dimes. EBDT Dance & Arts, 107 Conference Drive, Ste. 2, Franklin; 7 - 10 p.m.; $5; 641-0661 or

FREE Second Saturday Celebration at Fiddlers Grove

All ages can step back in time and enjoy demonstrations of life at

the turn of the 20th century, including guided tours, food, and live bluegrass music. Fiddlers Grove Historical Village, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 4 - 9 p.m.; 443-2626 or

Southern Women’s Show Please see Thursday, April 12

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or

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Sprint into Spring 5K & Fun Run The Junior Service

League of Gallatin hosts this race to support women and children in Sumner County. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin; 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. one-mile fun run, 8:30 a.m. 5K; $20 fun run, $25 5K; 944-3118 or


Ice Skating Lessons Ages 3 and older can learn to ice skate or improve their existing skills. A-Game Skate Academy, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; choose Mon/Thu or Sat through June 2; $140; 778-9825 or Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about frogs. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. Snack Attack! Kids can make homemade pretzels. Discovery

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

FREE Family Day Festival Explore current exhibitions, view

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or

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Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo Please see Friday, April 13 listing. demonstrations, listen to live music, enjoy “Storytelling with the Fairy Queen” and participate in art activities. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 - 5:30 p.m.; 244-3340 or

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tue 17 FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287. Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 16 listing. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Red Hawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or Vince Gill and Friends Country star Vince Gill and special guests perform to benefit the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $32.50 - 42.50; 800-745-3000 or Zumbatomic All ages can participate in a zumba fitness program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 and 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

wed 18 Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 16 listing. Snack Attack! Kids can make homemade pretzels. Discovery

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

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Red Hawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 11:05 a.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or

thu 19 Disney’s Aladdin Jr. This Star Bright Players production

opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

Nature Nuts Kids can enjoy a nature walk. Discovery Center

at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Rivers & Spires Festival Celebrate Clarksville’s his-

tory and heritage through an international street festival with arts and crafts, live music, car shows, children’s activities and more. Commerce Street in Downtown Clarksville; Thu 4 - 10:30 p.m., Fri 5 - 10:30 pm., Sat 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.;

Kids can learn about local nature during Wetland Walks at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring every Friday. phony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or

Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $14.50 - $72.50; 628-9100 or tickets.

Thursday Crafternoon Kids can make recycled potted plants. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Goldilocks and the Three Bears This Sunshine Players

fri 20 Down on the Farm Spring Festival All ages can enjoy live

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they

musical entertainment, inflatables, obstacle courses and more. West End United Methodist Church Preschool, 2200 West End Ave., Nashville; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; each activity is priced separately; 321-8500 or

FREE Strollercoasters Parents with children ages birth to

FREE Earth Day Celebration All ages can celebrate Mother Earth with vendors, displays, educational events and more. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 2 - 4 p.m.; 851-2231

challenge the Oklahoma City Red Hawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or 5 years can enjoy a stroller exercise activity followed by poststrolling activities. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

SunTrust Classical Series: Brahms & Sierra’s Sinfonia Guest violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Nashville

Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Brahms, Sierra and Chabrier. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Sym-

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FREE Family Movie Night All ages can watch Tangled

on the big screen. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 7 p.m.; 220-0042 or

production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

Leaving Iowa This Lamplighter’s Theatre production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

FREE Rivers & Spires Festival Please see Thursday, April

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Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Red Hawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or SunTrust Classical Series: Brahms & Sierra’s Sinfonia Please see Thursday, April 19 listing. FREE Unexpected Tales Film Series: Twisted Tales

All ages can see old fairy tales recreated with a scientific twist, presented through a series of short films using the stop animation film process. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; 244-3340 or

Gaither Homecoming 2012 This gospel music concert

features the Gaither Vocal Band, The Martins, Kevin Williams and more. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, 1 University Park

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Wetland Walk Kids can join a naturalist for a walk through the

wetlands and lily pad pond. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo All ages can a professional rodeo event benefiting local charities. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Fri - Sat 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 children; 444-5503 or

sat 21 FREE Arbor Day/Earth Day All ages visit community booths, enjoy tree climbing, a live performance by Conductor Jack and more. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 550-6947 or

FREE Brentwood Kars4Kids Car Show and Festival

View more than 100 cars, including one from Alan Jackson’s private collection, listen to music, enjoy arts and crafts, and more. Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, 1310 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 376-3190.

FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League of Gallatin presents this story time for ages 3 - 8 that features a reading of The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food along with a physical activity and healthy snack. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 452-1722 or FREE A Cause for Celebration: Fannie Battle Block Party This inaugural block party featuring local vendors,

entertainment, children’s activities, a dog zone, food and more celebrates Fannie Battle’s 120 years of serving the Nashville community. Fannie Battle Day Home, 108 Chapel Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 228-6745 or

FREE Earth Day Festival Celebrate “Living Green and Healthy” during a day of live music, demonstrations, exhibit booths and a children’s area featuring magicians, puppeteers, dance, music and more. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; A Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keiller brings his

popular radio show to Music City. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 4:45 p.m.; $35 - $85; 800-745-3000 or ryman. com.

Red Shoe Party Adults can wear their red shoes and cocktail

Kids can try out different instruments during the free Musical Petting Zoo at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, April 28. Whip Crackin’ Rodeo Please see Friday, April 20 listing.

sun 22 FREE Deer Run Christian Camp Open House Families can tour the facilities and meet the camp directors and 2012 summer staff. Deer Run Christian Camp, 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 794-2918 or camps.

attire for an evening of live music, dinner and drinks. Proceeds benefit CASA, a nonprofit that helps abused and neglected children find safe and permanent homes. The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, 150 Third Ave. S., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $150; 425-2383 or

Family Day All ages can explore discovery trunks, play games, see and touch artifacts, and create an Earth Day project. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; admission is a $5 parking fee; 459-2341 or

FREE Rivers & Spires Festival Please see Thursday, April

FREE Fiddle and Clogging Demonstration The Huntley

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Shade Tree Trot All ages can participate in this 5K run/walk

that features chip timing, live music and edible trophies from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Proceeds benefit the Shade Tree Clinic, a free clinic staffed by Vanderbilt Medical Students. Vanderbilt University, 2600 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m.; $25 nonstudents, $20 students;

Spring Mile-Long Yard Sale Excursion Train All ages can ride the train to Watertown and during the layover shop the city’s big yard sale. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Brahms & Sierra’s Sinfonia Please see Thursday, April 19 listing.

Sisters, ages 16 and 13, perform fiddle and buckdancing/clogging for all ages as part of Week of the Young Child. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; 416-2001 or

mon 23 Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn

how gardens grow. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! Kids can make lemon puppy chow. Discovery

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

tue 24 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Enjoy an evening of live

music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $34 - $94; 687-6400 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 23 listing. Zumbatomic All ages can participate in a zumba fitness program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 and 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

wed 25 Parents and Tots Please see Monday, April 23 listing. FREE Rachel Sumner Family entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music during Kid’s Hour for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or Snack Attack! Kids can make lemon puppy chow. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or (please turn the page)

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thu 26 Nature Nuts Kids can learn about turkeys. Discovery Center

at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

The Odd Couple This Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

FREE Strollercoasters Parents with children ages birth

to 5 years can enjoy a stroller exercise activity followed by post-strolling activities. Overall Street Trailhead, 410 Overall St., Murfreesboro; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 893-2141 or parks.

Thursday Crafternoon Kids can make recycled potted plants. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

fri 27 I Hate Hamlet This Encore Theatre Company production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

Rite of Spring and Firebird This Nashville Ballet production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

The Screwtape Letters This Fellowship for Performing Arts production opens today. Please see “On Stage,” page 97, for details.

Van Halen Enjoy a night of music with one of the ‘80s most

influential rock bands. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $149.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Wetland Walk Kids can join a naturalist for a walk through the

wetlands and lily pad pond. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

sat 28 Arbor Day Activities Families can watch tree-climbing demonstrations, learn pruning techniques and drop in the studio to make works of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17); 356-8000 or FREE Aaron Kelly Ages 8 and older can enjoy live music by 18-year-old American Idol finalist Aaron Kelly. Triangle Lounge at Incredible Dave’s, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 7 p.m.; 543-2906. FREE Bill Rice Ranch Open House Tour the ranch, view

the camp facilities, enjoy pony rides and more. Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 8932767 or

Country Music Marathon Post Race Concert Enjoy an

evening of music featuring Rodney Atkins with Gloriana. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35; 770-2000 or

FREE Family Program: Musical Petting Zoo All ages can try their hands on a variety of instruments. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; 416-2001 or

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Eighteen-year-old American Idol finalist Aaron Kelly performs a free concert at Incredible Dave’s on Saturday, April 28. Kelly is currently in the studio working on his first album here in Nashville. Little Shop of Horrors This Tennessee Repertory Theatre

pate in a “Healthy Me” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

A Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keiller brings his popular radio show to Nashville. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 4:45 p.m.; $35 - $85; 800-745-3000 or ryman. com.

Snack Attack! Kids can make cherry berry smoothies. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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ONGOING cheatham county Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

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

davidson county Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

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

BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-

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

Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 8628480 or

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts every Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fairytales Bookstore and More, 114-B S. 11th St., Nashville; 915-1960 or FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

through East Nashville every Saturday at 9 a.m. Depart from Eastside Cycles, 1012 Woodland St., Nashville; 469-1079 or

FREE Hillsboro Village Art Walk The first Thursday each month from 5 - 8 p.m., stroll the 21st Avenue South at Belcourt Avenue areas for art shows, demonstrations, live entertainment, book signing, food and more. Call 352-4891. Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit

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

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1580

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

Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at

8074 Hwy. 100, Nashville; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 11; 646-5002 or

Nashville Ghost Tours All ages can embark on a walking tour of downtown Nashville’s haunted history. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue across from the Hermitage Hotel; daily 7:45 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 and younger; 884-3999 or FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

in Book Club every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

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

For a list of museums and sites, pick up a copy of The Family Manual (on stands now!) or visit our website and click on “The Calendar.”

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

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BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave.,

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or

Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or Call for open bounce and preschool play date times.

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville

Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

FREE Outdoor Kids Ages 1 - 4 can explore the greenway and

enjoy activities every Thursday at the General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 1 - 4 p.m.; 893-2141.

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing program: • After School at Patterson Park: Ages 8 - 17 can participate in various activities Mon - Thu and enjoy free time on Fri; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2 • Gymboree: Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can enjoy playtime and energy burning activities every Monday; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; $3 • High Chair to Higher Education: Boys in grades 6 - 12 can get support in becoming responsible, contributing members of the community every second and fourth Saturday of the month; 12 - 2 p.m.; $2 • Morning Water Aerobics: All ages can hit the pool Mon Fri; 8 and 9 a.m.; $4

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs: • Early Bird Swim: All ages can start their day in the pool Mon - Fri; 6 - 8 a.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball Class: Ages 8 - 15 can learn volleyball skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

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FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931486-0113. Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

events at 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; 799-5544.

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

mini-golf, air hockey, an interactive game floor, football toss, soccer kick and basketball in a glow-in-the-dark setting at 121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8, Franklin; $8 per child (adults are free); for times, call 370-4386, opt. 2.

Inside Out Several indoor play structures mimic an outdoor

environment at 615 Baker’s Bridge Road, Franklin; open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $9 (pre-walkers are free with paying sibling), $5 pre-walkers without sibling, free for parents; 778-8733 or

FREE Lifeway Christian Store Ages 2 - 8 can enjoy stories and songs every Friday at 10 a.m. at 1725 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-9050. Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1648 Westgate Circle, Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $6); 377-5900 of monkeyjoes. com. Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at 91

Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 11; 646-5002 or

My Gym Brentwood For pay-to-play, open gym and

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit

Pump It Up Play Time Pop-in playtime Tue, Wed and Fri

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for preschoolers, Tue 6 - 7:30 p.m. and Thu 1 - 3 p.m. for ages 2 - 12. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867.

FREE Delmas Long Community Center Tot Time for ages birth - 5 to enjoy social time and gym play takes place every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

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

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 264-0183 or

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf,

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

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

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit for a complete schedule and fees. FREE Special Sports Saturdays Children ages 2 and

older with autism and other special needs, along with their typical siblings and peers, can play indoor soccer and hockey on the second and fourth Saturdays every month. Faces of Hope, 185 W. Franklin St., Gallatin; 9 - 11 a.m.; 206-1176 or

Sodium Located at 1725 Columbia Ave., Ste. 100, Franklin, the facility includes a children’s indoor play area, and a variety of classes and workshops for kids and families. Call 260-5916 or visit Storybook Village This indoor play center features storybook themes. Located at 3015 Belshire Village Drive, Ste. 114, Spring Hill, open play hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 12, free ages 11 months and younger along with parents and kids 13 and older; 614-1424 or

FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can learn self-defense, self-discipline and safety during an introductory lesson the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday every month at 11 a.m. Robinson Taekwondo at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 8, Ste. 809, Franklin; 791-6655.

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Circle Players present Titanic the Musical at TPAC’s Polk Theater, April 5 - 8. Avenue Q (continues through Sunday, April 15; Ages 17 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $14 students; 5547414 or

I Hate Hamlet (April 27 - May 12; Ages 12 and older) Encore

Pride’s Crossing (continues through Saturday, April 7; Ages

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (April 3 - May 13;

Leaving Iowa (April 20 - 29; Ages 8 and older) Lamplighter’s

Rite of Spring and Firebird (April 27 - 29; Ages 16 and older) Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $22.25- $82; 7824040 or

Little Shop of Horrors (April 28 - May 19; Ages 10 and

The Screwtape Letters (April 27 - 28; Ages 10 and older) Fellowship for Performing Arts at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 and 8 p.m.; $31 - $91; 782-4040 or

The Man From Earth (continues through Saturday, April

Side by Side by Sondheim (continues through Saturday, April 28; Ages 8 and older) Pull-Tight Players, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or

older) The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students; 800-235-9073 or

The Odd Couple (April 26 - May 27; Ages 12 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 buffet (8 p.m. show), Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. buffet (2 p.m. show); $60 adults, $45 ages 13 - 18, $35 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

Smokey Joe’s Cafe (April 5 - 21; Ages 8 and older) The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $26 ($21 show only); thelarrykeetontheatre. org.

The Girl of Golden West (April 12 and 14; Ages 10 and

Of Mice and Men (April 13 - May 5; Ages 10 and older) Boiler

Players at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m. Thu - Fri, 2 and 8 p.m. Sat, 6:30 p.m. Sun; $20 - $40 (students tickets are 25-percent off during the Saturday matinee); 782-4040 or

All ages) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; opening night on Tuesday, April 3 is 6:30 p.m., public performances thereafter are Sat - Sun 2 p.m.; $19 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or

Dearly Departed (April 13 - May 5; Ages 10 and older)

Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m., $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (April 19 - 22; All ages) The Star Bright

Players at Freedom Middle School Auditorium, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $5; 790-5719, ext. 30, or

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel (April 13 - 28; Ages 10 and

older) Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m.; $21.50 - $92.50; 782-4040 or

Godspell (April 6 - 22; Ages 8 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger; 904-2787 or boroarts. org. Goldilocks and the Three Bears (April 20 - 22; All ages) The Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439 or

Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger; 598-8950 or Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 4 - 12; 8528499 or

older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or 14; Ages 12 and older) Act 1 at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12; 726-2281 or

Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue, Thu (TBA), Fri, Sat 8 p.m., Sun (TBA) 2 p.m.; $27 adults, $25 students, $21 ages 11 and younger (Tuesdays are two-for-one nights, all tickets on Thursdays are $17, Sundays are $2 off); 794-7744 or

Our Miss Brooks (April 13 - 22; Ages 10 and older) Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; 893-9825 or

12 and older) Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theatre, 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $5 students; 966-7075.

Titanic the Musical (April 5 - 8; Ages 8 and older) Circle

To Kill a Mockingbird (April 12 - 22; Ages 10 and older) Steeple Players, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15; 826-6037 or

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• FREE Squirrels of Beaman Park Friday, April 6. Ages 6 12. Learn facts about common critters. 1 - 3 p.m. • FREE Wildflower Scavenger Hunt Saturday, April 14. Ages 6 - 12. Learn about wildflowers and search for items related to these spring beauties. 3 - 4 p.m.

Belle Meade Country Club 815 Belle Meade Blvd., Nashville; 354-6342 or

• Cause for Paws Fashion Show and Luncheon Wednesday, April 25. Adults. This benefit for the Nashville Humane Association includes lunch, a fashion show by JAMIE and a silent auction. 11 a.m. $125 general admission, $200 patron reservation

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 862-4187 or

• FREE Bells Bend Outdoor Vendor Show Saturday, April 7. All ages. Outdoor retailers, adventure clubs and service groups will be on hand to talk about their products and services. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. • FREE Family Camp Night Friday, April 20. All ages. Bring your own equipment to camp out at the park and enjoy nighttime activities. 4:30 p.m. - 11 a.m. • FREE Jr. Naturalist: Mammal Hike Thursday, April 4. All ages. Go off trail to look for mammals or any signs they may have left behind. 1 - 3 p.m.

Blue Heron Nature Cruises at Riverbluff Park 175 Old Cumberland St., Ashland City; 385-7007 or • Nature Cruise Fri - Sun. All ages. See wild birds, boats and waterfront homes during a 90-minute cruise on the Cumberland River. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $9 ages 2 - 12

BounceU 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 255-1422 or

• Create & Bounce Camp Monday, April 9. Ages 3 - 12. Enjoy a day of bouncing, games, arts and crafts, and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • Hoppy Easter Bounce Friday, April 6. All ages. Bounce with the Easter Bunny, create a basket and hunt eggs. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m. $8.50 ($7.50 siblings) • Hoppy Easter Cosmic Bounce Friday, April 6. Ages 6 - 12. Bounce with the Easter Bunny and hunt eggs. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $9.50 ($8.50 siblings) • Parents’ Night Out Fridays, April 6 and 27. Ages 3 - 12. Enjoy alone time while the kids have fun with bouncing, pizza and activities. 6 - 9 p.m. $18 ($15 siblings) • PreK & Play Fridays, April 13, 20 and 27. Ages 2 - 6 (must be potty trained). This mother’s day out program includes bouncing, games, crafts, snacks with a different theme each week. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $25

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• Spring Break Create & Bounce Camp: Better Gnomes and Gardens April 2 - 6. Ages 3 - 12. Enjoy bouncing, arts and crafts, games and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings)

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090 or

• FREE After School Explorers Tuesdays. Grades K - 2. Enjpoy reading, games, crafts and a snack. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. • FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, April 14. All ages. Watch a screening of Bringing Up Baby, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. 1 p.m.; ext. 851, to register

Carnton Plantation 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; 794-0903 or

• Hands on History Saturday, April 14. Ages 5 - 10. Walk through the garden to pick flowers, herbs and leaves, then learn about the 1800s craft of herbariums and pressed plants. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. $10

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 302-0971, ext. 10, or • Popsicle Jewelry Box Tuesday, April 24. All ages. Turn popsicle sticks into a log cabin-style container for jewelry, hair ties or small collectibles. 4:30 - 6 p.m. $4

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2241 or

• Easter Bunny Brunch Friday, April 6. All ages. Families can enjoy brunch, an egg hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. $20 per family of four, $5 each additional person

Dyer Observatory 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 373-4897 or

• Scout Night Tuesday, April 3. Scouts of all ages. Learn about the heavens from local astronomers. 7:30 - 8 p.m. $5 per person, $10 per family • FREE Second Friday Telescope Night Friday, April 13. All ages. View the night sky through the giant telescope. 7 - 9 p.m.

Edmondson Pike Area Library 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville; 880-3957, ext. 232

• FREE Storytelling: The House That Tom Built — for Lucia Zenteno Thursday, April 5. Ages 6 and older. Listen to the story, read in both English and Spanish, then build a casa in the style of puppeteer Tom Tichenor. 4:30 p.m.

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 799-9331 or

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, April 28. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $85. Call 585-9055 to register • Children’s Pottery Wednesdays, April 11 - 25. Ages 5 - 12. Create boxes, bowls, mugs, animals and more. 4 - 5:30 p.m. ages 5 - 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m. ages 8 - 12. $40 • Customized Picture Frames Tuesday, April 10. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 5 - 6 p.m. $10 • String Egg Saturday, April 14. Ages 6 - 12. Make a colorful Easter egg ornament. 5 - 6 p.m. $5

The Fellowship at Two Rivers 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville; 924-7496 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, April 27. Ages 5 - 18 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 447-1323 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, April 20. Registration deadline is Friday, April 6. Ages 5 - 18 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Franklin Recreation Complex 1120 Hillsboro Road; 790-5719, ext. 10, or

• Adventurous Artist: Natural Resources Fridays, April 13 27. Ages 5 - 10. Explore the artistic elements and principles of design. 1 - 2 p.m. $18 • Art Connections: Printmaking with a Twist Wednesdays, April 11 - 25. Ages 7 - 12. Learn the printmaking process using monoprinting, embossing and mold-casting techniques. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $25 • Guitar or Bass Guitar Lessons Mondays, April 9 - 30. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the guitar or bass via private instruction. Choose a 30-minute session between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. $88 • Piano Lessons Fridays, April 13 - 27. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $66 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, April 9 - 30 or Tue/Thu, April 10 - 26. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $24 Mon, $36 Tue/Thu • Voice Lessons Fridays, April 13 - 27. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $66

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Kids can learn about rabbits during The Nature Circle at Longhunter State Park on Monday, April 9. Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville; 744-3357 or

• FREE Kids Club: We Built This City Saturday, April 14. Ages 5 - 10. Collage a cityscape inspired by skyscrapers and the American city in artworks by Stefan Hirsch, Edward Hopper and Charles Sheeler. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Hillwood Country Club 6201 Hickory Valley Drive, Nashville; 297-2966 or

• The Spring Tea Sunday, April 22. All ages. Celebrate the Nashville Ballet with a special tea party. Tickets sell out fast. 2:30 - 4 p.m. $60

Indoor Sports Complex 920 Heritage Way, Brentwood; 268-2296 or

• Piano Lessons Thursdays, April 5 - 26. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play piano through private lessons. Choose a 30-minute session between 1:30 and 4 p.m. or 5:30 - 8 p.m. $88

• Voice Lessons Thursdays, April 5 - 26. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play piano through private lessons. Choose a 30-minute session between 1:30 and 4 p.m. or 5:30 - 8 p.m. $88

Inside Out Play Park 615 Baker’s Bridge Ave., Franklin; 778-8733 or

• Parents’ Night Out Saturdays, April 7 and 21. Registration deadline is the Friday prior. Ages 12 and younger who are potty trained. Mom and Dad can enjoy a night out while their kids eat dinner and play inside. 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Members: $30 ($10 siblings), Non-members: $35 ($15 siblings)

Life Assembly 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-7779 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, April 20. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 885-2422 or

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. April’s themes are: • April 2: Sensational Snakes • April 9: Remarkable Rabbits • April 16: What is a Food Chain? • April 23: What is Water Pollution? • April 30: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Longview Recreation Center 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill 302-0971, ext. 10, or

• American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, April 14. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $85. To register, call 585-9055 (please turn the page)

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Catch a free screening of Lady and the Tramp during Family Movie Night at Warner Parks Nature Center on Friday, April 13. (Longview Recreation Center, cont’d) • Cake Decorating: Mommy and Me Cookies Tuesday, April 10. Ages 3 and older with a parent. Make decorative cookies using buttercream and rolled fondant icing. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $20 • Cake Decorating: Mommy and Me Cupcakes Tuesday, April 17. Ages 3 and older with a parent. Bring a dozen unfrosted cupcakes and learn decorating techniques. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $20 • Children’s Pottery Mondays, April 16 - 30. Ages 6 - 12. Create pottery pieces including a mask, a tile trivet and more. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $40 • Cre8ive Gurlz Tuesday, April 3. All ages. Make an Easter headband and other jewelry items. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $15 • Deb’z Kid’z Art Thursdays, April 5 - 26. All ages. Create art using a variety of methods, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and watercolors. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 per month or $11.25 per class • Judo Karate Mondays, April 9 - 30. Ages 8 and older. This exercise program combines Judo and Karate. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $40 • Little Fingers Mondays, April 2 - 30. Ages 2 - 4 with a parent. Create season-themed art projects. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $30 per month, or $6 per class • Manga Drawing April 10 and 12 or April 17 and 19. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basic layout and proportions of drawing Japanese Mango cartoon characters. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $30 • Martial Arts Fitness Mondays, April 9 - 30. Ages 8 and older. Participate in a kick boxing, karate and judo fitness program. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $40 • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, April 4 - 25. All ages. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. beginners, 6 - 7 p.m. intermediates. $30 ($25 each additional family member)

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• Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, April 2 - 30 and Wednesdays, April 4 - 25. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. Mon 8:30 - 10 a.m., Wed 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon $30, Wed $24

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 833-1534 or

• Bunny Breakfast Saturday, April 7. All ages. Feast on a pancake breakfast and meet the Easter Bunny. 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m. Members: $13 adults/$11 children, Nonmembers: $30 adults/$22 children • Bunny Lunch Saturday, April 7. All ages. Dine on a picnic lunch with Peter Rabbit. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $13 adults, $11 children

Old Fort Park Pavilion 3 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 893-2141 or

• Decorate a Spring Pot Monday, April 16. Ages 5 - 9 with a parent. Wear clothes you can get dirty and have fun with a creative project. 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 370-4672 or

• Compass Class Wednesday, April 4. All ages that understand circle geometry. Learn to use a compass, then apply your skills to basic orienteering. 1 - 4 p.m. $20/family in advance, $25 at the gate • Knee High Naturalist: Who Lives in a Tree? April 2 or 3. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Find out what resides in trees,

living and dead. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 per child/adult in advance/$15 at the gate • Play and Picnic April 3 or 5. All ages. Play in Fort Cedar, eat lunch under the pecan trees and listen to spring music from birds and frogs. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, free ages 2 and younger • Ridgeline Picnic Monday, April 2. All ages. Pack a picnic lunch and embark on a moderately strenuous hike up the South Ridge among the wildflowers. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10/ family in advance, $15 at the gate • Where is Peter? Friday, April 6. All ages. Search the meadow and orchard for bunnies and hear a story about a very famous rabbit. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, free ages 2 and younger

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd. Murfreesboro; 893-7439 or

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, listen to stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Wee Play Every Monday. Ages 1-and-a-half to 2. Enjoy stories, puppets, instruments, crafts and more. 10 - 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Homeschool P.E. Mon, Tue, Wed or Thu. Grades 1 - 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3

Saint Thomas Hospital 4220 Harding Road, Nashville; 800-588-3270

• FREE Heart Healthy Cooking Class Tuesday, April 3. All ages. Learn to cook healthy fare for Easter brunch. 3 p.m.

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks

• FREE Cleanup & Campfire Saturday, April 21. Help pick up litter in the park, then enjoy a campfire and s’mores. 12 - 2 p.m. • FREE Essential Back Yard Composting: Techniques for Your “Yarden” Saturday, April 14. All ages. Take a class in composting and how to start a garden in your yard. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Exhibit Opening Reception Saturday, April 7. All ages. View the new photography exhibit by Ed Schneider, Feathered Gems of Tennessee. 4 - 6 p.m. • FREE Jr. Naturalist Kick-off: Mammals! Wednesday, April 4. Ages 6 - 12. Learn about furry animals and get started on earning the Jr. Naturalist patch. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Nature Play Open House Saturday, April 7. All ages. Discover the nature center’s new features and learn about nature through play. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. • FREE Puppet Show Party Thursday, April 5. All ages. Learn about nature through a puppet show. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Wonderful Wildlife with Walden’s Puddle Friday, April 6. All ages. Guests from Walden’s Puddle will introduce you to animals you can find in your back yard. 10 - 11 a.m.

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040 or

• Craft My Room Saturdays, April 14 - May 12. Ages 11 - 17. Make items for your room including clocks, picture frames, collages, bulletin boards and more. 9 - 11 a.m. $35 • Tumbleweeds Mondays and Wednesdays. Ages 3 - 5. Learn tumbling basics. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 352-6299 or

• FREE Animal Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7. All ages. Bring a basket to be filled with faux reptile, bird and amphibian eggs. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Celebrate Bluebirds Saturday, April 28. All ages. Learn about eastern bluebirds. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Family Movie Night Friday, April 13. All ages. Wear your PJs and bring a sleeping back for a screening of Lady and the Tramp. 6 - 8 p.m. • FREE Feelin’ Froggy Friday, April 20. Ages 3 - 5. Explore the pond, read a book and catch a tadpole while learning about native amphibians. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Habitat! Habitat! Friday, April 27. Ages 6 - 12. Compare the field, forest, creek and pond to discover the unique habitats in the park and which animals live where. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Junior Naturalist Kickoff: Mammal Mania! Tuesday, April 3. Ages 6 - 12. Learn about foxes, bats, coyotes, bobcats, shrews and voles. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Kite Kreations Saturday, April 21. All ages. Build and fly your own kite. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Kite Kreations for Scouts Saturday, April 21. Scouts of all ages. Observe the crafting of a box kite, then create, build and fly your own. 1 - 2:30 p.m.

• FREE Mammal Design Contest Friday, April 6. Ages 6 - 12. Join a team and design a mammal. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Model Aviation for Mammals Wednesday, April 4. Ages 6 - 12. Meet model aviators and see their airplanes do acrobatics, then learn about the aerodynamics of mammals. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Nature Storytime Friday, April 13. Ages 3 - 5. Listen to stories under the giant beech tree. 10:30 - 11 a.m. • FREE Navigating with Map and Compass Saturday, April 14. Ages 8 - 14. Learn the basic skills of land navigation and how to use a compass. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Spring Bird Banding Day Thursday, April 26. All ages. Observe bird banding in action learn about resident birds neo-tropical migrant visitors. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • FREE Spring Fever Fun Thursday, April 5. Ages 6 - 12. Ages 6 - 12. Get wet and muddy while building forts, making mud creations and exploring the creek. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Spring Star Party Saturday, April 28. All ages. View stars, planets and more through telescopes. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. • FREE “Trashy” Scavenger Hunt Saturday, April 14. All ages. Help clean up the park. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Wellness Center at Baptist Hospital 2021 Church St., Nashville; 284-2348 or • Strong Mommy Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expectant moms. This pre-natal fitness/wellness program includes water aerobics, personalized fitness coaching sessions, preand post-natal massages, fitness workshops, a three-month center membership and more. 5:30 p.m. $125

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or • Build-A-Bat House Saturday, April 14. All ages (12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent). Make a bat house to take home in order to attract these natural bug zappers to your yard. 10:30 a.m. $25 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3

hands-on kids Hanging Rainbows What You’ll Need • Paper plate • Paint in each rainbow color — Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple. Practice mixing by only using primary colors red, yellow and blue! • Streamer in each rainbow color — about 12” • Glue • Scissors • Stapler • Yarn/fishing line

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4. Cut each streamer in half long-ways. Now you have 2 skinny streamers for each color! 5. Attach each streamer to the blank side of one plate half with a dot of glue — line up the colors! 6. Staple both halves of the paper plate together.

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7. Pierce the top and string with fishing line or yarn to hang from the ceiling or tall surface.

Please include the following info: Event Name • Date • Time • Venue (with street address and ZIP) Age-appropriateness Brief description of event/activities Admission fee • Is advance registration required? • Contact info for publishing

— activity provided by the Parent-Teacher Store.

For more spring crafts from the Parent-Teacher Store, visit us online and click on “Get Crafty” on the homepage.

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Rutherford Parent - April 2012  
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Rutherford Parent - April 2012