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FEED BACK TO SWADDLE OR NOT TO SWADDLE? PARENTS DEBATE ON FACEBOOK Swaddled newborns tend to sleep better but some parents don’t like the risk. What do you say? “What did I miss? The only risk comes after they can roll over, at which time you’re advised not to swaddle, right? And babies are all different. What works for one may not work for another. If they like to be swaddled, swaddle them! If not ... don’t!” Elissa Rathbun “I was just wondering the same thing. We only swaddle when that baby isn’t really moving much anyway.” Lydia Fleming “From what I understand, the risk is that they can wiggle out of the blanket if it isn’t swaddled perfectly (even if it is) and then suffocate themselves in the blanket. Might seem/ sound crazy, but I’ve witnessed it several times at the hospital where I work. Certainly not trying to start any debate, and I think it’s your choice to swaddle or not and I definitely understand the benefits. Just trying to answer your question on the risk.” Ariel Corlew

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They should keep it down. Yes! They should definitely keep it down. It’s very generous and nice for the mall to even have those play areas there. We should be considerate to people who are trying to shop. If you want to take your kids some place where you don’t have to worry about how loud they get, take them to a bounce house or a park, or back to your own house where they can be as loud as they want! Jill Pryor

Why even have a play area at the mall? This is a sore subject. Why have a play area in the mall if you expect kids to be quiet? I remember several years ago my wife and I were at a mall and we had our two younger children in the play area letting them play, and there were several parents there with their

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If the mall wants it quiet, take out the play area. Multiple kids in one area tends to be loud. The mall should not offer a play area for children if they want it to be a quiet place. However, parents should do a better job making sure their kids keep it to a respectable level. It’s going to be loud when you have lots of kids playing, but screaming is another issue. Tamara Mitchell

Be respectful no matter where you are. I think it depends on the personwho’s judging the noise! I have five kids and I’d never allow them to scream in a public place, but what I deem an acceptable level of “happy noise” would probably horrify others. I try to always be respectful no matter where we are. Rachel Elizabeth Riddell

Screaming children should be quieted. There are some children who “scream” at the top of their lungs, and their parents say absolutely nothing. That is not acceptable anywhere except inside their home. Evelyn DeJesús

Parents should ask their kids to play quietly. I think parents should ask kids to not be so loud but also, if it’s that much of a problem for the mall, then take out the play area. Bridgett Jones

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A-Plane Challenge Saturday, April 16 Have you ever seen someone (or a team, to be exact) try to pull a plane across the tarmac? That’s the goal during the Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This unique fundraising event benefits The Arc Tennessee, a statewide non-profit of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Teams of 10 compete in a tug-of-war against a Jetstream 41 with prizes to be won. There will also be live music, entertainment, kids’ activities and concessions. There’s free admission for spectators and free parking. Registration to participate in the pull is open up to the day of the event and costs $500 per team or $50 per puller. You can challenge your friends and foes to see who can pull the aircraft the farthest and the fastest. Team members are asked to set up a page on FirstGiving — firstgiving.com/arc-tn/2016hearts-take-flight — to help raise money. The challenge happens at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport (278 Doug Warpoole Road, Smyrna). Visit heartstakeflight.org.

A team tries to pull a plane across the tarmac during a Hearts Take Flight Pull-A-Plane Challenge, which takes place this year on Saturday, April 16. Photo courtesy of Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport.

Kids can explore their creative side at the new art facility, The Starry Night Studio, opening in Smyrna this month.

HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH! Get healthy with your community during the Junior League of Murfreesboro’s third annual BE WELL BORO HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR at Stones River Mall from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Visit with more than 30 health-and-wellness vendors during this free, family-friendly event. Learn about your personal health status through one-on-one consultations and screenings, ranging from blood sugar and blood pressure to hearing loss and posture assessments. Relax with a free massage from Magnolia Medical Center, get info on breast cancer warning signs from The Primary Hope and Care Clinic, get a skin cancer exam from Stones River Dermatology and more. Take your kids to the Children’s Play Area at the mall to visit with Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates’ mascot, Chomp, and to learn about proper dental hygiene. Football fans will be excited to hear that Tennessee Titans DJ Rod Youree will serve as emcee during the event. Stones River Mall is located at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro. Learn more at stonesrivermall.com.

Grand Opening is Saturday, April 2 Creative kids can get their juices flowing at The Starry Night Studio in Smyrna. Founded by New York artist Robin Kalata — who’s love of coloring, doodling, drawing and painting helps inspire young artists — the studio focuses on teaching creative influence through summer camps, after-school and home-schooling programs as well as teen/adult studio programs. The grand opening is Saturday, April 2 from 1 - 4 p.m. and will include music, food, freebies and all kinds of art activities. The studio’s 10 weeks of summer camps covers a variety of themes and cost $145 per week ($25 registration fee). After-school programs are $75 per week ($25 registration fee and $89 art kit fee). The teen studio is every Friday night from 6 - 9 p.m. and is $15 per class. The studio also covers a trending adult activity — coloring! Every Wednesday from 7 - 9 p.m., parents can color on pages from Robin Loves to Color and learn to relax with this easy activity. Cost is $12 per class. The Starry Night Studio is located at 1450 Sam Davis Road, Ste. 145, Smyrna. Call 615-483-4431 or visit thestarrynightstudio.com.

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MURFREESBORO Saturday, April 23 Show some love for our planet during Murfreesboro’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23. The 15th annual event’s theme this year is “Recycling, It’s Our Future.” Celebrate with the community on Murfreesboro’s Historic Downtown Square from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with a fun day filled with environmental and educational booths, refreshments, children’s activities and live entertainment. For more info, search “Mufreesboro Earth Day Celebration” on Facebook or e-mail marketing@medtn.com.

GET A NEW LOOK with Shabby 2 Chic in Smyrna Need a new ‘do? Maybe a prenatal massage is what you need. Whatever your pleasure, you can find several options at Shabby 2 Chic Salon and Spa in Smyrna. The shabby chic cottage-style facility (hence the name) helps set it apart from other spas and salons. Available are hair care, manis and pedis, facials, massages (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and prenatal) and makeup services. Shabby 2 Chic is located at 1265 Rock Springs Road. Call 615-984-3155 or visit shabby2chicsalonandspa.com.

Inaugural Pug Festival Saturday, April 9 The 15th annual Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration takes place Saturday, April 23 on the square in downtown Murfreesboro. Kids can have fun meeting costumed characters during the festivities.

Families and their furry pals, especially pugs, are invited out for the inaugural Pug Festival on Saturday, April 9. Ready your pup for special events happening that day, too.

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Rutherford County. On Saturday, April 23, families with children ages 6 - 18 are invited to attend the FRIENDS OF BLOOMFIELD SPRING YOUTH & FAMILY GOLFEST. The event will show interested families what’s coming up in youth golf through Old Fort Golf Club. The free kick-off event takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and is open to all levels. For more information, contact Jex Wilson at jexpga@aol.com ... Get into the outdoorsy mood with the FAMILY CAMPOUT through the Murfreesboro Parks and Rec Department. This family-friendly event includes games, dinner, breakfast, snacks and more. It takes place April 30 - May 1. Check-in time on Saturday is 4:30 p.m. at the Wilderness Station at Barfield Crescent Park (697 Veterans Pkwy.). Cost is $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger with paying adult. You must also attend the required Wilderness Awareness Workshop on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Register and get more info at 615-217-3017.

Show your pug a lot of love by bringing your furry pal to Murfreesboro Pug Lovers’ very first Mid-Tennessee Pug Festival on Saturday, April 9 from 9 11 a.m. at the General Bragg Trailhead near the Murfreesboro Bark Park (1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro). Dog lovers from around the area celebrate everything pug with raffles, contests and family fun. The free festival’s theme is “Movie Time, Pug Style!” and features a contest at 10:30 a.m. where the “Best Costume” pug receives a prize. There will be raffle tickets offered for a suggested donation and prizes awarded to the winners. All proceeds from donations benefit the Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue (a 501-c entity) that is constantly engaged in rescuing pugs and finding suitable “furever” homes for these dogs in need of a “second chance” at finding and bringing love and happiness. All dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations and must remain on a leash during the festival. Call 615-956-3801 or visit pugfestival.com.

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COVER KIDS HOW-TO: From Friday, April 1 - Friday, May 6, upload your child’s photo at our website (a portion of the $20 non-refundable fee goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). Ten finalists chosen by our editors will appear in the June 2016 issue and be posted online. The public then votes on the finalists June 1 - 10. Have all your friends and family vote! One vote per person, per age group. The 2016 Cover Kids — including the surprise “wild card” — will be announced in our July 2016 issue. The five Cover Kid winners will receive a magazine cover shoot during the course of the next year. So snap your cutest child pic (past Cover Kid winners are not eligible, sorry!), and make sure faces and eyes are clearly visible. For a complete list of rules and to enter your child, visit nashvilleparent.com and click on “Cover Kids 2016” under the “Contests” tab.

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17. When you have a conflict with someone, talk it out. Don’t let it turn into more than it is. 18. Know what your priorities are in life. 19. Tell the truth. 20. Don’t cheat. 21. Don’t steal. 22. Let go of ridiculous grudges. 23. Clean your house weekly so it doesn’t become too large a chore. 24. Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry. 25. Eat when you are hungry.

10. Kiss and make up.

26. Say no unapologetically.

11. Make a weekly menu, and shop for only those items at the store.

27. Cook simple meals.

12. Don’t drink alcohol when you’re tired, sad or mad. 13. Get an annual physical. 14. Say “I love you” to your loved ones daily. 15. For just one day, imagine everyone’s intentions are good because most people’s are. 16. Throw out clothes that can’t be mended.

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28. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses. 29. Pay off your car before buying a new one. 30. Organize your desk at the office. 31. Change your smoke alarm batteries in spring and fall. 32. Organize important paperwork. 33. Pack only half the clothes you planned to take on vacation.

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he complexity of your busy schedule combined with your home life can make you nutty. It may seem as though the concept of simplicity is impossible, but it really isn’t. Here are a few tools:

1. Create device-free meal times. Establish a cell phone drop box before sit-down meals and keep it out of arms’ reach while you eat (and talk). Assure everyone that devices will be returned once the table is cleared and dishes are washed (by someone other than you ­— bonus relaxation!).

2. Fix homemade meals using simple, whole food ingredients. Farmers’ market season is here, so buy your produce fresh.

3. Find joy in the free stuff around you. Beautiful sunsets, afternoon naps, children’s laughter, playing with the family dog. Instead of paying money, pay attention. Keep a journal of what you notice.

4. Shed traditions that don’t fit your family. As children grow,

some of the trappings of celebrations and holidays cease to appeal to them. When all the preparation falls to you, it can be frustrating to receive a lukewarm reaction. Drop the frustration along with the extra work. Instead, let your kids tell you what they want the celebration to look like.

5. Embrace the indulgence of wearing that outfit you love every week. Steve Jobs was known for wearing a black turtleneck and jeans. Simple. Find a signature look that’s easy and classic yourself.

6. Consider letting acquaintance friendships fall away to make more time for deeper relationships. It may cause you a little discomfort at first, but the payoff in the long term will be priceless.

7. Set aside a spot on the calendar for regular oneon-one time with your kids. Even just 10 minutes of chatting over an after-school snack can help you both


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parents we can tend toward dumping more information at a time than our children might require.

8. Display photos and memory markers around your house. Pause occasionally when you

12. Make time for being outdoors. Playing, gardening or just

see them to reabsorb the message and check your bearings.

9. Develop routines and rituals for the repetitive stuff. Following the same pattern for activities you do regularly like the bedtime routine, allows your mind to go on autopilot. Each routine you incorporate frees up mental space for all those other concerns you juggle.

10. Find your quiet space each day. Even if it’s five minutes spent drinking a cup of tea.

11. Offer direct answers to your children’s questions. Keep it simple and let them ask for further explanation if they want it. As

relaxing. Teach your kids an outside game you enjoyed in childhood and see if it catches on.

13. Repeat the same meal every week (such as Friday pizza night). It’s the substance of tradition. Just make sure you choose a food everyone in your family won’t mind having over and over. Once you’ve tried a sample of simplicity you may find yourself hooked. The only catch? Don’t try to do everything all at once. The final suggestion: implement something new in your life one day at a time. J Lara Krupicka is a writer and mom who employs many strategies to keep her home life simpler (and saner).

... MORE WAYS TO UNCOMPLICATE 34. Help kids with homework every night, and have an open dialog with their teachers. 35. Spend your time with nice people. 36. Avoid drama. 37. Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving.

47. Look for reasons to be happy. 48. Return e-mails and messages promptly. 49. Don’t procrastinate. 50. Do what you say you’ll do when you say you’ll do it. 51. Be more flexible.

38. Refuse to gossip or talk behind other people’s backs.

52. Don’t let your imagination run away with you.

39. Do the dishes right after dinner.

53. Let go of perfection.

40. Never go to sleep angry.

54. Don’t help those who refuse to help themselves.

41. Don’t befriend anyone that isn’t trustworthy.

55. Wear your hair in an easy- to-care-for style.

42. Don’t envy others.

56. Slow down.

43. Take vitamin C BEFORE you catch a cold.

57. Allow your children to grow up.

44. Have a spring cleaning every year, doing one room at a time.

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he benefits of exercising regularly are no secret. From controlling weight to staving off chronic disease to improving memory and sleep — physical activity seems to be a cure-all for whatever ails you. And yet … How many times have you renewed your commitment to exercise more, only to have life get in the way? Studies show you’re not alone. It’s a fact that most gym memberships go unused within a month or two of purchase. But take heart! There are ways to beat the odds and ensure your personal success. Take a longterm view of your health, start slowly, and don’t expect a miracle in three weeks. You can break the old cycle, and make active habits a part of daily life. Follow these 12 surefire tips to start and maintain your workout routine.

buddy regularly to compare notes. Choose a person who won’t let you off the hook too easily if you miss your workout. 8. USE BRIBERY AND BLACKMAIL. Reward yourself in some small way for completing your workout. Sometimes all it takes is the thought of a post-workout shower at the gym, uninterrupted by small children pounding on the door. If you’re more motivated by penalty than reward, agree to buy your workout buddy lunch if you miss more than two sessions in a row. Use social media to post your intentions.

1. BABY STEPS FIRST. Promise yourself a brisk 15-minute walk on your lunch hour each day, or a 20-minute yoga DVD while the baby’s napping. Start with something you know you can manage and grow from there.

9. REMEMBER YOUR PHYSICS. A body at rest tends to stay at rest, while a body in motion tends to keep moving. This goes for your body, too. Adopt a “something is better than nothing” attitude. When unforeseen schedule challenges arise, do a brisk 20-minute walk or jog rather than ditch your workout completely. Missed workouts pile up quickly, while your feet get more comfortable on the ottoman.

2. BEWARE THE SHORT-CUT CHARLATAN. No, you can’t use “vibration technology” to jiggle flab into a beach-ready bikini body. The quicker you’re able to ignore such outlandish claims, the quicker you can get to the real business of getting fit. Exercising can be fun, but it’s not effortless. View your health and fitness as a creative lifelong endeavor, rather than a phase.

10. AVOID THE BLAME GAME. So you ate a huge piece of cake after your daughter’s party, and now you feel like your workout was for naught. Allow yourself a mini guilt party (no more than 15 minutes!) and move on. Emphasis on move. And don’t try to compensate for those cake calories by doubling your workout time. Forget the “sugar debt” and keep moving.

3. KNOW YOURSELF, BE YOURSELF. Nothing causes burnout quicker than hating every minute of your workout. Use the equipment and techniques that motivate you. Not a rooster? Don’t schedule your workouts at 5 a.m. Enjoy camaraderie? Join a fitness class. Inspired by screams of, “Make it burn!” as you writhe in pain after your hundredth crunch? Hire the burly retired marine as your personal trainer.

11. MIX IT UP. Try something new when you feel stuck in your routine. Carroll says she loves her Zumba class, but also uses the elliptical, some weight machines and a few free weights. She adds, “I just started doing some basic kick boxing stuff at home, and I have enjoyed that, too.”

4. PRECISION COUNTS. It’s easier to work toward a goal that’s detailed and specific. So, “I’ll exercise more,” becomes “I’ll bike five miles, three times a week.” Amy Carroll, full-time insurance agent and mother of two, has been going to the gym regularly for almost four months. She says, “My long-term goal is to be the weight that is on my driver’s license. I have mini goals to shoot for along the way, and currently have hit my first goal of losing 15 pounds!” 5. PERSONALIZE IT. One-on-one time with a personal trainer can help demystify the vast array of techniques and equipment. Personal trainer Brandon Senn claims that many people choose a “cookie cutter” routine, and then can’t stick with their fitness program. He says, “Often people don’t understand what they’re doing and why.” A personal trainer can help you create a flexible and diversified program. Most can also provide advice regarding nutrition and weight management. 6. SCALE BACK. Resist the urge to weigh yourself every day. Sure, you want a concrete way to track the pounds being siphoned away in your sweat. But for most people, losing more than a pound-and-a-half per week is unrealistic. Senn says progress is more accurately tracked by getting a regular body fat measurement (easily obtained at most gyms). In addition, he recommends keeping an accurate log of your workouts as “a great way to see where you’re making progress, and where you might need to modify what you’re doing.” Hop on the scale only weekly, or even less often, to avoid discouragement and get a better sense of how your weight is trending. 7. BUDDY UP. A workout partner with similar goals can foster some healthy competition. You don’t need to coordinate every workout, but check in with your

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Kids of all ages just LOVE getting close to critters! Here are our favorite local friendly encounters with live animals ... plus a few out-of-town best bets!

A local girl feeds a tortoise in Shell Station at Nashville Zoo. Photo by Quentin Thompson. Bowie Park Nature Center 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview 615-799-5544 • bowiepark.org The free Saturday NatureNauts program with a local naturalist often includes live animals. This month, discover pond animals (April 16), salamanders (April 23) and frogs (April 23). The monthly Homeschool Program also includes live animals on a regular basis. Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 • cheekwood.org New this year (for Cheekwood in Bloom), kids can visit the Clover Patch Sanctuary Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. through April 23 to encounter bunnies, chicks and ducks. Free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17).

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-890-2300 • explorethedc.org Meet a resident critter every Wednesday at 4 p.m. during Animal Antics. This month, kids can see cockroaches (April 6), birds (April 13), a corn snake (April 20) and the blue-tongued skink (April 27). Other resident animals to see throughout the year include a rabbit, great horned owl, hedgehog, chinchilla, ferret, tarantula and more. Admission is $8. Honeysuckle Hill Farm 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road Springfield • 615-382-7593 honeysucklehillfarm.com Spring tours run April 1 - May 31 (by reservation only), and kids can meet sheep, donkeys,

cows, goats, rabbits, chickens and racing pigs. Available Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $8 ages 3 and older. Lucky Ladd Farms 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville 615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com Lucky’s Barnyard has more than 100 animals, but the friendliest for petting and brushing are goats and sheep. Feed llamas and chickens, and for an extra $5, little ones can enjoy a pony ride. Opening Wednesday, June 1 is the Wings of Wonder Butterfly House, a walk-through greenhouse for kids to learn about butterflies while hand feeding them a special nectar. The farm is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed - Sat. Admission is $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. (please turn the page)

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animal encounters (I’m told another eagle is coming soon). Programs take place throughout the year.

Local tots meet a hedgehog during the Animal Antics program at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro. Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville 615-833-1534 • nashvillezoo.org Home to 2,248 individual animals representing 353 species, the zoo’s the top spot for animal encounters! Four main interactive attractions: Critter Encounters features Galapagos tortoises, goats, alpaca, Dromedary camels and several birds. Lorikeet Landing aviary features more than 50 friendly Australian lorikeet parrots. For $2, hold a cup of nectar and the birds will land on you for a treat. Shell Station has 10 Sulcata tortoises native to the Sahara desert which kids love walking around; feed them for $2. Kangaroo Kickabout is home to 18 red kangaroos in an open 4,500-square-foot habitat where they’ll come close to the pathway for pets. A temporary White Rhino habitat is coming later in the year to occupy the former elephant savanna. Additionally, the Zoo offers two unique animal programs: Zoo Tots (ages 18 months - 5 years) in spring and fall (spring is already full; the fall program starts in mid-August), and the Jr. Zookeeper program for ages 10 - 15 in June and July; registration opens April 15. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 615-370-4672 • owlshill.org Kids love meeting the Sanctuary’s six resident education owls: Adromeda and Boomerang (great horned owls), Hoot and Annie (Eastern screech owls), Orion (barn owl) and Thoreau (barred owl). The monthly Knee-High Naturalist program for preschoolers often includes animal themes as do special events throughout the year. On Sunday, April 10, there’s an all-ages Falconry Program ($7) including demonstrations. Registration’s required. Radnor Lake State Park 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville 615-373-3467 • radnorlake.org The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center is home to non-releasable birds of prey like great horned owls and red-tailed hawks. View an American Bald Eagle at the flighted eagle aviary

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson Drive, Nashville 615-862-8539 • nashville.gov/parks The nature center hosts free animal programs throughout the year, including catch-and-release creek crawls in the summer, bird banding, insect studies, owl prowls and spider hikes. Kids love getting up close to live hummingbirds in the summer. This month, all ages can monitor the park’s beaver family during Beaver Patrol on Thursday, April 14, and look for crayfish on Thursday, April 28 during Let’s Get “Cray.” Programs require advance Make your animal-loving registration. child’s next birthday more Find them in our memorable by having critters “Parent Planner” brought to the party. Animal section of Tales, the company that “Things To Do.” presents animal education programs at public attractions Warner and events, also has birthday Parks packages ranging from Nature $275 - $350 depending Center on your location. Animal 7311 Tales brings six animals to Hwy. 100 your party (choose from Nashville 20). Choices include a 615-352red kangaroo, snakes, a 6299 bat, chinchilla, porcupine nashville. and more. Learn more at gov/parks animaledzoocation.com. The Nature Center hosts free programs all year long, many with animals like birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles. The Explore the Pond program on Saturday, April 23 invites all ages to look for tadpoles and dragonfly nymphs. Find events in our “Parent Planner” section of “Things To Do.”

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The Wilderness Station 697 Veterans Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks The free weekly Animal Encounters program takes place Saturdays from 1:30 - 2 p.m. featuring different animals that call Tennessee home. There’s also a free ongoing Box Turtle Research Study for ages 8 and older that takes place at the Nickajack Wetlands on select Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. (upcoming dates are April 26 and May 3, 10 & 17). The free monthly Bird Club for ages 6 and older meets at different locations (this month it’s Saturday, April 23 at Cason Lane Greenway Trailhead ... bring your binoculars! Chad Young is managing editor of this publication and loves animals more than most people.

Select Animal Attractions Road tripping? Here are some animal spots we recommend:

Georgia Georgia Aquarium georgiaaquarium.org The California sea lion exhibit opened March 31. For an extra $15, book a “Behind the Seas” tour for a better look at creatures through a guide experience. Three interactive programs require advance booking: penguins ($60), sea otters ($60) and beluga whales ($181). Zoo Atlanta zooatlanta.org Home to nearly 1,300 animals, Zoo Atlanta is the city’s oldest cultural institution and one of the nation’s 10 oldest zoos (plus it twin giant pandas!) Kids love the “Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure” area where they can feed the hundreds of friendly birds.

Missouri St. Louis Zoo stlzoo.org Boasting 18,700 exotic animals (many rare or endangered), you can easily spend a whole day here. The new Stingrays at Caribbean Cove exhibit opens April 15; feed them for $4. The Children’s Zoo ($4) lets kids get close to several creatures for petting. Another favorite thing about the St. Louis Zoo: FREE admission!

Tennessee Memphis Zoo memphiszoo.org More than 3,500 animals represent 500 species and the Zoo is expanding with new exhibits and interactive programs. Opening Saturday, April 30: the Zambezi River Hippo exhibit. There’s a new free-flight bird show, and kids will love feeding the giraffes (Wed - Sun 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 - 3 p.m.) for an extra $5. You can also take a ride on the back of a camel. Tennessee Aquarium tnaqua.org Chattanooga’s home to one of East Tennessee’s best destinations: The Tennessee Aquarium. Two distinct buildings house river and ocean species separately. The Penguins Rock exhibit is our favorite along with the interactive Butterfly Garden.

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​ hen there’s just no room, it’s hard to W imagine growing a bountiful garden. But planting can be done, and spring is the perfect time for creating a container garden. Your kids’ll love it!

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come from a long line of green thumbs on both sides of my family. When I had children of my own, I wanted to pass my gardening heritage on to them, but we’ve never had a yard suitable for a garden. Then my kids and I tried vegetable gardening in containers, and I discovered that we cultivated more than plants on our patio. Gardening taught my kids patience, responsibility and something that surprised me – how to eat more vegetables. “Gardening is a great way to get children to feel ownership for the foods they eat,” says Melissa Halas-Liang, a registered dietician and founder of SuperKids Nutrition Inc., an online nutrition resource for parents and healthcare professionals. “If kids feel ownership, they are more

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likely to help cook the food and eat it.” Whether you live in a high rise apartment or a house with a limited amount of green space, your family can reap the benefits of gardening together. Follow these simple steps to start a thriving container garden.

bottom. This way water will keep the plant moist, but not make the roots so wet they rot. When selecting a container, Halas-Liang suggests letting children paint the pot. “Involve them in the growing process from start to finish,” Halas-Liang said.

COLLECT CONTAINERS EARLY.

CHOOSE YOUR VEGETABLES.

Gather containers that are at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep, or for vining plants, 20 inches wide. Reuse any five gallon buckets you have, or peruse thrift shops or flea markets with your children in search of gardening pots. Steer clear of black containers because they absorb sunlight which can cause soil to dry out and create endless watering. Also, if the container doesn’t have any way to drain, be sure to drill one-fourth inch holes in the

After you have plenty of containers, choose vegetables to grow. Some great ones for container gardening are tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, green beans, green onions, herbs and potatoes. Keep in mind that vining plants like cucumbers or tomatoes may need a trellis. Start small the first year and add as you grow more knowledgeable and confident. Halas-Liang advises choosing plants that will grow quickly. “Children like to see results.

Pick a vegetable that doesn’t take a long time to reach its harvest.” She recommends lettuce, squash or zucchini (yes, they can be grown in pots — check for varieties suitable for containers). Another kid-friendly plant for container gardening would be the herb basil, which also has a high nutritional value. “Basil has a ton of antioxidants, and a couple of tablespoons of basil is the equivalent of a small serving of vegetables,” Halas-Liang said.

SEED OR SEEDLING? Next, decide if you want to start your own plants from seed. If so, this may be another step you start early, depending on the growing season where you live. When collecting containers for indoor windowsill seeds, think outside the Styrofoam cup and save empty milk cartons, eco-


LOCAL GARDENING CLASSES FOR KIDS ADVENTURES IN AGRICULTURE AT LANE AGRI-PARK 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-944-2060 rutherford.tennessee.edu This free event provides handson activities like petting farm animals, riding the trolley, planting sunflowers, making butter and more to teach families about the impact agriculture has on our everyday lives. It takes place on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Canned food donations for the Rutherford County Food Bank will be appreciated.

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KIDS IN THE GARDEN AT NASHVILLE ZOO 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville 615-833-1534 • nashvillezoo.org This free (with paid zoo admission) event takes place on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Children will hear a story and plant a special garden to watch grow all summer long!

SUMMERTIME ON THE FARM AT TENNESSEE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM 440 Hogan Road, Nashville 615-837-5197 tnagmuseum.org From June - July, students learn about the difference in preelectricity agriculture and modern agriculture as they discover the fun of farm chores and explore cabins, an heirloom garden and other farm activities. See site for cost.

7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville 615-352-6299 friendly cardboard egg cartons, and paper cups to hold dirt. You can even put a seed in a Ziploc bag with a damp paper towel, tape it to the window glass, and watch it sprout.

SELECT YOUR SOIL. Once the threat of freezing temperatures has passed, you are ready to plant outside in containers. Be sure to use a soil specifically for container gardening.

NOW YOU’RE READY TO PLANT! Those seedlings that you have worked so hard to grow (or debated so hotly over at the garden center) are ready to put into containers. Plant them, place them where they will get six hours of direct sunlight and water them, but not so much that they drown. Do a daily test by sticking your finger about an inch into the soil.

If it feels dry, the plant needs water.

KEEP A DILIGENT WATCH. Watch for any problems such as disease or soil issues. Work together as a family sharing the responsibility of watering and checking the plants. Children are usually eager to help and enjoy the cycle of growing produce. If you encounter any plant problems, ask a neighbor who gardens or consult your local agriculture extension agent. Gardeners usually love to share their craft, and you and your children will grow a sense of community along with your new gardening skills.

nashville.gov/parks Children ages 3 - 5 explore what’s growing in the garden and more on Friday, May 20 from 10 - 11 a.m. (registration is required and begins Thursday, May 5).

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 70 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 72 to register for future events For area LIBRARY STORYTIMES, visit nashvilleparent.com and click on “Things To Do”

Fri 1 FREE Brentwood Arbor Day

Contests, face painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, coloring, activity booths, fire engines, food, student poetry readings and more. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 615-3710090 or brentwood-tn.org/ library.

Creative Zone: Make a Medallion

Celebrate Country Music Hall of Fame inductees by making your own medallion or plaque during this drop-in program. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family Program: Group Banjo Lesson

Learn simple chords and strumming techniques with a professional musician. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall

SPOTLIGHT:

Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella Storytime All ages

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s part of Nashville Ballet’s education outreach in the community, kids can experience an interactive storytime by joining the Fairy Godmother as she shares the story of Cinderella’s magical night. Nashville Ballet dancers use movement, music and photographs from its large-scale production of Cinderella. The free performances take place at the following locations:

• Saturday, April 2: Southeast Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Monday, April 4: Richland Park Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Wednesday, April 6: Goodlettsville Library, 10:30 a.m. • Thursday, April 7: Smyrna Public Library, 10 a.m. • Saturday, April 9: Inglewood Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Saturday, April 9: Old Hickory Library, Old Hickory, 2 p.m. • Monday, April 11: Looby Library, Nashville, 4 p.m. • Wednesday, April 13: Pruitt Library, Nashville, 10 a.m. • Thursday, April 14: Bordeaux Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Thursday, April 14: Edgehill Library, Nashville, 4 p.m. • Saturday, April 16: East Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Monday, April 18: Donelson Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Tuesday, April 19: Bellevue Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Wednesday, April 20: North Library, Nashville, 10 a.m. • Saturday, April 23: Madison Library, 10:30 a.m. • Wednesday, April 27: Hadley Park Library, Nashville, 10:30 a.m. • Friday, April 29: Hermitage Library, 4 p.m. • Saturday, April 30: Thompson Library, Nashville, 2:30 p.m.

of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Martin Lawrence

A night of stand-up comedy during the “Doin’ Time: Uncut Live Tour.” Ages 16 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $125; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Mule Day Festival

Enjoy mule shows, contests, dancing, live music, arts and crafts, food, kids’ activities and more. All ages. Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive, Columbia; 10 a.m.; $5 - $10; 931-381-9557 or muleday.org.

FREE Spring Break at the Hall of Fame

K - 12 students from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Willliamson and Wilson counties get to experience the museum free of charge when they show their school ID or wear school apparel. Up to two accompanying adults get $10 off general admission. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

The Triple Sip

This wine, spirits and beer tasting also features bites from local restaurants, a silent auction and more benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. Ages 21 and older. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $60 in advance, $70 at the door; rmhcnashville.com.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Interactive Eat-A-Long Sing-A-Long

See the classic Gene Wilder movie from 1971. Movie-goers each get a bag of candy with an instruction sheet on what to eat with what scene, and everyone can have fun singing along, too. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $12 - $15; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Sat 2 FREE Animal Encounters

Learn about animals native to Tennessee. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017.

Bells Bend Kids Race

This one-mile fun run kicks off the Sixth Annual Nashville Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo. Ages 4 - 12. Bells Bend Park, 4187 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $10; 256-749-2720 or nashvillerunning.com/products/ bells-bend-kids-race.

Cheekwood in Bloom: Blooms

Today’s special activities include floral arranging demonstrations with The Farmer’s Florist (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.); Backyard Beekeeping with Warner Park Nature Center (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); family art activities (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); children’s storytime in the Cheek Literary Garden (10:30 & 11:30 a.m.); live bunnies, chicks and ducks with Clover Patch Sanctuary (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.); live music and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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Kids can make corn shuck dolls with volunteers from the Tennessee Museum of Agriculture. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 3 p.m.; 615-3779979 or bn.com.

Creative Zone: Make a Medallion

Celebrate Country Music Hall of Fame inductees by making your own medallion or plaque during this drop-in program. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Dr. Dog

A night of rock music with special guest Wild Child. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $32.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Eclipse Day

Author and astronomy expert Andrew Fraknoi describes how eclipses work, why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights, when and where the solar eclipse of 2017 will be visible. In addition, special space-themed activities are available from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (regular admission applies to other activities). All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 1 p.m.; the presentation is free, but admission is required for the exhibit areas; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/eclilpseday.

Family Program: Perk Up Your Pictures

Learn tips and tricks to make your photos look their best before exploring the galleries to take pictures. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

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FREE First Saturday Art Crawl

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

FREE Frontier Craft Demonstration

Volunteers from the Tennessee Museum of Agriculture host demonstrations of frontier crafts like the spinning wheel and rug hooking. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-377-9979 or bn.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon: International Children’s Book Day

Using the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon, learn about the “setting” of a story, then make a mini version of your favorite book. All ages. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/about/ kidsville.

FREE LEGO Junior Makers

Kids can spend the morning getting creative while building with LEGOs. Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Mule Day Festival

Enjoy mule shows, contests, dancing, live music, arts and crafts, food, kids’ activities and more. All ages. Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive, Columbia; 10 a.m.; $5 $10; muleday.org.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 5 - 9 p.m.; 615-3950102 or arringtonvineyards. com.

Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 70 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 72 to register for future events

FREE NatureNauts

Explore living and non-living natural dangers with displays and short activities. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Pinwheels for Prevention Kickoff

To recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month, families can join Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee for a day of activities including crafts, games, inflatables, planting a pinwheel garden and more. All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-3830994 or pcat.org.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the San Jose Sharks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

Enjoy a show where wild animal puppets teach kids about their habitats and daily lives. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Roger McGuinn

A night of folk music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $35 - $45; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Roller Derby

Cheer for the Nashville Rollergirls during a double header featuring the Music City Brawl Stars and Music City All Stars. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students, $7 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashvillerollergirls.com.

Row for a Reason

Participate in a solo or team half-marathon row or a threeperson team full marathon row to benefit GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville. Adults. On the End

CrossFit, 2910 West End Ave., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $35 - $100; 615-953-1447 or crowdrise. com.

children); 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

Raise money and awareness for the Sexual Assault Center. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 615-259-9055 or sacenter.org.

Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

FREE Sixth Annual Nashville Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo

Discover what’s new with area outdoor retailers, clubs and community organizations. Plus, enjoy guided hikes, live music and more. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks.

Speedway Racing

The first car race of the season features more than 500 laps. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free kids; 615-254-1986 or fairgroundsspeedwaynashville. com.

FREE Spring Break at the Hall of Fame

Middle Tennessee students in grades K - 12 from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Willliamson and Wilson counties get to experience the museum free of charge when they show their school ID or wear school apparel. Up to two accompanying adults get $10 off general admission. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Vintage Baseball

The Nashville Vintage Baseball League hosts its first game of the 2016 season. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for this 1860s-style game, and vendors will sell classic ballpark fare. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 10 a.m.; free with gate admission ($20 adults, $15 students, $10

FREE Walk in Their Shoes

Sun 3 FREE BMX Racing

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

Learn about Sun Records then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Java 2

The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra & Chorus along with MTSU School of Music present “Messiah: Part the Third.” All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; $25; 615-898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com.

Little Labs

This month’s lab topic is Weather Watchers. Participants can investigate the science of the childhood rhyme “April showers bring May flowers” while learning about the water cycle and other factors that influence Earth’s weather. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $3 members, $5 nonmembers per child in addition to regular admission ($14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); adventuresci.org/littlelabs.


daily activities FREE Peter Pan Storytime

Join Wendy as she arrives to share her adventures in Neverland during this interactive storytime that includes Nashville Ballet dance instruction. All ages. Fairview Library, 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 10 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

The 2016 season of Tennessee Vintage Baseball kicks off at The Hermitage on Saturday, April 6.

FREE Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

Get creative by making prints while exploring old-school letterpress art making. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m.; 615416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Mule Day Festival

Enjoy mule shows, contests, dancing, live music, arts and crafts, food, kids’ activities and more. All ages. Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive, Columbia; 10 a.m.; $5 - $10; 931-381-9557 or muleday.org.

FREE Songs of Woodie Guthrie: American Balladeer

Autoharpist/folksinger/storyteller Adam Miller presents American folktales and folksongs by Woodie Guthrie. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 2 3:30 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

FREE Spring Break at the Hall of Fame

Middle Tennessee students in grades K - 12 from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Willliamson and Wilson counties get to experience the museum free of charge when they show their school ID or wear school apparel. Up to two accompanying adults get $10 off general admission. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 9

a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Mon 4 FREE A Walk in the Woods

Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $175; 615-340-4127 or nashvillegored.ahaevents.org.

All ages. Various venues in Nashville; times and admission varies per venue; tinpansouth. com.

FREE Observatory Open House Day

Tuesdays for Tots: Blooms

Hit the trails on a group hike. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark. org.

Tour the observatory and take a peek through the solar telescope. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-373-4897 or dyer. vanderbilt.edu.

Wiggles and Giggles

Predators Hockey

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200, ext. 2410, or wcparksandrec.com.

Tue 5 FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; $4; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Go Red for Women Luncheon

A wellness expo precedes the luncheon where guests will hear stories from heart and stroke survivors along with keynote speaker Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Ages 21 and older.

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Colorado Avalanche. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs

A night of bluegrass music with special guest Mac McAnally. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $45; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE Tech-Free Family Night

Unplug for an evening of stories, crafts and board games. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine S., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Tin Pan South

The world’s largest songwriters festival features more than 360 songwriters performing 92 shows in 10 different venues over the course of five days, today through Saturday.

Preschoolers and parents can enjoy a celebration of spring with the colorful flowers on the grounds, then pop into the studio for a springtime art activity. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

Wed 6 Homeschool Creativity Class

This art class explores creativity in different mediums. All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Mare Wakefield performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or wholefoodsmarket.com.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and enjoy bonding time through drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:15 a.m.; $3 per parent/child pair; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Thu 7 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Scheherazade

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music whisking the audience from Sinbad’s ship to the streets of Baghdad during Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventurous musical tale. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $22 - $143; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Basic Yoga

Instructor Drew Lerond leads this hour-long yoga class for all fitness levels. Bring your own mat. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 p.m.; $5; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Concert for Local Combat Injured Heroes

Collin Raye, Jim Brown, John Ford Coley and others perform during this benefit for the Joshua Chamberlain Society of Nashville. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $45; 615538-2076 or franklintheatre. com.

FITMommy Yoga

This class for new mothers and growing babies promotes fitness, baby bonding and community. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $4; 615-8937439 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

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FREE StrollerCoasters

Walk the greenway with your child and stroller, then stay for playtime at the castle. Parents with kids ages birth to 5 years. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 8 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Scheherazade

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music whisking the audience from Sinbad’s ship to the streets of Baghdad during Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventurous musical tale. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $143; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Best Buddies Gala & Casino Kids can explore gardening exhibits, meet farm animals and more during Adventures in Agriculture on Saturday, April 9 in Murfreesboro. Hats Off to John Overton

The historic site’s biggest fundraiser includes a silent auction, music, cocktails, dinner and a program about Judge John Overton. Adults. Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $150; 615-832-8197 or travellersrestplantation.org.

Opry Country Classics Country music legends take the stage to perform a night of beloved hits. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50 - $62; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Peter Pan Storytime

Join Wendy as she arrives to share her adventures in Neverland during this interactive storytime that includes Nashville Ballet dance instruction. All ages. South Cheatham Library, 358 N. Main St., Kingston Springs; 10:30 a.m.; 615-2972966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators during their final home game this season against the Arizona Coyotes. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Runners Night Out

Adults can run or walk the Gateway trail while kids participate in games that will keep them moving. Ages 5 14. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; 615893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

This benefit for Best Buddies Tennessee includes a champagne reception, silent auction, food and casino games. Adults. Omni Hotel, 250 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 5:30 - 11 p.m.; $250 $300; 615-891-2046 or bestbuddiestennessee.org.

Giada Valenti: From Venice with Love

Italian songstress Giada Valenti performs love songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $37 - $127; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

FREE Heritage Days

This see-it-touch-it-feel-it event features everything from pottery to animals. Kids can learn how to use a compass and feed chickens, and everyone can interact with interpreters and gardeners while exploring frontier life. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and bond with your child through

drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Sat 9 A Tribute to Buddy Holly

Aaron Tessis portrays the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” during this musical revue. All ages. Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 7:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students; 615-5632787 or artscenterofcc.com.

FREE Adventures in Agriculture

2 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

FREE Animal Encounters

Learn about animals that are native to Tennessee. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Cheekwood in Bloom: Japanese Garden

Today’s special activities include Japanese koto musicians (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.); Nashville Bonsai Society demonstrations (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); family art activities (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); children’s storytime in the Cheek Literary Garden (10:30 & 11:30 a.m.); live bunnies, chicks and ducks with Clover Patch Sanctuary (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.); live music and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Farmers share their knowledge of animals, crops, homegrown foods, handmade products and more. Kids can have fun visiting with horses and farm animals, learning about gardening and participating in hands-on activities. All ages. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-944-2060 or aiarutherford@gmail.com.

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Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Scheherazade

Visit the museum’s open house with full-size locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses open for exploration, plus a model train show with dealer tables, sales on Thomas the Tank items and more. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-244-9001 or tcry.org.

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music whisking the audience from Sinbad’s ship to the streets of Baghdad during Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventurous musical tale. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $143; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE American Girl Book Club

Girls can bring their favorite dolls for readings of American Girl stories. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro;

A night of Brazilian music by an instrumental ensemble of three sisters and their father. All ages. The Jazz Cave at Nashville Jazz Workshop, 1319 Adams St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 adults, $15 students; nashvillejazzworkshop.org.

FREE Cumberland Division Meet and Model Train Show

David Feherty Live Off Tour

A night of comedy by a professional golfer turned golf analyst/talk show host/sports broadcaster. Ages 14 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $56 - $151; 615-7824040 or tpac.org. (please turn the page)

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Experience a full-dome planetarium experience with screenings of Escher’s Universe and Digital Dave. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $6 members, $8 nonmembers; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

East Nashville Beer Festival

Sample a variety of specialty brews, enjoy live music and more during this benefit for Ride for Reading. Ages 21 and older. East Park, 700 Woodland St., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; $60 ($20 for designated drivers); eastnashvillebeerfest.com.

FREE Family Literacy Day

Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 70 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 72 to register for future events

Fisk Jubilee Singers

A night of gospel music with special guests CeCe Winans, Sam Moore and Jimmy Hall. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE Going Blue 2

Cheatham County Kids hosts this event that raises autism awareness. Enjoy games, face painting, inflatables, eating contests, live entertainment, a silent auction and more. All ages. Sycamore High School, 1021 Old Clarksville Pike, Pleasant View; 12 - 5 p.m.; 615-426-7820 or cheathamcountykids.com.

FREE Heritage Days

Belmont University hosts this event celebrating the joy of reading. Kids can participate in reading circles, play games, do crafts, win door prizes, enjoy balloons and face painting, and more. PreK - grade 6. E.S. Rose Park, 1000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; belmont. edu/sl/family_literacy_day.

This see-it-touch-it-feel-it event features everything from pottery to animals. Kids can learn how to use a compass and feed chickens, and everyone can interact with interpreters and gardeners while exploring frontier life. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Family Program: Electric Guitar Workshop

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon: Briar Rose’s Birthday

Try your hand at the electric guitar in this beginner’s class. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Listen to a story about a kingdom’s fairies invited to eat from the 12 golden plates of the king, then decorate a golden dinner plate of your own. All ages. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

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TV’s “Wonder Woman” presents a night of music (the $59 ticket includes a meet and greet). All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $34 - $59; 615538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

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An evening of music featuring country classics and pop standards. All ages. The Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $20; 615784-4014 or capitoltheatretn. com.

FREE Middle Tennessee Pug Festival

Murfreesboro Pug Lovers hosts this inaugural festival celebrating all-things pug with contests, raffles and other activities. Dress your pugs with a movie character theme. Proceeds benefit the Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. All ages and non-pugs welcome. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 9 - 11 a.m.; 615-956-3801 or pugfestival. com.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 5 - 9 p.m.; 615-3950102 or arringtonvineyards. com.

NAMI 5K

Participate in a 5K run or onemile walk to raise money for the local chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Health. All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 - 11 a.m.; $25; 615-891-4724 or namidavidson.org.

FREE Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

This celebration of spring also spotlights the friendship between Japan and America with live entertainment, arts and crafts, a Japanese marketplace and J-Funland area including Japanese youth culture and kids’ activities. This year’s event features a cosplay contest where local enthusiasts can dress as their favorite characters from Japanese anime. All ages. Public Square Park, 350 Deaderick St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-663-6060 or nashvillecherryblossomfestival. org.

FREE NatureNauts

Explore Naturalist Dennis Gibson’s rock and mineral

collection, and bring your own for help with identification. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; bowiepark.org.

Pedal for Paws

This fundraising bike ride benefiting the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance offers 14-, 30-, 45- and 62-mile biking routes. All ages. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin; 8 a.m.; $35; active. com.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

Enjoy a show where wild animal puppets teach kids about their habitats and daily lives. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

ROBOWeek 2016

This kick-off features a variety of interactive demos and activities all focused on robots. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ roboweek.

Runaway Puppet Theater

Kids can enjoy A Primer of Preeminent Paragons, a puppet play that retells the classic stories of Hercules, Robin Hood and Pecos Bill. After the show, learn puppetry basics by creating your own puppets to take home. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Second Saturday

Enjoy shows in Sudekum Planetarium, including “Skies Over Nashville” (7 p.m.), “That (mostly) 70s Laser Show” (8:30 p.m.), “Jukebox Heroes” (9:30 p.m.) and “The Other Side of Pink Floyd” (10:30 p.m.). All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-members per show (“Skies” is $3 members, $6 nonmembers); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/saturday.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Spring Gardening Class: Introduction to Gardening

Learn about soil prep, composting and raised beds. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo. org.

FREE Third Annual Williamson County Schools Fine Arts Festival

More than 30 performances on three stages include jazz bands, choirs, chamber groups, orchestras, guitar ensembles, percussion groups, elementary choruses and more. In addition, student art from every grade level in the school system is on display. All ages. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 615-472-4000 or wcs.edu.

Ultimate Grill Champ Competition of Sumner County

Amateur and professional grillers compete during this fundraiser for The Edison School and Sumner Teen Center. There’s also an arts and crafts fair, live music, silent and live auctions, children’s activities and more. All ages. The Edison School, 2100 Nashville Pike, Gallatin; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $20 adults ($30 for pair), $10 children, $10 for sample passes for food from the competitors; sumnerteencenter. org.

FREE Youth Magic Group

Learn tricks and illusions while socializing. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.


daily activities Farriers challenge the Stewart’s Creek Scouts at 2:30 p.m. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; tennesseevintagebaseball.com.

FREE Vintage Baseball

The Nashville Maroons challenge the Travellers Club of Brentwood during this 1860s-style baseball game. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Week of the Young Child Kick-off

Enjoy a variety of cultural performances during the annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 9 at Public Square Park.

Sun 10 FREE 12:20 Concert

An afternoon of old American songs arranged by Aaron Copland featuring pianist Nicholas Bergin and tenor Derek Meler. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 12 p.m.; 615-383-1815 or music. fpcnashville.org.

FREE BMX Racing

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

FREE Camp Widji Open House

Meet camp directors and staff, tour the facilities and learn about summer camp programs. All ages. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

Cedar Hill Criterium

Participate in one of the largest bike races in Tennessee. The event includes an intro to bike racing and skills clinic, a kids’ race and more. Ages 9 and older. Cedar Hill Park, 860 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $45

(beginners and juniors are free); cedarhillcrit.weebly.com.

Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

During this drop-in program, learn about Sun Records then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Deer Run Open House

Take a walking tour of the facilities and meet the camp’s staff and directors. All ages. Deer Run Camps & Retreats, 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station; 2 - 4 p.m.; 615-7942918 or camps.deerrunretreat. org.

FREE Nashville Chamber Singers

Directed by Angela Tipps, the Nashville Chamber Singers celebrate their 20th season with a commissioned work written by Kevin Memley. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 3 p.m.; 615-383-1815 or music. fpcnashville.org.

Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit

Christian music star and local dad Steven Curtis Chapman hosts a night of inspirational music with special guests Chris Tomlin, Chonda Pierce, Christy Nockels and others. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $27.50 - $39.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Dodgers. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

The Rat Pack is Back

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. come center stage as three vocalists and a big band recreate their timeless music. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 3 & 7:30 p.m.; $26 - $87; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Vintage Baseball Experience an 1860s-style baseball game when the Highland Rim Distillers take on Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga at 12 p.m. and the Franklin

Local organizations serving young kids will have booths set up with activities and info, and ages 2 - 12 get into the zoo for free after 2 p.m. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 2 - 5 p.m.; $16 adults, free ages 2 - 12 (after 2 p.m. only); 615833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Mon 11 Gateway Chamber Orchestra: Our City

A night of classical music featuring works by Beethoven and others. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $40; 615538-2076 or franklintheatre. com.

Meat Loaf

A night of rock anthems with the legendary singer. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $59 - $79; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Nature Strollers

After a reading of Over in the Meadow, head out on a child-friendly hike to explore animals in the meadow. Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19

Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; nashvillesounds.com.

Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200, ext. 2410, or wcparksandrec.com.

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The “Rock Stars of Bluegrass” join the Nashville Symphony for a night of music. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $59; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; $4; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; nashvillesounds.com.

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A night of rock music with special guest Thirdstory. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35; ryman.com.

Tuesdays for Tots: Blooms

Enjoy a celebration of spring with the colorful flowers on the grounds, then pop into the studio for a springtime art activity. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org. (please turn the page)

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VIP Patron Lunch, Performance of A Year With Frog and Toad, Carnival with games, inflatables, prizes, food, & more!

Based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Book and lyrics by Willie Reale. Music by Robert Reale.

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Thu 14 Basic Yoga

Instructor Drew Lerond leads this hour-long yoga class for all fitness levels. Bring your own mat. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 p.m.; $5; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FirstBank Pops Series: Chris Botti

Keith Urban co-headlines the We’re All for The Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 12 at Bridgestone Arena.

The world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of standards. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $44 - $138; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FITMommy Yoga We’re All for The Hall

Country stars Keith Urban and Vince Gill serve as musical directors for this benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Special guests include Luke Bryan, Peter Frampton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, Maddie & Tae, and others. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $55; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Wed 13 Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour

TV personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown brings his new live show to Nashville that includes songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, food demonstrations and more. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $70; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

Homeschool Creativity Class

This art class explores creativity in different mediums. All ages.

McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Jethro Tull

A night of progressive rock written and performed by Ian Anderson. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 $75; 615-889-3060 or ryman. com.

FREE Kid’s Hour

Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and enjoy bonding time through drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:15 a.m.; $3 per parent/child pair; 615867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

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Cheer for the Nashville Sounds

This class for new mothers and growing babies promotes fitness, baby bonding and community. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $4; 615-8937439 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Opry Country Classics Country music legends take the stage to perform a night of beloved hits. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50 - $62; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Over the Rhine

A night of country-tinged music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $31 - $41; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Rivers and Spires Festival

This fun, family festival features five stages of live entertainment (music, dance groups, comedy), the Gigabit Gaming Garage, vendors with handmade arts/ crafts/gifts, the “Quilt on the Cumberland Show,” a car show, arm wresting tournaments and interactive zones with

themes including sports, family fun, Toddler Town and more. All ages. Downtown Clarksville; 5 - 10 p.m.; 931-947-2331 or riversandspires.com.

FREE Runners Night Out

Adults can run or walk the Gateway trail while kids participate in games that will keep them moving. Ages 5 14. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; 615893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615690-4487 or nashvillesounds. com.

Southern Women’s Show

Shopping, food, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, more than 500 exhibits, prizes and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; southernshows.com/wna.

FREE StrollerCoasters

Walk the greenway with your child and stroller, then stay for playtime at the castle. Parents with kids ages birth to 5 years. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 15 A Vintage Affair: The Main Event

A night of food, wine and bourbon tastings, silent and live auctions, a wine auction, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit local charities serving women and children. Adults. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $75 advance, $85 at the door, $125 VIP; avintageaffair.org.

FirstBank Pops Series: Chris Botti

The world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of standards. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - $138; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Grassroots of Grassland

This songwriters night benefiting Grassland Elementary features Neil Medley, Chase McGill, Brett Tyler, Nic Gonzales and others. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $30 - $200; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Mumford & Sons

A night of British rock during the band’s “An Arrow Through the Heartland Tour.” All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $59.50; 615770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and bond with your child through drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Rec It: Fun in the Gym

Participate in a variety of organized games. Ages 8 - 14. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $2; 615799-9331, ext. 2315, or wcparksandrec.com.

Rites of Spring Music Festival

This year’s headliners are Future and Porter Robinson. Other artists include Lil Dicky, Bad Suns, Kat Dahlia and more. All ages. Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn, 2201 West End Ave., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $40 - $60; 615-322-2471 or vadnerbilt.edu/ros.

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daily activities FREE Rivers and Spires Festival

This fun, family festival features five stages of live entertainment (music, dance groups, comedy), the Gigabit Gaming Garage, vendors with handmade arts/ crafts/gifts, the “Quilt on the Cumberland Show,” a car show, arm wresting tournaments and interactive zones with themes including sports, family fun, Toddler Town and more. All ages. Downtown Clarksville; 5 - 10 p.m.; 931-947-2331 or riversandspires.com.

Southern Women’s Show

Shopping, food, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, more than 500 exhibits, prizes and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; southernshows.com/wna.

TEDxNashville 2016: HealthNext

Technology, entertainment and design come together as a diverse range of speakers share “ideas worth spreading.” All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 1 p.m.; $51.50; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

FREE Third Friday Night Concert Series

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for live music by local bands. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 615-890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Sat 16 10th Annual Tour De Boro

Hosted by MTSU students, this bike race benefits JoJo’s Dog House, a non-profit rescue for dogs. Choose 17-, 30.9- or 64.9-mile routes. All ages. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m.; $35 prior to March 15, $40 afterward; active.com.

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Learn about animals that are native to Tennessee. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Art for Animals

Enjoy wine, food, a live art auction, silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Pet Community Center, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Nashville. All ages. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 5:30 - 9 p.m.; $50 in advance, $60 at the door; nashvilleartforanimals.com.

FREE Be Well Boro

The Junior League of Murfreesboro hosts this health and wellness fair featuring more than 30 local vendors, health screenings and more. All ages. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; stonesrivermall. com.

FREE City of Franklin Arbor Day Celebration A day of fun in the trees with activities including tree climbing, rock climbing, tree planting, children’s games and activities, food, vendor booths, tree saplings to take home and more. All ages. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-794-2103 or franklintn. gov/arborday.

FREE Dance Me a Story: Carnival of the Animals

Nashville Ballet presents this children’s ballet exploring the value of diversity through the perspective of a mighty lion. All ages. Williamson County Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 10 & 11:30 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Dancing for Safe Haven

This benefit that serves homeless families through Safe Haven includes cocktails, dinner and a local celebrity dance competition. Ages 21 and older. Hilton Hotel, 121 Fourth Ave. S. Nashville; 6 p.m.; $250; safehaven.org.

FREE ENDADA Music and Arts Festival

A day of professional artists, live music, spoken word, theater, food and more. All ages. Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-2985514 or endada.org.

Family Program: Make a Concert Poster

Design a concert poster for your favorite artist. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults,

$14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FirstBank Pops Series: Chris Botti

The world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of standards. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - $138; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Free to Breathe Race

Participate in this 5K run/ walk and one-mile fun walk supporting Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization. All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson Street, Nashville; 8 a.m.; $25 adults, $15 ages 12 and younger; freetobreathe. org/nashville.

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Candle Wishes 5K

Participate in a 5K run or onemile fun run to benefit Candle Wishes, a local organization that grants birthday wishes to children. All ages. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m.; $30 individuals, $50 families (free for the fun run); candlewishesfamily5k.com.

Cheekwood in Bloom: Drop Everything and Read!

Today’s special activities include storytelling with East Side Story (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.); a book swap at Cheekwood’s new free library (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); “Plant a Story” demonstration (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); Nashville Public Library reading corner (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); family art activities (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); children’s storytime in the Cheek Literary Garden (10:30 & 11:30 a.m.); live bunnies, chicks and ducks with Clover Patch Sanctuary (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.); live music and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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15K or one-mile fun run to raise money for High Hopes Preschool & Pediatric Therapy Clinic. All ages. Metro Center, 2100 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 7:30 a.m.; $15 fun run, $40 5K, $45 10K, $50 15K; puritydairydash.com.

Rites of Spring Music Festival

There’s a sensory friendly screening of The Jungle Book at NCG Cinema in Gallatin on Saturday, April 16. FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon: Storytime on the Porch

Listen to a story, Myth of Sisyphus, then make your own ball-rolling game. All ages. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/about/ kidsville.

Little Labs

This month’s lab topic is Weather Watchers. Participants can investigate the science of the childhood rhyme “April showers bring May flowers” while learning about the water cycle and other factors that influence Earth’s weather. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $3 members, $5 nonmembers per child in addition to regular admission ($14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ littlelabs.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 5 - 9 p.m.; 615-3950102 or arringtonvineyards. com.

FREE NatureNauts

Explore pond life through displays and live animals. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Pied Piper Children’s Series: Blast Off with the Nashville Symphony

During this family concert, the Nashville Symphony performs music from Holst’s The Planets along with other space-themed music with visual projections from Adventure Science Center. Arrive an hour early for free hands-on activities throughout the building like an instrument petting zoo, crafts, stories and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $23 - $28; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Printmaking Workshop

Join local artist Angela Hallmark to explore the world of printmaking by viewing her artwork and making your own prints to keep. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

Enjoy a show where wild animal puppets teach kids about their habitats and daily lives. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash

Participate in a 5K, 10K,

This year’s headliners are Future and Porter Robinson. Other artists include Lil Dicky, Bad Suns, Kat Dahlia and more. All ages. Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn, 2201 West End Ave., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $40 - $60; 615-322-2471 or vadnerbilt.edu/ros.

Riverbend Kids Club

This month’s outing theme is “U Pick Kids Garden Planting & Tags.” All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5; 615-468-2008 or riverbendnurseries.com.

FREE Rivers and Spires Festival

This fun, family festival features five stages of live entertainment (music, dance groups, comedy), the Gigabit Gaming Garage, vendors with handmade arts/ crafts/gifts, the “Quilt on the Cumberland Show,” a car show, arm wresting tournaments and interactive zones with themes including sports, family fun, Toddler Town and more. All ages. Downtown Clarksville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 931-947-2331 or riversandspires.com.

Run for Kids

This fundraiser for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes includes a timed 5K run/ walk, two-mile family fun run, one-mile kids’ run and more. All ages. Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home Brentwood Campus, 1310 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 7:30 a.m.; $15 - $35; 615-376-3140 or tnrunforkids.org.

Sensory Friendly Movie

Enjoy a screening of The Jungle Book with theater lights not as dim, softer sound and no previews. Plus, kids are welcome to run around and

daily activities make all the noise they want — great for kids with autism or other sensory issues. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 10 a.m.; $6; 615-451-9500 or ncgmovies.com.

Smashing Pumpkins

505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $72.50; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Sun 17 FREE BMX Racing

A night of alternative rock music with special guest Liz Phair. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $52.50 - $74.50; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Southern Women’s Show

Chick Corea & Bela Fleck

Shopping, food, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, more than 500 exhibits, prizes and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; southernshows.com/wna.

Spring Gardening Class: Tools Are Your Friends

Learn how to use pruning tools and shape ornamental trees. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo. org.

A night of jazz fusion music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $95; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

During this drop-in program, learn about Sun Records then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Spring Mile-Long Yard Sale Excursion Train

FREE Duck Day

Taylor Hicks

Southern Women’s Show

Ride the rails to Watertown and during the layover have fun finding treasures at the giant yard sale. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $21 - $75; 615241-0436 or tcry.org.

A night of R & B music with special guest Clark Beckham. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $36 - $46; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

TEDxNashville 2016: Elevation

Technology, entertainment and design come together with a diverse range of speakers to share “ideas worth spreading.” All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall,

Play bird-themed games, learn how to use binoculars to identify ducks and geese, look at what makes a bird unique and feed a live duck. All ages. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 1 2:30 p.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Shopping, food, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, more than 500 exhibits, prizes and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; southernshows.com/wna.

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daily activities Three Dog Night

A night of pop/rock music by one of the 1970s most successful groups. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $89; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Mon 18 FREE Adoption 101

Learn about the types of adoption, the process and more. Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 1304 Madison St., Shelbyville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-898-0803 or heavensentchildren.com.

Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo

An evening of acoustic music with stories behind the hits. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $99; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200, ext. 2410, or wcparksandrec.com.

Tue 19 FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; $4; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Jammin’ to Beat the Blues

The Time Jumpers and guests present a night of music benefiting Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $32.50 - $54.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

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Preschoolers and parents can enjoy a celebration of spring with the colorful flowers on the grounds, then pop into the studio for a springtime art activity. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

Wed 20 Dawes

A night of rock music with special guest Hiss Golden Messenger. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Homeschool Creativity Class

Carving it Up with Delanie Walker

The Tennessee Titans tight end hosts this event for the Delanie Walker Gives Back Foundation, an organization providing inner city and low-income kids with educational opportunities and resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, churrascaria appetizers, and live and silent auctions. Adults. Texas de Brazil, 210 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $50; delaniewalker.org.

FITMommy Yoga

This class for new mothers and growing babies promotes fitness, baby bonding and community. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $4; 615-8937439 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Opry Country Classics

This art class explores creativity in different mediums. All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Country music legends take the stage to perform a night of beloved hits. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50 - $62; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Kids’ Hour

FREE Runners Night Out

Award-winning independent recording artist Ginger Sands performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or gingersands. com.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Adults can run or walk the Gateway trail while kids participate in games that will keep them moving. Ages 5 14. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; 615893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

FREE StrollerCoasters

Play games, make music and enjoy bonding time through drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:15 a.m.; $3 per parent/child pair; 615867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Walk the greenway with your child and stroller, then stay for playtime at the castle. Parents with kids ages birth to 5 years. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Thu 21

Fri 22

Basic Yoga

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

Instructor Drew Lerond leads this hour-long yoga class for all fitness levels. Bring your own mat. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 p.m.; $5; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

A night of folk/blues rock. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $37.50 - $77.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Catan Day 2016

Join Mayfair Games for the 21st anniversary of Catan with open play of the entire game library, including giant versions of tabletop games, new games and more. All ages. Gaylord Opryland Resort, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 4 p.m.; $25 - $45 adults, free ages 11 and younger; mayfairgames.com.

Country Living Fair

Country Living magazine hosts this event featuring more than 200 vendors from 25 states with antiques, furniture, food, crafters and more. Activities include cooking, crafting and DIY demonstrations, book signings, artisanal food sampling and more. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $16 adults, free ages 16 and younger; 866-500-3247 or countryliving.com/fair.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and bond with your child through drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Party for the Planet

Celebrate Earth Day with activities including keeper talks, docent conservation tours, a recycled art contest (register in

advance to participate in the contest), games, face painting and more. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

FREE Skate Nashville Figure Skating Competition The Nashville Figure Skating Club hosts this 25th annual competition. All ages. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-928-7977 or nashvillefsc.com.

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo

Enjoy a professional rodeo event benefiting local charities. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $10 advance/$15 at the gate adults, $10/$8 children; whipcrackinrodeo.com.

Sat 23 FREE 10th Annual Nashville Vision Walk

Raise pledges and walk a 5K benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 9 a.m.; 919781-8014 or fightblindess.org/ nashvillevisionwalk.

SPOTLIGHT:

Nashville Film Festival April 14 - 23

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he magic of filmmaking is front and center during the annual Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills (3815 Green Hills Villlage Drive). Ten days of movie-going fun include features, shorts, documentaries and animated films. You’ll find the most kid-friendly flicks in the shorts lineup. All access VIP laminates ($250) get you into the cool parties. Individual movie ticket prices and sales will be announced Wednesday, April 6. Browse the movie schedules at nashfilm.org.


daily activities FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon: Devil’s Three Golden Hairs

Several families gather in Centennial Park during the Nashville Earth Day Festival. This year’s event is Saturday, April 23.

Listen to a story of solving problems for a broken well, a tree not bearing fruit and a frustrated ferryman, then make a recycled newspaper collage that tells the news of the day. All ages. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

Logan’s Legacy Run FREE 40th Annual Pioneer Days

Cloggers, old-time music and demonstrators, more than 40 crafters, hayrides, antique auto car show, live music and more. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-8900355 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

FREE Animal Encounters

Learn about animals native to Tennessee. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Bill Rice Ranch Day Camp Open House

Tour the ranch facilities and campground, and enjoy pony rides, inflatables and hot dogs. All ages. Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-893-2767 or brrdaycamp.org.

FREE Bird Club

Bring your binoculars and search for spring migrants along with resident birds of Tennessee. Ages 6 and older. Cason Lane Greenway Trailhead, 1100 Cason Trail, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Catan Day 2016

Join Mayfair Games for the 21st anniversary of Catan with open play of the entire game library, including giant versions of tabletop games, new games and more. All ages. Gaylord Opryland Resort, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville;

10 a.m.; $25 - $45 adults, free ages 11 and younger; mayfairgames.com.

Celebrate Earth Day & Environmental Education Week

Activities include a guided walk and bird watching in the wetlands, a catch-andrelease activity at the lily pad pond, wading in the shallows of the wetlands and more. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Cheekwood in Bloom: National Arbor Day Celebration

Today’s special activities include a canopy climb experience with Tree Climbing Planet (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Learning Tent (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); planting demonstrations and take-home saplings (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); family art activities (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.); children’s storytime in the Cheek Literary Garden (10:30 & 11:30 a.m.); live bunnies, chicks and ducks with Clover Patch Sanctuary (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.); live music and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Community Appreciation Day

Bring a non-perishable food donation for Greenhouse Ministries and enjoy a day at the farm for free, including animals to pet, playground equipment and more than 70 activities (there must be a food

donation for every person). All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-2743786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

Country Living Fair

See Friday, April 22 listing.

FREE Franklin Main Street Festival

More than 200 artisans and crafters present their handiwork, and your family can enjoy live entertainment, international food and a dedicated children’s area with train and pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo and more. All ages. Public Square, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; historicfranklin.com.

FREE Friends of Bloomfield Spring Youth & Family Golf Fest

Learn what’s in store for young golfers this spring and summer. Open to beginners, intermediates and competitive juniors. Ages 6 - 18. Old Fort Golf Club, 1028 Golf Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 561-901-3050, jexpga@ aol.com or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Greening STEM

Stop in to see how Greening STEM makes for fun and messy lessons during a celebration of our planet and environment. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci. org/earth.

Participate in a 5K or onemile run to raise money for the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Foundation. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6:30 a.m.; $25 - $35 adults, $15 ages 17 and younger ($65 - $75 for a family of five); sudc.org/ loganslegacyrun.

FREE March for Babies Garner pledges and walk to raise money for March of Dimes. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; 615399-3200 or marchforbabies. org.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 5 - 9 p.m.; 615-3950102 or arringtonvineyards. com.

FREE Nashville Earth Day Festival

Celebrate Mother Earth during this community festival that features nearly 100 exhibits and activities that educate the community about protecting our environment. Enjoy live music, shop at the Green Market and participate in an array of children’s activities. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. 6 p.m.; nashvilleearthday.org.

FREE NatureNauts

Discover the world of salamanders through educational displays and live animals. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m.

- 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Pieces of Hope

Enjoy a night of cocktails, food, auctions and live entertainment by Rubiks Groove benefiting Autism Tennessee. Adults. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; $100; autismtn.org/ piecesofhope.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

Enjoy a show where wild animal puppets teach kids about their habitats and daily lives. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Run for Babies

This brand-new 5K event is held in conjunction with March for Babies, benefiting March of Dimes. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7:30 a.m.; $30; 615-800-7185 or runforbabies. org/nashville.

FREE Skate Nashville Figure Skating Competition The Nashville Figure Skating Club hosts this 25th annual competition. All ages. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-928-7977 or nashvillefsc.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Spring Gardening Class

Discover the history of medicinal and culinary herbs. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo. org.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016 Sunday, June 5, 2016 Music City Center

FREE YOUTH SPORTS CLINICS musiccitysportsfestival.com


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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 70 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 72 to register for future events Spring Plowing & Planting

Watch a live horse-plowing demonstration (kids can visit the horses when they rest), and join in the fun of planting seeds in the freshly plowed field during this event that teaches kids about crops and farm life in the 19th century. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 students, $10 children; 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

Super Songwriters Night

Paul Overstreet, Jim Collins and others perform during this benefit for Ark & Meals on Wheels. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $50; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Whip Crackin’ Rodeo

Enjoy a professional rodeo event benefiting local charities. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $10 advance/$15 at the gate adults, $10/$8 children; whipcrackinrodeo.com.

WSM Live at The Capitol Theatre

A handful of vocalists and up-and-coming bands perform during a live radio broadcast. All ages. The Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 1 p.m.; $10; 615-784-4014 or capitoltheatretn.com.

Local dad/Christian singer Matthew West performs during The Bible Tour on Sunday, April 24.

Sun 24 Autism Awareness Day

Participate in a zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour at the Croft House with animal encounters (from 1 - 3 p.m.). This event is in partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Ben Folds with yMusic

A night of rock music with special guest Dotan. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $59.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE BMX Racing

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Catan Day 2016

Join Mayfair Games for the 21st anniversary of Catan with open play of the entire game library, including giant versions of tabletop games, new games and more. All ages. Gaylord Opyrland Resort, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; $25 - $45 adults, free ages 11 and younger; mayfairgames.com.

Country Living Fair

See Friday, April 22 listing.

Creative Zone: Design Your Own Record Label

During this drop-in program, learn about Sun Records then create your own record label and design a logo and image for a 45-rpm release. All ages.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Dance Me a Story: Ferdinand the Bull

Through original choreography, music and bright costumes, Nashville Ballet brings Munro Leaf’s classic children’s book to life. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1:15 & 2:30 p.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

FREE Family Festival Day

Enjoy an afternoon full of creativity, art-making activities, live music and other performances while celebrating the exhibit Treasures form the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 5:30 p.m.; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

FREE Franklin Main Street Festival

More than 200 artisans and crafters present their handiwork, and your family can enjoy live entertainment, international food and a dedicated children’s area with train and pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo and more. All ages. Public Square, Franklin; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; historicfranklin.com.

FREE Shakespeare in Spoken Word

Enjoy live presentations of Shakespearean works. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 2 3:30 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

FREE Skate Nashville Figure Skating Competition The Nashville Figure Skating Club hosts this 25th annual competition. All ages. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-928-7977 or nashvillefsc.com.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

The Bible Tour

Paired with visuals from The Bible mini-series, enjoy live performances of music by Matthew West, Sidewalk Prophets, Aaron Shust, Love & Outcome and Blanca. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $24.50 - $46.50; 615782-4030 or wmarocks.com.

FREE Vintage Baseball

Experience an 1860s-style baseball game when the Stewart’s Creek Scouts play Travellers Club of Brentwood at 12 p.m. followed by Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga versus Franklin Farriers at 2:30 p.m. All ages. Ravenswood Mansion, 1825 Wilson Pike, Brentwood; tennesseevintagebaseball.com.

FREE Vintage Baseball

Phoenix of East Nashville challenges Mountain City of Chattanooga during this 1860s-style baseball game. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 12 p.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Mon 25 Artful Tales: Storytime in the Galleries

Join an educator in the galleries to hear a story connected to the current exhibits, then head to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for hands-on creativity at the art stations. Ages 3 and older. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Bon Qui Qui in Concert

The alter ego of Mad TV’s Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Bon Qui Qui presents a night of rap music. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505

Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35 - $75; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

FREE Spring Choral & Orchestral Concert

The university’s choral & orchestral ensembles will perform John Rutter’s “Gloria” as well as Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Walzer (Lovesong Waltzes).” All ages. Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 615-966-5932 or lipscomb.edu.

Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200, ext. 2410, or wcparksandrec.com.

Tue 26 FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; $4; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Rec It: Pickleball

Learn the fundamentals of this fast-paced indoor racket game. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 5 - 7 p.m.; $2; 615-786-0200, ext. 2410, or wcparksandrec.com.

Selah & Travis Cottrell

A night of Christian music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $24.50 - $34.50; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

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daily activities - on stage Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

Tuesdays for Tots: Blooms

Preschoolers and parents can enjoy a celebration of spring with the colorful flowers on the grounds, then pop into the studio for a springtime art activity. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

FREE Turtle Search

Help observe and collect data on local box turtles. Ages 8 and older. Nickajack Wetlands (call for exact directions), Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Wed 27 Generation Axe

A night of rock music with Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteem and others. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $75; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Homeschool & Family Science Labs

This month’s lab is Squid Dissections. Participants will inspect the unique internal and external features, like the beak and ink sac, of ocean-dwelling invertebrates. Grades 4 - 8 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $12; 615862-5160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

Homeschool Creativity Class

This art class explores creativity in different mediums. All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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FREE Kids’ Hour

Award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and enjoy bonding time through drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9:15 a.m.; $3 per parent/child pair; 615867-7244 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Thu 28 Barry Manilow

A night of pop music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $19.75 - $149.75; 615770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Basic Yoga

Instructor Drew Lerond leads this hour-long yoga class for all fitness levels. Bring your own mat. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 p.m.; $5; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FITMommy Yoga

This class for new mothers and growing babies promotes fitness, baby bonding and community. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $4; 615-8937439 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Key of Intensity

An evening of music with Intersection Music Ensemble featuring two ondes Martenot players from Montreal along with dancers with music by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame. All ages. The Platform, 1343 Lewis St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $27 - $54; intersectionmusic.org.

Opry Country Classics Country music legends take the stage to perform a night of beloved hits. All ages. Ryman

Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 70 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 72 to register for future events Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50 - $62; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Runners Night Out

Adults can run or walk the Gateway trail while kids participate in games that will keep them moving. Ages 5 14. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; 615893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

FREE St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Expo

More than 80 exhibitors offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional info, and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12 - 7 p.m.; runrocknroll.com.

FREE StrollerCoasters

Walk the greenway with your child and stroller, then stay for playtime at the castle. Parents with kids ages birth to 5 years. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 29 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Beethoven’s Emperor

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Parent and Me Drum Circle

Play games, make music and bond with your child through drumming. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Expo

More than 80 exhibitors offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional

A local girl loves on one of the friendly goats at Lucky Ladd Farms. Kids can meet lots of animals at the farm’s Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, April 30. info, and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; runrocknroll.com.

Sat 30 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Beethoven’s Emperor

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Animal Encounters

Learn about animals that are native to Tennessee. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Dance Me a Story: The Emperor and the Nightingale

Nashville Ballet presents this story of a Chinese emperor who learns that the strongest friendship can be found through freedom. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; nashvilleballet.com.

FREE International Table Top Day

Check out the latest featured games and win prizes. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 4 p.m.; 615377-9979 or bn.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon: Rapunzel

Listen to the story of the girl with long hair, then make your own self portrait with vegetable stamps. All ages. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/about/ kidsville.

Listen to Your Mother

This series of live readings takes the audience on a journey celebrating and validating mothering through local voices in the community. Ages 10 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 5 - 9 p.m.; 615-3950102 or arringtonvineyards. com.

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 70 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 72 to register for future events FREE NatureNauts

Learn about different types of frogs and their characteristics through educational displays and live animals. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

Enjoy a show where wild animal puppets teach kids about their habitats and daily lives. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Sheep and Wool Festival

Watch live sheep shearing in action while learning about the farming and wool industry. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-2743786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

FREE Spring Bird Festival & International Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate birds during this inaugural festival highlighting spring migrants, bird research and bird conservation. Observe bird-banding research, play games, do crafts, take in a puppet show and more. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

FREE Spring Festival in the Grove

Kids can visit with goats and sheep, there will be demonstrations by blacksmiths, weavers and woodcarvers along with plant sales by master gardeners, vendors and more. All ages. Fiddler’s Grove Historic Village, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-443-2626 or fiddlersgrove.org.

Spring Gardening Class: Kids in the Garden

Help plant a special children’s garden that you can watch

grow during the summer. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); nashvillezoo.org.

St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon

Participate in a 5K, half marathon or full marathon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All ages. Fifth & Broadway, Nashville; 7 a.m.; $65 for the 5K, $120 half marathon, $125 full marathon; runrocknroll.com.

The Wallflowers

A night of rock music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 615-364-7258 or wcs.edu/fhs.

FREE Big Bad Wolf

Saturday, April 2; All ages Australia’s Windmill Theatre at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; limited to four tickets, and you must reserve them in advance; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

The Boys Next Door

April 8 - 24; Ages 10 & older Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 615-826-6037 or hpactn.com.

Chicago

ON STAGE

Through Saturday, April 16 Ages 14 & older Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; $47.50; 615-7824040 or nashvillerep.org.

dance

Children of Eden

April 22 - 24; All ages Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $28 $89; 615-782-4040 or nashvilleballet.com.

Through Sunday, April 3 Ages 10 & older Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students (Thu is pay what you can); 615-322-7529 or circleplayers.net.

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Dearly Beloved

Carmina Burana

April 1 - 2; Ages 12 & older New Dialect at OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $45; 615-350-7200 or ozartsnashville.org.

A World With or Without

April 28 - 30; Ages 12 & older Found Movement Group at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m.; $28.50; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

theater Annie

April 28 - May 2; All ages Franklin High School Theater, 810 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Thu - Sat & Mon 7 p.m., Sun 2

daily activities - on stage

April 1 - 9; All ages The Bethlehem Players at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin; 7 p.m. April 1, 2, 5, 7 & 9, 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3; $15; 615669-2722 or ticketsnashville. com.

Die Fledarmaus

April 7 & 9; Ages 10 & older Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m.; $26 - $99; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Egg

Saturday, April 23; All ages Ireland’s Cahoots NI Children’s Theater Company at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick

Mamma Mia!, the Broadway musical based on the music of ABBA, is at TPAC April 26 - May 1. St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $8 $12; 615-782-4040 or tpac. org.

younger; 615-852-8499 or springhousetheatre.com.

Jungle Book Kids

Through Sunday, April 3 Ages 14 & older Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15; 615-598-8950 or encore-theatre-company.org.

April 29 - May 1; All ages Perform Murfreesboro at The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Lend Me a Tenor

April 8 - 17; Ages 10 & older Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 615-8939825 or mltarts.com.

Mamma Mia!

April 26 - May 1 Ages 10 & older TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $20 - $65; 615-7824040 or tpac.org

Mark Twain Presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

April 8 - 24; Ages 8 and older Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students, $8 ages 12 and

Night, Mother

A Night with Janis Joplin

April 15 - 16; Ages 8 & older TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m.; $35 $75; 615-782-4040 or tpac. org.

Rabbit Hole

April 8 - 23; Ages 12 & older Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $18 adults, $12 students; pull-tight. com.

The Ray Legacy

April 14 - May 1; All ages Studio Tenn at The Factory’s Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $35 - $85; 615-541-8200 or studiotenn.com.

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on stage - ongoing Rumors

April 28 - June 5 Ages 12 and older Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 615646-9977 or dinnertheatre. com.

The Taffetas

Through Sunday, April 24 Ages 12 and older Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 615646-9977 or dinnertheatre. com.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Through Sunday, April 3 Ages 13 and older Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15.50 adults, $13.50 students, $11.50 children; 615-904-2787 or boroarts.org.

The Wizard of Oz

April 28 - May 1; All ages Star Bright Players at Freedom Middle School Theatre, 750 New Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $8; 615-302-0971, ext. 2216, or wcparksandrec.com.

A Year with Frog and Toad

April 14 - May 15; All ages Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; opening night Thursday, April 14 is at 6:30 p.m.; remaining shows are Sat 11 a.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 children; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect. org.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

April 8 - 16; All ages Lipscomb Theatre at Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m. April 8-9/14-15, 3:30 p.m. April 10 & 16; $17 adults, $5 students; 615-9667077 or lipscomb.edu.

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ONGOING davidson county BounceU

Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 615-255-1422 or bounceu.com. Open play times are Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $7.95 ($6.95 siblings).

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

Stories and sing-alongs take place every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Ste. B-100, Nashville; 615-800-7754 or nashvilletoystore.com.

Centennial Sportsplex

Public skate sessions, aquatics and more at 222 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 615-862-8480 or nashville.org/sportsplex.

Ford Ice Center

The Learn to Skate program is available to all ages in eightweek sessions. Cost is $120. Public ice-skating sessions take place Saturdays from 12:45 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 11 p.m. as well as Sundays from 12:15 - 3:30 p.m. and 6:15 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $7 adults, $6 youth ($3 skate rental). Located at 5264 Hickory Hollow Place, Antioch; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

Grand Ole Opry

Country legends and contemporary stars perform their country music hits Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; $35 - $75; 800-733-6779 or opry.com.

Gymboree Play & Music

A variety of classes for ages birth - 5 years include playtime, music, art, fitness and more at 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180, Nashville; 615-221-9004 or gymboreeclasses.com.

Monkey Joe’s

This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10

Also see THE PARENT PLANNER on page 72 to register for future events 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); 615-915-0561 or monkeyjoes.com.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

All ages storytime every Thu at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 615953-2243 or parnassusbooks. net.

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories for all ages every Mon & Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 615-895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million

Preschool storytime is the first Friday at 10:30 a.m.; members of the Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show on the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 615-995-7112 or booksamillion.com.

BounceU

Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 615893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open play times.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org; Ongoing programs: • Animal Antics Wed at 4 p.m. All ages. Meet one of the center’s resident animals • Crafternoons Tue at 4 p.m. All ages. Supervised art activities • Nature Nuts Thu at 4 p.m. All ages. Enjoy nature activities • Science a la Carte Fri at 4 p.m. All ages. Conduct science experiments with the staff • Snack Attack Mon at 4 p.m. All ages. Healthy snack making in the kitchen • SPARK! Mon - Tue at 9

a.m. Ages 5 and younger. Stories and learning programs. $1 extra

Patterson Park Community Center

521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-893-7439 or mufreesborotn.gov/parks; Ongoing programs: • Busy Bees Tue and Thu from 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Ages 3 - 5. Learn to follow directions, improve coordination and sportsmanship. $3

Perform Murfreesboro

Several classes and performing arts opportunities for kids. All activities take place at The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; ages and times vary; admission is free with a Perform Murfreesboro membership; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Sports*Com

2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-895-5040 or mufreesborotn.gov/parks; Ongoing programs: • Parent & Me Drum Circle Wednesdays from 9:15 10 a.m. for ages 3 - 5 with a parent; $3 per adult/ child pair • Toddler Time with Thomas Fridays at 10 a.m. Ages 5 and younger. Playtime with focus on body part recognition, cognitive skill development and fun. $3 • Youth Volleyball Thursdays from 4:30 - 6 p.m. for ages 8 - 15; $3

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities for all ages every Tue and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 615-2640183 or bn.com.

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Bounce on inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; call or check website for open play times; $7 ages 1 - 3, $9 ages

4 and older; 615-265-8020 or hoppityhop-inflatableplaycenter. com.

williamson county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities for all ages every Saturday at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 615-377-9979 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million

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

Monkey Joe’s

This inflatable play center is located at 1648 Westgate Cir., Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. ($9), Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. ($10), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. ($10); ages 2 and younger are $6; 615-377-5900 or monkeyjoes.com.

Monkey’s Treehouse

An indoor play center located at 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon/ Wed/Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 1 - 8; 615-942-7911 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

My Gym Brentwood

Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning class times at 330 Franklin Road, call 615-371-5437 or visit my-gym. com/brentwood.

Pump It Up Play Time

7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood. Call 615-373-8340 or visit pumpitupparty.com/brentwoodtn for open jump times.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Open jump times are Mon - Thu 3 - 8 p.m., Fri 3 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 7 p.m.; prices depend on how much time you want to jump. 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 254, Franklin; 615-721-3626 or skyone.com/franklin. (please turn the page)


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CAMP WIDJIWAGAN CampWidji.org

Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center – Percy Priest Lake

Day, Overnight and Equestrian Camps

Equestrian, Star Wars, Princess, Pirate, Harry Potter, Ski School and more

Climbing, zip lines, water sports, kangaroo jumper, horse riding, archery, swimming, field trips, etc.

DAY CAMP YMCAMidTN.org/ day-camp

11 YMCA membership centers in six Middle Tennessee counties

Day Camp

Splash, Science in Action, Fit for Fun, Jurassic Adventure, Out of this World, Carnival, Holiday, more

Swimming, field trips, free water safety instruction course for those who do not pass the Y’s swim test

SUMMER ADVENTURE YMCAFunCo.org

19 school locations in five Middle Tennessee counties

Day Camp

An imaginary world cruise with stops in Indonesia, Bali, Hawaii, Alaska, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Australia and New Zealand

Weekly field and swimming trips, teambuilding challenges and games, literacy, service learning and health-and-wellness components included in each theme

At the Y, kids build confidence through accomplishments, create and strengthen friendships, and learn, grow and thrive knowing they are accepted just as they are. To learn more or to register online,

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Parent Planner American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 877-247-5223 • americangirl.com

• Our AG Memories Sunday, April 17. Enjoy a meal, crafts, conversation and other activities. Ages 8 and older. Available during Bistro hours (10:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m.). $38 per person

Barefoot Republic Camp 8824 Brownsford Road Fountain Run, KY 615-599-9863 • barefootrepublic.org

• Big Foot Little Foot Father/Son Weekend April 29 May 1. Dads and their boys can enjoy bonding time along with an array of activities. Ages 6 - 12. Checkin time is 1 p.m. $385 per father/son pair ($90 for additional boys)

Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City 615-862-8580 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE The Galapagos Islands Saturday, April 30. Take a virtual trip to South America’s volcanic islands to discover the wildlife and history there. All ages. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Night Hike Saturday, April 9. Enjoy the beauty of the park in the dark during a guided hike. All ages. 6 - 8 p.m.

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 615-862-4187 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Bells Bend Night Hike Friday, April 15. Explore and listen for animals of the night. All ages. 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Blakemore United Methodist Church 3601 West End Ave., Nashville 615-390-3207 inharmonymusicmidtn.com/tryout-class • FREE Music for Baby’s Day Tuesday, April 5. Take a trial Music Together music-and-movement class for parents and babies. Ages 3 - 8 months. 10 - 10:45 a.m.

• FREE Music Together Supportive Needs Class April 5 or 6. Take a free trial of this music class for kids with special needs in a sensory friendly environment. Ages 2 - 6 years. Tue 9 - 9:45 a.m., Wed 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.

BounceU 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville 615-255-1422 bounceu.com/nashville-tn

• Parents’ Night Out Fridays, April 1 - 29. Mom and Dad can enjoy an evening out while the kids bounce on inflatables, play games and more. Ages 3 - 12. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $25

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These events require advance registration. Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot!

Bowie Park Nature Center 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview 615-799-5544 • bowiepark.org

• FREE Homeschool Program: Amphibians Monday, April 18. Explore the fascinating two lives that all amphibians live with hands-on activities, handling live animals and games. Ages 5 - 12. 9 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. • FREE Spring Garden Cleanup Saturday, April 16. Mitch Hampton, owner of Greenman Tree Care & Landscaping, shares tips to help make your landscape look better while saving money. Adults. 1 - 2 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090, ext. 8290 brentwood-tn.org/library

• FREE After-School Explorers Tuesdays, April 5 - 26. Explore the world through books, games, activities and crafts. Grades K - 2. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Call ext. 8040 to RSVP • FREE Brentwood Bunch Book Club Friday, April 15. Read excerpts from and discuss a title from the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Awards list. Grades 3 - 5. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Call ext. 8040 to RSVP • FREE Doctor Who Club Thursday, April 28. Enjoy all-things Doctor Who while making a craft and enjoying snacks. Ages 13 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Register at ext. 8040 • FREE Inspired by DIY Book Club Thursday, April 21. Explore a theme and make a craft. Ages 13 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Register at ext. 8040 • FREE Lego Mania Friday, April 1 (ages 6 - 7); Friday, April 8 (ages 8 - 12). Unleash your creativity and have fun building with LEGOs. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Call ext. 8040 to RSVP • FREE Minecraft Club Sunday, April 17. The library’s newest teen club, bring your laptop and get ready to build. Ages 13 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Register at ext. 8040 • FREE Read with Lily Mondays, April 4 & 18. Signup to read to Lily the READing Paws dog. Grades preschool to elementary. 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Call ext. 8380 to RSVP • Scholastic Chess Club Friday, April 22. Two chess coaches from Nashville Chess Center teach beginning, intermediate and advance strategies. Boards provided. Ages 7 - 12. 4:30 - 6 p.m. $10 instructor fee. Call ext. 8040 to RSVP • FREE Teen Anime Club Thursday, April 7. Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Ages 13 & older. 4 - 5 p.m. Call ext. 8040 to RSVP • Twisting Time Yoga Thursdays, April 7 - 28. This class fosters coordination, cooperation and concentration with silly fun. Grades K - 5. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $5 instructor fee. Call ext. 8040 to RSVP

Cooter’s Place 2613-B McGavock Pike, Nashville 615-872-8358 • cootersplace.com

• Dukes of Hazzard Brunch Sunday, April 17. Enjoy a brunch experience and Q & A with Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke) and Ben Jones (Cooter). All ages. 10:30 a.m. $30 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12

• General Lee LEGO Building Class Saturday, April 16. LEGO Master Builder Cody Wells leads this interactive event where participants can build objects for prizes, including your own General Lee to take home. All ages. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $35

Creative Music Center 366 W. Main St., Hendersonville 615-973-6554 sumnermusictogether.com

• Music Together April 6 - June 8. Experience this international early childhood music and movement program. Ages birth - 5 years with a parent. Wed, Thu or Fri 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. $172 ($100 for second child, third child is free; infants 9 months and younger are free with a registered sibling).

Cross Timbers FWB Church 201 Cross Timbers Drive, Nashville 615-646-0515 • crosstimbersfwbc.com

• FREE Ladies Community Craft Night Friday, April 15. Create a shabby chic wooden picture frame with burlap and fabric flowers. Ages 16 & older. 7 p.m. Free for first-timers, $5 repeats

The Curious Kitchen 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-956-6077 • thecuriouskitchen.net • Kids’ Cooking Class: The Best Brunch Saturday, April 2. Learn to prepare broiled sugared grapefruit, corned beef hash with poached eggs, waffles with maple syrup & honey whipped cream, and cinnamon buns with cream cheese glaze. Ages 6 - 15. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $50 • Kids’ Cooking Class: Foods of Japan Saturday, April 30. Prepare Japanese foods for lunch. Ages 6 - 15. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $50 • Kids’ Cooking Class: Totally Thai Saturday, April 16. Make spring rolls with peanut sauce, Thai sesame cucumber salad, pad Thai with chicken & shrimp, chicken satay and coconut rice pudding. Ages 6 15. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $50

Deer Run Retreat 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 615-794-2918 deerrunretreat.org/upcomingevents • Homeschool Family Day Camp Friday, April 29. Activities include outdoor education demonstrations, Wiffle ball, relay races, crafts, catch-and-release fishing, hiking, archery & BB guns, sand volleyball and more. All ages. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $10 ages 5 & older, free ages 4 & younger (some activities like paintball and the giant swing require extra fees)

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville 615-851-2255 • goodlettsvillparks.com • Music Together Saturdays, April 9 - June 11. Experience this international early childhood music and movement program. Ages birth - 5 years with a parent. 10:30 a.m. $172 ($100 for second child, third child is free; infants 9 months and younger are free with a registered sibling)


Submit event info to: chad@daycommedia.com Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-890-2300 • explorethedc.org

• Parents’ Night Out Saturday, April 9. Mom & Dad can enjoy an evening to themselves while the kids have fun learning about planets and stars inside the STAR Lab planetarium, making marshmallow constellations and sampling astronaut food. Ages 4 - 12. 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. $20 ($15 siblings)

Dyer Observatory 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood 615-373-4897 • dyer.vanderbilt.edu

• Telescope Night Friday, April 8. View celestial sights through giant telescopes and ask astronomers questions. All ages. 7 - 9 p.m. $6.27

Embassy Suites 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/ friendsandfashion

• Friends & Fashion Show Monday, April 11. Enjoy shopping, a silent auction, a runway fashion show and lunch during this funrdraiser for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Adults. 10 a.m. $125 • Sundaes with Friends Sunday, April 10. This mother/ daughter event benefiting Children’s Hospital includes a behind-the-scenes look at a fashion show, activity booths, ice cream sundaes and more. Ages 4 - 10. 3 - 5 p.m. $40

The Factory at Franklin 230 Franklin Road, Franklin 615-313-9989 nursesfornewborns.org

• Night for Newborns Thursday, April 28. Dinner, a silent auction and entertainment by Holly Williams to benefit Nurses for Newborns, a local nonprofit that provides a safety net for families most at risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect. Adults. 6 p.m. $100

Ford Ice Center 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 615-742-4399 • fordicecenter.com

• FREE Get Out and Learn! Mondays, April 4 - 25. Introductory hockey training for boys and girls. No prior hockey/skating experience required. Equipment provided. Ages 5 - 8. 5 - 5:45 p.m. • PREDecessor Mondays, April 18 - May 23. Learn core skating fundamentals along with a feel for the puck and general hockey knowledge. Ages 4 - 18 who are not yet ready to be in a league. 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. $65

Gateway Island 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro 615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Luau on the Island Friday, April 1. Learn about Hawaiian culture by dancing the hula, playing the ukulele, making a lei, speaking the language and playing games. Ages 8 - 12. 1 - 3 p.m. $10

Heaven Sent Children 1304 Madison St., Shelbyville 615-898-0803 heavensentchildren.com

• FREE Adoption 101 Monday, April 18. Learn about the process for domestic, interstate and international adoptions. Adults. 6 - 8 p.m.

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• FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday, April 2. Build a butterfly house. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Houston Station 434 Houston St., Nashville 615-259-9325 • wnpt.org/bybb

• Big Yellow Bird Bash Friday, April 1. Fans and supporters of Nashville Public Television who grew up watching programs like Sesame Street can don yellow attire for an evening of dancing, food, cocktails a silent auction and more. Proceeds support NPT’s edcuational, cultural and civic programming. Ages 21 and older. 7 - 11 p.m. $50

Longview Recreation Center 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Nolensville 615-302-0971, ext. 2214 wcparksandrec.com

• Mother/Son Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Saturday, April 16. Moms and sons can glow-in-the-dark accessories for a night of dancing under a black light. Ages 4 - 12. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $18 per couple, $6 each additional boy

Mind Body Institute 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville 818-209-1918 • liddlekidz.com

• FREE Infant Massage Class April 7 - 8. Bring your little one for a hands-on experience while learning how to relieve stress for infants and caregivers, promote healthy digestion, aid growth and development, soothe your baby and have fun bonding. Parents with children ages 3 months - 3 years. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Music City Archery 5011 Walkup Road, Pegram 615-566-5187 • musiccityarchery.com • Archery Homeschool Day Friday, April 1. Learn archery with certified instructors at the indoor range. Ages 8 and older. 2 - 3 p.m. $8

Nashville Skating Academy at Centennial Sportsplex 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville 615-928-7977 • nashvilleiceskate.com • Learn to Ice Skate April 12 - May 28. Instruction for all skill levels, whether your goal is figure skating or hockey. Ages 3 & older. Tue/Thu 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. or Sat 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. $150 for seven classes, $275 for all classes

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Tuesday, April 5. Noah Liff Opera Center 3622 Redmon St., Nashville 615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com/spring-tea

• Nashville Ballet’s Spring Tea Sunday, April 10. This high-tea experience for girls and boys includes refreshments, crafts, an interactive ballet performance, a mother/daughter fashion show and more. Ages 2 - 10. 2 p.m. $120 - $300 for one adult/one child ($60 each additional person); price varies by three different packages.

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 615-370-4672 • owlshill.org

• Falconry Program Sunday, April 10. Discover the ancient sport of falconry, what it takes to become a licensed falconer and more, including demonstrations of the birds’ hunting prowess using training food. All ages. 1 - 3 p.m. $7 • Knee-High Naturalist: Buggy for Springtime April 5 or 6. Take a closer look at the world of insects. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional person • FREE Spring Fling Open House Sunday, April 24. Check out the new Smith Memorial Classroom & Teaching Garden, experience owl programs, embark on a guided hike, listen to music and discover the sanctuary’s programs, events and classes. All ages. 1 - 4 p.m.

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Homeschool P.E. Class Tue & Thu. Participate in various physical education activities. Ages 6 - 13. 12 - 12:50 p.m. or 1 - 1:50 p.m. $3 • Movers and Shakers Wed & Fri. This parent-tot class is designed to get you moving while engaging gross motor skills. Ages 1 - 2 years. 10:30 - 11 a.m. $3 • Twist and Shout Wed & Fri. Run, jump and play while learning balance, coordination, listening and taking turns. Ages 3 - 5. 11:05 - 11:45 a.m. $3

Renee’s Groove Room 3668-A Central Pike, Hermitage 615-390-3207 inharmonymusicmidtn.com/tryout-class • FREE Music for Baby’s Day Friday, April 8. Take a trial Music Together music-and-movement class for parents and babies. Ages 3 - 8 months. 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rich Hippies 1204 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville 615-212-2823 • bit.ly/22kPupL

• The Silhouette Man Wednesday, April 6. Tim Arnold, a Smithsonian-recommended silhouette artist creates cut silhouettes of your child. All ages. 10 a.m. (each session is five minutes). $40 per child

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Parent Planner Riverbluff Park/Blue Heron Cruises 175 Old Cumberland St., Ashland City 615-385-7007 • blueheroncruises.com

• Nature Cruise April 1 - 30. A 90-minute familyfriendly cruise on a 40-foot pontoon boat takes riders down the Cumberland River alongside Tennessee farmland where you can view birds and other wildlife. All ages. Wed - Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sun 2 & 4 p.m. $12 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12, free 2 & younger

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville 615-862-8539 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Beaver Patrol Friday, April 15. Learn about active nocturnal wildlife while visiting Hidden Pond to monitor local beaver families. All ages. 7 - 8:30 p.m. • FREE Bike Ride: Full Pink Moon Thursday, April 21. Enjoy a post-sunset bike ride while searching for wildlife. Ages 13 & older. 7:30 - 9 p.m. • FREE Bike Ride: Wet “Lands” of Shelby Park & Bottoms Saturday, April 16. Pack a lunch and take a tour of unique areas of the park, including springs, lakes, ponds, wetlands, streams and more. Bring your own bike or rent one at the B-Cycle station. All ages. 12 - 1:30 p.m. • FREE Body Works Saturday, April 23. This mat class focuses on lengthening, stretching and strengthening the body. Ages 18 & older. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. • FREE Cherry Tree Spree Saturday, April 16. Learn how cherry trees have played an intricate role in history, society and various cultures. All ages. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Earth Day Sunrise Hike Friday, April 22. Embark on a guided hike highlighting water sources in the park. All ages. 6 - 7 a.m. • FREE Linocuts & Watercolor Saturday, April 9. Learn a unique form of relief printing in which a design is carved into a piece of linoleum which can create images of nature. A hike follows. Ages 12 & older. 2 - 3:30 p.m. • FREE Let’s Get “Cray” Thursday, April 28. Hike around the nature center looking for crayfish. All ages 6 - 7 p.m. • FREE Mr. Bond and the Science Guys Saturday, April 16. Experience the fun of science with entertaining experiments. All ages. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Paddling in Nashville Thursday, April 14. View a presentation on local paddling options in the Nashville area among its numerous lakes, rivers and creeks. All ages. 7 - 8 p.m. • FREE This Bud’s for YOU! Thursday, April 7. Steve Scoville, head brewer of Little Harpeth Brewing, discusses the basics of brewing beer using sustainable practices. Ages 21 & older. 6 - 7:30 p.m. • FREE Trees of Shelby Saturday, April 23. Hike with a certified arborist who will point out several tree species in the park. All ages. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

These events require advance registration. Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot!

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Tumbleweeds Mon & Wed. Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

Timberland Park Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Parkway, Franklin 615-790-5719, ext. 2044 wcparksandrec.com

• FREE Toddler Tales & Trails: Earth Day at the Park Friday, April 22. An outdoor story, nature walk and crafts. Ages 2 - 5. 10 - 11 a.m.

Warner Park Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville 615-352-6299 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Birding for Beginners Friday, April 15. Get an overview of binoculars, field guides and helpful apps, then hit the trails to look for the avian offerings the park has to offer. Ages 9 and older. 9 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Budding Naturalists: Dirt Discovery Friday, April 8. Discover what’s really in the dirt during this nature investigation. Ages 3 - 5. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Burch Reserve Excursion Thursday, April 7. Explore the reserve with the spring wildflowers in full bloom and learn about the animals that live there. Ages 8 & older. 4:30 - 6 p.m. • FREE Colors of Spring Saturday, April 9. Join a naturalist to explore the colors of the springtime forest. All ages. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Explore the Pond Saturday, April 23. Investigate the tadpoles, algae and dragonfly nymphs that call the pond home. All ages. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Hike to Larkspur Hill Friday, April 15. Hike in Percy Warner to see the striking purple blooms of larkspur while learning about the non-profit Larkspur Conservation. Ages 13 & older. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Homeschool Journeys: Mice Thursday, April 21. Homeschool students can learn about tiny rodents during this natural science program. Ages 5 - 13. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. • FREE The Messenger: A Documentary to Save Songbirds Thursday, April 28. This documentary film investigates the causes of songbird mass depletion and the work being done to turn the tide. Ages 13 & older. 7 p.m. • FREE Muddy Buddies Saturday, April 23. Help tackle some of the messier areas of the trails to improve the hiking experience for the community. Adults. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. • FREE Nesting Material Saturday, April 16. Join a naturalist to hunt for nests in the tress and on the ground, then create a nest craft. All ages. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Spring Bird Count Saturday, April 30. The Nashville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society will conduct its spring bird survey in Warner Park, and participants will contribute data to more than 100 years of ongoing bird research. Ages 13 & older. 7 - 11 a.m.

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• FREE Spring Star Party Saturday, April 16. Meet at the Special Events Field to view planets, nebula, star clusters and more through telescopes and binoculars. All ages. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. • FREE Wild in the Woods Saturday, April 2. Build a nature fort, swing from the grapevines, scramble down a fallen log, dig a burrow and enjoy being in the woods. All ages. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Wilderness Station 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Family Campout April 30 - May 1. Backpack your way on a one-mile trail to the campground where you’ll spend the night enjoying games, activities, campfire fun, hikes, music and more. All ages. Checkin is 4:30 - 6 p.m. $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12 (prior attendance to a Wilderness Awareness Workshop is mandatory in order to camp) • Naturalist in Training Saturdays, April 2 - 23. Learn how to identify birds, frogs, trees and insects while helping care for the Station’s education animals and assisting with a conservation project. Ages 10 - 12. 9 - 11 a.m. $20 • Nature Journaling Saturday, April 30. Learn skills in nature observation and sketching (supplies provided). Adults. 9 - 11 a.m. $15 • FREE Signs of Spring Wildflower Hikes April 12 & 26. Take in the fresh air on a hike with a naturalist to discover the harbingers of spring. Adults. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. • Tales and Trails Every Wednesday. Enjoy stories about Tennessee wildlife while hiking the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. An introduction to the wonders of nature through songs, hikes, crafts and more. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. 9:30 a.m. $3 • FREE Wilderness Awareness Workshop April 15, 26, 29 or 30. Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics; this program is mandatory for anyone wanting to camp at Barfield. Ages 6 & older Tue/Fri 6 p.m., Sat 2 p.m.

Williams-Sonoma at the Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 615-292-5066 • williams-sonoma.com • FREE Junior Chef Class Takes place one Saturday each month. Check website for this month’s date and theme.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch 615-360-2267 campwidji.org/register

• Kids’ Night Out April 8 - 9. This overnight experience includes night games and a pizza party. Ages 7 - 12. 6 p.m. Fri check-in, 10:30 a.m. check-out Sat. $55 ($25 siblings)


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Murfreesboro Sylvan EDGE: exciting programs that give kids fun, hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our camps are a cool way to build critical thinking skills, while having a blast. Robotics, coding, engineering, math EDGE, and more. Options to fit your busy summer schedule.

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Make USN Summer Camps your choice for a fun, enriching experience this summer. Many of our camps are led by USN faculty members who bring their expertise and varied passions to diverse programming in sports, academics, the arts, and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon scheduling allows either whole-day or half-day experiences. After-care provided from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth On the Vanderbilt Campus pty.vanderbilt.edu

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ANIMALS, EQUESTRIAN Creekside Riding Academy 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin creeksideridingstables.com • creeksidestables@gmail.com

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Join us this summer for the ultimate horse experience! We offer beginner, intermediate/advanced, and tiny tot camps for ages 3 and up. Campers will enjoy daily riding lessons, hands-on learning, arts and crafts, horse games, and much more! Experienced instructors providing campers with a safe, fun, and clean environment to learn about horses. Contact us today for more info. Camps run all summer.

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ARTS Act Too Players 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 119, Franklin acttooplayers.com • info@acttooplayers.com

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Dancer’s School Welcome to summertime in THE DANCER’S SCHOOL. ballet • pointe • jazz • modern • hip-hop • adult classes Pre-K “Dancing Safari” classes for ages 3-6.

Enroll Today! 615-907-1155

Request Registration Brochure

dancersschool@live.com www.dancersschool.com 2159 N. Thompson Ln, C-5, C-6 Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Classes are M-F: June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, and July 11-15.

Peachtree Farms, LLC Learning Life’s lessons through horses

Enroll Now for one of our Summer Camps!

Starts May 31st

United States Pony Club Riding Center and AARS certified programsLessons, Camps, Clinics, Sales & Consulting, Parties & Pony Rides

Ann Carroll School of Dance 1121 Harpeth Industrial Ct., Ste. 500, Franklin anncarrollschoolofdance.com • di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com

615-790-6468

Ann Carroll School of Dance offers a performing arts camp for ages 2 - 18 yrs. Preschool camps are offered Mon. - Thu. and include ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and tumbling. Camp for ages 6 - 18 yrs. are offered Mon. - Fri. and consist of dance, acting, and vocal performance.

Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University 615-322-7651

Summer offerings include: Nashville Summer Orchestra, private and group instrument study (piano, strings, and woodwinds), Kindermusik (newborn - 5 yrs) and Music Theory Without Fear. See website for details!

Bounce U of Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville bounceu.com/nashville-tn

615-255-1422

Art Camp begins Fri., May 20. Now enrolling with exciting weekly themes and daily fun for ages 3 - 12. Kids get to create art and bounce in a spectac-U-lar indoor play arena featuring warehouse-sized giant inflatables including our exclusive 18 ft. Spider Climb with an 18 ft. Mountain Slide, Dodge Ball City, and 38 ft. obstacle course.

Cheekwood Summer Camp 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville cheekwood.org

615-353-9827

For ages 2 - 14. Jun. 6 - Jul. 29. Drawing, painting, clay, Nature Explorers, gardening, and much more. For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat summer camps at Cheekwood!

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Open House

222 5th Ave. S, Nashville 615-577-7757 countrymusichalloffame.org/songwritinglab • familyfun@countrymusichalloffame.org

Saturdays April 9th & May 14 (9:00-11:00)

Voted Nashville’s #1 Dance Studio!

This summer, there is something for everyone! -Ballerina Princesses -Tumbling -Hip-Hop -improv and composition -adult ballet/tap/hiphop -”Descendants” Musical Theatre Camp -cheer/Pom/tumbling camp And more!

AGES 2+

Quality dance training in a family-friendly environment

DanceinBloom.com 615-662-4819

Bellevue Area

Facebook.com/danceinbloom | Register online now.

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Each summer, Act Too Players offers a combination of week-long performance camps and our full production summer intensives taught by some the best in the Nashville theatre industry. Every student gets the opportunity to rehearse with the best directors, musical directors, and technical staff. Our goal is to instruct your child on the art of theatre while providing a fun, safe, environment.

2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville blair.vanderbilt.edu

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

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

615-294-0667

Aspiring songwriters can hone their craft and learn tips from professional songwriters in a week-long workshop. Young writers will build on existing skills and gain new insights through one-on-one mentoring sessions, instrument instruction, performance coaching, gallery experiences, and more. Songwriting Lab culminates with a performance showcasing original works written during the week. All skill levels welcome. No previous songwriting experience necessary.

Dance in Bloom 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

Located just of I-40W in Bellevue. Offering quality dance training in a family-friendly environment. Quick and easy online registration for themed classes, camps, and workshops. Voted #1 dance studio by Nashville Parent readers!

The Dancer’s School 2159 N. Thompson Lane, C-5, Murfreesboro thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com

615-907-1155

The Dancer’s School has designed a fun, creative summer schedule with six different weeks to choose from that will fit your needs. Offerings include ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip-hop, adult classes, and our ever-popular pre-K themed classes for ages 3 - 6. Visit our website for registration information.

Elite Dance Academy 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B-1 & B-2, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com

615-776-4202

Voted Best Dance Instruction in the 2015 Best of Parenting. We are a family oriented studio that prides itself on quality dance instruction in a positive and uplifting environment. Our emphasis is on teaching age appropriate material to the recreational dancer as well as training for the seriously committed student. We offer dance, cheer, and performing arts camps. Full- and half-day camps.

First Baptist Nashville 108 7th Ave. S, Nashville 615-664-6023 firstbaptistnashville.org/2016summer • children@firstbaptistnashville.org

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SMYRNA, TN MAY31ST -JULY 29TH Ages K5 - 6th grade 7:30am - 6:30pm DAILY SUMMER FUN CAMP INCLUDES:

One Specialty Camp Per Week Two Field Trips Per Week One Camp T-shirt Daily Snack Daily Lunch Regular Registration Fee: $100 May 1st Early Bird Registration Fee: $65

Specialty camps include: LCA NBA • LCA NFL • Artaroma • Swim Camp Movin’ and Groovin • Cheer Camp • Mad Science Meltdown Dramatic Fanatic • Musical Mania • Gaming Camp

Camp Extravaganza July 29th 150 Soccer Way, Smyrna, TN 37167 www.lancasterchristianacademy.org (615) 223-0451 | lcaknightsoffice@gmail.com

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Summer Riding Camp WEEKLY DURING JUNE & JULY

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

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French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts Hancock, NY frenchwoods.com • admin@frenchwoods.com

800-634-1703

French Woods offers summer camp programs in dance, theater, music, circus, magic, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, waterfront, skate board, rock and roll and horseback riding. We cater to children from 7 - 17 yrs. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest.

Make Awesome memories | games | friends | apps | models | movies

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville fristcenter.org/summerartcamp

615-244-3340

Sculpture, drawing, animation, photography, and so much more. Our week-long, age-appropriate classes are designed to be fun and educational for kids ages 5 - 18. No art-making experience is necessary.

Gray Studios LA graystudiosla.com • info@graystudiosla.com

818-582-3943

We are bringing our amazing camps to Nashville! Come join us for a full week and learn the secrets of how to be a child star, or if you are interested in the arts just come and have fun. Celebrity and Casting Director classes included. Make a short film by the end of the camp.

Ages 6-18

Hendersonville Arts Council at Monthaven Mansion 1017 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville hendersonvillearts.org

Co-ed and all-girls summer camps

615-822-0789

60+ Courses

Code apps, mod Minecraft, print 3D objects, design games, build websites, engineer robots, & more

Sign up now for the After School Arts program, September through May. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and more information on our website.

MET Summer Academy nmaam.org/events/met-choral-camp • info@nmaam.org

MET Summer Academy is two weeks of extraordinary choral training and performance for children, rising grades 2 - 12, presented by Choral Arts Link Inc. and the National Museum of African American Music at Tennessee State University’s Performing Arts Center. Participants in MET Summer Academy will have the opportunity to perform with MET Singers in our 19th season with the Nashville Symphony as its Celebration Youth Chorus.

The Music Class 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood Satellite locations in Belle Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com

Day & Overnight

615-301-8742

615-777-9314

SUMMER TECH CAMPS HELD AT 130+ LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE Vanderbilt • Xavier University Emory • Georgia Tech Purdue • NYU Stanford and more

Weeklong and 2-week programs, half-day options

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www.iDTech.com/TN

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Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth - 5 yrs. Help your young child achieve his or her full musical potential with this innovative, developmental music and movement program. Parent and child classes are playful and creative and each family receives the acclaimed CDs and songbooks. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. Call or visit our website for current schedule and session pricing or to find out about our birthday parties and moms’ group events.

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

615-297-2966 x 20

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

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

615-254-9103

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

Rock Zone Music After-School Program & Camp 11902 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet 2541 Park Drive, Donelson 431 Tyler Drive, Hermitage rockzoneafterschool.com • contact@rockzonemusic.com

615-562-0070

Looking for something fun and different to do after school or this summer? Rock Zone School of Music is a place where kids get full access to daily group music instruction. Rock Zone’s vans pick up at schools in Donelson, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, and Old Hickory. Grades K - 9. No musical background required. Snacks provided daily.

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Summer Riding Camp!

Watkins Community Education 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville watkins.edu/community-education • community@watkins.edu

615-277-7456

Discover a world of art and inspiration at Watkins Summer Art Camps! Our Multi-Arts Camps, Special Topics Camps, and Teen Workshops provide a fun and enriching experience in our state-of-the-art studios. Young campers will work on age-appropriate projects in a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, textiles, and more. Teens are offered specialized workshops that will enhance their artistic skills, help build their college portfolio, and teach them about artists past and present. All supplies are included. Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch. Space is limited so register early!

Beginner –Advanced ✪ Tiny Tots (ages 3 & up) Daily Riding Lessons ✪ Arts & Crafts Horse Games & Much More!

BUSINESS

615-556-7370

JA Biztown Summer Camp 120 Powell Place, Nashville janash.com/ja-biztown/summer-camp • summercamp@janash.com

www.harrisridingacademy.com harrisridingacademy@gmail.com 9068 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro

615-627-1200

Campers ages 10 - 13 spend a week learning how to succeed in business. They’ll apply and interviewfor jobs, vote in elections, work as part of a business team, and earn and manage their own money. Two camp sessions are available: Jun. 20 - 24 and Jul. 11 - 15. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt Tennis Camp! ★ Ages 7-18: All Levels Welcome! ★ 10 Outdoor & 5 Indoor Courts ★ Taught by Vanderbilt Coaching Staff

★ June 6 - June 10 ★ June 13 - June 17 ★ June 20 - June 24 ★ 9am - 3pm M-Th ★ 9am - 12:30pm Fri ★ Camp Fee - $395/wk

Call 343-6561

email: james.w.hunt@vanderbilt.edu

www.vucommodores.com/ot/tenniscamps.html

FITNESS/SPORTS The Ascent 831 Park Ave., Murfreesboro climbyourrock.com • info@climbyourrock.com

615-796-6545

The Ascent is proud to introduce Kids Rock, an instructional program offered once a week to grades 1 - 5, which focuses them both mentally and physically. Participants actively learn self-confidence, problem solving, focus, determination through various goals and challenges, while also having fun and staying fit. Visit our website for more information and to register.

ATA Karate 1724 Carothers Pkwy., # 300, Brentwood 8163 Hwy 100, Nashville atanashville.com

615-370-7027 615-646-3838

Lee’s ATA Karate is the premier family martial arts program in Nashville and Brentwood for ages 3 and up. We pride ourselves on not being just another sport but a character development school that gives students the tools to be successful in life both mentally and physically. With numerous awards, we are recognized as one of the most successful martial arts program in Tennessee.

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

615-890-6755 615-893-6003

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

Boost Aquatics 11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville boostfitclub.com/aquatics • aquatics@boostfitclub.com

615-499-5348

Get ready for a fun and safe summer by taking swim lessons NOW! Boost Aquatics offers private or group swim lessons, kids competitive swim team, summer pool memberships and pool parties!

SONGWRITING LAB Learn songwriting from some of Music City’s best writers through mentoring sessions, performance coaching, instrument lessons, and more.

June 13–18

June 20–25

AGES 11–13

AGES 14–18

Details at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/SongwritingLab PROGRAM FUNDERS:

Downtown Nashville

David Deaton Karate Brentwood Hendersonville Lebanon Mt. Juliet daviddeaton.com

615-377-1100 615-824-9111 615-547-1754 615-754-6878

The free one-month summer camp gives children these five great life skills: (1) Easy-to-learn self-defense; (2) Vital safety tips; (3) How to handle bullies; (4) What to do when parents aren’t around; (5) What to do when confronted by strangers. Only two 4-week sessions will be held in June and July. Classes fill quickly so register now!

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

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

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

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MS. SUE'S SWIMMING LESSONS Heated Saltwater Pool

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CAMP

3801 HOBBS ROAD • NASHVILLE, TN 37215 • 615.297.9543

CampVandy Summer 2016 Vanderbilt Swim School Summer Day Camp For Ages 4–13 May 30–July 29

For Ages 6 Months And Up May 30–July 22

• Weekly themed camps for a variety of interests • Special guest appearances and activities • Early care and after care available

• Group and private lessons available • Morning, afternoon, and evening classes

CampVandy W.I.L.D. for Ages 13–15 July 11–15 Teens explore Middle Tennessee wilderness areas with: • Hiking • Flat water boating • Rock climbing • High ropes course • Zip lining

Acorns Swim Team For Ages 4–18 May 30–July 15 • Fun-filled, yet competitive, swim experience • Morning and afternoon sessions • Focused on stroke and endurance techniques

Register today to secure your spot!

vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/youth 615-343-6627 •

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Junior Golf Camp at Gaylord Springs Golf Links 18 Springhouse Lane, Nashville gaylordsprings.com

615-458-1721

Whether your junior golfer has professional aspirations, collegiate scholarship goals, or simply wants to learn how to play a round with mom or dad, the Junior Golf Camp at Gaylord Springs will provide a fun learning experience. Award-winning PGA instructor, Brian Lackey, will cover full swing, putting, chipping, rules, etiquette and more. Camp runs Jul. 6 - 8. Call or visit our website for more information!

Let it Shine Gymnastics 1892 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin lisgym.com • gyminfo@letitshinegym.com

615-369-3547

We offer a super FUNTASTIC summer camp for ages 3 - 12. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with extended care available from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Kids will have a FUNTASTIC time on our trampolines, zipline, rocket blaster, star castle, rock wall, volley ball, basketball, floor hockey, swimming, and gymnastics.

Lipscomb University Soccer Camps 1 University Park Drive, Nashville lipscombsoccercamps.com

615-966-5383

Camps are available in June and July for boys and girls ages 4 - 18. Camps are gender and age specific (all boys or all girls). Camps are designed to enhance every players skill level. Professionally licensed NCAA Division 1 coaches, collegiate players, and certified athletic trainers run all Lipscomb University soccer camps on the university’s campus.

Ms. Sue’s Swimming Lessons 7857 S. Lamar Road, Smyrna mssueswimming.com • mssueseimming@hotmail.com

615-459-5124

Swim lessons for ages 6 mos - adult beginning Jun. 1 and running through Jul. 31. Heated salt water pool, convenient day and evening classes, all levels. Contact us today to register.

Keep’em in shape this summer with…

SKYCAMP

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

615-371-5437

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

One Goal Sports Murfreesboro onegoalsports.net • admin@onegoalsports.net

615-896-7309

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

SkyZone Trampoline Park 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 254, Franklin skyzone.com/franklin

615-721-3626

SkyCamp is the perfect way to combine fun and fitness. It’s five, half days of instructor-led activities, age-appropriate SkyFit workouts, open jumping, and Ultimate Dodgeball. Participation will be limited and sessions will be led/monitored by experienced SkyCamp instructors/monitors. Ages 6 - 12. Jumpers are required to wear SkySocks and may be purchased for $2. Visit our website for dates and times!

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville 615-343-6627 vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/youth • campvandy@vanderbilt.edu

The Perfect $129 ofCombination Fitness & Fun! Instructor-led Activities Age-appropriate SkyFit Workouts Open Trampoline Jumping Ultimate Dodgeball

Our youth programs are designed to help your child learn, grow, and stay fit. Whether it’s enjoying activities at Camp Vandy, our summer day camp, learning the basics in swim school, or enhancing skills with the Acorns Youth Swim Team, we have programs you are sure to love!

Birthday Parties Toddler Time SkyFit

Vanderbilt Tennis Camps vucommodores.com/ot/tenniscamps.html james.w.hunt@vanderbilt.edu

615-343-6561

Ages 7 - 18. All levels welcome. 10 outdoor and five indoor courts. Taught by Vanderbilt Coaching Staff. 2016 Summer Camp Dates: Jun. 6 - 10, Jun. 13 - 17, Jun. 20 - 24.

Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch (ages 5 and up) 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville (ages 3 and up) 550 Sam Ridley Pkwy. W, Smyrna (ages 5 and up) wadokaratecenters.com • orileykarate.com

Ages 6-12

615-399-3992 615-859-9473 615-399-3992

Kids and adults. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Check us out on the web or call for more information.

June 20 – 24 July 18-22 ½ day sessions 8am – 12pm 615-721-3626

WWW.SKYZONE.COM/FRANKLIN

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NATURE Camp Bells Bend and Beaman Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville

615-856-4772

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

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

615-856-4772

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

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Bricks 4 Kidz® Lego® Camps 99 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 100, Brentwood bricks4kids.com/middletennessee

615-988-9080

In these unique and dynamic camps, children will build incredible motorized creations, play games, and have lots of fun using Lego bricks!

Camp Invention Multiple Locations campinvention.org • campinvention@campinvention.org

800-968-4332

Local educators lead hands-on activities created especially for children entering grades 1 - 6. Campers spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat, playing high-energy games, and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Discounts are available and spaces are limited.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro explorethedc.org

615-890-2300

When school is out, camp is in! Surrounded by 22 acres of protected wetlands in downtown Murfreesboro, the Discovery Center offers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-based day camps year round – whenever school is on break! Rising Kindergartners through fifth graders are invited to spend a summer of fun at the Discovery Center for camp themes from superheroes and dinosaurs to animals and nature.

Engineering for Kids Various locations in the greater Nashville area 615-435-9321 engineeringforkids.net/location/nashville • nashville@engineeringforkids.net

Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids ages 4 - 14 in a fun and challenging way through camps. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Check out our website for our 2016 summer camp offerings.

iD Tech Camps Camps held at Vanderbilt University idtech.com

2016 Science Camps Locations all over town! Great for girls and boys ages 5-12. Our brilliant hands-on science camps offer kids the time and opportunity for inquiry based science experimentation. Visit MrBondScienceGuy.com for more information!

888-709-8324

Students ages 7 -17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites, print 3D models, and more! Tech-savvy instructors teach in small groups of 8 students per instructor (guaranteed) so both beginners and advanced students learn at the perfect pace. Campers make new friends, learn foundational STEM skills, and enjoy long-term benefits that extend beyond school, college, and future careers.

Mr. Bond and the Science Guys mrbondscienceguy.com

615-573-2702

Mr. Bond and the Science Guys have another summer of fun and educational SCIENCE CAMPS planned for your future scientist! With multiple choices for location and theme, we have a day camp your child will love. Our week-long camps offer the opportunity for inquiry-based experimentation. Perfect for grades K - 6.

Snapology Greater Nashville area northnashville.snapology.com

865-296-0142

Snapology offers amazing educational summer camps for children ages 4 - 14. Some of our more popular offerings include video game design, space wars robotics, stop-motion animation, robot sports challenge, ev3 robotics, and more! Camps are held at various locations in Sumner, Wilson, and Davidson counties. Please see our website for details. continued on page 91 ...

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CAMP EXPERIENCES OPEN HOUSE

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SPECIAL NEEDS The Center for Courageous Kids 1501 Burnley Road, Scottsville, KY courageouskids.org • jobryan@courageouskidsorg

270-618-2900

The Center for Courageous Kids is a medical camp where children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses can have a physically safe and medically sound camp experience. We host illness specific summer camps for children ages 7 - 15 and illness specific family weekend retreats, free of charge.

Summer Fluency Day Camp Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, 1215 21st Ave. S, Nashville vanderbilthealth.com/stutteringcamp

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Battle Ground Academy 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin battlegroundacademy.org/bgacamps • bgacamps@mgba.org

615-567-8327

Battle Ground Academy has something for everyone! Camps range from academic to athletics to art and enrichment – all age appropriate and directed by a BGA coach/teacher or camp professional. More than 60 camp opportunities including archery, Lego, Minecraft, academic, art, drama, and sports camps. Camps are for kids ages 5 - adult. Full- and half-day camp available. For families needing additional care, early- and after-care are available.

Camp Beech Creek at Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood curreyingramcamps.org • eric.vinson@curreyingram.org

615-507-3242

Discovery Center Summer Camp! May 31 - July 29 • 9am-4pm • Grades: K - 5

May 31 - June 3 & July 5 - 8 Science & Superheroes

June 13 - 17 & July 18 - 22 Kids’ Creature Club

June 6 - 10 & July 11 - 15 Jurassic Spark

June 20 - 24 & July 25 - 29 Mars Quest: Rockets & Robots June 27 - July 1 Wild & Wonderful World

Slide into summer with Camp Beech Creek. With weekly themes like Star Wars and Hollywood, and morning electives such as LEGOs, sports, cooking, American Girl, rock-n-roll, and more, this camp has it all. June and July camps. Rising grades K - 6. Before- and after-care. Details are online!

Camp Crusader - Hendersonville Christian Academy 355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville crusaderkidscom • wslater@hcacrusaderscom

615-824-1550

502 SE Broad Street Murfreesboro

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Parents appreciate our pay-by-the-day plan. There is no need to commit to full weeks during the summer. We provide a clean t-shirt each day and clean towels on pool days. Lunch and snacks are included in the daily rate. Campers take fun-filled field trips every day.

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

615-354-1625

We strive to provide a summer experience that is safe, inclusive, and fun. As a flagship program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Camp Davis is a community of support where children grow through age appropriate social and emotional development. Children are encouraged to try new things and take risks on a daily basis. Our highly trained staff work hard to build connections with our campers and build each child’s own confidence and sense of belonging within the community. Open to all children entering grades K - 10 regardless of race, religion, or family background.

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Camp Idyllwild 3139 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River campidyllwild.com • campidyllwild@gmail.com

615-541-9453

Campers here have been doing what they want, when they want, for how long they want everyday since 2008. Camp takes place on a secluded rural private 30-acre property with two pristine spring-fed creeks, wooded hiking paths and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from all day long. Full-day week-long camp sessions; daily round-trip transportation; healthy and organic wholesome snacks; low camper to counselor ratio. Register online. Enrollment for summer has started, and capacity is limited!

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

770-428-1062

CJL is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7 - 17. Campers live in platform tents and enjoy traditional camp activities that emphasize outdoor living skills and recreation, including canoeing, ropes course, archery, and horseback. CJL provides exciting, outdoor experiences that foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. One- and two-week sessions available. ACA Accredited.

Camp Laney for Boys 916 West River Road, Mentone, AL camplaney.com

256-634-4066

Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking, bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis. continued on page 93 ...

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Camp Walkabout 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga 423-267-8506 ext. 827 baylorschool.org/campwalkabout • badams@baylorschool.org

Chattanooga’s premier outdoor camp! Come enjoy adventures in Outdoor magazine’s “Best Town Ever.” Camp Walkabout is a no-experience necessary avenue to the best summer ever!

Camp WeHaKee N8104 Barker Lake Road, Winter, WI wehakeecampforgirls.com

800-582-2267

Have fun, build friendships, be yourself! More than 40 activities that each girl chooses. Campers from around the world. Exceptional staff! At the heart of WeHaKee is relationship. Just three hours from Minneapolis in Northern Wisconsin!

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Camp Woodmont 381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA campwoodmont.com • alyson@campwoodmont.com

423-472-6070

Camp Woodmont is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga TN, Camp Woodmont features horseback riding, high ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery, and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. Open House May 15, 2- 5 p.m.

The Covenant School 33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville 615-467-2313 thecovenantschool.com/student-life/camps • glevy@thecovenantschool.com

If you’re looking for summertime fun and learning for your 4-year-old to rising 8th grader, check out Covenant Camps! Discover the culinary arts, hone your basketball skills, explore lots of different art mediums, celebrate all things princess and much more! For more information visit our website.

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Camp is offered for those needing all day care. Ages preK4 - grade 6. Weekly activities include swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, cooking, science, math, manners, and special guests. Classes are offered in piano/voice, ballet, jazz, and clogging. Enrichment activities offered include art, cooking, pottery, clay, karate, sewing, science, Legos, and tutoring. 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Deer Run Camps and Retreats 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station camps.deerrunretreat.org • contact@deerrunretreat.org

615-794-2918

Overnight Camps – 100 wooded acres. Build relationships, character, confidence. Age-graded sessions for completion of grades 3 - 12. Registration includes ALL activities: horseback, giant swing, climbing tower, paintball, archery, BB guns, lake activities, cardboard boat regatta, small group Bible study, nightly speaker, and worship. Campers choose one track: fishing, percussion, drama, sports, horse care, and more. Day Camps – Voted best day camp. Age 5 yrs. - completed grade 8. 100 wooded acres. Build relationships, character, confidence. Registration includes ALL activities: lake activities, games, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, songs, small group Bible study. Grades 6 - 8 Adventure Camp also includes outdoor education and survival skills — compass orienteering, tomahawk throwing, debris hut building, fire starting, knot tying. Extended care. Bus transportation.

Franklin Road Academy Summer Programs 4700 Franklin Road, Nashville fracamps.com • fracamps@franklinroadacademy.com

615-369-4546

Whether it’s academic preparation, athletic skills training, arts and crafts, or all of the above, FRA is the place to be for summer fun! A wide variety of camps are offered for all ages (pre-K and up) in academics, arts, enrichments, and sports. Extended morning and afternoon services are available.

Goodpasture Summer Camps 619 Due West Avenue, Madison goodpasture.org

615-868-2600

Offering a variety of summer camps: Ready Set Show Camp, Lego WeDo Camp, Lego Mindstorms Camp, Extreme Science Camp, softball, soccer, baseball, girls and boys basketball, volleyball, cheer, football, and tennis. Check out our website for more camp options!

Harding Academy Summer Programs 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville hardingacademy.org • summer@hardingacademy.org

615-948-7005

Harding offers week-long day camps for children pre-K - grade 8. Camp offerings include theme days, storytelling, music, creative movement, math, science and language arts enrichment, water days, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, and technology. Our popular athletic camps include volleyball, basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. All skill levels welcome. Camps run from Jun. 6 - Jul. 1 and Jul. 11 - 29. continued on page 94 ...

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Harpeth Hall School 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville harpethhall.org

615-297-9543

Jewel. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jane Goodall. No matter who a girl’s hero is, she can live her dreams at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls of all ages can uncover artistic talents, perfect athletic skills, explore science in-depth, and just plain have fun. More information on registration is available on our website. Come to Harpeth Hall and dream big this summer.

Horton Haven Christian Camp 3711 Reed Harris Road, Chapel Hill hortonhaven.org

931-364-7656

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

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150 Cabin Circle Drive, Liberty indiancreekcamp.com • icc@kytn.net

615-448-1023

Indian Creek Camp is a Christian, co-ed, overnight, ACA accredited camp for ages 7 - 17. It also offers an all-inclusive family camp summer vacation. Week-long affordable fun! Activities include horseback riding, water skiing, canoeing, archery, ceramics, mountain biking, swimming lessons, a nature center, and more.

Lancaster Christian Academy 150 Soccer Way, Smyrna lancasterchristianacademy.org

615-223-​0451

Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna is hosting our annual summer fun camp for children grades K - 5. Our interactive, fun camp includes a camp t-shirt, daily snack and lunch, two field trips each week, and specialty camps. Your children will explore space, dive into the pool, eat bugs, and score touchdowns! We also have daily chapels so your kid can grow in the Lord! Spaces are limited, so be certain to register early.

Montgomery Bell Academy - Summer @ MBA 4001 Harding Road, Nashville montgomerybell.edu/camps

615-298-5514

Montgomery Bell Academy’s more that 100 different camps and classes allow rising kindergartners to high school boys and girls to fill their summer with activities. Sports, Legos, robotics, driver’s ed, leadership, study skills, Minecraft, science, and soccer and lacrosse leagues are just a few of the myriad offerings. Check our website for all information and to register.

Oak Hill Day Camp 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville 615-298-9583 rec.fpcnashville.org/o-h-day-camp/ • general-recreation@fpcnashville.org

Oak Hill Day Camp is celebrating 65 years of being Nashville’s Summer Home for camp fun and traditions. Swimming, riding hoses, archery, theater, ropes, art, and games are only part of the camp experience. It’s the bond of friendships you build at camp that last a lifetime!

Sports • Art • Cooking • Science & Nature • Games & more! June 13-16 | June 20-23 | July 11-14 | July 18-21

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Oasis Summer Camp 7533 Lord’s Chapel Drive, Nashville 615-331-0202 ext. 104 oasischurch.tv/ministries/mothers-day-out • leslie @oasischurch.tv

Oasis Summer Camp offers a six-week day camp for children ages 6 wks. - preschool. Dive in for a fun adventure Under the Sea as we discover God’s World using hands-on learning and activities. Join us for summer camp and choose from one to four days per week.

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

800-882-0722

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

Summer Experience at Lipscomb Academy 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville summerexperience.org

33 Burton Hills Blvd. | Green Hills | 615-467-2313

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We offer an extensive list of camps and courses for grades K - 12 in our Summer Experience 2016! Whether your child is looking to get outdoors, find a hobby, prepare for the school year, or ignite new passions, the Summer Experience has something for you. Camps are led by highly-qualified professionals who strive to make your child’s experience enriching and enjoyable. Campers spend time with friends and make new ones while participating in fun, engaging activities.

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Travellers Rest 636 Farrell Pkwy, Nashville travellersrestplantationorg • tonya@travellersrestplantation.org

615-832-8197

Our summer camps have been making history for over 20 years One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets, our award-winning day camps make learning history an adventure! From history’s mysteries to Tennessee tales, the War of 1812 to the Civil War ... join us this summer for a time traveling adventure through history.

The Wave Day Camp at First Baptist Church Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville fbchendersonville.com/wave • daycamp@fbchtn.org

615-447-1397

The Wave provides an exciting, safe, Christ-centered camping environment for kids grade K - 8, Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Each week has a unique theme highlighted by action-packed events including inflatable games, water games, our own Olympics, and more! Daily activities include music, culinary arts, library, art, and recreation.

The Webb School Summer Program thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program cjones@webbschool.com 931-389-5703

Fun as BIG as all outdoors! This summer why not try something fun and adventurous in our overnight camps, like climbing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, caving, hiking, camping, and more? Session 1: June 12 - 24, 2016 Session 2: July 3 - 15, 2016 Ages: 11 – 14

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Webb’s Day Camp for rising grades 4 - 8 includes rocket science, outdoor adventure, pottery, robotics, spheros ecology, and calculator science. One week camps Jun. 6 - 10, Jun. 13 - 17, and Jun. 20 - 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (extended care before and after available). $275. Webb’s Basketball Skills Camp for rising grades 4 - 12. Jun. 1 - 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $80. ACT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 6 - 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $125. SAT Prep Course for rising grades 9 - 12, Jun. 13 - 17 from 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. $125.

Williamson County Parks and Recreation Brentwood, Fairview, Franklin, Nolensville and Spring Hill Camp Locations wcparksandrec.com

Williamson County Parks and Recreation (WCPR) is exploding with summer fun; offering over 180 summer activities this year! WCPR offers day camps for ages 5 - 12; Camp Will, a therapeutic day camp for young people with disabilities; sport camps for ages 8 - 13; adventure programs for ages 11 - 15; over 100 specialty camps; plus fun day trips and much, much more.

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

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 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, SUP, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs and many more.

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

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.

YMCA Summer Adventure Camps offered at participating school locations ymcafunco.org

615-259-3418

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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS First Baptist Nashville 108 7th Ave. S, Nashville 615-664-6023 firstbaptistnashville.org/2016summer • children@firstbaptistnashville.org Grades: K – 6; Dates: Jun. 13 - 17

SUBMERGED! Grab your goggles, slip on your flippers, and dive into the mysterious sea! At VBS 2016, kids will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looked deep down on the inside! With gifted teachers leading the way, kids will discover life changing truths through Bible study, crafts, music, snacks, and mega games at rec. This is a summer adventure your kids won’t want to miss!

Woodmont Baptist Church 2100 Woodmont Blvd. Nashville woodmontbaptist.com

615-297-5303

Get ready to hit the road with Paul and take the greatest adventure of all time! Woodmont Baptist VBS is taking place Jun. 13 - 17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for grades 4 - 5. Register on our website.

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