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CONTENT SMARTER KIDS 29 STOCKING BABY’S BOOKSHELF

New research reveals that what you read to Baby is nearly as important as reading to him daily.

30 MOTIVATING YOUR UNDERACHIEVER

She says she’s bored, only the teacher says she’s just not trying. Find out what to do next.

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Writing skills are taught all throughout school. So why, oh why, is your kid blocked in the face of an essay?

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DAYBYDAY By Way of France, Should WE Ban Smartphones in Schools?

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alling it a “matter of public health,” France’s Minister of National Education took the lead last year in what became an overall ban of smartphones in schools there. The ban begins this month for kids ages 15 and younger. The minister, JeanMichel Blanquer, shared his thoughts when the initial debate on the legislation began: “These days, the children don’t play at break anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view, that’s a problem,” Blanquer said. In an ironic twist, the U.S. now allows kids to use their smartphones in school more than ever — although teachers still bemoan the headaches of monitoring their use. In other countries, similar bans like France’s are debated, and yet Italy recently reversed it’s ban — aiming to encourage phones more as learning devices. In the U.K., some schools have banned smartphones while others have lax restrictions. And back here in the U.S. — where we deal with that nagging worry about school shootings — many parents want to be able to contact their kids at all times, the heck with the learning. So, what’s best? Should we ban smartphones from schools? We all have our love-hate relationships with our smartphones because we have to manage them constantly. In the work place, they’re often banned from meetings so full attention is given. All ages of phone users feel the non-stop tug of the beloved gadgets. Our schools rapidly came up with smartphone policies and it sort of feels like they have a handle on them — but do they? Since kids are better at finding “loopholes” long before adults are, you have to wonder if policies are really working ... or if adults just think they are. Still, banning smartphones from the classroom doesn’t make sense to me. Enforcing solid policies for their usage does. Kids know it’s rude to break rules, and that they’ll face consequences if they’re caught. Just like us, they have to learn self-moderating behavior and how to live with a phone without it dominating their lives. And let’s not forget they’re kids! Kids who have to manage exciting friendships with a whole lot of texting! Schools take a big role in educating our young until they are old enough to take their place in adult society. Let’s not get all frantic about smartphones in kid hands at school. Instead, let’s keep on with teaching responsible use. We ALL need to master it.

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“All this was doing was trying to give a positive side to mothers who do co-sleep. Your comment, ‘I chose to put my child’s safety first,’ as if the rest of us aren’t — is trying to start the ‘mom war.’” Kristi Johnson

“Ridiculous. My son was in his crib at 3 weeks old and I guarantee you he is just as smart as any other child. I just chose to put my child’s safety first. Articles like this is the definition of a ‘mom war’ by stating that mothers who don’t sleep with their babies (a MAJOR contributor to infant sleep related deaths) are cruel or less of a mother. Stop telling moms they’re doing it wrong!” Kelly Swindell

“I’ve got three kids. Only one came in my bed to nurse for a couple months, one stayed with me 24/7 for about a year and the other stayed with me 24/7 for about three years. My nieces and nephews, on the other hand, were perfectly content, even preferred, sleeping on their own. Every baby is different; every parent is different. I’ll do what’s best for my family and support you doing what’s best for yours.”

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MIND &BODY HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD OVERCOME

SCHOOL ANXIETY Anxiety is one thing, overcoming it is another. Here’s help for batting your child’s fears. BY KIERA ASHFORD

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y head hurts. Do I have to go to school?” cries your 8-year-old as he’s trying to get ready for the day. He sluggishly dresses, mopes around “looking” for his shoes and doesn’t want to eat breakfast. The thing is, you know he’s not sick. He’s full of school anxiety, and the thought of going back to the hallways filled with kids and noise intimidates him. Many parents face anxiety on a day-to-day basis, too. It’s what you do with your own anxiety that can help him overcome his. Just remember children are unique, and they each have their own way of expressing and dealing with stress.

SIGNS YOUR CHILD HAS ANXIETY

“As many as one out of every eight children and adolescents may experience clinically significant anxiety,” says Kristin M. Rager, M.D., board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. “And early recognition is essential,” Rager adds. Your child may worry excessively about many things, such as school and numerous “what if” scenarios. He may show other signs he’s suffering, besides worrying. Rager says symptoms include difficulty sleeping, struggling to get ready for school in the mornings, refusing to go to school, changes in eating patterns, grouchiness, quietness or tearfulness, or complaints of physical symptoms such as headache or stomachache.

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“Unchecked anxiety can interfere with participation in regular activities, so you definitely want to help before it gets to that point,” adds Rager. In other words, the moment you feel that something’s just not right with your child, ask him what’s going on. While younger kids may not be able to tell you what they’re feeling, older kids may. Simply asking can start a discussion so you can get to the bottom of it.

ACKNOWLEDGE FEELINGS

Sometimes you can pinpoint your child’s fears and address them directly. However, sometimes it’s not so easy. “It’s important to listen to your child’s worries and acknowledge his feelings,” says Rager. “Reaching out to his teachers can be incredibly helpful, as they can give you feedback about how he’s behaving at school,” she adds. Your child’s teacher can also give you information about resources the school may have in place (such as counselors or therapists).

DON’T IGNORE IT

It’s troubling to watch your child deal with daily anxiety. However, don’t let his anxiety get out of control. If it has a significant impact on his daily life — he keeps himself from doing things others of his age do comfortably — it may be time to seek outside help. “Children with daily anxiety can greatly benefit from meeting with a mental health professional to help them feel better as quickly as possible,” says Rager.

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“Rarely, the pediatrician may prescribe medication, especially if the anxiety is preventing him from attending school.” If your child is anxious, do NOT ignore it. “I always tell patients and families that if anxiety interferes with your ability to do your normal activities, whatever those are, you absolutely have to discuss it with your pediatrician,” says Rager. “Mental health concerns are medical issues, and your pediatrician is the best place to go, just as you would with any other medical issue.” Kiera Ashford is associate editor of this publication and mom to three wonderful kids.

BOOKS TO HELP KIDS WITH Don’t Feed the Worry Bug by Andi Green Monsters In My Head; 2011 Ages 6 - 11 I Have a Worry by Tanya Balcke Self-published; 2015 Ages 3 and older Please Explain Anxiety to Me! Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents by Laurie E. Zelinger Loving Healing Press; 2014 Ages 5 - 8


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>> To get the tender care and affection you need, you have to give it!

Couples Who Walk Together ... Remember this? The John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge at night — only it’s quiet! While peace on the moonlit bridge may be a thing of the past, taking a romantic walk together is not. It’s one of the best ways to have intimate chats. Some of our fave places for taking walks together include our local parks and greenways, Cheekwood, Belle Meade Plantation, Radnor Lake, Arrington Vineyards and more. But your own neighborhood can do the trick, too.

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MYSTERY DATES

>> Happy couples with kids will tell you it’s essential to make time for each other.

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ids, busy schedules and plain, old fatigue can take over your life with your significant other if you allow it. Lest you start

taking each other for granted, make a commitment to keep the romance and tender care for each other alive in your relationship. “It’s important to have enjoyable experiences and continue to get to know each other in your marriage,” says Jane Greer, a marriage and family therapist and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness from Ruining Your Relationship (Sourcebooks Casablanca; 2010). Enter the Mystery Date! This fun and unusual way of dating each other can keep the zing in your zang. Take turns planning romantic adventure dates for each other. See who can come up with the best, most creative ideas. Look at a calendar and get your mystery date inked in so neither of you plans something else, and do this as soon as possible after your first baby comes along.

The “Rules” Once a month, take turns planning a mystery date night. The rules are simple: • The other person cannot know what the plan is until you get there! • It MUST be a place neither of you have been to before. • Focus is on time together, not how much the date costs.

Yes, You DO Need a Sitter! It’s like striking gold when you find a sitter you trust with your children, so it’s well worth the trouble to find that special someone! The typical rate for a sitter is about $10 - $15 an hour; prices can vary based on experience. • Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations — somebody always knows a teenager who wants to get started. • Ask family members, co-workers, school teachers, day-care workers, teens who work in your church child care. • Use care.com or sittercity.com.

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TPAC’s Johnson Theater, Nashville Sept. 6 - 23 nashvillerep.org

This irreverent puppet musical is for adults only! The comedy explores the challenges of adult life, from falling in love to alternative uses for the Internet. $55

MUSIC CITY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park & Walk of Fame Park, Nashville Sept. 14 - 16 musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com

Sample more than 80 beers, wines and specialty cocktails along with cooking demos and a gospel brunch on Sunday. $165 Fri & Sat, $85 Sun.

THE FUN SHOW WITH CAT & NAT

TPAC’s Polk Theater, Nashville Friday, Sept. 28 tpac.org

The mom duo known for their #MOMTRUTH videos talk about all the things moms are thinking but never say in a funny way. $25 - $100.

SUNSET SAFARI

Nashville Zoo, Nashville Thursday, Sept. 20 nashvillezoo.org

This signature fundraiser for ages 21+ includes drinks, food from more than 40 local restaurants, live entertainment and animal hosts. Attire is “Safari Chic.” $100 - $1,000.

NASHVILLE BREW FESTIVAL First Tennessee Park, Nashville Friday, Sept. 21 nashvillebrewfestival.com

Sample 150 beers from 50 breweries, plus food trucks, lawn games and music. $40 $60.

MUSIC CITY BACON & BARREL FEST Green Door Gourmet Friday, Sept. 21 baconandbarrel.com/nashville

Twenty eateries serve up bacon and barbecue dishes, plus spirits from oak barrels. $39.

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Nashville Children’s Theatre TUCK EVERLASTING

A TYA premiere adaptation of the Broadway Musical!

September 13October 7, 2018 Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle Music by Chris Miller Lyrics by Nathan Tysen Based on the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt with The Nashville Children’s Theatre Orchestra

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID November 8December 23, 2018 Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater Book by Doug Wright

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PARADISE IN THE SMOKIES

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The brand-new Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg is a posh-perfect escape for you and the kids!

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atlinburg is a longtime top family destination, and now there’s a new reason to schedule a vacay there — the brand-new Margaritaville Resort. Located at 539 Parkway, the resort brings an impressive new level of comfort and upscale style to this part of the Smokies. The pristine, luxurious resort provides a perfect escape for your family.

RELAX & CHILL

Margaritaville Resort whisks your family into a beach-like, tropical atmosphere with its airy, spacious indoor and outdoor lounge areas and relaxing decor. An indoor pool is open year round — perfect for a fall destination — and there’s a large outdoor hot tub that’s open year round, too. Looking ahead to next summer, a sparkling outdoor lagoon-like pool with a twisting slide provides hours of relaxation. Also outside, there’s a tropical-themed zero-entry pool for little ones, boasting fountains, sprayers and coconutshaped buckets that dump water. Gatlinburg’s Little River hugs the backside of the resort. Kick back in a hammock while being lulled by the sound of the water slipping over nearby rocks. Or, challenge your kids to a competitive game of corn hole.

ROOMS & SPA

The resort offers several types of comfy room options, all sporting 50” smart TVs, free WiFi, refrigerators and microwaves. Most rooms feature exhilarating rain showers and private balconies. Be sure to check out the family suites with separate rooms for parents and kids.

Most important, the rooms and the entire resort is exceptionally clean! Mom and Dad can schedule extra relaxation at the resort’s fullservice St. Somewhere Spa. It offers a sumptuous menu of massages (including couples and prenatal options), facials and other spa/salon services.

DINING

The resort’s License to Chill Bar boasts a tasty menu with everything from nachos and salads to sandwiches, tacos, flatbreads and entrees. The Paradise Burger is delish, but my favorite discovery was the Ultimate Grilled Cheese. This double-decker bad boy is layered with havarti, cheddar and Swiss cheeses along with crisp bacon and jalapenos. The “Parakeets” kids’ menu for ages 12 and younger includes five kid-favorite options.

A+ HOSPITALITY

The nice folks at the Margaritaville Resort help to make your stay top notch. That’s key when you’re on vacation. Everyone from housekeeping staff to concierge is friendly and eager to help. Got questions about anything in the Gatlinburg area? Talk to Head Concierge Robbie Paxton. She’s a gem and a walking encyclopedia of all-things Gatlinburg. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Margaritaville Resort — it’ll be the only place I stay on future trips. Your family is sure to love it, too! For more info, or to book a stay, call 888-447-0222 or hop online to margaritavilleresortgatlinburg.com.

WIN A TWO-NIGHT STAY FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR AT MARGARITAVILLE RESORT IN GATLINBURG! GO TO NASHVILLEPARENT.COM ON SEPT. 4 TO ENTER! + See more Margaritaville Resort photos online and also get our “Top 10 Things to Do with Kids” in the Gatlinburg area.

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schools offer — from academic programs and financial aid offerings — to athletics and arts. The Private School Fair is free (as is parking), but regular admission applies to ASC’s exhibit areas ($15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). ASC is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. Call 615256-2158 or visit nashvilleparent. com/psf18.

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STARS & STRIKES COMES TO SMYRNA

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ittle bowlers and arcade gamers rejoice! Georgia-based Stars and Strikes is set to open Tennessee’s first location in Smyrna this month bringing a brand-new attraction for families of all ages. The 55,000-square-foot facility features 24 bowling lanes (eight are VIP lanes) in the signature Main St. Lounge; a 7,300-square-foot arcade and prize store; a multi-story laser tag arena; bumper cars; the 7/10 Grille restaurant; and a large full-service bar surrounded by big screen TVs for sports viewing. It also includes Escapology, an entertaining, interactive amusement concept where you use your powers of deduction to solve a mystery to “escape” the room in a race against the clock. While it looks and feels like an ordinary room, it’s actually a real-life mystery adventure game designed for small groups of friends, families and co-workers. In addition, Stars and Strikes offers fun and unique bowling leagues for all ages and skill levels. There are also multiple private party rooms for birthday parties and packages that are custom designed to accommodate budgets of any size, highlighted by an upscale corporate event room that seats 100. Stars and Strikes is located at 333 N. Lowry St. (in the old K-Mart building). Learn more at starsandstrikes.com.

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DOLLYWOOD OPENS NEW FAMILY ATTRACTION IN 2019

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Wildwood Grove marks the largest expansion in Dollywood’s history.

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hen next spring rolls around, there’ll be a whole new reason to pile the kids in the car for the trek to Pigeon Forge. While Dollywood’s already one of the top family destinations in Tennessee (and in the country), the 32-year-old attraction is opening a brand-new adventure called Wildwood Grove. The $37 million, five-acre expansion — the largest in Dollywood’s history — is designed to provide an inspiring place for families of all ages to explore, imagine and play together. The new land will boast 11 experiences. Six new rides are on tap with little kids in mind, including the Dragonflier (a suspended family roller coaster) and Treetop Tower in which riders, seated inside giant acorns, spin around the top of a tall oak tree before gently drifting back to the grove floor. “I’d let my imagination roam free when I’d be out exploring in the hills around our home in the Smoky Mountains,” Parton reminisces of her childhood. “I’d pretend that the frogs and butterflies were my friends. I’d imagine about what it’d be like to fly with a dragonfly or to follow a bear family through the woods. Now all these things are coming true for our guests to experience in Wildwood Grove; it may be my new favorite part of Dollywood,” she notes. Guests will enter Wildwood Grove through a massive hollow trunk of a fallen tree with a magical 55-foot tall Wildwood tree serving as the enchanted land’s centerpiece. In addition to new rides, Wildwood Grove will also feature live entertainment, indoor and outdoor family play areas, a new restaurant and more. “This area is going to give families a place to explore, play and imagine together — but more importantly — it’s a place where they can spend more time together,” Parton explains. Keep up with the park at dollywood.com.

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CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG OPENS THIS MONTH AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER

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and find “bone-ified” treasures at T-Bone’s beach, browse the Norman Bridwell art retrospective and see 40 years (that’s 280 dog years) of Clifford art and stories and more. There’s also a special Breakfast With Clifford event to kick the exhibit off on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 - 10 a.m. Buy your tickets now and you’ll get to visit with Clifford the Big Red Dog and enjoy a ”bone-appetite” catered breakfast followed by play time in the center. Cost for the breakfast is $5, plus general admission for non-members. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. The Discovery Center is located at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is $8, free ages two and younger. Call 615-890-2300

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admission is free. This year, there’s a wine tasting party on Friday, Sept. 14 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $15 by contacting the church office or at the door for $20. Come taste the wine paired with appetizers and tapas, listen to live music and enjoy the evening with family and friends alike. At the end of the evening, take home a commemorative wine glass. It all takes place at St. Luke Catholic Church

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THE “RIGHT” BOOKS FOR BABIES FEATURE LABELED ITEMS. BABY FACES: A BOOK OF HAPPY, SILLY FUNNY FACES by Amy Pixton Workman Publishing; $5.95 Ages 1 - 2 years This board book is part of the Indestructibles series and features baby faces labeled with emotions like silly, kiss, night-night, etc. BABY’S BIG WORLD: WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Alex Fabrizio illustrated by Kat Uno Little Hero; $8.99 Ages 3 months & older Introduce Baby to different women such as Cleopatra, astronaut Mae Jamison, Queen Elizabeth I and more with simple text and colorful art. BABY’S FIRST BOOK OF BIRDS & COLORS by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes Charlesbridge; $7.99 Ages 3 months - 2 years Baby learns all about birds including their colors and specific names such as the eastern bluebird, blue jay, scarlet tanager and more. BABY TOUCH AND FEEL: TRUCK DK Publishing; $5.99 Ages 3 months - 2 years This board book is filled with different kinds of trucks with clear pictures. Each picture is labeled appropriately — fire

truck, dump truck, cement mixer, etc. As an added bonus, little parts of the pictures have different textures for Baby to touch. FROM HEAD TO TOE by Eric Carle HarperCollins; $9.99 Ages 3 months - 3 years Explore the different parts of your own body using the bodies of animals from giraffe necks, donkey legs, monkey hands and more. POP-UP PEEKABOO! BABY DINOSAUR DK Publishing; $8.69 Ages 1 - 3 years Baby dinosaurs are everywhere. In this lift-the-flap book, explore the different types of baby dinosaurs that Baby T-Rex finds. THE SKY GUYS by Madeleine Rogers Button Books; $7.99 Ages 3 months - 3 years This board books explores different birds found in the sky from a flamingo, owl, hummingbird and more. SNUGGLE BUNNIES by Lisa McCue Printers Row; $6.99 Ages 2 & older Follow three little bunnies — Posy, Rosy and Dozy — as they prepare for bed.

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eading to Baby is great for his development, but think again about what you’re reading,

new research says. Researchers from the University of Florida conducted baby studies to learn just how much babies retain from books read to them. The intent was to find out if certain types of books might lead to “higher-quality interactions and increased learning.” The results of the studies showed that books with clearly labled faces or objects provided higher quality interactions with the babies. Babies also responded to characters with names. If you have a baby, you probably have baby books at home. Pick the ones in which items are labeled so you experience point-and-name reading. If names aren’t in the book, simply make them up — and go a bit further. Instead of pointing to a duck and just saying, “duck,” give the duck a name, for instance, “Fred, the duck.” Giving each animal (especially those of the same kind) a different name helps your child develop his attention and his ability to learn the difference between all the characters in a story. Ready, set? It’s lap time!

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BY SUSAN SWINDELL DAY

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TURN IT AROUND “I’m just bored, Mom.” But your instincts tell a different story: Your child has given up.

ou’re an educated person, so you assume you can help your child with whatever problems he encounters at school. You’ve talked about the importance of listening to the teacher and doing homework. You’ve talked about good grades and effort, and you think everything’s going OK, then BOOM! You get an e-mail from the fourthgrade teacher. “I’m seeing a lack of effort from James,” the teacher writes. “Can you give me some insight? He seems to be uninterested, and he’s distracting others when I’m teaching; I had to send him out of class ...” Send him out of class?! First of all, breathe. A kid’s work load often intensifies around the fourth or fifth grade, so it’s normal to hit a few road bumps. You should, however, try to figure out what’s going on. “At some point in a student’s life, he is going to underachieve,” says Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D., a professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University. “It can be the result of what goes on in the home, but we cannot ignore how our teachers play a role as well,” Ford adds.

“SERVE AND RETURN” AT HOME

During early childhood, parents play the first all-important role in a child’s perception of himself. A feeling of inadequacy can develop when young children don’t receive the encouragement and individual recognition they need. When they do get what’s needed, they grow in confidence. “First of all,” Ford says, “You must know your child; know each of your children as individuals. When you have more than one child, it’s important to recognize that each has his or her own personal strengths and weaknesses. And it’s very important that you don’t make comparisons between your children or they can start having a sense of inadequacy,” Ford says. How do parents unwittingly compare their kids? “Saying things like, ‘If I can do well in school, you can too,’ or ‘If I liked reading, you should like reading,’ and so on,” says Ford. Setting the stage for early successful academic achievement begins

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with parenting well at home, says Maribeth Gambill, LCSW, at Nashville Counseling Associates. “When a young child babbles, gestures or cries and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words or a hug, the connections in the brain are built and strengthened,” Gambill says. “This ‘serve and return’ interaction is essential throughout children’s lives as a way of building trust,” she adds. Finding authentic ways to praise your young child at home and especially once formal education begins is an excellent way of reinforcing his positive feelings about himself, too. “Find things you can praise your children about,” Gambill says. “For example, ‘I’m so proud of how hard you have been working on your homework lately,’” she adds. But Ford cautions against praising your child for praising’s sake. “One of the worst things you can do is to praise your child for effort he doesn’t show,” Ford says.

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James started fourth grade happily, but the change his teacher wrote home about is new and troubling. What’s going on? Ford says if you really know your child, a change in his behavior should prompt you to reach out to the teacher. “Work with the teacher; ask her to be mindful of your child and to observe him so you can share information,” Ford says. Also, try to pick up what’s going on by asking your child, although you may not get much information — because he doesn’t want to be a disappointment to you. There could be friendship trouble or a bully bothering your child. A teacher may not be a good fit. Or it could be what it so often is: the work has gotten harder and your child has given up. A domino effect is taking place and your child is seeking any kind of attention at all. “Sometimes when children are not being recognized for positive achievements they may begin acting out as a way of gaining attention,” Gambill says. “And, if the work is too difficult, it can be easier to get into trouble and be sent out of class as a way of creating distraction and avoiding a difficult task,” she adds. Unfortunately, when this happens, your child can fall further and further behind. Without realizing it, your child can feel “tagged” and begin to no longer engage in learning or even in healthy relationships with peers. It can contribute to absenteeism and generate a

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cycle that continues without intervention.

GET HIM MOTIVATED

James is a typical kid and he’s been a good student up until now. So how can a parent help him turn his tough situation around? “The number one way that you can get your child to do well in school is to focus on effort; not ability and not intelligence,” says Ford. “You can’t expect perfectionism or even consistency, but you can always support your child and stay optimistic,” she adds. Gambill agrees that parents should get down in the trenches with their child with empathy and optimism. “Always show unconditional positive regard and love,” she says. “No one is perfect, and we all make mistakes. Instead of being critical and harsh about your child’s struggle, help him understand we all learn from our mistakes. That’s how we as parents are teachers at home,” she adds. And incentives can do wonders in helping children start achieving again. Finding out what your child wants is the key, Ford says. Maybe it’s some-

“Don’t expect perfection or consistency, but always support your child and stay optimistic. She WILL turn it around. — Donna Ford, Ph.D.

10 ACADEMIC COMMANDMENTS 1. 2. 3.

Strive for perfect attendance. Take notes. Write down, then read and complete all of your assignments. 4. Read every day, even if you are not asked to do so. 5. Study in advance (avoid procrastination). 6. Calculate and know your grades once a week. 7. Participate in class (make meaningful comments and share ideas). 8. Ask questions if you don’t understand; see your teacher for help. 9. Put forth your very best effort in school — on all assignments! 10. Be positive about school — attitude makes a difference in all you do. SOURCE: Donna Ford, 2003

thing like a brand new pair of soccer cleats. Tell him if he is able to successfully put more effort in to raise up his grades, those cleats can become a reality. “Tie the rewards to what your children value, and then let that be the carrot that makes the task appealing,” Ford says. “They will usually live up to it.” But parents have to monitor their child’s daily successes and keep up with the good efforts to keep the forward motion going. Forgetting what you said or being too busy that days go by with no recognition can cause the reward theory to backfire. Remember to lift up your child. “Encourage progress, even if it isn’t necessarily in grades,” Gambill says. “We all achieve and learn in different ways. Intelligence is not fixed, it can grow, even if it isn’t in the traditional sense of the word,” she adds. Ford shares an anecdote that can serve to inspire. “I grew up in poverty,” she says. “With a single mother who worked hard for my siblings and me. She also taped these 10 academic commandments to our doors and mirrors. I saw those commandments every day. I grew up and got my master’s and my siblings did, too.” Ford says to share overcoming experiences of others with your child. Let him watch movies and read stories about people who have beat the odds. But if things get really tough, seek out the help of a counselor or mentor. And above all, don’t give up on your child. “Don’t expect perfection or consistency, but always support your child and stay optimistic,” Ford says. “He WILL turn it around.” Susan Day is editor of this publication and the mom of four kids.

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THE LASTMINUTE ESSAY IT WILL HAPPEN: One night at 9 p.m., your school kid will tell you she has a five-paragraph essay due tomorrow and she has no idea how to start. Use these tools to make it as painless as possible!

“What really matters is making your meaning clear beyond a doubt.” — Harold Evans, author of Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters

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TOOLS FOR A FAST, LASTMINUTE ESSAY

WRITING WELL MATTERS

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ou are your child’s first teacher, and that starts with helping him scratch down his name. “C-h-r-i-s-t-o-p-h-e-r,” your child painstakingly learns, often, adorably, inverting a few of his letters. By kindergarten, most little sweeties are all very proud of their ability to write down their names. Letters lead to writing lessons from kindergarten on up, but evidence of an older kids’ ability to write continues to elude bosses and educators. Three-quarters of 12th graders lack proficiency in writing, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Process, but why? The Common Core State Standards (now revised here as the Tennessee State Standards) were supposed to change that for our kids, but they did not. And while the Tennessee State Standards for English language arts place more emphasis on early writing skills, it’s not yet evident — or measurable — that the kids will find success. Solid writing skills are needed in order to communicate intelligently beginning with writing a good, old sentence. And because writing is important to future college and job applications, you should take matters into your hands at home. Practice, practice and more practice leads to better writing, says Susan Neuman, Ph.D., co-author of Nurturing Knowledge (Scholastic; 2007) and many other books. So does awareness of structure and grammar. But it all takes time. Years, Neuman says. For everyone though, writing well begins with inspiration. Your child’s teachers will give him tools (grammar, etc.) as he goes through his schooling, but at home, you need to back it up with lots and lots of practice. Meanwhile: the all-important essay. That moment will come when your child needs last-minute help. The key is to work together and to move along without getting weighed down and headachy.

descriptive; expository; persuasive. You should be able to find the type of essay she’s supposed to write on her assignment. Identify that, then move on to determining the point of the essay. This is the hardest part because it’s the most important part. Help her brainstorm and try leading her to her own idea. Try not to get bogged down; keep things moving. So, say she’s supposed to write something about the founding fathers. What ABOUT the founding fathers? Identify first what she wants to say, the point she wants to make, then move on.

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Sometimes kids think that using big words will impress the teacher. You can only impress the teacher with skills and the truth or your originality, so it’s important to keep essays clear and simple. Last-minute essays can turn into a repetitious mess, saying the same thing over and over again only with

Get to the point

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Inspiration

Want a good essay? Help your child find the motivation to write it. Do a little quick online research together to find some juicy content that can fire up your child’s imagination. Stay on your topic until a light bulb goes on for your child. You can search “quick fascinating facts about the founding fathers,” for example. The point is, you need your child’s wheels to start turning so he can find the interest within himself to put his words to paper. Ask your child questions — including “how” and “why” — and aim to keep it interesting!

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Find examples

Your child’s essay needs an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. Help her write the first sentence of each paragraph. Teachers often go over what each paragraph should contain, but they can stop short of sharing invaluable examples. Search examples of student essays online and you’ll find great guidelines and samples of various types of papers. Seeing other examples will help to clear away the cobwebs in your child’s mind about how to organize what she’s doing and propel her forward.

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Skip big words

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different words. Avoid that. A straightforward, easy-to-follow essay that sticks to your topic will get her a good grade every time.

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Proofread

As soon as your child writes his last sentence he’ll say, “I’m done!” and slam his notebook closed. Stop right there, Buckaroo. After going through all the work together, it’s important to proofread for spelling and grammatical errors and to double check the assignment to make sure everything’s formatted correctly. And get the name down on the paper — teachers will mark off for that teeny but huge oversight! There you have it. It’s not the optimum way to write an essay (you really want more time to luxuriate in the process) but this is the parent-assisted-last-minute essay that will help your child come up with a decent grade. When your child’s young, turn writing practice into a fun, daily routine so when he gets a writing assignment during his school years, he’ll get right on it — without needing your help! Marnie Clarkson is a freelance writer, writing coach for kids, and a mom of three.

10 TIPS FOR BETTER WRITING 1) Read a lot 2) Use all of your senses 3) Keep diaries & journals 4) Write your interests 5) Take lots of pictures 6) Do lots of research 7) Enjoy the planning 8) Write descriptions 9) Finish your stories 10) Don’t be boring Source: Author Jacqueline Harvey


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he school year’s rolling along and well, some of your child’s grades aren’t so good. You monitor the school’s portal so you know his scores well (too well!) and now you’re feeling concerned. Only, be careful not to transfer the worry you feel about his performance to him. He already feels disappointment about any poor grade. Is it too soon for a tutor, or how can you ensure his success? “The best way to help a child who feels unsuccessful in school is to give him opportunities for success outside of school,” says Teresa Flores, Ph.D., center director at Sylvan Learning Center in Murfreesboro. “Parents can also praise their children for positive academic behaviors. Even if they struggle in school, it is important to praise their efforts,” Flores adds. But if the “red flags” are obvious (not doing homework, losing assignments, etc.) and your family’s schedule is crazy busy, some one-on-one attention from a tutor can work wonders. Sylvan offers tutoring as do several other local places. The Tutoring Center in Franklin features one-on-one instruction with structured guidance, for instance. Your child’s teacher may offer help, but there are often other students there, too, and one-on-one time is very limited with teachers. Perhaps the best thing to do is to e-mail your child’s teacher for suggestions. She can at least point out your child’s difficulties and help you know if tutoring is warranted. “It’s important to talk with children and their teachers to get at the root of the issues to work on it,” says Flores. No matter what, make sure your child knows his school work must be a priority. “Parents can encourage their children to be academicminded by providing supplemental educational activities,” Flores says. “If parents emphasize and value education at home, the child is likely to be influenced by that.”

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TEACH KIDS TO TALK TO TEACHERS | EDUCATION EVENTS

GET ORGANIZED!

WHO ME? Talk to the Teacher?!

TIPS FOR STUDENTS 1. CHECKLISTS. Write down what’s needed for each day and check it off. 2. CLUTTER. Once a week, clean out the locker, desk, backpack, etc. 3. ROUTINE. Use a set time for school work, as much as possible with your other activities. 4. CALENDAR. Write down all quizzes and tests & check your calendar daily. 5. SUPPLIES. Have a spot for pencils, a sharpener, a hole punch, markers, pens, a ruler, etc. 6. SPOT. Table or desk? Pick the spot and stick to it. 7. PLAN. Develop the habit of knowing what you need for the next day the night before. 8. SUPPORT. Accept gentle reminders to write things down, review checklists, etc.

Some kids are shy. Others don’t feel comfy with the teacher. Here’s how to break the ice. ROLE PLAY AT HOME Have a conversation at home with YOU being the teacher. Have your child work out what he wants to say about something specific, then have him ask you. PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES Encourage your child to speak up in new scenarios, starting with very easy situations. Let him order for himself at a restaurant, ask for something at a store, etc. These simple things will get easier and easier and he can work up to talking to his teacher. TREAT YOUR CHILD WITH RESPECT You’re the model adult for your child, so treat him with courtesy and respect. Be a good listener yourself and negotiate a difference of opinion as much as possible. This will help your child to expect a positive experience with adult interaction. DON’T HASSLE HIM Remember, social skills develop over time. Keep working with your child, but don’t push him to do more than he can, especially if he’s shy. Be his advocate until he grows into a new comfort zone. Source: Parenting: A Field Guide by Patricia Anderson, Ph.D.

SMART EVENTS HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: POETRY OF SCIENCE Sept. 11 - 12 | Ages 5 - 18 See page 56.

PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR

Saturday, Sept. 15 | All ages See page 60.

ACT BOOT CAMP

Sept. 16 - Oct. 14 | Teens See page 63.

DAVIDSON COUNTY HOMESCHOOL 4-H CLUB

Tuesday, Sept. 18 | Grades 4 - 12 See page 64.

CODING FOR KIDS: THE BASICS

Friday, Sept. 21 | Ages 10+ See page 67.

HANDS-ON HISTORY: ARCHEOLOGY FOR KIDS

Saturday, Sept. 22 | Ages 4+ See page 68.

NATURE INVESTIGATORS

Monday, Sept. 24 | Ages 8 - 12 See page 71.

HOMESCHOOL IN THE WILDERNESS

Sept. 27 - May 31 | Ages 8 - 13 See page 72.

Yes, You CAN Be a “Math Person”

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ids who don’t think they can do math are mistaken, says Bob McNamara, assistant center director at Mathnasium in Franklin. When a kid tries to tell him he’s not a math person, McNamara’s quick to respond. “I say, ‘You’re not a math person yet,’” McNamara says. “Any student can be a math person if given the confidence and opportunity to succeed. One of our mantras at Mathnasium is we make math ‘make sense,’” he adds.

McNamara also says it’s really helpful for parents to do math activities with their kids when they’re little to help them learn simple math functions. “It’s very important that parents are involved in preparing their children in the basics of math such as mastering simple operations and other math facts,” McNamara urges. “A strong foundation enables effective growth.” Keep it playful with little kids and be careful at home not to say things like, “Our family’s

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never been good at math,” or “Girls aren’t good at math.” Commentary like that gives kids an escape from success, says McNamara. And, if your child doesn’t learn simple functions early on, it can create gaps that lead to frustration and lack of confidence. All kids need a math foundation to build on. “So much of education is confidence and building on successes,” McNamara adds. “With the cumulative nature of math, a foundation is imperative.”

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SCHOOL OF ROCK

Sept. 11 - 16 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville Page 65 The kids in this hit musical actually play their own instruments on stage. How cool is that?!

SWAN LAKE

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: BIG ADVENTURES TOUR

Sept. 1, 2, 8 & 9 Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Nashville Page 43 Meet Sir Topham Hatt, ride the train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy new activities this year.

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Choo, Choo! Thomas the Tank Engine’s in town.

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Sept. 21 - 23 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville • Page 65 Nashville Ballet brings back its stunning classic fave with choreographic updates and new costumes.

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MOM REPORT!

NATIONAL DAYS OF ...

Our top picks for babies, tots & preschoolers.

A local mom and her kids head to Shakespeare in the Park.

Special days to celebrate. Hug those teddy bears on Sunday, Sept. 9!

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Ten days of fun during the Tennessee State Fair.


DISNEY ON ICE: FROZEN

Sept. 13 - 16 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Page 58 Elsa, Anna, Olaf and other Disney characters whisk you away to the wintry world of Arendelle with nine performances.

31ST ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL

Sept. 7 - 9 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Nashville Page 49 This annual festival highlights the cuisine, music and culture of Greece along with kids’ activities.

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG EXHIBIT

Sept. 22 - Jan. 27 Discovery Center, Murfreesboro Page 68 Lots of fun hands-on activities for little ones of all ages in this new exhibit.

PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR

Saturday, Sept. 15 Adventure Science Center, Nashville Page 60 Considering an independent education for your child? This is the place to be! Meet one on one with staff from several area schools.

CHUKKERS FOR CHARITY

Saturday, Sept. 8 Riverview Farm, Franklin • Page 52 Kids can compete in a stick horse race during this benefit for the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!

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

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SPOTLIGHT Nashville Parent’s Private School Fair arms you with lots of info.

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THEATER & DANCE

Take in a show on a stage near you.

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Chattin’ with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.

Put these hot-ticket outings on your family calendar.

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Bowen Campbell Auto Expo

615-347-7839 goodlettsvilleparks.com

All ages. Moss-Wright Park, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free for spectators ($20 to enter a car in the show). This vintage car show features awards for Top 3 in 40 classes.

N Alice

in Wonderland

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

N Commodores Football

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

Day Out With Thomas: Big Adventures Tour Sept. 1, 2, 8 & 9

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t’s that time of year when pintsized train enthusiasts pick up the steam with anticipation of seeing their favorite tank engine, Thomas, during his annual trek to Music City. Day Out With Thomas: Big Adventures Tour rolls into the Tennessee Central Railway Museum Sept. 1 - 9 (Saturdays and Sundays only). The focal point of the event remains the same: hopping aboard the train pulled by Thomas himself. Pose for pics in front of Thomas before or after your ride, and you can also get a photo op with Controller of the Railway Sir Topham Hatt. Upon arrival, kids can pick up their “Passport to Adventures” booklet to track their journey through the event

experience. They’ll receive a special prize upon completion. There are many additional activities this year, including eight holes of mini golf, storytelling, video viewing, live music, magicians, a petting zoo, inflatables, operating model railroads and more. Tennessee Central Railway Museum is located at 220 Willow St., Nashville. Day Out With Thomas activities take place from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Train rides depart hourly from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, ages 2 and older. Be smart and order your tickets in advance, because this outing sells out every year. Call 615-244-9001 or visit tcry.org.

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All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $25. Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge the MTSU Blue Raiders.

N Creative Zone: Marvelous Microphones

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Make your own flashy microphone design, drawing inspiration from the bedazzled ones in the exhibit Little Big Town: The Power of Four.

N Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour

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N Drop-In Art Class 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

Ages 4 - 12. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 10:15 - 11 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10. Young artists

can explore various art mediums to create original works of art.

N FREE Drop-In Creative Play

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 10 months - 3 years. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; first visit is free; $30 membership (for six visits) afterward. Explore, create and get messy with your little one.

N Family Program: Perk Up Your Pics

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 5+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Learn tips and tricks to make your photos look their best, then explore the galleries to take photographs.

W Frankenstein

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

N FREE French

for Kids (Register)

615-636-7476 frenchinthepark.com

Ages 2 - 10. French in the Park, 216 Claytie Ct., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. An introductory French class.

N FREE Frist

Architecture Tour

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 4:30 p.m. Learn about the landmark art deco building and its history.

N Frist Docent-

Guided ASL Tour

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1:30 p.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 & younger. A guided exhibit tour in American Sign Language.

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N Grand Ole Opry

800-733-6779 | opry.com All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m. (some nights include a second show at 9:30 p.m.); $40 - $99. Country legends and contemporary stars perform their hits.

N Hatch Show Print

Block Party (Register)

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Adults. Hatch Show Print, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $40. Work with the shop’s image blocks and ink to create a design that you can hand-print onto paper, a tote bag or a T-shirt.

R Heathers the Musical

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

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

Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot (find locations at the website); 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Create a football field goal game.

R FREE Hummingbird Festival

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bird banding, children’s activities, hummingbird merchandise and more.

N FREE Humming-

bird Happy Hour & A Pickin’ Party (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m. Sip lemonade, view hummingbirds and participate in a pickin’ party on the porch.

N InterNASHional

world by sampling the culinary offerings of a five-mile stretch of Nolensville Road.

N FREE iSpy: Bee-Labored

615-352-6299 wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Observe bees, wasps and ants and how they delegate their work loads.

R Jake Leg Stompers 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

All ages. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 7:30 p.m.; $15. An evening of pre-World War II music with special guests the Eggplant Fairy Players.

R Jr. Bakers: Cup-

cake Wars (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $50. Modeled after Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, kids will have access to all kinds of ingredients to whip up their best effort in this cupcake-baking competition. There’s a grand prize, and cupcakes will be judged on creativity, design and taste.

N FREE Kidsville kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 - 11:45 a.m. Hear about the Greek mythology stories that are in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then make a fairy crown.

R FREE LEGO

Junior Makers

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Get creative with LEGO building blocks.

Food Crawl

N Life in

All ages. Plaza Mariachi, 3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; $40 self-guided, $75 curated tour. Explore Nashville’s diverse foods from around the

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

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Jackson’s Tennessee

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; Sat 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.;

$20 adults, $15 ages 13 - 18, $10 ages 6 - 12. Explore life in President Jackson’s Tennessee and the issues that shaped the frontier.

N FREE Live

on the Green

liveonthegreen.com All ages. Public Square Park, 350 Deaderick St., Nashville; 1 - 11 p.m. The Kids’ Fest (1- 2:30 p.m.) with Mr. Steve the Music Man kicks things off. Other acts throughout the day include Rayland Baxter, ZZ Ward, Natalie Prass, Luthi, Paul McDonald, Jimmy Eat World, Matt and Kim, and others.

N Maker’s

Morning (Register)

615-447-8480 craftlove.com/nashville

Ages 6+. Craft Love, 5104 Centennial Blvd., Nashville; 2 - 4 p.m.; $35 - $195. Get creative with your family making custom wood signs, pillows or other projects.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

615-514-3474 | aquariumrestaurants.com/aquariumnashville/default.asp Ages 8+. The Aquarium Restaurant at Opry Mills, 516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $35 ages 8 - 12, $40 ages 13+. Go behind the scenes to learn about water chemistry, dissect a squid, observe a dive show, enjoy lunch and more.

W FREE Music in the Vines

615-395-0102 arringtonvineyards.com All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 4 - 8 p.m, Sun 2 - 6 p.m. Enjoy live bluegrass and jazz music in two different settings on the property.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $13 - $36. Versus the Memphis Redbirds.

FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS

THINGS TO DO

Children can explore the friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur during Pioneer Pals on Sept. 20.

>> This month’s editor’s picks for your babies, toddlers & preschoolers — with YOU! DAY OUT WITH THOMAS See page 43.

PUPPET POWWOW

Bowie Nature Park, Fairview Tuesday, Sept. 4 bowiepark.org

A nature-based puppet show for ages 18 months and older.

STICKY FINGERS PRESCHOOL ART CLASS

Franklin Recreation Complex Mondays, Sept. 10 - 24 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 3 - 5 can explore creativity while making art.

SUMNER MUSIC TOGETHER Creative Music Center Hendersonville Sept. 12 - Nov. 16 sumnermusictogether.com

A parent-tot music-and-movement program for infants - 5 years. Register.

DISNEY ON ICE: FROZEN

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Sept. 13 - 16 bridgestonearena.com

Anna, Elsa, Olaf and other Disney characters come to life on the ice.

PIONEER PALS

Mansker’s Station, Goodlettsville Thursday, Sept. 20 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com Ages 3 - 5 can explore the friendships in Charlotte’s Web. Register.

LIL’ LEARNING LANE

Lane Motor Museum, Nashville Thursday, Sept. 27 lanemotormuseum.org

Ages 3 - 5 can explore the world of train cars. Register.

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N FREE Shakespeare Allowed

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

N FREE Shakespeare

in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

W FREE Sixth

Annual Forkfest

facebook.com/ fork-fest-leipersfork-178266942345770 All ages. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for an outdoor concert featuring Pat McLaughlin and Delbert McClinton.

Special Needs Jump

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

N Steel Magnolias

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

W FREE Storytime

with the Princesses

615-905-4160 purplebutterflykids.com

All ages. The Purple Butterfly, 142 Second Ave. N., Franklin; 10 a.m. Cinderella visits to share a story followed by face painting.

931-684-5915 | twhnc.com All ages. Calsonic Arena, 721 Whitthorne St., Shelbyville; 7 p.m.; $7 - $20. More than 2,000 horses compete in this annual equestrian event featuring adult and youth riders.

Part Boys

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

N Twinkle,

Twinkle, Little Star

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

R Wetland Walk 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 p.m.; $8. A guided stroll through the Murfree Spring Wetlands.

N Widespread Panic ascendamphitheater.com

All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $55 (lawn seats only). A night of progressive rock.

N Zzzoofari

Slumber (Register)

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

Ages 4+. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 4 p.m.; $38 members, $55 nonmembers. This family overnight camp session includes a variety of activities and games like animal shows, hayrides and inflatables along with breakfast the next morning.

SUN 2 N Creative Zone:

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free with gate ($15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). Learn about our cosmos and our place in it with hands-on activities, live science demonstrations, games and more.

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N Super Science

Saturday: Make It

WHO: Ginessa (Mom) & kids Selah (2), Elias (3), Eden (6), Judah (8) and Simeon (10) WHAT: Shakespeare in the Park WHEN: Through Sept. 9 at Centennial Park; Sept 13 - 16 at Academy Park in Franklin INFO: nashvilleshakes.org

Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration

Marvelous Microphones

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See page 43.

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or 30 years, the Nashville to accommodate any family. Those Shakespeare Festival has made sitting closest to the stage like us were its mark on the lives and hearts asked to sit on blankets in the grass; diof our city’s residents. My family and I rectly behind us was an area for people had the opportunity to experience this who brought their own lawn chairs; cultural gem and its latest production, A and behind them were plenty of metal Midsummer Night’s Dream. bleachers for seating. The entire setting With all five of our children in tow, added to the magical quality of the play my husband and I grabbed our park itself with glowing string lights and the blankets, a few snacks and some bottled warm summer night air. water as we headed to Nashville’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Centennial Park. I was excited about the includes young children throughout opportunity to introduce my children the play who portray fairies and elves. to such an I heard a few enriching “oohs and aahs” and cultural as my children experience! pointed to the Park different chilsigns make dren sprinkled it easy to throughout locate the the production event, and arrayed in their we were able beautiful costo find parktumes and fairy ing in one makeup. Eden, Simeon, Ginessa holding Selah, Elias & of the many Right around Judah having fun at Shakespeare in the Park. parking arintermission at eas through9 p.m., our kids out the park. Additional parking for the looked like they were at their limit after bandshell can also be located nearby on a busy week and long day at school, so 25th Avenue. we headed home. There’s a “Shakespeare Talk” at 6 Although we didn’t stay for the p.m., followed by pre-show entertainentire duration of the show, I felt like ment that varies with each show. Since the time we were there was rich and we knew our children already had a impactful. In fact, on the ride home, pretty lengthy school day, we chose to some of my kids tried guessing the outeat dinner at home and arrive a little come of the play and trying their best closer to the actual show start time to determine what would be the fate of of 7:30 p.m. It was perfect! We had some of their favorite characters. This just enough time to be greeted at the was a great way to introduce our kids to entrance, find a place to spread out our one of Shakespeare’s timeless classics! blankets and get the children settled We definitely hope to participate before the play started. I loved how in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival there were different options for seating again in the future.

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

Pool Party

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 youth. Listen to music, lie by the pool and play games.

W FREE Music in the Grove

615-370-4227 eastbrentwoodpc.com

Kids of all ages can participate in lots of hands-on activities during the free Hummingbird Festival at The Wilderness Station in Murfreesboro on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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woolworthonfifth.com

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs

Jones Gospel Show

All ages. Woolworth on Fifth, 2221 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $30. An afternoon of gospel music with a 20-piece band and choir.

N Life in

Jackson’s Tennessee

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:15 p.m.; $13 - $36. Versus the Memphis Redbirds.

N Old School BBQ Festival

615-573-5536 oldschoolbbqfestival.com All ages. Riverfront Park, 100 First Ave. N., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $40 - $50. Enjoy traditional soul food and live music by After 7, Avant, Keke Wyatt and more.

an Action Figure!

Ages 10+. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.; $15 members, $20 non-members plus general admission. Explore 3D printing technologies as you learn how to 3D scan yourself using a “hacked” Kinect then using 3D software to create an action figure avatar of yourself to 3D print.

MON 3 W 40th Annual Franklin Classic

franklinclassic.org

All ages. Public Square in Downtown Franklin; 7 a.m.; $40 for 10K, $35 for 5K, $15 for 1K. This race benefits Mercy Community Healthcare. A Kids’ Zone features activities.

W American Girl

Canvas & Cupcake Painting (Register)

W Songwriter Night

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php

westhaventn.com/events

Ages 7+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 3 4:30 p.m.; $32.50. Decorate cupcakes, sip pink lemonade and paint a self-portrait.

at Westhaven

All ages. Westhaven Residents’ Club, 401 Cheltenham Ave., Franklin; 4 - 8 p.m.; $20. WMOT Roots Radio hosts this afternoon of live music featuring Chuck Mead, The Watson Twins, The War & Treaty, and Carolina Story.

N FREE Vanderbilt

Commodores Soccer

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 1 p.m. Versus N. Alabama.

N Widespread Panic See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Creative Zone:

All ages. East Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 9000 Concord Road, Brentwood; 2 - 6 p.m. An afternoon of live music by Route 40, Nate Strasser and the Next Door Boys, plus a musical instrument petting zoo for kids.

N Nashville

Sounds Baseball

615-690-4487 nashvillesounds.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville;12:05 p.m.; $13 - $36. Versus the Memphis Redbirds.

R Sewing for Fun

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 10 - 17. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year). Learn many sewing skills from threading a needle to working a sewing machine then create an outfit or repair damaged items.

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

Marvelous Microphones

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

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

N Early Explorers

R SPARK!

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10.95 ages 6+, $4.95 ages 5 & younger; $2 planetarium show; discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:40 a.m., regular rates apply there-

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615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $2 plus $8 gate admission. Preschoolers and parents can hear stories and enjoy related activities.

(Register)

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TUE 4 W Art with Kreative Kat (Register)

wcparksandrec.com Ages 8+. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 - 25 from 6 - 7 p.m.; $40. Learn drawing and illustrating techniques using pencils and ink while exploring perspective, shadowing and texture.

R Busy Bees

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

N FREE Courtyard Concert

615-862-5800 nashvillepubliclibrary.org All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. Live music by the Steve Pardo Trio.

R Father-Daughter Night (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 8 p.m.; $50 per person. Dads and daughters can bond while creating an Italian meal.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

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THINGS TO DO R Homeschool PE: Ultimate Frisbee (Register)

mike.kraft@townofsmyrna.org townofsmyrna.org Ages 5 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Learn throwing methods, practice simple drills and learn how to play the game.

W Homeschool Photography (Register)

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Ages 14 - 17. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 - Oct. 9 from1 - 2 p.m.; $90. Learn photography basics.

S Homeschool

Program Special Series (Register)

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com Grades 4 - 6. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 - Nov. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m.; $50. Learn about Laura Ingalls and her family’s joys and struggles as they pioneered the American frontier during this program that includes a full reading of Little House in the Big Woods.

W FREE Kids’

Make (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Explore new tools, exercise fine motor skills, problem solve and more.

N Learn to

Ice Skate (Register)

615-928-7977 nashvilleiceskate.com

Ages 3+. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; Tue/Thu or Sat through Oct. 20. Tue/Thu from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m., Sat from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.; $155 for 7 classes, $275 for all classes. Master the skill of skating whether your goal is figure skating or hockey.

R FREE Meet Sarah Polk

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St.,

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Murfreesboro; 4 p.m. Celebrate the life of Murfreesboro’s own Sarah Polk, wife of the 11th President of the U.S., through monologues, piano music and more.

R FREE Children’s Theater Audition

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; ages 6 - 8 are from 4 - 5 p.m. (song only); ages 9 - 11 from 5 - 6 p.m. (monologue and song); ages 12 - 17 at 6:30 p.m. (monologue and song); free to audition, but those who are cast are required to pay the $25 Perform Murfreesboro annual program fee. Kids can try out for roles in Perform Murfreesboro’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Nov. 30 - Dec. 9).

R Mind-Blowing Matinee

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; every Tue - Fri at 3:30 p.m.; $8. Participate in a variety of experiments and demonstrations.

W Mr. Bond’s Science Guys “Saw it on YouTube” (Register)

S Christmas in

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Ages 5 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 - 25 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $50. Kids can do YouTube science experiments.

September (Register)

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com

W FREE Observa-

tory Open House Day (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

Youngsters can get creative in the studio when Tuesdays for Tots at Cheekwood ramps back up on Sept. 4.

Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tour the facility and discover the big telescope.

R SPARK!

W Pottery (Register)

W FREE Sunrise Yoga

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 13+. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd. West, Fairview; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 - 25 from 1 - 4 p.m.; $12 per class plus $25 quarterly supply fee. Make hand-built and wheelthrown pieces.

R Preschool Pro-

gram: Miles and Miles of Reptiles! (Register)

shelly.denton@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 1 p.m.; $2. Meet live reptiles and learn about them through stories, then make a reptile craft.

See Monday, Sept. 3.

615-310-8937 harvestisrad.com

Ages 13+. Harvest Yoga, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 6 a.m. Start the day with a trial vinyasastyle yoga class for all levels.

N Tuesdays for Tots 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

Ages 1 - 3. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with gate ($20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger). Parent/ tot drop-in activities include art and garden fun.

W Young Rembrandts Drawing Class (Register)

W FREE Puppet

615-614-2017 youngrembrandts.com

bowiepark.org

Ages 6 - 14. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 - 25; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $60. An intro to the world of art through the study of colors,

Powwow

Ages 18 months - 12 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 10:30 a.m. A nature-based puppet show.

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patterns and design. Students will create seasonal and classic illustrations.

WED 5 R FREE All-Things Unicorn

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Shimmer. Twinkle. Dazzle. Celebrate all-things unicorn with stories, music, songs, food and more.

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

615-566-5187 musiccityarchery.com

Ages 7+. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $20 (10% family discount). Archery instruction with equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too.

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 1 - 3 p.m.; $10. Make a no-sew quilted Christmas ornament without any stitching.

R Critter Encounter townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12. Meet a variety of live animals and enjoy nature-based activities.

N Fourth Annual

Empanada Tasting

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $25. Explore the flavor, culture and diversity of our region’s thriving Latin American communities while supporting local Latinoowned businesses. The ticket includes four empanadas, a dessert, and soft drink or water. Plus, live music.

N FREE French

for Kids (Register)

615-636-7476 frenchinthepark.com

Ages 2 - 10. Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. An introductory French class.


THINGS TO DO N FREE Hummingbird R Wild Things Banding Session

(Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7:30 - 9 a.m. Observe scientists as they carefully collect, weigh, measure and place unique bracelets on the smallest birds.

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

W FREE Kids’ Hour

THU 6

615-550-5660 rachelsumner.com

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

N Avenue Q

W FREE Mighty

W Color Wheels

Sprouts Preschool Martial Arts (Register)

615-310-8937 harvestmartialarts.com

Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. Learn basic motor movements, strength and flexibility, self-control and character qualities in this trial class.

R FREE Old Timers Carnival

615-793-3224 | lavergnetn. gov/231/old-timers-festival All ages. Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne; Wed - Thu 5 - 10 p.m., Fri 5 - 11 p.m., Sat 12 - 11 p.m. Rides, games, food and entertainment.

learn about eating healthy foods through this course that include language development.

N Nashville

W Homeschool

All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30. This music variety show features the Freddy Jones Band, Abe Stoklasa, Shelly Fairchild and Chris Roberts.

Drawing (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 14 - 17. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Thursdays, Sept. 6 - Oct. 11 from 1 - 2 p.m.; $90. Improve drawing skills in a low-pressure class that runs

N FREE Music City Mariachi Festival (Register)

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

R Busy Bees

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m. Traditional mariachi music and baile folklorico dance featuring the Nashville stop of the Mexico en el Corazon national tour. Preshow entertainment in the lobby begins at 6 p.m., including Ballet Folklorico Sol De Mexico and an instrument petting zoo. Admission is free, but you need to reserve tickets at the website.

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

After-School Art (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 5 - 10. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Thursdays, Sept. 6 - 27 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $56. Explore art history, techniques and famous artists.

W Healthy Hands

Little Sprouts Preschool Cooking Class (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 3 - 5. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; Thursdays, Sept 6 - 27 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.; $20 per class. Preschoolers can

N FREE Musicians

Corner: September Sundown

musicianscornernashville.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m. Live music by Birdtalker, Amy Stroup, Jason Eskridge and others.

House Concert

615-782-4040 | tpac.org

R FREE Old

Timers Carnival

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

S FREE Pioneer Pals: Old McDonald’s Farm

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 - 11 a.m. Learn the letter F and the number 2 through stories, songs and water activities.

W Pokey LaFarge 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $30.50 - $35.50. A night of jazz and ragtime.

N PRINT IT: Build-ABot Workshop

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs Ages 10+. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; $15 members, $20 non-members plus general

admission. Explore 3D printing technologies while learning more about TinkerCAD as you combine art and science to design your own robot for printing.

R FREE Strollercoasters

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages birth - 5 years. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. Walk the greenway with your tots, then enjoy stay and play activities at Kids’ Castle.

W FREE Teen Anime Club

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks.

N FREE Vanderbilt

Commodores Soccer

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m. Versus Western Kentucky.

R Youth

Volleyball Class

615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $4. Learn to bump, set and spike while coaches give instruction on every aspect of the game.

FRI 7 N 31st Annual Nashville Greek Festival

615-333-1047 nashvillegreekfestival.com

All ages. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4905 Franklin Pike, Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $3 adults, free ages 11 & younger. A celebration of the cuisine, music and culture of Greece that includes dance demonstrations, children’s activities, shopping and more.

Mexico en el Corazon brings its national tour to the Schermerhorn during the free Music City Mariachi Festival on Thursday, Sept. 6.

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THINGS TO DO N Meet the

Astronomer (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; $6.27. Astronomer Ryan Oelkers, Ph.D., talks about some of the more peculiar discoverers of the past two decades, including more than 5,000 exoplanets, stars with evolving pulsations and more. Afterward, the Seyfert telescope will be open for viewing.

R Movies in the Park townofsmyrna.org

Great food and entertainment are on tap during the 31st Annual Nashville Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Sept. 7 - 9.

R FREE 31st Annual

Pioneer Days Antique Tractor Pull & Show

N FREE Drop-In

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Enjoy live music by local bands.

N Jason Aldean:

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Grand Ole Opry

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

S FREE Henderson-

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35.50 - $85.50. A night of country music.

Creative Play

615-556-2344 eaglevilletvppa.com

W FREE Family

See Saturday, Sept. 1

All ages. Eagleville Tractor Show Grounds, 747 Chapel Hill Pike, Eagleville; 7 a.m. Skillet throw, slow tractor races, Parade of Power, kids’ hill pedal tractor pulls/races, craft vendors, live exhibits and more.

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

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Martial Arts Class (Register)

N Celtic Evening

Ages 5+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5:15 - 6 p.m. Learn and practice the self-defense art of Han Mu Do.

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W FREE Franklin

Concert

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 kids. An evening of Celtic music featuring The American Rouges with The Secret Commonwealth and The Nashville Celts.

R FREE Children’s Theater Audition

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

W Color Wheels Homeschool Art (Register)

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Ages 5 - 10. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Fridays, Sept. 7 - 28 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; $56. Explore art history, techniques and famous artists.

Art Scene

615-591-8500 downtownfranklintn.com All ages. Downtown Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m. View art in dozens of downtown galleries.

S FREE Family Film Festival

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a screening of The Ninjago Movie. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No group discounts on concessions.

R FREE Friday Night Live

615-895-1887 downtownmurfreesboro.com All ages. Downtown Square, 20 N. Public Square, Murfreesboro;

ville Cruise-In

All ages. Old Sears Outlet Parking Lot, 393 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m. A classic car show, live music from the ’50s and more.

N Hermitage

Homeschool Days

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 children, $40 family pass (1 adult, 3 kids). As members of New Orleans’ notorious Baratarian Pirates, your family will use secret codes and ciphers, navigation and orienteering skills to help lead Jackson’s army to victory at the Battle of New Orleans.

N Homeschool Ice Skating Class (Register)

615-928-7977 nashvilleiceskate.com Ages 6+. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; Fridays, Sept. 7 - 28 from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.; $75. Homeschool students can learn to ice skate.

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S FREE Kids Movie Night Series

streetsofindianlake.com All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 p.m. Live music, games, face painting, food trucks and an outdoor screening of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

W FREE Lego

Mania (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 5 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Unleash creativity while building with LEGO blocks.

N Lucero

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $35. A night of country punk music.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

All ages. Rotary Soccer Park, 300 Soccer Way, Smyrna; 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $1 each activity. Enjoy inflatables, train rides and an outdoor screening of Sherlock Gnomes.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R FREE Old

Timers Carnival

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

N Paramore

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 4:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $79.50. A night of rock music.

R Parents’

Night Out (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

Ages 4 - 12. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $20 ($15 siblings). Kids can enjoy dinner, museum exploration, hands-on activities and games while you enjoy a night out on your own.

S The Market in the Park

615-992-8888 facebook.com/events /1829501290424581 All ages. Triple Creek Park, 1350 E. Broadway, Gallatin; Fri 4 - 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $1 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Vendors with boutique, handmade, vintage and unique goods, plus food trucks on site.

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N Tennessee

R FREE Animal

W Chukkers

See page 54.

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

615-794-1150 chukkersforcharity.net

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m. Learn about animals that call Tennessee home.

All ages. Riverview Farm, 1475 Moran Road, Franklin; 2 - 7 p.m.; $20 - $1,750. This polo event and classic car show benefits the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! It includes a kids’ stick horse race and more.

State Fair

R Toddler Time

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Follow directions, working together and learn body part recognition.

SAT 8 N FREE 12th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival

615-837-1151 |cumberlandrivercompact.org/events/ dragonboat All ages. Cumberland Park and East Bank Landing, 2 Victory Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forty teams compete in this race to raise awareness about the Cumberland River. On land, enjoy inflatables, a kite festival and more.

R 16th Annual

Wings of Freedom Fish Fry

615-481-1645 wofsmyrna.org

All ages. Smyrna Airport, 278 Doug Warpoole Road, Smyrna; 4 - 10 p.m.; $40. The Rotary Club of Smyrna hosts this annual fish fry honoring local veterans. The event includes a classic car cruise-in. Dinner is at 6 p.m.

N 31st Annual Nashville Greek Festival

See Friday, Sept. 7.

R FREE 31st Annual

Pioneer Days Antique Tractor Pull & Show

See Friday, Sept. 7.

W FREE 34th Annual Fairview Nature Fest

615-799-9290 naturefesttn.com

All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts and crafts, historic demonstrations, honey vendors, pony rides, hayrides, live kids’ entertainment, inflatables and more.

Encounters

N FREE Archeology Day

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn about the archeology and history of Tennessee through a variety of activities.

N Ben Harper &

Charlie Musselwhite

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $42 - $62. A night of folk rock.

N Bernstein Centennial Opening Night

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $146. Nashville Symphony’s new season kicks off with a celebration of Leornard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, featuring music from West Side Story, On the Waterfront, his landmark First Symphony and more.

W Card Making

for Charity

W Concert 4 the Cure westhavenfoundation.org

All ages. Westhaven Residents’ Club, 401 Cheltenham Ave., Franklin; 5 p.m.; $35 adults, $15 ages 10 & younger. Fastball headlines a night of music with special guests Resurrection (Journey tribute band) and Vic and The Spoils. Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

N Day Out with

Thomas: Big Adventures Tour

See page 43.

N Drop-In Art Class See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Drop-In Creative Play

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R Family Campfire townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 300 Espey Drive, Smyrna; 6 8:30 p.m.; $2. Gather ’round the campfire for songs, stories and s’mores.

(Register)

S FREE Free Family

Ages 9+. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $25. Learn the art of paper crafting while making 3D cards.

See Friday, Sept. 7.

wcparksandrec.com

W FREE Charity

Fun Horse Show

freedomreignsranch.com All ages. Freedom Reigns Ranch, 1725 Barker Road, Thompson’s Station 10 a.m. This equestrian show and competition benefits kids who’ve experienced trauma or other life challenges.

Film Festival

N FREE French for Kids (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Frist Architecture Tour

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Gnu Tales & Raccoon Log Ride

615-745-1009 thirdcoastcomedy.club

Ages 5 - 12. Third Coast Comedy, 1310 Clinton St., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $5. This improv comedy fairy tale show for kids includes lots of audience participation.

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NATIONAL DAYS OF ...

THINGS TO DO

Give those bears an extra squeeze! National Teddy Bear Day is Sunday, Sept. 9.

>> A day for this, a day for that! SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 Tailgating Day

MONDAY, SEPT. 3 Labor Day

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 Cheese Pizza Day

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 Read a Book Day

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Ampersand Day

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 Teddy Bear Day

THURSDAY, SEPT. 13

Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 Gymnastics Day

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 Play-Doh Day

MONDAY, SEPT. 17

Apple Dumpling Day

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 Cheeseburger Day

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19

Talk Like a Pirate Day

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 Ice Cream Cone Day

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 Comic Book Day

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

Good Neighbor Day

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 Ghost Hunting Day

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 Chewing Gum Day

Source: nationaldaycalendar.com


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THINGS TO DO N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

W Healthy Hands

“Me and the Grands” Workshop (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 6 - 13. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 1 - 4:30 p.m.; $60 per pair. Grandparents and grandkids can create together in a two-part workshop that includes drawing and cooking sessions.

N FREE iSpy:

Fly By Butterflying

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore the fields and observe butterflies through binoculars. Investigate host plants and look for caterpillars, too.

R Kayaking to Fancher Falls

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 12+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $15. Paddle across Center Hill Lake to the hidden falls. Transportation and gear provided.

N FREE Kidsville

Family Festival & Bellyrama Festival

kidsvilleonline.org/festival All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kidsville and Blooma Yoga team up for this family outing that includes family and children’s yoga classes throughout the day along with youth performers, vendors, inflatable games, face painting, music, arts and crafts, mascot meet-and-greets and more.

N Maker’s Morning (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Middle Tennessee Highland Games

midtenngames.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580

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Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $15 adults, $7 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger. A Celtic festival featuring music, dancing, exhibits, games, competitions, vendors and children’s activities.

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Football

goblueraiders.com

All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $16 - $20. Versus Tennessee Martin.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

S FREE Music on Main

615-325-9032 portlandcofc.com All ages. Downtown Portland; 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for a night of country music by Lee Gibson.

R FREE Old

Timers Festival

615-793-3224 | lavergnetn. gov/231/old-timers-festival All ages. Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. This annual festival celebrates the old timers of La Vergne with a parade, carnival and live entertainment.

S FREE Salty Dog Festival

615-859-7979 goodlettsvillechamber.com All ages. City Hall Park, 105 S. Main St., Goodlettsville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A showcase of the best of Goodlettsville’s antiques, arts, crafts, music, local businesses and food. There’s a kids’ zone, dog costume contest, a petting zoo and lots more.

N Second Saturday

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/secondsaturday All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 5 - 10 p.m.; $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12 plus $9 per planetarium show. All the exhibits stay open late, and you can also pop into the planetarium for a live show, a documentary-style full-dome features and laser shows.

T

Tennessee State Fair Sept. 7 - 16

en days of family fun await at The Fairgrounds in Nashville (500 Wedgewood Ave.) during the 2018 Tennessee State Fair. This year’s theme is “The Heart of Tennessee,” and your family can look forward to 30 midway rides; 14 of them are specifically for little kids. Have fun playing an assortment of carnival games for prizes, cheer on the racing pigs, sink your teeth into fair treats and experience lots of contests and competitions. This year’s new attractions include the Mu-

sic City Monster Mayhem (monster trucks) Sept. 7 - 8, and youngsters are sure to delight in the 4-H Live Butterflies exhibit area where they can feed nectar to the festive creatures through special tubes. Fair hours are Mon - Thu 5 - 11 p.m., Fri 5 - 11:30 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 11 p.m. Admission at the gate is $8 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. Unlimited ride wristbands are $25. Get more info, including admission discounts at tnstatefair.org.

S Seventh Annual

S FREE Tennessee

N Tennessee

hendersonvilleproduce.com

uspest.com/tn-honey-festival

See page 54.

Adults. Sumner County Tourism House, 2310 Nashville Pike, Gallatin; 6 p.m.; $75. Meet the artisans and farmers who grew the food prepared by a local chef while you feast on appetizers and a casual dinner. Live music by Bizz and the Everyday People.

All ages. Memorial Park, 151 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators in Middle Tennessee. Activities include beehive painting, honey-inspired goods, interactive art stations, live music, beekeeping classes, food and more.

Farm to Table Dinner

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Honey Festival

State Fair

W FREE Tennessee Vintage Baseball

tennesseevintagebaseball.com All ages. Rippavilla Plantation, 5700 Main St., Spring Hill; 12 p.m. Teams compete for the Sulpher Dell Cup.


THINGS TO DO S The Market

singing competition show perform.

See Friday, Sept. 7.

W FREE Charity Fun

Nashville Symphony performs Beethoven’s majestic “Emperor Concerto” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

See Saturday, Sept. 8.

can try out for roles in Nashville Ballet’s annual holiday production (no dance experience necessary). Bring a 4×6 full body photograph and visit website for full audition info.

N Tennessee

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

N Day Out with

N Petey’s

See page 54.

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $25. Versus Nevada.

615-770-2331 nashvillepredators.com/golf

R FREE White

See page 43.

See Saturday, Sept. 8.

N FREE Walk

Suminagashi Paper Marbling

Adults. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 5 - 8:30 p.m.; $100 ($675 includes the Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 10 at Vanderbilt Legends Club). Join Nashville Predators players and coaches for stand-up comedy by Joe List, an auction of rare hockey items and food benefiting the Peterson Foundation for Parkinsons.

in the Park

N Vanderbilt Commodores Football

Like MADD

615-360-8055 walklikemadd.org All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 1 p.m. Garner pledges for awareness and funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, an organization that aids victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

R Wetland Walk See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R FREE White Oak Craft Fair

615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

All ages. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 - 4 p.m. More than 75 artisans show and sell their goods.

R FREE Youth Magic Group

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org

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

SUN 9 N 31st Annual Nashville Greek Festival

See Friday, Sept. 7.

N American Idol

Live! with Forever in Your Mind

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $75. Contestants from the popular

Horse Show

Thomas: Big Adventure Tour

N DESIGN IT:

615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs Ages 8+. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.; $12 members, $16 non-members plus general admission. Learn to harness the power of fluid mechanics, surface chemistry and viscosity to create patterns while exploring the ancient Japanese form of paper marbling.

S FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 7.

R Grandparent’s Day brooke.driver@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna; 3 - 5 p.m.; $2 per child, free for grandparents. Kids and grandparents can enjoy games, crafts and other activities.

N FREE Make

Letterpress Art

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Preds Party

W FREE Star Bright Players Children’s Theater Auditions

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com

Ages 7 - high school seniors. Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; New participants audition from 1 - 3 p.m.; returning Star Bright Players are from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Try out for roles in The Music Man (production dates Nov. 29 - Dec. 2). Plan to sing a song during the audition (bring a CD/mp3 of music if desired).

N Symphony

Under the Stars

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $60.

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

State Fair

Oak Craft Fair

adults, free children. Enjoy bonding time while getting exercise.

W FREE Nature Strollers

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Hear a story, sing songs, play games, make crafts and enjoy a child-friendly hike.

MON 10

R Parents’

R FREE Adoption

Ages 6 - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 - 10 p.m.; $5. Enjoy a date night after you drop off the kids for a night of games, activities and pizza.

101 (Register)

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

W FREE Code

Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Learn the basics of coding while creating your own games and programs.

Night Out (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

R Sewing for Fun See Monday, Sept. 3.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Sept. 3.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Sept. 3.

W Sticky Fingers

Preschool Art Class (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

W Mommy

Ages 3 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; Mondays. Sept. 10 - 24 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $39. Little ones can explore creativity while making art.

wcparksandrec.com

N Tennessee

N Early Explorers See Monday, Sept. 3.

& Me Movement

Ages 0 - 4. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 9:30 - 10 a.m.; $8

State Fair

See page 54.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Nashville’s

Nutcracker Youth Cast Auditions

615-297-2966 nashvilleballet.com/youthcast Ages 7 - 11 (must be 8 by Dec. 31). Nashville Ballet Studio, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $10. Kids

Catch American Idol Live! at the Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 9. (turn the page)

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R Tumbleweeds

N Fall Out Boy:

See Monday, Sept. 3.

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

(Register)

W Youth Yoga

615-786-0200, ext. 2418 wcparksandrec.com Ages 8 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.; $4. Yoga for kids.

TUE 11 N Americanafest americanamusic.org

All ages. Various venues in Nashville through Sunday; $75 includes all nights at official Americanafest venues. Six nights of music including K.D. Lang, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Jim Lauderdale, Lee Ann Womack and many more.

N FREE ARTlab 615-744-3323 fristartmuseum.org

Ages 12 - 18. Studio NPL at Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 3:45 - 5:45 p.m. Join teaching artist Dee Kimbrell to create an artwork on domestic violence awareness.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The Mania Tour

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30.50 - $70.50. A night of rock music with special guest Machine Gun Kelly.

N Grand Ole Opry

WED 12 W Archery Home-

R Homeschool

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Program: Poetry of Science (Register)

brooke.driver@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 5 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Learn fun ways to apply poetry with science, then conduct an experiment.

W FREE Kids’

Make (Register)

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

R Preschool Pro-

gram: My, Oh My, a Butterfly! (Register)

shelly.denton@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 1 p.m.; $2. Learn about butterflies from their beginnings to their first flight.

N School of Rock

N FREE Courtyard 615-862-5800 nashvillepubliclibrary.org

R SPARK!

All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. Live music by Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mary Gauthier and Ashley Cleveland.

ussoccer.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $50 - $360. The U.S. men’s team challenges Mexico.

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

Concert

N U.S. Soccer

See Monday, Sept. 3.

W FREE Sunrise Yoga See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

W Taj Mahal Trio

school Day (Register)

R Critter Encounter See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

W Five for Fighting 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $41.50 - $51.50. A night of alternative rock.

N FREE French for Kids (Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

S Heritage Cook-

ing: Cake Decorating (Register)

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 1 - 3 p.m.; $10. Learn the history of cakes and basic cake-decorating techniques.

R Homeschool

Program: Poetry of Science (Register)

brooke.driver@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org

N DESIGN IT:

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $50 - $65. A night of blues music.

Ages 5 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Learn fun ways to apply poetry with science, then conduct an experiment.

N Tennessee

W FREE Kids’ Hour

Spirograph Keychain

Ages 11+. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10:15 - 11:05 a.m.; $12 members, $16 non-members plus general admission. Learn how coding applies to everyday life.

State Fair

See page 54.

N Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

615-550-5660 wholefoodsmarket.com

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

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THINGS TO DO

Kids can navigate their way through Lucky Ladd’s corn maze for a chance to win an iPad Mini.

>> This month’s best outings for ages 6 - 12. MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A DAY

Aquarium Restaurant, Nashville Fridays & Saturdays aquariumrestaurants.com Ages 8+ can go behind the scenes to dissect a squid, see a dive show and learn about water chemistry. Register.

PRINT IT: BUILD-A-BOT WORKSHOP

Adventure Science Center Nashville Thursday, Sept. 6 adventuresci.org

Ages 10+ can explore 3D printing.

HISPANIC HERITAGE DAY

Discovery Center, Murfreesboro Saturday, Sept. 15 explorethedc.org

Free admission today! Kids can have fun exploring Hispanic culture.

LUCKY LADD CORN MAZE ADVENTURE

Lucky Ladd Farms, Eagleville Sept. 19 - Oct. 28 luckyladdfarms.com

Make your way through the giant corn maze with a Nashville Predators theme. Find all the checkpoints for a chance to win an iPad Mini at the end of the season.

NASHVILLE PRINCESS FESTIVAL

Centennial Park, Nashville Saturday, Sept. 29 nashvilleprincessfestival.com

Girls can don their favorite costumes to mingle with their favorite princess characters. Lots of free activities, including a cupcake-eating competition and sing-along fun. The Princess Parade requires advance registration, and a $20 fee.


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THINGS TO DO W FREE Mighty

8 p.m.; $22 - $146. Emanuel Ax joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of classical music.

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

W Best Buddies

Sprouts Preschool Martial Arts (Register)

R FREE Nature Play Day

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 1+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. It’s a date with Mother Nature! Build a fort, play in water, climb, crawl and get dirty by playing with objects found in nature.

Unplugged

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $35 - $100. The Warren Brothers, Lance Miller and Jason Sellers perform during this benefit for Best Buddies.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

S Sumner Music

N Disney

615-973-6554 sumnermusictogether.com

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

Together (Register)

Ages 5 & younger. Creative Music Center, 366 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Wed, Thu or Fri at 10 or 11 a.m.; $175 (second child is $100, third is free; infants 9 months and younger are free with a paid sibling). A 10-week parent-tot music-and-movement program.

N Tennessee State Fair

See page 54.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

on Ice: Frozen

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, Thu 7 p.m., Fri 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; $30 - $115. Elsa, Anna, Olaf and other Frozen characters hit the ice to whisk you away into the wintry world of Arendelle. Plus, appearances by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters.

W FREE Franklin

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

See Monday, Sept. 3.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

R Wild Things

R Hispanic

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

shelly.denton@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org

THU 13

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 youth. Create a Hispanic-themed craft.

(Register)

N FREE ARTlab

See Tuesday, Sept. 11.

S FREE Authentic Storytelling

615-419-3551 charliemccoin.com All ages. Authentic Coffee Company, 1650 U.S. 31W, Goodlettsville; 7 - 9 p.m. Hear a handful of procured stories before stepping up to the mic to tell your own tale.

N Ax Plays Brahms 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat

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N FREE It’s the Balm (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Ages 21+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6 - 7 p.m. Make your own lip balm with simple ingredients.

S FREE Memorial Park Mosaics Unveiling

615-477-3450 diamondstudioart.com All ages. Memorial Park, 151 E. Main St., Hendersonville 5:30 7:30 p.m. The artwork of more

After a month-long run in Nashville’s Centennial Park, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Franklin’s Academy Park, Sept. 13 - 16. than 500 children and adults with and without disabilities will be unveiled on more than 1,200 square feet of space in the park. An artist discussion takes place at 6 p.m.

N FREE Musicians

Corner: September Sundown

musicianscornernashville.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m. Live music by Sarah Siskind, Greyhounds and more.

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N Opry Country Classics

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $99. Larry Gatlin shares stories and songs with special guests.

S FREE Pioneer Pals: Little Red Hen (Register)

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive,

Goodlettsville; 10 - 11 a.m. Learn the letter H and the number 3 while discovering why it’s good to be a helper.

R FREE Strollercoasters

See Thursday, Sept. 6.

W FREE Ten Essentials for Hiking (Register)

wcparksandrec.com

Ages 5+. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 6 - 7 p.m. Learn the essentials for a family day hike or overnight camping


THINGS TO DO trip, including what should be in every family’s hiking emergency kit.

N Tennessee State Fair

See page 54.

N Tuck Everlasting

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

W Yoga with

Rebecca Dandekar

See Thursday, Sept. 6.

S Young

Frankenstein

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

R Youth

Volleyball Class

See Thursday, Sept. 6.

FRI 14 N Ax Plays Brahms See Thursday, Sept. 13.

N FREE Bird Hike at Deep Well (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m. Bring binoculars to look for warblers, tanagers, sparrows and more.

N Disney on Ice: Frozen

See Thursday, Sept. 13.

N FREE Drop-In

W FREE Games Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov

Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 p.m. Have fun playing classic and new board games.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

S FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

See Friday, Sept. 7.

S FREE Kids

Movie Night Series

streetsofindianlake.com

All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 p.m. Live music, games, face painting, food trucks and an outdoor screening of The Lion King.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R Mary Poppins

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

W Mother-Daughter Weekend (Register)

615-794-2918 deerrun.camp/events

Ages 5+. Deer Run Camps & Retreats, 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station; check-in is at 5 p.m.; check-out is 11 a.m. Sunday; $119 - $219 per person depending on lodging; some activities require additional

fees. Bonding time and fun activities like crafts, archery, relay games, BB guns, zip lines and more. The theme is “Experience Hawaii.”

N Tennessee

S Bluegrass and

See page 54.

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

N Music City Food

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

& Wine Festival

musiccityfoodandwinefestival. com Ages 21+. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; Fri 6 - 10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 12 - 2 p.m.; $165 Fri & Sat, $85 Sun. Cooking demonstrations, plus more than 80 beer, wine and cocktail tastings and a gospel brunch on Sunday (brunch is at Walk of Fame Park).

W FREE Music

State Fair

N The Uninvited R Toddler Time See Friday, Sept. 7.

R Wine Tasting Party 615-459-9672 saintlukesmyrnatn.com

Ages 21+. St. Luke Catholic Church, 10682 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Sample wines paired with appetizers and tapas, and take home a commemorative wine glass. Babysitting available.

in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Old Crow

SAT 15

615-889-3060 | ryman.com

W 45th Annual

Medicine Show

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $49.50 - $69.50. A night of alternative country.

N Telescope

Night (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu

Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 8 - 11 p.m.; $6.27. The telescopes will be open for viewing, and astronomers will answer questions and provide information about the various exhibits found in the observatory.

Heritage Ball

615-591-8500 williamsonheritage.org Adults. Eastern Flank Event Facility, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 6 p.m.; $425. A black-tie affair featuring cocktails, dinner, a live auction, music and more benefiting the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.

R FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Sept. 8.

N Ax Plays Brahms See Friday, Sept. 14.

Creative Play

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

Ages 21+. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 3 - 8 p.m.; $50. A barbecue dinner, drinks, craft beer, cornhole, live music by Bluegrass Ablaze and Mark Barnett & Friends, and more.

W Card Making (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 8.

R FREE Cardboat Boat Regatta

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. Sports*Com Outdoor Pool, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Put a team together and build a cardboard boat that you’ll race in across the water, or just come to watch. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 14.

N Cody Jinks

ascendamphitheater.com All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $30 - $105. A night of country music.

N Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

corneliafortpickinparty.org All ages. Cornelia Fort Airpark,1199 Shadow Lane, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $12 in advance/$15 at the gate adults (includes one drink), $5 ages 13 - 20, free ages 12 & younger. Music by Miss Tess & The Talkbacks and The Cowpokes featuring Sierra Ferrell.

N Disney

on Ice: Frozen

W FREE Family

See Thursday, Sept. 13.

Martial Arts Class (Register)

N Dog Day Festival

See Friday, Sept. 7.

615-352-1010 | nashvillehumane.org/dogday

S FREE Family Film Festival

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a screening of Surf’s Up. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No group discounts on concessions.

Brews at the Castle

It’s fun for just you girls during the Mother-Daughter Weekend at Deer Run Camps & Retreats in Thompson’s Station, Sept. 14 - 16.

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All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 10 & younger. Bring Fido for a day of fun activities like a costume contest, puppy parade, training classes, demonstrations, contests, pet portraits, children’s activities, live music, and more benefiting Nashville Humane Association.

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THINGS TO DO N Drop-In Art Class See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Drop-In Creative Play

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

W Fall Fling on the Farm

615-799-9925 whippoorwill.com All ages. Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp, 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview; 1 - 4 p.m.; $5 per car. Enjoy a day on the farm with kayaking, rock climbing, exploring nature, crafts and s’mores.

R Family Kayak Float (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 10+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $15. Paddle down the Stones River; equipment and instructions provided.

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

All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Catch a screening of a family-friendly flick.

N FREE French

R FREE Greenway

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

for Kids (Register)

N FREE Frist

Architecture Tour

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Girls to the Moon Campference

615-430-2979 girlstothemoon.com Ages 10+ and their caregivers. Nossi College of Art, 590 Creative Way, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $50 individual, $88 for two, $124 for four. A day of speakers and a hands-on interactive gallery for fun and learning on topics including health and wellness, relationships, and creativity and innovation.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Green

Hills Park Festival

friendsofgreenhillspark.org/ festival.html All ages. Green Hills Park, 1200 Lone Oak Road, Nashville; 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Kids activities, food trucks, vendors, an outdoor movie and broadcasts of live football games.

Art Festival

All ages. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glassware, musical performances, kids’ art activities and more.

R FREE Hispanic Heritage Day

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Explore the traditions of Hispanic culture, enjoy bilingual storytime, create a papel picado, learn about influential Hispanic figures in America and more.

N Howl at the Moon Indie Music Festival

615-8730116 howlatthemoonfestival. com All ages.

Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville; Sat 2 - 10:30 p.m., Sun 2 - 8 p.m.; $25 - $100. Thirty independent bands perform over two days. Performances will be broadcast globally.

N Hustle

for the House

615-343-4000 | rmhcnashville.com/event/hustle-forthe-house All ages. Ronald McDonald House, 2144 Fairfax Ave., Nashville; 7:30 a.m.; $25 $35 for the 5K, $15 - $35 onemile, $10 dogs. Participate in a 5K or one-mile fun run to benefit Nashville Ronald McDonald House Charities.

N FREE iSpy: Wild

and Wonderful Wasps

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Search for paper wasps, mud daubers and more.

615-356-7170 nashvillejcc.org

Ages 5 - 12. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $10 members, $15 non-members, $40 family cap. Enjoy a pool party and open gym play.

N FREE Kidsville kidsvilleonline.org

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 - 11:45 a.m. Musicians from Intersection interact with kids to explore how new music expands minds and ears, then kids can make a music craft.

N Loverboy

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $59.50. A night of rock music.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R FREE Monarch

Butterfly Migration Celebration

townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about monarch butterflies and how to attract them to your yard.

S FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 14.

N

Music City Food & Wine Festival

SPOTLIGHT: Private School Fair Saturday, Sept. 15

See Friday, Sept. 14.

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ndependent school choices are bountiful in Middle Tennessee, and you can discover many of them at Nashville Parent’s annual Private School Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Adventure Science Center (ASC). From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., meet with representatives from area schools. They’ll tell you everything their schools have to offer. Learn about academic programs, college-placement rates, financial aid and more. Nashville Parent’s Private School Fair is FREE, but regular admission rates apply if you and the kids want to explore the ASC exhibits (museum rates are $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). ASC is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. Call 615-256-2158 or visit nashvilleparent.com/psf18.

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W FREE Private W FREE

JCPenney Kids Zone

615-7717743 coolspringsgalleria.com

Grades K - 12. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Design your own greeting card.

School Fair

See page 60.

W Riverbend Kids’ Club

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

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THINGS TO DO N Chris Isaak

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $50 - $100. Crooner Chris Isaak performs hits like “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” “Only the Lonely” and more. Presented without orchestra.

N Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Personalize paper instrument designs.

N Disney

on Ice: Frozen

See Thursday, Sept. 13.

Have fun seeing Olaf, Anna and the rest of the Arendelle gang during Disney On Ice: Frozen at Bridgestone Arena, Sept. 13 - 16.

S FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 14.

N FREE Second

Annual Puppy Pageant (Register)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $30. This 5K supports Tennessee 4-H programs, and runners get a free funnel cake after the race!.

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 p.m. Bring your family’s puppy out for a celebration that includes contests and other activities.

N Tennessee

N Sensory-Friendly

All ages. Thompson Station Church, 2608 Thompson’s Station Road E., Thompson’s Station 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Climb on fire engines, bulldozers, emergency vehicles and more.

Planetarium Show

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/sudekum-sensory All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $9 adults, $8 ages 2 - 12 (plus gate admission: $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). Enjoy the show with a brighter theater, quieter audio and smaller crowds so kids can move and vocalize as needed.

N Tennessee 4-H Funnel Cake 5K

runsignup.com/race/tn/ nashville/tennessee4hfunnelcake5k All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500

State Fair

See page 54.

W FREE Touch-A-Truck

R Wildlife

N Howl at the Moon

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

See Saturday, Sept. 15.

Painting (Register)

Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $15. Participate in an artist-led paintalong with nature-based subject matter.

wcparksandrec.com

N FREE Warner Park History: Trials and Trails (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m. Listen to stories of the creation of the different roads and trails in the park.

SUN 16

Indie Music Festival

W Joe Locasto with the Whole Tones & Cream Dream

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; $15. A night of jazz classics and a tribute to ’60s band Cream.

W ACT Boot

N K.D. Lang:

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library

615-889-3060 | ryman.com

Teens. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; Sundays, Sept. 16 - Oct. 14 from 1 - 4 p.m.; $320. Get in-depth instruction on test-taking strategies for the ACT exam including specific techniques for each section, including timing, question analytics and more with opportunities to practice the strategies.

N MAKE IT:

Camp (Register)

R Wetland Walk See Saturday, Sept. 1.

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Ingenue Redux 25th Anniversary Tour

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $89.50. A night of country/pop music.

Custom LED Patches

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs Ages 10+. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.; $12 members, $16 non-members plus general

admission. Explore circuit basics while testing Makey Makey kits while learning about conductive materials and how to incorporate them into clothing. It’s also a crash-course on hand-sewing techniques.

N Music City Food & Wine Festival

See Friday, Sept. 14.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Tennessee State Fair

See page 54.

N Tennessee

Titans Football

615-565-4200 titansonline.com

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $40 - $200. Versus the Houston Texans.

N Woofstock

ascendamphitheater.com All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $20 - $99. Americana music by Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson, John Hiatt, Lee Ann Womack and more.

MON 17 N Early Explorers See Monday, Sept. 3.

N Homeschool Scene

Study & Song Interpretation (Register)

615-818-7358 thetheaterbug.org

Ages 6 - 18. The Theater Bug, Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a 10 a.m. showcase Sat; $100. Explore roles from past Theater Bug productions with coaching from Artistic Director Cori Anne Laemmel and other theater professionals.

N J. Cole: KOD Tour 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $149.50. A night of rap music.

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W Mommy

& Me Movement

See Monday, Sept. 10.

W FREE Nature

Explorers (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

Ages 5 - 7. Bowie Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. This naturalist-led class immerses kids in the forest, using different exploration-based techniques to engage them with nature.

R Sewing for Fun See Monday, Sept. 3.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Sept. 3.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Sept. 3.

p.m. Students can participate in STEM and healthy living projects, including electronics, nature study, service learning, making/learning about healthy foods, utilizing science and more.

N Drake

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49.50 - $179.50. A night of rap music.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R Homeschool PE:

Teamwork and Games (Register)

shelly.denton@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org

See Monday, Sept. 3.

Ages 5 - 13. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 - 11 a.m.; $2. Play game that encourage teamwork and collaboration.

W Youth Yoga

W FREE Kids’

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Sept. 10.

Make (Register)

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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N Nashville SC Soccer

N 19th Century

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com

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All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $60. Versus the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Trades Festival

All ages. Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; $6. Artisans, reenactors, period demonstrations and hands-on kids’ activities.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

N FREE Courtyard Concert

615-862-5800 nashvillepubliclibrary.org All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. Live music by Riders in the Sky.

N FREE Davidson

County Homeschool 4-H Club

615-862-5235 | extension. tennessee.edu/davidson/ pages/homeschool4-h.aspx Grades 4 - 12. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; 2 - 3:30

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Rangers (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

Ages 13 - 18. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Closely study the park’s ecology using scientific methods.

N Old Dominion & Friends

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $59. A night of country music.

R Preschool

Program: Rock Day (Register)

mike.kraft@townofsmyrna.org | townofsmyrna.org

Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 1 - 2 p.m.; $2. Learn about the different types of rocks and how they’re made, then make a pet rock.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Sept. 1.

W FREE Sunrise Yoga See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

N Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

WED 19 N 19th Century Trades Festival

See Tuesday, Sept. 18.

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

R Critter Encounter See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

N FREE French

for Kids (Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

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

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

R Lucky Ladd Corn Maze Adventure

615-274-3786 luckyladdfarms.com

All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; Through Oct. 28. September’s hours are Wed Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Navigate the giant corn maze with a Nashville Predators theme and find six checkpoints to be entered for a grand prize of an iPad mini. There are corn-maze games for littles and lots of other fall activities on the farm (the pumpkin patch opens Sept. 22).

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure

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THINGS TO DO ALICE IN WONDERLAND Through Sept. 2 | All ages 615-847-0934 lakewoodtheaterco.com

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. A young girl visits a magical underworld.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Sept. 28 - Oct. 13 | Ages 8+ 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. Experience Agatha Christie’s best-selling murder mystery live on stage.

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Sept. 6 - 23 | Ages 18+ 615-782-4040 | nashvillerep.org

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $55. This puppet show is NOT for kids! The irreverent musical explores the challenges of adult life, from falling in love to finding one’s purpose in life to alternative uses for the Internet.

FRANKENSTEIN

Through Sept. 9 | Ages 14+ 615-541-8200 | studiotenn.com

Studio Tenn at Jamison Theater at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $35 - $90. Studio Tenn celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel with a new stage adaptation by A.S. Peterson.

FRANKLIN SHAKES: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Sept. 13 - 16 | All ages nashvilleshakes.org

Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Academy Park, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin; 7 p.m. (pre-show entertainment begins at 6 p.m.). Admission is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. Shakespeare’s comedy explores the duality of love in a magical world that asks, “If we are in love, are we ever in control?”

HEATHERS

Through Sept. 16 | Ages 14+ 615-904-2787 boroarts.org

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. Based on the 1989 film, Weterberg


High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchiewearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Sept. 20 - 29 | Ages 10+ actorspointtheatre.com

Actors Point Theatre at GodWhy Church, 100 GodWhy Court, Hendersonville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. $13 - $27. The story of “mad” knight Don Quixote as a play within a play.

MARY POPPINS

Sept. 14 - 30 | Ages 4+ 615-852-8499 springhousetheatre.com

Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children. Disney’s whimsical musical about a magical nanny.

MARY POPPINS

Sept. 20 - 23 | All ages 615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Perform Murfreesboro at The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17. The full-length musical about a magical nanny.

NEWSIES

Sept. 20 - Oct. 27 | All ages 615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m. $60 adults, $30 youth. This musical is set in turn-of-the-city New York City with a story that inspires people to fight for what’s right and seize the day.

THE RYMAN DIARIES

Sept. 21 - 30 | All ages 615-904-2787 boroarts.org

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. The true story of riverboat captain Tom Ryman and his wife, Bettie Baugh Ryman, and how the Union Gospel Tabernacle became the Ryman Auditorium.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Through Sept. 9 | All ages nashvilleshakes.org

Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Centennial Park Bandshell, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. Thu Sun 7:30 p.m. (plus Monday, Sept. 3); pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. Shakespeare’s comedy explores the duality of love in a magical world that asks, “If we are in love, are we ever in control?”

The national tour of School of Rock comes to TPAC, Sept. 11 - 16. The kids on stage play real instruments throughout the show.

SCHOOL OF ROCK Sept. 11 - 16 | All ages

615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $40 - $90. Based on the hit film, this musical follows a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher who transforms a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Through Sept. 1 | Ages 12+ 615-883-8375 thelarrykeetontheatre.org

The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 $30 adults, $15 - $20 ages 12 & younger. During the course of two years, six women gather in a beauty parlor to discuss everything from favorite recipes to death.

STUPID F*****G BIRD

Sept. 28 - Oct. 13 | Ages 18+ act1online.com

Act 1 at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15. A contemporary adaptation and satirical spin of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.

SWAN LAKE

Sept. 21 - 23 | All ages 615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com

Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $35 - $93. Nashville Ballet presents a cherished favorite with choreographic updates and new costumes.

TUCK EVERLASTING

Sept. 13 - Oct. 7 | Ages 9+ 615-252-4675 nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. All other performances are Fri 7 p.m., Sat Sun 2 p.m. $21 adults, $16 children. Performed with a live orchestra, this musical poses the question, “If you could choose to live forever, would you?”

TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR Through Sept. 9 | Ages 0 - 5 615-252-4675 nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Tue - Fri 10 a.m.; Sat 9 & 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. $10. NCT’s brandnew Snuggery program takes a familiar story and invites little ones into an immersive, interactive environment.

THE UNINVITED

Sept. 14 - 23 | Ages 12+ 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger. Siblings purchase a house overlooking the Irish Sea and soon discover there’s an evil spirit living there.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Sept. 13 - 30 | Ages 14+ 615-826-6037 | hpactn.com

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. Mel Brooks’ monster musical comedy based on the screen sensation but with even more theatrical flair. (turn the page)

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Sprouts Preschool Martial Arts (Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

N Nashville Songwriters Awards

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $64.50 - $109.50. The awards show features Blake Shelton, Bill Anderson, Scotty McCreery and others.

R FREE Nature Play Day

See Wednesday, Sept. 12.

S Nature: From Soil to Spoon (Register)

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 1 - 3 p.m.; $10. Learn about the layers of soil and how our food comes from it.

W The Sounds of

Christmas TV Taping

N Drop-In Drawing 615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 5 - 8 p.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 & younger. Check out drawing materials to practice different techniques. Art supplies, including Etch-A-Sketches, provided.

S Man of La Mancha See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

N FREE Musicians

Corner: September Sundown

musicianscornernashville.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m. Live music by Sad Penny, Cameron Bedell, Adia Victoria and others.

N Newsies

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

N Opry

Country Classics

See Thursday, Sept. 13.

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

S FREE Pioneer Pals:

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $40. Dailey and Vincent headline this PBS TV taping with special guests CeCe Winans, Bela Fleck and others.

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Sept. 3.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

THU 20 S FREE 3rd Thursday on Main

downtowngallatin.com All ages. Downtown Gallatin; 6:30 - 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for an evening of live music by local bands.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Charlotte’s Web (Register)

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 - 11 a.m. Learn the letter S and number 1 while exploring the friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur (dress for a mess).

W FREE Pizza & Pages

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

food from more than 40 local restaurants, drinks, animal hosts, live entertainment and more.

N FREE Vanderbilt

Commodores Soccer

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

N FREE Drop-In

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 26012 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m. Versus Alabama.

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

W Youth

Volleyball Class

See Thursday, Sept. 6.

FRI 21 N FREE 36th Annual

African Street Festival

615-942-0706 aacanashville.org

All ages. Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave. N., Nashville Fri 6 - 8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Music, movement, spoken word, dance, games, international vendors and a Children’s Pavilion featuring arts and crafts, drumming, storytelling and other activities.

N Borns with Twin Shadow

615-8893060 | ryman.com

R Cod-

R FREE Stroller-

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See Thursday, Sept. 6.

N Sunset Safari 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

Ages 21+. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $100 $1,000. This fundraiser includes

Creative Play

N Family Friday:

Paintings on Wood (Register)

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 4+. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $10. Pain your favorite team’s logo, the state of Tennessee or the Nashville skyline on a block of wood.

W FREE Family

Martial Arts Class (Register)

See Friday, Sept. 7.

S FREE Family Film Festival

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets available on a first-come, firstserve basis. No group discounts on concessions.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE GrandOut-

ing: Owls (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Ages 2 - 6. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m. Kids and grandparents can explore owls, including their calls and habits, and meet an owl up close.

See Despicable Me during the Kids Night Movie Series at The Streets of Indian Lake on Friday, Sept. 21.

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $31 - $36. A night of psychedelic pop.

Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books.

coasters

ing computer function, the first step to learning how to code and develop software. Practice basic exercises and learn through games and hands-on applications.

ing for Kids: The Basics (Register)

Ages 10+. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 5 - 7 p.m.; $1. A basic intro to understand-

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THINGS TO DO ogy and preserving artifacts while participating in a dig.

N FREE 36th Annual

N Chris Young: Los-

S Hendersonville

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

See Friday, Sept. 21.

hendersonvillehalf.com

N FREE Nashville

N 37th Annual Mt.

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

615-862-5016 nashvilleflea.com

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special events. Santa Claus visits kids on Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m.

See Friday, Sept. 7.

W FREE Music

ville Cruise-In

R FREE International Fall Festival

615-459-9672 saintlukesmyrnatn.com All ages. St. Luke Catholic Church, 10682 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7 a.m., Sun 12 p.m. This event features a community wide yard sale with 40+ vendor/craft booths (Fri/Sat); Friday night Fiesta Latina (6:30 - 9 p.m.) with food, music and entertainment; a Saturday silent auction, children’s games, beer garden, international food and live music; and a Sunday pizza and ice cream social followed by $1,000 and $5,000 raffle drawings.

R FREE Kayak Float (Register)

townofsmyrna.org

Ages 12+. Volunteer Park, 850 Eighth Ave., Smyrna; 4:30 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a day on the water. Boats, PFDs and paddles provided.

S FREE Kids

Movie Night Series

streetsofindianlake.com

All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 p.m. Live music, games, face painting, food trucks and an outdoor screening of Despicable Me.

W FREE Lego

Mania (Register)

See Friday, Sept. 7.

SAT 22

special kids’ activities and other special events.

S FREE Henderson-

in the Vines

Flea Market

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for treasures with a “Colors of Fall” theme.

N Nashville Home Show

nashvillehomeshow.com All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri 12 - 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 15 & younger. Get home improvement and design tips from This Old House TV show host Kevin O’Connor, participate in DIY craft building and explore lots of home-improvement and landscaping vendors.

N FREE Shop, Sip, Give Night Market

nashvillefarmersmarket.org All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m. Seasonal produce, local artisans, handmade items, vintage and international goods, food trucks, restaurants and shops, local nonprofits and live music.

N Swan Lake

African Street Festival

Juliet Pow Wow

All ages. Mundy Park, 300 Mundy Memorial Drive, Mt. Juliet; 10:30 a.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger. Enjoy Native American food, arts, crafts, intertribal dancing, a men’s chicken dance, drumming and dance contests and more.

N Drop-In Art Class

at Indian Springs (Register)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Search for migratory thrushes, warblers and other neo-tropical migrants.

R Breakfast with Clifford (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 - 10 a.m.; $5 plus gate ($8 ages 2+). Visit with Clifford the Big Red Dog during a “boneappetite” catered breakfast. Afterward, enjoy hands-on fun with Clifford and his friends.

R The Ryman Diaries W Card Making See “Theater & Dance,” page

N Mistletoe Merchants

themarketshows.com All ages. Wilson County Expo Center, Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 per day adults ($18 for all three, $40 VIP), free ages 12 & younger. Start your holiday shopping early. Find gifts, jewelry, fashions, decor and more, including lots of

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R FREE Third Friday Night Concert Series

615-890-0355 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners for outdoor music by local bands.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Sept. 7.

Opening

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

N FREE Bird Hike

Encounters

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

R DC Exhibit

See Saturday, Sept. 8.

R FREE Animal

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

R Mary Poppins

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $28.65 - $69.50. A night of country music.

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 2+. Clifford the Big Red Dog invites kids to board the Birdwell Island Ferry and journey into his world for a “paws-on” adventure with lots of activities. The exhibit runs through Jan. 27, 2019.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

ing Sleep World Tour

(Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 8

N Cheekwood Harvest

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue - Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (thru Oct. 21); $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17. View more than 5,000 mums, check out the Scarecrows exhibit and more. The beer garden is open Thu - Sun, and Saturdays and Sundays include

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Half Marathon

All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 7 a.m.; $65 in advance, $80 race day. This certified 13.1-mile race benefits The Mighty Mitchell Foundation.

Honeysuckle Hill Fall Festival

615-382-7593 honeysucklehillfarm.com

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

All ages. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 7 p.m. (through Nov. 3); $16.95 ages 3+ (advance online discounts available). Farm fun includes the country music corn maze featuring Dean Dillon, animal encounters, zip lining, pig races, the pumpkin patch and more.

N FREE Drop-In

R FREE International

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

See Friday, Sept. 21.

R FREE Eagleville

N FREE iSpy: Lichens

Creative Play

Fall Festival

eaglevilletn.com

Fall Festival

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Downtown Eagleville; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Live music and entertainment, vendors, food and a Kids’ Corner with a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting and games.

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore the mysterious world of slow-growing plants.

S FREE Family

kidsvilleonline.org

Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 21.

N FREE French

for Kids (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Frist

Architecture Tour

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Hands-On History: Archeology for Kids (Register)

615-356-0501 bellemeadeplantation.com

Ages 4+. Belle Meade Plantation, 110 Leake Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $12. Make crafts and learn about archeol-

N FREE Kidsville Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 - 11:45 a.m. Explore how people in ancient Greece were first called athletes, then make an athlete sweat band.

N Maker’s

Morning (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Mistletoe Merchants

See Friday, Sept. 21.

W Music in the

Meadow (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature


THINGS TO DO R Puppy Plunge

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $1. All non-aggressive dogs current on vaccinations can play in the outdoor pool.

R Smyrna Strokes:

Kids’ Night (Register)

brooke.driver@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10. Create a step-by-step autumn-themed painting.

N St. Jude Walk/

Run to End Childhood Cancer

stjude.org/walkrun

Bring your furry family member to Sports*Com on Saturday, Sept. 22 for an end-of-summer splash during Puppy Plunge.

Ages 6+. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 8 a.m.; $20 for the 5K, $10 for the walk. Run a 5K or participate in a one-mile walk/fun run to raise money for St. Jude.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Football

Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 5:30 - 9 p.m.; $20. Bring a picnic, embark on a hike and visit the owls before Fairground Saints perform a night of music (concert at 7 p.m.).

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Nashville Chalk Fest

nashvillechalkfest.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. A street-painting festival featuring professional artists and family activities like inflatables, balloon artists and entertainment. Benefits Vanderbilt’s Preschool for Children with Autism and the Mam Lere Hearing School.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Sept. 21.

N Nashville Home Show

See Friday, Sept. 21.

N Nashville SC Soccer

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $60. Versus Charleston Battery.

W Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

pilgrimagefestival.com

All ages. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; $125 per day adults ($185 for both), free ages 10 & younger with paid adult. Two days of music on several stages featuring more than 60 acts. Big names include Jack White, Lionel Richie, Counting Crows, Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlisle. The Lil’ Pilgrim children’s stage features Ralph’s World, Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, 123 Andres, Mister G, Cousin Cajun Mike and more.

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; Time TBA; $55. Versus S. Caroline. Game time TBA.

N Wags ‘N Waves newleashonline.org

All ages. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Hermitage; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. During this fundraiser for New Leash On Life, Nashville Shores opens its wave pool (waves will not be operating) for a dogs-only swim day.

R Wetland Walk See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R FREE Wilderness

Awareness Workshop

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m. This program is required prior to camping at Barfield Park. Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

SUN 23 N FREE 36th Annual

African Street Festival

See Friday, Sept. 21.

N Reese Wither-

spoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup Tour

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

S FREE Family

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $72 - $171. Academy Awardwinning actress, producer and entrepreneur unveils her debut book, where she infuses S.ern style, parties and traditions she loves with contemporary flair. Each ticket includes a copy of her book.

See Friday, Sept. 21.

N World Rhino

N 37th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow

See Saturday, Sept. 22.

N Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments

See Sunday, Sept. 16.

Film Festival

S FREE Hispanic Heritage Festival

615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com

All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 12 - 4 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic culture through art classes, music, dancing, food and children’s activities.

R FREE International Fall Festival

See Friday, Sept. 21.

N Maroon 5:

Red Pill Blues Tour

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $149.50. A night of pop music.

Day Celebration

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $13 ages 2 - 12. Participate in educational activities focusing on the conservation of the white rhinoceros.

MON 24 N 5 Seconds of

Summer: Meet You There Tour

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com

All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $26.50 - $66.50. A night of pop music.

N Mistletoe

N An Evening

See Friday, Sept. 21.

615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Merchants

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Nashville Chalk Fest

See Saturday, Sept. 22.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Sept. 21.

N Nashville Home Show

See Friday, Sept. 21.

W Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

with Sally Field

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 6:15 p.m.; $38.50. Actress Sally field discusses her new book, In Pieces, which explores her challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. Ticket includes a signed copy of her book.

W FREE Code

Club (Register)

See Monday, Sept. 10.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Sept. 3.

See Saturday, Sept. 22.

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THINGS TO DO music by Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.

N Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $71.50. A night of rock music.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R Homeschool

Program: Sensational Cells (Register)

mike.kraft@townofsmyrna.org townofsmyrna.org

Celebrate Native American culture during the 37th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow at Mundy Park, Sept. 22 - 23.

Ages 5 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Discover the microscopic machines that are our cells and how they are used within our bodies.

W FREE Kids’

Make (Register)

N Family Monday 615-244-3340 fristcenter.org

All ages. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. 2 p.m.; $12 per family. A story (English and Spanish available), a family tour and hands-on creativity in the newly renovated Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

W Gateway

Chamber Orchestra

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $25- $40. A night of music by American composers.

W Mommy

& Me Movement

See Monday, Sept. 10.

W FREE Nature

Investigators (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Sept. 3.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Sept. 3.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Sept. 3.

W Youth Yoga

See Monday, Sept. 10.

TUE 25 N FREE ARTlab (Register)

615-744-3323 fristartmuseum.org/teens Ages 13 - 17. The Underground Arts Studio at Oasis, 1704 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; 4 - 6 p.m. Join teaching artist Dee Kimbrell to create an artwork on domestic violence awareness.

Ages 8 - 12. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Learn the skills necessary to observe and explore our natural world.

R Busy Bees

R Sewing for Fun

615-862-5800 nashvillepubliclibrary.org

See Monday, Sept. 3.

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

N FREE Courtyard Concert

All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. Bluegrass

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

R Preschool Pro-

gram: The Colors of Autumn (Register)

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R FREE Youth

N 4U: A Symphonic

All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m. Meet Shannon Messenger, best-selling author of the award-winning middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults.

Celebration of Prince

615-782-4040 | tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $45 - $79. A full orchestra performs Prince’s greatest hits along with lesser-known gems.

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

N Cam

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $35. A night of country music.

R Critter Encounter See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com

All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 5 - 7:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 7+, free ages 6 & younger. Sample foods from local restaurants and visit vendor booths.

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

R Homeschool

Program: Sensational Cells (Register)

W FREE Kids’ Hour See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

S Let’s Welcome Autumn (Register)

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 1 - 3 p.m.; $10. Explore the what, why and hows of autumn, complete with handson experiments, art projects and more.

S FREE Touch A Truck W FREE Mighty 615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com

All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 4 - 7 p.m. Kids can explore a variety of service vehicles, plus inflatables, a dunk tank and more.

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Celebration of Prince

See Wednesday, Sept. 26.

N FREE ARTlab (Register)

See Tuesday, Sept. 25.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library

See Tuesday, Sept. 25.

S Taste of Madison

N 4U: A Symphonic

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

R SPARK!

See Tuesday, Sept. 4.

THU 27

W FREE DC/Marvel

for Kids (Register)

N Grand Ole Opry

W FREE Sunrise Yoga

Author Event

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

N FREE French

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.; $2. Learn fall colors and how the colors combined make brown. Then, make an autumn craft and have a math activity.

See Monday, Sept. 3.

(Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

N Daughtry

615-889-3060 | ryman.com

R Wild Things

Sprouts Preschool Martial Arts (Register)

See Wednesday, Sept. 5.

R Tumbleweeds

Comics Club (Register)

Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Snacks, activities and social time regardless of what side of the comic world you reside.

S Feathers & Fedoras

615-325-9032 portlandcofc.com All ages. Spring Lake Farm, 395 N. Happy Hollow Road, Portland; 5:30 p.m.; $30. Don your best 1920s attire for this dinner, auction and murder mystery inspired by The Great Gatsby.

R Heritage Days 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $5. A living history event featuring up to 20 demonstrators, each one highlighting a different facet of 19th century living.

(Register)

See Monday, Sept. 3.

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THINGS TO DO R Homeschool in the Wilderness (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 8 - 13. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $75 covers all eight months. Supplement your homeschooler’s science curriculum in this eightmonth program that meets on the last Thursday of the month (ages 8 - 10) or last Friday of the month (ages 11 - 13). Explore a new topic each month through hands-on experiments, live observations, interpretive hikes and group discoveries.

N Kristin Chenoweth 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $52 - $152. Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of Broadway and standard tunes.

N Lil’ Learning Lane (Register)

615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org

Children can enjoy hands-on musical instrument experiences prior to the Nashville Symphony’s Family Series concert on Saturday, Sept. 29.

R FREE Pioneer Pals: What is that Smell? (Register)

Ages 3 - 5. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $12 adults, free ages 5 & younger. A reading of The Little Engine That Could with a “Name Trains” activity and musical train cars game.

615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com

N FREE Musicians

R Special Kids

musicianscornernashville.com

615-893-4892 specialkidstn.com

Corner: September Sundown

All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 5 - 9 p.m. Live music by The Whigs, Skyway Man, That’s My Kid and others.

R Night at the Movies

615-898-1862 murfreesborosymphony.com All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $15 - $40. Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of movie music.

N Opry

Country Classics

See Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 10 - 11 a.m. Learn the letter N and number 4 while exploring fall with the sense of smell.

Banquet

Adults. Middle Tennessee Christian School Gym, 100 MTCS Road, Murfreesboro; 5:30 p.m.; $100. This fundraiser for Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center includes dinner and live entertainment.

R FREE Strollercoasters

See Thursday, Sept. 6.

S Taste of

Hendersonville

615-824-2818 hendersonvillechamber.com

advance/$10 gate ages 6 12. Sample food from the city’s restaurants while enjoying live music and a kids’ zone.

N The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $30. A Washington Irving re-enactor presents an evening of spooky tales and conversation.

R FREE Wilderness

Awareness Workshop

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m. This program is required prior to camping at Barfield Park. Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

R Youth

Volleyball Class

See Thursday, Sept. 6.

FRI 28 R And Then

There Were None

W FREE Family

Martial Arts Class (Register)

See Friday, Sept. 7.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 64.

W Fork & Vine

N Anderson East

Adults. Gratidude Ranch, 7515 Pewitt Road, Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m.; $125. This benefit for foster youth/families through S.A.F.E. includes a farm-to-table dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and surprise celebrity appearance.

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22.50 - $42.50. A night of Americana music.

N Billy Idol fontanel.com

All ages. Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $75. A night of rock music.

R FREE Depot Days Prelude

615-562-7462 simatn.org/depot-days All ages. Downtown Smyrna, 100 Front St.; 6 - 9 p.m. A car show, wine tastings, live music and children’s activities.

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S FREE Family Film Festival

615-451-9500 ncgmovies.com

All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a screening of Harry and the Hendersons. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets available on a first-come, firstserve basis. No group discounts on concessions.

N FREE Drop-In Creative Play

All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 5 - 8 p.m.; $15 advance/$20 gate adults, $5

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

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the

12th annual

saturday, october 20 10 am - 2 pm

Our annual outdoor festival with food, fun and over 40 local vendors! • Live stage performances and kids entertainers • Dozens of prize giveaways all day long! • Free inflatable fun and mechanical bull • Free face painting, pumpkin decorating and children’s activities • Trick-or-Treating fun with treat stations all around The Avenue and at our event from 11 am - 1 pm • Wear your costume and join our Costume Parade on stage • Great food available – hotdogs, ice cream, pizza, Tropical Blast Concessions, and Smoothie King!

Come pick out your very own free pumpkin from our pumpkin patch and decorate it any way you like!

The Avenue® Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. I-24, Exit 76 For booth reservations call 256-2158 x130


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THINGS TO DO N Full Moon

R Night at the Muse-

warnerparks.org

615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Pickin’ Party

All ages. Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $25 adults ($20 in advance), $10 ages 7 - 17, free ages 6 & younger. A night of music featuring bluegrass and roots pickers, food trucks and more. Little kids love dancing along to the music. Benefits the park’s education programs.

W FREE Games Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov

Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 p.m. Play classic and new board games.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

S FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

See Friday, Sept. 7.

R Heritage Days See Thursday, Sept. 27.

W Jimmie Vaughn & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $38 - $48. A night of blues music.

S FREE Kids Movie Night Series

streetsofindianlake.com All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 p.m. Live music, games, face painting, food trucks and an outdoor screening of E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial.

N Kristin Chenoweth See Thursday, Sept. 27.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

um Lock-In (Register)

Ages 8 - 12. Bradley Academy Museum, 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10. Spend the night in the museum with games, movies, art activities, a scavenger hunt and more.

N Stravinsky to Marsalis

intersectionmusic.org All ages. W.O. Smith Music School, 1125 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 adults, $10 ages 17 & younger. Intersection Music Ensemble presents an evening of classical music.

N The Fun Show with Cat & Nat

615-782-4040 | tpac.org Adults. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $100. The mom duo known for their viral #MOMTRUTH videos and Facebook weekly live show takes girls’ night out to a new level. They talk about all the things moms are thinking but never say in a hilarious way.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Sept. 7.

R FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Sept. 8.

R Beginner Backpacking (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $30. This two-day, overnight outing is for those who want to try backpacking, but don’t know where to begin. Both days include hiking, and transportation and gear are provided. A pre-trip meeting takes place on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.

S Clearview Fall Festival

615-635-7308 gallatintn.org

All ages. Clearview Park, 723 Chambers St., Gallatin; 1 - 5 p.m.; $3 adults, free ages 13 & younger. Food, games, arts and

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crafts for the kids, music, a raffle for free prizes, photo booth and local vendors.

N Creative

Night Out (Register)

615-447-8480 craftlove.com/nashville

Ages 6+. Craft Love, 5104 Centennial Blvd., Nashville; 4 - 7 p.m.; $35 - $195. Get creative with your family making custom signs, pillows or other projects.

R FREE Depot Days 615-562-7462 simatn.org/depot-days

All ages. Downtown Smyrna, 100 Front St.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 100 vendors, live music, kids’ activities (some require small fees) and more.

W FREE Dog and Pony Show

thompsonsstationdogandpony.com All ages. Sarah Benson Park, 1513 Thompson’s Station Road W., Thompson’s Station; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live music, a kids’ zone with games/activities, dog trick shows, equine attractions, artisan and food vendors, and more.

N Drop-In Art Class See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Drop-In Creative Play

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

W FREE EMS Nite Lites wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Emergency vehicles will light up the night, and kids can meet first responders, play games, bounce on inflatables and more.

N FREE Fall

Book Frenzy

615-321-8000 | usn.org All ages. University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shop for gently used books, media, puzzles and games for all ages. A $5/bag sale begins at 2 p.m. The sale benefits the school library.

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N Family Fun Labs:

S FREE Family

615-862-5160 |adventuresci.org/familyfunlabs

See Friday, Sept. 28.

Make It

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with gate ($15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 2 - 12). Train to become an astronaut with a range of hands-on activities for the whole family.

N Family Program: Postcards from the Boondocks

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Drawing inspiration from the Little Big Town hit “Boondocks,” create a postcard to represent and celebrate your hometown.

N Family Series:

Pirates! The Quest for Blackbeard’s Treasure

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $22 - $31. This swashbuckling, sensoryfriendly outing with Nashville Symphony features music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Hook and more with interactive elements. Arrive an hour early for free pre-concert activities in the building, including a musical instrument petting zoo, crafts, stories and more.

Fireworks Show

615-382-7593 honeysucklehillfarm.com All ages. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Road, Springfield; 8 p.m.; $16.95 ages 3+. Bring blankets and enjoy a 30-minute fireworks production.

N FREE Fontanel Harvest Fest

fontanel.com

All ages. Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A farmers’ market, local vendors, live music, food and more.

Film Festival

N FREE French

for Kids (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Frist

Architecture Tour

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Good Neighbor Day Festival

goodneighborday.org

All ages. Richland Park, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Games, a chili cook-off, neighborhood bands, children’s activities, a bazaar and more.

N Grand Ole Opry See Saturday, Sept. 1.

W Hillbilly Half Marathon

615-861-1786 hillbillyhalf.com All ages. Grass Lot, 4100 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 7 a.m.; $85 half, $40 5K. A humor-filled half marathon and 5K through Leiper’s Fork.

N FREE iSpy:

Marvelous Milkweed

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Search for milkweed and learn about its multiple uses like being home to insects, food for monarchs and baby diaper filling.

N FREE JDRF One Walk

615-383-6781 | jdrf.org All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 8 a.m. Raise money for this walk benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

N Kansas: Point of

Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $125. A night of rock music.


Chattin’ with CHENOWETH! BY CHAD YOUNG

Tony- and Emmy-winning star Kristin Chenoweth headlines with the Nashville Symphony Sept. 27 - 29. She shares the best advice her parents ever gave her along with a few tips for kids pursuing the spotlight.

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ristin Chenoweth is one of those rare talents who successfully does it all — Broadway, TV, movies and a recording career. She snagged a Tony in 1999 for her role in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. But it was 2003 when she skyrocketed to stardom by originating the role of “Glinda” in the smash musical Wicked. Since then, she’s been in a slew of TV shows and movies, she’s toured the country singing with orchestras and she’s currently back on the small screen starring in the second season of NBC’s true-crime parody, Trial & Error. However, Chenoweth’s most “at home” on stage in front of a live audience where she can just be herself. The gracious Broken Arrow, Okla., native is charming, polite and fun. I chatted with Chenoweth recently about her upcoming Nashville Symphony show and what it was like for her growing up.

EARLY INFLUENCES

As is the case with many stars, Chenoweth’s first brush with the stage was in childhood. For her, it was in the Tulsa Ballet’s Nutcracker. Her aim was to be one of the mice, but she couldn’t fit into the costume. “The director told me I’d be creating the role of the rabbit,” Chenoweth reflects. The rabbit’s job was to just sit still next to

Chenoweth as “Glinda,” the role she originated in the smash musical Wicked on Broadway in 2003.

WIN TICKETS TO KRISTIN’S CONCERT!!! We’re giving away two family four-packs of tickets to see Kristin Chenoweth with the Nashville Symphony on Friday, Sept. 28 Register online at nashvilleparent.com starting Monday, Sept. 4.

Clara during all of Act II, but then the inevitable happened. “One of the dancers dropped a big piece of vine, and I thought, ‘What would a bunny do?’ So I hopped right out there, put that prop in my mouth and hopped back. The audience went insane, and I was in it!” Chenoweth began singing in church when she was young. Her early influences were gospel singers Sandi Patty and Amy Grant. Her parents gave her lots of encouragement, too. “I grew up with chemical engineers who never sang ... and shouldn’t sing!” she laughs. “They encouraged me a lot and said, ‘If you want to do this, you gotta work hard,’” she says. Her father insisted she study hard and obtain a degree. That came from Oklahoma City University where she was classically trained. It was there she learned about interpretation and how being an actor influences the delivery of a song. “A lot of people can sing, but interpreting a song is a different deal. That’s what I want, to interpret a song,” she says.

ADVICE FOR ASPIRING KIDS

Chenoweth has a big heart for children. She mentors kids through her Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Boot Camp in Oklahoma, and she doesn’t sugar coat a thing. “I tell them, ‘If you want a participation award and be told how great you are, forget it;

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this isn’t the camp for you.’ I reiterate that if this is something they want to do, it takes dedication, hard work, training ... the whole process of it. If you want to be famous, then you should go do something different. If you want to be GREAT at what you do, then you should TRAIN,” she says. “I still want to be GREAT!” Chenoweth laughs. “Train. Learn. Dedicate. Take care of your body. Take care of your voice. That’s the biggest advice I give them,” she adds.

COMING TO NASHVILLE

Chenoweth has loved Music City ever since her summer stint at Opryland in the late ’80s. She’s hoping to do something permanent with the Nashville Symphony someday. “I dream of making an album with the Nashville Symphony,” she says. “It’s one of my favorite orchestras and one of my favorite concert halls,” she adds. Her show will include a mix of American standards and Broadway numbers with a few surprises thrown in. “One of the things I want kids to take away is that there are no rules anymore. I want them to see that if you train and work hard, you can sing anything. ANYTHING!”

READ MORE ABOUT CHENOWETH AT NASHVILLEPARENT.COM

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N FREE Kidsville

R Out of This

R Downtown

Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 - 11:45 a.m. Learn about diptych art and the Twin Peaks exhibit, then make your own diptych.

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All ages. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 6 p.m.; $8 adults, free children. Cheer on local talent in dance, singing, art, modeling, instrumental and acting categories (ages 7 - 17 can compete by registering in advance).

N Train Robbery

Adults. Courthouse Lawn, 20 N. Public Square, Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 9 p.m.; $75. This farm-to-table fundraising dinner features items sourced from local farms, prepared by five local chefs. Proceeds provide scholarships for students from Rutherford County in the Entrepreneurship Program at MTSU’s School of Agriculture.

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N Fall for

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N Kristin Chenoweth See Thursday, Sept. 27.

N Marine Biologist for a Day (Register)

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Monsters & Merriment

monstersandmerriment.com Ages 12+. Natchez Winery at Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Halloween-style artists weave their spells in art, music, movies and more.

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Football

goblueraiders.com

All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $18 - $24. Versus Florida Atlantic.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N FREE Nashville Princess Festival

414-736-5829 nashvilleprincessfestival.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Little girls can dress in their favorite princess costumes and mingle with their favorite princesses. Activities include face painting, inflatables, games, crafts, princess singalongs and live performances, a cupcake-eating competition (register online in advance) and a princess parade (parade participation is $20; register online).

N Nashville SC Soccer

615-457-8200 nashvillesc.com All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $60. Versus the New York Red Bulls II.

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World Talent Search

Excursion

All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; $21 - $85. Ride the rails to Watertown while a mock train robbery unfolds during the trip.

on the Farm

Cheekwood

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; Time TBA; $25. Versus Tennessee State University.

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 4 7 p.m.; $250 members/$300 non-members for two adults and up to four kids ($25 each additional child). Hayrides, live entertainment, a Southern supper, signature cocktails, lawn games, arts and crafts, and more. Proceeds benefit free school tours for local students.

R Wetland Walk

N FREE Fontanel

N Vanderbilt Commodores Football

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Yoga Under the Stars (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/yoga All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 - 10:15 a.m.; $17 members, $22 non-members. Enjoy a yoga session in the planetarium with NASA visualizations and 6.5 million stars on the dome.

SUN 30

Harvest Fest

See Saturday, Sept. 29.

S FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 28.

N Joan Baez:

Fare Thee Well Tour

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $55 - $99.50. A night of folk music.

W FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Sept. 1.

N Creative Zone:

N Tennessee

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

615-565-4200 titansonline.com

Bedazzled Buttons

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Design a button that represents what you love about country music, Nashville and the museum.

ON YOUR RADAR

THINGS TO DO

Costumed Kids can enjoy all kinds of activities during Boo at the Zoo next month.

>> Mark your calendars for these October happenings. CELEBRATE NASHVILLE CULTURAL FESTIVAL Saturday, Oct. 6

Centennial Park, Nashville celebratenashville.org

NASHVILLE PREDATORS SEASON OPENER Tuesday, Oct. 9

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville nashvillepredators.com

12TH ANNUAL FALL KIDS FEST Saturday, Oct. 20

The Avenue Murfreesboro nashvilleparent.com/fkf18

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Oct. 24 - Nov. 4

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville tpac.org

35TH ANNUAL PUMPKINFEST Saturday, Oct. 27

Downtown Franklin williamsonheritage.org

Next Month’s

HOT TICKET

Titans Football

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $40 - $200. Versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

N FREE Vanderbilt

Commodores Soccer

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 4 p.m. Versus Georgia.

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BOO AT THE ZOO Oct. 12 - 14, 18 - 21, 25 - 28

Nashville Zoo nashvillezoo.org One of Middle Tennessee’s biggest Halloween outings for kids includes live animal encounters along the trickor-treating trail. Embark on the HowlO-Ween Hayride, play carnival games, bounce on inflatables and more.


September 1-2 & 8-9, 2018 Tennessee Central Railway Museum 220 Willow Street, Nashville, TN 37210

FOR TICKETS:

Visit tcry.org or call 866-468-7630

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A Paid Advertising Directory

Fall Activities and After-School Programs

Your Guide to

ACADEMICS The Tutoring Center

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

The Dancer’s School 615-721-8844

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

Providence Christian Academy

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

615-904-0902

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

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

615-322-8261

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

ARTS – DANCE Artistic Elements

artisticelementsdance.com 615-472-9471

Dance into summer with the go-to dance studio in Williamson County! With 18 different camp options, we have dancing fun for everyone. Half- and full-day camps for beginner to pre-professional dancers ages 3 - 18. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and more. Before- and after-care available.

Dance in Bloom

7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

2159 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com

Summer class schedule will be announced on our website on April 2. For schedule, registration, and teacher information please visit our website. Call or email us with questions. Non-competitive studio specializing in technique and presentation. All ages.

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

615.790-7660

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

Nashville Ballet

Nashville and Brentwood nashvilleballet.com

615-297-2966 ext. 203

Get ready to move and be moved this school year! Visit​our website t​o explore upcoming performances and learn about world-class dance instruction for children, teens and adults of all experience levels. Plus,​ plan to see the unforgettable performance of Swan Lake, running Sep. 21 - 23 at TPAC.

ARTS – MUSIC Melody Music Studios

melodymusicstudios.com 615-510-3798

Keyboard classes for preschool - adult. We are teaming up with World Music in Nashville for exciting keyboard classes. Ages 3 - 6 is a “mommy or daddy and me class” that involves coloring, saying, playing, and creating their own songs. Classes for ages 7 - adult teach you how to read music like a pro. Call or visit our website to register.

Mobile Music Academy

mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

615-301-8589

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

Quality dance training in a family friendly environment. Hip-hop, ballet, cheer, jazz and tap.

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

Music City Gymnastics 615-678-4739

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

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

615-254-9103

Nashville Children’s Theatre’s camps and classes have taught generations of Nashvillians. Whether your child wants to play while pretending, be creative with new friends, or develop serious theatre skills, NCT has the right fit for ages 4 - 18. Most camps conclude with a sharing for family and friends.

FITNESS/SPORTS Beyond Aquatics

236 Robert Rose Drive, Murfreesboro beyondaquatics.com

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

MCGC provides high-quality instruction at an affordable price in gymnastics, cheerleading and tumbling for girls and boys ages 3 years and older. We offer special activities including Parents’ Night Out, open gym, clinics, summer camps and birthday parties. Call or email for your free trial and ask about registration discounts.

Music City Indoor Karting

400 Davidson St., Nashville musiccityindoorkarting.com • sales@musiccityindoorkarting.com

615-962-9500

615-890-6755 615-893-6003

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood mygym.com/brentwood

britishswimschool.com/williamson-smyrna 615-212-2010 goswimwilliamsonsmyrna@britishswimschool.com

Nashville’s newest swim school is now open in Franklin with the mission of making sure that every child has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer. Register now for the parent-trusted and kidapproved safety-first swim lessons. Classes start at 3 mos. and take place in a heated indoor pool. Call or visit our website to register today!

David Deaton Karate

Brentwood 615-377-1100 Hendersonville 615-824-9111 Lebanon 615-547-1754 Mt. Juliet 615-754-6878 daviddeaton.com

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

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.

Harvest Martial Arts

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

615-371-5437

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

One Goal Sports

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

A non-profit, community-based sports league 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.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Mr. Bond’s Science Guys

British Swim School

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

615-242-3275

Campers experience the thrill of indoor kart racing. The program features lots of racing with only other campers on the track, classroom sessions to develop racing skills, track safety briefing and basic kart operations. Instructors teach campers how to drive safely and follow their progress. Activities include kart care and maintenance, make and race your own pinewood derby car, games, mini golf, inflatables, and more!

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

E.T.C. Gymnastics

615-776-8333

My Gym

From physical therapy to personal training, from weight loss to HydroMassage, from pool parties to swim lessons, our heated therapy pools, motorized underwater treadmills and encouraging and positive staff make Beyond Aquatics an easy and affordable option for those who find it difficult, painful or just don’t like traditional gym workouts or land-based physical therapy exercises.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

122 Wheeler St., La Vergne musiccitygym.com • info@musiccitygym.com

mrbondscienceguy.com 615-573-2702

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

SEASONAL ACTIVITIES Keller’s Corny Country 542 Fire Tower Road, Dickson kellerscornycountry.com

Offering family-friendly activities since 2008. October provides pick-your-own pumpkin fun along with zip lines, barrel train rides, tractor drawn wagon rides, corn bin, 40’ slide, and a 25’ by 40’ jump pad for your day long adventure. Birthday parties are available, as well as corporate events. Also offering beautiful on-farm weddings in our 4,000-square-foot barn.

Lucky Ladd Farm

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

615-274-3786

Great fun for the entire family! Tennessee’s largest petting farm. Pony rides. Explore 60 acres of excitement including farm-themed playgrounds, mega slides, wagon rides, pedal karts, tire climbs, toddler town, tractor train, games, mazes and more. Seasonal favorites include our popular corn maze and pumpkin patch. Ask about our educational programs and experiences.

615-224-3851

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

Music City Archery

1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 205, Franklin musiccityarchery.com

615-566-5187

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

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