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is about to turn 1 & she has an upper lift Q My Adaughter frenulum. I asked her pediatrician about it when I noticed her

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two front teeth coming in with a gap and she said it is not anything for me to be worried about, but that it might cause orthodontic problems later. I did a little research on this yesterday and heard it could be clipped while they are still young, but that it is considered a surgery and that it might have to be done by a pediatric dentist or an otolaryngology. Can you give me any info?


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Concerning your question on a maxillary frenectomy, timing surgical treatment, etc. Generally speaking, the upper maxillary frenum is a muscle attachment that connects to a child’s upper arch. It forms as the upper right and left, superior orbicularis muscle connects to the midline of the arch. In some cases, the frenums are very thick and wrap over the ridge of the arch. When this happens the thickness and position of the frenum doesn’t allow the two upper front teeth to come together (midline diastema). It’s mainly a cosmetic problem. But, it can also make it difficult for parents, or the child, to lift the lip up when brushing properly, causing trauma, pain, and bleeding. It’s normal for children to have frenums that attach over the ridge as an infant. As the children age and the alveolar ridge forms, the attachment tends to recede down the ridge in most cases. The problems occur when the frenum is thick and doesn’t recede down the ridge as the infants teeth erupt. We do maxillary frenectomies on children when they’re around five, sooner in some cases, and when they’re not properly diagnosed, on children after the gap between their two front permanent teeth has been closed orthodontically, usually around 12-13 yr. of age. My recommendation would be to not be concerned about it now. It’s time to see a pediatric dentist and let them make the decision as when, how, etc. to treat your child. I hope this helps.

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omewhere not so very long ago in the larger scheme of things, I was expecting my first baby. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so proud to be pregnant! As the months went along day after day I enjoyed the attention that carrying a baby brings. I never rebuffed curious questions and inquiries, I welcomed them and I could talk on and on about names I liked (and I wrote potential names incessantly on pieces of paper in swirly twirly lettering), and what I was thinking about for my wallpaper, bedding and other new baby preferences. My husband was so sweet. He put up with all of my chatter and every single solitary night I showed him pictures in A Child is Born and read to him from What to Expect When You’re Expecting. We would curl together, resting, dreaming. Almost every day I would marvel that soon enough a little one that we had made would be in the world and that he or she would look like us! It seemed miraculous — it was miraculous! We had a one bedroom apartment when Alexandra was on the way and then proudly moved to our first home just before she arrived. That was a leisurely time, really, getting ready for her arrival. I had long days of working at the magazine (I worked with all of my children right up to my due date because I am a doer and doers just keep on doing!), and then I’d go home and make us dinner and do more dreaming about the little one on the way while I unpacked our stuff. Life took on a quicker pace after my daughter’s arrival, and then my first boy arrived and then my second and, well, by the time my third son arrived, life was in warp speed. You do not have time to dream and marvel when life gets that way; you can only do what’s put in front of you as each moment passes. You take on the look of a worker bee, not a woman of leisure at all, but one who rolls up her sleeves with a purpose and who can size up a room and know exactly how long it will take to whip it into shape. Lists are lifesavers and connections with friends and family are, too. Warp speed condenses when you are running within it and suddenly your children are 17, 15, 14 and 8, the doggies have gray muzzles and there’s never any possible way to stay on top of all that needs doing day in and day out. That’s life. Not many young girls are told that the greatest joy in life is to be a mother. And if someone does tells them that they don’t believe because they can’t possibly until it happens to them firsthand. But I have started making a point of telling my daughter ... because it’s true. The greatest joy in life for any mother is to have her children. The greatest joy in life — even within all the muck of it all — is them.

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Dear Editor,

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Seeing your recent article on home births (“Home Delivery: Is it for You?” (The Baby Guide, Fall/Winter 2010) without any disclaimers, was very upsetting to our practice. Home birth is not recommended by the American Congress of OB/ GYN as a safe alternative. In addition to the lack of safety for the mother, a recent study that looked at planned home births versus planned hospital births showed a three times increased neonatal mortality. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 10 percent of all babies require assistance with resuscitation at birth, while one percent requires extensive resuscitation that would include the need for oxygen supplementation that would not be available in a home birth. While the mother may feel more “comfortable” at home, this is by no means the safest place to have a baby. One of the reasons I hear that women wish to deliver at home is that they don’t want hospitals “pushing drugs” on them. Ironically, your article features the midwife administering a strong narcotic to the patient at home, which actively crosses the placenta. Anytime a narcotic is given during labor it is recommended to monitor the baby continuously. Also, this can increase the need for fetal resuscitation, as narcotic in labor can suppress the breathing reflex of the baby. We realize that this is an emotionally charged issue. As physicians, we see the worst outcomes of home births, as these patients appear on our hospital doorsteps for last minute rescue efforts. The instances of hemorrhage, infection, fetal injury and worse, could often have been easily avoided with minimal medical intervention. Please review the ACOG statement on Home Birth, which gives the argument against home birth much more eloquently.

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner in a walk-in clinic and was a little surprised by the information in your December 2010 article of kid’s Health with Dr. Thind. The information that was provided regarding viral sore throats versus strep throat was not entirely correct. He stated that white patches (exudate), are found in viral sore throats, when in fact, these are more commonly found in strep throat. According to Clinical Guidelines in Family Practice by Uphold and Graham (a standard in our clinic), strep clinical presentations include fever, sore throat and “erythema of tonsils and pharynx with white or yellow exudate”. I bring this to your attention so parents are informed. Thanks for listening!

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US: What do you like best about your little brother? ALLY: His eyes US: Do you and Fisher play together? ALLY: Yes US: What do you like to play? ALLY: Fisher and me play ball with Ella (big sister). US: Do you have a favorite toy or blankie? What is it? FISHER: Blankie and Elmo US: Do you love your sister? FISHER: (He gives sister a big kiss — take it for a yes!)

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family fitness less sleep equals more weight


an a child’s bedtime affect their waistline? Yes! There is a direct link between the number of hours a child sleeps at night and the number of pounds they carry on their frame. It’s a less-is-more relationship, where less sleep translates into more weight for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Studies of thousands of children published in both the International Journal of Obesity and the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine reveal that schoolaged children who get less than 10 hours of sleep a night are three times as likely to be overweight than kids who sleep for the recommended 10 - 11 hours each night. Sleep is the body’s way of healing and refreshing itself, so when we don’t get enough shuteye, the memory goes out the window, the attitude takes a nose dive and the brain craves foods high in sugar and fat — the kind of food that provides quick energy, but leaves unwanted pounds behind. In sleep labs, people who didn’t sleep for the recommended number of hours for their age had increased levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates your appetite, and low levels of the hormone leptin, which gives you feeling of fullness. Let’s put it this way; a tired person is a very hungry person … and not hungry for a salad either! The solution here is simple. Make sure your kids get the medically recommended amount of sleep each night. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Sleep Foundation recommend children ages 1 - 3 get 12 - 14 hours of sleep, kids 5 - 12 need 10 - 11 hours a night and adolescents should sleep for eight to nine hours. That means a child who rises at 7 a.m. should be tucked into bed with the lights out by 8 p.m. so he will be fast asleep by 8:30 p.m. If that scenario seems old fashioned, it might be time to turn off the TV earlier from now on and hustle the kids on upstairs despite their complaints and requests to stay up for just a few more minutes. Your children may not like it, but they probably don’t like when you tell them they can’t have ice cream every day at lunch either. Parenting isn’t about winning popularity contests; it’s about doing what’s best for your kids. And look on the bright side, if the kids are in bed at a decent hour, you’ll enjoy some well deserved grown-up time while they get the sleep their bodies need to recharge, grow, learn and stay healthy. You know what else will happen if your children go to bed earlier? You’ll have more time to complete all those little chores you do once the kids are asleep … which means you can go to bed on time, too! Because guess what? Your appetite hormones also go haywire if you don’t get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. So make an effort to spend more time in bed, and like the crazy diet pill commercials say, sleep the pounds away. Except in this case, it’s for real! Deborah Bohn is a mom and a personal trainer with a goal — family fitness. She lives with her family in Franklin.

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Our infant son has a tiny lump on his eyelid that looks like a sty. Can it be? What should we do about it? Bumps on the eyelid are common in children and can represent myriad problems. When a bump on the eyelid is present from birth, doctors think about problems such as orbital dermoid cysts or hemangiomas, both of which can damage visual development and require immediate evaluation. However, when a new bump arises on the eyelid later in childhood, it is generally something much more benign. A sty (or hordeolum) is an infection of the eyelash follicle and presents as an acute, painful red bump on the eyelid. They tend to resolve in three to four days with or without treatment. Most drug stores sell sty creams that provide some relief while the infection clears. Another common bump on the eyelid is called a chalazion. A chalazion occurs as a result of an oil gland blockage in the eyelid and is much more chronic in nature, sometimes lasting months. As this is not the result of an infection, antibiotics are generally not necessary for treatment. Most doctors will treat chalazia with eyelid hygiene and hot compresses first to attempt to open the blocked oil gland. Steroid creams are often used as well to decrease inflammation in the oil gland to help the lesion resolve. Finally, some chalazia are persistent and severe enough that surgical incision and drainage is required. If your child experiences any of these conditions, please contact your local ophthalmologist for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

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NASHVILLE ZOO’s winter fundraising event, the Zoo Run Run, takes place Saturday, Jan. 22. The 5K run/walk is open to all levels of runners, from competitors to strolling families. For champion chip timing from Nashville Striders, runners must register prior to race day. Late registration is at 1:30 p.m. at the zoo, and the race begins at 3 p.m. Learn more and register at

the school of nashville ballet offers new ways for moms and dads to experience the art of dance while burning a few calories with the

following class offerings running Jan. 17 - May 14: hip hop, belly dance, African fusion, Nia, yoga, hula hoop and Broadway jazz. Classes take place Mon - Thu at various times, dependent on the particular class offering. Registration fee is $10, and single classes cost $15. Those who register for the whole semester can save up to 25 percent. Call 2972966, ext. 20, or visit nashvilleballet. com/school.

baptist hospital presents Revive Winter Refresh: New Year, New You, a workshop for women only on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Nashville’s Hutton Hotel (1808 West End Ave.) starting at 5:30 p.m. Guests can converse with Nashville’s leading health experts about healthy eating, weight

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york & FRIENDS FINE ART GALLERY is set to open Saturday, Jan. 22, headed up by longtime art entrepreneur Ron York. The gallery will represent 44 artists across the eastern portion of the United States, displaying the region’s most popular artists. The gallery is located at 107 Harding Place, Nashville. Visit ronyorkart. com.



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kids can learn on-camera techniques with film fest workshop


oungsters ages 8 - 16 who aspire for the spotlight can learn about the film Local kids prepare for an on-camera scene during last year’s Kids on Camera Workshop. business during the Kids on Camera Workshop hosted by the Nashville Film Festival and Nashville Women in Film and Television taking place Feb. 11 - 13. Advance registration is underway. During the workshop, kids will learn acting techniques from Nashville actors and film crews, getting experience in front of a live camera. Participants will learn about performing for commercials, prepping for auditions, delivering monologues for auditions, memorizing lines, applying camera make-up, being professional on set, performing a scene with two cameras and differentiating between acting for the camera versus stage. Each child will be filmed during his commercial and will be in a five-minute scene with other students. The scene work will be screened at the Nashville Film Festival in April, and the kids will get to enjoy a stroll down the red carpet with a photographer and reception. The workshop will also include a professional headshot and a disk of your child’s work. The workshop takes place at Nashville Public Television’s studios (161 Rains Ave., Nashville) and costs $225. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 1. To download a registration form, visit

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The winter semester of Sumner Music Together begins this month for infants through preschoolers and their parents. The semester includes 10 weekly 45-minute classes, a parent guide/DVD, two CDs and a songbook. Choose Wednesdays starting Jan. 12 from 10:15 - 11 a.m. or Fridays starting Jan. 14 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. The program costs $168 with discounts for siblings. Music Together takes place at the American Academy of Dance, 108 Business Court in Hendersonville. For more information or to register, call Angie Trottman at 9736554 or visit

Don’t let the winter weather keep you at home this month. Warm up at the Gallatin Public Library, now offering a new lineup of programming for children. Music with Ms. Shannon takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.; Wigglers (a storytime for babies and toddlers) is every Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.; Pajama Storytime happens every Thursday at 6 p.m.; and Storytime with Miss Sharon for all ages, including craft activities, occurs every Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The library is located at 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. For more information, call 452-1722 or visit

The Sumner County Child Advocacy Center operates Ashley’s Place, a nonprofit named for an actual victim of child sexual abuse in Sumner County. The organization’s mission is to provide a safe and friendly place for victims of child sexual abuse in the county to be interviewed and receive necessary therapy services. Among the services offered are forensic interviews, therapy, support groups, victim advocacy, and community education and outreach. You can make a contribution to Ashley’s Place via a financial donation, providing wish list items or volunteering. Located at 315 W. Smith St., Gallatin, learn more at 451-2169 or at

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local briefs

it figures By Cynthia Washam

private school open houses this month

lugs & hugs Average hours per month Americans spending watching TV:

151 Increase in the risk of obesity in people who watch 60 hours of TV per month:

60 Percent of children who say their greatest wish for their parents is that they “spend more time with me”:

11 Percent who say that it’s that their parents make more money:

23 Year Rev. Ken Zaborney of Caro, Mich., named Jan. 21 National Hugging Day:

1986 Percent of public high school teachers who support a ban on students hugging and kissing on school grounds:

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he following private schools host open house events in January: CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 292-9465; Tuesday, Jan. 4 from 6 - 7 p.m. ... DAVID LIPSCOMB CAMPUS SCHOOL (3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville; 966-6409; Sunday, Jan. 20 from 2 - 4 p.m. for Grades 5 - 12 ... DAVIDSON ACADEMY (1414 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 860-5300; Tuesday, Jan 11 at 8:15 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. ... DONELSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (300 Danyacrest Drive, Nashville; 577-1216; Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 8 - 10 a.m. ... EZELL-HARDING CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (574 Bell Road, Antioch; 367-0532; Sunday, Jan. 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. ... FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY (4700 Franklin Road Nashville; 832-8845;; call for reservations) Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m. ... GOODPASTURE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (619 Due West Ave., Madison; 868-2600, ext. 212; Sunday, Jan. 30 from 1 - 4 p.m. ... HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 824-1550; Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 9 - 11 a.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. ... LINDEN WALDORF SCHOOL (3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 354-0270, ext. 31; call for reservations; Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ... MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (100 E. MTCS Road, Murfreesboro; 893-0601; mtcscougars. org) Thursday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ... MONTESSORI EAST (701 Porter Road, Ste. M, Nashville; 226-4588; Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ... MT. JULIET MONTESSORI ACADEMY (9696 Lebanon Road, Ste. 240, Mt. Juliet; 758-0819; Thursday, Jan. 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ... NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (7555 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville; 356-5600, ext. 117; Sunday, Jan. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. ... OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN ACADEMY (5110 Franklin Road, Nashville; 833-1500; Jan. 12, 19 and 26 at 11 and 11:30 a.m. ... ST. EDWARD SCHOOL (190 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 8335770; Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. for PreK and Kindergarten ... THE WEBB SCHOOL (319 Webb Road E., Bell Buckle; 888-SEE-WEBB; Monday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for day and boarding students.

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Tennessee Titans placekicker Rob Bironas recently kicked off the Nashville Symphony’s fundraising initiative with a major gift for the new Music Mobile project. Once funded, the Music Mobile will be a travelling music activity center featuring an instrument “petting zoo” with a variety of instruments for kids to try. Kids will be able to participate in musicmaking experiences, enjoy live music demonstrations and multi-media instrument exhibits. The Music Mobile will travel to schools and community locations all throughout Middle Tennessee and will also serve as the region’s instrument lending library for at risk youth. To help the symphony reach it’s $250,000 goal, call 687-6533. Learn more at

Girls in grades 9 - 12 can explore science during TWISTER’s (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Research) Hands-On Science Summit at Adventure Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 12. The event allows girls to learn about and explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math careers. Participants will meet and interact with professional women immersed in science careers. The conference takes place from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and costs $12. Advance registration is required; the event is open to 100 girls. To learn more or to register, visit and click on “Science for Girls” under the Public Programs tab.

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ach year, our magazine honors two individuals in the local community with The Children First Award and Coach of the Year honors. Two individuals receive a ceremonial plaque and community-wide recognition. Both awards are given to thank and honor individuals who make serving the youngest among us their highest priority. Past recipients for The Children First Award include Bonnie Spear (Blakemore Children’s Center) and Billie Little (Discovery Center at Murfree Spring). Past recipients for Coach of the Year include Anthony Roselli (Franklin Cowboys), Joyce Segelhorst (Special Olympic Athletes) and Amy Caulkins (Excel Aquatics).


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sk the faculty/staff, parents and students at Guild Elementary School about Principal Lance Taylor, and the response is overwhelmingly positive, both inside the school and in the community. Given that the school has a poverty rate of 78 percent, Taylor oversees a food program that feeds children on weekends and during breaks. Taylor is highly involved with students and is known for going above the norm to ensure they attain maximum benefits. Guild has nearly 200 students out of zone, and teacher Jan Graves says, “it’s because they heard Guild is the most caring and loving school with the BEST principal in Sumner County.”

or the past six years, Rick Ryan has been at the helm of CAPE as both president and head coach. The non-profit organization located in Murfreesboro serves physically and mentally challenged children who want to participate in sports activities — including baseball, basketball, bowling, hockey, soccer and golf — focusing on non-competitive fun and positive reinforcement. Says local mom Amanda Morse, “Rick Ryan demonstrates week to week his love and compassion for kids like mine and our families. He takes the time not just to gather these kids in one place, but to teach them the rules of the game and how to play. He has a huge heart and we adore him.”

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I would have to talk to my kid. Ask why they are picking on other kids. There is no reason why any kid should pick on another kid. Whether it is words or fist. I have to sit down with my kid, figure out the problem, explain to him a better way to handle the situation, and hopefully fix the problem.

next month’s question: Your 4-year-old is eager to learn her ABC’s, but only for a short moment. How do you keep her engaged and wanting to learn how to write them? Submit your answers on our Facebook page or email them to

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Look closely at each situation and document the perspectives of each of the participants in each of the bullying incidents. Have the ‘perpetrator’ assessed by an expert professional to determine the cause of his anti-social or aggressive behavior. At the same time, make sure the ‘victim’ is properly cared for and treated appropriately for his emotional wound and/or physical injury. Make sure that all parents are informed of the process so that they will learn to trust it and will be willing and able to work together toward their desired outcome of bullying prevention. The school can also create a “Culture of Kindness” by training students to be good citizens and good stewards of each other’s well-being. With strong skills of negotiation, mediation and non-violent defense, they can help each other overcome peer pressure and gang-like violent behaviors and help resolve disputes before they escalate to violence. — bobteague, via

find out what’s bothering him If MY kid was the bully, I would find out what is wrong. Usually the bully has the problem, not the kid being picked on. — Missy Jones Misiak, via Facebook

Find more advice from readers online at by clicking on “Discussion Forums” under the “Connect” menu or on Facebook.

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kids’ health by Susan Day


largest children’s health study in history


anderbilt Medical Center is participating in the largest long-term study of child health in U.S. history beginning this winter. The study will track 1,000 Davidson County children from birth to age 21 as part of an overall study of 100,000 children nationwide. The recruitment of women who are pregnant or who plan to be over the next four years is currently underway. Part of the National Children’s Study, researchers will examine how environment, behavior and genetics impact children’s health, development and growth. To learn more about the study, visit nationalchildrensstudy. gov. If you are a Davidson County parent with interest in participating in the study, e-mail J. Nikki McKoy, the study center coordinator for the study at

advances in children’s well-being

1 Fewer babies are dying of SIDS. Since 1992, when the AAP first recommended that babies be placed on their backs to sleep, the SIDS rate has dropped 40 percent.

2 More vaccines are protecting more kids. Since the varicella vaccine was introduced in 1995, the rate of chicken pox — a disease that affects some 4 million people a year — is down 87 percent. The Hib vaccine — launched in 1985 — has made infection with haemophilus influenzae Type B, a bacterium that can cause meningitis and facial and brain abscesses, virtually nonexistent. And the recently approved pneumococcal vaccine has put a serious dent in the number of cases of pneumonia and meningitis.

4 Certain birth defects can be prevented. Since 1992,

women of childbearing age have been encouraged to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid a day, which can decrease the risk of neural-tube defects, including spina bifida, in their babies by up to 70 percent.

5 Booster seats are saving lives. A decade ago, belt-

positioning booster seats for children 4 and older were not even available. Today, booster use continues to rise (up to 20 percent of kids ride in them now), thanks in part to laws that have been passed in 22 states and Washington, D.C. Using a booster instead of just a seat belt alone reduces a child’s risk of injury in a crash by 59 percent.

3 Preemies have a better chance of survival. Thirty years 6 Treating childhood diabetes is easier. Multiple insulin ago, babies weighing 3.3 pounds at birth had a three-infour chance of death or serious impairment. Today, they have a 98 percent survival rate and a nine-in-10 chance of growing up without neurological problems.

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injections every day used to be the only option for kids with diabetes. Today, they can use a pump — a beeper-size device that feeds low levels of insulin through a tiny needle inserted under the skin.

Start your new year off right by keeping your children safe from poisoning. Nine out of every 10 poison exposures happen at home. Remember these tips to prevent poisonings in your home: Home dangeR zones: Kitchen: cleaners, dishwashing supplies, bleach, medicine, alcohol, pesticides

» Think like a child! Many potentially poisonous items may look appealing to a young child because of bright colors and other similarities to fun things like candy. Keep all poisonous materials out of your child’s sight and reach. » Use child safety locks on cabinets where poisonous items are stored. » Keep cleaning products in original packaging to avoid confusion.

Bathroom: toilet cleaners, bleach, medicine, makeup

» Buy child-resistant packaging when available, and discard unused medication.

garage: pesticides, paint, gasoline, washer fluid

» Follow dosage instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist for all medication. » Do not call medicine candy.

» When guests visit, make sure their medications are stored out of sight and reach as well. » Install carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home and check their batteries regularly. » Keep the Tennessee Poison Center number posted near your phone in case of emergency and program it in your cell phone.


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by Susan Day

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uring your infant’s first year, you may be tempted to use your Baby’s frequent napping to get home chores and other things done, but think again. YOU need sleep, too. According to a recent report out of West Virginia’s Department of Psychology, the fragmented sleep you are getting may be inefficient for your overall well being. Take care of yourself. Here are sleep tips for new moms from Michael J. Breus, M.D., aka “The Sleep Doctor,” author of Beauty Sleep (Plume; from $3.54 on • Nap for a full cycle: a 20-minute power nap might not do much if you’re severely sleep-quality deprived. You would do well to try and get a full cycle of sleep into a nap, which means about 90 minutes. If your baby sleeps for that long in one of his siestas during the day, don’t catch up on your work at that time — take a nap too!

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• Be mindful of your mood: if you feel like those postpartum blues are getting worse, speak with your doctor. Sleep deprivation can exacerbate the stress a new mom’s body goes through after giving birth. Hormonal changes add to the challenges. And all of these can further make for troubled sleep. • Teach your partner so you can skip a feeding: I’ve mentioned this before and it bears repeating because I don’t see this happening enough. It’s not hard to teach your partner how to tend to your baby’s needs in the middle of the night so you can skip a feeding and sleep through it. Even moms who are exclusively breastfeeding can pump and have a bottle ready to go. • Ask for help: Don’t be shy about asking for help from family and friends. A long afternoon nap while someone else takes care of your baby may be worth more than you ever imagined.

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espiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects almost all children at least once before they are 2 years old, but for babies the infection can be more dangerous. For some preterm infants born before 32 weeks of pregnancy, RSV infection can be especially serious. Preterm infants often have underdeveloped lungs and may have difficulty fighting an RSV infection once they become infected. There are important steps you can take to prevent exposure to RSV especially in the first few months of your child’s life: • Make sure everyone washes their hands before touching Baby • Keep Baby away from anyone who has a cold, fever or runny nose • Keep your baby away from crowded areas like shopping malls • Keep Baby away from tobacco smoke • There are medications that your pediatrician may prescribe that could reduce the risk of developing serious RSV infection. These medications are used only for the small number of babies who are in the highest risk groups for hospitalization.

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e used to fight in fierce, lengthy battles with the tether ball between us. My big sister would pound the ball in my direction, “Hey, Bumps!” she’d shout, referring to the dry, itchy skin I had on the back of my arms. I’d whack the ball back at her, “Just fine, Pepper!” referring to the tiny blackheads that were sprinkled beneath her nose. While these nitpickings happened a long time ago, my sister and I remember them today and lots of other conflicts. We were often cruel to one another. We would tell on each other, compete for our parents’ attention and bother each other on purpose. But today I would be lost without my sister’s presence, or any of my brothers and sisters whom I all love equally. We all live hundreds of miles apart, but when we get together, we are immediately and completely comfortable as ourselves, together, fully realized. Growing up, our parents made efforts to build love, friendship and respect among us. Well past the teasing and taunting that took place in our developmental years, we were left with lasting, caring relationships unlike any other — the kind of relationship we yearn for in life. It starts early on when a firstborn child is about to become a sibling.

When a New Sibling is Coming When you bring a second child into your family the balance the first child has enjoyed suddenly falls off kilter. So when you learn that a second baby is on the way, begin building the idea of welcoming the new family member into the family with your firstborn. Even if your firstborn is so young he only understands half of what you say, you can talk about the new baby coming and about the importance of brothers and sisters, says Penelope Leach, M.D., in her book, Your Baby and Child From Birth to Age Five (Knopf; $23.95). Be sure to involve your older child in decisions surrounding the new baby’s living space, the sharing of toys and shared fun. Encourage your older child by recognizing little things he wants to do to welcome the baby. By bringing the new baby into the older child’s fold before his arrival, parents prepare the heart and mind of the older child. Once the baby has arrived, first children quickly assume that a new baby in the family means less parental love for them and feelings of jealousy may surface for the first time. The first child may try to find out if you love him “the most,” says Leach, so be sure to find ways to reassure your firstborn. Things like “I’m the Big Brother” on a T-shirt or a small gift when the baby comes home is a nice touch, but daily check-ins with the firstborn are in order. Praise and encouragement are required. And by the time your second child is old enough to sit up in his crib, it’s time to begin offering your little one the company of your older one by themselves in the morning when the baby wakes. “There are no grown-ups around to create jealousy,” says Leach. Early morning play sessions like this — even just 10 minutes a day — where the baby is in his crib and the older sibling is on the other side interacting, can create the basis for a close affectionate relationship filled with private sweet-


ness. Look for ways to include all of your children in conversations together, in decisions and in family activities. This helps to bond your family unit, Leach says. And at the same time, concentrate on cultivating separate, distinct bonds with each child. Your children want the assurance that you have reserved a special place in your heart for each of them and that no other boy or girl can ever replace them. Other tips for building a loving, irreplaceable bond with the siblings as they grow older include:

Avoid Comparisons While parents automatically search for similarities and contrasts between their children, be careful. Comparisons can stir up feelings of inadequacy in kids and pit them against each other, says Leach. Comparing children conveys the message that your love and acceptance are conditional, especially when questions like, “Why can’t you be like your sister?” slip out.

Allow Self-Expression Try not to trivialize your children’s emotions when they surface. When one of your kids says something about his siblings, no matter how shocking it is to you, it’s better to paraphrase his feelings than to react to them: “It makes you furious when she borrows your things without asking;” “You wish babies didn’t take so much time;” “Sometimes you resent having your little brother tag along.” Hearing you put his feelings into words — even if it’s his fantasy about going back to being an only child again — helps convince him that what he thinks and feels really matters to you.

When Sibs Squabble

Life is filled with ups and downs and battles of wills. Depending on your children’s personalities, there will be bickering and perhaps even out and out slug fests between them. The kids will benefit most if they can learn to solve differences on their own and without your intervention, says Marian Edelman Borden, author of The Baffled Parent’s Guide to Sibling Rivalry (McGraw Hill). Since home is a comfort zone, kids can naturally fall apart in ways they never would at a friend’s house or in school. To keep the peace, each child needs to hear your house rules repeated often so they learn them through and through. Say to your children, “I know sometimes we get upset, but we never hit; you have to use words to let us know how you feel.” Let all your kids know that if they can’t get along you’re going to separate them. “That might be the biggest motivator of all,” says Borden. “In the end, they’ll probably behave because they want to keep playing together.” J Susan Day is editor in chief of this publication. She’s the mom of four great kids ages 17, 15, 12 and 8.

G S the sibling advantage Research has shown that having a sibling provides definite emotional and developmental benefits. • On a simple level, a sibling provides ready, available companionship. As many hours as parents are willing to devote to entertaining their child, kids enjoy the company of their peers • Fantasy play, so important in a child’s development, is more fun with another youngster at about the same developmental age • More importantly, having a sibling means being a part of another child’s world. An only child tends to live in an adult world because the child interacts so much with grown-ups • Living with a sibling teaches critical negotiation skills. Brothers and sisters learn about compromise — and they learn how to make up. • As kids learn to share, they’ll hone skills such as taking turns, respecting others and negotiating, says Nancy Samalin, author of Loving Each One Best: A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings. But keep in mind that everyone needs a room of one’s own (at least metaphorically). Sometimes siblings simply need time apart from each other. Source: The Baffled Parents Guide to Sibling Rivalry

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When your child struggles to learn concepts, find surprising success by turning those concepts into playful ditties!


ow did you learn to spell Mississippi? The old rhythm comes right back to you, doesn’t it? Learning facts by using a rhythm or rhyme has been a part of schooling since the beginning. This idea began to take hold with me when my son was struggling with fractions in his current math work. So I created a silly little rhyme and quickly incorporated some basic fraction rules. When you read the part that says your shoes should match, that simply means that the denominators must be the same. Here’s how it goes: When adding or subtracting fractions, you can’t lose. Just be sure before you start you’ve got matching shoes. Once your shoes DO match, keep your shoes the same. And work straight across the top. That’s the name of the game.   To multiply two fractions, it’s so easy if ya got ’em. Multiply across the top. Multiply across the bottom. When ya got two fractions that you need to divide, Just flip the second fraction and multiply.   That’s it. No big fanfare. Yet, the results were instantaneous, successful, permanent and dare I say it ... fun. He had the information down cold. This changed everything. Thus, we embarked on a love of the ditty. Now we start all our school days with a little three- to five-minute period we call “recitations.” There’s no pressure to quote the ditties perfectly on any given day, because they’ll just hear them again tomorrow. It’s similar to when I recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school as a child or the Pledge to the Christian flag in Sunday School. We repeated it at the start of every single class. I didn’t need to memorize it, because I heard it with such regularity that it just naturally became a part of my long-term memory. Our homeschooling recitations cover a wide variety of academic subjects. We might rattle off the names of the presidents in order, rules of capitalization, the planets in order from the sun, the classification system, common weights and volumes, fruits of the Spirit, speed of light and sound, music notes, the Ten Commandments, even the elements in the Periodic Table of Elements. My 8-year-old daughter can recite any of these and so much more. Any time I find something worth memorizing, I throw it into a silly little ditty and voilà — practically instant memorization. Even higher-level academics can be more easily retained with ditties. Every time my oldest daughter needed to memorize a mathematical rule or chemical formula, we put it into some sort of silly rhythm. Even years later, she can recall the facts that were memorized through rhyme.


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If you see your child struggling with something, ask yourself if a simple little ditty might not alleviate some of his frustration. Grab a pencil. Write down the main items you’d like him to retain. Then begin a simple rhyming scheme. One of my favorite online tools for finding unique words that rhyme can be found at It’s a great resource. It will put an end to the creation of boring and typical rhymes. So instead of always choosing fool or spool to rhyme with school, you’ll have some fresh options, such as gruel, milking stool, garden tool, swimming pool and majority rule. Oh, yeah. And ditties are cool. J Carol Barnier, author of The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, lives with her husband and three kids in Connecticut, where she is forever in search of another ditty. Learn more about her at

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building blocks of learning By Valerie Allen

The preschool years provide a remarkable opportunity for early learning. Like absorbent sponges, this age group is motivated by fun activities that are simple to provide.



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ook, Mommy! Come see what I made!” says 4-year-old Connor, running toward his mother and sliding in his socks on the hardwood floor. He’s busting to share his accomplishment — and there’s a lot of that these days. In his room, Connor has assembled a giant fire engine floor puzzle, and he’s overjoyed about it. First, he unwrapped the new puzzle’s cellophane wrapper, then, in the quiet of his room, he sat down to work on his own and completed his project. “You’re so smart, Connor!” his mom, Melissa Smithson tells him. “Good job!” Smithson says that she has “worked” with Connor since he was an infant. “It is my greatest joy,” Smithson says. “I love reading to him and encouraging his effort to do things on his own. Not all kids his age are so self-sufficient, but I think just playing with him and prompting him toward independence has helped him to blossom.” Just like trust is the foundation of babyhood, the

preschool years are characterized by interdependence and mastery, says Marianne Neifert, M.D., in her book Dr. Mom’s Prescription for Preschoolers: Seven Essentials for the Formative Years (Zondervan; $14.95). The building blocks of a young child’s formative preschool years — according to Neifert — include social and emotional characteristics, language, self-care, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and intellectual abilities. These “blocks” modify each year as a child’s capabilities change. But not all kids are the same. While children follow the same predictable sequence in early development, each child progresses with learning at his own pace. That’s why play time is learning time. Helping your child to develop and learn is one of the great joys — and challenges — of parenting. But Neifert cautions not to think of it as a chore; think of it as fun for you, too. You can help your child gain ground in the preschool years of 3 to 5 by simply doing fun activities together. Here are several ideas for doing so:

Have Rewards Keep a weekly record and write each day’s accomplishments on a large chart. Once a week, have a special celebration such as a tea party or quick-snack picnic. You can use stickers or draw happy faces on the chart as you review and discuss all the fun things that were done. You can take photos and mail them, along with art work, to Dad at his office, Grandma (near or far) or friends. Providing these simple opportunities for your preschooler will help get him on the track that learning is fun, and, when you’re engaged, easier! J Valerie Allen is a mother of six and a school psychologist. She is also the author of two books, a frequent speaker and a freelance writer.

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Create a Special Place Children love the idea of a secret club house. Some quick and easy suggestions: put a bean bag chair or large pillow in the bathtub, a big box or an old boat. Or, spread a blanket or put an umbrella over the top of two lawn chairs or try an old sheet attached to the ceiling, with a hula hoop sewn into the hem to hold it open. Use the secret club house as a “thinking room” for quiet talk together.

Get All Dressed Up Children enjoy being “in-character.” You can use real costumes or create a special outfit from yarn, lace, or ribbons for this fun learning time. You can use simple things such as a floppy hat, dad’s slippers, mom’s fancy blouse, or Grandma’s apron. If you want to be truly creative, make a paper-bag vest and decorate it with stickers each time your youngster completes a project.

Build a Learning Kit Have all the basics: pencils, pens, crayons, markers, tape, glue and scissors. Gather magazines, books on tape and activity pads. Have a large box for “fine and wonderful junk” to bring out the creative genius in your child. Collect cardboard, computer paper, envelopes, junk mail, pop sticks, buttons and other treasures. Also useful are left over pieces from games and puzzles and mismatched socks.

Do Fun Things Encourage independent activities or work together. Have your child draw a picture to go with a story you’ve read to him. Assign a letter each day and cut out pictures that start with that letter and tape them to index cards. Use them to make sentences, find rhymes and for placing cards on household objects that start with the same letter. Organize them into groups like animals, food, toys, furniture or clothes.

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ager to please and motivated to master what is required, 3-year-olds love receiving recognition for achievements. A spurt of intellectual, social and emotional growth occurs at 3, and there’s an eagerness to act “big.” Three-year-olds love interaction with you, and language is developing at a rapid pace — read together a lot! They have imprecise cutting ability but love to do crafts. Give them beads, dough and clay, puzzles and large-size Legos and blocks. They love sorting by size, color and category.

4 years old


oisterous and exuberant, 4-year-olds will test your energy. They will ask “Why?” endlessly and start to show initiative. Language is growing and letter recognition is getting easier and easier. Use this opportunity by building with ABC blocks. These dexterous creatures can manipulate small objects, cut on a line with scissors and work with stringing beads, finger painting and crafts of all kinds. They understand cause and effect and some can count to 20.

5 years old


estrained, pleasant, self-controlled and focused, 5-year-olds are delightfully positive and eager to please. They are proud of their vast knowledge and enjoy playing organized games in large groups — rules are important, mind you. They talk a lot and enjoy books on favorite subjects. Five-year-olds can tell stories and anticipate what follows. They are skillful at coloring within outlines, but give them plenty of opportunities to create their own works and display them. They are skillful builders are ready to begin learning about tying shoes. Most can count to 30 or higher. Source: Dr. Mom’s Prescription for Preschoolers (Zondervan; $14.95).

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Kumon Math and Reading Centers 877-586-6673 • Bellevue • 646-3243 Brentwood • 370-5776 Franklin • 790-0407 Hendersonville • 264-5733 Murfreesboro • 893-6284 Using techniques designed more than 50 years ago in Japan to help children develop their full potential in math and reading, the center teaches preschool and higher in remediation or enhancement.

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LearningRx 4920 Thoroughbred Lane Brentwood • 507-1618 – and – 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 1584, Murfreesboro 867-8717 LearningRx provides cognitive skills training that empowers every child to learn faster and easier. LearningRx identifies and strengthens the skills behind HOW students learn. They offer assessments and life-changing training for students of all ages who want better listening, reading and processing skills.

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Children can take part in education programs at the Nashville Zoo.

Mathnasium 131 Maple Row Blvd. Hendersonville 3580 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 469-2180 • Mathnasium is a learning center where students in grades 2 - 12 can go year round to boost their math skills. Members pay a monthly fee and can drop-in any time.

New Point Learning Center 2207 Crestmoor Road, Ste. 205 Nashville • 298-4112 Assistance to students in grades PreK - 12 in all subjects. The center provides tutoring, study skills, ACT, and SAT preparation, and college planning.

The Princeton Review 2317 Elliston Place, Nashville 329-2900 • Standardized test preparation for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, SAT subject test, and AP exams for high school students, as well as SSAT & ISEE for students in grades 6 - 12. Courses, small group instruction and tutoring options, pricing varies by program.

Sylvan Learning 893-3564 • Sylvan offers a choice of tutoring programs that is personalized to the academic needs of your child as well as your household schedule and budget.

Task Whiz Tutoring 656-3532 • Affordable in-home tutoring for children, grades K - 12, all subjects. Rates start at $20 per hour for oneon-one, personalized instruction. Sun - Thu, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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foreign language Learning Lab of Brentwood 5500 Maryland Way, Ste. 110 Brentwood • 377-2929 — or — Learning Lab of Green Hills 3815 Cleghorn Ave. Nashville • 321-7272 Foreign language instruction for all ages in Spanish and French.

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute 227 French Landing, Ste. 100 Nashville • 741-7579 • Individual and group instruction for adults and children in more than 10 languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese and more.

Tennessee Multiculture Center 1820 Downs Blvd., Franklin 599-4908 Offers Chinese classes for all ages.

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with education components Adventure Science Center (ASC) 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville 862-5160 • Kids can explore earth science, sound, light, the human body and outer space (via the Space Chase exhibit and shows in the Sudekum Planetarium; “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” runs through Sunday, Dec. 5). ASC also hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year. Upcoming are Robotics (Feb. 19 May 8, 2011) and GPS Adventure (May 28 - Sept. 5, 2011).

Belle Meade Plantation • 356-0501 5025 Harding Road, Nashville

Fort Negley Visitor Center 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville 862-8470 •

Oaklands Historic House Museum 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro 893-0022 •

Education programs include a monthly book club for grades 2 - 12, and a Junior Docent program.

Kids can use worksheets, scavenger hunts and puzzles during the selfguided tour covering Nashville’s Civil War history.

Guided tours for families highlight life in the 1860s. The educational “Washing, Churning and Learning” program for kids takes place in May and September.

Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro 867-2633 •

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville 244-3340 •

Kids can learn Rutherford County history from 1800 - 1900, along with the development of Murfreesboro’s black community.

Free for ages 18 and younger, kids can delve into a range of hands-on educational art activities in the museum’s ArtQuest area.

The Carter House 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin 791-1861 •

The Heritage Center 225 W. College St., Murfreesboro 217-8013 •

Guided house and grounds tours focus on the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin. A summer program for kids teaches military history from 150 years ago.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 356-8000 • Saturday AM and Tuesdays for Tots programs encourage children to explore art and nature through weekly hands-on activities, included with gate admission.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 416-2001 Monthly family programs focus on music education and history, costume design and more.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 890-2300

Activity sheets are available to schoolage children during the self-guided tour through Rutherford County’s Civil War and jazz age history.

The Hermitage 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville 889-2941 • Hands-on-History education classes for students in various grade levels include study of topics including archeology, the presidential election of 1824, 19th century objects, Christmas at the Hermitage, slavery and more.

Mansker’s Station 705 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville 859-3678 • Open March - December, families can learn how early Tennessee settlers progressed from frontier life.

Nashville Zoo’s Education Programs 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville 833-1534 • Education programs for ages 2 and older teach children about animals and their habits. Educational animal shows take place daily, April - October.

The Parthenon 2500 West End Ave., Nashville 862-8431 The museum’s self-guided experience allows families to learn about art, architecture, science and mathematical problems.

Rippavilla Plantation 5700 Main St., Spring Hill 931-486-9037 • Guided house tours cover plantation life and the 1864 Battle of Spring Hill. Families can also tour the Museum of Early Tennessee Farm Life, April November.

Sam Davis Home 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna 459-2341 • The children’s scavenger hunt helps kids plug into the museum’s history, and with advance requests, the staff will put together special tours focusing on specific historical elements and themes.

Sumner County Museum 183 W. Main St., Gallatin 451-3738 The museum illustrates the study of man and nature in Sumner County, with emphasis on Native American artifacts representing Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Shawnee and Iroquois tribes. Open April - October.

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online resources Bartlett’s Quotations The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse that provides access to all kinds of information free of charge.

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Homework Help The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory offers astronomy and science education to children.

Tennessee Agricultural Museum 440 Hogan Road, Nashville 837-5197 •

Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick St., Nashville 741-2692 •

Self-guided tours allow families to learn about Tennessee’s rural heritage. Themed exhibits rotate monthly. Activity programs have to be scheduled for groups of 15 or more.

The annual Family Day in May is specifically geared toward making it fun for kids to learn about Tennessee history through hands-on activities and costumed interpreters.

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anderbilt’s Programs for Talented Youth offers spring, fall and summer programs for gifted children in grades K - 12. Spring Saturday classes for grades K - 6 run Feb. 5 - Mar. 12 and are taught by master teachers trained in gifted education. The Weekend Academy for grades 7 - 10 takes place Feb. 26 - 27 and features an overnight stay on campus and six fast-paced, rigorous courses on topics not usually included in school. Three residential summer sessions take place for rising eighth - 12th graders, offering curricula in math, science and the humanities. A weekday summer program for students in K - 6 will run July 11 - 15 and July 18 - 22. For more information, call 322-8261 or visit

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Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville 832-8197 School, home-school and scout programs are available year round, focusing on teaching kids about historic Nashville life. Special events throughout the year include The World of the Plantation in April and a Spring Sampler in May.

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood 373-4897 • Open House Telescope Nights and Kid’s Exploration Nights take place March - November, providing ages 6 and older with astronomy and science education.

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arts education Belmont Academy 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 460-6346 • Belmont Academy is operated under the Belmont University College of Visual and Performing Arts and offers private instruction for all ages in piano, traditional strings, guitar, banjo, mandolin, brass/winds, harp, percussion, Kindermusik and voice. The Nashville Children’s Choir is also a part of the academy with four choirs for ages 8 through high school. Additional camps, master classes and ensemble and chamber music opportunities are also offered. The academy offers two 15-week semesters beginning in late August and ending in May. An eight-week summer session begins in June.

Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) 25 Middleton St., Nashville 254-9103 • Tennessee’s only professional, non-profit children’s theater — also recognized as one of the leading children’s theaters in the country — offers ageappropriate drama classes for ages 3 through grade 12 during winter and fall sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays. Spring Break, Summer and Fall Break Camps are also available. Classes and Camps range from song, dance and movement for 3-year-olds to acting, character development, play writing and performing for older students, all of which emphasize the process of theater and the innate creativity of each child. The 2011 winter session begins midJanuary. NCT also offers Homeschool Days on certain weekday performances. These days are tailored to homeschool groups and include special show related activities and a question and answer session with actors. Upcoming Homeschool Days are Jason and the Golden Fleece on Wednesday, Jan. 26, Goodnight Moon on Wednesday, Feb 23 and Robin Goodfellow on Friday, April 29. Find registration and more info online at the Web site.

Nashville Opera 3622 Redmon St., Nashville 832-5242 • Nashville’s professional opera’s arts programs place an emphasis on cross-curriculum connections through components such as Nashville Opera on Tour (sold out for the 12th year in a row). The opera literally brings a performance of a current production (this year, it’s The Three Little Pigs) to local schools. “In the Theater” allows for students to come to the opera for a dress rehearsal (open to middle and high school students only). “In the Community” brings Nashville Opera on Tour out and about with free

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Kids can enjoy a variety of classes at Nashville Children’s Theatre.

performances. Free performances of The Three Little Pigs begin Feb. 11. For a full list of upcoming public performances, visit the Web site.

Nashville Symphony 1 Symphony Place, Nashville 687-6500 • The symphony’s Music Education City includes free programs for students in public, private and home schools for all grade levels. Music education is provided via classroom instruction, admission to dress rehearsals for classical series concerts, master classes and workshops (grades 4 - 12). In addition, the Curb Youth Symphony is available to students in grades 8 - 12, and the Young Musician Fellowship Program (grades 9 - 12) pairs serious young musicians with members of the Nashville Symphony, who serve as mentors. The symphony also hosts a Web site specifically for kids to learn more about instruments and other tidbits —

School of Nashville Ballet Martin Center: 3630 Redmon St., Nashville Brentwood Campus: 500 Wilson Pike Circle, #119 297-2966 • The official school of Tennessee’s largest professional ballet company offers a wide range of dance instruction for ages 2 and older in primary, elementary, intermediate and advanced divisions. The school is open to all children, whether they have career aspirations in ballet or simply want to learn for the love of the art form. Semesters run in 16-week increments; the spring semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 18. Visit the Web site for more info and registration details.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) 505 Deaderick St., Nashville 782-4000 • TPAC’s educational component brings arts opportunities to all ages. For children, Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT) has students coming to TPAC for professional productions complemented by teacher guidebooks and materials in addition to talkback sessions with performers and in-school visits. Wolf Trap places performing artists in head start and pre-school classes, weaving arts into curriculum for younger children.

Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville 322-7651 • Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music offers private and group pre-college instruction for grades K - 12. Programs include all choral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. Also available is chamber music, Suzuki instruction, group and beginning piano, interactive music theory (ages 12 and older), music history and literature (ages 12 and older), and Kindermusik (for ages newborn - 6 years). The Blair Children’s Chorus Program (BCC) is also available for grades 1 - 12. The Nashville Youth Orchestra Program (NYOP) is available by audition only for all levels of skill.

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by Deborah Bohn

He may play tough on the field, but at the Nashville childcare center he owns with his wife he loves to play like a dad with all the kids.

leroy harris

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Christian can move across the room at 7 months? Oh yeah! He’s fully mobile now. If you put him on the floor, he won’t be in the same spot when you come back. And changing his diaper is the worst. As soon as you lay him on his back, he rolls over and laughs. You have to hold him down to get it done.

What’s the Harris house bedtime routine? Typically after we eat dinner, Tré gets his Transformers out and Chunka thinks it’s open season! He’ll scoot over and try to steal one. Tre’ will share with him, but regulates who gets which ones. Then we’ll read a book before bed.

Who gets up with the baby? Whoever moves first. We both stay still as long as possible and see who can tolerate the yelling long enough.

To state the obvious ... you’re a big guy. Are your boys big too? Tré (Leroy III) was born a month early but he weighed eight pounds 11 ounces already. Now he’s 5 years old and 50 pounds. He can go through a gallon of milk in three days. Christian is 7 months old, he’s 25 pounds and the size of a 2-year-old. We call him Chunka. If he sees you eating real food, like a sandwich, he’ll only eat half his baby food. Then you have a 30-second window, and if nothing comes his way, he starts yelling for it.

ennessee Titans offensive lineman Leroy Harris (#64) stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs more than 300 pounds. You do not want to meet this man on the football field. You may however want to place your children in his massive arms for a few hours. When he’s not facing down the biggest and baddest in the NFL, he’s reading a book to his young son before bed, wrangling his squirming baby into a diaper and playing with kids at the Nashville day care center he owns and manages with Christina, his high school sweetheart and wife of seven years.

You’ve got a sports management degree with a minor in business. What’s more important athletics or education? You can only play sports for as long as your body holds up, so education is much more important. School will get you farther than sports ever will.

Do you think sons of NFL players feel pressure to play football? Because of their size, my boys might naturally gravitate toward football. I hope they never feel pressured, though. Right now Tré loves every sport from soccer to table tennis. Eventually he’ll find the one he likes. He’s got to set his own path and make his own footprints.

Why is it important to get kids involved in sports? Obviously encouraging kids to play sports is good for their health and developing their motor skills, but I love sports for the friends I’ve made. You build those bonds spending all that time with each other and learning to trust one another. It also teaches you how to work with different personalities.

Little ones are notorious for waking up at night or wanting to sleep with mom and dad. How do you get enough sleep on game days? When you sleep with our boys, you either get kicked in the head or kneed in the ribs. Christina and I wind up clinging to the edges of the bed with a kid wrapped around us like an octopus and nobody in the middle! Luckily, the team has to stay at the Loews Vanderbilt the night before games, so I get some sleep.

Parents of little kids tend to be sick a lot. How do you stay healthy to be in top form for the Titans? I swear Tré has the sniffles nine out of 12 months of the year. So, if he wants some of my drink, I give him his own cup. Of course, he’s a boy and never thinks his hands are dirty, so I make him wash his hands a lot.

Deborah Bohn writes Busy Bodies for this publication in addition to celebrity profiles. She lives in Franklin with her family.

What’s your parenting specialty around the house? Preparing dinner. I like to cook. I don’t particularly like to give baths because the bathtub is so low down, it’s hard for me. But Tré likes me to give him baths. Really, he just likes to do whatever I do. He looks up to me. He’s my buddy. 

Do you want more children? We probably want around four kids. Last year, when the doctor said we were having a boy, Christina said, “No we’re not!” She’d already bought a girl outfit. So I think we’ll have more.

If you had a friend who was expecting a baby, what would you give them? The baby monitor that lets you see the baby! You don’t want to get up every time they moan. You’ve got to see if they’re really awake or just rolling around and looking for a pacifier.

How’d potty training Tré go? I took the lead on it when he was around 3. He wouldn’t go by himself. You’d ask him if he had to go and he’d say, “No.” But he looks up to everything I do, so if I said, “Come with me,” he’d do it.

Do you help out? Oh definitely. In the off season, I helped with facilities, inventory and scheduling. Now I get down on the floor and play with the kids in the evenings while Christina runs the front. They run right up to me and we have a good time.

You and your wife opened the Kid’s Night Out child care center and preschool almost a year ago. Why? Christina has sacrificed so much for me and my career as a professional athlete. Her mom owned a day care growing up, so she has a lot of experience in that field. Kid’s Night Out is something for her to excel at and enjoy. It is located at 6601 Sugar Valley Drive, Ste. 112, in Nashville on the city limits of Nolensville and Brentwood.

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Camps, Summer Activities & After-School Programs A Paid Advertising Directory Listings in RED are away/residential camps. Listings in BLUE are local day camps. Listings in GREEN are after-school and summer programs and activities. Above The Rim Basketball Academy

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Bellevue Dance Center

in the Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 390-0982 • Offering year-round after-school basketball programs for individuals and groups ages 6 - 17. We take skills to a higher level, stressing fundamentals and shaping character. Developmental program for boys and girls ages 7 - 16. All skill levels welcome. Travel basketball program also available. AAU Member. 381 Jernigan Road, Portland, TN 37148 715-0326 • Email: Brand new facility coming soon! Great amenities for boarders: covered riding arena, trails, indoor wash rack and many others. Horse riding lessons and horse training slots available. Visit our website, call or email for more information.

Baker Performance Academy

1411 Mark Allen Lane, Unit D Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-2290 • Email: Sing, dance, act! Offering an exciting and educational way to experience the performing arts. Dance, cheer, musical theater, acting and voice classes taught by professionally-trained instructors in a safe and fun environment. Ages 2 - adult. Enroll now for our fall session and to participate in our Holiday Showcase. Private lessons available. Call or visit our website for more information.

Ballet Princess Camps and More

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive Franklin, TN 37067 377-9606 • Email: Our camps introduce children ages 4 - 6 and 7 - 9 to four ballet stories. Students learn ballet technique and explore hair, make-up and costuming of the lead characters. Also offering camps in drama, dance sampler, boys and girls hip-hop and weekly class in our six-week session for ages 3 and up. Visit our web site for more information.

2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128 896-3118 • Email: We offer dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, Irish, Kinderdance and Kindermusik, ages newborn - adult. All programs are developmentally appropriate and designed to meet the needs of each dancer. Our goal is to develop within each dancer a love for and a skill in the art of dance providing a sound dance education. 7907-J Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221 662-8553 • Email: The Bellevue Dance Center offers excellent training in hip-hop, tap, jazz, pointe and modern dance as well as musical theater classes for students ages 3 - adult. Adult classes are offered on a pay-by-class basis. All classes are taught by degreed, professional teachers who strive to teach the art of dance in a loving, nurturing environment. Call us or visit our web site for more information.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37129 890-6755 –and– 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 893-6003 Email: Let martial arts take your kids to new heights. Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 to adult. Call now to find out how to get two months free!

Brentwood Academy

219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027 373-0611 • Email: Offering summer day camps for boys and girls beginning in grades K - 12. We offer over 25 camps in the areas of sports, fine arts and academics. We have something to interest every child. Join us for a summer of fun!

Camp Idyllwild

3139 Blue Buck Creek Road Duck River, TN 38454 383-0589 • Email: A unique day camp to inspire children with a love for nature. Eco-science and nature-based programs as well as traditional summer activities. Learn about animal habitats and ecology. Arts and crafts, organic gardening, archery, wall climbing, rappelling, pottery, wood and leather working, and caring for the camp’s three Alpacas. Bus transportation from Nashville and Franklin.

Camp Laney

916 West River Road, Mentone, AL 35984 256-634-4066 • Email: Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking, bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis.

Cheekwood’s Summer Camp

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 353-9827 • Email: With classes focusing on everything from painting and clay to mosaics and mixed media, campers 2 - 16 will enjoy fun art and outdoor adventures at Cheekwood. Visit our web site for more information. Registration begins Feb. 5 for camps Jun. 6 - Aug. 5.

Cheer and Dance 1 Nashville

7657 Hwy 70 S, #101, Nashville, TN 37221 969-9955 • Email: For school-age students. We offer classes in cheerleading, tumbling, private lessons and squad training. Our preschool program, Junglenasticks, offers classes in gymnastics, tumbling, cheer, creative movement and ballet/tap/tumble. Parent/child classes begin in October. continued on page 59 ...

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Campers age 6-13 choose their own activities. Some of the fun includes exploring the garden and farm life, creek adventures, horseback riding, kayaking, rappelling & climbing, zipline, and more! Located in Williamson County, we provide free transportation from Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin. We’re ACA accredited and a Nashville tradition for 40 years.

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Creative Me Gymnastics

871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna, TN 37167 459-5512 • Email: Creative Me offers a variety of programs in gymnastics, fitness and cheerleading for ages 18 mos. - 12 yrs. Our goal is to bring out the champion in every child in a fun environment that builds selfesteem and character. We encourage and reward trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Now enrolling for fall classes. Also offering birthday parties and kids’ night out.

Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp

16795 Hwy E, Rolla, MO 65401 573-458-2125 • Email: Home to over 250 animals. Our 26 week-long courses include: Jr. Vet, Adopt an Animal, culinary science, survival skills, crime science, pottery, arts and crafts and much more. Our facility is top-notch: spacious, air-conditioned cabins; swimming pool; 240+ acres; and great food. Junior camp ages 7 - 11. Senior camp ages 12 - 16.

Deer Run Retreat and Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 794-2918 • Email: Affordable! Age-appropriate. An incredible camper experience! Camp staff model leadership, strong character, have excellent Bible knowledge plus a love for pouring into camper’s lives. All camps include a t-shirt and DVD of camp week. Discounts available. Day Camp: Day (grades K - 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6 - 8). Interactive Bible story, songs, worship, crafts and skits. Recreation: lake (swimming, zipline, aqua park, canoes, kayaks), hiking, creek wading, crazy games, wiffleball, kickball, BB guns, archery, climbing tower, and wild water games. Residential Camp: Five-night. Pre-teen, middle and high school. Excellent accommodations. Healthy meals. Daily Bible study, worship, drama. Paintball, climbing tower, high/low ropes, lake (see above), archery, BB guns, wiffleball, crazy games, night hikes.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-6900 • Email: 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.

EBDT Dance and Arts Center Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theatre

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1 Franklin, TN 37064 599-7003 • Email: Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loftstyle classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. Non-mandatory in-school dance concerts to teach performance skills. Next session begins Jan. 4 and runs through Mar. 6. Schedules and more information on our website.

Firstlight Arts Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste 108 Brentwood, TN 37027 202-6426 • Instruction in drawing, painting and cartooning for ages 4 - adult. Parents can take a class while their kids are in class. Ages 3 - 8 can drop in for fun and experience art. 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon., Tue. - Sat. Now open in Cool Springs.

Franklin School of Performing Arts

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive Franklin, TN 37067 377-9606 • Email: Celebrating our 20th year! We offer unrivaled quality education in classical and contemporary dance and drama. Classes teach proper body mechanics, technique,•vocabulary, history and foster creativity and exceeds colleg progressive curriculum that individual expression. Visit ourindustry web site forstandards our summer class offerings.

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Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. HDA offers the highest quality instructors along with a beautiful, Mobile Music Academy Grandma’s Camp 98 Woodbury Road, Auburntown, TN 37016 631-6268 • A non-profit organization formed to bridge the gap between generations, strengthen the family and enhance the values of our youth through education and hands-on experiences. This two-night, three-day camp brings grandparents and grandchildren, mentors and extended family members into nature where they can enjoy bonding through a myriad of activities from campfires to storytelling.

Harding Academy Summer Programs

170 Windsor Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 356-5510 • Email: We offer one-week long day camps for children grades K - 8 including film, chess, theater, just-for-fun camps and much more. Our popular athletic camps include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and football for all skill levels. Camps run from Jun. 6 - Jul. 1 and Jul. 11 - 29.

Harpeth Hall Summer Camps

3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN 37215 297-9543 • Email: Julia Child. Jane Goodall. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Georgia O’Keefe. No matter who your hero is, come go beyond your expectations at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls of all ages can spend half- and fullday at our week-long summer camps exploring science, developing artistic talents, perfecting athletic skills and just plain having fun.

Hermitage Dance Academy 275 Jackson Meadows Drive Hermitage, TN 37076 231-7100 • Email:

spacious studio featuring video monitor viewing of all classes, computers utilized in all dance rooms and a playroom for siblings. We also offer ballroom, drama, voice and karate lessons along with our dance programs. New classes are forming now so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get in on the fastest growing studio in Nashville.

Horton Haven Christian Camp

3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091 931-364-7656 • Email: Conveniently located one hour south of Nashville. Visit our website for more information and registration. Day Camp: Come out and explore! Each day is filled with laughter and adventure. Activities range from inflatable water slides, bible lessons, crafts, guided horseback rides, swimming and much more. Choose from three weeks or come back for all three. Jun. 27 - Jul. 1, July 4 - 8 and Jul. 18 - 22. Space is limited. Residential Camp: One-week sessions for ages 8 - 11, 12 14 and 15 - 18. Campers experience horseback riding, archery, air rifles, canoeing, crafts, swimming and other exciting activities. Teens can try our 45 ft. high, 600 ft. long zipline. Bible lessons are taught daily.

Miss Carla’s Charm School

204 Rivergate Pkwy. Goodlettsville, TN 37075 496-2100 • Individual sessions or group workshops and audition skills for TV, theater and film. For younger students, table manners and self presentation skills. Classes and workshops taught by Carla Duffy, a former Broadway and film talent agent in New York City as well as a pageant judge for many years. Before- and after-care available.

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

Mpact Sports - Camp Mpact 2010

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-3444 • MPACT your child’s school year with the right balance of athletic training, character building and social/team outlets. Gymnastics for 10 mos. - adult, cheer for 5 - 18 yrs. and martial arts for ages 4 - 104. Competitive teams and proper training. Low teacher/student ratios. Our goal is to help your child develop to their fullest within their sport of choice and encourage learning. Come see why Mpact is the best kept secret in Cool Springs!

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330 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 371-5437 • —and— 204 N. Anderson Lane Hendersonville, TN 37064 824-8002 • We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a fun, non-competitive way. continued on page 63 ...

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Nashville Dance Center (NDC)

4004 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215 385-7997 • Email: NDC was voted one of the best dance studios in Nashville by the readers of Nashville Parent magazine, and was voted one of the top 50 schools in the U.S. by Dance Spirit magazine! Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced student who is dancing for fun or training for a professional career, you will enjoy taking classes at NDC.

NewPoint Learning Center

2207 Crestmoor Road., Ste. 205 Nashville, TN 37215 298-4112 • Email: NewPoint offers a variety of exciting academic summer programs for K - 12 students. Elementary and middle school booster camps, high school courses for credit and a wide range of enrichment programs including college planning and essay workshops, test prep, language arts, study skills, creative writing, music and foreign languages.

Peachtree Farms Eqeustrian Center

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington, TN 37014 419-1089 • Email: Our camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8, full-day for ages 6 and older. Aftercare available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center offer a chance to excel in competition.

Rhythm and Rhymes Family Enrichment Classes

Locations throughout Middle Tennessee 946-5107 • Our unique “kreative” classes tap into your child’s artistic talent, strengthen self-image and social skills, and establish a solid foundation for learning. Strengthen family bonds, have fun and increase flexibility, coordination and rhythm in each four-week session. Tumbling, dancing, sign language and arts and crafts classes are all offered.

Riverview Camp for Girls

757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 35984 800-882-0722 • Email: Director: Susan Hooks Voted #1 sleep-away camp seven years in a row in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Only two hours away from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions available for girls 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six activities to take daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

Robinson Taekwondo

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 809 Franklin, TN 37064 791-6655 • Email: Tiger Rock Taekwondo is a great way for children to gain confidence, coordination and mental strength. Our parents report that their children often increase their grades by one to two levels. We specialize

in training leaders of the future. Register now for classes that will have lasting positive effects on your child’s self-esteem and success.

St. Bernard Academy Summer Camp

2020 24th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212 298-1298 • Email: SBA Summer Camp is located near Vanderbilt and Hillsboro Village. We offer camps based on weekly themes. Campers must be 6 years old, but not older than 15. Our weekly registration is limited to 100 students per week. We are open Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

School of Dance (Green Hills, Mt. Juliet)

2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 298-5271 –and– 2228 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 754-9186 40 years of dance. State-of-the-art facilities and top quality teachers. Call our 24-hour info line (292-4488) to find out four things you should know before choosing a dance studio. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, tumbling and more. Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and girls. Voted #1 dance studio by Nashville Parent readers for ten consecutive years.

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. Smartt Steps

123 Stadium Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075 824-7400 • Email: Smartt Steps – voted one of Sumner County’s best – offers day and evening classes in ballet, tap, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, modern, ballroom and all-boys hip-hop. For ages 2 - adult. Our emphasis is teaching the correct technique in a fun, nurturing environment. We also have award-winning competition teams.

Stonywoods Art Center

204 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville, TN 37075 496-2100 • “Changing the world one young artist at a time” Now offering Saturday Classes. Drawing, painting and printmaking classes for children and teens in new north Nashville Art Center and Gallery. Classes taught by talented local artist, and by Steve Duffy, college instructor, professional designer and artist. Check out our web site for more information.

Task Whiz Tutoring

656-3532 • Serving Davidson, Rutherford and Sumner counties. Affordable and convenient in-home tutoring for all subjects, grades K 12. Catch up or get ahead in math, reading, chemistry, Spanish and more. Prepare for the SAT or ACT. Get homework help or improve study skills and test taking techniques. Oneon-one personalized instruction. Sun. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m..

Tennessee Golf Academy/ The Little Course

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400 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37069 790-7600 • The Little Course offers junior golf clinics for ages 4 - 17 and all skill levels. The Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy is an overnight golf camp. The Academy is for all ability levels and the clinics are conducted by PGA professionals and college coaches.

USN Summer Camps

2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville, TN 37212 321-8000 • Email: jkleiner@usnorg USN Summer Camps offer a wide range of experiences for students from kindergarten to high school. Many of the camps are led by members of our talented faculty who bring their expertise and passions to programs that cover sports, the arts and technology.

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

606 Valley View Ranch Road Cloudland, GA 30731 706-862-2231 • Email: Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain. For 60 girls ages 8 - 17. One to nine weeks. English, western, barrels, vaulting and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend four to six hours daily with your own horse. Swimming, pottery and other secondary activities. The Jones family is third generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls dreams come true!

2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch, TN 37013 399-3992 —and— 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 859-9473 —and— 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna, TN 37167 399-3992 Email: Two-week “Quick Start Program” for $19.95. For ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register.

Watkins College of Art and Design

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228 383-4848 • Dedicated to providing the finest art instruction, our program sets the stage for students of all ages to learn the process of creating art in a variety of fascinating mediums. Adult courses are also offered.

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. The Wave Daycamp

at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. Hendersonville, TN 37075 447-1397 • Email: At The Wave, we desire to make disciples out of children (campers), as well as young adults (staff members), by sharing our lives and glorifying God together each summer. We pride ourselves on being Christ-centered, high-energy and unquestionably safe. Campers are constantly moving from one exciting activity to the next.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview, TN 37062 799-9925 • Celebrating our 40th birthday in beautiful Fernvale Valley. Campers create their special day by choosing their own activities including creek play, horseback riding, arts and crafts, zipline, 40 ft. climbing and rappelling wall and much more. A safe and fun environment where campers enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and making lifelong friendships. Bus transportation provided from Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin.

YMCA Camp Ocoee

301 W. Sixth St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 423-265-0455 • Email: Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee offers a wide range of programs. Traditional as well as specialty camps. One-week sessions. 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include traditional camp activities and adventure

programs such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, mountain biking and caving. June - August. Co-ed ages 7 - 17.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 • Email: Voted #1 overnight camp by Nashville Parent magazine readers. Offering one- and two-week sessions for campers rising grade 3 - grade 9. Serving young men and young women. At Widjiwagan campers will strengthen confidence, forge friendships and sharpen character through programs and activities that build independence and social skills. Activities include: water skiing, Wet Willy water slide, The Blob, sailing, soccer, basketball, alpine tower, zip line, archery, horseback riding and much more.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 • Email: Voted #1 Day Camp by Nashville Parent readers 13 years in a row! Serving boys and girls rising grade 1 - grade 8. Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from downtown Nashville. Bus transportation is available. Activities include water skiing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, Tom Sawyer swing, The Blob, 150 ft. Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hockey, alpine tower, zip line, fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more.

SPANISH CLASSES FOR KIDS! ¿quién? Grades K - 5

¿dónde? Brentwood United Methodist Church

¿cuándo? Spring Session: Feb 1 -April 14 Tues or Thurs 4:00-5:30pm Summer Camp: June 20-24 or July 11-15 Mon – Fri 9am-12pm

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shrek takes the stage jan. 25 - 30


reat your kids to this month’s hot ticket in town when Shrek the Musical comes to TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Based on the popular DreamWorks films, the musical tells the story of the swamp-dwelling ogre and his quest to reclaim the deed to his land. Along on the adventure is wise-cracking Donkey and feisty Princess Fiona. With 19 songs and big dance numbers, Shrek the Musical is sure to please. TPAC is located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Show times are Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 is Kids’ Night on Broadway. Buy one adult ticket and get one child’s ticket free (valid Jan. 25 only; not valid previously purchased tickets). Other Kids’ Night activities beginning at 6 p.m. include face painting, coloring sheets, free Shrek ears and green bags, and more, in the lobby prior to the show. Tickets are $42.50 - $62.50. Call 782-4040 or visit


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sat 1

Happy New Year!

sun 2 Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

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Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “Happy New Year” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Animal Antics All ages can meet the bearded dragon. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the

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

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “Happy New Year” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Wrap up your New Year’s weekend at Bridgestone Arena when the Nashville Predators challenge the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, Jan. 2.

classes & activities

Plantation Station Stories and crafts for ages 1 - 4 with

Classes listed here are free or nonprofit only.

their parents. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Wednesdays at 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 per child, free for adults; 356-0501, ext. 31, or

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FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

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

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts Mon - Fri

at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Fairytales, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 915-1960 or

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.

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

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

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

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112. McFadden Community Center 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-1802. Ongoing programs are: • FREE After-School Programs: School-age kids can participate in athletic activities like basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball and more Mon, Wed and Fri from 3 - 5 p.m. Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs are: • Wee Play: Ages 12 months - 2 years can enjoy stories, crafts and more every Monday; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

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their parents can visit the Faberge exhibit in the Museum of Art and stop by the studio to make a spEGGtacular creation. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 5 Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the

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

thu 6 25th Annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow View

hundreds of boats and recreational vehicles the from the regions top dealers along with marine accessories and electronics. The show also features a variety of family activities and entertainment, including appearances by SpongeBob Squarepants and kids’ trout fishing. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St.; Thu 2 - 10 p.m., Fri 12 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, free ages 15 and younger; 502-9571666 or

FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry All ages can create a poem based on the color photographs

in the exhibit, William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 244-3340 or

Creation Station All ages can create sparkling suncatchers. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or I’ll Be Seeing You This play opens tonight at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details.

SunTrust Classical Series: Mozart & Beethoven

Pianist Robert Levin and conductor Nicholas McGegan join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or

Kids can meet SpongeBob Squarepants during the 25th Annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow at the Nashville Convention Center, Jan. 6 - 9. Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs are: • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Youth Volleyball: Ages 11 - 17 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

FREE Tot Time Ages 5 and younger can enjoy a social hour

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FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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

and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. (no program Dec. 23 or 30) at the Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks. org.

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

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FREE Borders Books Children’s storytime activities take place every Friday at 10 a.m. at 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood (221-8805), and 545 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin (771-2870). FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can

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

FREE Walking Club All ages, including moms with strollers can walk every Mon, Wed and Fri at 9 a.m. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 373-4826.

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

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fri 7 25th Annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing.

FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing.

Monster Jam All ages can take in an evening of monster truck action. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; $25.75 - $52; 770-2000 or

A Raisin in the Sun This Circle Players production opens tonight at the Larry Keeton Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details.

Robin Hood This play opens tonight at Murfreesboro Little Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details.

Southern Motorsports Indoor Tractor and Truck Pull

All ages can enjoy an indoor tractor and truck event. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304-B W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; $15 adults, free ages 10 and younger; 494-8879 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Mozart & Beethoven

Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing.

(please turn to page 81)

See the “Grave Digger” and other big trucks during Monster Jam at Bridgestone Arena, Jan. 7 - 8.

outings cheatham county

Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or

Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

participants to glide through the forest on nine zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-and-a-half tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $49.20 adults, $38.27 youth (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit

davidson county BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 2551422; Visit Web site for open bounce times.

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

rutherford county BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or • Open Bounce: Ages 2 and older; Tue and Thu 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings) • Preschool Playdate: Ages 6 and younger; Thu and Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings)

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or • Open Bounce: Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., check Web site for Sat and Sun availability; $6.33 ($5.42 siblings) children, parents bounce free • Toddler Storytime: Every Monday at 10 a.m., ages 5 and younger can listen to a story, color and enjoy unlimited bouncing; $3

Skate Center West 849 W. College St., Murfreesboro.

Public skate times are Tue 6 - 8:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 - 11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 - 11 p.m., Sun 2 - 6:30 p.m.; $3 - $7 plus rental; 895-1403 or

Private School Open Houses If you are considering a private education for your child, these events are the perfect opportunity to get to know the private schools in Middle Tennessee. This month’s Calendar is chock-full of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 90! – to find more.

We believe that education at its best

should transcend the intellect and engage the whole person; that each student is wonderfully unique and blessed with God-given talents; and that every child is full of possibility, just as he or she is seen leaving home each morning.

OPEN HO U S E E V E N T S Grades 5-12 • January 29


ou H n e p O

Tuesday, January 4th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 2nd 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



3105 Belmont Boulevard Nashville, TN 37212 615-292-9465 •

4700 Franklin Road • Nashville, Tennessee 37220 • 615-832-8845 •

Community • Knowledge • Service

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Private School Open Houses If you are considering a private education for your child, these events are the perfect opportunity to get to know the private schools in Middle Tennessee. This month’s Calendar is chock-full of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 90! – to find more.

Experience Waldorf Education First Hand!

Early Childhood Through Grade Eight

3201 Hillsboro Pike • Nashville, TN 37215 • • 615.354.0270

At David Lipscomb, your child is closer to college than you think. David Lipscomb Campus School is Middle Tennessee’s largest private school and the only one on a college campus. Add faith-based Christian commitment, and you just might have to rethink your definition of higher education.

Admissions Open House Middle and High School (5th-12th) Sunday, January 30 2-4 pm

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sat 8 25th Annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing.

Monster Jam Please see Friday, Jan. 7 listing. Polar Bear Plunge All ages who can brave the cold can jump

indoor pool). Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m.; admission is a non-perishable food donation; 8955040.

Saturday AM: SpEGGtacular Families can visit the FabergĂŠ exhibit then stop by the studio to make an EGGsquisite creation. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

in the chilly outdoor pool (a chicken plunge will take place at the

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FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of Macbeth. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 1 - 4 p.m.;

Southern Motorsports Indoor Tractor and Truck Pull

Please see Friday, Jan. 7 listing.

SunTrust Classical Series: Mozart & Beethoven

Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing.

(please turn the page)

All ages can brave the chilly outdoor pool during the Polar Bear Plunge at Sports*Com on Saturday, Jan. 8.

outings, cont’d sumner county Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf, batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or Kids Party Jumps Kids can bounce on inflatables at 134

New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; $5; 826-8010.

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing

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

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit for a complete schedule and fees. Peek-a-boo Playtown Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. at 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; $7 per child; 822-7099 or

williamson county Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

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

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

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

Jump!Zone Open play is Tue, Wed and Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.; $7 per session. 1725 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 866-2021 or My Gym Brentwood For pay-to-play, open gym and

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

Peek-a-boo Playtown Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. at 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Franklin; $7 per child; 771-8099 or

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sun 9 25th Annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing.

Sunday Series of FUN Families can create a warm-up

craft. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food items; 893-2141.

mon 10 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “Winter Wonderland” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the

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

WWE Raw All ages can delight in a night of wrestling. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:15 p.m.; $19 - $68.25; 770-2000 or

tue 11 Animal Antics All ages can meet the resident amphibians. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “Winter Wonderland” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or Tuesdays for Tots: Museum Monoprints Preschool-

ers and their parents can explore the decorative details in the Museum of Art then capture their favorite part in a printmaking activity. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or (please turn to page 85)

sites, cont’d Pump It Up Play Time Pop-in playtime Tue, Wed and Fri

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

sites davidson county Adventure Science Center Hands-on science activities. Also home to the Sudekum Planetarium. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 5:30 p.m. (the planetarium is open from 6 - 9 p.m. on the

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Peter Cetera joins the Nashville Symphony for the Bank of America Pops Series at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Jan. 13 - 15. second Saturday each month for after-hours showings); $12 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12; free for ages 2 and younger; Planetarium tickets are $4 members, $6 non-members on top of museum admission (laser shows are $2 more); 862-5160 or

Belle Meade Plantation Early 1800s house and stud farm

at 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (final tour at 4 p.m.); $16 adults, $10 ages 13 - 18, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 356-0501 or

Belmont Mansion Tour the summer home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, built in 1853, at 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 460-5459 or

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue - Sat 9:30 am. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or • Cheekwood Collects: The First 50 Years exhibit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2 • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012 • Season of Celebration is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2 • Temporary Contemporary: Mel Ziegler is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20 • Video Installation Galleries: The Way We Move is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20 • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2

Affordable Excellence.... e....

Ezell-Harding ol ol Christian School

New Admissions Open House January 30th, 2-4pm PreK-12 Independent Private School 574 Bell Road Antioch, Tennessee (615) 367-0532

$800 Second Child Discount Fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools TSSAA Sports Participation Division II

Proudly observing 30 years of educating conndent, self-motivated learners.

...where students can learn for their future on earth and for eternity

"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile eld in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of aming imagination." - Dr. Maria Montessori

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Preschool through Middle School. Located in West Nashville on a 10-acre, wooded campus.

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Preschool - 12 Coeducational — Consistently high test scores — Award-winning fine arts program — Competitive athletic program — All centered upon a Christian worldview

Equip with Knowledge • Lead with Wisdom • Live in Truth 2323-A Old Hickory Blvd. | Nashville, TN 37215 For more information, call (615) 373-9550 or visit us at

Distinctly Christian, without denominational bias. January Open Houses

preschool-12th grade Mother’s Day Out

• Jan. 11 at 8:15am • Jan. 13 at 5:30pm

At Davidson Academy, it’s easy to find your niche and utilize your God-given talents.

Excellence in Christian Education Prekindergarten through Sixth Grade

The Covenant School 33 Burton Hills Boulevard Nashville, TN 37215

(Corner of Hillsboro Road and Harding Place)

(615) 467-2313 1414 Old Hickory Blvd. | Nashville, TN 37207 | 860-5307

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wed 12 Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

thu 13 FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing. Bank of America Pops Series: Peter Cetera Former Chicago front man Peter Cetera performs an evening of his hits. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $129; 687-6400 or Creation Station All ages can create sparkling suncatchers. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can listen to a

reading of Bear Snores, followed by craft activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

Shakespeare’s Case This Nashville Shakespeare Festival production opens tonight at Troutt Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details. Talking With This play opens tonight at Out Front on Main. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details.

fri 14 FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing. Bank of America Pops Series: Peter Cetera Please see

Thursday, Jan. 13 listing.

College Hockey Root for your favorite team as the University of Alabama Huntsville takes on Merrimack College. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Fri 7:05 p.m., Sat 1:05 p.m.; $10 - $30; 770-2000 or Hairspray This musical opens tonight at the Center for the Arts. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details. The Nashville Symphony honors Martin Luther King Jr. during the free Let Freedom Sing concert on Sunday, Jan. 16.

sites, cont’d

862-8470 or

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Local to international

FREE Cooter’s Place Memorabilia representing Dukes of

Hazzard at 2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville; Mon - Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 8728358 or

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum A

variety of exhibits featuring stage costumes, instruments, art, photographs and multimedia displays at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $19.99 adults, $11.99 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 416-2001 or

FREE Fort Negley Visitors Center Self-guided exhibits

and interactive stations detail Nashville’s Civil War history. 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.;

art, plus hands-on fun in ArtQuest at 919 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Wed and Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 244-3340 or Ongoing: • The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay is on display through Sunday, Jan. 23 • Chihuly at the Frist is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2 • FREE Music in the Grand Lobby every Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and every Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Young Tennessee Artists: 2010 Statewide Advanced Placement Studio Art is on display through Sunday, April 10 • William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked is on display Jan. 21 - May 1

(please turn the page)

The Hermitage Home of President Andrew Jackson. 4580

Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $17 adults, $11 ages 13 - 18, $7 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or

Lane Motor Museum More than 150 unique cars and

motorcycles at 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; Thu - Mon 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $2 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 742-7445 or

Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at 3777

Nolensville Road, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; 833-1534 or

FREE Tennessee Agricultural Museum Home and farm artifacts at the Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 837-5197 or tnagmuseum. org.

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sat 15 Bank of America Pops Series: Peter Cetera Please see Thursday, Jan. 13 listing.

Bill Cosby Comedian Bill Cosby entertains ages 13 and older with comic routines and life reflections. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 4 and 8 p.m.; $40 - $70; 782-4040 or FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League of Gallatin presents this storytime for ages 10 and younger, featuring a reading of Snowballs, followed by snacks and craft activities. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722. College Hockey Please see Friday, Jan. 14 listing. FREE Healthy Parks, Healthy You Discover the programs and amenities available at the center. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd.; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 799-9331 or FREE No Name Calling Storytime Ages 3 - 8 can learn

what to do if a bully bothers them through books and activities that celebrate each person’s uniqueness. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Polar Bear Plunge All ages can endure chilly water for a good cause. Take the plunge and help raise money for Wilson County Special Olympics. Jimmy Floyd Family Center, 511 N. Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon; 9 a.m.; $10 registration plus donations raised; 453-4545 or wilsoncountyplunge.php.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Chicago Blackhawks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24 (today is Family Four Pack Night; get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at $99); 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: Magnificent Monoprints Families can

explore the world of monoprints in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

(please turn to page 88)

sites, cont’d Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

College football and basketball exhibits, sports videos, interactive games, NASCAR video games and more at 501 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 children; 242-4750 or

FREE Tennessee State Museum Explore the history of

Tennessee at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 741-2692 or

Travellers Rest Judge John Overton’s 1799 plantation at 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 832-8197 or

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The stories of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin come to life when Nashville Opera presents The Brothers Grimm at the Williamson County Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

rutherford county FREE Cannonsburgh Village A re-creation of Rutherford

County’s historic village at 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; self-guided tours are free, guided tours are $2.50 adults, $1.50 ages 6 - 12; 890-0355.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Hands-on

FREE MTSU Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum

Displays of gems, minerals, fossils, petrified wood and fluorescent specimens. Room 122 in Ezell’s Hall, Blue Raider Drive, Murfreesboro; Sat 1 - 5 p.m.;

Oaklands Museum Historic plantation home from the 1800s at 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or

activities for all ages at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or • Robot Zoo opens Saturday, Jan. 22.

Sam Davis Home Historic home dedicated to the Tennessee Civil War hero at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8.50 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 459-2341 or

FREE The Heritage Center Rotating exhibits of Rutherford

FREE Stones River National Battlefield The

County history at 225 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 217-8013.

battleground museum is open daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 893-9501.

Private School Open Houses If you are considering a private education for your child, these events are the perfect opportunity to get to know the private schools in Middle Tennessee. This month’s Calendar is chock-full of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 90! – to find more.

You’re Invited Please join us for:

Montessori School Open Houses in

East Nashville Tues., Jan. 18, 5:30-7pm Mt. Juliet Thurs., Jan. 13, 5:30-7:30pm *refreshments will be served

MONTESSORI EAST – NASHVILLE 701 Porter Rd., East Nashville TN, 37206 (615) 226-4588 MT. JULIET MONTESSORI ACADEMY Preschool & Elementary 9695 Lebanon Rd., Ste # 240, Mt. Juliet TN, 37122 (615) 758-0819

St. Bernard Academy Pre-K thru 8th Grade

Now accepting applications for 2011-2012 school year. Tours are given daily. Please call Admissions Office at 615-385-0440 to schedule. Located minutes from Vanderbilt in the heart of Hillsboro Village.

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he “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Nashville during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Barnum’s FUNundrum! tour. Set against a musical backdrop of a live, nine-piece band, 130 performers and characters from exotic countries all around the world will fill the arena. Your family can enjoy everything from high-wire artists and Russian acrobats to an array

of animals and Masters of Musculature, featuring contortionists who push their bodies beyond belief. The fun takes place at Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. Show times are Fri 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $14.75 - $102. Call 770-2000 or visit (please turn to page 91)

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sumner county Cragfont This historic, late Georgian period home is

located at 200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. (by appointment); $5 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 452-7070.

Mansker’s Station A reconstructed 1779 log station and the Bowen Plantation House at 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12; 859-3678 or FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at

1154 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 822-0789.

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Rock Castle Early 1800s historic house at 139 Rock

Rippavilla Plantation 5700 Main St., Spring Hill; Thu -

williamson county

wilson county

Carnton Plantation This home was a field hospital during the Civil War at 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; Mon Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors; $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or

FREE City of Lebanon Museum Take a visual tour of the history of Lebanon and hear audio descriptions by famous residents at 200 Castle Heights Ave. N., Lebanon; Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 443-2839 or

Castle Lane, Hendersonville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 824-0502 or

Carter House A Battle of Franklin museum at 1140

Columbia Ave., Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 791-1861 or

Fri 3 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12; 931-486-9037 or

Our Savior Lutheran Academy











Building Faith | Instilling Knowledge | Equipping Leaders


OPEN HOUSE Jan. 12 11am & 11:30am Jan. 19 11am & 11:30am Jan. 26 11am & 11:30am

Our Savior Lutheran Academy provides an Excellent Christian Education for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Preschool 3-5 yr olds

Elementary K-5th grades

Middle Schools 6th-8th grades

5110 Franklin Road * Nashville, TN 37220 * (615) 833-1500, X 300 * january 2011 89



Open House

Why Nashville Christian?

Sunday, January 23 from 2 to 4 pm Meet & Greet at 2pm Student-led tour at 3pm

� a K-12 challenging, collegeprep academic path � a Christian & faith-building environment � a diverse fine arts program � a LIFE program for K-12 � 11 TSSAA sports programs � a childcare program for infant to Pre-K For more information call the Director of Admissions, Phillip Montgomery at 615-356-5600, x117 or visit our campus at 7555 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37221

where there’s more to learning

Come visit! Ongoing tours available. Call to schedule: Red Gables Campus (Grades P1–8) 211 Ensworth Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205 615.250.8916 Devon Farm Campus (Grades 9–12) 7401 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221 615.250.8905

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tue 18 Meet the Cat in the Hat during storytime at Barnes & Noble in Brentwood on Saturday, Jan. 22 and Monday, Jan. 24.

Animal Antics All ages can meet a live rabbit. Discovery

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

Jason and the Golden Fleece This play opens tonight at Nashville Children’s Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details.

FREE La Leche League of Williamson County

Expectant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1154 Lewisberg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

FREE Pajama Storytime All ages can wear their favorite

PJs and bring their best stuffed pal for bedtime stories. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 6 - 7 p.m.; 459-4884 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Fun Food Favorites Preschoolers and their parents can make their favorite food out of art materials in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 19 sun 16

FREE The Brothers Grimm Nashville Opera presents this production that follows the writing of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

FREE Let Freedom Sing

Enjoy an evening of music with the Nashville Symphony celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; pick up vouchers at the Symphony Center to be exchanged for tickets on the night of the concert; 687-6400 or

mon 17 FREE MLK Day All ages can celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by creating a freedom hand mural and silhouettes along with enjoying everything the center offers. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 8902300 or FREE MLK Storytime Preschoolers can

hear stories about the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

thu 20 FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing. Creation Station All ages can create a sock snowman. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or SunTrust Classical Series: Sibelius’ Violin Concerto

Violinist Stefan Jackiw and conductor Mario Venzago join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Sebelius and Nielsen. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or

fri 21 FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing. Doubt This play opens tonight at Pull-Tight Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details. Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming This musical opens tonight at the Arts Center of Cannon County. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details. (please turn the page)

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For January events requiring advance registration, turn to page 95.

SunTrust Classical Series: Sibelius’ Violin Concerto

Please see Thursday, Jan. 20 listing.

sat 22 FREE Cat in the Hat Storytime All ages can listen to Cat in the Hat stories and then meet him for photos. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

Peter and the Wolf and The Golden Goose These Olde

Worlde Theatre productions open today at The Belcourt. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details.

Saturday AM: Culinary Creations Families can explore

where recipes come from and make an artistic, culinary creation inspired by their favorite dish. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Sibelius’ Violin Concerto

Please see Thursday, Jan. 20 listing.

Zoo Run Run All ages and levels can participate in a 5K run/ walk. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 1:30 p.m. late registration/check-in, 3 p.m. race; advance registration is $35 members 13 and older ($38 non-members), $22 ages 5 - 12; race day registration is $45 ages 13 and older, $25 ages 5 - 12; 833-1534, ext. 129, or

mon 24 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can participate in a program based on science, engineering and technology and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439. FREE Cat in the Hat Storytime All ages can listen to Cat in the Hat stories and then meet him for photos. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about zoo animals. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the

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

tue 25 Animal Antics All ages can meet box turtles and a leopard tortoise. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about zoo animals. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. Shrek the Musical This musical opens today at TPAC. Please see page 75.

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Tuesdays for Tots: Pond Puppets Preschoolers and their parents can create playful puppets in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 26 FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner presents an interactive music program for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 778-1910 or

Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

thu 27 FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing. Creation Station All ages can create a sock snowman.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can listen to a reading of Snowballs, followed by craft activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

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Lend Me a Tenor This musical opens tonight at the Larry Keeton Theatre. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details. The Marriage of Figaro This Nashville Opera production opens tonight at TPAC. Please see “On Stage,” page 95, for details.

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sat 29 FREE Art Sparks All ages can enjoy an arts and crafts open house that includes art gallery viewing, demonstrations, “make it, take it” projects, face painting and more. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7905719, ext. 10, or

Saturday AM: Mini Masters Families can view the award-

winning work of local high school students in the Scholastic Art Exhibition and create their own mini-masterpieces. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

mon 31 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a Groundhog Day program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Snack Attack! Kids of all ages can create snacks in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry Please see Thursday, Jan. 6 listing. Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy Ages 12 and older can enjoy an evening of redneck comedy. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $59.50; 770-2000 or

Kids can meet a leopard tortoise during Animal Antics at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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hen I was in kindergarten, I loved art class for the most part. I loved it on the days when we could get messy with finger paints or mush our fingers through a clump of clay

to create some sort of animal. As long as it was free form creative exploration, I dug it. I hated, however, the days when Mrs. Geninetti took the easy way out and passed out coloring sheets. It wasn’t that I loathed coloring — I enjoyed it if given a blank sheet of paper. But I couldn’t stand the expected conformity of being told by the teacher to “stay inside the lines if you want to make a pretty picture.” Any genuine creative art experience — whether it’s painting, sculpting, acting, singing, dancing, you name it — means risks must be taken. Envelopes need to be pushed, because being a genuine

Édouard Manet’s “On the Beach” (1873) is on display at the Frist Center’s The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Museé D’Orsay exhibit through Sunday, Jan. 23.

artist means doing something unique that’s never been done before and blazing a trail to inspire others along the way. I mean, who wants to be a copy cat? It’s much more fun to be the “first” to do something, especially in the art arena.

I finally had the chance to stop by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts recently to see the exquisite exhibit, The Birth of Impression-

ism: Masterpieces from the Museé D’Orsay. Marvelling at the works of the avant-garde artists in the late 19th century, I imagined how exciting it must have been to be a part of a new movement that forever changed the art world with new techniques, fluid brush strokes and play of light. Works by pioneers like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas are on display, and seeing the exhibit is succinctly awe-inspiring for any age. It makes for a great educational opportunity for your kids to experience the emotion-invoking power of art that stands the test of time. It’s amazing to stand in front of paintings that are more than 130 years old and be drawn in and captivated. And it’s a great way for kids to engage themselves with something organic in this age of so much computer-generated stuff. And who knows, maybe it might just inspire them to dabble around with painting and unveil an artistic passion they might not otherwise know is hidden within them.

And hey, it’s A-OK to go outside the lines!

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take in some theater with your family this month!

Win Tickets to Peter and the Wolf at Click on “Contests.”

Olde Worlde Theatre Co. presents a double feature of Peter and the Wolf and The Golden Goose Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5 at The Belcourt. Doubt (Jan. 21 - Feb. 5; Ages 13 and older) Pull-Tight Theatre,

Lend Me a Tenor (Jan. 28 - Feb. 13; Ages 12 and older) Senior

Hairspray (Jan. 14 - 30; Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $14 adults, $12 students, $10 ages 11 and younger; 904-2787 or

The Marriage of Figaro (Jan. 28, 30 and Feb. 1; Ages 10 and

112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or

I’ll Be Seeing You (Jan. 6 - Feb. 5; Ages 10 and older)

Center for the Arts at Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $20 - $30 adults, $10 $15 children;

older) Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Tue 7 p.m.; $19.25 - $97.50; 782-4040 or

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

Peter and the Wolf and The Golden Goose (Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5; All ages) Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $7; 300-0374 or

Jason and the Golden Fleece (Jan. 18 - Feb. 6; Ages 8 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, Sat 2 p.m. (with an additional 4 p.m. performance on Feb. 5), Sun 2 p.m. (Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 only); $17 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or

A Raisin in the Sun (Jan. 7 - 23; Ages 12 and older) Circle Players at Keeton Theatre, FiftyForward Donelson Station, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students, free ages 6 and younger (all tickets on Thursdays are $10); 332-7529 or

Robin Hood (Jan. 7 - 16; Ages 10 and older) Murfreesboro

Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 893-9825 or

Shakespeare’s Case (Jan. 13 - 30; Ages 12 and older)

Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Belmont University’s Troutt Theatre, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $22 adults, $12 students in advance ($3 more at the door);

Shrek the Musical (Jan. 25 - 30; All ages) Please see page 75.

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming (Jan. 21 - 30; All ages) Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 563-2787 or Talking With (Jan. 13 - 30; Ages 12 and older) Out Front on Main, 1511 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 713-1757 or (please turn the page)

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parent PLANNER Advance Registration required for these events!

Unless otherwise noted, registration is ongoing until programs are full. Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 862-5160 or

• TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) Saturday, Feb. 12. Girls in grades 9 - 12. Students can meet and interact with professional women immersed in careers in science, engineering, research and technology while learning about career opportunities. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. $12

Bounce U Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422 or

• Create & Bounce Winter Camp Monday, Jan. 3. Ages 3 12 (must be potty trained). Camp includes exercise, games, arts and crafts, snacks and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • Create & Bounce MLK Camp Monday, Jan. 17. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Camp includes exercise, games, arts and crafts, snacks and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • MLK Open Bounce Monday, Jan. 17. All ages. Enjoy bouncing fun on the day off from school. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings)

Brentwood Barnes & Noble 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or

• FREE American Girl Club Friday, Jan. 21. Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 20. All ages. This month’s featured character is Kaya. 7 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090, ext. 838

• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, Jan. 15. All ages. Watch a screening of On Golden Pond, starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. 1 p.m.

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 790-5719, ext. 20, or

• Deb’z Doodlez Tuesdays, Jan. 11 and 25. All ages (must be able to sit for an hour and a half). Create a practice drawing and build it into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $25

Kids of all ages can take guitar lessons at the Fairview Recreation Complex, Jan. 3 - 24.

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Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

• Backyard Bombers Tuesdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 7. Ages 4 - 5. Learn basic baseball skills like catching, throwing and hitting. 5 5:45 p.m. $15 • Disco Hour Tuesday, Jan. 25. Ages 3 - 5. Enjoy a disco party in the dark watching the colors from the disco ball bounce off the walls. 10 a.m. $5

• Fun-n-Fit Tuesday, Jan. 11. Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 6. Ages 3 - 5. Participate in activities that helps children learn and develop the necessary coordination in the course of their growth, and make a healthy snack to take home. 10 a.m. $10 • FREE Children’s Karate Seminar Saturday, Jan. 15. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 14. Ages 5 - 12. Learn basic karate techniques, situational examples and general physical fitness during a low-impact class. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Movie and a Makeover Friday, Jan. 21. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 18. Girls ages 5 - 12. Watch a chick flick, eat pizza and popcorn, and get your nails and makeup done. 6 - 9 p.m. $15

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Jan. 15. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $45. Call 585-9055 to register • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Jan. 6. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 • Guitar Lessons Thursdays, Jan. 6 - 27. All ages. Learn to play the guitar. Choose a one-hour increment between 5 - 8 p.m. $80 • Wacky Wednesday Craft Class Wednesdays, Jan. 5 - 26. Ages 4 - 6. Dive into a variety of crafting experiences. 5:30 - 6 p.m. $4 • Young Champions Thursdays, Jan. 27 - May 12. Ages 4 15. Learn pom dance routines and cheerleading techniques such as cheers and chants with arm motions, jumps, leaps and mounts. Choose a 45-minute slot between 5 - 7:45 p.m. $7 per week plus a $7 registration fee

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 537-2508 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Jan. 21. Ages 5 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop their children off for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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

• Franklin Family Night Friday, Jan. 21. All ages. Enjoy a CiCi’s Pizza dinner and entertainment by Magician Scott Tripp. 6:30 - 8 p.m. $6 ages 3 and older, free ages 2 and younger • Guitar Lessons Mondays, Jan. 3 - 24 (skip Jan. 17). Ages 9 - 14. Learn to play the guitar with step-by-step instructions covering the foundations of all styles of guitar playing. 5 - 6 p.m. ages 9 - 11, 6 - 7 p.m. ages 12 - 14. $80 • Jitter Bugs Tuesdays, Jan. 4 - 25. Ages 2 - 5. Improve motor skills, coordination, listening and language skills while exploring rhythm and expressing creativity. 2:30 - 3 p.m. $25

• Piano Lessons Fridays, Jan. 7 - 28. Ages 4 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot from 2 - 7 p.m. $80 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 4 - 25; Mondays, Jan. 10 - 31 (skip Jan. 17); Fridays, Jan. 14 - 28. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences that enhance fine motor and development skills. Tue/Thu and Mon 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Fri 9 - 10:30 a.m. Tue/Thu $48, Mon and Fri $18 • Voice Lessons Fridays, Jan. 7 - 28. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute session between 2 - 8 p.m. $80 • Writing Magic Tuesdays, Jan. 4 - 25. Ages 9 - 12. Improve language and writing skills and exercise creativity while exploring characters, setting, plot, description and ideas to fill a writer’s notebook. 3:15 - 4 p.m. $35

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville; 744-3357 or

• FREE Frist Center Kids Club: Reduce, Reuse, Renew Saturday, Jan. 8. Ages 5 - 10. Learn a variety of ways to recycle and improve the environment while creating a personal treasure box made from reused materials. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Hutton Hotel 1808 West End Ave., Nashville;

• FREE Revive Winter Refresh: New Year, New You presented by Baptist Hospital Tuesday, Jan. 11. Ladies only. Gain a renewed since of health, well-being and spirit while asking Nashville’s leading health experts questions about healthy eating, weight loss, heart health and more. 5:30 p.m.

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

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Jan. 14. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. January’s themes are: • Jan. 10: Whose Tracks are These? • Jan. 17: Awe-Inspiring Hawks • Jan. 24: With Eyes Like That • Jan. 31: With a Mouth Like That

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

• Adventures in Sewing Saturdays, Jan. 8 - 29. Ages 9 12. Learn sewing machine basics like sewing straight lines, curved lines, button holes, zippers and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $40 • Crushing Cabin Fever Saturday, Jan. 15. All ages. Families can enjoy a McDonalds dinner then search for hidden items during a scavenger hunt. 6:30 - 8 p.m. $4 per person • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, Jan. 6 - 27. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • Introduction to Manga Drawing Jan. 4 and 6. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of drawing Mango Shoujo and Shonen characters in the traditional big-eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25 • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Jan. 3 - 31 (skip Jan. 17). Ages 8 and older. This program combines judo and karate in an exercise program that builds confidence and self-esteem. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $40

Ages 4 - 5 can learn basic baseball skills during Backyard Bombers at the Delmas Long Community Center, Jan. 11, 18 and 25. • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, Jan. 3 - 31 (skip Jan. 17). Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $40 • Manga Drawing Jan. 11 and 13. Ages 8 and older. This intermediate class teaches the fundamentals of cartoon drawing from body proportion, facial expression, clothing and costumes in the “big-eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25 • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, Jan. 5 - 26. Ages 5 12. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $40 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, Jan. 3 - 24 (skip Jan. 17) or Wednesdays, Jan. 5 - 26. Ages 3 - 6. Participate in a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon $18, Wed $24

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

• Backstage Pass: Giraffe Barn Saturday, Jan. 8. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 7 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older with a parent. Join zoo staff on a behind-thescenes tour of the giraffe barn where you can learn about animal care, behavior and conservation. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Members: $25 per person (limit two children per adult); Nonmembers: $50 per person

• Wild and Crafty Animal Tales Tuesdays, Jan. 11 and 18. Ages 3 and older. An animal story program with crafts and animal guests. 10:30 a.m. $5 in addition to zoo admission

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

• Mommy and Me: Who Was Here? Monday, Jan. 10. Ages 3 - 7 with a parent. Hunt for signs of animal life in the winter. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 child/adult pair in advance, $15 at the gate

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

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Homeschool P.E. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 10 - May 26. Grades 1 - 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3 (please turn the page)

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parent planner • FREE Winter Quest Saturday, Jan. 8. All ages. Search the park for winter treasures. 1 - 2 p.m.

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

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or • FREE Animal Encounters Every Saturday (no program Jan. 1). All ages. Meet a new resident animal each week and learn about the critters who call Tennessee home. 1:30 - 2 p.m. • FREE Bird Hike Saturday, Jan. 8. Ages 6 and older. Search for winter resident birds. 2 p.m. • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Nature activities to engage children’s interest in the natural world. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Talking Stick Saturday, Jan. 29. Ages 5 - 8. Learn the secret behind an Indian talking stick while listening to Native American tales. 10 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3 • Winter Night Hike Saturday, Jan. 22. All ages. View bright stars and the frozen landscape before settling down in front of a fire for roasted marshmallows and a warm beverage. 6 p.m. $3 ages 4 and older, free ages 3 and younger • Winter Wonderland Party Saturday, Jan. 22. Ages 3 - 5. Participate in winter-themed games, crafts and treats. 10 a.m. $3

All ages can learn about deer in the park at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center on Saturday, Jan. 8. (Patterson Park Community Center, cont’d) • Preschool Gymnastics Wednesdays, Jan. 5 - Feb. 23. Ages 3 - 5. Learn gymnastics basics with a focus on balance, hand-eye coordination, fitness and more. 9 - 9:45 a.m. $30

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or

• FREE Caw, Caw, Crow Saturday, Jan. 15. All ages. Discover facts about crows, followed by a short hike. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Everygreen Hike Saturday, Jan. 22. All ages. Hike around the park in search of evergreen trees and plants that give color to winter. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Oh, Deer Saturday, Jan. 8. All ages. Learn about the largest mammal that lives in the park, then take a short hike in hopes of spotting one. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Railroad History Saturday, Jan. 29. Ages 10 and older. Author Terry Coats discusses facts about significance of existing railroads found in Tennessee. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Stories by the River Friday, Jan. 21. All ages. Bring a blanket and snack and read up on winter activities for all of nature’s inhabitants. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE What’s in There? Friday, Jan. 14. Ages 3 - 5. Go outside and peek into holes in rotting logs, tree trunks, the ground and other spaces in search of winter animals. 10 11 a.m.

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

• Homeschool P.E. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 3 - May 30. Ages 13 - 17. Learn fundamentals of weight lifting and designing a personal cardiovascular program. 2 - 2:45 p.m. $3 • Tumbleweeds Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling while improving balance, coordination and overall fitness. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

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

• FREE Boasting About Composting Saturday, Jan. 22. All ages. Study the elements of a perfect compost pile through a microscope, then help start the spring pile. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights: Walk in the Woods! Saturday, Jan. 15. All ages. Hike through the woods then warm up by the fire with hot chocolate. 10 11:30 a.m. • FREE Every Child Outdoors Film Series Thursday, Jan. 20. All ages. Watch a screening of Where Do the Children Play?. 6 - 7 p.m. • FREE Shhh... Friday, Jan. 21. Ages 3 - 5. Embark on a quiet exploration of the winter woods. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Who’s Been Here? Wednesday, Jan. 12. Ages 3 - 5. Discover who visits the trails when people are away. 10 - 11 a.m.

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Children gathered around to participate in the Mini Fairytales activity before taking in the show.

TPAC’s Family Field Trip Series The Frog Bride pre-show lobby activities were a hit!

Braylee and Ty Simon

Cortez Blackman with Tahlar Crockett of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Rutherford County

Jack and Mary Eadie with Payton Brewer and Daniel Askew

Julia, Tatum and Barb

Laney Reese and Katricia Moore

Ralee Robinson, Samantha Freeman and Taylor Robinson

Aaron Brown

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