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hen it comes to kids, parents have had a rough go of it for the last 10 years. We’ve had to be more on top of our kids than any other generation of parents ... and it has taken its toll. We’ve been accused of being helicopters to our children’s every move and we’ve become like watchdogs. Why? Well, this coming fall, we’ll watch the specials that commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. We will talk about where we were and what we were doing at the moment we learned what was happening. And there will be a lot of talk about the way we were BEFORE 9/11 … and what has happened to us since. I’m writing about this now because 10 years later, there’s an interesting trend rising up in parenting that I think is a direct backlash to the fearful culture that 9/11 rang in. Here comes the era of the lazy parent … this backlash was bound to happen. Oh-so-weary of the post-9/11 hyperdrive to safety that caused parents to monitor their children incessantly in the backyard, at school, at sports practices and on vacations, the so-called “lazy” parent has had enough of militaristic parenting. My children were tiny 10 years ago when I scooped them up from preschool early. After a day of watching horrific images on TV, I fought with all my mothering might to act normally while steaming the veggies, shampooing the heads, reading the bedtime stories. As the nation strove to absorb and make sense out of what 9/11 meant, my mother’s heart went into overdrive in efforts to keep my family from harm, and other parents with young children did the same. We stopped letting our children play outside without watching them — moms fretted about whether or not they should actually let their children ride bikes on their own. The era of stranger danger that dictated we step out of our shoes to board a plane also saw mothers tethering their children like dogs to keep them from getting away. Ten years later, we just may be cooling our jets a bit, and that’s a good thing for the kids. In sharp contrast, lazy parenting is about letting the kids breathe a little. In her feature on lazy parenting, writer Deborah Bohn details four key components to the trend that absolutely aren’t good: NOT feeding your child healthily, NOT limiting screen time for your kids, NOT making family time a priority and NOT holding your child accountable for disrespectful behavior. But there’s an aspect to the lazy parenting trend that I think is actually healthy. I think it’s good and OK to let your children go a little. I think you have to let them explore and learn to do things on their own and without your constant hovering presence. If lazy parenting means that kids are permitted the chance to do things for themselves without their parents standing on guard, then that’s a good thing. I’m not advocating carelessness. You have to give your children the parameters and knowledge about how to take care of themselves in all kinds of situations … but at a certain point — and only you can determine where that point is — children need to become independent of their parents to become their own persons. If lazy parenting helps kids come into their own sooner, then good. It’s 10 years later, and we all are still born free. Let’s pull back a bit, equip our children, yes, but then, let them go!

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What tasks do you give your children to help out with the daily chores? Aimee Piatt Howell My 34-month-old puts his dirty clothes in the hamper, helps make the bed, puts the clean silverware away from the dishwasher, puts his toys away and empties the dustpan when I sweep.

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My 8-month-old wants to eat our food every time we eat ... no matter how recent he ate his own food. I want to give him anything mushy but don’t know what to do. What do you suggest? Candice Rene Ferguson-Jennings My son did the same thing. I just let him try a little and he was usually satisfied. If he didn’t like the texture, he just spit it back out. So try what you feel is safe and trust your instincts. Sarah Hollister As a child-care provider, and being an infant teacher, I would start by giving him snacks that he could feed himself while you are eating. Things like puffs or other “graduate” type snacks you can get at the store. Then he may feel like he is eating with

you. And those snacks are made to dissolve easily. Babies love them. You can try some table foods, too. Mashed potatoes are good, mac and cheese, applesauce (not of the baby variety), YoBaby yogurt is good and I found the babies I take care of love it. Just a trial and error thing. At 8 months, Baby should be OK trying more things than just baby food. Davis Ivory I agree, my baby began table food at 10 months and has never hesitated taking anything out of his mouth that he did not like. Just watch the texture, thickness and temperature of what you allow him to try. Audrey Jeffries Why draw the line? He’s going to need to try things eventually! Short of giving him choking hazards and leaving the room, you should do whatever you are comfortable with. It’s a great sign that he is eager to join you all in “grown up” eating time, so let him join! I was very nervous to start my first child on anything beyond breastmilk and baby food, but the subsequent three children got to start way earlier. Lynda Hearn Cameron-Bayer My pediatrician recommended that when we started we just do no more than one new thing per day, to make sure if an allergy shows up you’ll know the culprit. As soon as we started in with baby food we started in with table food as well — so long as it was mushy or could be mushed — and she has a great time with all kinds of food. She’s 4 now. Michelle Giroux Heckman We started our second on table food at about 8 - 9 months! Sweet potatoes and soft stuff that he could take


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’ve been teaching a weekly weight-lifting class for years. I teach a lot of boot camp classes, too. And in every class I’ve ever led over the years involving thousands of women, there’s always one mom who chooses five pound dumbbells. This same mom just walked across the parking lot with a 25 pound toddler on one hip, a 12 pound infant in a four pound car carrier in the other hand and an eight pound diaper bag hanging off her shoulder. Inevitably, when I urge her to select weights that are heavier than objects she normally carries throughout her day so her body will be challenged and she’ll actually work up a sweat, she protests, “But I don’t want to get bulky!” Sigh. Let me give it to you straight, mama. You cannot bulk up like a man unless you are intentionally ingesting extra calories, lifting serious weights for more than an hour a day and taking testosterone supplements. Testosterone is crucial to build large muscles, and girlfriend, God didn’t give you the equipment for the job. Most women I know who lift weights once or twice a week are actually smaller than their peers. I’m talking size two and size four small. They also Strength training can help transform your body. look terrific in tank tops because they have that toned, athletic look that announces, “I’m fit and healthy.” Lift bigger weights and get a smaller body? How does that happen? When you pass up the pink dumbbells and pick up weights heavy enough make you tired after eight or more repetitions, the kind of weights that make you huff and puff a little, the average person will gain about two pounds of muscle, and lose three and a half pounds of fat in two months. And you’ll keep losing fat because each pound of muscle you gain burns 35 to 50 calories every day all by itself. Those two pounds of muscle are burning 700 calories a week. Add that to the calories lost during your daily exercise (You are exercising daily, right?) and voila! You’ve got a lean, mean motherhood machine. If a stronger, tinier body wasn’t enough incentive, here’s more: Weight lifting builds strong bones and prevents osteoporosis. One of the big reasons our grandmothers suffer broken hips and fragile bones isn’t lack of calcium. It’s lack of exercise. Women of their time didn’t exercise daily and they certainly didn’t lift weights! Now we know better. In fact, many older women are now prescribed strength training by their physicians to try to stave off further bone loss and prevent future breaks. Strength training prevents diabetes by improving “glucose utilization” (How efficiently your body uses sugar for energy.) It prevents heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol. And it alleviates depression. No kidding! A Harvard study shows that lifting weights is equally as successful in treating depression as either antidepressant medications or behavioral therapy. Scientists speculate that’s because of the endorphins released during exercise and because you simply feel accomplished, confident and powerful after a good workout. The moment your baby was born, you started carrying at least seven pounds of weight in your arms all day long! And most moms I know can scoop up a 30 pound toddler in a single-arm swipe while pushing a 60 pound cart full of groceries with the other. You’re probably stronger now than you’ve ever been in your life. Put those muscles to good use! The dumbbells are “weighting.” 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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saturday, april 9

ew and expectant parents can delight in the world of babies during The Baby Fair, presented by Nashville Parent and Baptist Hospital on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Baby Fair features helpful demonstrations, speakers and exhibits ranging from safety equipment to baby furniture and accessories plus samples and prize giveaways. Experts from Baptist will present classes on newborn care and breastfeeding. Register to win thousands of dollars from select vendors. Admission and parking are free. The Baby Fair takes place on the Baptist Hospital Campus located at the 21st Avenue entrance. For more information, call 2562158 or visit nashvilleparent.com.

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cruise-in brings classic cars & family fun weekly

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our family can rev up the fun every Friday from April 15 through Oct. 28 during the Hendersonville Cruise In, located at the Glenbrook Shopping Center (Vietnam Veterans Parkway and New Shackle Island Road). Car buffs can view an array of classic cars, and all ages can enjoy live music, games, door prizes and a children’s zone. The free event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. (weather permitting). Learn more at hendersonvillecruisein. com.

mommy network fosters friendships

ramblin’ rose run empowers women

sign up for spring music classes

Middle Tennessee moms have a new outlet to meet other mothers and develop friendships through the NashvilleAreaMommies group. Membership is free to the online community where mothers can find support and encouragement. Serving moms in Davidson, Cheatham, Sumner and Robertson counties, the organization is part of The Mommies Network and its goal is to allow its members to gain camaraderie and support via the online forum as well as face to face during organized events in the area. The result: helping moms develop lifelong friendships. To learn more or to join, log on to nashvilleareamommies.com.

The Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon that originated in North Carolina in 2006 marks its inaugural event in Nashville on Sunday, May 14. Sponsored by Nashville Parent, the beginner-friendly women’s triathlon comprises a 250 yard pool swim (at Centennial Sportsplex), a nine mile bike ride and two mile run (at Centennial Park). A relay option is also available for those who only want to participate in one leg of the race. The triathlon is designed to inspire, support, propel and empower women of all ages and athletic abilities. Registration through Saturday, April 30 is $75; it’s $85 starting Sunday, May 1 ($130/$140 for two or three person relay teams). Registration closes Tuesday, May 12. Register online at ramblinroseevents.com.

The spring 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 April 20 from 10:15 - 11 a.m. or Fridays starting April 22 from 9:45 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. The program costs $168 with discounts for siblings. A free trial class is available. Music Together takes place at the American Academy of Dance, 108 Business Court, Hendersonville. For more information or to register, call Angie Trottman at 9736554 or visit sumnermusictogether.com.

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free sports for special needs kids

hildren ages 2 and older with autism and other special needs can have fun playing indoor soccer and hockey during Special Sports Saturdays. Hosted by Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center, the free sports activities take place from 9 - 11 a.m. on the second through fourth Saturdays of each month; the event is also open to siblings and typical peers. The action takes place at the center, located at 185 W. Franklin St., Gallatin. For more information, call 2061176 or visit facesofhopetn.com.

the ticker... the sumner county museum reopens from its fall/winter hiatus on Friday, April 1. Its doors remain open through Monday, Oct. 31. Operating hours are Wed - Sat 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 1 - 4:30 p.m. Located at 183 W. Main St., Gallatin, call 451-3738 or visit sumnercountymuseum.org for more info. Goodlettesville Parks hosts its inaugural easter bunny brunch on Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m. at the Delmas Long Community Center (200 Memorial Drive). Admission is $10 per child (parents are free), and advance registration is required by Friday,

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April 1 online at goodlettsvilleparks. com. A new pedestrian park, THE

PARK AT INDIAN LAKE VILLAGES, recently opened, filling the area between Exits 7 and 8 in Hendersonville’s sprawling Indian Lake community. On Saturday, April 16, the park will host a new family festival, the Tennessee Liberty Festival, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The festival will feature live musicians, storytellers, games, crafts, contests and more with a firm focus on celebrating our nation’s Constitution and principles of liberty. Learn more about the festival at tnlibertyfestival.com.

the belk spring charity sale takes place on Saturday, April 16 from 6 - 10 a.m. For a $5 donation, customers will receive discounts ranging from 20 - 70 percent off items in the store, and the first 100 customers will receive a free Belk gift card. Proceeds from the sale will benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations. To find a store near you, visit belk.com.

sumner regional medical center hosts a free Community Baby Shower on Saturday, April 16 for new and expectant moms and families from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 555 Hartsville Pike

in Gallatin. Activities include health education seminars, a newborn safety class, breastfeeding instruction, siblings classes and more. Prizes and giveaways round out the fun. Call 328-5031 or visit mysumnermedical.com.

ronald mcdonald house charities airs its annual “Calls for Kids” telecast on Saturday, April 16 from 7 - 10 p.m. on WKRN Channel 2. During the broadcast, you can make a financial contribution to the organization by calling 322-7900. To make a donation outside of the telecast, call 343-4000 or visit rmhcnashville. com.


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ashville Parent and its sister publications — Rutherford Parent, Sumner Parent and and Williamson Parent — continues its long-standing tradition of bringing you award-winning content. The magazine recently won several awards at the Parenting Publications of America annual convention held in Arlington, Va. Among the accolades is the Gold Award in design and the Silver Award of General Excellence for the magazines’ flagship website, parentworld. com. Additionally, the magazine took the Gold Award in both editorial content and design categories for “The Calendar,” as well as the Gold Award in editorial for our “Education Matters” special section and Gold Award in cover design for our fall/winter edition of The Baby Guide. “We are extremely proud to continue delivering Middle Tennessee parents with award-winning content, including the best family events calendar in the nation,” says Publisher Stewart Day. Find more content online at parentworld.com.

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to dole out a birth certificate for whatever he signs up for outside of school (schools already have his certificate in their files). When you receive your child’s certificate after his birth, make a dozen or so copies and file them away in the drawer or cabinet where you keep his vitals! That way you’ll be ready when the coach makes the birth certificate request. If you don’t have your Tennessee-born child’s certificate, you can get one online at http://health.state.tn.us/vr/. The “short” birth certificate costs $23 (charged for the copy, processing fee and “agency” fee); “long” certificate costs $30.

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A large crowd of local families in Centennial Park during last year’s March for Babies event.

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veryone in your family can get in a little bit of healthy cardio and help raise money for the Tennessee chapter of the March of Dimes during the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser, March for Babies. Middle Tennesseans can choose from three events: Lebanon on Saturday, April 16 at the James E. Ward Ag Center (8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk); Nashville on Sunday, April 17 at Centennial Park (12:30 p.m. registration, 2 p.m. walk); and Murfreesboro on Sunday, May 1 at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center campus (1 p.m. registration, 2 p.m. walk). There is no fee to participate, but walkers are asked to raise pledges. Funds support programs in the community that help mothers experience healthy, full-term pregnancies. For more info, or to register, call 399-3200 or visit marchofdimes.com/tennessee.

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Brentwood mom Kelly Putty is founder and director for the non-profit child advocacy organization, Ordinary Hero. The organization provides help for homeless children both locally and across the globe through privately funded adoption grants and ongoing volunteer-driven projects. On Thursday, April 7, you can support the cause by attending the Change the World for One fundraising event taking place at the Durego Events Center (1649 Westgate Circle, Brentwood). A silent auction and reception kicks off at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 individuals or $450 for a table of 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 440-6773 or send an e-mail to Colleen Parker at events@ordinaryhero.org.

Since 1983, Parents Reaching Out (PRO) has served more than 29,000 Middle Tennessee families with peer counseling services. The non-profit organization is the only one in the area providing peer counseling to mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies and to families who have critically ill children in a neonatal intensive care unit. PRO offers services through an online forum, parent support groups and one-on-one counseling. The organization seeks volunteers who have experienced high-risk pregnancies and/or critically ill newborns and are willing to share their stories and offer a shoulder of support to fellow mothers in similar situations. To learn more, contact Traci Foyster at 957-6487 or tfoyster@parentsreachingout-tn. org.

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How to Prevent Babies from Chewing on Crib Railings

here’s what our local moms & dads say: Tera Forister Lamarre I always put a railing cover on the crib, so he doesn’t eat the wood.

Andrea Harrington Plastic rail guards work great and will help protect Baby’s little mouth.

Renae Taylor You could lower the mattress so your baby couldn’t reach the rail.

Tonya Graham Plastic rail guard will protect the baby and the crib.

Jessica Conlee-Spooner I used plastic rail guards from Babies-RUs and they worked great! Jill Perryman My poor babies didn’t get their first tooth until after 12 months of age. I would put a rail guard up to protect the wood and Baby’s little tummy. Brandy Watkins Stewart Plastic rail guards and lower the mattress.

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Michelle Bryan Hulen I put a plastic rail cover over the edge he stood over most and just sanitized it regularly so that even if he did chew, it wouldn’t hurt the wood or give him splinters. I didn’t find a way to keep him from chewing on it. Kristen Sutton They sell crib rail guards just for this! Krystal Frank I bought a cloth teething cover that Velcros on. — Kiera Ashford


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How to Banish the Binky

snip the tip

call the binky fairy

If getting rid of the binky all at once is too traumatic, try snipping a sliver of rubber from the tip every couple of days until there’s none left. Becky Stone, mother of two boys age 3 and 7 says, “We started snipping when the boys were 2. It was great because they had access to all the pacifiers… they just didn’t work! My older son would find one hiding in a couch cushion every once in while and give it a try, but it just wasn’t the same anymore.”

Add this mythical creature to list that includes Santa and the Easter Bunny. If a child puts all his pacifiers in a bag at the end of the bed, the Binky Fairy donates them to newborn babies and leaves your generous toddler a gift. There are several adorable Binky Fairy themed books available to get them psyched up for this momentous event. Mother of three Elizabeth Cannady explains, “I collected the binkies in a cup and put it by her bedside table at naptime. When she woke up, the fairy had left a small gift. It was pretty easy; no big theatrics and drama about it. And her teeth weren’t affected her paci addiction, praise the Lord!”

seize the moment Kids are weird and wonderful. And often, so is parenting. You know your child best, so you’re bound to know what motivates them to make changes. Kim Ward, mother of three, used her daughter’s fascination with the trash truck to send her binkies to the landfill. “Kaylie used to love to watch the trash truck come by on Fridays. So one night the “trash truck” came and took all her pacifiers away. There was one rough night afterward when I was tempted to drive to Walgreens to pick up another one. But other than that, it was pretty easy.”

bye bye binky party Kids love a party and love feeling like big kids, so grab some cake mix and a balloon to create a simple I’m a Big Kid party at home. Let your little one help collect all the pacifiers (like the ones in the couch, in the bed and in the car), put them in a box or baggie and toss them out to kick off the party. A new stuffed animal to hug at night might be a good gift to help ease the transition. — Deborah Bohn

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kids’ health by Susan Day

for childhood’s sake:

BRING BACK

PLAY!

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f you’re not limiting your children’s gaming and other screen time, Moms and Dads, you should be: Studies and statistics show that the culture of play in the United States is vanishing, and that’s not a healthy thing for kids. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2010, children spent seven hours and 38 minutes a day on average in front of some kind of screen, and the numbers for 2011 are increasing, robbing kids of an active lifestyle. What can you do? Have them put down the DS and go outside! Limit video games to the weekend and head outside to run around after school. Here are fun, classic games to share with your kids:

MOTHER MAY I?

RED ROVER

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

One child serves as “Mother.” The other kids line up and face Mother about 20 feet away. Mother selects one of the children and says something like, “Susan, you may take five giant steps.” The child who was addressed then responds with, “Mother, may I?” Mother then says, “Yes, you may.” Mother then addresses another child, and the game continues until one of the children reaches Mother. Whoever makes it to Mother first becomes Mom for the next round. Sound simple? It is. Except that in the excitement of the game, someone is bound to take their steps without asking “Mother, may I?” When that happens Mother reminds the player of his or her manners and the player is sent back to the beginning of the line. Mother can also make the game intriguing by only honoring the silly step — “twirly” steps, onefoot hops and so on.

Divide the group of kids into two teams. The kids then form two lines holding hands and facing each other. The lines should be 30 - 50 feet apart. The team chosen to go first calls for a runner from the other line, saying, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send [child’s name] right over!” The child whose name is called then takes off running and tries to break through the other line. If he breaks through, he chooses one of the kids that he broke through to take back to his team. If he doesn’t break through, he has to stay with the other team. The game ends when everyone is in one line. The game is fun because of the suspense of wondering when your name will be called and wondering whether the runner from the other team will choose you as the weak spot to try to break through. It’s not a highly competitive game as everyone ends up on the winning team; however, Red Rover has been banned on some playgrounds as too rough. Obviously the game works best if the kids are close to the same age. Three practices should definitely be banned. The first is double-linking by holding each other’s wrists or arms. Hands only can be joined. The second is raising the arms high to “clothesline” the runner. The third is thrusting the joined hands outward so that the runner encounters the equivalent of an out-thrust fist.

One person is designated as “it” and plays the part of the stop light. The other kids line up about 20 feet away from “it.” Facing away from the other kids, “it” calls out “green light!” The other kids move forward. “It” then calls out “red light!” and turns around quickly. Any of the kids who are caught moving must go back to the start line. Play continues until someone reaches and tags “it.” That person then becomes “it.” The trick to winning this game is to move smoothly so that you can freeze instantly until you are within reach of “it.” When playing with children of different ages, you may want to designate two start lines, the closer one being for the smaller kids. In one variation of this game, “it” may call out “yellow light,” when means that the players can continue to move but must move slowly.

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Make Springtime Outdoor Playtime Many adults remember childhood days spent outdoors riding bicycles, playing basketball or building treehouses and forts, but today’s children are spending too much time inside. Below are some ideas to help your child have fun in the fresh air while gaining health and wellness benefits at the same time:

Œ Plan a family picnic. Pack a healthy lunch of sandwiches, water, fresh fruit and veggies and head out to one of Middle Tennessee’s beautiful parks.

ΠPlant a vegetable garden. Studies show that children who participate in growing their own food eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

ΠTake the family on a bicycle trip. Remember to make sure your bikes are in good working order, that you know the rules of the road, and that every rider has the proper helmet.

ΠJoin a nature walk at a local state park. Do your children know the official tree and flower of Tennessee? Learn about tulip poplars, irises and other plants and wildlife in our area.

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Bubbles, Raspberries & Speech Of

How blowing bubbles and razzies helps your child develop communication skills.

By Laura Amann

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he first time it happens, you don’t expect it. Your baby looks at you, sticks out her tongue and makes a gentle razzing sound. It’s almost impossible not to smile and make a raspberry back at her. Just try. What starts as a fun and silly game between parent and baby actually sets the foundation for language, social skills and fine motor skills such as eating and drinking from a cup. So pucker up those lips and help your baby begin to experience a whole new world.

“As soon as Seth began to make his first noises, we would all join in on his little conversation,” says Ashford. “It is a great way for Baby to learn how to communicate with the people around him as well as for older siblings to learn how to have fun and interact with him.”

New Sounds, New World

Most babies start blowing raspberries and bubbles between 5 - 6 months of age. After a few tries, they usually catch on quickly, particularly if you encourage them. And you should blow back; besides being darling, those raspberries teach a variety of important skills. “Razzies really teach babies how to regulate their voice, how to turn it on and off, change the volume and the pitch. It shows them how to navigate the diaphragm, mouth, lips and tongue,” explains Tara Kehoe, a speech and language pathologist at Easter Seals. All that noise gives the jaw a great workout by exercising the muscles needed to move lips independently of the jaw and tongue. That’s a crucial skill for when they start using a spoon and eating chunkier foods.

Once they’ve mastered the raspberries, be ready for language to start developing. Babies begin to learn that when they make a sound someone may respond. The parent also usually responds by getting physically closer to the child and may smile at the child during this interaction. The parent may also laugh and be animated, which may encourage the child to produce more “raspberries.” Eventually, the children may begin to produce different sounds, some of which may be early speech sounds. Courtney Romano, mother of a 7-month-old, states, “I think blowing the bubbles has taught her how to use her mouth and enhance her language skills. Right after blowing bubbles she started using different sounds like her Gs and Bs in her baby talk.” Early speech usually entails repeated constants and vowels with no discernable meaning. Much to the delight of mom and dad, the “m,” “d,” and “a” sounds are frequently the earliest. Hence “mama” and “dada” are often two of the earliest words. That soon develops into long strings of words such as “bababababa” and then eventually combined consonants for nonsense words such as “takomamano.” They frequently combine gesture with the sound so you might get “ah” with the arms raised for “up.”

Have Fun with this Stage

Reason for Concern

What parents notice most about the raspberry stage is that it’s just plain fun. Babies laugh and giggle in response to their parents lip blowing and then they do it back. It’s the early foundation for the back and forth rhythm of a conversation. Frequently, this is when older siblings begin to realize that the baby is capable of interaction. “My 4-year-old daughter, Lilliana, loves to make noises with her 9-month-old baby brother, Seth. The interaction they have is awesome and I am sure it will also lead to a stronger sister-brother bond,” says Kiera Ashford, a local mom and mother of two. “I love to sit back and watch them ‘talk’ to each other.” Blowing raspberries is almost nature’s way of ensuring that you join in.

Babies may begin to make razzies as early as 3 or 4 months, but more typically by 5 or 6 months. If your baby isn’t producing these kinds of sounds by 7 months of age, it is suggested that you contact your pediatrician. Some babies may skip the raspberry stage, but they should make some type of sound that plays with their lips and their mouth. If not, it could be an indication of delayed speech development or a hearing issue. Otherwise, enjoy those raspberries and bubbles. Play other cause and effect games with your baby and get her to communicate back to you. It’s an amazing and wonderful time of life, enjoy every sweet smile, laugh and crazy noise your baby throws your way! 

Raspberries: More Than Just a Fruit, They’re a Workout

Laura Amann is a freelance writer.

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by Deborah Bohn

how to avoid the

lazy parent trap

The minutiae of everyday life can make it easy for moms and dads to grow lazy in their parenting, but there are four areas you want to always have a handle on.

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Boy-oh-boy have outspoken parents been taking a beating in the press these days! Amy Chua, author of the bestseller, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has been called an unfit mother for setting exceptionally high standards for her daughters’ academic and musical achievements. Gweneth Paltrow was vilified for saying, “I’d rather die than let my child eat Cup of Soup.” And Chicago-area coffee shop owner Dan McCauley was boycotted for posting a sign in his café window stating, “Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices when coming to A Taste of Heaven.” But wait! Shouldn’t parents set the bar high and urge their children to reach their full potential? Isn’t it our job to prevent them from eating foods laden with chemicals, dyes, and in the case of Cup a Soup, enough sodium to dehydrate an elephant? Is it really so outrageous to expect children to stay in their seats and keep their voices down in public? Has the world gone crazy or has parenting become such a “have it your way” activity, that we’ve gotten a little lazy about some more important aspects of this monumental task we’ve chosen to undertake? Are we really too busy to be good parents? Or are we just complacent? If you think you might be guilty of putting your parenting on cruise control, too, ask yourself the following four questions. (please turn the page)

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Do you have a “spirited” child?

If people often refer to your child as high spirited, precocious or full of energy, chances are you’ve got a mini-maniac who’s driving everyone else bananas and giving his teacher grey hair and migraines. The lazy parent chalks up out-of-bounds behavior to immaturity and expects Junior to just outgrow it. Jim Fay, cofounder of the Love and Logic Institute and author of the Parenting With Love and Logic book and video series, says pretending that backtalk, ignoring directions from adults and disruptive behavior is just a phase is “the kiss of death” that can have severe ramifications down the road. “We’re seeing an awful lot of that in America right now. We’re seeing kids who just won’t behave in school. So many of them have such weak boundaries at home, they naturally assume they don’t have to listen to the teacher,” he says. Fay’s simple solution is to set a consequence that requires the child to do work to repay for the energy that was expended dealing with his behavior. Fay instructs parents to say something like “Oh, Logan. I had to spend time talking to your teacher about your actions today. I was supposed to be scooping dog poop out of the yard when she called. But hearing about your behavior made me so sad and so tired. I guess you’ll need to take care of that chore for me.” Kids will quickly pick up on the pattern. Fay says, “It works like a charm. Pretty soon all you have to do is put your hand on your forehead and whisper, ‘Oh … I feel an energy drain coming on,’ and they’ll get the picture.”

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Do you know what’s for lunch?

Did you know that a typical elementary school lunch eaten by first graders contains 650 700 calories and has almost twice the recommended childhood levels of saturated fat and sodium? Or that the Williamson County lunch program considers baked beans a vegetable? French fries are also considered a vegetable in many programs. Do you realize the chocolate and strawberry milk has as much sugar as a Coke, which is more than half a child’s daily allowance of the sweet stuff? School lunch nutritional information is readily available online at most school district websites. So why are most parents in the dark? Because they haven’t taken the time to check. And even if they did, they’ve never made an effort to learn how much sugar, sodium, fat or calories their children need each day, so they’d have no idea whether a school

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lunch, a homemade lunch or even the items in their own refrigerators are healthy. Finding out how much sugar or saturated fat a child should eat each day is as easy as a three second Google search or a phone call to your pediatrician. If we’ve got time to make sure our munchkins have enough Silly Bands to trade on the playground or just the right hair bow to match their new outfit, can’t we spare a few minutes to understand their most basic nutritional needs and pack them a lunch with the proteins, grains and fruits their bodies need to grow?

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Do you keep track of screen time?

It’s probably safe to say that most of us are guilty of using the great electronic babysitter to get some peace and quiet. Television, video games and computers are here to stay, and most experts agree that they can be both entertaining and educational when they’re used in moderation. An article in the Journal of Pediatrics reported that after studying 9,000 toddlers and preschoolers, experts discovered most of them log about four hours of screen time per day. That’s twice the recommended limit. And older kids? Time Magazine reported last month that on average, kids ages 8 18 spend seven hours and 38 minutes a day using entertainment media. It’s more time than they spend with their parents or in school. Disturbing? Yes. Fixable? Of course. Marie Winn, author of The Plug-In Drug: Television, Computers and Family Life, says, “As a general rule, kids younger than 2 don’t need any screen time during these crucially formative years.” She recommends that parents limit their preschoolers to one hour a day and that children ages 6 - 10 limit their screen time to two hours on weekends and holidays, but to try to avoid it on busy school days unless the computer is required for research. “Of course, parents must be flexible about these limits,” she adds. “If there is a three-hour movie you’re watching as a family, for instance.” If those limits seem extreme, why not keep track of how much time your children spend watching TV and playing video games this week and compare that total to how much time they spend learning or studying, helping around the house and playing with siblings and friends.

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Do you make family time a priority?

Ask parents to name their number one priority and 10 out of 10 will respond, “My family.” Yet

studies show most families sit down together for dinner a mere four nights of the week. And when they eat together, half of families are staring at the television instead of talking to one another. USA Today reports, “Children eat 42 percent of their dinners while watching TV.” Kids need one-on-one time with parents much more than they need extra Mandarin lessons or to be part of a travel sports team. Sports and hobbies come and go, but family is forever. Why not focus on an activity that will last them a lifetime, the family dinner? Research shows that preschoolers who participate in frequent family dinners have better language skills, while a Harvard University study found that family dinners were the activity that “most fostered healthy childhood development” by creating more intelligent, confident kids with better intrapersonal relationships with their parents and siblings. Kids don’t need fancy outings or elaborate play dates with their parents. They simply want your undivided attention doing something they enjoy like playing with Play-Doh, a game of hide-and-seek or rough housing on the living room floor. Relationship expert Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, reminds us, “Family time doesn’t mean just sitting on the couch together paying attention to whatever is on the television.” If you’re looking for ways to enjoy each other’s company, create a family night each week. Play games, build something together or take a long walk together after dinner. You can work together on the weekends picking up leaves, straightening the garage or washing the cars. Or move together by going for walks in the woods, shooting hoops or visiting a playground. How about picking out a book that everyone will enjoy and reading it aloud for 20 minutes each night? Finally, turn travel time into talking time. No radio, handheld devices or movies. Just talk. You might just rediscover what an amazing kid you’ve got!

What’s Right Versus What’s Easy It’s been said that, “Time is the most precious thing you own.” Don’t families deserve your most precious gift? If we decide what’s really important, we’ll have the time and the energy to teach kids how to act, feed them food that won’t give them heart disease, make sure they’re living in the real world instead of a virtual one, and become the engaged and enthusiastic teachers, mentors and life coaches they can’t wait to spend time with. J Deborah Bohn is a frequent contributor to this publication. She lives in Franklin with her family.


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hildren are a wonderful part of life. Their day-to-day life is an adventure. These grand experiences are always fun, but there are those moments when parenthood gets tough. Your baby is learning how to crawl or your toddler is testing his strength. Whatever the situation may be, your home itself can pose several safety hazards for your child and it is important to be prepared. The simplest, little thing can quickly become harmful to little ones if the right steps to child proofing your home have not been taken. The American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org) recommends the following safety measures — among others — be taken to help prevent injury to young children inside the home:

Plug the Plugs It is inevitable, young children will find the tiniest of places to stick their fingers, especially wall outlets. So, it is important to install safety plugs in all unused electrical outlets so little fingers will not be tempted to be stuck in them. These little protectors are made to be very difficult to remove, even for some parents, so it will help deter him from trying to stick his finger in the socket. However, some children will not give up and will continue their search for an uncovered outlet. If this is a recurring problem, consider putting a sturdy piece of furniture in front of the outlet.

Poisonous Plants Greenery around the home is refreshing, but there are many risks when you have little ones around. Plants on the floor, on low tables or in the window seem to be a magnet for little ones. They are curious about those green leaves dangling and want to swat at them. Sometimes they will even grab them and you know what that means … straight to the mouth they go! Parents should be aware that many household plants are poisonous and should be placed high up off the floor — or at least out of reach from Baby — or completely removed from the home. If you are unsure of the plants that you have, you can call your regional Poison Help Line and they can help (800-222-1222).

Treat the Window Treatments Another dangling excitement for little ones is the cords found on window treatments. Cords used for blinds or to pull back curtains should be installed to wrap around wall mounts so that they are not left dangling. Cords that are made to be looped should be cut in two. These loose cords are enticing to

young children and they can tangle themselves up in them, which in turn provides a choking hazard.

Secure Tall Furniture If you have towering book cases or dressers, freestanding closets or armoires, consider securing them to the wall. This added stability will not only keep them sturdy, but also prevent them from falling over on children should they try to pull up on them. Dressers also pose another safety hazard as children learn how to open and close drawers. Those little fingers may know how to maneuver the drawer, but they probably don’t know how to be moved out of the way and could get smashed. Entertainment stands are another great risk as the use of monstrous TVs sweeps the nation! Big TVs should be placed on super sturdy stands or mounted securely to the wall.  — Kiera Ashford

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ot, sunny days are best spent outdoors. Take the kids swimming. Hike in the woods. Pack a picnic. Take a laid-back approach. But not when it comes to safety. Emergencies strike without warning. When they do, a swift, smart response is critical. Here’s how to stay safe.

SITUATION: Heat Prolonged exposure to heat can cause a potentially fatal heat stroke. Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, headache, dizziness and difficulty breathing. Infants and athletes are especially susceptible. Dehydration increases risk, because the body can’t cool itself through perspiration. Body temperature can reach 106 degrees. It’s best to stay out of the mid-day sun. Keep hydrated and avoid caffeine, which is a natural diuretic. WHAT TO DO: In an overheating emergency, get the victim into an air-conditioned building or find shade fast. Call 911. Put on a wet shirt to speed cooling. Apply ice packs to the armpits or groin. Monitor body temperature until help arrives.

SITUATION: Lightning

and 750 severe injuries each year. Most victims are children and young men. Lightning can strike even when it isn’t raining, and up to 10 miles away from a storm. Contrary to popular belief, lightning often hits the same site repeatedly. Take weather alerts seriously. When a storm is brewing, go inside or get in the car. Rubber tires will not protect you, but you’re safer inside a metal-roofed vehicle than outside. Stay away from trees, fences, electric and light poles and water. WHAT TO DO: If lightning hits someone, call 911. Move the victim if possible. Wait until 30 minutes after lighting ends to go back outside.

SITUATION: Pests and Plants People who are allergic to insect stings can have life-threatening reactions. The area around the bite may swell and — in rare cases of anaphylaxis — the person may have difficulty breathing, dizziness, hives, swelling of the face, throat or mouth, or a sharp drop in blood pressure. Pollen-related allergic reactions are usually easier to predict, but allergy-induced asthma can be deadly. Avoid triggers. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Hike in the middle of the trail where you’re less likely to disturb pests in their nests or touch poison ivy. WHAT TO DO: Use insect repellent with DEET. Severely allergic individuals should also carry an epipen, and make sure you know how to use it.

SITUATION: Water Drowning causes 30 percent of injury-related deaths in young children, according to Centers for Disease Control data. Most incidents happen in residential pools, but buckets and bathtubs are dangerous, too. Boating emergencies also peak in summer months. Supervise kids near water and use approved life preservers — water wings and blow-up toys are not enough! Wear life preservers consistently. Safety equipment can’t protect you if you don’t use it. Head to shore before dark to avoid hitting hazards. WHAT TO DO: In a drowning emergency, get the person out quickly. Check for breathing. Use rescue breathing and CPR if needed. If vomiting occurs, turn the victim on his side to prevent choking. Don’t let the long, lazy days of summer make you vulnerable to outdoor emergencies. Plan ahead. Take precautions. Play safe. And be ready to respond if danger develops. A cool head is the best resource in any crisis.  — Heidi Smith Luedtke

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if they love it, let them play While kids with Asperger’s syndrome may prefer solo sports as compared to team, they should be encouraged to play. by Jon Buzby

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est-selling author Shonda Schilling says that if you’ve met a child with Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders, you’ve only met one, because each is unique. Her 11-year-old son, Grant, is one of those children. Schilling is the author of The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome. If the last name rings a bell, it’s because she’s the wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star Curt Schilling. That’s right, the guy with the bloody sock. Ironically, Schilling says the first time Grant played baseball it “was a disaster” and now he has no interest in it. (please turn the page)

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Through trial and error, you can discover what activities suit your child. Her son was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 7 years old, and according to an excerpt from her book, it sent the family household into “chaos.” She says the challenges of raising a child with Asperger’s or any autism spectrum disorder are many, and those same challenges exist when it comes to youth sports. Grant, who Schilling says is a “phenomenal” athlete, has found success in indoor soccer and swimming. She says outdoor soccer is too big and he can’t get his arms wrapped around it, and basketball is the one sport where you can really see the drastic difference in ability. Her advice for any parent of a child with Asperger’s who wants to play a particular sport is simple: “If they love it, let them play it.” The mother of four suggests parents talk to the coach before the season and find out first and foremost if in fact that coach even wants to have a child with Asperger’s on the team. If so, give the coach some techniques he can use to deal with some of the common behavioral issues that are bound to occur. Schilling says the most important thing is to make sure the child participates in all of the practices and plays the entire season. “Too often, when you have a child with Asperger’s who might not be able to find his shin guards one night it’s easier to just say, ‘Forget practice tonight.’ But you can’t let that happen. It gets them out of their routine.” Schilling says that coaches and parents who don’t understand Asperger’s often think a child’s behavior is a result of poor manners or being disrespectful, when, in fact, the child is just overly focused on something else. “When you are coaching Grant, he might talk too close to you or touch you because he has sensory issues, and that can be awkward,” Schilling says. “But nothing they (children with Asperger’s) are doing is out of disrespect. If they don’t look you in the eye and are locked in on a thought and can’t answer you, it’s because they can’t break free from that thought. It’s just the way their minds work.” Schilling suggests to coaches that being firm and avoiding choices will help prevent situations from spiraling out of control. But, despite the use of all types of techniques and interventions, there will still be times when a child with Asperger’s will lapse into atypical behavior, as Grant did earlier this season in the middle of a soccer game. “His shoe was untied and he became completely disconnected from what was going on around him,” Schilling recalls. “He sat down in the middle of the action and just focused on trying to get his shoe tied up again, which he doesn’t know how to do. The coach learned from this and the next game as soon as he saw Grant’s shoe come untied, he immediately took him out, tied his shoe in a double knot and sent him back in.” Like a lot of parents, Schilling coaches her daughter in softball, but says that it’s best for her and Curt to not coach Grant in any sport. “I am his comfort zone. I need to make that break and teach him that other people are in charge. He knows I’m in charge, but he needs to learn that others can be, too.” Schilling, who says the experience of raising Grant has made her a better person, hopes that her book and any attention that comes from it or any other article written on the subject will only enhance the experience for other children with Asperger’s, including those who participate in youth sports. “I think parents need to take their own selfish goals out of youth sports, and we have to get back to the basics of raising happy, respectable children.

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Somehow we are taking the fun out sports. We are teaching achievement, being the best, winning. Somehow, the fun is not there anymore. And it should be.” Her husband, Curt, agrees completely, and not just when it comes to dealing with a child with Asperger’s, but any child: “Being a ‘star’ when you are talking about Asperger’s has to be about the child. But I’d argue that’s the case with any child. What you want for your child will likely never have anything to do with what your child truly wants. Your children will rise to the occasion, excel at things they love and want, not what you want them to love and want. “Grant loves to swim, but something happened in a practice that made it a nightmare. So now, when he goes to practice or a meet, yes, he’s disappointed when he finishes last, but you can sense the pride in him that he actually did it. And our reinforcement and pride comes in knowing our 10-year-old faced a real physical fear, overcame it, and ‘went for it.’ “That works for us. There’s no need for Olympic gold, just win a daily struggle one time, then build on it.” J Jon Buzby is a freelance writer.

Detecting Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors that can range from the very mild to the severe. The following possible indicators of ASD are published on the National Institute of Mental Health website (nimh.nih.gov).

Possible Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders • Does not babble, point or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age • Does not speak one word by 16 months • Does not combine two words by 2 years • Does not respond to name • Loses language or social skills

Other Indicators • Poor eye contact • Doesn’t seem to know how to play with toys • Excessively lines up toys or other objects • Is attached to one particular toy or object • Doesn’t smile • At times seems to be hearing impaired


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1411 Mark Allen Lane, Unit D, Murfreesboro 867-2290 bakerperformanceacademy.com • bakerperformanceacademy@gmail.com Sing, dance, act! Offering an exciting and educational way to experience the performing arts. Dance, musical theater, acting and voice classes taught by professionally-trained instructors in a safe and fun environment. Ages 2 - adult. Enroll now for our summer musical theater camps and dance intensive workshop. Private lessons available. Call or visit our web site for more information.

Ballet Princess Camps and More

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 377-9606 franklinschoolofperformingarts.com • info@franklinschoolofperformingarts.com 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.

1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 460-6431 belmont.edu • terri.templeman@belmont.edu Day camp for children grades 1 - 6. Introduction to biology of insects and other arthropods. Short daily field trips for collecting and observing insects. Collecting equipment, field guides and refreshments provided. Session one, grades 1 - 3, Jun. 13 - 17, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., $75. Session two, grades 1 - 3, Jun. 20 - 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., $75. Session 3, grades 4 - 6, Jul. 18 - 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $100.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 890-6755 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro 893-6003 bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com 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!

Bounce U of Murfreesboro

1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro 893-8386 bounceu.com/murfreesboro • murfreesboro.tn@bounceu.com Our Create and Bounce Camp gives children a perfect balance of playtime and artistic expression. Kids will bounce and play a variety of games with dedicated time for painting and crafts. Different themes each week. Daily snack included. Full- and half-day camps for ages 3 - 13. Reservations and deposit required.

Bounce U of Nashville

2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville 255-1422 bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn • nashville.tn@bounceu.com Bounce U’s Create and Bounce Camp gives kids a chance to enjoy physical activity and creative time in equal doses, promoting the growth of imagination. Complete with arts and crafts, snacks and games, it’s a one-of-a-kind camp experience they’ll never forget.

Brentwood Academy

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Camp Idyllwild

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219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood 373-0611 brentwoodacademy.com • mike_vazquez@brentwoodacademy.com 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! 3139 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River 383-0589 campidyllwild.com • campidyllwild@gmail.com 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

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916 West River Road, Mentone, AL 256-634-4066 camplaney.com • rmhammond@mindspring.com Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking, bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis. continued on page 51 ...

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The Academy of Heritage Commons

336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin 794-3501 battlegroundacademy.org • valeriec@battlegroundacademy.org Summer at BGA! Williamson County’s oldest independent school offers a summer camp program packed with fun, educational and challenging programs for kids of all ages. Open to the community, BGA has a variety of camps in athletics, academics, arts and much more. Visit our web site for more information.

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1123 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC 828-669-8766 merri-mac.com • camptimberlake.com High up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer traditional camping with an outstanding Christian staff. Riding, backpacking, tennis, rock climbing, gymnastics, archery, spelunking, riflery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, guitar, soccer, volleyball, ropes course, fencing, rafting, dance, drama and much more.

Nashville Fencing Club Summer Academy Fencing is a unique sport that combines physical stamina with mental agility and looks great on college applications.

Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 706-398-0833 campwoodmont.com • alyson@campwoodmont.com Located on Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia. A traditional overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, we feature horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, this is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories.

Camp Y.I. (Youth Inc.)

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nashvillefencingclub.com • June 13 - 17, 1 - 4 p.m. at the Cool Springs YMCA • Beginner (ages 13 and up), Jr. Beginner (ages 8 - 12) • All equipment provided. • Class size is limited, visit our website to register. To ensure proper equipment size, registration fee must be received by May 30.

599 Jones Mill Road, La Vergne 459-3971 campyi.org • campyidirector@gmail.com Building Leaders for Tomorrow since 1945. Daytime activities: horseback riding, swimming, water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, canoeing, climbing tower, low ropes, zip line, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills. Nighttime activities: scavenger hunts, dances, talent shows, skits and campfires. One week, $375. Two weeks, $675. Day camp, $185 per week. Open Houses Apr. 3, Apr. 17 and May 15.

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645 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 353-0007 agapefellowshipchurch.com • cedartree@agapefellowshipchurch.com For children ages 3 - 12. We provide a fun, safe environment where children can come play and enjoy the summer. We offer outdoor and indoor games and activities, arts and crafts, water play, field trips, chapel and more. We would love to see you this summer!

Cheekwood’s Summer Camp

School of Nashville Ballet Summer Dance Camp

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1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 353-9827 cheekwood.org • kmcginnis@cheekwood.org 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. Register now for camps Jun. 6 - Aug. 5.

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7900 Cedar Crest Camp Road, Lyles 931-670-3420 tnumcamps.org • katie.taylor@tnumc.org Theme camps for grades 2 - 8. Week-long overnight camps, camper/parent weekends and a week of day camps. Swimming, kayaking, field games, Bible study, campfires, crafts, archery, hiking, creek stomping, s’mores, new friends and much more. All programs are run under the guidance of caring, well trained staff members. Owned and operated by the United Methodist Conference.

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Cheer and Dance 1 Nashville

7657 Hwy. 70 S, #101, Nashville 969-9955 cheernashville.com • contact@cheeranddance1.com 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. at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Jun. 20 - 24 888-652-4377 chesscamp.com • gamebuildercamp.com/video.htm • info@usachess.com Chess Camp: Campers experience chess instruction and play in a fun-filled environment designed to improve their skills. Includes a mix of classroom instruction and practice sessions. Ages 5 - 15. Video Game Creation Camp: Starting with basic commands, campers will be taught in a step-by-step progression how to build a game that they design. Ages 8 - 15. New advanced camp offered for 2011.

Cox Family Martial Arts Summer of Champions

2227-B Southpark Drive, Murfreesboro 893-4567 coxfamilyma.com Voted #1 day camp 8 consecutive years. Themed weeks include martial arts, tumbling, dance, sign language, fitness/nutritional enhancement, multi-cultural activities and random acts of kindness. Experienced staff lead campers in life skill, team building and leadership activities. Innovators of after-school martial arts (we transport from 14 schools). “We Build Champions For Life.”

The Covenant School, Covenant Camps

33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville 467-2313 thecovenantschool.com • msullivan@thecovenantschool.com Make friends. Have fun. Learn cool stuff! Covenant Camps offers something for everyone, pre-K - rising grade 7. Camps in sports, chess, art, cheering, music, drama, cooking and even study skills. Call or visit our web site for more information. Space is limited.

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Dancers develop exceptional ballet and performance skills in Junior Intensive sessions. Classes begin June 6 • Register by May 1 For More Info: 297.2966, ext. 20 kspinazzola@nashvilleballet.com www.nashvilleballet.com

PAUL VASTERLING, Artistic Director DONNA DELSENI, School Director

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871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna 459-5512 cmegym.com • cmegym@aol.com Summer camps include games, sports, swimming and gymnastic lessons. Eight one-week themed camps for boys and girls in June and July. Registration begins Mar. 1 on our web site.

Creekside Riding Academy & Stables

2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin 595-7547 creeksideridingstables.com Offers beginner, intermediate and advanced riding lessons. Family trail rides are available most weekends during the Spring and daily in the Summer. Children’s summer riding camps are Mon. - Fri., Jun. - Jul. Lessons and camps teach proper riding techniques, safety around horses, grooming, tacking and horse ground handling. Fun and adventure for ages 5 and up!

Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp

Currey Ingram Academy

6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood 507-3242 curreyingram.org • bev.fulkerson@curreyingram.org Spend your summer in Beech Creek Valley! 83 gorgeous acres complete with a creek, hiking trail, playing fields, farm animals and a new athletic facility, theater and commercial sound studio! Theater, rock-and-roll, basketball, soccer, tennis and the day camp experience of a lifetime – we are offering them all. Ages vary by camp. Before- and after-care available for some camps.

The Dancers’ School

4517 Granny White Pike, Nashville 966-7624 dlcs.lipscomb.edu • susan.mccollum@lipscomb.edu Offering children from pre-K (4 yrs.) - grade 5 a chance to learn and play without the homework! Our middle school offers classes for the grades 6 - 8 and Lipscomb University offers classes for elementary to high school.

Deer Run Retreat and Christian Camps see our DELUXE LISTING online

3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 794-2918 camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org Affordable! Traditional. Non-denominational. Incredible camper experience. Well-trained camp staff model strong character plus have a love for pouring into camper’s lives. Registration includes t-shirt and DVD of camp week. Discounts available. Day Camp: Fastest growing day camp in Franklin area. Grades K - 8. Bus transportation and extended care. Interactive Bible story, songs, skits and crafts. Recreation: swimming, zip line, aqua park, canoes, kayaks, creek wading, wiffle ball, kickball, BB guns, archery, climbing tower and wild water games. Residential Camp: Five-night. Grades 3 - 12. Excellent accommodations. Healthy meals. Character building. Daily Bible study, worship, skits, paint ball, climbing tower, high/low ropes, lake (see above), archery, BB guns, wiffle ball, crazy games, night hikes and sand volleyball.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 867-6900 etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com 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 599-7003 ebdtdanceandarts.ning.com • ebdtdance@ureach.com Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. Non-mandatory in-school dance concerts to teach performance skills. continued on page 57 ...

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2159 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. C-5, Murfreesboro 907-1155 thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com Register for “first steps” beginner ballet orientation for ages 3 - 5, Apr. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Cost-effective, time-efficient classes designed to acquaint the youngest dancer with the joy of movement and the fun of dance school. A brief Mommy Orientation session is included at the beginning of the first class. Students receive priority enrollment for summer and/or fall classes and a free tutu just in time for Easter baskets.

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Horton Haven Christian Camp

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7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B-1, Nolensville 776-4202 elitedanceandfitness.com • danceatelite@yahoo.com Offering week-long performing arts camps. Half-day camps for ages 3 - 4 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. (Butterfly Ballet, Disney Princess and Angelina Ballerina themes). Full-day camps for ages 5 - 10 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (American Girl, Hip-Hop Boot Camp and Elite Dance and Cheer Camp).

Elite Martial Arts Warrior Camp

6940 Moores Lane, Brentwood 661-5595 warriorcamp.org • emabrentwood@bellsouth.net Kids learn skills of the ninja and samurai warrior. Includes martial arts, tumbling, archery, throwing stars, blow guns, jousting, padded weapons, stealth games, obstacle courses and more. Ages 5 - 12. Jun. 6 10, Jun. 20 - 24 and Jul. 18 - 22, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. $219 per camper.

Ensworth School - Big E Sports Camps

7401 Hwy. 100, Nashville 301-5401 bigecamps.com • smithh@ensworth.com Big E Sports Camps offers a fun opportunity to improve skills and more! Various camps and leagues offered to boys and girls grades K - 12. Excellence in teaching and coaching. Up-to-the-minute facilities and equipment. A welcoming community of coaches, counselors and campers.

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3421 Old Anderson Road, Antioch 366-1750 forkidsonlychildcare.com Come and explore during our Summer Quest 2011! With themes like Carnival Fun, Mini Maestros and Young Authors, we’ll have a blast and learn cool stuff, too! Kids will also enjoy weekly water play days, visits from special guests and much, much more. Don’t forget about our one-of-a-kind school-age program, Discovery Kids. A fun-filled program for ages 2 - 12 yrs.

Franklin Road Academy

June 20 - 24, 2011

Battle Ground Academy | Nashville, Tennessee Tuition includes tee-shirt, trophy, chess board & pieces & much more.

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I just created a video game! At Game Builder Creation Camp your child will actually design, develop and create a one of a kind video game.

Grandma’s Camp

98 Woodbury Road, Auburntown 631-6268 grandmascampusa.com 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 356-5510 hardingacademy.org • jankowskia@hardingacademy.org 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 297-9543 harpethhall.org • johnson@harpethhall.org 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 full-day at our week-long summer camps exploring science, developing artistic talents, perfecting athletic skills and just plain having fun.

Harpeth Youth Soccer Association

7820 Coley Davis Road, Nashville 662-1466 hysa-tn.org • hysa.tn@comcast.net Harpeth Youth Soccer Association offers both recreational and select soccer for players ages 3 - 18. Players work on fundamental soccer skills and build on those each season. Camps run during spring break and summer for a variety of ages and skill levels. Email us or visit our web site for more information. continued on page 60 ...

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Franklin School of Performing Arts

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 377-9606 franklinschoolofperformingarts.com • info@franklinschoolofperformingarts.com 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 individual expression. Visit our web site for our summer class offerings.

Intro Video Game Creation Ages 8 - 15 • Introductory & Intermediate, PC Based

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4700 Franklin Road, Nashville 831-0769 franklinroadacademy.com • martinj@franklinroadacademy.com Join us for an experience your child will treasure. Camps for grades pre-K - grade 8, as well as adults. Our camps offer flexibility and numerous choices. Choose from an all-day or half-day specialty camp (includes swim day/field trip), half-day arts and enrichment camps, half-day sports camps or any combination to make a full day. Lunch is offered for those campers who choose to stay all day.

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steve sullivan

This Nashville Predators star’s favorite role is Dad to four active kids, ages 11, 8, 6 and 5.

By Susan Day and Chad Young

celebrity dad


boys busy so they burn a lot of energy. They are playing sports nonstop, and my daughter (who is the 6-year-old) takes figure skating. She handles it all very well, but when

currently sidelined with an injury, that’s hardly keeping him down. He helps with his with her dolls.

is husband to Kristen and Dad to three boys and one girl

hockey so much that when I’m around it, it’s fulfilling to me. I play pro and get to watch three levels of youth leagues.

Absolutely! Kids don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care about them. They need to

Their individuality. They belong to both my wife and me, and while we see ourselves in them, it’s awesome to watch them becoming who they are individually. You have to deal with them differently and guide them differently based on whether one is more sensitive than the other.

our parenting to be consistent, and we keep accountability

extremely high in our house. Our kids know that there are

consequences if they break rules, and they know what to

expect. We discipline quite a bit. We run a tight ship.

What’s your favorite thing about your kids?

and growth as a player and as a human being.

home.

on iChat a lot. There’s a lot of communication when I’m not

happening at school and with his hockey team. We’re also

a bit, which is neat. He keeps me up to date with what’s

night. My oldest son has a cell phone now, so we text quite

around the kids’ bedtimes so I can wish them all a good

A LOT of phone calls. When I’m away, I’ll call most nights

When you’re traveling with the Predators, how do you stay in touch with what’s happening at home?

thing else in the past 20 years!

coaching or parenting, if you show kids a genuine passion for their well-being, they will reward you with their attention

Being around this sport is amazing. I haven’t done any-

know that they are being taken care of. Whether you’re

similar parenting styles. We know how important it is for

Our kids realize I am away a lot, but Kristen and I have

You hold the reins when it comes to ice hockey, but who holds the parenting reins at your house? I mean, when you’re away, there’s a lot of pressure probably on Kristen to carry everything on.

That they’re enjoying something I enjoy so much. I enjoy

hockey games.

kids — in the summer. Last season, Sullivan created a

program called “Kids Come First” so more kids could see

What’s your favorite thing about having your sons play the same sport?

ing it all. For me, they all come first at the end of the day.

joys taking them everywhere they need to be and balanc-

extremely helpful and such an unbelievable mom. She en-

kids compete ... watching that passion in them. My wife is

It’s busy, but a good kind of busy. It’s great watching your

You obviously have huge time commitments between your job and cheering on your kids’ activities. How do you do it all?

What makes a good coach? Is it the same stuff that makes a good parent?

... AND he heads up Sully’s Camp — a hockey clinic for

she needs to tune out, she’ll just go to her room and play

kids’ youth hockey teams, cheers them on at their games,

S They’re used to it. It’s all they’ve ever known. We keep the

and perseverance. While

known for his determination

the Nashville Predators,

skilled Left Winger for

You have three sons and they all play ice hockey; that’s a lot of testosterone in your home! How do your wife and daughter handle all that?

teve Sullivan is a supremely


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3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg 931-364-7656 hortonhaven.org • info@hortonhaven.org Conveniently located one hour south of Nashville. Registration available on our web site. 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, Jul. 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. zip line. Bible lessons are taught daily.

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5500 Maryland Way, Ste. 110, Brentwood 377-2929 mylearnlab.com • info@mylearnlab.com Academic enrichment with art, music, technology, cultural exchange and fun. One-on-one and groups, K 12, Mon. - Fri., mornings and/or afternoons.

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1 University Park Drive, Nashville 966-1340 sciencecamps.lipscomb.edu • robotics@lipscomb.edu Faculty use classroom learning, individual instruction, construction projects and competition events to teach mechanical, technical and electrical principles of robotics. Junior BisonBots, Jun. 20 - 24, ages 8 - 11. Fundamentals BisonBot Robotics, Jun. 6 - 10, ages 10 - 14. Advanced BisonBot Robotics, Jun. 13 - 17, age 12 and older. Robotics Academy, Jun. 20 - 24, age 13 and older 500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga 800-672-2267 msc.mcallie.org • mwood@mccallie.org An action-oriented sports camp for boys with an emphasis on fun. Open to boys ages 9 - 15 of all athletic abilities. Along with team and individual sports, boys enjoy off-campus activities that include Six Flags Over Georgia, an Atlanta Braves game, white water rafting and paint ball. 120 Trott Road, Bell Buckle 931-703-8611 midlandfarms.net • cr_mauney@yahoo.com Children ages 7 - 18 interested in learning about having horses is welcome. Campers learn the basic care of horses, how to safely handle and ride their mount and some general information about horses and their anatomy. Jun. 13 - 17, Jun. 27 - Jul. 1 and Jul 11 - 15. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

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Cool Springs (A-Game), Spring Hill and Hendersonville 319-8854 monkeynastixusa.com • info@monkeynastixusa.com An international movement education and fitness program. Ages 3 - 6. Hands-on, structured fun with certified instructors and specialized Monkeynastix equipment. Games, music, adventurous obstacle courses, storytelling, arts and crafts. Non-competitive and not sport-specific. Customized activities for each age group. Healthy snacks provided. Weekly sessions from Jun. 7 - July 8, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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4001 Harding Road, Nashville 298-5514 montgomerybell.edu • mike.martin@montgomerybell.edu More than 100 sports, enrichment and academic camps and classes allow rising first graders to high school boys and girls to fill their summer with activities. Sports, outdoor adventure, art, leadership, study skills, science, crafts, computer and more. MBA faculty, staff and students work with campers, providing a glimpse of the MBA community. Visit our web site for information and registration.

Montessori Academy

6021 Cloverland Drive, Brentwood 833-3680 montessoriacad.org • kwalther@montessoriacad.org Our day camp, Summer Zone, offers 23 acres of fun and educational activities for rising grades 1 - 6. We offer a variety of programs including hiking, swimming gardening, drama, music, art, chess, ballroom dancing, sports, cooking, sewing and team building. Weekly field trips. Register on our web site.

Mpact Sports - Camp Mpact 2011

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood 377-3444 mpactgymnastics.com A fun-filled day camp focused on fitness! Children will have a blast learning gymnastics and taekwondo, playing games, doing arts and crafts and enjoying open play in our state-of-the-art facility. Each week offers new activities and adventures that correspond with that week’s theme. Ages 4 - 12.

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5110 Franklin Road, Nashville 833-1500 oslanashville.org • emily.stanley@oslanashville.org Rising preschoolers - rising grade 8. Weekly camps in academics, arts, sports, science and technology. Weekly camps run Jun. 6 - Jul. 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Before-care option starting at 7:30 a.m. Aftercare options until 4:00 or 6:00 p.m. available. Camps grouped as: rising preschoolers - K; rising grade 1 - grade 4; and rising grade 5 - grade 8.

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545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 370-4672 owlshill.org • owlshill@bellsouth.net Owl’s Hill camps offer “summer as it used to be!” Camps include Screech Owl for ages 5 - 7, Nature Ranger for ages 8 - 11 and Nature Explorer for teens 12 - 15. All feature nature-related activities, catching tad poles, building forts and wildlife programs. Sessions are small so campers get personal attention. Visit our web site for more information.

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Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington 419-1089 peachtreefarms.com • polly@peachtreefarms.com 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.

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7104 Crossroad Blvd., Brentwood 373-8340 1279 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 758-5126 pumpitupparty.com Pump It Up offers a summer camp experience for ages 4 - 10. It’s a new adventure every day with different themes so the kids are sure to have a blast! Camp consists of organized activities, crafts and snacks and children are divided by age group. Space is limited.

Riverview Camp for Girls

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757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 800-882-0722 riverviewcamp.com • info@riverviewcamp.com Voted #1 sleep-away camp seven years in a row. Only two hours from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions. Ages 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities. Facilities include a pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, bathrooms/showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six daily activities. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

Robinson Taekwondo

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 809, Franklin 791-6655 ita280.itaonline.com • wrobin@comcast.net 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 stbernard.org • ssouthworth@stbernard.org 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.

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One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 800-637-7223 spacecamp.com • kamid@spacecamp.com Space Camp and Aviation Challenge are camp programs of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center located in Huntsville, AL. By focusing on space, aviation and teamwork, you will learn how to become the next generation of astronauts, fighter pilots and leaders. Get ready for a week of non-stop fun and adventure!

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Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum

636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville 832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org • tonya@travellersrestplantation.org Travel through history and experience a summer of adventure at Travellers Rest Summer Camp – winner of Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Best Day Camp in Nashville. Junior Docent camp, Histories Mysteries camp, hands-on history camp, folk arts camp, adventures in history camp (includes civil war and Frontier adventures).

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USN Summer Camps

2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville 321-8000 usn.org • jkleiner@usn.org 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 706-862-2231 valleyviewranch.com • info@valleyviewranch.com Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain. For 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 activities. We are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators and equine educators making girls’ dreams come true!

Vanderbilt Tennis Camps

2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville 322-4193 vucommodores.com/tenniscamps • brad.c.roby@vanderbilt.edu Three one-week camps: Jun. 6 - 10, Jun 13. - 17 and Jun. 20 - 24. Taught by Vanderbilt varsity tennis coaches. Open to ages 7 - 17. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri. $350 per week.

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4330 Mecklinburg, Bolivar 731-659-2880 victoryranch.org • smith@victoryranch.org Christian (non-denominational), co-ed residential camp featuring one of the best facilities in the nation. Includes an incredible outdoor adventure course, 20-stall barn, water activities and more on 500 acres. Comfortable, air conditioned lodges. Camp staff hand-selected with a ratio of 3:1. Campers are loved, nurtured, challenged and have the time of their lives. Register early, space is limited. continued on page 69 ...

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Watkins College of Art and Design

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 383-4848 watkins.edu/community 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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easter Find Easter events requiring advance registration in “The Parent Planner” beginning on page 104. friday, april 8 - sunday, april 10 A Storybook Easter All ages can enjoy this original play about the Easter Bunny. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439 or twomack@murfreesborotn.gov.

saturday, april 9 Underwater Egg Hunt Ages 12 and younger dive into the water to gather eggs. Patterson Park Pool, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $2; 893-7439 or nhensley@murfreesborotn.gov.

saturday, april 16 FREE 10,000 Egg Hunt Ages 12 and younger can search for eggs, play on inflatables,

enjoy face painting, games and more. Family Worship Center, 1503 Sulpher Springs Road, Murfreesboro; 9 - 11 a.m.; 893-0968 or familywc.com.

Easter Bunny Excursion Train All ages can ride the rails to Watertown with the

Easter Bunny, with egg hunts during the layover. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure, 3:15 p.m. return; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

FREE Easter Egg Hunt Ages 12 and younger can participate in scavenger hunts,

egg hunts, pictures with the bunny, games, refreshments and more. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 1:30 p.m.; 220-0042 or cornerstonetn.org.

FREE Easter Eggs-travaganza All ages can enjoy children’s crafts, egg hunts, games, prizes and food. Holly Tree Christian Preschool, 122 Seaboard Lane, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 371-8091 or hollytreechildcare.com. FREE Fairview Easter Egg Hunt Ages 10 and younger can gather eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Fairview Recreation Complex Football Field, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 10 a.m.; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Franklin Easter Egg Hunt Ages 10 and younger can gather eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Franklin Recreation Complex Soccer Fields, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m.; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com. FREE La Vergne Easter Egg Hunt Ages 11 and younger can play Easter games, make crafts and look for eggs. Bicentennial Park, 5091 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 10 a.m.; 793-3224. Oaklands Easter Egg Hunt Children ages 2 - 10 can bring baskets and search for hidden eggs. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $1 per child for the egg hunt (house tours are free to children, $5 for adults today only); 893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org.

A local girl has fun gathering eggs during Cheekwood’s annual Spring Art Hop. This year’s festivities are on Saturday, April 23.

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outings FREE Owen Farm Easter Egg Hunt Kids of all ages can bring their baskets and search for eggs and enjoy other activities. Owen Farm, 825 Crocker Road, Chapmansboro; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (age-specific egg hunts begin at 12 p.m.); 4282702 or owenfarm.com. FREE Spring Hill Easter Egg Hunt Ages 10 and younger can gather eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Longview Elementary School P.E. Field, 2929 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 1 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Town of Smyrna Easter Egg Hunt Ages 14 and younger can have fun searching for hidden eggs. Lee Victory Recreation Park, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna (rain date is Saturday, April 23); 1 p.m.; 459-9773 or townofsmyrna.org.

sunday, april 17 FREE Spring SpEGGtacular Ages 12 and younger can participate in an old-

fashioned egg hunt, and there’s even one just for moms and dads! Prizes in every egg and a visit with the Easter Bunny round out the event. Moss-Wright Prk Football Field, 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 2 p.m.; 851-2218 or goodlettsvilleparks. com.

thursday, april 21 FREE Brentwood Easter Egg Hunt Ages 12 and younger can meet Peter

Cottontail, enjoy face painting and hunt for eggs. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 3:30 p.m. (hunt begins at 4:15 p.m.); 371-0090, ext. 838, or brentwood-tn.org/library.

friday, april 22 Easter Egg Hunts Meet Peter Rabbit and hunt for eggs as well as enjoying a

hay ride and other farm fun. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $9 ages 2 and older; 382-7593 or honeysucklehillfarm.com.

Eggstra Special Easter Celebration Join Thumper the Easter Bunny for egg hunts and portraits with spring lambs, bunnies, ducks and chicks. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (egg hunts take place at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.); $8 ages 3 and older; 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

saturday, april 23 FREE Belle Meade Easter Eggstravaganza All ages can hunt for eggs,

FREE Easter in the Park Ages 12 and

younger can search for more than 50,000 hidden eggs, followed by inflatable fun, food and more. Charlie Daniels Park, 1038 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 10:30 a.m.; 758-6522.

Eggstra Special Easter Celebration Please see Friday, April 22 listing. Eggstravaganzoo Ages 10 and younger can

meet the Easter Bunny, play animal games and search for eggs. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (egg hunt times are: Ages 2 and younger 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., 3-year-olds 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., ages 4 - 5 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., ages 6 - 7 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m., ages 8 - 10 12 or 2:30 p.m.); free with gate admission ($14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger); 8331534 or nashvillezoo.org.

FREE Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt All ages can

search for eggs, meet the bunny and participate in an egg-decorating contest for prizes. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 10 a.m.; 443-2839.

FREE Murfreesboro Easter Egg Hunt All ages can hunt for eggs and exchange them for prizes, then stick around for carnival games and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Richard Siegel Community Park, 515 Cherry Lane, Murfreesboro; 1 p.m.; 907-2251 or athletics@murfreesborotn.gov.

Spring Art Hop All ages can

participate in outdoor arts and crafts activities, live entertainment, an Easter egg hunt and more. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

meet the Easter Bunny, bounce on inflatables, do crafts, enjoy face painting and a balloon artist. Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 352-6210.

Easter Bunny Excursion Train All ages can ride the rails to Watertown with

the Easter Bunny, with egg hunts during the layover. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure, 3:15 p.m. return; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

Easter Egg Hunts Please see Friday, April 22 listing. Easter Eggstravaganza Ages 10 and younger can bring baskets to search for

eggs and enjoy other activities as well, including games, face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (egg hunt times are 10:30 a.m. ages 0 - 3, 11 a.m. ages 4 - 6, 11:30 a.m. ages 7 - 10); $5 per vehicle; 459-2341 or samdavishome.org.

FREE EasterFest Kids’ activities include live music, inflatables, food and age-appropriate egg hunts for ages 12 and younger. Edgefield Baptist Church, 700 Russell St., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 255-0468 or edgefieldbaptist.org.

awww, bunnies! See the Belle Meade Bunnies live display at Phillips Toy Mart (5207 Harding Pike, Nashville) through Saturday, April 30. Store hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Call 352-5363 or visit phillipstoymart.com.

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fri 1 FREE Kids Hour Ages 1 - 8 can sing and move with The Zinghoppers. Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or zinghoppers.com. Mule Day Enjoy old-time activities with a mule theme, including arts and crafts, mule-pulling shows, clogging demonstrations, inflatables, live music and more. Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive, Columbia; Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $7 adults, free ages 11 and younger; 931-381-9557 or muleday.com. Predators Foundation Wine Festival & Tasting Help raise money for the Nashville Predators Foundation during this tasting that features more than 200 high-end wines, a silent auction and more. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $75 (the $200 ticket includes a five-course dinner at 7:30 p.m.); 770-2321 or nashvillepredators.com/wine. Twice is Nice Rummage Sale Shop for bargains that include furniture, antiques, electronics, clothing, books, kitchen items and more. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s mission of enriching the lives of women, children and their families. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $2 ($3 for a two-day pass); twiceisniceshopping.com. Wetland Walk All ages can take a guided hike through the

outdoor wetland area learning about the ecology and critters found there. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300.

sat 2 Barnyard Adventures and Family Fun All ages can visit the petting farm and have fun on the playgrounds, hayrides, mega slides, games and more. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 3 and older; 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com. FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make spring planters from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To find a store near you, visit homedepot.com. Juggleville VI: Dr. Jugglestein’s Apprentice All ages can enjoy a performance by a 40-member cast of jugglers, acrobatics and physical comedy. Langford Auditorium, Garland and 22nd Avenues, Nashville; 2 and 8 p.m.; $7; juggleville.com/6/.

Mule Day Please see Friday, April 1 listing. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Detroit Red Wings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 2 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators.com.

Saturday AM: Delightful Daffodils Families can view the

daffodils in bloom then make a flower craft in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or

just listen to) a reading of Timon of Athens. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

FREE Super Saturday All ages can play on the kids’ activity

table, participate in craft projects and enjoy cookies and lemonade. Parent-Teacher Stores: 2214 Bandywood Drive, Nashville (292-3533); 203 Williamson Square, Franklin (599-3477); 131 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro (895-6131); and 780 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville (859-3007); parent-teacherstoreusa.com.

amun ra theatre performs at family field trip saturday, april 2 The next installment of TPAC’s popular Family Field Trip series, sponsored by Nashville Parent, features Nashville’s own Amun Ra Theatre. The company will present Before the People Came, a musical adaptation of an African folktale that finds a group of animal friends working together to overcome an obstacle. Best suited for ages 3 and older, the show begins at 2 p.m. with activities in the Polk Theater lobby at 1 p.m. Tickets are $11 - $44. TPAC is located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Call 782-4040 or visit tpac.org.

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sun 3 FREE Green Food Expo and EKO-sher Fest Learn about buying local and organic food as well as growing your own food. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; nashvillejcc.org/ecochallenge.

mon 4 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a program about size. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack All ages can make big dippers in the kitchen.

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

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Animal Antics All ages can meet the center’s resident birds. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Kids Hour Ages 1 - 8 can sing and move with The Zinghoppers. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or zinghoppers.com.

Parents & Tots Please see Monday, April 4 listing.

FREE Open House Day The observatory is open for tours,

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Atlanta Thrashers. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators.com.

Tales & Rails All ages can explore the new Trains exhibit

and astronomers will be available to answer questions. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

Snack Attack All ages can make big dippers in the kitchen.

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

Nature Nuts All ages can learn how plants grow. Discovery

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

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. SunTrust Classical Series: Rachmaninoff & Bruckner Pianist Kirill Gerstein joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of classical music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Mixed Media Master Preschoolers and their parents can make mixed media creations in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

the hows and whys of stranger safety. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 3:30 p.m.; 459-4884 or linebaugh.org.

Vince Gill and Friends Country star Vince Gill and special guests perform for “Jammin’ to Beat the Blues,” a benefit for the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $39.50; 800-745-3000 or ryman.com.

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FREE The Zinghoppers Dance Party Ages 1 - 8 can join

Creation Station All ages can create aboriginal dot art. Dis-

Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo Explore more than 100 booths, display gardens, Tennessee’s largest plant sale, workshops and more. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, ($10 for a three-day pass), free ages 11 and younger; 973-2112 or bloomngarden.com. (please turn the page)

and then listen to a famous children’s trains story. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a family concert. Bordeaux Branch Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or zinghoppers.com.

FREE Stranger Danger Program All ages can learn

covery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

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Find Easter events on page 78. FREE Frist Center Birthday Celebration The Frist Center commemorates its 10th anniversary by offering free admission all day today and tomorrow. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

FREE La Leche League New and expectant moms can find breastfeeding and mothering support. Whitworth Baptist Church, 3014 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 758-6710. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Columbus Blue Jackets during their final home games of the season. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or nashvillepredators.com.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. SunTrust Classical Series: Rachmaninoff & Bruckner Please see Thursday, April 7 listing.

Wetland Walk All ages can take a guided hike through the

outdoor wetland area learning about the ecology and critters found there. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

sat 9 Barnyard Adventures and Family Fun All ages can visit the petting farm and have fun on the playgrounds, hayrides, mega slides, games and more. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 3 and older; 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com. Birding in the ‘Boro: A Walk-A-Thon & Celebration

All ages can participate in a staff-led walk through the wetlands while looking for scavenger hunt items related to bird life, then enjoy the celebration with art, games, music, vendors and live birds. Murfree Springs Wetland at Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. walk, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. celebration; $1 for walk, other activities are free; 217-3017 or rsinger@ murfreesborotn.gov.

Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo Please see Friday, April 8 listing. FREE Celebration of Spring Families can welcome spring with relay races, bird and wildflower identification hikes, pontoon boat rides (ages 3 and older with an adult), a snake exhibit and more. Edgar Evins State Park, 1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silverpoint; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 931-858-2466 or http://foeesp. ne1.net. FREE Frist Center Birthday Celebration Please see Friday, April 8 listing.

FREE Happy Tales Humane Pet University Kids ages

7 - 17 can learn from their peers about kindness and compassion toward animals as well as being responsible pet guardians. The event includes interactive songs, dances, skits and trivia games. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; happytaleshumane.com.

Mile-Long Yard Sale Excursion Train Ride the rails to Watertown and back, and during the layover have fun shopping at the mile-long yard sale. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure, return at 3:30 p.m.; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or tcry.org. Local boys pose with Ozzie at a Nashville Sounds outing. The first home game this season is on Thursday, April 7.

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nashville’s #1 event for new parents saturday, april 9 New and expectant parents can find everything they need for their infant during Nashville Parent’s Baby Fair. A joint event with Baptist Hospital, the fair features vendors with baby clothing, furniture, safety equipment, local resources, nutrition and exercise information and more. Baptist will present classes in breastfeeding and newborn care along with offering tours of its birthing/ maternity floor. Win prizes by participating in games throughout the day, and register to win thousands of dollars in prizes from USA Baby & Kids. The Baby Fair takes place at the Baptist Hospital Campus, located at the 21st Avenue entrance in Nashville. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more info, call 256-2158 or visit parentworld.com.

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FREE Mommy Mafia Storytime Moms with preschoolers can enjoy stories and songs. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Pet Medical Center Open House Tour the new

facility, see demonstrations of equipment, enjoy animal exhibits, meet rescue groups, adopt an animal and enjoy refreshments. You may also bring your pet for a free nail trim. Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center, 5714 Edmondson Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 833-7387.

Saturday AM: Away They GO! Families can make a mixed

media drawing after visiting the Trains exhibit. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Second Saturday at Fiddlers Grove All ages can

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FREE Tennessee PTA Family Fun Fair All ages can

celebrate 100 years of the Tennessee PTA through informational exhibits and family activities including a rock climbing wall, inflatable football toss and more. Sheraton Music City Hotel, 777 McGavock Pike, Nashville; 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; tnpta.org.

FREE The Zinghoppers Dance Party Ages 1 - 8 can join

cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a family concert. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. and Old Hickory Branch Library, 1010 Jones St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 636-5343 or zinghoppers.com.

sun 10 Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo Please see Friday, April 8 listing. FREE Nashville Chamber Singers Concert All ages can enjoy an afternoon of music. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 3 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville.org.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the New Orleans Zephyrs. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. Sunday Series of FUN Families can participate in an “April showers bring May flowers” activity. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food items; 893-2141 or msewell@ murfreesborotn.gov. FREE Williamson County Community Band Enjoy an

afternoon of live music. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 3 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 30, or wcparksandrec.com.

mon 11 Environmental Education Week All ages can learn about

the environment through staff-guided activities. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about the five senses. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Preschool Dance Party Ages 1 - 8 can move, groove, dance, sing and jam with members of The Zinghoppers. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville, and 3252 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; $7; peekabooplaytown. net.

Snack Attack All ages can make snickerdoodle popcorn in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

week of the young child april 9 - 16 Every year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC; naeyc.org) sponsors the Week of the Young Child, a special week to raise awareness of quality childhood education in child-care settings. While most of the workshops and seminars are for early childhood educators, the local event — sponsored by the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children (NAAEYC), Vanderbilt University and several Middle Tennessee organizations — also includes several happenings for the community. Local attractions like Nashville Public Library, Warner Parks Nature Center, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Adventure Science Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and more host special events for the youngest among us. The kick-off celebration takes place Sunday, April 10 at Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Road) from 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is $14 adults, free for ages 12 and younger. Families can explore the zoo and enjoy activities provided by community organizations. To learn more about Week of the Young Child and for a full schedule of educator workshops and community events, call 383-6292 or visit kc.vanderbilt.edu/kennedy/woyc.

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free family flicks at nashville film festival april 16 and 21 One of the best and biggest movie events of the year — the Nashville Film Festival — takes place April 14 - 21 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. There, you can take in the latest independent films, from features and documentaries to shorts and animation. This year, the festival will offer two free screenings of its Family Shorts Series on Saturday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, April 21 at 12 p.m. The series includes the following seven short films: Amazonia (USA), Barko (USA), Cheez...z (USA), The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Moorris Lessmore (USA), The Gruffalo (UK; pictured above), Luna (Mexico) and Margarita (Spain). The free seats are available on a first come, first served basis, and patrons are advised to arrive 20 - 30 minutes early to get in. Individual ticket prices for other films during the festival are $12 adults, $9 students. Learn more at nashvillefilmfestival.org.

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Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville, and 3252 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; free for special needs children and adults, $5 for typically developing siblings; peekabooplaytown. net.

Tales & Rails All ages can explore the new Trains exhibit

and then listen to a famous children’s trains story. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free age 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Choo Choo! Preschoolers and their parents can check out the new Trains exhibit, then visit the studio to create their own choo-choo craft. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free age 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

VSA Tennessee 10th Anniversary Celebration Free morning activities include activity stations for kids to try instruments, make visual art, try on costumes and more, followed by storytelling and dance performances along with art exhibits open all day. In the evening, a concert takes place featuring 2009 American Idol top 10 finalist Scott MacIntryre. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. 6:45 p.m. free activities, 7 p.m. concert; concert tickets are $10 ages 3 and older, $2 ages 2 and younger; 862-5252 or vsarts. org.

Animal Antics All ages can meet the cornsnake. Discovery

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

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

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Find Easter events on page 78. FREE Murfreesboro Bird Club Hike Ages 6 and older can search for spring migrants and resident birds. Nickajack Wetlands in Murfreesboro (call for directions); 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or njordan@murfreesborotn.gov.

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Bookworms Ages 3 - 5 and a parent can visit different stations for stories, crafts and snacks. MGL Library, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439. Creation Station All ages can create aboriginal dot art. Dis-

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Guitar Orchestra of Barcelona Twenty-five guitarists per-

form as one when this Spanish ensemble performs in Music City. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $34 - $74; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Harlem Globetrotters The Globetrotters bring their 4 Times the Fun North American tour to Music City. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15 - $117; nashvilleauditorium.com. Nature Nuts All ages can learn what’s in soil. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE American Girl Club Storytime This month’s story and craft center around Kaya. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 895-8580 or bn.com. Cinderella The Nashville Symphony performs Rodgers and

Hammerstein’s classic score as an all-star cast takes the stage during this second annual benefit for Show Hope. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $47.50 - $107.50; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Environmental Education Week Please see Monday, April 11 listing.

FREE Rivers & Spires Festival Please see Thursday, April

14 listing.

Southern Women’s Show Please see Thursday, April 14 listing.

FREE Third Friday Outdoor Concert All ages can enjoy

a live performance by The Hands of Time Bluegrass Band. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; 890-0355.

Wetland Walk All ages can take a guided hike through the

outdoor wetland area learning about the ecology and critters found there. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration All ages can

enjoy live entertainment, community info booths, a bike rodeo, supervised tree climbing, canoe trips, tree sapling giveaways and more. Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10 .m. 1:30 p.m.; 550-6947 or franklintn.gov.

Barnyard Adventures and Family Fun All ages can visit the petting farm and have fun on the playgrounds, hayrides, mega slides, games and more. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 3 and older; 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com. FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League

of Gallatin presents this storytime that features a reading of The Country Bunny, followed by a snack and springtime craft. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722.

FREE Family Program: Musical Petting Zoo All ages

can experience instrument demonstrations and then try their hand on a variety of musical instruments. County Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; 4162001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Fiddlers Grove Spring Fest All ages can enjoy old-

time fun with activities including live bluegrass music, a dumpling cook-off, games, races, storytelling, a horse exhibition and more. Fiddlers Grove Historic Village, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 10 a.m.; 443-2626 or fiddlersgrove.org.

FREE Healthy Kids Day Recreational activities for all ages include hula-hooping races, soccer, health and safety vendors and more. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; healthykids2011.org.

FREE Rivers & Spires Festival

Please see Thursday, April 14 listing.

sat 16 FREE 35th Annual Pioneer Days All ages can celebrate spring in pioneer fashion with old-time music and dancing, hayrides, blacksmithing, shopping at craft booths, food and more. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; 890-0355 or shodges@murfreesborotn.gov.

Opry Country Classics Larry Gatlin hosts this evening

of country music featuring T.G. Sheppard and James Wesley. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.50 $55; 800-745-3000 or ryman.com.

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can listen to a read-

ing of The Story of Easter and Waiting for Wings followed by craft activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

FREE Rivers & Spires Festival Celebrate Clarksville’s his-

tory and heritage through an international street festival with arts and crafts, live music, car shows, children’s activities and more. Commerce Street in Downtown Clarksville; Thu 4 - 8 p.m., Fri 5 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; riversandspires.com.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

win globetrotters tickets! We’re giving away a family four-pack of tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. To enter the random drawing, log onto parentworld.com and click on “Giveaways” under the Contests tab.

Southern Women’s Show Four days of shopping, fashion

shows, cooking classes, speakers and more. Nashville Conven-

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thu 21 Creation Station All ages can make sock hop bunnies. Dis-

covery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about the process of a seed

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

SunTrust Classical Series: Dvorak’s Eighth Violinist

Chee-Yun joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of classical music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

fri 22 FREE Earth Day Celebration All ages can celebrate A local girl enjoys hands-on fun with instruments at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Musical Petting Zoo. This popular free event takes place this month on Saturday, April 16. Saturday AM: Earth Day Families can stop by the studio to

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FREE Children’s Theater Audition Please see Sunday,

Wetland Walk All ages can take a guided hike through the

create a creature out of recycled materials. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

April 17 listing.

Southern Women’s Show Please see Thursday, April 14

Snack Attack All ages can make bunny hop treats in the

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Sugarland Take in an evening of live country music. Bridges-

tone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $24.50 - $74.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Sumner Baby Shower New and expectant moms and families can take in health education seminars, breastfeeding classes, newborn safety class, giveaways and more. Sumner Regional Medical Center, 555 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin; 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m.; 328-5031 or mysumnermedical.com.

Tennessee Liberty Festival This inaugural festival features

costumed re-enactments from the Revolutionary Era, a reading of the U.S. Constitution, a visual history of America’s flags, musicians, storytellers, children’s games, crafts, merchants and more. The Park at Indian Lake Village, 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $2; tnlibertyfestival.com.

sun 17 FREE Children’s Theater Audition Kids ages 4 - 17 can audition for the Sunshine Players’ production of Zany One Acts. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Sun 2 - 4 p.m., Mon 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 893-7439 or twomack@ murfreesborotn.gov. FREE March for Babies Please see “Giving Back” on page

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Southern Women’s Show Please see Thursday, April 14 listing.

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 “bunny hop” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

tue 19 Animal Antics All ages can meet the blue-tongued skink.

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

Parents & Tots Please see Monday, April 18 listing. Tales & Rails All ages can explore the new Trains exhibit

and then listen to a famous children’s trains story. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Earth Day Preschoolers and their

parents can stop by the studio and create an earth-inspired project. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

wed 20 Snack Attack All ages can make bunny hop treats in the

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

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Mother Earth through educational activities for the whole family. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks.com. Thursday, April 21 listing.

outdoor wetland area learning about the ecology and critters found there. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

sat 23 Barnyard Adventures and Family Fun All ages can visit the petting farm and have fun on the playgrounds, hayrides, mega slides, games and more. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 3 and older; 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com. FREE Earth Day 2011 All ages can celebrate Mother Earth through educational displays, environmental organizations, local farmers, eco-friendly businesses, children’s activities, live music, workshops and more. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; nashville.gov/parks. FREE Family Concert Award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner leads kids 10 and younger in music and movement fun. Pruitt Library, 117 Charles E. Davis Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; 862-5985 or rachelsumner.com. In the Artist’s Studio All ages can make abstract paintings with local artist Frank Baugh. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 8902300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Shake, Rattle & Roll Kids 10 and younger can enjoy a dance party featuring Metro Schools’ little kid rock band, Flashback. Mai Nightclub, 125 12th Ave. N., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $10 per walking child (non-walkers are free), $5 adults; facebook.com/ shakerattlerolldanceparty. Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. (please turn to page 96)


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SunTrust Classical Series: Dvorak’s Eighth Please see Thursday, April 21 listing.

Warner Parks Bike Tour All ages can choose from a 25- or

50-mile bike ride with proceeds benefiting Friends of Warner Parks. Warner Park Special Event Field, Old Hickory Boulevard and Vaughn Road, Nashville; 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. ride; $25; friendsofwarnerparks.com.

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sun 24 Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 2:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

mon 25 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can participate in a program based on science, engineering and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn how gardens grow. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack All ages can make dirt cups in the kitchen.

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

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they

challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

tue 26 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 discoverycenteronline.org. Parents & Tots Please see Monday, April 25 listing. Preschool Dance Party Ages 1 - 8 can move, groove, dance, sing and jam with members of The Zinghoppers. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville, and 3252 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; $7; peekabooplaytown. net.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Omaha Storm Chasers. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 11:05 a.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. Tales & Rails All ages can explore the new Trains exhibit

and then listen to a famous children’s trains story. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Bird Buffet Preschoolers and their

parents can discover wildlife and make a craft to attract backyard critters. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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Kids can gather eggs during the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Sam Davis Home on Saturday, April 23. Find details about the event on page 79.

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FREE Kids’ Hour Award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner performs music for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 778-1910 or rachelsumner.com.

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

Snack Attack All ages can make dirt cups in the kitchen.

Wetland Walk All ages can take a guided hike through the

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

FREE Stroller Strides Open House Learn about this stroller fitness program at two locations. Crockett Park on Crockett Road, Brentwood and Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 9:15 a.m.; deena@strollerstrides.net.

thu 28 Creation Station All ages can make sock hop bunnies. Dis-

covery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Incredible Baby Shower The Metro Public Health

Department hosts this event to assist new and expecting parents with information on having a healthy pregnancy and raising a happy, healthy child. The shower includes demonstrations, classes, screenings, resources and more. Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center, corner of Dr. Walter S. Davis Boulevard and 28th Avenue North, Nashville; 1 - 5 p.m.; 340-5614.

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about gardening. Discovery

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

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can listen to a

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

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when

they challenge the Albuquerque Isotopes. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 7:05 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com.

outdoor wetland area learning about the ecology and critters found there. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

sat 30 Barnyard Adventures and Family Fun All ages can visit the petting farm and have fun on the playgrounds, hayrides, mega slides, games and more. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 3 and older; 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com. Saturday AM: Kids Go Modern Families can view the

Modern Masters exhibit in the Museum of Art, then hit the studio to make their own abstract creation. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Sounds Baseball Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Albuquerque Isotopes. Greer Stadium, 534 Chestnut St., Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 game day; 690-4487 or nashvillesounds.com. FREE Square Fest All ages can enjoy a day of arts and

crafts, musical entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. Gallatin Square; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 452-5692.

FREE World Tai Chi Day All ages can practice one of the

oldest forms of exercise and natural health. Sports*Com Aerobic Room, 2310 Memorial Drive, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 895-5040.

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classes & activities Classes listed here are free or nonprofit only.

davidson county 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 fairytalesbookstore.com.

FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

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

power walking and playtime. The group meets at 9 a.m. For weekly location info, call 890-5333 or visit murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

sumner county 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 bn.com.

FREE Tot Time Ages 5 and younger can enjoy a social hour and gym play every Thursday through April from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks.org.

williamson county FREE Art Smarts: Blending Children’s Literature with Art School-age children can learn about art and design through

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

children’s books on the first Saturday each month. Spring Hill Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill; 1 - 2 p.m.; 931-486-2932 or springhilllibrary.org.

Plantation Station Stories and crafts for ages 1 - 4 with their

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

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

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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).

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.gov/

parents. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Wednesdays at 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 per child, free for adults; 3560501, ext. 31, or bellemeadeplantation.com. in Book Club every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or potterybarnkids.com. 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at radnorlake.org or call 373-3467.

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

FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can learn

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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 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.

FREE Teach Your Baby to Sign Parents can learn sign language techniques to communicate with their babies on the first and third Fridays of each month at 9:30 a.m. Spring Hill Public Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill; 931-486-2932 or springhilllibrary.org.

rutherford county activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or bn.com.

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.

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Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

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

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 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 8 - 15 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3 FREE Strollercoasters Moms with children ages birth

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cheatham county participants to glide through the forest on nine zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-anda-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 adventureworks.com.

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 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 adventuresci.com. • Robotics is on display through Sunday, May 8

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 bellemeadeplantation.com. 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 belmontmansion.com. BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 2551422; bounceu.com. Visit website for open bounce times. Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

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

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.; $12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org. • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012 • Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum is on display through Sunday, June 19 • Temporary Contemporary: Jiha Moon is on display March through Sunday, June 19 • Trains! Tennessee in G is on display April 9 - Dec. 31 • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display permanently

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.; 872-8358 or cootersplace.com. 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 countrymusichalloffame.com. • Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy is on display through Saturday, Dec. 31 • Hosts with the Most: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood is on display through Thursday, June 30 • Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music is on display through Sunday, June 12 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.; 8628470 or nashville.gov/parks.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Local to international 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.; $15 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org. Ongoing: • FREE Art Making in the Lobby every Thu and Fri from 6 - 8 p.m. • FREE Music in the Grand Lobby every Thu and Fri from 6 - 8 p.m. • Connecting Cultures: Children’s Stories From Across the World is on display April 15 - March 27, 2012 • Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes is on display through Sunday, May 29 • Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior is on display through Sunday, May 29


ongoing FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at 1154

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

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit my-gym.com/hendersonville 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 peekabooplaytown.com. Rock Castle Early 1800s historic house at 139 Rock Castle

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

Kids can see the robot grasshopper in the Robot Zoo exhibit at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring through Sunday, May 8. • William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked is on display through Sunday, May 1 • Young Tennessee Artists: 2010 Statewide Advanced Placement Studio Art is on display through Sunday, April 10

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 thehermitage.com. 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 lanemotormuseum.org.

a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. • Robot Zoo is on exhibit through Sunday, May 8

FREE The Heritage Center Rotating exhibits of Rutherford County history at 225 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 217-8013. Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville

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

FREE MTSU Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum

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.

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 12 - 5 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or carnton.org. Carter House A Battle of Franklin museum at 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 791-1861 or carterhouse1864.com.

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.

Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at 3777

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.; mtsu.edu/~mineral/.

FREE Tennessee Agricultural Museum Home and farm

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 oaklandsmuseum.org.

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 jumpzoneparty.com.

Sam Davis Home Historic home dedicated to the Tennessee

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit my-gym.com/brentwood.

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

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

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 tshf.net. 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 tnmuseum.org. • Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamun is on display through Sunday, Sept. 4

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 travellersrestplantation.org.

rutherford county BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave.,

Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open bounce and preschool playdate times.

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 activities for all ages at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10

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; 4592341 or samdavishome.org.

FREE Stones River National Battlefield The

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

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

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

sumner county

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.

Cragfont This historic, late Georgian period home is located

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

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.

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 funandenergy.com.

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 laseradventure.net.

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 manskersstation.org.

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 rippavilla.org.

Sodium Located at 1725 Columbia Ave., Ste. 100, Franklin, the facility includes a children’s indoor play area, and a variety of classes and workshops are available for kids and families. Call 260-5916 or visit sodiuminc.com.

wilson county 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 lebanontn.org.

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Cats comes to TPAC April 1 - 3. 13 (April 22 - May 8; Ages 12 and older) Circle Players at Keeton

Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 332-7529 or circleplayers.net.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (continues through Saturday, April 2; Ages 12 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or tennesseerep.org. Before the People Came Please see page 81. Carmen (April 14 and 16; Ages 10 and older) Nashville Opera at

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m.; $19 - $95; 782-4040 or nashvilleopera.org.

Carmina Burana and Afternoon of a Faun (April 29 - May 1) Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $30 - $75; 782-4040 or nashvilleballet.com. Cats (April 1 - 3; Ages 8 and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $32.50 - $68; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Children’s Hour (April 8 - 17; Ages 8 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 mltarts.com. Crimes of the Heart (continues through Saturday, April 23;

Ages 12 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (April 7 and 21 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (April 3 and 17 only); $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are twofor-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $15); 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

The Dixie Swim Club (April 29 - May 14; Ages 10 and

older) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or lakewoodtheatre.com.

The Foreigner (April 15 - May 1; Ages 12 and older) Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 students; 563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com. The Foreigner (continues through Saturday, April 30; Ages

12 and older) 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 dinnertheatre.com.

Godspell (continues through Saturday, April 16; Ages 8 and older) Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or pull-tight.com. Goodnight Moon (continues through Sunday, April 3; Ages

4 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; most Sat and Sun 2 p.m. (check website for complete schedule); $17 adults, $12 children (opening night tickets are $10 adults, $5 children); 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

Hairspray (continues through Tuesday, April 26; Ages 12 and

older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Thu - Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $14 students; streettheatrecompany.org.

The King and I (April 14 - 17; Ages 8 and older) Star Bright

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

Life with Mother Superior (April 7 - 17; Ages 10 and older)

Steeple Players, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 826-6037 or steepleplayers.org.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (continues through

Saturday, April 16; Ages 12 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or townecentretheatre.com.

Oklahoma! (April 8 - 23; Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $14 adults, $12 students; 904-2787 or boroarts.org. Pump Boys and Dinettes (April 24 - May 14; Ages 12 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or tennesseerep.org. Robin Goodfellow (April 19 - May 15; Ages 4 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m., most Sat and Sun 2 p.m. (check website for complete schedule); $17 adults, $12 children (opening night tickets are $10 adults, $5 children); 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org. Shadowlands (continues through Sunday, April 3; Ages 8 and older) Lamplighter’s Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 4 - 12; 528-8499 or lamplighterstheatre.net. Smoke on the Mountain (April 1 - 16; Ages 8 and older)

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 at the door, $10 in advance online; 598-8950 or encore-theatre-company.org.

Snoopy (April 22 - 23; All ages) Centre Stage at Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; 7 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or townecentretheatre.com. What Happens Next (April 7 - 16; Ages 10 and older) NWP at

Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Fri 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m.; $10 morning shows, $15 evening shows; 232-8879 or nwp.me.

The Wiz (April 15 - 16; Ages 8 and older) Columbia State Community College at Williamson County Center, 104 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; Fri $10 adults, $6 ages 11 and older, Sat $15 adults, $8 children (includes dessert at 7 p.m.); 790-4400.

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hile all genres within the arts stand alone with equal importance, it’s my own personal belief that none of them are more magical, personal or powerful than music. Music not only connects us to ourselves but to others as well who share the same passion for it. I was reminded of this truth firsthand last month when I went to see my favorite recording artist, Amy Grant, during a reunion concert tour with her pal Michael W. Smith at the amazing Ryman Auditorium. Dubbed the “2 Friends Tour,” the night was a musical treat for their die-hard fans. I grew up listening to Grant’s music. Her debut album was released when I was a mere 6 years old in 1977. It wasn’t until I was in my very early teens, however, that I really connected with her music in a way that really meant something personal to me. Prior to this particular concert, the last time Grant and Smith toured together was 22 years ago during the initial stretch of her monumental “Lead Me On” tour. And this current one was a nearly three-and-a-half hour blast from the past. Lots of classic material, with a few newbies thrown in as well. A total walk down memory lane. The kind of stuff to hear live that — despite turning 40 next month — magically took me back to my teen years when life was more innocent. A time before the big responsibilities took over. Before the big college loans. Before the mortgage. Before the car payment. I’ve attended a plethora of concerts in my day, but this one, hands down was the best ever, particularly because of the personal connection I have with Grant’s music, having listened to it most of my life. The collective connection in the auditorium with everyone else was I took this picture of my musical hero, Amy Grant, on June 19, 1989, during amazing. her Summer Fun tour at Six Flags in St. Louis standing on the front row when What was even more intriguing to me, however, was realizing how I was 18 years old. many folks my age brought their kids to the concert with them. And how much fun their kids were having alongside all of us “geezers” in the room. It goes to show that really good music is timeless and transcends generations like no other art form. There’s a reason why Barney, The Wiggles and a lot of other children’s entertainers these days are becoming a dying breed ... or at the very least, they have a pretty short shelf life with kids. Children, too, want something real, meaningful and long lasting. Something truly artistic provides sustenance, even if it is feel-good pop songs we grew up with in the ’80s. Introducing them to real music at a young age has a lot of merit that extends much further than offering them the average kiddie entertainer who recorded yet another version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” And when kids at any age share a genuine musical vibe in a live setting right beside Mom and Dad, well, there’s just nothing cooler than that!

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

parent planner Unless otherwise noted, registration is ongoing until programs are full.

Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 862-8580 or nashville.gov/parks/nature

• FREE Children’s Hike Saturday, April 9. All ages. Hike down to the creek to look for critters, sing songs and play games. 1 - 3 p.m. • FREE Spring Bird Hike Friday, April 8. All ages. Take a walk in search of returning migratory birds. 7 - 9 a.m. • FREE Wildflower Hike Saturday, April 23. All ages. Learn about local species of spring wildflowers. 1 - 3 p.m.

Belle Meade Country Club 815 Belle Meade Blvd., Nashville; 352-1010 or nashvillehumane.org

• Cause for Paws Fashion Show and Luncheon Wednesday, April 6. Adults. A gourmet luncheon, fashion show and silent auction to raise money for the Nashville Humane Association. 11 a.m. $125 ($200 patron party ticket)

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks/nature

• FREE Bells Bend Garden Party Saturday, April 23. All ages. Join the Friends of Bells Bend for a morning of planting and caring for the vegetable garden. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Family Camp Night Friday, April 22. All ages. Bring your own equipment and spend the night at the campground. 4:30 p.m. - 11 a.m. • FREE Jr. Naturalist Bird Hike Saturday, April 16. Ages 6 - 12. Earn credits toward your Jr. Naturalist patch by hiking the trail looking for resident birds as well as early migrants. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Blue Heron Nature Cruises at River Bluff Park 175 Old Cumberland, Ashland City; 385-7007 or blueheroncruises.com

• Kids Adventure Cruise Wed - Sat. All ages. Enjoy a float down the river seeing spring in bloom, wild birds and more along with waving bubble wands, splashing in water, playing games and more. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 • Nature Cruise Wed - Sun. All ages. See spring in bloom, wild birds building nests and miles of homes, horses and barns along the Cumberland River. 1 - 3 p.m. $10 adults, $8 children

Brentwood Barnes & Noble 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or bn.com • FREE American Girl Club Friday, April 15. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 14. All ages. This month’s featured character is Felicity. 7 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090

• FREE After-School Explorers Every Friday. K - 3 students. Enjoy reading, activities, snacks and games. 4:15 - 5 p.m. (limited to 20 students per session); ext. 829 to register

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• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, April 9. Ages 10 and older. Watch a screening of Driving Miss Daisy, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. 1 p.m.; ext. 838 to register

Brushfire Pottery Studio 4004 Hillsboro Pike, #150, Nashville; 385-5334 or brushfirepottery.com

• After-School Ice Cream Social Tuesday, April 5. All ages. Paint an ice cream bowl, then make an ice cream sundae with goodies from Maggie Moo’s. 3 - 5 p.m. $20 • Handprints in Clay April 1 - 9. Have an impression made of your child’s hand, foot or both in clay. By reservation only. Call for pricing • Mommie & Me Easter Project Wednesday, April 6. Preschoolers and their moms. Create an Easter plate. 10 a.m. $20 - $28

Centennial Park 2500 West End Ave., Nashville competitor.com

• Country Music Marathon Saturday, April 30. Registration deadline is Sunday, April 24. All ages. Choose to run the full marathon or half marathon, both ending at LP Field for a post-race concert headlined by Montgomery Gentry. 7 a.m. $115 marathon, $110 half marathon

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

• Easter Bunny Brunch Friday, April 8. Registration deadline is Friday, April 1. All ages. Enjoy breakfast and visiting with Peter Cottontail. 10 a.m. $10 per child, free for parents • EGGciting Egg Decorating Thursday, April 21. Registration deadline is Friday, April 15. Ages 3 - 5. Have fun dying Easter eggs. 10 a.m. $5 • Cornhole Tournament Saturday, April 9. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 7. All ages. Teams can compete in a round robin format. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $15 • Make-it-Take-it: Earth Day Poster Tuesday, April 12. All ages. Learn about a green earth while creating a poster. 5 p.m. $1

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, April 30. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. Call 585-9055 to register • Breakfast with the Bunny Saturday, April 9. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 6. Ages 10 and younger. Enjoy a light breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny. 8:30 10:30 a.m. $6 • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, April 7. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 • Easter Ceramics Tuesday, April 19. Ages 3 - 12. Paint a ceramic piece for Easter. 5 - 5:45 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 6 - 6:45 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $4

• Guitar Lessons Fridays, April 1 and 8. All ages. Learn to play the guitar. Choose a one-hour increment between 5 - 8 p.m. $55 • String Egg Ornaments Thursday, April 14. Ages 6 - 12. Make an Easter egg ornament. 5 - 6 p.m. $5 • Wacky Wednesday Craft Class Wednesdays, April 6 - 27. Ages 4 - 6. Dive into a variety of crafting experiences. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $4

Fannie Mae Dees Dragon Park 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville dsamt.org

• FREE Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee Egg Hunt Sunday, April 17. All ages. Bring a picnic lunch and visit with the Easter Bunny, play games and hunt for eggs. 1 - 3 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 537-2508 or buddybreakhendersonville@gmail.com

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, April 8. 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 wcparksandrec.com

• Breakfast with the Bunny Saturday, April 9. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 7. Ages 10 and younger. Enjoy a light breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny. 8 - 10 a.m. $6 • Guitar Lessons Mondays, April 4 - 25. 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 • FREE How to Get Thousands of Dollars for Your Child’s Education Tuesday, April 12. Parents. Learn how you can receive additional money for your child’s college fund. 7 8:30 p.m. • Piano Lessons Fridays, April 1 - 29 (skip 4/22). Ages 4 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot from 1 - 8 p.m. $80 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Fridays, April 1 - 29 (skip 4/22), Mondays, April 4 - 25, Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 5 - 28. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences that enhance fine motor and development skills. Fri 9 10:30 a.m., Mon and Tue/Thu 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fri and Mon $24, Tue/Thu $48 • Voice Lessons Fridays, April 1 - 29 (skip 4/22). Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute session between 1 - 8 p.m. $80


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Preschoolers can learn about bunnies during the “Remarkable Rabbits” program at Long Hunter State Park on Monday, April 11. Franklin Road Academy Performing Arts Theater 4700 Franklin Road, Nashville franklinroadacademy.com

• FREE Race to Nowhere Screening Tuesday, April 5. Parents and educators. This movie screening gives parents a close-up look at the pressures on today’s students, tackling the tragic side of our often achievement-obsessed culture. 7 p.m.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm 1765 Martins Chapel Road, Springfield 382-7593 or honeysucklehillfarm.com

• Spring Educational Farm Tours April 1 - May 20. All ages. Explore life on the farm that includes a visit to the petting area, scenic wagon rides and more. Tue - Fri 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $7

La Vergne Public Library 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne 793-7303, ext. 4202, or lavernge.org/library

• FREE American Girl Tea Party Saturday, April 9. All ages. Enjoy a tea party featuring American Girl Felicity. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Attendees must pick up a free ticket at the library prior to event

Life Assembly 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-7779 or buddybreak@lifeassembly.com

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, April 15. 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 thenaturecircle@hotmail.com

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. April’s themes are: • April 4: Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds • April 11: Remarkable Rabbits • April 18: Eggs-travaganza! • April 25: Creek Connections

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

• Adventures in Sewing Saturdays, April 16 - 30. Ages 9 12. Learn sewing machine basics like sewing straight lines, curved lines, button holes, zippers and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $45

• American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, April 16. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. To register, call 585-9055 • Brunch with the Bunny Saturday, April 9. Registration deadline is Monday, April 4. Ages 10 and younger. Enjoy a light breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $6 • Creative Kids Saturdays, April 23 and 30. Ages 5 and older. Explore creativity by painting and decorating wood objects, making pictures with felt, designing bracelets and more. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. $15 • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, April 7 - 28. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • Introduction to Manga Drawing April 5 and 7. 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. $30 • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, April 4 - 25. 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 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, April 4 - 25. 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

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

(Longview Recreation Center, cont’d) • Manga Drawing April 12 and 14. 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, April 6 - 27. All ages. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $25 ($20 each additional family member) plus a $5 supply fee • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, April 4 - 25 or Wednesdays, April 6 - 27. 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. $24

Mansker’s Station 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 859-3678 or manskersstation.org

• 18th Century Cooking Saturday, April 9. Ages 10 and older. Learn how to cook over an open fire. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10

Moss-Wright Park Football Field #1 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville;851-2255 or goodlettsvilleparks.com

• FREE Amazing Race Saturday, April 9. Registration deadline is Friday, April 1. Ages 13 - 18. Teams of three can compete in this foot race across the park that includes taking pictures with their phones or digital cameras that are given in clues. 2 p.m. • Backyard Bombers April 5, 12 and 19. Registration deadline is Friday, April 1. Ages 4 - 5. Learn basic baseball skills like catching, throwing and hitting. 5 - 5:45 p.m. $15

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org

• Art with Animals Saturday, April 16. Ages 6 and older. Capture animal subjects through a variety of art styles while learning basic form, value, color theory and different techniques. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $25 members, $40 nonmembers • Bunny Breakfast Saturday, April 23. Ages 2 - 10. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m. seatings. Members: $13 adults, $11 children; Nonmembers: $28 adults, $21 children • Homeschool Days April 19 and 21. Grades K - 8. Registration deadline is Sunday, April 17. Learn about the importance of conservation by exploring the world of animals. April’s topic is shedding/molting. 10 - 11 a.m. grades K - 1, 12 - 1:30 p.m. grades 2 - 4, 2- 3:30 p.m. grades 5 - 8. $6 members, $13 non-members • Toddler Series Six-week series beginning April 6, 7 and 9. Ages 18 months - 4 years with a parent. Stories, crafts, animal visits and more. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. $60 per child member, $85 per non-member • Wild and Crafty Animal Tales April 12, 13 and 15. Ages 3 and older. Celebrate Week of the Young Child at a special animal storytime that includes an animal guest and crafts. 10:30 am. $5 in addition to zoo admission • Zzzoofari Slumber Saturday, April 30. Ages 4 - 12 with a parent. This overnight camp sessions includes campfire fun and outdoor play. 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. Members: $30 per person, Non-members: $40 per person

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

• Mommy and Me: How Does Your Garden Grow? Tuesday, April 5. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Find out about seeds and how they grow, then plant a take-home garden. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 per child/adult pair in advance, $15 at the gate

Peek-a-boo Playtown 3252 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin; 771-8099 or peekabooplaytown.net

• FREE Fitness and Fun for Mommy and Baby Wednesday, April 6. Moms with children 6 weeks - 4 years. Enjoy a free Stroller Strides class. 9:15 a.m.

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• 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 • Dance! Tue or Thu (ages 3 - 5), Wed (ages 5 - 12) through May. Learn the essentials of ballet and jazz in a classroom environment. Tue/Thu 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Wed 3:45 4:30 p.m. (ages 5 - 7), 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. (ages 8 - 12). $25 per month • Homeschool P.E. Every Tuesday and Thursday through May 26. Grades 1 - 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3 • Pirate Adventures Saturday, April 23. Boys ages 3 - 8. Enjoy food, crafts and pirate activities. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $3

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• Teddy Bear Tea Saturday, April 2. Girls ages 4 - 10 with their moms. Wear your Sunday best and bring your favorite bear for a tea party that includes crafts, stories, refreshments a house tour and more. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. $8

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

• FREE The Birds are Back in Town Saturday, April 2. All ages. Embark on a hike to view returning migratory birds. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Earth Day Afternoon Egg Hunt Friday, April 22. All ages. Celebrate Earth Day by learning about various eggs found in nature. 5 - 6 p.m. • FREE Go WILD Games Saturday, April 9. All ages. Learn about local wildlife through fun activities and games. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Nashville Natives: Choosing the Right Plant for Your Yard Saturday, April 9. Adults (children welcome). Learn about native plants

that attract songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Springtime = Flowers Saturday, April 16. All ages. Discover flowers in bloom at the Bottoms. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Stories by the River Friday, April 8. All ages. Hear stories about taking care of the environment, then make a piece of art from recycled materials. 10 - 11 a.m.

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• American Red Cross Lifeguard Class April 14 - 17. Ages 15 and older. Learn skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Thu - Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. $145 • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Class April 29 - May 1. Ages 15 and older. Become certified by the American Red Cross to teach swim lessons. Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. $145 • Homeschool P.E. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through 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 nashville.gov/parks/wpnc

• FREE Animal Egg Hunt Saturday, April 23. All ages. Bring a basket to be filled faux bird, reptile and amphibian eggs. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE April Showers Friday, April 8. Ages 3 - 5. Wear your rain boots and have fun splashing around in puddles. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights: Fly a Kite! Saturday, April 30. All ages. Create, build and fly your own kite. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Innovation for the Planet: Nissan Leaf Saturday, April 2. All ages. The 100 percent electric (and emission free) Nissan Leaf will be available for viewing and test driving. 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. • FREE Migration Headache Saturday, April 16. All ages. Join a naturalist in welcoming warblers, swallows and other summer resident birds back to Nashville during a bird hike. 10 - 11 a.m.

Kids of all ages can learn about frogs, toads and salamanders during “Toad-ly Awesome Amphibians” at Warner Parks Nature Center on Saturday, April 9.


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

• FREE Navigating with Map & Compass Saturday, April 23. Ages 8 and older. Discover the new map and compass course in the park while learning basic navigation skills and how to use a compass. 1 - 2 p.m. or 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Spring Bird Banding Day Thursday, April 21. All ages. Celebrate Earth Day a day early by visiting the banding table to see, hear and learn about feathered friends. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • FREE Spring’s Bouquet Friday, April 29. Ages 3 - 5. Explore the colors, sights, sounds and smells of spring. 10 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Toad-ly Awesome Amphibians Saturday, April 9. All ages. Celebrate frogs, toads and salamanders through crafts, stories, games and a scavenger hunt. 9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. • Yoga for Everyone Thursday, April 28. All ages. Stretch and strengthen through yoga in nature. 10 - 11:15 a.m. $10 ages 13 and older, free ages 12 and younger

The Wellness Center at Baptist Hospital 2021 Church St., Nashville; 284-2348 or baptisthospital.com • 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 murfreesborotn.gov/parks • Campfire Circle Friday, April 8. All ages. Embark on a nature hike then relax by the campfire with songs, treats and skits. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $3 • 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 • Leap of Faith Friday, April 22. Registration deadline is Friday, April 8. Ages 13 - 18. Trek to Deer Run Retreat to participate in the high ropes course. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 • 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

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