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the dailies

what’s happening each day of the month

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The Nashville Children’s Choir presents its annual holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 2. See page 75 for details.

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Local Briefs: Santa Saturdays at Cheekwood, the fifth annual Hendersonville HolidayFest, Kid’s Kingdom re-opens, Play Ball Children’s Therapy now offers infant massage, save the date for our annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair, our annual Cover Kids contest announcement and more.

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Giving Back: Amy Grant talks about Compassion International plus a roundup of family volunteering opportunities.

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Hot Stuff: Holiday reads to enjoy with the entire family.

Happy Christmas! 36 air travel with Baby

Tips for globetrotting success with your infant in tow.

39 teach kids about sharing

Patience is key to helping children understand about yours, mine and ours.

42 what age for a cell phone?

Is your child ready for the unbridled world of mobile devices?

The 2011 Wish List!

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Crafts, cookies, music and more to make the season bright. Online exclusives, too!

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Q Dr. ASnod and Dr. King, my child is 9 months of age and does not have any baby teeth. Do I need to worry? Q A David J. Snodgrass Pediatric Dentist

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I would not worry right now. Delayed eruption of baby teeth can be a common event. My own son who is 8 months of age is experiencing a similar situation except his only baby tooth happens to be an upper lateral incisor and his eruption pattern is out of sequence. My wife says he looks like a pumpkin. The timing of eruption of baby teeth can be influenced by genetics, trauma, certain systemic conditions (Down syndrome and low birth weight), and cysts. Some children have thick fibrous gum tissue that can hold up the normal eruption process. Occasionally, a small incision is made in the gum pad to allow the teeth to penetrate the tissue. Here are guidelines on the general tooth eruption patterns for infants to 3 years: At about 6 months of age the lower central incisors (bottom front teeth) generally erupt. These are followed by the upper incisors and both maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) lateral incisors. By the first year, 8 incisors are usually present. At about 15 months of age, the first primary molars (back teeth used for grinding food) erupt. By age 2, the canines are present. Shortly there after, the second primary molars erupt. By 3 years of age, all of the primary teeth are generally present. Remember, these are average ages. Some children’s teeth erupt sooner and some erupt later. To ease your concerns, visit your pediatric dentist so he/she can answer any questions you may have about your child.

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editor’s note magical home videos by Susan Swindell Day ny time we go to an event that one of our kids is in, out it comes. The video recorder! It has been a long-time family member for years now. Baby’s birth? Check! Baby’s first steps? Check! First mouthful of solids? Check! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas? Check, check, check! At first it’s a fantastic idea, and then you go through a period where it’s a nuisance. “Hey,” you say as you watch your husband, “take that thing down and participate here!” I mean, why go through life with a movie camera constantly in the face? And then it becomes invisible. You carry on full-length conversations with your

husband while he’s filming, he never looks at you and you never look at him! And then a few years go by and another baby’s on the way and out comes the recorder and the birthdays continue and the filming and another baby’s on the way and next thing you know you have a wonderful family of six, thousands upon thousands of miles of home video footage and no time to watch it. That’s why it’s kind of miraculous what happened last Sunday night. The kids had finished their homework, I’d finished the dishes and the timing was right. Stewart (Dad) said, “Hey, wanna watch a home video?” Now, I’d seen glimpses of footage when he had to transfer old cassette technology onto DVDs, but it was only in passing that I marveled over Baby Alexandra crawling all over our first house. It made me sit down, and I started getting sucked in ... just like old photos can do. You can get lost in those things for hours (it’s kind of sad that our photos are housed digitally now; you can’t really curl up with that!). But I remember vividly being a little girl and watching family slides on my father’s old projector with my brothers, sisters and parents. With the projector humming, you could see a lit up tunnel of dust in front of the hot light shining through the lens. We’d jump up to touch the jumbo images of ourselves on the portable screen, marveling and begging Dad not to switch the slide just yet. Family slide shows cemented the love I share with my brothers and sisters. There was nothing quite like seeing the younger, already-been-there versions of ourselves ... experiencing memories, realizing that we lived and still did live with the happy, loving parents we had. So last Sunday night, my family of six sat down in the living room and Stewart popped in one of the many, many movies he has shot over the years and we all immediately went, “Ohhhhh!” because there on the screen was sweet baby Thomas (he’s 9 now), splashing in the bath, sucking on his fingers. We laughed at ourselves during a rented houseboat trip we took on Center Hill Lake — we’d forgotten that! The kids watched as I played Ring Around the Rosy with them in life jackets in the middle of the lake. We watched Tucker’s kindergarten graduation and Noah’s hilarious rendition of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” at the top of his voice when he was 4. They watched their parents hug on them, encourage them, enjoy them. That’s all kids really want, isn’t it? To be with you when you’re in a good mood, when you have no worries and when everyone’s relaxed. We need to remember that. Do yourselves a favor this Christmas holiday. If you have home video recordings, pull them out. If you don’t have them, maybe this is a good time to start. Make a point of watching the videos with your children when you can. It costs absolutely nothing, it’s worth its weight in gold and, afterall, love really DOES make the world go around.

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Toddlers and toys? How many items would you say is the right amount for a child younger than 3 to get for Christmas from “Santa?” Pamela McMahon Ferguson ”Santa” only brings one present here ... our children don’t need anything and we don’t want the presents/stuff to be the focus. Anne Bracken McGraw One present from Santa. Lacey Hamilton Rankin Probably only one to two. Sarah Baker In our home Santa only brings one. We have taught the kids that he has lots of other children to give to. Stacy Wilkerson Keith When I was growing up, most of our stuff was from Santa and I have sorta carried on that tradition as well. Candice Burnham I got my daughter (almost 2) one toy, one book (prayer book) and one stuffed animal. I also put a coloring book and small things in her stocking. Keeping it small. We didn’t spend more than $30 altogether. Ashlee Shapcott In our home Santa brings two.

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Holly Thompson Gordon Three gifts, just like Jesus got: one thing you want, one thing you need and one thing to read. But we don’t do Santa. Sherri Kensler Mears In our home Santa filled the stockings and Mom bought the gifts and they got three representing the three gifts presented by the wise men. I still do this even as they’ve grown older! Sarah LaSota Moore I usually do two presents from Santa and then one or two from me. No “big ticket” items, though. And, I always wrap up a box filled with ribbons and paper and random stuff I grab from around the house.

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When should I start potty training my child?

Here’s what our local parents say: MELODY HUDDLESTON It’s easier early, because then you can train him to feel the sense of urge to potty. I work at a day care and I like to try to have them trained by 2, my daughter was trained at 1-and-a-half, it only took a week, she still had accidents but that was because she took action to the urge too late. I still had to buy diapers for every night until she was 3, but at 3 the overnight accidents went away. ANGELA ORAM I’m in the process of introducing it to my (almost) 18-month-old. She has used the potty about five or six times, randomly already. I have to get my sitter on board to start doing it full time. I would like to have her totally trained by 2, when she starts day care. ANDREA RENE AUSTIN There is no set age, everyone potty trains at different times just like talking and walking. As a nanny, I’ve trained six kids and they were all between 18 months and 2-and-a-half. Just because a book you pick up says your child can be trained by “x” time, he may not. It’s about communication, readiness and awareness. Don’t push him, or you’ll be slowing yourself down.

PAM DYSON, MA, LPC I’m a parenting coach and I teach potty training classes. I recommend you start looking for the signs of potty training readiness at 18 - 24 months. Parents should also look for the Three Ps: Physiological (bladder readiness which means they tell you if they’ve pooped or wet their diaper; they’re dry at nap time), Physical (able to pull pants up and down, get on and off the potty) and Psychological (willingness). TARA HUNTER I think looking for an age to potty train is the wrong approach. Every child is different and telling parents a specific age just adds stress and worry to it. I think when kids are ready they will let you know. I did/do practice the open door policy at my house and had a potty chair shortly after my son turned 1. CAROL COKER My son is 26 months and is nowhere near ready. He only knows a few words and cannot communicate that he needs to go potty. He has not shown any interest in watching anyone else potty, either. My daughter was 3 before she was trained. She did not have control over her bladder muscles until then. I’m thinking my son may actually be closer to 3-and-a-half, depending on how quickly his vocabulary increases. — compiled by Kiera Ashford

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parent talk

be patient! How to Turn Interrupting Into Waiting Quietly by Deborah Bohn

secret signals Kindergarten teacher, Ann F. of Franklin, says the first thing she teaches her new students at the start of the school year is to raise their hands to speak instead of blurting out their thoughts. “You can’t have a room full of 5-year-olds shouting out answers all day, so we work very hard on hand raising to get attention. No hand … no attention.” You can do the same by giving your child a signal like a tug on your shirt or simply holding your hand if he wants to speak up when you’re already talking to someone else.

reward patience Try only responding when your child waits quietly for you to finish and ignore all of his attempts to chime in when you’re speaking. If you see him waiting quietly or giving you a subtle signal, talk for another five seconds to teach him patience, then make a point to praise him for waiting and let him have the floor.

keep it short “I’m totally guilty of gabbing on and on to a friend I run into at Kroger or on the phone in the car,” admits Jenny H. of Bellevue. “It’s not fair to expect anyone, especially my little ones, to have to listen to that.” She keeps a two-minute limit on phone calls and store chats. “Now I try to call my mom or friends when the kids nap. I can get things done around the house and catch up with folks without interruptions.”

role play Prepare for situations like trips to the store, church socials and having company over by practicing the right way to get Mom or Dad’s attention. “As a coach, I can tell you that practice really does make perfect,” attests Clay F. of Brentwood. “And as much as I hate to say it, practicing manners is definitely more important than practicing pee wee football and cheerleading.” Clay says his little boys think role playing at home is hilarious, but it works like a charm when he needs to speak with parents after a game or church members after a Sunday service. “They’ll stand near me when they want to ask a question. And they just eat it up when another adult tells them how well-mannered they are.”

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This is a common concern parents of toddlers have. The medical term for this is genu varum, and in young toddlers, it is generally non-worrisome. The lower leg bone, known as the tibia, is naturally curved in infants. As they begin to walk, the tibia has not straightened completely and they can appear to have bow legs. Another contributing factor to this is the fact that infants tend to bend their knees for extra support when first walking and this can create an illusion of bow-leggedness. As your child grows and his legs become stronger, the genu varum should correct itself, generally by the age of 2. However, if it progresses I would recommend your child be evaluated by his pediatrician. Genu varum can be a sign of vitamin D deficiency, which when severe, manifests as rickets. Rickets is a disease of weakened bones that can progress over time if not corrected. If a child has significant genu varum, a vitamin D level and possibly radiographic studies may be necessary for evaluation. Children who are at risk for vitamin D deficiency are those who are exclusively breastfed, have limited sun exposure (more during the winter months) and darkskinned children. Adequate whole milk in the toddler diet and vitamin D supplements for breastfed infants are recommended.

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Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is a form of asthma that occurs particularly in the setting of exertion. Unlike classic asthma where patients can have symptoms even at rest, EIA generally manifests as symptoms of cough, wheezing and chest tightness during and after activity. Often times, symptoms are well controlled by the simple regimen of taking two puffs of a bronchodilator such as an albuterol inhaler prior to exertion. Opening the bronchi and small airways of the lungs before exercise increases oxygen flow to the lungs and maximizes your child’s performance ability. Asthma, including EIA, tends to be a lifelong illness, so your child may need to continue using a pre-exercise bronchodilator into adulthood. As long as your child is asymptomatic when pre-medicated with albuterol there is no need for further intervention. However, if he continues to be symptomatic during activity or has breathing difficulty in other settings, you may need to talk with your pediatrician about starting an asthma controller medication. A lot of progress has been made over the last two decades in regards to asthma control and management. As long as your child is willing to use his prescribed medications and has regular asthma check ups with his pediatrician, he should be able to participate in whatever sports and activities he likes without limitation.

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his year, be on top of your game when it comes to household toys. Each year, more than 120,000 children younger than 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Even innocent-looking toys — such as marbles and balloons — can present a choking hazard to small children. The Child Safety Protection Act, a federal toy-labeling law, requires manufacturers to place warning labels on toys that pose a choking hazard to young children. When selecting a toy for your child, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign recommends you avoid the following: 1. Toys with small, removable parts: Small parts can pose a choking hazard to children younger than age 3. Use a small parts tester (a plastic tube you can buy at a toy or baby specialty store) to measure the size of the toy or part. If the piece fits entirely inside the tube, then it’s considered a choking hazard. 2. Toys with sharp points or edges: Children may unintentionally cut themselves or another person. 3. Toys that make loud noises: Noisemaking toys, such as toy guns and high-volume portable music players, can permanently impair a child’s hearing. 4. Propelled toy darts and other projectiles: Propelled toys can cause cuts or serious eye injuries. 5. Toys with strings, straps or cords longer than seven inches: Long strings and cords could wrap around a child’s neck and strangle him. 6. Toys painted with lead-based paint: Exposure to lead can result in lead poisoning, causing serious damage to a child’s brain, kidneys and nervous system. 7. Toy cap guns: Paper roll, strip or ring caps can be ignited by the slightest friction, and can cause serious burns.

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he fifth annual Hendersonville HolidayFest continues this month with seasonal activities for everyone. Saturday, Dec. 3 brings ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Breakfast with Santa (seatings at 9 and 11 a.m.; pre-registration required) at the Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club. On the same day, kids can enjoy a tea party with Mrs. Claus at the Holiday Inn Express at 2 p.m. The city’s Christmas parade takes place on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. along East Main Street. Prior to the parade, families can enjoy the free Party Zone from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Memorial Park. On Saturday, Dec. 10, adults can enjoy the St. Nicholas Ball, an enchanted Nutcracker Gala that includes dancing, dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from ticketed events go to local charities. Find a complete schedule, including admission fees, at hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

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Play Ball Children’s Therapy, a Sumner County organization that offers occupational, physical, speech and music therapies to children, now hosts infant massage classes for babies ages birth to 2 years old. Sessions help parents learn the proper techniques of infant massage and benefits ranging from bonding to better digestion and sleep. Classes are available to organized groups in Sumner and Davidson County, with fees varying depending on location and size of group. To learn more or to schedule a group session, call Andrea Ball at 714-9224 or visit playballtherapy.com.

The Kid’s Kingdom playground in Memorial Park is open again and it’s bigger and better than before! Improved following last year’s flood damage, two distinct, age-appropriate section comprise the new play place: A toddler area for ages 2 - 5 and a larger castle spot for ages 6 - 12. Hendersonville Parks Director Dave Lemarbre says the new, more open design allows kids extra space to run around, play and get exercise. Memorial Park is located at 151 E. Main St., Hendersonville. Learn more at henderonvilleparks.org.

Baptist Hospital recently announced its 2012 childbirth education offerings. Taught by certified instructors, classes include Childbirth Education (with weekday and weekend options), Great Expectations: An Early Pregnancy Class, Play it Again! (refresher course), Comprehensive Breastfeeding, Preparing for a Cesarean Section, Marvelous Multiples, Brothers- & Sisters-To-Be, Tots on Tour and CPR. In addition, free tours of Baptist’s childbirth center take place every Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. To register for a tour and for 2012 classes, call 284-2229 or visit baptisthospital.com/ childbirth.

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he Academy of Indian Lake Village is now open at 151 Saundersville Road in Hendersonville. The Academy serves families of children 6 weeks to 5 years old by providing child-care and preschool education. Being the fifth Academy location to open in the Middle Tennessee region, Director Amanda Davis says, “Our enrichment classes are one of a kind as they are all taught by specialized instructors, and the fact that they are included in tuition means every Academy child gets to participate and no one is left out.” The Academy is open Mon - Fri 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is enrolling new children. Learn more at 824-1159 or academychilddevelopment.com.

the ticker... YULEFEST at Mansker’s Station returns this year on Saturday, Dec. 3. The free holiday event set in the 1780s features old-time festivities, including live entertainment, refreshments, carriage rides and more. The event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. Mansker’s Station is located at 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. Call 859-3678 or manskersstation.org.

THE CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS BUS SHOW takes place Monday, Dec. 12 from 5 - 9 p.m. Tour through several country music star buses with proceeds going to local kids in need to be able to enjoy a holiday shopping spree. The event takes place at Wal-Mart (204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville). Admission is $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12. Visit christmas4kids.org.

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IMAX now features reserved seating, and the expanded snack bar menu includes pizza, frozen yogurt, angus burgers, boneless chicken wings and more. Find a list of what’s now showing at regmovies.com.

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Park Camp (2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) has a new heated 13,000 square foot Santa’s Village for kids to enjoy after the drive-through LED light show. Have photos taken with Santa, sip hot cocoa, enjoy s’mores, funnel cakes and more. Admission is $25 per car. Hours are dusk to 10 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Learn more at shadrackchristmas.com.

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amy talks about compassion hirty-eight dollars doesn’t go far in our society these days, but it makes a huge difference in the lives of children living in third world countries through the efforts of Compassion International. Compassion is a Christian organization that connects, through local church affiliates, one-to-one sponsor families with children ages 3 - 22 in 26 impoverished countries in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. A $38-per-month sponsorship helps provide food, clothing, health care, education and spiritual support. Throughout the program, local families and the child they sponsor have the opportunity to correspond with each other, which makes a great teaching tool for kids to learn the importance of giving back and what a difference one person can make. Just ask singer Amy Grant, who has been a long-time supporter and spokesperson for Compassion. She has seen firsthand the benefit of child sponsorship through trips she and her family have made to Guatemala and Uganda. “It was a heart trip,” Grant says of her first trip to Guatemala several years ago. “It really changed my perspective seeing children living in houses with dirt floors and digging through nearby garbage heaps as far as the eye can see looking for anything salvageable ... it makes you understand that most of us in America have so much more than we need.” On the last part of Grant’s visit, she got to meet one of the children she sponsored at the time (who has since graduated out of the program), Luis and his mother. “I will never forget the impact it had on me when Luis’ mother smiled, grabbed my hand and said, ‘You will never understand how our lives have changed because of you sponsoring my son.’” Grant says one of her favorite things about Compassion is the way it helps connect the dots. “God provides through people, and one life touching another creates a domino effect of God’s goodness rippling through many other lives. And this is not just about early childhood development, but also about developing leaders who can go and have a dramatic impact in the countries they come from.” Amy Grant with Luis in Guatemala, one of many children she has sponsored Through the organization’s correspondence aspect of the program, American through Compassion International. children can learn a lot about the basic need and value of giving. Grant’s youngest daughter, 10-year-old Corrina, is a prime example. “Corrina writes letters back and forth regularly with the Compassion child she sponsors,” Grant says. “She recently said to me, ‘There is a difference only I can make,’ and that’s an important reality for people of any age to grasp.” To learn more about Compassion International, or to sponsor a child, visit compassion.com.

’tis the season to volunteer with your family Donelson Place Care and Rehabilitation Center 885-0483 • signaturehealthcarellc.com Ages 14 and older can entertain senior patients by playing games and reading to them. You can also take part in the Adopt-a-Grandparent program. Hands-on Nashville 298-1108 • hon.org Volunteering is available for ages 5 and older to help with Family Sort Nights for Second Harvest Food Bank, while Youth Volunteer Corps for ages 11 - 18 allows kids to sign up for service projects.

Salvation Army 242-0411, ext. 109 • salarmy-nashville.org All ages can ring bells for kettle collections. Teens can help sort and distribute Angel Tree donations. Second Harvest Food Bank 329-3491 • secondharvestmidtn.org Ages 12 and older can help sort and box food, and ages 9 and older can help pack backpacks on Thursday nights from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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season’sreadings ‘Tis time for a little snuggling ... the First christmas Alfred A. Knopf; $9.99 Illustrated by Jan Pienkowski This beautifully illustrated and designed book uses the King James version of the Christmas story, from the angel alerting Mary of her impending pregnancy to Jesus’ birth in the manger to their journey to Nazareth. — cy

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Home for christmas Penguin Young Readers Group; $17.99 By Jan Brett The prolific and popular author (37 million books in print!) now delivers the adventure of Rollo, a mischievious little troll who runs away in summer to avoid his chores. Brett’s trademark illustrations give rich life to the Scandinavian wild, and when the season changes again, her work delivers Rollo home to a gorgeous, winter wonderland and the warmth of his family. — sd

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jingle bells: how the holiday classics came to be Peachtree Publishers; $16.95 By John Harris Illustrated by Adam Gustavson No doubt your kids know how “Jingle Bells,” starts, but do they know how it got started? This fascinating read tells the story of how one of the most famous holiday songs came to life back in the 1850s during a sweltering heat wave in Savannah, Ga. — cy

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the twelve days of christmas Accord Publishing; $17.99 Illustrated by Jade Fang All ages can enjoy this timeless classic brought to life with Accord’s AniMotion. As you turn the page, see the different days’ theme move. A visual delight added to a wonderful classic! — ka

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Set Realistic Expectations, Make a List and Plan, Plan, Plan One of the most important things you can do to have a good trip is to set realistic expectations. Rather than traveling for a vacation or to visit family, having a baby along adds a variable that influences every part of each day. Make sure to give yourself room to change plans or take more time when it’s needed. If traveling with a spouse, talk about what realistic expectations might look like for each of you. Make a commitment to have grace with each other and your child. If you are traveling internationally, you will need to see if there are any immunizations that are needed for your area of travel. Some of these must be given well in advance, so do this early. When making reservations with hotels, inquire if cribs are available; then you don’t have to lug around a pack n’ play. On our California vacation, we were able to reserve a crib for all 10 days of our trip. It was nice when we arrived to our room after touring all day, to have a crib already set up for us. Before you start packing, check the weather for where you are going. Even if it’s warm, remember to consider if you and Baby will be in air conditioning. Airports are known for being cold, so bring a blanket to keep your little one snug.

family feature In preparing for your trip, keep a running list out, where you or your spouse can add things that you don’t want to forget. Give yourself plenty of time to pack and bring extra clothes for you and Baby (it’s unpleasant to walk around smelling like spit up, so be prepared!) Pack smart. Your diaper bag can be a life line. Include all the items that you may need during transit: medicine, pediatrician’s number, diapers, wipes, bags for soiled items, change of clothes, toys, pacifier and holder, breast milk or bottle, burp cloth, changing pad, toys and books. Delays are common when traveling, so don’t be caught shorthanded and go hands free by using a backpack.

What Local Moms Say Kari VanHoose is a mom of a 6-month-old boy named Eli. She recently made her first solo flight with the baby. She says, “People helped a ton! Everywhere we went there were other moms who said they understood and there were good Samaritans who helped out as well.” Some of Kari’s tips include marking “baby in arms,” when ordering your ticket if you have a child younger than 3, so as not to purchase an additional seat. If there is enough room on the flight, most attendants will allow you to have an extra seat, but don’t assume one will be available. If your airline doesn’t list your baby on your ticket, be prepared to show identification — a birth certificate, insurance card or passports are all acceptable. Kari says she dressed Eli in a zip-up sleeper for quick changes and traveled in the early morning so he would nap during the flight. Kari checked her stroller at the flight gate, for in between flights, but she carried Eli on the plane in a sling since her hands were full with a nursing pump and diaper bag. She suggests sitting in an aisle seat in the back of the plane so you can get up and down easily as needed. She also says to remember to pack snacks since there is often not much time between connecting flights, but also in case of delays. Kelly Farkus, mom of three girls, all of whom she traveled with before 6 months old, says, “You must be flexible or you will be completely stressed out the whole time.” She encourages parents to minimize as many changes during the trip as possible. If you can’t regulate sleep times, then at least keep your child’s eating schedule normal. Elbie Foote, mom of two, says that her oldest child was 4 months old when she first traveled with her. Elbie was self-conscience of her baby’s behavior and how it might reflect on her parenting. She says that now as a more experienced parent, she realizes that all babies are fussy sometimes

and most people understand that. She says when she took a 22-hour flight to South Africa with an 11-month-old, they bought a little DVD player and Baby Einstein movies, in addition to books and toys. She reminds moms to bring a nursing cover and be prepared to nurse, or give a bottle during take-off and landing to help Baby’s ears. Our trip to San Francisco had challenging moments, but it was an adventure I’m glad we chose to make. I was impressed by how a baby can bring a sense of community to a group of strangers. Wherever we went people oohed and aahed over our little one. Conversations were struck up with ease and many were eager to help us. It wasn’t all rainbows and ice cream, but as Kari VanHoose says, “Relax, nothing ever goes perfectly.” Enjoy the imperfections with your little one and savor the world through a baby’s fresh eyes.  Mysti Koontz is a writer and mother of four.

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Young children can be taught basic rules of sharing at an early age, but around the holidays, when there’s a lot of giving and getting going on, you may need to revisit the concepts! Turn the page to read on.

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t’s mine!” “No! No! It’s mine!” “I had it first!” “She always gets it!” “It’s not fair!” Recognize this drama? Are you constantly forced into the role of referee? You aren’t alone. All parents, no matter how wise, understanding and patient, face frustrating moments trying to make young children understand the idea of sharing, taking turns and accepting limits on “yours” and “mine.” Sharing is a learned value and a social skill every child needs in order to live happily in the world. Unfortunately, the benefits of sharing — taking turns and playing co-operatively — mean little to preschoolers, but they do begin to understand as they get older. Selfish behavior in 2- and 3-year-olds is normal, says Renee Mosiman, a family therapist and co-author of The Smarter Preschooler: Unlocking Your Child’s Intellectual Potential (Brighter Insights; $14.95). “So, having a regular set of playmates over the years will encourage trust among friends. As your child develops that sense of trust, he will be more likely to share with others.” A child’s instinctive reaction is to hang on to his possessions, take the largest piece of whatever is being offered and hoard any interesting toys, even if he does not intend to play with them. One reason toddlers have so much trouble sharing is that they are just beginning to see themselves as separate human beings. Coping with the problems of separation and independence takes all their emotional energy. Before they can develop respect for “yours” and “mine,” they have to develop a view of themselves as unique individuals. Even though the maturity to share and play fair develops slowly, it’s easy to expose toddlers to the idea of sharing early and often. Just don’t expect great results. Remember that at this age, no matter how much your child’s grabby, self-centered behavior embarrasses you, it doesn’t mean you are failing as parents. When your 2-year-old jerks a doll out of her playmate’s hands, this aggression does not have the same emotional meaning as an adult taking something by force from another adult.

AGES AND STAGES Teaching by example starts in infancy. Make it clear from your actions that you value fairness. Talk about what is “yours” and what is “mine” — moreover, about taking turns and sharing. With

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very young children, it helps to anticipate and avoid situations where the need to share will set off a temper tantrum. A favorite toy can be put away during a friend’s visit if it is too great a treasure to share. If possible, have two of some toys available. Yard sales are great places to pick up duplicate toys at reasonable prices. One simple game that you can play with little ones to introduce the idea of taking turns is to build a block tower cooperatively. Put down the first block and say something like “Let’s build a tower. Here is MY block. Now you put YOUR block on next. Now here’s another of MY blocks. Where does YOUR next block go?” After a few rounds the child will inevitably knock the tower down, and you can start again.

One great way to teach children about sharing is to let them sort out toys they no longer want, then give them away and share with others. By the age of 4, Mosiman says, many children understand the idea of sharing and taking turns even if they are unable to put the concept into practice. Many 4-year-olds go to preschool or group day care where the major social goals are learning to cooperate, take turns and respect each other’s property. Check with your child’s teacher to see how she handles grabbing or toy hoarding. Sometimes the school rules on sharing can be successfully invoked to keep peace at home.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP Food can be used to set the example of equality. When you must divide one of something, try this technique. Have one child do the dividing and let the other child choose which piece he wants first. You’ll find that the first child will quickly learn to divide the piece as evenly as possible. Teaching children to share requires patience and more patience. Perfectly normal 5- and 6-year-olds still tend to be egocentric. They are developmentally too immature to empathize read-

ily or to understand how their actions affect the feelings of others. This age child still needs to be reminded to share both through example and by teaching. Children in elementary school enjoy playing board games and are old enough to understand the rules. Try introducing these kids to some of the commercial games that require sharing and cooperation as the strategy to win. One good game like this for kids 5 and older is The Squirrel Game (Ravensberger). To succeed in this game, sometimes you must give away your hoard of pine cones. If you accumulate too many, your cart will tip over and you will lose them all. Christmas (Family Pastimes), a game for ages 5 - 8, has the goal of making sure everyone has a merry holiday through sharing, giving and helping. Given as a pre-holiday gift, it can help make sure the spirit of the season is not lost to acquisitiveness.

UNDERSTAND THE STRUGGLE Frustrated parents often slip into the habit of telling a child that he is “bad” for not sharing. But learning to share is hard work and this kind of criticism is destructive. Comment on the behavior, not the child. Tell your child that the way he is acting is unacceptable (but that you still love him). “I don’t like to see you grabbing the truck away from your sister” separates your opinion of the behavior from your approval of the child. Never miss an opportunity to comment positively on behavior you like. Compliments and praise often work wonders in producing cooperation. Finally, try to give your child space to develop some sense of “mine.” No one should have to share everything all the time. There will always be a special toy or a security blanket that is too precious to share. Allowing a few things to be reserved for your child’s exclusive use will make it easier for him to accept sharing his other toys. There are no quick and easy solutions to teaching values. Some days you will need a referee’s whistle and a judge’s wisdom to keep things under control. But by starting early and repeating the message of fairness both in words and by example, children will eventually “catch” the value of sharing.  Tish Davidson is a local mother and freelance writer who writes frequently about her experiences with raising children.


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Don’t put a cell Every Parent Should Know The Following Four urprise! Your the fifth grader wants a cell phone! But unlike getting the keys Latest Gadget phone under theThings Before Purchasing to the car when she turns 16, getting a cell phone in hand at age 11 is for their Child this Holiday tree for your child getting immediate, un-parented freedom ... that is, unless you do the right thing and set up the parameters properly. But parents were caught without a clear-cut off guard when cell phone popularity surged, and parents everywhere plan of action in today struggle to keep up with their kids’ love of and agility with technology. Don’t let them outsmart you! While last year’s most-requested Christmas item was the the works. By Frederick Lane

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Apple iPad (and the iPad2 will be high on the list this year), now children everywhere want the new iPhone 4S (fat chance, right?). But if you’re thinking about any microchip-laden presents for your child, do your homework first. There are four critical questions you should be able to answer before giving Jenny her heart’s desire, and then a slew of guidelines set forth by


Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading independent non-profit advocate for kids. First, the four questions to ask yourself:

1) What can the device do? 2) What are the risks of using and misusing it? 3) Is your child old enough to understand the risks? 4) Are you comfortable discussing the risks with your child? The first question can be answered best by talking to other parents who have bought the same device and by doing online research. The focus should be on understanding the types of information that can be created by the device (photos, videos, texts, programs, etc.) and how that information can be communicated to others. In most cases, the answer to the second question will be one of the following: cyberbullying, cyberharassment or sexting (which in Tennessee falls under

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ommon Sense Media, the nation’s leading independent nonprofit advocate for kids, says once a child is old enough to go places on his own (like walk home from school alone), he’s old enough for a cell phone. Here is its guidelines for usage:

Tips for elementary school kids

• Ask yourself: Does he really need a phone? If you decide that he does, ask yourself what kind of phone he needs. For very young children, there are phones that you can program with just a few important phone numbers. For older elementary school kids, you might want to choose a phone that allows for calls but not texting or instant messaging (IM). • Make sure young kids understand the rules. If your kids have phones, make sure you have programmed everyone’s numbers into the phones so that the phones display the names of who is calling. Tell your kids not to answer calls from numbers they don’t know. Make rules for time spent talking, what phones are used for and when the phones should be off. You may want to check the time of calls to make sure they are made within your established boundaries.

Tips for preteens • Make sure you have the right plan for calls or texts. Phone plans range in minutes and texts allowed. If you allow your preteens to text, get a plan with unlimited texting or you’ll face huge bills. • Explain that cell phones are expensive and that “extras” cost money. You may be billed for ring tones, sports updates or Web access. • Work out guidelines for use with your kids. No phones in class, phones turned off at night and no phones at the dinner table are common ones.

the jurisdiction of child pornography laws). You can’t effectively discuss these risks with your child unless you understand them yourself. Like many parents, you may be looking for a simple answer to the third question — when is my child mature enough? — but there really isn’t one. Each child matures at a different rate, and you will need to carefully gauge whether your child is capable of understanding what he’s doing with a phone. The bottom line is that he needs to be mature enough to understand and respect the consequences of violating your policy and his school’s (or worse, state or federal law), and also mature enough not to toss the phone in the wash with his dirty jeans (although this will probably happen anyway!). In many ways, the answer to the fourth question is the most important. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of discussing cyberbullying or sexting with your child, then it’s unfair to give him a gadget that makes it possible to do either. You put a lot of time, money and effort into keeping your children safe and healthy. From car seats, to bike helmets, to swimming lessons and driver education courses, you do your best to ensure that your kids don’t get injured as they mature to adulthood. You need to do the same with the cell phone she so eagerly desires. Frederick Lane has written six books, including most recently, Cybertraps for the Young (NTI Upstream; $14.99).

• Make sure your kids are using phones appropriately. That means no rude or sexy texts, no embarrassing photos or videos. Monitoring messages sent and received is not a terrible idea (although your children will probably think it is). • Talk about cyberbullying. Tell your kids to come to you if anything like that happens. • Tell your children that sexual talk of any kind is not allowed. Kids often jokingly use sexual language and sexually aggressive speech. Yet, on a cell phone, a message can be instantly forwarded out of context to anyone, and kids can get into all kinds of trouble. • Establish real consequences for violations of your rules. Like taking away the phones for a week or longer.

Tips for teens • No texting or talking while driving. Never. Distracted driving is how kids get into traffic accidents — it’s the number one killer of teens. Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee. • Make sure they pick up your call. Many teens treat incoming calls from Mom and Dad as a nuisance. As long as you are paying the bills, make a rule: They have to answer when you call — unless they’re behind the wheel. • Have them review each month’s bill. Let them see precisely how many minutes they are spending on the phone or texting. • Make sure you anticipate increased phone use. By the time your children get to high school, the phone is ringing all the time. Make sure their phone plan allows for this extra time, and establish limits so they get a break from being “always on.” • Draw boundaries. No phones at the dinner table. In the car. In a restaurant. Remind your teens that they have only a couple of years left at home to have annoying conversations with you face to face!

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Your children will adore being in on your baking and participating in the decorating year after year. Favorite kid cookies include butter cookie cut-outs, peanut butter balls with a chocolate kiss and lots of others. Let the kids sift, measure, spread, decorate, eat!

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One way children know that Santa has been there for sure is by discovering all the candy canes he leaves behind on the tree!

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The Internet is loaded with great ideas for creating your own family ornament each year. Set aside one afternoon or evening to get this done and be sure to personalize it with your family name and the year. These will become a precious collection in years to come.

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Christmas is about giving and not about how expensive a gift is. Make extra treats to put in a holiday tin and deliver them to a special family. Or get creative and show off your special talents by making jewelry, candles, soap, etc. The Internet is loaded with ideas for homemade gifts.

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Eat dinner before or after, get dressed up in your Christmas Eve wear and head to church with your community. When you get home, have everyone sit around the Christmas tree, relishing in the glow of the night.

advent calendar countdown! Year after year, the kids will be excited when you bring out the Advent calendar on Dec. 1. You can make your own or purchase one. To make your own, get started at aboutchristmascrafts.com

set a date, trim the tree Select a date with your family that becomes your traditional “get the tree” date. Make it firm, year after year no matter what. Make hot chocolate, put on music and, after Mom or Dad strings the lights, let the kids decorate with their ornaments. They’ll put them all over the bottom of the tree, but who cares? You can come around when they’re sleeping and adjust it if you simply have to and then add your breakable precious ornaments up high.

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by B. Toys; justb-byou.com Ages 1 and older; $169.95 at onestepahead.com This six-sided activity center is a super gigantic version of the little ones you see at the doctor’s office and covered with fun. Made of brightly colored durable wood, this toy is a perfect investment for years to come. Two can play with it at once and not get in each other’s way. It’s a great piece to keep in the living room when you want all the other toys to be in your child’s room.

by Wishbone Design Studio wishbonedesign.com Ages 1 - 5 (up to 55 pounds) $149.99 If your child likes to rock as much as he likes to roll, then this is the perfect ride-on toy for him. This three-in-one wooden rock and roll toy allows kids to glide across smooth surfaces or push it around with ease. Flip the wheels over for rocking action.

Honorable Mentions CAT Tough Tracks by Toy State (toystate.com; $10) are construction trucks — each sold separately — great for pushing around and digging in the dirt. Made of durable plastic, they comes as a dump truck, bulldozer or wheel loader. Ages 2 and older.

Cluck & Learn Barn by Bright Starts (brightstarts.com; $24.99) clucks, moos and oinks with lights and music while teaching your growing one counting, animals and more. With four balls to drop in the top, you never know which door or hole they’ll come out of! Ages 6 - 36 months.

Developmental Sensory Ball Set by Sassy

Grow With Me Sit to Stand Scooter by Fisher-

(sassybaby.com; $9.99 at Toys R Us) provides three balls aimed at developing Baby’s senses: plush with contrasting colors for sight, soft plastic with bumpy surface that smells of vanilla for touch and smell, hard plastic with rattle and spots for Baby to grab for hearing. Ages 3 months and older. These can be purchased locally at Phillips Toy Mart in Nashville.

Price (fisher-price.com; $39.99) allows your child to kick along like a typical ride-on toy or test his ability as he learns to ride the scooter. It has wide front wheels for extra stability. Ages 18 months - 5 years.

Mix ‘N Max by ALEX, Jr. (alextoys.com; $27.95) is a soft, chewable toy that stacks together with velcro-like features. Baby can stack it which ever way he likes. Ages 6 months and older.

Monkey Animal Appetite Stroller Toy by Animal Planet Baby (animal. discovery.com; $9.99 at Babies R Us) is a cute, little soft chew toy that shows a banana in the monkey’s stomach to teach Baby that’s what a monkey eats.

Wonderous Wedge by Manhattan Toy (manhattantoy.com; $30) is the perfect shape and size for tummy-time play. With a mirror on one side and little toys that rattle and crinkle on another side — all to engage Baby. Ages 9 months and older. Little Tikes Garden Bubblin’ Leaf and Lawn Blower by Imperial Toy (imperialtoy.com; $19.99) will have your young helpers ready when the time comes with this bubble maker. Tons of bubbles will have them laughing for hours. Ages 2 and older.

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Wish List Ages 3 - 5

Preschoolers are thirsty for learning and fun!

Editor’s Pick! LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet

by LeapFrog; leapfrog.com Ages 4 - 9 $139.97 (starter bundle with $40 App card) at shop.leapfrog.com Your child will find fun playing qualities and can learn all the while, too. It has a built-in camera and video recorder, can turn vertically and horizontally with the adjustable touch screen and it has 2GB of memory to hold loads of apps, games and more.

Honorable Mentions Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave by

Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Dolls by MGA Entertainment

Fisher-Price (fisher-price.com; $55) will keep your little one defending Batman’s turf with imaginative play through a mechanical claw, a secret entrance and more gadgetry. Ages 3 - 8.

(lalaloopsy.com; $27.99 at Target) is all the craze with little girls. Style their bendable hair! Includes styling tool and hair accessories. You can even style the pet’s hair, too. Ages 4 and older.

GeoTrax The Batcave RC Set by Fisher-Price (fisher-

Joyful Jobs by ALEX (alextoys.com; $10.95) is an eco-friendly set of six puzzles that depict jobs from everyday life: police officer, postman, doctor, fireman, crossing guard and baker. The minimal shapes and amount of pieces make for easy puzzling time for little ones. Ages 3 and older.

price.com; $49.99 at Toys R Us) is a cute, little remote control car, a push car and racetrack that are pint-sized for tiny hands. This set also connects to others that are sold separately. Ages 2 - 7.

Editor’s Pick! Annabelle Dollhouse

by KidKraft; kidkraft.com Ages 3 and older $129.99 at target.com This immaculate wooden dollhouse is the perfect one for girls. With 16 beautifully crafted pieces of furniture and a gliding elevator, your little dreamer is sure to spend hours playing. It stands 47.5 inches tall, 16 inches wide and 34.75 inches long — so your child is sure to have room for her doll to explore each of the four rooms.

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Cars 2 Pop-o-Matic Trouble Game by Hasbro (hasbrogames.com; $14.99) takes the well-known Trouble game and gives it a new twist with the new Disney•Pixar movie Cars 2. The popo-matic dice rumbler is Mater and fans of the movie are sure to enjoy this game, too. Ages 5 and older.

Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set by Mattel (mattel.com; $29.99) takes race tracks to an all new height — UP your wall! Easy stick-on and removable strips set your track to race your cars while on the wall. Ages 4 and older.

Barbie Sisters Go Camping! Camper by Mattel (mattel.com; $69.87 at WalMart) allows little girls to take their favorite Barbie girls on an imaginative camping adventure complete with a pull-out bed, pop-up second floor and more. Dolls sold separately. Ages 3 and older.

Xia-Xia Hermit Crabs by Cepia (cepiallc.com; $12.99 at Toys R Us) are cute little hermit crabs that don’t need cleaning up after. There are many interchangeable shells to choose from, too (sold separately). Ages 3 and older.


Ages 6 - 9

This group wants action ... and lots of it!

Editor’s Pick! Rockboard Scooter

Editor’s Pick! Monster High Ghoul Spirit Action Figure Doll

by M.Y. Products ; rockboard.com $199.99 Here’s a great, new take on scootering that kids ages 8 and older will love! The Rockboard relies on a child’s rocking motion to propel it forward up to 10 miles per hour. It also has two-in-one technology so you can transform it into a regular kick scooter if preferred. Rear spring-enhanced suspension provides for a super smooth ride, and a aluminum alloy brake handle allows for control. Fold it up and take it anywhere!

by Mattel; mattel.com $59.99 3-pack Girls can’t live without ’em and the craze continues! If you can get your hands on this Monster High Fearleading Squad, you’ll have a merry Christmas, indeed. The collection includes Draculara, Cleo de Nile and Ghoulia Yelps. Also new from the Monster High line this year is the Gloom Beach set.

Honorable Mentions Disney/Pixar Cars 2 - World Grand Prix Race Set by Carrera of

FIJIT FRIENDS INTERACTIVE TOYS by Mattel (mattel.

America (carreraslots.com; $183.99) is a slot car racing set that includes Lightning McQueen and Francesco Benoulli, two speed controllers, straights, curves and more. It’s interchangeable with other Carrera Evolution tracks and cars as you add on. Ages 8 and older.

com; $49.99 each sold separately) Chose one of four different soft and squishy Fijits (robots, actually) and get ready for fun. The Fijits respond to more than 100 jokes and phrases, and they dance and offer surprises, too. Ages 6 and older. Available locally at Phillips Toy Mart in Nashville.

FASHION DESIGN PROJECTOR KIT by Fashion Angels

K’NEXOSAURUS REX BUILDING SET

(fashionangels.com; $32.99) allows kids to design endless style combinations by projecting fashions onto a sketch pad for tracing, coloring, embellishing and more. Pattern slides are included. Ages 8 and older. Available locally at Phillips Toy Mart in Nashville.

by K’NEX (knex.com; $32.99) Kids who love to build will love K’NEX classic pieces, and this dino set makes a perfect gift. Including 200 pieces and a battery powered motor (batteries not included!), watch the bad boy come to life. Ages 7 and older.

Vortex Nitron by Nerf (hasbro.com/nerf; $54.99) An electronic scope with lights makes this disc shooter a blast for kids — literally. Includes 20 discs and disc storage and more disc acceleration than ever before. Ages 6 and older. LEGO HEROICA (lego.com) Join the quest to free Heroica of monsters and mayhem with Lego Heroica — four different Lego building games (sold separately) which you can play individually or combine with the others. The different sets are Castle Fortaan ($29.99), Waldurk Forest ($18.99), Caverns of Nathuz ($19.78) and Draida Bay ($14.97). Ages 8 and older.

Pro GUITAR STYLE 1 by Paper Jamz (paperjamzpro.com; $24.99) There’s three ways to play with the new series of guitars from Paper Jamz. Play freestyle with real chords, control the rhythm of built-in tunes or just select one of the builtin songs and strum along. Requires four AA batteries (not included). Ages 8 and older. TRAVEL HANGMAN by Melissa and Doug (melissaanddoug.com; $12.99) This terrific rendition of Hangman keeps kids occupied on-the-go. The attached flipping pieces won’t get lost, and it includes an eraserboard and a self-storing marker and eraser. Ages 6 and older. Available locally at Phillips Toy Mart in Nashville.

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Wish List Ages 10 & OLDER This age group loves gadgets! Here are our top picks and a few other goodies, too!

Editor’s Pick! Air Swimmers

by Animal Planet; animal.discovery.com $40 at toysrus.com Your kids will have lots of fun with radiocontrolled Air Swimmers — the year’s hot ticket! Choose the shark or clown fish, inflate with helium and have hours of indoor fun controlling the fish, making them “swim” through the air going forward, up and down, or left and right. Make sure you have plenty of room indoors; these fish are big! Note, you will need yours inflated for Christmas morning!

Honorable Mentions ARIZONA KNIT ANIMAL HATS (jcpenney.com; $28) are the new craze for girls, boasting 26 festive options, including Rudolph for the holiday season! THE CYCO CYCLE by Dynacraft BSC (cycocyclecrazyfun. com; $119.99) is a three-wheeled combination of BMX bike, tricycle, unicycle and scooter (without handlebars) fun for boys and girls and sure to provide hours of outdoor fun. iCADE by Ion Audio (ionaudio.com; $99.99) bridges the gap between classic and cutting edge by integrating your iPad into its arcade-style cabinet, complete with a joystick and buttons. It’s compatible with 100 Atari classics. iCRYSTAL STEREO DOCKING STATION by

iCade

Lanchiya Technology (speakal.com; $79.99) for the iPod and iPhone broadcasts your child’s favorite tunes in a sleek style featuring an illuminated teardrop design over the speakers allowing 360-degree sound.

KINDLE FIRE by ($199 at amazon.com) is the newest tablet featuring thousands

Editor’s Pick! Nintendo 3DS $169.99; nintendo.com By far the flashiest handheld game around, the Nintendo 3DS lets players experience real 3D without glasses! The built-in slider allows users to control the depth of the 3D graphics (or turn them off completely). An integrated motion sensor enhances game play, and the device also has a Web browser and camera that takes 3D photos. Available in three cool colors: aqua blue, flame red and cosmo black.

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of apps and games, along with a Web browser (Wi-Fi connection only) and color touchscreen great for watching TV shows and movies. The best thing is the price!

MY3D from Hasbro (hasbro.com; $24.99) is an awesome 3D viewer that works with an iPhone (3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S) or iPod Touch (2G, 3G and 4G). Attach your device to the viewer and enjoy 3D games, videos and apps.

THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS rolled out new jerseys this season, and hockey-loving kids will want one. Youth replica sizes start at $59.99, and the Reebok EDGE Authentic Home Jersey starts at $249.99. Get one at shop.nhl.com.

uDRAW GAME TABLET by THQ (worldofudraw.com; $79.99) is a wireless art studio that lets kids create their own masterpieces on the Xbox 360 (Wii and PlayStation 3 versions also available) and lets kids play games with motion features, direct touchscreen control and more.


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Above The Rim Basketball Academy

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Advantage Models and Talent

Creative Me Gymnastics

in the Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro 390-0982 abovetherimgym.com Offering year-round after-school basketball programs for individuals and groups ages 6 - 17. We take skills to a higher level, stressing fundamentals and shaping character. Developmental program for boys and girls ages 7 - 16. All skill levels welcome. Travel basketball program also available. AAU Member. 230 Franklin Road, Ste. 802, Franklin 790-5001 advantagemodel.com • info@advantagemodel.com Dream of being on TV, a fashion model, on Broadway … ? Start experiencing your dream! New modeling classes begin Oct. 4. Classes are on Tuesdays for $100 per month. Walk the Runway, Photo Posing, Nutrition, Interview Skills, and Etiquette and Acting for Television Classes available for $75 per month. TV Commercial, Monologue, Scene Study, and Cold Read classes also available. Ages 3 and up. Call for times or to register. Advantage helps talent realize their potential in an encouraging environment through quality training, superior representation, and successful talent placement in National and International markets.

Barfield School of Dance

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

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!

Bolton Music Therapy

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

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2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville 255-1422 bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn • nashville.tn@bounceu.com BounceU is the ultimate party and play experience. Now featuring Cosmic Glow parties and open bounces, Parents Night Out, and Mom’s Day out options. Fun, private and always clean. A spectac-U-lar indoor play arena featuring warehouse-sized giant inflatables including our exclusive 18 ft. Spider Climb with an 18 ft. Mountain Slide, Dodge Ball City and 38 ft. obstacle course. 871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna 459-5512 cmegym.com • cmegym@aol.com Creative Me offers a variety of programs in gymnastics, fitness and cheerleading for ages 18 mos. - 12 yrs. Our goal is to bring out the champion in every child in a fun environment that builds self-esteem and character. We encourage and reward trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Now enrolling for fall classes. Also offering birthday parties and kids’ night out.

Dance in Bloom

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

The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. C-5, Murfreesboro 907-1155 thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com Now enrolling for fall sessions. Email or call for a brochure and registration information.

Deer Run Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 794-2918 camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org RESIDENTIAL: On 100 wooded acres just south of Franklin. Campers grow in character, respect, leadership and build life-long friendships. Six nights (Sun. p.m. - Sat. a.m.). Preteen to high school (completed grades 3 - 12). Activities include horseback riding, aqua park, kayaks, zip line, ropes course, climbing tower, paintball, night hiking, BB guns, archery, wiffle ball, wild water games, skits, worship, small group Bible study. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their week. DAY CAMP: Grades K - 5 and Adventure Day Camps grades 6 - 8. On 100 wooded acres just south of Franklin. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended care available. Bus service from six locations. Aqua park, kayaks, zip line, kickball, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, interactive Bible study. Adventure Camps include 3-D archery, Leap of Faith, paintball, tree climbing with ropes and harnesses, outdoor education and survival skills. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their week. see our expanded listings online at parentworld.com


diamondacademyofdance@gmail.com 587-7903 Coming soon to the Providence area! A new level of dance instruction to Wilson County. We are proud to be serving Mt. Juliet and surrounding areas. Dance instruction for ages 18 mos. to adult. Energetic, friendly, loving instructors certified in all areas of dance, specialized pre-school programs and Zumba. Ready and willing to treat your child like the precious gem they are. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Whippoorwill

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E.T.C. Gymnastics

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1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 867-6900 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna 617-7644 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.

One-week sessions run from May 29- Aug. 3 Registration begins on January 9, 2012.

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.

Firstlight Art Academy

Franklin School of Performing Arts

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 377-9606 franklinschoolofperformingarts.com • info@franklinschoolofperformingarts.com Offering unrivaled quality dance and drama training, a conservative dress code, choreography content that will not embarrass the grandparents and artistic integrity that doesn’t give our pop culture more attention than it needs. We are especially proud of our teen-aged student body for projecting themselves with dignity and graciousness, serving as positive role models for our younger students.

Transportation provided from Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin. www.whippoorwill.com • whippoorwill@starband.net 7840 Whippoorwill Lane Fairview, TN 37062 • 615-799-9925

Gymboree Play & Music

1731-A Mallory Lane, Brentwood 221-9004 brentwoodtn@gymboreeclasses.com In our new sports program, children build strength, confidence and social skills needed to help them succeed in all areas of life. By introducing children to a variety of sports and skills related to each sport, they have an opportunity to decide which ones they are most interested in. Enjoy helping your child learn sports basics in class or ask us about our one hour drop-off sports program. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Mobile Music Academy

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

Monkeynastix

monkeynastixusa.com • info@monkeynastixusa.com 319-8854 An international movement education and fitness program. Ages 3 - 6. Hands-on, structured fun with certified instructors and specialized Monkeynastix equipment. We develop self-confidence and a positive self image in a safe, non-competitive environment. Directors: Call us for a free demo class at your preschool. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

Mpact Sports

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

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1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste. 108, Brentwood 202-6426 firstlightaa.org Art instruction for enthusiastic kids, teens and adults. The curriculum, written by director, Dennas Davis, takes artists from beginners through advanced, and builds their skills and knowledge so they can pursue their dreams with confidence. Our approach is discovery oriented too. We don’t teach style, but try to help each student find their own way. Check our website for more information and a schedule of classes.

Imagine the perfect day, where adventure is at every turn. Campers ages 6-14 choose how to spend their day. Activities include, kayaking, creek play, horseback riding, arts & crafts, rappeling & climbing, archery and much more!

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5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste. 102, Nashville 777-9314 Classes also at satellite locations in Franklin and West Meade themusicclass.com/nashville For infants - 4 yrs. with a parent or caregiver. Fun-filled classes of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play. Parents learn how to enrich their child’s music environment, increase music potential and understand music development. Each class is 45 minutes long. Families receive our award-winning CD and songbook with a variety of sounds and activities designed to stimulate musical learning. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

a new experience in dance • Adult Dance & Fitness • Creative Movement (ages 3-5) • EBDT Dance Academy for the serious trainer (ages 8-adult) • Pre-Dance (5-7) • Basic Dance Classes (new-beginner) • Ballet • Modern/Contemporary Jazz/Musical Theatre Tap • Hip-Hop

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 371-5437 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville 824-8002 my-gym.com/brentwood • my-gym.com/hendersonville We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

Paradigm Players

227 Island Drive, Hendersonville 686-7810 paradigmplayers.com • gordon@paradigmplayers.com Our performing arts classes are designed to be both fun and educational; increasing a student’s confidence and self-esteem, improving their ability to work with and trust in others, and providing invaluable experience in public speaking. Weekly classes are located in Hendersonville for grades 1 - 12. Come join us in “building character one line at a time.”

Peachtree Farms Eqeustrian Center

Ready for Spanish

1506 22nd Ave. N, Nashville 484-0855 readyforspanish.com • info@readyforspanish.com Explore the Spanish language, customs and cultures. Students will develop vocabulary and apply their knowledge through games, songs, dances, crafts, sports, stories and dialogs. New Mommie and Me classes! Introductory Spanish class for babies, infants, toddlers and parents. Includes music, singing, dancing, story time, crafts and more. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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Riverview Camp for Girls

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

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.

School of Dance and Music

2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville 298-5271 2228 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 754-9186 danceandmusicnow.com School of Dance and Music has over 40 years of dance history and is now also offering top quality music instruction. With two locations, a focus on quality instruction, and customer service you are sure to find something special for your child. Dance classes available in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, gymnastics, and more. Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and girls. Music instruction available on all popular instruments, private and group. Voted #1 dance studio by Nashville Parent readers for 10 consecutive years! see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com continued on page 62 ...

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

EBDT Dance is a faith based, non-recital dance school. We offer non-mandatory in-school session concerts to teach performance skills.

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Sylvan Learning Centers

1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin 790-8775 sylvanfranklin@gmail.com -and2000 Richard Jones Road, Suite 178, Nashville (Green Hills) 292-3900 sylvangreenhills@gmail.com -and110 Glancy St., Suite 211, Nashville (Rivergate) 860-9111 northdavidsonsylvan@gmail.com Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation.

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Universal Gymnastics, Dance & Cheer

5003 Market Place, Mt. Juliet 758-4791 universalgymdancecheer.com We offer co-ed recreational gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, and dance as well as women’s competitive gymnastics and co-ed dance teams. We accept gymnastics and tumbling students on a month-to-month basis, year round. The dance season runs from Aug. - May with an end-of-year recital. Summer sessions also available for dance. Programs accommodate all levels, beginner to advanced.

Wado Karate Centers

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

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. Sign up now for winter and spring classes.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview 799-9925 whippoorwill.com • whippoorwill@starband.net Facebook: Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp Celebrating our 40th summer! Campers choose their own activities. Daily activities include creek play, horseback riding, arts and crafts, zip line, rappelling and more. We provide a safe and fun environment where campers enjoy the wonder of the outdoors and make lifelong friendships. Bus transportation is provided from Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin. see our expanded listing online at parentworld.com

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thu 1 39th Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour All ages

can tour six historic sites decorated for the holidays. The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; Thu - Sat 6 - 8 p..; $20; 791-1861 or thecarterhouse.org.

FREE Animé Club Ages 12 - 18 can hang out and watch anime. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 5 p.m.; 793-7303 or http://libraryteenspace.lavergnetn. gov. Cider Carols Kick off your holiday season with hot cocoa and cider, desserts and music by Danny Gokey and Susan Ashton. Bid on local artwork, event tickets and more through a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Hope Clinic for Women. Rocketown, 401 Sixth Ave. S., Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 627-2791 or hopeclinicforwomen.org. Creation Station All ages can make winter wreaths. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Gillian Welch Enjoy an evening of country music. Ryman Au-

ditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $27.50 - $32.50; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Madison Christmas Tree Lighting Bring the family

out for the flip of the switch on Madison Christmas tree and meet Santa. Grounds of the Madison Public Library, 610 Gallatin Pike, S.,; 5:30 p.m.; 865-5400 or madisonrivergatechamber.com.

Nature Nuts All ages can explore animal tracks. Discovery

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

FREE Santa’s Mailbox Kids can drop off letters to Santa between today and Monday, Dec. 19 and receive a personal response. Santa’s mailboxes are located at the Franklin Recreation Complex (1120 Hillsboro Road), Fairview Recreation Complex (2714 Fairview Blvd.), Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill (2909 Commonwealth Drive) and Hillsboro-Leiper’s Fork Community Center (5325 Old Hwy. 96). Don’t forget to include your return address. SunTrust Classical Series: Brahm’s First Violinist Natasha Paremski joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Brahms, Dvorak and John Estacio. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

fri 2 39th Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour Please see Thursday, Dec. 1 listing.

Belle Meade Candlelight Christmas All ages can tour the mansion decorated in Victorian holiday style, hear Christmas carols, roast marshmallows and chestnuts, visit with Santa and enjoy carriage and pony rides. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 ages 16 and younger; 356-0501 or bellemeadeplantation.com. FREE Family Movie Night All ages can enjoy a Christmas

film. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 7 p.m.; cornerstonetn.org.

Fine Art in Brentwood Show & Sale More than 60 local and regional artists show and sell their work, with proceeds benefiting Brentwood Academy. Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 373-0611 or fineartinbrentwood.com.

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Donelson/Hermitage Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Hendersonville Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Murfreesboro Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

“Christmas in the Great Outdoors” Starts at Jerry Agee Law Enforcement Center on Lebanon Road and ends at Fairway Drive 883-7896

“All I Want for Christmas” Starts at Drakes Creek Park and Cherokee Road, ends at the Post Office (prior to the parade, a party zone takes place in the park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 822-8585

“Bicentennial Christmas” Leaves from Bell Street Parking Lot and goes down East Main; 893-5373

La Vergne Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

“Christmas Around the World” Vince Gill serves as Grand Marshal Starts at Public Square Plaza on Second Avenue North and goes up Broadway nashvillechristmasparade.com

Fairview Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” Starts at France Manufacturing on Highway 100 and ends at Fairview Ballpark 799-9290 or fairviewchamber.org

Franklin Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. “A Christmas Wish” Starts at Jim Warren Park, traveling through downtown and back to the park kiwwanisofcoolsprings.com

“Winter Wonderland” Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Begins at Veterans Memorial Park and ends at City Hall; lavergne.org

Lebanon Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. “Wilson County Christmas, the Place to Be” Starts at Lebanon High School to Lebanon Square, ending at Liberty State Bank; 444-5503

Gallatin Saturday, Dec. 10 at 12 p.m.

Leiper’s Fork Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

“Christmas on Main” Starts on Steamplant Road and ends at Gallatin High School; 452-4000

“Homemade and Country” Southall Road to Joseph Road; 364-9152

Goodlettsville Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. “Lights Fantastic” Starts at First Baptist Church on Main Street and ends at City Hall; 859-7979

Mt. Juliet Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. “Toy Soldier Christmas — Honoring our Troops” Starts at Stoner Creek Elementary School (1035 N. Mt. Juliet Road); 758-6522 or cityofmtjuliet.org

Nashville Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Smyrna Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. “Christmas Traditions” Starts on Lowry Street and ends on Mayfield townofsmyrna.org

Spring Hill Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. No designated theme Starts at Home Depot traveling on Main Street to Beechcroft Road into Evans Park 931-487-0027 or springhilltn.org

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light up your holidays! Brentwood Luminaries Saturday, Dec. 10 Visit several neighborhoods to view twinkling lights and other delights. Light tours begin at 6 p.m.; 371-0060 or brentwood-tn.org. Chad’s Winter Wonderland Continues through Friday, Dec. 31 More than 1.2 million lights illuminate the drive-through trail plus more than 350 pieces of scenery including Frosty’s house. Roll down the windows when you get to Santa’s barn to give him and Mrs. Claus a shout out. The property is located at 791 Old Laguardo Road, Lebanon; Sun - Thu 5 - 10 p.m., Fri - Sat 5 - 11 p.m.; $10 per vehicle; 758-8300. Festival of Lights Dec. 1 - 26 Millions of lights illuminate several acres of Fiddlers Grove, including nearly 50 village houses lit up in the spirit of Christmas. Wilson County Fairgrounds, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Thu - Sun 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 per car; 444-5503 or visitwilsoncounty.com. Franklin’s Holly Trolley Dec. 3 - 5, 10 - 12, 17 - 19, 23, 27 and 28 Board the trolley for a ride to view light displays in Franklin and Brentwood. Franklin Transit Authority, 708 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; $15 (prepayment is required for seat reservations); 790-0604 or franklintransit.org.

Opryland’s Christmas Lights Continues through Tuesday, Jan. 3 Two million lights illuminate the grounds of the Opryland Hotel during its A Country Christmas celebration. Located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; Sun - Thu 4 - 11 p.m., Fri - Sat 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; free; 458-1400 or christmasatgaylordopryland.com. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Continues through Jan. 8, 2012 Drive through the park to see LED lights synced to music. After the light tour, visit Santa and enjoy refreshements. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville; daily dusk - 10 p.m.; $25 per car or family van; horse-drawn carriage rides are $50 for up to six people (Thu - Mon only); shadrackchristmas.com. Trinity Christmas City USA Continues through Tuesday, Jan. 15 More than one million lights on 30 acres. Located at 1 Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville; daytime hours (Tue - Sat 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.) include tours of Conway Twitty’s former home and the TBN studios; property remains open until 10 p.m. each night for light tours and additional activities take place Fri - Sat from 5 - 9 p.m. through Dec. 23; free admission; 826-9191 or trinitychristmascity. com.

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FREE Murfreesboro’s Tree Lighting Enjoy live music,

meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, sip hot cider or cocoa and see the city’s tree illuminate. Public Square on the east side of the Rutherford County Courthouse, Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; 895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro.com.

FREE Nashville Children’s Choir Enjoy an evening of holiday music performed by local children. Belmont University’s Massey Concert Hall, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; 460-6408 or belmont.edu/music.

FREE Nashville’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the lighting of Music

City’s Christmas tree prior to the parade. Public Square Plaza in downtown Nashville; 7 p.m.; nashvillechristmasparade.com.

SunTrust Classical Series: Brahm’s First Please see Thursday, Dec. 1 listing.

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FREE Bethlehem Marketplace This walk-through

experience features costumed re-enactors, live camels and other animals recreating the atmosphere at the time Jesus was born. Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro; Sat - Sun1 - 5 p.m.; 896-0940 or facebook.com/bethlehemmarketplace.

Breakfast with Santa All ages can feast on a pancake breakfast, shop at the Scholastic Book Fair, take pictures with Santa, participate in craft activities and listen to music. Blakemore Children’s Center, 3601 West End Ave., Nashville; 9 - 11 a.m.; $8 ages 2 and older ($25 family maximum); 292-5443. FREE East Nashville Christmas Fest Do some holiday shopping for

items like clothing, candles, books, vintage jewelry and more. Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland St., Nashville; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m. - 6 pm.; 690-4421 or christmasfest.net.

Fine Art in Brentwood Show & Sale Please see Friday, Dec. 2 listing.

See the Holiday Ice Show at Centennial Sportsplex on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Game On! Explore the science integrated into popular games

raining from video to board,, then enter a video game tournament or discover the math and physics behind your favorite childhood games. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12); 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

FREE Holiday Cookie Decorating All ages can decorate Christmas cookies. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Holiday Open House All ages can enjoy the Festival of Holiday Trees, listen to live music, create crafts and more. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 302 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make snowman napkin holders from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To find a store near you, visit homedepot.com.

It was an Antebellum Christmas

Take a living history Christmas tour watching re-enactors representing the Davis family preparing their home for the holidays in 1861. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5; 4592341 or samdavishome.org.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Help raise money for the Tennessee chapter of the Arthritis Foundation by participating in a timed 5K race or a 1K Family Fun Run/ Walk Other activities include a Santa chase, holiday music, information booths and more. Downtown Franklin; 8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. fun run/walk, 9 a.m. 5K race; admission is free for the fun run, but there is a $25 registration fee for the 5K, and all participants are asked to raise pledges; arthritis.org.

FREE La Vergne Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the lighting of the

city’s tree along with choirs from local schools, Santa and a fireworks show. City Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 6:30 p.m. (following the city’s Christmas parade); 793-6295 or lavergne.org.

Light in the Night 5K and Kid’s Christmas Loop Participate in a race with

proceeds benefiting rescued women and children in Bangkok, Thailand. The family fun zone features a variety of activities. Gateway Course, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m.; 5K (ages 13 and older) $30, kid’s loop (ages 12 and younger) $15; 417-0972 or lightinthenight5k.com.

FREE Magic Show Magician

Bruce Amato entertains all ages with a magical holiday show. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

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Ages 6 - 18 can learn about letterpress printing while using block images to make a holiday card or T-shirt (bring your own shirt). Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Nashville Chamber Singers Enjoy a variety of Christmas music from early material to folk songs from around the world. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville.org. North Pole Excursion Train Ride the rails to Lebanon and back with Santa and his elves on the train. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org. Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes Tour private homes, Central Christian Church, Carriage Lane Inn and Oaklands Mansion decked out in holiday décor. In addition, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Murfreesboro Camp #33, will present living history demonstrations on the mansion’s lawn. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 4 - 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org. Predators Hockey Root for the Nashville Predators when

they play the Buffalo Sabres. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl. com.

Santa Saturday Visit with Santa from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., get a souvenir photo for an extra fee, create holiday art from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. and decorate cookies from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 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 an End of Canon Party. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

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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.

FREE White House Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. Billy S. Hobbs Municipal Center, 97 College St., White House; 5:45 p.m.; 672-4350, ext. 2111, or cityofwhitehouse.com. FREE Yulefest: A 1780s Christmas All ages can enjoy oldtime festivities, including refreshments and music, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 6 - 9 p.m.; 859-3678 or manskersstation. org.

sun 4 FREE Bethlehem Marketplace Please see Saturday, Dec. 3 listing.

FREE East Nashville Christmas Fest Please see Saturday, Dec. 3 listing.

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Family and Pet Photos with Santa Have your families

photo (pets are welcome) taken with Santa by a professional photographer. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Mt. Juliet. Garr’s Rental & Feed, 11620 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 1 - 4 p.m.; $5sitting fee, packages range from $5 - $20; 754-2777 or equipmentrentalmtjuliet.com.

Fine Art in Brentwood Show & Sale Please see Friday,

Dec. 2 listing.

Guns N’ Roses One of the biggest hair bands from the ’80s

rocks Nashville. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $79; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Holiday Ice Show Figure skaters and young students in the

Learn-to-Skate program perform holiday-themed routines on ice. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25h Ave. N., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $5; 862-8480 or nashville.gov/Sportsplex.

FREE Holiday Open House Celebrate the season with

healthy holiday cooking, live music, Christmas crafts and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (from 10 - 11:30 a.m. only). Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

FREE Holiday Open House Enjoy crafts, snacks, games and more (photos with Santa at RiverGate location only). ParentTeacher 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); 1 - 5 p.m.; parent-teacherstoreusa. com. Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie Enjoy an evening of folk

music. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $45.50; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

Pet Portraits with Santa Have your pet’s picture snapped

with Santa with all proceeds benefiting the Nashville Humane Association. Grannis Photography, 2817 Columbine Place, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $40 (includes one 5x7 and two 3x5 prints); 352-1010 or nashvillehumane.org.

Sunday Series of FUN Families can make holiday decorations. Patterson Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food per family; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

mon 5 FREE Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate

the lighting of Brentwood’s Christmas tree. Grounds of the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road; 5:30 p.m.; 371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org.

Glen Campbell Country legend Glen Campbell brings his

Goodbye Tour to Nashville. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $49.50; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Holiday MarketFest Vendor booths feature items like jewelry, artwork, handcrafted items, boutique goods, skincare products, candles, cookware, baby items, baked goods, chocolates, home decorative items and more. Kids can enjoy milk and cookies with Santa on Monday from 3 - 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Green Hills Family YMCA, 4041 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville; Mon - Tue 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 297-6529 or ymcamidtn.org/green-hills. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can explore nursery rhymes. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

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Snack Attack! All ages can make no-bake cinnamon rolls. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

tue 6 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.

wed 7 FREE Jingle Bell Shakers Preschoolers can make jingle bell shakers in preparation for a holiday sing along with Rachel Sumner taking place Wednesday, Dec. 14. Cheatham County Library, 188 County Service, Ste. 200, Ashland City; 10 a.m.; 792-4828. Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Dec. 5 listing. Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Dec. 5 listing.

FREE Holiday Marketfest Please see Monday, Dec. 5 listing.

FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn more

about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisberg Pike, Franklin; 10 am.; 834-3287.

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Predators Hockey

Root for the Nashville Predators when they play the Phoenix Coyotes. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators. nhl.com.

Tuesdays for Tots

Preschoolers and their parents can participate in handson art activities. 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.

Country sensation LeAnn Rimes belts holiday hits with the Nashville Symphony on Thursday, Dec. 8.

thu 8 Creation Station All ages can

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Enjoy a screening of The Polar Express at The Belcourt on Thursday, Dec. 8. Proceeds benefit a camp for burn-victim children through Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Daryl Hall and John Oates Enjoy an evening of pop music. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $75; 889-3060 or ryman.com. Home for the Holidays Country star LeAnn Rimes joins

the Nashville Symphony for an evening of holiday favorites. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49 - $139; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Nature Nuts All ages can explore animal skulls. Discovery

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

The Polar Express Screening All ages can see The Polar Express on the big screen along with a silent and live auctions and dinner. Proceeds benefit Camp Hope, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s camp for children who have suffered burn injuries. The Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 4:30 p.m. silent auction, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. live auction, 7 p.m. movie; $25 adults, $5 ages 17 and younger; 373-2044 or camphopecharityevent.org.

FREE Blair Children’s Chorus Enjoy an evening of holiday music featuring the Blair Children’s Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, Choristers, Nashville Boychoir at Blair and Young Singers of Blair. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 322-7651 or blair.vanderbilt.edu.

FREE Christmas at Cannonsburgh Enjoy an old-fash-

ioned holiday celebration that includes hayrides, hot cider, photos with Santa, entertainment and more. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 6 - 9 p.m.; 890-0355.

FREE School Group Performance Students from Hull-

Jackson Elementary Montessori Magnet School present a strings and choral program. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. strings, 11:30 a.m. choir; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

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FREE School Group Performance Students from Fairview High School present a holiday choral program. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

18th Annual Christmas Toy Train Show View operating layouts of train sizes, find parts, purchase collectible train sets and more. Kids can play with hands-on trains, and there will be a drawing for four Lionel sets for children. Tennessee State Fairgrounds Ag Building, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 758-6003.

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Belle Meade Candlelight Christmas All ages can tour the mansion decorated in Victorian holiday style, hear Christmas carols, roast marshmallows and chestnuts, visit with Santa and enjoy carriage and pony rides. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 ages 16 and younger; 356-0501 or bellemeadeplantation.com. Big Kid Night Ages 21 and older can enjoy happy hour with

Yazoo Brew and light food, followed by a performance of Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 5:30 p.m. happy hour, 6:30 p.m. show; $25; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

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ence features costumed re-enactors, live camels and other animals recreating the atmosphere at the time Jesus was born. Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro; Sat - Sun1 - 5 p.m.; 896-0940 or facebook.com/bethlehemmarketplace.

FREE Bird Club All ages can search for Tennessee’s winter birds. Gateway Island Trail, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov. FREE Books and Beyond Ages 8 - 12 can participate in crafts and other activities. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 2 p.m.; 793-7303 or http://catalog. lavergnetn.gov.

FREE Christmas at Cannonsburgh Please see Friday,

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FREE Dickens of a Christmas Downtown Franklin is transformed into the time of Charles Dickens with characters telling his stories, dancers, street musicians, theatrical performers, a holiday bazaar and more. Main Street in Downtown Franklin; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; 591-8500 or historicfranklin. com. Family and Pet Photos with Santa Have your families

photo (pets are welcome) taken with Santa by a professional photographer. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Mt. Juliet. Garr’s Rental & Feed, 11620 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $5 sitting fee, packages range from $5 - $20; 754-2777 or equipmentrentalmtjuliet.com.

FREE Holiday Cookie Decorating All ages can decorate Christmas cookies. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Holiday Crafternoon All ages can make Shrinky Dink gift tags. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. FREE Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

Ages 6 - 18 can learn about letterpress printing while using block images to make a holiday card or T-shirt (bring your own shirt). Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Music in the Wild All ages can listen to music performed by local artists. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 5:30 p.m. pre-concert activities, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. concert; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. North Pole Excursion Train Ride the rails to Lebanon and back with Santa and his elves on the train. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

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Kids can make their own unique holiday cards and T-shirts by way of classic letterpress art techniques with staff from Hatch Show Print at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10. This activity is part of the museum’s “Deck the Hall” offerings this month. Pet Portraits with Santa Have your pet’s picture snapped

with Santa with all proceeds benefiting the Nashville Humane Association. Nashville Pet Products, 2621 Cruzen St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $40 (includes one 5x7 and two 3x5 prints); 3521010 or nashvillehumane.org.

Predators Hockey Root for the Nashville Predators when

they play the Anaheim Ducks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl. com.

FREE Santa at Lawnchair Theatre Bring the kids out to visit with Santa. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Leiper’s Fork; 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.; 591-8500, ext. 11, or visitleipersfork.com. Santa Saturday Visit with Santa from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., get a souvenir photo for an extra fee, create holiday art from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. and decorate cookies from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org. Sing ‘n Sign Holiday Time Ages 3 - 10 can participate in an

interactive, multicultural, musical celebration with singing, dancing and signing of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah songs. East Meets West Holistic Education Center, 5814 Nolensville Pike, Ste. 106, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; $5 adults, $3 children; 834-0080 or emwhec.com.

FREE Sunburst Christmas Pageant and Baby Contest

Newborns through age 27 can participate in a pageant. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Nashville; 11 a.m.; pageantinfo.com.

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FREE Bethlehem Marketplace Please see Saturday, Dec.

FREE A Camerata Christmas The Belmont Camerata Mu-

10 listing.

The Big Bang Rockin’ Family Christmas Show This live,

sing-along, dance-along event for kids and families also features refreshments, a visit from Santa and a kid-crafted take-home souvenir. The Big Bang Dueling Pianos, 411 Broadway, Ste. 201, Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; admission is a new, unwrapped toy per child for Toys for Tots; 264-5650.

FREE Dickens of a Christmas Please see Saturday, Dec.

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FREE Emmanuel — God With Us The First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra present an afternoon of holiday music, including a Christmas carol sing-along. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 4 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville.org. Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they

challenge the New Orleans Saints. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $95; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

FREE Walk Through Bethlehem Take a trip back in time

and witness the season as it was at the time of Christ’s birth. Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 1 7 p.m.; 297-8563 or woodmontchristian.org.

sicale performs an evening of holiday songs. Belmont Mansion, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 460-6408 or belmont. edu/music.

Christmas 4 Kids Bus Show Hop aboard a variety of

country artist tour buses to raise money for local children in need to enjoy a holiday shopping spree. Wal-Mart parking lot, 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12; christmas4kids.org.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can hear a reading of Apple Trouble. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE School Group Performance Students from John

F. Kennedy Middle School present holiday music on recorders and via the junior high band. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. recorder group, 11:30 a.m. band; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Snack Attack! All ages can make herb bread sticks. 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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tue 13 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can participate in educational programs based on science, engineering and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Animal Antics All ages can meet the amphibians. 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, Dec. 12 listing. Predators Hockey Root for the Nashville Predators when they play the Calgary Flames. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl. com.

Tuesdays for Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in hands-on art activities. 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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continuing through sunday, dec. 18 egardless of whether Robin really laid an egg or the Batmobile lost a wheel, one thing is certain: the current Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) production of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! is a sure-fire holiday hit for young audiences ages 4 and older. And since we���re fully thrust into the season of holiday treats, you’ll want to make sure your little ones make the trip to NCT this month. Local stage veteran Peter Vann — well known on both NCT and Tennessee Rep stages — makes his directorial debut in Nashville with this show and succeeds on all counts. It’s obvious he is a child at heart and really knows how to direct an adult cast playing first graders with all of the nuances that exist with typical 6-year-olds. Brooke Bryant masterfully portrays the title character so beloved by many a grade-school kid. Junie B. is in fact a precocious little girl, and Bryant makes every bit of that persona billow from the stage. She delivers a lot of funny moments throughout the show, as does her character’s arch nemesis, May, played by Cori Laemmel. Laemmel gives a top-notch delivery to her bratty character in a way reminiscent of Alison Arngrim’s classic portrayal of Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie fame. The remaining cast, which includes Bobby Wyckoff, Jeff Boyett, Henry Haggard, Rona Carter and Patrick Waller deftly portray their respective characters, most of them playing multiple roles, all of them giving their pint-sized audience lots of laughs and giggles. Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells will surely delight you and yours this holiday season. Showtimes are Sat - Sun 2 p.m. Admission is $19 adults, $12 children. Call 252-4675 or visit nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

wed 14 A Celtic Christmas Enjoy an evening of holiday music. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $49.50; 889-3060 or ryman.com. FREE Jingle all the Way with Rachel Sumner Preschoolers can bring their jingle bells and participate in a holiday sing along with children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner. Cheatham County Library, 188 County Service, Ste. 200, Ashland City; 10 a.m.; 792-4828 or rachelsumner.com.

Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Dec. 12 listing. FREE School Group Performance Students from Station Camp High School present a holiday choral performance. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org. Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Dec. 12 listing.

thu 15 Creation Station All ages can make gingerbread ornaments.

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

Handel’s Messiah The Nashville Symphony Chorus along with guest soloists join the Nashville Symphony for a production of Handel’s masterpiece. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 $94; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org. Jim Brickman Composer Jim Brickman performs classic carols and original holiday tunes. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $27 - $77; 889-3060 or ryman.com. Nature Nuts All ages can enjoy a mammal show. Discovery

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

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dec. 16 - 25 ne of the most beloved holiday classic movies enjoys life back on the big screen this month when The Belcourt Theater shows It’s a Wonderful Life at various times from Dec. 16 - 25. Along with the movie, the theater’s concession stand will offer wintry treats. Show times are available at the theater’s website a week prior to the movie’s run. Tickets are $8.75 adults, $7.25 ages 11 and younger. The Belcourt is located at 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. Call 383-9140 or visit belcourt.org.

FREE Polar Express Pajama Storytime All ages can wear

FREE Live Nativity See Bible characters and live animals re-

Predators Hockey Root for the Nashville Predators when they

Santa’s Splash & Dash Ages 7 - 13 can participate in waterbased holiday activities along with pizza, dessert, games, crafts and more. Patterson Park Pool, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 10 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 day of event; 893-7439.

their favorite pajamas and hear the conductor read the classic holiday story. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 5 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org. play the Detroit Red Wings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl. com.

Sounds of Christmas The Murfreesboro Symphony Or-

chestra performs new and traditional holiday tunes. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com.

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enact the nativity. Stones River Baptist Church, 361 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 6 - 8 p.m.; 459-2933.

sat 17 The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: The Holiday Music Instrument Workshop All

ages can join the Nashville Symphony in taking a magical trip to Santa’s workshop where the elves are making musical instruments. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $29; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

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FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League

of Gallatin presents a reading of 12 Days of Christmas followed by a physical activity and healthy snack for ages 3 - 8. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Handel’s Messiah Please see Thursday, Dec. 15 listing. Holiday Crafternoon All ages can make holiday paper crafts. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE The Magic of Santa All ages can watch a holiday magic show by Bruce Amato then enjoy milk, cookies and a visit from Santa. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 2 p.m.; 793-7303 or http://catalog.lavergnetn.gov. Predators Hockey Root for the Nashville Predators when

they play the St. Louis Blues. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl. com.

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Introducing Omega Boutique, Free People, Judith Bright, and Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory

Bring Your Wish List & Visit With Santa! Now– December 24th Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.


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ho, ho, ho! meet santa at your nearby mall Cool Springs Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2128 coolspringsgalleria.com Through Saturday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.) Hickory Hollow Mall 5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 731-4550 hickoryhollowmall.com Through Saturday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.) The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 298-5478 themallatgreenhills.com Through Saturday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Sat 11 a.m. 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Murfreesboro Toy Company at The Avenue Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro 893-4207 shoptheavenue.com Through Saturday, Dec. 24 Hours: Sat 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sun 2 - 5 p.m.

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Providence Marketplace 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 773-2298 shop-providencemarketplace.com Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 - 5 p.m. Professional photos are $5, and kids can also enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, carolers and carriage rides. RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 859-3456 rivergate-mall.com Through Saturday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.) Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 896-4486 stonesrivermall.com Through Saturday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Thu 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (breaks from 1:15 - 2 p.m. and 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (breaks from 1:15 - 2 p.m. and 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break from 2:15 - 3 p.m.). Christmas Eve hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break from 2:15 - 3 p.m.). Pet photos (dogs and cats only) take place Mondays through Dec. 12, from 6 - 8 p.m. Streets of Indian Lake 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Hendersonville 822-7627 streetsofindianlake.com Through Friday, Dec. 23 Specific days and hours were not available at press time. Call or check the website for details.


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ake in the magic of the holidays with Gaylord Opryland’s 38th anniversary of “A Country Christmas” continuing this month. A variety of family fun includes the ICE! exhibit featuring Merry Madagascar, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes (pictured above in the show’s nativity scene), Louise Mandrell’s Christmas Dinner Party, a free Holiday Shrektacular show, Santa visits and more. Days, times and admission vary for each attraction. Gaylord Opryland is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Call 871-6169 or visit christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

Runs with Scissors Off Road 5K All ages can help Murfreesboro school children gather needed school supplies while experiencing multiple running surfaces on a USATF-certified course. Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, 515 Cherry Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $25 plus school supplies in advance/$35 day of event; 895-5040 or rabbitroadracing.com. Santa Saturday Visit with Santa from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., get a

souvenir photo for an extra fee, create holiday art from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. and decorate cookies from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

sun 18 Behold the Lamb of God Andrew Peterson and special guests present a Christmas concert. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $32.50; 889-3060 or ryman.com. FREE Chanukah Festival Celebrate the Jewish holiday in a

carnival-style atmosphere with booths, inflatables, games, menorah lighting and more. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 3 p.m.; 356-7170 or nashvillejcc. org.

Holiday Pipes Organist Isabelle Demers performs holiday music on the Schermerhorn’s grand organ. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 2 p.m.; $19 - $34; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org. FREE Journey to Bethlehem: Live Nativity Drive through

and experience a re-enactment of the birth of Christ. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; cornerstonetn.org.

mon 19 Joy: An Irish Christmas Hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty perform an evening of Christmas music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $32.50 - $52.50; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and their parents can have holiday fun. 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 snowman sandwiches and hot chocolate. 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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Nature Nuts All ages can enjoy a

reptile show. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

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the Nashville Predators when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl.com.

tue 20 12 Days of Christmas Amy Grant

and Vince Gill bring their Christmas tour home to Music City. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; Tue - Wed 7:30 p.m. $39.50 - $69.50; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

Animal Antics All ages can meet the resident rabbit. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE Holiday Cards Ages 12 - 18 can make custom holiday greeting cards snacking on cookies and hot chocolate. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 2 p.m.; 7937303 or http://libraryteenspace.lavergnetn.gov. FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expect-

ant mothers can learn about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Dec. 19 listing. Santa Likes to Boogie Western swing band Asleep at the

Wheel performs seasonal favorites with western flair. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m.; $42 - $62; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Tuesdays for Tots Preschoolers and their parents can partici-

pate in hands-on art activities. 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.

A Skaggs Family Christmas Join

Ricky Skaggs, The Whites and the whole Skaggs family for an evening of holiday music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $44 - $84; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

sat 24 FREE Christmas Eve Carillon Concert Bring the family

out for a unique musical experience as Belmont’s carillon rings out holiday tunes. Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 460-6408 or belmont.edu/music.

Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Jacksonville Jaguars. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $95; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

sun 25 Merry Christmas!

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12 Days of Christmas Please see Tuesday, Dec. 20 listing. Parents & Tots Please see Monday, Dec. 19 listing.

Predators Hockey Root for the Nashville Predators when they play the Detroit Red Wings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl. com.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Dec. 19 listing.

Snack Attack! All ages can make popcorn snowmen. Discov-

Creation Station All ages can make gingerbread ornaments.

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

FREE Movies at the Library All ages can watch a screening of The Polar Express. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

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

tue 27 Animal Antics All ages can meet the box turtles and leopard tortoise. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org. FREE Movies in the Library All ages can watch a screening of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

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wed 28 FREE Kid’s Hour Children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwan Drive, Franklin; 550-5660 or rachelsumner. com. Life on the International Space Station U.S. Astronaut

Barry Wilmore gives a presentation about life aboard the International Space Station and what its like living in space, then he will sign autographs and pose for photos. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley, Nashville; 1:15 and 2:40 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12); 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

Predators Hockey Root for the Nashville Predators when

they play the Minnesota Wild. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $205; 770-7825 or http://predators.nhl. com.

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Dec. 26 listing.

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Tuesdays for Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in hands-on art activities. 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.

thu 29 Creation Station All ages can make happy hats. Discovery

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

FREE Movies in the Library All ages can watch a screening of Prince Caspian. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Nature Nuts All ages can enjoy a nature program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Zac Brown Band Take in an evening of country/southern rock/ folk stylings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $59.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

fri 30 Music City Bowl Enjoy college football when the SEC faces off against the ACC. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 5:40 p.m.; $17 - $80; 743-3130 or musiccitybowl.com.

sat 31 Countdown to Noon All ages can wear their pajamas

and count down to the new year 12 times zones across the world. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 302 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Saturday AM: Countdown to 2012 Families can stop by the studio to decorate their own Happy New Year party favor. 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.


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onGOING cheatham county

Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

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

davidson county Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and recreation take place at 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 862-8435. BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-

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

Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open bounce and preschool play date times.

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or jumpersplayhouse.com. Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing program: • After School at Patterson Park: Ages 8 - 17 can watch movies Mon - Thu and enjoy free time on Fri; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2 • Gymboree: Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can enjoy playtime and energy burning activities every Monday; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; $3 • Homeschool Dance: Ages 8 and older can learn essentials of ballet and jazz every Wed; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; $25 per month with a $10 registration fee • Morning Water Aerobics: All ages can hit the pool Mon Fri; 8 and 9 a.m.; $4

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs: • Early Bird Swim: All ages can start their day in the pool Mon - Fri; 6 - 8 a.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 9 - 17 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

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.

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

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

Inside Out Williamson County’s newest indoor play place

opens Sunday, Dec. 4, featuring several structures mimicking an outdoor environment. Located at 615 Baker’s Bridge Road, Franklin; Mon - Thu 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $9 (pre-walkers are free with paying sibling), $5 pre-walkers without sibling, free for parents; 778-8733 or insideoutplaypark.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes. com.

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

Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf,

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

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall

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

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

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

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. 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.

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

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.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

FREE Special Sports Saturdays Children ages 2 and

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

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

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

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

williamson county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or bn.com.

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Storybook Village This indoor play center features storybook themes. Located at 3015 Belshire Village Drive, Ste. 114, Spring Hill, open play hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 12, free ages 11 months and younger along with parents and kids 13 and older; 614-1424 or thestorybookvillage.com.

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


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Runs through Dec. 23 www.boilerroomtheatre.com 794-7744

Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart Licensed by arrangement with Oliver Productions, Ltd. and Oliver Promotions, Ltd. Nothing is as thrilling on the stage as a well-crafted tale, and Oliver! is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it engages with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with the musical numbers “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Where is Love?,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” and “Who Will Buy.” Dickens’ characters are brought to life – perhaps larger than life – with all their facets glowing in this production.

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Take in some theater with your family this month and read reviews online at nashvilleparent.com. Click on “The Calendar.”

Chip Arnold reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Studio Tenn’s production of A Christmas Carol, Dec. 8 - 18, at the Franklin Theatre. Anything Goes (Dec. 1 - 3; All ages) Star Bright Players at Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 3 p.m.; $6; 790-5719, ext. 30 or wcparksandrec.com. Boeing, Boeing (Dec. 1 - 31; Ages 10 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. A Child’s Calendar (continues through Saturday, Dec. 17; All ages) Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; library. nashville.org. Christmas Belles (Dec. 8 - 18; Ages 6 and older) Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 studetns; 893-9825 or mltarts.com. A Christmas Carol (Dec. 8 - 18; Ages 8 and older) Studio Tenn at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $45 - $55; 538-2075 or studiotenn.com. A Christmas Carol (Dec. 9 - 18; 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, $8 studetns, $5 ages 4 - 12; 852-8499 or lamplighterstheatre.com. A Christmas Story (Dec. 8 - 22; Ages 8 and older)

Greetings! (Dec. 2 - 17; Ages 10 and older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger; 598-8950 or encore-theatre-company.org. Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (continues

through Sunday, Dec. 18; Ages 4 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, then Sat - Sun 2 p.m. (11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12); $19 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas (Dec. 2 - 17; Ages 5

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.

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical (Dec. 1 - 18; Ages 8

and older) Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 - $25; thelarrykeetontheatre. org.

Mr. Magical’s Toy Shop (Dec. 9 - 10; All ages) Williamson

Oliver! (continues through Friday, Dec. 23; All ages) Boiler

Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 only) 8 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Dec. 4, 11 and 18 only); $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are two-forone night and all tickets on Thursdays are $17); 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

Over the River and Through the Woods (continues through Saturday, Dec. 10; Ages 8 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. Pagliacci (Dec. 2 - 4; Ages 12 and older) Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $21.50 - $97.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org. Romeo and Juliet (Dec. 2 - 17; Ages 8 and older) Pull-Tight

Music City Christmas Dinner Show (continues through

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Children’s Show) (Dec. 6 - 23; All ages) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 10 a.m. doors open, 11 a.m. show (coffee, tea and soft drinks provided); $8:50; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012; All ages) The Fontanel Mansion & Farm, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; Tue - Sun 7 p.m.; $59 adults, $54 ages 2 - 12; fontanelmansion.com.

Nashville’s Nutcracker (Dec. 9 - 18; All ages) Please see

page 75.

A Country Christmas Carol (Dec. 1 - 31; Ages 10 and

ages) Bill Rice Christian Academy, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 893-2767 or brcamustangs.org.

David Alford’s Christmas Down Home (Dec. 11, 12 and 18; Ages 10 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Sun 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mon 6:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Kidz Kompany at Spring Hill Public Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill; Sat 10:30 a.m., Tue 6 p.m.; 931-486-2932.

County Center, 104 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 7 p.m.; Fri $10 adults/$6 ages 4 and older, Sat $12 adults/$8 ages 4 and older (includes dessert); 790-4400.

Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Mon - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

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.

FREE The Nutcracker Story (Dec. 10, 13 and 17; All ages)

FREE The Night Before Christmas (Thursday, Dec. 15; All

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

The Santaland Diaries (continues through Saturday, Dec.

3; Ages 12 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Mon - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Nuncrackers (Dec. 2 - 18; Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger; 904-2787 or boroarts.org.

A Sunshine Player Christmas (Dec. 9 - 10; All ages)

Nunsense (Dec. 2 - 17; Ages 10 and older) Arts Center of

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (Dec. 1 - 18; Ages

Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.; $25; $12; 563-2787 or artscenterofcc. com.

Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

5 and older) Steeple Players, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 826-6037 or steepleplayers.org. (please turn the page)

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usic is perhaps the most powerful of all art forms in the way it connects us to ourselves, to each other and to the world around us ... how it strikes deep emotional cords within us, be they happy or sad. We’re lucky to live in a city with so much music filling the air, and we’re especially fortunate to have the Nashville Symphony and the world-class Schermerhorn Symphony Center. I have always appreciated the symphony’s emphasis on music education for kids, but have never been as impressed as I was this past October when I attended my first Pied Piper Series concert. The Pied Piper Series is specifically intended for children. Conductor Kelly Corcoran says ages 3 - 8 is the target range, though all ages can enjoy the shows. Each performance lasts one hour or less — perfect considering short attention spans — and there is a huge emphasis on making the performances fun. “We want to make the shows both educational and entertaining,” Corcoran says. The show I saw was definitely both. Not only do kids learn about different instruments and sections in the orchestra, but there’s also a huge visual component on stage, too (the day I was there, dancers from the School of Nashville A local boy gets a hands-on introduction to the cello during the Ballet were on stage). “The visual aspect is an important part,” Pied Piper Series’ pre-concert activities. Corcoran says, adding, “whether there are actors, dancers, projections on a screen ... it ties the music together. We want kids to experience music and let their imaginations take them on an amazing adventure.” The pre-concert activities that take place an hour prior to the concerts add even more fun to the overall experience. All throughout the wings of the Schermerhorn, kids can find a plethora of things to entertain themselves. A hands-on instrument petting zoo where kids can get their fingers on a variety of instruments is always on tap, and they can also participate in arts and crafts, games and more, all connected to the theme of the concert they will see. The fun isn’t just for the kids. I can attest that adults have just as much fun during the Pied Piper experience as their little ones do. If you’ve yet to take your kids, I encourage you to do so this month with the next installment, Pied Piper Holiday, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 17, which Corcoran describes as a “holiday instrument workshop.” The gift of music is a tremendous one, and no one does it better than the Nashville Symphony!

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St. Nick reads holiday tales to kids during Storytime with Santa on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Fairview Recreation Complex. Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com

• Camp Quest Dec. 26 - 30. Grades K - 6. Enjoy hands-on fun and experiments. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $45 per day members, $55 non-members • Home School Science Lab Tuesday, Dec. 13. Grades 1 - 8. Explore earth sciences, focusing on earthquakes and plate tectonics through a special lab and Forces of Nature planetarium show. 1 - 3 p.m. $11

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

• FREE Family Night Hike Saturday, Dec. 10. All ages. Hike under the full moon and look and listen for owls and other nocturnal critters. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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

• FREE Discover the Outdoor Center Thursdays, Dec. 29. All ages. Learn about the outdoor center, and enjoy hikes and activities. 10 a.m. • FREE Family Camp Night Friday, Dec. 9. All ages. Bring your own equipment and spend the night at Bells Bend. 4:30 p.m. check in on Friday, depart 12 p.m. Saturday • FREE Night Hike Friday, Dec. 2. All ages. Explore the park after dark with a naturalist, looking for owls and other nocturnal creatures. 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club 550 East Main St., Hendersonville; 824-1116

• St. Nicholas Ball Saturday, Dec. 10. Adults. This benefit for the Sumner County YMCA’s Learn to Swim program includes live music, dinner, dancing a silent auction and more. 6 - 11 p.m. $75. For reservations, call 826-9622 • ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 3. All ages. Have breakfast with Santa and meet his elves, the Snow Princess, Maggie Moo and

Snowbird. Includes free photo, T-shirt and goodie bag. 9 and 11 a.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 3 - 8

BounceU 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn

• Cookies with Santa Monday, Dec. 19. Ages 2 - 12. Bounce, decorate cookies and visit with St. Nick. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m. $8 • Drop & Shop Fridays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Drop the kids of for bouncing, games and movies while you tackle your holiday shopping list. 6 - 10 p.m. $24 ($18 siblings) • Holiday Break Create & Bounce Camp Dec. 19 - 23 and 26 - 30. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Spend Christmas break bouncing, playing games, doing crafts and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • New Year’s Eve at Noon Saturday, Dec. 31. Ages 3 - 12. Countdown the new year while enjoying inflatable fun. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $8 (please turn the page)

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Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090

• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, Dec. 10. All ages. Watch a screening of Prancer, starring Sam Elliot and Cloris Leachman. 1 p.m.; ext. 851, to register

Carnton Plantation 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; 794-9103 or carnton.org • Christmas in Carrie’s Attic Saturday, Dec. 17. Ages 5 - 10. Learn about holiday traditions in the 1860s, hear a reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, then make Victorian Christmas decorations. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. $15

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org

• Gingerbread Workshop Saturday, Dec. 3. All ages. Families can make custom gingerbread houses. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45 members, $60 non-members • Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop Sunday, Dec. 4. Adults. Learn how to make a holiday wreath for your home. 1 p.m. $60 members, $80 non-members

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 302-0971, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com • Christmas Ornaments Tuesday, Dec. 13. Ages 6 - 10. Make retro ornaments. 4:30 - 6 p.m. $4

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Dec. 17. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $85. Call 585-9055 to register • FREE Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Dec. 8. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 5 - 6 p.m. • Rudolph’s Christmas Sugar Cookies and Craft Tuesday, Dec. 20. Ages 3 - 12. Make reindeer cookies and a holiday craft. 5 - 5:45 ages 3 - 6, 6 - 6:45 ages 7 - 12. $4 • Santa’s Workshop Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and 13. Ages 5 and older. Work in Santa’s workshop creating Christmas tree ornaments and other holiday gifts. 4 - 5 p.m. $4 • Storytime with Santa Friday, Dec. 16. Ages 10 and younger. Wear your PJs and have cookies and milk while Santa reads a holiday story, then sit on his lap to share your wish list. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $5 (parents are free)

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 447-1323 or buddybreakfbch@bchtn.org

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

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

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

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Kids can learn about foxes at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center on Friday, Dec. 16. • Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 3. Ages 10 and younger. Dine with St. Nick, have a photo taken and share your wish list. 8:30 - 10 a.m. $7 (parents are free) • Cake Decorating Saturday, Dec. 17. Ages 3 and older with a parent. Build and decorate a small gingerbread house. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $25 • Just the “2” of Us Creative Arts Program Wednesday, Dec. 7. Ages 2 - 6 with a caregiver. Enjoy creative art explorations that promote socialization, self-expression and imagination. 9 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $10 • Piano Lessons Fridays, Dec. 2 - 16. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $66, plus supply fee • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 1 - 13. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $24 • Voice Lessons Fridays, Dec. 2 - 16. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute slot between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $44 plus supply fee • Winter Fun Camp Dec. 21 - 22. Ages 7 - 12. Make a fleece animal scarf, snowflake ornaments, marble magnets, clay creatures and more. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $15

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

• FREE Kids Club: Still Life 101 Saturday, Dec. 10. Ages 5 - 10. Learn basic principles of drawing using still-life objexts seen in some of the artwork in the exhibit, A Divine Light. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Indoor Sports Complex 920 Heritage Way, Brentwood 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com

• Piano Lessons Thursdays, Dec. 1 - 15. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano through private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 1:30 8 p.m. $66 • Voice Lessons Thursdays, Dec. 1 - 15. Ages 5 and older. Private instruction covers notation reading, proper breathing and phrasing, and artistic interpretation. Choose a 30-minute slot between 1:30 - 8 p.m. $66

Inside Out 615 Baker’s Bridge Road, Franklin; 778-8733 or insideoutplaypark.com insideoutplaypark@comcast.net

• Drop ‘n Shop Wednesday, Dec. 14, Friday, Dec. 16 or Thursday, Dec. 22. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Ages 12 and younger (must be potty trained). Take care of your holiday shopping while your kids have fun playing in the indoor play park, complete with rock walls, a squirrel line, cae, zoned gym equipment, arts and crafts activities, and more (includes lunch/dinner and snacks). Wed 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Thu 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wed $25 ($22 siblings), Fri and Thu $40 ($35 siblings)

La Vergne Public Library 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 793-7303 or http://libraryteenspace.lavergnetn.gov

• FREE ACT Prep Saturday, Dec. 3. Registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1. High school students. Learn the ins and outs of the ACT. 2 p.m.

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

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

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 885-2422 or thenaturecircle@hotmail.com

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday (no program Dec. 19 and 26). Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. December’s themes are: • Dec. 5: The Salamander Room • Dec. 12: Coping with the Cold


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

• American Red Cross Babysitter Training Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and 13. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $85. To register, call 585-9055 • Cake Decorating Tuesday, Dec. 6. Ages 3 and older with a parent. Bring one dozen, plain un-iced cupcakes and have fun decorating them for Christmas. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $20 • Christmas Cookies Tuesday, Dec. 13. Ages 3 and older. Make holiday treats using buttercream and rolled fondant icing. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $25 • Cre8tive Gurlz Tuesday, Dec. 6. All ages. Girls can hang with peers while making bracelets. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $15 • Deb’z Kid’z Art Thursdays, Dec. 1 - 15. All ages. Create art using a variety of methods, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and watercolors. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $33.75 per month or $11.25 per class • Just the “2” of Us Creative Arts Program Mondays, Dec. 5 or 12. Ages 2 - 6 with a parent. Enjoy creative art exploration that promotes socialization, self-expression and imagination. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10 • FREE Kidproof: At Home Alone Plus First Aid Wednesday, Dec. 21. Ages 10 and older. Learn how to stay safe when home alone and how to respond to medical emergencies. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Kidproof: Cyber Safe Wednesday, Dec. 21. Ages 8 - 11. Learn Internet safety through an interactive session. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. • FREE Kidproof: Stranger Smarts Wednesday, Dec. 21. Ages 8 - 11. Learn to identify the tricks predators will use and how to safely respond to them. 3 - 5 p.m. • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Dec. 5 - 19. Ages 8 and older. This martial arts class combines Judo and Karate. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $30 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, Dec. 5 - 19. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $30 • Manga Chibi Workshop Dec. 13 and 15. Ages 8 and older. Learn to draw the mini-proportioned comic book characters called “Chibis” in this Japanese-style cartoon class. 4:15 5:45 p.m.; $30 • Manga Drawing Dec. 6 and 8. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basic layout and proportions of drawing Japanese Mango cartoon characters. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $30 • Mommy & Me Gingerbread House Tuesday, Dec. 20. Ages 3 and older with a parent. Build and decorate a small gingerbread house. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $25 • Parris Island: The F Series Mon, Wed and Fri, Dec. 2 - 30 (skip Dec. 23 and 26). Ages 8 and older. Get in shape during this 45-minute intense military based calisthenics class. 5:30 - 6:15 a.m. $45 per month or $5 per class • Storytime with Santa Friday, Dec. 9. Ages 10 and younger. Wear your PJs and have cookies and milk while Santa reads a holiday story, then sit on his lap to share your wish list. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $5 (parents are free)

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

• Backstage Pass: Elephant Barn Saturday, Dec. 3. Ages 5 and older (children must be accompanied by an adult). Go behind the scenes with a zookeeper into the Elephant Barn and learn about animal care, behavior, conservation and more. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $25 members, $50 non-members

Oaklands Historic House Museum 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org

• Home School Holiday Tour Thursday, Dec. 8. Ages 6 and older. Tour the mansion decorated for the holidays, learn customs from the 1800s and make a period ornament to take home. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5. To register, e-mail Mary Beth Nevills at mb@oaklandsmuseum.org.

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

• Hot Chocolate Hikes Dec. 27, 28 or 29. All ages. Take a guided hike then return to the pavilion for hot chocolate and marshmallows in front of the fire. 1 - 3 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the gate • Knee High Naturalist: What is Wild? Dec. 5 or 6. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Learn difference of domestic and wild animals. 3 - 4:30 p.m. $10 per child/adult in advance/$15 at the gate • Winter Solstice Owling, Howling and Prowling Wednesday, Dec. 21. Ages 9 and older. Enjoy dinner, an owl program and a hike to call the owls. 5 - 8 p.m. $20 in advance/$30 at the gate

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

• A, B, C, 1, 2, ... Let’s Go Every Thu and Fri (no class on Dec. 20, 22 and 27). Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, listen to stories and do crafts. 10 - 10:45 a.m. $3 • Wee Play Every Monday. Ages 1-and-a-half to 2. Enjoy stories, puppets, instruments, crafts and more. 10 - 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Winter Wonderland Tea Party Saturday, Dec. 10. Ages 3 - 10. Girls can wear their favorite dress, sip tea and make crafts. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

• FREE Coloring and Cocoa Saturday, Dec. 10. All ages. Drop in to enjoy hot chocolate and coloring. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. • FREE Fall Star Party Saturday, Dec. 3. All ages. Explore the universe with the movie, Galaxy Chursters: Giants of the Universe, then join astronomers outside to view the night sky through telescopes. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. • FREE Farewell to Fall Tuesday, Dec. 20. All ages. Play games, share stories, sip cider and bid adieu to autumn. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Foxes are our Friends Friday, Dec. 16. Ages 3 - 5. Learn about foxes and their helpful role in nature. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Nature Journaling Saturday, Dec. 3. All ages. Make a nature journal, then head outside to discover and reflect. 1 - 2:30 p.m. • FREE Scavenger Hunt Thursday, Dec. 22. All ages. Hunt for winter hallmarks and receive a treat. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Welcoming Winter Wednesday, Dec. 21. All ages. Enjoy a story, take a hike and sip hot chocolate. 4 - 5 p.m. • FREE Winter Art Saturday, Dec. 17. All ages. Make winter arts and crafts. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

• FREE Winter Bird Extravaganza Wednesday, Dec. 28. All ages. View winter birds and make a bird feeder to take home. 10 - 11 a.m.

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

• Holiday Lock-In Dec. 16 - 17. Ages 8 - 15. Stay overnight for games, tournaments, swimming and other activities. 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. $20

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks/wpnc

• FREE Hike, Eat, Hike Friday, Dec. 9. All ages. Pack a picnic supper and hike to a campfire to eat. 5 - 6:30 p.m. • FREE Holiday Geocaching in Warner Parks Saturday, Dec. 17. Ages 6 and older. Discover the popular outdoor treasure hunting game using a GPS to find hidden caches in the parks. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Last Chance Bird Hike Saturday, Dec. 10. Ages 6 - 12. Work on requirements for the 2011 Bird Patch while enjoying early winter birds. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Winter Songs and Stories Wednesday, Dec. 21. All ages. Hear stories and sing songs about Old Man Winter, then enjoy refreshments around a fire. 1:30 - 3 p.m.

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks • FREE Geocaching 101 Saturday, Dec. 3. All ages. Bring a GPS or smartphone and learn the basics of geocaching. 9:30 a.m. • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Explore nature and gain an appreciation for wildlife. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Murfreesboro Teen Adventure Club Monday, Dec. 19. Ages 13 - 18. Bring a lunch and spend the day at New Frontiers in Dowelltown (transportation provided) on the giant ropes course. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $30 • 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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Sumner Regional Medical Center is proud to

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Sumner Regional Medical Center offers new moms and families: - Free childbirth education and breastfeeding classes - Beautiful new private patient rooms - A new nursery equipped with high-quality monitoring and safety features - New labor and delivery suites and updated C-section operating rooms - Dedicated inpatient breastfeeding services - A renovated family waiting area providing comfort and convenience We invite you to learn more at www.MySumnerMedical.com, or call (615) 328-4123 to schedule a tour of our beautiful, state-of-the-art childbirth unit.

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