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all me crazy. Or maybe I just don’t like to drink the KoolAid. Rather than embracing all of today’s technology like many “hip� parents like to say they’re doing, I’d rather give it a good, swift kick into the corner. I’d like to give all of the screens that come with technology a good, long TIME OUT. We’re actually living in an era where parents and families are more and more isolated from each other and completely ignoring the warnings of well-meaning doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). You see, the AAP has put out a policy about limiting screen time, social media time, texting time, etc., etc., but no one’s listening. We refuse. We are sucked in as far as a people can be sucked in when it comes to our iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Xboxes and TVs. We are goners. You know that excessive screen time isn’t good for you or your kids, right? (That’s when you say in self-defense, “I choose to embrace technology�), but when the husband ignores you for his Facebook or the 5-year-old incessantly whines, “Mommy? Mommy? Mommy?� in the background when all you want to do is text your girlfriends ... umm, something’s not quite right. Meanwhile, Christmas came and went with upwards of 70 percent of us getting a new tech toy. Limiting screen time will not come easily for us, if ever. Maybe that’s why parents have thrown in the towel on trying to monitor their kids’ screen activities — there’s just no time for it! Maybe this is just that clunky period in history where we don’t care about what’s good or bad as long as we can just “embrace.� Maybe one day we’ll come to our senses when a drone lands on our head in the middle of our driveway. The AAP wants us to limit screen time, but public education wants more of it for our kids. The Common Core

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Standards in our schools dictate that screens will be used more and more for learning and testing. Eventually it will be completely this way and teachers will be overseers. It all makes a mom who actually loves a great conversation over a slow cup of coffee want to power down and take a walk. Forget TV-as-babysitter — screens are everywhere now. Kids on iPads at eateries is the norm. Homes are places where we’re all on one screen or another in different rooms of the house and sit-down dinners are a thing of the past. I grew up eating dinner with my family, and I liked it. I want to try and make time for that. And I miss things like printed photos and sharing photo albums from my lap. I hate competing for face time anymore when someone’s standing right there next to me on their phone. So did you hear about Japan? Their Ministry of Education plans to pull kids AWAY from screens and into the great outdoors. They’re introducing “fasting camps� where kids deemed screen addicted will have to participate in outdoor activities in an unplugged environment. We Americans don’t have to be so ... extreme, do we? Maybe we can take a real look around our homes, take a good look at our kids and come up with a sensible plan that includes technology AND no technology. Maybe you set up some kind of agreement with your family; talk about it at least, so you still have time for doing all those great things in life that don’t require a screen. Like thinking, for instance. Playing a game. Like staring deeply into one another’s eyes.

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Eden, 2013 Cover Kid winner, photographed by Rebekah Pope Photography. We had a lot of fun with this issue’s Cover Kid, 4-year-old Eden, and her cool mom, Gina Keltner, and especially loved learning about how this family came to be. Keltner — the talent booking manager for the Grand Ole Opry — says she always wanted to be a mom and thought it would happen the traditional way. “As I turned 40 and Mr. Right hadn’t come along, I realized that didn’t have to prevent me from achieving my dream. After weighing my options, I began the adoption process in early 2007,” Keltner says. Keltner contacted Children’s Hope International, based in St. Louis, an agency that facilitates adoptions in several countries. “I did a lot of research and felt led by my heart to Ethiopia,” says Keltner. “There is a strong network of Ethiopian adoptive families in Nashville, some of whose children were even in the same transition home as Eden,” she adds. Adopting Eden took Keltner nearly twoand-a-half years. “It felt painstakingly long at times, but so worth it in the end. Eden and I are a perfect match,” Keltner says. Good things come to those who wait. “Motherhood has gifted me with a bond I never experienced before,” Keltner says. “Well-meaning people will say how lucky she is, but I know I’m the lucky one.”


I was concerned to read the thoughts from several parents opposed to the influenza (flu) vaccine given to children in your December 2013 issue. Reasons given included a belief that [the vaccine] doesn’t work, and that instead of preventing the flu, the vaccine actually causes you to become sick. Other parents felt the flu could be prevented simply by good hygiene and a healthy diet. Yet another parent’s reservations came from feeling the ingredients in the vaccine were “disgusting.” In my clinic, I also hear from families who oppose it, believing that either the flu infection won’t be very bad or their children never catch the flu. As both a practicing pediatrician and a pediatric infectious diseases expert, I strive to help the families of my patients make decisions about vaccinating their children based on correct and current information. Unfortunately, many of the concerns and reasons expressed by your readers are based on misinformation. Most people who get sick following a flu vaccine usually, and coincidentally, catch other non-flu, cold weather viral infections. Keep this in mind: the months when one

usually receives a flu vaccine are the same time period when you’re most likely to catch one of the many other circulating common cold viruses. While I agree that good hygiene and a healthy diet are effective ways of helping to prevent the flu, alone they’re not enough. The single most effective way to prevent a flu infection is by receiving an annual flu vaccine. The ingredients used in both forms of the seasonal flu vaccine for children are proven safe and are mercury free. What concerns me most about the flu season is that experts estimate up to 49,000 cases of flu-related deaths may occur each year in the United States alone. While the flu vaccine isn’t 100 percent effective at preventing all cases of the flu, it’s currently the best preventative measure one can take. To those parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their children with the flu vaccine — or any other vaccine — please take time to talk with your child’s pediatrician. He’ll be able to help you make decisions to vaccinate your child based on correct information in order to maximize your child’s wellness. Christopher J. Keefer, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Meharry Medical College in Nashville

Thanks for Special Needs Articles Dear Editor, As a person with a disability and a professional in the field, I appreciated many features in your November issue. On behalf of Tennessee Disability Pathfinder of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, we were very grateful to be included in the issue. Thank you for selecting the “United Through Colors” artwork for the cover and featuring our support group for Spanish-speaking families of children with disabilities as well as including us as a resource for information and referral services. Your Editor’s Note and special needs article served as valuable reminders that we are all united in the need to be treated with respect, kindness and support regardless of having a disability. Thank you for highlighting disability issues while conveying an inclusive message for everyone. Megan Hart, M.Ed. Program Director Tennessee Disability Pathfinder of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center















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Dogs Allowed in the Bed? We asked and you answered ... seems we like cuddling with canines! Our dog alternates which room to sleep in with our kids. My American staffordshire terrier always slept on the floor at the edge of my kids’ beds; he would take turns. Since the kids’ bedrooms were across the hall from each other, he would lie part of the night at one bed then you could hear him walk across the hall to the other. Trisha M. Glowniak

Dog could squish the kids. I would if he wouldn’t squish one. Our German shepherd has tried, but he’s really not supposed to be on the furniture, and the bed is small. If the dogs have no dominance issues and they know the kids are higher in the pack order, I see no problems with it. My life revolved around dogs long before I had my child, and they’re still a huge part of my/our life. Lee Ann Lewin

Kids could roll over the tiny dog. I used to, but my dog is tiny and my son rolls around in his sleep. So, we had to stop it for the safety of the dog. It used to be really cute, though, because the dog didn’t want anyone to wake my son up. He used to sit on my son’s back and bark if you went near him. Amanda Leech

They cuddle every night! My 8-month-old pit sleeps with my 2-yearold son. They cuddle every night. Candice Felts

Our dog can’t sleep without us. Yes! My little fur baby can’t sleep unless one of my boys is in my bed with her and I. She sleeps on my hip or by their backs. Donna Davis Weaver

No. The dog would not know it’s place. I wouldn’t, not because of fear, but because of pack order. Dogs who sleep with humans don’t know their place in the pack. Amy Barrett Napoli

Baby’s still in the crib, so dog sleeps by it. Ours is in the crib, but my dog sometimes sleeps by his crib, very protective. I look forward to the day when my fur baby and son cuddle up. Right now I’m enjoying my dog cuddles. Naurin Gilger

The dog sleeps with our son when he knows he’s sick. Our beagle usually sleeps with my husband and I, but if my son’s sick or cold she hops in his bed ... she’s very protective. Erin Weyman

No dogs on the furniture. No dogs allowed in people beds here, but when the grandkids nap on the couch, sometimes the dog snuggles under the blanket with them. Amy Woehler Baker (please turn the page for more “Parent Talk”)


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No Running with Food in Your Mouth! Your child’s hungry, but she won’t stop playing long enough to eat her food. What do you do? Sit at the table and eat.

Kids can stop playing and come eat.

We eat at the table like a family and we always have from the time my girls were babies. There’s no playing at the table. You sit and eat. If you wanna get up and play, then you’re done eating. I’m surprised goofing off has become “the norm.” I see this in restaurants all the time ... kids playing and running around just stopping long enough for a nibble and to disturb people around them.

Mine stops and eats. They should never be too enthralled with what they’re doing that they can’t stop and eat! I had a friend’s son over who was like that with video games; he wouldn’t stop to go to the bathroom, let alone eat. It’s good to pull them away from whatever they’re doing and back to reality. Keeps them grounded.

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Light snacks throughout the day are good while they play. Eat breakfast, graze through the day and lunch, eat a small dinner at the table as a family. I’ve always read this is a preferable way to eat in general. Keeping your blood sugar levels consistent through the day rather than dropping and spiking. Also, keeping hunger at bay, helping to prevent overeating out of hunger at meal times. Jennifer Counce

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In order to avoid table trauma! I personally let my children graze in those situations. I believe it causes “table trauma” to make them sit and eat. I always thought if my children were hungry enough, they would stop playing and eat; they always did and we have great experiences at our dinner table, nine and 11 years later. Dana Horan

Grazing’s fine with us. Time allowed, grazing is fine. Adults call it a working lunch. Venus Lugo Wooten

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If it’s a meal, sit and eat. Snack ... play and eat. Depends if it’s a meal time ... we eat at the table. But if it’s a snack ... play and eat! Kelly English Zaccari

Be the grown up and make him stop. You are the grown up. It won’t kill him to stop playing long enough to eat. It takes 30 minutes tops. That’s with a slow eater. Kelley Felts Anderson

Playtime comes second to meals. Once he has eaten his lunch then he can go back to playing with his toys. Playtime will run second to a good meal — that way he can work it off by playing. Monyette Freeman Gore

Kids will eat when they’re hungry. I let mine graze/eat when she wants. Kids know if they’re hungry, and if she has food accessible she’ll eat better than if I make her sit down to eat. Charity Allen

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es, we’re tired of hearing about childhood obesity, but it’s not going away any time soon: the number of overweight or obese children has more than tripled in the last 30 years, says the Centers for Disease Control. Many things can be blamed for the problem: our snack culture, heredity, sedentary lifestyle, etc. One thing’s clear: Parents are the biggest influencer on their kids’ eating habits. While there’s no onesize-fits-all approach to help children grow into a healthy body weight that they can maintain, the calories going in can be healthier ones, says Scott Brown, M.D., of Pediatric Associates of Franklin, and that’s where parents take on a critical role. “Numerous studies have shown that the home environment greatly influences the amount and type of food children eat,” Brown says. “Family meals can offer social support for a healthy lifestyle lasting into adulthood, and having plenty of nutritious food in the home for children to choose from helps establish and reinforce good dietary habits,” he adds.

Meanwhile, it’s easy to overeat when Mom and Dad prepare delicious meals at home, so be aware of what’s going into your recipes: cut back on using those high-fat dairy products, excessive carb and refined sugar intake and limit desserts to once or twice a week. “Parental example is so important,” says James Keffer, M.D., of Old Harding Pediatrics in Nashville. “No one can change genetics, but parents can have a huge impact on their children by showing a commitment to healthy eating and having an active lifestyle. Children really pick up on adults’ eating habits — both how much and what we eat,” he adds. So make an effort to get the family together for meals and start keeping an eye on what goes into your meal preparations. “It’s so helpful to have the entire family eat together,” Brown says. And perhaps you can go even further. “Include the kids in meal planning,” says Brown. “This gives you the opportunity to teach about healthy eating and choice making.”

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heekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art kicks off 2014 with new hours, new admission prices and a new monthly program for toddlers. Museum Minute takes place the first Tuesday each month at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The program is set in one of the art galleries and incorporates stories, songs and interactive lessons. And don’t forget, every week Tuesdays for Tots happens for ages 3 - 5. This program lets little hands get creative in the art studio with a different theme each week from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Programs are free with gate admission. New hours are Tue - Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (open until 10 p.m. every Friday, May - October). New admission rates are $14 adults, $12 seniors (65 and older), $10 college students with ID, $7 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 and younger. There’s also a $3 parking fee. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Call 356-8000 or visit

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ads and their girls can spend a day with the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Feb. 8 during Daddy Daughter Day. Beginning at 3 p.m., enjoy a meet and greet with former player Stu Grimson and a tour of the arena. You’ll also get a commemorative photo, two T-shirts, two all-you-can-eat wristbands for the game (unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and soft drinks) and two tickets to the 7 p.m. game against the Colorado Avalanche. Price for a two-ticket package is $99; additional tickets are $40. Deadline to RSVP is Friday, Jan. 24. Secure tickets at 770-2420 or dad.

Annie gets a special one-matinee showing at The Franklin Theatre on Dec. 7. Get your tickets now - it WILL sell out! Daddy Daughter Day with the Nashville Predators promises fun and games — mark your calendars for this one!

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ashville gets the “Red” Tour when the 143rd installment of “The Greatest Show on Earth” pulls into town with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has several tours running in the South and Northeast. You can learn more about “Built to Amaze,” the theme of the Red Tour — acrobats and stunts to thrills and more. Check out the circus online ( to learn more about the shows running here Jan. 24 - 26. Kids can enjoy learning about some of the circus’ stars and legends with the “Discover More” tab at the top of the homepage. Also, check out the circus on Facebook — the circus posts daily with fun pictures of performances plus photos of its animals.

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Need to find something to do for your K - 6 student on Monday, Jan. 20 when school is out in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Consider the MLK Day Camp at Adventure Science Center (ASC). From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., participants can explore science, technology, engineering and math in ways that encourage active discovery and an interest in learning. Tuition is $45 members, $55 non-members. Advance registration is required and is now open. Call 862-5177 or visit

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Grieving the loss of a loved one is hard, and reaching out for support can help ease the pain. Alive Hospice offers grief support groups in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Brentwood and Hendersonville this month for adults who have lost a spouse, parent, child, sibling or other loved ones. The Parents’ Loss of Children group is ongoing and meets in Nashville every other Thursday from 5:30 7 p.m. (call 346-8364 to register). Loss of Spouse and Loss of Parent, Spouse, Sibling or Other Loved One are each eight-weeks long meeting once a week beginning Jan. 13. Cost is $40, but the fee may be waived based on financial need. Call the following numbers to register: 963-4732 (Nashville and Brentwood), 346-8680 (Murfreesboro) and 346-8637 (Hendersonville). Learn more at alivehospice. org.



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L BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER’s Nationwide Tour of Gowns comes to the Sheraton Music City Hotel located at 777 McGavock Pike in Nashville Jan. 3 - 4. The show sales include hundreds of new, name-brand and designer gowns, as well as lovingly worn gowns in various styles and sizes — layaway plans are available. Most gown prices range from $99 to $799 with designer gowns

Rhythm and Spirit’s New Classes Start This Month Rhythm & Spirit, the popular dance, tumbling and cheer program offered by Williamson County Parks and Recreation, kicks off its spring session Friday, Jan. 10. The program continues through Saturday, May 10. Dance classes include ballet for kids ages 3 - 17 in addition to Boys Hip Hop and Break Dance for ages 7 - 17. There are lots of offerings between all of the different Williamson centers. To learn more, contact Jen Barnes at 377-6530, ext. 2117, or Kristi McDonald at 377-6530, ext. 2118.

valued up to $3,900. And, if you have already said “I do,” consider donating your gown at the event — your donation is tax deductible. Brides Against Breast Cancer works to provide free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience.

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Battle Ground Academy holds its 17TH ANNUAL SONGWRITER’S NIGHT on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Franklin Theatre event range from $80 - $200 depending on your seating and attendance to the after party. Learn more and get tickets at ... Prices have gone up $1 for adults who will now pay $7 to participate in A-GAME’S PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS; skate rentals have gone up 50 cents. Kids prices have remained the same at $5 for ages 12 and younger. To see public skate dates for January, go to and click on the Open Ice Events Calendar ... It’s a great month to pick up an annual pass to Williamson County Parks and Rec’s facilities. THE INDOOR SPORTS COMPLEX in Brentwood has brand new state-ofthe-art equipment. Annual passes for Williamson residents are $225 for a family; $150 for a single youth or adult ... BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL’S excited it’ll be getting a 15,817 square-foot performing arts center soon — it’s all been green lighted ... There’s an APP FOR THE BRENTWOOD LIBRARY if you’d like to search for a book or register for a class. Compatible on any mobile or tablet, search “Brentwood Library” in your app store or download it on your phone from ... Bundle up and take the boy fishing, it’s trout time in Tennessee. The TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCE AGENCY has released thousands of rainbow trout into small lakes at several area parks and other bodies of water where they’ll survive the winter. See the complete list of trout releases at

ocal boys and girls in elementary through high school can learn key life skills and develop a love for agriculture, animals and more through participation in 4-H (through school or community clubs, special interest groups, camps or other groups.) 4-H aims to help all kinds of kids develop their skills and talents fully. Check out all that 4-H has in store for your kids! 4-H is part of the University of Tennessee extension, visit https://utextension.tennessee. edu/williamson. To learn more about Williamson County 4-H based in Franklin; call 7905721.

Special Olympics: Register Now for Polar Plunge


ome out to join hundreds of stalwart others “freezin’ for a reason” as they support Special Olympics Tennessee athletes by running into the c-c-c-old waters of Percy Priest Lake at Nashville Shores. The Nashville Polar Plunge takes place on Saturday, Feb. 15; registration’s happening now. With a minimum of $50 in donations, each plunger receives an official Plunge T-shirt, complimentary lunch, two passes for the Celebration Party and being a part of a cool event. Learn more at nashville.

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Plan now for the 2014 Summer Camp Fair


ark your calendar! Saturday, Feb. 15 is Nashville Parent’s annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair. Now’s the time to start planning your youngster’s summer fun. Representatives from more than 80 residential camps, local day camps and summer programs for ages 4 - 18 will be on hand to speak with families about what they have to offer, spanning the spectrum from arts to sports to outdoor activities. In addition, we will be giving away more than $1,000 in camp scholarships. Booths are still available, so if you have a summer program you’d like our readers to know about, call 256-2158, ext. 130. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at CoolSprings Galleria. Admission is free. Learn more at

Preds Play for United Way Tuesday, Jan. 14


he United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties works in several different capacities to assist at-risk families in four major ways: Ensuring individuals achieve their full potential when it comes to education; helping families become financially stable and independent; improving people’s health; and providing relief and recovery assistance in times of crisis. The Nashville Predators are supporting the cause on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when they hit the ice against the Calgary Flames. Ticket proceeds benefit the United Way. Game time at Bridgestone Arena is 7 p.m. Tickets are $33 - $400. Learn more about United Way at Get game tickets at

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Many summer camps provide kids with opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. More than 80 camps will be at our Summer Camp Adventure Fair in February. Plan to attend and make the most of your child’s summer.

Private School Open Houses ABINTRA MONTESSORI SCHOOL (914 Davidson Drive, Nashville; 352-4317; Tuesdays, Jan. 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. (call to RSVP) ... BRENTWOOD ACADEMY (219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; 523-0611; brentwoodacademy. com) Campus tours every Tue and Wed at 8:30 a.m.; Admission Day is Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 a.m.; call to register ... CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 292-9465; Thursday, Jan. 9 from 6 - 7 p.m. for PreK and K ... THE COVENANT SCHOOL (33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville; 467-2313; Thursday, Jan. 9 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.; RSVP to dapple@ ... DAVIDSON ACADEMY (1414 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 860-5300; davidsonacademy. com) Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ... DONELSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (300

Danyacrest Drive, Nashville; 883-2926; Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 8 - 10 a.m. ... EZELL-HARDING CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (574 Bell Road, Antioch; 3670532; Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. ... FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY (4700 Franklin Road, Nashville; 3694488; Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 - 11 a.m. (call to RSVP) ... GOODPASTURE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (619 Due West Ave., Madison; 868-2600, ext. 212; Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. ... LINDEN WALDORF SCHOOL (3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 354-0270, ext. 31; Windows on Waldorf tours are Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and 22 at 9 a.m. ... LIPSCOMB ACADEMY (3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville; Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2 - 4 p.m. ... THE WEBB SCHOOL (319 Webb Road E., Bell Buckle; 931-3896003; Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. Call to RSVP.

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1) She’ll be wakeful during her first year of life. Sixty percent of infants have a parent with them when they fall asleep, and those babies wake up more often during the night than those who fall asleep alone, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It’s wonderful to rock your baby to sleep, but doing so can have negative consequences in the long run. Just like adults, babies can wake in the night and fuss because they don’t know how to go back to sleep. Many doctors suggest a sleep routine as a good solution. Once a baby is 8 weeks old, try putting him down at the same time each night. Develop a consistent bedtime routine of three or four pre-bed activities and lay him down when he’s drowsy but not asleep.

2) Have your infant’s ears checked. Newborn ears should be checked before leaving the hospital — request that they be. Hearing loss is not rare.

3) Spend quiet time each day talking to Baby. The drone of the TV and lots of background noise can slow language development, research says. Vocal play with your baby is one way he can learn the groundwork for talking. When he says something like, “Goo goo,” you can say, “Oh, you’re happy,” or, “That’s a nice sound.” You can also point things out to him, i.e., “That’s a car,” and describe what you’re doing as you’re doing it, “Making breakfast!” Baby will be watching you, so take advantage of that.

4) Visit the dentist by age 1.


Taking your 1-year-old to the dentist is a milestone that lays the foundation for good dental hygiene. Before age 1, don’t give your baby

more than four ounces of juice a day. Swab his gums with a soft cloth before the first tooth erupts, and when it does, brush it with a soft toothbrush.

5) Babies thrive in fresh air. Evaluate your environment; children younger than 2 raised in homes with a moldy smell are more likely to develop asthma by age 7, a study out of Finland says. The three most common indoor allergens are dust mites, pets and mold. Keep your baby’s air as allergen-free as possible.

6) Keep your home smoke free. Secondhand smoke is linked to health problems like colic, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

7) Should he have iron? A significant lack of iron can cause health problems in babies. Doctors typically test for iron deficiency with a simple blood test. Your baby should be tested between 9 and 12 months old for a deficiency. A newer test called the CHR can identify iron deficiency better than the traditional test. Ask for it.

8) Consider a spring/ fall flu shot schedule. Children younger than age 2 are more likely to be hospitalized if they get the flu. At 6 months babies can get their first flu vaccination. Talk to your pediatrician about his recommendations for your baby; many like to see babies on a spring/fall schedule.

9) Dose properly. The Centers for Disease Control says upward of 41 percent of parents under-dose feverish kids with acetaminophen. Base the dose you give your baby on his weight, not his age. If other symptoms accompany the fever (such as rash, consistent vomiting, lethargy for

several hours, constant crying or a bad smell to the urine), consult your pediatrician as soon as possible.

10) Hold off on the grains until after 7 months old. Research says that children who are given cereal grains at 3 months are at a higher risk for celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder triggered by a food allergy to wheat gluten.

11) Swaddle. Numerous studies show swaddling can reduce excessive crying and may prevent SIDS. How tightly should you swaddle? Just tight enough so Baby can’t wiggle his arms and legs.

15) Breastfeed, but be easy on yourself. New moms have enough stress on themselves when a baby comes into the world. Don’t stress out about breastfeeding your baby because it will reduce your milk supply, and Baby will be stressed if you’re stressed. Aim to breastfeed for six months to one year, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make it. Baby needs you to be happy! Melanie Arden is a mother and freelance writer.

12) Babies want to communicate. Even if your baby has perfect hearing, simple sign language symbols may be beneficial to you both, and one study shows that babies who learn to sign can actually up their IQ. Experts now recommend using sign language with infants as young as 6 months old, although Baby may not respond to it until 16 months.

13) Get the lead out. If you’re living in an older home, there may be a significant amount of paint, dust, soil and plumbing containing lead. The AAP recommends parents with children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years work to identify possible lead sources in their homes and at da ycare since high levels of lead in the blood can cause serious health problems.

14) Involve yourself with the baby. The number of hours Mom or Dad spends with the baby makes little difference to his intellectual or social development — what DOES matter is your interaction with Baby. Engage with him often.

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HELP FOR TEETHING BABIES He’s got drool running down his chin. He’s cranky. He won’t eat. There’s a possibility he’s teething. If he is, here are some tips to help him out: • Dry the drool. Sometimes, continuous drool can lead to irritation around the bottom lip and chin. • Try a teether. Some teethers are wonderful for soothing the pain — just be sure he’s not

chewing on it so much that it starts to fall apart. If storebought teethers don’t work, try a cold, wet rag. • If Baby’s eating solids, opt for frozen fruit. There are handy packets available for serving mashed fruits. • Consider a dose of infant pain medicine. This can help with the irritation as well as any fever that may arise from teething. If in doubt, consult your prediatrician.


ou talked and cooed to your little one while you were pregnant and now that he’s here, don’t stop! It’s vitally important for the both of you to keep a bond strong, says Williams Sears, M.D., author of The Portable Pediatrician and more. “Bonding is really a continuation of the relationship that began during pregnancy, strengthened by the constant awareness of a growing life inside you. Birth cements this bond and gives it reality.”

How to strengthen bonds with Baby: Once you deliver, ask to have Baby handed to you immediately. • Try to breastfeed as soon as you can. • Touch your baby and provide skin-to-skin contact often. • Look at Baby. He may only be able to see eight to 10 inches away, but give him something to look at anyway. • Talk to Baby. The sound of your voice may be the very thing that calms him down. Source: The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Little, Brown and Company; 2013)

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Suck reflex. If Baby’s not taking the bottle, try rubbing the nipple against the roof of his mouth. This will cause him to suck. Babies also have a hand-to-mouth reflex that goes with rooting and sucking, so they may suck on fingers or hands. Moro reflex. Often called a startle reflex because it usually occurs when Baby is startled by a loud sound or movement. This reflex lasts about five to six months.

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Tonic neck reflex. When a baby’s head is turned to one side, the arm on that side stretches out and the opposite arm bends up at the elbow. This is often called the “fencing” position. The tonic neck reflex lasts about six to seven months. Grasp reflex. Stroking the palm of a baby’s hand causes him to close his fingers in a grasp. The grasp reflex lasts only a couple of months and is stronger in premature babies.

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Babinski reflex. If you stroke the bottom of Baby’s foot, the big toe bends back toward the top of the foot and the other toes fan out — a normal reflex up to about 2 years of age. Step reflex. Also called the walking or dance reflex because Baby appears to take steps or dance when held upright with his feet touching a solid surface. Source: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt;

AGE GUIDELINES The best type of thermometer — or the best place to insert the thermometer, in some cases — depends on your child’s age. Birth to 3 months. Use a regular digital thermometer to take a rectal temperature. 3 months to 4 years. While taking a rectal temperature may provide the best readings for children up to age 3, you may also take an armpit temperature with a digital thermometer, a temporal artery thermometer or a digital pacifier thermometer. However, it’s advised that you wait until Baby’s at least 6 months old to use a digital ear thermometer. If you’re unsure of the results with any thermometer, take a rectal temperature. 4 years and older. By this time, most kids can hold a digital thermometer under the tongue, but you can take an armpit temperature, use a temporal artery thermometer or a digital ear thermometer.


You’ll want to have a thermometer on hand at all times because you never know when Baby will run a temperature. Here are the types of thermometers found in stores today: Digital thermometers. These use electronic heat sensors to record body temperature and can be used in the rectum, mouth or armpit. Digital ear thermometers (tympanic membrane). These use an infrared ray to measure the temperature inside the ear canal. However, earwax or a small, curved ear canal can interfere with it’s reading. Digital pacifier thermometer. Your child simply sucks on the pacifier until the peak temperature’s recorded. Temporal artery thermometers. These use an infrared scanner to measure the temperature of the temporal artery in the forehead.

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Unplug during meals and at other family events Keep technology out of bedrooms insist on daily physical activity for all

so-called “balance” Cell Phone Mischief: how to shut it down brainstorm digital alternatives. Parents and kids who have become overly attached to their digital lives may feel anxiety — or even hostility — if you ask them to unplug. Be prepared with engaging, ageappropriate alternatives such as puzzles, magic tricks, board games, crafts and books for reading aloud. Consider handson hobbies such as cooking or gardening. ore our o uni or find a vo unteer project you can do as a family.

digital vacation. A growing number of resorts are making a virtue out of freedom from WIFI, TV and even phones. Of course, your family can get similar results for much less money by going camping (even in the backyard), renting a nearby cabin that’s out of WIFI range or booking a vacation at a working farm. (Check out ideas at or The point of these exercises isn’t to demonize technology, still, you and your kids are most likely to achieve digital balance if you take periodic breaks and ask fundamental questions: What are we doing with technology in our family? Is it improving our relationships? Is it crowding out things that matter? Teaching kids to pause every no and en o as oug u re e ive questions about technology is probably the best way to be sure that its long-term role in their lives will be constructive and enriching.

Cell phones present unique challenges for parents. In a wired world, they seem essential for keeping kids safe and connected, but they also make it much harder for parents to monitor who they’re talking to and what apps and media they’re using. Without supervision, kids are likely to get into mischief. At the very least, cell phones allow kids to make and remake plans so fast parents can’t keep up. More seriously, they allow kids to elude bedtime, drive while distracted and sidestep family rules about entertainment that involves pornography and violence. At their worst, cell phones make it much, much easier to distribute nude photos or violent video clips, cheat on tests, trash friends and locate parties where drugs and alcohol are available. In response to problems like these, all major phone companies offer parental control options—sometimes for an additional fee of about $5 a month. (To find out what your cell phone company offers, go to its website and type in “parental controls”). All kids don’t need all options, and all options don’t work on all phones, so parents have to do their homework. Here are questions you’ll want to ask:


Now that babies have their own apps such as iPacifier (, it’s no wonder little kids want cell phones. Parents have to decide when and whether a child can handle the responsibility. The first question, of course, is whether he can keep track of stuff. No one needs the headaches created by a lost or stolen cell phone. In most households, a cell phone starts to feel like a necessity around middle school when children start to have independent activities — and need transportation. Before putting a phone in the hands of a pre-teen, though, be sure he understands rules about

acceptable use. If a child uses a phone to harass someone, cheat on school work, distribute sexual photographs or break other household rules, phone privileges are revoked. No discussion.


Just because a child has a cell phone doesn’t mean he should talk or text with anyone and everyone who calls. Take advantage of parental controls that allow you to block some numbers and approve others.


Parental controls also allow you to decide when your child’s able to call or text. If your child’s school has a no cell phone policy, help them enforce it by making the phone inactive during school hours. In some cases, the only way to be sure a child gets a full night’s sleep is to turn the phone off at bedtime. Be sure the phone can still be used to call 911 even when these controls are in place.


Most phones now include GPS technology that allows parents to “track” their kids and also to create dead zones where the phone can’t be used. Many experts feel this level of surveillance is counter productive — unless a child repeatedly breaks your rules. Parents should be more concerned about new apps like Foursquare that allow kids to broadcast their whereabouts to friends and potentially to predators. These should be off limits for younger teens. Because cell phones quickly become an extension of the child, parents need to establish more mundane rules about where the phone can be used. These rules will vary from family to family with one exception. Teens should NEVER use a cell phone while driving.

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Plugged in Much? monitoring screen time


echnology’s a bigger part of children’s day-to-day lives than it ever was when parents were young, and with children accessing technology from an earlier age they need to be screen smart from the start. Just as children need a moderate diet of food, they need a moderate media diet. Healthy habits need to develop from when they’re little. Media does not help children with self-regulation, instead, it pulls a child’s attention away from itself and hands it over to whatever is on the screen. While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of all media on a child’s developing brain, it makes sense to pay attention and recognize when enough screen time is enough.


This is the time most kids discover the joy of games, apps and programs. Enjoy the multimedia devices with them. Ask questions while you look over their shoulder or pause the game while you watch it together. Set limits early and be consistent. Plan what your child views, plays or uses. Be the parent — this sometimes means making unpopular decisions. Value family meals and car rides. This is a conversation rich time. Don’t let small screens regularly steal this.

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• SET AN EXAMPLE. Children notice if you don’t walk the talk. Balance your media usage and don’t allow smartphones and tablets to be a habit. Associations and routines develop quickly for children.

Children in this age group can access media for themselves and it gets harder for parents to navigate this age as they get older — there is more need for limits and discipline. Think a ou e end oin se fi ers or age a ro ria eness su as e a i fi ers YouTube videos. Use a timer — games are designed to be played for long periods of time. More points: Set school day rules so kids know what’s expected of them, and practice what you preach — children of this age are very aware of fairness. This is an important age to model good behavior with media yourself.


Help children make quality choices and critically evaluate apps and programs for themselves. This is a life skill which will transfer beyond multimedia tasks. Provide alternatives. Rather than saying no for content which is not age appropriate help them find sui a e edia on en sear ing media review sites for popular games, videos and apps. Crack down on multitasking. Encourage children to focus on the task at hand and use individual devices respectfully. Carolyn Jabs is a freelance writer who has specialized in writing about technology for 15 years.

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• SET FAMILY RULES. These allow children to develop balanced coping skills. Media and technology have become a part of how our children socialize, and they need us to help them figure out what is responsible behavior.

• TALK TO OTHER PARENTS. Learning how other moms and dads manage their screen lives can help you in the development of your family rules — and in knowing whether or not you want your child to play at someone’s home or not. • IS IT AGE APPROPRIATE? Consult app and game reviews for guidance if you are unsure of content suitability. • QUALITY AND QUANTITY MATTER. There are thousands of apps available for children. Choose wisely to separate the mindful from the mindless. • MONITOR, MONITOR, MONITOR The better informed you are about what your kids are doing, the better your conversations with them will be. Know where they go online, who they talk to, what apps they play. YOU are in charge!

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A worrisome number of teens are using Adderall to get ahead in school. With more and more kids on meds for ADHD, that number seems destined to rise in the name of keeping up.


ccording to a 2012 University of Michigan poll, roughly 10 percent of high school seniors reported using Adderall or Ritalin — drugs commonly res ri ed or A en ion efi i Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). What’s more, Adderall use is on the rise among 12th graders, increasing more than 1 percent from 2011. High school seniors feel the pressure to compete

for coveted slots at prestigious universities and vie for limited scholarships. And they believe that these stimulants give them the boost to set themselves apart or even just to stay in the game. “Teens feel the need to take prescription stimulants just to compete,” says Daniel Bober, M.D., a psychiatrist and assistant clinical professor at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn. Overachieving parents may even be in on the act. “They

come in, saying they want their teens on some kind of stimulant medication simply because many of their child’s classmates are taking it,” Bober says. Prescription stimulants are legitimately prescribed for patients with ADHD. But, there’s a widespread perception that these stimulants can help everyone pull all-nighters and hyper-focus during high-stakes tests like the ACT or SAT. Not true, says Joe Austerman, D.O., head of Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. “These medications work well if you have ADHD, but they actually don’t work very well if you don’t,” he says.

Good-Grade Pills? People with ADHD typically don’t produce enough dopamine, which can lead to distractedness and impulsivity, the hallmarks of the condition. That can impact many of the activities required for success in school, including organization, planning, time management and self-regulation. Stimulant medication makes u or e defi i a o ing s udents with ADHD to perform as well as their non-ADHD peers. “It helps 70 - 80 percent of the time in kids and about 70 percent of the time in adults,” Austerman says. “That’s a really high response rate.” Teens without ADHD have su fi ien do a ine i out a medical reason to take a prescription stimulant, the positive results they get won’t last or weren’t real to begin with. “Stimulant drugs actually diminish a teen’s ability to focus over time,” says Lora Brown, M.D., edi a dire or o e A UP! Campaign, in St. Petersburg, Fla., an initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse among teens and communities. In part, that’s because the side effects of stimulants, which include sleeplessness, can interfere with academics. But, there’s also a placebo effect here.

“People think when they take these medications, they’re doing better,” Austerman explains. “But, research shows that people who don’t have ADHD don’t do any better grade-wise, and they don’t do any better test-taking wise.”

Worrisome Side Effects a s ore ere are ver rea side effects of taking stimulants, even for those with ADHD. These include agitation, irritability, weight loss and sleeplessness. Long-term use can also lead to dependence. “Some teens can become addi ed e firs i e e a e a prescription stimulant. Others can take a drug for a year before having problems,” says Brown. i e os eens on e o e physically addicted at all, the drugs can still mess with their heads. en eens use edi a ion and get a much better result on an exam, they credit the medication and think they can’t study without the meds,” says evin o er s an a ade i urn around specialist and author of Mirrors, Dreamers and Risk Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD (Hazelden; 2012). In rare cases, the misuse of stimulant drugs may cause sudden cardiac death in those with a pre-existing heart condition. A 2010 study in the journal, Circulation, found that screening children diagnosed with ADHD for heart problems with an electrocardiogram before prescribing drugs i e Addera or i a in i prevent 13 deaths from sudden cardiac death per 400,000 kids older than 10 years. Of course, teens who misuse stimulants aren’t evaluated for potentially lethal heart problems.

Say No to Doping eens o en ge Addera or i alin from friends diagnosed with an ADHD diagnosis who sell or give away their pills. Brown urges parents to watch for signs of

prescription stimulant abuse. “Most parents don’t think the problem applies to their kid,” Brown says. Is your teen suddenly pulling all-nighters? Have his grades shot up or down? Other common stimulant side effects to watch for include stomach upset, loss of appetite, insomnia and mild anxiety. If you suspect your teen is using, call your pediatrician for a referral to an addiction specialist. If your teen has ADHD, does he suddenly have his own money? Talk to your teen about the importance of taking his medication as prescribed and the dangers and illegality of supplying a controlled substance to others. Similarly, don’t pressure your doctor for a prescription. Physicians are being urged not to give in to parents seeking a prescription for stimulant medication for their non-ADHD teens. “In our society, we tell people they have to be number one at all costs. But it’s not safe to put your teen in a position to abuse a medication,” says Bober. Austerman agrees, adding that when teenagers (and parents) arrive in his o fi e as ing or s i u an s i s rarely ADHD that’s the problem. a s a ening is e eenagers are fi ing u eir a es oo much. They are overscheduled with academic and extracurricular activities, and now they also have this college pressure. So, their anxiety is increasing, and when your anxiety increases, your ability to concentrate goes down. They mislabel the anxiety and stress as ADHD and want to use medication to get back on track, instead of cutting back. That’s one of the hardest things to do, and most of the time, that pressure’s coming from the parents, not the student.” Sandra Gordon is a freelance writer for this publication.

DIAGNOSING ADHD ON THE RISE Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration have published a study, Trends in the Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosed and Medicated ADHD: United States, 2003 - 2011, which reveals these key findings as reported by parents: More than 1 in 10 (11 percent) U.S. schoolaged children received an ADHD diagnosis by a health-care provider by 2011. • 1 in 5 high school boys • 1 in 11 high school girls

The percentage of U.S. children 4 - 17 years old with an ADHD diagnosis by a health-care provider continues to increase. • A history of ADHD diagnosis by a health-care provider increased by 42 percent between 2003 and 2011. The average annual increase was approximately 5 percent per year.

The percentage of children 4 - 17 years old taking medication for ADHD increased by 28 percent between 2007 and 2011. • Percentage of children taking medication for ADHD was 4.8 percent in 2007 and 6.1 percent in 2011. The average annual increase was approximately 7 percent per year.

The number of U.S. families impacted by ADHD continues to increase. • By 2011, 3.5 million children were reported by their parents to be taking medication for ADHD compared to 2.5 million in 2003. Source: CDC;

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hildren can learn character-building lessons and make lifelong friends at summer camp according to experts and campers alike. “Summer camp’s a place where children can learn social skills, autonomy, cooperation, how to follow rules and how to think independently. They have a chance to socialize with others who may be of different backgrounds. They make friends and learn to offer assistance to each other,” says Rossi Davis, Psy.D., psychotherapist and licensed professional counselor. Davis explains that children can learn from their camp experience and activities to take initiative, to offer help to others and how to follow adult directives. “It teaches trust, honesty and socialization. Summer camp activities also can reinforce in children leadership, extroversion, ingenuity and taskoriented behaviors,” she says. Successful business woman Marian H. Gordon agrees. “Sleepaway camp had a profound effect on me. I’m 55 years old and still friends with the ‘girls’ that were

in my bunk and who were on my color war team, etc. We try to meet for dinner once every other month,” says Gordon. “Camp not only taught me how to play sports, but also gave me the freedom to sing at the top of my lungs (even though I couldn’t hold a note) without criticism or ridicule. It taught me that it was o argue and fig as ong as you made up afterward and that friends will be friends no matter what. Some of our lives have been rockier than others, but we’ve always been there for each other. Camp also provided freedom — of self, body and mind,” Gordon explains.

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SERVING SPECIAL NEEDS Some summer camps help their specialized population have fun and learn about their special needs. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is a college at Rochester Institute of Technology with 1,500 deaf/ hard-of-hearing students from around the United States and beyond. However, in the summer, the college runs three different camps where middle and high school students with hearing loss can come to the campus to explore possible career opportunities. The biggest camp is Explore Your Future (EYF). “We usually

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have more than 200 students over two weeks come to see whether they like to work in a laboratory or kitchen or work on a computer or build a robot. That will help them know what possible majors to take in college,” explains Greg Livadas, director of media relations at NTID. Not only do they learn about themselves, they also meet some peers and make lasting friendships. “Forty years ago when NTID started, 85 percent of students came from schools for the deaf. Today, 60 - 70 percent of our students are coming from schools where they’re the only deaf student. They can feel isolated and have few friends. So this experience also allows them to be themselves and meet others like them,” Livadas says. Other camps, such as The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc., which hosts summer camps for children with diabetes, help kids learn to cope and thrive with their health issues. “In addition to social skills, children with diabetes learn to manage their disease. And being with other kids with diabetes, they learn that they are not alone,” explains Dave Kowal, chair of The Barton Center.

BRIGHT FUTURES Jill Tipograph, is the founder and director of Everything Summer, an inde enden onsu an fir that helps parents select camp experiences for their children. “Summer camp provides a child a strong foundation that helps them develop positively as youth into young adults,” Tipograph says. Now’s the time to start looking into what kind of summer adventure your child will experience and remember for a lifetime. Turn to page 57 for our Camps and Summer Activities Directory.

Lisa B. Samalonis is a health and family writer.

A Peek Inside a Few Local Day Camps


xperiencing the outdoors helps children gain enhanced abilities to learn, lead and experience contentment, as well as a life-long admiration for and desire to protect Earth. Plenty of today’s children don’t know the pleasures of hiking through the woods, turning over rocks in sear o ra fis or ea ing into a watering hole. Fortunately, Middle Tennessee is loaded with great day camps that offer kids the chance to be outdoors for a little mucking around. We spoke with a random handful of local day camps that focus most activities outside. Rain or shine, day campers love getting up close and personal with animals and creatures, creek play and more. Camp Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp, located in Williamson County’s Fernvale Valley, offers several of those activities. “We’ve been a Nashville tradition for 39 years,”says Shanelle Lambert, executive director of the camp. “Kids get to choose four ‘interest groups’ each day including crawdad-catching, ani a en oun ers fis ing archaeology, canoeing, climbing, rappelling and more.” At Camp Idyllwild, a natureoriented day camp situated on 30 acres in Duck River, Tenn., co-camp directors Eric and Suzanne Ward work to engage their summer campers in good, clean fun outdoors without the worry of getting dirty! This summer Idyllwild will introduce a “ginormous”dirt pile so kids can dig, make tunnels and play, “because getting dirty is a childhood privilege!” Suzanne Ward says. Some kids just want to be on the lake. YMCA Camp

Widjiwagan at the Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center on Percy Priest Lake in Nashville offers one of the largest day camps where waterfront activities include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and more. Getting to be a part of what the great outdoors has to offer builds a desire for more of the same in kids — and that’s good, wholesome fun. If you’re a horse lover though, or would like your child to ride, Peachtree Farms puts kids face-to-face with a pony or horse. Kids will do grooming, saddling and plenty of riding out in the sunshine on the horse farm owned by Polly Grammar, the camp’s director. A relatively new day camp (this will be the second year) can be found at Tap Root Farm in Franklin. Situated on a 300acre cattle operation, “campers learn about nature and farm foods from blueberries to honeybees,”says Susan Ingraham resident “director of fun”at Tap Root.




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Camp Manitowa 12770 N. Benton Road, Benton, IL •


Camp Manitowa is a traditional sleepaway camp located on 20,000 acre Rend Lake in beautiful southern Illinois. We offer a variety of activities including water skiing, horseback riding, sports, and ziplining. We are small by design and provide the best customer service in the business.

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Camp Woodmont 381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA • Expanded listing at


Camp Woodmont is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, Camp Woodmont features horseback riding, high ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. Open House May 18, 2 - 5 p.m.

Deer Run Camps and Retreats – Overnight Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station • Expanded listing at


Deeper faith. Greater adventures. One- and two-week camps impacting campers through growth in faith, character, respect, and leadership. Each camp week is an exciting, well-planned, outdoor summer experience that creates positive lifetime memories. Sessions: Preteens (grades 3 - 5), Middle School (grades 6 - 8), and High School (grades 9 - 12). Over 100 acres of wooded property with new facilities, a lake, creek, and numerous outdoor recreation options including horseback riding, climbing tower, paintball, archery, crazy games, lake activities, and low or high ropes. Each day includes age-appropriate small group Bible study plus a nightly speaker and worship. Campers receive a camp themed t-shirt and DVD of their camp week. Discounts and monthly payments available.

Horton Haven Christian Camp 3711 Reed Harris Road, Chapel Hill Expanded listing at


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

Riverview Camp for Girls 757 CR 614, Mentone, AL • Expanded listing at


A traditional Christian summer camp for girls located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, AL. Riverview offers both one-and two-week options for girls ages 6 - 16. Activities include: horseback riding, ropes course, canoeing, swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, archery, golf, and more. Accredited by the American Camping Association.

TPGA Junior Golf Academy 400 Franklin Road, Franklin • Expanded listing at


The TPGA Junior Golf Academy is an overnight camp for ages 10 - 17. Located at Golf House TN Learning Center, the Academy is for players of all ability levels. The Golf House TN Learning Center also offers day clinics for ages 4 - 17.

Watauga Arts Academy Austin Peay State University, Clarksville • Expanded listing at


Watauga Arts Academy is a summer arts camp for students having completed grades 9 - 12. Watauga’s inaugural session will be Jun. 8 - 21. Offerings include: art (drawing and animation, multimedia performance, printmaking, digital photography, and web design); dance (ballet, jazz, modern, choreography); music (band, choir, orchestra, jazz, classes/lessons - instrumental, vocal, composition, guitar, piano); theater (acting, musical theater, stage combat, costumes, set, lighting and sound, stage management). We hope you’ll join us!

YMCA Camp Ocoee 111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee • Expanded listing at


Located in the mountains of southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7 - 17. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp outs, and more.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch • Expanded listing at


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

Local Day Camps Camp Idyllwild 3139 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River • Expanded listing at


Thank you for voting us one of your favorite day camps yet again. Offering a nature-focused day camp experience for children age 5 (rising K) - 13. Secluded, rural 30-acre property with two spring-fed creeks, wooded hiking paths, and plenty of activities. Wholesome and organic snacks, t-shirt, and round-trip transportation provided. Transportation space is limited. Early registration discount available until Mar. 1.

Camp Invention Expanded listing at


We’re building the future, one thinker at a time. Camp Invention unlocks your child’s potential through an exciting, hands-on, interactive curriculum. Each day, campers work in teams as they rotate between four thematic modules. Groups are motivated to develop solutions to real-world problems, and by the end of one inspiring week, your child has gained confidence, friendships and essential 21st Century skills that will last a lifetime. Located nationwide. Call or visit our website for more information!

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Deer Run Camps and Retreats – Day Camps 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station • Expanded listing at


Deeper faith. Greater adventures. Impacting campers through growth in faith, character, respect, and leadership. Voted best day camp. Day Camps (grades K - 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6 - 8). Over 100 acres of wooded property with new facilities, a lake, creek, and numerous outdoor recreation options including lake activities, skits, crazy games, wiffle ball, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, fun songs, and interactive age-graded small group Bible study. Adventure camps also include 3-D archery, outdoor education and survival skills, Leap of Faith, paintball, and tree climbing with ropes and harnesses. Campers receive a camp themed t-shirt and DVD of their camp week. Discounts and monthly payments plus extended care and bus transportation options available.

Harding Academy Summer Programs 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville • Expanded listing at


Harding offers one-week long day camps for children 3 yrs. - grade 8. Camp favorites include ZB Land, Boxfest, Wet Wild and Wacky, Mr. Bond’s Space, Little Scholars Creative Builders, Filmmakers Workshop, theater camps, and our athletic offerings. Camps run Jun. 2 - 27 and Jul. 7 - 25. For a full list of camps offered visit us online.

Let it Shine Gymnastics 1892 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin Expanded listing at •


We offer a super funtastic summer camp. Ages 3 - 12. Camp is 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with extended care available from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids will have a funtastic time on our trampolines, zip line, rocket blaster, star castle and rock wall, as well as participating in volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, swimming and gymnastics.

Mr. Bond Science Camps 10 area locations

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Science Camps with Mr. Bond and the Science Guys! We make science fun, cool, and easy! Our science camps are hands-on, educational, and are great for kids ages 5 - 12. Themes include: CSI-Nashville, Space Camp, Fun with Physics, Crazy Chemistry, and Bizarre Science. Making science fun for kids in Middle Tennessee for well over 15 years.

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New Frontiers 3939 Snowhill Road, Dowelltown Expanded listing at


Nestled among the hills just 60 miles east of Nashville rests an adventure programming facility that rivals almost any other place like it in the United States. We utilize challenge courses, camping, paintball, canoeing, and other outdoor pursuits to fight apathy, to prepare students to face life with strength and direction, and to challenge people to think strategically, communicate directly, and live intentionally.

Tap Root Farm 4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin

Children will learn about farm life… where real food comes from and how it grows. They will work with large and small animals, understanding what it takes and how to care for them. Campers will be a member of a farm family team in which they will have responsibilities. Camp is about young people taking an opportunity to get back in touch with themselves.

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Under the Oaks summer program, an outreach of Oak Hill School, promises to provide elementary and early middle school-age children unique experiences both in and out of the classroom. Summer offerings include academic, athletic, and enrichment sessions. Full-day camp schedule is available for campers of all ages. Early care, lunch, and drop-off transportation is also available.

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Under The Oaks Summer Program - Oak Hill School 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville • Expanded listing at

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

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview • Expanded listing at


Voted one of Nashville’s best summer camps! Located in beautiful Williamson County, our campers get to choose their own activities. Daily activities include arts and crafts, zipline, rapelling and rock climbing, archery, swimming, gardening, horseback riding, and more. Providing a safe and fun environment for campers rising grades 1 - 10. Bus transportation provided from various locations.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch • Expanded listing at


Voted #1 day camp by Nashville Parent magazine readers 15 years in a row! Serving boys and girls rising grade 1 - grade 8. Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from downtown Nashville. Bus transportation is available. Activities include: water skiing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, To Sawyer swing, The Blob, Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hockey, alpine tower, zip line, fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more.

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ACT Too Players 230 Franklin Road, Franklin


Relocating to a new, larger facility in February. Act Too Players is currently enrolling for our 2014 spring semester. This spring we are offering full productions of Once Upon a Mattress, Princess and the Pea, and Company. In addition to our full production classes we also offer the best technique classes including acting, dance, voice, improv, costumes, and puppetry – all at our new location!

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Bolton Music Therapy and Music Together® Serving All of Middle Tennessee • Expanded listing at


Music learning supports all learning! Achieve developmental goals through individual or group music therapy sessions. Learn to play guitar, piano, or ukulele (adapted lessons offered for children with special needs). Make music with your family in our developmentally appropriate and research-based Music Together® classes 615-419-1089 for children ages birth to 5 yrs., with or without disabilities. Come try a class for free - semester starts soon! Homeschool music classes and musical birthday party bookings also available. Highway 96 Arrington, Tennessee

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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 inflatable including our exclusive 18 ft. Spider Climb with an 18 ft. Mountain Slide, Dodge Ball City and 38 ft. obstacle course.

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Make learning fun at Cheekwood! Cheekwood offers a variety of classes in art, horticulture, pottery, and more. Classes offered year-round for all ages. If you would like a complete listing of youth and adult classes, call or visit our website. Only at Cheekwood.

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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.

Elite Martial Arts 6940 Moores Lane, Brentwood, Expanded listing at


For over ten years, we have helped kids, teens, and adults become stronger, safer versions of themselves by teaching a mixed curriculum of Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga in fun and age appropriate classes. In addition to our kids and adult MMA classes, we also offer Fighting Shape, a cardio-heavy, insanity-style class that incorporates kickboxing and runs from October through Thanksgiving. Call today!

Enrichment and athletic offerings morning and afternoon sessions

Harding offers one-week long day camps for children 3 years through grade 8. Camp favorites include ZB Land, Boxfest, Wet Wild and Wacky, Mr. Bond’s Space, Little Scholars Creative Builders, Filmmakers Workshop, theater camps and our athletic offerings. For a full list of camps offered visit us online! Contact Amanda Millikan at and click on Summer Programs

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Gracie Barra leads the world in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. BJJ is the fastest growing martial art. Practitioners develop highly effective self-defense techniques, incorporate full body functional fitness (cardio, agility, strength conditioning, flexibility), and develop a sense of community with other practitioners. It’s the most effective martial art in the world, more mentally stimulating than chess. Ideal for all ages.

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At Gymboree Play & Music, you and your child will build creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships. Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. Our classes also help you learn about your child – how to participate in and encourage his or her development – while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together.

Hoppity Hop Inflatables 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville 265-8020 Expanded listing at Let your kids hop, skip and bounce! Check out our new bounces. Hoppity Hop has open bounces, Parent’s Night Out, and more. Great birthday parties, too. Check the web for more info.

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Offering fun, instructional sports classes for kids ages 2 - 6. Whether their first experience in sports, or they’ve already played in organized leagues, the Lil Sports Academy teaches young children fundamental techniques and game situations in an age-appropriate way that builds confidence and is fun. Class sizes are small, with a maximum six children per instructor, so that each child receives plenty of individual attention and instruction in order to learn the skills necessary to succeed in competitive leagues and teams.

Mobile Music Academy • 301-8589 Expanded listing at We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers to you. Lessons for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral.

Mpact Sports 1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood 377-3444 Expanded listing at 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.

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COOL SPRINGS 4115 Mallory Ln, Franklin (615) 628-8591 796-6162 Expanded listing at Bolton Music Therapy is now offering Music Together®, an early childhood music program for children ages birth to five years. Our mixed-age, inclusive classes provide a rich, active music making experience. Each family receives a songbook and two recordings each semester. Contact us to attend a free demo class! Please call for locations or visit our website.

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My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville • Expanded listing at

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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.

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five children’s theaters by Time magazine. NCT presents age-appropriate plays from the classics to contemporary. Saturday and Summer drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For a complete listing of the 2014 season or for more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

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Our classes are total yoga fun for boys and girls of all ages. We incorporate the use of animated poses, props, music, art, games, and storytelling combined with the imagination to help stimulate their senses as well as stretch and strengthen their developing bodies. We offer Kids Yoga, Tween & Teen Yoga, Toddler Storytime, Mommy & Me Yoga, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, private and semi-private sessions, birthday/pajama parties, and family yoga. See you on your mat!

School of Nashville Ballet 3630 Redmon St., Nashville 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood Expanded listing at

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

Stevens Family Taekwondo 440 Rice Street, Murfreesboro 805 Commercial Court, Murfreesboro • Expanded listing at


Now enrolling for fall after-school program. Offering day and evening classes for children and adults. Classes include traditional taekwondo, yoga, cardio kickboxing, Krav Maga and tumbling. Home of the area’s only structured Martial Arts After School Program.

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SuperSkills USA is a soccer training program designed to help any player between the ages of 5 and 18 master how to dribble a soccer ball. We guarantee results. We offer affordable 90 min. weekly training sessions, winter camps, summer camps, and also sponsor 1v1 tournaments.

Sylvan Learning Centers 1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin 2000 Richard Jones Road, Ste. 178, Nashville (Green Hills) 110 Glancy St., Ste. 211, Nashville (Rivergate) 810 Medical Center Blvd., Ste. C, Murfreesboro Expanded listing at

790-8775 292-3900 860-9111 893-3542

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.

Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna • Expanded listing at

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For ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register.

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88 Ongoing Activities Recurring opportunities for all ages.

89 On Stage Local theater shows this month.


Chadderbox Norman Rockwell at the Frist and The Theater Bug’s new show supporting the Special Education Advocacy Center.

Circus Time! The 143rd edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, “Built to Amaze,” comes to Bridgestone Arena Jan. 24 26 for seven performances. The show takes audiences on the journey of what it’s like to create the Greatest Show on Earth, complete with clowns, animals, acrobats, aerial athletes, colorful machinery and more. Tickets are $15 - $100. We are giving away a four-pack of tickets (see page 13). Call 770-2000 or visit Kids can enjoy seeing elephants and other animal acts during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Jan. 24 - 26


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For January events requiring advance registration, visit

Wed 1 FREE 151st Anniversary Programs

Park rangers and volunteers present a variety of talks, walks and battlefield tours telling the story of one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 893-9501 or nps. gov/stri.

Thu 2 FREE 151st Anniversary Programs

Park rangers and volunteers present a variety of talks, walks and battlefield tours telling the story of one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 893-9501 or nps. gov/stri.


Make new year collages. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Nature Nuts

Learn about January moon phases. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300.

Fri 3 Cosmic Bounce Night

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or

Monster Jam

Twelve-feet-tall machines tear up the track and blast over and through obstacles. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25.75 - $52; 770-2000 or

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Enjoy the thrill of big rigs during Monster Jam at Bridgestone Arena, Jan. 3 - 4. Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion instruments while making shakers. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

Sat 4 FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop

Ages 5 - 12 can make a desk calendar from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Find a location near you at

Monster Jam

Twelve-feet-tall, 10,000-pound machines tear up the track and blast over and through obstacles. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25.75 - $52; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Polar Bear Plunge

Ring in the new year by taking a dip in the frigid outdoor pool. The indoor gym features inflatables, games, refreshments and more. All ages. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m.; admission

is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item to benefit Greenhouse Ministries; 895-5040 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Polar Bear Plunge Arctic Fun Run

Participate in a 2.1-mile run walk on the paved outdoor track. All ages. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; admission is a nonperishable food item; 895-5040 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of Othello. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 3 p.m.;

Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 2551422 or

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Tue 7

Abintra Montessori Music Benefit

Knee-High Naturalist: Whoooo’s Calling?

Keb’ Mo’ & Friends featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman take the stage to raise money for Abintra Montessori School. All ages. The Fontanel Studio Gallery, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $75 general admission, $125 VIP; 352-4317 or

Knee-High Naturalist: Whoooo’s Calling?

Preschoolers and parents can meet the resident education owls, enjoy a story and participate in a hands-on activity. Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10/child and adult in advance, $15 at the gate (additional attendees are $7 in advance/$10 at the gate); 370-4672 or

Snack Attack

Make “New Year’s blessing mix” in the kitchen. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Preschoolers and parents can meet the resident education owls, enjoy a story and participate in a hands-on activity. Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10/child and adult in advance, $15 at the gate (additional attendees are $7 in advance/$10 at the gate); 370-4672 or

Museum Minute

Visit the Museum of Art for a toddler-appropriate story/ song and interactive lesson. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10:30 and 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 children); 3568000 or

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the San Jose Sharks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or

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Private School Open Houses

The Covenant School Academic Excellence in Christian Education

Preview Day

Parents of rising Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are invited to meet the Head of School, speak with the teachers and tour the campus.

Thursday, January 9 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. RSVP to Director of Admission, Diana Apple at 467-2313 or Learn more!

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Private School Open Houses

A school that’s about all the possibilities. Every day your children are discovering new things to learn and love. Franklin Road Academy shows them how to turn choices into a life of fulfillment and success. We teach students to


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––– OPEN HOUSE EVENT ––– SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014 Grades PreK3 – 12 Developing scholars with integrity and balance in an inclusive Christian environment for grades PreK3 through 12. For a personal tour of the campus, please call (615) 369-4488.

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The name of Jesus is praised every day. Graduates are highly sought after and annually offered millions of dollars in college scholarships. Championship athletic teams and award winning fine arts programs channel and refine energy and creativity. Students learn in a state-of-the-art environment with the latest in technological support. Each student learns God’s purpose for his or her life and feels the support of a caring faculty. Every day is a FAMILY REUNION!

Come and see what Goodpasture Christian School can offer your family. Join us… … at Admissions Preview Day, January 26, 2014 at 1 PM, any Tuesday morning between Jan. 14, 2014 and April 1 for a tour, or call 868-2600, ext 212 to set up your individualized tour today.

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For January events requiring advance registration, visit

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All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or

Harlem Globetrotters

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters bring their dazzling basketball skills to Music City. An additional $24 Magic Pass gets you an interactive experience with the Globetrotters prior to the game (5:30 - 6 p.m.). All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $17 - $115; 8626390 or


High school students can hang with friends and participate in activities in the Martin ArtQuest gallery along with exploring the exhibits. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; free with high school ID; 244-3340 or

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Is your family brave enough to jump into the ice-cold water in the Sports*Com outdoor pool during the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 4? Science a la Carte

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Silly Snowman

Preschoolers and parents can visit the studio to make a snowman craft. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 children); 3568000 or

Wed 8 Animal Antics

Meet the resident ferret. All

ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Jeff Dunham

Comedian Jeff Dunham and his zany cast of characters kick off the winter leg of their “Disorderly Conduct” world tour in Music City. Ages 14 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $51; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

FREE Kid’s Hour

Dennis Scott performs music for children ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or

Thu 9 Crafternoon

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

Nature Nuts

Learn about animal feeding. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Anaheim Ducks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or

Learn about percussion while playing tambourines. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or


Learn how to operate puppets and put on puppet shows. Ages 8 - 15. The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.; $40; 867-7244 or

Fri 10 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Guerrero Conducts Mahler

Guest cellist Julie Albers joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music featuring Mahler’s Seventh Symphony and Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $23 - $138; 687-6400 or

Sat 11 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Guerrero Conducts Mahler

Guest cellist Julie Albers joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music featuring Mahler’s Seventh Symphony and Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $23 - $138; 687-6400 or

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Ottowa Senators. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or (please turn the page)

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Families can travel back in time and learn how people communicated in the olden days by touring a print shop, telephone museum and radio building, then enjoy live music in the evening. All ages. Fiddler’s Grove, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 4 - 9 p.m.; 443-2626 or

Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 2551422 or

Sun 12 Exhibit Opening

Wedding Dresses Through the Decades explores dresses worn by women from both Murfreesboro and around the country. The exhibit is on display in Maney Hall through Sunday, March 2. Hours are Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m. All ages. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; $5; 893-0022 or

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or

Mon 13 Snack Attack

Make chocolate pretzel treats. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

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Tue 14 FREE La Leche League of Rutherford County

New and expectant moms can get support and answers about breastfeeding. Crossway Baptist Church, 4194 Shelbyville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 931308-9817 or

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Calgary Flames. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or

Science a la Carte

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Culinary Creations

Preschoolers and parents can make their favorite “food” out of art materials. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 children); 3568000 or

Wed 15 Animal Antics

Meet the resident hedgehog. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

FREE Kid’s Hour

Local children’s entertainer Ginger Sands performs an interactive music program for kids ages 10 and younger this morning in the Community Room. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660 or

FREE Telescope Clinic

Bring your telescope and members of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society (BSAS) will

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Kids can have fun with the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday, Jan. 10. show you how to use it. You can also see different models BSAS has set up. Ages 8 and older. Cumberland Valley Girl Scouts Office, 4522 Granny White Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 300-3044 or bsasnashville. com.

Thu 16 Crafternoon

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

FREE Home School Group

Homeschoolers can read and discuss the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Ages 7 - 12. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 4521722 or

Nature Nuts

Learn fun facts about owls. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Fri 17 Bank of America Pops Series: Roberta Flack

Music legend Roberta Flack joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of songs blending soul, folk, jazz and pop. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $54 - $138; 687-6400 or

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Intrigued? Adults are invited to be students and enjoy classes the Waldorf Way.

Experience Waldorf Day Saturday, January 18 • 8:45 AM Free and Open to the Public. Spaces are Limited. Call Today! 615-354-0270 ext 31

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Cosmic Bounce Night

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while playing parade drums. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Sat 18 Bank of America Pops Series: Roberta Flack

Music legend Roberta Flack joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of songs blending soul, folk, jazz and pop. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $54 - $138; 687-6400 or

Preschoolers can enjoy the Fresh Beat Band at the Grand Ole Opry House on Friday, Jan. 24.

Family Program: Musical Petting Zoo

Bang a drum, strum an autoharp and pick a banjo during this hands-on instrument program complete with instructors to offer guidance. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($22 adults, $14 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 416-2001 or

FREE Music in the Wild

Warm up inside with live music by local artists. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 217-3017 or

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Colorado Avalanche. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or

Sunrise Saturday Bounce


All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 2551422 or

Embark on the StoryWalk along the wooded trails, then visit the Gnome Depot to collect natural materials needed to create a dwelling fit for a fairy. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; $7; 370-4672 or

Sun 19

FREE Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

FREE Artful Tales: A Story in a Magazine

Watch, listen and play along as the work of Norman Rockwell comes to life. Choose a favorite magazine cover, help invent the story behind it and see it recreated with a colorful cast of characters. Afterward, design a Rockwell-inspired cover representing a favorite memory. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 244-3340 or

Learn about letterpress printing while using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images to make your own poster. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.; 416-2001 or

FREE Music for Trumpets and Organ

Adam Hayes, Joel Treybig and the Andrew Risinger Trio perform an afternoon of music. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; 298-9517 or

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Mon 20 FREE MLK Day Celebration

Enjoy free admission to the center for the day and have fun exploring different activities. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 890-2300.

FREE My Gym Brentwood Open House

Enjoy games, relays, puppets, gymnastics, spaceflight, bubbles, giveaways and more. All ages. My Gym, 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 371-5437 or

FREE My Gym Hendersonville Open House

Enjoy games, relays, puppets, gymnastics, spaceflight, bubbles, giveaways and more. All ages. My Gym, 206 Anderson Lane North, Hendersonville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 6 - 7 p.m.; 824-8002 or hendersonville.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Dallas Stars. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400;

Tue 21 Science a la Carte

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Museum Monoprints

Preschoolers and parents can explore decorative details in the Museum of Art, then visit the studio for a printmaking activity. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 children); 356-8000 or (please turn the page)

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Wed 22 Animal Antics

Meet the resident tarantula and scorpion. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Kid’s Hour

Music and movement fun for kids with family entertainer Rachel Sumner this morning in the Community Room. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660 or

Thu 23 Crafternoon

Make MLK giving hands. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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FREE Home School Group

Homeschoolers can read and discuss the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Ages 7 - 12. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 4521722 or

Nashville Boat & Sportshow

Check out the latest in boats, marine accessories and electronics, participate in seminars and enjoy kid-friendly activities like fishing and stand-up paddling. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 2 - 9 p.m.; $9 adults, free ages 15 and younger;

Nature Nuts

Embark on a winter bird hike. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Fri 24 Cosmic Bounce Night

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or cities/

Tots can have fun building with blocks during Lego Play Time at the Gallatin Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Fresh Beat Band

Kids can dance and sing along with their favorite songs from Nickelodeon’s preschool music group when Shout, Twist, Marina and Kiki present their high-energy show. Ages 5 and younger. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $39.50 $45.50;

Kathleen Madigan

Comedienne Kathleen Madigan brings her stand-up show to Music City. Ages 14 and older. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $38.50 - $49; 6876400 or

Nashville Boat & Sportshow

Check out the latest in boats, marine accessories and electronics, participate in seminars and enjoy kid-friendly activities like fishing and stand-up paddling. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12 - 9 p.m.; $9 adults, free ages 15 and younger;

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The Built to Amaze tour is the 143rd edition of the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Enjoy circus performers, elephants, tigers, acrobats, aerialists and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; $15 - $100; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while playing castanets. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Sat 25 FREE Health Fair

Increase your health awareness, learn to make positive behavior changes and get tips for self-care practices. All ages. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

FREE Lego Play Time

Ages 3 and older can get creative and have fun building with Legos. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 4521722 or

Nashville Boat & Sportshow

Check out the latest in boats, marine accessories and electronics, participate in seminars and enjoy kid-friendly activities like fishing and stand-up paddling. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $9 adults, free ages 15 and younger;

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The Built to Amaze tour is the 143rd edition of the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Enjoy circus performers, elephants, tigers, acrobats, aerialists and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; $15 - $100; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 2551422 or cities/

Winter Wagon Hayride & Marshmallow Roast

Hop aboard the hayride then gather around the fire to

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roast a gooey treat. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $3.50; 890-0355 or

Sun 26 Nashville Boat & Sportshow

Check out the latest in boats, marine accessories and electronics, participate in seminars and enjoy kid-friendly activities like fishing and stand-up paddling. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $9 adults, free ages 15 and younger;

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The Built to Amaze tour is the 143rd edition of the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Enjoy circus performers, elephants, tigers, acrobats, aerialists and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 1 and 5 p.m.; $15 - $100; 770-2000 or

Mon 27 Snack Attack

Make and eat stove-top popcorn. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Tue 28 FREE America’s Got Talent Auditions

All ages can show off their talent for a shot of the next season of NBC’s top-rated series. Soundcheck Nashville, 750 Cowan St., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; nashville.

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Cosmic Bounce Night

Predators Hockey

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the New Jersey Devils. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7825 or

Marcus Roberts Trio Celebrates Monk & Coltrane

Southern Invitational Indoor Truck & Tractor Pull

Enjoy an evening of jazz music. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 $115; 687-6400 or

Families can enjoy this indoor motorsports event. All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $15 adults, free ages 10 and younger; 406-0382 or

Families can have fun roasting marshmallows after the Winter Wagon Hayride at Cannonsburgh Village on Saturday, Jan. 25. FREE Bird Club

Search for Tennessee’s winter residents. All ages. Gateway Island, 1875 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 1 p.m.; 2173017 or parks.

Science a la Carte

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Mini Masters

Preschoolers and parents can view the work of local high school students in the Scholastic Art Exhibition then create a mini-masterpiece of their own. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 children); 356-8000 or

Wed 29 Animal Antics

Meet the resident birds. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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FREE Kid’s Hour

Music and movement fun for kids with family entertainer Rachel Sumner this morning in the Community Room. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660 or

FREE Mary Chapin Carpenter

Country artist Mary Chapin Carpenter joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of songs from her debut orchestral record, Songs From the Movie. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $34 - $69; 6876400 or

Thu 30 Crafternoon

Nature Nuts

Learn the truth about groundhogs. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

The Music of Led Zeppelin

A full rock band joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of Led Zeppelin music that includes 18 classic tunes. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $44 - $99; 6876400 or

Fri 31 FREE Chinese New Year 2014

Make MLK giving hands. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Celebrate The Year of the Horse with different activities. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 - 7 p.m.; 8902300 or

FREE Home School Group

FREE Chinese New Year Storytime

Homeschoolers can watch the movie, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Ages 7 - 12. Gallatin Public Library, 123 East Main St., Gallatin; 1 p.m.; 452-1722 or

Celebrate The Year of the Horse with stories and a craft. All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or

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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-a-half 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

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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

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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

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

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FREE Books-A-Million

Bellevue Community Center

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

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).

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Centennial Sportsplex

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable

Fitness, ice skating, swimming and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or nashville. org/sportsplex.

FREE Fairytales Storytime

Stories and crafts every Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fairytales Bookstore and More, 114-B S. 11th St., Nashville; 915-1960 or

Gymboree Play & Music

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

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit

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

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable

play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison;

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

fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

Parents & Tots Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can participate in educational programs every Mon - Wed at 9 a.m. at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; $6; 890-2300 or Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs:

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go: Ages 2 - 5 can learn letters and numbers every Tue and Thu; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3 • Busy Bees: Ages 3 - 5 can learn to follow directions, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship every Tue and Thu; 10:45 11:15 a.m.; $3

• Homeschool P.E.: Ages 5 - 15 can participate in physical activities Tue and Thu; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3; call to register • Homeschool Swim Technique Training: Ages 5 - 18 can learn swimming techniques every Tue and Thu; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3 • Terrific Twos: Ages 24 - 36 months with a parent can enjoy songs, finger plays, art projects and more every Wednesday; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $3

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8955040. Ongoing programs:

• Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in activities that develop cognitive skills every Friday; 10 a.m.; $3 • Tumbleweeds: Ages 3 - 5 can learn basic tumbling skills Mon and Wed; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; call to register • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 9 15 can learn volleyball skills 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

FREE Delmas Long Community Center Tot time

for ages 5 and younger features social activities and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2255 or

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini

golf, batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Kids can bounce on

inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Ste. 6-9, Hendersonville; Tue - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 7 p.m.; call or check website for open play times; $6 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older; 265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter. com.

Laser Adventure Laser tag,

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

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.

williamson county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8, Franklin; $8 per child (adults are free); for times, call 3704386, opt. 2.

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

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 - 8; 9427911 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.

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

Pump It Up Play Time Open jump times are Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for preschoolers, Thu 5 - 8 p.m. and Fri 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger, and all school holidays 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867.

FREE Family Trivia Night

Shipwrecked Playhouse

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 3779979 or

FREE Books-A-Million

Families can compete in trivia games for a chance to win a $25 gift card every Friday at 6 p.m. at Goofballs Family Fun, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 360, Franklin; 861-3668 or

Franklin on Foot The “I Spy

Downtown Franklin” scavenger hunt is every Tue and Fri at 9 a.m. on Franklin’s Public Square; $9; 400-3808 or

Glow Galaxy Weekly open

play times feature inflatables, mini-golf, air hockey, an interactive game floor, football toss, soccer kick and basketball in a glow-in-the-dark setting at

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

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this month at a theater near you

The 39 Steps (Jan. 24 - Feb.

8; Ages 10 and older) Pull-Tight Theatre, 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 Barber of Seville (Jan. 30 and Feb. 1; Ages 10 and older) Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m.; $26 - $102.50; 782-4040 or Cole Porter’s Anything Goes

(Jan. 20 - 24; All ages) Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7 p.m.; $15; 538-2076 or

Dinner with Friends (Jan. 10 - 19; Ages 12 and older) Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 893-9825 or Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. (Jan. 17 - 19; Ages) Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m., Sun 1, 4 and 7 p.m.; $15; 538-2076 or Dreamgirls (Jan. 23 - Feb. 2; Ages 12 and older) Circle Players at Tennessee State University’s Cox-Lewis Theater, 2500 John A. Meritt Blvd., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 332-7529 or Driving Miss Daisy (Jan. 9

- Feb. 9; Ages 12 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

Sirena Irwin stars in I Love Lucy Live On Stage at TPAC’s Polk Theater, Jan. 14 26.

Grease (Jan. 31 - Feb. 15; Ages 16 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

I Love Lucy Live On Stage

(Jan. 14 - 26; All ages) TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $65; 7824040 or

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

(Jan. 16 - Feb. 2; All ages) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; opening night is at 6:30 p.m. with discounted tickets ($14 adults, $7 children), remaining shows are Sat - Sun 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $14 ages 2 - 17; 252-4675 or

Oddly Puddle is from Inner Space (Jan. 30 - Feb. 23; All

ages) The Theater Bug, 2618 Gallatin Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger; 4234626 or

Othello (Jan. 9 - Feb. 2; Ages 10 and older) Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Thu Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $24 advance/$27 at the door adults, $12 advance/$15 at the door students; 852-6732 or Shrek the Musical (Jan. 10 - 26; All ages) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $11 - $15; 904-2787 or Songs for a New World

(Wednesday, Jan. 22; Ages 13 and older) Act Too Players at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $15; 538-2076 or

Two Rooms (Jan. 10 - 25; Ages

16 and older) Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15; 726-2281 or

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n undeniable artistic treat awaits your family through Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with the exhibit, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., this breathtaking exhibit truly highlights the unforgettable work of one of America’s most legendary and distinctive artists, spanning 56 years of his work from 1914 - 1970. What’s interesting about Rockwell (1894 - 1978) is that his work is so iconic, yet he was never a gallery artist. Instead, his art told stories on the covers and inside pages of publications like Ladies Home Journal, Look, Boys’ Life and most notably, The Saturday Evening Post. The keen attention to detail in Rockwell’s work is immense, and it speaks of a simpler era before everyone was running around constantly connected to some kind of device. Each picture tells a particular story striking an emotional chord. Part of what propelled Rockwell to fame was his depiction of children during a changing American landscape; kids will surely find these images fascinating. The final gallery is the most thrilling. There, you can see all 323 of the artist’s The Saturday Evening Post covers. Be sure to pick up the Family Guide for the exhibit. Inside, kids can learn more about the art through activities. The Frist is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville. Hours are Mon - Wed and Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, free ages 18 and younger. Call 244-3340 or visit


N p T f i s D s t p In Norman Rockwell’s 1954 Girl at Mirror, the artist captures a solemn moment as a soon-to-be teen girl ponders her reflection.

Theater Bug Supports Special Education Nearly 60 local kids ages 6 - 17 are taking the stage this month to present Oddly Puddle is from Inner Space. The story is about a young boy with autism who cannot speak, and the play aims to give the audience a look into the world of his heart and mind. The show is presented in partnership with the Special Education Advocacy Center (SEAC), and a portion of the ticket sales will benefit its efforts in Middle Tennessee. “I am so excited to see our kids performing pieces like this, and really want to get the word out, not just for the Bug, but to make people aware of the great work that the SEAC is doing for families,� says Theater Bug Artistic Director Cori Anne Laemmel. The show runs Jan. 30 - Feb. 23. Show times are Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger. The Theater Bug is located at 2618 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. To learn more, call 423-4626 or visit Get show tickets at

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Many kids came with their parents an hour before the Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: The Snowman — at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville — for crafts and a musical petting zoo. Crowds of families gathered at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville for the Pied Piper Series.

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