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here’s something to be said for that cozy, before-you-get-outof-bed-and-face-the-day moment that marks your waking seconds. It’s so nice, so lovely to feel yourself under the covers, horizontal, cottony smooth, the house peaceful, the air cool. Or not. Maybe you’re a tangle of bodies, additional little arms and legs, and you haven’t slept a wink. Maybe you had a rough night with the baby hypertonic at 1 a.m., 2 a.m., 3 a.m. Maybe the mattress is too hard, maybe the heating’s on the blink, maybe, ahem, he snores too loudly. There’s something to be said for padding into your morning kitchen in your softest socks and brewing fresh coffee, lighting a morning candle. Late last night you cleaned your counters from yesterday’s messy spaghetti. There’s something to be said for your fluff ball of a dog already barking in the yard, waking the neighbors. Or maybe your neighbors don’t like your yappy dog. Maybe, in fact, they’ve eyed you plenty about him. Maybe you’d like to move away from this crowded street, find a country place with more play space for the kids — and two more dogs and some chickens, too. Maybe someday you will. There’s something to be said for kids scrambling out the door, toast in hand, something to be said for that quick kiss on the cheek from the teenage son who gives it willingly, no prompt from you. For shout-outs from the yard, “G’bye, Mom!” “See ya, Mom!” For the way your husband and you look at each other, knowing, that at least for the moment, the kids are OK. There’s something to be said for macaroniand-cheese afternoons with your toddler, for repeating the same story book over and over

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again, for little discoveries like a ladybug on the wall, for that precious midday nap. Something to be said for decent mailmen who freely toss biscuits to dogs in driveways, yappy or not. There’s something to be said for the early evening as you’re just getting home and the kids are getting home and everyone’s cranky, disheveled, overworked, misunderstood or understood all too well. Lots to be said for the three-pound chuck roast you bothered to salt and brown and place in your crock pot this morning so at least that’s done ... at least the house smells delicious ... until your teenager moans, “No! Not POT ROAST!” and you set down the groceries, clenching your jaw. But if you’re so lucky ... that you happen to have them all home and around your table for dinner (and maybe one of them even sets your table), there’s something to be said for that, for those handsome, young faces before you, needing you, loving you, pot roast or not. And do you know what that is? Can you put your finger on it? What that “something to be said” is? That it’s all YOURS. It was all given to you. And there are many, many others who would give their eye teeth to be in your soft socks. Open your arms to it, breathe it in, remember it when you’re fussy, take care of it, love it, it does not last forever. Don’t complain, don’t fret. The truth is ... if you give in to the good, bad and ugly moments that make up your life ... life will give in to you. It becomes filled out with love. And I’m sort of thinking ... that’s a short guide to being a happy mom.

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FEED BACK FACEBOOK POST of the MONTH Co-Sleeping with Kids Plenty of parents struggle with getting their toddlers to stay in their own bed at night. So ... do you agree with the mom who says, “It’s normal for young children to need their mother (or primary caregiver) nearby at night. I believe in co-sleeping. You know why? Because today it’s all about needing Mom because he’s unsure of the dark, but all too soon he’ll need that same assurance in much MUCH larger issues. I want to be there for all of it.”

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“I would have to agree. We took two different approaches with our two girls and to this day my 5-year-old sleeps soundly through the night, and she slept in my bed for almost two years. My 3-year-old never slept with us and she still gets up in the middle of the night a lot of times and comes into our room. Sometimes she sleeps the rest of the night, and sometimes I can convince her to sleep in the recliner where she actually sleeps better.” Ashley Overstreet “Do what works for you and your family. Some nights it’s just easier (and kind of sweet, honestly) to let my 4-year-old snuggle up with me and fall asleep, then we take her to her room.” Elissa Rathbun “Both of my kids (8 and 5) sleep with me (single mom). I’m trying to move them to their room, but every other night they end up moving back to my room, and to be honest, it takes me longer to fall sleep when they’re in their own room, too. I enjoy it when they sleep with me even if they kick a lot. As fast as they’re growing, I’m enjoying whatever time I have left to watch them sleep and snuggle with them. Soon they will be teens and won’t want me to snuggle with them as much.” Lore Zezatti-Del Villar

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ARE ALL BIRTHS “NATURAL”? Two moms went back and forth about whether or not a medicated birth is a natural birth until one of them said, “Please stop using the term ‘natural’ when describing unmedicated birth. ALL birth is natural, regardless of how the baby is delivered. You don’t get a medal for going unmedicated. A mother is a mother.” Would you like to share your thoughts?

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“Natural” excludes man-made medicines and interventions. However, ALL birth stories are amazing and beautiful. Stop the “Mommy Wars.” We should be supporting and encouraging each other, NOT fighting about whose birth deserves to be called “natural” or JUDGING because someone else did it differently.

Most mothers don’t have a choice when it comes to a C-section. In fact, having a child vaginally would kill many mothers. Frankly referring to something that women have been doing for thousands of years as not “natural” because science has given us the ability to decrease or eliminate the pain involved is ridiculous. Using your “birth plan” as a way to degrade other women going through the exact same process as you is shameful, and women who do that should be ashamed. Your choice to have a child without meds doesn’t make you any better than other moms.

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Maybe they’re confusing the words “natural” and “real.” If someone asks if my triplets were born naturally, I say no. They were born via C-section and I’m thankful for it and modern medicine because if they were not born that way, one or more of them may not have made it. If someone asks if I had a “real” birth, they better run quickly. Just because I was medicated, doesn’t mean it still didn’t hurt or I didn’t have a painful recovery! Denise Paradoski Slater

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had a non-medicated birth, and I think it was the stupidest decision I ever made. But I am glad I did it both ways. My next two births were with epidurals, and I was so grateful. Going through more excruciating pain does not determine what sort of mother you are. I have a very high pain tolerance and during my first unmedicated birth, I seriously thought I was going to lose my mind. Diane DiBacco Adams

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SUGAR & SALT Considering that one medium white chocolate mocha from Starbucks has a whopping 570 calories in it, the USDA’s recommended 200 calories a day from sugar seems scant. But the recommendation is part of a larger push to help people isolate added sugars from naturally occurring ones like those in fruit and milk. Added sugars generally put empty calo-

ries in a diet. Heres the truth: refined sugar is a toxin, and since kids consume a lot of sweet stuff (soda, juice, sports drinks, treats, candy), the USDA always suggests limiting it. You can help your kids in one significant way: replace the juice or soda at home with water. It’s one great step toward better health. As for salt? The USDA is always trying to get people to cut back, and it continues to recommend it, especially for people with high blood pressure and/or hypertension.

the recommended amounts of meat, eggs and poultry. Females are more in line with advised amounts — good job, girls!

COFFEE Parents can be glad that java’s not taking a hit with the new recommendations. Moderate coffee consumption (three to five small cups a day) is seen as a good thing — albeit without the white chocolate or other high-calorie sweet stuff, sorry.

EGGS, FATS, CHOLESTEROL Eggs are good, eggs are bad ... what are they, anyway? The recommendations include messaging that reads, “individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible while consuming a healthy eating pattern.” So eggs in moderation ... and it’s up to you to decide what that means. You can do it. As in years past, the new guidelines say we should limit saturated fats to 10 percent of our daily total calories. And while the USDA promotes lean meats, the government says teen boys and men should reduce their meat intake and increase their vegetable citing data that males ages 14 - 70 consume more than

BETTER-EATING CHECKLIST • Reduce sugar and salt • Choose water when thirsty • Enjoy eggs a few times a week • Easy does it with red meat • Increase fruit and veggie intake • Enjoy coffee, unsweetened

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Daystar Ministries counselors David Thomas, Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff hold speaking events throughout the year. Next up: “Modern Parents, Vintage Values” on Wednesday, March 2 at Brentwood Academy.

Married couples in need of more together time will find an intimate atmosphere during married couple weekends offered by Deer Run Retreat, located at 3845 Perkins Road in Thompson’s Station. The next one is Feb. 12 - 14. Weekends are limited to 15 couples and include candlelight dinners, picnic lunches, speaker sessions, relationship building and relaxation times. The weekend price is based on accommodation options at The Lodge at Deer Run Retreat (suite or cabin starting at $489 ) or participate in the weekend without staying on site ($289 per couple). Learn more by calling 615-7942918 and register at deerrunretreat.org.

“A Night at the Ball” for Dads & Daughters Williamson County Parks & Recreation sponsors Daddy and Daughter dances this month, and each girl will get a tiara!

Quick Bits: The Arc of Williamson County hosts a SWEETHEART GALA on Friday, Feb. 12. Come out for a night of dancing and appetizers from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ (1777 S. Berrys Chapel Road, Franklin). Tickets are $5. Visit thearcwc.org ... The Star Bright Players hold open auditions for THE WIZARD OF OZ on Sunday, February 7. Held at Freedom Middle School (750 Hwy. 96 in Franklin), kids who have never performed with Star Bright audition from 1 - 3 p.m. Returning Star Bright kids are slated for 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. To learn more about the audition process, rehearsal schedules and performances, contact Janey Mason with Williamson County Parks & Recreation at 615-7905719, ext. 2216.

Girls ages 4 - 12 with their special fella (dad, uncle, grandfather) can register to participate in “A Night at the Ball” dances held this month through Williamson County Parks & Rec (wcparksandrec.com) at three different locations from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Girls get tiaras! Tickets are $18 per couple; $6 for each additional girl. Register at wcparksandrec.com for: Feb. 6: Franklin Rec, 1120 Hillsboro Road Feb. 20: Nolensville Rec, 7250 Nolensville Road Feb. 27: Fairview Rec, 2714 Fairview Blvd.

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Denim & Diamonds Returns Battle Ground Academy’s Second Annual Denim & Diamonds is set for Saturday, March 12, and the school’s looking for silent auction items. The Silent and Live Auction Committee seeks items like celebrity experiences; travel, hotels, vacation homes; music lessons; signed memorabilia; sporting event tickets and concert tickets. If you would like to contribute, email Margaret and Geroge Uribe at uribe@guestbooker.com. The event, which aims to raise funds for programs for the upper, middle and lower schools, features a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, dinner and musical entertainment. Tickets are $100 per person. Visit battlegroundacademy.org/denimanddiamonds to learn more as the event nears.

Hands On Nashville’s Summer Program for Teens Hands On Nashville’s (HON) looking for local high school students for a paid, part-time summer internship program. Interns will lead youth participating in Crop City, a farm-to-table, curriculum-based youth development program on HON’s urban farm. Interns must be available weekdays between June 6 - 17 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for training as well as weekdays June 13 July 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for Crop City programming. Apply by Friday, April 15 at hon.org/youthleaders.

Puppy Love Dog Fest Returns

P A local boy gets his face painted at last year’s Puppy Love Dog Fest, Independence High’s annual fundraiser taking place this month on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Tinkering Garage at Adventure Science Center runs Feb. 13 - May 15. The exhibit encourages kids to get hands on with tools and materials in a safe environment.

Quick Bits: Battle Ground Academy’s MOMS NIGHT OUT PAINTING WORKSHOP takes place Thursday, Feb. 25. From 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; canvas, brushes, paint and smocks are provided along with snacks and water. Registration is required as space is limited. Cost is $35. Visit battlegroundacademy.org ... A four-session Get Out and Learn (G.O.A.L.) HOCKEY PROGRAM with the Nashville Predators begins Feb. 17 for kids ages 9 - 12. Additional sessions are Feb. 24 and March 2 & 9 at Ford Ice Center (5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch). Learn more by calling 615-770-2152 ... CHEEKWOOD has new rates for 2016: $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 and younger. A family membership is $100. See The Scholastic Art Competition exhibit opening Saturday, Feb. 6 including artwork of local students in grades 7 - 12. More than 75,000 students nationwide compete each year. This year, there are 1,934 local entries representing 40 schools in the area. Hours are Tue - Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

et and people contests, a kids’ zone, photography and art competitions, and more make up the Third Annual Puppy Love Fest, Independence High School’s fundraiser that’s all-things-pooches taking place Sunday, Feb. 21. Presented by Mars Petcare, the fun happens from 1 - 6 p.m. at Independence High, located at 840 and Hwy. 31 in Thompson’s Station. Vendors will provide competition for students from area schools with submissions judged in grade-level groupings. As for the dogs, contests include “Most Obedient,” “Best Groomed,” “Dog-Owner Look-Alike,” “Best Kisser” and “Most Talented.” Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for students; kids 3 and younger are free as are the pooches. Preregister your dog for contests at puppylovedogfest.com.

Tinkering Garage at ASC Adventure Science Center brings back the Tinkering Garage exhibit, Feb. 13 - May 15. This hands-on exhibit for all ages encourages kids to step into a workshop environment to explore real tools and materials. Have fun taking things apart and building new creations. ASC’s open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Call 615-862-5160 or visit adventuresci.org/tinkeringgarage.

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local news Stringin’ Stories for High Hopes Plan on a memorable evening while supporting local kids during Strings & Stories: An Intimate Night of Songwriters’ Tales on Saturday, Feb. 27. The High Hopes Development Center fundraiser takes place at Green’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork starting at 6 p.m. High Hopes provides local families with an inclusive preschool along with a wide range of pediatric therapies for kids with special needs. Strings & Stories night features singersongwriters Leslie Satcher, Will Robinson, Brad Crisler, David P. Allen and William Kellett sharing the stories behind their songs along with musical performances. Enjoy dinner by Red Pony along with wine and beer. Green’s Grocery is at 4345 Old Hillsboro Road. Tickets are $150. Call 615-661-5437 or visit highhopesforkids.org.

A Day of Vandy Cheer for Kids Here’s something fun to do for kids in grades K - 8: On Sunday, Feb. 21, Vanderbilt’s cheer and dance teams offer a workshop for kids. From 12 - 3 p.m., youngsters can learn jumps, motions, cheers, dances and stunts prior to the women’s basketball game at 4 p.m. where they’ll also participate in a halftime performance. Cost is $50. Sign up at 615-3432760 or vandyspirit@gmail. com.

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Students at High Hopes Development Center in Franklin. The Strings & Stories High Hopes fundraiser takes place Saturday, Feb. 27, supporting the inclusive preschool and pediatric therapy clinic.

Will your child be on an upcoming cover of our magazine? We’re rolling out a brand-new Cover Kids 2016 next month, so now’s the time to capture a good and current shot of your child. Look for the new contest and rules in the March 2016 issue and at nashvilleparent. com, and get ready for Cover Kids 2016!

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Private School Open Houses — special advertising section — BAMBINI VILLAGE MONTESSORI (1140 Cason Lane, Murfreesboro; 615-405-4778; bambinivillage.com) Thursday, Feb. 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. ... BRENTWOOD ACADEMY (219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; 615-523-0611; brentwoodacademy.com) Admission Day is Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8 - 11 a.m. ... CLASSICAL ACADEMY OF FRANKLIN (810 Del Rio Pike, Franklin; 615-790-8556; tcafranklin.org) Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. ... DONELSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (300 Danyacrest Drive, Nashville; 615-883-2926; dcawildcats.org) Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ... THE EDISON SCHOOL (2100-B Nashville Pike, Gallatin; 615-431-5637 or theedisonschool. org) Saturdays, Feb. 13 & 20 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Kids ages 5 - 15 can participate in the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey Association’s spring youth hockey league taking place March 12 - May 22 at Ford Ice Center. Boys and girls of all skill levels can play in the recreational league. Practices and game times are based on participants’ ages. The league consists of more than 400 young hockey players fielding teams in the following age divisions: Termite (6U), Mite (8U), Squirt (10U), Peewee (12U) and Bantam/ Midget (15U). Leagues start at $215, and equipment rental is available. Advance registration is required, so sign up soon! Call 615-742-4399 or visit fordicedenter.com.


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Foodie Baby! Giving Baby Solids, One Spoonful at a Time By Susan Day

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o your little love is ready to start eating solid foods? Amazing how fast she’s grown! Soon, you’ll have family members and well-intentioned friends advising you about every little morsel. According to Mark Krakauer, M.D., a pediatrician with St. Thomas Medical Group, “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends starting solids between ages 4 and 6 months, no earlier,” he says. “Breast milk and/or infant formula are necessary and sufficient for all of the nutritional needs of the baby before this time and starting solids before 4 months may be harmful,” Krakauer adds.


Before your child reaches her first birthday, transition to solids in baby steps, even when others urge you to try this or that earlier. Remember, giving cereal to infants 4 months old or younger in order to get them to sleep through the night is a big no-no. “It [cereal] may result in the child getting an inadequate nutrient intake,” warns Krakauer. “Infant kidneys are immature at this point, and solids (or drinks other than breast milk or formula) can expose a child to a dangerous amount of salt that can actually lead to seizures or worse. Another reason to delay solids until at least 4 months is that before then most infants lack the oral motor skills needed to safely do it,” he adds. Babies younger than 4 - 6 months don’t have the necessary enzymes to digest solid foods and evidence shows that starting solid foods at earlier ages increases Baby’s risk of food allergies.

GETTING STARTED Once your baby is able to sit up on his own, it’s time to begin. The goal is to expose him to a wide variety of foods from all food groups (in fact, you can do this all through your child’s growingup years). The more flavors and textures she tries early on, the more likely she’ll be a good eater. As a rule of thumb, Baby’s first food is usually single grain cereal (like rice cereal), which can be mixed easily with formula or breast milk and spoon-fed. As a good source of iron that growing babies need, it’s best to feed the cereal twice a day. At about 9 months, babies will want about half a cup of cereal.

WATCHING FOR ALLERGIES After a successful launch with cereal, it’s time for vegetables — pediatricians suggest veggies over fruit since the sweetness of fruit might make your baby

partial to bananas and cause her to turn up her nose at peas. Since yellow and orange vegetables are sweeter than green ones, babies usually love carrots, yams and butternut squash. But, again, take it slowly. Pediatricians urge parents to remember that if more than one food is started at the same time — and Baby has an allergic reaction — there’s no way of knowing which food was the culprit. Waiting three to five days between starting new foods helps you monitor for allergy symptoms, which may include rash, hives, wheezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, excessive gas, diarrhea or blood in stools. Call your pediatrician if you notice any of these symptoms (they can take minutes or even days to appear), and go to the ER if the reaction seems serious. The good news is a food reaction in the first year of life doesn’t always mean a lifelong allergy, say doctors. If a food provokes a reaction, shelve it for one to three months before bringing it out again. If your baby still doesn’t tolerate it, keep it off the menu entirely until she’s 1. By then, she may outgrow the intolerance. First attempts at feeding may end up with veggies sliding down your baby’s chin as she learns to coordinate her swallow ability with a mouth full of food. Some babies may reject certain flavors, but keep trying. Repeated exposure, up to 12 times, can convert even the most stubborn babe. Once you’ve established a first favorite food, add a new food in to the mix. Start with strained or pureed vegetables and then move on to mashed. Servings should gradually increase from a few teaspoons to about two tablespoons, twice a day. After your child has sampled a variety of vegetables, bring on the fruit. Start small and work up to a couple of tablespoons, twice daily. Avoid sweetened treats

like cobblers and puddings — the extra fat and sugar add empty calories and can sour your baby on real fruit. “We started with bananas and apples,” says local mom Simona Radu Bardaus. “Now, at 9 months, he loves every fruit including grapefruit, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries and papaya. He’s a fruit fanatic like his mommy.” With all this eating going on, don’t forget to continue feeding Baby milk, although it is safe to reduce the amount she gets.

FEEDING THROUGH THE FIRST YEAR RICE CEREAL It’s easy to digest and rarely triggers an allergic reaction. Make sure it’s iron fortified. Prepare it thin at first – one teaspoon of cereal to four or five teaspoons of breast milk, formula or water. Scoop a little bit onto a baby spoon and put it between your baby’s lips. If the cereal comes sliding back out, don’t worry. Your baby needs to figure out how to swallow something that isn’t liquid. It may take several tries before he gets the hang of it. If he refuses to open his mouth or begins to cry, try again the next day. If he still balks, wait a week before trying again.

BY 7 OR 8 MONTHS: Add pureed meat and poultry.

BETWEEN 9 AND 12 MONTHS: Phase in soft foods, such as macaroni and cheese, pasta with tomato sauce and casseroles. You can also begin serving finger foods such as rice cake pieces, O-shaped cereals, baby crackers and bite-sized cooked frozen vegetables.

BY HER FIRST BIRTHDAY ... A TYPICAL BABY MAY EAT (IN ONE DAY): • 4 - 8 tablespoons of fruit and veggies • 4 servings of breads and cereals (a serving is one quarter of a slice of bread or 2 tablespoons of rice, potatoes or pasta) • 2 servings of meat or poultry (1 tablespoon each)

MORE POINTERS Some experts say vegetables (either mashed, strained or pureed) should be a baby’s first food instead of cereal or fruit because exposing kids to healthy foods from the start can lay the foundation for healthy eating habits throughout life. Avoid choking hazards until your baby has teeth, but still be careful when serving popcorn, raw vegetables, candy, whole grapes or cherries, chunky peanut butter (use smooth instead), hot dogs, chicken nuggets and the like. J

Homemade Tip The AAP cautions parents against making homemade spinach, beets, green beans, squash and carrots for early eaters due to high amounts of nitrates (chemicals that can cause an unusual type of anemia in young babies). The AAP suggests sticking to store-bought versions of those veggies and encourages you to instead make homemade peas, corn and sweet potatoes.

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ommy, let’s play!” your tot cries, running down the hall. She’s loaded with pent-up energy and you’ve exhausted all your options at home. Don’t let cold weather keep you home. Head out to one of these local play spots for indoor fun with your little one and others. Whether you’re into learning, fitness or just plain old fun, there’s lots to explore with your kiddo. Photo top left: Tots learn to balance, play and more at Gymboree Play & Music in Nashville. Top right: Slide your way into fun at Monkey Joe’s in Madison or Franklin.

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Chuck E. Cheese’s Antioch: 615-731-0271 Madison: 615-859-0859 chuckecheese.com Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and WhackA-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun - Thu 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food.

3 and older that includes an interactive story followed by a family art project.

BounceU Nashville: 615-255-1422 bounceu.com/nashville-tn Open bounce times for all ages are generally Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 - 6 p.m. for $7.95 per child. Check the website for occasional Preschool Playdate sessions.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Nashville: 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org The Hall offers a monthly “Preschool Program: Song & Storytime” event with a changing theme like “Guitars in Country Music” that includes a story reading, sing-alongs and crafts for ages 3 - 5. It’s free for museum members and with regular gate admission ($24.95 adults, free ages 5 and younger).

Monkey Joe’s Madison: 615-915-0561 monkeyjoes.com The inflatable play center’s Mini Monkey Zone is specially designed for ages 3 and younger for a safer experience. Hours are Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Prices are $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun, $6 ages 2 and younger if playing, free for parents.

Cheekwood Nashville: 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org Tuesday for Tots takes place every Tuesday during the school year from 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. Ages 3 - 5 and a parent can enjoy hands-on creativity in the studio. Free for members and with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 and older).

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Nashville: 615-244-3340 fristcenter.org Kids are always free at the Frist, and you can have fun creating art with your tot in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery featuring 30 stations varying in art mediums. Plus, there’s the free monthly “Artful Tales” program for ages

Adventure Science Center Nashville: 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org Several science exhibits to explore with hands-on stations, plus shows in the Sudekum Planetarium. The Little Labs program is for ages 3 - 5 where kids can explore age-appropriate lab activities. Hours: daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12.

Gymboree Play & Music Nashville: 615-221-9004 gymboreeclasses.com An assortment of offerings for preschoolers include sessions in art, music, sports and general play. Prices vary per option.

RiverGate Skate Center Madison: 615-868-7655 skatecenter.com/rivergate Younger Kids Skate for ages 8 and younger is Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. ($4 per person). Family Night is Thursdays from 6 - 9 for $5 per person. Skate rental’s $3.

Sky High Sports Nashville: 615-366-4252 nas.skyhighsports.com This indoor trampoline park features a Kids Court designed for little ones that includes a foam pit. Hours are Sun 12 - 8 p.m., Mon 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tue - Thu 2 - 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. $14 per hour (each additional hour Mon - Thu is $6). On Mondays, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., ages 5 and younger jump for $7 per hour. Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library Nashville: 615-862-5785 nashvillepubliclibrary.org/ wishingchair Most Fridays and Saturdays in February, enjoy the musical extravaganza, Tall Tale Circus, with Pecos Bill, Calamity Jane and Johnny Appleseed. Free admission.

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SkateCenter West Murfreesboro: 615-895-1403 skateandplay.com Bounce House is available to kids 48 inches or smaller during matinee sessions. Hours and admission rates vary, see site for details. Sports*Com Murfreesboro: 615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Toddler Time with Thomas for ages 5 and younger takes place Fridays at 10 a.m. and costs $3. Tumbleweeds for ages 3 - 5 takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 11:15 a.m. and costs $3.

Goofballs Family Fun Center in Franklin has a toddler play area just for little ones.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY BounceU Murfreesboro: 615-893-8386 bounceu.com/murfreesboro Open bounce times for all ages are generally Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 - 6 p.m. for $7.95 per child. Preschool Playdate sessions are select Fridays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for ages 18 months - 7 years for $7.95 for the first child, $6.95 for each additional. Chuck E. Cheese’s Murfreesboro: 615-217-8842 chuckecheese.com Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and WhackA-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun - Thu 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Murfreesboro: 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Animal Antics allows kids to meet the center’s resident animals and takes place Wednesdays at 4 p.m. for all ages (cost is free with admission). Snack Attack happens Mondays at 4 p.m. and gives ages 3 and older a chance to make a yummy snack (cost is free with admission). The SPARK! enrichment program for ages 1 - 6 happens Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. (cost is $1 for all children ages 1 and older, plus admission for all visitors). Admission: $8 ages 2 and older, free ages younger than 2.

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JumpStreet Murfreesboro: 615-900-3060 gotjump.com/murfreesboro Ages 3 and younger can play in the Earthquake Area every day for $4 per person. Hours: Sun Thu 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Patterson Park Community Center Murfreesboro: 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Busy Bees for ages 3 - 5 takes place Tue and Thu from 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. and costs $3. The FITMommy program takes place Tuesdays from 10 - 10:45 a.m. Prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with babies/ toddlers welcome and costs $4. Movers and Shakers for ages 1 - 2 takes place Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 - 11 a.m. and costs $3. Twist and Shout for ages 3 - 5 takes place Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:05 - 11:45 a.m. and costs $3. Skate Center Smyrna Smyrna: 615-459-7655 skatecentersmyrna.com Saturday Little Kids Skate session for ages 8 and younger is available 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and costs $6. The center offers supports that roll with your child as he skates or you may walk beside him. Regular skate session hours and admission prices vary, see site for details.

The Wilderness Station Murfreesboro: 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Wild Things for ages 1 - 4 takes place Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and costs $3.

Sumner Skate Zone Gallatin: 615-206-9669 sumnerskatezone.com Family Skate is Sundays from 2 - 5 p.m. for $5.50 per person or $15 for a family of four; $3 skate rental.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY A-Game Skate Academy Franklin: 615-778-9825 agameskateacademy.com Learn to Ice Skate for ages 3 and older take place Monday, Thursday or Saturday through Feb. 20 from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. (Tue/Thu) and 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. (Sat) and costs $150 for seven classes, $275 for all.

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Brentwood Skate Center Brentwood: 615-373-8611 skatecenter.com/brentwoodsc Lil Kids is for ages 8 and younger and skate from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Admission: $6, $3 skate rental).

Holder Family Fun Center Hendersonville: 615-590-4386 holderfamilyfun.com Roller skating, the arcade includes games for little ones, a soft play area and more. Hours: Mon - Thu 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sun 12 - 10 p.m. Prices vary per activity.

Chuck E. Cheese’s Franklin: 615-771-0708 chuckecheese.com Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and WhackA-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun - Thu 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food.

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Hendersonville: 615-265-8020 hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter. com Check website for open play times as they vary monthly. Prices are $7 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older, free for parents.

Goofballs Family Fun Center Franklin: 615-861-3668 letsgetgoofy.com Indoor playgrounds that free for ages 3 and younger.

JumpStreet Goodlettsville: 615- 756-4098 gotjump.com/goodlettsville Ages 3 and younger can play in the Earthquake Area every day for $4 per person. Hours: Sun Thu 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Strike & Spare Family Fun Center & Circus World Hendersonville: 615-824-5685 hendersonville.sastn.com Bring your little ones for fun on the bungee trampoline, Time Freak, bumper cars, roller skating and the soft play area. Hours are Mon - thu 10 a.m. 10 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Price depends on activity.

JumpStreet Franklin: 615- 778-1304 gotjump.com/franklin Ages 3 and younger can play in the Earthquake Area every day for $4 per person. Hours: Sun Thu 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Monkey Joe’s Brentwood: 615-377-5900 monkeyjoes.com The inflatable play center’s Mini Monkey Zone is specially designed for ages 3 and younger. Hours are Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Prices are $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun, $6 ages 2 and younger if playing, free for parents. Monkey’s Treehouse Brentwood: 615-942-7911 themonkeystreehouse.com Indoor play center with open play times for ages 1 - 8 Mon/ Wed/Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $8. My Gym Brentwood Brentwood: 615-371-5437 mygym.com/brentwood A children’s fitness center offering classes and programs for age 3 months and older. Pump It Up Brentwood: 615-373-8340 pumpitupparty.com/ brentwood-tn Open jump times are Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for preschoolers. Admission is $8 per child.

WILSON COUNTY Chuck E. Cheese’s Mt. Juliet: 615-773-8400 chuckecheese.com Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and WhackA-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun - Thu 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food. Pump It Up Mt. Juliet: 615-758-5126 pumpitupparty.com Preschool open jump takes place Mon - Fri from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission: $4 1 and younger, $8 ages 2 and older.

GYMS & MORE ONLINE! For additional toddler play ops, including Mommy & Me classes and gymnastics’ programs, go to nashvilleparent.com.


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STORYTIMES DAVIDSON COUNTY All Davidson County libraries are part of the Nashville Public Library System and can be accessed online at library. nashville.gov. Bellevue Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5854 Mon at 10:15 a.m. (0 - 2); Mon 6:30 p.m. (3 - 5); Wed 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. (3 - 5); Sat 10:15 a.m. (3 - 5). Bordeaux Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5856 Tue 10:30 a.m. (3 - 5); Tue 6 p.m. (2 - 6) Donelson Branch Library Donelson: 615-862-5859 Mon 10:30 am. (2 - 6) East Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5860 Mon 10 a.m. (3 - 5) Goodlettsville Branch Library Goodlettsville: 615-862-5862 Mon/Wed/Sat 10:30 a.m. (2 - 5) Green Hills Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5863 Mon 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. (1 - 2); Tue 10:30 a.m. (0 - 4); Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 - 5) Hadley Park Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5865 Preschool storytime varies and is by reservation only. Hermitage Branch Library Hermitage: 615-880-3951 Tue 1 p.m. (0 - 2); Wed 10 & 11 a.m. (0 - 6) Inglewood Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5866 Mon 10 & 11 a.m. (0 - 24 mos); Wed 10:30 a.m. (2 - 5) Madison Branch Library Madison: 615-862-5868 Mon/Fri 10:30 a.m. (0 - 24 mos); Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 - 5)

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Nashville Public Library (Main Branch) Nashville: 615-862-5785 Tue/Wed 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. (all ages); Thu 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (0 - 2)

Smyrna Public Library Smyrna: 615-459-4884 linebaugh.org Tue - Fri 10 a.m. (all ages); Wed 3:30 p.m. (all ages); Fri 10 a.m. (0 - 23 mos)

North Branch Nashville: 615-862-5858 Wed 10 a.m. (3 - 5)

Bookstores:

Old Hickory Branch Library Old Hickory: 615-862-5869 Mon 10:30 a.m. (all ages) Pruitt Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5985 Wed 11:15 a.m. (3 - 4) Richland Park Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5870 Mon 10:30 a.m. (2 - 6) Southeast Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5871 Tue 10:30 a.m. (2 - 5); Wed 10:30 a.m. (0 - 3); Sat 10:30 a.m. (all ages) Thompson Lane Branch Library Nashville: 615-862-5873 Wed 10:30 a.m. (toddlers/ preschoolers)

Bookstores: Books-A-Million Nashville: 615-352-5154 nashvilletoystore.com Sat 2 p.m. for all ages

Brilliant Sky Nashville: 615-800-7754 nashvilletoystore.com Fri 10:30 a.m. for all ages Parnassus Books Nashville: 615-953-2243 parnassusbooks.net Thu 3:30 p.m. & Sat 10 a.m. for all ages

Barnes & Noble Murfreesboro: 615-895-8580 bn.com Mon & Sat 11 a.m. for all ages Books-A-Million Murfreesboro: 615-995-7112 booksamillion.com First Fri 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers through Linebaugh Library System.

SUMNER COUNTY Gallatin Public Library Gallatin: 615-452-1722 gallatinlibrary.org Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers/Music with Ms. Shannon); Thu 5 p.m. (all ages); Fri - Sat 10:30 a.m. (all ages); Wed 9:45 a.m. (0 - 2-and-ahalf) Hendersonville Public Library Hendersonville: 615-824-0656 hendersonvillelibrary.org Mon 10:15 & 11 a.m. (2 - 4); Wed 10:15 & 11 a.m., 2 p.m. (0 - 24 mos) Portland Public Library Portland: 615-325-2279 youseemore.com/portland Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 - 5)

Westmoreland Public Library Westmoreland: 615-644-2026 youseemore.com/westmoreland Tue 11 a.m. (3 - 5)

Bookstores:

Barnes & Noble Hendersonville: 615-264-0183 Tue & Sat 11 a.m. for all ages

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Bethesda Public Library Thompson’s Station: 615-790-1887 lib.williamson-tn.org Tue 10:30 a.m. (18 - 35 mos); Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 - 4) Brentwood Public Library Brentwood: 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Tue - Wed 10 & 11 a.m. (3 5); Sat 10:30 a.m. (all ages) College Grove Community Library College Grove: 615-368-3222 lib.williamson-tn.org Thu 10 a.m. (2 - 5) Fairview Public Library Fairview: 615-799-0235 lib.williamson-tn.org Wed 10 a.m. (3 - 5) Leiper’s Fork Public Library Franklin: 615-794-7019 lib.williamson-tn.org Tue 10:30 a.m. (ages 3 - 5); Wed 10:30 a.m. (18 - 35 mos) Nolensville Public Library Nolensville: 615-776-5490 lib.williamson-tn.org Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 - 6); Thu 10:30 a.m. (18 mos - 3 yrs)

Spring Hill Public Library Spring Hill: 931-486-2932 springhilllibrary.org Mon - Thu 10 a.m. (3 - 5) Williamson County Public Library Franklin: 615-595-1244 lib.williamson-tn.org Tue 10 & 11:15 a.m. (18 mos - 3 yrs); Wed - Thu 10 a.m. (3 - 5); fourth Fri 10 a.m. (0 - 18 mos)

Bookstores:

Barnes & Noble Brentwood: 615-377-9979 bn.com Mon & Sat 11 a.m. for all ages Books-A-Million Spring Hill: 931-486-0113 booksamillion.com Tue & Sat 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers

WILSON COUNTY Lebanon-Wilson County Library Lebanon: 615-444-0632 youseemore.com/ lebanon-wilson Tue 10 a.m. (all ages); Thu 10 a.m. (0 - 2) Mt. Juliet Branch Library Mt. Juliet: 615-758-7051 youseemore.com/mtjuliet Wed 9:30 a.m. (3 - 5); first Sat 10 a.m. (2 - 5)

Bookstores:

Books-A-Million Mt. Juliet: 615-773-4300 booksamillion.com Tue 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers

RUTHERFORD COUNTY La Vergne Public Library La Vergne: 615-793-7303 catalog.lavergne.org Tue - Wed 10 a.m. (2 & older); Thu 10 a.m. (0 - 24 mos) Linebaugh Public Library Murfreesboro: 615-893-4131 linebaugh.org Tue/Wed 10 a.m. (all ages); Thu 10 a.m. (0 - 23 mos)

In addition to weekly storytimes at Nashville Public Library’s main branch, kids can enjoy performances of Tall Tale Circus on select Fridays and Saturdays in Feb.

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PARENTING

HACKS Make Raising Little Darlings a Wee Bit Easier! Tips, tricks and shortcuts turn moms and dads into masters of the child-rearing galaxy. Turn the page for more than 40 great ideas.

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PARENTING

HACKS 1) Kids use TOO MUCH TOILET PAPER? Place a removeable sticker on the wall to let them measure how much to unroll. 2) Use an inflatable pool AS A PLAYPEN. Put down a soft, no-slip surface and provide soft toys. 3) Give each of your kids a plastic CADDY IN THE CAR for snacks and lunch on-the-go. Makes a lap lunch so much more manageable! 4) Add a strip of glue-gun glue to the bottom of your child’s slippery new shoes to PREVENT SLIPPING. 5) Bathe your sitting-up baby in a PLASTIC LAUNDRY BASKET WITH HOLES in the bathtub to keep small toys from floating out of reach. 6) Going shoe shopping for the kiddos but dread dragging them along? TRACE THEIR FEET ON PAPER and tuck it in your bag. 7) USE COMMAND HOOKS wherever and whenever you can ... for instance, stick one on the back of your baby’s high chair to keep bibs at-the-ready. 8) ATTACH A SHOE CADDY to the back

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of your car’s driver or passenger seat so kids have access to things that’ll occupy them in the car. 9) Does your little one tend to run off? USE A TEMPORARY TATOO with your cell phone number on it. Order them from tottoos. org. 10) Kid crumbs filling your keyboard crevices? Slide the STICKY STRIP OF A POST-IT NOTE in that crevice for fast clean up. 11) When trimming kid fingernails, insert a SMALL WAD OF SCOTCH TAPE in the clipper so cut nail pieces will stick on it. 12) Toddler fingerpainting without the mess: Use a GALLON-SIZE PLASTIC ZIPLOCK and add a few dollops of different colored paint. 13) Preserve sliced apples (for your child’s lunch) with salt. Place sliced apples in a plastic bag, SPRINKLE WITH SALT AND ADD A SPRITZ OF WATER. The salty taste will go away, but the apples will look fresh all day. 14) Make SPLINTER REMOVAL less painful. Put a paste of baking soda and water on the splinter and leave for a few minutes so it can

push its way out, leaving enough head for easy removal. 15) Use a COLORED SHARPIE to fill a scratch in on your child’s shoes — no matter the color. Sharpies come in a vast array. 16) USE TOOTHPASTE to rub permanent marker off of furniture. 17) Use those TOY LINK THINGS that come on baby activity gyms to attach small toys to your baby’s high chair or stroller. 18) PLACE CUPCAKE LINERS in your car’s cup holders to keep them fresh and clean. 19) Use SHOWER HOOKS in your child’s closet to hang odd things & get them off the floor. 20) Put a plastic LAZY SUSAN ON ONE SHELF in your refrigerator to hold all of those little jars of babyfood that get lost in the shuffle. 21) Use a PLASTIC DISH-DRYING RACK for keeping coloring and activity books organized and separated. 22) ROLL YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHING ENSEMBLES together in his drawers so he can just pop on an outfit without dumping

things on the floor or putting on something that doesn’t match.

30) HELP MEDICINE GO DOWN by mixing with chocolate syrup.

right before using; makes for a speedy breakfast all week long.

23) TOSS DRYER SHEETS in kid sports’ bags to eliminate smells!

31) CUTTING BANGS at home? Cut them from the outside edge of each eyebrow.

38) Have your kindergarten-aged kids choose and PACK A BOOK AND ACTIVITY for when you’re running errands. Gets them in the habit of choosing their own entertainment and keeping themselves occupied.

24) When dosing your sick child with “the pink stuff,” DRAW A DOSING CHART ON THE BOTTLE with a Sharpie in order to keep track. 25) Turn a PLASTIC CEREAL CONTAINER into a trash can for your car. 26) USE A PIZZA CUTTER for quickly cutting food into bite sizes. Works great for sandwiches, pancakes and more. 27) ROTATE YOUR CHILDREN’S TOYS every other week. It will keep them playing like it’s Christmas! 28) Little one keeps taking off his diaper? REVERSE HIS ROMPER so the zipper’s in the back. 29) Teach kids how to CLEAN THEIR ROOMS FAST: 1) Clear off the bed and make it; 2) Put all clothes on the bed; 3) Gather items from floor and put in a large basket; 4) Discard trash; 5) Separate clothes and put away. Done.

32) Dog eating HOLES IN YOUR SOCKS? Don’t throw’em away — use them for furniture dusting. 33) Keep little ones from ROLLING OUT OF BED by placing a pool “noodle” vertically down the “drop off” side and underneath the fitted sheet. No more boom, boom in the night. 34) No more slammed fingers in that door! USE A POOL “NOODLE” by cutting it down to 1/8 size and slicing it open on one side. Now insert around the open edge of the door. 35) Keep a charged Dirt Devil in your car for QUICK CLEAN UPS. 36) Use your phone’s stopwatch to TIME YOUR KID’S shoe tying, tooth brushing, etc. 37) Pancake lovers: Make a DOUBLE BATCH OF BATTER at the beginning of the week to keep in the fridge in a 4-cup measuring cup. Just give it a quick stir

39) Ditch the sock search! Assign each child ONE type of sock and stick with it. Buy them 15 pairs each. NO MORE SORTING HEADACHES. 40) Make your kids ADVENTUROUS ABOUT VEGETABLES by letting them choose at the grocery store. Say, “You pick two vegetables and we’ll prepare them.” Makes a great way for getting them to try new things. 41) Need 15 MINUTES TO YOURSELF? Put your kid on a stool in front of the sink, give him two plastic cups and turn on the water. Be nearby, but get your 15 minutes! 42) Forgot a diaper and your child’s exploded? ASK ANOTHER MOMMY NEARBY. Motherhood’s a shared experience and most moms will be glad to help!


A summer camp just for kids who stutter.

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is holding a special summer day camp for children and teens who stutter. The goal of the Summer Fluency Day Camp is to help stutterers become more confident communicators. Specialists in speech and language will lead the camp. Space is limited, apply by April 15. Find out more: (615) 936-5016 or VanderbiltHealth.com/stutteringcamp

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SUMMER CAMP WARM UP Savvy parents assure their kids’ spots at popular camps by signing them up as soon as registration opens. That time is NOW. By Sherry Hang

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Boys being boys at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan in Nashville. he summer of 2016 will be here before you know it, so be a smart cookie and get hopping on your child’s adventures now. Is a residential camp in the cards for your older child this summer? Many kids beg to return to their beloved camp and their summer friends each year, so it’s important not to wait until it’s too late for your child. Talk to your child’s friends’ moms to plan together for the kids! Next, plan to attend Nashville Parent’s 20th Annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair at Cool Springs Galleria in Franklin on Saturday, Feb. 6. Camp representatives will be in attendance to provide information about their special programs for potential campers and their parents. Find full event details on page 21.

RESIDENTIAL CAMP If you decide on a residential camp, keep in mind that readiness varies by child. Know that children who are adamantly opposed to sum-

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mer camp should not be forced into going! “The number one sign of readiness is being excited about it!” says Elizabeth Cochran of YMCA Camp Ernst in Burlington, Ky. Most camps take children by the time they’re 7 or 8 years old. “At ID Tech, we allow kids 10 and older to spend the night at our summer camps,” says Tracey Price, regional manager for ID Tech, which offers overnight camps for kids interested in computer programming, web design, robotics and more. “We feel that at this age kids are responsible enough to handle their own sleeping and wake-up routines and likely have the emotional strength needed to stay away from home.” Cochran says, “Parents should always inquire about whether a camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA is the standard of the camping industry and a critical component to keeping camps and their staff accountable to best practices in health, safety and programming.” Other considerations include the camperto-counselor ratio. Depending on the age and ability of the campers,

the median range is one staff member to every seven to eight campers. Price is also something to consider. Overnight camp fees vary widely. When making initial inquiries, be sure to find out what’s included in the basic fee and what other costs will be incurred along the way. Is there a deposit? Is there a camp store? Are the campers required to wear uniforms, and if so, what’s the cost? If the bottom line is beyond your family’s means, be sure to inquire about financial assistance — some camps offer it to families who cannot afford to pay the full tuition. Find out about the director’s background. Learn what kind of training the counselors receive. What percentage of counselors return each year? How are disciplinary issues handled? Also, make sure to get references. Talking to others who have first-hand experience is the best way to learn the true colors of various camps. Finally, once you zero in on a few camps you really like, it’s time to set up visits to get an up-close-and-personal look.


Open house dates pop up in the late winter and early spring when families can visit and explore the camp’s amenities. “Parents can often schedule an on-site visit the week prior to their scheduled camp week,” says Price. “If their kids are concerned about the overnight experience, it might be good for them to see the space prior to arrival.”

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR AWAY CAMP It’s normal for children to feel slightly ap-

prehensive about going to camp — day or residential — for the first time. Give your child the opportunity to discuss some of his fears while remaining positive yourself. Make sure you communicate your confidence in his ability to successfully handle the experience. “The most important thing parents can do is to communicate to their camper that they believe in him or her,” says Cochran, adding parents should never arrange a “pick-up deal,” meaning parents shouldn’t promise to pick up kids early. “Kids need to know that their best cheerleaders (their parents) are confident in their ability to express independence and overcome difficulty.” “Often summer camp is tougher on the parents than the kids,” says Price. She says at ID Tech, the on-site director’s phone number is available for check-ins, and scheduled phone calls can be arranged once or twice during the weeklong stay. “We want parents to feel as comfortable as possible.”

HEADING OFF HOMESICKNESS Kids get their first taste of independence at summer camp, and for some, it’s also their first encounter with homesickness. “Homesickness can strike any kid at any time,” says Price. When it happens, camp staff at ID Tech will try to redirect the child, she explains, and if that doesn’t work, sometimes a phone call home will do the trick. And since ID Tech is a technology camp, a Skype or Facetime chat is available, too. Cochran says parents should teach kids it’s OK to miss home, but they will be excited to hear about their child’s adventures when they get back. Journals or letters home sometimes help, but she advises parents to keep their own letters light and positive, and avoid talking about how much they miss their kids. J Sherry Hang is a parenting writer & editor.

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CAMPS TODAY

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very two years, the American Camp Association asks camps what issues they see on the horizon when it comes to camp and children’s needs. Here are five prevalent things to know about summer camps today:

Learn archery and more at YMCA Camp Ernst in Burlington, Ky.

1. TECHNOLOGY AT CAMP Camps remain one of the only places where kids can truly unplug — 74 percent of camps don’t allow campers to use any personal electronic devices at any time.

2. PARENT COMMUNICATION Eighty-five percent of camps indicate that campers are able to communicate with their parents via hand-written letters or postcards.

Riding at Horton Haven Christian Camp in Lewisburg, Tenn.

3. OUTCOME EVALUATION Fifty percent of camps report that demonstrating youth outcomes of the camp experience is more important today than it was three years ago.

4. SPECIAL POPULATIONS Twelve percent of camps added opportunities for children with chronic illness or medical conditions, and another 12 percent added opportunities for those from military/ deployed families.

Campers discover a turtle at Camp Warner Park in Nashville.

5. HEALTHY HABITS Most camps accommodate kids with food allergies, 74 percent encourage drinking more water, 62 percent increase fruits and veggies, 50 percent increase healthy drink options, 47 percent reduce sugary drinks and sweets/sugary foods. Strummin’ six strings at Barefoot Republic Camp located in Franklin.

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Campers and counselors having fun at Camp Conquest in Cordova, Tenn.

SUMMER CAMPS

FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Kids with special needs can have a blast at camp this summer! Here are some outstanding options in Tennessee. Compiled by Kiera Ashford

CAMP ABILITY 615-809-2632 • specialkidstn.com Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center offers Camp Ability to children with special needs ages 6 - 25. The seven-week camp takes place in June and July in Murfreesboro. Camp Ability allows campers to participate in interactive, social and fun environments. Camp counselors focus on each child’s abilities, finding ways for everyone to participate in activities. Registration — which begins this month — is first-come, first-serve and the camp fills quickly. One-week sessions are $100. CAMP CONQUEST 901-490-7164 • campconquest.com markp@campconquest.com This Christ-centered, week-long, overnight camp is for children ages 6 - 16 with developmental disabilities including autism, PDD, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and others. An additional camp is available for ages 17 and older. Located in Cordova, participating children come from numerous southern states to experience making new friends, horseback riding, canoeing, rock climbing and more. Volunteer opportunities are available for typical kids, ages 13 - 16 interested in junior counseling. CAMP DISCOVERY 615-504-1727 • jayceecamp.org Tennessee Jaycees provides this camp to ages 7 and older with mental and physical challenges. This six-day camp in Gainesboro features hiking, music, games, sports, swimming, campfires and more. There are several sessions to choose from between June 5 - Aug. 5. (please turn the page)

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SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS CAMP HOPE 615-349-5645 vanderbilthealth.com/burncenter This non-profit organization through Vanderbilt Burn Center provides a free week of physical and emotional healing for children ages 6 - 16 with burn injuries. The camp takes place July 20 - 23 at William P. Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia. Applications are available now at the website. CAMP JUMP START, CAMP RISE AND SIGN & CAMP SIGN ME UP 615-248-8828 • bridgesfordeafandhh.org The youth programs at Bridges serves deaf and hard of hearing kids from kindergarten through high school. Applications are now available for summer camps. Camp Rise and Sign (May 13 - 15) is held at Hillmont Camp providing deaf and hard of hearing children and siblings a weekend of games, camping and memorybuilding fun. Camp Sign Me Up (Level I June 13 - 17; Level II June 20 - 24) is designed to teach hearing students American Sign Language. Camp Jump Start (summer dates TBA) is for Bridge’s After-School Program which prepares kids for the return to school. CAMP SUGAR FALLS 615-298-3066, ext. 3330 • diabetes.org A diabetes day camp for ages 6 - 12 with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The camp takes place June 22 - 26 at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and provides campers with a place to play, laugh, share and learn about diabetes management. The camp is already full, but applications are accepted for the wait list. DEAF CAMP 800-253-RICE • billriceranch.org Brill Rice Ranch is a revival ministry in Murfreesboro that offers a free Deaf Camp for deaf children ages 9 - 19. The camp is offered in five different five-day sessions that take place June 12 - July 29 featuring trail rides, gospel messages in sign language, sport competitions, swimming and more.

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DAY CAMP PROGRAM AT EMPOWER ME CENTER 615-453-0005 • empowermecenter.com Located in Lebanon, this camp’s for ages 5 - 21 with mild to moderate physical, developmental or mental disabilities and takes place across three weeks in June and July. Offerings include sports, music and drama, arts and crafts, water games, nature and outdoor adventures, and more. Teachers and trained staff members help campers have a fun and controlled camp experience. The Empower Me Center aims to build a new state-of-the-art facility to serve the growing need for special needs family activities. Visit the website or the Empower Me Center on Facebook. EASTER SEALS CAMP 615-292-6640 • easterseals.com/tennessee Youth summer day and resident camps held at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan for children with disabilities ages 7 - 16. With a 1:3 camper-tocounselor ratio, kids enjoy canoeing, archery, ropes activities, nature activities, sports, swimming and more. Easter Seals campers join regular Camp Widjiwagan campers to have the same camp experiences. There are several fiveday sessions to choose from that take place May 23 - July 29. Registration is now open. SUMMER FLUENCY DAY CAMP 615-936-5016 vanderbilthealth.com/stutteringcamp Vanderbilt’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers this day camp to children ages 8 - 18 who stutter. The goal is to help kids become more confident communicators with the help of speech and language specialists. The camp runs June 6 - 10 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is held at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville. Space is limited. ZOOPER HEROES CAMP 615-833-1534, ext. 160 nashvillezoo.org/zoo-camps The Nashville Zoo offers a summer camp, Zooper Heroes Camp, for children with special needs ages 8 - 14. This day camp takes place July 5 - 8 at the zoo allowing campers to meet animals in the classroom, visit the exhibits, make crafts, play games and more. An adult must also accompany each child (at no extra cost).

An Empower Me Center day camp, located in Lebanon.

Camp Hope, offered through the Vanderbilt Burn Center, takes place at the William P. Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia.

Camp Ability, available through Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center takes place in Murfreesboro.

Bill Rice Ranch in Murfreesboro offers numerous camps, including ones for the deaf.


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2:00 to 4:00 p.m. MARCH 6 • APRIL 10 MAY 15 GUIDED WALKING TOUR and Meet Some of the SUMMER STAFF

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Enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences possible only at the Frist! Young artists ages 5 to10 are invited to explore our exhibitions and experiment with fun new processes under the guidance of experienced teaching artists and museum educators. Camps are available in weeklong sessions from June 20 to July 1, 2016. The Frist also offers ARTlab for youth ages 11 to 18. Registration begins January 25 for Frist Center members and February 8 for non-members. Space is limited, so secure your spot soon!

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ages 2 – 14 I june 6 – july 29 Drawing, Painting, Clay, Nature Explorers, Gardening & Much More! For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat summer camps at Cheekwood! 46 february 2016 VISIT CHEEKWOOD.ORG FOR CAMP LISTINGS AND MORE INFORMATION.


ACADEMICS Brain Balance of Franklin 790 Jordan Road, Ste. 110, Franklin brainbalancecenters.com

615-244-6627

Our program addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training and stimulation and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines.

Brehm Preparatory School Summer Program 950 Brehm Lane, Carbondale IL brehm.org

618-457-0371

Brehm’s Summer Scenario: Self-Reliance is an epic, open-ended, multi-player experiential learning adventure where participants discover their own strengths as they play essential roles for their tribes in quests and challenges. Through individualized and shared adventures, players explore the environment; learn about sustainability; develop basic survival skills; explore their environment; and delve into academics, assistive technology, art and experiential learning while getting to know their fellow players and uniting as tribes.

The Goddard School® 1101 Moher Blvd., Franklin 98 Moss Lane, Franklin 108 Cinema Drive, Hendersonville goddardschool.com

615-595-2525 615-538-2410 615-822-9300

The Goddard School’s summer camp curriculum incorporates STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) into exciting, one-of-a-kind and fun experiences for your child every day! We offer a broad range of programs and mini-camps to pique the interest and curiosity of every child.

LearningRx 5554 Franklin Pike, Ste. 200, Nashville 2044 Lascassas Pike, Murfreesboro learningrx.com/nashville-brentwood • learningrx.com/murfreesboro

615-953-8899 615-867-8717

LearningRx specializes in making kids measurably smarter through research-based programs that train the brain. Our unmatched results speak for themselves. In fact, students test higher in IQ – an average of 15 points higher – after completing our brain training programs.

University School of Nashville 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville usn.org/summer • jkleiner@email.usn.org

615-321-8016

Make USN Summer Camps your choice for a fun, enriching experience this summer. Many of our camps are led by USN faculty members who bring their expertise and varied passions to diverse programming in sports, academics, the arts, and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon scheduling allows either whole-day or half-day experiences. After-care provided from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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

615-322-8261

We believe that providing acceleration as well as challenging, inquiry-based educational opportunities, best serve the intellectual needs of gifted children; that being able to work alongside true academic peers provides a sense of community and belonging that helps to 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.

ANIMALS, EQUESTRIAN Creekside Riding Academy 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin creeksideridingstables.com • creeksidestables@gmail.com

615-595-7547

Where horse lovers come to camp! Daily mounted riding lessons, games on horseback or trail rides. We focus on safety, proper riding techniques, grooming, care, tacking and leading. Day camps throughout June and July for beginners to advanced riders, ages 6 and up.

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Cub Creek Science Camp 16795 State Route E, Rolla, MO mosciencecamp.com • office@bearriverranch.com

573-458-2125

Ages 7 - 17. A sleep-away camp with its own zoo! Feed lemurs, zoom down a zip-line, and take classes in veterinary medicine, animal care, survival skills, crime science, archery, culinary science, arts and crafts. Air conditioned cabins. ACA accredited. For more adventure, check out our sister camp – Animal Camp Jamaica!

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SUMMER RIDING CAMP Weekly During June & July

• Safe Horse Handling • Riding Lessons • Trail Rides • Grooming & Games

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Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center 4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington peachtreefarms.com • polly@peachtreefarms.com

615-419-1089

Saddle up and ride! Our equestrian camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8, full-day for ages 6 and older. After-care is available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center.

Valley View Equestrian Camp 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA valleyviewranch.com

Riding Academy & Stables

Hwy 431 at Duplex Rd., 2359 Lewisburg Pk., Franklin, TN 37064

706-862-2231

Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls ages 8 - 17. One to 9 weeks. 600 acres. English, Western, barrels, vaulting, and trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4 - 6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!

615-595-7547 * creeksideridingstables.com

ARTS Act Too Players 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 119, Franklin acttooplayers.com • info@acttooplayers.com

615-294-0667

Each summer, Act Too Players offers a combination of week-long performance camps and our full production summer intensives taught by some the best in the Nashville theatre industry. Every student gets the opportunity to rehearse with the best directors, musical directors, and technical staff. Our goal is to instruct your child on the art of theatre while providing a fun, safe, environment.

Register NOW for S.T.E.M. Enriched Summer Camps with classes in Robotics, Game Design, Minecraft, Engineering Adventures, and more for ages 7 to 14! Conveniently located in Franklin and Nashville www.EngineeringForKids.com/location/Nashville

Nashville@engineeringforkids.com

Ann Carroll School of Dance 1121 Harpeth Industrial Ct., Ste. 500, Franklin anncarrollschoolofdance.com • di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com

615-790-6468

Ann Carroll School of Dance offers a performing arts camp for ages 2 - 18 yrs. Preschool camps are offered Mon. - Thu. and include ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and tumbling. Camp for ages 6 - 18 yrs. are offered Mon. - Fri. and consist of dance, acting, and vocal performance.

Cheekwood Summer Camp 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville cheekwood.org

615-353-9827

For ages 2 - 14. Jun. 6 - Jul. 29. Drawing, painting, clay, Nature Explorers, gardening, and much more. For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat summer camps at Cheekwood!

Dance in Bloom 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

Located just of I-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acro, cheer and new athletic boys dance. Classes are up-beat and fun! Ask about our birthday parties! Voted #1 Dance Studio by Nashville Parent readers!

Elite Dance Academy 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B-1 & B-2, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com

615-776-4202

Voted Best Dance Instruction in the 2015 Best of Parenting. We are a family oriented studio that prides itself on quality dance instruction in a positive and uplifting environment. Our emphasis is on teaching age appropriate material to the recreational dancer as well as training for the seriously committed student. We offer dance, cheer, and performing arts camps. Full- and half-day camps.

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts Hancock, NY frenchwoods.com • admin@frenchwoods.com

800-634-1703

French Woods offers summer camp programs in dance, theater, music, circus, magic, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, waterfront, skate board, rock and roll and horseback riding. We cater to children from 7 - 17 yrs. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville fristcenter.org/summerartcamp

615-244-3340

Sculpture, drawing, animation, photography, and so much more. Our week-long, age-appropriate classes are designed to be fun and educational for kids ages 5 - 18. No art-making experience is necessary.

Gray Studios LA graystudiosla.com • info@graystudiosla.com

818-582-3943

We are bringing our amazing camps to Nashville! Come join us for a full week and learn the secrets of how to be a child star, or if you are interested in the arts just come and have fun. Celebrity and Casting Director classes included. Make a short film by the end of the camp.

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SUMMER CAMP... MINUS THE DIRT & BUGS!

PRE-SCHOOL CAMP

JULY 11th-14th JULY 18th-21st

May 31-June 3rd: Girls Basketball Camp 10:00am-12:00pm • 1st - 4th Grade | 1:00pm - 4pm • 5th - 8th Grade June 1st-3rd: Extreme Science Camp 9am - 12pm • 3rd - 6th Grade

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PERFORMING ARTS CAMP & ADVANCED INTENSIVE CAMP

June 6-8: Baseball Camp: Kindergarten 9am - 11:30pm • Kindergarten - 8th Grade

JULY 11th-29th

June 6-8: Football Camp | 12pm - 3pm • 4th - 8th Grade June 6-8: Cheer Camp 9am - 11am • 3 year olds going into the 2nd Grade 1pm - 4pm • going into the 3rd grade - going into the 6th grade June 13-16: Speed Camp | 10am - 12pm • 7th - 12th graders

Monday thru Friday 9:00am–4:00pm www.anncarrollschoolofdance.com

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June 13-16: Volleyball Camp 10am -12pm • 2nd - 4th Grade | 1pm - 4pm • 5th-8th June 13-17: Lego WeDo Camp | 8am -11am • 2nd - 4th grade June 20-24: Ready Set Show Camp 8am-11am • K - 3rd | 12pm - 3pm • 4th-7th June 20-24: Chef Star Camp | 8am -11pm • 4th - 7th | 12pm - 5pm • K - 3rd June 20-23: Softball Camp | 8am - 11am • 1st - 8th grade June 20-23: Boys Basketball Camp | 9am -12pm • K - 8th June 27-July 1: Soccer Shots | 9am - 12pm • 3year old - 7 year old July 11-15: Lego Mindstorms Camp | 8am - 11am • 5th & 6th grade July 18-21: Soccer Camp | 8am - 11am • Age 8 and up July 18-22: Rock Star Camp | 9am-12pm • K - 7th | 1pm - 4pm • K-7th

check out goodpasture.org for more camp options

Building Confidence, Intellectual Growth, and Spiritual Strength 619 DUE WEST AVE., MADISON, TN 37115

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FRACamps.com | 615-369-4546

4700 Franklin Road Nashville, TN 37220


Hendersonville Arts Council at Monthaven Mansion 1017 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville hendersonvillearts.org

615-822-0789

Sign up now for the After School Arts program, September through May. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and more information on our website.

Mobile Music Academy mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

Knights of the Round Table Hendersonville Christian Academy

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615-301-8589

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

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The Music Class 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood Satellite locations in Belle Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com

615-777-9314

Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth - 5 yrs. Help your young child achieve his or her full musical potential with this innovative, developmental music and movement program. Parent and child classes are playful and creative and each family receives the acclaimed CDs and songbooks. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. Call or visit our website for current schedule and session pricing or to find out about our birthday parties and moms’ group events.

With Convenient Locations in Hendersonville and Goodlettsville

Nashville Ballet Summer Camp 3630 Redmon St., Nashville 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood nashvilleballet.com

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School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest quality of 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.

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

615-254-9103

Founded in 1931, NCT is the country’s oldest professional theater for youth and was ranked as one of the top five children’s theaters by Time magazine. NCT presents age-appropriate plays from the classics to contemporary. Saturday drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

O’More College of Design 423 Margin Street, Franklin omorecollege.edu

615-794-4254

Summer Studio at O’More takes young people to the next level of art education in digital media, design, and fine art. Take the journey with us. Experience the Summer Studio. Offering an eclectic and inspirational setting that will introduce budding artists to new media and techniques by seasoned professionals. Artists will be guided and instructed by art educators, professors and professional artists as well. After a week of serious art-making, each student will have created an array of high-quality finished art pieces to share with friends and family.

Rock Zone Music After-School Program & Camp 11902 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet rockzoneafterschool.com • contact@rockzonemusic.com

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Watkins Community Education 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville watkins.edu/community-education • community@watkins.edu

615-277-7456

Discover a world of art and inspiration at Watkins Summer Art Camps! Our Multi-Arts Camps, Special Topics Camps, and Teen Workshops provide a fun and enriching experience in our state-of-the-art studios. Young campers will work on age-appropriate projects in a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, textiles, and more. Teens are offered specialized workshops that will enhance their artistic skills, help build their college portfolio, and teach them about artists past and present. All supplies are included. Dress for mess and bring a bag lunch. Space is limited so register early!

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FITNESS/SPORTS The Ascent 831 Park Ave., Murfreesboro climbyourrock.com • info@climbyourrock.com

615-796-6545

The Ascent is proud to introduce Kids Rock, an instructional program offered once a week to grades 1 - 5, which focuses them both mentally and physically. Participants actively learn self-confidence, problem solving, focus, determination through various goals and challenges, while also having fun and staying fit. Visit our website for more information and to register.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com

615-890-6755 615-893-6003

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

Blooma Nashville Ages 6-18

Co-ed and all-girls summer camps

60+ Courses

Code apps, mod Minecraft, print 3D objects, design games, build websites, engineer robots, & more

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SUMMER TECH CAMPS HELD AT 130+ LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE Vanderbilt • Xavier University Emory • Georgia Tech Purdue • NYU Stanford and more

Weeklong and 2-week programs, half-day options

8:1

615-797-8064

A new yoga, wellness, and education studio for moms-to-be, mamas and families. Weekly drop-in classes include Prenatal Yoga, Mama-Baby Yoga, Mama-Crawlers Yoga, Babywearing Barre, Postnatal Yoga for Mom, Vinyasa Yoga for Everyone and kids classes from tots to tweens. Blooma offers childbirth education, massage, new mama support groups and women’s circles.

Boost Aquatics 11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville boostfitclub.com/aquatics • aquatics@boostfitclub.com

615-499-5348

Get ready for a fun and safe summer by taking swim lessons NOW! Boost Aquatics offers private or group swim lessons, kids competitive swim team, summer pool memberships and pool parties!

8:1 Guarantee

David Deaton Karate

Only 8 students per instructor for personalized learning

www.iDTech.com/TN

4107 Charlotte Ave., Nashville bloomanashville.com • hello@bloomanashville.com

1-844-788-1858

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

Voted the #1 martial arts school in Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties for 10 years in a row. With more than four decades of experience, students are taught how to handle emergency situations, to be healthy through exercise and to practice self-discipline with a confident, respectful attitude. Classes are for ages 4 - adult.

E.T.C. Gymnastics 1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

Lipscomb University Soccer Camps 1 University Park Drive, Nashville lipscombsoccercamps.com

615-966-5383

Camps are available in June and July for boys and girls ages 4 - 18. Camps are gender and age specific (all boys or all girls). Camps are designed to enhance every players skill level. Professionally licensed NCAA Division 1 coaches, collegiate players, and certified athletic trainers run all Lipscomb University soccer camps on the university’s campus.

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood my-gym.com/brentwood

615-371-5437

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

One Goal Sports Murfreesboro 615-896-7309 onegoalsports.net • admin@onegoalsports.net

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Summer Camp for kids who love music, art, theater, dance, circus, magic, rock and roll, and everything else.

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Read more and register online at

www.curreyingramcamps.org Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane • Brentwood, Tenn. (615) 507-3242 Camps Director: Eric Vinson, eric.vinson@curreyingram.org

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SMYRNA, TN MAY31ST -JULY 29TH Ages K5 - 6th grade 7:30am - 6:30pm DAILY SUMMER FUN CAMP INCLUDES:

One Specialty Camp Per Week Two Field Trips Per Week One Camp T-shirt Daily Snack Daily Lunch Regular Registration Fee: $100 May 1st Early Bird Registration Fee: $65

Specialty camps include: LCA NBA • LCA NFL • Artaroma • Swim Camp Movin’ and Groovin • Cheer Camp • Mad Science Meltdown Dramatic Fanatic • Musical Mania • Gaming Camp 54 february 2016

Camp Extravaganza July 29th 150 Soccer Way, Smyrna, TN 37167 www.lancasterchristianacademy.org (615) 223-0451 | lcaknightsoffice@gmail.com


Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville 615-343-6627 vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/youth • campvandy@vanderbilt.edu

Our youth programs are designed to help your child learn, grow, and stay fit. Whether it’s enjoying activities at Camp Vandy, our summer day camp, learning the basics in swim school, or enhancing skills with the Acorns Youth Swim Team, we have programs you are sure to love!

Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch (ages 5 and up) 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville (ages 3 and up) 550 Sam Ridley Pkwy. W, Smyrna (ages 5 and up) wadokaratecenters.com • orileykarate.com

Registration opens

615-399-3992 615-859-9473 615-399-3992

Feb. 17, 2016! Camp starts

Kids and adults. 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. Check us out on the web or call for more information.

May 23, 2016!

NATURE Camp Bells Bend and Beaman Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville

Experience two of Nashville’s Metro parks in one camp! Camp Bells Bend and Beaman provides outdoor adventures for children ages 6 - 12. Day campers are grouped with well-trained, energetic, and caring counselors who will foster a sense of appreciation of the parks and the outdoors. Let the adventure begin! Mon. - Wed. at Bells Bend Outdoor Center, Thu. and Fri. at Beaman Park Nature Center.

Camp Warner Park 7199 Hwy 100, Nashville campwarnerpark.com • director@campwarnerpark.com

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615-856-4772

615-856-4772

Summer is better in Nashville’s largest Metro park! Camp Warner Park connects children with nature through outdoor learning and play. Day campers will be grouped with qualified, energetic, and passionate counselors who will foster a sense of appreciation of the parks and the outdoors. Let the adventure begin!

For rising 10th grade

Imagine the Perfect day... Give your camper the

chance to splash in a creek, climb up a tree, play in the dirt, meet an animal, create something beautiful, build friendships and make memories. Give them MORE of what summer should be. Join us for our 43rd summer and see what everyone is talking about! camp@whippoorwill.com • www.whippoorwill.com 7840 Whippoorwill Lane • Fairview, TN 37062 • 615-799-9925

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Camp Invention Multiple Locations campinvention.org • campinvention@campinvention.org

FUN GROWTH EXPLORATION

800-968-4332

Local educators lead hands-on activities created especially for children entering grades 1 - 6. Campers spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat, playing high-energy games, and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Discounts are available and spaces are limited.

GETTING KIDS DIRTY SINCE 1930!

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro explorethedc.org

615-890-2300

When school is out, camp is in! Surrounded by 22 acres of protected wetlands in downtown Murfreesboro, the Discovery Center offers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-based day camps year round – whenever school is on break! Rising Kindergartners through fifth graders are invited to spend a summer of fun at the Discovery Center for camp themes from superheroes and dinosaurs to animals and nature.

Engineering for Kids

ART MUSIC SPORTS NATURE SWIM

Various locations in the greater Nashville area 615-261-9937 engineeringforkids.net/location/nashville • nashville@engineeringforkids.net

Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids ages 7 - 14 in a fun and challenging way through camps. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Check out our website for our 2016 summer camp offerings.

iD Tech Camps Camps held at Vanderbilt University idtech.com

888-709-8324

Students ages 7 -17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites, print 3D models, and more! Tech-savvy instructors teach in small groups of 8 students per instructor (guaranteed) so both beginners and advanced students learn at the perfect pace. Campers make new friends, learn foundational STEM skills, and enjoy long-term benefits that extend beyond school, college, and future careers.

Gordon JCC Nashville

For more information about CAMP DAVIS please contact Jack Simon at 615.354.1625 or jack@nashvillejcc.org www.CampDavisnashville.com

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Lipscomb Universtiy/Nissan BisonBot Camps One University Park Drive, Nashville robotics@lipscomb.edu

For every kid who just can’t resist dismantling the toaster, the Lipscomb University/Nissan BisonBot Robotic Summer Camp will be the highlight of their summer. All camps will be held in the new Hughes Center engineering facility on the Lipscomb campus. For grades K - 12. Camps for beginners to advanced.

Mr. Bond and the Science Guys mrbondscienceguy.com

615-573-2702

Mr. Bond and the Science Guys have another summer of fun and educational SCIENCE CAMPS planned for your future scientist! With multiple choices for location and theme, we have a day camp your child will love. Our week-long camps offer the opportunity for inquiry-based experimentation. Perfect for grades K - 6.

Snapology Greater Nashville area northnashville.snapology.com

865-296-0142

Snapology offers amazing educational summer camps for children ages 4 - 14. Some of our more popular offerings include video game design, space wars robotics, stop-motion animation, robot sports challenge, ev3 robotics, and more! Camps are held at various locations in Sumner, Wilson, and Davidson counties. Please see our website for details.

SPECIAL NEEDS Bridges’ Camp Sign Me Up 935 Edgehill Ave., Nashville bridgesfordeafandhh.org • mhunt@bridgesfordeafandhh.org

615-248-8828

Camp Sign Me Up is an exciting camp for kids ages 6 - 13 who want to learn American Sign Language. Come spend the day with us and take fun field trips, play games, and inspire creativity all while learning a new language. We’ll have your hands up and talking in no time.

The Center for Courageous Kids 1501 Burnley Road, Scottsville, KY courageouskids.org • jobryan@courageouskidsorg

270-618-2900

The Center for Courageous Kids is a medical camp where children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses can have a physically safe and medically sound camp experience. We host illness specific summer camps for children ages 7 - 15 and illness specific family weekend retreats, free of charge.

Now Enrolling for Summer 2016 REGISTER TODAY AND SAVE $30

Summer Fluency Day Camp Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, 1215 21st Ave. S, Nashville vanderbilthealth.com/stutteringcamp

615-936-5016

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is holding a special summer day camp for children and teens who stutter. The goal of this camp is to help stutterers become more confident communicators. Specialist in speech and language will lead the camp. Space is limited, apply by April 15.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Battle Ground Academy 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin battlegroundacademy.org/bgacamps • bgacamps@mgba.org

615-567-8327

Battle Ground Academy has something for everyone! Camps range from academic to athletics to art and enrichment – all age appropriate and directed by a BGA coach/teacher or camp professional. More than 60 camp opportunities including archery, Lego, Minecraft, academic, art, drama, and sports camps. Camps are for kids ages 5 - adult. Full- and half-day camp available. For families needing additional care, early- and after-care are available.

Camp Beech Creek at Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood curreyingramcamps.org • eric.vinson@curreyingram.org OPEN TO RISING K THROUGH AGE 13

ALL DAY CAMP 8AM - 5:15PM Your Your kids kids are are inside inside aa school school nearly nearly 10 10 months months aa year-do year-do you you really really want want to to send send them them back back to to school school for for camp camp too? too?

615-507-3242

Slide into summer with Camp Beech Creek. With weekly themes like Star Wars and Hollywood, and morning electives such as LEGOs, sports, cooking, American Girl, rock-n-roll, and more, this camp has it all. June and July camps. Rising grades K - 6. Before- and after-care. Details are online!

Camp Crusader - Hendersonville Christian Academy 355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville crusaderkidscom • wslater@hcacrusaderscom

615-824-1550

Parents appreciate our pay-by-the-day plan. There is no need to commit to full weeks during the summer. We provide a clean t-shirt each day and clean towels on pool days. Lunch and snacks are included in the daily rate. Campers take fun-filled field trips every day.

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Discovery Center Summer Camp! May 31 - July 29 • 9am-4pm • Grades: K - 5

May 31 - June 3 & July 5 - 8 Science & Superheroes

June 13 - 17 & July 18 - 22 Kids’ Creature Club

June 6 - 10 & July 11 - 15 Jurassic Spark

June 20 - 24 & July 25 - 29 Mars Quest: Rockets & Robots June 27 - July 1 Wild & Wonderful World 502 SE Broad Street Murfreesboro

615-890-2300

explorethedc.org

2016 Science Camps Locations all over town! Great for girls and boys ages 5-12. Our brilliant hands-on science camps offer kids the time and opportunity for inquiry based science experimentation. Visit MrBondScienceGuy.com for more information!

Fun as BIG as all outdoors! This summer why not try something fun and adventurous in our overnight camps, like climbing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, caving, hiking, camping, and more? Session 1: June 12 - 24, 2016 Session 2: July 3 - 15, 2016 Ages: 11 – 14

(423) 267-8505 | www.baylorschool.org/summer

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CampVandy Summer 2016 Summer Day Camp For Ages 4–13 May 30–July 29 • Weekly themed camps for a variety of interests • Special guest appearances and activities • Early care and after care available

CampVandy W.I.L.D. for Ages 13–15 July 11–15 Teens explore Middle Tennessee wilderness areas with: • Hiking • Flat water boating • Rock climbing • High ropes course • Zip lining

Vanderbilt Swim School For Ages 6 Months And Up May 30–July 22

Horton Haven Christian Camp Boys and Girls ages 8-18

Horses Mtn Biking Archery Crafts Swimming

• Group and private lessons available • Morning, afternoon, and evening classes

Acorns Swim Team For Ages 4–18 May 30–July 15 • Fun-filled, yet competitive, swim experience • Morning and afternoon sessions • Focused on stroke and endurance techniques

Zipline Canoeing Bible Lessons Climbing Walls

Online registration begins February 29

Conveniently located 1 hour south of Nashville

(931) 364-7656 hortonhaven.org

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vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/youth 615-343-6627 •

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center •

@VandyRec

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. © 2016 Vanderbilt University. All rights reserved. Produced by Vanderbilt University Creative Services, 2016.


Camp Davis - Gordon JCC Nashville 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville campdavisnashville.com • jack@nashvillejcc.org

615-354-1625

We strive to provide a summer experience that is safe, inclusive, and fun. As a flagship program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Camp Davis is a community of support where children grow through age appropriate social and emotional development. Children are encouraged to try new things and take risks on a daily basis. Our highly trained staff work hard to build connections with our campers and build each child’s own confidence and sense of belonging within the community. Open to all children entering grades K - 10 regardless of race, religion, or family background.

Camp Idyllwild 3139 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River campidyllwild.com • campidyllwild@gmail.com

615-541-9453

Campers here have been doing what they want, when they want, for how long they want everyday since 2008. Camp takes place on a secluded rural private 30-acre property with two pristine spring-fed creeks, wooded hiking paths and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from all day long. Full-day week-long camp sessions; daily round-trip transportation; healthy and organic wholesome snacks; low camper to counselor ratio; $30 early registration discount ends Mar.1. Register online (Visa, MC, AmEx). Enrollment for summer has started, and capacity is limited!

Camp Juliette Low 321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland, GA cjlorg • info@cjl.org

770-428-1062

CJL is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7 - 17. Campers live in platform tents and enjoy traditional camp activities that emphasize outdoor living skills and recreation, including canoeing, ropes course, archery, and horseback. CJL provides exciting, outdoor experiences that foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. One- and two-week sessions available. ACA Accredited.

Camp Walkabout 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga 423-267-8506 ext. 827 baylorschool.org/campwalkabout • badams@baylorschool.org

Chattanooga’s premier outdoor camp! Come enjoy adventures in Outdoor magazine’s “Best Town Ever.” Camp Walkabout is a no-experience necessary avenue to the best summer ever!

Camp WeHaKee N8104 Barker Lake Road, Winter, WI wehakeecampforgirls.com

800-582-2267

Have fun, build friendships, be yourself! More than 40 activities that each girl chooses. Campers from around the world. Exceptional staff! At the heart of WeHaKee is relationship. Just three hours from Minneapolis in Northern Wisconsin!

Camp Woodmont 381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA campwoodmont.com • alyson@campwoodmont.com

423-472-6070

Camp Woodmont is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga TN, 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 15, 2- 5 p.m.

Christ Presbyterian Academy: CPA Ventures - Summer 2016 2323 A Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville cpalions.org/summer • camps@cpalions.org

615-373-9550

CPA offers 50+ camps and workshops for grades kindergarten through 12 in the areas of athletics, academics, and the arts. There are camps to meet any interest and schedule! CPA Ventures - Summer 2016 begins the week of May 31 and ends on August 4, with multiple camps offered weekly.

Deer Run Camps and Retreats 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station camps.deerrunretreat.org • contact@deerrunretreat.org

615-794-2918

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Overnight Camps – 100 wooded acres. Build relationships, character, confidence. Age-graded sessions for completion of grades 3 - 12. Registration includes ALL activities: horseback, giant swing, climbing tower, paintball, archery, BB guns, lake activities, cardboard boat regatta, small group Bible study, nightly speaker, and worship. Campers choose one track: fishing, percussion, drama, sports, horse care, and more. Day Camps – Voted best day camp. Age 5 yrs. - completed grade 8. 100 wooded acres. Build relationships, character, confidence. Registration includes ALL activities: lake activities, games, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, songs, small group Bible study. Grades 6 - 8 Adventure Camp also includes outdoor education and survival skills — compass orienteering, tomahawk throwing, debris hut building, fire starting, knot tying. Extended care. Bus transportation. continued on page 60 ...

3801 HOBBS ROAD • NASHVILLE, TN 37215 • 615.297.9543

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Camp Juliette Low On Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, GA

CJL is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7-17. 1 & 2 week sessions June 5—July 30, 2016

Franklin Road Academy Summer Programs 4700 Franklin Road, Nashville fracamps.com • fracamps@franklinroadacademy.com

615-369-4546

Whether it’s academic preparation, athletic skills training, arts and crafts, or all of the above, FRA is the place to be for summer fun! A wide variety of camps are offered for all ages (pre-K and up) in academics, arts, enrichments, and sports. Extended morning and afternoon services are available.

Goodpasture Summer Camps 619 Due West Avenue, Madison goodpasture.org

615-868-2600

Offering a variety of summer camps: Ready Set Show Camp, Lego WeDo Camp, Lego Mindstorms Camp, Extreme Science Camp, softball, soccer, baseball, girls and boys basketball, volleyball, cheer, football, and tennis. Check out our website for more camp options!

Harding Academy Summer Programs      

Horseback Ropes course Climbing wall Pottery/crafts Fire-building Camp crafts

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Canoeing Sailing Archery Pool Hiking Drama For more information or to register online:

770-428-1062 info@CJL.org OCOEE-Nashville Parent Ad 2015.eps @ 66.7% (CMYK/8) www.CJL.org Preparing Girls for Confident Living and Leadership Since 1922

170 Windsor Drive, Nashville hardingacademy.org • summer@hardingacademy.org

615-948-7005

Harding offers week-long day camps for children pre-K - grade 8. Camp offerings include theme days, storytelling, music, creative movement, math, science and language arts enrichment, water days, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, and technology. Our popular athletic camps include volleyball, basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. All skill levels welcome. Camps run from Jun. 6 - Jul. 1 and July 11 - 29.

Harpeth Hall School 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville harpethhall.org

615-297-9543

Jewel. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jane Goodall. No matter who a girl’s hero is, she can live her dreams at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls of all ages can uncover artistic talents, perfect athletic skills, explore science in-depth, and just plain have fun. More information on registration is available on our website. Come to Harpeth Hall and dream big this summer.

Horton Haven Christian Camp 3711 Reed Harris Road, Chapel Hill hortonhaven.org

931-364-7656

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.

Indian Creek Camp 150 Cabin Circle Drive, Liberty indiancreekcamp.com • icc@kytn.net

615-448-1023

Indian Creek Camp is a Christian, co-ed, overnight, ACA accredited camp for ages 7 - 17. It also offers an all-inclusive family camp summer vacation. Week-long affordable fun! Activities include horseback riding, water skiing, canoeing, archery, ceramics, mountain biking, swimming lessons, a nature center, and more.

Lancaster Christian Academy 150 Soccer Way, Smyrna lancasterchristianacademy.org

615-223-0451

Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna is hosting our annual summer fun camp for children grades K - 5. Our interactive, fun camp includes a camp t-shirt, daily snack and lunch, two field trips each week, and specialty camps. Your children will explore space, dive into the pool, eat bugs, and score touchdowns! We also have daily chapels so your kid can grow in the Lord! Spaces are limited, so be certain to register early.

Oak Hill Day Camp 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville 615-298-9583 rec.fpcnashville.org/o-h-day-camp/ • general-recreation@fpcnashville.org

Oak Hill Day Camp is celebrating 65 years of being Nashville’s Summer Home for camp fun and traditions. Swimming, riding hoses, archery, theater, ropes, art, and games are only part of the camp experience. It’s the bond of friendships you build at camp that last a lifetime!

Riverview Camp for Girls 757 CR 614, Mentone, AL riverviewcamp.com • info@riverviewcamp.com

800-882-0722

Voted best sleep-away camp more than six times in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Only two hours away from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions available for girls 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six activities to take daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

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Travellers Rest 636 Farrell Pkwy, Nashville travellersrestplantationorg • tonya@travellersrestplantation.org

615-832-8197

Our summer camps have been making history for over 20 years One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets, our award-winning day camps make learning history an adventure! From history’s mysteries to Tennessee tales, the War of 1812 to the Civil War ... join us this summer for a time traveling adventure through history.

Victory Ranch 4330 Mecklingburg Drive, Bolivar victoryranch.org • smith@victoryranch.org

731-659-2880

Christian (non-denominational), co-ed residential camp featuring one of the best facilities in the nation including an incredible outdoor adventure course, 20-stall barn, water activities, and much more all on 500 beautiful acres. All lodges are air-conditioned and incredibly comfortable. Camp staff hand-selected with a ratio of 3:1. Campers are loved, nurtured, challenged and have the time of their lives. Space is limited.

The Wave Day Camp at First Baptist Church Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville fbchendersonville.com/wave • daycamp@fbchtn.org

615-447-1397

The Wave provides an exciting, safe, Christ-centered camping environment for kids grade K - 8, Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Each week has a unique theme highlighted by action-packed events including inflatable games, water games, our own Olympics, and more! Daily activities include music, culinary arts, library, art, and recreation.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview whippoorwill.com • camp@whippoorwill.com

615-799-9925

Voted one of the best camps in Nashville and a summer tradition for more than 40 years! Located in beautiful Williamson County, campers choose their own activities every day. Options include swimming, crafts, rope activities, archery, kayaking, nature explorations, canning, and more! Providing a fun and safe environment for campers rising grades 1 - 10. Bus transport provided and ACA accredited.

YMCA Camp Ocoee 111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee campocoee.com • info@campocoee.com

423-338-5588

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 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, SUP, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs and many more.

YMCA Day Camps ymcamidtn.org/programs/camp

615-259-9622

Camping at the Y is about learning skills, developing character, and making friends. Our camps are also places where kids become a community as they engage in physical, social, and educational activities that teach how to be more independent and contribute to a group. Each week includes swimming and field trips.

YMCA Summer Adventure Camps offered at participating school locations ymcafunco.org

615-259-3418

The summer component of the YMCA’s Fun Company out-of-school time program, Summer Adventure offers campers daily fun in a safe, supervised environment. Offering full-day excitement, campers will learn skills, develop character, and make new friends, all while engaging in physical, social, and educational activities.

YMCA Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch campwidji.org

615-360-2267

Day Camp – Ages 4 - 16. Every day is packed with challenge, fun, and excitement. General activities include canoeing, archery, swimming, ropes activities, drama, nature activities, arts and crafts, sports, and many more! Our traditional day camp is divided into six “Nations” by age. Each activity is led by a counselor and provides opportunities for your camper to meet and participate with a wide variety of new friends! New for day camp 2016 are the Intro to Music Add-On, Widji Color Olympics week, and fullythemed camps including Pirate, Princess, Lego, and Nerf. The Equestrian Day Camp department added Pony Camp and many new Farm Camp animals! Resident Camp – Ages 7 - 16. Resident Camp is the heart and soul of the summer camp experience. Here campers get a feel for the variety of activities that Camp Widjiwagan offers as they spend a week participating in cabin activities and exciting programs while focusing on developing various skills of their own choosing. Our traditional resident camp is divided into five “Villages” by age. Each activity is led by a counselor and provides opportunities for your camper to meet and participate with a wide variety of new friends! New for resident camp 2016 are the Widji Jam Camp, Doctor Who fully-themed camp, and the Voyager Village for first-time overnight campers. The Equestrian Resident Camp department also added many new farm camp animals!

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FUN FOR THE SUMMER

MEMORIES FOR

A LIFETIME

Spend your summer with the Y! Choose the summer camp program that is right for your family: Location

Format

Themes

Features

CAMP WIDJIWAGAN CampWidji.org

Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center – Percy Priest Lake

Day, Overnight and Equestrian Camps

Equestrian, Star Wars, Princess, Pirate, Harry Potter, Ski School and more

Climbing, zip lines, water sports, kangaroo jumper, horse riding, archery, swimming, field trips, etc.

DAY CAMP YMCAMidTN.org/ day-camp

11 YMCA membership centers in six Middle Tennessee counties

Day Camp

Splash, Science in Action, Fit for Fun, Jurassic Adventure, Out of this World, Carnival, Holiday, more

Swimming, field trips, free water safety instruction course for those who do not pass the Y’s swim test

SUMMER ADVENTURE YMCAFunCo.org

22 school locations in six Middle Tennessee counties

Day Camp

An imaginary world cruise with stops in Indonesia, Bali, Hawaii, Alaska, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Australia and New Zealand

Weekly field and swimming trips, teambuilding challenges and games, literacy, service learning and health-and-wellness components included in each theme

At the Y, kids build confidence through accomplishments, create and strengthen friendships, and learn, grow and thrive knowing they are accepted just as they are. To learn more or to register online,

visit ymcamidtn.org/camps. Our Mission: A worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body.

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private school open houses The Edison School Innovative Solutions for Successful Learning

Fall 2016 Enrollment

OPEN HOUSE

Saturdays • 9:30-11:00 a.m.

ACT Scores of 30 or more

/ February 13 & 20 • March 5 & 12

Helping Children with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, or high anxiety, to think critically, and develop a strong foundation to meet the challenges of tomorrow. 2100 B Nashville Pike • Gallatin, TN • www.theeidsonschool.org

SoarHigher Infant - 8th grade

Call for a tour today! 615-833-3610

www.montessoriacad.org

Elementary and lower middle students are offered STEM lab with a robotics program, art classes, music classes, Mandarin Chinese classes, Spanish, iPad and computer labs, PE, and library. Kindergarten classes are offered in a “little red schoolhouse” on campus. Students utilize the latest educational technology daily throughout campus. ACT averages are a 32 for the top 10%, 30 for the top 25% and 25 overall. After school classes are offered in voice, dance, theater, guitar, violin, audio and video production, painting, cooking, crazy science, and MUCH more

Building Confidence, Intellectual Growth, and Spiritual Strength CALL 868-2600 ext. 259 or visit goodpasture.org to learn more. 6021 Cloverland Drive Brentwood, Tennessee 37027 Accredited by American Montessori Society & AdvancEd

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Bus transportation available from Gallatin, Hendersonville, Springfield, Pleasant View, Joelton, Mt. Juliet, and Old Hickory.

619 DUE WEST AVE., MADISON, TN 37115

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The Classical Academy Transforming the hearts and minds of children through Christ-centered classical education!

Come See the Difference at our OPEN HOUSE February 18th at 6:30pm. 810 Del Rio Pike Franklin, TN 37064

TCAfranklin.org Pre-K through 12th

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Events requiring advance registration.

Peppa Pig Live! Peppa’s Big Splash Little ones know Peppa Pig from her weekday TV show on Nick Jr., and she and her pals — in giant puppet form — are making their U.S. live tour debut with a stop in Nashville at Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Preschoolers will see Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep during this adventure that includes lots of songs, dancing and games. Turn to page 72 for event details.

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SPRING BREAK Free Fun Students can discover the history of country music for FREE this spring break through hands-on programs and a Museum activity pack.

Tour your local Goddard School and experience why it’s the best preparation for social and academic success.

Chaperones (two per student) receive $10 off adult Museum general admission

Goddard Systems, Inc.’s program is AdvancED accredited.

Offer available March 19 – April 3 for K-12 students from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties with a school ID or when wearing school apparel.

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PROGRAM FUNDERS: Museum programs are funded in part by The Bonnaroo Works Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Epiphone, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, and Nashville Parent. Technology Partners: Cisco; NewTek; Personal Computer Systems, Inc.; and Promethean.

Downtown Nashville • 615.416.2001 Visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Family for a full list of activities.


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20TH ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR

Saturday, Feb. 6 CoolSprings Galleria, Franklin See page 72

STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE Tuesday, Feb. 2 TPAC, Nashville See page 71

TEDDY BEAR CLINIC Saturday, Feb. 13 Nashville Zoo See page 76

OUR KIDS SOUP SUNDAY

Sunday, Feb. 28 Nissan Stadium, Nashville See page 83

the month’s

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OLATE DOGS

Thursday, Feb. 11 The Franklin Theatre, Franklin See page 75

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Feb. 16 - 21 TPAC, Nashville See page 83

PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA’S BIG SPLASH Friday, Feb. 5 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville See page 72

DISNEY LIVE!

Sunday, Feb. 14 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville See page 78

SENSORY FRIENDLY MOVIE: KUNG FU PANDA 3

Saturday, Feb. 6 NCG Cinema Gallatin See page 75

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Sunday, Feb. 7 Discovery Center, Murfreesboro See page 75 (please turn the page)

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 84 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 87 to register for future events For area LIBRARY STORYTIMES, visit nashvilleparent.com and click on “Things To Do”

FREE Winter Bird Banding

Stop by the center to observe and learn more about the importance of the research happening through bird banding. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

See iconic TV and film clips on a big screen while a live orchestra performs during Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at TPAC.

Mon 1 Early Explorers

Enjoy a special breakfast, see a planetarium show and attend a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger (discounted admission only applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m.); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci. org.

Tue 2 Diana Ross

Motown legend Diana Ross joins the Nashville Symphony for the Music City stop of her “In the Name of Love Tour.” All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $70 - $155; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE La Leche League Hendersonville

Find breastfeeding support and info while meeting other local moms. New and expectant moms. Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-824-0656 or lllofkytn.org.

Predators Hockey

The Preds challenge the St. Louis Blues. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Slavery at The Hermitage

Learn what slave life was like at The Hermitage and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved. Grades 4 - 12. Bellevue Public Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 4:15 5:15 p.m.; 615-862-5854 or thehermitage.com/events.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage

View iconic Star Trek film and TV footage in HD on a giant screen while a live orchestra performs music from the popular science fiction franchise. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $75; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

FREE Tech-Free Family Night

Unplug for an evening of stories, crafts and board games. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Tuesdays for Tots

Preschoolers and parents can look at architecture while exploring the grounds focusing on the pineapple, a symbol of warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

Wed 3 Diana Ross

Motown legend Diana Ross joins the Nashville Symphony for the Music City stop of her “In the Name of Love Tour.” All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $70 - $155; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Earth Lab

During this homeschool program, kids can learn about birds of prey. Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Mare Wakefield performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or wholefoodsmarket.com.

FREE Slavery at The Hermitage

Learn what slave life was like at The Hermitage and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved. Grades 4 - 12. Edgehill Branch Library, 1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville; 4 5 p.m.; 615-862-5861 or thehermitage.com/events.

Thu 4 The B-52s

The world’s most renowned party band joins the Nashville Symphony for a cosmic concert including mega hits like “Love Shack,” “Roam,” “Rock Lobster” and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville;

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Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m.; $29 - $79; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Fri 5

Bruins Basketball

See Thursday, Feb. 4 listing.

Root for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Morehead State. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615-4608500 or belmontbruins.com.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Texas A&M. All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $15; vucommodores.com.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Philadelphia Flyers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Florida Atlantic. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $12; goblueraiders. com.

FREE Slavery at The Hermitage

Learn what slave life was like at The Hermitage and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved. All ages. Old Hickory Branch Library, 101 Jones St., Old Hickory; 6 - 7 p.m.; 615-862-5869 or thehermitage.com/events.

FREE Teen Anime Club Watch anime, enjoy snacks and create a craft. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Public Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0900 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

The B-52s

Blind Boys of Alabama

A night of gospel music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $58.50 - $68.50; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Dance Me a Story: Emperor and the Nightingale

Nashville Ballet presents this story of a Chinese emperor who learns that the strongest friendship can be found through freedom. All ages. Palace Theater, 146 N. Water Ave., Gallatin; 7 p.m. ; 615-4525692 or nashvilleballet.com.

Junior Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Junior Predators when they challenge the Evansville Junior Thunderbolts. All ages. A-Game Sportsplex, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children; 615-771-2444 or juniorpredators.com.

Low Country Boil

Enjoy a Mardi Gras theme with food and fun during this benefit for Sherry’s Run, a program serving those affected by cancer. All ages. The Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 6 - 10 p.m.; $50; 615-784-4014 or lowcountryboiltn.com.

NXT Live!

Catch the next generation of WWE excitement when the “Superstars of Tomorrow” return to Music City. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $55; 615-782-4030 or wmarocks.com.

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Peppa Pig Live! Peppa’s Big Splash

Peppa Pig is on her first U.S. theatrical tour, and she’s bringing George and the rest of her friends for an all-singing, all-dancing adventure filled night with songs, games and muddy puddles. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $29.50 $39.50; (615) 889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Winter Jam 2016 Tour Spectacular A night of CCM and Christian rock music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:45 p.m; donations accepted at the door; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Sat 6 The Affair to Care Mardi Gras Ball

The Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Foundation hosts this benefit for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt that includes a Mardi Gras theme, food, live music and more. Adults. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.; $65; 615-3708070 or xorbia.com/events/ seya/tatc2016/.

Bottles for BizTown

This annual fundraiser for Junior Achievement features a masked wine tasting, silent auction, entertainment, food and more with a new bourbon tasting this year. Adults. Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, 120 Powell Place, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $30; 615-383-9500 or janash.com.

Bruins Basketball

Root for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Eastern Kentucky. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615-4608500 or belmontbruins.com.

FREE Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New Year by learning about the practices and unique habitats from the world’s most populated

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country. Explore maps and photos along with crafts and tea tastings. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Exhibit Opening

The Scholastic Art Exhibition features work from local art students in grades 7 - 12 that’s part of the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The exhibit is on display through Sunday, March 6. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Family Program: Cool Cars & Drivable Designs

View the museum’s car collection then create a customized car design. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Fight for Air Climb

Novice and expert athletes can climb/race up 28 flights of stairs comprising 686 steps and 452 vertical feet during this fundraiser for the local chapter of the American Lung Association. All ages. Fifth Third Center, 424 Church St., Nashville; 9 - 11 a.m.; $35 plus $100 fundraising minimum; lung.org.

FREE First Saturday Art Crawl

Twenty-five art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings. All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; 615-577-7710 or nashvilledowntown.com/play/ first-saturday-art-crawl.

Graham Nash

A night of rock music. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 - 10 p.m.; $80 - $115; 615-324-1010 or citywinery.com.

Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 84 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 87 to register for future events

Great Backyard Bird Count

Learn the importance of the Backyard Bird Count, how you can participate and gain skills for successful bird counting. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($15 adults, $10 ages 2 -12); 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Junior Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Junior Predators when they challenge the Evansville Junior Thunderbolts. All ages. A-Game Sportsplex, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; 3 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children; 615-771-2444 or juniorpredators.com.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the San Jose Sharks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Preserving Your Family History

Discover your family’s roots and how to preserve your family’s photographs and mementos. All ages. Hermitage Public Library, 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615880-3951 or thehermitage. com.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Florida International. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $12; goblueraiders. com.

Ring of Honor

Enjoy an evening of wrestling during the national TV taping of the Winter Warriors Tour. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $22 - $72; 615-8626390 or nashvilleauditorium. com. (please turn the page)

Kinship: An Evening with Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell

Award-winning poet/memoirist Mary Karr and singer/ songwriter Rodney Crowell share the stage for a night of stories and songs during this fundraiser for The Porch, Nashville’s Center for Writing. All ages. Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $53.49 - $158.49; 615-9427169 or greendoorgourmet. com.

FREE LEGO Junior Makers

Kids can spend the morning getting creative while building with LEGOs. Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

A Magical Affair After Party

The main event for this American Heart Association gala is sold out, but you can still get tickets for the popular after party that includes cocktails and dessert along with dancing until midnight with live music by VaVoom and Blues Other Brothers. Adults. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.; $85; 615-687-6400 or heart.org.

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20th Annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair Saturday, Feb. 6 All ages

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 84 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 87 to register for future events

Zooperbowl

Before the big game, enjoy an outing at the zoo with half-price admission. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $5 ages 2 - 12; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo. org.

The talent of the Olate Dogs comes to the historic Franklin Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Mon 8

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Enjoy a special breakfast, see a planetarium show and attend a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger (discounted admission only applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m.); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci. org.

A night of stand-up comedy. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 & 9:30 p.m.; $44.75 - $179.75; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Sensory Friendly Movie

Enjoy a screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 with theater lights not as dim, softer sound and no previews. Plus, kids are welcome to run around and make all the noise they want — great for kids with autism or other sensory issues. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 10 a.m.; $6; 615-451-9500 or ncgmovies.com.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of King John. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; 615862-5800 or nashvilleshakes. org.

FREE Slavery at The Hermitage

Learn what slave life was like at The Hermitage and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved. All ages. Goodlettsville Branch Library, 205 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 615862-5863 or thehermitage. com/events.

FREE Winter Bird Banding

Stop by the center to observe and learn more about the importance of the research happening through bird banding. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy.

100, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Sun 7 FREE Children’s Theater Audition

Try out for a role in the Star Bright Players’ upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz by singing a song in the musical theater genre. Ages 7 through high school seniors. Auditions for new participants are from 1 - 3 p.m.; returning Star Bright Players are from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; 1 - 5:30 p.m.; wcparksandrec.com.

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the “Year of the Monkey” while exploring Chinese art, music, history, dance and more. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 1 - 5 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

Get creative by making prints while exploring old-school letterpress art making. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Graham Nash

A night of rock music. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $80 - $115; 615-324-1010 or citywinery. com.

Early Explorers

Gateway Chamber Orchestra: Enchanting Tales A night of classical music with works by Ravel and Rossini. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $40; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Tue 9 FREE Great American Songbook: The Hits of Johnny Mercer Vocal faculty members and student vocalists perform Johnny Mercer songs like “Glow Worm,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” and more. All ages. Lipscomb University, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 615-966-1000 or lipscomb. edu.

FREE Overbrook Storytime

Kids can enjoy winter and Valentine’s Day stories along with music and snacks. Ages 5 and younger. Overbrook School, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615292-5134 or overbrook.edu.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge

the Washington Capitals. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

violin, viola, cello and bass. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 6 p.m.; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Tuesdays for Tots

FREE Kids’ Hour

Preschoolers and parents can look at architecture while exploring the grounds focusing on the pineapple, a symbol of warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

FREE Winter Bird Banding

Stop by the center to observe and learn more about the importance of the research happening through bird banding. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Wed 10 Bruins Basketball

Root for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Jacksonville State. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7:30 p.m. ; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615460-8500 or belmontbruins. com.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Missouri. All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $15; vucommodores.com.

FREE Earth Lab

During this homeschool program, kids can learn about birds of prey. Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE The Joy of Sextets

A night of classical music performed by nine musicians on

Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-5505660 or wholefoodsmarket. com.

Yanni

A night of instrumental music with a full orchestra. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; $45 - 480; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Thu 11 An Evening with Olate Dogs

Enjoy this high-energy, fastpaced theatrical act featuring dog tricks, human acrobatics and comedy from the winners of America’s Got Talent season 7. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $30 - $40; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

National Wild Turkey Federation 40th Annual Convention & Sport Show

A variety of events and competitions, and the Family Adventure Village features hands-on conservation education and outdoor skills challenges for kids. All ages. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; Thu - Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 ages 11 - 17, free ages 10 and younger (prices are for sport show wristbands); 615-889-1000 or nwtf.org.

FREE Slavery at The Hermitage

Learn what slave life was like at The Hermitage and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved. All ages. Hermitage Public Library, 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage; 6 - 7 p.m.; 615-880-3951 or thehermitage.com/events. (please turn the page)

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Music legend and American icon Willie Nelson and friends present a night of hits like “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m.; $55 - $155; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Fri 12 Antiques & Garden Show

More than 150 dealers are on site, and you can see designs by master gardeners, attend lectures and more. This year’s featured speaker is Gwyneth Paltrow who’ll be discussing interior design today at 11 a.m.. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $20 run of show, free ages 12 and younger; antiquesandgardenshow.com.

Barry Manilow

A night of pop music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $19.75 - $149.75; 615770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Beth Hart

A night of blues, rock and jazz fusion. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave N, , Nashville; 8 p.m.; $34.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Nashville Love Jam

A night of soul/R&B music with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Fantasia and Joe. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $62.50 - $127; 615-862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com.

Pure Prairie League

A night of country rock music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $47 - $57; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 84 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 87 to register for future events National Wild Turkey Federation 40th Annual Convention & Sport Show

Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $6 members, $8 nonmembers; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Tennessee Boat & Fishing Expo

Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style

See Thursday, Feb. 11 listing.

Check out the hottest new boats, shop for tackle, view the antique lure display, attend seminars and win prizes. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; Fri 12 - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $3 ages 6 - 14, free ages 5 and younger; 615-862-8980 or tnboatexpo.com.

Willie Nelson & Family See Thursday, Feb. 11 listing.

Sat 13 Antiques & Garden Show

See Friday, Feb. 12 listing.

FREE Black History Program

Area youth showcase their talents in song, dance and skits during this celebration of Black History Month. All ages. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 6 p.m.; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Cupid’s Chase

Runners, joggers, walkers and strollers can participate in this 5K supporting people with disabilities. All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 a.m.; $35 in advance, $50 race day; comop.org/cupidschase.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Hit the streets in your underwear during this race for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Ages 21 and older. Dick’s Last Resort, 154 Second Ave. N., Nashville; 12 p.m.; $55; 615800-8894 or cupidsundierun. com.

Dome Club

Experience a full-dome planetarium show. This month’s title is “Fractals,” a show of never-ending animated patterns representing algebraic equations. All ages. Adventure

Learn about guitar design then decorate your own guitar made out of boxes and cardboard. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Exhibit Opening

Tinkering Garage allows kids to step into a giant workshop featuring real tools and real materials to encourage everyone’s inner hacker/maker/ tinkerer/inventor/designer to surface. The exhibit runs through May 15. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Fabulous Friends for Africa

Enjoy an Italian buffet dinner, live music and dancing, a silent auction and more. Adults. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 - 11 p.m.; $75 in advance, $100 at the door; fabulousfriendsforafrica.org.

Hot Chocolate Race

Participate in a 5K or 15K run to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 7 a.m.; $54 for the 5K, $74 for the 15K; hotchocolate15k.com.

FREE Kidsville

Explore the worlds of fairy tales and fables through the art of Katherine Ace along with a Valentine’s story and a themed Valentine’s Day card-making activity. Ages 1 - 12. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; musicianscornernashville. com/event-info/kidsville.

The Nashville Rollergirls’ 2016 preseason double-header takes place Saturday, Feb. 13 at The Fairgrounds. FREE MLT Preview Performance

Catch a sneak peek of Murfreesboro Little Theatre’s upcoming production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

National Wild Turkey Federation 40th Annual Convention & Sport Show

See Thursday, Feb. 11 listing.

Roller Derby

Root for the Nashville Rollergirls during this double header. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; games are at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $7 ages 7 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 615-8628980 or nashvillerollergirls.com.

Second Saturday

Enjoy shows in Sudekum Planetarium, including “Skies Over Nashville” (7:30 p.m.), “Laser Beatles” (8:30 p.m.), “ElectroPop” (9:30 p.m.) and “LaserQueen” (10:30 p.m.). All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; “Skies” is $3 members, $6 non-members; laser shows are $6 each members, $8 non-members (get all three for $20); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org.

FREE Star Party

Join astronomers for an evening of gazing at celestial sights through telescopes. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 615-862-4187 or adventuresci. org/starparty.

FREE Star Party with BSAS

Join members of the Barnard Seyfert Astronomical Society in the event field to view the night sky through telescopes. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Sweetheart Zip Tour

Zip through the canopy on several lines with your significant other. Adults. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; Sat Sun 10 a.m., 12, 2 & 4 p.m.; $65 per couple; 615-2972250 or adventureworks.com.

Teddy Bear Clinic

The Nashville Zoo Veterinary Department is on call to perform routine checkups on children’s stuffed animals while kids learn about the care the zoo animals receive from the keepers and veterinary staff. Other activities include Beary Fun Facts, Bear Bones X-ray Station, Bear Care Clinic where kids can dress up like a vet and I Made it with My Bear Hands coloring station. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.; free with gate admission ($15 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12); 615833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

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daily activities Valentine’s with Sheryl Crow

Pop/rock star and local mom Sheryl Crow makes her Nashville Symphony debut for a night of her hits. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Sat 8 p.m., Sun 7:30 p.m.; $80 - $155; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Valentines Murder Mystery Excursion Train

Ride the rails in a classic train while a progressive murder mystery play unfolds in your car during the trip to and from Watertown. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; $21 - $75; 615-241-0436 or tcry.org.

Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 84 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 87 to register for future events listen to live music, enjoy kids’ activities and more. All ages. Yazoo Brewing Co., 910 Division St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; $15 - $35; 615-8914649 or nashvillechilifestival. com.

National Wild Turkey Federation 40th Annual Convention & Sport Show

See Thursday, Feb. 11 listing.

Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit

Local dad and Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman hosts a night of inspirational music with special guests Colton Dixon, Dave Barnes, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ronnie Milsap, and Love & Theft. Proceeds benefit orphan care through Show Hope. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $27.50 $39.50; (615) 889-3060 or ryman.com.

OZ School Day

Hosted by OZ Arts Nashville, “fame” is the theme of this daylong multi-arts program that includes workshops in visual art, theater, music and movement. Ages 5 - 15. Centennial Performing Arts Center, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $50; 615-8628439 or ozartsnashville.org.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Dallas Stars. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

Tue 16 Tuesdays for Tots

Antiques & Garden Show

See Saturday, Feb. 13 listing.

Creative Zone: Lights, Camera, Capture

See Friday, Feb. 12 listing.

Preschoolers and parents can look at architecture while exploring the grounds focusing on the pineapple, a symbol of warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

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FREE Slavery at The Hermitage

Sun 14 Happy Valentine’s Day!

See Friday, Feb. 12 listing.

Make a paper camera to help you see things in the museum from a different point of view. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and 25 other Disney characters take kids on a whimsical journey filled with magic, illusions and imaginative fun. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 3 & 6 p.m.; $21 - $47; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Nashville Chili Festival

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Sweetheart Zip Tour Tennessee Boat & Fishing

See Saturday, Feb. 13 listing.

Mon 15 Early Explorers

Enjoy a special breakfast, see a planetarium show and attend a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger (discounted admission only applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m.); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci. org.

FREE Hike Day

Join a guide for a two- to three-mile hike in the woods that includes moderate hills. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Learn what slave life was like at The Hermitage and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved. Grades 4 - 12. East Nashville Branch Library, 206 Gallatin Road, Nashville; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 615-8625860 or thehermitage.com/ events.

FREE Tech-Free Family Night

Unplug for an evening of stories, crafts and board games. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Gnashvegas Casino Night and Auction

Mix and mingle at casino tables with Nashville Predators players including Pekka Rinne, Filip Forsberg, Barret Jackman, Shea Weber and others. Enjoy food from local restaurants and drinks from an open bar. Proceeds

benefit hundreds of non-profits in the Middle Tennessee community. Adults. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $200 - $5,000; 615-7702000 or predators.nhl.com/ club/page.htm?id=66615.

Wed 17 FREE Earth Lab

During this homeschool program, kids can learn about birds of prey. Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Award-winning independent recording artist Ginger Sands performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or gingersands. com.

Little Labs

Participate in age-appropriate lab activities, a science craft, movement activity and storytime. This month’s theme is volcanoes. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615862-5160 or adventuresci.org/ littlelabs.

Thu 18 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Pictures at an Exhibition

Pianist Jayson Gillham joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music featuring work by Mussorgsky, Ravel and Beethoven. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $22 - $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Boston Bruins. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501

Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

Tailgate Music City Antique Show

Find treasures in furniture, folk art, quilts, pottery and more. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; Thu 12 - 5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. 4 p.m.; $12; 615-862-8993 or tailgateantiqueshow.com.

Fri 19 A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1806 - 1836

Playwright, actor, singersongwriter, cabaret performer, director and producer Taylor Mac presents three decades of popular music from the early 19th century in a vividly colorful manner with a five-piece band and special guests. Ages 14 and older. OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7 p.m.; $50; 615-350-7200 or ozartsnashville.org.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Pictures at an Exhibition

See Thursday, Feb. 18 listing.

Blakeford Coffee & Classics Series: Pictures at an Exhibition

Enjoy a morning of classical music with the Nashville Symphony performing works by Mussorgsky and Ravel. Arrive early for free coffee and pastries starting at 9:30 a.m. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $13 - $50; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Boots & Bears Songwriter Night

A night of music by songwriters featuring Lee Thomas Miller. Proceeds benefit Lipscomb Elementary School. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $40 - $350; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.


daily activities Song & Storytime: Got Rhythm?

Learn about rhythm and drumming during this handson program with drummer/ teacher/songwriter Tim Buppert. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Tailgate Music City Antique Show

See Thursday, Feb. 18 listing.

Spend Valentine’s Day with your favorite Disney pals when Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic comes to Bridgestone Arena at 3 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. Junior Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Junior Predators when they challenge the Atlanta Junior Capitals. All ages. A-Game Sportsplex, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children; 615771-2444 or juniorpredators. com.

Tailgate Music City Antique Show

See Thursday, Feb. 18 listing.

Sat 20 A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1806 - 1836 See Friday, Feb. 19 listing.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Pictures at an Exhibition

See Thursday, Feb. 18 listing.

FREE American Girl Book Club

Girls can bring their favorite dolls for readings of American Girl stories. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Bruins Basketball

Root for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Tennessee Tech. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd.,

Nashville; 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615-4608500 or belmontbruins.com.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Georgia. All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $15; vucommodores.com.

DelMonaco Winery Excursion Train

Ride the rails in a classic train with a wine tasting in your car. At the winery, you’ll enjoy guided tours, live music, more tastings and a souvenir glass. Ages 21 and older. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m. 6 p.m.; $65 - $150; 615-2410436 or tcry.org.

FREE Family Movie

Popcorn’s included during this screening of Hotel Transylvania 2. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Junior Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Junior Predators when they challenge the Atlanta Junior Capitals. All ages. A-Game Sportsplex, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; 3 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children; 615771-2444 or juniorpredators. com.

Little Labs

Participate in age-appropriate lab activities, a science craft, movement activity and storytime. This month’s theme is volcanoes. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615862-5160 or adventuresci.org/ littlelabs.

FREE Memorial Concert & Wreath Laying

This annual commemoration of those enslaved at The Hermitage features a concert, invocation and procession to the slavery memorial where 150 flowers will be laid, each marked with the names of all those enslaved. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 1 p.m.; 615-8892941 or thehermitage.com.

Predators Hockey

The Preds challenge the Los Angeles Kings. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Storytime: Peter Pan

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive storytime with dance instruction. All ages. La Vergne Public Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 10:30 a.m.; 615-793-7303 or nashvilleballet.com.

Three Blind Vines

This annual wine-tasting event includes live entertainment, food, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit The Big House for Historic Preservation. Adults. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6 - 10 p.m.; $40 in advance, $50 at the door, plus three bottles of wine; threeblindvines.com.

Sun 21 Creative Zone: Lights, Camera, Capture Make a paper camera to help you see things in the museum from a different point of view. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge UAB. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m.; $12; goblueraiders.com.

Mon 22

Early Explorers

Enjoy a special breakfast, see a planetarium show and attend a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger (discounted admission only applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m.); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci. org.

Slayer

A night of thrash metal with special guests Testament & Carcass. Ages 14 and older. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $375; 615782-4030 or wmarocks.com.

Tue 23 FREE Tech-Free Family Night

Unplug for an evening of stories, crafts and board games. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Tuesdays for Tots

Preschoolers and parents can look at architecture while exploring the grounds focusing on the pineapple, a symbol of warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

FREE Winter Bird Banding

Stop by the center to observe and learn more about the importance of the research happening through bird banding. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Adoption 101

Learn more about the types of adoption, the process and more. Parents. Heaven Sent Children, 1015 Madison St., Clarksville; 6. - 8 p.m.; heavensentchildren.com.

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Also see ONGOING ACTIVITIES on page 84 and THE PARENT PLANNER on page 87 to register for future events

FirstBank Pops Series: The Music of the Eagles

See Thursday, Feb. 25 listing.

Junior Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Junior Predators when they challenge the Point Mallard Ducks. All ages. A-Game Sportsplex, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children; 615771-2444 or juniorpredators. com.

Sat 27 A local girl shows off her face painting with her dad at Our Kids Soup Sunday. This year’s event is Sunday, Feb. 28 and features kids’ activities in addition to soup sampling.

Wed 24 FREE Earth Lab

During this home-school program, kids can learn about birds of prey. Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

Thu 25 FirstBank Pops Series: The Music of the Eagles

A rock band joins the Nashville Symphony to revive hits from the ‘70s like “Hotel California,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It to the Limit” and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $138; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Homeschool & Family Science Labs

This month’s lab is “Family Reactions II.” Investigate the physical and chemical properties of chemical reactions

with experiments that produce or consume heat, release light and more. Grades 4 - 8 with a parent/teacher. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $13; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/familyscience.

FREE Slavery at The Hermitage

Learn what slave life was like at The Hermitage and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved. Grades 4 - 12. Thompson Lane Branch Library, 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 615-8625873 or thehermitage.com/ events.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Western Kentucky. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $12; goblueraiders. com.

Fri 26 David Cross

A night of stand-up comedy. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $37.50; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

All Booked Up

Kids and their parents can enjoy a day of literacy workshops, book-centered activity stations, character meet-and-greet opportunities, featured readers and more. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Nashville’s community focus on literacy. Tickets include admission for one adult/one child. Ages 3 - 10. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $30 general admission, $50 VIP, $10 each additional ticket, $60 family pack; 615-2524675 or jlnashville.org.

The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: Get Wild

Nashville Symphony presents this animal-themed family concert with projected visuals courtesy of Nashville Zoo. Arrive an hour before the show for free hands-on activities including crafts, stories, an instrument petting zoo and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $23 - $28; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Bird Banding: 2015 in Review

Learn about the center’s birdbanding project and explore the data collected from last year. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Kentucky. All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $15; vucommodores.com.

FirstBank Pops Series: The Music of the Eagles

See Thursday, Feb. 25 listing.

Guitar 101: Johnny Cash

Beginners can learn to play a Johnny Cash song on the guitar. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Guitar 102: Johnny Cash

Advanced beginners and intermediates can expand chord vocabulary and strumming skills using the music of Johnny Cash. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Lee Roy Parnell

A night of country and blues music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $38.50 $48.50; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Mid TN Home Show

Find a variety of home decorating and design ideas. All ages. Hendersonville Expo Center, 90 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; hendersonvillechamber.com.

performance of Goldie B. Locks & the Three Singing Bears. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the St. Louis Blues. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 2 p.m.; $40 - $270; 615-770-2000 or nashvillepredators.com.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Marshall. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m.; $12; goblueraiders.com.

FREE Sister’s Voices

Naima J. Bush, Ph.D., leads this multimedia program that explores the music and voices of women known to have been trapped by the bonds of slavery by weaving historical narrative and musical performances. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; 615-8892941 or thehermitage.com.

Tommy Emmanuel

A night of folk, country, blues and rock music with special guest Paul Thorn. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29.50 - $49.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Wine, Women & Shoes: Stand Up for Change

Enjoy lunch, wine tastings, shoes, marketplace vendors, live and silent auctions, a celebrity performance and more during this benefit for the YWCA’s domestic violence services program. Adults. Omni Hotel, 250 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11a.m. - 3 p.m.; $125; 615-782-5300 or winewomenandshoes.com.

FREE Nashville Opera Preview Performance

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Winter Lights 2016

This benefit for Family & Children’s Service features cocktails, dinner and entertainment by The Erik Blue Band. Adults. Vanderbilt Student Life Center’s Commodore Ballroom, 310 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $200; fcsnashville.org.

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A night of music starring Croatian cello duo Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $75; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Camp Widjiwagan Open House

Meet camp directors and staff, tour the facilities and more. All ages. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

Creative Zone: Lights, Camera, Capture Make a paper camera to help you see things in the museum from a different point of view. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Mid TN Home Show

See Saturday, Feb. 27 listing.

Our Kids Soup Sunday This annual benefit for Our Kids features soup samplings from a variety of local restaurants along with children’s activities like face painting and balloon animals. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $25 adults, $5 ages 4 - 17; ourkidscenter.com.

A Red Carpet Evening

Belcourt Theatre presents this Academy Award night outing where you can walk the red carpet, watch the Oscars on a big screen, enjoy food and an open bar. Adults. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave S., Nashville; 7 - 10:30 p.m.; $76.50 - $326.50; 615782-4030 or wmarocks.com.

Mon 29 Artful Tales: Storytime in the Galleries

Join an educator in the galleries to hear a story connected to the current exhibits, then head to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for hands-on creativity at the art stations. Ages 3 and older. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 18 and younger); 615-244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Early Explorers

Enjoy a special breakfast, see a planetarium show and attend a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger (discounted admission only applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m.); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci. org.

Experience Hendrix

Celebrate the music of Jimi Hendrix with an all-star roster including bassist Billy Cox, blues legend Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $59 - $129; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

WWE Raw

A night of wrestling entertainment featuring Roman Reigns, “The Lunatic Fringe,” Triple H, the WWE Divas and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $18.20 - $109.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

ON STAGE dance Attitude

Feb. 12 - 14 Ages 12 and older Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 & 7:30 p.m.; 615-7824040 or nashvilleballet.com.

Cinderella

Feb. 26 - 28; All ages Rejoice Ballet at 4th Story Theatre/West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave., Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $8 at brownpapertickets. com; 615-715-5672 or rejoiceballet.com.

theater Cinderella

Through Sunday, Feb. 7 All ages Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Sat - Sun 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 children; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

The Crucible

Feb. 19 - 28 Ages 13 and older Lipscomb Theatre at Bennett Campus Center’s Shamblin Theatre, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3:30 p.m.; $17 adults, $5 students; 615-966-7077 or lipscomb.edu.

Disney’s Mulan Jr.

Feb. 19 - March 6 All ages Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 615-8939825 or mltarts.com.

Dreamgirls

Feb. 12 - 28 Ages 8 and older Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri

daily activities - on stage 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15.50 adults, $13.50 students, $11.50 children; 615-904-2787 or boroarts.org.

Funny Valentines

Feb. 11 - March 13 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; 615646-9977 or dinnertheatre. com.

The Glass Menagerie

Feb. 18 - 28 Ages 12 & older Studio Tenn at The Factory’s Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $35 - $85; 615-541-8200 or studiotenn.com.

Good Monsters

Feb. 11 - 27 Ages 14 & older Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; $47.50; 615-7824040 or nashvillerep.org.

Jane Austen’s EMMA

Feb. 12 - 28 Ages 4 and older Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students, $8 ages 12 and younger; 615-852-8499 or springhousetheatre.com.

Madea On the Run Starring Tyler Perry

Feb. 12 - 13 Ages 14 and older TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 & 8 p.m.; $55 $75; 615-782-4040 or tpac. org.

Motown the Musical

Feb. 16 - 21 Ages 8 & older TPAC’s Broadway Series at Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8

p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $39 - $80; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

Radium Girls

Feb. 11 - 20 Ages 12 & older Benson Theatre at Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m.; 615-2481370 or trevecca.edu/ community-life/campus/theatreat-trevecca.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Feb. 25 - March 13 Ages 8 & older Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m., Sat - Sun 2 p.m. thereafter; $20 adults, $15 children; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

Rumors

Through Sunday, Feb. 7 Ages 10 & older Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15; 615-598-8950 or encore-theatre-company.org.

Southern Fried Funeral

Feb. 5 - 20 Ages 10 & older Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; 615-7915007 or pull-tight.com.

Sunset Boulevard

Feb. 18 - March 5 Ages 8 and older Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $14 - $28; 615-883-8375 or thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

The Wizard of Oz

Feb. 11 - 28 All ages Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; 615-8266037 or hpactn.com.

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ongoing ONGOING davidson county BounceU

Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 615-255-1422 or 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 $7.95 ($6.95 siblings).

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

Stories and sing-alongs take place every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Ste. B-100, Nashville; 615-800-7754 or nashvilletoystore.com.

Centennial Sportsplex

Public skate sessions, aquatics and more at 222 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 615-862-8480 or nashville.org/sportsplex.

Ford Ice Center

The Learn to Skate program is available to all ages in eightweek sessions. Cost is $120. Public ice-skating sessions take place Saturdays from 12:45 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 11 p.m. as well as Sundays from 12:15 - 3:30 p.m. and 6:15 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $7 adults, $6 youth ($3 skate rental). Located at 5264 Hickory Hollow Place, Antioch; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

See THE PARENT PLANNER on page 87 to register for future events

Grand Ole Opry

Country legends and contemporary stars perform their country music hits Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; $35 - $75; 800-733-6779 or opry.com.

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; 615-221-9004 or gymboreeclasses.com.

Monkey Joe’s

This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 615-915-0561 or monkeyjoes.com.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

All ages can enjoy storytime activities every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

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ashville Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a variety of special activities at its numerous locations this month. Among the programs are Passport to Understanding’s “People of Africa,” “Tales of Br’er Rabbit,” “Slavery at The Hermitage,” the Puppet Truck’s “Ellingtown,” Global Education’s Nyama Drum Ensemble, special storytimes, arts and crafts sessions, movie screenings and more. For a complete list of programs and events, visit tinyurl.com/NPLAAhist.

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rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories for all ages every Mon & Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 615-895-8580 or bn.com.

• FITMommy Tuesdays from 10 - 10:45 a.m. Prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with babies/ toddlers welcome. $4 • Parent & Me Drum Circle Fridays from 9:15 - 10 a.m. for ages 3 - 5 with a parent; $3 per adult/child pair

Perform Murfreesboro

Preschool storytime is the first Friday at 10:30 a.m.; members of the Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show on the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 615-995-7112 or booksamillion.com.

Several classes and performing arts opportunities for kids. All activities take place at The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; ages and times vary; admission is free with a Perform Murfreesboro membership; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 615893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open play times.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org; Ongoing programs: • Animal Antics Wed at 4 p.m. All ages. Meet one of the center’s resident animals • Crafternoons Tue at 4 p.m. All ages. Supervised art activities • Nature Nuts Thu at 4 p.m. All ages. Enjoy nature activities • Science a la Carte Fri at 4 p.m. All ages. Conduct science experiments with the staff • Snack Attack Mon at 4 p.m. All ages. Healthy snack making in the kitchen • SPARK! Mon - Tue at 9 a.m. Ages 5 and younger. Stories and learning programs. $1 extra

Patterson Park Community Center

521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-893-7439 or mufreesborotn.gov/parks; Ongoing programs: • Busy Bees Tue and Thu from 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Ages 3 - 5. Learn to follow directions, improve coordination and sportsmanship. $3

2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-895-5040 or mufreesborotn.gov/parks; Ongoing programs: • Parent & Me Drum Circle Wednesdays from 9:15 10 a.m. for ages 3 - 5 with a parent; $3 per adult/ child pair • Toddler Time with Thomas Fridays at 10 a.m. Ages 5 and younger. Playtime with focus on body part recognition, cognitive skill development and fun. $3 • Water Polo Tue & Thu 7 8:45 p.m. for ages 13 and older; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball Thursdays from 4:30 - 6 p.m. for ages 8 - 15; $3

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities for all ages every Tue and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 615-2640183 or bn.com.

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Bounce on inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; call or check website for open play times; $7 ages 1 - 3, $9 ages 4 and older; 615-265-8020 or hoppityhop-inflatableplaycenter. com.

williamson county A-Game Sports Complex

Open skate lessons, laser chase, special events, fitness classes and sports for kids. Located at 215 Gothic Court, Franklin; 615-771-2444 or goagame.com.

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 615-377-9979 or bn.com.

FREE Books-A-Million

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

Monkey Joe’s

This inflatable play center is located at 1648 Westgate Cir., Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. ($9), Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. ($10), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. ($10); ages 2 and younger are $6; 615-377-5900 or monkeyjoes.com.

Monkey’s Treehouse

An indoor play center located at 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon/ Wed/Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 1 - 8; 615-942-7911 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

Music City Roots

Live music of different genres every Wednesday at 7 p.m. All ages. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; $10; musiccityroots. com.

My Gym Brentwood

Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning class times at 330 Franklin Road, call 615-371-5437 or visit my-gym. com/brentwood.

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

Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville 615-862-5160 • adventuresci.org

• MAD Bash 2016 Saturday, March 5. This fundraiser for the center with a mad scientist’s laboratory theme includes cocktails, food and events filled with fire, liquid nitrogen and robots to excite your imagination. Ages 21 and older. 7 - 11 p.m. $125 • TWISTER Saturday, Feb. 13. Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Research (TWISTER) is a daylong conference for high school women presented by women working in STEM professions. Participants will attend four 55-minute sessions exploring a variety of STEM topics. Grades 9 - 12. 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. $15

American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 877-247-5223 • americangirl.com

• Meal & Memories with Dad Saturday, Feb. 13. Dads and daughters can enjoy a meal, play dice games and create crafts. Ages 8 and older. Available during Bistro hours. $38 per person

Beaman Park Nature Center 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 615-862-8580 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Guided Nature Hike Friday, Feb. 19. Embark on a 3.5-mile guided hike with a park naturalist on the Henry Hollow Loop trail. All ages. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Night Hike Wednesday, Feb. 17. Hike the Henry Hollow Loop trail under the bright moon while experiencing the mystery of the woods after dark. All ages. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 615-862-4187 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Family Camp Night Friday, Feb. 26. Bring your own equipment for an overnight experience at the park’s campground. All ages. 4 p.m. - 11 a.m. • FREE Night Hike Friday, Feb. 5. Join a guide for a hike around the park listening for animals of the night. All ages. 8 - 9:30 p.m.

BounceU Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville bounceu.com/nashville-tn

• Parents’ Night Out Fridays, Feb. 5 - 19. Kids can have fun bouncing and playing while Mom and Dad enjoy a night out. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $25

Girls in grades 9 - 12 can explore STEM careers and interact with professional women who work in science, technology, engineering and math during the TWISTER conference at Adventure Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 13. Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090, ext. 8290 brentwood-tn.org/library

• FREE After-School Explorers Tuesdays, Feb. 2 - 23. Explore the world through books, games, activities and crafts. Grades K - 2. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. • FREE Brentwood Bunch Book Club Friday, Feb. 19. Read excerpts from and discuss a title from the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Awards list. Grades 3 - 5. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Creative Writing: What If? Wednesdays, Feb. 3 March 9. Jennifer Trafton, author of The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, teaches this six-week foundational creative writing class introducing kids to a writer’s unique way of looking at the world. Ages 12 and older. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $99. Register at ext. 8040 • FREE Doctor Who Club Thursday, Feb. 25. Enjoy all-things Doctor Who while making a craft and enjoying snacks. Ages 13 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Register at ext. 8040 • FREE Friends & Family CPR Fridays, Feb. 5 - 26 (attend only one night). Brentwood Fire & Rescue teaches this two-hour CPR class that teaches skills for rescuing infants, children and adults. Ages 16 and older (ages 11 - 15 can attend with a parent). 6 - 8 p.m. Register by calling Scott Barnes at 615-371-2200, ext. 4523, or at barness@brentwood-tn.org. • FREE Inspired by DIY Book Club Thursday, Feb. 18. Explore a theme and make a craft. Ages 13 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Register at ext. 8040 • FREE Lego Mania Friday, Jan. 5 (ages 6 - 7); Friday, Feb. 12 (ages 8 - 12). Unleash your creativity and have fun building with LEGOs. 4:30 - 6 p.m. • FREE Minecraft Club Sunday, Feb. 21. The library’s newest teen club, bring your laptop and get ready to build. Ages 13 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Register at ext. 8040

• Scholastic Chess Club Friday, Feb. 26. Two chess coaches from Nashville Chess Center teach beginning, intermediate and advance strategies. Boards provided. Ages 7 - 12. 4:30 - 6 p.m. $10 instructor fee • Twisting Time Yoga Thursdays, Feb. 4 & 18. This class fosters coordination, cooperation and concentration with silly fun. Grades K - 5. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $5 instructor fee

Cannonsburgh Village 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro 615-890-0355 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Valentine Tea Thursday, Feb. 11. Dress in your favorite Valentine attire and visit the 1800s Leeman House for refreshments and themed crafts. Ages 7 and older. 4 p.m. $2.50

The Curious Kitchen 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-956-6077 • thecuriouskitchen.net • Kids’ Cooking Class: Mama Mia! Saturday, Feb. 6. Learn to prepare an Italian feast by making garlic bread, salad, spaghetti and meatballs, double chocolate brownies and Italian cream sodas. Ages 6 - 14. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $50

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville 615-851-2255 • goodlettsvillparks.com • Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 6. Fathers and their little girls can enjoy an evening of music, dancing and refreshments. All ages. 7 - 9 p.m. $10 per person

• A Magical Night for Mothers and Sons Friday, Feb. 5. A night of live music, comedy and a magic show for moms and their boys. All ages. 6 - 8 p.m. $10 per person (please turn the page)

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Emma Bistro 9 Lea Ave., Nashville girlstothemoon.com

• The Love Within: A Girls to the Moon Valentine’s Workshop Saturday, Feb. 13. An afternoon of inspirational talks including “What Makes Us Different Makes Us Great,” “Confidence Boosters,” “How to Make Your Dreams Come True” and more along with hands-on sessions in style/beauty and crafts. Ages 12 - 14. 1 - 4 p.m. $25

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview wcparksandrec.com

• A Night at the Ball Saturday, Feb. 27. Registration code is 5847. Girls and their dads, grandfathers, uncles or other special person can have fun at this daddy/daughter dance where you’ll get a commemorative photo and each girl takes home a tiara. Ages 4 - 12. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $18 per couple, $6 each additional girl

Ford Ice Center 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 615-742-4399 • fordicecenter.com

• FREE Get Out and Learn! Wednesdays, Feb. 17 March 9 (ages 9 - 12) or Mondays, Feb. 22 - March 14 (ages 5 - 8). Introductory hockey training for boys and girls. No prior hockey/skating experience required. Equipment provided. 5:15 - 6 p.m. ages 9 12, 5 - 5:45 p.m. ages 5 - 8 • PREDecessor Mondays, March 7 - April 11. Learn core skating fundamentals along with a feel for the puck and general hockey knowledge. Ages 4 - 18 who are not yet ready to be in a league. 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. $65 • Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate Program Tue, Thu or Sat, March 1 - April 19. Figure skating instruction serving both recreational and competitive skaters at all levels. All ages. 5:30 & 6:15 p.m. Tue or Thu, 11:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Sat. $130

Franklin Recreation Complex 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin 615-790-5719 • wcparksandrec.com

• A Night at the Ball Saturday, Feb. 6. Registration code is 5843. Girls and their dads, grandfathers, uncles or other special person can have fun at this daddy/daughter dance where you’ll get a commemorative photo and each girl takes home a tiara. Ages 4 - 12. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $18 per couple, $6 each additional girl

Franklin Theatre 419 Main St., Franklin 615-538-2076 • franklintheatre.com

• FREE The Big Game Sunday, Feb. 7. Watch the Super Bowl on the big screen with games in the lobby. The concession stand will have standard theater fare (as well as beer and wine), and out front, Puckett’s Trolley willl serve ribs, hot dogs, wings, nachos and sliders (no other outside food permitted). All ages. 4:30 p.m. doors open, 5:30 p.m. game starts

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Parents and children ages 4 years and younger can try a free Music Class session on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville and Saturday, Feb. 27 at The Music Class main location in Brentwood. Gordon Jewish Community Center 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville 615-777-9314 themusicclass.com/nashville

• FREE The Music Class Demonstration Class Wednesday, Feb. 24. Learn about this popular music-andmovement program for parents and tots during a 45-minute introductory session that includes songs, activities and info about the program’s teaching philosophy. Birth - 4 years. 9:30 a.m.

Green Elephant Arts Studio 2517-B Nolensville Pike, Nashville 615-679-0654 green-elephant-arts.com

• Kid President Art Camp Monday, Feb. 15. Create presidential portraits and paintings of the White House. Ages 4 - 10. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $40 • Kids’ Night Out — Mardi Gras Friday, Feb. 5. Have fun creating art, eating pizza and playing while Mom and Dad enjoy a night out to themselves. Ages 4 10. 6 - 9 p.m. $35

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• FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday, Feb. 5. Build a Valentines mailbox. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lancaster Christian Academy 150 Soccer Way, Smyrna 615-223-0451 lancasterchristianacademy.org

• Father Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 13. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Enjoy a night together that includes dancing, horse-drawn carriage rides, refreshments and commemorative photos. Grades PreK - 6. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $40 per dad/ daughter pair, $20 each additional girl

Music City Archery 5011 Walkup Road, Pegram 615-566-5187 • musiccityarchery.com • Archery Homeschool Day Friday, Feb. 5. Learn archery with certified instructors at the indoor range. Ages 8 and older. 2 - 3 p.m. $8

The Music Class 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Franklin 615-777-9314 themusicclass.com/nashville

• FREE The Music Class Demonstration Class Saturday, Feb. 27. Learn about this popular music-and-movement program for parents and tots during a 45-minute introductory session that includes songs, activities and info about the program’s teaching philosophy. Birth - 4 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.


NOVA Birth Services 401 Center St., Ste. 119, Old Hickory 615-669-6399 mynova.com/midwifery

• FREE Meet the Midwives Saturday, Feb. 20. Meet the center’s midwives and learn how midwifery can benefit you along with home birth resources. Expectant parents. 7 - 9 p.m.

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood 615-370-4672 • owlshill.org

• Knee-High Naturalist: Bearly Awake Feb. 2 or 3. Meet animals that are active all winter long, animals that sleep all winter long and animals that sleep part of the winter. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person • Ultimate S’more Valentine’s Day Hike Sunday, Feb. 14. Get your heat pumping while hiking the wooded trails, then create s’mores from a variety of chocolates and enjoy sipping hot chocolate. All ages. 1 - 3 p.m. $10

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• American Red Cross Lifeguard Class Tue & Thu, Feb. 9 - March 3. Learn skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Ages 15 and older. 6 - 9 p.m. $175 • Tumbleweeds Mon & Wed. Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Water Polo Tue & Thu. An aquatic sport in the deep end of the pool. Ages 13 and older. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $3 adults, $2 youth

Warner Park Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville 615-352-6299 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count Saturday, Feb. 13. Learn to identify and count feeder birds for this national research project. All ages. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Birds in the Backyard Saturday, Feb. 6. Learn about feeders, seed, suet and native landscaping that will enhance your yard and attract wildlife. All ages. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Cabin Fever Hike and Campfire Friday, Feb. 26. Embark on a family hike followed by fellowship around the fire. All ages. 5 - 7:30 p.m.

• Homeschool P.E. Class Tue & Thu. Participate in various physical education activities. Ages 6 - 13. 12 - 12:50 p.m. or 1 - 1:50 p.m. $3

• FREE Follow in My Footsteps Saturday, Feb. 20. Follow tracks of birds, squirrels and other animals in the mud and perhaps snow. All ages. 10 - 11 a.m.

• Movers and Shakers Wed & Fri. This parent-tot class is designed to get you moving while engaging gross motor skills. Ages 1 - 2 years. 10:30 - 11 a.m. $3

• FREE Homeschool Journeys: Winter Trees Thursday, Feb. 18. Homeschoolers can study tree bark and twigs. Ages 5 - 13. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1:30 3:30 p.m.

• Twist and Shout Wed & Fri. Run, jump and play while learning balance, coordination, listening and taking turns. Ages 3 - 5. 11:05 - 11:45 a.m. $3

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville 615-862-8539 • nashville.gov/parks

• FREE Nature Storytime Fridays, Feb. 5 & 19. Enjoy nature-themed books and stories. Ages 3 - 5. 10:30 - 11 a.m. • FREE Oh, Dear Deer! Friday, Feb. 26. Learn about bucks, does and fawns through stories and a hike. Ages 3 - 5. 10 - 11 a.m.

• FREE Love Birds Picking Party & Winter Wonderland Cake Walk Thursday, Feb. 11. An evening of music and fun that invites you to bring a string instrument (or just come to listen). An old-fashioned cake walk takes place as well as crafts and stories. All ages. 6 - 8 p.m.

• FREE Owl Be Your Valentine Saturday, Feb. 13. Celebrate owls with valentine-inspired activities and crafts. Ages 6 and older. 10 - 11:30 a.m.

• FREE MicroADVENTURES Saturday, Feb. 20. Enjoy activities regarding basic concepts in Alastair Humphrey’s book, Microadventure: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes. Ages 7 and older. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

• FREE Spring is Just Around the Corner Saturday, Feb. 27. Join a naturalist for a hike looking for bursting tree buds, high water in the creek and spring wildflowers blooming. All ages. 10 - 11 a.m.

• FREE Winter is Weird Saturday, Feb. 20. Embark on a short hike to experience wintertime discoveries like old nests, animal tracks and more. All ages. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Woodcock Watch Thursday, Feb. 25. Look for American woodcocks during this outing in the park. All ages. 5 - 6 p.m.

• FREE Planting the Seed Friday, Feb. 12. Join a naturalist to learn about gardening in winter. Ages 3 - 5. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m.

The Wilderness Station 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

• Owl Wisdom Saturday, Feb. 6. Discover interesting facts about owls, then dissect an owl pellet to see what it ate for dinner. Ages 8 - 12. 2 p.m. $5 • Tales and Trails Every Wednesday. Enjoy stories about Tennessee wildlife while hiking the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. An introduction to the wonders of nature through songs, hikes, crafts and more. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. 9:30 a.m. $3

• Winter Wonderland Party for Preschoolers Saturday, Feb. 6. This wintry, wonder-y celebration includes games, crafts and treats. Ages 3 - 5. 11 a.m. $3

Williamson County Recreation Complex 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville wcparksandrec.com

• A Night at the Ball Saturday, Feb. 20. Registration code is 5846. Girls and their dads, grandfathers, uncles or other special person can have fun at this daddy/daughter dance where you’ll get a commemorative photo and each girl takes home a tiara. Ages 4 - 12. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $18 per couple, $6 each additional girl

Williams-Sonoma at the Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 615-292-5066 • williams-sonoma.com

• FREE Junior Chef Classes Every Saturday. Each week features a different cooking topic for kids. Ages 5 13. 10 a.m.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch 615-360-2267 campwidji.org/register

• Family Fun Day: Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 15. Enjoy the day off from school with a variety of activities and all the s’mores you can eat (lunch provided). Ages 3 and older. 12:30 - 4 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children • Resident & EQ Valentine’s Camp: Falling in Love with Widji Feb. 12 - 14. Join in the Camp Big Game, indulge in the chocolate fountain, meet new friends, enjoy movie night and more at this overnight and equestrian camp. Ages 7 - 13. 6 p.m. check-in, 4 p.m. check-out. $150 resident, $175 equestrian

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Williamson Parent magazine February 2016