Fun Things to Do!

Note: These ideas were compiled for Summer 2008, so there is emphasis on summer activities, but many of these ideas can be used year-round. Check back for updates!

Help all of us moms- Leave us your fun ideas in the Comments below!!

Playgrounds & Pools

Indoor Play Park – Christ Church Nashville – Free for children under 12 years

15354 Old Hickory Blvd

Nashville, TN

www.Christchurchashville.org

(615) 834-6171 ext. 260 Scott Hord (Rec. Center Director)

KIDPARK playground is awesome, featuring a two-story slide and other climb-on, crawl-through and clamber-over stuff. It’s also open every day of the week. They also have a rec center with basketball and fitness center, camp for kids, sports for kids at very reasonable prices.

Bicentennial Mall Fountains – free

600 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-5280

We particularly love the fountains representing the TN rivers. It is very educational, lots of reading to do. An added benefit is the farmer’s market next door where families can eat and shop. We eat at a meat and three on 3rd and Charlotte.

Nashville Area Parks

http://www.nashville.gov/parks/nature/index.htm

This site contains information related to all parks, rec centers, nature areas and much more within Davidson County. There are numerous opportunities to bike or walk greenways, participate in a nature talk or take an art class. Your kids will enjoy being able to see different parks, all for free.

Cheatham County Parks

http://cheathamcountytn.gov/discover/recreation/parks.html

This site contains information about parks in Cheatham County. The L.L. Burns Park has fountains for the kids to play, fishing, lake access, hiking/biking trails as well as playgrounds. Pack a lunch and spend the day.

Williamson County Parks & Recreation – list all parks and recreational activities around Williamson County including summer camps and classes

www.wcparksandrec.com

Recreational Trail across from Brentwood, TN library. Take your bikes, swimsuit and crocs for a fun time. Kids can ride their bikes and stop at several places along the trail to play in the creek. Take a picnic lunch to eat at several of the picnic areas around this area.

Don Fox Park and Splash AreaLebanon, TN

Recreation Department
416 Baird Park Circle
Lebanon, TN 37090
Phone: (615) 449-0303

Large round mushroom area where kids can splash around.. all for free. The park also offers picnic areas and walking tracks.

Jimmy Floyd CenterLebanon, TN

511 North Castle Heights Ave.
Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: (615) 453-4545
Fax: (615) 453-4543

http://www.lebanontn.org/departments/jffc/default.aspx

The Jimmy Floyd center in Lebanon is run by the parks and recreation department. There is a small fee to get in. This center operates similar to Williamson Rec Center, if you are familiar. They have diving boards and zero entry pool.

Patterson Park Community CenterMurfreesboro, TN

521 Mercury Blvd.

Murfreesboro, TN 37130

615-893-7439

http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/government/parks_rec/patterson.htm

This facility is another rec center in Murfreesboro with a small cover charge around $3. They have an indoor pool that features a zero entry, water slides, lap lanes, water swings and pool playground. It is covered in glass, but great for days when it is very hot outside. There is also something to do for kids of all ages. You need to call to find out open swim times, but have usually been from around 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and another session late in the afternoon. There is a pavilion and playground located next to the parking lot, so perfect for morning play and then a picnic before heading home.

Nashville Shoresthis outdoor water park has a beach, water slides and a marina.

4001 Bell Rd
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 889-7050

www.nashvilleshores.com

Check out the web site for discounts and in previous years admission was half price after 3:00 p.m. There is still plenty of time to play and the slides aren’t as crowded. Take a picnic lunch and sit under one of their pavilions. Last summer, Lifeway sold group tickets for $13. This is definitely cheaper if you want to get a group of friends together for the day.

Movies & Music

Drive-in Movie Theatres – take the whole family to a drive in movie.

Star Dust Drive-in Theatre

310 Purple Tiger Dr
Watertown, TN 37184
(615) 237-0077

Franklin Drive-in

6250 Nashville Rd
Franklin, KY 42134
(270) 586-1905

Regal Cinemas Family Film Festivalfeatures free G and PG movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Regal’s Bellevue and Opry Mills theaters in Nashville and Regal Indian Lake in Hendersonville beginning June 5. www.regmovies.com. In previous years, Green Hills also showed free movies. You will probably need to speak with someone to get an official movie schedule for the summer and try and get there early. The theatre fills up fast.

MOVIES IN THE PARK – Pinkerton Park
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on June 14 – Pinkerton Park, 8-10 p.m.
Open Season on June 21 – Pinkerton Park, 8-10 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz on July 5 – Pinkerton Park, 8-10 p.m.
Happy Feet on July 19 – Pinkerton Park, 8-10 p.m.
Field of Dreams on Aug. 3 – Pinkerton Park, 8-10 p.m.
ET on Aug. 9 – Pinkerton Park, 8-10 p.m.

BRENTWOOD CONCERTS at Crockett

615.371.0060.

www.brentwood-tn.org

Concerts are held at the Eddy Arnold Ampitheatre Concert Pavilion in Crockett Park Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Nashville Symphony Orchestra – May 13th

Paul Ross Jazz Orchestra – Big Band June 3rd

Blues Rocker Dean Hall (son of Tom T. Hall) June 10th

Riders in the Sky – June 17th

The Mills Brothers – June 24th

Kadillacs – July 4th followed by fireworks show

Tams – July 8th

CONCERT SERIES
June 9 – Aspen Grove Park, Rickelton Crow, 6:30-8 p.m.
June 17 – Pinkerton Park, Nashville Jazz Orchestra, featuring Annie Sellick, 5-8 p.m.
July 14 – Aspen Grove Park, Williamson County Community Bank, 6:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 25 – Aspen Grove Park, Amp’d, 6:30-8 p.m.

Sports

Nashville Soundsyou can’t beat the entertainment factor for taking the entire family to a Sounds game. Many of their games also feature faith nights and ticket prices are very reasonable. There are always promotions for discounted tickets.

Indoor Fun

Laser Chase

215 Gothic Court

Franklin, TN 37067

(615) 764-0800

www.laserchase.net

This is a good indoor treat for the hot summer days. Kids divide into teams and fire laser guns at each other’s vest. It is designed for older kids, at least 4-5 and up. It usually costs around $6-8 to play for 30-45 minutes.

Glow Galaxy18 holes of glow in the dark putt putt golf

433 Opry Mills Drive

Ste. 514

Nashville, TN

Train Up A Child

4825 Trousdale Drive

Suite #217

Nashville, TN

Pay $3 to let your child play on all the fully stocked train tables. Call in advance to find out open play times.

Farms & Food Tours

Purity Dairies

360 Murfreesboro Rd.

Nashville, TN 37210

(615) 760-2271 ext. 489

Purity shows how ice cream is processed and packaged. Includes a free ice cream novelty. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this, but they want you to call first.

Farmers’ Market

900 Eighth Ave N

Nashville, TN

www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org

It’s great fun to walk the stalls outside and enjoy the restaurants inside. And it’s also a good chance to see flowers and purchase fresh produce.

Morning Glory Orchard – pick your own produce including blueberries

7690 Nolensville Rd

Nolensville, TN

615-395-4088

www.morninggloryorchard.com

You can pick your own produce. Their web site indicated they would open in July.

Golden Bell Blueberry Farm – (formerly Cedar Brae Berry Farm) pick your own blueberries

4084 Clovercroft Road

Franklin, TN 37067

615-794-3758

Call ahead to see what their schedule is starting in late June or early July.

www.pickyourown.orgweb site that list all u-pick farms in Tennessee

Museums and Science Centers

Discovery Center

502 SE Broad St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 890-2300

www.discoverycenteronline.org

Inside a former Coca-Cola bottling plant, renovated to house a giant water table, an airplane ride, a tree house and cabin stuffed with toys, an art lab and kitchen, a two-story slide, and tanks full of fish and turtles. Outside, a water garden teems with tadpoles, koi, frogs and other aquatic curiosities, while fountains shoot 20-foot arches of water into a nearby reservoir; a boardwalk winds through the adjacent wetlands, where beavers, river otters and herons can be seen in swampy splendor. The outside’s free.

Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville TN 37203
(615) 862-5160

www.adventuresci.com

Opening the Sudekum Planetarium June 28th. Adults $9, kids 3-12 $7, but the best deal is to purchase a season pass.

Cheekwood Botanical Gardenoutdoor botanical garden with summer long special events

1200 Forest Park Drive

Nashville, TN 37205

615-356-8000

www.cheekwood.org

Arts & Crafts

Home Depot Kids Workshop

www.homedepot.com

Usually the first Saturday of every month 9-12 but call your local store for specific times.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics

www.lowes.com

Check out their web site for specific times and locations near you.

Michaels Kids Club

www.michaels.com

Check out their web site for specific times and locations near you.

Day Trips & Just for Fun

The Minister’s Tree House – 8,000 square foot tree house built by a minister as calling from God.

Beehive Lane

Crossville, TN

NW of town, N of I-40, exit for 298, first right on Cook Rd., left on Beehive Lane. It is closed to public because of vandalism, but if you call in advance you can get in. Sometimes it is open during the day. There is no cost for admission. I have heard it is a little difficult to find, but well worth the trip. See the following link to read all about it.

http://www.wmcstations.com/Global/story.asp?S=6844123

Mammoth Cave – located in Kentucky

www.mammothcave.com

http://www.nps.gov/maca/

Music City StarNashville’s only commuter train service.

www.musiccitystar.org

Rail service runs through Lebanon, Martha, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, Donelson and downtown . Trains run Monday through Friday. You should check the web site for train fares and schedules. Tickets average around $5 and it is a commuter rail service, so most times are early morning or late afternoon. This is a fun outing coupled with a tour of downtown Nashville. One person suggested eating at the Spaghetti Factory for a cheap lunch.

2 Comments

  1. Betsy Dakin said,

    September 27, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Precious Prints Studio
    Mary Loftus owner
    400 Sugartree Lane
    Suite #310
    Franklin, TN 37064
    615-794-4802
    Wonderful clay crafts and teaching on artist and art concepts. Starts with the very young child and up. You can drop your child off for the class. Hour and half long. My boys LOVE her and they make great things!

  2. August 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Come on down to Lucky Ladd Farms for Fall Family Fun Days weekends in October. Home to Tennessee’s largest petting farm featuring over 100 friendly farm animals to interact with and learn about. We also offer a wide variety of other fun activities for the whole family including our corn maze made of sorghum, pumpkin patch, wagon rides featuring Tennessee Wildlife, large playgrounds, tire mountains, hay jumps, monster slide and barrel train rides. Tons of kid-powered fun, fresh air, and memories to last a lifetime!


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