Winter Break Things to do in Middle Tennessee

Winter Break Things to do in Middle Tennessee

Nashville area friends, school is out for winter break, and many of us have vacation and holiday time off for work. The days just seem to get a little bit longer and longer once the Christmas presents are opened and cabin fever sets in. We’re having a relatively mild winter (so far!) and there is always something to do with kids, both little ones as well as tweens and teens!

Depending on how much time you have off for work, map out a few winter break bucket list items and schedule them before Christmas. That way you’ll have a plan! And if you don’t get to all of them, you’ll have ideas for the next holiday break.

15 Fun Winter Break Activities in Middle Tennessee

  • Spend the day at Adventure Science Center downtown.
  • Head to a Nashville Predators home game at Bridgestone Arena.
  • Speaking of ice skating, Centennial Sportsplex or the Ford Ice Center both offer open skate times. Or visit the temporary outdoor rink at Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville (click here for more information and to buy tickets).
  • If skating on ice isn’t your thing, try old school roller skating. The Brentwood Skate Center is hosting a New Year’s Eve skate session from noon to 5 and a nighttime skate party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (They are closed New Year’s Day and then reopen with special holiday hours January 2-4.)
  • Hosting friends or family from out of town? Consider a tour of classic Nashville! Some ideas include the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman, the Johnny Cash Museum or Musician’s Hall of Fame. Eat lunch or dinner at a Nashville classic like Brown’s Diner, The Loveless or Swett’s.
  • Tour a historic home. The Middle Tennessee area has a multitude of historic homes and many will still be decorated for the holiday season until New Year’s Day. Here’s just a few suggestions : The Hermitage, Rock Castle, Traveller’s Rest and Belle Meade Plantation.
  • Admission to The Frist Center is FREE for kids  Plan a visit with 2 adults and tag team. One adult can take the kids to the Martin Artquest Gallery upstairs while the other enjoys the art exhibits.
  • Go bowling! Older teens will enjoy lunch and bowling at Pinewood Social downtown or King’s Dining & Entertainment at Cool Springs Mall. For a more authentic bowling alley experience, try Franklin Family Entertainment.
  • Encourage your kids to bounce off the walls, literally! There are several inflatable bounce centers and trampoline parks in the Nashville area: Sky High Sports, Bounce U!, Pump it Up, Hoppity Hop, Monkey Joe’s, Above All, Jumpstreet, and two new ones, Altitude Trampoline Park and Urban Air Adventure Park.
  • Plan a day of volunteering. Hands on Nashville has lots of opportunities for families with teens age 16 and older. Cheekwood, for example, needs workers for their Holiday Lights event.
  • Speaking of teenagers, a day climbing at an indoor climbing facility is a great way to get out and active! All ages can climb at the East location but it’s 13 and up only at the West location. The Crag in Franklin and The Ascent in Murfreesboro are two other great options.
  • Unplug and go for a hike. Middle Tennessee’s warmer December and January days are perfect for a trip to Radnor Lake or hiking at Edwin Warner Park.
  • Get artsy at Fired Up! or Brushfire Pottery or try a paint and party facility like River Art Studio in Bellevue.
  • Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like Christmas lights. This year’s newest attraction is the Franktown Festival of Lights – Load up the family in the car and head out to Williamson County’s only drive-thru light display featuring a mile of holiday lights. Admission benefits nonprofit Franktown which aids underserved youth. On display now through December 29. (And you can save on Groupon.)
  • Test your family’s skills and strengths with an attempt at the Nashville Escape Game (Berry Hill or Downtown locations).

Enjoy making memories with friends and family this winter break!

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Celebrate Fall with These Fun Events in Middle Tennessee

Celebrate Fall with These Fun Events in Middle Tennessee

Happy fall Nashville! It’s a busy time of year and there are lots of ways to celebrate fall in Middle Tennessee.

From special events to craft fairs and festivals, we’ve compiled a list of 10 upcoming events that are perfect for celebrating fall in Music City.

Nashville Oktoberfest
October 11-14
The 39th annual Nashville Oktoberfest German Street Fair and Fall Festival will span 10 city blocks on the edge of historic Germantown next to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. In addition to parades, crafts, German food and multiple music stages featuring all types of music, the festival boasts “the world’s longest beer slide,” plus beer tasting stations and beer gardens. Annual traditions include Saturday’s Oktoberfest parade, which includes a Pup Parade; wiener dog races on Sunday; and the bratwurst eating contest. 300,000 attendees are expected this year, making it one of the largest Oktoberfests in the country.

www.thenashvilleoktoberfest.com

Southern Festival of Books
October 12-14
The 30th annual Southern Festival of Books is Oct. 12-14 at War Memorial Plaza and the Downtown Nashville Public Library. The festival is for all ages, with author talks, readings, panels, signings, children’s storytimes and new and used book sales. The roster includes Rick Bragg, Ben Fountain, Craig Johnson, Tayari Jones, Lorrie Moore, Celeste Ng, Deborah Plant, Luis Alberto Urrea, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Jacqueline Woodson. The festival annually attracts 25,000 attendees.

www.humanitiestennessee.org

Tennessee Craft Fair
October 12-14
The 40th annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair, with more than 200 craft artists, is held each year at Centennial Park Oct. 12-14. The fair is a great way to spend the day whether you are there for the shopping, craft demonstrations or food. There’s also a hands-on tent for kids! www.tennesseecraft.org

Light the Nations
Saturday, October 20The annual Light the Nations event is Saturday, October 20 from 4 to 10 p.m. The event takes place on 51st Avenue in the Nations and will spotlight local businesses, art and vendors. There will be a kids’ area, dog park, food trucks and live entertainment. This event is free and open to the public.

Symphony Free Day of Music
October 27
The Nashville Symphony’s 13th annual Free Day of Music will be Oct. 27 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The symphony will kick off the day with a full orchestra concert in the Laura Turner Concert Hall at 11 a.m., followed by free performances until 9 p.m. There will be 25 performers (everything from classical to rock and country) on four stages inside and outside the center. Acts include Nashville in Harmony, Nashville Salsa Machine and classical ensemble Chatterbird. In addition to music, there will be a Q&A with the symphony conductors, family activities, the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, an outdoor beer garden and food trucks.

www.nashvillesymphony.org

Pumpkinfest
October 27
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 35th annual Pumpkinfest celebrates fall and Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 along Main Street in beautiful historic downtown Franklin. Festive fun for families includes live entertainment, a Great Pumpkin display, arts and crafts vendors, extreme pumpkin carving and fun costume contests for all ages, as well as pets! Last year’s event attracted more than 65,000 people.

www.williamsonheritage.org/pumpkinfest/

Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival
October 27
The new Tennessee State Museum plans to open Oct. 4 in its new space at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street. The annual Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival which is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be a photo booth, costume contest, crafts, scary stories and games and an outdoor hay bale maze. This popular event always includes a ghost trail, chilling ghost stories and Tennessee characters such as the Bell Witch. Admission is free.

www.tnmuseum.org

Family Day: The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
November 3
Enjoy a day of free fun at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Activities will include a petting zoo, inflatable zone, fall festival, games, face painting, hayrides, food trucks, horse demonstrations, crafts, miniature train rides and pony rides.

www.franklintn.gov/government/parks/city-parks-events/family-day

Nashvember
November 10
Project 615 will host the 5th annual Nashvember on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Track One. There will be over 60 local vendors, food trucks and local radio station Lightning 100 will be broadcasting live from the event. Admission is free for this family-friendly event.

www.nashvember.com

What are your plans for this fall? Do you have any favorite fall traditions? Bookmark this article (or share on Facebook/pin to Pinterest) for future reference for fun fall events in Nashville.

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Get Your Car Ready for Family Road Trips

Summertime is traditionally a time for the great American road trip. In fact, record-breaking nearly 47 million Americans traveled during the July 4th weekend.

There are still several weeks of summer left, and many of you will hit the road, whether for a Labor Day weekend getaway or a longer retreat. You won’t forget to pack your sunscreen, toothbrush, snacks or other road trip essentials, so don’t forget to make sure your car is as ready to travel as you are.

Here are a few tips to get your car ready for your next road trip, many of which can be knocked out by visiting your local mechanic or service center:

Pack Emergency Essentials: Pack an emergency roadside essentials kit which, at the very least, would include jumper cables, coolant, and a flashlight and extra batteries. Check your spare tire and make sure the lug wrench and jack are in good condition.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Roadside Assistance Options: Do you have Triple A? Make sure your membership is up to date. Also, check with your car insurance provider to see if roadside assistance is included. Many auto insurance companies, like Geico, offer policyholders roadside assistance as part of their coverage. Make sure you have these contact numbers and information readily available so you’re not scrambling should you have a breakdown or a flat tire.

Check Your Car Battery: Your road trip can quickly come to a halt if your battery dies. Check your battery life and ensure that it has a good charge. If your battery is corroded, use baking soda and water to clean around the posts.

Change the Oil and Check Fluids. Your oil should generally be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles anyway, but it’s a great idea to have it checked out before a major road trip.

Check Lights: Are your brake lights in good working order? What about your headlights? Check your turn signals and flashers. Test them out before hitting the highway.

Air Conditioner Check Up: Summer road trips are no fun if your AC goes out. While your car is in the shop, be sure to have the AC checked out, especially for coolant levels. Replace coolant with refrigerant.

Change The Air Filter If Needed: A dirty air filter can affect your vehicle’s performance by allowing less air to get into the engine when needed.

Check Tires: Check your vehicle owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommended tire pressure for all your tires, including your spare. Remember that tire pressure should be checked when the tires are “cold” which means when your car hasn’t been driven for three hours. You’ll also want to check the tread.

Spare Tire: Speaking of tires, you should also have a spare tire. Check to be sure it’s fully inflated before heading out of town!

Check Brakes: Have your local service center check your rotors and brake pads. A worn brake system can be dangerous. If warranted, you’ll want to have new brakes installed if you’re about to go on a major road trip.

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Beat the Heat in Nashville With These 6 Summer Activities

Beat the Heat in Nashville With These 6 Summer Activities

We’re in the throes of summer in Middle Tennessee and sometimes you just need a cool escape to beat the beat. With Nashville being such a boom town, there is no end to fun summer activities, but some of them are a little “cooler” than others.

Here are six summer activities in Nashville to beat the heat!

Top Golf

Top Golf is a new state-of-the-art golf facility where the weather is always perfect. Golfers play in climate-controlled playing “bays” (sort of like an alley at a bowling alley.) Top Golf Nashville also has a large indoor area with HDTVs and a bar for ice cold beverages.

Nashville Shores

Nashville Shores, a water park located at beautiful Percy Priest Lake, has something for everyone, plus a beautiful view of the lake. Whether you are a lazy river kind of fan, love the thrill of water slides or wave pool, you can spend the entire day at Nashville Shores and not get bored. It’s a great place to take the entire family as there is something for every age. Barefootin’ Bay is perfect for younger kids. It features 35 interactive water features, spray toys, mini-slides, and a tipping bucket to drench guests below.

Movie Time

There’s nothing better on a hot day than popcorn and a matinee! Try a different movie experience at the Belcourt in Hillsboro Village, completely remodeled in 2016, or the beautiful Franklin Theatre in downtown historic Franklin. Both venues offer classics as well as newer releases. And if you’re looking for something a little stronger than a soft drink to wash down your concessions, both serve wine and beer.

Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

There’s really no end to great ice cream shops in Nashville. From Las Paletas handcrafted popsicles near 12 South to Jeni’s which now has three locations, to old school favorite Bobbie’s Dairy Dip on the West Side or Elliston Place off West End, you can easily hit a different frozen treat destination every week this summer!

Cave Exploring

You’ll have to drive across the border to Kentucky to view some of the most amazing caves in the U.S., but with temperatures year round in the 50s, it’s a great day trip to beat the heat. Mammoth Cave National Park, just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is open year round (closed only on Christmas Day.) Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles (643 km) explored. Mammoth Cave offers several ranger-led tours.

Ice Skating

Nashville has a couple of options for ice skating enthusiasts: the Ford Ice Center in Antioch or Centennial Sportsplex near downtown. In 2019 a second Ford Ice Center is scheduled to open in Bellevue.

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Summer Fun in Nashville

Summer Fun in Nashville

It’s officially summer in Nashville, one of the hottest destinations in the country. Luckily for Nashvillians we get to enjoy our beautiful city year round and summer break is one of the best times to catch a local festival, live music or live sports, such as Nashville Sounds baseball at First Tennessee Park.

We’ve compiled a list of just a few of the many upcoming Middle Tennessee family friendly events to mark off your summer bucket list (with most of them free!) Here’s to summer fun in Nashville!

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth July 27-18

This two-day bluegrass music festival features food trucks, craft booths and an art show. The Friday night music concert will include a dancing exhibition; Saturday features open bluegrass music and old time dancing competitions. Free to the public. For more information, visit their website.

Tomato Art Fest August 10-11

The 15th annual Tomato Art Fest is a celebration in East Nashville featuring art, music, food, costumes, contests, shopping, kids activities and more. The Tomato Art Fest Push, Pull & Wear Parade will feature floats that can be pushed, pulled, carried or worn on your body. Visit tomatoartfest.com for more information on this family-friendly event.

Shakespeare in the Park August 9-September 16

Love the arts? The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare in the Park” has been bringing theater under the stars at the Centennial Park band shell for 30 years. This year’s featured play is the classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays Aug. 9 through Sept. 9 in Centennial Park, and Sept. 13-16 in Academy Park in Franklin. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and picnic under the stars. Free event with a suggested $10 donation.

Lawnchair Theater June-August

Jailhouse Industry’s outdoor Lawnchair Theater takes place on Fridays at dusk at 4144 Old Hillsboro Road in beautiful Leiper’s Fork. The movie line up features classics and family movies. VIsit Jailhouseindustrys.com for more information.

2018 Williamson County Fair August 3-11

The 2018 Williamson County Fair will be held August 3-11 at the Williamson County Agricultural EXPO Park, 4215 Long Lane, in Franklin, Tennessee. This family-friendly event celebrates agricultural education in Williamson County and features midway rides and lots of attractions. New to 2018’s lineup is Ma’Ceo, an equestrian acrobatic show that will take place inside a large tented area in the Fair Village. For more information, visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org.

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