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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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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