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50 Things to Do in Nashville with Kids

Published Feb 19, 2019 | Updated Mar 17, 2020

There are so many fun and free activities to do with your kids in Nashville. How many on our list can you check off?

Nashville might be called Music City, and it certainly has a lot of musical flair, but the city has so much more to offer visitors. Downtown has tons of fun and interesting things to do with kids or head outside the city limits to experience nature in all its beauty. Whether you live in Nashville all year long or just visit for a vacation, every day can be filled with fun adventures for kids of all ages.

Kids like to play and explore while parents love seeing them learn something new. Luckily, Nashville has plenty to do that provides both. So many events and locations in Nashville are designed to entertain kids and adults alike so there is never a dull moment.

Here is a list of 50 — yes, 50 — things to do in Nashville with kids from toddlers to teenagers. If you're only planning a visit to Music City you might want to make sure it's a long one so you have time to fit everything in.

1- Join an art class at Firstlight Art Academy. You can join at anytime, and there are also some awesome summer camps offered!

2- Paint your own pottery at Brushfire Pottery Studio. There is a wide selection of pottery to choose from, so come and let your inner artist shine. 

3- Visit the Holder Family Fun Centre. There are so many things to do, from bowling to go carting! Bring the family and enjoy a day filled with fun. 

4- The animals at the Nashville Zoo are very active in the Spring months and there are always babies!

5- Cheekwood Estate & Gardens has 12 gardens to explore including a Japanese garden a sculpture trail.

6- Visit the First Center of the Visual Arts. There are interactive exhibits, learning opportunities for everyone, and colourful art throughout the entire museum. 

7- Visit the Nashville Farmers Market in April for fresh fruits and veggies while checking out crafters, merchants, and tons of special events.

8- Bring the kids the the Nashville Children's Theatre. There are awesome shows you can watch, and camps you can register your kids in. 

9- Bring the kids to the Fishin' on the Farm event in June. This will be a catch and release day filled with fun. Bait and poles will be provided but feel free to bring your own!

10- Teach kids about Japan at the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival.

11- Take the kids skating at the Ford Ice Center. There are multiple programs available from hockey, figure skating, and skating for free!

12- Get tickets to the Grand Ole Opry to see a show and get a backstage tour.

13- Enjoy an exciting, action-filled game of laser tag. Laser Quest Nashville has special lighting, stage music, and a special designed, multi-level maze with swirling fog. This will undoubtedly be a lot of fun for everyone.

14- Visit the Adventure Science Center and watch and entertaining and educational show. 

15- Pack a picnic and go to a local park. This is a great way to eat some yummy food, spend time with your family, and relax in the sunshine. 

16- Take trip to Radnor Lake State Park. You can hike, jog, bike, and walk along the beautiful trails and natural area. There are hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants as well as trees, shrubs and vines that add to the natural diversity of the area.

17- The Shelby Bottoms Nature Center is a great place to go and explore. There are bird and wildlife viewing opportunities, casual fishing, baseball fields, and more.

18- Listen to a symphony outdoors with Nashville Symphony concerts.

19- Dance along to a big band concert in Centennial Park. Dances take place June through August.

20- This July, take the kids the the Kids' Water Day event. There will be water balloons, water slides, snacks, beach balls, and so much more! Make sure you bring a swimsuit and a towel. 

21- Cool down at the Cumberland Park spray park with fountains kids can play in.

22- Take a dip in the lake and have a picnic at one of Nashville's many state parks.

23- Enjoy a family friendly atmosphere where you can camp and play for the day at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park. 

24- Take pictures at the many painted murals throughout the city.

25- Catch a game and cheer for the Tennessee Titans. 

26- Get creative in a Craft Love DIY Workshop. You can come and create home decor and wood signs in these awesome workshops. 

27- Wander trails, watch wildlife, and take part in regular events at Warner Park Nature Center.

28- Explore Bicentennial Park and the splash-pad! This park gives visitors a taste of Tennessee's vast history, natural wonders, and serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee's Bicentennial celebration

29- Dyer Observatory has open house days and Fall usually has clear skies to see the stars well.

30- Take a visit to The Belcourt Theatre and enjoy an independent, documentary, world, or classic cinema. 

31- Pick one of your favourite movies, make some popcorn, and snuggle up on the couch for a family movie night.

32- Watch a beautiful performance by Nashville Ballet

33- Bring the kids to one of Nashville's great indoor play places at The Monkey's Treehouse. Kids will get to explore, go on the slides, climb, and do so much more. 

34- The Country Music Hall of Fame has a scavenger hunt and recording studio the kids will love.

35- Catch a film or live music at The Franklin Theatre. There will be fresh popcorn for the entire family to enjoy. 

36- Head to a nearby park with a ball or frisbee and get some fresh air. 

37- Catch a match at the rink and cheer for the Predators. 

38- See what events are happening this weekend by clicking here.

39- Get some exercise and have some fun at an indoor climbing wall. 

40- See what local events are happening at the War Memorial Auditorium

41- See weird and unique cars that actually work at the Lane Motor Museum.

42- Have some fun at Tito's Playland. Tito's Playland is located inside Plaza Mariachi in Southeast Nashville. It's an indoor family entertainment center with arcade and ticket games, and an indoor playground.

43- Sit outside, enjoy some sunshine, and read your favourite book!

44- Looking for a mix of fun and history? Check out the Belle Meade Plantation. There will be hands-on history family events that you can all enjoy. 

45- Dave and Busters has food and tons of arcade games to play.

46- Spend the day baking! Nothing beats having some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in the house. 

47- Nashville Shores is an awesome waterpark to bring your kids to! Brave the waves or slide down one of the massive waterslides. 

48- Go out for ice cream or milkshakes on a warm, sunny day. 

49- Introduce the kids to innovative, modern theatre by the Street Theatre Company

50- Take the family mini golfing or to a driving range. 

And that's it! 50 places in Nashville to take the kids and they won't be bored for one moment. Cheers to spending time with your family and exploring the city.

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