As the weather is warming, make sure you and your family get out and about and enjoy all spring has to offer! If you're looking for ideas to do with the little ones, here's some tried & tested activities that will be a hit with kids of all ages.
Foster a love for music at Music City (this is Nashville after all). Music City in Nashville is dedicated to the country legends of the city and includes Spring events like Tin Pan South until March 28th. Tin Pan South features more than 350 song writers and puts on almost a hundred shows over the five day festival. There are lots of other things to do in the Spring at Music City, and you can find out their entire Spring calendar here or call Music City Center at phone: 615.401.1400.
Check out the spring flowers at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. This 55 acre complex offers lots of interesting things to see and do for kids and parents. For instance, on Tuesdays there is a Tuesdays for Tots program for the little kids between 10 and noon with things to do like read a book, celebrate Easter, make crafts, and much more. Older kids will enjoy walking through the exhibits where they can learn all about the local flowers and fauna. It is open Tues through Sunday, closed on Mondays, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Celebrate Easter with the community at one of the many Easter Egg Hunts or events. With Easter just around the corner, many local organizations have plans to bring Easter to the kids! All around the Nashville area is fun activities like Easter hunts, bouncy castles, face painting, breakfasts, making Easter-y decorations, and more. Check out our article on Easter Events in Nashville for a complete list.
Spend a day at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. If your kids love animals and the outdoors, this is the number one place to go. See clouded leopards, red pandas, elephants, giraffes, monkeys and more. You can also go ride the carousel or train, have a picnic, and much more.
Go on a nature hike and try your hand at geocaching. We are surrounded by beautiful trails and mountains that are waiting to be explored. They can range in difficulty, so finding one suitable for your kids will be important. To add even more excitement to your nature hike, check out geocaching.com, or download the app, and your hike can turn into a search for a hidden treasure! Have your kids make a prize that you can leave behind for someone else to find.
Some great hike suggestions to try with the kids:
- Radnor Lake - a gem of Nashville and a popular outdoor area with trails for all ages and abilities. The Lake Trail is mostly flat and great for beginners, you'll likely spot a decent amount of wildlife and can stop at the visitors center for some added excitement. If you want to make it more challenging but still do-able for kids, try Ganier Ridge.
- Burgess Falls State Park - about an hour and a half out from Nashville but well worth the trip. It's only a 1.5 mile round trip hike and you get to see THREE beautiful waterfalls along the way. There is no swimming at Burgess, however when the water is low, there is wading in the cascades behind the restrooms- perfect for a hot day. If you can, the best time to visit is during the week, most weekends from March - October fill up and have lines of cars waiting to get in.
- Edwin Warner Park - with a 0.75 mile nature loop, it makes for a great family outing. A quaint little creek running through, wild flowers, trees, and little critters, sure to be a hit with young ones. Apart from the nature loop is 9 different hiking trails that have varying difficulty levels for you to explore.
Stay educational (but fun!) at the Adventure Science Center. Right in downtown Nashville at SoBro800 Fort Negley Boulevard, it's the place to go to learn all about science through fun interactive exhibits like the Adventure Tower, BodyQuest, and the Space Chase for kids of all ages. Admission is free.
Take a step back in time at the Belle Meade Plantation. Located in West Nashville at 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, 37205, this 250 acre venue began in 1807. You can tour the original cabin, carriage house, stables, and more and go shopping in the gift shop.
Take part in free activities at the Public Library. There are lots of things to do in March and April like puppet shows and book reading for the little kids or book clubs and events for the older children and teens. Kids of all ages love to read or be read to, so head to the Nashville Public Library at 615 Church Street and start their love for reading at a young age.
Watch an amazing show by kids for kids, put on by Nashville Children's Theatre. Founded in 1931, and located at 25 Middleton Street, the Nashville Children's Theatre offers plays for kids and their families , as well as drama workshops for older kids. Time magazine voted it as being one of the top 5 theaters for kids in the US. Call for a schedule at 615-254-9103 .
Get the adrenaline pumping at the Treetop Adventure Park. Located at 4001 Bell Road, this is an exciting fun adventure with 100 challenging obstacles on the course, such as zip lines, cargo nets, ladders, Tarzan jumps, and more. A great venue for older kids who love a challenge and an adrenaline rush!
If your kids love hockey, let them experience the real thing at a Nashville Predator's hockey game! The games take place at Bridgestone Arena and are a ton of fun for the entire family. The regular season ends April 11th, so get out there soon. Click here for a schedule and to purchase tickets.
Visit the famous Fontanel Mansion. Free for kids under six, the Fontanel Mansion is a the former log cabin home of country singer Barbara Mandrell. Tour this beautiful mansion and get an interactive way to experience the way a country music legend lived! It's open seven days a week from 9 am to 3 pm and located at 4225 Whites Creek Pike.
Spend time in the great outdoors with the family at Team Green Adventures. Located at the Lighting 100 Studio at 1310 Clinton Street, Suite 215, this fantastic and exciting place offers lots of ways to spend some time outdoors with hikes, helping in volunteer activities, and participating in things like indoor rock climbing, biking, backpacking, and classes in nutrition, wellness, as well as fitness classes, tree planting, and much more for the whole family.
Head to the Grand Ole Opry House. This is THE place for country music and exciting shows featuring country legends, as well as new and upcoming country stars. If you and the kids love country music, don't miss this famous venue. For information on their Spring schedule click here.
Practice your short game and take the kids mini golfing. No matter the type of day, Grand Old Golf is the perfect option with 3 outdoor and 1 indoor course. You can also race side-by-side around the largest go-kart track in the mid-states! Finish off the excitement with a room full of video games inside. Open daily.