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What to do with your kids this Summer in Nashville

Published May 22, 2015 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

16 fun ideas to try with the kids. From cool upcoming events, to simple ways to enjoy the city during the summer months.

Summer in Music City, Nashville, TN., has a lot to offer. The city is not just country music and recording studios, it is a very family friendly town. With so many things to do and see people of all ages are easily entertained.

The Sudekum Planetarium offers an outstanding light show accompanied by music every Saturday and Thursday nights beginning May 16th, 2015 thru July 28th, 2016. There are three shows each night, the first is at 8:30 PM with music by Queen, the 9:30 PM show has music by Led Zeppelin and 10"30 PM is Pink Floyd's The Dark side of The Moon album. Depending on your child, they just might be happy to never leave the Adventure Science Center also found at the Sudekum. Educational and still very family oriented, you and your young one can explore beekeeping, enjoy little science labs, participate in sleepovers and more. Located in downtown Nashville this place is meant to educate and entertain.

Nashville Shores in Hermitage, TN., while it is not the beach, it is a huge water park complete with water slides, pools and a lake.

While you're there, visit the Treetop Adventure Park that is set in the woods of Nashville Shores and includes suspended bridges, cargo nets, 10 zip lines, Tarzan jumps and other fun activities. You can even stay on the property if you choose. It's just a ten minute ride from Nashville.

The CMA Musical Festival runs June 11th-14th, 2015 and offers many, many free concerts by big named artists all over the downtown area. The official concert is at LP Field also in Nashville and has the most popular names in country music in its nightly lineup.

Are you hungry for a smoked turkey leg? The Tennessee Renaissance Fair Is open from May 16th to May 31st, Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's. This event enables you to traveling back to the 16th Century when the time of knights, lords and ladies comes alive.

The Nashville Sounds, Nashville's own minor league baseball team welcomes you with 35 giveaway nights and 14 separate fireworks displays. Brings your kids have some peanuts or popcorn while enjoying America's favorite sport.

Lucky Ladd Farms have something for your child to do almost every weekend. Learn how to shear a sheep, milk a dairy goat or even make butter. This kid friendly farm is a child's paradise, if you are lucky you can help Digger Dan move sand and dirt from one part of the farm to another with his excavator and bulldozer! Located south of Nashville in Eagleville, TN., it is an easy ride for a day of fun.

The Nashville Zoo has animals from all over the world. Stop by to visit mammals, reptiles, birds, fish or amphibians. Located on Nolensville Pike in Nashville the hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 PM daily.

Come to Nashville and learn to be a cowboy, or at least ride like one. Long C Trails in Westmoreland, TN., The Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Nashville, TN and Juro Stables in Mount Juliet, TN., (these are just a few), offers the entire family a chance to interact and ride horses along select horse trails.

Stop by Phillips Toy Mart, the amount and variety of toys, games, arts and crafts, electronics, etc., is astounding. You will be there for hours looking around at this outstanding selection.

Want to enjoy nature and have a little quiet time on your Nashville visit? Well, come to the Edwin Warner Park, even with its Nashville address you will find miles and miles of walking trails. This picturesque park less than 10 miles from downtown Nashville will restore your energy to return to the hustle and bustle of civilization.

Musical families jump at the chance to go to Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN. Bonaroo is a 4 day camp out festival that hosts over 80,000 people on 700 Acres. With more than 10 stages and over 150 performances of musicians and comedians you will be talking about this trip for years.

The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation invites you to see what life was like in the late 1800's in Smyrna, TN. At various times of the year you can see historical demonstrations regarding farm animals, see how cooking was done and view what their everyday life was like.

The Franklin Rodeo is one of the oldest, largest and longest running in Tennessee. Located on Long Rd, in Franklin, TN., this event is host to over 18,000 fans every year. A kid friendly event that will thrill young and old, if you have never been to a rodeo you are welcome to attend one of the best.

Nashville offers 3 separate story time locations to entertain your child while encouraging them to take their own book adventures. Each week on Friday or Saturday you can visit Fairytales Bookstores, Parnassus Bookstore or Brilliant Sky Toys and Books.

Last but not least, is the Grand ole Opry in Nashville, TN., where both music and entertainers that will keep you enthralled with a variety of performers. The artists are constantly changing so the Tuesday, Friday and Saturday performances are always new and inviting.

There is so much more to do and see in and around the Nashville area, this just is a bit of the family oriented opportunities. Come to Nashville and see how much fun you can have.

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