Indoors or outdoors, there’s a lot to keep you and your kids amused in and around Nashville. Rachel Kirsch looks at some of the most popular.
BounceU of Nashville
BounceU is a unique party venue for kids of all ages.
It houses several indoor bounce houses and takes great care in its private party experience. While everyone is encouraged to jump, there are specific “open bounce” hours that can be viewed on the website.
BounceU of Nashville is located at 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. Prices and hours vary based on need. Visit bounceu.com/nashville-tn for more information.
The Nashville Zoo is another popular spot for families in Nashville. The zoo features many animals, exhibits, and events. Certain exhibits exist where guests are permitted to personally interact with animals. The zoo is always adding new animals, including, most recently, twin red panda cubs who expect to make their debut sometime in October 2017.
The Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 and is open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission for adults and teens is $16, while children 2-12 are $11. Memberships are available. Visit nashvillezoo.org for more information.
Adventure Science Center
The Adventure Science Center is one of the top family-friendly, educational spots in Nashville. It is a non-profit science museum that houses interactive exhibits. Exhibits include BodyQuest, Fourth State of Matter, Space Chase, Nature Unleashed, and others.
The Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203. It is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. General admission for adults and teens is $15.95, and $11.95 for children 2-12. Visit adventuresci.org for more information.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Martin ArtQuest Gallery
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a well-known Nashville spot for a cultural experience. This center focuses on all ages, especially in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery. This gallery is a colorful, interactive space that houses 30 different hands-on stations for all ages. The stations change as the Frist Center’s exhibitions change, so content is always different.
The Frist Center for Visual Arts is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203. Admission is always free to those 18 and under, and $12 for adults. Hours for the Martin ArtQuest Gallery include Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Visit fristcenter.org for more information.
Nashville Children’s Theatre
The Nashville Children’s Theatre has been entertaining since 1931. It is also Tennessee’s only professional, non-profit theatre dedicated exclusively to kids and families. Outside of performances, the theatre also offers camps and classes.
The Nashville Children’s Theatre is located at 25 Middleton St, Nashville, TN 37210. Hours include Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Prices for tickets vary per show and can be viewed at ticketsnashville.com
Seasonal membership is also available for purchase.
Visit nashvillechildrenstheatre.org for more information.
SOAR Adventure Tower
SOAR Adventure Tower is a climbing, ropes course adventure park that can accommodate children as young as three. The course offers over 100 climbing elements, and also features a miniature golf course.
SOAR Adventure Tower is located at 3794 Carothers Pkwy, Franklin, TN 37067. Hours include Tuesday through Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and closed on Monday. A Child Adventure Pass is $35, a Youth Adventure Pass is $40, and an Adult Adventure Pass is $45. Visit soaradventure.com
for more information.
Adventureworks is a unique experience that offers ziplining through the trees on nine separate zip lines covering about 1.5 miles of terrain. All are encouraged to zipline, from families to individuals to groups.
Adventureworks Nashville West is located at 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Rd, Kingston Springs,
TN 37082. Hours include Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Prices for each zipline tour vary, but the price for the Youth Zipline Tour is $49, and the recommended age is 6 years of age and older.
Visit adventureworks.com for more information.
Lucky Ladd Farms
Lucky Ladd Farms features a petting zoo with over 100 animals, play areas and seasonal activities. Overall, the farm offers more than 70 exciting activities for all ages including playgrounds, hay rides, and more. Activities change as seasons change; from Easter egg hunts to pumpkin patches.
Lucky Ladd Farms is located at 4374 Rocky Glade Rd, Eagleville, TN 37060, about an hour drive from Nashville. The farm is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Other hours include Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $13 while children are $11. Visit luckyladdfarms.com for more information.
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is a non-profit nature sanctuary that protects over 150 acres. It has classes and events throughout the year where all ages are welcome to come and learn about the nature around them.
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is located at 545 Beech Creek Rd S, Brentwood, TN 37027.
While it is closed on Saturday and Sunday, it is open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. throughout the week. Reservations are required to enter the sanctuary, but “Free Days” are offered throughout the year and can be found on the website. Visit owlshill.org for more information.
Brentwood Skate Center
Brentwood Skate Center is a roller rink featuring a snack bar, a video arcade, DJs, LED light effects and various events. The skate center is a family-friendly activity for all.
Brentwood Skate Center is located at 402 Wilson Pike Cir, Brentwood, TN 37027. Prices vary based on date and time. Visit brentwood.skatecenter.com for more information.