Movies and Fishing and Skating, Oh My

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Meerkats, bears and crocodiles? Yup. Plus 100 more things to do with the kids this summer.

Whether you’re taking the kids out solo or doing it with friends, these 101 things to do with kids provide great ideas for the best days ever! We’re lucky to live in an area with so much for families, so dive into the days ahead. You’ll want to use our list all summer long!

101 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS in Greater Nashville

  1. Go see the Statue of Athena at the Parthenon
  2. See the city! Take a walk along the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge and the Cumberland Greenway 
  3. Stargaze in your yard using a chart courtesy of the Adventure Science Center
  4. Go welcome the newest addition to the Nashville Zoo — the Andean Bears
  5. Roller Skate at the Skate Center in Brentwood, Rivergate, Murfreesboro or Smyrna
  6. Ice Skate at the Ford Ice Center or Centennial Sportsplex
  7. Rent a pontoon boat on Percy Priest, Old Hickory, Center Hill or Tim’s Ford lakes
  8. Franklin Parks has Free movies June 22, July 13 & Aug 10 at Pinkerton Park
  9. Kids 12 & under with an adults can take a chocolate class at the Goo Goo Shop.
  10. Bring a Blue Monkey Shaved Ice truck to your summer get together
  11. Take a celebrity selfie at Madame Tussauds
  12. Go see a laser show at the Sudekum Planetarium
  13. Check out the glowing rabbits at Cheekwood
  14. Challenge the kids at Dave and Buster’s Arcade
  15. Enjoy an ice cream soda at Elliston Place Soda Shop
  16. Watch a Sounds Game at First Tennessee Park
  17. Hop on an Old Town Trolley tour in downtown Nashville
  18. See “Momotaro, the Peachboy” puppet show at Nashville’s Main Library
  19. Smyrna Parks & Rec shows “Ferdinand” for free at Rotary Park
  20. Make a playdate at an indoor play space
  21. Get swept away by a dance performance
  22. Do the fourth of July on the General Jackson Showboat
  23. Be chill when you take the kids out to eat
  24. Step back in time at a living history event
  25. Gobble some cookie dough at No Baked Cookie Dough
  26. Go to an outdoor movie at Elmington Park on May 31, June 7, June 14 or June 21
  27. Murfreesboro Parks and Rec shows movies June 4 – July 28 Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat.
  28. Ride horses at JuRo Stables
  29. Visit the Best Bookstore for Children in the Milky Way Galaxy
  30. Have dinner outside
  31. Get a Family Fun Pass for Top Golf Nashville
  32. Enjoy Food Truck Fridays at Arrington Vineyards
  33. Catch a flick at the Stardust Drive-In & let the kids wear their jammies
  34. Experience the new interactive playground Aqua Park at Nashville Shores
  35. Call for openings in local day camps — see our Summer Camp Directory
  36. Pick your own fruit & veggies at a local farm
  37. Check out the Summer Movies for Kids at the Local Movie Theaters for $1 – $4
  38. Reserve your spot now for a summer Telescope Night at Dyer Observatory on
  39. See the 30th Anniversary of “Big” when it hits three local screens on July 15 & 18
  40. Get soaked at one of Nashville’s Free Spray Parks
  41. Let kids get down and dirty at the outdoor Nature Play Center at Warner Park
  42. Check out a kid’s Purple Pack at Warner Park and take a nature walk
  43. Take time to help your child talk more!
  44. Go barefoot outside on June 1 for National Go Barefoot Day
  45. See a local Vintage Baseball Game
  46. Lick your way through the summer by trying all the local ice cream!
  47. Take your pooch to play at a here or here.
  48. Pick up your local issue of Nashville, Rutherford, Sumner or Williamson Parent for ideas
  49. Go hiking at a kid-friendly trail.
  50. Go fishing with kids with these great tips — scroll down for kid-friendly fishing spots
  51. Reconsidering residential camp for your kids? Check out this list!
  52. Rainy day? Check out these 100 Activities for Tots at Home
  53. Head to a Dive-In Movie at Nashville Shores, Fridays in July and Aug. 3
  54. Let the kids hang out a flag and get all patriotic on June 14 for Flag Day
  55. Go crazy with watermelon with these fab watermelon recipe
  56. Strike up fun during Kids Bowl Free
  57. Celebrate your child’s big day at a great Away-From-Home Birthday Party Destination
  58. Cut a rug with the kids during the free Big Band Dances at Centennial Park
  59. Explore Country’s Roaring ‘70s and enjoy family programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  60. Take the kids to the Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Show at the Williamson County Fair
  61. Bring a picnic to the free Red Caboose Concerts and chillax
  62. Soar through the air while fireflies illuminate the night at Adventureworks
  63. Rock out with Lady Antebellum during Nashville’s Music City July 4th Celebration
  64. Decide if it’s a fruit or a veggie at East Nasty’s Tomato Art Fest
  65. Let them eat cake!
  66. Get a great view of downtown with free family entertainment during Tales at Twilight
  67. Get creative with your kids in the Frist’s brand-new ArtQuest Gallery
  68. Cast a line during the Free Kids’ Fishing Rodeos
  69. Cool off with ice cream for a cause during the Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’
  70. Rev up for giant truck mayhem during Monster Jam
  71. See two local girls on stage in Waitress at TPAC
  72. Check out the meerkats, bears and crocodiles at Cheekwood
  73. Experience the area’s biggest Midway at the Wilson County Fair
  74. Connect your child to an Awesome Arts Program
  75. Book a great home Birthday Bash for your child
  76. Trek to Nashville Zoo to enjoy summer programs
  77. Breathe fresh air while exploring Nashville’s 190+ miles of greenway trails
  78. Embrace the music event of the summer — CMA Music Fest
  79. Feel like you’re hanging out with the band in the Rolling Stones Exhibit
  80. Show off your most colorful duds while kids race stick horses at the Iroquois Steeplechase
  81. Subscribe to Nashville Parent’s e-newsletter to win great prizes
  82. Make custom signs for your home at the new AR Workshop in Nashville
  83. Enjoy the Juneteenth Celebration at Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center on June 16
  84. See the T-Rex replica at Earth Experience in Murfreesboro
  85. Enjoy arts & crafts, old-time music and more at Uncle Dave Macon Days July 13 – 14 in Murfreesboro
  86. Catch the music bug at Murfreesboro’s Free Friday Night Live Concerts
  87. Parade, crafts, vendors and more draw a crowd in La Vergne during Old Timer’s Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8
  88. Check out an educational program (or two), make a craft and more at Discovery Center in Murfreesboro
  89. Hands-on activities and reenactors help little ones learn about 19th century life during Days on the Farm at the Historic Sam Davis Home
  90. Oaklands Mansion holds a ribbon cutting for its new certified Arboretum on Thursday, May 17 (tour the historic home, too)
  91. Sign up for a wood sign workshop with the kids at Board & Brush over at the Fountains at Gateway
  92. Mix and match your favorite sweets into a yummy shaved ice, ice cream, or craft soda float at the Soda Bar in Murfreesboro
  93. Sign your kid up for Bloomfield Linksters Summer Series golf program
  94. Play FootGolf with the family at Smyrna Golf Course — it’s like soccer and golf mixed together
  95. Find some locally grown produce and more at a farmer’s markets in Murfreesboro, La Vergne and Smyrna
  96. Go on a family kayak float, enjoy animal encounters and more with Murfreesboro Parks and Rec (Outdoor Murfreesboro)
  97. Take a tour of Nissan and learn how the cars are made
  98. Cool off in the Splash Zone at Lucky Ladd Farm‘s Watermelon Festival
  99. Pancakes, strawberry eating contests and more at the 77th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
  100. Family-friendly shorts at the Nashville Film Festival May 10 – 19
  101. Always, always, always check out Things to Do on your cell phone to find a plethora of events to do with your kids

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