Creative Christmas Events for Kids

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Let your child's imagination soar this season with crafting, gingerbread house workshops and treat making fun!

Your kids can make the most of the Christmas season by letting their creativity soar at these events offering crafting, gingerbread house constructing and treat making! Pictured above: A local boy poses with his creation at a Family Gingerbread Workshop at Cheekwood.

CRAFTS

ALL ACCESS NIGHT

Discovery Center
502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro
615-890-2300 | explorethedc.org
Friday, Dec. 15
Special needs families can make holiday ornaments. 5:30 – 8 p.m. Free. Register in advance.

CHRISTMAS AT KIDS TIME

Richland Park Library
4711 Charlotte Pike, Nashville
615-862-5870 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org
Thursday, Dec. 14
Ages 6 – 17 can make 3D snowflakes and create holiday cards. 4:30 p.m. Free.

CREATION STATION

Discovery Center
502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro
615-890-2300 | explorethedc.org
Dec. 1 – 15 & Dec. 16 – 30
All ages can participate in two-week art projects: Holiday Light Chalk Art (Dec. 1 – 15) and Symmetry in Snowflakes (Dec. 16 – 30). Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m. $8.

FAMILY ART MAKING: HANDMADE HOLIDAY GARLANDS

Little Art House
2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville
615-933-9644 | littlearthousenashville.com
Saturday, Dec. 9
Ages 4 – 15 can make garlands ranging from classic pine cones to origami stars, pom poms and Star Wars themes. 3:30 – 4:30 and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. $10.

FAMILY ART MAKING:HANDMADE HOLIDAY WRAPPING PAPER

Little Art House
2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville
615-933-9644| littlearthousenashville.com
Friday, Dec. 1
Ages 4 – 15 can make personalized wrapping paper by using a variety of patterns. One set includes three 30 x 36-inch pieces. 4 – 5 p.m. or 5 – 6 p.m. $10 per set.

HANDMADE SPECIALTY ORNAMENTS

Little Art House
2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville
615-933-9644| littlearthousenashville.com
Thursday, Dec. 7
Ages 4 – 15 can have fun creating a variety of holiday ornaments for their tree or as gifts. 4 – 7 p.m. $5 per ornament.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Discovery Center
502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro
615-890-2300 | explorethedc.org
Saturday, Dec. 2
Decorate a giant gingerbread house. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.

HOME DEPOT KIDS’ WORKSHOP

Home Depot Locations in Middle Tennessee
homedepot.com
Saturday, Dec. 2
Ages 5 – 12 can build a wooden gingerbread house and decorate it with paint and stickers. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. Register in advance.

KIDS’ ART WITH KREATIVE KAT: SANTA’S SLEIGH

Nolensville Recreation Complex
7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville
615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Ages 6 – 10 can paint Santa’s main mode of transportation using watercolors. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. $20. Register in advance.

LET IT SNOW

Edgehill Public Library
1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville
615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Ages 8 – 16 can create a snow-themed craft. 4 p.m. Free.

MUSIC CITY WINTERFEST

Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave., Nashville
musiccitywinterfest.com
Saturday, Dec. 9
Your family can enjoy s’mores stations during this holiday celebration. Free.

NORTH POLE EXPERIENCE

Nolensville Town Hall
7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville
615-776-3640 | nolensvilletn.gov
Monday, Dec. 4
Kids can make ornaments and other holiday crafts. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.

ORNAMENT PAINTING

Edgehill Public Library
1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville
615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org
Wednesday, Dec. 20
Ages 8 – 16 can get creative and paint a keepsake ornament. 2 p.m. Free.

PORTLAND CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Downtown Portland
615-325-9032 | portlandcofc.com
Saturday, Dec. 2
Create holiday crafts during the city’s holiday festivities. 3 – 5:30 p.m. Free.

SANTA AROUND THE WORLD

Stones River Mall
1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro
615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com
Saturday, Dec. 16
Create holiday crafts from five different countries, including Cuba, Italy, India, South Korea and Poland along with food sampling from each country. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free.

SANTA SPLASH AND DASH

Patterson Park Community Center
521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro
615-893-7439 | murfreesborotn.gov/parks
Friday, Dec. 22
Ages 7 – 13 can make holiday ornament crafts during this indoor pool party. 6 – 9 p.m. $5 in advance, $7 day of.

SMYRNA STROKES: RUDOLPH

Outdoor Adventure Center
100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna
townofsmyrna.org | emily.morris@townofsmyrna.org
Saturday, Dec. 16
All ages can paint one of the most popular reindeer. 6 – 8 p.m. $10. Register in advance.

WINTER BREAK CAMP

Little Art House
2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville
615-933-9644| littlearthousenashville.com
Dec. 18 – 22 & 27 – 29
Kids in grades K – 2 can use a variety of mediums like collage, watercolor, tempura paint and oil pastel to create works of art inspired by classics like The Snowman and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. $55 per day. Register in advance.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Bowie Nature Park
7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview
615-799-5544, ext. 0 | bowiepark.org
Thursday, Dec. 21
Celebrate the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter by dropping in to make seasonal crafts. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.

 

GINGERBREAD

BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Edgehill Public Library
1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville
615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Ages 8 – 16 can help build a large gingerbread house to display in the library. 2 p.m. Free.

FAMILY GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP

Cheekwood
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org
Dec. 2 & 16
All ages can create a delicious masterpiece from Crumb de la Crumb Bakery. 9 – 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $52 members, $65 non-members (limit five people per house). Register in advance.

GINGERBREAD DECORATING CORNER

Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com
Thru Dec. 31
All ages can choose a traditional gingerbread house ($29.99), family cookie kit ($19.99) or ugly sweater cookie kit ($19.99). Hours vary daily.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING WORKSHOP

Outdoor Adventure Center
100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna
615-459-9773 | townofsmyrna.org
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Ages 3 – 12 can use a variety of candies to decorate a medium ($8) or large ($10) gingerbread house. Register in advance.

KIDS’ CLASS: GINGERBREAD HOUSES!

The Curious Kitchen
1602 W. N.field Blvd., Murfreesboro
615-956-6077 | thecuriouskitchen.net
Saturday, Dec. 23
Ages 12 & younger can decorate gingerbread houses with icing, sprinkles, candies, cookies and more. Snacks, drinks and holiday treats provided. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. $60. Register in advance.

 

TREAT TIME

COOKIE DECORATING & BRUNCH WITH MRS. CLAUS

American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria
1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin
877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php
Friday, Dec. 22
All ages can join Santa’s wife to decorate festive holiday cookies before brunch in the Bistro. 10 – 11:15 a.m. $15.

COOKIE DECORATING PARTY

Bellevue Library
720 Baugh Road, Nashville
615-862-5854 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org
Sunday, Dec. 10
Ages 3 – 12 can transform store-bought cookies into festive creations. 3 – 4 p.m. Free. Call to register.

COOKIE DECORATING PARTY

Edgehill Public Library
1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville
615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Ages 7 – 18 can decorate holiday cookies. 2 p.m. Free. Call to register.

COOKIES WITH MRS. CLAUS

Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com
Thru Jan. 1
Santa’s leading lady is serving up cookies and milk along with a story. Hours vary daily. $17.99 per child, includes an autographed book.

CREATIVE ZONE: COUNTRY COOKIES AND HATS

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville
615-416-2001 | countrymusichalloffame.org
Dec. 3, 10, 17 & 31
All ages can decorate cookies to celebrate the holiday season and create a paper hat to represent their style. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties).

GETTING REAL TEEN COOKING CLUB

Linebaugh Public Library
105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro
615-893-4131 | linebaugh.org
Saturday, Dec. 2
Ages 12 – 18 can learn to prepare holiday treats and goodies. 2 p.m. Free. Register in advance.

HOLIDAY AFTERNOON TEA

Cheekwood
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org
Thursdays and Fridays in December
All ages can sip artisan teas while nibbling sandwiches, scones and desserts. 2 p.m. $65 adults, $55 ages 3 – 17. Register in advance.

HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING

Inglewood Library
4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville
615-862-5866 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org
Saturday, Dec. 23
Ages 6 – 12 can decorate sugar cookies. 10:30 a.m. Free. Call to register.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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