Awesome Cars for Car-Loving Kids

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Kids who love cars will love to get up close (and maybe interact) with these! Check out where you can in our fun car roundup.

Kids grow up pushing cars around. Doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl, there’s just something about seeing an object you push glide across the floor. That curiosity can lead to something more as time goes on. A curiosity for cars. And, you can encourage your child’s love of cars at many places in Middle Tennessee from museums to cruise-ins. Check it out:

Cars at Museums

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
615-353-9827 |
Cost: $20 adults, $13 ages 3 – 17
As part of Classic the Dressing Downton exhibition on display now through Sept. 10, come out to see Cars in the Courtyard featuring two classic cars: a 1925 Chrysler Standard Touring and a 1931 Chrysler Deluxe Roadster. 

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro
615-890-2300 |
Cost: $8 ages 3 & older, free for ages 2 & younger

At the Discovery Center, kids can rotate car tires, check oil levels and even replace a muffler in the Nissan Super Service Center hands-on exhibit complete with sound.

Lane Motor Museum
702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville
615-742-7445 |
Cost: $12 ages 18 – 64, $8 ages 65 & older, $3 ages 6 – 17, free ages 5 & younger and members
The MicroCar Mania! exhibit at this car museum features nearly 60 micro cars. There’s also French cars and tons of other classic and unique cars on display here, too.

Car Cruise-Ins/Shows

Davidson County

Back Porch Concert Series at Fontanel
Every Thursday evening through Sept. 28 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. held at the new Back Porch Stage at Fontanel (4241 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek Pike, Nashville) in conjunction with the concert series, families can enjoy checking out cool rides while enjoying live music, lawn games and more. Free to attend.

Old Skool & New Kool Car, Truck & Rat Rod Show
Come out to the this fifth annual show benefiting the children’s ministry of Life Church of Nashville (215 Broadmoor Drive, Nashville) on Saturday, Sept. 23 with car registration beginning at 8 a.m. Check out classic cars, trucks, muscle cars, street rods, sports cars, low riders and more. There will be live music, food, bake sale, a silent auction and more. Free to attend.

Rutherford County

Gateway Classic Cars of Nashville
The entire family is invited out the last Saturday of every month to Gateway Classic Cars (320 Tech Park Drive, Ste. 600, La Vergne) to view more than 250 classic and exotic cars on display (that are also for sale). Free to attend.

Murfreesboro Hot Rod Club
“Cruisin’ the Boro” takes place at Central Magnet High School (701 E. Main St., Murfreesboro) Saturday nights Aug. 12 & 26, Sept. 9 & 23 from 4 – 8 p.m. With a $1 donation for charity, you can enjoy music, door prizes and hot dogs.

Smyrna Cars and Coffee
Takes place every second Saturday March to November at Bennett’s Automotive (204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna) from 8 – 11 a.m. Come hang out and check out cool cars. The next one is Aug. 12. Free to attend.

Smyrna Parks Cruise-In
There are two more happening in conjunction with their Summer Concert Series: Aug. 11 at The Depot on Front St. in Downtown Smyrna and Sept. 8 at the Smyrna Town Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy E.). Then the biggest one happens in conjunction with Depot Days at The Depot on Front St. and happens on Sept. 29. All three are FREE to attend and run from 6 – 9 p.m.

Sumner County

1/8 Mile Ministry’s Inaugural Car and Truck Show
Temple Baptist Church (117 Marlin Road, White House) hosts its first-ever car and truck show that includes all makes and models in drag, show, street cars and even trucks on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Free to attend.

Pink Christmas Classic Car Show
This car show benefits breast cancer survivors and takes place Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at RiverGate Mall (1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville). This family-friendly event will have a fire truck on hand, too, as well as TSU cheerleaders, a DJ playing music, vendors and more. Free to attend.

Hendersonville Cruise In
Every Friday, the entire family can enjoy checking out cool cars at The Streets of Indian Lake (300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville) from 6 – 9 p.m. There are door prizes, a kids segment, oldies music and more. Free to attend.

Williamson County

Touch of Gold Fall Open Car Show
Bring the kids out to the Nashville Corvette Club’s show at O’More College of Design (423 S. Margin St., Franklin) on Saturday, Sept. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. to see all kinds of cars from originally built designs to antiques to classics to street rods and more. Free to attend.

Rita’s of Nolensville
Head out for a cool treat every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Rita’s (7171 Nolensville Pike, Nolensville) to check out custom cars, trucks and hot rods. Sometimes there’s live music and face painting, too. It changes, just give ’em a call. Free to attend, and you get a discount on their frozen treats!

Wilson County

38th Annual Mustang and All Ford Show
Check out classic to custom to new Ford cars in this show on Saturday, Sept. 23 at West Wilson Middle School (935 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet) beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a DJ playing music, concessions, a silent auction, vendors, activities and more. Free to attend.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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