Indoor Play Spots for Tots

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When you're eager to get out of the house with your little ones, check out one of these indoor play centers in the mid-state.

Pictured above: Toddler Time at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Franklin.

“Mommy, let’s play!” your tot cries, running down the hall. She’s loaded with pent-up energy and you’ve exhausted all your options at home. Head out to one of these local indoor play spots for fun with your little one. Whether you’re into learning, fitness or just free play, there’s lots to explore with your kiddo … plus we’ve got your round-up of storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers at libraries and bookstores in your community.

DAVIDSON COUNTY

Adventure Science Center
Nashville: 615-862-5160
Several science exhibits to explore with hands-on stations, plus shows in the Sudekum Planetarium. The Little Labs program is for ages 3 – 5 where kids can explore age-appropriate lab activities. Hours: daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 – 12.

BounceU
Nashville: 615-255-1422
Open bounce times for all ages are generally Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m. for $7.95 per child. Check the website for occasional Preschool Playdate sessions.

Cheekwood
Nashville: 615-356-8000
Tuesday for Tots takes place every Tuesday during the school year from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Ages 3 – 5 and a parent can enjoy hands-on creativity in the studio. Free for members and with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 and older).

Chuck E. Cheese’s
Antioch: 615-731-0271
Madison: 615-859-0859
Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and Whack-A-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun – Thu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Nashville: 615-416-2001
The Hall offers a monthly “Preschool Program: Song & Storytime” event with a changing theme like “Guitars in Country Music” that includes a story reading, sing-alongs and crafts for ages 3 – 5. It’s free for museum members and with regular gate admission ($24.95 adults, free ages 5 and younger).

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Nashville: 615-244-3340
Kids are always free at the Frist, and you can have fun creating art with your tot in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery featuring 30 stations varying in art mediums. Plus, there’s the free monthly “Artful Tales” program for ages 3 and older that includes an interactive story followed by a family art project.

Gymboree Play & Music
Nashville: 615-221-9004
An assortment of offerings for preschoolers include sessions in art, music, sports and general play. Prices vary per option.

Monkey Joe’s
Madison: 615-915-0561
The inflatable play center’s Mini Monkey Zone is specially designed for ages 3 and younger for a safer experience. Hours are Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 12 – 6 p.m. Prices are $9 Mon – Thu, $10 Fri – Sun, $6 ages 2 and younger if playing, free for parents.

RiverGate Skate Center
Madison: 615-868-7655
Younger Kids Skate for ages 8 and younger is Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. ($4 per person). Family Night is Thursdays from 6 – 9 for $5 per person. Skate rental’s $3.

Sky High Sports
Nashville: 615-366-4252
This indoor trampoline park features a Kids Court designed for little ones that includes a foam pit. Hours are Sun 12 – 8 p.m., Mon 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tue – Thu 2 – 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. $14 per hour (each additional hour Mon – Thu is $6). On Mondays, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., ages 5 and younger jump for $7 per hour.

Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library
Nashville: 615-862-5785
Most Fridays and Saturdays in February, enjoy the musical extravaganza, Tall Tale Circus, with Pecos Bill, Calamity Jane and Johnny Appleseed. Free admission.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

BounceU
Murfreesboro: 615-893-8386
Open bounce times for all ages are generally Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m. for $7.95 per child. Preschool Playdate sessions are select Fridays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 18 months – 7 years for $7.95 for the first child, $6.95 for each additional.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
Murfreesboro: 615-217-8842
Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and Whack-A-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun – Thu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
Murfreesboro: 615-890-2300
Animal Antics allows kids to meet the center’s resident animals and takes place Wednesdays at 4 p.m. for all ages (cost is free with admission). Snack Attack happens Mondays at 4 p.m. and gives ages 3 and older a chance to make a yummy snack (cost is free with admission). The SPARK! enrichment program for ages 1 – 6 happens Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. (cost is $1 for all children ages 1 and older, plus admission for all visitors). Admission: $8 ages 2 and older, free ages younger than 2.

JumpStreet
Murfreesboro: 615-900-3060
Ages 3 and younger can play in the Earthquake Area every day for $4 per person. Hours: Sun – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Patterson Park Community Center
Murfreesboro: 615-893-7439
Busy Bees for ages 3 – 5 takes place Tue and Thu from 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. and costs $3. The FITMommy program takes place Tuesdays from 10 – 10:45 a.m. Prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with babies/toddlers welcome and costs $4. Movers and Shakers for ages 1 – 2 takes place Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 – 11 a.m. and costs $3. Twist and Shout for ages 3 – 5 takes place Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:05 – 11:45 a.m. and costs $3.

Skate Center Smyrna
Smyrna: 615-459-7655
Saturday Little Kids Skate session for ages 8 and younger is available 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $6. The center offers supports that roll with your child as he skates or you may walk beside him. Regular skate session hours and admission prices vary, see site for details.

SkateCenter West
Murfreesboro: 615-895-1403
Bounce House is available to kids 48 inches or smaller during matinee sessions. Hours and admission rates vary, see site for details.

Sports*Com
Murfreesboro: 615-895-5040
Toddler Time with Thomas for ages 5 and younger takes place Fridays at 10 a.m. and costs $3. Tumbleweeds for ages 3 – 5 takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. and costs $3.

The Wilderness Station
Murfreesboro: 615-217-3017
Wild Things for ages 1 – 4 takes place Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and costs $3.

SUMNER COUNTY

Holder Family Fun Center
Hendersonville: 615-590-4386
Roller skating, the arcade includes games for little ones, a soft play area and more. Hours: Mon – Thu 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 12 a.m., Sun 12 – 10 p.m. Prices vary per activity.

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center
Hendersonville: 615-265-8020
Check website for open play times as they vary monthly. Prices are $7 ages 1 – 3, $8 ages 4 and older, free for parents.

JumpStreet
Goodlettsville: 615- 756-4098
Ages 3 and younger can play in the Earthquake Area every day for $4 per person. Hours: Sun – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Strike & Spare Family Fun Center & Circus World
Hendersonville: 615-824-5685
Bring your little ones for fun on the bungee trampoline, Time Freak, bumper cars, roller skating and the soft play area. Hours are Mon – thu 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Price depends on activity.

Sumner Skate Zone
Gallatin: 615-206-9669
Family Skate is Sundays from 2 – 5 p.m. for $5.50 per person or $15 for a family of four; $3 skate rental.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

A-Game Skate Academy
Franklin: 615-778-9825
Learn to Ice Skate for ages 3 and older take place Monday, Thursday or Saturday through Feb. 20 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. (Tue/Thu) and 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. (Sat) and costs $150 for seven classes, $275 for all.

Brentwood Skate Center
Brentwood: 615-373-8611
Lil Kids is for ages 8 and younger and skate from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Admission: $6, $3 skate rental).

Chuck E. Cheese’s
Franklin: 615-771-0708
Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and Whack-A-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun – Thu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food.

Goofballs Family Fun Center
Franklin: 615-861-3668
Indoor playgrounds that free for ages 3 and younger.

JumpStreet
Franklin: 615- 778-1304
Ages 3 and younger can play in the Earthquake Area every day for $4 per person. Hours: Sun – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Monkey Joe’s
Brentwood: 615-377-5900
The inflatable play center’s Mini Monkey Zone is specially designed for ages 3 and younger. Hours are Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 12 – 6 p.m. Prices are $9 Mon – Thu, $10 Fri – Sun, $6 ages 2 and younger if playing, free for parents.

Monkey’s Treehouse
Brentwood: 615-942-7911
Indoor play center with open play times for ages 1 – 8 Mon/Wed/Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thu 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $8.

My Gym Brentwood
Brentwood: 615-371-5437
A children’s fitness center offering classes and programs for age 3 months and older.

Pump It Up
Brentwood: 615-373-8340
Open jump times are Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for preschoolers. Admission is $8 per child.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Franklin: 615-721-3626
The Toddler Time program for ages 6 and younger (with their parents) takes place Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 – 10 a.m. during the school year.

WILSON COUNTY

Chuck E. Cheese’s
Mt. Juliet: 615-773-8400
Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and Whack-A-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun – Thu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food.

Pump It Up
Mt. Juliet: 615-758-5126
Preschool open jump takes place Mon – Fri from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission: $4 1 and younger, $8 ages 2 and older.

STORYTIMES

DAVIDSON COUNTY

All Davidson County libraries are part of the Nashville Public Library System and can be accessed online at library.nashville.gov.

Bellevue Branch Library
615-862-5854
Mon at 10:15 a.m. (0 – 2); Mon 6:30 p.m. (3 – 5); Wed 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. (3 – 5); Sat 10:15 a.m. (3 – 5).

Bordeaux Branch Library
615-862-5856
Tue 10:30 a.m. (3 – 5); Tue 6 p.m. (2 – 6)

Donelson Branch Library
615-862-5859
Mon 10:30 am. (2 – 6)

East Branch Library
615-862-5860
Mon 10 a.m. (3 – 5)

Goodlettsville Branch Library
615-862-5862
Mon/Wed/Sat 10:30 a.m. (2 – 5)

Green Hills Branch Library
615-862-5863
Mon 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. (1 – 2); Tue 10:30 a.m. (0 – 4); Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 – 5)

Hadley Park Branch Library
615-862-5865
Preschool storytime varies and is by reservation only.

Hermitage Branch Library
615-880-3951
Tue 1 p.m. (0 – 2); Wed 10 & 11 a.m. (0 – 6)

Inglewood Branch Library
615-862-5866
Mon 10 & 11 a.m. (0 – 24 mos); Wed 10:30 a.m. (2 – 5)

Madison Branch Library
615-862-5868
Mon/Fri 10:30 a.m. (0 – 24 mos); Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 – 5)

Nashville Public Library (Main Branch)
615-862-5785
Tue/Wed 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. (all ages); Thu 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (0 – 2)

North Branch
615-862-5858
Wed 10 a.m. (3 – 5)

Old Hickory Branch Library
Old Hickory: 615-862-5869
Mon 10:30 a.m. (all ages)

Pruitt Branch Library
615-862-5985
Wed 11:15 a.m. (3 – 4)

Richland Park Branch Library
615-862-5870
Mon 10:30 a.m. (2 – 6)

Southeast Branch Library
615-862-5871
Tue 10:30 a.m. (2 – 5); Wed 10:30 a.m. (0 – 3); Sat 10:30 a.m. (all ages)

Thompson Lane Branch Library
615-862-5873
Wed 10:30 a.m. (toddlers/preschoolers)

Davidson County Bookstore Storytimes:

Books-A-Million
Nashville: 615-352-5154
Sat 2 p.m. for all ages

Brilliant Sky
Nashville: 615-800-7754
Fri 10:30 a.m. for all ages

Parnassus Books
Nashville: 615-953-2243
Thu 3:30 p.m. & Sat 10 a.m. for all ages

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

La Vergne Public Library
La Vergne: 615-793-7303
Tue – Wed 10 a.m. (2 & older); Thu 10 a.m. (0 – 24 mos)

Linebaugh Public Library
Murfreesboro: 615-893-4131
Tue/Wed 10 a.m. (all ages); Thu 10 a.m. (0 – 23 mos)

Smyrna Public Library
Smyrna: 615-459-4884
Tue – Fri 10 a.m. (all ages); Wed 3:30 p.m. (all ages); Fri 10 a.m. (0 – 23 mos)

Rutherford County Bookstore Storytimes:

Barnes & Noble
Murfreesboro: 615-895-8580
Mon & Sat 11 a.m. for all ages

Books-A-Million
Murfreesboro: 615-995-7112
First Fri 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers through Linebaugh Library System.

SUMNER COUNTY

Gallatin Public Library
Gallatin: 615-452-1722
Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers/Music with Ms. Shannon); Thu 5 p.m. (all ages); Fri – Sat 10:30 a.m. (all ages); Wed 9:45 a.m. (0 – 2-and-a-half)

Hendersonville Public Library
Hendersonville: 615-824-0656
Mon 10:15 & 11 a.m. (2 – 4); Wed 10:15 & 11 a.m., 2 p.m. (0 – 24 mos)

Portland Public Library
Portland: 615-325-2279
Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 – 5)

Westmoreland Public Library
Westmoreland: 615-644-2026
Tue 11 a.m. (3 – 5)

Sumner County Bookstore Storytimes:

Barnes & Noble
Hendersonville: 615-264-0183
Tue & Sat 11 a.m. for all ages

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Bethesda Public Library
615-790-1887
Tue 10:30 a.m. (18 – 35 mos); Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 – 4)

Brentwood Public Library
615-371-0090
Tue – Wed 10 & 11 a.m. (3 – 5); Sat 10:30 a.m. (all ages)

College Grove Community Library
615-368-3222
Thu 10 a.m. (2 – 5)

Fairview Public Library
615-799-0235
Wed 10 a.m. (3 – 5)

Leiper’s Fork Public Library
615-794-7019
Tue 10:30 a.m. (ages 3 – 5); Wed 10:30 a.m. (18 – 35 mos)

Nolensville Public Library
615-776-5490
Wed 10:30 a.m. (3 – 6); Thu 10:30 a.m. (18 mos – 3 yrs)

Spring Hill Public Library
931-486-2932
Mon – Thu 10 a.m. (3 – 5)

Williamson County Public Library
Franklin: 615-595-1244
Tue 10 & 11:15 a.m. (18 mos – 3 yrs); Wed – Thu 10 a.m. (3 – 5); fourth Fri 10 a.m. (0 – 18 mos)

Williamson County Bookstore Storytimes:

Barnes & Noble
Brentwood: 615-377-9979
Mon & Sat 11 a.m. for all ages

Books-A-Million
Spring Hill: 931-486-0113
Tue & Sat 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers

WILSON COUNTY

Lebanon-Wilson County Library
615-444-0632
Tue 10 a.m. (all ages); Thu 10 a.m. (0 – 2)

Mt. Juliet Branch Library
Mt. Juliet: 615-758-7051
Wed 9:30 a.m. (3 – 5); first Sat 10 a.m. (2 – 5)

Wilson County Bookstore Storytimes:

Books-A-Million
Mt. Juliet: 615-773-4300
Tue 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers

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