ROUND-UP: 2017 Fall Break Camps

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Our top picks to occupy your kids while school's out this autumn.

Fall break doesn’t mean boredom needs to transpire. Advance registration is required for each camp.

Middle Tennessee fall break schedules are as follows:

Franklin Special School District — Oct. 9 – 13
Lebanon Special School District — Oct. 2 – 6
Metro Nashville Public Schools — Oct. 9 – 13
Murfreesboro City Schools — Oct. 2 – 6
Rutherford County Public Schools — Oct. 2 – 6
Sumner County Schools — Oct. 9 – 13
Williamson County Schools — Oct. 11 – 13
Wilson County Schools — Oct. 2 – 13

DAVIDSON COUNTY

Adventure Science Center’s ScienceQuest Camps

800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville
Oct. 9 – 13 • 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grades K – 6
$50/day members, $60/day non-members
“Bats, Beakers & Broomsticks” is the theme. Campers can explore the science of spook with creepy concoctions and eerie activities.

Cheekwood’s Fall One-Day Camps

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
Oct. 6 – 13 • 9 a.m – 4 p.m. (before and after care available)
Ages 5 – 15
$85 per session
Oct. 6, 10 & 12 are Clay Days in which campers will discover the basics of handbuilding and throwing on the wheel. On Oct. 9, 11 & 13, kids will draw, paint and explore the gardens.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Fall Break Fun

222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville
Sept. 30 – Oct. 15 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Grades K – 12
FREE Admission to ages 18 & younger in Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson & Wilson counties; up to two accompanying adults get 25% off regular gate
Explore the museum with a special Fall Break Activity Pack full of gallery games, at-home activities and keepsakes. The activities help students navigate through a variety of the museum’s exhibits, including Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy; Shania Twain: Rock This Country; and Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl. Hands-on programs take place Thursday – Sunday in the museum’s Taylor Swift Education Center.

Little Art House

2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville
Oct. 9 – 13
Ages 3 – 5: 8 – 9:30  a.m. ($30/day)
Grades K – 2: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ($40/day)
Grades 3 – 5: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ($40/day)
Grades 6 – 12: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. ($50/day)
Kids can let their creativity flourish during fall break at Little Art House. Ages 3 – 5 will create art, read books and do other activities. Grades K – 2  will create fall-themed art. Grades 3 – 5 will explore color theory and turn nature into art. Grades 6 – 12 will work with multiple mediums and subject matters to strengthen their technical skills and find their artistic voice.

Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton St., Nashville
Oct. 9 – 13 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (before/after care available)
Ages 4 – 15
$235
Children can explore the theatrical arts in age-appropriate settings: Drama Makers (ages 4 – 5); Fairy Tale Frenzy (ages 6 – 7); Myths & Legends (ages 8 – 10); Acting (ages 11 – 15).

The Theater Bug’s Fall Break Audition Workshop

4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville
Oct. 9 – 13
Ages 6 – 10 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 11 – 17 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$125 full week; $35 each a la carte (financial aid available)
Each day focuses on different topics: Shakespeare Audition Workshop (Monday); Audition Monologue Workshop (Tuesday); Vocal Audition Workshop (Wednesday); Musical Theatre Dance Workshop (Thursday); Audition Showcase (Friday).

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

The Curious Kitchen’s Fall Harvest Cooking Camp

1602 W. Northfield Blvd. #2, Murfreesboro
Oct. 2 – 6 • 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ages 6 – 15
$250
Kids can whip up a different fall-themed menu each day. A sampling of goodies includes Pumpkin Ravioli, Butternut Squash Soup, Pumpkin Turkey Chili, Apple Pancakes, Potato Bacon Corn Chowder, Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes and lots more.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro
Oct. 2 – 6 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (before and after care available)
Grades K – 4
$35/day members, $40/day non-members, $5 extended care
Explore a different STEM career each day: Forensic Scientist (Monday); Veterinarian (Tuesday); Meteorologist (Wednesday); Engineer (Thursday); Astronaut (Friday).

Murfreesboro Little Theatre

702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro
Oct. 2 – 6 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (performance on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.)
Grades 1 and higher
$110 ($85 siblings)
Learn “secrets” of the theater with a concentration on costumes and makeup with special effects thrown in for good measure.

Smyrna Outdoor Activity Center

100 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna
Oct. 2 – 6 • 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grades K – 5
$100
Games, crafts, climbing and more. Kids should bring their own lunch; snacks provided.

SUMNER COUNTY

The Wave Fall Break Camp at First Baptist Hendersonville

106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville
Oct. 9 – 13  • 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Grades K – 5
$135

Art, library, Bible, indoor and outdoor recreation, and other activities with a Christ-centered focus.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Color Wheels School’s Out Art Workshop

Franklin Recreation Complex
1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin
Oct. 11 – 12 • 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages 5 – 11
$60 (registration code is 10123)
More info: colorwheelsnashville@gmail.com
Have fun painting, drawing, sculpting and more.

Let it Shine

1892 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin
Oct. 9 – 13 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages 12 & younger
$190/week or $45/day
Get active on the trampolines, tumble track, obstacle course and more.

LPG Sports Academy

109-2 Rand Place, Franklin
Oct. 11 – 13
Ages 3 – 8 Mutlisports Fun Camp: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages 4 – 7 Soccer Skills Camp: 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Ages 4 – 8 Basketball Skills Camp: 1 – 3:30 p.m.
$105
The Multisports Fun Camp encompasses basic fundamentals in baseball, soccer, basketball and flag football, plus field day games. The Soccer Skills Camp focuses on ball control, dribbling moves, passing, defense and game situations. The Basketball Skills Camp covers shooting technique, passing, dribbling moves, defense and game situations.

Tech Kids: Stop-Motion Animation

Franklin Recreation Complex
1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin
Oct. 11 – 12 • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 5 – 11
$75 (registration code is 10314)
More info: 615-887-0510 or nashville@parker-anderson.org
Create stop-motion animation using clay, Legos, whiteboards, cutouts and other items. Come up with storyboard ideas, develop plots and create unique characters while bringing inanimate objects to life.

WILSON COUNTY

The Village Camp

1735 W. Main St., Lebanon
Oct. 2 – 13 • 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Ages 3 – 12
$145 members, $165 non-members

Kids will learn the importance of nutrition and exercise. Activities include swimming, yoga, outdoor games, indoor activities, arts and crafts, and more.

 

Pictured above: Kids participate in Cheekwood’s Clay Day camps.

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

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