What to Do With Your Kids This Summer in Nashville

  1. You are amazing. I printed this list so that we don’t forget to take advantage of many of the items on it! 🙂

  2. Em Rohrer says:

    I wish we lived in an area that had so many fantastic things to do!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Ha! Look around and I bet you’ll find more than you ever realized was out there. Since my husband works in news, he finds out about a lot of this stuff at work and we all go try it. 🙂

  3. michelle says:

    There’s also ”free” bowling for kids all summer! You have to pay for shoe rental, which I believe is $2.50. https://freebowling.amf.com/?cct_info=1|24978|7829693723|57981882|1996735602|b|22397894322|tc||g|||&cct_ver=3&cct_bk=bowling

  4. Just a note, but I know you guys live in the Bellevue area. I grew up near Dickson and they actually have a drive-in theater near Montgomery Bell State Park. It’s probably not as fancy, since it’s older, but it’s way closer to you guys than Watertown, just a suggestion. 🙂 I was blessed to grow up with two drive-ins nearby and it’s something I love doing in the summer. Our closest is probably in Woodbury so I hope we make it to one this summer.

  5. Marie Ferguson says:

    There is a drive in in Franklin Kentucky. My kids and I enjoy it. Also, I see you mentioned Mammoth Cave. There is a Jellystone park close to Mammoth cave. Each week has a different theme with different activities. We are going next week for Pirate week, and I know there is a Luau in August. Plus the kids get to meet Yogi, Bobo, Cindy, and Ranger. My kids are always asking when we are going back.

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Awesome! That’s great to know about, Marie. We took my older girls to Mammoth Cave and LOOOOOVED it. Another thing about Mammoth Park is that they have a lodge where you can spend the night that looks straight out of Mad Men. I seriously don’t think it has been updated since 1965. I am dying to go spend the night. With Jellystone Park, I now think I can make this happen!

      • Marie Ferguson says:

        JellyStone has cabins and tent and rv sites. My kids and I stay at tent sites because they are cheap, and because my kids think it is awesome to sleep in a tent. They love the Candy Bingo, Flag Cermoney in the morning, the Waffle Breakfast (which is all you can eat for only $4 a person), the pools, jumping pillow, and other activities. My kids would stay a week there is I would allow them to. That is why we go lots during the summer. OH! And look at their Halloween weekends in October, those are fun also.

        • cc says:

          Stop by Lost River Cave in Bowling Green while you are headed to Mammoth. It has a new kids hands on outdoor learning center as well as a butterfly house and a small waterfall that kids can play on at the end of a short trail. All of these activities are free, or you can do a boat tour of the cave for an additional fee.

  6. suburbanturmoil says:

    Also, I just heard yesterday that Carmike Cinemas is offering cheap kid movies all summer as well– I have personally sworn to never set foot in the Bellevue Carmike again, but if you live near one, check out the website and see what they’re offering!

  7. Kimberly says:

    You have so many GREAT ideas! I have a 3 year old daughter and we will definitely be checking out a lot of the places listed. Leiper’s Fork also has a free movie night all thru the summer where you can sit outside and enjoy kid-friendly movies. Bowie Nature Park in Fairview also has a great park and beautiful nature trails to explore.

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      I’ve been wanting to try the Leiper’s Fork movie and have dinner at Pucketts- That area is BEAUTIFUL.

  8. Shannon says:

    First Baptist Nashville has a morning VBS from 9-12:30, but then they also have an all day option until 5:00! It’s June 10-14. Then, they do a similar schedule in July with a Music Arts Camp. The church is downtown. My kids love it!

  9. Reid Bennett says:

    I love this list! Thank you! I have an opryland hotel tip that I know works at Christmas and assume it is year round. We valet and have our ticket validated to get free parking by eating at one of their “fancy” restaurants. We actually just order one entree to go and eat it somewhere fun in the hotel.
    Also, Sevier Park in the 12th South neighborhood has a farmers market on Tuesday afternoons. The grilled cheeserie truck is always there and they have a great playground. We also like the farmers market in Franklin behind the factory on Saturdays.

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Great ideas! We went to Sevier Park’s farmer’s market one day last summer and had lunch at the food trucks- That was fun. Our usual haunt is the Saturday farmer’s market at Forest Hills UMC on OHB, which has many of the same stands we love at the downtown farmer’s market, AND the best muffins I’ve ever tasted! That opens this weekend, btw.

  10. elizabeth H says:

    the TN aquarium is AWESOME!! Definitely worth the $$ & you can make a day of it or stay overnight…Chattanooga is full of activities.

  11. Jeff Poppen says:

    A fun thing to do the weekend of June 20-22 would be to come to my organic farm for our family camp out! http://bit.ly/11jOvl8

  12. […] My friend Lindsay has a complete listing of great things to do all around the Nashville area at her site, Suburban Turmoil HERE. […]

  13. Angela Nasby says:

    This is fantastic!! We are in Bellevue also and my children are 5 and almost 2…so yes, we will be getting out of the house and doing many of these things this summer. 🙂 Thank you so much for putting this list together!

  14. Dancingnome says:

    This is more year-round, but both Home Depot and Lowes have fun, and often free, building projects for kids on Saturdays. You can check their websites to find out what times and days and activities.

  15. Lorie says:

    Thanks for compiling such a great list. Many of these activities I already knew about but some I had forgotten about or didn’t know about. There are so many great activities that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s when I tend to let things pass me by. June has been so busy for us that I hope to take advantage of many of these activities in July. The movie theater and bowling alley in Smyrna also have their own summer activities at a very reasonable price.

  16. Teresa Eliason says:

    This is a great list. I live in Memphis and my kids and I went to Nashville recently to meet up with my sister who was in town on business. We went to Cheekwood Gardens to see the lights, took a boat ride through Gaylord Opryland and wandered through the rest, had lunch downtown and then played at the Cumberland River Park. It was a great mini-trip! Thanks for all the suggestions.

  17. Andrea says:

    Smyrna has a great splash pad for kids.. and a great Roller Skating rink…

  18. Dana says:

    Thank you for making this list! It is fabulous! I’ve tried many of the things on here, and all are fun. Just wanted to say it isn’t just the Green Hills Regal that has the $1 movies. Check Regal Cinemas Web site and it will tell which other ones have it.

  19. soph says:

    Great list! I’m a big fan of physical creative play and outdoors fun for kids!

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