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5 Ways to Have Family-Friendly Fun in Nashville

The Nashville region offers a treasure trove of family-centered attractions and activities. Here’s just a small sample.

By Lindsey Hyde on November 3, 2020

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1. Adventure Science Center

The nonprofit interactive museum delivers innovative, dynamic learning experiences that open minds to the wonders of science and technology and fosters a better understanding of the world around us. Perched atop a hill with spectacular views of Nashville, the 44,000-square-foot center has more than 175hands-on exhibits focused on biology, astronomy, physics, earth science, energy, weather, sound and space.

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2. Nashville Children’s Theatre

Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2020-21, the Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) stages a season of plays suitable for families by professional adult actors and offers year-round drama classes for youth. NCT has been ranked as one of the top five children’s theaters in the U.S. by TIME magazine.

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3. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Kids get hands-on experience with science and nature at the Discovery Center, located near downtown Murfreesboro. The Discovery Center is a children’s museum, nature center and wetlands boardwalk all in one. Exhibits include themed exploration areas for town life, science, trains, cars, a fire engine and a farmers market.

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4. Carpe Artista 

Carpe Artista, a local nonprofit launched in 2011 in Smyrna, provides arts instruction for hundreds of children and adults each year, attracts thousands of people to its festivals and focuses on building the arts in northern Rutherford County. It offers private and group instruction at Carpe Academy, business and leadership training at Carpe Studio, and summer and specialty camps, workshops and classes. Carpe Artista’s various community-building projects include Carpe Café, which provides real-world business management and entrepreneurship experience to students and young adults.

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5. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere  

Experience the animal kingdom up close at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. From Masai giraffes and Caribbean flamingos to clouded leopards and red pandas, Nashville Zoo is home to more than 2,100 animals from all over the world.

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