10 Things you can only do in Nashville for Kids & Families
The whole family will enjoy the sights and sounds that can be found around every corner in Nashville. Whether you are looking for a great adventure or a hands-on educational experience, Music City provides a symphony of options. We invite you to discover for yourself what makes Nashville special. Also, make sure to check out what new things Nashville has to offer while listening to a “Music City Playlist” and plan your trip to Music City!
If you need a few more ideas, make sure you check out Ms. Cheap's More than 90 free holiday things to do in Nashville between Thanksgiving and New Years.
- See How it Works — Visit
the Adventure Science Center and discover the wonders of the universe in Space Chase, how your body works in BodyQuest, and enjoy other interactive exhibits like Mission: Possible. Experience the Adventure Tower, Blue-Max, and the state-of-art Sudekum Planetarium in the Sky & Space Wing.
- Rock Out — Rocketown, a teen entertainment center, has all-ages venues, three stages for live entertainment, Middle Tennessee’s only indoor skatepark, The Hub snack bar, a recording studio, and photography, art, and dance studios.
- Hands On Art — The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions. Imagination is all that you need for the Martin ArtQuest Gallery at the Frist. Thirty incredible hands-on stations relate art concepts to Frist Center exhibitions and examine ways in which art relates to everyday life and culture.
- Rev Your Engines — The Lane Motor Museum is one of the few car museums in
America to specialize in European cars. Approximately 150 cars and motorcycles not typically seen in the U.S. are on display. Come see the largest Tatra collection outside Europe, a substantial micro car collection, amphibious
vehicles, competition cars, one-of-a-kind vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, military vehicles, and a collection of motorcycles.
- Theatre At Its Best — Founded in 1931, Nashville Children’s Theatre provides a season of plays for kids and families by professional adult actors and has year-round drama work- shops for youth. The theatre was ranked as one of the Top 5 children’s theatres in the U.S. by TIME magazine.
- Explore Nashville's Past — Tour Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Home of the People’s President, featuring special tours and seasonal activities. Learn about the Civil War at the Tennessee State Museum or at Fort Negley, the largest inland stone fortification constructed during the Civil War. Stop by Belle Meade Plantation, once a world-renowned Thoroughbred horse farm, now a historic site and museum. Be sure to also see the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon that houses Athena, the tallest indoor structure in the Western world at Centennial Park.
- Breathe Fresh Air — Cheekwood Estate & Gardens features 55 acres of gardens, sculpture trails, and family-fun events. The holidays begin at Cheekwood with artfully trimmed trees and unique holiday activities including Portraits with Santa in his Workshop, Reindeer!, and Cookie Decorating.
- Feeling Larger Than Life — Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center goes all out as it celebrates the holidays with A Country Christmas. With nearly three million twinkling lights, horse-drawn carriage rides, acres of stunning decorations, and exclusive holiday events and attractions, there is something for every member of the family. Head across the street to the IMAX theater at Opry Mills where movies leap off the screen and make you feel like you’re a part of the action. Then get a bite to eat and test your skills on more than 200 games next door at Dave & Buster’s.
- Experience The Music — Engage in the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Expose the entire family to some of country’s greatest stars at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Take in a show at the legendary Bluebird Cafe where songwriters perform in an intimate “in-the-round” setting and older children can hear from the songwriters behind their favorite tunes.
- Special Events — Music City features a full slate of cultural celebrations, concerts, theatri-cal performances, and historic events during the winter. Families can enjoy the lavish lights of the season and take a picture with Santa at Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas. ICE!, featuring ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas, is brought to life in two million pounds of colorful ice sculptures, while Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles the audience at the Grand Ole Opry House. Ring out the old and sing in the new during Jack Daniel’s® Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville, or watch a Nashville Predators ice hockey game with the family at Bridgestone Arena.
Still looking for more?
No worries. Music City has you covered. Feel free to browse through things to do, explore our neighborhoods, places to stay, or check out Nashville's food scene! If you have any questions, just ask us on Twitter: @visitmusiccity.