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Nashville offers kids as much to do as their parents. These activities are just for them. Here are our picks for the five best things to do with kids in Nashville are:
1. The Martin ArtQuest Gallery. Located at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, ArtQuest offers 30 hands-on stations that encourage kids to exercise their fledgling inner artist. Activities in the gallery change with the Frist Center’s changing exhibits and include creating prints and collages, sketching and painting, and exploring the basics of art, such as color, pattern, texture and perspective.
2. The Adventure Science Center. Kids love the interactive activities at the Adventure Science Center and will barely notice they’re learning as they dash from one educational exhibit to another. From climbing through the 75-foot tall Adventure Tower to playing basketball in a wheelchair, you kids will beg to return.
3. Nashville Children’s Theatre. Feed your child’s imagination and creativity by catching a play at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, a professional theatre company that offers a top-notch calendar of shows throughout the year.
4. Feed the ducks at Centennial Park. This urban park has loads of charms, including wide-open spaces to run in and a playground. Best of all, though, are the ducks and geese that will happily oblige that childhood delight of feeding the ducks a bit of bread. Visit in the spring and see the fuzzy baby offspring of the park’s beloved ducks.
5. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Nashville’s zoo is home to a full range of wildlife, and has daily animal shows, a carousel, and a 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym. The zoo train comes in handy to see it all when little legs are tired.
Nashville is definitely a kid-friendly town. Go to any bar or restaurant before 7 p.m., and you'll see Nashville families out in storm. Head to the park, the zoo, or a museum, and you'll find kids there, too! But here are my three favorites, a few lesser-known treasures that kids will love while visiting Nashville.
- Dragon Park - A park with slides, swings, see-saws, and a full-sized dragon (sculpture that is) located just a few blocks from Hillsboro Village. Kids can climb and run and jump out the wiggles while parents relax at this well-shaded park. The city plans to revamp Dragon Park sometime in 2013, so get there while the dragon still exists!
- Las Paletas - What kid doesn't like a popsicle? Better yet, what adult doesn't like a popsicle? And these popsicles aren't your normal fake-fruit, dyed variety. They are made with fresh ingredients, and will make your mouth pucker up with every bite. My favorite flavor is the raspberry-strawberry, and my husband always goes for pistachio.
- The Greenway - Over on the west side of town, at the corner of 51st and Wyoming is an entrance to the Greenway, a 3-mile paved loop that circles around McCabe Golf Course. But all along the trail are nature's goodies: creeks to splash in, dogs to pet (on leashes of course), birds to watch and flowers to pick. There's even a train that runs alongside the far west side!