Spring Break in Tennessee is unpredictable at best.  The month of March in our area is as likely to bring ice storms and extreme cold as it is to provide sunny Spring days. Here’s two lists of ideas for family fun no matter what Mother Nature has in store for us.

 

If it’s rainy or cold:

  • Spend a day at the library.  Whether you visit the main Nashville Library or your local one, you are sure to find plenty of books, magazines and DVDs to keep the kids entertained.  Try to catch a Wishing Chair performance if you visit the main branch.
  • Take a day and explore Lane Motor Museum.  Even kids who aren’t ‘car crazy’ will find some fun here.
  • If it’s Wednesday, take advantage of half price games at Dave and Busters.
  • Tuesday – Friday you can see a show at the Sudekum Planetarium after 3PM without paying admission to Adventure Science Center.
  • The weather is always perfect inside the Opryland Hotel.  Park at Opry Mills and walk over to spend a fun afternoon exploring the indoor gardens.
  • Nothing is better on a cold rainy day than a buttery hot biscuit!  Get a whole bunch of ’em at Loveless Cafe!
  • Try the Frist Center.  The ArtQuest gallery upstairs will entertain your little artist (and you) for a long time.
  • How about a movie?  Take a peek at our list of cheap or free movie ideas.
  • Try some roller skating.  There are several rinks in Middle Tennessee and most of them offer special open skate times during school holidays.
  • Play inside at a local indoor playground.  There are lots of choices for kids of all ages.

If it’s sunny and warm:

  • Plan a picnic by the lake.  Try Cook Recreation Area.
  • Visit Cheekwood and see the blooming tulips.  (Even if your kiddos could care less about flowers, Cheekwood has lots of open space to run around!)
  • Play the first putt putt golf game of the season at Cedar Creek Sports Center.
  • Spend the afternoon at the playground at the Nashville Zoo .  This is especially great if you have a zoo membership.  Just hit the playground and skip the exhibits for a no cost fun day!
  • Tour the Stones River Battlefield.  If your kids are too young to enjoy the rich historical significance of this area, they can burn off lots of energy walking the trails.
  • Ready to horse around?  Reserve a spot in advance for a trail ride at Juro Stables.
  • Learn a little at the Parthenon and then play a lot at Centennial Park!
  • Take a whole day to enjoy the Discovery Center.  There is so much to do here – indoors and out!
  • Take a trip to Cumberland Park.  You will love the view and your kids will love this totally unique play spot.
  • Plan a walking tour of Franklin with Franklin on Foot.