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It’s hard for me to get excited about “Winter Fun”. The holidays are over. The diet has started. I’m scared to look at my bank balance. ARE THESE KIDS EVER GOING BACK TO SCHOOL?!?!?! My pants are too tight. My house is a mess and looks so unfestive now that the Christmas decorations are gone (and by ‘gone’ I mean sitting in boxes all over the place.) The weather this time of year won’t cooperate either. It might be tank top weather on Monday and ice storm warnings on Thursday. Also, why is everyone so bored and cranky? And why do they all live in my house?

Friends I only know of one way to break out of this yearly funk. We gotta plan some family fun! Activities and events aren’t as plentiful at this time of year as they are during the holidays, but there is still lots to do. Get outside together anytime the weather cooperates and plan lots of indoor activities for when it doesn’t. Check our calendar page for inspiration and don’t miss our post of Free activities to enjoy throughout the winter.

 

  1. Let the kids get crafty at Michaels stores every Saturday morning.
  2. Don’t miss the fun of outdoor ice skating at Winterfest at Fountains at Gateway through January 21. 
  3. Take a Marshmallow Hike at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary on January 4 & 5.
  4. See a movie at Richland Park Library on January 4, 18 & February 1,15.
  5. See the Cinderella Puppet Show at the Main Nashville Library on January 4, 5, 11 & 12.
  6. Learn the traditions of Twelfth Night at Travellers Rest on January 5
  7. Play Nerf Wars at MPact Sports January 5, 19 & February 2, 16.
  8. Plan a date night while the kids (age 4-12) have fun at Bounce U Murfreesboro January 5, 12 & February 9,14..
  9. Sign kids age 8-13 up for Robothink Robot Battles in Smyrna on January 5.
  10. Have some fun inside at Kidsville at The Parthenon every Saturday morning.
  11. Gain some Owl Wisdom at the Wilderness Station on January 5.
  12. Watch GraveDigger and all your favorite trucks at Monster Jam on January 5 & 6..
  13. Take the teens to a special jump time just for them every Friday night at Altitude Trampoline Park.
  14. Build an easel at Home Depot Free Kids Workshops on January 5.
  15. Explore new discoveries at Super Science Saturday on January 5.
  16. Get a great deal on bowling and laser tag at Stars and Strikes in Smyrna every Sunday night.
  17. Watch the Mystic Mermaids at The Aquarium Restaurant on January 6, 10 & 24.
  18. Climb indoors together at Family Climb every Sunday at The Ascent in Murfreesboro.
  19. Attend Storytime every Monday at Barnes & Noble in Murfreesboro.
  20. Wear your favorite princess attire for Storytime with Elena at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books on January 7.
  21. Get the tinies out of the house. Attend Nature Strollers at Bowie Park on January 7, February 4 or March 4.
  22. Visit the Smashville Holiday Festival for some outdoor ice skating at Ascend Amphitheater until January 21.
  23. Come to the Lebanon Library on January 8 for Movie Night : Christopher Robin.
  24. Take advantage of free admission to The Hermitage for the Battle of New Orleans Commemoration on January 8.
  25. Rawr! at a special dinosaur storytime at Linebaugh Library on January 9.
  26. Eat pizza and jump together for a special price every Thursday night at Sky High Sports Nashville.
  27. Let the preschoolers take part in Tumble Gym Inflatable Open Play every Wednesday at Let it Shine Gymnastics.
  28. Sign the kids up for beginner sewing classes at JoAnn stores in January and February.
  29. Wacky Wednesday happens every week at the Smyrna Library.
  30. Start dreaming of summer at The Nashville Boat Show January 10-13.
  31. Act fast on January 10 to get free tickets to the annual Let Freedom Sing concert in honor of MLK at The Nashville Symphony.
  32. Every weekday from 10AM – 1PM is reserved for Toddler Time at Altitude Trampoline Park.
  33. Browse the store and take advantage of Storytime at Parnassus Books every Thursday at 4PM & Saturdays at 10:30AM.
  34. Dig for fossils at Jurassic Quest January 11-13. 
  35. Let It Go! at the Frozen Winter Celebration on January 11.
  36. Girls Yoga Night for Tweens & Teens is scheduled in Lebanon on January 11.
  37. Don’t miss Newsies – The Broadway Musical at The Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro January 11-27.
  38. Perfect your triple lutz at the public skating times at Ford Ice Center.
  39. Play laser tag in the 2 story arena or race some indoor go-karts at Holder family Fun Center.
  40. Small Foot will be shown on Family Movie Night in Goodlettsville on January 11.
  41. Jump, jive and wail at the 5 Points Swing concert on January 11.
  42. Bring the kids (age1-6) to Tumble Gym Inflatable Open Play every Wednesday morning at Let it Shine Gymnastics.
  43. Nashville Parks Department has 5 indoor swimming pools. Pick one and have some splashy fun!
  44. Have some fun at Preschool Open Gym every Wednesday at Boost Gymnastics.
  45. Budding Houdinis from age 8-12 can join the Youth Magic Club at Linebaugh Library on the Second Saturday of every month.
  46. Register in advance and learn to make Chinese food at Junior Chef at Williams Sonoma on January 12.
  47. Have some winter fun with Anna, Elsa and Olaf at the Snowflake Sing-A-Long on January 12.
  48. Attend a Battle Robots Workshop at Holder Family Fun Center on January 12.
  49. Take a hike at Owl’s Hill on January 12.
  50. Spend a Saturday morning at Circus World in Hendersonville. Discounts on wristbands until Noon.
  51. Make a calendar and stand at the JC Penney Kids Zone on January 12.
  52. Head to Centennial Sportsplex for some indoor fun on the ice!
  53. Learn how animals adapt to Brrraving the Cold at The Wilderness Station on January 12.
  54. See Gnu Tales or Raccoon Log Ride every 2nd & 4th Saturday at Third Coast Comedy.
  55. Plan a hike with your furry friends at Long Hunter State Park on January 12.
  56. Have a night out while the kids are at Parent’s Night out at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center on January 12.
  57. See Ghost (a World Premiere!) at Nashville Children’s Theatre January 17 – February 3.
  58. Share a classic with the older kids.Smokey and the Bandit plays at The Capitol Theatre on January 17.
  59. Experience a Fulldome Feature at Sudekum Planetarium In January & February.
  60. Go on a winter hike with a naturalist in Murfreesboro on January 18.
  61. Register in advance for an Owl Prowl at Bowie Park on January 18.
  62. Catch those puppies!!! at Disney’s 101 Dalmations Kids at The Franklin Theatre January 18 & 19.
  63. Have a Unicorn Adventure at Harris Riding Academy on January 19.
  64. Listen to Silly Grandpa in concert on January 19.
  65. Four Father Daughter Dances are scheduled in Williamson County January 19, 26 & February 9, 23.
  66. Discover the ‘wolf’ moon at a winter hike at Shelby Bottoms on January 19.
  67. Shrek Jr dances into The Franklin Theatre on January 19 & 20.
  68. Experience the Total Lunar Eclipse in Warner Park on January 20.
  69. Enjoy a Campfire and Lunar Eclipse in Smyrna on January 20.
  70. Take advantage of free admission to The Discovery Center for Martin Luther King Jr Day on January 21.
  71. Spend a dreary day at the indoor pool at The Jimmy Floyd Center in Lebanon.
  72. Stay up late and do some Cosmic Bowling at Lanes, Trains and Automobiles on Fridays & Saturdays.
  73. Say Aloha! at the Luau Family fun Night on January 25.
  74. Watch ‘some pig’ in Charlotte’s Web at The Franklin Theatre on January 25.
  75. Plan a Cold Bike Ride and Hot Drinks at Shelby Bottoms on January 26.
  76. The Olde Worlde Theatre presents Pinocchio at The Belcourt January 26, February 2, 9 & 16.
  77. Don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters as they dribble into Bridgestone Arena on January 26.
  78. Listen to Music in the Wild on January 26.
  79. Race to the Rescue with Paw Patrol Live! at TPAC on January 26 & 27.
  80. Shrek & Donkey sing and dance at The Franklin Theatre January 26 & 27.
  81. Celebrate the year of the pig at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center on February 1.
  82. Get tickets early for the Mother & Son Night of Fun in Goodlettsville on February 1.
  83. Learn about groundhogs at Shelby Bottoms on February 2.
  84. Experience Nashville Opera’s first bilingual opera for children at several venues during the month of February.
  85. The annual Daddy Daughter Dance in Goodlettsville is scheduled for February 2.
  86. Make a heart candy box at Home Depot Free Kids Workshops on February 2.
  87. Build It! at Super Science Saturday on February 2 at Adventure Science Center.
  88. Have Breakfast with the Mystic Mermaids on February 2.
  89. Feed the Birds at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center  on February 3.
  90. Wear your PJs for Coloring and Cocoa at Shelby Bottoms on February 6.
  91. Plan a Girl’s Night to see Sense & Sensibility February 8-17.
  92. Design a Valentine at JCPenney Kids Zone on February 9.
  93. Watch a 60 foot dragon parade through Hillsboro Village at the Chinese New Year Celebration on February 9.
  94. Pinkies Out! for a Valentine Tea Party at Cedarmont Farms on February 9.
  95. Join Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Missing Music with the Nashville Symphony on February 9.
  96. Plan some ROMANCE! See Audience of One’s She Loves Me at the Capitol Theatre February 13-17.
  97. Learn about some amazing animals at Family Fun Night at SOAC on February 22.
  98. Take Teddy to the Nashville Zoo for a check up on February 23.
  99. The Very Hungry Caterpillar pops into the Nashville Children’s Theatre February 24- April 7.
  100. Party with your friends from Sesame Street at Bridgestone Arena on February 24.

 

About Rachel Kline

Rachel Kline
Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

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