I noticed on Twitter the other day that a local mom was looking for some fun activity ideas to do with her kids now that summer is fizzling out like a flat 2-liter of Sprite. There may have been a hint of desperation in her Tweet. Summer always starts out with a bang, but um, yeah.
Radnor Lake, Summer 2008 (Check out their August programs.)
Here are some ideas (many free!) for you Nashville parents looking for some last-minute ideas for squeezing out the last zest of summer:
- Pack a cooler and head to Burns Park in Kingson Springs. It’s a beautiful, clean, and fairly new park with a large playground area, a covered shelter, and a splash pad (although the splash pad has limited hours.) There’s even a small stocked lake for fishing.
- Head to the Main Branch Downtown Library to see a marionette show. Cinderella is now being performed by the famous Tichenor puppets. Fridays and Saturdays through September 19. Show times are 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30.
- Get a New Orleans style snow cone from Fleur de le Flavors at the Farmer’s Market and let the kids splash in the Bicentennial Mall fountains (and wash the stickiness away as an added bonus).
- Venture up River Road to Ashland City and take a Blue Heron riverboat cruise. Eat lunch or dinner afterwards at Stratton’s, a fun 1950s style diner with great burgers and shakes. (EDITED – Stratton’s is now closed, but try Riverview)
- Cruise down the Natchez Trace Parkway, have lunch at Mellow Mushroom in quaint downtown Franklin and then browse Main Street Toy Company.
- From 10 a.m. .to noon tomorrow Warner Nature Center on Highway 100 has water play in the Harpeth River. Registration has been open for a while, so this may be filled, but the Nature Center is a great place to take the kids year round.
- Take the older kids to Tip-A-Canoe in Kingston Springs and rent a canoe for a lazy river run.
- Have lunch and ice cream at Bobby’s Dairy Dip on Charlotte and then browse through Phillips Toy Mart in Belle Meade. Burn off the ice cream at Red Caboose Park in Bellevue.
- Escape the heat and go roller skating at Brentwood Skate and I guarantee you’ll have some flashbacks to your own skate party days.
- Belle Meade Plantation has a fun new Plantation Station program for toddlers on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.
- Head to Greer Stadium for a Nashville Sounds game and get your ice cream in a plastic baseball cap fix. There are several home games scheduled for mid-August.
I haven’t even mentioned other popular family spots such as the Nashville Zoo, the Frist Center, or the Adventure Science Museum, but hopefully this generate some ideas for those last days of summer when your kids are tired of the same old same old and you are all more than ready for school to start.