It’s cold or raining and you find yourself stir crazy without the energy to muster up another day of arts, crafts and cleanup in the house with the kids When you desperately need an outing – but can’t be outside – where can you go to get out energy and spend the day in Nashville? Check out our 5 favorite recommendations for local indoor activities with kids:
1. The Frist Center. Why we love it: It’s free for kids 18 and under ($12 for adults), and always offers fun activities where families can make and explore art together. There are strollers, family restrooms and the cafe serves up kid friendly food. We especially love the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, where kids can be artists as well as learn about artistic elements and techniques.
2. The Adventure Science Center. Why we love it: Where else can kids get a crash course on science without realizing they are learning? From exhibits about space and the solar system to the human body and beekeeping, there is so much to see and do. Kids also love the giant Adventure Tower in the middle of the museum, with learning exhibits throughout the center and ladders and slides that take you to the very top of the building. Toddlers under two are free.
3. Sky High Sports Trampoline Park. Why we love it: It’s a great way to get out that extra energy. There’s a kids court for little ones to jump with friends of their own size, and on Mondays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., kids six and under can jump for just $7 an hour (a 50% discount).
4. Dave and Buster’s. Why we love it: Free admission, plus plenty of games and things to do. Try bowling or arcade games, and refuel with a large, kid-friendly menu. Since it’s located at Opry Mills Mall, you can also have some backup options on hand, like visiting the Build a Bear and Lego stores.
5. The Downtown Library. Why we love it: Puppet shows, story time and plenty of fun activities like a train table, climbing wall and small playground to keep kiddos busy. Plus, what’s more fun than picking out a few books to take home? We’re glad this is one longtime tradition that has withstood the test of time. Check out the events calendar for more details.
We know this list isn’t all-encompassing, but we hope it provides a nice mix of learning, fun and affordability on those not so nice weather days.
Where do you go when you can’t go outside?