Smyrna Bowling Center claims it's the largest and most modern bowling venue in the state. It has 52 lanes, two large arcade rooms with dance and other active games, the Spare Time Cafe and youth bowling programs for middle school and high school students. Eleven miles from Smyrna in Murfreesboro, teens can find Go USA Fun Park. It features a quarter-mile go-kart track, mini golf, batting cages, a driving range, an arcade room and plenty of snack foods. Another option in Murfreesboro is Lanes Trains and Automobiles. It has a 2,500-square-foot laser tag arena, cosmic bowling events, bumper cars, billiards and a video arcade.
You can usually find teens hanging out at the pool or water park. Thirteen miles from LaVergne in Nashville is a large water park called Nashville Shores. It has eight water slides ranging from twisting and turning tunnels to sheer drop-off speed rides. For a more leisurely time, it has a beach area, wave pool and a lazy river. The Sports Com in Murfreesboro, 13 miles from Smyrna, is an option for year-round water thrills. The indoor pool has lanes for swimming and a diving board. The outdoor area is a water park with three water slides, a diving pool, sand volleyball courts and a leisure pool.
The city of LaVergne is home to the Poole Knobs Recreation Area. It is a lakeside natural preserve with all kinds of adventurous things for the teens. It is on the shores of Percy Priest Lake providing motor boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming opportunities. It has several campsites, hiking trails and wildlife viewing spaces, too. Hurricane Creek Recreation Area, also in LaVergne, provides mountain biking trails, fishing, horseback riding, camping, birdwatching, off-road vehicle trails, kayaking areas and nature trails.
Live Music and Entertainment
At Gregory Mill Park in Smyrna, teens will be able to attend the regular live musical performances. Many country music and classic rock artists take the stage in the outdoor venue. The Grand Ole Opry is 22 miles from LaVergne in Nashville. This famous music venue features world-renowned country music stars both modern and legendary. Backstage tours during the day and after the shows are available as well. For live stage plays, the Springhouse Theatre Company in Smyrna features a variety of shows that would appeal to teens. It also provides drama camps and open auditions for those who would be interested in learning the dramatic arts.
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is a Nashville resort. Some of the amenities include a spa, a cascade atrium and game room. Whether the family wants shopping, golf, sightseeing or to visit the Grand Ole Opry next door, this hotel has it. Guests can take free dance lessons at the Wildhorse Saloon.
Doubletree Guest Suites-Nashville
The Doubletree Guest Suites Nashville has indoor and outdoor pools that are connected. Because the rooms are suites, separate living room areas allow parents to relax after children go to sleep. The hotel has a game room, a gym and a restaurant. Some nearby attractions include the Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show, General Jackson Showboat Cruise and the Country City Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Hampton Inn and Suites Nashville at Opryland
The Hampton Inn Suites Nashville at Opryland is located steps away from the Grand Ole Opry. The hotel caters to families by providing a hot breakfast every morning, and high chairs and cribs when needed. The hotel has a large outdoor pool. The Hampton Inn Suites Nashville at Opryland is near a replica of the Greek Parthenon. Guests can also stroll along historic Music Row, go shopping, or tour Andrew Jackson's home.
Motel 6 -- Airport
The Motel 6 airport allows children younger than 16 years of age to stay for free, and it also accommodates small pets for a nominal fee. The Nashville Shores Water Park is nearby, as is Opry Mills Shopping and Entertainment Complex. Also within 10 miles of the motel are a toy museum, zoo and a wild horse corral.
The Nashville Public Library (library.nashville.org) has more than 20 locations to choose from in the greater Nashville area. Most of the locations host story times for kids. The Main Library downtown has a puppet show to go along with the story many times throughout the week. There is a separate story for 2- to 3-year-olds using rhymes and wiggle songs to keep the young ones engaged. Fairytales Children’s Bookstore (fairytalesbookstore.com) also has story times for young kids.
Not much is more exciting to a child than a giant play structure with bouncy things, tunnels and slides. There are several to choose from in the area. The Monkey’s Treehouse (themonkeystreehouse.com) includes a huge treehouse with slides, a toddler area, train tables, a pretend grocery store, an art area, and TV and wifi for parents. Bounce U (bounceu.com) hosts bounce parties specifically for children under age 6. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 10 a.m. until noon, your little bundle of bounce can go and jump to his heart's content.
For your future rocket scientist, the Adventure Science Center (adventuresci.com) is an ideal place for exploration and fun learning. The weekly preschool program includes a planetarium show, story time, discounted breakfast at Subway and an exhibit area. For 3- to 5-year-olds, “Little Labs” offers lab activities, story time, science crafts and movement activities.
The YMCA of middle Tennessee (ymcamidtn.org) has nearly two dozen locations to choose from for indoor swimming and other programs. Get the swimming lessons in during the winter so your young one will be ready for the hot summer days by the pool. Check your preferred location for times and classes. The Y also offers Y Play childcare for 2- to 5-year-olds while parents participate in exercise programs. If you are specifically interested in gymnastics, Gaby’s Gymnastics School (gabysgym.net) offers a class for 3- to 5-year-olds. Coaches are trained specifically in working with this delightfully challenging age group and seek to introduce the basics of tumbling with lots of fun.