Every parent wants to find activities in the winter that don’t include mud puddles or living room wrestling matches. The box of crayons and sketch pad can only go so far before the rambunctious tykes are itching to get their energy out. Nashville, Tennessee may be known for the country music scene, but it also has a lot to offer young ones during the winter months.
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.